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May 24, 2019

The Common Good - 5/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:24): Utah man dies on Everest after setting out to climb the tallest peak on all 7 Continents. Brian and Ian touch on this story and consider his motives . Do you draw a line on following your dreams, or the dreams of a loved one, if a life is at risk?

(09:24-19:20): Christians are more focussed on being entertained than fellowshipping in the Church. Brian and Ian reflect on Matt Chandler’s remarks and apply them to how they view their congregations.

(19:20-29:04): Dr. Kevin Leman, author of “The Intimate Connection”, joins Brian and Ian. They discuss the book and the importance of intimacy in marriage.

(29:04-40:12): An elementary school in Texas tripled their recess time, and the results they found were staggering. Brian and Ian discuss the topic and the importance of childhood development and social skills.

(40:12-50:11): Can Christians stomach God’s Grace? Brian and Ian touch on the tough topic of extending grace to those who (we think) shouldn’t deserve it.

(50:11-1:00:55): Darrin Patrick is interviewed by Ed Stetzer. Patrick says that he “stopped prioritizing his walk with Jesus to make ministry his primary focus”. Brian and Ian express the importance of maintaining a close relationship with Jesus.

(1:00:55-1:11:15): Lead like a woman. Brian and Ian discuss the lack of tenderness and understanding in Christian leadership. Are men too domineering? Or do true Christian leaders place themselves at the same level of those they lead?

(1:11:15-1:17:10): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: There are five..er..I mean six new Polish people while a New England fugitive could use some fugitive-y advice. A New York child drew an inspection ticket, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that people are buying tickets to heaven. Oh, and don’t climb the Eiffel Tower. Just. Don’t.

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May 23, 2019

The Common Good - 5/23/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-10:32): Alabama Public Television pulled an arthur episode after character Mr. Ratburn married a man. Brian and Ian discuss the episode and how we deal with social issues as a society.

(10:32-20:41): Several historical monuments have been torn down throughout this “war on history”, and George Washington is next on the hit list. Brian and Ian talk about the importance of recognizing history, regardless of its offensive nature.

(20:41-29:53): President Trump loves to golf. Brian and Ian express their concern with taxpayer money being spent on it.

(29:53-39:06): Brian and Ian talk about living on mission and allowing Jesus into your summer. How well do you know your neighbors? How often do you express the love of Jesus at the pool or at the park?

(39:06-49:48): Columbine survivor Austin Eubanks has died. He was a motivational speaker and spoke out about opioid addiction and emotional trauma. Brian and Ian touch on taking care of those who suffer from these issues and extending love and expressing hope.

(49:48-1:00:20): Hillsong United’s Joel Houston via Relevant talks about the new wave of worship and devotion he is feeling with his new music. Brian and Ian discuss the vitality with having wonder and awe in our expression of faith in God.

(1:00:20-1:11:08): ‘I love Jesus, but not the church’ Means you do not love Jesus. Brian and Ian touch on the dangers of ditching the church because of the trauma people experience in their churches.

(1:11:08-1:18:34): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Tree-snapping yoga causing more chaos than an escaped lion. So, relax and enjoy some ancient beer and lock your doors; all while signing up for “Selfie School”.

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May 22, 2019

The Common Good - 5/22/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-10:03): Millennials are finding their identities in their work. Brian and Ian talk work-life balance. What are the dangers of over-competitiveness in the workplace, or over-working in general as Christians? Does work define our identity?

(10:03-19:33): What is the point of marriage? Brian and Ian discuss the ups and downs of life with their spouses. Is the foundation of marriage to be happy? Or is the purpose of marriage growth?

(19:33-28:49): Frank Viola, author of the book “ReGrace” joins Brian and Ian. They discuss the issue of how to have graceful conversations and disagreements with those of interfaith.

(28:49-38:15): Youth volleyball team prevent a woman from jumping off of a bridge. Brian and Ian express their joy and hope for the future generations. Are Christians expressing love first in order to spread the gospel?

(38:15-48:05): Jon Gauger, author of “Kids Say the Wisest Things”, is in studio with Brian and Ian. They touch on child-like wonder of Jesus and understanding what kids say.

(48:05-58:09): Brian and Ian continue with Jon Gauger. They talk parenting and how encouraging wonder in their children is important to their growth in faith and fellowship.

(58:09-1:08:41): Jon Gauger stays for a third segment to tell more of his stories from his book “Kids Say the Wisest Things”. Emotions are flowing as they laugh, cry, and chat about the wonderful things children do and say.

(1:08:41-1:15:04): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: Spiky marsupials are causing domestic disputes while cinemas let the dogs…..IN? Game of Thrones ends, folks aren’t happy, gators are lounging in pools, all while sharks want a slice of pizza from Brooklyn.

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May 21, 2019

The Common Good - 5/21/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:27): Former Harvest Bible Chapel leader, James MacDonald, allegedly sought murder for hire. Brian and Ian touch on the story and police investigation.

(09:27-19:59): Brian and Ian discuss the persecution complex. Does Christ call us to defend the faith in an offensive manner? Or Does Jesus call us to express His love first?

(19:59-29:17): Christians are called to be disciplined and focused. Does that mean we should cut out all media? Brian and Ian touch on moderation and discipline when it comes to technology, media, and entertainment.

(29:17-39:33): Hiking! Camping! Hurry up and travel with your kids! Brian and Ian chat on the top ten things you absolutely must do with your kids before they turn 18. Take a listen for some fun traveling ideas and activities.

(39:33-50:20): Pro life laws are needed, but are they enough? Brian and Ian touch on the hot-button topic of abortion and pro-choice laws.

(50:20-1:00:09): Christians are big on relationships, but weak on discipleship and evangelism. As pastors, Brian and Ian discuss the importance of fellowshipping in a church community while also spreading the word.

(1:00:09-1:10:45): Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez cites the bible to defend her 15% cap on credit card interest rates. Brian and Ian discuss the dangers of using the bible to defend personal/selfish ideals. Is AOC taking the bible out of context? Or is she legitimately referencing the scriptures?

(1:10:45-1:17:24): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Things We Found on the Internet”: Delectable Ding Dong flavored coffee take the market by storm while KFC employees are getting slapped by application rejects. Don’t let that distract you from the fact that mammoth jaws are popping up and people are getting framed for speeding tickets; all while a man doesn’t get his pepperoni.

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May 20, 2019

The Common Good - 5/20/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:38): Billionaire pays student loan debts for entire graduating class. Brian and Ian discuss the aspect of giving.

(09:38-18:34): Dallas Jenkins is in the studio with Brian and Ian for Media Mondays. He talks about his writing history and what is in the works. Also, how do busy Christians spend time in the word?

(18:34-29:14): Dallas Jenkins continues with Brian and Ian and talks the Game of Thrones finale. Why do people not like finales?

(29:14-38:56): Brian and Ian discuss the balance between grace and truth. Extreme and aggressive religious billboards are spawning controversy. What is effective evangelism?

(38:56-49:48): Cubs utility man and 2016 World Series MVP Ben Zobrist and wife file for divorce. Brian and Ian touch on the tough topic of divorce and the realities of broken families.

(49:48-1:00:14): Brian and Ian talk about the 8 worst things to do during an argument with your partner. Do you argue with the aim to win? Or do you argue to try and resolve an issue?

(1:00:14-1:11:05): Brian and Ian talk about a Dallas Willard quote, “Non-discipleship is the church; it is not the many moral failures, financial abuses, or amazing general similarity between Christians and non-Christians. These are only the effects of the underlying problem.”

(1:11:05-1:17:33): Brian and Ian’s “Weird Stuff We Found on the Internet”: You can kiss cows for charity, but don’t get stuck in a bar after hours. In the meantime, take a trip on a plane that snaps in half (something hulk should be able to smash) to Florida where you can drive a tank.

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May 17, 2019

The Common Good - 5/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:13) SAT tests will feature adversity scores, in addition to the traditional scoring. Brian and Ian discuss whether or not this cancels out the standard of testing. Who determines the score that factors adversity? What are the conditions that are applied to adversity scoring?

(09:13-20:32) Mandy Smith, pastor of University Christian Church, is someone who has an understanding of the grief people are feeling with losing Rachel Held Evans. She joins Brian and Ian on air to offer up words of wisdom on how to approach those who are grieving at Rachel's passing. Mandy also comments on Rachel's impact in the faith community, dealing with trolls/attackers and speaking peacefully as a servant of God.

(20:32-32:15) Pamela and Anne Kennedy are a mother/daughter duo who have written a wonderful series of kids books. The first 3 in the series come out next Tuesday and are geared to help instill confidence, honesty etc. in youth. With Brian and Ian they cover what parents want to teach their kids values wise and also raising kids in the faith and Jesus's teachings.

(32:15-41:56) Scripture calls for people to care for the least of these. And that is what Central Church of the Nazarene is actively doing. By building homes for the homeless on their church campus, they are answering that call. Ian and Brian take a look at this church's work in being the hands and feet of Jesus and love on their neighbors. 

(41:56-52:34) Brian and Ian discuss teaching our kids to show kindness. Kindness and respect are both taught at home, and it is important to raise kids to have good character, rather than focusing on achievements and such.

(52:34-1:06:50) Comedian Michael Jr. is a man who loves the Lord as much as telling jokes. He joins Brian and Ian on air to discuss his upcoming show in the Chicago area at Willow Creek Community Church. They also dig into what it means to be a Christian comedian and spreading the Gospel while making people laugh.

(1:06:50-1:17:09) Gen Z is being called "the post-truth" generation. Author Sean McDowell comes on the show to discuss his upcoming book 'So The Next Generation Will Know'. With Brian and Ian, they examine what are factors that are causing Gen Z to leave the Church, and more importantly, how they can be reached and shown the power of Christ. 

(1:17:09-1:23:42) German man driving a stolen Ferrari and gets stuck in traffic while eating Burger King. Woman mistaken this man with their Uber driver and a brewery ends up getting their stolen vehicle back just in time to spoil Game of Thrones.

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May 16, 2019

The Common Good - 5/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-09:57) Liberty University President, Jerry Fallwell Jr. tweeted that Russell Moore is “SBC Deep State Regime”. Brian and Ian discuss the repercussions of when our faith becomes political. When is public ridicule appropriate?

(09:57-28:41) Brian and Ian check in with Todd Chatman with Food for the Poor to talk about their mission and try to help raise money for children in Haiti.

(28:41-38:04) Church leaders are seldom alone but often lonely. Brian and Ian discuss the day and life of a pastor and why loneliness is evident. Are the interactions between congregations and pastors lacking friendly intimacy?

(38:04-48:49) Brian and Ian discuss the dangers of greed and over-consumption. Journalist Michael Frost explains the dangers of greed with reference to author George Monbiot’s “Urge, Splurge, Purge”. Is everyone’s definition or threshold of greed different?

(48:49-1:09:00) Ian Simkins Facebook post: “What are some things that make it difficult for you to be Christian? Or What pushed you away from/turned you off to it?” Brian and Ian discuss responses to the post, and what they take away from them.

(1:09:00-1:15:57) Diners serving up expensive wine as millions of Americans don’t understand milk. This wouldn’t be a problem if sheep weren’t valedictorians, Florida people didn’t set things on fire, and if school administrators could take a joke.

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May 13, 2019

The Common Good - 5/13/2019 12:00:00 AM

(00:00-10:00) Vice President Mike Pence gave the commencement address at Liberty University over the weekend, and said that as Christians, the graduates should be prepared to be shunned and ridiculed. Brian and Ian discuss whether or not they believe that is true, and whether or not having your beliefs challenged can be helpful.

(10:00-19:46) A school in Ohio has decided to eliminate valedictorians in an effort to lessen competitiveness. Brian and Ian give their thoughts on the idea as both pastors and parents.

(19:46-30:50) Pastor John Collins is the Executive Pastor of Harvest Fellowship Church, he joined Brian and Ian to talk about the work Harvest Fellowship does, and a contest that AM 1160 listeners can join. 

(30:50-40:06) Brian and Ian share what they each preached at their churches over the weekend.

(40:06-51:00) According to writer Cathleen Falsani, more millennials are coming to the church through practicing mysticism. Brian and Ian talk about the possible repercussions of that sort of faith journey.

(51:00-1:01:35) Brian and Ian talk about the rise of Instagram-friendly congregations and balancing sharing faith and showing off.

(1:01:35-1:18:01) New data shows that spending time with your family could have a negative impact on your career. Brian and Ian discuss what a healthy balance or work and family life looks like in 2019.

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May 10, 2019

The Common Good - 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-9:51) There have been corruption problems with churches in the Chicago area. Brian and Ian believe that all of them come back to a lack of accountability and oversight. They talked about what they’ve done in their own lives to keep from going down the wrong path.

(9:51-19:01) Pastors spend a lot of time explaining that Jesus is the answer, but very little tackling the question. Brian and Ian make the case for getting to know your neighbors to get a better understanding of how Jesus can fit into their lives.

(19:01-28:07) Daniel Huerta is the Vice President of the parenting and youth department at Focus on the Family, he joined Brian and Ian to talk about the uniqueness of the relationship between mother and son as we approach Mother’s Day.

(28:07-37:20) Brian and Ian take a break from the news of the day to make things a little personal and explain when and why they decided to go into pastoral ministry.

(37:20-47:32) New data suggests Chick-fil-a is the third most successful restaurant chain in the United States. Brian and Ian discuss whether it is a result of the values of the CEO, or the quality of their product.

(47:32-1:14:07) Brian and Ian were joined by Obe Arellano, the Pastor at Community Christian Church and NewThing Latino Catalyst.

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May 9, 2019

The Common Good - 5/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-9:07) Asia Bibi's struggle is one that has been followed for years. At long last after being held on death row for 8 years, she is safely in Canada. Brian and Ian discuss her story and how faith in places where Christianity is persecuted may be stronger and firmer because of that faith bringing people through dark times.

(9:07-18:23) Brian and Ian share their perspective on bringing politics into pastoring, and how the focus above all should be that Jesus is Lord.

(18:23-27:48) Joe Arden from Fox Restoration comes into studio to spend time with Brian and Ian. He talks about his experience in the roofing industry and other aspects of owning a home. He also shares his faith story and his passion for the Lord.

(27:48-38:26) How to Christians reconcile the different postures of anger and peace? Brian and Ian look at the life of Jesus and how it can help us deal with that conflict in our daily lives.

(38:26-48:46) What can be done to balance out negativity with a more positive outlook? Brian and Ian recent studies that offer ways to retrain the brain, with four helpful suggestions to maintain positivity.

(48:46-58:41) Brian and Ian examine the theme of ordinary people and ordinary things being used for a greater purpose and what can be learned from this in one's daily life.

(58:41-1:16:13) Oftentimes people find themselves glued to their phones without realizing that can be detrimental to their health. Resisting the culture of being busy can be a huge benefit. Brian and Ian share examples from their lives of seeing the need to take a break and relax.

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May 8, 2019

The Common Good - 5/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-10:02) The depth of the impact of Rachel Held Evan's passing has garnered reactions everywhere. John Stonestreet's article on her, while well-intended, came across negative and egotistical. Brian and Ian examine the urge of people to make something about them, instead of grieving the loss of a person who made an impact in the world. 

(10:02-28:05) Pastor Lee Eclov, senior pastor of Village Church has served in pastoral ministry for 40 years. His new book 'Feels Like Home' speaks to how and why the church should be more like family. With Brian and Ian, he digs into where the mission of a church family has gone wrong and what can be done to make the church more like a family and welcome people into Jesus's embrace. 

(28:05-36:38) Teachers, whether they are school or Bible or whomever, all make an impact on people's lives in ways big and small. To speak to this, Brian and Ian take the time to discuss Teacher Appreciation Week and honoring the men and women who are called to education. 

(36:38-47:47) The recent Colorado school shooting is sending shock-waves everywhere. From active shooter drills to extra security, the air of preparedness has heightened things for people. Brian and Ian share their thoughts on these experiences as parents and what the impact of it has had on their lives and their families. 

(47:47-58:49) Politics and faith seem to collide more frequently in the modern age. Ian and Brian look at an article penned by David French in response to Franklin Graham's own piece regarding the President. They break down both articles and both the positives and negatives of what happens when faith and politics bleed together. 

(58:49-1:09) When moving forward from loss, it is a tricky road to walk. Recovering from losing a loved one is a challenge and requires patience, comfort and love. Brian and Ian challenge listeners to walk alongside people and be cognizant of showing that they are there when others are grieving. 

(1:09-1:15) Brian and Ian's Weird Stuff They Found On the Internet. 

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May 7, 2019

The Common Good - 5/7/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-10:59) Recent statistics show that white evangelicals have changed their attitude about how politicians behave in private. Brian and Ian look at these statistics and break down various factors including party loyalty, subconscious bias and policies. 

(10:59-20:52) Justin Bieber is in the news proclaiming the freedom he has found in Christ. In an age of celebrity Christians, are Justin's public declarations helpful or harmful. Brian and Ian discuss other recent statement's from Bieber, his life and the good/bad aspects of people being swayed by public figures. 

(20:52-29:28) Thru The Bible is a group dedicated to spreading the Gospel throughout the world. Organization president Gregg Harris comes on the show to share about the current Letter campaign. He also shares with Brian and Ian about ways people can be involved with Thru The Bible. 

(29:28-39:17) Scripture calls believers to rest on Sabbath, yet so many do not. Being family men and pastors, Brian and Ian take a steep drop into this conversation. They talk about the struggle to uphold Sabbath rest, the effects their decisions and choices have on their kids and owning up to when they make mistakes. 

(39:17-50:01) A recent Facebook post by Dan White Jr. has raised interesting questions. Particularly about American Christianity caught up in 'the idolatry of impact'. Ian and Brian look at examples within their own lives and pastoring careers as to the danger of seeking to make impact for wrong reasons. 

(50:01-1:01) Author Karen Ehman has a solution to couples reacting when their other half drives them crazy. It is rooted in God and his love and relationships with us. With Brian and Ian, Karen gives insight into what are some of the major conflicts of marriage and how to navigate them while holding fast to God. 

(1:01-1:12) Vacations are an enjoyable time and the memories they make can last forever. Brian and Ian share some of their favorite vacation stories and how these experiences made a profound difference not only in their lives, but the lives of their families as well. 

(1:12-1:18) Brian and Ian's Weird Stuff They Found On the Internet. 

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May 6, 2019

The Common Good - 5/6/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-10:12) Rachel Held Evans was a major voice in evangelical circles with her books and words of wisdom. Her death has sent shocks throughout many people, especially her fans. Brian and Ian look at her career and life and what her work did to try and bridge gaps within the Christian community on various topics. 

(10:12-21:37) Mandy Smith, pastor of University Christian Church, is someone who has an understanding of the grief people are feeling with losing Rachel Held Evans. She joins Brian and Ian on air to offer up words of wisdom on how to approach those who are grieving at Rachel's passing. Mandy also comments on Rachel's impact in the faith community, dealing with trolls/attackers and speaking peacefully as a servant of God. 

(21:37-32:03) When it seems as though God is silent in the wake of tragedy and loss, how do we wrestle with this apparent uncaring response from the Lord? Brian and Ian take time to look into how even through vast amounts of pain, God is with us and working within us for a greater good. 

(32:03-41:54) One of the great things about being a pastor is sharing with fellow believers one's thoughts on different topics related to the faith. Brian and Ian spend time discussing what they each preached on Sunday and how it can tie into the daily life of fellow Christians and into the topics on the day's show. 

(41:54-52:14) Over the weekend, pastor and author Warren Wiersbe went home with the Lord. His works touched people across all walks of life. Brian and Ian remark on his loss, his impact in their own lives and on a piece he penned about reaching mid-life and pushing through it. 

(52:14-1:13) From President Trump attacking social media for banning Alex Jones and James Woods, to the public's "insatiable appetite for true crime" movies, there is a lot going in media and culture today. Director and creator Dallas Jenkins comes back to offer his thoughts on the censoring of conservative Christian social media and what is the appeal of 'true crime' stories in modern culture. 

(1:13-1:20) Brian and Ian's Weird Stuff They Found On the Internet. 

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May 3, 2019

The Common Good - 5/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-9:52) New reports allege that the man who shot up Poway Synagogue wrote a manifesto that used a lot of language consistent with Christian teaching and values. This is raising a lot of tough questions for pastors and faith leaders. Brian and Ian dig into the shooter's background and what it can mean when someone comes from a faith-based background, then goes down a dark path that leads to dark choices. 

(9:52-19:18) The topic of forgiveness is one that is both complex and heavy. Sarah Montana gave a TedTalk on the subject and her story of forgiving the man who murdered her mother and brother. Ian and Brian walk though her talk and what it truly means to forgive someone. They examine Biblical forgiveness and Jesus's thoughts on forgiveness as well. 

(19:18-31:01) Pamela and Anne Kennedy are a mother/daughter duo who have written a wonderful series of kids books. The first 3 in the series come out next Tuesday and are geared to help instill confidence, honesty etc. in youth. With Brian and Ian they cover what parents want to teach their kids values wise and also raising kids in the faith and Jesus's teachings. 

(31:01-38:38) Many people have a book that has made a profound impact on their life. For some, it is books on Scripture and faith. For others the choices are off the beaten track. Whatever the choices, Brian and Ian are avid readers themselves and take time to go into book that have stuck with them over the years. 

(38:38-49:06) Masculinity is a topic that is constantly changing and very divisive. In the modern age, the term carries a lot weight, both good and bad. As men and parents, Brian and Ian offer up their thoughts on what constitutes masculinity in the 21st century and as followers of Christ. 

(49:06-59:43) True contentment is what everyone wants, but few often seem to achieve it. And there is also contentment that is masked as laziness or materialism. Brian and Ian examine the concept of being content and what it means to be truly content in the Lord. 

(59:43-1:10) Retirement is something many people work towards. But what are the motives behind it? And is it Biblical or not? Ian and Brian go into the subject of retirement and examples of people who approach it while still working to accomplish great things for the Lord. 

(1:10-1:16) Brian and Ian's Weird Stuff They Found On the Internet

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May 2, 2019

The Common Good - 5/2/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-9:36) The first Thursday of May is the designated National Day of Prayer. Every year there is a theme, this year it's 'Love One Another'. Brian and Ian give their thoughts on prayer outside the Day itself, praying for one's government and also taking action in addition to prayer. 

(9:36-19:53) Alabama Rep. John Rogers recently stated that "some kids is unwanted, kill'em now or kill'em later". Hot on the heels of the recent legislation passed regarding abortion, this has caused an uproar. Brian and Ian push back on the statement as well as what should be the response of believers as more and more people shift their thinking to abortion. 

(19:53-29:27) Skye Jethani remarked that Christians who constantly seek out a spiritual high become worship junkies. They are always hopping from one mountaintop to the next. Ian and Brian look into the positives of having an emotional high, but also finding joy "in the valley" and the power of both in one's life. 

(29:27-39:21) Author Jon Acuff had a minor embarrassment with a turtle during a public speaking event. Yet he took it in stride. Human beings are prone to being embarrassed and shamed about things they say or do, even when its not needed. Brian and Ian share stories of their own experiences being embarrassed and how to own the moments and overcome them. 

(39:21-49:46) "God's church doesn't have a mission. God's mission has a church". Ian penned that Facebook post regarding the expansion of the church. he and Brian unpack what it means to open one's eyes to the work God is doing and becoming a part of that mission and doing his work, not ours. 

(49:46-1:00) Ron Sider has announced his formal retirement. And his impact, especially with "Rich Christians In An Age of Hunger" is profound. Taking a look at his writings and some quotes, Brian and Ian look into how so many have been blinded by a desire to succeed, while ignoring or overlooking Christ's call to help others. 

(1:00-1:10) Michael Chitwood, Executive Director for Church and Ministry at World Vision, works to spread the good news of Christ everywhere. World Vision's upcoming Global 6k for Water highlights the need in the world and helping "the least of these". He shares his story of working with World Vision with Brian and Ian and what the purpose and goal of the 6k is. 

(1:10-1:16) Brian and Ian's Weird Stuff They Found On the Internet. 

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May 1, 2019

The Common Good - 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

(0:00-9:48) Alex Trebek's ongoing battle with cancer lead him to opening up about his struggle with the deep sadness he suffers from. Many times people deal with sadness but don't open up about it or fully confront it. Brian and Ian break down some of the ways to open up, even it feels scary to do so.

(9:48-18:56) The #1 Christian single of all time will surprise people. Brian has some fun keeping Ian guessing before the reveal. Both of them offer up stories of other songs and bands who have impacted them. They discuss the power of Christian music and how it has left its mark on audiences. 

(18:56-28:10) There is no such thing as a soulmate? The obsession with finding someone to remain whole and be fulfilled can lead to negative, even toxic thinking. Brian and Ian look into how there are countless positives to finding someone, while never forgetting that believers are already completed by God and his love. 

(28:10-37:51) Scripture calls for people to care for the least of these. And that is what Central Church of the Nazarene is actively doing. By building homes for the homeless on their church campus, they are answering that call. Ian and Brian take a look at this church's work in being the hands and feet of Jesus and love on their neighbors. 

(37:51-49:41) The National Institute of Mental Health reported an increase in teenage suicide when '13 Reasons Why' premiered on Netflix. In spite of a lack of spikes when the subsequent seasons aired, it still shows the power of media on youth. Brian and Ian offer their opposing views on the statistics, pop cultures influence, and how Christians take a simplistic approach when responding to various forms of media. 

(49:41-1:00) The negative culture of having non-Christian vs. Christian friends can be contentious. Jesus actively chose to spend time with those who were called sinners in his time. Ian and Brian talk through this topic and working to go out and meet people while still being ambassador's for Christ. 

(1:00-1:11) Jesus never promised an easy life for believers, in spite of assumptions that it should be. For all the high's there are also the lows. And there is peace from living a life in pursuit of Jesus. Brian and Ian look into Scripture where Jesus speaks about following him and living life, to add more to the discussion of giving one's life wholly to the Lord. 

(1:11-1:17) Brian and Ian's Weird Stuff They Found On the Internet.

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April 29, 2019-Dallas Jenkins Interview

The Common Good - 5/1/2019 12:00:00 AM

Avengers: Endgame is breaking records everywhere in a short time. Dallas Jenkins comes on to discuss the film's success and what should Christians take away from the power of story and learning about reaching others with the messages of Jesus through the medium. Later, the conversation shifts to what it means to be a Christian storyteller, dealing with critics and not letting the opinoin's of others affect ones mission in creating media.  

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