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!
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.
Death is Certain with Chris Heeb
Many of us were stunned by the accidental death of basketball great Kolbe Bryant. For many of us, this brought us to thinking about death and especially how quickly it can happen and how certain it is. Most of us provide for insurance for our families by assessing the risks of living, driving, and traveling. However, we often overlook the risks of Eternity … where will we spend it when we die? Pastor Chris Heeb, Chaplain at Coffee at The Cross, joins Larry in this episode to talk about the certainty of death.
False Gospels with Larry Kutzler
We know that there will be False Gospels that will be preached in the Last Days. Jesus told us that many would come in His Name and deceive many. This is why we need to repeatedly talk about the REAL Gospel, so we aren’t fooled by what comes our way posing as something from God … False Gospels are not from God. Join Larry in this episode as he talks about the False Gospels.
What is the Gospel with Chris Heeb Part 1
Do you have a misunderstanding of What the Gospel Is? No? Are you sure? In this episode, Chris Heeb joins Larry in discussing the definition of the Gospel as the Bible teaches. Listen in and discover the real meaning of the Gospel.
What is the Gospel with Chris Heeb Part 2
Larry and his guest, Chris Heeb, continue their discussion on What is the Gospel? The Gospel, according to the Bible, is not always how people hear it today. The Gospel is One Thing and One Thing Only. Listen in to Part 2 and learn more of the real meaning of the Gospel.
Pressures on the Church with Russ Grigsby
Many social movements have been targeting the Church with their goal to be accepted as mainstream lifestyles. The LGBTQ Community has been trying for a long time to get the Church to normalize gay marriage and accept gays into the Church. In this episode, Larry talks with Pastor Russ Grigsby about these pressures and how some pastors are dealing with it.
Why Do People Hate the Church? with Rick Norling
It seems so out of character for people to hate an institution that tries to help through tough times and instructs them how to face life with the Hope of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet, the Church today is one of the most hated institutions in America. In this episode, Larry and Rick Norling talk about this situation and try to figure out why all this hate is directed toward those who, by design, are out to help people. Rick is the Executive Director of Operation High Ground, a non-profit that works with the restoration of Veterans and their re-entry into civilian life.
Political Correctness with Rick Norling
The politically correct world has been influencing all of us. There is a deeper agenda as to why we are being policed by these language smiths. In this episode, Larry's guest is Rick Norling and they talk about political correctness and how it may affect our future. Rick is the Executive Director of Operation High Ground, a non-profit that works with the restoration of Veterans and their re-entry into civilian life.
Crossroads Chapel Living Out the Mission
Do we know our Mission? At times we do; we get trained in classes, we get indoctrinated with ideas of Prophecy and Doctrine, and we attend conferences that give us the latest innovation within Church culture. However, are we engaging the culture either to salvage the culturally wounded, or are we pushing back against the ideas that enslave people to ignore God and the Love He has for them? In this episode, Larry introduces you to a Mission-Minded Group of People who understand the Mission of the Church and they tell how they are living out that Mission.
Discipleship with Nathan Werner
Discipleship is the process of training a person Biblically to be a fully Devoted Follower of Christ. Billy Graham once said: “Salvation is free, but discipleship will cost everything we have.” Discipleship is more than just a casual small group meeting or a time of discussing a theological point of view … it is the Surrender of the Heart and Mind to God’s Call to Follow Him, and then giving the Holy Spirit your will to shape into the Character of Christ. In this episode, Larry talks with a man whose Ministry surrounds itself with Discipleship. Training and Development Specialist, Nathan Werner, is Larry's guest and they talk about making Disciples.
The Life of an Addict with Kevin Davitch
Drug addiction in America has become a part of our culture. A Federal survey states that 119 million Americans are on some kind of prescription drugs. There are another 24 million Americans who are talking illegal drugs, which combined with the prescription drug users, equals one half of our population. It is not difficult to see how addiction is an issue in America today. In this episode, Larry talks about addiction and talks directly with a former addict, Kevin Davitch. Kevin candidly shares his experience with us and tells us about the Life of an Addict addicted to substance abuse.
Refuge for Women with Ked Frank
According the Department of Defense, Human Trafficking is the world’s fastest growing crime. Human Trafficking is a dark industry that abuses and exploits women of all ages. When a woman is rescued from a trafficker, she is left with many years of past trauma and oftentimes, substance abuse issues. In this episode, Larry’s guest, is Ked Frank, Founder/President of National Refuge for Women. You will be shocked hearing what Ked Frank shares about human trafficking. And, you will be encouraged for the women Refuge for Women helps to overcome their years of bondage and trauma they experienced from being forced into the sex industry.