258 episodes

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.

Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture Talbot School of Theology at Biola University / Sean McDowell & Scott Rae

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 656 Ratings

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.

    [BONUS] The Bible and LGBTQ Relationships (with Colby Martin)

    [BONUS] The Bible and LGBTQ Relationships (with Colby Martin)

    In this bonus episode, Sean talks with progressive Christian pastor Colby Martin about Scripture and same-sex unions. They discuss what the Bible says and how Christians can best love their LGBTQ neighbors. This episode was first recorded on Sean's YouTube channel and is longer than typical interviews here. But if you enjoy our regular interviews, you will love this one too.

    Colby Martin is the author of two books (“UnClobber: Rethinking our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality” and "The Shift: Surviving and Thriving after Moving from Conservative to Progressive Christianity"). He is progressive Christian pastor of Sojourn Grace Collective in San Diego, California.

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    Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees both online and on campus in Southern California.

    Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2022/bonus-the-bible-and-lgbtq-relationships

    Find all episodes of Think Biblically at: https://www.biola.edu/think-biblically
    Watch video episodes at: https://bit.ly/think-biblically-video

    • 1 hr 32 min
    How Not to Read the Bible (with Dan Kimball)

    How Not to Read the Bible (with Dan Kimball)

    What do we say to some of the hard questions skeptics raise about the Bible? Some of the Bible is hard to understand and gives us pretty tough questions to answer. Dan Kimball, author of How Not to Read the Bible, goes through some of these hard questions and gives answers that make sense. Join Scott and Sean for this insightful interview about his new book.

    Dan Kimball is Pastor for Mission and Theology at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California and professor at George Fox University.  He also hosts The Bible Project podcast.

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    Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees both online and on campus in Southern California.

    Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2022/how-not-to-read-the-bible

    Find all episodes of Think Biblically at: https://www.biola.edu/think-biblically
    Watch video episodes at: https://bit.ly/think-biblically-video

    • 34 min
    Darwinian Racism (with Richard Weikart)

    Darwinian Racism (with Richard Weikart)

    What exactly is the connection between Darwinian evolutionary theory and what is often called “social Darwinism” that emerged out of it—that includes eugenics and race based selection and preferences. Historian Richard Weikart has been with us before on the ideological roots of Naziism, and he extends his past work to connect the philosophy underlying Darwinian evolutionary theory and the race based implications coming out of it, both in Nazi Germany and the current white nationalist movement. Join Scott and Sean for this fascinating historical look at some of the ideas that came out of Darwin’s work on evolution.
    Dr. Weikart's latest book is Darwinian Racism: How Darwinism Influenced Hitler, Nazism, and White Nationalism.
    Dr. Richard Weikart is Professor Emeritus of History at California State University, Stanislaus. He is also Senior Fellow for the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute. He is the author of several books including Hitler’s Religion.

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    Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees both online and on campus in Southern California.

    Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2022/darwinian-racism

    Find all episodes of Think Biblically at: https://www.biola.edu/think-biblically
    Watch video episodes at: https://bit.ly/think-biblically-video

    • 29 min
    The Revolutionary Disciple (with Jim Putman)

    The Revolutionary Disciple (with Jim Putman)

    What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus today? What unique challenges do Christians face in our present culture and how can we grow in our faith in our present moment? In this interview, Sean and Scott talk with pastor Jim Putman about his latest book The Revolutionary Disciple. They discuss unique challenges that Christians face today in the church and family and what barriers often prevent us from following Jesus today. Speaking from his own success and failures, Pastor Putman offers a bold and fresh challenge for Christians.
    Jim Putman is the senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho. He holds degrees from Boise State and Boise Bible College and is the author of multiple books including The Revolutionary Disciple (co-written with Chad Harrington).

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    Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees both online and on campus in Southern California.

    Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2022/revolutionary-disciple

    Find all episodes of Think Biblically at: https://www.biola.edu/think-biblically
    Watch video episodes at: https://bit.ly/think-biblically-video

    • 29 min
    Is the Gospel Inclusive?

    Is the Gospel Inclusive?

    Is the gospel really inclusive for all people? What does the Bible really say about LGBTQ relationships?

    In this discussion, which can also be watched on Biola's YouTube channel, Sean and Scott discuss a recent book that makes an affirming case for same-sex unions. The book is The Gospel of Inclusion by Brandan J. Robertson. They discuss the most common arguments for LGBTQ inclusion by considering the biblical passages in context and ancient culture.

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    Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees both online and on campus in Southern California.

    Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2022/is-gospel-inclusive

    Find all episodes of Think Biblically at: https://www.biola.edu/think-biblically
    Watch video episodes at: https://bit.ly/think-biblically-video

    • 52 min
    Becoming Whole: Poverty and the "American Dream" (with Brian Fikkert)

    Becoming Whole: Poverty and the "American Dream" (with Brian Fikkert)

    Many people consider the "American Dream" to be the goal of someone trying to get out of poverty. Both in the US and around the world, we have found that simply having more material goods doesn't necessarily lead to increased happiness. Join Scott and Sean for part II of Scott's earlier discussion with economist Dr. Brian Fikkert, as he critiques some of the most prominent poverty alleviation efforts and insists that flourishing involves more than accumulating material goods.
    His latest book is Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn't the American Dream.
    Dr. Brian Fikkert is Professor of Economics and Community Development and the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College. He is coauthor of the best-selling book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor...and Yourself. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale.

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    Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees both online and on campus in Southern California.

    Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2022/poverty-and-the-american-dream

    Find all episodes of Think Biblically at: https://www.biola.edu/think-biblically
    Watch video episodes at: https://bit.ly/think-biblically-video

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
656 Ratings

656 Ratings

onelittleJESUSfollower ,

An absolute blessing!

As a Christian teenager growing up in these confusing times, this podcast has given me so much clarity in understanding our current culture and how to respond to complicated subjects as a Christ-follower. I cannot express in words how thankful I am for this podcast! The best channel I’ve ever listened to! Hope I get to go to Biola one day. 😉

bGuiles ,

Love

You asked for reviews so here you go. I haven’t listened enough to confidently give a five star rating but I loved tonight‘s teachings from Jim Putnam. I resonate completely and hunger for the church to do so too. You’re such a fine line between that hunger and my pride so I really also appreciated Jim’s phone embrace of the Christian call to humility. I hope your entire podcast is one of biblical theology which is my anchor in all life’s storms. If I find that it is I will come back with a five star rating. Meanwhile thank you and God bless!

Puzzlgrl ,

Excellence

Scott Rae and Sean McDowell exemplify clear thinking in this podcast. Consistently interesting topics, charitable dialogue, interesting guests!

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