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Episode 243: Curiosity and the Christian Life w/ Barnabas Piper

Is curiosity a threat to faith? Or is it actually a key attribute of a healthy Christian life? Happy Rant podcast host Barnabas Piper joins the crew to talk through his new book, The Curious Christian. Plus - evangelicals and discrimination, and Phil & Skye offer...
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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...
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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...
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Episode 243: Curiosity and the Christian Life w/ Barnabas Piper

Is curiosity a threat to faith? Or is it actually a key attribute of a healthy Christian life? Happy Rant podcast host Barnabas Piper joins the crew to talk through his new book, The Curious Christian. Plus - evangelicals and discrimination, and Phil & Skye offer...

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...

One Last Time. (I Hope.)

There's a point in every VeggieTales episode where Bob - almost always Bob - comes out and says, "It's time to talk about what we learned today." It seems I've created a bit of a brouhaha here on the interwebs. My post a few days ago about the election has generated...

Let’s Try This One More Time…

All right, let me put this another way. Over the last 24 hours I've been called a "moron" and "ignorant." I've been told by Christian brothers and sisters they will no longer use my Bible-teaching resources with their children. Why? Because of the post I wrote...

Church, We’ve Got Some Explaining to Do

Church, we've got some explaining to do. Last night America voted to transition from our first African-American President to a President whose campaign was marked with charges of implicit and explicit racism and xenophobia. Former KKK "Imperial Wizard" David Duke...

It’s Not About the Show

My church celebrated it's 50th birthday yesterday, and it got me thinking. Thinking about a junior high boy who first walked through those doors on Easter Sunday, 1980. It was a smallish church in a dorky little building in the middle of cornfields.  It was the second...

What to Say to Kids When the World Doesn’t Make Sense

Parenting isn’t easy. Let’s just put that out on the table and accept it. In fact, I’ll go even further. Parenting is hard. We’re handed these miniature humans – tiny little things in booties and color-coded hats – and somehow we’re expected to cultivate them into...

Is God a Genocidal Bully? (Tricky Question #5)

"The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal,...

How to Help Your Kids Survive this Crazy, Crazy Election Season

I recently got a call from a Christian radio station, asking if I they could interview me about the presidential election. At first this struck me as odd, since I've never billed myself as a political commentator. Charles Krauthammer, I ain't. Though I envy his poker...

Is God Like Santa Claus? (Tricky Question #4)

And if he isn't like Santa, don't we kinda sorta wish he was? Okay, I know this seems silly. Of course God isn't Santa. Santa is a plus-sized guy dressed in red who spelunks chimneys. God, on the other hand, is the creator of everything. Including, one would assume,...

Is God “an Old Man in the Sky?” (Tricky Question #3)

In our series of tricky questions about God, this is kind of a silly one, but it comes up a lot.  In chat rooms, on message boards, in the comments on web stories that have little to do with the topic of what God is - or isn’t. "I believe in science.  You believe in...

Is God Cruel? (Tricky Question #2)

This is the second in a series on some tricky questions about God that come up when we actually read the Bible, instead of just pretending that we read the Bible. Is God cruel? As in, sort of, well, a jerk? There's a lot that could be said about the problem of evil...

Is God Selfish? (Tricky Question #1)

I'm launching a series of posts about tricky questions we're confronted with when we actually read the Bible, rather than just pretending that we've read the Bible.  Here's the first one...   You don't have to teach kids to be selfish. We emerge from the womb...

Episode 206: The Global Refugee Crisis With Matt Soerens

There are more refugees in the world now than at any other time in history. World Relief’s Matthew Soerens joins us to talk about the crisis, the politics, and what we as the church can do about it.

Dreams, Longings, and the Most Dangerous Verse in the Bible

Once upon a time there was a young boy who wanted a tiny car very, very badly.  That boy was me.  But before I continue... Recently I wrote a post about dreams and desires, and whether our dreams today are the same as dreams in the Bible. Since we Americans love,...

Episode 205: Let’s Talk about Daily Devotions!

Devotions! The kind you might have in the morning! Or not. Phil, Skye and Christian talk about daily devotions - what they do, what works for them, what might work for you, too. Also, Mel Gibson is back, Baptists forget who they are, and adult baby diapers. Not adult...

A Prayer For Orlando – and for All of Us

The news from Orlando is pretty horrific - 50 dead and 53 more wounded. It's astonishing how much harm can be done by one hate-filled individual. Just one. Not an army. Not even a team. Just one person. We're all praying for the affected communities in Orlando. For...

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