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Thinking Out Loud is podcast for Christians who want to welcome difficult conversations. Every other Thursday, Nathan Rittenhouse and Cameron McAllister will discuss these timely issues and draw from their experience as frontline apologists to show how Scripture addresses all of our most pressing cultural concerns.

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Thinking Out Loud is podcast for Christians who want to welcome difficult conversations. Every other Thursday, Nathan Rittenhouse and Cameron McAllister will discuss these timely issues and draw from their experience as frontline apologists to show how Scripture addresses all of our most pressing cultural concerns.

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Keep it up!

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Do more episodes! You guys rock !

Love these guys

By mdav1979 - Mar 08 2018
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They are smart and fun to listen to. Recommended.

iTunes Ratings

155 Ratings
Average Ratings
144
7
1
2
1

Keep it up!

By ajridgy - Sep 19 2019
Read more
Do more episodes! You guys rock !

Love these guys

By mdav1979 - Mar 08 2018
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They are smart and fun to listen to. Recommended.

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RZIM: Thinking Out Loud Broadcasts

Latest release on Dec 17, 2020

Best weekly hand curated episodes for learning

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: How Do We Decipher Today's News?

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Why are we so suspicious of the news today? How do we avoid "fake news"? For that matter, how do we avoid the habit of chasing headlines just to stay in the conversation? How do we stay informed without succumbing to the notion that the sky is falling? In this episode, Nathan and Cameron take a broader look at our approach to current events and consider how Christianity can modify our interactions with today's headlines.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:
Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Aug 02 2018

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Rank #2: "Options Not Restrictions": Wrestling with Changing Abortion Laws

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The recent New York abortion law known as the Reproductive Health Act, which allows for abortions as late as 24 weeks, has given new urgency to the debates surrounding the issue. The Virginia Bill aims to push the timeline even further. Given the volatile nature of the issue, how should Christians respond? In this episode, Nathan and Cameron wrestle with these developments, and aim to offer a hopeful rejoinder to our culture's view of human freedom.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Jan 31 2019

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Rank #3: Of Televangelists, Bakers and the Supreme Court

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Jun 08 2018

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Rank #4: Are Millennials Really "The Burnout Generation"?

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Writer Anne Helen Peterson recently made waves with her BuzzFeed News article "How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation." In it, she draws on the psychological concept of "burnout" to describe the day-to-day condition of most people who fall into this generational category. Said condition might best be summed up as a kind of chronic exhaustion that emerges in a world where the traditional boundaries between work and play, public and private, professional and personal have all but vanished. It's a provocative thesis, but is she right? If so, does this fatigue only apply to so-called Millennials? Tune in to hear Nathan and Cameron to discuss these issues.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Jan 17 2019

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Rank #5: A Discussion of James K. A. Smith's How (Not) to Be Secular

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For those intimidated by Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor's doorstop-sized magnum opus, A Secular Age, Smith's book functions as a helpful primer. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss How (Not) to Be Secular, and consider some of the subtle ways in which many Christians begin to mirror the secular world around them, and how we might open our eyes to this insidious process.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Dec 06 2018

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Rank #6: Nike, Kaepernick, Serena, and a Disastrous Cartoon

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Should we burn our Nikes? How should Christians respond to the cartoon depicting Serena Williams and deemed as racist? From Serena Williams to Colin Kaepernick, there've been no shortage of controversies in the world of sports recently. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss these recent cultural moments and aim to offer a holistic framework for approaching these vexing topics. Tune in as we "think out loud" together on these current events through the lens of Christian hope.

Don't miss another episode, subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes or Google Play Music.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:
Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Sep 13 2018

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Rank #7: Finding Forgiveness in the Post-Truth Era

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From Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to actor Liam Neeson, our news is filled with people seeking forgiveness for the misdeeds of their past.

In this week's podcast, Cameron and Nathan wrestle with the ambiguity of what secular apologies actually mean and whether or not our nation believes that people can actually change. Is our character fixed in the past or is progress and redemption possible?

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Feb 14 2019

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Rank #8: Making Sense of Mister Rogers' Legacy

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From the recent HBO documentary to the feature film starring Tom Hanks, Fred Rogers is having a moment. But why is this cardigan-donning TV host getting so much attention now? In this episode, Nathan and Cameron aim to push past the superficial answers and consider what's given Mister Rogers such staying power.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Dec 05 2019

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Rank #9: Physician Assisted Suicide and the Dark Side of Radical Individualism

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On Thursday, May 10, Dr. David Goodall, a highly respected scientist who continued his botanical and ecological research well into old age, traveled to Basel, Switzerland to end his life at the age of 104. A longtime advocate for physician-assisted suicide, Dr. Goodall left his native Australia to make this final journey, aided by a GoFundMe page that quickly went viral and surpassed its modest goal. These sad events raise a host of questions about everything from human freedom to the sanctity of life. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss these issues, and consider how Christianity modifies our understanding of life and death.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

May 11 2018

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Rank #10: A Discussion on James Davison Hunter's "To Change the World"

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In 2010, James Davison Hunter's book To Change the World was greeted with a great deal of fanfare and controversy. Nearly ten years later, the book's sobering critique of the many well-meaning efforts to change the world appears truly prophetic. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss how Christians can be faithful presences in culture, exercising leadership and influence within their local contexts.

Don't miss another episode, subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes or Google Play Music.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:
Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Aug 31 2018

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Rank #11: Rogue or Martyr? John Chau and the Complexity of 21st Century Missions

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The story of missionary John Chau's untimely death at the hands of North Sentinelese tribesmen has captured the public imagination in a startling fashion, inspiring opinion pieces in publications as diverse as The Washington Post and The New Yorker. Many of the responses have been hostile, arguing that Chau needlessly jeopardized his life and risked spreading diseases on the protected island. Subsequent information has painted a more complex picture of Chau's aims. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss the unique tensions that erupt when a 21st century missionary seeks to share the gospel with an unreached people group.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Dec 20 2018

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Rank #12: From the Oscars to Jussie Smollett, Where Does the Performance End?

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Nathan and Cameron begin with a lighthearted consideration of the Oscars, which quickly morphs into a searching conversation on the ability of the arts to tell us about what it means to be human. The two hosts then turn to consider the controversy surrounding actor Jussie Smollett, and the increasingly difficult task of distinguishing performance from reality.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Feb 28 2019

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Rank #13: Natural Disasters and the Problem of Human Control

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The recent Hurricane Florence left behind devastation—drenching North Carolina with 8 trillion gallons of water and causing $266 million worth of damage–and now with Hurricane Michael's landfall this week, a number of interesting questions are raised regarding human agency and control, especially in our era of unprecedented convenience and instant customization. In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss some of the ways in which these natural occurrences disrupt our notions of human progress and control.

Don't miss another episode, subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes or Google Play Music.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:
Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Oct 11 2018

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Rank #14: A Discussion on Alan Jacobs' "How To Think"

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In this episode, Nathan and Cameron take a break from the headlines to discuss Alan Jacobs' excellent new book, "How To Think", and consider, among other things, why that title is not so much an insult as it is an invitation for a more measured response to our volatile cultural climate.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:
Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Jul 19 2018

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Rank #15: A Discussion of Rod Dreher's "The Benedict Option"

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Recently, journalist and popular blogger Rod Dreher made waves with the publication of his book, The Benedict Option. In it, Dreher argues that the Christian church is far from immune to the precipitous cultural decline in the West, and that many Christians have lost sight of what it means to be in the world, but not of it. Drawing on The Rule of St. Benedict's, The Benedict Option mounts a complex argument for a strategic cultural withdrawal on the part of the Church. How feasible is Dreher's proposal? Aren't there already many examples of people practicing cultural withdrawal (Amish, the homeschooling movement, etc.)? How much is too much? In this episode, Nathan and Cameron discuss Dreher's provocative thesis.

Don't miss another episode, subscribe to the podcast on: iTunes or Google Play Music.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:
Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Oct 25 2018

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Rank #16: Onscreen Deaths and Human Value

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One aspect of online culture that receives scant attention is our unfettered access to footage of people dying. From terrorist attacks to car accidents, we now have the ability to watch people perish on our phones. In this episode, we discuss this unsettling feature of our technology, and consider some of the ways in which it changes our thinking about human life.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

Apr 12 2018

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Rank #17: The Austin Bomber, Self-Driving Cars and Who's to Blame

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Mar 29 2018

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Rank #18: Trouble at Little House on the Prairie and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)

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Jul 05 2018

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Rank #19: On Losing Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade

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On the week of June 4th, the world was rocked by two celebrity suicides: fashion designer Kate Spade on June 5 and chef and television host Anthony Bourdain on June 8. Sadly, these kinds of incidents are becoming more and more prevalent, and, given our increasing access to celebrities—through social media and other platforms—our response is often deeply personal. Join Nathan and Cameron as they discuss these two talented people, their sad departure, and the changing perception of celebrities in today's all-access culture.

Follow the Thinking Out Loud hosts on Twitter:

Cameron McAllister - @CamMcAllister7
Nathan Rittenhouse - @N_Rittenhouse1

If you are having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

Jun 21 2018

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Rank #20: The Royal Wedding as a Religious Experience

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May 24 2018

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