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Think Biblically: Conversations on Faith & Culture

Talbot School of Theology at Biola University / Sean McDowell & Scott Rae

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A weekly podcast that offers Christian perspectives on some of the most significant issues facing today's church and culture. In each episode, hosts Scott Rae and Sean McDowell — professors at Biola University's Talbot School of Theology — draw upon biblical wisdom and insights from guest experts as they explore how Christians can thoughtfully and faithfully engage with cultural trends and current events.
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A podcast for learning how to deepen convictions without dividing communities. Tune in for insight from Tim Muehlhoff and Rick Langer on how to cultivate understanding, civility, and compassion in disagreement.
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The Biola Hour

Biola University

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We live in an age of endless information, but we need models of wisdom to connect the dots between Scriptural truths and real life situations. So, we engage in Biblically grounded conversations on culturally relevant issues to develop our capacity to creatively cultivate our Christian calling to love God and others. Learn more at https://www.biola.edu/the-biola-hour.
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GRIT is the women’s resource at Biola University that exists to empower women to step into their gifting, foster resilience, gain insight, and develop tenacity. Through thoughtful conversations about the female experience, the women of GRIT will empower and equip the women in our community. We won’t have all the answers, but we hope to stay long enough to learn from the questions.
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Opening Question

Torrey Honors College at Biola University

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Good conversation about great ideas. Opening Question is the official podcast of the Torrey Honors College at Biola University. Learn more about the Torrey Honors College at https://www.biola.edu/torrey
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Chimes Rundown

Chimes Newspaper

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Chimes Rundown is a brief glance at the top stories of the week and stories to look out for the following week. Hosted by the Editor-in-Chief, the Rundown is a 2-3 minute Biola news centered podcast.
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The Point Podcast

The Point Magazine

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The Point Magazine is a student led publication at Biola University that showcases compelling designs, photographs and writings by students of all majors. The 18th edition Issue 1 comes out the second week of finals and students from across campus can expect a lot of fun.
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Seeking Christian wisdom for life's biggest questions. Interviews, narrative storytelling, and reflections featuring scholars, pastors, and public intellectuals. Hosted by Evan Rosa. Produced by Biola University's Center for Christian Thought. Sponsored by the Templeton Religion Trust, John Templeton Foundation, and The Blankemeyer Foundation.
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Pretentia

Emily Coffey and Hannah Fodera

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Pretentia is a podcast all about bridging the campus divide between Torrey Honors students and the rest of campus. Join Emily Coffey (a Torrey student) and Hannah Fodera (and guests!) as they talk about classic novels and how they apply to our lives.
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The Art of Relationships Podcast

Biola University Center for Marriage and Relationships

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Is it hard to maintain your relationships with everything else you have going on in your life? Chris Grace, Ph.D., and his wife, Alisa Grace, discuss how to build healthy relationships and marriages in The Art of Relationships Podcast. Listen to get practical insights on how to deal with everyday relationship issues, whether it's your roommate, your parents, a friend, or a significant other. The Biola University Center for Marriage and Relationships exists to build and sustain healthy relati ...
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100 Days of Dante is a project walking through the Divine Comedy, one canto at a time. This project is brought to you by Baylor University in collaboration with the Torrey Honors College at Biola University, University of Dallas, Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, the Gonzaga-in-Florence Program and Gonzaga University, and Whitworth University. Learn more at 100DaysofDante.com
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What does it mean to be an evangelical? What do non-Christians think about the evangelical movement? Is it a movement worth saving? These are some of the questions Sean discusses with our guest Thomas Kidd, Distinguished Professor of History at Baylor University. They briefly discuss the history of the evangelical movement and its core beliefs. Whe…
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Susan Lim (Ph.D.) is a history scholar and writer who decided to follow Jesus in her teenage years after having grown up in a Buddhist family. Susan joins today’s episode to share her story from Buddha to Jesus, and it’s a powerful story that has reverberated through her family. She also speaks with Tim and Rick on the similarities and differences …
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This week, Scott & Sean discuss: AI and Virtual Companions: Discussion on potential radical changes in AI, with OpenAI and Apple possibly announcing a partnership to integrate advanced virtual companions into devices. Sports Gambling: Examination of the impact of legalized sports betting on the integrity of professional sports and the pressures it …
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What is cancel culture and why has it burst on the scene so dramatically the past few years? How can Christians best navigate our current cultural moment of canceling people with whom we disagree? In this episode, Sean and Scott discuss the recent book The Cancelling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Rikki Schlott. You can also find this d…
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This week, Sean and Scott discuss: Marijuana has Surpassed Alcohol as the Most Frequently Used Drug How Hamas Refers to Female Captives The Non-Religous May Have Stopped Growing in Number Listener Question: How Can I be a Fulfilled Christian if I Can't Have a Family Listener Question: Should I publish Christian Media if it will affect my carreer? =…
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Jack Hollis is the executive VP of Toyota North America. He loves to say: "I work for Jesus, but get paid by Toyota." How does he lead such a successful business and yet live out his faith? What leadership principles has he learned from Jesus? In this interview, Sean talks with Jack about his journey to becoming a Christian, his story of becoming o…
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What are communication spirals and how do they contribute to the argument culture? On today’s episode, Tim and Rick discuss these patterns of negative communication and what can trigger them. They also draw from research in communication theory to suggest ways to de-escalate situations when we become perturbed, frustration boils, and we want to up …
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This week, Sean and Scott discuss: Christian Ethics of Immigration AI in Dating Apps Nonconsensual Medical Examinations Listener Question: What determines the morality of our societies relational boundaries, like gay marriage? Listener Question: What should be most meaningful when we reflect back on life? Listener Question: What is the purpose of s…
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Although it may be surprising to some, having two parents in the home provides the greatest economic privilege kids can have. Thus, the decline in marriage has had disastrous cultural implications. In this episode, Sean and Scott discuss the recent book The Two Parent Privilege by Melissa Kearney. They discuss Kearney's 10-year study which shows th…
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This week, Sean and Scott discuss: Sex Workers Punished by Law for Refusing Sex What Deathbed Visions Teach us About the Afterlife Kansas City Chief Kicker, Harrison Butker's Graduation Speech Listener Question: Responding to Listener Feedback about Preston Sprinkle Episode Listener Question: Does God still Discipline his Children? Listener Questio…
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What made the first Christians so different from their surrounding culture? How did their worship differ from the way the average Roman citizen viewed the gods? Why did the early church view themselves as a family and why is that so significant? We’ll discuss these questions and more with our guest Dr. Nijay Gupta around his new book, Strange Relig…
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Earlier this year, a convictional firestorm ensued over advice Alistair Begg, a prominent North American pastor and radio host of Truth for Life, gave to a woman about attending her grandchild's gay wedding. Bob Lepine, the on-air announcer for Truth for Life, joins today’s episode to speak with Tim and Rick about how this situation provides us wit…
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This week, Sean and guest co-host Rick Langer discuss: Troubling Trends in Teenage Sex Slogans in Israel/Palestine Conflict Debate Over Gender Affirming Care for Children Listener Question: HPV Vaccine in Children Listener Question: Should my beliefs be law? Listener Question: Is America a "chosen nation"? ========== Think Biblically: Conversations…
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The Bible is clear that followers of Jesus are exiles in this world. What exactly does this mean and what does this mean for the way we view our political views and affiliations? How was going to church in the first century a politically subversive act? How was the cross a political image in the Roman world? We’ll answer these questions and more wi…
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This week, Scott & Sean discuss: Falling Fertility Rates: Discussion on the continuous decline of fertility rates in the U.S., with women delaying childbirth, leading to economic and social implications. Campus Protests Escalate: Coverage of widespread campus protests across the U.S. and Europe, reflecting deep-seated ideological battles and a decl…
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Our beloved staff members, Kaile and Jenna are saying goodbye as they look forward to graduation this weekend. They have both served the GRIT team so well the past few years and we are going to miss them dearly. They chat in this episode about their favorite college memories, their advice for underclassmen, and the many lessons they learned in thei…
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Our host Scott Rae recently donated a kidney to his brother, Mark. It was a long, arduous journey in which God was clearly present along the way. How did it affect each of them spiritually? How did it affect their relationships with family? And how can we think biblically about a life-saving medical procedure such as this? Sean interviews both Scot…
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Can principles from law and a legal education help us in our day to day disagreements with colleagues, neighbors, family and friends? Our guest today, legal professor John Inazu, thinks so, and he speaks with Rick about his newly released book, Learning To Disagree: The Surprising Path to Navigating Differences with Empathy and Respect. They discus…
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This week, Sean and Scott discuss: Tennessee Legislation on Armed Teachers: The controversial decision by Tennessee lawmakers allowing teachers to carry concealed handguns in schools, prompted by a tragic school shooting. Generational Views on Israel: A poll suggests that nearly half of Gen Z views Israel's actions against Hamas as unjust due to it…
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What is polyamory and why is it bursting on the scene right now? Is there such a thing as Christian polyamory? Will polyamorous relationships work? While relying on Scripture and social science research, Sean and Scott discuss these questions and more. You can also find this discussion on video through the Biola YouTube channel. Read a transcript o…
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This week: Exploring Shifts in Religious Identification: Dive into the latest trends in religious affiliations in America. Discover why the religiously unaffiliated are the fastest growing group and how different faith groups are retaining their followers. The Power of AI in Persuasion: Uncover the surprising findings of a new study comparing the p…
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As we grow into womanhood, we also grow into deeper relationships with other people. In this episode, GRIT gals Kaile, Eme, and Audrey discuss how their friendships and relationships have changed, and the ways in which they are adapting to that in order to fulfill God’s command to love one another. Tune in to hear their thoughts on the gift of ‘shi…
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Who is the Holy Spirit? How does the Holy Spirit work in our lives? What are some common misconceptions about the Holy Spirit and what are some vital truths to know to live in the power of the Spirit? Sean and Scott speak with fellow Biola professor Fred Sanders about these questions and his new book The Holy Spirit: An Introduction. Fred Sanders (…
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Isaac Adams and Austin Suter are back on the podcast to recount a significant disagreement they experienced in their friendship. They go back into the disagreement with Tim and Rick and discuss issues of contempt, interpersonal differences, complexities and wounds, and spiritual battle. They caution against a bulldozer mentality and highlight how t…
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Today, Scott and Sean discuss: Solar Eclipses and Intelligent Design: Discussion on how solar eclipses demonstrate intelligent design, including the precise conditions necessary for a habitable planet and the unique positioning that allows for the observation of solar eclipses. Racial Bias in Hiring: Insights from a study where researchers sent 80,…
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Are humans physical machines determined by the laws of chemistry and physics? Has science shown that free will is a myth? Sean and Scott invite Biola professor Greg Ganssle to discuss the recent book Determined by Robert Sapolsky. They discuss the nature of free will, respond to common arguments in favor of determinism, and talk about why this issu…
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This week, Sean and guest co-host Rick Langer discuss: Richard Dawkins Identifies as a Cultural Christian: Dawkins expresses shock over Ramadan lights in the UK, highlighting his value for Christian heritage despite his atheism. Debate on "Sex Assigned at Birth": An opinion piece in The New York Times challenging the terminology, emphasizing biolog…
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Women have long been barred from the world of academia, but now, women are getting more degrees than ever! Today, Dr Lisa Igram shares her story as a woman in the world of higher education, from how she wound up with so many degrees, to her leadership position at Biola. She offers beautiful insight to how her femininity aids her in her career, and …
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What is it like to be a pro-life Democrat in a state legislature? How does it work to be pro-life in the African American community? We’ll answer these questions and more with our guest, artist and state representative Treneé McGee. This is a joint podcast with Think Biblically and the Winsome Conviction Project, both from Biola University. Scott r…
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Today’s episode is a joint podcast with the Think Biblically podcast, and we have a great conversation with artist and Connecticut state representative Treneé McGee, who is a pro-life member of the Democratic Party. Rep. McGee has a knack for holding together responsibilities and convictions that don’t often go together in our current political cli…
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This week, Sean McDowell and guest co-host Rick Langer discuss: Political Realignment and Identity Politics: A discussion based on a New York Times opinion piece by David French, exploring the potential shift in political alignment among voters of color towards the Republican party. The conversation delves into the implications of moving from ident…
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How can Christians best respond to the reality of evil and suffering? What does it mean to trust God through our pain? Sean and Scott interview Ingrid Faro about her new book Demystifying Evil. She shares some vulnerable and honest stories that can bring hope during suffering. Ingrid Faro (PhD, MDiv) is Affiliate Professor of Old Testament and Coor…
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This week, Sean and guest co-host Thaddeus Williams discuss: Kanye West's Controversial Statements on Faith: Kanye West, now known as Ye, expressed disillusionment with Jesus in a recent interview, questioning the efficacy of prayer and Christian support. He controversially declared himself as "the God of me," sparking discussions on the nature of …
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“Do I like this because I like it, or because everyone else likes it?” It can be tricky to really know yourself: your true interests, likes, and personality. Kaile and Audrey get together to talk about the awkward but beautiful process of understanding the unique woman that God has made each of us to be! From silly chats about fangirl phases to str…
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How does a Christian view of mental health compare and contrast with a secular perspective? Are we in a mental health crisis today? And how do we best love our family and friends who are suffering from mental illness. In this video and podcast, Sean and Scott talk with Rosemead Professor Chris Adams about these questions and more. Dr. Adams shares …
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Isaac Adams and Austin Suter join today’s episode to discuss the challenges and camaraderie they’ve experienced in their interracial friendship. They speak with Tim and Rick about the beginnings of their friendship and the importance of having an established relationship when the difficulties and disagreements hit, which inevitably occur. They disc…
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This week, Scott Rae and guest co-host Rick Langer discuss: China's Baby Bust France Enshrines Abortion in Constitution Disturbing Leaks from WPATH New Tech May Allow Embryo from Two Men Listener Question: AI Pornography Listener Question: How will doctors leaving abortion banned states affect quality of medical care? Listener Question: Balancing t…
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What exactly does it mean to say that we are in the image of God? How should that idea impact how we view things like our identity, our work, sexuality, body image, disability and transgender issues? We’ll talk about these and much more with our colleague Dr. Carmen Imes and her new book, Being God’s Image. Dr. Carmen Imes is Associate Professor Ol…
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This week, Scott & Sean discuss: Four Ways of Looking at Christian Nationalism Over-the-counter abortion pills AI-generated deepfake nudes Political Divisiveness and Friendship Listener question: Should you politically advocate for all of your moral beliefs? Listener question: Are there moral differences between regulating drug use and regulating a…
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What is Humanism? How significant is the Humanist worldview today? And how can Christians best love their Humanist neighbors? In this podcast and video, Sean and Scott discuss the recent book Humanly Possible, written by Sarah Bakewell, which covers 700 years of Humanist thought up to the present. Read a transcript of this episode at: https://www.b…
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On this segment of Reports From The Front, two of Tim’s students, Helena and Carson, who are studying Communications at Biola University, discuss their recent experience on Unify America. They seized the opportunity to speak with their political opposites on contested issues, including abortion, and they speak with Tim and Rick about what it was li…
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This week, Scott & Sean discuss: Artificial Intelligence and Truth: Discussion on how AI, through deep fakes and misinformation, challenges our ability to discern truth, potentially leading to an era of distrust. Study on Gender Dysphoria: A Finnish study finding that gender dysphoria does not increase suicide risk and that gender-affirming care do…
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How should we view the war on drugs? Is it a failure and should we try something different? Or are drugs so dangerous that waging war on them is the only appropriate response? We’ll discuss these and more with our guest Christina Dent around her new book, Curious: A Foster Mom's Discovery of an Unexpected Solution to Drugs and Addiction. Christina …
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Today's topics: Amazon's New AI Model: Amazon's AI model showing emergent language abilities, sparking debates on AI's human-like intelligence. Alabama Supreme Court Ruling on Embryos: Examined the ruling that embryos are human beings, affecting the infertility industry. Justice Alito's Prediction on Religious Dissenters: Addressed how a prediction…
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