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Who Is Living Inside Your Kid’s Head? | with Shanda Fulbright

5/24/2024
Why do your kids believe what they believe about the world and the purpose of life? Are you equipping them to make good decisions now and in the future when you're no longer there to protect them? Will their knowledge of truth, logic, and God's Word ultimately prevail against the conflicting (and sometimes hidden) messages they might hear from friends, teachers, and TikTok? If you're a Christian parent, these are the questions that keep you up at night, but have no fear--the great Shanda Fulbright is here! As a mom, former California public school teacher, and certified apologist, Shanda is no stranger to the challenges Christian parents face during these crazy cultural times. In this week's podcast episode, Shanda and Frank discuss the subtle ways that secular society is indoctrinating or "discipling" today's youth with destructive and even anti-Christian ideologies. During their discussion, Frank and Shanda will answer questions like: What made Shanda question her faith as a 17-year old raised in the Church and what helped her overcome her doubts? What are the 3 key characteristics of "discipleship" and how is it more than just a religious term? What are 3 ways that the public school system is strategically discipling K-12 students? How did Shanda react when a teacher shared a book about transgender ideology with her son's class? What do the statistics show about faith in God among America's youth and their parents and what does that mean for the Church? What are Shanda's top 3 tips for parents who want to be more intentional about discipling their kids? Parents and other caregivers--consider this your wake-up call! The reality is that your kids are being discipled by someone or some thing. If you don't disciple them with THE truth, who will? We know you'll benefit from this week's podcast episode, and as a follow-up, consider enrolling your middle-school student in one of Shanda's self-paced courses this summer, or join Shanda LIVE in her 'Train Your Brain: An Introduction to Logic' PREMIUM course this fall! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Shanda's courses: Is Hell Real? Understanding a Place Nobody Likes to Talk About - Self-Paced Course Let's Get Real: Examining the Evidence for God - Self-Paced Course Train Your Brain: An Introduction to Logic - Self-Paced Course Train Your Brain: An Introduction to Logic - PREMIUM Course Starts 9/9/2024 Other resources mentioned during the episode: Apologetics Curriculum for All Ages - 2nd Grade to Adult! Jonathan Haidt - Research and articles on effects of social media on adolescents

Duration:00:45:42

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HELP! My Pastor Doesn’t Talk About Cultural or Political Issues! with Tony Perkins

5/21/2024
You love your pastor, but why won't he address crucial cultural, moral, or political issues from the pulpit? Is there anything that you or your church can do about it? Furthermore, what risks lie ahead for faithful pastors who do actually speak out against the culture and rightly stand up for the truth of God's Word? For this midweek podcast episode, pro-life advocate and political leader, Tony Perkins, returns to talk more about the need for Christians and pastors to engage in political issues, and to defend the biblical worldview in the public square. If your pastor or your church seems totally disengaged from the political world, how can you inspire a change of heart? Why do so many pastors choose to remain quiet on culturally taboo issues like the right to life and natural marriage? And what resources are available for those who want to lead the charge and equip people in the church on where the candidates and parties stand on the most important issues? Frank and Tony will discuss all of this and MUCH more in the conclusion of their talk on faith and politics! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned during the episode: Part 1: The Top 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Involved in Politics with Tony Perkins Family Research Council: https://www.frc.org/ FRC Action: https://frcaction.org/ Pray Vote Stand: https://prayvotestand.org/ Tony's website: TonyPerkins.com

Duration:00:31:12

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The Top 3 Reasons Why Christians Should Be Involved in Politics | with Tony Perkins

5/17/2024
Should Christians get involved with politics, or should we just stay out of the way because "religion and politics don't mix"? While some Christians have the tendency to idolize political influence, others have gone to the opposite end of the spectrum, choosing to completely shy away from engaging in public policy altogether. What does the Bible and common sense have to say about this? This week Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council who has worked with congress and presidents for decades, joins Frank to talk about the need for Christians to take politics seriously and use it as a means to advance the Gospel by protecting religious freedom and to love their neighbors by protecting them from evil for generations to come. As a pro-life/pro-family advocate and political leader with a background in both the U.S. Marine Corps and ministry, Tony will share some valuable insights into the current political landscape, urging Christians to actively participate in shaping laws and policies. During their conversation, Frank and Tony will answer questions like: How did Tony unexpectedly enter the realm of politics and why does he think more Christians should do the same? How can Christians be salt and light in the government and treat it as a mission field? What should Christians do when candidates for each party are morally compromised? How have Christians been negatively impacted by bad policies? What political issues can Christians disagree over? How can Christians and conservatives make real policy gains? A force for good in Washington, Tony will lay out just a few reasons why Christians should not only get involved in politics, but view it as a form of ministry. He and Frank will also address the latest controversy with Speaker of the House, Mike Johnson, explain the distinction between imposing religion and legislating morality, and lay out some of the key platform differences between Democrats and Republicans. And don't miss the conclusion to this eye-opening conversation as Tony returns next week for the midweek podcast! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned during the episode: Family Research Council: https://www.frc.org/ FRC Voter Guides: https://frcaction.org/ iVoterGuide: https://ivoterguide.com/ Tony's website: TonyPerkins.com Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:18

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The #1 Surprising Rule of Life | with J. Warner Wallace

5/14/2024
Can Christians learn to love the same way God loves? Cold-case homicide detective turned Christian apologist, J. Warner Wallace, answers that question for us in his brand-new book 'The Truth in True Crime: What Investigating Death Teaches Us About the Meaning of Life.' But how exactly did researching some of his own murder investigations lead him to discover the truth about God's nature and His love for humanity? For this midweek podcast episode, Jim returns to talk more about his new book and to share what he's learned about marriage, justice, grace, and mercy through his deep study of contemporary true crime. What key quality is needed to be successful in life? Why do so many police officers struggle in their marriage? Why is pride such a dangerous sin? What's the distinction between shame and guilt? All of these questions and more will be addressed as Frank and Jim wrap up this intriguing and insightful two-part discussion! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Order Jim's Book: The Truth in True Crime Listen to Part 1 of the discussion: The Truth in True Crime with J. Warner Wallace Download Transcript

Duration:00:44:27

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The Truth in True Crime with J. Warner Wallace

5/10/2024
Have you ever wondered why America is so obsessed with death and murder, or why some of today's most popular podcasts, shows, and TV networks are all centered around the topic of true crime? What's the reason for our curiosity with murder and what life lessons can we learn from studying even the worst of these true crime stories? If you're a true crime junkie, this is the podcast episode for you! This week, our favorite cold-case homicide detective turned Christian apologist and author, J. Warner Wallace, sits down with Frank to talk about the inspiration behind his brand-new book, 'The Truth in True Crime: What Investigating Death Teaches Us About the Meaning of Life', which explores 15 life-truths that he discovered through his study of the Scriptures and some of his most notorious murder investigations. During their conversation, Frank and Jim will answer questions like: Why are women especially drawn to the genre of true crime? How do men and women view identity differently? What is the true cause of trauma and PTSD? What are two common ways that identity is formed in people? How does humility contribute to human flourishing? Later in the episode, Jim will open up about his own personal journey through an unexpected season of identity crisis and reveal the most shocking discovery he made while writing the book. Be sure to pick up your copy of 'The Truth in True Crime' and come back next week to hear the conclusion of Frank and Jim's discussion on how true crime exposes certain truths about human nature. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Order Jim's Book: The Truth in True Crime Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:16

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How Censorship Endangers You | with Seth Dillon

5/7/2024
How is today's censorship trend affecting your job, your child's education, and your medical healthcare of all things? And what about the political right? Are they as guilty of imposing censorship on society as the far left? For this midweek podcast episode, Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee, returns to speak more about the issue of censorship and how it's restricting our freedoms in unimaginable and potentially devastating ways. Why are conservatives banning books from school libraries? How is wokism negatively impacting how doctors prescribe medicine? Is the distribution of porn protected under the First Amendment? And why can't comedians be funny anymore? All of these questions and more will be addressed as Frank and Seth continue this ongoing conversation about the fight for free speech! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Listen to Part 1: Censoring The Babylon Bee? with Seth Dillon Download Transcript

Duration:00:42:01

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Censoring the Babylon Bee? | with Seth Dillon

5/3/2024
What exactly constitutes "free speech" and falls under the protection of the First Amendment? As the political left increasingly advocates for (and often achieves) unconstitutional censorship, the line between what's permissible and what's not in public dialogue becomes increasingly blurred. In this age dominated by social media and cancel culture, who ultimately holds the authority in deciding what is or isn't allowed in the public square? This week, Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee, sits down with Frank to discuss concerns about big tech's role in American censorship, why the Babylon Bee was censored, and how he's combating it through satire and comedy using his popular Christian news satire website lovingly dubbed, “the definitive source of fake news you can trust”. You'll also get to hear Seth's recent congressional testimony where he defended the right to free speech during the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology in Washington, D.C. During their conversation, Frank and Seth will answer questions like: What's the difference between regulating conduct and regulating speech? Why is the LGBTQ+ community aligning itself with the ideology of Muslim terrorists? What is the "woke mind virus" and why are younger generations more susceptible to it? Does America love dogs more than babies? Why are euphemisms so powerful and how is the radical left using them to their advantage? Why was The Babylon Bee willing to risk being de-platformed from Twitter prior to Elon Musk gaining ownership? Later in the discussion, Seth will talk about the inspiration and backstory behind some of The Babylon Bee's most hilarious headlines from this past week, touch on Vice President Kamala Harris' recent statements about abortion, share some helpful tips on how all content creators can push against big tech's attempt to silence you on social media, and unpack the worldview that's motivating the anti-Israel protests on U.S. college campuses. It's impossible to cram all of these topics into just one podcast episode, so be sure to join Frank and Seth on the upcoming midweek podcast for the conclusion of this important and eye-opening talk on censorship! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology (3/8/2023) ---- Preserving Free Speech and Reining in Big Tech Censorship Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:16

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The Fuel Behind the Fire: Anti-Israel Protests & American Universities

4/30/2024
What's driving the anti-Israel protests storming college campuses all across America? Schools like Columbia University, UCLA, Emory, Harvard, and Yale have been hit with massive pro-Palestinian mobs that have led to hundreds of arrests and violent threats against the Jewish student populations. Why are these angry (yet seemingly sophisticated) mobs targeting college campuses and how have they successfully managed to recruit students to join in the madness even at the threat of expulsion? In this midweek podcast, John guides us through a conversation investigating the ongoing anti-Israel protests as he also breaks down the geopolitical, historical, theological, and prophetic backdrop. He'll also provide an update as to how the U.S. government is responding to these hostile demonstrations in real time and expose the true heart and motivation behind them. During the episode, John will answer questions like: What sparked this string of protests and what demands are being made? What would be the implications of a ceasefire from Israel? Why is a two-state solution impossible? How legitimate is the "Free Palestine" cause? What makes Israel a political barometer in the Middle East? If Hamas managed to defeat Israel, how would the U.S. be impacted? Why do many Muslims and citizens of Gaza support the flourishing of Israel? As you learn about the context surrounding the protests and the Israel-Hamas conflict, it'll become more and more apparent why Christian apologists should have a vested interest in the nation of Israel. Take a listen as John reveals how politics is playing a major role in the recent rise of antisemitism on college campuses in the U.S. and explores how the Islamic worldview continues to fuel hostility between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East. And please continue to pray for the safety of Israel and a peaceable end to this ongoing war. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Download Transcript

Duration:01:07:49

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Does Christianity Still Make Sense? | with Dr. Bobby Conway

4/26/2024
If God exists, then why are there so many church scandals? Why does racism exist and why are Christians so hypocritical? When it comes down to it, why does evil exist at all? In other words, does Christianity still make sense? This week Frank talks with author, philosopher, CIA instructor, and pastor of Image Church, Dr. Bobby Conway about his brand-new book, 'Does Christianity Still Make Sense?: A Former Skeptic Responds to Today’s Toughest Objections to Christianity', where he documents his battle with unbelief and the steps he took to emerge successfully on the other side with his faith intact. How did a pastor with a thriving church and a national Christian apologetics platform plunge into an intense season of debilitating doubt and narrowly escape full out apostasy? Frank and Bobby will address this in detail throughout their conversation and answer questions like: How did Bobby's season of doubt affect his life and overall mental health? Are church scandals a valid reason to leave Christianity? Are most Christians guilty of homophobia? Does Christianity devalue women? How are Christians being "love shamed"? Does science trump history? Does the American Church need a reformation? Are you or someone you know feeling trapped in the depths of doubt? Don't lose hope because there's a light at the end of the tunnel! Bobby's new book will guide you through his own personal journey out of chronic doubt and uncover the answers he found to 20 of the toughest objections to Christianity. Be sure to pick up your copy of 'Does Christianity Still Make Sense' TODAY! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Bobby's website: Christianity Still Make Sense Bobby's book: Does Christianity Still Make Sense? Learn from Bobby at CrossExamined Instructors Academy Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:12

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How to Evangelize Transgender Friends and Is the Bible Historical Fiction? Plus More Q&A

4/23/2024
In this midweek podcast episode, Frank tackles a series of listener questions surrounding how to share your faith with transgender co-workers and how to understand God's grace in relation to our free will. He'll also respond to a common criticism about the historicity of the New Testament--is it just a work of historical fiction? During the episode, Frank will answer questions like: How do you spark a faith conversation with a transitioning or LGTBQ+ co-worker? If God wants all people to be saved, why will some people go to Hell? What does the Bible mean when it says that we will receive a new heart? What are some of the key distinctions between historical documents and historical fiction? Are the ancient non-Christian sources for Jesus more reliable than the eyewitness accounts? What is the consensus among New Testament scholars about the validity of the Gospels? This episode will help you to respond to objections about the reliability of the New Testament as Frank shares helpful resources from various apologists like C.S. Lewis and offers a few questions that you can ask someone who's skeptical about whether or not the Bible is true. Do you have a question for Frank? Send it to Hello@CrossExamined.org and maybe it will make the next Q&A podcast! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Frank's book: Correct, Not Politically Correct Got Questions (article): What Does the Bible Mean When It Says That We Will Receive a New Heart? Download Transcript

Duration:00:56:47

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Why Objections Don’t Defeat the Truth of God

4/18/2024
If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world? And if God wants us to trust Him and love Him, why does He stay so hidden? Those are two of the most powerful objections to Christianity. But even if you couldn't come up with answers to these questions, is that reason enough to abandon the faith and embrace a different worldview? This week, Frank uses logic, reasoning, and modern day examples to explain that even if objections to Christianity cannot be fully answered, the evidence we do have for God far outweighs them. Or in his words, "don't let what you don't know cause you doubt what you do know." He also takes the time to address a listener question and some long-term studies coming out that reveal some staggering (but not surprising) statistics about so-called gender dysphoria in adolescents. During the episode he'll answer questions like: What are the implications of Richard Dawkins stating that he prefers to live in a Christian society? Were there socialists in the early church? How do other worldviews fall short of the "rights" that so many people today are clamoring for? What do mathematics, science, and logic teach us about theism? All of this and more will be addressed in this timely podcast episode that combines a modern message with timeless truth! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned during the episode: Article: Puberty is Not a Disease Article: "Transgender" Kids Actually Have Other Mental Health Diagnoses Frank's Book: Correct, Not Politically Correct Book: What's Eating the Universe? Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:19

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How to Answer the Toughest Arguments for Abortion | with Scott Klusendorf

4/16/2024
This week, author of 'The Case for Life' and pro-life expert Scott Klusendorf returns to unpack the implications behind the most popular pro-choice arguments. Are pro-lifers fighting for a theocracy? How can Christians refute "pro-choice" arguments without using the Bible? Will women die from illegal abortions if abortion is banned? What should you do if you attend a church that never speaks out against abortion? And does hardship justify homicide? All this and more will be discussed in the conclusion of this two-part podcast series which is a must-listen for anyone who cares about the rights of unborn children. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned during the episode: Part 1: Is Donald Trump Helping or Hurting the Pro-Life Movement? Watch the Case for Life video: CaseForLife.com Scott's Book: The Case for Life Scott's Course: How to Convince People to Be Pro-Life (The Ethics of Abortion) Download Transcript

Duration:00:37:49

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Is Donald Trump Helping or Hurting the Pro-Life Movement? | with Scott Klusendorf

4/12/2024
What are we to make of Donald Trump’s recent statements on abortion? Are pro-life Americans winning or losing the battle to protect the rights of unborn children? What is the way forward? This week, author of 'The Case for Life' and leading pro-life expert, Scott Klusendorf, joins Frank to analyze and unpack former president Trump's statements regarding abortion and why it has created concern among pro-life advocates. During the episode, Frank and Scott will answer questions like: Why has the pro-life movement consistently lost the vote of the American public and what can pro-lifers do to win the upcoming referendums? What underlying issues may be motivating Trump to not seek a ban on abortion? Is he really pro-life? Is the “will of the people” our standard? What should pro-life politicians say? How can they avoid tripping over the "what about" arguments against abortion? What about race and incest? Why do pro-abortion people falsely claim that women who suffer miscarriages or require surgery for ectopic pregnancies be jailed if abortion is outlawed in certain states? Is the pro-life view inherently religious? Are we trying to establish a theocracy? Later in the episode, Frank and Scott will examine the concept of incrementalism and how it was used historically to fight slavery in the West. This eye-opening conversation will equip you to defend the sanctity of life as Scott exposes some of the weaknesses in the popular "pro-choice" arguments and explains some of the nuances and strategies needed to push the pro-life agenda forward politically. Interested in becoming a pro-life apologist yourself? Sign up for Scott's SELF-PACED online course 'How to Convince People to be Pro-Life' (or wait for the PREMIUM version of the course launching this August!) and tune-in next week for Part 2 of this highly engaging discussion. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned during the episode: Watch the Case for Life video: CaseForLife.com Scott's Book: The Case for Life Scott's Course: How to Convince People to Be Pro-Life (The Ethics of Abortion) Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:14

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How to Stop Wokeness and Stand for Truth | with Dr. James Lindsay

4/9/2024
Are there any practical ways that Christians and conservatives can stop the encroachment of woke ideology in our schools, businesses, and local communities? While the recent push for DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), critical theory, and transgender ideology may seem impossible to overcome, all hope is not lost! In the last podcast episode, Frank's guest, international speaker, author, and leading CRT expert, Dr. James Lindsay broke down the foundational beliefs of critical theory and how this "wokeness" ideology is an exceedingly hostile threat to western civilization and our American freedoms. This week, Dr. Lindsay returns to offer some tips and strategies that you can put in place in an effort to battle this destruction force in the U.S. How did Dr. Lindsay use his creative writing skills to combat woke educators? What's the best way for Christians to react to provocative events like the recent "Trans Visibility Day" that landed on Easter? How can you use your unique gifts and talents to make a difference? All that and more will be discussed in the conclusion of this essential two-part series! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Connect with Dr. James Lindsay online: New Discourses Book: The Queering of The American Child Download Transcript

Duration:00:42:22

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One Nation Under Wokeness | with Dr. James Lindsay

4/5/2024
Is there an all out assault on common sense in the West? Over the last decade or so, proponents of "wokeness" have asserted crazy ideas like "men can get pregnant", "whiteness is evil", the extermination of Jews "from the river to the sea", and kids should be sterilized through "gender-affirming care." Where are these bizarre ideas coming from, what are they rooted in, and how are they shaping the future of America? This week, international speaker, author of 'The Queering of The American Child,' and leading expert on Critical Race Theory, Dr. James Lindsay, joins Frank to discuss the calculated attempt by socialists (and other Marxists in disguise) to establish a modern utopian society and take down all of western civilization through woke propaganda, immigration, and destroying the economy. During the podcast, Frank and Dr. Lindsay will answer questions like: What is the definition of "woke"? How is wokeness a religious cult and a "doctrine of conflict" that will never bring peace? What is gnosticism and how has it influenced the concept of Marxism? Why is this ideology specifically targeting kids? How does the open border benefit Marxists? Is private property a bad thing? Who are the "enemies" and targets of the woke movement? Dr. Lindsay's knowledge and expertise on the subject of CRT has caused him to reject it completely and to sound the alarm on it through his now famous speech at last year's European Union Parliament, his appearances with Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, and also through his own podcast called 'New Discourses.' Throughout the episode, he'll lay out the worldview of CRT and Marxism, the ultimate goals of wokism, and the potentially devastating impact that it will have on free nations. Why is America the primary target and what did Jesus have to say about these issues? All this and more will be addressed in Part 1 of this crucial discussion! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned during the episode: Connect with Dr. James Lindsay online: New Discourses EU Speech: Woke: A Culture War Against Europe Article: Queer Theory is the Doctrine of a Sex-Based Cult Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:13

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7 Archaeology Discoveries Associated with the Life (and Death) of Jesus | with Dr. Titus Kennedy

4/2/2024
What historical evidence is there for people like Peter, Simon of Cyrene, Pontius Pilate, Jesus, Caiaphas, and other key figures in Jesus’s crucifixion? Seven people who had something to do with the trial of Jesus have been found through archaeology! Moreover, excavations in Israel have unearthed numerous archaeological finds that corroborate precisely what's recorded in the Bible. But what if excavations in Israel are just the tip of the iceberg? Beyond Israel, has the wider ancient world yielded artifacts that shed light on the biblical narrative? And what about Jesus? Is there any archaeological evidence that leads us back to Him? For this midweek podcast episode, Frank invites author and field archaeologist, Dr. Titus Kennedy, to talk about his brand-new book 'The Essential Archaeological Guide to Bible Lands: Uncovering Biblical Sites of the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean World.' In the book, Dr. Kennedy explores the various archaeological discoveries across the entirety of the ancient world that provide evidence for the historical accuracy of the Bible. During the episode, Frank and Titus and answer questions like: How did Josephus become a historian for the Romans? How did the emperor Hadrian inadvertently leave a trail of evidence for Christianity? How much of the Holy Land has actually been excavated? What evidence suggests that the Israelites were in Egypt during the time of the Exodus? Minimalist vs. maximalist archaeologists - what's the difference? Has archaeology ever contradicted the historical record of the Bible? What is the archaeological evidence for Jesus? Recognizing the great significance of the evidence that has been located in places like North Africa, Rome, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia, Titus has written this book as a modern resource for an area of archaeology that has gone relatively untouched for the past 30 years! This episode barely scratches the surface of what's uncovered in the book so be sure to grab your copy of 'The Essential Archaeological Guide to Bible Lands.' And if you desire to go even deeper in exploring biblical archaeology, enroll in the brand-new online course called 'Reasons for Faith' where Dr. Kennedy will serve as one of the LIVE instructors along with Dr. Stephen Meyer! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Buy Dr. Titus Kennedy's new book: https://a.co/d/hBSZQS5 Join Dr. Titus Kennedy LIVE in 'Reasons for Faith'!: https://bit.ly/3U0p63V Download Transcript

Duration:01:11:23

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He is Risen! Examining the Evidence for the Resurrection with Dr. Jonathan McLatchie

3/29/2024
How did an itinerant preacher, born into poverty and raised in an obscure village, a man who never wrote a book or had a formal education, who was betrayed by his friends and ultimately crucified on a rugged cross, rise to become THE central figure in human history? Jesus of Nazareth has left an undeniable mark on the world and all of western society, surpassing the influence of any other person who has ever existed. But is it possible that the story of Jesus and His resurrection was invented by the authors of the New Testament? He is risen! In anticipation of Easter Sunday, Frank invites the skilled Christian apologist and evolutionary biologist, Dr. Jonathan McLatchie, to make the case for the resurrection through the exploration of New Testament scholarship. McLatchie, who's done a number of debates in defense of the Christian faith, will share his insights on the evidence for the resurrection, the reliability of the New Testament, and point out the significance of some of the details found in the Gospels and the book of Acts. During their conversation, Frank and Jonathan will answer questions like: Do New Testament scholars believe that Jesus actually existed? Are there extra-biblical sources that corroborate the early persecution of Christians? Do non-Christian New Testament scholars view the NT as historically reliable? Is it likely that the Apostles and eyewitnesses were either deceived themselves OR lying about the resurrection? What is specialized information and how does it help support the truth of the book of Acts? McLatchie will also walk us through his two-step approach of defending the resurrection by using what's called the maximum data case. Later in the episode, Dr. McLatchie will talk about his online ministry that aims to mentor Christians and ex-Christians who are struggling with doubt by offering live interaction with experts in various fields of Christian scholarship. Be sure to visit TalkAboutDoubts.com to learn more about this ministry and consider enrolling in the brand-new LIVE! online course called 'Reasons for Faith' launching on 4/27, where Jonathan will join Dr. Stephen Meyer and a team of other leading apologists during livestreamed lectures to expound upon the best historical, scientific, philosophical, and archaeological evidence for the Christian faith! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Jonathan's website: https://jonathanmclatchie.com/ Jonathan's ministry: Talk About Doubts Join Jonathan and Dr. Stephen Meyer LIVE! in 'Reasons for Faith' Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:15

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Why Would a GOOD God Create People He Knew Would Go to Hell? Plus More Q&A

3/26/2024
If God knew that millions or billions of people would not only sin, but in the end reject Him and therefore spend eternity in Hell, why would He create mankind in the first place? In other words, why would God create people He knew would go to Hell? Wouldn't a "good" God create a universe where EVERYONE believes? This week, Frank responds to these and other listener questions surrounding various topics like conversational prayer, the fear of sharing your faith, and how to reconcile God's foreknowledge with our free will. He'll also address the assertion from some atheists and skeptics that theists must provide "extraordinary evidence for extraordinary claims", even though they don't hold themselves to the same (totally illogical) standards! You'll also learn: Can God force free creatures to love Him? How have non-Christians like Richard Dawkins and Jordan Peterson led people to Christ? Should Christians always expect divine revelation during prayer? What's a simple way to engage in theological conversations when you're fearful? Why (and how) should Christians defend the faith in Corporate America? Later in the podcast, Frank shares some practical advice on how to combat wokism in the workplace. He'll also briefly unpack a shocking event that transpired when a concerned mom encountered a man identifying as transgender in the women's locker room at her local Planet Fitness. If you've ever been challenged in any of the areas highlighted in this week's midweek podcast, Frank will offer a helpful list of additional resources that are relevant to each of the topics discussed, so be sure to check our list of helpful links below! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned during the episode: BOOK: Chosen But Free by Norman Geisler BOOK: Coming to Faith Through Dawkins by Denis Alexander and Alister McGrath ARTICLE: Does God Whisper? - Part 1 by Greg Koukl ARTICLE: Does God Whisper - Part 2 by Greg Koukl BOOK: Decision Making and the Will of God by Garry Frieson and J. Robin Maxson ARTICLE: Sex at Work - by Frank Turek BOOK: Correct, Not Politically Correct - by Frank Turek Download Transcript

Duration:00:47:35

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Is America Becoming a Police State? with Dinesh D’Souza

3/22/2024
Is the U.S. government deliberately targeting patriotic Americans with conservative values? In a post 9/11 America, the necessary push to prevent Islamic terrorism opened the door for justice agencies to shift their focus to what they now call "domestic terrorists". But what if your conservative, Christian beliefs have the potential to put you on the government's radar as a domestic threat? This week, author, apologist, speaker, and political commentator, Dinesh D'Souza, joins Frank to discuss his new documentary film 'Police State', which is sounding the alarm on the Deep State's witch hunt of ordinary, law-abiding citizens who happen to be conservatives and/or Christians. D'Souza will share his own frightening run-in with the feds following the release of his film 'Obama's America', and expose how he was able to survive the shakedown and the attempted sabotage of his career. During their conversation, Frank and Dinesh will answer questions like: How did this targeting of U.S. citizens begin? What financial incentive is there to target "domestic terrorists"? Why does the Biden Administration desire an open border, and why are they allowing children to be trafficked? What can U.S. citizens do to protect themselves in such a corrupt society? Why does the government insist on prosecuting Trump but not Biden? What is the Red Referral Network and how can it benefit Christians and conservatives? In D'Souza's live action dramatization (based on actual footage recorded at the scene), he'll give you a glimpse of the horrific real-life events that devastated the lives of innocent people like Catholic pro-lifer, Mark Houck, a loving husband and father of seven. Could identifying as a pro-lifer, supporting natural marriage, or even opposing transgender ideology in your kid’s school be enough for you to be categorized as a “domestic terrorist"? Be sure to check out the crowdfunded film 'Police State', and learn more about America's move towards government domination and what you can do about it! To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned during the episode: Police State (Documentary Film) What's So Great About Christianity? (Book) Red Referral Network Other Books & Films by Dinesh D'Souza Download Transcript

Duration:00:48:18

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Can We Really Believe the Bible is Inerrant? Plus More Q&A

3/19/2024
Do you have to believe that the Bible is completely without error to be a true Christian? If you don't agree with the Bible, you ultimately find yourself at odds with the teachings of Jesus and that's never a good idea. But if both the Old and New Testaments have discrepancies, why should we consider our Bible to be inspired? This week, Frank dives into the issue of the inspiration of Scripture and tackles several questions from the audience, briefly discussing topics like abortion, free will, and God's sovereignty. He'll also examine some of the apparent contradictions in the Bible and offer insights from scholars and theologians regarding the variations between the eyewitness testimonies recorded in the New Testament. During the episode, Frank will answer questions like: Do humans beings inevitably make mistakes? If so, how can we trust the Bible? If everything happens for a reason, do we still have free will? How did St. Augustine approach the inerrancy of Scripture? Why is it important to have an eternal perspective? Does the parable of the landowner contradict the promise of rewards in heaven? Additionally, Frank will take us into the cosmic realm and explore the implications of the Big Bang on the creation story in Genesis. For those wanting to go deeper into these questions, Frank shares his recommended reads to expand their understanding. If grappling with challenging passages in the Bible has been a hurdle for you, this episode is a must-listen! By the conclusion of this podcast, you'll gain a deeper understanding of how to interpret the Bible within its literary and historical framework, empowering you to steer clear of common misinterpretations of Scripture. To view the entire VIDEO PODCAST be sure to join our CrossExamined private community. It’s the perfect place to jump into some great discussions with like-minded Christians while simultaneously providing financial support for our ministry. You can also SUPPORT THE PODCAST HERE. Resources mentioned in the episode: Book: The Big Book of Bible Difficulties by Norman Geisler and Thomas Howe Book: Seven Days That Divide the World by John Lennox Book: I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek Download Transcript

Duration:00:51:32