Weekly encouragement and equipping to learn how to defend your faith and engage the world for Jesus. Every week Joel Settecase and a guest tackle an impossible question from a Christian perspective. Join us as we seek "Truth In Conversation." Presented by the Think Institute and Cru Church Movements.
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): www.amazon.com/…/ref=sr_1_1_ssp…
The Physics of Einstein: Black Holes, time travel, distant starlight, E=mc^2 (Jason Lisle): www.amazon.com/…/B0…/ref=sr_1_1…
"An Argument From Science" (Joel Settecase): settecase.wordpress.com/…/this…/
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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.
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 https://thethink.institute/print-resources.
Theme song: Whiskey on the Mississippi. Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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 filmmusic.io:
"Killers" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SW1SQ9F
The Rizers (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/therizers
Dana Dirksen (Amazon Music): https://music.amazon.com/artists/B0014B3006?ref=dm_sh_0f6d-b88e-dmcp-f935-291bd&musicTerritory=US&marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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.
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 (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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.
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.
Whiskey on the Mississippi Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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."
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.
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?
Joel Settecase gets personal in this one, talking about his son Lukas and the very real objection that many people have to Christian faith, known as the Existential Problem of Evil. So why does the good God allow suffering? Here's one man's take on it.
Tonight Joel Settecase addressed a common objection to the Christian faith: that it is illogical. He looked at the laws of logic, what they are, what they are like, and whether an atheistic or biblical worldview allows us to believe in them and use them.