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If you grew up in the U.S., you’ve probably believed (and maybe you still do!) that advantage should be earned through ability and effort. You get ahead in this world based on your accomplishments. Right? Well, not so fast. What if this foundational American axiom is all a myth? Daniel Markovits, a professor at Yale and author of “The Meritocracy T…
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If your faith was affected by the Left Behind series, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Not really, but can we talk about how many Americans have been impacted by the teachings of dispensationalism? That’s what happens today when Daniel Hummel, author of “The Rise and Fall of Dispensationalism,” joins Keith on the pod! First, Daniel br…
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What’s happening to Gen Z? Since 2010, this generation has seen a 150% increase in depression. One in four teen girls reports experiencing a major depressive disorder in the last year. 37% of college students report feeling anxious “all the time.” New research shows that social media is no longer just a correlation to this problem, but the root cau…
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There’s no doubt that abortion will take center stage in this year’s election. From Roe v. Wade’s overturning to IVF controversies to Trump’s recent abortion stance to surprising state laws surrounding the issue, abortion is all over the news right now and Josh Brahm joins us this week to discuss. But he’s not the stereotypical pro-lifer. In fact, …
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Have you ever wished you could get inside the head of a Christian going through a deconstruction journey? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Today, we’re joined by Abigail Favale, a Professor of Women’s Studies and author of “Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion,” to hear how she went from an evangelical upbringing to postmodern femini…
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Did you know that 40% of American children are born to unmarried parents? Contrast that with the 1960s when this overall rate was less than 10%. So, why such a dramatic increase? And what impact is this having on our society? Melissa Kearney, author of the controversial book, “The Two-Parent Privilege,” joins the podcast today to weigh in. Listen a…
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Donald Trump. Christ is King. Candace Owens. Antisemitism. Buckle up! On this episode, we’re examining all sorts of current events to prove that commingling politics and faith compromises the Church’s witness. First, Keith and Patrick discuss the Trump-endorsed “God Bless the USA” Bible and how this mashup conflates our citizenship in heaven with o…
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Sports used to unify us. But today? Politics has checked into the game. And in many ways, introducing controversial topics into the sports world has benched more frequent conversations surrounding faith. Today’s guest, Jason Romano, knows a thing or two about this after working for 17 years as a content creator and producer at ESPN. He joins Keith …
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The Gospel is more political than you may think. But how do we guard against our political ideologies turning into partisan idolatry? Today’s guest, Joshua Butler, joins Patrick to discuss further insights from his recent book, The Party Crasher: How Jesus Disrupts Politics as Usual and Redeems Our Partisan Divide. Hear him introduce four political…
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Pledging allegiance to the American flag. Singing the national anthem. Voting. Being patriotic. Is there a place for these things in the Christian life? Buckle up because this one will probably offend everyone in some way (including Patrick!). In this episode, we welcome Preston Sprinkle back on the podcast to discuss his newest book, “Exiles: The …
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Have you noticed this trend? People spend about 90% of their time diagnosing today’s problems and only 10% focusing on (typically weak) solutions. This is true of Christians, too. Why are we more known for what we’re against rather than what we’re for? Today, Keith and Patrick dissect this trend and confess how this podcast has even taken part. The…
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Do you view your faith through the prism of politics? Or do you view politics through the prism of your faith? Today’s guest, Tim Alberta, believes that too many American evangelicals have lost their way, striving for political gains over furthering the Gospel. On this episode, he shares insights with Keith from his latest book, The Kingdom, The Po…
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Keith Simon and Russell Moore discusses the shift in the pro-life movement, the challenges of the post-Christian right, controversy and change in his own life, the fracturing in the church, the loss of trust in the church, the importance of repentance and a credible Christian voice, the perception of Christian nationalism in politics, and the issue…
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Incentives motivate human behavior. Incentives can be external or internal. The Bible uses incentives to encourage obedience to God. Incentives are everywhere and shape decisions in many areas of life. While incentives can solve problems, they sometimes have unintended effects or corrupt motivations. God offers incentives for those who love him lik…
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In this conversation, Keith Simon interviews Julie Slattery, the president of Authentic Intimacy, about navigating issues of sexuality and faith. They discuss the silence and polarity around sexuality in both culture and the church, the spiritual aspect of sex, the differences between sex inside and outside of marriage, and the misconceptions surro…
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In this conversation, Nicholas Kristof discusses his experiences in dangerous situations, his views on religion and faith, and the importance of respecting different perspectives. He explores the decline of Christianity's cultural influence, the dangers of echo chambers, and the impact of economic factors on communities. Kristof also addresses the …
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In this conversation, Patrick and Justin Whitmel Earley explore the role of discipleship and healthy spiritual practices in addressing problems and shaping personal and family life. It emphasizes the importance of forming habits to overcome fear and irritability in parenting and highlights the influence of parents' habits on their children. The imp…
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Patrick and Keith discuss the ongoing debate between evangelicals on how to engage politics and culture. Should Christian punch right and coddle left? Should Christians have No Enemies To The Right? Or is there a different and more faithful way of engaging with politics as a Christian? They make observations on the arguments and explore how Christi…
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Philip Yancey's story is a compelling journey of faith, doubt, and grace. Raised in a toxic, fundamentalist church, he grew disillusioned, seeing God misrepresented. His faith hung on by a thread in college, where he became a campus rebel, a heretic in the eyes of many. But Yancey didn't abandon his faith; instead, he deconstructed it to rebuild so…
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End Times, the mark of the beast, and the Antichrist. Oh, my! Were these your takeaways from reading Revelation? You’re not alone! Today’s guest, Scot McKnight, author of Revelation for the Rest of Us, also grew up viewing this book as a prediction of End Times events. But what’s wrong with reading Revelation as a predictive prophecy? What’s the re…
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A city on a hill. The light of the world. The hope of nations. Are these about Jesus or America? These ideas might come from the Bible, but politicians love to apply them to our country. Why? And is there a problem with doing that? Today, Patrick speaks with Kaitlyn Scheiss, author of The Bible and the Ballot: How Scripture Has Been Used And Abused…
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Andrew Wilson discusses the importance of history and why Christians should care about it. He explains that our understanding of history shapes our worldview and influences how we navigate contemporary issues. Wilson also explores the significance of the year 1776, arguing that it played a crucial role in shaping the modern West. He highlights key …
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One of our favorite topics to discuss on Truth Over Tribe is race and ethnicity, but one related topic we have yet to explore here is mixed ethnic identity. Today, we’re excited to do that when Eli Bonilla Jr., author of “Mixed: Embracing Complexity by Uncovering Your God-Led Identity,” joins Patrick on the pod! You’ll hear all about Eli’s experien…
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Many Christians would claim to be pro-life. But a growing movement of Christians called abortion abolitionists believe that simply being pro-life isn’t enough, putting them at odds with the traditional, mainstream pro-life movement. So, what’s the difference between the pro-life and abolitionist movements? Today, Keith finds out when he talks with …
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What is culture anyway? Despite being a cultural commentary podcast, we’ve never quite teased out the seemingly-simple-yet-actually-complicated definition. So today, Patrick teams up with Christopher Watkin, author of Biblical Critical Theory, to define and make sense of “culture.” The two discuss what culture is (and what it isn’t) and what it loo…
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The topic of Christian nationalism just won’t seem to go away. But do we really understand it? The definition is undoubtedly slippery and has led to much debate: Is calling someone a “Christian nationalist” a slur? Or something to be proud of? Is it good or bad for the country? For Christianity? Today, Keith sits down with Andrew Whitehead, a profe…
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“Anything goes.” That’s what modern-day sexual ethics has taught us. So, why then, do so many of our sexual experiences lead to frustration, disappointment, and shame? Today, Keith talks with Christine Emba, the author of “Rethinking Sex” and a columnist at the Washington Post, to discover more. Christine starts by explaining why she walked away fr…
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The Asbury Revival. Rapidly growing college ministries. Recent happenings have many Christians convinced that spiritual renewal is occurring within Gen Z. Today, Patrick learns more about what’s going on in this generation when he sits down with “Redeemed Zoomer,” a YouTuber and leader of a group of Gen Zers across the country who are seeking to re…
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New Age. Demonic. A self-obsessive trap. The enneagram has taken much heat from critics, many Christians being chief among them. But is there a bigger, redemptive case for the enneagram in the Christian life? Jesse Eubanks, enneagram coach, host of The EnneaCast podcast, and author of “How We Relate: Understanding God, Yourself, and Others Through …
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By now, we’re all familiar with the tragic events happening in the Middle East. We are shocked and deeply grieved by the events of October 7, 2023. And like many others, we’ve recently found ourselves perplexed by some of the reactions of supporters on both sides. In this episode, Keith and Patrick aren’t seeking to weigh in on this political, inte…
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“Kill all men.” “Talking about healthy masculinity is like talking about healthy cancer.” “So many men, so little ammunition.” Yes, these are actual headlines. How did the idea arise that masculinity is so dangerous and destructive? Is there any hope for redemption for boys and men in today’s culture? That’s what we’re diving into today when Keith …
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Did you know that we’re currently living through the single largest religious shift in American history? But unlike past movements, this is the first shift away from religion. Jim Davis and his coauthor, Michael Graham, explore this phenomenon in their recent book, “The Great Dechurching.” On today’s episode, Patrick sits down with Jim to learn mor…
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Something shifted in the last few decades. People used to be comfortable with religion in public life, but now? Public expressions of faith are often seen as threats to society. What happened? On this week’s episode, take a trip through history as Patrick and Keith detail the tumultuous marriage and subsequent divorce of politics and religion. Thro…
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How did a generation of hippies experiencing “pharmaceutical enlightenment” become the same generation that produced the famous Jesus People Movement? That’s what we’re discussing today when Larry Eskridge, author of God’s Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America, joins Keith on the pod. Listen as Larry breaks down the history of this m…
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Like everything else in today’s society, the environment has become a subject of the culture war. Is there really a climate crisis? If so, whose fault is it and what’s the most effective way to respond? And why are so many Christians hesitant about the environment altogether? Today’s guest, Sandra Richter, author of Stewards of Eden, is here to sha…
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It’s no secret that politics has fractured the nation and the church, but perhaps the most painful casualty has been the family. If you have a family relationship (or two!) strained by politics, you’re not alone! Today’s guest, Jon Ward, a political reporter and the author of Testimony: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Failed a Generation, can …
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“I’ve been sellin’ my soul, workin’ all day. Overtime hours for bullsh– pay.” Those are the opening lyrics of “Rich Men North of Richmond,” the unexpected, current No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. How did Oliver Anthony, a virtual nobody on the music scene, rise atop this acclaimed list and create what many are calling the national anthem…
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“I’m colorblind. I don’t see race.” Is this really the best, most biblical approach to the realities of racism in our country? Or is there a better way? Today’s guest, Michelle T. Sanchez, refers to that better approach as “color-courageous discipleship” and joins Patrick on the pod this week to discuss. Hear her explain her own story growing up in…
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The average evangelical is thoroughly postmodern. Don’t believe us? Let’s look at the stats: 56% of today’s evangelicals hold universalist views of God. 43% believe that while Jesus was a great teacher, he wasn’t God himself. And 38% believe that religious belief is a matter of personal opinion more than objective truth. So, if we’re so divided ove…
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How do most Americans define “the good life”? Is money what truly makes us happy? Success? Fame? Marriage? Children? Today, Patrick and Keith discuss the secret to a happy life as told by the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the world’s longest scientific study on happiness. It turns out that God got it right way back in Genesis when he said, “I…
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If you grew up watching the Left Behind movies, fearing the rapture, grappling with a politically co-opted church, and feeling compelled to engage in Christian culture wars, then you’re in good company with today’s guest. Sara Billups, author of Orphaned Believers, joins Keith on the pod this week to discuss what it was like to grow up in the Chris…
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Something is wrong with the American church. Is it too woke? Too aligned with Christian nationalism? Or is the problem deeper and more theological? Matthew Bates, author of Why the Gospel, believes so, arguing that today’s American church possesses a fundamental misunderstanding of the Gospel itself. Today, he explains more in his conversation with…
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America’s last two Presidential elections have been incredibly divisive, both in the culture and the church. You may already feel a sense of dread that another election season is coming up so soon. How can Christians prepare their hearts and minds as we enter what’s sure to be another heated political election season? Justin Giboney is back on the …
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It seems that our culture is divided over every possible issue. And unfortunately, it’s not just happening in the culture; it’s happening in the church! On today’s episode, Daniel Darling, writer, journalist, podcaster, and author of Agents of Grace, joins Patrick on the pod to discuss how the church can move beyond profound disagreements and live …
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Oh, man! What’s going on with men these days? Across the board, statistics show that men are falling behind. Has our culture changed in a way that disadvantages them? Have accusations of “toxic masculinity” thrown men into a shame spiral that leaves them feeling helpless? Here’s the deal: Discussing this topic in no way means that we’re anti-woman …
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“Melbourne, Australia makes California look like Alabama.” That’s how Michael Bird, author of “Religious Freedom in a Secular Age,” describes his homeland’s secular climate. But is Melbourne a picture of where America could be in 20 years? And is that something that Christianity should feel threatened by? On this week’s episode, Keith sits down wit…
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Calling all history buffs! (And those on the right asking, “How did we get here?”) On today’s episode, Patrick sits down with Matthew Continetti as the two take a deep dive into the historical roots, twists, and turns taken by American conservatives in the last century. Matthew is a journalist and author of The Right: The Hundred-Year War for Ameri…
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Calling all foodies! You’re in good company this week. Today, Aarti Sequeira joins Keith to discuss all things food and why food plays such an important role in the Biblical story. Aarti is a Christian, a cooking show host, a cookbook author, a former CNN journalist, and the winner of the reality TV show competition Food Network Star. You’ll hear A…
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Perhaps no Christian has spent more time talking with big-name atheists than Justin Brierley. His radio show-made-podcast, Unbelievable?, models healthy discourse between Christians and those who doubt the faith. Such conversations led to his forthcoming book, “The Surprising Rebirth of Belief in God,” which Justin discusses with Patrick in today’s…
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Boomers. Gen X. Millennials. Gen Z. All of these generations live in different “worlds,” yet they all work under the same roof. It’s time we learn how to work together! On today’s episode, Tim Elmore, author of several books including Generational Diversity in the Workplace, joins Keith on the podcast today to talk about why understanding generatio…
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