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How to Have a Fruitful Dialogue with Mormons

On August 4th, I got back from leading my first MAVEN Immersive Experience. I had an absolute blast spending 6 days in the Salt Lake area learning from experts and sharing the Gospel with Mormons. We had some great conversations and I want to share those with you in a hope that my experience will help you have fruitful dialogues with Mormons.

Check out MAVEN if a trip like this sounds interesting to you. I also want to encourage you to look at the resources and great ministries that we were able to work with while in Utah. They include:

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

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What’s the worldview behind the question?

The way you see the world is going to shape how you view information. For this reason, it is critical to understand the worldview behind the question when you are engaged in a discussion. Listen this week to see how to understand this idea and apply it to conversations.

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Do you still have questions? Comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Listener Questions and the Question Behind Marriage

I decided to do things a bit different this week and get my topics from Instagram. I posted on my story for people to send in any question that they would like to have answered on the show, and four questions quickly came in. They were:

  1. How was Satan able to be in God’s presence in the book of Job?
  2. Who’s the cute girl in the pic??
  3. What has God taught you this past week?
  4. Would you live internationally again given the chance?

I then finished up the episode talking about the main question behind abortion and marriage. Check it out!

Do you still have questions? Comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Was there Death Before the Fall? Interview with Krista Bontrager

When teaching on the age of the universe, I usually take a neutral approach. In my opinion, the profound reality that God created the universe is more important than when God created it. And when I start presenting evidence for an ancient universe, I almost always receive the exact same questions.

If the earth is old, then wouldn’t that mean there was death before the fall? How does this idea reconcile with Genesis 1:31 which says, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” How can millions of years of animal death be called very good? It also seems to contradict with Romans 8:12 where Paul writes, “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.”

These are great questions that warrant a response from anyone holding to an old earth. Helping us to think about the topic this week is Krista Bontrager. This is her second week on the show. Last week, she discussed whether the biblical flood was local or global. Krista is a theologian, the Director of the Scholar Community at Reasons to Believe, and an instructor at the Reasons Institute. Krista is also the author of the small-group study The Bigger Picture on Creation and coauthor of the booklet Psalm 104: In Wisdom You Made Them All.

Do you still have questions? Comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Was the Biblical Flood Local or Global? Interview with Krista Bontrager

It seems that believing in a global flood is one of the most agreed upon beliefs in Christianity. This makes sense because the Bible seems to be clear that the flood was global in Genesis 7:17–24.

[17] The flood continued forty days on the earth. The waters increased and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. [18] The waters prevailed and increased greatly on the earth, and the ark floated on the face of the waters. [19] And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered. [20] The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. [21] And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. [22] Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. [23] He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. [24] And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days. (ESV)

Even though this verse seems clear, there are some really smart Christians who think the flood was local. They believe that the waters were universal in destruction but not global in scope. This is the view that is presented in the podcast. My goal is not to convince you all of one position or another but to help you see that there are two possible interpretations.

Joining me to discuss this issue is Krista Bontrager. She is a theologian, the Director of the Scholar Community at Reasons to Believe, and an instructor at the Reasons Institute. Krista is also the author of the small-group study The Bigger Picture on Creation and coauthor of the booklet Psalm 104: In Wisdom You Made Them All.

I hope you enjoy our discussion and come away with a fresh perspective on this topic.

Do you still have questions? Comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

Responding to Student Worldview Issues with Dr. Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers, president of Summit Ministries, joined me this week to discuss student worldview issues. If you have students and haven’t heard of Summit, then it is definitely something you need to check out. One of Summit’s main focuses is a two-week conference for 16-25 year olds that is located in Colorado, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. Every summer they bring in the best leaders to train the students in worldview, culture, theology, apologetics, and much more.

Summit also has a publishing division that offers resources for Christian schools, homeschool, and churches. I use their Christian school curriculum in my classroom and it has been transforming for the students.

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Dr. Myers has also recently published his newest book, The Secret Battle of Ideas about God: Overcoming the Outbreak of Five Fatal Worldviews.

I hope you enjoy my discussion with Dr. Myers on student worldview issues and find the resources of Summit Ministries helpful.

What questions do you have about culture, students, and worldview? Comment below!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

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!

You can follow the Coffeehouse Questions Podcast and have it automatically downloaded to your device by subscribing on iTunes. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

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. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, 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. If you don’t have iTunes, find the podcast and follow on SoundCloud or search “Coffeehouse Questions with Ryan Pauly” on your Android podcast player. Finally, if you’d rather stick to the radio, you can listen to the show on 100.1 KGBA every Saturday night from 9-9:30 PT.

Like the Facebook page or follow on Instagram to interact with Ryan and his guests on future shows. Your questions and comments help to make the show more interactive. So, send in those questions at contact@coffeehousequestions.com, FacebookTwitterInstagram, or by text at (714) 989-6927 (Google Voice number for texts only).

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