Young Earth Science

Young Earth Science

 
 
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Jay HallThere are many different interpretations of the biblical and scientific data regarding creation and human origins. In addition to evolutionary creationsim and old earth creationism, there is young earth creationism. While Young Earth Creationists are often accused of ignoring science, many are wrestling with scientific evidence.

In this episode, I talk to Jay L. Hall, author of Young Earth Science and the Dawn of a New WorldView: Old Earth Fallacies and the Collapse of Darwinism. Even if you do not identify with young earth creationism, you may find this interview informative. I would also encourage you to listen to my interview with Andrew Walsh on evolutionary creationism.

My audiobook recommendation is Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design by Stephen C. Meyer

When Charles Darwin finished The Origin of Species, he thought that he had explained every clue but one. Though his theory could explain many facts, Darwin knew that there was a significant event in the history of life that his theory did not explain. During this event, the “Cambrian explosion”, many animals suddenly appeared in the fossil record without apparent ancestors in earlier layers of rock.

In Darwin’s Doubt, Stephen C. Meyer tells the story of the mystery surrounding this explosion of animal life – a mystery that has intensified not only because the expected ancestors of these animals have not been found but because scientists have learned more about what it takes to construct an animal. During the last half century, biologists have come to appreciate the central importance of biological information – stored in DNA and elsewhere in cells – to building animal forms.

Expanding on the compelling case he presented in his last book, Signature in the Cell, Meyer argues that the origin of this information, as well as other mysterious features of the Cambrian event, are best explained by intelligent design rather than purely undirected evolutionary processes.

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At the Intersection of Theology and Disability

At the Intersection of Theology and Disability

 
 
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Two of biggest interests that I have are theology and disability. Thankfully these two topics do intersect. When I wanted to talk about this, I knew exactly who I wanted to chat with.

Keith DowKeith Dow is the Manager of Organizational and Spiritual Life at Christian Horizons. In addition to working on the front lines of disability ministry, Keith is also doing his PhD in theology. I have come to really respect and appreciate Keith’s thoughtful reflections on the intersection of theology and disabilities. I think you will enjoy our conversation.

You might also be interested in this text interview I had with Keith Dow a few years ago.

Two of the resources that Keith mentions in this episode include:


The recommended audiobook for this episode is A Place of Healing: Wrestling with the Mysteries of Suffering, Pain, and God’s Sovereignty by Joni Eareckson Tada

In this eloquent account of her current struggle with physical pain, Joni Eareckson Tada offers her perspective on divine healing, God’s purposes, and what it means to live with joy. Over four decades ago, a diving accident left Joni a quadriplegic. Today, she faces a new battle: unrelenting pain. The ongoing urgency of this season in her life has caused Joni to return to foundational questions about suffering and God’s will.

A Place of Healing is not an ivory tower treatise on suffering. Its an intimate look into the life of a mature woman of God. Whether readers are enduring physical pain, financial loss, or relational grief, Joni invites them to process their suffering with her. Together, they will navigate the distance between God’s magnificent yes and heartbreaking no and find new hope for thriving in between.

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The Metanarratives of Christianity and Islam

The Metanarratives of Christianity and Islam

 
 
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Duane Alexander MillerI recently had the opportunity to talk with Duane Alexander Miller, author of Two Stories of Everything. This is a book that I really appreciated and you can read my review here.

Duane is a scholar and a pastor who really has a heart for Muslims. Our discussion will interest people who are interested in the academic study of Islam but also those who want to better be able to share Jesus with them.

Duane recommended the following books in the podcast:

Recommended Audio Book:

No God But One by Nabeel Qureshi

On account of the superficial points of agreement between Islam and Christianity, many don’t see how tremendously deep the divides between them really are, and fewer still have considered the evidence for each faith. How is jihad different from the Crusades? Can we know the life of Jesus as well as the life of Muhammad? What reason is there to believe in one faith over the other, and what difference can the Gospel really make?

In No God but One, New York Times best-selling author Nabeel Qureshi takes listeners on a global, historical, yet deeply personal journey to the heart of the world’s two largest religions. He explores the claims that each faith makes upon believers’ intellects and lives, critically examining the evidence in support of their distinctive beliefs. Fleshed out with stories from the annals of both religions, No God but One unveils the fundamental enduring conflict between Islam and Christianity – directly addressing controversial topics like jihad, the Crusades, Sharia, the Trinity, and more.

Listeners of Qureshi’s first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, will appreciate his careful and respectful comparison of Islam and Christianity. Both religions teach that there is No God but One, but who deserves to be worshiped, Allah or Jesus?

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Interview With Wesley Huff on Faith and Apologetics

Interview With Wesley Huff on Faith and Apologetics

 
 
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Wesley HuffI recently had the opportunity to talk to Wesley Huff, a fellow Canadian apologist, about his faith journey and current ministry. Wes ministers on campus with Power to Change and is also a doctoral student at the University of Toronto. Make sure to check out his blog.

Wes has an amazing testimony, including a healing from paralysis. But is faith is not just based on experience. Wes is a deep thinker, whoo is especially interested in New Testament studies. I think you will enjoy our conversation.

Wes recommended the following books:

The recommend audiobook for this episode is Saving Truth.

Increasingly, Western culture embraces confusion as a virtue and decries certainty as a sin. Those who are confused about sexuality and identity are viewed as heroes. Those who are confused about morality are progressive pioneers. Those who are confused about spirituality are praised as tolerant. Conversely, those who express certainty about any of these issues are seen as bigoted, oppressive, arrogant, or intolerant.

This cultural phenomenon led the compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary to name “post-truth” their word of the year in 2016. How can Christians offer truth and clarity to a world that shuns both?

By accurately describing the Culture of Confusion and how it has affected our society, author Abdu Murray seeks to awaken Westerners to the plight we find ourselves in. He also challenges Christians to consider how they have played a part in fostering the Culture of Confusion through bad arguments, unwise labeling, and emotional attacks.

Ultimately, Saving Truth provides arguments from a Christian perspective for the foundations of truth and how those foundations apply to sexuality, identity, morality, and spirituality. For those enmeshed in the culture of confusion, the book offers a way to untangle oneself and find hope in the clarity that Christ offers.

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Philosophy: Who Needs It?

Philosophy: Who Needs It?

 
 
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Jason CrowderIn this episode, I have a conversation with Jason Crowder. Jason describes himself as “an academic, an author, a Christian Hedonist, a husband, a mentor, a philosopher, a philosophical theologian, and a theologian.” He is the author of Philosophy, Who Needs It?

In this interview, we discuss the role of philosophy for the Christian. Despite what some people fear, philosophy is our friend and not our enemy. I think you will enjoy our discussion.

My recommend audiobook is:

Where the Conflict Really Lies by Alvin Plantinga

This audiobook is a long-awaited major statement by a pre-eminent analytic philosopher, Alvin Plantinga, on one of our biggest debates – the compatibility of science and religion. The last twenty years has seen a cottage industry of books on this divide, but with little consensus emerging. Plantinga, as a top philosopher but also a proponent of the rationality of religious belief, has a unique contribution to make. His theme in this short book is that the conflict between science and theistic religion is actually superficial, and that at a deeper level they are in concord.

Plantinga examines where this conflict is supposed to exist – evolution, evolutionary psychology, analysis of scripture, scientific study of religion — as well as claims by Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Philip Kitcher that evolution and theistic belief cannot co-exist. Plantinga makes a case that their arguments are not only inconclusive but that the supposed conflicts themselves are superficial, due to the methodological naturalism used by science. On the other hand, science can actually offer support to theistic doctrines, and Plantinga uses the notion of biological and cosmological “fine-tuning” in support of this idea. Plantinga argues that we might think about arguments in science and religion in a new way – as different forms of discourse that try to persuade people to look at questions from a perspective such that they can see that something is true. In this way, there is a deep and massive consonance between theism and the scientific enterprise.

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Positively Powerless: An Interview With L.L. Martin

Positively Powerless: An Interview With L.L. Martin

 
 
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Positively PowerlessThere is power in positive thinking. Or is there? Is the positive thinking movement harmless or are there some connections to some dangerous ideas? In this episode, I interview L.L. Martin about her new book, Positively Powerless, where she goes into the background of the movement and offers some warnings.

Purchase a copy of L.L. Martin’s Positively Powerless (USA) (Canada)
Visit her blog, Enough Light
My recommended audiobook for this episode is A History of Christian Apologetics: Defending the Gospel Through the Centuries by John Warwick Montgomery. Get this audiobook for FREE with a FREE trial of Audible.
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An Interview With Ron Sandison on Autism

An Interview With Ron Sandison on Autism

 
 
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Ron SandisonIn this episode of the podcast, I talk to Ron Sandison about the topic of autism. Ron not only has autism himself, he also is an autism advocate. You can find out more about him at his website Spectrum Inclusion. Ron is also the author of A Parent’s Guide to Autism: Practical Advice. Biblical Wisdom.

My recommended audiobook for this episode is:

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin

The Autistic Brain is the first book by Temple Grandin that will be neither a memoir nor a book on animals. As always, Temple’s ability to cut through the jungle of information and make the science clear is evident with each listen; her skills as a scientist and her original thinking offer some significant new insights into the understanding of autism.

Temple Grandin teaches listeners the science of the autistic brain, and with it the history and sociology of autism. By being autistic–by being able to look from the inside out and from the outside in–the author’s insights are not just unique, they’re groundbreaking. According to Temple, our understanding of autism has been perhaps fundamentally wrong for the past 70 years.

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Autism Awareness: 3 Areas For Improvement

Autism Awareness: 3 Areas For Improvement

 
 
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April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism awareness has come a long way in the past few decades. More people than ever before are aware of autism. But there is more to be done.

In this episode, I look at these three points:

  1. Autism is a spectrum.
  2. People with autism have empathy.
  3. Don’t judge people with autism based on what you see on the outside.


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Interview With Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig on Small Church Ministry

Interview With Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig on Small Church Ministry
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200 ChurchesWhen I put together my list of top five favourite podcasts for 2016, one that I knew would make the list was the 200 Churches podcast.

There are some amazing leadership podcasts out there but listening to interviews with pastors of congregations of 10-20,000 members can be disheartening for “normal” pastors like me.

That is why I’m thankful for the work of Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig. They are small church pastors themselves and are a tremendous encouragement to other small church pastors.

I’m thankful that Jeff and Jonny took some time out of their schedule to talk to me. I think you will enjoy our conversation, whatever the size of your church.

Links Mentioned in the Podcast:

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Interview With Andrew Walsh on Theistic Evolution

Interview With Andrew Walsh on Theistic Evolution
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Andrew WalshFaithful Christians have a variety of views on the origins of life and the age of the earth. One of these views is theistic evolution. Dr. Andrew Walsh shares with us his understanding of evolution and how that fits with his faith.

Recommended Links:
Recommended Books:
Quantum Physics and Theology by John Polkinghorne (USA) (Canada)
Language of God by Francis Collins (USA) (Canada)
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An Interview With Deane Proctor on the Church and Mental Health

An Interview With Deane Proctor on the Church and Mental Health
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Deane ProctorIn this episode, I interview Deane Proctor of Queensway Baptist Church on the subject of the church and mental health. Deane is the co-host of a podcast called Mind Matters and you can find it here and the Facebook page for the podcast here.

You can read a short article I wrote on Deane and his work on mental health here.

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An Interview With Dallas Friesen on Christian Leadership

An Interview With Dallas Friesen on Christian Leadership

 
 
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Dallas FriesenIn this episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Dallas Friesen, Director of Congregational Development with the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. Dallas talks to us about his experience in ministry and the developments he has seen, especially within the Canadian context.

The book that Dallas recommends in the interview is Gutsy: (Mis)Adventures in Canadian Church Planting by Jared Siebert. (USA) (Canada)

The recommended audiobook for this episode is Canoeing the Mountains:Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory by Tod Bolsinger. You can download this audiobook for FREE with a FREE trial of Audible.

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An Interview With Paul Franks on Apologetics and Philosophy

An Interview With Paul Franks on Apologetics and Philosophy

 
 
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Paul FranksFor the last six years, I have been teaching at Tyndale University College as a sessional lecture, mainly in the area of the New Testament. I have really come to appreciate this school. Somewhere in there, I met Dr. Paul Franks. I happened to have been at Tyndale for a week of autism camp with my son and Andy Bannister was giving a guest lecture in the Christian Apologetics class taught by Paul. From that time, I have bumped into Paul and his colleague Rich Davis a number of times.

Tyndale University College has recently announced a new concentration in apologetics for philosophy majors. In this episode, I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Paul Franks, now the chair of the philosophy department at Tyndale about what they have to offer in terms of apologetics. As a Canadian interested in apologetics, I’m excited about what Tyndale is doing to help prepare Christians to defend the faith. I can whole heartedly recommend both Tyndale and their philosophy department.

Have a listen to our discussion.

Links Mentioned in the Podcast:

My recommend audiobook is Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig. You can download this audiobook for FREE with a FREE trial of Audible.

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An Interview With Darryl Dash on Church Leadership

An Interview With Darryl Dash on Church Leadership

 
 
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Darryl Dash
In this episode, I have the opportunity to talk with Darryl Dash. Darryl is the founding pastor of Liberty Grace Church in Toronto. We had a great conversation about what ministry looks like and his passion for church planting. I encourage you to check out Darryl’s website: Dashhouse.

The book Darryl recommends is The Imperfect Pastor: Discovering Joy in Our Limitations through a Daily Apprenticeship with Jesus by Zack Eswine (USA) (Canada)

My recommended audiobook is: The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard. Get this audiobook for FREE with a FREE trial of Audible.

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