Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture

Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture
with Scott Rae and Sean McDowell

[Bonus Podcast] Leaving the Faith, Staying in the Faith (with Hawk Nelson’s Jon Steingard)
Aug 4 • 86 min
Jon Steingard is the former lead singer for the Christian rock band Hawk Nelson. Not long ago, he announced that he no longer considers himself a Christian. In this episode, we are featuring a conversation between Jon and Sean McDowell about faith, doubt,…
The History of Euthanasia (with Richard Weikart)
Jul 31 • 32 min
Why should Christians care about euthanasia and physician assisted suicide? And how did we get to the place we are today in which “death with dignity” is considered increasingly acceptable? In this episode, Sean interviews historian Richard Weikart on…
A Physician’s View of End of Life Care and Assisted Suicide (with Ryan Nash)
Jul 24 • 36 min
Managing the end of life is challenging both for patients/families, and also for physicians. Join us as Scott interviews Dr. Ryan Nash, who has dealt with thousands of patients and families at the end of life as he shares his expertise on end of life care…
Divorce in the Culture and the Church (with Wayne Grudem)
Jul 21 • 26 min
One of the church’s most respected theologians, Dr. Wayne Grudem, has re-thought the Bible’s teaching on divorce and remarriage, and has helpful insight for pastors, counselors and those who have been touched by divorce. Join Scott for this stimulating…
[Bonus Podcast] Evidence for the Soul (with JP Moreland)
Jul 12 • 60 min
The evidence for the existence of the soul is stronger than many people think. In this episode, Sean interviews JP Moreland about the nature of the soul, how we know the soul is real, and why it matters. This is a bonus episode from the YouTube channel…
Why Eschatology Matters (with Mark Saucy)
Jul 9 • 30 min
Eschatology, or the doctrine of the end times, often is portrayed largely speculation, based on difficult to interpret biblical texts and subject to widespread disagreement among theological scholars. Join us for Scott and Sean’s interview with Talbot…
Religious Freedom and the American Founding Fathers (with Daniel Dreisbach)
Jul 2 • 34 min
With religious freedom under assault around the world and increasingly in the United States, it’s critical to go back to the American founding and hear from the founding fathers about how they viewed religious freedom, and why they enshrined it in the…
[Bonus Podcast] Did the Apostles Die as Martyrs? (Sean debates a skeptic)
Jun 30 • 67 min
Sean recently had a radio debate with a popular YouTuber on the question of whether the apostles died as martyrs. Do we have good historical sources for their fates? How does the evidence support the larger case for the resurrection of Jesus? This is a…
Forgiving My Father, Forgiving Myself (with Ruth Graham)
Jun 25 • 27 min
How do we experience God’s forgiveness in our own lives? How does unforgiveness sabotage our relationships with others? In this powerful and memorable interview, Ruth Graham shares some of the difficulties of having a father (Billy Graham) who traveled so…
God and the Pandemic (with NT Wright)
Jun 19 • 29 min
How should we think theologically about the COVID-19 pandemic? Join Scott and Sean as they interview internationally acclaimed New Testament scholar, NT Wright, as he talks about his new book, God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the…
[Replay] Race and the Church – Part 2 (with Chris Brooks)
Jun 12 • 23 min
[Replay] Race and the Church – Part 1 (with Chris Brooks)
Jun 6 • 20 min
The Bible and Borders (with Daniel Carroll Rodas)
May 29 • 35 min
Immigration continues to be one of the most divisive issues, both in the culture at large and in the church. Migration was one of the central concerns of the Bible since the people of God were a people on the move for much of biblical history. Join Sean…
God and Guns (with Mike Austin)
May 22 • 30 min
The issue of gun violence and gun control is one of the most divisive issues in the US today. Philosopher Mike Austin has written a provocative book that attempts to bridge a cultural divide on this controversial issue. Join Scott and Sean for this…
Suffering, the End of Life and Assisted Suicide — Part 2 (with Stephanie Gray)
May 15 • 35 min
Few issues are more difficult and controversial at the same time than the ethical issues around the end of life, particularly assisted suicide. Dealing with the inevitable losses and suffering that come at the end of life are often what motivates a…
Suffering, the End of Life and Assisted Suicide — Part 1 (with Stephanie Gray)
May 9 • 30 min
Few issues are more difficult and controversial at the same time than the ethical issues around the end of life, particularly assisted suicide. Dealing with the inevitable losses and suffering that come at the end of life are often what motivates a…
Ancient Biography and the Historical Jesus, Part II (with Dr. Craig Keener)
May 1 • 28 min
How should we assess the accuracy of the gospel record of the life of Jesus, since the conventions of history writing were somewhat different in the ancient world compared to today. In his massive study, Histobiography, NT scholar Craig Keener compares…
Ancient Biography and the Historical Jesus, Part I (with Dr. Craig Keener)
Apr 23 • 31 min
How should we assess the accuracy of the gospel record of the life of Jesus, since the conventions of history writing were somewhat different in the ancient world compared to today. In his massive study, Christobiography, NT scholar Craig Keener compares…
Grace from the Rubble (with Jeanne Bishop)
Apr 21 • 28 min
Twenty-five years ago, the Oklahoma City bombing became the worst act of terrorism on American soil. Yet out of this horrible tragedy, a story has emerged of remarkable redemption and reconciliation. Sean and Scott interview Jeanne Bishop, the author of a…
Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith (with David Mishkin)
Apr 14 • 28 min
God is moving powerfully among the Jewish community in Israel. From the perspective of a Bible professor in Israel, Dr. Mishkin shares how the Jewish Messianic movement in Israel is growing and thriving. He shares his personal story of coming to the…
God, Greed and the Prosperity Gospel (with Costi Hinn)
Apr 2 • 32 min
One of the most destructive departures from biblical teaching spreading around the world today is what is known as the “prosperity gospel.” Scott and Sean interview pastor Costi Hinn, nephew of the well-known televangelist and proponent of the prosperity…
[Bonus Podcast] An Outreach Presentation at Berkeley (by Sean McDowell)
Mar 31 • 64 min
While leading a recent student trip to Berkeley, Sean gave a pre-evangelistic message on the UC Berkeley campus. His approach was to give four reasons why a thought spiritual quest should begin with Christianity. And then he took live questions from…
Counterculture (with David Platt)
Mar 27 • 31 min
According to David Platt, we live in a culture with values in deep conflict with the gospel. What does it mean to live out the Christian faith in such a world? In this interview about his book Counter Culture: Following Christ in an Anti-Christian Age,…
Is Christianity Unbelievable? (with Justin Brierley)
Mar 19 • 36 min
For over a decade, Justin Brierley has been hosting the popular radio show Unbelievable?, which is a program that features discussions between Christians and non-Christians. In this interview, Justin shares some of the insights he has learned about how to…
This Beautiful Book: The Big Story of the Bible (with Steve Green)
Mar 12 • 34 min
If the Bible seems complicated to you, you’re in good company, and this conversation with Steve Green will help. In his new book, This Beautiful Book, Green lays out with clarity and simplicity, the big storyline of the Bible. Join us for this discussion…
Answering the Toughest Questions (with Craig Hazen)
Mar 5 • 48 min
In this episode, Sean and Craig Hazen discuss some of the most challenging questions about Christian faith. They discussed this together at Yorba Linda Friends Church. Join them as they give succinct and clear answers to these important questions.
Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) Redeemed: A Biblical View of Time (with Os Guinness)
Feb 27 • 31 min
Where does the time go?, we frequently lament. Time is fixed for all of us yet around the world and historically there have been many different views of time, that emerge out of the worldview of the day. Best selling author and speaker Os Guinness…
Humans 2.0 (with Fuz Rana)
Feb 23 • 30 min
New developments in biotechnology promise breakthroughs that could improve people’s lives, but also threaten to enhance human beings and alter human nature. Biochemist Fazale (Fuz) Rana opens a window to the new world of human enhancement technologies and…
A Change of Affection (with Becket Cook)
Feb 13 • 30 min
Becket Cook has a remarkable story of transformation by the gospel. Before becoming a Christian, he lived as a gay man in Hollywood as a successful set designer. His life centered around celebrity-filled Hollywood parties and he traveled to society…
Faith, Reason and Western Civilization (with Samuel Gregg)
Feb 6 • 35 min
The naïve and increasingly common assumption that reason and faith are incompatible is simply at odds with the facts of history. The revelation in the Hebrew Scriptures of a reasonable Creator imbued Judaism and Christianity with a conviction that the…
How to Think Christianly about the Economy (with Victor Claar & Greg Forster)
Jan 30 • 33 min
How should we think about our economy as followers of Jesus? Do we accept economic life as “it is what it is?” Or does the way we think about economics make a difference in our discipleship? Co-authors Victor Claar (economist) and Greg Forster (political…
From White Supremacist to Racial Reconciliation (with Tom Tarrants)
Jan 25 • 31 min
How did a violent Klansman become a champion of racial reconciliation? In his new book, Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love, former white supremacist Tom Tarrants tells a remarkable story of transformation by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Join us as Scott…
The State of the Persecuted Church as a New Decade Begins
Jan 16 • 27 min
With the release of the World Watch List in January 2020, we get a catalog of the most difficult places for the followers of Jesus around the world. Join us for an inside look at some of these places from someone who travels there regularly and has first…
Love Unleashes Life—the Pro-Life Message in a Polarized Culture (with Stephanie Gray)
Jan 9 • 34 min
How can the pro-life message be effective in an increasingly polarized culture? How can the movement move from controversy to civility and still be a compelling message defending the unborn? Join us for our conversation with Stephanie Gray, a veteran of…
The Bible Is Not What You Think (with Michael and Lauren McAfee)
Jan 2 • 29 min
Many Millennials are skeptical of the Bible, viewing it as an outdated, intolerant book. Yet fellow Millennials Michael and Lauren McAfee, authors of Not What You Think, are up for the challenge. They make the case for their generation and for Gen Zers…
It Takes a Family - to Raise a Village (with Jennifer Morse)
Dec 26, 2019 • 36 min
In her important book, Love and Economics, economist Dr. Jennifer Morse argues the family is the central cultural institution responsible for the prosperity and well being of the next generation. She maintains that all of the virtues necessary for…
The Reliability of the Gospels and the Historical Jesus (with Darrell Bock)
Dec 23, 2019 • 35 min
What is the state of historical Jesus studies today? How has the landscape changed over the past few decades? Dr. Darrell Bock provides some remarkable insight about how historical Jesus studies have moved in a positive direction towards embracing many…
Was Jesus a Socialist? (with Lawrence Reed)
Dec 16, 2019 • 31 min
It has not been uncommon for advocates of virtually every economic system to invoke Jesus in support of their views, though some of the most ardent advocates for both capitalism and socialism did not have any particular religious views themselves (Rand,…
Atheist Overreach (with Christian Smith)
Dec 5, 2019 • 32 min
In his recent book Atheist Overreach, Dr. Christian Smith argues that public atheist spokespersons often overreach their position regarding what atheism can actually explain about morality and science. Sean and Scott ask him probing questions about the…
Gratitude and Thanksgiving (with Stacy Eltiti)
Nov 28, 2019 • 27 min
With the Thanksgiving season upon us, we thought it fitting to do some theological and psychological reflection on gratitude. Join us for this stimulating conversation with Rosemead Professor Dr. Stacy Eltiti, as we explore dimensions of gratitude that…
The Inside Story (with Greg Koukl)
Nov 21, 2019 • 32 min
As the president of Stand to Reason, Greg Koukl is one of the leading Christian apologists today. Sean asks Greg questions about his personal faith journey and about life lessons he has learned thorough his radio, speaking, and writing ministries.
Seeing God and His Beauty in Math (with Jason Wilson)
Nov 15, 2019 • 30 min
Dr. Wilson has been thinking long and hard about how the mathematical structure of the world points towards God’s existence and beauty. in this interview, he explains how his understanding of math drives him to worship God more deeply and how math should…
[Bonus Podcast] “Business on Purpose” (with Kenman Wong)
Nov 12, 2019 • 29 min
In this session, we will introduce you to a series of compelling stories about the intersection of Christian faith and business—the Faith and Co. film series. Produced by Seattle Pacific University Professor (and Biola graduate) Dr. Kenman Wong, the…
Economics and Criminal Justice (with Sarah Estelle)
Nov 7, 2019 • 35 min
What does economics have to with our criminal justice system? Well, quite a bit, according to economist, Dr. Sarah Estelle. Listen in for Dr. Estelle’s enlightening perspective on how her field of economics intersects with our justice system—we think…
[Bonus Podcast] Why I Still Believe (with Mary Jo Sharp)
Nov 5, 2019 • 30 min
As a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest, Mary Jo Sharp thought religion was for the weak-minded. But she was transformed by encountering Jesus in the New Testament. In this episode, Sean and Scott interview MJ about her latest book Why I Still…
Student Culture and the Occult (with Walt Mueller)
Oct 31, 2019 • 27 min
What are the most powerful ways culture influences the beliefs and behaviors of students? Should parents and other youth influencers be concerned, in particular, about the influence of the occult? Sean and Scott interview youth ministry guru Walt Mueller…
Between Life and Death — Reflections on the End of Life from a Trauma Surgeon (with Kathryn Butler)
Oct 24, 2019 • 35 min
The end of life is not normally a subject we talk about that much, but it’s rare that we have someone who can approach it with the insight and sensitivity of our guest—Dr. Katie Butler. She approaches and clarifies many issues around the end of life from…
Artificial Intelligence and Our View of Human Persons (with Mihretu Guta)
Oct 17, 2019 • 33 min
Progress in the development and application of artificial intelligence is coming at a rapid pace today, and is challenging not only our view of work in the future, but also our view of human persons. Can machines have consciousness like a person does? How…
The Coming Revolution in Church Economics (with Mark DeYmaz)
Oct 11, 2019 • 33 min
Churches in North America today have over $1 trillion in assets that are significantly underutilized. The subtitle for this stimulating book is the topic of our conversation on this podcast — “Why tithes and offerings are no longer enough.” Join us for…
The Gender Wage Gap (with Angela Dills)
Oct 3, 2019 • 29 min
The wage gap between men and women in the workplace is the subject of ongoing debate and controversy. This gender wage gap is actually larger for older workers and there is a greater disparity in some specific industries. In addition, the “glass ceiling”…
Growing With the Next Generation (with Steven Argue)
Sep 26, 2019 • 29 min
There seems to be a wider gap with this younger generation, dubbed Gen Z, than previous generations. This brings unique challenges to those who care about engaging the next generation. Sean and Scott interview Steven Argue about his new book Growing With.…
Economic Inequality and Crony Capitalism (with Anne Bradley)
Sep 19, 2019 • 36 min
It seems that every time an election season comes around, candidates decry growing economic inequality and demand for solutions to “make things more equal.” In addition, it is not uncommon to hear about our economic system being rigged to favor the rich…
Picking Up the Pieces of My Shattered Life (with Gina Pastore)
Sep 12, 2019 • 32 min
After the sudden death of her husband, former major league pitcher and radio host Frank Pastore, his widow Gina Pastore was faced with how to pick up the pieces of what had become a shattered life. In her book, Picking Up the Pieces of My Shattered Life,…
Embracing Contemplation (with Kyle Strobel)
Sep 5, 2019 • 32 min
What is the role of contemplation in the Christian life? In our busy and distracted age, how can we find time to connect with God through both prayer and reflection? In this interview, Sean and Scott talk with theologian Kyle Strobel about his book…
Following Jesus in Digital Babylon (with David Kinnaman)
Sep 3, 2019 • 35 min
Younger generations today have the unique challenge of learning to follow Jesus in a world that has been transformed by digital technology. Based on years of research with Millennials and Gen Z, David discusses the unique challenges young people face…
Smart Machines and the Future of Work (with Jay W. Richards)
Aug 31, 2019 • 31 min
With artificial intelligence and the emergence of robotics and other “smart machines,” observers of culture have wondered what is the future of human work? In his insightful new book, business professor and theologian, Dr. Jay Richards, outlines the…
Overcoming Same Sex Sexual Desires (with Kim Zember)
Aug 22, 2019 • 32 min
If you or someone close to you wrestles with same sex attractions, you don’t want to miss this moving account of the journey of Kim Zember through her own same sex experience and the power of the gospel of Jesus to deal with those desires. Join us for a…
The Significance of Singleness (with Christina Hitchcock)
Aug 19, 2019 • 32 min
The number of single adults has been growing for the past few decades in the US and today the number of households headed by a single person are more than 50% of all households. Yet in many churches the unwritten norm is “married with children,” and…
[Bonus Podcast] Reflections on Purity Culture
Aug 13, 2019 • 44 min
Purity Culture has been a significant topic of cultural conversation since the announcement that Joshua Harris, author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, is getting a divorce and leaving “conventional” Christianity. Sean and Scott offer some historical and…
Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia (with John Dunlop)
Aug 8, 2019 • 32 min
When someone is diagnosed with dementia, the impact is often life-shattering, for both patients and loved ones. Watching someone you love lose their independence, and often their dignity can be devastating, especially since there is no cure. Dr. John…
The Sexual State (with Jennifer Roback Morse)
Aug 1, 2019 • 32 min
What are the ideologies of the sexual revolution? How has it hurt people, and what role has the state played to enforce it? Sean and Scott interview Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse about her new book The Sexual State. Dr. Morse shares some powerful insights…
Can Science Explain Everything? (with John Lennox)
Jul 26, 2019 • 28 min
The intersection between science and faith is one of the most pressing issues today for believers and skeptics alike. And Dr. Lennox is one of the most qualified people to address it. In this podcast, he shares some of his own journey and experience as a…
Adoptive Church: Reaching Emerging Generations (with Chap Clark)
Jul 19, 2019 • 31 min
What are the unique needs of the emerging generation of young people? And how do we as the church uniquely reach and engage them today? In this podcast, Sean and Scott interview youth culture guru Chap Clark about his recent book Adoptive Church. Chap…
Defending Your Marriage (with Tim Muehlhoff)
Jul 12, 2019 • 32 min
How do you defend your marriage from spiritual attack? How should we even think about spiritual warfare as it relates to marriage? Sean and Scott interview Biola professor and marriage expert Tim Muehlhoff about his newest book Defending Your Marriage.…
To the Law and the Courts: Take Religious Freedom Seriously (with Frank Beckwith)
Jul 4, 2019 • 32 min
In our culture in the US today, religion is viewed as, at best, a harmless hobby, and at worst, a danger to society that must be marginalized. Join this conversation with Scott and church-state specialist and philosopher, Dr. Frank Beckwith, as they…
People Fuel, Part 2 (with John Townsend)
Jun 27, 2019 • 31 min
We all need more energy, the vitality that helps us stay motivated, focused and productive in life. We know we receive energy from good nutrition, along with working out, adequate sleep and maintaining positivity. But there is another major source for the…
People Fuel, Part 1 (with John Townsend)
Jun 25, 2019 • 31 min
We all need more energy, the vitality that helps us stay motivated, focused and productive in life. We know we receive energy from good nutrition, along with working out, adequate sleep and maintaining positivity. But there is another major source for the…
The Myth of the Dying Church (with Glenn Stanton)
Jun 13, 2019 • 30 min
Is atheism growing? Is the church dying? Is the image of non-believers towards the church becoming increasingly hostile? The answers might surprise you. In this interview, based on his recent research-based book, Glenn Stanton challenges many of these…
Darwin Devolves (with Michael Behe)
Jun 6, 2019 • 32 min
Michael Behe is one of the most influential advocates for intelligent design. In this podcast, Sean and Scott interview him about his most recent book Darwin Devolves. Behe offers insights about the state of the Darwin/Design debate and lays out his most…
Can We Trust the Gospels?
May 30, 2019 • 28 min
The Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus claim to be historically accurate—but there are lots of skeptics about the historical reliability of the gospel accounts of the life of Jesus. Join us as Scott interviews Dr. Peter Williams, one of the leading…
Discussing the California Sexual Health Standards
May 28, 2019 • 36 min
In this special episode, Sean and Scott discuss the new 2019 California Sexual Health Standards for public schools. Since California often sets trends for the wider country, people need to pay close attention. They highlight positive aspects of the new…
Surrogate Motherhood and Infertility (with Ken Magnuson)
May 16, 2019 • 35 min
Infertility affects roughly 1 in 6 couples of childbearing age in the US. For those who experience it, it is a deeply painful time. One remedy for infertility is to employ a surrogate to carry a child in for the couple. It seems like a clear win-win for…
Dealing with Anxiety and Depression (with J.P. Moreland)
May 14, 2019 • 33 min
Long time Christian philosopher JP Moreland shares a side to himself that many people who have read his books are not aware of — his battle with anxiety and depression. In his new book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that…
[Bonus Podcast] Transgender Ideology
May 7, 2019 • 43 min
Sean was recently asked to speak to a group of youth influencers on gender identity. He discusses a recently published book on the transgender worldview for the first half and then interviews author and speaker Caleb Kaltenbach about how to lovingly and…
So the Next Generation Will Know (with J. Warner Wallace)
May 2, 2019 • 30 min
J. Warner Wallace has had a remarkable career as a cold case detective. And in the past five years, he has become one of the most influential and recognizable apologists. In this podcast, he shares unique insights about his journey from atheism to…
Superheroes Can’t Save You (with Todd Miles)
Apr 25, 2019 • 27 min
Our culture today is fascinated with superheroes. In this interview, professor Miles creatively shows how some of the most common misconceptions of Jesus are embedded in contemporary superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Thor, and so on.…
The Atonement (with William Lane Craig)
Apr 18, 2019 • 32 min
What exactly does it mean to say that “Christ died on the cross for us?” Listen as Scott interviews Talbot research professor and renowned Christian philosopher William Lane Craig as they discuss the implications of the cross for us today, coming out of…
[Bonus Podcast] A Conversation with Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers
Apr 15, 2019 • 16 min
Clayton Kershaw has been the ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff for the past 10 seasons. A native of Dallas, TX and a sure Hall-of-Fame candidate. Hear his conversation with Scott Rae, at this year’s Spring Training.
A War of Loves (with David Bennett)
Apr 4, 2019 • 33 min
David Bennett has a remarkable story of going from a gay activist who despised Christians to a Jesus follower who has a heart for both the gay community and the church. Sean and Scott interview David about his new book A War of Loves, in which he tells…
[Bonus Podcast] Unplanned (with Robia Scott)
Mar 29, 2019 • 31 min
Be sure to listen in as Scott and Sean interview actress Robia Scott, one of the stars of the film, “Unplanned,” the story of former Planned Parenthood clinic director and leading spokesperson, Abby Johnson, who, after witnessing an abortion at the…
Faith and Baseball (with Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts)
Mar 28, 2019 • 26 min
It’s opening day of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball season. Join Scott for a conversation with Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts, along with Dodgers Chaplain (and Talbot Professor) Brandon Cash.
Holy Sexuality (with Christopher Yuan)
Mar 22, 2019 • 32 min
Whether single or married, what does it mean to embrace a holy sexuality today? Professor and author Christopher Yuan offers a unique perspective on how Christians can think biblically about sex, marriage, and singleness today. Through the lens of his…
Moral Choices (with Scott Rae)
Mar 14, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode, Sean interviews Scott about the latest update to his classic book Moral Choices. Scott reflects on how ethical issues have changed over the past few decades, some areas where he has refined his thinking, and offers some insights on…
Insider, Outsider (with Bryan Loritts)
Feb 28, 2019 • 30 min
As a pastor today of a multi-ethnic church, Bryan Loritts has a unique heart to help the church lead in the area of racial healing and reconciliation. Speaking from Scripture and his personal experience, Pastor Loritts shares some powerful stories and…
The Bullying Breakthrough (with Jonathan McKee)
Feb 21, 2019 • 31 min
Why has bullying become such a pressing phenomenon today? How can we think about the issue and approach it biblically? Sean interviews youth culture expert Jonathan McKee about his new book The Bullying Breakthrough. Together, they reflect theologically…
Just Capitalism, Part 2 (with Brent Waters)
Feb 14, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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, 2019 • 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