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Have You Joined the Conversation on Hank Unplugged? – Hank Unplugged is a podcast brought to you by the Christian Research Institute where Hank Hanegraaff takes you out of the studio and into his study to engage in free-flowing, essential Christian conversations on critical issues with some of the most interesting, informative and inspirational people on the planet. For more information visit www.equip.org and to support CRI and our global outreaches visit https://www.equip.org/donate/
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Robert Spencer was a devoted Roman Catholic for more than 30 years until the issue of the infallibility of the Pope led him to investigate the controversial Roman Catholic dogma—an investigation that ultimately led Spencer to write the forthcoming book The Pope and the Church. Spencer joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the issue of Papal infallibility and the problems it presents to the global Christian community. Additionally, Robert Spencer is one of the foremost experts on Islam and a conversation wouldn’t have been complete without getting an update on the state of Islam in the world today.  Topics discussed include: Why did Robert Spencer leave the Roman Catholic Church? (3:50); are Muslims and Christians praying to the same God? (5:30); How can Christians (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant) unite? (10:35); the importance of Apostolic succession to the Christian faith (13:35); infant baptism (17:20); the problem with Papal infallibility (19:45); different views of Grace in Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy (25:20); Papal supremacy and the Confession of Peter (27:10); the difference between Papal primacy and supremacy (33:15); different views of the Eucharist (35:45); misunderstanding deification (39:45); should the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Christians ignore their differences in pursuit of unity? (43:55); the state of Islam in the world today (45:35); how do Muslims view Jesus? (48:45); the danger of Islamic Eschatology (51:50); the truth about the Quran (54:00); Christian persecution in the Middle East today (55:45); why do many Westerners find Islam attractive? (57:25); Robert Spencer responds to the Southern Poverty Law Center labeling him as a dangerous extremist and how it has impacted his life and work (59:25); the distinction between God’s essence and energies and why it matters (1:03:10); how important is the perpetual virginity of Mary? (1:06:00); the work of Robert Spencer on a new, honest translation of the Quran and the danger of being critical of Islam (1:08:30); the difference between the message of Muhammad and Jesus Christ (1:16:00).For further information on Islam, please see Hank’s book MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest Growing Religion, along with Robert Spencer’s Complete Infidels Guides to the Koran and ISIS, the Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades and The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS. All available for your partnering gifts.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-muslim-and-robert-spencer-books-on-islam/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.
The world around us is consumed by issues of identity—the church included. Responding to these issues from an orthodox Christian perspective is critical to the future of the church, however, it isn’t always easy for Christians to follow their convictions when claims of homophobia, racism and the like are made against those holding to traditional norms of morality. How should we respond to claims that Christians are homophobic, racist and bigoted? Reverend Matt Kennedy has recently written on these issues in the Christian Research Journal (https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/) (All Have Not Sinned in Every Way: Racism and Original Sin (https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/out-of-the-ashes-at-ground-zero/) and Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds? (https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/if-your-child-were-gay-would-you-change-your-view-on-homosexuality/ ) and joins Hank Hanegraaff to provide Christians with encouragement to stand on the solid ground of Christian conviction as opposed to the sinking sands of cultural conformity.Topics discussed include: What made Matt Kennedy become a Christian? (2:15); misunderstanding the true meaning of love leads to misunderstanding God (6:15); the value of exegetical preaching and writing (10:10); why Matt Kennedy left the Episcopal Church and joined the Anglican Communion (12:30); why do parents of gay children change their theological minds? (14:10); increasing pressure for the pastors to adapt to changing cultural norms and narratives that conflict with the traditional Christian teachings and practices (16:55); why misunderstanding the nature of love causes many Christians to change their theology on sexuality (22:45); Christians changing their theology on the basis of their own experience as opposed to biblical exegesis (25:05); the rise of secular beliefs within many churches and Christian organizations (27:05); the worldview of white privilege (29:45); are all White people systemically racist? (33:45); the role of ideology in propaganda projects aimed at rewriting history (36:15); what does the Bible say about race? (39:50); the historical novelty of seeker sensitive churches the (44:10); key differences between traditional liturgical worship and seeker sensitive, modern forms of worship (48:10); the historic Christian belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist (53:10); traditionalism vs. tradition and why so many people mistakenly describe liturgical worship as dead faith (55:30); Ignatius of Antioch’s Desire for Martyrdom and the role of suffering and persecution in Christianity (1:00:25); learning to thank God for suffering and allowing it to bring us closer to Christ (1:08:00); what can Christians today learn from the example of Ignatius of Antioch? (1:12:00). 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 world filled with fake news—Research — the ‘R’ in CRI — is more critical than ever. While researching Columbus Day, Hank Hanegraaff read countless articles conveying Christopher Columbus as one of history’s greatest villains—far from the hero of history we learned about as students. Then Hank realized something. Every article using the same source — Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. You may not know his name, but he’s largely responsible for poisoning the minds of an entire generation. Zinn’s influence is wide and his lies won’t be resisted unless they’re recognized—making Debunking Howard Zinn one of the most important books you could read. Mary Grabar joins Hanegraaff to discuss her critically important book Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2102hup/Topics discussed include: How Hank Hanegraaff discovered Mary Grabar’s book Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America while researching for a monologue on Columbus Day (0:25); how was Howard Zinn able to change the historical perspective of so many people? (7:45); how Matt Damon and the film Good Will Hunting made Howard Zinn and his book A People’s History of the United States household names(11:00); how did an alleged member of the communist party like Howard Zinn made it mainstream in America? (15:35); the altered narrative of Christopher Columbus as an example of Zinn’s use of rhetorical tricks to essentially rewrite history (20:00); radical liberalism (23:00); the radicalization of a Christian college like Spellman College (26:45); cultural Marxism in America today (30:30); the Zinn Education Project and the growing influence of Howard Zinn globally (33:00); why Mary Grabar felt it necessary to write Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America (36:40); the narrative of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (40:50); was Christopher Columbus motivated by greed or God? (44:00); the popular idea that there is no objective history or truth (50:30); is America the most racist country in the history of the world? (54:45); The 1619 Project and the goal of reframing American history (58:55); narratives concerning Islam, Christianity and slavery (1:02:00); changing portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (1:05:40); the changing cultural narrative influencing American children today (1:08:10); Howard Zinn and the Communist Party USA (1:10:00); the Marxist principles of Black Lives Matter as an organization (1:14:15); Howard Zinn, Ho Chi Minh and the use of propaganda (1:18:30); the emotional manipulation of children in the Howard Zinn Education Project (1:20:20); the attacks on Mary and her work (1:23:15). 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.
Professor Ryszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades and fought in the Polish anti-communist movement to abolish it. Having now live for over two decades under a liberal democracy, Legutko has discovered that liberal democracy and communism have more in common than one might think. Professor Legutko joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss The Demon in Democracy, as Legutko explains how liberal democracy has slowly tilted toward the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet-style brutality. Having escaped the horrors of communism Legutko understands just how critical it is for Western Christians to understand the threats that lie buried within the systems we’ve long considered safe and learn to recognize The Demon in Democracy. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2101hup/Topics discussed include: What are the similarities between communism and liberal democracy? (3:30); the problem when everything is political (8:30); modernization projects, the myth of progress and the continued influence of the Enlightenment (13:30); how the West plans to deliver on the failed promises of Communism (17:55); a modern society that is consumed with entertainment and self-hatred (20:10); Black Lives Matter and the ulterior motives of the movement such as the disruption of the nuclear family—because family is often the enemy of modern revolutionary ideology (23:25); the continued shift to the left in “mainstream politics” and the exclusion of conservatives (30:00); the manipulation of language and the problem with changing the meanings of words and concepts in a society (35:35); identity politics and communism (40:20); multiculturalism and social engineering (43:25); the global reaction to Hungary defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman (48:05); reducing everything to the ideological triad of class, race and gender (51:30); the paradox of equality (54:45); religion, conservatism and the family as common enemies of liberal democracy and communism (59:25); killing God, the worship of man and why socialists and communists have always hated religion (1:03:05); the dangerous naivety of progressive, liberal Christianity (1:06:50); the delusion of conciliatory Christians and capitulatory Christians (1:09:05); a stunning statement made by Legutko in The Demon in Democracy (1:11:30); what does resistance look like today? (1:15:00); Ryszard Legutko’s new book The Cunning of Freedom: Saving the Self in an Age of False Idols (1:17:30); the experience of Ryszard Legutko as a member in the European Parliament (1:18:25). 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.
For years, émigrés from the former Soviet Union have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of “soft” totalitarianism cropping up in America. Identity politics are intruding into every aspect of life. Progressives are marginalizing conservative Christians. Technology and consumerism are creating the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic has left our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can’t happen at home. Rod Dreher joins Hank Hanegraaff to warn American Christians of approaching dangers and equip them for the long resistance. Topics discussed include: How an essay by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn inspired the title for Rod Dreher’s new book Live Not by Lies (6:15); stories of émigrés from the former Soviet Union telling Rod Dreher that they see reminders of communism cropping up in America (7:55); the dangers of cancel culture and people being afraid to speak freely (11:05); the difference between hard totalitarianism and soft totalitarianism (13:50); are we living in a world more similar to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World or George Orwell’s 1984? (18:25); See, Judge, Act—what we can learn about the underground church movement of Father Tomislav Kolakovic (21:15); memory holes, the importance of cultivating cultural memory and the dangers of not knowing history (28:15); the importance of discernment (35:45); different meanings of social justice (37:25); the triumph of the therapeutic and how the church is contributing to the decline of Western Civilization (42:20); the totalitarian traits of the transgender agenda and the politicization of every aspect of life (47:10); the problems with Black Lives Matter as a movement (53:00); issues of ideological indoctrination today, especially with “diversity training” in workplaces (55:15); the most important lesson that Rod Dreher learned while writing Live Not By Lies (1:01:25); what should we learn from the state response to the Covid-19 pandemic (1:05:25); learning lessons from the Bolsheviks (1:08:50); similarities between a declining USA and Russia before the revolution and key pre-totalitarian characteristics (1:14:15); the use of science to advance ideological and political beliefs (1:18:00); problems with The 1619 Project by The New York Times (1:19:40); the repurposing of Soviet propaganda for the cover art of Live Not By Lies (1:22:40); the difference between authoritarianism and totalitarianism (1:24:50); distinguishing classical liberals from socialists and communists (1:28:30); snowflakes and the power of victimization (1:31:50); the myth of progress (1:35:05); giving up our liberties for the pink police state—Brave New World (1:39:15); why we should value nothing more than truth? (1:42:30); the importance of cultivating cultural memory (1:47:00); the significance of memory and memorization (1:48:50); religion is the bedrock of resistance–the importance of creeds and confessions (1:50:55); the gift of suffering (1:53:50); Christian hope in Christ (2:00:25). For more information on receiving Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents for your partnering gift, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2101hup/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.
For the first time in history, the world shut itself down — by choice — fearful of a virus that wasn’t well understood. The government ordered the closure of countless businesses — many never to return. Schools sent students home to be taught in front of a computer. Churches canceled worship services. “Social distancing” went from a non-word to a moral obligation overnight. We need to know what happened—to keep it from ever happening again. Jay Richards joins Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, to discuss his new book The Price of Panic, examining one of the most unprecedented global events in a generation — the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2012hup/Topics discussed include: Are there similarities between the way that Y2K was covered and the coverage of Covid-19? (8:45); contrasting the Covid-19 pandemic with other historical pandemics (11:45); why have different populations fared better than others with handling the pandemic? (14:45); The Great Barrington Declaration (17:20); did the lockdowns make a difference? (20:50); the media and political investment in the Covid-19 pandemic panic (27:00); public health bureaucracy and the tyranny of experts (31:00); how Jay Richards and his colleagues dealt with accusations of being conspiracy theorists and/or hoaxers (33:20); is there any evidence to suggest that Covid-19 was manmade? (35:35); the science of social distancing (37:05); vaccines and herd immunity (39:55); why would the government shut down churches, but keep strip clubs open? (42:10); how to interpret mixed messages about the pandemic (43:45); is there any place for civil disobedience during the pandemic? (49:40); the impact of the Covid-19 vaccine (52:25); is the cure worse than the disease? (55:40); hospital capacity to handle Covid-19 cases (57:35); the relationship between testing and spikes (1:00:25); nursing home deaths and failed government policies (1:02:30); the impact of isolation during the pandemic (1:05:30); the use and misuse of predictive models (1:08:00); what is the tyranny of experts? (1:10:50); the role of big tech companies like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. played during the pandemic (1:16:45); political theater of public officials (1:19:50); learning to ask the right questions in the right order (1:24:30); how should we think about the Covid-19 vaccine? (1:26:00); criticism of The Price of Panic (1:28:20).
Tradition has become a dirty word to many Christians in the West, often pitting Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition against one another. However, if Holy Tradition is Scripture rightly understood then there is no need for them to be viewed in conflict. Hank Hanegraaff believes that the West would do well to recapture the spiritual power of Holy Tradition that has provided Christians throughout history with the spiritual practices meant to bring us closer to Christ. As Yaroslav Pelikan so eloquently wrote in The Vindication of Tradition,” Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” Simply put, Tradition is severely misunderstood by many, so Hank Hanegraaff, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan discuss Holy Tradition and Francis Chan ends this discussion series with a plea for Christians to dialogue in a spirit of brotherly love, humility and unity. Topics discussed include: Are Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition in conflict? (0:00); in defense of Holy Tradition—“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living” (5:35); how can we understand Holy Traditions? (11:30); why are Holy Traditions important? (15:00); the biblical practice of Confession (20:35); church is not about hearing a great sermon it is about worshiping God—the Sacramental life is a life of worshiping God (23:30); Francis Chan makes a plea for Christians to dialogue in a spirit of brotherly love, humility and unity (38:35). 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.
The sermons of St. John Chrysostom are some of the richest classical commentaries on the Christian life. Rev. Dr. Bogdan Bucur joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss Chrysostom’s Christian classic On Wealth and Poverty.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011hup/ Throughout their conversation he eloquently reminds listeners that it is not enough to simply read and exegete the Bible—Christians must put our faith into practice as we experience and absorb the Lord into our lives. Topics discussed include: Why do socialism and communism appeal to so many millennials in the West? (4:25); Why is Second Temple Judaism so important to Christianity? Is Christianity a kind of Judaism? (9:00); the significance of the continuity of the Christian faith (12:45); discussing what are considered canonical or noncanonical books of the Bible (19:25); the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (29:05); the importance and implications of attention to detail in translations, especially biblical translations (31:50); responding to millennials interested in socialism (34:50); the real definition of wealth and poverty from a spiritual perspective (38:35); the importance of putting the Gospel into practice (42:45); it is not only important to give, but to develop a spirit of giving—how we give matters (49:30); the profundity of St. John Chrysostom (54:00); Christians must use their time wisely and put their faith into practice (1:02:00); the twin evils of indifference and curiosity (1:08:05); using the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic to remember the importance of community and service in the Christian life (1:11:30); learning to view one another holistically (1:17:05); both wealth and poverty offer opportunities for ascetic practices (1:22:30); the great chasm between virtue and vice (1:25:00). 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.
You are what you love. But you might not love what you think. Christians desire to shape culture, yet are often unaware of how culture shapes us—unaware of the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. James K.A. Smith joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the major themes of his book, You Are What You Love, detailing the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of traditional Christian practices. Who and what we worship fundamentally shapes our hearts and James K.A. Smith wants Christians to recognize the critical role of the church in lives of Christians—that church should always be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011hup/Topics discussed include: How historic examples of the Christian faith were lost as Christianity remade itself in the image of the Enlightenment (2:00); the spiritual power of habit (6:10); regaining a perspective of the heart according to biblical language (12:05); the significance of liturgy in the Christian life and the way that disordered or rival liturgies negatively impact our lives (14:55); why James K.A. Smith believes worship is at the heart of discipleship (18:25); the importance of the church in the Christian life and as a means of sanctification to experience union with Christ (20:40); why knowing Church history is so important to our growth as Christians (23:40); James K.A. Smith draws a powerful connection between addiction recovery programs like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and effective church discipleship in order to point out the spiritual power of habit as well as the spiritual power of bad habit (27:00); what does it mean to have a proper understanding of worship? (30:10); the disenchantment of the Church and the power of spiritual formation through repetition (34:45); the transcendent strangeness of historic Christian worship as a key element to discipleship and evangelism (41:15); Christians cannot hope to recreate the world if we are constantly trying to recreate the church (50:45); the transformative power of practice and habituation in sanctification (55:00); one of the most powerful passages in all of theology—what does a faithful Christian life look like? (58:15).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.
Abortion is one of the most divisive issues in the United States and the most powerful advocate for abortion is Planned Parenthood. Abby Johnson went from being a clinic director for Planned Parenthood to an outspoken leader of the Pro-Life movement after her life was changed while witnessing the horror of abortion take place on an ultrasound as she watched the unborn child fight—and lose—the battle for life. Her life’s mission is now to fight—and win—the battle for life. Topics discussed include: Abby Johnson discusses her organization And Then There Were None—a nonprofit organization that exists to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry (3:45); how powerful is Planned Parenthood? (4:50); how did Abby Johnson begin her career with Planned Parenthood? (6:30); what caused Abby Johnson to leave Planned Parenthood even after winning the employee of the year award? (8:15); how watching an abortion procedure on an ultrasound exposed the evil of abortion to Abby Johnson (11:05); Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood and the connection between abortion and racism (14:15); Hank Hanegraaff discusses being brought to tears while watching Abby Johnson’s movie Unplanned—especially the scene depicting The Pieces of Children Room in a Planned Parenthood clinic (18:40); And Then There Where None and the work they are doing to guide workers out of the abortion industry (22:30); Abby Johnson discusses her own two abortions, the thousands of abortions that she assisted in and the redeeming grace and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ (23:15); is Roe v. Wade reversible? (24:50); why ultrasounds are so important to exposing the truth about abortion (27:20); the fallacy of a woman’s right to choose (28:20). For further engagement, see the articles, “Five Questions for Pro-Life Advocates”, https://www.equip.org/article/the-2012-elections-five-questions-for-pro-life-advocates/“Practical Apologetics: Annihilating Abortion Arguments” https://www.equip.org/article/practical-apologetics-annihilating-abortion-arguments/and “Dead Silence: Must the Bible Say Abortion Is Wrong before We Can Know It’s Wrong?“ https://www.equip.org/article/dead-silence-must-the-bible-say-abortion-is-wrong-before-we-can-know-its-wrong/Many more articles, https://www.equip.org/?s=Abortiondiscussions from the Bible Answer Man https://www.equip.org/?s=Abortionand equipping tools. https://www.equip.org/equipping-national-sanctity-human-life-day/For more information as it pertains to the US election, please see: Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft by Francis J. Beckwith. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/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.
Should Christians be involved in politics? Christians in America have the historically unique power to enact laws that advance the common good and must take this special obligation seriously by using good judgement while voting and supporting legislation and political candidates. We might not always agree on the policies and candidates that are the best option to advance the common good, but there is no doubt that Christians have a biblical mandate to advance it. Frank Beckwith joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the way systems of government work and how public policies become the social and legal fabric of our country—shaping the quality of our national character. If “statecraft is soulcraft,” then Christians cannot remain silent at the ballot box. The soul of our nation is at stake. For more information please see Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft by Francis J. Beckwith. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/Topics discussed include: Statecraft as Soulcraft—is politics essentially about making people good citizens? (5:00); The etymology of politics—what does politics really mean? (7:25); are lobbyists bad? (9:30); what is a liberal democracy? (11:10); the power of administrative agencies and the significance of separation of powers (16:30); Amy Coney Barrett, Originalism and Constitutional interpretation (20:00); what makes the Constitution special? (25:20); what is worse—tyranny or injustice? (31:40); why isn’t church viewed as an essential service? (36:25); can we be good without God? (38:30); should we be worried about losing our freedom of speech? (42:55); the commodification of church and the view of religion as a sort of hobby (45:00); the tyranny of the majority, why we don’t have a pure democracy and whether we should we get rid of the electoral college? (52:00); natural rights and natural law (1:00:40); economics, social justice and Christianity (1:06:30); unintended economic outcomes of political policies (1:10:25); Marxism and the identity politics of Cultural Marxism (1:12:45); holding Divine providence and free will in tension (1:18:20); the irony of Dianne Feinstein telling Amy Coney Barrett that “the dogma lives loudly within you” (1:21:20); is there a problem with corruption in the news media? (1:23:35). 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.
Heretic! Hank Hanegraaff, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan have all been accused of being heretics. The backlash that Francis Chan received after making comments about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist was the inspiration to have this conversation dealing with the epidemic of division within the body of Christ. The Eucharist was supposed to bring Christians together and yet it has become so divisive. What issues are essential doctrine and what should Christians divide over? Topics discussed include: The Eucharist was supposed to bring Christians together and yet it has become so divisive—what issues are essential doctrine and what should Christians divide over? (0:20); going back to the early church to discover what is essential Christian doctrine (9:10); are we saved into the church or is being saved primarily personal? (11:15); why is there so much denominational division in Christianity? (16:30); it is not the absence of truth that damns but the despising of truth that damns (19:30); should different perspectives on the Eucharist divide the body of Christ? (23:25); the value of holy tradition (26:15); the arrogance of many Christian leaders relying on their personal interpretation as opposed to relying on the collective wisdom of the early church (35:20); deep spiritual growth begins with humility (38:35); how Hank Hanegraaff’s experiences with the local church in China changed his perspectives on many things, especially understanding deification (43:50); a lack of humility in people that are creating division within the body of Christ (48:20); searching for humility because God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud (54:35). Hank writes more in-depth on these subjects in his latest book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life available for your partnering gift by clicking here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/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.
Are we living in the last days? Many people point to the deluge of disorder and division in the world today as evidence that we are living in the last days. However, this is often the result of sacred scripture being taken out of context. Misunderstandings about the end times (eschatology) have been widely propagated by a seemingly endless stream of end times prophecies and popular books such as the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye. Hank Hanegraaff is joined by end times expert Gary DeMar to clear up the confusion regarding the last days by discussing what the Bible really says about the end times and why it matters today. Topics discussed include: The geopolitical consequences of eschatological beliefs and the Middle East deals being made by President Trump (4:20); what is dispensational eschatology? (6:10); discussing Israel and the Church–are there two distinct people of God? (8:00); another holocaust of Jews and the terror of rapture theories (10:35); the influence of Tim LaHaye and the Left Behind series on rapture beliefs (13:30); where do rapture beliefs come from? (16:25); the Russian invasion of Israel in dispensational ideology (20:10); dispensationalism and the idea of replacement theologians (26:00); apocalyptic language–should we interpret the Bible literally? (30:20); what was Jesus telling His disciples in the Olivet discourse? (32:55); why do some sceptics call Jesus a false apocalyptic prophet? (38:35); translation issues in the Olivet discourse such as mistaking the end of a period of time for the end of the world (42:00); how can so many dispensationalists misread the Bible? (54:50); many people and churches distanced themselves from Hank Hanegraaff when he wrote his book The Apocalypse Code (1:06:30); reading and understanding the Bible in the light that the Bible was not written to us, but it was written for us (1:07:40); using the Bible to interpret the Bible (1:14:10); do we find the ideas from Left Behind and the rapture in the Olivet discourse? (1:16:20); misunderstanding the Book of Revelation (1:14:20); what is the key to understanding the Book of Revelation? (1:24:45); Hanegraaff discusses the phrase Exegetical Eschatology as written about in his book The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible REALLY Says About the End Times… and Why It Matters Today (1:33:10). https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-det/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.
Is there life after death? Yes! For many death is terrifying, leading us to try to live as long as possible while hoping that science will find a way for us to live longer—if not forever. However, most people are in denial about death. What if the solution is not denying death’s reality, but recognizing it and relishing the reality that we will live fantastically forever? Clay Jones joins Hank to discuss his book Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It, https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/ which explores the ways people face death and how you can conquer the fear of death by realizing the joyous reality of immortality. Topics discussed include: Different ways that people avoid the fear of death (2:45); is the average person afraid of death?(6:45); why Clay Jones wasn’t afraid to die when he received a terminal cancer diagnosis (10:00); what would happen if we found a cure to cancer? (15:20); what happens when you die? (20:05); will heaven be boring? (21:25); immortality projects-different ways that people try to live forever (23:25); why do celebrities die earlier on average? (25:45); what is a mortality mitigation project? (29:15); why the Buddhist idea of detachment actually deadens life (32:25); is carpe diem a good maxim? (37:15); why should we focus more on our eternal lives than our lives on earth? (39:35); ways that atheists attempt to answer questions about death (42:05); was the Buddha a dead-beat dad? (45:30); the correlation between a decrease in belief in eternal life and an increase in suicide (46:30); anarchy in America (48:30); thinking of death as an upgrade from life (51:20); the Christians who do the most for this world are those who are thinking most of the world to come (56:25); why most atheists actually wish that they believed that Christianity was true (58:30); will science make immortality a reality? (1:01:35); what does it mean that less Americans believe in God or religion, while more people believe in an afterlife? (1:11:40); artificial intelligence and immortality—the rising popularity of the singularity (1:14:20); do all dogs go to heaven? (1:19:25); your soul will not experience death (1:23:00); why do so many Christians fear death? (1:25:30). To receive Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It, for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/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.
We are thrilled to present a series of conversations between our dear brothers in Christ, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan (aka KP Yohannan). These conversations were initiated by criticism that Francis Chan received as a result of publicly discussing the history of the church and the Eucharist and inspired by our desire to promote dialogue on divisive issues within the body of Christ in a spirit of brotherly love to honor the high priestly prayer of our Heavenly Father just before His passion on the cross “that they may all be one…so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) On behalf of Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan, we hope that these conversations will inspire you to inspect Church history, encourage you to engage in dialogue with those that you may disagree with and live the answer to our Lord’s High Priestly prayer that we may all be one. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) The Key to Christian Unity is Humility…. is the second episode in this four part series of round table conversations and addresses the prayer for unity made by the Lord in His High Priestly Prayer “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Many have said that the first step towards unity is humility—so how do we humble ourselves and pursue unity over the essentials of the historic Christian faith despite our differences? Topics discussed include: Francis Chan addresses the issue of tribalism between Christian Churches and how to reconcile that with the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer that we might be one (0:25); can we unite over the essentials of the historic Christian faith by appealing to the maxim “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty and in all things charity?” (6:45); what we can learn from the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican as we engage with believers in Christ from different Christian traditions (12:30); a lesson of inclusivity that Metropolitan Yohan learned from George Verwer after writing Revolution in World Missions (14:10); the greatest doctrine is love (18:15); the criticality of working towards unity in the body of Christ in response to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (20:45); responding to Francis Chan moving to Hong Kong (24:35); Francis Chan discusses his love for evangelizing to those who have never heard the name of Christ while also feeling convicted about inviting people into the family of God while there is disunity in the body of Christ (28:15); the answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer starts with humility (33:50). 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.
We are thrilled to present a series of conversations between our dear brothers in Christ, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan (aka KP Yohannan). These conversations were initiated by criticism that Francis Chan received as a result of publicly discussing the history of the church and the Eucharist and inspired by our desire to promote dialogue on divisive issues within the body of Christ in a spirit of brotherly love to honor the high priestly prayer of our Heavenly Father just before His passion on the cross “that they may all be one…so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) On behalf of Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan, we hope that these conversations will inspire you to inspect Church history, encourage you to engage in dialogue with those that you may disagree with and live the answer to our Lord’s High Priestly prayer that we may all be one. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) History, Mystery and the Eucharist is the first episode in this four part series of round table conversations and the discussion is on the importance of understanding the history of the church and the mystery of the Eucharist.Topics discussed include: Hank introduces the first in a series of conversations with Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan and the desire of these men to work towards unity in the body of Christ (0:25); Francis Chan responds to the controversy concerning comments he made regarding the history and meaning of the Eucharist (2:50); how an examination of Church history changed Hank’s view on the Eucharist (6:15); for the first 1000 years Christians were undivided at the communion table and the evolution of the different explanations of the Eucharist (15:00); Francis Chan explains his current confusion over the true meaning of the Eucharist because for his entire life he viewed the Eucharist as a mere remembrance and every other view as heresy (24:35); Metropolitan Yohan explains when he realized that he was becoming a lawyer for God, all head knowledge and little experiential life in union with Christ (26:10); Francis Chan questions whether a certain view of the Eucharist is necessary to experience authentic union with Christ and sanctification (43:30); Hank discusses why he felt as though he had become a lawyer for Christ and how that caused him to wonder whether he was even a Christian (46:10); misunderstanding deification (49:00) stay tuned for the rest of the conversation between Francis Chan, Metropolitan Yohan and Hank Hanegraaff coming soon (55:40). 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.
Hank is joined by D.K. Matthews, author of Seduced? Shameless Spin, Weaponized Words, Polarization, Tribalism, and the Impending Disintegration of Faith and Culture and the cover article of the Christian Research Journal, “Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization.” Today Christians are caught in the cross hairs of a virulent linguistic pandemic. It’s a crisis of word—a crisis that has flowered into semantic terrorism. Post-truth critics—including candidates for the highest office in the land—routinely castigate those who stand in opposition to their redefinition of words. They are labeled intolerant, hateful, ignorant, xenophobic, and an imminent and existential threat to the noble quest for a progressive future. This critical conversation conveys the reality of how redefining words and worldviews threatens to undo Western Civilization.Topics discussed include: The redefinition of words today and why it is a threat to Western Civilization (5:00); the legal implications of redefining sex to include sexual orientation and identity (8:05); logocentric reality (15:35); justice as a classic example of alternate semantic universes (19:25); is the modern redefinition of social justice a Trojan horse? (23:00); do Christians need to be more educated on critical theory? (28:40); the role of Marxism in critical theory (33:00); the difference between the concept Black Lives Matter and the organization of Black Lives Matter (35:00); why the redefinition of words could be considered a linguistic pandemic (38:15); is the end of Western Civilization near? (43:05); constructing a lexicon of post-truth terms (56:05); how redefining words can redefine reality (1:01:30); how Jesus and Paul dealt with the counterfeit concepts in Scripture (1:04:55); how Thomas Jefferson and Madonna redefined Jesus and His message to fit their personal worldviews (1:09:50); are we living in an anti-Christian moment? (1:12:25); why the death of truth is a precursor to the death of words (1:19:50); the new pronoun rules and regulations in society today (1:23:25);D.K. Matthews discusses why he wrote his epic book Seduced? Shameless Spin, Weaponized Words, Polarization, Tribalism, and the Impending Disintegration of Faith and Culture (1:27:10).For more information on his cover article of the Christian Research Journal, “Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization” please click here. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/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.
Jackie Hill Perry is an incredible writer, poet, artist and a gifted communicator of Christian truth. She is also the author of one of Hank’s favorite books in years, Gay Girl, Good God and joins Hank to discuss her journey out of a homosexual lifestyle, offering a much needed testimony for a time when society has embraced radical changes to traditional views of sexual identity. Jackie Hill Perry didn’t write Gay Girl, Good God to merely point out the mistakes of her past, but to shine light on the power of a relationship with God while helping people understand the realities of same-sex attraction. This is a truly a can’t miss conversation. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2007hup/Topics discussed include: What made Jackie Hill Perry go against the cultural perspective of sexuality in favor of a biblical perspective (3:00); the power of words and narratives (6:25); how personal autonomy relates to the issues of abortion, sexual freedom and sexual identity (8:50); the impact of abuse and fatherlessness (12:05); the role of conscience in our lives as a reminder of truth (16:00); the error of what Jackie Hill Perry calls the heterosexual gospel, believing that only a fraction of our humanity needs saving (18:55); the different ways we identify ourselves (24:50); God didn’t come into the world to give us joy, but to be our joy (28:15); Jackie Hill Perry reacts to a negative review of her book Gay Girl, Good God on Amazon (30:45); learning to see ourselves through the lens of Scripture rather than through the lens of culture (33:35); how sin can feel natural (36:30); the role of the church to impact society and the importance of discipleship in the church (38:00); the stereotype that pornography is only a male problem (41:30); does Jackie Hill Perry still experience same-sex sexual temptation? (43:05); Jackie Hill Perry’s passion for poetry (44:20); the power and significance of apologetics (46:40); a passion for scripture and the beauty of being able to give biblical answers (48:10); how Jackie Hill Perry came up with the title Gay Girl, Good God and what she hopes people get from the reading the book (51:20); a lightning round of questions on Gay Girl, Good God (53:50); the importance of having an eternal perspective (1:00:25).To learn about receiving the book Gay Girl, Good God for your partnering gift, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2007hup/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.
Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss Hank’s passionate desire for the Christian world to experience fusion in the essentials of the historic Christian faith as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer that called for unity among the followers of Christ. Topics discussed include: Hank discusses his passionate desire for Christianity to experience fusion in the essentials of the Christian faith as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer calling for unity among Christians (0:50); how do different denominations in Christianity see one another? (8:20); not viewing the Christian life as a binary action, but as a journey toward union with God (17:05); the importance of humility in the Christian faith (23:40); baptismal regeneration (28:00); how to view the film Becoming Truly Human by Nathan Jacobs (33:20). https://www.equip.org/product/becoming-truly-human-dvd/Learn more in chapter six “Fusion: The Secret to Global Transformation” in Hank’s newest book Truth Matters, Life Matters More. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/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.
Welcome to a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast where we celebrate the 100th episode of Hank Unplugged with a close, personal friend of Hank Hanegraaff who fits the billing for the podcast from its inception—truly one of the most interesting, informative and inspirational people on the planet. K.P. Yohannan is the founder of Gospel For Asia and has spent his life leading a growing gospel movement in over a dozen Asian nations. His classic book Revolution in World Missions has impacted millions of people and truly is the story of how one man can change a generation. On this edition of Hank Unplugged Yohannan joins Hanegraaff to discuss his new book Never Give Up-– the story of how the Lord carried Yohannan through the most difficult hours of his life and highlights his hope that the story of a broken man can impact a generation. We are experiencing unprecedented times. In such times people desperately need hope and courage. God brings certain books and people into our lives precisely when we need them. Never Give Up is one of those books and K.P. Yohannan is one of those people. We hope you have enjoyed the first 100 episodes of Hank Unplugged and look forward to many more—God bless!Topics discussed include: Hank looks back on some of the guests, topics and listeners leading up to this special 100th episode of Hank Unplugged (0:25); a reflection on the first time Hank met his special guest for the 100th episode K.P. Yohannan (4:20); the origins of Gospel for Asia (7:35); the commitment of K.P. Yohannan and Gospel for Asia to the importance of establishing churches in addition to evangelization (18:15); understanding theosis and that love is the greatest of all doctrines (28:20); persecution that K.P. Yohannan and Gospel for Asia have faced and why Yohannan detailed his experience as a “broken man” in the book Never Give Up (34:10); viewing the Book of Acts as a blueprint for missions and living our lives (44:25); the importance of the church and the change K.P. Yohannan made in order to emphasize the importance of the church as the focus of his ministry (50:20); the importance of studying the early church and church history (58:20); the importance of the church and missionaries equipping Christians to plant more churches and be reproducing disciple makers (1:04:30); has the modern church become too self-centered? (1:10:00); K.P. Yohannan’s passion for the poor and how it influences the missions outreaches of Gospel for Asia in India and many other countries (1:16:25); the importance of looking for opportunities to serve the poor (1:27:00); Revolution in World Missions—what does it mean to have a revolution in world missions and how can we be a part? (1:31:50); learning to live every moment of your life in light of eternity (1:42:10).To learn more about Never Give Up and Revolution in World Missions by K. P. Yohannan please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2006hup/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.
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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
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Dan Baker

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

Dec 20th
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