Hank Unplugged: Essential Christian Conversations

By Hank Hanegraaff

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Michael
 Apr 2, 2019
I never cared much for the Bible Answer Man radio program. This is not that, Hank has a really good podcast here and some really interesting guest.

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Have You Joined the Conversation on Hank Unplugged? – Hank Unplugged is a podcast brought to you by the Christian Research Institute where Hank Hanegraaff takes you out of the studio and into his study to engage in free-flowing, essential Christian conversations on critical issues with some of the most interesting, informative and inspirational people on the planet. For more information visit www.equip.org and to support CRI and our global outreaches visit https://www.equip.org/donate/

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Free-Spirited Bacchanalia, Monkeypox, and Restlessness
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, has been reading a profound book by Benjamin Storey and Jenna Silber Storey, Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment (Princeton University Press, 2021). In the midst of his reading, he received notification of an NBC News article titled “How Monkeypox Spoiled Gay Men’s Plans for an Invincible Summer,” by Benjamin Ryan (https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-health-and-wellness/monkeypox-spoiled-gay-mens-plans-invincible-summer-rcna45326). More than a hundred gay, bisexual, or transgender people talked to NBC News about the “sex they never had” as a result of monkeypox. How monkeypox “upended a summer that was supposed to be a well-earned opportunity” to once again “revel with their gay brothers.” In the article we hear about “resurgent sexual liberation” through “hookup apps,” which “have made meeting sexual partners as convenient as procuring takeout.” That “post-Covid” everyone “went crazy, and there were sex parties all over town”—“free-spirited bacchanalia.” But, alas, the “long-awaited libertine summer” was “sharply curtailed” by monkeypox. The NBC News article is very sympathetic. What all these men have in common, as Storey and Storey make clear, is the acceptance of the notion that fleeting pleasure is a substitute for solid joy. These men have bought the lie that permissiveness will make them happy—that voyeuristic curiosities will make them whole. At the root of all this is a materialistic worldview—a worldview that denies transcendence. A failure to recognize that a thinking being is of necessity more than merely material. Why are we restless? So often we see the world as merely molecules in motion, and if we are mere molecules in motion, everything is permissible. The book, Why We Are Restless, includes a chapter in which the philosophy of Blaise Pascal is unveiled, showing why it is metaphysically and practically bankrupt to consider ourselves merely material beings, and why God veils His presence. God veils Himself because He does not want to force Himself upon those who do not seek Him. Once one seeks after Him, the veil is removed.



For further study, see Benjamin Storey and Jenna Silber Storey, Why We Are Restless: On the Modern Quest for Contentment https://www.equip.org/donate/
Sep 23, 2022
The Manhattan Massacre 21 Years Ago
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, offers some thoughts on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In New York City, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum hosted an annual ceremony commemorating and honoring the nearly 3,000 lives lost twenty-one years ago. A reminder that the oil-rich Middle East is full of fantastically wealthy Muslims prepared to employ their resources for the sake of jihad. According to former Democratic senator Bob Graham, Saudi Arabia had direct ties to the massacres of September 11, 2001. But this is whitewashed in the Western world, where sharia-subservient states, including Saudi Arabia, are consistently portrayed as peace-loving allies in the fight against terrorism. Little wonder then that when the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia declared it necessary to destroy every church in the whole of the Arabian Peninsula, Western governments did not so much as blink. Worse yet, Western governments, along with academic institutions and media outlets have proven themselves to be cobelligerents with the Wahhabis of Saudi Arabia in exporting a false narrative on Islam. However, the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Shrine at Ground Zero provides a glimmer of hope that Christians in the West may once again take the only true and transformational faith as seriously as the Saudi’s do the Islamic counterfeit.

For documentation and further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-muslim-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-worlds-fastest-growing-religion/. See also Hank Hanegraaff, Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/.
Sep 19, 2022
Sister Jobje Continually Trusts in Her Lord Jesus
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, offers an update on his sister Jobje, who is battling pancreatic cancer—and undergoing an astonishing 40th cycle of chemotherapy. She writes that she is sustained and blessed by God’s ongoing grace. In her recent letter she mentions meeting with the palliative care oncologist, engaging end of life and quality of life questions. She says discussing these quality of life questions makes her uncomfortable. “How do you define ‘quality of life’ as a Christian?” she writes. “My faith rests squarely in a sovereign God and a loving Heavenly Father who knows my end of life date. I told the palliative care doctor of my faith and my perspective as a Christian; that I am not trying to be a hero, but simply as His child wanting to trust my Lord. I am fully aware this doctor wants to help to prepare me and ease me through the more difficult days yet to come. I appreciate that a lot. I also realize that I am learning from him in those visits as well. Before we left, he told us he is ‘always refreshed by our visits.’ I told him I continue to pray for him because his role is difficult, trying to help people cope, and to prepare to die, is emotionally exhausting and painfully difficult to witness. As we left his office I saw tears well up in his eyes.” Reflecting on verses from Psalm 119—“words that strike a chord,” she explains, “I have been rereading them, enjoying their comfort. ‘Thy hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn Thy commandments. Those who fear Thee shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in Thy word. I know, O Lord, that Thy judgments are right, and that in faithfulness Thou hast afflicted me. Let Thy steadfast love be ready to comfort me, according to Thy promise to Thy servant. Let Thy mercy come to me, that I MAY LIVE! For Thy law is my delight!’ How precious are these words to me in this very difficult exhausting journey as I now have to live life in two week increments! Nonetheless I am continually being blessed in this experience, and learning so much from my Savior as I walk toward Jerusalem, my final destination.” Jobje concludes her letter with these now familiar words, “I look forward to that day! Jobje 🦋”
Sep 16, 2022
The Cult of Wokeism—The Most Dangerous Cult in the World— A Message from Hank Hanegraaff
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In this podcast Hank Hanegraaff wants to highlight one of the most dangerous cults in the world. And we should know. The Christian Research Institute began as a counter-cult equipping ministry and has invested decades in monitoring the deceptions and distortions of cults. But Western Civilization has never known a cult like this one. Why? Because no other cult has come remotely close to the peril this one represents to civilization as we have known it. If this were a cult like Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormonism, it wouldn’t have made it past the front door. But since this is a secular cult, our now secularized culture has given it a green light. The cult is Wokeism. A cult that threatens our most basic values and freedoms; a cult that can literally destroy the world if it remains unchecked. For more information, see our current letter https://www.equip.org/letter-from-hank/ to supporters and the resource Awake, Not Woke: A Christian Response to the Cult of Progressive Ideology, available for your partnering gift.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-awake-not-woke-a-christian-response-to-the-cult-of-progressive-ideology/ Also be on the lookout for a forthcoming full length podcast interview with Noelle Mering on this resource.
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Sep 15, 2022
The Servant Queen
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, offers thoughts upon hearing of the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Queen of the United Kingdom for 70 years, she maintained that the teachings of Jesus Christ served as her guide throughout the entirety of her very long life—indeed, that Christ is the King she serves. In the foreword to The Servant Queen and the King She Serves (Bible Society, 2016), Queen Elizabeth expressed profound gratitude “to God for his steadfast love” throughout the duration of her life. She was also keenly aware of the reality that death is the great equalizer—as the Orthodox funeral service states, in the grave “kings and beggars dwell together.” In Money and Salvation: An Invitation to the Good Way, Andrew Geleris writes, “From the perspective of eternity, only during the relatively brief interval between birth and death does anyone have any control over money. And even this control is somewhat illusory. When, for example, we purchase a home or a plot of land, we claim that we ‘own’ it. However, the land has already seen many owners come and go over the preceding centuries, and one would expect that many more would claim such ‘ownership’ over the land in the future. Therefore, any claim of land ‘ownership’ requires a preposterous suspension of historical awareness.” The land, the wealth, and the honors of this world are all temporary. The Lord Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19–21 NIV 1984). Queen Elizabeth possessed extraordinary wealth as monarch. The question today for her is not, Did I have wealth on Earth? But, How did I use that wealth to store up treasure in heaven?



For further study, see Andrew Geleris, Money and Salvation: An Invitation to the Good Way (https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-money-and-salvation-an-invitation-to-the-good-way-and-on-wealth-and-poverty-by-st-john-chrysostom-foreword-by-hank-hanegraaff/
Sep 13, 2022
Money and Salvation: An Invitation to the Good Way with Andrew Geleris
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What happens to our souls when we learn to give in accord with the words of our Lord? The answer is the central focus Money & Salvation: An Invitation to the Good Way, the much anticipated book by Dr. Andrew Geleris that is now available. Hank had a discussion with Dr. Geleris late last year that he would like to re-release in honor of the release of this book of which Hank could not give a higher recommendation.

Do you give with a joyful heart? According to Dr. Geleris, “An utterly breathtaking divergence has developed between the joy of giving that God intends his people to experience and the way many Christians view giving as an unpleasant but necessary obligation of church membership.” Simply put, for many of us money has an unhealthy hold on our hearts. This conversation will challenge you to make a change in your life and view your finances from an eternal perspective. The Lord spoke more frequently and forcefully about almsgiving than he did about prayer, yet most Church leaders are reluctant to discuss money simply because it is often uncomfortable. “Dr. Geleris is passionate about challenging the Church to develop disciples with a biblical “theology of money” that promotes a Godly view on giving with all your heart that will leave Christians “refreshed—indeed, delighted—by recognizing the unfathomably great blessing God hopes to pour out on us through generosity.”

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2.9).

For more information on receiving Money & Salvation: An Invitation to the Good Way and or On Wealth and Poverty by St. John Chrysostom with a Foreword by Hank Hanegraaff for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-money-and-salvation-an-invitation-to-the-good-way-and-on-wealth-and-poverty-by-st-john-chrysostom-foreword-by-hank-hanegraaff/

Topics discussed include: Hank Hanegraaff discusses why he is so excited that the book Money & Salvation: An Invitation to the Good Way is now available (0:00) relationship between money and salvation (7:40); how generous giving transforms our souls (11:00); The Parable of the Farmer (15:30); the relationship between repentance and finances (18:50); what almsgiving actually means and why it is so important (24:30); should we tithe? (27:10); the dangers of the prosperity gospel and the commodification of Christ (31:10); what can we learn from Mary washing the feet of Jesus? (37:25); what are whole burnt offerings and what is the equivalent today? (39:05); the “ovarian lottery” and God’s providence (45:00); how the parable of the soils inspired Alan Barnhart to create a financial finish line (47:25); what we can learn from St. Basil the Great about giving (55:45); what is sacrificial giving? (56:10); misconceptions about what tithing is for (1:00:35); how should we tithe? (1:03:25); we don’t truly own anything, in the grave “kings and beggars dwell together” (1:06:10); is there a problem with receiving public recognition for giving? (1:07:20); the spiritual growth we experience through giving (1:12:05); should we tithe on our gross or net income? (1:14:10); scriptural examples of giving (1:15:10); should we give to panhandlers? (1:17:10); are Christians fundraising the right way? (1:18:50); God’s financial priority is the care of the poor (1:121:55); the powerful lesson of the widow who gave all she had [Mark 12:41-44] (1:23:40); the rewards for almsgiving according to scripture (1:26:30); giving is more beneficial spiritually than financially (1:28:40).

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Sep 01, 2022
Benny Hinn and the Great Catching Up (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, responds to a recent tweet and video by Benny Hinn. According to Hinn, the Lord spoke to him, saying he needs to talk to his audience about the great catching up. And that his teaching about the rapture is timely because this event is nearly upon us. Popularized by John Nelson Darby in the nineteenth century, the pre-tribulational rapture theory contends that God has two distinct people and two distinct plans for their two distinct destinies. The church will be raptured seven years prior to the second coming of Christ, and Jews will suffer tribulation. Beginning with Darby, rapture theorists held that, due to the murder of Messiah, Jews were in for a time of unprecedented suffering referred to as the “Great Tribulation.” Multiplied millions today hold firmly to this belief. But is it biblical? Holy Tradition, including Scripture, knows nothing of a rapture independent of the bodily appearing of Christ.



For further study, see Hank’s books The Complete Bible Answer Book—Collector’s Edition, Revised and Updated https://www.equip.org/donate/ and The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible Really Says about the End Times and Why It Matters Today https://www.equip.org/donate/
Aug 25, 2022
Western Civilization at War with God (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, expresses angst about what is going on in the world. The West is at war with God. This war embodies the dismantling of humanity. We are in the midst of redefining what is means to be human. In the beginning, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27 ESV). In redefining the biological realities of “male” and “female,” we are destroying the very body of Christ. The unalterable reality that God created “male and female” is now routinely regaled in the West as transphobic. Sex-specific designations such as “woman,” “female,” and “mother,” have now been neutered by linguistic absurdities like “pregnant, lactating, and post-partum individuals.” Even our newest female addition to the U.S. Supreme Court seems at a loss to define what the word “woman” means. Adding to the confused cultural conundrum, the “B” in LGBTQ+ is quite evidently at odds with the “T.” Bisexual (B) implies two options, while transgender (T) entails a dizzying array of gender identities devoid of common sense or biological reality. And even that merely scratches the surface of apostate Western woke wisdom. Adding insult to injury, multitudes of young people have been effectively reduced to generational lab rats subject to an unholy triad of puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and irreversible surgical savageries. Right valuations of personhood build the church. Wrong ideas and perceptions destroy the body of Christ. Only in a Christian worldview does one see the perfect synergy of male and female—of Theanthropos as the Perfect Man, and of Theotokos as the perfect woman, and of God as the Heavenly Father, and of the church as the Mother that nourishes via the sacraments. Little wonder then that the devil is seeking to destroy the church, as woke clergy are aiding the prince of the power of the air in that very quest.

For further study, see the upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal, vol. 45, no. 2/3 (2022)—subscribe at https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ For more information, visit www.equip.org
Aug 17, 2022
Imprudence of “Solo Scriptura” — A Message from Hank Hanegraaff
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“Solo Scriptura” — not sola Scriptura — is a disease of rampant innovation and a failure to respect Holy Tradition. Blaise Pascal speaking in the seventeenth century might just as well have been talking about the twenty-first: “Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.” As such, Hank Hanegraaff has dedicated this special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast to discuss the imprudence of “solo Scriptura” with the sincere hope that in place of “solo Scriptura,” incessant innovation, and disregard for the Holy Traditions of the Church, the body of Christ may again return to “what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all” (St. Vincent of Lérins). Protopresbyter George Florovsky explained that Holy Tradition is neither “an independent instance, nor a complementary source of faith. Ecclesiastical understanding could not add anything to Scripture. But it was the only means to ascertain and to disclose the true meaning of Scripture. Tradition was, in fact, the authentic interpretation of Scripture. And in this sense, it was coextensive with Scripture. Tradition was actually Scripture rightly understood.” (Attribution to Florovsky was inadvertently left out of Hank’s quotation in the recording.) For bibliographical data and documentation of sources, see Hank’s From the President column, in the forthcoming (Fall 2022), “The Imprudence of ‘Solo Scriptura,’” in Christian Research Journal, vol. 45, no. 02/03 (2022).

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Aug 11, 2022
What is the Secret? Hank Hanegraaff Responds to Rhonda Byrne and Why the Law of Attraction is Wrong
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What is the Secret? Everyone wants to know the secret to life so when Rhonda Byrne claimed to find it the entire world took notice. While it is hard to believe that the culture has fallen for Byrne’s claims in The Secret it is unfathomable that so many Christians have come to believe its dubious declarations about the law of attraction—most evident in the word of faith movement. On this edition of Hank Unplugged, Hank discusses why the law of attraction is wrong and how Christians should be equipped to dispute this dangerous worldview.

For more on the topic, be sure to check out Hank’s updated article “What is the Secret?” in the most recent edition of the Christian Research Journal. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-battle-for-the-historical-adam-and-eve-contents-back-issue/

Other related articles:

What is the Secret? by Hank Hanegraaff a previous version https://www.equip.org/article/what-is-the-secret/

The Secret Revealed by Robert Velarde https://www.equip.org/article/the-secret-revealed/

Postmodern Realities Episode 286 Trusting Jesus in a Universe that Doesn’t Have Your Back: A Christian Looks at Manifesting, which discusses similar topics and discusses Anne Kennedy article the most recent edition of the Christian Research Journal on this topic. https://www.equip.org/pmr-podcast/episode-286-trusting-jesus-in-a-universe-that-doesnt-have-your-back-a-christian-looks-at-manifesting/

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Jul 28, 2022
Abortion and Breast Cancer
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, is reading a new book by Ryan T. Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis titled, Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing. Pro-abortion operatives speak loudly and profanely about reproductive freedom, bodily autonomy, the right to choose, and so forth. Few seem willing to speak about the brutal business of Planned Parenthood or the painful killing of innocent human beings or even consider the profoundly inherent virtue of human life. Ignorance of basic biology in our culture is beyond chilling. And government by and large has abandoned its responsibility to secure the right to life—a right upon which all other rights depend. What is particularly stunning is that surgical abortion is rapidly being supplanted by the horror of chemical abortion, which now accounts for some 50 percent of all abortions in the U.S. The numbers are staggering—some 300,000 to 450,000 chemical abortions per year. One pill cuts off nutrients to the developing child, so she gradually dies; another induces early labor to expel the child from the womb. And of course, the CDC is perfectly fine with all this. Moreover, there is a growing body of evidence pointing to the reality that women who have abortions not only kill innocent human beings but are at greater risk for developing breast cancer.



See Ryan T. Anderson and Alexandra DeSanctis, Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing (Regnery, 2022). [[add link to CRI donation page for this book if possible]]
Jul 15, 2022
Thirsting for God in a Land of Shallow Wells with Matthew Gallatin
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In the eyes of many, the modern church in America has become complacent and shallow—more concerned with conforming the church to the culture than the culture to the church. Today’s guest, Matthew Gallatin, joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss his journey of faith in pursuit of the authentic experience that would quench his thirst for God in a land of shallow wells. To learn more about receiving the resource, Thirsting For God in a Land of Shallow Wells, for your partnering gift, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-thirsting-for-god-in-a-land-of-shallow-wells/

Topics discussed include: Thirsting for God in a Land of Shallow Wells (2:00); experiencing Seventh-day Adventism (4:45); how do Seventh-day Adventists rationalize the failed prophesies of Ellen G. White? (12:30); do you know what you believe? (13:50); is there any such thing as a non-denominational church? (18:10); how does Holy Tradition help Christians to rightly understand the Bible and their faith? (25:45); does everyone has a thirst for God? (33:00); is there any place for repetition and ritual in the Christian faith? (36:25); should our daily prayers be spontaneous or formal? (42:00); is it biblical to pray to Mary and other Saints of the Church? (44:20); recognizing the reality and importance of the Theotokos—Mary the Mother of God—to the Christian faith (47:35); viewing iconography as a spiritual reality (53:30); a form of martyrdom—when following the truth leads to losing your livelihood and loved ones (56:00); the correlation between social changes in the culture and in the church (1:08:15); the power of the sign of the cross and other transformational church practices (1:12:10); should we baptize infants? (1:15:45); the demanding nature of the Orthodox life as preparation for eternity (1:22:00).



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Jul 14, 2022
Christian Reformed Church, Calvin University, and the Sanctity of Marriage
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the Christian Reformed Church’s (CRC) charge to uphold biblical sexuality. An article by Jonathan Cohn at Huffpost, “An Elite Christian College Has Become the Latest Battleground in America’s Culture Wars,” points out that the CRC sees the Bible as infallible and thus renders same-sex marriage incompatible with Christian orthodoxy. The fly in the ointment is Joseph Kuilema, a Calvin University professor of sociology (and teacher of the year in 2019) who considers the biblical text outdated and incompatible with his own great Awokening. As such, he dogmatically contends that the CRC should support his rendering of the biblical text. Kuilema officiated over the wedding of a lesbian couple and, principally as a result, was terminated from Calvin University. Kuilema, who is Reformed and always reforming based on his own authoritative interpretation of Scripture, not only has taken it upon himself to redefine marriage but cavalierly negates the words of God in human flesh who rebuked the Pharisees of His day with the words, “Have you not read, that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female”—and did so for the very purpose of joining them together as one flesh (Matthew 19:4). Therefore, says Saint Paul, “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife and the two shall become one flesh” (Ephesians 5:31). Saint Paul also explicitly states that lesbian women exchange natural relations for relations that are contrary to nature itself—the delusional attempt to merge sexual same’s (see Romans 1:26). Marriage has at all times and in all societies been a relationship between men and women, with an end toward bearing and rearing children. The marriage of one man and one woman is not only Scriptural, it is distinctly sacramental. Indeed, marriage is about the gospel! Emblematic of the union of Christ and His church. Yet in full view of the mystery of marriage—replete with its parabolic profundity in Christ and the church, its potential for procreating children in the image and likeness of God, and its promise of psychophysical pleasure—Professor Kuilema gratuitously reimagines the Scripture in the image of the culture. Will the CRC and Calvin hold on to the sanctity of marriage? Time will tell.



See Jonathan Cohn, “An Elite Christian College Has Become the Latest Battleground in America’s Culture Wars,” Huffpost, June 19, 2022, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/calvin-university-professor-joe-kuilema-gay-marriage-lgbtq_n_62aca02de4b06169ca988191; Rod Dreher, “Saving Calvin,” The American Conservative, June 20, 2022, https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/saving-calvin-university-lgbt-kristin-du-mez/.
Jul 08, 2022
Hank Unplugged Short—Fewer Believe in God as Church Attendance Falls
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, was struck by a headline this morning, “America's Belief in God Hits New Low.” And this as church attendance falls precipitously. Vice President Kamala Harris pontificates that Christians can support abortion without transgressing Christian principles. She’s either ignorant or incorrigibly dishonest. And the current administration neither condemns nor prohibits demonstrations against U. S. Supreme Court Justices and their families, as President Biden gleefully anticipates a mini-revolution if states regain the right to vote on abortion once again. It’s one thing to curse the darkness—it’s another to build a lighthouse in the midst of the gathering storm. The broader culture is in the midst of a “great awokening”—but all of that can change by another Great Awakening in the church. The power of the Holy Spirit can animate the Christian church such that it no longer continues to decline but increases and becomes again a leavening force in the culture. It happened in the first century—it can happen again in the twenty-first. But that means you as a follower of Christ must recognize the incredible opportunity before you of making a difference for time and for eternity.



See Erin Doherty, “America's Belief in God Hits New Low,” Axios, June 17, 2022, https://www.axios.com/2022/06/17/belief-god-low-gallup-poll; Leif Le Mahieu, “Survey Shows Fewer Americans Believe In God Than Ever Before,” Daily Wire, June 18, 2022, https://www.dailywire.com/news/survey-shows-fewer-americans-believe-in-god-than-ever-before; Sarah Arnold, “Kamala Harris Insists Abortion Has Nothing to Do With Religious Beliefs,” Townhall, June 18, 2022, https://townhall.com/tipsheet/saraharnold/2022/06/18/kamala-harris-says-support-for-abortion-does-not-require-people-to-abandon-their-faith-n2608954.
Jul 04, 2022
How Christianity Saved Civilization—–And Must Do So Again with James Papandrea
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Ignatius of Antioch said that "Christianity is greatest when it is hated by the world." Facing an overwhelmingly dark and hostile culture, Rome's early Christians took the steps necessary to transform it—laying the foundation for a Judeo-Christian culture that changed civilization for centuries to come. As we watch Western Civilization crumble, learning from the struggles and lessons of early Christians affords us hope that, by imitating their example, we may do the same for our culture today.

Hank Hanegraaff is joined by James Papandrea, co-author of How Christianity Saved Civilization…And Must Do So Again, to discuss how Christianity might, once again, transform our dark and hostile culture.

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Topics discussed include: The only acceptable intolerance in our society (6:50); should the church change? (8:40); are we smarter than our ancestors? the brilliance of the Church Fathers (11:15); the Bible and Holy Tradition (14:25); why were Christians so hated in the early Roman Empire? (16:50); Christianity, Constantine and the history of religious freedom (22:00); is it self-evident that all people are created equal? (28:35); perpetuation as opposed to innovation (30:35); how involved should Christians be in the community? (32:45); the true significance of the Trinity to the world (35:00); is there a difference between abortion and infanticide? (37:35); the parallels between widows, orphans and the Eucharist (40:50); envisioning a world without slavery (44:30); the impact that Christianity had on the importance of children and family (45:35); how Christianity revolutionized the way we look at work (47:35); should Christians give to those that beg? (49:45); why the idea that the Church is for everyone was radical (54:00); how can forgiveness revolutionize the world? (1:01:50); caring for the poor is not optional for Christians (1:04:00); why is the Christian view of death revolutionary? (1:06:45); how do we measure human value? (1:11:50); the purpose of hierarchy in the Church (1:13:55); how can the Church change the world again? (1:18:45); should Christians isolate themselves from society? (1:22:10); technology should never replace community—especially in the Church (1:24:10); we must speak up and defend the Church (1:26:00); Christians should be joyful (1:27:20); how can Christians—Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox—best embrace unity to save civilization? (1:28:25).

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Jun 28, 2022
Reflections on the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on reactions to the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. Calla Hales, at the Preferred Women’s Health Center, says, “Let all this rage radicalize you.” This rage we have already been seeing carried out in front of the homes of Justices of the Supreme Court. In the midst of all of this, we must remember that abortion remains legal in many states, including North Carolina. The hysteria in the wake of the possibility that the Court’s ruling could stop the painful killing of innocent human beings at just 65 million over nearly 50 years is palpable. This hysteria over what Mother Teresa once said was a “scourge” (referring to Roe v. Wade) that “deformed a great nation.” Hear people now shouting in the streets about women’s rights and reproductive freedom, bodily autonomy and the right to choose—but choose what? Choose to thwart the dignity and worth of pre-born children. To exacerbate inequality and perpetuate racial division. It’s well known that vast numbers of Blacks and Hispanics are being exterminated via abortion. So, many are upset that we may not have the opportunity to continue corrupting our medical system. Nothing in our U. S. Constitution has ever promoted lethal violence in the wombs of mothers. But with all of the rage—the rage that is supposed to radicalize the painful killing of innocent human beings—the reality is that abortion will continue on and this battle is not over. Those who value all human beings as bearers of the image of God must continue to stand for truth. Not with the rhetoric of pro-abortion advocates, but rather with reason, respect, and the continuous propagation of truth communicated in love—the truth that every human being has worth.
Jun 27, 2022
How to Become a Pro-Life Advocate: Discussing Abortion w/Frederica Mathewes-Green (Encore Release)
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The U.S. Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade in a 5-4 decision. In light of the Supreme Court ruling, we would like to present an encore presentation of Hank Hanegraaff’s conversation with Frederica Mathewes-Green on how she went from being a fierce advocate for abortion to becoming a pro-life advocate.

When Roe v. Wade was decided almost half a century ago, Frederica Mathewes-Green believed that the landmark decision didn’t go far enough to ensure adequate abortion access for women. However, everything changed after she read an article titled “What I Saw at the Abortion” in a 1976 edition of the magazine Esquire that detailed the violent act against both woman and child that takes place when an abortion is performed. Simply put, there was no way that a peace-loving feminist could support this violence against both woman and child, and just like that she became a pro-life advocate. Frederica Mathewes-Green went on to become a pre-eminent voice for the lives of the unborn and—importantly—the mothers who carried these children. Almost everyone on both sides of the debate can agree on one thing—abortion is a miserable choice, as Frederica emphasized in Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion, “No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.”

Frederica joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the state of abortion in America as well as what she has learned during the decades of her distinguished career encouraging dialogue between pro-choice and pro-life advocates.

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Topics discussed include: What changed your mind about abortion? (5:00); is abortion a violent act against women? (8:30); abortion fatigue—people just don’t want to talk about abortion (9:30); Roe v. Wade (11:00); snowflake children—when does life begin? (12:15); the importance of listening to the stories of women when discussing abortion (18:50); defending unborn children without making mothers the enemy (23:45); finding common ground—how can pro-choice and pro-life people better understand one another? (26:30); is public opinion changing on abortion? (30:25); most countries in the world have banned abortion after 12 weeks—making U.S. abortion policy one of the most liberal globally (33:20); “in the land where women kill their unborn children, every lesser love grows frail” (34:30); the extreme individualism of our culture (38:35); what would America look like without abortion? (40:30); what about adoption instead of abortion? (45:15); misconceptions about contraception (48:25); cheap sex—the devaluation of sex in a culture of free love (50:00); the difficulties of being a single parent and the benefits of a two-parent home (59:00); the war on adoption—why is adoption disparaged by abortion advocates? (1:02:40); what actually happens during an abortion procedure? (1:05:45); victims of unisex sexuality (1:12:10); the paradoxical aims of feminism (1:13:30); the problem with government welfare programs (1:18:15); the importance of a support system for mothers and children (1:20:00); the importance of listening to women’s stories about abortion (1:21:30); the issue of abortion in the early church (1:27:15); how should we talk about abortion? (1:30:00); responding to common pro-choice claims about abortion (1:34:00); the impact of Frederica Mathewes-Green’s book Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion (1:42:25).
Jun 24, 2022
Thoughts on Islamophobia, LIV Golf, and Saudi Arabia
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, observes that one is labeled Islamophobic for conveying plain old Islamic history or for pointing out Islamic denigration of Christianity. Yet, despite clear evidence to the contrary, Muslims will say that Christ was never crucified, and therefore He was never resurrected—and that is deemed to be perfectly politically correct in the current social environment. The oil-rich Middle East is full of enormously affluent men who are ready to use their wealth to aid jihad for the sake of Allah worldwide. Most prominent among cobelligerents is the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which has spent $100 billion—perhaps much, much, more—to spread their fundamentalist brand of Islamic jihadism around the globe. According to Thomas Friedman in a provocative New York Times piece titled “Our Radical Islamic BFF, Saudi Arabia,” the “title greatest ‘purveyors of radical Islam’ does not belong to the Iranians. Not even close. That belongs to our putative ally Saudi Arabia.” America enables Saudi terror lords to peddle their poisonous propaganda pills across the planet with impunity. And in coming months we’ll see more puff pieces in the media concerning Saudi Arabia as a result of the new LIV professional gold tour.

For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, MUSLIM: What You Need to Know about the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-muslim-what-you-need-to-know-about-the-worlds-fastest-growing-religion-det/
Jun 23, 2022
Inherent Racism of Evolutionism
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the fact that while certainly not all evolutionists are racists, the theory of evolution is inherently racist. In The Descent

of Man (1871), Charles Darwin speculated, “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized

races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world.” For evolution to succeed, it is as crucial that the unfit die as that the fittest survive. Adolf Hitler’s philosophy that Jews were subhuman and that Aryans were supermen led to the extermination of six million Jews. In the words of Sir Arthur Keith, a militant anti-Christian physical anthropologist, “The German Führer, as I have consistently maintained, is an evolutionist; he has consciously sought to make the practice of Germany conform to the theory of evolution.” While the evolutionary racism of Darwin’s day is politically incorrect today, current biology textbooks still promote vestiges of racism. For example, consider the inherently racist recapitulation theory—known by the evolutionary phrase ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny, the odd idea that in the course of an embryo’s development, the embryo repeats or recapitulates the evolutionary history of its species. Not only is the recapitulation concept common fare in science curricula but has been championed in our generation by such luminaries as Carl Sagan. The fact that recapitulation is inherently racist is underscored by no less an evolutionary authority than Stephen Jay Gould, who lamented that “recapitulation provided a convenient focus for the pervasive racism of white scientists” in the modern era. How different the Christian worldview, according to which all human beings are created in the image of God. And in Christ, “there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

For further study, see Richard Weikart, Darwinian Racism: How Darwinism Influenced Hitler, Nazism, and White Nationalism https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-darwinian-racism-how-darwinism-influenced-hitler-nazism-and-white-nationalism-wa0822/
Jun 17, 2022
The Battle for the Historical Adam and Eve: Hank On Adamic Denial and Distortion
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While a growing cacophony of Christian voices reject the historicity of Adam and Eve, others argue that Adam and Eve were members of a species of apes on which God effected physical and spiritual renovations. And some contend that Adam was created mortal, such that he would have died even if he had not sinned. Incessant innovations riddle the evangelical landscape and on this episode of Hank Unplugged Hank discusses this very Adamic denial and distortion that he has written about in the current new edition of the Christian Research Journal that will be shipping very soon!

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Jun 14, 2022
Pregnant Father Calvin Klein Ad
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the Calvin Klein ad campaign for Mother’s Day 2022. In support of mother’s all over the world, Calvin Klein proudly spotlighted the realities of new families. The ad featured Roberto, due to give birth to his and Erika’s son Noah—“any day now.” So, here you have a picture of a pregnant man, lying next to his significant other—a woman, or at least someone who at first blush appears to be a woman (who knows?). How did this woman get this man pregnant? How does that work? Well, the reality is that it doesn’t. So, Roberto (a biological woman), transfigured into the appearance of a man, must have gotten pregnant through some type of extraordinary measure. One thing that Roberto cannot do, of course, is breast feed their forthcoming infant. Why? During his sex reassignment surgery, Roberto had a double mastectomy. His breasts are gone—although the scars left by their removal are still visible in the Calvin Klein ads. One thing that couldn’t be altered, of course, was Roberto’s hips. And thankfully so, otherwise it would be transcendently difficult to birth a baby. What Calvin Klein must surely know is that sex refers to biology. To the 23rd chromosome pair. To the DNA written into every cell of the human body. To the reality that biological sex is biologically unchangeable regardless of sex reassignment surgery. One thing is inviolate. While the CK ad features what looks like a man having a baby, the reality is that men do not have wombs—only mother’s do.

See Christopher Tremogli, “Will Calvin Klein’s ‘Pregnant Man’ Be Able to Find Baby Formula?,” Washington Examiner, May 12, 2022, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/will-calvin-kleins-pregnant-man-be-able-to-find-baby-formula
Jun 13, 2022
How Christianity Saved Civilization
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on a wonderful book he’s currently reading — How Christianity Saved Civilization…And Must Do So Again, by Mike Aquilina and James L. Papandrea. In the middle of the third century AD, the Roman Empire was not much older than the United States is now, and there are myriad parallels. The Roman economy was in dire straits — experiencing uncontrollable inflation, multiple wars, spending money on bureaucratic niceties and military expansion, suffering rampant unemployment and underemployment. Children were viewed as liabilities and routinely aborted, with infanticide deplorably common. Christians were hated for their perceived rigidity; and pagan Romans justified their intolerance of Christian virtues by calling the Christians intolerant. But eventually, the authors show, the Church overcame persecution and transformed the Roman Empire. The point of the book is that the Church of the 21st century can and must overcome the Great Awokening. How? The Church can overcome the new paganism just as Christianity overcame the old paganism of the Roman Empire by Christians refusing to deny the faith and by being willing to risk earthly comforts for eternal verities by faith working through love. Truth has triumphed in the past, and Christianity remains the only hope for transforming the world.

See Mike Aquilina and James L. Papandrea, How Christianity Saved Civilization…And Must Do So Again (need link to CRI donation page)
Jun 06, 2022
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Barred from Communion
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s decision to bar House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving communion. Because of her unrepentant support for legalized abortion on demand, the archbishop felt it necessary to do so for her personal protection — those who receive Christ’s body and blood unworthily eat and drink judgment to themselves (see 1 Corinthians 11:17–34, especially v. 29). Moreover, the eucharist is also an expression of the unity of the church. As such, Pope Francis, just last year, said that a pro-abortion politician “cannot take communion, because they are out of the community.” For his part, the archbishop in effect said that when practicing Catholics spurn moral reality in political discourse, souls and lives hang in the balance. And when souls hang in the balance, priests and bishops have an obligation to act. Pelosi, who says that she has studied this issue as an ardent practicing Catholic for a long time, would know full well what the Church’s historic stance on abortion is.

For further study, see “What Is Abortion?” https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/what-is-abortion-2/ and “Annihilating Abortion Arguments,” https://www.equip.org/PDF/DA375.pdf.
Jun 02, 2022
Does Your Soul Have a Gender? An Exploration of Sex, Gender and the Soul with Benjamin Cabe
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Does the soul have a gender? Believe it or not, the topic of gender and the soul was discussed and decided by the early Church Fathers of the Christian faith. Today, the fundamental pillars of our humanity are being challenged in the public square as gender is being redefined in ways that seemed unimaginable even just a decade ago. Understanding the historic Christian perspective on gender and sexuality are of paramount importance, which is why Hank Hanegraaff is joined by Ben Cabe, the author of On Gender and the Soul: An Exploration of Sex/Gender and its Relation to the Soul According to the Church Fathers to discuss the historic Christian perspective and teachings of the Church Fathers on the issue and how it applies to our modern world.

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What is sex? what is gender? (5:45); how should Christians discuss gender in our modern culture? (8:45); does the soul have a gender? (12:25); the importance of drawing on Christian anthropology when assessing modern gender claims (16:10); how do incorrect beliefs on the nature of the soul lead to incorrect views on the nature of our salvation? (17:25); when does the soul enter the body? (21:10); how do sex and gender relate to theosis? (22:00); is the soul material? (24:40); what will be the nature of our resurrected bodies? (26:00); are medical science and church history in agreement? (27:15); Christian anthropology vs. Evolutionary anthropology (28:45); people born intersex (30:45); defining terms in the ongoing gender discussion (32:20); the pressure on the medical and educational establishments to conform to modern identity distinctions (34:50); is it hateful for Christians to disagree with the LGBT worldview? (36:20); the importance of relying on the Church Fathers and the consensus of the historic Christian faith when addressing modern issues such as identity and gender (38:50); the reality of the demonic in our world (41:00); is sex-reassignment surgery ever be permissible? (43:30); why is it important for Christians to understand issues such as gender? (44:00); the reality of both gender dysphoria and social influences on the gender perception of modern youth (46:00); why is the position of the Church Fathers on gender relevant to our modern discussion on gender? (48:15).

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May 31, 2022
Medically Assisted Suicide in a Church
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on a medically assisted suicide that took place in the sanctuary of a church. Although the medically assisted suicide of Betty Sanguin was reportedly “unanimously approved by the church’s leadership team,” suicide is the murder of oneself. In Christian theology the timing and terms of death are the province of God alone (Deuteronomy 32:39). As such, a doctor is never permitted to usurp the prerogative of deity. Hastening death based on subjective judgments concerning one’s quality of life is a violation of Scripture (cf. Genesis 9:6; Exodus 20:13). While passive euthanasia is morally permissible in that it allows the process of dying to run its natural course, active euthanasia is morally prohibited because it directly involves the taking of human life. Permitting voluntary active euthanasia opens the door to the greater evil of non–voluntary euthanasia.



See Emily Standfield, “Manitoba’s First Medically Assisted Death in a Church Was an ‘Intimate’ Ceremony,” Broadview, April 29, 2022, https://broadview.org/medically-assisted-death-church/.

For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, “Is Euthanasia Ever Permissible?” https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/is-euthanasia-ever-permissible/; also J. P. Moreland, “The Euthanasia Debate,” parts 1 & 2, https://www.equip.org/PDF/DE197-1.pdf and https://www.equip.org/PDF/DE197-2.pdf.
May 24, 2022
A Drag Queen Show at School
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on the report of a drag queen show at a Pennsylvania school. A show for adults? No, for impressionable minors. Here you have men dressed up like women staging a vulgar drag extravaganza that should make even the most brazen secularist ill. Were the parents on board with this travesty? The short answer is for the most part they apparently did not know what their kids were being exposed to. According to an article in Townhall, the students were encouraged to bring money to tip the men dressed in drag and to support the drag queen Instagram accounts. Western Civilization is in free fall. So, make sure to protect your children. Otherwise they may be the barbarians of our next generation.

See Sarah Arnold, “Pennsylvania School Hosts Drag Show for Kids Without Parent's Permission,” Townhall, May 12, 2022, https://townhall.com/tipsheet/saraharnold/2022/05/12/pennsylvania-school-is-in-hot-water-for-hosting-drag-show-for-kids-n2607149.
May 23, 2022
Believers Eastern Church and the Sisters of Compassion
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, talks about an order within Believers Eastern Church called Sisters of Compassion. Seeing firsthand these sisters in Christ work with and care for victims of leprosy—the poor and the downtrodden, “the least of these”—Hank bears witness to their utter selflessness and humility. Working in the most difficult of circumstances, the Sisters of Compassion not only talk about Christ but demonstrate the love of Christ through their selfless acts of service. And great will be their reward in eternity. These women have grasped the reality of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. Like the martyrs, they know that they too will one day be resurrected “immortal, imperishable, incorruptible”—and they will receive the “crown of righteousness,” “the crown of glory,” and “the crown of life.” So they are willing to endure hardship for the sake of the gospel, with eyes that look beyond time and space—eyes that truly pierce into the eternal spectrum.



For more information, see Gospel for Asia, the Sisters of Compassion, https://www.gfa.org/women/sisters-of-compassion/.
May 20, 2022
Darwinian Racism: How Darwinism Influenced Hitler, Nazism, and White Nationalism with Dr. Richard Weikart
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Was Charles Darwin a racist? Does it even matter? The answer to both questions is a resound yes. According to Richard Weikart, Darwinian evolution influenced Hitler and the Nazis propagated evolutionary theory. Inspired by Darwin, the Nazis viewed the “Nordic race” as superior to other races and set about advancing human evolution by ridding the world of “inferior” races and individuals. But this isn’t just a problem from the past, which is why Richard Weikart joined Hank Hanegraaff for this harmful history lesson of Darwinian racism to remind us that “those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

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Topics discussed include: Groupthink and the collective embrace of eugenics (0:20); was Charles Darwin a racist? (5:20); how Darwinism influenced eugenics (6:30); was racism fundamental to Darwin’s theory of evolution? (10:25); given what he said about women and different races, why hasn’t woke culture turned on Charles Darwin? (14:05); the impact of Ernst Haeckel’s drawings on education and evolution (15:55); what were Adolf Hitler’s religious beliefs? Was Hitler a Christian? (19:25); Karl Marx hated religion—how could some liberal Christians love the ideology of Marx? (22:50); the difference between Marxism and Nazism (24:55); the moral implications of Darwinism (25:55); parallels between Nazi Germany and modern American woke culture (32:45); Hitler and Nordic Racism (36:15); climate change from a historical perspective (38:15); problems with calls to “follow the science” (44:00); what is hard heredity and how did it influence Hitler? (50:00); is Darwin’s evolutionary theory compatible with Christianity? (51:50); Darwinism, Neo-Nazism and White Nationalism (55:40); increasing support for infanticide and suicide as a sign of moral progress—but can you have moral progress without objective morality? (1:01:10); do humans have value without the existence of God? (1:04:40).

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May 17, 2022
Millions of First-Generation Christians as in the Book of Acts
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, shares more of his experiences of ministering and teaching through Southeast Asia alongside the extraordinary, Christ-honoring ministry of Gospel for Asia, under the leadership of Metropolitan Yohan. Upon arriving in a remote village, many hundreds of people line up to greet Hank and his team. Consider that these people are first generation Christians “on fire” for their faith in Christ! It is as though being in the Book of Acts. Their church building is packed shoulder-to-shoulder for the entirety of the service—they are completely engaged as they absorb the liturgy. As they pray the Lord’s Prayer. As they recite the Nicene Creed. As they receive the Eucharist and worship God in Spirit and in Truth. What a glorious experience to see their faces and recognize that what happened in the first century can and is happening in the twenty-first century in the Global South, where the Spirit of God is moving mightily. Totaling thousands of churches, Believers Eastern Church with millions of first generation Christians need training in the Faith. They’ve come to faith in Christ and need to become reproducing disciple makers themselves. Hank is deeply grateful to be playing a part in the process of equipping and teaching these extraordinary people. Through CRI’s Going Global Initiative, our ministry—which certainly includes all of you who prayerfully support the work of the Christian Research Institute—is having an impact for time and for eternity.



For further information, see Going Global: 10/40 Window Training Support https://www.equip.org/product/going-global-10-40-window-training-support/.
May 13, 2022
Pixar Sends Same-Sex Kiss to ‘Infinity and Beyond’
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on the headline in USA Today, “‘Lightyear’ Features Queer Character, Same-sex Kiss.” As noted in the article, the new lesbian character named Alisha Hawthorne stole the show as she gets engaged to a woman on the mission’s science crew. A montage shows glimpses of Alisha and her female partner even starting a family together. Despite Disney’s capitulation, reality remains the same. The reality that according to a consensus of sociological metrics, women and men enjoy strategic complementarity. As such, both are essential in the rearing of children. Social science statistics unambiguously support the strategic significance of “gender differentiated parenting.” Neither mothers nor fathers are replaceable in the process. Once we abandon common sense societal values, there is virtually no limit on where unsanctified passions may lead us. In fact, the first sentence in the USA Today article says it all, “Lightyear is taking queer representation to infinity and beyond.” Disney largely capitulated to the culture. Question is, “Will you?”



See Patrick Ryan, “Disney's 'Lightyear' Features Queer Character, Emotional Same-sex Kiss in First Footage,” USA Today, April 27, 2022, https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/movies/2022/04/27/lightyear-disney-pixar-queer-character-same-sex-kiss-toy-story/9556591002/.



For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, “The Transgender Tipping Point: America’s Next Civil Rights Frontier?,” https://www.equip.org/article/the-transgender-tipping-point-americas-next-civil-rights-frontier/.
May 12, 2022
The Work of Selfless Ministry in Southeast Asia
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects further on his experiences of ministering and teaching through Southeast Asia alongside the extraordinary, Christ-honoring ministry of Gospel for Asia. Our Lord Jesus was crystal clear about men, women, and children who are living selfless lives and meeting the needs of others—that in eternity He will not only know them but reward them. “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”



For more information, see Gospel for Asia, https://www.gfa.org/about/. And Christian Research Institute, Going Global https://www.equip.org/product/going-global-10-40-window-training-support/.
May 10, 2022
Leak Puts Pro-life Advocates in Crosshairs of Pro-abortion Extremists
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, weighs in on the leak of Justice Alito’s draft opinion that would strike down Roe v Wade. As Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, the leak was a “singular and egregious breach of trust.” The leaker not only struck a blow against the rule of law but put pro-life advocates squarely in the crosshairs of pro-abortion extremists who not only promote abortion up until the moment of birth but push for legislation that would make allowances for infanticide. Candice Owens, now seven months pregnant, has commented on the genocide of black preborn babies in America, noting that Margaret Sanger—birthmother of Planned Parenthood—didn’t want black people to populate. That if it wasn’t for the abortion industry, the black population would be double what it is today. That some 18 to 19 million black babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973. Cumulatively, American’s have now sacrificed somewhere between 60 and 65 million children on the altar of abortion.



For further study, see the article by Aaron Turner, “Black Lives Matter Inside the Womb and Out,” https://www.equip.org/article/black-lives-matter-inside-the-womb-and-out/
May 09, 2022
Snake Charmers in Southeast Asia
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As Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, continues traveling through Southeast Asia, he ministers to a snake charming village. A place of abject poverty and brokenness, where little children play in conditions so unsanitary you would not allow your animals to step. The snake charmers believe that the snakes are gods, which provide their only source of meager income. But by the grace of the true and living God, a ministry known as Gospel for Asia is providing the very basics of life to these broken people—fresh water, sanitation, education, and the demonstration of the love of Jesus. We are called to labor not for that which perishes but for that which is eternal. In our Going Global Mission, CRI is seeking to do globally the very things we have done in North America—teaching people how to read the Bible for all its substantial worth, and how to mine, meditate on, and memorize the Scriptures, not just for the purpose of gaining knowledge, but rather for the purpose of experiencing life that is life to the full. Life that only Jesus Christ can bring—even in the most meager and broken circumstances.



For more information, see Gospel for Asia, https://www.gfa.org/women/sisters-of-compassion/, and https://www.gfa.org/pray/bridge-of-hope/. And Christian Research Institute, Going Global https://www.equip.org/product/going-global-10-40-window-training-support/.
May 06, 2022
“Lord, Teach Us to Pray!”
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on prayer, as we celebrate the National Day of Prayer. St. Peter outright asked the Master of the universe, “Lord, teach us now to pray!” And that is precisely what the Lord Jesus did (see Luke 11:1-11). While the Prayer of Jesus must never be regarded as a prayer mantra, it is a prayer manner, beginning with the glorious privilege of addressing the Creator of the universe as “Father.” The prayer is a means by which we may step out of the shallow tide pool of our hearts and plunge into an unbounded ocean of uncreated energy. A means by which we may transcend surface things and experience union with God. The Prayer of Jesus provides the doorway into an ever-deepening experience with the divine. Genuine prayer is not found in our noisy askings and gettings; it is experiencing intimacy with the Lover of our souls. Submersion into the divine nature. And our precious Lord provided the archetypal entreaty for doing that very thing.



For further study, see the “The National Day of Prayer,” https://www.equip.org/national-day-of-prayer-from-hank/, the video, “3 Secrets to a Rewarding Prayer Life,” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xktX_qi1mBI), and the book, The Prayer of Jesus, https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resources-prayer-of-jesus-softcover-book-journal-and-dvd/.
May 05, 2022
How Can We Transform the World Through the Love of Christ? with Metropolitan Yohan
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Metropolitan Yohan is the founder and director of GFA World—one of the largest mission operations in the world—and author of numerous books including Revolution in World Missions. Hank Hanegraaff recently spent several weeks with Metropolitan Yohan in Southeast Asia and today they discuss the various mission outreaches of GFA World across the globe along with an opportunity for young adults to get involved through the Set Apart Conference, a Seven-Day Retreat for Young Adults being hosted GFA World in Dallas, Texas this coming June 20-26.

For more information about the work of GFA World click here https://www.gfa.org/ and click here for the Set Apart Conference. https://www.gfa.org/setapart/

Click here for information on CRI’s role as part of our Going Global 10/40 Window Training. https://www.equip.org/product/going-global-10-40-window-training-support/

Topics discussed include: Metropolitan Yohan discusses his beginning in ministry (9:00); thousands of children from impoverished families are being given hope and a brighter future through GFA World (12:30); the Set Apart Conference—Seven days set apart to hear from God—this June 20-26 (24:10); the spiritual transformation that takes place through Theosis and why the Great Commission is best carried out through the Church (31:30); why Metropolitan Yohan is so committed to establishing thousands of churches in the 10/40 Window (40:50); how should Christians view persecution and suffering? (54:05); manifesting divine love to the least of these among us (1:08:05); reaching out to the Dalits—known as untouchables at the lowest level of the caste system—with the love of Christ (1:19:35); medical missions—healing in the name of Christ (1:25:25); working with lepers and the importance of healing the whole person—body and soul (1:32:00); Hanegraaff explains the impact of seeing the outreaches and impact of GFA World (1:36:45); the story of Metropolitan Yohan’s 1962 Volkswagen Beetle (1:48:00).

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May 03, 2022
Is It Ever Warranted to Doubt a Scientific “Consensus”
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, shares a remarkable article by Dr. Jay W. Richards titled, “When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus.’” Richards explains, “Anyone who has studied the history of science knows that scientists are not immune to the non-rational dynamics of the herd.” Jay goes on to offer a twelve-point “checklist to decide when you can, even should, doubt a scientific ‘consensus,’ whatever the subject. One of these signs may be enough to give pause. If they start to pile up, then it’s wise to be leery.”

See Jay Richards, “Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus,’” The Stream, April 19, 2017, https://stream.org/doubt-scientific-consensus/.
Apr 28, 2022
Rescuing Starving and Dying Children in Southeast Asia
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, is in Southeast Asia, speaking with Bishop Irenaeus, a man who has given his life to carrying for the poor and the downtrodden—those whom the Lord Jesus called “the least of these.” Bishop Irenaeus shares the vision God gave him to rescue starving and dying children. And now there are the Sisters of Compassion, specially trained women missionaries who feed, clothe, and care for these children, teaching them the ways of the Lord.



For more information, see Gospel for Asia, https://www.gfa.org/women/sisters-of-compassion/.
Apr 25, 2022
Ministering within a Leper Colony in Southeast Asia
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, is traveling in Southeast Asia, ministering to victims of leprosy. He is working closely with an organization that provides fresh water, sanitation, and education to those who are broken. A brokenness displayed in people whose toes and limbs have rotted away and who are isolated from the outside world. But the Sisters of Compassion, specially trained women missionaries, bring to them the love and care of Christ.

For more information, see Gospel for Asia, https://www.gfa.org/women/sisters-of-compassion/.
Apr 25, 2022
Great and Holy Pascha
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on Great and Holy Pascha in Eastern Orthodox Holy Week. On Pascha (Easter), the culmination of Holy Week, along with the body of Christ worldwide, we celebrate the ultimate game changer. If I face hardships in life “for merely human reasons,” wrote Paul in his first letter to the Corinthian Christians, “what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.’” Paul states directly, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.” Without resurrection, Christianity crumbles. Thus, in 1 Corinthians 15, the apostle Paul provides a four-part argument underscoring the irrevocable reality of Christ’s resurrection.



For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff’s article, “The FEAT of Resurrection,” and his book Resurrection.
Apr 25, 2022
Great and Holy Saturday
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, teaches on Great and Holy Saturday in Eastern Orthodox Holy Week. Holy Saturday marks one of the most enigmatic of all mysteries—the mystery of Christ’s descent into Hades. Being “put to death in the body,” says the apostle Peter, He was “made alive by the Spirit through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also.” Peter here reminds us of two great and glorious truths—both of which are encapsulated in the Liturgy of St. Basil. First, we are saved through water. Second, the descent of Christ into Hades inaugurates resplendent triumph—a triumph by which Christ “tramples down death by death.” In the words of St. John Damascene, “through his descent into Hades, Christ opened the way to paradise for all and calls all to salvation. For some Christ’s preaching led to salvation while for others it only exposed their unbelief.” And adds St. John Chrysostom, “this call is not coercive or forcible. Everyone is called, but not all follow the call. For in the mercy of God there are no obstacles other than the free will of humankind.”
Apr 24, 2022
Great and Holy Friday
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the meaning of Great and Holy Friday of Eastern Orthodox Holy Week. On this day, the Church is brought face to face with the fatal torment of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As the chill of death crept through His body, our Lord cried out, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” These shocking, devastating words harken back to the words of Psalm 22. “I am poured out like water, all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within Me. My strength is dried up, My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth….a band of evil men have encircled Me; they have pierced My hands and My feet. I can count all my bones. People stare, they gloat over Me. They divide my garments among them and they cast lots for my clothing.” Christ’s emptying is our filling. As we emerge from a worldwide pandemic, a time of suffering, despair and death, we are reminded to think back to God’s past faithfulness in Christ—we are assured that He is faithful in the midst of our present circumstances. And that we will be, in the words of King David, “delivered and not disappointed.” The cry of Christ from the cross forever highlights the stark contrast between emotional despair and absolute trust in God’s eternal faithfulness. Today, we remember the Passion of the Christ upon the cross—the Lamb of God who takes away of the sin of the world.
Apr 22, 2022
Great and Holy Thursday
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on Great and Holy Thursday of Eastern Orthodox Holy Week. On this day, we commemorate Christ’s final day on Earth. The vigil on the eve of Holy Thursday is dedicated to the Passover Supper that Christ celebrated with the Twelve—the Supper in which Christ commanded that the Passover of the New Covenant be eaten in remembrance of Himself as the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, which is the sacrament that gives us a foretaste of the time when we will forever enjoy intimate communion with the Lover of our souls in “a new heaven and a new earth.”
Apr 22, 2022
Image Is the Argument for the LGBTQ+ Agenda
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on a profound article by Carl Trueman, titled, “Gay Conservatism Is a Contradiction in Terms.” The article features a striking picture of conservative pundit Dave Rubin and his same-sex partner David Janet holding sonagrams on either side of a plaque reading, “Coming Soon—Baby 1, 8/22/22; Baby 2, 10/14/22.” The image is captivating. Trueman explains that the image “plays powerfully to the spirit of our age: Two attractive and charming young men smiling with delight as they display the sonograms of the children they will be welcoming into the world. The moral narrative is what we might term an aesthetic one: The visible happiness of the couple is the key thing, and that plays to the spirit of our age. There is no larger moral vision by which the picture is to be judged….The moral vision here is that whatever makes modern man or woman happy and which technology makes possible must be good.” Reproductive technologies “shatter all distinctions between the sexes….By using technology to conceive children, the burden (as they saw it) of motherhood would finally be lifted off the shoulders of women and the last great oppressive division of labor—that which naturally existed between men and women—would be abolished.” The image exonerates same-sex marriage, homosexuality, dispenses with the need for differentiated parenting, and puts pressure on conservative Christians to embrace the LGBTQ+ agenda (including the notion that transgender athlete Lia Thomas is in the same category as Jackie Robinson). The icon is the argument. Western Civilization was founded on Word; modernity is fixated on image. One takes work; the other can be mindlessly embraced, shaping our worldview.



Carl Trueman, “Gay Conservatism Is a Contradiction in Terms,” World, March 21, 2022, https://wng.org/opinions/gay-conservatism-is-a-contradiction-in-terms-1647865045
Apr 19, 2022
Infanticide—Abortion after Birth
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on a horrendous Maryland state senate bill that would have condoned infanticide. Senator William Smith forwarded Senate Bill 669, dubbed “Pregnant Person’s Freedom Act of 2022,” which would have allowed “perinatal death related to a failure to act”—in other words, infanticide days after birth. This is believed to be progressive—forward thinking—but if you know your history, you will be well aware of just how regressive it is. Think back to Nero in the first century—when female babies were allowed to expire at the statue of Caesar. Why? They were considered to be expendable, just as we today are beginning to consider not just pre-born but born children to be expendable if you don’t want them. The West has turned in a very dark direction, and it is up to Christians to stand in the midst of evil. Life is the foundation of human civilization. Abraham Kuyper well said, “When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy alike, with all the fire of your faith.”



See Olivia Summers, “Maryland Legislature Considers Sick Bill That Could Legalize Infanticide Up to 28 Days AFTER Birth,” ACLJ, March 4, 2022, updated March 15, 2022, https://aclj.org/pro-life/maryland-legislature-considers-sick-bill-that-could-legalize-infanticide-up-to-28-days-after-birth
Apr 14, 2022
First Drag Queen Certified Candidate for Ordination in the United Methodist Church
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the story that “Dragevangelist” Ms. Penny Cost (Isaac Simmons) is the first drag queen to be a certified candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church—one of the largest evangelical denominations in the world. The name “Penny Cost” comes from the biblical story of Pentecost, and Ms. Penny Cost frequently dons bright red wigs emblematic of “tongues of fire.” But what all this is actually emblematic of is the erosion of the foundation of life in western civilization. The pillars that stand on that foundation are crumbling. Marriage redefined. Gender decoupled from biological sex. Pagans will always exercise their job description—what else can they do? The question is will Christians exercise their job description to be salt and light in a lost and searching world?



See Caroline Brew, “Ms. Penny Cost Discusses Being the First Drag Queen Certified Candidate for Ordination in the United Methodist Church,” Daily Northwestern, February 25, 2022, https://dailynorthwestern.com/2022/02/25/lateststories/ms-penny-cost-discusses-being-the-first-drag-queen-certified-candidate-for-ordination-in-the-united-methodist-church/.



Emily McFarlan Miller, “First Drag Queen Certified as a Candidate for United Methodist Ministry ‘Speaking In a New Way to New People,” April 15, 2021, https://religionnews.com/2021/04/15/first-drag-queen-certified-as-a-candidate-for-united-methodist-ministry-speaking-in-a-new-way-to-new-people/.
Apr 12, 2022
Is It Ever Warranted to Doubt a Scientific “Consensus”
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, shares a remarkable article by Dr. Jay W. Richards titled, “When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus.’” Richards explains, “Anyone who has studied the history of science knows that scientists are not immune to the non-rational dynamics of the herd.” Jay goes on to offer a twelve-point “checklist to decide when you can, even should, doubt a scientific ‘consensus,’ whatever the subject. One of these signs may be enough to give pause. If they start to pile up, then it’s wise to be leery.”

See Jay Richards, “Politics Disguised as Science: When to Doubt a Scientific ‘Consensus,’” The Stream, April 19, 2017, https://stream.org/doubt-scientific-consensus/
Apr 06, 2022
Activist Teachers Recruit Children for LGBTQ Agenda
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reads from and comments on a recent article by Abigail Shrier titled, “How Activist Teachers Recruit Kids.” Shrier writes, “Leaked documents and audio from the California Teachers Association conference reveal efforts to subvert parents on gender identity and sexual orientation,” and include coaching “teachers in student-recruiting tactics.” Churches must equip parents to teach their children, and to model for their children, a biblical worldview.

See Abigail Shrier, “How Activist Teachers Recruit Kids,” The Truth Fairy, November 18, 2021,

https://abigailshrier.substack.com/p/how-activist-teachers-recruit-kids.
Apr 05, 2022
Transgenderism in Sports Logically Extended
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on transgenderism in sports. Cheryl Cooky, Perdue University Professor of American and gender studies, writes, “[Lia] Thomas’ victories in NCAA swimming should be celebrated as an advancement in women’s sports.” Speaking from her NBC platform, Cooky goes on to decry the reality that sports at present are “organized based on the belief of natural differences between men and women, and they are sex-segregated as a result.” And this leads to discrimination. Thus, just as Jackie Robinson was celebrated for breaking the racial barrier as the first Black Major League Baseball player, Lia Thomas should be celebrated for breaking the gender barrier and should be embraced for the “trailblazer that she is.” So, in a nutshell: just as it is right and just not to discriminate on the basis of race, it is right and just not to discriminate on the basis of gender. Taking the argument to its logical conclusion, women should be allowed to play in the NFL, and men should be allowed to play in the LPGA — until we become enlightened enough to drop the “L” from LPGA. Dr. Rachael McKinnon, internationally recognized scholar in philosophy and transgender issues, an individual who transitioned from male to female and thereafter became a 2-time women’s cycling world champion, made the argument explicit in saying that “the gap in performance between elite men and women is closing in every sport. As the men are improving and new records are being set, the women’s records are being set faster. The gap is closing. Its misleading to take the current gap and say that will always be the case.” So, the point would be to become free-thinking enough to do away with gender in sports altogether — then people, whatever they are in mind or body, can compete together in the NFL, NBA, PGA, you name it. What a victory that would be for women, right? Is this supposed victory being won by robust debate or by robust censorship? Under the Bolsheviks, swimming against the tide was a prescription for getting your assets seized; today assigning the wrong pronoun to an NCAA Division I swimming champion is grounds for shutting down your Twitter account and submerging your voice so that truth is left to drown in the pool.



Cheryl Cooky, “Lia Thomas' NCAA Championship Performance Gives Women Sports a Crucial Opportunity,” NBC News, March 21, 2022, https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/we-should-be-celebrating-lia-thomas-we-did-jackie-robinson-ncna1292521.



“Q&A: Dr. Rachel McKinnon, Masters Track Champion and Transgender Athlete,” VeloNews, October 15, 2018, https://www.velonews.com/news/qa-dr-rachel-mckinnon-masters-track-champion-and-transgender-athlete/.
Apr 04, 2022
Increasingly Illiberal Legal Education Repurposes the Law
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on an article by Aaron Sibarium, “The Takeover of America’s Legal System.” Sibarium writes, “At Boston College Law School this semester, a constitutional law professor asked students: ‘Who does not think we should scrap the constitution?’ According to a student in the class, not a single person raised their hand.” Why? Because truth is no longer as important as virtue signaling. Sibarium goes on to report that “Last year, NASDAQ demanded that companies listing shares on its exchanges meet racial and gender quotas.” And “Lawyers at top law firms in New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles said they fret constantly about saying the wrong thing—or taking on the wrong client.” As such, “Religious liberty cases” are “totally off the table.” The reality is that “progressives have set about repurposing the law.” Even “the principle that one is innocent until proven guilty” seems to be in question. “At stake…is the American justice system itself.” Justice no longer being about the equal application of the law as much as about “the preferences of those in power.

Aaron Sibarium, “The Takeover of America’s Legal System,” Common Sense, March 21, 2022, https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/the-takeover-of-americas-legal-system.
Apr 04, 2022
Update from Sister Jobje Undergoing Her 27th Cycle of Chemotherapy
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, offers an update on his sister Jobje, who is battling pancreatic cancer. While undergoing her 27th cycle of chemotherapy, Jobje writes, “I continue to reflect on God’s immense blessings that He continually pours over me on this journey. O how merciful and gracious He is! It is with such gratitude that I thank Him for His compassion upon me, especially in this Lenten season. We so easily skip to a ‘Happy Easter,’ forgetting that ‘Jesus walked this lonesome valley. He had to walk it by Himself. Nobody else could walk it for Him. He did it—all by Himself,’ for me and you. Even for me, His oh so undeserving child. This song came to me in the wee morning hours. On that awful, ‘awe-full’ Good Friday, how would I have reacted? Would I have been one of those in that crowd to watch in horror or worship? Would I be crying, singing, and praying for Him, my Jesus? Or would I be as one of those curious bystanders, doubting, spitting, mocking, scoffing, rejecting? Oh, I am so ashamed for the pain I have personally in my life caused Him, to die such a horrific death. Yesterday, as we drove to the Cancer Center again, as always, I get a little anxious the last couple miles. You never know what will happen when all the labs are drawn, analyzed, and interpreted. But once again God’s grace poured down upon me; for as we neared the cancer center, the sun shone brightly, in such a way as I never noticed before. I saw all the crosses on the downtown churches, the Greek Orthodox Church, St. Andrews Cathedral, and many of the other churches, each with their crosses on the their tall spires surrounding the St. Mary’s Hospital complex. Symbolically they were all beckoning to me via their bright sun-lit crosses that I should be at peace, and to trust. But the best cross shining and beckoning to me, coaxing me into the doors of the Lack’s Cancer Center again, was the brightly sun-lit cross on the domed roof of the upstairs cancer center chapel. It was like a symbol of God’s care, like a canopy spreading to all who entered, including to me. Powerfully and vividly it was reminding me of all He has done for me. It was reminding me to trust, to walk this very lonely road myself, certainly not like He did, but to walk in this journey to His Cross, even through death, and then to Him….I was reminded to be more diligent in contemplating His Atonement these forty days of Lent, to hypothetically walk with Him in His sufferings, to pray more, and to be reminded of His great love for me. I have put on my custom-made spiritual shoes again and continue to walk one step at a time. Sometimes, though, I slog through deep sucking puddles of quicksand that spiritually bog me down in despair, and which give me the feeling of being so alone on this difficult journey. But then God sends His angels to walk with me, even for people like my dear loving husband, a supportive family, and friends. He encourages me with cards in the mail in His exact timing. He even grants me the assurances of people still willing to pray for me on this journey. Thank you!!! Oh, a ‘Forever Easter’ in Heaven! I look forward to that day! In His cross I glory, Jobje 🦋 🌷”
Apr 01, 2022
Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? with Casey Luskin
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Hank Hanegraaff is joined by Dr. Casey Luskin, associate director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, and author of “Lessons Learned (and Not Learned) from the Evangelical Debate Over Adam and Eve” in the upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal. Hank and Dr. Luskin discuss why so many Christians are so quick to abandon the belief of a historical Adam and Eve, theistic evolution, evolutionary creationism, the argument that human genetic diversity can’t be explained by an original Adam and Eve and more.

Topics discussed include: The debate over Adam and Eve—Why are so many Christians today eager to abandon a historical Adam and Eve? (9:15); theistic evolution (12:40); evolutionary creationism (16:35); could Adam and Eve alone have produced the genetic diversity in our world? (18:05); why do so many Christians feel the need to conform their religious beliefs to the popular scientific consensus of the day? (25:05); different ways to view the relationship between religion and science (30:00); William Lane Craig and his book In Quest of the Historical Adam (33:45); the problem with consensus science (42:20); how can we discern how and when to question consensus science? (48:25); the sociology and politicization of science (52:45); is Intelligent Design just a “God of the gaps” argument? (57:45); eugenics as an example of the problem with consensus science (1:02:00); junk DNA and common descent (1:05:25); Darwin’s Tree of Life (1:12:45); punctuated equilibrium (1:16:05); convergent evolution or common design? (1:20:45); misinformation regarding icons of evolution (1:26:25); how to educate children about the scie

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Mar 31, 2022
Hate Crimes and the Abolition of Religion
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on an opinion piece in the Charlotte Observer, “Church Vandalism Is Soaring; Here’s Why We All Should Care.” The article begins with the words “Satan lives here”—these hateful words, along with graffiti and swastikas, spray-painted on a Cathedral in Denver. We are shocked, as we should be, when we read about such incidences. But as vandalism of this nature becomes increasingly commonplace, the shock wears off. The authors suggest that 2021 will set a record for hate crimes, as “religiously motivated attacks” increase. Why? The authors posit the Christian opposition to abortion as one motivation for such attacks. We shouldn’t be surprised. Karl Marx wrote, “The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.” A rank materialist, Marx believed that “the physical facts fix all the facts” (as the atheist philosopher Alex Rosenberg pithily puts it). But Marx was wrong—Christianity is not an illusion. When you look at the heavens you see God’s “eternal power and divine nature,” and in seeing that, as Paul wrote, we are “without excuse” (Romans 1:20). Christians must become equipped to exercise truth and experience life.



See Samuel J. Aquila and Tim Busch, “Church Vandalism Is Soaring; Here’s Why We All Should Care,” Charlotte Observer, November 21, 2021, https://www.pressreader.com/similar/281779927385288
Mar 29, 2022
Not the Incredible Shrinking Planet
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on an article titled “The Incredible Shrinking Planet.” From this article you get the sense that when we discovered that the Sun does not revolve around Earth, we likewise discovered that we are but an insignificant pale blue dot (as Carl Sagan put it). That we have little significance considering the vastness of the universe—with more than a trillion galaxies, each with hundreds of billions of stars (and presumably many times more planets). But the reality is that we are a privileged planet. We humans are of an inestimable value, created in the image of God, and we do inhabit an exalted place in this universe. In coming to grips with the size of the universe, neither we nor our planet have shrunk in significance. Indeed, the vastness intensifies our significance. We have been created for eternity—including incomprehensible growth and development.



Philip Yancey, “The Incredible Shrinking Planet,” February 17, 2022, https://philipyancey.com/the-incredible-shrinking-planet.



Hank Hanegraaff, “Is Earth a Privileged Planet?” (from The Creation Answer Book [Thomas Nelson, 2012], February 4, 2014, Christian Research Institute, https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/earth-privileged-planet/.
Mar 21, 2022
Man of God (film) with Yelena Popovic, Christopher Tripoulas, and Metropolitan Cleopas
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On this edition of Hank Unplugged Hank Hanegraaff is joined by Yelena Popovic, Metropolitan Cleopas and Christopher Tripoulas to discuss the film Man of God, written and directed by Yelena Popovic. Man of God was released internationally in 2021 and will have exclusive viewings in the United States on March 21st and 28th 2022.

Exiled unjustly, convicted without a trial, slandered without cause. The life of St. Nektarios of Aegina was one of persecution and prosecution. A priest of the common people, his popularity provoked the jealousy of the clergy in Alexandria and as a result, he was defrocked and expelled from Egypt. In contrast to his religious “superiors”, Nektarios cared for the poor, taught peasant girls to read and write, and performed miracles. Even his last moment on earth was used to help another: upon his death, Nektarios’ undergarment was removed, and as it fell upon a paralyzed man in the hospital bed next to him, the lame man arose to walk. So, too, do we hope Man of God will awaken the paralyzed faith in audiences around the world.

To view the trailer for Man of God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwptmiAhu28

For showtimes near you: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Man-of-God

Topics discussed include: Hank Hanegraaff describes his personal relationship to St. Nektarios (0:30); the inspiration behind making a movie about a modern saint-St. Nektarios (7:00); it is easier to portray evil than good-the challenge of playing the goodness in St. Nektarios (12:50); the significance of St. Nektarios (14:30); how should we respond to slander and persecution? (18:55); experiencing spiritual warfare (23:15); the life and ministry of St. Nektarios (26:15); the reality of miracles and God’s presence in our daily lives (29:40); what is the significance of the relics of Saints? (34:40); healing and healthcare (40:55); the corruption of power, even in the Church (43:45); the exceptional education and intellectual sophistication of St. Nektarios (48:45); the importance of almsgiving and caring for the poor and suffering (53:00); living our lives with an eternal perspective as evidenced by the life and ministry of St. Nektarios (1:01:35); persecution and turning the other cheek (1:07:05); a powerful miracle associated with St. Nektarios (1:11:00); is there still a stigma associated with St. Nektarios as a result of the accusations against him during his life? (1:13:30); how to watch the film Man of God (1:23:20).
Mar 17, 2022
Ezekiel, Russia, and Pat Robertson
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on sensationalistic end-time scenarios occasioned by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Let Ezekiel mention the word rosh, and the imaginations of end-time sensationalists go wild. The Hebrew word rosh sounds enough like “Russia” to implicate Russia as the villain in sensationalistic end-time scenarios. However, as documented by credible historians and linguists, the word “Russia” is an eleventh century Viking word and as such should not be semantically linked to the Hebrew word rosh. Moreover, if we fail to understand the history communicated in Scripture, we can come up with all kinds of sensationalistic scenarios. Take Pat Robertson ranting recently about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, citing Ezekiel. The problem is Robertson’s failure to understand the historical context of Ezekiel’s prophecies, which have nothing to do with current events in Ukraine. The historical principle of biblical interpretation keeps one from supposing—as do modern day prophecy pundits—that Ezekiel longed for a third or fourth temple when the second had not yet arisen from the ashes of the first.



For Pat Robertson’s statements, see Steve Warren, “‘God Is Getting Ready to Do Something Amazing’: CBN Founder Pat Robertson on Russia and Its Place in Prophecy,” CBN News, February 28, 2022,

https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/2022/february/god-is-getting-ready-to-do-something-amazing-founder-pat-robertson-on-russia-and-its-place-in-prophecy.



For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, Has God Spoken?

https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-has-god-spoken/.
Mar 08, 2022
Misreading the Book of Knowledge and the Book of Nature with Hank Hanegraaff
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, discusses his “From the President” column in the current issue of the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, 44, no. 04 (2021): 4–6. In a brilliant commentary on Genesis, the erudite Saint Ephrem the Syrian (c. 306 – c. 373) rightly depicted “the paradise narrative as a paradigm of deification, an interpretive framework for the history of redemption, and a spiritual geography for the conceptualization of deifying union with God as the goal of the Christian life.” Saint Ephrem, like the church fathers as a whole, set a high premium on the proper interpretation of Genesis in understanding what it means to be truly human. In the current issue of the JOURNAL, Fazale Rana provides a Summary Critique of William Lane Craig’s In Quest of the Historical Adam. Dr. Craig misreads both science and Scripture. Moreover, Craig invokes a novel interpretive framework clearly in conflict with “what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all.”

To read Hank’s From the President in the current issue (March 2022) of the Christian Research Journal, entitled, “Misreading the Book of Knowledge and the Book of Nature” please click here.https://www.equip.org/article/misreading-the-book-of-knowledge-and-the-book-of-nature/

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Mar 03, 2022
Western Governments Lead Charge toward Chaos
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, is reminded of how Western governments, mandated by God to ennoble life, promote justice, and restrain sin, are instead leading a charge toward social chaos. This denigration of civilization is evidenced in the crushing of the foundation and quintessential building blocks of civil society: marriage, government, and church, all of which rest atop the foundation of human life. Consider marriage, once believed to be “the unique, permanent, and comprehensive union of body, mind, emotion, and soul, the proper end of which is the bearing and rearing of children.” But not only has the United States Supreme Court redefined marriage, it has opened Pandora’s grizzly box. How? If there is no special virtue in gender differentiated parenting, is there any magic in the number 2? And why arbitrarily assign 18 as the magical age of consent? Once Western civilization abandons the biblical definition of marriage, there is virtually no limit on where our unsanctified passions will inevitably lead—even to the eradication of gender distinctions ordained by God from the beginning. And today, the lives of children have become expendable. Moreover, the Church has become a microcosm of the culture rather than being a change agent in the culture—the Church has largely succumbed to the onslaught of illiberal liberalism. The Church must once again take the task of Christian education seriously.



See Hank Hanegraaff, Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/
Feb 28, 2022
Teachers Allegedly Persuade 11-Year-Old Girl That She’s a Boy
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on an article in the Daily Wire by Hank Berrien about a mother “taking legal action against teachers who allegedly persuaded” her “eleven-year-old daughter that she was a boy.” The mother, Jessica Konen, is quoted as saying, “You wouldn’t expect a teacher to be predatorial toward a child.” Berrien explains that the sixth-grader “was allegedly recruited by teachers and encouraged to change her name to a boy’s name while being told not to tell her mother.” Teachers are alleged to have “‘planted the seed’ to convince Konen’s daughter to believe she was bisexual, then urged the girl to believe she was a transgender boy.” The increasing commonality of these kinds of stories potentially desensitizes us to the cultural shift occurring before our eyes. As Western Civilization attempts to decouple biological sex from gender, eradicating the very distinctives given to us by our Creator, we as followers of Christ must not sit by idly to watch it happen. In the words of Abraham Kuyper, “When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.” If we do not pray and stand for truth now, we will lose Western Civilization.



See Hank Berrien, “CA Mom Takes Legal Action Against Teachers Who Allegedly Persuaded 11-Year-Old Daughter She Was A Boy,” Daily Wire, January 24, 2022, https://www.dailywire.com/news/ca-mom-takes-legal-action-against-teachers-who-allegedly-persuaded-11-year-old-daughter-she-was-a-boy.



For further study, read Ryan T. Anderson’s book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment https://www.equip.org/product/when-harry-became-sally-responding-to-the-transgender-moment/; and Rod Dreher’s essential book, Live Not by Lies: A Manuel for Christian Dissidents https://www.equip.org/product/live-not-by-lies-a-manual-for-christian-dissidents/.
Feb 21, 2022
St. Valentine(s)
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, ponders the Saints Valentine—in the plural because there were two! They had something in common. They were both imprisoned, tortured, and killed in the third century. They not only shared the same name, but in sharing the same fate, they became inspirational for Christians into the present day. One was a bishop. The other a presbyter. One was a healer. The other was a valiant defender of marriage. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the personification and paradigm of what is true love—and both saints stood for the truth of Christ no matter the cost. Two men who loved Truth enough to die to self, to live for God, to say that the institution of marriage was created, sustained, and given to us by God Himself. If you redefine marriage, you change the very essence of marriage. And so we remember both Valentines. Are we willing to stand for truth—particularly when it comes to marriage?
Feb 15, 2022
Another Edifying Update from Jobje, an Authentic Christian in the Midst of Suffering
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, shares part of another missive from his sister Jobje, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Jobje writes, “During the last few weeks, I have been pondering a couple of precious verses. They convict me to deny myself. They coax me to willingly surrender to God’s sovereign will, no matter what. These verses come from Romans 5:2–5. ‘We rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance produces character, and character produces hope. And hope does not disappoint us. Because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the precious Holy Spirit who he has given to us.’” Jobje continues, “O how blessed I am to have a living Word that I can turn to in my suffering. It keeps producing in my character more hope and His desire for my life. Simultaneously, I am thrilled with the wonderful care that I have been privileged to receive. Yet this continual process is physically exhausting, emotionally draining. It feels like I am now traveling in an invisible wheelchair—a wheelchair of pancreatic cancer. I cannot skip along the path of life like a care-free child. I do not cruise on the highway of life like a strong young adult. My invisible mode of transportation—this infirmity wheelchair—has me hampered in. Yet I am still journeying onward. And even in this the Lord has given me huge blessings and the sacred privilege of being refined into His image.” In the midst of suffering, Jobje is an example of the authentic Christian life.
Feb 14, 2022
A Privileged Planet at Its Core
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast, comments on a sensationalistic headline in USA Today, “The Rapidly Cooling Core of Earth Is Cause for Concern” (print edition). Scott Gleeson writes, “Earth's interior is cooling faster than we previously estimated, according to a recent study (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2021.117329), prompting questions about how long people can live on the planet.” The lead author of the peer-reviewed study indicates that Earth may become what Mercury and Mars are like today—just another rocky and uninhabitable planet. Earth’s magnetic field, which would be lost in the cooling, protects life from lethal cosmic radiation—just one aspect of what makes Earth a privileged planet. Despite the “cause for concern,” the cooling process “should be hundreds of millions or even billions of years.” Sensationalism never seems to end. The reality is that Earth is a singularly privileged planet designed for discovery. The unique conditions necessary to support intelligent life turn out to provide the best overall conditions for scientific discovery.

See Scott Gleeson, “Earth's Core Is Rapidly Cooling, Study Reveals. Is Our Planet Becoming ‘Inactive’”? USA Today, January 19, 2022, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/01/19/earth-interior-cooling-faster-study/6576214001/.

For further study, see The Privileged Planet (DVD and book) https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resources-the-privileged-planet-dvd-and-book-ea/. And see the article, “Is Earth a Privileged Planet?” https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/earth-privileged-planet/.

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Feb 12, 2022
Pornography Devastates Children
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on a USA Today opinion piece, “Pornography Is Hurting the Children of America: Eilish’s Experience Is Much Too Common,” January 20, 2022 (print edition), by Theresa Olohan. Billie Eilish’s fans were shocked by her recent condemnation of pornography. She had been “exposed to sexually explicit acts online when she was only 11 years old.” The article goes on to note that a study by the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire reports that “93% of boys and 62% of girls are exposed to pornography before age 18.” Children are exposed at startlingly young ages in an era when pornography is becoming increasingly acceptable—the norm rather than the exception. But the dangers have not changed. Pornography “desensitizes viewers”—one requires more and more degrading representations of sexual activity to be stimulated by them. And it is a precursor to increasingly dangerous sexual practices. In adults, pornography is known “to cause developmental problems, body image issues as well as erectile dysfunction.” It “normalizes sexual objectification and distorts healthy views of sex.” Consequences for children are incomprehensibly worse. Yet the portal to porn is often in the palm of the hands of young children in the form of smartphones. As a follower of Christ, you must “be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NIV). Our Lord warned, “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).



For further study, see Joe Dallas, “Darkening Our Minds: The Problem of Pornography Among Christians” https://www.equip.org/article/darkening-our-minds-the-problem-of-pornography-among-christians/. And a book by Joe Dallas, The Game Plan : The Men’s 30-Day Strategy for Attaining Sexual Integrity https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-game-plan-the-mens-30-day-strategy-for-attaining-sexual-integrity-yt/.
Feb 10, 2022
Called to Demonstrate Truth
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Hank Unplugged podcast, exhorts followers of Christ to be able to demonstrate that Christianity is not an illusion. Karl Marx said, “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” We should pay attention to that word “oppressed” because for Marx everything was a battle between the oppressed and the oppressor. In the evolution of civilization, religion must be destroyed. Why? According to Marx, “The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness.” What’s the antidote to that? To demonstrate that true religion is not an illusion but is faith grounded in irrefutable fact. Marx was a devotee of Charles Darwin, and Darwin has won the day in our culture. Thus, Christians must demonstrate truth. There is an experience that we can have that transcends all philosophical speculation. The truth of Christianity is not about only this life, but it is about life as a continuum that goes on for all eternity. And as Vladimir Lossky so eloquently wrote, “After the Fall, human history is a long shipwreck awaiting rescue: but the port of salvation is not the goal; it is the possibility for the shipwrecked to resume his journey whose sole goal is union with God.”
Feb 08, 2022
Prayer for Jobje through Doubt and Fear
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, shares a note from his dear sister Jobje—a note written in humility through tears, as she journeys through the travails of pancreatic cancer. She is most thankful for your prayers! “The prayers of God’s people” help her “to keep plodding along” what she describes as “an uncertain road.” Jobje explains, “I am truly overwhelmed, humbled, I’m so grateful that you still continue to pray even after fifteen months have gone by since my diagnosis.” She writes, “My nights have been plagued by long sleepless times as I try to relearn to rest in His promises anew, in those dark alone hours. It is amazing how the darkness of the night spawns so many doubts. So many fears, not to mention the Devil attacking my thoughts to reinforce those fears. Oh, to learn to trust during those dark restless nights in my mind and soul. Then I pray all the more in earnest, ‘Lord, help me to trust. Help me to be at peace’” She goes on to express, “I’m so glad I learned to trust in Him, my precious Savior, my friend. I know that He is with me and will be with me until the end. The thought of Jesus being with me to the end should be so comforting, and yet sometimes in those dark and deep valleys of dismay and despair, my trust seems to evaporate in the pervasive fog of that dark valley. And its surroundings make me again lose sight that He is still with me. Oh, ye of little faith.” And “Yes, it is so sweet to trust in Jesus / Just from sin and self to cease; / Just from Jesus simply taking / Life, and rest, and joy, and peace.” That shall be eternal life—rest, joy, and final peace. Ending her note with those six memorable words, “I look forward to that Day.” Please pray for Jobje.
Feb 04, 2022
Loosing a Floodgate of Iniquity
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on a news report by Mark A. Kellner in the Washington Times, “Evangelical Lutheran LGBTQ Ministry Group Suspends First Transgender Bishop” (December 21, 2021). The article states, “A group promoting LGBTQ clergy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA] has suspended its first transgender bishop over allegations of ‘racist words and actions.’” The Renaissance humanist scholar Desiderius Erasmus warned about loosing a floodgate of iniquity. Once you are loosed from the restraining fetters of apostolic tradition, the creeds, and the ecumenical councils, you can re-imagine the church in such a way that it is no longer the hope of civilization but rather becomes a destructive force in civilization.



See https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2021/dec/21/evangelical-lutheran-lgbtq-ministry-group-suspends/
Feb 04, 2022
Ambassadors for Christ
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Hank Unplugged podcast, exhorts us as followers of Christ to be difference-makers in the face of the devolution of western civilization. Like the ancient Roman Empire before its fall, we are poised for either ruin or revival. It is followers of Christ, not pagans, who are the deciding factors. Pagans exercise their job description—what else would they do? The question is are we as followers of Christ going to exercise our job description? What is that? We are called to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ—not just by what we say but the example we set through living in the light of Christ. The apostle Paul said that “we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Feb 01, 2022
Birth of Grandson Pax Hanegraaff
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, meditates on the birth of his new grandson, Pax Johannis Hanegraaff. Pax means peace. Consider what the Bible says about conception and birth. “You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you” (Psalm 139:13–18 NIV). Pax is fearfully and wonderfully made!
Jan 26, 2022
Professor Brittany Cooper’s Racism
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reacts to an article in The College Fix, “Rutgers University Faculty Groups Support Prof Who Said White People ‘Gotta Be Taken Out.’” The article is about statements made by Dr. Brittany Cooper, a tenured associate professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers University—a university with formative ties to the Dutch Reformed Church. In a video interview with The Root, Professor Cooper implies that white people invented slavery and conquest, and that white people are “committed to being villains.” She also states, “The thing I want to say to you is that we gotta take these [expletive deleted] out, but like, we can’t say that, right? I don’t believe in a project of violence. I truly don’t, because in the end, I think our souls suffer from that. And I do think some of this is spiritual condition.” Elsewhere, she calls herself “a practicing Christian” and writes, “The Jesus I know, love, talk about and choose to retain was a radical, freedom-loving, justice-seeking, potentially queer (because he was either asexual or a priest married to a prostitute), feminist healer, unimpressed by scripture-quoters and religious law-keepers, seduced neither by power nor evil.” This ought to remind us once again that we are not to come up with our own novel interpretations of the word of God or the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).



See “Rutgers University Faculty Groups Support Prof Who Said White People ‘Gotta Be Taken Out,’” The College Fix, November 7, 2021, https://www.thecollegefix.com/rutgers-u-faculty-groups-support-prof-who-said-white-people-gotta-be-taken-out/.



Becket Adams, “No, White People Didn’t Invent Slavery and Conquest,” Washington Examiner, October 28, 2021, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/no-white-people-didnt-invent-slavery-and-conquest.



Brittany Cooper statements in “Unpacking the Attacks on Critical Race Theory,” The Root, YouTube, September 21, 2021, https://youtu.be/efjZqmVKm9Q.



Brittany Cooper @ProfessorCrunk, Twitter post, April 28, 2020,

https://twitter.com/ProfessorCrunk/status/1255116155599171589.



Brittany Cooper, “The Right’s Made-up God: How Bigots Invented a White Supremacist Jesus,” Salon, April 1, 2015, https://www.salon.com/2015/04/01/the_rights_made_up_god_how_bigots_invented_a_white_supremacist_jesus/.
Jan 25, 2022
Astonishing Testimony to the Sanctity of Life: Frozen Embryo Snowflake #94—Elise
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, shares and celebrates the wonderful story of Elise, frozen embryo Snowflake #94, who is now 16 years of age. A couple named Eric and Kris heard Hank answering a question on the Bible Answer Man broadcast about the status of an embryo. Human life begins when one sperm cell from one human being fertilizes an egg in another human being. The forming embryo does not have a fully developed personality but does have full personhood from the moment of conception—and bears the imago Dei. Kris and Eric decided that they would adopt a frozen embryo! The frozen embryo arrived via Fed-Ex and was implanted in Kris’s uterus and was brought to full term. Hank had the privilege of meeting Elise when she was a baby—and now she is 16! A truly amazing story. Glory to God!



Listen to Hank talk more about Elise’s story on the Bible Answer Man broadcast, https://www.equip.org/video/embryo-adoption/. For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, “Should Christians Support a Ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research?” https://www.equip.org/bible_answers/should-christians-support-a-ban-on-embryonic-stem-cell-research/; and Clinton Wilcox, “The Human Embryo: Potential Person or Person with Great Potential?,” https://www.equip.org/article/the-human-embryo-potential-person-or-person-with-great-potential/.
Jan 24, 2022
How to Become a Pro-Life Advocate: Discussing Abortion with Frederica Mathewes-Green
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When Roe v. Wade was decided almost half a century ago, Frederica Mathewes-Green believed that the landmark decision didn’t go far enough to ensure adequate abortion access for women. However, everything changed after she read an article titled “What I Saw at the Abortion” in a 1976 edition of the magazine Esquire that detailed the violent act against both woman and child that takes place when an abortion is performed. Simply put, there was no way that a peace-loving feminist could support this violence against both woman and child and just like that she became a pro-life advocate. Frederica Mathewes-Green went on to become a pre-eminent voice for the lives of the unborn and—importantly—the mothers who carried these children. Almost everyone on both sides of the debate can agree on one thing—abortion is a miserable choice, as Frederica emphasized in Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion, “No woman wants an abortion as she wants an ice cream cone or a Porsche. She wants an abortion as an animal caught in a trap wants to gnaw off its own leg.”

Frederica joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the state of abortion in America as well as what she has learned during the decades of her distinguished career encouraging dialogue between pro-choice and pro-life advocates.

For further study, see Frederica Mathewes-Green, Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-real-choices-listening-to-women-looking-for-alternatives-to-abortion/



Topics discussed include: What changed your mind about abortion? (5:00); is abortion a violent act against women? (8:30); abortion fatigue—people just don’t want to talk about abortion (9:30); Roe v. Wade (11:00); snowflake children—when does life begin? (12:15); the importance of listening to the stories of women when discussing abortion (18:50); defending unborn children without making mothers the enemy (23:45); finding common ground—how can pro-choice and pro-life people better understand one another? (26:30); is public opinion changing on abortion? (30:25); most countries in the world have banned abortion after 12 weeks—making US abortion policy one of the most liberal globally (33:20); “in the land where women kill their unborn children, every lesser love grows frail” (34:30); the extreme individualism of our culture (38:35); what would America look like without abortion? (40:30); what about adoption instead of abortion? (45:15); misconceptions about contraception (48:25); cheap sex—the devaluation of sex in a culture of free love (50:00); the difficulties of being a single parent and the benefits of a two-parent home (59:00); the war on adoption—why is adoption disparaged by abortion advocates? (1:02:40); what actually happens during an abortion procedure? (1:05:45); victims of unisex sexuality (1:12:10); the paradoxical aims of feminism (1:13:30); the problem with government welfare programs (1:18:15); the importance of a support system for mothers and children (1:20:00); the importance of listening to women’s stories about abortion (1:21:30); the issue of abortion in the early church (1:27:15); how should we talk about abortion? (1:30:00); responding to common pro-choice claims about abortion (1:34:00); the impact of Frederica Mathewes-Green’s book Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion (1:42:25). https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-real-choices-listening-to-women-looking-for-alternatives-to-abortion/

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Jan 20, 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. and the Power of One
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, contemplates the power of one and the life of Martin Luther King Jr. He was stabbed, his home was bombed, and ultimately was murdered. Yet his legacy lives on because he was willing to contend for truth no matter the cost. Although Hank has significant theological differences with Dr. King, he greatly admires his life and legacy. Thinking of Dr. King’s last oration—the night of April 3, 1968—the night before his assassination. He fixed our eyes on an eternal prize and counseled his devotees to have tough minds, yet tender hearts. To speak truth boldly from a heart of love. He was a demonstration of the power of one—one smile, one word, one vote, one prayer, one journey, one life. The night before he died, he said, “I do not know what will happen now. We have some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me because I have been to the mountain top. Like anybody, I would like to live a long life—longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain, and I’ve looked over and I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land. And so I’m happy tonight; I’m not worried about anything; I’m not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.”
Jan 18, 2022
The Passing of CRI’s Rick Morgan
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the passing of our dear brother Rick Morgan. Absent the body, he is present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). One day when Jesus returns a second time, Rick’s soul will return to his body and his body will be resurrected immortal, imperishable, incorruptible (1 Corinthians 15). Though he is no longer in flesh, he continues as one of that great cloud of witnesses. St. Paul said, because we are surrounded by those witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders the race marked out for us (Hebrews 12). Which is precisely what Rick did in his life, including substantial contribution to the work of the Christian Research Institute. As CRI’s webmaster, Rick constantly resolved to accomplish all to the glory of God. Rick contracted COVID-19, along with his wife Cindee, who is the daughter of Walter Martin, CRI’s founder. But Rick did not make it. Please pray for Cindee and their family through this profound heartbreak.
Jan 18, 2022
Reflections on the Passing of Famous People
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on an article in USA Today by David Colton remembering numerous famous people who died in 2021. Colin Powell, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Dole, Hank Aaron, Prince Philip, Rush Limbaugh—in this article there is a long list of those who had an impact in this life and have now transitioned. They continue to live—have consciousness—apart from the body. Author Anne Rice, who had “embraced the crude myth of vampires.” Larry King, who famously said, “The key to interviewing is listening.” Marcus Lamb, founder of Daystar Network, a prosperity peddler, died of COVID-19. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and F. W. De Klerk, each having won a Nobel Prize for their roles in ending apartheid in South Africa. Willard Scott, Today show weatherman—one of the most recognizable influencers of our time. As we think about those who have passed from this life to eternity, consider “Only one life, twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last” (C.T. Studd). We all will one day stand before God and give an account for what we did in our lives. Let us live our lives for that which counts for all eternity. Our Lord said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19–21).



See David Colton, “Hank Aaron, Bob Dole, Cicely Tyson, John Madden: Remembering Notables Who Died in 2021,” USA Today, December 19, 2021 (updated December 31, 2021), https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/12/19/famous-people-who-died-2021/6496794001/
Jan 17, 2022
The Passing of John Madden and Harry Reid
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, continues to reflect on the passing of famous individuals—specifically, John Madden and Harry Reid (both died December 28, 2021). Madden might be called the high priest of football. NFL games are highly ritualized and liturgical, and for many people, the NFL has become an object of worship—their idol. Madden, who won a Superbowl in 1976 with the Oakland Raiders and became the face of a videogame empire based on the NFL, was a coaching phenomenon and football’s greatest evangelist. But he now has passed from this life into eternity. And then there is Harry Reid, who led the Senate from 2007–2015. The Democrats grumbled about his ban on partial-birth abortion and his opposition to Roe v. Wade—and he was a died-in-the-wool Mormon. Thus, Reid passed from this life believing that “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens” (Joseph Smith). He believed that Jesus Christ is not the self-existent Creator of all things but is, rather, the spirit-brother of Lucifer, conceived in heaven by a celestial Mother and then came in flesh as a result of the Father having sex with the virgin Mary. He believed that “the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion” (Joseph Smith). He held to the four Mormon standard works—the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price. It’s worth noting that Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of divine revelations that includes the doctrine of polygamy. Not until the Mormons were threatened by the federal government did Mormon president Wilford Woodruff receive a revelation relegating polygamy to the afterlife. And Pearl of Great Price is notorious for having been used by Mormonism to prevent those of African heritage from entering the priesthood and from being exalted to godhood. Reid believed that Temple Mormons will make it to the Celestial Heaven, but only those who are sealed in secret Temple rituals will make it to the third level of the Celestial Kingdom and become gods of their own planets. Because of such teachings, and many others, Mormonism has little to do with true Christianity. What is vitally important for all of us to recognize is that there is a true faith—the true faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Everything else is a corruption of the true faith. Consider how important it is to be in the true faith, because no one gets out of this world alive. Let us glorify God in all that we think, say, and do.



For further study, see Hank Hanegraaff, “Is Jesus Christ the Spirit Brother of Satan?” https://www.equip.org/article/is-jesus-christ-the-spirit-brother-of-satan/; Hank Hanegraaff, “Mormonism And Polygamy,” https://www.equip.org/hank_speaks_out/mormonism-and-polygamy/; Eric Johnson, “Plural Marriage and Joseph Smith: A PR Nightmare in Mormonism,” https://www.equip.org/article/plural-marriage-joseph-smith-pr-nightmare-mormonism/; Bill McKeever, “Unexplaining the Mormon Priesthood Ban on Blacks,” https://www.equip.org/article/unexplaining-mormon-priesthood-ban-blacks/; Eric Johnson, “Mormonism, Afterlife, and Striving after Godhood,” https://www.equip.org/article/mormonism-the-afterlife-and-striving-after-godhood/; Bill McKeever and Eric Johnson, “The Mormon View of Salvation: A Gospel That Is Truly Impossible,” https://www.equip.org/article/mormon-view-salvation-gospel-truly-impossible/.



See David Colton, “Hank Aaron, Bob Dole, Cicely Tyson, John Madden: Remembering Notables Who Died in 2021,” USA Today, December 19, 2021 (updated December 31, 2021), https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/12/19/famous-people-who-died-2021/6496794001/.
Jan 14, 2022
Reflections on the Death of Sarah Weddington
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the tragic legacy of Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who argued the infamous abortion rights case Roe v. Wade before the United States Supreme Court in 1973—essentially legalizing abortion in the United States. Raised as a minister’s daughter, Weddington passionately advanced abortion in America. The ends justifying the means, abortion leaders at the time encouraged the telling of the fabricated story of the rape of Norma McCorvey—a.k.a. Jane Roe. This kind of deception is often justified by a “larger truth”—and that larger truth, from the standpoint of Weddington, is that the painful killing of innocent human beings is a human right. The legalization of abortion has caused the deaths of untold numbers of unborn babies.

For further study, see Frederica Mathewes-Green, Real Choices: Listening to Women, Looking for Alternatives to Abortion https://amzn.to/3HOnb9M
Jan 13, 2022
Prayer of a Righteous Person Is Powerful
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on an opinion piece in USA Today by Steven Petrow, titled, “Stop Gloating When Anti-vaxxers Die of COVID-19. It’s Tragic” (December 20, 2021, 7A). The piece centers on Marcus Lamb, head of Daystar Television Network, who died of COVID-19 on November 30. We are not to practice the uncivilized, unchristian ethic of dancing on someone’s grave. Unfortunately, Petrow also talks about “ineffective” means of combatting COVID-19, and one of those means that he cites is prayer. In reality, however, prayer is the most effective thing that we can do as Christians because there is no doubt that God exists—“the heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1)—and that Christ, the eternal Son of God, “became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). When we pray to Him, God responds. He answers prayer. As St. John wrote, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him” (1 John 5:14–15 ESV). And St. James declared, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16 NIV).



For further study, see Christianity in Crisis—21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-christianity-in-crisis-21st-century/; and Truth Matters, Life Matters More by Hank Hanegraaff https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/
Jan 11, 2022
Thoughts about Jan. 6. 2021: The Word Crisis Continues
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the continuing word crisis that threatens to undo western civilization. The word “insurrection” is plastered in the headlines today. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro laments the application of the word “insurrection” to the events of January 6, 2021. But Shapiro notes, “The events of Jan. 6…fail to meet the dictionary definition of insurrection, which Merriam-Webster defines as ‘an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government’….the word implies an ‘armed uprising.’” Shapiro contends that “a real insurrection would have required the armed forces to quell an armed resistance,” as in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. Shapiro concludes, “Those who violated the law inside the U.S. Capitol should be prosecuted and, if convicted, sentenced accordingly. But dramatizing a riot as an organized, racist, armed insurrection is false reporting and dangerous political gaslighting. The misuse of words, especially involving criminal accusations, can easily result in overreaching enforcement of the law and a chilling effect on free speech, all of which have already happened—and in this case, endanger the very system the rioters’ accusers purport to protect.” Consider also, the word “marriage.” As Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet note, marriage has always been defined as “a relationship between men and women” because of “the dual, gender-distinct nature of humanity.” As such, the relationship “between marriage and procreation is more than just incidental.” All of this has been up for grabs as a result of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who not only redefined the word “marriage” but pontificated that the historical definition fosters ill will and animosity. What must surely have been self-evident to this supremely erudite arbiter of justice is that virtually every redefinition of marriage, including his own, excludes someone (siblings, the polygamous, those underage, etc.). But is this due to hate or to common sense? If marriage means everything, in the end it may well mean nothing at all.



See Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, “Stop Calling Jan. 6 an ‘Insurrection,’” Wall Street Journal, January 5, 2022, https://www.wsj.com/articles/stop-calling-jan-6-an-insurrection-capitol-riot-civil-disorder-insurgency-protest-first-amendment-11641417543.



Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet, Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2014). See Justice Anthony Kennedy, United States v. Windsor (2013).



D. K. Matthews, “Seduced: The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization,” Christian Research Journal, vol. 43, no. 01 (2020), https://www.equip.org/article/seduced-the-crisis-of-word-and-the-fragmentation-of-civilization/.
Jan 06, 2022
The Demise of Civilizations
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, ponders the demise of civilizations. This reflection was provoked by reading a recent post about “the European Union’s LGBTQ+ goodwill ambassador” who had “cross-dressed as a bearded Virgin Mary”—“a same-sex rendition of the Holy Family draped in the colors of the transgender flag.” Christians must not curse the darkness but build a lighthouse in the midst of the gathering storm. Christians took the lead in building a new order called Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. Christians must again take the lead to transform today’s culture for Christ.
Jan 06, 2022
Animal Algorithms: Evolution and the Mysterious Origin of Ingenious Instincts with Eric Cassel
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​How do some birds, turtles, and insects possess navigational abilities that rival the best manmade navigational technologies? Who or what taught the honey bee its dance, or its hive mates how to read the complex message of the dance? How do blind mound-building termites master passive heating and cooling strategies that dazzle skilled human architects? In The Origin of Species Charles Darwin conceded that such instincts are “so wonderful” that the mystery of their origin would strike many “as a difficulty sufficient to overthrow my whole theory.”

Hank Hanegraaff is joined by Eric Cassell to discuss these mysteries and more as addressed in his book book Animal Algorithms and how the continued discoveries of incredible instincts in the animal world would lead one to believe that they are strong evidence that the origins of life are the product of Intelligent Design rather than a blind, purposeless evolutionary process.

To learn more about receiving this book for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resources-animal-algorithms-and-the-comprehensive-guide-to-science-and-faith-hup/
Topics discussed include: The complex navigational systems and activities of ants (5:30); the waggle dance of the honeybee and other complex behaviors (11:00); the long-distance migration patterns and abilities of birds (13:00); what did Darwin know about genetics? (14:45); complex programmed behavior—animal algorithms (17:45); the mysterious metamorphosis of the butterfly (24:30); the unique navigational abilities of the Loggerhead sea turtle (26:15); the navigational processes and built-in compasses of animals (29:15); how can people believe that these complex processes evolved from a blind, purposeless evolutionary process? (34:35); is climate change less of an existential threat than the recent ice age? (43:00); studying animal algorithms from the top down perspective of an engineer (45:25); how evolution accounts for the coordinated development between the eyes and the brain (48:40); the wonder of the wasp sting (53:30); complex programmed societies in the animal kingdom (54:45); how could evolution explain altruism in the animal kingdom? (58:00); the sophisticated architectural abilities of animals (59:05); humans still can’t replicate the silk of spider webs (1:02:40); the challenges that complexity present for convergent evolution (1:06:00); does the word science mean the same thing to everyone? (1:13:05); survival of the fittest vs. arrival of the fittest (1:14:35); why won’t many scientists allow the explanations of Intelligent Design? (1:16:45); teleophobia in the sciences (1:20:25); addressing several of the most common objections to Intelligent Design (1:22:50).

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Jan 06, 2022
Soul-Centric Giving
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast, distinguishes between ministry-centric giving and soul-centric giving. CRI is committed to that which is soul-centric—interested in the spiritual benefit that giving abounds to the account of the giver. Less focused on the needs of ministry—though important and significant—CRI focuses more on the nous (mind/soul—“the eye of the heart,” “the seat of our spiritual perceptions”) of the giver. Become conscious of the blessings inherent in giving—that giving changes the giver. Give because in giving you will be transformed. As we approach the end of 2021, thank you to all who have given to the life-changing work of the Christian Research Institute—the Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank Unplugged podcast, Christian Research Journal, equip.org, and the other ministry work of CRI that your generosity enables. To partner with CRI, click here for more info: https://www.equip.org/donate/
Jan 01, 2022
Date Prognosticators and Apocalyptic Fever
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast, reflects on a scene from James Michener’s historical novel, The Covenant. Among the Xhosa people in South Africa, there was a shaman who looked into a dark pool of water and predicted that the great chiefs who once ruled the Xhosa people would miraculously return and regain control of the land, and the people would once again flourish—on the condition that Xhosa warriors first kill all of the Xhosa cattle and burn all of their grain. The shaman set a particular date on which the great miracle would happen. The warriors killed their cattle and burned their grain, and the people watched the sun rise and set on the day in which the prophecy was to be fulfilled. But there was no fulfillment, and soon tens of thousands of the Xhosa people horrifically perished from starvation. And we in the Christian world have our own shamans—people who are constantly predicting that the end is nigh, that a rapture would take us away while all hell breaks loose on earth. Multitudes make life decisions based on these predictions, concluding there is “no need to polish brass on a sinking ship.” But Christians must learn to discern what Scripture actually teaches—and develop immunity to errant apocalyptic fever.
Jan 01, 2022
Happy New Year 2022!
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast, wishes all a glorious new year—a new year in which we are connected to the epicenter of the universe, which is the church. It is in the church that God dispenses the graces that transform us and prepare us for eternity. May God use us all this year for His glory and for the extension of His kingdom—“not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit” (Zechariah 4:6).
Jan 01, 2022
PETA and the Bullpen
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the rage of the organization known as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). This time over the World Series because baseball pitchers warm up in what is called the “bullpen,” a term most insensitive to cattle. PETA suggests “Arm Barn.” As ridiculous as that may seem, it raises the question of what organizations like PETA are up to in the first place. Ultimately, they seek to elevate animals to the status of human beings—and ascribe to animals the personhood reserved for a child. Some, such as bioethicist Peter Singer, go so far as to elevate chimpanzees above disabled children. Wrongheaded, ridiculous, and utterly horrifying. In reality, humans beings are created in the image of God, which ensures that a Down Syndrome child is afforded the same dignity given to a professor like Singer. While we may eat lamb as our Lord did during Passover celebrations, we must never treat lambs in a way that dishonors their Creator. A primary precept of biblical theology is that animals occupy a special role in the hierarchy of creation. While we must never supplant human exceptionalism for animal equality, we are nonetheless called to the ethical treatment of animals.
Dec 27, 2021
Blessed Christmas in Adoration of our Lord Jesus
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Hank Unplugged podcast, reads portions of the latest letter from his sister Jobje, who is battling pancreatic cancer. She writes, “First and foremost, I want to wish you all a very blessed Christmas in our adoration of our Savior and Lord, the King of all Kings, for His indescribable gift of a Savior!....My adoration for my Savior has increased during this year of ‘blessings and affliction’ for all His supplied grace. Let each of us come in quietness and humility this Christmas season, and let us adore Him with our whole heart and soul.” Jobje goes on to say, “The Christmas season has not always been my favorite holiday to celebrate.” Why? Because of “the commercialization of Christmas, frantic shoppers, insane traffic, and then hearing the precious carols and the name of Jesus dragged through the mud by the stores‘ merchandizing audio systems, which always make me squirm with discomfort. I just wanted to get the Christmas season over and get back to some kind of normalcy….I am sure that you all can relate to this very busy time of year where we forget to be still, forget to ponder in amazement, forget to adore Him and to thank Him for making our Christmas celebrations with church and families possible….For me in view of this past year, Christmas has taken on a new meaning. The Christmas season is here one more time. With me being more housebound, it has made me stop and ponder the joy of my Salvation — soon to be completed. And this all is made possible, because a holy God chose to send His holy only Son to a sinful foreign, war-torn soil. He left His Home in Glory, born as a helpless baby, laid in a manger, destined to live through an exhausting ministry, being admired by some, nevertheless despised, rejected, and then to be crucified on a cruel cross, all for our salvation. Stop and think of the magnitude of this indescribable gift! The capstone for me was when (just last night) the young people, their leaders and our pastor…came Christmas caroling in our home. What a joy it was to see them and hear them sing with joy those familiar carols, showing their love and kindness to just another ‘shut in.’ As I sat on the couch I heard those familiar songs, and my adoration for my Savior increased with new meaning! Let us come and adore Him in all His holiness in this Christmas season with a new awareness. The greatest Christmas gift for me will be when I, sinless!, can finally adore Him sinlessly in His holy presence and in the splendor of the heavens. I look forward to that day!”
Dec 27, 2021
On the Incarnation: A Christmas Message from Hank Hanegraaff
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The Christian Research Institute would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy this special message from Hank Hanegraaff on the incarnation of Jesus Christ as an opportunity to celebrate the great exchange—Christ taking on our humanity so that we might become partakers of the divine nature.

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Dec 23, 2021
The Amazing Ant Reveals Intelligent Design
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, meditates on the amazing ant and the brilliance of creation. Hank’s wife, Kathy, was lightly attacked by ants while hanging up Christmas lights, reminding him of the proverb, “Go to the ant, observe its ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer, or ruler, prepares its food in the summer and gathers its provision in the harvest” (Proverbs 6:6–8). Weaver ants build nests that are about the size of soccer balls—and they do it through team work. After trimming leaf edges smooth, they sew them together, gluing them with silk—all the while the leaves are still attached to the tree, permitting photosynthesis. And in the process, they not only utilize tools but they cooperate one with another. How could such extreme behavior have evolved by unguided, purposeless natural processes? If you consider the “specified complexity” involved, it is highly unlikely that blind evolutionary processes explain it all. Indeed, Neo-Darwinian random mutation and natural selection (and accompanying processes) cannot produce the “complex programmed behaviors” of the ant. We’re told over and over that we are to follow the science. Indeed, following the science where it leads in terms of the complex programmed behaviors of the ant culminates with an Intelligent Designer! See the remarkable new book by Eric Cassell, Animal Algorithms: Evolution and the Mysterious Origin of Ingenious Instincts (Discovery Institute Press, 2021).
Dec 20, 2021
Immanuel, “God with Us”
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, exhorts us to pause for a moment in the midst of our busy-ness and ponder the majesty of the word Immanuel. It is simply incredible to consider that when Isaiah, the holiest man in ancient Israel, prophesied, “the virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14), he was literally predicting that in the future the One who spoke and the limitless galaxies leapt into existence would tabernacle in flesh among us. Indeed, that is precisely what the word Immanuel means—“God with us.” O Come let us adore Him—Christ the Lord! Merry Christmas to all!
Dec 20, 2021
Why the Future of Civilization Depends on True Religion with Scott Hahn
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​There is no such thing as religious neutrality. Dr. Scott Hahn joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss why Christians simply cannot compartmentalize our beliefs as if reality and religion are not intrinsically and existentially related. The privatization of faith has been perilous for the public square and as the world continues to become increasingly anti-Christian, it is imperative that Christians snap out of our “Spiritual Stockholm Syndrome” and claim the culture for Christ. The future of civilization depends on it.
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Topics discussed include: Salvation and deification—too often we focus on what we are saved FROM and overlook what we are saved FOR (5:20); the context of the famous quote by Karl Marx that “religion is the opium of the people” and why religion is the roadblock to revolution (9:20); contrasting Marxism and materialism with true religion—Christianity and what the social duty of Christians is (18:30); the cross is a mystery and metaphor that defines our reality (27:50); how should we keep the Sabbath? (38:00); the importance of liturgy and recognizing forms of secular liturgy in our lives (44:10); the two wings of faith and reason (49:25); is there any such thing are religious neutrality? (56:20); the Eucharistic encounter of St. Thomas Aquinas that changed his life—and how the Eucharist can empower us to change the world (1:03:00); the real presence of Christ should be a uniting reality for all Christians (1:12:45); the relationship between justice and love (1:18:50); where have we gotten marriage wrong? (1:26:05); why the future of civilization depends on true religion (1:33:10).

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Dec 15, 2021
He Giveth More Grace as the Burdens Grow Deeper
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on another precious note from his older sister Jobje, who is battling pancreatic cancer. The suffering she endures is almost beyond imagination, yet in the midst of her pain, she again and again extols God’s mercy and grace—and says how unworthy she feels in the midst of His abundant blessings. Jobje writes, “Even this morning’s travel to the cancer center was breathtakingly beautiful. Once again God’s mighty breath dusted His grace on this sinful world, with the beauty of the adorning snow reflecting His majestic power.” Later in this post she says, “While I was in the hospital, I needed a blood transfusion. And in the midst of that I was thinking on a spiritual level of how all of us desperately need the blood of Jesus Christ. All of us need His spiritual transfusion. It’s a matter of life and death.” Then she writes, “One of my dear friends called me this week saying those sweet words: ‘He giveth more grace as the burdens grow deeper.’ Yes, that’s precisely where it’s at, isn’t it. His saving grace dusting my life, transfusing through my veins and covering my many inadequacies. Oh, how I long for that Day when my salvation is complete. By His overflowing grace I will enter my eternal home—His home for His redeemed. I look forward to that Day.”
Dec 14, 2021
Gratitude in the Midst of Suffering
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on a recent note from his sister Jobje, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Jobje exemplifies gratitude—in the midst of suffering and exhaustion. Picture Jobje laying in a hospital bed, looking out the window. As she does, a hymn is going through her mind—“Beneath the Cross of Jesus”—capturing both her heart and rational mind. Looking out her window, she sees, partially blocked by other medical buildings, His golden cross on one of the spires of St. Andrews Cathedral. She writes, “Beneath the view of that cross that shimmered in the eastern sky, and later in the day glowed in the setting of the western sun, I lay on my sick bed being covered by His Almighty hand—and comforted in His precious sight. Simultaneously, I was truly being consoled and thrilled in the intensifying awareness and significance of His cross. ‘Upon that cross of Jesus,
mine eye at times can see, the very dying form of One, who suffered there for me; and from my stricken heart with tears, these wonders I confess: the wonders of His glorious love and my unworthiness.’ Oh, yes, and let me add, ‘I take, O cross, thy shadow for my abiding place; I ask no other sunshine than the sunshine of his face; content to let the world go by, to know no gain nor loss, my sinful self my only shame, my glory all the cross.’ In His time, I’ll be able to kneel before His holy throne and give grateful thanks to Him in person. What a Thanksgiving Day that will be. I look forward to that Day.”
Dec 13, 2021
Thanksgiving, the Gateway to Righteousness
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast, offers a meditation on thanksgiving—the gateway to righteousness. Thanksgiving is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter. Prayer without thanksgiving is like a bird without wings. Each day we ought to approach God overflowing with thankfulness. Our thankfulness flows from the sure knowledge that our heavenly Father knows precisely what we need, and He will supply it in Christ Jesus. The Psalms are a rich reservoir for daily thanksgiving—for example, Psalm 118.
Dec 10, 2021
Benny Hinn and the Rapture
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and Host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on Benny Hinn’s misuse of Scripture in “7 Reasons for the Rapture.”[ https://www.bennyhinn.org/podcast/7-reasons-for-the-rapture/] Hinn cites Christ’s words in John 14:3 as teaching a secret pretribulational rapture: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (KJV). In Hinn’s paradigm, the church is raptured into a safe place and then all hell breaks loose on earth—two-thirds of all Jewish people on earth die in an unfathomably brutal tribulation. Hinn also cites Paul’s great and glorious passage on resurrection in 1 Thessalonians 4 as teaching a secret pretribulational rapture. In reality, these passages do not imply, let alone clearly teach, a pretribulational rapture. There just is no biblical basis for the notion that Jesus is coming secretly to rapture the church seven years prior to His second appearing. In fact, our Lord’s own words negate the very notion: “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned” (John 5:28–29 NIV). This event does not happen at the time of an imagined secret rapture but at the time of Christ’s second appearing. Some people are not raptured at one time and others at another time. No, all of humanity will rise in resurrection simultaneously. We ought not to be inventing theology in the 21st century (or 19th century when this whole notion originated)—reading our own odd predilections into the text. Rather, we ought to draw out of the biblical text only that which is in the text. We ought to interpret the Bible in the sense in which it was intended by the original authors (who wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit) and understood throughout church history. We ought not to innovate—we ought to perpetuate.



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Dec 09, 2021
Are Internet Services as Good as Church?
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, comments on a recent Wall Street Journal opinion article, “Are Internet Services as Good as Church?” by Paul Glader and John Semakula. The authors write about how digital worship has overtaken the Christian church, particularly among Evangelicals. Almost half of people who responded to a survey now believe that online services are as good as in-person services. Many don’t want to return to in-person worship, enjoying the opportunity to multi-task during the service or shop around for other worship experiences—dabbling in Christianity without commitment and accountability. But this constitutes a complete misunderstanding of what the Church actually is. Followers of Christ are baptized into a body—incorporated into the Body of Christ. Church is not just about holding to a corpus of intellectual precepts or listening to good TED Talks with a spiritual slant. Church, by its very nature, is a corporate, embodied experience—a sacramental experience within the Eucharistic assembly wherein we together partake of the “medicine of immortality” that transforms us. Sacraments are dispensed within—not apart from—the Body of Christ, and Christianity knows nothing of Lone Ranger experiences. (https://www.wsj.com/articles/internet-services-as-good-as-church-livestream-in-person-11634848177)
Dec 09, 2021
Unpacking for the Greatest Journey
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, conveys another eloquent and convicting message from his sister Jobje, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Before her many missionary trips and travels, she would, of course, need to pack—and then unpack afterward. But now she is going on a journey that requires no packing. Jobje writes, “This time, I find myself unpacking for the greatest journey of my life—for my eternal home. In church this Sunday we sang one of the greatest hymns of our faith. ‘A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.’ One verse hit me anew: ‘Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also.’ It was a very sobering thought because that is exactly what I am doing. I’m letting my goods go even as in time I will have to let my kindred go. As I was packing my boxes for a Christian thrift store, I was struck with the thought for the first time that I would not need to pack a suitcase. I would not have to pack boxes ever again for my journey heavenward. Just me. Just me with my soul flying toward heaven at the moment of death, unencumbered by the things of this world—not even encumbered by my body. My body to be placed into the cold ground waiting the resurrection. That body can’t even accompany me on this particular journey. But this I know—that a special white robe of His righteousness will clothe me. Even my earthly name will be changed to a new one. ‘Nothing in my hand I bring’—no suitcase, no boxes—‘simply to Thy cross I cling.’ ‘Naked come to Thee for dress; helpless, I look to thee for grace.’ Yes, Lord, my Savior, the ensured ‘cloak of salvation' is all I need to adorn me in Your home. I look forward to that.”
Dec 04, 2021
Was Eve Deceived by a Talking Snake?
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, considers the temptation of Eve in light of the literal principle of biblical interpretation. To read Scripture literally is to read it as literature. This means that we are to interpret the Word of God just as we interpret other forms of communication—in the most obvious and natural sense. Thus, when Moses uses the symbolism of a snake, we do violence to his intentions if we interpret him in a woodenly literal fashion. When the prophet Moses describes Satan as an ancient serpent, and the apostle John describes him as an ancient dragon, they do not tell us what Satan looks like. They teach us what Satan is like. In short, Eve was not deceived by a talking snake. Rather Moses used the symbol of a snake to communicate the wiles of the evil one who deceived Eve through mind-to-mind communication—precisely as he seeks to deceive you and me today.
Dec 03, 2021
Money and Salvation–A Godly View on Giving with All Your Heart with Andrew Geleris
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Do you give with a joyful heart? According to today’s guest Dr. Andrew Geleris, “An utterly breathtaking divergence has developed between the joy of giving that God intends his people to experience and the way many Christians view giving as an unpleasant but necessary obligation of church membership.” Simply put, for many of us money has an unhealthy hold on our hearts. This conversation will challenge you to make a change in your life and view your finances from an eternal perspective. The Lord spoke more frequently and forcefully about almsgiving than he did about prayer, yet most Church leaders are reluctant to discuss money simply because it is often uncomfortable. “Dr. Andrew Geleris is passionate about challenging the Church to develop disciples with a biblical “theology of money” that promotes a Godly view on giving with all your heart that will leave Christians “refreshed—indeed, delighted—by recognizing the unfathomably great blessing God hopes to pour out on us through generosity.”

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2.9).

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Topics discussed include: The relationship between money and salvation (5:00); how generous giving transforms our souls (8:20); The Parable of the Farmer (12:50); the relationship between repentance and finances (16:10); what almsgiving actually means and why it is so important (21:50); should we tithe? (24:30); the dangers of the prosperity gospel and the commodification of Christ (28:30); what can we learn from Mary washing the feet of Jesus? (34:45); what are whole burnt offerings and what is the equivalent today? (36:25); the “ovarian lottery” and God’s providence (41:20); how the parable of the soils inspired Alan Barnhart to create a financial finish line (44:45); what we can learn from St. Basil the Great about giving (53:05); what is sacrificial giving? (53:30); misconceptions about what tithing is for (57:55); how should we tithe? (1:00:45); we don’t truly own anything, in the grave “kings and beggars dwell together” (1:03:30); is there a problem with receiving public recognition for giving? (1:04:40); the spiritual growth we experience through giving (1:09:25); should we tithe on our gross or net income? (1:11:30); scriptural examples of giving (1:12:30); should we give to panhandlers? (1:14:30); are Christians fundraising the right way? (1:16:10); God’s financial priority is the care of the poor (1:19:15); the powerful lesson of the widow who gave all she had [Mark 12:41-44] (1:21:00); the rewards for almsgiving according to scripture (1:23:50); giving is more beneficial spiritually than financially (1:26:00).

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Nov 30, 2021
Christian Florists and Gay Weddings
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reads from a public letter written by Christian florist Barronelle Stutzman. Her courageous nine-year legal battle for religious liberty has ended in a settlement. Willing to stand on her convictions, she is a tremendous example of Christ-honoring perseverance.
Nov 24, 2021
Gaslighting, BLM, Cancel Culture and More with Anne Kennedy
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Seemingly no topic is off limits when it comes to Anne Kennedy—a prolific author who has compiled a comprehensive catalogue of the cultural issues facing our world today through her contributions to the Christian Research Journal. She joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the topics of several of her articles in a wide-ranging conversation that touches on gaslighting, Black Lives Matter, modern attacks on womanhood, cancel culture and much more.

Topics discussed include: On leaving the Episcopal church (2:45); growing up in West Africa as a missionary kid (6:30); making the decision to homeschool (10:40); the Revoice 2021 Conference (13:05); is manifesting The Secret 2.0? (16:45); the value of reading and New Year’s Resolutions (19:15); different views on time in different cultures (25:05); the rising influence of African Traditional religion in the West (28:00); the appeal of the prosperity gospel in Africa (30:30); the dangerous religious beliefs behind the Black Lives Matter organization (32:45); a proper Christian perspective on animals (34:40); what is gaslighting? (39:05); twisting the truth and why gaslighting is essentially lying (42:15); the changing meanings of words today (45:00); defending the patriarchy (48:05); a proper Christian understanding of wellness and self-care (52:15); The Making of Biblical Womanhood, the subjugation of women and Beth Allison Barr (54:45); the modern attack on womanhood (1:01:30); what is cancel culture? (1:03:30); the unique opportunity that cancel culture presents for evangelism (1:07:15); should we call out false teachers by name? (1:11:00); virtue has become less important than fame (1:13:10); what Brene Brown gets wrong about shame (1:14:30); why Anne Kennedy believes that Jen Hatmaker and Rachel Held Evans are two of the most significant apostasies of our time (1:20:35).

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Please see below the articles discussed:

African Traditional Religion, Black Lives Matter, and Prosperity Gospel https://www.equip.org/article/african-traditional-religion-black-lives-matter-and-prosperity-gospel/

Meditation Upon the Death of a Pet https://www.equip.org/article/meditation-upon-the-death-of-a-pet/

For Our Lamps are Going Out: Gaslighting in the Age of Social Media https://www.equip.org/article/for-our-lamps-are-going-out-gaslighting-in-the-age-of-social-media/

There is No Health In Us: Wellness and Self-care in the Age of COVID-19 https://www.equip.org/article/there-is-no-health-in-us-wellness-and-self-care-in-the-age-of-covid-19/

Be Free! The Making of Biblical Womanhood A Summary Critique of The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth by Beth Allison Barr https://www.equip.org/article/be-free-the-making-of-biblical-womanhood-a-summary-critique-review-of-the-making-of-biblical-womanhood-how-the-subjugation-of-women-became-gospel-truth-by-beth-allison-barr/

Naming Names: Why It’s OK (and Necessary) to Call Out False Teachers and Fugitives from Church Justice by Name https://www.equip.org/article/naming-names-why-its-ok-and-necessary-to-call-out-false-teachers-and-fugitives-from-church-justice-by-name/

Why Do I Call Myself Good? A Look at Virtue Signaling https://www.equip.org/article/why-do-i-call-myself-good-a-look-at-virtue-signaling/

But What If It Is Me? The Work and Worldview of Brené Brown https://www.equip.org/article/but-what-if-it-is-me-the-work-and-worldview-of-brene-brown/

The Unhindered Leadership of Jen Hatmaker https://www.equip.org/article/the-unhindered-leadership-of-jen-hatmaker/

The Theological Mess in the Moxie of Jen Hatmaker https://www.equip.org/article/the-theological-mess-in-the-moxie-of-jen-hatmaker/

Have You Considered Trying Harder: The Theology of Rachel Hollis https://www.equip.org/article/have-you-considered-trying-harder-the-theology-of-rachel-hollis/

The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans https://www.equip.org/article/the-theological-legacy-of-rachel-held-evans/



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Nov 18, 2021
Honoring Our Veterans
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and Host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, honors our nation’s Veterans—all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your sacrificial service. In The Dying Citizen, Victor Davis Hanson writes of a troubling poll concerning the lack of understanding many have about what it means to be a citizen of the United States. Hanson reminds us that citizenship is not indestructible—“the more it includes everyone, the less it can protect anyone.” He warns that we are becoming a nation of residents as opposed to citizens, and as a result we are losing enthusiasm for those who have preserved our freedom. Thank you to all who have served to protect the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Nov 11, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short—Metropolitan Kallistos on the Significance of Community
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, recently spoke with the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. Hank asked this remarkable servant of Christ to speak to the significance of the church—as the sphere within which union with God is accomplished. His Eminence explained that “to be a Christian does involve personal experience but not isolated experience—to belong to the community of the faith….Not ‘I’ but ‘we.’” Indeed, says Metropolitan Kallistos, “We do not come to our Savior Christ alone, isolated. But we come as brothers and sisters, sharing together in the experience of faith.” Moreover, “this sharing in faith is expressed through outward actions. Christianity is not just a theory—it is a way of life. And in that way of life we have certain actions which we call sacraments. And above all there are the two sacraments of Holy Baptism, which happens only once,” and “Holy Communion, the sharing in the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist,” which is celebrated Sunday by Sunday. “At Baptism, the new Christian is buried and raised with Christ; at the Eucharist the members of Christ’s Body the church receive His Body….The Eucharist, by uniting the members of the church to Christ, at the same time unites them to one another: ‘We, who are many, are one bread, one body; for we all partake of the one bread’ (1 Corinthians 10:17). The Eucharist creates the unity of the church.” St. Ignatius christened the Eucharist our “medicine of immortality and the antidote against death, enabling us to live forever in Jesus Christ.” It is within the church that divine life penetrates the fabric of our humanity. The future life is infused into the present one and is blended with it so that our humanity may be transformed into the glorified humanity of the New Adam, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Nov 04, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short—Metropolitan Kallistos’ Love for Christ
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, recently spoke with the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. In this brief episode, Hank asked his Eminence to share about his love for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. “What matters is not salvation as an idea, but the Savior. Christianity is not about ‘what.’ It is about ‘Who’—our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Indeed, says Metropolitan Kallistos, “salvation is not just a theory, a philosophical doctrine…or a moral code. Salvation is the Savior.’”

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Nov 03, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short—Metropolitan Kallistos Ware’s Entry into Orthodoxy
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​Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, recently spoke with the Most Reverend Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia. In this brief episode, Hank asked his Eminence to share the remarkable account of how he became Orthodox as a young man. Significant influences in the Metropolitan’s life included the writings of the Desert Fathers and a particular experience he had within an Orthodox Church in London—an experience of “heaven on earth,” of being one in the worship of God with the total invisible church.

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Nov 02, 2021
On the Spiritual Discipline of Reading (Hank Unplugged Shorts)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast and the 𝘏𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘜𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘥 podcast, reflects on the virtue and spiritual discipline of reading. Tragically, many have given up on this wonderful discipline, or perhaps have never engaged it in the first place. Reading provides one with new heights of perspective and new depths of understanding. Some of the greatest breakthroughs in insight and understanding that Hank has experienced in his life have come as a direct result of reading. Sir Isaac Newton, a prodigious intellect who developed calculus, discovered the law of gravity, and designed the first reflecting telescope, would never have done so without a great deal of reading and reflection on the cumulative knowledge of others before him. What fed his genius was immersion in a sea of revelation. And, of course, the greatest of revelations is Scripture. Newton read Scripture, and we must as well.
Nov 02, 2021
First Gender Inclusive U. S. Passport
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the significance of the U. S. State Department having issued the first passport with a gender designation “X.” This monumental decision is analogous to a submarine earthquake—barely noticeable on the surface of the water above—that triggers a catastrophic tsunami. The United States government has now effectively determined that one can no longer designate the gender of a human being on the basis of biology, but henceforth one self-designates gender on the basis of introspection and autonomous will. In other words, individuals choose wholly apart from objective evidence to subjectively self-designate gender as male, female, or something altogether other. Christians must speak up.
Oct 29, 2021
Do You Actually Know What the Gospel Is? with Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
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​What must I do to be saved? This is a popular question—and an important one—but it is not the gospel. It is a response to the gospel. For many the gospel has often been reduced to a sales pitch of what Jesus can do for you. But, the gospel isn’t about what Jesus can do for you. The gospel is a declaration of what Jesus has done, solving the three biggest problems facing mankind—defeating death, sin and domination by demons. Hank is joined by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick to discuss what the true content of the gospel is—and how we are to respond. For more information on Fr. Damick’s books, Arise, O God: The Gospel of Christ’s Defeat of Demons, Sin, and Death and Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: Finding the Way to Christ in a Complicated Religious Landscape , https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-arise-o-god-the-gospel-of-christs-defeat-of-demons-sin-and-death-and-orthodoxy-and-heterodoxy-finding-the-way-to-christ-in-a-complicated-religious-landscape/

What is the gospel? (2:45); the gospel of Caeser (9:00); The Lord’s Prayer as a declaration of the gospel (11:05); the gospel is all about how Jesus solves the three biggest problems facing mankind—death sin and domination by demons (13:25); the reality of demons and the Harrowing of Hades (23:15); is technology inherently evil? (28:05); Jesus is the Messiah—the Old Testament and the New Testament are not two different religions (34:00); how Christ is Risen summarizes the gospel (39:25); why do people often miss the reality of the Resurrection? (42:00); the role of faithfulness in the theology of Salvation (47:30); the positive significance of repentance in the life of a Christian (1:01:15); what must we do to be saved? (1:05:05); why should we believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist? (1:11:50); what happens to those who live and die without ever having heard the name of Jesus Christ? (1:24:15); similarities and differences between Orthodox, Protestant and Catholic Christians (1:28:25); what is Grace and why is it so often misinterpreted or misunderstood? (1:31:15); dogma, doctrine and theology (1:35:00); Sola Scriptura and Holy Tradition (1:41:45); Sola Fide and satisfaction theology (1:49:10); understanding faith and works through the lens of faithfulness (1:51:45); the rise of the Nones and the individualization of religious belief in the world today (1:54:00).


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Oct 26, 2021
Road of Life and Book of Sins: A Parable
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, shares a parable of sorts from his sister Jobje, who is fighting pancreatic cancer. In the parable she receives a large mirror through which she looks back to survey the many years God has so graciously given to her. “I’m ashamed as I look back and see my road of life,” writes Jobje, “a road of life strewn thick with stones, rocks, and boulders—my transgressions are everywhere…making for a very rough and uneven road toward my final days on earth.” As she retraces the path of her life, the Lord then places into her hands a book of her life’s journey. “My book was so heavy and so full,” she says, “as I stumbled over and around the many boulders filling my road from the day I was born. I opened the book, and I was horrified at what I saw—every sin and transgression of mine was listed in that book. I was so jealous here, I lost my temper there. ‘Yes, Jobje, read each one of them, confess them, own them.’ ‘But Lord, there are so many of them, I am so ashamed.’” Having retraced her life’s path back to the beginning, she weeps bitterly. She turns to begin anew and retrace her journey forward. “Carefully picking my way around all those many boulders and obstacles—offenses of my sins—I look up in my tears and see my Savior standing in the far distance waiting for me upon the Rock of my salvation—upon Mt. Calvary with His cross. I see in His eyes the pain and sorrow that I have caused Him. I begin to run and climb up and over all the boulders of my sins until finally this prodigal daughter is reaching her heavenly Father.” Ashamedly, she hands Him back the book of her life’s journey and sees that on the cover is written a big “F.” “Failed.” She drops to her knees, weeping. “Please forgive me for all those sins,” she pleads. He hands back to her that awful book, and “there is still that ‘F,’ boldly written. But now,” she says, “I see the word ‘Failed’ crossed out, and behind it, boldly written, ‘Forgiven.’” “But, Lord, how is that possible?” He tells her to open the book again. “As I page through my book, I see His shed blood everywhere—blood obscuring all of my sins. He takes back my book and puts it in the ‘Forgiven’ section of His library. Now I turn around to look at all those boulders and to my surprise, I see thousands of lighted crosses”—each stone, rock, and boulder covered by a cross. “A glorious sight of total forgiveness! My previously darkened path has become a lighted pathway.” She hears the choir singing those precious words, “My sin, not in part, but the whole, is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more.” Because of His great sacrifice on the cross, she can sing, yes, “It is well with my soul.”
Oct 21, 2021
“Life in the Airline Terminal” by Spencer Klavan
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reads an insightful article that captures the very issues he too thinks about when passing through an airline terminal. The article is by Spencer Klavan, “Life in the Airline Terminal,” The American Mind (September 30, 2021), https://americanmind.org/salvo/life-in-the-airline-terminal/.
Oct 21, 2021
A Minister Proud of Two Abortions
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reacts to an article in USA Today titled, “Faith Guided Our Decision on 2 Abortions,” by Elon University religious studies professor and Presbyterian minister Rebecca Todd Peters. The author says “loudly and clearly that abortion can be a moral good” and that she aborted two of her children not despite, but because of, her “Christian identity and faith.” She writes, “people of faith need to shout from the rooftops” the message that “you shouldn’t have a baby just because you are pregnant.” According to Peters, killing a pre-born child can be a “morally responsible decision” if, for example, having a child would “interrupt one’s education or career.” Ultimately, she contends, “we need more Christians to stand up and testify that abortion can be a morally good decision.” Lord Jesus, help us to stand against, and not fall for, false and seductive rhetoric emanating from pulpits and lecterns throughout the land.
Oct 15, 2021
Exposing Fake History
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reflects on the tension and debate over Christopher Columbus. Think of last year’s carnage in Portland on “Indigenous Peoples’ Day of Rage.” Or the city of Philadelphia placing a plywood box over a Columbus statue—which has remained covered beyond Columbus Day 2021. Now President Biden has issued the first presidential proclamation of “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” attempting to disassociate the federal holiday from Columbus. What could possibly motivate American citizens today, supposed exemplars of social justice, to behave with such wanton recklessness in a supposed era of wokeness and progressive values? Could it be that they attack Columbus because of their hatred of Christianity? Anger over Columbus’ intention to spread the message of Christ to those he encountered in the new world? Or the deeply held Christian convictions prominently displayed in Columbus’ documents and diaries? The common (false) narrative that Columbus was a nefarious character—“a ruthless, money-grubbing, genocidal maniac, who severed hands, raped women, and who enslaved gentle people to satisfy a white supremacist lust for gold and glory”—is arguably tracible to the pontifications of a man named Howard Zinn. Read about this in a remarkable book by Dr. Mary Grabar, Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America [[https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2102ea/]].
Oct 15, 2021
What If Darwin Got It Wrong? (Spoiler: He Did) with Neil Thomas
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Hank Hanegraaff is joined by Neil Thomas to discuss his book Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design. Neil Thomas was a committed Darwinist and agnostic — until an investigation of evolutionary theory led him to a startling conclusion: “I had been conned!” As he studied the work of Darwin’s defenders, he found himself encountering tactics eerily similar to the methods of political brainwashing he had studied as a scholar. Thomas felt impelled to write a book as a sort of warning call to humanity: “Beware! You have been fooled!” For more information on receiving Taking Leave of Darwin: A Longtime Agnostic Discovers the Case for Design for your partnering gift click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2110hup/
Topics discussed include: What led Neil Thomas to question his acceptance of Darwinian evolution? (7:45); the wide-ranging and significant impact of the Darwinian paradigm (10:15); scientific bias against deism and towards materialism (14:00); how did Darwin gain acceptance of his theories? (16:10); the false antagonism between religion and science—naturalism vs. the miraculous (18:50); was Darwin a fundamentalist? (23:40); the fossil record and the Darwinian paradigm (28:20); Darwinian delusions (30:40); the 1953 Miller-Urey experiment (33:30); the rising popularity of Panspermia (37:45); the unfair accusations of pseudoscience attached to the work of Intelligent Design advocates (40:40); Darwin, Chomsky and how linguistics impact evolutionary theory (44:00); the complexity of the human brain (47:20); how consciousness convinced Alfred Russel Wallace to disagree with Darwinism (50:55); racism, sexism and eugenics as ramifications of social-Darwinism (54:45); materialistic magic in the Darwinian paradigm postulating that something can come from nothing (1:01:00); the privileged planet (1:05:25); how do you explain the rising popularity of the multiverse theory? (1:09:00); what is the mystery of mysteries? (1:13:30); the humility of Einstein as opposed to the hubris of many academic elites (1:16:45); the limits of materialistic explanations (1:19:00); the great historical irony of many post-enlightenment thinkers today (1:22:15); does Intelligent Design make more sense than materialism in an age of scientific enlightenment? (1:23:45).



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Oct 12, 2021
Helping Nones (Re-)Discover Mystery in the Body of Christ, His Church
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast, comments on an article in USA Today by Deena Yellin, entitled “Millions Giving up Organized Religion—America’s Fast-Growing Movement: The ‘Nones’” (October 4, 2021). ‘Nones’ have no religious affiliation. Yellin explains that a “sea change” is taking place in our culture. Something is “replacing organized religion.” This “hard-to-define” something “can manifest as a devotion to nature, meditation, yoga or political activism, among other things.” According to polls, Nones—“as many as 70 million American adults”—“still believe in a higher power, or even the biblical God—but on their own terms.” The truth, however, is that Church is never optional. What is needed is to find the mystery that can be found nowhere other than in Christ’s Church, because the Church is the sphere within which union with the one true and living God in Christ is accomplished. It is through the Church that God’s saving power is mediated to the whole of humanity. While the article talks about lone-ranger, individualized spirituality, Christianity knows nothing of the sort. The Church is the reincarnation of Eden. The place in which we may access the Tree of Life replete with its eucharistic bounty. It’s in the Church that we receive the graces that transform us and satisfy our deepest needs, and such cannot be accomplished in isolation—but only within the community of the body of Christ.
Oct 11, 2021
Hope & Peace in Suffering for Hank's Sister
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, shares another note of deep and abiding encouragement to us all from his sister Jobje, who is an astonishing example of faithfulness in the midst of suffering. From her chemo chair, she explains that this has been an Elijah week for her, with moments on Mt. Carmel as well as in the dark cave. “Why is it,” she pleads, “I cannot trust my Savior more, and I shoulder the doubting Thomas mantle?” And in the same breath, she reiterates her gratefulness that God in His mercy has given her “another two months extension of life.” “Amazing,” says Jobje, “how my life is now measured in small increments, not by years or by a half a year. His continued love for me amazes me! I know the day will come,” she continues, “when the chemo is no longer effective. Will I then still be able to give grateful thanks to a merciful Savior, to yield uncomplainingly, to mold myself slowly into His sovereign will and joyfully accept the closing of my earthly life? But ahh, the glorious knowledge that He has redeemed me and will Shepherd me personally by His staff, from the musty, deep, disappointing hollow black caves of this life into my eternal Home, a forever bright victorious Mt. Carmel! I do look forward to that moment!” Having walked with the Lord throughout her life, Jobje is now, at a precarious moment, able to rejoice in the midst of suffering. What an example to us to build our faith in our Lord through the spiritual disciplines so that when we too come to a point when we can see the end of our lives, we will do so in joy and hope and peace in Christ Jesus.
Oct 11, 2021
Light at the End of the Tunnel for COVID-19
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Hank Unplugged podcast, shares an article in the Wall Street Journal by Dr. Monica Gandhi, “Covid will Soon Be Endemic, Thank Goodness.” Dr. Gandhi says that “a disease becomes endemic when it is manageable” yet “is unlikely to be eliminated because of the pathogen’s inherent properties.” Dr. Gandhi reports that “although SARS-CoV-2 has proved unpredictable, no virus in history has ever continued to evolve to higher pathogenicity.” In her view, “widespread immunity, vaccinated and natural, will bring a full return to normal.” Jesus is Lord.
Oct 08, 2021
COVID-19, Flat Earth, and a Call for Science-based Civil Discussion
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on recent interaction between Senator Rand Paul and Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. As Sen. Paul points out in the interchange, Sec. Becerra dubbed him, Jonathan Isaac (who plays for the Orlando Magic), and some hundred million Americans who have natural immunity against COVID-19—“flat Earthers.” Reality is that Sen. Paul, Isaac, and the millions of Americans who have looked at the science and determined that antibodies resulting from having contracted COVID-19 produce significant immunity (as is the case with measles and smallpox) are anything but obscurantists lacking mental acumen and reasoning skills. To call someone a “flat Earther” is no small slight. Andrew Dickson White, founder of Cornell University, once did the same. He decried what he called the regrettable reality that two hundred years after Ferdinand Magellan had empirically proved that the Earth was round, Christian fundamentalists persisted in perpetuating flat-Earth mythology. Like Sec. Becerra, it was White’s contention that people like Sen. Paul and Isaac were unable or unwilling to consider the facts. Thus, they must be crushed under the full weight of government mandates and penalties, until they cry uncle (Uncle Sam). What Sec. Becerra must surely know, however, is that his use of the flat-Earth moniker is pure propaganda! Columbus, of course, knew full well that unanimous scholarly opinion from Augustine to Aquinas pronounced the Earth spherical. And far from being flat Earthers, as Sec. Becerra recklessly demeans them, Sen. Paul, Isaac, and millions of other Americans are well aware of the reality that a lunar eclipse is not produced by a flat Earth. It is high time that name calling is replaced by a civil, reason- and science-based national discussion on whether natural immunity is indeed as good or better than present vaccines. Or, for that matter, whether the combination of natural immunity and vaccine immunity surpasses one or the other or both.
Oct 06, 2021
Draconian Women’s Health Protection Act
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, decries the recent passing of the deceptively named Women’s Health Protection Act (H. R. 3755) in the U. S. House of Representatives. This horrendous piece of legislation would mandate in federal law virtually unfettered access to abortion, including sex selection abortion and the abortion of pre-born children with proclivities to Down Syndrome, allowing for abortions up to the very moment of birth. H. R. 3755 is perhaps the most draconian, pro-death legislation in the history of humanity. And then there is the language crisis that threatens to undo Western civilization. The bill is not specifically a “Women’s” Health Protection Act. Rather, it is “intended to protect all people with the capacity for pregnancy.” The language has shifted from women’s health to the health of “birthing people” — “cis-gender women, transgender men, non-binary individuals, those who identify with a different gender, and others.” Pregnancy is no longer the province of biological women. And this is now the perspective of the Department of Justice, CDC, and the White House. It is not enough to open our southern border to the unvetted and unvaccinated but we’re now using language to redefine the borders of human sexuality. With no objective reference points, societal norms reduce to mere matters of subjective preference.
Oct 05, 2021
Sowing the Wind, Reaping the Whirlwind
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reacts to a New York Post article reporting on the claims of the beheading of two young boys and that the Taliban have been killing off Christians with alarming speed. This should not come as a surprise. Sharia is rooted in the unalterable words of Allah and thus embodies the will of God for every aspect of society — past, present, future. Sharia is state, state is sharia, and sharia mandates proactive and perpetual war against Jews and Christians. This is the consensus of Muslim jurisprudence, which in concert with the will of Allah, mandates war as a “religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force” (Ibn Khaldun, The Muqaddimah). Certainly, many Muslims are peaceful and tolerant; however, the history of Islam demonstrates conclusively that Islam is not a peaceful and tolerant religion. There is a collapse of clear thinking about Islam in the West, while thousands from Afghanistan are now entering the United States unvetted — and to suggest that terrorists are embedded among them is hardly unwarranted. Our porous borders expose the West to the same kind of terror that Afghanistan is presently experiencing.
Oct 04, 2021
Coming Out as Trans at Age Four.
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Hank Unplugged podcast, responds to an article—a testimonial of a mother—in Insider, titled, “My Toddler Came Out as Trans at Age 4. He’s So Much Happier Now.” The anonymous author explains, “My son started telling me he was a boy a few months before he turned 2.” Then her toddler didn’t like her hair and didn’t have peace until she was given a boy haircut. “The short hair turned quickly into ‘boy’ clothing and underwear. From sitting to pee to trying to stand while peeing.” Different gender pronouns were preferred and so was a different name—“the name he chose for himself.” All of this, the enthusiastic and hope-filled mother tells us, has been a “sacred” journey. That little child—who months prior to reaching her second birthday knew that she was a boy—has a life ahead of her. And our hearts break. How does a girl become a boy? Can you change your biological sex? For the first time in history, we’re talking about decoupling biological sex and gender. Hard reality remains, however, that while you can mask biology, you can’t change it. We cannot magically transform female (XX) chromosomes into male (XY). Yet the publication of such an article is an attempt to enthuse others into allowing their toddlers to make decisions that will determine the rest of their lives. Western culture is truly at a tipping point.
Sep 29, 2021
Codifying Unlimited Abortion into Federal Law? (Hank Unplugged Shorts)
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on the difficult-to-imagine reality that on Friday (September 24, 2021), “House Democrats united behind legislation [H.R. 3755]…enshrining in federal law a virtually unlimited right to kill a baby through all nine months of pregnancy” (National Review). The naturalist philosopher John Stuart Mill—a religious skeptic— said, “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.” In this regard, think of the words of King Solomon: “My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent. If they say, ‘Come with us, Let us lie in wait for blood, Let us ambush the innocent without cause’….My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path, For their feet run to evil And they hasten to shed blood” (Proverbs 1:10–11, 15–16 NASB).
Sep 28, 2021
Reflections on the Death of John Shelby Spong (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on the teachings and recent death of John Shelby Spong, who for many decades influenced a great number of people within the Episcopal Church. Spong was well known for rejecting essential doctrines of the historic Christian faith, including the doctrines of the Trinity and the Incarnation, Virgin Birth, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. But consider the words of St. Paul, who asked, “If it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you [like Bishop Spong] say that there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not been raised [as Bishop Spong preached], your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:12–20 NIV).
Sep 27, 2021
Boycott Texas for Following the Science?
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Hank Hanegraaff, president of the Christian Research Institute and host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, reacts to Nancy Armour’s call in USA Today for another boycott. She says “NCAA and leagues shouldn't play big games in Texas.” Why? Because Texas governor Greg Abbott opposes the painful killing of innocent preborn human beings. She opines that we ought to be “champions of science, history, and critical thinking,” while castigating Texas officials for their “ghoulish obsession” with protecting preborn children, who from Armour’s perspective do not have the same value and right to life as she herself has. She bloviates about her commitment to science all the while denying that which ought to be self-evident to any thinking person. After all, what does the science say? As the late Dr. Micheline Matthews-Roth, a principal research associate at Harvard Medical School's Department of Medicine, put it, “It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception, when egg and sperm join to form the zygote, and this developing human always is a member of our species in all stages of its life.”
Sep 24, 2021
A Transgender Bishop? (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, notes that on September 11, 2021, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America furthered its slide into illiberal liberalism with the installment of their first transgender bishop. This individual will oversee about 200 congregations within one of the largest Protestant denominations in the United States—a denomination boasting 3.3 million members. The bottom line is that this is a matter of tampering with natural law—and to strike at natural law is to strike at the foundation of human civilization. Throughout human history, gender and sex have always been coupled together—it has been self-evident truth that men cannot become women, and women cannot become men. In the frank words of Dr. Paul McHugh, “transgendered men do not become women. Nor do transgendered women become men. All…become feminized men or masculinized women, counterfeits or impersonators of the sex with which they ‘identify.’”
Sep 24, 2021
A Cold-Case Detective Uncovers the Truth About Jesus with J. Warner Wallace
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Hank Hanegraaff is joined by J. Warner Wallace to discuss his new book Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible. As a former atheist, Wallace understands why people would be skeptical about the significance of Jesus in our world today. When a pastor claimed that Jesus was the most significant figure in history, Wallace’s experience as a Cold Case Detective wouldn’t let him simply dismiss the claims of Christianity without a thorough examination of the facts. Employing his investigative background, Wallace was able to confirm the historicity and deity of Jesus—without relying on the New Testament manuscripts. Wallace no longer doubts the importance of Jesus and has dedicated his life to teaching others how to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview and the eternal importance of Jesus Christ—the quintessential person of history. For more information on receiving Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible for your partnering gift, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2110hup/

Topics discussed include: What made Jesus so smart? (8:20); what is a cold-case detective? (10:30); the value of illustrations while making investigations and arguments (12:45); what made J. Warner Wallace believe that he could uncover the truth about Jesus using the same approach used to solve real murder cases (16:35); what is a person of interest? (18:25); the testimony of J. Warner Wallace (19:10); can you prove the historicity and deity of Jesus Christ without using evidence from the Bible? (22:45); did mythology impact Christianity or did Christianity actually have a bigger influence on mythology? (29:35); why did Jesus arrive at the precisely perfect moment in history? (34:55); examining extrabiblical accounts of Jesus Christ (37:40); there have been more books written about Jesus than anyone else and it is not even close (42:00); why were so many artists—Christians and non-Christians alike—inspired by Jesus Christ? (44:00); the impact of Jesus and his followers—Christians—on the history of education globally (56:00); the importance of parenting on raising Christian children that will remain Christians as adults (59:50); the myth that Christianity is anti-science (1:04:30); the impact of the Judeo-Christian worldview on scientific discovery (1:10:20); how did Jesus ignite a scientific revolution? (1:17:30); why does it make sense to believe in miracles? (1:20:45); the impact of Jesus Christ on world religions other than Christianity (1:27:30); the overwhelming historical impact of Jesus Christ (1:30:50); why Hank Hanegraaff believes that Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World that Rejects the Bible is apologetics at its best (1:35:20).
Sep 22, 2021
Jesus, a Person of Supreme Interest (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the 𝘉𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘈𝘯𝘴𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘔𝘢𝘯 broadcast and the 𝘏𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘜𝘯𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘦𝘥 podcast, is excited about the new book by J. Warner Wallace, A Person of Interest: Why Jesus Still Matters in a World That Rejects the Bible (Zondervan, 2021). Wallace, a cold-case detective, shows that Jesus of Nazareth certainly is a person of interest—as a case in point, Jesus dominates the publishing and film industries. There are twice as many books on Jesus of Nazareth as there are on the nearest challenger. And no other religious figure in history has inspired as many screenplays and movies. Whether you love Jesus or despise Him, you cannot ignore Him.
Sep 20, 2021
Motherhood in Process of Erasure (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on an excellent article by Cole Aronson, “In Defense of Motherhood.” Aronson reacts to the Department of Health and Human Services having replaced the moniker “mothers” with the phrase “birthing people.” A biological reality distinctive to mothers is in process of erasure. It isn’t enough that biological males compete against biological females in sports, now distinctives of biological females are being disparaged by new linguistic mandates. The term is even more objectionable when one considers that life does not begin with birth—but with conception.
Sep 16, 2021
"I Don't Agree" That Life Begins at Conception (Hank Unplugged Shorts)
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, received an image of his new pre-born grandchild and reflects on the president’s recent words, “I don’t agree” with “those who believe life begins at the moment of conception.” The most powerful human being in the free world no longer follows the science.
Sep 14, 2021
“Let’s Roll,” The Story of Todd Beamer (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on the heroic, Christ-honoring actions of Todd Beamer on Flight 93, September 11, 2001, who helped prevent the Muslim hijackers from crashing the Boeing 757 into the United States Capitol. Beamer’s source and impetus were the very Creator who made us all icons of Himself.
Sep 12, 2021
9/11 and Complacency about Resurgent Islam. (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on the fact that with the passing of time—twenty years since September 11, 2001—we have become complacent to the Islamic terrorism that spawned the Manhattan massacre. Some have forgotten—others are blithely unaware—that Islam is the only significant religious system in the history of the human race with a sociopolitical structure of law that mandates violence against the infidel. Disastrously, the current narrative is that to tell the truth in this respect is tantamount to radicalizing Muslims and exacerbating hostilities that might otherwise lie dormant. This narrative is, of course, patently false. In reality, Islam is not a religion in the sanitized western sense. Rather, Islam is an all-encompassing socio-political legal matrix that has bred a worldview antagonistic to anything but itself. There are, certainly, millions of peaceful and tolerant Muslims, but that hardly means that Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion. It is not. The only real solution to a disintegrating West and resurgent Islam is the proliferation of the gospel of peace proclaimed by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Sep 11, 2021
Peace in the Midst of the Storm. (Hank Unplugged Shorts)
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, shares that when his friend and publisher Jack Countryman asked him to write on peace, he considered it a daunting task. Not because he’s not experienced peace. Rather, because—as St. Paul explains—“the peace of God transcends all understanding.” How does one explain what transcends all understanding? The gospel of peace is a preview of the promise of perfect peace in paradise. Through peace with God, peace with others, and the promise of certain peace in paradise, we are equipped to face all the trials and tribulations life brings our way.
Sep 09, 2021
Being Redeemed into a New Image for His Glory. (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, shares another profound letter from his sister Jobje, as she continues her arduous journey through pancreatic cancer treatment. “Each morning I eagerly look outside before the sun rises to reveal an absolutely beautiful scene. A white, thick mist hovers in the distance over the yet unplowed fields…. This mist which has brought by night the silent secret dew, the morning’s light reveals its adorning—the silvery, translucent, delicate frosting of the moisture on the branches, the twigs, the needles of the pine trees, and then even as I watch the steamy mist everywhere arising upward to meet the sun…This is my Creator at work, Who each day paints a new picture of His mercy for me.” James 4:14 reminds us, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” “I am here only for a little while, but I am made in His image. Someday I will rise like a mist from my earthly existence, ascending upward into the sky to meet the Son, my Savior, and as He parts the veiled, cloudy mist, as He reveals Himself to me, as He takes me by the hand, as He brings me upwards through the misty clouds…I will finally finish my journey at His heaven…. I look forward to that day.” Thank you for your prayers for Jobje and her family.
Sep 08, 2021
Migration Without Assimilation (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reminds us that Islam advances not only by sword but, as the late Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi boasted, by migration without assimilation. Indeed, said al-Qaddafi, “Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe—without swords, without guns, without conquests.” His point was that a civilization that is becoming Islamic demographically will inevitably succumb to Islam politically. From his perspective, there was no need to fly airplanes into buildings when with patience those same buildings can fall into Muslim hands, much like the billions of dollars of equipment and capital that are now in the hands of the Taliban, who also exercised patience.

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Sep 07, 2021
The Problem of Evil (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, observes that the moral evils we see happening in the world, including horrendous events in Afghanistan and the ongoing holocaust of abortion on demand, as well as natural evils like hurricanes, all cry out for an explanation. It may seem as though there are many possible responses to this problem. In reality, however, there are only three basic ones—responses from the point of view of philosophical naturalism, pantheism, and theism. And only Christian theism provides a relevant, plausible, and existentially satisfying resolution to the problem of evil. As followers of Jesus Christ, we look forward to a world in which “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21: 4).
Sep 06, 2021
“Pro-Choice” Covers for a Nationally Sanctioned Holocaust (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reminds us that it is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception. The human nature of a human being from conception to old age is not a mere metaphysical contention but a scientific fact. While an embryo does not have a fully developed personality, an embryo does have full personhood from the moment of conception.
Sep 03, 2021
Has America’s Longest War Really Ended? (Hank Unplugged Shorts)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, asks what will be the fate of American and Afghan allies left captive behind enemy lines in Afghanistan. Tragically, the answer is borne out by history. Recall that precisely seven years ago, Mosul, Iraq fell. Muslim fighters thereafter captured village after village. Men were executed. Women and girls taken as slaves, with the sanction for raping captives issued directly from Allah in the Qur’an. Indeed, the consensus of sharia, in concert with the will of Allah, mandates war as a “religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force” (Ibn Khaldun, The Muqaddimah). The Islamic wars mandated by sharia will continue on as a plague on the landscape of humanity.
Sep 02, 2021
What Explains a Suicide Bombing? (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on what could cause someone to blow themselves up and kill so many others in the process. According to the Qur’an, women are promised to suicide bombers as soon as they depart this life. And these women, known as houris, do not sleep, get pregnant, menstruate, spit, blow their noses, or ever get sick, and these “good and lovely, buxom and virginal” women are created specifically as a reward for males of the Muslim community who have been faithful to Allah. Qur’anic descriptions of the houris are particularly intoxicating to modern-day Islamic jihadists. Tragically, most Muslims, like these young Islamic jihadists, are blithely unaware that the sensual visions of paradise that inflame and inform their lusts emanate from the fertile imaginations of mere people—a bankrupt Zoroastrian eschatology.
Aug 31, 2021
Harvard Appoints Atheist as Chief Chaplain (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on the appointment of Harvard’s new Chief Chaplain atheist Greg Epstein. He is the author of Good without God and somehow knows with certainty that there is no life after death, and that we should not look to God for answers—rather we should look to him. Much has changed in Harvard’s four-hundred-year history. Consider Harvard’s original mission statement: “Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well the end of his life and studies is to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, and therefore to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”
Aug 31, 2021
God’s Immeasurable Grace—Psalm 139 (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, shares a profound letter from his sister Jobje as she continues through the arduous trial of pancreatic cancer treatment. Psalm 139 has been Jobje’s favorite Psalm—what she describes as a spiritual birth certificate summarizing what each of us can expect as we travel from the start of life to its very end. Jobje’s name in the Dutch language means “God is gracious.” “Search Me O God, and know my anxious thoughts. All the days ordained for me are written in your book before even one of them came to be.”
Aug 30, 2021
A Broken Trophy (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, recently broke the trophy that he won for coming in first place in a charity golf tournament. His initial disappointment quickly diminished as he remembered that our treasures on earth will pale in comparison to our treasures in heaven. Another reminder to set our sights on the life to come and live our lives for an audience of one.
Aug 30, 2021
Where Can we find Wisdom? (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, discusses the reservoir of wisdom literature available in books of the Bible such as Proverbs—may we all take advantage of this precious gift of God by immersing ourselves in the wisdom in the Word of God.
Aug 28, 2021
Angelophany: Do Angels Appear in our Midst Today? (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, recalls the experience of a ministry leader who believes he was inspired by the appearance of an angel and the voice of God to begin a charity that reaches out to the poor and the suffering. Hank discusses the term angelophany and whether or not angels appear in our midst today.
Aug 27, 2021
Christians in a Cancel Culture with Joe Dallas
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Joe Dallas rightly dubs cancel culture a spreading madness–a virus of twisted thinking. Belief in the normalcy of the male-female sexual union is viewed as homophobic, the immutable nature of our assigned sex, transphobic, and the value of the unborn, misogynistic. The dam has burst, submerging basic Christian morality and ethics.

Joe Dallas joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss his new book, Christians in a Cancel Culture, in which he uses his decades of wisdom as a counselor to guide Christians on how to have difficult discussions on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, race and transgenderism by using biblical discernment while wielding our Christian convictions with a gavel of grace.

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Please click here to see a review Joe Dallas did of the Netflix's documentary, Pray Away. https://www.equip.org/article/whoever-said-you-can-pray-the-gay-away-a-film-review-of-netflixs-pray-away/

Topics discussed include: Why Christians should be concerned with cancel culture (3:45); are some churches too concerned with pleasing the culture? (6:10); when it comes to biblical truth many Christians are either holding the right position with the wrong attitude or the wrong position in an effort to appease the culture (7:35); why cancel culture is more similar to a virus than a revolution (12:30); what exactly is cancel culture? (16:10); committing violence in the name of social justice (18:10); are Christians dangerous to society? (22:30); Christians must view persecution from an eternal perspective (29:15); the rise of identity politics and expanded government (33:45); why would society want to silence Christians? (37:35); if abortion is always evil, why do many Christians have abortion fatigue? (46:00); is Roe v. Wade a settled issue? (50:30); is abortion strictly a women’s issue? (55:10); why are so many Christians embracing homosexuality (58:55); the Netflix documentary Pray Away (1:01:10); will society soon control what the church can and cannot say and do? (1:09:30); the roots of Critical Race Theory (1:14:55); will social justice lead to tyranny? (1:21:45); the rapid rise of the transgender movement (1:26:30); is cancel culture a new religion? (1:35:00); the pretty poison of progressive Christianity promoted by leaders like Rob Bell (1:36:20); will Christians soon lose their religious liberty and be censored? (1:37:55).



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Aug 26, 2021
Covenant Keeping Servants (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, highlights a couple that he is honored to have known since the early days of his ministry—a couple that he considers to an incredible example of servant leadership and a reminder that we as Christians are called to use our resources to serve the poor. May we all heed the words of Matthew 6:19-20 and strive to be covenant-keeping servants of Christ.
Aug 25, 2021
Islam Advances by the Sword (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, can’t get Afghanistan off his mind. In 635, three years after Muhammad died, Damascus (the city toward which Paul was advancing when he experienced a dramatic conversion to Christ) fell to invading Muslims. Two years later, Antioch, where followers of Christ were first called Christians, fell. Shortly thereafter it was the tragic task of the Patriarch of Jerusalem to hand over the city to conquering Muslims. And so for fourteen centuries, the advance of Islam has continued not by word but by sword—as we see in Afghanistan today. Will Christians again be martyred? Certainly. As contrast is the conduit to clarity, compare Muhammad and Christ.
Aug 24, 2021
Our Collective Amnesia (Hank Unplugged Short)
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, recalls Hitler’s statement with respect to amnesia—he had given orders to his death units to exterminate the Polish and said, after all, “who remembers the extermination of the Armenians?” Hitler banked on collective amnesia. And the same thing is happening with Islam. Prior to the recent takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban, it was already the second most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian. We as Christians must exercise the power of prayer and do all that is permissible to stay the insidious rise of Sharia in western regions—and pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters, particularly as Afghanistan still remains on our radar.
Aug 23, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: When Christian Leaders Cave
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, laments that it’s easy to blame a rapidly devolving culture on pagans, but the real problem is not pagans—it’s Christians ceasing to be salt and light in a lost and searching world. When Christian leaders are not willing publicly to call abortion sin, it is a severe warning to us all—for Christ said, “If the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled by men.”
Aug 21, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: Designating Christians as Dangerous
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on the relegation of Christians to the margins of society—not merely as wrong but dangerous. In doing so, it will become much easier for society to persecute them. As Nazis relegated Jewish people to the margins, it became easier to persecute and murder them.
Aug 20, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: Lord, Abide With Me
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, shares part of a missive from his sister Jobje, expressing love and gratitude for prayers as she battles cancer. She writes that her mind is riveted upon the truths and promises of God—particularly riveted on the lyrics of a hymn by Rev. Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), titled “Abide with Me,” a hymn he wrote as he himself was dying of Tuberculosis.
Aug 19, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: Tyranny of the Taliban and Progressive American Values
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on the devastating implications of America’s ill-conceived withdrawal from Afghanistan—as we simultaneously attempt to export progressive American values, such as encapsulated in a recent headline: “Academy of Breast Feeding Medicine Includes Chest Feeding and Father’s Milk in New Guidelines.” The U. S. withdrawal is symbolic of the discombobulation of a government and people. The only hope for Western Civilization is Christians being salt and light in a lost and searching world.
Aug 18, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: What Do the Taliban Portend?
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on what happened over the weekend in Afghanistan (Aug. 2021). The Taliban represent an Islamic juggernaut bent on the enforcement of Islamic law not only in Afghanistan but beyond.
Aug 17, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: When a Man Stops Believing in God
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, reflects on G. K. Chesterton’s quip that “When a man stops believing in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing; he believes in anything.” While other countries are reversing course, America is doing irreversible harm to children by trying to transition them from male to female with draconian drug treatments—treatments that will impact them for the rest of their lives. Science, like truth, is being subjectively politicized.
Aug 16, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: Changing Roles of East & West
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast and the Hank Unplugged Podcast, observes that Eastern European countries such as Hungary and Poland have retained their inherited identities and the ideologies that have made Western civilization the greatest civilization in the history of the world—including a great Christian mission sending force. They have seen the horror of communism and reject the empty promises of neo-socialist influences. Contrast this with the path America is heading—a path that will ultimately lead to ruin.
Aug 15, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: Standing for Truth, Experience Life
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast and the Hank Unplugged Podcast, wonders how many of us today are men and women of conviction. John the Baptist was not like a reed shaking in the wind—not one to change according to popular opinion—but was a man of conviction willing to stand for truth no matter the cost. If ever there was a time when such conviction was necessary, that time has come.
Aug 14, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: Hooked on Reading!
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, shares what he’s been reading lately in addition to Scripture — The Bridge at Andau by James A. Michener and Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay, among others. Books that offer glimpses into communist prison camps. Good books present opportunities for engaging conversations in communion with absent authors.
Aug 13, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: COVID-19 Strikes Home
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As his family grapples with COVID-19, Hank Hanegraaff reminds us that while this life has ups and downs, including sickness and sorrow, our hope is not in a temporary universe in bondage to decay. Ultimately, our hope in Christ looks forward to a renewed universe liberated from bondage—a new heaven and earth wherein dwells righteousness.
Aug 12, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: Are Biological Gender Designations Bad for Your Health?
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Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the Hank Unplugged podcast, starts a new series called "Hank Unplugged Shorts" where he regularly delves into today's headlines, issues, personal stories, and current events to equip Christians to think and live Christianly. Simply put, Christians must consume information and news today with the proper filter of a biblical worldview. Christians must rely on the factual foundations of the historic Christian faith to become beacons of truth in our culture. These Hank Unplugged Shorts episodes will provide you with a compass to point you towards truth to help you navigate the whirlwinds of content in our information age.

In this episode, Hank talks about in today's culture how good is evil and evil is good.
Aug 11, 2021
Mary: Does the Mother of God Matter to Us? with Brandi Willis Schreiber
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Jesus Christ, God incarnate, had a fully human mother and her name was Mary. For most of his Christian life, Hank Hanegraaff lacked a proper appreciation for the grandeur and glory of the Mother of our Savior. As Christians, does the Mother of God matter to us? Brandi Willis Schreiber joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss her own quest to know and love the Virgin Mary and to incorporate Mary into her own spiritual life—and we hope that this conversation will encourage you to do the same.

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Topics discussed include: How can Mary help us to better understand the nature of Christ? (8:30); why representations of Mary always point us to Christ (12:10); differing views of Mary and why many struggle to understand the role of Mary in the Christian life (17:00); the reality that Jesus Christ, God incarnate, had a fully human mother (23:50); the importance of Holy Tradition in relation to Mary (27:55); should we ask for the prayers of Mary and the Saints? (32:00); looking to Mary as the ultimate example of union with Christ—deification (36:20); the role of Mary in the incarnation of Christ and our Salvation (40:15); saying yes to God—Mary’s yes and free-will (42:05); the relationship between Mary and Angels (45:20); the portrayal of Mary in the Gospel of Luke (48:05); Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding at Cana and the association between Mary and the miraculous (52:00); the perpetual virginity of Mary (59:45); the difference between betrothal in biblical times and our modern conception of engagement and marriage (1:02:05); the significance of Holy Tradition and Church history (1:08:50); the physical reality of Mary carrying Jesus Christ in her womb and her role in our Salvation as the mother of God (1:16:45); the art of writing (1:21:50); the discipline of reading and why it is so important (1:27:45).

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Aug 10, 2021
Hank Unplugged Short: A Powerful Word of Encouragement from Hank's Sister Who is fighting Cancer
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In this Hank Unplugged Short, a new series, Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, shares a powerful word of encouragement that he received from his sister Jobe who is fighting cancer and it touched him deeply. Her blood counts are at their lowest points and yet she is still grateful for her chemo treatments. She talks about "planning with a pencil" and the new schedule planned for her by her loving heavenly father. Jobe is being pried from earthly things to look towards heavenly ones. These Hank Unplugged Shorts episodes will provide you with a compass to point you towards truth to help you navigate the whirlwinds of content in our information age.
Aug 05, 2021
China, Communism and Christianity with Bob Fu
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Polling has shown that over a third of millennials approve of communism while socialism increasingly appeals to many young people in Western countries. This is a shocking development for those who have lived through the horrors of communism in places like China—people like Bob Fu. Dr. Bob Fu is the president of ChinaAid and one of the leading voices in the world for persecuted faith communities in China. Fu was born and raised in China and was a leader during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations for freedom and democracy in 1989. Bob Fu joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss his escape from communist China and his continued fight against religious persecution and defense of religious liberty.

Topics discussed include: Bob Fu recalls the poverty his early life in Communist China (3:00); Bob Fu recalls his time as a leader during the Tiananmen Square demonstrations for freedom and democracy in 1989 and how the massacre has actually led many Chinese people to Christ (10:00); how Bob Fu became known as God’s Double Agent (17:00); the biggest political crime of the 20th century according to Bob Fu (19:00); the connection between the forced abortions in China and Chinese women having the highest rate of suicide in the world (22:45); Bob Fu’s experience in a Chinese prison and how it impacted his theology (27:15); how Bob Fu miraculously escaped China (38:30); how Bob Fu founded ChinaAid to help the persecuted church in China (40:10); the increased persecution of Christians in China in the name of Sinicization—the process by which non-Chinese societies come under the influence of Chinese culture by the government (46:30); facial recognition technology, the social credit system and the growing police state in China that Bob Fu calls digital authoritarianism (55:25); the difference between the house church movement in China and the Communist Chinese government controlled Three-Self Patriotic Movement (1:01:10); how China is trying to silence Bob Fu and why many Western countries and corporations, such as the NBA and Hollywood, are turning a blind eye to China and religious persecution due to the economic implications (1:07:30); as Christianity continues to grow in China despite intense persecution, should we be more concerned about growing apathy of many Christians in the West? (1:16:20); the growing support for communism and socialism among young people in the West (1:21:45).

Please be sure to see the documentary “The Power of Persecuted Church” featuring Bob Fu below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb0OqliYwUQ

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Jul 22, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis: Evidence for the Existence of God with Stephen Meyer
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Beginning in the late 19th century, many intellectuals began to insist that scientific knowledge conflicts with traditional theistic belief—that science and belief in God are “at war.” In Return of the God Hypothesis, Stephen Meyer argues that theism—with its affirmation of a transcendent, intelligent and active creator—best explains the evidence we have concerning biological and cosmological origins. Previously Meyer refrained from attempting to answer questions about “who” might have designed life. Now he provides an evidence-based answer to perhaps the ultimate mystery of the universe. The results? Meyer reveals a stunning conclusion: the data support not just the existence of an intelligent designer of some kind—but the existence of a personal God.

You don’t want to miss this episode of Hank Unplugged, as Stephen Meyer joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss Return of the God Hypothesis and the breakthrough evidence that will change the way you view the world around you—and the God that created it—forever.

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Topics discussed include: The debate with Lawrence Krauss that inspired Stephen Meyer to write Return of the God Hypothesis (3:00); the implications of Darwinian evolution, scientific materialism and a universe without God (8:25); the inability of scientific materialism to explain origins (16:00); what ideas have led people away from belief in God? (21:00); the implications of the scientific discovery providing evidence that the universe had a beginning (24:45); the hidden theistic implications of Quantum cosmology (30:00); the rise of the multiverse and how the fine tuning of the universe supports evidence for God (35:30); biological evidence for the existence of God (40:40); the history of the God hypothesis dating back to Isaac Newton and the Scientific Revolution and why Stephen Meyer believes it is time for a return of the God hypothesis (45:10); debunking the myth that science and religion are in conflict (54:30); three metaphors used to describe nature (59:30); examining the intellectual shift away from a belief in God in philosophy and science (1:03:05); how a lack of Christian unity impacted the shift in prevalence to a materialist worldview (1:07:10); the problem with Hume’s argument against miracles (1:08:45); why is the issue of origins so important? (1:11:30); scientific materialism, fine-tuning and the multiverse (1:16:40); why Stephen Meyer thinks that Stephen Hawking was a brilliant scientist, but a weak philosopher (1:22:15); the rising popularity of Panspermia and UFO’s (1:25:45); why do critics of Intelligent Design consistently, and incorrectly, critique it as a “God of the gaps” argument (1:31:10); with whom would theistic evolution be popular? (1:34:40); addressing claims of pseudoscience and the problem with appeals to settled or consensus science (1:41:00).

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Jul 07, 2021
Apatheism: Who Cares if God Exists? with Kyle Beshears
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Atheists don’t believe in God. Agnostics don’t know if God exists. Theists believe in God. What do Apatheists believe? In short, they simply do not care to answer the question of God’s existence. How can you share the gospel with someone who doesn’t care?

As Western culture becomes increasingly indifferent to questions of faith, diverted by secularism, comfort, and distraction, Christians today encounter many people who don’t so much doubt the existence of a God, but are more or less apathetic about God. For maybe the first time in human history, many apatheistic individuals today are too busy to bother with pondering the existence of God. Kyle Beshears joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss his book Apatheism: How We Share When They Don’t Care, the origins of apatheism, how it has grown to epidemic levels in society today and most importantly, how Christians might impact the indifference of apatheists and impact them with gospel truth.

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Topics discussed include: What is apatheism? both a belief and a feeling towards theism (5:45); what are the conditions under which apatheism flourishes in a society? (7:00); how attempts at evangelism made Kyle Beshears aware of apatheism (10:25); Christians increasingly being influenced by the culture and experiencing apathesm as well (14:45); the importance of apologetics (21:15); similarities between apatheism and practical atheism (25:15); how our post-truth culture relates to apatheism (27:40); the continued impact of the enlightenment on the growth of apatheism (32:35); what is “appiness”? (35:35); are we too comfortable to care about God? (39:00); is the Bible still relevant today? (43:20); what is the difference between joy and happiness? (49:25); why the problems with the prosperity Gospel (55:20); how a failure to embrace spiritual disciplines can lead to apatheism in our lives (57:30); Apatheism: How We Share When They Don’t Care—the key to evangelism in our modern apatheistic environment (1:04:30); the impact that scientific materialism has had on our culture and belief in God (1:12:30); truth claims in a pluralistic society (1:16:55); do we need to repent of our sins of distraction? (1:23:05).

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Jun 23, 2021
Have You Cut Your Head from Your Heart? with Adam Pelser
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Have we as a culture cut our heads from our hearts? Adam Pelser joins Hank to discuss virtue formation in the life of a Christian and the importance of intentionally cultivating proper emotions as opposed to viewing emotions as unreliable indicators of truth. The fact of the matter is that emotions are not the enemy of objective rationality. Emotions, properly understood, can actually provide a greater understanding of truth. Unfortunately, far too many have embraced what Pelser calls the guillotine view of rationality—cutting off our heads from our hearts in an effort to embrace pure rationality. It is critical for Christians to reunite our heads with our hearts and avoid the pitfalls of a purely intellectual pursuit of God by engaging in intentional practices as a Christian community that help us become fully human by cultivating emotions and virtues that bring us closer to Christ—the true purpose of the Christian life.

For more information please see two articles written by Adam Pelser linked below.

Reasons of the Heart: Emotions in Apologetics https://www.equip.org/article/reasons-heart-emotions-apologetics/

Communicating Truth through Humor, Ridicule, and Emotions https://www.equip.org/article/communicating-truth-through-humor-ridicule-and-emotions/

Topics discussed include: What is it like to be a Christian philosopher at a military academy? (2:55); what is the relationship between philosophy, theology and science? (6:00); what is the role of emotions in the life of a Christian? (8:25); experiencing God through our emotions (12:40); Thomas Aquinas and the pitfalls of a purely intellectual pursuit of God (19:40); what is virtue formation and why is it important? (27:00); the can we train our emotions? (34:45); the connection between spiritual disciplines and cultivating virtues (39:00); how emotions can help us develop a greater understanding of truth (43:45); the importance of engaging in critical thinking and discussion as families, churches and communities (47:00); why are many people more fearful of physical death than spiritual death? (54:05); love is central virtue of life (59:30); the emotional experiences of religious atheists like Albert Einstein (1:05:20); how can we experience God? (1:09:15); the difference between properly cultivated emotion and raw emotionalism (1:12:45); the role of repetition in the formation of habit and virtues (1:21:30); deification—why has Western theology largely forgotten the larger arch of salvation stretching from creation to deification in favor of the smaller arch stretching from fall to redemption (1:25:15).

Other articles by Adam Pelser:

Becoming a “Seasoned” Apologist

Genuine Temptation and the Character of Christ

Developing Discernment in Devotional Reading

Philosophy, Politics, and the End of Liberal Arts Education

The Shack Movie – Heretical or Healing?

The Abolition of Man Today

Thomas Reid: Minister, Philosopher and Champion of Common Sense

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Jun 09, 2021
Is Hell Eternal? with Fr. Lawrence Farley
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The doctrine of hell as a place of eternal punishment has never been easy for Christians to accept. The temptation to retreat from and reject a traditional teaching of hell for more palatable alternatives such as universalism or annihilationism is particularly strong in our current culture, which has demonstrably lost its sense of sin. Likewise, we live in a death denying culture. But, it is undeniable that you are going to die. This simple fact makes understanding eternity of the utmost importance. Will you enjoy an eternity in Heaven or an eternity suffering in hell? Fr. Lawrence Farley joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the traditional teaching on this difficult subject through the lens of Scripture to show that the existence of an eternal hell does not negate that of a loving and forgiving God.

To learn more about his article, in the current edition of the Christian Research Journal entitled, “In Defense of the Church’s Traditional Doctrine of Hell” and subscribe and receive this as your first issue (Spring 2021) please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ For more information on Fr. Farley’s book, Unquenchable Fire: The Traditional Christian Teaching about Hell please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-unquenchable-fire-the-traditional-christian-teaching-about-hell/

Topics discussed include: An overview of a traditional view of hell as opposed to the rising popularity of universalism (0:25); did Christ teach of an eternal hell? (8:50); does the Bible teach of an eternal heaven and hell? (12:50); how modern culture has lost a sense of sin and sought to domesticate the Divine (14:40); discussing the meaning of the Greek word for eternal, “aionion” (21:30); misunderstanding the Book of Revelation (25:25); discussing Origen and others who believed in universalism as opposed to the majority of Church Fathers that taught a traditional view of an eternal hell (29:15); the importance of tradition in contrast with individualistic interpretations (35:00); is eternal punishment fair? (40:00); what is wrong with annihilationism? (48:10); how universalism invalidates free-will and morality (50:55); what is the difference between universalism and annihilationism (conditionalism)? what do they have in common? (53:30); if someone has never heard of Jesus will they go to hell? (55:20); the danger of a culture that has ceased to think critically (1:07:00); if your church is dramatically conforming to the world you need to reconsider whether it is a true church or a trap door to hell (1:11:45); what is the difference between Hades and Gehenna? (1:13:30); the importance of free-will (1:18:00); is the fire in hell real? (1:20:15); why is it important to adhere to traditional church doctrines on issues such as hell? (1:21:50); how important is the topic of hell? (1:24:25).

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May 19, 2021
Until Unity with Francis Chan
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Church Unity is Not Optional. Many Christians who want unity don’t value theology or holiness. Yet, God commands all three. There must be a way to end the divisions that grieve the Holy Spirit without sacrificing truth or embracing sin. As the world grows more divided, Christians must unite—in love for the Lord and one another—as a winsome witness to the world through our oneness in Christ. Francis Chan joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss his new book Until Unity and why Christian unity is not optional. We hope that this conversation will inspire Spirit-filled people from all denominations to fight for unity with humility, gentleness and love in obedience to our Lord’s High Priestly Prayer.

“…that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

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Topics discussed include: Is Christian unity possible? (4:00); taking The Lord’s High Priestly Prayer seriously (7:15); praying for Pentecost today (10:30); is Christ divided? (13:30); discussing Church schisms and essentials that Christians from different traditions can unite around (17:00); the path to unity is to love God and love others (24:00); is Christian unity optional? (29:00); can Christians pursue both truth and unity? (33:20); you can’t be proud and be close to God (38:00); God hates those who sow discord among brothers (41:30); when is unity easy? (48:45); Francis Chan used to be a Cessationist, but has now seen miracles with his own hands and eyes (58:15); should Christians be seeker sensitive or talk about tough topics like hell? (1:03:30); ways that Francis Chan has sought to follow the Lord’s will to anywhere on earth (1:08:40); the importance of having a true sense of our own mortality and how the death of Francis Chan’s family early gave him an acute sense of his own mortality (1:14:00); the importance of providing for the poor and the downtrodden (1:22:00); meditating on the message of the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer (1:26:15); how should Christians respond to trolls on the internet? (1:30:30); praying that Spirit-filled people from all denominations will fight for unity with humility, gentleness and love in obedience to our Lord’s High Priestly Prayer (1:35:30).



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May 04, 2021
Christian Persecution: Hungary Has a Plan to Help with Tristan Azbej
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Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. Tragically, anti-Christian animus in the West has largely led to ignorance of the persecution of Christians today and the result has been a human rights travesty of historic proportions. Hank often says that the problem of Christian persecution in the Middle East is squarely in the blind spot of the West. When it comes to addressing the issue of Christian persecution, Hungary is a small country making a big difference. Through various government sponsored initiatives, such as the Hungary Helps program, Hungary is aiding persecuted Christians and other persecuted religious groups around the globe, setting an example that it hopes other countries will be inspired to emulate. Hank is joined by Tristan Azbej, Hungary’s State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, to discuss this critical issue and help bring Christian persecution out of the blind spot of the West.

Topics discussed include: Growing up in an anti-Christian communist dictatorship has made the issue of Christian persecution so important to Tristan Azbej (5:00); Tristan Azbej on his title as the State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians (8:40); the history of Hungary as a Christian nation (11:40); how Hungary is able to maintain a Christian identity in an increasingly secular European Union (16:15); why it is critical to protect the roots of our Christian heritage (21:45); the necessity for Christian unity in the face of persecution (27:25); how the Hungary Helps program has provided humanitarian aid to over 100,000 people since 2017 (32:50); how Hungary is setting an example for how to be a modern Christian democracy (39:15); illegal immigration and the Hungarian approach to immigration policies (44:30); countering the narrative that the Hungarian immigration policies are racist (49:20); the rise of Christian persecution in Africa (52:30); the difference between peaceful Muslims and violent Islamic ideology (58:10); extremist liberalism as a form of totalitarianism growing in the West today (1:03:25); Red Wednesday, an initiative of Aid for the Church in Need to commemorate the blood of Christian martyrs (1:09:20); Hungary isn’t focused on merely helping persecuted Christians, but all religious persecution (1:10:45); why are there narratives creating a sense of Christian guilt for some Western Christians when Christian charity is at the forefront of aid around the world? (1:14:30); Tristan Azbej on his recent visit with Pope Francis and persecuted Christians in Iraq (1:19:20); the need for Christians from different traditions to work towards Christian unity in the face of growing oppression (1:24:20); how Tristan Azbej become the State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians (1:27:00).
"For more information on the work of Tristan Azbej and the Hungary Helps program visit https://hungaryhelps.gov.hu/en/."

For further resources on persecution we recommend the following:

The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Anti-Christian Persecution Paperback by John L. Allen Jr.-focuses on worldwide persecution https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-global-war-on-christians/
They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East by Mindy Belz-focuses on persecution in the Middle East https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-they-say-we-are-infidels/
Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America by Luke Goodrich -focuses on persecution in America https://www.equip.org/product/free-to-believe-the-battle-over-religious-liberty-in-america-2/
Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies by Ryszard Legutko, focuses on persecution in America, Europe and the West https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2101hup/
It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies by Mary Eberstadt focuses on persecution in America https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-dangerous-believe/
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Apr 15, 2021
The Resurrection with Gary Habermas (Encore)
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Dr. Gary Habermas has dedicated his life to the study and defense of the Resurrection because it is without a doubt the seminal event in history and the foundation of Christianity—simply put, without the Resurrection Christian belief crumbles. (Note: This conversation took place in March 2018 as Hank was in the midst of his battle with cancer—Thanks be to God, Hank is now cancer free).

Topics discussed include: How studying the Resurrection led Dr. Habermas into apologetics (3:15); empirical evidence for Christianity compared to other religions (8:30); perspectives on the supernatural in academic circles (11:00); the Resurrection, Jesus Seminar, and the Pre-Pauline Creed (14:45); evidence of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (18:45); Islamic denial of the crucifixion of Christ (21:15); evidence of an empty tomb after the Resurrection of Christ (27:25); witnesses to the Resurrection and the martyrdom that ensued (30:35); the faith and martyrdom of early church fathers such as Polycarp and Irenaeus (36:10); the sorrow Habermas felt losing his wife to cancer and the hope he felt knowing that she was in heaven (40:30); the peace that the Resurrection of Christ provides Hank in the midst of his battle with cancer (47:00); the argument from joy by C. S. Lewis (54:30); a miracle in Hank’s life and the role of miracles in Christianity (59:00); rewards in heaven (1:04:15); world religions, the reliability of Scripture and the radical uniqueness of Jesus (1:06:30); do all religions lead to God? (1:10:10); is Christianity is rooted in history and evidence? (1:14:20); why should we believe in miracles? (1:22:30); Christianity corresponds to reality (1:25:00); why aren’t more Christians sharing their faith? (1:28:15); why Hank considers his first year fighting cancer as the best year of his life (1:36:45); how cancer has brought the Hanegraaff family closer together and closer to Christ (1:42:50); how suffering through cancer has made Hank more empathetic (1:47:15); Gary Habermas describes watching his wife die of cancer (1:53:00); why the best year of Hank’s life is the year he was diagnosed with cancer (1:58:50); Habermas on a magnum opus on the Resurrection (2:00:30).

For further resources on the resurrection, see our April 2021 Monthly Resources by clicking here https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2104wa/ and additional resources at our Defending the Resurrection resource page, which includes Gary Habermas’s book The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus with Michael Licona by clicking here. https://www.equip.org/defending-the-resurrection/

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Apr 01, 2021
Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan with Rev. Nicholas Louh and Dr. Roxanne Louh
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If you’ve found the last year challenging, you’re not alone. In fact, millions believe that this last year has been the most brutal year of their lives. Sadly, many have surrendered to a life of settling when we should be soaring—resigning when we should be renewing! That’s why Renewing YOU: A Priest, a Psychologist, and Plan couldn’t be more timely. Written by a husband and a wife—Dr. Nicholas Louh a priest, and Dr. Roxanne Louh a clinical psychologist—the Louhs are a marriage of two different worlds and fields of study—uniting the fields of faith and psychology for inward reflection that leads to lasting transformation. Nicholas and Roxanne Louh join Hank Hanegraaff to discuss their methods for personal renewal that combine principles of spiritual growth with psychological tools to help you become your best self, fully connected with God’s purpose for you and your life. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2103hup/

Topics discussed include: Combining principles for spiritual growth with psychological tools to unlock God’s potential for our lives (4:15); what was it like for Nick and Roxanne Louh to co-author a book together as husband and wife? (7:00); are psychology and religion in conflict? (9:20); the process for renewal that the Lenten season provides (12:15); how Christians should find their purpose in life (16:15); the importance of continual growth in the life of a Christian (21:40); the importance of developing spiritual disciplines to combat spiritual warfare (29:00); the importance of having a vision for our lives (35:30); why is confession important in the life of a Christian? (37:10); liturgical practices and the mystery of the Eucharist (42:00); why do people settle for less in life? (46:45); how our thoughts determine our lives (50:40); the discipline of seeking stillness to be with God and hear His voice (53:30); practicing the first fifteen method (56:40); the book of Proverbs and a practice called the “brain dump” (59:25); different types of thinking errors that hijack our minds (1:04:15); extreme absolutist thinking (1:10:30); the importance of being in the present (1:13:45); the significance of having a place to be quiet and seek stillness (1:16:45); the Jesus Prayer and different types of prayer (1:20:30); why is discernment so important? (1:25:30); what are passions? (1:28:50); neural pathways and the way God designed our brains for elasticity (1:31:10); is there a difference between bad habits and addiction? (1:33:30); the impact of guilt on our lives (1:35:45); myths about forgiveness (1:37:30); the testimony of Hank’s sister Jobje and seeing suffering as an opportunity for growth (1:42:30); the testimony of Hank’s sister Jobje as an incredible example of marriage and the foundation of a good marriage (1:47:30); being intentional about teaching our children values (1:53:45); the meaning behind the number 86,400 (2:00:15).

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Mar 23, 2021
The Pope Really Infallible? With Robert Spencer
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Robert Spencer was a devoted Roman Catholic for more than 30 years until the issue of the infallibility of the Pope led him to investigate the controversial Roman Catholic dogma—an investigation that ultimately led Spencer to write the forthcoming book The Pope and the Church. Spencer joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the issue of Papal infallibility and the problems it presents to the global Christian community. Additionally, Robert Spencer is one of the foremost experts on Islam and a conversation wouldn’t have been complete without getting an update on the state of Islam in the world today.  

Topics discussed include: Why did Robert Spencer leave the Roman Catholic Church? (3:50); are Muslims and Christians praying to the same God? (5:30); How can Christians (Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant) unite? (10:35); the importance of Apostolic succession to the Christian faith (13:35); infant baptism (17:20); the problem with Papal infallibility (19:45); different views of Grace in Protestantism, Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy (25:20); Papal supremacy and the Confession of Peter (27:10); the difference between Papal primacy and supremacy (33:15); different views of the Eucharist (35:45); misunderstanding deification (39:45); should the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant Christians ignore their differences in pursuit of unity? (43:55); the state of Islam in the world today (45:35); how do Muslims view Jesus? (48:45); the danger of Islamic Eschatology (51:50); the truth about the Quran (54:00); Christian persecution in the Middle East today (55:45); why do many Westerners find Islam attractive? (57:25); Robert Spencer responds to the Southern Poverty Law Center labeling him as a dangerous extremist and how it has impacted his life and work (59:25); the distinction between God’s essence and energies and why it matters (1:03:10); how important is the perpetual virginity of Mary? (1:06:00); the work of Robert Spencer on a new, honest translation of the Quran and the danger of being critical of Islam (1:08:30); the difference between the message of Muhammad and Jesus Christ (1:16:00).

For further information on Islam, please see Hank’s book MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest Growing Religion, along with Robert Spencer’s Complete Infidels Guides to the Koran and ISIS, the Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades and The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS. All available for your partnering gifts.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-muslim-and-robert-spencer-books-on-islam/

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Mar 09, 2021
A Christian Response to Homophobia and Racism with Rev. Matt Kennedy
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The world around us is consumed by issues of identity—the church included. Responding to these issues from an orthodox Christian perspective is critical to the future of the church, however, it isn’t always easy for Christians to follow their convictions when claims of homophobia, racism and the like are made against those holding to traditional norms of morality. How should we respond to claims that Christians are homophobic, racist and bigoted? Reverend Matt Kennedy has recently written on these issues in the Christian Research Journal (https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/) (All Have Not Sinned in Every Way: Racism and Original Sin (https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/out-of-the-ashes-at-ground-zero/) and Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds? (https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/if-your-child-were-gay-would-you-change-your-view-on-homosexuality/ ) and joins Hank Hanegraaff to provide Christians with encouragement to stand on the solid ground of Christian conviction as opposed to the sinking sands of cultural conformity.

Topics discussed include: What made Matt Kennedy become a Christian? (2:15); misunderstanding the true meaning of love leads to misunderstanding God (6:15); the value of exegetical preaching and writing (10:10); why Matt Kennedy left the Episcopal Church and joined the Anglican Communion (12:30); why do parents of gay children change their theological minds? (14:10); increasing pressure for the pastors to adapt to changing cultural norms and narratives that conflict with the traditional Christian teachings and practices (16:55); why misunderstanding the nature of love causes many Christians to change their theology on sexuality (22:45); Christians changing their theology on the basis of their own experience as opposed to biblical exegesis (25:05); the rise of secular beliefs within many churches and Christian organizations (27:05); the worldview of white privilege (29:45); are all White people systemically racist? (33:45); the role of ideology in propaganda projects aimed at rewriting history (36:15); what does the Bible say about race? (39:50); the historical novelty of seeker sensitive churches the (44:10); key differences between traditional liturgical worship and seeker sensitive, modern forms of worship (48:10); the historic Christian belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist (53:10); traditionalism vs. tradition and why so many people mistakenly describe liturgical worship as dead faith (55:30); Ignatius of Antioch’s Desire for Martyrdom and the role of suffering and persecution in Christianity (1:00:25); learning to thank God for suffering and allowing it to bring us closer to Christ (1:08:00); what can Christians today learn from the example of Ignatius of Antioch? (1:12:00).


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Feb 22, 2021
Rewriting History: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation against America with Mary Grabar
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​In a world filled with fake news—Research — the ‘R’ in CRI — is more critical than ever. While researching Columbus Day, Hank Hanegraaff read countless articles conveying Christopher Columbus as one of history’s greatest villains—far from the hero of history we learned about as students. Then Hank realized something. Every article using the same source — Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. You may not know his name, but he’s largely responsible for poisoning the minds of an entire generation. Zinn’s influence is wide and his lies won’t be resisted unless they’re recognized—making Debunking Howard Zinn one of the most important books you could read. Mary Grabar joins Hanegraaff to discuss her critically important book Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2102hup/

Topics discussed include: How Hank Hanegraaff discovered Mary Grabar’s book Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America while researching for a monologue on Columbus Day (0:25); how was Howard Zinn able to change the historical perspective of so many people? (7:45); how Matt Damon and the film Good Will Hunting made Howard Zinn and his book A People’s History of the United States household names(11:00); how did an alleged member of the communist party like Howard Zinn made it mainstream in America? (15:35); the altered narrative of Christopher Columbus as an example of Zinn’s use of rhetorical tricks to essentially rewrite history (20:00); radical liberalism (23:00); the radicalization of a Christian college like Spellman College (26:45); cultural Marxism in America today (30:30); the Zinn Education Project and the growing influence of Howard Zinn globally (33:00); why Mary Grabar felt it necessary to write Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America (36:40); the narrative of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (40:50); was Christopher Columbus motivated by greed or God? (44:00); the popular idea that there is no objective history or truth (50:30); is America the most racist country in the history of the world? (54:45); The 1619 Project and the goal of reframing American history (58:55); narratives concerning Islam, Christianity and slavery (1:02:00); changing portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War (1:05:40); the changing cultural narrative influencing American children today (1:08:10); Howard Zinn and the Communist Party USA (1:10:00); the Marxist principles of Black Lives Matter as an organization (1:14:15); Howard Zinn, Ho Chi Minh and the use of propaganda (1:18:30); the emotional manipulation of children in the Howard Zinn Education Project (1:20:20); the attacks on Mary and her work (1:23:15).

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Feb 02, 2021
The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies with Ryszard Legutko
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Professor Ryszard Legutko lived and suffered under communism for decades and fought in the Polish anti-communist movement to abolish it. Having now live for over two decades under a liberal democracy, Legutko has discovered that liberal democracy and communism have more in common than one might think. Professor Legutko joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss The Demon in Democracy, as Legutko explains how liberal democracy has slowly tilted toward the same goals as communism, albeit without Soviet-style brutality. Having escaped the horrors of communism Legutko understands just how critical it is for Western Christians to understand the threats that lie buried within the systems we’ve long considered safe and learn to recognize The Demon in Democracy. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2101hup/

Topics discussed include: What are the similarities between communism and liberal democracy? (3:30); the problem when everything is political (8:30); modernization projects, the myth of progress and the continued influence of the Enlightenment (13:30); how the West plans to deliver on the failed promises of Communism (17:55); a modern society that is consumed with entertainment and self-hatred (20:10); Black Lives Matter and the ulterior motives of the movement such as the disruption of the nuclear family—because family is often the enemy of modern revolutionary ideology (23:25); the continued shift to the left in “mainstream politics” and the exclusion of conservatives (30:00); the manipulation of language and the problem with changing the meanings of words and concepts in a society (35:35); identity politics and communism (40:20); multiculturalism and social engineering (43:25); the global reaction to Hungary defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman (48:05); reducing everything to the ideological triad of class, race and gender (51:30); the paradox of equality (54:45); religion, conservatism and the family as common enemies of liberal democracy and communism (59:25); killing God, the worship of man and why socialists and communists have always hated religion (1:03:05); the dangerous naivety of progressive, liberal Christianity (1:06:50); the delusion of conciliatory Christians and capitulatory Christians (1:09:05); a stunning statement made by Legutko in The Demon in Democracy (1:11:30); what does resistance look like today? (1:15:00); Ryszard Legutko’s new book The Cunning of Freedom: Saving the Self in an Age of False Idols (1:17:30); the experience of Ryszard Legutko as a member in the European Parliament (1:18:25).

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Jan 19, 2021
Totalitarianism in America? with Rod Dreher
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For years, émigrés from the former Soviet Union have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of “soft” totalitarianism cropping up in America. Identity politics are intruding into every aspect of life. Progressives are marginalizing conservative Christians. Technology and consumerism are creating the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic has left our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can’t happen at home. Rod Dreher joins Hank Hanegraaff to warn American Christians of approaching dangers and equip them for the long resistance.

Topics discussed include: How an essay by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn inspired the title for Rod Dreher’s new book Live Not by Lies (6:15); stories of émigrés from the former Soviet Union telling Rod Dreher that they see reminders of communism cropping up in America (7:55); the dangers of cancel culture and people being afraid to speak freely (11:05); the difference between hard totalitarianism and soft totalitarianism (13:50); are we living in a world more similar to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World or George Orwell’s 1984? (18:25); See, Judge, Act—what we can learn about the underground church movement of Father Tomislav Kolakovic (21:15); memory holes, the importance of cultivating cultural memory and the dangers of not knowing history (28:15); the importance of discernment (35:45); different meanings of social justice (37:25); the triumph of the therapeutic and how the church is contributing to the decline of Western Civilization (42:20); the totalitarian traits of the transgender agenda and the politicization of every aspect of life (47:10); the problems with Black Lives Matter as a movement (53:00); issues of ideological indoctrination today, especially with “diversity training” in workplaces (55:15); the most important lesson that Rod Dreher learned while writing Live Not By Lies (1:01:25); what should we learn from the state response to the Covid-19 pandemic (1:05:25); learning lessons from the Bolsheviks (1:08:50); similarities between a declining USA and Russia before the revolution and key pre-totalitarian characteristics (1:14:15); the use of science to advance ideological and political beliefs (1:18:00); problems with The 1619 Project by The New York Times (1:19:40); the repurposing of Soviet propaganda for the cover art of Live Not By Lies (1:22:40); the difference between authoritarianism and totalitarianism (1:24:50); distinguishing classical liberals from socialists and communists (1:28:30); snowflakes and the power of victimization (1:31:50); the myth of progress (1:35:05); giving up our liberties for the pink police state—Brave New World (1:39:15); why we should value nothing more than truth? (1:42:30); the importance of cultivating cultural memory (1:47:00); the significance of memory and memorization (1:48:50); religion is the bedrock of resistance–the importance of creeds and confessions (1:50:55); the gift of suffering (1:53:50); Christian hope in Christ (2:00:25).

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Jan 05, 2021
The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe with Jay Richards
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For the first time in history, the world shut itself down — by choice — fearful of a virus that wasn’t well understood. The government ordered the closure of countless businesses — many never to return. Schools sent students home to be taught in front of a computer. Churches canceled worship services. “Social distancing” went from a non-word to a moral obligation overnight. We need to know what happened—to keep it from ever happening again. Jay Richards joins Hank Hanegraaff, the host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast, to discuss his new book The Price of Panic, examining one of the most unprecedented global events in a generation — the COVID-19 pandemic. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2012hup/
Topics discussed include: Are there similarities between the way that Y2K was covered and the coverage of Covid-19? (8:45); contrasting the Covid-19 pandemic with other historical pandemics (11:45); why have different populations fared better than others with handling the pandemic? (14:45); The Great Barrington Declaration (17:20); did the lockdowns make a difference? (20:50); the media and political investment in the Covid-19 pandemic panic (27:00); public health bureaucracy and the tyranny of experts (31:00); how Jay Richards and his colleagues dealt with accusations of being conspiracy theorists and/or hoaxers (33:20); is there any evidence to suggest that Covid-19 was manmade? (35:35); the science of social distancing (37:05); vaccines and herd immunity (39:55); why would the government shut down churches, but keep strip clubs open? (42:10); how to interpret mixed messages about the pandemic (43:45); is there any place for civil disobedience during the pandemic? (49:40); the impact of the Covid-19 vaccine (52:25); is the cure worse than the disease? (55:40); hospital capacity to handle Covid-19 cases (57:35); the relationship between testing and spikes (1:00:25); nursing home deaths and failed government policies (1:02:30); the impact of isolation during the pandemic (1:05:30); the use and misuse of predictive models (1:08:00); what is the tyranny of experts? (1:10:50); the role of big tech companies like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc. played during the pandemic (1:16:45); political theater of public officials (1:19:50); learning to ask the right questions in the right order (1:24:30); how should we think about the Covid-19 vaccine? (1:26:00); criticism of The Price of Panic (1:28:20).
Dec 22, 2020
Holy Tradition with Hank Hanegraaff, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan
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Tradition has become a dirty word to many Christians in the West, often pitting Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition against one another. However, if Holy Tradition is Scripture rightly understood then there is no need for them to be viewed in conflict. Hank Hanegraaff believes that the West would do well to recapture the spiritual power of Holy Tradition that has provided Christians throughout history with the spiritual practices meant to bring us closer to Christ. As Yaroslav Pelikan so eloquently wrote in The Vindication of Tradition,” Tradition is the living faith of the dead; traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” Simply put, Tradition is severely misunderstood by many, so Hank Hanegraaff, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan discuss Holy Tradition and Francis Chan ends this discussion series with a plea for Christians to dialogue in a spirit of brotherly love, humility and unity.

Topics discussed include: Are Holy Scripture and Holy Tradition in conflict? (0:00); in defense of Holy Tradition—“Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living” (5:35); how can we understand Holy Traditions? (11:30); why are Holy Traditions important? (15:00); the biblical practice of Confession (20:35); church is not about hearing a great sermon it is about worshiping God—the Sacramental life is a life of worshiping God (23:30); Francis Chan makes a plea for Christians to dialogue in a spirit of brotherly love, humility and unity (38:35).



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Dec 09, 2020
Discussing On Wealth and Poverty by John Chrysostom with Dr. Bogdan Bucur
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The sermons of St. John Chrysostom are some of the richest classical commentaries on the Christian life. Rev. Dr. Bogdan Bucur joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss Chrysostom’s Christian classic On Wealth and Poverty.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011hup/

Throughout their conversation he eloquently reminds listeners that it is not enough to simply read and exegete the Bible—Christians must put our faith into practice as we experience and absorb the Lord into our lives.

Topics discussed include: Why do socialism and communism appeal to so many millennials in the West? (4:25); Why is Second Temple Judaism so important to Christianity? Is Christianity a kind of Judaism? (9:00); the significance of the continuity of the Christian faith (12:45); discussing what are considered canonical or noncanonical books of the Bible (19:25); the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (29:05); the importance and implications of attention to detail in translations, especially biblical translations (31:50); responding to millennials interested in socialism (34:50); the real definition of wealth and poverty from a spiritual perspective (38:35); the importance of putting the Gospel into practice (42:45); it is not only important to give, but to develop a spirit of giving—how we give matters (49:30); the profundity of St. John Chrysostom (54:00); Christians must use their time wisely and put their faith into practice (1:02:00); the twin evils of indifference and curiosity (1:08:05); using the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic to remember the importance of community and service in the Christian life (1:11:30); learning to view one another holistically (1:17:05); both wealth and poverty offer opportunities for ascetic practices (1:22:30); the great chasm between virtue and vice (1:25:00).

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Nov 24, 2020
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit with James K.A. Smith
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You are what you love. But you might not love what you think. Christians desire to shape culture, yet are often unaware of how culture shapes us—unaware of the ways our hearts are being taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. James K.A. Smith joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the major themes of his book, You Are What You Love, detailing the formative power of culture and the transformative possibilities of traditional Christian practices. Who and what we worship fundamentally shapes our hearts and James K.A. Smith wants Christians to recognize the critical role of the church in lives of Christians—that church should always be the hub and heart of Christian formation and discipleship. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011hup/

Topics discussed include: How historic examples of the Christian faith were lost as Christianity remade itself in the image of the Enlightenment (2:00); the spiritual power of habit (6:10); regaining a perspective of the heart according to biblical language (12:05); the significance of liturgy in the Christian life and the way that disordered or rival liturgies negatively impact our lives (14:55); why James K.A. Smith believes worship is at the heart of discipleship (18:25); the importance of the church in the Christian life and as a means of sanctification to experience union with Christ (20:40); why knowing Church history is so important to our growth as Christians (23:40); James K.A. Smith draws a powerful connection between addiction recovery programs like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and effective church discipleship in order to point out the spiritual power of habit as well as the spiritual power of bad habit (27:00); what does it mean to have a proper understanding of worship? (30:10); the disenchantment of the Church and the power of spiritual formation through repetition (34:45); the transcendent strangeness of historic Christian worship as a key element to discipleship and evangelism (41:15); Christians cannot hope to recreate the world if we are constantly trying to recreate the church (50:45); the transformative power of practice and habituation in sanctification (55:00); one of the most powerful passages in all of theology—what does a faithful Christian life look like? (58:15).

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Nov 12, 2020
Planned Parenthood to Pro-Life with Abby Johnson (A Former Director of Planned Parenthood)
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Abortion is one of the most divisive issues in the United States and the most powerful advocate for abortion is Planned Parenthood. Abby Johnson went from being a clinic director for Planned Parenthood to an outspoken leader of the Pro-Life movement after her life was changed while witnessing the horror of abortion take place on an ultrasound as she watched the unborn child fight—and lose—the battle for life. Her life’s mission is now to fight—and win—the battle for life.

Topics discussed include: Abby Johnson discusses her organization And Then There Were None—a nonprofit organization that exists to help abortion clinic workers leave the abortion industry (3:45); how powerful is Planned Parenthood? (4:50); how did Abby Johnson begin her career with Planned Parenthood? (6:30); what caused Abby Johnson to leave Planned Parenthood even after winning the employee of the year award? (8:15); how watching an abortion procedure on an ultrasound exposed the evil of abortion to Abby Johnson (11:05); Margaret Sanger, Planned Parenthood and the connection between abortion and racism (14:15); Hank Hanegraaff discusses being brought to tears while watching Abby Johnson’s movie Unplanned—especially the scene depicting The Pieces of Children Room in a Planned Parenthood clinic (18:40); And Then There Where None and the work they are doing to guide workers out of the abortion industry (22:30); Abby Johnson discusses her own two abortions, the thousands of abortions that she assisted in and the redeeming grace and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ (23:15); is Roe v. Wade reversible? (24:50); why ultrasounds are so important to exposing the truth about abortion (27:20); the fallacy of a woman’s right to choose (28:20).

For further engagement, see the articles, “Five Questions for Pro-Life Advocates”, https://www.equip.org/article/the-2012-elections-five-questions-for-pro-life-advocates/
“Practical Apologetics: Annihilating Abortion Arguments” https://www.equip.org/article/practical-apologetics-annihilating-abortion-arguments/
and “Dead Silence: Must the Bible Say Abortion Is Wrong before We Can Know It’s Wrong?“ https://www.equip.org/article/dead-silence-must-the-bible-say-abortion-is-wrong-before-we-can-know-its-wrong/

Many more articles, https://www.equip.org/?s=Abortion
discussions from the Bible Answer Man https://www.equip.org/?s=Abortion
and equipping tools. https://www.equip.org/equipping-national-sanctity-human-life-day/

For more information as it pertains to the US election, please see: Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft by Francis J. Beckwith. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/

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Oct 29, 2020
Politics for Christians with Francis J. Beckwith
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Should Christians be involved in politics? Christians in America have the historically unique power to enact laws that advance the common good and must take this special obligation seriously by using good judgement while voting and supporting legislation and political candidates. We might not always agree on the policies and candidates that are the best option to advance the common good, but there is no doubt that Christians have a biblical mandate to advance it. Frank Beckwith joins Hank Hanegraaff to discuss the way systems of government work and how public policies become the social and legal fabric of our country—shaping the quality of our national character. If “statecraft is soulcraft,” then Christians cannot remain silent at the ballot box. The soul of our nation is at stake. For more information please see Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft by Francis J. Beckwith. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/

Topics discussed include: Statecraft as Soulcraft—is politics essentially about making people good citizens? (5:00); The etymology of politics—what does politics really mean? (7:25); are lobbyists bad? (9:30); what is a liberal democracy? (11:10); the power of administrative agencies and the significance of separation of powers (16:30); Amy Coney Barrett, Originalism and Constitutional interpretation (20:00); what makes the Constitution special? (25:20); what is worse—tyranny or injustice? (31:40); why isn’t church viewed as an essential service? (36:25); can we be good without God? (38:30); should we be worried about losing our freedom of speech? (42:55); the commodification of church and the view of religion as a sort of hobby (45:00); the tyranny of the majority, why we don’t have a pure democracy and whether we should we get rid of the electoral college? (52:00); natural rights and natural law (1:00:40); economics, social justice and Christianity (1:06:30); unintended economic outcomes of political policies (1:10:25); Marxism and the identity politics of Cultural Marxism (1:12:45); holding Divine providence and free will in tension (1:18:20); the irony of Dianne Feinstein telling Amy Coney Barrett that “the dogma lives loudly within you” (1:21:20); is there a problem with corruption in the news media? (1:23:35).



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Oct 26, 2020
Heretics! What Divides Christians? with Francis Chan, Hank Hanegraaff and Metropolitan Yohan
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Heretic! Hank Hanegraaff, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan have all been accused of being heretics. The backlash that Francis Chan received after making comments about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist was the inspiration to have this conversation dealing with the epidemic of division within the body of Christ. The Eucharist was supposed to bring Christians together and yet it has become so divisive. What issues are essential doctrine and what should Christians divide over?

Topics discussed include: The Eucharist was supposed to bring Christians together and yet it has become so divisive—what issues are essential doctrine and what should Christians divide over? (0:20); going back to the early church to discover what is essential Christian doctrine (9:10); are we saved into the church or is being saved primarily personal? (11:15); why is there so much denominational division in Christianity? (16:30); it is not the absence of truth that damns but the despising of truth that damns (19:30); should different perspectives on the Eucharist divide the body of Christ? (23:25); the value of holy tradition (26:15); the arrogance of many Christian leaders relying on their personal interpretation as opposed to relying on the collective wisdom of the early church (35:20); deep spiritual growth begins with humility (38:35); how Hank Hanegraaff’s experiences with the local church in China changed his perspectives on many things, especially understanding deification (43:50); a lack of humility in people that are creating division within the body of Christ (48:20); searching for humility because God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud (54:35). Hank writes more in-depth on these subjects in his latest book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life available for your partnering gift by clicking here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/

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Oct 14, 2020
Are We Living in the Last Days? with Gary DeMar
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Are we living in the last days? Many people point to the deluge of disorder and division in the world today as evidence that we are living in the last days. However, this is often the result of sacred scripture being taken out of context. Misunderstandings about the end times (eschatology) have been widely propagated by a seemingly endless stream of end times prophecies and popular books such as the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye. Hank Hanegraaff is joined by end times expert Gary DeMar to clear up the confusion regarding the last days by discussing what the Bible really says about the end times and why it matters today.

Topics discussed include: The geopolitical consequences of eschatological beliefs and the Middle East deals being made by President Trump (4:20); what is dispensational eschatology? (6:10); discussing Israel and the Church–are there two distinct people of God? (8:00); another holocaust of Jews and the terror of rapture theories (10:35); the influence of Tim LaHaye and the Left Behind series on rapture beliefs (13:30); where do rapture beliefs come from? (16:25); the Russian invasion of Israel in dispensational ideology (20:10); dispensationalism and the idea of replacement theologians (26:00); apocalyptic language–should we interpret the Bible literally? (30:20); what was Jesus telling His disciples in the Olivet discourse? (32:55); why do some sceptics call Jesus a false apocalyptic prophet? (38:35); translation issues in the Olivet discourse such as mistaking the end of a period of time for the end of the world (42:00); how can so many dispensationalists misread the Bible? (54:50); many people and churches distanced themselves from Hank Hanegraaff when he wrote his book The Apocalypse Code (1:06:30); reading and understanding the Bible in the light that the Bible was not written to us, but it was written for us (1:07:40); using the Bible to interpret the Bible (1:14:10); do we find the ideas from Left Behind and the rapture in the Olivet discourse? (1:16:20); misunderstanding the Book of Revelation (1:14:20); what is the key to understanding the Book of Revelation? (1:24:45); Hanegraaff discusses the phrase Exegetical Eschatology as written about in his book The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible REALLY Says About the End Times… and Why It Matters Today (1:33:10). https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-det/

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Sep 29, 2020
Why You Shouldn't Fear Death—Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us with Clay Jones
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Is there life after death? Yes! For many death is terrifying, leading us to try to live as long as possible while hoping that science will find a way for us to live longer—if not forever. However, most people are in denial about death. What if the solution is not denying death’s reality, but recognizing it and relishing the reality that we will live fantastically forever? Clay Jones joins Hank to discuss his book Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It, https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/ which explores the ways people face death and how you can conquer the fear of death by realizing the joyous reality of immortality.

Topics discussed include: Different ways that people avoid the fear of death (2:45); is the average person afraid of death?(6:45); why Clay Jones wasn’t afraid to die when he received a terminal cancer diagnosis (10:00); what would happen if we found a cure to cancer? (15:20); what happens when you die? (20:05); will heaven be boring? (21:25); immortality projects-different ways that people try to live forever (23:25); why do celebrities die earlier on average? (25:45); what is a mortality mitigation project? (29:15); why the Buddhist idea of detachment actually deadens life (32:25); is carpe diem a good maxim? (37:15); why should we focus more on our eternal lives than our lives on earth? (39:35); ways that atheists attempt to answer questions about death (42:05); was the Buddha a dead-beat dad? (45:30); the correlation between a decrease in belief in eternal life and an increase in suicide (46:30); anarchy in America (48:30); thinking of death as an upgrade from life (51:20); the Christians who do the most for this world are those who are thinking most of the world to come (56:25); why most atheists actually wish that they believed that Christianity was true (58:30); will science make immortality a reality? (1:01:35); what does it mean that less Americans believe in God or religion, while more people believe in an afterlife? (1:11:40); artificial intelligence and immortality—the rising popularity of the singularity (1:14:20); do all dogs go to heaven? (1:19:25); your soul will not experience death (1:23:00); why do so many Christians fear death? (1:25:30).

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Sep 09, 2020
The Key to Christian Unity is Humility with Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan
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We are thrilled to present a series of conversations between our dear brothers in Christ, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan (aka KP Yohannan). These conversations were initiated by criticism that Francis Chan received as a result of publicly discussing the history of the church and the Eucharist and inspired by our desire to promote dialogue on divisive issues within the body of Christ in a spirit of brotherly love to honor the high priestly prayer of our Heavenly Father just before His passion on the cross “that they may all be one…so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) On behalf of Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan, we hope that these conversations will inspire you to inspect Church history, encourage you to engage in dialogue with those that you may disagree with and live the answer to our Lord’s High Priestly prayer that we may all be one. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)

The Key to Christian Unity is Humility…. is the second episode in this four part series of round table conversations and addresses the prayer for unity made by the Lord in His High Priestly Prayer “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Many have said that the first step towards unity is humility—so how do we humble ourselves and pursue unity over the essentials of the historic Christian faith despite our differences?

Topics discussed include: Francis Chan addresses the issue of tribalism between Christian Churches and how to reconcile that with the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer that we might be one (0:25); can we unite over the essentials of the historic Christian faith by appealing to the maxim “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty and in all things charity?” (6:45); what we can learn from the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican as we engage with believers in Christ from different Christian traditions (12:30); a lesson of inclusivity that Metropolitan Yohan learned from George Verwer after writing Revolution in World Missions (14:10); the greatest doctrine is love (18:15); the criticality of working towards unity in the body of Christ in response to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (20:45); responding to Francis Chan moving to Hong Kong (24:35); Francis Chan discusses his love for evangelizing to those who have never heard the name of Christ while also feeling convicted about inviting people into the family of God while there is disunity in the body of Christ (28:15); the answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer starts with humility (33:50).

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Aug 27, 2020
History, Mystery and the Eucharist with Francis Chan and Metropolitian Yohan (K.P. Yohannan)
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We are thrilled to present a series of conversations between our dear brothers in Christ, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan (aka KP Yohannan). These conversations were initiated by criticism that Francis Chan received as a result of publicly discussing the history of the church and the Eucharist and inspired by our desire to promote dialogue on divisive issues within the body of Christ in a spirit of brotherly love to honor the high priestly prayer of our Heavenly Father just before His passion on the cross “that they may all be one…so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) On behalf of Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan, we hope that these conversations will inspire you to inspect Church history, encourage you to engage in dialogue with those that you may disagree with and live the answer to our Lord’s High Priestly prayer that we may all be one. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35)

History, Mystery and the Eucharist is the first episode in this four part series of round table conversations and the discussion is on the importance of understanding the history of the church and the mystery of the Eucharist.
Topics discussed include: Hank introduces the first in a series of conversations with Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan and the desire of these men to work towards unity in the body of Christ (0:25); Francis Chan responds to the controversy concerning comments he made regarding the history and meaning of the Eucharist (2:50); how an examination of Church history changed Hank’s view on the Eucharist (6:15); for the first 1000 years Christians were undivided at the communion table and the evolution of the different explanations of the Eucharist (15:00); Francis Chan explains his current confusion over the true meaning of the Eucharist because for his entire life he viewed the Eucharist as a mere remembrance and every other view as heresy (24:35); Metropolitan Yohan explains when he realized that he was becoming a lawyer for God, all head knowledge and little experiential life in union with Christ (26:10); Francis Chan questions whether a certain view of the Eucharist is necessary to experience authentic union with Christ and sanctification (43:30); Hank discusses why he felt as though he had become a lawyer for Christ and how that caused him to wonder whether he was even a Christian (46:10); misunderstanding deification (49:00) stay tuned for the rest of the conversation between Francis Chan, Metropolitan Yohan and Hank Hanegraaff coming soon (55:40).

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Aug 19, 2020
The Word Crisis that Threatens to Undo Western Civilization with D.K. Matthews
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Hank is joined by D.K. Matthews, author of Seduced? Shameless Spin, Weaponized Words, Polarization, Tribalism, and the Impending Disintegration of Faith and Culture and the cover article of the Christian Research Journal, “Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization.” Today Christians are caught in the cross hairs of a virulent linguistic pandemic. It’s a crisis of word—a crisis that has flowered into semantic terrorism. Post-truth critics—including candidates for the highest office in the land—routinely castigate those who stand in opposition to their redefinition of words. They are labeled intolerant, hateful, ignorant, xenophobic, and an imminent and existential threat to the noble quest for a progressive future. This critical conversation conveys the reality of how redefining words and worldviews threatens to undo Western Civilization.

Topics discussed include: The redefinition of words today and why it is a threat to Western Civilization (5:00); the legal implications of redefining sex to include sexual orientation and identity (8:05); logocentric reality (15:35); justice as a classic example of alternate semantic universes (19:25); is the modern redefinition of social justice a Trojan horse? (23:00); do Christians need to be more educated on critical theory? (28:40); the role of Marxism in critical theory (33:00); the difference between the concept Black Lives Matter and the organization of Black Lives Matter (35:00); why the redefinition of words could be considered a linguistic pandemic (38:15); is the end of Western Civilization near? (43:05); constructing a lexicon of post-truth terms (56:05); how redefining words can redefine reality (1:01:30); how Jesus and Paul dealt with the counterfeit concepts in Scripture (1:04:55); how Thomas Jefferson and Madonna redefined Jesus and His message to fit their personal worldviews (1:09:50); are we living in an anti-Christian moment? (1:12:25); why the death of truth is a precursor to the death of words (1:19:50); the new pronoun rules and regulations in society today (1:23:25);D.K. Matthews discusses why he wrote his epic book Seduced? Shameless Spin, Weaponized Words, Polarization, Tribalism, and the Impending Disintegration of Faith and Culture (1:27:10).

For more information on his cover article of the Christian Research Journal, “Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization” please click here. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/

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Aug 10, 2020
Gay Girl, Good God with Jackie Hill Perry
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Jackie Hill Perry is an incredible writer, poet, artist and a gifted communicator of Christian truth. She is also the author of one of Hank’s favorite books in years, Gay Girl, Good God and joins Hank to discuss her journey out of a homosexual lifestyle, offering a much needed testimony for a time when society has embraced radical changes to traditional views of sexual identity. Jackie Hill Perry didn’t write Gay Girl, Good God to merely point out the mistakes of her past, but to shine light on the power of a relationship with God while helping people understand the realities of same-sex attraction. This is a truly a can’t miss conversation. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2007hup/

Topics discussed include: What made Jackie Hill Perry go against the cultural perspective of sexuality in favor of a biblical perspective (3:00); the power of words and narratives (6:25); how personal autonomy relates to the issues of abortion, sexual freedom and sexual identity (8:50); the impact of abuse and fatherlessness (12:05); the role of conscience in our lives as a reminder of truth (16:00); the error of what Jackie Hill Perry calls the heterosexual gospel, believing that only a fraction of our humanity needs saving (18:55); the different ways we identify ourselves (24:50); God didn’t come into the world to give us joy, but to be our joy (28:15); Jackie Hill Perry reacts to a negative review of her book Gay Girl, Good God on Amazon (30:45); learning to see ourselves through the lens of Scripture rather than through the lens of culture (33:35); how sin can feel natural (36:30); the role of the church to impact society and the importance of discipleship in the church (38:00); the stereotype that pornography is only a male problem (41:30); does Jackie Hill Perry still experience same-sex sexual temptation? (43:05); Jackie Hill Perry’s passion for poetry (44:20); the power and significance of apologetics (46:40); a passion for scripture and the beauty of being able to give biblical answers (48:10); how Jackie Hill Perry came up with the title Gay Girl, Good God and what she hopes people get from the reading the book (51:20); a lightning round of questions on Gay Girl, Good God (53:50); the importance of having an eternal perspective (1:00:25).

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Jul 08, 2020
Fission or Fusion? A Call for Christian Unity with Nathan Jacobs
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Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss Hank’s passionate desire for the Christian world to experience fusion in the essentials of the historic Christian faith as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer that called for unity among the followers of Christ.

Topics discussed include: Hank discusses his passionate desire for Christianity to experience fusion in the essentials of the Christian faith as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer calling for unity among Christians (0:50); how do different denominations in Christianity see one another? (8:20); not viewing the Christian life as a binary action, but as a journey toward union with God (17:05); the importance of humility in the Christian faith (23:40); baptismal regeneration (28:00); how to view the film Becoming Truly Human by Nathan Jacobs (33:20). https://www.equip.org/product/becoming-truly-human-dvd/

Learn more in chapter six “Fusion: The Secret to Global Transformation” in Hank’s newest book Truth Matters, Life Matters More. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/

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Jun 23, 2020
Never Give Up with K.P. Yohannan
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Welcome to a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast where we celebrate the 100th episode of Hank Unplugged with a close, personal friend of Hank Hanegraaff who fits the billing for the podcast from its inception—truly one of the most interesting, informative and inspirational people on the planet. K.P. Yohannan is the founder of Gospel For Asia and has spent his life leading a growing gospel movement in over a dozen Asian nations. His classic book Revolution in World Missions has impacted millions of people and truly is the story of how one man can change a generation. On this edition of Hank Unplugged Yohannan joins Hanegraaff to discuss his new book Never Give Up-– the story of how the Lord carried Yohannan through the most difficult hours of his life and highlights his hope that the story of a broken man can impact a generation. We are experiencing unprecedented times. In such times people desperately need hope and courage. God brings certain books and people into our lives precisely when we need them. Never Give Up is one of those books and K.P. Yohannan is one of those people. We hope you have enjoyed the first 100 episodes of Hank Unplugged and look forward to many more—God bless!

Topics discussed include: Hank looks back on some of the guests, topics and listeners leading up to this special 100th episode of Hank Unplugged (0:25); a reflection on the first time Hank met his special guest for the 100th episode K.P. Yohannan (4:20); the origins of Gospel for Asia (7:35); the commitment of K.P. Yohannan and Gospel for Asia to the importance of establishing churches in addition to evangelization (18:15); understanding theosis and that love is the greatest of all doctrines (28:20); persecution that K.P. Yohannan and Gospel for Asia have faced and why Yohannan detailed his experience as a “broken man” in the book Never Give Up (34:10); viewing the Book of Acts as a blueprint for missions and living our lives (44:25); the importance of the church and the change K.P. Yohannan made in order to emphasize the importance of the church as the focus of his ministry (50:20); the importance of studying the early church and church history (58:20); the importance of the church and missionaries equipping Christians to plant more churches and be reproducing disciple makers (1:04:30); has the modern church become too self-centered? (1:10:00); K.P. Yohannan’s passion for the poor and how it influences the missions outreaches of Gospel for Asia in India and many other countries (1:16:25); the importance of looking for opportunities to serve the poor (1:27:00); Revolution in World Missions—what does it mean to have a revolution in world missions and how can we be a part? (1:31:50); learning to live every moment of your life in light of eternity (1:42:10).

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Jun 09, 2020
The Mystery of the Eucharist with Nathan Jacobs
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Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss different aspects of the liturgy, central to which is the great mystery of the Eucharist.

Topics discussed include: Explaining aspects of liturgical worship such as the use of incense and other practices that may be unfamiliar to someone attending a liturgical service for the first time (3:45); the centrality and mystery of the Eucharist in the liturgy (10:30); the sacramental graces that can only be received within the confines of a church community (20:20); a preview of the final episode in the series between Nathan Jacobs and Hank Hanegraaff where they discuss the importance of uniting around the essentials of the historic Christian faith as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer (27:10).

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May 19, 2020
When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers with Marcellino D’Ambrosio
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Long before the schism between East and West, Protestant and Catholic, long before the words catholic, orthodox, and evangelical referred to communities distinct and separated from each other, the Fathers of the Church gloried in the one faith of the united Body of Christ, which can be none other than evangelical, catholic, and orthodox. Marcellino D’Ambrosio joins Hank to discuss these epic stories of the earliest Christians so you can grow further in the faith once delivered unto the saints, as discussed in D’Ambrosio’s excellent book When the Church Was Young.

Topics discussed include: The importance of unity within the body of Christ as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer (3:45); St. Clement of Rome and his letter to the Corinthians dealing with division in the Church (9:00); the martyrdom of Ignatius of Antioch (15:30); understanding the importance of holy tradition (19:10); understanding that the early church did not have the Bible as we do today (24:25); the centrality of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist as argued by Ignatius of Antioch (27:30); the martyrdom of Polycarp of Smyrna (30:55); the significance of relics (34:10); The Didache (37:05); apologetics and the First Apology of Justin Martyr (41:30); Irenaeus and a defense against the heresy of Gnosticism (44:10); the coextensive nature between tradition and scripture (48:05); the teachings of Clement of Alexandria equipping Christians to evangelize the Gospel (53:45); Origen of Alexandria and the transformative nature of union with Christ (58:20); Tertullian and the term Trinity (1:05:20); Cyprian of Carthage on the unity of the church and the concept of having God the Father along with the Church as the mother (1:09:05); the Edict of Milan (1:13:05); the Council of Nicea (1:15:15); why heresy arises when people become impatient with the paradoxical mysteries of the Christian faith (1:19:30); one of the biggest problems facing the church today (1:21:55); the difference between homoousios and homoiousios (1:23:50); Athanasius Contra Mundum (1:25:50); the Cappadocian Fathers—Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa and Gregory of Nazianzus (1:30:10); Ambrose and the importance of separating church and state (1:32:10); discussing several Early Church Fathers such as Augustine, John of Chrysostom, Jerome, Gregory the Great and more (1:33:45); what we can learn from the Early Church Fathers today (1:39:55).

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May 05, 2020
The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity with Douglas Murray
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Douglas Murray, the author of The Madness of Crowds, joins Hank to discuss the most defining and divisive issues of our era—sexuality, gender, technology and race—revealing the culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality.

Topics discussed include: What is social justice? Is social justice a religious movement? (6:45); the rise of identity politics (8:45); why intersectionality is the ugliest word in the English language according to Douglas Murray (10:00); how the views on gay marriage have shifted so quickly (12:30); why Murray began his book by addressing the gay agenda (16:30); is being gay a choice or are you born that way? (18:50); the myth of harmony in the LGBTQ “community” and the reductionism of identity groupings (23:45); have we reversed the dream of Martin Luther King Jr? (26:00); the order of the LGBTQ alphabet (28:50); the complexity of identity (32:40); why viewing life through the lens of power struggles exposes the Marxist foundations of identity politics and intersectionality (37:30); the Ponzi scheme of American Universities and how academia has ceased to be exploration of ideas and turned into activism, especially in American Universities (44:45); evolving views on sexuality and the deeply dishonest state of double standards in society (47:40); the dangerous overcorrection of equality (51:20); the impossible demands and contradictions of society today (54:05); the irony of social justice warriors (1:01:00); the danger of a society that has forgotten about forgiveness (1:04:45); the role of technology in the madness of crowds and how Silicon Valley is deranging us faster than anything else (1:10:50); the dangerous agenda of identity politics (1:12:40); the issue with whiteness studies (1:16:40); the reception of The Madness of Crowds (1:19:45); why has society failed to critically think through the transgender issue? (1:22:10); how can we combat the madness of crowds? (1:31:25).
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Apr 21, 2020
Free to Believe:The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America with Luke Goodrich
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Luke Goodrich is the vice president and senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where he has won multiple Supreme Court victories for clients like the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby. As one of America’s preeminent religious liberty attorneys, Goodrich understands the importance of religious freedom and joins Hank to discuss his book Free to Believe (https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2004hup/) why religious freedom matters and practical steps Christians can take to respond to the most pressing religious freedom conflicts of the 21st century.

Topics discussed include: What does the Bible say about religious freedom and how should Christians view religious freedom conflicts? (5:30); recalling the power of prayer in relation to a Supreme Court victory for The Little Sisters of the Poor (14:45); the importance of Christian unity and what we can learn from the history of Quakers in America (17:20); why did Luke Goodrich write Free to Believe? (23:05); the origins of religious freedom (28:00); stories of religious freedom conflicts from the Bible (35:30); examining the five most pressing religious freedom issues today (41:35); three common ways that Christians approach the issue of religious freedom (45:10); why should religious freedom matter to non-religious people? how does religious freedom benefit society as a whole? (48:30); the problem with organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation and why religion should be protected as a force for good in society (56:15); the Founders intention for America to be a moral and religious nation and why the system only works when attached to moral principles (1:04:10); the issue of same-sex marriage and religious freedom (1:06:35); abortion, physician assisted suicide and religious freedom (1:13:05); how should Christians respond to religious freedom conflicts? (1:17:10); will gay rights trump religious freedom? (1:20:20); why should Christians protect the religious freedom of other religions like Islam? (1:25:45); how does separation of church and state require government and religion to engage in the public square? (1:31:35); different ways that the Supreme Court is ruling in favor of religious freedom and why Goodrich wants to encourage American Christians to always place their hope in God over government (1:32:40).

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Apr 07, 2020
The Coronavirus—Comfort and Insight from Fr. Themi
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This edition of Hank Unplugged was organized by Paradise 4 Kids Global, including Fr. Themi’s Orthodox mission in Sierra Leone, where it is his work to preach the Gospel and meet the needs of the poor in the name of Jesus. Fr. Themi lived in the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and joins Hank to give practical insight on dealing with the current Coronavirus pandemic along with biblical wisdom and the comfort found in Christ Jesus.

Topics discussed include: How facing death led Hank Hanegraaff to wonder whether he has done enough for the poor and downtrodden in his life (7:30); Fr. Themi on taking a vow of poverty in Africa (9:20); what we can learn from previous epidemics as we face the Coronavirus Covid-19 (11:25); what does the Bible tell us about epidemics (pestilence)? (20:20); practical tips and advice from Fr. Themi that he learned from dealing with the Ebola outbreak (24:55); churches being shut down during this pandemic (26:00); Fr. Themi discusses his experiences of partaking of the Eucharist from a common cup during an outbreak (29:20); after losing connection with Fr. Themi due to technical difficulties, Hank goes on to discuss the power of partaking of the Eucharist (31:30); Hank finishes the podcast by discussing a conversation with his friend Elijah who exhorted Hank in the Holy Spirit to call the Body of Christ to “pray three times a day for 21 days in one accord” in response to the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus chronicled in John 17: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (36:15).
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Mar 30, 2020
The Coronavirus and the Church’s Call to Action
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Hank Hanegraaff believes that as serious as the present pandemic is, we desperately need perspective. While trillions in government assistance may well be needed, what is needed far more acutely is to turn our hearts and our hopes toward God. Ultimately God, not the government, holds the answer to our futures in this life and in the life to come. Hank’s friend Elijah has exhorted Hank in the Holy Spirit to call the Body of Christ to “pray three times a day for 21 days in one accord” in response to the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus chronicled in John 17: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

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Mar 27, 2020
Fragments of Truth–Can We Trust the Bible? with Dr. Craig Evans
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Can we trust the Bible? The Christian faith is firmly rooted in the teachings of the New Testament—but can we really trust the Bible? Skeptics will tell you that the authenticity of the Bible cannot be trusted, arguing that the Gospel manuscripts have been doctored to push a theological agenda. Dr. Craig Evans joins Hank to discuss his film Fragments of Truthhttps://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2003hup/ , which could be faith-saving for the many thousands of believers who have been caused to doubt their faith due to illegitimate and inaccurate claims concerning biblical authority and accuracy.

Topics discussed include: Can we trust the Bible? (7:30); how archeology supports the authenticity of biblical narratives (8:50); how Misquoting Jesus inspired Dr. Craig Evans to correct Bart Ehrman’s misrepresentations of biblical manuscripts (13:30); is the claim by Bart Ehrman that the Bible has been altered true? (15:55); the problem of historical and biblical illiteracy (18:45); how did Jesus teach his disciples to communicate? (24:30); the two sides of Bart Ehrman (27:45); how long were the original manuscripts (autographs) of the Bible kept in circulation? (30:10); the difference between papyrus and parchment and how they were used for biblical manuscripts (35:05); the significance of the early fragments of the New Testament such as P52 (an early fragment from the Gospel of John) and the mistake of taking the Bible for granted (40:10); P45, the most ancient collection of all four Gospels (48:05); is the late dating of many New Testament biblical scholars arbitrary or biased? (55:30); the eyewitness testimony of biblical authors (57:45); viewing the life of Christ using extrabiblical historical accounts (1:01:10); the science of textual criticism and the process of dating ancient manuscripts (1:04:10); textual variants and their frequencies (1:07:25); the etymology of the term autograph, literally meaning written by himself (1:11:20); the discipline of textual criticism (1:16:00); how do we know that the four Gospels were actually written by Mathew, Mark, Luke and John? (1:16:50); what is a gloss? (1:19:50); addressing the long ending of Mark (1:22:35); the longer ending to the Lord’s Prayer (1:29:00); addressing examples of agraphons (1:30:25); the canon of Scripture (1:32:15); is it possible for a rogue scribe to have substantially changed the New Testament? (1:35:15); the myth that the Emperor Constantine picked the books of the biblical canon as pushed by popular authors like Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code (1:36:30); the importance of The Dead Sea Scrolls (1:38:35).

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Mar 17, 2020
Sola Scriptura with Nathan Jacobs
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Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss Sola Scriptura and the dangers of Sola Scriptura becoming “Solo Scriptura.”

Topics discussed include: Early New Testament manuscripts and how soon after the ascension of Christ we actually had a New Testament (3:25); Christianity and the Church was established and practiced before there was a compiled New Testament through the teachings of Christ to the Apostles (6:15); the importance of a proper interpretation of Scripture (9:00); Christian beliefs and practices that are not found in the Bible and whether Sola Scriptura is biblical (10:55); the problems with so many competing and contradictory interpretations of the Bible (15:50); closing thoughts on Sola Scriptura (24:20).

Other podcasts in this series:

Understanding Eastern Orthodoxy with Nathan Jacobs

A Historical and Biblical Defense of Icons with Nathan Jacobs

Misunderstanding Faith, Works and Mary, the Mother of God with Nathan Jacobs

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Mar 05, 2020
Misunderstanding Faith, Works and Mary, the Mother of God with Nathan Jacobs
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Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss why many Christians today have a misunderstanding of faith and works. Additionally, far too many Christians today misguidedly disregard the importance of Mary to the Christian faith and they discuss the role of Mary in the incarnation and the profound theological implications as the mother of God.

Topics discussed include: Why do some Evangelicals believe that Hank Hanegraaff left the Christian faith when he became Eastern Orthodox? (0:20); discussing the differing framework of faith and works in the East and the West (4:20); we are not saved by good works, but for good works (17:30); discussing the Dormition of the Mother of God, Mary (20:25); the perpetual virginity of Mary (23:20); the role of Mary in the Incarnation and the profound theological implications (31:30); a preview of the next conversation in this podcast series with Nathan Jacobs on Sola Scriptura (35:00).

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Mar 03, 2020
Remembering Dr. Walter Martin the Founder of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast with daughter Cindee Martin Morgan
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Cindee Martin Morgan is the daughter of the late Dr. Walter Martin, who was the founder and former president of the Christian Research Institute, and the original Bible Answer Man. On this episode of Hank Unplugged she joins Hank for a conversation on her new book on the history of the Christian Research Institute, the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the man who founded both, her father Dr. Walter Martin.

Topics discussed include: What inspired Cindee Martin Morgan to write a book on the history of the Christian Research Institute and her father Dr. Walter Martin (3:15); what it was like growing up as the daughter of Dr. Walter Martin, the original Bible Answer Man (9:35); the enduring influence and legacy of Dr. Walter Martin (16:05); how Dr. Walter Martin became a leader of the Christian countercult movement (18:15); the origins of the name of the Bible Answer Man broadcast (22:35); the visionary idea of a computerized apologetics database compiling apologetics answers at the Christian Research Institute (23:50); Dr. Walter Martin and his relationship with Jehovah’s Witnesses (25:25); Dr. Walter Martin’s conviction that controversy for the sake of controversy is sin, controversy for the sake of truth is a divine command (27:35); did Dr. Walter Martin believe that Catholics hold to the essentials of the Christian faith? (33:50); the Maze of Mormonism (40:10); the time that Dr. Walter Martin was a guest pastor on the CBS program Bride and Groom (42:15); a deep belief in God’s healing and a passion for praying for the sick (45:00); the reality of spiritual warfare (47:10); Dr. Walter Martin’s personal struggles with doubt (54:15); Cindee Martin Morgan reflects on the time Dr. Walter Martin introduced her to Hank Hanegraaff for the first time (58:05); Cindee Martin Morgan’s perspective on the differences between her father and Hank Hanegraaff as leaders of the Christian Research Institute (1:01:45); Walter Martin’s brave evangelistic encounters (1:03:35); following truth wherever it leads and the reconciliation between CRI and The Local Church (1:09:30); recollections of Dr. Walter Martin (1:22:35); Cindee Martin Morgan’s passionate defense for the life of the unborn (1:26:05); is the abortion debate changing for the next generation? (1:30:05).

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Feb 18, 2020
A Historical and Biblical Defense of Icons with Nathan Jacobs
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Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they make a historical and biblical defense of icons and wonder whether those who are against iconography may actually have an inadequate understanding of the incarnation.

Topics discussed include: John of Damascas and his defense of icons (2:35); do those who are against icons, iconoclasts, have an inadequate view of the incarnation? (6:00); explaining the veneration of icons (13:45); the historical role of icons in a world of illiteracy and oral traditions that didn’t have the biblical texts that we often take for granted today (26:35); the appeal and potential profundity of icons in our world today as evangelical examples (31:20); an article by Hank’s son David Hanegraaff, “Does the Bible Answer Man’s son believe he has left the Christian faith?” and a preview of the next podcast in the series (38:25). https://www.equip.org/article/does-the-bible-answer-mans-son-believe-that-he-has-left-the-christian-faith/

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Feb 06, 2020
Understanding Eastern Orthodoxy with Nathan Jacobs
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Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. They begin by discussing some differences between Catholicism, Protestantism and Eastern Orthodoxy.

Topics discussed include: Becoming Truly Human, the documentary by Nathan Jacobs detailing the rise of the “nones,” those with no religious affiliation, in society today (2:55); comparing Catholicism, Protestantism and Eastern Orthodoxy (9:40); different conceptions of Christian anthropology (16:15); the difference between tradition and traditionalism (25:20).

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Feb 04, 2020
Loving God in the Midst of Suffering with Douglas Groothuis
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“How do you continue to find God as dementia pulls your loved one into the darkness?” Douglas Groothuis details the gradual loss of his wife to dementia and ultimately death in his book Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness―A Philosopher's Lament (available at Equip.org). https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-walking-through-twilight-a-wifes-illness-a-philosophers-lament/ Groothuis joined Hank Hanegraaff to discuss what he learned from his season of suffering and how sharing his own vulnerable experiences can help lead other “siblings in suffering” closer to Christ. Douglas Groothuis is a longtime contributor to the Christian Research Journal and many of his articles can be found on the web at Equip.org.
Topics discussed include: Dealing with the gradual loss of someone with dementia and the experience of ambiguous loss after they die (3:30); how apologetics can aid spiritual formation and helps Christians deal with moments of doubt (6:00); Douglas Groothuis discusses his temptation to hate God, comparing his experiences to the Psalms of lament in the Bible (11:10); why Groothuis decided to embrace vulnerability by writing the autobiographical account of his suffering in Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness—A Philosopher's Lament https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-walking-through-twilight-a-wifes-illness-a-philosophers-lament/(15:05); finding solace in the wisdom of the Psalms (20:45); finding meaning in the midst of suffering (26:30); what lessons can we learn from dogs?? (29:35); the power of music (33:45); the value of memorizing scripture (37:20); how adversity can help us grow—you can become bitter or you can become better (43:45); wise ways to use social media (46:30); the value of reading and the difference between digital books and physical books (48:45); practical guidelines for helping those who are hurting (54:20); was Jesus a philosopher? (1:00:30); do we think enough about our own immortality? (1:04:45); should apologists embrace mystery more often? (1:06:45); embracing apologetics as a source of spiritual formation (1:09:45); a brief summary of Christian apologetics (1:11:40); the value of art and music in a Christian life (1:16:35).


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Jan 23, 2020
Eat, Fast, Feast: A Christian Guide to Health & Fasting with Jay Richards
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Like millions of others concerned about their health, Hank Hanegraaff never knew which diet plan to trust, but he believes that he has found the secret to healing the whole of you–body, mind and spirit. Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul — A Christian Guide to Fasting is the latest book by Jay Richards, outlining a plan based on the ancient Christian practice of intermittent fasting that can help you experience deeper life in Christ while getting healthier physically. This podcast features a conversation between Hank and Jay in which they discuss the benefits of fasting and a six-week plan for a powerful paradigm shift that could make this the healthiest year of your life.

Topics discussed include: The impact that reading Eat, Fast, Feast had on Hank’s cancer treatment and going into remission (1:30); why Jay Richards believes that it is no coincidence that a decrease in fasting has led to an increase in diseases of civilization such as heart disease, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cancer (6:25); why our bodies are designed for fasting (12:05); why did Christians stop fasting? (17:25); did Jesus assume that His followers would fast? (20:45); why should we care about early Christian practice today? (24:20); examining the practice of intermittent fasting (29:45); is dietary fat bad for us? (37:20); are all calories equal? (40:45); the difference between dieting and fasting (43:25); the benefits of combining a ketogenic diet with fasting (46:25); the problem with carbohydrates (48:40); the importance of consuming water and salt (52:10); do our bodies have two brains? (55:25); the growing evidence that fasting can fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, cancer, etc. (57:05); getting your body into recycle and repair mode (59:25); examples of fasting incorrectly (1:02:40); the physical and spiritual benefits of the Christian seasons of fasting (1:04:25); Darwinian associations with various diets (1:07:40); does feasting lose it’s significance without fasting? (1:11:05); how do our taste buds change? (1:13:15); are there health benefits of alcohol (1:15:30); the problem with “nutritionalism” and reducing food to its chemical composition (1:16:25); Eucharistic symbolism and understanding our body soul unity (1:18:05); the loss of fasting as an ordinary part of the Christian life for many modern Christians (1:20:35); what to expect if you follow Jay Richards’ 6 week fasting routine (1:22:35).

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Jan 09, 2020
How to Explain Hell with Louis Markos
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Hell can be hard to explain. Professor Louis Markos joins Hank to discuss how works of art can help us understand and explain complex topics like hell, which is the topic of Markos’ feature article in the Christian Research Journal titled How Dante’s Inferno Can Help Explain Hell to Modern Seekers. This is a high energy, passionate conversation covering a wide range of topics that we promise you won’t want to miss. Subscribe today and receive this as your first issue, please click here to learn more. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/

Topics discussed include: Is cultural apologetics important? (4:05); the relationship between art and the incarnation (8:30); are icons idols or a window into another world? (10:30); the depth of Dante’s Inferno (20:30); the two meanings of the word comedy (23:40); evil is perverted goodness (26:30); the power of symbolism in the practice of sacraments in the church such as baptism (36:00); what is hell? (44:40); comparing The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis and Dante’s Divine Comedy (46:40); do we have free will? what is free will? (48:40); is white-collar crime worse than blue-collar crime? (54:10); the essence of sin is the perversion of good (56:25); should reading be considered a spiritual discipline? (1:01:40); Bart Ehrman and the importance of reading the Bible in the proper context (1:13:20); the importance of asking the question “is it true?” (1:17:45); what does Heaven mean? (1:21:00); is the Bible perfect? (1:28:25); the significance of tradition in relation to the Bible (1:31:05).

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Dec 23, 2019
Jesus Skeptic with John S. Dickerson
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Award winning journalist John S. Dickerson joins Hank to discuss the credibility and impact of Christianity as detailed in Dickerson’s new book Jesus Skeptic. They discuss how Christianity has impacted and shaped our culture, including how followers of Jesus helped to abolish slavery, establish public education, found modern hospitals, support women’s rights, drive racial reconciliation, and fight for justice and progress in various other arenas. In a generation that wants to make the world a better place, this episode will display what humanity’s greatest champions had in common: a Christian faith.

Topics discussed include: Is the great evangelical recession global? (1:30); what if Jesus Christ had never been born? (4:05); why are so many people skeptical of Jesus and Christianity? (11:15); the role of Christians in the foundation of colleges, universities and education as we know it (14:50); political correctness in universities today and the danger of losing freedom thought (19:00); does Western society take the impact of Christianity for granted? (21:25); is Christianity a keystone species in society? (25:15); the Christian foundations of modern hospitals and healthcare (29:00); Christians and the Scientific Revolution (31:45); Christianity and women’s rights (43:45); how the Christian ethic helped to abolish slavery (46:30); was Hitler a Christian? (52:10); the importance of the Bible (56:45); predictions that Jesus made (59:50); was Jesus the most influential person in history? (1:04:40); what is the history of Christianity? (1:07:15); the origins of literacy and how society is drifting towards post-literacy (1:13:20); the importance of reading (1:17:10); what does the book of nature tell us about God? (1:24:30).

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Dec 10, 2019
History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS with Robert Spencer
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Robert Spencer has not only faced death threats for speaking the truth about Islam, people have actually attempted to kill him. In an era of political correctness gone crazy it is downright dangerous to have an honest conversation about Islamic history and the teachings of Muhammad that Muslims honor as their prophet. A willingness to follow truth wherever it leads, even if it is unpopular, is what makes Robert Spencer so special and why Hank has such a deep respect for his work. Their conversation details the role of Islam in the world today through a thorough understanding of Islam throughout world history.

Topics discussed include: Robert Spencer once trained US military personnel on the mindset of an Islamic terrorist and why CAIR asked for him to be removed from that position (2:55); divine providence saving both Hank Hanegraaff and Robert Spencer’s lives and how facing death changes the way you live your life (5:25); the contributions that Christianity has made to Western Civilization and why an Islamic worldview could never have led to them (11:30); contrasting the history of Jesus Christ and Mohammed (14:00); addressing the state of affairs in Turkey today and the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate (16:45); why the history of jihad is not known or remembered by most Americans (19:20); the phenomena of Islamophobia and the lack of honest discourse on Islam (21:50); why Sharia makes Islam and democracy an impossible combination (27:35); Meccan and Medinan Suras and the contradictions in the Quran (29:45); the growing Muslim majority in the western world as an example of demographic jihad (33:35); Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, anti-Semitism and the growing Islamic influence in the US government (35:30); did Ilhan Omar marry her own brother in a case of immigration fraud? (37:30); the impact of Islam in Michigan and the future of Islam in America (39:30); why does the radical left love Islam and hate Christianity? (41:55); the difference between the just war theory in Christianity and jihad in Islam(46:00); why it is critical to put the history of the Crusades into a proper perspective (47:35); the mass genocide of Christians in the Middle East today and how political correctness is helping it to happen (51:55); Pope Francis, Barack Obama and George W. Bush defending Islam as a religion of peace (54:25); the state of Islamic terrorism today (1:09:15); the Dome of the Rock, the Hagia Sophia and Muslims reappropriation of important religious sites of other religions into mosques (1:13:30); Robert Spencer’s return to Eastern Orthodoxy (1:21:40); why Robert Spencer is writing an apologetic for Orthodoxy focused on arguments against papal authority (1:23:15); why Islam is the biggest threat to Western Civilization (1:27:10); is Iran, Saudi Arabia or Turkey the biggest threat to the West in the Islamic world? (1:29:25); Robert Spencer receiving death threats (1:32:35); Robert Spencer’s upcoming book The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process (1:35:55).

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Nov 26, 2019
Exclusive–Truth Matters, Life Matters More Audiobook Preview
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In a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank Hanegraaff offers an exclusive preview of his new book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1909wa/ Essentially, Truth Matters, Life Matters More is two books in one. Because truth matters, part one memorably equips readers in the essential truth of the Christian faith. In part two Hank explains why life matters more and how we can experience the height of human existence—union with God. Simply put, the map is not the territory. The menu is not the meal. We cheat ourselves of authentic union with Christ when we elevate the message above the Messenger. Hanegraaff earnestly believes that Truth Matters, Life Matters More is his magnum opus and the crowning achievement of over 3 decades in ministry. To get your copy of Truth Matters, Life Matters More visit www.equip.org.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1909wa/

Topics discussed include: Hank Hanegraaff begins by explaining why he felt the need to compose Truth Matters, Life Matters More as two books in one (0:00); an exclusive listen to the audiobook reading of the introduction to part two of the Truth Matters, Life Matters More, titled Life Matters More read by Hank Hanegraaff (18:40); Hanegraaff thanks the audience for listening and reminds listeners that Truth Matters, Life Matters more is available for your support of the Christian Research Institute at www.equip.org (36:30).https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1909wa/

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Nov 12, 2019
The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life with Rankin Wilbourne
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Rankin Wilbournes Union with Christ is one of Hanks favorite books, so when Wilbournes newest book The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life arrived in the mail he read it immediately. As soon as he finished reading the book he knew that he needed to promote it as much as possible and invite Rankin Wilbourne back on the Hank Unplugged podcast for another discussion on the most important aspect of our human existence union with God. Topics discussed include: Why did Rankin Wilbourne decide to write The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life with Brian Gregor (8:50); what did the cross mean in the ancient world? (10:10); how to find true happiness in the cross (12:50); the relationship between Union with Christ and The Cross Before Me and how both books truly show the way to live your best life now (16:55); the importance of doing all that we do for the Glory of God (20:30); why Rankin Wilbourne used Tom Brady, Brad Pitt and Andre Agassi as examples that all men seek to find true happiness (23:00); the problem with seeking a culture driven formula for happiness as opposed to a Christ driven formula for true happiness (26:40); the significance of suffering and why we should rejoice in our suffering (30:20); Ephrem the Syrian, Bernard of Clairvaux and Jesus Christ on the importance of humility (34:30); Hank recalls a time when he was critical of the prosperity gospel and how it taught him to focus on the opinion of God instead of the opinion of man (41:45); the importance of confession as a spiritual exercise (44:00); the problem with cultural Christianity and the idea that we can have union with Christ and union with the culture, making Jesus an accessory to our identity as opposed to the center of our reality (47:00); recovering the scandal of the cross in a culture that has domesticated the cross (50:35); the importance of crucifying our ambition and ego (54:00); recapturing a sense of history and the value of Christian tradition rightly understood in order to properly understand the Bible its Sola Scriptura not Solo Scriptura (57:00); misunderstanding freedom as the ability to do whatever we want and why cruciform freedom is the source of true freedom (1:01:05); the greatest failure in life is a failure to love, but the cross shows us what love looks like and how to live a life of cruciform love (1:04:00); the myth that the church needs to be more relevant to grow (1:09:20); examining the idea that you cannot have God as your Father without having the Church as your mother (1:13:00); who deserves a good life? (1:18:00); God wants us to be both happy and holy, because a life of holiness is a life of happiness (1:23:00); the importance of spiritual exercises to improve our spiritual health because grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to merit (1:24:30). For more information on Rankin Wilbourne s Union with Christ and The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1910hup/ Listen to Hanks podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent. You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from all the channels we are listed on
Oct 29, 2019
Truth Matters, Life Matters More Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part Two
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Hank Hanegraaff and his son David continue their discussion with focus on Hanks magnum opus Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource1909hup/ See Episode 79 Journey through Cancer and Eastern Orthodoxy Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part One also. Topics discussed include: Salvation transcends transaction, pointing to transformation and union with God (0:35); Truth Matters, Life Matters More is Hanks most profoundly personal and surprising book (1:55); saved by a miracle (see HUP 079 Journey through Cancer and Eastern Orthodoxy Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part One at 1:45) (6:10); following truth wherever it leads (7:30); writing and rewriting (8:00); physical facts do not fix all the facts (9:15); must learn to read literature properly (9:40); outlandish biblical interpretations within evangelicalism motivated search that led to Orthodoxy (10:00); should Christians ask and pray for forgiveness for sin? (10:40); ancient sacrament of confession (11:00); life matters more, but truth is necessary (11:45); why not just skip to part two of book? (12:45); facts are necessary but vulnerability attracts (14:00); issue of Sacred Tradition (15:30); Tradition vs traditionalism (16:45); Tradition is the Bible rightly interpreted (17:55); Bible passed down through people closely associated with the original writings therefore better able to translate and interpret Scripture (18:00); Irenaeus and Ignatius (20:00); solace in consulting early Church Fathers’ interpretation (21:00); no lone ranger Christians need the church, ground and pillar of truth, which dispensed the necessary graces of God (23:00); Fusion and the imperative for Christian unity, and the Lords High Priestly prayer (John 17) (23:50); fusion is difficult, fission is easy (24:30); in essentials unity (26:50); in nonessentials liberty thus God has His people everywhere (28:40); unity not uniformity (32:30); Hank learned much from David (33:10); David awaiting birth of firstborn baby (33:40) UPDATE: Smush is a boy!; grand parents are heroes (34:35); Kathy and oneness in marriage (38:05); reading and meeting Jean Claude Larchet, The Theology of Illness https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-theology-of-illness/ (39:25); Father Alex Karloutsos asks, What engendered the most fear, being ostracized for becoming Orthodox, or cancer diagnosis? (41:25); first thought at cancer diagnosis (42:50); ultimately not about living or dying but about living well to the glory of God (47:50); Hanks hope for Truth Matters, Life Matters Hope (48:25); paradigm shift from transaction to transformation (49:00); focus on larger arch from creation to redemption and experience now life that is life to the full union with God https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1909wa/(see HUP 079 at 43:20) (49:15); catching on within body of Christ Wilbourne’s Union with Christ (51:15); that the church can become the church again (51:50); John Dickerson’s Great Evangelical Recession https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1808wa/(52:15); church life is necessary receive the graces of God through the church (52:30); Romans 12 (53:20); paramount grace is the Eucharist, and there are other graces (53:50); sacrament of confession (54:10); that the church would worship God in spirit and in truth (54:50); the body of Christ may be one; fusion (55:35); closing thoughts (56:00). Listen to Hanks podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent. You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from all the channels we are listed on
Sep 26, 2019
Journey through Cancer and Eastern Orthodoxy Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part One
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Hank sits down with his eldest son David to reflect on his journey through Mantle Cell Lymphoma, his recent allogeneic stem cell transplant, and spiritual surgery. God is not interested in healing us physically; He is interested in healing the whole of us body, soul, and spirit. Gods providence and glory are clearly manifest in Hanks journey. Topics discussed include: Hanks son David wrote a remarkable personal reflection https://www.equip.org/article/does-the-bible-answer-mans-son-believe-that-he-has-left-the-christian-faith/ (0:30); David was used by the Lord to save his fathers life, and Hank recounts his recent experience with his allogeneic stem cell transplant (1:45); Hanks dear friend Donny: God’s got you (2:45); in the intensive care unit (4:10); a further miraculous word from the Lord through friend Ramsey: God’s got you (5:00); after the ICU, Hank could no longer take care of himself a transformational coming to the end of himself (7:15); Gods providential work (8:40); the Lords timing is perfect as Hank approaches 100 days post transplant (9:45); David asks Hank to speak to the coincidence of his cancer diagnosis and his formal entrance into Orthodoxy in April 2017 (10:15); doctrine of deification (10:50); Luther and deification (12:55); Hank increasingly troubled with his own spiritual condition (14:20); beginning to explore Eastern Orthodoxy (16:45); Orthodox liturgy is God centered (18:55); finding home at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church (19:15); Hank says no to familys request to attend Orthodox church (20:15); Kathy loves it (22:20); the Eucharist is the medicine of immortality (Ignatius) (23:05); truth matters, life matters more motivates study of Orthodoxy (24:00); Chrismated April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday (24:20); finally able to partake of the Eucharist (25:00); next day headlines read, Hanegraaff leaves the Christian Faith (25:30); six days later, diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma (26:00); allogeneic stem cell transplant and E. coli infection (27:10); transformational book The Theology of Illness by Jean Claude Larchet (28:10); honestly thankful for cancer and spiritual surgery (29:10); God is not knowable in His essence, we know God by His energies (32:40); deification is a scary word with an even scarier definition (33:30); Hank selfreliant (34:10); I’ve never seen my father closer to Christ (35:55); Hank comes to an end of himself (36:10); dear friend Elijah and truth matters, life matters more (38:30); the menu is not the meal (41:15); meaning of the Eucharist (42:40); the larger arch from creation to deification, and the smaller arch from the fall to salvation (43:20); wrong sense of deification (44:40); the Tree of Life Christ (45:30); salvation transcends transaction, pointing to transformation and union with God (48:30). To find our more information on Truth Matters, Life Matters More click here https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource1909hup/. For more information on Theology of Illness by Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-theology-of-illness/
Sep 19, 2019
How Should Christians View Climate Change? with Dr. Patrick Michaels
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Climate change is one of the most contentious issues of our time, leaving many Christians unsure of how they should view climate change. A key issue of concern at the Christian Research Institute is discernment, which is precisely why Hank wanted to have a conversation with Dr. Patrick Michaels to encourage Christians to critically consider how they view climate change. Dr. Michaels is a leading climatologist, who was a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. We hope that this conversation helps you to better understand this highly controversial and politicized issue.. Click here to see Hank's writings on this topic. https://www.equip.org/article/how-should-christians-think-about-global-warming/ Topics discussed include: why is the government involved in scientific issues, and what happens when science gets politicized? (6:00); are CO2 emissions always bad? (8:15); the social cost of carbon, and asking if there is a social benefit to carbon emission? (10:10); isn’t the climate always changing? (12:10); how should we process alarmist narratives pushed by politicians regarding climate change? (14:45); the economic impact of climate change initiatives (16:55); how reliable are the computer models that predict climate patterns? (18:55); the political abuse of the global-warming narrative (21:40); the virtue signaling of global warming and the role it plays in a modern secular religion (24:45); do global warming initiatives harm the poor? (26:00); the problem with consensus science (27:00); which of the many climate models is best at predicting climate patterns? (29:20); Patrick Michaels taking a stand against climate change consensus because science has always progressed by people going against the consensus (32:10); is it really time to panic about climate change? (34:20); how can people read the news stories about climate change with a critical mind? (38:20); is the Earth warming, and if it is, what should we do about it? (39:15); why Patrick Michaels believes that the Paris Climate Accord is a joke (43:35); is global warming actually bad? (46:40); should nuclear fission be viewed as an alternative energy source? (48:00); Patrick Michaels on his upcoming book Scientocracy: The Tangled Web of Public Science and Public Policy (50:05); and are people developing apocalypse fatigue? (53:40). Thank you for listening to the Hank Unplugged podcast! We prayerfully ask you to consider making a financial pledge of support to stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the battle for life and truth. The outreaches of the Christian Research Institute are fully funded by listeners like you. To learn more about how you can support this podcast or any of the many outreaches of the Christian Research Institute simply visit https://www.equip.org/product/2019fyewa/ or call 888-7000-CRI. Thanks again for tuning into another edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast
Jun 26, 2019
Special Message from Hank Prior to Stem Cell Transplant
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Welcome to a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank has been in the hospital undergoing an allogenic stem cell transplant and has been documenting his journey through a series of Facebook Live recordings that you can find on equip.org,https://www.equip.org/category/video/ the Bible Answer Man YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE45f5DdMA9AA-kXU-TVqwA and of course, the Bible Answer Man Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BibleAnswerManBroadcast/. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel and Facebook page to ensure that you never miss any content updates from the Christian Research Institute. The following is the audio from Hanks Facebook Live recording on June 11,2019. Just prior to receiving his son Pauls stem cells, Hank was joined in his hospital room by his sons Xander, Paul, and Dave in a meditation on faith and prayer, confronting doubt, and our call to be imitators of our great God and Savior our precious Lord Jesus Christ. Hank has since received the transplant and is doing remarkably well! He, along with his family and the rest of the team at the Christian Research Institute appreciate your prayers and continued support as you stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the battle for life and truth.
Jun 12, 2019
Can Suffering Bring You Closer to Christ? With Jean-Claude Larchet and Nicole Roccas
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This edition of Hank Unplugged features exceptional excerpts from conversations with two Christian thinkers that offer refreshing perspectives on the role that illness and anxiety play in our struggle toward holiness. The first conversation you will hear is with Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet, the author of The Theology of Illness. The insights of Dr. Larchet will undoubtedly challenge the way you view suffering, illness and what it truly means to be spiritually healthy. The second conversation features Dr. Nicole Roccas and focusses on a spiritual sickness rooted in apathy known as despondency, a condition as old as time that is thriving in today's culture of leisure, anxiety, and digital distraction. Dr. Nicole Roccas examines wisdom from Christian thinkers throughout history to offer a way out of despondency and back to the present moment. In an age of increasing levels of depression, suicide and despondency, the insights of these two inspirational Christians will help draw you out of the depths of spiritual illness and deeper into spiritual communion with our Creator. Topics discussed include: Do people today have fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with the problem of illness? (4:40); spiritual illness is more serious than physical illness, yet our modern age has made the medical doctor the new high priest of civilization (6:05); how detached we have become from the wisdom of the early church fathers (8:00); ); the difference in the human body before and after the fall and the implications for our resurrected state in the world to come (11:30); was man created perfect? (15:20); deification (theosis) and what it means to become God’s by grace (16:20); is there a link between illness and sin? (23:15); why perfect health does not exist in this world (27:00); good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient (32:15); the role suffering plays in raising our awareness and why illness can be better than health if it aids our spiritual progress (37:30); the essential role of prayer in growing closer to God (41:10); introduction to conversation with Dr. Nicole Roccas on Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life (51:50); how Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope (55:50); while our anxieties draw our focus to the future and our regrets focus on the past, the present is where we are truly able to commune with Christ and that is precisely why it is important to be present (59:15); time isn’t an illusion or an abstraction, but central to how we experience life, likewise our faith is not an abstraction, but experienced in the present moment in time (1:02:05); Dr. Nicole Roccas wrote Time and Despondency—what is meant by despondency? (1:06:15); what are some of the symptoms of despondency and how does technology contribute to distraction and despondency? (1:09:50); is despondency a crime needing to be punished or a sickness needing to be healed? (1:13:50); can despondency be both a sickness and a crime? (1:17:10); anger as a source of despondency (1:18:15); using busyness to mask purposelessness and despair (1:20:15); time as the giver of second chances (1:22:45).
Feb 13, 2019
Hank’s Testimony — A Personal Look at Hank’s Journey as a Christian and Thirty Years as Leader of CRI, with Cindee Martin Morgan
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On this special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank is joined by Cindee Martin Morgan, the daughter of Dr. Walter Martin (founder of the Christian Research Institute), who interviewed Hank last year for a personal project. One of the objectives of the Hank Unplugged podcast is to offer a more leaned back, less didactic version of Hank Hanegraaff, and the staff at the Christian Research Institute enjoyed this interview so much that we are offering it as a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast. The conversation displays a deeply personal perspective on Hank’s early life, transition into ministry, and reflections on what has now been thirty years leading the Christian Research Institute. This is truly a unique episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast that you won’t want to miss.[Editor's Note: This conversation took place before Hank’s cancer went into remission.] Topics discussed include: despite Hank’s background as a Dutch immigrant in the Christian Reformed Church, he considered himself to be a practical atheist until the age of twenty-nine, when he accepted Christ and began to truly live as a Christian (3:00); Hank recalls what it was like growing up as the son of a Christian Reformed pastor (7:35); the story of how Hank met his wife, Kathy, who taught him to evangelize as his trainer in Evangelism Explosion (11:55); Hank recalls some of his greatest mentors in the faith, such as Dr. Walter Martin, Chuck Colson, and R. C. Sproul (14:45); how Hank first met Dr. Walter Martin (18:30); the greatest lesson that Hank learned from Dr. Walter Martin (19:35); what motivated Hank to join the Christian Research Institute (20:45); where Hank was when he heard that Dr. Walter Martin had died (24:30); Hank recalls some amusing anecdotes about his relationship with Dr. Walter Martin (26:55); what inspired Hank to write his first book, Christianity in Crisis (32:00); Hank discusses why he is so passionate about his book Has God Spoken? Memorable Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration (37:45); why Hank has always been firmly and unapologetically pro-life (40:05); Hank’s initial reaction to being diagnosed with cancer, and why Hank considers his battle with cancer to have been one of the best experiences of his life (44:35); learning to trust God “in the midst of our whys,” through the midst of uncertainty (52:50); how Hank’s tight-knit family rallied around him during his battle with cancer (55:55); what led Hank to become a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church (57:05); the problem with a transactional view of Christianity as opposed to the transformational purpose of Christianity leading to union with God, also known as theosis (1:07:30); discussing Martin Luther and his belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist (1:13:35); Hank’s response to those who claim that he left the Christian faith by joining the Eastern Orthodox Church (1:15:55); remembering Elliot Miller, longtime friend, colleague, and editor of the Christian Research Journal (1:25:40); discussing threats to the church and why the greatest modern-day threat to the church is not external but internal (1:33:30); the criticality of the church recognizing the importance of the doctrine of unity, uniting in the essentials of the historic Christian faith, or, as C. S. Lewis put it, Mere Christianity (1:39:00); reflecting on the individuals that Hank looks forward to reuniting with in heaven, while taking into account that our perspectives will vary greatly upon arriving in heaven (1:41:30); words of wisdom that Hank lives by and would like to pass on to the next generation (1:44:15); and addressing one of Hank’s favorite Bible verses, 1 Timothy 4:16 (1:47:45).
Jan 29, 2019
Angels: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters with Jack Graham
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Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist and among the most influential Christians in America. Graham joins Hank to discuss his book Angels: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters and the underestimation of the influence of angels in our lives. Their conversation touches on common misconceptions about angels, the presence of angels throughout the Bible, and the existence of both holy angels and dark angels. Topics discussed include: how Jack Graham went from wanting to be a professional baseball player to becoming a pastor of one of the largest, most influential churches in the world (3:15); the influence of Prestonwood Baptist in the United States, and why Graham is uncomfortable with the label of megachurch (6:15); the mass exodus of millennials from the church today and the rise of the nones (no religious affiliation) (9:00); providing an alternative to Planned Parenthood though the ministry of the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center (12:35); the influence and significance of angels in our lives, and why Graham is so passionate about angels (14:40); the presence and significance of angels throughout the Bible and the presence of guardian angels in our lives (19:55); remembering that there are angels in the angelic state and also angels in the fallen state — addressing holy angels and dark angels (23:15); common misconceptions people have about angels (29:05); looking to the Book of Isaiah as an example of why our focus should be on the holiness of God rather than our own happiness (32:55); the need for more Christians to not only read the Bible but to memorize and meditate on the Bible (37:25); the responsibility of Christians to be involved in mentorship in the Christian community (41:55); Hanegraaff and Graham share their views on retirement and how it relates to Christian ministry (43:45); the state of evangelism in China (45:05); Hanegraaff personally thanks Graham for his consistent support and encouragement during Hanegraaff’s battle with cancer (48:00); and Graham gives his perspective on the current state of the United States of America (51:10).
Jan 15, 2019
Global Warming and Evolution and Artificial Intelligence, Oh My! The Dangers of Groupthink with Jay Richards
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Dr. Jay Richards humbly calls himself a shameless generalist due to the diversity of his intellectual endeavors, making him the perfect guest for educationally engaging conversations on a variety of topics. Richards has no problem going against the status quo, which is why he is consistently confronting consensus decision making and deploring the dangers of groupthink, especially when it comes to global warming and evolution. The conversation also touches on Richards’s new book, The Human Advantage, which addresses the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), how smart machines are reshaping our world, and why they will never be a substitute for what he calls “the human advantage.” Topics discussed include: politics disguised as science — a 12-step program on when to doubt a scientific consensus (2:45); how and why stakeholder interests and incentives influence the research and findings of academics (9:25); how motivated blindness inhibits an individual’s ability to perceive inconvenient data (11:55); how worldviews can impact your view on climate change and environmentalism (15:10); on comparing global warming denial to holocaust denial and other ad hominem arguments (18:20); how to get people to think critically (20:30); how tenure and groupthink impact intellectual discourse (22:00); the problems of cliques and conspiracies in publishing and peer reviews (25:05); the problem when politicians don’t understand the issues but merely follow the popular narrative (27:15); are the fires in California a product of climate change? (28:45); are natural disasters such as hurricanes and fires naturally bad for the Earth? (30:30); the problem with connecting any extreme weather event as evidence for global warming (33:10); invalidating the process of peer review by excluding dissenters (34:10); the issue of consensus being declared before consensus actually exists (37:05); the difference between scientific observation and scientific data — and why it matters (39:15); the problem when consensus science is used to justify economic and public policies (45:20); addressing misconceptions concerning the term nationalism (47:35); why so many young people are buying into socialism (50:45); why do so many journalists go along with the consensus? (54:15); why you should always be skeptical when someone cites consensus as justification for their beliefs (56:40); addressing the issue of theistic evolution (59:15); addressing the power of headlines in shaping public opinion and how it is similar to the infamous icons of evolution (1:03:00); why Richards believes that following your passion is a fallacy when it comes to finding a successful career (1:06:20); how Richards and Hanegraaff deal with the “task of translation” when communicating complex ideas (1:12:30); how solar eclipses show that we are part of a universe designed for discovery and provide us with evidence of a creator (1:14:20); the myth that machines eventually will replace humans, as addressed in Richards’s new book The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines (1:18:10); the human advantage of virtue and the future of work in an age of smart machines (1:23:25); and why Christians should care about the issue of artificial intelligence in the face of a growing movement of transhumanism (1:26:25).
Jan 08, 2019
An Important Message from Hank Hanegraaff
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As we celebrate the first advent of Christ coming in flesh, Hank Hanegraaff shares a message of hope for the future with thanksgiving, remembering what a remarkable year 2018 has been. If you’ve already made a gift to the Christian Research Institute this month, thank you!! If you haven’t, please consider offering one today in support of CRI’s mind-changing, life-transforming work at our website.
Dec 21, 2018
Last Call for Liberty with Os Guinness
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America is running out of time. Our republic is suffering the biggest crisis since the Civil War, with competing visions of freedom pushing us to the precipice of cultural self-destruction. In his new book, Last Call for Liberty, Os Guinness explains that America has become a house divided and Americans must make up their minds as to which freedom to follow. Will the torch of freedom be handed to someone else or be extinguished altogether? If you care about American liberties and the future of our nation, Last Call for Liberty is an absolute must read. What will become of America the beautiful? Find out what Os Guinness has to say on this essential edition of Hank Unplugged.
Topics discussed include: The persecution of Christians in China (5:00); how Christians have become the most widely persecuted people of faith in the world (6:30); The Williamsburg Charter and what will become of religious freedom in America (7:55); America is increasingly divided and facing the gravest internal crisis since the Civil War (10:15); why Utopian revolutions often lead to evil outcomes (13:10) how America’s genius for freedom has become its biggest threat and the totalitarian implications of technology (17:25); the roots of the current riots in France (19:25); the rarity of free societies and why the future of America is actually the future of the world (22:15); what is freedom? the contrast between negative and positive freedom (29:45); the scandal of the American church not having more cultural influence given the amount of Christians in America (32:25) the deadliest philosophical atheist Friedrich Nietzsche and the idea of slave morality (36:00); the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem and the NFL (42:00); Exodus and the origin of American freedom (45:25); is America becoming a “cut flower” civilization? (46:50); social justice warriors and biblical views of justice (52:45); the paradox of freedom—the greatest enemy of freedom is freedom itself (58:35); the need for historical literacy and linguistic competence (1:01:10); freedom of religion and conscience has never been more important than it is today, as our world has never been as diverse and pluralistic at any point in history (1:05:10); why the philosophical foundations of self-worth, human dignity and freedom are found in the biblical values of Christianity (1:09:20); how direct democracy can be just as dangerous as dictatorship (1:13:20); the bitter joke of Arthur Koestler as told in Last Call for Liberty (1:17:20)
Dec 19, 2018
Biblical Sexuality with Joe Dallas
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With so many Christians capitulating to the culture, it has never been more important to understand issues of sexuality from a biblical perspective. Joe Dallas has been our lead expert on the subject at the Christian Research Institute for decades, and once again he joins Hank to discuss articles he has written for the Christian Research Journal about the Revoice Conference, the new film Boy Erased, and whether or not the United States is closer to a state-controlled church. The Bible isn’t shy about sex, leaving Christians without an excuse not to understand issues of sexuality and communicate a Christian perspective with conscience and conviction. Topics discussed include: how important is the issue of human sexuality to our culture? (3:00); is it intolerant and violent to hold traditional views of marriage and heterosexuality? (4:55); are issues of human sexuality leading to greater levels of “big brother” and government control? (7:40); why are so many Christians capitulating to the culture when it comes to issues of homosexuality and sexuality in general? (10:05); discussing the article by Joe Dallas, “Homosexuality and Modern Ministry,” as well as the ministry that Joe was once president of: Exodus International (12:00); is the church supposed to be offensive in the name of truth? (17:15); what is the Revoice Conference, and what is their mission? (18:35); discussing the question presented at the Revoice Conference: “What does queer culture (and specifically queer literature and theory) have to offer us who follow Christ? What queer treasure, honor, and glory will be brought into the New Jerusalem at the end of time? (Revelation 21:24-26)” (23:10); using language as a tool for progress, such as the moniker of “gay Christian,” making homosexuality and Christianity seem compatible (25:50); discussing the term spiritual friendship, as promoted at the Revoice Conference and in the book Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (28:15); discussing sin and issues of human sexuality that affect all of us and the problem with putting a positive spin on sinful tendencies (31:25); the problem with people proclaiming that homosexuality is a gift from God (35:45); what is conversion therapy, and what is the problem with conversion therapy? (38:00); discussing the new film Boy Erased and whether Christians in general are being unfairly portrayed in Boy Erased (41:30); the new article in the Christian Research Journal titled “Solo Sex and the Christian,” discussing the sinful mindset of masturbation (46:10); why all transformation begins with repentance and obedience (52:35); the Bible isn’t shy about sex, so how can we as Christians be better at addressing issues of sexuality in the church and with our families? (56:40); an update on California House Bill AB-2943 and whether a state-controlled church is imminent in the United States (59:45); the great evil of pedophilia, and what it means when those who take the sacred name of Christ are involved in it (1:02:50); the sadness of how the controversies within the Catholic church are tarnishing the name of good Catholics and Christianity as a whole, as well as diminishing the good work being done by Catholics worldwide (1:04:55); Speaking of Homosexuality: Discussing the Issues with Kindness and Clarity by Joe Dallas (1:07:10); seeking the peace that passes all understanding through Christ (1:10:50); why Joe Dallas wrote The Game Plan: The Men's 30-Day Strategy for Attaining Sexual Integrity (1:16:20); the Sacrament of Confession and how it relates to issues of accountability in the church (1:18:30); and how pro-gay advocates misinterpret the Bible and revise the truth to fit their agenda (1:21:35).
Dec 11, 2018
Unbelievable: Talking with Atheists with Justin Brierley
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Justin Brierley is the host of the popular podcast Unbelievable? and the similarly titled book Unbelievable? Why after Ten Years of Talking with Atheists, I'm Still a Christian. Brierley has dedicated his career to holding engaging conversations between believers and atheists, and joins Hank to discuss the keys to having good conversations with those with whom we disagree. There is no doubt that the state of dialogue is in disarray, as Dictionary.com's word of the year for 2018 is "misinformation," highlighting the need for authentic conversations in a world filled with "fake news."Topics discussed include: the popularity of Brierley’s podcast, Unbelievable?, featuring discussions between Christians and nonbelievers (5:30); Premier Christian Radio being one of the only religious radio stations in the UK (8:05); how Brierley and his wife ministering with the Odibo mission in Namibia set the tone for the rest of their lives (11:00); the importance of breaking out of “echo chambers” (13:05); why Brierley began Unbelievable? at Premier Christian Radio as an opportunity to model Christian conversations with skeptics (16:20); the keys to having good conversations (18:05); how editing other writers helped Brierley learn how to write (22:05); how Brierley stays neutral while moderating debates between believers and skeptics (25:05); the glaring contradiction when atheists apply objective moral standards (27:20); how atheist Peter Singer attempts to apply objective moral standards to his materialistic atheist worldview (29:35); what it was like to interview the most well-known atheist on the planet, Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion (32:40); the key to connecting with people in conversation (35:30); the importance of authentic conversations in our world today (38:50); ways of winning the person rather than winning the argument (42:00); how apologetics helped Brierley through a season of doubt (44:00); the inspiration for Hank’s upcoming book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More (48:00); the relationship between doubt and faith (49:45); how Brierley’s beliefs have evolved as a result of hosting Unbelievable?, such as his annihilationist view on eternal torment and creationism vs. evolutionism (52:30); Mere Christianity and how Christians can come together over common causes and drop the secondary issues that separate them (1:03:45); the strongest arguments that skeptics have made against Christianity (1:09:10); and why, after ten years of talking with atheists, Justin Brierley is still a Christian (1:16:55).
Nov 27, 2018
The Call of the Cosmos with Dr. Paul Nelson
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Dr. Paul Nelson is a philosopher and a prominent leader in the Intelligent Design movement as well as a key figure in the films of Illustra Media. Dr. Nelson joins Hank to discuss how the power of cinema can convey the complexity of the universe and how the films by Illustra Media, such as the most recent film The Call of the Cosmos, use the evidence of creation as an evangelistic tool to expand the kingdom of Christ without saying a word.

Topics discussed include: the significance of the new film from Illustra Media, The Call of the Cosmos (9:00); does nature reveal the existence of God? (11:05); how NASA scientist Robert Jastrow began to hold the belief that if there was a beginning to the universe, there is also a Creator (14:30); the difference the films by Illustra Media are making around the globe and how Christians can use these films as an evangelistic tool to transform lives (18:10); does God speak to us through the book of nature, His creation? (23:00); is the size and complexity of the universe a sign of a creator? (28:25); lunar eclipses as an example that we are living on a privileged planet (32:20); was Carl Sagan right when he called our planet insignificant? (36:20); looking to Christ as our example for how to practice proper evangelism (40:15); what is Intelligent Design? What is the state of the Intelligent Design movement? (45:20); the importance of following the truth, wherever it leads (48:20); arguments against popular Darwinian positions such as his view of common descent and Darwin’s Tree of Life (51:00); what the theory of evolution fails to explain [click for further review as referenced in conversation https://bit.ly/2z6NDdZ ] (56:20); remembering the presence, power, and control of the Holy Spirit (59:20); how Illustra Media harnesses the power of a camera lens to reveal the complexity of design in the universe (1:02:00); the metamorphosis of a butterfly as a metaphor for resurrection (1:06:30); thinking critically about the popular icons of evolution (1:13:00); how Paul Nelson once wanted to be an artist before he fell in love with the beauty of science forty years ago and never looked back (1:15:35).
Nov 20, 2018
Time and Despondency with Dr. Nicole Roccas
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Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope. Her book, Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life, explores the relationship between human perceptions of time and the spiritual sickness of acedia. Her conversation with Hank explores the depths of time and despondency, both today and throughout history, as well as how they ultimately relate to the purpose of our lives, becoming fully human through our relationship with Christ.

Topics discussed include: How Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope (6:00); while our anxieties draw our focus to the future and our regrets focus on the past, the present is where we are truly able to commune with Christ and that is precisely why it is important to be present (9:20); time isn’t an illusion or an abstraction, but central to how we experience life, likewise our faith is not an abstraction, but experienced in the present moment in time (12:05); Dr. Roccas’ book is titled Time and Despondency—what is meant by despondency? (16:15); what are some of the symptoms of despondency and how does technology? (19:55); is despondency a crime needing to be punished or a sickness needing to be healed? (23:55); can despondency be both a sickness and a crime? (27:25); anger as a source of despondency (28:20); using busyness to mask purposelessness and despair (30:20); the church is not a courtroom, but a hospital whereby the sacraments offer healing and restoration through the process of theosis (32:45); what is time? three different ways to view time (35:45) liturgical tradition as a transfiguration of time (39:00) the Resurrection isn’t merely a historical event, but something we can experience in the present (39:40); discussing different terminologies of time-Chronos, Kairos and Aion (43:10); the relation between time and prayer and how that relates to why we pray for the dead (47:05); in many Eastern religions the key to enlightenment is to empty oneself, whereas the key to Christianity is to be filled with Christ (51:20); practical steps to dealing with despondency, such as practicing a spirit of humility (56:20); the biblical roots of the The Jesus Prayer and how it can be practiced to develop a spirit of humility (59:10); the importance of praying for our enemies (1:03:45); the importance of patience and perseverance in an age of instant gratification and decreased attention spans (1:08:35); the importance of expressing thanks, as thanksgiving is at the heart of the Christian life (1:12:00); community and the sacrament of confession as a medicine for the soul (1:15:00); the dangers of medicalizing spiritual conditions and spiritualizing medical conditions, especially concerning depression (1:17:40); how time makes relationships, love and free-will possible (1:20:55); time as the giver of second chances (1:23:15).
Nov 13, 2018
What’s Your Worldview? with Dr. James Anderson
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In an era when truth is eroding in favor of whatever feels best, the work of good philosophers such as Dr. James Anderson is invaluable. His book What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions employs a similar formula to the “choose your own adventure” book genre in order to systematically discover your worldview. This is a fun way to address a critical issue as we exist in a syncretistic society where individuals are often unaware of the inconsistencies of their worldview or that they hold to a worldview at all.

Topics discussed include: hat are worldviews, and why do they matter? (7:30); why Anderson wrote a “choose your own adventure” style book to help people become more aware of their worldview and to think critically about them (9:45); how do people develop their worldview? (13:20); how do Christians handle the transgender revolution without being bullied into submission (15:25); are Christians failing to believe that we can change the culture? (19:10); atheist philosophers such as Alex Rosenburg and the self-defeating worldview of a consistent atheist (21:50); the difference between scientific and scientistic (24:15); the recent phenomenon of using consensus science to bully people to buy into believing particular paradigms (26:05); discussing global warming and whether or not we know for certain that CO2 emissions are bad for the planet (31:30); the irony of atheists that make truth claims to claim that there is no truth (33:40); discussing Anderson’s article from the Christian Research Journal titled "The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit: How Do You Know That the Bible Is God’s Word?" (39:00); is there a universal mandate for Christians to be able to give an apologetic defense of their faith? (45:25); the argument from contingency and why anything exists at all? (49:15); do objective values presuppose a transcendent good? (51:25); Joel Marx renouncing his morality and becoming an amoralist after years of writing The New Yorker column titled Moral Moments (56:00); the argument from reason that our ability to reason presupposes the existence of God (58:00); the idea of apathy, or apatheism, in our world today and how we can awaken indifferent individuals by appealing to their passions and interests (1:03:00); the Kavanaugh hearing as evidence of the erosion of the presumption of innocence in favor of the dangerous precedent of allowing our tribal affiliations to trump truth (1:05:45); Anderson’s passion for intense study that subsequently allows him to equip students with truth (1:08:20); why should we study philosophy; and what are the benefits of being philosophically trained? (1:11:15); how theology points us to an experience with God (1:12:50); remembering R. C. Sproul (1:14:10).
Nov 06, 2018
Being Orthodox on Purpose with Fr. Barnabas Powell
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Fr. Barnabas Powell joins Hank to discuss his journey from pastoring a Pentecostal church and holding a prominent role in evangelical media ministry to becoming a priest in the Orthodox Church. After years of pursuit, Fr. Barnabas found the timeless truth he was searching for in the ancient faith of the Eastern Orthodox Church and decided to live out his faith daily by being “Orthodox on purpose.” Fr. Barnabas and Hank are both uniquely positioned to discuss the divisions between Eastern and Western Christianity and why it is critical for Christians everywhere to embrace the doctrine of unity taught in the Lord’s high priestly prayer in the face of deeply entrenched tribalism inside and outside of the church today.

Topics discussed include: Fr. Barnabas Powell’s background as a pastor in a Pentecostal church and how his Pentecostal background prepared him for the transition to becoming a priest in Orthodoxy (2:45); the popular narrative that we should never call anyone (such as a priest) "Father," and why that is a mistake (4:45); what does it mean to be “Orthodox on purpose?” (7:30); are there Christians outside of Orthodoxy? (14:00); incarnate theology and the significance of a priest, like Fr. Barnabas himself, wearing robes (17:00); the significance of the quote by St. Cyprian: “He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the church for his mother,” and what it says on the unity of the church (20:15); comparing liturgical practice in the church to a spiritual gymnasium where the disciplines of life in the church strengthen our spirit (25:00); the paradox of disciplining our desires and the misconception of viewing spiritual disciplines, such as fasting, as works done to earn our salvation (29:25); Rejecting RAPTUREMANIA (48:45); the purifying power of pain and the false perception that pain is the ultimate evil in an era of prosperity preaching (52:00); the pursuit of timeless truth and following St. Vincent of Lerins's three rules of antiquity, universality, and consensus (55:50); combating our chronological snobbery to understand the enlightenment of the early church fathers (59:05); addressing problems within Orthodoxy (1:02:05); the difference between a transactional and transformational Christian faith (1:07:20); the significance of developing a dispassionate disposition toward our desires, and how spiritual discipline can help (1:08:35); understanding what the discipline of confession is really about, and the difference between how confession is conducted in the East and the West (1:12:35); why Christianity is Eucharistic at its core and why being grateful is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian (1:16:30); the importance for Christians everywhere to embrace the doctrine of unity taught in the Lord’s high priestly prayer in the face of tribalism inside and outside of the church (1:20:00); and weighing in on the current schism in the Orthodox church today (1:26:20).
Oct 30, 2018
Muslim Myths with Dr. Dario Fernandez-Morera
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While writing MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion, one of the most impressive scholars Hank discovered was Dr. Dario Fernandez-Morera, author of The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain. His book, a finalist for World Magazine’s Book of the Year, reveals the myth of the Andalusian Paradise, a supposed time of religious tolerance in Islamic Spain that in reality was a repressive era reflective of the true tenets of Islamic belief and practice. Today, academics and politicians alike are pushing a politically correct cultural narrative when it comes to Islam and courageous scholars such as Dr. Fernandez-Morera stand as beacons of truth and light in the face of propagandists intent on pulling the wool over our eyes.

Topics discussed include: why studying Miguel de Cervantes led Fernández-Morera to realize that the narrative of a peaceful Islamic rule in Spain was wrong (4:00); the resistance he faced regarding his book The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain (7:20); reasons behind the resistance to his research and the positive, politically correct narrative of Islam (10:15); examining the possible reasons behind academic bias and Islam as follows: linguistic ignorance, stakeholder interests and incentives, motivated blindness, intellectual innocence, shoddy research, and cultural agendas (16:40); several motivations for a cultural agenda promoting Islamic principles (30:30); the importance of rhetoric in creating cultural narratives and why our culture seems more concerned with Islamophobia when in reality it is increasingly Christophobic (33:10); examining several rhetorical tricks devised to develop desired narratives (36:30); misapprehension of the real, main meaning and practice of Jihad in Islam (40:25); Islam has always progressed by shahada, subjugation, or the sword (most often the sword, as Muhammad invoked his followers to do) (47:10); the differences between Islamic Jihad and Christian Crusades (1:03:45); did Osama bin Laden choose September 11 for a reason? (1:11:25); Fernandez-Morera notes that many historians are not religious and why this lack of religiosity might impact the mindset of academic assessment of the historical motivations of religious individuals (1:16:15); is Islam really a religion? (1:18:45); the different approaches that academics take when examining Christianity and Islam (1:24:20); the myth of the Dark Ages (1:29:00); and the Armenian genocide as an example of the collective amnesia of the modern world and the fundamental importance of historical literacy (1:33:00).
Oct 23, 2018
The Theology of Illness with Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet
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The health of our soul is more important than the health of our body, yet in our modern age of materialism we have made the medical doctor the new high priest of a civilization seeking purely physical solutions to problems previously presumed to involve the soul. Hank is joined by French Professor Jean-Claude Larchet, a prolific scholar holding doctoral degrees in both theology and philosophy, and one of the foremost Patristic scholars in the world today to discuss sickness, suffering and the soul from a theological perspective. His profound book, The Theology of Illness, examines the role that suffering and illness play in our lives and how they can actually aid our spiritual development. From provocative statements such as “there is no question that people today have far fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with illness” to “good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient” professor Larchet will challenge the way you think about suffering, illness and what true health really is.

Topics discussed include: Do people today have fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with the problem of illness? (4:00); spiritual illness is more serious than physical illness, yet our modern age has made the medical doctor the new high priest of civilization (5:20); how detached we have become from the wisdom of the early church fathers (7:10); the connection between the communion of all saints and asking for prayers from those who have passed before us (10:45); the difference in the human body before and after the fall and the implications for our resurrected state in the world to come (12:20); was man created perfect? (16:05); deification (theosis) and what it means to become God’s by grace (17:05); is there a link between illness and sin? (28:05); why perfect health does not exist in this world (28:05); discussing zoetic energy (33:00); Hank asks a personal question regarding his battle with cancer (37:10); good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient (42:30); the role suffering plays in raising our awareness and why illness can be better than health if it aids our spiritual progress (47:45); the essential role of prayer in growing closer to God (51:25); the significance of asking Mary, or Saints in general, to intercede for us in prayer and why it is biblical (59:25); the relationship between demon possession and illness (1:01:05); contrary to modern beliefs, the health of the soul is more important than the health of the body (1:04:15); is there a connection between an improper theology of illness and the rise of suicide? (1:07:38).
Oct 17, 2018
Sophistication of Early Church Fathers with Dr. Nathan Jacobs
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Dr. Nathan Jacobs holds advanced degrees in philosophy, historical and systematic theology, church history, and fine art. He joined Hank in Charlotte for an intimate conversation in his study, and given the breadth of Dr. Jacobs’s academic achievements, it came as no surprise that it was wide ranging. The early church fathers went to great lengths to ensure that the followers of Christ did not innovate but rather perpetuate “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3), and this conversation seeks to understand what they meant, where we may have gotten off track, and what it means to become truly human through Christ

Topics discussed include: balancing academic research and writing with artistic innovation and creation (5:00); a search for authenticity and authority led Jacobs to study the early church fathers, such as Athanasius of Alexandria, where he came to realize the difference of thought between Eastern and Western Christianity (6:45); Ephesians, examining the use of the term “energeia” by Paul, and understanding that faith and works are not in opposition (18:25); ecumenical councils where early church fathers defended the faith by answering the question “What is the faith that we received handed down by the apostles?” (30:20); biblical illiteracy, historical ignorance, and troubling Trinitarian analogies (37:35); the importance of a Trinitarian God as opposed to Unitarian (46:10); the sophistication of the early church fathers and our anachronistic belief that we are more intelligent than our ancestors, theologically speaking or otherwise (53:00); distinguishing between creation and types of causation (55:00); biblical terminology getting lost in translation and the linguistic advantage the early church fathers had over the scholars that proceeded them (1:00:35); understanding the balance between rationality and mystery (1:06:45); addressing the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist (1:15:15); objectivity in academics, distinctions between different systems of thought, and the systems of thought creating the biggest divide between Eastern and Western Christianity (1:21:30); the difficulty of communicating complex issues in a soundbite culture (1:32:30); the importance of Christians being part of a church community (1:20:20); and should Christians confess their sins? (1:42:45).
Oct 09, 2018
Cold-Case Christianity with J. Warner Wallace
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Hank is joined by special guest J. Warner Wallace. Before he became a popular apologist, Wallace would listen to the Bible Answer Man broadcast in the car while working stakeouts as an undercover investigator. He has since masterfully melded his unique capabilities as a cold-case detective with his passion for Christian apologetics to provide believers and skeptics alike the tools and evidence to make the case for the Christian faith.

Topics discussed include: Wallace recalls listening to the Bible Answer Man broadcast while working as an undercover investigator (3:25); Warner’s response to Colin Kaepernick and the cultural divide involving race and law enforcement (5:40); “visualish”—the new visual language of digital natives (9:45); what is a cold-case detective? (15:15); investigating whether the universe can be created by an uncaused first cause (17:30); strategies for overcoming the dangerous problem of apathy towards religion (25:00); the relationship between millennials and the church (29:55); the role of relationship in evangelism (38:15); Warner discusses his father’s disbelief and the 3 reasons why anyone rejects a truth claim (43:50); the importance of taking complex concepts and making them simple and transferable (49:20); addressing the metaphysical aspect of our humanity (52:00); how important is it for Christians to have a robust understanding of free-will (57:30); the moral responsibility for all Christians to know how to make the case for Christianity (1:01:00); Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels(1:08:00); using cultural commentary to elevate the value of scripture (1:15:25); the importance of hermeneutics and learning to read and interpret properly (1:20:20); the importance of young people making the 3 trajectory decisions of choosing the right worldview, spouse and mission in life a priority (1:23:45); four cultural shifts and transformations Warner believes are contributing to school shootings (1:29:30).
Oct 01, 2018
Living in a Post-Truth, Post-Christian World w/John S. Dickerson
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We are living in a divided world. Christians need to understand what is happening, why it is happening, where it will lead, and how to live for Christ today. Hank is joined by John S. Dickerson, a prize-winning journalist, pastor, and the author of Hope of Nations, for a conversation aiming to inform, inspire, and instruct Christians to stand strong in a post-truth, post-Christian world.

Topics discussed include: how attending seminary as a hobby led Dickerson, an award-winning investigative journalist, to become a pastor (3:30); the post-truth shift from facts to feelings (7:10); the historic definition of racism and the post-truth reality of racism (13:30); millennial Americans' preference for socialism (17:30); the state of journalism today and the difficulties of being a Christian journalist (21:05); Dickerson believes the window of global peace is closing, but that in Christ, we can be a sign of hope to the nations (23:45); the growing problem of apathy in society, Christians included (26:40); Dickerson’s nine manifestos that Christians can embrace in a post-truth world (31:15); the need for Christians to equip our youth with Christian truth in the face of The Great Evangelical Recession (34:10); equipping Christians with biblical understanding and truth to become reproducing disciple makers for the church and change agents in the culture (38:15); I Am Strong: Finding God’s Peace and Strength in Life’s Darkest Moments (41:55); post-truth being chosen as the 2016 Oxford dictionary word of the year and the way that this paradigm shift is changing the course of Western civilization (52:15); the wealth and freedom that young Americans have inherited and the foundational principles they are rejecting (56:35); the Christian foundations of our modern universities (59:50); examining the differences between socialism and capitalism (1:01:55); warring ideologies, the gravitational center of the globe shifting to the East, and the abolition of Western civilization (1:07:30); examining the factors behind The Great Evangelical Recession, with so many young people leaving Christianity (1:15:25); the importance of Christian unity around the essentials of the faith and the dangers of needlessly dividing the body of Christ (1:18:15); the drying up of donor dollars, as the church is reaching the lowest levels of giving in generations (1:24:50).
Aug 21, 2018
Timeless Biblical Truths with Anne Graham Lotz
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Her father Billy Graham called her the best preacher in the family, and the New York Times labeled her as one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. Hank is joined by Anne Graham Lotz, author of The Daniel Key: 20 Choices That Make All the Difference, to discuss what we can learn from Daniel, and an exploration of the timeless biblical truths that we can learn from the living Word of God.

Topics discussed include: the Charles Blondin story as an illustration for faith in God (3:30); the late years of Billy Graham’s life and his love of prayer (6:05); the difficulty of growing up with her father away from the home preaching on the road and the influence of Anne’s mother as a woman of prayer (7:45); experiences that Graham Lotz had during her youth that inspired a love of God and lifetime of service to Him (11:00); the power of transparent vulnerability and the importance of living our lives for an audience of one (14:00); centering our lives around the Lord rather than our problems (17:40); the need for Christians to transform the way we live our lives to have a greater cultural impact (20:25); the purpose of prayer as communion with God (23:10); why morning prayer is so important to Graham Lotz (26:25); discipline is required to become a disciple (29:45); allowing time in the wilderness to prepare us (31:50); understanding that the Bible is living and active (35:00); Daniel’s habit of praying three times a day to give thanks and the importance of having an attitude of gratitude (37:55); the reality of spiritual warfare and the power of putting on the full armor of God (43:50); falling in love with the Lord and understanding that love isn’t a feeling but a commitment (49:00); the importance of Christians being people of truth in a post-truth world (50:20); experiencing the fullness of life in Christ here on Earth as a glimpse of what’s to come in heaven (53:25); Graham Lotz recalls finding her husband unresponsive in the swimming pool, and the need for all of us to live life with death in mind (55:35); the story of Dori, a woman caught up in the turmoil of the Syrian civil war (1:01:30); putting God first and the significance of an earnest examination of our priorities in life (1:04:25); the rise and fall of empires as a reminder of the temporary nature of our lives (1:08:40); the criticality of confessing our sins as a daily practice (1:11:00); the power of prayer and fasting (1:14:45); the power of forgiveness (1:07:05).
Aug 06, 2018
Leaving Mormonism for the Reason of Christ, Ratio Christi with Corey Miller
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Hank is joined by Dr. Corey Miller, the president of Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics alliance encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christian students at universities around the world through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics. Miller grew up in Utah as a sixth generation Mormon, but came to Christ in 1988 and has since authored several books, written for the Christian Research Journal and worked in a variety of ministerial roles, giving him a truly unique perspective.

Topics discussed include: what is Ratio Christi? (3:30); understanding the difference between science and scientism, and why it matters (6:00); the positive and negative power of testimony and differences between Christian and Mormon views on testimony (11:30); the distinction between knowing God and showing God (17:40); Miller's background growing up amidst the pervasive culture of Mormonism in Utah, and how it shaped his life and love for learning (19:40); the role that dreams played in Miller's personal faith and transformation (25:35); does God use dreams to reveal Himself? (30:35); how the goal of life is knowledge of God (34:25); Miller's forthcoming book Moses, Maimonides, and Thomas Aquinas on the Good Life: From the Fall to Human Perfectibility (34:25); why Mormonism isn't a branch of Christianity, and why Miller thinks Mormonism is closer to Hinduism than Christianity (43:15); who is the angel Moroni? (49:45); how DNA evidence contradicts claims made in the Book of Mormon (51:45); comparing the archeological evidence confirming the Bible as opposed to the Book of Mormon (56:00); the Jesus of Mormonism and the differences that make a difference (58:00); Miller models the virtue of answering questions with "I don't know" and explains that the reason most Christians don't do evangelism is because they don't do apologetics (1:03:00); the huge number of contradictory splinter groups in Mormonism (1:07:40); why apologetics is essential to evangelism (1:10:00); the overwhelming amount of young Christians that lose their faith upon arriving at university because they aren't equipped to answer tough questions (1:14:15); and that the key to gaining a culture is by training the youth (1:18:00).
Jul 31, 2018
Poverty Inc., Hobbit Party and Heretic: A Wide Ranging Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Witt
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Hank is joined for the first time on Hank Unplugged by one of his favorite guests from the Bible Answer Man broadcast, Dr. Jonathan Witt. Witt is a prolific author and a Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Witt was the lead writer of the hit documentary Poverty Inc., in addition to being the author of books such as The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature and his latest book Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has studied and written on a number of subjects, and this wide-ranging conversation is evidence of just that.

Topics discussed include: how the study of aesthetics got Witt involved in the Intelligent Design movement (4:10); why the Intelligent Design movement is the premier movement today due to a willingness to follow the evidence wherever it leads (5:40); why Witt wrote the documentary Poverty Inc., investigating the problems with the industry of foreign aid (7:10); TOMS shoes as a hipster poverty machine (10:45); the problem of donor dependency (13:05); the present war on poverty as another permutation of colonialism (15:30); how has Poverty Inc. made a difference on how people view humanitarian aid? (18:00); the deficits of the Marshall Plan (21:30); skepticism about how evolution explains everything without explaining anything (24:00); the difference between science and scientism (27:50); conflating microevolution and evolution (29:30); constrained optimization and why so many engineers are proponents of Intelligent Design (35:00); a recent article Witt wrote on conflating understanding and acceptance of evolution (39:55); “all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone” (43:10); A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature (44:10); Darwin vs. Beauty: Explaining Away the Butterfly (47:35); Witt’s new book, The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgo, and what Christians can learn from Tolkien (53:00); exploring the many reasons why it is critical to learn to read the Bible in the sense in which it is intended to be read (1:00:05); the problem with trying to read scientific paradigms into scriptural passages (1:18:40); becoming so familiar with the truth that when a counterfeit looms on the horizon, you know it immediately (1:00:50); the functional value of secular feminism, abortion on demand, and sexual freedom (1:02:30); Christian involvement in the culture wars and examples of hope (1:04:15); and raising Christian children (1:08:05).
Jul 24, 2018
Last Days of Darwinism, with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer
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Hank has long maintained that how you view your origins will ultimately determine how you live your life. Likewise, the prevailing cultural acceptance of the Darwinian paradigm has led to a culture in decline. But for those skeptical of the worldviews and arguments of scientific materialists, there is good news. The Darwinian paradigm finds itself in a desperate condition thanks in large part to the Intelligent Design movement leaders such as Dr. Stephen C. Meyer. Dr. Meyer is currently the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, in addition to authoring the New York Times best seller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design as well as Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, which was named a Book of the Year by The Times (of London) Literary Supplement in 2009.

Topics discussed include: why the Intelligent Design (ID) movement isn’t a “science stopper” but a science generator (6:00); the exciting state of the Intelligent Design movement today as many scientists, such as distinguished paleontologist Günter Bechly who is now a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, are growing increasingly skeptical of Darwinism (8:35); the overwhelming impact that Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and evolution have had in shaping worldviews such as scientific materialism and how new discoveries are pointing back to a theistic explanation of origins in what Meyer calls “the return of the God hypothesis” (12:10); how secular assumptions limit academic freedom in the sciences and the effect that limits on discourse has on scientists and scientific discovery (15:35); the deep prejudice of Wikipedia toward Intelligent Design with stigmatizing labels such as “pseudoscience” in reference to the ID movement (22:25); how the broad persecution of Christians in secular academics leads Christians of different denominations to unite around the essentials of the Christian faith and their common cause (24:25); Darwin’s Doubt, the Cambrian explosion, and the importance of information to life (27:45); exploring how Young Earth Creationists practice science (31:15); arguably the most exciting discovery in the history of science is that the foundation of life is digital information stored in DNA, and the implications this discovery has on the evidence for Intelligent Design (36:15); the importance of reducing intellectual insecurity in the Christian world (39:20); critiquing theistic evolution, and why Christians shouldn’t feel the need to synthesize their beliefs with a Neo-Darwinian paradigm increasingly in doubt (43:45); the cultural consequences of our worldviews (47:15); discussing the book Why People Stop Believing, and the need for an intellectual defense of the Christian faith (51:50); the racist implications of the evolutionary paradigm (54:30); the elimination of unfit genes as a form of positive eugenics growing in popularity today (56:25); Meyer offers critical responses to several quotes Hank reads from popular evolutionists (59:20); the myth of Darwin’s tree of life (1:05:05); “the waiting time problem” and the Darwinian math of population genetics (1:07:30); looking to computer programmers and coding to poke holes in the link between humans and chimps (1:10:40); why noted atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel believes that defenders of Intelligent Design, such as Stephen C. Meyer, deserve our gratitude (1:14:15); and educating the culture about advances in the Intelligent Design movement (1:18:30).
Jul 17, 2018
Idolization of Sexual Freedom with Megan Almon
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Story tellers drive the culture and Christians must remember that we have the best story to tell. Megan Almon is a speaker with Life Training Institute and a Christian Research Journal contributor who authored the recent cover article Seeing Red: The Handmaid’s Tale, Human Dignity and Hope, addressing the popular, yet controversial, Hulu television series The Handmaid’s Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel by the same name. Almon joins Hank to discuss the importance of cultural apologetics, pro-life apologetics and the consequences of secular feminism, abortion and sexual freedom in both The Handmaid’s Tale and our world today.

Topics discussed include: Michelle Wolf’s salute to abortion- “God bless abortion, God bless America” (4:25); Almon’s passion for pro-life apologetics (7:05); is the term “pro-life” propaganda? (8:40); what would make abortion ok? (9:50); how abortion has shifted from being a scientific debate to a philosophical debate (11:10); the importance of Christians being able to communicate the pro-life position articulately and convincingly because story tellers drive the culture (14:05); examining worldviews and the importance of cultural apologetics (16:25); the narrative presented in The Handmaid’s Tale that women will lose all of the progress gained through the suffrage movement if they lose access to abortion and “reproductive freedom” (20:55); a women’s worth being equated to her ability to earn wages (23:45); the rise of infertility and changing views of motherhood (26:05); surrogacy and the commodification of children (29:30); the destructive consequences of the sexual revolution and idolization of sexual freedom (35:50); defining men and women out of existence and the effect on women’s rights (38:30); the criticality of becoming biblically literate to counter the twisting of scripture, or “scriptorture” (40:30); embracing the doctrine of unity through unification around the essentials of the Christian faith in the face of the unnecessary fragmentation within Christianity (42:50); endowed with dignity by virtue of being created in the Imago Dei (46:30); the false narrative that the Bible supports an oppressive patriarchal society versus the reality that the Bible actually elevated the status of women (47:45); contrasting the way that Jesus and Muhammed treated women (53:00); Planned Parenthood’s desire to abolish the terms pro-choice and pro-life (54:30); The Handmaid’s Tale explained (55:45); the need for Christians to practice cultural apologetics and discernment (58:05); becoming so familiar with the truth that when a counterfeit looms on the horizon you know it immediately (1:00:50); the functional value of secular feminism, abortion on demand and sexual freedom (1:02:30); Christian involvement in the culture wars and examples of hope (1:04:15); raising Christian children (1:08:05).
Jul 11, 2018
Why Does God Allow Evil? with Clay Jones (Encore Edition)
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Why Did God Let That Child Die? by Clay Jones is one of the most popular articles ever published in the Christian Research Journal. We have no doubt that it was popular because the topic of theodicy is difficult for many to comprehend. For that precise reason we are bringing you an encore edition of this critical conversation between Hank and Clay Jones, associate professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University and one of the pre-eminent scholars on the issue of theodicy. If you’ve ever wondered why God allows sin and suffering, this is a can’t miss conversation.

Topics discussed include: why does God allow evil? (3:30); why did God let that child die? (5:30); why it’s hard to reconcile determinism and theodicy (9:00); why do people want determinism to be true? (14:30); how God uses suffering (19:30); why do bad things happen to good people? (27:00); transgenderism as child abuse (36:00); the Christian Research Journal article “Killing the Canaanites” (42:00); what difference does belief in original sin make? (48:30); why people who think heaven will be boring are wrong (51:00); the importance of making our lives on Earth count (57:30); what does God want our legacy on Earth to be? (1:01:30); finding ways to be useful to God (1:04:30).
Jul 03, 2018
Atheism on Trial
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Atheists are launching a new wave of attacks against Christianity and faith in God, claiming that they have a more enlightened, scientific, and sophisticated worldview. Despite what these New Atheists might think, this is nothing new, and Dr. Louis Markos confronts these recycled claims in his book Atheism on Trial, showing that they have already been disproven by Christian thinkers of the past and how you can use the same solid logic to silence these claims today. On this edition of Hank Unplugged, Markos joins Dr. Larry Johnston (pinch-hitting for Hank while he is overseas speaking at a conference) to discuss why it is time for Christians to stand up and challenge the atheistic assertions of popular narratives of our day. Are you ready to put atheism on trial?

Topics discussed include: the modernist narrative and the problem with "chronological snobbery" (2:30); the distinction between narrative and metanarrative and the significance of metanarratives (5:55); the importance of obtaining objective distance to better understand our behaviors and reactions (10:50); do we live in a clockwork universe? (15:00); looking to the pre-Socratics to show that the so-called "New Atheists" are merely pedaling old ideas (19:50); the theistic implications of the Big Bang and how dedicated materialists such as Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking avoided them (25:30); "Houdini hermeneutics and the sense in which Darwinism is a myth" (32:00); who was Spinoza, and what did he mean when he said that God and nature are one? (38:00); examining intelligent design and some of the absurd theories people have come up with to avoid it, such as panspermia (41:35); why David Hume was wrong when he said that miracles are impossible (49:25); how God reveals Himself through both creation and the Bible and why it is important for Christians to be conversant in both (1:00:20); examining the problem of pain (1:05:45); comparing the God of Abraham from the god of Aristotle (1:10:05); how Karl Marx changed the metanarrative in an extremely destructive way (1:13:30); how the secular enlightenment stole the idea of human dignity from the Judeo-Christian ethic (1:19:00); and Christianity and Stoicism (1:20:20).
Jun 26, 2018
Doctrine of Unity with Hank Hanegraaff
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On this special edition of Hank Unplugged, Hank brings you a message that he delivered for the “Lausanne-Orthodox Initiative,” a conference uniting Orthodox and evangelical Christians to support one another with mutual respect and cooperation in the spirit of our Lord’s High Priestly prayer for His church, found in John 17. Hank discusses discipleship, deification, and the doctrine of unity. The doctrine of unity addresses the scandalous tribalism and division amongst Christians and the importance of honoring the earnestness of the Lord’s High Priestly prayer and the criticality of Christians being united around the essentials of the historic Christian faith.

Topics discussed include: Hank introduces his message and the importance of the doctrine of unity (1:30); the Great Commission (4:40); discipleship and the power of spiritual multiplication (10:20); understanding deification and union with God (14:20); experiencing uncreated energy (17:00); embracing the doctrine of unity around the essentials of the historic Christian faith (20:20); discussing the effects of schism and division from a personal perspective (23:25); are we willing to give up our tribalism in order to answer the Lord’s High Priestly prayer? (24:45); the consequence of disunity within the church (28:30); the unlimited power of fusion (30:55); and a call to action (34:25).
Jun 19, 2018
Women in Apologetics with Melissa Cain-Travis
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Females are breaking barriers in the field of apologetics today like never before, which is why Hank has dubbed today’s guest Melissa Cain Travis and her female colleagues at Houston Baptist University as the five female superheroes of the neo-apologetics movement, a movement more concerned with winning the person rather than winning the argument. In her new book, Science and the Mind of the Maker, Melissa Cain Travis examines what the conversation between faith and science reveals about God, including what she calls "The Maker Thesis," which explains the origin, rationality, and intricacy of nature and the human mind's capacity to comprehend it. Are we in the golden age of apologetics? Listen to find out!

Topics discussed include: Hank lauds Melissa Cain Travis and her female colleagues (Nancy Pearcey, Holly Ordway, Mary Jo Sharp, and Kristen Davis) as the five female superheroes of the neo-apologetics movement and some of the most influential ambassadors in the church today (3:00); why mothers should teach their children in apologetics (5:00); is value or significance determined by size? (7:40); addressing the Einstein quote “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible” (10:50); the importance of critically and earnestly examining our paradigms rather than limiting the size of our intellectual toolbox (13:30); the majestic three-part harmony between mathematics, the human mind, and the material world (18:15); the implicit racism of the Darwinian paradigm and the importance of having universal standards to determine intrinsic value and equality (19:45); the idea behind the “Maker Thesis” (27:00); Athanasius Contra Mundum, the great church fathers, and finding God’s fingerprints in the Bible as well as the book of nature (30:50); the relation between Cicero, Scrabble, and ideas of order (35:20); dispelling the myth that a greater understanding of nature diminishes theistic explanations for existence (37:45); reclaiming critical thinking, the virtue of inquisitiveness, and how to process information in an age of information overload (38:45); the irony behind the Stephen Hawking claim that philosophy is dead (44:00); why mothers need to have a basic understanding of apologetics in order to inoculate their children with an understanding of their faith (47:25); how to prioritize and find time to build your knowledge base and learn apologetics (51:10); the barriers that female apologists are breaking today (55:20); the false dichotomy of having to decide between having a career or having children (1:00:00); Are we in the golden age of apologetics? (1:02:05); neo-apologetics is a brand of apologetics that is more concerned with winning the person rather than winning the argument (1:04:45); how Melissa made Science and the Mind of the Maker different from other books on the topic of science and faith (1:08:00); the value of popular apologetics (1:13:20); the issue of the age of the Earth and why it’s important, yet not important enough for Christians to divide over (1:14:45); the importance of Melissa’s Young Defender Series, teaching children arguments for the existence of God (1:20:05).
Jun 12, 2018
Why is Stewardship a Dirty Word? with Larry Johnston
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Why have so many Christians become tippers instead of tithers? In many Christian circles today, stewardship seems to be a dirty word. This is scandalous. Christians desperately need to shift their perspectives on stewardship and begin to unabashedly and joyously give of their time, talents, and treasure as a form of discipleship. On this edition of Hank Unplugged, Larry Johnston joins Hank to discuss the impact listeners like you can make by supporting the many outreaches of the Christian Research Institute impacting the body of Christ 24/7 around the world.

Topics discussed include: how the Christian Research Institute is making a difference in our post-truth culture (3:00); examining one of the core values of CRI, “In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity,” and the dangers of tribalism within Christianity that divides us and dilutes the gospel (5:00); Gandhi as an example of how one person can make a huge difference (14:00); Hank asks listeners to financially support the many outreaches of CRI that are making a difference in the battle for life and truth (17:15); the rising assaults on the Christian faith and freedom (21:15); what a CRI legacy partner is and how to become one (23:20); the need for Christians to shift our paradigms on the stewardship of our time, talent, and treasure as a form of discipleship (26:40); recounting testimonies of the importance of the outreaches of CRI from significant apologists such as Abdu Murray and Lee Strobel (32:35); showing the symbiotic relationship between CRI and our audience through the proverb “You can always count the seeds in an apple, but you can never count the apples in a seed” (34:50); the benefits of becoming a CRI support team member and why they are the backbone of the ministry (36:40); understanding the importance of giving and the need for Christians to shift their paradigms when it comes to the stewardship of their resources (44:15); the prayer of David and joyous giving (48:40); the impact of CRI outreaches around the world (50:50); will Christianity disappear in the West? (54:35); one of the critical roles of CRI is providing a lighthouse of truth for people facing a rapidly changing reality (57:05); the need for properly modeled Christianity in action (1:01:25); the mentorship role of CRI (1:04:30); the Judeo-Christian ethic of philanthropy throughout history (1:08:10); the need for “apologetics arms dealers” such as CRI in the battle for life and truth today (1:12:00); the major impact that encouraging testimonies have on Hank and the rest of the CRI staff (1:14:10); fatal consequences of tribalism in Christianity and the need for Christians to unite around the essentials of the historic Christian faith (1:16:10); the need for epistemic humility and the importance of being a lifelong learner in our post-truth culture (1:19:05); the Wesleyan Quadrilateral and the autobiographical book Hank is writing entitled Truth Matters, Life Matters More (1:23:05).
Jun 06, 2018
How Orthodox Theology Works with Frederica Mathewes-Green
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To celebrate the fiftieth episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank is re-joined by his first guest, close friend and best-selling author Frederica Mathewes-Green. This wide-ranging conversation explores many of the most common misconceptions of Eastern Orthodox theology, how Orthodox theology actually works, and the true purpose of theology itself — experiencing God.

Topics discussed include: why Frederica calls abortion the most important justice issue of our time (2:40); comparing the shifting arguments of pro-choice advocates surrounding the concept of personhood to the perception of personhood found in the Three-Fifths Compromise and slavery (5:05); sex-selective abortion (7:45); how Orthodox theology works — how the concept of theology in the Christian East differs from that of the Christian West (11:00); the Atonement — Christus Victor (16:50); how the fall of Rome affected the separation between the Christian East and the Christian West (18:00); the role of tradition in biblical interpretation (22:35); finding comfort in submitting oneself to the continuation of the teachings and traditions of the historic Christian faith (26:15); truth is necessary, but it’s hardly sufficient when it comes to the authentic Christian life, because truly knowing God is more important than knowing about God (35:30); are we allowed to call anyone father? Apophatic theology and the fragile, futility of words (38:45); addressing the fragmentation and tribalism of the church and embracing the concept of mere Christianity while not compromising on the essentials of the historic Christian faith (41:15); addressing the theological unity amidst the ethnic distinctions within Orthodoxy (46:55); separation of church and state (49:40); the transformative power of The Jesus Prayer (53:00); discussing negative attitudes toward Mary and how Jesus would want us to feel about His mother (1:00:40); explaining the practice of venerating icons (1:07:00); exploring the biblical roots of liturgical practices of worship (1:10:50); why viewing the congregation as customers and marketing the consumeristic corruption of church is a tragedy (1:14:00); Nous and the false dichotomy between reason and emotion in theology (1:16:30); the danger in reducing theology to intellectual combat as opposed to a way to encounter and experience God (1:20:00); Romans 6:23 and contesting the common protestation that Orthodoxy is a crass system of works righteousness (1:23:00); and closing remarks (1:30:00).
May 30, 2018
Memorizing the Bible with O. S. Hawkins
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Bestselling author O. S. Hawkins joins Hank to discuss their shared passion for memorizing scripture and why they believe it is critical for Christians to commit the Bible to memory, knowing that God speaks to us through His word and by His spirit.

Topics discussed include: Hank recalls the impact that O. S. Hawkins had on his faith as a young Christian convert (3:00); the background of GuideStone: Financial Services guided by Christian Values (5:15); why Mission Dignity receives Hawk