Podcast: On the Objective – Defeating Divisiveness With Thoughtful Questions – Sam Johnston – 04.11.2019

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Join your host Steven Menking as he welcomes back Sam Johnston of The Sharpening Report to discuss dealing with the divisiveness we encounter in our society in this generation. Whether inside the body of Christ or in the overall fracas of social media, the polarization of language, platforms, and argument have left many of us in a situation where we would rather disengage from the conversation. Unfortunately, this mentality can extend into our most meaningful personal relationships. This conversation focuses on the importance of using language properly and various techniques that can help break down the barriers that have been built to prevent us from healthy dialogue. Thanks again for joining us On the Objective!

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – How To Have More Meaningful Conversations – 01.07.2019

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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for another year of fantastic conversations about all sorts of topics! Kicking off the year we talk about the nature of conversation. What makes a conversation meaningful or memorable? How can we have more meaningful conversations? How do our worldviews establish our approaches to such situations? This fascinating discussion lays the foundation for our renewed efforts in 2019 to sharpen both our worldviews and our question asking abilities. Thanks again for joining us on The Amateur Society! 

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Podcast: On the Objective – Conversations That Sharpen In A Dulling World – Sam Johnston – 07.23.2018

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Join your host Steven Menking as he welcomes back Sam Johnston of The Sharpening Report to discuss the latest trends and dynamics in our nation. From the spiritual to the emotional, many core areas of our lives have been warped by events and media portrayals to the point where many conversations – even with loved ones – are simply not possible without inviting acrimony. How should we handle such situations? These times call for astute questions, soft answers, and bold proclamations of truth. A balancing of these factors must be guided by the Holy Spirit. Thanks for joining us On the Objective!

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Podcast: The Amateur Society – Understanding Curiosity – 07.02.2018

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Welcome back to The Amateur Society for a conversation about curiosity! Curiosity is part and parcel to The Amateur Society, and in this episode we discuss the basic definitions, describe four different levels of curiosity, identify some scenarios where curiosity can go too far, and elucidate how curiosity connects to our various worldviews. If you enjoy these conversations please pass them along and consider joining us via Skype @amateursociety at 8:00pm E every Monday evening. Thanks again for joining us on this episode of The Amateur Society!

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We Are Cowards – A Challenge To Examine Our Worldviews

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Division has become so severe that the only area of remaining agreement is that the division exists. This is a monumental time to be alive. Everything is drenched in poison. It takes a heroic effort simply to face a day. We can choose to turn away and ignore everything that disturbs us. Most do. Then again most people are cowards.

Then again I am a coward in my natural state.

We are cowards.

I am part of an untested generation that has not known true hardship. We screech about privilege unwilling to examine the extent of our own. We act without thinking in part because we don’t know how to think. We have been taught what to do, and we cannot imagine that another possibility exists.

We’re too cowardly to even ask the right questions.

Why is there something rather than nothing? Where did we come from? What gives life meaning? What happens when we die?

We shrug. Who cares? What does that have to do with me?

Everything.

Begin at the beginning.

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The Amateur Society: Be Of Good Courage

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 10/17, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com.

After returning from a weekend trip to visit family, I’d like to take a step back from the chaos of the current events news cycle and ask a few questions about an important character trait that has taken on a different meaning in our society than it has historically held. Tonight we will be discussing courage. What is courage? Why do we need it? How do we get it? How is it misused and improperly defined? Who do we look to as courageous in our culture? What happens when courage is utterly warped or rendered inert?

It is important in these times for us to spend time discussing topics outside of the narrow focus of the perception management mechanisms and to think critically about crucial characteristics. We cannot allow ourselves to lose our broader perspective lest we be swept about by the constant barrage of breathtaking revelations that are cropping up on an hourly basis now.

Bring your questions to our open forum and join us for another lively meeting of The Amateur Society. We look forward to having you with us. Stay safe and God bless!

-Steven

I Have a Few Questions

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Why do we typically make the insane assumption that we are always right?

How many times does a person or organization have to lie for you to no longer trust them?

What proportion of your opinions are robust to the sharpest level of criticism?

How many questions of substance do you ask yourself on a regular basis?

Why are we usually fully confident in our understanding of history?

When was the last time you fully researched an issue?

Who do you look to in order to define your worldview?

How much further advanced is technology than what is available to the consumer?

Why hasn’t physics been able to find a unified theory of gravity?

Why are we surprised at immorality when moral relativism is taught in schools?

At what point will people demand that crimes of corruption have consequences?

Why do we care about polls knowing that political statistics are universally manipulated?

How can unemployment be ~5% with ~100 million working age Americans not employed?

Why don’t all Western women’s rights activists call for reform in Islamic countries?

Have you heard of taqiyya?

Why don’t most Christians read the Bible?

What will happen to the unprepared and dependent in the event of a disaster?

Do you know how long you will live?

Do you know where you will spend eternity?

Do you know Jesus?

Does Jesus know you?