COLORADO SPRINGS Ken Harrison, CEO of WaterStone and volunteer chairman of Promise Keepers, explores issues of critical theory, the “nonessential” church and the necessity of mentoring the next generation of Christian men on the latest podcast of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison.”
The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on Apple, YouTube and all top podcast platforms. Podcast listeners can also receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.
John Stonestreet serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics, and cultural issues.
Highlights of Stonestreet’s interview in the podcast include:
Defining critical theory
“Critical theory puts forward a story of the world based on power and balance. There are some that have power and there are some that don’t —and when you have power, you always oppress those that don’t. One of the problems with this theory is that it gives moral authority to oppress those that are identified as oppressed groups.”
“According to critical theory, your most important identity is defined by the groups that you are part of. Christianity gives us a common humanity. Every single person’s made in the image, likeness of God. Christianity doesn’t trivialize race. Christianity talks about different tongues, tribes, nations, and languages — that’s what scripture tells us. But, Christianity gives us a common humanity that goes a level deeper and that is what gives us dignity.”
The “nonessential” church
“There was a tradition of Christians who already thought of church as nonessential prior to COVID-19. That is what concerns me — it wasn’t only that the government openly called church nonessential. It was that many Christians revealed themselves as believing the church was nonessential and a nonessential part of their lives. Is that a problem with the church or is that a problem with the Christian? And I think the answer is both.”
“If we think that the entire transaction of Christianity is ‘I’m a sinner and I am now forgiven’ without any followup, then we completely decontextualize salvation from the larger story of the Bible, which is God creates this world and God raises up in Christ a new creation to help him in this process of making all things new.”
Mentoring the upcoming generation of Christian men
“As Christian men, we love our families, care for our families, disciple our kids, take care of what we can’t take care of and we mentor the boy at church who doesn’t have a dad. It is the responsibility of men to mentor these boys that are lacking father figures so we can lift them up.”
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KEN HARRISON is the host of “On the Edge with Ken Harrison,” a podcast building godly people for a better tomorrow. The podcast, available in both audio and video form, can be found on YouTube and your favorite podcast platform, including Apple and Spotify. The podcast also offers listeners the opportunity to receive a challenging weekly devotional that will inspire them to put their faith into action.
Harrison serves as CEO of WaterStone, a Christian Community Foundation whose clients donate over $1 million per week on average to build God’s Kingdom. For nearly 40 years, Waterstone has assisted givers in supporting their favorite charities by crafting customized, innovative giving solutions that empower donors to prioritize income, minimize taxes and optimize giving.
Ken started his career as an LAPD street cop in South Central and then spent nearly two decades in commercial real estate nationally and internationally. After successfully building and growing his company, he sold the majority interest to the second-largest commercial real estate company in the world while continuing as CEO of U.S. valuation and chair of international valuation.
Ken volunteers his time as the chairman of Promise Keepers. His mission is to provide executive leadership and strategic direction to the ministry while inspiring men to be bold, humble and ambitious about their faith.
Ken has been married to his wife, Elliette, for 29 years and they have three children.
Harrison’s newest book, The Rise of the Servant Kings: What the Bible Says About Being a Man, is available wherever books are sold.