A weekly podcast that offers Christian perspectives on some of the most significant issues facing today's church and culture. In each episode, hosts Scott Rae and Sean McDowell — professors at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology — draw upon biblical wisdom and insights from guest experts as they explore how Christians can thoughtfully and faithfully engage with cultural trends and current events.
The Sexual Purity Movement
What should a biblical sexual purity message look like for today? In this episode, Scott interviews Sean about his latest book: "Chasing Love: Sex, Love, and Relationships In A Confused World." They discuss pressing questions, such as: Is sex really a big deal? Isn't it a private act between consenting? Is a biblical sexual ethic really good for individuals and society? Sean's latest book is part of the True Love Waits campaign that is geared towards helping young people make wise, biblically-based choices in their relationships. They reflect upon earlier purity campaigns and what we can learn from them for today. [Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at www.biola.edu/thinkbiblically]
Born Again This Way (with Rachel Gilson)
The journey of authentic Christian faith and sexuality is often a rocky and complicated one. Rachel Gilson, in her book, Born Again This Way, tells her story of this journey, with some surprising twists and turns along the way. Join Scott and Sean for this fascinating conversation about faith and sexuality. [Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at www.biola.edu/thinkbiblically]
Does God Command That We Curse Our Enemies? (with Charlie Trimm)
The imprecatory psalms--some of the most difficult parts of the Bible, are the places in which the psalmist asks God to bring judgment on one's enemies, often in very harsh language. Talbot OT professor, Dr. Charlie Trimm, helps us understand how these psalms fit in with Jesus' command to love your enemies. Join Scott and Sean for an interesting discussion that will help you understand this complicated area of the Bible. [Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at www.biola.edu/thinkbiblically]
Confronting Christianity (with Rebecca McLaughlin)
Can Christianity answer the toughest questions raised against it? According to Rebecca McLaughlin, the answers is yes. In this interview, Sean and Scott ask McLaughlin, author of the new book Confronting Christianity, some of the most challenging questions Christians face today related to science and faith, the supposed intolerance of religion, the claim that Jesus is the only way, and so on. [Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at www.biola.edu/thinkbiblically]
Processing the Election with Family, Friends and Co-workers
Votes for the next president have been cast and one thing is certain — somebody will be happy, and others disheartened. Can a friendship or workplace relationship be preserved with someone who voted differently and holds vastly different beliefs? [Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at www.biola.edu/thinkbiblically]
Winsome Convictions Amidst A Polarizing Election (with Rick Langer and Tim Muehlhoff)
Biola Professors Rick Langer and Tim Muehlhoff describe how to hold deeply held convictions with passion, grace and civility in the midst of the polarization of our current culture, especially true given the election of 2020. Join Scott and Sean as they talk about how to stand firm in one's convictions but do it in ways that build bridges, not walls. [Show notes, including a full transcript, are available at www.biola.edu/thinkbiblically]
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Born Again This Way missing Audio
Love this podcast! The most recent episode only plays Scott’s audio. Please fix and repost for us. Beyond this technical glitch, this is a great survey of Christian perspectives on our culture!
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Nuanced Conversations that are Not Perfect
This podcast nuances the conversation between Christianity, culture, and academia with expert guests who are earnestly interested and invested in finding truth, all while tackling some of today’s most complex ideas (and publishing it all for free). While not being perfect in every episode, the producers and hosts nevertheless begin conversations which seek to shed light, not heat on important topics. That aspect alone is worth a listen (especially with today’s heightened rhetoric), and I personally can attest to the perspective and nuance their interviews have brought to my thought and spiritual life with Christ.
All that said, not every episode is as scripturally based as the name may let on. The episode entitled “The Bible and Immigration” is one such example. Relying too heavily on the disciplines of psychology, sociology, and “common sense” as opposed to Biblical exegesis, the guest- and hosts- fail in some degree to shed Scriptural light on the topic. However, that is not where the discussion ends. Continue listening and one will find a newer episode entitled “The Bible and Borders” which provides excellent exegesis and application on the same topic. Such improvement over time is what I look for not only in my podcasts but also in my own personal life, and, for that fact, I find this podcast a useful tool that, while not perfect, helps me add nuance and insight into the conversations I seek to engage and inform as a Christian.