The Crossway Podcast show

The Crossway Podcast

Summary: This is The Crossway Podcast, a show where we sit down with authors each week for thoughtful interviews about the Bible, theology, church history, and the Christian life.

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 Prayer as an Invitation, Not an Obligation (John Onwuchekwa) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1714

John Onwuchekwa discusses what it means to have a real relationship with God through prayer. He shares about the day he received a phone call letting him know that his older brother had just died unexpectedly, and the impact that news had on his prayer life, ultimately leading him into a new level of honesty and deeper intimacy with God. He also talks about what we should do when we feel guilty about our prayer lives, and why prayer is intensely practical even when it feels like we're being unproductive while praying.

 C. S. Lewis on Truth, Beauty, and the Human Heart (Joe Rigney) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2105

Joe Rigney explores the legacy of one of the most beloved Christian thinkers and writers of the 20th century—C. S. Lewis. He discusses how Lewis managed to so brilliantly capture the complexities of the human heart in his writings, what he thought about The Lord of the Rings written by his good friend, J. R. R. Tolkien, and what he might say to the American church if he were alive today.

 Can Christians Lose Their Salvation? (Dennis Johnson) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1927

Dennis Johnson discusses Hebrews 6:4–6, one of the New Testament's most famous—and debated—warning passages, a section of Scripture that many people think teaches that Christians can lose their salvation. He explains why he doesn't think that's what the author of Hebrews was saying, how to respond when people who once claimed to be Christians walk away from God, and whether or not we can be certain about our own salvation.

 How to Intentionally Disciple Your Kids (Lindsey Carlson) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1552

Lindsey Carlson explores what it looks like for parents to intentionally disciple their teens. She offers advice on helping young people use social media wisely, shares how she and her husband have sought to cultivate a culture of honesty and vulnerability in their home, and highlights the one thing she wishes someone would have told her about parenting teenagers.

 The Unlikely Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Dane Ortlund) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2055

Dane Ortlund discusses the life and legacy of Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century preacher most famous for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." He reflects on his ministry as a pastor, how the beauty of God fit into Edwards's approach to the Christian life, and what we can learn from him almost 300 year later.

 God's Sovereignty, Pastoral Burnout, and Racism (John Piper) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1701

John Piper discusses God's sovereignty, pastoral burnout, and the sin of racism. He reflects on how it is that God can be absolutely sovereign and yet humans be morally accountable, explains how he sought to protect himself from moral failure and burnout as a pastor, and recounts his own struggle with racism and prejudice as a young man.

 Were the First Christians Socialists? (Greg Forster) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2914

Greg Forster discusses whether or not the first Christians were socialists, reflecting on how believers should think about our global economy, the right way to respond to increasing income inequality in the US, and why Christians should be the most generous people on earth.

 How Reliable Is the New Testament? (Peter Williams) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1807

Peter Williams answers a crucial question: can we really trust the New Testament Gospels? He discusses what it means the Bible is inspired, why we can have confidence that our modern English Bibles are consistent with the original manuscripts, and how we should approach apparent contradictions in the New Testament.

 The Truth about Satan and Demons (Iain Duguid) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1501

Iain Duguid discusses Satan and demons, explaining what the Bible really teaches us about the devil, how to avoid overestimating or underestimating his impact on the world and even on our day-to-day lives, and why our culture seems fascinated by demons when it comes to horror movies and Halloween.

 What It Takes to Persevere as a Pastor (John MacArthur) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1821

John MacArthur digs into what it takes to persevere as a pastor. He explains why it seems like pastoral failure and burnout are more common than ever, why pastors should avoid ‘Yes Men’ at all costs, how a car accident helped confirm his call to ministry, and what he’s learned from over 5 decades of ministry at a single church.

 The Heart of the Abortion Debate (Scott Klusendorf) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2758

Scott Klusendorf discusses abortion and the current state of the pro-life movement. He highlights the biggest mistakes pro-life people tend to make when discussing abortion, explains why be believes pictures of aborted children are important to see, and responds to some of the most common pro-choice arguments and slogans.

 What We Often Get Wrong about Our Emotions (Alasdair Groves) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2020

Alasdair Groves explains the importance of emotions, and what the Bible teaches about them. He highlights how our emotions relate to our reason, ways we tend to over- or under-emphasize emotions, the role modern medications should play in managing our emotional life, and why negative emotions aren’t always a bad thing.

 Why Church History Matters (Justin Taylor) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2348

Justin Taylor reflects on the immense importance of church history, highlighting why it’s important to make time for it alongside our study of the Bible, responding to the criticism that many modern Reformed folks have a shallow understanding of the past, and offering advice for thinking about the sins and blindspots of our theological heroes.

 The Rewarding Risks of Church Membership (Thabiti Anyabwile) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1951

Thabiti Anyabwile reflects on the value and benefits of local church membership, showing what the Bible really teaches about the idea of formal membership, sharing his heart for those who feel like they've been hurt by the institutional church, and explaining how to work through areas of doctrinal, practical, and political disagreement with other people in the church.

 The Surprising Power of Lament (Mark Vroegop) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1977

Mark Vroegop shares his family’s story of loss and grief when confronted with the death of his unborn daughter, recounting how God used that experience to introduce him to the biblical concept of lament—an honest yet faith-filled way of relating to our pain illustrated throughout Scripture.


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