The Boundless Show
Summary: Life is challenging for Christian singles. How do you balance work and personal life? How do you own your faith? How can you date with a purpose? And prepare for marriage? All while honoring God through it all? Hit up The Boundless Show, a Christian podcast for young adults, for some good, honest conversation. The young adult years are full of possibility and choices that shape who you become. Join host Lisa Anderson to discuss the highs and lows, lean on each other, and trust God in this important season of adulthood.
Navigating career changes, plus Becket Cook’s radical conversion to Christianity, and do some Boundless articles on dating contradict each other?
Navigating career changes, plus Becket Cook’s radical conversion to Christianity, and do some Boundless articles on dating contradict each other? Featured musical artist: Liz Vice Roundtable: Making Career Changes Work for You Most of us will at some point choose (or have the choice made for us) to change our career. Adjusting to a new trajectory, work environment and co-workers can be exciting, but it’s not easy. How do we navigate the choppy waters of furloughs, layoffs and career about-faces in an ever-changing job market and economy? Our guests tell their stories of having career dreams come and go, surviving unemployment, transitioning between jobs, and learning to trust God with each step. Culture: Becket Cook’s Damascus Road (Part 1) Becket Cook was a gay man living among and working with Hollywood’s elite. He rarely thought about God until a cheerful young Christian at a Los Angeles coffee shop invited him to church — and against his better judgment, he went. One sermon from Romans, and Becket was radically saved and forever changed. His conversion story is emotional, dramatic, and something that as an atheist, he never would have asked for. Get ready to be convinced that God is still in the business of changing hearts, minds and lives whenever He chooses. Becket’s story of giving up everything for Christ, including his gay identity, will make you cheer. Inbox: Is Boundless Giving Conflicting Advice? She’s read some articles on the Boundless website about dating, and their advice on what’s appropriate vs. what’s not appropriate in a relationship seems to be contradictory. Should this be a concern? Lisa Anderson will provide some clarity on these articles’ advice.
Practicing discernment in relationships, plus why the elderly matter to us and God, and is a no-kids preference a dating dealbreaker?
Practicing discernment in relationships, plus why the elderly matter to us and God, and is a no-kids preference a dating dealbreaker? Featured musical artist: About a Mile Roundtable: Are You Discerning or Judgmental? Reading other people is a key to building healthy relationships. Without proper discernment, it’s impossible to find and keep trustworthy friends. But what’s the difference between being wisely discerning and unfairly judgmental? What are the right qualities to hold out for? Our guests share examples of being both the victim and perp in unfair character assessments, and how to best examine your own heart around others. Culture: Esteeming the Elderly One of the best ways to honor our relatives and friends — and in doing so, honor God — is to care for them as they age. Whether it’s a simple act like running an errand, or spending time listening to and learning from them, or perhaps full-time caregiving when it comes to that, helping an aging loved one is a difficult yet rewarding journey. Isabel Tom has worked with senior citizens for many years, including her own grandparents who lived with her. Her stories are inspiring reminders of how we can find our greatest joy through loving and serving the elders around us. Inbox: Will They Part Ways Over the Kid Issue? She doesn’t want children, but her boyfriend really wants to raise a family. Is this a deal-breaker in their relationship? Counselor Wendy Brown provides some helpful insights.
Bringing kindness to a divisive culture, plus more answers to common Christian clichés, and does looking at her mean he likes her?
Bringing kindness to a divisive culture, plus more answers to common Christian clichés, and does looking at her mean he likes her? Featured musical artist: Jonathan Cain Roundtable: Unity in a Divisive Culture Whether it’s politics, race or religion, our culture is feeding the language of division. It’s in the news, social media and even casual conversations — so how should Christians respond? Should we pretend like division doesn’t exist? Draw lines in the sand? Fight fire with fire? Or can we actually have meaningful and respectful conversations with those who don’t share our views? Our guests tell how they’ve learned to communicate with others despite having strong and even controversial opinions on many subjects. Culture: Don’t Settle for Pat Answers (Part 2) Stamping a cliché on a complicated issue is dangerous for our thinking and our faith. While many people mean well when using Christian clichés like “just have faith” or “it’s just me and Jesus,” such pat answers are rarely helpful in everyday life. The truth is, it’s OK to ask questions about God, the Bible and the Christian life. Christian worldview expert Dr. Jeff Myers joins us again to guide us through questions and answers for some of life’s stickiest issues. Inbox: Does Eye Contact Equal Interest? She really likes a guy at her church, and there’s been a lot of eye-contact between them. Is he interested, or is she reading into things? What should she do? Lisa Anderson will give some helpful tips.
The mysteries of love at first sight, plus answers to common Christian clichés, and should you ever give up on finding a spouse?
The mysteries of love at first sight, plus answers to common Christian clichés, and should you ever give up on finding a spouse? Roundtable: Love at First Sight Love at first sight — it’s in our movies, music and books. But is it real? Can you know someone is “the one” the moment you meet them? Our guests had varying experiences with initial attraction, gut feelings and spiritual promptings. They tell their stories of how they met their spouses, and give tips on things to look for when searching for a mate. Culture: Don’t Settle for Pat Answers (Part 1) Stamping a cliché on a complicated issue is dangerous for our thinking and our faith. While many people mean well when using Christian clichés like “just have faith” or “it’s just me and Jesus,” such pat answers are rarely helpful in everyday life. The truth is, it’s OK to ask questions about God, the Bible and the Christian life. Christian worldview expert Dr. Jeff Myers guides us through questions and answers for some of life’s stickiest issues. Inbox: Too Late for a Mate? He wants a God-honoring marriage, but his search for a spouse has come up short time and time again. People have set him up, he’s tried dating websites and he’s been on several dates. Is it time to give up on finding a godly woman? Counselor Glenn Lutjens gives some helpful advice.
Adapting to changes in your church’s leadership, plus God’s will made simple(r), and dating someone who’s had suicidal thoughts.
Adapting to changes in your church’s leadership, plus God’s will made simple(r), and dating someone who’s had suicidal thoughts. Roundtable: Church Leadership Transitions Anyone who’s been part of a church for any amount of time has seen leaders come and go. While some transitions go smoothly, others can be heartbreaking. From simple staffing changes to church splits and scandals, leadership transitions take patience, grace and faith. This discussion will help you keep your faith strong during changes at church — including when to dig in and adapt, and when to let go and move on. Culture: The Four Wills of God “Is grad school in my future?” “Should I marry her?” “Is this the right job?” As Christians, we wrestle with questions like these when trying to find God’s will for our lives. When Dr. Emerson Eggerichs studied Scripture on this issue, he discovered there are some clear guidelines for how God calls us to live — but also a lot of flexibility. He specifically gives us four things that God absolutely wants us to do. After that, there’s freedom. Taken to heart, we find that God’s will isn’t so complicated after all. Inbox: Dating and Suicidal Thoughts She met him online and he seems like a good guy. However, he’s already confessed to previous struggles with mental illness, including depression and suicidal thoughts. He claims to be in a good place now, but should she trust his claims? Counselor Rob Jackson gives some helpful thoughts.
Your opinions on everything from pizza to weddings, plus that messy place called “church,” and addressing hurtful comments in dating. Featured musical artist: Abandon Roundtable: Millennial Hot Takes We asked, and you answered. Opinions on everything from home ownership to worship styles to type of pizza. How do Boundless fans feel about these topics and more, and what do your opinions say about you? From the fun and frivolous to the more meaningful, this is a fun discussion on personal preferences in today’s day and age. Culture: Not Just a Building Megan Hill grew up in church and is still in church. She’s been a pastor’s kid and pastor’s wife. She’s had a complicated relationship with the church, but she loves it just the same. We should, too, she says. Why the church is more than a building, and what we can find there when we’re willing to dig in, join up and be known. Inbox: Hurtful Words She dated him, broke up and they’re now speaking again. They may even start dating again. Just one problem: He said some hurtful things when the relationship went south, and she doesn’t think she should just let them go. Should they be addressed now, or is the past the past? Counselor Tim Sanford offers advice.
Your opinions on everything from pizza to weddings, plus that messy place called “church,” and addressing hurtful comments in dating.
Counselors answer more tough questions about sex, plus putting your career in perspective, and appropriately responding to a sexual assault.
Counselors answer more tough questions about sex, plus putting your career in perspective, and appropriately responding to a sexual assault. Roundtable: Singles and Sexuality (Part 2) Sex is anything but a simple topic. As a single Christian, your sexuality is a gift God wants you to steward faithfully. But the obvious question is — how? A team of licensed professional counselors addresses some of the toughest scenarios we came up with: everything from abstinence to masturbation to sexual expression as a single adult. You don’t want to miss this frank and wisdom-filled discussion! Culture: Is Your Career Your Identity? No matter how much you enjoy your job, it can never be your god. Author Daniel Im moved his family across the world to start working his dream job, only to see it all come crashing down. As he recovered from the shock of losing his job, he discovered a profound reality: Our work cannot give us meaning. He also has some helpful ideas on navigating today’s “gig economy.” Inbox: Responding to Sexual Assault She was at her friend’s house when he sexually assaulted her. He wants her to forget about it and move on, but she’s devastated. What should she do now? Counselor Tim Sanford weighs in.
Counselors answer tough questions about sex, plus Jon Tyson on the comparison trap, and should you hold out for your crush to become a Christian?