The Crossway Podcast

The Crossway Podcast
This is The Crossway Podcast, a show where we sit down with authors each week for thoughtful interviews about the Bible, theology, church history, and the Christian life..

Hymns and the Joy of Singing (Kristyn Getty)
Aug 3 • 33 min
Kristyn Getty discusses congregational singing, the power of music for teaching doctrine, and the foundational role of Scripture for the Christian life. She reflects on her career in the Christian music industry, explains why hymns still matter and are…
The Blessings and Burdens of Pastoral Ministry (Jeff Robinson)
Jul 27 • 41 min
Jeff Robinson discusses the unique blessings and burdens of pastoral ministry. He reflects on the challenging seasons in ministry from his own life, seasons when he contemplated leaving the pastorate altogether, highlights the importance of transparency…
How Confronting Death Helps Us Live (Matt McCullough)
Jul 20 • 42 min
Matthew McCullough discusses how thinking and being really honest about the reality of death can paradoxically free us to find hope and joy in God like never before. He reflects on our culture’s strategies to avoid death at all costs, highlights how…
The Life and Legacy of J. I. Packer (Sam Storms)
Jul 18 • 45 min
In this special episode, we want to remember J. I. Packer, who went home to be with the Lord yesterday.
Help! My Teen Is Struggling with Anxiety and Depression (David Murray)
Jul 13 • 40 min
David Murray discusses how parents can help teens who struggle with anxiety and depression. He reflects on the dramatic rise in teen anxiety and depression in the U.S. over the last few years, offers guidance for thinking through the different potential…
Learning from the Church Fathers (Michael Haykin)
Jul 6 • 30 min
Michael Haykin discusses what we can learn from the early church fathers today. He reflects on what we should make of the early church’s allegorical reading of the Bible, the value of early Christian creeds for helping to define our faith today, and where…
What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church? (Gunner Gundersen)
Jun 29 • 36 min
Gunner Gundersen discusses what to do when you just don’t feel like going to church. He explains why that might be the most important time to lean into corporate worship with other Christians, reflects on the hard work of bringing our emotions and…
Thinking Biblically about Transgenderism (Denny Burk)
Jun 22 • 35 min
Denny Burk discusses how Christians should think about transgenderism. He walks through the Bible’s countercultural teaching on gender and sexuality, offers timely advice for parents who want to be proactive about helping their kids navigate these issues,…
How to Pursue Meaningful Mentoring Relationships (Melissa Kruger)
Jun 15 • 41 min
Melissa Kruger discusses the importance of mentoring relationships for all Christians. She reflects on her own experiences learning life-changing lessons from older women, highlights some of the core aspects that should be in place in every mentoring…
Using Stories to Help Kids Understand Right and Wrong (Betsy Childs Howard)
Jun 8 • 33 min
Betsy Childs Howard discusses stories and the importance of moral formation for children. She talks about why stories are such a powerful tool for instilling deep, biblical truths in our kids, how the world catechizes our children everyday even in ways…
A First Step toward Racial Reconciliation (Mark Vroegop)
Jun 6 • 39 min
Mark Vroegop discusses the challenge of racial reconciliation and how the biblical practice of lament offers Christians from different backgrounds a common language for productive, God-honoring conversation. He shares from his own experiences walking…
Learning to Love the Local Church (Megan Hill)
Jun 1 • 29 min
Megan Hill discusses the importance of the local church for our lives as God’s people. She reflects on the challenging season we’ve all been in due to COVID-19, explains why the local church is so essential for our spiritual growth as Christians, and…
Are Christians More Divided Now Than Ever? (Rhyne Putman)
May 25 • 37 min
Rhyne Putnam discusses how Christians should think about theological diversity and disagreement within the body of Christ. He highlights the importance of reading and assuming the best about those with whom we disagree, explains when it’s appropriate to…
New from Crossway: The Big Picture Story Bible Podcast
May 23 • 5 min
We’re excited to announce the launch of a new podcast from Crossway created for the whole family: The Big Picture Story Bible podcast!
Understanding the World of the Bible through Archaeology (David Chapman)
May 18 • 37 min
David Chapman discusses what it’s like to be an archaeologist. He shares from his experiences overseeing an excavation site in the Middle East, explains how archaeology can bolster our faith and enhance our understanding of the Bible, and reflects on the…
How to Create a Plan for Family Worship (David Murray)
May 11 • 43 min
David Murray discusses the why and how of family worship. He reflects on the impact regular family worship had on his own life as a child, shares practical advice for getting started for the first time, and highlights the three main reasons families most…
Where Is God in Suffering? (Ligon Duncan)
May 4 • 34 min
Ligon Duncan discusses how Christians can face profound life-changing suffering with their faith intact. He shares stories of severe suffering from his own ministry as a pastor, reflects on God’s role in our suffering and how he often uses it to draw us…
Rethinking Multiservice and Multisite Church (Jonathan Leeman)
Apr 27 • 36 min
Jonathan Leeman discusses his argument that multiservice and multisite models run counter to the pattern for the local church we see in the New Testament. He explores the irony of discussing church gatherings in the midst of a quarantine, lays out his…
Does Jesus Really Like Me? (Dane Ortlund)
Apr 20 • 39 min
Dane Ortlund discusses his answer to a question we’ve all wrestled with at some point: does God actually like me? He highlights what Scripture says about God’s disposition towards us as redeemed sinners. He explains what Jesus meant when he said that he…
The Scoundrels of Scripture (Nancy Guthrie)
Apr 13 • 34 min
Nancy Guthrie discusses some of the less well-loved characters of Scripture like tax collectors, scribes, Pharisees, and even Judas Iscariot, Jesus’s betrayer. She also highlights what we can learn from Jesus’s scandalous family tree, and why it’s good…
Full Audiobook: Coronavirus and Christ (John Piper)
Apr 8 • 127 min
Listen to a full audio recording of Coronavirus and Christ—a brand-new book written and read by John Piper.
Gracefully Dealing with Doctrinal Disagreement (Gavin Ortlund)
Apr 6 • 35 min
Gavin Ortlund discusses what to do when you disagree with another Christian on some point of doctrine.
New from Crossway: The Gentle and Lowly Podcast
Mar 31 • 2 min
Check out a preview of Crossway’s newest podcast, Gentle and Lowly: A 14-Day Devotional with Dane Ortlund.
Are You Aware of Your Own Blind Spots? (Collin Hansen)
Mar 30 • 35 min
Collin Hansen discusses the idea of blindspots—problems with our lives, priorities, and even theology that we don’t even know are there. He explains our tendency as Christians to separate ourselves into one of three camps, highlights how technology and…
How to Become a Better Bible Reader (Phil Ryken)
Mar 23 • 26 min
Phil Ryken discusses the literary qualities of Scripture. He makes the case for focusing not just on what the biblical writers said, but also on how they said it, which contributes to the meaning of the text. He also explains why this literary approach to…
A Christian Doctor’s Guide to Thinking about Coronavirus (Bob Cutillo, MD)
Mar 19 • 45 min
Bob Cutillo discusses the current coronavirus pandemic. He explains what’s currently happening in the US and around the world, offers a broader perspective on how we should think about this virus in light of history and our Christian faith, and offers…
How to Plan Your Next Sermon Series (Tim Patrick)
Mar 16 • 40 min
Tim Patrick explores how to plan a sermon series. He highlights his own process for conceptualizing, scheduling, and studying for a new series, shares his thoughts on determining an ideal length for a series, and offers advice related to staying on track…
8 Questions to Ask Every Time You Open Your Bible (Matthew Harmon)
Mar 9 • 44 min
Matthew Harmon discusses eight simple questions to ask when studying the Bible, questions that help us get at the true meaning of Scripture, and how to apply it to our lives today. He explains why all Christians, not just those with a seminary degree, can…
The Danger in Being a Self-Made Woman (Jen Oshman)
Mar 2 • 30 min
Jen Oshman discusses what it looks like to pursue real fulfillment in God, rather than in self. She explains what’s wrong with the self-obsessed, individualistic culture that dominates our world today, breaking down the massive popularity of books,…
Are Christians Obligated to Give 10%? (Sam Storms)
Feb 24 • 38 min
Sam Storms discusses what the Bible teaches about tithing. He explores the word’s Old Testament background, examines whether or not Christians are obligated to give 10% of their income today, offers advice related to living generously, speaks to the…
The Freeing Reality that You Are Not Enough (Jen Wilkin)
Feb 17 • 34 min
Jen Wilkin discusses our God-given limits as created beings. She reflects on why the common refrain that we should look inside ourselves for meaning and purpose is so misguided, how our personal stories and family past impact our view of God, and why…
Navigating Conflict in Marriage (Christopher Ash)
Feb 10 • 34 min
Christopher Ash discusses how to navigate conflict in marriage. He reflects on some of the struggles that he and his wife have wrestled with over their three decades of marriage, shares biblical wisdom for working through disagreements related to money,…
Is the Church Facing a Discipleship Crisis? (Ajith Fernando)
Feb 3 • 28 min
Ajith Fernando discusses the critical importance of personal discipling relationships for every Christian. He shares why he thinks there’s a discipleship crisis in the church today, even among pastors and church leaders, how to think about the value of…
Are We Undervaluing the Lord’s Supper? (Tim Chester)
Jan 27 • 30 min
Tim Chester discusses the Lord’s Supper, explaining why he thinks many evangelical churches undervalue communion, the significance of the fact that Jesus gave us the physical elements of bread and wine, and what it means when we say that Christ is present…
Common Misconceptions about Heaven (Ian Smith)
Jan 20 • 28 min
Ian Smith discusses what the New Heavens and New Earth will be like when Jesus returns. He considers the popularity of heaven tourism books and what they tell us about common cultural assumptions, what the Bible says about our resurrected bodies, and what…
The Human Need to Connect (Ed Welch)
Jan 13 • 31 min
Ed Welch discusses the human need for relationship, both with God and with other people. He reflects on the epidemic of loneliness in our world today, what the Bible teaches us about our identity as priests unto God, and offers advice for the person who…
Help! I Hate My Job (Jim Hamilton)
Jan 6 • 40 min
Jim Hamilton discusses what to do when you hate your job. He offers encouragement for those frustrated in their work, reflects on God’s original intention for work at creation, and explains the difference between a job and a vocation.
How to Read the Bible Every Day in 2020 (David Mathis)
Dec 30, 2019 • 37 min
David Mathis discusses how anyone can make Bible reading a habit in 2020. He reflects on the pros and cons of New Year’s resolutions, shares why he prefers the term habits of grace rather than spiritual disciplines, and offers practical advice on making a…
Distinguishing Christmas Tradition from Truth (Andreas Köstenberger)
Dec 23, 2019 • 28 min
Andreas Köstenberger explores how to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to the Christmas story. He shares his thoughts on the real date of Jesus’s birth, talks about what was really going on with the wise men and the star, and digs into some of…
Navigating Grief during the Holidays (Nancy Guthrie)
Dec 16, 2019 • 38 min
Nancy Guthrie discusses dealing with grief over the holidays. She reflects on her own experiences of great loss and suffering, shares what God has taught her about his healing grace in her own life, and offers advice to family members and friends eager to…
What Is the Mark of the Beast? (Thomas Schreiner)
Dec 9, 2019 • 34 min
Thomas Schreiner discusses the book of Revelation. He reflects on the best way to approach the book when studying it for the first time, explains what the mark of the beast is really all about, and offers words of counsel and encouragement for pastors…
How to Do Family Worship During the Holidays (Donald Whitney)
Dec 2, 2019 • 33 min
Don Whitney discusses how to help your family not lose sight of God and the gospel during the holidays. He explains why it’s worth it to prioritize family worship with your loved ones (whether or not you have kids), shares practical steps for actually…
The Case for Complementarianism (John Piper)
Nov 25, 2019 • 24 min
John Piper discusses the case for complementarianism. He shares about how his own upbringing—and the example of his parents—influenced his views on marriage, what a husband’s leadership practically looks like day-in and day-out, and how we should think…
The Man behind Calvinism (Derek Thomas)
Nov 18, 2019 • 34 min
Derek Thomas discusses John Calvin’s enduring legacy. He reflects on the importance of predestination and election in John Calvin’s theology as a whole, describes what it would have been like to have Calvin as your pastor, and explains what really…
Are Angels and Demons Still Active Today? (Graham Cole)
Nov 11, 2019 • 30 min
Graham Cole discusses what the Bible really teaches us about angels. He talks about the different kinds of angels mentioned in Scripture, whether or not every person has a guardian angel, the nature of demon possession today, and what we know about the…
Is Evangelicalism out of Touch with Church History? (Gavin Ortlund)
Nov 4, 2019 • 36 min
Gavin Ortlund explores whether or not Protestant Evangelicals are out of touch with church history. He discusses the rich legacy of Christian thinking that evangelicals have as their own heritage, the dangers of ignoring church history as if it doesn’t…
What Do Protestant Evangelicals and Roman Catholics Disagree About? (Michael Reeves)
Oct 28, 2019 • 41 min
Michael Reeves discusses what the Protestant Reformation was really all about, and whether or not it’s still relevant today. He reflects on the relationship between Protestants and Roman Catholics, explains what Martin Luther was trying to accomplish when…
Common Misconceptions about the Trinity (Fred Sanders)
Oct 21, 2019 • 31 min
Fred Sanders discusses what it really means to say that God is a Trinity—three persons in one God. He explains why the doctrine of the Trinity is essential to the gospel even if it seems abstract or confusing, highlights why all analogies and metaphors…
Prayer as an Invitation, Not an Obligation (John Onwuchekwa)
Oct 14, 2019 • 28 min
John Onwuchekwa discusses what it means to have a real relationship with God through prayer. He shares about the day he received a phone call letting him know that his older brother had just died unexpectedly, and the impact that news had on his prayer…
C. S. Lewis on Truth, Beauty, and the Human Heart (Joe Rigney)
Oct 7, 2019 • 35 min
Joe Rigney explores the legacy of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century—C. S. Lewis. He discusses how Lewis managed to so brilliantly capture the complexities of the human heart in his writings, what he thought about…
Can Christians Lose Their Salvation? (Dennis Johnson)
Sep 30, 2019 • 32 min
Dennis Johnson discusses Hebrews 6:4–6, one of the New Testament’s most famous—and debated—warning passages, a section of Scripture that many people think teaches that Christians can lose their salvation. He explains why he doesn’t think that’s what the…
How to Intentionally Disciple Your Kids (Lindsey Carlson)
Sep 23, 2019 • 25 min
Lindsey Carlson explores what it looks like for parents to intentionally disciple their teens. She offers advice on helping young people use social media wisely, shares how she and her husband have sought to cultivate a culture of honesty and…
The Unlikely Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Dane Ortlund)
Sep 16, 2019 • 34 min
Dane Ortlund discusses the life and legacy of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century preacher most famous for his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” He reflects on his ministry as a pastor, how the beauty of God fit into Edwards’s approach to the…
God’s Sovereignty, Pastoral Burnout, and Racism (John Piper)
Sep 9, 2019 • 28 min
John Piper discusses God’s sovereignty, pastoral burnout, and the sin of racism. He reflects on how it is that God can be absolutely sovereign and yet humans be morally accountable, explains how he sought to protect himself from moral failure and burnout…
Were the First Christians Socialists? (Greg Forster)
Sep 2, 2019 • 48 min
Greg Forster discusses whether or not the first Christians were socialists, reflecting on how believers should think about our global economy, the right way to respond to increasing income inequality in the US, and why Christians should be the most…
How Reliable Is the New Testament? (Peter Williams)
Aug 26, 2019 • 30 min
Peter Williams answers a crucial question: can we really trust the New Testament Gospels? He discusses what it means the Bible is inspired, why we can have confidence that our modern English Bibles are consistent with the original manuscripts, and how we…
The Truth about Satan and Demons (Iain Duguid)
Aug 19, 2019 • 25 min
Iain Duguid discusses Satan and demons, explaining what the Bible really teaches us about the devil, how to avoid overestimating or underestimating his impact on the world and even on our day-to-day lives, and why our culture seems fascinated by demons…
What It Takes to Persevere as a Pastor (John MacArthur)
Aug 12, 2019 • 30 min
John MacArthur digs into what it takes to persevere as a pastor. He explains why it seems like pastoral failure and burnout are more common than ever, why pastors should avoid ‘Yes Men’ at all costs, how a car accident helped confirm his call to ministry,…
The Heart of the Abortion Debate (Scott Klusendorf)
Aug 5, 2019 • 45 min
Scott Klusendorf discusses abortion and the current state of the pro-life movement. He highlights the biggest mistakes pro-life people tend to make when discussing abortion, explains why be believes pictures of aborted children are important to see, and…
What We Often Get Wrong about Our Emotions (Alasdair Groves)
Jul 29, 2019 • 33 min
Alasdair Groves explains the importance of emotions, and what the Bible teaches about them. He highlights how our emotions relate to our reason, ways we tend to over- or under-emphasize emotions, the role modern medications should play in managing our…
Why Church History Matters (Justin Taylor)
Jul 22, 2019 • 39 min
Justin Taylor reflects on the immense importance of church history, highlighting why it’s important to make time for it alongside our study of the Bible, responding to the criticism that many modern Reformed folks have a shallow understanding of the past,…
The Rewarding Risks of Church Membership (Thabiti Anyabwile)
Jul 15, 2019 • 32 min
Thabiti Anyabwile reflects on the value and benefits of local church membership, showing what the Bible really teaches about the idea of formal membership, sharing his heart for those who feel like they’ve been hurt by the institutional church, and…
The Surprising Power of Lament (Mark Vroegop)
Jul 8, 2019 • 32 min
Mark Vroegop shares his family’s story of loss and grief when confronted with the death of his unborn daughter, recounting how God used that experience to introduce him to the biblical concept of lament—an honest yet faith-filled way of relating to our…
How to Date Your Wife (Justin Buzzard)
Jul 1, 2019 • 30 min
Justin Buzzard offers advice for husbands eager to love and serve their wives on a daily basis. He highlights why men should prioritize their marriages in tangible ways, offering practical advice for creating an annual “Date-Your-Wife Plan” that goes…
A Trauma Surgeon’s Guide to Modern Medicine and the End of Life (Kathryn Butler, MD)
Jun 24, 2019 • 32 min
Kathryn Butler shares from her experiences working as a trauma surgeon in an ICU, correcting common misconceptions about CPR, ventilators, and other forms of intensive care medicine and offering biblical wisdom for walking alongside loved ones at the end…
Verses That Changed My Life (John Piper)
Jun 17, 2019 • 33 min
John Piper reflects on key verses that have had a big impact on his life—passages that helped him trust God in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, understand Paul’s message in the book of Romans, and grasp the connection between our joy and God’s glory.
The Gospel’s Global Advance (Tim Keesee)
Jun 10, 2019 • 29 min
Tim Keesee shares from his own experiences talking with Christians around the globe, reflecting on his work as a missions journalist, the reality of persecution, and the best way to approach a short-term mission trip.
Calvinism 101 (Kevin DeYoung)
Jun 3, 2019 • 31 min
Kevin DeYoung unpacks Calvinism, explaining the famous 5 points summarized in the TULIP acrostic, the problem with cage-stage Calvinists, and the one question he’d ask Armninians to consider.
The False Messages Facing Women Today (Lydia Brownback)
May 27, 2019 • 33 min
Lydia Brownback highlights the false messages directed at Christian women today, reflecting on the increase of anxiety and depression among believers, the importance of discernment when it comes to the Christian leaders we follow, and the danger of a…
Why You Probably Need a Digital Detox (Tony Reinke)
May 20, 2019 • 36 min
Tony Reinke reflects on how to do a digital detox, why we should be careful with our social media habits, and what the massive success of the new Avengers film can teach us about our media saturated world.
Christians, the LGBTQ Community, and the Call to Hospitality (Rosaria Butterfield)
May 13, 2019 • 59 min
Rosaria Butterfield encourages us to engage our LGBTQ neighbors for Christ, highlighting how God used the radically ordinary hospitality of Christians to draw her to himself out of a homosexual lifestyle.
Womanhood and the Bible (Abigail Dodds)
May 6, 2019 • 30 min
Abigail Dodds reflects on what the Bible really teaches about what it means to be a woman … and some of the ways we unintentionally degrade the full reality of womanhood.
Is Singleness Superior to Marriage? (Sam Allberry)
Apr 29, 2019 • 25 min
Sam Allberry reflects on the stigma of singleness in the church today, pointing us back to what the Bible really teaches about this commonly misunderstood issue.
Is Christianity On the Decline? (Rebecca McLaughlin)
Apr 22, 2019 • 26 min
Rebecca McLaughlin explains why secular thinkers are wrong to claim that Christianity is declining and responds to the charge that our faith is anti-science and/or homophobic.
How to Read the Old Testament in a Christ-Centered Way (Bryan Chapell)
Apr 15, 2019 • 28 min
Bryan Chapell explains what it means (and doesn’t mean) to read the Old Testament through a Christ-centered lens.
Parenting in Light of the Gospel (Paul Tripp)
Apr 8, 2019 • 34 min
Paul Tripp reflects on the awe-inspiring reality of parenting: being used by God to help form a human soul.
Why Every Christian Should Care about Adoption (Russell Moore)
Apr 1, 2019 • 31 min
Russell Moore shares his own family’s adoption journey, explaining why adoption is important for all Christians—even those who never actually adopt.
How to Study the Bible (Jen Wilkin)
Apr 1, 2019 • 30 min
Jen Wilkin reflects on the importance of Bible study for the Christian life and shares from her own experiences as a Bible study leader.
The Danger of Burnout and How to Avoid It (David Murray)
Apr 1, 2019 • 35 min
David Murray discusses the all-too-common problem of burnout—its causes, warning signs, and effects … and how to avoid it.
A Sneak Peek at The Crossway Podcast
Mar 25, 2019 • 5 min
A short preview of The Crossway Podcast, which officially launches on Monday, April 1, 2019.