CNLP 512: Brian Zahnd on Understanding Deconstruction, Nietzsche, Nihilism and the Alternative to Christianity, and the Oddity of Post-Christian America

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Author and pastor, Brian Zahnd, gives an in-depth explanation of the deconstruction that’s happening in Christianity today, a brief history of existentialism, Friedrich Nietzsche and the alternative to Christianity, and the oddity of post-Christian America.

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Compassion International

There’s another organization I want to tell you about, a ministry that I have loved for years, and that’s Compassion International.

Compassion is an incredible organization whose goal is to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

They currently serve over 2 million children ​and their families in some of the most poverty-stricken areas of the world and here is my favorite part: ​All of this is happening in local churches.

Compassion is all about equipping the local church so every single child is cared for by a leaders in their community.

As a pastor, I found Compassion to be a strategic part of our global missions strategy. And so, as a church, we incorporated Compassion into our focus on Guatemala.

Compassion made it easy for everyone in our church to put their faith in action by caring for a child in need. I would encourage any pastor listening to learn more about Compassion.

You can help equip local churches around the world while seeing your church grow in the process. Visit to learn how.

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Next Episode: Thom Rainer

Bestselling author, Thom Rainer, returns to the podcast to discuss the three biggest shifts he’s seeing in the church right now: the death of denominations, the stunning decline in peoples’ commitment to evangelism and the promising hope for small churches through digital evangelism.

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Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.