Author: Phil Vischer

Episode 240: Does Christian Media Stunt Christian Growth? W/Melinda Schmidt

Former Christian radio personality Melinda Schmidt joins Phil and Skye to talk about Christian radio, movies, TV, and whether Christian media stunts spiritual growth in the name of retaining an audience. Plus, The Atlantic writes about evangelicals losing jobs for opposing Trump!   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 239: Non-Christian Jesus Followers? w/William Dyrness

Can a Buddhist follow Jesus and still be a Buddhist?  What about a Muslim?  Fuller Seminary professor William Dyrness joins Phil and Christian to talk about the “insider movement,” where people become Jesus followers without leaving their cultures and religious communities behind.   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 238: Power and the Church w/Jamin Goggin and Kyle Strobel

What is “power?”  Is it good, or bad?  Is it worth pursuing?  And what if the evangelical church is going about it all wrong?  Pastor Jamin Goggin and professor Kyle Strobel talk power and their new book, “The Way of the Dragon or the Way of the Lamb.”  Plus – horse diapers and religious liberty.  No, really.  This week on the podcast!   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 237: People Pigs, Christian Cinema & Rejected Refugees w/Drew Dyck

It’s a potluck podcast as our friend Drew Dyck swings by for a visit and we tackle a bunch of stories!  Could pigs have people parts??  Could there be great Christian movies Christians just won’t see??  Would Jesus send refugees packing?  Plus Drew’s favorite snack food turns on him!  It’s a sign of the apocalypse for sure!   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 236: The Power of Female Leadership w/Jo Saxton

She grew up in London, has African heritage, and now lives in Minnesota!  AND she co-pastors a church in a coffeeshop!  She’s Jo Saxton, and she joins us to talk about her life in ministry and her book, “More Than Enchanting” –  the value of female leadership in the world and in the church.  Plus – which religious group is the most committed to their jobs?  You’ll be surprised!   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 235: Was Paul a Sexist Jerk?? w/Brandon O’Brien

Was the apostle Paul sexist?  Racist?  Homophobic?  In other words, a real jerk??  Paul has been accused of many things, so Bible scholar Brandon O’Brien joins us to discuss his new book, “Paul Behaving Badly.”  Plus, is a trip to Disney World actually a religious pilgrimage??  This week on the podcast!   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 234: TV, Star Wars & Lent w/Aaron Damiani

How geography, TV shows and voting go hand in hand, how Star Wars got it’s mojo back by getting it’s religion back, and how Lent can change your life – with Aaron Damiani, author of “The Good of Giving Up: Discovering the Freedom of Lent.” This week on the podcast! Links: Star Wars – https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2017/01/rogue-one-and-the-return-of-reverence TV Shows – http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/26/upshot/duck-dynasty-vs-modern-family-television-maps.html?nlid=65272790&nl_art=6&te=1&em_pos=small&_r=0#adventure_time Aaron’s Book – http://aarondamiani.com/resources/   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Two Thoughts for a New Year

It’s a new year. Did you notice? People celebrated, balls dropped. Celebrities waxed poetic and pop stars sang on TV. Mariah Caray apparently had some technical issues with her performance, a fitting end to a year replete with issues, technical and otherwise. I am not sorry to say goodbye to 2016. It was not a year I will cherish in my memory. The world got uglier. Politics got uglier. Even the discourse in the church got uglier. Though six has always been my favorite number (due entirely to the fact I was born on the sixteen day of the...

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Episode 233: Hell, Judgment and Holy War w/Joshua Ryan Butler

What kind of God would send people to Hell?  Judge people?  Call for “holy war?”  Portland, OR Pastor/Author Joshua Ryan Butler joins the podcast for a discussion of some of the more perplexing parts of Christian theology and his appropriately titled book, The Skeletons in God’s Closet.   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Throwback: Episode 172: Dude Ranches in Texas with Guest Bob Roberts

Phil and the gang are taking a break for Christmas, so here’s throwback episode 172. Muslim imams and evangelical pastors camping together on a dude ranch in Texas?? Some kind of bizarre reality show coming to cable this Fall? Nope! It’s the real life work of Texas megachurch pastor Bob Roberts – who joins us on the podcast to describe his unlikely and somewhat controversial role as a bridge between conservative Christian leaders and their Muslim counterparts. Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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