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Joel Settecase (and his fascinating guests) tackle “impossible” questions from a biblical perspective to help you articulate, share and defend the Christian message. Get equipped for your missional lifestyle. Join us as we seek "Truth In Conversation." Presented by the Think Institute and Cru Church Movements.

Joel Settecase (and his fascinating guests) tackle “impossible” questions from a biblical perspective to help you articulate, share and defend the Christian message. Get equipped for your missional lifestyle. Join us as we seek "Truth In Conversation." Presented by the Think Institute and Cru Church Movements.


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Joel Settecase (and his fascinating guests) tackle “impossible” questions from a biblical perspective to help you articulate, share and defend the Christian message. Get equipped for your missional lifestyle. Join us as we seek "Truth In Conversation." Presented by the Think Institute and Cru Church Movements.




Gabe Rench: How To Engage In Politics As Christians

he Think Institute Podcast is here to answer impossible questions from a biblical perspective, and one of those questions is, "How should I engage in the world of politics as a citizen of Heaven?" To present to us his answer, and to help us know how to navigate that world, is Gabriel Rench, candidate for Latah, Idaho County Commissioner. Gabriel Rench hails from Texas and currently resides in Moscow, Idaho, where he graduated from the University of Idaho. He has also attended Greyfriars...


How To Use The Bible To Detect and Defend Against False Teaching, And Other Questions (Joel Settecase AMA)

The Bible is relevant for all of life, which means that Christians need to learn how to study it and apply it to our situations. In this episode Joel answers a number of questions from viewers who tuned in live. There was no plan for the broadcast, but it seems God did have an agenda. Most of the questions and answers wound up centering on the idea of how to detect and defend against false teachings using Scripture. Along the way, we got into questions about Roman Catholicism, Salvation,...


Blake White: What Is New Covenant Theology (And Is It Accurate)?

What is the Bible about? God's covenantal relationships with his creation? Israel? Jesus? All of the above? Something else? How you answer this question will affect your thinking about God's word, God's world, God's people, and God Himself. On the ThinkPod we talk a lot about the importance of looking at the world through a biblical worldview, a biblical "lens." In the same way, we need to look at the Bible itself through a biblical lens and let Scripture define what Scripture is and what...


How to Actually End Abortion Through Legislative Means, with Baseball MVP Dennis Sarfate | Worldview Wednesday

The pro-life movement has been building momentum since the Roe v. Wade SCOTUS case in 1973, but the tragic reality is that abortion is still very much legal in the U.S. Is it possible we've been doing something wrong? And is there a way we can take action, through governmental and legislative processes, to actually end the scourge of abortion in our time? Our guest today is Dennis Sarfate, and he's going to reveal the answers to these questions. Dennis is the President of Red State Reform...


Timothy McCabe: Building Apps & Tech to Become Un-Cancellable

This episode is brought to you by the Christian Culture Builders Facebook Group. Believers in Jesus optimistically working to create Great Commission hubsfor the propagation of the Gospel, the furthering of Christ's kingdom, and the emergence of robust, fruitful, Christian culture. We work through the three spheres of authority: the family, the church, and the state. Check out Group: go to In the marketplace of ideas and in the business...


Elizabeth Urbanowicz: How to Teach Your Kids to Think Like Christians | Tuesday Twofer

As Christian parents, we have been entrusted with making disciples of our kids, and that means "teaching them to obey everything [Christ] has commanded (Matthew 28:19-20)." If truly free thinking is possibly only when is built on the solid foundation of His teaching (Matthew 7:24), then Christian parents had better learn how to instill a Christian worldview in their children, and there's no time to lose. Elizabeth Urbanowicz earned her B.S. from Gordon College in Elementary Education and...


Should Christians Ever Riot? | Worldview Wednesday

When the verdict came in on the Breonna Taylor case, major cities were bracing for yet another round of protests and, potentially, riots and looting. This raises the question: what is the biblical teaching on law and order? Should Christians protest? Should we ever turn to rioting as a legitimate response to what we see as the violation of justice? And what do we do with men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who didn't exactly riot, but who nevertheless sought to take justice into his own...


Khaldoun Sweis: Should Christians Be Influencing Culture Or Creating Our Own? | Tuesday Twofer

On today's Tuesday Twofer, Joel Settecase is joined by philosophy professor, Christian apologist and international speaker Dr. Khaldoun Sweis. Dr. Sweis is a Jordanian American and Associate Professor of Philosophy at Olive-Harvey College in Chicago and serves as tutor in philosophy with Oxford University in England. He has taught philosophy and apologetics for over a decade and spoken at conferences both nationally and abroad. He has authored three books and is a member of the American...


How Your Words Affect The Direction Of Your Life (JBP's 10th Rule) | Sons of Thunder

We all know words are important. But just how important is your speech to the course of your life? Can what you say today affect how you will live tomorrow? In this episode, Joel and Parker (the Sons of Thunder) examine this question and Jordan Peterson's 10th Rule for Life: "Be Precise In Your Speech." Listen in as the guys determine just how much of this concept is biblical and work hard to keep the conversation on track without veering off the rails into "The Secret"/Word...


Brian Sauvé: The Rise Of The Christian Culture Builders | Worldview Wednesday

Has Brian Sauvé lost his mind? His activity on Twitter is typically eye-catching, but something he tweeted recently really caught our attention, to the point that we knew we needed to get him on this show and interview him for Worldview Wednesday. What was the tweet in question? Sauvé said, "Wanted: Christians interested in building an institution-building church in Ogden, UT. Start businesses Flip houses Homestead Hire Christians Multi-generational legacy Build culture ...and...


Michael Heiser: What Everyone Gets Wrong About Demons | Tuesday Twofer

Demons. Many use the word, but we seem to use it in different ways. We use it metaphorically, as when we say, "He's wrestling with his demons" about characters facing inner conflict. But demons as actual, spiritual entities crop up in various religions (including Christianity and Hinduism), and even in popular entertainment (e.g. the film, "Paranormal Activity"). Within Christianity, attitudes toward demons vary by denomination. Some pay them practically no attention at all, whereas others...


Why Your Worldview Affects How You Treat Kids | Worldview Wednesday

Re-release: On many major issues, there are increasingly two opposing sides coalescing. Although our context, 21st Century America and the West, is new, it turns out that these two sides are not new; in fact they're very old. And they've been in opposition to one another for centuries, on any number of issues. And one of those issues, the one we're going to discuss today, deals with how we view children. So in this episode Joel and Pastor Raef are going to talk about what these two...


The "Progressive" Threat to Historic Christianity, with Alisa Childers | Tuesday Twofer

According to a recent survey, one third of those self-proclaimed Evangelicals believe Jesus is not God. What does this say about the state of "Evangelicalism" and the unbiblical ideas that have crept their way into it? In this Tuesday Twofer episode, Alisa Childers explains the decentralized movement known as Progressive Christianity. She discusses how its teachings have influenced many churches (maybe even yours), how to spot it, and what you can do about it. Get the full show notes at...


You Aren't Omniscient, And That's Okay: JBP's 9th Rule (Sons of Thunder)

Everybody wants to talk, and nobody wants to listen. But you're not nobody. You're *somebody*, and you're on a journey. You hope that journey takes you to some good places and that you acquire wisdom along the way. So you're not going to only run you're mouth (although you're going to speak up when the time is right)—you're also going to commit yourself to listening to others. As Jordan Peterson's 9th Rule puts it, you're going to "Assume the other person knows something you don't." But whom...


How to Make A Difference With What You Have, Where You Are, Right Now (Worldview Wednesday)

The world's problems are big, and you're just one individual. It's a terrifying thing to think about entering into the fray, to bring some of the into order long enough to get someone's attention and share the Gospel with him or her. It's a lot safer not to stick your neck out (at least for the time being), but is this what God wants? Didn't Jesus send his disciples into the world to "disciple the nations" (Matthew 28:19)? So what does it look like to get your piece of that Great Commission?...


Why Did Jesus Ascend, and What Is He Doing Now? with Patrick Schreiner

Christians talk a lot about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and rightly so. Those are important doctrines, and they are vital to understand, if we're going to be sharing our faith with others. But what do we say when someone asks us where Jesus is now, and what he's doing? He went back to Heaven, and the Bible says that he sat down on the throne, but is he just... waiting to come back? He's interceding for us, but what does that really mean? To everyone who could use some help...


Communion, Conspiracies, Evangelism at Work, Aliens, God's Sovereignty, Modern Prophecy, Book of Revelation, Apologetics to LDS and JWs, Manifest Destiny: Live Q&A

A wide-ranging selection of issues covered today as Joel Settecase attempts to answer viewer questions live in real time on this Q&A. *Subscribe to the Think Institute YouTube channel for more thought-provoking content.* (Shout-out to for allowing Joel to quickly reference information on Cessationism!) Get the full show notes at --- Send in a voice message:


How to Get Your Household In Order (And On Mission) | Fast Friday

On this not-so-fast Friday episode, here's what we're talking about: Our mission, given by Jesus Christ, is to disciple the nations (Mt. 28:19). This means going to foreign nations, as well as working within the nation where we are today. In every nation, God has established three distinct spheres of government. In this *FAST FRIDAY* episode we're talking about the household sphere, and how to lead your household toward greater participation in Christ's mission of making disciples. Get the...


Jordan Peterson on the Sin of Lying and the Importance of Telling the Truth (JBP's 8th Rule for Life) | Sons of Thunder

Jordan Peterson's book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote To Chaos, remains one of the most influential books of our time. But is it biblical? It's time to analyze JBP's Eighth Rule for Life from a Christian perspective. Watch as the Sons of Thunder tear into Rule 8 and see what God's word has to say. Get the full show notes at --- Send in a voice message:


Why Christians Should Be Thinking About Adoption Right Now (Worldview Wednesday)

Stats are clear that the best possible environment for a child to be raised in is with one mom, one dad, living together. For sure, sometimes that doesn't work out. Divorce happens, spouses die, tragedy befalls. But the ideal is still there: children do best when raised by mom and dad. But what if we told you that RIGHT NOW there are over 44,000 children living without a mom or dad in the US foster care system? And that the average age of these children is 6 1/2? And that children who age...