Author: Phil Vischer

Episode 265: Movies as Prayers W/Josh Larsen

Are movies a form of prayer? Josh Larsen, film critic and host of NPR’s Filmspotting radio show and podcast, joins the gang to talk movies and his new book, Movies Are Prayers, where he looks at movies and finds in them classic forms of Christian prayer. Also – thoughts about Charlottesville, race, and in the words of one social critic, “What’s wrong with white Christians?” This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 264: Learning How to See w/James Gilmore

Do you know how to see? Really? And how does “seeing” affect our faith? Best-selling author James Gilmore (The Experience Economy) swings by to talk about his new book, Look: A Practical Guide to Improving Your Observational Skills. Plus, the wedding of the future probably won’t be in a church, and may involve more than two people. And science disproves the Bible yet again! Or not. This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on iTunes Click here for a FREE Preview of...

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Episode 263: Discipling Our Kids and De-Platforming Our Enemies w/Rob Rienow

What do you mean my church can’t raise my kids for me?? Family ministry expert Rob Rienow joins Phil and Skye to talk about the importance of discipling kids at home, and gives practical advice for doing just that. Plus, what do Richard Dawkins and The Bible Answer Man have in common? They’ve been DE-PLATFORMED! And a new theory suggests our increasing political extremism may be caused – at least partly – by the decline of mainline Protestantism?? Crazy!! Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 261: Saving Your Kids From Technology w/Andy Crouch

Is technology making it harder for kids to grow into healthy adults? Is there anything we can do about it? Author, thinker Andy Crouch stops by to talk about his new book, The Tech-Wise Family, detailing the impact technology is having on American families and what we as parents can do about it. PLUS – Social media messes up Eugene Peterson’s week, and, it’s finally happened! Video games are more satisfying than real life! This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 260: Dudes, Grizzly Bears, Hobby Lobby and Robots

It’s a potluck podcast! A new religion is born in Louisville! Grizzly bears may be saved by… religious liberty laws?? Hobby Lobby makes an Indiana Jones-style mess, and, in a world where robots and automation are reducing the economic value and employability of millions of regular people, how should the church respond?? Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 259: Evangelism 2.0 With Kevin Palau

The Luis Palau Association has shared the good news with a billion people around the world, mostly through Billy Graham-style crusades. Starting in 2008, association president Kevin Palau set out to reimagine the traditional crusade for a new generation, dubbing it “Festival 2.0,” and focusing on innovative citywide service initiatives that bring churches together with municipal governments to solve problems that affect whole cities. Kevin joins the gang in studio to talk evangelism, social engagement, Christian witness in a post-Christian city, and life as the son of one of the world’s most famous evangelists. Listen to the episode | Download the...

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Episode 258: Christians Behaving Badly w/Joey Svendsen

Can Christians swear? Can Christians swear on a podcast? Can Christians swear on a podcast and find a big audience? Joey Svendsen, co-host of the “Bad Christian Podcast” joins the show to talk Christian cussing, evil Dungeons & Dragons toys and a life spent recovering from an overly legalistic past. Plus – Harry Potter turns 20, and overly legalistic Christians rue the day.. Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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Episode 257: Space Worms and Post-Church Church w/Jo Saxton

Our favorite Nigerian-British-Minnesotan author/speaker/thinker Jo Saxton returns to the show to talk about church and discipleship in an increasingly post-church world. If you’re in a community that doesn’t want church services at all, maybe tweaking your church service isn’t the right answer. But what is?? Jo describes experiments from Sheffield, England that she and others are now applying to the US. Plus, how denomination accurately predicts a pastor’s political affiliation, and Phil finds a story about space worms and can’t stop talking about it. Seriously. He can’t stop. This week on the podcast! 3DMovements Website Jo Saxton’s Website Listen...

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Episode 256: Dancing with Atheists w/Justin Brierley

Engaging with the world’s leading atheists and skeptics can have an impact on your own beliefs. How so? Let’s ask Justin Brierley! Back from across the pond, our favorite British radio host and atheist whisperer describes how repeated run-ins with Richard Dawkins and other prominent skeptics have affected his faith. Plus Christians indulge in fake news and Orthodox Jews indulge in chicken swinging. Which is worse? We can’t say. On the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on iTunes Get Your FREE Preview of Justin Brierley's NEW...

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