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My Favorite Christian Podcasts

3 Jun

Whether riding the bus, walking on the treadmill, or doing housework, most of us have a few hours each week in which our brains are less than active.  Instead of just letting my thoughts wander, I like to plug in my headphones and listen to a few podcasts.  That’s why, this week, I’m featuring a few of my favorites in the hope that you’ll find them enjoyable as well!

Viewpoint on Mormonism  Produced by Mormonism Research Ministry (MRM), this podcast takes a 15 minute daily look at LDS teachings from a Christian perspective.  From analysis of current conference talks and “Ensign” articles to dialogue about the teachings of the prophets of the church, this podcast is sure to help you learn to better share your faith with LDS friends and family.

Persecution Podcast  In just a few minutes every week, Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) will bring you up to date on the latest persecution news from around the world.  Listen to the courageous stories of Christians in countries where the public expression of faith is not legal and learn how to better pray for both the persecuted and the persecutors.

Let My People Think  Ravi Zacharias has long been one of my favorite writers and speakers, so the opportunity to hear him preach each week is a genuine delight.  Listen as he and others from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) share about the relationship between Scripture, ethics, philosophy, and current events.  These messages are sure to speak to your heart.

Messianic Jewish Teachings: David Levine  If you’ve ever had the time to study Jewish history and culture, you’ve likely realized that a bit of context can go a long way towards adding to the richness of Scripture.  Each week, Rabbi Levine takes Christians on a distinctly Jewish journey through the Scriptures – helping us to see and understand them the way that the early (mostly Jewish) Christian church would have.  You’re sure to be both inspired and encouraged!

Stand to Reason  Instead of a single podcast, this is a family of programs dedicated to helping believers better defend their faith.  My favorites are the weekly video blog (a five minute apologetic tip) and the Please Convince Me podcast in which cold case detective and former atheist J. Warner Wallace examines the evidence in favor of the Christian world view.

There are, of course, many other great Christian podcasts available, but these five are the gems that I never miss.  Take a few minutes to listen to them and see if you don’t agree.  And, if you have a favorite or two of your own, please feel free to share them in the comment box below!

Cold Case Christianity

11 Feb

What does Forensic Statement Analysis (FSA) have to do with the Gospels?  More than you might think!  Most of us are familiar with the archaeological evidence for the reliability of the Gospels, yet few of us have encountered (or analyzed) the forensic evidence.  And that’s what makes J. Warner Wallace’s new book “Cold Case Christianity” special.

Using this relatively modern branch of science, Wallace (a former atheist) teaches readers to effectively apply the skills of a police detective to the Gospel accounts.  From circumstantial evidence to the chain of custody to conspiracy theories, Wallace uses real life cases to walk his readers through the steps necessary to secure a conviction in a cold-case homicide… then teaches them to apply the same standards and procedures to the case for Christ.

Throughout the pages of this entertaining volume, you’ll learn how detectives harmonize eyewitness accounts, determine the reliability of their witnesses, and filter out biased testimony.  You’ll travel with Wallace to the scenes of robberies and homicides as you learn to collect and assemble enough evidence to result in a conviction… and develop a solid case for the Gospel.

Written clearly and concisely, the book is as entertaining as it is informative.  Wallace’s skill as a story teller is surpassed only by his common sense approach to apologetics.  “Cold Case Christianity” is an excellent primer for anyone interested in presenting a solid case for their faith in the Bible and the God it portrays.

“Cold Case Christianity” was published by David C. Cook and is available in print or e-book through Amazon.com.

Stand to Reason

28 Jan

It doesn’t take long for most Christians to realize that evangelism isn’t just about presenting knowledge; It’s about how we present that knowledge.  Rattling off the Romans Road and a list of facts that lead to a reasoned faith in the resurrection isn’t bad, in and of itself.  But if we do so without attention to the direction of the conversation or an understanding of the positions of those with whom we’re sharing, it can have a major impact on how others perceive our God!  And that’s where Stand to Reason comes in.

Stand to Reason exists not for the purpose of helping Christians accumulate knowledge, but rather to assist believers in developing wisdom in regard to the presentation of knowledge.  Their goal is not simply to teach what a Christian ought to think, but to help Christians learn how to think – assisting believers as they form the skills to critically analyze the claims of other philosophies as well as their own.  Take a moment to review the Ambassador’s Creed for an overview of what makes a good Christian apologist and see if you’re willing to commit to developing these skills.  Then dive right in!

The site offers a wide range of resources for anyone seeking a ready answer, but without the time to read lengthy articles.  Check out Quick Thoughts where you’ll find concise answers to difficult questions as well as insightful articles from other Christian philosophers and theologians. Or examine on-site articles on topics ranging from bio-ethics to science and philosophy. Explore the link between abortion and human rights, discover a good reason for evil, and struggle with the question of animal ethics.  Want to be certain you can defend your point?  Why not take a look at the Solid Ground archives where you’ll find organized cases for everything from Israel’s attack on Canaan to the rejection of Mormonism as a Christian denomination.

Prefer to listen instead of read?  STR offers a broad selection of podcasts ranging from the Stand to Reason Weekly Radio Show to Thinking Out Loud, a few brief thoughts on the subjects that really matter.  Then, visit the Stand to Reason Blog for follow-up on the shows and links to relevant sites.

There’s plenty to see on this easy-to-digest site, so give it a quick scan, then bookmark it for future reference.  You’re sure to be back time and time again!

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