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Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture

Author: Talbot School of Theology at Biola University / Sean McDowell & Scott Rae

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A weekly podcast that offers Christian perspectives on some of the most significant issues facing today's church and culture. In each episode, hosts Scott Rae and Sean McDowell — professors at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology — draw upon biblical wisdom and insights from guest experts as they explore how Christians can thoughtfully and faithfully engage with cultural trends and current events.
401 Episodes
Should Christians use preferred pronouns? What is at stake in this question? How can Christians navigate relationships when people want them to use preferred pronouns? In this longer-than-usual podcast, Sean and Biola communications professor Tim Muehlhoff discuss these questions and more. In co-writing their book End the Stalemate, Sean and Tim realized they have much in common, but also some practical and biblical differences about how and when to use (and not use) preferred pronouns. They ...
Why are healthy marriages so vital for a flourishing society? What factor best predicts a high-quality marriage? What are some of the most common myths people believe about marriage today and how can Christians make a difference to encourage a marriage-friendly culture? These are just a few of the questions Sean discusses with sociologist Brad Wilcox regarding his new book Get Married. Dr. Wilcox brings his years of studying marriage to respond to some of the biggest myths about marriage, but...
This week, we have an excerpt of a recent event that Sean participated in with atheist journalist Adam Davidson. The two dialogued about their perspectives on issues like cancel culture, perceptions of evangelicals, and the importance of civil discourse. Highlighting areas of both agreement and disagreement, this episode demonstrates the value of thoughtful dialogue between differing worldviews.This discussion was moderated by Sean's "End the Stalemate" co-author, Tim Muehlhoff.==========Thin...
What are the essential truths of the Christian faith? How do we know they are true, and how do we live them out in relationships? In this episode, Scott interviews Sean about his recent book 12 Crucial Truths of the Christian Faith. They discuss the core issues of Christianity, how we know they are true, and why they matter for our relationship with God and others.==========Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, wh...
This week, Scott & Sean discuss:Current struggles and internal conflicts within the pro-life movement after the Dobbs decisionImplications of a New York bill that could impact private and religious schools' policies on gender expressionThe rise of anti-Semitism on elite university campuses and its effects on Jewish studentsIncident involving Venezuelan migrants in Texas and its impact on the immigration debateListener Question: Women's Roles in Church LeadershipListener Question: Go...
Why is it so important that we reclaim the historic Christian faith in a culture dominated by individualism and identity politics? Join Sean for an interview with Carl Trueman, as they discuss how believers can use the traditional creeds to evaluate modern cultural questions.Carl's new book is Crisis of Confidence: Reclaiming the Historic Faith in a Culture Consumed with Individualism and Identity.==========Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School o...
This week, Sean and Scott discuss: Louisiana mandates public schools to display the Ten Commandments, sparking legal debates and opposition.A federal judge in Kentucky blocks Biden's Title IX rules, arguing gender identity and sex are distinct.The U.S. Surgeon General advocates for warning labels on social media to protect adolescents' mental health.Listener question: Navigating self-defense as a Christian in light of Jesus' teachings on non-retaliation.Listener question: Ethics of IVF a...
Why do conversations today so often descend into unhealthy arguments and cancellation? Is it possible to have meaningful, positive conversations on difficult topics with people who see the world differently? And if so, how do we do it? Sean talks with Tim Muehlhoff, Biola communications professor, about these questions and more. They discuss their latest co-written book End the Stalemate and offer some biblical insights for effective conversations across worldview divides.Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D....
This week, Sean & Scott discuss: Canada's Online Harms Act: Potentially draconian free speech restrictions and the debate on its implications for political activism and public discourse.Compassionate Transfer in IVF: Addressing the moral dilemma of excess embryos through a controversial medical procedure aimed at unsuccessful pregnancies.Toxic Masculinity and Boys: Exploring the cultural impact of toxic masculinity on boys, including gender disappointment and the need for meaningful ...
What does it mean to be an evangelical? What do non-Christians think about the evangelical movement? Is it a movement worth saving? These are some of the questions Sean discusses with our guest Thomas Kidd, Research Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They briefly discuss the history of the evangelical movement and its core beliefs. Whether you are part of an evangelical movement or not, this episode will help you understand one of the most significant reli...
This week, Scott & Sean discuss:AI and Virtual Companions: Discussion on potential radical changes in AI, with OpenAI and Apple possibly announcing a partnership to integrate advanced virtual companions into devices.Sports Gambling: Examination of the impact of legalized sports betting on the integrity of professional sports and the pressures it places on athletes.Fidelity Month: Introduced by Professor Robert George, the concept encourages a renewal of commitment to faith, family, and co...
What is cancel culture and why has it burst on the scene so dramatically the past few years? How can Christians best navigate our current cultural moment of canceling people with whom we disagree? In this episode, Sean and Scott discuss the recent book The Cancelling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Rikki Schlott. You can also find this discussion on video through the Biola YouTube channel.Read a transcript of this episode at:
This week, Sean and Scott discuss:Marijuana has Surpassed Alcohol as the Most Frequently Used DrugHow Hamas Refers to Female Captives The Non-Religous May Have Stopped Growing in NumberListener Question: How Can I be a Fulfilled Christian if I Can't Have a FamilyListener Question: Should I publish Christian Media if it will affect my carreer?==========Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees...
Jack Hollis is the executive VP of Toyota North America. He loves to say: "I work for Jesus, but get paid by Toyota." How does he lead such a successful business and yet live out his faith? What leadership principles has he learned from Jesus? In this interview, Sean talks with Jack about his journey to becoming a Christian, his story of becoming one of the key leaders within Toyota, and how he integrates his faith into his work.Jack Hollis is executive vice president of Toyota Motor North Am...
This week, Sean and Scott discuss:Christian Ethics of ImmigrationAI in Dating AppsNonconsensual Medical ExaminationsListener Question: What determines the morality of our societies relational boundaries, like gay marriage?Listener Question: What should be most meaningful when we reflect back on life?Listener Question: What is the purpose of sex?==========Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees b...
Although it may be surprising to some, having two parents in the home provides the greatest economic privilege kids can have. Thus, the decline in marriage has had disastrous cultural implications. In this episode, Sean and Scott discuss the recent book The Two Parent Privilege by Melissa Kearney. They discuss Kearney's 10-year study which shows the host of benefits that are passed on to children who grow up with two parents. While her argument is not biblically-based, it lines up with Script...
This week, Sean and Scott discuss:Sex Workers Punished by Law for Refusing SexWhat Deathbed Visions Teach us About the Afterlife Kansas City Chief Kicker, Harrison Butker's Graduation SpeechListener Question: Responding to Listener Feedback about Preston Sprinkle EpisodeListener Question: Does God still Discipline his Children?Listener Question: Rwandan Genocide - is Humanity to Blame for Such Evil?==========Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot Sc...
What made the first Christians so different from their surrounding culture? How did their worship differ from the way the average Roman citizen viewed the gods? Why did the early church view themselves as a family and why is that so significant? We’ll discuss these questions and more with our guest Dr. Nijay Gupta around his new book, Strange Religion: How the First Christians were Weird, Dangerous and Compelling.Nijay K. Gupta (PhD, Durham University) is professor of New Te...
This week, Sean and guest co-host Rick Langer discuss:Troubling Trends in Teenage SexSlogans in Israel/Palestine ConflictDebate Over Gender Affirming Care for ChildrenListener Question: HPV Vaccine in ChildrenListener Question: Should my beliefs be law?Listener Question: Is America a "chosen nation"?==========Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, which offers degrees both online and on campus in Southern Californi...
The Bible is clear that followers of Jesus are exiles in this world. What exactly does this mean and what does this mean for the way we view our political views and affiliations? How was going to church in the first century a politically subversive act? How was the cross a political image in the Roman world? We’ll answer these questions and more with our guest and friend Dr. Preston Sprinkle around his new book, Exiles: The Church in the Shadow of Empire. Dr. Preston Sprinkle is a biblical sc...
Comments (18)


MAYBE, immigrants commit crimes at a rate less than the population. The term immigrant however, includes more than people crossing from Mexico. That said, ILLEGAL TV immigrants are criminals as soon as they cross the border ILLEGALLY. Lol. Nice try. Also, we don't need immigrants because of a very minor and temporary population decline. This happens recurringly.. Less people isn't bad, just different.we can't take of the people we have at the mo.wnt.

Jul 19th

Nancy Thornton

Russell Moore doesn't know what time it is. "You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times" Matthew 16:3

Sep 11th

Brad Murray

This book will be a great tool for people to use, preferably before we absolutely need it, before a final decision is made possibly in the negative.

Aug 24th

Andy Lomax

as a victim of spiritual abuse from my lead pastor while serving as an elder, let me just say this is spot-on

Feb 10th
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Steve Davis

Great conversation!!!!

Jan 16th

Amie Regester

it actually DOES seem like God is saying "you want a world without me?" Good luck with war and resource management. It doesn't seem like like he's got much access to our conscience unless we ask

Jul 6th

Joel LeBlanc

really good, thank you

Oct 21st

Marianne Croft Olsen

Why challenge it? Don't all churches have things that can be argued?

Feb 2nd

Linda Susan Erickson

I hope I'm wrong, it sure seemed like your guest thinks that illegal immigration is ok. And you didn't call him on it. Doesn't the immigrant have the responsibility to come legally, not illegally?

Jun 22nd


Very informative. Great listen. I hope gun banners will listen to this.

May 23rd



May 9th


The episode title should not even be possible. You need to know exactly 1 thing about Jesus to know Jesus is not a socialist. There is a certain story in any Bible I have ever read that involves a fish......

Dec 17th
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Linda Susan Erickson

It sure would have been helpful if the speaker had given some concrete examples on how the church should adapt to younger people. ( Other than with music which older Christians already know about.)

Aug 11th
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Joel Loh

Thoughts are always well constructed and insightful. Love it

Nov 26th