Challenging the Culture with Truth
with Larry Kutzler and Esteemed Guests
CitySites Urban Media presents a new Podcast every Friday. We want you to hear from people who are making a difference, and we hope our Podcasts bring you a perspective that isn't taught in today's Christianity. Be sure to listen to our Podcast every Friday!
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.
From the Perspective of a Millennial with Zach Windahl
Zach Windahl is a millennial whose passion for life is evident by just watching him. He’s not following a traditional career path for his life but is finding great satisfaction in helping people know more about who they are. Millennials are a mystery to many people … they are both praised for their ability to use technology, and they are maligned for their seemingly lack of productivity and laziness. In this episode, Larry talks with Zach about his life, his business, and his understanding of God.
Leadership and Millennials with Danita Bye
Danita Bye is a thought innovator, bestselling author, and speaker. Danita is one of those leaders who helps other leaders rethink their direction and their purpose as a leader. In this episode, Danita and Larry discuss why Millennials matter. Visit Danita Bye
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.
What are the Prophets Saying? with Shawn Morrison
There are many definitions to being a prophet in the modern church, and some even feel they no longer exist. I happen to believe that there are prophets today, and they are people who bring course correction to the church. In this episode, I sit down with Shawn Morrison, a seasoned pastor and Bible commentator, and talk about prophets. Listen in to our fascinating conversation!
Marketplace Leadership with Bob Willbanks
This episode features Bob Willbanks, the Founder and Executive Director of Ambassadors For Business, a non-profit ministry helping Christian leaders be men and women representing faith in the marketplace. Bob has great insights on how Christians can be an influence in the business world today. Bob says, “we often see Christians in the marketplace from all walks of life who want a community to support them as they connect their faith values with their work.”
Divine Mystery with Jay Christianson
In this episode, Pastor Jay Christianson talks about Divine Mystery. Too often we want to understand God in all His attributes that we can because it fits into a logical reasoning. However, what about those things about God we don’t understand, let’s say the mysteries of God that we often encounter? What do we do with those? Jay Christianson helps us with those Divine Mysteries.
What’s Right About You with David McKnight
In this episode, Counselor David McKnight helps you understand the uniqueness of how you were created, and how that fits into how you relate to other people, your relationships, and your leadership skills. You have something unique, and David shows you ‘What’s Right About You’, rather than what's wrong about you.
The Goodness of God with Chris Heeb
What is the basis for the Gospel? People answer this question with a variety of responses, but we decided to simply say that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is based upon the ‘Goodness of God.’ Pastor Chris Heeb joins Larry in this episode to bring some insights to this theme.
What Is Next? with Pastor Tom Parrish
What is next? Good question. Larry talks with Pastor Tom Parrish about the future. Too many times the issues set the pace for how we feel, and we wonder how can it get much worse? Tom is a veteran pastor who knows how God can change the person even in the midst of the great peril that is in our world.
Why Is Israel Important? with Pastor Jay Christianson
Pastor Jay Christianson is an expert on Israel, and he studies the Scriptures from a Hebraic perspective. For 2000 years, the Church has ignored Israel’s importance to the Church and that is a big theological mistake. This episode is about the importance of Israel, not only to the Church but to the world and mankind.
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.
Israel with Thom Berkowitz
How important is Israel to the Church? In this episode, Businessman, Bible Teacher, and Messianic Believer, Thom Berkowitz unpacks the idea that God is not finished with Israel. He helps us to realize that all the promises God made to Israel will be fulfilled, and Israel one day will come to know Jesus as Messiah. Thom also talks about how God is the God on the other side, meaning that He desires to see you through life’s storms and help get you on the other side of the problem.
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.
Your Nineveh with Chris Heeb
The story of Jonah is a story of redemption, where God interrupted him in mid-stream of his rebellion and redirected his life to preach redemption to Nineveh. Jesus told his audience in His day that the only sign they would receive would be of that of Jonah. What did He mean? Well, today we look at the Book of Jonah and Chris Heeb joins Larry to discuss the importance of this Prophet named Jonah.
Authenticity with Mark Johnson
I love the word authenticity because it describes the meaning of honesty. The older I get, the more I love the people who we call the Salt of the Earth. These are people who are not pretentious, arrogant, or prideful. In this episode, my guest is Mark Johnson, a musician who uses his gift of music to tell the story of Jesus. Mark has traveled the world, being an example of Salt and Light wherever he has gone. Listen in and hear a man whose authenticity is real.
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 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.
Racism with Bill Green
It is hard to find people today who will give commentary on race without a bias. It is even harder to find commentary on race from a solidly Biblical worldview. Bill Green grew up in Memphis, not far from where Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. His family moved to Los Angles and lived in Watts where the riots took place in the late 60s. Bill has worked in higher education for the past few decades educating in the area of diversity. Join Larry and Bill in this episode … Bill has a message everyone needs to hear.
What is Theology? with Chris Heeb
In this episode, Larry shares that he is troubled with some theology that is being preached today. How can various ministers vary so widely on issues when the Holy Spirit is supposed to be the driving force behind the Word of God? How can ministers and teachers read the same Bible but come to different conclusions when they have the same Holy Spirit helping them interpret God’s Word? Theology, which is the study of God, can be misleading. Larry's guest is Chris Heeb, and they talk about what theology is.
The Bottom Line with Larry Kutzler
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13) Everyone’s bottom line is different, so what's your bottom line? What do you consider the most important element to focus your life upon? There are all kinds of sayings that bring us to a conclusion … at the end of the day or in the final analysis or the bottom line. They all mean the same thing; what is the end of the matter? We all have some kind of 'end of the matter' in our lives. Join Larry in this episode as he talks about the bottom line for Christians, and how important it is to have God as your bottom line.
Pushing Back the Darkness with Larry Kutzler
This episode deals with the idea that as Believers we need to stand against the Darkness in Our Day. It seems as if Evil has engulfed our land … from our Churches to the halls of Washington D.C. It also seems as if we are losing the battle on every front, but that is not the case from God’s Perspective. He is allowing the Evil to permeate all areas of life to show us what happens when we abandon God and are given over to our own ways. Larry includes the historic piece by Paul Harvey, ‘If I were the Devil,’ and some clips from Pastor Conlon of Times Square Church in New York City.
Safety with Larry Kutzler
The optimum word we all use these days is “safety.” We use it in greeting each other by saying, “are you staying safe?” Or when we depart, we might say, “well, stay safe!” Of course, we want people to be safe from harm, from disease, and from anything that may put us at risk. But is that really a possibility … to be safe? Is life about safety? Can we really determine to live our lives in safety? In this episode, Larry talks about safety and that it can be a reality in our lives.
Christians and Politics? with Trevor Rubenstein
In almost every political arena we hear the debate over and over about Christians being involved in politics. The debate has good arguments on both sides of the issue, but I have always formulated the opinion that we cannot abandon the policies and laws of the land and expect to keep the religious liberty that we have enjoyed up to now. Yet, there is an attitude most Christian conservatives have taken toward the left leaning politics because they consider most of them are orchestrating the policies of hell. However, we are called to be Salt and Light to all people … regardless of the political views they hold. In this episode, Larry's guest is Trevor Rubenstein, and they pick up this theme. Listen in!
Are We Influencers? with Larry Kutzler
And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” (Mark 16:15) In other words, go into the world and be an influence with what He has taught us. Are we an influence with what Jesus has taught us? How we influence others is a result of how we have been influenced. Has The Cross influenced us and changed our lives? Join Larry in this episode as he talks about the influence of The Cross of Jesus Christ.
To Serve and Protect with Bill Breimhorst
What's it like to be a cop? Much of our discussion about defunding the police is a radical idea that has no basis in reality. Yes, we have some issues in policing that have not been solved or addressed for decades, but the police are real people like you and me. Police are not our enemy … like so many in the media and in fringe groups advocating their abolition. In this episode, Larry talks with a retired cop who is now a pastor about what his views are in how we are handling the police in our society.
Over the Years with Nathan Werner
When you have been a Christian for over 50 years, how do you see the Church based upon your longevity in the Church? Well, let's talk with a man who has had many years in the Church teaching and growing in Christ. In this episode, Nathan Werner talks with Larry about the 50 years he has had in following Jesus. Whether you're young or whether you're old, listen in for some wonderful insights that will benefit you on your Spiritual journey.
America In Prophecy with Chris Heeb
One of the first questions people ask when they are studying Bible Prophecy is: “Where is America in the Last Days?” Well, that's a good question, because Scripture tells us that in the Last Days all nations stand against Israel. No nation stands with Israel … only the Lord stands with Israel. So, does America implode? Well, listen in to this episode with Larry and his guest Chris Heeb and find out!
Race Relations in America Part 1 with Brian Walker
The aftermath of George Floyd’s death has called for the systems of policing to change. There are lots of questions all of us have about law enforcement, about their training, about the law enforcement culture, and about the culture at large. In this episode, Larry's guest is Reverend Brian Walker, the Program Director of Pro-Life Action Ministries in St. Paul, Minnesota. Pro-Life Action Ministries is a direct-action ministry focused on sidewalk counseling in front of abortion facilities. Brian shares his thoughts with us on race relations in America today.
Being a Female 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.
Race Relations in America Part 2 with Brian Walker
In this episode, Larry and his guest, Reverend Brian Walker, continue their discussion on Race Relations in America. What happens now? How do we rebuild our communities in the hope of true change? How do we respect life beginning in the womb? Listen in as Larry and Brian examine these critical issues facing America today.
Worldview with Chris Heeb
America is feeling the effects of a world full of pandemics, riots, and financial upheaval. It is a trying time for most of us. Much of what we feel is the uncertainty of everything around us. We are accustomed to knowing and trusting in our institutions to keep us safe, and to give us the right information to make informed decisions. All of that is up for grabs today. How we approach these troubling times depends on how we think the world works. Often this is called a Worldview: a set of Beliefs that influences our Values that determines our behavior. In this episode, Chris Heeb from Crossroads Chapel joins Larry in a conversation about this Worldview theme. Listen in!
Opinions are Not Truth with David Fiorazo
These times we are living in are troubling and fear is everywhere. We not only have a virus that has been promoted as the bubonic plague, we have riots throughout the United States threatening the safety of our society. The Church also has its problems in keeping its Message consistent with the Bible. Many of us are seeing how opinions of preachers are replacing the Biblical Narrative of Truth. It's been said that today’s Church is more about counting nickels and noses than it is about Truth. My guest in this episode is David Fiorazo. David is an author, associate pastor, media contributor, and radio personality. He has been involved in the broadcasting and entertainment industries for over thirty years, and in Christian ministry for over twenty-five years. Listen in to our conversation about the difference between opinion and Truth … you'll be surprised at what you learn.
The Message Must Change with Larry Kutlzer
The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was a tragedy. There is no question his death was needless. The message we are getting from his death is for justice, which is understandable. However, is there a Greater Message we should be hearing and listening for? Join Larry as he talks about that in this episode.
Voices of Prophecy with Larry Kutzler
I think most of us are fairly tired of receiving updates on the COVID-19 virus, but I feel it is important for a short commentary on it. Recently, I was asked about who I follow in terms of Prophecy, and I said the late David Wilkerson is a Trust Voice in my life. Of course, there are others, but overall, I follow my reading of the Scriptures … especially when it comes to Prophecy. We have to personally own what has been Written rather than the word of a gifted teacher. Gifted teachers can error in what they teach … that is why we must know the Word and not be fooled by slick presentations or the popularity of the teacher. Join Larry in this episode as he addresses this topic.
Two Pastors and a Virus with Walt McFadden and Tom Parrish
COVID-19 has affected everyone in our Country. The Church has not been able to meet since the quarantine began, and most Churches have complied with the Executive Orders by their State Governor’s to stay home. Are the fears justified? Most would say yes, but the longer this scare continues 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 this quarantine time out.
Character with Larry Kutzler
We all know that it is easier to say something about having Character than it is to live Character out. Character will always cost you something. Faith is the substance of our having Relationship with God, but Character is the billboard everyone reads about your Faith. People of Faith can say they Believe in God, but their personal lives are a mess and tells a different story about their Faith. Character is essential for people of Faith to develop and maintain. Join Larry in this episode as he talks about Character.
Sexual Sin with Larry Kutzler
One of the ways we can evaluate a society’s value about people is to note how the society views sex. The first assault on sex was how we devalued marriage between husband and wife. We saw how easy it was to have sexual relationships in movies, and that set a pattern for how people relate to sex through casual sexual encounters. Then the assault moved on to include same sex relationships on screen. Now, we now have moved on to the acceptance of having sex with children. Google this theme, and you will find a lot of support for it through articles and books. All of this is a direct violation of God’s Laws on sexual behavior. This is one of the reasons that God will bring Justice and Judgment to our sexual revolution where everything and anything goes. Join Larry in this episode, as he talks about this taboo subject.
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.
Safety vs Change with Shawn Morrison
We have been encouraged to stay inside and distance ourselves from people. Good advice from our health officials on how to stay safe during this COVID-19 outbreak. But what does God say about this outbreak? God would echo be safe, but His Overarching Message would be how about making some changes? Join Larry and Shawn Morrison, the Founder and Executive Director of Good in the Hood, in this episode as they talk about as we cry for safety, God cries for Change.
A Course Correction Sign? with Larry Kutzler
During this Coronavirus outbreak, we want to hear from God and be proactive in how we make the kind of changes He is directing us to make. In this episode, Larry talks about the course correction that we sense God is presenting to us. Are we listening? Are we paying attention to the Signs of the Times, and to the Scriptures as they speak to us? Larry challenges us to make the changes that are necessary to grow in Christ and be courageous in walking through to the other side of this virus.
Sabbath with Jay Christianson
Why is Sabbath an important observation for Believers in God? Why was it in the 10 Commandments? In this episode, Larry talks with Pastor Jay Christianson, Founder of High Beam Ministry, on the topic of Sabbath. Listen in as they unpack the meaning of this practice in our Faith Journey.
Are We Listening? with Larry Kutzler
There are so many voices today talking about being safe, and scaring people concerning the COVID-19. Fear is ruling our day, and there are few voices that are asking the question, “what is God saying to us?” I think God is always speaking to us, but are we listening? Well, listen to Larry's commentary on what you are not hearing concerning the crisis in our day.
Culture of Hate with Larry Kutzler
Abortion advocates fight hard to convince the public that their fight is justified and noble. Yet, you will notice that their fight is always about the rights of the woman … never about the rights of the child. Shouldn’t all parties involved in a pregnancy be included in a decision such as abortion, especially the child whose life is at stake?Abortion is an act of hate. In this episode, Larry talks about how abortion is an act of hate.
Vision with Larry Kutzler
Some say you cannot live without a Vision. Vision defines your life. If Vision defines your life, what does your Vision look like? Does your Vision get you up in in the morning? Does your Vision maintain your momentum throughout your day? Well, in this episode, Larry talks out all about your Vision.
Homelessness with Ken Peterson
With sky rocketing costs of housing, many people are losing the battle of having a place to live. Homelessness is an issue for every community in America today. Streets are full of people who are marginalized, including the working poor, those with mental health issues, those who have alcohol and drugs addictions, and those who have plainly just given up. In this episode, Larry talks with a man who has worked hard to bring relief and hope to those who call the streets their home. Ken Peterson has been a pastor, was the former CEO of Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul, Minnesota, and now is a Regional Coordinator for Citygate Network, an organization that helps ministries around the country be more effective in their work surrounding homelessness.
The Cultural Jesus with Tom Parrish
There are some distinctive changes in the emphasis of the Leadership in most Churches today. That emphasis is centered upon the idea that if we live in this world, let’s be as successful as we can as a Witness to the Blessings of God … if we are like an advertisement for Christ, let’s show Him off by how He has Blessed us. However, this is a slippery slope that draws us into building our best lives now and this can overtake the more important Spiritual Principles that Jesus taught us like, “deny yourself, pick up your cross, and follow me.” Denying yourself doesn’t come with a discerner that says, “this sacrifice is optional.” In this episode, Larry and his guest, Pastor, Author, and Bible Commentator Tom Parrish, talk about the Cultural Jesus.
Child Endangerment with Shawn Morrison
Culture is no friend to our family or our children. Culture is what creeps into our homes and into the lives of our kids only to warp their worldview contrary to our Values. In extreme cases, kids are harmed beyond repair and either end up hooked on drugs or exploited by sex traffickers. In this episode, Larry and his guest Reverend Shawn Morrison, talk about Child Endangerment.
Leadership with Chris Heeb
Why is Leadership the most important element in the Church? Well, we used to have a saying in ministry that summed it up … as the Leader goes, so goes the Church. Scripture tells us that Leaders will be judged with a stricter judgment because of their influence. You see, Leaders influence others. They convince people about Doctrine, about Worship, about Prayer, and a host of other Spiritual Values that the Bible Teaches. However, while Leaders influence, they can also mislead. Most Leaders who do mislead do not do it intentionally, but until someone steps in to do a course correction in the Church, the Leader remains stuck. In this episode, Larry and his guest, Pastor Chis Heeb, talk about Leadership.
Super Bowl Half Time Show Objectification of Women?
People seemed to like the half time show of Super Bowl LIV, but was it just another example of the ‘objectification’ of women? We have heard from the ‘Me Too Movement’ about how women are the victims of sexual abuse, yet does the ‘objectification’ of women, such as what we saw in the half time show, contribute to the abuse of women? Bible Commentator Chris Heeb joins Larry in this episode to talk about this issue.