Equipping Christians to think biblically about worldviews, apologetics, culture, and parenting in a challenging secular world.
35. Public Schools (Part 2): How to Know What's Going On in the Classroom (Plus Q&A), with Andy White
In this part 2 on public schools (see episode 34 for part 1), my guest Andy White explains seven things Christian parents can and should be doing to know what's going on in their child's school and classroom. In the second hour, Andy answers a dozen questions from listeners.
MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:
Rise Up Christian Educators https://riseupchristianeducators.com/
Prepare the Way https://www.preparetheway.us/
Association of Christian Schools International https://www.acsi.org/
Christopher Rufo https://christopherrufo.com/
Daily Signal from the Heritage Foundation https://www.dailysignal.com/
Critical Dilemma by Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer https://www.amazon.com/Critical-Dilemma-Theories-Justice-Ideology_Implications/dp/073698870X/
34. Public Schools: What Christian Parents Need to Know, with Andy White
This is the third part of my series on educational choices for Christian families. In today's episode, I interview Andy White, a Christian who has been a public high school principal for the last 19 years. Our purpose is NOT to tell every Christian parent to leave public schools; we know that every family has different considerations and opportunities. Rather, our purpose is to educate Christian parents who do continue to have their kids in public schools on what concerns they should watch out for. A subsequent episode will address what parents can do in response.
33. How to Have Better Conversations with Nonbelievers, with Greg Koukl
Many Christians are finding that it's getting harder and harder to engage in faith conversations with nonbelievers. With culture becoming increasingly hostile to Christian beliefs (particularly on morality), it's natural to want to just slink away...but that's not what we're called to do. The good news is, it can be easier than you think to have fruitful conversations. Today I talk with Greg Koukl, president of Stand to Reason, about how Christians can learn to engage more effectively simply by asking good questions. We'll show you how.
MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:
Greg's newest book, Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity's Toughest Challenges: https://www.amazon.com/Street-Smarts-Questions-Christianitys-Challenges/dp/0310139139
Greg's organization, Stand to Reason: www.str.org
Greg's recent podcast episode, "Decision Making and the Will of God": https://www.str.org/w/decision-making-and-the-will-of-god-the-biblical-model
32. Living Counter Culturally Can Make Your Kids Resent Christianity
We're raising kids in an increasingly challenging world--which means we have to be intentional in raising them in a counter cultural way. But if we’re not careful in how we do it, it can lead to our kids’ resentment of Christianity over time. In today's short episode, I talk about four ways that can happen and how to avoid it.
MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:
Talking with Your Kids about God: https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Your-Kids-about-Conversations/dp/0801075521
31. When You Have Trouble Believing the Bible, with J. Warner Wallace
Even Christians struggle with believing what the Bible says sometimes. We want to believe it's God's Word, but there can be doubts that nag at us. Can miracles really happen? If they can, why should we believe some of the stranger miracles in the Bible like a talking donkey? Why would God leave enough uncertainty around what the Bible says that people can come to such different conclusions about it? Even if we believe that the Gospels report some true things about Jesus, how can we be confident that we should believe everything the Gospels say? Today, cold-case homicide detective, national speaker, and bestselling author J. Warner Wallace joins me to discuss these questions and more, in honor of the release of the updated and expanded version of his modern classic, Cold-Case Christianity.
MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:
Cold-Case Christianity (Updated & Expanded Edition)
J. Warner Wallace's website: www.coldcasechristianity.com
Investigating the evidence for Mormonism: https://coldcasechristianity.com/writings/investigating-the-evidence-for-mormonism-in-six-steps/
30. A Christian Response to a Viral Deconversion Post
Social media has been a popular place to share deconversion stories over the last few years, and sometimes so many people resonate with those posts that they go viral to some extent (being liked and shared by thousands of people).
There’s one that’s being shared all over Facebook right now, written this week by a lady named Myndee Mack. At the time of this writing, it has 8,000+ likes/loves, 7,000+ comments, and over 3,000+ shares. Clearly, Myndee’s post is compelling to many.
Here is my response to the reasoning and theological clarity/accuracy of what she wrote.
NOTE: This is an audio version of a written blog post--many people requested I do a recording. You can find the original post here: https://natashacrain.com/a-christian-response-to-a-viral-deconversion-post/
Great podcast on teaching your kids world views! I wish Natasha could document her curriculum “BLAW” (Bible, Logic, Apologetics, and World views) for schools to adopt (or parents to use). I feel like many Christian parents (and educators) avoid these critical conversations with their kids out of fear. Addressing these questions head on is a much better approach!
My friend sent me the latest episode so I could learn about how public schools work. I learned absolutely nothing new other than there are apparently a lot of people who are just shocked that all teachers aren’t evangelizing to kids all day? Very little examples or evidence was given of what they viewed as bad. Apparently that teachers have discretion at all is horrifying ? These are professionals with supervisors and like 20-30 little reviewers watching them work all day. There’s more oversight in their jobs than almost any other. I’m so confused, we’re talking about PUBLIC SCHOOL. I’m a Christian who send my kids to public school in part to prepare them for the world where people often believe differently than them. My life is amazing because of the different cultures and backgrounds of the people I met through public school. This is some crazy Handmaid’s Tale stuff.
Quickly becoming one of my favorites!
Natasha Crain is one of the top Christian apologists and authors. I have just started listening to her podcast and have found it to be high quality, well researched content. Her interviews with guests have fresh content. Because of her background in writing for parents, her shows often feature content and practical advice for Christian parents.