Category: The Mind Renewed with Julian Charles

The Mind Renewed : Thinking Christianly in a New World Order is a Podcast and Website dedicated to understanding the world in which we live from a Christian worldview perspective.

We are acutely conscious of propaganda in the mainstream media, and of the bewildering mass of information in the alternative media – some of it reliable, much of it not. We therefore seek to address matters of concern to people (whether they be ‘people of faith’ or none) in an unsensational and informed fashion, in the hope that truth will be uncovered and that bridges will be built between people through greater understanding.

Therefore, whether it be the Surveillance State, the threat of Global Government, False-Flag Terrorism, the danger of New Religious Movements (NRMs), or any other issue too often ignored by the institutional church, The Mind Renewed analyses, interprets and critiques from a Christian worldview perspective.

And in all that we do, we call upon our listeners to lay aside preconceptions, and embrace an openness of mind that seeks to follow the truth wherever it may lead. In the words of Paul from the New Testament:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds…” (Romans 12:2, New Revised Standard Version)

TMR 154 : John Booth : Fifteen Years on from 9/11

“The 9/11 terrorists were not just lucky once; they were lucky over and over again.”—Mindy Kleinberg (9/11 widow)

This week we are joined by the Yorkshire-born journalist, educator, photographer and political activist John Booth, whose career in journalism has included working for news organisations in Africa, the US and the UK.

John joins us to share something of his intellectual journey into questioning, and then investigating, the events of 9/11, and to discuss his excellent new article recently published by Lobster magazine, “Fifteen Years on from 9/11”.

John Booth currently writes for Lobster — http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk — and LAFZ, the magazine for Pakistani diaspora — http://www.lafzmagazine.com — and is a founder member of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 153 : Mike Hopkins : A Survivor of the New Apostolic Reformation

“It is not new, it is not apostolic, and it is not a reformation”—John MacArthur *

This week we welcome Mike Hopkins of Fight The Lies Radio, who joins us to discuss the so-called “New Apostolic Reformation”, a new religious movement within Christianity that combines (among other things) hyper-charismatic worship, ostensibly-authoritative “apostles” and “prophets”, and dominionist teachings.

In the second half Mike shares with us his, and his wife Kelli’s, experience of having once been heavily involved in a NAR congregation—an experience characterised by increasing discomfort, leading to their eventual decision to leave in search of a different, more biblically-faithful, church.

“Mike Hopkins was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, in the USA. In 2005, he accepted Messiah Yeshua. He has a thirst for truth and for bringing that truth to all who are willing to hear. He and his wife Kelli have recently begun hosting their own podcasts. Mike currently works in the tech industry. He currently lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and Kayla, their Boston Terrier.” (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 152 : Dr. Krish Kandiah : PARADOXOLOGY

“Christianity was never meant to be simple”—Kandiah

To begin this autumn’s season of programmes here at TMR, we welcome the author, activist and theologian Dr. Krish Kandiah, former President of the London School of Theology and Founding Director of Home for Good, a “young charity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children”.

Dr. Kandiah joins us to discuss his award-winning book, PARADOXOLOGY, which explores some of the difficult questions about the Christian faith and argues that it is often through wrestling with the paradoxes of faith that we learn about God.

Krish also introduces us to Books for Life, his inspiring new online media project aimed at encouraging people to engage with high-quality Christian literature through video interviews with well-known Christian leaders. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 151 : Dr. Mitch Stokes : How to Be an Atheist

“Atheists talk a lot about the importance of scepticism, but the truth is they’re not nearly sceptical enough.”

So maintains our guest this week, Dr. Mitch Stokes, Senior Fellow of Philosophy at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, and author of the new book How to Be an Atheist : Why Many Skeptics Aren’t Skeptical Enough, published by Crossway (2016).

While atheists typically advocate a critical stance towards religion, few are willing to adopt a similar attitude towards their own beliefs. Such a double standard sometimes leads to over-confident claims about the certainty of the grounds for atheism—claims which are, at best, logically inconsistent, and, at worst, intellectually dishonest. Turning atheists’ scepticism around on their own naturalistic worldview, Mitch Stokes examines two things that such sceptics hold dear—science and morality—and reveals deep inconsistencies among their most cherished beliefs. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 149 : John Massaria : I Love My Country But Hate What They Are Doing

This week, film-maker and political activist John Massaria joins us to introduce his new and compelling film project, I Love My Country But Hate What They Are Doing. Featuring interviews and personal statements by well-known activists such as Dr. Daniele Ganser, Tommy Hansen, Gerald Celente, Anthony Freda, Ken O’Keefe, Gary Franchi, Ray McGovern and Joe Rogan, John Massaria’s film crafts a challenging narrative of a country—the US, the country he loves—subservient to its military-industrial complex and addicted to war. Only by facing up this reality, and—(as Anthony Rotunno put it in a previous show)—”changing the discourse”, will there by any chance of turning the tide and steering the world in the direction of peace and goodwill. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 148 : Anthony Freda : The Thoughtcrimes of Anthony Freda

This week we are joined by the talented visual artist and political activist Anthony Freda for a discussion on his approach to political art.

Based in Long Island, Freda works as an editorial illustrator, visual political activist and as part of the adjunct faculty of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. In addition to many mainstream clients, such as Time, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and The New York Times, he has also earned a reputation as the go-to artist for many alternative news websites and publication, such as Code Pink, Activist Post, Washington’s Blog, Global Research, Cindy Sheehan’s The Soapbox and The Trends Journal. In 2006 Village Voice commissioned Freda to illustrate a story about people who challenge the official 9/11 narrative, which artwork has since become part of the permanent collection of the US National September 11th Museum in New York.

“Anthony Freda’s art is a flower in the barrel of a shotgun but a bullet in the mouth of politics. He is fearless and fierce and years from now, when we look back on this moment in history, his art will be an accurate snapshot.
A picture of what we should never forget lest history repeat itself. “—Ara Hawkins (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 145 : Dr. Paul Craig Roberts : Vote Brexit – End the EU, a CIA Covert Operation

“Remain” or “Leave”? What does the UK’s EU Referendum—scheduled 23rd June—really amount to? Is it simply the opportunity for UK citizens to decide if Britain should stay in the European Union? Or is it something of greater significance, with broader and more serious implications? And just what is this thing called the EU anyway?

Joining us, once again, to discuss these questions is Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, former US Assistant Secretary to the Treasury for Ecomonic Policy, who explains the EU’s beginnings as a project of the CIA, and assesses its current role as as an anti-democratic tool of corporate control. Whether or not a majority “leave” vote will actually lead to Brexit, Dr. Roberts argues that a decisive rejection of EU membership by UK citizens could embolden other EU member states to follow suit, thus precipitating the break-up of NATO, and in turn, bringing an end to Washington’s crazy designs for a New World Order. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 144 : Daniel Nesbitt : On the “Snoopers’ Charter” 2.0

“If the Bill becomes law, the police and the intelligence agencies—MI5, MI6 and GCHQ—will be legally allowed to hack a device, system or network to watch, change, destroy or obtain data in secret without the user knowing.”—BigBrotherWatch

This week we welcome Daniel Nesbitt, Research Director of Big Brother Watch, the UK privacy and civil liberties campaign organisation, for a discussion on the UK government’s proposals for its Investigatory Powers Bill. The government wants this Bill, popularly known as the “Snoopers’ Charter”, to be law by the end of 2016, but are there any reasons to be concerned about it? (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 143 : Dr. John H. Walton : The Lost World of Adam & Eve

Did God really create the world in six days? Or is the Bible actually saying something subtly different? Did God make Eve from Adam’s rib? Or is that a misreading of the text?

To discuss these and other absorbing questions arising from his fascinating-yet-controversial book, The Lost World of Adam and Eve, we are joined by Dr. John H. Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Illinois. Analysing Genesis chapters 2 and 3 in the context of other Ancient Near East literature, Walton proposes literary and theological understandings of the “Adam and Eve” narrative that in some ways complement—yet in other ways challenge—traditional interpretations.

Prior to his current position as Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School, Dr. Walton was Professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for twenty years. Some of his other books include: The Lost World of Scripture, The Lost World of Genesis One, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament and The Essential Bible Companion. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 142 : Dr. James W. Sire : Apologetics Beyond Reason

We welcome veteran Christian writer and speaker James W. Sire (PhD, University of Missouri), formerly a senior editor at InterVarsity Press. Author of many well-known books, such as Scripture Twisting and The Universe Next Door, James Sire joins us to discuss his mature approach to Christian apologetics as we explore his latest book Apologetics Beyond Reason : Why Seeing Really is Believing.

Drawing us in with an unusual, but intriguing, argument—”There is everything. Therefore there is a God. Either you see this or you don’t”—James Sire invites us to ask questions about reality and the way in which we read its “signals of transcendence”.

“Christian apologetics lays before the watching world such a winsome embodiment of the Christian faith that for any and all who are willing to observe there will be an intellectually and emotionally credible witness to its fundamental truths.”—Sire, A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics, p. 26 (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 141 : Rev. Israel Olofinjana : Reverse Mission and the Black Majority Churches

We are joined by Rev. Israel Oluwole Olofinjana—an ordained Baptist minister and pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic inner-city church in south-east London—for a discussion centred in his provocative 2015 book, Partnership in Mission : A Black Majority Church Perspective on Mission and Church Unity, published by Instant Apostle.

Israel Olofinjana comes from a Nigerian Pentecostal background and holds a MTh (Master of Theology) from Carolina University of Theology. He is many-times published academically and is a member of the editorial board of Missio Africanus, an online journal of African missiology in Britain. He has authored three books to date: Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe (2010), 20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria (2011) and Partnership in Mission (2015). Israel speaks and teaches in many venues across the UK on the subjects of Reverse Mission, African Christianity and Black Majority Churches. (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)

TMR 140 : David Haggith : Cashless Phoenix of the Epocalypse

“Pencil in the phoenix for around 2018, and welcome it when it comes”—The Economist 1988

This week we welcome David Haggith, economic commentator and writer of The Great Recession Blog, for a discussion on the international trend among central banks and governments towards a global cashless society.

Regarded by central banks as a “drag” on their ability to manipulate economies to their liking, cash is being increasingly attacked as an inefficient, costly and even dangerous relic of the past—after all, where would criminals be without it? But once cash is gone, and our ability to rescue our savings from the monolithic digital banking system has gone with it, who will truly have control over our money? (For show notes please visit http://themindrenewed.com)