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Join VeggieTales and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and co-host Skye Jethani (author, speaker, pastor) for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly post-Christian culture.
 
Candid conversations about Theology, Church, and Mission, hosted by Jay Kim and Isaac Serrano. The Regeneration Podcast is a series of conversations with a variety of people - church leaders, authors, academics, creatives, and you - exploring some of today’s most confusing and difficult questions about the theology and mission of the Christian church. Our aim is to create a thoughtful, interesting, and engaging dialogue that confronts the toughest questions, rather than shying away from them ...
 
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EngagingChurch is the twice-per-month podcast where we engage in the conversations that matter to the church. If you’re a pastor, lay leader or small group member, this is a resource for you to continue the conversation in your ministry and community. Share your comments at zondervanblog.com, or email engagingchurch@zondervan.com. EngagingChurch is powered by Zondervan, but the views expressed in the podcast do not necessarily reflect the views of Zondervan.
 
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What’s the correct definition of “woke”? What do Christians in the global south think about sexuality and gender? Biblically, when does life begin? When was America a Christian nation? In this special episode, Phil and Skye respond to voicemails left by Holy Post listeners. Some are serious and others are silly. Plus, additional thoughts about the …
 
For decades, political strategists spoke about the "God gap" in which white religious believers were more Republican and white non-believers more Democratic. Recent data shows a new God gap emerging within the Democratic Party. David French explains how secular white progressives are now pushing religious Black and Latino voters out of the Democrat…
 
Josh’s Something Old: Singing’ in the Rain Skye’s Something Old: Gandhi Something New: RRR Josh’s Proposal: RRR exposes America’s awkwardness with Male friendship and it’s trend to over sexualize everything Skye’s Proposal: RRR is the film representation of Martin Luther’s quote “be a sinner and sin boldly” Something Borrowed: Global Success of ‘RR…
 
Phil has another "crazy theory," and Skye and Kaitlyn aren't sure what to make of it. What if 1964 is one of the hinge points in American history? 1964, as Phil explains, was the year a Catholic housewife from Illinois and a mid-tier movie star from Hollywood attempted to put an Arizonan libertarian in the White House. Their effort failed, but in t…
 
With Trump out of office and the pandemic restrictions eased, Christian Nationalists are looking for new causes to rally the MAGA faithful. The Holy Post crew looks at the latest stories from these holy trollers including Michael Flynn’s incoherent argument that the Bible “wrote” most of the Constitution. A new exposé of MAGA worship leader Sean Fe…
 
How big is the scope of the gospel? What does God's kingdom include? And what happens when we discover the American church isn’t the center of it? Based on the book Inalienable by Eric Costanzo, Daniel Yang, and Matthew Soerens, in this episode Skye Jethani (co-host of The Holy Post) talks to theologian and missiologist Dr. Ruth Padilla DeBorst. Wi…
 
A network of global Christian churches have decided to combat climate change by divesting from gas and oil companies. But why aren’t any Protestant American churches participating, and do climate activists care that efforts to replace fossil fuels disproportionately harm the poor? And a new article by Beth Allison Barr examines the difference betwe…
 
Josh’s Something Old: Tremors Skye’s Something Old: Scream Something New: Stranger Things Josh’s Proposal: It’s not nostalgia that makes Stranger Things success but it’s ability to tell fantastical stories, centered around relatable truths particularly father figures. Skye’s Proposal: The reason season 4 of Stranger Things works is because it’s wil…
 
Although the Religious Right is on a winning streak at the Supreme Court, data shows it’s losing in the court of public opinion. Gallop reports more Americans than ever no longer believe in God, and only a minority of Americans share the political and cultural beliefs of conservative evangelicals. The Holy Post crew responds to a Jesuit priest’s ar…
 
Phil and Kaitlyn are finally back from (separate) trips to Europe, but they’re returning to a very different America. The Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe and ended the Constitutional right to abortion. What’s good about the decision? What’s concerning? And why is it increasingly unacceptable to have a nuanced understanding of this issue…
 
The Supreme Court has ruled that the state of Maine cannot exclude private schools from its voucher program simply because they are religious. David French explains the ruling and how it fits into decades of pro-religious liberty wins. Skye Jethani asks how the courts define “religion” and why secular philosophy has an unfair advantage in public sc…
 
Josh’s Something Old: Sling Blade Skye’s Something Old: Rounders Something New: The Card Counter Josh’s Proposal: If this filmmakers goal was to make me feel uncomfortable for 2 hours, well then, mission accomplished. Skye’s Proposal: This movie is just a pile of crap Something Borrowed: The Card Counter Ending & Final Scene Explained Josh’s Someth…
 
A recent article in the Atlantic reveals how the political polarization in the United States is now tearing evangelical churches apart. And Marvin Olasky, the former editor of World Magazine, writes about the dramatic change he witnessed among evangelicals over his long career. Drawing from thousands of letters he received, Olasky concludes, “The R…
 
Responses to the mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, have continued, and there’s renewed hope for policy changes. This week, Jo Saxton joins Phil and Skye as a guest co-host to discuss a series of articles from African-American and global Christian leaders about the need to rethink both America’s gun policies and the American ch…
 
Josh’s Something Old: Jerry Maguire Skye’s Something Old: Three Amigos! Something New: Top Gun: Maverick Josh’s Proposal: This is not the summer blockbuster we wanted, it’s the summer blockbuster we needed. Skye’s Proposal: Top Gun Maverick is more proof that America is a decadent society, addicted to nostalgia, and struggling to create original st…
 
Christians who oppose more restrictive gun control policies say we have a God-given constitutional right to self-defense. But is there any evidence to back this claim? With Christian and Kaitlyn both in Europe, Phil and Skye invite Mike Erre from the Voxology podcast to fill the empty co-host chair. Mike looks at the biblical texts cited by gun adv…
 
*Please be aware that this episode deals with sensitive topics, including suicide and child/adolescent mortality.* In the wake of the elementary school massacre in Uvalde, Texas, David French and Skye Jethani spend the whole episode debating what can be done to curb gun deaths in America. While they find some agreement around “Red Flag” laws and ma…
 
The United States has experienced another horrific school shooting, and the country is once again debating guns. Will this time be any different? Phil asks why the U.S. is incapable of passing sensible gun regulations like Australia did 25 years ago, and why do so many evangelicals support America’s gun culture and the 2nd Amendment with religious-…
 
0:00 - Intro 1:57 - Something Old - Josh’s: About a Boy 5:57 - Something Old - Skye’s: Patton 9:09 - Something New: Operation Mincemeat 10:32 - Josh’s Proposal “I propose Operation Mincemeat is a good example of using fiction to tell a true story.” 16:11 - Skye’s Proposal “This is another one of those movies that proves truth is stranger than ficti…
 
Josh’s Something Old: About a Boy Skye’s Something Old: Patton Something New: Operation Mincemeat Josh’s Proposal: I propose Operation Mincemeat is a good example of using fiction to tell a true story. Skye’s Proposal: This is another one of those movies that proves that truth is stranger than fiction and sometimes even more compelling Something Bo…
 
The independent report about the cover-up of sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist Convention has been released, and it’s far worse than anyone expected. What does it mean for the SBC and American evangelicalism in general? And Phil asks if there’s a difference between engaging in godly cultural transformation and fighting a culture war. Was Wil…
 
Despite the uproar over the leaked Supreme Court decision overturning Roe, it turns out 80 percent of Americans have a nuanced view of the issue. Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss responses to last week’s show and ask why are we nuanced about some moral issues and absolutist about others. Then, conservative Christians are attacking Tim Keller for h…
 
Skye’s Something Old: Arachnaphobia Josh’s Something Old: Breakdown Something New: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Josh’s Proposal: The MCU is a double edge sword and it’s cutting in the wrong direction. Skye’s Proposal: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is proof that both worlds and movies without any rules can be fun but nev…
 
The leak of a draft ruling by the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade has the entire country talking. Phil, Skye, and Kaitlyn discuss the overreactions from both the Left and Right, speculate about what a post-Roe America might look like, examine the complicated history of abortion including why many evangelicals originally supported Roe but then …
 
In the 1980s, Frank Peretti’s best-selling novels about the spiritual war between angels and demons captivated evangelicals, but they also fostered a belief that anything out of step with conservative white Christianity was downright satanic. The podcast crew discuss their own experiences with Peretti’s books and how they’ve shaped today’s culture …
 
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case about a public high school football coach who prays on the field. Is he violating the First Amendment because he’s a state-funded employee engaging in religious activity on the job? Or, is his religious expression protected by the First Amendment? David French explains the court’s history on public s…
 
Something Old: Skye’s: Sister Act Josh’s: Rudy Something New: Father Stu Josh’s Proposal: Father Stu is a movie worth seeing, but misses the mark, because it never really answers the question why did Stu come to faith? Or more specifically, why did he become a priest? Skye’s Proposal: Father Stu is an example of what Paul was told, when God said “M…
 
The battle between Governor DeSantis and Disney is heating up in Florida. The culture war may be good for politicians, but why is it bad for Christians? Then, a former White House spokesperson says if Christians want to win the culture war they need to have more babies. Kaitlyn and Skye explain why that strategy contradicts the New Testament. Phil …
 
In a lengthy article in The Atlantic, social psychologist Jonathan Haidt explains how social media has made our entire society more stupid in the last decade, and compares the disunity it’s causing to the Tower of Babel. Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss the article and what can be done to reverse the trends. Then, pastor Albert Tate talks about hi…
 
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