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The Think Podcast with Joel Settecase - Presented by the Think Institute

The Think Podcast with Joel Settecase - Presented by the Think Institute

By Joel Settecase
Joel Settecase (and his fascinating guests) tackle “impossible” questions from a biblical perspective to help you articulate, share and defend the Christian message. Get equipped for your missional lifestyle.
Join us as we seek "Truth In Conversation." Presented by the Think Institute and Cru Church Movements.
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The Think Podcast with Joel Settecase - Presented by the Think Institute

How Your Words Affect The Direction Of Your Life (JBP's 10th Rule) | Sons of Thunder
We all know words are important. But just how important is your speech to the course of your life? Can what you say today affect how you will live tomorrow?   In this episode, Joel and Parker (the Sons of Thunder) examine this question and Jordan Peterson's 10th Rule for Life: "Be Precise In Your Speech."   Listen in as the guys determine just how much of this concept is biblical and work hard to keep the conversation on track without veering off the rails into "The Secret"/Word Faith/Name-It-And-Claim-It goofiness.  Listen to Parker's new podcast, Parker's Pensees: Get the full show notes here:
September 24, 2020
Brian Sauvé: The Rise Of The Christian Culture Builders | Worldview Wednesday
Has Brian Sauvé lost his mind? His activity on Twitter is typically eye-catching, but something he tweeted recently really caught our attention, to the point that we knew we needed to get him on this show and interview him for Worldview Wednesday. What was the tweet in question? Sauvé said, "Wanted: Christians interested in building an institution-building church in Ogden, UT. Start businesses Flip houses Homestead Hire Christians Multi-generational legacy Build culture ...and generally make a holy ruckus. Oh, and we're starting a school in Fall 2021. Join us!" Doesn't he know that pastors are supposed to stick to overseeing their churches and *engaging* with culture, not *creating* culture? And yet, there he is, talking about actually creating institutions and "making a holy ruckus." Again we ask, has he lost his mind? No, he hasn't, but he his church are self-professed "cultural and theological maximalists. Along with a rising movement of Christian culture makers, they believe that Scripture, God's word, has direct implications for all of life, not only for Sunday mornings, but for "your emotional, mental, spiritual, social, political, relational, and physical self." He and his fellow elders (his church has a plurality of them) want to build a radical Christian culture in Utah... and did we mention they are starting a school? So who is Brian Sauvé? He is a pastor at Refuge Church in Ogden, Utah. He has been a Christian from a young age, and has been married since 2011 to Lexy (they met in the library in junior high), with whom he has been blessed with four children. Brian is an avid preacher and Gospel man, deeply concerned for exegetical and biblical theology, as well as the primacy of the Gospel. He co-hosts the Stump the Pastors podcast and writes on the topics of culture, theology, church life, philosophy, and more for Deeply Rooted Magazine, For the Church, and his personal blog, Mouse and Mane, as well as other outlets. Brian earned his Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies. And in what is perhaps his greatest honor, or at least perhaps not his greatest dishonor, Brian is our guest today on what is sure to be an engaging, educational, and inspiring episode of Worldview Wednesdays. Buckle up, but not too tight, because you're going to be on the edge of your seat the whole time. It's time to talk about Christian culture building, who's currently doing it, how to do it, and what the future holds for Ogden Utah and other Gospel outposts around the United States and beyond. Get the full show notes here: Join the Christian Culture Builders Facebook group here:
September 23, 2020
Michael Heiser: What Everyone Gets Wrong About Demons | Tuesday Twofer
Demons. Many use the word, but we seem to use it in different ways. We use it metaphorically, as when we say, "He's wrestling with his demons" about characters facing inner conflict. But demons as actual, spiritual entities crop up in various religions (including Christianity and Hinduism), and even in popular entertainment (e.g. the film, "Paranormal Activity"). Within Christianity, attitudes toward demons vary by denomination. Some pay them practically no attention at all, whereas others find demons under every rock and focus lots of attention on binding demons, casting out demons, etc. And then of course, if you listened to Christian hip-hop in the 1990s, you can probably remember many a track about fighting and slaying demons (T-Bone's "Demon Executor," anyone?).   So, just what exactly *are* demons, really? On this episode, my guest is Michael Heiser, and he's going to reveal the truth about what the Bible and history actually teaches about demons.   Michael S. Heiser is a scholar of the Bible and its ancient context. He earned his MA in Ancient HIstory from UPenn and his MA and PhD from University of Wisconsin- Madison (M.A., Ph.D., Hebrew Bible and Semitic Studies). He's taught biblical studies for over twenty years, he's worked as the Scholar-in-Residence at Logos Bible Software, and is currently Executive Director of the School of Theology at Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Heiser has written several best-selling books on The Unseen Realm, Angels, and topics like Enoch, the Watchers, and the Forgotten Mission of Jesus Christ. He has written a ton of other books, over 100 articles for Bible Study Magazine and several peer-reviewed articles in academic journals.  Dr. Heiser also hosts the Naked Bible Podcast and has a non-profit corporation, MIQLAT, which provides free translations of his biblical studies content in over twenty languages. As you can see, Dr. Mike Heiser is *the* perfect person to bring on to talk about this topic, and he'll be discussing his book, Demons: What the Bible Really Says About the Powers of Darkness, with Think Institute Founder Joel Settecase. Get the full show notes at
September 22, 2020
Why Your Worldview Affects How You Treat Kids | Worldview Wednesday
Re-release: On many major issues, there are increasingly two opposing sides coalescing. Although our context, 21st Century America and the West, is new, it turns out that these two sides are not new; in fact they're very old. And they've been in opposition to one another for centuries, on any number of issues. And one of those issues, the one we're going to discuss today, deals with how we view children. So in this episode Joel and Pastor Raef are going to talk about what these two colliding worldviews (and their competing views on children)are, how they've played out in history and religion over the centuries, and how we're seeing the effects of them being acted out today, especially in headlines related to the state of California, and the recent heroic actions of the U.S. Marshalls.   This is the Think Podcast. It's Worldview Wednesday. For the full show notes, visit
September 16, 2020
The "Progressive" Threat to Historic Christianity, with Alisa Childers | Tuesday Twofer
According to a recent survey, one third of those self-proclaimed Evangelicals believe Jesus is not God. What does this say about the state of "Evangelicalism" and the unbiblical ideas that have crept their way into it? In this Tuesday Twofer episode, Alisa Childers explains the decentralized movement known as Progressive Christianity. She discusses how its teachings have influenced many churches (maybe even yours), how to spot it, and what you can do about it. Get the full show notes at
September 15, 2020
You Aren't Omniscient, And That's Okay: JBP's 9th Rule (Sons of Thunder)
Everybody wants to talk, and nobody wants to listen. But you're not nobody. You're *somebody*, and you're on a journey. You hope that journey takes you to some good places and that you acquire wisdom along the way. So you're not going to only run you're mouth (although you're going to speak up when the time is right)—you're also going to commit yourself to listening to others. As Jordan Peterson's 9th Rule puts it, you're going to "Assume the other person knows something you don't." But whom should you listen to, how should you listen, and when *should* you speak out?    Joel and Parker (the Sons of Thunder) dissect these questions and JBP's 9th Rule for Life in this episode. Watch live and leave your comments and questions for the brothers to answer in real time. Get the full show notes at
September 10, 2020
How to Make A Difference With What You Have, Where You Are, Right Now (Worldview Wednesday)
The world's problems are big, and you're just one individual. It's a terrifying thing to think about entering into the fray, to bring some of the into order long enough to get someone's attention and share the Gospel with him or her. It's a lot safer not to stick your neck out (at least for the time being), but is this what God wants? Didn't Jesus send his disciples into the world to "disciple the nations" (Matthew 28:19)? So what does it look like to get your piece of that Great Commission? Where does God want to use you right now? In this episode, Joel and Pastor Raef discuss how to make a difference with what you have, where you are, right now. Get the full show notes at
September 9, 2020
Why Did Jesus Ascend, and What Is He Doing Now? with Patrick Schreiner
Christians talk a lot about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and rightly so. Those are important doctrines, and they are vital to understand, if we're going to be sharing our faith with others. But what do we say when someone asks us where Jesus is now, and what he's doing? He went back to Heaven, and the Bible says that he sat down on the throne, but is he just... waiting to come back? He's interceding for us, but what does that really mean? To everyone who could use some help answering these questions, my guest, Dr. Patrick Schreiner, is going to help us out. Dr. Schreiner is associate professor of New Testament language and literature at Western Seminary. He is the author of The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross and Matthew, Disciple and Scribe, as well as The Ascension of Christ: Recovering a Neglected Doctrine, which we are going to focus on today. Get the full show notes at
September 8, 2020
Communion, Conspiracies, Evangelism at Work, Aliens, God's Sovereignty, Modern Prophecy, Book of Revelation, Apologetics to LDS and JWs, Manifest Destiny: Live Q&A
A wide-ranging selection of issues covered today as Joel Settecase attempts to answer viewer questions live in real time on this Q&A.  *Subscribe to the Think Institute YouTube channel for more thought-provoking content.*   (Shout-out to for allowing Joel to quickly reference information on Cessationism!) Get the full show notes at
September 1, 2020
How to Get Your Household In Order (And On Mission) | Fast Friday
On this not-so-fast Friday episode, here's what we're talking about:  Our mission, given by Jesus Christ, is to disciple the nations (Mt. 28:19). This means going to foreign nations, as well as working within the nation where we are today. In every nation, God has established three distinct spheres of government.   In this *FAST FRIDAY* episode we're talking about the household sphere, and how to lead your household toward greater participation in Christ's mission of making disciples. Get the full show notes at
August 28, 2020
Jordan Peterson on the Sin of Lying and the Importance of Telling the Truth (JBP's 8th Rule for Life) | Sons of Thunder
Jordan Peterson's book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote To Chaos, remains one of the most influential books of our time. But is it biblical? It's time to analyze JBP's Eighth Rule for Life from a Christian perspective. Watch as the Sons of Thunder tear into Rule 8 and see what God's word has to say. Get the full show notes at
August 27, 2020
Why Christians Should Be Thinking About Adoption Right Now (Worldview Wednesday)
Stats are clear that the best possible environment for a child to be raised in is with one mom, one dad, living together. For sure, sometimes that doesn't work out. Divorce happens, spouses die, tragedy befalls. But the ideal is still there: children do best when raised by mom and dad.  But what if we told you that RIGHT NOW there are over 44,000 children living without a mom or dad in the US foster care system? And that the average age of these children is 6 1/2? And that children who age out of the foster care system face grave disadvantages later in life, compared to children who live with their parents? And that adoption is an incredible blessing to the adoptive parents and a powerful way to carry out your own piece of Christ's Great Commission to the church? Today on the Think Podcast, it's Worldview Wednesday with Joel and Pastor Raef, and we're going to look at adoption from a biblical perspective, and how the glorious Christian teaching on adoption collides head-on with the world's culture of abortion and death. Maybe you'll get to the end of this and still say adoption isn't for you, but you owe it to yourself at least to listen in. Let's do this. Get the full show notes at
August 26, 2020
Dr. Ron Dart: Jordan Peterson, Disney Movies, and Sharing Your Faith
In a world where basic understanding of biblical ideas is on the decline, sharing the Gospel with our neighbors has become harder than ever before.  But what if there were a cultural phenomenon we could use as a bridge to help our neighbors better understand the tenets of the Gospel? And what if that bridge is... Disney movies?   I'm joined by my brother and co-host of the Sons of Thunder podcast, Parker Settecase. And our guest today is Dr. Ron Dart. Dr. Dart is the author of Myth and Meaning in Jordan Peterson. He teaches in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Colombia. He has authored or coauthored 35 books, and he joins Parker and Joel for a very special Tuesday Twofer episode of the Think Podcast, to discuss Jordan Peterson, Disney Movies, modern myths, and the Gospel. Get the full show notes at
August 25, 2020
Morality and Apologetics: Jordan Ravanes Interviews Joel Settecase
Jordan Ravanes of the Christian Worldview Project had Joel Settecase on his podcast, "Table Talk Online," to discuss morality and why it only makes sense from. a biblical perspective. We hope this conversation emboldens you to stand firm in your Christian faith and to commend it to others. Get the full show notes at
August 18, 2020
The Beirut Blast And The Bible
On August 4, 2020, the city of Beirut in Lebanon was rocked by a devastating explosion. One week later, details continue to pour in, as the whole world reels from the almost unbelievable event. But how should Christians, who believe God both perfectly good and also fully in control, respond to this event? On today's Worldview Wednesday, Joel and Pastor Raef are going to open our Bibles and see what God's word has to say, and how a similar event in Jesus' day can serve as the key to how we deal with tragedies of this magnitude. Get the full show notes at
August 12, 2020
Neil Shenvi: Apologetics In A World Of Wokeness
If you've been studying apologetics at all over the last 20 years, you've probably learned some solid arguments against New Atheism, and maybe Islam, Mormonism, and other ideologies believed by those outside the church. But in the last few years a completely new ideology has sprung onto the scene, catching us off-guard and making head-spinning progress *within* the church before many of us even recognized it as a danger.  This is the ideology of Critical Theory, or "wokeness," and it presents a unique set of challenges to believers who desire to follow Jesus and obey His word.  My guest, Neil Shenvi, is going to help us sort out the tangled web of wokeness in which we currently find ourselves, and get you equipped to navigate the ever-changing world of woke terminology and to respond to woke arguments biblically, lovingly and compellingly.  Neil Shenvi grew up in Delaware and attended Princeton University as an undergraduate before earning his PhD in Theoretical Chemistry at UC - Berkeley, where he became a Christian. From 2005-2010, Neil worked as a postdoctoral associate at Yale, where he did research into nonadiabatic dynamics, electron transfer, and surface science. Neil moved down to Durham in 2010 to do research into nonadiabatic dynamics and electronic structure theory at Duke University. Since 2015 Neil has been homeschooling his four children, although he still fiddle with quantum mechanics now and then for fun. Get the full show notes at
August 11, 2020
Bonus: Presuppositional Apologetics, Masks and Church Closings, No Neutrality (Live Q & A)
No music, no guests, no plan. Just a bonus episode with Joel Settecase answering some of your questions in real time. Enjoy.  Get the full show notes at
August 8, 2020
How to Pursue What Is Meaningful (Not Expedient): The Sons of Thunder analyze Jordan Peterson's 7th Rule
Joel and Parker discuss Jordan Peterson's 8th Rule and how to pursue what truly matters vs. what "works." We find a lot to agree with in Dr. Peterson's ideas, but we also point out where the biblical worldview can fill in gaps and lay down a more reliable foundation.   Subscribe to our channel! Get complete show notes, go to
August 6, 2020
Don't Let The Fear of Persecution Silence Your Christian Witness (Worldview Wednesday)
Have you ever wished you spoke up more for Jesus in your workplace, or found it easier to share your faith with your roommates? We've all felt that way, of course, but nowadays it seems like the stakes are higher than ever.  In the US, Christians who share biblical truth about certain "taboo" subjects face threats not only of social embarrassment but even job loss or worse. How should we respond, not only to the actual threat of persecution, but the fear that it could happen? The Bible has the answer, and on today's Worldview Wednesday episode with Joel and Pastor Raef, we're going to tell you what it is. Get the full show notes at
August 5, 2020
Sye Ten Bruggencate: The Argument No Atheist Can Refute
When someone challenges your faith in God, how do you respond? Do you cite historical evidence, provide scientific knowledge, or deliver philosophical arguments? What if there was an argument that no professing atheist could refute? Does that sound impossible? As it turns out, it is not impossible at all, and my guest is going to explain why.  My guest is Sye Ten Bruggencate. Sye left his work as a Stationary Engineer in the automotive industry to pursue teaching apologetics full-time. While he has engaged, and continues to engage professed unbelievers on the streets and in formal debates, Sye now directs his efforts mainly to equipping Christians to defend their faith. In April 2013 Sye released the film “How To Answer The Fool, and in February 2015 released the film  “Debating Dillahunty.” He has taught the subject throughout North America, and in the U.K. Sye is a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and by God’s grace alone, he is a Christian. Get the full show notes at
August 4, 2020
Hillary Morgan Ferrer: What Is Linguistic Theft (And How Do We Fight Back)? | Tuesday Twofer (147)
What is "marriage?" How do you define "love?" Or hate? How about "equality," "justice," or "tolerance?" What about something as simple as "male" and "female?" Not so simple anymore, is it? These are all words that have been redefined (or are in the process of being redefined) over the last several years. These words have been the victims of linguistic theft. What is linguistic theft? It is the practice of "purposefully hijacking words, changing their definitions, and then using those same words as tools of propaganda." My guest today is Hillary Morgan Ferrer, and she's going to tell us all about linguistic theft, why it's a threat to the truth, and how to fight back against it. Hillary is the founder and Mama-Bear-in-Chief of Mama Bear Apologetics. She is the co-author and general editor of Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies (Harvest House, 2019). She earned her master's in biology from Clemson and is working on another master's in apologetics from Biola University. She and her husband John have been married 13 years and minister together as an apologetics team. Learn more about Hillary and Mama Bear Apologetics at Get the full show notes at 
July 28, 2020
Has the Smithsonian Institute Jumped the Shark? | Worldview Wednesday (144)
To jump the shark is to reach a point of ridiculousness after which no one can ever take you seriously again. Today on Worldview Wednesday, Joel and Pastor Raef are concerned that the Smithsonian Institute may have reached such a point.  What's causing this concern is the Smithsonian's recent article on race and culture, written by an anonymous author.  The article is adorned with an infographic describing the "Aspects and Assumptions of Whiteness & White Culture in the United States," and whatever other pros and cons the article may contain, it is here that the article—and possibly the Smithsonian Institute itself, truly jumps the shark. How are Christians to think about an article and an infographic like this, in light of what the Bible says about things like individualism, science, hard work, family structure, and monotheism (all of which the author lists as elements of "whiteness")?  In this episode, Joel and Pastor Raef analyze this infographic point by point, using Scripture, to help believers think biblically about this topic. Get the full show notes at
July 22, 2020
How and Why to Catechize Yourself, with Jordan Quinley | Tuesday Twofer (143)
In the days of the Protestant Reformation, many families developed the habit of "catechizing" their children—teaching them the basics of the Christian faith. While this used to be standard practice, many, maybe most Christians today grow up without ever going through a formal process of "catechesis," outside of maybe Bible stories in Sunday School.  If you weren't catechized as a child, what are you missing from your Christian worldview? Could rediscovering the lost art of catechesis greatly improve your own walk with the Lord? If you missed out on getting catechized as a child, it's not too late to teach yourself the basics of the Christian religion. My guest Jordan Quinley is going to tell us how.  Jordan is the author of the Redeemer Catechism. He grew up in San Diego County in a Christian home and graduated from San Diego Christian College in 2006 with a degree in English and a growing appetite for theology. Jordan resides with his wife Rebekah in Redlands, California where he works as a paralegal and attends Redeemer Fellowship each Sunday. Get the full show notes at
July 21, 2020
How to Argue On Social Media In An Age of Cancel Culture | Worldview Wednesday (142)
How do we as Christians navigate this age of cancel culture? How do we know when to be quiet, when to speak out, and how to engage in a Christlike way? Nowadays, using your social media accounts to say something others don't like can get you "canceled"—your accounts suspended (or shut down), the loss of endorsements or even employment, or in extreme cases, death threats and an angry mob outside your home. While this doesn't happen to a majority of users, the fact that it happens at all can have a chilling effect on public discourse. Speaking out has become more dangerous than ever. However, while Christians are called to seek to live "quiet and peaceful lives" (1 Tm 2:2), and while there is a time to remain silent, there is also a time to speak (Ec 3:7). And when it comes to the Gospel, we cannot remain silent (1 Co 9:16). Yet the Gospel can be one of the most offensive messages out there (2 Co 2:16)! Joel and Pastor Raef talk about how to navigate the stormy waters of cancel culture from a biblical worldview in this epically helpful video.   Get more great content from Pastor Raef at Get the full show notes at
July 15, 2020
Science And Faith With Lucas Giolas of Catalyzing Faith | Tuesday Twofer (141)
How much SCIENTIFIC evidence can you give to support your CHRISTIAN faith? If you can't give much, is that because Christianity is actually... unscientific? And if it were unscientific, how much would that matter?     So are we to think about the relationship between the claims of the Bible and the discoveries of science?    My guest today is Lucas Giolas. Lucas earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Arts degree in Science and Religion from the Talbot School of Theology. He is a nuclear instrumentation and control systems engineer at a commercial nuclear power plant. He's also a volunteer teacher and preacher at Grace Pointe Church in Naperville and is the book review team leader for Apologetics315. He and his wife Kristin have and two young children.   Lucas is an evidentialist/classical apologist, and we are going to discuss the scientific case for the Christian faith. Get the full show notes at
July 14, 2020
How to Shepherd Your Children During Pride Month | Worldview Wednesday (140)
This is June, which means for many of our neighbors it's "Pride Month," which is "an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community." Many corporations have jumped on board, including kid-focused outlets like Nickelodeon and Disney, who have both been promoting the Pride Month message through their advertising and social media. So, how are Christian parents to respond to all this? How can we guide our children and families well during this season of the year? In today's Worldview Wednesday episode, Joel and Pastor Raef bring the biblical worldview to bear on the topic of Pride Month. Get the full show notes here:
July 8, 2020
Interview with Ethan Micheal, "Your Friendly Neighborhood Atheist" | Tuesday Twofer (139)
When was the last time you had a friendly conversation with someone who completely disagreed with you? The Gospels record Jesus having many such conversations. Christians, therefore, see the benefit of having them. And with modern technology and social networks, it should be easier than ever. However, these very tools also make it easier to isolate ourselves, to listen only to our own personal echo chambers of people who agree with us. Today we want to break that pattern by opening up a dialogue between a Christian and a skeptic.   Ethan Micheal calls himself "Your Friendly Neighborhood Atheist." He's a rising YouTube content creator who has hosted dozens of conversations and debates on his channel, as well as on Facebook. He enjoys making people laugh and raising awareness on the topic of atheism, and he joins me today from his home in Chicagoland. Listen in as we talk about his personal journey to atheism, his interactions with Christians, and what he thinks it would take to make him believe in Jesus. Get the full show notes at
July 7, 2020
15 Bible Verses About Racism | Monday Monologue (138)
Racism is pride, prejudice or partiality based on physical or genetic traits shared by a group. What does the Bible say about racism?  We'd better find out, because we've reached a crucial moment in world history. The killing of George Floyd by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has sparked a massive movement of humanity across the United States and abroad, and the issue of racism is at the center of it all. Many Christians are joining the conversation from a desire to stand for justice, comfort the hurting, and call for unity among all people.    The term "Bible Verses About Racism" is currently trending at an all-time high on Google.   What does all this mean? It means God has given his church an incredible opportunity. The world is hurting and is asking whether we have anything to say that can help.   So we have two options: we can share our own, fallible opinions, or we can share God's word. And the good news is that God's word has a lot to say about it. Today I want to share that with you.  For more on this subject, check out this Worldview Wednesday episode: Get the full show notes at
July 6, 2020
Do You Have A Passion For Souls? | Worldview Wednesday (137)
Have you ever got to the point when you realized this: everyone you know will live forever? Yes, their physical bodies will die. However, human beings are more than mere bodies. We are souls, too. And when our physical lives end, our souls will live on—in one of two destinations.   The Bible teaches that after death comes judgment. Do you know if the people in your life are prepared for that judgment? If you don't know, then how can you find out? If they aren't ready, then what are you going to tell them?  Join Joel and Pastor Raef for an unscripted conversation about sharing the faith, defending the truth, and how a passion for souls motivates us to tackle such controversial cultural topics on this show. Get the full show notes at
July 1, 2020
Everything You Need To Know About Racism According To The Bible | Worldview Wednesday (136)
We all agree that racism is wrong, but what does the Bible have to say about it? Do we need the Bible in order to consistently condemn the sin of racism, or is there another standard we can appeal to?   This is your opportunity to listen in and interact with Joel and Pastor Raef, as they dig into this subject and explain what the Christian worldview has to say about ethnicity and racism, and why it's vital for Christians to know what God's word has to say about this topic. Get the full show notes at
July 1, 2020
Apologetics for Gen Z: Interview with Zac Sechler of Adherent Apologetics | Tuesday Twofer (135)
Have you heard of the Christian Apologists March Madness Tourney? Meet the young man behind the madness today on the Think Podcast's #TuesdayTwofer. Joel Settecase interviews Zach Sechler live to talk about the Tourney and how he's using innovative techniques to reach Generation Z with the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Get the full show notes at
June 30, 2020
Chicago Riots: A Biblical Response (134)
🙏As in many other cities, rioters have hit Chicago. What began as peaceful protests, over the apparently* unjust police killing of a man named George Floyd in Minneapolis, have devolved into a widespread conflagration of vandalism and violence over multiple nights. We're going to talk about that.   Three notes about this episode:   A. I'm not addressing the killing of George Floyd here. For a good approach to that, I recommend this episode of the Just Thinking Podcast:   B. This episode is brief and won't hit everything that needs to be said. But I'll try to make what I do say, good.   C. This is for Christians who want to think biblically about current events. Don't expect advice for how those outside the church should respond. And don't expect me to share my personal, subjective opinion. I want to share God's word.  Let's look at Psalm 110 together for answers to these three questions:   1. Who's in charge here?  2. How should the church respond now? 3. What will be the outcome of all this?  We're going long on the "Monday Minute," so I'm calling this a "Monday Monologue."  ***** *Before you accuse me of crimethink, saying that I am somehow justifying Mr. Floyd's killing, know this: I am not. At all. I believe Mr. Floyd was murdered. I watched the video and was shocked and enraged. It certainly looked like an unjust killing to me. However, this is why we have trial by jury in this nation. Let all the facts be exposed before you condemn a man. Let justice prevail here, knowing that ultimate justice will be served by the Lord Jesus in the end. It's okay to say that. In fact, it's biblical.  Get the full show notes here:
June 29, 2020
BONUS: Two Friends, One Black, One White, Talking About What The World Needs To Hear Now, with Ira Milton (133)
BONUS EPISODE! Pastor Raef is out today, and Ira Milton is joining Joel for Worldview Wednesday. Ira is a Senior Intellectual Property and Trademark Docket Specialist at Dentons, the world's largest law firm. He and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of two awesome kiddos.   Listen as Ira tells his story of growing up in Chicago, how he came to encounter Jesus Christ, and what his life has been like as a follower of Jesus. Ira also shares his opinion  on current events nationwide, and what Joel and Ira both believe is the most important message people need to hear right now. Get the full show notes at
June 25, 2020
Jordan Peterson And The Problem Of Evil | Sons Of Thunder (132)
Why is there so much evil and meaninglessness in the world, and how should we live in light of this tragic fact? Jordan Peterson answers the question in Rule #6 of his 12 Rules for Life. Joel and Parker (the Sons of Thunder) are going to figure out how well Dr. Peterson's ideas jive with God's word. Watch live, comment and ask questions, and let's have a good time with this one. Get the full show notes at
June 25, 2020
Think Institute "Family Meeting" with Joel & Son | Fast Friday (131)
Joel goes unscripted (with his son!) to talk about a few things happening around Chicago lately. Our church suffered a very sad loss of a beloved member, and Governor Pritzker has lifted his restrictions on churches meeting. Also: what is Catakids? Get the full show notes at
June 4, 2020
How to Make Friends According to Jordan Peterson... and Jesus | Sons of Thunder (130)
"Make friends with people who want the best for you." It seems like legit advice, and it's Rule #3 in Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos. So how does it compare with the Bible's teaching on friendship, and what should followers of Christ think about it? Join the conversation as Joel and Parker (the Sons of Thunder) discuss.   Get the full show notes at
June 4, 2020
Police Raid Chicago Church: A Christian Response | Worldview Wednesday (129)
On Sunday, May 24, 2020, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot sent law enforcement officers to Cornerstone Baptist Church in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Joel and Pastor Raef talk about the raid, Mayor Lightfoot's open letter to religious leaders, the response by Pastor Courtney Lewis, the Romanian Baptist churches who are reopening, and how Christians (in Chicago and beyond) can look at all this through a biblical lens.   Get the full show notes at
June 3, 2020
Is There A God? | Fast Friday (128)
"Is There A God?" Your answer to this will affect everything about your life.  The answer? There is a God. But with all the religions out there, which God is real? Thank God we don't have to guess.—he's revealed himself. The God who exists is the God of the Bible. Get the full show notes at
May 29, 2020
(The Chris Bolt Interview) Why Do Science And Christianity Work Together So Well? | Sons of Thunder (127)
Why Do Science & Christianity Get Along So Well?  Does that title shock you? Maybe you heard that science debunked religion, or that that the Christian church is the enemy of scientific progress. But what if I told you (Morpheus voice) that science depends on the Christian faith... for its very existence? Dr. Christopher Lee Bolt is a husband, father, pastor, professor, and author of The World in His Hands: A Christian Account of Scientific Law and its Antithetical Competitors. He joins the Sons of Thunder (Joel Settecase and Parker Settecase) to talk about the laws of science and why they make the most sense from a Christian point of view (rather than atheism, Buddhism, Islam, or other competitors). Get the full show notes at
May 28, 2020
Abortion, the Bible, and Governor Pritzker | Worldview Weds (126)
It’s time for a Christian worldview approach to abortion. While Governor Pritzker is threatening increasingly harsher retaliation against those who disobey his shelter-in-place order, P.P. of Illinois has quietly opened a brand new facility in Waukegan, Illinois (north of Chicago)... during the lockdown. This org is notoriously guilty of countless deaths, which contradicts the Pritzker's rationale for the lockdown—that it's all about saving lives.   Joel & Pastor Raef get to the bottom of this and investigate a biblical approach to abortion. Get the full show notes at
May 27, 2020
10 Bad Reasons To Leave Christianity | Response to Hemant Mehta, Part 1 | Tuesday Twofer (125)
Over the last couple decades in the States (and elsewhere in the Western world), the percentage of Christians in the population has decreased, while the percentage of religiously unaffiliated people has gone up.   On May 7, 2020, Hemant Mehta, the self-professed "Friendly Atheist" posted a video offering 10 reasons that he thinks explain this phenomenon. We're going to look at his video and test his claims, to see what he gets right and what he gets wrong. Get the full show notes at
May 26, 2020
What is Apologetics? | Monday Minute (124)
When I first started my podcast, I wanted to create something that would help everyday Christians defend what they believe. So I called my podcast “This Is Apologetics.” I’d been studying apologetics for about seven years at the time, and for me the word made perfect sense. But I quickly learned that many Christians had no clue what "apologetics" meant!  So now I’ve got one minute to define it, answer a few questions, respond to one objection, and give you one clear step on how to get started. Get the full show notes at https:thethink.insitute/podcast. 
May 25, 2020
Is There Purpose To Life? (3 Possible Answers) | Fast Friday (123)
Do you believe there is a purpose to life? And are you living for yours? Do you have purpose? Are you intended for anything? There are three possible answers to this question. Joel Settecase lays them out, analyzes them from a biblical perspective, and gives you the tools to explain the answer to others.  Get the full show notes at
May 22, 2020
Is "Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible For Helping" Biblical? | Jordan Peterson's Rule 2 | Sons of Thunder (122)
Jordan Peterson has been called "The most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now." What is his view on human nature, and what should Bible-believing Christians think about it? The Sons of Thunder analyze it and have a ton of fun doing in the process. Get the full show notes at
May 21, 2020
Why We Need To Think Carefully About Ahmaud Arbery | Worldview Wednesday (121)
Do not miss this important conversation on questions of justice, law, race and our collective response surrounding the tragic death of Ahmaud Arbury. Joel and Pastor Raef (carefully) examine the event from a biblical perspective. How can we convey our faith in the ultimate justice of Christ, at a time when justice is either neglected or cynically turned into a political football? Watch and join the conversation as our hosts go head-to-head. Get the full show notes at
May 20, 2020
You're Doing It Wrong: How to Actually Eradicate Poverty | Cathrine Ligard | Tuesday Twofer (120)
Joel Settecase interviews Cathrine Ligard on a Think Podcast live broadcast! WATCH & ASK QUESTIONS LIVE from the Think Institute page.   Cathrine Ligard and her husband Vidar are the founders of Safari Mission. They believe that, "the Bible is the foundation for the development of a peaceful and prosperous society."   Find out what everybody gets wrong about poverty, why there are missionary buildings in ruins in East Africa, and how to eradicate poverty in your city by the power of the biblical worldview. Get the full show notes at
May 19, 2020
Debunking Neil deGrasse Tyson: Why Does Science Work? (Monday Minute) (119)
This is the Monday Minute.    Why does science "work?"  Neil deGrasse Tyson is a renowned astrophysicist and a notorious skeptic when it comes to the Christian faith (or any religion whatsoever). But does his trust in science go along with his unbelief? Joel Settecase explains why the biblical agrees with science better than atheism. Get the full show notes at
May 18, 2020
What Is The Trinity? (Fast Friday) (118)
Do you believe in the Trinity? If you are a Christian, then you kinda have to, by definition. The Doctrine of the Trinity is at the heart of orthodox—meaning correct—Christian teaching. But what does it mean, how should we understand it, and how in the world can we explain this to others? Get the full show notes at
May 15, 2020
DEBATE: Joel Settecase vs. Kenneth Leonard | Is Belief In The Bible Reasonable? (117)
On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, Joel Settecase and Kenneth Leonard met via livestream to debate the question, “Is Belief In The Bible Reasonable?” on Ethan Micheal’s “Atheist vs. Theist” show. This is Joel's first moderated debate. Get the full show notes at
May 14, 2020
Has the Governor of Illinois Gone Too Far? (116)
You will want to catch every minute of this vital conversation on God, government, and church. Joel and Pastor Raef discuss the Illinois Governor's "Restore Illinois" plan (requiring churches to stay closed for a long, long time) and how Christians must respond biblically. Watch and share this while you still can! Get the full show notes at
May 13, 2020
How To Win At Home School, with Christine Parker (115)
Christine Parker is the head of Rhetoric at Veritas Academy, a Christ-centered, Classical home school community in Chicago.  On this Tuesday Twofer episode, Christine joins Joel Settecase for this exclusive look into modern home schooling. She reveals some simple steps you can take to "own" your kids' education and make the most of their time at home—even if they're currently enrolled in public schools. Get the full show notes at
May 12, 2020
Is "Stand Up Straight With Your Shoulders Back" Biblical? (Sons of Thunder on Jordan Peterson's Rule 1) (114)
🤔Watch the Sons of Thunder, Joel Settecase and Parker Settecase, as they discuss Jordan B. Peterson's New York Times bestselling book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. The boys talk about Peterson's first rule, "Stand up straight with your shoulders back." Is this good advice? Is it biblical? What should we think about Peterson's appeals to evolution and lobsters?   Join the conversation LIVE—leave a comment or question, and we'll respond in real time.    Get the full show notes at
May 7, 2020
Interview with Justin Brierley: How to Have Better Conversations with Atheists (113)
Have you ever had an intense conversation with someone who held radically different beliefs than you did about life, the universe and everything? Most of us try to avoid those questions, but my guest today intentionally seeks them out. Justin Brierley is the Theology & Apologetics Editor for Premier Christianity, the host of the "Unbelievable?" and "Ask NT Wright Anything" podcasts, and the author of Unbelievable?: Why After Talking with Atheists for Ten Years I'm Still a Christian. For over 10 years Justin has been facilitating discussions with the world’s leading Christian and skeptical thinkers. I’ve been listening since about 2013, and as someone who has been hosting interfaith conversations since about the same time, I’ve been greatly influenced by Justin’s calm, patient demeanor and neutral style. Today we’re going to talk about hosting epic conversations between believers and why, even after hearing all the arguments, he’s still a Christian. Get the full show notes by going to
May 5, 2020
Why Total Depravity Makes Sense, with Atheist Kenneth Leonard as Devil's Advocate (112)
J. I. Packer says that Total Depravity "signifies a corruption of our moral and spiritual nature that is total not in degree... but in extent. It declares that no part of us is untouched by sin...." In other words, people are basically bad. You can see why this doctrine would be unpopular. We'll talk about why getting this right is so important, whether it’s a biblical doctrine, and what the implications are for our understanding of the world. The guys are also joined by atheist Kenneth Leonard, who shares an opposing viewpoint. Ken is a skeptic, army veteran, former professing Christian, product of a Jesuit legal education at Fordham Law School, Chicago resident, and New England Patriots fan mourning the loss of Tom Brady. Get the full show notes at
May 1, 2020
End the Lockdown (111)
Joel Settecase gives his thoughts on why Governor Pritzker’s move to extend the shelter-in-place order is not the best move. This is relevant for other states (and nations!) experiencing something similar. Get the full show notes at
April 28, 2020
Is Coronavirus A Sign Of The End Times Or Not? with Dan Osborn & Raef Chenery (110)
The Think Podcast FINALLY tackles the impossible question of eschatology. Dan Osborn and Raef Chenery join Joel Settecase to discuss whether the current pandemic is a sign that we are living in the end of days. They also get into a really helpful comparison of three eschatological (end-times) theories—Pre-Millennialism, Post-Millennialism, and Amillenialism, and make sense of the current pandemic from an Amil perspective. Pastor Raef was a surprise guest and joins Dan and Joel about halfway through or so. We all really thought having the three of us on was a pretty cool thing, and we just might do this again some time. Get the full show notes and TONS of more content to help you explain, share and defend the Christian message at
April 24, 2020
Why is Presuppositional Apologetics Best? | What Are The Biggest Threats To Apologetics Now? | The Sons of Thunder interview Eli Ayala (109)
Elias Ayala (M.Div, M.A., Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theo. Sem.) is a Christian apologist and founder of Revealed Apologetics. On his YouTube channel he has interviewed great minds like Dr. James R. White and Scott Oliphint. Today he joins the Sons of Thunder to discuss his work in defending the Christian message, his story of how a skeptical professor challenged his faith, why presuppositional apologetics is the best way to defend the faith, and the biggest threats and issues facing Christian apologists today. Get the full show notes at 
April 23, 2020
Is Coronavirus Changing Society & The Church? with Raef Chenery (108)
Joel Settecase sits down and Rev. Raef Chenery from Chicago sit down to talk about:   An exciting new forum for worldview collisions called Think Sessions.  Whether government overreach is a concern for churches right now.  When will we know it's time to reopen the church?   How will church and society look different after coronavirus?  Get the full show notes and subscribe at
April 21, 2020
If Yahweh Is the God of Israel, Why Do So Many Gentiles Worship Him? (107)
Joel Settecase talks about why there are so many Gentile followers of the Jewish Messiah.   Also, in this live AMA, he answered:  Is Romans 2:14 speaking about Gentile believers or non-believers?   Is this different than what is written on our hearts in Jeremiah 31:33?  Why should we view the Law of Moses as a unit, rather than 3 parts?  What was the role of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament?   And more!    Get the full show notes and subscribe to the Think Podcast at https://TheThink.Institute/podcast! Partner with the Think Institute and the Settecase Family:
April 17, 2020
Why Would God Condemn People Who Never Heard About Him To Hell? (106)
Joel Settecase responds to a question he received on Get the full show notes at
April 16, 2020
Unbelievable Discussion: Round 2 With Atheist Ethan Micheal On Faith & Knowledge (105)
Joel Settecase, Christian, and Brandon ("Ethan Micheal"), Atheist,  square off again to discuss whether there is a relationship between faith and knowledge. This audio is direct from Brandon's "Atheist v Theist" show, so it doesn't have the typical intro and outro from Joel.  Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
April 14, 2020
Why Did Jesus Want To Die? (104)
In this Good Friday episode, Joel Settecase breaks down three reasons Jesus wanted to die, and cited 25 incredible prophecies that perfectly predicted exactly how Jesus would die. Get the full show notes at
April 10, 2020
One Tiny Event That Changed The World (103)
In this short form episode, Joel Settecase answers a question from the website Quora, “what is one minor event that truly changed the way we live without us knowing it?” Get the full show notes by going to
April 9, 2020
What Is Holy Week? And... Communion at home?! with Dan Osborn (102)
Joel Settecase and Dan Osborn hash out what Holy Week is and why it matters for all professing Christians (not just, say, Roman Catholics), and along the way they get into a robust preview of a discussion Dan is going to have tomorrow on his own program with two other Park Community Church pastors, on whether and when it’s appropriate for a family to celebrate the Lord’s Supper (AKA Communion, AKA the Eucharist) at home together (rather than gathered with the church on Sunday worship. Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
April 8, 2020
Why The Deaths Caused By Coronavirus Don’t Seem To Make Sense (101)
How should Christians respond to the deaths of seemingly good people as a result of the current pandemic, and how does the Gospel give us hope? Get the full show notes and article at
April 3, 2020
Bonus: Quick Update | Lukas’s New Heart | A Few Coming Events (100)
Wow... 100 episodes of the Think Podcast. Thanks for listening and helping us grow. Just a quick episode today to fill you in on what’s going on with my family and the Think Institute, as well as to let you know I am extending the book giveaway! Rate and review us on Apple Podcasts now! —Joel Settecase
April 3, 2020
How to Maximize Your Productivity Through Biblical Principles, with Rev. Dr. Brandon D. Crowe (99)
A very practical question we must ask is, “How can I stay productive, and truly maximize my productivity, according to biblical principles, during this time of crisis? To help me answer this question, my guest is Reverend Doctor Brandon D. Crowe. Rev. Dr. Crowe is a busy man! He’s the head of the Department of New Testament at Westminster Seminary, the book review editor for two theological journals, a mentor to PhD students, and an ordained teaching elder at his church—not to mention a husband to Cheryl and father of four children. If you want to know about how to maximize your productivity from a biblical perspective, there’s no one better to learn from. Today we are going to talk about his new book from Lexham Press, called Every Day Matters: A Biblical Approach to Productivity.  Get the full show notes at
March 31, 2020
How to Worship God As A Family, with Rev. Dan Osborn (98)
With your local church closed for the foreseeable future, parents are taking on the awesome responsibility of running mini worship services and "Sunday schools" with their families in their front rooms, family rooms and finished basements. While many churches are stepping up to provide resources and video content, this is the time for dads and moms to take ownership of keeping households connected to God and walking with Christ. Get the full show notes at
March 27, 2020
What Makes the Self Persist Over Time? | Sons of Thunder (97)
Welcome to a special “After Hours” episode of the Sons of Thunder on the Think Podcast. This episode was recorded live (late at night) and streamed as it happened via the Think Institute Facebook page and Youtube channel. To make sure you never miss any of our epic content to help you answer the impossible questions from a biblical perspective, follow the Think Institute on those platforms, or just go to Keep listening until the end for information about our March 2020 book giveaway. Get the full show notes at
March 26, 2020
How to Start A R̶e̶v̶o̶l̶u̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ Reformation, with Doug Wilson (96)
Pastor Doug Wilson returns to the Think Podcast to talk about his book Rules for Reformers, and why the mission of the Church is not less than, but is also far more than personal evangelism. Learn how and why to start a modern-day reformation in this thought-provoking episode. Get the show notes at
March 24, 2020
Don't Waste Your Quarantine (with Aliza Settecase) (95)
Joel and Aliza Settecase, founders of the Think Institute, share their story of spending 6 months quarantined with their son in 2019, and how to make the most of this uncertain Coronavirus time. Get the full show notes at
March 20, 2020
A Christian Response to Coronavirus, with Rev. Dan Osborn (94)
Joel Settecase has Dan Osborn on for a live chat (via video, since we’re all quarantined) over Facebook. Listen in as they respond to viewer comments and answer questions. Below are some questions you yourself may have about the Coronavirus. Get the full show notes at
March 19, 2020
11 Bible Verses For The Coronavirus Pandemic (93)
We are living through a historically frightening time. The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has spread from Wuhan to your neighborhood. It’s good to hear words of comfort and encouragement from God’s word at a time like this. Get the full show notes at the website,
March 17, 2020
Debate: Joel Settecase vs. Ethan Micheal on "Can You Be Good Without God?" (92)
Brandon (AKA Ethan Micheal, "Your Friendly Neighborhood Atheist") had Joel Settecase on his Facebook Live program, "Atheist V Theist," in order to debate the question, "Can You Be Good Without God?"  You’ll notice that Joel runs into some technical difficulties in the middle, but other than that the debate went well. Get the full show notes at
March 13, 2020
3 Beliefs Secular Humanism Steals From Biblical Christianity (91)
Joel Settecase details three ideas that Secular Humanism steals from the biblical worldview. Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
March 12, 2020
Do You Need God To Be Good? (90)
Watch the debate tonight, Tuesday, March 10, 2020, on the Friendly Neighborhood Atheist page! I’m preparing for an online (Facebook) debate tomorrow with Brandon, the self-styled “Friendly Neighborhood Atheist,” on the question, “Can You Be Good Without God?” In my prep, I searched through the archives of my pastoral blog for content I had already created on the subject, and I found an article from 2016 that remains very relevant to the question. I’m posting that article below. If you follow along while you listen, you’ll see that when I recorded it for the Think Podcast, I made a few ad hoc edits as I spoke. The big idea is basically this: Anyone can “do good,” but true goodness needs Jesus. So, can you be good without God? The answer is no. Here we go. Get the full show notes at
March 10, 2020
3 Ideas To Generate More Enthusiasm For Theology In Your Church (89)
In this special Friday episode, Joel responds to a question from a friend of the Institute, who expressed concern that her Christian friends were not more active in pursuing theology, and how the Bible connects to world events and everyday life. Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books:
March 6, 2020
What Does It Mean To Be A Child Of God? (88)
First ever Think Podcast Preachcast! Listen to a sermon Joel Settecase preached at Park Community Church on Sunday, March 1, 2020. This is the audio from the Forest Glen 9 a.m. service. For the 11 a.m. version, which is slightly different, go here. Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
March 5, 2020
What Does It Mean To Be Human, According To The Bible? (87)
What does it mean to be human? The effort to understand this question, that is, the study of what it means to be human, is the study of Anthropology. The word comes from two Greek words, anthropos, meaning “man,” and logos, meaning “word.” So anthropology is words about, speech about, study about, what it means to be human. So, what does the Bible say about what it means to be human? Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
March 3, 2020
Why Your Church Needs Apologetics, with Chaseton Hahn (16)
This is a remastered repost of episode #16. Updated 2/28/2020. Followers of Jesus in the United States must come to grips with a rather unfortunate reality: we are living in a post-Christian nation.  Our culture and its guiding ideas are constantly changing. Because of this, the need for the prophetic voice of the Church in the world has never been needed with greater urgency. You can read the full article by Chaseton Hahn and Joel Settecase at /   Connect with Chaseton on Facebook or on Twitter: @Chaseton_Hahn.  Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 28, 2020
Unbelievable Interview With Philosopher Paul Gould (Sons of Thunder) (86)
Paul Gould, Ph.D is a philosopher, scholar, teacher, the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Most importantly, he is a follower of Christ. He's also just a great guy to have a conversation with. Joel and Parker (the SONS OF THUNDER) enjoy a pretty loose and free-ranging conversation on everything from abstract objects, to the plausibility of Christianity for Gen Z'ers, and beyond. This episode also serves as Part 2 of the Sons of Thunder conversation on God and Time. This is the first time the guys have had a guest on, so enjoy! Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books:
February 27, 2020
How Do The Heavens Declare The Glory Of God? With Daniel Ray (18)
Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. So it sounds like the more we study the heavens, or outer space, the more we ought to come to glorify God. We might expect modern scientists to be the most devout Christians, and yet many of the scientific fields are dominated today by atheists and unbelievers. My guest today wants to change that situation and show everyone how astronomy and astrophysics, which unravel the mysteries of the universe, bring glory to God. On this episode of the Think Podcast I speak with Dan Ray about his book, The Story of the Cosmos. Follow Dan Ray: Podcast: “Good Heavens! A podcast about the universe with Wayne and Dan.”  Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 25, 2020
9 Ways To Tell If God Is Speaking To You (85)
When you get an impression, and you think it might be from God, how do you know? How can you tell? Should we always just simply say, “No, God is done speaking?” Or, should we say, “well, in 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21, Paul tells us, “Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good,” therefore we should embrace these impressions as from God, every time, in the name of honoring prophecy? The Bible teaches us the importance of testing messages, testing “spirits,” to see whether they are from God (1 John 4:1). So I want to share 9 ways you can answer the question, “How to know if God is speaking to you.” Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 21, 2020
Biblical Guide: What Is Our Destiny? (84)
“Where is everything headed?” is one of the most crucial worldview questions we can ask, and followers of Christ need to be ready to explain what the Bible teaches in response to this question. Joel Settecase unpacks it in this brief tutorial. Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books:
February 20, 2020
Is Roman Catholicism Different From Biblical Christianity? With Shea Houdmann (83)
Is Catholicism a Christian denomination? What Should Bible-Believing Christians Think About the Roman Catholic Church? In this episode we compare and contrast Protestantism/Evangelicalism with Roman Catholicism. My guest is Shea Michael Houdmann, president and founder of Got Questions Ministries. Shea earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and a Master’s degree in Christian Theology. He is also currently pursuing a Master of Theology degree with an emphasis in Apologetics. The ministry’s main website,, has grown into one of the most frequently visited Christian websites in the world in its 18 years of existence. Shea and his wife MeLissa reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Get the full show notes at Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 18, 2020
Brief Guide: The Meaning of Life (82)
“What is the meaning of life?” is often asked almost as a rhetorical question. Various answers are given. Many assume there is no objective meaning at all. However, the Bible has much to say about this topic, and we would do well to explore its ancient wisdom. Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books:
February 14, 2020
3 Pointers For Raising Evangelistic Kids (81)
In this brief episode Joel Settecase shares three steps parents can take to prepare their children to share the Gospel and talk about Jesus with others: Teach, Pray, and Model.  Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books:
February 13, 2020
80 - Yes, The Apostles Did Believe Jesus Rose From The Dead, with Dr. Sean McDowell
The central fact of the New Testament, and the one without which Christianity would be rendered not only false but also impotent and pitiable (according to 1 Corinthians 15:12-19), is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The question of whether Christ's Apostles really believed he rose from the dead is paramount. So, does our current historical knowledge support the idea that they believed this? And did they die for this belief? Many skeptics (including UNC professor Bart Ehrman) have asked the question. So we're talking with Dr. Sean McDowell, Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology and the author, co-author, or editor of over twenty books including The Fate of the Apostles, which addresses this very subject. Sean discusses biblical and extrabiblical evidence for the truth that the Apostles really did believe that Jesus rose from the dead (and why this is so important). He also answers the objections,  "Don't people die all the time for what they believe?" "Couldn't the apostles have knowingly died for a lie?" "How reliable are these historical accounts, anyway?" Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 11, 2020
79 - Why Science Needs Jesus
Next time someone tells you that your faith in Christ is unscientific, or that, while you may be a person of faith, he is personally a man of science, you’ll know what to say. Joel Settecase gives a powerful (because biblical) refutation of this trope that Christianity is unscientific by demonstrating the absolute necessity of biblical truth as a precondition for math and logic, uniformity in nature, and the reliability of the human mind... and how this all inevitably leads to Jesus Christ. Joel shares the script from A recent talk to gave for students of the Illinois Institute of Technology.  Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books:
February 7, 2020
78 - Does the Great Commission Specifically Require Evangelism? (an Exposition of Matthew 28:18-20).
It’s been said that modern problems require modern solutions.  But for this problem, we’re going to tap into a resource that has been tried and true for nearly two thousand years.  I’m talking about the Great Commission. And it’s all about making disciples.  But I’m here to talk to you about evangelism.  The question is, “What is the connection between evangelism and disciple making? Does the Great Commission specifically require evangelism Is it possible for your church to be a disciplemaking church without being an evangelistic one?  What I want to show you is that... “Without Evangelism, there is no Great Commission.” Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 6, 2020
77 - Why You Should Start Listening To Lost Sermons From The Past, With Troy Frasier & Joel Bourdes
Joel Settecase interviews Troy Frasier and Joel Bourdes of Revived Thoughts. Troy and Joel are podcasters (both with day jobs) who are bringing the dead back to life by way of hunting down ancient and historic sermons, getting them re-preached and recorded, and podcasting them out for your auditory edification. Check out and support their work at Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
February 4, 2020
76 - Does God Care How We Educate Our Kids? (Scripture Speaks)
While Christians approach the subject of education from different perspectives and come to diverse conclusions, the Bible does present clear answers to questions like whose responsibility it is, what the curricula should center around, and the desired effects and goal of education. Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 31, 2020
75 - No, Christianity Is Not An Impractical Leap Of Faith
In this special “thinking on the road” episode, Joel responds to the objection that he received from a new friend on the airplane, namely that Christian belief is an unnecessary leap of faith, and it makes more sense to just live for “what works.” Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 30, 2020
74 - The "6 Corners" Of The Biblical Worldview
The Think Institute is a Chicago-based ministry, and proudly so, so you will have to forgive me if I draw a little on some Windy City-based geography to make my point. I want to talk about a Chicago landmark, and how it connects to the biblical worldview.  Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 28, 2020
73 - Definitive Guide: Christian Epistemology
Reason, science and intuition are invaluable truth-seeking faculties, but each one is insufficient on its own. We need a unifying principle tying them all together and giving us epistemological warrant for using all three. Moreover, we need a basis for trusting them in the first place. Scripture provides that unity and basis. Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Think Podcast intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Think Podcast outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 24, 2020
72 - What In The World Is God's Relationship To Time? (Pt. 1)
Joel & Parker Settecase begin their outrageous (and yet very informative) conversation on this perplexing subject. Is God outside time? Is God inside time? And what does that mean? They make great headway toward an answer in this first part of the discussion. Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Parker’s Website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Sons of Thunder intro music from "Summon the Rawk" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Sons of Thunder outro Music from "Big Rock" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( You May Also Appreciate: Why You Should Be Pursuing Wisdom (& Where To Find It)—3 Lessons From Proverbs 8 Are We Living In A Simulation? Simulation Theory Debunked What Is God’s Relationship to Time? A Case For Divine Everlastingness (written by Joel Settecase in 2013)
January 23, 2020
71 - Mind-Blowing Evidence to Enhance Your Confidence in Christianity, with J. Warner Wallace
Whether you're a believer or a skeptic, this episode is not to be missed! What evidence is there that Christianity is true? As it turns out, quite. a. lot.  Discovering the evidence for Christianity (and again, there is a lot of it) can have a profound impact on the confidence of believers. How many of us have had our belief strengthened by learning, for example, that archaeology corroborates the accounts of the Bible, or that the universe is unbelievably fine-tuned to support human life?  And while only God can change a sinner’s heart and mind, he is free to use (and frequently does use) the abundant evidence that exists as part of the process of bringing someone to saving faith. It was true for C. S. Lewis, and it was true in the personal testimony of my guest in this episode, J. Warner (“Jim”) Wallace. In this amazing interview, Jim explains why the early dating of the Gospels and Acts are so important for demonstrating the reliability of their accounts, and therefore for the reliability of the Christian message.  Jim also gives epic advice on how to respond when someone objects that, “Sure, maybe Jesus rose from the dead, but that doesn’t mean he’s God,” as well as, “That may be your truth, but I have my truth” (an appeal to subjectivity). Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast:  Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Intro music from"Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( CC BY ( Outro music from"Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( CC BY (
January 21, 2020
70 - Beginners' Guide: Christian Metaphysics
Subscribe to the Think Podcast (And Please Leave A Review): What is really real? Socrates famously once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” And it’s certainly true that life is more interesting when we take the time to stop and ponder interesting ideas and questions. The study of what is really real is called metaphysics. Metaphysics deals with the reality behind the reality that we see. The metaphysical explains (accounts for) the physical. As an analogy, think about your smartphone. What you see on the screen is not the whole story. There is advanced circuitry and a whole network behind that screen. That is like the metaphysical behind the physical. According to recent research, In America, only about 5% of people hold a fully-consistent biblical worldview. If you are a Christian, this means that many of the people in your life are answering life’s most basic questions differently than you are. And that assumes that you yourself are operating out of a completely biblical worldview. So… are you? The way you think about metaphysics can help you answer that question. Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 17, 2020
69 - Advanced Guide: Christian Morality
The Bible, and the God who has revealed himself in its pages, provides the only adequate basis for morality. The accusation of God’s immorality is done away with. When you encounter it, just remember the Christian view of morality is rooted in God’s character, and a discussion of God’s morality naturally leads to a presentation of the good news of the Gospel. That’s really where we want to take the conversation anyway. Discussing morality is just a means to that end.  Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast:  Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 16, 2020
68 - How To Get Your Spiritual Life Back On Track, with Pastor Jarrett Samuels
One area you want to improve this year is your spiritual life.  Pastor Jarrett Samuels and Joel Settecase are going to talk about how to get your spiritual life back on track for 2020. And they'll cover principles that are really timeless in their application, so if you’re listening to this at another time, keep listening anyway, because we're confident you’re going to hear something you can use and that will make you think. Support the Settecase Family & Think Institute: Book Joel to speak: Search the website: Listen to the Think Podcast: Apple Podcasts: Stitcher: TuneIn: Anchor: SoundCloud: Follow us: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Thinkspot: Get a free catechism, slide presentations and books: Intro music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY ( Outro music from "Sneaky Snitch" by Kevin MacLeod ( License: CC BY (
January 14, 2020
We’ve Reached The End of Season 1
Thank you for listening to The Think Podcast! We have reached the end of season one, and we are going to take a two week break before we launch season two. Listen as Joel gives some details about some exciting things coming up for the Think Podcast and the Think Institute.
January 1, 2020
67 - 14 Reasons Why 2019 Was A Good Year
As we look back on 2019, we are thanking God for his faithfulness. To get connected with more resources for your spiritual journey from the Think Institute, just go to TheThink.Institute. Join the conversation on social media: Twitter: @Thinkinst Facebook: @TheThinkInstitute Instagram: @TheThinkInstitute ThinkSpot: @JSThinks Get the full show notes at
December 31, 2019
66 - Why Muslims Need To Hear The Story Of The Prodigal Son (Friday Fireside)
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is found in the Bible in Luke 15:11-32. I highly recommend opening your Bible and reading along with me (from the Christian Standard Bible translation) as I read in this episode. Here are the highlights: A wealthy father had two sons. The younger (“prodigal”) one demanded his inheritance early and ran off to pursue foolish living. The prodigal ran out of money, fell into abject poverty and realized how much better he had it back home. Maybe he could return as a servant? The father saw him far off and ran to greet him. He clothed him, had the fattened calf slaughtered and held a celebration. The older son grew indignant at how his son had been welcomed back. Get the meaning of the story and the full show notes at TheThink.Institute.
December 27, 2019
65 - What No One Tells You About Christmas
Merry Christmas! Enjoy this bonus blogcast episode, and get the show notes here. 
December 25, 2019
64 - A Crash Course In Presuppositional Apologetics
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Our Christmas gift to you: a free masterclass in how to defend the Christian message. Enjoy. What is the best way to defend the truth of the Christian message? Joel Settecase explains in a talk he gave to Tribe, the Discipleship Community led by Jarrett Samuels of The Pursuit of Manliness.  Get this training, "Think Apologetics" in pdf form from the Think Institute website right here.. TAKE YOUR JOURNEY FURTHER WITH THESE THINK INSTITUTE TOOLS How Apologetics Benefits The Local Church, with Chaseton Hahn 10 Ways Apologetics Benefits The Local Church How To Destroy Every Argument Against God Is Christianity Illogical? CONNECT WITH THE THINK INSTITUTE Sign Up for the Think Update weekly email! The Think Institute on Twitter The Think Institute on Facebook The Think Institute on Instagram
December 24, 2019
63 - 8 Things Muslims Need To Know About Christianity (Friday Fireside)
This is based on a presentation I gave to a class of Muslim students in 2018. Get the full show notes at TheThink.Institute.
December 20, 2019
62 - Get On The MentorShip (Sons Of Thunder)
Joel Settecase & Parker Settecase explain Christian mentorship, including what content and which connections are vital in a new believer’s life, and whether discipleship is the same thing as mentorship. Get the full show notes here.
December 19, 2019
61 - The Reason This Former "Atheist" Became A Christian
Listen to the unbelievable story of DeVonne Smith, a young man who adopted Atheism *after* becoming a Christian, and what brought him back to the Christian worldview. 
December 17, 2019
60 - Why I Left The Charismatic Movement, with Dawain Atkinson
Get the full show notes and episode highlights at Within Christianity, there are many streams, many movements. All true Christians are united around the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, within the Big-C Church there are movements that disagree on some of the peripheral issues. And what happens when you dig a little deeper is that sometimes you realize that some of those issues aren’t very peripheral, but turn out to be more central. One of those movements, and the one we’re going to dig into today, is the so-called Charismatic movement. Our goal in this episode is not to throw anybody under the bus, but rather to follow Scripture and “test every spirit.” My guest, Dawain Atkinson, is going to help me do that by sharing his own story. Dawain Atkinson was born and raised in Turkey, North Carolina (not the country). He has never been afraid of public speaking and has an outgoing yet relate-able personality. Radio hosting and/or podcasting has always been his destiny. Dawain currently resides in the upstate area of South Carolina. Dawain is married to Andrietta Atkinson and they have 4 children Dearion , Jaiden, Karyssa, and Syvanna. The Host of the B.A.R. Podcast shares his story of how his spiritual journey took him out of the religious tradition he grew up in, where he landed, and how hosting the B.A.R. (Biblical And Reformed) has continued to shape his theology and worldview.
December 10, 2019
59 - 10 Proven Ways To Improve Your Readiness (And Never Get Caught Flat-Footed Again)
Get the full show notes at  The Think Institute Creed is that, “we believe no Christian should ever get caught flat-footed when asked about the Christian message.” Put another way, we believe every Christian needs to be able to explain, share and defend the truth at all times.  That’s a tall order, it’s true. But it’s biblical.  Every believer needs to be committed and stay committed to honing his skills of explaining, communicating, and sharing the Christian message.  To get to that point takes preparation, and that’s what this episode is about. So what are some practices you can take to keep yourself from getting caught off-guard? Here are our top 10.
December 4, 2019
58 - Why God Killed Jesus, with Dr. Stephen Wellum
Subscribe to the Think Update: Get the complete show notes for this episode at  If you’ve been around churches, you’ve seen the crosses and crucifixes. The cross is central to Christian theology as a symbol of what we believe. But there’s a lot of debate about what exactly the cross represents, and what Jesus did when he died on the cross. Recently in my own circle, there’s been a lot of discussion on the subject of the Atonement. What did Jesus do when he died on the cross? And if the cross was part of God’s plan, is it fair to say God killed Jesus? So we could phrase the question this way: Why did God kill Jesus?   Dr. Wellum is Professor of Christian Theology and editor of the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He and his wife Karen have five adult children. Dr. Wellum has been influential in the development of New Covenant Theology and recently, Progressive Covenantalism, which are schools of thought for interpreting the whole Bible.  In this episode, Dr. Wellum and I are going to talk about the death of Jesus--what he did, why it matters, what it teaches us about God, and how we ought to respond in light of all this. We’ll unpack some of the competing views that are out there and get to the main idea, which is that the theory known as Penal Substitutionary Atonement is the best way of thinking about what Jesus accomplished.  It’s going to be a theologically rich episode, with very practical implications, and it will certainly make you think.
December 3, 2019
57 - 6 Facts About The Think Institute
What is the Think Institute? Where did we come from? And why are we here? I thought I would answer a few basic questions and tell our story, to help you understand what this movement is all about.  Get the complete show notes at http://TheThink.Institute.
December 2, 2019
Bonus: Happy Thanksgiving from the Settecase family!
Listeners, I’m thankful for you. Thanks for listening and sharing the Think Podcast with your friends. I love this holiday. Every year on Thanksgiving our extended family gathers to eat, re-tell embarrassing stories, eat some more, and have an awesome time of family worship. We share what we’re thankful for, sing a hymn, read a Psalm, tell the story of Squanto and the First Thanksgiving, and then we close out with a singing of the Doxology. So, nothing too special as far as content here. Just a minute’s worth of my family singing to the Lord. I hope it makes you “thank!”
November 29, 2019
56 - How to Share the Gospel Without Weirding Out the People Around You
Let’s talk about evangelism. Bill Bright, co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, defines evangelism as, “Taking the initiative to share the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God.” When you think about sharing the Gospel, what comes to mind? Do you think about the words you will say? The faces of the people you will converse with (possibly furrowed brows or closed-off posture)? Or maybe you think about the emotions you will feel as you share (will you be all nerves? Excitedly energetic?). Sharing your faith can be one of the most exciting activities in the Christian’s journey. It can also be one of the most intimidating. And one thing we do not want to do is unnecessarily "weird people out."  Get the full show notes at
November 28, 2019
55 - How Thanksgiving Can Inspire Your Apologetics
I love Thanksgiving. Every year my side of the family gets together. My wife makes an absolutely unbelievable corn casserole. My contribution: I write a little family liturgy and we have a worship time as a family (we read the story of the first Thanksgiving, we sing a song or two, read Scripture, and pray.). So can we talk about thanksgiving? No, not the holiday, the attitude. Or we might say, the desire. That is, there is in each of us the innate desire to be grateful for the good things in our lives. We want to give thanks. Is it possible that the gratitude we feel when we experience goodness is itself evidence for God? I propose that the gratitude we feel–the very desire we have to want to give thanks to someone or something for gifts such as life, love, and the magnificence of human experience–makes no sense without God. To the extent that gratitude wells up within us when we admire a starry night sky or a freshly snow-covered field this winter, we experience something we are created to feel. We see that we were created to give thanks to God. Get the full show notes at
November 28, 2019
54 - Would It Be Ethical To Kill Harambe's Brother To Save A Drunk 17-Year-Old's Life?
The Sons of Thunder Tackle a tough ethical question dealing with the dignity of humanity and the responsibility of people to care for animals. Sign up for the Think Update at!
November 21, 2019
53 - What It Means To Make Disciples (A Simple, Biblical Approach) with KJ Johnson
Alright, so we all know the command of Jesus to his church in Matthew 28:19: “Make disciples.” This is the command of Jesus Christ to his church, as recorded in Matthew 28:19. That passage is often used as a text for evangelism (and rightly so), but what comes after evangelism--after a person has put his or her trust in Jesus Christ? This is where discipleship, the process of Christian formation, begins. It is also where a number of questions begin. What is the best way to disciple? What curriculum should we use? Is it enough to simply use the Bible? What skills should a new believer learn? What if I haven’t been discipled myself--does Jesus really want me to try and make disciples… on my own? Should I do this with a group? And what is a disciple, anyway? My guest today is Karl “KJ” Johnson. K. J. is the director  of the C. S. Lewis Institute in Chicago. He's a C.S. Lewis Fellow and holds a Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University as well as two Masters of Arts from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, both in Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology. During his 20-year career with the Marine Corps, he served as a helicopter pilot, weapons and tactics instructor and operations officer, and he’s a veteran of numerous deployments as well as multiple humanitarian assistance/ disaster relief missions. KJ is married to Nidia and they have two daughters. The CSLI develops “wholehearted disciples of Jesus Christ who will articulate, defend, share, and live their faith in personal and public life.” Along with being the CSLI director, K. J. is on staff with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He’s also a good friend, and I’m excited to talk to him today. Get the full show notes at
November 19, 2019
52 - How God Can Be Both Loving And Just Without Sacrificing Either One
Well, how many times have you heard someone tell you this: “God is love”? The phrase comes from 1 John 4:8.  And the full context of that verse is this: “The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (that’s from the Christian Standard Bible, the CSB. The Bible has many translations in English. The CSB is one of my favorite translations. Maybe I’ll do a review on it some time. But in whatever translation you read it, 1 John 4:8, at least the second half of the verse, is pretty much going to say the same thing. In the Greek, it’s ὁ θεὸς ἀγάπη ἐστίν--hah theh-ahs aGAHpay estIN. There’s not really any other way of rending it in English other than simply, “God is love”).  While God is love, he is also just. And a just God has to punish sin. These two attributes of God seem to be in conflict. Have you ever thought about that? Well we’re going to get to the bottom of it today. And I want to show you how to explain the Gospel basing your presentation off of two words: love and justice. Get the full show notes at 
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November 8, 2019
51 - Why You Should Be Pursuing Wisdom (& Where To Find It)
Hello! Since you're here, please leave us a 5-star rating and write a quick review on Apple Podcasts? It helps us out a TON and only takes a minute. Many thanks.  Get the full show notes at TheThink.Institute.  In undergrad I interviewed with a homebuilder (this was the height of the real estate boom), and I remember the interviewer asking me an area I needed to improve in. I replied that I needed improvement in organization. I then explained how I had begun to keep a calendar to keep track of all my appointments, deadlines, etc., and basically to manage my time. What I did not emphasize in that interview was that I had very recently begun to do this, and that organization had been a lifelong struggle for me… in fact it’s one that continues to this day. This is a skill that I have had to learn and relearn over and over. Today, in case you’re wondering, I keep my time organized with two systems: a three-fold notebook and something called a Passion Planner. I track my goals, months and weeks in the Passion Planner, and my notebook is for Idea Work, Daily Tasks and my Journal. All that to say, this is something I’ve had to work hard at, and it’s honestly something I’m still working to master. But organization, the mastery of one’s time, is more than a matter of keeping a schedule. It’s about wisdom. In Psalm 90, verse 12, Moses prays, “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Wisdom is knowing how to put knowledge into practice in an understanding way. And it’s something that must be learned (notice Moses asks God to teach him this). That means wisdom is not inherent. You aren’t born with wisdom. And left to your own devices, you will not gain wisdom but remain foolish. But if foolishness is “natural,” then what’s so bad about it? And so the question facing us is: Why is it important to pursue wisdom, and where can we find it? In this episode I want to take a look at the book of Proverbs, chapter 8, in which Wisdom herself is going to answer these questions for us. What we’ll see is that wisdom is supremely valuable, and it is attainable. Even a foolish person can become wise, by getting after it the right way and eschewing lesser pursuits.
November 8, 2019
50 - Where in the Bible to Find Pro-Life Arguments
It's a Think Podcast Bonus Episode! No theme song. Brief. But, I pray, thoughtful and helpful. Here we go.  Does the Bible really teach that life begins at conception, anyway? And does it teach that abortion is wrong? Where can we find the Bible verses that establish the pro-life position? We need to answer these questions. That's why we're calling this episode, "Where in the Bible to find pro-life arguments." Sign up for the Think Update and get tools and tips to help you explain, share and defend biblical truth by going to TheThink.Institute.
November 7, 2019
49 - What To Do When You've Been Stumped
Thanks to Josh Copen for suggesting this topic. To make a suggestion for what we should cover in a Think Podcast episode, hit us up on Twitter or Facebook or drop us an email. If you love apologetics like I do (or even if you're just getting into the discipline and think you might be growing kinda fond of it), you've probably come across verses like 1 Peter 3:15 (the charter verse of Christian apologetics), in which the Apostle tells believers to "always [be] prepared to make a defense to anyone," and 2 Corinthians 10:5, which promises that our God-given arguments are able to "destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God...."  My fellow defenders of the faith, those there are fightin’ words. And if you're like me, you enjoy a healthy debate. However, you can't always be the smartest guy in the room (to be honest sometimes I feel like I'm not the smartest guy in the room even when I'm the only one in the room!), and there are going to be times when you get stumped by an objection to the Christian message. What should we do when this happens?  Get the full show notes at
November 6, 2019
48 - Why Belief In God Does Not Require "Extraordinary Evidence"
Have you ever heard the expression, “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence?” This phrase, popularized by the late atheist scientist Carl Sagan, has often been marshaled by internet atheists in online debates with Christians as a way of placing the burden of proof on the believer to demonstrate, by way of so-called extraordinary evidence, the existence of God. When this happens, it can be very tempting for Christians to begin to scramble to assemble such evidence, and in the process we may even find our sure footing on Scripture to be shaken. Yet what if it is not the Christian theist, the believer, who bears the burden of proof? What if it is actually the claim that God does not exist that is extraordinary, and therefore it is the atheist who must give extraordinary evidence? As it turns out, and as we will see, the claim that Christian theists must provide "extraordinary evidence" to the atheist, and that without such provision, the atheist is therefore justified in his unbelief, falls completely flat. Get the full show notes at
November 5, 2019
47 - Should Christians Believe In Free Will? with The Sons Of Thunder
In honor of Reformation Day, here’s Joel and Parker’s (the Sons of Thunder) take on the debate that’s raged on for at least 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door. So, are the Sons of Thunder Calvinists, Arminians, or something in between? (Warning: Parker spoils the suspense almost immediately in this discussion). Take Your Study Further With These Think Institute Resources Theology To Restore A Weary Soul with Joe Thorn How To Explain God’s Wrath In A Way Your Non-Christian Friends Will Understand Are We Living In A Simulation? Simulation Theory Debunked Connect with the Think Institute Sign Up for the Think Update weekly email! Get the full show notes at http://TheThink.Institute.
October 31, 2019
46 - What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? with Brian Thomas
If you’re anything like me, you are fascinated by dinosaurs (or at least you were as a kid). But did you ever stop to think what really happened to them? Did they truly die out 65 million years ago? Did they turn into birds? And how do we reconcile the millions of years we were taught in school with the biblical timeline that seems to be much shorter? Now, if you’ve done a little more in-depth study into the subject of dinosaurs from a Christian perspective, maybe you’ve even rumors of some, deep in the realms of the Christian intellectual dark web, who actually believe that dinosaurs and humans coexisted--and even that dinosaur-like creatures are mentioned in the Bible.  All this is a lot to take in and process, and getting solid answers can seem nearly impossible. If that’s how you feel, you’re going to find today’s conversation fascinating. Even if you’re settled in your opinion about dinosaurs--one way or the other, you’re going to want to listen closely in order to understand this position.  My guest today is Brian Thomas, and he is the person to talk to if you want to know about dinosaurs from a biblical perspective. Dr. Thomas received a master’s in biotechnology in 1999 and his Ph. D. in paleobiochemistry in 2019 from the University of Liverpool. After teaching in junior and high schools in Texas, he taught biology, chemistry and anatomy as an adjunct and assistant professor at Dallas-area universities. Since 2008 Dr. Thomas has worked with the Institute for Creation Research as a science writer, editor and research associate, contributing news and magazine articles, speaking on creation issues, and researching original tissue fossils. He is the author of Dinosaurs and the Bible and a contributor to many other books. His dissertation, Ancient and Fossil Bone Collagen Remnants, is available in book form.  Get the full show notes at http://TheThink.Institute.
October 29, 2019
45 - No, God Can't Make A Rock So Heavy He Can't Lift It: How God's "Limits" Make Him Greater (Sons of Thunder)
It's an age-old question: "Could God make a rock too heavy for him to lift?" And it seems like a really tough question to answer, because we (Christians) believe that God is all-powerful. And an all-powerful God should be able to create any kind of rock he wanted to create. But(!) an all-powerful God should also be able to *lift* any rock he wanted to lift.  This question hits at the problem of God's nature, and, really, it's a question of the limits of God. We might automatically cringe at the idea of God having limits, because of what we think that entails (after all, limits that we experience are limits arising from outside of ourselves--and we certainly don't want to say that anything outside of God could limit him!).  And yet, both Scripture and reason would seem to indicate that there are some things God *can* not do. Or is it that he *will* not? In this episode Joel and Parker get into the "limits" of God and how that impacts the way we think about both his omnipotence and his moral perfection.  Along with the Omnipotence Dilemma (the rock-so-big scenario), they also get into the ancient moral problem known as the Euthyphro Dilemma, which deals with whether God has an external moral standard he must adhere to. If you've ever thought about what it means for God to be morally perfect and perfectly powerful, we think you'll enjoy this episode. Until next time, I hope it made you think. CONNECT WITH THE THINK INSTITUTE The Think Institute on Twitter The Think Institute on Facebook The Think Institute on Instagram LISTEN TO THE THINK PODCAST (AND PLEASE LEAVE US A REVIEW!) The Think Podcast on Apple Podcasts The Think Podcast on Stitcher The Think Podcast on TuneIn The Think Podcast on Anchor HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN CHRISTIANITY? Get equipped, engaged, and encouraged for your spiritual journey at http://TheThink.Institute.
October 24, 2019
44 - How to Judge Others Without Condemning Yourself
We're told not to judge, but is that actually possible? And isn't the statement, "Judging is wrong" itself a judgment? Is it always wrong to judge, or is there a right time and place to do so? How do we make sense of all this? Let's look at Romans 2 to find out. Get in touch with the Think Institute by going to http://TheThink.Institute.  There you can sign up for my weekly email, the Think Update, with tools and tips to help you share and explain your faith.
October 23, 2019
43 - How to Quickly Tell Someone the Story of the Whole Bible
The Bible is a complex book, and explaining it can seem daunting. However, it's easy when you think of the whole narrative in terms of a story with just four chapters. I explain how to do that in this episode.
October 22, 2019
42 - How to Share the Gospel by Using 5 Questions
A practical and biblical tool to help you share the best news in the world with those who need it most. 
October 21, 2019
41 - What Pronouns Should We Use For Transgender People?
Why Christians should uphold the biblical gender binary, and why you shouldn't worry that this will hurt your evangelism. Subscribe to the Think Update for tips and tools to help you explain, share and defend your faith: Get the full show notes at http://TheThink.Institute.
October 16, 2019
40 - How to Share the Gospel With a Japanese Buddhist (with Chris Moore)
Alright, so how much do you know about Buddhism? Here in the United States, about 77% of our neighbors claim some kind of Christian identity. So when we’re sharing the Gospel, that means we’re more than likely able to do so using biblical terms that generally make sense both to ourselves and to our discussion partners--terms like God, sin, heaven and hell, Jesus, etc. And yet, our society is becoming more and more diverse, and because of this we need to become better equipped to converse with folks who not only don’t trust in Jesus yet, but may not even be operating out of the same ideological framework as us. One of those religions is Buddhism.  However, like Christianity, Buddhism is a diverse worldview, and in the West, most of our resources and writings on Buddhism deal more with Theravada Buddhism, which is more popular in India and South Asia. However, if we are going to effectively bring the Gospel to our neighbors from East Asia, those who practice Buddhism, it is important for us to differentiate between the different sects, discover where our friends really are, and then know how to build bridges through our conversations to their hearts and minds.  In this episode, we’re going to help you get a better understanding Buddhism and give you some practical tools for reaching Buddhists with the Good News about Jesus.  My guest is Chris Moore. Christ is from British Columbia originally, but he’s been in Japan as a missionary, pastor, CEO and seminary instructor for 17 years.  In our discussion today, we’re going to look at the different forms of Buddhism, how Buddhism views truth compared to how we think about it as Christians, and some incredible parallels between Japan’s most popular form of Buddhism and the biblical Gospel. And then we’ll give you some tips on how to share the hope you have in Christ with your Buddhist neighbors. Get the full show notes at
October 15, 2019
39 - Why It's So Hard to Share Your Faith (and 3 simple steps to become more evangelistic)
Ready to go to the next level in your evangelism (and apologetics and biblical worldview? Sign up for the Think Update, a brief, weekly email with tools and tips to help you explain, share and defend your Christian faith, delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up right here. When you think about sharing your faith, what comes to your mind? Do you think about the look on the other person’s face? What is that expression? Is it happy? Angry? Maybe a little confused? Do you think about the scary proposition of offending someone? Or maybe you envision yourself getting off to a great start, and then dwindling into awkwardness as you run out of things to say, or answers to your friend’s objections? Maybe you’ve experienced a similar situation… or maybe the fear of it has kept you from sharing your faith. Today I want to share some thoughts that come directly from a course called Cojourners. This is a curriculum developed by the Church Movements team, which I’ve been trained in, and which I’ve adapted for the Think Institute. Actually I’m currently teaching a Cojourners class at Midwest Bible Church here in Chicago. Specifically, I want to talk about the subject of evangelism in some broad strokes… and I want to then zero in on one important concept: Why it's so hard to share your faith. Then I'll share with you three simple steps you can take to become more evangelistic. Get the full show notes at 
October 11, 2019
38 - What is the Imago Dei? with the SONS OF THUNDER
The Sons of Thunder are back to grapple with the Bible's teaching that human beings are made in the image of God.  Joel and Parker bring a ton of biblical truth to bear in this episode, and if you have ever wondered what it means to be the image of God, you do NOT want to miss it.  Get a brief, weekly email to help you articulate, share and defend biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Sign up for the Think Update at
October 10, 2019
37 - Why Only God Can Make Sense of the Laws of Logic (Blogcast)
Belief in the laws of logic requires presupposing the existence of the God of the Bible. There are literally no other conceivable options, because no other worldview even suggests a god with the necessary attributes to ground abstract objects like logic (and morality and mathematics). We’ll examine this, and then show how this knowledge actually leads us to greater worship of God. Belief in God is a necessary precondition for logic. Laws of logic are unchanging mental abstractions which cannot float out in space or be proprietary of (changing) matter/energy, and which necessarily transcend all human minds (they would be true even if all ppl died). Belief in logic is belief in unchanging, universal and immaterial mental rules which must necessarily exist within a mind possessing the same attributes. One must believe in an unchanging, universal, immaterial Mind. There is only one worldview which accounts for such an entity. This is the biblical worldview. From “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1), straight through to the “Amen” in Revelation 22:21, the Bible presents the sole worldview which accounts for logic and other abstractions we all take for granted. In short, the God who reveals himself in the Bible is the only entity which even proposes to account for abstract objects. Even other “Abrahamic” theistic religions fall short; atheism doesn’t come close. No one has been able to come up with a suitable substitute. Imagine if you were to try and design a worldview that could account for logic, moral absolutes, math, etc. You would need to come up with a God who was: Unchanging (because logic doesn’t change—and neither do other abstract objects (the name philosophers give to invisible “things” like laws of logic, mathematical principles, absolute moral obligations, etc.). Universal (because these things apply everywhere and at all times) Immaterial (because matter is always changing, so these unchanging abstract objects, if they were grounded in changeable matter and energy, would themselves change) Knowable (because, well, we know them) and self-revelatory. Such a God would need to be relatable and relational in his very being, revealing himself because of who he is and what he is like). By the time you finished your imaginative process, you’d have imagined up a universal, ultimate personality with probably a few differences from the biblical God, such as a lack of triune-ness. But then you’d read the Bible and see the doctrine of the Trinity, along with the other attributes of God (holiness, self-sacrificiality, etc.) revealed therein, which you never could have imagined, and you’d be floored by how obvious and necessary these doctrines all are. Thank God he has revealed himself to us. The more I learn about God, the more I realize how necessary all his attributes are, and how glorious and praiseworthy he is. It’s like, “Oh, yes, of course God must be like that.” But the truth is my feeble mind wouldn’t and couldn’t have invented him. In the person of Jesus Christ, God has revealed himself fully and perfectly. In Jesus we see the attributes of God on display, and as we behold him we not only understand God better, but we actually become more like him. The truth of God is antithetical to the mind bent on seeking its own autonomy (“set on the flesh” as Paul puts it). True knowledge about God (necessary for true knowledge of the world) starts w/ repentance and faith in Jesus. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” This post was adapted from here. For tools to help you define and defend your faith, go to
October 9, 2019
36 - Methods of Evangelism (that actually work) with Tom Schmidt
Receive a brief, weekly email with tools and tips to help you define, share and defend your faith. Sign up to the Think Update! Have you ever sat down next to someone in an airplane and wanted to share your faith with him, but you had no idea where to begin? Or have you ever seen a street preacher shouting about hell and judgment to passers-by and asked yourself, “Is that really what God wants us to do?” Or, have you ever found yourself in a crowd and realized, probably many of these people are currently on their way to Hell, and I have the answer but no idea how to give it to them? These are questions of evangelism, and if you’re like many Christians today, you have, at one point or another, felt like evangelism was a foreign concept--something that others may be gifted in, but sadly is out of your reach. In this episode, we’re going to help you get a grip on just what evangelism looks like in today’s world, why it’s so important, and how you--yes, you--can get started in  pursuing this vital Christian discipline, and even enjoy doing it. My guest is Tom Schmidt, planting pastor of Cross of Christ Fellowship in Naperville, Illinois, as well as a blogger. Tom is a gifted conversationalist who knows how to convey the Good News about Jesus in easily-understandable ways, and to mobilize others to do so as well. In our discussion today, we’re going to look at evangelism from three viewpoints: evangelism in the Bible, types of evangelism today, and what it means to be an evangelist or do personal evangelism. We’ll also look at some problems people have with evangelism and then talk about practical ways you can get started. Get the full show notes at
October 8, 2019
35 - How to explain God's wrath in a way that will make sense to your non-Christian friends
When you think of God's wrath, what comes to your mind? Thunderbolts and lightning? Earthquakes and hellfire?  There is an aspect of God's wrath that Christians often get wrong, and this makes it harder to explain the concept to our non-Christian friends. It's a problem we have to rectify, because when we're talking about the Gospel and salvation, God's wrath is what we're being saved from.  In this episode I explain what Paul is talking about in Romans 1:18-24, and how there are two forms of God's wrath. I'll also show you how to deliver this concept in a way that is immediately relevant to non-believers.  Hey, if you like the kind of content we’re creating, you’ll like the Think Update. This is a brief, weekly email delievered straight to your inbox with tools and tips to help you define and defend it.  Subscribe to the Think Update right now at TheThink.Institute/articles/update. If you haven't done so yet, please give us a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. 
October 7, 2019
34 - Classical Christian Education with Douglas Wilson
When you think of education, what images come to mind? You may think of rows of beige-and-chrome desks, all arranged facing the front of a classroom, the walls of which are decorated with maps, inspirational quotes, and the ABCs. At the front of the classroom stands a teacher (probably a woman, if we’re picturing an elementary classroom), and she is leading her pupils in some lesson. Now, what is she saying to her class? The possible answers to that question will be very different, depending on what kind of school you are imagining. This is because there are vast differences between what sorts of things are taught at public (government-run) schools vs. private schools. And there are even more differences between different kinds of private schools. Is it a Christian or secular school? Is the education being offered modern or classical? Furthermore, the answer will depend on exactly when you’re imagining this scene. What is being taught in public schools today is not necessarily the same as what we were taught in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. Certainly much is the same (the ABCs haven’t changed), but differences in the content will reflect the ways our society has changed since we were kids. Does anyone really think that what sixth graders today are being taught about, say, gender, is the same as what their counterparts were being taught in 1996? The question we must face, then, is what kind of changes should we expect schools to make along with society, and which things should remain unchanged? And how do we decide between the two? To answer this question, it can be super helpful to look back into our history and see how schooling was done in the past. What worked, what have we lost since then, and what should we consider bringing back? In this episode, my guest is pastor and author Douglas Wilson. Pastor Wilson is the lead pastor of Christ Church in Moscow Idaho; you may know him as the author of many influential books, or as a podcaster--his podcast, the Plodcast is educational and a lot of fun to listen to; or as the man who, with his wife Nancy, helped to kick start the movement of classical christian education in America in recent decades. I’ve read eight of his books this year and they’ve been incredibly helpful and thought-provoking. Pastor Wilson is going to help us navigate the question of education, how we should think about it as Christians, and why so many today are returning to what is known as Classical Education. For the full show notes including highlights and resources, go to
October 1, 2019
33 - Christian Universalism, Part 2
Part 2 of Christian Universalism. For the full show notes, go to
September 24, 2019
32 - Christian Universalism, Part 1
Have you ever thought about Hell? I remember staying awake in bed when I was seven years old, thinking to myself how awful it was that people were, at that very moment, suffering in Hell, and there would be no escape for them. If you're like me, you have wrestled with the idea of hell and even questioned whether or not its fair for God to send people there.  This is certainly not a new question, and we are most definitely not the first people to wrestle with it. In fact, going back to the early centuries of Christianity, there were those who put forward the idea that Hell was not actually everlasting, and that one day all persons (even evil spirits and Satan himself) would one day be finally reconciled to God.  This school of thought is called Universalism. It received broad acceptance early on, but then was condemned as a heresy (false teaching) after about two hundred years (which, in the span of church history is really a drop in the bucket). So what should Christians today think about Universalism? Is there an acceptable form of Christian Universalism?  In this episode of the Think Podcast, we're going to help equip you to find the answer. Our goal is going to be to compare and contrast Christian Universalism with orthodox Christianity. We'll look at what the Bible teaches about sin, salvation and the afterlife, and then present some of the best arguments in favor of Christian Universalism, to help you answer them.  Get the full show notes at TheThink.Institute.
September 24, 2019
31 - Are We Living in a Simulation? with the SONS OF THUNDER
Is the Universe a Simulation? Have you ever wondered if the world around you was actually an illusion? It might seem silly to even entertain the idea, but believe it or not this is a very hot topic in some philosophical (and pop-philosophical) circles right now. Everyone from Elon Musk, to Joe Rogan, to Neil deGrasse Tyson have publicly wondered aloud about whether we are living in some kind of computer simulation. It makes for some very interesting podcast listening, but the question, Are we living in a simulation, actually turns out to be harder to answer than it might appear at first. So, are we living in a simulation? PEOPLE, RESOURCES AND ARTICLES MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE Renee Descartes’ “cogito, ergo sum” The Mandela Effect James Anderson’s article, “Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?” Nick Bostrom The Principle of Parsimony (Occam’s Razor) Alvin Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism For the complete show notes, go to TheThink.Institute.
September 19, 2019
30 - Where Does DNA Come From? with Scott Youngren
Have you ever been concerned that science seems to conflict with Christian faith? Science is often talked about as though it is an alternative to religion. That is, a popular conception is that science has replaced Christianity as the best explanation for why the world is the way it is. Is that really true? Whether you're fascinated by science like me (Joel), or not, you probably know that the world of science has yielded some absolutely incredible discoveries over the last century. One of the coolest of those discoveries is the discovery of the double-helix DNA, the building blocks of life. DNA can be difficult to understand and explain but it is essentially the instructions within our cells that tell our cells what to do and determine what kind of organism we will be. All this begs the question: has the new information science has brought forth served to support Christian truth claims, or does it undermine Christianity? Should Christians be concerned that what we believe is unscientific? Our guest today is Scott Youngren, and he is going to help us find the answer. Scott is a pilot by day, apologetics blogger by night. Scott has been writing on apologetics for 10 years, and he brings his experience to bear in answering the question of where DNA comes from. Scott explains why DNA is an actual language, and how language must come from a mind, and why the language of DNA is inexplicable apart from God. Don't miss this exciting, educational and equipping discussion on God and DNA. You can check out the show notes for this episode on For more great resources on the Christian perspective, Gospel engagement and the defense of the Christian message, visit
September 17, 2019
29 - What Should Bible-Believing Christians Think about Jordan Peterson? with the SONS OF THUNDER
Joel and Parker answer the question: how should Christians think about Jordan Peterson?
September 12, 2019
28 - How to Explain Who God Is (Blogcast)
God is the infinite, personal, Triune Lord, who is higher than everything yet present everywhere, and who has exercises authority and control over all things. There is much we could say about the biblical view of God. However, whatever we say about him, we must do so in a way that both agrees with what the Bible says, and is understandable (which means avoiding unnecessary theological jargon). Knowing God is life’s greatest privilege, and it is our privilege as believers to share that knowledge with others. This episode is an audio recording of the Think Institute article, How to Explain Who God Is. To get the full show notes, go to
September 10, 2019
27 - When Should Christians Get Offended? with the SONS OF THUNDER
When Is It Right to Get Offended? As we strive to be more like Jesus, we find ourselves confronted with the question, when should Christians get offended? We can clearly see in the New Testament that some things did offend Jesus. In fact, some things that got him the most upset seem to be things that would be commonplace to us--nothing worth getting mad about. Other times, we see him resist reacting, or respond calmly (or not at all), over instances that would cause us to fly off the handle. How do we think biblically about our experiences, in order to respond the way Jesus wants us to? Are Trigger Warnings Helpful? In the interest of not offending students, professors started issuing trigger warnings at the beginning of lectures dealing with potentially-sensitive subjects. What began as a potentially-helpful practice has, over the last few years, grown into a cultural meme far beyond the halls of academia. Today, the idea of “triggering” others has become a badge of honor for some who take pride in “melting” (offending, refuting, etc.) “snowflakes” (people who are just as unique and special as they are fragile). I (Joel) have been known to offend atheists, by making arguments like the ones in the episode, “Are You There, God? It’s Me, Science.” The offense was not intentional, but it happened nonetheless. It is ironic that it is self-styled conservatives who take the most pride in triggering self-professed progressives (who are usually more accurately called Leftists), given recent history. Going back about one generation, it was those on the left who were taking pride in offending conservatives and Christians. Their repeated refrain was a call for Christians and conservatives to be more “tolerant.” Today the roles seem to have flipped. What Being Offended Really Means When someone says they feel offended, they are really saying they have been wronged. In theological language, we might say they have been sinned against. They are the victims of an offense. Do We Have the Right Not To Be Offended? As Christians, our interest is not to be in defending our own honor. We are not to be those who seek to avoid becoming triggered at all costs. Like our Lord, we are to exhibit thick skins in the face of personal offense. Jesus, “was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). We need to be seeking spiritual conversations (for help with this, see “How to Get Into Spiritual Conversations”). However, when we do this, we will inevitably encounter positions we disagree with. When that happens, we ought to look to the Bible as our guide for how to respond. When we look at Scripture, we see that there are times when it is right to exhibit righteous indignation. Jesus became outraged when Gentiles and children were hindered from drawing near to God. In the latter case, he rebuked his disciples. In the former, he flipped some tables and got out a whip. He warned people sternly not to cause children to sin. He was angered by the Pharisees who closed the door to the Kingdom of God and refused to let anyone else enter. As followers of Jesus, we need not be preoccupied with defending our supposed right to not be offended. However, when barriers are placed between repentant sinners and the love of God, then we are right to not only get offended, but to act accordingly until things are made right. Get complete show notes at
September 5, 2019
26 - Theology to Restore a Weary Soul with Joe Thorn
Feeling Weary? Have you ever felt weary? So weary that you felt it in your soul? When was that? Maybe it was after busy season at work, or after wrapping up a major ministry project in ministry caring for a loved one. What does God say about being weary? The Bible has a lot to say about the weary soul. Also, I have I have discussed a biblical perspective on weariness in episodes, If God is Good, Why Did He Let This Happen to Me? and Ends, Means & Evangelism (blogcast). Because the Bible has so much to say, it can be easy to pick a verse for a quick “head” fix, like Philippians 4:6, which says “Do not be anxious about anything,” and then grit your teeth and white-knuckle your way through. It can also be tempting to fixate on a verse for a “heart” (emotional) fix--something like Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Neither way--seeking only a “head” fix or only a “heart”/emotional fix--is very effective. Yet as Christians, we are supposed to have everything needed for life and godliness--and we’re supposed to be able to take what we know about God and experience rest and restoration for our weary souls. So how exactly does that happen? What does it mean to have a weary soul? And what do we do about it? In this episode we’re going to help you find the answer. My guest is Pastor Joe Thorn. Joe is the Lead Pastor at Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois, and a host of the Doctrine and Devotion podcast, with Jimmy Fowler. He has also written several books about the relationship between theology and the Christian life. Those books include Note to Self (which he talked about with the Biblical Counseling Coalition in 2011), and Experiencing the Trinity, in which he explains how a robust knowledge of God's nature can strengthen one's faith and bring believers back from the brink of falling away and restore them after burnout, exhaustion, and distress. Together we discuss the importance of theology as well as finding theological coaches to help us along our journey.  Get the show notes at
September 3, 2019
#25 - Amazing Facts About the Bible
In Ecclesiastes 12:12, King Solomon says, "Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh." That line was written approximately 3,000 years ago, and if what Solomon said was true then, we can only imagine how much more true it is today, with all the thousands of books written between Solomon and the invention of the printing press--and then innumerable millions of books written since the arrival of Gutenberg's invention. In fact, Google, the online arbiter of all truth (rivaled only for that title by Snopes), estimates that there are nearly 130 million books in the world. For someone like me, who loves reading and has a room in my house filled with books, many of which I will probably never even read, that sounds like a challenge I want to accept, though of course it would be impossible to read all the books in the world. While many are skippable, some of them are worth reading and even life-changing. Historically, Western Civilization (of which I am a part) has recognized a certain canon of books to be considered essential--the so-called Great Books. Other civilizations have their own lists, and of course different worldviews and religions all have their own foundational books--the Vedas, the Qur'an, the Book of Mormon, the Origin of Species, the Communist Manifesto, etc. However, of all the books ever written, there is one that stands above the rest in its internal attributes and external impact on the world. It has shaped civilizations, launched Reformations, ended slavery, sparked revolutions, and transformed the lives of billions of people. In this episode we'll examine its cultural impact, its remarkable composition, its fulfilled prophecies, and its unparalleled central message--the Gospel that has changed me and can change you. I'm speaking, of course, about the Bible. Would you help us get the word out about the Think Institute and Think Podcast? Give us a five-star rating and write us a short review on Apple Podcasts ( Follow along with the Think Institute for more great resources: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
August 29, 2019
#24 - Developing the Masculine Mind with Alex Rodriguez of The Men's Muster
Manliness is an incredibly hot topic right now. There is a whole online ecosystem known as the Manosphere, filled with guys ranging from so-called pickup artists all the way to those who run Christian ministries aimed at helping men pursue biblical manliness (our own friend Jarrett Samuels at the Pursuit of Manliness is doing great work in this are). The Art of Manliness is a massively-impactful website with a podcast near the top of the charts. Jordan Peterson, who encourages men to stand up straight with their shoulders back, has skyrocketed in popularity. Our guest today is Alex Rodriguez. Alex has launched a ministry that is uniquely focused on discipling and deploying men for Christ and his kingdom. We connected with him via social media months ago, and I (Joel) brought my son to one of his four-hour boot camps recently. In this episode, we will talk about the Men's Muster ministry, a man's place in the local church, the family and society, and how to develop the masculine mind. In addition to founding the Men's Muster, our guest earned his M. A. in Biblical and Theological Studies from Knox Theological Seminary. He's the Student Ministries Director at North Suburban Church in Deerfield, Illinois, and he's a husband and a father of four children. We've been looking forward to this conversation for a long time.  To follow the Men's Muster or contact Alex about a biblical boot camp for the men at your church, visit Would you help us get the word out about the Think Institute and Think Podcast? Give us a five-star rating and write us a short review on Apple Podcasts ( Follow along with the Think Institute for more great resources: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
August 27, 2019
#23 - Ends, Means & Evangelism (blogcast)
My son has been in the hospital for over six months now. My wife posts updates on our Facebook page, "Pray for Superhero Lukas,", but I have not written much about him (outside of social media). However, as Lukas has been hospitalized, I have been doing a lot of thinking about God’s sovereignty, and I want to share my thoughts. Specifically, I want to talk about how I think the Lord is using my son’s health crisis to accomplish his mission for our family. So what does God’s sovereignty have to do with Lukas’s stay in the hospital? Aliza and I have been praying for the Lord to bless our ministry. What we most certainly did not expect were the means by which God was going to do this. What do I mean? What I mean is that the Lord is using our time here in the hospital to encourage Christians and to evangelize non-Christians. Aliza and I have had opportunities to share the Gospel with nurses and parents of other patients. Aliza’s blog is getting thousands of views–and she is sharing the Gospel in every post. Literally thousands of people are reading and hearing about Jesus Christ through our family’s pain and suffering. We do not have full insight into God’s plan as to why he has allowed us to enter into this trial. However, we are not afraid. Rather, we are “bold as lions”(Proverbs 28:1) because we know whom we have believed (2 Timothy 1:12). So we pray that God’s word would prove true: that “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22), and that by the means our tribulations, our Sovereign God would accomplish his ends of saving many souls. Would you help us get the word out about the Think Institute and Think Podcast? Give us a five-star rating and write us a short review on Apple Podcasts ( Follow the Think Institute for more great resources: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
August 22, 2019
#22 - What Is the Gospel?
Over the last decade or so, there's been a resurgence of robust theology in many local churches, and all kinds of exciting, Gospel-centered movements have sprung up.  However, in the last year and a half, there has been a disturbing trend of many of those same churches turning away from making the Gospel their top priority and turning instead toward cultural and social activism. Churches chasing after societal improvement seek to address supposed social and political needs, in order to help people live better lives in the here and now. However, while these desired social outcomes are said to be "Gospel issues," there is a real danger that churches are chasing them at the expense of the Gospel. Certainly, the Gospel has implications for how Christians will function within the broader society, and there is no shortage of social problems to address. Yet our weapon is the word of God--the Bible--and the heart of the Bible is the Gospel.  The Gospel is the cure for sin, and this is what we must bring to the sinful world.  With all the talk about the Gospel, it would help to know what it actually is. So, do you know what the Gospel is? Can you explain it? How well can you articulate it?  First we will talk about the need for Christians to understand the Gospel, followed by what our attitude ought to be toward it, according to Scripture. Then we'll give a very clear and biblical definition of the Gospel and get practical by outlining five ways to communicate it.  We pray this helps you get equipped and encouraged to communicate the best news on earth and the greatest story ever told. Welcome to the Think Podcast. We hope it makes you think. In this episode we mentioned the Changing Face of Evangelism training. If you want to get this training for your church, contact Joel Settecase: Visit for more information. Follow the Think Institute: Twitter: @thinkinst Facebook: @thethinkinstitute Instagram: @thethinkinstitute The Think Podcast: Don't forget to leave a five-star review on Apple Podcasts and write us a short review! Thanks for your help and support.
August 20, 2019
#21 - Does the Universe Have a Wonderful Plan for My Life?
Is there an overarching plan for your life, the universe and everything? And if there is, just whose plan is it anyway? It has been popular in recent years to personify "the Universe," as though the matter-and energy, space-time reality we inhabit is somehow personal and even governs our lives in some way. In this episode I discuss that trend and how the personification and even deification of "the Universe" is a cheap substitute for the biblical presentation of God as the sovereign Lord over his creation (including us and the universe too).   During the time that I was a pastor at a local church (actually at a couple of local churches), I used to blog on my personal Wordpress site, I got a lot of traffic over there, and I still do (at least by my standards), but now I write exclusively on the Think Institute site,, so I’m faced with a dilemma. I want to preserve that blog, but I also want to deliver that content to the folks I'm serving through the Think Institute, yet without simply reposting the article onto the T. I. blog.  How do I introduce the articles, resources and content from my personal blog to the new audience of the Think Institute, and the churches I want to partner with for equipping, engagement and encouragement in Gospel ministry?  The answer is this: I’m taking some of my most popular articles from my personal blog and bringing them over to the Think Institute in audio format--i.e. as podcast episodes. I did that already with "30 Questions for Atheists, Agnostics & Skeptics, which was one of the articles on my personal blog that had gotten the most hits. And now I’m doing it with this article. I hope it's helpful and "I hope it makes you think." Take your study further:  Ravi Zacharias on the four questions of a coherent worldview: Cornelius Van Til on God’s Transcendence and Immanence: A helpful diagram of God’s Lordship Attributes (John Frame's concept) by Neil Robbie: “One or Two?” by Peter Jones: “The Universe Has A Plan, Kids” – a blog post by Virginia Pasley that helped inform this post:
August 13, 2019
#20 - How Should Christians View the Law of Moses? with Dan Osborn
When did Christianity really begin? The church began at Pentecost in or around the year 33 A. D....right? It was then that God sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus. Yet the church's roots go back much further; it is also the continuation of the special relationship with God that believers enjoyed for thousands of years before Christ.  Those B. C. believers put their hope in the same Messiah that A. D. believers (i.e. Christians) hope in today. They were looking forward to his first coming, whereas we look back on his first coming and forward to his second coming. There is continuity between the Church of Jesus Christ and the believers who came before (as a particular example, Christians are said to have the same faith as Abraham). Enter the Old Covenant Law (A. K. A. the Law of Moses). The nation of Israel, the covenant people of God in the B. C. era, were given 613 laws and told to obey them in order to maintain the terms of their covenant with God.  As believers today, this side of the events of the life, death, resurrection and reign of the Messiah, how should we view those commands? Should we obey them all? Is that even possible today? Should we keep some but not others? Should we unhitch from them all? And how do we know? In this episode, Dan Osborn and Joel Settecase sit down to address the question of the Law of Moses and Christians today. We hope it makes you think. We need your help to introduce the Think Podcast to more people. Would you help us out? Give us a five-star rating and write us a short review on Apple Podcasts (…/this-is-apologet…/id1462722483…). Follow the Think Institute for more great resources: Twitter: Facebook: Instagram:
August 6, 2019
19 - Why Atheism and Evolution Are Actually Enemies (an analysis of CS Lewis and Alvin Plantinga) with the SONS OF THUNDER
The SONS OF THUNDER (Joel and Parker) are back, and there are many things the brothers can't agree on.  For starters, which one of them is the host, and which one is the "co-guest"?  Second, should these Sons of Thunder episodes fall under the auspices of the Think Podcast, or is this its own separate thing?  And the third thing they can't agree on is what should be the catchphrase at the end of each Sons of Thunder episode? (You'll have to listen to the end to see what they came up with--also, in the spirit of the Marvel Cinematic Universe we may have left a few "post credit scenes" for you to enjoy as well).  Alright, so these guys might not see eye-to-eye on everything, but one thing they absolutely, unequivocally *do* agree on is that Christian Theism is correct, rational and satisfying, while atheism (naturalism, materialism, and every form of "physicalism") is, well, not so much any of those things.  There are many excellent arguments Christians may use to support the truth of the Christian message, but in this episode the brothers analyze two similar arguments (so similar that they're sometimes thought to be two versions of the same one), one from philosopher Alvin Plantinga and the other from author C. S. Lewis. Plantinga's "Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism" and Lewis's "Argument from Reason" both make the case that, if God did not exist, then (for reasons illuminated by the arguments) human beings would have no reason to trust their conclusions (including their conclusion that God does not exist!). It gets technical, but it's a fun and engaging conversation, and (probably) overly-inflammatory as well, which is what you expect from a couple of guys intentionally calling themselves the Sons of Thunder.  Parker does a lot of the heavy philosophical lifting on this episode, bringing to bear his study of the two arguments and two men making the arguments.  He also makes a shameless plug for his pretentious, pretentious blog (his words), which you can locate, read, educate yourself with at Seriously, his blog is incredible, and you'll want to check it out.  Follow along with the Think Institute on Twitter (@ThinkInst), Facebook and Instagram (both are @TheThinkInstitute), or get more articles and resources to help you get equipped with knowledge, encouraged to share and defend the Christian message, and engaged in conversation with unbelievers as you seek "Truth In Conversation" at
August 1, 2019
#17 - 30 Questions for Atheists, Agnostics & Skeptics
*****Enjoy this BONUS EPISODE***** We are changing up the regular routine of weekly podcasts in order to post this bonus episode offering (what we hope will be) a really useful resource. ***** The other day I received a comment on one of my posts from a friend of mine who identifies as an atheist. He was offended by my post (it was about how science is not accounted for by atheism), and his comment really made me think. My goal isn't to offend anyone, but in the course of putting so much content out on apologetics, it's bound to happen.  I want to equip believers to be ready for any questions that they encounter about their faith. I talk about how to answer questions a lot, but in this episode I want to change things up a little bit, and talk about how to go on the "offensive" without being unnecessarily "offensive," and ask a few questions of our own. Of course, it’s common for Christians to be confronted with questions and objections from non-Christians about the Christian message. We need to be ready for such questions (1 Peter 3:15). But we also need to be equipped with questions of our own. After all, we aren’t the only ones presenting a worldview. The atheist, agnostic or skeptic also has a worldview. And like most everyone, there are likely to be aspects of that worldview he or she hasn’t fully thought through. Encouraging an unbeliever to really examine their own worldview can be a powerful apologetic tool. The goal is not to win the argument but to engage in meaningful dialogue, to seek "truth in conversation" (the Think Institute motto) and, if the Lord gives the opportunity, to point the person to the Good News about Jesus that alone can give them forgiveness and eternal life. I hope you enjoy this and, of course, "I hope it makes you think."  ***** Help us spread the word about the podcast and get more listeners, so we can equip, encourage and engage more Christians to know, share and defend their Christian faith. If you like the Think Podcast, give us a 5-star rating and write a review on Apple Podcasts. It takes one minute and really has a big effect on our visibility. We may never reach the popularity level of Joe Rogan or Serial, but we can't help but think that the more believers we can get our content in front of, the greater impact we can have for Christ's kingdom. *****  Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:
July 25, 2019
#15 - Are You There, God? It's Me, Science.
Science & Religion: BFFs or best frenemies? This is a topic that I've been getting very much into lately, and that is the intersection of science and biblical faith. We talked about how the biblical worldview provides the foundation for scientific inquiry by way of a three-fold basis: the cosmos which was given in order to be studied, the human mind which was given in order to study it, and God's revelation which was given in order to make sense of them both. In true Presuppositional fashion, we examined the biblical data first, then we stepped into the unbelieving worldview for the sake of argument, demonstrating that it does not provide the basis for its own conclusions (namely that it is possible to do science and to know that God does not exist). We also saw how the same Bible that reveals the basis for science also reveals our sin and our need for the Savior, so we got into the Gospel a little as well. For further reading: The Story of the Cosmos: How the Heavens Declare the Glory of God (Paul M. Gould and Daniel Ray, general editors):…/ref=sr_1_1_ssp… The Physics of Einstein: Black Holes, time travel, distant starlight, E=mc^2 (Jason Lisle):…/B0…/ref=sr_1_1… "An Argument From Science" (Joel Settecase):…/this…/ If you enjoyed this episode, please help us get the word out about the content we're creating each week. "Like" the Think Institute page and share it with your friends.
July 16, 2019
#14 - Do Christians "Need to Calm Down?"
Taylor Swift's new single, "You Need to Calm Down," calls out social conservatives and (especially in the video) Christians for opposing the freedom and dignity of her friends.  We look for the presuppositions being brought to the table and what kind of worldview best supports the values she promotes in her song, then we commend the biblical worldview and the Gospel.  The hope with this episode is that believers will be encouraged to talk about these issues with their non-Christian friends, and that nonbelievers who listen would hear the truth, that sin is a serious matter, but there is true freedom and abundant life with God, through Jesus.
July 9, 2019
#13 - How Do Christians View the World?
We're back after a week off. In order to defend the Christian message, you have to know what that message is. In tonight's episode Joel gives an introduction to the biblical worldview. It's part one in an extended series on what Christians believe. We hope it makes you think. For the Think Institute's worldview and apologetics training resources, go to Theme song: Whiskey on the Mississippi. Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
July 2, 2019
12 - How to Destroy Every Argument Against God with the SONS OF THUNDER
It's the premier of the SONS OF THUNDER, a podcast-within-a-podcast that has been years in the making. In this "unnecessarily inflammatory" (and much longer than usual) episode, Joel and Parker Settecase lay down the groundwork for talking about apologetics--the defense of the truth of the Christian faith. They get into how to get apologetics wrong and how to do it right--in a way that stays true to Scripture and honors Christ. This episode delivers way more content than "This Is Apologetics" typically goes, but sometimes it's fun to drink out of a firehose (or so they tell me). Music from "Killers" by Kevin MacLeod ( Licence: CC BY (
June 18, 2019
#11 - How to Raise Kids Who Can Defend Their Faith
How can you prepare your children to have the kind of faith today that will answer tomorrow's challenges? We look at three keys: Principles, Practice and Prayer.  A shorter episode tonight, but packed with a lot of really practical recommendations. A sampling of them: Catakids (Kindle):  The Rizers (YouTube): Dana Dirksen (Amazon Music):
June 11, 2019
#10 - Evangelism and Apologetics to Muslims, with N. G.
Did you know nearly one out of every 3.5 people on earth is a Muslim? Christians have been commissioned to disciple the nations, yet historically we have sent precious few resources to bring the Gospel to this incredibly massive portion of the human population.  In episode 10, Joel Settecase and N. G. (name withheld to avoid it coming up in search results) pull up a couple of chairs to discuss the goal, motivation and method of sharing the Gospel and defending the Christian message to Muslims. They get deep and wide in this conversation, which ranges from the theological to the practical. We hope it makes you think.
June 4, 2019
#9 - Does Christian Hypocrisy Disprove the Christian Message?
Does Christian hypocrisy mean that Christianity is false? Some initial comments related to recent pro-life legislation and a now infamous tweet about Christian hypocrisy that unleashed a massive conversation last week. Then I do an internal critique from the biblical perspective of the idea that hypocrisy discredits the messenger or voids the message, and then analyze whether the unbelieving worldview can account for the kind of moral standard needed in order to condemn hypocrisy as immoral. Theme song: Whiskey on the Mississippi Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
May 28, 2019
#8 - The Uniqueness of Christianity with Brandon Cooper
My old friend, Pastor Brandon Cooper (Cityview Community Church) joins me to discuss what makes the Christian worldview stand out from all the rest. We get into metaphysics, the exclusive claims of Christianity and Pluralism, Hinduism, eschatology, and why the biblical Gospel is truly unique. If you're a Christian, this will help you articulate and defend what you believe. If you're not, it will challenge your assumptions and encourage you to entertain new ideas you perhaps hadn't considered. Either way, I hope it makes you think.
May 21, 2019
#7 - What Is Truth? with Alan Kern
In this epic episode, Joel Settecase and Alan Kern discuss the nature of truth and whether the concept of truth makes any sense without God. This was a very interactive video, both between the two of them and with the viewers. The guys directly addressed questions from the viewers, including one who asked how he can know which God is the true one. Theme song: Whiskey on the Mississippi Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
May 14, 2019
#6 - How to Get Into Spiritual Conversations
Talking to strangers can be a scary thing. But for Christians, it can be a very rewarding endeavor. We introduced what spiritual conversations are and why we ought to seek them out. Then we looked at some biblical examples and two or three examples from my own life. Finally, I shared two stories of spiritual conversations I had recently, both on airplanes and discussed the benefit of having a "captive audience."
May 7, 2019
#5 - Why Do You Believe the Bible's Crazy Stories?
Tonight Joel Settecase addressed the Dreaded Question: "Do you *really* believe all those crazy stories in the Bible?" The Bible says that a donkey talked, a man got swallowed by a fish and lived to tell about it, and that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. How crazy are these stories really? Does the Bible provide any good reasons for believing them? Are there good reasons to doubt them? We hope tonight's episode fortifies your faith and challenges your doubts; in short we hope it makes you think.
April 30, 2019
#4 - Who Is Jesus? with Dan Osborn
Pastor Dan Osborn has been teaching through the "I Am" statements of Jesus in the John's Gospel, and he joins Joel Settecase for tonight's conversation. The two discussed the biblical identity of Jesus and challenges to that identity. Could Jesus have been a mere prophet? Was he a great moral teacher but nothing more? Was he in fact a liar or perhaps delusional? And what do we do with all those fantastic claims he made about himself?
April 23, 2019