The Alisa Childers Podcast

By Alisa Childers

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#154 Do Pro-Lifers Care About Women? John Cooper and Ginna Cross
Have you ever shared your pro-life view, only to be told something like: "pro-lifers are really just pro-birth!" Or "pro-lifers don't care about women, they just want to keep them from aborting their babies." Or "Christians don't care what happens to babies after they are born!" Recently, on the Cooper Stuff podcast, John Cooper interviewed Ginna Cross, the director of a pregnancy resource center in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She addressed these misconceptions with hard facts and data. I was so blown away by the insightful discussion that I reached out to John to ask if I could publish the episode to my podcast and he graciously gave permission.
May 22, 2022
#153 Can we use Ironman and Star Wars to start gospel conversations? With Frank Turek
Is it possible to start with Wonder Woman and end with the gospel? My guest, Frank Turek says yes— popular superhero movies point to the real superhero, Jesus. Frank and I had a fun conversation about his new book, Hollywood Heroes, and how popular movies can help start gospel conversations.
May 15, 2022
#152 Answering the top 6 objections to pro-life arguments, With Scott Klusendorf
How do we engage pro-abortion arguments? How can Christians interact with pro-choice advocates on social media? Pro-life apologetics expert Scott Klusendorf joins me to answer the 6 most common objections to pro-life arguments.
May 08, 2022
#151 Should Christians get involved with politics? with Os Guinness
In the second video of our 2 part series on politics, Os Guinness talks about how having a biblical worldview should make Christians actively engaged in politics.
May 01, 2022
#150 How Should Christians Think About and Engage with Politics? with Jeff Myers
Should Christians get involved in politics? In the first of a two-part series, Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries joins me to talk about how Christians should think biblically about public policy.
Apr 24, 2022
#149 Biblical Sexuality: Will We Find Freedom in Christ or in Our Feelings? with Rosaria Butterfield
Over twenty years ago, Rosaria Butterfield was a tenured professor of English literature and women's studies at Syracuse University. Her primary academic field was critical theory specializing in queer theory. She lobbied for LGBT aims alongside her lesbian partner until she encountered Christ in what she described as a "train wreck" in 1999. She joins me on the podcast to share her razor sharp insights when it comes to biblical sexuality, identity, and repentance. Her academic background with a historical focus on 19th century literature informed my Marx, Darwin, and Freud has given her a unique understanding of how our culture has been influenced by these historical figures when it comes to sexuality and identity.
Apr 18, 2022
#148 Side B Christianity and the Revoice Conference, with Christopher Yuan
In the first installment of our 2 part series on biblical sexuality, Christopher Yuan joins me to talk about the controversy surrounding Side A Christianity vs. Side B Christianity, the Revoice Conference.
Apr 10, 2022
#147 Why He Doesn't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, with Frank Turek
Frank Turek, author of the popular book, I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist joined me via YouTube livestream to talk about the book, and take reader questions.
Apr 03, 2022
#146 Will Everyone be Saved? Top Scholar Weighs in on the History and Doctrine of Universalism
Is Universalism the opiate of the Theologians? Dr. Michael McClymond has written a two volume work on the history of Universalism and joins me to talk about why he believes this doctrine fails from a historical, theological, and philosophical perspective.
Mar 27, 2022
#145 The Problem of Evil and how Progressives Fail to Give a Meaningful Answer, w/ Doug Groothuis
Description: Is it possible to find meaning in suffering? This was a question philosopher Doug Groothuis had to grapple with not just from an intellectual standpoint as a seminary professor and author of a respected apologetics textbook. He had to wrestle through this question emotionally when his wife Becky was diagnosed with a rare form of dementia that would take her life. His insights are powerful and profound and ultimately put the goodness and sovereignty of God on display.
Mar 20, 2022
#144 What Christians can learn from the Jim Jones / Jonestown Massacre, with Cultish
On November 18th, 1978, over 900 men, women, and children were poisoned in a mass murder/suicide in South America under the prompting of cult leader Jim Jones. Jeremiah Roberts and Andrew Soncrant of the Cultish podcast join me to reveal some facts about Jonestown you may not have heard before, and talk about why Christians need to be aware of cults, and what we can learn from Jonestown.
Mar 13, 2022
#143 Is Orange Children’s Curriculum Going Progressive?
The Orange Curriculum is a leading voice in shaping the emerging generation. Its Sunday school curriculum has been adopted by thousands of churches. In the first hour, we explain the framework and teaching philosophy behind the Orange curriculum. In the second hour, we read through the recent announcement of the theme of the 2022 annual conference. We wonder whether it might be revealing a more overt creep of Progressive Christianity into Orange. Natasha Crain, Monique Duson, and Krista Bontrager join me to respond.
Mar 10, 2022
#142 Why I Will Not See the Movie Redeeming Love - Final Thoughts
A few weeks ago, I released a short video explaining why I made the decision to not see the Redeeming Love, a move based on the Francine Rivers novel of the same name. My video was met with a mixed reaction. In today's podcast, you'll hear the audio from my video, along with my final thoughts as I engage some pushback and clear up some misconceptions.
Mar 06, 2022
#141 How Secularism is Quickly Becoming a New Religion, with Natasha Crain
It seems everyone is looking for answers to many of the problems we are facing. Natasha Crain has just written an important book warning Christians that many of the cultural solutions are promoting secular, rather than biblical ideas. She demonstrates how secularism is not neutral, but religious in nature, with the worship of God being exchanged for the worship of self. How can Christians live faithfully different in today's culture?
Feb 28, 2022
#140 How to Help Christian Youth with Their Biggest Faith Challenges, with Jeff Myers
Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries joins me to talk about the biggest faith challenges American youth are facing. We talk about the importance of asking good questions, and talk through the intellectual, cultural, emotional, and theological obstacles that often stand in the way of faith.
Feb 20, 2022
#139 Is Deconstruction a New Cultural Religion? with Tim Barnett
Is deconstruction a word to describe experiencing doubt or an insidious movement bent on deconverting evangelical Christians? Tim Barnett of Red Pen Logic joins me to discuss the new book we are writing about the phenomenon of deconstruction. We answer questions like, did Martin Luther deconstruct from the Catholic Church? Was Jesus encouraging deconstruction when he said things like, "You've heard it said...but I say..."? We also discuss the recent comments of John Cooper (of Skillet) identifying "the deconstruction Christian movement" as a false religion.
Feb 13, 2022
#138 Is Christian Nationalism a Real Problem or an Overblown Strawman? with Neil Shenvi
#138 Is Christian Nationalism a Real Problem or an Overblown Strawman? with Neil Shenvi by Alisa Childers
Feb 06, 2022
#137 Everything You Need to Know About the Evangelical Deconstruction Project, with Neil Shenvi
What do books like "Jesus and John Wayne, The Making of Biblical Womanhood, The Color of Compromise, After Evangelicalism, and White too Long have in common? Neil Shenvi breaks down how the goal of these books is to deconstruct common evangelical understandings of Christianity and the gospel.
Jan 30, 2022
#136 How Christians Can Stand in the Storm of a Culture of Fear, with John Cooper
John Cooper joins me to talk about how Christians can stand strong in a culture of fear, intimidation, and deceit.
Jan 24, 2022
#135 Is Genesis Compatible with Evolution? with J.R. Miller
Can a historical Adam and Eve be reconciled with Theistic Evolution? Are the first 11 chapters of Genesis a type of "mytho-history?" A new book by William Lane Craig is igniting debate among Evangelicals as to the nature and relevance of this biblical couple. My friend and Adam and Eve expert, J.R. Miller joins me to share his review along with some questions and concerns he has about this controversial book.
Jan 16, 2022
#134 Want to understand what the Bible says about hell? Read about heaven! with Lee Strobel
#134 Want to understand what the Bible says about hell? Read about heaven! with Lee Strobel by Alisa Childers
Jan 10, 2022
#133 Debunking Christmas Myths + Q&A
Listen to my last livestream of 2021 as I debunked Christmas myths and answered all your burning questions! I covered questions like: What is my position on end-times? Can you lose your salvation? Do we go to heaven when we die or simply stay in a state of unconsciousness until Jesus returns? What's my opinion of N.T. Wright? Am I a Calvinist? I answered all these and more. Merry Christmas!
Dec 19, 2021
#132 Here's Why You Should Read Old Dead Guys (Like GK Chesterton) Right Now! with Ethan Nicolle
Ethan Nicolle, creative director for the Babylon Bee joins me to share his love of all things G.K. Chesterton. He shares why old dead guys like Chesterton are so relevant for our culture today, and gives us a special inside look at the Babylon Bee.
Dec 05, 2021
#131 She was saved out of the occult. Ask her anything! with Jac Marino
One of my most popular podcast episodes tells the story of Jac Marino being saved out of the occult. Many of you have written in with questions for Jac, so we recorded a livestream in which she answered questions live. If you are a concerned Christian parent wanting advice on how to protect your kids from the New Age and Occult, or simply want to know more about Jac's story, tune in for this special Q&A episode!
Nov 22, 2021
#130 What are Red Flags for Spiritual Abuse in Your Church? with Teasi Cannon
In this video, I continue my conversation with Teasi Cannon about the nature of spiritual abuse, and what danger signs to be looking out for in your own church.
Nov 14, 2021
#129 Spiritual Abuse and the Church: Why Should We Listen? with Teasi Cannon
My friend Teasi Cannon and I have walked through a lot together. We decided to give my viewers a bird's eye view of what our conversations have looked like as we've processed the spiritual abuse we walked through together. We pray it will edify and encourage the body of Christ and possibly be a vehicle of recognition and healing.
Nov 07, 2021
#128 From Violence, Chaos, and Confusion to Christ-follower, with Greg Stier
Greg Stier was raised in a family of bodybuilding, tobacco-chewing, fist-fighting thugs. He never knew his biological father because his mom had met his dad at a party; she got pregnant, and he left town. Though his mom almost aborted him, in a last-minute twist, Greg’s life was spared for so much more. Greg joins Alisa to share his radical story of redemption and helps timid Christians to get over their fear of evangelism.
Oct 31, 2021
#127 Responding to the Transgender Moment: How to Speak Truth into Culture, with Ryan T. Anderson
Can a boy be 'trapped' in a girl's body? Can modern medicine 'reassign' sex? Is our sex 'assigned' to us in the first place? What is the most loving response to a person experiencing a conflicted sense of gender? How has the scientific evidence surrounding sex and gender become politicized? Ryan T. Anderson, author of the book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment" joins me to discuss these topics and answer your questions!
Oct 24, 2021
#126 What Would we Know About Jesus if Every Bible Suddenly Vanished? With J. Warner Wallace
J. Warner Wallace joins me to celebrate the release of his new book, Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible. We'll talk about this much-anticipated release, take your questions live, and hear from a couple of surprise guests.
Oct 18, 2021
#125 Biblical Sexuality, CCM Artists, and Our Public Witness, with Becket Cook
Contemporary Christian Music has grown into a multi-million dollar industry in which the waters have become murky on what individual CCM artists believe. Public stories of deconstruction, and several CCM artists speaking out in favor of redefining the historic Christian ethic on sexuality and gender have left many CCM fans confused. In this livestream, Becket Cook will join me to share his story of being a gay man with a successful career as a set designer in Hollywood. By all appearances, he was living the dream. He was designing photo shoots for supermodels and hanging out with celebrities. But after experiencing the emptiness of that life, he surrendered to Jesus and trusted him for salvation. He will share what it has been like to trade that old life for a new life in Christ. Together, we will speak to issues surrounding biblical sexuality, and comment on the confusion we are seeing in the CCM industry.
Oct 11, 2021
#124 New Insights into the Character of Jesus? with Tom Gilson
Tom Gilson joins me to talk about his book, "Too Good to Be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality." We talk about some insights into the character of Christ and what that can mean for our worship of and obedience to him.
Oct 03, 2021
#123 Here's Why Our Culture is Confused about Gender, Sexuality, and Abortion, with Nancy Pearcey
Somehow we have arrived at a cultural moment where people are shouting their abortions and changing their pronouns. But how did we get here? And why does our culture think this is rational? We will talk to Nancy Pearcey (author, Love Thy Body) about how to think about our physical bodies in a biblical way. Alisa Childers co-hosts with Krista Bontrager.
Sep 26, 2021
#122 How Christians Can Respond to Spiritual Abuse and Hypocrisy in the Church, with Costi Hinn
Costi Hinn joins me for a candid discussion about his upbringing as the nephew of Benny Hinn, and his rejection of the prosperity gospel. He opens up about spiritual abuse, and the failings of the seeker sensitive mega church model.
Sep 19, 2021
#121 Discerning the Most Popular Christian Podcast in the Country: The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill
In today's podcast, I'll give several short answers to big questions like, does the Bible condone Human Sacrifice? What is the Universal Christ? What are 5 apologetics questions every Christian should learn to answer? Do Genesis 1 and 2 contradict each other? What are the six pillars of deconstruction? I also open the podcast by giving my thoughts on the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast, and offer some positives and well as a couple of cautions.
Sep 14, 2021
#120 How to Equip Your Kids to Think Critically About Their Beliefs, with Elizabeth Urbanowicz
Elizabeth Urbanowicz of Foundation Worldview joins me to talk about how to help our kids learn the critical thinking skills they will need to properly think through their worldview...even the very claims of Christianity itself.
Sep 05, 2021
#119 A Seminary Professor Answers Your Toughest Questions about Christianity
Join Dr. Richard Howe and Alisa for a round of "Stump the Professor," as they took on your toughest questions about Christianity. Dr. Richard Howe is Provost, Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, and Norman L. Geisler Chair of Christian Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of the questions Dr. Howe addressed: Can God change his mind? Can you lose your salvation? Can we be happy in heaven if our loved ones are in hell? Where is Jesus' body right now?
Aug 29, 2021
#118 Did St. Augustine Invent The Doctrine of Original Sin Because He Had Sexual Issues?
Ken Samples, an expert on St. Augustine and all things Original Sin, joins me to respond to the 5 most significant claims against the doctrine of Original Sin argued by Progressive Christians. Professor Samples will answer the following claims: 1. St. Augustine made up Original Sin to explain his personal sexual hangups. 2. Jesus never heard of Original Sin 3. Original Sin is a Greco-Roman idea imported into Christianity 4. Original Shame/Original Blessing/Original Goodness are better explanations of human sin 5. Inherited sinfulness is not one of the curses on Adam and Eve in Genesis
Aug 22, 2021
#117 CCM and deconstruction: Why are so many Christian music artists leaving the faith?
Jeremy and Adrienne Camp, along with John and Korey Cooper of the band Skillet join me for an honest discussion about why there seems to be so many deconstruction/deconversion stories coming out of the Christian music industry.
Aug 16, 2021
#116 Does a Belief in a Historical Adam and Eve Matter to Christianity? With JR Miller
How important to the gospel and good theology is a belief in a literal/historical Adam and Eve? Dr. JR Miller joins me to discuss how a historical Adam and Eve offers the strongest argument against racism and for racial reconciliation. We also discuss how a historical Adam and Eve relates to Darwin, abortion, and the history of eugenics in the United States.
Aug 08, 2021
#115 From Darkness to Light: One Woman's Journey out of the Occult, with Jac Marino
Jac Marino tells her story of being seduced into the occult, initiated into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and ultimately saved by Jesus out of witchcraft. Watch her powerful story...
Aug 01, 2021
#114 What Does the Bible Say About Racial Reconciliation? With Monique Duson
What is the biblical model for racial reconciliation? Monique Duson of the Center for Biblical Unity joins me to tackle this topic, and to share what it's like being a black woman going against the cultural narrative on race.
Jul 25, 2021
#114 Are Christians Being Duped Into the New Social Justice Ideology? With Voddie Baucham
My book club just read through Voddie Baucham's new book, Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism's Looming Catastrophe. We had the chance to ask Dr. Baucham our questions live! If you want to join the Alisa Childers Bookclub on Facebook, we will be opening it back up for new members, so be sure to listen to the end to hear details about how to join and to listen to a sneak peek of next week's episode!
Jul 19, 2021
#113 A Christian Pastor Tells His Story of Rejecting the Social Justice Gospel, with Edwin Ramirez
Pastor Edwin Ramirez joins me today to talk about how he bought into woke Christianity, and how it affected his ministry and family. He tells the story of God walking him out of the social justice gospel and into the true gospel.
Jul 11, 2021
#112 Progressive Christian Twitter Tries to Cancel Matthew West Over Modesty Video
John Cooper from the band Skillet joins me for this special bonus episode to talk about purity culture, and the recent backlash against Matthew West over his song called, "Modest is Hottest."
Jul 06, 2021
#111 How to Survive College with Your Christian Faith Intact, with Michael Kruger
It's no secret that many colleges and universities can actively undermine the Christian beliefs of students. Some professors even admit that this is their goal. How can Christians students think critically about the ideas they will encounter when they go off to college? Dr. Michael Kruger joins me on the podcast to talk about how he survived college with his faith intact, despite having the famous skeptic Dr. Bart Ehrman as a professor.
Jun 28, 2021
#110 Jen Hatmaker, Judging the Fruit, and the True Nature of Deception
On today's podcast, I'm publishing the audio from several "short answer" YouTube videos I've published recently. We'll cover Jen Hatmaker's theology of "Judging by the fruit," the true nature of deception, a bad interpretation of "knowledge puffs up," taking the Bible literally, and the political nature of progressive Christianity.
Jun 20, 2021
#109 What are the Core Beliefs of Christianity? With Krista Bontrager
Are some doctrines more important than others? What must someone believe to be saved? What are the beliefs we can agree to disagree about? I discuss these questions and more with the "Theology Mom," Krista Bontrager.
Jun 13, 2021
#108 From Progressive Christianity to the Gospel: Discipleship in a Culture of Deconstruction
In a special live episode, Dave Stovall, formerly of the band Audio Adrenaline, and his Pastor Bobby Harrington join me to follow up on Dave's story of coming out of progressive Christianity. When Dave first met Bobby, he had already been through deconstruction. Pastor Bobby took an interest in Dave, and began discipling him, eventually leading him back to the historic gospel. Hear the story from both sides, and listen to Dave and Bobby answer practical questions about deconstruction, doubt, and discipleship.
Jun 06, 2021
#107 Were There Multiple Versions of the Earliest Christianity? With Andreas Köstenberger
New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman has popularized the idea that early Christianity was very diverse in its definition of the gospel, and it was simply the winners of theological debates that got to decide orthodoxy. In this episode, New Testament scholar Andreas Köstenberger joins me to discuss this idea, and why he and many other scholars disagree with the Bauer/Ehrman thesis.
May 30, 2021
#106 How Christians Can Speak Biblical Truth into a Toxic Cancel Culture, with Erwin Lutzer
Erwin Lutzer joins me on today's podcast to discuss how Christians can live out our convictions in a growing tide of hostility. In a culture of outrage and victimhood, how can we recognize and reject the toxic responses secular culture disguises as solutions while continuing to publicly testify the truth of the gospel?
May 16, 2021
#105 Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth Live Q&A with Thaddeus Williams
The author of Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth, Thaddeus Williams joined me for a live Q&A on YouTube recently. We covered questions surrounding biblical justice and how to lovingly interact with friends who may be buying into the current trend toward critical social justice.
May 09, 2021
#104 From Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll to Jesus: A Hippie's Journey, with (my dad!) Chuck Girard
My dad has had truly one of the most interesting lives. As a successful studio singer in Los Angeles as a young adult, rubbing elbows with The Beach Boys, to becoming a hippie living in Hawaii, he encountered the gospel of Jesus Christ at a little country church after searching for God through Eastern Mysticism, LSD, and popular philosophies of the '60s.
May 02, 2021
#103 Is My Favorite Author, Pastor, or Speaker a Progressive Christian? And other Questions...
In today's podcast we talk about several different questions. Is My Favorite teacher a Progressive Christian? What are some signs to look for? What is the Progressive Christian gospel, and is it really good news? Why did Jesus come when he did? Is social justice biblical justice? I am joined by J. Warner Wallace, Thaddeus Williams, and Sean McDowell to answer some of these difficult questions.
Apr 26, 2021
#102 Bad Church Experiences: Legalism, Grace vs. Works, and Postmodernism, with Jon McCray
Many people report bad church experiences as one of the reasons they walk away from the faith. Jon McCray joins me to talk about his bad church experience, and how that almost led him into progressive Christianity.
Apr 11, 2021
#101 Faith After Deconstruction: Audio Adrenaline’s Dave Stovall Shares What Brought Him Back
In an online environment where deconstruction stories from contemporary Christian music artists seem to be the norm, Dave Stovall, of the Christian rock band Audio Adrenaline, shares his story of deconstruction into progressive Christianity and back to a historic faith. Dave's unusual story of meeting a local pastor who discipled him out of deconstruction will encourage you in your faith!
Mar 28, 2021
#100 Why Did God Command the Canaanite Conquest? With Clay Jones
The claim is often made that the Canaanite Conquest in the Bible was genocide by divine command. But is there more to the story? What's really going on in the book of Joshua when God commands Israel to wipe out the Canaanites? Clay Jones joins the podcast to talk about this much misunderstood topic.
Mar 14, 2021
#99 Nashville Progressive Church Goes Viral with Bible Meme
Recently, a story was published on the Christian post about a progressive church in Nashville who made waves with a meme claiming the BIble isn't the word of God. Today's episode is the audio from a recent YouTube livestream in which I talk through the meme and comment on the CP article. I also take some Q & A!
Mar 07, 2021
#98 An Ex-NAR Apostle Tells his Story, with Dawain Atkinson
Dawain Atkinson, founder of the B.A.R. Podcast Network, is a former "Apostle" in the New Apostolic Reformation Movement. He joins us today to tell his story of becoming and Apostle, and how God led him out of that movement and into biblical Christianity.
Mar 01, 2021
#97 What Sets Progressive Christianity Apart from Historic Christianity? With David Young
David Young, author of the book, "A Grand Illusion: How Progressive Christianity Undermines Biblical Faith," joins me to talk about the history of progressive Christianity, specifically traced through the Unitarian movement in New England in the 1700's. David shares his story of getting his Phd from Vanderbilt, a theologically liberal university, and how that helped him recognize progressive Christianity and its influence in the church.
Feb 21, 2021
#96 Your Toughest Bible Questions Answered! With Allen Parr
Do babies go to heaven when they die? Can a Christian live in sin and still be saved? Does the Bible support slavery? How is the prosperity gospel unbiblical? Allen Parr joins us to answer these questions and more!
Feb 14, 2021
#95 Ex-New Age Guru Steven Bancarz Debunks the Universal Christ
Former New Ager Steven Bancarz joins me to explain the concept of the Cosmic Christ and Universal Christ, and analyzes Richard Rohr's popular book, The Universal Christ. Steven demonstrates how Rohr's theology does not align or originate with the Bible but with New Age ideas, and runs contrary to biblical principles.
Feb 07, 2021
#94 From Christianity to Progressive Christianity and Back Again, with Josh Morris
Former Progressive Christian Josh Morris walks us through the spiritual abuse that led to his deconstruction into progressive Christianity, and the discovery of a book that ultimately led him back to a historic and biblical faith.
Feb 01, 2021
#93 Totalitarianism: How Christians Can Resist the New Cultural Religion, with Rod Dreher
Rod Dreher shares about his experiences interviewing Christians all over Eastern Europe who survived communist and Marxist regimes. What do they see happening in America? What can we learn from their faithfulness to Christ during persecution?
Jan 25, 2021
#92 Black Lives Matter and Abortion, with Samuel Sey
Samuel Sey from joins me to share about his pro-life activism, and how that intersects with the black lives matter movement.
Jan 17, 2021
#92 Skillet's John Cooper is still asking: What in God's name is happening to Christianity?
Just before Christmas, I got to talk with John Cooper of the band Skillet about his recent viral posts about what is happening within the church and the chaos in society. We also talk about his new book, Awake and Alive to Truth, which is a clarion call to Christians to live by biblical truth, rather than cultural norms.
Jan 10, 2021
#91 Controversial Questions: What About the Ravi Zacharias Scandal? What is a Common False Teaching?
On today's podcast, we tackle some controversial questions. First, I offer my thoughts about how I'm processing the Ravi Zacharias Scandal. Next I talk with Marcia Montenegro about the most common false teaching you've probably never heard of: Perennialism. You may not have heard the word before, but it is gaining popularity in the church. Finally, I talk with Clark Bates about how the original New Testament Manuscripts were copied. Ever wonder what happened after the Apostle Paul wrote an Epistle to a certain church or region? Clark breaks it down for us.
Jan 04, 2021
#90 Richard Rohr: Wise Sage or False Teacher?
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, author of several books, and the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His teachings are gaining influence, especially among millennials who grew up in the Evangelical church. He is particularly influential in the progressive Christian movement and is referred to as a spiritual father, hero, and mentor by well-known progressive voices. But what does he really believe? In today's video, I analyze Rohr's teachings regarding the gospel and focus especially on his view of the Bible, which he believes does not give a clear theology of God and is full of contradictions.
Dec 27, 2020
#89 Answering progressive Christian memes 2: Is it a sin to smoke & drink? Do we Worship the Bible?
Recently, a progressive Christian meme made the rounds that stated 22 beliefs about God, Christians, the nature of heaven and hell, and the exclusivity of Christianity. I asked Mike Winger to join me to help us think through these statements and analyze them through a biblical lens. Here's part 2!
Dec 20, 2020
#88 Answering Progressive Christian Memes: Is it a Sin to Cuss, Be Gay, Have an Abortion?
Recently, a progressive Christian meme made the rounds that stated 22 beliefs about God, Christians, the nature of heaven and hell, and the exclusivity of Christianity. I asked Mike Winger to join me to help us think through these statements and analyze them through a biblical lens.
Dec 13, 2020
#87 Is your church teaching New Age Ideas? With Melissa Dougherty
#87 Is your church teaching New Age Ideas? With Melissa Dougherty by Alisa Childers
Dec 06, 2020
#86 Sex, Purity Culture, Marriage, and Singleness, with Sean McDowell
Sean MCDowell joins us again on the podcast to discuss his new book, "Chasing Love: Sex, Love, and Relationships in a Confused Culture." We have an honest conversation about the history of purity culture in the '80s, '90s, and early 2000s. Sean refutes the progressive Christian sexual ethic, as articulated by progressive leaders like Nadia Bolz-Weber, and addresses the rampant pornography problem in our culture.
Nov 23, 2020
#85 How to Escape the Toxic Cult of Self-Affirmation, with Allie Beth Stuckey
In this podcast, Allie Beth Stuckey joins us to analyze the popular ideas promoted by self-help gurus like Jen Hatmaker, Glennon Doyle, Rachel Hollis, and Brene Brown. We discuss questions like, am I enough? Do I have to love myself before I can love others? What is the cult of self-affirmation? What is "meology," and why is it such a popular way to interpret the Bible? Allie also tells us about her new book, You're Not Enough and That's Okay, and its message that runs contrary to some of these other popular teachers.
Nov 15, 2020
#84 The Deconstruction of Christian Celebrities and What We’re Missing, with Shelby Abbott
#84 The Deconstruction of Christian Celebrities and What We’re Missing, with Shelby Abbott by Alisa Childers
Nov 08, 2020
#83 An Astrophysicist Tells How Science led Him to Jesus, With Hugh Ross
Hugh Ross is an astrophysicist who first came to faith in Christ after studying physics. He tells his fascinating story of realizing that God exists and that the Bible is more reliable than the second law of thermodynamics.
Nov 01, 2020
#82 Controversial questions: Should we call out false teachers? Decolonize our theology?
On today's podcast, we tackle some difficult questions surrounding false teaching, critical race theory, and how critical theory intersects with progressive Christianity. Krista Bontrager, Monique Duson, and Neil Shenvi join me to address these controversial topics.
Oct 19, 2020
#81 Is the Enneagram a Trojan Horse in the Church? With Marcia Montenegro
Is the Enneagram a harmless personality test or is it something that could be spiritually harmful to Christians who use it? On today's video I talk with ex-Astrologer Marcia Montenegro, who is now a committed Christian about the New Age influence of the Enneagram and it's rapid growth within the church.
Oct 04, 2020
#80 What's With all the Deconstruction Stories? With Sean McDowell
It seems like every time we turn around there is another high-profile Christian who announces they've lost their faith. Why does this seem to be happening now? Sean McDowell joins me to talk about his conversations with deconstructed Christians, the nature and pressure of being a public Christian, and what role that might play in all the deconstruction stories we are seeing.
Sep 20, 2020
#79 William Lane Craig Reacts to the Progressive Christian View of the Atonement
William Lane Craig joins me to respond to progressive Christians like Brian Zhand, Richard Rohr, William Paul Young, Steve Chalke, and Rob Bell about the atonement.
Sep 07, 2020
#78 Clay Jones Says We're Going to Die. How Should We Respond?
Clay Jones joins me to tackle the topic many Christians are afraid to face: death. We talk about his new book, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives us and What we can do About it. If we have the hope of eternal life, why are so many Christians afraid of death?
Aug 30, 2020
#77 Jen Hatmaker: Fierce and Free or Full of the Feels? With Hillary Ferrer and Teasi Cannon
Hillary Ferrer and Teasi Canon join me on today's video to discuss Jen Hatmaker's latest book, Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire. We analyze the worldview of the book and how it interacts with biblical Christianity. We also discuss the recent podcast episode Hatmaker recorded with her daughter about LGBT inclusion.
Aug 16, 2020
#76 Glennon Doyle and the Idol of Self
#76 Glennon Doyle and the Idol of Self by Alisa Childers
Aug 02, 2020
#75 How to Talk to Progressive Christians (Part 2) With Greg Koukl
Here's part 2 of my discussion with Greg Koukl, who joins me to discuss some practical ways we can navigate emotionally charged conversations, especially when those discussions involve our progressive Christian friends.
Jul 19, 2020
#74 Navigating Conversations With Progressive Christians (Part 1), with Greg Koukl
#74 Navigating Conversations With Progressive Christians (Part 1), with Greg Koukl by Alisa Childers
Jul 05, 2020
#73 A Progressive Christian's Reconstruction, With Ian Harber
We've got another deconstruction/reconstruction story for you! On this episode, Ian Harber tells us about growing up in the Evangelical church only to deconstruct into progressive Christianity. After years of following progressive authors and podcasts like The Liturgists, Ian found progressive Christianity to be more shallow than the faith he walked away from, and eventually reconstructed to a vibrant historic Christian faith.
Jun 24, 2020
#72 Race, Injustice, and The Gospel of Critical Theory, With Monique Duson
Monique Duson, founder of the Center for Biblical Unity joins me on todays podcast to discuss racism, biblical justice, and some of the words and phrases we're seeing in our social media newsfeeds like "white fragility," "whiteness," and "social justice."
Jun 10, 2020
#71 A Gay Man's Story Of Redemption, With Becket Cook
I am so happy to bring you this conversation with Becket Cook, which puts the beauty of the gospel on full display. Listen as I talk with Becket about his life as a sought-after set designer in Hollywood to his encounter with a group of Christians at a coffee shop in Los Angeles, to the moment the Holy Spirit revealed the truth of the gospel to him. I hope you will be as encouraged as I was to hear his story.
Jun 06, 2020
#70 Learning to Read, Understand, and Love the Bible, With Tara-Leigh Cobble
I am SO thrilled to bring you this conversation with Tara-Leigh Cobble of the Bible Recap Podcast. Have you ever read a section from the Old Testament and wondered, "WHAT did I just read?" Don't worry...Tara-Leigh is here to help. We talk about everything from how to read the Bible, to how knowing the Scriptures helped Tara-Leigh through her sister's death and two open-heart surgeries. Enjoy this rich conversation about the treasure we have in God's Word.
May 24, 2020
#69 Answering the Reformation Project on Same-Sex Relationships, With Alan Shlemon
This week, we continue our discussion about Christianity and same-sex relationships with Alan Shlemon. We specifically discuss the Reformation Project, an organization that exists to reform the church's teachings on sexual orientation and gender. Alan walks us through their ten talking points, and provides biblical answers to their interpretations and claims.
May 10, 2020
#68 Homosexuality: Should Christians Agree to Disagree? With Alan Shlemon
Alan Shlemon from Stand to Reason joins me on today's podcast to discuss whether or not it's biblical for Christians to "agree to disagree" about issues relating to LGBTQ. We also discuss the Reformation Project, an organization which exists to change the minds of Christians on this issue. We talk about a couple of their talking points, including whether or not modern English translations have translated relevant Bible verses correctly. Specifically, we talk about the Greek words Paul used to identify homosexuality, and address the claim that the English word "homosexuality" didn't even exist until modern times.
Apr 28, 2020
#67 Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? With Sam Allberry
Sam Allberry joins me on today's podcast to discuss his new book, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? Sam walks us through some biblical insights on sexuality, and shares his own journey of living faithfully to Christ despite experiencing same-sex attraction.
Apr 14, 2020
#66 Talking WIth Your Kids About Progressive Christianity, with Natasha Crain
Natasha Crain joins me on today's podcast to talk about the specific challenges Christian parents face in equipping our kids to navigate the claims of progressive Christianity.
Mar 31, 2020
#65 Philosophy: a Pagan System or the Handmaid of Theology? With Richard Howe
Richard Howe joins me on today's podcast to discuss the role of philosophy in the Christian life. Is Philosophy a pagan system or is it actually an integral part of doing good theology? What did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote, "Let no one take you captive by philosophy..." (Colossians 2:8). Did early Christians borrow from pagan philosophies in their understanding of God? Links: Paul Copan debates Greg Boyd: Paul Copan reviews Greg Boyd's "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God":
Mar 19, 2020
#64 Rhett and Link: What to Make of All These Deconstruction Stories, with Matthew Mittelberg
​What should Christians make of all the deconstruction stories we find our social media newsfeeds? I invited apologist Matthew Mittelberg on the show to talk with me about the recent deconversion stories of Rhett and Link of the Good Mythical Morning YouTube channel. Matthew grew up in an environment of apologetics and evangelism, and also grew up as a fan of Rhett and Link before their deconversions. He brought some meaningful insights to the conversation, and helps us understand why these particular deconversion stories have proven to be so powerful and persuasive.
Mar 06, 2020
#63 To the Brink of Atheism: A Reconstruction Story, with Travis Lowe
​There is no shortage of deconstruction stories on the internet. Podcasts, videos, and blog posts deliver stories of lifelong Christians who begin to question and doubt everything they were taught about the faith they grew up with. From the Gungors to Joshua Harris to the most recent, and possibly most impactful deconversion stories, Rhett and Link of the Good Mythical Morning Podcast—these stories continue to impact Christianity, shaking the faith of many. Today, I talk with Travis Lowe, a pastor from Florida who went through the long and painful process of deconstruction. However, his story has ended a bit differently from ones we often hear. Listen to Travis' journey of hope as we walk with him from childhood through deconstruction, and into the reconstruction of a vibrant faith. Links: Travis' podcast: The Stone Table Podcast: Books that helped Travis' reconstruction: The Resurrection of the Son of God, by N.T. Wright The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus, by Fleming Rutledge
Feb 27, 2020
#62 Should Christians Call God a She? With Clark Bates
Lately I've noticed a trend of Christians referring to God as a "she," or with female pronouns. Is this a biblical way to think about God? What about feminine metaphors for God in Scripture? Is there a tradition in church history we can trace this to? What about the personification of wisdom (Sophia) in the Bible and non-canonical literature? On today's podcast, Clark Bates and I discuss these questions and more, ultimately asking, should Christians call God a she?
Feb 13, 2020
#61 The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity: With Dr. Michael Kruger
I'm so thrilled to welcome Dr. Michael Kruger to the podcast to talk about his new book, "The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity." His work played a huge role in answering many of the doubts I had when I was in a crisis of faith. On today's episode, we discuss the tenets that seem to unite progressives, and how Christians can respond. Links mentioned in the episode: Dr. Krugers website: Jen Hatmaker and the Power of Deconversion Stories: Books: The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity: The Question of Canon: Christianity at the Crossroads:
Feb 04, 2020
#60 Is MOPS Shifting Toward Progressive Christianity? With Krista Bontrager
After receiving several emails from concerned people, I began to wonder if the worldwide ministry MOPS was beginning to adopt progressive Christian theology. Thankfully, my friend and fellow apologist Krista Bontrager played the role of investigative reporter to find out what MOPS is teaching, and what's behind their recent shift in branding and theology. On today's podcast, she shares what she discovered as we tackle the question, is MOPS shifting toward progressive Christian theology?
Jan 17, 2020
#59 Is God Different in the Old Testament? With Jean E. Jones
Welcome back to the first episode of the New Year! I'm so excited to bring you lots of great episodes with many smart and interesting guests in 2020. The first of which is Bible teacher and apologist Jean E. Jones who joins me on today's podcast to talk about why God might seem different in the Old Testament. As many of us are beginning our Bible reading plans for the year, Jean E. gives us some great advice and talks about specific verses that leave many people scratching their heads and thinking, "God is mean!" Resources mentioned: Jean E.'s New Bible Study, Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament: NIV Study Bible: Rachel Held Evans' Blog post about Abraham: Jean E.'s Blog series responding to Rachel Held Evans: My review of Rachel Held Evans' book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again:
Jan 07, 2020
#58 A Former Atheist and the Bad Reputation Some Christians Give a Good God: With MaryJo Sharp
MaryJo Sharp stops by the podcast today to talk about her conversion to Christianity from atheism, and some of the obstacles she encountered in the church. She also tells us about her new book, Why I Still Believe which comes out this week.
Nov 06, 2019
#57 Deconstruction and Reconstruction: Walking Through Doubt — with Dominic Done
On today's podcast, I talk with Dominic Done about his process of doubt and deconstruction. We talk about when he first encountered doubt, what caused it, and where he landed when it comes to faith and Christianity.
Sep 27, 2019
#56 Was Jesus Racist? (Part 2) With Amy Hall
On today's podcast, I continue my discussion with Amy Hall about a recent article by Sarah Bessey outlining her journey on becoming affirming of same-sex marriage and relationships.
Sep 13, 2019
#55 Was Jesus Racist? Sarah Bessey's Story of Becoming Affirming— With Amy Hall (Part 1)
On today's podcast, Amy Hall and I discuss a recent article penned by progressive author Sarah Bessey in which she tells her story of becoming affirming of same-sex marriage. We take a critical look at Bessey's methodology and focus in particular on her interpretation of Matthew 15, in which she claims Jesus demonstrated a racist attitude toward a Syrophoenician woman.
Aug 30, 2019
#54 The Atonement: Cosmic Child Abuse? With Mike Winger (Part 2)
On today's podcast, I continue my discussion about the atonement with Mike Winger and his analysis of Brian Zahnd's "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God." We talk about the biblical points Zahnd uses to make his case that the classic understanding of the atonement is something more like Divine child abuse.
Aug 01, 2019
#53 The Atonement: Cosmic Child Abuse? With Mike Winger (Part 1)
Today's podcast centers around a book by Brian Zhand called, "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God," in which Zhand suggests that substitutionary atonement makes God into a divine child abuser. Mike Winger joins me to talk about the book, different atonement theories, and why substitutionary atonement is not only biblical, but beautiful.
Jul 18, 2019
#52 The Theology of Jen Hatmaker, With Anne Kennedy
I'm happy to welcome Anne Kennedy back to the podcast to discuss her impressions of the beliefs, worldview, and theology of Jen Hatmaker. After reading her books and listening to a year's worth of podcasts, Anne helps us understand what Hatmaker is communicating about the cross, the gospel, and the Bible.
Jul 04, 2019
#51 Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies, With Hillary Ferrer
In today's episode, I talk with Hillary Ferrer of Mama Bear Apologetics about her new book, "Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies." As a contributor to the book, we discuss what the writing process was like, and talk about how we can teach our kids to discern the lies culture is telling them.
Jun 21, 2019
#50 Rachel Held Evans and the Evangelical Crisis: With Anne Kennedy
On today's podcast, I talk with Anne Kennedy about the theology of Rachel Held Evans, her impact on the church, and what Anne describes and an "Evangelical Crisis" the church is facing.
Jun 06, 2019
#49 How to Equip Gen Z With a Biblical Worldview, With J. Warner Wallace
GenZ is the youngest and largest generation in America (born between 2000-2015). They are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to truth and spirituality. J. Warner Wallace stops by the podcast today to talk about his new book, "So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World," which is co-written with Sean McDowell.
May 01, 2019
#48 Richard Rohr, Jen Hatmaker, and the Millennial Obsession With Mysticism
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan Friar who is captivating a generation of spiritual seekers and progressive Christians. Recently, Jen Hatmaker had him as a guest on her podcast, and in today's episode, Marcia Montenegro and I analyze their discussion.
Apr 26, 2019
#47 Panentheism Part 2: With Marcia Montenegro
On today's podcast, Marcia Montenegro and I continue our discussion on the growing trend of Christians embracing a view of God called panentheism. We talk about where these ideas are popping up, and how to spot the language.
Apr 18, 2019
#46 Is Panentheism a Biblical View of the Nature of God? With Marcia Montenegro
Marcia Montenegro joins me on today's podcast to talk about pantheism and its close relative, panentheism. We talk about the various expressions of panentheism found in New Age and Progressive Christianity, and discuss whether or not these ideas are biblical. Marcia also gives us her thoughts about panentheist Richard Rohr's new book, which she read and reviewed on her blog. We also talk about Star Wars, Avatar, and whether or not Easter is a pagan holiday.
Apr 12, 2019
#45 Beautiful Eternal Truths: Counteracting Bad Ideas in Popular Media
Here's the second of two talks I gave at the "Pretty Little Lies" Women's Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. Here's a link to the sanctification gif I showed to the audience: I want to thank and credit Brett Kunkle for the ice cream/insulin analogy.
Apr 03, 2019
#44 Pretty Little Lies: Spotting Bad Ideas in Women's Books, Blogs, and Other Media
Today's podcast is an audio recording of a talk I gave at a women's conference in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Apr 03, 2019
#43 A Deeper Look at Progressive Christian Theology With R. Scott Smith
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing the author of a new book called, "Authentically Emergent: In Search of a Truly Progressive Christianity," Dr. R. Scott Smith. For several years, Scott has been studying the theology of progressive leaders as well as interacting with them personally. In this episode, we zero in on the progressive view of the body and soul, the gospel, and discuss Scott's agreements and disagreements with these ideas.
Mar 22, 2019
#42 An Apologetic for Apologetics With Tim Barnett
I loved getting to talk with Tim Barnett of Stand to Reason about why Christians should learn apologetics. If you or someone you know thinks they don't need apologetics, give this a listen!
Mar 05, 2019
#41 Critical Theory and Intersectionality: What Every Christian Needs to Know —With Neil Shenvi
Even if you haven't heard the terms "critical theory" or "intersectionality," you have most likely encountered these concepts in your every day life. These are philosophical ideas that permeate our culture. . .and they contradict Christianity. Our guest, Neil Shenvi will tell you everything you need to know about them.
Feb 19, 2019
#40 Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: With Christopher Yuan
This week, Dr. Christopher Yuan, co-author of Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope, shares his story of redemption, and talks with us about his new book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God's Grand Story. Christopher brings some much needed clarity to the current conversation on marriage, singleness, homosexuality, and sexual identity.
Jan 15, 2019
#39 My Response to Pete Enns
Recently, biblical scholar Pete Enns recorded a podcast episode in which he disagreed with my latest Gospel Coalition article, 3 Beliefs Progressive Christians and Atheists Share. I decided it was important enough to interact with, so I'm coming off my break to offer a response. I hope it's helpful.
Dec 14, 2018
#38 Is the Book of Acts Historically Reliable? With Dr. Craig Keener
On today's podcast, I talk with New Testament scholar Craig Keener about how he came to faith in Christ, and what led him into the world of scholarship. We talk about skeptical claims brought against the reliability of the book of Acts, and whether or not we can trust a Josephus quote apologists like to use to make the case for the historical Jesus.
Nov 15, 2018
#37 The Prosperity Gospel and Mystical Miracle Movement: With Costi Hinn
On today's podcast, I talk with Costi Hinn, the nephew of televangelist Benny Hinn. Costi shares his story of leaving the mystical/miracle movement and rejecting the prosperity gospel he grew up with. We also cover the topics of healing, and being "slain in the spirit."
Nov 05, 2018
#36 The Wild Goose Fest, Abortion, and Progressive Christianity: With Chelsen Vicari
On today's podcast I talk with the Evangelical Program Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Chelsen Vicari. She recently visited the popular progressive Christian event, The Wild Goose Fest. After sharing her own story, she tells us all about what she experienced, and gives an update on the evolving views of progressives on the issue of abortion.
Oct 21, 2018
#35 The New Testament: How Do We Know We Have an Accurate Copy? With Dr. Peter Gurry
How do we know we have an accurate copy of the New Testament? Why don't we have any original manuscripts? What about all the differences between the manuscripts we do have? How can we be sure that what we're reading is what they originally wrote? I was thrilled to get to talk with Dr. Peter Gurry of Phoenix Seminary about these questions. Peter helps us with the best way to communicate these answers, and even shares some common mistakes apologists make.
Oct 15, 2018
#34 How Should We Talk to Our Kids About Hell? With Rebekah Valerius
As Christian parents, it can be daunting to talk to our kids about difficult subjects like hell and judgment. Recently, Rebekah Valerius of Mama Bear Apologetics wrote an article for the Christian Research Journal discussing the claim of atheist Richard Dawkins. Dawkins says that talking to kids about hell is child abuse. Today, Rebekah helps us understand how to broach this difficult topic with our kids. Subscribe to CRJ to read Rebekah's article:
Oct 01, 2018
#33 Misunderstood Bible Verses With Clark Bates: Proverbs and Promises
How should we understand the book of Proverbs? Are the proverbs promises of God for all people of all times? What are some commonly misunderstood proverbs? Clark and I discuss these questions on today's podcast.
Sep 18, 2018
#32 New Age Beliefs: How They Impact the Church and Culture, With Marcia Montenegro
​Last week, Marcia Montenegro shared her story of leaving the New Age community to become a follower of Jesus and Christian apologist. This week, we continue our conversation as Marcia shares what beliefs and practices are prevalent in the New Age, and how they have influenced culture and the church.
Sep 10, 2018
#31 Astrologer to Apologist: A Journey Out of New Age & Into Christianity—With Marcia Montenegro
In the first of a two-part series, I talk with Marcia Montenegro about her life as a professional Astrologer, and respected voice in the New Age Community. She walks us through now she came to put her faith in Christ and go into full time ministry. Here's a link to Marcia's review of Mickey and the Roadster Racers:
Sep 02, 2018
#30 Apologetics 101: Start Here (Intro and Misconceptions)
One of the most common questions I receive is, "If I want to study apologetics, where do I start?" Welcome to Apologetics 101 where we will take several (non-consecutive) weeks to walk through the basics. We'll talk about everything from the nature of truth to the existence of God to the truthfulness of Christianity. In today's episode, we talk about what apologetics is, why we should do it, and some common misconceptions and objections to doing apologetics.
Aug 20, 2018
#29 Does The Old Testament Condone Rape and Genocide? With Paul Copan
There are some really difficult verses in the Bible...especially in the Old Testament. Why do some people think the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament? Does the Old Testament condone things like rape, genocide, and the oppression of women? Today, Dr. Paul Copan was kind enough to sit in the hot seat and field questions about specific Bible verses that seem to support these things.
Aug 13, 2018
#28 Misunderstood Bible Verses With Clark Bates (Part 2)
​This week we continue our series focusing on specific Bible verses that are commonly misunderstood. Is your favorite verse on our list? Mine is! In this episode, I confess to misunderstanding two popular Bible verses for most of my life. Tune in to find out which ones they are....
Aug 06, 2018
#27 New Series! Misunderstood Bible Verses With Clark Bates (Part 1)
Throughout history the Bible has sometimes been abused, misused, and misunderstood. In a previous episode, I talked with Clark Bates about the 5 most misunderstood Bible Verses and we've decided to turn it into a series. We will kick off this new series with 2 episodes back to back, and follow up with periodic episodes on an ongoing basis. In part 1 of this new series, we talk about how to interpret the Bible (hermeneutics), some important things to remember while reading the Old Testament, and how to know which Old Testament commands apply to New Testament believers. Clark also shares some interesting apologetic insight he gained on a recent pilgrimage to Spain. ​ ​
Jul 30, 2018
#26 God is Simple? A Conversation About Classical Theism With Dr. Brian Huffling
What do we mean when we say that God is simple? Why do we say God is immutable, impassible, and timeless? Dr. Brian Huffling joins me on today's podcast to discuss Classical Theism, and why he believes it's so important for Christians to understand. ​
Jul 20, 2018
#25 What the Faith & Science Conversation Reveals About God: With Melissa Cain Travis
​On today's podcast we continue our discussion of cosmic origins. Why do we exist? Why does anything exist at all? Did it all happened by natural, random processes? Todays guest, Melissa Cain Travis, says no. She says cosmology, astronomy, biochemistry, and other disciplines strongly support what she calls "The Maker Thesis," which explains the origin, rationality, and intricacy of nature and the human mind's capacity to comprehend it.
Jul 09, 2018
#24 How Should Christians Think About the Age of the Earth?
With the new movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in theaters, and a recent worship song referencing evolution, Christians are thinking about all issues pertaining to Evolution, Creation, and the age of the earth. How should we, as Christians, think about these topics? Are science and the Bible at odds when it comes to origins? I weigh in on how we can think intelligently and biblically on these hot button issues on today's podcast.
Jun 29, 2018
#23 Trusting God in Great Suffering: With Dr. Medine Keener
How could a good God allow so much evil and suffering in the world? This is a question that has plagued the minds of many people....even many Christians as they seek to reconcile God's goodness with what they see happening in the world around them. As a war refugee in her home country of Congo, Dr. Medine Keener spent 18 months experiencing the misery of hunger, thirst, and disease—under the constant threat of violence and death. Even in these realities, Medine testifies of the great goodness and love of God, and the unlikely story of meeting and marrying her husband, world renown New Testament scholar, Dr. Craig Keener.
Jun 11, 2018
#22 Do Atheists Steal From God to Make Their Case? With Frank Turek
What is it like to visit college campuses and field questions from an audience who is hostile to your Christianity? What are the toughest questions asked on university campuses? How do atheists steal from God to make their case against Him? We talk about all this and more with today's guest, Frank Turek.
Jun 01, 2018
#21 The Fine-Tuning of the Universe: Evidence for God? With Allen Hainline
Is there positive scientific evidence for the existence of God? Today, we focus on the fine-tuning of the universe with special guest, Allen Hainline.
May 25, 2018
#20 Evidence That Demands a Verdict: With Sean McDowell
On today's podcast, I talk with Sean McDowell about experiencing a time of doubt as a young adult. We also talk about the brand new fully updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and his PhD work on the fate of the apostles.
Apr 26, 2018
#19 The NAR: Movement or Myth? With Dr. Doug Geivett, Holly Pivec, and Dr. Michael Brown
What is the New Apostolic Reformation? Is it a growing movement that is influencing and impacting the body of Christ or simply a myth? Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Doug Geivett, and Holly Pivec discuss and debate the relevant issues on today's podcast. Internet sources used in the discussion: Danny Silk "The Blessing in our Fathers": Kris Vallotton: "Becoming an Apostolic People." Brian Simmons on receiving "downloads" and a new chapter of the Bible, John 22: Holly's article on Simmons revealing a new chapter of the Bible: Books referenced by Holly: Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God: God's End-Time Plans for His Church and Planet Earth, by Bill Haman When Heaven Invades Earth, By Bill Johnson ​
Apr 19, 2018
#18 What Are The 5 Most Misunderstood Bible Verses? With Clark Bates
Have you ever been discussing a Bible passage with another Christian only to be told, "Well that's just YOUR interpretation"? I talk with Clark Bates on today's podcast about how to do good biblical interpretation. We also discuss the 5 most misinterpreted verses in the Bible.
Apr 06, 2018
#17 What About the "Lost" Gospels? With J. Warner Wallace
Did you know that the New Testament Gospels weren't the only ancient texts written about the life of Jesus? How do we know that our biblical Gospels tell the truth about what Jesus did and said? Is the only reason we can't find these other Gospels in our Bibles because they were lost or suppressed? Is there anything we can learn from these extra-biblical accounts? I tackle these questions and more with my guest J. Warner Wallace on today's podcast. *Correction: in the podcast I stated that there are close to 6000 manuscripts for the gospels but that is actually the number for the New Testament as a whole. Sorry for any confusion.
Mar 16, 2018
#16 The New Apostolic Reformation: What It Is And Why We Should Care—With Holly Pivec
There is a movement within Christendom called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Some Christians believe it's a true work of God, others are skeptical...others claim it doesn't exist at all! My guest, Holly Pivec has written two books on the NAR, and talks with me about her concerns regarding the teachings and practices of this growing movement.
Feb 15, 2018
#15 Almost the Real Thing: How Progressive Christianity Has Hijacked the Gospel
Last weekend I had the honor of speaking at the first annual Women in Apologetics Conference at Biola University. In today's podcast you can listen in on my talk, "Almost the Real Thing: How Progressive Christianity is Hijacking the Gospel." (The first few seconds of the talk didn't get recorded.)
Jan 25, 2018
#14 Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World With Brett Kunkle
Our culture is changing at a rapid rate. How can Christians navigate these waters and help our young people to influence culture rather than be changed by it? Brett Kunkle is on today's podcast to talk about his new ministry, Maven, and his book A Practical Guide to Culture, which deals with topics like addiction, consumerism, pornography, gender identity, and entertainment.
Jan 12, 2018
#13 What is Molinism? With Tim Stratton (Part 2)
In the second episode of a two-part series, former Calvinist Tim Stratton helps us understand Molinism, which seeks to resolve the apparent tension between the theological ideas of predestination and human free-will. In this week's podcast, we learn more about Tim's journey out of Calvinism, the three different views of God's knowledge, and a bit more about the history behind Calvinism, Arminianism, and Molinism.
Nov 13, 2017
#12 What is Molinism? WIth Tim Stratton (Part 1)
The Bible seems to indicate that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely sovereign—and that he predestines all things, including the fate of each individual soul. The Bible also seems to indicate that humans have free-will to accept or reject God's gift of grace. What do we make of this apparent contradiction? Tim Stratton believes he has found a solution in a view called "Molinism," which is based on the work of a 16th century theologian named Luis De Molina. In the first episode of a two-part series, Tim shares his story and helps us understand this view.
Nov 05, 2017
#11 How to Answer Your Kid's Toughest Questions About God: With Natasha Crain
The world our kids are growing up in is quite a bit different than the one we grew up in. Skepticism is on the rise, and our culture is becoming increasingly more hostile toward traditional Christian beliefs. With so much information at their fingertips, Christian kids are encountering objections to the Christian worldview at very young ages. How do we talk to our kids about the challenges they are facing at school and on the internet? How can we resist the urge to offer them superficial answers like "Just have faith," and engage them intellectually? National author, blogger, and speaker Natasha Crain gives some incredible advice for Christian parents on today's podcast.
Oct 29, 2017
#10 From Atheism to Christianity: A Homicide Detective's Journey—With J. Warner Wallace
Ever since I read Cold Case Christianity, by J. Warner Wallace, I've been fascinated by his story. As a committed atheist and Los Angeles cold case homicide detective, Jim realized he had never examined the evidence for Christianity with the same techniques he used to solve his cold cases. So he set out to solve the most important cold case in history—the truth of the claims made by the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth. Do the gospel accounts of Jesus' life qualify as actual eye-witness testimony? Jim tells us all about it on today's podcast. ​
Oct 16, 2017
#9 Sex and Abortion in the Roman Empire: How Did Early Christians Respond?
As a Christian, do you find yourself at odds with your culture when it comes to issues of biblical sexuality and abortion? Are you feeling pressured to compromise your beliefs because your culture thinks they are outdated—or even bigoted and hateful? Christianity was birthed in the first-century Roman Empire, and the earliest Christians dealt with some of the same social issues we deal with now. On today's podcast, I talk about how they interacted with their culture on these sensitive topics.
Oct 02, 2017
#8 Discovering Hope in the Psalms With Jean E. Jones
Lately I've been working my way through an incredible women's Bible study guide of the Psalms called, "Discovering Hope in the Psalms." This is a fascinating, deep, and rich study which focuses on Hebrew poetry, ancient Jewish culture, and creative activities that connect the mind with the heart. On today's podcast, I talk with one of the authors, Jean E. Jones about the Psalms, and why they are so important for us today.
Sep 24, 2017
#7 How to Send Your Kids to College With a Lasting Faith(Hint..Start Now!)w/Jonathan Morrow
It's well known that somewhere around 70% of kids leave the church after High School. Why is this? How can Christian parents prepare their kids to stay strong when they encounter people with different beliefs and worldviews? How can they send their kids to college with a lasting faith? Impact360 Director Jonathan Morrow helps us with some great information and resources on today's podcast.
Sep 14, 2017
#6 Why Does God Allow Evil? With Clay Jones
​In a world with so much pain and suffering, it can be difficult to imagine that a good God could exist. And if He does....why does He allow so much evil in our world? This is an issue that not only keeps some people from believing in God, but it's an issue many Christians wrestle with as well. On today's podcast, Author and Biola University Professor Clay Jones tells us about his new book, Why Does God Allow Evil, and helps us wrestle with this difficult question.
Sep 11, 2017
#5 5 Popular Misconceptions About Traditional Christians
As a Christian, have you ever shared something from a heart of love, only to be mischaracterized and misunderstood based on a misconception about what Christians actually believe? I see it in the comments section of my blog all the time. In today's podcast, I discuss the Nashville Statement and some very popular misconceptions about "Traditional Christians." Why do I use the term "Traditional Christian"? Well, because often these misconceptions are perpetuated by more liberal and progressive Christians, as well as atheists. Footnotes:
Sep 01, 2017
#4 Feminism and Christianity: With Dianna Williams
In this podcast episode, Alisa interviews Dianna Williams, who specializes in feminism, feminist theology, and the feminist critique of the Bible. They discuss how feminism interacts with Christian beliefs, and consider the claim that the Bible oppresses women. Links: Basics of Biblical Criticism: Helpful or Harmful? (Dianna is a co-contributor):…elpful+or+harmful Get in touch with Dianna or invite her to speak at your event:
Aug 27, 2017
#3 Logic Lesson: How to Deal With Mockers
Have you ever shared your point of view on social media, only to be answered with a snarky meme or sarcastic quip? How do we as followers of Christ deal with mockers? How did people in the Bible deal with them? How did Jesus? Alisa talks about these questions and more on today's podcast.
Aug 14, 2017
#2 Lord, Where's My Calling? With Teasi Cannon
Have you ever wondered what the meaning of life is? Why are we here? What is our purpose? As a Christian, have you ever asked, "Lord, where's my calling?" Alisa discusses these questions with author Teasi Cannon on today's podcast. Teasi's website: Buy Teasi's book: J. Warner Wallace's review:
Jul 21, 2017
#1 What is Progressive Christianity?
In this episode, I discuss what Progressive Christians believe, and how those beliefs interact with and intersect with Traditional Christianity.
Jun 09, 2017