God Against the Gods — The Parker J. Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerOften when we read the Bible, we may get a general idea of what the Bible is talking about. God’s love, mercy, judgement, and many other communicable and incommunicable attributes. Yet, if we delve deeper in the word, there are several times where God proclaims “I am God and there is no other god.” Yet, in today’s world, we have many people who have gods — eastern demi-gods, man-god consciousness, alien gods, gods of theory, and so forth and so on. The thing to remember is that God has been proclaiming and setting the record straight ever since the dawn of man.

Sometimes Christians feel like they have to defend God or come to God’s rescue. However, I would submit to you that God has always actively fought against the ‘gods’ of this world, whether of a spiritual nature or of our imagination.

Join me as I talked with writer and filmaker Brian Godawa as we delve into the whole realm of God against the gods as the Bible depicts it. You cacn call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/9083961  Tune in!

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Hope for the Grieving — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerThis past week the nation was shocked by the senseless murders of forty nine people in a nightclub in Orlando. Being heralded as the worst mass shooting in modern U. S. history, the victims and the families are in a state of shock with many unanswered questions. As new details come to light in these few days, more questions are still being asked. “Why?” being the most prevalent.

Some have used the events to harp on the behavior of the individuals because of their participation in a homosexual lifestyle. Others have used the events to talk more about gun control and anti-terrorism acts. Other still use the event for their own agenda whatever that may be. Yet in the midst of this, are forty nine families forever changed by a violent act. What about them? How are they going to pick up the pieces of their lives now that their loved ones are gone?

How can grieving families, whether from the Orlando victims or anyone else who has had a loved taken away, find hope?

Join me as I discuss this topic with my return guest, Gary Roe, minister,  grief survivor, and author as we tackle this topic. Feel free to weigh ini at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/9009637. Tune in!

Prayer and Social Justice — The Parker J. Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerWhat does it  mean to have an active prayer life? What does it mean to pray in general? As I was preparing for this show, I was, of course, struck by what the focus of my prayers typically are — me. Me and mine. Not that I believe there’s anything wrong with praying for your life circumstances and situations. There was a time when I didn’t pray for myself at all because I felt unworthy. But that’s another topic for another time.

Praying for social justice is something we as Christians should include in our prayer life. Right now, SJW’s, which is short for ‘social justice warriors’ are advocating for things like, “Give Captain America a Boyfriend” or “Give Elsa a Girlfriend”. They use the power of social media to make memes, and catchy hashtags to bring public opinion about for what they believe is social justice. And it’s a powerful tool, that social media monster.

But do you know what social justice really is? Do you know prayer is bigger than social media and more effective than any campaign we as people can devise. When we understand the true meaning of social justice and use prayer to effectively bring social justice, we find ourselves in the middle of God’s will for His people.

Join me as I talk with returning guest Alana Terry as we discuss her thirty day prayer devotionals for social justice. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air! Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8952669.  Tune in!

Special Needs and the Church — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerThere’s a dear friend of mine who hasn’t gone to a physical worship service in quite some time. She stays home every weekend and does her personal Bible study and devotion for herself and her family. She has been searching for a church home to call her own but she has come up against a brick wall. That brick wall is that most of the churches she has visited cannot handle the needs of her special needs children.

In one sense, I’m glad she continues to do her own personal devotions to the Lord but it’s difficult when you feel all alone and can’t worship because one’s child may make a lot of noise during the service. Some churches have some programs aimed at these members of the flock but most don’t. Instead, they politely ask them to leave.

But I don’t blame the Church as a whole. Some churches are reaching to this growing demographic with training and programs to help parents with special needs. However, a lot of churches still don’t what to do.

Join me as we discuss Special Needs and the Church with former special education teacher Jenny White as we take an in-depth look at this topic. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/8944249   Tune in!

Fire Breathing Christian — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerWhen I came across Fire Breathing Christian, it was through a friend who popped a cool article about the early Christian signs found in the game of the Legend of Zelda. As I read through this highly interesting blog, I found myself clicking on more thought provoking, convicting articles about putting the Lord first in EVERY aspect of our lives.  Then I saw the title of the blog, Fire Breathing Christian, and the image that came to mind just had me bouncing in my chair saying, “I’ve got to have this blogger on my show!”

After all, Christians, not erroneously but perhaps misguided, tend to think meekness, and humility are the only sides of Christ. Perhaps we need to be reminded that Christ is not just the Lamb but the Lion. Perhaps we need to be remember to be wise as serpents, and not just harmless as doves.

Fire Breathing Christian hopes to equip and encourage Christians to better understand, proclaim, and apply the lordship of Christ in every realm of His creation. You can call in to weigh in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.http://tobtr.com/8838043 Tune in!

Empowering Men with Mental Illness — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerLast month, we focused on women’s empowerment in different areas of life — from purity, to boundary settings, Biblical studies, and in the midst of illness. This month, we will be focusing on men’s empowerment in different areas. So join me for a series of discussions to empower men.

On this episode of the Parker J Cole, we’ll be empwering men who suffer from mental illness. The number of cases of people who have mental illness of some sort has increased over the past years. Men who have mental illness may feel pressured to keep that aspect of themsleves private, not take needed medication, or may have problems with understanding how to control the illness instead of letting it control them. We’ll be answering all of those questions and scenarios with my guest co host and contributor John Kaniecki, author, pastor, and activist who has biopolar disorder.

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The Parker J Cole Show — Empowering Women in the Midst of Illness

Parker J Cole BannerElizabeth Chalker is no stranger to illness. She has been suffering from a debilitating disease for years. From being on the fast track in life and success to dealing with chronic pain and fatigue every day, no one would be more surprised to hear bitterness and resentment from her lips.

However, even in the midst of illness Elizabeth continues to empower women with her story. I called her book, ‘Hanging on by the Scratch Marks my Nails Left Behind’ a book that is open heart surgery for the soul. When pain wracks your body and no one seems to get it. When the doctors can’t figure out what to do, and medicine gives no ease, how can you be empowered?

On this episode of the Parker J Cole show, Elizabeth will tell you how to be empowered in the midst of illness. Join me for a discussion of joy in the midst of pain and contentment in the middle of adversity. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the Stitcher app. Or, click on the link here:  http://tobtr.com/8487691. Tune in!