Theology on Air
By Theology on Tap, Houston
Theology on Air is a weekly podcast that explores the truth claims of Christianity, often through the eyes of non-Christians. Agnostics, atheists, skeptics, and people of other faiths discuss and debate the issues of the day and the timeless questions of the past. We'll dig deep into theology, the Bible, and current events, but we promise to do so with charity, grace, and a bit of humor. Theology on Air is brought to you by the leadership of Theology on Tap, Houston and recorded at the studios of First Lutheran, Houston.
ATB for May: A Look at All Kinds of Culture Wars
Patrick, Sarah, and Evan look at a number of headlines that all revolve around the culture wars and discuss.
May 17, 2022
More than Greeting Cards and Gym Art: Exploring Philippians with David Capes
Author and scholar David Capes joins us to take a look at Paul's lovely letter to the Philippians. We tackle the humility of Christ, being of one mind, and how much more we can do, or should do, through Christ who strengthens us.
May 10, 2022
Apologetics Redux: Can or Should We Defend Christianity in a Postmodern Age?
Nathan Greeley, a Lutheran author and apologist, and Myron B. Penner, author of "The End of Apologetics" join Evan to look at the topic of apologetics. Apologetics, or the defense of the Christian faith has varying schools and perspectives. Which one is right? More importantly, in a post-truth age, how do Christians even go about the task of apologetics? Thanks to Myron and Nathan for joining us!
May 03, 2022
Exploring 1 Peter. With Juan Carlos Martinez
We take a look at a quotable and important book of the New Testament with Juan Carlos Martinez, 1 Peter. Was it written by Peter? What does it mean that he is called the Rock? Was he the first pope? And what about that tough talk on suffering?
April 19, 2022
Hillsong, New Abortion Laws, and "Grooming" - A LOT on today's ATB
Every month we look at headlines on our Around the Blackboard episode. Thanks to Vicar Joseph Yoo of Mosaic Pearland for joining us to look at some especially spicy topics.
April 13, 2022
Theology on Tap Goes to Hell! With Chris Date
Chris Date of Rethinking Hell joins us to look at the topic of, well, hell. Is it a real place? Who goes there and why? Or does eternal destruction really just mean a person ceases to exist. Or heck, is everyone saved? After a presentation from Chris, our panel weighs in. This was recorded April 4, 2022.
April 07, 2022
Proving Jesus Without the Bible? J Warner Wallace Joins Theology on Air
J. Warner Wallace, cold case detective and author of "Person of Interest", joins Theology on Air to discuss his latest book. We ask the question, can you prove Jesus existed and rose from the dead without even using the Bible?
April 05, 2022
Reconversion: How an Atheist Said Yes to Jesus, Despite Christians. With Mary Jo Sharp
Apologist Mary Jo Sharp of Confident Christianity joins us to talk about her journey to faith, from faith, and back to faith again. What were the issues that she found most challenging and what were the answers she discovered?
March 29, 2022
An Introduction to Romans. With Dr. Clay Brown
Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church's Clay Brown joins Sarah and Evan to give an overview of Paul's masterpiece, Romans.
March 22, 2022
TOA Reaction: Apologetics and How Christians Should Defend Their Faith
Sarah and Evan review a recent lecture by John Warwick Montgomery on evidential apologetics and consider an alternative approach.
March 15, 2022
A Look at Headlines in this month's Around the Blackboard on TOA
This month's look at headlines include articles on a subversive effort to "queer" churches, the unholy marriage of capitalism and Christianity, unpacking what we mean by "deconstruction", and whether it is, in fact, harmful to encouraging a young person to transition genders.
March 10, 2022
Killing in God's Name. With Dr. Ken Samples.
Ken Samples of Reasons to Believe joins us to look at an ever-controversial and difficult topic, violence in the Bible and killing in God's name.
March 07, 2022
Acts and Archaeology. With Ted Wright.
Ted Wright of Epic Archaeology joins us to look at the book of Acts. What were the major events? Are there any clues in archaeology about the veracity of Paul's travels?
February 22, 2022
BONUS: A Debate On Molinism Featuring Drs. James White and Tim Stratton
First Lutheran hosted Drs. James White and Tim Stratton to debate Molinism. Molinism has been popularized by William Lane Craig as a system that defends human libertarian free will and God's sovereign knowledge of all things via "middle knowledge." If it is new to you, you might want to do a quick scan on the topic as the debate does get pretty deep! The title of the debate is, "Is Molinism Biblical?" Each speaker had 20 minutes for opening remarks, 8 minute rebuttals, 2 10 minute periods of cross examination, closing remarks and 20 minutes of Q and A. Since First Lutheran works closely with TOT, our podcast listeners get this as a bonus!
February 18, 2022
Big Little Sins: TOT was Live 2/7/22
Here's the audio! We look at those "borderline" sins and ask when do they cross the line between right and wrong, and why? Adam Harger, Mac Gervais, Evan McClanahan, and Patrick Hall are the panelists.
February 17, 2022
Your Monthly Dose of Around the Blackboard
Mark Raggett, Nathan Eleweanya, and Evan McClanahan look at headlines on this month's Around the Blackboard episode. We look at the infamous convoy, LGBTQ in the Catholic Church, Sex Ed in Jonathan Edwards' hometown, and what it means to have "Christian Values."
February 16, 2022
Can Buddha Lead You to Jesus? With Tyler McNabb.
Tyler McNabb joins us all the way from Macau, China to talk about his latest book "Classical Theism and Buddhism." What is Classical Theism? What can it teach us about Buddhism? And what, if anything, do Buddhism and Christianity have in common?
February 08, 2022
The Gospel in the Gospels. With Paul Copan.
Dr. Paul Copan joins us for our series on the books of the Bible. We'll dive in in more detail in future episodes on the Gospels, but we wanted to offer a 30,000-foot overview of the four testimonies to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as a primer. Thanks to Dr. Copan for joining us!
February 01, 2022
Conviction vs. Compromise: With Stephen Curto & Patrick Hall
Stephen Curto and Patrick Hall join Sarah and Evan to talk through the process of deciding what falls within the realm of classical Christianity and when we dishonor God in the name of loving others. We look at current topics and apply the standard to each.
January 25, 2022
Are the Holy Really Happy? Exploring the Moral Argument with David Baggett.
Dr. David Baggett of Houston Baptist University joins us for a deep dive into the moral argument for God. He has some nuances from how it is commonly presented, so even if you are familiar with the argument, you will want to listen! We also look at whether evolution can account for morality, the Euthyphro dilemma, and whether holiness and happiness are connected. And if they are, why? Get Dr. Baggett's book here.
January 18, 2022
Around the Blackboard for January, 2022
This headline-driven episode looks at vaccine mandates, a George Floyd icon, a moment of cultural appropriation, and whether America is close to another civil war. Thanks to first-time guest Bradley Varnell joining the usual crew of Sarah, Meredith and Evan.
January 11, 2022
Does Old Testament Law Still Apply? With Gary DeMar.
Gary DeMar of American Vision joins us to talk about theonomy: what is it and why do folks hold to it? Hasn't Old Testament Law been fulfilled? Are the three categories of civil, moral, and ceremonial law correct and applicable? We talk about that and much more. And a note: towards the end, some of the conversation gets a little political. Remember that the comments of our guests do not represent the views of all leadership of Theology on Tap.
December 28, 2021
TOT Live - Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Heretic
Theology on Tap looks at ancient Christian heresies and how they apply today. Dr. Adam Harger of HBU is on hand to offer a presentation and then we have a panel discussion. Thanks to Adam and the panelists: Paul Sloan, Meredith Mills, and Patrick Hall.
December 21, 2021
The Shroud of Turin: Proof or Prank? With Dr. Gary Habermas
Renowned scholar Dr. Gary Habermas joins us to talk about the Shroud of Turin. The most analyzed piece of fabric in human history is either an elaborate prank or it could be proof of a unique supernatural event...say, the resurrection? If you have never really studied the Shroud of Turin, you will definitely find this introduction interesting. Thanks to Dr. Habermas for sharing his time with us!
December 14, 2021
From Monsters to Kings: Can Middle-Earth Help You Understand the Bible? With Michael Jahosky.
Author of the "The Good News of the Return of the King", Michael Jahosky joins us to talk about "Lord of the Rings" and how it is a kind of parable to the good news of Jesus Christ. If you are a LOTR fan, you won't want to miss it! Learn more about Michael here: https://open.spotify.com/show/3Tfvl8A6qjSERHXKavGWvf
December 07, 2021
ATB December '21: Headlines with a TOA Twist
Sarah, Evan, and first-time guest Pr. Mac Gervais look really at two big stories: whether the Bible is hate speech and what qualifies as mis/disinformation.
November 30, 2021
Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? With Andy Bannister
Live from Scotland, Christian apologist Andy Bannister joins us to talk about his new book, "Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?" In only an hour, we cover the major differences between Christian and Islam and Andy offers some new insights on just how different a prophet Jesus is, whether Islam is an Abrahamic religion, and how different the God of the Bible is from Allah. This is a great primer for anyone who wants to get a handle on these competing claims.
November 16, 2021
Around the Blackboard: Witches, Bobos, and Cohabitating. Let's Go Brandon?
On this month's ATB, our headline-driven episode, we look at popular teenage witches, a "Bobos in Paradise" redux, the phrase "Let's Go Brandon," the state of politics generally, and the practice of cohabitating. The cast this week includes Patrick Hall of the Church of the Epiphany in Houston, Sarah Stone of MDPC, and Evan McClanahan of First Lutheran.
November 02, 2021
Should Women Teach in the Church?
Stephen Curto and Elisabeth White join Sarah For a friendly debate over the issue of women in ministry. What are the limits? What are the authoritative sources to consult?
October 26, 2021
What Happened While God was "Silent?" The Inter-Testamental Period with Dr. Adam Winn
There is about 400 years between the last prophet of the Old Testament and the events of the New Testament. Was God silent during this time? What were the historical events that took place during this period that would help shape the New Testament? What gave rise to groups like the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes, and who were the Maccabees? We talk about that and more with Dr. Adam Winn on today's Theology on Air.
October 19, 2021
Tent Cities and Success Moments: A Look at Homelessness in America.
Thao Costis of Search Homeless Ministries in Houston, Will Symmes of Lord of the Streets, and Donald Hackler, a volunteer at Lord of the Streets, joins Evan to look at homelessness. What are the root causes? How should Christians respond? Why the rise of tent cities in recent years and what are the proposals on the table to help?
October 18, 2021
Is White Supremacy a REAL Problem in America? A TOT Live Event
TOT hosts a controversial, but important conversation on what seems to be aa new way of talking about racism. When did the definition of "white supremacy" change? Why did it change? And what does the church have to say about the current state of race relations in America. Thanks to Juan Carlos Martinez and David Williams for offering opening remarks. The panel consisted of Oscar Villaneuva, Troy Williams, Rachel Poysky, and Evan McClanahan.
October 13, 2021
New Thoughts on the New Age. With Melissa Dougherty.
Former New Ager and popular YouTuber Melissa Dougherty joins Sarah and Evan to look at her conversion to authentic Christianity and a number of false teachings of the New Age. Sadly, the Church is incorporating a lot of these teachings! Check out Melissa's YouTube channel here.
September 28, 2021
White Supremacy: Exploring Concepts for the Next Live Theology on Tap
Joseph Parks of Riceville Mount Olive Baptist Church joins Sarah and Evan to preview the concepts and ideas that motivated the next in-person event.
September 24, 2021
The Prophets. With Dr. Adam Harger of HBU
Dr. Adam Harger of Houston Baptist University joins us to take a look at the prophets in the Old Testament. This overview looks at the significant events of the Old Testament and the prophets (Samuel, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Elijah, for example) that are often around while these goings-on are happening.
September 21, 2021
Atomic God? A Christian and Atheist Discuss Particle Physics, and Whether the Big Bang Points to God
Brian Woods and Particle Physicist Dr. Michael G Strauss (www.michaelgstrauss.com) look at the Big Bang and ask whether it points to a Creator...or not.
September 15, 2021
FIXED - Around the Blackboard for September, 2021
This month's ATB looks at Texas' controversial abortion law, another study suggesting a lack of Christian basics among Christians, and whether Christians can get behind vaccine mandate religious exemptions. Thanks to Chris Waks and Joseph Yoo for joining the usual crew of Sarah and Evan.
September 07, 2021
A Cold Case Detective Takes on Christianity: With J. Warner Wallace
Cold Case detective J. Warner Wallace looks at the evidence for Christianity on this week's Theology on Air. Check out coldcasechristianity.com and houstontot.com to learn more.
August 31, 2021
What Makes People Evil?
Taylor Neill and the Faithiest Athiest (Richard Suttles) discuss human nature, morality, and a little bit of counterterrorism.
August 24, 2021
Who Needs a King? Part 2, with Ted Wright
Ted Wright joins us to take a second look at the Kings in the Bible. It turns out, there were a lot of them, too many good and important stories to cover in one episode. To learn more about Ted and his work at Epic Archaeology, go here.
August 17, 2021
TOT Live Event: "Exvangelical: Why Some Leave"
This live event was held Tuesday, August 10 at Saint Arnold's Brewery. We look at the question of why some are leaving the church. Taylor Neill and Colin Bagby begin with a look at the most common reasons people offer and then the panel weighs in with more thoughts.
August 13, 2021
Has Science Disproved God? With Hugh Ross of Reasons to Believe
Has science made God obsolete? Can you believe in creation while also believing the big bang theory, or that the universe is very old? Where does scientific discovery stop and faith begin, or …are they mutually exclusive? Have Christians just fallen prey to the “god of the gaps” fallacy? And…What about aliens and deep space and UFO’s?
August 10, 2021
Interview with an Exvangelical. With Chris Harman
Why do people walk away from faith and religion? What issues and ideas have so many reconsidering Christianity or at least an American Evangelical slice of Christianity? What are the reasons people are deconstructing, and what does it actually look like to be an Exvangelical? ToA talks with "Redrawing the Bath" podcast host, Chris Harman.
August 06, 2021
Taking Faith Apart: Exploring Deconstruction with Joshua Smith
With so much recent talk about prominent Evangelicals walking away from faith, terms like “deconstruction” and “Exvangelical” have become par for the Christian course. But, what does it mean to deconstruct, and is this something new, or has it been happening all along? Is it a good thing? What makes deconstruction different from doubt, and after taking apart the building blocks of your faith, how are you supposed to put back together your beliefs and worldview? Sarah Stone and Patrick Hall interview Joshua Smith.
August 03, 2021
Is "Evangelical" a Dirty Word? With Dr. Grant Wacker
Part 1 of our series leading up to our "Exvangelical" live event, Grant Wacker talks to ToA about the history, culture, and distinctions of American Evangelicalism and why so many are walking away.
July 27, 2021
Is Social Justice Biblical? A Debate with Joel McDurmon and Scott Allen
Two authors join Theology on Air to look at social justice and biblical justice. Where is there overlap? Where do they part company? Of course, much depends on what you mean by all of those words! Enjoy this timely and relevant conversation on today's Theology on Air.
July 20, 2021
Who Needs a King? Pt. 1 With Ted Wright
Ted Wright of Epic Archaeology joins us to look at kings in the Old Testament. We look at both foundational questions of why Israel wanted a king and some of the more notable stories in the books of 1 and 2 Samuel and 1 and 2 Kings.
July 13, 2021
Around the Blackboard for July, 2021
Meredith, Evan, and Oscar look at the headlines for this month's installment of ATB.
July 06, 2021
Are You Afraid to Die? Clay Jones on Death, Immortality, and Christian Hope
Are you afraid of death? How does our mortality or immortality affect the way we live? To what lengths will humanity go to prolong life by freezing ourselves, uploading our minds, building a lasting legacy, or simply distracting ourselves from the inevitable truth that we will all die? We talk about that and more with Clay Jones on today’s Theology on Air.
June 29, 2021
Do We Really Have Free Will? A TOA Debate with Colin Bagby & Ryan Dougan
A Methodist (Colin Bagby) and a Presbyterian (Ryan Dougan) join us to take a look at the classic questions regarding free will and predestination. Does God have exhaustive knowledge of everything? Are some saved or damned before they are ever born? What role does our free will play into our salvation? **Note - apologies for the strange audio effect that happens from 0:55 until 2:20.
June 22, 2021
TOA Looks at the Book of Judges
Sarah and Evan walk through the book of Judges, hitting the highlights and considering modern relevance.
June 15, 2021
What Makes Lutherans Unique...and Thoughts on Catholicism and Calvinism too...
Dr. Jordan Cooper of Just and Sinner joins us to a look at Lutheran distinctives. While this was recorded for another project I (Evan) am working on, we thought the TOA audience would also find it interesting. While, of course, many of our listeners are not Lutheran, you can think about your own tradition's teachings on issues like the sacraments, Tradition, and more. Learn more about Jordan here.
June 08, 2021
Reacting to Richard Rohr & Contemplative Prayer
Sarah and Andrew respond to a Richard Rohr video that discusses contemplative prayer. What does Rohr mean when he uses that phrase? Is this a practice that Christians should explore? Or is something like the Lord's Prayer sufficient?
June 04, 2021
Dos and Don'ts of Dealing with Sad People
How should you talk to someone who is grieving? What are the right and wrong things to say to someone who has just gone through trauama? Does our worldview help us to respond to sad people or does it make us more annoying? Sarah and her sister Laura take on that topic on today's Theology on Air.
June 01, 2021
Do Unbelievers Really Go to Hell? A Debate with Ray Vinson & Juan Carlos Martinez.
What happens to non-believers when they die? Is hell a real place? And if so, how could a good and loving God send people there? Are there other options for those who don't trust Jesus? What is universalism and can Christians get behind that? If Jesus is the only way to peace with God, what should happen to them? Will there be one last chance for reconciliation when we die? We talk about that and much more with Dr. Ray Sutton of the Institute for Biblical Leadership and Dr. Juan Carlos Martinez, Family Pastor at Christ Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
May 25, 2021
The Book of Joshua. With Dr. Adam Harger
Who is Joshua and what are the major stories in that book of the Bible? What are we to do with the harsh violence in the Bible? What do those stories say about God? Dr. Adam Harger of Houston Baptist University joins us to look at the book of Joshua and violence in the Bible on today’s Theology on Air.
May 18, 2021
Race, Reconciliation, & the Problems with CRT: With Monique Duson
People use the phrase "racial reconciliation" all the time. But what does it mean? How does the gospel affect what we think about race? Does the culturally popular view of thinking about people as oppressed and oppressor really work to bring people together, or does it sew seeds of division? What does our theology tell us about how God views people and how we ought to treat one another? We talk about that and much more with Monique Duson of the Center for Biblical Unity.
May 11, 2021
Christianity on Trial. With Ken Samples of Reasons to Believe.
We'll be looking at science and religion, apologetics, and belief in a Postmodern age.
May 05, 2021
Around the Blackboard for May, 2021
Broun, Scott, and Evan look at this month's headlines, including excommunicating Biden, casual sex being ok'd by Christians, the God-fearing and godless divide, and abortion being banned in a major city. Broun does outreach at Rice University with Reformed University Fellowship, Scott is a Middle School Outreach at Memorial Drive Presbyterian, and Evan is the pastor of First Lutheran.
May 04, 2021
A TOA Debate on the Gifts of the Spirit. With Stephen Curto and Dan Aikins
Speaking in tongues, miracles, healing, people being slain in the spirit. Is any of that for real? Is some of it real, and some of it just people getting caught up in emotion? What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the church and in our lives? That mysterious 3rd person of the Trinity that doesn’t seem to get talked about as much… What are the “gifts” of the spirit, and do all of them still happen today? What does it mean to be baptized in the spirit, or filled with the Spirit, and what about people who have never “felt” the Holy Spirit? We’ll be talking about all of that and more on today’s episode of Theology on Air
April 27, 2021
The Most Hated Book of the Bible: Leviticus with Dr. Paul Copan
Leviticus is an oft-skipped book of the Bible that details a sacrificial system that has been fulfilled with the death and resurrection of Christ. And yet, it does contain moral content that still applies. Dr. Paul Copan, author of "Is God a Moral Monster", joins us to talk about this surprisingly interesting and relevant book.
April 20, 2021
Growing Up in a Cult
On this episode, we talk to Clay Cassasa, who grew up in a strict community whose ideas were somewhat popularized by the Duggar family. He talks about the main ideas that defined and animated the group as well as the emotional and spiritual difficulties of leaving. He describes coming to know true grace as taught by orthodox Christianity and what a relief that was. Thanks to Clay for sharing his story!
April 13, 2021
Zombies, Foreskins, Demon Sex, She-Bears: Tricky Passages of the Bible, With Pr. Bob Garment
Pastor Bob Garment joins us to look at some of the weirdest Bible passages. We look at the question of incest in Genesis, why God would command circumcision, who the Nephilim were, why a prophet would call down a curse on a gang of boys, and whether there are zombies in the New Testament. Whew!
April 09, 2021
Around the Blackboard: TOT Looks at Current Events & Headlines - April 2021
This month's Around the Blackboard looks at headlines ranging from the scientific (man and machine becoming one) to the legal (several states writing laws to deal with LGBTQ issues) to the bizarre (hello, Satan shoes.) Thanks to Patrick Hall, Rector at Epiphany Episcopal in Houston for joining Sarah and Evan.
April 06, 2021
TOA Interviews THE Marvin Olasky
From atheism and communism to evangelical Christian, journalist Marvin Olasky has taught countless college students, advised a former President, mentored rising journalists, written numerous books including The Tragedy of American Compassion, and explored ideologies all over the globe as he reported the news. How can journalists maintain objectivity in today's culture? How can they embrace their convictions about Christianity while working in a non-Christian world? We talk about all of that and more with Marvin Olasky.
March 25, 2021
Snakes, Plagues, and Idols, Oh My! Exodus...with Ted Wright
Epic Archaeology's Ted Wright joins us to look at the major themes and events of the book of Exodus.
March 16, 2021
TOT's Ask Me Anything from March, 2021
For this Facebook Live event, we tackle faith "deconstruction", scandals in the Church (RZIM), "smaller" sins like smoking and swearing, whether angels (including the "fallen" variety) are running the world, human rights via the Bible, and more.
March 11, 2021
Written in the Stars: Does Astrology Have a Place in the Christian Life? With Marcia Montenegro
What's your sign? Former New Ager Marcia Montenegro joins us to look at Astrology. Is this an acceptable practice for Christians? is it harmless fun? Or is it dangerously close to outright paganism?
March 09, 2021
Around the Blackboard: TOT Looks at Current Events & Headlines - March 2021
Meredith, Sarah, Evan and first-time guest Colin Bagby looks at headlines with a theological twist. Golden calf statues, the Equality Act, and conspiracy theories take center state.
March 04, 2021
Should There Be Sanctuary Cities for the Unborn?
Should cities in Harris County become sanctuary cities for the unborn? Do cities have the legal right or even the moral right to restrict access to abortion and abortifacient drugs? Or do we live in a free country and that means that women should have access to abortions whenever and wherever they are desired? We talk about that and much more on today’s Theology on Air. We are joined by Dylan Cumberland and Mark Lee Dickson to look at the sanctuary city movement and ask how Christians assess the question of abortion. Dylan is a politically-active Methodist who favors rights to reproductive healthcare. Mark Lee Dickson has been described as a traveling salesman for the cause of creating sanctuary cities. His website is sanctuarycitiesfortheunborn.com The HuffPo article referenced is here.
February 23, 2021
Genesis 12-50 with Dr. Clay Brown
Have you ever noticed that the Bible seems to change in Chapter 12 of Genesis? Gone are the grand, sweeping stories of creation, fall, flood, and destruction. Now, it's basically about a guy and his wife and kids. BORING. Or is it? What is the significance of the stories and covenants from Genesis 12 to 50 and how do they continue the story of the revealed God of the universe? We talk about that and much more with Clay Brown of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church on today's Theology on Air. Clay currently serves as Equipping Pastor at MDPC. His education includes a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Apologetics through Trinity Theological Seminary and University of Liverpool, with a dissertation on C. S. Lewis.
February 16, 2021
A Gay Christian's Story - With David Bennet
David Bennet joins Theology on Air to talk about LGBTQ celibacy, loving Jesus, and staying faithful. He is the author of A War of Loves.
February 09, 2021
Around the Blackboard: TOT Looks at Current Events & Headlines - February 2021
The Theology on Air crew gathers to reflect on the latest headlines with a theological twist on this Around the Blackboard episode. Thanks to Joseph Yoo of Mosaic church plant in Pearland for joining us! We are officially moving from Facebook Live to YouTube Live, so definitely subscribe to us there to watch live and get notifications!
February 02, 2021
Two Christians Debate the Nature of the Soul. With Eric Hernandez and Evan Friske
Does the soul exist? Oh, wait, scratch that. We’ve already had that debate and that interview. We actually have a more nuanced question to ask to two Christian philosophers today: what KIND of soul do we have? Are we souls or are we souls and bodies? When do we get a soul? Does its existence rely on our physical bodies, and what does that say about what happens when we die? Does this topic offer up commentary on other issues, like transgenderism, abortion, or near death experiences? Evan Friske and Eric Hernandez join us for a Christian vs. Christian conversation today around the nature of the soul on today’s Theology on Air.
January 26, 2021
Genesis 1-11 with Dr. Clay Brown
Some of the most debated - and yet, most important - stories in the entire Bible are in the first few chapters….right there in Genesis. Are these stories true? Myth? Something in between? And how do they set the stage for the rest of the Bible? We talk about that and much more with Clay Brown from Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church on today’s Theology on Air. Clay currently serves as Equipping Pastor at MDPC. His education includes a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Apologetics through Trinity Theological Seminary and University of Liverpool, with a dissertation on C. S. Lewis.
January 19, 2021
Exploring Consciousness with Dr. Joshua Rasmussen
What is consciousness? Where does it come from? How is self-awareness different from the soul? What makes a person a person? Does our understanding of human consciousness force us to question ideas like evolution, or even the existence of God? We talk about that and much more on today’s episode of Theology on Air with Dr. Josh Rasmussen. Learn more about him here.
January 12, 2021
Around the Blackboard: TOT Looks at Current Events & Headlines - January 2021
Paul, Evan F., and Evan M. gather to talk about current events in our first podcast of 2021. We look at Critical Race Theory in the SBC, some new abortion laws and Star-Lord's (Chris Pratt's character in Guardians of the Galaxy) becoming bisexual and polyamorous.
January 05, 2021
Miracles! With Craig Keener, a TOT EVENT
Dr. Craig Keener, who has literally written the book on miracles, joins Houston TOT to look at miracles. He offers compelling evidence of miracles in our own time and the panel looks at whether the miracles in the Bible are believable or not.
December 17, 2020
Around the Blackboard: TOT Looks at Current Events & Headlines - December 2020
Michael, Sarah, and Evan look at a smattering of headlines dealing with faith and politics, COVID church lockdowns (or lack thereof), conversion therapy, and more.
December 02, 2020
Walking Away from Faith - A Look at De-conversion Culture with Brett Kunkle
More and more teenagers and young adults are walking away from the faith. Why? Has the Church become irrelevant? When people reconsider what they really believe, what is it that makes some people stay on Team Jesus, and many others walk away from Christianity? Is it about what is actually true, or does it have more to do with how you feel and explore the world. We talk about that and much more on today’s Theology on Air with Brett Kunkle of Maven Truth.
December 01, 2020
What is the Soul? With Eric Hernandez.
Do humans have a soul? Or is that just an outdated, sentimental way of understanding personality and memories? If the soul is something different from just an emergent property of the mind, where did it come from? And why does it matter? Can you be an atheist and believe in the soul or a Christian and not believe in the soul? We talk about that and much more on today’s Theology on Air. With special guest, Eric Hernandez.
November 24, 2020
Is the Enneagram Helpful? Exploring the benefits of Christian Mysticism - PT. 2
What is Christian Mysticism? What should believers think about the teachings of, say, Richard Rohr? Is the enneagram a useful tool for discipleship? Perhaps there is a necessary place in the Church for some new and non-traditional ways of thinking? Are ideas of non-dualism and the mystery of the universal Christ helpful and freeing to those who have been wounded in their spiritual journey? Or are they a bridge too far? We’ll be talking about that and much on today’s Theology on Air. With Matthew Dillingham and Dustin Hatfield.
November 17, 2020
Ask Us Anything Event Audio from 11/10/20
Houston TOT hosts an online Ask Us Anything forum every other week. This week, we met via Zoom/Facebook live to tackle questions around social justice, abortion, homophobia, and getting along in spite of important differences. Check it out!
November 13, 2020
Is the Enneagram Dangerous? Exploring the problems with Christian Mysticism - Part 1
What exactly are the teachings of the enneagram? Do its questionable origins matter when using it for spiritual discipleship today? Is it just a "new" New Age tool? What are the "true self", the "false self" and the "universal Christ" and how do these principles align or depart from the Bible's teachings? Is there a place for Christian Mysticism in the Church? We'll be talking about that and a lot more Don Veinot and Marcia Montenegro.
November 10, 2020
Four theologically-minded thinkers -two from each "camp" - discuss the 2020 elections. Though not officially in the books, we look at what we learned from this round. What shocked us? What does this say about America? Where do we go from here? What are the issues that relate to the Church? Dylan Cumberland and Joshua Hill join Sarah and Evan.
November 05, 2020
Essential Christianity Part 3: The Path Between Heresy and Orthodoxy
What beliefs are essential to Christianity? What doctrines take us from too far from true belief? On the road from orthodoxy to heresy, where is the turning point? How do we figure out what is too far in any direction? From the simplicity of faith displayed in the thief on the cross to trying to understand the audience and context of Paul's teachings, it can seem like a harrowing task to understand what is at the core of belief. When it seems like everyone has a different idea of what matters most, can we have any certainty to what is fundamental to our faith at all? We talk about that and much more on Theology on Air. We are joined today by Jeremy Evans and Collin Kerr.
November 03, 2020
A Former Mormon Tells His Story
What do Mormons believe? When the guys from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints come knocking on your door, do you pretend not to be home? Why? Is Mormonism a false religion? How can Christians engage Mormons in a thoughtful and effective way for the Gospel? What misconceptions do we have about the Mormon Church and what don't we know? We're going to be talking about that and much more on today's Theology on Air. Corey Miller grew up as a 7th generation Mormon. He later converted to Christianity and is now the CEO/President of Ratio Christi, a college campus outreach ministry. His recent book, Engaging with Mormons, is available on Amazon here.
November 01, 2020
"Around the Blackboard" Episode 2 with Haley, Broun and Evan
Haley, Broun, and Evan sit down for our second Around the Blackboard episode. This current events episode of Theology on Air takes a look at some recent comments by Pope Francis on civil unions, whether the Constitution is racist, and incredible changes among Gen Z and Millennials.
October 30, 2020
Essential Christianity Part 2: Consequences of Fundamentalistic Theology
What is progressive theology? Is it another Gospel? Is it a necessary corrective to old-fashioned, traditional Christianity that has said the same thing after all these years? Is what is new bad and what is old good? Or is it just the opposite? We talk about the shortcomings of traditional theology and the benefits of progressive theology with Pastor Andrew Hill on today's Theology on Air.
October 27, 2020
BONUS: Who Should Christians Vote For?
Several Christians make the case for Team Trump or Team Biden. What are the main issues Christians should consider? Laura Icardi and Sarah Stone host while three guests weigh in on how Christians should vote this year.
October 22, 2020
Essential Christianity pt. 1: Alisa Childers on the Dangers of Progressive Theology
What is "progressive" Christianity? How is it that, as progressive theology finds its way into the Church more and more, that some find it exciting and freeing and some view it as dangerous or another Gospel? With some struggling with doubt and in the process of deconstructing and reconstructing their faith, how should we approach the search for truth? What's at the core of Christianity and what beliefs are a bridge too far? We'll be talking about that and much more with special guest Alissa Childers on today's Theology on Air.
October 20, 2020
Who Should I Vote For? With Wendell Champion and Ray McKinnon.
How should we vote? Trump? Biden? Republican? Democrat? Third Party? Maybe just sit at home and cry? How should we approach the upcoming election? Should we take our faith to the polls? How do we get beyond memes, fake news and really do what honors God when everything seems so broken? We're going to be talking about that and much more on today's episode of Theology on Air. With Wendell Champion and Ray McKinnon.
October 13, 2020
Comfort in a Pandemic - Finding Biblical Solace During Plague
Amy Newhouse and Angela Bell join us to take a look at the historical plagues, and Bible verses that brought comfort to those in the midst of it.
October 09, 2020
Our First Ever "Around the Blackboard" Podcast!
Set in front of a 1927-built slate blackboard, Meredith, Sarah, and Evan meet up in the new TOA studio to take a look at current events and timely issues. Should we be concerned that only 2% of Millennials have a Biblical worldview? Does the Church face a crisis of having too few men involved? Did you hear about the 40-year-old mom that joined a Satanic Temple when and because RGB died? And a few more juicy stories as well... Around the Blackboard will be a monthly(ish) podcast feature that will highlight our Leadership Team and keep the topics current and appropriately controversial. Feel free to shoot some ideas you'd like to hear us discuss! email@example.com
October 02, 2020
8 Things Christianity is NOT. With Laurien Hook and Dan Aikins.
What are those things that Christianity - or Christians - are NOT? What are those things that are often confused for the essentials of the faith but are actually of secondary importance? How do heaven, politics, and being a good person become more important than following Jesus now and with the proper balance? We talk about eight things Christianity is not with Laurien Hook and Dan Aikins.
October 02, 2020
Hindus & Jesus - A Clash of Cultures and Worldviews
Why would two Americans leave everything to share the Gospel somewhere else? How does sharing the Gospel look different in a Hindu context? Is there a difference between the way the East and the West thinks about faith? We will talk about that and much more with two special guests on today's Theology on Air.
September 29, 2020
Platform Epistemology with Curt Kennedy
Curt Kennedy joins us to look at how we make heroes of churchmen and build our knowledge off of their platforms.
September 25, 2020
Did the Exodus Really Happen? With Ted Wright.
Did the Israelite exodus from Egypt really happen? Were the biblical characters Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and certain pharaohs real men of history, or just part of a narrative Christians assume? We are joined by Ted Wright of Epic Archaeology (https://epicarchaeology.org/) to look at a cumulative case for the historicity of the Exodus.
September 22, 2020
Theology on Tap "Ask Us Anything" Event 9/15/20
In case you missed it live, here is the audio from our Tuesday night event. The questions range from social to biblical to moral. Some are timeless and some are contemporary...a little something for everybody!
September 18, 2020
The Fight Against Human Trafficking
Erica Raggett, Founder and Executive Director of A 2nd Cup (www.a2ndcup.com) in The Heights, joins Theology on Air to talk about the serious problem of "modern day slavery", human trafficking. She talks about what we can do to fight it and the variety of ways it exists.
September 15, 2020
Revisiting the Evolution Debate: With Ted Wright and Brian Woods
We recently hosted a show on evolution and not all thought all points-of-view were represented. So we're following up to cover all our bases! Enjoy this discussion that goes even more in-depth on evolution and whether it can answer some of life's biggest questions.
September 08, 2020
Peaceful Revolution & Communism - Stories of Survival
Why did the Berlin Wall fall? What was life like on the East side? We are joined by a very special guest today, Barbara Elliot. Professor at HBU, founder of The WorkFaith Connection, author of several books, and former correspondent for PBS during the Cold War, Barbara has committed her life to Christian service and shares her experiences here.
September 01, 2020
Socialism Review: Following Up on a Recent TOT Event
This episode follows up on a recent TOT event that asked whether Jesus was a socialist. It reviews some of the claims made that night including a study that indicated socialism provided for the poor better than capitalism. Taylor Neill and Gerhard Stubben, both part of the original event, come together for this very interesting review.
August 25, 2020
Was Jesus a Socialist? The Full Theology on Tap Event Audio
This is the audio of a recent Theology on Tap, Houston event held over Zoom on the question of whether Jesus was a Socialist. It features pro and con arguments to begin and then a panel discussion. Tomorrow, we're releasing a follow-up conversation that looks at some of the arguments in more detail, so we wanted you to have the full audio first! Gerhard Stubben and Evan McClanahan make the case for and against respectively. Amy Newhouse, Mark Raggett, Broun Stacey, and Taylor Neill join the panel.
August 24, 2020
The Self-Care Movement and the Gospel
Is the Self Care Movement pulling us away from God? What is the help vs. harm in things like the Enneagram or setting personal boundaries? In an age of “Treat Yoself!”, is the Church too individually focused? How should we take care of ourselves while also following and honoring God? Elisabeth White joins Sarah to talk about this and much more. You can read the original post here: https://elisabethmaewhite.wordpress.com/
August 18, 2020
Gender Binary and the Bible
Does the Bible teach a gender binary? What does a biblical worldview have to say about transgender issues? Should Christians honor trans pronouns? We talk about that and much more with Robert Gagnon and Megan Rohrer. A few episode notes. Yes, we know this is the second time this episode has appeared on the feed. No, we are not just trying to get some extra downloads! For the radio portion of our outreach, the episode needs to be 58 minutes, so we tell everyone involved we are going to do a 58-minute version but hopefully continue for Facebook Live and YouTube. This episode will air on 8/13 so it needs to be at the top of our RSS feed. Given the importance of and interest in this episode, we wanted to issue the entire, unedited conversation on the feed as well, which we did on July 25. So if you already listened to that, you can delete or not download this episode. To learn more about Megan Rohrer, go here. To learn more about Robert Gagnon, go here.
August 11, 2020
Are Psychics for Real? A Look at the Paranormal with James Walker.
Are psychics for real? Can you talk to the dead? Are are mediums just experts at a number of carefully planned hoaxes that dupe those who want to believe? What about tarot cards, palm readers and ghosts? What should Christians think about them? We talk about that and much more with a special guest today on Theology on Air. James Walker, the president of Watchman Fellowship, is a former fourth generation Mormon with over twenty years of ministry experience in the field of Christian counter-cult evangelism, apologetics, and discernment. He has been interviewed as an expert on new religious movements and cults on a variety of network television programs including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He has spoken at hundreds of churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries throughout the United States and internationally.
August 04, 2020
Should Christians Support the Death Penalty?
Should Christians support the death penalty? Are the Old Testament texts that prescribe it still binding? If so, which ones? Or does the New Covenant make the death penalty something Christians should not support? We'll talk about that and much more on today's Theology on Air. With Evan McClanahan and John Medaille.
July 28, 2020
Gender Binary and the Bible - The Full, Unedited Debate
Does the Bible teach a gender binary? What does a biblical worldview have to say about transgender issues? Should Christians honor trans pronouns? We talk about that and much more with Robert Gagnon and Megan Rohrer. A few episode notes. This episode is the full, unedited debate, including some technical glitches. We will be publishing a 58-minute version of this conversation on our podcast feed in a few weeks for radio show purposes. So when you see that one, it is not the full debate, and you may not want to download it. Many thanks to both of our guests for coming on the show! To learn more about Megan Rohrer, go here. To learn more about Robert Gagnon, go here.
July 25, 2020
Does God Exist? With Tom Peeler and Brian Woods.
Does God Exist? How do you know? What are the best arguments for and against? We're joined by TOA regular Brian Woods and first-timer Tom Peeler.
July 21, 2020
Why No One Should Believe in Evolution
Is evolution - or really Darwinism - true? Is it a problem for atheism? Or for Christianity? Oscar Villanueva and Taylor Neill bring a 1-2 punch to the ring as they look at the philosophical and theological reasons to doubt the truth of Darwinian evolution.
July 14, 2020
What Christianity is NOT: An Exploration of ‘Cults’
What is a cult? Why do people join them and can they get out of them? What, really, is the difference between a cult and strongly held religious beliefs? What are some signs you are in a cult rather than just a very conservative religious fellowship, and what are the cult groups most active today? We talk about that and much more with a special guest today on Theology on Air. With James Walker of www.watchman.org.
July 03, 2020
Is Critical Race Theory Compatible with the Gospel?
What is Critical Theory and its many subsets, like Critical Race Theory? Is it a helpful lens to understand scripture and the Gospel itself? Or is it a competing worldview that is sowing division in the Church and society at large? Dr. Neil Shenvi joins us to talk about that and much more on this week's Theology on Air.
June 26, 2020
Heaven and New Creation with Paul Sloan
What is heaven? What happens after we die? Is heaven the same thing as the new earth? Is it boring? Do we just sit around playing harps on clouds? We talk about that and much more with HBU's Dr. Paul Sloan on today's Theology on Air.
June 23, 2020
Racism and Christianity, Part 2
How does racism impact systems? Is systemic racism in America even a thing? Is systemic racism a reality in the Church? What are the solutions? Does Black Lives Matter have them, or are they just a critical theory-driven organization that solves problems fundamentally differently from the Church? We talk about that and much more on this episode of Theology on Air. Many thanks to Sean Palmer and Melissa Pellew for joining us! Melissa Pellew and her husband, Devin, are co-Chapter Directors with Ratio Christi (campus apologetics alliance) at Winthrop University and York Technical College in Rock Hill, SC, where they are equipping college students to defend the Christian Faith as well as engaging unbelieving and skeptical students. Sean Palmer is teaching pastor at Ecclesia. He is the author of two books, Scandalous and Unarmed Empire.
June 15, 2020
Racism and Christianity, Part 1
In an era of racial tension, what should the Christian's response be? Does the Gospel specifically address the questions we are facing today, or is a matter of discernment? How should white people respond and be a part of reconciliation without just virtue signaling? And can we speak with one voice as Christians against rioting and on topics like white privilege, fragility, and guilt? All that and much more on today's Theology on Air with special guests Anthony Lane and Curt Allen.
June 12, 2020
What is "Real" Christianity?
What is "real" Christianity? As various Christians claim the mantle of Christ, how do you distinguish between authentic Christianity and a counterfeit version? Do the more liberal or progressive voices today represent the heart of the faith, or do those clinging to traditions have it right? Two Lutheran pastors from opposite sides of the question join us to talk about that and much more on today's Theology on Air.
June 09, 2020
On Justification: Did the Reformation Get it Wrong?
How are you justified in the sight of a holy God? When the Bible uses the word justification, what does it really mean? Do works play any role at all in justification? Can the historic divides over this issue ever be overcome? We talk about that and much more on today’s Theology on Air. With Dr. Paul Sloan of Houston Baptist University.
June 02, 2020
Is the Old Testament Binding on Christians Today?
Is God's Law still applicable today? Does the Old Testament teach modern Christians anything about social justice? What should the Christian's relationship be to the OT Law? We'll talk about that and much more with a special guest today, Joel McDurmon. There is also much more conversation to be found on the YouTube recording of this interview. When the podcast comes to a close, we are just getting to the social justice concerns and you will definitely not want to miss that. Joel shares a unique perspective, neither siding with conventional camps, but considering what biblical justice still looks like and demands. You might also find this conversation interesting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTQKdhfiKw4.
May 26, 2020
Would Jesus be Pro-LGBTQI+?
Colin Kerr and Paul Sloan join Sarah and Evan for a conversation about whether homosexuality should be accepted in the Christian Church. Does the Bible offer a clear answer to these questions, or do the classic passages fail to resolve our current divide? Are concepts like love and monogamy and faithfulness the standards by which we evaluate intimate relationships and partnerships or is there even more to consider? As always, thanks for listening!
May 20, 2020
Do the Wicked Go to Hell, or Simply Stop Existing? Debating Annihilationism and Eternal Conscious Torment
Does Hell exist? Is there really a place where the wicked spend all of eternity paying for their sins, or do they simply cease to exist, not partaking in a paradise being the eternal punishment they deserve? We'll be talking about two views of hell today, Eternal Conscience Torment or Annihilationism on today's on Theology on Air. Many thanks to Oscar Villanueva and Kenneth Cowen for putting in the time to study the issue and bring us both perspectives!
May 12, 2020
Ten "Maybes" of Evil and Suffering
Why is there evil in the world? What does the existence of evil tell us about God? Does evil make the existence of God impossible? We talk about that and much more with Search Ministry's John Hopper. Learn more at www.searchnational.org.
May 05, 2020
Is God a Jerk?
Linc Ashby and Ayo Omopariola from City Church Houston join Sarah and Evan to look at the hard questions of God's character and what we see/experience in the world. To learn more about City Church, go to www.citychurch.org.
April 29, 2020
An Addict's Story of Transformation
How do you go from being an addict on the verge of losing your child to a prospective Methodist pastor? With a little tough love and a lot of grace. This is the story of a woman who took the advice of a judge and cleaned up her life, found faith, and lives to tell the tale. As providence would have it, she attended the same church as that judge and they are now fast friends. They both join us today to talk addiction, forgiveness, and transformation.
April 22, 2020
Church and Plague: A Historical Perspective on Quarantine, Illness and Faith
Thanks to Dr. Amy Newhouse for joining us to share her research on the Church during the Plague. What did the Church believe was happening? How did they respond? Did the Reformation make a difference? That and much more on today's Theology on Air.
April 17, 2020
A Debate: Does Baptism Save
A Reformed Baptist and a Lutheran square off on the question of whether baptism saves. Must one believe before one can be baptized? Does the act of baptism accomplish something in spite of the faith of the person being baptized? We look at that and much more on this special debate episode of Theology on Air. The debaters are Ken Cook and Evan Friske with Evan McClanahan moderating.
April 12, 2020
Interview with a Wiccan High Priest: ToA Explores a Pagan Worldview
Do all religions lead to one God? Are all religions basically the same? Should you choose the one that is best for you? Is it possible that Wiccanism is true? We are joined by a Wiccan high priest to discuss that and much more on today's Theology on Air. After all, you didn't think that we would stop bringing you fresh content just because we are all isolated, did you?? PS At one point in the conversation, Evan says that the Christian God is "three beings." Egad! He definitely knows that the God of the Bible is one being and three persons. There is only one God and saying three "beings" communicates three gods and while he knows better, he misspoke.
April 02, 2020
Coronaversations. With Broun Stacy, Sarah Stone, and Evan McClanahan
With Covid-19 taking over the world, how will the church adapt? What are the theological questions that surround a pandemic? Will our use of technology now change how we see church services forever? We look at many angles of the Coronavirus pandemic from the practical to the theological to the philosophical. We could not be in the radio station this week so Broun, Sarah and Evan hung out over Zoom for this show. That will probably be the norm for a while. As always, thanks for listening!
March 27, 2020
Theology for Dummies, Part 1
On this episode, we tackle the first two of four basic questions anyone can have in their back pocket to talk to skeptics about God. Think of it as "Apologetics for Dummies"...but we know you're all really smart. Thanks to Taylor Neill and Ted Wright joining us in studio! You can find Taylor at www.neillology.com and Ted is at https://epicarchaeology.org.
March 20, 2020
Your Disturbing Bible - Explained. Part 1.
Today, Sarah and Evan look at tricky and even disturbing passages in the Bible. How are women saved through childbirth? Does God capriciously enforce the death penalty? Can divorced people get remarried? We also try to examine the framing questions or the presuppositions that we hold when looking at these passages as well. This is the first part of a series that will be tackling passages like these.
March 13, 2020
The Atonement: What Exactly Did Jesus Accomplish on the Cross?
Dr. Paul Sloan and Laurien Hook of Memorial Drive Presbyterian join us to take a look at the Atonement. As it happens, there are different theories about exactly what the God-man Jesus accomplished with his death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. We look at those theories as well as a lot of the Old Testament history of sacrifice. It is a fascinating look at a complex topic, but Paul and Laurien do a great job explaining it all.
March 06, 2020
Was Jesus a Socialist? A Debate with Evan McClanahan and Mark Raggett.
Was Jesus a socialist? Mark Raggett and Evan McClanahan debate and discuss the merits of Jesus being a socialist, or perhaps defending another political/economic worldview. What passages in the Bible indicate that Jesus might feel the Bern today? What passages might indicate he supports free trade economics? We'll discuss that and much more on this week's Theology on Air.
February 28, 2020
Spiritual Naturalism. A Discussion with Daniel Strain and Evan Friske
Spiritual Naturalism: What is it? Can one be committed to a naturalist worldview as well as spiritual matters? Aren't those worldviews in conflict? Daniel Strain joins Evan Friske for a conversation on Christian vs. Naturalism. Daniel Strain is the Executive Director of the Spiritual Naturalist Society. He is also a Humanist minister, speaker, and writer on the topics of ethics, spirituality, and ancient philosophy. Evan Friske is a Philosophy professor in Houston. A reminder that Theology on Tap hosts a variety of worldview conversations and what is said here does not necessarily reflect the official views of Theology on Tap.
February 21, 2020
Man vs. Machine: Is "Black Mirror" Our New Reality?
A Transhumanism follow-up with Julie Miller, our guest at Theology on Tap this week. We will get to a lot of the questions we could not get to Tuesday night and continue our deep into a relevant and fascinating topic. We'll look at the main foci of the Transhumanism movement, the ethical lines it would be best not to cross, and how Christians can navigate the ever-changing technological landscape.
February 14, 2020
Podcast BONUS: Theology on Tap Presents Transhumanism: Man Vs. Machine
Julie Miller joins the Theology on Tap gang to look at Transhumanism. What is it? Is this a movement Christians - and even non-Christians - should be worried about? What does the future hold for human beings as a species? And what are the moral ramifications of those changes? A panel conversation follows Mrs. Miller's presentation and it includes New Testament scholar Paul Sloan, HBU Apologetics Professor and author Melissa Cain Travis, and Pastor Evan McClanahan of First Lutheran, Houston.
February 12, 2020
A Joel Osteen Sermon and the Word Faith Movement
Sarah is in studio today to review a recent Joel Osteen sermon and look at the Word/Faith movement at-large. Are health and wealth really the purpose of Jesus' life, death and resurrection? Do Christians - or people generally - have it within themselves to achieve all that they can? Are we God's great concern or should God be our great concern? That, and much more.
February 07, 2020
God and Comics with Fr. Jonathan Mitchican
We're talking to Fr. Jonathan Mitchican about his conversion to Roman Catholicism and his deep and abiding love for comic books and movies . Fr. Jonathan is the Chaplain at St. John XXIII College Preparatory in Katy, Texas. He is a Catholic priest in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Fr. Johnathan has his own podcast you might catch if you like comics as much as he does called God and Comics. You can find him at godandcomics.com. He also blogs at workingthebeads.com.
January 31, 2020
Is Atheism True? With Taylor Neill and Brian Woods.
Enjoy the sequel to Taylor and Brian's conversation between a Christian and a former Christian now atheist. The focus this week is epistemology and the best evidence for the worldview they each hold. There is also "bonus" content with just Brian and Evan looking at some of the political views that atheists hold and why. The main questions are, "How do you know what you know? Does truth exist? What is your best evidence for your answer to the existence / non-existence of God?" And more!
January 24, 2020
Modern Evangelist: How to Reach the Next Generation
Sarah Stone and Dan Aikins of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church stop by to talk about modern evangelism. How do you reach the next generation, especially given the worldview they have imbibed? What are some strategies that work, and what are some epic fails they can help us steer clear of? Thanks to Sarah and Dan for stopping by.
January 17, 2020
Why Can't We Be Friends? A Conversation about Science and Faith with Melissa Cain Travis.
Melissa Cain Travis joins us this week to look at the questions around science and faith. Are science and faith compatible? Are they contradictory? Does science actually point to God? What do we do with those parts of the Bible that seem, well, just wrong scientifically? And do reasonable arguments alone "prove" that God exists? Melissa serves as Assistant Professor of Christian Apologetics at Houston Baptist University, where she has been on the faculty since 2013. She is the author of "Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God" (2018), a contributing author for "The Story of the Cosmos: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God."
January 10, 2020
BONUS Episode: Horror Movies and Christianity
Dr. Philip Tallon of Houston Baptist University joins Theology on Air to discuss horror films and Christianity. Originally recorded on Halloween night, this slightly spooky episode examines what art can teach us about Christianity in general and what the horror genre specifically brings to the table. And yes, there is some gab about favorite horror movies and a few recommendations for can't-miss horror movies.
January 06, 2020
Is Atheism Reasonable? With Taylor Neill and Brian Woods
Is Atheism Reasonable? On today's episode, Brian Woods and Taylor Neill discuss whether atheism can substantiate a coherent and complete worldview, or whether it lacks the fundamental tools to justify how atheists see the world. Most Christian apologists see atheism as an incomplete or even impossible foundation to build a view of reality upon. Atheists argue that you don't need God or religion to build a life of meaning, morality, and even reason.
January 03, 2020
How Should Christians Understand the Bible?
Today on Theology on Air, we ask, "What do Christians Believe about the Bible?" Is it the Word of God? Is it just cultural observations from Stone Age Palestinians? Are all of the books of the Bible of equal worth? How literally should we take it? Join Ashley Dellagiacoma and Broun Stacey on the episode today.
January 01, 2020
How Should Christians Vote? With Evan Friske and Meredith Mills
How should Christians vote? What drives a Christian understanding of Politics? Join Theology on Air as we discuss those questions and more with Philosopher Evan Friske and Pastor Meredith Mills.
January 01, 2020
On Christian Sexual Ethics. With Paul Sloan and Rozella White
On our second episode, we tackle perhaps the most divisive question in the Church today: sexual ethics. We are joined by author Rozelle White and HBU New Testament professor Paul Sloan. Join us as we look at new understandings of Christian sexual ethics and what the Bible says about it all.
January 01, 2020
BONUS: Christmas Mythbusters
On today's episode, we review Tuesday's (12/10/19) Theology on Tap, Christmas Mythbusters. What are the good and the bad traditions associated with Christmas? How Christian are they? Can non-Christians celebrate Christmas? Was Jesus really born December 25th? Should Christians opt out of the commercialization of it all? Thanks to Kurt Bilanoski and Sarah Garment Stone for sharing their insights.
December 13, 2019
What is Theology on Tap?
Our first Theology on Air episode ever! Sarah Stone and Michael Jarboe join Evan McClanahan to discuss the greatest hits and lowest lows of Theology on Tap through the years and generally introduce the show. Consider this our origin story! Many sequels to follow.
November 08, 2019