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Welcome to the Impact 360 Institute podcast (www.impact360.org). This podcast is hosted by popular author and Director of Cultural Engagement Jonathan Morrow. Impact 360 institute exists to cultivate leaders who follow Jesus.

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Miracles

Are miracles really possible? What about the virginal conception of Jesus, is that reasonable to believe? What are the main questions college students are asking? What are the main objections people raise about Christianity? Why are miracles rare? What is the purpose of miracles? Is it reasonable to believe that certain Biblical miracles occurred? Why does it matter that the incarnation happened? How do you use your conversations during Christmas to defend the miracle of the Gospel? In this interview with author and apologist Dr. Frank Turek, we talk about how these types of questions. We will hear Frank Turek’s one practice, discipline, or habit he wish he would have applied sooner in his life. And much more! Don’t miss this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast. Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: “I Don’t have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,” “Stealing From God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case,” “Correct, Not Politically Correct” and “Legislating Morality.” As the President of CrossExamined.org, Frank impacts young and old alike at colleges, high schools and churches with hard yet entertaining evidence for Christianity. Frank also writes a column for Townhall.com and has appeared on many TV and radio programs including: The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Faith under Fire, Politically Incorrect, The Bible Answerman, and Focus on the Family. He has debated atheist Christopher Hitchens twice. A former Aviator in the U.S. Navy, Frank has a Masters from George Washington University and a Doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary. For more by Frank turek check out this video,If God, Why Evil? Check out Frank Turek’s app Cross Examined If you enjoyed this podcast, check out these great resources! Explore The Resurrection The Importance of Gratitude Apologetics and the Next Generation

26mins

15 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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Why Christians Should be Intolerant – an Interview with Sean McDowell

Should Christians be tolerant? Is it ever okay to be intolerant? How has the definition of tolerance changed over the years? Does being tolerant mean you have to agree with everyone’s beliefs? How does love fit in with truth and tolerance? And How do we find the balance between loving and being gracious to people, without compromising truth? In this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast Jonathan Morrow interviews author, communicator, and professor of Christian Apologetics Sean McDowell. About Today’s Guest: Sean McDowell, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of Apologetics at Biola University. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double master's degree in philosophy and theology. He earned his PH.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author, co-author, or editor of over fifteen books including Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, Understanding Intelligent Design, the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage, The Beauty of Intolerance and Is God Just a Human Invention?. Sean was named Educator of the Year for San Juan Capistrano in 2007-08. His apologetics training has received exemplary status from the Association of Christian Schools International. He is a regular guest on various radio and TV shows. In April 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children, Scottie, Shauna, and Shane and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Visit him online here (http://www.seanmcdowell.org)

29mins

18 May 2016

Rank #2

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Finding Quiet: Overcoming Anxiety with J.P. Moreland

How do you navigate anxiety and depression? How do you walk through that well in a redemptive and hopeful way? How widespread are anxiety and depression? How do you encourage someone who feels guilty or ashamed of their anxiety or depression? Why is it important to have a holistic approach to anxiety and depression, and how do we do that? Today on the podcast, Jonathan sits down with our good friend, Dr. J.P. Moreland to answer these questions and more as we discuss his new book Finding Quiet: My Story of Overcoming Anxiety and the Practices That Brought Peace. Join us this week to hear Dr. Moreland share his personal story of overcoming seasons of anxiety and depression, learn how to develop a holistic approach to addressing it, hear about the importance of forming good habits, and more. Dr. JP Moreland is a distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology and director of the Eidos Christian Center. With degrees in philosophy, theology, and chemistry, Dr. Moreland has taught theology and philosophy at several schools across the US, and authored numerous books including Finding Quiet, Love Your God with All Your Mind, Scientism and Secularism, Kingdom Triangle, and more. You can find Dr. Moreland online at jpmoreland.com.

32mins

3 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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What Every Christian Needs to Know About Islam

What do Muslims believe? What are the basic teachings of Islam? Is Islam a peaceful religion? How does what's going on today in the world with ISIS relate to Islam? On this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast we're going to talk about what every Christian needs to know about Islam. Don’t miss this important conversation. Alan Shlemon is an author and public speaker for Stand to Reason and is known for teaching on some of the most controversial issues of our time like abortion, evolution, homosexuality, bioethics, and Islam. He has been a guest on both TV and radio, and has spoken to thousands of adults and students across the country at churches, conferences, and college campuses.

46mins

17 Mar 2015

Rank #4

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How Do I Talk to People Who Believe Differently Than Me? with Alan Shlemon

How do I talk to people who believe differently than me? How do I talk to my Muslim friends who believe differently about God and the Bible? What about my friends who believe differently about things like gay marriage and gender? What does it look like to be an ambassador in our cultural moment? On this episode of the podcast, host Jonathan Morrow and Alan Shlemon of Stand to Reason answer these questions and more as they discuss how to be an ambassador of Christ in our cultural moment. Listen as Alan and Jonathan discuss how to engage these difficult issues with knowledge, wisdom, and character. Alan Shlemon is the author of The Ambassador's Guide to Islam and The Ambassador's Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Alan and many others are guest professors at our Fellows program. Learn more about Impact 360 Fellows here! For more: Find out more about Alan and Stand to Reason at STR.org Read Alan's "Three Options" article here Learn more about the next generation and get our new report at whoisgenz.com Get Jonathan Morrow's Questioning the Bible here. Learn from Alan and many others at our Immersion summer experience!

29mins

24 Apr 2018

Rank #5

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How Atheists Are Stealing From God: An Interview with Frank Turek

What if atheism is not the most reasonable position after all? In this interview with author and apologist Dr. Frank Turek, we talk about how atheists actually steal from the Christian worldview to make their case against the God they don’t believe in. We will also discuss how the existence of evil actually points us in the direction of God and explore how to talk to people who think science has disproven God. And much more! Don’t miss this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast.

30mins

10 Feb 2015

Rank #6

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Engaging with Politics in a Culture of Outrage with Bruce Ashford

What does it mean to be an "American Christian"? How does Christianity relate to politics? In an age where public discourse is so toxic, should Christians avoid politics altogether? Should Christians just preach the gospel and leave politics alone? In the United States, we're just months away from an election year. There's no question that in 2019 our public discourse can be really toxic, and it's becoming increasingly difficult to be faithfully Christian in the political realm in a secular age. It's likely that in a topic that's loaded with hot-button issues, you've had some of the same questions listed above. So what do we do about this? In this episode of the podcast, Jonathan is joined by Dr. Bruce Ashford, author of the new book Letters to an American Christian. They'll answers these questions, as well as discuss how Christianity speaks to various hot-button issues, whether some issues are more important than others, what it means to balance patriotism with the fact that we are Kingdom citizens, Scriptural passages that help us build a solid theology of political engagement, and how the Bible helps us speak a good word into a difficult moment in American politics. Dr. Bruce Ashford is Provost and Dean of Faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he also serves as Professor of Theology and Culture. He is a Senior Fellow in Public Theology at the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, and a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is the author of several books including *Letters to an American Christian*, One Nation Under God: A Christian Hope for American Politics, and Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians. You can find more resources from Dr. Ashford online at BruceAshford.net, and follow him on Twitter here.

35mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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How Can a Loving God Send People to Hell? with Frank Turek

How could a good and loving God send people to hell? Does believing something make it true? Why is religious liberty important? Why is it important for students to be able to ask questions and wrestle with doubts? How can Christian leaders equip students to ask hard questions and keep their faith? On this episode of the podcast, host Jonathan Morrow and Frank Turek talk about the questions that he receives most on college campuses. From questions about ethics, evil, evolution, and eternity, Jonathan and Frank talk about why it's important for students to wrestle with these hard questions and value the truth. Hear from Dr. Frank Turek, President of CrossExamined.org and author of books like Stealing From God and I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an atheist as we discuss these issues and more! For more: Find out more about Frank at CrossExamined.org Listen to other podcasts episodes here Learn more about the next generation and get our new report at whoisgenz.com

25mins

20 Mar 2018

Rank #8

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Is Theistic Evolution a Good Idea for Christians? with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer

What is theistic evolution? Is it a good idea or a bad idea? Why should Christians care about this, and how do we think critically about it? Does the evidence point to an intelligent designer? And if so, where should we start? In our recent study with the Barna Group, we found that about half of churchgoing teens say that "the church seems to reject much of what science tells us." Many students in the next generation think that there simply is no scientific evidence for God, and many will point to the Darwinian theory of evolution to explain the origin of life. But what about the idea of theistic evolution that's becoming increasingly popular? Did God use evolutionary mechanisms to produce all of life? In this episode of the podcast, Jonathan talks with Dr. Stephen Meyer of the Discovery Institute to answer these questions and more as they discuss the scientific, philosophical, and theological problems with this view, the compelling evidence for intelligent design, what pieces of evidence to bring to the conversation first, and why it's important for students to understand that science and faith are not at odds. Dr. Stephen C. Meyer directs the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, WA and holds a Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Meyer is the author of Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, the forthcoming The Return of the God Hypothesis: Compelling Scientific Evidence for the Existence of God and is an editor of Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique. You can find Dr. Meyer's work and other excellent resources at Discovery.org.

44mins

1 Apr 2019

Rank #9

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What Should Christians Really Believe About Evolution?

Should Christians embrace evolution? Where is the cultural conversation at right now when it comes to evolution? Is our "all-or-nothing" approach to teaching young people about evolution actually hindering them from making it through their college years with a strong faith? In this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast Jonathan Morrow interviews Jay Richards to explore these important questions that affect all of us. Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the Executive Editor of The Stream. He is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is author of many books including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013), and Indivisible (2012), co-authored with James Robison. He is also the author of Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; and co-author of The Privileged Planet with astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez. His most recent book, co-authored with Jonathan Witt, is The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom that J.R.R. Tolkien Got and the West Forgot. He has a Ph.D., with honors, in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. If you enjoyed this podcast, check out these! Are Humans a Privileged Species? Cosmos – A Christian Viewer’s Guide What’s Your Worldview?

18mins

13 May 2015

Rank #10

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Is Intelligent Design Undeniable? An Interview with Douglas Axe

Is intelligent design undeniable? Can evolution explain the origin and complexity of life? How do we make the case for design? Is there such thing as common sense science? Are humans just cosmic accidents? Where did Charles Darwin go wrong? What is Neo-Darwinism? In this podcast Jonathan Morrow will explore these questions and more with author and researcher Dr. Douglas Axe. Dr. Douglas Axe explains one of the ways design intuition has really triumphed over the Darwin’s evolutionary story, “These extraordinary improbabilities of the coincidence you would need for accidental processes to do something that looks brilliant. Accidental causes are not brilliant they are stupid. So, for a stupid process to do something that makes it look like a genius is a coincidence and it’s an extreme coincidence.” Dr. Douglas Axe, author of the book Undeniable, is the director of Biologic Institute. His research uses both experiments and computer simulations to examine the functional and structural constraints on the evolution of proteins and protein systems. After a Caltech PhD he held postdoctoral and research scientist positions at the University of Cambridge, the Cambridge Medical Research Council Centre, and the Babraham Institute in Cambridge. His work and ideas have been featured in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Molecular Biology, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Nature, and in such books as Signature in the Cell and Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen Meyer and Life’s Solution by Simon Conway Morris.

35mins

17 Jan 2017

Rank #11

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Stephen Colbert & Ricky Gervais Discuss Atheism on the Late Show: 3 Quick Worldview Observations

What happens when comedians Stephen Colbert and Ricky Gervais debate atheism on the late show? Great TV! It’s also an awesome opportunity to better understand what you believe and why you believe it. In this episode, we will analyze some of the slogans and soundbites that came up between atheist comedian Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert on the Late Show. We’ll explore questions like: Can you prove God exists? Why is there something rather than nothing? Is Atheism the rational starting point for the conversation about God? And more…

10mins

2 Mar 2017

Rank #12

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Love Thy Body with Nancy Pearcey

How should Christians think about controversial issues like transgenderism, homosexuality, euthanasia, or abortion? How should we respond to popular slogans like "gender is just a social construct” or "my body, my choice"? In response to these issues, what does true compassion look like? What does the Christian worldview have to offer here? Many of the hot button issues of our cultural moment deal with issues of the human body. However, it seems that often times many people are content to settle for slogans and sayings without thinking deeply about their hurtful real-world implications. As Christians, how do we engage these topics that are controversial, but deeply important? This week on the podcast, join Jonathan sits down with Nancy Pearcey to discuss her new book, Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality. Join Jonathan and Nancy as they answer these questions as well as discuss why it's important to understand the fact/value split, answering popular ideas like critical theory and intersectionality, and how to engage these issues while treating others with dignity and respect. Nancy Pearcey is a professor and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, a fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, and the editor at large of The Pearcey Report. She is the author of several books including the excellent Total Truth, Finding Truth, Saving Leonardo, and the book we talked about today, Love Thy Body. You can follow Nancy on Twitter here.

47mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #13

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Newsweek Misunderstands the Bible

Has the Bible been so misunderstood that it’s a sin? That is the claim being made in a recent (and lengthy!) Newsweek article. In this episode author and speaker Jonathan Morrow talks about what we can we learn about our cultural moment from this article and how to engage some of the claims being raised that cast doubt on the reliability of the Bible. We will also share about a free video resource you can get at www.IQuestionTheBible.tv. You won’t want to miss this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast.

15mins

8 Jan 2015

Rank #14

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How Do I Make the Case for Life? with Megan Almon

How do I make the case for the life on the issue of abortion? What do science and philosophy have to say about what it means to be human? Can we really talk about this issue without "imposing morality" on people? Why is it important to clarify the issue when making the case for life? Many in our culture feel nervous to talk about issues like abortion. On this episode of the podcast, host Jonathan Morrow and Megan Almon of Life Training Institute answer these questions and more as they discuss why it's important to clarify this issue, and do so with a posture of gentleness and respect. Megan Almon is a speaker with Life Training Institute, an organization focused on persuasively communicating the pro-life message. Megan speaks nationally on topics including the case for life, Christianity as a worldview, and evidence for the resurrection of Jesus. Megan and many others are guest professors at our Fellows program. Learn more about Impact 360 Fellows here! For more: Find out more about Megan and Life Training Institute at prolifetraining.com Get Scott Klusendorf's The Case for Life here Learn more about the next generation and get our new report at whoisgenz.com Learn how to graciously and persuasively present the case for life at our Immersion summer experience! Find out more about how to make disciples of your peers at Propel!

30mins

16 May 2018

Rank #15

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Talking With Your Kids About God with Natasha Crain

Why is apologetics or giving reasons for your faith important for this generation and for parents? How does having a conversation with your kids at an early age affect the task of parenting and how students approach these topics of apologetics and worldview? What does it practically look like to begin teaching your kids the Bible and having these kinds of conversations even at young ages? Why does Biblical hope matter as we approach a post-Christian culture? Get answers to these questions and more in this episode of the podcast, as we learn what it looks like to talk to our kids about God. Hear from Natasha Crain, author of Talking With Your Kids About God, about these issues and more!

29mins

11 Dec 2017

Rank #16

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Christianophobia is Alive and Well on American College Campuses - Interview with George Yancey

Should Christians just keep their faith to themselves? Whose free speech matters most? How should Christians balance turning the other cheek versus taking a stand on principle? Are Christians bullied on college campuses today? What do parents need to know (and do) before sending their students off to college? Author and popular speaker Jonathan Morrow talks about these and other important questions facing students and parents in this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast. George Yancey is professor of sociology at the University of North Texas. He is the author of numerous books, including Compromising Scholarship: Religious and Political Bias in American Higher Education and Dehumanizing Christians: Cultural Competition in a Multicultural World, and Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias. His teaching and research focus on race and religion. He blogs for The Stream as well as at Patheos.

27mins

17 Nov 2016

Rank #17

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Ten Ways “Grown-up” Christians Can Set a Better Example for Gen Z on Social Media

Technology, especially social media, is one of the biggest "shapers" for Gen Z, the digital natives. In this episode, Nikki Dutton and Jonathan Morrow discuss some practical ways that adults can set a good example for Gen Z on social media.

26mins

2 Jul 2018

Rank #18

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Navigating Cultural Division with Os Guinness

How do you think about truth, culture, and freedom? What’s shaping us as a culture, and why are we so divided? What’s a way forward? As Christians, why is it important to care about these kinds of issues, and how do we respond to false ideas? This week on the podcast, Jonathan Morrow and Os Guinness answer these questions as they discuss truth, freedom, and culture. Listen this week to hear about where freedom comes from, why religious freedom is important, how to respond to the idea that all cultures are equally valid, and more. Os Guinness is an author and social critic who has written over thirty books, including Last Call for Liberty: How America's Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat, The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends On It, Fools Talk: Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion, and many more. You can visit Os online for resources and more at osguinness.com. For more: For more conversations on leading the next generation, check out Gen Z Lab! Learn from Jonathan and others this summer at Immersion Learn more about how to live out your faith at Propel

45mins

7 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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A Hope-Filled Approach To Engaging Culture w/ John Stonestreet

Should Christians be fearful about engaging culture? Is all hope lost? How can everyday Christians engage and influence culture right where they are at? What are our cultural blind spots? What areas of culture should Christians be aiming at? In this episode of the Impact 360 Institute podcast Jonathan Morrow interviews John Stonestreet about his new book Restoring All Things to explore these important questions. Guest: John Stonestreet is a speaker and fellow with the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and a sought-after communicator and thought leader on faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics. He is the voice of two nationally syndicated radio commentaries: BreakPoint (with Eric Metaxas) and The Point. John is the coauthor of Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview and Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God's Design for Marriage. He and his wife and three daughters live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

21mins

18 Jun 2015

Rank #20