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A weekly podcast that offers Christian perspectives on some of the most significant issues facing today's church and culture. In each episode, hosts Scott Rae and Sean McDowell — professors at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology — draw upon biblical wisdom and insights from guest experts as they explore how Christians can thoughtfully and faithfully engage with cultural trends and current events.
 
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Many consider the Equality Act the most serious threat to religious liberty in our lifetime. What is it? And how should Christians respond? Sean interviews author Caleb Kaltenbach, who has researched the issue extensively, to understand it better and to discuss how Christians can best respond. Caleb consults with Christian organizations in regard t…
 
What does it mean to truly live the abundant life that Jesus described? And why are so many Christians not experiencing it? Ken Baugh is a longtime pastor and writer who offers a roadmap for spiritual growth in this interview and in his latest book: Unhindered Abundance. The book is rooted in Scripture, but also brings in recent scientific findings…
 
Is it wrong for pro-lifers to get the vaccine when it was developed through cell lines that come from aborted fetuses? Are Christians obligated to get the vaccine out of love for their neighbor? Scott and Sean discuss these questions, and many more, related to the ethics behind the COVID-19 vaccine. Show notes, including a full transcript, are avai…
 
Join Scott and Sean as they interview well known theologian Dr. Wayne Grudem about his new book on ethical issues at the beginning of life. It moves fast since we cover a lot of ground, but Dr. Grudem does it with clarity and compassion both. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically…
 
With the election of 2020 and the events surrounding the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the phenomena of Christian nationalism became front page news. While different than loving one's country, Christian nationalism, described by one observer as "wrapping the cross in the flag" is challenging to define and holds some theological assumptions that merit…
 
What would a modern investigation into demons, exorcisms, and ghosts reveal? What is the evidence they exist? In this interview, Sean and Scott talk with journalist Billy Hallowell about his latest book Playing with Fire. They discuss some recent research and public stories that provide compelling evidence for the existence of the supernatural. And…
 
Critical Race Theory (CRT) has recently moved from academic circles to popular culture and has been the subject of both praise and critique. In this episode, journalist and former religious freedom lawyer David French discusses the merits and shortcomings of CRT. Join Scott for this informative conversation that took place during his 2020 visit to …
 
How can Christians respond to some of the toughest questions today related to evil, hell, unanswered prayer, the unevangelized and more? In this interview, Sean and Scott talk with New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg about his latest book Can We Still Believe in God? Dr. Blomberg uniquely addresses these questions from within his training as a New…
 
The report revealing the sexual misconduct of apologist and evangelist Ravi Zacharias is heart-breaking. In this episode, Sean and Scott reflect on lessons we can learn from this scandal and what it might mean for ministries moving forward. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically…
 
In our divided political and cultural landscape, the combination of conviction and compassion is more necessary than ever. Join Scott and Sean as they interview author and founder of the AND Campaign, Justin Giboney about his new book Compassion and Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement. Justin Giboney is the founder of …
 
One of the key element in racial reconciliation is recognizing the experience of minorities in majority cultures. Pastor Mark Vroegop maintains that the practice of lament, both individually and corporately, is an important first step in that process, yet a practice that many Christians are unfamiliar with. Join Sean and Scott for this stimulating …
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has recently responded to some of the biggest challenges to the truth of their faith. This includes the plural wives of Joseph Smith, the book of Abraham, DNA studies, and more. In this interview, Sean talks with Eric Johnson, of the Mormonism Research Ministry, about their responses. This interview f…
 
Win by Two is a gripping story about two men, Adam Donyes and Derrick Derrell, from very different backgrounds whose lives intersected on the basketball court and around a shared friendship and eventually a shared faith in Christ. Join Scott and Sean as they interview Adam and Derrick—you’ll be encouraged by their story. Adam Donyes is the founder …
 
In this interview, Sean goes behind the scenes with Biola professor JP Moreland to discuss the people, experiences, and books that shaped his life. JP shares about the challenges of growing up without a father, the key people who influenced his life, his favorite book of the Bible and more. This interview is a bonus episode that first aired on Sean…
 
How deeply has secularism infiltrated our society and the church? In his latest book, The Gathering Storm, Dr. Albert Mohler argues that Western civilization and the church stand at a consequential crossroads in regard to its future. Scott interviews Dr. Mohler about the ideologies threatening society as well as the church and how to best contend f…
 
Grammy Award winner and hip hop artist Lecrae tells his story of artistic success, battle with addiction and depression, and being restored in this fascinating new book. Lecrae is vulnerable and open about his background, mistakes he made and how his restored faith in Christ is making a difference in his life going forward. Join Scott and Sean for …
 
Darryl Strawberry is a legendary baseball player who had everything the world has to offer, and yet he was broken and hurting inside. In this interview, Strawberry shares some powerful stories from his life that led him to become a follower of Jesus and experience a transformed life. He uses sports as a metaphor to offer some memorable and helpful …
 
One of the toughest challenges to the Christian faith is the claim that God is unnecessarily violent. How could God command "genocide" in the Old Testament? In this interview, Sean and Biola professor Charlie Trimm walk through the various options Christians have to approach Old Testament violence. This interview was first recorded on Sean's YouTub…
 
As human beings, we have deep desires for freedom, beauty, goodness and truth. According to Biola professor Greg Ganssle, these desires point to the reality of the Christian faith. In this BONUS episode, Sean interviews Dr. Ganssle about his book "Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations." Dr. Ganssle argues not that …
 
Does the Bible present an accurate view of the historical Jesus? Craig Evans is one of the leading New Testament scholars today, and he answers this question with a resounding "yes." In this interview, Sean and Scott ask him about his latest book, which highlights Dr. Evans's latest debate with Bart Ehrman. They discuss the historical evidence for …
 
What is the best way to defend the reliability of the Bible? What are common mistakes Christians often make when responding to critics who challenge the Bible? Sean and Scott interview Dr. Peter Gurry about his latest book, which aims to correct myths and mistakes often made in defense of the New Testament. The good news is that a solid case can be…
 
What should a biblical sexual purity message look like for today? In this episode, Scott interviews Sean about his latest book: Chasing Love: Sex, Love, and Relationships In A Confused World. They discuss pressing questions, such as: Is sex really a big deal? Isn't it a private act between consenting? Is a biblical sexual ethic really good for indi…
 
The journey of authentic Christian faith and sexuality is often a rocky and complicated one. Rachel Gilson, in her book, Born Again This Way, tells her story of this journey, with some surprising twists and turns along the way. Join Scott and Sean for this fascinating conversation about faith and sexuality. Show notes, including a full transcript, …
 
The imprecatory psalms--some of the most difficult parts of the Bible, are the places in which the psalmist asks God to bring judgment on one's enemies, often in very harsh language. Talbot OT professor, Dr. Charlie Trimm, helps us understand how these psalms fit in with Jesus' command to love your enemies. Join Scott and Sean for an interesting di…
 
Can Christianity answer the toughest questions raised against it? According to Rebecca McLaughlin, the answers is yes. In this interview, Sean and Scott ask McLaughlin, author of the new book Confronting Christianity, some of the most challenging questions Christians face today related to science and faith, the supposed intolerance of religion, the…
 
Votes for the next president have been cast and one thing is certain — somebody will be happy, and others disheartened. Can a friendship or workplace relationship be preserved with someone who voted differently and holds vastly different beliefs? Today's episode features a recent episode of the new Winsome Conviction podcast, which is another podca…
 
Biola Professors Rick Langer and Tim Muehlhoff describe how to hold deeply held convictions with passion, grace and civility in the midst of the polarization of our current culture, especially true given the election of 2020. Join Scott and Sean as they talk about how to stand firm in one's convictions but do it in ways that build bridges, not wall…
 
Given the polarization of culture, politics and religion in the United States and increasingly in other parts of the world as well, it's critical for the follower of Jesus to represent the gospel well in these complicated times. Journalist David French in his new book, Divided We Fall: America's Secession Threat and How to Restore the Nation, descr…
 
Do Christians have an obligation to vote? What principles should shape how Christians think about voting? When it comes to politics, Christians often differ significantly. Yet there are some biblical principles all Christians can think through. In this episode, Scott and Sean offer some reflections for the upcoming election. Register to vote and ge…
 
Gay men and women who desire to be faithful to Scripture and thus choose a life of celibacy have chosen a difficult path and have much to teach the church. Psychologist Mark Yarhouse led a study of these men and women and some fascinating conclusions emerged from this study. Join Sean and Scott as they interview Dr. Yarhouse, on his new book, Costl…
 
Much of the conversation about race in 2020 has surfaced an underlying philosophy that is driving the discussion in the broader culture — known as Critical Race Theory. Our guest, Monique Duson, helps us understand what this is and how it fits with a Christian worldview. Join Scott and Sean for this insightful discussion of this important cultural …
 
Conflicts over religious freedom have heightened especially in the last few years, and some maintain that religion is under assault in places where religious freedom has historically been protected. It’s not often we get the chance to hear from those who are on the legal front lines of these conflicts. Join us for this conversation as Scott and Sea…
 
Without even realizing it, many Westerners fail to understand the Bible, and the larger Christian story, from an Eastern perspective. Yet doing so unlocks the Scripture in a fresh and insightful way. In this episode, Sean and Scott interview Abdu Murray about his recent book, which he wrote with Ravi Zacharias. This interview will help you look at …
 
Where do we begin in helping young children develop a vibrant faith? How do we declare the goodness and faithfulness of God to the next generation? In this episode, Sean and Scott interview Ruth Chou Simons, author of the new book Foundations: 12 Biblical Truths to Shape a Family. They discuss practical strategies youth influencers can put into pra…
 
How should Christians think about social justice? What is a Christian response to Critical Race Theory? In this video, Sean interviews Biola professor Thaddeus Williams about his upcoming book: Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth. In particular, Sean and Thaddeus discuss how Christians can respond to present race relations. Show notes,…
 
One of the most complex aspects of the immigration debate concerns what the law and public policy should be in this area. Join Scott for this stimulating discussion with Dr. Dennis Hollinger as he applies a Christian ethic to the public dimension of immigration. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically…
 
How can we motivate people to live passionately and compassionately in light of the gospel? Sean interviews David Platt about his latest book Something Needs to Change. David shares stories of his personal journey through the Himalayas, how it motivated him live out the gospel more deeply, and how he answers some of the toughest questions people ar…
 
In his latest book, William Lane Craig explains the significance of the atonement of Jesus and defends it against some of the most common critiques. This interview was recorded on Sean's YouTube channel, and is longer than our typical episodes, but it falls right in line with the focus of the Think Biblically podcast. Enjoy! Show notes, including a…
 
You may not realize it, but couples wanting to adopt a child can actually adopt embryos that have been placed for adoption by the couples who conceived them through advanced reproductive technology. The very first person in the world who was adopted as an embryo is current Biola student, Hannah Strege. Join Scott and Sean for a conversation with Ha…
 
In the past few years, sexual misconduct among leaders has been exposed in various sectors of society, including Hollywood, the church and youth sports. One of the most egregious examples occurred in youth gymnastics, resulting in the conviction and prison sentence of Dr. Larry Nasser of multiple counts of sexual abuse and assault of young girls. L…
 
Many critics of the Bible hold that the OT views women as property and is demeaning toward women. OT scholar Dr. Sandra Richter looks at the parts of the Mosaic law that deal with sexual violence toward women and concludes that, "far fewer lives were ravaged by sexual misconduct in the central hill country of Israel in the Iron Age than in southern…
 
Why do humans wonder so deeply about the nature and purpose of the world? And what does this tell us about what it means to be human? In this episode, Sean and Scott interview Oxford professor Alister McGrath about his latest book. McGrath makes a powerful case that naturalism is insufficient to account for the universal human sense of wonder and t…
 
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, and evidence for the Christian faith, which first aired on the Unbelievable? radio show in the…
 
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 these questions and more. Professor Weikart describes some of they key ideas that gave rise to the…
 
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 and assisted suicide. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thi…
 
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 discussion of the Bible’s teaching on divorce and remarriage. Show notes, including a full transc…
 
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 that Sean hosts in partnership with the Talbot Apologetics program. We take live questions from t…
 
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 professor Dr. Mark Saucy, as he explains why eschatology is important, and why a particular view o…
 
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 first amendment to the Constitution. Join us for this conversation with noted scholar Dr. Daniel D…
 
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 lively but respectful discussion about the founders of the Christian faith. This is a bonus episo…
 
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