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Like millions of others concerned about their health, Hank Hanegraaff never knew which diet plan to trust, but he believes that he has found the secret to healing the whole of you–body, mind and spirit. Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul — A Christian Guide to Fasting is the latest book by Jay Richards, outlining a plan based on the ancient Christian practice of intermittent fasting that can help you experience deeper life in Christ while getting healthier physically. This podcast features a conversation between Hank and Jay in which they discuss the benefits of fasting and a six-week plan for a powerful paradigm shift that could make this the healthiest year of your life.Topics discussed include: The impact that reading Eat, Fast, Feast had on Hank’s cancer treatment and going into remission (1:30); why Jay Richards believes that it is no coincidence that a decrease in fasting has led to an increase in diseases of civilization such as heart disease, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cancer (6:25); why our bodies are designed for fasting (12:05); why did Christians stop fasting? (17:25); did Jesus assume that His followers would fast? (20:45); why should we care about early Christian practice today? (24:20); examining the practice of intermittent fasting (29:45); is dietary fat bad for us? (37:20); are all calories equal? (40:45); the difference between dieting and fasting (43:25); the benefits of combining a ketogenic diet with fasting (46:25); the problem with carbohydrates (48:40); the importance of consuming water and salt (52:10); do our bodies have two brains? (55:25); the growing evidence that fasting can fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, cancer, etc. (57:05); getting your body into recycle and repair mode (59:25); examples of fasting incorrectly (1:02:40); the physical and spiritual benefits of the Christian seasons of fasting (1:04:25); Darwinian associations with various diets (1:07:40); does feasting lose it’s significance without fasting? (1:11:05); how do our taste buds change? (1:13:15); are there health benefits of alcohol (1:15:30); the problem with “nutritionalism” and reducing food to its chemical composition (1:16:25); Eucharistic symbolism and understanding our body soul unity (1:18:05); the loss of fasting as an ordinary part of the Christian life for many modern Christians (1:20:35); what to expect if you follow Jay Richards’ 6 week fasting routine (1:22:35).For further information on Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul — A Christian Guide to Fasting please click here. to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
Hell can be hard to explain. Professor Louis Markos joins Hank to discuss how works of art can help us understand and explain complex topics like hell, which is the topic of Markos’ feature article in the Christian Research Journal titled How Dante’s Inferno Can Help Explain Hell to Modern Seekers. This is a high energy, passionate conversation covering a wide range of topics that we promise you won’t want to miss. Subscribe today and receive this as your first issue, please click here to learn more. discussed include: Is cultural apologetics important? (4:05); the relationship between art and the incarnation (8:30); are icons idols or a window into another world? (10:30); the depth of Dante’s Inferno (20:30); the two meanings of the word comedy (23:40); evil is perverted goodness (26:30); the power of symbolism in the practice of sacraments in the church such as baptism (36:00); what is hell? (44:40); comparing The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis and Dante’s Divine Comedy (46:40); do we have free will? what is free will? (48:40); is white-collar crime worse than blue-collar crime? (54:10); the essence of sin is the perversion of good (56:25); should reading be considered a spiritual discipline? (1:01:40); Bart Ehrman and the importance of reading the Bible in the proper context (1:13:20); the importance of asking the question “is it true?” (1:17:45); what does Heaven mean? (1:21:00); is the Bible perfect? (1:28:25); the significance of tradition in relation to the Bible (1:31:05).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
Award winning journalist John S. Dickerson joins Hank to discuss the credibility and impact of Christianity as detailed in Dickerson’s new book Jesus Skeptic. They discuss how Christianity has impacted and shaped our culture, including how followers of Jesus helped to abolish slavery, establish public education, found modern hospitals, support women’s rights, drive racial reconciliation, and fight for justice and progress in various other arenas. In a generation that wants to make the world a better place, this episode will display what humanity’s greatest champions had in common: a Christian faith.Topics discussed include: Is the great evangelical recession global? (1:30); what if Jesus Christ had never been born? (4:05); why are so many people skeptical of Jesus and Christianity? (11:15); the role of Christians in the foundation of colleges, universities and education as we know it (14:50); political correctness in universities today and the danger of losing freedom thought (19:00); does Western society take the impact of Christianity for granted? (21:25); is Christianity a keystone species in society? (25:15); the Christian foundations of modern hospitals and healthcare (29:00); Christians and the Scientific Revolution (31:45); Christianity and women’s rights (43:45); how the Christian ethic helped to abolish slavery (46:30); was Hitler a Christian? (52:10); the importance of the Bible (56:45); predictions that Jesus made (59:50); was Jesus the most influential person in history? (1:04:40); what is the history of Christianity? (1:07:15); the origins of literacy and how society is drifting towards post-literacy (1:13:20); the importance of reading (1:17:10); what does the book of nature tell us about God? (1:24:30).To learn more about the book Jesus Skeptic click here.
Robert Spencer has not only faced death threats for speaking the truth about Islam, people have actually attempted to kill him. In an era of political correctness gone crazy it is downright dangerous to have an honest conversation about Islamic history and the teachings of Muhammad that Muslims honor as their prophet. A willingness to follow truth wherever it leads, even if it is unpopular, is what makes Robert Spencer so special and why Hank has such a deep respect for his work. Their conversation details the role of Islam in the world today through a thorough understanding of Islam throughout world history. Topics discussed include: Robert Spencer once trained US military personnel on the mindset of an Islamic terrorist and why CAIR asked for him to be removed from that position (2:55); divine providence saving both Hank Hanegraaff and Robert Spencer’s lives and how facing death changes the way you live your life (5:25); the contributions that Christianity has made to Western Civilization and why an Islamic worldview could never have led to them (11:30); contrasting the history of Jesus Christ and Mohammed (14:00); addressing the state of affairs in Turkey today and the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate (16:45); why the history of jihad is not known or remembered by most Americans (19:20); the phenomena of Islamophobia and the lack of honest discourse on Islam (21:50); why Sharia makes Islam and democracy an impossible combination (27:35); Meccan and Medinan Suras and the contradictions in the Quran (29:45); the growing Muslim majority in the western world as an example of demographic jihad (33:35); Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, anti-Semitism and the growing Islamic influence in the US government (35:30); did Ilhan Omar marry her own brother in a case of immigration fraud? (37:30); the impact of Islam in Michigan and the future of Islam in America (39:30); why does the radical left love Islam and hate Christianity? (41:55); the difference between the just war theory in Christianity and jihad in Islam(46:00); why it is critical to put the history of the Crusades into a proper perspective (47:35); the mass genocide of Christians in the Middle East today and how political correctness is helping it to happen (51:55); Pope Francis, Barack Obama and George W. Bush defending Islam as a religion of peace (54:25); the state of Islamic terrorism today (1:09:15); the Dome of the Rock, the Hagia Sophia and Muslims reappropriation of important religious sites of other religions into mosques (1:13:30); Robert Spencer’s return to Eastern Orthodoxy (1:21:40); why Robert Spencer is writing an apologetic for Orthodoxy focused on arguments against papal authority (1:23:15); why Islam is the biggest threat to Western Civilization (1:27:10); is Iran, Saudi Arabia or Turkey the biggest threat to the West in the Islamic world? (1:29:25); Robert Spencer receiving death threats (1:32:35); Robert Spencer’s upcoming book The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process (1:35:55).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
In a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank Hanegraaff offers an exclusive preview of his new book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More. Essentially, Truth Matters, Life Matters More is two books in one. Because truth matters, part one memorably equips readers in the essential truth of the Christian faith. In part two Hank explains why life matters more and how we can experience the height of human existence—union with God. Simply put, the map is not the territory. The menu is not the meal. We cheat ourselves of authentic union with Christ when we elevate the message above the Messenger. Hanegraaff earnestly believes that Truth Matters, Life Matters More is his magnum opus and the crowning achievement of over 3 decades in ministry. To get your copy of Truth Matters, Life Matters More visit discussed include: Hank Hanegraaff begins by explaining why he felt the need to compose Truth Matters, Life Matters More as two books in one (0:00); an exclusive listen to the audiobook reading of the introduction to part two of the Truth Matters, Life Matters More, titled Life Matters More read by Hank Hanegraaff (18:40); Hanegraaff thanks the audience for listening and reminds listeners that Truth Matters, Life Matters more is available for your support of the Christian Research Institute at (36:30). to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.
Rankin Wilbournes Union with Christ is one of Hanks favorite books, so when Wilbournes newest book The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life arrived in the mail he read it immediately. As soon as he finished reading the book he knew that he needed to promote it as much as possible and invite Rankin Wilbourne back on the Hank Unplugged podcast for another discussion on the most important aspect of our human existence union with God. Topics discussed include: Why did Rankin Wilbourne decide to write The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life with Brian Gregor (8:50); what did the cross mean in the ancient world? (10:10); how to find true happiness in the cross (12:50); the relationship between Union with Christ and The Cross Before Me and how both books truly show the way to live your best life now (16:55); the importance of doing all that we do for the Glory of God (20:30); why Rankin Wilbourne used Tom Brady, Brad Pitt and Andre Agassi as examples that all men seek to find true happiness (23:00); the problem with seeking a culture driven formula for happiness as opposed to a Christ driven formula for true happiness (26:40); the significance of suffering and why we should rejoice in our suffering (30:20); Ephrem the Syrian, Bernard of Clairvaux and Jesus Christ on the importance of humility (34:30); Hank recalls a time when he was critical of the prosperity gospel and how it taught him to focus on the opinion of God instead of the opinion of man (41:45); the importance of confession as a spiritual exercise (44:00); the problem with cultural Christianity and the idea that we can have union with Christ and union with the culture, making Jesus an accessory to our identity as opposed to the center of our reality (47:00); recovering the scandal of the cross in a culture that has domesticated the cross (50:35); the importance of crucifying our ambition and ego (54:00); recapturing a sense of history and the value of Christian tradition rightly understood in order to properly understand the Bible its Sola Scriptura not Solo Scriptura (57:00); misunderstanding freedom as the ability to do whatever we want and why cruciform freedom is the source of true freedom (1:01:05); the greatest failure in life is a failure to love, but the cross shows us what love looks like and how to live a life of cruciform love (1:04:00); the myth that the church needs to be more relevant to grow (1:09:20); examining the idea that you cannot have God as your Father without having the Church as your mother (1:13:00); who deserves a good life? (1:18:00); God wants us to be both happy and holy, because a life of holiness is a life of happiness (1:23:00); the importance of spiritual exercises to improve our spiritual health because grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to merit (1:24:30). For more information on Rankin Wilbourne s Union with Christ and The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life click here. Listen to Hanks podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent. You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from all the channels we are listed on
Hank Hanegraaff and his son David continue their discussion with focus on Hanks magnum opus Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life. See Episode 79 Journey through Cancer and Eastern Orthodoxy Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part One also. Topics discussed include: Salvation transcends transaction, pointing to transformation and union with God (0:35); Truth Matters, Life Matters More is Hanks most profoundly personal and surprising book (1:55); saved by a miracle (see HUP 079 Journey through Cancer and Eastern Orthodoxy Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part One at 1:45) (6:10); following truth wherever it leads (7:30); writing and rewriting (8:00); physical facts do not fix all the facts (9:15); must learn to read literature properly (9:40); outlandish biblical interpretations within evangelicalism motivated search that led to Orthodoxy (10:00); should Christians ask and pray for forgiveness for sin? (10:40); ancient sacrament of confession (11:00); life matters more, but truth is necessary (11:45); why not just skip to part two of book? (12:45); facts are necessary but vulnerability attracts (14:00); issue of Sacred Tradition (15:30); Tradition vs traditionalism (16:45); Tradition is the Bible rightly interpreted (17:55); Bible passed down through people closely associated with the original writings therefore better able to translate and interpret Scripture (18:00); Irenaeus and Ignatius (20:00); solace in consulting early Church Fathers’ interpretation (21:00); no lone ranger Christians need the church, ground and pillar of truth, which dispensed the necessary graces of God (23:00); Fusion and the imperative for Christian unity, and the Lords High Priestly prayer (John 17) (23:50); fusion is difficult, fission is easy (24:30); in essentials unity (26:50); in nonessentials liberty thus God has His people everywhere (28:40); unity not uniformity (32:30); Hank learned much from David (33:10); David awaiting birth of firstborn baby (33:40) UPDATE: Smush is a boy!; grand parents are heroes (34:35); Kathy and oneness in marriage (38:05); reading and meeting Jean Claude Larchet, The Theology of Illness (39:25); Father Alex Karloutsos asks, What engendered the most fear, being ostracized for becoming Orthodox, or cancer diagnosis? (41:25); first thought at cancer diagnosis (42:50); ultimately not about living or dying but about living well to the glory of God (47:50); Hanks hope for Truth Matters, Life Matters Hope (48:25); paradigm shift from transaction to transformation (49:00); focus on larger arch from creation to redemption and experience now life that is life to the full union with God HUP 079 at 43:20) (49:15); catching on within body of Christ Wilbourne’s Union with Christ (51:15); that the church can become the church again (51:50); John Dickerson’s Great Evangelical Recession; church life is necessary receive the graces of God through the church (52:30); Romans 12 (53:20); paramount grace is the Eucharist, and there are other graces (53:50); sacrament of confession (54:10); that the church would worship God in spirit and in truth (54:50); the body of Christ may be one; fusion (55:35); closing thoughts (56:00). Listen to Hanks podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent. You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from all the channels we are listed on
Hank sits down with his eldest son David to reflect on his journey through Mantle Cell Lymphoma, his recent allogeneic stem cell transplant, and spiritual surgery. God is not interested in healing us physically; He is interested in healing the whole of us body, soul, and spirit. Gods providence and glory are clearly manifest in Hanks journey. Topics discussed include: Hanks son David wrote a remarkable personal reflection (0:30); David was used by the Lord to save his fathers life, and Hank recounts his recent experience with his allogeneic stem cell transplant (1:45); Hanks dear friend Donny: God’s got you (2:45); in the intensive care unit (4:10); a further miraculous word from the Lord through friend Ramsey: God’s got you (5:00); after the ICU, Hank could no longer take care of himself a transformational coming to the end of himself (7:15); Gods providential work (8:40); the Lords timing is perfect as Hank approaches 100 days post transplant (9:45); David asks Hank to speak to the coincidence of his cancer diagnosis and his formal entrance into Orthodoxy in April 2017 (10:15); doctrine of deification (10:50); Luther and deification (12:55); Hank increasingly troubled with his own spiritual condition (14:20); beginning to explore Eastern Orthodoxy (16:45); Orthodox liturgy is God centered (18:55); finding home at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church (19:15); Hank says no to familys request to attend Orthodox church (20:15); Kathy loves it (22:20); the Eucharist is the medicine of immortality (Ignatius) (23:05); truth matters, life matters more motivates study of Orthodoxy (24:00); Chrismated April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday (24:20); finally able to partake of the Eucharist (25:00); next day headlines read, Hanegraaff leaves the Christian Faith (25:30); six days later, diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma (26:00); allogeneic stem cell transplant and E. coli infection (27:10); transformational book The Theology of Illness by Jean Claude Larchet (28:10); honestly thankful for cancer and spiritual surgery (29:10); God is not knowable in His essence, we know God by His energies (32:40); deification is a scary word with an even scarier definition (33:30); Hank selfreliant (34:10); I’ve never seen my father closer to Christ (35:55); Hank comes to an end of himself (36:10); dear friend Elijah and truth matters, life matters more (38:30); the menu is not the meal (41:15); meaning of the Eucharist (42:40); the larger arch from creation to deification, and the smaller arch from the fall to salvation (43:20); wrong sense of deification (44:40); the Tree of Life Christ (45:30); salvation transcends transaction, pointing to transformation and union with God (48:30). To find our more information on Truth Matters, Life Matters More click here For more information on Theology of Illness by Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet click here.
Climate change is one of the most contentious issues of our time, leaving many Christians unsure of how they should view climate change. A key issue of concern at the Christian Research Institute is discernment, which is precisely why Hank wanted to have a conversation with Dr. Patrick Michaels to encourage Christians to critically consider how they view climate change. Dr. Michaels is a leading climatologist, who was a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. We hope that this conversation helps you to better understand this highly controversial and politicized issue.. Click here to see Hank's writings on this topic. Topics discussed include: why is the government involved in scientific issues, and what happens when science gets politicized? (6:00); are CO2 emissions always bad? (8:15); the social cost of carbon, and asking if there is a social benefit to carbon emission? (10:10); isn’t the climate always changing? (12:10); how should we process alarmist narratives pushed by politicians regarding climate change? (14:45); the economic impact of climate change initiatives (16:55); how reliable are the computer models that predict climate patterns? (18:55); the political abuse of the global-warming narrative (21:40); the virtue signaling of global warming and the role it plays in a modern secular religion (24:45); do global warming initiatives harm the poor? (26:00); the problem with consensus science (27:00); which of the many climate models is best at predicting climate patterns? (29:20); Patrick Michaels taking a stand against climate change consensus because science has always progressed by people going against the consensus (32:10); is it really time to panic about climate change? (34:20); how can people read the news stories about climate change with a critical mind? (38:20); is the Earth warming, and if it is, what should we do about it? (39:15); why Patrick Michaels believes that the Paris Climate Accord is a joke (43:35); is global warming actually bad? (46:40); should nuclear fission be viewed as an alternative energy source? (48:00); Patrick Michaels on his upcoming book Scientocracy: The Tangled Web of Public Science and Public Policy (50:05); and are people developing apocalypse fatigue? (53:40). Thank you for listening to the Hank Unplugged podcast! We prayerfully ask you to consider making a financial pledge of support to stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the battle for life and truth. The outreaches of the Christian Research Institute are fully funded by listeners like you. To learn more about how you can support this podcast or any of the many outreaches of the Christian Research Institute simply visit or call 888-7000-CRI. Thanks again for tuning into another edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast
Welcome to a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank has been in the hospital undergoing an allogenic stem cell transplant and has been documenting his journey through a series of Facebook Live recordings that you can find on, the Bible Answer Man YouTube channel and of course, the Bible Answer Man Facebook page Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and Facebook page to ensure that you never miss any content updates from the Christian Research Institute. The following is the audio from Hanks Facebook Live recording on June 11,2019. Just prior to receiving his son Pauls stem cells, Hank was joined in his hospital room by his sons Xander, Paul, and Dave in a meditation on faith and prayer, confronting doubt, and our call to be imitators of our great God and Savior our precious Lord Jesus Christ. Hank has since received the transplant and is doing remarkably well! He, along with his family and the rest of the team at the Christian Research Institute appreciate your prayers and continued support as you stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the battle for life and truth.
This edition of Hank Unplugged features exceptional excerpts from conversations with two Christian thinkers that offer refreshing perspectives on the role that illness and anxiety play in our struggle toward holiness. The first conversation you will hear is with Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet, the author of The Theology of Illness. The insights of Dr. Larchet will undoubtedly challenge the way you view suffering, illness and what it truly means to be spiritually healthy. The second conversation features Dr. Nicole Roccas and focusses on a spiritual sickness rooted in apathy known as despondency, a condition as old as time that is thriving in today's culture of leisure, anxiety, and digital distraction. Dr. Nicole Roccas examines wisdom from Christian thinkers throughout history to offer a way out of despondency and back to the present moment. In an age of increasing levels of depression, suicide and despondency, the insights of these two inspirational Christians will help draw you out of the depths of spiritual illness and deeper into spiritual communion with our Creator. Topics discussed include: Do people today have fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with the problem of illness? (4:40); spiritual illness is more serious than physical illness, yet our modern age has made the medical doctor the new high priest of civilization (6:05); how detached we have become from the wisdom of the early church fathers (8:00); ); the difference in the human body before and after the fall and the implications for our resurrected state in the world to come (11:30); was man created perfect? (15:20); deification (theosis) and what it means to become God’s by grace (16:20); is there a link between illness and sin? (23:15); why perfect health does not exist in this world (27:00); good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient (32:15); the role suffering plays in raising our awareness and why illness can be better than health if it aids our spiritual progress (37:30); the essential role of prayer in growing closer to God (41:10); introduction to conversation with Dr. Nicole Roccas on Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life (51:50); how Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope (55:50); while our anxieties draw our focus to the future and our regrets focus on the past, the present is where we are truly able to commune with Christ and that is precisely why it is important to be present (59:15); time isn’t an illusion or an abstraction, but central to how we experience life, likewise our faith is not an abstraction, but experienced in the present moment in time (1:02:05); Dr. Nicole Roccas wrote Time and Despondency—what is meant by despondency? (1:06:15); what are some of the symptoms of despondency and how does technology contribute to distraction and despondency? (1:09:50); is despondency a crime needing to be punished or a sickness needing to be healed? (1:13:50); can despondency be both a sickness and a crime? (1:17:10); anger as a source of despondency (1:18:15); using busyness to mask purposelessness and despair (1:20:15); time as the giver of second chances (1:22:45).
On this special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank is joined by Cindee Martin Morgan, the daughter of Dr. Walter Martin (founder of the Christian Research Institute), who interviewed Hank last year for a personal project. One of the objectives of the Hank Unplugged podcast is to offer a more leaned back, less didactic version of Hank Hanegraaff, and the staff at the Christian Research Institute enjoyed this interview so much that we are offering it as a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast. The conversation displays a deeply personal perspective on Hank’s early life, transition into ministry, and reflections on what has now been thirty years leading the Christian Research Institute. This is truly a unique episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast that you won’t want to miss.[Editor's Note: This conversation took place before Hank’s cancer went into remission.] Topics discussed include: despite Hank’s background as a Dutch immigrant in the Christian Reformed Church, he considered himself to be a practical atheist until the age of twenty-nine, when he accepted Christ and began to truly live as a Christian (3:00); Hank recalls what it was like growing up as the son of a Christian Reformed pastor (7:35); the story of how Hank met his wife, Kathy, who taught him to evangelize as his trainer in Evangelism Explosion (11:55); Hank recalls some of his greatest mentors in the faith, such as Dr. Walter Martin, Chuck Colson, and R. C. Sproul (14:45); how Hank first met Dr. Walter Martin (18:30); the greatest lesson that Hank learned from Dr. Walter Martin (19:35); what motivated Hank to join the Christian Research Institute (20:45); where Hank was when he heard that Dr. Walter Martin had died (24:30); Hank recalls some amusing anecdotes about his relationship with Dr. Walter Martin (26:55); what inspired Hank to write his first book, Christianity in Crisis (32:00); Hank discusses why he is so passionate about his book Has God Spoken? Memorable Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration (37:45); why Hank has always been firmly and unapologetically pro-life (40:05); Hank’s initial reaction to being diagnosed with cancer, and why Hank considers his battle with cancer to have been one of the best experiences of his life (44:35); learning to trust God “in the midst of our whys,” through the midst of uncertainty (52:50); how Hank’s tight-knit family rallied around him during his battle with cancer (55:55); what led Hank to become a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church (57:05); the problem with a transactional view of Christianity as opposed to the transformational purpose of Christianity leading to union with God, also known as theosis (1:07:30); discussing Martin Luther and his belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist (1:13:35); Hank’s response to those who claim that he left the Christian faith by joining the Eastern Orthodox Church (1:15:55); remembering Elliot Miller, longtime friend, colleague, and editor of the Christian Research Journal (1:25:40); discussing threats to the church and why the greatest modern-day threat to the church is not external but internal (1:33:30); the criticality of the church recognizing the importance of the doctrine of unity, uniting in the essentials of the historic Christian faith, or, as C. S. Lewis put it, Mere Christianity (1:39:00); reflecting on the individuals that Hank looks forward to reuniting with in heaven, while taking into account that our perspectives will vary greatly upon arriving in heaven (1:41:30); words of wisdom that Hank lives by and would like to pass on to the next generation (1:44:15); and addressing one of Hank’s favorite Bible verses, 1 Timothy 4:16 (1:47:45).
Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist and among the most influential Christians in America. Graham joins Hank to discuss his book Angels: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters and the underestimation of the influence of angels in our lives. Their conversation touches on common misconceptions about angels, the presence of angels throughout the Bible, and the existence of both holy angels and dark angels. Topics discussed include: how Jack Graham went from wanting to be a professional baseball player to becoming a pastor of one of the largest, most influential churches in the world (3:15); the influence of Prestonwood Baptist in the United States, and why Graham is uncomfortable with the label of megachurch (6:15); the mass exodus of millennials from the church today and the rise of the nones (no religious affiliation) (9:00); providing an alternative to Planned Parenthood though the ministry of the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center (12:35); the influence and significance of angels in our lives, and why Graham is so passionate about angels (14:40); the presence and significance of angels throughout the Bible and the presence of guardian angels in our lives (19:55); remembering that there are angels in the angelic state and also angels in the fallen state — addressing holy angels and dark angels (23:15); common misconceptions people have about angels (29:05); looking to the Book of Isaiah as an example of why our focus should be on the holiness of God rather than our own happiness (32:55); the need for more Christians to not only read the Bible but to memorize and meditate on the Bible (37:25); the responsibility of Christians to be involved in mentorship in the Christian community (41:55); Hanegraaff and Graham share their views on retirement and how it relates to Christian ministry (43:45); the state of evangelism in China (45:05); Hanegraaff personally thanks Graham for his consistent support and encouragement during Hanegraaff’s battle with cancer (48:00); and Graham gives his perspective on the current state of the United States of America (51:10).
Dr. Jay Richards humbly calls himself a shameless generalist due to the diversity of his intellectual endeavors, making him the perfect guest for educationally engaging conversations on a variety of topics. Richards has no problem going against the status quo, which is why he is consistently confronting consensus decision making and deploring the dangers of groupthink, especially when it comes to global warming and evolution. The conversation also touches on Richards’s new book, The Human Advantage, which addresses the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), how smart machines are reshaping our world, and why they will never be a substitute for what he calls “the human advantage.” Topics discussed include: politics disguised as science — a 12-step program on when to doubt a scientific consensus (2:45); how and why stakeholder interests and incentives influence the research and findings of academics (9:25); how motivated blindness inhibits an individual’s ability to perceive inconvenient data (11:55); how worldviews can impact your view on climate change and environmentalism (15:10); on comparing global warming denial to holocaust denial and other ad hominem arguments (18:20); how to get people to think critically (20:30); how tenure and groupthink impact intellectual discourse (22:00); the problems of cliques and conspiracies in publishing and peer reviews (25:05); the problem when politicians don’t understand the issues but merely follow the popular narrative (27:15); are the fires in California a product of climate change? (28:45); are natural disasters such as hurricanes and fires naturally bad for the Earth? (30:30); the problem with connecting any extreme weather event as evidence for global warming (33:10); invalidating the process of peer review by excluding dissenters (34:10); the issue of consensus being declared before consensus actually exists (37:05); the difference between scientific observation and scientific data — and why it matters (39:15); the problem when consensus science is used to justify economic and public policies (45:20); addressing misconceptions concerning the term nationalism (47:35); why so many young people are buying into socialism (50:45); why do so many journalists go along with the consensus? (54:15); why you should always be skeptical when someone cites consensus as justification for their beliefs (56:40); addressing the issue of theistic evolution (59:15); addressing the power of headlines in shaping public opinion and how it is similar to the infamous icons of evolution (1:03:00); why Richards believes that following your passion is a fallacy when it comes to finding a successful career (1:06:20); how Richards and Hanegraaff deal with the “task of translation” when communicating complex ideas (1:12:30); how solar eclipses show that we are part of a universe designed for discovery and provide us with evidence of a creator (1:14:20); the myth that machines eventually will replace humans, as addressed in Richards’s new book The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines (1:18:10); the human advantage of virtue and the future of work in an age of smart machines (1:23:25); and why Christians should care about the issue of artificial intelligence in the face of a growing movement of transhumanism (1:26:25).
As we celebrate the first advent of Christ coming in flesh, Hank Hanegraaff shares a message of hope for the future with thanksgiving, remembering what a remarkable year 2018 has been. If you’ve already made a gift to the Christian Research Institute this month, thank you!! If you haven’t, please consider offering one today in support of CRI’s mind-changing, life-transforming work at our website.
America is running out of time. Our republic is suffering the biggest crisis since the Civil War, with competing visions of freedom pushing us to the precipice of cultural self-destruction. In his new book, Last Call for Liberty, Os Guinness explains that America has become a house divided and Americans must make up their minds as to which freedom to follow. Will the torch of freedom be handed to someone else or be extinguished altogether? If you care about American liberties and the future of our nation, Last Call for Liberty is an absolute must read. What will become of America the beautiful? Find out what Os Guinness has to say on this essential edition of Hank Unplugged. Topics discussed include: The persecution of Christians in China (5:00); how Christians have become the most widely persecuted people of faith in the world (6:30); The Williamsburg Charter and what will become of religious freedom in America (7:55); America is increasingly divided and facing the gravest internal crisis since the Civil War (10:15); why Utopian revolutions often lead to evil outcomes (13:10) how America’s genius for freedom has become its biggest threat and the totalitarian implications of technology (17:25); the roots of the current riots in France (19:25); the rarity of free societies and why the future of America is actually the future of the world (22:15); what is freedom? the contrast between negative and positive freedom (29:45); the scandal of the American church not having more cultural influence given the amount of Christians in America (32:25) the deadliest philosophical atheist Friedrich Nietzsche and the idea of slave morality (36:00); the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem and the NFL (42:00); Exodus and the origin of American freedom (45:25); is America becoming a “cut flower” civilization? (46:50); social justice warriors and biblical views of justice (52:45); the paradox of freedom—the greatest enemy of freedom is freedom itself (58:35); the need for historical literacy and linguistic competence (1:01:10); freedom of religion and conscience has never been more important than it is today, as our world has never been as diverse and pluralistic at any point in history (1:05:10); why the philosophical foundations of self-worth, human dignity and freedom are found in the biblical values of Christianity (1:09:20); how direct democracy can be just as dangerous as dictatorship (1:13:20); the bitter joke of Arthur Koestler as told in Last Call for Liberty (1:17:20)
With so many Christians capitulating to the culture, it has never been more important to understand issues of sexuality from a biblical perspective. Joe Dallas has been our lead expert on the subject at the Christian Research Institute for decades, and once again he joins Hank to discuss articles he has written for the Christian Research Journal about the Revoice Conference, the new film Boy Erased, and whether or not the United States is closer to a state-controlled church. The Bible isn’t shy about sex, leaving Christians without an excuse not to understand issues of sexuality and communicate a Christian perspective with conscience and conviction. Topics discussed include: how important is the issue of human sexuality to our culture? (3:00); is it intolerant and violent to hold traditional views of marriage and heterosexuality? (4:55); are issues of human sexuality leading to greater levels of “big brother” and government control? (7:40); why are so many Christians capitulating to the culture when it comes to issues of homosexuality and sexuality in general? (10:05); discussing the article by Joe Dallas, “Homosexuality and Modern Ministry,” as well as the ministry that Joe was once president of: Exodus International (12:00); is the church supposed to be offensive in the name of truth? (17:15); what is the Revoice Conference, and what is their mission? (18:35); discussing the question presented at the Revoice Conference: “What does queer culture (and specifically queer literature and theory) have to offer us who follow Christ? What queer treasure, honor, and glory will be brought into the New Jerusalem at the end of time? (Revelation 21:24-26)” (23:10); using language as a tool for progress, such as the moniker of “gay Christian,” making homosexuality and Christianity seem compatible (25:50); discussing the term spiritual friendship, as promoted at the Revoice Conference and in the book Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (28:15); discussing sin and issues of human sexuality that affect all of us and the problem with putting a positive spin on sinful tendencies (31:25); the problem with people proclaiming that homosexuality is a gift from God (35:45); what is conversion therapy, and what is the problem with conversion therapy? (38:00); discussing the new film Boy Erased and whether Christians in general are being unfairly portrayed in Boy Erased (41:30); the new article in the Christian Research Journal titled “Solo Sex and the Christian,” discussing the sinful mindset of masturbation (46:10); why all transformation begins with repentance and obedience (52:35); the Bible isn’t shy about sex, so how can we as Christians be better at addressing issues of sexuality in the church and with our families? (56:40); an update on California House Bill AB-2943 and whether a state-controlled church is imminent in the United States (59:45); the great evil of pedophilia, and what it means when those who take the sacred name of Christ are involved in it (1:02:50); the sadness of how the controversies within the Catholic church are tarnishing the name of good Catholics and Christianity as a whole, as well as diminishing the good work being done by Catholics worldwide (1:04:55); Speaking of Homosexuality: Discussing the Issues with Kindness and Clarity by Joe Dallas (1:07:10); seeking the peace that passes all understanding through Christ (1:10:50); why Joe Dallas wrote The Game Plan: The Men's 30-Day Strategy for Attaining Sexual Integrity (1:16:20); the Sacrament of Confession and how it relates to issues of accountability in the church (1:18:30); and how pro-gay advocates misinterpret the Bible and revise the truth to fit their agenda (1:21:35).
Justin Brierley is the host of the popular podcast Unbelievable? and the similarly titled book Unbelievable? Why after Ten Years of Talking with Atheists, I'm Still a Christian. Brierley has dedicated his career to holding engaging conversations between believers and atheists, and joins Hank to discuss the keys to having good conversations with those with whom we disagree. There is no doubt that the state of dialogue is in disarray, as's word of the year for 2018 is "misinformation," highlighting the need for authentic conversations in a world filled with "fake news."Topics discussed include: the popularity of Brierley’s podcast, Unbelievable?, featuring discussions between Christians and nonbelievers (5:30); Premier Christian Radio being one of the only religious radio stations in the UK (8:05); how Brierley and his wife ministering with the Odibo mission in Namibia set the tone for the rest of their lives (11:00); the importance of breaking out of “echo chambers” (13:05); why Brierley began Unbelievable? at Premier Christian Radio as an opportunity to model Christian conversations with skeptics (16:20); the keys to having good conversations (18:05); how editing other writers helped Brierley learn how to write (22:05); how Brierley stays neutral while moderating debates between believers and skeptics (25:05); the glaring contradiction when atheists apply objective moral standards (27:20); how atheist Peter Singer attempts to apply objective moral standards to his materialistic atheist worldview (29:35); what it was like to interview the most well-known atheist on the planet, Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion (32:40); the key to connecting with people in conversation (35:30); the importance of authentic conversations in our world today (38:50); ways of winning the person rather than winning the argument (42:00); how apologetics helped Brierley through a season of doubt (44:00); the inspiration for Hank’s upcoming book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More (48:00); the relationship between doubt and faith (49:45); how Brierley’s beliefs have evolved as a result of hosting Unbelievable?, such as his annihilationist view on eternal torment and creationism vs. evolutionism (52:30); Mere Christianity and how Christians can come together over common causes and drop the secondary issues that separate them (1:03:45); the strongest arguments that skeptics have made against Christianity (1:09:10); and why, after ten years of talking with atheists, Justin Brierley is still a Christian (1:16:55).
Dr. Paul Nelson is a philosopher and a prominent leader in the Intelligent Design movement as well as a key figure in the films of Illustra Media. Dr. Nelson joins Hank to discuss how the power of cinema can convey the complexity of the universe and how the films by Illustra Media, such as the most recent film The Call of the Cosmos, use the evidence of creation as an evangelistic tool to expand the kingdom of Christ without saying a word. Topics discussed include: the significance of the new film from Illustra Media, The Call of the Cosmos (9:00); does nature reveal the existence of God? (11:05); how NASA scientist Robert Jastrow began to hold the belief that if there was a beginning to the universe, there is also a Creator (14:30); the difference the films by Illustra Media are making around the globe and how Christians can use these films as an evangelistic tool to transform lives (18:10); does God speak to us through the book of nature, His creation? (23:00); is the size and complexity of the universe a sign of a creator? (28:25); lunar eclipses as an example that we are living on a privileged planet (32:20); was Carl Sagan right when he called our planet insignificant? (36:20); looking to Christ as our example for how to practice proper evangelism (40:15); what is Intelligent Design? What is the state of the Intelligent Design movement? (45:20); the importance of following the truth, wherever it leads (48:20); arguments against popular Darwinian positions such as his view of common descent and Darwin’s Tree of Life (51:00); what the theory of evolution fails to explain [click for further review as referenced in conversation ] (56:20); remembering the presence, power, and control of the Holy Spirit (59:20); how Illustra Media harnesses the power of a camera lens to reveal the complexity of design in the universe (1:02:00); the metamorphosis of a butterfly as a metaphor for resurrection (1:06:30); thinking critically about the popular icons of evolution (1:13:00); how Paul Nelson once wanted to be an artist before he fell in love with the beauty of science forty years ago and never looked back (1:15:35).
Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope. Her book, Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life, explores the relationship between human perceptions of time and the spiritual sickness of acedia. Her conversation with Hank explores the depths of time and despondency, both today and throughout history, as well as how they ultimately relate to the purpose of our lives, becoming fully human through our relationship with Christ.Topics discussed include: How Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope (6:00); while our anxieties draw our focus to the future and our regrets focus on the past, the present is where we are truly able to commune with Christ and that is precisely why it is important to be present (9:20); time isn’t an illusion or an abstraction, but central to how we experience life, likewise our faith is not an abstraction, but experienced in the present moment in time (12:05); Dr. Roccas’ book is titled Time and Despondency—what is meant by despondency? (16:15); what are some of the symptoms of despondency and how does technology? (19:55); is despondency a crime needing to be punished or a sickness needing to be healed? (23:55); can despondency be both a sickness and a crime? (27:25); anger as a source of despondency (28:20); using busyness to mask purposelessness and despair (30:20); the church is not a courtroom, but a hospital whereby the sacraments offer healing and restoration through the process of theosis (32:45); what is time? three different ways to view time (35:45) liturgical tradition as a transfiguration of time (39:00) the Resurrection isn’t merely a historical event, but something we can experience in the present (39:40); discussing different terminologies of time-Chronos, Kairos and Aion (43:10); the relation between time and prayer and how that relates to why we pray for the dead (47:05); in many Eastern religions the key to enlightenment is to empty oneself, whereas the key to Christianity is to be filled with Christ (51:20); practical steps to dealing with despondency, such as practicing a spirit of humility (56:20); the biblical roots of the The Jesus Prayer and how it can be practiced to develop a spirit of humility (59:10); the importance of praying for our enemies (1:03:45); the importance of patience and perseverance in an age of instant gratification and decreased attention spans (1:08:35); the importance of expressing thanks, as thanksgiving is at the heart of the Christian life (1:12:00); community and the sacrament of confession as a medicine for the soul (1:15:00); the dangers of medicalizing spiritual conditions and spiritualizing medical conditions, especially concerning depression (1:17:40); how time makes relationships, love and free-will possible (1:20:55); time as the giver of second chances (1:23:15).
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Josh Alicea

This Podcast is great. Best one yet Hank. I would like to hear one about communion according to the Orthodox Church. I attend a non-denominational church and I believe it is missing the point. But for myself I need deeper understanding on this beautiful sacrament.

Nov 13th
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Jan 28th

Dan Baker

awesome podcast with John Dickerson. enjoyed it immensely and will definitely share with others thank you

Dec 20th
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