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!
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.
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.
Native Strong with Jason Houle
Probably one of the most under reached people groups in the United States is the Native American. The Native American story is one of heartache, alcohol addiction, and a youth suicide rate that is off the charts. In this episode, Larry’s guest is Jason Houle, the Founder/Director of Native Strong-ARC (Authentic Relationship with the Creator). Native Strong-ARC is committed to helping Native/First Nation people regain warrior spirit and a return to greatness while restoring their families and making their lives full of promise and optimism. We do this by preparing the individual for developing an authentic relationship with the Creator God … Jesus Christ. Jason’s mission is to bring Natives/First Nation Americans into wholeness through the work of Native Strong-ARC.
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 absorbed into the fabric of the Faithful.
Homelessness with Pastor Becky Hanson
Homelessness is all around us, but many times we either don’t see them or we choose to ignore them. Here is a pastor who not only has noticed them but is doing something to help them. In this episode, Pastor Becky Hanson is Larry's guest, and you don’t want to miss the innovative way she and the Church she serves are helping the homeless in her area.
What is Missing? with Larry Kutzler
In this episode, Larry explains that what is missing in most peoples’ lives is the reality of God’s Pursuit of them, how much He Loves them, that God has another side of His Loving Nature that is portrayed in Scriptures as a God of Justice. Some people Believe what they have been taught, but they never question what they have been taught. Some answers to our questions need verification by asking to prove the evidence of our argument. What Scriptures support our Beliefs? These are questions we should be asking in order to gain Understanding about our world and about our God.
America the Weird with Larry Kutzler
Remember when America was always identified as America the beautiful? The land is still beautiful, but the weirdness that takes place in this Country every day is beyond imagination. In this episode, Larry talks about America the Weird.
The Curses of the Bible with Pastor Jay Christianson
The Bible is full of Curses where God says if you break Fellowship with Me, or break My Laws, or act inappropriately against parents, the poor, or take advantage of any marginalized people group, you will be Cursed. In Scripture, there are numerous examples of behavior that is Cursed by God. Pastor Jay Christianson joins Larry in this episode to help us unpack how Curses work, those Curses that our behavior may invoke, and those Curses that may have been passed down to us through the generations.
Gun Control with Rick Norling
Everything is being challenged today. We are pulling down statues and renaming lakes. We want to do away with the Electoral College, and we want the Second Amendment to go away. The Second Amendment that gives Citizens the Right to bear arms and was originally a provision for the Citizenry to protect themselves against rogue governments that wanted to force their will upon the people. This gave the people the right to fight back and not be victims of the powerful. In this episode, Larry talks with Rick Norling and unpacks the idea of losing our Right to bear arms. 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.
The Third Temple with Pastor Chris Heeb
One of the strongest Symbols in the Bible is the Temple. Its mention is always associated with Worship and Sacrifice, and throughout Biblical History God has had a Temple. In this episode, Larry looks at the timeline in the Bible as it describes the various Temples and his guest is Pastor Chris Heeb from Chosen People Ministries.
Self-Awareness with Larry Kutlzer
Self-awareness always asks questions. Do I put God and His Word first in my life? Do I try to manipulate God by the things I Believe? Do I gather all I can in life for myself, or do I Sacrifice all I can for others? Do I Forgive people when they have betrayed me, or do I live in mistrust of everyone? Do I accept Truth when it confronts me, or do I find fault or excuses to ignore it? Do I really know what I Believe and what I don’t? Self-awareness questions are very penetrating, and if you allow them to guide you into Honest answers, you will be standing on solid ground. Too often, we just coast in our Christian Faith. Much of what we have learned about Christ came to us years ago. In this episode, Larry reinforces those early teaching experiences.
Abortion and the Church Part 1 with Reverend Brian Walker
In this episode, Larry’s guest is Reverend Brian Walker. He is the Co-Founder of Everlasting Light Ministries, a ministry born out of victory over the shame and torment of abortion. He, along with his wife, Reverend Denise Walker, are also dedicated to ‘The Rich in Mercy Abortion and Miscarriage Recovery’ a safe, non-judgmental program for participants to be healed and made whole again through the Merciful Love and Power of Jesus Christ. Brian is one of those ministers who is the real deal. His Love for God is visible as he works the ‘Sidewalk Counseling Ministry’ that takes place in front of several abortion clinics in the Twin Cities. This is Part One of ‘Abortion and the Church.’
Abortion and the Church Part 2 with Reverend Brian Walker
In this episode, Reverend Brian Walker continues the discussion with Larry on Abortion and the Church. This is Part Two of ‘Abortion and the Church.’
Prayer with Brenda Kilber and Carol Madison
Prayer doesn't just change things ... it changes us. If we are diligent in seeking God, slowly and surely, we become better people. ~Joyce Meyer
If all it takes is Prayer to make changes, then why don’t we Pray more and be more diligent about Prayer in our Churches? Why do we seem to only Pray when there is a disaster? When there is nothing more anyone can do, our last-ditch effort is to Pray? In this episode, Larry asks his guests some honest questions about Prayer. Brenda Kilber is Co-Director of Gateway Prayer Ministries, and an Ordained Minister. Carol Madison is the Director of Prayer Ministries at Hillside Church in Bloomington, Minnesota, and Editor of Prayer Connect Magazine. Brenda and Carol share how they understand Prayer as a great asset to living our Christian lives.
Nehemiah Reset with Bruce Lau
It may come as a surprise to you that many pastors do not entirely have a Biblical worldview. They may start with the understanding that God is love, and that Jesus came from God, but will then deviate from what the Bible teaches about human behavior. Helping people get along better in our society is a noble endeavor, yet Jesus was not so concerned about what the culture of His Day taught … His Concern was what God said. That is the problem we still face today. In this episode, Larry’s guest, Bruce Lau, a former businessman, is one of the Founders of the Nehemiah Reset Ministry, which has a mission to assist pastors in the vital work of intentionally building a Christian Worldview into their local communities.
Women in Ministry with Jamie Morrison
Women in Ministry has always caused some Believers to have strong feelings on both sides of whether women should play a prominent role in the Teaching Role of the Church. Yet, there are women mentioned in Scripture who played a prominent Leadership Role. When the Holy Spirit came upon the Believers, He was given to the Church … both men and women. Does this mean women were given license to become the Leaders in the Church? Or, were they just Messengers as needed by the Holy Spirit? In this episode, Larry and his guest Pastor Jamie Morrison, Associate Pastor at Cedarcrest Free Methodist Church in Bloomington, Minnesota, discuss this relevant and hotly debated issue.
Racism with Larry Kutzler
Today, a racist is a person who is in opposition to ideas or policies of the political left. If you are against open border immigration, you are a racist. If you criticize a person of color for any reason, you are a racist. If your political views don’t go far enough to distribute wealth and opportunity to everyone, you are a racist. If you disagree with the political left, you’re a racist … end of story. However, the left doesn’t get to define racism … God does. Ultimately, racism is a crime against God. The only way racism will find an exit out of our culture is that we first eradicate it from our own hearts. In this episode, Larry challenges us to bring all racist thoughts or attitudes to The Cross.
I Never Knew You with Larry Kutzler
Conviction is part of what the Holy Spirit does in our lives. The Holy Spirit makes us self-aware of how we are Following Jesus and His Teachings. In the Book of Matthew, Jesus addresses religious people … people who thought their religious affiliations and their religious works would be enough to make an impression on Jesus. The problem, of course, is that Jesus is not impressed by works … He is impressed by people who do God’s Will. In this episode, Larry addresses the idea that Jesus will say to some, “I never knew you.”
Hope Amid Hopelessness with Jim Hansen
Suicide is not usually talked about in our society. It is one of those shunned themes among most Americans. There are many factors that go into why someone feels so hopeless that they want to end their life. Jim Hansen wrote a book ‘Hope Amid Hopelessness’ that tells the story of how his wife ended her life, and to help people recognize there is Hope in God and help available for loved ones experiencing depression and hopelessness. Jim Hansen, Speaker, Teacher, and Author is Larry’s guest in this episode, and they talk about Jim’s experience with suicide.
Immorality in the Church with Shawn Morrison
What is Honoring to God, and what is not? Much of what we hear today in Christian circles is not about God … it’s about us. The Emphasis of the Bible is making God First, Honoring Him in all that we think and all that we do, and Yielding to Him in who we are in this life. We have the resources to Honor God everyday … if we chose to. In this episode, Larry and Pastor Shawn Morrison have a conversation about Immorality in the Church; a place where we should be challenged to run from Immorality, but in reality, we are often silent on it. Silence on the issues of Immorality is like never warning people of the dangers of walking across a freeway. Listen to what Pastor Shawn has to say about this issue.
The Black Robe Regiment with Tom Parrish
The term ‘Black Robe Regiment’ referred not to a literal regiment of soldiers that wore black robes into battle, but rather to the influential clergymen who promoted American Independence and supported the military struggle against Britain. By encouraging the Patriot Cause, those ministers helped muster critical support among members of their congregation. We are in another Revolutionary War … this War is for the Soul of our Nation, and our Churches seem to be oblivious to it. In this episode, Larry’s guest is Pastor Tom Parrish, a prolific Writer and Speaker who has dedicated his life to telling the Inconvenient Truth. Tom is a no-nonsense guy who doesn’t get confused about the role of the Church in a society that is out of control.
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 joins Larry in this episode, and they share how to Connect your Faith Values with your work.
Immigration, the Church, and the Gospel with John Mayer
In this episode, John Mayer, the Executive Director of the non-profit Christian ministry, City Vision, helps us understand who is in our neighborhoods, who is coming to our neighborhoods, and what this tell 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.
The Church and The Immigrant with Pastor Rolland Wells
Immigration is one of the defining issues of our day. The migration of people around the world is at unprecedented numbers, in fact, we are now witnessing the highest levels of the movement of people on record. Why are people on the move in such numbers all over the world? Could this be something God is doing; moving people away from their home of origin and allowing them to come in contact with people of Faith? In this episode, Larry explores this issue with Pastor Roland Wells. Roland, who has been a pastor for more than forty years, twenty-five years ag founded a training ministry called MissionShift that helps to define how we go about developing cross-cultural ministries.
Replacement Theology with Jay Christianson
One of the most insidious theologies in the Church today is known as ‘Replacement Theology.’ It is the idea that the Church has replaced Israel as God’s Chosen People, and that God is done with the Jews. This is a pervasive view of many Churches today, and it is a heretic view of Israel and the Jews. In this episode, Larry talks with Pastor Jay Christianson, from Issachar Congregation in Minneapolis, about this view. They also highlight Bridges for Peace, an International Ministry that has materials to help Christians understand how they should Honor Israel through Relationship.
CitySites Podcast Network with Larry Kutzler
In this episode, Larry shares his concerns on how opinions on the Bible have become more important in influencing people than the Bible Itself, and that we are losing our ability to study the Bible and look at Passages of Scripture objectively. There has been a slow movement away from good, exegetical review on Scripture, and many people today don’t believe in things like Hell, Judgment, and the Old Testament. This should be a concern for all of us in the Church. Larry shares samples of Podcasters in the CitySites Podcast Network, whose desire is to use the Internet to share the Gospel and tell the Truth.
The Cross with Larry Kutzler
In this episode, Larry shares that the Messaging of the Church has somewhat changed over his lifetime. In his early years of Following Jesus, the Message was about Discipleship and the Surrendering of the Will to God. It then started taking on the ideas that God wants us to live in Prosperity, then where authority was the key to living out a Christian life, and eventually changed into where we live out our lives in good behavior with the right kind of thinking. Yet, in each emphasis the Church goes through, it gets further away from The Cross and the Foundation of the Church. Here, Larry looks at The Cross and how we are gutting the Message of the Gospel by replacing it with the relevance of modern preaching.
The Tough Questions with Shawn Morrison
Church Leaders steer the ship, drive the emphasis, and make or break the important things we should know about God. We are seeing Christian Leaders in general shift their emphasis from expounding on God’s Word to a philosophical emphasis on being fulfilled as a person. The problem with that thinking is simple … it’s not Biblical. As Christians, our Leader gave it all to fulfill His Coming from Heaven, and so what will it take for you to fulfill your Calling from Jesus? Joining Larry in this episode is Pastor Shawn Morrison, who poses five tough questions that we hardly ever hear preached in the Church today.
Ministering to Those Who Minister with Chasz Parker
Larry shares that he has spent the majority of his life as a clergy person. The reason he chose this profession was because he was interested in helping broken people come to know the Lord. There isn’t a greater satisfaction in life then to know you had a part in helping someone find Salvation in Jesus Christ. Yet in the process of learning and growing in being a minister, there are many speed bumps that can distract, mislead, and upend a person’s clergy experience. Many people think that because you are in the ministry your life is more fulfilling than most, and to some degree that can be true. In this episode, Larry talks about ministers, their calling, and the issues they face. Most people may not be aware of the dangers of being called to minister. Larry’s guest is Chasz Parker, the General Overseer of International Ministerial Fellowship, is a pastor of pastors who has had a wealth of experience in ministering to those in the ministry.
Evangelism with Joe Lorsung
Evangelism should never be just a past time for the Church; it should be the main reason we exist as the Church. One of the most important roles we have as the Church is to go and tell everyone about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Most Churches will touch on the importance of Evangelism, and even some will adopt programs and methods of how to do that. However, the Church is not the best at Evangelism as is could be. In this episode, Larry’s guest is Joe Lorsung, and the topic is about our Messaging, and what we really believe about the importance of sharing it. Do we really consider Evangelism important enough to inspire others to investigate the Good News of Jesus Christ?
Mental Illness with Jim Hansen and Kim Philips
In this episode, both Larry’s guests have survived the loss of a loved one due to suicide. Jim Hansen is a teacher, CEO of EngageSDG, and author of ‘Hope Amid Hopelessness’, a book about his experiences, and Kim Phillips is a home health worker. Their conversation focuses on the experiences they have had with loved ones suffering from mental illness and the journey these experiences took them on. They also talk about the unanswered questions and the Hope God brings into our lives in the midst of uncertainty.
Business and the Relationship of Faith with Rob Gales
You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want. ~Zig Zigler
In this episode, Rob Gales discusses how faith works in the marketplace and explains that a Leader who loves their people leads out of love and helps those who work with and for them find success. Rob Gales is the Managing Director of VERCOR, a leading merger and acquisition firm. Rob brings a passion to drive entities to success, as he has done throughout his diverse career. He is a passionate and trusted advisor, purposefully guiding middle-market business owners through and beyond the merger and acquisition process.
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.
Presenting the Gospel? with Steve Krumlauf
Have we changed the way we present the Gospel? Have our themes in radio ministry and from our pulpits changed in the way we present the Gospel? Those are good questions. Some claim we have because we have watered down the Gospel in order to be accepted by a larger audience. Steve Krumlauf, a veteran radio broadcaster since 1961, joins Larry in this episode as they talk about what the Gospel is and how we have changed it in our presentations.
Conscience and Conviction with Shawn Morrison
Shawn Morrison is a pastor and the Executive Director of Good In The Hood, a non-profit organization that works with poverty in the urban communities. Shawn is a Thought Leader in the Twin Cities and is one of those people you go to when questions arise about Spiritual issues. In this episode, Shawn is Larry’s guest and they talk about the conscience and about the importance of our convictions that we establish as guides in our lives.
Refuge for Women with Karen Diers
Karen Diers is the City Director for Refuge for Women in Las Vegas. Refuge for Women is a national faith-based organization providing a residential healing and recovery program for survivors of trafficking and sexual exploitation to receive safe housing, counseling, life skills, and work skills development. In this episode, Larry’s guest, Karen, shares that she has been working to build a bridge between the Churches and the program that is bringing women back from the exploitation of sex trafficking.
The Prophet Jeremiah Speaks Truth with Chris Heeb
Chris Heeb can be described as one who speaks like the Prophet Jeremiah with clarity about the issues that face our world. Chris likes to engage Rabbi’s in conversation in order to tell them about Yeshua Jesus. In this episode, Chris talks about one of his favorite Bible characters and how it relates to our day.
Infanticide with Larry Kutzler
Several States passed legislation that gives the right to women and their doctors to end the life of the baby even up to the time of birth. This practice is barbaric and as immoral as those mentioned in Scripture where parents sacrificed their children to pagan gods. If this practice doesn’t outrage the moral fiber of every American, then we as a society have passed the line of no return to any moral standards. The next on the list could you people over 60 who could be seen as having no value either. In this episode, Larry shares what the New Holocaust of the 21st Century means.
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 is not following a traditional career path for his life but is finding great satisfaction in helping people know more about who they are through his Branding Business, his Product Develop Consulting, and Authoring Materials that help people grow. 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, best selling author and speaker, and her most recent book is called ‘Millennials Matter.’ 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 that Millennials Matter.
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.
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 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 into 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 great peril that is in the 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. The Church, for 2000 years, has ignored Israel’s importance to the Church and that is a big theological mistake. This episode is about the importance of Israel.
Manhood with Walt McFadden
This episode discusses the assault on men that our culture has perpetrated. So many boys grow up in fatherless homes and struggle with the understanding of manhood. 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.