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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.
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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: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2024/clarit...
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...
This week, Scott & Sean discuss:Falling Fertility Rates: Discussion on the continuous decline of fertility rates in the U.S., with women delaying childbirth, leading to economic and social implications.Campus Protests Escalate: Coverage of widespread campus protests across the U.S. and Europe, reflecting deep-seated ideological battles and a decline in civil discourse at universities.Marijuana Reclassification: Debate on the DEA's proposal to reclassify marijuana, exploring its potential ...
Our host Scott Rae recently donated a kidney to his brother, Mark. It was a long, arduous journey in which God was clearly present along the way. How did it affect each of them spiritually? How did it affect their relationships with family? And how can we think biblically about a life-saving medical procedure such as this? Sean interviews both Scott and Mark to hear about their emotional journey.==========Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith and Culture is a podcast from Talbot School of ...
This week, Sean and Scott discuss:Tennessee Legislation on Armed Teachers: The controversial decision by Tennessee lawmakers allowing teachers to carry concealed handguns in schools, prompted by a tragic school shooting. Generational Views on Israel: A poll suggests that nearly half of Gen Z views Israel's actions against Hamas as unjust due to its power, painting it as the oppressor. Innovations in Gene Editing: The integration of generative AI with CRISPR technology, with th...
What is polyamory and why is it bursting on the scene right now? Is there such a thing as Christian polyamory? Will polyamorous relationships work? While relying on Scripture and social science research, Sean and Scott discuss these questions and more. You can also find this discussion on video through the Biola YouTube channel.Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2024/polyamory-a-biblical-response. ==========Think Biblically: Conversations o...
This week:Exploring Shifts in Religious Identification: Dive into the latest trends in religious affiliations in America. Discover why the religiously unaffiliated are the fastest growing group and how different faith groups are retaining their followers.The Power of AI in Persuasion: Uncover the surprising findings of a new study comparing the persuasiveness of AI to human argumentation. Learn how AI is shaping the way we think and the potential implications for the spread of information and...
Who is the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit work in our lives? What are some common misconceptions about the Holy Spirit and what are some vital truths to know to live in the power of the Spirit? Sean and Scott speak with fellow Biola professor Fred Sanders about these questions and his new book The Holy Spirit: An Introduction.Fred Sanders (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is a professor of theology at the Torrey Honors College at Biola University. Sanders is the author of multiple book...
Today, Scott and Sean discuss:Solar Eclipses and Intelligent Design: Discussion on how solar eclipses demonstrate intelligent design, including the precise conditions necessary for a habitable planet and the unique positioning that allows for the observation of solar eclipses.Racial Bias in Hiring: Insights from a study where researchers sent 80,000 fake resumes to gauge racial bias among large U.S. companies. The study found a 9.5% higher contact rate for presumed white applicants over black...
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Comments (17)

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
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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
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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
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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
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Joel LeBlanc

really good, thank you

Oct 21st
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Marianne Croft Olsen

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

Feb 2nd
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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
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E J

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

May 23rd
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E J

👍👍

May 9th
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E J

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
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