Prayer Equals Change Series || Give Me Scotland or I Die!

September 26, 2017

John Knox, a Scottish minister and theologian who led the Protestant Reformation in his country, once said, "Lord, give me Scotland or I die!"  In this episode, Jeff expresses his desire for this generation to have the same spirit toward their school campus, as well as the world.  Do you have the drive that shows that you are hungry for it, you want it, you have to have it, that you have to see your campus be changed by the power of God's love?  Give me "my campus" or I die!  Part 4 of 4.  Recorded on March 5, 2017.

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Prayer Equals Change Series || Great Followers & Great Followings

September 21, 2017

Are you a leader or a follower?  What makes a good leader?  What makes a good follower?  If you really want to see God change the world through your prayers, then it's connected to your commitment to follow him.  In this episode, Jeff discusses three foundational questions that will help students examine their level of devotion.  Jesus is not looking for leaders as much as he is looking for followers.  If you follow him and go where he is going, people will follow you.  Part 3 of 4.  Recorded on March 4, 2017

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Prayer Equals Change Series || Kingdom Eyes, Hearts, & Guts

September 19, 2017

In this episode, Jeff speaks about having the heart, eyes, and guts of the kingdom. What moved Jesus to the depth of his being?  What moves us to the depth of our being?  Does that come out in what we are praying to God about? Jesus saw people differently than anyone else.  A challenge to students is to look at the people at their school differently than how others see them, to see them how Jesus sees them.  We live in an emotional world, but is our relationship with God more driven by how we feel or what we're convicted about?  Are we willing to live a life full of conviction to change the world?  In this episode, Jeff also gives the three reasons why the school campus is the most influential environment in America.  Part 2 of 4. Recorded on March 4, 2017

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Prayer Equals Change Series || 360 Degree Concept

September 13, 2017

What is prayer? How would you define what prayer is? Talking to God? A conversation with God?  What is NOT prayer? A vending machine? An obligation or wish list? Talking to ourselves with our eyes closed?  When we pray, we can have access to the heart and knowledge of God. It is about knowing God and getting in the stream where God can do crazy things. It's up to us to listen and then speak.  The better we can hear God, the better we can articulate when we pray.  In this 4-part series on prayer, Jeff Eckart is speaking to a select group of 30 high school students from around the country that are a part of the Claim Your Campus National Student Council Forum.  In this episode, Jeff gives us a better understanding of how prayer works.  Part 1 of 4.  Recorded on March 3, 2017.

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#211 || Summer Days, Celebrity Lookalike, & More

May 18, 2017

Season Two has officially come to a close, so in this episode, we recap a few of this past year's topics, talk about our plans for NTS Camp this summer, and share an exclusive announcement of what is yet to come that will benefit both adult leaders and students in their faith journey.  The Thought Factory will be taking the summer off, but Season Three will launch in October 2017, so stay tuned.

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#210 || Faith & Reason Part 2: Six Foundational Questions We Must Ask Students

May 2, 2017

Is there evidence for a Creator?  Where does my truth come from?  What do I believe about Jesus?  Can I doubt the resurrection and still be a Christian?  If God is so good then why is my world so bad?  Am I committed to Godly sexuality?  In this two-part episode, Michelle Rewa, with a background in apologetics and a degree in science, explores the 6 foundational questions where faith and reason intersect.  This episode gets us thinking about the last three questions and why it is important to engage with these topics ourselves.

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#209 || Faith & Reason Part 1: Six Foundational Questions We Must Ask Students

April 28, 2017

Is there evidence for a Creator?  Where does my truth come from?  What do I believe about Jesus?  Can I doubt the resurrection and still be a Christian?  If God is so good then why is my world so bad?  Am I committed to Godly sexuality?  In this two-part episode, Michelle Rewa, with a background in apologetics and a degree in science, explores the 6 foundational questions where faith and reason connect.  This episode gets us thinking about the first three questions and why it is important to be asking our students in the first place.

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#208 || Porn & Tech Guinea Pigs

April 21, 2017

Why do good students fall prey to pornography?  How do you feel when you receive 100 likes on Instagram?  Why are students...ok, the majority of users seem addicted to their smartphone?  In this episode, we discuss how porn, tech, and social media companies are preying on the neurological development of students' brains to hold our attention longer and to get us addicted.  We are simply their guinea pigs.  Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer interview Chris McKenna of protectyoungeyes.com on ways we, as youth leaders and parents, need to be aware of what is happening in our students' brains when we put digital devices in their hands at a young age, as well as, the potential downfalls that are simply one click away.

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#207 || Redeem & Engage Technology

April 14, 2017

How long could you go without your phone?  Less than an hour?  We are talking more about the digital nemesis that the majority of us have accepted into our lives, the smartphone.  In today's episode, we hear from high school students about their attachment to this device.  We also provide suggested guidelines for youth ministry when it pertains to phone use.  Has the phone caused us to be more disengaging when youth ministry is mainly about building relationships?  How can we engage with technology and redeemed it without it being a distraction?

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#206 || Verbally Solving America’s Greatest Issues

April 5, 2017

Are we going in the right direction as a country? What do students think? Today we’re talking about what students say are the most important issues facing America.  Issues that include terrorism, race relations, sexual identity, and abortion.  Are students better off spiritually today than 20 years ago? In today's episode, we discuss these issues and our perspective on the direction of this country.

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