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Stand to Reason Weekly Podcast

English, Religion, 1 seasons, 190 episodes, 11 hours 15 minutes
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This podcast rebroadcasts our weekly radio program. Our purpose is to help Christians think more clearly about their faith and to help them make an even-handed, incisive, yet gracious defense for classical Christianity. Released every Wednesday.
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Interview: J.P. Moreland – The Substance of Consciousness

Greg talks to J.P. Moreland, author of The Substance of Consciousness, about the significance of the topic of our souls, developing our soul, reasons to think we have a soul, whether we could be in a simulation, machines becoming conscious, and more.   Topics: Interview: J.P. Moreland, author of The Substance of Consciousness: A Comprehensive Defense of Contemporary Substance Dualism (00:00) What’s the significance of this discussion for Christians? (14:00) What is a soul, and what does having a soul mean for developing virtue in that soul? (22:00) Why think we have a soul? (34:00) Do you think souls are gendered? (50:00) Are we in a simulation? (51:00) If machines ever become conscious, would that prove we don’t have a soul? (53:00) Quick thoughts on near death experiences (56:00) Mentioned on the Show:  J.P. Moreland’s Website <
23/02/202458 minutes
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Interview: Natasha Crain on the “He Gets Us” Campaign

Greg talks to Natasha Crain about her insightful article on the “He Gets Us” campaign, examining the view of Jesus promoted by the campaign, the message of the foot washing Super Bowl commercial, and the four questions Natasha used to evaluate the campaign.   Topics: Interview: Natasha Crain on the “He Gets Us” campaign (00:00) What view of Jesus are they promoting? (14:00) What’s the message of the foot washing commercial? (20:00) The four questions Natasha used to evaluate the campaign (29:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Natasha Crain’s website “He Gets Us” campaign Here Comes the He Gets Us Campaign Again: Why Its Portrayal of Jesus is Still a Problem by Natasha Crain <a href='https
21/02/202458 minutes
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Is God in Hell?

Greg answers questions about whether God is in Hell, whether a prayer request is more likely to be answered if a lot of people are praying, whether any physical component to the UFO phenomenon would be a physical manifestation of a demon, and how to respond to arguments for relative morality.   Topics: If God is everywhere, wouldn’t he also be in Hell, but wouldn’t that negate the idea that Hell is separation from God? (00:00) Is a prayer request more likely to be answered if a lot of people are praying for it? (14:00) Could there be a physical component to the UFO phenomenon, and could this be explained as a physical manifestation of a demon? (31:00) How should I respond to someone who is arguing for relative morality? (45:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Record an Open Mic question
16/02/202458 minutes
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A Marriage License Isn’t Just a Piece of Paper

Greg responds to the idea that a marriage license is “just a piece of paper” and talks about why we need public vows to be married, then he answers questions about attending a wedding of two non-believers, what to say to an atheist who says his life is meaningful, and helping a pastor see the value of apologetics.   Topics: Commentary: A marriage license isn’t just a piece of paper. (00:00) Can you clarify the difference between a same-sex marriage and a marriage of two non-believers that would explain why it’s okay to attend one but not the other? (31:00) What would you say to someone who says he doesn’t believe in God but his life is meaningful? (47:00) How can I get started as an apologist in my church and get my pastor on board with it? (55:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Here Comes the He Gets
14/02/202458 minutes
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Interview: Tim Barnett and Alisa Childers – The Deconstruction of Christianity

Guest Host: Tim Barnett   Tim Barnett and Alisa Childers, authors of The Deconstruction of Christianity, talk about what “deconstruction” means, why we shouldn’t embrace the term, problems with the deconstruction process, how we should go about evaluating our beliefs, what to say to someone going through deconstruction, and more.   Topics: Interview: Tim Barnett and Alisa Childers, authors of The Deconstruction of Christianity: What It Is, Why It’s Destructive, and How to Respond (00:00) What is deconstruction? (10:00) What are the problems with deconstruction? (24:00) What triggers people to question their faith, and why do some end up leaving but others don’t? (41:00) What should I say to someone who is going through deconstruction? (53:00) Mentioned on the Show:  The Deconstruction of Christianity: What It Is, Why It’s Destruc
09/02/202458 minutes
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Why Won’t We Sin in Heaven?

Greg answers questions about whether God’s moral perfection is a communicable property we will have after the resurrection or there’s some other reason we won’t sin, whether the proverbs about not arguing are anti-apologetics, and a biblical defense of apologetics.   Topics: Why do you think God’s moral perfection is a communicable property we will have in Heaven? If it were, wouldn’t he have given it to us from the beginning? (08:00) What should I say to Christians who are anti-apologetics because Proverbs says we’re not supposed to argue (20:3, 19:11, 17:14, 15:18)? What’s a biblical defense of apologetics? (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – February 23–24, 2024 in Dallas, TX; March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; April 19–20, 2024 in Augusta, GA Tactics: A Game Pl
07/02/202458 minutes
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Is a Sex-Change Surgery the Same Kind of Thing as Fixing a Cleft Palate?

Greg talks to Tim Barnett about the release of his new book, The Deconstruction of Christianity, then he answers questions about why a sex-change surgery isn’t the same kind of thing as fixing a cleft palate, which kinds of weddings we shouldn’t attend, and Jesus’ limitations as an infant.   Topics: Interview: Tim Barnett on the release of his new book (00:00) Is a sex-change surgery the same kind of thing as repairing a cleft palate? (09:00) Commentary: Which kinds of weddings should we not attend? (30:00) When Jesus was an infant, was he limited to only the knowledge and wisdom an infant would have, or was there a part of him that existed outside the limitations of an infant? (40:00) Mentioned on the Show:  The Deconstruction of Christianity: What It Is, Why It’s Destructive, and How to Respond by Tim Barnett and Alisa Childers
02/02/202458 minutes
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What Would You Say to a Wife Whose Husband Has Decided to Live as a Woman?

Greg talks to Alan Shlemon about what one should say to a wife whose husband has decided to live as a woman, then he offers some thoughts on how Christians are responding to Alistair Begg’s advice about attending a wedding where one person is transgender.   Topics: Interview: Alan Shlemon on what one should say to a wife whose husband has decided to live as a woman (00:00) Commentary: Grace is the antidote to cancel culture (thoughts on how Christians are responding to Alistair Begg’s advice about attending a wedding where one person is transgender). (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Should You Accommodate an LGBT Person’s Requests? by Alan Shlemon Greg’s comments on Alistair Begg’s advice last week <a href='https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/would-you-at
31/01/202458 minutes
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Should You Tell Your Children Your Spouse Has Left Christianity?

Greg responds to a question about whether you should tell your children your spouse has left Christianity, then he takes Open Mic calls about why John was called the greatest “among those born of women,” transgender children, and whether taking fertility drugs would interfere with God’s timing and plan.   Topics: Commentary: Should you tell your children your spouse has left Christianity? (00:00) How should I understand the saying in Matthew 11:11 and Luke 7:28 that John was the greatest “among those born of women” if Jesus was also born of a woman? (27:00) Would this question help a parent realize what’s best for their child? “If you could snap your fingers and get the best outcome for your child, would you choose for your child’s body to match their mind or to not match?” (38:00) Is it okay to take fertility drugs, or would that be interfering with God’s timing and plan? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='h
26/01/202458 minutes
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When a Good Man Says Something Foolish

Greg discusses Alistair Begg’s advice about attending the wedding of a transgender person, then he answers a question about how Jeremiah 31:31 can apply to Christians when it says the promise is for “the house of Israel” and “the house of Judah.”   Topics: Commentary: When a good man says something foolish (09:00) How can I say Jeremiah 31:31’s words about the New Covenant apply to me if it says the promise is for “the house of Israel” and “the house of Judah”? (39:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Desert Apologetics “Anchored” Conference Reality Student Apologetics Conference – February 23–24, 2024 in Dallas, TX; March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; April 19–20, 2024 in Augusta, GA Interview: Justin Brierley – The Surprising Rebi
24/01/202458 minutes
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Greg Answers Questions from an Atheist

In this compilation of calls from an atheist, Greg answers questions about the nature of objective morality, who goes to Hell, and how one can move from the cosmological argument for the existence of God to the God of the Bible.   Topics: If we can unify our understanding of morality by agreeing on a common goal, then isn’t that objective morality? (02:00) Who goes to Hell? (18:00) How do we move from the need for a first cause to the existence of the God of the Bible? (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Conversations with an Atheist – Download the compilation of Greg’s discussions with Ian (includes an additional question) Related Links: #STRask: Why conclude the beginning of the universe points to the Christian God rather than one of the othe
17/01/202458 minutes
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What Is the Nature of Consciousness?

Greg talks about the soul, then he answers questions about why God made it so hard for humans to know he exists, the informal fallacy of special pleading, and how Christians can effect positive change in states where the culture is opposed to a biblical worldview.   Topics: Commentary: What is the nature of consciousness? (00:00) If God made humans, why did he make it so hard for them to know he exists? (21:00) Can you explain the informal fallacy of special pleading? (45:00) How can Christians effect positive change in states where the culture is opposed to a biblical worldview? (54:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Does God Whisper? Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 (online articles
12/01/202458 minutes
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There’s No Sense in Which You Can Bless a Sinful Relationship

Greg discusses the Pope’s statement on how Roman Catholic priests can give blessings to same-sex couples, then he talks to callers about a tactical way to tell people who think they’re Christians that they aren’t and what Jesus meant when he said in Mark 13:32 that only the Father knows “that day or hour.”   Topics: Commentary: There’s no sense in which you can bless a sinful relationship. (00:00) What’s a tactical way to tell people who think they’re Christians that they aren’t Christians? (26:00) What does Jesus mean when he says in Mark 13:32 that only the Father knows “that day or hour,” not the Son? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Doctrinal dicastery explains how, when gay couples can be blessed by Cindy Wooden Reality Student Apologetics Conference – F
10/01/202458 minutes
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An Assertion Isn’t an Argument

Greg responds to a video by Dan McClellan that claims the Bible has no authority, then he answers questions about the extent to which Satan influences non-believers and how we can know when we should continue witnessing to someone and when we should move on.   Topics: Commentary: An assertion isn’t an argument. (00:00) To what extent does Satan influence non-believers? (26:00) How do we know when we should continue witnessing to a person and when we should move on? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – February 23–24, 2024 in Dallas, TX; March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; April 19–20, 2024 in Augusta, GA The Bible Has No Authority – Video by Dan McClellan Related Links: A Response
05/01/202458 minutes
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Don’t Be Surprised When You Have to Fight Spiritual Battles

Greg explains the biblical understanding of spiritual warfare, then he talks to callers about concerns about how a pastor is presenting the Lord’s Supper and how to navigate conversations with friends and family who are following false teachers and false teachings.   Topics: Commentary: Don’t be surprised when you have to fight spiritual battles. (00:00) How concerned should I be about how a pastor is presenting the Lord’s Supper? (36:00) How should I navigate conversations with friends and family who are following false teachers and false teachings? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  STR U Online Training The Deconstruction of Christianity: What It Is, Why It’s Destructive, and How to Respond by Tim Barnett and
03/01/202458 minutes
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The Birth Narratives

Greg talks about how to think about apparent contradictions in the Gospels, describes some relevant historical, religious, cultural, and geographical aspects of the birth narratives, and explains how Jesus’ birth fits into the unified story of the Bible and fulfills God’s covenants.   Topics: Commentary: The birth narratives (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Life of Christ by Greg Koukl The Bible: Fast Forward DVD by Greg Koukl (audio version is also available) The Legend of the Social Justice Jesus by Greg Koukl Donate to Stand to Reason
27/12/202358 minutes
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Why Does It Seem like Things Aren’t Working out for Good?

Greg reflects on the words in Christmas carols, talks about the promise in Romans 8:28 that “God causes all things to work together for good,” then answers questions about his process for reading books, a defense for Noah’s ark, and the Calvinist view of free will.   Topics: Commentary: Why does it seem like things aren’t working out for good? (00:00) What process do you use for reading books to get the most out of them? (16:00) Do you have a good defense for Noah’s ark? (35:00) Is the Calvinist view of free will correct? (45:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reading Less, More—and Twice as Fast by Greg Koukl The Gene
22/12/202358 minutes
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A Christmas Poem

Greg reads a Christmas poem, then he answers questions about being required to ask patients for their pronouns and “sex assigned at birth,” a biblical perspective on extreme sports and dealing with the pitfalls of fame in a sports career, and whether people need to hear the gospel to be saved.   Topics: Commentary: A Christmas poem (00:00) What should I do about the new patient intake forms at the Catholic hospital where I work that require me to ask people for their pronouns and “sex assigned at birth” and put the answers on their chart? (10:00) Does the Bible have anything to say about participating in extreme sports? How should a person deal with the pitfalls of fame in sports, and would a career in sports be okay? (29:00) If people in the Old Testament were saved by faith without hearing of Jesus, does that still occur today, and does Acts 17:30–31 address that? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://
20/12/202358 minutes
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Questions to Ask When Someone Accuses God of Genocide

Greg gives a series of questions you can ask when someone accuses God of genocide, then he answers questions about Operation Rescue, how we can know that the religious feelings we have are from the true God, and how important it is to have a clear position on Arminianism vs. Calvinism.   Topics: Commentary: Questions to ask when someone accuses God of genocide (00:00) You were completely wrong about Operation Rescue a couple of weeks ago. (31:00) How do we, as Christians, know that what we’re feeling is from the true God as opposed to what people in other religions are feeling? (38:00) How important is it that I have a clear position on Arminianism vs. Calvinism? (49:00)
15/12/202358 minutes
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The Problem Is Not with the Evidence

Greg encourages Christians not to be discouraged when people don’t respond to their arguments, then he answers callers’ questions about whether Christians should be involved in the stock market and whether Christians should be calling out sin in the culture as aggressively as Jesus did.   Topics: Commentary: The problem is not with the evidence. (00:00) Should Christians be involved in the stock market? (33:00) Should we be calling out sin in the culture as aggressively as Jesus did? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Stand to Reason’s tweet summarizing some evidence for God, and the atheist’s response No Evidence for God? – Greg’s previous commentary on the atheist’s tweet <a href='https://www.str.org/w/you-ll-n
13/12/202351 minutes 16 seconds
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Are Christians Who Say There’s Only One Way to God Closed-Minded Religionists?

Greg responds to questions about why Christians recommend Dennis Prager when he teaches things antithetical to Christianity, whether Christians who say there’s only one way to God are closed-minded “religionists,” and a challenge to Greg’s response to the Euthyphro dilemma.   Topics: Why do so many Christians recommend Dennis Prager when much of what he teaches seems to be antithetical to Christianity? (00:00) How do I respond to someone who says I shouldn’t be a closed-minded “religionist” who thinks there’s only one way to God? (17:00) In light of the fact that it seems God has given conflicting commands in the past, if God were to do something evil but call it good, how could we make that determination? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Tactics-10th-Anniversary-Discussing-Convictions/dp/0310101468/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1BUR0L430ADKX&amp;keywords=tactics+greg+koukl&amp;qid=1700608336&amp;sprefix=tact
08/12/202358 minutes
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Is Jesus Dependent on the Father?

Greg answers questions about whether Jesus is dependent on the Father, whether he should be quoting someone who has a mistaken view on homosexuality, whether it’s ever okay for Christians to stand up for their rights, helping a non-believing couple move in together, and circular reasoning.   Topics: Is Jesus dependent on the Father (which would mean he can’t be God), or is he independent (which would mean there are two Gods)? (08:00) Should you be quoting Andrew Klavan given his views on homosexuality? (23:00) As Christians, is it ever right to stand up for our rights, or should we always turn our cheek and suffer for Christ? (30:00) What would you do if a non-believing couple asked you to help them move in together? (41:00) Can you help me understand the fallacy of circular reasoning, and is saying “the Bible tells me so” an example of it? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://donate.str.org/
06/12/202358 minutes
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The Problem with Positive Rights

Greg talks about the difference between positive rights and negative rights, then he answers questions about how to respond when a spouse initiates divorce, whether it’s moral to kill abortionists, the biblical guidelines for putting yourself in danger, and the biblical way to pray and connect with God.   Topics: Commentary: The problem with positive rights (00:00) Do you have any advice for how I should respond to my wife who has initiated a divorce? (27:00) Is it morally wrong to kill abortionists? (40:00) What are the biblical guidelines for putting yourself in danger? (49:00) In light of your arguments against the common understanding of hearing the voice of God, what is the biblical way to pray and connect with God? (53:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Donate to Stand to Reason STR Violence S
02/12/202358 minutes
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Interview: Jason Jimenez – Hijacking Jesus

Greg talks to Jason Jimenez, author of Hijacking Jesus: How Progressive Christians Are Remaking Him and Taking Over His Church, about what progressive Christians believe and why, why their theology is so popular right now, beliefs they reject, their view of the atonement, and more.   Topics: Interview: Jason Jimenez, author of  Hijacking Jesus: How Progressive Christians Are Remaking Him and Taking Over His Church (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Hijacking Jesus: How Progressive Christians Are Remaking Him and Taking Over His Church by Jason Jimenez
29/11/202358 minutes
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Is Intelligent Design Pseudoscience?

Greg responds to the claim that intelligent design is pseudoscience, then he answers questions about preaching against abortion even though people in the congregation have had abortions, Bible translations, and the biblical definition of the image of God.   Topics: Commentary: Is intelligent design pseudoscience? (00:00) How can I make a biblical argument to help my pastor see that it’s okay to teach about the case against abortion even if there are people in the congregation who have had abortions? (19:00) What translation do you use and/or consider to be the best out there on the market? (34:00) How is the image of God described in the Bible? (45:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Rock Solid Apologia <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Street-Smarts-Questions-Christianitys-Challenges/dp/0310139139/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2M1USYICLZCCV&amp;keywords=street+smarts&amp;qid=1678825
24/11/202358 minutes
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The Problem with Altar Calls

Greg talks about the problem with altar calls, then he answers questions about why it matters what kind of arguments we make for Christianity if only God can change a person’s mind and how best to use the LDS Gospel Topic Essays when witnessing to Mormons.   Topics: Commentary: The problem with altar calls (00:00) If our arguments always fail unless God changes the person’s mind, why does it matter what kind of arguments we make for Christianity? (30:00) How can we best use the LDS Gospel Topic Essays when witnessing to Mormons? (44:00) Mentioned on the Show:  You’ll Never Change Anyone’s Mind about God by Greg Koukl Reality Student Apologetics Conference – February 23–24, 2024 in Dallas, TX; March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; April 19–20, 2024 in Augusta, GA <a href='https
22/11/202358 minutes
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Don’t Use Empty Rhetoric

Greg responds to a caller’s story about being accused of hate because of his pro-life bumper stickers, then he answers questions about whether the blood sprinkled on the mercy seat was cleaned off, a family whose pastor objects to their spending time out of town, and whether God created the possibility to sin.   Topics: A story about a note the caller received responding to the pro-life stickers on his car. (02:00) Did the blood sprinkled on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:14–15) stay on the mercy seat in the most holy place year after year, or did they clean it off? (23:00) Is it legalism if my pastor is objecting to my family missing Sundays at our church when we’re staying at our vacation house out of town? (33:00) Did God create the possibility to sin? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy
17/11/202358 minutes
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Should Christians Make Judgments about Other Christians?

Greg answers questions about the differences between rules, principles, etc., Christian nationalism, Christians making judgments about other Christians, how people who haven’t heard the gospel will be judged, how to respond to someone who says God isn’t real, and an explanation of the book of Job.   Topics: What are the differences between rules, principles, guidelines, and policies? (03:00) What’s your understanding of the definition of “Christian Nationalism”? (13:00) Can you clarify how and when Christians ought to make judgments about other Christians? (30:00) Does John 15:24 mean that people who haven’t heard the gospel will be judged based solely on how they responded to their conscience? (43:00) What do you do if someone says to you that God’s not real? (50:00) I no longer believe in the Bible because I can’t accept that a loving God could do such a horrible thing to Job and his family. (53:00)
15/11/202358 minutes
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Well Done, Melinda

Greg talks about Melinda Penner, cofounder of Stand to Reason, who went home to be with the Lord last week, then he answers questions about men teasing each other, the biblically appropriate role of the military, and whether 1 Timothy 3 is descriptive or prescriptive.   Topics: Commentary: Well done, Melinda. (00:00) Since men who are close to each other tend to tease each other, do you think that’s part of being a man, and do you think the Bible has anything to say about this kind of behavior? (07:00) What is the biblically appropriate role of the military? (14:00) Is 1 Timothy 3 descriptive or prescriptive? (39:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Melinda Penner’s Homecoming – 1959–2023
10/11/202358 minutes
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Interview: Justin Brierley – The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God

Greg interviews Justin Brierley, author of The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God: Why New Atheism Grew Old and Secular Thinkers Are Considering Christianity Again, about the rise and fall of the New Atheist movement, why he thanks God for Richard Dawkins, a shift in many atheists’ view of Christianity, and more.   Topics: Interview: Justin Brierley, author of The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God: Why New Atheism Grew Old and Secular Thinkers Are Considering Christianity Again (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Justin Brierley The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God: Why New Atheism Grew Old and Secular Thinkers Are Considering Christianity Again by Justin Brierley The Su
08/11/202358 minutes
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No Evidence for God?

Greg talks about an atheist’s response to his quote summarizing some evidence for God, then he answers questions about why he will be speaking at a church that has women pastors and why Protestants don’t view the works of the early church fathers as authoritative for doctrine.   Topics: Commentary: No evidence for God? (00:00) Why do you think it’s okay to speak at a church that has women pastors? (28:00) Why don’t Protestants view the works of the early church fathers as authoritative for doctrine? (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Stand to Reason’s tweet summarizing some evidence for God, and the atheist’s response <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Street-Smarts-Questions-Christianitys-Challenges/dp/0310139139/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2M1USYICLZCCV&amp;keywords=street+smarts&amp;qid=1678
03/11/202358 minutes
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Getting around the Watchful Dragons

Greg gives some thoughts about C.S. Lewis after attending 1517’s conference on Lewis last weekend, then he answers a caller’s questions about whether or not a woman should be a lead pastor and whether he should be concerned about his pastor planting a church with a woman lead pastor.   Topics: Commentary: Getting around the watchful dragons (00:00) What do you think about a woman being a lead pastor? (28:00) Mentioned on the Show:  1517.org Related Links: Should Women Teach in Church? by Greg Koukl
01/11/202358 minutes
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Does It Make Sense for an Atheist to Claim He Used to Be a Real Christian?

Greg adds another quick thought about the last call on the previous episode, then he answers questions about atheists claiming they used to be “real Christians,” whether the word “relationship” accurately describes our connection with God, and non-Christians receiving benefits from their prayers.   Topics: Commentary: One more thought on the last call from the previous episode about old-earth creationism (00:00) What do you think about my view that it’s inconsistent with an atheist worldview for an atheist to claim he was once a real Christian? (05:00) Is the word “relationship” an accurate word for our connection with God, or is there a more biblical way of describing it? (26:00) What do you think of people from other religions appearing to receive benefits from their prayers? (41:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – November 10–11 in
27/10/202358 minutes
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A Recipe for Faithfulness

Greg shares information about the film Nefarious that an Open Mic caller mentioned last week, talks about faithfully hitting singles and doubles, then answers a question about how much of creation can be explained by natural causes on an old-earth creationist view.   Topics: Commentary: A recipe for faithfulness (00:00) On the old-earth creationist view, how much of creation can be explained by natural causes alone? (35:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – November 10–11 in Minneapolis, MN; February 23–24, 2024 in Dallas, TX; March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; April 19–20, 2024 in Augusta, GA Related Links: Theistic Evolution: Drifting toward Darwin by Greg Koukl
25/10/202358 minutes
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Are People Who Divorce and Remarry Living in Continuous Adultery?

Greg talks about how the tactics are tools for “gardening,” then he talks to callers about whether Luke 16:18 means that divorced people who remarry are living in continuous adultery, whether Bible versions violate the command not to add to God’s words, the brains of transgender people, and the origin of evil.   Topics: Commentary: The tactics are tools for gardening. (00:00) If I’m divorced, does that mean I’m living in continuous adultery according to Luke 16:18? (09:00) Do the different versions of the Bible violate the commands in Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18–19 not to add to or subtract from the words of God? (24:00) Do brain scans really show that the brains of transgender people are different from other people’s brains? (41:00)  Did Eve sin because she had evil in her heart, or was she simply tricked by Satan? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://www.str.org/w/the-primal-heresy
20/10/202358 minutes
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Jesus’ Circles and Lines

Greg talks about Andy Stanley’s response to Al Mohler in which he said Jesus drew circles instead of lines, then he answers questions about responding to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s transcendentalism and advice for making an argument to a school board about pornographic material in the library.   Topics: Commentary: Jesus’ circles and lines (00:00) How can I respond well to the philosophy of transcendentalism in my literature class? (32:00) I have three minutes to make an argument to the school board against pornographic materials in the school library. Do you have any advice for me? (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Jesus Drew Circles and Lines: A Response to Andy Stanley by Hunter Beaumont An Assessment of Andy Stanley’s Unconditional Conference by Al
18/10/202358 minutes
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The Number One Indicator of Apostasy in the Church

Greg explains why embracing pro-gay theology is a serious warning sign, offers a tactical approach for answering a question about whether one can be a gay Christian, then answers questions about the most important apologetics topics, non-believers taking communion, what we’ve earned vs. God’s blessings, and more.   Topics: Commentary: The number one indicator of apostasy in the church (00:00) A tactical approach for answering a question about whether one can be a gay Christian. (16:00) What apologetics topics do you think are the most important to introduce to a group of men whom I’ll have the opportunity to teach for two hours? (29:00) Comments from a caller on sola Scriptura (35:00) What should we do in a situation where a non-believer is taking communion? (43:00) What’s the relationship between what we’ve earned and God’s blessings, and does our work affect God’s blessings? (52:00) Mentioned on the
13/10/202358 minutes
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Interview: Alan Shlemon – Concerns about the Unconditional Conference

Greg talks to Alan Shlemon, who attended the Unconditional Conference at Andy Stanley’s church, about the good and bad of what was taught there, how those who promote pro-gay theology viewed the conference, Alan’s concerns, Andy Stanley’s sermon explaining his position, etc.   Topics: Interview: Alan Shlemon – Concerns about the Unconditional Conference (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Andy Stanley's Unconditional Conference: Deep Dive Response – Sean McDowell’s interview of Alan Shlemon A Reformation the Church Doesn’t Need – Part 1 and Part 2 by Alan Shlemon and Greg Koukl Related Links: Ala
11/10/202358 minutes
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Decision Making and the Will of God: The Biblical Model

Greg explains what the Bible has to say about decision making and the will of God, making the case that when you choose within the bounds of wisdom and God’s moral guidelines, you have the freedom to do whatever you want with God’s blessing.   Topics: Commentary: The biblical model for decision making and the will of God (00:00) Choose within the circle of God’s moral will. (06:00) Choose within the circle of wisdom. (11:00) Choose within the circle of personal desires (taken into consideration, but not decisive). (21:00) Your choice is within the circle of the sovereignty of God. (32:00) Examples from Scripture where we see this process play out (39:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Marriage-What-Designed-Happy/dp/0310337372/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=616991268131&amp;hvdev=c&amp;hvlocphy=9030970&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvqmt=e&amp;hvrand=9928308402751182425&amp;hvtargid=kwd-
06/10/202358 minutes
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Decision Making and the Will of God: What the Bible Doesn’t Say

How is God involved in the process of our decision making? Is there a plan we need to discover? Do we need to employ certain techniques in order to hear God’s voice and find his will? Greg challenges the conventional view of decision making and the will of God by examining the biblical texts on this topic.   Topics: Commentary: What the Bible doesn’t say about decision making and the will of God. (00:00) The Bible doesn’t teach that we determine God’s will from a feeling. (14:00) The Bible doesn’t teach that we determine God’s will from inner peace. (24:00) The Bible doesn’t teach that we determine God’s will from open and closed doors. (28:00) The Bible doesn’t teach that we determine God’s will from “fleeces” or providential signs. (32:00) The Bible doesn’t teach that we determine God’s will from confirmations. (36:00) What it looks like when God gives personalized guidance in the Bible. (39:00) </li
04/10/202358 minutes
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A Conversation with Special Guests

Tim and Greg chat with Frank Beckwith, Frank Turek, Scott Klusendorf, Brett Kunkle, Natasha Crain, and Alan Shlemon about their involvement with Stand to Reason, what they’ve learned from this ministry, stories from the last 30 years, and more.   Topics: Tim and Greg chat with friends and colleagues who have had a significant relationship with Stand to Reason over the last 30 years. (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Politically Correct Death: Answering the Arguments for Abortion Rights by Frank Beckwith <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Relativism-Feet-Firmly-Planted-Mid-Air/dp/0801058066/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3PQUJ4NPOQ4LJ&amp;keywords=relativism+feet+firmly+planted+in+mid-air&amp;qid=1693950964&amp;sprefix=r
29/09/202358 minutes
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30 Years of Stand to Reason

Tim talks to Greg about the last 30 years of Stand to Reason—the purpose and unique focus of our work, the major topics and controversies we’ve addressed, the ideas we’ve developed, advice and cautions for budding apologists, where Stand to Reason will be 30 years from now, and more.   Topics: Were you called into this ministry? (03:00) Why did you call this organization Stand to Reason? (11:00) What is unique about Stand to Reason? (16:00) What advice would you give to a budding apologist? (22:00) What are some of the topics and controversies Stand to Reason has covered? (30:00) What ideas has Stand to Reason developed over the years? (49:00) Where do you see Stand to Reason 30 years from now? (53:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Bloom Where You’re Planted by Greg Koukl <a href='https://www.str.org/w/only-one-ques
27/09/202358 minutes
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A Response to Someone Struggling to Find Reasons for His Faith

Greg continues answering a question about how he annotates his Bible, then he answers questions about whether Deuteronomy 21:10–14 condones rape, advice for someone struggling to find reasons for his faith, how to respond to people who say you can’t write a book that includes elements of other cultures, and more.   Topics: Greg continues answering a question from the last episode about how he annotates his Bible. (00:00) Does Deuteronomy 21:10–14 condone rape? (21:00) Do you have advice for someone who is struggling with finding reasons for their faith? (26:00) How would you respond to someone who says you can’t write a book that includes elements of other cultures? (46:00) How should I respond to people who say I seemed happier before I was a Christian? (52:00) Mentioned on the Show:  TalkAboutDoubts.com – You can make an appointment to talk with an expert on yo
22/09/202358 minutes
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Evangelism Is Easier When You Have a Plan

Greg recommends a film about the Bible and talks about a conversation he had with a waitress, then he answers a question about whether the command to love one another trumps the command to love God and explains how he annotates his Bible.   Topics: Commentary: Evangelism is easier when you have a plan. (00:00) Does the command in John 13:34 to love one another trump the command to love God first? (26:00) How do you annotate your Bible? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 22–23 in Los Angeles, CA; October 13–14 in Seattle, WA; November 10–11 in Minneapolis, MN; February 23–24, 2024 in Dallas, TX; March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; April 19–20, 2024 in Augusta, GA <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tye19ZjLn
20/09/202358 minutes
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Can We Argue for God from the Existence of Beauty?

Greg answers questions about arguing for the existence of God based on the beauty we see in the world, what Paul means when he says we are “fellow heirs with Christ,” whether the Father poured out his wrath on Jesus at the cross, and a response to a neighbor’s Halloween decorations.   Topics: Can we argue for the existence of God based on the beauty we see in the world? (01:00) What does it mean to be fellow heirs with Christ as Paul says in Romans 8:17? (18:00)  Is there a biblical case for saying the Father poured out his wrath on Jesus on the cross? (35:00) Did I go too far with my response to my neighbor’s Halloween decorations? (51:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Street Smarts: Using Questions to
15/09/202358 minutes
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Tactics for the Street

Greg talks about the ideas in his new book, Street Smarts, explaining how it expands his Tactics material and how it will give people more confidence responding to objections and making the case for Christianity, then he answers a question about recommendations for starting an apologetics group.   Topics: Commentary: Tactics for the street (00:00) Do you have any recommendations for starting an apologetics group?  (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughest Challenges by Greg Koukl <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Tactics-10th-Anniversary-Discussing-Convictions/dp/0310101468/ref=sr_1_1?crid=6SCF9QMZVLV7&amp;keywords=tactics+greg+koul&amp;qid=1694563643&a
13/09/202358 minutes
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Could Gentiles Be Saved Prior to Christ’s Crucifixion?

Greg responds to questions about what approach to take with a child who has started dating a Jehovah’s Witness, whether there was any way for Gentiles to be saved prior to Christ’s crucifixion, and how to respond to someone wearing a “Protect trans kids” shirt.   Topics: Would you apply the same approach to a child who started dating a Jehovah’s Witness as you would to a family member who came out as gay? (04:00) Was there any way for Gentiles to be saved prior to Christ’s crucifixion? (31:00) How would you engage someone wearing a “Protect trans kids” shirt? (52:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Record an Open Mic question   Related Links: How to Help Transgender Children by Amy Hall </li
08/09/202358 minutes
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Interview: J. Warner Wallace – Updated and Expanded Cold-Case Christianity

Greg talks to J. Warner Wallace about the updated and expanded version of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels—what’s new in the book, chain of custody, direct and circumstantial evidence, how to evaluate eyewitnesses, and more.   Topics: Interview: J. Warner Wallace, author of the updated and expanded version of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  J. Warner Wallace Cold-Case Christianity (Updated &amp; Expanded Edition): A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospel
06/09/202358 minutes
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Why Did God Put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden?

Greg responds to questions about why God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden, taking a job at a Quaker school, the implications of all biological men starting off like females in the womb, and whether the stories of Gilgamesh and Horus are evidence the Bible isn’t true.   Topics: Why did God put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden of Eden, giving Adam and Eve a chance to betray him? (03:00) What should I take into account in terms of theology and practical issues as I consider a job opportunity to work at a Quaker school? (12:00) How would you respond to the claims that 1) all biological men start off as females in the womb, so therefore all men are actually trans, and 2) if sex is not determined until later, then life doesn’t really begin at conception? (21:00) Are the parallels between the Bible and the stories of Gilgamesh and Horus evidence the Bible is not the true book? (38:0
01/09/202358 minutes
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Interview: Nancy Pearcey – The Toxic War on Masculinity

Greg talks to Nancy Pearcey, author of The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes, about the competing ideas of masculinity, the “good man” versus the “real man,” expectations of men in the pre-industrial age, the stats on Christian men today, “boy culture,” and more.   Topics: Interview: Nancy Pearcey, author of The Toxic War on Masculinity (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Nancy Pearcey The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes by Nancy Pearcey Nancy Pearcey’s books <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Soft-Patriarchs
30/08/202358 minutes
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If God Can Save Everyone, Is He Loving if He Doesn’t?

Greg answers questions from callers about whether God is loving if he can save everyone (per Reformed theology) but doesn’t, what Christians should think about shopping at stores that promote harmful ideologies, how God could have foreknowledge of infinite future events if an actual infinite isn’t possible, and more.   Topics: If, according to Reformed theology, God can save everyone, is he loving if he doesn’t? (03:00) What should Christians think about shopping at stores that promote harmful ideologies? (34:00) How could God have foreknowledge of infinite future events if an actual infinite isn’t possible? (42:00) Challenges to Greg’s thoughts about aliens in the previous episode. (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Be One of the 100 Related Links: Why Did Go
25/08/202358 minutes
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The God Question Is the First Question You Have to Answer

Greg explains why your answer to the foundational question of whether or not God exists will affect your ideas about everything else, then he answers questions from a caller about aliens and UFOs.   Topics: Commentary: The God question is the first question you have to answer. (00:00) What’s your take on aliens and UFOs? (31:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Be One of the 100
23/08/202358 minutes
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An Example of Gardening

Greg talks about an exchange he had with someone on a recent trip, then he answers questions about philosophy topics to cover in an hour-long apologetics class, signs from God, whether the disciples made up the story about Jesus, and how to discuss doctrine with Mormons who seem to be hiding their beliefs.   Topics: Commentary: An example of gardening (00:00) What topics would you cover if you only had one hour to teach philosophy in an apologetics and evangelism class? (06:00) What should I say to someone who told me two blue jays flying by were signs from God? (32:00) How should I respond to someone who claims the apostles made up the story about Jesus? (43:00) How can I have effective conversations about doctrine with Latter-day Saints (Mormons) who seem to be trying to hide their beliefs? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Upcoming events with Stand to R
18/08/202358 minutes
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The Bible’s Teaching on Marriage and Sexuality Didn’t Change in 1946

Greg talks about an upcoming movie that claims a 1946 mistranslation of a word in the Bible led to homophobia and persecution of the LGBT community, then he answers a caller's question about what to say to a pastor who referred someone to a counseling service that seems problematic.   Topics: Commentary: The Bible’s teaching on marriage and sexuality didn’t change in 1946. (00:00) What should I say to a pastor who referred me to a counseling service that seems problematic? (32:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Pro-Gay Theology, the Film 1946, and the Multiverse by Alan Shlemon Be One of the 100 Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Reality Student Apologetics Conference – Sept
16/08/202358 minutes
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Were Portions of the Gospels Made up to Match Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53?

Greg talks to callers about what to say to a skeptic who claims portions of the Gospels were made up to match Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53, whether Hell is something we choose or an enforced punishment, and how to convince another Christian of how important it is to read the Bible and make it part of their life.   Topics: What should I say to a skeptic who claims portions of the Gospels were made up to match Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53? (06:00) Is Hell something we choose (i.e., the doors are “locked on the inside”), or is it a more a matter of just judgment (i.e., like prison)? (28:00) How can I convince another Christian of how important it is to read the Bible and make it part of their life? (44:00) Mentioned on the Show:  God Reforms Hearts: Rethinking Free Will and the Problem of Evil by Thaddeus Williams <a href='https://www.amazon.
11/08/202358 minutes
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Are You Discipling Someone?

Greg talks about the need for churches (and Christian individuals) to disciple other Christians, then he answers a caller’s questions about Reformed theology.   Topics: Commentary: Are you discipling someone? (00:00) Why do you believe in Reformed theology? (34:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 22–23 in Los Angeles, CA; October 13–14 in Seattle, WA; November 10–11 in Minneapolis, MN; February 23–24, 2024 in Dallas, TX; March 22–23, 2024 in Philadelphia, PA; April 19–20, 2024 in Augusta, GA <
09/08/202358 minutes
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The Church Is for Anyone, Not Everyone

Greg talks about Calvary Church Albuquerque’s “cultural axioms” and encourages churches to likewise be “more concerned with reaching the lost than pacifying the critics,” then he answers questions about how AI relates to the image of God in people and attending a church that affirms one’s sin.   Topics: Commentary: The church is for anyone, not everyone (00:00) Considering AI’s unsettling human-like ability to process language and complex ideas, how does the current AI relate to the image of God in people, and could it ever become truly self-aware? (26:00) Am I right in thinking a person with same-sex attraction shouldn’t attend a church that affirms their sin, and what’s the difference between someone who is practicing homosexuality and someone who is living in any other sin? (45:00) Mentioned on the Show:  CrossExamined Instructor Academy <a href='https://calva
04/08/202358 minutes
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Christians Should Be Able to Recognize Jesus’ Voice

Greg talks about the positive response of some Christians to an imitation of a Bible passage supposedly created by AI about transgenderism, then he answers questions about what the word “worship” should refer to and whether it’s possible to tell if the congregation is truly worshiping.   Topics: Commentary: Christians should be able to recognize Jesus’ voice. (00:00) Am I too concerned about people using the word “worship” to refer only to the music portion of the service? (42:00) Is it possible to tell if the congregation is truly worshiping? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  STR U Online Training Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughes
02/08/202358 minutes
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Communicate Truth in a Way People Can Understand

Greg talks about our need to communicate truth in a way people can understand, then he answers questions about evangelizing people in AA and whether the sins of divorce and homosexuality will keep a person out of Heaven.   Topics: Commentary: Communicate truth in a way people can understand. (00:00) Can you give me wisdom about when to encourage spirituality in people in AA and when to confront them about the fact that they don’t yet know the true God? (27:00) Are divorce and homosexuality the same in that we can’t go to Heaven if we’ve committed either of those sins? (43:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughest Challenges by Greg Koukl <a hre
28/07/202358 minutes
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Interview: Frank Turek – Correct, Not Politically Correct

Greg talks to Frank Turek, author of the newly re-released Correct, Not Politically Correct, about the worldview behind same-sex marriage and transgenderism, the damage caused by transgender surgeries, how parents should respond to children who say they’re transgender, and more.   Topics: Interview: Frank Turek, author of Correct, Not Politically Correct: About Same-Sex Marriage and Transgenderism(00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Frank Turek CrossExamined Instructor Academy Correct, Not Politically Correct: About Same-Sex Marriage and Transgenderism by Frank Turek <a href='https://www.str.org/stra
26/07/202358 minutes
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Are We Now Made in the Image of Adam Rather Than God?

Greg talks to callers about the extent of Satan’s influence, whether we’re now made in the image of Adam rather than God, the test for infidelity in Numbers 5, whether the right to life is truly unalienable, and a possible interpretation of “this generation not passing away” in Matthew 24:34.   Topics: What’s the extent of Satan’s influence? (02:00) Does Genesis 5:1–3 indicate we’re no longer made in the image of God but are now in the image of Adam? (13:00) Does the test for infidelity in Numbers 5 assume the woman is guilty before proven innocent? (27:00) Is the Declaration of Independence’s claim that our God-given rights are unalienable correct? The Bible seems to indicate we can lose our right to life. (35:00) Is it possible Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:34 about “this generation not passing away” were referring to the record of that generation in Scripture not passing away? (45:00) Mentioned on the Show: 
21/07/202358 minutes
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We Should Address God the Way He Wants to Be Addressed

Greg talks about the Archbishop of York’s statement that referring to God as “Father” is problematic, then he answers questions about how to treat kids who claim to be other species, a possible contradiction in Exodus 9, and the existence of neutral supernatural beings.   Topics: Commentary: We should address God the way he wants to be addressed. (00:00) Should we treat kids as if they’re the species they say they are in order to highlight the absurdity of their claims? (29:00) If God killed all of the Egyptians’ livestock in Exodus 9:6, why did he warn the Egyptians to bring their livestock indoors to avoid the hail in 9:18–21? Is this a contradiction? (37:00) Are there any neutral supernatural beings? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Lord’s Prayer opening may be ‘problemati
19/07/202358 minutes
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Does God’s Will Affect Everything That Happens in Our Lives?

Greg responds to a question he received about the legitimacy of churches requiring people to be baptized in order to receive communion, then he answers questions about whether God’s will affects everything that happens in our lives and Bible references for Greg’s view on tithing.   Topics: Commentary: Is it okay for churches to require baptism before communion? (00:00) Does God’s will affect everything that happens in our lives? (13:00) Do you have Bible references and other resources to explain your views on tithing? (43:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Ho
14/07/202358 minutes
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The Logical Slippery Slope from Gender Fluidity to Species Fluidity

Greg talks about British schools allowing children to identify as other species, then he answers questions from callers about what worship music should be like and whether Jesus’ divine nature would have prevented him from incurring any guilt by becoming unclean.   Topics: Commentary: The logical slippery slope from gender fluidity to species fluidity (00:00) What should worship music be like? (29:00) How would the laws in Leviticus 5 that connect guilt with being ceremonially unclean have applied to Jesus as a Torah-observant Jew? Did his divine nature prevent him from becoming unclean? (52:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Schools let children identify as horses, dinosaurs...and a moon by Gordon Rayner STR U Online Training <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Relativis
12/07/202358 minutes
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Why Won’t Love Require the Possibility of Sin in Heaven?

Greg answers questions about what our free will in Heaven will be like if we can’t sin there, whether there’s a problem with adding a section against “isms” to a statement of faith, what to focus on after a loved one kills herself, and whether Ephesians 4:17–18 contradicts earlier chapters.   Topics: If evil exists because we can’t freely love without free will, what will our free will in Heaven be like if we can’t sin there? (02:00) Should I be concerned about my son’s school adding a section to their statement of faith on why they’re against racism, sexism, and ageism? (30:00) After my ex-daughter-in-law, who was not a believer, killed herself, should I be focused on her eternal destiny or God’s goodness and justice? (37:00) Does Ephesians 4:17–18 contradict the first three chapters of Ephesians that say Gentiles are united with Jews in Christ? (48:00) Related Links: <a href='https://www.str.org/w/-forced-love-is
07/07/202358 minutes
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How Does Genesis 1:5 Fit with an Old-Earth View?

Greg answers a question about how Genesis could say, “It was evening and it was morning, the first day,” if the earth is old, then he clarifies his view on hearing the voice of God.    Topics: If the earth is old, how do we explain the phrase “It was evening and it was morning, the first day [second day, etc.]”? (04:00) Can you clarify what you’re saying God does not do and what he does do in your “Does God Whisper?” articles? (22:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Record an Open Mic question Does God Whisper? Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 by Greg Koukl <a href='https://store.str.org/purchase/the-ambassadors-guide-to-the-voice-of-god'
05/07/202358 minutes
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Should Women Be Wearing Head Coverings in the Church Today?

Greg answers questions about why the instructions about head coverings in 1 Corinthians 11 don’t apply to women in the church today and the best way to respond when asked to submit a DEI statement as part of the hiring process for a new job.   Topics: How can I concisely explain why 1 Corinthians 11:13–16 doesn’t apply to women in the church today? (02:00) What’s the best way to respond when asked to write and submit a DEI statement as part of the hiring process for a new job? (36:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Submit a question on the Open Mic Line <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Live-Not-Lies-Christian-Dissidents/dp/0593541804/ref=sr_1_1?hvadid=580635325353&amp;hvdev=c&amp;hvlocphy=9031092&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvqmt=e&amp;hvrand=17709333986128441597&amp;hvtargid=kwd-969414300845&amp;hydadcr=22591_13493220&amp;keywords=live+not+by+lies+by+rod+dreher&amp;qid=1680644196&amp;s=books&amp;sr=1
30/06/202358 minutes
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How Do We Know Christianity Is True?

Greg responds to questions from a skeptical student about how we know Christianity is true, whether any religion can be proven, Bible translations and the creation of the canon, how creation fits with science, whether faith is blind, a perfect God creating imperfect beings, and more.    Topics: Commentary: How do we know Christianity is true? (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Greg Koukl and Michael Shermer at the End of the Decade of the New Atheists – A transcript of a dialogue between Koukl and Shermer on the Hugh Hewitt Show
28/06/202358 minutes
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Master These Three Informal Fallacies

Greg talks about how to recognize and handle three informal fallacies you’ll encounter in spiritual conversations, then he answers questions about whether Satan knows what we’re thinking and how to respond to a friend who strongly believes the Bible teaches the earth is flat.   Topics: Commentary: Master these three informal fallacies. (00:00) Does Satan know what we’re thinking? (43:00) How can I use the Bible to respond to a friend who strongly believes the Bible teaches the earth is flat? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Try This Simple, Three-Step Maneuver When You’re Hit with a Barrage of Objections by Greg Koukl (on the Aaron Rodgers interview)
23/06/202358 minutes
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Punished for Expressing the Christian View of Marriage

Greg talks about a situation where a police officer was forced to quit his job because he expressed the Christian view of marriage on Facebook, then he answers a question about whether parental love is a fair analogy to use when arguing that libertarian free will isn’t necessary for real love.   Topics: Commentary: Punished for expressing the Christian view of marriage (00:00) The love we have for God isn’t the same kind of love parents have for children, so is parental love really a fair analogy to use when arguing that libertarian free will isn’t necessary for love? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Iron Curtain Diary by Greg Koukl The Primal Heresy by Greg Koukl Freedom Fading by Greg Koukl <a href='https://www.str.org/w/critical-race-theory-civi
21/06/202358 minutes
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Is It Okay to Use Mockery against Harmful Ideologies?

Greg answers questions about dealing with distractions in worship services, an employer’s inconsistencies on the topic of gender, using mockery against transgender ideology, and whether using apologetics and discernment indicates a lack of trust in the Holy Spirit.   Topics: Do you have any thoughts on how I can deal with the distractions of those who are more charismatic in worship than I am? (03:00) Could I use the “sibling rivalry” tactic to show that my company is being inconsistent by saying that gender doesn’t matter and then promoting the idea that they’re a great place for women to work? (12:00) Should Christians support humorous mocking of transgender ideology by conservatives, or does that fall into the category of mocking people rather than just ideas? (27:00) How should I respond to someone who thinks the use of apologetics and discernment indicates a lack of trust in the Holy Spirit? (40:00) Mentioned on the Sh
16/06/202358 minutes
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Thoughts about D-Day

Greg talks about D-Day and thanks D-Day veterans for their service, then he answers questions about indoctrination, what we can do about what’s happening in public schools, whether someone can be responsible for another person being in Hell, and the use of the word “bond-servant” in the New Testament.   Topics: Commentary: Thoughts about D-Day (00:00) What would you say to someone who says 9/11, vaccines, and the Vietnam War are all hoaxes about government control, and what is indoctrination? (20:00) Is there something we can do in addition to praying for California and other states whose public school systems are inappropriately bringing sex into the classrooms? (30:00) Can some people be in Hell now because of something someone else did in their lives that convinced them not to be a Christian? (49:00) What is your understanding of the literal vs. the metaphorical uses of the word “bond-servant” in the New Testament? (55:0
14/06/202358 minutes
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Are We Claiming to Know the Unknowable?

Greg corrects some of his speculations about Neanderthals from the previous episode, then he answers questions about what “weeping and gnashing of teeth” indicates, the influence of the Jesus Movement, advice for finding a church, and claiming to know the unknowable.   Topics: Commentary: Greg corrects some of his speculations about Neanderthals from the previous episode. (00:00) Do the verses that talk about weeping and gnashing of teeth in Hell indicate the people there will still be in open defiance against God, or are those verses referring to suffering? Why would non-believers, who have rejected God, want to go to Heaven? And does the fact that “every knee will bow” indicate those in Hell will have a change of heart? (12:00) How has the American church been affected for the good and the bad by the Jesus Movement of the ’70s, and what’s your advice for finding a new church that’s biblically sound? (25:00) How can we claim to know
09/06/202358 minutes
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Morally Velocitized by the Culture

Greg talks about the the danger of letting the culture form us, then he answers questions about how to respond to a family member who says he’s transgender and how Christians should interpret studies that show humans and Neanderthals interbred.   Topics: Commentary: Morally velocitized by the culture (00:00) How should I respond to a family member who told me he’s transgender and I have to use his female name or he’ll break off contact? (32:00) How should we, as Christians, interpret studies that show humans and Neanderthals interbred? (44:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Greg corrects some of his speculations about humans and Neanderthals interbreeding in the next episode (June 9). Related Links: Morally Velocitized by Greg Koukl Why Agree to Use Prefe
07/06/202358 minutes
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No Need for Confusion—Faithfulness Is Not Theologically Complicated

Greg talks about five areas—salvation, abortion, gender, marriage, and sex—where Christians are drifting into falsehood because of pressure in the culture and not because of ambiguity in the text. Despite the confusion of many Christians on these topics, faithfulness is not theologically complicated.   Topics: Commentary: No need for confusion—faithfulness is not theologically complicated. (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Faithfulness Is Not Theologically Complicated by Greg Koukl The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Greg Koukl <a href='https://www.amazon.com/An
02/06/202358 minutes
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Disagreement Is Not Oppression

Greg talks about the relatively new idea that we can be oppressed through others’ ideology, then he answers questions about whether Christian fellowship is simply brainwashing, the need for epistemological certainty, whether the Bible requires 100% certainty, and why God isn’t as self-evident as 2+2=4.   Topics: Commentary: Disagreement is not oppression. (00:00) Does the fact that we derive encouragement and psychological benefit from gathering with other believers show we are simply brainwashing ourselves? (23:00) Should I feel so obligated to truth that if I can’t have epistemological certainty, I should abandon my faith? (29:00) When studying apologetics and philosophy, it seems as though 100% certainty is unachievable, but does the Bible require 100% certainty that God exists? (42:00) Why isn’t the truth of God’s existence as self-evident as the mathematical equation 2+2=4? (37:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <u
31/05/202358 minutes
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Four Reasons We Can Be Confident the Gospel Accounts Are Eyewitness Accounts

Guest Host: J. Warner Wallace   J. Warner Wallace gives four reasons we can be confident the Gospel accounts are eyewitness accounts, answers a question about family planning, discusses how Christian principles cause people to thrive, then talks to callers about the Old Testament prophets and why God created Satan.   Topics: Commentary: Four reasons we can be confident the Gospel accounts are eyewitness accounts (00:00) Is family planning okay, or should we put our family size in the hands of God? (24:00) Commentary: The data shows that the principles that cause people to thrive point to the truth of Christianity. (32:00) How did the Old Testament prophets know that what they were hearing was really from God? (38:00) If God wanted us to be with him, why did he create Satan? (51:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Cold-Case-Christianity-Homicide-Detective-Investigates/dp/0830785302
26/05/202358 minutes
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A Training Model for Equipping Young People

Guest Host: J. Warner Wallace   J. Warner Wallace talks about a training model for equipping young people, then he talks to callers about a argument for the certainty of coming judgment that doesn’t refer to the Bible and how to share the gospel with family members who think they’re already Christians.   Topics: Commentary: A training model for equipping young people (00:00) Do you have an “outside-the-room” argument for the certainty of coming judgment? (22:00) How can I share the gospel with family members who think they’re already Christians? (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  J. Warner Wallace Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 22–23 in Los Angeles, CA; October 13–14 in Seattle, WA; November 10–11 in Minneapolis, MN; February 23–24, 2023 in Dallas, TX; Mar
24/05/202358 minutes
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Objections to the Moral Argument for the Existence of God

Greg responds to objections to the moral argument in this interview from the Reasoned Hope podcast with Parks Edwards. They discuss cultural relativism and its inability to explain moral progress, the Euthyphro dilemma, moral Platonism, the evolutionary explanation for morality, and more.   Topics: Commentary: Objections to the moral argument for the existence of God (00:00) Download the mp3...   Mentioned on the Show:  Reasoned Hope podcast with Parks Edwards Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughest Challenges by Greg Koukl Related Links: Euthyphro’s Dilemma by Greg Koukl </
19/05/202358 minutes
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Why God Is the Best Explanation for the Existence of Objective Morality

Greg explains why we should think objective morality exists and why God is the best explanation for its existence in this interview from the the Reasoned Hope podcast with Parks Edwards.   Topics: Commentary: Why God is the best explanation for the existence of objective morality (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reasoned Hope podcast with Parks Edwards   Related Links: Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Greg Koukl and Francis Beckwith Hitchens’s Challenge Solved by Amy Hall
17/05/202358 minutes
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Hollywood Is Changing Women into Men

Greg talks to a caller about how to deal with doubts, then he talks about Hollywood’s depiction of women and answers a question about churches that do more “seeker-friendly” sermons and focus on presenting the gospel rather than doing expository preaching.   Topics: How can I deal with my doubts? (00:00) Commentary: Hollywood is changing women into men. (27:00) What are your thoughts on churches that do more “seeker-friendly” sermons and focus on presenting the gospel rather than doing expository preaching? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  The Toxic War on Masculinity: How Christianity Reconciles the Sexes by Nancy Pearcey Related Links: <a href='http://www.garyhabermas
12/05/202358 minutes
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Do the Right Thing before God

Greg talks about putting faithfulness to God above appeasing friends who disagree with you, then he answers questions about whether God is evil if he created a world where he knew so many people would suffer and what a teacher should do when he’s told to use preferred pronouns.   Topics: Commentary: Do the right thing before God. (00:00) Since God knew how many people would suffer when he created the world, does that make him an evil God who caused the suffering? (32:00) What should a teacher do when he’s asked to use preferred pronouns? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Amy Grant will host a same-sex wedding by Rick Pidcock <a href='https://www.str.org/w/should-you-accom
10/05/202358 minutes
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Is Christianity a Mind-Control Cult?

Greg talks to callers about whether Christianity is a mind-control cult because it says you’re fallen and need someone to save you, the view that the Jews of today are not the real descendants of Abraham, reason vs. the Bible, Jesus’ view of social justice, and when to apply 1 Corinthians 5:11.   Topics: How should I respond to someone who says Christianity is a mind-control cult because it says you’re fallen and need someone to save you? (00:00) Is it possible to be a Christian and believe that the Jews of today are not the real descendants of Abraham, and is this a dangerous belief to have in your church? (17:00) If the Bible were to contradict the laws of reason, which should take precedence for the Christian? (31:00) How would you respond to someone who says that since the way we understand social justice now wasn’t around during the time of Jesus, we can’t know what Jesus would have thought of it? (38:00) How should 1
05/05/202358 minutes
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A 30-Year Ride

Greg talks about the first 30 years of Stand to Reason, then he answers questions about universalism, the Roman Catholic view of the authority of tradition, and the difference between tradition and the objective truth of Scripture.   Topics: Commentary: A 30-year ride (00:00) Can you help me respond to people in my church who have been influenced by a theologian’s YouTube videos to accept the idea that all people will eventually accept Jesus, whether now on earth or later in Hell (universalism)? (37:00) Why do Roman Catholics view tradition as authoritative, and how can I show them the difference between tradition and the objective truth of Scripture? (52:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Hell Interrupted Part 1, <a href='https://www.str.org/w/hell-interrupted-part-2'
03/05/202358 minutes
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A Real-Life Example of the Tactical Game Plan

Greg talks about how he managed a spiritual conversation he had on a plane with someone who was challenging him, then he answers questions about where our passions come from and whether Matthew 25:31–46 ties our salvation to how we treat the poor.   Topics: Commentary: A real-life example of the tactical game plan (00:00) Do our passions come from God? (28:00) What’s your take on Matthew 25:31–46, which seems to tie our salvation to how we treat the poor and oppressed? (37:00) Mentioned on the Show:  STR U Online Training Purchase the Reality Livestream Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers
28/04/202358 minutes
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Did Jesus Ever Exist?

Greg talks to Frank Turek about the upcoming CrossExamined Instructor Academy, then he answers questions about whether Jesus existed and how we should view God’s sovereignty when it comes to tragedies that result from non-moral decisions we’ve made.   Topics: Commentary: The upcoming CrossExamined Instructor Academy (00:00) Did Jesus ever exist? (20:00) How should one view God’s sovereignty when it comes to tragedies that result from non-moral decisions we’ve made? (39:00) Mentioned on the Show:  CrossExamined Instructor Academy Unshaken Conference The Story of Civilization: Caesar and Christ by Will Durant Related Links: Bart
26/04/202358 minutes
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Is Critical Race Theory Really an Issue?

Greg answers questions about whether he’s fighting a ghost when it comes to critical race theory, whether the famous Christians who have been deconstructing were ever truly regenerated, the “Divine Council” in Psalm 82, and how to be satisfied where we are.   Topics: Are you sure you’re not fighting a ghost when it comes to critical race theory? (04:00) Were the famous Christian musicians and YouTubers currently going through the deconstruction process ever truly regenerated? (17:00) Is the idea of a “Divine Council” a biblical concept? (36:00) How can I be satisfied where I am and stay focused on the tasks God has for me right now? (45:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers <a href='https
21/04/202358 minutes
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What’s the Relationship between Apologetics and Our Experience of God?

Greg talks about the only two schools he would recommend these days, then he answers a question about the relationship between apologetics and our experience of God.   Topics: Commentary: The only schools Greg recommends (00:00) What is the relationship between apologetics and Christian experience? (10:00) Related Links: Apologetics Aren’t Enough to Connect You with a Person by Amy Hall Do You Convey a Sense of the Reality, Centrality, and Desirability of Jesus with Your Apologetics? by Amy Hall
19/04/202358 minutes
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Circular and Absurd Definitions of a Woman

Greg talks about Alan Shlemon’s excellent article on the definition of a woman, then he answers questions about how parents who just reconnected with a daughter should respond to her claim to be gay, what to say to someone whose child overuses video games, and whether Christianity is militant.   Topics: Commentary: Circular and absurd definitions of a woman (00:00) How should parents in our Tactics small group respond to their daughter’s claim to be gay? (11:00) What should I say to my sister about my nephew’s overuse of video games? (26:00) Why is Christianity so militant? (40:00) Mentioned on the Show:  What Is a Woman? by Alan Shlemon The Secret
14/04/202358 minutes
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How to Interpret and Apply God’s Promises in the Old Testament

Greg explains how to interpret promises God made in the Old Testament and when to apply them to Christians today, then he answers a question about whether verses in Romans about the Holy Spirit testifying in our hearts indicate Christians should expect to receive an experience of the Holy Spirit.    Topics: Why do you disagree with John Piper’s understanding that some promises to the Jewish people apply to Christians today, and how do you tell which promises apply to us and which don’t? (00:00) When Romans 5:5 and 8:16 talk about the Holy Spirit testifying in our hearts, does that mean Christians should expect to receive an experience of the Holy Spirit? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  God Rejoices to Do You Good by John Piper Reality Student Apologetics Conference – April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA
12/04/20230
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Is Sola Scriptura Self-Refuting?

Greg answers questions about whether there are internal inconsistencies in Protestantism when it comes to sola Scriptura, whether Jesus has severed his personal relationship with John now that he’s Lord over all, and reading the Bible with the assumption that it’s a divinely-inspired book.    Topics: Do you have answers for the internal inconsistencies of Protestantism? (01:00) Has Jesus severed his personal relationship with John now that he is Lord over all? (36:00) One of Michael Heiser’s seven rules for reading the Bible is that we should read it as a divine book, but should that really be a starting point when we’re approaching a text? (47:00)
07/04/202358 minutes
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“If the World Is against the Truth, Then I Am against the World”

Greg talks about the speech Calvin Robinson gave on same-sex marriage at the Oxford Union, then he answers questions about responding to false teachings and William Lane Craig’s view of God’s relationship to time.   Topics: Commentary: “If the world is against the truth, then I am against the world.” (00:00) How should we respond to false teachers and false teachings today? (28:00) Do you agree with William Lane Craig’s view of God’s relationship to time? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Calvin Robinson’s Oxford Union Debate Speech – Video and transcript Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Reality Student Apologetics Conference – April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA <a href='https://www.str.org/w/a-reformation-the
05/04/202358 minutes
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Morality Doesn’t Depend on Belief in God, but It Does Depend on God

Greg explains why objective morality doesn’t depend on belief in God but does depend on God, then he answers questions about responding to Mormon missionaries about how they know the Book of Mormon is true and whether it’s ever appropriate for a Christian to give a forceful or rude response.   Topics: Commentary: Morality doesn’t depend on belief in God, but it does depend on God. (00:00) Do you have any verses I can use when responding to Mormon missionaries about how they know the Book of Mormon is true? (24:00) Is it ever appropriate for a Christian to be forceful or rude when responding to someone? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Street Smarts: Using Questions to Answer Christianity’s Toughest Challenges by Greg K
31/03/202358 minutes
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The Trans Resistance Network’s Statement on Monday’s Shooting

Greg talks about the Trans Resistance Network’s statement on Monday’s school shooting, then he answers questions about how to enjoy corporate prayer when you’re aware of how people are misusing Scripture and the moral culpability of an Uber driver transporting people to do sinful things.   Topics: Commentary: The Trans Resistance Network’s statement on Monday’s shooting (00:00) Is there a way to still enjoy corporate prayer even though I now notice when people are misusing Scripture and misunderstanding how God works? (34:00) What’s the moral culpability of an Uber driver transporting people to do sinful things? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  The Trans Resistance Network’s statement STR U Online Training Reality Student Apologetics Confere
29/03/202358 minutes
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A-Theory vs. B-Theory of Time

Greg answers questions about how to think through the issue of A-theory vs. B-theory of time, practical tips for sharing the gospel with family members who aren’t interested in hearing about it, whether metaphysics precede epistemology, and copying Greg’s presentation of Tactics.   Topics: Can you help me think through the A-theory of time vs. the B-theory? (02:00) Do you have any practical tips for sharing the gospel with family members who live in another country and don’t seem very interested in hearing about it? (28:00) Do metaphysics precede epistemology, or is it the other way around? (39:00) If I present Tactics to an audience the way you do, is that considered plagiarism? (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Ti
24/03/202358 minutes
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Strengthen Your Argument with Modest Assertions

Greg talks about how making modest assertions can actually strengthen your argument (referencing an article by Dolores Morris), then he answers a question about why God would predestine people for salvation if he gave us free will.   Topics: Commentary: Strengthen your argument with modest assertions. (00:00) If God gave us free will, why would he predestine anyone for salvation at all? (35:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers STR Outposts STR’s Ambassador’s Creed <a href='https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/weaker-assertion-stronger-argument/'
22/03/202358 minutes
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Did Adam Have a Belly Button?

Greg answers questions about whether Adam had a belly button, the difference between microevolution and macroevolution, and predestination.   Topics: Did Adam have a belly button? (00:00) What is the difference between microevolution and macroevolution? (07:00) Could you explain your understanding of predestination? (25:00)
17/03/202358 minutes
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Why Would a Good God Create a World That Has So Much Evil in It?

Greg answers questions about why God would create a world that has so much evil in it, how a book written by men could be the divine word of God, whether it’s okay to date a Christian who doesn’t think homosexuality is a sin, and why people believe in creationism over evolution.   Topics: Why would a good God create a world that has so much evil in it? (00:00) How could a centuries-old book written by men be the divine word of God? (16:00) Is it okay to date a Christian who thinks homosexuality is not a sin? (29:00) Why believe in a creationist worldview now that we have the theory of evolution? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  The Design of Life DVD Collection by Illustra Media Related Links: <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Really-Teach-about-Homosexuality/dp/1433549379/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3L5BYZZ45OKHR
15/03/202358 minutes
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Has the Text of the Bible Been Corrupted?

How can we know that the Bible we have today is the same as the original if no original manuscripts exist? Greg explains why the number and age of the manuscripts we do have make it possible for textual critics to sift through the variant readings and confidently reconstruct the original writings.   Topics: Commentary: Has the text of the Bible been corrupted? (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  “Misquoting” Jesus? Answering Bart Ehrman by Greg Koukl Related Links: The Bible Is Not a Game of Telephone by Amy Hall (quoting Dan Wallace) An Interview with Daniel B. Wallace on the New Testament Manuscripts by Justin Taylor <a href=
10/03/202358 minutes
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Is the Bible a Human Book or a Supernatural One?

Is the Bible a human book by men about God, or is it a supernatural book from God to men? Greg talks about how the supernatural fingerprints of God in the Bible give us good reason to trust that this book truly has the objective authority to answer the deepest questions of life.   Topics: Commentary: Is the Bible a supernatural book? (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Confessions of a French Atheist: How God Hijacked My Quest to Disprove the Christian Faith by Guillaume Bignon Related Links: What We Read Is What God Said by Brett Kunkle <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Historical-Jesus-Ancient-Evidence-Christ/dp/0899007325/ref=sr_1_1?crid=19
08/03/202358 minutes
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Scattered as Aliens in a Foreign Land

Greg talks about 1 Peter’s words to those who live in a hostile culture, then he answers questions about how Satan tempts us, a high school assigning a sexually graphic novel, not making Christ seem like merely a utilitarian solution to cultural problems, and how to deal with loneliness.   Topics: Commentary: Scattered as aliens in a foreign land (00:00) How does Satan tempt us? (13:00) How should I address the issue of a private high school assigning a novel that graphically depicts sexual sin, and how can we appropriately prepare our children for the real world without exposing them to books like this one? (23:00) How do I avoid making Christ into merely a utilitarian solution to our current cultural problems when discussing the Christian worldview with unbelievers? (35:00) How should I deal with loneliness? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Ap
03/03/202358 minutes
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Interview: Jeff Myers – Truth Changes Everything

Greg talks to Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries, author of Truth Changes Everything: How People of Faith Can Transform the World in Times of Crisis, about the shifting definition of truth in the culture, how truth can be known, the difference truth has made in the world, and more.   Topics: Interview: Jeff Myers, author of Truth Changes Everything: How People of Faith Can Transform the World in Times of Crisis (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Dr. Jeff Myers Truth Changes Everything: How People of Faith Can Transform the World in Times of Crisis by Dr. Jeff Myers Summit Ministries <a href='https://www.amazon.com/How-Irish-Saved-Civilization-Irelands/dp/0385418493/ref=sr
01/03/202358 minutes
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How to Assess Christianity

Greg explains that we can’t assess the church’s legitimacy by the way the world reacts to it, then he answers questions about who, according to 1 John 2, is an antichrist, our relationship to time after death, why people use the term “Calvinism” but not “Arminianism” in a derogatory fashion, and more.   Topics: Commentary: How to assess Christianity (00:00) Is John calling everyone who rejects Jesus a liar and an antichrist in 1 John 2:22–23 (even Dennis Prager), or is he referring to specific people? (08:00) Is it a sin to work at a supermarket where cigarettes and alcohol are among the goods that are sold? (19:00) Are people who have died waiting in time for the resurrection, or are they in the presence of God outside of time? (29:00) Why is it that people use the term “Calvinism” in a derogatory fashion, but I’ve never heard anyone speak of Arminianism that way? (44:00) What does the reference to Jeremiah in H
24/02/202358 minutes
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Does “He Gets Us” Get Him?

Greg critiques the “He Gets Us” campaign, then he answers a question about whether it’s okay to join a church you have some theological disagreements with and interacts with a caller who says people have good reasons to have bad impressions of Christians.   Topics: Commentary: Does “He Gets Us” get him? (00:00) Is it okay to become a member of a church you have some theological disagreements with? (34:00) People have good reasons to have bad impressions of Christians. (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  He Gets Us website The Legend of the Social Justice Jesus by Greg Koukl 7 Problems with the He Gets Us Campaign by Natasha Crain <a href='https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIS8koMOGAs&list=OLAK5uy_kYYGDnoJS2G4o
22/02/202358 minutes
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Tips for Discipling Your Children

Jon and Robby talk about habits and values they’re trying to develop in their kids and give general tips for raising kids to love Jesus and have a Christian worldview.   Topics: Commentary: Tips for discipling your children (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Blue’s Clues Pride Parade Song
17/02/202358 minutes
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Advice for Apologists

Robby, Tim, Jon, and Amy discuss the mistakes we can make as apologists and give advice for how we can stay balanced in our study, treat people with dignity, exhibit the kind of character that reflects Christ when interacting with others, improve our skills, and more.   Topics: Commentary: Advice for apologists (00:00) Related Links: For the Student Who Wants to Be a Christian Apologist by Amy Hall How Should We Interact with the Uncivil? by Amy Hall Eight Lessons on Being an A-Paul-ogist by Tim Barnett Proverbs for Apologists by Amy Hall You W
15/02/202358 minutes
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A Grad Student Taking a Stand

Greg reads a note from a student whose grad school program is requiring that he join an association that explicitly promotes values he disagrees with, then he answers questions about leaving a church if they won’t let you serve, trusting God to bring another “gardener” into a person’s life, and what people will know in Hell.   Topics: Commentary: A grad student taking a stand (00:00) Should I leave a church that won’t let me serve because of sin in my past? (27:00) Do you have any advice about trusting God to bring another “gardener” into a person’s life when my opportunity is gone? (37:00) Do people in Hell want to get out, do they know God exists, and do they remember their lives on earth? (47:00) Related Links: Harvester or Gardener? by Greg Koukl
10/02/202358 minutes
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Just Ask the Question

Greg tells a story about what happened when a pastor he was dining with asked the waiter a question, then he takes two calls about reparations for slavery and answers a question about translating some Christian terms into everyday language when talking to non-believers.   Topics: Commentary: Just ask the question. (00:00) How should I respond to someone who says they’re owed reparations because of slavery? (12:00) A response to Greg’s comments on reparations (35:00) How would I translate “miracles” and “God's glory” into everyday language when talking to non-believers? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reparations: A Critical Theological Review by Kevin DeYoung Reality Student Apologetics Conference – February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25
08/02/202358 minutes
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Slavery in the Bible

Greg answers questions about slavery in the Bible, whether men wrote the Bible to control people, the biblical definitions of love and judgment, and whether Jesus is still both fully man and fully God now that he’s been resurrected.   Topics: Can you help me understand the verses in the Bible that talk about slavery? (05:00) Did men write the Bible to control other people? (17:00) Another note on slavery (25:00) What is the biblical definition of love and the biblical definition of judgment? (29:00) Is Jesus still fully human now that he’s been resurrected, or was his humanity temporary? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Is God a Moral Monster? by Paul Copan Interview: Paul Copa
03/02/202358 minutes
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Abortion Is Not Merely a Political Issue

Greg talks about a crisis pregnancy center that’s having trouble getting help from churches because the pastors don’t want to be “political,” then he answers questions about the Passion Translation and Jesus’ human nature and sinlessness.   Topics: Commentary: Abortion is not merely a political issue. (00:00) Do you have any advice for explaining the problems with the Passion Translation of the Bible to someone who’s promoting it? (27:00) Was Jesus a real human being if he didn’t have a human father, and how could he have been sinless if he was human? (51:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Information about the Passion Translation
01/02/202358 minutes
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Visions of Mary, Yoga, and Prophecies about Jesus

Greg answers questions from callers about visions of Mary, the biblical view of yoga, how we can know Hosea 11:1 is really a prophecy about Jesus, and whether people are misusing prophecies about earlier events to make a case for Jesus.    Topics: Do you have any insight on why Mary reveals herself to people through visions rather than Jesus? (03:00) What is the biblical view of yoga? (28:00) How do we know Hosea 11:1 is really a prophecy about Jesus as Matthew says? (42:00) Are the verses people claim are prophecies about Jesus really just examples of people misusing prophecies about earlier events to make a case for Jesus? (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA Upcoming
27/01/202358 minutes
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Is It Appropriate to Ask God for a Sign?

Greg answers a question about whether it’s appropriate to ask God for a sign to indicate his approval of a decision, then he gives a caller advice about how to interact with a family member who now says he’s gay.   Topics: Is it appropriate to ask God for a sign to indicate approval of a decision? (10:00) Can you give me advice as to how my family and I should interact with my brother now that he’s told us he’s gay? (35:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Becket Cook’s website Christopher Yuan’s website <a href='https://
25/01/202358 minutes
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Can’t I Just Appreciate the Bible’s Moral Value without Taking It Literally?

Greg answers questions about whether one can just appreciate the Bible for its moral value without taking it literally, whether a worship leader attending a gay pride fundraising event indicates a problem with the church, and what the Bible has to say about free will.   Topics: How would you respond to someone who says the Bible doesn’t need to be taken literally and we can just appreciate it for its moral value? (08:00) Should I be concerned by the fact that one of the main worship leaders in my church attended a gay pride fundraising event? (25:00) Many scientists claim free will is not a reality, but what does the Bible have to say about this? (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  STR U Online Training Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Reality Student Apologetics
20/01/202358 minutes
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Design or Adaptation?

Greg reflects on the amazing design evident in the way largemouth bass feed, then he answers a question about the roots of the label “evangelical” and responds to a caller’s concerns about things he’s seeing in the large, multi-campus church he’s attending.   Topics: Commentary: Design or adaptation? (00:00) What are the roots of the label “evangelical,” and what is the classical definition? (28:00) What should I do when I’m seeing so many things to be concerned about in the large, multi-campus church I’m attending? (44:00) Mentioned on the Show:  STR U Online Training Reality Student Apologetics Conference – February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA
18/01/202358 minutes
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Has the Time for Winsome Christianity Passed?

Greg and Amy respond to questions about why it’s okay to have plastic surgery to alter your appearance but wrong to have surgery to alter your sex, whether a tactical, winsome approach is still viable in a non-civil culture, and whether the time for winsome Christianity has passed.   If you enjoyed this episode, you can subscribe or listen to archived episodes of #STRask here.   Topics: How is claiming to be a different gender different from claiming to be a blonde if you dye your hair, and why is it okay to have plastic surgery to alter your appearance but wrong to have surgery to alter your sex? (00:00) Can a tactical, “winsome” approach still be viable in such a non-civil culture? (16:00) Has the time for “winsome” Christianity passed, and is it now time for a more direct, hard-edged approach? (:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/strask-with-g
13/01/202331 minutes 50 seconds
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Does Our Childlessness Mean We’re Not Fearing God Enough?

Greg and Amy respond to questions about whether childlessness is a sign of not fearing God enough and whether it’s a genetic fallacy to point out the eugenics philosophy of the founder of Planned Parenthood when arguing against abortion.   If you enjoyed this episode, you can subscribe or listen to archived episodes of #STRask here.   Topics: Since God gave the Hebrew midwives families because they feared him, does my childlessness mean my husband and I aren’t fearing God enough? (00:00) Is it a genetic fallacy to point out the eugenics philosophy of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, when arguing against abortion? (17:00) Mentioned on the Show:  #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy (archives here) <a href='https://www.str.org/broadcast#submit_s
11/01/202326 minutes 1 second
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Is the Bible Unclear about Homosexuality?

Greg reads a letter he received from a listener whose biblical views on homosexuality are being challenged by others in his church, then he addresses their objections and answers a question about whether Greg’s method of determining the reason why Jesus came is faulty.   Topics: Commentary: Is the Bible unclear about homosexuality? (00:00) Is your argument in “The Legend of the Social Justice Jesus” making the same mistake as those who say Jesus never spoke about abortion? (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  David Limbaugh’s interview on a previous podcast The Legend of the Social Justice Jesus by Greg Koukl Related Links: The Claim about Homosexuality in the Fil
06/01/202358 minutes
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Respect the Order of Leadership

Greg talks about the goodness of respecting one’s parents and other elders and how our culture has lost this value, then he answers a question about how we can expect to never sin again in Heaven if evil exists in the world now because God wanted to allow free will.   Topics: Commentary: Respect the order of leadership. (00:00) If evil exists in the world because God wanted to allow free will, then how can we expect to never sin again in Heaven? (37:00) Mentioned on the Show:  The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Greg Koukl Related Links: The Beauty of Submission by Amy Hall <a href='https://www.str.org/w/the-beauty-of-leaders
04/01/202358 minutes
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How Should Medical Professionals Interact with Transgender Patients?

Greg talks about how medical professionals should interact with transgender patients, reflects on the fact that this is the one time of year when everyone extols the virtues of Jesus in song, answers a question about a framework for deciding between theological positions, and more.   Topics: Commentary: How should medical professionals interact with transgender patients? (00:00) Commentary: It’s the one time of year when everyone extols the virtues of Jesus in song. (27:00) What do you do when you have to go beyond proof texts because you have verses on both sides? (33:00) Commentary: Harry Reasoner’s commentary on Christmas (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy (archives here) <a href='https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2003-dec-14-oe-klavan14-
23/12/202258 minutes
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Two Principles of Giving

Greg talks about two principles to follow when donating to charities, then he talks to callers about how we know we won’t sin in Heaven and the minimal facts argument vs. the maximal data argument for the resurrection.   Topics: Commentary: Two principles of giving (00:00) If Satan sinned while he was in Heaven, how do we know we won’t also sin in Heaven? (16:00) What do you think about the minimal facts vs. maximal data arguments for the resurrection? (29:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Donate to Stand to Reason Faithfully Different: Regaining Biblical Clarity in a Secular Culture by Natasha Crain <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Story-Reality-Everything-Important-Happens/dp/0310525047/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?
21/12/202258 minutes
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There Is No Battle between Science and the Christian Worldview

Greg talks about how naturalistic philosophy, not scientific methodology, is opposed to Christianity, then he answers questions about shaping the worldview of children when the spouse isn’t a believer and the difference between Reformed theology and Darwinistic determinism.   Topics: Commentary: There is no battle between science and the Christian worldview. (00:00) Do you have any practical and specific tips for shaping the worldview of my daughters when the burden is entirely on me since my husband is not a believer? (22:00) Can you explain the difference between Reformed theology and Darwinistic determinism? (43:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Big-Picture-Story-Bible-Redesign/dp/1433543117/ref=asc_df_1433543117/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312680791333&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2596901369960970249&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031091&hvtargid=pla-448498055216&ps
16/12/202258 minutes
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Christianity Has Nothing to Fear from Science

Greg talks about what science can and cannot determine when it comes to religious claims, then he talks to callers about whether there was a doctrine he couldn’t have seen in the Bible on his own and why God isn’t partly responsible for whether or not we follow him if he created our personalities.   Topics: Commentary: Christianity has nothing to fear from science. (00:00) Was there a doctrine that had to be explained to you because you couldn’t have seen it in the Bible on your own? (36:00) If God created our personalities, why is he not partly responsible for whether or not we decide to follow him? (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Donate to Stand to Reason
14/12/202258 minutes
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Questions about the Old-Earth View of Creation

Greg answers questions about what evidence convinces him the earth is old that couldn’t be explained just as easily by a young-earth view, a book that explains what old-earth creationists believe, a church devoting an entire service to first responders, and more.   Topics: What evidence convinces you the earth has to be old that couldn’t be explained just as easily by a young-earth view? (05:00) Can you recommend a book that explains what old-earth creationists believe that isn’t heretical? (24:00) Isn’t saying that “if you have scientific evidence that appears to contradict the Bible, then you should conclude you’ve misread the Bible” a dangerous line of thought since we have scientific evidence that men don’t rise from the dead? (34:00) What do you think about my church devoting an entire service to first responders? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Days-Divide-World-Anniversa
09/12/202258 minutes
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You Can Start a Bible Education Program at Your Local Public School

Greg talks to Tara Schwartz, a field rep for LifeWise Academy, an organization that helps people start Bible education programs at their local public schools, then he answers a question about the current assault on biblical values and offers encouragement to disappointed missionaries.   Topics: Interview: Tara Schwartz of LifeWise Academy (00:00) What do you think explains the assault on biblical values we’re living through, and where do you think it’s going next? (31:00) Do you have any encouragement for disappointed and anxious missionaries who are having to return home for health reasons after only eight weeks? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Tara Schwartz LifeWise Academy Donate to Stand to Reason Related Links:
07/12/202258 minutes
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Natasha Crain on Biblical Clarity in a Secular Culture

Greg talks to Natasha Crain about her book Faithfully Different: Regaining Biblical Clarity in a Secular Culture (your gift for any donation to STR this month), then he answers questions about intersex people and whether or not all living beings have souls.   Topics: Interview: Natasha Crain on biblical clarity in a secular culture (00:00) How should I respond to people who say they’re intersex? (31:00) Do all living beings have souls, or do some living beings not need a soul in order to be alive? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Natasha Crain’s website Natasha Crain’s books Faithfully Different: Regaining Biblical Clarity in
02/12/202258 minutes
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Interview: David Limbaugh – The Resurrected Jesus

Greg talks to David Limbaugh, author of The Resurrected Jesus: The Church in the New Testament, about the unity of the Bible, how the biblical worldview resonates with our deepest intuitions, and some of the main themes in Paul’s Pastoral Epistles.    Topics: Interview: David Limbaugh, author of The Resurrected Jesus: The Church in the New Testament (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  David Limbaugh The Resurrected Jesus: The Church in the New Testament by David Limbaugh The Story of R
30/11/202258 minutes
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You Can’t Be Thankful without Someone to Thank

Greg explains how his Inside Out tactic relates to Thanksgiving, talks to a caller about what, if anything, to say to pastors who aren’t addressing cultural issues, reflects on a book that provides a liturgy for daily worship, and answers a question about whether we should address the devil in prayer.   Topics: Commentary: You can’t be thankful without someone to thank. (00:00) What, if anything, should I say to my pastors about the fact that my church is not addressing any cultural issues? (18:00) Commentary: Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship (38:00) What are your thoughts on addressing the devil during prayer? (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Inside Out by Greg Koukl Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship</a
25/11/202258 minutes
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Interview: Melissa Dougherty – Christians and New Age Beliefs

Greg talks to apologist Melissa Dougherty about how she fell into New Age beliefs, thinking they were Christian, her return to biblical Christianity, the importance of biblical literacy and clear thinking for all Christians, and New Age beliefs in the church.   Topics: Interview: Melissa Dougherty on Christians and New Age Beliefs (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Melissa Dougherty The #1 Thing That Drove Me into False Christianity Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA I
23/11/202258 minutes
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Interview: Eric Johnson – Misconceptions about Mormons

Guest Host: Robby Lashua   Robby talks to Eric Johnson of Mormonism Research Ministry about the rules Mormons have to follow, the LDS view of authority and the way they view their prophets, the LDS need to keep all their commandments, and how Mormons and Christians talk past each other by using the same terms with different definitions.   Topics: Interview: Eric Johnson of Mormonism Research Ministry (00:00) Can Mormons drink caffeine? What are the rules they have to follow? (06:00) What’s the LDS view of authority and their structure of leadership? (24:00) Christians and Mormons use the same terms but mean different things. (41:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Eric Johnson Mormonism Research Ministry <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Introducing-Christianity-Mormons-Practical-Comparative/dp/0736985492/ref=tmm_pap_swatc
18/11/202258 minutes
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Interview: Eric Johnson – Introducing Christianity to Mormons

Guest Host: Robby Lashua   Robby interviews Eric Johnson of Mormonism Research Ministry about his new book, Introducing Christianity to Mormons: A Practical and Comparative Guide to What the Bible Teaches.   Topics: Interview: Eric Johnson, author of Introducing Christianity to Mormons: A Practical and Comparative Guide to What the Bible Teaches (00:00) Why are so many Latter-day Saints leaving their faith? (15:00) Why does the historicity and reliability of the Bible matter so much when talking to Latter-day Saints? (28:00) What is the LDS view of faith? (37:00) Are Mormons Christians? (40:00) How can we share the truth with LDS friends and family? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Eric Johnson Mormonism Research Ministry <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Introducing-Christianity-Mormons-Practi
16/11/202258 minutes
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Prophecy Is Not Something One Learns to Do

Greg critiques the concept of “practicing prophecy,” explaining why prophecy is not something one learns to do, then he answers questions about taking a sick child to a Christian who claims to be a healer and whether some people are called by God to be single.   Topics: Commentary: Prophecy is not something one learns to do. (00:00) What do you think of my decision to not take my eleven-year-old son, who has scoliosis, to a Christian who claims to be a healer? (32:00) Is it true that some people are called by God to live a life of singleness, and what’s your view on Matthew 19:12 and 1 Corinthians 7? (44:00) Mentioned on the Show:  #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy (archives here) Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in
11/11/202258 minutes
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Keep Your Eyes Open for Smoke and Mirrors

Greg examines the rhetoric in an article about a “Center for Transgender Health,” then he answers a question about what “give it to the Lord” means when we’re facing difficult times.   Topics: Commentary: Keep your eyes open for smoke and mirrors. (00:00) Does “giving it to the Lord” mean not doing something about our situation? (27:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA Info for front office manager position at Stand to Reason <a href='https://www.americanbar.org/groups/litigation/committees/lgbt-law-litigator/practice/201
09/11/202258 minutes
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Count the Cost of Following Jesus

Greg responds to Doug the atheist’s comments on one of Tim Barnett’s videos, then he answers questions about what Christians mean when they say God told them to do something, slavery, going on vacation without one’s spouse, and whether if a Christian isn’t healed, it’s because he lacks faith.   Topics: Commentary: Count the cost of following Jesus. (00:00) What do Christians mean when they say God told them to do something? (18:00) Slavery is never condemned in the Bible, so why does it seem wrong? (26:00) Is it appropriate for a married person to go on a vacation without his or her spouse? (37:00) If a Christian doesn’t get healed, is it because he didn’t have enough faith? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Acts and the Voice of God by Greg Koukl The A
04/11/202258 minutes
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Are Evangelicals Bad Representatives of Jesus?

Greg responds to an author’s evaluation of evangelicals, then he answers questions about churches not working together, the appropriateness of separating from a spouse who’s addicted to prescription drugs, and the ideals and virtues that encompass masculinity.   Topics: Commentary: Are evangelicals bad representatives of Jesus? (00:00) Do you have any thoughts on churches not working together to solve what’s going on in the culture today? (34:00) At what point is it necessary to separate from a spouse who is addicted to prescription drugs? (42:00) What are the ideals and virtues that emcompass masculinity, and how do I practice those ideals on a day-to-day basis in order to communicate my beliefs more effectively? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reading Less, More—and Twice as Fast by Greg Koukl <a href='http://www.realityapologetics
02/11/202258 minutes
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Do Pro-Lifers Compromise?

Greg comments on whether an incremental approach to fighting abortion is compromising, then answers questions about recommended resources on objective truth, whether we should reflect on conversations after the fact, and whether homosexuality should be a capital offense.   Topics: Do pro-life advocates compromise when they fight for incremental changes instead of an all-or-nothing outlawing of abortion? (0:00) What books or resources do you recommend for learning more about objective truth? (22:00) What is a healthy way to reflect on conversations after the fact for future improvement? (44:00) Should Christians be working to make homosexuality a capital offense? (52:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist
28/10/202258 minutes
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A Creeping Totalitarianism in the Public Education System

Greg comments on a school district making national headlines for its handling of sex education, then he answers questions about the language describing homosexuality in the Bible and about a fear that God will answer prayer with hardship.   Topics: Commentary:  A Creeping Totalitarianism in the Public Education System (0:00) Are other uses of the word "homosexuality" in the Bible the same root word as that used by Paul in Corinthians? (25:00) How can I face my fear that prayer for bold faith will lead to hardship? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Besieged by a Worldview Foreign to Jesus’ View of Reality Related Links: When it Comes to Homosexuality, the Bible Addresses Behavior
26/10/202258 minutes
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Greg’s Thoughts on Replacement Theology

Greg answers questions about “replacement theology,” whether pro-life advocacy is wrong since if the children live, many will go to Hell, and whether there are still apostles in the church today (per “five-fold ministry”).   Topics: Can you discuss “replacement theology” and give your opinions on that topic? (04:00) Is pro-life advocacy morally wrong since if the children live, many of them will go to Hell? (28:00) Are there still apostles in the church today (per “five-fold ministry”)? (45:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers The Bible: Fast Forward by Greg Koukl Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis
21/10/202258 minutes
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Darwinism Can’t Account for Objective Morality

Greg explains why Darwinism can’t account for objective morality, then he answers a question about whether our sins are covered or washed away and takes a follow-up call from a caller about the origin and development of the cosmos.   Topics: Commentary: Darwinism can’t account for objective morality. (00:00) Are our sins covered or washed away, or is there a difference? (24:00) A follow-up on a previous conversation about the origin and development of the cosmos. (38:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents by Rod Dreher Totalitarianism: Can It Happen in America? by Rod Dreher <a href='h
19/10/202258 minutes
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Be Faithful to the Truth

Greg talks about our need to be faithful to the truth, then he answers questions about reconciling texts about apostasy with texts about perseverance and how we can evaluate whether or not a prophet is from God if prophecies sometimes take centuries to come to pass.   Topics: Commentary: Be faithful to the truth. (00:00) How can we reconcile texts about apostasy in the church with texts that teach perseverance of the saints? (14:00) Since prophecies sometimes take centuries to come to pass, how can we ever evaluate whether or not a prophet is from God? (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reasons to Believe Seeing the Unseen: The Nature of Spiritual Warfare by Greg Koukl Submit a question on the Open Mic Line
14/10/202258 minutes
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Interview: Sean McDowell – A Rebel’s Manifesto

Greg interviews Sean McDowell, author of A Rebel’s Manifesto: Choosing Truth, Real Justice, and Love amid the Noise of Today’s World, about helping students understand the moral issues of our day so they can think biblically and act justly as they seek to love their neighbor and do good in the world.   Topics: Interview: Sean McDowell, author of A Rebel’s Manifesto (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Sean McDowell A Rebel’s Manifesto: Choosing Truth, Real Justice, and Love amid the Noise of Today’s World by Sean McDowell Alliance Defending Freedom Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle
12/10/202258 minutes
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How Do We Close the Gap between Who We Are and Who We Should Be?

Greg answers questions about living consistently with who we should be as new creations in Christ,  Johns Hopkins reversing their position on transgender surgeries, advice for a returning missionary on whether or not to start a home church, and using a person’s own values to persuade them to adopt your position.   Topics: How do we close the integrity gap between who we are and who we should be as new creations in Christ? (06:00) Johns Hopkins reversed their position on transgender surgeries. (24:00) Do you have any advice on whether or not to start a home church as a returning missionary who is seeking deeper fellowship? (41:00) How can you use someone’s own values to persuade them to adopt your moral position? (50:00) Download the mp3...   Mentioned on the Show:  Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers <a href='https://www.str.org/w/-strask-what-q
07/10/202258 minutes
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Besieged by a Worldview Foreign to Jesus’ View of Reality

Greg talks about the policies concerning transgender students in his local school district, how the worldview being promoted conflicts with Jesus’ view of reality, and our need to uphold the truth, then he answers a question about how Orthodox Jews atone for sin.   Topics: Commentary: Besieged by a worldview foreign to Jesus’ view of reality (00:00) A caller talks to Greg about his commentary. (41:00) How does an Orthodox Jew atone for sin? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  CVUSD Allows Boys in Girls’ Bathrooms, Punishes Students for Using ‘Wrong Pronouns’ by Joel Kilpatrick #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy (archives here)
05/10/202258 minutes
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Does Loving Our Neighbor Entail Facilitating Abortions?

Greg discusses harmonizing our observations of nature with Scripture, talks about a billboard that uses a Bible verse to advertise getting an abortion in California, then answers questions about David saying he sinned only against God and whether desires can be sinful, not just actions.   Topics: Commentary: All truth is God’s truth. (00:00) Commentary: Does loving our neighbor entail facilitating abortions? (09:00) Why does David say, “Against you only have I sinned,” in Psalm 51? (31:00) What do you think of the phrase “Attractions are not actions”? (42:00) Is it really the case that if you don’t act on homosexual feelings, then they’re not sinful, or are thoughts sins? (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Billboard in Mississippi advertising getting an abortion in California Related Links: <a href='https://www.str
30/09/202258 minutes
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When Is It Appropriate for Christians to Resist Those in Authority?

As a follow-up to a previous question, Greg talks about how some Christian thinkers in the past have resolved the question of when it’s appropriate for Christians to resist those in authority, then he answers a question about whether we should use the Big Bang theory if parts of it contradict Scripture.   Topics: Commentary: When is it appropriate for Christians to resist those in authority? (00:00) Should we use the Big Bang theory for arguments like the kalam cosmological argument if parts of it contradict Scripture? (36:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA Upcoming events with Stand to R
28/09/202258 minutes
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Is Science Incompatible with Faith in God?

Greg responds to the claim that science is incompatible with faith in God, answers a question about ideas for an apologetics topic for a school research project, then talks to a caller about why God allows evil to exist.   Topics: Commentary: Is science incompatible with faith in God? (00:00) Do you have any suggestions for an apologetics topic that would work for a research project at school? (26:00) Why does God allow evil to exist? (39:00) Mentioned on the Show:  The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Greg Koukl
23/09/202258 minutes
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Is It Suspicious That Jesus Only Appeared to His Followers?

Greg responds to the idea that we shouldn’t trust the testimony about Jesus rising from the dead since the testimony came from his followers, shares a listener’s thoughts on Christians defending themselves, then answers questions about James vs. Paul and praying to the Son and Holy Spirit.   Topics: Commentary: Is it suspicious that Jesus only appeared to his followers? (06:00) Commentary: A response to Greg’s thoughts on Christians defending themselves (16:00) How would you respond to someone who said James’s understanding of justification was different from Paul’s because his was the earliest epistle and he didn’t yet understand? (29:00) Is it appropriate to pray to the other persons of the Trinity? (50:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapol
21/09/202258 minutes
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Should a Christian Take up Arms to Defend Himself against Physical Persecution?

Greg answers questions about whether it would be okay for a Christian to defend himself against physical persecution, how to determine if a child is ready to be baptized, responding to the claim that people are born gay, whether Adam and Eve would have faced more tests if they had passed the first one, and more.   Topics: If I were a Jew living during the Holocaust, would I have been justified in getting an AK-47 to defend myself, and during the tribulation, would we lose our martyr’s crown if we were to die fighting back rather than just allowing them to kill us? (05:00) What’s the best way to determine if my 12-year-old grandson is truly a Christian and should get baptized? (19:00) How should I respond to the claim that people are born gay? (36:00) Would Adam and Eve (and/or their children) have had other tests if they had passed the first test in the garden? (43:00) How should I respond to a Catholic friend who says only
16/09/202258 minutes
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What Greg Said to Law Students

Greg talks about the ideas he shared with some law students last week, then he answers questions about whether there will be different levels of punishment in Hell and whether the old prophet in 1 Kings 13:11–32 was always a false prophet.   Topics: Commentary: What Greg said to law students (00:00) Are there different punishments in Hell, or will everybody receive the same punishment? (36:00) Was the old prophet in 1 Kings 13:11–32, who led the other prophet astray, faithful at one time, or was he simply a false prophet? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA Upcoming events w
14/09/202258 minutes
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It’s Not Loving to Affirm a Damaging Lie

Greg answers questions about how to respond to a brother who says he’s trans, whether Paul ever got a chance to stand before Caesar, whether we can trust the Bible, and how we can say we have knowledge if we don’t have 100% certainty.   Topics: How should I treat my brother who says he’s trans, and how should I talk to the rest of my family members about this? (04:00) Did Paul ever get a chance to stand before Caesar as the angel said he would in Acts 27:23–24? (27:00) There are a lot of things the Bible says that cause me to doubt, so can I trust it? (41:00) If I can’t close the gap to 100% certainty, can I say I have knowledge if knowledge is justified true belief? (51:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Live Not by Lies by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn </li
09/09/202258 minutes
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Do Your Work Heartily, as for the Lord

Greg talks about how we’re made to work, so we ought to “do our work heartily, as for the Lord,” then he answers questions about how to interpret John 20:23 about forgiving people’s sins and why we should think the Bible is inerrant.   Topics: Commentary: Do your work heartily, as for the Lord. (08:00) How should I interpret John 20:23, which says, “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them”? (27:00) What is the biblical support for inerrancy, and if God meant for the text to be inerrant, why would he allow so many things to trip us up in the Scriptures—ambiguous passages, apparent contradictions, unclear doctrines, etc.? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Ph
07/09/202258 minutes
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Alisa Childers Interviews Greg

In an episode from the Alisa Childers Podcast, Alisa chats with Greg about the nature of truth, the need to understand the objective nature of morality in order to understand sin and the gospel, how truth claims are viewed as power grabs, how we can keep from being overwhelmed by this chaotic, relativistic culture, and more.   Topics: The nature of truth (00:00) The need for a moral standard (10:00) Why is Christian morality so out of fashion today? (16:00) The gospel is only good news for people who recognize their sin, which requires objective morality. (26:00) The influence of postmodernism in churches (29:00) The problems we’re seeing now with relativism go all the way back to Genesis 3. (36:00) Truth claims are viewed as power grabs and responded to with ad hominem attacks, not reason. (44:00) How can we keep from being overwhelmed by this chaotic, relativistic culture? (49:00) </
02/09/202254 minutes 55 seconds
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Should I Talk to My Children about LGBTQ Views?

Greg answers questions about staying in a hotel that’s had paranormal activity, talking to one’s children about LGBTQ views before they encounter them, and using consciousness as indirect evidence for God’s existence.   Topics: Is there anything to be fearful of when you’re staying in a hotel that claims to have had paranormal activity? (06:00) Should I talk about LGBTQ views with my children before they hear them from the culture, and if so, how should I start the conversation? (25:00) What do you think of my argument that consciousness is indirect evidence for God’s existence? (48:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Be One of the 100 Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–1
31/08/202258 minutes
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What’s the Best Approach to Take with Militant Atheists?

Greg talks to callers about the meaning of Matthew 7:21–23, how one should respond to friends who are convinced they’re receiving messages from God, the best approach to take with militant atheist friends, and what to say to someone who thinks the only way to connect with God is through psychedelic drugs.   Topics: Am I using Matthew 7:21–23 correctly? (02:00) How should I respond to friends who are convinced God is giving them messages and are very emotional about it? (20:00) What’s the best approach to take with militant atheist friends who think Christianity is stupid? (39:00) What approach should I take with someone who thinks the only way to connect with God is through psychedelic drugs? (52:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Record a question for Greg on the Open Mic Line STR Outposts <a href='https://ww
26/08/202258 minutes
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Can Atheists Be Good without God?

Greg talks about how you can’t have objective good without God, then he answers questions about what it means to say we’re made in the image of God, whether the image of God can be gained or lost, and how this relates to the abortion issue.   Topics: Commentary: Objective morality is good evidence for God. (00:00)  What is your understanding of the image of God, can it be gained or lost, and how does this relate to the abortion issue? (29:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Be One of the 100 Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA Related Links: Hitchens
24/08/202258 minutes
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Keep Gardening

Greg talks with Amy about an update she received from someone she had an interaction with a few years ago and reminds us to keep gardening, then he answers questions about whether we can thwart God and whether the scientific method and empathy can ground morality.   Topics: Commentary: Keep gardening. (00:00) Can man thwart God? (18:00) Can the scientific method provide a basis for morality and empathy provide an obligation for morality? (35:00) Mentioned on the Show:  #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy (archives here) C.S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert – Film <a href
19/08/202258 minutes
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Can You Lose Your Salvation?

Greg explains why he thinks a saved person can’t lose his salvation, then he answers questions about the last verse of John and whether evolution could have given us a common set of moral rules.   Topics: Commentary: Can you lose your salvation? (00:00) What do you think of the last verse of the book of John? (32:00) Is there a common set of moral rules that evolution could have tricked us into? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Be One of the 100 Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA <a href='https:
17/08/202258 minutes
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Stand with Courage and Grace

Greg talks about our need to have courage and grace as we stand in the truth, then he answers questions about how we know the devil didn’t raise Jesus, whether the Holy Spirit can use descriptive passages to affirm a decision, and Christians’ involvement in politics.   Topics: Commentary: Stand with courage and grace. (00:00) How do we know it wasn’t the devil who raised Jesus? (20:00) Can the Holy Spirit use descriptive passages (as opposed to prescriptive) to affirm a decision? (29:00) Regarding Christians’ involvement in politics, how should I respond to the claim that Christians can’t expect non-believers and their cultures to conform to Christian values before they have been made new in Christ? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Be One of the 100 <a href='https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/soccer/jaelene-daniels-refuses-gay-pride-jersey-sits-out-nwsl-game
12/08/202258 minutes
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How Can I Go about Writing a Book?

Greg talks to a student about STR’s “Be One of the 100” campaign, corrects a stat he gave about slavery, talks about how to go about writing a book, then talks to a caller about how to find a good church.   Topics: Commentary: Be one of the 100. (00:00) Commentary: Greg corrects a stat he gave about slavery. (16:00) Commentary: How can I go about writing a book? (17:00) How can I find a good church? (42:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Be One of the 100 STR Outposts Apply to Launch an STR Outpost at Your Church
10/08/202255 minutes 14 seconds
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Is There Really a Difference between Microevolution and Macroevolution?

Greg answers questions about whether there’s a legitimate difference between microevolution and macroevolution, concern about a pastor’s response to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, whether it’s wrong to take contraceptives, and why God doesn’t get rid of Satan immediately.   Topics: How should I respond to someone who says there’s no difference between microevolution and macroevolution and that it’s just an illegitimate distinction made up by Christians? (04:00) What do you think about my pastor’s response to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, and should I not stay at this church? (29:00) Is taking contraceptives wrong like abortion is wrong, or is it okay to prevent pregnancy before conception? (45:00) Why doesn’t God just rid of Satan immediately? (52:00)
03/08/202258 minutes
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Statistics Show LGBTQ Lifestyles Are Harmful

Greg discusses the fact that even though our culture glorifies LGBTQ lifestyles, the statistics show these lifestyles are actually harmful to people, then he answers a question about the timeline for end-time events.   Topics: Commentary: Statistics show LGBTQ lifestyles are harmful. (09:00) You’ve convinced me about the rapture being post-trib, but what is the timeline for the rest of the end-time events? (41:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Thinking About God: First Steps in Philosophy by Greg Ganssle Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig <a href='https://www.amazon
29/07/202258 minutes
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An Example of the Helpfulness of Tactics

Greg talks about the helpfulness of tactics, even for those who are new to using them, tells about hearing from a pastor that virtually all of the junior high girls in their youth group identify as bisexual, and talks to a caller about Trinitarian vs. Unitarian views of God.   Topics: Commentary: An example of the helpfulness of tactics (00:00) Commentary: Virtually all of the girls in a junior high youth group are openly identifying as bisexual. (36:00) Follow-up call regarding last week’s question about the number of persons in the Trinity—comments on a video debate between William Lane Craig (Trinitarian) and Dale Tuggy (Unitarian) (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy (archives here) <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Tactics-10th-Anniversary-Discussing-Convic
27/07/202258 minutes
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Should the Church Be Celebrating the End of Roe v. Wade?

Greg answers questions about whether the church should be celebrating the end of Roe v. Wade, the idea that people with same-sex attraction are “born that way,” whether it’s possible there are more persons in the Trinity, and discerning whether a spiritual gift is from God or some other source.   Topics: Should the church be celebrating the end of Roe v. Wade, and what should I think of my church remaining silent about it? (06:00) How can I argue that gay people aren’t “born that way” if I seem to have been born with the desire for premarital sex? (19:00) Is it possible there are more than three persons in the Trinity? (39:00) How can I determine if a spiritual gift is coming from God or some other source? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Upcoming events with Stand to Reason speakers Submit a recorded question to the
22/07/202258 minutes
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The Fight against Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Greg talks about Senator Warren’s call to shut down crisis pregnancy centers and Jane’s Revenge’s attacks against them, then he talks to a caller about his experience volunteering at a CPC and answers questions about our nation vs. Sodom and Gomorrah and how to respond to someone who’s walking away from Christianity because God didn’t protect him from abuse.   Topics: Commentary: The fight against crisis pregnancy centers (00:00) A former crisis pregnancy center volunteer explains why these centers wouldn’t dare to mislead people. (28:00) What are the differences between our nation and Sodom and Gomorrah, and why is God not destroying us? (39:00) What should I say to someone who is walking away from Christianity because God didn’t protect him from abuse? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy (archives
20/07/202258 minutes
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A Moral Perspective on Abortion

Greg discusses the moral argument against abortion and answers questions about how to respond to “God made me this way” and how to make a case for Jesus’ deity to a Muslim.   Topics: Commentary: A moral perspective on abortion (00:00) What is a proper, biblical understanding of “God made me”? (29:00) How can I expand upon the argument that since the Quran affirms the New Testament, Muslims should worship Jesus? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Faithfulness Is Not Theologically Complicated by Greg Koukl
15/07/202258 minutes
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The Rule of Law Protects Us

Greg talks about the legal and moral questions behind the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade, then he answers a question about trusting God when you have a life-threatening illness and talks to a caller about the role Greg and Stand to Reason have played in his life.   Topics: Commentary: The rule of law protects us. (00:00) How can I trust God in the middle of a life-altering illness? (33:00) A caller thanks Greg for the role he played in his faith as a new Christian. (51:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Greg’s Solid Ground, The Primal Heresy
13/07/202258 minutes
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Does Psalm 91 Promise That God Will Protect Us from Suffering?

Greg and Amy respond to questions about whether praying once in faith for something is better than repeatedly requesting the same thing and how to read and apply psalms like Psalm 91 that say God will save us from “deadly pestilence” and other kinds of suffering.   Topics: Is praying once in faith for something and leaving it with God better than repeatedly raising up the same requests? How should I read and apply psalms like Psalm 91 that say God will save us from “deadly pestilence” and other kinds of suffering? If you enjoyed this episode, you can subscribe or listen to archived episodes of #STRask here.
08/07/202227 minutes 5 seconds
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How Can We Explain Spiritual Experiences in Other Religions?

Greg and Amy respond to questions about what to say to a Wiccan who says her beliefs are proved by the efficacy of her spells, how to explain people having spiritual experiences outside of Christianity, and recommended materials for teaching elementary-aged kids critical thinking.   Topics: What would you say to a Wiccan who says her beliefs are proved by the efficacy of her spells? How do we explain the fact that people have had spiritual experiences outside of Christianity? What materials would you recommend for teaching elementary-aged kids critical thinking skills? If you enjoyed this episode, you can subscribe or listen to archived episodes of #STRask here.
06/07/202226 minutes 8 seconds
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Interview: Mike Winger on Progressive Christianity

Guest Host: Tim Barnett   Tim talks to Mike Winger about different aspects of progressive Christianity and the core belief that ties it all together.   Topics: Interview: Mike Winger on Progressive Christianity (00:00) Download the mp3...   Mentioned on the Show:  Mike Winger’s website: Bible Thinker Divorce and Remarriage: Everything the Bible Says about It by Mike Winger Related Links: The Danger of Building Your Theology on Anything Other Than the Bible by Amy Hall
29/06/202258 minutes
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More Responses to Popular Pro-Choice Memes

Guest Host: Tim Barnett   Tim and Alan continue their discussion about responses to popular pro-choice memes that say the Bible gives instructions on how to perform an abortion, if you don’t support requiring vasectomies for men, you shouldn’t support controlling women’s bodies, and nobody has the right to use your body against your will.   Topics: More responses to popular pro-choice memes. (00:00) The only time the Bible mentions abortion is to give you a magic potion to perform one. (02:00) If you don’t support giving every young man a reversible vasectomy, then don’t support controlling women’s bodies. (12:00) It doesn’t matter when life begins because nobody has the right to use your body against your will. (17:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Did God Ordain Abortion as Punishment for Infidelity? by Alan Shlemon Re
24/06/202229 minutes 48 seconds
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Responding to Pro-Choice Memes

Guest Host: Tim Barnett   Tim and Alan make a quick pro-life case then chat about responses to some popular pro-choice memes that claim life begins at first breath, a fetus is only a potential human, you can freeze an embryo because it isn’t alive, saving one newborn vs. five embryos, no brain activity means legally dead, if you think abortion is wrong, don’t get one, and more.   Topics: Responding to Pro-Choice Memes (00:00) Life begins at first breath. (14:00) You can only ban safe abortions. (25:00) An acorn is only a potential tree, so a fetus is only a potential human. (29:00) You can freeze an embryo but not a baby because an embryo isn’t alive. (35:00) Would you save one newborn or five frozen embryos? (39:00) A person who doesn’t have brain activity is legally dead, so a heartbeat doesn’t mean the embryo is alive. (46:00) Meme: If you think abortion is wrong, don’t get an abortion. (
22/06/202258 minutes
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Interview: Mark Mittelberg – Contagious Faith

Guest Host: J. Warner Wallace   J. Warner Wallace talks to Mark Mittelberg, author of Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others, about the five styles of evangelism people’s personalities and gifts generally fit into, the book’s curriculum, and the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics.   Topics: Interview: Mark Mittelberg, author of Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Mark Mittelberg Mark Mittelberg’s books Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others by Mark Mittelberg – Book’s website <a href='https://www.christianbook.com/contagious-training-discover-natural-sharing-others/mark-mittelberg/9780310121930/pd/0121
15/06/202258 minutes
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How Should We Respond to Pride Month?

Greg reflects on the strangeness of designating a month to celebrate some people’s sexual appetites, then he answers questions about a tactical way to address pride banners in the workplace, Exodus 21:22, whether it’s a violation of 1 Corinthians 5 to be a pastor in the United Methodist denomination, and more.    Topics: Commentary: How should we respond to Pride Month? (00:00) What’s a tactical way to talk to my bosses about not putting up pride banners in our workplace? (09:00) Can you respond to this interpretation of Exodus 21:22 that differs from yours? (23:00) Am I violating 1 Corinthians 5 by being a pastor in the United Methodist denomination? (39:00) When Jesus speaks in the Gospels, is he speaking to the Jews specifically or in a more universal way to all people? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  What Exodus 21:22 Says about Ab
10/06/202258 minutes
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Interview: Guillaume Bignon – Confessions of a French Atheist

Greg talks to former atheist Guillaume Bignon about his book telling the story of his conversion to Christianity, Confessions of a French Atheist: How God Hijacked My Quest to Disprove the Christian Faith.   Topics: Interview: Guillaume Bignon, author of Confessions of a French Atheist: How God Hijacked My Quest to Disprove the Christian Faith (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Confessions of a French Atheist: How God Hijacked My Quest to Disprove the Christian Faith by Guillaume Bignon Guillaume Bignon’s website <a href='https://www.amazon.com/Excusing-Sinners-Blaming-God-Responsibility/dp/1532618654/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid
08/06/202258 minutes
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A Response to Tim Keller’s Tweet Thread

Greg responds to a tweet thread by Tim Keller about Christianity and politics, then he answers questions about defining knowledge as justified true belief, the meaning behind a supernatural experience, and how to start a conversation with an agnostic who has already heard arguments for Christianity.   Topics: Commentary: A response to Tim Keller’s tweet thread (00:00) If knowledge is justified true belief, how can I know which of the things I’m confident about I actually know? (27:00) Can you explain why I had this seemingly supernatural experience many years ago? (42:00) How can I start a conversation with an agnostic who has already heard arguments for Christianity? (51:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Tim Keller’s tweet thread
03/06/202258 minutes
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Abortion Is Not an Act of Love

Greg responds to a woman’s Instagram post that said it would be an act of love to have an abortion rather than give a “brown child” to white evangelicals, then he answers questions about how we can have the joy of the Lord during this difficult time and whether Jesus caused his disciples to believe he would return in their lifetime.   Topics: Commentary: Abortion is an act of love? (00:00) How can I have the joy of the Lord during this difficult time? (27:00) Did Jesus cause his disciples to believe he would return in their lifetime, and if so, what does this mean for us today? (49:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA <a href='h
01/06/202258 minutes
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Jesus’ Brother’s Belief Is Evidence for the Resurrection

Guest Host: Robby Lashua   Robby talks about how the fact that Jesus’ brother James came to believe in Jesus’ divinity is evidence for the resurrection, Starbucks’ new policy of paying for employees’ travel expenses for abortions, and how God matures us through suffering, not miracles.   Topics: Commentary: Jesus’ brother’s belief is evidence for the resurrection. (00:00) Commentary: Starbucks is paying employees’ travel expenses for abortions. (30:00) Commentary: God matures us through suffering, not miracles. (41:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 24–25, 2023 in Dallas, TX; March 24–25, 2023 in Philadelphia, PA; April 21–22, 2023 in Augusta, GA What
27/05/202258 minutes
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Interview: Titus Kennedy – Excavating the Evidence for Jesus

Guest Host: Robby Lashua   Robby talks to archaeologist Titus Kennedy, author of Excavating the Evidence for Jesus: The Archaeology and History of Christ and the Gospels, about archaeological evidence for Jesus.   Topics: Interview: Titus Kennedy, author of Excavating the Evidence for Jesus: The Archaeology and History of Christ and the Gospels (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Titus Kennedy Titus Kennedy’s Instagram Excavating the Evidence for Jesus: The Archaeology and History of Christ and the Gospels by Titus Kennedy Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange Coun
25/05/202258 minutes
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How the Claims about Jesus Differ from Claims about Peter Pan

Guest Host: J. Warner Wallace   J. Warner Wallace talks about how the claims about Jesus are historical and can be tested (unlike claims about Peter Pan), then he answers a question about whether one should be happy that a child has entered into a homosexual relationship and is no longer depressed.   Topics: Commentary: How the claims about Jesus differ from claims about Peter Pan (00:00) If my son, who recently told me he’s bisexual, finds a man to be with and is no longer depressed, should I be happy that he’s happy? (19:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Sean McDowell and Matthew Vines on the Bible and Homosexuality Christopher Yuan Becket Cook Related Links: <a href='https://www.str.org/w/a-response-to-matthew-vines-
20/05/202242 minutes 10 seconds
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Three Reasons to Celebrate Christianity

Guest Host: J. Warner Wallace   J. Warner Wallace explains three reasons to celebrate Christianity, answers a question about what to do when you lose motivation and feelings in your Christian walk, then discusses how social media is affecting two forms of autonomy and contributing to a shift in our priorities and perspectives.   Topics: Commentary: Three reasons to celebrate Christianity (00:00) What do you do when you lose motivation and feelings in your Christian walk? (21:00) Commentary: How social media affects two forms of autonomy (and how it’s contributing to a shift in our priorities and perspectives) (32:00) Mentioned on the Show:  J. Warner Wallace’s website Reality Student Apologetics Conference – September 23–24 in Orange County, CA; October 14–15 in Seattle, WA; November 11–12 in Minneapolis, MN; February 2
18/05/202258 minutes
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The Magnitude of the Loss of Life Due to Abortion

Greg talks about the magnitude of the loss of life due to abortion, responds to arguments made by Alex Berenson, who thinks abortion is murder but should remain legal, then answers questions about leaving a church that’s teaching questionable prayer practices and when it’s proper for a pastor to address politics in the pulpit.   Topics: Commentary: The magnitude of the loss of life due to abortion (00:00) My church is teaching ways of praying that seem New Age to me; is this grounds for leaving? (57:00) When is it proper for a pastor to address politics in the pulpit? (47:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Women in Apologetics Conference – June 9–11 in Boca Raton, FL On Roe v. Wade: And Why Abortion Should Be Legal by Alex Berenson <
13/05/202258 minutes
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The Supreme Court’s Leaked Draft Opinion

Greg talks to Megan Almon of Life Training Institute about the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion, then he answers questions about relativism, having an opposite-sex roommate, and applying 1 Corinthians 5 to a professing believer who is in sexual sin.   Topics: Interview: Megan Almon of Life Training Institute (00:00) Is it relativism if I think it’s okay to lie in a certain situation but someone else doesn’t think it’s okay? (37:00) Some thoughts on the response you gave on #STRask about people having opposite-sex roommates. (45:00) How should I apply 1 Corinthians 5 when interacting with a professing believer who is in sexual sin? (52:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Megan Almon – Life Training Institute Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion
11/05/202258 minutes
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Overturning Roe Will Restore Integrity to the Constitution

Greg explains how overturning Roe will restore integrity to the Constitution, discusses with Robby Lashua what pro-lifers should do now, Robby answers a question about how the STR outposts will work, and then they both give some thoughts on the series The Chosen.   Topics: Commentary: Overturning Roe will restore integrity to the Constitution. (00:00) Can you give some more detail about what the outposts will involve so I can propose this to my church? (15:00) Commentary: Thoughts on The Chosen (36:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Greg Koukl <a href='https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/the-chosen-is-not-produced-by-mormons-the-series-fac
06/05/202258 minutes
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Stand to Reason’s 29th Anniversary

Greg chats about STR’s anniversary and talks to Robby Lashua about the new STR outposts and the Reality conference, Robby explains how the change from Saturday to Sunday worship in the early church points to the truth of the resurrection, and they respond to the news about the probable overturning of Roe v. Wade.   Topics: Commentary: Stand to Reason’s 29th anniversary (00:00) The change from Saturday to Sunday worship is evidence for the resurrection. (35:00) What’s your take on the news about the probable overturning of Roe v. Wade? (44:00) Mentioned on the Show:  STR’s statement of faith
04/05/202258 minutes
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Do All Babies Automatically Go to Heaven?

Greg answers questions about whether Zaccheus’s statement about giving back four times as much as he stole supports the idea of reparations, the biblical evidence that babies go to Heaven, where we go immediately after death, the Christology of George MacDonald, and how to evangelize someone who’s been hurt by Christians.   Topics: Does Zaccheus’s statement that he would give back four times as much as he stole support the idea of reparations? (01:00) Is there biblical evidence that all babies automatically go to Heaven? (11:00) Do people go to Heaven immediately when they die, are they in a holding place, or are they simply in the grave? (21:00) Can you elaborate on the Christology of George MacDonald? (33:00) How can I evangelize my brother who thinks, after being mistreated by people in the church, that there’s no redemptive power in Jesus? (46:00) Mentioned on the Show:  <a href='https://www.thegospe
29/04/202258 minutes
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Interview: Frank Turek – Hollywood Heroes

Greg talks to Frank Turek about the upcoming CrossExamined Instructor Academy and Frank’s new book, Hollywood Heroes: How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God.   Topics: Interview: Frank Turek, author of Hollywood Heroes: How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God (00:00) Mentioned on the Show:  CrossExamined Instructor Academy Hollywood Heroes: How Your Favorite Movies Reveal God by Frank Turek and Zach Turek Click here to get the audiobook for free if you buy the book before May 3. #STRask podcast with Greg and Amy
27/04/202258 minutes
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The Science and Theology of Adam and Eve

Greg talks to callers about integrating the science and theology of Adam and Eve, the series The Chosen, why we don’t focus more on the fact that Jesus explained his resurrection using the Old Testament, and whether demons have the ability to perform miracles.   Topics: What are your thoughts on integrating the science and theology of Adam and Eve? (04:00) What’s your opinion of the series The Chosen? (29:00) Why don’t we focus more on the fact that Jesus explained his resurrection to his followers using the Old Testament? (45:00) Do demons have the ability to perform miracles? (52:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe by Stephen C. Meyer
22/04/202258 minutes
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You Ask Me How I Know He Lives...

Greg talks about evidence for the resurrection, then he answers a question about how his decision making material impacts his personal relationship with God.   Topics: Commentary: You ask me how I know he lives... (00:00) People are afraid that your decision making teaching removes the personal nature of our relationship with God. What is your relationship with God like? (34:00) Download the mp3...   Mentioned on the Show:  The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between by Greg Koukl Decision Making and the Will of God (audio) by Greg Koukl <a href='https://store.st
20/04/202258 minutes
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Another Conversation with YouTube Atheist PineCreek Doug

In audio from Canadian Catholic’s YouTube show, Greg interacts with YouTube atheist PineCreek Doug and others.   Topics: Interview: Greg interacts with YouTube atheist PineCreek Doug and others on Canadian Catholic’s YouTube show (00:00) What is your view on Street Epistemology? (01:00) Do you think it’s okay for atheists to ask Christians questions designed to make them doubt? (06:00) Do Christians take advantage of people in crisis when they evangelize them? (09:00) Is having a warm tingly feeling in your chest a good reason to become a Christian? (22:00) Since it’s God’s fault that I’m not a Christian, doesn’t it follow that I’m going to Hell because of what God didn’t do? (28:00) What does “good” mean? (45:00) What’s your stance on evolution? (49:00) What do you think about Platonic Forms? (51:00) Couldn’t you just respond back to Doug with a similarly emotional arg
06/04/202258 minutes
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Does Christianity Make Sense? Part 2

Rajat Dhiman of the “Biblical Dhiman” YouTube channel continues interviewing Greg, asking him to explain what the Bible means when it says Jesus is the only way to Heaven and to give advice to young Christians in this internet age who are being influenced by other philosophies.   Topics: Interview: Greg is interviewed by YouTuber Rajat Dhiman on the topic “Does Christianity make sense?” (Part 2) (00:00) Greg sums up his thoughts on testing a religion for truth. (01:00) What does it mean when the Bible says Jesus is the only way to Heaven? (08:00) What advice would you give to young Christians who, in this internet age, are being influenced by other philosophies? (17:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Does Christianity Make Sense? with Greg Koukl – Biblical Dhiman YouTube video
01/04/202228 minutes 47 seconds
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Does Christianity Make Sense? Part 1

Greg is interviewed by Rajat Dhiman of the “Biblical Dhiman” YouTube channel, who asks how Greg became a Christian, what’s wrong with worshiping created things rather than the Creator, and how we can test the truthfulness of a religion.   Topics: Interview: Greg is interviewed by YouTuber Rajat Dhiman on the topic “Does Christianity make sense?” (Part 1) (00:00) How Greg became a Christian (01:00) What’s wrong with worshiping created things rather than the Creator? (15:00) How can we test a religion for truth? (39:00) Mentioned on the Show:  Does Christianity Make Sense? with Greg Koukl – Biblical Dhiman YouTube video
30/03/202258 minutes