Feb 16, 2019

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Sometimes, fairy tales explain life better than the real thing. In this week’s boralogue, John tells the story of two rabbits, Flip and Flop, who live in the Hundred Headache Wood and attempt to navigate the road of inconsistencies and contradicting values in order to live a happy, happy, happy life. But when logic and reason enter the picture, their world is turned upside down.

Fresh off of many speeches at a Pennsylvania conference last weekend, John reached out to a millennial pastor while he was there. Matt Robinson (www.goodsoil.com), Pastor at Chambersburg Bible Church, examines how we reach across the generational divide and educate millennials who are clearly not getting their biblical education elsewhere.

Following up with millennial communication, John welcomes Caroline Lewis (www.carolineclewis.com), writer and owner of Percipio Communications, who discusses ways to bridge the language barrier and find common ground with those who are likely well-meaning but going about change in a way that will be detrimental in the future.

Producer Steve takes over the microphone for a segment, interviewing Dr. Timothy Jennings (www.comeandreason.com), President of Come and Reason Ministries, who examines the history of the war between faith and science and how the two often actually complement each other.

John and Producer Steve finish up this week analyzing the crumbling Trump-Russia collusion narrative and the media scramble to find a new talking point, and why we should take the ridiculous Green New Deal seriously – with a different Congressional makeup, this could become a reality.

John’s quote of the week:
Our mission statement is always the same. We are to snatch people from the fire, to save souls, and to retrieve people from a world that is winding down until its ultimate dissolution. We are to call the lost. That mission statement has never changed.

In this week’s Extras segment, we play an interesting and slightly disturbing interview with Johanna Michaelsen from 2009 where she describes her time in the occult, her conversion to Christianity, and what the occult is doing to the church. We cover this topic in detail in a 2 hour-45 minute DVD titled: ‘The Emerging Church‘ in our Media Store, as well as in the Veritas Lounge for Premium members.

 

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Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – John’s Boralogue – Fairy Tale about Inconsistent Values (1:54)
2 – Matt Robinson – Reaching Out to Millennials Who Need Biblical Truth (13:29)
      Caroline Lewis – Bridging the Divide With Millennials (21:50)
3 – Caroline Lewis – Power of Language in Speaking with Millennials (26:23)
4 – Caroline Lewis – Finding Middle Ground (39:46)
      John Loeffler – Understanding Definitions in Debate (44:43)
5 – Tim Jennings – Science vs Faith (52:40)
6 – John and Producer Steve – Collusion Narrative has Failed (1:06:03)
7 – Extras Segment – Johanna Michaelsen interview from 2009 about the occult (1:18:57)

              End of Show (1:53:01)

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Feb 13, 2019

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Join SOS Groups!

The much anticipated SOS Groups is finally here!

We’re proud to present the Steel on Steel Group Subscription option. We’ve sent out some teasers about it over the past several weeks and the response has been promising. You can now start setting up your group and invite members right from your account page. If you need some clarification about what SOS Groups is and who would benefit from Group Access, we’re here to help.

While this isn’t a comprehensive list, let’s dive into some common questions about SOS Groups / Premium Group Access.

What exactly is SOS Groups?

Simply put; SOS Groups is a cost-sharing / sponsorship subscription solution. It’s designed to allow multiple people to subscribe for free, to the Premium subscription package with all the benefits, paid for by the Group Owner at half-off.

In-turn, the Group Owner gets their subscription and the subscriptions of their group members at a discount. If you want to take your involvement with Steel on Steel up a notch, and you know people who would benefit from a free Premium Steel on Steel membership, this is for you.

 

Who would benefit from using SOS Groups?

Who doesn’t benefit?

First, the group owner gets their subscription for half-off, then they only pay half price to sponsor others with a Premium online membership (with further discounts for increased group sizes). This means a new Group Owner would pay for two premium memberships for the price of one. Think of it as a “buy one, get one free” deal. Here are some likely scenarios for SOS Groups:

  • Two friends share a sub at half-price each, or one pays for the other at no increase in their rate.
  • A family member sponsors their kids, grand-kids, parents etc. at the 50% discount.
  • Church study groups or small classrooms can split the cost or have a Group Owner sponsor them.
  • A private office, church, or homeschool co-op can buy more members at deeper discounts.

 

Is it easy to become an SOS Groups Group Owner?

All you need to get started is to login to your account and click the ‘Manage Subscriptions’ link. From there, simply click the ‘Upgrade to Group Access’ button and choose a Group Subscription. Enter the size of your group (you+members) and complete the checkout.

Adding members is a snap; send the ‘Invite‘ link to anyone you want or add them manually using the ‘Add New Member‘ feature in ‘My Group‘. You can even print out a QR code for members to scan if you want to hand them a nice invitation or gift card. See our Help Page for more on QR codes.

If your group is full and you want to purchase more members, simply visit the ‘My Group‘ page and click the ‘Buy Additional Users‘ link. You can edit or delete unwanted or inactive members as well.

 

Couldn’t I just share my login information?

We strongly advise against it. Once the login information is out of your control, you could get locked out or have the password changed without you knowing it. If your shared login information is entered incorrectly into podcast apps, it can trigger an automated lock-out. You are also at risk of being restricted whenever the other person logs on. If they’ve entered the login info into a device, this login restriction can occur every few minutes.

The beauty of SOS Groups is that every group member has their own login info. They can login as much as they want, change password, account info etc. and it never affects the Group Owner or other members. In fact, members don’t even have to know each other to participate and if a member wants to share their login info, the risk is all theirs.

 

Have more questions? Visit our SOS Groups Help Page or Contact us today and we’d be happy to help!

 

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Feb 9, 2019

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Planning to Fail

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Sometimes little things give you a clearer picture of the culture than do the bigger things. In this week’s boralogue, John recalls several conversations he has had with everyday people, including the need for better education, a stronger worldview, and consistency in media. We are about freedom in this country, not right trumping or socialism. Plus, John and Carol celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary this weekend!

Will there ever be reform in Islam and, if so, what would that look like? We welcome back Salim Mansur (www.politicalscience.uwo.ca), Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario, who discusses the relationship between Islam and other religions and if reform were to happen, those within Islam may need to understand the past if they are to shape the future.

Why is it that socialism starts out so appealing but then always ends in disaster? Kevin Williamson (www.nationalreview.com), Roving Correspondent for National Review, joins us to examine the reasons why socialism fails on both a cultural and an economic level. The proponents fail in their planning and always choose the narrative over reality. When that happens, the people suffer.

John finishes up this week reviewing the State of the Union, including the reactions from different members and groups in Congress as well as some of the more interesting reactions from the always fair and honest media. He also analyzes the weaponization of language.

John’s quote of the week:
“We are about freedom in this country. We have lost track of that as everyone claws and scraps for an ever-increasing pile of what they call rights. They are shredding the foundations and if the foundations be destroyed, it will all be undone.”

In this week’s Extras segment, in honor of President Trump’s assertion that the U.S. will never become a socialist nation, we hit the way back machine and play an interview from 2009 with Dr. Dave Noebel, who explains the Marxist origins of socialism.

 

02/09/2019 Planning to Fail

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – John’s Boralogue – The U.S. is About Freedom, Not Right-Trumping (2:09)
2 – John Loeffler – Strength of Marriage (13:29)
       Salim Mansur – Framing the Issue of Islam vs Other Religions (16:48)
3 – Salim Mansur – Reforming Islam (26:23)
4 – Kevin Williamson – Reasons Why Socialism Fails (39:46)
5 – Kevin Williamson – Dysfunctional Newsrooms (52:40)
6 – John Loeffler – Post SOTU Analysis (1:06:03)
7 – Extras Segment – Throwback interview from 2009: Dr.Dave Noebel on Socialism (1:18:57)

       End of Show (1:48:41)

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Feb 2, 2019

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Takes Two to Tangle

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Every Steel on Steel show features the phrase “the herd’s almost always running in the wrong direction.” In this week’s boralogue, John looks at the need to separate from the herd and think for yourself. Always do what is right, even in times of trouble. Do not be led down the slippery slope of idealism that has firmly entrenched itself into our society. Doing what is right isn’t always easy but it is always needed.

It’s time for John’s annual rant against taxes and who better to rant with than tax expert and owner of Tax Help Online Dan Pilla (www.taxhelponline.com)? John and Dan discuss the tactics of auditors and how to fight back against them, as well as a new artificial intelligence program the IRS is using to better identify sources of income – which would raise even more money for the government.

The Middle East is complicated as is its relations with other areas of the world. Ken Timmerman (www.iran.org), President of the Foundation for Democracy in Iran, examines the geopolitics between Iran and Europe, the effectiveness of President Trump’s policies in the region, and the current situation with the Kurds and Syria.

Finally, John looks further at the Middle East, specifically the so-called Peace Process and the events of the past decade, including President Obama’s destabilizing actions and President Trump’s attempts to clean up the mess. There are important things happening, but the media will either falsely report on it or completely ignore it all together. To give you a clear picture, you need Steel on Steel.

John’s quote of the week:
“Anyone who succeeds and says, ‘I can do this and that and I don’t need to listen to you,’ that’s where the criticism gets vicious because it ruptures the dependency narrative and shows it to be false. That endangers the money flow, the ideology flow, and the political flow.”

In this week’s Extras segment, we first play a brief boralogue from 2017 where John explains how the tax system really works. Then we transition to the first 30 minutes of a speech John gave about critical thinking entitled ‘Critical Thinking in an Age of Deceit‘. The complete speech is available in our Media Store for $19.99, or free of charge in the Veritas Lounge for Premium members. Learn more.

 

02/02/2019 Takes Two to Tangle

Podcast Episode Chapters – (Segment start time)

1 – John’s Boralogue – Recognizing and Doing the Right Thing (1:54)
2 – Dan Pilla – Tactics of Tax Auditors (13:29)
      Dan Pilla – IRS Uses AI to Better Levy Taxes (21:50)
3 – Dan Pilla – More on IRS Audits and AI (26:23)
4 – Ken Timmerman – Geopolitics between Iran and Europe (39:46)
5 – Ken Timmerman – Syria and the Kurds (52:40)
      John Loeffler – Variety: Gov. Policies, the Homeless, Global Warming debate (1:00:48)
6 – John Loeffler – Middle East Geopolitics (1:06:03)
7 – Extras Segment – Boralogue on Taxes / Speech on Critical Thinking (1:18:57)

End of Show (1:56:57)

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