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Reasons Why Students Are Leaving The Faith – Part 1

Barna Group has done research and revealed reasons why young people are leaving the Church. The reasons they listed were:

  1. Isolationism
  2. Shallowness
  3. Anti-science
  4. Sex
  5. Exclusivity
  6. Doubters

In this episode I go through the first three reasons and shares personal stories of how students are struggling with isolationism, shallowness, and anti-scientific claims. I then list a few ways in which we can address these issues with our students.

Have you had any students list any of these reasons for why they are struggling with their faith?

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How can we think critically about entertainment?

I finished off 2018 by discussing a recent talk I gave to a high school youth group about how entertainment can brainwash us. However, I wasn’t able to finish my thoughts in that episode and get to the part about how we can think critically about entertainment. This is the aspect that many of us need to focus on. We sometimes either don’t think about entertainment at all and are led astray by it, or we boycott it completely. We draw a hard line in the sand between good and bad and say away from any songs, movies, or TV shows that have “bad” things in them.

I want to present another option. I want to suggest continuing to watch movies and listen to music, within reason, but do so while thinking deeply about the information entering our minds. We should watch movies as a family and discuss them with our students. Some questions you should ask when watching movies or TV are:

  • What worldview is the movie communicating?
  • What do they want me to do/think?
  • Who are the good guys? Who are the villains?
  • What is the good life according to the movie?

These questions, and others, can keep you from falling captive to false ideas. Check out this week’s episode to hear how I thought about a recent movie and other ways that we can think critically about entertainment.

Do you take a break from technology or think critically about movies? Comment below with steps you take or questions you ask in order to think critically about entertainment.

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).

100 Episodes and 22 Interviews Later

I didn’t know what to expect or even what I was doing when I first started the Coffeehouse Questions podcast. All I knew was that J. Warner Wallace said it would be easy to start a podcast, and that part was true. It only cost me $10 and the first episode was posted. What he didn’t mention is the hard work that would go into publishing over 100 episodes. However, even with the hard work, time, and learning, it has been an incredible journey.

Of the first 100 episodes, the best part has been hosting some incredible authors, apologists, and friends on my show. The topics have ranged from prayer to abortion, logic, transgenderism, the big bang, death before the fall, Mormonism, unforgiveness, evangelism, and more. Check out the 35 different episodes with 22 different guests over the course of the last 2+ years. (Order from newest to oldest)


 


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).

Does entertainment brainwash you?

One of the most difficult topics to discuss with youth is the topic of entertainment. The reason why I think it is so hard to discuss is that many of them are aware of how entertainment has hurt them, yet many are still unwilling to change. The addiction is so strong. We know that we spend too much time on our devices yet it is so hard to stop. We know that we use them too often at dinner with family, yet our phones seem to make their way out time and time again.

One student submitted the question, “Does secular music brainwash you?” I then had the opportunity to speak to the group and address this important question. This episode this week goes over some of the points we discussed and some of the questions I asked the students.

How do you think we can better handle technology and entertainment in our culture?

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).

Azusa Pacific University and LGBTQ+ Relationships

If you know much about the cultural debate on LGBTQ relationships in California then you will know that it has been a busy week in the news. This week’s podcast covers three of these big stories.

Listen as I discuss these three impactful decisions.

What are your thoughs on these three events? 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).

Are there good people?

This past summer I had the privilege of spending a weekend with a group of junior high students. My talks from that weekend are posted here and here. This question came during a time of Q&A after my talk on why God allows evil.

If you are interested in having me speak at your church, camp, or youth group, click on the Endorsements & Speaking page to see my list of topics and contact me at Speaking Requests or email me at contact@coffeehousequestions.com. You can select a topic from the list or suggest your own. I am happy to help in any way I can. God bless!

Stop Telling Students The Answers and Start Showing Them

I was recently struck by an atheist testimony. She was actually sharing her conversion story out of Christianity. Her reason was that she was always told what to believe and what the Bible said. Every question she asked was met with an immediate answer. When she got older she started to investigate things for herself and found that the Bible didn’t actually say the things that she was told it said. This caused her to doubt everything else she was told about the Bible and Christianity.

Teach the Bible Like We Teach Math

Math begins with basic memorization, but it doesn’t stay that way. I remember the days of learning all the addition and multiplication tables. But then there is a time when you move on to more advanced problem-solving equations. When you see something like 3x+7=19, that isn’t something you memorize but is something that you are taught how to solve. If the teacher said x=4 and stops the lesson, you will have no idea if the teacher is right or how to solve the next equation on the test.

When I first started teaching I realized that it was easy to tell the students what Christians believe and how each student should think. In fact, this approach to sharing knowledge is easy across all life stages. Giving answers is much easier than teaching the process of how to research and think through the question yourself. We start when children are small by telling them what to believe, just like math, but then continue to do so as they grow older. Our students often keep hearing the answers like Jesus is God, but don’t know how to properly read and study the Bible for themselves.

I still remember my first formal observation as a teacher during my fifth year of teaching. I prepared an amazing lesson, a great powerpoint, and lectured the students for about 40 minutes. I thought that since it was so carefully put together that I would get a great evaluation. However, the exact opposite happened. I was told that the content was great, but I was also informed that I needed to include the students in the class and help them think through the issues.

Leave your students with confident answers.

I was saddened by the atheist’s story out of Christianity. She trusted her parents and pastors and didn’t find what they were saying to be true. Now I don’t know what those things were and if the Bible said them or not, but the point remains the same. We shouldn’t be giving every answer and leaving our students to simply trust our word. Instead, I want to show them the truth, help them see how I came to conclusions, and let them evaluate the evidence as they make their own decisions.

Almost every day I have a student come into my class with a desire and confidence to show me how to solve a problem from AP calculus. He is confident because he can start from the beginning and finish the problem himself. I want students to have that same confidence with the questions related to faith and Christianity.

What do I think is the best argument for God’s existence?

There are many philosophical and scientific arguments for God’s existence. Many of them are convincing and powerful like the kalam cosmological argument, teleological argument, or the moral argument. I’ve even written about those in one of my first ever blog posts. However, I think there might be an even better argument when understood correctly. Check it out!

You can still get 20% off a copy of Always Be Ready, click here and enter the coupon code “RYAN20”. The offer is good until 12/31/18.

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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).

Always Be Ready with Dr. Hugh Ross

When I started to read Always Be Ready: A Call to Adventurous Faith, I felt like I was back on the mission field. During my four years as a missionary in the Dominican Republic, I often found myself reading missionary biographies. It was so encouraging as a new missionary to hear stories from veterans of how God had worked and done miraculous things.

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When I came back to the U.S. I began my work in apologetics. Virtually every book I have read over the last three years has dealt with a specific apologetic topic. Some books have stories to prove a point, but I never read, nor was I aware of an apologetic biography. This is exactly what Hugh Ross, Christian astrophysicist and founder of Reasons to Believe, did with his newest book.

Always Be Ready doesn’t focus on an issue in science apologetics. Instead, it is filled with story after story of people coming to Christ and God working to orchestrate divine appointments through the life of Hugh Ross and others. God will often surprise us and give us an adventurous faith if we are ready.

I hope you are encouraged by the testimony and stories just like I was.

If you would like 20% off a copy of Always Be Ready, click here and enter the coupon code “RYAN20”.

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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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