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Listen in as Russell Moore, public theologian and director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

Listen in as Russell Moore, public theologian and director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

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Listen in as Russell Moore, public theologian and director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project, talks about the latest books, cultural conversations and pressing ethical questions that point us toward the kingdom of Christ.

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English


Episodes

Sam Allberry on the Queen's Death and the Church's Future

9/21/2022
“We’re learning what she meant to us by having to cope with her absence.” So says Sam Allberry, British author, speaker, pastor, and apologist as he reflects on the death of Queen Elizabeth II during this week’s episode of The Russell Moore Show. Allberry and Moore talk about the role the queen filled in the British and global imaginations, what it means for the Elizabethan age to end, and the type of leadership the queen embodied. They also discuss the Church of England, trends in American...

Duration:00:44:13

Bill McKibben Tells Me Where I’m Wrong About Cultural Christianity

7/27/2022
When people think of Bill McKibben, they likely think of issues like environmentalism and climate change. As Russell Moore points out in this episode, it may seem like a surprise that McKibben’s latest book is titled The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened. But, as Moore points out, McKibben has long been pondering the cultural influences that shape suburbia and those who grew up within it. And if...

Duration:01:03:56

Listener Questions on Abortion, Salvation, and Virtual Church

7/13/2022
How can pro-life Christians engage in meaningful conversations about abortion with their pro-choice friends? Is attending church online equivalent to sitting in the sanctuary on a Sunday morning? And what is Russell Moore’s new book about? Russell Moore responds to all of these questions and more on this episode of The Russell Moore Show. Listen in for nuanced answers to listener inquiries such as: How should pro-life Christians respond when pro-choice friends say the pro-life position is...

Duration:01:04:59

Bonus Episode: A Conversation with Stephen Prothero on Culture Wars Now That Roe Is Gone

6/24/2022
On this special episode of The Russell Moore Show, author and professor Stephen Prothero discusses the overturn of Roe v. Wade and what it may mean for the United States. Moore and Prothero talk about potential implications for other legislation like Obergefell. They consider the potential effects of the Roe v. Wade overturn on America’s culture wars. Listeners may appreciate their conversation on talking about abortion with someone who holds a different opinion, and what it may look like to...

Duration:00:17:47

Scott Sauls Gets Real About Depression and Anxiety

6/15/2022
Author and pastor Scott Sauls knows what it’s like to be his own worst critic. “Even if we’re being unfairly critiqued, there’s usually at least a kernel of truth in there somewhere that gets under our skin and bothers us,” Sauls says on this episode of The Russell Moore Show. Those kernels of truth can lead to guilt and shame. And, as Sauls says, “We have done things that render us guilty.” But we also have a victorious Savior who “accomplished a satisfactory victory” for us. Sauls and...

Duration:00:44:28

Stephen Prothero Thinks Funerals Signal a Huge Culture Shift

6/9/2022
Humans are into rituals. Birth rituals, marriage rituals, naming rituals—each of these and more are integral to the lives of most people. One type of ritual, perhaps, is most common of all: death rituals. On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, author and professor Stephen Prothero joins Moore to discuss a sweeping change in death rituals: cremation's rapid rise in popularity. They talk about the theological and cultural implications of cremation, important questions to consider about how...

Duration:00:43:50

Arthur Brooks Knows How You Can Be Happy

6/1/2022
"Happiness requires a lot of unhappy when you finally confront life in all of its complexities." Dr. Moore and Arthur C. Brooks, Harvard professor and author of the book From Strength to Strength, discuss how if you're spending all of your time and energy trying to avoid unhappy, you will paradoxically avoid your own happiness by cutting the purpose and sacredness out of your life. Addressing loneliness, mental health, relationship building and the struggles this current generation is...

Duration:00:49:31

Tim Alberta Worries Politics Is Poisoning the Church

5/25/2022
The following episode was recorded on May 13, 2022. “Having grown up just down the road, the son of the senior pastor at another church in town, I’ve spent my life watching evangelicalism morph from a spiritual disposition into a political identity,” Tim Alberta recently wrote at The Atlantic. “It’s heartbreaking.” On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Alberta and Moore discuss the shift in evangelical life that has taken place over the past several years. They share honest, insightful...

Duration:01:01:19

Rachael Denhollander Calls for a Southern Baptist Reckoning on Abuse

5/23/2022
Rachael Denhollander is horrified by the information inside the monumental third-party investigative report into sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). But she’s not surprised. “The most sobering part,” Denhollander tells CT public theologian Russell Moore, “is that we should have known, and in many cases, we did know and did nothing.” The first woman to pursue criminal charges and speak publicly against USA Gymnastics’ team doctor Larry Nassar, Denhollander is an...

Duration:00:41:42

Jonathan Haidt Says Social Media Is Making America Stupid

4/20/2022
What the heck has been happening since 2014? That’s the question that today’s guest—NYU professor, psychologist, and author Jonathan Haidt—has been trying to answer ever since NYU students started to say that certain speakers shouldn’t be allowed on campus. Then came the arrival of safe spaces, discussions of microaggressions, and trigger warnings. What in the world was going on? On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Haidt suggests that these cultural shifts—which have rippled far...

Duration:00:57:09

Listener Questions on Marriage, Politics, Banned Books, and More...

3/30/2022
Should parents read books to their children that feature disobedient characters? How can Christians engage in public service when they are concerned about the trajectories of both major political parties? Are Christians called to admit all of their sins to fellow believers or can they just confess to God? Russell Moore addresses all of these listener questions and more on this episode of The Russell Moore Show. Listen in for nuanced responses to inquiries such as: What happens to a Christian...

Duration:00:59:20

Benjamin Watson Knows Life Is a Team Sport

3/23/2022
At first glance, it may seem hard to believe that former NFL Super Bowl champion Benjamin Watson has much in common with the rest of us. But listening into his conversation with Russell Moore, you’ll find that he shares many of the same struggles that his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ do. On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Watson shares his story of growing up in a Christian home where he came to faith as a young boy. He and Moore talk about Watson’s struggles with...

Duration:00:52:02

Adam Kinzinger Doesn't Want World War III

3/9/2022
Should Americans and NATO support a no-fly zone over Ukraine? How large of a role did religion play in the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol? Is Russian propaganda responsible for much of the division we see in the world today? Is turning our focus to local politics the best way to address the chaos of national politics? Russell Moore and Representative Adam Kinzinger discuss these questions and more on today’s episode of The Russell Moore Show. Kinzinger, a member of the House...

Duration:00:57:37

David Brooks Wants to Save Evangelicalism

2/17/2022
“Are the times we’re living in really as crazy as they seem?” This is the first question that Russell Moore has for David Brooks, a New York Times op-ed columnist, author, and commentator. Brooks’s recent column “The Dissenters Trying to Save Evangelicalism From Itself” details some of the unsettling, disheartening events within evangelicalism over the past few years and highlights several individuals who are trying to forge a different path. On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Brooks...

Duration:00:41:25

Ian Cron Answers Your Enneagram Questions

1/26/2022
Is the Enneagram compatible with Christianity? Ian Cron, author of The Road Back to You and The Story of You says “yes.” On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Cron and Moore talk about the Christian roots of the personality typing system known as the Enneagram. They discuss how helpful the Enneagram can be as a tool for spiritual formation. And they talk about the power of digging into our personal stories—false messages and all—so that we can learn how to rewrite them according to the...

Duration:01:10:37

Listener Questions on Insurrection, Hellfire, Climate Change and More...

1/12/2022
How should Christians think about the insurrection at the Capitol one year later? What’s the point of reading those long genealogies in Scripture? Do leaders in ministry have to use social media? On this week’s Q&A episode of The Russell Moore Show, Moore answers these questions and more. Tune in for an episode that speaks to timely issues with timeless wisdom. How should Christians think about the insurrection at the Capitol one year later? Is it necessary to read the lineages in the Bible?...

Duration:00:49:31

Andrew Peterson Knows Why We're All Stressed and Lonely

12/22/2021
Do you feel worn down? Are you tired? Musician Andrew Peterson gets it. On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Peterson and Moore talk about community, physical exhaustion, and the faith challenges that can arise during intense seasons of life. They discuss their common feeling that something is wrong with them that isn’t wrong with others and what it looks like to hold fast to the person of Jesus when that feeling gets loud. And they talk about the ways that God nourishes his people...

Duration:00:46:14

Ligon Duncan Tells Me Where I'm Wrong on Infant Baptism

12/15/2021
Ligon Duncan and Russell Moore agree on a lot of things, but baptism isn’t one of them. While Moore comes from a believers’ baptism tradition, Duncan practices infant baptism. On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Duncan answers questions about the importance of baptism and how the Christian understanding of baptism has changed over time. He shares his perspective on the mode of baptism, the efficacy of the sacraments, and the importance of commitment regardless of denomination. He...

Duration:01:07:31

Kristin Du Mez Tells Me How Evangelicals Fell in Love with John Wayne

12/1/2021
When the Access Hollywood “locker room talk” tape hit the mainstream on October 7, 2016, both Russell Moore and historian Kristin Du Mez were horrified. But while Moore felt surprised by the evangelical response—or lack of response—to the video, Du Mez saw it as a predictable outcome of militant masculinity within evangelicalism. In their conversation, and in her book Jesus and John Wayne, Du Mez explains why. On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Moore and Du Mez talk about the overlap...

Duration:00:52:17

Beth Moore and Russell Answer Audience Questions

11/17/2021
On this bonus episode, Russell Moore and Beth Moore talk about overcoming bitterness and how to avoid quarrels. They discuss the exvangelical/evangelical divide and what it looks like to guard against self-righteousness. Both of them share a few words of advice for current Southern Baptist leaders as well. Tune in for an insightful, rich conversation. What is a practice you use to overcome bitterness? (0:56) On the other side of leaving, are there new or unexpected ways of thinking you find...

Duration:00:37:55