The Narrative Wars
Interview with Dustin Johnson of “Christ & Capital”: How Worldview and Economics Collide

Interview with Dustin Johnson of “Christ & Capital”: How Worldview and Economics Collide

January 1, 2021

I was fortunate to cross paths with fellow creative Dustin Johnson from Christ & Capital and was just as fortunate to record a conversation with him. There's a lot of static out in the public space regarding economics, political policies, and how to do these things best. We hear the arguments and we are quite familiar with them. But all too often, we don't dig deep enough to see what worldview is behind these talking points. 

My conversation with Dustin covers lockdowns, socialism vs. capitalism, stimulus checks, and all things in between. 

You can find more about Dustin, his blog and podcast, Christ & Capital, at www.christandcapital.com 

Polarization, Compromise, and Humility

Polarization, Compromise, and Humility

December 28, 2020

We live in what appears to be a polarizing time. But what does that even mean? There's a large number of influencers and pundits throwing around words like, "polarized" and "compromise" but not a lot seems to be getting done about it. This episode explores some of the issues with having an outlook that puts labels (and people) into silos and what might be a means to remedy all of the under-the-surface disagreement that we have. 

Interview with Desh Amila, creator and director of “Better Left Unsaid”

Interview with Desh Amila, creator and director of “Better Left Unsaid”

December 14, 2020

This episode is unique in that I'm not the only one speaking in it. My guest, Desh Amila, comes to the Narrative Wars to talk about his life experience, his reasons for going into filmmaking, and shares what his next movie will be on.  

Desh, originally from war-torn Sri Lanka but who now resides in Australia, is a strong voice in the arena of free speech and open dialogue. He creates content related to worldview issues and his latest work, "Better Left Unsaid" is set to be a continuation of those efforts. And as I say in my intro, Desh is someone whose worldview is slightly different than mine. Yet through our shared curiosity and desire to be part of the "larger conversations", we came together for this lively interview.  

I think you'll enjoy Desh's story and hopefully check out some of his work as well. 

You can find him at https://deshamila.com/  and be sure to listen for his exclusive offer during my podcast. 

Skepticism and Virtue:The Dilemma with ‘Question Everything’ Culture

Skepticism and Virtue:The Dilemma with ‘Question Everything’ Culture

December 4, 2020

Is questioning 'everything' a sign of intelligence? Is it a sign of virtue? This episode explores our culture's obsession with our 'question everything, trust nothing' attitudes. And if we really do hold this attitude in a way we claim to. 

 

The American Press: Pillar of Democracy? Or Enemy of the People?

The American Press: Pillar of Democracy? Or Enemy of the People?

November 27, 2020

"Fake News" has been a popular phrase, meme and descriptor used by those who see America's mainstream journalists as not only fraudulent, but corrupted. Whether you believe that to be the case or not tends to divide people along political lines, but it does open up a can of worms on whether these claims are, indeed, true. 

So in keeping with the spirit of the Narrative Wars' original reason for existence, we'll take a look at these two claims. And full disclaimer - this one gets a little ranty. Perhaps that's keeping in the spirit of political discourse and our freedom of speech as well. 

To Trust “Big Tech”…Or Not To Trust “Big Tech”

To Trust “Big Tech”…Or Not To Trust “Big Tech”

November 21, 2020

The term "Big Tech" is something you may or may not be familiar with. It's a reference to the major media distributors; the umbrella of companies that have produced and distributed mass amounts of information. They are a wonderful tool for the dissemination of info. But what happens when they begin to 'clamp down' on voices? More specifically, when they put a stop to those they disagree with - the ones who just so happen to be content creators and consumers themselves. 

Is 'Big Tech' something to be reviled? Or something we just don't understand as of yet? I happen to believe that worldview has a lot do say about this, which will be the crux of this episode. 

 

Election Day Chaos…Or is it Election Week? Month?

Election Day Chaos…Or is it Election Week? Month?

November 8, 2020

Some thoughts and observations on this crazy election day / week / month, God-forbid, year. All that being said, it seems we're in it for the long haul. Did you expect anything less from 2020?! 

Who Is To Blame For The Pandemic?

Who Is To Blame For The Pandemic?

August 23, 2020

COVID-19 has run amok on the world. And in its wake, it's made already-dicey situations even more contentious. International relations. Discussions on leadership capability. And the topic of who to hold accountable for the outbreak. There are a few fringe theories outside of the commonly accepted narrative. Yet, now that we have to deal with the virus, what is the most appropriate response at this time? That's the topic of today's episode of the #NarrativeWars. 

Is the President Responsible for My Personal Happiness?

Is the President Responsible for My Personal Happiness?

August 12, 2020

America's Presidency is a hot topic every four years. Who sits in the Oval Office may be a dream of a few, but it is sought after and revered by many. As such, just whom occupies the presidency ends up coming with a lot of expectations. But are the expectations of the highest level of American government really supposed to hold sway with our personal happiness? Are we actually meant to rely on the President for moral imperative?

Today's episode is a fun one because it's all about the president of the United States and whether or not it's good for us to pin our personal hopes and dreams on a public servant. 

EP8: Why Is the American Church Divided On Marriage?

EP8: Why Is the American Church Divided On Marriage?

July 21, 2020

To have and to hold. In sickness and in health. Till death do us part. 

 

Marriage is supposed to be God's holiest of institutions for human beings. And it's something the Church ought to be in agreement on. Yet that has scarcely been the case. Especially in the wake of America's court case, Obergefell vs. Hodges

 

Today's episode looks at the narratives surrounding marriage and why the American Church can't seem to be in agreement on what this ancient institution is meant to look like. 

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