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Helping you answer Progressive Christianity and skeptical claims against the gospel from a biblical worldview


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#97 What Sets Progressive Christianity Apart from Historic Christianity? With David Young

David Young, author of the book, "A Grand Illusion: How Progressive Christianity Undermines Biblical Faith," joins me to talk about the history of progressive Christianity, specifically traced through the Unitarian movement in New England in the 1700's. David shares his story of getting his Phd from Vanderbilt, a theologically liberal university, and how that helped him recognize progressive Christianity and its influence in the church.
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#96 Your Toughest Bible Questions Answered! With Allen Parr

Do babies go to heaven when they die? Can a Christian live in sin and still be saved? Does the Bible support slavery? How is the prosperity gospel unbiblical? Allen Parr joins us to answer these questions and more!
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#95 Ex-New Age Guru Steven Bancarz Debunks the Universal Christ

Former New Ager Steven Bancarz joins me to explain the concept of the Cosmic Christ and Universal Christ, and analyzes Richard Rohr's popular book, The Universal Christ. Steven demonstrates how Rohr's theology does not align or originate with the Bible but with New Age ideas, and runs contrary to biblical principles.
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#94 From Christianity to Progressive Christianity and Back Again, with Josh Morris

Former Progressive Christian Josh Morris walks us through the spiritual abuse that led to his deconstruction into progressive Christianity, and the discovery of a book that ultimately led him back to a historic and biblical faith.
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#93 Totalitarianism: How Christians Can Resist the New Cultural Religion, with Rod Dreher

Rod Dreher shares about his experiences interviewing Christians all over Eastern Europe who survived communist and Marxist regimes. What do they see happening in America? What can we learn from their faithfulness to Christ during persecution?
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#92 Black Lives Matter and Abortion, with Samuel Sey

Samuel Sey from joins me to share about his pro-life activism, and how that intersects with the black lives matter movement.
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#92 Skillet's John Cooper is still asking: What in God's name is happening to Christianity?

Just before Christmas, I got to talk with John Cooper of the band Skillet about his recent viral posts about what is happening within the church and the chaos in society. We also talk about his new book, Awake and Alive to Truth, which is a clarion call to Christians to live by biblical truth, rather than cultural norms.
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#91 Controversial Questions: What About the Ravi Zacharias Scandal? What is a Common False Teaching?

On today's podcast, we tackle some controversial questions. First, I offer my thoughts about how I'm processing the Ravi Zacharias Scandal. Next I talk with Marcia Montenegro about the most common false teaching you've probably never heard of: Perennialism. You may not have heard the word before, but it is gaining popularity in the church. Finally, I talk with Clark Bates about how the original New Testament Manuscripts were copied. Ever wonder what happened after the Apostle Paul wrote an Epistle to a certain church or region? Clark breaks it down for us.
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#90 Richard Rohr: Wise Sage or False Teacher?

Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, author of several books, and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His teachings are gaining influence, especially among millennials who grew up in the Evangelical church. He is particularly influential in the progressive Christian movement and is referred to as a spiritual father, hero, and mentor by well-known progressive voices. But what does he really believe? In today's video, I analyze Rohr's teachings regarding the gospel and focus especially on his view of the Bible, which he believes does not give a clear theology of God and is full of contradictions.
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#89 Answering progressive Christian memes 2: Is it a sin to smoke & drink? Do we Worship the Bible?

Recently, a progressive Christian meme made the rounds that stated 22 beliefs about God, Christians, the nature of heaven and hell, and the exclusivity of Christianity. I asked Mike Winger to join me to help us think through these statements and analyze them through a biblical lens. Here's part 2!
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#88 Answering Progressive Christian Memes: Is it a Sin to Cuss, Be Gay, Have an Abortion?

Recently, a progressive Christian meme made the rounds that stated 22 beliefs about God, Christians, the nature of heaven and hell, and the exclusivity of Christianity. I asked Mike Winger to join me to help us think through these statements and analyze them through a biblical lens.
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#87 Is your church teaching New Age Ideas? With Melissa Dougherty

#87 Is your church teaching New Age Ideas? With Melissa Dougherty by Alisa Childers
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#86 Sex, Purity Culture, Marriage, and Singleness, with Sean McDowell

Sean MCDowell joins us again on the podcast to discuss his new book, "Chasing Love: Sex, Love, and Relationships in a Confused Culture." We have an honest conversation about the history of purity culture in the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s. Sean refutes the progressive Christian sexual ethic, as articulated by progressive leaders like Nadia Bolz-Weber, and addresses the rampant pornography problem in our culture.
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#85 How to Escape the Toxic Cult of Self-Affirmation, with Allie Beth Stuckey

In this podcast, Allie Beth Stuckey joins us to analyze the popular ideas promoted by self-help gurus like Jen Hatmaker, Glennon Doyle, Rachel Hollis, and Brene Brown. We discuss questions like, am I enough? Do I have to love myself before I can love others? What is the cult of self-affirmation? What is "meology," and why is it such a popular way to interpret the Bible? Allie also tells us about her new book, You're Not Enough and That's Okay, and its message that runs contrary to some of these other popular teachers.
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#84 The Deconstruction of Christian Celebrities and What We?re Missing, with Shelby Abbott

#84 The Deconstruction of Christian Celebrities and What We?re Missing, with Shelby Abbott by Alisa Childers
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#83 An Astrophysicist Tells How Science led Him to Jesus, With Hugh Ross

Hugh Ross is an astrophysicist who first came to faith in Christ after studying physics. He tells his fascinating story of realizing that God exists and that the Bible is more reliable than the second law of thermodynamics.
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#82 Controversial questions: Should we call out false teachers? Decolonize our theology?

On today's podcast, we tackle some difficult questions surrounding false teaching, critical race theory, and how critical theory intersects with progressive Christianity. Krista Bontrager, Monique Duson, and Neil Shenvi join me to address these controversial topics.
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#81 Is the Enneagram a Trojan Horse in the Church? With Marcia Montenegro

Is the Enneagram a harmless personality test or is it something that could be spiritually harmful to Christians who use it? On today's video I talk with ex-Astrologer Marcia Montenegro, who is now a committed Christian about the New Age influence of the Enneagram and it's rapid growth within the church.
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#80 What's With all the Deconstruction Stories? With Sean McDowell

It seems like every time we turn around there is another high-profile Christian who announces they've lost their faith. Why does this seem to be happening now? Sean McDowell joins me to talk about his conversations with deconstructed Christians, the nature and pressure of being a public Christian, and what role that might play in all the deconstruction stories we are seeing.
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#79 William Lane Craig Reacts to the Progressive Christian View of the Atonement

William Lane Craig joins me to respond to progressive Christians like Brian Zhand, Richard Rohr, William Paul Young, Steve Chalke, and Rob Bell about the atonement.
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#78 Clay Jones Says We're Going to Die. How Should We Respond?

Clay Jones joins me to tackle the topic many Christians are afraid to face: death. We talk about his new book, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives us and What we can do About it. If we have the hope of eternal life, why are so many Christians afraid of death?
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#77 Jen Hatmaker: Fierce and Free or Full of the Feels? With Hillary Ferrer and Teasi Cannon

Hillary Ferrer and Teasi Canon join me on today's video to discuss Jen Hatmaker's latest book, Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire. We analyze the worldview of the book and how it interacts with biblical Christianity. We also discuss the recent podcast episode Hatmaker recorded with her daughter about LGBT inclusion.
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#76 Glennon Doyle and the Idol of Self

#76 Glennon Doyle and the Idol of Self by Alisa Childers
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#75 How to Talk to Progressive Christians (Part 2) With Greg Koukl

Here's part 2 of my discussion with Greg Koukl, who joins me to discuss some practical ways we can navigate emotionally charged conversations, especially when those discussions involve our progressive Christian friends.
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#74 Navigating Conversations With Progressive Christians (Part 1), with Greg Koukl

#74 Navigating Conversations With Progressive Christians (Part 1), with Greg Koukl by Alisa Childers
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#73 A Progressive Christian's Reconstruction, With Ian Harber

We've got another deconstruction/reconstruction story for you! On this episode, Ian Harber tells us about growing up in the Evangelical church only to deconstruct into progressive Christianity. After years of following progressive authors and podcasts like The Liturgists, Ian found progressive Christianity to be more shallow than the faith he walked away from, and eventually reconstructed to a vibrant historic Christian faith.
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#72 Race, Injustice, and The Gospel of Critical Theory, With Monique Duson

Monique Duson, founder of the Center for Biblical Unity joins me on todays podcast to discuss racism, biblical justice, and some of the words and phrases we're seeing in our social media newsfeeds like "white fragility," "whiteness," and "social justice."
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#71 A Gay Man's Story Of Redemption, With Becket Cook

I am so happy to bring you this conversation with Becket Cook, which puts the beauty of the gospel on full display. Listen as I talk with Becket about his life as a sought-after set designer in Hollywood to his encounter with a group of Christians at a coffee shop in Los Angeles, to the moment the Holy Spirit revealed the truth of the gospel to him. I hope you will be as encouraged as I was to hear his story.
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#70 Learning to Read, Understand, and Love the Bible, With Tara-Leigh Cobble

I am SO thrilled to bring you this conversation with Tara-Leigh Cobble of the Bible Recap Podcast. Have you ever read a section from the Old Testament and wondered, "WHAT did I just read?" Don't worry...Tara-Leigh is here to help. We talk about everything from how to read the Bible, to how knowing the Scriptures helped Tara-Leigh through her sister's death and two open-heart surgeries. Enjoy this rich conversation about the treasure we have in God's Word.
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#69 Answering the Reformation Project on Same-Sex Relationships, With Alan Shlemon

This week, we continue our discussion about Christianity and same-sex relationships with Alan Shlemon. We specifically discuss the Reformation Project, an organization that exists to reform the church's teachings on sexual orientation and gender. Alan walks us through their ten talking points, and provides biblical answers to their interpretations and claims.
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#68 Homosexuality: Should Christians Agree to Disagree? With Alan Shlemon

Alan Shlemon from Stand to Reason joins me on today's podcast to discuss whether or not it's biblical for Christians to "agree to disagree" about issues relating to LGBTQ. We also discuss the Reformation Project, an organization which exists to change the minds of Christians on this issue. We talk about a couple of their talking points, including whether or not modern English translations have translated relevant Bible verses correctly. Specifically, we talk about the Greek words Paul used to identify homosexuality, and address the claim that the English word "homosexuality" didn't even exist until modern times.
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#67 Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? With Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry joins me on today's podcast to discuss his new book, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? Sam walks us through some biblical insights on sexuality, and shares his own journey of living faithfully to Christ despite experiencing same-sex attraction.
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#66 Talking WIth Your Kids About Progressive Christianity, with Natasha Crain

Natasha Crain joins me on today's podcast to talk about the specific challenges Christian parents face in equipping our kids to navigate the claims of progressive Christianity.
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#65 Philosophy: a Pagan System or the Handmaid of Theology? With Richard Howe

Richard Howe joins me on today's podcast to discuss the role of philosophy in the Christian life. Is Philosophy a pagan system or is it actually an integral part of doing good theology? What did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote, "Let no one take you captive by philosophy..." (Colossians 2:8). Did early Christians borrow from pagan philosophies in their understanding of God? Links: Paul Copan debates Greg Boyd: Paul Copan reviews Greg Boyd's "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God":
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#64 Rhett and Link: What to Make of All These Deconstruction Stories, with Matthew Mittelberg

?What should Christians make of all the deconstruction stories we find our social media newsfeeds? I invited apologist Matthew Mittelberg on the show to talk with me about the recent deconversion stories of Rhett and Link of the Good Mythical Morning YouTube channel. Matthew grew up in an environment of apologetics and evangelism, and also grew up as a fan of Rhett and Link before their deconversions. He brought some meaningful insights to the conversation, and helps us understand why these particular deconversion stories have proven to be so powerful and persuasive.
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#63 To the Brink of Atheism: A Reconstruction Story, with Travis Lowe

?There is no shortage of deconstruction stories on the internet. Podcasts, videos, and blog posts deliver stories of lifelong Christians who begin to question and doubt everything they were taught about the faith they grew up with. From the Gungors to Joshua Harris to the most recent, and possibly most impactful deconversion stories, Rhett and Link of the Good Mythical Morning Podcast?these stories continue to impact Christianity, shaking the faith of many. Today, I talk with Travis Lowe, a pastor from Florida who went through the long and painful process of deconstruction. However, his story has ended a bit differently from ones we often hear. Listen to Travis' journey of hope as we walk with him from childhood through deconstruction, and into the reconstruction of a vibrant faith. Links: Travis' podcast: The Stone Table Podcast: Books that helped Travis' reconstruction: The Resurrection of the Son of God, by N.T. Wright The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus, by Fleming Rutledge
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#62 Should Christians Call God a She? With Clark Bates

Lately I've noticed a trend of Christians referring to God as a "she," or with female pronouns. Is this a biblical way to think about God? What about feminine metaphors for God in Scripture? Is there a tradition in church history we can trace this to? What about the personification of wisdom (Sophia) in the Bible and non-canonical literature? On today's podcast, Clark Bates and I discuss these questions and more, ultimately asking, should Christians call God a she?
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#61 The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity: With Dr. Michael Kruger

I'm so thrilled to welcome Dr. Michael Kruger to the podcast to talk about his new book, "The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity." His work played a huge role in answering many of the doubts I had when I was in a crisis of faith. On today's episode, we discuss the tenets that seem to unite progressives, and how Christians can respond. Links mentioned in the episode: Dr. Krugers website: Jen Hatmaker and the Power of Deconversion Stories: Books: The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity: The Question of Canon: Christianity at the Crossroads:
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#60 Is MOPS Shifting Toward Progressive Christianity? With Krista Bontrager

After receiving several emails from concerned people, I began to wonder if the worldwide ministry MOPS was beginning to adopt progressive Christian theology. Thankfully, my friend and fellow apologist Krista Bontrager played the role of investigative reporter to find out what MOPS is teaching, and what's behind their recent shift in branding and theology. On today's podcast, she shares what she discovered as we tackle the question, is MOPS shifting toward progressive Christian theology?
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#59 Is God Different in the Old Testament? With Jean E. Jones

Welcome back to the first episode of the New Year! I'm so excited to bring you lots of great episodes with many smart and interesting guests in 2020. The first of which is Bible teacher and apologist Jean E. Jones who joins me on today's podcast to talk about why God might seem different in the Old Testament. As many of us are beginning our Bible reading plans for the year, Jean E. gives us some great advice and talks about specific verses that leave many people scratching their heads and thinking, "God is mean!" Resources mentioned: Jean E.'s New Bible Study, Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament: NIV Study Bible: Rachel Held Evans' Blog post about Abraham: Jean E.'s Blog series responding to Rachel Held Evans: My review of Rachel Held Evans' book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again:
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#58 A Former Atheist and the Bad Reputation Some Christians Give a Good God: With MaryJo Sharp

MaryJo Sharp stops by the podcast today to talk about her conversion to Christianity from atheism, and some of the obstacles she encountered in the church. She also tells us about her new book, Why I Still Believe which comes out this week.
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#57 Deconstruction and Reconstruction: Walking Through Doubt ? with Dominic Done

On today's podcast, I talk with Dominic Done about his process of doubt and deconstruction. We talk about when he first encountered doubt, what caused it, and where he landed when it comes to faith and Christianity.
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#56 Was Jesus Racist? (Part 2) With Amy Hall

On today's podcast, I continue my discussion with Amy Hall about a recent article by Sarah Bessey outlining her journey on becoming affirming of same-sex marriage and relationships.
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#55 Was Jesus Racist? Sarah Bessey's Story of Becoming Affirming? With Amy Hall (Part 1)

On today's podcast, Amy Hall and I discuss a recent article penned by progressive author Sarah Bessey in which she tells her story of becoming affirming of same-sex marriage. We take a critical look at Bessey's methodology and focus in particular on her interpretation of Matthew 15, in which she claims Jesus demonstrated a racist attitude toward a Syrophoenician woman.
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#54 The Atonement: Cosmic Child Abuse? With Mike Winger (Part 2)

On today's podcast, I continue my discussion about the atonement with Mike Winger and his analysis of Brian Zahnd's "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God." We talk about the biblical points Zahnd uses to make his case that the classic understanding of the atonement is something more like Divine child abuse.
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#53 The Atonement: Cosmic Child Abuse? With Mike Winger (Part 1)

Today's podcast centers around a book by Brian Zhand called, "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God," in which Zhand suggests that substitutionary atonement makes God into a divine child abuser. Mike Winger joins me to talk about the book, different atonement theories, and why substitutionary atonement is not only biblical, but beautiful.
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#52 The Theology of Jen Hatmaker, With Anne Kennedy

I'm happy to welcome Anne Kennedy back to the podcast to discuss her impressions of the beliefs, worldview, and theology of Jen Hatmaker. After reading her books and listening to a year's worth of podcasts, Anne helps us understand what Hatmaker is communicating about the cross, the gospel, and the Bible.
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#51 Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies, With Hillary Ferrer

In today's episode, I talk with Hillary Ferrer of Mama Bear Apologetics about her new book, "Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies." As a contributor to the book, we discuss what the writing process was like, and talk about how we can teach our kids to discern the lies culture is telling them.
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#50 Rachel Held Evans and the Evangelical Crisis: With Anne Kennedy

On today's podcast, I talk with Anne Kennedy about the theology of Rachel Held Evans, her impact on the church, and what Anne describes and an "Evangelical Crisis" the church is facing.
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#49 How to Equip Gen Z With a Biblical Worldview, With J. Warner Wallace

GenZ is the youngest and largest generation in America (born between 2000-2015). They are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to truth and spirituality. J. Warner Wallace stops by the podcast today to talk about his new book, "So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World," which is co-written with Sean McDowell.
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