Equipping Christians to think biblically about worldviews, apologetics, culture, and parenting in a challenging secular world.
Practical Tips for Teaching Kids Apologetics at Home
When parents start to see the importance of teaching their kids apologetics (how to make a case for and defend the truth of Christianity), they often start reading books but then feel stuck as to HOW to pass the knowledge on to their kids. At what age do you start? What if your kids aren't interested? What subjects should you cover? What subjects should you start with? What if you can't answer the questions that come up? In this episode, I cover all kinds of ideas for how to make apologetics part of your discipleship--for kids of all ages.
Mentioned in this episode:
Information on the new Talking with Your Kids about Jesus curriculum releasing in October 2021: https://natashacrain.com/talking-with-your-kids-about-jesus-video-curriculum-now-available-for-pre-order/My three apologetics books for parents are Keeping Your Kids on God's Side, Talking with Your Kids about God, and Talking with Your Kids about Jesus. You can read about the differences, see the tables of contents, and view endorsements here: https://natashacrain.com/books-by-natasha-crain/My podcast episode "How to Teach Your Kids about Non-Christian Worldviews" is episode #2 in your podcast player.
Are Christians the New Extremists? Yes, and That's Okay.
Have you noticed how any view that doesn't track with the mainstream secular consensus today is considered "extreme"? Even Facebook is now encouraging people to report when they've been exposed to so-called "extremist" content. While it used to be that extremists were those who committed ideological acts of violence, today extremism is increasingly being defined with respect to how far a view lies from popular consensus.
And guess what? Christians with a biblical worldview fall squarely in the newly defined extremist camp. (Welcome!)
It's really important to understand--and, in many ways, embrace--your position here. I explain why in this episode.
Blog version available at: https://natashacrain.com/are-christians-the-new-extremists-yes-and-thats-okay/
Logical Thinking in an Illogical Culture
There’s something that often goes unsaid in discussions about the importance of critical thinking: Not everyone we interact with will actually VALUE good logic and critical thinking. Many people think emotionally rather than critically and that has a lot of implications for Christians engaging with culture. It’s not enough to learn to think well...we have to learn how to think well AND how to deal with the fact that a lot of people don’t CARE about thinking well. In this episode, I highlight eight points to consider when thinking logically in an illogical culture.
Give Your Kids a Sense of Hopelessness This Easter
If you spend any time around Christians, you’ll hear about the “hope we have in Jesus.” But we’re often trying to offer people (including our kids) something they’re not even hungry for. In this episode, I share why kids need to more fully understand the true hopelessness of the world in order to hunger for the hope we have in Jesus.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
My book, Talking with Your Kids about Jesus.
Original article: "One of the Greatest Gifts to Give Your Kids This Easter is a Sense of Hopelessness."
No, Progressive Christian Politicians Aren't Good for America
In an opinion piece for The New York Times titled, “Progressive Christians Arise! Hallelujah!” Nicholas Kristof made the case this week that “with a churchgoing Democrat in the White House, faith becomes more complicated in America”…and that that’s a good thing. In this episode, I explain why that's NOT the case, and break down Kristof's article point by point. This is an audio version of my blog post, "No, The Growth of Progressive Christian Politicians is Not a Good Thing for America [A Response to the New York Times Opinion Piece by Nicholas Kristof]."
Critical Thinking in a Secular Culture
There are a lot of competing ideas in today's culture, and it's important that Christians understand how to think critically about the nature of these ideas from a worldview perspective. In this episode, I explain THE most important thing that separates a biblical worldview from a secular worldview and give several examples of how to respond to common secular sentiments accordingly (for example, "Don't you want to be on the right side of history?").
So good! I’m learning so much about how to go about talking with my son about apologetics. So thankful that I found Natasha’s podcast!
Straight to the point
Not only is Natasha spot on with biblical theology and values with faith and family in a secular world, but her podcasts are straight and to the point. I appreciate her goal to get straight to the content without unnecessary chatter/conversation. I’m a mom with little time so I love getting her wise content in an efficient time manner!!!
Concise and spot on
I love podcasts, but so many of them ramble on and on. Not Natasha Crain. She is smart and concise and able to communicate clear thoughts without rambling and white noise. I so appreciate her communication style. I have literally paused her episodes and replayed portions over and over because so much truth has been packed into every word. She is compassionate and full of wisdom and knowledge. My walk with Christ and my ability to disciple my children has been greatly transformed by Natasha answering her divine calling to write and speak. Thankful for that.