Challenging the Culture with Truth Podcasts

The Soul of America with Shawn Morrison

With the midterm elections coming up at the end of the year, it is important for Christians to vote. Christians have one of the largest voting blocks in America. Christians need realize they have to exercise their right to vote. Many believers do not think it is important whether they vote or not since God will have His way no matter what. Ultimately, God will have His way, but our job is to protect the right in America for Christians to preach the Gospel. We have seen our religious rights slowly erode, and often it’s because we are asleep in the church. This episode is about the importance of voting to protect our religious rights in America. Visit Shawn Morrison

I Never Knew You with the Truth Barista

One of my day jobs includes producing podcasts for other ministries. One of my long-standing clients is Dr. Jay Christianson who is the imaginary Truth Barista. The Truth Barista is a podcast that deals with the truth of the Gospel as it relates to modern life. It is staged in an imaginary coffeehouse where the Truth Barista and the dishwasher by the name of Larry get into Bible discussions that are relevant to everyday living. So, I decided to share this Truth Barista podcast with you in this episode, hoping you will become a fan of The Truth Barista. Visit The Truth Barista

Toxic Masculinity with Walt McFadden

It’s no secret that men are struggling today to find their role and their place in society. Even men who have a good job and quality of life wonder what kind of role do I now play in society. Men have been tagged with all kinds of terms, one of which has stuck more than others and that is, “Toxic Masculinity.”  There is some truth to men who do not follow God, or live by how He designed men to live … this can and will become toxic because it becomes a self-centered life. In this episode, I talk with Pastor Walt McFadden about men and what the Bible says on how men are to relate to females in their lives. Visit Walt McFadden

Our Freedom is Eroding with Glenn Beck

Everyone knows our world is out of control. We hear commentaries about it every day, especially from conservative radio, that our government is going in the wrong direction. Glenn Beck from The Blaze Radio had a broadcast recently where he talked about a speech delivered by a Holocaust survivor who equated what she experienced in Germany in WW II to what she is seeing in America today. The recent raid on a former President’s home was a wakeup call to Americans about the erosion of their personal liberties and freedoms.  In this episode, I play a segment of Glen’s radio show and make commentary based on what is heard. You will find this insightful.

The Wounds of Men with Walt McFadden

Periodically, I join my friend, Pastor Walt McFadden, on the theme of ‘the wounds in a man’s life.’  Pastor Walt has been teaching and discipling young men in his church trying to get the heart of what is hurting men today. What he has discovered is that men have wounds in their hearts from their fathers, from culture, and from relationships that have injured them in some way.  In this episode, we talk about some of those wounds and how bring those wounds before Jesus for healing. Visit Walt McFadden

Spiritual Narcissism with Larry Kutzler

In this episode, Larry deals with Spiritual Narcissism, a condition that is rampant among Christian leaders who are leading Churches and ministries. As you can guess, most narcissistic leaders are gifted, and Larry explains to us that it takes discernment to figure out if the leader is a servant of God or a narcissist in disguise.

The Cult of Western Christianity with Chris Heeb

I’m sure this episode will stir up some controversary. Why? Because, for some time, I have thought that the western church has some serious flaws in terms of practice and theology. Now, it is true, no church will be perfect … that is not what I am addressing in this podcast. What I want to do is to create some self-awareness that our structures or systems in the church could be the reason we are seeing more moral failure in the church. The open testimony of a young girl who tells how she was spiritually abused at the hands of family and leaders of her church. The abuse was all about control. When I first listened to her, I thought she was a disgruntled person who had an ax to grind, but after listening to her several times, I realized that I had experienced some of the same conditions in my life. I hope this podcast will make you think through what is being said in the church, and pray for God’s mercy to bring changes to needed areas of the church. I remember the message of the ‘Reformation’ that brought some needed changes to the church at that time, and I think it is needed again to return to the integrity of the Gospel. Visit Chris Heeb Ministry

Love God … Hate Evil with Shawn Morrison

Tolerance is the modern battle cry of the culture. There are no restrictions when it comes to being you. No more moral restrictions of past generations … we are now the generation of free exploration without societal restriction. Evil is at the heart of much of our freedom, and society is being primed to accept it.  Psalm 97:10 speaks to us about our love for God and our hatred for evil. God cannot co-exist with evil, and there is no middle ground between the two. God wants us to abandon all aspects of evil if we want to follow Him. Today Shawn Morrison, the founder and Executive Director of Good in the ‘Hood, joins me to process this theme. Visit Good in the ‘Hood

The Coffin with Neil Saltzman

What motivates a man to build his own coffin? That’s the question I asked a man who told me that he has built his coffin for his funeral. Neil Saltzman has been a carpenter, entrepreneur, and former business owner who decided it could be a great conversation piece with a practical purpose. Neil tells his nine grandkids the story of how one day he will be in the coffin that he built. However, the story he tells is not morbid or sad … it is a reminder of how death will come to everyone, but in Jesus, our life continues into eternity with God. The coffin is just a reminder that if Jesus is our Messiah, we will be raised to live with God in eternity. In this episode, I talk with Neil about his faith and his coffin.

The Woundedness of Men with Walt McFadden

Men are struggling today. Many of them don’t know what role they play, and some have even become more effeminate in their dress and appearance just to appear more gender neutral.  It seems that females are more prominent in almost every industry these days, and men are feeling more isolated than ever before. Generally, men have few friends and have a hard time relating to other men. This CitySites Podcast talks with Pastor Walt McFadden about the woundedness that many men feel today throughout society. Visit Walt McFadden

Maintaining Our Faith with Larry Kutzler

As we all know, our world has changed forever since COVID 19. We are only now discovering how this pandemic has influenced our lives forever. Other changes such as the transgender movement and the abortion legislation have all made inroads into our lives. Yet, with all these changes the one change that should never change is our faith in God. Faith has always been the target of evil, and it is a never-ending process to get us to give up on God for the pleasures of this life. In this episode, you’ll find my commentary helpful in maintaining our faith.

The Jewishness of the Gospel with Trevor Rubinstein

The Jewishness of the Gospel is often overlooked in our modern church. We seem to forget that as Gentiles we were grafted into the Olive Tree of God. The Jews had all the covenants God made with humankind, including the New Covenant. We call the New Covenant the New Testament which tells the story of Jesus, who is the New Covenant. Yet, in spite of all the evidence that the Jews who gave us the Messiah, the Jews who gave us all the Scripture that we read, and the Jews who were the first believers in Jesus after His resurrection, we still do not recognize the Jews for their contribution to our faith.  Why? Well, it may be a complicated answer to that question. In this episode, my friend and Jewish believer, Trevor Rubinstein, who works with Chosen People Ministries, helps us process this theme.  Visit Chosen People Ministries

Leadership Structure with David Diers

In most organizations, we focus upon leadership principles and values as we try to strengthen the core of the company or ministry. The problem with only focusing on the leadership is that we forget about the other half of the equation, and that is structure. No leader can properly lead without the expectations and the accountability of structure. In recent years, we have seen many outstanding leaders fail in leading because there was little to no structure to support their gift of leadership. Structure also helps to protect the integrity of the organization by keeping the talent of the leaders in check to the character of the organization based upon the principles of the structure. In this episode, my guest is David Diers who is an Executive with a telecommunications company in Las Vegas. David talks about the need to look at structure to help leaders fulfill their role in leading people.

The Immorality of Abortion with Brian Walker

For me, abortion for me is a moral judgment. This issue must be a moral one because we are talking about taking a life. In this episode, my guest is Brian Walker who has been a long-time pro-life advocate. Brian and I have a frank discussion about today’s climate in American on the topic of abortion. As Brian points out, science is our friend on this one because it does identify a pregnancy as a human being. I find it amazing when we talk about moral human tragedies like the Holocaust or the recent killing of 19 children and 2 adults at a Texas elementary school, we know that is morally wrong, but the same application is never placed on abortion. Brian is the Program Director of Pro-Life Action ministries in St Paul Minnesota. Brian, along with his wife, Denise, have been active doing side-walk counseling at Planned Parenthood locations, teaching, and helping the church to become active in pushing back the demands of the abortion advocates. Brian and Denise started a ministry called ‘Rich in Mercy’ which is a post abortive and miscarriage counseling service. Visit Rich in Mercy

Beware of Christians with Thom Berkowitz

In this episode, my guest is a Jewish man who believes in Jesus. Following his father’s unexpectant death, he found himself without answers to life and was mad at God for taking his dad. Being raised as a secular Jew, Thom did not care about religion and he had no interest in God. When his wife started to attend a Bible study, he decided he would find out what she was studying. In the process of reading about Jesus, he fell in love with Him and gave his life to following Him as His Messiah. Thom talks about his love for Jesus, and how being Jewish is not a stumbling block to believing in Him.

One Dimensional God with Shawn Morrison

When I travel and attend churches in various cities or I watch church services online, I find a dangerous precedent being set by the church. It seems there is a one-sided God being presented that makes God into just a fraction of how He is described in the Bible. I won’t say what is said about God is wrong from the pulpits of the church I watch or visit, it just seems there are many themes about God that are being left out. In other words, we are getting a cliff notes version of God, and some important characteristics of God are being missed. In this episode, we talk about the one-sided God that we hear about in church today, and my good friend Pastor Shawn Morrison joins me for this conversation. Visit Shawn Morrison

Roots of Change with Craig Sulentic

I have often wondered, when a Christian leaves the faith or is caught is some kind of un-Christian like behavior, what happens to that person in their discipling process? Now, no one is beyond temptation and often many of us slip and fall, but we remember how to return to God through Jesus Christ. I think some of the problem lies with how we were trained, or as we like to say in the church ‘discipled.’  I know in business when an employee is lacking in performance, it can usually be traced to how they were on-board or trained when they started. Discipleship is our training period … it never stops. But with time and experience, discipleship molds who we are and what we do. In this episode, I talk with the Chairman of the CitySites Board of Directors, Craig Sulentic. He is a wealth of wisdom and insight, and our theme will focus on the root changes that have to transpire in our discipleship process.

The Community of Christ with Tom Parrish

Community is a term that is used to identify a group of people who live in a neighborhood together or come together for some cause or purpose. It is also a term used to identify a church. For me, the term goes beyond just a local church … it means the community of Christ which is everyone who believes in Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Community of Christ is belonging to Jesus. In this episode, I talk with a veteran pastor who helps unpack that term for us. Visit Tom Parrish

Faith Crisis with Jeremiah Rice

What happens when faith goes into crisis? In the church, this happens more often than we want to admit. Sometimes, crisis is brought about by the experiences we encounter with fellow believers. I know, first-hand, that my most difficult times in ministry came because of the behavior of people who had an agenda, and I was in their way. Pastors can tell you horror stories of how badly they have been treated by church leaders. In this episode, I talk with a young pastor who tells you his story about his crisis and how God brought about a new chapter in his life.

Integrity with David Diers

This episode with David Diers focusses on Integrity. Integrity, as John Maxwell says, is the foundation of leadership. All other aspects of leadership follow Integrity. David Diers is an executive with a large telecommunications company in the Southwest and has developed his business and home life around Integrity. David and Larry process this word, Integrity, through David's experience in the marketplace.

Cancel Culture and the Church with Walt McFadden

The cancel culture has been one of those evils that goes after people with a vengeance. It’s a self-righteous act of people who think they have a right to destroy other people by calling for a boycott of who they are or what they do. This same spirit has been around for some time in the church, and in some ways has intensified in our culture today. In this episode, Pastor Walt McFadden from Cityview Church in Minneapolis, is my guest. Join us as we talk about this problem creeping into the church. Visit Walt McFadden

The Bible Study with Zach Windahl

We all know it’s hard to get young people to read the Bible. Zach Windahl knew this, so he designed one of the fastest growing studies for young people in both body and mind. It’s simply called ‘The Bible Study.’ Zach joins me in this episode to tell his story of how God brought this project about, and the outstanding success it has been. Visit Zach Windahl

Traditions with Chris Heeb

Traditions can be wonderful and meaningful observances, yet some traditions may not follow the Biblical narrative. For example, take Easter, some of the traditions we follow about this holiday can be traced back to pagan origins. Rabbits and eggs can all distract us from the real meaning of Christ’s resurrection from the dead.  In this episode, Chris Heeb joins me to look back in time to examine some of the origins of the Easter celebration. Visit Chris Heeb Ministry

What is Preached? with Jay Christianson

There has always been a tension between what is preached in church and what is not. As any church that grows in size and in organization, there comes a financial burden to be met by the demands of the ministry.  It is those demands that can dictate how prophetic the ministerial staff can become before it might affect the bottom line of that church. I know this might sound like sacrilege, but it is the truth. As a pastor, I was told not to preach on issues that drive people away. I was told just to keep to the simple Gospel … and that’s it. No hot topics, no divisive themes where people disagree … this way we can keep peace, and keep them writing the checks. That may sound cynical, but it is true. In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Jay Christianson of HighBeam Ministry, and we unpack what the whole Gospel should look like and sound like. Visit HighBeam Ministry

Satan’s Evil with Shawn Morrison

Today, there is a tendency to make Christianity a cognitive religion of having your best life now, complete with tips and ideas on how to make it so. Christianity is not a religion of education, knowledge, or otherwise … it is a supernatural event where God sent His Son to rescue the world from sin. That’s right … Christianity is a rescue mission by God. During His great rescue effort, He encounters a tumultuous push back by a fallen angel named Satan. In our world of making Christianity play nice with soft and chewable bites of truth, we have overlooked the real battles in life with Satan and his kingdom on earth. We might give Satan a mention from time to time, but he is never blamed for the evil that is in the world. So, I asked Pastor Shawn Morrison to come in and talk about evil, Satan, and our response. Visit Shawn Morrison at Good in the ‘Hood

The Reel Hope Project with Kaycee Stanley

Once in a while, I am privileged to interview unique ministries that are making a difference in the lives of kids. In this episode, my guest is Kaycee Stanley, the Executive Director of The Reel Hope Project . We talk about how this organization is helping kids get adopted by producing a video bio on their lives. Kaycee and her husband started The Reel Hope Project in 2016 with one mission … a forever family for every child. Their vision is to mobilize the faith community to bring foster kids into forever families. They strive to be a bridge between church and state, partnering on both sides to see an end to kids waiting for families. They work to equip social workers with an invaluable tool to share their kids’ stories, and empower families to meet these kids. You will love her story. Visit The Reel Hope Project

Habits with Nathan Unruh

I love to watch people and see how they interact, how they treat others, and what kind of person they display in public. Most of the time, you can observe someone and know what kind of habits they have simply by watching their behavior. In this episode, I talk with a successful businessman, chiropractor, speaker, and family man, Dr. Nathan Unruh, about the habits he has put into place that guide him to living a successful life. His answers will surprise you. Visit Nathan Unruh

Transformational Discipleship with Shawn Morrison

One of my personal interests is to study the Bible to find the key Verses or thoughts where God lays out how our lives should be lived. One of the key changes in preaching in the American church over the last decade or so has been an appeal for more of a knowledge base ministry than God. Now, at first that doesn’t sound bad, but if knowledge only puffs us up and doesn’t bring about a transformation in our lives, perhaps we are on the wrong protectory in the church. In this episode, I have a conversation with Shawn Morrison about “Transformational Discipleship” where we see not only a knowledge base in our relationship with God, but we also see a supernatural return to our faith.

Discipleship with Walt McFadden

In this episode, Pastor Walt McFadden is Larry’s guest. He is the Senior Pastor at Cityview Church in South Minneapolis. His emphasis as a pastor is on discipleship and why the church has been slowly deteriorating in the West. His bottom line to his ministry is summed up with one phrase, “All the problems in the church are directly related to discipleship.” Listen in as Pastor Walt unpacks the meaning of discipleship.

Greek vs Hebraic with Jay Christianson

Larry’s guest in this episode is Dr. Jay Christianson who unpacks the Greek and Hebraic interpretation of Scripture. The teachings of Jesus were based upon many Hebraic idioms common in His day. The audience of Jesus knew exactly what He referred to as He taught, yet through Greek translations some of those idioms were misunderstood. Reading these idioms through the lens of Greek of translation can take on different meanings than their original intent. Dr. Christianson shares how this can affect the meaning of some Scriptures. Visit Jay Christianson at HighBeam Ministry

The Holy and the Common with Larry Kutzler

Many times, in our understanding about God, we overlook some of the basic teachings of the Bible. For example, in Ancient Israel the priest’s main responsibility was to teach people about God. The teaching needed to give people God’s standards … it starts with the concept of what is Holy and what is common. The Holy has to do with God, His commandments, and His values. The common has to do with what is earthly and everyday. The common could also be evil, the wicked things that we often face every day. In this episode, we look at the Holy and the common.

Only Two Questions Matter with Tom Parrish

Larry likes to bring ideas down to a level of simple clarification. Ideas can get so complex, and religious ideas can often get complicated. In this episode, Larry talks with Pastor Tom Parrish about an article he posted on his blog titled, 'Only Two Questions Matter.' Tom is a pastor, author, sought after speaker, and a respected Christian blogger. Tom is the kind of guy you go to when you need leadership direction. Join Larry and Tom as they talk about the only two questions that matter. Visit Tom Parrish

The Unseen Enemy with Chris Heeb

There are many enemies in America today, and some of them are seen as good causes. Most of these contemporary causes have an unseen base to them that many people do not see. This enemy has been around since the beginning of time, and is most successful when he does not get exposed. This unseen enemy has one secret that is never talked about … it is the fact that this enemy has been defeated. The only reason this enemy is effective is because he is allowed to lie and be believed. Join Larry and Chris Heeb in this episode as they warn about the unseen enemy. Visit Chris Heeb Ministry

Women in Leadership with Mina Carlson

Mina Carlson is a Christian leader whose leadership skills were developed as a founder of a tech company. Her passion for the Gospel ended up in Christian ministry where she ministers to women about their leadership skills and calling. Mina is a life coach, an advisor to ministry leaders, and the founder of Wilhelmina Ministries. In this episode, Mina is Larry’s guest, and they talk about the role of women in developing leaders for the Cause of Christ. Visit Wilhelmina Ministries

Reset with Neal Rich and Shawn Morrison

It seems we live in an era of resets … everything around us is changing. Sometimes these resets help us to make changes that are necessary. Some have called these changes ‘course corrections’ … needed changes in the direction we are heading. In this episode, Larry talks with two pastors about the resets and course corrections that are happening in the church today. Pastors Neal Rich and Shawn Morrison are Larry’s guests. Pastor Neal is the Senior Pastor of Cedar Valley Church in Bloomington, Minnesota and Shawn Morrison is the Executive Director of Good in the ‘Hood in the Twin Cities. Visit Cedar Valley Church Visit Good in the ‘Hood

Manhood with Walt McFadden

This episode discusses the assault on men that our culture has perpetrated. There are many boys who grow up in fatherless homes and struggle with the understanding of manhood. Most marriages end in divorce because men are cheating on their wives or do not take responsibility as a leader in the home. Pastor Walt McFadden discusses what men are facing today, and how men can escape the trap of defining manhood by standards that are not Godly.

Studying the Bible with Tom Parrish

How do you study the Bible? Today I talk with Pastor Tom Parrish about his innovative Bible study that asks three questions. These three questions will help you to extract the meaning from the Biblical text, help you apply it to your life, and then ask, “what’s next?” Pastor Tom also looks at some of the reasons why discernment is not developed within the church today. He also addresses why so many Christians fall for the wrong spiritual emphasis today. Join us in today’s podcast and learn about these important topics.

Perspective with Larry Kutzler

Having the right perspective is critical for understanding life. Everyone has a perspective, but having the right perspective is what is important. God’s perspective on living life is the only perspective that will matter in the end. As we start a new year, what perspective do you have? Are you thinking about life only from your experiences and knowledge, or are you surrendered to God’s perspective?

The Dark Side of Ministry Part 5 with Walt McFadden

Over the past five weeks, I’ve been doing a podcast series on the theme of ‘The Dark Side of Ministry.’ These five podcasts look at stories and conditions within ministry that brings a dark side to the message of the Gospel. In many cases, this dark side is idol worship because it places gifting, ministry models, and success above the message of Jesus. I realize there can be a fine line when talking about this, but there are certain behaviors and beliefs that trap us into thinking our ministries are more important than they are. In this episode, I talk with Pastor Walt McFadden about some of his experiences of dealing with the dark side of ministry.

The Dark Side of Ministry Part 4 with Shawn Morrison

This is the fourth in our series on ‘The Dark Side of Ministry.’ Reverend Shawn Morrison joins me as we talk about how good intentions can be turned into a dark side of ministry. I don’t think anyone who goes into the ministry does so with the intention of drifting away from Christ and preach another Gospel, but it does happen. In fact, it happens more than we want to admit. Shawn and I talk about what can happen to a person that can draw them into this dark side.

The Dark Side of Ministry Part 3 with Dr. Jay Christianson

I have now completed the third in the series, “The Dark Side of Ministry.” This series looks into how the structure of a church can be a hinderance to the true Gospel. We look at how the giftedness of the preacher can influence people in a way that may not be Biblical. We also look into the integrity issues that ministries often violate because of personal or corporate gain. Ministries and churches are run by people and sometimes people can get in the way of what God wants to do. Darkness will constantly tempt us to abandon God’s Word for personal and private gain. My guest is this episode is Dr. Jay Christianson from HighBeam Ministry. Visit HighBeam Ministry

The Dark Side of Ministry Part 2 with David McKnight

In this second episode of our series on The Dark Side of Ministry, David McKnight comes back into the studio to talk about structure. David shares how structure in the church can hinder growth and be an obstacle to real worship and real ministry. David tells us that structure can be seen as tradition, however, in some cases, the structure is actually worshiped instead of God. You will find our conversation insightful. Listen in to this penetrating episode. Visit David McKnight

The Dark Side of Ministry Part 1 with David McKnight

Is there a dark side to ministry? Most of us have all seen clergy fail in recent years. It’s been in all denominations … from the priests in the Catholic Church to the super pastors in Evangelicalism. So, I decided to do a series on ‘The Dark Side of Ministry.’ This series will be an ongoing exposé on the areas we need to be mindful of in our churches and with the leaders who lead us. In this first episode, I speak with David McKnight, a counselor and a church consultant, about the definition of the dark side of ministry. Visit David McKnight

Character with Larry Kutzler

Integrity is an important part of any relationship. You need integrity to foster honesty, trust, and respect. Yet integrity is often lost when it comes to our relationships. In this episode, I talk about integrity in terms of three words:

1. Honesty

2. Clarity

3. Respect

For me, these three words make up the definition of character, in which integrity is the cornerstone.

Structure with Larry Kutzler

Structure is important in everything. Your body has a structure that keeps it alive, the building you live in has a structure that keeps it from falling down, and the church should have a structure that creates a healthy spiritual environment that benefits both the believer and the ministry. In this episode, I open the podcast with a clip from Dr. John McArthur who sets the stage for my comments on structure. I hope you will find it helpful and meaningful as you work to bring the best practices into your work for the Lord.

A Different Gospel with Tom Parrish

In this episode, my guest is Tom Parrish, a seasoned pastor, author, and Bible commentator. Tom tells us that today we have different Gospels being preached. False teachers are preaching the Jesus of their imagination. They are creating a Jesus that doesn’t exist. You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of Gospel than the one you believed. Deceit is part of these false teachers, in that they also teach their warped version of Jesus, the Spirit, and the Gospel. Visit Pastor Tom Parrish

Sexual Sin with Larry Kutzler

There is such a darkness over sexual issues today. Pedophilia and transgenderism are just a few of the sexual issues our society is slowly accepting. People do not find anything immoral in anything that is sexually practiced as long as there is content by those involved. God has a lot to say about sexually immoral people. Listen in as Larry talks about the taboo subject of sexual sin in this episode.

Marketplace Ministry with Bob Willbanks

In the past, the marketplace has not been thought of as a place for Gospel influence, but with more leadership gurus using principles from Scripture as lead values for their companies, the idea of a Marketplace Ministry is just a short step away. Some say the marketplace is the new missionary frontier, and CEOs and business owners are able to influence more people in a week than any pastor. It is an important field to consider when thinking about earning a living and doing it as an Influencing factor for His Kingdom. Bob Willbanks, founder of Ambassadors for Business, joins Larry in this episode, and they share how to connect your faith values with your work. Visit Ambassadors for Business

Culture of Death with Chris Heeb

We are using death as a means to solve our problems. Abortion is only one of the areas we are using death as a solution. There are those who have forecasted that we will end the lives of older people just because they are no longer productive in our society. In this episode, my guest is Chris Heeb, and we talk about the culture of death in our society.

Did Jesus Abolish the Law? with The Truth Barista

I have been presenting one of our CitySites Podcast Network clients as our podcast for the last three weeks. Today, I share the next installment of Jesus and the Law, a podcast from the Truth Barista. I hope you have enjoyed the imaginary cafe with the Truth Barista as he teaches on our theme of Jesus and the Law.  This episode is entitled ‘Did Jesus Abolish the Law?’ Listen in as the Truth Barista helps us understand more about Jesus and the Law. Visit The Truth Barista

Torah Laws with The Truth Barista

Dr. Jay Christianson, creator of the podcast ‘The Truth Barista’ is once again my podcast guest. Jay has been a podcaster for many years and has created a creative way to tell the truth of the Gospel by developing this innovative podcast. I have decided to play a series that he did recently as a way to introduce you to his ministry. He is a part of the CitySites Podcast Network Family. This episode is entitled ‘Torah Laws’ and the Truth Barista explains how and why Christians should not be afraid of the Torah Laws. Visit The Truth Barista

Jesus and the Law with The Truth Barista

For the next several weeks I’ll be featuring one of my clients from the CitySites Podcast Network. My featured guest will be Dr. Jay Christianson who is the podcaster and his program is called The Truth Barista. Jay has created an imaginary coffeehouse where he, the Truth Barista, talks with his coffeehouse employee, Amazing Larry, about the Bible and issues of the day. The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry’s exchange on the podcasts is fun banter with truth shared. This episode is entitled ‘Jesus and the Law’ and you’ll find it extremely surprising on how Jesus and the Law relate. Visit The Truth Barista

Females in Church Leadership with Jamie Morrison and Pam Braman

Over the years, female Leaders in the church have tried to figure out just how they feel about themselves as leaders. Do female leaders feel pressure to act more masculine than feminine as they lead? Do female leaders get the respect equal to a male leader? What do people expect from a female leader? In this episode, Larry talks about the perspective of women as it relates to leadership in the Body of Christ. Some churches will not permit a woman to be a pastor or to hold a teaching position, as the doctrine of these churches restricts senior leadership to men only. With Larry are two female pastors who have been in leadership for decades, and they give us their perspective on church life for a female as a leader in the church.

Living an Intentional Life with Dr. Nathan Unruh

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor. ~Vince Lombardi
Dr. Nathan Unruh is a living example of Coach Lombardi’s quote.  In this episode, he discusses Living an intentional life and creating an environment to become a better leader and a better person. Dr. Unruh is a successful chiropractor, businessman, and author whose interest in excellence has driven him to becoming one of the best thought leaders in his profession. He has created several businesses where he trains professionals how to become more effective in leading people through his training resources. Visit Nathan Unruh

Safety vs Change with Larry Kutzler

It is easy to stay safe, we are so safe in fact, that we forget that Christianity has never been a safe practice. Looking at history, most of the cultures Christianity was flourishing in were not kind to believers. Change doesn’t often happen when everything is safe … why make any changes? Isn’t safety what we want? Well, that would depend if safety is getting done what God wants done. Listen in as Larry talks about safety vs change in this episode.

The Bottom Line with Larry Kutzler

The bottom line is an expression we often use to illustrate the end of a matter. The bottom line in business is the amount of profit or loss the company has experienced. In the church, the bottom line should be about how effective have we been in presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Join Larry in this episode as he talks about ‘the bottom line’ for Christians and the church.

Immigrants and the Church with John Mayer

John Mayer, the Executive Director of the Christian ministry, City Vision, has been doing research for more than 20 years on the immigrant populations in our urban communities. His research has been invaluable for those who plant churches among the ethnic immigrant populations. In this episode, John helps us understand who is in our neighborhoods, who is coming to our neighborhoods, and what this tells us about America’s future. John discusses that we have an unreached people group right in our local neighborhoods, and the ramifications to the church if it ignores the presence of the immigrant population. Visit City Vision

Sabbath with Pastor Jay Christianson

Why is Sabbath an important observation for believers in God? Why was Sabbath in the Ten Commandments? In this episode, Larry talks with Pastor Jay Christianson, Founder of HighBeam Ministry, on the topic of Sabbath. Listen in as they unpack the meaning of this practice in our faith journey. Visit HighBeam Ministry

Is the Gospel Intense? with Larry Kutzler

The culture is changing and is becoming more and more against Christian values. There are those who say that if our Christian values don’t comply and become supportive of the cultural mandates, we will be seen as combatants in our society. The pressure will increase until we give in … we have seen that reality happen with the homosexual revolution. Christians now are slowly accepting the homosexual lifestyle as acceptable to God. What a lie! What a crime against the truth of God’s Word!  We are called to love everyone, to forgive everyone, and to tell the truth to everyone. Loving and forgiving is what we do fairly well in the church, but we are lacking in telling the truth. Scripture teaches us to tell the truth in love … but the mandate is clear, “tell the truth.” In this episode, we tell the truth.

Gender Identity with Luca Jo Groppoli and Chris Heeb

Luca Jo Groppoli is a woman who for many years of her life lived a transgender lifestyle as a man. Luca Jo was abused as a young girl, and thought that by becoming a boy it would spare her, but it actually did the opposite. Luca Jo was told at the age of 17 that she needed to have a sex change. Luca Jo tells us how one pastor and one church loved her through this journey, and the years of tumultuous living left scars on her life but love sought her out and marked her with joy and peace. Luca Jo’s mission is to minister to those struggling with their sexual and gender identity, while standing for truth and the healing power of the Gospel. Luca Jo speaks candidly and shares her journey with us, the pain in her life, and being healed by the power of Jesus in this fascinating and spell-binding episode.

The Unseen Enemy with Chris Heeb

When Jesus sent His disciples out on their own to minister to people, He told them to do some extremely unusual things. He told them to heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, and cast out demons. That was their assignment. Can you imagine what they felt as they went out for the first time with this assignment?  It was a true test of faith. In this episode, I talk with Chris Heeb about the unseen enemy … the enemy that affects everything in our lives but is often ignored most by those of us who practice faith.

Answering Tough Question with Shawn Morrison

Tough questions are always hard to field with good responses because there are so many answers that could be applied, but when we are truth followers there really is only one response.  That response, of course, belongs to the Lord. In this episode, I talk with Reverend Shawn Morrison about some tough questions being asked today.

Pushing Back the Darkness with Larry Kutzler

There is a fear about confronting the social issues of our day. I am referring to the issues that take on moral issues that are in opposition to the Scriptures. So many of us would rather be quiet than to fight with someone. I understand that, yet, at the same time if we never push back on the issues that affect us all, those issues slowly become acceptable. In this episode, we are pushing back.

The Intensity of the Gospel with Larry Kutzler

The Gospel isn’t about church services with hymns, prayers, and sermons. We use these to make a case for the Gospel, and is the practice of most Christians around the world. There is nothing wrong in this practice, with one exception … this is not the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ demands its followers to be completely committed to the message of the Cross. Nothing  is more important than what Jesus did for us, and there is no greater reward than what we are promised as a result of the Cross. In this episode, Larry will challenge you to think again about your own commitment to Jesus and how much of His message controls your life.

Accountability with Pastor Ross Tenneson

In recent years, we have seen many national Christian leaders fail, and this raises the question about accountability. Most ministries do not have any systems to help Christian leaders from failing morally, and yet it is critical to maintain some kind of accountability for those who lead the church. In this episode, Larry talks with Pastor Ross Tenneson about the church he serves and how they handle this issue among their leadership.

Slothfulness with Riley Carpenter

Lately, I've been doing some interviews with young pastors in training. In this episode, I have another one of these future leaders in the church. Riley Carpenter is in seminary now, training to be a pastor. We talk about one of the seven deadly sins … slothfulness. I think you will enjoy Riley’s history lesson, and a personal application on this theme.

The Journey with Larry Kutzler

The Apostle Paul was a very spiritual man. He learned much of his insight through the suffering of bringing the Gospel to a hostile world. Once again, we live in a post-Christian world where many of the prominent ideas of our day are not based upon a Judeo-Christian foundation. Join Larry in this episode, as he talks about the journey of living a Christian life in a post-Christian era.

Cancel Culture with Walt McFadden

In the church, we are often not forgiving people, we are often not accepting people, and we have a problem in our culture ... cancel culture.  So, what's cancel culture? It's somewhat a boycott of someone who has done something other people find objectionable. Cancel culture is rooted in Social Media, and its goal is to destroy those who it finds objectionable. It can be someone just like you and me. Social Media cancels people who it thinks is objectionable ... so does the church. The Apostle Paul offers us grace to extend to others, rather than the cancel culture. People don't understand what grace really is. Why? Grace is easier said than done ... you have to practice what you preach.

Defy the Darkness with Larry Kutzler

It becomes easy for most of us to curse the darkness because it is so egregious. Yet, many times that is all we do … we complain about it. Darkness always behaves like its creator, Satan, and it always hides from the truth. Darkness loves to agitate, deceive, and more and more people refuse to push back because of the personal high cost of offending the cancel culture. In this episode, Larry talks about pushing back and defying the darkness.

Heart of the Father with Dr. David Nichols

My guest has been literally around the world bringing the healing message of Jesus Christ. Dr. David Nichols has been a college professor, author, and conference speaker. In 2000, he established a ministry of healing known as the Heart of the Father Ministries. David and Sherry Nichols have preached the Gospel to over one million people face-to-face with over 350,000 responding to receive Jesus as their Savior. Twice they have ministered to over 100,000 people at one place at one time in South India. They are promoting the healing Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth! In this episode, Dr. David Nichols shares about healing and his healing ministry.

The Tension of the Gospel with Larry Kutzler

The Gospel message is easy to accept, and the benefits are eternal. Yet the Gospel has an intensity to it that requires a heart that is prone to discipleship. Discipleship is a lifestyle that focuses on following the dictates of Scripture. We love, we forgive, we worship God. We give Him first place in all things, and that requires we make the Word of God a priority in our lives. Listen in to this episode, as Larry gives a commentary on the tension that is part of the Gospel message.

Next Generation Preachers with Kenneth Granados

What will the preachers be like in the next generation? Will they uphold the principles of faith of the previous generations? Have we mentored our youth in our congregations to reflect the Gospel? Have we developed the kind of disciples that will change the world for God? Well, I decided to ask a young man whose career path is to be a pastor in the near future. Kenneth Granados will soon graduate from the Christian University he has been attending with his goal of preparing for the ministry. In this episode, I talk with Kenneth about his generation, and his plans for future ministry.

Two Pastors and a Virus with Walt McFadden and Tom Parrish

COVID-19 has affected everyone. The church was not been able to meet with the quarantine in effect, and most churches complied with the executive orders by their state governors to stay home. Are the fears justified? Most would say yes, but many pastors and conservative leaders have their questions. In this episode, Larry talks with two pastors about the church and the spiritual messages they see coming out from the quarantine time out.

The Spirit of Moab with Larry Kutzler

In this episode, Larry asks why would God raise up a spirit like Moab in the last days? What purpose does it serve to have another evil-influencing spirit in the world? This is why our churches must start teaching from a foundation of discernment. Truth has been tainted by falsehood, and most of us are not aware of how it is affecting our faith and practice of Christianity. Discernment is a gift that distinguishes between what is from God and what is not. Remember, the spirit of Moab is one of influence, and if that influence is not discernable from the perspective of good and evil, it will go undetected and be absorbed into the fabric of the faithful.