Episode 61 | Bad Religion

Jen and Brandon Hatmaker are the latest evangelical thought leaders to catch public condemnation.  They join the unhappy club of formerly loved evangelicals, along with Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell.  Mike Frost, the professor, author and Christian blogger has called foul on Evangelical culture for being exclusive and unhealthy. Pastor Rick Henderson, along with…

Episode 60 | Hash It Out

Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey’s hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear created a twitter firestorm. Is there a cultural problem or a doctrinal problem in churches that makes religion inherently sexist? Is it both or something altogether different? Does faith unintentionally encourage abuse? Pastor Rick Henderson admits he was wrong, as he welcomes guest co-hosts Becky Bruce and Rob Lambert to…

Episode 59 | Miss Understood Pt. 2

After posting comments online in response to Samatha Fields’s article in Relevant Magazine, a Christian publication, a storm of shame and general insanity erupted. Added to the spotlight is self-proclaimed Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey’s trending hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson engage the fray and take seriously the claims that pastors, like John Piper, promote…

QOTW

Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice. One may protest against evil; it can be exposed and, if need be, prevented by use of force. Evil always carries within itself the germ of its own subversion in that it leaves behind in human beings at least a sense of unease. Against…

Episode 57 | Tole [RANT]

Presumably the secular culture at large expects the marketplace of ideas to be much more civil without those “narrow minded” Christians around, constantly discussing moral black and white, drawing lines in the sand on sexual ethics for instance. If Christian influence is waning in society, progressives might expect there to be a utopia just around…

Episode 56 | The New Priests

The most persuasive people are the ones who make us laugh. Louis C.K.’s new Netflix special has erupted in controversy.  His observations spark laughter over “killing babies.”  Pro-choice advocates like it less than the Pro-life advocates.  And yet, the routine is decidedly in favor of abortion.  Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss the the…

Episode 55 | Dead Man Walking Pt. 2

The claim that Jesus rose from the dead is well documented and undeniable.  But is that claim credible?  Scholars of all stripes agree on 5 bedrock facts.  What explanation best accounts for all of those facts?  It’s not enough to submit a theory.  You must support it with evidence.  Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson…

Episode 54 | Dead Man Walking Pt. 1

Richard Dawkins claims that Jesus rotted in a grave, like everyone else.  And, any claim otherwise is no better attested than a children’s fable.  But what about all of New Testament scholars who say differently? What about non-Christian historical documents that address Jesus and the resurrection? Even agnostic, New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman disagrees with…

QOTW

Presumably what happened to Jesus was what happens to all of us when we die. We decompose. Accounts of Jesus’s resurrection and ascension are about as well-documented as Jack and the Beanstalk. –Richard Dawkins More than emotion or intuition—do you know why you either agree or disagree with this statement?

Episode 53 | The Bomb Proof Family Pt. 2

You can try to control your children or you can try to influence them, but you can’t choose both. What do you when you’re afraid that your kids are losing their Christian values or their innocence? Your college age kid announces that he has adopted a political ideology that you despise… Your teenage daughter is pregnant….

Episode 52 | The Bomb Proof Family Pt. 1

Someone once said, “When you become a parent you quickly realize that for the rest of your life you’re only as happy as your unhappiest kid.” Kids will do something that goes against our values, experiment with something illegal or go through a phase that feels like a bomb has been dropped on the family. What…