Zera Today with Dr. Lorenzo Neal Podcast

Zera Today with Dr. Lorenzo Neal

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With Halloween approaching, the debate on Christians observiing it still continues. Few people realize All Saints Day or All Souls Day, the Christian holy days that follow Halloween.  This veneration of the dead isnt biblical but is observed throughout much of Christianity. What are some things that creep you out about Christianity. Share them with Pastor Neal.
A US House of Representatives stenographer speaks for God on the floor of the House and Preachers debut on Oxygen with alot of controversy and feedback, and a prominent pastor is put on blast for not blessing a baby.  Are these signs that God is upset with the American church? Join Pastor Neal as he discusses these and other topics.
A recent article posted in the Atlanta Black Star listed 8 pastors whose income is 200x greater than that of their congregants. Here is the link to the article: http://atlantablackstar.com/2014/06/26/8-black-pastors-whose-net-worth-is-200-times-greater-than-folks-in-their-local-community/ Among those listed are several Nigerian pastors whose combined wealth is over 100 million US dollars. The debate on how and how much pastors should be compensated is an age old one. The underlying question for Western Christianity is how much is too much for a pastor's compensation package and when do other items cross into excess? Should pastors/clergy have their own planes, luxury cars and homes, and other toys, or should their wealth reflect the communities they serve. Join Pastor Neal for this and other lively topics.
Individuals spend lifetimes in search of finding meaning and purpose for their lives. As Christians, many people are taught to believe that once they receive salvation, they no longer need to search for meaning and purpose. This leads to them experiencing conflicting existential moments in their life and faith. Did Jesus ever succeed in discovering meaning and purpose in life. Should Christians settle for a future promise of eternal life and not be intentional in a personal quest for meaning? Join Pastor Neal as he disusses this and other topics of the day.
Join Pastor Neal as he continues the discussion on modern church movements. We will address the emergent church, the inclusion church movement, and more of the pentecostal movement.
Celebrating 2 years of broadcasting!Zera Today with Pastor Lorenzo Neal!  With the election of Rev. Fred Luter as the new president of the SBC, does this signal a significant change in relations and faith for the largest American protestant denomination or is it just another sign that we are still behind the times with God? Join Pastor Neal as he discusses this and other topics of the day on Zera Today.
Post election anxiety has risen to new levels as individuals in states petition for secession. Is this where American Christianity is headed in a culturally diverse country? Does Elmo's puppeteer's sexuality affect how some Christians will behave toward the loveable muppet character? Join Pastor Neal for another great show as he attempts to answer these and other questions.
Bishop Paul S. Morton recently addressed his congregation regarding the revelation of a daughter he has never publicly acknowledged. This has set off a storm of accusation against Bishop Morton that calls into question how accountable should pastors be about their past. What if any avenues or limitations are available for pastors to share their struggles with their congregations? Join Pastor Neal for another great discussion on Zera Today.
Pastor Neal tackles myths and narratives that have become narrative of contemporary Black History and other topics regarding the Black church and family.
The death of mega church pastor Rick Warren's son by suicide has struck a bad chord in the church and the discussion of mental health.Mental health is still a taboo subject in the black church and community? How can churches address the mental health needs of their communities without over spiritualizing it? Can scandals involving ministers be related to their mental health care? Join Pastor Neal as he discusses this on Zera Today.
Join Pastor Neal for a lively discussion during the lively season of Mardi Gras. On the table is pre marital sex leads to an athlete's dismissal, pope pardons jews, and much more! You don't want to miss this show! Call a friend and and let them know Zera Today is on the air!
Pope Francis makes his first visit to the US and presents an interesting perspective on the global church's role in the social progress of the world. , Iyanla Vanzant's "Fix My Life" featured two pastors who chose to use her assistance to help come out of the closet to their families and churches. The show aired five years after Bishop Eddie Long had several young men accuse him of sexually molesting them. The church is at a fork in the road regarding sexual immorality issues. How should the black church deal with this new facet of church life when the clergy are living double sexual lives. Join Pastor Neal as he discusses this and other topics.
The 21st century has afforded churches and preachers with unprecedented opportunities. These include television shows, social media outlets, and even social and political influences. What if God did not validate the church or the preacher to have the spotlight? Aside from vagrant immorality and flamboyance, how can you discern if a ministry or preacher's calling is invalid in God's sight? What are signs you should look for to determine when preachers are in search of validation? Tune in with Pastor Neal to find out this and more.
March is Women's History Month and women who made great contributions to the world are being recognized around the world. Women play a major role in the life and ministry of the church. If we were to be candid, women run the church yet are still highly oppressed because the church still functions as a patriarchial organization. What can be done to help create a more liberating role for women in the church? Is recognizing their gifts as pastors, prophetesses, and teachers enough to accomplish this? Join Pastor Neal for another lively discussion and dialogue on Zera Today.
In his 1903 book "The Souls of Black Folk", W.E.B. Dubois introduced the concept of double conciousness. It's the idea that blacks find it difficult to find identity in a majority white world. This refrain is revisited in the Black Lives Matter movement today. This is even more apparent in black churches where theologies are conflicting with praxis on contemporary issues. How can the black clergy and leadership address this double conciousness while empowering believers to be "one body with many members?" Join Pastor Neal for this and other topics of the day.
Welcome to another year of Zera Today with Pastor Lorenzo Neal. A video of a preacher bragging about bullying a youth during church has gone viral. Did his own words do more harm than help? Also Atlanta's mayor has terminated the fire chief Kelvin Cochran for a book the chief wrote denouncing homosexuality? Did the chief cross the lines of church and state separation? Is this a case of war against Christianity? Join in the discussion of this and more with Pastor Neal.
Last week, Amber Guyger, the former Dallas Police officer was convicted and sentenced for the murder of unarmed Botham Jean in his apartment. Botham's mother addressed the press regarding the issue of correcting the injustices in the legal system, Botham's father said that he loved Amber Guyger, and Botham's brother in his victim impact statement said he forgave her and asked the judge for permission to hug her. The sentencing trial culminated in Judge Tammy Kemp providing comfort and a Bible to Amber Guyger. The acts surrounding this verdict and sentencing have raise controversy from the Freedom From Religion Foundation as well as many black Americans. Join Dr Neal as he discusses this and other topics of the day.
Creating disciples was the ministry Christ commanded for all of his followers. While men may be members of a local church, they may not be the men or the disciples they want to be. Dr. Joe Martin, autjhor, speaker, and educational consultant, and founder of Real Men Connect (RMC) joins Pastor Neal to discuss how good men can become great men through mobilizing, mentoring, and multiplying godly men across the country. To learn more about the work of Dr. Martin and RMC visit their website www.realmenconnect.co
As the news of black individuals being overtly harrassed and killed by the hands of law enforcement, the question has come up about the expendability of black life. Blacks lead in abortions, have high homicide rates and other issues. Yet in spite of this, only pockets of black church leadership even speak to these issues without having a personal agenda attached to it. Should it be the pastor's duty to speak to these issues and lead the community in facilitating change? Join in the discussion with Pastor Neal
In August, cartoonist Aaron McGruder, creator of the infamous Boondocks comic strip and cartoon series will premier a new show titled "Black Jesus" on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim time slot. The comedy parody show features a live action series of Jesus as a black man in Compton, CA. This show has brought about good and negative publicity for AS and McGruder, but how should black pastors engage the show and the viewers? Is the show any more offensive than Jesus Christ Superstar, Tyler Perry's Madea series, or even George Burns' O God movie series?
Many of us have seen or heard some bad preachers that we questioned their "calling". One church in Arkansas failed to properly investigate their pastor and discovered that he is a Level 3 registered sex offender who changed his identity and entered the ministry. His members were outraged when they made the discovery but if they had done some simple background check, their dilemma could have been avoided. What can churches do to prevent preaching fraud from occuring today? Join Pastor Neal to discuss this and other topics of the day.
Today's pulpits are full of preachers proclaiming things without following a logical argument. In fact, many preachers are presenting fallacies from their pulpits. Join Pastor Neal as he discusses the fallacies that are preached as facts in many pulpits today.
Pastor Neal is joined by Mr. Solution AKA Richard to discuss his 7 Principles on Love, Sex and Dating and their 7 Results
This is the first broadcast of Zera Today with Pastor Lorenzo Neal. It's all about a new beginning and stepping into the unknown. Full of insight from a fresh new voice on internet radio. Learn about Pastor Neal's background and views that are sure to empower and liberate you the listener.
This weeks show is sure to be another good one. Pastor Neal will be dicussing the political power of the black church, current issues in public school education and other current news and issues. Tune in every Monday at 9:00 AM for an exciting hour of Zera Today.
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Jun 21st, 2010
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Feb 5th, 2020
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