8 episodes

Tired of cheap answers, self-serving rhetoric, and deceitful spin? Mike explores the pressing issues of our time by curiously seeking truth with friends, colleagues, and opponents. It is a show of kindness and reason, a place to escape petulant fighting and gain understanding about the things that matter most.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.0 • 3 Ratings

Tired of cheap answers, self-serving rhetoric, and deceitful spin? Mike explores the pressing issues of our time by curiously seeking truth with friends, colleagues, and opponents. It is a show of kindness and reason, a place to escape petulant fighting and gain understanding about the things that matter most.

    The Decline of Christianity and the Rise of Godless Religions| Zach Elliott

    The Decline of Christianity and the Rise of Godless Religions| Zach Elliott

    In this episode, Mike talks with Zach Elliott, president of VUVIVO and the author of Now I See: An Invitation to Life to the Full. They talk about the decline of Christianity and the emergence of new spirituality. Though people are indeed leaving the church, they are not becoming atheists. Mike and Zach discuss why this is happening and the opportunity this presents for the Gospel.
    Our conversation covers a range of topics, from the role of storytelling in preaching to the significance of embodying faith in everyday life. We also touch on practical ways to reintegrate meaningful spiritual practices in the home and church settings. Tune in for a thought-provoking discussion on how to make faith relevant and engaging in today's world.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Racism, Misogyny, and the What the Bible Really Teaches | Abdu Murray

    Racism, Misogyny, and the What the Bible Really Teaches | Abdu Murray

    In this insightful episode, we delve into the historical and modern perceptions of Christianity, specifically addressing the accusations of it being oppressive and a "white man's religion." Our guest, Abdu Murray, an author, apologist, and former litigator, shares his extensive knowledge and perspective on these critical issues.
    We explore the antebellum Southern slavery, the transatlantic slave trade, and how religion has been misused to justify evil. Abdu discusses his latest book, More Than a White Man’s Religion, which tackles the attacks on Christianity’s morality and truthfulness. We also examine the shift in cultural questions from "Is Christianity true?" to "Is Christianity good?"
    Through engaging dialogue, we address whether the Bible advocates for equality and how it has historically been misrepresented. Abdu provides compelling arguments and evidence that Christianity, when understood in its full context, is the foundation for concepts of equality and justice.
    Finally, we discuss the way forward, emphasizing the importance of listening, acknowledging historical pains, and embodying the sacrificial love of Jesus Christ to bring hope and reconciliation in our communities.
    Join us for a thought-provoking conversation that challenges preconceived notions and offers a hopeful vision rooted in the Christian faith.
    Visit embracethetruth.org for more on Abdu.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Culture, Apologetics, and the Danger of False Narratives | Dr. Paul Gould

    Culture, Apologetics, and the Danger of False Narratives | Dr. Paul Gould

    In this episode, Mike engages in a riveting discussion with guest Dr. Paul Gould. Paul is an esteemed author known for his influential book on cultural apologetics and his role as the director of the MA in Philosophy of Religion at Palm Beach Atlantic. Their conversation focuses on the troubling trend of younger generations drifting away from the church. They delve into the myriad of cultural and societal narratives that contribute to this shift, exploring the complex interplay between faith and culture.
    Mike and Paul also unpack the transformative power of storytelling and its potential to impact one's life profoundly. They discuss how narratives within our culture can shape beliefs and behaviors, particularly in the spiritual development of young people. The episode doesn't just highlight problems but also offers tangible solutions, discussing what parents and pastors can do to connect with and fulfill the spiritual needs of this generation. It's an enlightening dialogue filled with insights and practical advice for anyone looking to understand more deeply and engage with a spiritually hungry generation.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Why Apologetics is Essential in Discipleship and Evangelism | Matthew Mittelberg

    Why Apologetics is Essential in Discipleship and Evangelism | Matthew Mittelberg

    In this episode, Mike sits down with Matthew Mittelberg, an apologist currently with Apologetics, Inc. Matthew brings a unique perspective to the conversation, having formerly worked at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and grown up as the son of noted author and apologist Mark Mittelberg. With close family ties to Lee Strobel, whom he affectionately refers to as "Uncle Lee," Matthew's upbringing was deeply rooted in a community that not only believed in the truths of Christianity but also emphasized the importance of conveying these truths through both words and actions. The discussion centers on the crucial role of an embodied faith in effectively reaching and impacting the next generation.
    Mike and Matthew explore how living out one's faith authentically can inspire and engage young people in a way arguments alone cannot. However, they also delve into how apologetics, the discipline of defending Christianity through systematic argumentation and discourse, can be a vital tool in this process. By providing clear, rational reasons for faith and demonstrating its relevance in everyday life, Matthew argues that apologetics can equip individuals to communicate their beliefs more effectively and foster a more profound spiritual engagement among youth. This episode offers practical insights and strategies for anyone looking to use apologetics to nurture and sustain faith in a skeptical and often indifferent world.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Problem of Evil is a Problem for Atheists | Jay Watts

    The Problem of Evil is a Problem for Atheists | Jay Watts

    In an enlightening episode, I engaged in riveting discussions with Jay Watts, founder and president of Merely Human Ministries. Notorious for his energetic delivery, Jay shared personal experiences from his journey, transitioning from a self-proclaimed atheist to being a profound believer. He touched on his struggles growing up amidst broken family ties and dealing with the consequences of nihilism, and his transformative discovery of objective morals. The discussion further ventured onto profound societal trends—especially tribalism and secularism.
    Our conversations also wound its way through poignant existential questions of morality, good versus evil, and God's existence. These were examined against a background of philosophical thoughts, with Nietzsche's 'ubermensch' theory and Dostoevsky's depiction of existentialism being particularly noteworthy. Our discussion finally rested upon exploring the Christian worldview's explanation of evil existence and the persistent human longing for justice.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Responding to the Best Pro-Choice Arguments | Scott Klusendorf

    Responding to the Best Pro-Choice Arguments | Scott Klusendorf

    Mike and Scott Klusendorf discuss the scientific and philosophical reasons that support the pro-life position and how to become a winsome ambassador for the unborn.
    Scott is the author of the Case for Life, now in its second edition, and the founder of the Life Training Institute. Scott has influenced a generation of pro-life leaders, including those in politics. The new speaker of the House recently quoted Scott. In this episode, we talk about arguments, strategy, and why the church is silent on this issue. Join us and become better able to defend your pro-life views.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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