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Practical Strategies for Sharing the Good News with Mormons – Interview with Eric Johnson

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Eric Johnson, an expert in Mormonism and co-author of Answering Mormons’ Questions: Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints and  Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints, joined me for a second week to discuss practical strategies for sharing the good news with Mormons. His newest book that he co-edited with Sean McDowell, Sharing the Good News with Mormons, was released last week.

Check out the second part on Mormonism. I hope that this would encourage you to get a copy of the book and start sharing the good news with Mormons.

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What questions do you still have about strategies for getting the conversation started? Comment below!

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What does Mormonism teach? Interview with Eric Johnson

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Have you ever been at a loss for words when Mormon missionaries knock on your door? Do you wish you had a better understanding of what they believe and how it compares to Christianity? If so, then I would recommend Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell’s new book that just released today! Sharing The Good News With Mormons: Practical Strategies For Getting The Conversation Started will give you the tools you need to have fruitful conversations with Mormons. Check out SharingWithMormons.com for more information.

Eric Johnson, an expert in Mormonism and co-author of Answering Mormons’ Questions: Ready Responses for Inquiring Latter-day Saints and  Mormonism 101: Examining the Religion of the Latter-day Saints, joined me to discuss the important LDS teachings that every Christian should understand.

I hope you enjoy part 1 of this interview as we discuss the teachings of the LDS church. Don’t miss part 2 next week as we dive into Eric and Sean’s new book and look at practical strategies.

What questions do you still have about the teaching of Mormonism and strategies for getting the conversation started? Comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Like the Facebook page and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

 

AB 2943: Will the Bible be banned? Interview with Neal Hardin

There’s a lot of discussion surrounding AB 2943. Some Christians think this bill, if passed, is going to ban the Bible. Others don’t think the bill is any problem at all. Neal Hardin, writer at The Religion and Politics Blog, joined me to discuss the language of this bill and how it may affect Christians. He recently traveled up to Sacramento, CA, with a group of pastors in order to speak to the legislators who voted on this bill. What worries Christians is that it will make any practices that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation unlawful business practices. This includes the reparative therapy that Neal has received in the past.

This bill also forced Summit Ministries to cancel their young adult conference in California. I was on staff at Summit CA the last two years. However, due to this bill, I will not be joining Summit again this summer.

“Summit’s program helps students develop an intelligent, defensible Christian worldview before they go to college,” Summit President Jeff Myers explained. “Our speakers are leading Christian experts who base their presentations on theology as well as sociology, psychology and science. But the wording of AB2943 is a dog whistle to the left that intelligent Christians holding traditional views are fair game for discrimination, smears and frivolous lawsuits.”

Summit’s program would fall under the proposed law because its lineup includes defenders of traditional man/woman marriage and people who advocate pursuing only those sexual activities approved in the Bible. Myers said it has also been common during prior trainings for students to ask questions of Summit staff about how to address confusion over gender identity and sexual attraction in the context of their faith. By prohibiting such conversations, AB2943 would cripple Summit’s ability to care for and equip its students, Myers said.

“This is the most blatant chilling of free speech in America in my lifetime.”

This is Neal’s third time on the Coffeehouse Questions podcast. Our first discussion was on how Christians can respond to the secular culture in which we live. In our second show together, Neal shared his testimony of same-sex attraction and response to the Nashville Statement. Now don’t miss our third show together as he continues to have great insights on how Christians should be involved in culture and politics.

As mentioned in the show:

Please call these five California Senators and ask them to abstain or vote no on AB 2943. If they do not take your call, please share with the person answering the phone in a kind, loving way, that you’re asking them to abstain from voting or to vote no on AB 2943 when they hear the bill in the Judiciary Committee.

Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair of the Committee) – 916-651-4019
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg – 916-651-4018
Senator Bill Monning – 916-651-4017
Senator Henry Stern – 916-651-4027
Senator Bob Wieckowski – 916-651-4010

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

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The March For Our Lives: Cultural Beliefs and Worldview Conversations

Today, the March For Our Lives drew hundreds of thousands around the United States. People were marching for human value and against gun violence.

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However, many don’t realize the worldview assumptions behind this any many other cultural beliefs. We are fighting for human value, which is good. But what makes a person valuable? Do all people have value? In the podcast below, I identify what I believe to be four contradictions in our culture and how we can use those cultural beliefs to have positive worldview conversations.

  1. Should we protect innocent lives or a woman’s right to choose?
  2. Should we celebrate women or is gender a social construct?
  3. Should we have gender reveal parties or is gender not connected to biological sex?
  4. Should I fight to end sexual abuse (#Metoo) or the Hollywood movies promoting such behavior (50 Shades)?

Links mentioned in the show

  1. How do we understand religious freedom vs. discrimination?
  2. Responding To Pro-Choice Arguments – Interview with Megan Almon (Podcast)
  3. Defending the Pro-Life Position – Interview with Megan Almon (Podcast)

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Like the Facebook page and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Desperate Hope

In celebration of my 2nd anniversary podcasting, I am giving away 50 copies of Desperate Hope! This opportunity ends in April, so don’t miss out. Simply subscribe to this blog and share it with your friends on social media in order to get your own personalized copy. Once finished, send an email to contact@coffeehousequesions.com with your address and I’ll ship a copy to you completely free!

How do we understand religious freedom vs. discrimination?

I just finished a two-week section on religious freedom and persecution with my students. In fact, I stopped writing their test in order to record the podcast and write this blog. I feel bad saying this, but I think it is true. The church has not done a great job at helping young people think about important cultural issues. We spend years with students preparing them to go off to the university, but we often are not equipping them to think clearly on important issues. We also don’t do a great job and helping them know their rights in culture and on the college campus.

This is why my chapter on religious freedom and persecution became so important the last two weeks. I wanted the students to think about controversial issues and debate religious freedom and persecution. I wanted them to see how freedoms are being taken away in the United States, how universities are making “free speech” zones, and how Christians are being persecuted around the world. We have a lot to be thankful for, but we also need to stand up, think clearly, and engage our culture with confidence.

Check out this week’s podcast as I  help you discuss religious freedom with clarity.

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You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

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Desperate Hope

In celebration of my 2nd anniversary podcasting, I am giving away 50 copies of Desperate Hope! This opportunity ends in April, so don’t miss out. Simply subscribe to this blog and share it with your friends on social media in order to get your own personalized copy. Once finished, send an email to contact@coffeehousequesions.com with your address and I’ll ship a copy to you completely free!

4 Tips To Better Train Your Students

Over my seven years of teaching I have learned that there is a lot more to teaching than simply presenting information. There are strategies that we can put into practice that help us to be more effective in the classroom. We also take different tests like the ACT Aspire and PSAT in order to make sure the students are on track and learning what they need to learn.

The question is, are we doing the same with Christianity? Do we have a system in place to help us know what we should be teaching at different stages? Are we testing students to see if they really are learning the foundations of the faith?

In this podcast I want to share some strategies with you in order to help you be more effective as you train your children, students, or even yourself.

Links mentioned in the show

Desperate Hope: http://www.tenaciouslove.com/about-desperate-hope

Summit Ministries Worldview Checkup: https://www.summit.org/checkup1/

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

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2nd Podcast Anniversary!

I can’t believe it has been two years since starting the Coffeehouse Questions podcast. It has been an incredible learning experience producing 77 episodes during that time. My favorite part has been getting to know and interview some very smart people along the way.

My guests have included (from most recent to oldest): Dr. Craig Hazen, Dr. Clay Jones, Brett Kunkle, Neal HardinMichael Sherrard, J. Warner Wallace, Kendall Brewer, Dr. Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, Greg Koukl, Alan Shlemon, Dr. Andy Bannister, Rose Pauly, Megan Almon, Dan BrittonDr. Sean McDowell, and Andrew Covert.

I owe a very special thank you to each of these guests for taking the time to come on with me and discuss some very important issues. I also cannot thank you all enough for actually listening! I really am still surprised that so many of you download the podcast and listen. Thank you and I would love to hear from you!

Send me a message and enjoy this short recap of the last two years.

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Like the Facebook page and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Should we love God with our heart or our mind?

While getting my undergrad in theology, I remember people telling me to be careful not to look at God and scripture only with an academic lens. It is common to think that studying theology and apologetics will cause someone to develop an academic approach to their relationship with God. It happens to people all the time, and it is something we have to be careful of. But because of this, some are afraid to learn more about God in order to maintain their emotional or relational connection with Him. Do we have to pick between these two? Listen here and find out!

Comment below with any questions!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Like the Facebook page and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

How can I start defending my faith? Interview with Dr. Craig Hazen

If you are reading this blog, then I suspect you realize how important it is for Christians to defend their faith. We live in a culture that is putting forth ideas that are contrary to Christianity, and we have people that are demanding for Christians to give reasons as to why they believe what they believe. These questions or issues may have driven you to study apologetics and the defense of your faith. I am excited to know that there are some of you who read this and fall into that category. However, the problem is that not everyone understands this need.

Some of you may have a desire to share the knowledge you have with others, but you don’t know how that is possible without a platform. You might be brand new to apologetics and worldview issues, and you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information to learn and don’t know where to start. What should you do?

Dr. Craig Hazen, the Director of the M.A. in Christian Apologetics at Biola, joined me this week to discuss how each person can turn the world upside down and stand up for Christianity. You don’t have to know all the facts or have degrees. You just need to know where to start and have a passion for sharing the truth. I hope that you are encouraged by this episode as you begin or continue your journey in defending your faith.

Comment below with any questions you have about defending your faith!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. You  can also find it and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player.

Like the Facebook page and interact with Ryan by asking questions and commenting. You can also see who will be future podcast guests on the Facebook page and send in your questions to be asked on the show! Send in your questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitter, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

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