In today’s hyper-partisan and media-saturated culture, we’re not trained to be good listeners. In fact, when it comes to discussing our religious or political convictions with others, too often we’re encouraged to throw bombs at the other side, or to present caricatures of other people’s views. But in Colossians chapter 4, Paul instructs us to be wise in the way we deal with outsiders, and that our speech should “always be gracious.” On this program, Shane Rosenthal discusses this with Greg Koukl, author of Tactics, which was just released in a newly expanded 10th anniversary edition.
Radio Shows in March
The New Spiritual Landscape
The world is changing. So how are we to deal with the new spiritual landscape in which many of those who claim to follow Jesus also believe in things such as reincarnation? How should we respond to an atheist or agnostic who says he also believes in astrology and the healing power of crystals? On this episode, Michael Horton and Adriel Sanchez discuss these issues and more with University of California Irvine campus minister Derek Rishmawy.
Host: Shane Rosenthal, Michael Horton, Adriel Sanchez, & Derek Rishmawy
Reaching the Next Generation
According to the stats, the majority of those raised in conservative Christian homes stop going to church sometime in their late teens and early twenties. What accounts for this disturbing trend and what should Christians do about it? How can we pass on the faith to the next generation in such a secular age as this? Shane Rosenthal discusses this issue with Sean McDowell, co-author of So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World.
Host: Shane Rosenthal & Sean McDowell
Why Do People Believe in Hell?
In a recent issue of the New York Times, an article by David Bentley Hart raised the question, “Why Do People Believe in Hell?” In this article, the author claims that “no truly accomplished New Testament scholar … believes that later Christianity’s opulent mythology of God’s eternal torture chamber is clearly present in the scriptural texts.” But is this really the case? Why does there seem to be renewed interest in this idea of universal salvation? Shane Rosenthal discusses this issue with Michael McClymond, professor of Modern Christianity at St. Louis University, and the author of The Devil’s Redemption: A New History and Interpretation of Christian Universalism.
Host: Shane Rosenthal & Michael McClymond
Does Everyone Go to Heaven?
Not long ago, Netflix released a film about the life of Pentecostal preacher Carlton Pearson who stopped believing in hell after he claimed that God spoke to him and revealed that Jesus’ death on the cross saves everyone in the world, including unbelievers. In fact, in an NPR interview Pearson asked, “How can mercy … and torment endure forever? One would cancel out the other.” But is this logic sound? What does the Bible really teach about the afterlife? On this program, Shane Rosenthal continues his conversation with St. Louis University professor Michael McClymond, author of The Devil’s Redemption.