But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Alisa Childers - Apologetic Report
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In light of my recent podcasts on penal substitutionary atonement (PSA), I'm thrilled to welcome Clark Bates to guest post on the blog today about Isaiah 53, a scripture that is often used to support the idea that Jesus took the punishment for our sins on the cross. Often referred to as "Cosmic...

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On today's podcast, I continue my discussion about the atonement with Mike Winger and his analysis of Brian Zahnd's "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God." We talk about the biblical points Zahnd uses to make his case that the classic understanding of the...

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​Today's podcast centers around a book by Brian Zhand called, "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God," in which Zhand suggests that substitutionary atonement makes God into a divine child abuser. Mike Winger joins me to talk about the book, different atonement theories, and why substitutionary...

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​I'm happy to welcome Anne Kennedy back to the podcast to discuss her impressions of the beliefs, worldview, and theology of Jen Hatmaker. After reading her books and listening to a year's worth of podcasts, Anne helps us understand what Hatmaker is...

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In today's episode, I talk with Hillary Ferrer of Mama Bear Apologetics about her new book, "Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies." As a contributor to the book, we discuss what the writing process was like, and talk about how...

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On today's podcast, I talk with Anne Kennedy about the theology of Rachel Held Evans, her impact on the church, and what Anne describes as an "Evangelical Crisis" the church is facing. Anne's articles: Death in Eastertide Answering a Kind CommentT...

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GenZ is the youngest and largest generation in America (born between 2000-2015) and they are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to truth and spirituality. J. Warner Wallace stops by the podcast today to talk about his new book, "So the Next...

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​Richard Rohr is a Franciscan Friar who is captivating a generation of spiritual seekers and progressive Christians. Recently, Jen Hatmaker had him as a guest on her podcast, and in today's episode, Marcia Montenegro and I analyze their discussion.

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​(Guest post by Teasi Cannon)I like to start a non-fiction book by identifying the promise it makes. In other words, what does it pledge I’ll walk away with by the time I turn the last page? I do this for a couple of reasons: first, it helps me decide whether it belongs on my dresser...

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​On today's podcast, Marcia Montenegro and I continue our discussion on the growing trend of Christians embracing a view of God called panentheism. We talk about where these ideas are popping up, and how to spot the language.

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Marcia Montenegro joins me on today's podcast to talk about pantheism and its close relative, panentheism. We talk about the various expressions of panentheism found in New Age and Progressive Christianity, and discuss whether or not these ideas are biblical....

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Here's the second of two talks I gave at the "Pretty Little Lies" Women's Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska.Here's a link to the sanctification gif I showed to the audience.I want to thank and credit Brett Kunkle for the ice cream/insulin analogy.

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Today's podcast is an audio recording of the first of two talks I gave at a women's conference at Bethel Baptist Church in Fairbanks, Alaska. 

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This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing the author of a new book called, "Authentically Emergent: In Search of a Truly Progressive Christianity," Dr. R. Scott Smith. For several years, Scott has been studying the theology of progressive leaders as well as...

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This week I had the opportunity to talk with recording artists Seth and Nirva Ready of the Freemind Podcast. We talked about  Progressive Christianity and its increasing presence in the American church. They are excellent interviewers, and it was great to catch up with Nirva, who I toured...

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[Originally published onthegospelcoalition.org]With recent church sex-abuse scandals, unprecedented numbers of Christian couples living together before marriage, and the #ChurchToo movement, there’s no doubt the church needs reform on sexual issues. But what kind of reform?Nadia...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 04:41

I Never Expected to Doubt

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[Originally published on thegospelcoation.org.]“Oh Jesus! Jesus!”My spirit sprung to prayer with catlike reflexes as I watched my 2-year-old daughter tumble down the 15-step staircase. I stood helpless as her little body hurled toward the hardwood floor.She stood up without a...

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I loved getting to talk with Tim Barnett of Stand to Reason about why Christians should learn apologetics. If you or someone you know thinks they don't need apologetics, give this a listen!​

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Even if you haven't heard the terms "critical theory" or "intersectionality," you have most likely encountered these concepts in your every day life. These are philosophical ideas that permeate our culture. . .and they contradict Christianity. Our guest, Neil...

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​When my daughter Dyllan was a toddler, I exercised quite regularly at the YMCA. (And by "exercised," I mean that I read a book on the stationary bike and pedaled as slowly as possible while I enjoyed an hour of free childcare. Not gonna lie.) One day when I picked her up from the kid's room,...

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Monday, 21 January 2019 14:00

Big Announcement: I Signed a Book Deal!

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I have some exciting news!For almost the whole of last year, I have been buried in research. (Don't worry, that's not the exciting part. Wait for it.)I've been reading progressive and liberal books, listening to lectures and podcasts, and generally trying to immerse myself in the progressive world....

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​This week, Dr. Christopher Yuan, co-author of Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope, shares his story of redemption, and talks with us about his new book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and...

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Recently, biblical scholar Pete Enns recorded a podcast episode in which he disagreed with my latest Gospel Coalition article, 3 Beliefs Progressive Christians and Atheists Share. I decided it was important enough to interact with, so I'm coming off my...

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​On today's podcast, I talk with New Testament scholar Craig Keener about how he came to faith in Christ, and what led him into the world of scholarship. We talk about skeptical claims brought against the reliability of the book of Acts, and whether...

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[Originally published on thegospelcoalition.org]“Listen. I gotta break it to you . . . I’m post-Christian. . . . I don’t believe it anymore. I don’t believe any of it.”These are the words former Christian minister Bart Campolo recalls speaking to his famous...

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