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Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture

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

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.

49mins

18 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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This Beautiful Book: The Big Story of the Bible (with Steve Green)

If the Bible seems complicated to you, you’re in good company, and this conversation with Steve Green will help. In his new book, This Beautiful Book, Green lays out with clarity and simplicity, the big storyline of the Bible. Join us for this discussion of “this beautiful book.” Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

34mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Christians and the Transgender Question (with Preston Sprinkle)

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

32mins

21 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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[Bonus Podcast] Transgender Ideology

Sean was recently asked to speak to a group of youth influencers on gender identity. He discusses a recently published book on the transgender worldview for the first half and then interviews author and speaker Caleb Kaltenbach about how to lovingly and pastorally approach some of the practical issues surrounding this conversation. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically Be sure to also check out our past Think Biblically episodes with Caleb Kaltenbach: Part 1, Part 2.

43mins

7 May 2019

Rank #4

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Between Life and Death — Reflections on the End of Life from a Trauma Surgeon (with Kathryn Butler)

The end of life is not normally a subject we talk about that much, but it’s rare that we have someone who can approach it with the insight and sensitivity of our guest—Dr. Katie Butler. She approaches and clarifies many issues around the end of life from the perspective of a biblically centered physician who has specialized in critical care surgery in her practice. Join us for this helpful and practical discussion about something that we all will face. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

35mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Dealing with Anxiety and Depression (with J.P. Moreland)

Long time Christian philosopher JP Moreland shares a side to himself that many people who have read his books are not aware of — his battle with anxiety and depression. In his new book, Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices that Brought Peace, JP shares his struggle openly and has wonderful, practical advice for those who wrestle with these mental health issues. Join us for this heartfelt conversation. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

33mins

14 May 2019

Rank #6

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The Bible and Immigration (with Markus Zehnder)

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

28mins

14 Jun 2018

Rank #7

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

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

29mins

28 Jun 2018

Rank #8

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Last Call for Liberty?? (with Os Guinness)

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

34mins

18 Oct 2018

Rank #9

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Science and Faith in a Secular Society (with J.P. Moreland)

Christian faith and science are often viewed as being in conflict in Western culture today. It’s important to understand that science is practiced within a worldview—a specific way of viewing the world, especially what counts for knowledge. Increasingly, people believe that the only things that count for real knowledge are those that can be scientifically verified. Scott and Sean interview Talbot philosopher JP Moreland about his new book, Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology. Dr. Moreland will connect faith and science in a way consistent with a Christian worldview. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

30mins

20 Dec 2018

Rank #10

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The Significance of Singleness (with Christina Hitchcock)

The number of single adults has been growing for the past few decades in the US and today the number of households headed by a single person are more than 50% of all households. Yet in many churches the unwritten norm is “married with children,” and marriage is often seen as a sign of maturity. So where does that leave single adults, especially those who feel that they might be called to singleness? Join us for an insightful conversation with theologian Dr. Christina Hitchcock as she talks about the Kingdom value of singleness in her book, The Significance of Singleness. She has great insight for both single and married adults. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

32mins

19 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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Total Truth (with Nancy Pearcey)

Does truth matter anymore? How do we communicate truth in a "post-truth world? Sean interviews Nancy Pearcey about her book Total Truth. She addresses these questions and makes the case that the church must embrace the faith as a totalizing belief system that shapes how we approach every aspect of life. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

31mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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Can Science Explain Everything? (with John Lennox)

The intersection between science and faith is one of the most pressing issues today for believers and skeptics alike. And Dr. Lennox is one of the most qualified people to address it. In this podcast, he shares some of his own journey and experience as a Christian philosopher, mathematician, and scientist in one of the most prestigious universities in the world. He discusses the limits of science, the nature of faith, and practical ways Christians can intersect the two. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

28mins

26 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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The Church and the LGBTQ Conversation (with Mark Yarhouse)

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

26mins

22 Feb 2018

Rank #14

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A War of Loves (with David Bennett)

David Bennett has a remarkable story of going from a gay activist who despised Christians to a Jesus follower who has a heart for both the gay community and the church. Sean and Scott interview David about his new book A War of Loves, in which he tells his story and also offers some biblical insights and practical tips for how Christians can lovingly engage LGBTQ people today. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

33mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #15

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The Bible Is Not What You Think (with Michael and Lauren McAfee)

Many Millennials are skeptical of the Bible, viewing it as an outdated, intolerant book. Yet fellow Millennials Michael and Lauren McAfee, authors of Not What You Think, are up for the challenge. They make the case for their generation and for Gen Zers that the Bible is a must-read, life-changing book. In this podcast, Sean and Scott interview them about how they invite their generation to reconsider the Bible. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

29mins

2 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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Holy Sexuality (with Christopher Yuan)

Whether single or married, what does it mean to embrace a holy sexuality today? Professor and author Christopher Yuan offers a unique perspective on how Christians can think biblically about sex, marriage, and singleness today. Through the lens of his personal story and research, Yuan addresses questions related to identity, sexual orientation, singleness, and many of the most pressing issues today. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

32mins

22 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Present Day Miracles (with Craig Keener)

We know God worked many and mighty miracles throughout biblical times, but for many Christians, we don’t see as much evidence for miracles in our lives as there was in biblical times. You won’t want to miss Scott’s interview with Dr. Craig Keener, renowned New Testament scholar, who has done in depth research on miracles today. This discussion is a summary of the high points of his 2 volume, over 1000 page books entitled, Miracles. Join us for this fascinating discussion of miracles today. Dr. Craig Keener holds the F.M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. A prolific author, he has written numerous bible commentaries and other works in biblical studies, in addition to his 2 volume work, Miracles. Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

31mins

13 Dec 2018

Rank #18

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

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

30mins

14 Dec 2017

Rank #19

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Theistic Evolution (with Stephen Meyer)

Did God use evolution? Should Christians embrace evolution? In this episode, Sean and Scott talk with the leading intelligent design proponent Stephen Meyer about the new book Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique. Show notes, including a full transcript and more information on today's guest are available at: biola.edu/thinkbiblically

26mins

22 Mar 2018

Rank #20