Helping you answer Progressive Christianity and skeptical claims against the gospel from a biblical worldview
#178 Responding to woke culture: Is critical race theory a real threat? with Dr. Doug Groothuis
A dangerous and revolutionary philosophy is responsible for the street fires in America. It fuels the actions of Black Lives Matter and Antifa, and invades curricula in public schools and in our military. It is in our churches. You have heard the phrase “white privilege,” the need for “safe spaces” on campuses, and perhaps the tongue-twister “intersectionality.” Behind all of these is an ideology called critical theory, which is a form of cultural Marxism that divides society into the oppressed and the oppressors. It claims that America is “systemically racist” and founded on slavery. It believes that the voices of the minorities should trump the perspective of the dominant (and oppressing) culture. Dr. Doug Groothuis joins me to discuss this topic on today's podcast.
#177 Bethel Redding & Modern Apostles: A Biblical Analysis
Holly Pivec and Dr. Doug Geivett join the podcast to talk about their provocative new book outlining the teachings of Bethel Redding, the existence of the New Apostolic Reformation movement, and the influence the movement has on the broader church through its wildly popular worship music. In this episode, Alisa publicly changes her position on singing Bethel songs in church.
#176 Two Encouraging Stories in a Culture of Deconstruction
In a social media landscape filled with deconstruction stories, here are two encouraging stories of people coming to faith in Christ. Michael Ray Lewis was an atheist who came to faith in Christ after investigating the evidence. He’s now making a documentary about it! Eliza did not grow up Christian, but heard the gospel after a campus ministry reached out to her. Listen as they share their faith journeys.
#175: Case Study: What are the Common Values that Unite Progressive Christians? With Natasha Crain
Natasha Crain joins the podcast today to discuss some common values and beliefs that unite progressive Christians. We use the popular book, If God is Love, Don’t be a Jerk, by John Pavlovitz, a progressive Christian blogger, author, and speaker. This episode is not a book review, but rather, a case study in popular ways progressive Christians define words, identify their key beliefs, and live out their values. We walk through how to apply critical thinking and biblical truth to respond to these ideas.
#174 Sharing THE truth when truth is considered hate speech, with Dr. Jeff Myers
Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries joins the podcast to talk about his new book, Truth Changes Everything. He shares examples of how quirky and determined Christian figures throughout history led the way in human dignity, science, art, medicine, education, politics, justice, and even the idea of meaningful work. He also discusses practical examples of how to engage a post-truth culture with the truth of the gospel.
#173 Why Isn't God More Obvious? with Dr. Travis Dickinson
In this special LIVE episode of The Alisa Childers Podcast, Dr. Travis Dickinson, Professor of Philosophy at Dallas Baptist University, joined us for another installment of our ask the Professor series. We covered questions such as: Why isn’t God more Obvious? Why did God kill David’s son when the Old Testament says children aren’t to be punished for the sins of their fathers? What does it mean to say Jesus is the word? How can I overcome the existential fear of living forever? What are some good resources to study the cultural background of the Bible? If Jesus is God, why does the Bible say he didn’t know the date of his return?
I feel lost after listening to Bethel Redding & Modern Apostles episode
I didn’t attend Bethel, Jesus Culture or the Kansas House of Prayer, but my church was associated with them. We didn’t have the over the top experiences that Bethel did, but a lot of the kids from my church were learning to prophecy and we had a 24 hour prayer room for a while. And at my old church before that, I attended a revival with Todd Bentley and was prayed for and slain in the spirit by him. It was real, I felt the Lord’s presence. But now I am questioning if everything I ever experienced was wrong. I have been a mess since yesterday and even more so since I am reading the book The Counterfeit Kingdom. At this point I almost never want to attend a church again. I am so sad and distraught.
I grew up on ZOE girl. How cool to be introduced to your ministry now, Alisa! A friend and I love listening and discussing these topics together. You’re so well spoken and thoughtful. Thank you for being honest and asking the hard questions. I always look forward to tuning in.