Bible Answer Man Podcast with Hank Hanegraaff

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Welcome to the podcast of the Bible Answer Man broadcast with bestselling author and CRI President Hank Hanegraaff! On the Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers your questions with well-reasoned answers to equip you in the essentials of the historic Christian faith and strengthen your walk with the Lord. When it comes to the essentials of Christianity, there must be unity: "In essentials, unity; nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity."

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Q&A: Marian Apparitions, Marriage, and Marilyn Hickey
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/22/21), Hank answers the following questions:

I have some Roman Catholic friends who believe in Marian apparitions and want to take a pilgrimage to Fátima. What do you think of this?
How would you interpret the saints being raised and appearing to people in Matthew 27:52-53?
Since the Bible says not to look at a person’s appearance, but to look at their heart, should I date someone I am not physically attracted to?
Can you explain why a third of the angels fell with Satan?
What are your thoughts on Marilyn Hickey selling CDs that teach people to speak in tongues?
Jul 22, 2021
Q&A: Calvinism, The Biblical View Of Remarriage, and Mystery Religions
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/21/21), Hank answers the following questions:

I have been discussing Calvinism with a friend, and it seems that your rebuttals to it are against original sin. What is your response to this?
What is Lordship salvation, and is there anything wrong with it?
What is the biblical view of remarriage?
It has come to my attention that there were several religions before Christianity that have similarities to the Christian faith; what should I take from this?
What is your interpretation of Revelation 20:7-9?
Jul 21, 2021
Q&A: The Message Bible, Homosexuality, and the Two Witnesses in Revelation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/20/21), Hank answers the following questions:

What is your perspective on The Message Bible?
I hear you talk about essential and non-essential doctrines; are homosexuality and gay marriage essential?
Why did God say that no Moabite could enter the assembly of the Lord in Deuteronomy 23:3 if He knew David would be a descendant of Ruth?
Are Enoch and Elijah the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation chapter 11?
Jul 20, 2021
America’s Downward Spiral and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/19/21), Hank shares his thoughts on American’s downward spiral. The availability of birth control pills in the 1960s paved the way for the sexual revolution, which in turn led to the legalization of abortion. And with the acceptance of homosexuality in the culture, same-sex marriage has been legalized. As the downward spiral continues, the legalization of medical marijuana has led to the legalization of recreational marijuana despite the physical maladies caused by smoking pot. Just because marijuana has become legal, doesn’t mean we should buy into it uncritically.

Hank also answers the following questions:

What are your thoughts on believers praying to different members of the Trinity?
Has Paul’s letter to the Laodiceans been discovered? Are there any extra-biblical writings of the apostles that have been found?
Can you clarify your earlier statements about not all epistles being inspired?
How did your parents deal with your atheism?
Jul 19, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 9: The True Shepherd
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank continues to talk about how Jesus is the true shepherd. Most assuredly, in Matthew’s Gospel Jesus is contrasting himself as the Good Shepherd, with those who make merchandise out of the flock. The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were false shepherds, and false shepherds and prophets mimic these Pharisees in our generation. Jesus not only contrasts himself with the false shepherds of his day but points to an abundant harvest and a paucity of laborers. Thus, Jesus is in process of training or equipping his disciples to ingather the sheaves; to become fellow harvesters with Christ, co-consummators of the kingdom of which he himself is the cornerstone. In accord with the words of our Lord, we are to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV). If there are indeed more than two billion Christians alive today, imagine what just 400 million committed to discipleship could do. If each led one person into the fullness of Christ and His Church this year, the number of committed believers would double to 800 million. If this process continued, it would take less than five years to disciple all of the nearly eight billion people on the planet. That’s the power of making disciples in accord with the commission of our Lord.
Jul 17, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis with Stephen Meyer - Part 5
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/16/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast, and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. Hank and Dr. Meyer discuss how scientific materialists explain fine-tuning with the idea of a multiverse, why Meyer thinks that Stephen Hawking was a brilliant scientist but a weak philosopher, the rising popularity of Panspermia and UFO’s, why critics of Intelligent Design consistently—and incorrectly—critique it as a “God of the gaps” argument, and the problem with appeals to settled or consensus science.
Jul 16, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis with Stephen Meyer - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/15/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast, and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. Hank and Dr. Meyer discuss the myth that science and religion are in conflict, three metaphors used to describe nature, the intellectual shift away from a belief in God in philosophy and science, how a lack of Christian unity impacted the shift in prevalence to a materialist worldview, the problem with Hume’s argument against miracles, why the issue of origins is so important, and how scientific materialists explain fine-tuning with the idea of a multiverse.
Jul 15, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis with Stephen Meyer - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/14/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast, and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. Hank and Dr. Meyer discuss how the fine-tuning of the universe supports evidence for God, biological evidence for the existence of God, the history of the God hypothesis dating back to Isaac Newton and the Scientific Revolution, and debunking the myth that science and religion are in conflict.
Jul 14, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis with Stephen Meyer - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/13/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast, and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. Hank and Dr. Meyer discuss the inability of scientific materialism to explain origins, the ideas that have led people away from belief in God, the implications of the scientific discovery providing evidence that the universe had a beginning, the hidden theistic implications of Quantum cosmology, and the rise of the multiverse and how the fine-tuning of the universe supports evidence for God.
Jul 13, 2021
Return of the God Hypothesis with Stephen Meyer - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/12/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Dr. Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute in Seattle, and author of Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries That Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe. Hank and Dr. Meyer discuss the debate with Lawrence Krauss that inspired Meyer to write Return of the God Hypothesis, the implications of Darwinian evolution, scientific materialism, and a universe without God; and the inability of scientific materialism to explain origins.
Jul 12, 2021
Best of BAM: Apatheism with Kyle Beshears
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Pastor Kyle Beshears, author of Apatheism: How We Share When They Don’t Care. Hank and Kyle discuss What apatheism is, what conditions cause apatheism to flourish in a society, how attempts at evangelism made Kyle aware of apatheism, and how Christians are increasingly being influenced by the culture towards apatheism.
Jul 10, 2021
Matthew Chapter 9: The True Shepherd
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/09/21), Hank continues to talk about how Jesus is the true shepherd. Most assuredly, in Matthew’s Gospel Jesus is contrasting himself as the Good Shepherd, with those who make merchandise out of the flock. The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were false shepherds, and false shepherds and prophets mimic these Pharisees in our generation. Jesus not only contrasts himself with the false shepherds of his day but points to an abundant harvest and a paucity of laborers. Thus, Jesus is in process of training or equipping his disciples to ingather the sheaves; to become fellow harvesters with Christ, co-consummators of the kingdom of which he himself is the cornerstone. In accord with the words of our Lord, we are to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV). If there are indeed more than two billion Christians alive today, imagine what just 400 million committed to discipleship could do. If each led one person into the fullness of Christ and His Church this year, the number of committed believers would double to 800 million. If this process continued, it would take less than five years to disciple all of the nearly eight billion people on the planet. That’s the power of making disciples in accord with the commission of our Lord.
Jul 09, 2021
Matthew Chapter 9: The Workers Are Few
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/08/21), Hank concludes the ninth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, reading the last few verses. To say that the crowds Jesus had compassion on were like sheep without a shepherd was not a condemnation of the sheep, but rather an indictment of the Jewish Rabbis who had the duty to be shepherds but abdicated that duty by becoming as it were, wolves preying on the sheep. This is why Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37 NIV).
Jul 08, 2021
Matthew Chapter 9: Casting Out Demons
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/07/21), Hank continues teaching through chapter 9 of the Gospel of Matthew. One of the things you may have noticed at this point in our study of St. Matthew’s Gospel is that Jesus not only heals physical and psychophysical maladies, but He also delivers those who are demon-possessed. Such is the case with the man rendered mute by a demon in verses 32 through 34. While the symptoms of demon possession and disease may appear identical to those without the requisite wisdom, Jesus rightly diagnosed that a demon was in play. Whatever the misgivings of the Pharisees may have been with respect to Christ, they were not in denial regarding demon possession. Instead, they belligerently attacked the integrity of the Master Teacher in saying that He drove out demons by Beelzebub the prince of demons. But to cast out demons by way of the ruler of demons is impossible, as the aim of Beelzebub is to fortify his power, not fracture it. Moreover, Jesus healed the multitudes, raised the dead, and forgave the people of their sins. Works that neither Beelzebub nor his minions could duplicate.
Jul 07, 2021
Matthew Chapter 9: The Power of Faith
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/06/21), Hank returns to the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up in chapter 9. Last time, after reading the account of the woman who reached out and touched Jesus’ cloak to receive healing, Hank was in the process of emphasizing the power of faith. More importantly, the significance of the object of our faith. For it is the object of faith that renders faith, faithful. True faith is ultimately rooted and grounded in the nature of God himself. Not everyone will be healed, but we can rest assured that God will weave together all the circumstances of our lives into a perfect tapestry. Moving on, we see Jesus heal two blind men. What is interesting is that they refer to Him as “Son of David.” While the blind men may have been physically sightless, they most certainly had 20/20 vision spiritually. They realized, as the teachers of the law should have, that Jesus was indeed the Son of David, who forever sits upon the throne of David as made plain by the law and the prophets. Jesus, seeing their faith, mercifully restored their physical sight. In doing so, Jesus demonstrated that He was far greater than any national king—even greater than David, the quintessential king of Israel.
Jul 06, 2021
Independence Day 2021 with Francis Beckwith
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/05/21), Hank notes that as Americans celebrate Independence Day, it is important to remind ourselves of the fundamental purpose of the United States as set forth in the preamble to the Constitution: “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”. To discuss what is essential to know about our particular Government, Hank introduces a special presentation of his conversation with Professor Francis Beckwith, author of Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft.
Jul 05, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 9: Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank moves onto the ninth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, which opens with the account of Jesus healing a paralytic. Here as with the other miracles of Christ, we are confronted with indisputable evidence that Jesus is divine. The teachers of the law knew this and so do we. While the forgiveness of sins is not visible to the naked eye, the healing of paralysis is evidence that Jesus has both the power to forgive and the power to heal. We perceive three miracles in the healing of the paralytic. And the three collectively demonstrate conclusively that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. He knows the secrets of the heart, he forgives sins, and he heals by the authority of his word. Following this account, we see the calling of Matthew, the very man whose Gospel we are in the process of studying. Hank is always struck by the brevity of Matthew’s conversion from a greedy tax collector to one who immediately makes restitution, leaves all, and follows after Jesus. What a contrast with the Pharisees. They see that Christ is the miracle worker foretold by the prophets and yet despise him in their hearts. Matthew sees the miracle worker and is willing to give up all and follow Jesus. No hesitation. No compromise. A life of repentance. His former fortune now trite in light of Messiah.
Jul 03, 2021
Apatheism with Kyle Beshears - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/02/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Pastor Kyle Beshears, author of Apatheism: How We Share When They Don’t Care. Hank and Kyle discuss how a failure to embrace spiritual disciplines can lead to apatheism in our lives, the key to evangelism in our modern apatheistic environment, and the impact that scientific materialism has had on our culture and belief in God.
Jul 02, 2021
Apatheism with Kyle Beshears - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/01/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Pastor Kyle Beshears, author of Apatheism: How We Share When They Don’t Care. Hank and Kyle discuss if we are too comfortable to care about God, if the Bible is still relevant today, the difference between joy and happiness, the problems with the prosperity Gospel, and how a failure to embrace spiritual disciplines can lead to apatheism in our lives.
Jul 01, 2021
Apatheism with Kyle Beshears - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/30/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Pastor Kyle Beshears, author of Apatheism: How We Share When They Don’t Care. Hank and Kyle discuss the importance of apologetics, similarities between apatheism and practical atheism, how our post-truth culture relates to apatheism, the continued impact of the enlightenment on the growth of apatheism, the distinction between happiness and “appiness,” and if we are too comfortable to care about God.
Jun 30, 2021
Apatheism with Kyle Beshears - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/29/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Pastor Kyle Beshears, author of Apatheism: How We Share When They Don’t Care. Hank and Kyle discuss What apatheism is, what conditions cause apatheism to flourish in a society, how attempts at evangelism made Kyle aware of apatheism, and how Christians are increasingly being influenced by the culture towards apatheism.
Jun 29, 2021
Matthew Chapter 9: Fasting and Healing
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/28/21), Hank picks up in Matthew chapter 9 where Jesus is approached by John’s disciples. They asked Him, “’How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?’ Jesus answered, ‘How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast'” (Matthew 9:14-15 NIV). The power of this passage should never be underestimated. The Pharisees fasted because they were unwilling to recognize Messiah in their midst. The disciples, on the other hand, left the old and embraced the new. They realize that the bridegroom was in their midst and that he would one day carry them over the threshold of Jordon into the New Jerusalem. In essence, they perceive the real purpose of fasting—which is to experience God as the source and substance of life that is truly life. During this encounter, a ruler—identified in Mark’s Gospel as Jairus—knelt before Jesus and pleaded with Him to heal his daughter who has just died. On the way there, a woman reached out and touched the cloak of Jesus, thinking that if she just did so, she would be healed of her issue of blood. These two accounts are examples of Scriptural synergy, for both these accounts are fleshed out in full by way of the other synoptic gospels. Interesting and profound is the fact that in the middle of Matthew’s account of the resurrection of Jairus’s daughter is the description of the woman with the issue of blood. A woman who had spent the sum of her wealth on seeking a cure for an ailment that not only robbed her of strength but rendered her unclean in the eyes of the Jewish authorities. One thing it did not rob her of, however, was her faith in Jesus. Of one thing she was convinced: divine, omnipotent power resided in the Master of the Universe. And thus, as with Jairus’ daughter, her faith in the will of God in human flesh, brought wholeness and healing, not only physically but spiritually as well.
Jun 28, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 8: Extraordinary Miracles of Jesus
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank moves onward to chapter 8 of the Gospel of Matthew. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus preached. When he came down from the mountain he healed. The healing of a leper is the first of three extraordinary miracles chronicled by St. Matthew. And in those miracles, the deity of Jesus is revealed. A leper, whose fingers and toes have disappeared, whose body is covered with sores, is touched by the hand of Jesus and immediately cured of his dreaded disease. You may recall from the OT that touching a person with leprosy was forbidden. Thus, by touching the leper, Jesus demonstrated that he was the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. Immediately following this account is the second of three miracles, the healing of a centurion’s servant. In this extraordinary miracle, we ascertain at least two things. First, that a word from Jesus is sufficient to heal. That proximity to the centurion’s servant is wholly unnecessary for the King of Creation. Secondly, that the centurion’s faith in Jesus was greater than what Jesus had found amongst His own people. Jesus underscores the transcendence of having faith in His person. For He is not only able to heal the infirm in this life but to invite them to the feast of the eternal kingdom. Here Jesus also reminds us that both Jews and Gentiles will inherit the feast of eternity. That Abraham is not the father of a nation but the father of many nations. That Jesus is the seed of Abraham and that if one is in Christ, then they are the seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise.
Jun 26, 2021
Q&A: Tithing, Rejecting the Divinity of Jesus, and Predestination
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/25/21), Hank answers the following questions:

Must we tithe ten percent or give freely?
Can someone reject Jesus’ divinity and still be saved?
I have been studying the Bible and I’ve encountered passages about predestination, which have caused me a lot of distress. If fatalistic determinism is true, then why should I pray for people to be saved?
Jun 25, 2021
Matthew Chapter 9: Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/24/21), Hank moves onto the ninth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, which opens with the account of Jesus healing a paralytic. Here as with the other miracles of Christ, we are confronted with indisputable evidence that Jesus is divine. The teachers of the law knew this and so do we. While the forgiveness of sins is not visible to the naked eye, the healing of paralysis is evidence that Jesus has both the power to forgive and the power to heal. We perceive three miracles in the healing of the paralytic. And the three collectively demonstrate conclusively that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. He knows the secrets of the heart, he forgives sins, and he heals by the authority of his word. Following this account, we see the calling of Matthew, the very man whose Gospel we are in the process of studying. Hank is always struck by the brevity of Matthew’s conversion from a greedy tax collector to one who immediately makes restitution, leaves all, and follows after Jesus. What a contrast with the Pharisees. They see that Christ is the miracle worker foretold by the prophets and yet despise him in their hearts. Matthew sees the miracle worker and is willing to give up all and follow Jesus. No hesitation. No compromise. A life of repentance. His former fortune now trite in light of Messiah.
Jun 24, 2021
Matthew Chapter 8: The Cost of Following Jesus
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/23/21), Hank resumes teaching through the Gospel of Matthew. Chapter 8 of Matthew’s Gospel continues with the account of a follower who says to Him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” In saying this Jesus is not negating the command to honor one’s parents, but rather telling would-be followers that the city of God takes priority over the city of man. While the words of Jesus here may initially sound harsh, what in reality is harsh is the flowery rhetoric in the face of a far more urgent reality—spiritual death and eternal separation from the goodness, glory, and grace of God. Following this interaction, Jesus and the disciples got into their boat to cross the lake when a storm came upon them. While Jesus was asleep, the disciples woke him, saying “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus replied, “’You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” Contrast here is again the conduit to clarity. The disciples are scared stiff. Jesus is serene. The disciple’s faith says Jesus “is little.” Jesus was with them in the boat but as His disciples, they should have known that the Father’s care for them was ever-present even if Jesus had not been physically present with them. When they arrived at the shore, they encountered two demon-possessed men. In this passage, we immediately realize the danger of underestimating an invisible war with malevolent beings, the vastness of whose collective intellect exceeds that of any human being who has ever lived. If you will not be attentive to such spiritual warfare, you will not escape their traps. Whatever passion they notice in us, they arouse this in us and thus they place their nets for us. Therefore, if you desire to be saved, we must cut off the first impulse of the thought and desire of every passion, conquer small sins so as not to fall into big ones. We do this by putting on the full armor of God, which is God’s provision to protect us from evil.
Jun 23, 2021
Matthew Chapter 8: The Redemption of Ailing Humanity
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/22/21), Hank returns to teaching through the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up in chapter 8. Jesus’ third miracle in this chapter takes place at Peter’s house and is the fountainhead of an avalanche of miracles. “When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases” (Matthew 8:14-17 NIV). Here, as elsewhere in Matthew’s Gospel, we are reminded that Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. That He was “pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). And not only is Jesus the fulfillment of our spiritual healing, but by quoting Isaiah, Matthew identifies Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament in that He did what no one else could have done. He "healed all the sick.” “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” All such healings point to Jesus as the redemption of ailing humanity.
Jun 22, 2021
The Widow’s Mite, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/21/21), Hank shares his thoughts on the widow’s mite as well as the overwhelming generosity of the Macedonian Christians who gave beyond their means. In contrast to this, Americans today, despite the increase in income, are giving less and less. In light of this, Hank encourages listeners to support CRI’s life-changing outreaches during the month of June.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Is Jesus God, the Son of God, or the Messiah?
Can a Christian be a practicing homosexual?
Is the kingdom of God something different from heaven? If someone continues in sinful practices, will they not inherit the kingdom?
Jun 21, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 7: The Wise and Foolish Builders
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank continues his teaching on the Gospel of Matthew, finishing up the Sermon on the Mount. In this final teaching of one of the most brilliant sermons, Jesus tells his audience, “everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24 NIV), and in verse 26, “everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” The sensible Christian builds his faith upon the rock—upon Jesus. He looks to the future when the storms of life come, when the rains come, the streams rise, the winds blow—for it is at that time that a house built on a solid foundation will stand, and one built on shifting sands will inevitably fall. A simple way of delineating the sand is all those doctrines that are not consonant with “these words of mine.”
Jun 19, 2021
Have You Cut Your Head From Your Heart? with Adam Pelser - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/18/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Adam Pelser, professor of philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy. Hank and Adam discuss why many people are more fearful of physical death than spiritual death, how love is a central virtue of life, the emotional experiences of religious atheists like Albert Einstein, how we can experience God, and the difference between properly cultivated emotion and raw emotionalism.
Jun 18, 2021
Have You Cut Your Head From Your Heart? with Adam Pelser - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/17/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Adam Pelser, professor of philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy. Hank and Adam discuss the connection between spiritual disciplines and cultivating virtues, how emotions can help us develop a greater understanding of truth, the importance of engaging in critical thinking and discussion as families, churches, and communities; and why many people are more fearful of physical death than spiritual death.
Jun 17, 2021
Have You Cut Your Head From Your Heart? with Adam Pelser - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/16/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Adam Pelser, professor of philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy. Hank and Adam discuss Thomas Aquinas and the pitfalls of a purely intellectual pursuit of God, what virtue formation is and why it is important, if we can train our emotions, and the connection between spiritual disciplines and cultivating virtues.
Jun 16, 2021
Have You Cut Your Head From Your Heart? with Adam Pelser - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/15/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Dr. Adam Pelser, professor of philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy. Hank and Adam discuss what it is like to be a Christian philosopher at a military academy, the relationship between philosophy, theology, and science; the role of emotions in the life of a Christian, and experiencing God through our emotions.
Jun 15, 2021
Matthew Chapter 8: Extraordinary Miracles of Jesus
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/14/21), Hank moves onward to chapter 8 of the Gospel of Matthew. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus preached. When he came down from the mountain he healed. The healing of a leper is the first of three extraordinary miracles chronicled by St. Matthew. And in those miracles, the deity of Jesus is revealed. A leper, whose fingers and toes have disappeared, whose body is covered with sores, is touched by the hand of Jesus and immediately cured of his dreaded disease. You may recall from the OT that touching a person with leprosy was forbidden. Thus, by touching the leper, Jesus demonstrated that he was the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. Immediately following this account is the second of three miracles, the healing of a centurion’s servant. In this extraordinary miracle, we ascertain at least two things. First, that a word from Jesus is sufficient to heal. That proximity to the centurion’s servant is wholly unnecessary for the King of Creation. Secondly, that the centurion’s faith in Jesus was greater than what Jesus had found amongst His own people. Jesus underscores the transcendence of having faith in His person. For He is not only able to heal the infirm in this life but to invite them to the feast of the eternal kingdom. Here Jesus also reminds us that both Jews and Gentiles will inherit the feast of eternity. That Abraham is not the father of a nation but the father of many nations. That Jesus is the seed of Abraham and that if one is in Christ, then they are the seed of Abraham and heirs according to the promise.
Jun 14, 2021
Best of BAM: The Jesus Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank continues his discussion on prayer, focusing on the Jesus Prayer. In 2000, Hank began writing a book titled The Prayer of Jesus, by which he means the Lord’s Prayer. It was published a year later and in 2002 rose to number one on the Christian Marketplace Bestseller list. More importantly, it transformed Hank’s personal prayer life. Today, nearly two decades later, another prayer has become transformative, but in a different way. The Prayer of Jesus—or the Lord’s Prayer—has become Hank’s entryway into God’s presence every day. The Jesus Prayer, however, is the means by which he remains constant in prayer throughout the day. It is rooted in the notion that we are to pray constantly. The goal is to nurture nearness to God. When we sin, we sever the power cord that connects us to our Maker. Calling on the name of the Lord repairs the severed cord. There are many examples from the Bible of those crying out to the Lord for mercy. Recall the lepers who shouted, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Or the Canaanite woman who cried out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me.” These serve as illustrations of sinful humanity crying out for mercy as they sink ever deeper into the cauldrons of their own sin. Sin that not only disconnects them from their Maker but sin that multiplies suffering and sadness around the globe. This is why repeating the prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner,” is so significant. It provides a way back from the edge of the abyss. Unless we continuously ask for God’s mercy, we are in danger of forgetting how desperately we need it.
Jun 12, 2021
Matthew Chapter 7: The Wise and Foolish Builders
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/11/21), Hank continues his teaching on the Gospel of Matthew, finishing up the Sermon on the Mount. In this final teaching of one of the most brilliant sermons, Jesus tells his audience, “everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24 NIV), and in verse 26, “everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.” The sensible Christian builds his faith upon the rock—upon Jesus. He looks to the future when the storms of life come, when the rains come, the streams rise, the winds blow—for it is at that time that a house built on a solid foundation will stand, and one built on shifting sands will inevitably fall. A simple way of delineating the sand is all those doctrines that are not consonant with “these words of mine.”
Jun 11, 2021
Matthew Chapter 7: A Tree and Its Fruit
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/10/21), Hank continues teaching through chapter 7 of the Gospel of Matthew. Hank picks up where Jesus warns his audience to be watchful of false prophets, who “come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” (Matthew 7:15 NIV). Jesus uses the illustration of a tree and its fruit to show how to identify them, saying in verses 16 and 17, “Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” Jesus’ message on false prophets is reminiscent of what the Lord God Almighty says in Jeremiah 23: “Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 23:32). We must think critically and be so grounded in the truth that when a counterfeit looms on the horizon, you will recognize it instantaneously. Without knowing the Word of God, you will not be able to discern the good fruit from the bad fruit—you will, like millions of others, be fooled by the skin of the truth stuffed with a great big lie.
Jun 10, 2021
Matthew Chapter 7: Judging Others
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/09/21), Hank moves onto chapter 7 of the Gospel of Matthew, which is the final chapter of the Sermon on the Mount, one of the most brilliant sermons. The chapter opens with Jesus instructing His audience, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matthew 7:1-2 NIV). A verse that Hank often thinks is the most popular verse in the Bible—at least for skeptics. Jesus here is not contradicting what He says elsewhere in Scripture. For example, in John 7:24, Jesus tells us to judge—but when we do to make a right judgment. “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” The point here is that we must never judge self-righteously or hypocritically. Rather when we judge we should do so rightly and righteously. We tend to be gracious in our own judgments of self and often do not afford others the same graciousness that we would hope is applied to us. Thus, before we tell others what or what not to do, we should first look in the mirror and make sure that the mirror does not reflect the very sins we are judging others of.
Jun 09, 2021
Matthew Chapter 6: Do Not Worry
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/08/21), Hank moves on in his series on the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up in Chapter 6 starting in verse 25. Jesus here assumes that His disciples worry. Worry about earthly and bodily needs turns our hearts from God. Will He who gave us our lives fail to give us that which is necessary to sustain them? And what does worry achieve? Worry does not add to life it inexorably shortens it. If God clothes the grass of the field as Jesus says in verse 30, surely He will provide common clothes to His children. Our trust in God should dispel every worry—worry that is evidence of a lack of faith. Truly if tomorrow will worry about itself as Jesus says in verse 34, then we are free from worry both in the present and in the future. With our eyes fixed on Jesus we can rest assured that every moment of our lives is under His sovereign care and control.
Jun 08, 2021
Matthew Chapter 6: Storing up Treasures in Heaven
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/07/21), Hank speaks a little further on the topic of fasting and living disciplines before moving onto the next part of Matthew chapter 6, in which Jesus speaks about storing up treasures. Christ’s message in the Sermon on the Mount is crystal clear; rather than fixate on earthly vanities, we ought instead to focus on eternal verities. He warned his followers not to store up for themselves “treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19 NKJV), instead, store up “treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20). For to treasure that which is subject to destructive forces is to treasure that which is temporary rather than that which is eternal. Conversely, the kingdom of God and his righteousness constitute eternal treasure. Thus, the heart that is fixed on eternity will never lose that which it treasures.
Jun 07, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 6: The Lord’s Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank returns to the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up in chapter 6 where Jesus teaches us how to pray by giving us what is known as the Lord’s Prayer. In order to fully grasp the significance and majesty of this prayer, Hank goes over each part in-depth. The Lord’s 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. Dr. Adolph Saphir said of the Lord’s Prayer, “It is beautiful and symmetrical, like the most finished work of art. The words are plain and unadorned, yet majestic; and so transparent and appropriate that, once fixed in the memory, no other expressions ever mix themselves up with them; the thought of substituting other words never enters the mind.” “It is the beloved and revered friend of our childhood, and it grows with our growth, a never-failing counselor and companion amid all the changing scenes of life.”
Jun 05, 2021
Matthew Chapter 6: The Many-Splendored Discipline of Fasting
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/04/21), Hank continues talking about fasting, whose primary purpose is to experience God as the source and the substance of life that is truly life. To, as it were, taste the heavenly manna. To drink divine water so that you never have to thirst again. To recognize union with Christ as the apex of human existence. As we behold Him, we become what we were designed to be—followers of Christ growing in His image and being transformed into His likeness. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus placed fasting on par with prayer and almsgiving as “an act of righteousness.” Not to be seen by men, but by our Father “who sees what is done in secret.” Indeed, prayer, almsgiving, and fasting are inextricably woven as one. As the living discipline of fasting fortifies our supplications, so also it opens our hearts to the needs of the poor and downtrodden. The genuine love of God will inevitably stimulate a reciprocal love for needy human beings who bear His image and likeness upon the earth. And when this is so, God will infuse you with His uncreated energy. Though your stomach may be empty, your spirit will be fully satisfied. You will experience the life of God springing up within you like a river of living water.
Jun 04, 2021
Matthew Chapter 6: Fasting
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/03/21), Hank returns to Matthew chapter 6, beginning in verse 16. Here Jesus teaches on fasting, the third strand of the triple-braided cord—almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. The most exceptional fasting account in the whole of the Old Testament took place at the time of the exodus; a fast from food and water for forty days and forty nights. And not just once, but on three separate occasions and over a relatively short period of time. The account, of course, is that of Moses, who climbed up to the top of Mount Sinai and was absorbed into the cloud of God’s glory. There he experienced God as the archetypal source of life and living. On the mountaintop, Moses was permitted to experientially know that “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” He was not kept alive by bread and water, but by being interpenetrated by uncreated energy. Had Moses not participated in the divine nature, he would most certainly have died. Jesus likewise abstained from food. As the new Moses leading us into a better covenant, He fasted forty days and forty nights in the wilderness. Israel murmured against God in the midst of wilderness manna. Immanuel did not. He cherished the manna from heaven more than life itself. The normal human mode of existence depends on the ingestion, digestion, and metabolism of food and water. As Jesus makes plain, however, there is an alternate energy supply. This, then, is the primary purpose of fasting: to experience God as the source and substance of life that is truly life. To taste the heavenly manna. To drink divine water so as to never thirst again. To recognize union with Christ as the apex of human existence.
Jun 03, 2021
The Jesus Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/02/21), Hank continues his discussion on prayer, focusing on the Jesus Prayer. In 2000, Hank began writing a book titled The Prayer of Jesus, by which he means the Lord’s Prayer. It was published a year later and in 2002 rose to number one on the Christian Marketplace Bestseller list. More importantly, it transformed Hank’s personal prayer life. Today, nearly two decades later, another prayer has become transformative, but in a different way. The Prayer of Jesus—or the Lord’s Prayer—has become Hank’s entryway into God’s presence every day. The Jesus Prayer, however, is the means by which he remains constant in prayer throughout the day. It is rooted in the notion that we are to pray constantly. The goal is to nurture nearness to God. When we sin, we sever the power cord that connects us to our Maker. Calling on the name of the Lord repairs the severed cord. There are many examples from the Bible of those crying out to the Lord for mercy. Recall the lepers who shouted, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” Or the Canaanite woman who cried out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me.” These serve as illustrations of sinful humanity crying out for mercy as they sink ever deeper into the cauldrons of their own sin. Sin that not only disconnects them from their Maker but sin that multiplies suffering and sadness around the globe. This is why repeating the prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner,” is so significant. It provides a way back from the edge of the abyss. Unless we continuously ask for God’s mercy, we are in danger of forgetting how desperately we need it.
Jun 02, 2021
The F-A-C-T-S Prayer Guide: Thanksgiving and Supplication
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (06/01/21), Hank returns to discussing his F-A-C-T-S prayer guide in his series on the Gospel of Matthew. The “T” represents thanksgiving, for “Prayer without thanksgiving is like a bird without wings.” Scripture exhorts us to “enter his gates with thanksgiving.” Failure to do so is the stuff of pagan babblings and carnal Christianity. Pagans, said Paul, know about God but “they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him.” Every day we experience the grace of God. Yet how many of us daily throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus and thank him? Each new day we ought to approach God “overflowing with thankfulness” as we devote ourselves “to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” The “S” in F-A-C-T-S represents supplication. It is proper and right that our supplications would be toward the end rather than the beginning of our prayers. For it is only in the context of a relationship with God that our requests make any sense at all. Imagine asking a complete stranger to pay for your dinner. Or imagine asking a friend for help despite an obviously neglected relationship. Supplication only makes sense in the context of connection. The purpose of supplication is not to pressure God into providing us with provisions and pleasures, but rather to conform us to his purposes. If we walk according to his will rather than trying to command him according to our own, we will enjoy not a counterfeit panacea, but what he promised: peace in the midst of the storm.
Jun 01, 2021
Memorial Day 2021
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/31/21), Hank welcomes you to a special Memorial Day edition of the broadcast. Within the midst of battling the evil of Nazism, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Churchill's words ring true today as we celebrate Memorial Day here in the United States. A day to honor those who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, “gave the last full measure of devotion” in their sacrifice for freedom. We here at the Christian Research Institute offer our deepest respect, honor, and thankfulness to those who have sacrificed all to protect and defend the freedoms we enjoy in this country. But we are also committed to preserving freedoms that are definitively being compromised in the present generation. As history demonstrates, we must ever remain vigilant. Which leads to a quintessential question, “Under what conditions is war justified?”
May 31, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 5: Eye for an Eye
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank returns to his series on the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up where he left off in chapter 5. In verse 38 we see Jesus teaching against the saying, “eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.” Instead, He instructs us to not resist an evil person. “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well” (Matthew 5:39-40 NIV). This brings up the question, are we as Christians not only to capitulate but to give even more than a court judgment requires? Well, Hank thinks not. Rather, it seems to Hank that the point that our Lord is driving at is that of mastery. Mastery over the passions that bind us—the passions of wealth and of comfort. Our Lord is not instructing us to forego wisdom or prudence or to apply the law of love with reckless abandon. Rather, the goal is for us to exemplify the kind of love that considers others more highly than we consider ourselves. Starting in verse 43, Jesus teaches that we are to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44 NIV). Loving those that love us is not all that difficult. To love those that abuse you makes you, as Moses put it, “blameless before the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 18:13 NIV).
May 29, 2021
The F-A-C-T-S Prayer Guide: Adoration and Confession
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/28/21), Hank resumes his discussion of prayer by going over his F-A-C-T-S prayer guide. The “A” in F-A-C-T-S represents adoration. Prayer without adoration is like a body without a spirit. Not only is it incomplete, it just doesn’t work. Through adoration, we naturally express our genuine, heartfelt love and longing for God. Simply put, adoration is passionate admiration that culminates in awe, in reverence, and in the worship of God. As with our expression of faith, the way in which adoration is felt is new every morning. The “C” in F-A-C-T-S stands for confession. It is quite natural for your prayers to transition from adoration of God to confession of guilt. Indeed, one inevitably leads toward the other. When we touch the transcendence of God, we are inevitably reminded of our own unworthiness. Though confession may cleanse our conscience, corruption carries its own consequences. Thus, we must never suppose that because we are being redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, we may as yet sin with impunity. We are prone to live in denial. There are no doubt hundreds of sins of which we remain blithely unaware. Therefore, our need for confession remains great.
May 28, 2021
The F-A-C-T-S Prayer Guide: Faith
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/27/21), Hank continues to discuss prayer, illustrating that the Lord’s Prayer he examined on the previous broadcast is not the only way to pray. Another way to organize your prayer time is around what Hank calls the F-A-C-T-S prayer guide. In place of merely snorkeling in the surface waters of prayer, F-A-C-T-S provides a means by which you can dive deep beneath the tumult and turbulence of the ocean surface to a place that is silent and serene. A place in which your harried requests may give way to the quiet of union with the Lover of your soul. Once you have found a secret place—a place where you can drown out the static of the world and hear the voice of your heavenly Father—you are poised to begin your experience with God by focusing on the first letter of the acronym F-A-C-T-S, which will serve to remind you of the word faith. This for Hank is another wonderful entryway into prayer. Faith is more than mere knowledge and agreement; it involves living trust. Not faith in your own faith. But dependence on the Lover of your soul. Knowing that God has every detail of our lives under control provides a sense of faith. A sense of security and trust that makes life work.
May 27, 2021
Matthew Chapter 6: The Lord’s Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/26/21), Hank returns to the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up in chapter 6 where Jesus teaches us how to pray by giving us what is known as the Lord’s Prayer. In order to fully grasp the significance and majesty of this prayer, Hank goes over each part in-depth. The Lord’s 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. Dr. Adolph Saphir said of the Lord’s Prayer, “It is beautiful and symmetrical, like the most finished work of art. The words are plain and unadorned, yet majestic; and so transparent and appropriate that, once fixed in the memory, no other expressions ever mix themselves up with them; the thought of substituting other words never enters the mind.” “It is the beloved and revered friend of our childhood, and it grows with our growth, a never-failing counselor and companion amid all the changing scenes of life.”
May 26, 2021
Unquenchable Fire with Fr. Lawrence Farley - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/25/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Lawrence Farley, author of Unquenchable Fire: The Traditional Christian Teaching about Hell. Hank and Fr. Lawrence discuss the lengths that people go to avoid the truth, the fate of those who have never heard of Jesus, if the fire in hell is real, why it is important to adhere to traditional church doctrines on issues such as hell, and the importance the topic of hell.
May 25, 2021
Unquenchable Fire with Fr. Lawrence Farley - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/24/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Lawrence Farley, author of Unquenchable Fire: The Traditional Christian Teaching about Hell. Hank and Fr. Lawrence discuss the importance of tradition in contrast with individualistic interpretations, if eternal punishment is fair, what is wrong with annihilationism, how universalism invalidates free will and morality, and the difference between universalism and annihilationism.
May 24, 2021
Best of BAM: Until Unity with Francis Chan
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Francis Chan, author of Until Unity. Hank and Francis discuss if Christian unity is possible, taking the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer seriously, praying for Pentecost today, if Christ is divided, and essentials that Christians from different traditions can unite around.
May 22, 2021
Unquenchable Fire with Fr. Lawrence Farley - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/21/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Lawrence Farley, author of Unquenchable Fire: The Traditional Christian Teaching about Hell. Hank and Fr. Lawrence discuss how modern culture has lost a sense of sin and sought to domesticate the Divine, the meaning of the Greek word “aionion”, misunderstanding the Book of Revelation, 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, and the importance of tradition in contrast with individualistic interpretations.
May 21, 2021
Unquenchable Fire with Fr. Lawrence Farley - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/20/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Father Lawrence Farley, author of Unquenchable Fire: The Traditional Christian Teaching about Hell. Hank and Fr. Lawrence discuss the traditional view of hell as opposed to the rising popularity of universalism, if Christ taught of an eternal hell, if the Bible teaches of an eternal heaven and hell, and how modern culture has lost a sense of sin and sought to domesticate the Divine.
May 20, 2021
Q&A: Free Will, God’s Sovereignty, and Doomsday Preparation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/19/21), Hank answers the following questions:

Since God knows what is going to happen before it happens, how can we have free will?
Does the Bible teach that healing is the children’s bread?
What does it mean for God to be sovereign and how does that relate to man’s responsibility?
Is there any biblical basis for doomsday preparation?
May 19, 2021
Matthew Chapter 6: Almsgiving and Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/18/21), Hank continues in his series on the Gospel of Matthew, getting into chapter 6. Here Jesus instructs listeners to not give to the needy in front of others so that they will be seen by them, instead, He says, “do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you” (Matthew 6:3-4 NIV). The first discipline in a triad that Hank will be talking about during this chapter is the discipline of almsgiving, which should not be surprising. The love of money often represents the greatest challenge to the love of the Master and to those who are created in the Master’s image and likeness. Jesus then goes on to speak about prayer, the second discipline in the triad. Here Jesus says that we ought not to pray “like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others” (Matthew 6:5 NIV), rather He instructs us to pray in secret. Jesus then teaches us how to pray, giving us what is known as the Lord’s Prayer.
May 18, 2021
Matthew Chapter 5: Eye for an Eye
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/17/21), Hank returns to his series on the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up where he left off in chapter 5. In verse 38 we see Jesus teaching against the saying, “eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.” Instead, He instructs us to not resist an evil person. “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well” (Matthew 5:39-40 NIV). This brings up the question, are we as Christians not only to capitulate but to give even more than a court judgment requires? Well, Hank thinks not. Rather, it seems to Hank that the point that our Lord is driving at is that of mastery. Mastery over the passions that bind us—the passions of wealth and of comfort. Our Lord is not instructing us to forego wisdom or prudence or to apply the law of love with reckless abandon. Rather, the goal is for us to exemplify the kind of love that considers others more highly than we consider ourselves. Starting in verse 43, Jesus teaches that we are to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44 NIV). Loving those that love us is not all that difficult. To love those that abuse you makes you, as Moses put it, “blameless before the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 18:13 NIV).
May 17, 2021
Best of BAM Q&A: The Trinity, Positive Confessions, and Homosexuality
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

I am unequally yoked and my wife doesn’t want to tithe. Do you have any advice?
Are there four parts to the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and the Word of God?
What do you think about starting the day with positive confessions?
How should Christians respond to sensitive issues like homosexuality?
Can you explain the binding of Satan in Revelation 20?
May 15, 2021
Until Unity with Francis Chan - Part 5
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/14/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Francis Chan, author of Until Unity. Hank and Francis discuss the importance of having a true sense of our own mortality, the importance of providing for the poor and the downtrodden, meditating on the message of the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer, how Christians should respond to internet trolls, and getting our hearts in the right place so that the impossible dream will become a reality—unity in our lifetime.
May 14, 2021
Until Unity with Francis Chan - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/13/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Francis Chan, author of Until Unity. Hank and Francis discuss how Francis used to be a cessationist but has now seen miracles with his own eyes, if Christians should talk about tough topics like hell, ways that Francis has sought to follow the Lord’s will to anywhere on earth, and the importance of having a true sense of our own mortality.
May 13, 2021
Until Unity with Francis Chan - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/12/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Francis Chan, author of Until Unity. Hank and Francis discuss how you can’t be proud and be close to God, how God hates those who sow discord among brothers, when unity becomes easy, and how Francis used to be a cessationist but has now seen miracles with his own eyes.
May 12, 2021
Until Unity with Francis Chan - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/11/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Francis Chan, author of Until Unity. Hank and Francis discuss essentials that Christians from different traditions can unite around, how the path to unity is to love God and love others, if Christian unity is optional, if Christians can pursue both truth and unity, and how you can’t be proud and be close to God.
May 11, 2021
Until Unity with Francis Chan - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/10/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Francis Chan, author of Until Unity. Hank and Francis discuss if Christian unity is possible, taking the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer seriously, praying for Pentecost today, if Christ is divided, and essentials that Christians from different traditions can unite around.
May 10, 2021
Best of BAM: Creflo Dollar’s False Teachings, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank discusses an article concerning the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who told prosperity preacher Creflo Dollar that he was not welcome in Scotland. The reason is clear: Dollar consistently preaches a false gospel that not only promises health and prosperity but denies essentials of the Christian faith including the deity of Christ. According to Dollar, since the Bible tells us Jesus got tired, He could not have been divine.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Why are many churches today not preaching the true gospel and allowing pagan holidays to be celebrated?
Can you give me a biblical evaluation of the book 90 Minutes in Heaven?
Is there a scribal mistake in Mark 10:25? I heard Creflo Dollar misuse this text.
May 08, 2021
Q&A: The Trinity, Positive Confessions, and the Millennium
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/07/21), Hank answers the following questions:

I am unequally yoked and my wife doesn’t want to tithe. Do you have any advice?
Are there four parts to the Holy Trinity: the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and the Word of God?
What do you think about starting the day with positive confessions?
Is Isaiah 65:20 referring to the Millennium?
Did Jesus experience temptation the same way we do?
May 07, 2021
The National Day of Prayer and Deification
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/06/21), Hank discusses the quintessential issue of prayer, noting that today is the National Day of Prayer, a day when people are asked to turn to God in prayer and meditation. One of the principal ways in which we thank the Lord and communicate with Him is through the Prayer of Jesus, also known as the Lord’s Prayer. While you may be familiar with this prayer, each word counts. And so, Hank goes over the Lord’s Prayer in-depth so that you may understand each word and its meaning so that this prayer will become so much more significant to you. Hank also gives a detailed description of Saint Ephrem the Syrian and explicates deification, a topic that he covers in-depth in his book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More.
May 06, 2021
Q&A: Symbolism in Revelation, Discipleship, and the Purpose of the Bible
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/05/21), Hank answers the following questions:

What is the symbolism of the woman riding the beast in the book of Revelation?
Can you define what it means to be a disciple?
Why did God give us the Bible?
How should Christians respond to sensitive issues like homosexuality?
Can you explain the binding of Satan in Revelation 20?
May 05, 2021
Pascha—The Culmination of the Holiest Week of the Year
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/04/21), Hank concludes his overview of the days of Holy Week, arriving at Pascha, also known as Easter. It is the day in which the body of Christ worldwide celebrates the ultimate game-changer, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. “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.’ 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 chapter 15, the apostle Paul provides a four-part argument underscoring the irrevocable reality of Christ’s resurrection. Of one thing Hank has become certain; if twenty-first-century Christians would grasp the reality of resurrection like first-century Christians did, their lives would be totally transformed.
May 04, 2021
An Overview of Holy Saturday, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (05/03/21), Hank resumes his overview of the days of Holy Week, arriving at Holy Saturday, which was observed by the Eastern Church this past weekend. 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 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. First, that we are saved through water, and secondly that the descent of Christ into Hades inaugurates resplendent triumph. A triumph by which Christ “tramples down death by death.”

Hank also answers the following questions:

When a person is baptized, do they become a new creation right away, or is it an ongoing process?
What provision does the Bible make for young children or some adults who don’t have the mental capacity to accept Christ?
I have a cross pendant that has discolored over time. I bought a replacement, but what should I do with the old one?
May 03, 2021
Best of BAM: Hungary Helps with Tristan Azbej
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, and the Hungary Helps Program. Hank and Tristan discuss how growing up in an anti-Christian communist dictatorship has made the issue of Christian persecution so important to Tristan, Tristan’s title as the State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, the history of Hungary as a Christian nation, and how Hungary is able to maintain a Christian identity in an increasingly secular European Union.
May 01, 2021
Holy Friday—The Fatal Torment of Christ
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/30/21), Hank picks up his overview of the days of Holy Week, arriving at Holy Friday, the day a united Church is brought face-to-face with the fatal torment of Jesus Christ. A torment that began in the garden of Gethsemane following the emotional Last Supper of Holy Thursday. That night Jesus was betrayed by Judas, disowned by Peter, and arrested by the temple guard. Before Caiaphas the high priest, he was mocked, beaten, and spat upon. The next morning Jesus—battered, bruised, and bleeding—was stripped and subjected to the brutality of Roman flogging, reducing his body to quivering ribbons of bleeding flesh. As Christ slumped into the pool of his own blood, soldiers threw a scarlet robe across his shoulders, thrust a scepter into his hands, and pressed sharp thorns into his scalp. After they mocked him, they took the scepter and repeatedly struck him on the head. A heavy wooden beam was thrust upon his bleeding body and he was led away to a place called Golgotha. There, the Lord of glory experienced ultimate physical torture in the form of the cross.

Today as we remember the passion of the Christ upon the cross, as we recall his dying words “Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit” we are reminded that we too will breathe our last. Whether we are old or young, rich or poor, male or female, we light the sky for the briefest of moments. And then eternity. In the meantime, what we do today will have direct consequences for all eternity. Thus, while the culture seeks to focus your gaze on greatness, Christ rightly focuses your gaze on grace and godliness.
Apr 30, 2021
Celebrating Holy Thursday—The Epicenter of the Divine Narrative
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/29/21), Hank resumes his overview of Holy Week with Holy Thursday, the epicenter of the divine narrative. A narrative that begins with the tree of life in the garden of Eden. If Adam and Eve had rejected the serpent, they would have eaten from the tree of life and the tree of knowledge would not have been withheld from them. Instead, they were exiled from the Edenic garden and from traversing the slope leading upward toward the peak of deification. Thankfully the narrative does not end there. For in the panoply of history a Second Adam clothed himself in fallen humanity. It was above all in his death on the cross and resurrection from the dead that Christ returned humanity to the life of Eden. This then is the great arc of the biblical narrative. From the tree of life in the Edenic garden to the tree of life in the eternal garden. An arch that finds its apex with the Eucharistic bounty spilling forth from the trodden grapes of Golgotha’s hill. The Last Supper that we commemorate on Holy Thursday constitutes the central mystery of the Church. It is the source and zenith of Church life. By it, we are changed from human multiplicity to one body in Christ, the temple of the Holy Spirit. Within the Eucharistic assembly, divine life flows into us and penetrates the fabric of our humanity. The future life is infused into the present one and is blended with it, so that our fallen humanity may be transformed into the glorified humanity of the new Adam, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Apr 29, 2021
An Overview of Spy Wednesday, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/28/21), Hank continues to provide an overview of the days of Holy Week, picking up with Holy Wednesday, otherwise known as Spy Wednesday. For on the Wednesday of the last week of Christ’s earthly sojourn, Judas became a spy for the enemies of the Messiah. On this day the ancient Church commemorates the ultimate in contrasts. A prostitute transformed into a pure bride, in contrast to a chosen disciple who conspires with sinful men to betray the King of Truth.

Hank also answers the following questions:

I have a friend who is a member of Rodney Howard-Browne’s church. If he believes in the essentials, how does that make his ministry a cult and how can I explain that to my friend?
What is your take on sola scriptura now as an Orthodox Christian and do you think it is biblical?
I heard you say the other day that there was no rapture, am I incorrect or did you actually say that?
Apr 28, 2021
Celebrating Holy Tuesday, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/27/21), Hank continues to highlight the days of Holy Week. On Holy Tuesday we commemorate the Parable of the Ten Virgins as found in Matthew chapter 25. In this parable—this extended simile with extraordinary sharp teeth—the coming of Christ is likened to the coming of the bridegroom to the home of his bride during the sacramental ritual of marriage. In the narrative of the parable, there are ten virgins—five wise and five foolish. The five wise virgins are illustrative of those who practice almsgiving and mercy. The five foolish represent those who selfishly squander God’s provisions upon themselves. In the end, the bridegroom arrives and the five who were prepared went in with him to the eternal wedding banquet. And then, says Jesus “the door was shut.” To the five foolish virgins who belatedly asked for the door to be opened the bridegroom replied, “I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.”

Hank also answers the following question:

My son struggles with knowing that he’s saved. He said that he’s prayed and prayed but doesn’t feel like he hears from God. What can I say to him?
Apr 27, 2021
The Majesty of Holy Week, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/26/21), Hank focuses on Holy Week, with Christians in the Eastern Church celebrating Palm Sunday yesterday while Christians in the West concluded their Holy Week a few weeks ago. Holy Week for Christians both in the East and West begins the day before Palm Sunday. It’s the day christened by the ancient Church, Lazarus Saturday. It is on that day that we remember afresh that our Lord Jesus Christ raised Lazarus, a historical reality that points forward to the universal resurrection of all humanity. The next day, Palm Sunday marks the commemoration of Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem announced the establishment of the Kingdom of God and a foretaste of the time that He will gather His perfected bride and carry her over the threshold of Jordan into the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. On Holy Monday the fig tree is set before us as a reminder of the danger inherent in having an appearance of godliness but being devoid of its reality. A reminder to be vigilant and bear fruits of righteousness and repentance.

Hank also answers the following questions:

If you believe that salvation is “once saved, always saved,” would this mean your free will no longer exists?
To me, the term replacement theology seems to be an accurate term as opposed to a misnomer, would you not say?
Apr 26, 2021
Best of BAM Q&A: Satan, Doubting Your Salvation, and Cremation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

How was Satan able to sin?
I’m a Baptist minister, do you think it’s biblical to marry couples in the eyes of God but not in the eyes of the government?
What books do you recommend for my daughter who doubts her salvation?
I have enjoyed your book Has God Spoken, but I was wondering about Matthew 25:33, where Jesus separates the sheep from the goats. Was this fulfilled in AD 70?
At the resurrection, what will happen to people who have been cremated? Is cremation wrong?
Apr 24, 2021
Creflo Dollar’s False Teachings, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/23/21), Hank discusses an article concerning the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, who told prosperity preacher Creflo Dollar that he was not welcome in Scotland. The reason is clear: Dollar consistently preaches a false gospel that not only promises health and prosperity but denies essentials of the Christian faith including the deity of Christ. According to Dollar, since the Bible tells us Jesus got tired, He could not have been divine.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Why are many churches today not preaching the true gospel and allowing pagan holidays to be celebrated?
Can you give me a biblical evaluation of the book 90 Minutes in Heaven?
Is there a scribal mistake in Mark 10:25? I heard Creflo Dollar misuse this text.
Apr 23, 2021
Hungary Helps with Tristan Azbej - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/22/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, and the Hungary Helps Program. Hank and Tristan discuss the difference between peaceful Muslims and violent Islamic ideology, extremist liberalism as a form of totalitarianism growing in the West today, Red Wednesday—an initiative of Aid for the Church in Need to commemorate the blood of Christian martyrs, how Hungary isn’t focused on merely helping persecuted Christians but all that face religious persecution, and the positive impact Christianity has had on the world.
Apr 22, 2021
Hungary Helps with Tristan Azbej - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/21/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, and the Hungary Helps Program. Hank and Tristan discuss how Hungary is setting an example for how to be a modern Christian democracy, illegal immigration and the Hungarian approach to immigration policies, countering the narrative that the Hungarian immigration policies are racist, the rise of Christian persecution in Africa, and the difference between peaceful Muslims and violent Islamic ideology.

For more information on the work of Tristan Azbej and the Hungary Helps program, visit https://hungaryhelps.gov.hu/en/
Apr 21, 2021
Hungary Helps with Tristan Azbej - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/20/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, and the Hungary Helps Program. Hank and Tristan discuss how Hungary is able to maintain a Christian identity in an increasingly secular European Union, why it is critical to protect the roots of our Christian heritage, the necessity for Christian unity in the face of persecution, how the Hungary Helps program has provided humanitarian aid to over 100,000 people since 2017, and how Hungary is setting an example for how to be a modern Christian democracy.
Apr 20, 2021
Hungary Helps with Tristan Azbej - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/19/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Tristan Azbej, Hungarian State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, and the Hungary Helps Program. Hank and Tristan discuss how growing up in an anti-Christian communist dictatorship has made the issue of Christian persecution so important to Tristan, Tristan’s title as the State Secretary for the Aid of Persecuted Christians, the history of Hungary as a Christian nation, and how Hungary is able to maintain a Christian identity in an increasingly secular European Union.
Apr 19, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 4: Fishers of Men
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank returns to the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up where he left off in chapter 4. In verse 18, we see Jesus calling the first of his disciples—the brothers Peter and Andrew, and James and John the sons of Zebedee. All four were unlearned fishermen. But after three years with Jesus, they became the wisest of all men. Skeptics today are fond of pointing out that these fishermen could hardly have written the gospels or the epistles. Instead, they claim that they were forged by educated people living outside of Palestine. Evidence, however, points in an opposite direction. John, son of Zebedee, was a fisherman as indicated here in Matthew 4. But the operative word is “was.” Not only did he receive the ultimate education from the Master Teacher, but following the resurrection, he devoted himself to the study and ministry of the Word of God. Jesus called these men to become fishers of men. He would train them for the great work of bringing people into the kingdom of heaven. Whatever their occupation—or ours—we are called to the greatest of all professions, that of being witnesses to the resurrection of Christ.
Apr 17, 2021
Matthew Chapter 5: Oaths
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/16/21), Hank continues teaching through the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. In verses 31 and 32, we see Jesus discuss the matter of divorce. As humans, we are created in the image of the Trinity and thus are intended for marital unity. God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and to multiply. Thus, the Church considers marriage a sacramental mystery—one of the greatest gifts God has given humankind. In the mystery of marriage, the husband is the image of Christ; the wife the image of the church. Thus, as Christ is sufficient to our every need, a husband is commanded to fulfill the needs of his wife. A wife, likewise, is to fulfill the needs of her husband. 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, we must not so much as consider divorce. Moving on to verse 33, Jesus talks about oaths. Here Jesus refers back to the Old Testament to underscore the sober reality that as people of the promise we must never swear by the name of the Lord in an unjust or capricious manner. To do so is to defile the name of God. If we make an oath or swear under oath, we do so simply to appease a world full of liars. As such, even Jesus took an oath before the Sanhedrin. In a world ruled by the prince of darkness, oaths are quite simply a necessity. However, for religious leaders and followers of Christ, oaths should be completely superfluous. If you are part of the kingdom of heaven, there is no need to swear by anything. Simply let your yes be yes and your no, no. Be a person of your word—trustworthy and true.
Apr 16, 2021
Matthew Chapter 5: Reconciliation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/15/21), Hank picks back up in Matthew chapter 5, starting in verse 23. This passage has enormous ramifications for time and for eternity, for in it, Jesus speaks of the transcendent significance of reconciliation. If someone rightly has something against you such that you have indeed wronged your brother, it is imperative, says Jesus, to see reconciliation. Do that first and then come and offer your gift—whatever that may be—at the altar. For how can we seek reconciliation with God without first seeking reconciliation with those who are created in the image and likeness of God? When we are truly repentant of our sins, God bestows grace and pardon. Then in truth, we receive God’s grace through faith.
Apr 15, 2021
Matthew Chapter 5: Fulfillment of the Law
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/14/21), Hank returns to the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up in chapter 5 verse 17. Here we see Jesus talking about His fulfillment of the Law: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18 NIV). Jesus fulfills the law and the prophets in His own person. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus fulfills every jot and tittle of the law. If we remain in Christ through faith and baptism and if we walk in the power of the Spirit, we will of a certainty not experience condemnation but rather we will experience a life that is life to the full. Christ is the end of the law for all those who place their trust in Him. He is, and always will be, the way of salvation through faith. In the Old Testament, the law prepared people for His coming. And in the New Testament Christ fulfilled the law through His coming.
Apr 14, 2021
Q&A: Satan, Same-Sex Marriage, and Entertaining Angels
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/13/21), Hank answers the following questions:

How was Satan able to sin?
I’m a Baptist minister, do you think it’s biblical to marry couples in the eyes of God but not in the eyes of the government?
What books do you recommend for my daughter who doubts her salvation?
How should I study the Bible to be like you?
What does the Ethiopian Orthodox Church believe about the Trinity?
I’m a benefits specialist and my job requires me to help employees—including same-sex couples—receive benefits; what should I do?
If the Nephilim are not the product of angels and humans, how do you reconcile this with Hebrews 13:2, which mentions entertaining angels?
Apr 13, 2021
Q&A: Prophesy, End Times, and Cremation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/12/21), Hank answers the following questions:

When someone tries to prophesy over my life, is that like witchcraft?
When Jesus gave the disciples the power to forgive sins, was this only for them or for all believers?
What is your view on the end times and what do partial preterists believe?
When we fast, must we be led by the Spirit or just fast regularly?
I have enjoyed your book Has God Spoken, but I was wondering about Matthew 25:33, where Jesus separates the sheep from the goats. Was this fulfilled in AD 70?
At the resurrection, what will happen to people who have been cremated? Is cremation wrong?
Apr 12, 2021
Best of BAM: Celebrating Holy Week: Transformation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank reaches the conclusion of the four-part argument for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, transformation. What happened as a result of the resurrection is unprecedented. In the span of a few hundred years, a small band of insignificant believers succeeded in turning an entire empire upside down. The Twelve—minus Judas, plus Paul—were radically revolutionized. Peter, once afraid of being exposed as a follower of Christ, became a lion of the faith. Paul, the ceaseless persecutor, became the chief proselytizer of the Gentiles. Within weeks of the resurrection, not just a few, but an entire community of thousands of Jews, willingly transformed the spiritual and sociological traditions underscoring their national identity. Of one thing Hank has become certain—if twenty-first-century Christians would grasp the reality of resurrection like first-century Christians did, their lives would be totally transformed.
Apr 10, 2021
Matthew Chapter 5: Kingdom of Heaven and Salt of the Earth
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/09/21), Hank adds to what he said in the previous broadcast with respect to persecution. When Jesus said blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, he was speaking of more than being persecuted in innocence. That’s certainly part of it, but Jesus is also speaking about those who have rejected the unrighteousness of the world and embraced the principles of the kingdom. Thus, those persecuted for the sake of righteousness are blessed because they have received the grace and the glory commensurate with the rule of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. These are those who thereby participate in the kingdom of heaven. Instead of grieving and lamenting persecution, Jesus tells His disciples to rejoice and exult in persecution.

Moving past the beatitudes, Jesus goes on to say, “You are the salt of the earth. But 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 underfoot” (Matthew 5:13 NIV). If you are not salt, you are not a follower of Christ. Moreover, if you are not salt, then the moral corruption of the world will continue unabated. All we need to do is look at the collapse of Western civilization. Western governments mandated by God to ennoble life, promote justice, and restrain sin are instead leading the charge toward social chaos. Even toward the eradication of the gender distinctions ordained by God from the inception of human civilization. And yet the most colossal failures belong to the church itself. We are not only losing our kids but our evangelism efforts are not keeping pace with population growth. If truth matters, and it most surely does, the church must take the task of Christian education seriously. We must equip our children and theirs to always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have.
Apr 09, 2021
Matthew Chapter 5: Peace and Persecution
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/08/21), Hank goes over the last parts of the beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5. In Matthew 5:9, Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” In speaking of peace, Jesus is in fact speaking about Himself. For as Isaiah prophesied, Christ would be called the Prince of Peace. As such, for us to be peacemakers is to be a son of the incarnate Christ—sons of God. It is the work of all genuine Christians to follow in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace. Wherever strife is present, the true followers of God are peacemakers in the Spirit of their Master. In fact, all those who are used by God to proclaim the Gospel of Peace are thereby peacemakers in that they turn the enemies of God into sons of God.

The beatitudes conclude, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12 NIV). It is one thing to say that the peacemakers are blessed. It is quite another to designate those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness as blessed. And yet that is precisely the case. Because those persecuted for the sake of righteousness will indeed inherit the kingdom of heaven. Christ’s message is crystal clear. Rather than fixating on earthly vanities, such as the admiration of men, we ought to focus on such eternal verities as the approval of God. Persecution is a continuum. A continuum ranging from harassment to oppression and ultimately to a cruel death. What Jesus makes clear in this beatitude is that, as Christians, we must value eternal truth over temporary convenience—and that even to the point of death.
Apr 08, 2021
Matthew Chapter 5: Mercy and Purity
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/07/21), Hank resumes going through the beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5, picking up with the fifth beatitude, “Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.” What is so cool about the beatitudes is that they mirror the Lord’s Prayer in that the first four petitions are focused on our relationship to God while the next four have to do with our relationships with one another. In view of God’s mercy toward us, His kenosis, His suffering, His death; we are to extend mercy irrespective of whether or not those with whom we come into contact deserve it or not. For as we show mercy so to it will be shown unto us. The next beatitude is “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” In other words, blessed are those who are devoted to the service of God; those who practice virtue and temperance; those who avoid conscious evil. People who act without hidden motives. Singleness or purity of heart is the way by which we encounter God.
Apr 07, 2021
Matthew Chapter 5: The Beatitudes
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/06/21), Hank moves on to chapter 5 of the Gospel of Matthew, where we see Jesus giving what is popularly referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside. Mountains in Scripture are a place of revelation—a place where God reveals himself to his people. God reveals Himself to Moses on Mount Sinai. Not only the law but His name and His plan for humanity. Now in the Sermon on the Mount, God incarnate reveals not only the principles of the kingdom but the people of the kingdom. They are blessed ones in the city of God; beggars in the city of man. Dependent on God; despised by the godless. They are the salt and light of the world—people without whom culture collapses.
Apr 06, 2021
Matthew Chapter 4: Fishers of Men
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/05/21), Hank returns to the Gospel of Matthew, picking back up where he left off in chapter 4. In verse 18, we see Jesus calling the first of his disciples—the brothers Peter and Andrew, and James and John the sons of Zebedee. All four were unlearned fishermen. But after three years with Jesus, they became the wisest of all men. Skeptics today are fond of pointing out that these fishermen could hardly have written the gospels or the epistles. Instead, they claim that they were forged by educated people living outside of Palestine. Evidence, however, points in an opposite direction. John, son of Zebedee, was a fisherman as indicated here in Matthew 4. But the operative word is “was.” Not only did he receive the ultimate education from the Master Teacher, but following the resurrection, he devoted himself to the study and ministry of the Word of God. Jesus called these men to become fishers of men. He would train them for the great work of bringing people into the kingdom of heaven. Whatever their occupation—or ours—we are called to the greatest of all professions, that of being witnesses to the resurrection of Christ.
Apr 05, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 4: A Light To the Gentiles
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank dives back into Matthew chapter 4, beginning from verse 12. Following the baptism of Jesus, St. John was imprisoned by Herod Antipas, governor of Galilee and the son of Herod I (who sought to kill the Messiah in Matthew 2). On his birthday, Herod threw a party at which Salome, the daughter of Herodias, asked for the head of St. John on a platter. To this day, the Holy Church commemorates the Beheading of John the Baptist every August 29 by a strict fast. At any rate, following the beheading of St. John Jesus leaves Nazareth and lived instead in Galilee of the Gentiles in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that those in darkness would be awakened to the great light of the Gospel. Here we realize once again that Jesus fulfilled every predictive and typological prophecy such that His face and His face alone could appear in the luminous tapestry of Old Testament writings. Only one among the billions could emerge through the doorway of the Law and the Prophets. Only One could be their fulfillment. Every divine prophecy. Every divine precept.
Apr 03, 2021
Celebrating Holy Week: Transformation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/02/21), Hank reaches the conclusion of the four-part argument for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, transformation. What happened as a result of the resurrection is unprecedented. In the span of a few hundred years, a small band of insignificant believers succeeded in turning an entire empire upside down. The Twelve—minus Judas, plus Paul—were radically revolutionized. Peter, once afraid of being exposed as a follower of Christ, became a lion of the faith. Paul, the ceaseless persecutor, became the chief proselytizer of the Gentiles. Within weeks of the resurrection, not just a few, but an entire community of thousands of Jews, willingly transformed the spiritual and sociological traditions underscoring their national identity. Of one thing Hank has become certain—if twenty-first-century Christians would grasp the reality of resurrection like first-century Christians did, their lives would be totally transformed.

Today, Great and Holy Friday, “he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5 NIV). As Theanthropos (God-Man), the spotless Lamb of God lived a perfectly sinless human life and died a sinner’s death to sufficiently atone once for all for the sins of humanity. Isaiah not only foreshadows the death of Christ but His resurrection as well. Isaiah prophetically looks forward toward the resurrection of “a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering” as the earnest of our resurrection on the last day. “After the suffering of his soul,” says Isaiah, “he will see the light of life and be satisfied.” In like fashion, our bodies will be resurrected from the dust of the ground. Jesus, who fulfills the entire mosaic of Old Testament resurrection prophecies left no doubt about this coming resurrection: “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). If Christ had not himself been resurrected, the promise that he will resurrect dry bones in scattered graves would be as empty as the tomb guaranteeing its fulfillment.
Apr 02, 2021
Celebrating Holy Week: Appearances of Christ
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (04/01/21), Hank moves onto the third part of the four-part argument for the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the appearances of Christ. In the Acts of the Apostles, Dr. Luke writes that Jesus gave the disciples “many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3 NIV). Likewise, the apostle Paul exudes confidence in the appearances of Christ (1 Corinthians 15). And like Paul, Peter in his powerful Pentecost proclamation confidently communicated that many credible eyewitnesses could confirm the fact of Christ’s physical post-resurrection appearances (Acts 2:29-32). One thing can be stated with ironclad certainty. The apostles did not merely propagate Christ’s teachings, they were absolutely positive that he had appeared to them in the flesh. Additionally, the apostles claimed that Christ appeared to hundreds of people who were still alive. It would have been one thing to attribute these supernatural experiences to people who had already died. It was quite another to attribute them to multitudes who were still alive and available for cross-examination.
Apr 01, 2021
Celebrating Holy Week: Empty Tomb
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/31/21), Hank continues the trek from Palm Sunday—when Jesus Christ rode into Jerusalem precisely the way that Zechariah said he would—to Easter. Yesterday Hank began to talk about the four-part argument that Saint Paul gives in 1 Corinthians 15 which underscores the fact that Christ has, in fact, risen from the dead. Today Hank moves on to the second part of the argument, the empty tomb. As it is incontrovertible that Christ suffered fatal torment, so too, it is certain beyond reasonable doubt that Christ was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea and that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. Were it not true, Christianity would not have survived the tomb containing the remains of the Messiah. As the reliability of the resurrection is undermined in the media, it is crucial that Christians are prepared to demonstrate that Jesus was buried and that on Easter morning some two thousand years ago the tomb was indeed empty. Hank also addresses a question that comes up often on the Bible Answer Man broadcast, “was Jesus really in the grave for three days and three nights?”
Mar 31, 2021
Celebrating Holy Week and The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/30/21), Hank focuses on the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We spend so much time on Christmas and justifiably so because Jesus came in incarnation so that we could experience what it is to take on the divine nature—of course excluding identity of essence. But if there’s no resurrection, there is no hope for Christianity. So over the next few days, Hank wants to emphasize the significance of resurrection.
Mar 30, 2021
The Gospel of Matthew: Palm Sunday
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/29/21), Hank takes a brief detour in his series on the Gospel of Matthew, skipping all the way from chapter 4 to chapter 21, where the account of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem is located. This is, of course, celebrated by Christians as Palm Sunday, which the Western Church observed yesterday and the Eastern Church will celebrate in a month’s time. On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus riding into Jerusalem, not as a political messiah, but rather in humility and peace in fulfillment of Zechariah’s famed prophecy: “See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9 NIV). Christ’s entrance into Jerusalem announced the establishment of the Kingdom of God. It was a foretaste of the time that He will gather His perfected bride and carry her over the threshold of Jordan into a New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
Mar 29, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 4: Putting on the Full Armor of God
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank returns to Matthew chapter 4 where the temptation of Christ in the wilderness is documented and points out that the temptation of Christ does not in any way imply that Christ was tainted by sin. For sin to take place, there must be a sinful inner response to Satan’s seductive suggestion to sin. Although Satan appealed to Jesus’ natural human desires, our Lord did not fantasize in response to Satan’s suggestion. To mull over Satan’s suggestion even for a moment would have constituted sin. And had Jesus sinned, He could not have been our Savior. As with the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, temptations are always crouching at the door. It’s as close as a click of your computer mouse and as alluring as easy money. The devil is real and tempts us in myriad ways. This is why the Apostle Paul insistently instructed us to “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13 NIV). From the Garden of Eden to the present generation, Satan has honed the craft of temptation. And he knows full well that without the spiritual armor listed by Paul in Ephesians 6, we are but pawns in his demonic game.
Mar 27, 2021
Renewing You with Fr. Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh - Part 5
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/26/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh, authors of the new book, Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan. Hank, Nick, and Roxanne discuss the importance of being in the present, why discernment is so important, what passions are, being intentional about teaching our children, the impact of guilt on our lives, the meaning behind the number 86,400, and how our birth should never be viewed as accidental because we all have a purpose.
Mar 26, 2021
Renewing You with Fr. Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/25/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh, authors of the new book, Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan. Hank, Nick, and Roxanne discuss the first fifteen method, the book of Proverbs and a practice called the “brain dump”, different types of thinking errors that hijack our minds, extreme absolutist thinking, and the importance of being in the present.
Mar 25, 2021
Renewing You with Fr. Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/24/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh, authors of the new book, Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan. Hank, Nick, and Roxanne discuss why confession is important in the life of a Christian, liturgical practices and the mystery of the Eucharist, why people settle for less in life, how our thoughts determine our lives, the discipline of seeking stillness to be with God and hear His voice, and practicing the first fifteen method.
Mar 24, 2021
Renewing You with Fr. Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/23/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Father Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh, authors of the new book, Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan. Hank, Nick, and Roxanne discuss how Christians should find their purpose in life, the importance of continual growth in the life of a Christian, the importance of developing spiritual disciplines to combat spiritual warfare, the importance of having a vision for our lives, and why confession is important in the life of a Christian.
Mar 23, 2021
Renewing You with Fr. Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/22/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guests are Father Nicholas and Dr. Roxanne Louh, authors of the new book, Renewing You: A Priest, a Psychologist, and a Plan. Hank, Nick, and Roxanne discuss combining principles for spiritual growth with psychological tools to unlock God’s potential for our lives, what it was like for Nick and Roxanne to co-author a book together as husband and wife, if psychology and religion are in conflict, the process for renewal that the Lenten season provides, and how Christians should find their purpose in life.
Mar 22, 2021
Best of BAM: Matthew Chapter 3: Repent
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank continues his series on teaching through the Bible, moving on to Matthew chapter 3. In this chapter, we are introduced to John the Baptist, one of the most important characters in all of Scripture. He is the one who prepares the way for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the ministry that is going to redeem not only people but all of creation itself. Matthew chapter 3 starts with one of the most profound, poignant, and important words in all of the Christian faith: repent. Repentance is a complete turn on the road of life. No longer living for the City of Man but focused now on the City of God. That is our destination in repentance. This is something that happens to everyone who becomes a follower of Jesus Christ; they have a complete change of heart, a complete change of mind, a complete change of the will—they are transformed by repentance.

Hank also discusses the importance of baptism. When we are baptized, we confess our sins and we make a U-turn on the road of life. Baptism has fallen on hard times—just as confession has. Baptism oftentimes in the church is no longer seen as a sacrament, and confession of sins is oftentimes seen as being tantamount to cheapening God’s unmerited favor—or worse, actually mocking God. There are Christian leaders who deem confession to be a gnostic heresy, there are others who demean it as counterproductive to a healthy Christian life. And this in face of the Apostle John who urged his dear children in the faith to continually confess their sins or the Apostle James who exhorts believers to confess their sins to one another and to God.
Mar 20, 2021
Matthew Chapter 4: A Light To the Gentiles
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/19/21), Hank dives back into Matthew chapter 4, beginning from verse 12. Following the baptism of Jesus, St. John was imprisoned by Herod Antipas, governor of Galilee and the son of Herod I (who sought to kill the Messiah in Matthew 2). On his birthday, Herod threw a party at which Salome, the daughter of Herodias, asked for the head of St. John on a platter. To this day, the Holy Church commemorates the Beheading of John the Baptist every August 29 by a strict fast. At any rate, following the beheading of St. John Jesus leaves Nazareth and lived instead in Galilee of the Gentiles in fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that those in darkness would be awakened to the great light of the Gospel. Here we realize once again that Jesus fulfilled every predictive and typological prophecy such that His face and His face alone could appear in the luminous tapestry of Old Testament writings. Only one among the billions could emerge through the doorway of the Law and the Prophets. Only One could be their fulfillment. Every divine prophecy. Every divine precept.
Mar 19, 2021
Matthew Chapter 4: Putting on the Full Armor of God
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/18/21), Hank returns to Matthew chapter 4 where the temptation of Christ in the wilderness is documented and points out that the temptation of Christ does not in any way imply that Christ was tainted by sin. For sin to take place, there must be a sinful inner response to Satan’s seductive suggestion to sin. Although Satan appealed to Jesus’ natural human desires, our Lord did not fantasize in response to Satan’s suggestion. To mull over Satan’s suggestion even for a moment would have constituted sin. And had Jesus sinned, He could not have been our Savior. As with the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness, temptations are always crouching at the door. It’s as close as a click of your computer mouse and as alluring as easy money. The devil is real and tempts us in myriad ways. This is why the Apostle Paul insistently instructed us to “put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13 NIV). From the Garden of Eden to the present generation, Satan has honed the craft of temptation. And he knows full well that without the spiritual armor listed by Paul in Ephesians 6, we are but pawns in his demonic game.
Mar 18, 2021
A Pandemic of Panic and the Paganizing of St. Patrick’s Day
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/17/21), Hank brings up how last year’s celebration of St. Patrick’s Day was largely muted as COVID-19 was just beginning to become part of our national vocabulary. The media was communicating a narrative that was, at best, the skin of the truth stuffed with significant lies. Along with social media, big tech, and big government, they were bent on promoting what might well be described as the first full pandemic of panic. As Christians, we see the church as the place where the union of human persons with God is accomplished. And therefore the church is the most important organism on the planet. For someone like Dr. Anthony Fauci, church is at best ancillary to a properly ordered society. But for us as Christians, no society can properly function without it. Along with the paganizing of our culture, Hank also talks about the paganizing of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick is a 5th-century saint now considered to be the patron saint of Ireland. When he arrived in Ireland, most of the Irish practiced a nature-based form of paganism. But through Patrick’s work, God brought many in Ireland to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus.
Mar 17, 2021
Matthew Chapter 4: The Ultimate Spiritual Battle
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/16/21), Hank resumes teaching through the Bible, picking up with Matthew chapter 4. Chapter 4 of St. Matthew’s Gospel brings us to the ultimate spiritual battle. Jesus was alone and hungry, and Satan was poised and ready to strike. Jesus had fasted 40 days and 40 nights. Being hungry, Jesus was in a state of vulnerability. Moreover, he was in the very wilderness in which the Israelites had been tempted and had proven disloyal to the will of God. Sensing vulnerability, the tempter seized upon the physical hunger of our Lord. Jesus might well have responded by unveiling his divine glory, but he didn’t. He took up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17 NIV). As Jesus armed himself with the sword of the Spirit, so must we. Armed with the puny sword of reason, we stand impotent before an archfiend who has studied us thoroughly and is intimately acquainted with all of our vulnerabilities. Armed with the sword of the Spirit, however, we are a terror to Satan and can stand strong in the face of his fiercest temptations. It is absurd to think of being a Christian without the knowledge of God’s Word and the skill to use it in spiritual warfare.
Mar 16, 2021
Matthew Chapter 3: Baptized With the Holy Spirit and Fire
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/15/21), Hank continues to work his way through the Gospel of Matthew. In chapter 3, we see John the Baptist who is preaching a Gospel of repentance, and the Sadducees and the Pharisees coming to see what is going on with all of these people who are coming to be baptized by John. When John sees these priests, he calls them a brood of vipers (as Christ also says later on)—Why? Because they were deceptive and malicious. John goes on to say, “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11 NIV). Baptism is not a mere initiation rite, it is a sacrament. Unfortunately, says Hank, there are those in churches around the world that have taken the sacramental nature of baptism and dispensed with it. They have made baptism into something we do for God, as opposed to something that God does within us.
Mar 15, 2021
Best of BAM: Teaching Through the Gospel of Matthew - LEGACY
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank explains that he is going to start something that he probably should’ve started a long time ago. For years his wife Kathy has been telling him that he ought to teach through the Bible. Instead of just answering questions that people give to him on the broadcast, he ought to anticipate those questions as he goes through the Word of God. And so today Hank begins with the Gospel of Matthew, using his acronym LEGACY to set up a foundation to understand the background of this part of Scripture.
Mar 13, 2021
Is the Pope Really Infallible? With Robert Spencer - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/12/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and the author of more than twenty books, including The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS and the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Hank and Robert Spencer discuss why many Westerners find Islam attractive, Robert’s response to the Southern Poverty Law Center labeling him as a dangerous extremist and how it has impacted his life and work, the distinction between God’s essence and energies and why it matters, the importance of the perpetual virginity of Mary, and Robert’s work on a new, honest translation of the Quran and the danger of being critical of Islam.
Mar 12, 2021
Is the Pope Really Infallible? With Robert Spencer - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/11/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and the author of more than twenty books, including The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS and the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Hank and Robert Spencer discuss misunderstanding deification, if Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians should ignore their differences in pursuit of unity; the state of Islam in the world today, how Muslims view Jesus, the danger of Islamic eschatology, the truth about the Quran, and Christian persecution in the Middle East today.
Mar 11, 2021
Is the Pope Really Infallible? With Robert Spencer - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/10/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and the author of more than twenty books, including The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS and the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Hank and Robert Spencer discuss the problem with Papal infallibility, the different views of grace in Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy; Papal supremacy and the confession of Peter, the difference between Papal primacy and supremacy, and the different views of the Eucharist.
Mar 10, 2021
Is the Pope Really Infallible? With Robert Spencer - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/09/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and the author of more than twenty books, including The History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS and the New York Times bestseller The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades). Hank and Robert Spencer discuss why Robert left the Catholic Church, if Muslims and Christians pray to the same God, how Christians (Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant) can unite, the importance of Apostolic succession to the Christian faith, and infant baptism.
Mar 09, 2021
Matthew Chapter 3: Repent
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/08/21), Hank moves on to Matthew 3, reading through the entire chapter. In this chapter, we are introduced to John the Baptist, one of the most important characters in all of Scripture. He is the one who prepares the way for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the ministry that is going to redeem not only people but all of creation itself. Matthew chapter 3 starts with one of the most profound, poignant, and important words in all of the Christian faith: repent. Repentance is a complete turn on the road of life. No longer living for the City of Man but focused now on the City of God. That is our destination in repentance. This is something that happens to everyone who becomes a follower of Jesus Christ; they have a complete change of heart, a complete change of mind, a complete change of the will—they are transformed by repentance.

Hank also discusses the importance of baptism. When we are baptized, we confess our sins and we make a U-turn on the road of life. Baptism has fallen on hard times—just as confession has. Baptism oftentimes in the church is no longer seen as a sacrament, and confession of sins is oftentimes seen as being tantamount to cheapening God’s unmerited favor—or worse, actually mocking God. There are Christian leaders who deem confession to be a gnostic heresy, there are others who demean it as counterproductive to a healthy Christian life. And this in face of the Apostle John who urged his dear children in the faith to continually confess their sins or the Apostle James who exhorts believers to confess their sins to one another and to God.
Mar 08, 2021
Best of BAM: Learning To Rightly Interpret Scripture
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank talks about learning to rightly interpret Scripture in an age of biblical illiteracy. Hank brings up a question he received from a Christian leader, who wanted to know why God chose to reveal Himself in the way that He did. Why the confusing prose of Genesis? Why bizarre prophecies such as those encountered in Daniel and Ezekiel? And why end the panoply of Scripture with a virtually unintelligible book chronicling the end of the world? In thinking about how he should respond, Hank was reminded of Rebekah Valerius’s inclusion of a quote by G.K. Chesterton in her article which is featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal. In the article, she quotes Chesterton who said, “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” And that is the essence of the matter. Scripture is a heavenly condescension. To explain the profundity and purposes of God to humanity is “like trying to explain Einstein to a little-neck clam.” This is precisely why we must approach the task of interpreting Scripture with a great deal of humility. As you read through the upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal, Hank hopes you will remember that while seeking to rightly interpret Scripture in an age of biblical illiteracy takes effort, it is well worth the investment.
Mar 06, 2021
Matthew Chapter 2: Typological Prophecy
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/05/21), Hank picks up on the matter of typological prophecy, beginning with a prophecy that we read about yesterday in Matthew 2:15. It no doubt drives skeptics crazy to hear Christians say that this prophecy by Hosea is fulfilled in Immanuel rather than a prophecy that seems clearly fulfilled by ancient Israel. Yet that is precisely what St. Matthew contends in verse 15 of his Gospel. The overarching point Hank drives at is the need to make careful distinctions between predictive prophecies such as Micah 5:2 which finds fulfillment in Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:5) and prophecies such as Hosea 11:1 which are typologically fulfilled in Christ. Failure to recognize this difference has led more than a few to outright doubt and disbelief. Only when the elegance of typology is comprehended is the mystery of Scripture more fully apprehended.

Chapter 2 of Matthew’s Gospel ends with the fulfillment of what was said through the prophets, namely that Jesus would be called a Nazarene. This particular prophecy is exceedingly interesting, in that the city of Nazareth was a historically despised place. You can almost hear the echo of words spoken by Nathaniel, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” These words of Nathaniel are prophetic in and of themselves. Nazareth was a term of derision and thus was appropriately applied to the Messiah, about whom the prophets said, “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain” (Isaiah 53:3).
Mar 05, 2021
Matthew Chapter 2: The Magi and the Monster
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/04/21), Hank begins by talking about the star that the Magi had seen in the east. This star which the wise men saw in the east, says St. Matthew, “went before the Magi, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.” Thus the question: what is this star? In the West, there have been all kinds of rationalistic efforts to explain its existence. Some suppose that it’s a comet, some speculate that it’s the convergence of two planets—Jupiter and Saturn or Jupiter and Venus—and others think it’s a supernova—a very bright exploding star. But there’s a problem with these rationalistic theories. They all fail to explain how the star which the Magi saw in the east went before them until it stood fixed over Bethlehem. Neither a fixed star nor a comet could ever have disappeared, reappeared, and stood still. Only a miraculous explanation suffices.

Hank resumes his reading of Matthew chapter 2, picking up from verse 13 where we encounter a monster. Unlike the Magi, Herod had no interest in worshiping the Messiah. Instead, he wanted Him dead. He had every advantage that the Magi did not. He was a Jew, acquainted with the Prophets. He knew that Christ alone could emerge through the narrow doorway of prophecy. Yet it was the Magi, not the monster who saw the great light and followed it to the birthplace of the Messiah.
Mar 04, 2021
Matthew Chapter 2: Predictive Prophecy and Typological Prophecy
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/03/21), Hank continues his series on teaching through the Bible, currently working his way through the Gospel of Matthew. Before moving on to chapter 2, Hank takes a moment to say a word about Mary, the mother of Jesus. For most of his Christian life, Hank lacked a proper appreciation for the grandeur and glory of the mother of his Savior. More serious than a lack of enthusiasm was his continual denial of the perpetual virginity of the mother of our Lord. While he has never supposed that Mary was not a virgin before the birth of Christ, he has both preached and written that Mary conceived children after the birth of Christ. And for that Hank is truly sorry.

Moving on to chapter 2, Hank reads through the first twelve verses before pausing to point out an important distinction between predictive prophecy and typological prophecy. In chapter 1, we encountered the virgin birth prophecy, which is typological. Here in chapter 2, we encounter what is known as a predictive prophecy. Predictive prophecy is fairly straightforward, while typological prophecy is somewhat more complex.
Mar 03, 2021
Matthew Chapter 1: The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/02/21), Hank follows up on yesterday’s broadcast where he gave an overview of the book of Matthew and read the first chapter as a part of his series on teaching through the Bible. As you go through the first chapter of Matthew, you realize that a lot of questions arise. For example, “Why organize the genealogy of Jesus Christ into three groups of four?”, “Why include women?”, and “What should our disposition be toward Mary?” Hank addresses these questions and more as he teaches through the first chapter of the Gospel of Matthew.
Mar 02, 2021
Teaching Through the Gospel of Matthew - LEGACY
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (03/01/21), Hank explains that he is going to start something that he probably should’ve started a long time ago. For years his wife Kathy has been telling him that he ought to teach through the Bible. Instead of just answering questions that people give to him on the broadcast, he ought to anticipate those questions as he goes through the Word of God. And so today Hank begins with the Gospel of Matthew, using his acronym LEGACY to set up a foundation to understand the background of this part of Scripture.
Mar 01, 2021
Best of BAM: The Need for Discernment
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank laments the lack of discernment in the Christian community as scams continue to multiply. Years ago Hank wrote about Harold Camping, who on the basis of alleged biblical insight predicted that God would bring judgment day on May 21, 2011. It is ironic that Camping cited Amos 3:7 in vindication of his claims. Amos could rightly say “the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” for he was a true prophet of God. Unlike Camping, who attempts through esoteric numerology to calculate the exact date of rapture as well as the precise date of Christ’s first advent; the prophets provided date parameters which in concert with ancestry, birthplace, and crucifixion prophecies; pinpoint Jesus as the prophesied Messiah. As much as one might hope that Camping was an outlier, in reality, his number is legion. Hank recently was sent a link to yet another sensationalistic Bible prophecy video, this one based on a prophecy by Alexander Cain. The video alleges to be a prophetic message to President Joe Biden. However, a little research demonstrates that Alexander Cain is a pen name and the video is a mere rehash of material produced back in 2015. The original video predicted that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would usher in “the greatest and darkest event in human history” which was to occur prior to January 1, 2017. Obviously, as with Camping, Cain proved to be a false prophet—not only because the EMP failed to materialize, but because the biblical passages to which it alludes have nothing whatsoever to do with the twenty-first century.
Feb 27, 2021
Learning To Rightly Interpret Scripture
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/26/21), Hank talks about learning to rightly interpret Scripture in an age of biblical illiteracy. Hank brings up a question he received from a Christian leader, who wanted to know why God chose to reveal Himself in the way that He did. Why the confusing prose of Genesis? Why bizarre prophecies such as those encountered in Daniel and Ezekiel? And why end the panoply of Scripture with a virtually unintelligible book chronicling the end of the world? In thinking about how he should respond, Hank was reminded of Rebekah Valerius’s inclusion of a quote by G.K. Chesterton in her article which is featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal. In the article, she quotes Chesterton who said, “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.” And that is the essence of the matter. Scripture is a heavenly condescension. To explain the profundity and purposes of God to humanity is “like trying to explain Einstein to a little-neck clam.” This is precisely why we must approach the task of interpreting Scripture with a great deal of humility. As you read through the upcoming issue of the Christian Research Journal, Hank hopes you will remember that while seeking to rightly interpret Scripture in an age of biblical illiteracy takes effort, it is well worth the investment.
Feb 26, 2021
A Christian Response To Homophobia and Racism with Rev. Matt Kennedy - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/25/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss the historic Christian belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist, traditionalism vs. tradition and why so many people mistakenly describe liturgical worship as dead faith, Ignatius of Antioch’s desire for martyrdom and the role of suffering and persecution in Christianity, learning to thank God for suffering and allowing it to bring us closer to Christ, and what Christians today can learn from the example of Ignatius of Antioch.
Feb 25, 2021
A Christian Response To Homophobia and Racism with Rev. Matt Kennedy - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/24/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss the role of ideology in propaganda projects aimed at rewriting history, what the Bible says about race, the historical novelty of seeker-sensitive churches, the key differences between traditional liturgical worship and modern seeker-sensitive forms of worship, and the historic Christian belief in the presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
Feb 24, 2021
A Christian Response To Homophobia and Racism with Rev. Matt Kennedy - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/23/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss the increasing pressure for pastors to adapt to changing cultural norms and narratives that conflict with traditional Christian teachings and practices, why misunderstanding the nature of love causes many Christians to change their theology on sexuality, Christians changing their theology on the basis of their own experience as opposed to biblical exegesis, the rise of secular beliefs within many churches and Christian organizations, the worldview of white privilege, the idea that all white people are systemically racist, and the role of ideology in propaganda projects aimed at rewriting history.
Feb 23, 2021
A Christian Response To Homophobia and Racism with Rev. Matt Kennedy - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/22/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Reverend Matthew Kennedy, Rector of Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Binghamton, New York, and a contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal. His work includes the current cover feature article, “Why Do Parents of Gay Children Change Their Theological Minds?” Hank and Reverend Kennedy discuss what made Kennedy become a Christian, how misunderstanding the true meaning of love leads to misunderstanding God, the value of exegetical preaching and writing, why Kennedy left the Episcopal Church and joined the Anglican Communion, why parents of gay children change their theological minds, and increasing pressure for the pastors to adapt to changing cultural norms and narratives that conflict with traditional Christian teachings and practices.
Feb 22, 2021
Best of BAM Q&A: Tithing, Answers in Genesis, and Witnessing to Mormons
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

If my husband and I don’t tithe, will we stop receiving God’s blessing?
My eleven-year-old daughter is struggling at school; how can I help her to stay strong in her faith?
What do you think about Answers in Genesis with Ken Ham?
I heard Creflo Dollar say that God made man a little lower than Elohim, not angels. Can you clarify this?
How can I witness to Mormons on the nature of God?
Feb 20, 2021
Q&A: The Millennium, Euthanasia, and Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/19/21), Hank answers the following questions:

Does Daniel 11:37 prove that the Antichrist will be Jewish?
Since you understand the Millennium to be eternal, how can Satan be released after the Millennium is over?
I am making out my will, and in light of the current health care in this country, how heroic do I need to ask my representatives to be if I end up on life support?
I use your FACTS model for prayer every day; how do I know this isn’t the vain repetition Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:7?
Feb 19, 2021
Q&A: Legalism, the Book of Job, and Mosaic Law
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/18/21), Hank answers the following questions:

What kind of person is Jesus referring to in Matthew 7:20-23? How can I know whether or not I am a participant in the kingdom or living in legalism?
When Jesus told the thief on the cross that he would be with Him in Paradise, is Paradise heaven or something else?
Is it okay to ask God to bind Satan?
Is the book of Job the oldest text in the Bible, and who wrote it?
Are we still supposed to obey the Mosaic Law?
Feb 18, 2021
The Need for Discernment
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/17/21), Hank laments the lack of discernment in the Christian community as scams continue to multiply. Years ago Hank wrote about Harold Camping, who on the basis of alleged biblical insight predicted that God would bring judgment day on May 21, 2011. It is ironic that Camping cited Amos 3:7 in vindication of his claims. Amos could rightly say “the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” for he was a true prophet of God. Unlike Camping, who attempts through esoteric numerology to calculate the exact date of rapture as well as the precise date of Christ’s first advent; the prophets provided date parameters which in concert with ancestry, birthplace, and crucifixion prophecies; pinpoint Jesus as the prophesied Messiah. As much as one might hope that Camping was an outlier, in reality, his number is legion. Hank recently was sent a link to yet another sensationalistic Bible prophecy video, this one based on a prophecy by Alexander Cain. The video alleges to be a prophetic message to President Joe Biden. However, a little research demonstrates that Alexander Cain is a pen name and the video is a mere rehash of material produced back in 2015. The original video predicted that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) would usher in “the greatest and darkest event in human history” which was to occur prior to January 1, 2017. Obviously, as with Camping, Cain proved to be a false prophet—not only because the EMP failed to materialize, but because the biblical passages to which it alludes have nothing whatsoever to do with the twenty-first century.
Feb 17, 2021
Q&A: Interpreting Prophets, Contrasting the Fall of Angels and Man, and the Holy Spirit
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/16/21), Hank answers the following questions:

What is the best translation of Isaiah 45:7, and how can I explain this to my wife?
Does Amos 9:11-15 refer to the second coming?
Can you contrast the fall of angels and the fall of man? Do angels have free will?
In Revelation chapter 6, when John hears a voice saying not to harm the oil and the wine; what does that mean?
Why doesn’t the exact phrase “Holy Spirit” appear in the Old Testament?
Feb 16, 2021
Celebrating Presidents Day
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/15/21), Hank reflects on the words of one of the great presidents of the United States of America, George Washington. Every February we celebrate Presidents Day, a holiday that originated as Washington’s Birthday in 1885. The question Hank seeks to answer is, “why celebrate Presidents Day today—136 years after its establishment and 289 years after Washington’s birth on February 22, 1732?” There are some obvious reasons. Washington was, of course, our first president. He served as commander-in-chief of colonial armies during the American Revolution. He set the standard for all presidents that would follow in his train. He was a man of great personal integrity. He famously established the maxim that liberty is greater than any singular individual. And, Hank’s favorite reason for celebrating this holiday, he is eminently quotable. “It is better to live alone than in bad company.” “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.” “All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” These quotes from George Washington show that he was a president that knew the Bible, as they all echo that which is taught in Holy Scripture.
Feb 15, 2021
Best of BAM Q&A: The Bible as Infallible Literature, Demon Possession, and the Sin Leading To Death
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

Can you clarify your statements on the Bible being infallible literature?
Is there hope for an unbeliever who is demon-possessed?
Is Matthew 7:21-23 referring to Christians?
What was the meaning of Jesus saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”?
Someone told me it is inappropriate to thank people because is it only proper to thank God. What do you think of this?
What is the sin leading to death in 1 John 5:16?
Feb 13, 2021
Debunking Howard Zinn with Mary Grabar - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/12/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Mary Grabar, a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and the author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation against America. Hank and Dr. Grabar discuss The 1619 Project and the goal of reframing American history, narratives concerning Islam, Christianity, and slavery; changing portrayals of President Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, the changing cultural narrative influencing American children today, Howard Zinn and the Communist Party USA, and the Marxist principles of the Black Lives Matter organization.
Feb 12, 2021
Debunking Howard Zinn with Mary Grabar - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/11/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Mary Grabar, a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and the author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation against America. Hank and Dr. Grabar discuss why Grabar felt it necessary to write Debunking Howard Zinn, the narrative of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, if Christopher Columbus was motivated by greed or God, the popular idea that there is no objective history or truth, if America is the most racist country in the history of the world, and the 1619 Project and the goal of reframing American history.
Feb 11, 2021
Debunking Howard Zinn with Mary Grabar - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/10/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Mary Grabar, a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and the author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation against America. Hank and Dr. Grabar discuss the altered narrative of Christopher Columbus as an example of Zinn’s use of rhetorical tricks to essentially rewrite history, radical liberalism, the radicalization of a Christian college like Spellman College, cultural Marxism in America today, the Zinn Education Project and the growing influence of Howard Zinn globally, and why Grabar felt it necessary to write Debunking Howard Zinn.
Feb 10, 2021
Debunking Howard Zinn with Mary Grabar - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/09/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Mary Grabar, a resident fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization and the author of Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation against America. Hank and Dr. Grabar discuss how Hank discovered Grabar’s book while researching for a monologue on Columbus Day, how Howard Zinn was able to change the historical perspective of so many people, 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, how an alleged member of the communist party like Howard Zinn made it mainstream in America, and the altered narrative of Christopher Columbus as an example of Zinn’s use of rhetorical tricks to essentially rewrite history.
Feb 09, 2021
Q&A: Tithing, Answers in Genesis, and Witnessing to Mormons
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/08/21), Hank answers the following questions:

If my husband and I don’t tithe, will we stop receiving God’s blessing?
My eleven-year-old daughter is struggling at school; how can I help her to stay strong in her faith?
What do you think about Answers in Genesis with Ken Ham?
I heard Creflo Dollar say that God made man a little lower than Elohim, not angels. Can you clarify this?
How can I witness to Mormons on the nature of God?
Feb 08, 2021
Best of BAM Q&A: The Man of Lawlessness, the Thief on the Cross, and the Great Flood
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

Revelation 13:8 speaks of the Lamb’s book of life; is there a passage that speaks of names being added to it at regeneration?
Does the Foursquare Church, the Assemblies of God, and Oneness Pentecostalism all have the same four-step salvation plan?
Who are the restrainer and the man of lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2?
Can you explain the seemingly contradictory accounts of the thieves who were crucified with Jesus?
Is the flood account in Genesis depicting a global or local flood?
Feb 06, 2021
Q&A: The Origins of the Major Religions, What Is Faith, and Praying “Our Father”
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/05/21), Hank answers the following questions:

Why does it appear that all the major religions seem to have started in the East? Did they know of each other?
How would you define faith?
Where did Cain’s wife come from? Did he marry a sibling?
Is it okay for me to use the words “our Father” when I am praying by myself?
The Qur’an claims that it is true because it is based on the Bible, but the Bible says not to add or take away from it. Can you comment on this?
It seems that all world religions are waiting for their own Messiah, but this Messiah will be the Antichrist. What are your thoughts on this?
Feb 05, 2021
The Need for Answers, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/04/21), Hank highlights many of the crucial answers provided in the Creation Answer Book. It is clear that people what answers to their questions, and The Creation Answer Book tackles some of the most important questions about origins and demonstrates conclusively that the evolutionary paradigm is no longer tenable in an age of scientific enlightenment. It is designed not only to answer questions but to help believers read the Bible in the sense it was intended.

Hank also answers the following questions:

What are your thoughts on the Lutheran Church?
Can you shed some light on Ephesians 1:17?
Are there biblical doctrines within Calvinism that are true, or should I reject it completely?
How would you address a Muslim who denies Jesus’ crucifixion?
Feb 04, 2021
Q&A: The Bible as Infallible Literature, Demon Possession, and the Rapture
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/03/21), Hank answers the following questions:

Can you clarify your statements on the Bible being infallible literature?
Is there hope for an unbeliever who is demon-possessed?
Is Matthew 7:21-23 referring to Christians?
Exodus 9:16 says God raised up Pharaoh in order to show His power in him; can you explain the language used in this passage?
What is your view concerning the rapture; will it be pre or post-tribulation?
I am attending a Hebrew roots church and the pastor doesn’t believe in the Trinity; what are your thoughts on this?
Feb 03, 2021
Q&A: Jimmy Swaggart, What Happens After Death, and the Sin Leading To Death
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/02/21), Hank answers the following questions:

What is your opinion of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries?
As Christians, what happens after death?
Where do you stand on the Lordship Salvation controversy?
What was the meaning of Jesus saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me”?
Someone told me it is inappropriate to thank people because is it only proper to thank God. What do you think of this?
What is the sin leading to death in 1 John 5:16?
Feb 02, 2021
Q&A: Talking To Deceased Loved Ones, Homosexuality, and Near-Death Experiences
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (02/01/21), Hank answers the following questions:

What are your thoughts on those who talk to their deceased loved ones?
I struggle with homosexual desires and I also consider myself a true Christian, but I don’t engage in homosexual activity; what do you think of this?
What is your opinion of the book 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper? Can someone really die and come back from heaven?
Is it okay for Muslims, Christians, and Jews to all worship on the same property but in separate buildings?
Feb 01, 2021
Best of BAM Q&A: False Teachers, the Lamb’s Book of Life, and New Age Ideology
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

A pastor in our area denies the deity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the virgin birth, but he hasn’t publically taught this. Is he still a false teacher?
Can you differentiate between psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in Ephesians 5:19?
My pastor said the Holy Spirit has a soul; is this correct?
Is Isaiah 49:16 speaking about the Lamb’s book of life?
What percentage of Americans embrace New Age ideology?
Jan 30, 2021
Q&A: The Man of Lawlessness, the Thief on the Cross, and the Great Flood
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/29/21), Hank answers the following questions:

Revelation 13:8 speaks of the Lamb’s book of life; is there a passage that speaks of names being added to it at regeneration?
Does the Foursquare Church, the Assemblies of God, and Oneness Pentecostalism all have the same four-step salvation plan?
Who are the restrainer and the man of lawlessness in 2 Thessalonians chapter 2?
Can you explain the seemingly contradictory accounts of the thieves who were crucified with Jesus?
Is the flood account in Genesis depicting a global or local flood?
Jan 29, 2021
The Demon in Democracy with Ryszard Legutko - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/28/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Ryszard Legutko, a prominent Polish and European statesman, distinguished philosopher, and the author of The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. Hank and Professor Legutko discuss how religion, conservatism, and the family are seen as common enemies of liberal democracy and communism; the worship of man, why socialists and communists have always hated religion, the dangerous naivety of progressive, liberal Christianity; the delusion of conciliatory Christians and capitulatory Christians, a stunning statement made by Legutko in The Demon in Democracy, what resistance looks like today, Legutko’s new book The Cunning of Freedom: Saving the Self in an Age of False Idols, and the experience of Legutko as a member in the European Parliament.
Jan 28, 2021
The Demon in Democracy with Ryszard Legutko - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/27/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Ryszard Legutko, a prominent Polish and European statesman, distinguished philosopher, and the author of The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. Hank and Professor Legutko discuss identity politics, multiculturalism and social engineering, the global reaction to Hungary defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, reducing everything to the ideological triad of class, race, and gender; the paradox of equality, and how religion, conservatism, and the family are seen as common enemies of liberal democracy and communism.
Jan 27, 2021
The Demon in Democracy with Ryszard Legutko - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/26/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Ryszard Legutko, a prominent Polish and European statesman, distinguished philosopher, and the author of The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. Hank and Professor Legutko discuss how modern society is consumed with entertainment and self-hatred, Black Lives Matter and the ulterior motives of the movement such as the disruption of the nuclear family, the continued shift to the left in “mainstream politics” and the exclusion of conservatives, and the manipulation of language and the problem with changing the meanings of words and concepts in society.
Jan 26, 2021
The Demon in Democracy with Ryszard Legutko - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/25/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Ryszard Legutko, a prominent Polish and European statesman, distinguished philosopher, and the author of The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. Hank and Professor Legutko discuss the similarities between communism and liberal democracy, the problem when everything is political, modernization projects, the myth of progress, the continued influence of the Enlightenment, how the West plans to deliver on the failed promises of communism, and how modern society is consumed with entertainment and self-hatred.
Jan 25, 2021
Best of BAM: What Is the Most Important Kind of Christian? and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank addresses the question: what is the most important kind of Christian? With the state of the church and the culture today, the most important kind of Christian is the one who is actually making a positive difference. The health of our nation cannot be divorced from the health of the church any more than the health of a tree can be divorced from its roots. Christians must take a stand or future generations will reap the bitter harvest of our apathy and inaction.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Are you familiar with Tom Bradford? What do you think of his teaching?
What do you think about churches that have multiple locations?
Would it be wrong for me to return to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in order to reconnect with my mother?
What does God think about what’s going on with gay marriage and transgenderism in this country?
I had a conversation with a friend who attends a King James Version only church; what is your perspective on this? What translation would you recommend?
My pastor preached the doctrine of soul sleep, but I believe my soul will be in the presence of Jesus when I die. Can you expand on this?
Jan 23, 2021
A Solemn Reminder of a Horrendous Evil
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/22/21), Hank notes that today is a somber day. January 22nd every year is a solemn reminder of a horrendous evil that took place 48 years ago: The U.S. Supreme Court decision forever memorialized as Roe v. Wade. When searching for information on the Roe anniversary online, the first two search results Hank saw were a study in contrast. The first was a letter from the Diocese of Sacramento signed by the Bishop. The letter urged people of goodwill to observe this day with prayers for the legal protection of human life, works of mercy and penance in reparation for the persistent violations of human dignity inflicted by the practice of abortion. The second search result was a clarion call by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood decrying what was described as “tireless and cruel attacks on access to abortion and a call to honor Roe v. Wade and the fundamental right to bodily autonomy—a right, says Planned Parenthood, we can no longer count on the Supreme Court to uphold.” A third article that Hank read was from Aaron Turner Jr. titled, “Black Lives Matter Inside the Womb and Out.” It was an article that we recently featured in the Christian Research Journal. In the article, Turner points out that “While it is good for our culture to wrestle with the question regarding the use of deadly force by police against black citizens, a far greater danger against black lives is going largely unnoticed and unprotested by the black community. I am speaking of the danger posed to black lives by abortion.” Turner not only curses this systemic darkness, but he provides a template for action. First, we must pray. Prayer is a more important weapon in this battle than any of us imagine. Second, churches need to speak up on the issue of abortion. And thirdly, we need to come alongside black women—especially black single mothers—and assure them that if they decide to keep their baby, the body of Christ will be there to support them along the way.
Jan 22, 2021
Q&A: False Teachers, Understanding Scripture, and Preterism
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/21/21), Hank answers the following questions:

A pastor in our area denies the deity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the virgin birth, but he hasn’t publically taught this. Is he still a false teacher?
Can you differentiate between psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in Ephesians 5:19?
When we receive our resurrected bodies, why would God give perfect bodies to those destined for hell?
When we are witnessing to people, how far should we go; where do we draw the line?
I have a hard time understanding the Bible sometimes; do you know of a book that would help me understand Scripture better?
When looking at a preterist view of eschatology, what can we expect in the future, and where are we in terms of the end times?
Jan 21, 2021
Q&A: Jesus After the Crucifixion, the Lamb’s Book of Life, and New Age Ideology
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/20/21), Hank answers the following questions:

Where was Jesus after His crucifixion?
What is your opinion of the book A Divine Revelation Of Hell by Mary Kay Baxter?
My wife is from Hawaii and she has danced the hula since she was a child; is this acceptable for a Christian?
My pastor said the Holy Spirit has a soul; is this correct?
Is Isaiah 49:16 speaking about the Lamb’s book of life?
What percentage of Americans embrace New Age ideology?
Jan 20, 2021
America The Racist
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/19/21), Hank expands on what he talked about yesterday, specifically on the power of one. One person making a difference for time and for eternity. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the forefront of the civil rights movement. He profoundly changed the course of American history and he did it with nonviolent resistance to racial segregation and discrimination. Abraham Lincoln did much the same, and like King, he was assassinated for his anti-slavery heroics. And also like King, Lincoln’s orations were shaped by the teachings of Jesus Christ—the Lord of Glory and the quintessential demonstration of the power of one. But the power of one goes both ways. Hank recently recorded a podcast with Dr. Mary Grabar who wrote a book debunking Howard Zinn. Zinn has had a towering impact on the educational and entertainment industries. A man who has done more to poison the minds of American students on the issue of racism than arguably anyone before or after. Zinn pontificated again and again that America for all intents and purposes invented racism. And according to Zinn, “even the Emancipation Proclamation did not arise out of a sincere desire to free the slaves, but only from political and military expediency.” And today, largely through the “Zinnification” of American history, Lincoln is no longer given credit for freeing the slaves—and for going about it in a prudent and principled manner. Why? Because that would mean giving the American people credit for abolishing slavery, and it would undermine the caricature of America as a uniquely racist country.
Jan 19, 2021
Encore: DeSean Jackson, Radical Racial Bigotry, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/18/21), Hank discusses the controversy surrounding Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson, who posted an image of a page containing words purportedly from Adolf Hitler. “the white Jews know that the Negroes are the real Children of Israel,” “[They] will extort America, their plan for world domination won't work if the Negroes know who they were.” The quote—replete with its racist implications—is actually from the dark mind of Jeremy Shorter, who infamously contended that his own “true heritage stems back to the ancient Biblical Hebrew Israelites.” DeSean Jackson not only forwards the radical racial bigotry of Black Hebrew Israelism but also lauds the Nation of Islam including Louis Farrakhan. Jackson posted his admiration for Farrakhan with a clip from a speech in which he accused Bill and Melinda Gates of pursuing a coronavirus vaccine in order to “depopulate the Earth.” After being confronted with the implications of his racist offering, Jackson apologized and deleted his posts. He promised to do better, adding “What I posted, I didn’t mean it to the extent that you guys took it.” But more than an apology is needed; what is really needed is an apologetic. A Christian response to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement as well as to Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam.

Hank also answers the following questions:

There seem to be two extremes; some people are incorrigibly wicked, and others are naturally righteous. How does that fit within the Calvinist view?
I was talking to a friend who said that there is a mathematical Christian code in the book of Revelation. Have you ever heard anything like that?
Jan 18, 2021
Best of BAM: Making a Difference While There’s Yet Time
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank brings up a good friend of his who has passed on from this world. He is now among that great cloud of witnesses who are urging us to run the race set before us. He was a church leader; a true Christian willing to follow the truth wherever it leads. Too many of our churches today do not have that kind of leadership. They function, as Rod Dreher has well said, as secular entertainment centers with religious morals simply slapped on top, when they ought to be functioning as the living, breathing body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jan 16, 2021
Cultural Free-Fall and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/15/21), Hank shares his thoughts on the cultural free-fall we find ourselves in. With the seemingly ubiquitous acceptance of homosexuality and the redefinition of marriage, as well as the rise of gender dysphoria, the Judeo-Christian worldview is morphing into pluralism, moral relativism, and naturalism.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Can you explain Hebrews 10:26-27 with regard to the unpardonable sin and fear?
Why do you think the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is the law of the land when it was clearly judicial overreaching?
What is evil? Is it the absence of God’s character?
Jan 15, 2021
What Is the Most Important Kind of Christian? and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/14/21), Hank addresses the question: what is the most important kind of Christian? With the state of the church and the culture today, the most important kind of Christian is the one who is actually making a positive difference. The health of our nation cannot be divorced from the health of the church any more than the health of a tree can be divorced from its roots. Christians must take a stand or future generations will reap the bitter harvest of our apathy and inaction.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Are you familiar with Tom Bradford? What do you think of his teaching?
What do you think about churches that have multiple locations?
Would it be wrong for me to return to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in order to reconnect with my mother?
My son now believes that religion is a tool used to control the masses and there’s no way we can know the God of Christianity is the one true God. Is there a resource I can use to help him?
People die every day; why don’t we grieve for the people we don’t know? Does that make us selfish?
Jan 14, 2021
Q&A: Free Will, King James Only, and Soul Sleep
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/13/21), Hank answers the following questions:

Are you familiar with the book Key to Yourself by Venice Bloodworth?
If God would have set the triggers differently so that Adam and Eve would not have sinned, and yet knew they would sin, how could they have free will?
Will we actually eat in heaven, and if so, will we eat meat?
What does God think about what’s going on with gay marriage and transgenderism in this country?
I had a conversation with a friend who attends a King James Version only church; what is your perspective on this? What translation would you recommend?
My pastor preached the doctrine of soul sleep, but I believe my soul will be in the presence of Jesus when I die. Can you expand on this?
Jan 13, 2021
Equipping You To Exercise Truth and Experience Life
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/12/21), Hank features the newest edition of the Christian Research Journal in which he wrote about the mission of the magazine and vicariously the Christian Research Institute. In producing each and every issue of the Christian Research Journal, our focus is on two complementary realities. First, truth; second, life. Both realities codified by the mission emblazoned on each and every edition of our magazine: “Equipping You To Exercise Truth and Experience Life.” As is evident in a post-truth culture, truth matters. Truth really, really matters! We have been commissioned to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have” (1 Pet. 3:15 NIV). Yet being intellectually equipped “to exercise truth” is hardly sufficient. The Father’s greatest gift to those who have been saved through His Son is the impartation of a new order of life, an order of life that is of the same quality as the life of Christ. If we relegate the Christian experience to a mere headful of knowledge we’re in danger of devolving into a transactional rather than transformational relationship with the Lover of our souls. Thus, the Christian Research Institute through its various outreaches is committed to “equipping you to exercise truth” and to “experience life.”
Jan 12, 2021
Live Not by Lies with Rod Dreher - Part 5
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/11/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Rod Dreher, author of Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. Hank and Rod discuss the difference between authoritarianism and totalitarianism, distinguishing classical liberals from socialists and communists, snowflakes and the power of victimization, the myth of progress, giving up our liberties for the pink police state—Brave New World, and the Christian’s hope in Christ.
Jan 11, 2021
Best of BAM: Death Does Not Delay
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank devotes his time to speak about death. Now, you may be wondering; why in the world would he want to do something like that? The reason is that the year 2020 was all about death. From COVID-19 to the deaths of famous people; the media has been obsessing over death all year. One of Hank’s recent daily devotions spoke on death, and those words have stuck in his mind. “Remember that death will not delay, and the decree of Hades has not been shown to you” (Sirach 14:12 RSV). In other words, death does not make a deal with us to come at a time that we would prefer. Instead, we are all a heartbeat away from the ocean of eternity and this life is but a single drop in the immensity of that ocean.
Jan 09, 2021
Live Not by Lies with Rod Dreher - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/08/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Rod Dreher, author of Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. Hank and Rod discuss what should we learn from the state response to the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons learned from the Bolsheviks, similarities between a declining USA and Russia before the revolution and key pre-totalitarian characteristics, the use of science to advance ideological and political beliefs, problems with The 1619 Project by The New York Times, and the repurposing of Soviet propaganda for the cover art of Live Not By Lies.
Jan 08, 2021
Live Not by Lies with Rod Dreher - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/07/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Rod Dreher, author of Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. Hank and Rod discuss how the church is contributing to the decline of Western Civilization, the totalitarian traits of the transgender agenda and the politicization of every aspect of life, the problems with Black Lives Matter as a movement, issues of ideological indoctrination today, and the most important lesson that Rod learned while writing Live Not By Lies.
Jan 07, 2021
Live Not by Lies with Rod Dreher - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/06/21), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Rod Dreher, author of Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. Hank and Rod discuss See, Judge, Act—what we can learn about the underground church movement of Father Tomislav Kolakovic, memory holes, the importance of cultivating cultural memory and the dangers of not knowing history, the importance of discernment, and the different meanings of social justice.
Jan 06, 2021
Live Not by Lies with Rod Dreher - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/05/21), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Rod Dreher, author of Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. Hank and Rod discuss how an essay by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn inspired the title for Rod’s new book Live Not by Lies, stories of émigrés from the former Soviet Union telling Rod that they see reminders of communism cropping up in America, the dangers of cancel culture and people being afraid to speak freely, the difference between hard totalitarianism and soft totalitarianism, and if we are living in a world more similar to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World or George Orwell’s 1984.
Jan 05, 2021
Making a Difference While There’s Yet Time
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/04/21), Hank brings up a good friend of his who has passed on from this world. He is now among that great cloud of witnesses who are urging us to run the race set before us. He was a church leader; a true Christian willing to follow the truth wherever it leads. Too many of our churches today do not have that kind of leadership. They function, as Rod Dreher has well said, as secular entertainment centers with religious morals simply slapped on top, when they ought to be functioning as the living, breathing body of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jan 04, 2021
Best of BAM: Transform Your 2021 With Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank starts a series of broadcasts to focus you on life practices that will transform your 2021. Today’s focus is on prayer, as it is primary to life practices, in that prayer marshals us into continuous communion with the lover of our souls. As such, it is the principle practice through which we experience being filled with the presence and power of God.
Jan 02, 2021
Death Does Not Delay
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/01/21), Hank devotes his time to speak about death. Now, you may be wondering; why in the world would he want to do something like that, especially on New Year’s Day? The reason is that the year 2020 was all about death. From COVID-19 to the deaths of famous people; the media has been obsessing over death all year. One of Hank’s recent daily devotions spoke on death, and those words have stuck in his mind. “Remember that death will not delay, and the decree of Hades has not been shown to you” (Sirach 14:12 RSV). In other words, death does not make a deal with us to come at a time that we would prefer. Instead, we are all a heartbeat away from the ocean of eternity and this life is but a single drop in the immensity of that ocean.
Jan 01, 2021
Transform Your 2021 With Fasting
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/31/20), Hank spends the last day of the year to focus your attention on the oft-neglected spiritual discipline of fasting. Fasting is a spiritual discipline in which we master our appetites so that we may partake of heavenly manna. While food is certainly a glorious gift from the Lord; little compares with mastery over the appetites that so often seek to master us. The Apostle Paul uses the analogy of athletics in this regard, saying that we must run the race in such a way to get the prize. Wishing doesn’t win a race, it requires strict training and discipline.
Dec 31, 2020
Transform Your 2021 by Reading Good Books
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/30/20), Hank focuses your attention on the importance of reading books. Reading is a life practice that can renew and transform our minds. Reading improves discipline, vocabulary, memory, creativity, reasoning, relaxation, and it can even stave off diseases such as Alzheimer's. More importantly, reading engages us with another mind. Not only is reading the Bible important—which Hank talked about on yesterday’s broadcast—but Hank encourages listeners to read other books like the Classics as well as theological books by those who have learned to think God’s thoughts after Him.
Dec 30, 2020
Transform Your 2021 With Reading
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/29/20), Hank continues to focus your attention on spiritual disciplines leading up to the new year. Today he focuses on the spiritual discipline of reading. Reading is not intended to add more stuff to an already over-cluttered mind, but rather to provide new heights of perspective and new depths of understanding. Isaac Newton could never have invented the magnifying power of the telescope by himself. He read and reflected on the accumulated knowledge of those who had gone before him. The source of his genius was immersion in a sea of revelation—and the greatest of all revelations is the Bible. Newton read it, and so must we
Dec 30, 2020
Transform Your 2021 With Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/28/20), Hank starts the final week of 2020 with a series of broadcasts to focus you on life practices that will transform your 2021. Today’s focus is on prayer, as it is primary to life practices, in that prayer marshals us into continuous communion with the lover of our souls. As such, it is the principle practice through which we experience being filled with the presence and power of God.
Dec 29, 2020
Best of BAM: Live Not By Lies and The Historicity of Adam and Eve
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank brings up the Hank Unplugged podcast, having just finished recording an episode with Rod Dreher on his book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. Hank and Dreher talked about liberal democracy and how it’s degenerating into something that resembles totalitarianism. The “liberal” in liberal democracy references the liberties or freedoms that a government is mandated to guarantee its citizens, which includes the freedom of religion, speech, assembly, press, and the right to own private property. And democracy refers to self-government and equality of citizens under the law. All of this means that our liberal democracy provides space and protection for Christians to act for the advancement of justice. And when that protection erodes—you end up with totalitarianism. In the second segment of the broadcast, Hank seeks to answer the question, “Did Adam and Eve really exist?” This question is transcendently important to the historic Christian faith because if Adam and Eve did not eat the forbidden fruit—if they did not fall into a life of perpetual sin terminated by death—there is no need for redemption.
Dec 26, 2020
Do You Have the Christmas Spirit?
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/25/20), Hank begins this special Christmas Day edition by recapping this week’s special editions of the Bible Answer Man that featured his acronym, CHRISTMAS. Hank also poses the question: do you have the Christmas spirit? In fact, what is the Christmas spirit? More than the feeling of happiness experienced when we receive a gift or a bonus. The true spirit of Christmas is a spirit of selfless giving, like the Lord Jesus Christ who humbled himself for our sake and gave us the greatest gift of all.
Dec 25, 2020
The “MAS” of CHRISTMAS
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/24/20), as we arrive at Christmas Eve, Hank concludes his special series on his acronym CHRISTMAS, detailing the final three letters of the acronym. The “M” in CHRISTMAS represents Miracles. Modernity has left many with the false impression that the virgin birth is nothing more than ancient superstition. But, in reality, miracles are not only possible, they are absolutely necessary in order to make sense of the universe in which we live. The “A” in CHRISTMAS represents Advent. The term Advent literally means “coming.” As such, Advent is a season in which the Christian church celebrates the coming in flesh of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The final letter in the CHRISTMAS acronym is “S”, which represents Salvation. On Christmas Eve, it is time to turn our hearts toward the primary reason for the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ—namely, the salvation of sinners. The very name—Jesus—embodies salvation, as it is the Greek form of the Hebrew name Joshua, meaning “Yahweh saves” or “Yahweh is salvation.” This Christmas season and throughout the coming year, may you be ever mindful of the reality that God has condescended to use you as the means through which the free gift of the water of life is dispensed to a parched and thirsty world.
Dec 24, 2020
The “S” and “T” of CHRISTMAS
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/23/20), Hank resumes his special series leading up to Christmas Day featuring his acronym CHRISTMAS. Today he covers the next two letters in the acronym: “S” for Santa Claus, and “T” for Traditions. Believe it or not, even Santa can be saved! Far from being a dangerous fairy tale, Santa Claus in reality is an Anglicized form of the Dutch name Sinter Klaas, which in turn is a reference to Saint Nicolas, a Christian bishop from the fourth century. According to tradition, Saint Nick not only lavished gifts on needy children but also valiantly supported the doctrine of the Trinity at the Council of Nicea in A.D. 325. This Christmas as you celebrate the coming of Christ with a Christmas tree surrounded by presents, may the story of selflessness on the part of Saint Nick remind you of the Savior who gave the greatest gift of all. Moving on to the “T” in CHRISTMAS; it has become commonplace to hear Christians condemn trees adorned with ornaments as idolatrous while abusing Scripture to make their point. While the passage Jeremiah 10:2-4 may sound to modern ears like an uncanny description of Christmas trees, the historical and biblical context precludes this anachronistic reading of the text. This passage is in reference to wooden idols, not Christmas trees. In fact, Christmas trees originated in Christian Germany, from two Christian traditions that merged over time into the present Christmas tree tradition. As such, the Christmas tree began as a distinctively Christian symbol and can still be legitimately used by Christians today as part of their Christmas festivities.
Dec 23, 2020
The “R” and “I” of CHRISTMAS
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/22/20), Hank continues his special series leading up to Christmas Day featuring his acronym CHRISTMAS. Today he picks up with the third and fourth letters of the acronym, “R” and “I”. The “R” in CHRISTMAS of course refers to Resurrection. This is so transcendently important because, without the Resurrection of Jesus, there is little point in even discussing Christmas. As the Apostle Paul put it in a letter to the Corinthian Christians, “if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless” (1 Corinthians 15:17 NLT). In light of St. Paul’s words, it is incumbent on us to demonstrate that the Christ of Christmas had the power to lay down His life, and the power to take it up again. The “I” in CHRISTMAS represents the Incarnation of Jesus Christ—the Incarnation that makes Resurrection possible. Jesus took on all of the essential properties of human nature, but he did not take on that which is non-essential—namely sinful inclinations. In fact, as Adam was created without a proclivity towards sin, so the Second Adam was untainted by original sin.
Dec 23, 2020
The “C” and “H” of CHRISTMAS
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/21/20), Hank starts a very special series leading up to Christmas Day featuring his CHRISTMAS acronym, starting with the first two letters of the acronym: "C" and "H". Christ—the "C" in CHRISTMAS—is a title that comes from the Greek “Christos”, which is a rendering of the Hebrew word Messiah, meaning “anointed one.” As such, the Christ of Christmas is the long-awaited Messiah who fulfills all the types and shadows of the Old Testament Scriptures. So to fully grasp the significance of the Anointed One’s Messianic role, you have to drink deeply from the wellspring of Old Testament prophecy. Moving on to history—the “H” in CHRISTMAS—Hank explains that Jesus Christ stands at the very apex of human history. Therefore, he can say with certainty that Christmas is not about reveling in mythology, it is about celebrating events that are rooted in historical fact.
Dec 22, 2020
The Price of Panic with Jay Richards - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/18/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Jay Richards, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and co-author of The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2012wa/

Hank and Jay discuss the relationship between COVID-19 testing and spikes in cases, nursing home deaths and failed government policies, the impact of isolation during the pandemic, the use and misuse of predictive models, the tyranny of experts, and the role big tech companies like Facebook and Twitter played during the pandemic.
Dec 21, 2020
Best of BAM: The Battle for Truth, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank mentions at the outset that your partnership really makes a difference in the lives of real people around the globe. And quite frankly, Hank doesn’t know when in our lifetimes making a difference mattered more; not just us as individuals, but the future of civilization as we know it. Over 30 years ago the battle for truth—as far as the Christian Research Institute was concerned—was waged primarily against the wrong-headed claims of cults like the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses—those who failed to rightly understand Scripture or dangerously concoct extrabiblical truths based on spurious revelations. Yet today, the battle for truth has become an all-out war for even fundamental conceptions of reality. What else could explain the “woke” insanity of people who say that men can have periods or that a woman can be called a man? And tragically it isn’t just truth that’s at stake, it’s literally millions of lives as witnessed by the endless war on the unborn and by the alarming rates of suicide among young people.

Hank also answers the following questions:

What is the Eastern Orthodox view of the doctrine of original sin?
Do full preterists know how long human civilization will continue?
Is Psalm 14:1 a prediction of atheism?
My ex-wife has had two miscarriages; when we get to heaven will they be adults or will they still be children?
Will we be able to sin in heaven?
Dec 19, 2020
The Price of Panic with Jay Richards - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/17/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Jay Richards, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and co-author of The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2012wa/

Hank and Jay discuss vaccines and herd immunity, why the government closed churches but kept businesses like strip clubs open, how to interpret mixed messages about the pandemic, if there is any place for civil disobedience during the pandemic, the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine, if the cure could be worse than the disease, hospital capacity to handle COVID-19 cases, and the relationship between COVID-19 testing and spikes in cases.
Dec 18, 2020
The Price of Panic with Jay Richards - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/16/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Jay Richards, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and co-author of The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2012wa/

Hank and Jay discuss how we put so much emphasis on fear that we stop living the lives that God has given us, the cost of lockdowns, what is keeping us in this state of panic, the cost of being right in the wrong direction, if there is any evidence that this virus was man-made, the science behind social distancing, and if a vaccine is a shortcut to herd immunity.
Dec 17, 2020
The Price of Panic with Jay Richards - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/15/20), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Jay Richards, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute and co-author of The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe.
https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2012wa/
Hank and Jay discuss the similarities between the panic surrounding the Millennium bug and the COVID-19 pandemic, the contrast between COVID-19 and pandemics of the past, how Taiwan handled the pandemic without panicking and fared well, how the elderly may actually have an advantage because of pre-existing immunities that have built up over their life, and Jay’s perspective on the Great Barrington Declaration.
Dec 16, 2020
Live Not By Lies and The Historicity of Adam and Eve
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/14/20), Hank brings up the Hank Unplugged podcast, having just finished recording an episode with Rod Dreher on his book, Live Not by Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents. Hank and Dreher talked about liberal democracy and how it’s degenerating into something that resembles totalitarianism. The “liberal” in liberal democracy references the liberties or freedoms that a government is mandated to guarantee its citizens, which includes the freedom of religion, speech, assembly, press, and the right to own private property. And democracy refers to self-government and equality of citizens under the law. All of this means that our liberal democracy provides space and protection for Christians to act for the advancement of justice. And when that protection erodes—you end up with totalitarianism. In the second segment of the broadcast, Hank seeks to answer the question, “Did Adam and Eve really exist?” This question is transcendently important to the historic Christian faith because if Adam and Eve did not eat the forbidden fruit—if they did not fall into a life of perpetual sin terminated by death—there is no need for redemption.
Dec 15, 2020
Q&A: Nonsexual Beings, Prediction of Atheism, and Heaven
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/11/20), Hank answers the following questions:

Can you explain Isaiah 65:20 with regard to the child and the old man, and the wolf and the lamb?
My pastor said God created a nonsexual being and then split it into male and female. What are your thoughts on this?
Is Psalm 14:1 a prediction of atheism?
My ex-wife has had two miscarriages; when we get to heaven will they be adults or will they still be children?
Will we be able to sin in heaven?
Dec 14, 2020
Best of BAM: Does the Bible Teach Socialism?
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank discusses socialism, which has been gaining popularity among American millennials and government leaders as of late. Hank refers to Congresswoman-elect Victoria Spartz, who grew up in the Socialist Republic of Ukraine. “I grew up in socialism” says Spartz, “I saw what happens when it runs out of money. And it’s not pretty.” “Every country that has socialism has failed because this system is not sustainable. Socialism creates a lot of destruction and misery. Every socialist system is about suppression. If the government forces us to be equal, they have to suppress.” Alarming but true, a majority of our youth are unfamiliar with the historical realities of socialism. How many millennials today have even the foggiest notion of what the Communist Manifesto entails? That socialism can be obtained only “by the forcible overthrow of existing social conditions.” The Manifesto continues, “Let the ruling classes tremble at the revolution. The Proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains… working men of all countries unite. For when we prevail and our utopia is ushered in, there will be no religion; no possessions; only the brotherhood of man.” Hank also addresses a question that comes up for many Christians in the context of conversations about communism and socialism: “Doesn’t the Bible teach socialism?”
Dec 12, 2020
The Mystery of Incarnation, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/10/20), Hank begins by talking about what we will celebrate in just a couple of weeks, and that is the mystery of all mysteries—the mystery of Incarnation. The more Hank contemplates the mystery of God becoming man, the more staggered his imagination. The thought that the One who spoke and trillions of galaxies leapt into existence should cloak Himself in our humanity is beyond all comprehension. And yet this is precisely what Christianity proffers. A Creator beyond all comprehension who has revealed Himself in Incarnation. The Christ who was with God—the Christ who is God—became flesh and dwelt among us.

Hank also answers the following question:

I love my church and the people there, but I feel called to the Orthodox Church. What should I do?
Dec 11, 2020
The Price of Panic and Lack of Discernment
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/09/20), Hank talks about one of the resources we are featuring this month, the book The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe by Professors Jay Richards, William Briggs, and Douglas Axe. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2012wa/
Hank likens the panic surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic to the Millennium Bug where formidable intellects along the Christian landscape busily propagated reckless rumors regarding the upcoming new year of 2000. People like Dr. Jerry Falwell who posited that the Millennium Bug was God’s instrument to shake the nation and start a revival in America that would spread across the face of the earth before the rapture of the Church. For his part, Dr. R.C. Sproul was envisioning a meltdown of civilization with one billion fatalities—the end of the world as we know it. Not knowing how to discern between truth and error, there were tens of thousands of Christians who were resigned to stocking up freeze-dried food and generators. What was really in short supply was discernment and truth. Well, today the media is doing the very thing they rightly accused Christian leaders of doing. They are using COVID-19 as the pretext for selling fear, for engaging in sloppy journalism, for employing subtly deceptive reasoning, and for trafficking in self-styled science.
Dec 11, 2020
Why I Am a Christian, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/08/20), Hank brings up a question that all of us may have asked ourselves at some point in our lives: “Why am I a Christian?” Hank answers this by saying that he is a Christian because he believes that God created the universe; that Jesus Christ demonstrated that He is God through the immutable fact of His resurrection; and that the Bible is demonstrably divine rather than merely human in origin. This is not blind faith; it is faith founded on irrefutable fact. Hank goes on to say that he is not only a Christian because the Christian worldview corresponds to reality, he is also a Christian because Christianity is existentially satisfying. In this sense, Christianity is to be experienced rather than merely explained.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Would you say that it’s fair to trace back the prevalence of premarital sex and voyeurism to the acts of Martin Luther?
Is Jesus God of all the universe, even a hundred million light-years away?
What does the Bible say about fornication?
Dec 09, 2020
The Battle for Truth, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/07/20), Hank mentions at the outset that your partnership really makes a difference in the lives of real people around the globe. And quite frankly, Hank doesn’t know when in our lifetimes making a difference mattered more; not just us as individuals, but the future of civilization as we know it. Over 30 years ago the battle for truth—as far as the Christian Research Institute was concerned—was waged primarily against the wrong-headed claims of cults like the Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses—those who failed to rightly understand Scripture or dangerously concoct extrabiblical truths based on spurious revelations. Yet today, the battle for truth has become an all-out war for even fundamental conceptions of reality. What else could explain the “woke” insanity of people who say that men can have periods or that a woman can be called a man? And tragically it isn’t just truth that’s at stake, it’s literally millions of lives as witnessed by the endless war on the unborn and by the alarming rates of suicide among young people.

Hank also answers the following questions:

What is the Eastern Orthodox view of the doctrine of original sin?
Do full preterists know how long human civilization will continue?
Dec 08, 2020
Best of BAM: What Must We Do To Be Saved?
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank talks about a commercial that caught his attention while watching the news. The commercial depicts a mysterious cloud and a voice asking, “Do you know for sure when you die if you are going to heaven or not?” Then the voice gives an invitation to go online via a particular website address shown on the screen apparently to discover the answer. On the website, you are provided with a typical, concise Evangelical presentation of the problem of sin and God’s resolution in the Gospel, and you are invited to pray a version of the sinner’s prayer. While this all seems sincere, is it true that one can know for sure that their sins are forgiven and that they have eternal life simply by praying such a prayer? This is a bold and expensive evangelistic program by which people might possibly come to a profession of the Christian faith, but one which smacks of easy-believism. And even if a follow-up encounter encourages the individual with further online materials, at best it will fill them with information, which will be woefully inadequate for true reformation. What we need to do is look more closely at Scripture and Sacred Tradition to answer the question, “What must I do to be saved
Dec 05, 2020
On Wealth and Poverty with Dr. Bogdan Bucur - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/04/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with the Reverend Doctor Bogdan Bucur, Associate Professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. Hank and Dr. Bucur discuss how Christians must use their time wisely and put their faith into practice, the twin evils of indifference and curiosity, using the experience of the COVID-19 pandemic to remember the importance of community and service in the Christian life, learning to view one another holistically, and how both wealth and poverty offer opportunities for ascetic practices. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/
Dec 04, 2020
On Wealth and Poverty with Dr. Bogdan Bucur - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/03/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with the Reverend Doctor Bogdan Bucur, Associate Professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. Hank and Dr. Bucur discuss the importance of putting the Gospel into practice, the need to develop a spirit of giving, the profundity of St. John Chrysostom, and how Christians must use their time wisely and put their faith into practice. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/
Dec 04, 2020
On Wealth and Poverty with Dr. Bogdan Bucur - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/02/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with the Reverend Doctor Bogdan Bucur, Associate Professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. Hank and Dr. Bucur discuss how to handle canonical and noncanonical books of the Bible, the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, the importance and implications of attention to detail in translations, responding to millennials interested in socialism, and the real definition of wealth and poverty from a spiritual perspective. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/
Dec 03, 2020
On Wealth and Poverty with Dr. Bogdan Bucur - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (12/01/20), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is the Reverend Doctor Bogdan Bucur, Associate Professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York. Hank and Dr. Bucur discuss Why socialism and communism appeal to so many millennials in the West, why Second Temple Judaism is so important to Christianity and if Christianity is a kind of Judaism, the significance of the continuity of the Christian faith, and dealing with canonical and noncanonical books of the Bible. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/
Dec 02, 2020
Does the Bible Teach Socialism?
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/30/20), Hank discusses socialism, which has been gaining popularity among American millennials and government leaders as of late. Hank refers to Congresswoman-elect Victoria Spartz, who grew up in the Socialist Republic of Ukraine. “I grew up in socialism” says Spartz, “I saw what happens when it runs out of money. And it’s not pretty.” “Every country that has socialism has failed because this system is not sustainable. Socialism creates a lot of destruction and misery. Every socialist system is about suppression. If the government forces us to be equal, they have to suppress.” Alarming but true, a majority of our youth are unfamiliar with the historical realities of socialism. How many millennials today have even the foggiest notion of what the Communist Manifesto entails? That socialism can be obtained only “by the forcible overthrow of existing social conditions.” The Manifesto continues, “Let the ruling classes tremble at the revolution. The Proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains… working men of all countries unite. For when we prevail and our utopia is ushered in, there will be no religion; no possessions; only the brotherhood of man.” Hank also addresses a question that comes up for many Christians in the context of conversations about communism and socialism: “Doesn’t the Bible teach socialism?”
Dec 01, 2020
What Must We Do To Be Saved?
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/27/20), Hank talks about a commercial that caught his attention while watching the news. The commercial depicts a mysterious cloud and a voice asking, “Do you know for sure when you die if you are going to heaven or not?” Then the voice gives an invitation to go online via a particular website address shown on the screen apparently to discover the answer. On the website, you are provided with a typical, concise Evangelical presentation of the problem of sin and God’s resolution in the Gospel, and you are invited to pray a version of the sinner’s prayer. While this all seems sincere, is it true that one can know for sure that their sins are forgiven and that they have eternal life simply by praying such a prayer? This is a bold and expensive evangelistic program by which people might possibly come to a profession of the Christian faith, but one which smacks of easy-believism. And even if a follow-up encounter encourages the individual with further online materials, at best it will fill them with information, which will be woefully inadequate for true reformation. What we need to do is look more closely at Scripture and Sacred Tradition to answer the question, “What must I do to be saved?”
Nov 30, 2020
Best of BAM: Culture Clash, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank talks about an article he read in the Wall Street Journal by Rabbi Soloveichik on the death of Lord Jonathan Sacks, a former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Rabbi Sacks died at the age of 72, but while he lived, he was a spell-binding orator, an orator who combined science, sociology, and the wisdom of Scripture with an eloquence that made him famous worldwide. He spoke often about the family. He said that the family—man, woman, and child—is not one lifestyle choice among many. It is the best means we have yet discovered for nurturing future generations and enabling children to grow in a matrix of stability and love. At present, two communities are heading toward each other with blinding speed: one that finds its life in biblical truth and the other comprised of activists who are pushing for a radical redefinition of marriage and gender, a church remade in the image of the culture, and greatly expanded government filling the void of a once-vibrant church.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Do you think that the things that are happening in the world today are some type of fulfillment of Revelation?
When we die, do we go to heaven as it is now, or will we all be raised up for the second heaven?
When people say that there is no proof of God, I think of how scientists can’t explain some things, like the creation of DNA. What are your thoughts?
Nov 28, 2020
Thanksgiving as a Daily Manner of Life
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/26/20), Hank encourages all that are listening in to enjoy their time on Thanksgiving Day with family members and friends to the extent that they can, given current social distancing guidelines. Thanksgiving is a day that Hank looks forward to every year. Yet thanksgiving is not just a day; it is a daily manner of life. It is a key that opens the gate of Christ and allows Christians to enter and gain access to all of His wonderful provisions and even more profoundly into all of the splendor of His Being. “Open for me the gates of the righteous,” wrote the Psalmist, “and I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation.” In the Wisdom of Solomon, we read that “the hope of an unthankful man will melt like the wintry frost and flow away like useless water.” Thus, we are exhorted to arise each morning and thank our heavenly Father for the abundance of His mercies, for the blessing of the Lord will melt like ice—evaporate like worthless water—at the appearing of the first rays of sunshine.
Nov 26, 2020
Enter by the Narrow Gate
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/25/20), Hank dives deep again into St. John Chrysostom’s sermons on the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man, collected in the book On Wealth and Poverty. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/
Unlike so many sermons today, St. John’s are not feel-good sermons for a feel-good generation. Rather, they are sermons laden with truths that transform—his words thunder from the past with prophetic urgency. Chrysostom writes, “For the righteous, both the life hereafter and this life provide great pleasure. But the wicked and greedy are punished both here and hereafter. They are punished even here by the expectation of the retribution hereafter, and by the evil suspicion of everyone, and by the very fact of sinning and corrupting their own souls.” After his fourth sermon in the series, an earthquake struck the city of Antioch. As such, his next sermon is rife with references to the earthquake’s catastrophic effects. The earthquake, says St. John, manifested the power of God; its cessation showed His mercy. Nonetheless, it should make us mindful of God’s judgment, which the Antiochians had escaped for the time being. But judgment is coming, and that for all of us. Perhaps we should not fear the earthquake—or the current pandemic—but the cause of each. Fear the anger of God on account of our sins. When we rightly fear the Maker of heaven and earth, we are led from the wide road and seek the entrance of the narrow gate. Our Master is loving and filled with compassion. He knows the weakness of our nature. He seeks only one thing—that we might leave the way of transgression and “enter by the narrow gate, for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction and those that enter by it are many.”
Nov 25, 2020
John Chrysostom in Praise of Scripture Reading
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/24/20), Hank dives deep into John Chrysostom’s third sermon on the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. In explicating the parable, St. Chrysostom continues to stress the importance of reading and studying the Scriptures, for the Scriptures are replete with wisdom that transforms. Consider a request the Rich Man makes of Father Abraham—that Lazarus return from the dead to warn his brothers so that they do not experience a torment such as what he was even then experiencing. Father Abraham’s reply is profound: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” Yet the Rich Man responds: “No, Father Abraham, but if someone rose from the dead, they will believe him.” In truth, however, they will not. Father Abraham replies again to the Rich Man, “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they listen if someone rises from the dead.” The Jewish leaders living at the time of Christ proved that this is so, for they neither heeded the words of Scripture nor were convinced by Christ’s resurrection from the dead. In fact, after Christ had resurrected Lazarus (brother of Mary and Martha), they tried to kill him (John 11–12). So, shows St. Chrysostom, even if a dead person rises, even if an angel descends from heaven, the Scriptures are more worthy of belief than any of them. For the Master of the angels, the Lord of the dead and of the living Himself, has given the Scriptures their authority. Hank contends that Chrysostom’s sermons on Lazarus and the Rich Man—found in the book On Wealth and Poverty—are the most poignant and profound in the annals of Christian preaching. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/
Nov 25, 2020
The Benefits of Reading, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/23/20), Hank remarks that he often thinks of recommending books and is often told that people don’t read anymore. Not wanting to capitulate to that reality, Hank discusses the benefits of reading. Reading improves discipline, vocabulary, memory, creativity, reasoning, relaxation, and it can even stave off diseases such as Alzheimer's. More importantly, reading engages us with another mind. And when it comes to reading Scripture, the implications are simply staggering. By its words, we are brought into direct communication with the mind of God. But we also have access to the minds of writers directly inspired by the Divine. Thus in the pages of the inspired text, we have mind-to-mind communication with minds that were awash in uncreated energy.

Hank also answers the following questions:

How do you deal with a demon-possessed person?
I started attending a new church after a long time away. I have people praying for me who tell me that they see all these different colors around me. Is this normal?
Nov 24, 2020
You Are What You Love with James K.A. Smith - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/20/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Professor James K. A. Smith, author of You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/

Hank and James K.A. Smith discuss the power of spiritual formation through repetition, the transcendent strangeness of historic Christian worship as a key element to discipleship and evangelism, how Christians cannot hope to recreate the world if we are constantly trying to recreate the church, and the transformative power of practice and habituation in sanctification.
Nov 23, 2020
Best of BAM Q&A: A Muslim Christian, The Trinity, and Assurance of Salvation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

I am both a Muslim and a Christian. I believe that if we’re going to follow Jesus, we need to submit our will to God, which falls into the definition of Muslim. What are your thoughts?
I believe in the Unitarian view of God; do you view God as three distinct persons?
How can one be certain that they are saved?
Nov 21, 2020
You Are What You Love with James K.A. Smith - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/19/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Professor James K. A. Smith, author of You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/
Hank and James K.A. Smith discuss why James believes worship is at the heart of discipleship, the importance of the church in the Christian life and as a means of sanctification to experience union with Christ, why knowing Church history is so important to our growth as Christians, the spiritual power of habit and the spiritual power of bad habit, what it means to have a proper understanding of worship, and the disenchantment of the Church and the power of spiritual formation through repetition.
Nov 20, 2020
You Are What You Love with James K.A. Smith - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/18/20), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Professor James K. A. Smith, author of You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/

Hank and James K.A. Smith discuss how historic examples of the Christian faith were lost as Christianity remade itself in the image of the Enlightenment, the spiritual power of habit, regaining a perspective of the heart according to biblical language, the significance of liturgy in the Christian life and the way that disordered or rival liturgies negatively impact our lives, and why James believes worship is at the heart of discipleship.
Nov 19, 2020
How Free Will Affects Faith, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/17/20), Hank discusses an article he wrote for the current edition of the Christian Research Journal on free will. In the article, Hank answers the question, “does free will affect faith?” The answer is, absolutely! And it does so in three dramatic ways. It provides a proper perspective on the goodness of God, heightens our perception of God as the personification of love, and provides a proper perspective on the promise of an eternity in which we will be free to be what God designed us to be.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Do you think that the things that are happening in the world today are some type of fulfillment of Revelation?
When we die, do we go to heaven as it is now or will we all be raised up for the second heaven?
When people say that there is no proof of God, I think of how scientists can’t explain some things, like the creation of DNA. What are your thoughts?
Nov 18, 2020
Culture Clash, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/16/20), Hank talks about an article he read in the Wall Street Journal by Rabbi Soloveichik on the death of Lord Jonathan Sacks, a former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth. Rabbi Sacks died at the age of 72, but while he lived, he was a spell-binding orator, an orator who combined science, sociology, and the wisdom of Scripture with an eloquence that made him famous worldwide. He spoke often about the family. He said that the family—man, woman, and child—is not one lifestyle choice among many. It is the best means we have yet discovered for nurturing future generations and enabling children to grow in a matrix of stability and love. At present, two communities are heading toward each other with blinding speed: one that finds its life in biblical truth and the other comprised of activists who are pushing for a radical redefinition of marriage and gender, a church remade in the image of the culture, and greatly expanded government filling the void of a once-vibrant church.

Hank also answers the following question:

Can you define “Muslim”?
Nov 17, 2020
Defining Wealth and Poverty and the Criticality of Reading the Scriptures
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/13/20), Hank devotes his time to talk more about our resource of the month, On Wealth and Poverty,https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/ a book that contains multiple sermons from St. John Chrysostom on the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. The point of the parable is that if you are rich—and certainly most of us are, at least by world standards—you immediately realize that wealth is worthless apart from virtue. And if you are poor, you will refrain from thinking that poverty is an evil in itself. We learn from this parable not to call the rich man fortunate, nor the poor man unfortunate. For the rich are not those who collect many possessions, but rather those who need few possessions. Likewise, the poor man is not the one who has no possessions, but the one who has myriad desires. Throughout his sermons, St. John speaks again and again of the criticality of reading the Scriptures. He points out that ignorance of Scripture is like a great cliff or deep abyss. The Scriptures are replete with wisdom that transforms. It causes us to properly consider this life and its significance with respect to the life that is to come. Because once we are in eternity, there is no changing of our fate.
Nov 16, 2020
Best of BAM: St. John Chrysostom: Preaching at a Crossroad
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank discusses the life and teachings of St. John Chrysostom, the golden-mouthed preacher. St. John Chrysostom preached at a crossroad in the history of Christianity. He was born in 350, which was around the time that St. Constantine established Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire. This was before the Church had an officially ratified New Testament canon and only 25 years after the first ecumenical council. At age 36, John was privileged to speak in the most popular church in Antioch—a church founded by St. Paul and visited by St. Peter. Although St. John was the golden-mouthed preacher, he was careful to warn the faithful against listening to his sermons as a substitute for participation in the liturgy and in Holy Communion and was well-known for urging people to read and study the Bible regularly. It is Hank’s personal belief that Chrysostom’s sermons on Lazarus and the Rich Man—which are contained in the book On Wealth and Poverty https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/—are the most poignant and profound in the annals of Christian preaching. Over and over again, he returns to a strand in the triple-braided cord made famous by his Lord: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. St. John looks beyond earthly externalities to those things that are truly good, namely virtue and heavenly reward.
Nov 14, 2020
Living Too Long, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/12/20), Hank addresses an article in National Review, “Biden’s Pick for Coronavirus Task Force: ‘Living Too Long is Also a Loss’” by Jim Geraghty. President-elect Joe Biden announced that his coronavirus task force will include Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. According to Dr. Emmanuel, it’s morally problematic to live past the age of 75. Whether one is feeble or not is irrelevant—and a calculation of consumption over contribution is equally irrelevant. The meaning of one’s life should not be bound up in one’s autonomy, personal happiness, or engagement in a particular activity that brings satisfaction. Rather, our purpose, and where we find our meaning in life, is in glorifying, loving, and serving the Triadic One—entering into the life of the Trinity, in which the omnipotent Father engrafts the life of His Son into us by His Spirit so that we may become partakers of the divine nature.

Hank also answers the following question:

I am both a Muslim and a Christian. I believe that if we’re going to follow Jesus, we need to submit our will to God, which falls into the definition of Muslim. What are your thoughts?
Nov 13, 2020
Veterans Day 2020
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/11/20), Hank reminds listeners that today is a special day; today is Veterans Day. A day in which Americans honor those that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Today was not always known as Veterans Day, it originated in 1919 as Armistice Day, a day that commemorates “the war to end all wars”—or so it was thought by President Woodrow Wilson. Armistice Day was formally changed to Veterans Day in 1954—and for good reason. World War I was not “the war to end all wars.” World War II followed closely on its heels, and the twentieth century would become the bloodiest in human history. We have come to realize that the very notion of world peace—the idea behind Armistice Day—will never be realized until the Prince of Peace returns to the planet. Only then will world peace be inaugurated. In the meantime, we rightly celebrate Veterans Day. For there will always be veterans, just as there will always be wars. Which begs the question that Hank wants to address on today’s broadcast: under what conditions is war justified?
Nov 12, 2020
Q&A: The Origin of Satan, The Trinity, and Assurance of Salvation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/10/20), Hank answers the following questions:

I heard a professor claim that there is no definitive answer to where Satan came from. What are your thoughts?
I believe in the Unitarian view of God; do you view God as three distinct persons?
How can one be certain that they are saved?
Nov 11, 2020
Transgender Lawmakers, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/09/20), Hank discusses transgenderism, after reading in USA Today about three trans women who have been elected to state positions. Sarah McBride will now be the highest-ranking trans legislator in the United States, serving as Delaware’s first transgender state senator. Taylor Small will be the first transgender person to serve in the Vermont state legislature. Stephanie Byers, who taught in Wichita schools for 29 years, told USA Today “if Kansas, the big red republican state, can elect a trans person to a state legislator, the doors open up in a lot of other places for people.” Transgenderism today is one of the most fashionable social justice issues in America. And the word “gender” no longer means what it did just a few short years ago. As Christians in a liberal democracy, we as yet have the means to effect change. If we do not, the transgender phenomenon will prove to be just one more domino in the collapse of a country that was once the greatest missionary-sending force in the world.

Hank also answers the following questions:

How do you deal with a demon-possessed person?
Where in the Bible does it say that the disciples met for worship on the first day of the week?
Nov 10, 2020
Best of BAM: Politics for Christians with Francis Beckwith
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Professor Francis Beckwith, author of Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/ Hank and Beckwith discuss Statecraft as Soulcraft—if politics is essentially about making people good citizens, the etymology of politics, the commonly held thought that lobbyists are bad, what liberal democracy is, the power of administrative agencies and the significance of the separation of powers, Amy Coney Barrett, and Originalism and Constitutional interpretation.
Nov 07, 2020
St. John Chrysostom: Lazarus and the Rich Man
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/06/20), Hank continues his discussion on the life and teachings of St. John Chrysostom, the golden-mouthed preacher. Hank focuses on the first sermon in the book On Wealth and Poverty, which contains a series of sermons St. John preached on the parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man. It is noteworthy that St. John began his first sermon on Lazarus and the Rich Man on the second day of January 388—one day after the feast of Saturnalia, a day in which the Stoic satirist Lucius Seneca fulminated something to the effect of the whole mob imbibing itself in the pleasures of hedonism. By contrast, said Chrysostom, the faithful shunned the festival of Satan and partook of the cup of spiritual instruction, fortified themselves with spiritual music, and surrendered their souls to the breath of the Divine Spirit. As contrast is the conduit to clarity, St. John provides us with the stark differences between the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man who practiced luxury every day, and dressed himself splendidly, was preparing himself a more grievous punishment, building himself a greater fire, and making his penalty inexorable and his retribution inaccessible to pardon. While everything seemed to flow to the rich man as from a fountain, he foolishly spent his fortune on parasites and flatterers while Lazarus lay wasting away in hunger. And yet in the end it was Lazarus—not the rich man—who was led away by the angels in triumph while the rich man found himself in torment.
Nov 06, 2020
St. John Chrysostom: Preaching at a Crossroad
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/05/20), Hank discusses the life and teachings of St. John Chrysostom, the golden-mouthed preacher. St. John Chrysostom preached at a crossroad in the history of Christianity. He was born in 350, which was around the time that St. Constantine established Christianity as the official religion of the Roman Empire. This was before the Church had an officially ratified New Testament canon and only 25 years after the first ecumenical council. At age 36, John was privileged to speak in the most popular church in Antioch—a church founded by St. Paul and visited by St. Peter. Although St. John was the golden-mouthed preacher, he was careful to warn the faithful against listening to his sermons as a substitute for participation in the liturgy and in Holy Communion and was well-known for urging people to read and study the Bible regularly. It is Hank’s personal belief that Chrysostom’s sermons on Lazarus and the Rich Man—which are contained in the book On Wealth and Poverty—are the most poignant and profound in the annals of Christian preaching. Over and over again, he returns to a strand in the triple-braided cord made famous by his Lord: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. St. John looks beyond earthly externalities to those things that are truly good, namely virtue and heavenly reward.
Nov 06, 2020
America Has Just Voted for Socialism
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/04/20), Hank warns listeners that America has just voted for socialism, or worse, communism. Regardless of who wins the Electoral College, the popular vote has decisively headed toward the socialist dogma of legislators such as Kamala Harris. The Democratic vice presidential nominee posted a video on Twitter a few days ago wherein she discussed the difference between equality and equity and concluded that her government needs to ensure both. Her conclusion of “Equitable treatment means we all end up at the same place” is the quintessence of Marxist communism. It is fair to say that everyone desires—or should desire—equality of opportunity. But government-enforced equity of outcome—ensuring that “we all end up at the same place” as Harris put it—is the steel-toed sole of communism.
Nov 05, 2020
Election Day 2020
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/03/20), Hank urges our American listeners to do two things today: to pray, and of course, to vote. This morning Hank reread a document put out by the Orthodox Church titled, “For the Life of the World.” By it, he was reminded that “over the course of Christian history, Christians have lived under diverse forms of government… some of which have proved amicable to the institutional Church, some hostile, and some indifferent.” The document goes on to enjoin Christians, as did the Apostle Paul, “to obey the justly constituted civil authority of the city and empire, and to recognize the legitimate authority of those who ‘carry the sword,’ which is to say, soldiers, military policemen, civil guards empowered to preserve civic peace. But this isolated council clearly does not constitute any kind of absolute rule for Christian conduct in all imaginable circumstances.” “When the commands of even a legally established political authority contradict our responsibilities as Christians, ‘we must obey God rather than men.’” “Christians may and often must participate in the political life of the societies in which they live, but must do so always in service to the justice and mercy of God’s Kingdom.” As Christian citizens, we have the responsibility to vote. Make sure your informed voice is heard by voting today.
Nov 04, 2020
On Wealth and Poverty, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (11/02/20), Hank highlights the featured resource of the month, On Wealth and Poverty, a book composed of sermons from St John Chrysostom. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2011wa/

In Chrysostom’s Christian classic, the words of Christ take center stage. “I was hungry, and you gave Me food; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink…as you did to the least of these My brethren, you did to Me.” This is not a feel-good book for a feel-good generation. It is a desperately needed message thundering from the past with prophetic urgency for the present. Full of timeless truth, On Wealth and Poverty is a book with a message that is certain to leave readers eternally transformed.

Hank also answers the following question:

Is it possible for more angels to rebel in the future?
Nov 03, 2020
Politics for Christians with Francis Beckwith - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/30/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Professor Francis Beckwith, author of Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/

Hank and Beckwith discuss natural rights and natural law, economics, social justice, and Christianity; unintended economic outcomes of political policies, Marxism and the identity politics of Cultural Marxism, holding Divine providence and free will in tension, and the irony of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein telling Amy Coney Barrett that “the dogma lives loudly within you.”
Nov 02, 2020
Best of BAM: The Gift of Self-Government in a Liberal Democracy, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank invites listeners to imagine for a moment an empire that is invincible in power and majesty. Ruler over the rest of the nations of the world, but not just for a few hundred years, but for the better part of a millennium. For six hundred years the city of Rome towered above the nations. The invincibility of this empire was so certain that she actually bore a moniker—eternal. And then something unthinkable happened; Alaric and his Arian hordes breached the walls and sacked the immortal city. Pagan Romans looked on in utter disbelief as statues of ancient deities were pulled down. And then Christians began to wonder if indeed the end of the world was now at hand. When the Barbarians destroyed the Roman Empire in the West, it was the Christian Church that put together a new order called Europe. It was the Church that took the lead in rule by law, the pursuit of knowledge, and the expression of culture. And that is precisely what needs to happen in the modern epoch.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Why does the doctrine of “once saved, always saved” get a bad rap?
Is Young’s Literal Translation accurate? What translations would you recommend?
Does Leviticus 19:28 apply to young people today who get tattoos and body piercings?
Oct 31, 2020
Politics for Christians with Francis Beckwith - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/29/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Professor Francis Beckwith, author of Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/

Hank and Beckwith discuss if we should be worried about losing our freedom of speech, the commodification of church and the view of religion as a sort of hobby, the tyranny of the majority—why we don’t have a pure democracy and whether we should we get rid of the electoral college, and natural rights and natural law.
Oct 30, 2020
Politics for Christians with Francis Beckwith - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/28/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Professor Francis Beckwith, author of Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/
Hank and Beckwith discuss Constitutional interpretation, what makes the Constitution special, tyranny vs. injustice, how going to church isn’t viewed as an essential service by the government, can we be good without God, and if we should be worried about losing our freedom of speech.
Oct 29, 2020
Politics for Christians with Francis Beckwith - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/27/20), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Professor Francis Beckwith, author of Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/

Hank and Beckwith discuss Statecraft as Soulcraft—if politics is essentially about making people good citizens, the etymology of politics, the commonly held thought that lobbyists are bad, what liberal democracy is, the power of administrative agencies and the significance of the separation of powers, Amy Coney Barrett, and Originalism and Constitutional interpretation.
Oct 28, 2020
Misconceptions of the Trinity, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/26/20), Hank brings up Samuel Paty, the French teacher who was recently beheaded because he had shown cartoons of Muhammad in a lesson on free speech. What Hank finds interesting is that news media like the BBC are still unable to get right the meaning of “Allahu Akbar.” While media pundits seek to convince the gullible that “Allahu Akbar” means “God is great,” in reality, it means “Allah is greater.” Greater than all that is—including greater than the Christian God. Of course, that cannot possibly be true. Allah cannot be great, let alone greater than God, because the greatest of all gods would not misapprehend the Trinity. As Hank often says, virtually every single theological heresy begins with a misconception of the nature of God. The Lord God came to bring truth and life. The truth that Christ reveals is the reality of who God is, and the life He gave humankind is nothing short of the life of the Holy Trinity.

Hank also answers the following question:

What is your take on the 70th week of Daniel occurring in the 1st Century, with one half being Christ’s ministry and the second half taking place later?
Oct 27, 2020
Q&A: Conscientious Objectors, The Unpardonable Sin, and Tattoos
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/23/20), Hank answers the following questions:

What is the biblical view on conscientious objectors?
What is the unpardonable sin? Can you commit this sin while you are still living?
Could you explain Romans 11:25-32?
Is Young’s Literal Translation accurate? What translations would you recommend?
Does Leviticus 19:28 apply to young people today who get tattoos and body piercings?
Oct 26, 2020
Best of BAM Q&A: Christian Zionism, Soul Sleep, and Prayer
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

Can you comment on Romans 11:25-32 and the problems with Christian Zionism?
Can you clarify your statements on soul sleep?
What is the purpose of the Millennium in Revelation chapter 20?
What is the proper posture for prayer?
I’ve heard a lot about Obama’s views towards Israel and things of that nature, but haven’t heard many pastors bring up Trump’s views towards minorities. What are your thoughts on this?
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Oct 24, 2020
Responding To the Pope’s Support of Civil Unions for Gay Couples
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/22/20), Hank devotes his time to discuss a headline he saw on the front page of The Wall Street Journal this morning. The headline read as follows: “Pope Backs Civil Unions for Gay Couples.” While Pope Francis’ remarks chronicled in the article are not considered official papal teaching, they are problematic. He said, “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.” And as the pope famously said elsewhere, “Who am I to judge?” This is the head of the largest body of Christians in the entire world—If he can’t judge such matters rightly, who can? While the Bible makes plain that Christians are never to judge self-righteously or hypocritically, they are most certainly called to judge. And what that means with respect to same-sex sexuality and its various permutations, is the call to reject that which God clearly rejects.
Oct 23, 2020
The Importance of Natural Moral Law and Natural Rights
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/21/20), Hank talks more about the book Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft by Francis J. Beckwith.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/ This book will go a long way to helping Christians understand what is essential to know about government and its laws, as well as natural moral laws and natural rights. Looking at the title, one may wonder “how is statecraft soulcraft?” By statecraft, the Greek philosopher Aristotle meant that the state by policy and moral ideology shapes the quality of a citizen’s character. This is central to a Christian understanding of politics. Liberal democracy assumes natural rights, and because natural rights require natural moral law, liberal democracy assumes a natural moral law—rights that the state is obligated to honor. The American Founders believed that this objective natural moral law, the foundation of natural rights, is best accounted for by the existence of God and can be known apart from Scripture.
Oct 22, 2020
The Gift of Self-Government in a Liberal Democracy, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/20/20), Hank invites listeners to imagine for a moment an empire that is invincible in power and majesty. Ruler over the rest of the nations of the world, but not just for a few hundred years, but for the better part of a millennium. For six hundred years the city of Rome towered above the nations. The invincibility of this empire was so certain that she actually bore a moniker—eternal. And then something unthinkable happened; Alaric and his Arian hordes breached the walls and sacked the immortal city. Pagan Romans looked on in utter disbelief as statues of ancient deities were pulled down. And then Christians began to wonder if indeed the end of the world was now at hand. When the Barbarians destroyed the Roman Empire in the West, it was the Christian Church that put together a new order called Europe. It was the Church that took the lead in rule by law, the pursuit of knowledge, and the expression of culture. And that is precisely what needs to happen in the modern epoch. For more information, please see Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/

Hank also answers the following questions:

Why does the doctrine of “once saved, always saved” get a bad rap?
How was the Bible we have today assembled?
Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?
Oct 21, 2020
The Legacy of Islam, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/19/20), Hank discusses the shocking beheading of a teacher in France this past weekend. Samuel Paty was giving his middle-school class a lesson about free speech as required by the French Ministry of Education’s national curriculum. The teaching—according to authorities, who interviewed him about the lesson before his death—displayed cartoons of Muhammad from Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine targeted in a bloody terrorist attack in 2015. French President Emmanuel Macron said that this attack bore all the hallmarks of an “Islamic terrorist attack” and the teacher had been murdered because he “taught freedom of expression.” Some have forgotten, others blithely unaware of the reality that Islam is the only significant religious system in the history of the human race with a socio-political structure of laws that mandate violence against the infidel. That this graphic global reality makes Islam a religious ideology espousing terrorism as a permanent policy rather than a temporary expedient. While certainly there are many, many peaceful and tolerant Muslims, that hardly means that Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion. From the fall of Jerusalem to the present, the world has known jihad. Muhammad’s trail of terror is the legacy of Islam. For further study, see 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/

Hank also answers the following questions:

Do you view Roman Catholicism as a true Christian faith?
Is there any record of Cain’s death in the Bible?
Oct 20, 2020
Transgenderism and The Role of Christians in a Liberal Democracy
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/16/20), Hank talks about what he saw last night during a town hall meeting with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. During the town hall meeting, Biden overtly stated that he had absolutely no compunction about a young child transitioning from one gender to another. It is simply unconscionable that an 8-year-old child should be burdened with the power to decide to become transgender in the face of well-established science showing that the vast majority of children suffering from gender dysphoria quite naturally grow out of that confusion. Moreover, the damage done to a young body during such a transition attempt is irreversible. Government leaders, in concert with media icons, now create, manipulate, and disseminate ideological constructs that are driving the whole of civilization in a very dangerous direction. We may rightly thank God that we as yet live within the confines of a liberal democracy that affords us the power to hold governmental personalities accountable. A liberal democracy that allows her citizens to participate by voting. For further information please see God and the Transgender Debate: What Does the Bible Actually Say About Gender Identity? https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2002wa/ and Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/
Oct 19, 2020
Best of BAM Q&A: Dreams, the Serpent in Eden, and the Sin Leading To Death
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

My wife recently had a vivid dream that involved seeing Jesus. How much stock should we put into having vivid dreams?
Was the serpent that spoke to Eve in Genesis an actual serpent?
I once saw a fire levitating in my RV and I thought about God in the burning bush. Is this legitimate?
What is your take on William Branham and his ministry?
What is the sin leading to death in 1 John 5:16-17?
Can one receive Jesus as Savior without the intent to make Him the Lord of your life?
Oct 17, 2020
Trodding the Path of Taqiyya, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/15/20), Hank brings up an article he read this week, titled “Harris’ Ties to Leading Anti-Israel Group Draws Scrutiny.” This reminded Hank of Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden’s address to the Million Muslim Votes Summit, an event hosted by Emgage, an organization founded and led by the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, including Emgage’s current Co-Chairperson Khurrum Wahid, a former legal advisor to the Hamas-linked radical Muslim organization Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR). During his address, Biden lauds Islam as “one of the great confessional faiths” and “wish[es] we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith.” As noted in the article, Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris seems enamored with Islam as well. In fact, she has gone out of her way to laud Islam, most notably CAIR, writing in a personal letter to the organization, “Please accept my gratitude and admiration for your tireless work to promote peace, justice, and mutual understanding.” For Harris to say that CAIR promotes “peace, justice, and mutual understanding” is what is referred to in Islam as taqiyya—religious dissimulation. Although CAIR is notorious for its practice of taqiyya, many U.S. politicians like Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Talib, have no problem aligning with a group that supports provocative tactics and the terrorism that flow from such tactics. If there is a glimmer of optimism in all of this, it is the hopeful possibility that there may be millions of devout Muslims who could not so much as imagine trodding the path of Taqiyya. In concert with multitudes of non-Muslims, devotees likely regard the religious dissimilation tactics of Biden, Harris, and CAIR to be cringeworthy at best. For further information see Hank's Book 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/

Hank also answers the following questions:

What is the proper posture for prayer?
I’ve heard a lot about Obama’s views towards Israel and things of that nature, but haven’t heard many pastors bring up Trump’s views towards minorities. What are your thoughts on this?
Oct 16, 2020
Q&A: Christian Zionism, Soul Sleep, and Flat Earth
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/14/20), Hank answers the following questions:

Can you comment on Romans 11:25-32 and the problems with Christian Zionism?
Can you clarify your statements on soul sleep?
What is the purpose of the Millennium in Revelation chapter 20?
Do you know of any resources on the idea of a flat earth?
I’ve heard of Zionism, but can you expound on Christian Zionism?
Will there be time in eternity and was there time prior to creation?
For further information please see The Apocalypse Codehttps://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/ and the Creation Answer book https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-creation-answer-book/
Oct 15, 2020
Columbus Day of Rage
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/13/20), Hank discusses Columbus Day, a U.S. holiday that commemorates the landing of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. Yesterday, Columbus Day was the scene of carnage as demonstrators toppled statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt in Portland’s South Park Block. Moreover, the moniker “Stolen Land” was ominously spray-painted across its concrete base. Protest organizers dubbed the event “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage.” What could possibly motivate American citizens—supposed exemplars of social justice—to behave with such wanton recklessness in a supposed era of “wokeness” and progressive values? In trying to come to grips with this question, Hank was cowed by page after page of Google search results with exclamations that Columbus was a nefarious character—a ruthless money-grubbing, genocidal maniac, who severed hands, raped women, and enslaved gentle people to satisfy white Europeans’ lust for gold. One starts to wonder “how can I trust history?” Mary Grabar, author of the book, Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History That Turned a Generation Against America asked this very question. A good deal of what you read on the internet is based on Zinn’s historical revisionism. It constitutes a steady diet of poison seeping into the hearts and minds of impressionable children. Grabar exposes the fake history lessons that are systematically turning a new generation of kids against American exceptionalism.
Oct 15, 2020
Critical Race Theory and Evolution
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/12/20), Hank discusses the topic of critical race theory, which has been front and center in the news lately, including during the presidential debate in late September. While debate moderator Chris Wallace contended that critical race theory is little more than sensitivity training, reality, says Hank, points in precisely the opposite direction. Critical race theory is rooted in atheistic Marxism. Karl Marx described history as a series of struggles between oppressors and oppressed. Between the dominant and the disadvantaged. As such, critical race theory is foundational to intersectionality, white privilege, white fragility, and the like. Moreover, says Hank, the grand metanarrative of critical race theory embraces an evolutionary worldview that is inherently racist in and of itself. It is not hard to grasp why Critical Race Theorists are loath to connect the dots for devotees or why those like Chris Wallace describe this horrifying worldview as sensitivity training.
Oct 13, 2020
Best of BAM: Bears Gone Wild, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank addresses a question he received on Facebook from John who asks, “In 2 Kings chapter 2, why would God honor Elisha’s prayer to bring down a curse on a group of kids to be mauled by bears? Isn’t the sixth commandment ‘you shall not kill’?” In response, Hank begins by noting that this is not a group of innocent young children, but rather dangerous, morally culpable, teenage gang members. They knew what they were doing in mocking God’s oracle to the nations. They intentionally went after Elisha to mock him and vicariously blaspheme God, a sin punishable by death. In response to John’s reference to the sixth commandment, Hank points out that the Bible does not prohibit killing per se, but unjust killing. What the sixth commandment forbids is murder—unjustified homicide. But more to the point, God alone has the authority to terminate life.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Are there two gospels in the Scripture? What are the differences between the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of grace?
It seems to me that most mainstream Christians believe that it would be an absolute disaster if the Republican party doesn’t win this election. What would you say?
If the Bible is true, shouldn’t we be more interested in overthrowing God rather than worshiping Him since He is incapable of handing out proportional justice?
Oct 10, 2020
Q&A: Public Prayer, the United Pentecostal Church, and the Sin Leading To Death
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/09/20), Hank answers the following questions:

I attend a senior citizens center that stopped allowing public prayers over meals. What should I do in this situation?
Are the three days and three nights Jesus mentions in Matthew 12:40 referring to Easter?
My family attends a United Pentecostal Church; what are your thoughts on this denomination?
I once saw a fire levitating in my RV and I thought about God in the burning bush. Is this legitimate?
What is your take on William Branham and his ministry?
What is the sin leading to death in 1 John 5:16-17?
Can one receive Jesus as Savior without the intent to make Him the Lord of your life?
Oct 09, 2020
Conversion Consequences with Dr. Frank Beckwith - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/08/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Dr. Frank Beckwith joins Hank to discuss their shared history as prominent evangelical Protestants who’ve converted to different historical traditions within the Christian faith and their desire for greater church unity, while also demonstrating the importance of apologetics and discourse. Hank and Beckwith discuss misunderstandings regarding Orthodoxy and Catholicism, their controversial conversions and the impact of encouraging notes, The Benedict Option and the need for Christians to be an example to the culture not of the culture, and the importance of having an eternal perspective and developing spiritual disciplines.
For information on Dr. Beckwith's Book Politics for Christians please click here https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/
Oct 08, 2020
Conversion Consequences with Dr. Frank Beckwith - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/07/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Dr. Frank Beckwith joins Hank to discuss their shared history as prominent evangelical Protestants who’ve converted to different historical traditions within the Christian faith and their desire for greater church unity, while also demonstrating the importance of apologetics and discourse. Hank and Beckwith discuss the value of being a lifelong learner, the importance of embracing Mere Christianity, misconceptions of Catholicism, the importance of unity between the branches of Christianity, and misunderstandings regarding works-righteousness sanctification, grace, and the transformational truth of the gospel.
For information on Dr. Beckwith's Book Politics for Christians please click here https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/
Oct 07, 2020
Conversion Consequences with Dr. Frank Beckwith - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/06/20), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Dr. Frank Beckwith joins Hank to discuss their shared history as prominent evangelical Protestants who’ve converted to different historical traditions within the Christian faith and their desire for greater church unity, while also demonstrating the importance of apologetics and discourse. Hank and Beckwith discuss how advances in technology further cement their belief that the watershed issue of our age is still abortion, nostalgic memories of late-night theological discussions with Bob and Gretchen Passantino, the importance of open-minded discourse in apologetics, and the value of being a lifelong learner. For information on Dr. Beckwith's Book Politics for Christians please click here https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/
Oct 06, 2020
Q&A: Dreams, the Serpent in Eden, and Joy in Every Circumstance
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/05/20), Hank answers the following questions:

My wife recently had a vivid dream that involved seeing Jesus. How much stock should we put into having vivid dreams?
Was the serpent that spoke to Eve in Genesis an actual serpent?
I believe God is faithful, but I have suffered a lot. How can someone like me who is standing alone be said to be full of joy and standing in the Lord?
Exodus 7:14-25 speaks of all the water being turned to blood. In verse 24 it says the Egyptians dug for water along the Nile. If all the water was turned to blood, how could they do this?
Oct 05, 2020
Dogma Lives Loudly Within You, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/02/20), Hank recalls the 2017 confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. During those hearings, Senator Dianne Feinstein said something about Barrett that has stuck with Hank ever since: “the dogma lives loudly within you.” But in fact, the dogma lives loudly within Senator Feinstein as well. Indeed, dogma lives loudly within the hearts of every citizen.

Hank also answers the following question:

In Acts 3:21, is it saying that when Christ returns all things will be restored, not that all things will be restored before Christ returns?
Oct 05, 2020
Best of BAM: Immortal with Clay Jones
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Dr. Clay Jones, author of Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/
Hank and Dr. Jones discuss different ways that people avoid the fear of death, if the average person is afraid of death, why Jones wasn’t afraid to die when he received a terminal cancer diagnosis, what would happen if we found a cure to cancer, and what happens when you die.
Oct 03, 2020
Statecraft as Soulcraft, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/01/20), Hank highlights the new featured resource of the month, Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft by Francis Beckwith. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/

In this book, Beckwith argues that our public policies become the social and legal fabric of our country—shaping the quality of our national character. If statecraft is indeed soulcraft, Christians can’t remain silent at the ballot box. The soul of our country is at stake.

Hank also answers the following questions:

I heard you say that when Christ comes again a second time He will come to get his saints, go over the River Jordan, and go into Jerusalem. Is this literal? Do we have any signs to watch for before Christ comes?
In 1 Corinthians 7:14, it says that unbelieving spouses are saved through the faith of their believing spouse, but how could that be true if faith in Christ is an individual decision?
Are women saved through bearing children as stated in 1 Timothy 2:15?
I was taught that one received the Holy Spirit only by speaking in tongues. Is that true?
Oct 02, 2020
Are the Nephilim the Offspring of Demonic Beings?
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/30/20), Hank addresses a topic that is brought up over and over again, and that is the Nephilim spoken of by Moses in Genesis 6:4. Invariably, people assume that the Nephilim are the offspring of demonic beings who cohabitated with women, and as such, they are hybrids—not fully human. In fact, a recent caller to the broadcast went as far as to say that he knew that the Nephilim are part human and part demon because as women and demons cohabited prior to the Flood, so too they are doing so in the present. Believing that questions have to be answered in terms of what the Bible says, Hank examines this passage carefully to clear up the confusion.
Oct 01, 2020
Bears Gone Wild, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/29/20), Hank addresses a question he received on Facebook from John who asks, “In 2 Kings chapter 2, why would God honor Elisha’s prayer to bring down a curse on a group of kids to be mauled by bears? Isn’t the sixth commandment ‘you shall not kill’?” In response, Hank begins by noting that this is not a group of innocent young children, but rather dangerous, morally culpable, teenage gang members. They knew what they were doing in mocking God’s oracle to the nations. They intentionally went after Elisha to mock him and vicariously blaspheme God, a sin punishable by death. In response to John’s reference to the sixth commandment, Hank points out that the Bible does not prohibit killing per se, but unjust killing. What the sixth commandment forbids is murder—unjustified homicide. But more to the point, God alone has the authority to terminate life.

Hank also answers the following questions:

What does “the end is near” and "coming soon" mean in Revelation?
Has God made us an offer that we can't refuse?
Oct 01, 2020
“The Return” and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/28/20), Hank brings up an event that was hosted by a group of Christian leaders—Jonathan Cahn among them—on the National Mall in Washington D.C. this weekend; the event was simply dubbed, “The Return: National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance.” The event had much to commend it; images of people prostrated before God in prayer confessing their sins and the sins of our nation and frequent calls to repent are no doubt needed in our era of unfettered hedonism. What is also needed is discernment—particularly discernment on the part of Christian leaders! A significant number of them now hail Cahn’s Bible Codes as important evidence for the inspiration of Scripture. They claim that such events as 9/11 are encoded in the biblical text. In truth, what should be self-evident is that Cahn’s arguments are little more than a fringe variety of Jewish mysticism repackaged for Christian consumption.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Are there two gospels in the Scripture? What are the differences between the gospel of the kingdom and the gospel of grace?
It seems to me that most mainstream Christians believe that it would be an absolute disaster if the Republican party doesn’t win this election. What would you say?
If the Bible is true, shouldn’t we be more interested in overthrowing God rather than worshiping Him since He is incapable of handing out proportional justice?
Sep 29, 2020
Best of BAM: Symbolic Immortality Projects Can’t Save You, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank highlights an article in the brand new edition of the Christian Research Journal titledhttps://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ , “Symbolic Immortality Projects Can’t Save You” by Clay Jones, who is also the author of the featured resource of the month, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/ In the article, Jones explains what symbolic immortality projects are—humankind’s attempts to avoid the finality of death through various activities such as having children, writing a book, or creating a work of art—and why they all ultimately fail. “After all,” says Jones, “symbolic immortality is only symbolic—when you die, you’re still dead.”

Hank also answers the following questions:

I’ve been struggling with something that happened to me a few years ago and came across 2 Thessalonians 2:11. Did I experience this strong delusion?
Abortion on the one hand is murder, but on the other hand, abortion has saved millions from eternal perdition. Your thoughts?
Sep 26, 2020
Immortal with Clay Jones – Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/25/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. Clay Jones, author of Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It. Hank and Dr. Jones discuss if science will make immortality a reality, what it means when fewer Americans believe in God or religion while more people believe in an afterlife, artificial intelligence and immortality, and why so many Christians fear death.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/
Sep 25, 2020
Immortal with Clay Jones - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/24/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. Clay Jones, author of Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It. Hank and Dr. Jones discuss why we should focus more on our eternal lives than our lives on earth, ways that atheists attempt to answer questions about death, the correlation between a decrease in belief in eternal life and an increase in suicide, thinking of death as an upgrade from life, those who do the most for this world are those who are thinking most of the world to come, and why most atheists actually wish that they believed that Christianity was true. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/
Sep 25, 2020
Immortal with Clay Jones - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/23/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. Clay Jones, author of Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It. Hank and Dr. Jones discuss what happens when you die, if heaven will be boring, immortality projects—different ways that people try to live forever, why celebrities die earlier on average, mortality mitigation projects, why the Buddhist idea of detachment actually deadens life, if carpe diem is a good maxim, and why we should focus more on our eternal lives than our lives on earth. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/
Sep 24, 2020
Immortal with Clay Jones - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/22/20), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Dr. Clay Jones, author of Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/
Hank and Dr. Jones discuss different ways that people avoid the fear of death, if the average person is afraid of death, why Jones wasn’t afraid to die when he received a terminal cancer diagnosis, what would happen if we found a cure to cancer, and what happens when you die.
Sep 23, 2020
Literal Immortality Projects, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/21/20), Hank highlights a chapter in Clay Jones’ book, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/ The chapter came to mind when Hank received a call this weekend from his brother who informed him about a friend who recently passed away, seemingly out of nowhere. As laid out in the chapter, it doesn’t matter how good your eating habits are or how meticulous you are about your health, because we all will die. Today, many people hope that if we keep our bodies healthy enough through proper diet and exercise, medical science will one day do what it was always supposed to do: find a cure to everything that might kill us, and then we can coast to immortality. Thus many obsess over exercise, eating enough healthy foods, and avoiding unhealthy foods. We have people who are telling you that coffee is bad for you, and then they say that coffee is good for you. There was a fad where people wouldn’t eat eggs as they thought eggs were bad for you, now we’re told that eggs are good for you. People will do just about anything to squeeze just a few more months or weeks or even days out of their life here. But our hope, says Hank, needs to be in an eternal life that is available through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Hank also answers the following questions:

I heard that first-century Jewish Christians continued to attend the Jewish temple years after the new covenant had been inaugurated. That seems like an abomination that the Apostles would not have permitted. What do you say about that?
Shouldn’t we pursue good health since our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit?
Sep 22, 2020
The False “Replacement Theology” Moniker and the Meaning of “This Generation”
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/18/20), Hank discusses the moniker “replacement theology.” Popular dispensationalists are blunt in their denunciations. “Replacement theologians,” they say, “are now carrying Hitler’s anointing and his message.” In short, the moniker is an insult; it is inaccurate, and it is ironic. In the second segment of the broadcast, Hank tackles the phrase, “this generation” mentioned in Matthew 24. After prophesying that not one stone of the temple will be left on another,
Jesus was asked by the disciples, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And in sober response, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/
Sep 21, 2020
Best of BAM Q&A: Torment in Hell, Degrees of Sin, and Revelation
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank answers the following questions:

Why would somebody want to go to heaven and be around a God who was torturing other people for eternity?
Does God view all sins the same?
In John 10:25-29, what determines if you are Jesus’ sheep? If you accept Christ but don’t follow him, are you still his sheep?
What’s the correlation between the book of Revelation and the times we are going through right now?
Sep 19, 2020
The Dispensational Two Plan Theory and Two Distinct Phases of the Second Coming
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/17/20), Hank examines the idea that God has two separate plans for the mythological dispensational concept of two separate peoples—Israel and the church. In reality, just as there has always been only one chosen people who form one covenant community characterized in Scripture by one cultivated olive tree, so too there is only one distinct plan for what Ephesians chapter 2 characterizes as “the one true humanity” of God. The pretext that God postponed the original plan for Israel and initiated a parenthetical plan for the church—a plan that abruptly ends with a pretribulational rapture—entirely misses the point. In the second segment of the broadcast, Hank argues that like the presupposition that God has two distinct people for whom He has two distinct plans, the pretext that there are two distinct phases in the second coming of Christ is little more than the product of a fertile imagination. Rather, when Christ appears a second time, the kingdom that was inaugurated at His first appearing will be consummated—in the words of St. Peter—in “a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.” For further information please see The Apocalypse Code https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/
Sep 18, 2020
Symbolic Immortality Projects Can’t Save You, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/16/20), Hank highlights an article in the brand new edition of the Christian Research Journal https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/ titled, “Symbolic Immortality Projects Can’t Save You” by Clay Jones, who is also the author of the featured resource of the month, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/ In the article, Jones explains what symbolic immortality projects are—humankind’s attempts to avoid the finality of death through various activities such as having children, writing a book, or creating a work of art—and why they all ultimately fail. “After all,” says Jones, “symbolic immortality is only symbolic—when you die, you’re still dead.”

Hank also answers the following questions:

Can a Christian be demon controlled?
In Romans chapter 11, the Apostle Paul says that all of Israel will be saved. Does this imply that Jews who do not accept Jesus will be saved?
Sep 17, 2020
The Heart of Dispensational Eschatology, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/15/20), Hank talks about the heart of dispensational eschatology. In 1831—the same year that Charles Darwin left England and sailed into evolutionary infamy—another nineteenth-century dogma with profound consequences for the history of humanity was birthed in the British Isles. That year John Nelson Darby, a disillusioned priest, left the Church of England and joined the Plymouth Brethren. In much the same way that Darwin imposed a speculative spin on the scientific data he encountered along the South American coasts of Patagonia, Darby imposed a subjective spin on the scriptural data he encountered in the city of Plymouth. Darby contended that God had two distinct people with two distinct plans and two distinct destinies. Only one of the peoples—the Jews—would suffer tribulation. The other—the church—would be removed from the world in a secret coming seven years prior to the second coming of Christ. Darby’s distinctive twist on Scripture would come to be known as dispensational eschatology. In previous generations, dispensationalists were content to be mere spectators to unfolding events. Today’s brand, however, is bent on ensuring that the horrors of Armageddon become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If the evangelical death march toward the endgame of Armageddon is to be subverted, it will be because believers recommit themselves to faithful illumination or faithful exegesis—to mine what the Spirit has breathed into the Scriptures as opposed to reading our own predilections into the text. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/

Hank also answers the following question:

How should we as Christians vote?
Sep 17, 2020
A Proper Reading of the Book of Genesis, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/14/20), Hank sets out to accomplish two things. The first is to establish a proper reading of the book of Genesis. The second is to appeal to a proper understanding of the book of nature. Does the book of Genesis really commit us to believing in a 6000-year-old universe? And what does the book of nature tell us respecting the issue of age? Over the years Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis have decried the notion that Hank does not hold to the young-earth creationist perspective. A perspective that views the earth and universe as being in the neighborhood of six thousand years old. “Hanegraaff’s problem,” says Ham, “is his unwillingness to understand Genesis in its most natural form—as a historical narrative.” This, however, is far from true. Hank firmly believes that Genesis is a historical narrative. But it’s much, much more than that.

Hank also answers the following questions:

I’ve been struggling with something that happened to me a few years ago and came across 2 Thessalonians 2:11. Did I experience this strong delusion?
Abortion on the one hand is murder, but on the other hand, abortion has saved millions from eternal perdition. Your thoughts?
Sep 15, 2020
Best of BAM: Jonathan Cahn: Selling Fear and Sensationalistic Claims
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank talks about Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Paradigm, and now The Harbinger II: The Return, who claims that there is a mystery to be revealed in our time through his prophetic powers—a mystery behind major world events, particularly those affecting America. Cahn alone has figured out their mystery and pattern—His claim is that such events constitute or portend modern divine judgments, just as calamitous events in ancient Israel’s history were divine judgments for sin. The first thing we ought to note when reading these kinds of claims is that Cahn is a master of the selling of fear. It’s a financial bonanza for anyone who does it well. Think back to Y2K—Under Y2K selling fear was hugely profitable for megachurch pastors—but bankrupted many parishioners. The real tragedy is not that men like Jonathan Cahn are using current events as the pretext for selling fear, the real tragedy is that their messages and manuscripts are now being promoted by mainstream ministers and ministries. We need to commit ourselves to developing the necessary skills to discern wheat from chaff and heat from light. If we do, the next time we face the selling and subjectivism of Christian sensationalists, Christians will be unified around truth rather than divided by error. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/
Sep 12, 2020
Something To Ponder on the 19th Anniversary of 9/11
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/11/20), Hank recalls one of the most epic events in American history that took place nineteen years ago today, the Manhattan massacre of September 11, 2001. And yet in those nineteen years, we have largely become complacent to the Islamic terrorism that spawned its devastation. Some have forgotten, others blithely unaware of the reality that Islam is the only significant religious system in the history of the human race with a socio-political structure of laws that mandate violence against the infidel. That this graphic global reality makes Islam a religious ideology espousing terrorism as a permanent policy rather than a temporary expedient. Tragically, the current narrative is that to tell the truth in this regard is tantamount to radicalizing Muslims and exacerbating hostilities that might otherwise lie dormant. That narrative is, of course, patently false. We are at a tipping point in history. While squarely in the blind spot of the West, Christians in the Middle East face mass genocide. Concurrently, a demographic time bomb threatens a Western world seemingly blind to the polygamous rush of migrant Muslims filling the vacuum left by aging, dying, and aborted Europeans. The only real solution to a disintegrating West and resurgent Islam is the power of the Gospel. Thus, says Hank, it is crucial for the church to awaken from a diabetic coma brought on by a steady diet of fast-food Christianity. We must not only be intellectually equipped to communicate the truth of the gospel via answers, biblical literacy, and countering cults—but also be internally equipped during this anti-Judeo-Christian moment. What that means is that the church must be energized for its mission—by a power that is in it but not of it, as underscored by the Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:29. This is the energy that alone is sufficient to empower a twenty-first-century Pentecost moment.
Sep 11, 2020
The Biblical Use of Fantasy Imagery, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/10/20), Hank returns to his series on exegetical eschatology, focusing on the use of fantasy imagery in the Bible. Imagery such as a red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and a beast that resembles a leopard with feet like a bear and a mouth like a lion. Such fantasy images do not correspond to anything in the real world. Yet, though unreal, they provide a realistic means by which to ponder reality. Fantasy imagery, of course, is fraught with danger. That danger, however, does not lie in its use, but in its abuse. In Revelation chapter 12 Saint John describes the aforementioned red dragon whose tail “swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.” Interpreting such imagery in a literalistic fashion misses the point of the passage. To read the Bible for all it’s worth, it is crucial to read it as literature, paying close attention to form, figurative language, and fantasy imagery. And while the Scriptures must indeed be read as literature, we must ever be mindful that the Bible is not merely literature. The Scriptures are uniquely inspired by the Spirit. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/

Hank also answers the following questions:

In John 10:25-29, what determines if you are Jesus’ sheep? If you accept Christ but don’t follow him, are you still his sheep?
What’s the correlation between the book of Revelation and the times we are going through right now?
Sep 11, 2020
Q&A: Torment in Hell, Degrees of Sin, and Death
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/09/20), Hank answers the following questions:

Why would somebody want to go to heaven and be around a God who was torturing other people for eternity?
Does God view all sins the same?
I always thought that hell was a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth, is this not the case?
Will we know of loved ones who don’t make it to heaven?
I believe that when we die, the righteous will be raised and the wicked will be destroyed when Jesus comes. Daniel is not in heaven, and if Daniel is not in heaven, none of us go to heaven when we die. Your thoughts?
Sep 10, 2020
The Biblical Use of Hyperbole, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/08/20), Hank returns to his discussion on figurative language in the Bible, focusing on the Bible’s use of hyperbole, which employs exaggeration for effect or emphasis. If you step on a scale and exclaim “Oh my goodness, I weigh a ton!” you are obviously not intending to say that you literally weigh two thousand pounds. While hyperbole is commonly used in our culture, it is virtually ubiquitous in the Bible. This is particularly true of prophetic passages. In prophesying Jerusalem’s destruction, Jesus says, “For then there will be great distress unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” In doing so, he was not literally predicting that the destruction of Jerusalem would be more cataclysmic than the catastrophe caused by Noah’s flood. Rather, he was using apocalyptic hyperbole to underscore the distress and devastation that would be experienced when Jerusalem and its temple were judged. Unfortunately, modern-day prophecy peddlers turn apocalyptic hyperbole into woodenly literalistic interpretations and as a result, Christ’s name is dragged through the mud. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/

Hank also answers the following questions:

I was reading the story of Cain and Abel and was wondering, where did these other people and cities come from?
I believe that there is just one Israel of God, would supersessionism be an accurate term for this belief?
Can you tell me anything about Ken Ham? He’s been really going at you because of your broadcast last week on dinosaurs.
Sep 09, 2020
God’s Labor Day
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/07/20), Hank wishes all of you a happy Labor Day and goes into detail on the Labor Day holiday that God gave us long before the government did—our Sabbath Day rest. Just as we are resting today on Labor Day, the Lord commands us to rest on the Sabbath each week. “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do” (Deut. 5:13-14 NIV). So our Labor Day holiday according to God is our Sabbath Day rest, which begs the question: why do Christians rest from their labor on the first day of the week (Sunday), rather than the last day of the week (Saturday)? The answer, says Hank, is encapsulated in just one word—resurrection. Hank also discusses something else that comes to his mind when he thinks about the word labor, and that is what Paul says in 1 Corinthians chapter 3, that each person is going to be rewarded according to their own labor. In other words, what we do now in this life counts for all eternity. Hank uses the illustration of his invitation to play Cypress Point, which he claims to be the most spectacular golf course on Earth. For months he beat his body into submission while dreaming of the day he would experience walking its fairways. Without his strenuous preparations he would have still experienced the same breathtaking views, however, all his hard work added immeasurably to his experience. That is how heaven will be like. As phenomenal as Cypress Point is, it pales by comparison to what paradise restored will be. Hank spent one day at a golf haven; he will spend an eternity in God’s heaven. It stands to reason, therefore, that he would put a lot more labor into preparing for an eternity in heaven with God than he did for playing eighteen holes of golf.
Sep 07, 2020
Best of BAM: Live as Though Eternal Life Depended on It, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank examines a quote from Steve Jobs, the former chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Apple who passed away in 2011. Jobs is quoted as saying, “Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” But upon reading that quote, Hank thought about a change he would make to apply the quote to himself, which is that knowing that he would live forever in eternity is the most important realization he has ever encountered to guide him into making the major choices in this life. Because everything, all externalities—pride, embarrassment, fear of failure—evaporate in the face of immortality, leaving only what is truly important in light of eternity.

Hank also answers the following questions:

It seems like 1 Corinthians chapter 8 says that it is acceptable to eat meat that was sacrificed to idols, but chapter 10 tells us to not eat of it. Can you explain this?
In the New Creation, would humanity’s relationship with animals return to what it was in the Garden of Eden?
In Numbers 22:21-39, why would God favor the donkey over the life of Balaam?
I believe I’m involved in a cult, can you help me?
Sep 05, 2020
Jonathan Cahn: Selling Fear and Sensationalistic Claims
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/04/20), Hank talks about Jonathan Cahn, author of The Harbinger, The Mystery of the Shemitah, The Paradigm, and now The Harbinger II: The Return, who claims that there is a mystery to be revealed in our time through his prophetic powers—a mystery behind major world events, particularly those affecting America. Cahn alone has figured out their mystery and pattern—His claim is that such events constitute or portend modern divine judgments, just as calamitous events in ancient Israel’s history were divine judgments for sin. The first thing we ought to note when reading these kinds of claims is that Cahn is a master of the selling of fear. It’s a financial bonanza for anyone who does it well. Think back to Y2K—Under Y2K selling fear was hugely profitable for megachurch pastors—but bankrupted many parishioners. The real tragedy is not that men like Jonathan Cahn are using current events as the pretext for selling fear, the real tragedy is that their messages and manuscripts are now being promoted by mainstream ministers and ministries. We need to commit ourselves to developing the necessary skills to discern wheat from chaff and heat from light. If we do, the next time we face the selling and subjectivism of Christian sensationalists, Christians will be unified around truth rather than divided by error. For further information please see The Apocalypse Code. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/
Sep 05, 2020
Dinosaur Ruses on the Internet, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/03/20), Hank follows up on a question he was asked on yesterday’s broadcast on whether dinosaurs and human beings lived during the same time period. The short answer is no, as Hank said yesterday. But unfortunately, if you were to look up that question online, you would find out that the internet is awash with supposed evidence that points in the exact opposite direction. Young Earth creationists point to human footprints discovered alongside dinosaur tracks in the Paluxy Riverbed of Glen Rose, Texas. And so it is argued that these footprints in stone prove not only that dinosaurs lived contemporaneously with human beings, but that the world is a mere six thousand years old. In truth, while footprints of carnivorous dinosaurs are in evidence, there’s no compelling evidence whatsoever for human footprints in the same time and space. In fact, many prints claimed to be human are merely erosion patterns—an illustration of wish giving birth to reality. For further information please see The Creation Answer book https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-creation-answer-book/

Hank also answers the following questions:

Is Ecclesiastes 3:18-21 referring to the spirit of animals going up or is it just humans? Is there anything in the Bible that says what happens to the soul of an animal?
Are you on board with the verse in Genesis chapter 6 where it says that the angels looked upon man and saw their beauty and procreated with them?
Sep 04, 2020
A Proper Understanding of Figurative Language, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/02/20), Hank returns to his series on exegetical eschatology, focusing on how crucial it is to recognize that Scripture is replete with figurative language. Figurative language requires readers to use their imagination to comprehend what the author is driving at. Such imaginative leaps are the rule rather than the exception. There are a wide variety of ways in which the inspired authors of the biblical text employ figurative language. The three most basic literary terms used to classify these figures of speech are metaphor, simile, and hyperbole. Biblical metaphors are never to be regarded as vacuous occasions for subjective flights of fantasy. On the contrary, biblical metaphors are always objectively meaningful, authoritative, and true. Metaphors have teeth—some are especially sharp. For further study please see The Apocalypse Code https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-for-gift/

Hank also answers the following questions:

What does the Bible say about extraterrestrial life? Does the Bible mention dinosaurs?
Can you give us a preview on what you are going to say concerning Jonathan Cahn on an upcoming broadcast?
I just joined this church called the Philadelphia Church of God, do you know anything about this church?
Sep 03, 2020
Seeking an Immortality That We Already Have
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (09/01/20), Hank recounts thinking many years ago about how impossible it would be to actually live in the year 2020, having no perspective on how this year would actually unfold. In reality, it has unfolded with a pandemic, and pandemics cause us to think about our own mortality and the fact that life is so very, very fragile. The book we are featuring this month, Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It by Clay Jones teaches us precisely what we can do about it. For millions of materialists, death is the absolute end of our conscious existence. And it’s the prospect of that oblivion that drives so many to engage in life-long mortality mitigation projects, desperately trying to achieve symbolic immortality. The profound and utter folly, says Hank, is that millions upon millions of people will spend the entirety of their lives seeking to achieve an immortality that they actually already have—but it is not even remotely close to what they might imagine. That is, at death our bodies die, but never our souls. We are indeed immortal, but not in a way that the materialist mind can comprehend. This is why Clay Jones’ new book Immortal is both timely and highly relevant, and not just for the secularist, but for you as a Christian. This book is important because it speaks to the resplendent glory that awaits all of us.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/
Sep 02, 2020
Q&A: Christian Response To Non-Believers and Christ’s Revelation To the Apostles
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/31/20), Hank reminds listeners that today is the last day that we are featuring three incredible resources, the films Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth, Origin: Unlocking the Mystery of Life, and King of Creation: Meditations on God’s Wisdom and Works. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2008wa/

There are no better films for the whole family to fall in love with the Creator as we marvel at His creation. The power of cinema clearly conveys the complexity of the universe and the films by Illustra Media provide viewers with an exhilarating evangelistic experience to expand the kingdom of God on Heaven and Earth.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Does Christianity require that Christians say that people who have knowledge of the Bible but still don’t believe are being unreasonable?
Do you think any of the apostles had the revelation that Jesus was God in the flesh before the day of Pentecost?
Sep 01, 2020
Best of BAM: Revisiting Biden’s Address to the Million Muslim Votes Summit
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank revisits presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent address to the Million Muslim Votes Summit, an event that was hosted by Emgage, an organization founded and led by Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas advocates. In his address, Biden claims that Islam is “one of the great confessional faiths” and that “what people don’t realize is that we all come from the same root here in terms of our fundamental, basic beliefs.” But as a presidential candidate who regards theology his avocation surely knows, the difference between Christianity and Islam is that of day and night. When you lay the straight stick of essential Christian doctrine next to the Islamic counterfeit, its crookedness is readily apparent. Biden also invokes during his address an ominous Sharia maxim straight from the lips of Muhammad, “Whomever among you sees a wrong, let him change it with his hand. If he is not able, then with his tongue. If he is not able, then with his heart.” This is Islamic code of saying that true Muslims must use force if they are in the position to do so; but if the enemy is too strong, then wage war with your tongue; and if you can’t do that, then strive with hatred in your heart toward those who rebel against Sharia. Western elites like Biden must come to their senses and insist that Muslims abdicate Sharia practices that militate against Western jurisprudence.
Aug 29, 2020
King of Creation with Lad Allen
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/28/20), Hank welcomes director, producer, and writer Lad Allen to discuss a film that he has produced titled, King of Creation: Meditations on God’s Wisdom & Works. Photographed in high definition, King of Creation is a tapestry of breathtaking views of our planet and universe, beloved passages of Scripture, and timeless hymns of the Christian faith, all seamlessly woven into a unique and deeply touching message of encouragement and hope. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2008wa/
Aug 28, 2020
What It Means To Interpret the Bible Literally, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/27/20), Hank continues his discussion on exegetical eschatology, emphasizing that we need to exegete—that is, that we need to take out of the Scriptures what the Holy Spirit has placed within them. This is of course in opposition to eisegesis, where you impose a paradigm on the Scripture and then interpret that Scripture in light of your paradigm. Hank brings up popular television personality Bill Maher, who has made a cottage industry out of ridiculing religion. In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Maher dogmatically pontificated that the Bible was written in parables, going on to say that “it’s the idiots today who take the Bible literally.” To dogmatically assert that the Bible was written in parables and that those who read it literally must be idiots is at best an idiosyncratic form of fundamentalism. At worst, it’s a serious misunderstanding of the literal principle of biblical interpretation, which is, to interpret the Bible literally means that you’re going to interpret the Bible as literature. The Bible of course does contain parables, but it’s not entirely parabolic. If Maher had read the Scripture with an open mind; if he had paid attention to genre, grammar, syntax, semantics, and context; he would have realized that his bloviations are mere dogmatic assertions rather than being defensible arguments.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Regarding the seven churches mentioned in Revelation, would it be considered literalistic to not apply that beyond those first-century churches?
In the New Creation, would humanity’s relationship with animals return to what it was in the Garden of Eden?
In Numbers 22:21-39, why would God favor the donkey over the life of Balaam?
I believe I’m involved in a cult, can you help me?
Aug 28, 2020
Exegetical Eschatology and Racial Discrimination
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/26/20), Hank expresses his intent to start a series on the matter of eschatology, or as he calls it in his book The Apocalypse Code, exegetical eschatology. While this phrase may sound daunting, its meaning is easy to comprehend. Exegesis is the method by which we discover what biblical authors intended their original audiences to understand. The meaning of the word eschatology is just as simple—the study of end times. The purpose behind this series is not to entice you to embrace a particular model of eschatology, but rather to equip you to employ a proper method of biblical interpretation. Hank uses the illustration of the Left Behind series by the late Dr. Tim LaHaye to point out the error in LaHaye’s literalistic interpretation of Revelation. Hank gives another example of why it is transcendently important to rightly understand biblical eschatology—racial discrimination. A proper exegesis of biblical theology knows nothing of racism. According to Scripture, there is neither “Jew nor Greek.” Neither is there a distinction between Israel and the Church based on race. In sharp distinction, modern dispensationalism—the go-to eschatology of most evangelical Christians—divides people into two categories on the basis of race rather than relationship. The first class consists of Jews, while the second consists of Gentiles. In this view, twenty-first-century Jews will soon die in an Armageddon that will make the Nazi Holocaust pale by comparison. Far from facilitating race-based discrimination on the basis of our eschatological presuppositions, Christians must be equipped to communicate that Christianity knows nothing of dividing people on the basis of race.
Aug 27, 2020
Origin with Lad Allen
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/25/20), Hank welcomes writer, director, and producer Lad Allen to discuss Illustra Media’s film, Origin: Design, Chance, and the First Life on Earth. Where did life come from? Why is there something rather than nothing? Why are we here? How did life on Earth begin? Hank and Lad address these questions along with some of the erroneous ideas posited by evolutionists such as panspermia and the multiverse theory. When looking at the evidence, however, it’s clear that chance cannot explain the complexities and origin of the universe. In fact, all the evidence points to a divine Creator who has a purpose for His creation.

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Aug 26, 2020
Live as Though Eternal Life Depended on It, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/24/20), Hank examines a quote from Steve Jobs, the former chairman, chief executive officer, and co-founder of Apple who passed away in 2011. Jobs is quoted as saying, “Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.” But upon reading that quote, Hank thought about a change he would make to apply the quote to himself, which is that knowing that he would live forever in eternity is the most important realization he has ever encountered to guide him into making the major choices in this life. Because everything, all externalities—pride, embarrassment, fear of failure—evaporate in the face of immortality, leaving only what is truly important in light of eternity.

Hank also answers the following questions:

It seems like 1 Corinthians chapter 8 says that it is acceptable to eat meat that was sacrificed to idols, but chapter 10 tells us to not eat of it. Can you explain this?
In Romans chapter 14, Paul allows some liberty to observe days if a person has that conviction. Is Paul limiting that to the weekly Sabbath, or is he extending that to Jewish feast days?
Could you give me an example of a typological prophecy?
If a man of God is divorced, are they able to remarry and operate in certain offices like Deacon and Elder?
What does it mean to obey God’s commandments?
Aug 25, 2020
The Word Crisis with D.K. Matthews - Part 4
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/21/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. D.K. Matthews, author of the cover article in the current issue of the Christian Research Journal, “The ‘Word Crisis’ That Threatens to Undo Western Civilization.” Hank and Dr. Matthews discuss how redefining words can redefine reality, how Jesus and Paul dealt with the counterfeit concepts in Scripture, how Thomas Jefferson and Madonna redefined Jesus and His message to fit their personal worldviews, and whether we are living in an anti-Christian moment.
Aug 24, 2020
Best of BAM: Origin with Paul Nelson
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank welcomes back Dr. Paul Nelson, Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. Illustra Media’s film, Origin: Design, Chance and the First Life on Earth examines a question that has baffled science for centuries: How did the first life arise at a moment in time when there was no life of any kind? Hank and Dr. Nelson discuss the purpose and importance of this film; the need to address the topic of origins with gentleness and respect; the odds of life emerging on earth by chance; and the fact that science and Scripture don’t have to be enemies.
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Aug 22, 2020
The Word Crisis with D.K. Matthews - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/20/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. D.K. Matthews, author of the cover article in the current issue of the Christian Research Journal, “The ‘Word Crisis’ That Threatens to Undo Western Civilization.” Hank and Dr. Matthews discuss why the redefinition of words could be considered a linguistic pandemic, if the end of Western Civilization is near, and the need to construct a lexicon of post-truth terms.https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/
Aug 21, 2020
The Word Crisis with D.K. Matthews - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/19/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with Dr. D.K. Matthews, author of the cover article in the current issue of the Christian Research Journal, “The ‘Word Crisis’ That Threatens to Undo Western Civilization.” Hank and Dr. Matthews discuss justice as a classic example of alternate semantic universes; if the modern redefinition of social justice is a Trojan horse; if Christians need to be more educated on critical theory; the role of Marxism in critical theory; the difference between the concept Black Lives Matter and the organization Black Lives Matter; and why the redefinition of words could be considered a linguistic pandemic. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/
Aug 20, 2020
The Word Crisis with D.K. Matthews - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/18/20), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is Dr. D.K. Matthews, author of the cover article in the current issue of the Christian Research Journal, “The ‘Word Crisis’ That Threatens to Undo Western Civilization.” Hank and Dr. Matthews discuss the redefinition of words today and why it is a threat to Western Civilization; the legal implications of redefining sex to include sexual orientation and identity; logocentric reality; and justice as a classic example of alternate semantic universes. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/
Aug 19, 2020
Revisiting Biden’s Address to the Million Muslim Votes Summit
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/17/20), Hank revisits presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s recent address to the Million Muslim Votes Summit, an event that was hosted by Emgage, an organization founded and led by Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas advocates. In his address, Biden claims that Islam is “one of the great confessional faiths” and that “what people don’t realize is that we all come from the same root here in terms of our fundamental, basic beliefs.” But as a presidential candidate who regards theology his avocation surely knows, the difference between Christianity and Islam is that of day and night. When you lay the straight stick of essential Christian doctrine next to the Islamic counterfeit, its crookedness is readily apparent. Biden also invokes during his address an ominous Sharia maxim straight from the lips of Muhammad, “Whomever among you sees a wrong, let him change it with his hand. If he is not able, then with his tongue. If he is not able, then with his heart.” This is Islamic code of saying that true Muslims must use force if they are in the position to do so; but if the enemy is too strong, then wage war with your tongue; and if you can’t do that, then strive with hatred in your heart toward those who rebel against Sharia. Western elites like Biden must come to their senses and insist that Muslims abdicate Sharia practices that militate against Western jurisprudence.
Aug 18, 2020
Q&A: The Word of God, Alcohol, and Marijuana
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/14/20), Hank answers the following questions:

Is the Word of God Jesus or the Bible?
Will someone go to hell for drinking alcohol?
What do you think about using marijuana in moderation?
Can you clarify your comments on abusing alcohol?
Aug 17, 2020
Best of BAM: The Jesus Game, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank opens with a question he received in an email from George. He wants to know if Christianity stole the Virgin Birth, death, and Resurrection of Jesus from ancient pagan mystery religions. As stated by Hank, this proposition has become catastrophically popular in the broader post-Christian culture. In recent decades there have been lots of books, movies, and television specials in which Jesus and the true origins of Christianity are barely recognizable. In a book Hank co-authored with historian Paul Maier titled The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?, they call this “The Jesus Game.” This game has been played ever since the pagan philosopher Celsus first articulated the narrative a hundred or so years following the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord. And it’s been played with great enthusiasm ever since.

Hank also answers the following questions:

I have concerns about the way my daughters are dressing; are there any guidelines in the Bible for how women should dress?
I’m having issues getting into the Pauline corpus. Do you have any suggestions?
Aug 15, 2020
Origin with Paul Nelson
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/13/20), Hank welcomes back Dr. Paul Nelson, Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. Illustra Media’s film, Origin: Design, Chance and the First Life on Earth examines a question that has baffled science for centuries: How did the first life arise at a moment in time when there was no life of any kind? Hank and Dr. Nelson discuss the purpose and importance of this film; the need to address the topic of origins with gentleness and respect; the odds of life emerging on earth by chance; and the fact that science and Scripture don’t have to be enemies.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2008wa/
Aug 14, 2020
Living Waters with Paul Nelson
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/12/20), Hank welcomes Dr. Paul Nelson, Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute to discuss Illustra Media’s film, Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2008wa/

Hank and Dr. Nelson explore the change that has taken place in our culture from an open view of science, which is a gift from God, to scientism and the philosophy of naturalism, which says everything can be explained by purely material processes. One of the features of Living Waters is the amazing echolocation system of dolphins. A dolphin’s bio sonar is so precise that it can detect a BB at the bottom of a pool and distinguish the difference between a ping pong ball and a golf ball. Such precision cannot come from blind chance, but can only be the product of intelligent design
Aug 13, 2020
What It Means to Be Still and Finding Meaning in Parables
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/11/20), Hank addresses two questions he was unable to get to on yesterday’s broadcast. The first is from Tony, who wanted to know what the psalmist meant when he says “be still” in Psalm 46. In order to answer Tony’s question, Hank details the entirety of the Psalm to illustrate the meaning behind the phrase, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The second question is from Casey, who wanted to ask about the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew chapter 13; specifically, if the gathering and burning is referring to the return of Christ. Of parables, such as the one Casey is asking about, St. John Chrysostom writes that no one will be able to empty the parable of all its wealth. The deeper you dig the more divine thoughts will gush forth, for it is a never-failing spring. Parables are not only proverbs and riddles, but they are also allegories and as such contain hidden meanings—ways through which the wise may grasp the mysteries of the kingdom. They reveal truth to those whose hearts are prepared. In this specific case, the binding of the tares into bundles to be burnt references the condemnation of the tares upon Christ’s coming in judgment—as the Nicene Creed puts it, “He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead…”
Aug 12, 2020
What Is Almost Never Heard About the History of Racism, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/10/20), Hank takes time in the second segment to discuss some of the things that we’ve almost never heard about the history of racism. For example, prior to the nineteenth century, Christians were the most vocal opponents of slavery—you think of people like John Newton, author of the wonderful song Amazing Grace who once was a slave owner before converting to Christianity and becoming one of the most vocal opponents to slavery. But today you have secular progressives extolling the virtues of the Enlightenment and denouncing Christianity as though it is a religion of racism and slavery. If you think about the Enlightenment clearly, you don’t just think about social reform, scientific development, or progress; what you think about is some of the main figures within the Enlightenment—figures who are lauded. People like Voltaire, who said, “The negro race is a species of men as different from ours as the breed of spaniels is from that of greyhounds.” That they are of a “different nature” and “greatly inferior.”

Hank also answers the following questions:

How can you balance out the Flood where you wouldn’t want to be taken away, with the rapture, where you do want to be taken away?
Doesn’t the Bible say that the Spirit knows the deep things of God, and so would, therefore, know the day of the end times?
Why don’t most churches speak about the “behind the scenes” of the spiritual realm?
Aug 11, 2020
The Twin Evils of Racism and Rich-ism
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/07/20), Hank addresses the twin evils of racism and rich-ism. According to Scripture, all human beings are made in the image of God and are designed to be conformed to His likeness. As such, racism, while it has raised its ugly head within the context of American churches, is abjectly incompatible with genuine Christianity. Historic, orthodox, biblical Christianity posits that all people, irrespective of skin color, are descendants of one human couple. Indeed, orthodox Christians have historically rejected the idea that there are multiple races and have been mocked and ridiculed as a result. An evil twin to racism is rich-ism—the predisposition to honor the rich and disfavor the poor. This is precisely why Saint James warns Christians of wanton partiality: “If there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, ‘You sit here in a good place,’ and say to the poor man, ‘You stand there,’ or ‘Sit here at my footstool,’ have you not shown partiality among yourselves?….If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture (‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’) you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors” (see James 2:1–13).
Aug 10, 2020
Best of BAM: The Answer Is…
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank talks about Alex Trebek, the longtime host of Jeopardy! who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. The celebration of his eight decades of life coincided with the release of reflections on his life codified in a book titled, “The Answer Is…” The story caught Hank’s attention for several reasons. Not the least of which is that both lived in Ontario and both have been diagnosed with stage four cancer. Moreover, both claim to be unafraid of death, but for very different reasons. Trebek does not believe in a specific god nor “a particular version of the afterlife.” Hank on the other hand does. In fact, Hank wrote a book titled, Afterlife: What You Need to Know About Heaven, the Hereafter & Near-Death Experiences. As Lee Strobel wrote in the foreword to Afterlife, “When you are on the verge of leaving this world, it becomes critically urgent to know what awaits you in the next.” So what does await us in the next? What awaits Alex Trebek? What awaits Hank? In keeping with the title of Alex’s new book, The Answer Is… eternity.
Aug 08, 2020
Truth Matters, Life Matters More, Union with the Triadic One, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/06/20), Hank begins by reiterating something that he wrote about in his latest book Truth Matters, Life Matters More, and that is, that while life matters more, truth matters. Truth really, really matters. Which is precisely why at the Christian Research Institute we are so deeply committed to equipping Christians to always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have, and to do so with gentleness and respect. But if we relegate the Christian experience to a mere headful of knowledge, then we are in danger of devolving into a transactional rather than a transformational relationship with the Lover of our souls. A transaction that offers heaven and avoidance of hell, yet strangely devoid of the transformational intimacy that Christ offers us right here, right now. Hank is not talking about a mere headful of knowledge, he is speaking about active participation in the Kingdom of God. Entrance into the divine life of the Holy Trinity—union with the Triadic One.

Hank also answers the following question:

Which rapture theory is correct, pre-tribulation, or post-tribulation?
Aug 07, 2020
The Jesus Game, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/05/20), Hank opens with a question he received in an email from George. He wants to know if Christianity stole the Virgin Birth, death, and Resurrection of Jesus from ancient pagan mystery religions. As stated by Hank, this proposition has become catastrophically popular in the broader post-Christian culture. In recent decades there have been lots of books, movies, and television specials in which Jesus and the true origins of Christianity are barely recognizable. In a book Hank co-authored with historian Paul Maier titled The Da Vinci Code: Fact or Fiction?, they call this “The Jesus Game.” This game has been played ever since the pagan philosopher Celsus first articulated the narrative a hundred or so years following the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord. And it’s been played with great enthusiasm ever since.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Why did Jesus wait to visit Lazarus?
My non-Trinitarian friend claims that the Bible does not speak of the Holy Spirit as a person, but merely as God’s energy. Are there any arguments from Scripture that could convince him that the Holy Spirit is indeed a godly person?
Aug 06, 2020
The Biological Wonder That Defies Darwinian Evolution, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/04/20), Hank shines a spotlight on one of the three great resources we are featuring this month, the film Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth. This remarkable documentary on DVD celebrates the beauty and brilliance of the biological systems that make life in the oceans possible. The DVD includes spectacular footage manifesting the power and majestic grace of the humpback whale—a biological wonder that defies the theory of Darwinian evolution. Darwin speculated that bears might well evolve into whales. Contemporary Darwinists have instead speculated that it was some sort of a hippo-like animal that turned tail and became a whale. As the DVD makes plain, to believe that hippos evolved into whales takes an enormous leap of faith.



Hank also answers the following questions:



What is your stance on Christians participating in civil disobedience or protests?

I have concerns about the way my daughters are dressing; are there any guidelines in the Bible for how women should dress?

I’m having issues getting into the Pauline corpus. Do you have any suggestions?
Aug 05, 2020
Three Great Resources to Build up Your Mental Immune System, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (08/03/20), Hank discusses the three resources we are offering this month that are great mental immune system building resources. These resources will help you to effectively withstand the mounting assaults on the Christian mind and Christian values by secular nihilists. The first is Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth, a fascinating film on the exploration of life in the liquid universe that covers more than 70 percent of our planet. This remarkable documentary on DVD celebrates the beauty and brilliance of the biological systems that make life in the oceans possible. The second resource is Origin: Unlocking the Mysteries of Life, an examination of the quintessential question that has baffled science for centuries: how did life on Earth begin? In this DVD you will travel through a molecular universe to encounter extraordinary biological engineering fundamental to the survival of every organism that has ever existed. Engineering that points clearly to intelligence and mind. The third resource is King of Creation: Meditations on God’s Wisdom and Works. This film on DVD presents eight unique journeys to some of the most beautiful locations on Earth—for an unforgettable encounter with the Maker of all majesty. Inherent in these three resources is the power to reinvigorate your faith in the One who placed you in a designed universe as the leavening force for transforming your generation, just as others have transformed the generations in which they lived.

Hank also answers the following questions:

Have you heard of the book The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby?
I recently put my dog to sleep. I can’t find anything in the Bible about being able to see my dog again in heaven. Can you help me?
Aug 04, 2020
Best of BAM: The God of This Age, and Q&A
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast, Hank starts by responding to a correspondence he received from Ray, who asks, “Why does the Apostle Paul say that the devil is the god of this age?” As Hank responds, Satan is the god of this age in that he is the supreme exemplar of evil. All of the sin of the world is patterned after Satan. Thus, the devil is the de facto ruler of all who willingly subject themselves to his masterful deceit. If we do not belong to the God of the ages and ages, then we are of Satan, the god of this age.

Hank also answers the following questions:

I’ve had issues with some Christian films; there are so many inaccuracies. How should I approach those who promote these movies?
On the second day of creation, why does God not declare that the sky is good like He does with His other creations?
I know some Christians who do not attend church and unquestionably obey their leader. Is this a cult?
Aug 01, 2020
The Answer Is…
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast from (07/31/20), Hank talks about Alex Trebek, the longtime host of Jeopardy! who recently celebrated his 80th birthday. The celebration of his eight decades of life coincided with the release of reflections on his life codified in a book titled, “The Answer Is…” The story caught Hank’s attention for several reasons. Not the least of which is that both lived in Ontario and both have been diagnosed with stage four cancer. Moreover, both claim to be unafraid of death, but for very different reasons. Trebek does not believe in a specific god nor “a particular version of the afterlife.” Hank on the other hand does. In fact, Hank wrote a book titled, Afterlife: What You Need to Know About Heaven, the Hereafter & Near-Death Experiences. As Lee Strobel wrote in the foreword to Afterlife, “When you are on the verge of leaving this world, it becomes critically urgent to know what awaits you in the next.” So what does await us in the next? What awaits Alex Trebek? What awaits Hank? In keeping with the title of Alex’s new book, The Answer Is… eternity.
Jul 31, 2020
Gay Girl, Good God With Jackie Hill Perry - Part 3
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/30/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with writer, poet, and artist, Jackie Hill Perry, author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been. Hank and Jackie discuss the stereotype that pornography is only a male problem; if Jackie still experiences same-sex sexual temptation; Jackie’s passion for poetry; the power and significance of apologetics; a passion for scripture and the beauty of being able to give biblical answers; how Jackie Hill Perry came up with the title Gay Girl, Good God and what she hopes people get from the reading the book; a lightning round of questions on Gay Girl, Good God; and the importance of having an eternal perspective.
Jul 31, 2020
Gay Girl, Good God With Jackie Hill Perry - Part 2
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/29/20), we pick up where we ended on our previous broadcast and present more of an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank is talking with writer, poet, and artist, Jackie Hill Perry, author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been. Hank and Jackie discuss the error of what Jackie calls the heterosexual gospel—believing that only a fraction of our humanity needs saving; the different ways we identify ourselves; Jackie’s reaction to a negative review of Gay Girl, Good God on Amazon; learning to see ourselves through the lens of Scripture rather than through the lens of culture; how sin can feel natural; and the role of the church to impact society and the importance of discipleship in the church.
Jul 29, 2020
Gay Girl, Good God With Jackie Hill Perry - Part 1
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/28/20), we present an episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast. Hank’s guest is writer, poet, and artist, Jackie Hill Perry, author of Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been. Hank and Jackie discuss what made Jackie go against the cultural perspective of sexuality in favor of a biblical perspective; the power of words and narratives; how personal autonomy relates to the issues of abortion, sexual freedom, and sexual identity; the impact of abuse and fatherlessness; the role of conscience in our lives as a reminder of truth; and the error of what Jackie calls the heterosexual gospel—believing that only a fraction of our humanity needs saving.
Jul 28, 2020
The Contrast Between Islam and Christianity, and the Forthcoming Complement to Hagia Sophia in the West
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (07/27/20), Hank discusses the great differences between Christianity and Islam—differences highlighted by the recent reversion of Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Hank draws from an article by Charlotte Allen in the Wall Street Journal, “Turkey Retreats from Modernity,” in which she makes the ominous observation that Islamic Turkey seems to take their religion more seriously than does the Christian West. Hank notes that, paradoxically, just as Hagia Sophia is in process of completing its transition from monument to Messiah to Muslim mosque, the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero is in its final stages of completion. As luminous as the architecture itself is the tradition and hospitality that the St. Nicholas Church will exemplify as the only non-secular building at Ground Zero. It is a reminder of St. Nicholas of Myra who lavished gifts on needy children and valiantly championed the doctrine of the Trinity at the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. Saint Nicholas reminds us that wherever there is schism, it cries out to be healed. It begs an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer that “all may be one, as you Father are in Me, and I in You. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” May St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine at Ground Zero inaugurate a second iteration of Pentecost.
Jul 28, 2020
Christians Caught in the Crosshairs of a Linguistic Pandemic
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On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast from (07/24/20), Hank discusses the current edition of the Christian Research Journal. As the cover feature article Seduced? underscores, we are in the midst of a virulent linguistic crisis. Long after the COVID-19 crisis has receded from our memories, this battle will continue to ravage our futures. Carl F. H. Henry rightly defined this time of trouble as a “crisis of word.” A linguistic crisis that “has flowered into fragmentation, outrage and semantic terrorism.” Consider, for example, the redefinition of the word marriage. In their excellent book Same-Sex Marriage by Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet, the authors correctly forward the notion that “marriage has at all times and in all societies been a relationship between men and women.” That “marriage exists because of the dual, gender-distinct nature of humanity.” And that “the connection between marriage and procreation is more than just incidental.” But they note that in a contrary opinion, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy holds that marriage, as historically defined, fosters ill will and animosity. In Kennedy’s considered opinion, anyone who embraces the historical definition of marriage — thus excluding same-sex couples — “does so out of hate and animus.” The redefinition of the word “marriage” is hardly a trifling matter. It is emblematic, as Henry laments, of “the twilight of a [once Logocentric and] great civilization.” Thus, says Hank, we can curse the darkness, or we can build a lighthouse in the midst of the gathering storm. Articles such as Seduced? along with other timely articles in this issue of the Christian Research Journal, do just that. As such, reading this issue cover to cover is bound to equip you with new heights of perspective and new depths of understanding. Hank closes with an exhortation to repentance and prayer—commit to praying the Lord’s Prayer three times a day for 21 days; and pray, as did our Lord and Savior, for unity in the body of Christ.
Jul 27, 2020
Best of BAM: Sharing Your Faith With LGBTQ Friends, and Q&A