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Your weekly guide to solid Christian thinking on faith, science, culture, and Christian confidence. Thinking Christian is hosted by Tom Gilson, who also runs the top-ranked blog of the same name. He's a senior editor at The Stream, (stream.org) and the author of multiple books including the 2020 release, Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality

Thinking Christian Tom Gilson

    • Religion & Spirituality

Your weekly guide to solid Christian thinking on faith, science, culture, and Christian confidence. Thinking Christian is hosted by Tom Gilson, who also runs the top-ranked blog of the same name. He's a senior editor at The Stream, (stream.org) and the author of multiple books including the 2020 release, Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality

    Episode 4: Jesus and America's Freedoms

    Episode 4: Jesus and America's Freedoms

    People keep asking if America is a Christian country. Usually the question focuses on the Founders: Were they believers? Did they intend this to be a Christian nation?

    In this episode of the Thinking Christian podcast, Tom Gilson takes a different angle on the question, exploring how strongly Jesus influenced our country's founding, its Constitution, and its values, whether the Founders were Christians or not. Even taking our greatest errors, slavery and racism, into account, Jesus' impact is still undeniable.

    • 27 min
    Episode 3: An Unexpected Question About Jesus

    Episode 3: An Unexpected Question About Jesus

    On this episode of the Thinking Christian Podcast, we see that sometimes the best way to learn more about Jesus is by asking a question about him that no one's expecting. Here's one that I'm sure you weren't expecting.

    This material is adapted from the forthcoming book Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter at Thinking Christian.net so you can get your free preview copy of chapter 1.

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    • 20 min
    Podcast 2: Jesus Can Still Surprise You

    Podcast 2: Jesus Can Still Surprise You

    Jesus can still surprise you.

    It doesn't matter how long you've been following him, and it doesn't matter how much you've read the gospels. He's still going to surprise you with the unexpected. In this episode of the Thinking Christian podcast, I share two huge surprises in his life: His use of authority in his teaching, and his "leadership style," which (according to the textbooks) never should have worked. Yet it did.

    This material is condensed from the forthcoming Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter so you can got your free preview copy of chapter 1.

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    Guide to the episode:

    1:48 — Passages we'd "never seen before" and "jump out at us" versus real surprises in the life of Christ
    3:36 — Jesus' astonishing use of his own authority in his teaching.
    4:46 — Using sources: Jesus in comparison to other rabbis and scholars of the day
    5:51 — "I have not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets" ... in your church?
    6:55 — "I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them."
    9:24 — Totally in charge, even of his own trial and execution
    10:43 — Jesus' "leadership style"
    11:12 — Not a model leader!
    11:53 —  Three ways Jesus led that no one else should ever try
    13:28 — His "style" should have failed, according to the textbooks
    15:13 — Yet it didn't. Why not?
    16:15 — Don't take him for granted; stay surprised!

    • 17 min
    Podcast Episode 1: "Too Used To Jesus"

    Podcast Episode 1: "Too Used To Jesus"

    On this inaugural episode of a revamped Thinking Christian podcast, Tom Gilson describes a problem undermining American Christianity, subtly yet definitely: We've grown to used to Jesus. Drawing from images of biblical persons who knew Jesus, and contemporary non-Christians who may never even have heard of him, he leads us toward a new appreciation of Jesus' amazing magnificence. And then he invites us to consider just how much it could change our Christian lives if we quit being quite so used to Jesus. (This episode is adapted from a June 11 Thinking Christian blog post.)

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    • 16 min
    The Spiritual Life of an Apologist

    The Spiritual Life of an Apologist

    My friend Brian Auten at Apologetics 315 has just posted audio from one of the discussions Tim McGrew and I led at Defend the Faith, a conference held at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary early last month. This one is on The Spiritual Life of an Apologist.

    For your convenience, listen here:

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    Arrogant Christianity? (The Truth Holds Us: Full Version)

    Arrogant Christianity? (The Truth Holds Us: Full Version)

    Are Christians arrogant when we say we know the truth? Is it morally acceptable for us to say we have access to truth that applies to every person? Or are we being offensive and rude, trying to impose our version of truth on everyone else?

    I posted a short version of this talk a couple months ago. Here is an extended 28-minute version.

    • 27 min

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