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Our purpose is to help Christians think more clearly about their faith and to help them make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity. Released every Wednesday and Friday.

Our purpose is to help Christians think more clearly about their faith and to help them make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity. Released every Wednesday and Friday.

Location:

Signal Hill, CA

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Our purpose is to help Christians think more clearly about their faith and to help them make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity. Released every Wednesday and Friday.

Language:

English

Contact:

1438 East 33rd Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755 (562) 595-7333


Episodes

Don’t Be a Couch Potato During This Crisis

3/27/2020
Greg gives some practical advice for going through this crisis, talks about the hope we have when our lives turn out differently than we thought, answers a question about becoming an apologist, and more. Topics: Commentary: Don’t be a couch potato during this crisis. (00:00) Commentary: “The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another” (J.M. Barrie). (14:00) What’s your advice for me as I’m working on becoming an apologist? (23:00) Commentary:...

Duration:00:53:36

Interview: Neil Shenvi on Critical Theory

3/25/2020
Greg interviews Neil Shenvi on critical theory vs. the Christian worldview. Mentioned on the Show: Neil Shenvi’s website Related Links: Social Justice, Critical Theory, and Christianity: Are They Compatible? by Neil Shenvi (video version here) Engaging Critical Theory & The Social Justice Movement – Booklet by Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer Critical Theory vs. Christianity by Amy Hall (quoting Neil Shenvi) How Critical Theory Suppresses Healthy (and Necessary) Arguments by Amy Hall...

Duration:00:57:58

Stand to Reason Is Here for You

3/20/2020
Greg talks about how we can still serve you during this time, answers a question about the discovery that the Museum of the Bible’s Dead Sea Scroll fragments are forgeries, and responds to someone from Wuhan, China who wanted to know why God let this tragedy happen. Topics: Commentary: Stand to Reason is here for you. (00:00) What do you think about the claim that the Dead Sea Scroll fragments are forgeries? (17:00) Commentary: Why did God let this tragedy happen? (29:00) Mentioned on...

Duration:00:45:36

Follow-Up Thoughts on COVID-19

3/18/2020
Greg briefly follows up on the COVID-19 situation, then he answers questions about whether some of God’s qualities are a result of the Fall, open theism, and choosing to have free will. Topics: Commentary: Follow-up thoughts on COVID-19 (00:00) If evil is used to produce certain qualities in us, and God doesn’t experience evil, how are those qualities produced in God? (21:00) What is open theism, and how can we take the roof off of it? (28:00) Should God have given us a free-will...

Duration:00:57:56

Don’t Panic over COVID-19

3/13/2020
Greg talks about the panic over COVID-19 then answers questions about confronting fellow Christians with the truth and the King James Only movement. Topics: Commentary: Don’t panic over COVID-19. (02:00) When is the right time to confront a fellow Christian with the truth of Scripture? (19:00) What are your thoughts on the King James Only movement, and what do you think of the KJV translation of Isaiah 45:7? (36:00) Mentioned on the Show: Upcoming events with Stand to Reason...

Duration:00:57:52

A Clarification on Using a Person’s Preferred Names and Pronouns

3/11/2020
Greg clarifies his point of view on using preferred names and pronouns then answers questions about why there are more ancient religions than Judaism and whether Revelation 17–18 is matching up with current events. Topics: Commentary: A clarification on using a person’s preferred names and pronouns (09:00) If the God of the Bible’s interaction with human beings began with creation, why does it seem like there are more ancient religions? (30:00) Do you think Revelation 17–18 is matching...

Duration:00:57:55

How Should Christians React to Evil if God Is Using It for Good?

3/6/2020
Greg and Amy respond to questions about reacting to evil in light of God’s use of evil, whether goodness entails purpose, and how to respond when charged with the “No True Scotsman” fallacy. Topics: How should Christians define or react to evil if God uses evil for good purposes? In order for something to be valued as good, must it have a purpose? When an atheist uses a Christian’s actions against Christianity, and I respond that he isn’t really a Christian, how should I answer the...

Duration:00:25:31

Why Didn’t God Start with Jesus and the New Covenant?

3/4/2020
Greg and Amy respond to questions about why God revealed Himself to a specific people group, why He didn’t start with the New Covenant, and advice for a Christian married to an atheist steamroller. Topics: Why did God deliver His message to a specific people group rather than to mankind as a whole? Why did God feel the need to make two separate covenants rather than start with Jesus and the New Covenant? What advice would you have for a Christian married to an atheist...

Duration:00:23:03

A Challenge to Greg’s View on the Social Contract Theory of Morality

2/28/2020
Greg interacts with a caller who challenges his view on the social contract theory of morality. Topics: A challenge to Greg’s view on the social contract theory of morality (03:00) Download the mp3... Mentioned on the Show: reTHINK Apologetics Student Conference – February 28–29 in Dallas, TX; April 24–25 in Birmingham, AL Related Links: Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Greg Koukl and Francis Beckwith

Duration:00:29:05

Should You Use Someone’s Preferred Pronouns?

2/26/2020
Greg talks about navigating the difficult question of whether to use someone’s preferred pronouns, then he answers a question about whether the results of brain injuries prove we’re just physical. Topics: Commentary: Update on Melinda (07:00) Commentary: Should you use someone’s preferred pronouns? (13:00) Do the results of brain injuries prove we’re just physical? (44:00) Download the mp3... Mentioned on the Show: reTHINK Apologetics Student Conference – February 28–29 in Dallas, TX;...

Duration:00:57:57

Interview: Mary Jo Sharp – Why I Still Believe

2/21/2020
Greg talks to Mary Jo Sharp about her new book, Why I Still Believe: A Former Atheist’s Reckoning with the Bad Reputation Christians Give a Good God. Topics: Interview: Mary Jo Sharp (00:00) Download the mp3... Mentioned on the Show: Mary Jo Sharp’s website Meet the Women Apologists – Christianity Today Women in Apologetics David Wood – Why I Am a Christian

Duration:00:57:59

What Everyone Knows about Reality, Even the Atheist

2/19/2020
Greg talks about what we all know to be true about reality and how Christianity explains those things while atheism can’t. Topics: Commentary: What everyone knows about reality, even the atheist (00:00) Download the mp3... Mentioned on the Show: Sexual Encounters of the Floral Kind (Documentary) Related Links: Inside Out by Greg Koukl

Duration:00:57:52

Interview: John Dyer – From the Garden to the City

2/14/2020
Guest Host: Brett Kunkle Brett talks to John Dyer, author of From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology. Topics: Interview: John Dyer (00:00) Download the mp3... Mentioned on the Show: John Dyer From the Garden to the City: The Redeeming and Corrupting Power of Technology by John Dyer The MAVEN Conference – February 28–29 The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place by Andy Crouch The Common Rule: Habits of...

Duration:00:57:56

The Three Kinds of Doubt and How to Address Them

2/12/2020
Guest Host: Brett Kunkle Brett talks about addressing intellectual, emotional, and moral doubts, then he answers questions about discerning between description and prescription in the Bible, discussing the deity of Christ with JWs, and talking to parents about a child with gender dysphoria. Topics: Commentary: The three kinds of doubt and how to address them (00:00) How do I discern between description and prescription in the Bible? (29:00) Do you have any advice on talking to Jehovah’s...

Duration:00:58:00

Concepts Greg Learned from Francis Schaeffer

2/7/2020
Greg talks about how he was influenced by Francis Schaeffer, then he answers questions about the nature of morality, whether body-mind-soul is a good analogy for the Trinity, and Hell. Topics: Commentary: Concepts Greg learned from Francis Schaeffer (00:00) If morals only exist because we do, doesn’t that mean they’re just a social construct? (21:00) Is our division of mind, body, and soul a good analogy for the Trinity? (42:00) What is Hell like, and would it be better to never be born...

Duration:00:57:56

Why Protestants Are Attracted to Catholicism

2/5/2020
Greg and Jon Noyes discuss why protestants are attracted to Catholicism, then they answer questions about concerns about a small-group study, recommended resources, and how to keep someone on track when discussing the moral argument. Topics: Commentary: Why protestants are attracted to Catholicism (00:00) How can I address concerns about a small group study on Jonah that’s man-centered and advocates hearing the voice of God? (22:00) Can you recommend a resource for a non-hostile, open...

Duration:00:57:58

Objections to the Harvester vs. Gardener Approach

1/31/2020
Tim challenges Greg with objections to the harvester vs. gardener approach to evangelism, then they take calls about the attraction to Catholicism, the Kansas City Prophets, cessationism, and reviving zeal for apologetics. Topics: Commentary: Objections to the harvester vs. gardener approach (00:00) What attracts intellectual Christians to Catholicism? (22:00) How can I help a friend who is caught up in the Kansas City Prophets movement? (34:00) How should I respond to a friend who said...

Duration:00:57:56

The Death of Kobe Bryant

1/29/2020
Greg and Tim reflect on the death of Kobe Bryant and then take calls on polygamy in the Old Testament and Trinitarian worship in the church. Topics: Commentary: The death of Kobe Bryant (00:00) Why did God allow polygamy in the Old Testament? (25:00) What are your thoughts on how worship in the church can be more Trinitarian? (42:00) Download the mp3...

Duration:00:57:57

Bad Arguments Christians Use to Justify Abortion

1/24/2020
Greg talks about bad arguments Christians use to justify abortion, and then he responds to questions about Hebrews 6, giving to the local church vs. a parachurch organization, being a believer vs. a disciple, and responding to the idea that science disproves Christianity. Topics: Commentary: Bad arguments Christians use to justify abortion (00:00) What is your understanding of the statement in Hebrews 6:4–8 that says it’s “impossible to renew them again to repentance”? (13:00) Do we have...

Duration:00:57:56

Four Categories of Reasons Why People Reject the Gospel

1/22/2020
Greg discusses four categories of reasons why people reject the gospel, then he answers questions about the Trinity and how to reach out to friends who converted to Catholicism. Topics: Commentary: Four categories of reasons why people reject the gospel (00:00) Can you recommend resources for research on the Trinity? (30:00) Do you have any advice for reaching out to friends who have converted to Catholicism? (50:00) Download the mp3... Mentioned on the Show: Upcoming events with...

Duration:00:57:58