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If you read the Mama Bear Apologetics book, you are likely familiar with the term “linguistic theft.” Hillary wishes she’d been able to include much more on that topic in the book, so in today’s podcast, Hillary and Amy are going to address the subject, because this is something that is taking our kids (and us) captive. In addition to teaching our …
 
Welcome to our very first video-formatted podcast! Shoutout to Papa Bear Jerimiah for helping us get it looking so nice. Now you can watch our podcast on YouTube, or you can still listen to it on your favorite podcast app. Our Patrons over on Patreon got to see this early, and we’re thrilled to share it with everyone today. Remember, if you’re a $1…
 
We took a break from our Dawkins series to discuss the racial tensions that have been building in our world (listen here), but we’re back with part 10 of our ongoing talk about Dawkins’s book, Outgrowing God. Today, we’re going to look at another area of his expertise, though he hasn’t really been involved in a lot of research since his PhD, about …
 
I (Hillary) titled this podcast/blog about a thousand times because I couldn’t quite figure out how to summarize our main message. The messy art of kingdom community? No. I hate the word messy. It’s so misused. (But this topic is legit “messy” if there ever were one.) Grieving with those who grieve? Yes, but that’s only part of it. “An invitation t…
 
Today, we celebrate a very special milestone! This is our 50th podcast episode, and we’ve got something fun for you. We turned the tables on our Mama Bear-in-Chief, and Amy interviewed Hillary Ferrer. This is your chance to learn more about Hillary, from how she got involved with apologetics, why she started Mama Bear, and why she’s listed on the I…
 
Whenever we turn on the TV these days, it feels like we’re being bombarded with bad news. Because of that, we decided to record this “chaser” episode of the Mama Bear Apologetics podcast. While the Covid-19 pandemic is something we should take seriously, we wanted to point out that we have also been surrounded by some unintentional blessings becaus…
 
In this episode of the Mama Bear Apologetics podcast, we’re continuing our dissection of Richard Dawkins’ book, Outgrowing God, in our Doubting Dawkins series. Today, Hillary and Amy discuss chapters 7 and 8, which were the easiest to go through of all of the chapters for us. In Hillary’s opinion, this is where the book begins to shine. There are l…
 
In this podcast, we’re wrapping up our discussion of comments made by Richard Dawkins in his book, Outgrowing God, Chapter 6 (regarding whether slavery is advocated in the Bible) by discussing the most commonly asked questions about slavery in the Bible. The previous two podcasts (part one here and part two here) addressed the question, “Does the B…
 
This is part 2 of our discussion of whether the Bible advocates slavery. You can listen to part one here. Do you have any questions, comments, or ideas for future episodes? Send us an email at askthemamabears@gmail.com. Main Points Covered: Recap of the Women in Apologetics Conference from January 2020 at Biola University LiveStream recording is st…
 
Today we are continuing with our Richard Dawkins series. As we are preparing for this podcast, we acknowledge it’s a tough book to discuss because he keeps introducing individual hornets’ nests and then moving on to the next. This is going to take some focus and not drift on to other challenges he raises. Today we are talking about Chapter 6 of his…
 
Today, we are back with Part 5 of our series on Richard Dawkins’s book, Outgrowing God. In this episode, we are tackling Dawkins’s question “Do Christians think Atheists can’t be good without God?” We think he is asking the wrong question. The question is not “Can atheists be good? Can they do moral things?” The real question is “How does someone k…
 
We are back to our Richard Dawkins series with Part 4. In this series, we are going over Richard Dawkins’ book, Outgrowing God. Today, we will be discussing Chapter 5, “Do We Need God in Order to be Good?” We’ll be talking about the topic of morality and staying away from the concept of “innate goodness.” Do Christians think that atheists can’t be …
 
Before we start diving back into the Richard Dawkins book, Amy and I felt it necessary to address a heartbreaking, but concerning cultural issue that cropped up over the holidays. On December 14, 2019, Bethel worship leaders Kalley and Andrew Heiligenthal’s two-year-old daughter stopped breathing in her sleep and was pronounced dead by doctors at a…
 
Today, we’re continuing with Part 3 of Simon Brace’s talk on Spiritual Warfare. In this last part of his talk, he covers the importance of apologetics and critical thinking in the education of pastors and laymen. Main Points Covered: A brief overview of what went on during the second episode of this series: Elders need to be able to refute bad doct…
 
On today’s episode of Mama Bear Apologetics, we’ll continue to listen to Simon Brace’s talk on the use of apologetics as a means for spiritual warfare. We’ll be listening with you and discussing important points that Simon covers. Main Points Covered: A brief overview of what went on during the first episode of this series: Simon’s background in th…
 
On today’s episode of Mama Bear Apologetics, we’ll be discussing a talk by Simon Brace. When I sat down at my computer to think about topics for today’s podcast, I was struck with the urge to discuss a talk (which I was present for) by a close friend. In this talk, Simon Brace tackles the use of apologetics as a means for spiritual warfare. Main Po…
 
Today we’re continuing our critique of the Richard Dawkins book, Outgrowing God. We have been talking about his main criticisms of Christianity in each chapter. In this episode, we are in Chapter Four: “Is God Really Good?” We are going to take a few of Dawkins’ examples and channel Paul Harvey as we look at the rest of the story and see if they re…
 
Today we’re talking about Richard Dawkins’ new book, Outgrowing God. We’re covering who Richard Dawkins is and what his book is all about. Today we are going over what we talked about during the last episode, then diving into Chapters 2 and 3 by following the different rabbit trails through the text. Main Points Covered: We’ve outlined the logical …
 
We’re talking about Richard Dawkins’ new book, Outgrowing God. We’re covering who Richard Dawkins is and what his book is all about. Today we will focus on the main criticisms of the book, as well as the different tactics that are covered in it. Does it stand to scrutiny? Main Points Covered: A prayer for the passing of Richard Dawkins’ mother The …
 
In our last podcast, we asked “What in the world is happening to our Christian leaders?” where we addressed the differences between the way that Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson of Hillsong declared their loss of faith. In this episode, we go a little further into what the differences are between sheep, wounded sheep, sheepdogs, and wolves. Because …
 
In 1 Timothy 4:1 it says “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” This is what is known as “the great apostasy.” Apostasy is just a fancy word for falling away from the faith. Within the last few weeks, we’ve had quite a few outspoken Chr…
 
You can’t get around it. There are rainbows on everything your kids see this month, from the parking lots to the barista aprons. So how do we address this with our kids? But first things first, we have a new podcast co-host! Meet Amy Davison! I know you’ll love her as much as we do. You can't get around it. There are rainbows on everything your kid…
 
Laurie would not describe herself as a victim. Laurie is a lawyer and a survivor of sexual assault. A former liberal feminist, Laurie rediscovered the truths of God, recommitted her life to looking at everything through the lens of Scripture, and is now the president of Women in Apologetics. I can think of no one better to talk to about the current…
 
Social Media was abuzz with the recent Supreme Court Decision overturning the Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision. In 2012, a baker, Jack Phillips, declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. He stated that he would make them any other cake they wanted, just not a wedding cake. His religious convictions prevented him from participa…
 
If your newsfeed is anything like mine, you might have seen a few posts last week asking if the new California Bill 2943 will “ban the Bible.” Folks, let’s not jump onto bandwagons before we have properly checked them out. I’m not denying that the bill itself is deeply concerning. In fact, if enforced as written, it could potentially ban the sale o…
 
Do you sometimes wonder if bad things happen to you because you “don’t have enough faith?” If you do, chances are, you have heard a sermon or two (or more) based on the “gospel” of health and wealth. God wants you to be healthy! God will heal every time. . . as long as you have enough faith of course. Haven’t been healed yet? Well. . . we’ll all pr…
 
SEPTEMBER 2020 UPDATE: We originally shared this podcast in February 2018. Recently, Hillary F. and Teasi Cannon joined Alisa Childers on her podcast to talk about Jen Hatmaker’s latest book, Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire. They analyze the worldview of the book and how it interacts with biblical Christianity. They also discuss the recent podcast e…
 
Events like the Las Vegas shooting and now the Florida school shooting inevitably bring questions to people’s minds. Where was God? How could He let such a thing happen? For those who have been affected by the shooting, there are no words we can say that can assuage the grief. There is no answer that will make the pain go away. We can stand in soli…
 
There is an interesting phenomenon which the late Herman Kahn described, where “those with engineering or sociology training [are unable to] understand certain issues which they would have been able to understand if they had not had this training.” Kahn called it “educated incapacity,” but the idea was originally taken from economist Thorstein Vebl…
 
Jenga is a game about seeing how many foundational pieces of a structure can be removed and/or repositioned before it finally collapses. While this game was never intended to have philosophical undertones, I think it is an apt analogy for what we see occurring in some churches, and particularly the movement known as “progressive” Christianity. You …
 
I have noticed a tendency for people to fall into one of two categories: the terrifying truth-tellers, and the compassionate compromisers. The terrifying truth-tellers are ready at a moment’s notice to call out heresy or unbiblical beliefs wherever they are found, but often create division over secondary matters, or become so obnoxious that the aro…
 
Just a few short months ago, I was reading an article titled “Why Would an Engineer-Turned-Mom Care so Deeply About Apologetics?” As soon as I saw the words “Mom” and “Apologetics” in the title, I knew I had to find out more about this Cathryn Buse lady. I immediately bought her book on kindle, and as I was reading it thought “Oh my gosh… It’s my m…
 
Normally, when Rebekah and I do an “article of the week,” it is because the content is so awesome that we want to share and discuss. This time… not so much. A week or so before Easter, a highly disturbing article written by a woman professing to be a children’s pastor at a “progressive Christian church” started making the rounds on Facebook. (See o…
 
The Lord of the Rings is a timeless classic, able to capture the minds of young and old alike. But apart from its singularly masterful writing and vivid imagery, The Lord of the Rings has an element of theological truths interwoven into its very fabric in such a way that even the most hardened skeptic can still enjoy the story. Sometimes, apologeti…
 
The book The Shack first began making waves in 2007, and here we are 10 years later, still a church divided. Some people love The Shack, others practically want to have The Shack burning parties. Very rarely has someone read it and remained neutral. As with most things in pop culture, the truth is somewhere in between. According to the Christian fa…
 
“It is often said with a sneer that the God of Israel was only a God of Battles, ‘a mere barbaric Lord of Hosts’ pitted in rivalry against other gods only as their envious foe.” (From “The Everlasting Man” by G.K. Chesterton) It is indeed often said with a mocking and dismissive sneer that the God of the Old Testament is a genocidal maniac. This is…
 
At Mama Bear Apologetics, our motto is “Mess with our kids, and we will demolish your arguments.” For those who have seen the carnage wrought by the battle of ideas, this tagline makes immediate sense. For others, the question becomes “Is that a Christian attitude? Isn’t demolishing things too aggressive for Christians?” The short answer to this is…
 
When I posted the blog this weekend dissecting the “Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles” from the women’s march, I never expected the kind of attention that it would receive. And while I stand behind my words, that one post was never intended to be my defining moment. I value balance, and there is only so much you can include in a single bl…
 
The question of eyewitness reliability is a pertinent conversation that every parent will have (or should have) when their child asks, “How do we know that we can trust the Bible?” If the New Testament documents are not reliable, and if the people writing the New Testament documents were not reliable, what leg does our faith have to stand on? If we…
 
If you have never read the “resolutions” of Jonathan Edwards, you are missing out! As Rebekah and I discussed in our last podcast, Jonathan Edwards was an early-mid 18th century revivalist preacher. He is (unfortunately) best known for “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” sermon, which– to understand the context — please listen to our previous po…
 
In this podcast, Rebekah and I introduce you to one of the central figures of the Great Awakening: Jonathan Edwards. Why is he such an important figure to discuss? He is what many people would classify as a “fire and brimstone” preacher who lived in the mid 18th century (i.e. mid 1700’s). In preparing for this podcast, I read his most famous sermon…
 
Mom guilt: the tendency for moms to feel guilty for taking any kind of break for themselves, even though breaks are vital for emotional, intellectual and spiritual health. I can’t speak for other countries, but I know for a fact that we have an epidemic of mom guilt here in America. Call me nostalgic, but when scripture was originally written, peop…
 
One of the most important questions that we as Christian parents can answer for our children (and for ourselves) is, “Are the New Testament documents reliable?” While this podcast in no way represents a comprehensive answer, it is a good intro to the discussion if you have never heard it before. Topics Discussed: Who is Bart Ehrman? Very popular in…
 
This is possibly one of the most awkward podcasts we have had to do. This election season was brutal. Never have I seen the results of an election affect kids in such a profound way, and never have I seen so many young adults behaving like children. When I was a kid, I knew the elections were going on, but it was never something that I felt immedia…
 
This is part 2 of our interview with Jody Vise. In Part 1, we heard Jody’s story of raising her children in the church, dealing with the devastating news when her son walked away from the faith, and looking at what she felt were some of the contributing factors. In Part 2, we discuss the differences between the modernist world that some of us and o…
 
Jody thought she had all her bases covered. She and her husband were believers. They took their children to church, to Awana, and later to youth group. It wasn’t until her son came home one year after college and told her that he no longer believed in God that she knew anything was wrong. I consider Jody the ORIGINAL Mama Bear! Over the last severa…
 
Podcast topics: Spectrum of believers in apologetics: Learners Seekers Doubters Believers Hardened Doubter Apathetic hardened doubter Not a debate anymore for them; akin to a problematic marriage in which partners no longer fight because the divide is so large Best approach for apathetic doubters is to be a pebble in their shoe Angry hardened doubt…
 
Many women shy away from apologetics because they assume that apologetics means that you will always be debating with atheists. That is simply not true. Our children need reasons for their faith just as much (if not more so) than the local atheist. And guess what? YOU are the primary missionary to your children! In the first years of their lives, y…
 
In this episode, we discuss the differences between core truths and peripheral truths of the Christian faith, and the importance of teaching these differences to your children. A core truth could be defined as beliefs that separate a Christian from a non-Christian. These would be the tenets of the faith that are necessary in order to even be classi…
 
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