The Alisa Childers Podcast

By Alisa Childers

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#170 The Amazing Story of How We Got the Bible, with Dr. John Mead and Dr. Peter Gurry

From the invention of writing to the canon of the Old and New Testaments, the best-selling book of all time, the Bible, has a very interesting history. Who were the scribes who copied the manuscripts? How many manuscripts do we have? When was the Bible canonized? What are some misunderstandings people have about how we got the Bible? Today, Dr. John Mead and Dr. Peter Gurry of the Text and Canon Institute at Phoenix seminary join the podcast to share the amazing story of how we got the Bible and dispel some common rumors. 

Sep 18, 2022
#169 Masculinity and Femininity: Social Constructs or God’s Design? With Kyle Thompson

Kyle Thompson from the Undaunted Life Podcast joins to talk about the concepts of masculinity and femininity. Are manhood and womanhood simply social constructs or are there innate differences between men and women that are God-ordained and good? Kyle discusses pornography, abortion, modern feminism, toxic masculinity, gender roles, and much more!

Sep 11, 2022
#168 What are the Earliest Creeds in Christian History? With Gary Habermas

This is the episode I’ve wanted to record since starting my podcast in 2017! When we talk about “historic Christianity,” what do we mean? Was early Christianity so theologically diverse that we can’t know what the earliest Christians believed? Historian and New Testament scholar Dr. Gary Habermas joins me to talk about the earliest Christian creeds that predate the New Testament by decades. We discuss the gospel as understood in the first century, as well as the deity of Jesus’ being affirmed by the earliest followers of Christ. 

Aug 28, 2022
#167 Relativism: The Worst Belief Ever, with Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl joins the podcast live from the Cross Examined Instructor Academy to talk about Postmodernism, Relativism, and subjective truth claims. Greg explains how Relativism fails to explain reality, refutes itself, and wrecks lives. Living lives firmly planted on the truth of God's Word comes with a cost in today's culture, but will ultimately set us free. 

Aug 21, 2022
#166 Do we Have Actual Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus? With Gary Habermas

Christianity stands or falls based on the resurrection of Jesus being a real event in history. The Apostle Paul said that if Christ has not been raised, our faith is in vain. But 2,000 years later, do we have actual evidence for this event or is it something Christians simply have to take on faith? Historian and New Testament scholar Dr. Gary Habermas is considered one of the foremost scholars on the resurrection of Jesus and he joins me to talk about the facts surrounding the resurrection that virtually all scholars, from the most liberal to the most conservative, agree on. He shares his “minimal facts” approach, and gives every Christian practical ways to share this evidence with their friends. 

Aug 14, 2022
#165 A Near Apostate Keeps the Faith through Church Hurt, Doubt and Addiction with Bobby Conway

After years of partying, Bobby Conway got saved at a Greg Laurie crusade as a teenager. From there, he became an evangelist, telling virtually everyone he would meet about Jesus. After becoming a Pastor and pioneering a successful apologetics YouTube channel, he went through a dark time of doubt, only to end up in an alcohol relapse that would threaten his family and ministry. In today's episode, Bobby shares the intimate journey that led him to almost leave the faith, and the reasons he would not end up as another deconstruction story and could not turn his back on the Jesus who saved him.

Aug 07, 2022
#164 The Inspiring Story of one of the Most Prolific and Influential Scholars of our Time.

Norm Geisler is one of the most prolific and influential scholars and apologists of our time. He went from not being able to read until he was seventeen years old to earning a PhD in Philosophy and founding two Seminaries. He authored, co-authored, or edited over 90 books, debated countless atheists, and became a force for defending the Christian worldview. He was also one of the most influential thinkers in my own life. In this special episode, I interview his son, David Geisler about the new documentary on Norm's life that showcases the heart, mind, and dedication of this fascinating man.

Jul 31, 2022
#163 Is it Too Late to Give my Kids a Biblical Worldview? With Brett & Erin Kunkle

Many Christian parents feel overwhelmed by the constant messages of our culture which are telling our kids to follow their hearts, live their truth, and redefine sexuality and gender. In this episode, I’m joined by Brett and Erin Kunkle of Maven Ministries to help equip parents to train up their kids with a Christian worldview. They give practical tips on what to do if you feel like you’ve already blown it and it’s too late to start passing on the faith to your children. They also answer a question from a mom who brought her kids up in progressive Christianity but has now repented and trusted in Jesus as her Savior. How can she begin to undo the false ideas she taught her kids now that they are teenagers? Brett and Erin’s answer is so encouraging and will be such a blessing to every Christian parent who feels like they’ve it might be too late to begin laying a foundation of truth in their homes. 

Jul 24, 2022
#162 Should Christians Rethink Original Sin? With Clay Jones
#162 Should Christians Rethink Original Sin? With Clay Jones by Alisa Childers
Jul 17, 2022
#161 How to Think Theologically About Everything! With Phylicia Masonheimer
What we think about God affects what we think about everything else. Phylicia Masonheimer joins me to discuss how theology informs how we think about everything from politics to sex to sin struggles.
Jul 10, 2022
#160 Does Complementarianism lead to Abuse? With Dianna Williams
Beth Allison Barr's book "The Making of Biblical Womanhood" has become a best-seller in Christian circles and argues that complementarianism is linked with abuse. I invited my friend Dianna Williams from Southern Evangelical Seminary to review the book and talk about the difference between complementarianism and egalitarianism, and to share some agreements and disagreements with this popular book.
Jul 03, 2022
#159 New Archaeological Discovery Challenges Bible Skeptics - with Jeremiah Johnston
In 2019, an ancient curse tablet was found by archaeologists in Israel that is likely at least 3,200 years old. Scholars believe it may show the earliest Hebrew name for God. This calls into question the Documentary Hypothesis, which speculates that the first five books of the Bible were not written by Moses, but by various editors and authors. Dr. Jeremiah Johnston joins me to talk about what he thinks is the archaeological find of our lifetime.
Jun 26, 2022
# 158 Does the Bible Condone Slavery (and Other Moral Evils?) with Dr. H.C. Felder
On todays episode, I am joined by Dr. H.C. Felder, author of The African American’s Guide to the Bible, to discuss these questions and other hot-button topics as they relate to race and Christianity.
Jun 19, 2022
#157 What's wrong with youth ministry and what can we do about it? with Greg Stier
#157 What's wrong with youth ministry and what ca…
Jun 12, 2022
#156: The Old Testament: Reliable history or a book of myths? With Kristen Davis
#156: The Old Testament: Reliable history or a bo…
Jun 05, 2022
#155 Are pro-life Christians really just pro-birth? With Ginna Cross
Do Christians care about women? Do pro-lifers onl…
May 30, 2022
#154 Do Pro-Lifers Care About Women? John Cooper and Ginna Cross
Have you ever shared your pro-life view, only to …
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…
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 …
May 08, 2022
#151 Should Christians get involved with politics? with Os Guinness
In the second video of our 2 part series on polit…
May 01, 2022
#150 How Should Christians Think About and Engage with Politics? with Jeff Myers
Should Christians get involved in politics? In th…
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 …
Apr 18, 2022
#148 Side B Christianity and the Revoice Conference, with Christopher Yuan
In the first installment of our 2 part series on …
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 …
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…
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 s…
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 …
Mar 13, 2022
#143 Is Orange Children’s Curriculum Going Progressive?
The Orange Curriculum is a leading voice in shapi…
Mar 10, 2022
#142 Why I Will Not See the Movie Redeeming Love - Final Thoughts
A few weeks ago, I released a short video explain…
Mar 06, 2022
#141 How Secularism is Quickly Becoming a New Religion, with Natasha Crain
It seems everyone is looking for answers to many …
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 t…
Feb 20, 2022
#139 Is Deconstruction a New Cultural Religion? with Tim Barnett
Is deconstruction a word to describe experiencing…
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 a…
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 Mak…
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…
Jan 24, 2022
#135 Is Genesis Compatible with Evolution? with J.R. Miller
Can a historical Adam and Eve be reconciled with …
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…
Jan 10, 2022
#133 Debunking Christmas Myths + Q&A
Listen to my last livestream of 2021 as I debunke…
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 …
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…
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 Te…
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 …
Nov 07, 2021
#128 From Violence, Chaos, and Confusion to Christ-follower, with Greg Stier
Greg Stier was raised in a family of bodybuilding…
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 mode…
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 relea…
Oct 18, 2021
#125 Biblical Sexuality, CCM Artists, and Our Public Witness, with Becket Cook
Contemporary Christian Music has grown into a mul…
Oct 11, 2021
#124 New Insights into the Character of Jesus? with Tom Gilson
Tom Gilson joins me to talk about his book, "Too …
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 wher…
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…
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 answe…
Sep 14, 2021
#120 How to Equip Your Kids to Think Critically About Their Beliefs, with Elizabeth Urbanowicz
Elizabeth Urbanowicz of Foundation Worldview join…
Sep 05, 2021
#119 A Seminary Professor Answers Your Toughest Questions about Christianity
Join Dr. Richard Howe and Alisa for a round of "S…
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 t…
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 Kor…
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 …
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 …
Aug 01, 2021
#114 What Does the Bible Say About Racial Reconciliation? With Monique Duson
What is the biblical model for racial reconciliat…
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 n…
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…
Jul 11, 2021
#112 Progressive Christian Twitter Tries to Cancel Matthew West Over Modesty Video
John Cooper from the band Skillet joins me for th…
Jul 06, 2021
#111 How to Survive College with Your Christian Faith Intact, with Michael Kruger
It's no secret that many colleges and universitie…
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…
Jun 20, 2021
#109 What are the Core Beliefs of Christianity? With Krista Bontrager
Are some doctrines more important than others? Wh…
Jun 13, 2021
#108 From Progressive Christianity to the Gospel: Discipleship in a Culture of Deconstruction
In a special live episode, Dave Stovall, formerly…
Jun 06, 2021
#107 Were There Multiple Versions of the Earliest Christianity? With Andreas Köstenberger
New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman has popularized…
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 discu…
May 16, 2021
#105 Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth Live Q&A with Thaddeus Williams
The author of Confronting Injustice Without Compr…
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 …
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 differen…
Apr 26, 2021
#102 Bad Church Experiences: Legalism, Grace vs. Works, and Postmodernism, with Jon McCray
Many people report bad church experiences as one …
Apr 11, 2021
#101 Faith After Deconstruction: Audio Adrenaline’s Dave Stovall Shares What Brought Him Back
In an online environment where deconstruction sto…
Mar 28, 2021
#100 Why Did God Command the Canaanite Conquest? With Clay Jones
The claim is often made that the Canaanite Conque…
Mar 14, 2021
#99 Nashville Progressive Church Goes Viral with Bible Meme
Recently, a story was published on the Christian …
Mar 07, 2021
#98 An Ex-NAR Apostle Tells his Story, with Dawain Atkinson
Dawain Atkinson, founder of the B.A.R. Podcast Ne…
Mar 01, 2021
#97 What Sets Progressive Christianity Apart from Historic Christianity? With David Young
David Young, author of the book, "A Grand Illusio…
Feb 21, 2021
#96 Your Toughest Bible Questions Answered! With Allen Parr
Do babies go to heaven when they die? Can a Chris…
Feb 14, 2021
#95 Ex-New Age Guru Steven Bancarz Debunks the Universal Christ
Former New Ager Steven Bancarz joins me to explai…
Feb 07, 2021
#94 From Christianity to Progressive Christianity and Back Again, with Josh Morris
Former Progressive Christian Josh Morris walks us…
Feb 01, 2021
#93 Totalitarianism: How Christians Can Resist the New Cultural Religion, with Rod Dreher
Rod Dreher shares about his experiences interview…
Jan 25, 2021
#92 Black Lives Matter and Abortion, with Samuel Sey
Samuel Sey from joins me to share…
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 Co…
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 …
Jan 04, 2021
#90 Richard Rohr: Wise Sage or False Teacher?
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest, author of se…
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 r…
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 r…
Dec 13, 2020
#87 Is your church teaching New Age Ideas? With Melissa Dougherty
#87 Is your church teaching New Age Ideas? With M…
Dec 06, 2020
#86 Sex, Purity Culture, Marriage, and Singleness, with Sean McDowell
Sean MCDowell joins us again on the podcast to di…
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 a…
Nov 15, 2020
#84 The Deconstruction of Christian Celebrities and What We’re Missing, with Shelby Abbott
#84 The Deconstruction of Christian Celebrities a…
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 …
Nov 01, 2020
#82 Controversial questions: Should we call out false teachers? Decolonize our theology?
On today's podcast, we tackle some difficult ques…
Oct 19, 2020
#81 Is the Enneagram a Trojan Horse in the Church? With Marcia Montenegro
Is the Enneagram a harmless personality test or i…
Oct 04, 2020
#80 What's With all the Deconstruction Stories? With Sean McDowell
It seems like every time we turn around there is …
Sep 20, 2020
#79 William Lane Craig Reacts to the Progressive Christian View of the Atonement
William Lane Craig joins me to respond to progres…
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 Chri…
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…
Aug 16, 2020
#76 Glennon Doyle and the Idol of Self
#76 Glennon Doyle and the Idol of Self by Alisa C…
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, w…
Jul 19, 2020
#74 Navigating Conversations With Progressive Christians (Part 1), with Greg Koukl
#74 Navigating Conversations With Progressive Chr…
Jul 05, 2020
#73 A Progressive Christian's Reconstruction, With Ian Harber
We've got another deconstruction/reconstruction s…
Jun 24, 2020
#72 Race, Injustice, and The Gospel of Critical Theory, With Monique Duson
Monique Duson, founder of the Center for Biblical…
Jun 10, 2020
#71 A Gay Man's Story Of Redemption, With Becket Cook
I am so happy to bring you this conversation with…
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 w…
May 24, 2020
#69 Answering the Reformation Project on Same-Sex Relationships, With Alan Shlemon
This week, we continue our discussion about Chris…
May 10, 2020
#68 Homosexuality: Should Christians Agree to Disagree? With Alan Shlemon
Alan Shlemon from Stand to Reason joins me on tod…
Apr 28, 2020
#67 Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? With Sam Allberry
Sam Allberry joins me on today's podcast to discu…
Apr 14, 2020
#66 Talking WIth Your Kids About Progressive Christianity, with Natasha Crain
Natasha Crain joins me on today's podcast to talk…
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 discu…
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 deconstru…
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.


Travis\' podcast: The Stone Table Podcast:…le/id1478795937

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:…on-stories/


The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity:…Caps%2C181&sr=8-1

The Question of Canon:…1580835102&sr=8-1

Christianity at the Crossroads:…Caps%2C170&sr=8-2

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 16, 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:…vZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

NIV Study Bible:…nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

Rachel Held Evans\' Blog post about Abraham:

Jean E.\'s Blog series responding to Rachel Held Evans:…d-evans-part-1/

My review of Rachel Held Evans\' book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again:…ming-the-bible

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 26, 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 29, 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

ichard 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 25, 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:…fe-with.html

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 21, 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 04, 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 18, 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 14, 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 04, 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 14, 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 09, 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:…ntenegro%20Goofy

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 19, 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 12, 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 05, 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 29, 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 19, 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 08, 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 10, 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.

May 31, 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 24, 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\":…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:…the-bible/6247

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 18, 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 05, 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 15, 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 11, 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 12, 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 15, 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 01, 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 10, 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.


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.


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 13, 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…re%27s+my+calling

J. Warner Wallace's…our-purpose/

Jul 21, 2017
#1 What is Progressive Christianity?
In this episode, I discuss what Progressive Chris…
Jun 09, 2017