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
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
Why Every Christian Should Care about Adoption ...
Russell Moore shares his own family’s adoption journey, explaining why adoption is important for all Christians—even those who never actually adopt.
31 min
How to Study the Bible (Jen Wilkin)
Jen Wilkin reflects on the importance of Bible study for the Christian life and shares from her own experiences as a Bible study leader.
30 min
The Danger of Burnout and How to Avoid It (Davi...
David Murray discusses the all-too-common problem of burnout—its causes, warning signs, and effects . . . and how to avoid it.
35 min
A Sneak Peek at The Crossway Podcast
A short preview of The Crossway Podcast, which officially launches on Monday, April 1, 2019.
5 min