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Listen in as Russell Moore, public theologian and director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 606 Ratings

Listen in as Russell Moore, public theologian and director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

    Bill McKibben Tells Me Where I’m Wrong About Cultural Christianity

    Bill McKibben Tells Me Where I’m Wrong About Cultural Christianity

    When people think of Bill McKibben, they likely think of issues like environmentalism and climate change. As Russell Moore points out in this episode, it may seem like a surprise that McKibben’s latest book is titled The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.
    But, as Moore points out, McKibben has long been pondering the cultural influences that shape suburbia and those who grew up within it. And if there’s ever been a time to talk about the ways that the individualism that’s highly prized in suburbia affects Christians in America, it’s now.
    Tune into this episode for a discussion between two men who do not always agree yet respect each other’s intellectual positions and work. McKibben and Moore discuss the influence of the past on the present, how comfortability affects Christian formation, and the importance of solidarity. Their discussion touches on history, science, philosophy, theology, and politics—and how the gospel affects it all.

    “The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today
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    Executive Producer and Host: Russell Moore
    Director of Podcasts: Mike Cosper
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    Coordinator: Beth Grabenkort
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    Associate Producer: Abby Perry
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Listener Questions on Abortion, Salvation, and Virtual Church

    Listener Questions on Abortion, Salvation, and Virtual Church

    How can pro-life Christians engage in meaningful conversations about abortion with their pro-choice friends? Is attending church online equivalent to sitting in the sanctuary on a Sunday morning? And what is Russell Moore’s new book about?
    Russell Moore responds to all of these questions and more on this episode of The Russell Moore Show. Listen in for nuanced answers to listener inquiries such as:

    How should pro-life Christians respond when pro-choice friends say the pro-life position is only religious and therefore shouldn’t be imposed on anyone else?

    What can women who have had abortions, or men who have empowered them, do if they are struggling with an ongoing sense of guilt?

    How should Christians act when a coworker exhibits narcissistic behaviors?

    What are the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism, and how important are they?

    Is it okay for introverts who are drained by the work week to watch church online instead of attending in person?


    Future listener question episodes will include topics like grandparenting, retirement, and heaven.
    Do you have a question for Russell Moore? Send it to questions@russellmoore.com.“The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today
    Chief Creative Officer: Erik Petrik
    Executive Producer and Host: Russell Moore
    Director of Podcasts: Mike Cosper
    Production Assistance: CoreMedia
    Coordinator: Beth Grabenkort
    Producer and Audio Mixing: Kevin Duthu
    Associate Producer: Abby Perry
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Stephen Prothero on Culture Wars Now That Roe Is Gone

    Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Stephen Prothero on Culture Wars Now That Roe Is Gone

    On this special episode of The Russell Moore Show, author and professor Stephen Prothero discusses the overturn of Roe v. Wade and what it may mean for the United States.
    Moore and Prothero talk about potential implications for other legislation like Obergefell. They consider the potential effects of the Roe v. Wade overturn on America’s culture wars. Listeners may appreciate their conversation on talking about abortion with someone who holds a different opinion, and what it may look like to have a reasoned, productive dialogue on the subject.
    “The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today
    Chief Creative Officer: Erik Petrik
    Executive Producer and Host: Russell Moore
    Director of Podcasts: Mike Cosper
    Production Assistance: CoreMedia
    Coordinator: Beth Grabenkort
    Producer and Audio Mixing: Kevin Duthu
    Associate Producer: Abby Perry
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 18 min
    Scott Sauls Gets Real About Depression and Anxiety

    Scott Sauls Gets Real About Depression and Anxiety

    Author and pastor Scott Sauls knows what it’s like to be his own worst critic.
    “Even if we’re being unfairly critiqued, there’s usually at least a kernel of truth in there somewhere that gets under our skin and bothers us,” Sauls says on this episode of The Russell Moore Show.
    Those kernels of truth can lead to guilt and shame. And, as Sauls says, “We have done things that render us guilty.” But we also have a victorious Savior who “accomplished a satisfactory victory” for us.
    Sauls and Moore talk about regrets, grace, seasons of suffering, and clinging to the gospel. They discuss the range of the human experience—everything from freedom and joy to guilt, shame, anxiety, and depression—and the God who draws near to us.
    Sauls’ new book is called Beautiful People Don't Just Happen: How God Redeems Regret, Hurt, and Fear in the Making of Better Humans.
    Sauls and Moore reference “The Catastrophe of Success” by Tennessee Williams, Moore’s recent episode with Arthur Brooks, and “Learning in War-time” by C. S. Lewis.Quotations mentioned in this episode include:“People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” - Allen Raine, though often attributed to Thomas Merton
    “[Envy] consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. … If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.” – Bertrand Russell
    “Preach the gospel to yourself.” – concept by Martin Luther, quote by Jerry Bridges
    “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Roy and Jane Nichols in Death: The Final Stage of Growth, compiled by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
    “The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today
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    Executive Producer and Host: Russell Moore
    Director of Podcasts: Mike Cosper
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    Coordinator: Beth Grabenkort
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    Associate Producer: Abby Perry
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 44 min
    Stephen Prothero Thinks Funerals Signal a Huge Culture Shift

    Stephen Prothero Thinks Funerals Signal a Huge Culture Shift

    Humans are into rituals. Birth rituals, marriage rituals, naming rituals—each of these and more are integral to the lives of most people. One type of ritual, perhaps, is most common of all: death rituals.
    On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, author and professor Stephen Prothero joins Moore to discuss a sweeping change in death rituals: cremation's rapid rise in popularity. They talk about the theological and cultural implications of cremation, important questions to consider about how bodies are treated after death, and the role of the resurrection.
    “The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today 
    Chief Creative Officer: Erik Petrik 
    Executive Producer and Host: Russell Moore 
    Director of Podcasts: Mike Cosper 
    Production Assistance: CoreMedia 
    Coordinator: Beth Grabenkort 
    Producer and Audio Mixing: Kevin Duthu 
    Associate Producer: Abby Perry 
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 43 min
    Arthur Brooks Knows How You Can Be Happy

    Arthur Brooks Knows How You Can Be Happy

    "Happiness requires a lot of unhappy when you finally confront life in all of its complexities."
    Dr. Moore and Arthur C. Brooks, Harvard professor and author of the book From Strength to Strength, discuss how if you're spending all of your time and energy trying to avoid unhappy, you will paradoxically avoid your own happiness by cutting the purpose and sacredness out of your life.
    Addressing loneliness, mental health, relationship building and the struggles this current generation is facing, Brooks shares his ultimate hope for a new day for Christian evangelicalism and the way that Gen Z is going to save America by rebelling against the culture war, lead by love, not hate. 
    “The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today
    Chief Creative Officer: Erik Petrik
    Executive Producer and Host: Russell Moore
    Director of Podcasts: Mike Cosper
    Production Assistance: CoreMedia
    Coordinator: Beth Grabenkort
    Producer and Audio Mixing: Kevin Duthu
    Associate Producer: Abby Perry
    Theme Song: “Dusty Delta Day” by Lennon Hutton
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
606 Ratings

606 Ratings

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Thoughtful, informed, biblical, engaging

Russell Moore is one of my favorite and most helpful commentators. He is honest in probing relevant issues without being polemic or mean spirited. He has mastered the art of podcast conversation with both truth and grace.

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Bill McKibben

Thank you for introducing me to Bill McKibben. I appreciate his insight on climate change and his Godward way of framing it!
Also your example (and his) of interacting and even potentially learning from those you might disagree with

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Informative, Fair, Tempered, inquisitive, Truthful!

Excellent!

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