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This round of the Summer Olympics is kicking off in Tokyo one year late and accompanied by many controversies. The fear of COVID surrounds this global event, particularly as the Delta variant continues to be a concern. Because of this, what was supposed to be a big economic booster is now costing Japan billions of dollars. And this is not all. This…
 
Free will. White privilege. Pro-life. What is your reaction to these words? Chances are, you know people in your life who may show a very different reaction to these exact same words. Why might that be? Many people hear some of these words and then make up their minds about those who used these words. What might be the dangers of such reactionary h…
 
Many Progressive Christians, over time, come to abandon views that are distinctively Christian. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for this, from an atheist Christian minister in Toronto to a former Evangelical pastor who holds to views that look more like panentheism than monotheism. Those in conservative Christian circles have long been warnin…
 
What comes to mind when you think of the words “angels” and “demons”? Perhaps a beautiful woman in a white robe with feathered wings with a halo over her head? Or a horned red man with a pointy tail? Did a third of the angels follow Satan and rebel against God, only to be cast out of heaven to become demons? While these may be familiar stories and …
 
Who am I? We all seek to answer this question at one point or another. One way we do this is by taking personality tests. From Myers-Briggs to Enneagram, we want to know what makes us tick and why others are the way they are. But can we be reduced down to four letters or a single number? What are the pros and cons of personality tests? Join Andy, S…
 
Anyone who has even a mild interest in biblical manuscript will have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls. First discovered in the 1940s by Bedouin shepherd boys, these manuscripts revealed many interesting things about the Bible. With the recent discovery of additional Dead Sea Scroll fragments, Andy sat down virtually with one of the latest additions to…
 
215. This number will never be the same in Canada. The issue of the horrific treatment of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada is once again dominating the public consciousness with the discovery of the remains of 215 children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. There seems to be plenty of blame to go around, but is finger-pointing the best way …
 
COVID-19 has been very revealing. One of the many things it has highlighted is our seeming inability to have a courteous dialogue on issues we disagree with. Even as many are seeing the light at the end of the COVID tunnel with vaccine rollouts, a new point of contention is dividing people again. Will we get vaccinated or not? Do vaccine passports …
 
Pop culture often reveals underlying philosophies through its music, literature, and movies. On this week’s AC Podcast, Andy, Steve, and Troy gather to discuss the Pixar film, Soul. What are some key themes they saw in the movie and how might they connect with a Christian world and life-view? Tune in to this week’s episode to find out.…
 
How would you feel when you all of a sudden started seeing your local police using robots for surveillance? Would you welcome it or would it disturb you? The people of New York certainly didn’t receive it well. There is more to this than we might think at first. What is the relationship between surveillance and freedom? What about freedom and safet…
 
The word “deconstruction” seems to be in vogue in many communities including religious ones. We sometimes hear testimonies from people who questioned their faith and eventually abandoned it. Is deconstruction therefore a bad thing? Not necessarily. Join Andy, Steve, and Troy on this week’s edition of the AC Podcast as they discuss what kind of deco…
 
Critical race theory is becoming ever more prominent in our culture. For many this is a helpful analytical tool that help make sense of the culture they experience around them. It gives them a language and a course of action. Yet, for others, while it has elements of truth in it, this theory is ultimately inadequate within a biblical worldview. Tun…
 
Are your goals and dreams always and necessarily in conflict with God’s will for your life? Many Christians feel that way. Caught between the cultural mantra of “Follow your heart” and the known fallenness within themselves, Christians can feel unsure how to navigate the pursuit of our goals against the backdrop of God’s sovereignty. Andy and Troy …
 
In the recent days, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding Prayer of a Weary Black Woman written by Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes. Many people were quick to denounce her prayer as hateful, while Dr. Walker-Barnes and her supporters were quick to defend the prayer as having been modelled after imprecatory psalms. Andy, Steve, and Troy sat down…
 
Freedom of Religion. That phrase evokes very different emotions than it perhaps used to do. The conversation on the relationship between the Church and the State is being renewed in a significant way. What is Freedom of Religion? Is it a standalone freedom? If not, what else is at stake? For this week’s edition of the AC Podcast, Steve invited Dere…
 
COVID has revealed many things in the church. Our idea of worship is one of those things. Often, a Christian’s view of worship seems not much more robust than that of someone who is not churched, even though this is the most important thing Christians can do. What is the nature of worship? What is the place of remembrance in it all? Andy and Troy i…
 
Today, the AC team continues their discussion on the significance of the cross. Couldn't God have just forgiven us without the cross? Does Jesus' sacrifice on the cross mean everyone will be saved? Tune in today to hear part 2 of this week's episode to hear Andy, Steve, and Troy share their thoughts.…
 
The greatest of all Christian holidays is just around the corner. As we celebrate Easter this year, the AC team zeroes in on the cross. This tool of Roman execution has become one of the most recognizable religious symbol of all time. What is atonement? Did Jesus have to die on the cross? Join Andy, Steve, and Troy as they discuss these questions a…
 
The Passion Translation is a new English translation of the Bible that is quickly gaining in popularity. Many claim it to be a fresh look at God's word filled with wonderful insights, but how does it stand up to scrutiny? One pastor has put this translation to the test by inviting Bible scholar-translators to examine it, and we have reason to be co…
 
Many Christians know the story of Satan’s temptation of Jesus in the wilderness - turning the stones to bread, jumping down from the top of the Jewish Temple without getting hurt, bowing down to Satan to gain the world’s kingdoms. What is going on in this story, and what relevance does it have to the temptations we experience? Join Andy, Steve, and…
 
Many know the name Jordan Peterson, the professor of psychology from the University of Toronto who made the headlines for his political stance a number of years ago. Though he is an agnostic, he has always been favourable towards Christianity. As such, many Christians have been rooting and praying for him to follow Christ. In a recent episode of hi…
 
Lately, we have seen many cultural issues come up that evokes strong emotions. People in the church are no exception. Sometimes, these passions create more heat than light, causing a division in the church. What is going on, and what might be a way forward? Andy invited Tim Muehlhoff and Richard Langer to discuss insights from their latest book, Wi…
 
Social media has been abuzz, particularly in Canada, with the news of Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church in Edmonton. He turned himself in to the police for the continued defiance of the public health orders. Some are applauding, saying that justice has been meted out. Others are saying that this is persecution of the church by the government.…
 
There are things in the world that we are intimately aware of yet find difficult to define or explain. Love may be one of those things. If you are a student of the Bible, you may have heard that the English language has a deficit of words for love. That's all the more reason think deeply about love. Join Andy and Steve on today's edition of the AC …
 
C. S. Lewis' book, The Abolition of Man, is a powerful critique of certain dehumanizing secular philosophies that were being taught to school children. The cultural milieu that Lewis was responding to, however, did not arise out of a vacuum. On today's edition of the AC Podcast, Andy and Steve invited historian Dr. Richard Weikart to learn about ho…
 
It's been almost a year since COVID began to cause things to shut down in Canada. During that time, the pandemic has been very revealing in many ways both for individuals and groups of people. Andy, Steve, and Troy sat down together (virtually) to share their reflection on this past year of living in a pandemic on today's edition of the AC Podcast.…
 
C. S. Lewis was a prolific writer who is credited for sparking interest in theology for many who entered Bible schools and seminaries. Though he's long dead and gone, his writings still speak to us today, helping us elucidate the cultural moment we find ourselves in. Today, Andy sat down with a C. S. Lewis expert and a friend of Apologetics Canada,…
 
American politics rose to international notoriety as we began the year. Rioters stormed the Congress in order to disrupt the process of making the result of the presidential election official. What is the cultural undercurrent beneath the surface of this event? Andy, Steve, and Troy sat down to share their take on things.…
 
How does your church handle discussions on science and faith? Do we perhaps look at the church with preconceived ideas of how she might react merely at the proposal of discussing the intersection of science and faith? Andy wraps up 2020 with an interview of Dr. Dale Laird, an accomplished biochemist from Western University, to discuss the intersect…
 
Christmas. It brings up images of Christmas trees, houses decorated with lights, presents, and Santa Claus. Yet, what did it mean for the 1st-century Jewish and Roman world? We in the 21st-century West grew up saturated with the Christmas story, such that this perceived familiarity might have caused us to miss the strangeness of it all. In today's …
 
Many of us remember the Christmas pageants from our childhood church experience, with children dressed as Mary, Joseph, the animals, the star, and more. In these pageants, we hear a single nativity story, starting with Mary's encounter with Gabriel on through the visit of the wise men with their gifts. What many of us perhaps don't recognize is tha…
 
Quantum mechanics is a field that is often brought up in discussion of theology and philosophy. The mere mention of it is intimidating to most people, especially when it is mentioned with some air of certainty and conviction. On today's edition of the AC Podcast, Andy interviews Michael Butler, a PhD student from University of Saskatchewan who is r…
 
As of the release of this episode, there is a bill before the Justice Committee at the Canadian Parliament. Bill C-6, if passed into law, will ban conversion therapy for homosexual people and those with gender dysphoria. Stay informed on this controversial bill as Steve interviews André Schutten, a lawyer with ARPA Canada, to get his thoughts on it…
 
Even as we shape our language, the language shapes us, too. So much so that it can distort our views on fellow human beings and reduce them to animals or things. But do we go too far in trying to police our language? Is it fair to say some language policing borders on the absurd? What kind of attitude should Christians have in our use of language? …
 
When you come in contact with persons with a disability, how do you react? Many people, out of politeness and not wanting to make a big deal out of it, simply ignore them and move on. Does this create an inclusive environment? How can we make our churches and our communities more inclusive of persons with a disability? Andy invited a guest and frie…
 
What was once the stuff of sci-fi is increasingly becoming reality within reach. Will technology bring us to utopia or dystopia? Now it is more important than ever to think about how one's worldview impacts the way we use technology. Today, Andy invited Dr. John Lennox to discuss his new book, 2084: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanit…
 
What do video gaming and apologetics have to do with each other? More than you might think at first. From how games are designed, to the nature of coding, our humanity and dignity are implicated. Today, Andy invited a rather unusual guest, a video game developer, to discuss how video gaming intersects with the Christian worldview and the place of h…
 
What do video gaming and apologetics have to do with each other? More than you might think at first. From how games are designed, to the nature of coding, our humanity and dignity are implicated. Today, Andy invited a rather unusual guest, a video game developer, to discuss how video gaming intersects with the Christian worldview and the place of h…
 
With the American presidential election merely days away, partisanship is flaring up as might be expected. We are used to seeing such political allegiances in many places, but we might not rightly expect it from science journals. What happens when science shakes hands with political power? Andy and Steve are back on today's edition of AC Podcast to…
 
With the American presidential election merely days away, partisanship is flaring up as might be expected. We are used to seeing such political allegiances in many places, but we might not rightly expect it from science journals. What happens when science gets in bed with political power? Andy and Steve are back on today's edition of AC Podcast to …
 
When a well-known and beloved Christian minister and evangelist faces allegations of sexual misconduct, what are we to make of it? Allegations have been made by several women working at the spa co-owned by the late Ravi Zacharias. The organization that bears his name, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, opened an investigation. Many listeners …
 
When a well-known and beloved Christian minister and evangelist faces allegations of sexual misconduct, what are we to make of it? Allegations have been made by several women working at the spa co-owned by the late Ravi Zacharias. The organization that bears his name, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, opened an investigation. Many listeners …
 
Social media. That phrase probably brings up lots of phrases and images in your mind, from cat videos to political slogans and more. Are you in charge of your social media uses? One documentary says an emphatic "No." By popular demand, Andy and Steve came together on today's edition of AC Podcast to discuss the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilem…
 
Social media. That phrase probably brings up lots of phrases and images in your mind, from cat videos to political slogans and more. Are you in charge of your social media uses? One documentary says an emphatic "No." By popular demand, Andy and Steve came together on today's edition of AC Podcast to discuss the Netflix documentary, The Social Dilem…
 
How comfortable are you with talking about sex? There is a podcast where two women talk about sex so openly that, despite its popularity, it's bound to make some people uncomfortable. For Andy and his guest, Alisha Stobbe, what's truly disturbing is not the open talk about sex but their view on sexuality. What is the cultural narrative that we have…
 
How comfortable are you with talking about sex? There is a podcast where two women talk about sex so openly that, despite its popularity, it's bound to make some people uncomfortable. For Andy and his guest, Alisha Stobbe, what's truly disturbing is not the open talk about sex but their view on sexuality. What is the cultural narrative that we have…
 
What is the most loving gift you can give to your child? Typically, you wouldn't think having zero siblings would be one of them, but that is precisely what an environmentalist group is advocating for. With overpopulation, it is claimed, we are depleting the planet's resources and this will spell a disaster for our future generations. Andy and Stev…
 
What is the most loving gift you can give to your child? Typically, you wouldn't think having zero siblings would be one of them, but that is precisely what an environmentalist group is advocating for. With overpopulation, it is claimed, we are depleting the planet's resources and this will spell a disaster for our future generations. Andy and Stev…
 
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