Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture

Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture
with Scott Rae and Sean McDowell
Just Capitalism, Part 2 (with Brent Waters)
Feb 14 • 27 min
If you’re one of those people that think of economics as the “dismal science,” or that economics has nothing to do with a person’s day to day Christian life, you’re about to have those views challenged. Listen to the conclusion of this two part…
Just Capitalism, Part 1 (with Brent Waters)
Feb 7 • 31 min
If you’re one of those people that think of economics as the “dismal science,” or that economics has nothing to do with a person’s day to day Christian life, you’re about to have those views challenged. Listen to the first of this two part fascinating…
Total Truth (with Nancy Pearcey)
Jan 31 • 31 min
Does truth matter anymore? How do we communicate truth in a “post-truth” world? Sean interviews Nancy Pearcey about her book Total Truth. She addresses these questions and makes the case that the church must embrace the faith as a totalizing belief system…
From Islam to Christianity (with Florenc Mene)
Jan 24 • 31 min
Hear the remarkable testimony of Florenc (Lenci) Mene, who grew up in Communist Albania, and converted to Islam as a teenager, dropped out of school to attend a Muslim madrassa full time, and eventually converted to Christianity, making the decision to…
Hope for a Racially Divided Culture (with Miles McPherson)
Jan 17 • 32 min
Issues of race and racial reconciliation are ongoing in many communities. Sean and Scott interview pastor Miles McPherson (The Rock Church in San Diego, California), about his book, The Third Option: Hope for a Racially Divided Nation. Miles refers to…
Surviving Sexual Abuse and Exploitation (with Lisa Michelle)
Jan 10 • 32 min
Telling a remarkable story of healing and redemption, Sean and Scott talk with Lisa Michelle, who survived two decades of exploitation, and who now ministers to girls in the sex industry. She tells the story of her healing, her reconciliation with her…
Science and Faith in a Secular Society (with J.P. Moreland)
Dec 20, 2018 • 30 min
Christian faith and science are often viewed as being in conflict in Western culture today. It’s important to understand that science is practiced within a worldview—a specific way of viewing the world, especially what counts for knowledge. Increasingly,…
Present Day Miracles (with Craig Keener)
Dec 13, 2018 • 31 min
We know God worked many and mighty miracles throughout biblical times, but for many Christians, we don’t see as much evidence for miracles in our lives as there was in biblical times. You won’t want to miss Scott’s interview with Dr. Craig Keener,…
Near Death Experiences (with Gary Habermas)
Dec 7, 2018 • 33 min
You may have heard of people who “came back” from being declared dead, or close to it, that report incredible things that they experienced while near death. Join us as Scott discusses the phenomena of near death experiences with world renowned expert on…
The Dignity Revolution (with Daniel Darling)
Nov 29, 2018 • 31 min
The idea of human dignity is at the heart of most major issues debated in our culture today. From bioethics (abortion, euthanasia, genetic technologies) to race and immigration, the notion of the dignity of the individual person is a central concept. Yet…
Walking with Loved Ones at the End of Life (with Doug Groothuis)
Nov 21, 2018 • 31 min
There are few things in life that are more gut-wrenching than walking with a loved one through a terminal illness. In this heart-rending interview, Scott and Sean talk with Christian philosopher Dr. Doug Groothuis, as he recounts his decade long journey…
Fearless Prayer (with Craig Hazen)
Nov 15, 2018 • 28 min
If you’ve had doubts about the effectiveness of your prayer or wondered about how boldly you can pray, then our guest, Talbot Apologetics Director and Professor, Dr. Craig Hazen has wisdom about prayer that will surprise you. Sean and Scott interview Dr.…
Heaven, Hell and the Afterlife (with Mike Fabarez)
Nov 8, 2018 • 31 min
What have you wondered about when it comes to the afterlife? Sean and Scott interview Pastor Mike Faberez, pastor of Compass Bible Church in Aliso Viejo, California, about his new book 10 Mistakes People Make about Heaven, Hell and the Afterlife. Join us…
Race and Intersectionality (with Elizabeth Corey)
Nov 1, 2018 • 30 min
The concept of intersectionality is a recent and important contribution to the societal conversation on race and racial reconciliation. Join Sean and Scott as they talk with Baylor University professor, Dr. Elizabeth Corey, for her assessment of the…
Our Deepest Desires (with Greg Ganssle)
Oct 25, 2018 • 30 min
What would you think about a worldview that could satisfy your deepest desires? Talbot philosophy professor Dr. Greg Ganssle talks with Sean and Scott about his new book, Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations. He…
Last Call for Liberty?? (with Os Guinness)
Oct 18, 2018 • 34 min
Os Guinness, noted speaker, author and social commentator, maintains that in the aftermath of the contentious Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the polarization in the US seems greater than any time since the Civil War. Scott and Sean…
Faith and the Baseball Playoffs (with Brandon Cash)
Oct 11, 2018 • 30 min
Join us as Scott interviews Talbot professor and Los Angeles Dodgers chaplain Brandon Cash, as he describes his ongoing ministry with the Dodgers’ players and coaches, with a specific emphasis on the current postseason playoffs.
Faith and Bioethics (with Paige Cunningham)
Oct 4, 2018 • 28 min
Many of the most challenging ethical and social issues today are in the field of bioethics. Issues such as end of life care, reproductive technology, genetic and biotechnology, not to mention long standing issues such as abortion and assisted suicide.…
Redeeming Capitalism (with Ken Barnes)
Sep 27, 2018 • 30 min
With the popularity of Bernie Sanders presidential run in 2016 and the increasing embrace of forms of socialism by critics of capitalism, the time is right for a vigorous examination of the virtues and vices of market capitalism. Scott and Sean interview…
Family Background and Spirituality (with Judy TenElshof)
Sep 20, 2018 • 29 min
Though we recognize that our family background has a major influence on the kind of person we all become, we don’t often extend that to our spiritual formation and development. Talbot spiritual formation professor Dr. Judy TenElshof outlines how our…
Bonus Podcast: What Atheists and Christians Get Right and Wrong
Sep 19, 2018 • 88 min
Sean recently had a public discussion with Hemant Mehta, who is known as “The Friendly Atheist,” and is an outspoken atheist blogger and YouTuber. They discuss common misconceptions each side has about the other, and then take live questions from the…
Crisis Pregnancy Clinics and Free Speech Rights - The NIFLA Case (with Scott Waller)
Sep 15, 2018 • 32 min
In June, 2018, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of California’s crisis pregnancy centers protecting their free speech rights. California law required these pro-life centers to provide abortion referrals to their clients who came in seeking their…
Learning from the Church Fathers (with Ken Berding)
Sep 8, 2018 • 27 min
The Church Fathers provide a vital link from the time of Jesus and the apostles to future generations. Who were they? What did they care about? And what can we learn for today? Sean and Scott interview Talbot professor Ken Berding with these questions and…
Zombie Science (with Jonathan Wells)
Aug 30, 2018 • 27 min
What is the scientific evidence for evolution? How is the Darwinian paradigm faring? Sean and Scott interview Dr. Jonathan Wells about his recent book Zombie Science, which offers a critique of some of the most common arguments offered for evolution. Dr.…
Saving Truth (with Abdu Murray)
Aug 23, 2018 • 27 min
Do we really live in a post-truth culture? How do we effectively communicate truth in a world dominated by feelings? Scott and Sean interview speaker and author Abdu Murray (from Ravi Zacharias Ministries) about his new book Saving Truth. Murray offers…
Sharing the Good News with Mormons (with Eric Johnson)
Aug 16, 2018 • 29 min
Are Mormons Christians? Is the Mormon church aligning with historic Christian doctrine? And how do we best share the good news with our Mormon friends, neighbors, and co-workers? Sean and Scott interview author, scholar, and missionary Eric Johnson about…
Love Thy Body (with Nancy Pearcey)
Aug 9, 2018 • 31 min
In her new best-selling book “Love Thy Body,” Nancy Pearcey argues that modern culture commits one huge fallacy—denigrating the value of the body. This mistake lies at the heart of how our secular culture thinks about some of the most common ethical…
Questioning the Bible? (with Jonathan Morrow)
Aug 2, 2018 • 29 min
Is the Bible racist? Sexist? How do we know the Bible contains the right books? In this episode, Sean interviews adjunct Talbot professor Jonathan Morrow about his book Questioning the Bible. Sean and Jonathan aim to offer answers to the toughest…
Vincent Van Gogh’s Journey of Faith (with William Havlicek)
Jul 26, 2018 • 30 min
In this fascinating look at the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh, Sean and Scott interview Professor William Havlicek, one of the world’s leading experts on Van Gogh. William teaches at the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach, California and…
Hitler’s Ethic and Religion and Eugenics Today (with Richard Weikart)
Jul 19, 2018 • 28 min
Scott and Sean interview Dr. Richard Weikart, professor of history at Cal State Stanislaus on the connection between evolutionary ethics and the re-emergence of eugenics in culture today. Dr. Weikart is the author of several books which he discusses in…
Grace and Redemption After Abortion (with Victoria Robinson)
Jul 12, 2018 • 34 min
Victoria Robinson had an abortion. She hid the hurt and shame for years, even while working at a church and pregnancy resource center. After experiencing God’s grace and forgiveness, she now has a story she wants to share with other women (and men). Sean…
Why People Stop Believing (with Paul Chamberlain)
Jul 5, 2018 • 28 min
In this stimulating conversation, Sean and Scott interview Dr. Paul Chamberlain, director of the program in Christian Apologetics at Trinity Western University in Canada, and author of the book Why People Stop Believing. Dr. Chamberlain chronicles the…
How Should Christians Think about Social Justice (with Thaddeus Williams)
Jun 28, 2018 • 29 min
What is the biblical call to justice? Should Christians embrace the social justice movement? Sean and Scott interview Biola faculty member Thaddeus Williams about these questions and more. Dr. Williams provides biblical perspective about the social…
Christians and the Transgender Question (with Preston Sprinkle)
Jun 21, 2018 • 32 min
What is transgender? And how can Christians think both biblically and compassionately about transgender people? Scott and Sean interview author Preston Sprinkle about this issue. Sprinkle provides clarification on some important terms, such as “intersex,”…
The Bible and Immigration (with Markus Zehnder)
Jun 14, 2018 • 28 min
Immigration remains one of the most divisive and debated social and political issues of our day. Understanding the Bible’s teaching on immigration and applying it to current immigration issues is complicated terrain. Dr. Markus Zehnder, Talbot Professor…
Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Liberty…Sort Of
Jun 11, 2018 • 31 min
In the long-awaited case of Masterpiece Cake Shop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of cake baker Jack Phillips. Citing the commission’s hostility towards Phillips’ religious beliefs, the court ruled that the…
Understanding Generation Z (with Jonathan Morrow)
Jun 7, 2018 • 26 min
What is unique about Generation Z (born between 1999-2015)? What does the newest research show about their beliefs, practices, and approach to life? Sean interviews Jonathan Morrow, author of “Welcome to College,” about a new massive study he commissioned…
Lessons Americans Can Learn from Canada (with Jojo Ruba)
May 31, 2018 • 26 min
From a conference in Canada, Sean recently had the opportunity to interview Jojo Ruba, head of Faith Beyond Belief, an apologetics and worldview ministry that trains young people across Canada. Jojo shares some practical lessons American Christians can…
Does Evidence Still Demand A Verdict?
May 24, 2018 • 28 min
Working with a team of over three dozen Biola grad students, Sean recently helped his father, Josh McDowell, update his classic book “Evidence that Demands a Verdict.” Scott interviews Sean about how both culture and the historical evidence for…
Should We “Unhitch” the Old Testament? (with Mitch Glaser)
May 21, 2018 • 30 min
Pastor Andy Stanley recently gave a sermon in which he suggested that Christians today should unhitch the Old Testament from our faith. Scott and Sean interview Messianic Jew Mitch Glaser for his thoughts and insights. They discuss the Jewish roots of the…
Apologetics at the Cross (with Josh Chatraw)
May 17, 2018 • 27 min
What is the most effective approach for defending the faith today? What does it mean to do apologetics through the lens of the cross? Sean and Scott interview professor Josh Chatraw about his new book, “Apologetics at the Cross.” Josh offers some lessons…
The Moral Question Behind Infinity War
May 10, 2018 • 36 min
Spoiler alert! In this special episode, Scott and Sean discuss the ethical questions behind the recent blockbuster movie Infinity War. Here is the big question they explore: Under what conditions is it just to sacrifice a life (or lives) for another? They…
The Porn Myth (with Matt Fradd)
May 8, 2018 • 26 min
How is porn affecting this generation? What are some of the most common and pernicious myths people believe about how it affects relationships? Sean and Scott interview Matt Fradd, author of “The Porn Myth.” He offers an insightful cultural analysis of…
Religious Freedom in the Crosshairs (with Ken Starr and Thomas Farr)
Apr 28, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode, Sean and Scott talk with Judge Ken Starr and Dr. Thomas Farr about the state of religious liberty today in America and beyond. How concerned should Christians be? What big issues are on the horizon? And how can Christians respond? Starr…
[Bonus Podcast] Losing Faith and Keeping Faith: Sean McDowell and Bart Campolo
Apr 17, 2018 • 49 min
Sean recently had a public discussion with Bart Campolo, former evangelist and Christian social worker, who is now a leading secular humanist. They share and contrast their stories and discuss whether Christianity or secular humanism is the best…
Unique Worldview Challenges for Students Today (with Jeff Myers)
Apr 12, 2018 • 26 min
What worldviews are competing for the hearts and minds of today’s students? What is unique about this generation? Sean interviews Dr. Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, about how the church can best understand and reach Generation Z.
Economics and the Christian Faith (with Tom Nelson)
Apr 5, 2018 • 26 min
How does economics shape what it means to “love our neighbor”? How should theology shape our view of economics? In this episode, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae interact with Dr. Tom Nelson, who is the head of Made To Flourish, a network of pastors and local…
Winsome Communication (with Tim Muehlhoff)
Mar 29, 2018 • 27 min
Christians find themselves today in an increasingly secular culture, which is sometimes even hostile to the faith. In this setting, what is the most biblical and effective means of persuasion? In this episode, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae talk with author…
Theistic Evolution (with Stephen Meyer)
Mar 22, 2018 • 26 min
Bonus Podcast: Sean Discusses the Bible and Homosexuality with John Stonestreet
Mar 20, 2018 • 30 min
Christians and the LGBTQ Community – Part 2 (with Caleb Kaltenbach)
Mar 15, 2018 • 26 min
Christians and the LGBTQ Community – Part 1 (with Caleb Kaltenbach)
Mar 8, 2018 • 26 min
The Gospel and Poverty (with Dan Anderson)
Mar 4, 2018 • 27 min
The Church and the LGBTQ Conversation (with Mark Yarhouse)
Feb 22, 2018 • 26 min
Naturalism and the Soul (with JP Moreland)
Feb 16, 2018 • 27 min
Have Churches Oversold Family and Marriage? (with Joe Hellerman)
Feb 8, 2018 • 26 min
Navigating Student Culture - Part 2 (with Brett Kunkle)
Feb 1, 2018 • 28 min
Navigating Student Culture - Part 1 (with Brett Kunkle)
Jan 25, 2018 • 26 min
The World Watch List and the Persecuted Church (with Ron Boyd-MacMillan)
Jan 10, 2018 • 28 min
Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel (with Russell Moore)
Dec 14, 2017 • 30 min
Race and the Church – Part 2 (with Chris Brooks)
Dec 7, 2017 • 23 min
Race and the Church – Part 1 (with Chris Brooks)
Nov 30, 2017 • 20 min
The Art of Christian Persuasion (with Os Guinness)
Nov 23, 2017 • 30 min
Getting Along Despite Our Deepest Differences (with Os Guinness)
Nov 16, 2017 • 24 min
500th Anniversary of the Reformation (with professor Alan Gomes)
Nov 9, 2017 • 26 min
The State of the Persecuted Church (with David Curry, CEO of Open Doors, USA)
Nov 2, 2017 • 27 min
Faith at the World Series (with Dodgers chaplain Brandon Cash)
Oct 26, 2017 • 26 min
5 Decades of Faithful Apologetics (with Josh McDowell)
Oct 19, 2017 • 25 min