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The Forum: Idolizing Christian Celebrities + Body Shaming

Christian 'celebrity' culture has been a reality throughout Church history. But is it a bigger problem than ever before? In recent years we've watched people like Rob Bell and the Gungors be ostracized from the Church that had originally elevated them. Kallie Garrett from thislifesbessings.com was on The Forum to talk about the danger of idolizing Christian celebrities.

Also this week our resident counsellor Aaron Ironside took a look at a question from somebody who is feeling body shamed by their friends and family. If you've got a question you want addressed by a professional counsellor, you can text it anonymously to 875 keyword Forum or send it to our Facebook page.

Plus the Reverend Frank Ritchie taks about the Church's history with Guiness and Sherryn Tai is in to update us with the week in social media. 

Tune in Sunday night from 8pm.

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The Forum: Fighting Domestic Abuse + Talking About Drugs

Emilia Lahti was once one of the hundreds of millions who experience violence at the hands of a domestic partner each year. She joined us on The Forum this week to talk about her experiences, and how she's running 50 marathons in 50 days across New Zealand to bring awareness to the issue.

Also this week our resident counsellor Aaron Ironside took a look at a question from somebody who is concerned about their friend because they have started taking drugs. If you've got a question you want addressed by a professional counsellor, you can text it anonymously to 875 keyword Forum or send it to our Facebook page.

Plus Frank Ritchie taks about the universal family benefit and Bjorn and Josh are in to talk about the annual Life FM support drive.

Tune in Sunday night from 8pm – and if you missed our last show on the responsibility believers have for those with special needs, check out the podcast online.

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The Forum: Caring About Special Needs + Sharing Your Faith

What responsibility do believers have for those with special needs? On The Forum we were joined by Thomas Christianson from makingfaithpractical.com. We talked about how to interact with people who seem to be different at church, in the workplace or in your neighborhood, and why Christians need to care about things like autism.

Also this week, we talked about sharing faith in a way that isn't awkward. Sometimes it can be hard to talk about your beliefs for fear of being seen as judgmental. Many of us may decide to stop sharing at all. Writer Courtney Bareman had interesting things to say about how to find the balance between fire and brimstone preaching and total silence.

 Also this week Aaron Ironside helps a couple who can't agree about having more kids, and the Reverend Frank Ritchie shared some thoughts on Lent.

Tune in Sunday night from 8pm – and if you missed our last show on living generously, check out the podcast online.

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