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In our fast-changing world, it can be difficult to sort through the issues of the day. From family to faith to the latest in the public square, it’s hard to stay up on what’s happening, much less interpret the news in a way that honors our Christian faith. That’s what Salem’s Christian hosts do for our listeners across the country every day—and “The Christian Outlook” draws from the best of their material to bring you an hour-long program you won’t want to miss.

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Endowed by Our Creator with Certain Unalienable Rights

Friday, March 1

The Christian Outlook – March 3, 2024 Bob Burney takes a look at reporting from Politico reporter Heidi Prisabella, who tries to raise an “alarm bell” over Christian nationalism. Albert Mohler responds to the effort from those pushing the "Christian nationalism" line, citing ignorance of America's founding and even the media using it as a scare tactic. Scott Furrow talks with Todd Smith, pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Santa Clarita, California on our fast-disintegrating culture. Bob Burney has an extended conversation with Bill Federer, author of his classic America's God and Country Encyclopedia of Quotations. Federer talks about our American history being altered and leaving out its godly heritage. They also discuss the confusion surrounding the separation of church and state and what led us to believe that somehow there is a wall between the two.  John Hall and Kathy Emmons talk with Robert Tracy McKenzie, author of “We the Fallen People: The Founders and the Future of American Democracy.” McKenzie explains how the Founders understood mankind's human heart and its fallen nature, which is why they designed America's government with separation of powers. 

Alabama Recognizes the Humanity of the Human Embryo

Friday, February 23

The Christian Outlook – February 24, 2024 Albert Mohler discusses a ruling by the Alabama State Supreme Court regarding the destruction of embryos, affirming that unborn children are children without exception, regardless of developmental stage or physical location.  Brian From and Robyn Chambers, of Focus on the Family, discuss the changes in the pro-life movement post-Roe v. Wade. They highlight the Option Ultrasound program's success in supporting pregnancy centers and empowering women to choose life for their babies, with over 500,000 lives impacted positively. Greg Seltz and George Barna, author of “Raising Spiritual Champions,” discuss the erosion of truth in contemporary culture, and the importance of instilling biblical worldview and values, especially among children.  Scott Furrow and Pastor Allen Jackson discuss positive developments in the church despite challenges, highlighting increased clarity of truth and a resurgence of questioning beliefs.  Gino Geraci discusses Alyssa Childers' article on progressive Christianity, outlining five danger signs of being in a progressive church. He highlights the importance of discerning these signs to evaluate one's church and pastor's theological stance.

Defending Human Dignity

Friday, February 16

Albert Mohler discusses the normalization of gambling in American culture, particularly highlighted by the recent Super Bowl in Las Vegas.  Bob Burney criticizes the "He Gets Us" advertisements that aired during the Super Bowl for misrepresenting Jesus by emphasizing His humanity over His divinity. Georgene Rice and Louis Anderson of Oregon Right to Life discuss the recent Oregon Supreme Court ruling that rendered 10 pro-life senators ineligible for reelection, examining its impact on the ongoing legislative session. Greg Seltz talks with John Stonestreet of The Colson Center about the prominence of abortion in the Democratic platform, noting its strategic importance despite its ethical implications.  Greg Seltz and Jay Richards of the Heritage Foundation discuss the consequences of gender ideology. They highlight the dangers of disregarding biological reality, emphasizing the vulnerability of young girls and the need to uphold fundamental distinctions between male and female in sports, society and law.

The Worth of Our Work

Friday, February 9

The Christian Outlook – February 10, 2024 Scott Furrow talks with Jason Romano, a veteran sports reporter and host of the “Sports Spectrum Podcast.” They talk about Brock Purdy, the young quarterback for the 49ers, who has caught the attention of a lot of people, not just because of his talent, but because of his bold profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Jerry Bowyer, host of Meeting of Minds, and David Bahnsen, author of Full-Time: Work and the Meaning of Life talk about the work ethic crisis America is having, in particular with the American Church. John Hall and Kathy Emmons talk with Adam Gustine, who recently wrote a piece titled, “Sabbath Is Not a Luxury Good.” They discuss the wisdom in observing the Sabbath and why it's still good to rest in Christ.

Instagram: It’s Your Child vs. Today’s Most Brilliant Behavioral Psychologists

Friday, February 2

The Christian Outlook – February 3, 2024 In this edition, we'll sit in the Washington D.C. Senate hearing room with Senators Marsha Blackburn, Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley as they question Instagram and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on the harm his platforms are having on teens, where it's revealed the monetary value Zuckerberg has on your teenager. John Hall and Kathy Emmons talk with Chris Martin, author of The Wolf in Their Pockets: 13 Ways the Social Internet Threatens the People You Lead on why social media sites are so effective at doing so much harm to children. Eric Metaxas talks with Christina and Jarret LeMaster, who helped develop Legacy Christian School Private Satellite Program to equip Christian parents to teach their children at home or church. Christina encourages parents who say to themselves, "I can't do that" or "I'm not qualified" to don't be so quick to say you can't. They also discuss the dangers that giving your child a smartphone can have, even one locked down. Watch the entire interview with Eric Metaxas and Christina and Jarret LeMaster, here. 

Life After Roe, Two Years On

Friday, January 26

The Christian Outlook – January 20, 2024 Georgene Rice reports on the impact the Dobbs decision has had on the abortion industry, revealing that 32 states have reported a significant decrease of 31,951 legal abortions in 2022. Bill Bunkley warns about an extreme pro-abortion constitutional amendment in Florida that, if adopted, could permit abortions up to the moment of birth. Sign the petition to protect life. Greg Seltz and Focus on the Family's Jim Daly discuss the selfish nature of Planned Parenthood, emphasizing their focus on abortion and lack of support for women in need. They advocate for empowering the church and families to provide assistance, highlight the success of ultrasound programs in saving lives, and express concerns about the erosion of family values in society. Greg Seltz and Tim Goeglein discuss the 2024 March for Life theme "Every Woman for Every Child," emphasizing the need to challenge the narrative and expose the reality behind the pro-choice euphemisms.  Eric Metaxas and Alexandra DeSanctis, co-author of Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing, discuss the one-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision, the importance of the overturning of Roe v. Wade and what's next for the pro-life movement.

Christian Persecution and the Anticipation of Christ's Return

Friday, January 19

The Christian Outlook – January 20, 2024 Bill Bunkley questions U.S. government transparency on global persecution, and Jeff King, President of International Christian Concern, criticizes the politicization of the State Department's list, citing Nigeria's exclusion due to political and geopolitical factors, including oil interests and the influence of radical Islamists.  Rick Probst and Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs discuss attacks on Nigerian Christians over Christmas, highlighting the religious targeting. Nettleton also mentions financial charges against Chinese Christians and expresses concerns about the potential reelection of Prime Minister Modi in India, predicting increased persecution for Christians under his leadership. Kathy Emmons asks Chris Davis about his latest book, “Bright Hope for Tomorrow,” He highlights the anticipation of Christ's return and its role in providing hope, clarity for ministry, and prophetic patience in afflictions, suggesting Sabbath rest as a rhythm to stay aware of the Lord's return and reorder priorities. Georgene Rice and David Closson, author of “Male and Female He Created Them: A Study on Gender, Sexuality, & Marriage,” discuss the challenges of maintaining biblical views on gender, sexuality, and marriage in a hostile culture.

Renewal in Gospel Hope

Friday, January 12

The Christian Outlook – January 13, 2024 Greg Laurie and J.D. Greear, author of Above All: The Gospel Is the Source of the Church’s Renewal, discuss the importance of the Gospel, emphasizing that it is the same powerful message that transformed lives in the Book of Acts, and it remains unchanged. Rick Probst and Erin Smalley, of Focus on the Family, talk about the common issue of "the drift" in marriages, where couples can lose connection over time. Smalley suggests addressing it through open and non-defensive conversations, sharing a positive impact story from a couple who attended a conference. She also mentions resources like Hope Restored for intensive support in overcoming marriage challenges.  Jim Daly, and Molly DeFrank discuss the negative impact of excessive technology usage on children, and how it hinders social development and creativity. She shares her family's experience with a digital detox, emphasizing the importance of unplugging for two weeks to encourage a healthier and more imaginative lifestyle. Find the full episode at Focus on the Family. Scott Furrow invites radio host Bob Lepine to discuss his latest book, Build a Stronger Marriage: The Path to Oneness. Lepine talks about the importance of shared spiritual convictions, ensuring that the couple's core commitment to Christ remains the central focus in their marriage, even when facing disagreements on smaller matters.

Social Media and the Shaping of a Generation

Friday, January 5

The Christian Outlook – January 6, 2024 John Hall and Kathy Emmons talk with Sarah Zylstra, an editor for the Gospel Coalition, about the implications of social media on children. They address the concerns raised by the Surgeon General, highlighting the detrimental effects of social media on the mental health of our youth. Albert Mohler raises alarm about TikTok's harmful impact on teenagers and reminds parents to protect their children from the pervasive darkness and corrosive effects of social media.  Scott Furrow invites Ryan Miller, founder of Share the Struggle, to share about the development of courses to help people manage various struggles. His organization aims to provide practical tools, foster community, and offer Jesus' love and healing.  John and Kathy talk with John James, an editor with Crossway, about how social media distorts discussions about death, promoting inhumane and emotionally destructive responses. He emphasizes the need to be aware of the negative effects of internet life and the importance of protecting one's emotional well-being. Brian From asks Sarah Zylstra about her decision to leave social media, and she explained that witnessing the negative impact it had on Gen Z girls made her realize its detrimental effects on her own life, leading to shallow relationships and increased loneliness. Bill Bunkley discusses the Go Dark, Shine Bright initiative with James Spencer, who explained that the goal was to start a prayer movement by encouraging people to take a 10-day break from social media. The campaign aims to create a quiet space for individuals to focus on God, pray, and make wise decisions free from the distractions of social media noise.

An Appreciation of Handel's Messiah

Friday, December 29

The Christian Outlook – December 30, 2023 Greg Seltz talks with Jerry Newcom, director of Providence Forum, about a classic musical masterpiece of Christian worship that has stood the test of time, Handel's Messiah. Brian From and Pastor Steve Coble, of “The Common Good” on AM1160 Hope for Your Life in Chicago, talk with Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, of The Gospel Coalition, talk about how our young people have been transformed by social media. John and Kathy, the Ride Home, talk to Doug Bursch, writer and former pastor, about cherishing and nurturing your marriage and your spouse. Jim Daly and John Fuller, Focus on the Family, talk to Shaunti Feldhahn about her research on marriage.

Embracing Christ This Christmas

Friday, December 22

The Christian Outlook — December 23, 2023 Pastors Ray Pritchard and Dave Watson joined Kevin McCullough to discuss their books on Advent and how to prepare one’s heart for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. Steve Estes provides a fresh application of the Proverbs for this Christmas season on the Georgene Rice Show. Alistair Begg helps create in us a sense of how much was fulfilled in the birth of the Christ child.  Albert Mohler explains how many Christians get the Christmas story wrong. On the John and Kathy Show, Jerry Bowyer explains the social context of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  Mike Gallagher shares how CBS fought almost everything related to the beloved “Charlie Brown Christmas” special when it first aired in 1965.

Parental Rights at Risk

Friday, December 15

The Christian Outlook – December 16, 2023 Albert Mohler looks at the massive problem on our nation’s southern border, highlighting record-breaking numbers of illegal entries and gotaways. Eric Metaxas turns to Thomas Homan, former acting director of ICE, to share what’s behind the intentional subversion of the United States of America and its laws. Georgene Rice talks with Michael Johnson, President of the Slavic Gospel Association, about how many who escaped the attacks of Russia in Ukraine moved to Israel, only to be attacked again by Hamas. Gino Geraci talks with Kate Anderson, director of the Center for Parental Rights at Alliance Defending Freedom, about a story in Jefferson County School district in Denver involving a minor who was forced to sleep in a hotel room with a boy who identified as a transgender girl. Greg Seltz, sitting in for Don Kroah, talks with Sarah Parshall Perry of the Heritage Foundation about the latest developments in California, where school districts usurp the authority of parents, to essentially take ownership of school children, going as far as removing them from parents who don't go along with the child's "preferred pronouns."

The Toxic War on Men

Friday, December 8

The Christian Outlook – December 9, 2023 Georgene Rice commends Tim Head, the Executive Director of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, for sharing insights from the Faith and Freedom Coalition trip to Israel, emphasizing its emotional impact. They discuss specific policy recommendations, including funding for defense measures and mediating relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel.  Scott Furrow and Pastor Robert Jeffress discuss the anticipation of an eventual end of the world in human history, seeking advice on preparation. Pastor Jeffress emphasizes the need for individual readiness, faith in Jesus, and actively sharing the Gospel. Gino Geraci discusses with Jeff Hunt, Director of the Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University, the alarming rise of public animosity towards Jewish people, surpassing mere antisemitism, emphasizing a spiritual battle.  Eric Metaxas and Nancy Pearcey, author of The Toxic War on Masculinity, discuss the lack of masculine role models in churches and advocate for reclaiming the cultural mandate from Genesis 1. They challenge the narrow view of Christianity, address false narratives about religion and domestic abuse, and present research showing that committed Christian men have high marital satisfaction and low rates of divorce and domestic violence.

The Ugly Face of Antisemitism in the U.S.

Friday, December 1

The Christian Outlook – December 2, 2023 Georgene Rice talks with Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation about antisemitism in the nation taking a bizarre and ugly turn.  Paul Gleiser, in for Mark Davis, talks with Pete Peterson, Dean of the Pepperdine Graduate School of Public Policy, about how the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas shined a light on university campuses and how many have become havens for vile hatred of Jews. John Hall and Kathy Emmons talk with Timothy Paul Jones of Southern Seminary about Advent and how we can prepare our hearts for Christ. Georgene Rice and Dwight Longenecker, author of  “The Mystery of the Magi- The Quest to Identify the Three Wise Men,” talk about the extrabiblical lore surrounding the Gospel accounts of the three wise men. John Hall and Kathy Emmons and author James Walvin celebrate the 250th anniversary of the song, Amazing Grace. Walvin shares insights from his book, “Amazing Grace: A Cultural History of the Beloved Hymn.”

Thanksgiving: An Appreciation of a God-Centered Holiday

Thursday, November 23

The Christian Outlook – November 25, 2023 Bob Burney looks at how, even in the midst of struggle, we can still be thankful to God. Dr. Albert Mohler reminds us of the apologetic of Thanksgiving: being grateful and thankful should be directed towards the Giver of every good and perfect gift. John Hall and Kathy Emmons, of The Ride Home, talk with historian and NYT bestselling author Stephen Mansfield about the history of Thanksgiving and why it is deemed a controversial holiday when it shouldn’t be. Georgene Rice talks with Mark David Hall of George Fox University about his book, “Did America Have a Christian Founding?: Separating Modern Myth from Historical Truth.”

Massive March in Show of Solidarity With Israel

Friday, November 17

The Christian Outlook – November 18, 2023 On Tuesday, hundreds of thousands marched in the nation’s capital in support of Israel. Rachel Goldberg, the mother of one of the hostages taken by Hamas, spoke at the event in an effort to bring him—and all the other hostages—home. Albert Mohler discusses how elite media outlets have been forced to admit the truth about Hamas seeking to kill as many Jews as possible. Mike Gallagher, sitting in for Don Kroah, talks with Bishop Paul Lanier about how he partnered with The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews to show of the unedited video footage that Hamas terrorists recorded when committing their barbarous atrocities against Israel.  Scott Furrow talks with Philip De Courcy, pastor Kindred Church in Southern California, about the challenges men face today in a culture that is at war against Biblical manhood. Owen Strachan, the voice of the Grace and Truth podcast, talks with Mike Fabarez, author of Envy: A Big Problem You Didn’t Know You Had. about why envy has become such a “comfortable” sin for so many.

The Bread of Life for a World in Need

Friday, November 10

The Christian Outlook – November 11, 2023 Scott Furrow and Yael Eckstein, President of The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, discuss the challenges of providing aid to communities who were attacked in Israel.  Gino Geraci talks with Don Sweeting, Chancellor of Colorado Christian University, about an article, Pro-Hamas protests expose the massive failure at the heart of American higher education that illustrates what's happening with our young people.  Bob Frantz laments the passing of "Issue #1" in Ohio, the legalization of abortion up until birth, full stop. 57 percent of voters in Ohio sided with the measure. Frantz describes how this passage is systemic of America's love for abortion and a departure from Christian values.  Alistair Begg, from his daily program, “Truth for Life” talks about what this country really needs amidst the serious times in which we live, The Bread of Life. For more, visit Truth for Life.

Elite Media Aghast: New Speaker of House Is a Christian

Friday, November 3

The Christian Outlook – November 4, 2023 Albert Mohler explains how The New York Times—and other elite media outlets—immediately tried to frame Texas Representative Mike Johnson, the new Speaker of the House, as some kind of crazy Christian. John Hall and Kathy Emmons invite Jerry Bowyer to give his analysis on the latest developments in the Israel/Hamas war, as well as the efforts to frame the war as somehow illegitimate. Georgene Rice invites Robert Jeffress, the voice of Pathway to Victory,  to discuss insights on how Christians are to respond to the 10 Commandments, from his new book  “The 10: How to Live and Love in a World That Has Lost Its Way."

The Lord Our Refuge in Times of Distress

Friday, October 27

The Christian Outlook – October 28, 2023 Georgene Rice turns to Robert Greenway of The Heritage Foundation to discuss the concerns about Iran's role in the attack on Israel by Hamas. Chaim Goldman of The Word FM 100.7 in Colorado Springs turns to Rabbi Schneider, the voice of “Discovering the Jewish Jesus” to describe what it was like during the massacre that unfolded on October 7, with missionaries and ministries touring Israel while missiles were flying overhead. Bob Burney invites Gino Geraci, host of Crosswalk on The Word 94.7 FM in Denver, to tell us about his trip with the Got Questions tour group, which was en route to Israel during the attack.  Albert Mohler comments at a special forum held at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary held in the wake of the October 7 massacre in Israel. Dr. Mohler reminds us that as Christians we have a special interest in Israel and should support their defense.

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Friday, October 20

The Christian Outlook – October 21, 2023 Georgene Rice turns to Dexter Van Zile, of the Middle East Forum, to discuss the barbaric atrocity done to Israel by Hamas on October 7th.  Albert Mohler explains why Hamas is a terrorist organization and why schools like Harvard should not allow student groups to basically advocate for the genocide of Jews. Craig Roberts and Jonathan Keller, president of the California Family Council, discuss California’s Assembly Bill 665 which would “amend, repeal, and add”  to the “Family Code, relating to minors.” He explains how it is essentially state-enabled kidnapping. John Hall and Kathy Emmons talk with Tim Challies, a pastor and writer, about his article, detailing why it's best to not assume motives. He cites 1 Corinthians 13, and how it's not just a passage for weddings, but for Christian living.  Georgene Rice invites Matthew Dodds, Executive Director of Blessors of Israel to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, for God's will to be done, and for our own hearts to be prepared for the return of Christ.