Podcast Archive

Episode 279: Mailbag Podcast

It’s a pre-Thanksgiving mailbag podcast, as the gang sits down to answer your questions. From favorite Thanksgiving foods to thoughts about guns in church and the “Mike Pence Rule.” Plus… is Phil ready to give up on the label “evangelical,” or is he still holding onto...

Episode 278: Writing Hymns & Singing Together w/Keith Getty

Irish composer Keith Getty has been writing modern hymns like “In Christ Alone” for two decades, and now he’s written - wait for it - a BOOK! About singing! Keith joins Phil and Skye on the podcast to talk worship music, singing together, and how to stay focused on...

Episode 277: Throwback “Sticky Faith” with Guest Kara Powell!

We’ve all heard the stats about kids leaving the faith when they head for college - but why? And what would have made their faith more “sticky?” Has anyone done any actual research on this? Kara Powell has! Fuller Youth Institute Executive Director Kara Powell joins...

Episode 276: Media, Mars & Read Schuchardt

10 kids, no TV, no cell phone, no internet.  Life with the Amish?  A zombie apocalypse?  Nope - just another day in the life of Read Schuchardt, a professor of media ecology who definitely practices what he preaches!  Plus, Phil and Skye discuss a new “giant sucking...

Episode 275: Christians and Culture w/Miroslav Volf

So… Phil and a Croatian Protestant theologian walk into a bar…. Oh, you’ve heard that one? Author/theologian/Yale professor Miroslav Volf sits down with Phil to talk about Christians in culture and his new book Public Faith in Action: How to Engage with Commitment,...

Episode 274: Shooting the Breeze w/NT Wright

Phil and Skye sit down with N.T. Wright for a fun and fascinating conversation with the world-renowned author and theologian. What does Wright think of the North American church? Why do modern gender issues remind him of ancient Gnosticism? Why is Phil singing show...

Episode 273: W/Todd Komarnicki

Phil interviews film producer Todd Komarnicki of acclaimed Elf fame about his experience as a Christian in Hollywood. This week on the podcast! Check out Faithblox here Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 272: Immigration & the Church w/Liz Dong

Liz Dong is two things that usually don’t go together - an undocumented immigrant AND an evangelical Christian. She’s also a immigrant advocate with World Relief, as well as a member of the Evangelical Immigration Table. Having read a piece she wrote for Time...

Episode 271: End Times, Football Protests & Toilet Money

It’s a potluck podcast! Christians predict the world will end… last Saturday? Plus, the story of two committed Christians in the NFL, both philanthropically active, both known for taking a knee on the field. Yet one is a hero and the other a villain. We’re talking...

Episode 270: Imaginative Prayer w/Jared Patrick Boyd

Do we spend too much time trying to know about God, and too little time actually getting to know God? Author, pastor and spiritual director Jared Patrick Boyd joins the show to talk about experiencing God through the practice of “Imaginative Prayer.” Plus, Christian...

269: Muslims and Christians w/Carl Medearis

Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? What are our differences? What do we have in common? Author Carl Medearis has been working and living among Muslims in some of the most dangerous places on earth for the last 25 years, and joins the podcast to tell us...

Episode 268: Parenting Q&A w/Elizabeth Smith

Raising healthy, happy, godly kids isn’t easy. This week we asked you for your parenting questions, and invited family ministry expert Elizabeth Smith to join Phil to come up with answers! Check out Faithblox here Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find...

Episode 267: Race in America

Slavery ended in America with the stroke of a pen in 1865, but the 13th Amendment didn't end institutional racism. Not even close. Phil and his law professor brother Rob recently taught a class that touched on the Black Lives Matter movement, asking and attempting to...

Episode 266: A Long, Crazy Road to God w/Christopher Yuan

Christopher Yuan has a captivating story to tell about his struggle with sexual identity, his Chinese immigrant parents, and God. Oh… and dental school. And prison. But not in that order. He stops by the studio to unpack the whole tale! Plus… Confederate monuments in...

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 -...

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...

Episode 262: ThrowBack Podcast W/Eric Metaxas

Enjoy this throwback episode of the crew spending the afternoon with the NY Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas, author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet Spy. Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Episode 255: Christian Views on Climate, Consumerism & More

Why do so many Christians mistrust climate change science? Does consumerism make us depressed? Is church good for your health? Phil brings in a whole mess of news items for this potluck podcast episode! Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode...

Episode 254: Rethinking Our Response to Abortion w/Angie Weszely

Christians have been fighting to change abortion laws for decades now. What if the solution to abortion wasn’t in politics, but in the local church? Angie Weszely joins the podcast to talk about her ministry, “ProGrace,” that seeks to change the dialogue about one of...

Episode 252: Who is God? with John Mark Comer

Who is God? No, really. This is the single-most important question determining how we live our lives, according to our guest John Mark Comer, whose book God Has a Name explores the nature of the God of the Bible, how we get him horribly wrong, and why getting him...

Episode 251: Listener Questions Galore!

Phil and the gang open the virtual mailbag and answer a host of questions from listeners.  Will social media bring about a new Reformation?  How do you know if a doctrine is “essential?”  Does Skye have anything GOOD to say about the American church?...

Episode 250: What’s Wrong With Religion?

Is religion good? Or bad? If we try to get rid of it entirely, does that help? Or just make things worse? And how do so many people get the basic message of Jesus so completely wrong? Today we dive into Skye Jethani's new book – What’s Wrong With Religion? – to...

Episode 249: Marching for Science & Taking the “Benedict Option”

As the culture moves further away from traditional Christianity, some propose Christians need to move further away from culture, taking the "Benedict Option.” Is a return to more communal Christianity the answer to what ails us? Also, Americans march for science and...

Episode 247: Christian Theater, Chuck Colson & Bad DJ’s w/Tim Gregory

Skye and Phil sit down with writer, director and actor Tim Gregory to talk about his new Chicago stage play based on the life of - believe it or not - Chuck Colson! Plus Christians have some strange beliefs in the UK and what NOT to put in your DJ mix in the Middle...

Episode 246: How Genetic Science Affects the Bible w/Scot McKnight

Should churches remove Confederate flags? Should Americans be more afraid of terrorists, ladders or husbands? Should Wonder Woman shave her armpits? It’s a potluck podcast as Phil, Christian and Skye bring the stories of their choice - and yes, things get a little...

Episode 245: Confederate flags, terrorists and superhero armpits

Should churches remove Confederate flags? Should Americans be more afraid of terrorists, ladders or husbands? Should Wonder Woman shave her armpits? It’s a potluck podcast as Phil, Christian and Skye bring the stories of their choice - and yes, things get a little...

Episode 244: Cultural Lies, Human Longings & the Gospel w/Trevin Wax

Skye steals Phil’s ukulele, sending Phil into an emotional tailspin. And Trevin Wax joins the podcast to talk about the lies we pick up from our culture, the longings we find beneath the lies, and how the gospel and the local church help us cut through the noise to...

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...

Episode 242: An Evangelical inside Obama’s White House w/Michael Wear

At the age of 20, Michael Wear became one of the youngest White House staffers in history, working in President Obama’s office of faith-based initiative. Michael joins Phil and Skye to talk about life as an evangelical Christian in Obama’s White House and his hope for...

Episode 241: Race! Religion! Trump! w/Theon Hill

Why do black and white evangelicals see the world so differently? Race and religion in the age of Trump, with professor Theon Hill. Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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!...

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...

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...

Episode 232: New Trends for a New Year w/David Kinnaman

Which religious group is the most educated?  Are Americans more divided than ever before?  When did “self-fulfillment” become our new religion?  Leading Christian pollster David Kinnaman joins us for this year-end podcast to talk about trends shaping the culture and...

Episode 231: There’s More to Worship Than God and Me w/Aaron Niequist

Most modern worship songs focus on God or me.  (Or God AND me.)  Is there anything else we should be covering when we worship God?  Former Mars Hill and Willow Creek worship pastor Aaron Niequist joins the podcast to talk about his adventures in seeking a bigger...

Episode 230: Movies, Movies, Movies! w/Josh Lindsay

Podcast co-host Skye Jethani and Josh Lindsay are launching a new podcast about movies, so with Skye off in India, Phil and Christian sit down with Josh to talk movies and the new podcast!   Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 229: Throwback – Cultural Christianity w/John Dickson

Future grandpa Phil had to skedaddle off to Minnesota... So here's a throwback! Way back! All the way to 2014! Phil and the gang are joined in studio by Aussie historian/theologian/apologist/former rocker John Dickson for a discussion of Christian culture in the US vs...

Episode 228: What the Election Says About the Church w/Ed Stetzer

Evangelical Pastor/Researcher/Commentator Ed Stetzer drops in for a very lively discussion of the impact of the recent election on the church, what we’ve learned about evangelical values, and whether the term “evangelical” has - or hasn’t - outlived its usefulness....

Episode 227: Going Small with Francis Chan

Popular author and preacher Francis Chan walked away from his megachurch to try something completely different - a series of tiny house churches in inner city San Francisco.  Why the change?  And what can we learn from his big experiment in going “small?”  This week...

Episode 226: Livestream W/Patreon Supporters!

We're giving everyone access to the live streaming Q&A the gang did recently to discuss the election and other Patreon subscriber questions. These events happen every month, so sign up at www.Patreon.com/PhilVischer and join in live next month! Listen to the...

Episode 225: Exploring the Qur’an with Mark Robert Anderson

Currently 1 out of 5 human beings revere a certain religious book, and it isn’t the Bible. Religious scholar and author Mark Robert Anderson talks us through the Qur’an… what is it? How do Christian approach it, and why does it matter? Plus Christian has gone crazy...

Episode 224: What Did Jesus’s Death Really Do? With NT Wright

Jesus had to "die for our sins,” right? But what does that actually mean? We mess up, God gets mad, so someone needs to pay for our sin or we can't go to heaven when we die? But what if our ultimate problem isn’t sin, and what if our ultimate goal isn’t heaven??...

Episode 223: How Did We Get Here? A History of the Religious Right

What really birthed the religious right? Why have black and white Christians swapped political parties over the last 60 years? Based on a class he’s teaching, co-host Skye Jethani takes us deep into the surprising history of 20th-century Christian political...

Episode 221: Learning How to Fail With J.R. Briggs

Is the church in America obsessed with success? Do we sacrifice genuine growth to avoid failure? Pastor/author J.R. Briggs joins Phil and Skye to discuss the idolatry of success and his own journey in learning how to “fail well." Listen to the episode | Download the...

Episode 219: Bible Translations, Christian Radio & Praying for Atheists

A Bible translation is frozen in time. Modern technology unlocks a scroll. Christian media is more popular than you might think. And a new survey shows Christians are bad at guessing which behaviors make our neighbors uncomfortable. This week on the podcast! Listen to...

Episode 217: Dreams, Lions & Shallow American Theology

Phil has a bone to pick! A hot new book encouraging Christians to “chase their dreams” drives Phil crazy and he just can’t stop talking about it. It’s a full-on rant! And all because Benaiah killed a lion (it will make sense after you listen). This week on the...

Episode 216: Meditating on Scripture with Jan Johnson

It’s time to slow things down a bit as we’re joined by Christian writer, speaker and spiritual director Jan Johnson for a discussion of right brain Christianity, meditation and her new book, Meeting God in Scripture - A Hands-on Guide to Lectio Divina. Listen to the...

Episode 215: Back to Church, Out of Prison, Off to Mars

What events would bring the most people back to church? Which celebrity has Rick Warren’s book helped now? Are American Christians “persecuted” in their own special way? Are astronauts too boring for reality TV? And what failure of the church might be driving people...

Episode 214: American Politics and Christian Faith with Amy Black

What can we learn from this crazy year in American politics? Is it ever appropriate for Christians to vote “none of the above?” How do our various Christian traditions shape our views of church and state? Author and political science professor Amy Black joins the gang...

Episode 213: Saving the Bible with Glenn Paauw

Bibles have changed radically in the last 200 years as publishers have added more and more features and launched countless variations. But is this a good thing? Author Glenn Paauw believes our modernistic changes have radically altered the way we engage with...

Episode 211: Redeeming Work – Live from Okoboji with Tom Nelson

Audio Only. Do churches put too little emphasis on what we actually do 9-5? Phil and Skye broadcast from a lodge at beautiful Lake Okoboji in northwest Iowa in front of a crowd of Iowan pastors! They’re joined by Kansas City pastor Tom Nelson, author of Work Matters,...

Episode 210: Returning to Hell with Preston Sprinkle

Author, speaker and wonderfully-named Christian thinker Preston Sprinkle joins the crew to continue the conversation about what the New Testament does and doesn't say about Hell. Plus we discuss Preston's new book on discipleship in the church and a poll showing stark...

Episode 209: Pastors & Booze, Women & Work

Alcohol and the church - now that hipster evangelicals have left teetotaling behind, is alcohol a growing risk for evangelical leaders? Plus Andy Crouch says "the culture" doesn't actually exist. And Katelyn Beaty tells us about her new book, "A Woman's Place." Skye...

Episode 208: Talking About Hell! With John Walton

What's Hell? No, seriously - what is it and why doesn't it show up in the Old Testament? Is it different than Hades? Sheol? Gehenna? OT scholar Dr. John Walton is back to talk about everyone's favorite place of eternal torment. This week on the podcast! Listen to the...

Throwback Episode 146: The Lost World of Adam & Eve

Phil and the gang are out on vacation, so we're repeating a classic episode. A discussion with Old Testament scholar and friend of the show Dr. John Walton about his book ? "The Lost World of Adam and Eve." Were Adam and Eve real people? Were they created immortal?...

Episode 207: “Confident Pluralism” with John Inazu

No one seems to agree on anything anymore in America. Law professor and author John Inazu joins Phil and Skye to talk about living Christianly in a pluralistic society, and his new book, “Confident Pluralism.” Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this...

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. Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

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...

Episode 204: Apes, Atheists and Happy, Happy Christian Music

Gorillas in Cincinnati! Atheists Find God! Christian music is relentlessly happy! Katelyn Beatty joins the podcast to talk through apes, atheists, and much, much more. Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 203: Bathroom Wars, Democracy and Cheese

Phil and Skye are rejoined by old friend Drew Dyck for a lively discussion on the latest twists in the bathroom wars; whether or not American democracy is collapsing, and cheese. Yes, that’s right. Cheese. This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download the...

Episode 201: Religious Liberty with Russell Moore

Russell Moore is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (I’m tired just from typing that) and - as of last week - a new “Enemy-of-the-Trump.” Phil and Skye talk to Dr. Moore about religious liberty and the thrill...

Episode 200: The Big 2-0-0!!

This is it! The 200th episode! The one we’ve been waiting for for nearly, gosh, nearly 200 episodes! Phil and the gang answer tons of questions from listeners and viewers, plus a big announcement. Today on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download the episode |...

Episode 199: The Middle Class and American “Greatness”

When people talk about "making America great again,” what do they really mean? It usually boils down to the state of the middle class and the American Dream of living better than our parents.That in mind, Phil dives deep into the thorny, thorny problem of the American...

Episode 198: Religious Liberty and Bathroom Bills

With “Bathroom Bills” popping up in numerous states and religious liberty battles all over the news, it’s time to dive into the deep end of our religiously litigious culture. Should Christian therapists be required to treat homosexuals? Does science curriculum...

Episode 197: Modern Art And Subversive Faith with Matt Milliner

We live in an image-drenched culture. When is “breaking” culture a part of our Christian calling, and how does Christian faith equip us to subvert our image-saturated “Babylon?” Art historian Matthew Milliner joins Phil and Skye to talk art, consumerism, and...

Episode 196: Civil Disobedience With Katelyn Beaty

When is it okay for Christians to disobey the government? Sure, Martin Luther King did it right. But how about Kim Davis? Christianity Today managing editor Katelyn Beaty joins Skye and Phil to discuss civil disobedience. Plus the “Fighting Missionary” gets put on the...

Episode 195: Atheism and Hemant Mehta

Is atheism a religion? Blogger and YouTube personality Hemant Mehta, better known as "the friendly atheist," joins Phil, Skye and Christian to dissect some common claims about our non-believing neighbors. Plus Skye gets "profiled" at Disney World. Listen to the...

Episode 194: Easter Jedi and Christian Cliches

It’s a very Jedi Easter in Wisconsin. Charging money for prayers can get you in trouble, plus popular Christian cliches we find all over the church but nowhere in the Bible. This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 193: Does Trump Show Us What We Really Love?

How can a boat demonstrate the limits of democracy, Disney films promote the message that poverty is “just fine,” and Trumpalooza reveal the real problems in the evangelical church??  And what, if anything, can we do about it?  This week on the podcast! Listen to the...

Episode 192: David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons

New research by the Barna Group shows that Americans in increasing numbers view Christianity as unbeneficial and even dangerous to society. Barna president David Kinnaman and Q conference founder Gabe Lyons join Phil and Skye to discuss their new book - Good Faith:...

Episode 191: Did Christians Create Trump?

Did Christians create Trump? Is the religious right dead? Is the evangelical church splitting in two? A bizarre electoral season has the media - and evangelical leaders - desperately seeking answers. Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 190: Interpreting the OT and NRB

Interpreting the Old Testament is easy, right? We just read our English translations, knowing that they say exactly what the original Hebrew said. Right? Dr. John Walton’s son Jonathan joins Phil and Christian to describe the work involved in digging into the original...

Episode 189: America’s Best Days – Poverty By County

Audio only - video back next week! Are America’s “best days” behind us? What makes some areas better at improving the lives of poor kids than others? Plus - capital punishment and the church, and the dangers of praying for atheists in England. Listen to the episode |...

Episode 188: God and Genocide

Is God a genocidal maniac?? OT scholar Dr. John Walton is back on the show, this time to decipher the OT’s stories of Israel’s apparent genocidal rampages against the Canaanites and others. Are we worshipping a lunatic? Or are we missing something in these stories?...

Episode 187: Superbowl, Ads, and Lent!

How many Christians pray for the Super Bowl? Which Super Bowl ad offended abortion rights advocates? Plus - what do Americans like to give up for Lent and does it do any good? (Audio Only) Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 186: Politicians, Religious Freedom, Christianism

Politicians talk about faith, pharmacists and Noah’s Ark builders fight for religious freedom, and Skye explains how “Christianism” could kill the evangelical movement. (And Phil gets to say “Bebbington’s Quadrilateral” one more time!) (Audio Only) Listen to the...

Episode 185: Beards, Chess, Aliens, and Trump

Why are British pastors growing beards? Why can’t Muslims play chess? Why are all the space aliens dead? Why are there seven buckets of evangelicals? (And which bucket likes Donald Trump??) You’ve got questions - we’ve got answers! Sort of. (Audio Only) Listen to the...

Episode 184: Hezekiah, Satan, Pants, and King!

King Hezekiah lives! Satan moves to Fox! Subways go “pants optional!” Plus Skye has some thoughts about Martin Luther King and the American church today. This week on the podcast! (Audio only) Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 183: American Politics

This week’s podcast is audio only as we kick off a year sprinting toward the presidential election … While some believe the Republican party is in trouble, others believe the Democrats are facing even bigger, issues. Join Phil and the gang for a fascinating...

Episode 182: Santa-Wheaton-Falwell

Santa Claus is coming, Wheaton College is in hot water and Jerry Falwell Jr. is packing heat! Just another culture wars Christmas in America! Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 180: Planned Parenthood and Police Protests

Phil and Skye react to the Planned Parenthood shooting and protests against police violence in Chicago, plus the age-old question of “What is a religion?” has one women successfully wearing a spaghetti strainer on her head for her driver’s license picture! This week...

Episode 179: Outrage and Grit!

Everybody’s outraged! Trump is mad at Starbucks for those darn cups! Liberals are mad at Raven-Symoné for eating a sandwich! Students are mad at their schools for… well, for just about everything! And Skye says what we really need is a little more “grit.” This week on...

Episode 178: Paris, Violence, and Religion

Phil and the gang react to the attacks in Paris, plus theories about the relationship between violence and religion, and a new - yet very old - religion is becoming the "religion of choice" for white supremacists. Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find...

Episode 177: Boycotting Starbucks and Buycotting Chick-fil-A

Which age group is most concerned about religious freedom in America? How many Americans want Judeo-Christian values favored above other views? Barna Research president David Kinnaman joins the gang to discuss the surprising findings of his latest study! Listen to the...

Episode 176: Religious Freedom with Guest David Kinnaman!

Which age group is most concerned about religious freedom in America? How many Americans want Judeo-Christian values favored above other views? Barna Research president David Kinnaman joins the gang to discuss the surprising findings of his latest study! Listen to the...

Episode 175: Halloween and Oprah on Faith?!

Halloween gets thrown out of school, presidential candidates get invited to church, and Oprah makes a show to promote her version of "faith." (And tries to explain it to Stephen Colbert!) Listen to the episode | Download the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 174: The Future of Religion in America!

New examples of religious people behaving poorly in not one but THREE major faiths! Gallup looks at the future of religion in America, and Skye thinks the church needs help thinking about work! This week on the podcast!) Listen to the episode | Download to the episode...

Episode 173: Who Are the Happiest Parents?!

Audio only podcast ... Listener feedback from last week’s show, plus who are the happiest parents? And is your Christian school filled with Muslim students? You must be in the UK! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 172: Dude Ranches in Texas with Guest Bob Roberts

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...

Episode 171: “Sticky Faith” with Guest Kara Powell!

We’ve all heard the stats about kids leaving the faith when they head for college - but why? And what would have made their faith more “sticky?” Has anyone done any actual research on this? Kara Powell has! Fuller Youth Institute Executive Director Kara Powell joins...

Episode 169: Toplessness and Faith in Science!

Several news stories drag Phil and the gang back into discussions of male and female toplessness YET AGAIN. (Thanks, Time Magazine and French feminists!) Then attentions are turned to topics of science! Should all scientists be “militant athiests?” Does faith in...

Episode 168: The End of Modesty Mayhem

After two weeks of modesty mayhem, Phil attempts to wrap-up the discussion once and for all with some thoughts that hit him while he was (immodestly) taking a shower. Plus - that lady in Kentucky who is in jail for… you know… “the gays.” This week on the podcast!...

Episode 167: Modesty, Mega-Pastors, and Muslim Prayer Rooms!

Listeners get to chime in! Last week's stories led to lots of interesting conversation about modesty, mega-pastors and Muslim prayer rooms, so Phil reads your comments and the gang discusses! What fun! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this...

Episode 165: “Alone” with Guest Sam Larson

Phil and the gang are joined by Sam Larson, the son of a regular listener and one of two finalists on the History Channel survival show "Alone." Sam talks about his experience on the show and the spiritual impact of 40+ days in the wilderness alone. Listen to the...

Episode 164: Football, Donald Trump, and Rob Bell!

Can an atheist play football? Can a Christian back Donald Trump? Can Rob Bell still hold our attention? Plus, Skye riles up some listeners! This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 162: Dogs in Heaven and a Baphomet in Detroit?!

Do all dogs really go to heaven? Why is there a 2000 pound, 9 foot tall Baphomet in Detroit? And does our reliance on laws to control behavior spell - THE END OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT??? Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode...

Episode 161: Greece, China, and Donald Trump!

Greece is a mess! China is in trouble! Disney sacrifices it's values! Franklin Graham is at it again! And don't get us started about Donald Trump! It's a mad, mad, mad world! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 160: Back to the Lost World of Adam and Eve!

Dr. John Walton returns to the show to continue our prior conversation (#146) about Adam and Eve, based on his new book, “The Lost World of Adam and Eve!” Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 159: The Supreme Court, Same-Sex Marriage and More Movies!

Big news! Big news! Skye Jethani actually went to see some movies! Oh yeah - and the Supreme Court made a decision about something or other. Much discussion ensues, this week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 158: The Same-Sex Marriage Debate

What do Franklin Graham, Tony Campolo, Tim Keller and the nation of Ireland have in common? They’ve all taken bold stands on same-sex marriage in the last month. From wholeheartedly embrace to all-out boycott, Phil and the gang talk through wildly varied responses to...

Episode 157: Blockbusters and the American Way!

Christian’s back from France! And dinosaurs stomp the box office, leading Phil to speculate about the growing influence of China on Hollywood blockbusters and how Hollywood, once the biggest proponent of “the American Way,” must cater more and more to sensitivities -...

Episode 156: Godless in Dixie with Guest Neil Carter

Phil and Skye are joined by Mississippi geometry teacher and atheist blogger Neil Carter ("Godless in Dixie") to hear his journey from evangelical to atheist and his experience rejecting faith in the heart of the "Christian South." Listen to the episode | Download to...

Episode 154: The Decline of Self-Identifying Christians

Listener feedback on “modesty.” Is Phil a voice of reason? Or just another crabby old white guy pining for the past?? Plus Phil and Skye discuss the decline in self-identifying “Christians” in America. Bad? Good? Indifferent? This week on the podcast! Listen to the...

Episode 153: Waco, the Billboard Music Awards, and Youth Ministry!

Phil finds connections between events in Waco, TX and the Billboard Music Awards, then guest Jim Walton joins the gang to discuss observations from 35 years in youth ministry plus his new work as an online apologist at the3rdchoice.org! Listen to the episode |...

Episode 152: Corporate Worship with David Gungor!

Is modern worship music contrived? Formulaic? Manipulative? NYC worship leader and indie/alt/liturgical artist David Gungor (The Brilliance) joins the gang for a lively discussion about the state of corporate worship in America! Listen to the episode | Download to the...

Episode 151: 40 Days of Christian Media

Are Christians leaving the faith “in droves?” Should Christians provoke? And the gang discusses Nate Fleming’s “40 days of nothing but Christian media” experiment! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 150: Islam, ISIS, and the Protestant Reformation!

"You say you want a Reformation ... " Is Islam in need of a reformation? Or is that exactly what is happening right now? How is ISIS similar to the Protestant Reformation? Plus listener questions! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 148: Jesus, Bread, and Chocolate with John Thompson!

Author/musician/entrepreneur John Thompson joins Phil and Skye to talk about his colorful history in Christian music, his new book Jesus, Bread & Chocolate and the artisanal movement and its impact on the church. Listen to the episode | Download to the episode |...

Episode 147: Indiana, Religious Freedom, and Pizza!

Mayhem in Indiana! Gay rights and religious freedom and PIZZA! What’s it all mean?? Phil’s brother and legal expert Rob Vischer joins the gang to discuss the implications of a strange couple of weeks in the Hoosier state. Listen to the episode | Download to the...

Episode 146: The Lost World of Adam and Eve!

Old Testament scholar and friend of the show Dr. John Walton joins the gang to discuss his new book - "The Lost World of Adam and Eve." Were Adam and Eve real people? Were they created immortal? And what's with that crazy "No really - God made you from my rib" story?...

Episode 145: Listener Feedback on “Christian America”!

Last week’s show received so much feedback that Phil and the gang dip into the mailbag to share and discuss some of your thoughts about the role of Christianity in America, and what the phrase “Christian nation” may or may not actually mean. Hang on for some fun as...

Episode 144: Magic in the Bible and Christian America!

Is there "magic" in the Bible? Plus, a new book suggests that "Christian America" is not just a modern idea, but a modern idea invented by corporate America! This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 143: Space, Fajitas, and Applebees!

Christian’s back! Evangelicals don’t like space! Science creates an amazing new drink and explains something Skye and Christian don’t want to discuss! AND - if your fajitas attack you during prayer, don’t blame Applebees! Listen to the episode | Download to the...

Episode 142: Newsweek, the Bible, and 50 Shades of Grey!

Is the Bible A) as messed up as Newsweek says it is and B) responsible for the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey in middle America? Plus, Phil finds a popular movie very disturbing, but it isn't the one you think! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find...

Episode 140: The Islamic State, Iceland, and Thor!

Half of Protestant pastors say the Islamic State is “true Islam.” While Muslims are being killed by Christians in central Africa and atheists in North Carolina, Iceland says, “To heck with it all! We’re going back to worshipping Thor!” Plus, an audacious claim that...

Episode 139: National Prayer Breakfast, Katy Perry, and Ken Ham!

What do the Dalai Lama and Skye Jethani have in common? They were both at the National Prayer Breakfast last week! Stories from the prayer breakfast, plus Katy Perry hears from God and Ken Ham won't be taking a cruise anytime soon. At least not a Carnival Cruise....

Episode 138: Super Bowl Ads, Fairy Tales, and Christianophobia!

Super Bowl ads make men cry, subverted fairy tales annoy Phil, and “Christianophobia” is now a real term with a new book to back it up! Drew Dyck joins Phil and Skye to discuss manly stuff like football, moral relativism and puppies! Listen to the episode | Download...

Episode 137: Evangelicals, Newsboys, and Germans!

What exactly is an evangelical? What does it take to turn a Newsboy into an atheist? And why can't the Germans figure out how to pee?? This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 136: Website Hackings, Muslim Prayers, and Oxford Press!

French websites hacked and comedians arrested! Muslim prayers at Duke University and no pigs at Oxford Press! It’s post-Charlie Hebdo madness, dear listeners! Plus, the gang responds to your mail… all on the podcast this week! Listen to the episode | Download to the...

Episode 135: Charlie Hebdo and the Christian Roots of Secularism

2015 is off to a questionable start as the Charlie Hebdo tragedy in Paris inspires much hand-wringing in the media (think Bill Maher) and a lively discussion on the podcast about secularism, its Christian roots, and its shaky future in an increasingly Muslim Europe....

Episode 134: Goodbye 2014, Welcome 2015!

Welcome to 2015! Skye, Christian and Phil are back talking about movies, worldviews and, you guessed it, the end of western civilization. Plus our friends at Barna Research give their top 10 trends of 2014! Listen to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 133: Addressing Systemic Racism with Guest Theon Hill

It's Christmas! Check out the new fun ways our atheist and satanist friends are celebrating Jesus's birth this year! Then Phil and Skye are joined by guest Theon Hill to discuss the church's role in addressing systemic racism in a post-Ferguson America. Atheists and...

Episode 132: To Interstellar and Beyond!

It’s the most thought-provoking big budget film in a long, long time. Is it religious? Is it anti-religious? And why did one Christian blogger call it his new favorite Christmas movie? It’s Interstellar - Christopher Nolan’s $150 million musing on the nature of life,...

Episode 130: Churchless with Guest David Kinnaman!

David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group and America’s foremost Christian pollster, joins Phil and Drew Dyck to talk about his new book Churchless: Understanding Today's Unchurched and How to Connect With Them. Listen to the episode | Download to the episode |...

Episode 129: Adventures in Teaching Kids with Guest Seth Cohen!

Seth Cohen is a Christian educator who has run schools in inner-city Philadelphia and the Dominican Republic. He’s also a life-long friend of Christian Taylor! So Phil and Christian sit down with Seth to talk about his adventures in teaching kids, running schools, and...

Episode 128: Modern-Day Israel with Guest Dr. Gary Burge!

Christians are supposed to be big fans of modern-day Israel, right?New Testament scholar Dr. Gary Burge joins Phil and Christian to discuss his thought-provoking and more-than-a-little-bit controversial book, Whose Land? Whose Promise? What Christians Are Not Being...

Episode 127: Violent Religion, Video Games, and Mars!

Is religion inherently violent? Will video games in the future only make us angrier? Can evangelicals train lawyers in Canada? And why would six people go to Hawaii to spend 8 months in a plastic bubble? (The answer has something to do with Mars.) All this and more on...

Episode 126: Kentucky and Ken Ham’s Ark with Guest Drew Dyck!

The state of Kentucky is messing with Ken Ham's ark, and Berkeley students are messing with Bill Maher's commencement speech. Plus Malaysia bans Halloween for being (wait for it) TOO CHRISTIAN! And some final thoughts about the cautionary tale that is Mark Driscoll....

Episode 125: Puppies, Islam, and Legalism!

An atheist calls Phil's work "contemptible" and then doesn't want to talk about it, then a Malaysian man in hot water for encouraging Muslims to pet puppies inspires a deeper conversation about legalism and the world's second most popular religion. It's sure to be a...

Episode 124: Mark Driscoll, John Dickson, and Peter Enns!

A bad week for Mark Driscoll. Hillsong Church doesn’t want to talk about gays. Friend of the show John Dickson threatens to eat his Bible, and theologian Peter Enns wants us to take it less literally. Or seriously. Or something. On the podcast this week! Listen to the...

Episode 123: The Book of Job with Guest John Walton!

Old Testament scholar and friend of the show John Walton wrote the book (well, 450 page commentary) on everyone’s favorite book of the Bible, Job! What? It’s not your favorite book? Well maybe it deserves a deeper look! Plus a report from the Department of How NOT to...

Episode 121: The History of Bob and Larry

It's been an interesting week for Bob and Larry in veggie-land, inspiring Phil to tell the whole story of how he and his characters parted ways, and the many attempts made over the last decade to bring them back together. It's a story we guarantee you've never heard...

Episode 119: The NFL, the Dalai Lama, and Bill Maher!

The NFL is having a bad week, no more Dalai Lamas, and Bill Maher goes on a pro-Christian rant?!? Truly the end of western civilization is at our door! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 118: British Values, Neuroscience, and Discipleship?!

Why is British PM David Cameron on a search for "British values?" What does neuroscience have to do with discipleship? And why is "chunking" Skye's new favorite word? All that - plus "fatal buttocks injections" - on this week's podcast! Listen to the episode |...

Episode 117: The VMAs, Religion, and Marriage!

It's been a year since Miley Cyrus made "twerking" a part of awkward dinner conversations everywhere, and Phil forced himself to watch the VMA Awards to see what the kids are up to this year. Plus, does religion actually hurt marriages? Say it ain't so, Joe! This week...

Episode 115: The State of Evangelicalism with Guest Drew Dyck!

Pastors go wild and singer/songwriters go theologically off the rails. Or do they? The strange cases of Mark Driscoll and Michael Gungor, and what they tell us about the state of evangelicalism. Drew Dyck joins Phil and Skye for the conversation! Listen to the episode...

Episode 114: Live from Okoboji with Scottie May and John Stumbo!

Recorded in front of a very enthusiastic audience at the Okoboji Bible Conference in Arnolds Park, Iowa, this special episode tells the story of Phil's great grandpa and the founding of the conference with Phil's mom Scottie May, plus president of the Christian &...

Episode 113: Christian Films, Fact, and Fiction!

Should Christian films be free? Should we ignore all scientists? Do religious children lose their ability to sort fact from fiction? And why is our favorite Satanist jumping on the Hobby Lobby bandwagon? This week on the podcast! (This episode was edited to remove a...

Episode 112: Kardashians, Comic-Con, and Charismatic Catholicism!

Phil breaks down and says the word "Kardashian," girls at Comic-Con say "no touchy!" and an account of one woman's journey from Charismatic Catholicism to atheism to...? It's another fun week on the Phil Vischer Podcast! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode...

Episode 111: NASA, Aliens, and Jesus Politics?!

NASA is just dying to find aliens, a Texas pastor dies for a cause, recent polls tell us we're more liberal than Jesus, and Jews are surprisingly cool in America! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 110: Oprah as God and Proud Whoppers!

Oprah as God? Gay hamburgers?? The Earth's magnetic poles reversing??? SURELY the end of western civilization is upon us at last!! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 109: Hobby Lobby Day!

It's Hobby Lobby day! What's it all mean? All good?? Mostly good?? And would you rather sit with your own thoughts, or give yourself an electric shock? If you'd prefer the shock, it turns out you're not alone! This week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download...

Episode 108: Fashion, Tattoos, HBO and the Rapture!

Pastors talk fashion while Rome burns... Pat Robertson says, "No tattoos for you!" Even liberals don't want their kids marrying atheists, HBO has fun with the Rapture, and Neil DeGrasse Tyson says religion is killing science. Again. It's another wild week on the...

Episode 107: Cultural Christianity with guest John Dickson!

Phil and the gang are joined in studio by Aussie historian/theologian>apologist/former rocker John Dickson for a discussion of Christian culture in the US vs Australia and how to effectively engage the mainstream press, plus listeners chime in on the precise...

Episode 106: Transgender Issues and Christians on Campus!

Time magazine says transgender issues are the next civil rights frontier, and the Southern Baptist Convention says, "No thanks!" Plus Christian groups get kicked off college campuses, and some lively feedback from last week's show! Listen to the episode | Download to...

Episode 105: To Drink or Not to Drink?!

To drink or not to drink - Christians and alcohol. Plus ... Time magazine wonders if it's safe to send our daughters to college, and Canada wonders if it's safe to let Christians educate lawyers. Crazy times indeed... Listen to the episode | Download this episode |...

Episode 104: Guest Justin Brierley on Boghossian vs. McGrew!

Unbelievable radio show host Justin Brierley stops by to discuss his recent debate between Peter Boghossian and Tim McGrew, and the ever-so-slippery concept of "faith." Plus, Phil has more medical fun and gains sympathy for the "average" woman! Listen to the episode |...

Episode 103: Alien Hunting and Arranged Marriages!

Scientists campaign for more alien-hunting funds, Phil campaigns for arranged marriages and Skye campaigns for shorter sermons. Plus - guess which faith tradition has the hardest time retaining its children?? You'll never guess! So watch and/or listen to the show to...

Episode 102: Rob Bell, Oprah, Harvard and HGTV?!

Lots going on this week! Updates on Rob Bell and Oprah. Plus Satanists are in - and then out - at Harvard, and Christian twin brothers are in - and then out - at HGTV. Oh, and Phil has a run-in with six hundred women, a Victorian hotel, and a bat. (Not the baseball...

Episode 101: Guest Drew Dyck on Yawning at Tigers

Do you picture God more like a tiger? Or a kitten playing the piano on the internet? Friend of the show Drew Dyck returns to talk about his new book,Yawning at Tigers. Listen to the episode | Download this episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 100: Questions, Questions, Questions!

It's the 100th podcast! Phil and the gang celebrate by putting on party hats and answering your questions! Lots and LOTS of questions! Listen to the episode | Download this episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 99: The Christian Movie Marketplace with guest Camerin Courtney

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Louisiana try to out-Christian each other, and journalist Camerin Courtney joins the gang to discuss the state of Christians and all the Christiany movies we're supposed to really really like ("Heaven is for Real," "God's Not...

Episode 98: N.T. Wright and Christianity Today with guest Andy Crouch!

Special guest Andy Crouch from Christianity Today magazine joins the podcast today to talk about the latest Christianity Today cover story on N.T. Wright. Who is this bearded British theologian, and why is he having such a huge impact on the church? Listen to the...

Episode 97: Peter Boghossian and the Reasonableness of “Faith”

A few months ago Phil reviewed the new book "A Manuel for Creating Atheists" by Dr. Peter Boghossian, and took issue with Bogghossian's definition of "faith." Numerous supporters of the book engaged the issue, and a lively debate continued online for more than a...

Episode 96: World Vision, Movies, and More!

The gang discusses World Vision's controversial new policy. Then, the day after the show is taped and in the can, World Vision changes back. Oops! No time to retape, so we're a little out of date. But we also have a lively discussion about Phil's favorite recent...

Episode 95: Westboro Baptist News and Guest Justin Brierley!

Fred Phelps dies - will Westboro Baptist ratchet down the hate? And Phil interviews his new favorite radio personality from London, Justin Brierley, host of the wildly intelligent Unbelievable? Radio Show! Listen to the episode | Download this episode | Find this...

Episode 94: Ground Zero Cross Debate and Cosmos!

Stephen Colbert wades into the Ground Zero cross debate, and Phil's got a bone to pick with the new version of the old Carl Sagan mini-series, "Cosmos." Can't we cheer for science without jeering at religion?? Really??? Is it THAT hard?!? Listen to the episode |...

Episode 93: Oscars, Dreams, and Lip Balm!

Movies! Oscars! Dreams! Lip balm! And Skye gets called out by another Christian media outlet! Did he deserve it? Tune in and find out! Listen to the episode | Download this episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 92: Religious Liberty and Artistic Freedom

Wedding cakes for gay marriages and contraceptives for Christian craft stores. What would Jesus bake? And for whom? Religious liberty, artistic freedom, and ...the end of western civilization?!? Listen to the episode | Download this episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 91: Democracies and Missionaries with Andy Crouch!

Do you prefer your movie Satans with or without eyebrows? And journalist and author Andy Crouch joins Skye and Phil to discuss remarkable new research showing a direct connection between healthy democracies and Protestant missionaries. What?? Pith helmets and Bibles...

Episode 90: Cadillac Ads and Anachronistic Camels!

Is it wrong to go to church without your clothes on? Should more Christians be complaining about Cadillac's new TV ads? Do anachronistic camels disprove the book of Genesis? (If I had a nickel for every time I've said "anachronistic camels"...) You've got questions!...

Episode 89: Superbowl Ads and Ham versus Nye Recap!

Super Bowl ads and Ham-on-Nye wrap-up. Pat Robertson says Ken Ham needs to give it a rest - surely a sign that the end of western civilization is upon us!! Listen to the episode | Download this episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 87: The Future and What it Means For Us Today

It's a book release party on the podcast! Skye's new book "Futureville" is out, and the ensuing discussion blows Christian's mind (Phil had already read the book, so his mind was pre-blown). Do we truly have a biblical understanding of the future? If we did, how would...

Episode 86: More Adventures in Atheism and Christian Radio Abroad?!

Phil's faith adventure continues as viewers write in with questions, and atheists respond. PLUS - ever wonder what the difference is between Christian radio in the US and the UK? Its significant! (And it doesn't make us Yanks look good...) Listen to the episode |...

Episode 85: Adventures in Atheism with Sarah Murdock!

Phil describes his recent adventure in "Atheist-land!" A pastor decides to try atheism for a year, and is surprised to find his denomination doesn't want to keep paying his salary! And one of Christian's best friends stops by for a visit! Faith, fun and friends - all...

Episode 84: A New Year of Religion, Philosophy and Bill Nye!

Phil and the gang are back in the saddle for a new year!  Christian had a BIG Christmas adventure, and became a Duck Dynasty stalker! Phil launches an online conversation with atheist author Peter Boghossian! The atheist church has a schism! Phil wonders what the...

Episode 83: Duck Dynasty and the Person of the Year!?

All heck breaks loose on Duck Dynasty! The Pope is Time's Man of the Year! Can Phil, Skye and Christian sort it all out? And then sum it up with a song?!? Tune in to this week's podcast and find out!! Listen to the episode | Download this episode | Find this episode...

Episode 82: Peter Boghossian, Atheism, and Epistemology!

How to make an atheist in five easy steps! (Okay, maybe not quite THAT simple.) Phil and the gang discuss Dr. Peter Boghossian's new book, A Manual for Creating Atheists. What does he get wrong? Even more importantly, what does he get RIGHT? Is faith a "flawed...

Episode 81: The Pope, Batman and Magic with Drew Dyck

Is the pope going out at night like Batman?? And then Phil leads Skye and recurring guest Drew Dyck on a wild trip through recent kids movies and how the portrayal of "magic" and the supernatural has shifted from Christian, to modern, to post-modern. And sometimes...

Episode 79: Sweaty Atheists and Drew Dyck on Generation Ex:Christian!

Does God make atheists sweat?? Plus, guest Drew Dyck talks about his book, Generation Ex-Christian, and the reasons more and more Christian kids are walking away from their faith! Don't miss it! It may or may not have something to do with the end of Western...

Episode 78: Science, the Meaning of Life, and Stephen Colbert!

A new TV show looks for "the meaning of life" in the scientific narrative, and Stephen Colbert points out the lunacy of their pursuit. Also, Phil and Skye dive into all the listener feedback from last week's podcast fun about gender, then even more fun with their...

Episode 77: Women, Christianity, and the Gospel?!

Phil has an epiphany about western civilization - could Christianity have actually made the hyper-sexualization of women POSSIBLE?!? Skye and Christian are dumbstruck, but Phil presses on with his startling theory. And then Skye elaborates on the definition of...

Episode 76: Religious Illiterates and an Evangelical “Hell House”!

Britain is a nation of religious illiterates!  Or so says the BBC.  But what's the solution - religious instruction in public schools??  Then, in honor of Halloween, the gang discusses the peculiar evangelical outreach known as the "Hell House," and a pastor in hot...

Episode 75: Religious Billboards, Christian Movies, and Japanese Youth!

Religious billboard wars break out in Time Square!  The group discusses two upcoming "Christian-ish" movies that have folks (and/or Phil) a bit concerned, and then talks through the moral, economic and spiritual implications of the collapsing interest of Japan's youth...

Episode 74: Disneyland, Vegas, Hobby Lobby and OJ Simpson!

Phil goes to Disneyland while Skye goes to Vegas! Lively discussion ensues about gambling, Christian morality, and the ascendency of Halloween as Disney's new favorite holiday. Our friends at Hobby Lobby get into some hot Jewish water, and will OJ Simpson be America's...

Episode 73: Christian Billboards and the Idolatry of Family

Phil discusses the "state of the art" of Christian billboards before explaining his new conclusion that life is like a moving sidewalk.  THEN the gang launches into a fascinating discussion - based on Phil's great uncle Einer - about the "idolatry of family" within...

Episode 72: Politics, Atheism and the Pope!

Are Christians hypocritical in our approach to politics??  Is atheism the next "gay marriage?" Are atheist "churches" a GOOD thing for Christianity?  And WHO doesn't like the new pope?? Anyone??  No one??  Listen to the audio!  Or watch the video show! Hurry - before...

The Inaugural Phil Vischer Videocast

Episode 71 VIDEOCAST: Phil’s Great Uncle Iner, Origins of Evangelicalism, and Louis CK’s Musings on Emptiness! Watch your metaphors, Christians! We can be misunderstood! Phil tells the story of his great uncle Iner. If that isn’t fun enough, Skye then explains the...

The Phil Vischer Podcast Archive

EPISODE 245: CONFEDERATE FLAGS, TERRORISTS AND SUPERHERO ARMPITS Welcome to the Phil Vischer Podcast archive! Here you can find a list of all of the podcasts that Phil and the team have ever made, grouped by month, for easy access to the whole archive. MARCH 2017...

Episode 32: Guest Rob Vischer

In the first Phil Vischer Podcast of 2013, Phil's brother Rob Vischer  (Dean of St. Thomas Law School) joins the crew to discuss gay rights and the effect on groups like the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church. Homosexuals, nuns and Boy Scouts, oh my!  Tune in for the...

Episode 31: Thoughts on Connecticut

In a special episode, Phil discusses the events in Connecticut last week in the light of Christmas next week, and explains how the tragedy illuminates what even Christians have lost from the Christian narrative, and from Christmas itself. Listen to the episode |...

Episode 30: Phil Has a Bone to Pick!

The product placement bell gets a name on this week’s Phil Vischer Podcast, and Phil, Skye and Christian explain how they all know each other! Plus: atheist comic strips and a new Christian “sexy” t-shirt company?! AND Phil debuts a new segment called “Phil has a bone...

Episode 27: Black Friday, Santa Claus, and the Demise of Guys!

The phenomenon of Black Friday! Has Thanksgiving been "erased" by modern media? And why has Santa Claus become the spokesman for Christmas? Phil, Skye and Christian answer these questions AND discuss a TED talk entitled "The Demise of Guys" about media's effect on the...

Episode 26: James Bond, the Rolling Stones, and Podcast Politics!

Happy Anniversary! James Bond is 50, and so are the Rolling Stones! A conversation about whether or not the gang should address politics on the podcast turns into a thoughtful discussion about the relationship between Christians and democracy surrounding abortion and...

Episode 25: Old News, the Supernatural, and Guest Darren Wilson!

A throwback podcast! Recorded over the summer with filmmaker Darren Wilson, founder of Wanderlust Productions, the gang discusses old news items - from a Lady Gaga incident to Skye's interview with President Obama’s spiritual advisor! PLUS Darren shares some of his...

Episode 24: Career Sports, Star Wars 7, and Hurricane Sandy

Phil and Skye discuss the perils of career sports, Phil reveals his choice to direct Star Wars 7, and after a conversation about Hurricane Sandy, Phil and Skye debunk the idea that natural disasters are God’s punishment on mankind. PLUS Billy Graham removes Mormonism...

Episode 23: Dragons, Halloween, and the Future of the Church!

This week's podcast kicks off with a discussion on dragons, followed by Skye's take on Halloween! Can it be used for good? AND other news predicts satellite-driven mega-churches are the future of the church... Can it be true? Listen to find out! Listen to the episode...

Episode 22: Religion, Relationship, Science, and Creation!

Skye shares his thoughts after returning from the Global Church Forum and then the guys answer listener questions - ranging from religion vs. relationship to science vs. creation! PLUS a discussion around a recent Pew study that says America is less than 50%...

Episode 21: On the Air with Singer-Songwriter Andrew Peterson!

Phil hosts the podcast by himself this week with special guest singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson! They discuss the path of Andrew's career, as well as his latest album, Light for the Lost Boy, his novels, and his online storytelling community The Rabbit Room. Listen...

Episode 20: Christianity in Hollywood with Guest Todd Komarnicki!

BusinessWeek names the 50 best cities in the America! How does a city garner the title? And what's all the fuss about stay-at-home dads? The crew discusses this and more before Phil interviews film producer Todd Komarnicki of acclaimed Elf fame about his experience as...

Episode 19: Conferences, Spacesuits and the Hubble Telescope!

Phil and Skye share conference experiences, singer-songwriters wear spacesuits, and What's in the Bible becomes a best-seller! AND the latest photos from the Hubble Telescope set off another discussion on faith, science, and atheism! Whoopee! Listen to the episode |...

Episode 18: Free Speech, Faith, Science, and Christians in Hollywood!

Free Speech + Faith = Riots? Will Science eliminate God? These questions PLUS a conversation about the portrayal Christians in Hollywood and the history of Christian art... this week on the podcast! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode...

Episode 17: Christianity and Politics in the US with Guest Amy Black!

Phil and Skye invite author Amy Black on the show to discuss her new book, Honoring God in Red or Blue! Before diving into the history of Christianity and Politics in the US, the crew shares their thoughts on Paranorman, the Real Life of Timothy Green, and more! This...

Episode 16: The “One,” American History, and Guest John Walton!

Phil and the gang discuss a new book that suggests finding “the one thing” you are meant to do or “the one person” you are supposed to marry! Then they move on to the historical belief some Christians hold that America has a special covenant with God! After discussing...

Episode 15: A Reggae Interlude and Conversations about Heaven!

The show gets off to a Reggae-tastic start with a special appearance. Then the crew discusses a follow up question to the podcast with Rob Vischer – do we live in a country with freedom from religion rather than freedom of religion? This leads into a conversation...

Episode 14: Worship, Vices, and Virtues with Guest Brandon O’Brien!

Can worship be addicting? The gang discusses why we need both corporate worship and individual communion. How do different cultures define vices and virtues? Brandon O'Brien joins the show to talk about our contextual biases in reading scripture - the subject of his...

Episode 13: The Olympics, Aliens, and Atheist Billboards!

This week's podcast opens up with a special guest - Sunday School Lady from What's in the Bible? - talking about the end of the Olympics. Phil, Skye and Christian talk about Bill Gates' initiative to invent the toilet of the future, the search for other intelligent...

Episode 12: Live from Arnold’s Park with Guest Rob Vischer!

Live this week from Arnold’s Park, Iowa! Phil’s brother, Rob, joins the crew at the Bible conference their grandfather founded. Rob and the gang discuss Chick-Fil-A, Wheaton College's lawsuit against the federal government, and anti-Sharia laws being debated across...

Episode 11: Chick-Fil-A, Olympics, and Guest Scott Olson!

How does our society associate brands with personal identity? After discussing Chick-Fil-A and dreaming about Epcot, guest Scott Olson, CEO of International Teams, joins the crew to talk about the changing face of world missions and social justice. Listen to the...

Episode 10: Christian Retail and Punishment for Penn State!

After Phil’s trip to the International Christian Retail Show, the gang discusses the current state of Christian retail. Moving on to current events, they touch on the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado and NCAA punishments for Penn State. Lastly, the crew responds to...

Episode 9: Genesis and Origins of the Universe

Listen to Phil's first solo podcast - a monologue on the origins of the universe. Phil explains his lifelong interest in the interpretation Genesis 1 and creation. Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 8: Following Your Dreams and Ukuleles!

What is the difference between following our dreams and God's dreams? Why do so many Christians fear insignificance? And how does that affect our idolatry of dreams? The gang discusses these questions and Phil responds to criticism about his ukulele in this episode of...

Episode 7: Drive-in Movies and Our Fading Love Affair with Cars!

Phil and Skye talk about drive-in movies and young America’s fading love affair with cars. Phil is perplexed with PETA and they have a rich conversation around science and faith. This one is not to be missed! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this...

Episode 6: Christian Tomatoes & Gender Roles in Movies

Join Phil Vischer, Skye Jethani and Christian Taylor for this week's episode of the Phil Vischer Podcast! They talk about Christian tomatoes, TV theme songs and gender roles in movies. Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on...

Episode 5: Os Guinness

This week's special guest on the Phil Vischer Podcast is Os Guinness! Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on iTunes Os Guinness is an author, a social critic, and Senior Fellow of the EastWest Institute in New York. Great-great grandson...

Episode 4: Guest Eric Metaxas

Join The Phil Vischer Podcast crew as they spend the afternoon with NY Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas (Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy).   Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on iTunes   Eric Metaxas is the...

Episode 3: Lady Gaga and Guest Jed Macosko

In Episode 3 of The Phil Vischer Podcast, the crew discusses pop culture and Lady Gaga before interviewing Wake Forest biophysicist Jed Macosko. Listen to the episode | Download to the episode | Find this episode on iTunes Jed Macosko is a leading physicist at Wake...

Episode 2: Giant Movies and Jesus Popsicles

Phil Vischer and Skye Jethani talk about The Avengers and movie making, discuss religious protest art and how to relate to atheists, and why it is important to read the Bible as more than just a guide for morality. Listen to the episode | Download to the episode |...

Episode 1: Freedom, Fear and Futurism

The inaugural episode of The Phil Vischer Podcast! Phil Vischer and Skye Jethani are your hosts for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly...

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