Today, we are officially rebranding The Bold Church Podcast to (drumroll, please) The Good Citizen Podcast, a podcast designed to equip church leaders and other committed Christians to be gospel-centered citizens in post-Christian America!
Quick housekeeping matter: Over the next week, you will see the cover art and title to the podcast change. If you are a subscriber to The Bold Church Podcast (and if everything goes as planned; fingers crossed), you should remain a subscriber of the show and will automatically see new episodes when they are released.
What do I mean by a “good citizen”? Well, Jesus of Nazareth, a first-century Roman subject (though He is also King of kings), once said, “Let your light so shine before men that may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). And, Daniel Webster, a 19th century Christian statesman, once said “Whatever makes men [and women] good Christians, makes them good citizens.” This podcast is all about doing the hard work of living out the gospel in public life, following Christ’s command to do good and proving that Webster is still right!
American Christians and Christians in other, western-style participatory democracies face a dilemma: how exactly are we supposed to faithfully live out our role as citizen while not jeopardizing our Gospel witness? Well, we have a simple (though not easy) answer: be a good citizen!
In a time when we are tempted to either withdraw from public life or culture war out of fear and self-preservation, we must embrace a bolder but more gospel-centered strategy for engaging in public life. It’s time to make disciples, seek the common good and transform our cities, states and nation through the power of the gospel. But, that is easier said than done.
That is why we launched the podcast. There are many podcasts out there dedicated to political news and commentary. We need these prophetic voices, but we also need practical answers. And, there are many podcasts dedicated worldview analysis. We need these resources to think well and understand our cultural moment. But, here’s my question: “What do we do now?” That’s the emphasis of this podcast: tips, interviews and examples of doing the hard work of gospel-centered Christian citizenship in a distracted, complex and, at times, hostile secular age.
- A definition of the word “good.” The New Testament contains a curiously consistent command concerning our relationship to those outside of the church’s walls and especially government.
- A definition of the word “citizen.” Scripture has much to say about our dual citizenship.
- Why the Good News and good works work together (Mt. 5:16).
- An explanation of the format: interviews, presentations/sermons on particularly tough issues and community impact, legal updates related to religious liberty and (this is new) brief biographical sketches of Christians who have faithfully lived out the gospel in public life
P.S. We look forward to serving you through this resource! If you have a question or a topic that you would like us to cover, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.