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Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture
Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture
Talbot School of Theology at Biola University / Sean McDowell & Scott Rae

A weekly podcast that offers Christian perspectives on some of the most significant issues facing today's church and culture. In each episode,... more

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Episodes

[BONUS] Why Kids Have a Right to Mom and Dad (with Katy Faust)

Do kids have a natural right to their mom and dad? Katy Faust argues that the answer is yes, and... more

29 Jan 2023 · 1 hour,
The Qur'an and the Christian (with Matthew Bennett)

How does the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, compare and contrast with the Bible? What does it teach about sin,... more

26 Jan 2023 · 35 minutes
Portrayals of Committed Christians in Hollywood Media (with Thomas Sieberhagen)

How are committed Christians portrayed in Hollywood media? It’s more complicated than you might think. They are often presented as... more

19 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
[BONUS] A Christian and an Atheist Talk about God and Race (with Coleman Hughes)

Coleman Hughes is the host of the popular podcast "Conversations with Coleman." He is a young African-American thinker who is... more

16 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Biotechnology: Making People “Better than Well?” (with John McClean)

What kinds of things constitute biotechnological enhancement? What’s the difference between correcting disease and enhancing traits? How does the concept... more

12 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence and robotics are becoming a major part of our everyday lives, whether we realize it or not. Where... more

05 Jan 2023 · 44 minutes
The Meaning of Singleness (and relevant to you if you’re married!) (with Dani Treweek)

When the early Christians talked about singleness and marriage, how did they talk about it? How are single adults viewed... more

22 Dec 2022 · 31 minutes
Game Changing Archeological Finding (with Scott Stripling)

Once in a generation archeologists unearth something that is truly a game changer. Recently found material turn much of OT... more

19 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
The State of Bible and Theology in America: 2022

What do Americans believe about the Bible? How often do Americans read the Bible and in what ways? And what... more

08 Dec 2022 · 37 minutes
The Bible and Same Sex Marriage (with Rachel Gilson)

The Bible repeatedly uses the metaphor of marriage to illustrate the relationship between Christ and His church. How does that... more

05 Dec 2022 · 34 minutes
The Call to Follow (with Rick Langer)

There are lots of seminars on leadership but when is the last time you attended a seminar on “follower-ship?” Don’t... more

17 Nov 2022 · 40 minutes
Think Biblically about Think Biblically (Live Episode!)

At their recent live show, Sean & Scott discuss some of the thornier issues and questions they've run up against... more

10 Nov 2022 · 31 minutes
Thinking Biblically about Politics

Politics remains a divisive and contentious area in the culture at large and among Christians. What does it mean to... more

03 Nov 2022 · 43 minutes
[BONUS] Why Jesus Matters Today (with J. Warner Wallace)

Why did Jesus have such a big impact on history? How could one man so deeply influence art, architecture, history,... more

31 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Live Episode! — Reaching the World for Christ (with Josh McDowell)

At a special event & live recording celebrating the 5-Year Anniversary of the Think Biblically podcast, Sean & Scott sit... more

27 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
How to be a Patriotic Christian (with Richard Mouw)

What does it mean to love one’s country? If the powers that be are ordained by God, does that mean... more

20 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
[BONUS] Progressive Christianity vs. Evangelical Christianity

What is Progressive Christianity? Is it a branch of historic Christianity or something else? In this bonus episode, Sean has... more

17 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Finding Messiah (with Jen Rosner)

Jesus was a Jewish rabbi, who was the savior of the world but also celebrated Passover, taught in synagogues, wore... more

13 Oct 2022 · 33 minutes
Strange New World (with Carl Trueman)

What is the heart of the sexual revolution and who are the key thinkers behind it? Given the tensions about... more

11 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Jesus and Social Media

If Jesus were physically present today, would he use social media? And if so, to what end? What can we... more

29 Sep 2022 · 45 minutes
Rembrandt is in the Wind (with Russ Ramsey)

We freely admit that truth and goodness are important, but not so much for the concept of beauty. Frankly, art... more

22 Sep 2022 · 30 minutes
Celebrities for Jesus (with Katelyn Beaty)

We often get excited when a celebrity comes to faith in Christ—they can use their platform for the gospel. But... more

15 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
The Air We Breathe (with Glen Scrivener)

How did we come to believe virtually universally in concepts such as freedom, equality and compassion? How did those concepts... more

08 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
[BONUS] The Cost of My Faith (with Jack Phillips)

Jack Phillips was taken before Colorado Civil Rights Commission for refusing to design a custom cake for a same-sex wedding.... more

06 Sep 2022 · 57 minutes
A Rebel's Manifesto (with Sean McDowell)

Today's episode is also available as a video on Biola's YouTube channel.   How can Christians navigate the difficult ethical issues... more

01 Sep 2022 · 47 minutes
Cultural Counterfeits (with Jen Oshman)

What does the Bible have to say to a culture obsessed with body image, hookup sex, abortion and alternative sexualities?... more

25 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
[BONUS] The Faith Journey of a Navy Seal (with Chad Williams)

Why would a Navy Seal come to faith? How would he reconcile questions about the use of violence with his... more

22 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
20 Myths About Religion and Politics (with Ryan Burge)

Is evangelical faith in decline today?  Is abortion the main political issue for Christians?  Do pastors talk about politics too... more

18 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
God, Genocide and Biblical Interpretation (with Charlie Trimm)

Did God sanction genocide in the Old Testament?  The biblical passages concerning the Israelites and Canaanites are some of the... more

11 Aug 2022 · 32 minutes
[BONUS] A Simple Guide to Experience Miracles (with JP Moreland)

Do miracles still happen today? How would we recognize a miracle as genuine? In this bonus episode, which Sean recorded... more

08 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Hills to Die On: Discussing Unity

** This episode is also available as a video on Biola's YouTube channel **   How important is unity for Christians... more

04 Aug 2022 · 40 minutes
Logic and the Way of Jesus (with Travis Dickinson)

What does it mean to think like Jesus? How can Christians better learn to use logic to discover truth and... more

28 Jul 2022 · 30 minutes
[BONUS] Christians in a Cancel Culture (with Joe Dallas)

What is cancel culture and why is it so prevalent today? How should Christians respond to the phenomenon of canceling... more

25 Jul 2022 · 1 hour,
Excavating the Evidence for Jesus (with Titus Kennedy)

How strong is the archaeological and historical evidence for Jesus and the Gospels? In this interview, Sean and Scott talk... more

21 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
Fire in the Streets (with Doug Groothuis)

What is critical theory and why is it so influential today? How might Christians respond to current controversies surrounding gender... more

14 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
[BONUS] Action Apologetics (with Tim Yoder)

After many years of study and experience of how people come to faith in Christ, professor Tim Yoder proposed what... more

11 Jul 2022 · 24 minutes
Common Callings, Ordinary Virtues (with Brent Waters)

So much of our spiritual formation comes when we’re not thinking about it—in the course of our everyday lives.  Understanding... more

07 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
The Great Question (with Os Guinness)

What are the best steps to find a meaningful life? What can we learn from the most influential thinkers in... more

30 Jun 2022 · 31 minutes
[BONUS] The Bible and LGBTQ Relationships (with Colby Martin)

In this bonus episode, Sean talks with progressive Christian pastor Colby Martin about Scripture and same-sex unions. They discuss what... more

26 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 32 minutes
How Not to Read the Bible (with Dan Kimball)

What do we say to some of the hard questions skeptics raise about the Bible? Some of the Bible is... more

23 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
Darwinian Racism (with Richard Weikart)

What exactly is the connection between Darwinian evolutionary theory and what is often called “social Darwinism” that emerged out of... more

16 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
The Revolutionary Disciple (with Jim Putman)

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus today? What unique challenges do Christians face in our present... more

10 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
Is the Gospel Inclusive?

Is the gospel really inclusive for all people? What does the Bible really say about LGBTQ relationships?   In this discussion,... more

02 Jun 2022 · 52 minutes
Becoming Whole: Poverty and the "American Dream" (with Brian Fikkert)

Many people consider the "American Dream" to be the goal of someone trying to get out of poverty. Both in... more

31 May 2022 · 32 minutes
Economics and the Image of God (with Brian Fikkert)

Economics touches virtually every aspect of our lives on this side of eternity. Not surprisingly, the Bible has a great... more

19 May 2022 · 36 minutes
[BONUS] Is Roe vs. Wade Gone? Sean and Scott Discuss the Leaked Ruling

Roe vs. Wade (1973) was one of the most consequential Supreme Court rulings in America history, allowing abortion in all... more

17 May 2022 · 52 minutes
Scripture and Gender (with Erik Thoennes)

This podcast episode is also available as a video on Biola's YouTube channel:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvSlsNMJkB4   Biblically speaking, is our biological sex... more

13 May 2022 · 51 minutes
The Story Behind the Think Biblically Podcast

Have you ever wondered how this podcast got started? How do Scott and Sean pick guests and topics? What's the... more

10 May 2022 · 35 minutes
Headwinds and Tailwinds: Leading a Christian University in Today's Culture (with Barry Corey)

Join Scott and Sean as they interview Biola's President, Dr. Barry Corey about leading a Christian university in these challenging... more

04 May 2022 · 26 minutes
Atheism on Trial (with Mark Lanier)

How would atheism fare if it were put on trial? Leading trial Lawyer Mark Lanier believes the evidence undermines atheism... more

24 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
The Loneliness Epidemic (with Susan Mettes)

Coming out of COVID, with gatherings restricted, there is a renewed emphasis on loneliness in the culture at large. As... more

15 Apr 2022 · 31 minutes
Eyes to See God's Common Grace (with Tim Muehlhoff)

Where is God when tragedy hits? Is it possible that God is at work in the world in ways we... more

13 Apr 2022 · 32 minutes
Behind the Scenes at The Chosen (with Doug Huffman)

The Chosen TV series is a compelling look at the lives of Christ and his disciples. Talbot's own Dr. Doug... more

01 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
[Bonus] The Argument for God from Music (with Gavin Ortlund)

This is Part II of our session with Gavin Ortlund from his new book, Why God Makes Sense in a... more

29 Mar 2022 · 28 minutes
Why God Makes Sense (with Gavin Ortlund)

Is Christian theism really believable? Does God make sense amidst our world that often doesn't? In this interview, Sean and... more

25 Mar 2022 · 30 minutes
Godly Jealousy (with Erik Thoennes)

How can a loving God be jealous, as the Bible describes? Is God envious? In this interview, Sean and Scott... more

18 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
Jesus and John Wayne (Book Review)

This episode is also available as a video on Biola's YouTube channel:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0hzJ0yGlHU   The book Jesus and John Wayne has... more

11 Mar 2022 · 47 minutes
Beyond Racial Division, Part 2 (with George Yancey)

Rejecting both the notion of colorblindness and antiracism, Baylor University sociologist George Yancey outlines a path to genuine racial reconciliation.... more

24 Feb 2022 · 30 minutes
Beyond Racial Division, Part 1 (with George Yancey)

Rejecting both the notion of colorblindness and antiracism, Baylor University sociologist George Yancey outlines a path to genuine racial reconciliation.... more

18 Feb 2022 · 26 minutes
Toxic Church Cultures and How to Fix Them (with Scot McKnight)

In his new book, written with his daughter, NT scholar Scot McKnight takes on the subject of toxic church cultures-how... more

11 Feb 2022 · 37 minutes
Rediscovering the Virtue of Shame (with Gregg Ten Elshof)

Shame has been maligned as a harmful emotion that has no place in human flourishing. But is this view correct?... more

07 Feb 2022 · 48 minutes
Handing Down the Faith (with Christian Smith)

What does the most recent research show about how parents, teachers, youth pastors and concerned adults can pass on their... more

31 Jan 2022 · 34 minutes
The Wisdom Pyramid (with Brett McCracken)

How to develop a life of wisdom in the midst of a culture that works against such a development? Gospel... more

26 Jan 2022 · 36 minutes
Lament for a Father (with Marvin Olasky)

Journalist Marvin Olasky tells the story of his sometimes rocky relationship with his father, the product of a good deal... more

14 Jan 2022 · 32 minutes
Why I Trust the Bible (with Bill Mounce)

How do we know the Bible is trustworthy? Are the Gospels really written by the people who they are attributed... more

09 Jan 2022 · 31 minutes
Religious Persecution of Uyghur Muslims in China (with Rushan Abbas)

Religious freedom is a universal freedom, grounded in the rights of conscience. Though it is true that Christians are the... more

21 Dec 2021 · 36 minutes
Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Abortion Case

On December 1, 2021, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health... more

10 Dec 2021 · 43 minutes
Immigration and the Bible (with Markus Zehnder)

Few subjects are more controversial today than immigration and the Christian debate reflects the discussion in the culture at large.... more

05 Dec 2021 · 39 minutes
The Church Revitalization Checklist (with Sam Rainer)

Should we be hopeful about the post-pandemic church or concerned? Are churches growing today or dying? In this episode, we... more

28 Nov 2021 · 29 minutes
Embodied: Living As Whole People (with Greg Allison)

The worldview of Gnosticism, which was one of the first heresies facing the first Christians, is alive and well today-and... more

20 Nov 2021 · 31 minutes
Surviving Abortion (with Sarah Zagorski)

Sarah Zagorski survived an abortion—that’s right, she survived an attempt to abort her, having been born alive as a result... more

17 Nov 2021 · 29 minutes
Relational Spirituality (with Todd Hall)

In his new book, co-authored with his wife and psychology colleague, Todd Hall and Liz Hall, lay out a new... more

05 Nov 2021 · 28 minutes
The Myth of the Unwanted Child (with Bethany Bomberger)

With abortion being so available today, the notion of the unwanted child has become standard fare among defenders of abortion.... more

31 Oct 2021 · 31 minutes
Power and Weakness in Leadership and the Church (with Kyle Strobel)

Kyle Strobel brings an insightful critique of the exercise of power in the church today and spells out the way... more

22 Oct 2021 · 37 minutes
Magna Carta of Humanity (with Os Guinness)

What is at the heart of the reason for the decline in Western culture? Cultural analyst Os Guinness argues that... more

14 Oct 2021 · 30 minutes
You Are Not Your Own (with Alan Noble)

What is the fundamental problem at the core of modern society? According to Alan Noble, it is a faulty view... more

07 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
Glimmers of Grace (with Katie Butler)

In her years of medical practice as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Katie Butler has seen it all, and also seen... more

30 Sep 2021 · 38 minutes
Bioethics and the Character of Human Life (with Gilbert Meilander)

Gilbert Meilander has spent his life at the intersection of theology and bioethics, including being selected for George W. Bush's... more

24 Sep 2021 · 32 minutes
One Faith No Longer (with George Yancey)

In his new book, One Faith No Longer, sociologist George Yancey looks at the polarization within Christianity that reflects the... more

13 Sep 2021 · 32 minutes
The "Over the Counter Abortion" (with Donna Harrison)

With the advent of abortion inducing drugs such as RU-486 and others, abortion has become increasingly private and available to... more

07 Sep 2021 · 33 minutes
Surviving Religion 101 (with Michael Kruger)

How can young people survive the challenges of religion classes in secular colleges? Dr. Michael Kruger is the author of... more

27 Aug 2021 · 30 minutes
Climate Change in Christian Perspective (with Brent Waters)

Climate change has been one of the most debated subjects around the world in recent years, with various opinions about... more

19 Aug 2021 · 30 minutes
Messy Truth (with Caleb Kaltenbach)

Bringing the truth of Scripture into discussions of marriage and sexuality can be messy, to say the least. Navigating these... more

16 Aug 2021 · 29 minutes
Religious Liberty for All (with Andrew Walker)

Is religious liberty important for all people, including Jews, Muslims, and Hindus, or just Christians? How do we make a... more

05 Aug 2021 · 30 minutes
Fighting for Life (with Lila Rose)

How do we truly make a difference in the world? How can we fight for justice in a broken world?... more

29 Jul 2021 · 32 minutes
Immigration, Islam and Women's Rights (with Ayaan Hirsi Ali)

Since mass migration from Africa and the Middle East into Europe since 2015, there has been a marked increase in... more

22 Jul 2021 · 30 minutes
Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible (with Michael Bird)

What are the most common mistakes Christians make when approaching the Bible? Seasoned biblical scholar Michael Bird takes on seven... more

18 Jul 2021 · 32 minutes
[Bonus] Latest Research on Gen Z (with Jonathan Morrow)

In partnership with the Barna Research Group, Impact 360 has commissioned a massive new study on Gen Z. It focuses... more

08 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
[Bonus] What Purity Culture Got Right and Wrong (with Rachel Joy Welcher)

"Purity culture" has a complicated legacy. Some is positive and some needs biblical correction. Rachel Joy Welcher has written an... more

06 Jul 2021 · 1 hour,
New Data On Same Sex Parenting (with Walter Schumm)

The conventional wisdom concerning same sex parenting is that it is not substantively different from oppoosite sex parenting-the notion that... more

01 Jul 2021 · 32 minutes
[Bonus] How Archaeology Supports the Bible (with Joel Kramer)

Is there actually good archaeological evidence supporting the Bible? Sean interviews archaeologist Joel Kramer about his recent book Where God... more

29 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
The Anatomy of Deconversion (with John Marriott)

We hear an increasing number of stories — tragic ones — of recognizable Christian leaders abandoning their faith. What contributes... more

28 Jun 2021 · 37 minutes
Why You Matter (with Mike Sherrard)

Does life really have any meaning? Are all human beings actually equal? These are some of the big questions of... more

22 Jun 2021 · 33 minutes
The Return of the God Hypothesis (with Stephen Meyer)

Is the scientific data pointing towards a universe of design or towards a universe that needs no supernatural explanation? In... more

17 Jun 2021 · 41 minutes
Them Before Us (with Katy Faust)

From certain reproductive technologies to divorce and to same-sex marriages, our culture focuses far more on the desires of adults... more

10 Jun 2021 · 39 minutes
Where Prayer Becomes Real (with Kyle Strobel)

Prayer is often a hard subject to talk about, and one reason for that is the guilt that it induces... more

02 Jun 2021 · 37 minutes
Critical/Cynical Theories (with Helen Pluckrose)

Since the summer of 2020, Critical Race Theory, and Critical Theory in general, have come out from the academic world... more

21 May 2021 · 35 minutes
Cultural Intelligence (with Darrell Bock)

The people of God are called to engage with the issues of the culture, which can involve at times, some... more

13 May 2021 · 38 minutes
Another Gospel? (with Alisa Childers)

What is "progressive Christianity" and why is it so important to understand today? In this interview, we talk with Alisa... more

30 Apr 2021 · 32 minutes
Transgender Sports Policy (with Gabe Higerd)

The intersection of the transgender movement and sport is at the forefront of sport policy discussions. Dr. Higerd recently finished... more

23 Apr 2021 · 29 minutes
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Prayer is often a hard subject to talk about, and one reason for that is the guilt that it induces as people... more