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A weekly show from Premier Unbelievable? in which Ruth Jackson interviews leading apologists, theologians and evangelists in order to help Christians understand, defend and share their faith with confidence... unapologetically! For more from Premier Unbelievable? visit: http://www.premierunbelievable.com For our Premier Unbelievable? Live events: http://www.unbelievable.live
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Why are our prayers not answered? Where does the cross fit into the problem of suffering? Why did God create creatures like mosquitoes, poisonous snakes and wasps? Does God always get his way? Can good ever come out of suffering? Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, author of Cafe Theology, continues his discussion about evil and suffering.For Michael Lloyd: http…
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Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, author of Cafe Theology, explores a number of Christian responses to evil and suffering. Which theories are the most intellectually, emotionally and pastorally consistent and satisfying? We also look at the doctrine of the fall. Why is it significant? Is it compatible with evolution? Was there a fall of angelic beings as well …
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Kathy Keller is no stranger to suffering, so how is she able to attest to the goodness of God in the midst of great pain? How does she respond to unanswered prayer? Does she have any advice about coping with anxiety? Is it possible to hold on to hope during tragedy?For Kathy on The CS Lewis Podcast:https://www.premierunbelievable.com/the-cs-lewis-p…
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We continue our conversation with writer, editor and speaker Kathy Keller. Why did their sons believe her and Tim should never offer parenting advice?! What did they learn at Hopewell, Virginia that proved invaluable when planting Redeemer in New York? Why did Kathy leave seminary convinced ordination was no longer a viable option for her?To hear K…
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As we approach the one year anniversary of apologist Tim Keller's death on May 19th, we caught up with his wife Kathy Keller. Are there any stories about Tim that have particularly encouraged her family in recent months? How did a sick dog lead her to Jesus as a child? What marriage advice would she offer to those just starting out on their journey…
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In the final part of their conversation about the Talking Jesus research, Rachael Heffer, head of mission at the Evangelical Alliance, shares her thoughts around some important questions. Why are young people leaving the Church? How do we navigate tricky cultural conversations?What are her top tips for family discipleship?• Subscribe to the Unapolo…
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How do people respond to hearing about God? Has the general opinion of the UK shifted on matters of faith in recent years? What do young people think? How confident are Christians about sharing their faith? How do we approach people's big questions?For Talking Jesus: https://talkingjesus.org/research• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://…
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Rachael Heffer, head of mission at the Evangelical Alliance, shares her thoughts around the Talking Jesus research. What do the UK public think about the Church, Christians and Jesus? Who are the "nones" and why has there been such a rise in this category of people? What questions are young people asking? Are people actually interested in God?• Sub…
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Ruth Jackson shares some of her favourite moments over the last 99 episodes, including an opiate addict becoming a Christian apologist via a near death experience, an analytic philosopher on why she believes the gospel narratives are reliable, an NFL player on how he'd choose Jesus over winning the Super Bowl and a theologian exploring whether Jesu…
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Associate Professor Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, author of Priests of History, explores the results of ahistoricism in the Church. Does disconnection from the past lead to individualism? How do we practice ancient spiritual practices in a modern setting? Can history help us to use our time well?For Priests of History • Subscribe to the Unapologetic po…
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Associate Professor Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, author of Priests of History, explores the characteristics and impact of living in an "ahistoric" age. How can history help us navigate the culture wars? Can we reconnect with the past?For Priests of History: https://www.amazon.com/Priests-History-Stewarding-Past-Ahistoric/dp/0310160901/ref=sr_1_1?crid=…
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Pastor Jay Y Kim explores how Holy Week brings hope. Why are we all so afraid of death? What difference does Easter make? Did the resurrection actually happen and why does it matter?For Jay Kim: https://jaykimthinks.com/ • Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, free ebook & newsletter: https://premierunbe…
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Jay Y Kim shares his experience as a pastor in Silicon Valley. How is technology forming us? In what ways can we help young people live fruitfully in the digital space? How do we navigate AI? Are there any tips for finding rest in the midst of the busyness? In an era of misinformation, how do we decipher what is actually true?For Jay Kim: https://j…
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Jay Y Kim, a pastor in Silicon Valley and author of multiple books including Listen, Listen, Speak, shares his experience of losing and rediscovering his faith. What are some of the reasons people leave the Church or aren't even remotely interested in the first place? What should we do with our doubts? How do we ensure everyone feels welcome? For J…
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Renowned makeup artist Hannah Martin explores how to support people who find Mother's Day difficult for a plethora of different reasons. She bravely shares her own journey of losing her mother and her heart-breaking struggle with infertility and miscarriage. Are there practical ways churches can support those who are grieving? How do we celebrate M…
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Hannah Martin, "the queen of radiant skin and smoky eye tutorials” (British Vogue) and world-class makeup artist to the stars, shares her philosophy on beauty. What are some of her top tips? When did her "plan C" lead to making up supermodels and princesses? How do we raise confident young people in a world obsessed with highly edited images? In pa…
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What does the image of God say about our sexuality? What does that mean for single people? How did Jesus' sexual safeness help to heal people’s broken sexuality and what did Jesus say about sex? Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, co-author of Image Bearers, shares his thoughts. • Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts,…
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Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, co-author of Image Bearers, explores how the image of God shapes our understanding of what it is to be human. Is secular psychology sufficient? Why is restoration necessary? How does community help? Why is diversity so important?For Michael Lloyd: https://www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk/people/revd-dr-michael-lloyd-0• Subscribe to the U…
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In this final episode with evangelist Phil Knox, we explore friendship with God. Can God be our friend? How do we prioritise and pursue the presence of God? Must we ensure the Lord Almighty doesn't become the Lord Almatey?For Phil Knox https://www.eauk.org/author/phil-knox• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More po…
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Evangelist Phil Knox continues sharing his top tips for making and maintaining friends. Why is diversity so important in friendship? How do we get the balance of fun and vulnerability? What can we learn from Jesus' friendships? For Phil Knox https://www.eauk.org/author/phil-knox• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• M…
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Evangelist Phil Knox, author of Story Bearer and The Best of Friends, shares why personal tragedy and the COVID pandemic led him to write a book about friendship. Why does friendship matter? How do we protect our friendships from modern pressures? And how do we help young people to engage healthily with technology and social media?For Phil Knox htt…
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In the final part of this discussion, Rev Andrew Gosler, professor of Ethno-ornithology at Oxford University, explores whether we can reconcile the Bible and a scientific worldview. He also shares how he became a priest in the Church of England.For more about Andrew: https://www.biology.ox.ac.uk/people/professor-andrew-gosler• Subscribe to the Unap…
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Rev Andrew Gosler, professor of Ethno-ornithology at Oxford University, highlights some of the deficiencies he sees in Richard Dawkins' work. He also shares the potential limitations and dangers of a neo-Darwinian framing of evolution, such as racism and eugenics.• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, f…
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Rev Andrew Gosler, professor of Ethno-ornithology at Oxford University, shares how working in the same department as Richard Dawkins and reading his publications eventually led him to become a Christian. Plus, he shares a fascinating story about answered prayer.• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, fre…
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In this Christmas special, Ruth Jackson speaks to an atheist who loves Christmas, but not Christ. They discuss whether atheists should celebrate a festival focussed on someone they don't believe in. Plus, we hear from entrepreneur Jonathan Self who became a Christian largely through Christmas. Why was the festive period so significant and what diff…
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In the final part of his discussion with Ruth Jackson, Bishop Arun Arora, author of Stick With Love, looks at some modern day saints including former Archbishop John Sentamu, Stormzy, Cardinal Van Thuân and Rev Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi. Why did Stormzy's mum skip his Glastonbury performance to go to church? And how does the Christmas story speak hope …
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Who was the real Saint Nicholas? Why was he so passionate about Jesus’ divinity? And why does it matter who Jesus is? Bishop Arun Arora, author of Stick With Love shares his thoughts on a number of saints and looks at how to address the problem of unanswered prayer. How does the Christmas story speak to our suffering? Plus, we hear how God transfor…
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Does it matter what Jesus looked like? Bishop Arun Arora, author of the Archbishop of York’s Advent book Stick With Love, shares his thoughts about a poll that voted Jesus the greatest black icon of all time. Plus, he suggests why asking someone where they’re really from demonstrates an otherness, which unhelpfully seeks to distinguish rather than …
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Bishop Arun Arora, author of the Archbishop of York's Advent book Stick With Love, shares how a young Brummie with a Sikh dad and Hindu mum became a Christian through Billy Graham. Having been in the Church for 30 years before he saw another Asian man in Church leadership, Arun shares why he and the Archbishop of York have such a strong commitment …
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In the final part of their discussion, Dr Amy Orr-Ewing discusses whether we can believe in a virgin birth, why this birth is significant and how we can trust the witness of Mary. Plus, why is justice important to the Christmas story? And, how can Jesus be both fully God and fully man?For Amy's book: https://www.amyorr-ewing.com/books• Subscribe to…
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Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, author of Mary’s Voice, explores the context of Mary, mother of Jesus, and looks at why women play such a significant role in Christianity. Plus, what is the Magnificat, why is it so revolutionary? And how is it relevant today?• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, free ebook & newslet…
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Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, author of Mary's Voice, shares the story of her academic father becoming a Christian and how that impacted their whole family. She describes the experience of being grilled by 14 Oxford dons about her theology undergraduate exam papers the day before her wedding! Plus, Amy explains why she is so impacted by the person of Mary, and…
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Former atheist-turned Christian Associate Professor Sarah Irving-Stonebraker shares how studying some of the founders of modern science challenged her assumption that religion and science were fundamentally opposed. She also highlights the moment she realised her atheism could no longer sustain her moral commitments.For Sarah Irving-Stonebraker: ht…
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Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, author of Cafe Theology, shares his story including why he got ordained, how he ended up in academia and why he changed his mind on the ordination of women. He also discusses how to assess the veracity of doctrines and why he believes everyone should study theology. For Michael Lloyd: https://www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk/people/revd-…
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In the final part of their discussion, Peter Byrom delves into Dawkins' argument from complexity, suggesting it may be a circular assumption. They unpack Dawkins' fascinating exchange with Francis Collins in 2022, where Dawkins admits he may have a presupposition towards materialism. Plus, what does the future hold?For more on some of these argumen…
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Peter Byrom continues to share his faith journey as told in the chapter he contributed to Coming to Faith Through Dawkins. He discloses how challenging Richard Dawkins on why he wouldn't debate William Lane Craig led to him becoming something of a YouTube sensation! Peter also shares why he believes apologetics is important and what the final nail …
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In the first episode of this three-part series, Peter Byrom shares his fascinating story as told in the chapter he contributed to Coming to Faith Through Dawkins. He outlines how he encountered the apologist William Lane Craig via the New Atheists and discusses his growing disillusionment with Dawkins' "devastating" argument from complexity.For mor…
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Why do many people deem religion irrelevant? What are some of the biggest objections to belief in God? Why are droves of young people leaving the Church? Evangelist Phil Knox shares some of his thoughts about these big topics and gives some tips on how to share your faith effectively.For Phil Knox https://www.eauk.org/author/phil-knox• Subscribe to…
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Evangelist Phil Knox, author of Story Bearer and The Best of Friends, shares some of his story with Ruth Jackson, speaking about the impact of his dad's death at a young age. Plus, they discuss why evangelism matters and how we can share our story and be a "good news person in a bad news world".For Phil Knox https://www.eauk.org/author/phil-knox• S…
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A Christian street preacher who was arrested for alleged hate speech, which included criticising Muhammad, was found not guilty following a recent court hearing. Dr Andy Bannister, director of Solas and author of Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?, responds to some of the accusations made by the preacher (eg Muhammad married a 6-year-o…
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Monday 28th August marked 60 years since the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr delivered his iconic ‘I have a dream’ speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Adam Coleman’s grandfather was personally invited to attend the event by Dr King. Adam spoke about his grandfather’s experience and reflected on th…
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In the second part of her final conversation with Ruth Jackson, Ana Ávila, author of Aprovecha Bien El Tiempo, explores how we can be more productive with our time. She responds to the objection that someone is too busy to read the Bible, pray, go to church etc, and shares five top tips for avoiding burnout.For Ana Ávila: https://anaavila.org/ana• …
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Ana Ávila, author of Aprovecha Bien El Tiempo, shares her insights around how to identify and avoid burnout, how to rest well and how to master technology rather than letting it control us.For Ana Ávila: https://anaavila.org/ana• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, free ebook & newsletter: https://prem…
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Ruth Jackson continues her conversation with Mexican writer Ana Ávila, who studied clinical biochemistry. Why is there a perceived conflict between science and religion? Does science contradict the Bible? Can you prove that there is a God?For Ana Ávila: https://anaavila.org/ana• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• Mo…
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Mexican writer Ana Ávila, who lives in Guatemala, shares her insights into religion in Latin America. How do we probe our beliefs? What does evangelism look like in a nominally Christian culture? How is apologetics received in some of these countries and what are the big questions being asked? For Ana Ávila: https://anaavila.org/ana• Subscribe to t…
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Dr Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of Christian History magazine, discloses how looking at the past can help us with the future. She shares some of the interesting steps in her career, from preaching to her stuffed animals at the age of 4, to professor, music director, librarian and priest (and brown belt in Karate!). Plus, she offers her t…
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Philosopher Dr Vince Vitale presents some of his PhD research around evil, suffering and theodicy. He and Ruth Jackson share their own experiences of suffering miscarriages, demonstrating that this is not just a theoretical question of why there is pain, but a deeply practical one of how we are to deal with this agony.• For more on Vince Vitale's r…
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Ruth Jackson continues her conversation with Dr Vince Vitale, one of the new guest hosts of Premier Unbelievable?, who shares why he developed a passion for evangelism and apologetics. They discuss how he responded to questions and objections academically in the area of philosophy, but also on the sports field with his team mates at Princeton and O…
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Ruth Jackson speaks to Dr Vince Vitale, one of the new guest hosts of Premier Unbelievable?, about his journey from scepticism to Christianity while studying philosophy at Princeton University.• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, free ebook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com• Watch Unapolog…
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Are people even asking questions? If so, are those questions dramatically different from what they used to be? How should we respond to our rapidly changing culture? Collin Hansen, executive director of the The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics, looks at some important questions around cultural apologetics and draws on the wisdom of Tim Keller…
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