Hank Unplugged: Essential Christian Conversations

Oct 14 2020 73 mins 74

Have You Joined the Conversation on Hank Unplugged? – Hank Unplugged is a podcast brought to you by the Christian Research Institute where Hank Hanegraaff takes you out of the studio and into his study to engage in free-flowing, essential Christian conversations on critical issues with some of the most interesting, informative and inspirational people on the planet. For more information visit www.equip.org and to support CRI and our global outreaches visit https://www.equip.org/donate/





Heretics! What Divides Christians? with Francis Chan, Hank Hanegraaff and Metropolitan Yohan
Oct 14 2020 57 mins  
Heretic! Hank Hanegraaff, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan have all been accused of being heretics. The backlash that Francis Chan received after making comments about the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist was the inspiration to have this conversation dealing with the epidemic of division within the body of Christ. The Eucharist was supposed to bring Christians together and yet it has become so divisive. What issues are essential doctrine and what should Christians divide over? Topics discussed include: The Eucharist was supposed to bring Christians together and yet it has become so divisive—what issues are essential doctrine and what should Christians divide over? (0:20); going back to the early church to discover what is essential Christian doctrine (9:10); are we saved into the church or is being saved primarily personal? (11:15); why is there so much denominational division in Christianity? (16:30); it is not the absence of truth that damns but the despising of truth that damns (19:30); should different perspectives on the Eucharist divide the body of Christ? (23:25); the value of holy tradition (26:15); the arrogance of many Christian leaders relying on their personal interpretation as opposed to relying on the collective wisdom of the early church (35:20); deep spiritual growth begins with humility (38:35); how Hank Hanegraaff’s experiences with the local church in China changed his perspectives on many things, especially understanding deification (43:50); a lack of humility in people that are creating division within the body of Christ (48:20); searching for humility because God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud (54:35). Hank writes more in-depth on these subjects in his latest book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life available for your partnering gift by clicking here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Are We Living in the Last Days? with Gary DeMar
Sep 29 2020 98 mins  
Are we living in the last days? Many people point to the deluge of disorder and division in the world today as evidence that we are living in the last days. However, this is often the result of sacred scripture being taken out of context. Misunderstandings about the end times (eschatology) have been widely propagated by a seemingly endless stream of end times prophecies and popular books such as the Left Behind series by Tim LaHaye. Hank Hanegraaff is joined by end times expert Gary DeMar to clear up the confusion regarding the last days by discussing what the Bible really says about the end times and why it matters today. Topics discussed include: The geopolitical consequences of eschatological beliefs and the Middle East deals being made by President Trump (4:20); what is dispensational eschatology? (6:10); discussing Israel and the Church–are there two distinct people of God? (8:00); another holocaust of Jews and the terror of rapture theories (10:35); the influence of Tim LaHaye and the Left Behind series on rapture beliefs (13:30); where do rapture beliefs come from? (16:25); the Russian invasion of Israel in dispensational ideology (20:10); dispensationalism and the idea of replacement theologians (26:00); apocalyptic language–should we interpret the Bible literally? (30:20); what was Jesus telling His disciples in the Olivet discourse? (32:55); why do some sceptics call Jesus a false apocalyptic prophet? (38:35); translation issues in the Olivet discourse such as mistaking the end of a period of time for the end of the world (42:00); how can so many dispensationalists misread the Bible? (54:50); many people and churches distanced themselves from Hank Hanegraaff when he wrote his book The Apocalypse Code (1:06:30); reading and understanding the Bible in the light that the Bible was not written to us, but it was written for us (1:07:40); using the Bible to interpret the Bible (1:14:10); do we find the ideas from Left Behind and the rapture in the Olivet discourse? (1:16:20); misunderstanding the Book of Revelation (1:14:20); what is the key to understanding the Book of Revelation? (1:24:45); Hanegraaff discusses the phrase Exegetical Eschatology as written about in his book The Apocalypse Code: Find Out What the Bible REALLY Says About the End Times… and Why It Matters Today (1:33:10). https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-apocalypse-code-det/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.


Why You Shouldn't Fear Death—Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us with Clay Jones
Sep 09 2020 90 mins  
Is there life after death? Yes! For many death is terrifying, leading us to try to live as long as possible while hoping that science will find a way for us to live longer—if not forever. However, most people are in denial about death. What if the solution is not denying death’s reality, but recognizing it and relishing the reality that we will live fantastically forever? Clay Jones joins Hank to discuss his book Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It, https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/ which explores the ways people face death and how you can conquer the fear of death by realizing the joyous reality of immortality. Topics discussed include: Different ways that people avoid the fear of death (2:45); is the average person afraid of death?(6:45); why Clay Jones wasn’t afraid to die when he received a terminal cancer diagnosis (10:00); what would happen if we found a cure to cancer? (15:20); what happens when you die? (20:05); will heaven be boring? (21:25); immortality projects-different ways that people try to live forever (23:25); why do celebrities die earlier on average? (25:45); what is a mortality mitigation project? (29:15); why the Buddhist idea of detachment actually deadens life (32:25); is carpe diem a good maxim? (37:15); why should we focus more on our eternal lives than our lives on earth? (39:35); ways that atheists attempt to answer questions about death (42:05); was the Buddha a dead-beat dad? (45:30); the correlation between a decrease in belief in eternal life and an increase in suicide (46:30); anarchy in America (48:30); thinking of death as an upgrade from life (51:20); the Christians who do the most for this world are those who are thinking most of the world to come (56:25); why most atheists actually wish that they believed that Christianity was true (58:30); will science make immortality a reality? (1:01:35); what does it mean that less Americans believe in God or religion, while more people believe in an afterlife? (1:11:40); artificial intelligence and immortality—the rising popularity of the singularity (1:14:20); do all dogs go to heaven? (1:19:25); your soul will not experience death (1:23:00); why do so many Christians fear death? (1:25:30). To receive Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It, for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2009wa/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

The Key to Christian Unity is Humility with Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan
Aug 27 2020 37 mins  
We are thrilled to present a series of conversations between our dear brothers in Christ, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan (aka KP Yohannan). These conversations were initiated by criticism that Francis Chan received as a result of publicly discussing the history of the church and the Eucharist and inspired by our desire to promote dialogue on divisive issues within the body of Christ in a spirit of brotherly love to honor the high priestly prayer of our Heavenly Father just before His passion on the cross “that they may all be one…so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) On behalf of Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan, we hope that these conversations will inspire you to inspect Church history, encourage you to engage in dialogue with those that you may disagree with and live the answer to our Lord’s High Priestly prayer that we may all be one. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) The Key to Christian Unity is Humility…. is the second episode in this four part series of round table conversations and addresses the prayer for unity made by the Lord in His High Priestly Prayer “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Many have said that the first step towards unity is humility—so how do we humble ourselves and pursue unity over the essentials of the historic Christian faith despite our differences? Topics discussed include: Francis Chan addresses the issue of tribalism between Christian Churches and how to reconcile that with the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer that we might be one (0:25); can we unite over the essentials of the historic Christian faith by appealing to the maxim “in essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty and in all things charity?” (6:45); what we can learn from the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican as we engage with believers in Christ from different Christian traditions (12:30); a lesson of inclusivity that Metropolitan Yohan learned from George Verwer after writing Revolution in World Missions (14:10); the greatest doctrine is love (18:15); the criticality of working towards unity in the body of Christ in response to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (20:45); responding to Francis Chan moving to Hong Kong (24:35); Francis Chan discusses his love for evangelizing to those who have never heard the name of Christ while also feeling convicted about inviting people into the family of God while there is disunity in the body of Christ (28:15); the answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer starts with humility (33:50). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

History, Mystery and the Eucharist with Francis Chan and Metropolitian Yohan (K.P. Yohannan)
Aug 19 2020 56 mins  
We are thrilled to present a series of conversations between our dear brothers in Christ, Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan (aka KP Yohannan). These conversations were initiated by criticism that Francis Chan received as a result of publicly discussing the history of the church and the Eucharist and inspired by our desire to promote dialogue on divisive issues within the body of Christ in a spirit of brotherly love to honor the high priestly prayer of our Heavenly Father just before His passion on the cross “that they may all be one…so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) On behalf of Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan, we hope that these conversations will inspire you to inspect Church history, encourage you to engage in dialogue with those that you may disagree with and live the answer to our Lord’s High Priestly prayer that we may all be one. “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35) History, Mystery and the Eucharist is the first episode in this four part series of round table conversations and the discussion is on the importance of understanding the history of the church and the mystery of the Eucharist.Topics discussed include: Hank introduces the first in a series of conversations with Francis Chan and Metropolitan Yohan and the desire of these men to work towards unity in the body of Christ (0:25); Francis Chan responds to the controversy concerning comments he made regarding the history and meaning of the Eucharist (2:50); how an examination of Church history changed Hank’s view on the Eucharist (6:15); for the first 1000 years Christians were undivided at the communion table and the evolution of the different explanations of the Eucharist (15:00); Francis Chan explains his current confusion over the true meaning of the Eucharist because for his entire life he viewed the Eucharist as a mere remembrance and every other view as heresy (24:35); Metropolitan Yohan explains when he realized that he was becoming a lawyer for God, all head knowledge and little experiential life in union with Christ (26:10); Francis Chan questions whether a certain view of the Eucharist is necessary to experience authentic union with Christ and sanctification (43:30); Hank discusses why he felt as though he had become a lawyer for Christ and how that caused him to wonder whether he was even a Christian (46:10); misunderstanding deification (49:00) stay tuned for the rest of the conversation between Francis Chan, Metropolitan Yohan and Hank Hanegraaff coming soon (55:40). Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

The Word Crisis that Threatens to Undo Western Civilization with D.K. Matthews
Aug 10 2020 94 mins  
Hank is joined by D.K. Matthews, author of Seduced? Shameless Spin, Weaponized Words, Polarization, Tribalism, and the Impending Disintegration of Faith and Culture and the cover article of the Christian Research Journal, “Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization.” Today Christians are caught in the cross hairs of a virulent linguistic pandemic. It’s a crisis of word—a crisis that has flowered into semantic terrorism. Post-truth critics—including candidates for the highest office in the land—routinely castigate those who stand in opposition to their redefinition of words. They are labeled intolerant, hateful, ignorant, xenophobic, and an imminent and existential threat to the noble quest for a progressive future. This critical conversation conveys the reality of how redefining words and worldviews threatens to undo Western Civilization.Topics discussed include: The redefinition of words today and why it is a threat to Western Civilization (5:00); the legal implications of redefining sex to include sexual orientation and identity (8:05); logocentric reality (15:35); justice as a classic example of alternate semantic universes (19:25); is the modern redefinition of social justice a Trojan horse? (23:00); do Christians need to be more educated on critical theory? (28:40); the role of Marxism in critical theory (33:00); the difference between the concept Black Lives Matter and the organization of Black Lives Matter (35:00); why the redefinition of words could be considered a linguistic pandemic (38:15); is the end of Western Civilization near? (43:05); constructing a lexicon of post-truth terms (56:05); how redefining words can redefine reality (1:01:30); how Jesus and Paul dealt with the counterfeit concepts in Scripture (1:04:55); how Thomas Jefferson and Madonna redefined Jesus and His message to fit their personal worldviews (1:09:50); are we living in an anti-Christian moment? (1:12:25); why the death of truth is a precursor to the death of words (1:19:50); the new pronoun rules and regulations in society today (1:23:25);D.K. Matthews discusses why he wrote his epic book Seduced? Shameless Spin, Weaponized Words, Polarization, Tribalism, and the Impending Disintegration of Faith and Culture (1:27:10).For more information on his cover article of the Christian Research Journal, “Seduced? The Crisis of Word and the Fragmentation of Civilization” please click here. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/the-word-crisis-that-threatens-to-undo-western-civilization/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Gay Girl, Good God with Jackie Hill Perry
Jul 08 2020 67 mins  
Jackie Hill Perry is an incredible writer, poet, artist and a gifted communicator of Christian truth. She is also the author of one of Hank’s favorite books in years, Gay Girl, Good God and joins Hank to discuss her journey out of a homosexual lifestyle, offering a much needed testimony for a time when society has embraced radical changes to traditional views of sexual identity. Jackie Hill Perry didn’t write Gay Girl, Good God to merely point out the mistakes of her past, but to shine light on the power of a relationship with God while helping people understand the realities of same-sex attraction. This is a truly a can’t miss conversation. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2007hup/Topics discussed include: What made Jackie Hill Perry go against the cultural perspective of sexuality in favor of a biblical perspective (3:00); the power of words and narratives (6:25); how personal autonomy relates to the issues of abortion, sexual freedom and sexual identity (8:50); the impact of abuse and fatherlessness (12:05); the role of conscience in our lives as a reminder of truth (16:00); the error of what Jackie Hill Perry calls the heterosexual gospel, believing that only a fraction of our humanity needs saving (18:55); the different ways we identify ourselves (24:50); God didn’t come into the world to give us joy, but to be our joy (28:15); Jackie Hill Perry reacts to a negative review of her book Gay Girl, Good God on Amazon (30:45); learning to see ourselves through the lens of Scripture rather than through the lens of culture (33:35); how sin can feel natural (36:30); the role of the church to impact society and the importance of discipleship in the church (38:00); the stereotype that pornography is only a male problem (41:30); does Jackie Hill Perry still experience same-sex sexual temptation? (43:05); Jackie Hill Perry’s passion for poetry (44:20); the power and significance of apologetics (46:40); a passion for scripture and the beauty of being able to give biblical answers (48:10); how Jackie Hill Perry came up with the title Gay Girl, Good God and what she hopes people get from the reading the book (51:20); a lightning round of questions on Gay Girl, Good God (53:50); the importance of having an eternal perspective (1:00:25).To learn about receiving the book Gay Girl, Good God for your partnering gift, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2007hup/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Fission or Fusion? A Call for Christian Unity with Nathan Jacobs
Jun 23 2020 35 mins  
Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss Hank’s passionate desire for the Christian world to experience fusion in the essentials of the historic Christian faith as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer that called for unity among the followers of Christ. Topics discussed include: Hank discusses his passionate desire for Christianity to experience fusion in the essentials of the Christian faith as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer calling for unity among Christians (0:50); how do different denominations in Christianity see one another? (8:20); not viewing the Christian life as a binary action, but as a journey toward union with God (17:05); the importance of humility in the Christian faith (23:40); baptismal regeneration (28:00); how to view the film Becoming Truly Human by Nathan Jacobs (33:20). https://www.equip.org/product/becoming-truly-human-dvd/Learn more in chapter six “Fusion: The Secret to Global Transformation” in Hank’s newest book Truth Matters, Life Matters More. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Never Give Up with K.P. Yohannan
Jun 09 2020 107 mins  
Welcome to a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast where we celebrate the 100th episode of Hank Unplugged with a close, personal friend of Hank Hanegraaff who fits the billing for the podcast from its inception—truly one of the most interesting, informative and inspirational people on the planet. K.P. Yohannan is the founder of Gospel For Asia and has spent his life leading a growing gospel movement in over a dozen Asian nations. His classic book Revolution in World Missions has impacted millions of people and truly is the story of how one man can change a generation. On this edition of Hank Unplugged Yohannan joins Hanegraaff to discuss his new book Never Give Up-– the story of how the Lord carried Yohannan through the most difficult hours of his life and highlights his hope that the story of a broken man can impact a generation. We are experiencing unprecedented times. In such times people desperately need hope and courage. God brings certain books and people into our lives precisely when we need them. Never Give Up is one of those books and K.P. Yohannan is one of those people. We hope you have enjoyed the first 100 episodes of Hank Unplugged and look forward to many more—God bless!Topics discussed include: Hank looks back on some of the guests, topics and listeners leading up to this special 100th episode of Hank Unplugged (0:25); a reflection on the first time Hank met his special guest for the 100th episode K.P. Yohannan (4:20); the origins of Gospel for Asia (7:35); the commitment of K.P. Yohannan and Gospel for Asia to the importance of establishing churches in addition to evangelization (18:15); understanding theosis and that love is the greatest of all doctrines (28:20); persecution that K.P. Yohannan and Gospel for Asia have faced and why Yohannan detailed his experience as a “broken man” in the book Never Give Up (34:10); viewing the Book of Acts as a blueprint for missions and living our lives (44:25); the importance of the church and the change K.P. Yohannan made in order to emphasize the importance of the church as the focus of his ministry (50:20); the importance of studying the early church and church history (58:20); the importance of the church and missionaries equipping Christians to plant more churches and be reproducing disciple makers (1:04:30); has the modern church become too self-centered? (1:10:00); K.P. Yohannan’s passion for the poor and how it influences the missions outreaches of Gospel for Asia in India and many other countries (1:16:25); the importance of looking for opportunities to serve the poor (1:27:00); Revolution in World Missions—what does it mean to have a revolution in world missions and how can we be a part? (1:31:50); learning to live every moment of your life in light of eternity (1:42:10).To learn more about Never Give Up and Revolution in World Missions by K. P. Yohannan please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2006hup/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

The Mystery of the Eucharist with Nathan Jacobs
May 19 2020 29 mins  
Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss different aspects of the liturgy, central to which is the great mystery of the Eucharist.Topics discussed include: Explaining aspects of liturgical worship such as the use of incense and other practices that may be unfamiliar to someone attending a liturgical service for the first time (3:45); the centrality and mystery of the Eucharist in the liturgy (10:30); the sacramental graces that can only be received within the confines of a church community (20:20); a preview of the final episode in the series between Nathan Jacobs and Hank Hanegraaff where they discuss the importance of uniting around the essentials of the historic Christian faith as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer (27:10).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.


When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers with Marcellino D’Ambrosio
May 05 2020 104 mins  
Long before the schism between East and West, Protestant and Catholic, long before the words catholic, orthodox, and evangelical referred to communities distinct and separated from each other, the Fathers of the Church gloried in the one faith of the united Body of Christ, which can be none other than evangelical, catholic, and orthodox. Marcellino D’Ambrosio joins Hank to discuss these epic stories of the earliest Christians so you can grow further in the faith once delivered unto the saints, as discussed in D’Ambrosio’s excellent book When the Church Was Young.Topics discussed include: The importance of unity within the body of Christ as an answer to the Lord’s High Priestly Prayer (3:45); St. Clement of Rome and his letter to the Corinthians dealing with division in the Church (9:00); the martyrdom of Ignatius of Antioch (15:30); understanding the importance of holy tradition (19:10); understanding that the early church did not have the Bible as we do today (24:25); the centrality of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist as argued by Ignatius of Antioch (27:30); the martyrdom of Polycarp of Smyrna (30:55); the significance of relics (34:10); The Didache (37:05); apologetics and the First Apology of Justin Martyr (41:30); Irenaeus and a defense against the heresy of Gnosticism (44:10); the coextensive nature between tradition and scripture (48:05); the teachings of Clement of Alexandria equipping Christians to evangelize the Gospel (53:45); Origen of Alexandria and the transformative nature of union with Christ (58:20); Tertullian and the term Trinity (1:05:20); Cyprian of Carthage on the unity of the church and the concept of having God the Father along with the Church as the mother (1:09:05); the Edict of Milan (1:13:05); the Council of Nicea (1:15:15); why heresy arises when people become impatient with the paradoxical mysteries of the Christian faith (1:19:30); one of the biggest problems facing the church today (1:21:55); the difference between homoousios and homoiousios (1:23:50); Athanasius Contra Mundum (1:25:50); the Cappadocian Fathers—Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa and Gregory of Nazianzus (1:30:10); Ambrose and the importance of separating church and state (1:32:10); discussing several Early Church Fathers such as Augustine, John of Chrysostom, Jerome, Gregory the Great and more (1:33:45); what we can learn from the Early Church Fathers today (1:39:55).To learn how to receive When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers by Marcellino D’Ambrosio for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2005hup/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity with Douglas Murray
Apr 21 2020 95 mins  
Douglas Murray, the author of The Madness of Crowds, joins Hank to discuss the most defining and divisive issues of our era—sexuality, gender, technology and race—revealing the culture wars playing out in our workplaces, universities, schools and homes in the names of social justice, identity politics and intersectionality.Topics discussed include: What is social justice? Is social justice a religious movement? (6:45); the rise of identity politics (8:45); why intersectionality is the ugliest word in the English language according to Douglas Murray (10:00); how the views on gay marriage have shifted so quickly (12:30); why Murray began his book by addressing the gay agenda (16:30); is being gay a choice or are you born that way? (18:50); the myth of harmony in the LGBTQ “community” and the reductionism of identity groupings (23:45); have we reversed the dream of Martin Luther King Jr? (26:00); the order of the LGBTQ alphabet (28:50); the complexity of identity (32:40); why viewing life through the lens of power struggles exposes the Marxist foundations of identity politics and intersectionality (37:30); the Ponzi scheme of American Universities and how academia has ceased to be exploration of ideas and turned into activism, especially in American Universities (44:45); evolving views on sexuality and the deeply dishonest state of double standards in society (47:40); the dangerous overcorrection of equality (51:20); the impossible demands and contradictions of society today (54:05); the irony of social justice warriors (1:01:00); the danger of a society that has forgotten about forgiveness (1:04:45); the role of technology in the madness of crowds and how Silicon Valley is deranging us faster than anything else (1:10:50); the dangerous agenda of identity politics (1:12:40); the issue with whiteness studies (1:16:40); the reception of The Madness of Crowds (1:19:45); why has society failed to critically think through the transgender issue? (1:22:10); how can we combat the madness of crowds? (1:31:25).To learn more about receiving The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity for your partnering gift, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2004hup/ Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Free to Believe:The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America with Luke Goodrich
Apr 07 2020 99 mins  
Luke Goodrich is the vice president and senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, where he has won multiple Supreme Court victories for clients like the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hobby Lobby. As one of America’s preeminent religious liberty attorneys, Goodrich understands the importance of religious freedom and joins Hank to discuss his book Free to Believe (https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2004hup/) why religious freedom matters and practical steps Christians can take to respond to the most pressing religious freedom conflicts of the 21st century.Topics discussed include: What does the Bible say about religious freedom and how should Christians view religious freedom conflicts? (5:30); recalling the power of prayer in relation to a Supreme Court victory for The Little Sisters of the Poor (14:45); the importance of Christian unity and what we can learn from the history of Quakers in America (17:20); why did Luke Goodrich write Free to Believe? (23:05); the origins of religious freedom (28:00); stories of religious freedom conflicts from the Bible (35:30); examining the five most pressing religious freedom issues today (41:35); three common ways that Christians approach the issue of religious freedom (45:10); why should religious freedom matter to non-religious people? how does religious freedom benefit society as a whole? (48:30); the problem with organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation and why religion should be protected as a force for good in society (56:15); the Founders intention for America to be a moral and religious nation and why the system only works when attached to moral principles (1:04:10); the issue of same-sex marriage and religious freedom (1:06:35); abortion, physician assisted suicide and religious freedom (1:13:05); how should Christians respond to religious freedom conflicts? (1:17:10); will gay rights trump religious freedom? (1:20:20); why should Christians protect the religious freedom of other religions like Islam? (1:25:45); how does separation of church and state require government and religion to engage in the public square? (1:31:35); different ways that the Supreme Court is ruling in favor of religious freedom and why Goodrich wants to encourage American Christians to always place their hope in God over government (1:32:40).To learn more about receiving Free to Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America for your partnering gift, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2004hup/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

The Coronavirus—Comfort and Insight from Fr. Themi
Mar 30 2020 41 mins  
This edition of Hank Unplugged was organized by Paradise 4 Kids Global, including Fr. Themi’s Orthodox mission in Sierra Leone, where it is his work to preach the Gospel and meet the needs of the poor in the name of Jesus. Fr. Themi lived in the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and joins Hank to give practical insight on dealing with the current Coronavirus pandemic along with biblical wisdom and the comfort found in Christ Jesus. Topics discussed include: How facing death led Hank Hanegraaff to wonder whether he has done enough for the poor and downtrodden in his life (7:30); Fr. Themi on taking a vow of poverty in Africa (9:20); what we can learn from previous epidemics as we face the Coronavirus Covid-19 (11:25); what does the Bible tell us about epidemics (pestilence)? (20:20); practical tips and advice from Fr. Themi that he learned from dealing with the Ebola outbreak (24:55); churches being shut down during this pandemic (26:00); Fr. Themi discusses his experiences of partaking of the Eucharist from a common cup during an outbreak (29:20); after losing connection with Fr. Themi due to technical difficulties, Hank goes on to discuss the power of partaking of the Eucharist (31:30); Hank finishes the podcast by discussing a conversation with his friend Elijah who exhorted Hank in the Holy Spirit to call the Body of Christ to “pray three times a day for 21 days in one accord” in response to the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus chronicled in John 17: “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (36:15).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.


Fragments of Truth–Can We Trust the Bible? with Dr. Craig Evans
Mar 17 2020 103 mins  
Can we trust the Bible? The Christian faith is firmly rooted in the teachings of the New Testament—but can we really trust the Bible? Skeptics will tell you that the authenticity of the Bible cannot be trusted, arguing that the Gospel manuscripts have been doctored to push a theological agenda. Dr. Craig Evans joins Hank to discuss his film Fragments of Truthhttps://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2003hup/ , which could be faith-saving for the many thousands of believers who have been caused to doubt their faith due to illegitimate and inaccurate claims concerning biblical authority and accuracy.Topics discussed include: Can we trust the Bible? (7:30); how archeology supports the authenticity of biblical narratives (8:50); how Misquoting Jesus inspired Dr. Craig Evans to correct Bart Ehrman’s misrepresentations of biblical manuscripts (13:30); is the claim by Bart Ehrman that the Bible has been altered true? (15:55); the problem of historical and biblical illiteracy (18:45); how did Jesus teach his disciples to communicate? (24:30); the two sides of Bart Ehrman (27:45); how long were the original manuscripts (autographs) of the Bible kept in circulation? (30:10); the difference between papyrus and parchment and how they were used for biblical manuscripts (35:05); the significance of the early fragments of the New Testament such as P52 (an early fragment from the Gospel of John) and the mistake of taking the Bible for granted (40:10); P45, the most ancient collection of all four Gospels (48:05); is the late dating of many New Testament biblical scholars arbitrary or biased? (55:30); the eyewitness testimony of biblical authors (57:45); viewing the life of Christ using extrabiblical historical accounts (1:01:10); the science of textual criticism and the process of dating ancient manuscripts (1:04:10); textual variants and their frequencies (1:07:25); the etymology of the term autograph, literally meaning written by himself (1:11:20); the discipline of textual criticism (1:16:00); how do we know that the four Gospels were actually written by Mathew, Mark, Luke and John? (1:16:50); what is a gloss? (1:19:50); addressing the long ending of Mark (1:22:35); the longer ending to the Lord’s Prayer (1:29:00); addressing examples of agraphons (1:30:25); the canon of Scripture (1:32:15); is it possible for a rogue scribe to have substantially changed the New Testament? (1:35:15); the myth that the Emperor Constantine picked the books of the biblical canon as pushed by popular authors like Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code (1:36:30); the importance of The Dead Sea Scrolls (1:38:35).To learn more about the DVD Fragments of Truth–Can We Trust the Bible? for your partnering gift please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2003hup/ Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Sola Scriptura with Nathan Jacobs
Mar 05 2020 27 mins  
Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss Sola Scriptura and the dangers of Sola Scriptura becoming “Solo Scriptura.”Topics discussed include: Early New Testament manuscripts and how soon after the ascension of Christ we actually had a New Testament (3:25); Christianity and the Church was established and practiced before there was a compiled New Testament through the teachings of Christ to the Apostles (6:15); the importance of a proper interpretation of Scripture (9:00); Christian beliefs and practices that are not found in the Bible and whether Sola Scriptura is biblical (10:55); the problems with so many competing and contradictory interpretations of the Bible (15:50); closing thoughts on Sola Scriptura (24:20).Other podcasts in this series: Understanding Eastern Orthodoxy with Nathan JacobsA Historical and Biblical Defense of Icons with Nathan JacobsMisunderstanding Faith, Works and Mary, the Mother of God with Nathan JacobsListen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Misunderstanding Faith, Works and Mary, the Mother of God with Nathan Jacobs
Mar 03 2020 37 mins  
Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they discuss why many Christians today have a misunderstanding of faith and works. Additionally, far too many Christians today misguidedly disregard the importance of Mary to the Christian faith and they discuss the role of Mary in the incarnation and the profound theological implications as the mother of God.Topics discussed include: Why do some Evangelicals believe that Hank Hanegraaff left the Christian faith when he became Eastern Orthodox? (0:20); discussing the differing framework of faith and works in the East and the West (4:20); we are not saved by good works, but for good works (17:30); discussing the Dormition of the Mother of God, Mary (20:25); the perpetual virginity of Mary (23:20); the role of Mary in the Incarnation and the profound theological implications (31:30); a preview of the next conversation in this podcast series with Nathan Jacobs on Sola Scriptura (35:00).To learn more about Hank’s journey to Eastern Orthodoxy please see Truth Matters, Life Matters More by clicking here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-truth-matters-life-matters-more/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.


Remembering Dr. Walter Martin the Founder of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast with daughter Cindee Martin Morgan
Feb 18 2020 96 mins  
Cindee Martin Morgan is the daughter of the late Dr. Walter Martin, who was the founder and former president of the Christian Research Institute, and the original Bible Answer Man. On this episode of Hank Unplugged she joins Hank for a conversation on her new book on the history of the Christian Research Institute, the Bible Answer Man broadcast and the man who founded both, her father Dr. Walter Martin.Topics discussed include: What inspired Cindee Martin Morgan to write a book on the history of the Christian Research Institute and her father Dr. Walter Martin (3:15); what it was like growing up as the daughter of Dr. Walter Martin, the original Bible Answer Man (9:35); the enduring influence and legacy of Dr. Walter Martin (16:05); how Dr. Walter Martin became a leader of the Christian countercult movement (18:15); the origins of the name of the Bible Answer Man broadcast (22:35); the visionary idea of a computerized apologetics database compiling apologetics answers at the Christian Research Institute (23:50); Dr. Walter Martin and his relationship with Jehovah’s Witnesses (25:25); Dr. Walter Martin’s conviction that controversy for the sake of controversy is sin, controversy for the sake of truth is a divine command (27:35); did Dr. Walter Martin believe that Catholics hold to the essentials of the Christian faith? (33:50); the Maze of Mormonism (40:10); the time that Dr. Walter Martin was a guest pastor on the CBS program Bride and Groom (42:15); a deep belief in God’s healing and a passion for praying for the sick (45:00); the reality of spiritual warfare (47:10); Dr. Walter Martin’s personal struggles with doubt (54:15); Cindee Martin Morgan reflects on the time Dr. Walter Martin introduced her to Hank Hanegraaff for the first time (58:05); Cindee Martin Morgan’s perspective on the differences between her father and Hank Hanegraaff as leaders of the Christian Research Institute (1:01:45); Walter Martin’s brave evangelistic encounters (1:03:35); following truth wherever it leads and the reconciliation between CRI and The Local Church (1:09:30); recollections of Dr. Walter Martin (1:22:35); Cindee Martin Morgan’s passionate defense for the life of the unborn (1:26:05); is the abortion debate changing for the next generation? (1:30:05).To learn more about Cindee Martin Morgan’s book, The Bible Answer Man: Walter Martin and Hank Hanegraaff: Dr. Martin’s Daughter Reflects on CRI’s Founder, Its History, and Its Current President, please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resourcethe-bible-answer-man-walter-martin-and-hank-hanegraaff-dr-martins-daughter-reflects-on-cris-founder-its-history-and-its-current-president/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

A Historical and Biblical Defense of Icons with Nathan Jacobs
Feb 06 2020 41 mins  
Nathan Jacobs is a renaissance man. As an artist, author, philosopher, professor and filmmaker, Dr. Jacobs is truly an inspirational, informative and interesting individual. He joins Hank Hanegraaff for a series of podcasts seeking to better explain Eastern Orthodoxy and explain away many of the most common misconceptions people have about Eastern Orthodoxy. In this podcast they make a historical and biblical defense of icons and wonder whether those who are against iconography may actually have an inadequate understanding of the incarnation.Topics discussed include: John of Damascas and his defense of icons (2:35); do those who are against icons, iconoclasts, have an inadequate view of the incarnation? (6:00); explaining the veneration of icons (13:45); the historical role of icons in a world of illiteracy and oral traditions that didn’t have the biblical texts that we often take for granted today (26:35); the appeal and potential profundity of icons in our world today as evangelical examples (31:20); an article by Hank’s son David Hanegraaff, “Does the Bible Answer Man’s son believe he has left the Christian faith?” and a preview of the next podcast in the series (38:25). https://www.equip.org/article/does-the-bible-answer-mans-son-believe-that-he-has-left-the-christian-faith/Nathan Jacobs article, “John of Damascus and His Defense of Icons” is in the following issue of the Christian Research Journal. https://www.equip.org/christian-research-journal/dantes-inferno-explains-hell-to-modern-seekers/ Subscribe today (Feb 2020) and receive this as your first issue. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.


Loving God in the Midst of Suffering with Douglas Groothuis
Jan 23 2020 80 mins  
“How do you continue to find God as dementia pulls your loved one into the darkness?” Douglas Groothuis details the gradual loss of his wife to dementia and ultimately death in his book Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness―A Philosopher's Lament (available at Equip.org). https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-walking-through-twilight-a-wifes-illness-a-philosophers-lament/ Groothuis joined Hank Hanegraaff to discuss what he learned from his season of suffering and how sharing his own vulnerable experiences can help lead other “siblings in suffering” closer to Christ. Douglas Groothuis is a longtime contributor to the Christian Research Journal and many of his articles can be found on the web at Equip.org. Topics discussed include: Dealing with the gradual loss of someone with dementia and the experience of ambiguous loss after they die (3:30); how apologetics can aid spiritual formation and helps Christians deal with moments of doubt (6:00); Douglas Groothuis discusses his temptation to hate God, comparing his experiences to the Psalms of lament in the Bible (11:10); why Groothuis decided to embrace vulnerability by writing the autobiographical account of his suffering in Walking Through Twilight: A Wife's Illness—A Philosopher's Lament https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-walking-through-twilight-a-wifes-illness-a-philosophers-lament/(15:05); finding solace in the wisdom of the Psalms (20:45); finding meaning in the midst of suffering (26:30); what lessons can we learn from dogs?? (29:35); the power of music (33:45); the value of memorizing scripture (37:20); how adversity can help us grow—you can become bitter or you can become better (43:45); wise ways to use social media (46:30); the value of reading and the difference between digital books and physical books (48:45); practical guidelines for helping those who are hurting (54:20); was Jesus a philosopher? (1:00:30); do we think enough about our own immortality? (1:04:45); should apologists embrace mystery more often? (1:06:45); embracing apologetics as a source of spiritual formation (1:09:45); a brief summary of Christian apologetics (1:11:40); the value of art and music in a Christian life (1:16:35).Please click here to learn about partnering with us and receiving the book Walking Through Twilight: A Wife’s Illness―A Philosopher’s Lament. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-walking-through-twilight-a-wifes-illness-a-philosophers-lament/ Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Eat, Fast, Feast: A Christian Guide to Health & Fasting with Jay Richards
Jan 09 2020 90 mins  
Like millions of others concerned about their health, Hank Hanegraaff never knew which diet plan to trust, but he believes that he has found the secret to healing the whole of you–body, mind and spirit. Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul — A Christian Guide to Fasting is the latest book by Jay Richards, outlining a plan based on the ancient Christian practice of intermittent fasting that can help you experience deeper life in Christ while getting healthier physically. This podcast features a conversation between Hank and Jay in which they discuss the benefits of fasting and a six-week plan for a powerful paradigm shift that could make this the healthiest year of your life.Topics discussed include: The impact that reading Eat, Fast, Feast had on Hank’s cancer treatment and going into remission (1:30); why Jay Richards believes that it is no coincidence that a decrease in fasting has led to an increase in diseases of civilization such as heart disease, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cancer (6:25); why our bodies are designed for fasting (12:05); why did Christians stop fasting? (17:25); did Jesus assume that His followers would fast? (20:45); why should we care about early Christian practice today? (24:20); examining the practice of intermittent fasting (29:45); is dietary fat bad for us? (37:20); are all calories equal? (40:45); the difference between dieting and fasting (43:25); the benefits of combining a ketogenic diet with fasting (46:25); the problem with carbohydrates (48:40); the importance of consuming water and salt (52:10); do our bodies have two brains? (55:25); the growing evidence that fasting can fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, Parkinson’s, cancer, etc. (57:05); getting your body into recycle and repair mode (59:25); examples of fasting incorrectly (1:02:40); the physical and spiritual benefits of the Christian seasons of fasting (1:04:25); Darwinian associations with various diets (1:07:40); does feasting lose it’s significance without fasting? (1:11:05); how do our taste buds change? (1:13:15); are there health benefits of alcohol (1:15:30); the problem with “nutritionalism” and reducing food to its chemical composition (1:16:25); Eucharistic symbolism and understanding our body soul unity (1:18:05); the loss of fasting as an ordinary part of the Christian life for many modern Christians (1:20:35); what to expect if you follow Jay Richards’ 6 week fasting routine (1:22:35).For further information on Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul — A Christian Guide to Fasting please click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2001hup/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

How to Explain Hell with Louis Markos
Dec 23 2019 97 mins  
Hell can be hard to explain. Professor Louis Markos joins Hank to discuss how works of art can help us understand and explain complex topics like hell, which is the topic of Markos’ feature article in the Christian Research Journal titled How Dante’s Inferno Can Help Explain Hell to Modern Seekers. This is a high energy, passionate conversation covering a wide range of topics that we promise you won’t want to miss. Subscribe today and receive this as your first issue, please click here to learn more. https://www.equip.org/product/crj-subscription/Topics discussed include: Is cultural apologetics important? (4:05); the relationship between art and the incarnation (8:30); are icons idols or a window into another world? (10:30); the depth of Dante’s Inferno (20:30); the two meanings of the word comedy (23:40); evil is perverted goodness (26:30); the power of symbolism in the practice of sacraments in the church such as baptism (36:00); what is hell? (44:40); comparing The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis and Dante’s Divine Comedy (46:40); do we have free will? what is free will? (48:40); is white-collar crime worse than blue-collar crime? (54:10); the essence of sin is the perversion of good (56:25); should reading be considered a spiritual discipline? (1:01:40); Bart Ehrman and the importance of reading the Bible in the proper context (1:13:20); the importance of asking the question “is it true?” (1:17:45); what does Heaven mean? (1:21:00); is the Bible perfect? (1:28:25); the significance of tradition in relation to the Bible (1:31:05).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

Jesus Skeptic with John S. Dickerson
Dec 10 2019 91 mins  
Award winning journalist John S. Dickerson joins Hank to discuss the credibility and impact of Christianity as detailed in Dickerson’s new book Jesus Skeptic. They discuss how Christianity has impacted and shaped our culture, including how followers of Jesus helped to abolish slavery, establish public education, found modern hospitals, support women’s rights, drive racial reconciliation, and fight for justice and progress in various other arenas. In a generation that wants to make the world a better place, this episode will display what humanity’s greatest champions had in common: a Christian faith.Topics discussed include: Is the great evangelical recession global? (1:30); what if Jesus Christ had never been born? (4:05); why are so many people skeptical of Jesus and Christianity? (11:15); the role of Christians in the foundation of colleges, universities and education as we know it (14:50); political correctness in universities today and the danger of losing freedom thought (19:00); does Western society take the impact of Christianity for granted? (21:25); is Christianity a keystone species in society? (25:15); the Christian foundations of modern hospitals and healthcare (29:00); Christians and the Scientific Revolution (31:45); Christianity and women’s rights (43:45); how the Christian ethic helped to abolish slavery (46:30); was Hitler a Christian? (52:10); the importance of the Bible (56:45); predictions that Jesus made (59:50); was Jesus the most influential person in history? (1:04:40); what is the history of Christianity? (1:07:15); the origins of literacy and how society is drifting towards post-literacy (1:13:20); the importance of reading (1:17:10); what does the book of nature tell us about God? (1:24:30).To learn more about the book Jesus Skeptic click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1912wa/

History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS with Robert Spencer
Nov 26 2019 98 mins  
Robert Spencer has not only faced death threats for speaking the truth about Islam, people have actually attempted to kill him. In an era of political correctness gone crazy it is downright dangerous to have an honest conversation about Islamic history and the teachings of Muhammad that Muslims honor as their prophet. A willingness to follow truth wherever it leads, even if it is unpopular, is what makes Robert Spencer so special and why Hank has such a deep respect for his work. Their conversation details the role of Islam in the world today through a thorough understanding of Islam throughout world history. Topics discussed include: Robert Spencer once trained US military personnel on the mindset of an Islamic terrorist and why CAIR asked for him to be removed from that position (2:55); divine providence saving both Hank Hanegraaff and Robert Spencer’s lives and how facing death changes the way you live your life (5:25); the contributions that Christianity has made to Western Civilization and why an Islamic worldview could never have led to them (11:30); contrasting the history of Jesus Christ and Mohammed (14:00); addressing the state of affairs in Turkey today and the restoration of an Islamic Caliphate (16:45); why the history of jihad is not known or remembered by most Americans (19:20); the phenomena of Islamophobia and the lack of honest discourse on Islam (21:50); why Sharia makes Islam and democracy an impossible combination (27:35); Meccan and Medinan Suras and the contradictions in the Quran (29:45); the growing Muslim majority in the western world as an example of demographic jihad (33:35); Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, anti-Semitism and the growing Islamic influence in the US government (35:30); did Ilhan Omar marry her own brother in a case of immigration fraud? (37:30); the impact of Islam in Michigan and the future of Islam in America (39:30); why does the radical left love Islam and hate Christianity? (41:55); the difference between the just war theory in Christianity and jihad in Islam(46:00); why it is critical to put the history of the Crusades into a proper perspective (47:35); the mass genocide of Christians in the Middle East today and how political correctness is helping it to happen (51:55); Pope Francis, Barack Obama and George W. Bush defending Islam as a religion of peace (54:25); the state of Islamic terrorism today (1:09:15); the Dome of the Rock, the Hagia Sophia and Muslims reappropriation of important religious sites of other religions into mosques (1:13:30); Robert Spencer’s return to Eastern Orthodoxy (1:21:40); why Robert Spencer is writing an apologetic for Orthodoxy focused on arguments against papal authority (1:23:15); why Islam is the biggest threat to Western Civilization (1:27:10); is Iran, Saudi Arabia or Turkey the biggest threat to the West in the Islamic world? (1:29:25); Robert Spencer receiving death threats (1:32:35); Robert Spencer’s upcoming book The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process (1:35:55).Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.


Exclusive–Truth Matters, Life Matters More Audiobook Preview
Nov 12 2019 41 mins  
In a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank Hanegraaff offers an exclusive preview of his new book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1909wa/ Essentially, Truth Matters, Life Matters More is two books in one. Because truth matters, part one memorably equips readers in the essential truth of the Christian faith. In part two Hank explains why life matters more and how we can experience the height of human existence—union with God. Simply put, the map is not the territory. The menu is not the meal. We cheat ourselves of authentic union with Christ when we elevate the message above the Messenger. Hanegraaff earnestly believes that Truth Matters, Life Matters More is his magnum opus and the crowning achievement of over 3 decades in ministry. To get your copy of Truth Matters, Life Matters More visit www.equip.org.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1909wa/Topics discussed include: Hank Hanegraaff begins by explaining why he felt the need to compose Truth Matters, Life Matters More as two books in one (0:00); an exclusive listen to the audiobook reading of the introduction to part two of the Truth Matters, Life Matters More, titled Life Matters More read by Hank Hanegraaff (18:40); Hanegraaff thanks the audience for listening and reminds listeners that Truth Matters, Life Matters more is available for your support of the Christian Research Institute at www.equip.org (36:30).https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1909wa/Listen to Hank’s podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent.Archived episodes are on our Website and available at the additional channels listed below.You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from the other channels we are listed on.

The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life with Rankin Wilbourne
Oct 29 2019 94 mins  
Rankin Wilbournes Union with Christ is one of Hanks favorite books, so when Wilbournes newest book The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life arrived in the mail he read it immediately. As soon as he finished reading the book he knew that he needed to promote it as much as possible and invite Rankin Wilbourne back on the Hank Unplugged podcast for another discussion on the most important aspect of our human existence union with God. Topics discussed include: Why did Rankin Wilbourne decide to write The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life with Brian Gregor (8:50); what did the cross mean in the ancient world? (10:10); how to find true happiness in the cross (12:50); the relationship between Union with Christ and The Cross Before Me and how both books truly show the way to live your best life now (16:55); the importance of doing all that we do for the Glory of God (20:30); why Rankin Wilbourne used Tom Brady, Brad Pitt and Andre Agassi as examples that all men seek to find true happiness (23:00); the problem with seeking a culture driven formula for happiness as opposed to a Christ driven formula for true happiness (26:40); the significance of suffering and why we should rejoice in our suffering (30:20); Ephrem the Syrian, Bernard of Clairvaux and Jesus Christ on the importance of humility (34:30); Hank recalls a time when he was critical of the prosperity gospel and how it taught him to focus on the opinion of God instead of the opinion of man (41:45); the importance of confession as a spiritual exercise (44:00); the problem with cultural Christianity and the idea that we can have union with Christ and union with the culture, making Jesus an accessory to our identity as opposed to the center of our reality (47:00); recovering the scandal of the cross in a culture that has domesticated the cross (50:35); the importance of crucifying our ambition and ego (54:00); recapturing a sense of history and the value of Christian tradition rightly understood in order to properly understand the Bible its Sola Scriptura not Solo Scriptura (57:00); misunderstanding freedom as the ability to do whatever we want and why cruciform freedom is the source of true freedom (1:01:05); the greatest failure in life is a failure to love, but the cross shows us what love looks like and how to live a life of cruciform love (1:04:00); the myth that the church needs to be more relevant to grow (1:09:20); examining the idea that you cannot have God as your Father without having the Church as your mother (1:13:00); who deserves a good life? (1:18:00); God wants us to be both happy and holy, because a life of holiness is a life of happiness (1:23:00); the importance of spiritual exercises to improve our spiritual health because grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to merit (1:24:30). For more information on Rankin Wilbourne s Union with Christ and The Cross Before Me The Way to the Good Life click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1910hup/ Listen to Hanks podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural change agent. You can help spread the word about Hank Unplugged by giving us a rating and review from all the channels we are listed on

Truth Matters, Life Matters More Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part Two
Sep 26 2019 59 mins  
Hank Hanegraaff and his son David continue their discussion with focus on Hanks magnum opus Truth Matters, Life Matters More: The Unexpected Beauty of an Authentic Christian Life.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource1909hup/ See Episode 79 Journey through Cancer and Eastern Orthodoxy Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part One also. Topics discussed include: Salvation transcends transaction, pointing to transformation and union with God (0:35); Truth Matters, Life Matters More is Hanks most profoundly personal and surprising book (1:55); saved by a miracle (see HUP 079 Journey through Cancer and Eastern Orthodoxy Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part One at 1:45) (6:10); following truth wherever it leads (7:30); writing and rewriting (8:00); physical facts do not fix all the facts (9:15); must learn to read literature properly (9:40); outlandish biblical interpretations within evangelicalism motivated search that led to Orthodoxy (10:00); should Christians ask and pray for forgiveness for sin? (10:40); ancient sacrament of confession (11:00); life matters more, but truth is necessary (11:45); why not just skip to part two of book? (12:45); facts are necessary but vulnerability attracts (14:00); issue of Sacred Tradition (15:30); Tradition vs traditionalism (16:45); Tradition is the Bible rightly interpreted (17:55); Bible passed down through people closely associated with the original writings therefore better able to translate and interpret Scripture (18:00); Irenaeus and Ignatius (20:00); solace in consulting early Church Fathers’ interpretation (21:00); no lone ranger Christians need the church, ground and pillar of truth, which dispensed the necessary graces of God (23:00); Fusion and the imperative for Christian unity, and the Lords High Priestly prayer (John 17) (23:50); fusion is difficult, fission is easy (24:30); in essentials unity (26:50); in nonessentials liberty thus God has His people everywhere (28:40); unity not uniformity (32:30); Hank learned much from David (33:10); David awaiting birth of firstborn baby (33:40) UPDATE: Smush is a boy!; grand parents are heroes (34:35); Kathy and oneness in marriage (38:05); reading and meeting Jean Claude Larchet, The Theology of Illness https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-theology-of-illness/ (39:25); Father Alex Karloutsos asks, What engendered the most fear, being ostracized for becoming Orthodox, or cancer diagnosis? (41:25); first thought at cancer diagnosis (42:50); ultimately not about living or dying but about living well to the glory of God (47:50); Hanks hope for Truth Matters, Life Matters Hope (48:25); paradigm shift from transaction to transformation (49:00); focus on larger arch from creation to redemption and experience now life that is life to the full union with God https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1909wa/(see HUP 079 at 43:20) (49:15); catching on within body of Christ Wilbourne’s Union with Christ (51:15); that the church can become the church again (51:50); John Dickerson’s Great Evangelical Recession https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri1808wa/(52:15); church life is necessary receive the graces of God through the church (52:30); Romans 12 (53:20); paramount grace is the Eucharist, and there are other graces (53:50); sacrament of confession (54:10); that the church would worship God in spirit and in truth (54:50); the body of Christ may be one; fusion (55:35); closing thoughts (56:00). Listen to Hanks podcast and follow Hank off the grid where he is joined by some of the brightest minds discussing topics you care about. Get equipped to be a cultural...

Journey through Cancer and Eastern Orthodoxy Hanks Conversation with David Hanegraaff, Part One
Sep 19 2019 51 mins  
Hank sits down with his eldest son David to reflect on his journey through Mantle Cell Lymphoma, his recent allogeneic stem cell transplant, and spiritual surgery. God is not interested in healing us physically; He is interested in healing the whole of us body, soul, and spirit. Gods providence and glory are clearly manifest in Hanks journey. Topics discussed include: Hanks son David wrote a remarkable personal reflection https://www.equip.org/article/does-the-bible-answer-mans-son-believe-that-he-has-left-the-christian-faith/ (0:30); David was used by the Lord to save his fathers life, and Hank recounts his recent experience with his allogeneic stem cell transplant (1:45); Hanks dear friend Donny: God’s got you (2:45); in the intensive care unit (4:10); a further miraculous word from the Lord through friend Ramsey: God’s got you (5:00); after the ICU, Hank could no longer take care of himself a transformational coming to the end of himself (7:15); Gods providential work (8:40); the Lords timing is perfect as Hank approaches 100 days post transplant (9:45); David asks Hank to speak to the coincidence of his cancer diagnosis and his formal entrance into Orthodoxy in April 2017 (10:15); doctrine of deification (10:50); Luther and deification (12:55); Hank increasingly troubled with his own spiritual condition (14:20); beginning to explore Eastern Orthodoxy (16:45); Orthodox liturgy is God centered (18:55); finding home at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church (19:15); Hank says no to familys request to attend Orthodox church (20:15); Kathy loves it (22:20); the Eucharist is the medicine of immortality (Ignatius) (23:05); truth matters, life matters more motivates study of Orthodoxy (24:00); Chrismated April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday (24:20); finally able to partake of the Eucharist (25:00); next day headlines read, Hanegraaff leaves the Christian Faith (25:30); six days later, diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma (26:00); allogeneic stem cell transplant and E. coli infection (27:10); transformational book The Theology of Illness by Jean Claude Larchet (28:10); honestly thankful for cancer and spiritual surgery (29:10); God is not knowable in His essence, we know God by His energies (32:40); deification is a scary word with an even scarier definition (33:30); Hank selfreliant (34:10); I’ve never seen my father closer to Christ (35:55); Hank comes to an end of himself (36:10); dear friend Elijah and truth matters, life matters more (38:30); the menu is not the meal (41:15); meaning of the Eucharist (42:40); the larger arch from creation to deification, and the smaller arch from the fall to salvation (43:20); wrong sense of deification (44:40); the Tree of Life Christ (45:30); salvation transcends transaction, pointing to transformation and union with God (48:30). To find our more information on Truth Matters, Life Matters More click here https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource1909hup/. For more information on Theology of Illness by Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet click here. https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-the-theology-of-illness/

How Should Christians View Climate Change? with Dr. Patrick Michaels
Jun 26 2019 58 mins  
Climate change is one of the most contentious issues of our time, leaving many Christians unsure of how they should view climate change. A key issue of concern at the Christian Research Institute is discernment, which is precisely why Hank wanted to have a conversation with Dr. Patrick Michaels to encourage Christians to critically consider how they view climate change. Dr. Michaels is a leading climatologist, who was a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. We hope that this conversation helps you to better understand this highly controversial and politicized issue.. Click here to see Hank's writings on this topic. https://www.equip.org/article/how-should-christians-think-about-global-warming/ Topics discussed include: why is the government involved in scientific issues, and what happens when science gets politicized? (6:00); are CO2 emissions always bad? (8:15); the social cost of carbon, and asking if there is a social benefit to carbon emission? (10:10); isn’t the climate always changing? (12:10); how should we process alarmist narratives pushed by politicians regarding climate change? (14:45); the economic impact of climate change initiatives (16:55); how reliable are the computer models that predict climate patterns? (18:55); the political abuse of the global-warming narrative (21:40); the virtue signaling of global warming and the role it plays in a modern secular religion (24:45); do global warming initiatives harm the poor? (26:00); the problem with consensus science (27:00); which of the many climate models is best at predicting climate patterns? (29:20); Patrick Michaels taking a stand against climate change consensus because science has always progressed by people going against the consensus (32:10); is it really time to panic about climate change? (34:20); how can people read the news stories about climate change with a critical mind? (38:20); is the Earth warming, and if it is, what should we do about it? (39:15); why Patrick Michaels believes that the Paris Climate Accord is a joke (43:35); is global warming actually bad? (46:40); should nuclear fission be viewed as an alternative energy source? (48:00); Patrick Michaels on his upcoming book Scientocracy: The Tangled Web of Public Science and Public Policy (50:05); and are people developing apocalypse fatigue? (53:40). Thank you for listening to the Hank Unplugged podcast! We prayerfully ask you to consider making a financial pledge of support to stand shoulder to shoulder with us in the battle for life and truth. The outreaches of the Christian Research Institute are fully funded by listeners like you. To learn more about how you can support this podcast or any of the many outreaches of the Christian Research Institute simply visit https://www.equip.org/product/2019fyewa/ or call 888-7000-CRI. Thanks again for tuning into another edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast


Can Suffering Bring You Closer to Christ? With Jean-Claude Larchet and Nicole Roccas
Feb 13 2019 88 mins  
This edition of Hank Unplugged features exceptional excerpts from conversations with two Christian thinkers that offer refreshing perspectives on the role that illness and anxiety play in our struggle toward holiness. The first conversation you will hear is with Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet, the author of The Theology of Illness. The insights of Dr. Larchet will undoubtedly challenge the way you view suffering, illness and what it truly means to be spiritually healthy. The second conversation features Dr. Nicole Roccas and focusses on a spiritual sickness rooted in apathy known as despondency, a condition as old as time that is thriving in today's culture of leisure, anxiety, and digital distraction. Dr. Nicole Roccas examines wisdom from Christian thinkers throughout history to offer a way out of despondency and back to the present moment. In an age of increasing levels of depression, suicide and despondency, the insights of these two inspirational Christians will help draw you out of the depths of spiritual illness and deeper into spiritual communion with our Creator. Topics discussed include: Do people today have fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with the problem of illness? (4:40); spiritual illness is more serious than physical illness, yet our modern age has made the medical doctor the new high priest of civilization (6:05); how detached we have become from the wisdom of the early church fathers (8:00); ); the difference in the human body before and after the fall and the implications for our resurrected state in the world to come (11:30); was man created perfect? (15:20); deification (theosis) and what it means to become God’s by grace (16:20); is there a link between illness and sin? (23:15); why perfect health does not exist in this world (27:00); good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient (32:15); the role suffering plays in raising our awareness and why illness can be better than health if it aids our spiritual progress (37:30); the essential role of prayer in growing closer to God (41:10); introduction to conversation with Dr. Nicole Roccas on Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life (51:50); how Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope (55:50); while our anxieties draw our focus to the future and our regrets focus on the past, the present is where we are truly able to commune with Christ and that is precisely why it is important to be present (59:15); time isn’t an illusion or an abstraction, but central to how we experience life, likewise our faith is not an abstraction, but experienced in the present moment in time (1:02:05); Dr. Nicole Roccas wrote Time and Despondency—what is meant by despondency? (1:06:15); what are some of the symptoms of despondency and how does technology contribute to distraction and despondency? (1:09:50); is despondency a crime needing to be punished or a sickness needing to be healed? (1:13:50); can despondency be both a sickness and a crime? (1:17:10); anger as a source of despondency (1:18:15); using busyness to mask purposelessness and despair (1:20:15); time as the giver of second chances (1:22:45).

Hank’s Testimony — A Personal Look at Hank’s Journey as a Christian and Thirty Years as Leader of CRI, with Cindee Martin Morgan
Jan 29 2019 112 mins  
On this special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank is joined by Cindee Martin Morgan, the daughter of Dr. Walter Martin (founder of the Christian Research Institute), who interviewed Hank last year for a personal project. One of the objectives of the Hank Unplugged podcast is to offer a more leaned back, less didactic version of Hank Hanegraaff, and the staff at the Christian Research Institute enjoyed this interview so much that we are offering it as a special edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast. The conversation displays a deeply personal perspective on Hank’s early life, transition into ministry, and reflections on what has now been thirty years leading the Christian Research Institute. This is truly a unique episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast that you won’t want to miss.[Editor's Note: This conversation took place before Hank’s cancer went into remission.] Topics discussed include: despite Hank’s background as a Dutch immigrant in the Christian Reformed Church, he considered himself to be a practical atheist until the age of twenty-nine, when he accepted Christ and began to truly live as a Christian (3:00); Hank recalls what it was like growing up as the son of a Christian Reformed pastor (7:35); the story of how Hank met his wife, Kathy, who taught him to evangelize as his trainer in Evangelism Explosion (11:55); Hank recalls some of his greatest mentors in the faith, such as Dr. Walter Martin, Chuck Colson, and R. C. Sproul (14:45); how Hank first met Dr. Walter Martin (18:30); the greatest lesson that Hank learned from Dr. Walter Martin (19:35); what motivated Hank to join the Christian Research Institute (20:45); where Hank was when he heard that Dr. Walter Martin had died (24:30); Hank recalls some amusing anecdotes about his relationship with Dr. Walter Martin (26:55); what inspired Hank to write his first book, Christianity in Crisis (32:00); Hank discusses why he is so passionate about his book Has God Spoken? Memorable Proof of the Bible's Divine Inspiration (37:45); why Hank has always been firmly and unapologetically pro-life (40:05); Hank’s initial reaction to being diagnosed with cancer, and why Hank considers his battle with cancer to have been one of the best experiences of his life (44:35); learning to trust God “in the midst of our whys,” through the midst of uncertainty (52:50); how Hank’s tight-knit family rallied around him during his battle with cancer (55:55); what led Hank to become a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church (57:05); the problem with a transactional view of Christianity as opposed to the transformational purpose of Christianity leading to union with God, also known as theosis (1:07:30); discussing Martin Luther and his belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist (1:13:35); Hank’s response to those who claim that he left the Christian faith by joining the Eastern Orthodox Church (1:15:55); remembering Elliot Miller, longtime friend, colleague, and editor of the Christian Research Journal (1:25:40); discussing threats to the church and why the greatest modern-day threat to the church is not external but internal (1:33:30); the criticality of the church recognizing the importance of the doctrine of unity, uniting in the essentials of the historic Christian faith, or, as C. S. Lewis put it, Mere Christianity (1:39:00); reflecting on the individuals that Hank looks forward to reuniting with in heaven, while taking into account that our perspectives will vary greatly upon arriving in heaven (1:41:30); words of wisdom that Hank lives by and would like to pass on to the next generation (1:44:15); and addressing one of Hank’s favorite Bible verses, 1 Timothy 4:16 (1:47:45).


Angels: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters with Jack Graham
Jan 15 2019 57 mins  
Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist and among the most influential Christians in America. Graham joins Hank to discuss his book Angels: Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters and the underestimation of the influence of angels in our lives. Their conversation touches on common misconceptions about angels, the presence of angels throughout the Bible, and the existence of both holy angels and dark angels. Topics discussed include: how Jack Graham went from wanting to be a professional baseball player to becoming a pastor of one of the largest, most influential churches in the world (3:15); the influence of Prestonwood Baptist in the United States, and why Graham is uncomfortable with the label of megachurch (6:15); the mass exodus of millennials from the church today and the rise of the nones (no religious affiliation) (9:00); providing an alternative to Planned Parenthood though the ministry of the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center (12:35); the influence and significance of angels in our lives, and why Graham is so passionate about angels (14:40); the presence and significance of angels throughout the Bible and the presence of guardian angels in our lives (19:55); remembering that there are angels in the angelic state and also angels in the fallen state — addressing holy angels and dark angels (23:15); common misconceptions people have about angels (29:05); looking to the Book of Isaiah as an example of why our focus should be on the holiness of God rather than our own happiness (32:55); the need for more Christians to not only read the Bible but to memorize and meditate on the Bible (37:25); the responsibility of Christians to be involved in mentorship in the Christian community (41:55); Hanegraaff and Graham share their views on retirement and how it relates to Christian ministry (43:45); the state of evangelism in China (45:05); Hanegraaff personally thanks Graham for his consistent support and encouragement during Hanegraaff’s battle with cancer (48:00); and Graham gives his perspective on the current state of the United States of America (51:10).

Global Warming and Evolution and Artificial Intelligence, Oh My! The Dangers of Groupthink with Jay Richards
Jan 08 2019 90 mins  
Dr. Jay Richards humbly calls himself a shameless generalist due to the diversity of his intellectual endeavors, making him the perfect guest for educationally engaging conversations on a variety of topics. Richards has no problem going against the status quo, which is why he is consistently confronting consensus decision making and deploring the dangers of groupthink, especially when it comes to global warming and evolution. The conversation also touches on Richards’s new book, The Human Advantage, which addresses the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), how smart machines are reshaping our world, and why they will never be a substitute for what he calls “the human advantage.” Topics discussed include: politics disguised as science — a 12-step program on when to doubt a scientific consensus (2:45); how and why stakeholder interests and incentives influence the research and findings of academics (9:25); how motivated blindness inhibits an individual’s ability to perceive inconvenient data (11:55); how worldviews can impact your view on climate change and environmentalism (15:10); on comparing global warming denial to holocaust denial and other ad hominem arguments (18:20); how to get people to think critically (20:30); how tenure and groupthink impact intellectual discourse (22:00); the problems of cliques and conspiracies in publishing and peer reviews (25:05); the problem when politicians don’t understand the issues but merely follow the popular narrative (27:15); are the fires in California a product of climate change? (28:45); are natural disasters such as hurricanes and fires naturally bad for the Earth? (30:30); the problem with connecting any extreme weather event as evidence for global warming (33:10); invalidating the process of peer review by excluding dissenters (34:10); the issue of consensus being declared before consensus actually exists (37:05); the difference between scientific observation and scientific data — and why it matters (39:15); the problem when consensus science is used to justify economic and public policies (45:20); addressing misconceptions concerning the term nationalism (47:35); why so many young people are buying into socialism (50:45); why do so many journalists go along with the consensus? (54:15); why you should always be skeptical when someone cites consensus as justification for their beliefs (56:40); addressing the issue of theistic evolution (59:15); addressing the power of headlines in shaping public opinion and how it is similar to the infamous icons of evolution (1:03:00); why Richards believes that following your passion is a fallacy when it comes to finding a successful career (1:06:20); how Richards and Hanegraaff deal with the “task of translation” when communicating complex ideas (1:12:30); how solar eclipses show that we are part of a universe designed for discovery and provide us with evidence of a creator (1:14:20); the myth that machines eventually will replace humans, as addressed in Richards’s new book The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines (1:18:10); the human advantage of virtue and the future of work in an age of smart machines (1:23:25); and why Christians should care about the issue of artificial intelligence in the face of a growing movement of transhumanism (1:26:25).


Last Call for Liberty with Os Guinness
Dec 19 2018 83 mins  
America is running out of time. Our republic is suffering the biggest crisis since the Civil War, with competing visions of freedom pushing us to the precipice of cultural self-destruction. In his new book, Last Call for Liberty, Os Guinness explains that America has become a house divided and Americans must make up their minds as to which freedom to follow. Will the torch of freedom be handed to someone else or be extinguished altogether? If you care about American liberties and the future of our nation, Last Call for Liberty is an absolute must read. What will become of America the beautiful? Find out what Os Guinness has to say on this essential edition of Hank Unplugged. Topics discussed include: The persecution of Christians in China (5:00); how Christians have become the most widely persecuted people of faith in the world (6:30); The Williamsburg Charter and what will become of religious freedom in America (7:55); America is increasingly divided and facing the gravest internal crisis since the Civil War (10:15); why Utopian revolutions often lead to evil outcomes (13:10) how America’s genius for freedom has become its biggest threat and the totalitarian implications of technology (17:25); the roots of the current riots in France (19:25); the rarity of free societies and why the future of America is actually the future of the world (22:15); what is freedom? the contrast between negative and positive freedom (29:45); the scandal of the American church not having more cultural influence given the amount of Christians in America (32:25) the deadliest philosophical atheist Friedrich Nietzsche and the idea of slave morality (36:00); the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem and the NFL (42:00); Exodus and the origin of American freedom (45:25); is America becoming a “cut flower” civilization? (46:50); social justice warriors and biblical views of justice (52:45); the paradox of freedom—the greatest enemy of freedom is freedom itself (58:35); the need for historical literacy and linguistic competence (1:01:10); freedom of religion and conscience has never been more important than it is today, as our world has never been as diverse and pluralistic at any point in history (1:05:10); why the philosophical foundations of self-worth, human dignity and freedom are found in the biblical values of Christianity (1:09:20); how direct democracy can be just as dangerous as dictatorship (1:13:20); the bitter joke of Arthur Koestler as told in Last Call for Liberty (1:17:20)

Biblical Sexuality with Joe Dallas
Dec 11 2018 85 mins  
With so many Christians capitulating to the culture, it has never been more important to understand issues of sexuality from a biblical perspective. Joe Dallas has been our lead expert on the subject at the Christian Research Institute for decades, and once again he joins Hank to discuss articles he has written for the Christian Research Journal about the Revoice Conference, the new film Boy Erased, and whether or not the United States is closer to a state-controlled church. The Bible isn’t shy about sex, leaving Christians without an excuse not to understand issues of sexuality and communicate a Christian perspective with conscience and conviction. Topics discussed include: how important is the issue of human sexuality to our culture? (3:00); is it intolerant and violent to hold traditional views of marriage and heterosexuality? (4:55); are issues of human sexuality leading to greater levels of “big brother” and government control? (7:40); why are so many Christians capitulating to the culture when it comes to issues of homosexuality and sexuality in general? (10:05); discussing the article by Joe Dallas, “Homosexuality and Modern Ministry,” as well as the ministry that Joe was once president of: Exodus International (12:00); is the church supposed to be offensive in the name of truth? (17:15); what is the Revoice Conference, and what is their mission? (18:35); discussing the question presented at the Revoice Conference: “What does queer culture (and specifically queer literature and theory) have to offer us who follow Christ? What queer treasure, honor, and glory will be brought into the New Jerusalem at the end of time? (Revelation 21:24-26)” (23:10); using language as a tool for progress, such as the moniker of “gay Christian,” making homosexuality and Christianity seem compatible (25:50); discussing the term spiritual friendship, as promoted at the Revoice Conference and in the book Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (28:15); discussing sin and issues of human sexuality that affect all of us and the problem with putting a positive spin on sinful tendencies (31:25); the problem with people proclaiming that homosexuality is a gift from God (35:45); what is conversion therapy, and what is the problem with conversion therapy? (38:00); discussing the new film Boy Erased and whether Christians in general are being unfairly portrayed in Boy Erased (41:30); the new article in the Christian Research Journal titled “Solo Sex and the Christian,” discussing the sinful mindset of masturbation (46:10); why all transformation begins with repentance and obedience (52:35); the Bible isn’t shy about sex, so how can we as Christians be better at addressing issues of sexuality in the church and with our families? (56:40); an update on California House Bill AB-2943 and whether a state-controlled church is imminent in the United States (59:45); the great evil of pedophilia, and what it means when those who take the sacred name of Christ are involved in it (1:02:50); the sadness of how the controversies within the Catholic church are tarnishing the name of good Catholics and Christianity as a whole, as well as diminishing the good work being done by Catholics worldwide (1:04:55); Speaking of Homosexuality: Discussing the Issues with Kindness and Clarity by Joe Dallas (1:07:10); seeking the peace that passes all understanding through Christ (1:10:50); why Joe Dallas wrote The Game Plan: The Men's 30-Day Strategy for Attaining Sexual Integrity (1:16:20); the Sacrament of Confession and how it relates to issues of accountability in the church (1:18:30); and how pro-gay advocates misinterpret the Bible and revise the truth to fit their agenda (1:21:35).

Unbelievable: Talking with Atheists with Justin Brierley
Nov 27 2018 82 mins  
Justin Brierley is the host of the popular podcast Unbelievable? and the similarly titled book Unbelievable? Why after Ten Years of Talking with Atheists, I'm Still a Christian. Brierley has dedicated his career to holding engaging conversations between believers and atheists, and joins Hank to discuss the keys to having good conversations with those with whom we disagree. There is no doubt that the state of dialogue is in disarray, as Dictionary.com's word of the year for 2018 is "misinformation," highlighting the need for authentic conversations in a world filled with "fake news."Topics discussed include: the popularity of Brierley’s podcast, Unbelievable?, featuring discussions between Christians and nonbelievers (5:30); Premier Christian Radio being one of the only religious radio stations in the UK (8:05); how Brierley and his wife ministering with the Odibo mission in Namibia set the tone for the rest of their lives (11:00); the importance of breaking out of “echo chambers” (13:05); why Brierley began Unbelievable? at Premier Christian Radio as an opportunity to model Christian conversations with skeptics (16:20); the keys to having good conversations (18:05); how editing other writers helped Brierley learn how to write (22:05); how Brierley stays neutral while moderating debates between believers and skeptics (25:05); the glaring contradiction when atheists apply objective moral standards (27:20); how atheist Peter Singer attempts to apply objective moral standards to his materialistic atheist worldview (29:35); what it was like to interview the most well-known atheist on the planet, Richard Dawkins, author of The God Delusion (32:40); the key to connecting with people in conversation (35:30); the importance of authentic conversations in our world today (38:50); ways of winning the person rather than winning the argument (42:00); how apologetics helped Brierley through a season of doubt (44:00); the inspiration for Hank’s upcoming book, Truth Matters, Life Matters More (48:00); the relationship between doubt and faith (49:45); how Brierley’s beliefs have evolved as a result of hosting Unbelievable?, such as his annihilationist view on eternal torment and creationism vs. evolutionism (52:30); Mere Christianity and how Christians can come together over common causes and drop the secondary issues that separate them (1:03:45); the strongest arguments that skeptics have made against Christianity (1:09:10); and why, after ten years of talking with atheists, Justin Brierley is still a Christian (1:16:55).

The Call of the Cosmos with Dr. Paul Nelson
Nov 20 2018 81 mins  
Dr. Paul Nelson is a philosopher and a prominent leader in the Intelligent Design movement as well as a key figure in the films of Illustra Media. Dr. Nelson joins Hank to discuss how the power of cinema can convey the complexity of the universe and how the films by Illustra Media, such as the most recent film The Call of the Cosmos, use the evidence of creation as an evangelistic tool to expand the kingdom of Christ without saying a word. Topics discussed include: the significance of the new film from Illustra Media, The Call of the Cosmos (9:00); does nature reveal the existence of God? (11:05); how NASA scientist Robert Jastrow began to hold the belief that if there was a beginning to the universe, there is also a Creator (14:30); the difference the films by Illustra Media are making around the globe and how Christians can use these films as an evangelistic tool to transform lives (18:10); does God speak to us through the book of nature, His creation? (23:00); is the size and complexity of the universe a sign of a creator? (28:25); lunar eclipses as an example that we are living on a privileged planet (32:20); was Carl Sagan right when he called our planet insignificant? (36:20); looking to Christ as our example for how to practice proper evangelism (40:15); what is Intelligent Design? What is the state of the Intelligent Design movement? (45:20); the importance of following the truth, wherever it leads (48:20); arguments against popular Darwinian positions such as his view of common descent and Darwin’s Tree of Life (51:00); what the theory of evolution fails to explain [click for further review as referenced in conversation https://bit.ly/2z6NDdZ ] (56:20); remembering the presence, power, and control of the Holy Spirit (59:20); how Illustra Media harnesses the power of a camera lens to reveal the complexity of design in the universe (1:02:00); the metamorphosis of a butterfly as a metaphor for resurrection (1:06:30); thinking critically about the popular icons of evolution (1:13:00); how Paul Nelson once wanted to be an artist before he fell in love with the beauty of science forty years ago and never looked back (1:15:35).

Time and Despondency with Dr. Nicole Roccas
Nov 13 2018 89 mins  
Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope. Her book, Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present in Faith and Life, explores the relationship between human perceptions of time and the spiritual sickness of acedia. Her conversation with Hank explores the depths of time and despondency, both today and throughout history, as well as how they ultimately relate to the purpose of our lives, becoming fully human through our relationship with Christ.Topics discussed include: How Dr. Nicole Roccas writes about death, sadness and despondency with a spirit of hope (6:00); while our anxieties draw our focus to the future and our regrets focus on the past, the present is where we are truly able to commune with Christ and that is precisely why it is important to be present (9:20); time isn’t an illusion or an abstraction, but central to how we experience life, likewise our faith is not an abstraction, but experienced in the present moment in time (12:05); Dr. Roccas’ book is titled Time and Despondency—what is meant by despondency? (16:15); what are some of the symptoms of despondency and how does technology? (19:55); is despondency a crime needing to be punished or a sickness needing to be healed? (23:55); can despondency be both a sickness and a crime? (27:25); anger as a source of despondency (28:20); using busyness to mask purposelessness and despair (30:20); the church is not a courtroom, but a hospital whereby the sacraments offer healing and restoration through the process of theosis (32:45); what is time? three different ways to view time (35:45) liturgical tradition as a transfiguration of time (39:00) the Resurrection isn’t merely a historical event, but something we can experience in the present (39:40); discussing different terminologies of time-Chronos, Kairos and Aion (43:10); the relation between time and prayer and how that relates to why we pray for the dead (47:05); in many Eastern religions the key to enlightenment is to empty oneself, whereas the key to Christianity is to be filled with Christ (51:20); practical steps to dealing with despondency, such as practicing a spirit of humility (56:20); the biblical roots of the The Jesus Prayer and how it can be practiced to develop a spirit of humility (59:10); the importance of praying for our enemies (1:03:45); the importance of patience and perseverance in an age of instant gratification and decreased attention spans (1:08:35); the importance of expressing thanks, as thanksgiving is at the heart of the Christian life (1:12:00); community and the sacrament of confession as a medicine for the soul (1:15:00); the dangers of medicalizing spiritual conditions and spiritualizing medical conditions, especially concerning depression (1:17:40); how time makes relationships, love and free-will possible (1:20:55); time as the giver of second chances (1:23:15).


What’s Your Worldview? with Dr. James Anderson
Nov 06 2018 77 mins  
In an era when truth is eroding in favor of whatever feels best, the work of good philosophers such as Dr. James Anderson is invaluable. His book What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions employs a similar formula to the “choose your own adventure” book genre in order to systematically discover your worldview. This is a fun way to address a critical issue as we exist in a syncretistic society where individuals are often unaware of the inconsistencies of their worldview or that they hold to a worldview at all.Topics discussed include: hat are worldviews, and why do they matter? (7:30); why Anderson wrote a “choose your own adventure” style book to help people become more aware of their worldview and to think critically about them (9:45); how do people develop their worldview? (13:20); how do Christians handle the transgender revolution without being bullied into submission (15:25); are Christians failing to believe that we can change the culture? (19:10); atheist philosophers such as Alex Rosenburg and the self-defeating worldview of a consistent atheist (21:50); the difference between scientific and scientistic (24:15); the recent phenomenon of using consensus science to bully people to buy into believing particular paradigms (26:05); discussing global warming and whether or not we know for certain that CO2 emissions are bad for the planet (31:30); the irony of atheists that make truth claims to claim that there is no truth (33:40); discussing Anderson’s article from the Christian Research Journal titled "The Internal Testimony of the Holy Spirit: How Do You Know That the Bible Is God’s Word?" (39:00); is there a universal mandate for Christians to be able to give an apologetic defense of their faith? (45:25); the argument from contingency and why anything exists at all? (49:15); do objective values presuppose a transcendent good? (51:25); Joel Marx renouncing his morality and becoming an amoralist after years of writing The New Yorker column titled Moral Moments (56:00); the argument from reason that our ability to reason presupposes the existence of God (58:00); the idea of apathy, or apatheism, in our world today and how we can awaken indifferent individuals by appealing to their passions and interests (1:03:00); the Kavanaugh hearing as evidence of the erosion of the presumption of innocence in favor of the dangerous precedent of allowing our tribal affiliations to trump truth (1:05:45); Anderson’s passion for intense study that subsequently allows him to equip students with truth (1:08:20); why should we study philosophy; and what are the benefits of being philosophically trained? (1:11:15); how theology points us to an experience with God (1:12:50); remembering R. C. Sproul (1:14:10).

Being Orthodox on Purpose with Fr. Barnabas Powell
Oct 30 2018 92 mins  
Fr. Barnabas Powell joins Hank to discuss his journey from pastoring a Pentecostal church and holding a prominent role in evangelical media ministry to becoming a priest in the Orthodox Church. After years of pursuit, Fr. Barnabas found the timeless truth he was searching for in the ancient faith of the Eastern Orthodox Church and decided to live out his faith daily by being “Orthodox on purpose.” Fr. Barnabas and Hank are both uniquely positioned to discuss the divisions between Eastern and Western Christianity and why it is critical for Christians everywhere to embrace the doctrine of unity taught in the Lord’s high priestly prayer in the face of deeply entrenched tribalism inside and outside of the church today.Topics discussed include: Fr. Barnabas Powell’s background as a pastor in a Pentecostal church and how his Pentecostal background prepared him for the transition to becoming a priest in Orthodoxy (2:45); the popular narrative that we should never call anyone (such as a priest) "Father," and why that is a mistake (4:45); what does it mean to be “Orthodox on purpose?” (7:30); are there Christians outside of Orthodoxy? (14:00); incarnate theology and the significance of a priest, like Fr. Barnabas himself, wearing robes (17:00); the significance of the quote by St. Cyprian: “He can no longer have God for his Father, who has not the church for his mother,” and what it says on the unity of the church (20:15); comparing liturgical practice in the church to a spiritual gymnasium where the disciplines of life in the church strengthen our spirit (25:00); the paradox of disciplining our desires and the misconception of viewing spiritual disciplines, such as fasting, as works done to earn our salvation (29:25); Rejecting RAPTUREMANIA (48:45); the purifying power of pain and the false perception that pain is the ultimate evil in an era of prosperity preaching (52:00); the pursuit of timeless truth and following St. Vincent of Lerins's three rules of antiquity, universality, and consensus (55:50); combating our chronological snobbery to understand the enlightenment of the early church fathers (59:05); addressing problems within Orthodoxy (1:02:05); the difference between a transactional and transformational Christian faith (1:07:20); the significance of developing a dispassionate disposition toward our desires, and how spiritual discipline can help (1:08:35); understanding what the discipline of confession is really about, and the difference between how confession is conducted in the East and the West (1:12:35); why Christianity is Eucharistic at its core and why being grateful is at the heart of what it means to be a Christian (1:16:30); the importance for Christians everywhere to embrace the doctrine of unity taught in the Lord’s high priestly prayer in the face of tribalism inside and outside of the church (1:20:00); and weighing in on the current schism in the Orthodox church today (1:26:20).

Muslim Myths with Dr. Dario Fernandez-Morera
Oct 23 2018 98 mins  
While writing MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion, one of the most impressive scholars Hank discovered was Dr. Dario Fernandez-Morera, author of The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain. His book, a finalist for World Magazine’s Book of the Year, reveals the myth of the Andalusian Paradise, a supposed time of religious tolerance in Islamic Spain that in reality was a repressive era reflective of the true tenets of Islamic belief and practice. Today, academics and politicians alike are pushing a politically correct cultural narrative when it comes to Islam and courageous scholars such as Dr. Fernandez-Morera stand as beacons of truth and light in the face of propagandists intent on pulling the wool over our eyes.Topics discussed include: why studying Miguel de Cervantes led Fernández-Morera to realize that the narrative of a peaceful Islamic rule in Spain was wrong (4:00); the resistance he faced regarding his book The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain (7:20); reasons behind the resistance to his research and the positive, politically correct narrative of Islam (10:15); examining the possible reasons behind academic bias and Islam as follows: linguistic ignorance, stakeholder interests and incentives, motivated blindness, intellectual innocence, shoddy research, and cultural agendas (16:40); several motivations for a cultural agenda promoting Islamic principles (30:30); the importance of rhetoric in creating cultural narratives and why our culture seems more concerned with Islamophobia when in reality it is increasingly Christophobic (33:10); examining several rhetorical tricks devised to develop desired narratives (36:30); misapprehension of the real, main meaning and practice of Jihad in Islam (40:25); Islam has always progressed by shahada, subjugation, or the sword (most often the sword, as Muhammad invoked his followers to do) (47:10); the differences between Islamic Jihad and Christian Crusades (1:03:45); did Osama bin Laden choose September 11 for a reason? (1:11:25); Fernandez-Morera notes that many historians are not religious and why this lack of religiosity might impact the mindset of academic assessment of the historical motivations of religious individuals (1:16:15); is Islam really a religion? (1:18:45); the different approaches that academics take when examining Christianity and Islam (1:24:20); the myth of the Dark Ages (1:29:00); and the Armenian genocide as an example of the collective amnesia of the modern world and the fundamental importance of historical literacy (1:33:00).

The Theology of Illness with Dr. Jean-Claude Larchet
Oct 17 2018 73 mins  
The health of our soul is more important than the health of our body, yet in our modern age of materialism we have made the medical doctor the new high priest of a civilization seeking purely physical solutions to problems previously presumed to involve the soul. Hank is joined by French Professor Jean-Claude Larchet, a prolific scholar holding doctoral degrees in both theology and philosophy, and one of the foremost Patristic scholars in the world today to discuss sickness, suffering and the soul from a theological perspective. His profound book, The Theology of Illness, examines the role that suffering and illness play in our lives and how they can actually aid our spiritual development. From provocative statements such as “there is no question that people today have far fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with illness” to “good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient” professor Larchet will challenge the way you think about suffering, illness and what true health really is.Topics discussed include: Do people today have fewer resources than their ancestors did to deal with the problem of illness? (4:00); spiritual illness is more serious than physical illness, yet our modern age has made the medical doctor the new high priest of civilization (5:20); how detached we have become from the wisdom of the early church fathers (7:10); the connection between the communion of all saints and asking for prayers from those who have passed before us (10:45); the difference in the human body before and after the fall and the implications for our resurrected state in the world to come (12:20); was man created perfect? (16:05); deification (theosis) and what it means to become God’s by grace (17:05); is there a link between illness and sin? (28:05); why perfect health does not exist in this world (28:05); discussing zoetic energy (33:00); Hank asks a personal question regarding his battle with cancer (37:10); good health is evil if it contributes to making a person indifferent to his salvation and keeps him away from God by giving him the false impression that he is self-sufficient (42:30); the role suffering plays in raising our awareness and why illness can be better than health if it aids our spiritual progress (47:45); the essential role of prayer in growing closer to God (51:25); the significance of asking Mary, or Saints in general, to intercede for us in prayer and why it is biblical (59:25); the relationship between demon possession and illness (1:01:05); contrary to modern beliefs, the health of the soul is more important than the health of the body (1:04:15); is there a connection between an improper theology of illness and the rise of suicide? (1:07:38).

Sophistication of Early Church Fathers with Dr. Nathan Jacobs
Oct 09 2018 108 mins  
Dr. Nathan Jacobs holds advanced degrees in philosophy, historical and systematic theology, church history, and fine art. He joined Hank in Charlotte for an intimate conversation in his study, and given the breadth of Dr. Jacobs’s academic achievements, it came as no surprise that it was wide ranging. The early church fathers went to great lengths to ensure that the followers of Christ did not innovate but rather perpetuate “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3), and this conversation seeks to understand what they meant, where we may have gotten off track, and what it means to become truly human through ChristTopics discussed include: balancing academic research and writing with artistic innovation and creation (5:00); a search for authenticity and authority led Jacobs to study the early church fathers, such as Athanasius of Alexandria, where he came to realize the difference of thought between Eastern and Western Christianity (6:45); Ephesians, examining the use of the term “energeia” by Paul, and understanding that faith and works are not in opposition (18:25); ecumenical councils where early church fathers defended the faith by answering the question “What is the faith that we received handed down by the apostles?” (30:20); biblical illiteracy, historical ignorance, and troubling Trinitarian analogies (37:35); the importance of a Trinitarian God as opposed to Unitarian (46:10); the sophistication of the early church fathers and our anachronistic belief that we are more intelligent than our ancestors, theologically speaking or otherwise (53:00); distinguishing between creation and types of causation (55:00); biblical terminology getting lost in translation and the linguistic advantage the early church fathers had over the scholars that proceeded them (1:00:35); understanding the balance between rationality and mystery (1:06:45); addressing the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist (1:15:15); objectivity in academics, distinctions between different systems of thought, and the systems of thought creating the biggest divide between Eastern and Western Christianity (1:21:30); the difficulty of communicating complex issues in a soundbite culture (1:32:30); the importance of Christians being part of a church community (1:20:20); and should Christians confess their sins? (1:42:45).

Cold-Case Christianity with J. Warner Wallace
Oct 01 2018 98 mins  
Hank is joined by special guest J. Warner Wallace. Before he became a popular apologist, Wallace would listen to the Bible Answer Man broadcast in the car while working stakeouts as an undercover investigator. He has since masterfully melded his unique capabilities as a cold-case detective with his passion for Christian apologetics to provide believers and skeptics alike the tools and evidence to make the case for the Christian faith. Topics discussed include: Wallace recalls listening to the Bible Answer Man broadcast while working as an undercover investigator (3:25); Warner’s response to Colin Kaepernick and the cultural divide involving race and law enforcement (5:40); “visualish”—the new visual language of digital natives (9:45); what is a cold-case detective? (15:15); investigating whether the universe can be created by an uncaused first cause (17:30); strategies for overcoming the dangerous problem of apathy towards religion (25:00); the relationship between millennials and the church (29:55); the role of relationship in evangelism (38:15); Warner discusses his father’s disbelief and the 3 reasons why anyone rejects a truth claim (43:50); the importance of taking complex concepts and making them simple and transferable (49:20); addressing the metaphysical aspect of our humanity (52:00); how important is it for Christians to have a robust understanding of free-will (57:30); the moral responsibility for all Christians to know how to make the case for Christianity (1:01:00); Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels(1:08:00); using cultural commentary to elevate the value of scripture (1:15:25); the importance of hermeneutics and learning to read and interpret properly (1:20:20); the importance of young people making the 3 trajectory decisions of choosing the right worldview, spouse and mission in life a priority (1:23:45); four cultural shifts and transformations Warner believes are contributing to school shootings (1:29:30).

Living in a Post-Truth, Post-Christian World w/John S. Dickerson
Aug 21 2018 93 mins  
We are living in a divided world. Christians need to understand what is happening, why it is happening, where it will lead, and how to live for Christ today. Hank is joined by John S. Dickerson, a prize-winning journalist, pastor, and the author of Hope of Nations, for a conversation aiming to inform, inspire, and instruct Christians to stand strong in a post-truth, post-Christian world.Topics discussed include: how attending seminary as a hobby led Dickerson, an award-winning investigative journalist, to become a pastor (3:30); the post-truth shift from facts to feelings (7:10); the historic definition of racism and the post-truth reality of racism (13:30); millennial Americans' preference for socialism (17:30); the state of journalism today and the difficulties of being a Christian journalist (21:05); Dickerson believes the window of global peace is closing, but that in Christ, we can be a sign of hope to the nations (23:45); the growing problem of apathy in society, Christians included (26:40); Dickerson’s nine manifestos that Christians can embrace in a post-truth world (31:15); the need for Christians to equip our youth with Christian truth in the face of The Great Evangelical Recession (34:10); equipping Christians with biblical understanding and truth to become reproducing disciple makers for the church and change agents in the culture (38:15); I Am Strong: Finding God’s Peace and Strength in Life’s Darkest Moments (41:55); post-truth being chosen as the 2016 Oxford dictionary word of the year and the way that this paradigm shift is changing the course of Western civilization (52:15); the wealth and freedom that young Americans have inherited and the foundational principles they are rejecting (56:35); the Christian foundations of our modern universities (59:50); examining the differences between socialism and capitalism (1:01:55); warring ideologies, the gravitational center of the globe shifting to the East, and the abolition of Western civilization (1:07:30); examining the factors behind The Great Evangelical Recession, with so many young people leaving Christianity (1:15:25); the importance of Christian unity around the essentials of the faith and the dangers of needlessly dividing the body of Christ (1:18:15); the drying up of donor dollars, as the church is reaching the lowest levels of giving in generations (1:24:50).

Timeless Biblical Truths with Anne Graham Lotz
Aug 06 2018 83 mins  
Her father Billy Graham called her the best preacher in the family, and the New York Times labeled her as one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. Hank is joined by Anne Graham Lotz, author of The Daniel Key: 20 Choices That Make All the Difference, to discuss what we can learn from Daniel, and an exploration of the timeless biblical truths that we can learn from the living Word of God. Topics discussed include: the Charles Blondin story as an illustration for faith in God (3:30); the late years of Billy Graham’s life and his love of prayer (6:05); the difficulty of growing up with her father away from the home preaching on the road and the influence of Anne’s mother as a woman of prayer (7:45); experiences that Graham Lotz had during her youth that inspired a love of God and lifetime of service to Him (11:00); the power of transparent vulnerability and the importance of living our lives for an audience of one (14:00); centering our lives around the Lord rather than our problems (17:40); the need for Christians to transform the way we live our lives to have a greater cultural impact (20:25); the purpose of prayer as communion with God (23:10); why morning prayer is so important to Graham Lotz (26:25); discipline is required to become a disciple (29:45); allowing time in the wilderness to prepare us (31:50); understanding that the Bible is living and active (35:00); Daniel’s habit of praying three times a day to give thanks and the importance of having an attitude of gratitude (37:55); the reality of spiritual warfare and the power of putting on the full armor of God (43:50); falling in love with the Lord and understanding that love isn’t a feeling but a commitment (49:00); the importance of Christians being people of truth in a post-truth world (50:20); experiencing the fullness of life in Christ here on Earth as a glimpse of what’s to come in heaven (53:25); Graham Lotz recalls finding her husband unresponsive in the swimming pool, and the need for all of us to live life with death in mind (55:35); the story of Dori, a woman caught up in the turmoil of the Syrian civil war (1:01:30); putting God first and the significance of an earnest examination of our priorities in life (1:04:25); the rise and fall of empires as a reminder of the temporary nature of our lives (1:08:40); the criticality of confessing our sins as a daily practice (1:11:00); the power of prayer and fasting (1:14:45); the power of forgiveness (1:07:05).


Leaving Mormonism for the Reason of Christ, Ratio Christi with Corey Miller
Jul 31 2018 84 mins  
Hank is joined by Dr. Corey Miller, the president of Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics alliance encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christian students at universities around the world through the use of intellectual investigation and apologetics. Miller grew up in Utah as a sixth generation Mormon, but came to Christ in 1988 and has since authored several books, written for the Christian Research Journal and worked in a variety of ministerial roles, giving him a truly unique perspective. Topics discussed include: what is Ratio Christi? (3:30); understanding the difference between science and scientism, and why it matters (6:00); the positive and negative power of testimony and differences between Christian and Mormon views on testimony (11:30); the distinction between knowing God and showing God (17:40); Miller's background growing up amidst the pervasive culture of Mormonism in Utah, and how it shaped his life and love for learning (19:40); the role that dreams played in Miller's personal faith and transformation (25:35); does God use dreams to reveal Himself? (30:35); how the goal of life is knowledge of God (34:25); Miller's forthcoming book Moses, Maimonides, and Thomas Aquinas on the Good Life: From the Fall to Human Perfectibility (34:25); why Mormonism isn't a branch of Christianity, and why Miller thinks Mormonism is closer to Hinduism than Christianity (43:15); who is the angel Moroni? (49:45); how DNA evidence contradicts claims made in the Book of Mormon (51:45); comparing the archeological evidence confirming the Bible as opposed to the Book of Mormon (56:00); the Jesus of Mormonism and the differences that make a difference (58:00); Miller models the virtue of answering questions with "I don't know" and explains that the reason most Christians don't do evangelism is because they don't do apologetics (1:03:00); the huge number of contradictory splinter groups in Mormonism (1:07:40); why apologetics is essential to evangelism (1:10:00); the overwhelming amount of young Christians that lose their faith upon arriving at university because they aren't equipped to answer tough questions (1:14:15); and that the key to gaining a culture is by training the youth (1:18:00).

Poverty Inc., Hobbit Party and Heretic: A Wide Ranging Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Witt
Jul 24 2018 84 mins  
Hank is joined for the first time on Hank Unplugged by one of his favorite guests from the Bible Answer Man broadcast, Dr. Jonathan Witt. Witt is a prolific author and a Senior Fellow with the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Witt was the lead writer of the hit documentary Poverty Inc., in addition to being the author of books such as The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgot, A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature and his latest book Heretic: One Scientist’s Journey from Darwin to Design written with Finnish bioengineer Matti Leisola. Witt has studied and written on a number of subjects, and this wide-ranging conversation is evidence of just that. Topics discussed include: how the study of aesthetics got Witt involved in the Intelligent Design movement (4:10); why the Intelligent Design movement is the premier movement today due to a willingness to follow the evidence wherever it leads (5:40); why Witt wrote the documentary Poverty Inc., investigating the problems with the industry of foreign aid (7:10); TOMS shoes as a hipster poverty machine (10:45); the problem of donor dependency (13:05); the present war on poverty as another permutation of colonialism (15:30); how has Poverty Inc. made a difference on how people view humanitarian aid? (18:00); the deficits of the Marshall Plan (21:30); skepticism about how evolution explains everything without explaining anything (24:00); the difference between science and scientism (27:50); conflating microevolution and evolution (29:30); constrained optimization and why so many engineers are proponents of Intelligent Design (35:00); a recent article Witt wrote on conflating understanding and acceptance of evolution (39:55); “all of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone” (43:10); A Meaningful World: How the Arts and Sciences Reveal the Genius of Nature (44:10); Darwin vs. Beauty: Explaining Away the Butterfly (47:35); Witt’s new book, The Hobbit Party: The Vision of Freedom That Tolkien Got, and the West Forgo, and what Christians can learn from Tolkien (53:00); exploring the many reasons why it is critical to learn to read the Bible in the sense in which it is intended to be read (1:00:05); the problem with trying to read scientific paradigms into scriptural passages (1:18:40); becoming so familiar with the truth that when a counterfeit looms on the horizon, you know it immediately (1:00:50); the functional value of secular feminism, abortion on demand, and sexual freedom (1:02:30); Christian involvement in the culture wars and examples of hope (1:04:15); and raising Christian children (1:08:05).

Last Days of Darwinism, with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer
Jul 17 2018 83 mins  
Hank has long maintained that how you view your origins will ultimately determine how you live your life. Likewise, the prevailing cultural acceptance of the Darwinian paradigm has led to a culture in decline. But for those skeptical of the worldviews and arguments of scientific materialists, there is good news. The Darwinian paradigm finds itself in a desperate condition thanks in large part to the Intelligent Design movement leaders such as Dr. Stephen C. Meyer. Dr. Meyer is currently the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, in addition to authoring the New York Times best seller Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design as well as Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, which was named a Book of the Year by The Times (of London) Literary Supplement in 2009. Topics discussed include: why the Intelligent Design (ID) movement isn’t a “science stopper” but a science generator (6:00); the exciting state of the Intelligent Design movement today as many scientists, such as distinguished paleontologist Günter Bechly who is now a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, are growing increasingly skeptical of Darwinism (8:35); the overwhelming impact that Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and evolution have had in shaping worldviews such as scientific materialism and how new discoveries are pointing back to a theistic explanation of origins in what Meyer calls “the return of the God hypothesis” (12:10); how secular assumptions limit academic freedom in the sciences and the effect that limits on discourse has on scientists and scientific discovery (15:35); the deep prejudice of Wikipedia toward Intelligent Design with stigmatizing labels such as “pseudoscience” in reference to the ID movement (22:25); how the broad persecution of Christians in secular academics leads Christians of different denominations to unite around the essentials of the Christian faith and their common cause (24:25); Darwin’s Doubt, the Cambrian explosion, and the importance of information to life (27:45); exploring how Young Earth Creationists practice science (31:15); arguably the most exciting discovery in the history of science is that the foundation of life is digital information stored in DNA, and the implications this discovery has on the evidence for Intelligent Design (36:15); the importance of reducing intellectual insecurity in the Christian world (39:20); critiquing theistic evolution, and why Christians shouldn’t feel the need to synthesize their beliefs with a Neo-Darwinian paradigm increasingly in doubt (43:45); the cultural consequences of our worldviews (47:15); discussing the book Why People Stop Believing, and the need for an intellectual defense of the Christian faith (51:50); the racist implications of the evolutionary paradigm (54:30); the elimination of unfit genes as a form of positive eugenics growing in popularity today (56:25); Meyer offers critical responses to several quotes Hank reads from popular evolutionists (59:20); the myth of Darwin’s tree of life (1:05:05); “the waiting time problem” and the Darwinian math of population genetics (1:07:30); looking to computer programmers and coding to poke holes in the link between humans and chimps (1:10:40); why noted atheist philosopher Thomas Nagel believes that defenders of Intelligent Design, such as Stephen C. Meyer, deserve our gratitude (1:14:15); and educating the culture about advances in the Intelligent Design movement (1:18:30).

Idolization of Sexual Freedom with Megan Almon
Jul 11 2018 77 mins  
Story tellers drive the culture and Christians must remember that we have the best story to tell. Megan Almon is a speaker with Life Training Institute and a Christian Research Journal contributor who authored the recent cover article Seeing Red: The Handmaid’s Tale, Human Dignity and Hope, addressing the popular, yet controversial, Hulu television series The Handmaid’s Tale, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel by the same name. Almon joins Hank to discuss the importance of cultural apologetics, pro-life apologetics and the consequences of secular feminism, abortion and sexual freedom in both The Handmaid’s Tale and our world today. Topics discussed include: Michelle Wolf’s salute to abortion- “God bless abortion, God bless America” (4:25); Almon’s passion for pro-life apologetics (7:05); is the term “pro-life” propaganda? (8:40); what would make abortion ok? (9:50); how abortion has shifted from being a scientific debate to a philosophical debate (11:10); the importance of Christians being able to communicate the pro-life position articulately and convincingly because story tellers drive the culture (14:05); examining worldviews and the importance of cultural apologetics (16:25); the narrative presented in The Handmaid’s Tale that women will lose all of the progress gained through the suffrage movement if they lose access to abortion and “reproductive freedom” (20:55); a women’s worth being equated to her ability to earn wages (23:45); the rise of infertility and changing views of motherhood (26:05); surrogacy and the commodification of children (29:30); the destructive consequences of the sexual revolution and idolization of sexual freedom (35:50); defining men and women out of existence and the effect on women’s rights (38:30); the criticality of becoming biblically literate to counter the twisting of scripture, or “scriptorture” (40:30); embracing the doctrine of unity through unification around the essentials of the Christian faith in the face of the unnecessary fragmentation within Christianity (42:50); endowed with dignity by virtue of being created in the Imago Dei (46:30); the false narrative that the Bible supports an oppressive patriarchal society versus the reality that the Bible actually elevated the status of women (47:45); contrasting the way that Jesus and Muhammed treated women (53:00); Planned Parenthood’s desire to abolish the terms pro-choice and pro-life (54:30); The Handmaid’s Tale explained (55:45); the need for Christians to practice cultural apologetics and discernment (58:05); becoming so familiar with the truth that when a counterfeit looms on the horizon you know it immediately (1:00:50); the functional value of secular feminism, abortion on demand and sexual freedom (1:02:30); Christian involvement in the culture wars and examples of hope (1:04:15); raising Christian children (1:08:05).


Atheism on Trial
Jun 26 2018 90 mins  
Atheists are launching a new wave of attacks against Christianity and faith in God, claiming that they have a more enlightened, scientific, and sophisticated worldview. Despite what these New Atheists might think, this is nothing new, and Dr. Louis Markos confronts these recycled claims in his book Atheism on Trial, showing that they have already been disproven by Christian thinkers of the past and how you can use the same solid logic to silence these claims today. On this edition of Hank Unplugged, Markos joins Dr. Larry Johnston (pinch-hitting for Hank while he is overseas speaking at a conference) to discuss why it is time for Christians to stand up and challenge the atheistic assertions of popular narratives of our day. Are you ready to put atheism on trial? Topics discussed include: the modernist narrative and the problem with "chronological snobbery" (2:30); the distinction between narrative and metanarrative and the significance of metanarratives (5:55); the importance of obtaining objective distance to better understand our behaviors and reactions (10:50); do we live in a clockwork universe? (15:00); looking to the pre-Socratics to show that the so-called "New Atheists" are merely pedaling old ideas (19:50); the theistic implications of the Big Bang and how dedicated materialists such as Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking avoided them (25:30); "Houdini hermeneutics and the sense in which Darwinism is a myth" (32:00); who was Spinoza, and what did he mean when he said that God and nature are one? (38:00); examining intelligent design and some of the absurd theories people have come up with to avoid it, such as panspermia (41:35); why David Hume was wrong when he said that miracles are impossible (49:25); how God reveals Himself through both creation and the Bible and why it is important for Christians to be conversant in both (1:00:20); examining the problem of pain (1:05:45); comparing the God of Abraham from the god of Aristotle (1:10:05); how Karl Marx changed the metanarrative in an extremely destructive way (1:13:30); how the secular enlightenment stole the idea of human dignity from the Judeo-Christian ethic (1:19:00); and Christianity and Stoicism (1:20:20).


Women in Apologetics with Melissa Cain-Travis
Jun 12 2018 86 mins  
Females are breaking barriers in the field of apologetics today like never before, which is why Hank has dubbed today’s guest Melissa Cain Travis and her female colleagues at Houston Baptist University as the five female superheroes of the neo-apologetics movement, a movement more concerned with winning the person rather than winning the argument. In her new book, Science and the Mind of the Maker, Melissa Cain Travis examines what the conversation between faith and science reveals about God, including what she calls "The Maker Thesis," which explains the origin, rationality, and intricacy of nature and the human mind's capacity to comprehend it. Are we in the golden age of apologetics? Listen to find out! Topics discussed include: Hank lauds Melissa Cain Travis and her female colleagues (Nancy Pearcey, Holly Ordway, Mary Jo Sharp, and Kristen Davis) as the five female superheroes of the neo-apologetics movement and some of the most influential ambassadors in the church today (3:00); why mothers should teach their children in apologetics (5:00); is value or significance determined by size? (7:40); addressing the Einstein quote “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible” (10:50); the importance of critically and earnestly examining our paradigms rather than limiting the size of our intellectual toolbox (13:30); the majestic three-part harmony between mathematics, the human mind, and the material world (18:15); the implicit racism of the Darwinian paradigm and the importance of having universal standards to determine intrinsic value and equality (19:45); the idea behind the “Maker Thesis” (27:00); Athanasius Contra Mundum, the great church fathers, and finding God’s fingerprints in the Bible as well as the book of nature (30:50); the relation between Cicero, Scrabble, and ideas of order (35:20); dispelling the myth that a greater understanding of nature diminishes theistic explanations for existence (37:45); reclaiming critical thinking, the virtue of inquisitiveness, and how to process information in an age of information overload (38:45); the irony behind the Stephen Hawking claim that philosophy is dead (44:00); why mothers need to have a basic understanding of apologetics in order to inoculate their children with an understanding of their faith (47:25); how to prioritize and find time to build your knowledge base and learn apologetics (51:10); the barriers that female apologists are breaking today (55:20); the false dichotomy of having to decide between having a career or having children (1:00:00); Are we in the golden age of apologetics? (1:02:05); neo-apologetics is a brand of apologetics that is more concerned with winning the person rather than winning the argument (1:04:45); how Melissa made Science and the Mind of the Maker different from other books on the topic of science and faith (1:08:00); the value of popular apologetics (1:13:20); the issue of the age of the Earth and why it’s important, yet not important enough for Christians to divide over (1:14:45); the importance of Melissa’s Young Defender Series, teaching children arguments for the existence of God (1:20:05).


Why is Stewardship a Dirty Word? with Larry Johnston
Jun 06 2018 90 mins  
Why have so many Christians become tippers instead of tithers? In many Christian circles today, stewardship seems to be a dirty word. This is scandalous. Christians desperately need to shift their perspectives on stewardship and begin to unabashedly and joyously give of their time, talents, and treasure as a form of discipleship. On this edition of Hank Unplugged, Larry Johnston joins Hank to discuss the impact listeners like you can make by supporting the many outreaches of the Christian Research Institute impacting the body of Christ 24/7 around the world. Topics discussed include: how the Christian Research Institute is making a difference in our post-truth culture (3:00); examining one of the core values of CRI, “In Essentials Unity, In Non-Essentials Liberty, In All Things Charity,” and the dangers of tribalism within Christianity that divides us and dilutes the gospel (5:00); Gandhi as an example of how one person can make a huge difference (14:00); Hank asks listeners to financially support the many outreaches of CRI that are making a difference in the battle for life and truth (17:15); the rising assaults on the Christian faith and freedom (21:15); what a CRI legacy partner is and how to become one (23:20); the need for Christians to shift our paradigms on the stewardship of our time, talent, and treasure as a form of discipleship (26:40); recounting testimonies of the importance of the outreaches of CRI from significant apologists such as Abdu Murray and Lee Strobel (32:35); showing the symbiotic relationship between CRI and our audience through the proverb “You can always count the seeds in an apple, but you can never count the apples in a seed” (34:50); the benefits of becoming a CRI support team member and why they are the backbone of the ministry (36:40); understanding the importance of giving and the need for Christians to shift their paradigms when it comes to the stewardship of their resources (44:15); the prayer of David and joyous giving (48:40); the impact of CRI outreaches around the world (50:50); will Christianity disappear in the West? (54:35); one of the critical roles of CRI is providing a lighthouse of truth for people facing a rapidly changing reality (57:05); the need for properly modeled Christianity in action (1:01:25); the mentorship role of CRI (1:04:30); the Judeo-Christian ethic of philanthropy throughout history (1:08:10); the need for “apologetics arms dealers” such as CRI in the battle for life and truth today (1:12:00); the major impact that encouraging testimonies have on Hank and the rest of the CRI staff (1:14:10); fatal consequences of tribalism in Christianity and the need for Christians to unite around the essentials of the historic Christian faith (1:16:10); the need for epistemic humility and the importance of being a lifelong learner in our post-truth culture (1:19:05); the Wesleyan Quadrilateral and the autobiographical book Hank is writing entitled Truth Matters, Life Matters More (1:23:05).

How Orthodox Theology Works with Frederica Mathewes-Green
May 30 2018 94 mins  
To celebrate the fiftieth episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast, Hank is re-joined by his first guest, close friend and best-selling author Frederica Mathewes-Green. This wide-ranging conversation explores many of the most common misconceptions of Eastern Orthodox theology, how Orthodox theology actually works, and the true purpose of theology itself — experiencing God. Topics discussed include: why Frederica calls abortion the most important justice issue of our time (2:40); comparing the shifting arguments of pro-choice advocates surrounding the concept of personhood to the perception of personhood found in the Three-Fifths Compromise and slavery (5:05); sex-selective abortion (7:45); how Orthodox theology works — how the concept of theology in the Christian East differs from that of the Christian West (11:00); the Atonement — Christus Victor (16:50); how the fall of Rome affected the separation between the Christian East and the Christian West (18:00); the role of tradition in biblical interpretation (22:35); finding comfort in submitting oneself to the continuation of the teachings and traditions of the historic Christian faith (26:15); truth is necessary, but it’s hardly sufficient when it comes to the authentic Christian life, because truly knowing God is more important than knowing about God (35:30); are we allowed to call anyone father? Apophatic theology and the fragile, futility of words (38:45); addressing the fragmentation and tribalism of the church and embracing the concept of mere Christianity while not compromising on the essentials of the historic Christian faith (41:15); addressing the theological unity amidst the ethnic distinctions within Orthodoxy (46:55); separation of church and state (49:40); the transformative power of The Jesus Prayer (53:00); discussing negative attitudes toward Mary and how Jesus would want us to feel about His mother (1:00:40); explaining the practice of venerating icons (1:07:00); exploring the biblical roots of liturgical practices of worship (1:10:50); why viewing the congregation as customers and marketing the consumeristic corruption of church is a tragedy (1:14:00); Nous and the false dichotomy between reason and emotion in theology (1:16:30); the danger in reducing theology to intellectual combat as opposed to a way to encounter and experience God (1:20:00); Romans 6:23 and contesting the common protestation that Orthodoxy is a crass system of works righteousness (1:23:00); and closing remarks (1:30:00).


The Porn Myth with Matt Fradd
May 16 2018 82 mins  
Matt Fradd is the host of the popular podcasts Love People Use Things and Pints With Aquinas, as well as the author of The Porn Myth, a nonreligious response to the commonly held belief that pornography is a harmless pastime. During our conversation, Fradd said that if we give our children devices without proper filters, we are basically giving our children portable X-rated theaters. This should alarm everyone, as should the growing acceptance of pornography and the influence it is having on our culture. Pornography is a pervasive problem that affects all of us, making this conversation with Matt Fradd essential listening.Topics discussed include: Why should people reject pornography? (5:20); The real problem with porn isn’t nudity (6:55); The role of imagination in apologetics (6:55); His personal experience with pornography and why Fradd is so passionate about the topic (11:00); How pornography rewires our neurological pathways and contributes to issues such as anxiety and erectile dysfunction (14:30); The need for Christians to return to natural law in order to adequately combat the secularism of our day (17:30); The importance of historical literacy in the church and the need for Christians to unite around the essentials (21:15); Understanding the etymology of pornography and the difference between pornography and art (24:30); At what age should we begin talking to our children about pornography? (27:30); Addiction to pornography and the increasing number of women becoming addicted to pornography (29:45); The problem with the idea of couples using pornography to “increase intimacy” (32:00); Dopamine, addiction and pornography (33:50); The idea of Christians fighting porn with science before morality as a “Gulliver Strategy” (37:30); The myth that pornography is empowering to women (40:55); Is masturbation a disordered act and intrinsically unhealthy? (44:50); How culture has influenced long held Christian views on marriage, contraception and an “openness to life” (46:45); Does consuming pornography lead to sexual aggression or violence? (51:55); The desensitization pornography causes often leading to a slippery slope and more deviant types of porn (54:10); Strategies to protect our children from porn and educate them about the dangers of pornography (56:10); Why Fradd wrote The Porn Myth from a non-religious perspective (1:03:00); Learning how to deal with a desire to watch pornography (1:06:15); The impact pornography use has on our marital relationships (1:08:00); Advice for anyone struggling with pornography (1:11:10); The critical importance of talking to our children about pornography (1:14:20); Closing words on the growing acceptance and dangers of pornography (1:17:25).

From Atheist to Apologist with Holly Ordway
May 09 2018 87 mins  
Dr. Holly Ordway went from being a militant atheist professor to a cultural Christian apologist and joins Hank to tell the tale of her journey as well as share her powerful perspective on the role of imagination in apologetics. Ordway is an accomplished author and professor in the Department of Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. If you love language, you are going to love this edition of Hank Unplugged.Topics discussed include: the compelling argument of Mere Christianity (2:00); Ordway’s transition from militant atheist professor to Christian apologist (3:00); the role of imagination in apologetics (6:55); the importance of hermeneutics, especially when examining the Bible (9:55); the necessity for Christians to be part of a church community in an age of individualism (13:30); verbicide and the significance of correct definitions in the church, taking marriage for example (18:55); the value of church history (22:15); metanoia and understanding that Christian conversion is not merely intellectual assent but a truly transformative process (24:05); conversion testimonies, the process of salvation, and the idea that "I have been saved; I am being saved; and I will be saved." (30:20); the importance of avoiding militaristic mentalities when practicing apologetics (35:20); the human need for beauty and how architecture historically has been designed with the intention of pointing us toward God and bringing us closer to Him (38:25); the problem with atheism is that it doesn’t provide a compelling reason for morality (44:15); the grievous scandal of divisions in Christianity and a context for a healthy ecumenism (48:20); a call for Christians to practice charitable discourse (52:55); church history and the historical view of the Eucharist (55:35); exploring the power of metaphor and the profound importance of understanding metaphors (58:15); the difference between allegory and allegorization and why it matters (1:07:20); understanding the power of cultural apologetics (1:11:55); what a world without objective moral standards would mean for the future of human civilization (1:15:00); the importance of examining and challenging our own paradigms and presuppositions (1:19:00); and the three words every apologist should learn to say: I don’t know (1:21:30).

Saving Truth with Abdu Murray
May 02 2018 84 mins  
Increasingly, Western culture defines personal freedom as “whatever works.” The compilers of the Oxford English Dictionary even went so far as to name “post-truth” their word of the year in 2016. This begs the question, can truth be saved? Abdu Murray, author of Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World believes that it can and joins Hank to discuss how we can rediscover truth and change the direction of our culture. How can Christians offer truth and clarity to a world that shuns both? Listen to this edition of Hank Unplugged to find out.Topics discussed include: Islam, eschatology, and why the gospel of peace must trump the politics of prophecy in the Middle East (2:00); Abdu Murray’s conversion to Christianity to Islam and why Christians must be equipped with answers (7:00); the emotional cost of conversion for Muslims who come to Christ (12:30); Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World (16:25); the problem with practicing apologetics in the post-truth world (18:50); “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person” (20:10); remembering Nabeel Qureshi and learning from his example (23:20); how Murray went from using an alias asking questions on the Bible Answer Man Broadcast to reviewing Hank’s book MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fasting-Growing Religion (25:30); fake news and explaining the soft and hard modes of post-truth (26:45); confusion in the church and why Christians are succumbing to a post-truth culture (32:25); The definition of apologetics and recognizing that all Christians are called to be apologists (35:40); Valuing autonomy over authority when it comes to truth and the consequences (42:45); can there be freedom without truth? (49:25); what we can learn from Christians persecuted globally? (52:00); two ways that Christians are contributing to a post-truth culture of confusion (57:00); trusting in God’s sovereignty and remembering that it is never too late in life to make a difference (1:00:40); a lesson Abdu Murray learned from asking Ravi Zacharias a question (1:04:30); a culture of confusion and the distortion of human dignity (1:07:35); the importance of attaching our identity to Christ (1:11:20); and the tyranny of tolerance today (1:18:10).

Dangers of Fundamentalism with Bill Dembski
Apr 25 2018 83 mins  
On this episode of Hank Unplugged Hank is bringing to you a legend of the Intelligent Design community, Dr. Bill Dembski. You will be hard-pressed to find a more academically accomplished individual than Dembski, as he is the author/editor of over 20 books and has a PHD in Mathematics, a PHD in Philosophy and a Masters in divinity. Dembski has faced career-threatening criticism from fundamentalists on both sides and joins Hank to discuss the dangers of fundamentalism and more. Topics discussed include: How the dangers of fundamentalism led Dembski to change careers (3:00); The Design Inference and Intelligent Design (7:45); Fundamentalism, majoring on the minors and what many consider to be Acid Tests for orthodox Christianity (14:00) The importance of reading the Bible as it is intended to be read (25:20); Problems that arise from reading modern cosmology into Biblical text (30:00); Stakeholder interest and incentives influencing the academic community and cultural narratives (36:30); The problem of motivated blindness (42:00) The File Drawer Effect (44:00); Key institutions and universities rejecting Intelligent Design and embracing Theistic Evolution (46:25) The marketing dimension to science and culture (51:45); The difficult situation of deciding where to send our kids to school (56:55); Developing educational curriculum and technologies (1:02:00); Persecution Dembski has faced for taking stands for truth (1:05:00); The controversy surrounding vaccines and how Dembski raising a child with severe autism has shaped his perspective (1:07:40) How our Christian heritage helps us to handle suffering (1:16:40); The danger of hypocrisy in the Christian community (1:18:40) The possibility that Dembski will come out of retirement and work in the Intelligent Design community again someday (1:20:40).

The Censorship Revolution with Joe Dallas
Apr 18 2018 84 mins  
Joe Dallas joins Hank for an emergency Hank Unplugged podcast to discuss California bill AB-2943, a bill making it illegal for Christians to provide biblically based counseling for those wanting to get help for unwanted same-sex attractions. Dallas is an ordained pastoral counselor and program director of Genesis Biblical Counseling in Tustin, California, which is a counseling ministry for men dealing with sexual addiction and other sexual/relational problems. The two discuss the dire implications this bill has on our society, whether the Sexual Revolution has led to the Censorship Revolution, and how this could lead to a state church and an underground church in America. This podcast is a must-listen dealing with a critical issue that all Christians should be concerned about. Topics discussed include: how should Christians be prepared to talk about controversial sexual issues? (3:00); California Bill AB-2943 criminalizing Christians providing biblically based counseling for those wanting help with unwanted same-sex attractions (7:45); is Bill AB-2943 unconstitutional, and does that even matter anymore? (12:25); rising levels of censorship by the state (15:45); how to respond to censorship of Christian beliefs (17:45); the need for healthy discipleship within the church to influence positive changes in society (20:30); as the state continues to censor organizations, will the church to rise to the occasion and help those wrestling with sexual problems? (25:15); the Sexual Revolution — then and now (27:00); did redefining marriage lead to redefining gender? What is next? (32:50); what will happen to society if we continue to make sexual distinctions arbitrary? (35:40); redefinition of marriage and the impact on children (41:00); a societal trend to appeal to emotion over reason (43:00); could this lead to a state church and an underground church in America? (45:50); Christians, Trump, and separating personality and policy in politics (50:30); “Impuritans” imposing totalitarian sexual views (53:15); has the Sexual Revolution led to the Censorship Revolution? (55:00); living with eternity in mind in the midst of persecution (59:00); remembering Elliot Miller (1:05:45); the three most important things for Christians to do today (1:07:25); California banning the books written by Joe Dallas (1:11:15); the powerful problem of pornography (1:14:00); a call to prayer and a call for wisdom (1:20:00).


C. S. Lewis: The Most Reluctant Convert with Max McLean
Apr 11 2018 80 mins  
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually meet C. S. Lewis? Well, watching Max McLean perform as C. S. Lewis might be the closest you come this side of heaven! McLean joins Hank on this episode of Hank Unplugged to discuss what it is like to perform as one of the most influential Christians of the twenty-first century.Topics discussed include: Max McLean’s desire to adapt the works of C. S. Lewis as an apologetic tool through performance arts (2:00); how McLean is able to bring Lewis to life on stage (6:00); “Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the origin of meaning” (9:00); the power of oral tradition (10:45); memorization as a transformational discipline (14:50); challenges McLean has faced performing biblical adaptations (16:25); performing the Gospel of Mark (18:05); remembering that everyone is made in the Imago Dei as described in The Weight of Glory (19:55); C. S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert on DVD (24:20); being a Christian actor and the role of Christian performing arts in NYC (25:20); the importance of properly processing our experiences (30:05); the apologetic value of performing the conversion story of C. S. Lewis in The Most Reluctant Convert (33:20); “the hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men” (37:30); theism as a significant entry point to belief in Christianity (39:10); performing as Martin Luther (44:40); is it more difficult to write or act? (48:30); spiritual warfare and performing The Screwtape Letters (49:40); literary evil, real evil, and the safest road to hell (52:20); free will and the key to understanding C. S. Lewis found in The Great Divorce (54:00); Shadowlands: the love story of C. S. Lewis and an example of how God works through pain (55:50); McLeans testimony as an adult convert to Christianity (1:02:00); McLean’s award-winning recordings of the Bible in The Listener’s Bible (1:07:00); the benefits of memorizing the Bible (1:09:25); the similarities between memorization and meditation (1:11:30); Max’s passion for live theater and where you can see him perform (1:17:30).

How God Reveals Himself, with Lad Allen of Illustra Media
Apr 04 2018 84 mins  
God reveals Himself to us through the things He has made. Lad Allen, founder of Illustra Media, believes in the power of preaching without words, and that the observation of the universe is one of the most powerful ways God reveals Himself to us. Illustra Media has made internationally acclaimed documentary films exploring the case for intelligent design in the universe for more than 20 years. On this edition of Hank Unplugged, Hank and Lad discuss past productions of Illustra Media in addition to their shared excitement about the power of digital media to share the gospel through ventures such as Allen’s new John 10:10 Project. Topics discussed include: how Illustra Media has been able to produce internationally acclaimed documentary films making a scientific case for intelligent design in the universe (3:00); the power of a supportive spouse (5:20); the unique way that travelling can teach us (7:00); evoking a sense of wonder and general revelation through creation (8:30); metamorphosis as an example of intelligent design (10:55); having healthy relationships with people we disagree with (13:35); how advances in animation allow us to unveil and magnify complex scientific ideas in ways otherwise impossible (16:30); the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly as an analogy for our resurrection in Christ (20:30); Bill Nye propagating Carl Sagan's materialist worldview that we are insignificant and alone in the universe (24:45); the vision of The John 10:10 Project (29:30); the power of digital media to share the gospel (33:20); working with Joni Eareckson Tada (43:30); a preview of upcoming short films by The John 10:10 Project (46:15); demonstrating the evidence of a designer by investigating God’s creation (51:00); Hank shares a personal testimony of God’s providence (53:25); investigating Messianic prophecy as a powerful apologetic tool (1:05:30); King of Creation: Meditation on God’s Wisdom and Works (1:09:40); the importance of reflecting the glory of God in all that we do and working for an audience of one (1:12:15); the best year of Hank’s life is the year he was diagnosed with cancer (1:58:30); how Illustra Media is able to produce monumental projects out of a spare bedroom (1:16:00).

Part 2: Resurrection with Gary Habermas
Mar 26 2018 67 mins  
The Resurrection is the quintessence of Christianity, and Dr. Gary Habermas has dedicated his life to the study and defense of the reality of the Resurrection. After all, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Listen in as Hank and Dr. Habermas discuss the seminal event in human history as well as Dr. Habermas turning the tables and investigating Hank’s testimony and battle with cancer. This is an episode of Hank Unplugged unlike any other! (This conversation was so good and went so long that we had to break it up into two episodes. This is Part 2.) Topics discussed include: a miracle in Hank’s life and the place of miracles in Christianity (58:45); addressing rewards in heaven (1:03:50); world religions, the reliability of Scripture, and the radical uniqueness of Jesus (1:06:05); tolerance, evidence, and the view that all religions lead to God (1:09:50); Christianity is rooted in history and evidence (1:13:55); the Resurrection as the basis for believing that miracles really do happen (1:22:00); the beauty of how Christian evidence corresponds to reality (1:24:50); why aren’t Christians doing a better job of evangelism? (1:28:00); learning from suffering, Hank discovering the reality of the Christian life and how truth matters, but life matters more (1:36:20); how Hank’s cancer has brought the Hanegraaff family closer together and closer to Christ (1:42:25); how suffering through cancer has taught Hank to feel greater empathy for others (1:46:45); Hank sharing his testimony in his first autobiographical book about discovering the authentic Christian life, called Truth Matters, Life Matters More (1:51:25); as Habermas watched his wife die of cancer, he thought, “Where would you be right now if it weren’t for the resurrection of Jesus?” (1:53:50); the best year of Hank’s life is the year he was diagnosed with cancer (1:58:30); and Habermas on writing a magnum opus on the Resurrection (1:59:35).

Part 1: The Resurrection with Gary Habermas
Mar 22 2018 60 mins  
The Resurrection is the quintessence of Christianity, and Dr. Gary Habermas has dedicated his life to the study and defense of the reality of the Resurrection. After all, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Human history — and your future — is forever changed by what happened on the third day, so listen in as Hank and Dr. Habermas discuss the seminal event in human history. (This conversation was so good and went so long that we had to break it up into two episodes. This is part one.) Topics discussed include: how studying the Resurrection led Dr. Habermas into apologetics (3:40); with the Resurrection of Jesus we have everything, without the Resurrection of Jesus, we have nothing (7:25); comparing Christianity to other world religions (8:40); perspectives on the supernatural in academic circles (11:35); the Resurrection, Jesus Seminar, and the Pre-Pauline Creed (15:15); the overwhelming factual evidence for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (19:20); Islamic denial of the crucifixion of Christ (21:45); addressing the evidence for an empty tomb after the resurrection of Christ (27:50); witnesses to the resurrected Christ and the martyrdom that ensued (30:35); the faith and martyrdom of early church fathers such as Polycarp and Irenaeus (36:40); the power of the gospel to change the culture unlike any other religion (39:30); the sorrow Habermas felt when he lost his wife to cancer and the hope he felt knowing that she was in heaven (41:55); the peace that the resurrection of Christ provides Hank in the midst of his battle with cancer (47:30); the hope we can find in the Bible (51:00); and materialism, mystery, and the argument from joy by C. S. Lewis (55:15).

Black Hebrew Israelites with Vocab Malone
Mar 14 2018 82 mins  
Black Hebrew Israelites is one of the most searched terms on equip.org and something that you’ve probably been exposed to, whether you realize it or not. Vocab Malone joins Hank on this episode of the Hank Unplugged podcast to discuss Black Hebrew Israelites, urban apologetics, and being equipped with essential Christian doctrine. We hope you enjoy the energy, information, and insights from Vocab Malone as much as we did! Topics discussed include: background on urban apologetics (2:00); Israel United in Christ—IUIC (3:20); Kendrick Lamar, DAMN, and the Black Hebrew Israelite movement (4:25); Vocab Malone’s background in Christian hip hop and urban apologetics (5:30); the interest in Black Hebrew Israelism and some variations (10:00); background on the Black Hebrew Israelite movement (14:30); false eschatological interpretations and arguments and the need to be equipped for apologetics (19:25); why Black Hebrew Israelite beliefs might be appealing to some (22:15); how Black Hebrew Israelite beliefs are disseminated through YouTube (26:30); the belief that God is a racist (30:45); Black Hebrew Israelites borrowing from “Satan’s greatest hits” (33:45); Black Hebrew Israelite One West Camp and the belief in polygyny, one man with many women (37:30); Fake Hebrew (39:30); the impact of bad theology on music and culture (41:10); changing attitudes about Black Hebrew Israelites (45:20); Black Hebrew Israelism as a theodicy (46:10); Vocab Malone’s desire to reflect the glory of God through his work and practice (48:05); the importance of knowing your audience when practicing apologetics (49:45); Vocab’s conviction to minister to Muslims (56:00); Barack Obama vs. Black Hebrew Israelites (59:00); violence in urban apologetics (1:04:00); First Arabic Baptist Church (1:07:00); the need to become equipped with essential Christian doctrine (1:09:00); and how seeing Hank speak in Phoenix led to Vocab going to seminary (1:17:45).

Union with Christ with Rankin Wilbourne
Mar 07 2018 86 mins  
Rankin Wilbourne believes that “union with Christ may be the most important doctrine you’ve never heard of.” In fact, he says that “nothing is more basic or more central to the Christian life than union with Christ.” If the latter is true, then the former needs to be addressed. This edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast features a stimulating conversation between Hank and Rankin Wilbourne, author of the Gold Medallion–winning book Union with Christ. We truly believe that this conversation could change your life, and we pray that it leads you closer to union with Christ. Topics discussed include: Wilbourne’s transition from banking to ministry (2:30); Christians uniting around the essentials with the ecumenical spirit called for in John 17 (6:30); the Early Church Fathers and union with Christ (10:15); why isn’t union with Christ a more central part of our lives? (13:30); importance of biblical metaphors (16:00); the fully human life found through life in union with Christ (18:55); reducing the gospel to the mechanics of salvation (23:45); what is the message our culture needs to hear? Both the songs of Extravagant Grace and Radical Discipleship (28:00); the gospel is union with Christ, a double Grace of Justification and Sanctification (32:30); why have so many in the West lost the ability to delight in divine mystery? (36:15); how is union with Christ the doorway to communion with God? (39:25); is communion with God your highest ambition? (44:30); how suffering is integral to knowing Christ (51:20); reclaiming words from our biblical tradition such as deification or theosis and even the word tradition itself (53:50); why do so many Protestants have a view of church ecclesiology and the sacraments so at odds with our Christian tradition? (58:25); sailing as a metaphor for our life with God (1:01:00); the importance of developing spiritual disciplines to truly experience full union with Christ (1:03:25); reading the New Testament with integrity and the “gap” addressed in Union with Christ (1:07:00); false choices we are faced with and the clarity that union with Christ brings (1:10:00); embracing the Lord’s high priestly prayer (1:12:35); 1 Corinthians 3 and the importance of setting the alignment of our ambitions in accordance with Christ (1:15:45); the critical need to know the biblical truth of union with Christ (1:22:30).

Why Christians Need Philosophy with Paul Gould
Mar 01 2018 81 mins  
Christian philosopher Paul Gould joins Hank on this edition of the Hank Unplugged podcast to discuss the role of philosophy for Christians in the world today. This conversation is wide ranging and offers clear answers to complex philosophical questions concerning how Christians should live their lives. Topics discussed include: why should Christians care about philosophy? (5:00); the role philosophy should play in our spiritual formation (9:15); the intellectual brilliance of Jesus that so many often overlook (11:00); the importance of being intentionally countercultural with our kids in the information age (15:40); how can we break down barriers to independent thought? (23:00); the need for intellectual virtue and the potential danger of arrogance in the apologetics community (26:00); anti-intellectualism and The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (30:00); the need for Christians to recapture a sacramental view of the world in order to argue effectively Christianity as a public truth claim (32:15); a simple way to explain complex words in philosophy (35:45); Gould’s definition of philosophy and how he arrived at his conclusion (38:25); understanding Jesus as He truly is (44:45); dealing with historical and biblical illiteracy today (47:00); making an argument for the existence of God (49:45); intentionally asking ourselves the question, “Where is God’s fingerprint in your life today?” (53:15); the moral argument for the existence of God (57:00); learning from crisis moments in our lives (58:05); the perfect blend of reason and romance in Christianity (1:03:25); practical steps we all can take to grow philosophically (1:07:05); breaking the bonds technology can have on us (1:09:05); re-establishing the Christian voice (1:12:00); how philosophy trains us for death (1:15:25).



Making the Case with Lee Strobel
Feb 08 2018 85 mins  
Lee Strobel has been a longtime guest on the Bible Answer Man broadcast, and he now joins Hank for the first time on the Hank Unplugged podcast. Strobel is a former investigative journalist for The Chicago Tribune, and his best-selling books such as The Case for Christ (now a major motion picture) have reached millions of people and had an enormous impact on the body of Christ. Topics discussed include: the lasting impact of Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Christ (2:30); The Case for Christ movie (6:00); Strobel’s transformation from an angry, drunk atheist to a mild-mannered, God-fearing Christian (8:30); how Strobel uses his award-winning journalistic research and writing skills to provide cogent answers for Christianity (11:00); an honest admission from Strobel on facing dark trials in his life and how prayer helped him to empty his ego and bring him closer to God (15:45); remembering that God’s grace is sufficient in all circumstances (20:30); Nabeel Quereshi as an example of how God can use miracles to reach us (21:45); how should we respond when God doesn’t answer our prayers in the midst of suffering? (23:30); making The Case for a Creator (28:30); learning to trust God for provision and purpose in our lives (31:00); Strobel’s existential awakening in the morgue (record room) of The Chicago Tribune (40:00); the state of journalism today (44:30); are universities today censoring the free exchange of ideas? (49:00); the need for discernment in the age of the internet (50:30); the problems with consensus science (53:15); the importance of equipping young people with a solid apologetic for their faith in Christ (55:30); misinformation in the internet age (1:01:15); the importance of apologetics resources like the Christian Research Journal (1:05:20); dealing with unfair criticisms and attacks online (1:06:30); Strobel’s favorite book that he has written (1:13:00); writing The Case for Miracles and a renewed belief in the supernatural (1:15:10); and advice on how to survive a spiritual mismatch in marriage (1:21:15).

Love Thy Body with Nancy Pearcey
Jan 31 2018 85 mins  
It’s becoming increasingly popular to look at the world we live in and relate it to the dystopian society described in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Nancy Pearcey’s new book, Love Thy Body, tackles issues ranging from transgenderism, homosexuality, abortion, sex, the hookup culture, pornography, and more. Every issue discussed by Hank and Nancy on this edition of Hank Unplugged has an effect on your life, and together they discuss how Christians can turn this Brave New World upside down. Topics discussed include: what are the issues that Pearcey felt compelled to address in her book Love Thy Body (0:30); how does Christianity teach us to feel about our body? (3:30); recognizing Christian heritage (6:30); the dangerous implications of the transgender narrative (9:30); the bioethics of abortion and the scary implications for the identity of personhood (11:30); how did Pearcey transition from being an agnostic to a Christian evangelist? (16:30); the issue of origins being the main difference between Christianity and secularism (21:00); the cognitive dissonance of conflicting social movements such as transgender activists and feminists (28:00); modernism, postmodernism, and morals (33:00); the dire implications of abortion on social perceptions of personhood (38:00); the growing coercive power of the state through postmodern perspectives (41:00); why Western civilization should look to the early church for answers to problems we are facing today (46:00); recovering an appreciation for the radical uniqueness of the Christian worldview (53:00); how Christians can turn the Brave New World we are living in upside down (55:00); the dehumanizing effects and implications of the “loyalty oath of modernity” (1:02:00); how the hookup culture devalues sex, whereas the Christian worldview appreciates the beautiful value of sex (1:04:30); pornography and robot sex (1:08:30); pornography as a public health crisis (1:12:00); the need for Christians to understand worldviews to truly be able to love thy neighbor (1:15:30); the value of women in apologetics (1:20:00).

New Atheism: A Survival Guide with Graham Veale
Jan 25 2018 91 mins  
Graham Veale is passionate about providing Christians with a defense against the “sneer pressure” of popular New Atheists such as scientist Richard Dawkins and comedian Ricky Gervais. On this episode of Hank Unplugged, Hank and Graham discuss confronting New Atheism by being equipped with answers to defend the truth of Christianity. Topics discussed include: the three great apologetic issues (0:30); the hostile environment created by New Atheism, “sneer pressure” and the impact atheists such as Ricky Gervais have on the culture (4:30); teaching people to think critically by demonstrating it consistently in the way we live (8:30); New Atheism compared to Old Atheism (11:30); the positive relationship between Christianity and science (15:00); are many churches more concerned with entertaining rather than educating? (24:30); the need for Christians to live an authentic Christian life (30:30); Veale’s testimony and his passion for defending the truth of Christianity (35:30); the danger of thinking of Christianity as transactional rather than transformational (39:30); the Moral Argument for the existence of God (and how Richard Dawkins gets it wrong) (52:00); do most atheists embrace the logical implications of their worldview? (59:00); falsifying Dawkins (1:03:30); the Intelligent Design movement (1:09:30); drawing a correlation between New Atheism and the rise of social media platforms such as Twitter (1:14:00); and the importance of apologetics (1:24:00).

Christianity in China with Victor Hou
Jan 18 2018 67 mins  
Christianity is growing rapidly in communist China, and this week Hank invites Victor Hou onto the Hank Unplugged podcast to discuss China’s potential to be the largest Christian country in the world and the subsequent global implications. Hou is a management consultant and leadership coach who has worked with large multinational corporations, entrepreneurs, and business owners in the US and Asia for more than twenty-five years. His experiences, coupled with his faith as a Christian, inform his perspectives on trends and events between Asia and the US, providing him with a unique insight into global affairs. Topics discussed include: increasing nationalism in the West, and China’s embrace of globalization (3:00); could China’s One Belt One Road initiative open evangelistic opportunities for Christians globally? (8:30); how important is it for Christians to be aware of global affairs? (11:15); underreported Christian persecution worldwide (14:00); how Christianity often grows through persecution — the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church (17:30); the correlation between discipleship and mentorship by living out the gospel in our lives (20:30); passing the baton of evangelization to Chinese nationals to raise up the church (27:00); the five religions allowed and regulated by the Chinese government and the difference between the Three-Self Church and the house church movement (32:30); the history of China’s Three-Self Church (39:30); Hou’s testimony and conviction to truly live out the gospel (45:30); the openness to the gospel in the Global South and the importance of being equipped to evangelize (53:30); and grasping the power of prayer (59:20).


World’s Biggest Scandal with Fr. Themi Adamopoulo
Jan 04 2018 81 mins  
This Hank Unplugged podcast features a wide-ranging conversation with Fr. Themi Adamopoulo. Fr. Themi is a former atheist, rock star turned missionary priest serving in one of the poorest countries in the world, Sierra Leon. As Fr. Themi puts it in his conversation with Hank, “Fame is empty, but Christianity has no expiration date.” Listen to find out why these two former atheists now share a passion to serve Christ that is unshakeable in this energetic and inspiring conversation. Topics discussed include: the contemporary Saint Nektarios and the pain of Christians being persecuted by fellow Christians (2:30); why Hank has experienced persecution by becoming Orthodox, and do Orthodox Christians need to do a better job of evangelism? (7:00); the false dichotomy between faith and works that the West finds itself stuck with (10:00); Themi’s work against the biggest scandal the world faces today: poverty (15:50); the history of belief regarding the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist/Communion (22:30); the importance of perpetuating Christian traditions, while also adapting for cultural differences (29:10); Themi’s past as a Marxist, atheist rock star in the Australian rock band The Flies and how he eventually converted to Christianity (34:50); the dangers of ego in academia (44:00); the Western tendency to embrace reason at the cost of mystery (46:45); mystical experiences of Christ (50:30); Themi explains from his own experience how fame is empty, but Christianity has no expiration date (54:10); every day thousands of children die in Africa. How do we shift our global priorities to stop this and show that we value human life? (1:04:30); Themi explains the popularity of the prosperity gospel preached in many Pentecostal churches in Africa (1:09:00); why Christians helping the poor is a nonnegotiable (1:12:20); their shared belief that true Christian faith is a transformational journey rather than a mere transactional moment (1:16:30).


The Lost Art of Marriage with Jack and Marsha Countryman
Dec 14 2017 67 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on the Hank Unplugged podcast by one of his absolute best friends, Jack Countryman, and his wife, Marsha Countryman. Jack is a bestselling author that has had an enormous impact in the world of publishing. The two joined Hank on the podcast to discuss the importance of practicing disciplines and the lost art of marriage. If you’ve ever wondered what the key is to living a successful marriage in Christ, you won’t want to miss this conversation. Topics discussed include: the concept of retirement from Jack’s perspective and how it drives his desire to bring God’s Word to the world (4:30); both men discuss their work in the publishing industry (10:00); the importance of routines and disciplines in life (13:00); the lost art of marriage and building intimacy through investment (16:30); the importance of looking forward as the key to longevity in life (24:30); seeing differences as strengths to build on in a relationship (27:30); Jack’s famous bear story (31:00); discussing Jack’s ministry “In His Grip” and some parallels between principles of golf and Christianity (35:00); prayer as an essential part in finding God’s purpose in our lives (38:30); how Jack’s relationship with his wife has impacted his life and helped him to influence others (45:00); Marsha explains how the Lord brought the two of them together (48:00); the value of handwritten notes in a technological age (54:30); and sharing some of their secrets to a successful marriage (56:30).


A Call from Christ: May We Be as One with Dr. Bradley Nassif
Dec 07 2017 82 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Dr. Bradley Nassif. Dr. Nassif is one of the preeminent academic experts on Orthodox-Evangelical dialogue and a strong advocate of a “unity in diversity” approach to the Christian faith. This conversation aims to clarify many misconceptions between branches of Christianity and how we might better apply our call from Christ to the Father in His high priestly prayer that we may all be as one. Topics discussed include: is there any hope for better engagement between evangelicals and Orthodox Christians? (5:30); the orthodox beliefs shared between Eastern Orthodox Christians and evangelical Christians (8:00); the increasing dialogue between evangelicals and Eastern Orthodox Christians (14:30); exploring different perspectives on the Atonement and Incarnation (20:30); underdeveloped theology regarding icons and the connection between Christ’s incarnation and the basis for icons (24:30); the challenges for people who are unfamiliar with aspects of the Eastern Orthodox worship experience (29:00); the symbolic architectural significance of various church buildings and their arrangements (33:00); what do candles and incense in Orthodox churches represent? (40:00); why do so many insist on pitting Holy Tradition against Sola Scriptura? (45:00); the baptismal process and the importance of keeping the gospel clear and compelling for every generation (53:00); the opportunity for internal renewal within Orthodoxy as well as to explain to the world what Orthodox beliefs truly are (58:00); the transcendent importance of the seven Ecumenical Councils (1:09:00); remembering John 17 as we strive for unity in diversity amongst Christians (1:13:00); Sola Fide and the false dichotomy of faith and works (1:15:00).

Sex, Drugs and the Imago Dei with Richard Poupard
Nov 30 2017 72 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Dr. Richard Poupard. Poupard is a board certified surgeon with an MA in apologetics, which gives him a unique perspective in examining the ethics of scientifically related issues. Whether he is questioning the compatibility of marijuana, birth control, or cloning with a Christian worldview, the driving force of Poupard’s work is examining whether or not we value one another as human beings made in the image of God. Per usual, this is a wide-ranging and insightful conversation that you won’t want to miss. Topics discussed include: The ethics of modern board games (2:30); The importance of being an open-minded, life-long learner (5:00); How Rich, a medical doctor, developed a passion for apologetics and discovered the need for mystery to accompany logic (7:00); Avoiding the pitfall of pride and merely winning arguments while practicing good apologetics (12:00); How Christians should view the rising acceptance of marijuana (14:00); The difference between having a glass of wine and smoking weed (19:30); The changing views about fertility and is birth control Biblical? (21:30); The ghastly consequences of experimentation on embryos and the time that Hank held a frozen embryo named Elise (31:00); Christians using In Vitro fertilization (35:00); Is human cloning compatible with Christianity? (36:30); The problem with using the term sexual purity (38:00); Challenging our notions of lust, modesty and objectification of women (44:30); Harvey Weinstein as an opportunity to reexamine the accepted ways that we often view women (47:30); End of life issues and the slippery slope of euthanasia (54:00); The ethics of plastic surgery (58:00); How suffering can bring us closer to Christ (1:01:30); The importance of being equipped to use apologetics as an ambassador of Christ (1:05:00); The question that drives all of Poupard’s work: “Do we value human beings as made in the image of God?” (1:08:00).

10 Books That Screwed Up the World with Benjamin Wiker
Nov 17 2017 80 mins  
This week Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Benjamin Wiker, a distinguished professor and author. The last time Hank had Dr. Wiker on the Hank Unplugged podcast he re-discovered an appreciation for the book 10 Books that Screwed Up the World. Today Dr. Wiker came back onto the podcast to discuss some of the dangerous ideas disseminated through these books, how they are influencing our world and what we as Christians can do about it! Topics discussed include: An opening discussion on some of the books that have screwed up the world (1:30); The realities of a reductionist, materialist culture (5:30); Why Wiker wrote 10 Books that Screwed Up the World (10:00); Rousseau as an example of how ideas have consequences (14:00); Do we need a fuller understanding of the Reformation as a whole? (19:00); The need for unity between the branches of Christianity, rather than continued division (24:30); Eugenics advocate and founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, and the impact of her book The Pivot of Civilization (29:00); The racism in Darwin’s ideas that often gets overlooked (39:00); The impact of the materialistic works of Descartes, Hobbes and Nietzsche (46:30); The need for historical literacy and better Christian education (52:00); How the culture wars might lead the branches of Christianity to exercise God’s grace to cooperate despite differences on secondary theological issues (57:00); Addressing the idea of faith and works through the words of the Apostles James and Paul (1:01:00); The need to dissect the awful ideas of atheists like Richard Dawkins and answer them with well-reasoned responses (1:10:30).


Becoming Truly Human with Nathan Jacobs
Nov 01 2017 96 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Dr. Nathan Jacobs, writer and director of Becoming Truly Human, a documentary that looks at the rise of the "nones" (those with no religious affiliation). The film offers seven cinematic portraits of “nones” alongside the story of today’s guest Dr. Jacobs, whose path goes from unbelief to belief in Christianity, in order to reframe the nones as people defined not by unaffiliation but by a search for something deeper than the religion of their youth. As usual on Hank Unplugged, their conversation is wide ranging, full of depth, and one that you will not want to miss. Topics discussed include: examining the rise of “nones," a term in the documentary Becoming Truly Human used for people with no religious affiliation (1:00); the history behind the title of the documentary Becoming Truly Human (3:00); the importance of learning from the early church fathers (6:00); is it necessary to pit scripture and tradition against one another? (10:00); clearing up the confusion surrounding the false dichotomy between faith and works (16:30); the judicial tendencies and terminologies often present in Western theology (33:30); what the Incarnation truly offers to us (42:00); exploring the concept of deification (44:00); what Dr. Jacobs found in studying the concept of resurrection in several religions and how it’s unique in Christianity (51:00); using the texts of the early church fathers and the longstanding church tradition to better understand Scripture and enhance our Christian faith (55:00); what it means to become truly human (1:01:00); what it was that Dr. Jacobs discovered many of the Millennial “nones” were searching for (1:10:00); the story of Dr. Jacobs's adopted son and the parable of the sheep and the goats (1:16:30); how both Hank's and Nathan’s personal battles with cancer have provided them perspective and brought them closer to God (1:23:00); where people can see the documentary Becoming Truly Human (1:32:00).

Life in the Trinity with Dr. Donald Fairbairn
Oct 25 2017 68 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Dr. Donald Fairbairn, professor of Early Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, the academic dean of the Charlotte campus and author or translator of seven books. His book Life in the Trinity has had a great impact on Hank, and Hank has no doubt that everyone will take something valuable away from their conversation this week. Topics discussed include: the relationship between the Father and the Son as explained in Fairbairn’s book Life in the Trinity (2:00); how the evangelical Fairbairn’s travels around the world correlate to his interest and study of Eastern Orthodoxy (3:30); deification and Theosis as foreign concepts for many in the West (9:00); the ways Dr. Fairbairn believes his work in ministry has grown directly from his deafness (11:00); the fundamental relationship involved in salvation and how the focus can all too often be on the means to salvation as opposed to the meaning of it (15:00); the role that doctrines play in the Christian faith (18:00); the danger of making the Christian faith transactional in nature as opposed to transformational (24:00); the importance of the early church fathers (26:30); the Trinity, Incarnation, and Eucharist as concepts that we can apprehend, not comprehend (30:30); the problem when academic arrogance creeps into theology (34:00); what happens to society when we place humanity, rather than God, at the top of the order (36:30); the Lord’s high priestly prayer exemplifying the relationship between Father and Son in the Trinity (43:00); how Fairbairn used Star Wars to explain the premise of his book Life in the Trinity for the Christian Research Journal (47:30); is it possible to achieve unity throughout the branches of the “family tree” of the Christian faith? (51:30); ecclesia and the importance of being part of a church body (54:00); unpacking the idea of deification (57:30); and what drives Dr. Fairbairn to make a difference every day (1:02:30).

Go Behind Enemy Lines with Mindy Belz
Oct 18 2017 69 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by veteran journalist Mindy Belz, senior editor of WORLD magazine and the author of the book They Say We Are Infidels. Belz is a journalist who has risked her life to go behind enemy lines, and her unique perspective on global issues from an informed, Christian perspective is invaluable to us all. Topics discussed include: Belz's unique role as a female journalist going behind enemy lines in dangerous Islamic countries (2:30); Belz's perspective on how the Trump administration is handling the inevitable crisis with North Korea (6:00); the courage that the gospel provides us to feel peace in the face of danger (14:00); bias concerning perception of Christian persecution as opposed to Islamic protectionism (18:00); wearing the “noon” symbol used to represent Nazarene as a statement of solidarity with Christians persecuted in the Middle East (25:00); what Belz learned from worshiping with Eastern Christians in Iraq (29:30); when the United States should help police the world and how it would be most effective (34:30); can Sharia law and democracy coexist? (40:00); the vacuum secularism is leaving in the West and how Islam is prepared to fill it (48:00); how increased diversity can revitalize the Christian church (51:30); the gospel as the source of Mindy’s optimism (56:00); the three-pronged fork in the road of apostasy, apathy, and radicalization that Nabeel Qureshi faced as a Muslim and the example he became as he found the power of Christ (59:30).

The World’s Fastest Growing Religion with Raymond Ibrahim
Oct 11 2017 88 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged for the second time by Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim to continue their discussion on the importance of being educated about the truth of Islam. There is no doubt that we are in a clash of civilizations and it’s vital for Christians to know the truth about the world’s fastest-growing religion. Topics discussed include: is ISIS merely a sign of Islamic history repeating itself? (1:30); a priori conclusions about Islam based on wishful thinking (11:00); the current condition of the Islamic State (17:00); how the Protestant Reformation helped Islam grow in size and perception (24:00); how the academic issue of publish-or-perish propagates false history of Islam (31:00); the reason that liberals tend to embrace Islam and oppose Christianity (36:00); the unwavering continuity of Islam (40:30); the West self-destructing from within (51:00); the issue of U.S. ally Saudi Arabia practicing the ISIS version of literal Islam (53:30); the irony of calls for Islamic reformation (57:00); why focusing on ISIS alone is missing the real problem (1:02:30); will terrorist attacks continue to escalate? (1:05:00); the hypocrisy of politicians like Hillary Clinton consistently supporting Saudi Arabia (1:08:30); the robust Christian message necessary for migrant Muslims to find Christ (1:16:30); the tribal nature of Islamic culture (1:21:00); the mass genocide of Christians in the East depicted in Ibrahim’s book Crucified Again (1:25:00).


The Last Christians with Andreas Knapp
Oct 04 2017 71 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Andreas Knapp, author of The Last Christians: Stories of Persecution, Flight and Resilience in the Middle East. Andreas Knapp left a position as head of Freiburg Seminary to live and work among the poor as a member of the Little Brothers of the Gospel and ministers to prisoners and refugees. His latest book, The Last Christians, recounts the stories of refugees in his neighborhood and of displaced people in camps in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. This is a powerful conversation that you won’t want to miss. Topics discussed include: Knapp explains what the Little Brothers of the Gospel society is (3:00); why Knapp left his post as the head of a seminary to live on the margins of society amongst the poor (5:30); Germany’s transition away from Christianity and the need for Christians to stop fighting one another and to unite around the essentials (11:00); how Western Christianity often neglects to understand Eastern Christianity (16:30); the strength of witness when we live our lives like Christ (20:00); the Christian refugees in Germany that inspired Knapp and brought him to the Middle East (26:30); why Knapp titled his book The Last Christians (30:30); the political roots of Islam preclude true democratic development in Islamic countries (35:00); the danger of placing ideology above common humanity (45:30); the use of the fourteenth letter of the Arabic alphabet as a sign of solidarity with Christians suffering persecution (49:00); the problem of Islamic migration without assimilation in the West (51:00); the two competing movements in Turkey today (57:30); the difference between martyrdom in Christianity and Islam (1:01:00); why Knapp wrote The Last Christians (1:05:00).

The Sexual Revolution with Mary Eberstadt
Sep 27 2017 65 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Mary Eberstadt, author of It's Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies. Her writing has appeared in TIME, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Review, First Things, and The Weekly Standard, and in March 2017, she was named Senior Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute. They discuss the secularist religion birthed by the Sexual Revolution and how it helped yesterday’s sinners become today’s secular saints. Topics discussed include: the secularist religion birthed by the Sexual Revolution (3:00); Christians being labeled as bigots and a damaging decrease of dialogue in society (9:30); the social experiments of the Sexual Revolution (13:00); what inspired Mary to do the work she is doing? (16:00); the new hypereugenics movement and Margaret Sanger as a secular saint (20:30); the growing ideological incoherence of many who claim to be Christians (30:00); the anti-Islamophobia motion in Canada and their censorship of Hank with the release of MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion (34:00); the demographic crisis in Europe (40:00); the need for Christians to pursue excellence in word and thought in the public arena (46:30); dhimmitude and the death of religious liberty in America (48:30); the Nazarene pin and the Scarlet letter that being a Christian has become in society (52:00); how the Sexual Revolution helped yesterday’s sinners become today’s secular saints (55:00); Mary’s wake-up call to the West (1:01:30).


MUSLIM with Robert Spencer
Sep 13 2017 76 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch and the author of New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. He also wrote the foreword to Hank’s new book MUSLIM: What You Need to Know About the World’s Fastest-Growing Religion. Author of seventeen books and counting, Spencer is one of the foremost experts on Islam, and this conversation covers the many ways that Islam is putting our world in peril. Topics discussed include: the work of Jihad Watch (1:00); the danger of Islamic immigration without assimilation (2:00); the double standard of Islamic blasphemy laws (6:00); the largely defensive nature of the Crusades to counter Islamic aggression (7:30); why Robert has dedicated his life to revealing dangerous truth about Islam (11:30); the denial of free speech when it comes to Islam (17:30); the unlikely alliance between the liberal left and Islam in the West (20:30); Confessions of an Islamophobe (23:00); Robert Spencer’s ban from entering the UK for talking about Islam (30:00); what PayPal’s ban of Jihad Watch says about free society (36:00); Robert Spencer being poisoned in Iceland (43:00); the truth about the group CAIR (53:00); the distinction between Jesus Christ and Muhammad (56:00); what faith will replace Marxism in China? (55:00); the distinction between Jesus Christ and Muhammad (56:00); Saudi Arabia and the spread of Wahhabism (1:08:00).







A Practical Guide to Culture with John Stonestreet
Aug 09 2017 67 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by John Stonestreet, president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and cohost of the radio show BreakPoint. This is a truly wide-ranging conversation on the major cultural issues of today and how Christians should handle these uniquely modern issues outlined in Stonestreet’s new book A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. Topics discussed include: Chuck Colson as a mentor to both (1:30); the false dichotomy of sacred and secular and the pandemic of churches conforming to the culture (9:00); the importance of authority in the church in accordance with Scripture and the ties to church history (17:00); the distinction between cultural waves and undercurrents outlined in Stonestreet’s book A Practical Guide to Culture (23:30); the problem of perpetual adolescence and a culture that craves staying young forever (30:00); how information has replaced knowledge in our age, the shifting importance of right from wrong to whether we’re nice or mean, and discernment as an antidote (37:00); the transactional nature some churches have taken on as opposed to being transformational (43:30); the influence of materialists like Richard Dawkins on culture and the loss of what it means to be humans made in the Imago Dei (51:30); gender fluidity in contrast to biological reality (56:30); influencing the culture rather than the culture changing us (1:01:00).

We Were Wrong
Aug 02 2017 83 mins  
This week Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by one of his closest friends and brothers in Christ, Chris Wilde. Hank and Chris became friends as a result of the providential meeting between the local church and the Christian Research Institute that resulted in an extensive primary research project that resulted in the CRI Journal titled “We Were Wrong.” Years of research led CRI to amend their position on the local church from one of condemnation to one of commendation, as the group has played a significant role in the transformation of Hank’s personal life in addition to the moniker of the ministry. This is an emotional episode of Hank Unplugged that you cannot miss. Topics discussed include: The unlikely origins of their friendship as a result of investigating the Lord’s recovery (4:30); The providential meeting between the local churches and the Christian Research Institute and the primary research project that ensued (8:30); The revolutionary impact the Lord’s recovery has had on Hank personally as well as the ministry of CRI (18:30); Brief history of Watchman Nee, Witness Lee and their ministries in China and beyond (21:00); A seminal moment in Hank’s life that caused the moniker of CRI to change to “Because life and truth matter” (26:30); A moving story of the meeting between Gretchen Passantino and a Christian Chinese man who suffered immense persecution as a result of her writings for CRI in the 70’s (33:00); The significance of the local church edition of the CRI Journal entitled We Were Wrong (42:00); The continued damage that misinformation does to the Local Church (53:00); Chris’s transformational testimony (59:30); The immense value of the Local Church to the body of Christ (1:07:00).


The Reluctant Revolutionary with Michael Behe
Jul 19 2017 68 mins  
This week, Hank is joined on Hank Unplugged by Michael Behe, a distinguished biochemist and the subject of a new documentary called Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines. Listen in as they discuss Behe's trailblazing insights into irreducible complexity, the compatibility of faith and science, pitfalls of scientific consensus, the status of the Intelligent Design movement, and much more. Topics discussed include: how Behe’s doubts of Darwin’s theories caused him to write the book Darwin’s Black Box as an alternative explanation and the uproar that ensued (7:00); the use of a mousetrap to explain the idea of irreducible complexity as an indicator of Intelligent Design (13:00); how scientific discoveries and progress will eventually explain away Darwin’s grandest claims (20:00); the difficult road for those in the scientific community who advocate for Intelligent Design (28:00); explaining the molecular machine that is the bacterial flagellum as an indicator of complexity calling for Intelligent Design (33:00); the true compatibility of faith and science (37:30); the unscientific hypocrisy of untouchable topics, biases, and stakeholder interests in the sciences (42:00); signs of prejudicial judiciary in the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial (50:00); the anti-intellectual nature of ignoring alternative explanations and the pitfalls of scientific consensus as a stand-in for truth (56:00); the power of one person to make a change by challenging the status quo and taking a stand (1:03:00).





Conversion Consequences with Dr. Frank Beckwith
Jun 22 2017 85 mins  
Dr. Frank Beckwith joins Hank on Hank Unplugged to discuss their shared history as prominent evangelical Protestants who’ve converted to different historical traditions within the Christian faith and their desire for greater church unity, while also demonstrating the importance of apologetics and discourse. Topics discussed include: how advances in technology further cement their belief that the watershed issue of our age is still abortion (5:00); nostalgic memories of late-night theological discussions with Bob and Gretchen Passantino and the importance of open-minded discourse in apologetics (14:30); the value of being a lifelong learner, its impact on Hank’s conversion to Orthodoxy and Frank’s return to Roman Catholicism, and both men’s belief in the importance of embracing Mere Christianity (20:00); misconceptions of Catholicism, the importance of unity between the branches of Christianity (31:00); misunderstandings regarding works-righteousness sanctification, grace, and the transformational truth of the gospel (40:30); their controversial conversions and the impact of encouraging notes between Hank and Frank themselves (50:30); The Benedict Option and the need for Christians to be an example to the culture, not of the culture (1:04:00); the importance of having an eternal perspective and developing spiritual disciplines (1:09:00); John Paul II said the church has two lungs, and it needs to breathe with both, referring to the church in the East and the West, and both men end the podcast by making a call for church unity (1:15:00).





5 • 1 Ratings

theStephenK May 08 2020
Great podcast