The Crossway Podcast

This is The Crossway Podcast, a show where we sit down with authors each week for thoughtful interviews about the Bible, theology, church history, and the Christian life.

Religion & Spirituality
How to Lead God-Glorifying Worship (Bob Kauflin)
Bob Kauflin discusses his work as a songwriter and worship leader. He reflects on how God led him into a career in music, what his process looks like when it comes to writing songs for the church, and what it's like to lead a crowd of thousands in worship
33 min
How to Become Fluent in the Gospel (Jeff Vander...
Jeff Vanderstelt discusses what it means to be fluent in the gospel and why that's an essential part of what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus. He reflects on his own journey as a pastor and efforts to cultivate a culture of gospel fluency in the ch
40 min
A Christian Scientific Perspective on Evolution...
Stephen Meyer discusses the controversial topic of theistic evolution. He explains what the term does and doesn't mean, describes the amazing digital code at the heart of all life on earth, and highlights significant scientific and philosophical problems
39 min
Do You Know That Jesus Is Praying for You? (Joe...
Joel Beeke discusses the doctrine of Christ's ongoing intercession in heaven. He explains what that doctrine is all about, where we find it in the Bible, and why it is more important and spiritually edifying than you may realize.
32 min
Can We Really Be Content? (Erik Raymond)
Erik Raymond discusses what it looks like to cultivate a spirit of contentment in a world that often seems dead set on helping us do just the opposite. He explains what is unique about a distinctly Christian approach to contentment, highlights the connect
31 min
Preview: 'The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Se...
Listen to a special two-hour preview of 'The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self,' including the book's introduction and first chapter. Historian Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom, rather than the cause, of the hu
114 min
Making Sense of Transgenderism and the Sexual R...
Carl Trueman discusses our culture's current obsession with identity and changing attitudes about gender and sexuality. He offers a crash course on key historical figures and ideas that have shaped us in profound yet often unnoticed ways, highlights what
48 min
New from Crossway: The Emblems of the Infinite ...
Crossway is pleased to announce the launch of our newest podcast: Emblems of the Infinite King, an imaginative journey through the grand story of the Bible.
2 min
Snakes and Satan in the Story of Scripture (And...
Andy Naselli discusses snakes in the Bible. He talks about why Satan appeared to Adam and Eve as a talking serpent in Genesis 3, where else snakes and dragons appear in Scripture and why it matters for our understanding of the history of redemption, and h
33 min
Covenant Theology 101 (Guy Waters)
Guy Waters discusses how to understand the biblical covenants and how they help us to read Scripture rightly. He addresses what people often get wrong when it comes to covenant theology, highlights the progressive nature of God's promises in the Bible, an
31 min
How Should Christians Navigate Political Disagr...
Jonathan Leeman discusses how Christians should think about political disagreements within the church. He makes the important distinction between clear, biblical principles on the one hand and prudential applications of those principles on the other, shar
46 min
Understanding the Presence of God (Ryan Lister)
Ryan Lister discusses what it means when the Bible says that God is with us. He unpacks the idea of the presence of God throughout Scripture, addresses common misconceptions about what that phrase really means, and highlights how Jesus, God in the flesh,
37 min
The Day I Lost My 3-Year-Old Son (Cameron Cole)
Cameron Cole discusses the unexpected death of his three-year-old son, Cam. He shares about the initial shock when he first heard the terrible news, recalls the thoughts and questions that filled his mind in the days, weeks, and months following, and refl
44 min
Do Christians Need to Follow the Mosaic Law? (F...
Frank Thielman discusses what the New Testament, and particularly the apostle Paul, teaches about how Christians today should think about the Mosaic law. He reflects on why this seems like such a challenging, hermeneutical issue, why the topic of circumci
35 min
Can Christians Embrace God and Science? (Brad S...
Brad Sickler discusses how Christians should think about recent developments in our understanding of the brain and cognitive science. He explains why all science entails philosophical assumptions stemming from a person's worldview, highlights how science
42 min
Habits for Better Bible Reading (Drew Hunter)
Drew Hunter discusses advice for Christians eager to reinvigorate, or maybe jumpstart for the first time, a consistent Bible reading habit. He reflects on how to avoid viewing time in God's Word as merely a task on a checklist, shares his thoughts on the
43 min
The Church's Leadership Crisis (Paul David Tripp)
Paul Tripp discusses what he calls "the leadership crisis" in the church today. He explains what he's been seeing and hearing from pastors that indicates there indeed is a crisis, why healthy leadership in the church is about the leadership community, not
39 min
How I Study the Bible (Lauren Chandler)
Lauren Chandler discusses her habit on reading and studying the Bible. She reflects on the biggest influences on how she engages with Scripture even today, explains the way the Bible impacts her work as a songwriter, and shares how God used his Word to st
30 min
Full Audiobook: How Can I Love Church Members w...
Listen to a full audio recording of How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics?, written by Jonathan Leeman and Andy Naselli.
57 min
Why You Shouldn't Feel Bad about Enjoying the W...
Joe Rigney discusses why it's okay to celebrate God's good gifts. He explains the impact that John Piper and Christian hedonism have had on his life and theology, the proper place of self-denial in the Christian life, and how to navigate the tension of lo
39 min
Asking God "Why" in the Midst of Suffering (Mar...
Mark Talbot discusses what the Bible has to say about suffering and the question that we all so quickly come to: "Why?" He shares some of what God has taught him through his own experience of profound pain, reflects on what we can learn from the story of
33 min
Family Discipleship 101 (Adam Griffin)
Adam Griffin discusses what it looks like for parents to prioritize the important but mostly ordinary spiritual leadership of their family. He debunks common misconceptions about what family discipleship has to look like, highlights the importance of cult
35 min
Tips for Leading an Effective Bible Study (Lydi...
Lydia Brownback discusses some of her tips for leading an effective, engaging Bible study. She reflects on what she has learned over the years from Bible studies she's been a part of, offers advice for keeping the conversation on track and getting through
40 min
New from Crossway: 30 Days in the Psalms with K...
Crossway is pleased to announce the launch of our newest podcast: 30 Days in the Psalms with Kristyn Getty.
3 min
Hymns and the Joy of Singing (Kristyn Getty)
Kristyn Getty discusses congregational singing, the power of music for teaching doctrine, and the foundational role of Scripture for the Christian life. She reflects on her career in the Christian music industry, explains why hymns still matter and are wo
33 min
The Blessings and Burdens of Pastoral Ministry ...
Jeff Robinson discusses the unique blessings and burdens of pastoral ministry. He reflects on the challenging seasons in ministry from his own life, seasons when he contemplated leaving the pastorate altogether, highlights the importance of transparency a
41 min
How Confronting Death Helps Us Live (Matt McCul...
Matthew McCullough discusses how thinking and being really honest about the reality of death can paradoxically free us to find hope and joy in God like never before. He reflects on our culture's strategies to avoid death at all costs, highlights how COVID
42 min
The Life and Legacy of J. I. Packer (Sam Storms)
In this special episode, we want to remember J. I. Packer, who went home to be with the Lord yesterday.
45 min
Help! My Teen Is Struggling with Anxiety and De...
David Murray discusses how parents can help teens who struggle with anxiety and depression. He reflects on the dramatic rise in teen anxiety and depression in the U.S. over the last few years, offers guidance for thinking through the different potential c
40 min
Learning from the Church Fathers (Michael Haykin)
Michael Haykin discusses what we can learn from the early church fathers today. He reflects on what we should make of the early church's allegorical reading of the Bible, the value of early Christian creeds for helping to define our faith today, and where
30 min
What If I Don't Feel Like Going to Church? (Gun...
Gunner Gundersen discusses what to do when you just don't feel like going to church. He explains why that might be the most important time to lean into corporate worship with other Christians, reflects on the hard work of bringing our emotions and affecti
36 min
Thinking Biblically about Transgenderism (Denny...
Denny Burk discusses how Christians should think about transgenderism. He walks through the Bible's countercultural teaching on gender and sexuality, offers timely advice for parents who want to be proactive about helping their kids navigate these issues,
35 min
How to Pursue Meaningful Mentoring Relationship...
Melissa Kruger discusses the importance of mentoring relationships for all Christians. She reflects on her own experiences learning life-changing lessons from older women, highlights some of the core aspects that should be in place in every mentoring rela
41 min
Using Stories to Help Kids Understand Right and...
Betsy Childs Howard discusses stories and the importance of moral formation for children. She talks about why stories are such a powerful tool for instilling deep, biblical truths in our kids, how the world catechizes our children everyday even in ways th
33 min
A First Step toward Racial Reconciliation (Mark...
Mark Vroegop discusses the challenge of racial reconciliation and how the biblical practice of lament offers Christians from different backgrounds a common language for productive, God-honoring conversation. He shares from his own experiences walking alon
39 min
Learning to Love the Local Church (Megan Hill)
Megan Hill discusses the importance of the local church for our lives as God's people. She reflects on the challenging season we've all been in due to COVID-19, explains why the local church is so essential for our spiritual growth as Christians, and offe
29 min
Are Christians More Divided Now Than Ever? (Rhy...
Rhyne Putnam discusses how Christians should think about theological diversity and disagreement within the body of Christ. He highlights the importance of reading and assuming the best about those with whom we disagree, explains when it's appropriate to c
37 min
New from Crossway: The Big Picture Story Bible ...
We're excited to announce the launch of a new podcast from Crossway created for the whole family: The Big Picture Story Bible podcast!
5 min
Understanding the World of the Bible through Ar...
David Chapman discusses what it's like to be an archaeologist. He shares from his experiences overseeing an excavation site in the Middle East, explains how archaeology can bolster our faith and enhance our understanding of the Bible, and reflects on the
37 min
How to Create a Plan for Family Worship (David ...
David Murray discusses the why and how of family worship. He reflects on the impact regular family worship had on his own life as a child, shares practical advice for getting started for the first time, and highlights the three main reasons families most
43 min
Where Is God in Suffering? (Ligon Duncan)
Ligon Duncan discusses how Christians can face profound life-changing suffering with their faith intact. He shares stories of severe suffering from his own ministry as a pastor, reflects on God's role in our suffering and how he often uses it to draw us c
34 min
Rethinking Multiservice and Multisite Church (J...
Jonathan Leeman discusses his argument that multiservice and multisite models run counter to the pattern for the local church we see in the New Testament. He explores the irony of discussing church gatherings in the midst of a quarantine, lays out his bib
36 min
Does Jesus Really Like Me? (Dane Ortlund)
Dane Ortlund discusses his answer to a question we've all wrestled with at some point: does God actually like me? He highlights what Scripture says about God's disposition towards us as redeemed sinners. He explains what Jesus meant when he said that he i
39 min
The Scoundrels of Scripture (Nancy Guthrie)
Nancy Guthrie discusses some of the less well-loved characters of Scripture like tax collectors, scribes, Pharisees, and even Judas Iscariot, Jesus's betrayer. She also highlights what we can learn from Jesus's scandalous family tree, and why it's good ne
34 min
Full Audiobook: 'Coronavirus and Christ' by Joh...
Listen to a full audio recording of Coronavirus and Christ—a brand-new book written and read by John Piper.
127 min
Gracefully Dealing with Doctrinal Disagreement ...
Gavin Ortlund discusses what to do when you disagree with another Christian on some point of doctrine.
35 min
New from Crossway: The Gentle and Lowly Podcast
Check out a preview of Crossway's newest podcast, Gentle and Lowly: A 14-Day Devotional with Dane Ortlund.
2 min
Are You Aware of Your Own Blind Spots? (Collin ...
Collin Hansen discusses the idea of blindspots—problems with our lives, priorities, and even theology that we don't even know are there. He explains our tendency as Christians to separate ourselves into one of three camps, highlights how technology and ou
35 min
How to Become a Better Bible Reader (Phil Ryken)
Phil Ryken discusses the literary qualities of Scripture. He makes the case for focusing not just on what the biblical writers said, but also on how they said it, which contributes to the meaning of the text. He also explains why this literary approach to
26 min
A Christian Doctor's Guide to Thinking about Co...
Bob Cutillo discusses the current coronavirus pandemic. He explains what's currently happening in the US and around the world, offers a broader perspective on how we should think about this virus in light of history and our Christian faith, and offers god
45 min
How to Plan Your Next Sermon Series (Tim Patrick)
Tim Patrick explores how to plan a sermon series. He highlights his own process for conceptualizing, scheduling, and studying for a new series, shares his thoughts on determining an ideal length for a series, and offers advice related to staying on track
40 min
8 Questions to Ask Every Time You Open Your Bib...
Matthew Harmon discusses eight simple questions to ask when studying the Bible, questions that help us get at the true meaning of Scripture, and how to apply it to our lives today. He explains why all Christians, not just those with a seminary degree, can
44 min
The Danger in Being a Self-Made Woman (Jen Oshman)
Jen Oshman discusses what it looks like to pursue real fulfillment in God, rather than in self. She explains what's wrong with the self-obsessed, individualistic culture that dominates our world today, breaking down the massive popularity of books, podcas
30 min
Are Christians Obligated to Give 10%? (Sam Storms)
Sam Storms discusses what the Bible teaches about tithing. He explores the word's Old Testament background, examines whether or not Christians are obligated to give 10% of their income today, offers advice related to living generously, speaks to the sensi
38 min
The Freeing Reality that You Are Not Enough (Je...
Jen Wilkin discusses our God-given limits as created beings. She reflects on why the common refrain that we should look inside ourselves for meaning and purpose is so misguided, how our personal stories and family past impact our view of God, and why embr
34 min
Navigating Conflict in Marriage (Christopher Ash)
Christopher Ash discusses how to navigate conflict in marriage. He reflects on some of the struggles that he and his wife have wrestled with over their three decades of marriage, shares biblical wisdom for working through disagreements related to money, s
34 min
Is the Church Facing a Discipleship Crisis? (Aj...
Ajith Fernando discusses the critical importance of personal discipling relationships for every Christian. He shares why he thinks there's a discipleship crisis in the church today, even among pastors and church leaders, how to think about the value of st
28 min
Are We Undervaluing the Lord's Supper? (Tim Che...
Tim Chester discusses the Lord's Supper, explaining why he thinks many evangelical churches undervalue communion, the significance of the fact that Jesus gave us the physical elements of bread and wine, and what it means when we say that Christ is present
30 min
Common Misconceptions about Heaven (Ian Smith)
Ian Smith discusses what the New Heavens and New Earth will be like when Jesus returns. He considers the popularity of heaven tourism books and what they tell us about common cultural assumptions, what the Bible says about our resurrected bodies, and what
28 min
The Human Need to Connect (Ed Welch)
Ed Welch discusses the human need for relationship, both with God and with other people. He reflects on the epidemic of loneliness in our world today, what the Bible teaches us about our identity as priests unto God, and offers advice for the person who f
31 min
Help! I Hate My Job (Jim Hamilton)
Jim Hamilton discusses what to do when you hate your job. He offers encouragement for those frustrated in their work, reflects on God's original intention for work at creation, and explains the difference between a job and a vocation.
40 min
How to Read the Bible Every Day in 2020 (David ...
David Mathis discusses how anyone can make Bible reading a habit in 2020. He reflects on the pros and cons of New Year's resolutions, shares why he prefers the term habits of grace rather than spiritual disciplines, and offers practical advice on making a
37 min
Distinguishing Christmas Tradition from Truth (...
Andreas Köstenberger explores how to distinguish fact from fiction when it comes to the Christmas story. He shares his thoughts on the real date of Jesus's birth, talks about what was really going on with the wise men and the star, and digs into some of t
28 min
Navigating Grief during the Holidays (Nancy Gut...
Nancy Guthrie discusses dealing with grief over the holidays. She reflects on her own experiences of great loss and suffering, shares what God has taught her about his healing grace in her own life, and offers advice to family members and friends eager to
38 min
What Is the Mark of the Beast? (Thomas Schreiner)
Thomas Schreiner discusses the book of Revelation. He reflects on the best way to approach the book when studying it for the first time, explains what the mark of the beast is really all about, and offers words of counsel and encouragement for pastors hes
34 min
How to Do Family Worship During the Holidays (D...
Don Whitney discusses how to help your family not lose sight of God and the gospel during the holidays. He explains why it's worth it to prioritize family worship with your loved ones (whether or not you have kids), shares practical steps for actually doi
33 min
The Case for Complementarianism (John Piper)
John Piper discusses the case for complementarianism. He shares about how his own upbringing—and the example of his parents—influenced his views on marriage, what a husband's leadership practically looks like day-in and day-out, and how we should think ab
24 min
The Man behind Calvinism (Derek Thomas)
Derek Thomas discusses John Calvin's enduring legacy. He reflects on the importance of predestination and election in John Calvin's theology as a whole, describes what it would have been like to have Calvin as your pastor, and explains what really happene
34 min
Are Angels and Demons Still Active Today? (Grah...
Graham Cole discusses what the Bible really teaches us about angels. He talks about the different kinds of angels mentioned in Scripture, whether or not every person has a guardian angel, the nature of demon possession today, and what we know about the wh
30 min
Is Evangelicalism out of Touch with Church Hist...
Gavin Ortlund explores whether or not Protestant Evangelicals are out of touch with church history. He discusses the rich legacy of Christian thinking that evangelicals have as their own heritage, the dangers of ignoring church history as if it doesn't ma
36 min
What Do Protestant Evangelicals and Roman Catho...
Michael Reeves discusses what the Protestant Reformation was really all about, and whether or not it's still relevant today. He reflects on the relationship between Protestants and Roman Catholics, explains what Martin Luther was trying to accomplish when
41 min
Common Misconceptions about the Trinity (Fred S...
Fred Sanders discusses what it really means to say that God is a Trinity—three persons in one God. He explains why the doctrine of the Trinity is essential to the gospel even if it seems abstract or confusing, highlights why all analogies and metaphors ar
31 min
Prayer as an Invitation, Not an Obligation (Joh...
John Onwuchekwa discusses what it means to have a real relationship with God through prayer. He shares about the day he received a phone call letting him know that his older brother had just died unexpectedly, and the impact that news had on his prayer li
28 min
C. S. Lewis on Truth, Beauty, and the Human Hea...
Joe Rigney explores the legacy of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century—C. S. Lewis. He discusses how Lewis managed to so brilliantly capture the complexities of the human heart in his writings, what he thought about T
35 min
Can Christians Lose Their Salvation? (Dennis Jo...
Dennis Johnson discusses Hebrews 6:4–6, one of the New Testament's most famous—and debated—warning passages, a section of Scripture that many people think teaches that Christians can lose their salvation. He explains why he doesn't think that's what the a
32 min
How to Intentionally Disciple Your Kids (Lindse...
Lindsey Carlson explores what it looks like for parents to intentionally disciple their teens. She offers advice on helping young people use social media wisely, shares how she and her husband have sought to cultivate a culture of honesty and vulnerabilit
25 min
The Unlikely Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Dane O...
Dane Ortlund discusses the life and legacy of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century preacher most famous for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." He reflects on his ministry as a pastor, how the beauty of God fit into Edwards's approach to the
34 min
God's Sovereignty, Pastoral Burnout, and Racism...
John Piper discusses God's sovereignty, pastoral burnout, and the sin of racism. He reflects on how it is that God can be absolutely sovereign and yet humans be morally accountable, explains how he sought to protect himself from moral failure and burnout
28 min
Were the First Christians Socialists? (Greg For...
Greg Forster discusses whether or not the first Christians were socialists, reflecting on how believers should think about our global economy, the right way to respond to increasing income inequality in the US, and why Christians should be the most genero
48 min
How Reliable Is the New Testament? (Peter Willi...
Peter Williams answers a crucial question: can we really trust the New Testament Gospels? He discusses what it means the Bible is inspired, why we can have confidence that our modern English Bibles are consistent with the original manuscripts, and how we
30 min
The Truth about Satan and Demons (Iain Duguid)
Iain Duguid discusses Satan and demons, explaining what the Bible really teaches us about the devil, how to avoid overestimating or underestimating his impact on the world and even on our day-to-day lives, and why our culture seems fascinated by demons wh
25 min
What It Takes to Persevere as a Pastor (John Ma...
John MacArthur digs into what it takes to persevere as a pastor. He explains why it seems like pastoral failure and burnout are more common than ever, why pastors should avoid ‘Yes Men’ at all costs, how a car accident helped confirm his call to ministry,
30 min
The Heart of the Abortion Debate (Scott Klusend...
Scott Klusendorf discusses abortion and the current state of the pro-life movement. He highlights the biggest mistakes pro-life people tend to make when discussing abortion, explains why be believes pictures of aborted children are important to see, and r
45 min
What We Often Get Wrong about Our Emotions (Ala...
Alasdair Groves explains the importance of emotions, and what the Bible teaches about them. He highlights how our emotions relate to our reason, ways we tend to over- or under-emphasize emotions, the role modern medications should play in managing our emo
33 min
Why Church History Matters (Justin Taylor)
Justin Taylor reflects on the immense importance of church history, highlighting why it’s important to make time for it alongside our study of the Bible, responding to the criticism that many modern Reformed folks have a shallow understanding of the past,
39 min
The Rewarding Risks of Church Membership (Thabi...
Thabiti Anyabwile reflects on the value and benefits of local church membership, showing what the Bible really teaches about the idea of formal membership, sharing his heart for those who feel like they've been hurt by the institutional church, and explai
32 min
The Surprising Power of Lament (Mark Vroegop)
Mark Vroegop shares his family’s story of loss and grief when confronted with the death of his unborn daughter, recounting how God used that experience to introduce him to the biblical concept of lament—an honest yet faith-filled way of relating to our pa
32 min
How to Date Your Wife (Justin Buzzard)
Justin Buzzard offers advice for husbands eager to love and serve their wives on a daily basis. He highlights why men should prioritize their marriages in tangible ways, offering practical advice for creating an annual “Date-Your-Wife Plan” that goes beyo
30 min
A Trauma Surgeon’s Guide to Modern Medicine and...
Kathryn Butler shares from her experiences working as a trauma surgeon in an ICU, correcting common misconceptions about CPR, ventilators, and other forms of intensive care medicine and offering biblical wisdom for walking alongside loved ones at the end
32 min
Verses That Changed My Life (John Piper)
John Piper reflects on key verses that have had a big impact on his life—passages that helped him trust God in the midst of a cancer diagnosis, understand Paul’s message in the book of Romans, and grasp the connection between our joy and God’s glory.
33 min
The Gospel’s Global Advance (Tim Keesee)
Tim Keesee shares from his own experiences talking with Christians around the globe, reflecting on his work as a missions journalist, the reality of persecution, and the best way to approach a short-term mission trip.
29 min
Calvinism 101 (Kevin DeYoung)
Kevin DeYoung unpacks Calvinism, explaining the famous 5 points summarized in the TULIP acrostic, the problem with cage-stage Calvinists, and the one question he’d ask Armninians to consider.
31 min
The False Messages Facing Women Today (Lydia Br...
Lydia Brownback highlights the false messages directed at Christian women today, reflecting on the increase of anxiety and depression among believers, the importance of discernment when it comes to the Christian leaders we follow, and the danger of a hype
33 min
Why You Probably Need a Digital Detox (Tony Rei...
Tony Reinke reflects on how to do a digital detox, why we should be careful with our social media habits, and what the massive success of the new Avengers film can teach us about our media saturated world.
36 min
Christians, the LGBTQ Community, and the Call t...
Rosaria Butterfield encourages us to engage our LGBTQ neighbors for Christ, highlighting how God used the radically ordinary hospitality of Christians to draw her to himself out of a homosexual lifestyle.
59 min
Womanhood and the Bible (Abigail Dodds)
Abigail Dodds reflects on what the Bible really teaches about what it means to be a woman . . . and some of the ways we unintentionally degrade the full reality of womanhood.
30 min
Is Singleness Superior to Marriage? (Sam Allberry)
Sam Allberry reflects on the stigma of singleness in the church today, pointing us back to what the Bible really teaches about this commonly misunderstood issue.
25 min
Is Christianity On the Decline? (Rebecca McLaug...
Rebecca McLaughlin explains why secular thinkers are wrong to claim that Christianity is declining and responds to the charge that our faith is anti-science and/or homophobic.
26 min
How to Read the Old Testament in a Christ-Cente...
Bryan Chapell explains what it means (and doesn’t mean) to read the Old Testament through a Christ-centered lens.
28 min
Parenting in Light of the Gospel (Paul Tripp)
Paul Tripp reflects on the awe-inspiring reality of parenting: being used by God to help form a human soul.
34 min