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Helping believers think Christianly about theological and cultural issues by engaging in curious conversations with a diverse range of thoughtful people.

    Why the Canonical Context of the New Testament Matters: Dr. Miguel Echevarria

    Why the Canonical Context of the New Testament Matters: Dr. Miguel Echevarria

    Dr. Miguel G. Echevarría (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Future Inheritance of Land in the Pauline Epistles, 40 Questions about the Apostle Paul, and Engaging the New Testament: A Short Introduction for Students and Ministers. In this conversation, we talk about the importance of the canonical context of the arrangement of the NT books. 
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    Early Christianity in Africa: Dr. Vince Bantu

    Early Christianity in Africa: Dr. Vince Bantu

    Dr. Vince Bantu (B.A. Wheaton, M.Div. Gordon-Conwell, Th.M. Princeton Theological Seminary, M.A. and Ph.D. in Semitic and Egyptian Languages from The Catholic University) is Assistant Professor of Church History and Black Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of several books including Multitude of All Peoples: Exploring the Multiethnic Roots of Christianity. Dr. Bantu is an expert in the early growth of Christianity into Africa, which is the topic of our conversation. There are so many vibrant Christian leaders in Africa that the western church has simply denounced or ignored. This was a fascinating conversation! 
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    • 58 min
    Should Christians Be Patriotic? Shane Claiborne

    Should Christians Be Patriotic? Shane Claiborne

    Shane Claiborne is a best-selling author, renowned activist, sought-after speaker, and self-proclaimed “recovering sinner.” Shane writes and speaks around the world about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus, and is the author of several books, including "The Irresistible Revolution," "Jesus for President," "Executing Grace," "Beating Guns," and his newest book, "Rethinking Life (released in Feb 2023)." He is the visionary leader of The Simple Way in Philadelphia and co-director of Red Letter Christians. His work has been featured in Fox News, Esquire, SPIN, TIME, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and CNN.
    In this podcast episode (which was recorded on May 1st), we talk about the conflict in Israel-Palestine, student protests on U.S. university campuses, and various things related to patriotism, nationalism, and the gospel.
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    Cancel Culture vs. Meaningful Conversations: Dr. Tim Muehlhoff

    Cancel Culture vs. Meaningful Conversations: Dr. Tim Muehlhoff

    Dr. Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D. in communication theory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is Professor of Communication at Biola University and co-director of Winsome Conviction Project, and is co-author (with Sean McDowell) of End the Stalemate: Move Past Cancel Culture to Meaningful Conversations, and outstanding book that forms the basis of our conversation. In this episode, we talk about how to have fruitful conversations with people whose ideas we radically disagree with. Tim's insights are absolutely fascinating and are necessary for moving past the stalemate we seem to be at as a church when it comes to controversial issues.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    From Success to Burn Out in the Christian Worship Industrial Complex: Jesse Reeves

    From Success to Burn Out in the Christian Worship Industrial Complex: Jesse Reeves

    Jesse Reeves is a songwriter, musician, church planter, and father. As a songwriter, he has co-written several songs that are sung in the church around the world today including “How Great is Our God,” “I Speak Jesus,” “Our God,” “I Will Rise, “Lord, I Need You,” and more. As a musician, Jesse spent 17 years leading worship, touring and playing bass guitar in the Chris Tomlin Band. As a church planter, Jesse and his wife, Janet, have been a part of planting The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Tx and Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He and Janet have four children and live in Austin, Tx, where they pastor a network of house churches called KingsPorch. In this episode, I sit down with Jesse to talk about his rise to success in the Christian worship world, his burnout and dechurched experience, and how God rebuilt a robust faith and love for the church in Jesse's heart.
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Bonus Q&A: New Perspective on Paul, How was Eve Deceived?, Voting, LGBTQ+ Child Dedication and more!

    Bonus Q&A: New Perspective on Paul, How was Eve Deceived?, Voting, LGBTQ+ Child Dedication and more!

    Welcome to a sneak peek of the Bonus Q&A episode, part of the Theology in the Raw premium subscription.
    In the full episode, we discuss:
    0:00 Introduction
    0:11 Can you give a short explanation of the discussion surrounding the new perspective on Paul that is understandable to the layperson?
    14:05 What would you say to someone saying that the Holy Spirit can guide us to violence?
    17:44 Does Matthew 5:41 teach we shouldn't resist evildoers at all?
    19:02. Was Eve deceived because of the order of creation or because she was not instructed by God?
    26:05 Another Exiles in Babylon conference in Denver?
    26:50 Ephesians 4:5--is one baptism referring to water baptism or the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
    27:39 Frank Turek and Paul Copan recently discussed a just war and Hamas--would you have them on your podcast? Does just war apply?
    34:54 How do we take our Christian beliefs into account when voting? Is there a way to think about how to vote?
    36:55 Is there one thing you wish your detractors knew about what you teach and believe?
    40:00 How would you steel-man an encounter with a Christian who believes in the flat-earth theory?
    42:47 How would you respond to a married lesbian couple asking to dedicate their child in the service?
    44:06 How would you steal-man and LGTBQ+ affirming theology??
    50:15 Is Genesis 2:7 analogous to I Timothy 3:16--"God breathed?"
    53:02. Have there been any modern attempts at the creeds? Is the closest thing a denominational statement of faith?
    54:22. What are your thoughts on Julie Rodgers' book "Outlove?"
    55:57. Do you have a specific framework you use when exploring new topics? I'm interested in studying how the Bible addresses health.

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    • 23 min

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apsteph ,

Thank you Dr Yousef Alkhouri

The episode with Dr Yousef Alkhouri brought me to tears. Thank you Preston Sprinkle for giving Palestinian Christians a platform and a voice. Thank you Dr Alkhouri for speaking and being so honest and faithful. This is what every American Christian needs to hear and think about

NRP12273reviews ,

RE Christian Anarchy

Your friend is right.
Remember Samuel's Warning Against Kings
…to the people who were asking for a king from him. 11 He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants.16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men[a] and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

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Thinking Christianity

From issues of gender and sexuality to the Palestinian Israeli issue and beyond, Preston goes beyond the din of American Christianity and gives us a more rooted sense of the Christ like way. I thoroughly appreciate that he holds an orthodox view of the faith that is honest and flexible.

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