Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture

Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture

A weekly podcast that offers Christian perspectives on some of the most significant issues facing today's church and culture. In each episode, hosts Scott Rae and Sean McDowell — professors at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology — draw upon biblical wisdom and insights from guest experts as they explore how Christians can thoughtfully and faithfully engage with cultural trends and current events.

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June 21, 2024 58 mins

This week, Sean and Scott discuss: 

  • Louisiana mandates public schools to display the Ten Commandments, sparking legal debates and opposition.
  • A federal judge in Kentucky blocks Biden's Title IX rules, arguing gender identity and sex are distinct.
  • The U.S. Surgeon General advocates for warning labels on social media to protect adolescents' mental health.
  • Listener question: Navigating self-defense as a Christian in light of...
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Why do conversations today so often descend into unhealthy arguments and cancellation? Is it possible to have meaningful, positive conversations on difficult topics with people who see the world differently? And if so, how do we do it? Sean talks with Tim Muehlhoff, Biola communications professor, about these questions and more. They discuss their latest co-written book End the Stalemate and offer some biblical insights for effecti...

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What does it mean to be an evangelical? What do non-Christians think about the evangelical movement? Is it a movement worth saving? These are some of the questions Sean discusses with our guest Thomas Kidd, Research Professor of Church History at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. They briefly discuss the history of the evangelical movement and its core beliefs. Whether you are part of an evangelical movement or not, this epi...

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This week, Scott & Sean discuss:

  • AI and Virtual Companions: Discussion on potential radical changes in AI, with OpenAI and Apple possibly announcing a partnership to integrate advanced virtual companions into devices.
  • Sports Gambling: Examination of the impact of legalized sports betting on the integrity of professional sports and the pressures it places on athletes.
  • Fidelity Month: Introduced by Professor Robert George, the c...
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June 4, 2024 46 mins

What is cancel culture and why has it burst on the scene so dramatically the past few years? How can Christians best navigate our current cultural moment of canceling people with whom we disagree? In this episode, Sean and Scott discuss the recent book The Cancelling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Rikki Schlott. You can also find this discussion on video through the Biola YouTube channel.

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Jack Hollis is the executive VP of Toyota North America. He loves to say: "I work for Jesus, but get paid by Toyota." How does he lead such a successful business and yet live out his faith? What leadership principles has he learned from Jesus? In this interview, Sean talks with Jack about his journey to becoming a Christian, his story of becoming one of the key leaders within Toyota, and how he integrates his faith into h...

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May 21, 2024 34 mins

Although it may be surprising to some, having two parents in the home provides the greatest economic privilege kids can have. Thus, the decline in marriage has had disastrous cultural implications. In this episode, Sean and Scott discuss the recent book The Two Parent Privilege by Melissa Kearney. They discuss Kearney's 10-year study which shows the host of benefits that are passed on to children who grow up with two parents. ...

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What made the first Christians so different from their surrounding culture?  How did their worship differ from the way the average Roman citizen viewed the gods?  Why did the early church view themselves as a family and why is that so significant?  We’ll discuss these questions and more with our guest Dr. Nijay Gupta around his new book, Strange Religion: How the First Christians were Weird, Dangerous and Compelling.

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This week, Sean and guest co-host Rick Langer discuss:

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The Bible is clear that followers of Jesus are exiles in this world. What exactly does this mean and what does this mean for the way we view our political views and affiliations? How was going to church in the first century a politically subversive act? How was the cross a political image in the Roman world? We’ll answer these questions and more with our guest and friend Dr. Preston Sprinkle around his new book, Exiles: The Church ...

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This week, Scott & Sean discuss:

  • Falling Fertility Rates: Discussion on the continuous decline of fertility rates in the U.S., with women delaying childbirth, leading to economic and social implications.
  • Campus Protests Escalate: Coverage of widespread campus protests across the U.S. and Europe, reflecting deep-seated ideological battles and a decline in civil discourse at universities.
  • Marijuana Reclassification: Debate on th...
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Our host Scott Rae recently donated a kidney to his brother, Mark. It was a long, arduous journey in which God was clearly present along the way. How did it affect each of them spiritually? How did it affect their relationships with family? And how can we think biblically about a life-saving medical procedure such as this? Sean interviews both Scott and Mark to hear about their emotional journey.

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April 23, 2024 47 mins

What is polyamory and why is it bursting on the scene right now? Is there such a thing as Christian polyamory? Will polyamorous relationships work? While relying on Scripture and social science research, Sean and Scott discuss these questions and more. You can also find this discussion on video through the Biola YouTube channel.

Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/think-biblically/2024/polyamo...

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This week:

  • Exploring Shifts in Religious Identification: Dive into the latest trends in religious affiliations in America. Discover why the religiously unaffiliated are the fastest growing group and how different faith groups are retaining their followers.
  • The Power of AI in Persuasion: Uncover the surprising findings of a new study comparing the persuasiveness of AI to human argumentation. Learn how AI is shaping the way we thin...
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Who is the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit work in our lives? What are some common misconceptions about the Holy Spirit and what are some vital truths to know to live in the power of the Spirit? Sean and Scott speak with fellow Biola professor Fred Sanders about these questions and his new book The Holy Spirit: An Introduction.

Fred Sanders (PhD, Graduate Theological Union) is a professor of theology at the Torrey Ho...

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