Near Death Experiences (with Gary Habermas)

Gary Habermas, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 10:00:00 PDT

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 subject, Christian philosopher, Dr. Gary Habermas.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The Dignity Revolution (with Daniel Darling)

Daniel Darling, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 it is not often clear on what basis people have dignity, unless one acknowledges that persons are made in God’s image. Scott and Sean interview theologian Daniel Darling, Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, as he outlines this in his new book, The Dignity Revolution.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Walking with Loved Ones at the End of Life (with Doug Groothuis)

Doug Groothuis, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Wed, 21 Nov 2018 09:00:00 PDT

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 with his wife, Becky, through terminal dementia, in his new book, Walking Through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness-A Philosopher’s Lament.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Fearless Prayer (with Craig Hazen)

Craig Hazen, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 10:00:00 PDT

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. Hazen and highlight his new book, Fearless Prayer: Why We Don’t Ask and Why We Should.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Heaven, Hell and the Afterlife (with Mike Fabarez)

Mike Fabarez, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 10:00:00 PDT

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 as we talk about some of those things you may have wondered about the afterlife.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Race and Intersectionality (with Elizabeth Corey)

Elizabeth Corey, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 01 Nov 2018 10:00:00 PDT

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 intersectionality movement that is sweeping university campuses across the US.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Our Deepest Desires (with Greg Ganssle)

Greg Ganssle, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 25 Oct 2018 16:00:00 PDT

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 summarizes our primary aspirations around relationships, goodness, beauty and freedom and shows how the Christian faith provides the resources for fulfillment in all these important areas.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Last Call for Liberty?? (with Os Guinness)

Os Guinness, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 18 Oct 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 interview Os about his new book, Last Call for Liberty: How America's Genius for Freedom Has Become it's Greatest Threat. Join us for this stimulating conversation with one of the best at connecting Christian faith and culture.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Faith and the Baseball Playoffs (with Brandon Cash)

Brandon Cash, Scott Rae

Thu, 11 Oct 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Faith and Bioethics (with Paige Cunningham)

Paige Cunningham, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 04 Oct 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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. Join Sean and Scott as they interview Dr. Paige Cunningham, President of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, one of the few Christian think tanks in this vexing field of bioethics.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Redeeming Capitalism (with Ken Barnes)

Ken Barnes, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 27 Sep 2018 07:00:00 PDT

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 Dr. Ken Barnes, Director of the Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Workplace, about his new book, Redeeming Capitalism. Join us for this stimulating conversation about the intersection of Christian faith and economics, from the perspective of both a trained theologian and a long time business executive.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Family Background and Spirituality (with Judy TenElshof)

Judy TenElshof, Sean McDowell, Scott Rae

Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:00:00 PDT

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 family upbringing affects our journey toward spiritual maturity. Join us as Scott and Sean interview Dr. TenElshof on this important topic that affects everyone's spiritual journey.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Bonus Podcast: What Atheists and Christians Get Right and Wrong

Sean McDowell, Hemant Mehta, Justin Brierley

Wed, 19 Sep 2018 09:00:00 PDT

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 audience. This episode first aired on the Premier Christian Radio show Unbelievable?

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Crisis Pregnancy Clinics and Free Speech Rights - The NIFLA Case (with Scott Waller)

Scott Waller, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Sat, 15 Sep 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 services. The clinics sued, alleging that the law infringed on their free speech rights, forcing them to provide what their conscience prevented them from doing. Scott and Sean interview Biola political science professor Dr. Scott Waller, who comments on this case and its implications for protecting free speech on other important controversial issues.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Learning from the Church Fathers (with Ken Berding)

Ken Berding, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Sat, 08 Sep 2018 10:00:00 PDT

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 more.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Zombie Science (with Jonathan Wells)

Jonathan Wells, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 30 Aug 2018 18:00:00 PDT

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. Wells offers some perspective and insight from being engaged in discussions and debate over evolution and intelligent design for the past few decades.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Saving Truth (with Abdu Murray)

Abdu Murray, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 23 Aug 2018 11:00:00 PDT

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 some cultural insights and practical tips for evangelism and apologetics today.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Sharing the Good News with Mormons (with Eric Johnson)

Eric Johnson, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:00:00 PDT

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 these questions and more.

Eric's latest book is Sharing the Good News with Mormons: Practical Strategies for Getting the Conversation Started.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Love Thy Body (with Nancy Pearcey)

Nancy Pearcey, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 17:00:00 PDT

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 issues of today, such as euthanasia, abortion, and transgenderism. Scott and Sean interview Pearcey about how the church can offer a humanizing worldview that embraces the value and dignity of the body.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Questioning the Bible? (with Jonathan Morrow)

Jonathan Morrow, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:00:00 PDT

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 questions people are asking today about the Bible.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Vincent Van Gogh’s Journey of Faith (with William Havlicek)

William Havlicek, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 26 Jul 2018 15:00:00 PDT

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 has written Van Gogh’s Untold Journey, the story of the Christian faith of Van Gogh and how it is portrayed in his artwork. Join us for this conversation with Dr. Havlicek.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Hitler’s Ethic and Religion and Eugenics Today (with Richard Weikart)

Richard Weikart, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:00:00 PDT

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 this podcast, including, Hitler’s Ethic, Hitler’s Religion, and The Death of Humanity, in which he shows the link between evolutionary ethics and the erosion of respect for the sacredness of life. He also dispels the notion that Christian faith had anything to do with the Holocaust.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Grace and Redemption After Abortion (with Victoria Robinson)

Victoria Robinson, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 11:00:00 PDT

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 and Scott interview Victoria about her story. She also shares her insights about the state of the pro life movement and some practical ways churches can better minister to women who have had abortions.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Why People Stop Believing (with Paul Chamberlain)

Paul Chamberlain, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 05 Jul 2018 09:00:00 PDT

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 story of several prominent Christian leaders who gave up their faith — then he proceeds to answer the most common objections to Christianity that these former Christian leaders have in common.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

How Should Christians Think about Social Justice (with Thaddeus Williams)

Thaddeus Williams, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 justice movement--highlighting both areas of agreement and concern with Scripture. In light of public debates about race, immigration, and family, it is more critical than ever that Christians think biblically about justice.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Christians and the Transgender Question (with Preston Sprinkle)

Preston Sprinkle, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 21 Jun 2018 07:00:00 PDT

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," and also offers some practical advice for how Christians can approach the transgender question both personally and publicly.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The Bible and Immigration (with Markus Zehnder)

Markus Zehnder, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:00:00 PDT

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 of Old Testament, brings a wealth of research on the bible and immigration, as well as his experience of immigration issues from living most of his life in Europe, to bear on this complex and emotionally-charged issue.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Religious Liberty...Sort Of

Sean McDowell and Scott Rae

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 commission violated its mandate for neutrality about religion. However, the court left unresolved the fundamental conflict here between the rights of gay people and Phillips' rights under the first amendment. Scott and Sean offer their reflections on this landmark decision that was handed down on June 4, 2018.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Understanding Generation Z (with Jonathan Morrow)

Jonathan Morrow and Sean McDowell

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 14:00:00 PDT

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 with Barna. Jonathan reveals some surprising truths about young people today and offers some practical steps for discipling and evangelizing them.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Lessons Americans Can Learn from Canada (with Jojo Ruba)

Jojo Ruba, Scott Rae and Sean McDowell

Thu, 31 May 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 learn from the secular shift in Canada.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Does Evidence Still Demand A Verdict?

Scott Rae and Sean McDowell

Thu, 24 May 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 Christianity have changed over the past few decades. The evidence for Christianity is more compelling than it has ever been, but as Sean and Scott discuss, it must be presented with kindness and love.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Should We "Unhitch" the Old Testament? (with Mitch Glaser)

Mitch Glaser, Scott Rae and Sean McDowell

Mon, 21 May 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 Christian faith, the relationship between the OT law and today, and provide some perspective and insight to the controversial sermon.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Apologetics at the Cross (with Josh Chatraw)

Josh Chatraw, Scott Rae and Sean McDowell

Thu, 17 May 2018 08:00:00 PDT

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 for evangelism and apologetics today from the early church fathers, and also addresses some of the most pressing questions asked today by both believers and non-believers.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The Moral Question Behind Infinity War

Scott Rae and Sean McDowell

Thu, 10 May 2018 18:00:00 PDT

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 discuss various scenarios in the film and make some practical applications for today. And they discuss how the theme of Infinity War powerfully assumes certain ideas of love and sacrifice at the heart of the gospel.

Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The Porn Myth (with Matt Fradd)

Matt Fradd, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Tue, 08 May 2018 12:00:00 PDT

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 how porn has shaped our culture, responds to the most common myths, and offers some practical steps for parents and other leaders.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guests are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Religious Freedom in the Crosshairs (with Ken Starr and Thomas Farr)

Ken Starr, Thomas Farr, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Sat, 28 Apr 2018 12:00:00 PDT

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 and Farr bring remarkable perspective and wisdom for thoughtful Christians today.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guests are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

[Bonus Podcast] Losing Faith and Keeping Faith: Sean McDowell and Bart Campolo

Sean McDowell and Bart Campolo

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:00:00 PDT

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 explanation for moral values.

This is a bonus episode that first aired on Unbelievable? at Premier Christian Radio.

For more from Unbelievable?, be sure to check out their podcast, book, and upcoming conference.

Unique Worldview Challenges for Students Today (with Jeff Myers)

Jeff Myers and Sean McDowell

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:00:00 PDT

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.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Jeff Myers is offering a 10% discount on Summit registration to Think Biblically podcast listeners. Use the code "CHAMP2018HS" at summit.org

Economics and the Christian Faith (with Tom Nelson)

Tom Nelson, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 18:00:00 PDT

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 churches committed to integrating theology and work for the common good. They discuss pastor Nelson’s excellent book The Economics of Neighborly Love.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Winsome Communication (with Tim Muehlhoff)

Tim Muehlhoff, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:00:00 PDT

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 of Winsome Persuasion and Biola University professor Tim Muehlhoff about what it means to communicate winsomely today. Tim offers practical ideas for having difficult and controversial conversations.

Tim Muelhoff's latest book is Winsome Persuasion.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Bonus Podcast: Sean Discusses the Bible and Homosexuality with John Stonestreet

Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:00:00 PDT

On this special release, Sean joins Colson Center president John Stonestreet, on the Breakpoint Podcast, to discuss the Bible and homosexuality. John interviews Sean about his recent public dialogue with one of the leading “Gay Christian” voices in America.

Sean's full conversation with Matthew Vines is available on YouTube.

Show notes, including a full transcript are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Christians and the LGBTQ Community – Part 2 (with Caleb Kaltenbach)

Caleb Kaltenbach, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PDT

In the second half of this two-part series, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae continue their conversation with pastor and author Caleb Kaltenbach. In this episode, they focus on Caleb’s new book The God of Tomorrow, which is about how trusting God’s sovereign plan for tomorrow while living with boldness and hope today.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Christians and the LGBTQ Community – Part 1 (with Caleb Kaltenbach)

Caleb Kaltenbach, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 18:00:00 PST

There is often great fear, mistrust, and tension between the church and the LGBTQ community. How can Christians posture themselves in a biblical manner? In this episode, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae talk with pastor and author Caleb Kaltenbach about his book Messy Grace. As the son of two gay parents, Caleb has a unique voice on this issue today.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The Gospel and Poverty (with Dan Anderson)

Dan Anderson, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:00:00 PST

Jesus taught his followers to help the poor. Yet there is much confusion about the most effective and biblical means for doing so. In this episode, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae talk with Dan Anderson, pastor at the Urban Rescue Mission, about how Christians can make a genuine and lasting difference for the poor. Dan shares some memorable and life-changing stories.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The Church and the LGBTQ Conversation (with Mark Yarhouse)

Mark Yarhouse, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

What is the church doing well in the LGBTQ conversation? Where can we improve? In this podcast, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae interview Dr. Mark Yarhouse about these questions and more. They ask Dr. Yarhouse some of the toughest questions surrounding this issue, and he responds with wisdom and insight. As a trained psychologist, Dr. Yarhouse brings a uniquely balanced and research-based approach to this issue.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Naturalism and the Soul (with JP Moreland)

JP Moreland, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

What is the best evidence for the soul? What is the state of philosophical debate over the existence of the soul? Can evolution explain the soul? In this episode, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae discuss these questions, and many more, with Talbot professor J.P. Moreland, one of the top 50 living philosophers today.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Have Churches Oversold Family and Marriage? (with Joe Hellerman)

Joe Hellerman, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:00:00 PST

The contemporary church puts a huge emphasis on natural marriage and family. But according to pastor, author, and Talbot professor Joe Hellerman, the New Testament prioritizes the church family. Have we gotten our priorities wrong? In this podcast, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae talk to professor Hellerman about the biblical view of family and what this practically means for the church today.

Joe Hellerman's book is titled When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus' Vision for Authentic Christian Community.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Navigating Student Culture - Part 2 (with Brett Kunkle)

Brett Kunkle, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:00:00 PST

In this episode, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae continue the conversation with Brett Kunkle, president of Maven, a youth culture specialist organization. They discuss how to define culture, and then offer practical ideas for helping young people navigate our information age, apply faith to all areas of life, and guide them to experience the good life amidst affluence and materialism.

Brett Kunkle's latest book is titled A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Navigating Student Culture - Part 1 (with Brett Kunkle)

Brett Kunkle, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:00:00 PST

What are the unique challenges young people face today? And what are some creative ways to equip and reach them? In this podcast, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae talk with youth expert Brett Kunkle about how to help students effectively navigate technology, media, and other pressing concerns of today.

Brett Kunkle's latest book is titled A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The World Watch List and the Persecuted Church (with Ron Boyd-MacMillan)

Ron Boyd-MacMillan and Scott Rae

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 18:00:00 PST

This week, Open Doors, the international ministry to the persecuted church founded by Brother Andrew, released its annual World Watch List—the list of the 50 countries that most deny religious freedom and persecute Christians around the world. Listen in as Dr. Scott Rae interviews Dr. Ron Boyd-MacMillan on the state of the persecuted church in 2018. Dr. Boyd-MacMillan is Director of Strategic Research for Open Doors, International, and Professor of Practical Theology and Persecution Studies at Lahore College of Theology, in Pakistan. His research is a major contributor to the annual World Watch List.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

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Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel (with Russell Moore)

Russell Moore and Scott Rae

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

In this stimulating conversation with Dr. Russell Moore, Talbot Professor Dr. Scott Rae explores how to navigate the difficult terrain of meaningful cultural engagement while staying faithful to the Bible. Dr. Moore is the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy and ethics think tank for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. Dr. Moore is featured regularly in various news media and has become one of the leading spokespersons for Christian faith in public life. Join us for this insightful discussion.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Race and the Church – Part 2 (with Chris Brooks)

Chris Brooks, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:00:00 PST

In part two of our conversation on race and the church, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae talk with Pastor Chris Brooks about the Black Lives Matter movement, the protests at NFL games and the notion of white privilege. Brooks is pastor of Evangel Ministries, a large and predominantly African-American church in the heart of Detroit. He is also the author of Urban Apologetics and Kingdom Dreaming and serves as Dean of Moody Theological Seminary, Michigan extension.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Race and the Church – Part 1 (with Chris Brooks)

Chris Brooks, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

Issues around race continue to be front-page news both in the culture at large and in the church. In this episode and the one that follows, Scott Rae and Sean McDowell interview Chris Brooks, pastor of Evangel Ministries, a large and predominantly African-American church in the heart of Detroit. Pastor Brooks is also the author of Urban Apologetics and Kingdom Dreaming and serves as Dean of Moody Theological Seminary, Michigan extension. Join us for this stimulating conversation on race and the church.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The Art of Christian Persuasion (with Os Guinness)

Os Guinness, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

In the midst of an alarming loss of civility in discussing debated and controversial issues, what’s needed is a restoration of the art of persuasion and reasoned argument. This applies both to the discussion of controversial issues, but also to the gospel message itself. In this second half of a two-part interview, Sean McDowell and Scott Rae talk to Os Guinness about his book Fool’s Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion. Dr. Guinness is an internationally known author and lecturer, who has modeled the craft of gospel persuasion throughout his life and work.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Getting Along Despite Our Deepest Differences (with Os Guinness)

Os Guinness, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

It doesn't take much to notice that there are deep divisions in U.S. society, and discussions about controversial issues often sound like shouting matches that sometimes even turn violent. In other parts of the world, differences about religion are often destructive and lead to violence, persecution and sometimes even terrorism. In this first half of a two-part interview, Scott Rae and Sean McDowell talk to internationally known author Os Guinness about his book The Global Public Square, in which he addresses what he considers the most critical question of the day: How do we get along despite our deepest differences?

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

500th Anniversary of the Reformation (with professor Alan Gomes)

Alan Gomes, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PDT

On Oct. 31, we celebrated the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing the 95 Theses on the door of his church in Wittenburg, Germany. Alan Gomes, professor of church history at Talbot School of Theology, explains some of the most important parts of the legacy of the Reformation for today. Listen in as Scott Rae and Sean McDowell interview Alan on the relevance of the Reformation for today.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

The State of the Persecuted Church (with David Curry, CEO of Open Doors, USA)

David Curry and Scott Rae

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PDT

In anticipation of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Nov. 5), Scott Rae interviews David Curry, CEO of Open Doors, USA, one of the leading ministries serving the persecuted church around the world. Join us for a very revealing interview about what’s happening to the Christians around the world. And be sure to pray for the persecuted church, especially on Nov. 5.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

Faith at the World Series (with Dodgers chaplain Brandon Cash)

Brandon Cash, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Talbot School of Theology professor Brandon Cash has served as chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers for the past seven years. Listen in as Scott Rae and Sean McDowell interview Brandon about his experience in this key role with the Dodgers, and how he’s able to minister to the players and coaches, especially during the pressure-packed World Series.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

5 Decades of Faithful Apologetics (with Josh McDowell)

Josh McDowell, Scott Rae, and Sean McDowell

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Josh McDowell has long been one of the leading spokespersons and apologists for Christianity, having spoken to hundreds of thousands of students all over the world. He’s just as excited about the gospel today as he was when he began his ministry in his 20s. He’s a great example of sustained faithfulness and consistent impact for God’s Kingdom. Scott Rae and Sean McDowell interview Josh about his long-lasting impact.

Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically