106 episodes

Mama Bear Apologetics is a podcast for mothers of biological, adopted, or spiritual children who want to learn about how to defend the Christian faith, help give their children reasons for faith, and understand the worldviews that challenge Christian faith in the first place.

Mama Bear Apologetics Hillary Morgan Ferrer & Amy Davison

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 1.1K Ratings

Mama Bear Apologetics is a podcast for mothers of biological, adopted, or spiritual children who want to learn about how to defend the Christian faith, help give their children reasons for faith, and understand the worldviews that challenge Christian faith in the first place.

    107. What to Know About Yoga

    107. What to Know About Yoga

    Yoga is one of the most popular forms of exercise for women. It’s said to help with everything from balance to blood pressure, so there’s no problem with it, right? Turns out, there is more than meets the eye. In this podcast Alexa Kramer shares the background of yoga that you won’t get in your average class. Listens will learn the worldview of yoga, the purpose of worship behind each pose, and the surprising history behind “ooomhm.” She and Amy then discuss whether or not “christian yoga” is possible and how to help your kids speak truth and grace.
    If you’ve ever thought that yoga is just about stretching, you won’t want to miss this episode.
    Main Points CoveredDifference between yoga as an aspect of eastern religion vs what is done today.The history and worldview of yoga.How is the yoga done today? What do we see in the studios?What is “ooohm”?What are the purposes of the poses?Can you have Christian Yoga?How can we nurture a truth and grace approach with our kids?People and Resources MentionedCrash Course on YogaROARing through YogaThe Second Coming of the New Age - By Josh Peck & Steven BancarzThe Becket Cook Show on Yoga Podcast EpisodeThanks To Our SponsorsAmericans take about 20,000 breaths a day and spend an average of 90% of their time indoors.The indoor air that we breathe can be up to 100 times MORE polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA. AirDoctor is the air purifier that filters out 99.99% of dangerous contaminants so your lungs don’t have to.
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    Unfamiliar VocabularyEsoteric: Intended for only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.Monism: A doctrine which maintains either that there is ultimately only one thing, or only one kind of thing.Asanas: Specific body poses practiced within Yoga that are intended to be forms of worship.Chakra: In Hinduism, means “wheel” and refers to energy points in your body.

    • 42 min
    106. The Toxic War on Masculinity with Nancy Pearcey

    106. The Toxic War on Masculinity with Nancy Pearcey

    Professor Nancy Pearcey, renowned author of "The Toxic War on Masculinity," joins us in this enlightening episode of Mama Bear Apologetics to tackle the complex issues surrounding masculinity, Christianity, and culture at large. We discuss the cultural assault on masculinity and how the church can counteract these negative narratives, providing a balanced view that uplifts men rather than tearing them down. Nancy offers valuable insights, supported by sociological data, that demonstrate how evangelical men who are deeply committed to their faith actually excel as husbands and fathers.
    We journey through the historical transformations in perceptions of masculinity, from family-centric values to the career-driven ambitions influenced by Darwinian evolution and social Darwinism. Highlighting the troubling narratives from influencers like Andrew Tate and Myron Gaines, we emphasize the urgency for the church to present a positive and healthy view of masculinity. These secular scripts, often equating manhood with promiscuity and primal behavior, are infiltrating even Christian educational environments, creating conflicting messages for young men about strength and character. We also explore the significant role of fatherhood in nurturing healthy masculinity. This episode is packed with thought-provoking insights, making it a must-listen for anyone interested in understanding and supporting the role of men in the family and the church.
    Main Points CoveredWhere does the war on masculinity stem from?Is there a difference in “toxic masculinity” between evangelical and non-evangelical men?How the Industrial Revolution changed what the expectation of men in the home was.The difference between a real man and a good man.What does it mean to be a man?People and Resources MentionedNancy Pearcey - Author of "The Toxic War on Masculinity" and "Total Truth."Brad Wilcox - Sociologist at the University of Virginia, cited for his research on evangelical men and family dynamics. Washington Post Article "Why Can't We Hate Men?"The Moral Animal by Robert WrightUnfamiliar VocabularySocial Darwinism: The theory that individuals, groups, and peoples are subject to the same Darwinian laws of natural selection and plants and animals.Andrew Tate: An American-British social media personality, whose views are often seen as mysoginistic and controversial.The Cultural Mandate: Be fruitful and multiply and subdue the Earth.

    • 52 min
    Episode 105: 3 Myths About Taylor Swift

    Episode 105: 3 Myths About Taylor Swift

    Could your child's playlist be as influential as their peers? That's the question we tackle, as Taylor Swift's "Tortured Poets Department" sweeps through headphones and homes, stirring a wave of concern among Christian parents. We’re peering into the heart of the matter, unraveling how the melodies and lyrics that echo in our kids' ears might be shaping their worldviews and emotional landscapes. We're not just talking tunes here—we're discussing the seeds of beliefs being planted with every beat and verse they hear.
    The allure of beats and harmonies isn't simply a matter of taste—it's a powerful force with the capacity to sway moods and beliefs. This episode isn't shy about confronting the myths surrounding the impact of music like Taylor Swift's, challenging the notion that it's all harmless entertainment. Instead, we spotlight the psychological and spiritual battlegrounds within our children's mental health, leaning on both scripture and science to navigate this complex terrain. We're opening up the conversation to equip families with the discernment needed to face the subtle, yet profound, influences their children encounter in their favorite playlists.
    Navigating the celebrity culture maze becomes all the more important when stars like Swift command not just the airwaves, but also the hearts of their listeners. We dissect the weighty influence wielded by artists over their fanbases, recognizing the fine line between admiration and idolization. By fostering a foundation built on truth, we empower our listeners to guide their children in engaging with culture without losing their footing in faith. It's a call to all parents to anchor their young ones in a faith that withstands the tidal waves of cultural fads and fan fervor.
     
    Main Points CoveredShould I be concerned about my kids listening to Taylor Swift?How does music affect the brain?Art is an expression of worldview.Being a "Swifty" should not be a primary identity statement.Be on guard for yourself and your children so that you aren’t taken in by the culture.Tips for healthily engaging with your kids around music.People and Resources MentionedRomans 1:18Mark 12:30Romans 12:21 Corinthians 10:5University of Central Florida Article
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    • 40 min
    Episode 104. Three Encouragements for All Moms on Mother's Day

    Episode 104. Three Encouragements for All Moms on Mother's Day

    SummaryMy heart swells with gratitude when I recall the gentle whispers of wisdom my own mother shared with me, shaping my spiritual path. This Mother's Day, join us as we celebrate the extraordinary influence mothers, both biological, adoptive and spiritual have on nurturing faith. Alongside my friend and ministry partner Alexa, we weave together touching narratives and Biblical wisdom to honor the irreplaceable role of mothers in faith formation.
    The world often measures success in material wealth and titles, but we want to acknowledge the profound beauty in the simplicity of a faith-filled home. Drawing inspiration from Proverbs 31:26, we discuss the pressures modern moms face, encouraging a return to wisdom, kindness, and the nurturing of young souls.
    We also discuss the importance of a nurturing church environment that shows respect, equips for the journey, and accepts every mom with open arms. As we wrap up, we offer parenting wisdom and encouragement, acknowledging the various expressions of motherhood and the power of speaking life into our children. This episode is a heartfelt tribute to all the 'mama bears' out there, standing firm in faith and love.to a resource that helps you have those conversations with your children.
    Main Points CoveredMom’s you are vital in nurturing the faith of your child.You don’t have to “have it all” to have it all.Your church is there for you.
    People and Resources MentionedProverbs 31:26https://www.barna.com/research/spiritually-vibrant-household/https://www.barna.com/research/faith-heritage-faith-practice/https://www.barna.com/research/moms-christians-households/Thanks to our Sponsors
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    • 39 min
    Episode 103. The Holy Sexuality Project with Christopher Yuan

    Episode 103. The Holy Sexuality Project with Christopher Yuan

    SummaryOn this episode we are Joined by Christopher Yuan to discuss The Holy Sexuality Project and what led him to create it. Christopher vulnerably shares his story of how he stepped into a homosexual lifestyle and how, as he says, the prayers of his own Mama Bear led to his salvation. We focus on the pivotal role of parents and grandparents in shaping the conversation on sexuality, emphasizing the necessity of home discipleship. Through the lens of Christopher's ministry, we explore why he felt the need to create resources aimed at equipping families to broach these topics from a biblical context.
    We also discuss the challenges and timing of introducing the concept of sexuality to children and the pressing need for parents to guide their children before the onset of puberty. We recognize the flood of "almost true" information that surrounds our kids on a daily basis, even from the Christian community and the hope of this episode is to not only help provide a biblical context for confronting that messaging but also point you to a resource that helps you have those conversations with your children.
    Main Points CoveredWhat is the current landscape of the sexuality conversation in our culture?When is right time to talk with your child about sexuality.The importance of clarity over agreement in the conversation of sexuality.What is Side A and Side B as it relates to the Christian conversation on sexuality?What is a biblical view of identity and sexuality?
    People and Resources MentionedThe Holy Sexuality ProjectChristopher Yuan's WebsiteJeremiah 29:11Matthew 18:6-14Thanks to our Sponsors
    The CSB Bible Translation
    The brand-new CSB Men’s Daily Bible makes the ideal Father’s Day gift. Whether it be for a biological, adoptive, or spiritual father, they’ll love the thoughtfulness and intentionality behind a gift that walks with them through the finer points of fatherhood specifically and manhood generally. Use the code MDB50 at lifeway.com and you will receive 50% off your purchase.
    Unfamiliar VocabularySide A: Your sexual orientation is unchangeable and is part of your identity that should be accepted.Side B: Your sexual orientation is unchangeable and is a part of your identity that should be deprived.Celibacy (in relation to Side B same-sex orientation): A volitional vocation of being single. (This is a practice primarily informed by the worldview that your sexual orientation cannot be transformed, but is a part of who you are).

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 102: ROAR'ing Through The He Gets Us Campaign

    Episode 102: ROAR'ing Through The He Gets Us Campaign

    SummaryHello, fellow Mama Bears! On this episode we are ROAR'ing through the latest He Gets Us commercial that aired during the Super Bowl at the beginning of this year. We want to take a careful look at what the message is and what it isn't. Our hope is to highlight the importance of sifting through the media we consume, even media that appears wholesome of biblical on the surface. We want to hold the message of the He Gets Us commercial against the scriptures to examine where it does or doesn't line up with what the Bible teaches.
    We will do walk through each step of our ROAR method to discern what the appropriate steps are for engaging with that message and how to disciple our children accordingly. We're here to empower each other to raise discerning, wise, and loving families. So, let's sharpen our ability to recognize truth under the veneer of messages that surround us, and pass on this legacy of wisdom to our little ones.
    Main Points CoveredWhat is the He Gets Us campaign?The 4 issues we see with the message of the He Gets Us Super Bowl commercialHow to discern the the false and true messaging in the commercialHow shepherd your children in media consumptionPeople and Resources MentionedHe Gets Us CommercialCommercial ExplanationJohn 13:1-20Luke 22:24Prov 6:16-19James 1:19Colossians 4:6Thanks to Our SponsorsThis episode is made possible in part by the support of Summit Ministries. Our hope, like yours, is that your children will grow up to develop an unshakeable faith, to be followers of Jesus Christ and live out His call on their lives in a way that brings God’s glory and flourishing. That's one of the reasons we love Summit. Summit takes biblical worldview training and makes it seriously fun. If you have a child between the ages of sixteen to twenty-two, send them to a two week conference in Colorado or Georgia this summer. Register today at summit.org/roar/. Save $200 when you use the code ROAR24.

    • 36 min

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Nina Andrias-Ng ,

Thank you

Thank you ladies for your heart in this ministry. Our family greatly blessed.

L12900 ,

Mostly great, but mixed bag for me

I have been encouraged by and learned from a bunch of these podcasts. The variety of topics are quite interesting and often applicable to me. However, I just listened to the one about yoga and feel it’s quite legalistic and also misinformed. I do not promote yoga as a Christian because of it’s Hindu background. But unfortunately, the hosts go on to laugh at actually scientific things like grounding and forest bathing. I am a Christian and integrative nutrition health coach, and I do understand these topics well. These don’t have to do with chakras, and no one thinks doing those will simply take away your burdens. There are proven mental and physical health benefits to both walking in the forest (doctors in Japan actually prescribe this for depression) and to grounding. Grounding is being barefoot on the earth. Energy is not a “fringe theory” or just a feeling. It’s scientific. Our bodies are electrical. There is electricity and ions in our environment. We ground a house’s electricity and we can do the same for our bodies. There is a surplus of positive ions in our environment because of things that radiate, like phones, microwaves and wifi. This causes issues like inflammation. The earth and moving water (like rivers or ocean) emit negative ions. When we spend time near or in either, our ions balance out and inflammation is greatly reduced. This is *not* a spiritual thing. This is why you can buy an ionizer for your house just like you can buy an air filter. Just like if you breathe, sleep and eat well (take care of you body), you will feel better. You can simultaneously steward your body well and trust in God.

Rx'd ,

Fantastic! Thank you!

Your books are amazing and your shows are always so educational and applicable. Just what we need in our society today!

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