20 episodes

Equipping Christians to think biblically about worldviews, apologetics, culture, and parenting in a challenging secular world.

The Natasha Crain Podcast Natasha Crain

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 734 Ratings

Equipping Christians to think biblically about worldviews, apologetics, culture, and parenting in a challenging secular world.

    20. What Is a Biblical Worldview? with Dr. George Barna

    20. What Is a Biblical Worldview? with Dr. George Barna

    If you have followed my content for any amount of time in the last year, you have heard me talk repeatedly about the jarring statistics related to the shrinking percent of Americans who have a biblical worldview. I’ve written and talked about a lot of different studies and numbers, but two of the most pertinent data points are these: 65% of Americans self identify as Christians, but research on people’s actual beliefs and behavior shows that only about 6% have a biblical worldview. This huge gap has numerous implications for the church today. 
    But how exactly do researchers define a biblical worldview? How do they get to that 6% estimate? In this episode, I get into all the details with Dr. George Barna, who is the Director of Research for Arizona Christian University’s Cultural Research Center.

    MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

    2017 Worldview study conducted by the Barna Group and Summit Ministries: https://www.barna.com/research/competing-worldviews-influence-todays-christians/

    Research on "syncretism" as top worldview in America:
    https://www.arizonachristian.edu/2021/04/13/vast-majority-of-americans-stitch-together-patchwork-worldview-of-conflicting-beliefs-making-syncretism-top-worldview-among-u-s-adults/

    Newest research data on the worldview of pastors:
    https://www.arizonachristian.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/CRC_AWVIRelease_07_Digital.pdf

    Sign up for research updates from the Cultural Research Center:
    https://www.arizonachristian.edu/culturalresearchcenter/latest-research/

    • 1 hr 7 min
    19. The Homelessness Crisis from a Biblical Perspective with Bryan Crain

    19. The Homelessness Crisis from a Biblical Perspective with Bryan Crain

    There is a crisis of homelessness happening across the country, and many Christians wonder what can and should be done. This is an important question because not all attempts at helping the homeless are equally beneficial nor are they equally consistent with a biblical worldview. Bryan Crain, Chief Operating Officer of the Orange County Rescue Mission, joins me to discuss what helping the homeless looks like from a biblical worldview perspective, how that compares to secular homeless program models (such as "housing first"), and takes a variety of questions about homelessness submitted by my podcast listeners online. (Bryan also happens to be my husband!) If you've ever wondered how to help the homeless you pass by on the streets, this is an episode not to miss.

    MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:
    Orange County Rescue Mission (OCRM): https://www.rescuemission.org/Video from OCRM graduation (includes several stories of graduates): https://www.rescuemission.org/video/2021-fall-graduation-orange-county-rescue-mission/Directory of Gospel Rescue Missions nationwide: https://www.citygatenetwork.org/agrm/Locate_a_Mission.aspDonate to OCRM: https://www.rescuemission.org/give-now/Recommended books: 
    When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian FikkertToxic Charity by Robert Lupton

    • 1 hr 47 min
    18. How Mainstream Media Gaslights Christians

    18. How Mainstream Media Gaslights Christians

    Not only is mainstream media no longer trying to be objective, but they’re also openly advocating for specific viewpoints. And not only are they openly advocating for specific viewpoints, but they’re also strategically manipulating public thought. In this episode, I break down five implicit messages that mainstream media trumpets to push culture toward a uniformity of thought that's nearly always at odds with a Christian worldview.


    Mentioned in this episode:

    My newest book, Faithfully Different: https://www.amazon.com/Faithfully-Different-Regaining-Biblical-Clarity/dp/0736984291

    My article, "Are Christians the New Extremists? Yes, and That's Okay" (also available in podcast form): https://natashacrain.com/are-christians-the-new-extremists-yes-and-thats-okay/

    AP Stylebook for covering transgender issues: https://www.apstylebook.com/topical_most_recent#transgender

    The Alliance Defending Freedom: https://adflegal.org/

    Abigail Shrier's must-read book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters https://www.amazon.com/Irreversible-Damage-Transgender-Seducing-Daughters/dp/168451228X/

    Fact-Checking 6 Claims about Life After Roe v. Wade: https://www.dailysignal.com/2022/07/28/fact-checking-6-claims-about-life-after-roe-v-wade

    My last podcast on "Why Christians Must Care about Politics": https://natashacrain.com/why-christians-must-care-about-politics/

    • 16 min
    17. Why Christians Must Care About Politics

    17. Why Christians Must Care About Politics

    There are few things more controversial than whether Christians should be involved with politics, and if so, to what degree and how that involvement should happen. In this episode, I break down two basic premises for thinking well about this subject:

    1. Christians have the right, politically speaking, to advocate for our views in the public square.
    2. Christians have the calling, spiritually speaking, to advocate for the good of others.

    I then respond to seven problematic ideas on the topic found in Pastor Andy Stanley's new book, "Not In It to Win It." (To be clear, these are problems I believe there are with what he wrote, not problems he is presenting.)

    • 38 min
    16. How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God with Frank Turek

    16. How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God with Frank Turek

    My guest today is the best-selling author and nationally known speaker Dr. Frank Turek. Frank has a fascinating new book out called Hollywood Heroes: How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God. Hollywood Heroes shows how our culture's favorite movie heroes are patterned after the ultimate hero—Jesus of Nazareth— and how the stories we see played out on the big screen parallel the real-world fight between good and evil. This is a unique and powerful book for starting faith conversations with people you may otherwise have trouble engaging with...especially teens! In this episode, we walk through examples from the book, show how they can be used to initiate conversations, and discuss the importance of Christians engaging with culture.

    Mentioned in the show:


    Frank's website: CrossExamined.orgFrank's radio broadcast with Pastor Jack Hibbs on California bill AB-2223: https://crossexamined.org/jack-hibbs-vs-infanticide/For more on AB-2223, see this brief article from Focus on the Family: https://dailycitizen.focusonthefamily.com/california-legislation-would-decriminalize-killing-newborns/Hollywood Heroes information and purchase links: https://hollywoodheroesbook.com/Information on and application for Cross Examined Instructor Academy: https://crossexamined.org/what-is-cia/Follow Frank and CrossExamined on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CrossExamined.org), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/drfrankturek/), and YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/CrossExamined). 

    • 45 min
    Evaluating Popular Progressive Christian Ideas with Alisa Childers

    Evaluating Popular Progressive Christian Ideas with Alisa Childers

    Author, speaker, and podcaster Alisa Childers joins me to discuss a series of popular ideas found in progressive Christian writings, using the recent bestselling book If God is Love, Don't Be a Jerk by John Pavlovitz as a case study. We explain why each idea is in conflict with a biblical worldview for those who accept the inspiration and authority of the Bible as God's Word. 

    Mentioned in this episode:

    My newly released book, Faithfully Different: Regaining Biblical Clarity in a Secular Culture
    My Facebook read along group for Faithfully Different
    Alisa's book, Another Gospel

    Connect with Alisa online:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Website

    Connect with me online:
    Facebook
    Instagram
    Website

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
734 Ratings

734 Ratings

Joy23UK ,

Solid. Biblical. Relevant.

I ordered Natasha’s book, Keeping You Kids On God’s Side over a year ago, and for whatever reason, never got around to read it.

I have recently gotten very interested in the topics of apologetics and parenting and cracked her book, and wow. I was hooked. I then found her podcast and have been amazed at how wisely she communicates the hardships Christians (Christians will a really and loving worldview!) face in today’s aggressively secular culture.
As a mom of three, I am keenly aware of being prepared to teach my kids to be able to defend their faith, and not be swayed by what public opinion would tell them is truth.

Demetra M. ,

Modern Sound Teaching at it’s Finest!

Ever since I’ve read “Faithfully Different” by Natasha, I have been consuming her content across the board - her blog, her other books, her social posts and of course this amazing podcast!

I am always encouraged in my own journey and faith when I come across teachers of truth, especially in the midst of the world we live in now.

Thank you Natasha for standing firmly on the Word of God in all you do and proclaim. May God continue to strengthen and encourage you and your family as you faithfully serve Him!

HRF2017 ,

Love the podcast

Our small group is reading your book & a member shared your podcast on homelessness.

Now I can't miss an episode. Just listened to the Podcast on Worldview statistics. So disheartening what pastors of Christian churches believe. Hope this will help strengthen pastors to be about God's truth & share Christ with others.

Inspired to share this podcast with others.

Thanks Natasha!

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