Sean McDowell

What Is the Unique Worldview of Students Today? An Interview with Dr. Jeff Myers

By Sean McDowell Mar. 22, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Christian Education, Church Life, Culture, Spiritual Formation

As a high school student, I went to a two-week worldview experience in the mountains of Colorado Springs called Summit Ministries. I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. Looking back now, over two decades later, I realize that it was one of the most formative faith experiences of my life.

Although there were probably a couple dozen speakers at Summit (who addressed all sorts of worldview issues related to theology, economics, apologetics, science, and more), my favorite was Dr. Jeff Myers. He has since become a good friend of mine, and he is now the president of Summit Ministries, a vital worldview experience for students. Dr. Myers is a popular speaker, the author of many books (including one of my favorites, Handoff), and is one of the most important contemporary voices in the church ...

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What is a Christian Worldview of Aging?

By Sean McDowell Mar. 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. Marriage and Family, Spiritual Formation, Theology

This goal of this blog is for me to soak up wisdom from my father and share it with you. I have been blessed to have an incredibly influential father, Josh McDowell. He has written over 150 books and spoken to more young people live than anyone in history. But what I appreciate most about my father is his love for my mom, for his kids, and now for his many grandkids. Enjoy! ...

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Disney Introduces a Gay Character in Beauty and the Beast: Six Reflections

By Sean McDowell Mar. 4, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Church Life, Culture, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Although there have been rumors about supposedly gay characters in Disney films of the past, Disney is officially introducing a gay character in its upcoming live-action film, Beauty and the Beast. The issue is not the mere existence of a gay character, for gay people are obviously as much a part of our culture as anyone else. The question is whether Disney uses this character as a way of promoting a certain view of sex and relationships that Christians may find objectionable.

Christians will be tempted to respond in a number of different ways. I don’t pretend to have the right answer for how Christians should respond. In fact, I am not sure there even is one right answer for Christians to embrace.

Nevertheless, here are six thoughts for reflection ...

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Where is Culture Headed in the Next Decade ... and Beyond?

By Sean McDowell Feb. 23, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture

Where is culture headed for the next decade? And what does this mean for our relationships, jobs, and task as apologists and influencers of the next generation? I recently read the excellent book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future and want to highlight the twelve trends that the author, Kevin Kelly, believes will shape the future. It’s hard to disagree with his insights ...

 

 

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Does Porn Really Harm Society? An Interview with Dr. John Foubert

By Sean McDowell Feb. 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. Culture, Ethics, Marriage and Family

Dr. John Foubert has been studying pornography and its effects on people for over a decade. I have written and spoken extensively on pornography, so I was eager when Dr. Foubert graciously asked me to endorse his recent book How Pornography Harms. And it did not disappoint. In fact, I would consider an indispensable resource for students, parents, teachers, and pastors to be informed about how pornography is changing the way people think about sex ...

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Are Questions Better Than Answers? No Question About It!

By Sean McDowell Feb. 15, 2017 9:00 a.m. Apologetics, Culture, Spiritual Formation

Although it might surprise you, given that I grew up with a famous apologist father, my parents asked me more questions than they gave me answers. My parents did not want me to believe something simply on authority, but because I had good reasons for believing it was true. They certainly wanted me to become a Christian, but they were also deeply interested in helping me learn how to think critically for myself and to confidently arrive at truth ...

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Has the Church Sought Out Demonic Power to Further the Gospel? Interview with Author Kyle Strobel

By Sean McDowell Feb. 2, 2017 9:00 a.m. Church Life, Ministry and Leadership, Spiritual Formation

Kyle Strobel has been a friend of mine since we were classmates in the M.A. Philosophy program at Talbot in the early 2000s. Now we are both professors at Biola (he's at Talbot Theological Seminary and I am in the Christian Apologetics program). Kyle has a recent book that, in all honesty, is going to stir some people up. He didn't write it just to provoke, but because he really believes the church today has co-opted some non-biblical ideas that radically undermine the gospel.

And I tend to agree. If Kyle is right, then we the church need to seriously rethink how we approach ministry. I hope you will genuinely wrestle with his responses to my questions in this interview ...

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