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There's No Good Plan to Stop 100,000 Opioid Dea...
The Christian call to hard friendship in a national emergency.
58 min
2
Fewer Politicians Are Seeking Compromise. Shoul...
The norms of working across the aisle are changing. So is the church's attitude about it.
59 min
3
Why the Climate Change Movement Needs the Church
A Christian conservationist and missionary reports from COP26.
47 min
4
Should Christians Be Disturbed by Facebook’s Mess?
How to weigh leaving the social media giant behind.
45 min
5
Does God Really Want Missionaries to Risk Their...
Parsing when doing ministry in the midst of danger is selfish v. selfless.
45 min
6
What ‘Ted Lasso’ Understands About Redemption
A new show villain doesn’t just serve next season’s drama. It raises questions about how we view transformation and love.
55 min
7
What Francis Collins Changed for Christians in ...
44 min
8
Did We Get Tammy Faye Wrong?
The late televangelist gets a Hollywood reassessment.
53 min
9
Drones Have Changed the Moral Calculus for War
The trouble isn't just civilian casualty numbers.
41 min
10
Did 9/11 Change How Evangelicals See Muslims?
A brief history of a complicated relationship.
49 min
11
Wisdom, Folly, and Taking Ivermectin to Treat C...
Can the Book of Proverbs help us figure out how to live in community during a pandemic?
54 min
12
Slow to Speak: Listeners React to Our Critical ...
Morgan Lee and Kate Shellnutt read listener feedback from Episode 271: Critical Race Theory: What Christians Need to Know.
23 min
13
Is the Quest for ‘Meaningful Work’ a Scam?
People are quitting their jobs in droves. Should Christian faith compel them to stay?
36 min
14
'My Heart Is Broken’: An Afghan Pastor Grapples...
America’s departure and the Taliban’s ascent is already forcing Christians out of the country.
40 min
15
Paul's Advice on Letting Conscience Be Your Gui...
Should Christians trust their personal convictions?
63 min
16
Rerun: The Fire This Time: How Climate Change S...
Where is God as hundreds of thousands of acres on the West Coast go up in smoke?
56 min
17
Before Simone Biles Becomes Christians' Next Sp...
Does our discussion of the gymnast’s mental struggles convey a biblical sense of mind and body?
61 min
18
Billionaires Are Traveling to Space. Should Chr...
Weighing whether discovery in the heavens is money well spent or if their riches are better invested at home.
60 min
19
Why Some Indigenous Christians Still Have Hope ...
The trauma of faith-based residential schools weighs heavy on Canada’s indigenous community.
61 min
20
After the President's Assassination, What Haiti...
How effective help looks like in the midst of political unrest, violence, and poverty.
72 min
21
Critical Race Theory: What Christians Need to Know
Let’s talk about the issue tearing the American church and country apart.
70 min
22
The Story of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Matter...
Why CT is revisiting the story of the controversial Seattle church.
59 min
23
Critical Race Theory, Sex Abuse, and Southern B...
64 min
24
Rick Warren Mastered the Formula for Suburban C...
65 min
25
Why Chinese Christians Don’t Talk About Family ...
Will the government’s new three-children policy change the discussion around children at church?
45 min
26
Homelessness Is Vexing American Cities. Do Chri...
How the church should help the rising number of people sleeping on the streets.
66 min
27
Is Praying for Peace in the Middle East Enough?
Christians—especially Americans—have many opportunities for peacemaking and reconciliation in the conflict.
66 min
28
Why Having Babies Is Controversial in 2021
How the church can have a better conversation about the falling fertility rate and society’s changing expectations for mothers.
60 min
29
Should Christians Cheer Biden’s Plan for Families?
A new proposal would mandate paid parental leave, provide universal pre-K, and help with childcare costs for low-income families.
55 min
30
Is It Too Early to Get Excited About a Malaria ...
The war on the mosquito-spread disease has taken millions of lives. Could this be coming to an end?
68 min
31
Reacting to the Derek Chauvin Conviction
What should we make of the jury's decision?
69 min
32
Why the Transgender Conversation Is Changing
New bans for surgeries and student sports aren't the most dramatic changes in gender identity.
70 min
33
How Churches Can Welcome Both Vaxed and Unvaxed
Will Sunday services stay divisive?
62 min
34
What the Crucifixion and Resurrection Mean for ...
Spiritually these deeds save us. But do mend our earthly bodies as well?
62 min
35
What Unites Asian American Christians
Does diversity in cultural and church backgrounds still allow for experiences and passions?
63 min
36
The Equality Act Through the Eyes of a Christia...
Why Houghton College's Shirley Mullen thinks the legislation endangers religious freedom and dialogue as it tries to protect sexual minorities.
61 min
37
Honoring Your Father and Mother Is Hard. For Ha...
What the royals’ tough experiences with family can teach us about living out the fifth commandment.
61 min
38
The Bloody Conflict Dividing Ethiopia’s Christians
A shared faith isn’t sufficient in preventing ethnic violence.
51 min
39
Did Rush Limbaugh Reshape Christian Radio, Too?
The conservative media personality drew attention and listeners amid a major shift in religious broadcasting.
59 min
40
Don’t Diminish Ravi Zacharias’s Abuse With ‘We’...
Accountability begins with right theology.
66 min
41
Old Testament Wisdom for Renaming Public Schools
San Francisco will remove the names of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Paul Revere from its educational institutions. What Scripture has to say about this decision.
70 min
42
Sponsored Episode: How the Black Church Holds o...
38 min
43
Should Christians Buy GameStop Stock?
What believers should know before logging onto Robinhood and taking on Wall Street.
63 min
44
How American Evangelicals Lost Credibility with...
What the last four years has meant for the relationship between US Christians and their brothers and sisters in Christ around the world.
65 min
45
Should Christians Worry Free Speech Is Eroding?
What social media companies’ actions toward Trump mean about the state of the First Amendment.
63 min
46
Christian Nationalism Is Worse Than You Think
Millions of Americans believe in this political ideology. What church leaders need to know—and how they can help those under its influence.
58 min
47
Rerun: Why Someone You Love Might Join QAnon
For Christians trying to navigate conversations with those persuaded by an increasingly popular conspiracy theory.
51 min
48
How Argentina Is Becoming More Evangelical—But ...
The nation just became the largest country in Latin America to legalize abortion.
55 min
49
We Should Remember the Scars of 2020
This year was painful. That doesn't mean we should forget it.
48 min
50
Let’s Nerd Out on Christmas
The past, present, and future of the world’s biggest holiday.
49 min
51
Does the Death Penalty Bring Justice for Victim...
The Trump administration is moving forward with executing a record 13 people. Will this accomplish what it hopes?
62 min
52
"The Crown," "The Chosen," and the Challenge of...
How much should we care about TV’s storytellers getting all the details right?
67 min
53
Why Christians Stopped Talking About Jesus’ Sec...
This Advent, let’s focus on Christ’s return.
54 min
54
Why We Can’t Stop Talking about Hillsong's Cele...
How "hipster" church leaders remind us how style can be both a status symbol and liability in ministry.
57 min
55
Spiritual Formation as COVID-19 Gets More Depre...
How to seek transformation when you’re burned out by the pandemic.
36 min
56
How Faith Issues May Shape a Biden Presidency
Expect renewed focus on partnerships and religious freedom in the next four years.
60 min
57
Rerun: Why Latino Christians Vote Beyond Immigr...
What are the political priorities of this diverse group of Americans?
58 min
58
Evangelicals and Election Day 2020: What We Know
Four Christianity Today journalists and one researcher talk through what we’ve learned so far.
63 min
59
Confronting the Darkness in a Year Full of Death
Making sense of a year where millions have lost loved ones to a virus.
45 min
60
Armenian Christians Are Especially Worried Abou...
The current conflict with Azerbaijan is rekindling fears a century after genocide.
54 min
61
Amy Coney Barrett and the Christian Legal Commu...
How the Supreme Court nominee reflects the movement’s shifting values and priorities.
61 min
62
When Those in Power Get Sick
Do Old Testament stories about kings' illnesses help us understand COVID-19 in the White House?
51 min
63
The Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Ravi ...
A look inside 'Christianity Today's' reporting and what this means for Christian witness and evangelism.
50 min
64
Bethel’s Sean Feucht’s Protests and Praises Hav...
The musician has been traveling the country and gathering people to worship God. It’s sparked controversy.
50 min
65
The Fire This Time: How Climate Change Shifts O...
Where is God as hundreds of thousands of acres on the West Coast go up in smoke?
55 min
66
Why Someone You Love Might Join QAnon
For Christians trying to navigate conversations with those persuaded by an increasingly popular conspiracy theory.
51 min
67
Can Christians Justify the Violence on America’...
49 min
68
Was Liberty’s Board Set up to Support Falwell o...
54 min
69
Belarus’s Protestants Want Their President Gone
42 min
70
Why Liberty Finally Reacted to Jerry Falwell Jr...
45 min
71
COVID Will Change Christian Summer Camp Forever
Coronavirus has closed some camps for good. It’s made it harder for the rest of them to survive.
54 min
72
When John MacArthur Reopens His Church Despite ...
50 min
73
J.I. Packer’s Mission Field: the United States
52 min
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Your Fellow Christians Don't Share Your Theolog...
46 min
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Why Christians Have a Reputation for Smashing S...
Throughout church history, believers tore down icons. Sometimes they were Greek gods. Other times, saints.
48 min
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Have Pro-Lifers Lost the Supreme Court Fight?
What's ahead for abortion opponents after another frustrating decision.
44 min
78
How Navajo Christians Are Trying to Serve Their...
Meet the believers trying to reach the reservation’s most vulnerable.
42 min
79
Where China’s Crackdown Leaves the Hong Kong Ch...
Why Christians aren't all on the same page about the demonstrations and new ruling from Beijing.
39 min
80
Where the Black Church Is in the Black Lives Ma...
Why African American Christian leaders aren't at the forefront of the protests against police brutality.
53 min
81
Why White Evangelicals Love Police More than Th...
How a Christian concern for teenagers turned into a reverence for law enforcement.
54 min
82
Churches Are Reopening. That Doesn’t Mean Singi...
What does it mean when traditional worship is absent from in-person Sunday services?
50 min
83
Prayer amid Pandemic: "All Shall Be Well," She ...
What to know about the visions that this 14th century English saint Julian of Norwich received while she was ill.
21 min
84
What the Bible Says About QAnon
The powerful are scheming. The biggest truths have been hidden. Did Paul love conspiracy theories?
52 min
85
What Ahmaud Arbery’s Death Recalls About Lynchi...
50 min
86
What Shocks Russell Moore About Covid Church-St...
52 min
87
Should Christians ‘Believe in Science’ in the M...
What the field can and can’t answer as it relates to navigating COVID-19.
52 min
88
Should Al Mohler’s Vote for Trump Surprise Us?
What David French makes of the Southern Baptist leader’s change and why he thinks white evangelical support for the president has grown.
60 min
89
A Major Christian School Just Shut Down Its Bib...
What’s the state of the field after Southwestern’s announcement and the onset of coronavirus?
31 min
90
Can Urban Churches Survive a Pandemic?
Many congregants have to work through the coronavirus. But their pastors can't afford a canceled service.
43 min
91
Did He Who Made the Lamb Make ‘Tiger King’?
Finding God among big cats and Netflix docs.
50 min
92
What This Livestream Moment Means for the Church
Thousands of churches are digitally sharing their services. How will this change things?
45 min
93
Introducing: Prayer amid Pandemic
A new podcast from Christianity Today
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94
Christians Responded to Contagious Diseases wit...
When Roman governments didn’t have a coordinated response to plagues, the church stepped up.
50 min
95
Historically White Christian Ministries Now Hav...
58 min
96
Do Democrats Want to Reach Christians?
Who the party has reached out to—and ignored—in past and current presidential campaigns.
51 min
97
Reeling from the Jean Vanier Abuse Allegations?
For those wrestling with faith after another Christian leader is exposed.
61 min
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Five Years Ago, ISIS Executed 21 Christians on ...
How the Coptic Church responded in the wake of this heinous act of violence—and what believers around the world can learn from the ancient institution today.
46 min
99
Why Steve Timmis Was Accused of ‘Spiritual Abuse’
What makes bullying and manipulation in church contexts unique.
45 min
100
What Bethany’s International Adoption Halt Mean...
There’s a larger culture change around how to best care for vulnerable children.
43 min