The Alisa Childers Podcast

By Alisa Childers

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 Jan 28, 2020


I like to talk about the big questions of faith, Progressive Christianity, and skeptical claims against the reliability of the Bible and the truthfulness of Christianity.

Episode Date
#80 What's With all the Deconstruction Stories? With Sean McDowell
It seems like every time we turn around there is another high-profile Christian who announces they've lost their faith. Why does this seem to be happening now? Sean McDowell joins me to talk about his conversations with deconstructed Christians, the nature and pressure of being a public Christian, and what role that might play in all the deconstruction stories we are seeing.
Sep 20, 2020
#79 William Lane Craig Reacts to the Progressive Christian View of the Atonement
William Lane Craig joins me to respond to progressive Christians like Brian Zhand, Richard Rohr, William Paul Young, Steve Chalke, and Rob Bell about the atonement.
Sep 07, 2020
#78 Clay Jones Says We're Going to Die. How Should We Respond?
Clay Jones joins me to tackle the topic many Christians are afraid to face: death. We talk about his new book, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives us and What we can do About it. If we have the hope of eternal life, why are so many Christians afraid of death?
Aug 30, 2020
#77 Jen Hatmaker: Fierce and Free or Full of the Feels? With Hillary Ferrer and Teasi Cannon
Hillary Ferrer and Teasi Canon join me on today's video to discuss Jen Hatmaker's latest book, Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire. We analyze the worldview of the book and how it interacts with biblical Christianity. We also discuss the recent podcast episode Hatmaker recorded with her daughter about LGBT inclusion.
Aug 16, 2020
#76 Glennon Doyle and the Idol of Self
#76 Glennon Doyle and the Idol of Self by Alisa Childers
Aug 02, 2020
#75 How to Talk to Progressive Christians (Part 2) With Greg Koukl
Here's part 2 of my discussion with Greg Koukl, who joins me to discuss some practical ways we can navigate emotionally charged conversations, especially when those discussions involve our progressive Christian friends.
Jul 19, 2020
#74 Navigating Conversations With Progressive Christians (Part 1), with Greg Koukl
#74 Navigating Conversations With Progressive Christians (Part 1), with Greg Koukl by Alisa Childers
Jul 05, 2020
#73 A Progressive Christian's Reconstruction, With Ian Harber
We've got another deconstruction/reconstruction story for you! On this episode, Ian Harber tells us his story of growing up in the Evangelical church only to deconstruct into progressive Christianity. After years of following progressive authors and podcasts like The Liturgists, Ian found progressive Christianity to be more shallow than the Evangelical faith he walked away from, eventually reconstructing to a vibrant historic Christian faith.
Jun 24, 2020
#72 Race, Injustice, and The Gospel of Critical Theory, With Monique Duson
Monique Duson, founder of the Center for Biblical Unity joins me on todays podcast to discuss racism, biblical justice, and some of the words and phrases we're seeing in our social media newsfeeds like "white fragility," "whiteness," and "social justice."
Jun 10, 2020
#71 A Gay Man's Story Of Redemption, With Becket Cook
I am so happy to bring you this conversation with Becket Cook, which puts the beauty of the gospel on full display. Listen as I talk with Becket about his life as a sought-after set designer in Hollywood to his encounter with a group of Christians at a coffee shop in Los Angeles, to the moment the Holy Spirit revealed the truth of the gospel to him. I hope you will be as encouraged as I was to hear his story.
Jun 06, 2020
#70 Learning to Read, Understand, and Love the Bible, With Tara-Leigh Cobble
I am SO thrilled to bring you this conversation with Tara-Leigh Cobble of the Bible Recap Podcast. Have you ever read a section from the Old Testament and wondered, "WHAT did I just read?" Don't worry...Tara-Leigh is here to help. We talk about everything from how to read the Bible, to how knowing the Scriptures helped Tara-Leigh through her sister's death and two open-heart surgeries. Enjoy this rich conversation about the treasure we have in God's Word.
May 24, 2020
#69 Answering the Reformation Project on Same-Sex Relationships, With Alan Shlemon
This week, we continue our discussion about Christianity and same-sex relationships with Alan Shlemon. We specifically discuss the Reformation Project, an organization that exists to reform the church's teachings on sexual orientation and gender. Alan walks us through their ten talking points, and provides biblical answers to their interpretations and claims.
May 10, 2020
#68 Homosexuality: Should Christians Agree to Disagree? With Alan Shlemon
Alan Shlemon from Stand to Reason joins me on today's podcast to discuss whether or not it's biblical for Christians to "agree to disagree" about issues relating to LGBTQ. We also discuss the Reformation Project, an organization which exists to change the minds of Christians on this issue. We talk about a couple of their talking points, including whether or not modern English translations have translated relevant Bible verses correctly. Specifically, we talk about the Greek words Paul used to identify homosexuality, and address the claim that the English word "homosexuality" didn't even exist until modern times.
Apr 28, 2020
#67 Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? With Sam Allberry
Sam Allberry joins me on today's podcast to discuss his new book, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? Sam walks us through some biblical insights on sexuality, and shares his own journey of living faithfully to Christ despite experiencing same-sex attraction.
Apr 14, 2020
#66 Talking WIth Your Kids About Progressive Christianity, with Natasha Crain
Natasha Crain joins me on today's podcast to talk about the specific challenges Christian parents face in equipping our kids to navigate the claims of progressive Christianity.
Mar 31, 2020
#65 Philosophy: a Pagan System or the Handmaid of Theology? With Richard Howe
Richard Howe joins me on today's podcast to discuss the role of philosophy in the Christian life. Is Philosophy a pagan system or is it actually an integral part of doing good theology? What did the Apostle Paul mean when he wrote, "Let no one take you captive by philosophy..." (Colossians 2:8). Did early Christians borrow from pagan philosophies in their understanding of God? Links: Paul Copan debates Greg Boyd: Paul Copan reviews Greg Boyd's "The Crucifixion of the Warrior God":
Mar 19, 2020
#64 Rhett and Link: What to Make of All These Deconstruction Stories, with Matthew Mittelberg
​What should Christians make of all the deconstruction stories we find our social media newsfeeds? I invited apologist Matthew Mittelberg on the show to talk with me about the recent deconversion stories of Rhett and Link of the Good Mythical Morning YouTube channel. Matthew grew up in an environment of apologetics and evangelism, and also grew up as a fan of Rhett and Link before their deconversions. He brought some meaningful insights to the conversation, and helps us understand why these particular deconversion stories have proven to be so powerful and persuasive.
Mar 06, 2020
#63 To the Brink of Atheism: A Reconstruction Story, with Travis Lowe
​There is no shortage of deconstruction stories on the internet. Podcasts, videos, and blog posts deliver stories of lifelong Christians who begin to question and doubt everything they were taught about the faith they grew up with. From the Gungors to Joshua Harris to the most recent, and possibly most impactful deconversion stories, Rhett and Link of the Mythical Morning Podcast—these stories continue to impact Christianity, shaking the faith of many. Today, I talk with Travis Lowe, a pastor from Florida who went through the long and painful process of deconstruction. However, his story has ended a bit differently from ones we often hear. Listen to Travis' journey of hope as we walk with him from childhood through deconstruction, and into the reconstruction of a vibrant faith. Links: Travis' podcast: The Stone Table Podcast: Books that helped Travis' reconstruction: The Resurrection of the Son of God, by N.T. Wright The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus, by Fleming Rutledge
Feb 27, 2020
#62 Should Christians Call God a She? With Clark Bates
Lately I've noticed a trend of Christians referring to God as a "she," or with female pronouns. Is this a biblical way to think about God? What about feminine metaphors for God in Scripture? Is there a tradition in church history we can trace this to? What about the personification of wisdom (Sophia) in the Bible and non-canonical literature? On today's podcast, Clark Bates and I discuss these questions and more, ultimately asking, should Christians call God a she?
Feb 13, 2020
#61 The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity: With Dr. Michael Kruger
I'm so thrilled to welcome Dr. Michael Kruger to the podcast to talk about his new book, "The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity." His work played a huge role in answering many of the doubts I had when I was in a crisis of faith. On today's episode, we discuss the tenets that seem to unite progressives, and how Christians can respond. Links mentioned in the episode: Dr. Krugers website: Jen Hatmaker and the Power of Deconversion Stories: Books: The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity: The Question of Canon: Christianity at the Crossroads:
Feb 04, 2020
#60 Is MOPS Shifting Toward Progressive Christianity? With Krista Bontrager
After receiving several emails from concerned people, I began to wonder if the worldwide ministry MOPS was beginning to adopt progressive Christian theology. Thankfully, my friend and fellow apologist Krista Bontrager played the role of investigative reporter to find out what MOPS is teaching, and what's behind their recent shift in branding and theology. On today's podcast, she shares what she discovered as we tackle the question, is MOPS shifting toward progressive Christian theology?
Jan 17, 2020
#59 Is God Different in the Old Testament? With Jean E. Jones
Welcome back to the first episode of the New Year! I'm so excited to bring you lots of great episodes with many smart and interesting guests in 2020. The first of which is Bible teacher and apologist Jean E. Jones who joins me on today's podcast to talk about why God might seem different in the Old Testament. As many of us are beginning our Bible reading plans for the year, Jean E. gives us some great advice and talks about specific verses that leave many people scratching their heads and thinking, "God is mean!" Resources mentioned: Jean E.'s New Bible Study, Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament: NIV Study Bible: Rachel Held Evans' Blog post about Abraham: Jean E.'s Blog series responding to Rachel Held Evans: My review of Rachel Held Evans' book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again:
Jan 07, 2020
#58 A Former Atheist and the Bad Reputation Some Christians Give a Good God: With MaryJo Sharp
MaryJo Sharp stops by the podcast today to talk about her conversion to Christianity from atheism, and some of the obstacles she encountered in the church. She also tells us about her new book, Why I Still Believe which comes out this week.
Nov 06, 2019
#57 Deconstruction and Reconstruction: Walking Through Doubt — with Dominic Done
On today's podcast, I talk with Dominic Done about his process of doubt and deconstruction. We talk about when he first encountered doubt, what caused it, and where he landed when it comes to faith and Christianity.
Sep 27, 2019
#56 Was Jesus Racist? (Part 2) With Amy Hall
On today's podcast, I continue my discussion with Amy Hall about a recent article by Sarah Bessey outlining her journey on becoming affirming of same-sex marriage and relationships.
Sep 13, 2019
#55 Was Jesus Racist? Sarah Bessey's Story of Becoming Affirming— With Amy Hall (Part 1)
On today's podcast, Amy Hall and I discuss a recent article penned by progressive author Sarah Bessey in which she tells her story of becoming affirming of same-sex marriage. We take a critical look at Bessey's methodology and focus in particular on her interpretation of Matthew 15, in which she claims Jesus demonstrated a racist attitude toward a Syrophoenician woman.
Aug 30, 2019
#54 The Atonement: Cosmic Child Abuse? With Mike Winger (Part 2)
On today's podcast, I continue my discussion about the atonement with Mike Winger and his analysis of Brian Zahnd's "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God." We talk about the biblical points Zahnd uses to make his case that the classic understanding of the atonement is something more like Divine child abuse.
Aug 01, 2019
#53 The Atonement: Cosmic Child Abuse? With Mike Winger (Part 1)
Today's podcast centers around a book by Brian Zhand called, "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God," in which Zhand suggests that substitutionary atonement makes God into a divine child abuser. Mike Winger joins me to talk about the book, different atonement theories, and why substitutionary atonement is not only biblical, but beautiful.
Jul 18, 2019
#52 The Theology of Jen Hatmaker, With Anne Kennedy
I'm happy to welcome Anne Kennedy back to the podcast to discuss her impressions of the beliefs, worldview, and theology of Jen Hatmaker. After reading her books and listening to a year's worth of podcasts, Anne helps us understand what Hatmaker is communicating about the cross, the gospel, and the Bible.
Jul 04, 2019
#51 Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies, With Hillary Ferrer
In today's episode, I talk with Hillary Ferrer of Mama Bear Apologetics about her new book, "Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies." As a contributor to the book, we discuss what the writing process was like, and talk about how we can teach our kids to discern the lies culture is telling them.
Jun 21, 2019
#50 Rachel Held Evans and the Evangelical Crisis: With Anne Kennedy
On today's podcast, I talk with Anne Kennedy about the theology of Rachel Held Evans, her impact on the church, and what Anne describes and an "Evangelical Crisis" the church is facing.
Jun 06, 2019
#49 How to Equip Gen Z With a Biblical Worldview, With J. Warner Wallace
GenZ is the youngest and largest generation in America (born between 2000-2015). They are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to truth and spirituality. J. Warner Wallace stops by the podcast today to talk about his new book, "So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World," which is co-written with Sean McDowell.
May 01, 2019
#48 Richard Rohr, Jen Hatmaker, and the Millennial Obsession With Mysticism
Richard Rohr is a Franciscan Friar who is captivating a generation of spiritual seekers and progressive Christians. Recently, Jen Hatmaker had him as a guest on her podcast, and in today's episode, Marcia Montenegro and I analyze their discussion.
Apr 26, 2019
#47 Panentheism Part 2: With Marcia Montenegro
On today's podcast, Marcia Montenegro and I continue our discussion on the growing trend of Christians embracing a view of God called panentheism. We talk about where these ideas are popping up, and how to spot the language.
Apr 18, 2019
#46 Is Panentheism a Biblical View of the Nature of God? With Marcia Montenegro
Marcia Montenegro joins me on today's podcast to talk about pantheism and its close relative, panentheism. We talk about the various expressions of panentheism found in New Age and Progressive Christianity, and discuss whether or not these ideas are biblical. Marcia also gives us her thoughts about panentheist Richard Rohr's new book, which she read and reviewed on her blog. We also talk about Star Wars, Avatar, and whether or not Easter is a pagan holiday.
Apr 12, 2019
#45 Beautiful Eternal Truths: Counteracting Bad Ideas in Popular Media
Here's the second of two talks I gave at the "Pretty Little Lies" Women's Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska. Here's a link to the sanctification gif I showed to the audience: I want to thank and credit Brett Kunkle for the ice cream/insulin analogy.
Apr 03, 2019
#44 Pretty Little Lies: Spotting Bad Ideas in Women's Books, Blogs, and Other Media
Today's podcast is an audio recording of a talk I gave at a women's conference in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Apr 03, 2019
#43 A Deeper Look at Progressive Christian Theology With R. Scott Smith
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing the author of a new book called, "Authentically Emergent: In Search of a Truly Progressive Christianity," Dr. R. Scott Smith. For several years, Scott has been studying the theology of progressive leaders as well as interacting with them personally. In this episode, we zero in on the progressive view of the body and soul, the gospel, and discuss Scott's agreements and disagreements with these ideas.
Mar 22, 2019
#42 An Apologetic for Apologetics With Tim Barnett
I loved getting to talk with Tim Barnett of Stand to Reason about why Christians should learn apologetics. If you or someone you know thinks they don't need apologetics, give this a listen!
Mar 05, 2019
#41 Critical Theory and Intersectionality: What Every Christian Needs to Know —With Neil Shenvi
Even if you haven't heard the terms "critical theory" or "intersectionality," you have most likely encountered these concepts in your every day life. These are philosophical ideas that permeate our culture. . .and they contradict Christianity. Our guest, Neil Shenvi will tell you everything you need to know about them.
Feb 19, 2019
#40 Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: With Christopher Yuan
This week, Dr. Christopher Yuan, co-author of Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope, shares his story of redemption, and talks with us about his new book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God's Grand Story. Christopher brings some much needed clarity to the current conversation on marriage, singleness, homosexuality, and sexual identity.
Jan 15, 2019
#39 My Response to Pete Enns
Recently, biblical scholar Pete Enns recorded a podcast episode in which he disagreed with my latest Gospel Coalition article, 3 Beliefs Progressive Christians and Atheists Share. I decided it was important enough to interact with, so I'm coming off my break to offer a response. I hope it's helpful.
Dec 14, 2018
#38 Is the Book of Acts Historically Reliable? With Dr. Craig Keener
On today's podcast, I talk with New Testament scholar Craig Keener about how he came to faith in Christ, and what led him into the world of scholarship. We talk about skeptical claims brought against the reliability of the book of Acts, and whether or not we can trust a Josephus quote apologists like to use to make the case for the historical Jesus.
Nov 15, 2018
#37 The Prosperity Gospel and Mystical Miracle Movement: With Costi Hinn
On today's podcast, I talk with Costi Hinn, the nephew of televangelist Benny Hinn. Costi shares his story of leaving the mystical/miracle movement and rejecting the prosperity gospel he grew up with. We also cover the topics of healing, and being "slain in the spirit."
Nov 05, 2018
#36 The Wild Goose Fest, Abortion, and Progressive Christianity: With Chelsen Vicari
On today's podcast I talk with the Evangelical Program Director for the Institute on Religion and Democracy, Chelsen Vicari. She recently visited the popular progressive Christian event, The Wild Goose Fest. After sharing her own story, she tells us all about what she experienced, and gives an update on the evolving views of progressives on the issue of abortion.
Oct 21, 2018
#35 The New Testament: How Do We Know We Have an Accurate Copy? With Dr. Peter Gurry
How do we know we have an accurate copy of the New Testament? Why don't we have any original manuscripts? What about all the differences between the manuscripts we do have? How can we be sure that what we're reading is what they originally wrote? I was thrilled to get to talk with Dr. Peter Gurry of Phoenix Seminary about these questions. Peter helps us with the best way to communicate these answers, and even shares some common mistakes apologists make.
Oct 15, 2018
#34 How Should We Talk to Our Kids About Hell? With Rebekah Valerius
As Christian parents, it can be daunting to talk to our kids about difficult subjects like hell and judgment. Recently, Rebekah Valerius of Mama Bear Apologetics wrote an article for the Christian Research Journal discussing the claim of atheist Richard Dawkins. Dawkins says that talking to kids about hell is child abuse. Today, Rebekah helps us understand how to broach this difficult topic with our kids. Subscribe to CRJ to read Rebekah's article:
Oct 01, 2018
#33 Misunderstood Bible Verses With Clark Bates: Proverbs and Promises
How should we understand the book of Proverbs? Are the proverbs promises of God for all people of all times? What are some commonly misunderstood proverbs? Clark and I discuss these questions on today's podcast.
Sep 18, 2018
#32 New Age Beliefs: How They Impact the Church and Culture, With Marcia Montenegro
​Last week, Marcia Montenegro shared her story of leaving the New Age community to become a follower of Jesus and Christian apologist. This week, we continue our conversation as Marcia shares what beliefs and practices are prevalent in the New Age, and how they have influenced culture and the church.
Sep 10, 2018
#31 Astrologer to Apologist: A Journey Out of New Age & Into Christianity—With Marcia Montenegro
In the first of a two-part series, I talk with Marcia Montenegro about her life as a professional Astrologer, and respected voice in the New Age Community. She walks us through now she came to put her faith in Christ and go into full time ministry. Here's a link to Marcia's review of Mickey and the Roadster Racers:
Sep 02, 2018
#30 Apologetics 101: Start Here (Intro and Misconceptions)
One of the most common questions I receive is, "If I want to study apologetics, where do I start?" Welcome to Apologetics 101 where we will take several (non-consecutive) weeks to walk through the basics. We'll talk about everything from the nature of truth to the existence of God to the truthfulness of Christianity. In today's episode, we talk about what apologetics is, why we should do it, and some common misconceptions and objections to doing apologetics.
Aug 20, 2018
#29 Does The Old Testament Condone Rape and Genocide? With Paul Copan
There are some really difficult verses in the Bible...especially in the Old Testament. Why do some people think the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament? Does the Old Testament condone things like rape, genocide, and the oppression of women? Today, Dr. Paul Copan was kind enough to sit in the hot seat and field questions about specific Bible verses that seem to support these things.
Aug 13, 2018
#28 Misunderstood Bible Verses With Clark Bates (Part 2)
​This week we continue our series focusing on specific Bible verses that are commonly misunderstood. Is your favorite verse on our list? Mine is! In this episode, I confess to misunderstanding two popular Bible verses for most of my life. Tune in to find out which ones they are....
Aug 06, 2018
#27 New Series! Misunderstood Bible Verses With Clark Bates (Part 1)
Throughout history the Bible has sometimes been abused, misused, and misunderstood. In a previous episode, I talked with Clark Bates about the 5 most misunderstood Bible Verses and we've decided to turn it into a series. We will kick off this new series with 2 episodes back to back, and follow up with periodic episodes on an ongoing basis. In part 1 of this new series, we talk about how to interpret the Bible (hermeneutics), some important things to remember while reading the Old Testament, and how to know which Old Testament commands apply to New Testament believers. Clark also shares some interesting apologetic insight he gained on a recent pilgrimage to Spain. ​ ​
Jul 30, 2018
#26 God is Simple? A Conversation About Classical Theism With Dr. Brian Huffling
What do we mean when we say that God is simple? Why do we say God is immutable, impassible, and timeless? Dr. Brian Huffling joins me on today's podcast to discuss Classical Theism, and why he believes it's so important for Christians to understand. ​
Jul 20, 2018
#25 What the Faith & Science Conversation Reveals About God: With Melissa Cain Travis
​On today's podcast we continue our discussion of cosmic origins. Why do we exist? Why does anything exist at all? Did it all happened by natural, random processes? Todays guest, Melissa Cain Travis, says no. She says cosmology, astronomy, biochemistry, and other disciplines strongly support what she calls "The Maker Thesis," which explains the origin, rationality, and intricacy of nature and the human mind's capacity to comprehend it.
Jul 09, 2018
#24 How Should Christians Think About the Age of the Earth?
With the new movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in theaters, and a recent worship song referencing evolution, Christians are thinking about all issues pertaining to Evolution, Creation, and the age of the earth. How should we, as Christians, think about these topics? Are science and the Bible at odds when it comes to origins? I weigh in on how we can think intelligently and biblically on these hot button issues on today's podcast.
Jun 29, 2018
#23 Trusting God in Great Suffering: With Dr. Medine Keener
How could a good God allow so much evil and suffering in the world? This is a question that has plagued the minds of many people....even many Christians as they seek to reconcile God's goodness with what they see happening in the world around them. As a war refugee in her home country of Congo, Dr. Medine Keener spent 18 months experiencing the misery of hunger, thirst, and disease—under the constant threat of violence and death. Even in these realities, Medine testifies of the great goodness and love of God, and the unlikely story of meeting and marrying her husband, world renown New Testament scholar, Dr. Craig Keener.
Jun 11, 2018
#22 Do Atheists Steal From God to Make Their Case? With Frank Turek
What is it like to visit college campuses and field questions from an audience who is hostile to your Christianity? What are the toughest questions asked on university campuses? How do atheists steal from God to make their case against Him? We talk about all this and more with today's guest, Frank Turek.
Jun 01, 2018
#21 The Fine-Tuning of the Universe: Evidence for God? With Allen Hainline
Is there positive scientific evidence for the existence of God? Today, we focus on the fine-tuning of the universe with special guest, Allen Hainline.
May 25, 2018
#20 Evidence That Demands a Verdict: With Sean McDowell
On today's podcast, I talk with Sean McDowell about experiencing a time of doubt as a young adult. We also talk about the brand new fully updated Evidence that Demands a Verdict, and his PhD work on the fate of the apostles.
Apr 26, 2018
#19 The NAR: Movement or Myth? With Dr. Doug Geivett, Holly Pivec, and Dr. Michael Brown
What is the New Apostolic Reformation? Is it a growing movement that is influencing and impacting the body of Christ or simply a myth? Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Doug Geivett, and Holly Pivec discuss and debate the relevant issues on today's podcast. Internet sources used in the discussion: Danny Silk "The Blessing in our Fathers": Kris Vallotton: "Becoming an Apostolic People." Brian Simmons on receiving "downloads" and a new chapter of the Bible, John 22: Holly's article on Simmons revealing a new chapter of the Bible: Books referenced by Holly: Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Moves of God: God's End-Time Plans for His Church and Planet Earth, by Bill Haman When Heaven Invades Earth, By Bill Johnson ​
Apr 19, 2018
#18 What Are The 5 Most Misunderstood Bible Verses? With Clark Bates
Have you ever been discussing a Bible passage with another Christian only to be told, "Well that's just YOUR interpretation"? I talk with Clark Bates on today's podcast about how to do good biblical interpretation. We also discuss the 5 most misinterpreted verses in the Bible.
Apr 06, 2018
#17 What About the "Lost" Gospels? With J. Warner Wallace
Did you know that the New Testament Gospels weren't the only ancient texts written about the life of Jesus? How do we know that our biblical Gospels tell the truth about what Jesus did and said? Is the only reason we can't find these other Gospels in our Bibles because they were lost or suppressed? Is there anything we can learn from these extra-biblical accounts? I tackle these questions and more with my guest J. Warner Wallace on today's podcast. *Correction: in the podcast I stated that there are close to 6000 manuscripts for the gospels but that is actually the number for the New Testament as a whole. Sorry for any confusion.
Mar 16, 2018
#16 The New Apostolic Reformation: What It Is And Why We Should Care—With Holly Pivec
There is a movement within Christendom called the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Some Christians believe it's a true work of God, others are skeptical...others claim it doesn't exist at all! My guest, Holly Pivec has written two books on the NAR, and talks with me about her concerns regarding the teachings and practices of this growing movement.
Feb 15, 2018
#15 Almost the Real Thing: How Progressive Christianity Has Hijacked the Gospel
Last weekend I had the honor of speaking at the first annual Women in Apologetics Conference at Biola University. In today's podcast you can listen in on my talk, "Almost the Real Thing: How Progressive Christianity is Hijacking the Gospel." (The first few seconds of the talk didn't get recorded.)
Jan 25, 2018
#14 Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World With Brett Kunkle
Our culture is changing at a rapid rate. How can Christians navigate these waters and help our young people to influence culture rather than be changed by it? Brett Kunkle is on today's podcast to talk about his new ministry, Maven, and his book A Practical Guide to Culture, which deals with topics like addiction, consumerism, pornography, gender identity, and entertainment.
Jan 12, 2018
#13 What is Molinism? With Tim Stratton (Part 2)
In the second episode of a two-part series, former Calvinist Tim Stratton helps us understand Molinism, which seeks to resolve the apparent tension between the theological ideas of predestination and human free-will. In this week's podcast, we learn more about Tim's journey out of Calvinism, the three different views of God's knowledge, and a bit more about the history behind Calvinism, Arminianism, and Molinism.
Nov 13, 2017
#12 What is Molinism? WIth Tim Stratton (Part 1)
The Bible seems to indicate that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and completely sovereign—and that he predestines all things, including the fate of each individual soul. The Bible also seems to indicate that humans have free-will to accept or reject God's gift of grace. What do we make of this apparent contradiction? Tim Stratton believes he has found a solution in a view called "Molinism," which is based on the work of a 16th century theologian named Luis De Molina. In the first episode of a two-part series, Tim shares his story and helps us understand this view.
Nov 05, 2017
#11 How to Answer Your Kid's Toughest Questions About God: With Natasha Crain
The world our kids are growing up in is quite a bit different than the one we grew up in. Skepticism is on the rise, and our culture is becoming increasingly more hostile toward traditional Christian beliefs. With so much information at their fingertips, Christian kids are encountering objections to the Christian worldview at very young ages. How do we talk to our kids about the challenges they are facing at school and on the internet? How can we resist the urge to offer them superficial answers like "Just have faith," and engage them intellectually? National author, blogger, and speaker Natasha Crain gives some incredible advice for Christian parents on today's podcast.
Oct 29, 2017
#10 From Atheism to Christianity: A Homicide Detective's Journey—With J. Warner Wallace
Ever since I read Cold Case Christianity, by J. Warner Wallace, I've been fascinated by his story. As a committed atheist and Los Angeles cold case homicide detective, Jim realized he had never examined the evidence for Christianity with the same techniques he used to solve his cold cases. So he set out to solve the most important cold case in history—the truth of the claims made by the disciples of Jesus of Nazareth. Do the gospel accounts of Jesus' life qualify as actual eye-witness testimony? Jim tells us all about it on today's podcast. ​
Oct 16, 2017
#9 Sex and Abortion in the Roman Empire: How Did Early Christians Respond?
As a Christian, do you find yourself at odds with your culture when it comes to issues of biblical sexuality and abortion? Are you feeling pressured to compromise your beliefs because your culture thinks they are outdated—or even bigoted and hateful? Christianity was birthed in the first-century Roman Empire, and the earliest Christians dealt with some of the same social issues we deal with now. On today's podcast, I talk about how they interacted with their culture on these sensitive topics.
Oct 02, 2017
#8 Discovering Hope in the Psalms With Jean E. Jones
Lately I've been working my way through an incredible women's Bible study guide of the Psalms called, "Discovering Hope in the Psalms." This is a fascinating, deep, and rich study which focuses on Hebrew poetry, ancient Jewish culture, and creative activities that connect the mind with the heart. On today's podcast, I talk with one of the authors, Jean E. Jones about the Psalms, and why they are so important for us today.
Sep 24, 2017
#7 How to Send Your Kids to College With a Lasting Faith(Hint..Start Now!)w/Jonathan Morrow
It's well known that somewhere around 70% of kids leave the church after High School. Why is this? How can Christian parents prepare their kids to stay strong when they encounter people with different beliefs and worldviews? How can they send their kids to college with a lasting faith? Impact360 Director Jonathan Morrow helps us with some great information and resources on today's podcast.
Sep 14, 2017
#6 Why Does God Allow Evil? With Clay Jones
​In a world with so much pain and suffering, it can be difficult to imagine that a good God could exist. And if He does....why does He allow so much evil in our world? This is an issue that not only keeps some people from believing in God, but it's an issue many Christians wrestle with as well. On today's podcast, Author and Biola University Professor Clay Jones tells us about his new book, Why Does God Allow Evil, and helps us wrestle with this difficult question.
Sep 11, 2017
#5 5 Popular Misconceptions About Traditional Christians
As a Christian, have you ever shared something from a heart of love, only to be mischaracterized and misunderstood based on a misconception about what Christians actually believe? I see it in the comments section of my blog all the time. In today's podcast, I discuss the Nashville Statement and some very popular misconceptions about "Traditional Christians." Why do I use the term "Traditional Christian"? Well, because often these misconceptions are perpetuated by more liberal and progressive Christians, as well as atheists. Footnotes:
Sep 01, 2017
#4 Feminism and Christianity: With Dianna Williams
In this podcast episode, Alisa interviews Dianna Williams, who specializes in feminism, feminist theology, and the feminist critique of the Bible. They discuss how feminism interacts with Christian beliefs, and consider the claim that the Bible oppresses women. Links: Basics of Biblical Criticism: Helpful or Harmful? (Dianna is a co-contributor):…elpful+or+harmful Get in touch with Dianna or invite her to speak at your event:
Aug 27, 2017
#3 Logic Lesson: How to Deal With Mockers
Have you ever shared your point of view on social media, only to be answered with a snarky meme or sarcastic quip? How do we as followers of Christ deal with mockers? How did people in the Bible deal with them? How did Jesus? Alisa talks about these questions and more on today's podcast.
Aug 14, 2017
#2 Lord, Where's My Calling? With Teasi Cannon
Have you ever wondered what the meaning of life is? Why are we here? What is our purpose? As a Christian, have you ever asked, "Lord, where's my calling?" Alisa discusses these questions with author Teasi Cannon on today's podcast. Teasi's website: Buy Teasi's book: J. Warner Wallace's review:
Jul 21, 2017
#1 What is Progressive Christianity?
In this episode, I discuss what Progressive Christians believe, and how those beliefs interact with and intersect with Traditional Christianity.
Jun 09, 2017