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The Babylon Bee vs. Postmodernism | with Kyle Mann

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Are you ready to laugh and think your way through a timely update of a classic tale?

Kyle Mann, editor-in-chief of The Babylon Bee, joins Frank to discuss his new book, The Postmodern Pilgrim’s Progress (co-authored with Joel Berry). Part novel and part “sci-fi fantasy allegory”, The Postmodern Pilgrim’s Progress is a modern-day version of John Bunyan’s classic book and tackles subject matter that is unique to our culture today–including the prosperity gospel, deconstruction, humanism, evolution, skepticism, abortion, and more.

Here’s a short excerpt from the beginning of the book:

“On this journey, Ryan will learn something, which is more than most people who go on journeys can say. When he wakes up, he won’t remember the dream, but he will be a changed man. He will be made new somehow, even if he can’t explain exactly how. This will be the first in many thousands of dreams, interactions, moments, and strange coincidences that lead him to a moment every created being was created for: reconciliation with the Creator.”

In this episode, Frank and Kyle also talk about how The Babylon Bee got started, and the controversy surrounding their recent Twitter censorship. You don’t want to miss it!

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Jun 24 2022

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Can We Create a Turning Point? | with Charlie Kirk

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Frank has been speaking at 15-20 college campuses per year since 2007. The reason he goes there is because the college campus is probably the most anti-Christian piece of real estate in the United States of America. When we conduct a session on campus—it takes our team and a Christian host group on campus to do so—we are throwing a lifeline to the Christian students who attend, and we are putting a stone in the shoe of the skeptics who show up. But too few people are doing this. So when we find someone who is—and doing it remarkably effectively—we want to tell you about that person.

In this episode, Frank welcomes his friend Charlie Kirk who heads an organization called TurningPoint USA. TPUSA has thousands of college and high school chapters that encourage students to defend conservative and biblical values.

Frank and Charlie discuss many important topics including:

  • What are the top objections Charlie hears on college campuses?

  • How do you respond to them?

  • How can we prepare our kids before they go to college?

  • Where can you go for good worldview training?

  • What events are coming up for young adults and pastors that can be helpful?

  • What about starting a classical education school in your neighborhood?

  • How do you respond to people who say that getting involved in politics can turn people off to the gospel?

And more…

Links referred to in the program:

https://www.tpusa.com/

https://www.tpusa.com/pastors

https://www.tpusa.com/faithresources

https://www.tpusa.com/SAS

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Jun 17 2022

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Is There Hope in a Godless Society? | with Todd Herman

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As the world continues to get darker, is there hope in a Godless society? What does it mean when a feminist liberal icon like Naomi Wolf starts talking about spiritual warfare and says “it’s time for intellectuals to talk about God“? Is the world starting to get so dark that even atheists and those on the extreme left are seeking out the light? Could it be that the REAL war doesn’t originate with Republicans and Democrats but spiritual dark forces?

Todd Herman was a dominant talk radio host in Seattle for eight years and was a regular fill-in for Rush Limbaugh (God rest him). In November of 2021, after being told he couldn’t say certain things on the air, Todd made the decision to take his show private to what is now ‘The Todd Herman Show‘. On this episode of ‘I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be an Atheist’, he speaks candidly with Frank about many of his experiences as a conservative talk radio host living in Seattle and how God is using these dark times to bring people on all sides of the political spectrum closer to the truth of His Word. He also cautions us on making politics our idol (should churches even talk about politics?), and why today is one of the greatest times to be a Christian. If you know God and His Word, you know that ultimate hope doesn’t come from the government or the next election cycle. It can only come from the Creator Himself.

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Jun 10 2022

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Hollywood Heroes That Reveal God: Wonder Woman, Captain America, and Star Wars (Part 2)

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Zach Turek rejoins Frank to show how your favorite movies reveal God, and how even the Apostle Paul used the stories of his day to communicate the Gospel to non-believers. Drawing on their new book Hollywood Heroes: How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God, Frank, and Zach discuss the fact that many movie characters reveal the characteristics that make Jesus our ultimate hero. In this episode, they do a deep dive on Wonder Woman, Captain America, and the Star Wars saga, and end with surprising insights about Jesus. If you missed the first episode, be sure to check out Part 1 where they discussed Iron Man, Harry Potter, Batman, and The Lord of the Rings.

Hollywood Heroes is a great book for anyone who likes movies and is especially helpful to parents and youth leaders looking to build a modern-day bridge to the gospel. The book is also filled with apologetics and Biblical life lessons, which are taken straight from the movies even those made by non-Christians.

You can get a signed copy by Frank and Zach when placing your order through ImpactApologetics.com (while supplies last)!

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Jun 03 2022

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Nihilism and Mass Shootings

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Dr. Stephen C. Meyer of the Discovery Institute joins Frank to discuss the worldview contributing to the increase in shootings over the last couple of decades. What is nihilism? What do these incidents tell us about the spiritual and moral condition of our nation? All people, from atheist to Christian, are rightfully horrified by these events, but not all worldviews can account for objective evil. Why not? Where do we go from here? If God is the answer, why does He allow these terrible tragedies to occur in the first place?

Our friend Dr. Michael Brown provides a history of school shootings in America since 1999 here: When It Comes to School Shootings, America Really Has a Deeply Tragic Problem – The Stream

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May 27 2022

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The Top 20 Discoveries About Jesus Outside the Bible

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What do we know about Jesus and the story of Jesus from outside the Bible? Much more than you might think! Archaeologist Dr. Titus Kennedy joins Frank to reveal the Top 20 discoveries about Jesus from outside the Bible.

Here they are:

  1. The place and nature of his birth.
  2. The murderous nature of Herod.
  3. The synagogue where Jesus taught in his adopted hometown—Capernaum.
  4. Peter’s house in Capernaum.
  5. The pool of Bethesda.
  6. The pool of Siloam.
  7. The nature of the town of Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus—Leper colony, “the place of Lazarus”, tomb that matches John 11:38.
  8. The temple place of the trumpeting.
  9. The Caiaphas ossuary (also the Miriam Ossuary—granddaughter of Caiaphus)
  10. The James ossuary.
  11. The gates of Hell.
  12. The miracles of Jesus—he’s admitted as a miracle worker even by non-Christian sources.
  13. The fearful nature of Pilate—Why was Pilate afraid of upsetting the Jews? Archaeological evidence of Pilate includes coins, a ring, an inscription, and ancient writers).
  14. The nature and place of burial and resurrection: Tomb of the Shroud (nature of the burial), Church of the Holy Sepulcher, place of the burial and resurrection
  15. Nazareth inscription.
  16. Crucifixion—archaeology, writings (Acts of Pilate).
  17. Christ the magician cup.
  18. The murderous nature of Herod Agrippa I.
  19. The early spread of Christianity and the belief in the Resurrection.
  20. The graffiti found in Rome.

Due to time constraints, we only were able to discuss the first 15 of these. But Frank and Titus kept recording! To see the remaining five, join our new CrossExamined Community which is a private online forum where believers can interact with us and one another without the fear of being canceled. After the program will be posted there.

To learn much more, get Dr. Kennedy’s excellent new book, Excavating the Evidence for Jesus: The Archaeology and History of Christ and the Gospels.

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May 20 2022

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Does Political Power Contradict the Cross? Plus Q&A

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Some Christians are saying that since Christ saved the world through weakness by agreeing to go on the cross, Christians should not use power in politics or culture wars. Christianity Today leader Russell Moore recently wrote a column titled, “THE CROSS CONTRADICTS OUR CULTURE WARS: The victory of Christ was won by crucifixion, not societal conquest.” Is Moore correct? Is it unchristian to seek political power to right wrongs in society through law?

Frank points out several problems with Moore’s position, which is becoming more popular among Christian intellectuals (to the delight of secularists and Leftists everywhere). He also answers listener questions including those on how to answer scoffers and how to honor parents who are not Christians.

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May 13 2022

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Why Has the World Gone Mad? C.S. Lewis & Paul Tell Us

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What explains the super extreme—even mad—positions we’ve seen people take publicly in recent years? For example, how did we go from abortion being “safe, legal, and rare” to “shout your abortion” and laws even allowing the murder of babies 28 days AFTER they are born? How did we go from “believe every woman” to “what’s a woman?” in just four years? How did we go from considering gender dysphoria a mental condition to affirming 3-5 year-olds in it and shouting down anyone who makes common-sense distinctions about gender?

The answer has to do with the revenge of our own consciences. Drawing on C.S. Lewis, Dr. J. Budziszewski, and the Apostle Paul, Frank reveals that the madness we see is rooted in our rebellion to our own consciences, and how our own psychology amps up our response to promote extreme positions. Lewis, Budziszewski, and, of course, Paul, have very profound insights into this. In the end, the only lasting solution to rebellion is repentance. Don’t miss this one.

And pick up a copy of Frank’s new book out this week, written with his son Zach, called Hollywood Heroes: How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God.

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May 06 2022

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Hollywood Heroes That Reveal God: Iron Man, Harry Potter, Batman, and the Lord of the Rings (Part 1)

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Imagine:

  • if there were a FUN way to get your kids more interested in God and Christianity.
  • if you could relate the Gospel to people by citing stories THEY enjoy.
  • if you could reveal biblical life lessons to people of all ages without getting preachy.

You can!

Frank’s son Zach Turek joins the podcast to show how you can do all this by watching your favorite movies! They do this by drawing on their brand new book, Hollywood Heroes: How your Favorite Movies Reveal God.

It’s amazing how many filmmakers include central elements of the Christian story in their movies (often unknowingly), and how the heroes create a point to the ultimate hero—Jesus of Nazareth. In this episode, Frank and Zach show how Iron Man, Harry Potter, Batman, and the Lord of the Rings do this. In next week’s show, they’ll cover Star Wars, Wonder Woman, and Captain America and reveal the characteristics that make Jesus the ultimate hero.

This book is great for anyone who likes movies and is especially helpful to parents and youth leaders. Also, remember! If you pre-order your copy BEFORE May 3, you’ll get the audiobook for free too! Go here and follow the cues.

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Apr 29 2022

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Infantile Rage vs. Human Nature | with Dr. David Berlinski

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Dr. David Berlinski has never met a controversy he didn’t want to engage with. In this bonus episode, the provocative Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and self-described secular Jew, joins Frank to discuss how human nature intersects with gender issues, truth, and evolution. You’ll enjoy Dr. Berlinski’s eloquence and insights as he addresses the most controversial issues of the day.

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Apr 28 2022

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Jack Hibbs vs. Infanticide

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Can you believe that California is about to pass a law that would allow people to literally murder their children up to 28 days AFTER birth? We are not making this up! See AB 2223.
Pastor Jack Hibbs, of Calvary Chapel Chino Hills, joins Frank to reveal this unbelievably evil bill and to let us know what we can do about it. He also reveals why he takes such a public stand on these issues that have become political, and who resists him the most when he does (you might be surprised just who that is). Frank and Jack also talk about how you can get informed to fight back.
By the way, if you don’t live in California, you should still be concerned and take action. Children are about to be killed, and what starts in California usually spreads to other states.
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Apr 22 2022

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Is the Resurrection Unbelievable?

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Can we really believe Jesus rose from the dead? If the Resurrection of Jesus didn’t really happen, then Christianity is false (as even the Apostle Paul admitted in 1 Cor. 15). On the other hand, if it really did happen 1,989 years ago (give or take a few years), then the essentials of the Christian faith really are true. So which is it?

Justin Brierley, host of the wonderfully interesting Unbelievable show in the UK, joins Frank to discuss the evidence for God and the Resurrection of Jesus. Justin has more insights than most because he doesn’t sit in a Christian echo chamber. He engages the best atheist and Christian minds in the world to debate these issues. He’s heard the best both sides have to offer and will reveal why he still thinks the Resurrection really happened.

Justin is also hosting the “God Unmuted” conference at the British Library on May 14. You can sign up to watch and interact from the US by going to Unbelievable.live.

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Apr 14 2022

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The Best NEW Ideas from the Best Apologists

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Want to hear the latest and greatest news from the best of the best in the world of apologetics? Join us for a very special podcast episode from the 2022 National Conference on Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary where Frank teams up with four special guests: Gary Habermas, Alisa Childers, J. Warner Wallace, and Scott Klusendorf. You don't want to miss it!

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Apr 08 2022

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Castrate Children? The President says “yes”!

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President Biden said this week that all trans people are made in the image of God. He’s absolutely right. Everyone is. But the President then ignored the end of the verse: “God made them male and female”.

The President then went on to affirm “gender-affirming care” FOR CHILDREN that includes hormones, puberty blockers, chemical castration drugs, “top” surgeries — elective mastectomies and breasts enhancements — and “bottom” surgeries — removal of genitals. Again, FOR CHILDREN! Frank has a lot to say about this madness and the religion of sexual license.

Frank also reveals that he spoke to 45 Christians living in Ukraine via Zoom this week. He gives an eyewitness report from one of them living in the city of Donetsk, Ukraine— right in the path of the Russian attack. Are our American news reports true? How many civilians are being killed? By who? Are there really Nazis in Ukraine? Is war justified?

Links referenced in the show:

Biden Says Trans People ‘Made in Image of God,’ Parents Must ‘Affirm’ Identity: https://bit.ly/3wXoZLm
Biden Admin Supports Trans Surgeries, Puberty Blockers for Youth: https://bit.ly/3wTyz20
Gender Affirming Care and Young People: https://bit.ly/3NGKupH
Former trans folks flood social media with their stories for #DetransAwarenessDay: https://bit.ly/3iUOBQT
Jesus and the Case for War: https://bit.ly/38n4EVN

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Apr 01 2022

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The Bible Story You Are In

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What do you think about when you hear the word “God”? Too many of us have false knowledge about God. We think God loves us more if we obey Him and less if we don’t. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, there is a story in the Bible— a story you are actually in— that just could revolutionize your understanding of God and His grace. Frank unpacks that story in this episode. Get ready to look at the prodigal son passage and God Himself in a new light.

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Mar 31 2022

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Silencing of the Lambs | with Dr. Michael Brown

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Are you FOR a free and respectful debate about controversial issues?
Are you FOR the freedom to have your own political opinions without fear of losing your job?
Are you FOR respecting people and their positions rather than calling them names or censoring them?
Are you FOR the freedom to speak the truth to love even those who disagree with you?
Are you FOR forgiveness rather than being executed by cancel culture?
Are you FOR protecting women and children from sexual predators?
Are you FOR protecting the innocence of young children regarding sex?
Are you FOR parents having the right to teach their children their values?
Are you FOR parents having a say in what their kids are taught in school?
Are you FOR the ability to say no to a government that wants to mutilate and sterilize your children without your consent?
Are you FOR being able to cite the scientific evidence that life begins at conception?
Are you FOR being able to cite the scientific evidence that there are only two genders?
Are you FOR people having the right to get counseling for any issue they are struggling with?
Are you FOR the freedom to live out your religious beliefs?
Are you FOR your ability to preach the Gospel?
Are you FOR the freedom to live not by lies but by the truth?

If you are FOR any or all of these things, then listen to this show! Dr. Michael Brown, author of 'Silencing of the Lambs' joins Frank to give us practical ways to advance freedom and Jesus in a culture that wants to cancel you.

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Mar 25 2022

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Be a Monster or a Hero? John Cooper of Skillet

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Do you have to have a degree in theology, philosophy, or apologetics in order to speak powerfully and accurately about how the church is being influenced by the culture? If you think so—if you think that all of this should be left to the professionals, to some kind of expert class or clergy—then you haven't been reading your Bible enough. You’ve left that to the expert class or clergy, which is exactly the problem we're seeing in the church today.

John Cooper, founder and lead singer of the wildly popular Christian rock band Skillet, gets it. He knows that all of us should be ambassadors for Christ doing ministry, not just clergy or those with advanced degrees. He joins Frank to address the scourge of high-profile Christian musicians and celebrities who have deconstructed their faith (not realizing that they have simply reconstructed another one). John has been discussing these issues recently on his CooperStuff podcast. Here he explains further and also reveals his personal testimony and how Skillet broke through to have wide appeal, even to non-Christians.

Join Frank and John, along with Alisa Childers, Hugh Ross, J. Warner Wallace, and many others at the National Conference of Christian Apologetics this April near Charlotte NC. Go to SES.edu for details.

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Mar 18 2022

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Should we expose false teachers?

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There are some people in the Christian church that say we ought not to expose false teachers or publicly name names. Rather, we should just focus on preaching the gospel. Question: Suppose your pastor got up one Sunday and told the congregation that they’d just found out that someone in the church had been exposing your kids to pornography and drugs. What would be your first question? “Who is this person pastor?!” Now suppose that same pastor responded with, “I don’t like to name names, let’s just focus on Jesus.” Would you accept that? No, and you shouldn’t! So it is when false teachers spread poisonous messages within the Christian church.

In this week’s episode, Frank addresses such questions as:

• How can we best preserve unity in the church?
• Is unity the most important thing?
• Is it wrong to publicly name names in the church?
• What does the Bible have to say about how we are to deal with false teachers?

BONUS: In the last segment Frank discusses Gov. Ron DeSantis' comments regarding Disney’s woke lobbying against the Parental Rights in Education bill - also falsely dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill. You don’t want to miss it!

Also, check Greg Koukl's statement to his high school board here.

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Mar 11 2022

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How to Help Doubters

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We have heard many stories of Christians deconstructing and deconverting their faith. So, what’s the best way to help doubters, and how can we engage seekers? In this show, Sean McDowell fills in for Frank Turek and is joined by Preston Ulmer, author of The Doubter’s Club. Together, they address these issues:

- How can we practically help people who doubt?
- How can we have meaningful conversations with seekers?
- How did Jesus approach doubters?

In this show, you will learn about “doubters clubs,” which is a movement of Christians engaging their non-Christian friends in meaningful conversation. You'll also get to hear about how these clubs operate and what it would take for you to lead one. Join us!

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Mar 04 2022

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Why did God create people He knew would go to Hell? And More Q&A

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In this show, Frank answers these listener questions:

Why did God create people He knew would go to Hell?
Why does the Creator have to be personal?
How can we defend the odd laws in the Old Testament?
Why believe in a Trinity?

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Feb 25 2022

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Thought provoking.

By MAficial - Jun 02 2020
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Thought provoking. Respectable. Guests are inspirational.

Great logical discussion

By johnmattwhite - May 22 2020
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Dr Frank Turek provides great arguments for Christianity.