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A weekly show from Premier Unbelievable? in which Ruth Jackson interviews leading apologists, theologians and evangelists in order to help Christians understand, defend and share their faith with confidence... unapologetically! For more from Premier Unbelievable? visit: http://www.premierunbelievable.com For our Premier Unbelievable? Live events: http://www.unbelievable.live
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Associate Professor Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, author of Priests of History, explores the results of ahistoricism in the Church. Does disconnection from the past lead to individualism? How do we practice ancient spiritual practices in a modern setting? Can history help us to use our time well?For Priests of History • Subscribe to the Unapologetic po…
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Associate Professor Sarah Irving-Stonebraker, author of Priests of History, explores the characteristics and impact of living in an "ahistoric" age. How can history help us navigate the culture wars? Can we reconnect with the past?For Priests of History: https://www.amazon.com/Priests-History-Stewarding-Past-Ahistoric/dp/0310160901/ref=sr_1_1?crid=…
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Pastor Jay Y Kim explores how Holy Week brings hope. Why are we all so afraid of death? What difference does Easter make? Did the resurrection actually happen and why does it matter?For Jay Kim: https://jaykimthinks.com/ • Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, free ebook & newsletter: https://premierunbe…
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Jay Y Kim shares his experience as a pastor in Silicon Valley. How is technology forming us? In what ways can we help young people live fruitfully in the digital space? How do we navigate AI? Are there any tips for finding rest in the midst of the busyness? In an era of misinformation, how do we decipher what is actually true?For Jay Kim: https://j…
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Jay Y Kim, a pastor in Silicon Valley and author of multiple books including Listen, Listen, Speak, shares his experience of losing and rediscovering his faith. What are some of the reasons people leave the Church or aren't even remotely interested in the first place? What should we do with our doubts? How do we ensure everyone feels welcome? For J…
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Renowned makeup artist Hannah Martin explores how to support people who find Mother's Day difficult for a plethora of different reasons. She bravely shares her own journey of losing her mother and her heart-breaking struggle with infertility and miscarriage. Are there practical ways churches can support those who are grieving? How do we celebrate M…
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Hannah Martin, "the queen of radiant skin and smoky eye tutorials” (British Vogue) and world-class makeup artist to the stars, shares her philosophy on beauty. What are some of her top tips? When did her "plan C" lead to making up supermodels and princesses? How do we raise confident young people in a world obsessed with highly edited images? In pa…
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What does the image of God say about our sexuality? What does that mean for single people? How did Jesus' sexual safeness help to heal people’s broken sexuality and what did Jesus say about sex? Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, co-author of Image Bearers, shares his thoughts. • Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts,…
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Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, co-author of Image Bearers, explores how the image of God shapes our understanding of what it is to be human. Is secular psychology sufficient? Why is restoration necessary? How does community help? Why is diversity so important?For Michael Lloyd: https://www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk/people/revd-dr-michael-lloyd-0• Subscribe to the U…
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In this final episode with evangelist Phil Knox, we explore friendship with God. Can God be our friend? How do we prioritise and pursue the presence of God? Must we ensure the Lord Almighty doesn't become the Lord Almatey?For Phil Knox https://www.eauk.org/author/phil-knox• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More po…
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Evangelist Phil Knox continues sharing his top tips for making and maintaining friends. Why is diversity so important in friendship? How do we get the balance of fun and vulnerability? What can we learn from Jesus' friendships? For Phil Knox https://www.eauk.org/author/phil-knox• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• M…
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Evangelist Phil Knox, author of Story Bearer and The Best of Friends, shares why personal tragedy and the COVID pandemic led him to write a book about friendship. Why does friendship matter? How do we protect our friendships from modern pressures? And how do we help young people to engage healthily with technology and social media?For Phil Knox htt…
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In the final part of this discussion, Rev Andrew Gosler, professor of Ethno-ornithology at Oxford University, explores whether we can reconcile the Bible and a scientific worldview. He also shares how he became a priest in the Church of England.For more about Andrew: https://www.biology.ox.ac.uk/people/professor-andrew-gosler• Subscribe to the Unap…
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Rev Andrew Gosler, professor of Ethno-ornithology at Oxford University, highlights some of the deficiencies he sees in Richard Dawkins' work. He also shares the potential limitations and dangers of a neo-Darwinian framing of evolution, such as racism and eugenics.• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, f…
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Rev Andrew Gosler, professor of Ethno-ornithology at Oxford University, shares how working in the same department as Richard Dawkins and reading his publications eventually led him to become a Christian. Plus, he shares a fascinating story about answered prayer.• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, fre…
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In this Christmas special, Ruth Jackson speaks to an atheist who loves Christmas, but not Christ. They discuss whether atheists should celebrate a festival focussed on someone they don't believe in. Plus, we hear from entrepreneur Jonathan Self who became a Christian largely through Christmas. Why was the festive period so significant and what diff…
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In the final part of his discussion with Ruth Jackson, Bishop Arun Arora, author of Stick With Love, looks at some modern day saints including former Archbishop John Sentamu, Stormzy, Cardinal Van Thuân and Rev Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi. Why did Stormzy's mum skip his Glastonbury performance to go to church? And how does the Christmas story speak hope …
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Who was the real Saint Nicholas? Why was he so passionate about Jesus’ divinity? And why does it matter who Jesus is? Bishop Arun Arora, author of Stick With Love shares his thoughts on a number of saints and looks at how to address the problem of unanswered prayer. How does the Christmas story speak to our suffering? Plus, we hear how God transfor…
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Does it matter what Jesus looked like? Bishop Arun Arora, author of the Archbishop of York’s Advent book Stick With Love, shares his thoughts about a poll that voted Jesus the greatest black icon of all time. Plus, he suggests why asking someone where they’re really from demonstrates an otherness, which unhelpfully seeks to distinguish rather than …
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Bishop Arun Arora, author of the Archbishop of York's Advent book Stick With Love, shares how a young Brummie with a Sikh dad and Hindu mum became a Christian through Billy Graham. Having been in the Church for 30 years before he saw another Asian man in Church leadership, Arun shares why he and the Archbishop of York have such a strong commitment …
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In the final part of their discussion, Dr Amy Orr-Ewing discusses whether we can believe in a virgin birth, why this birth is significant and how we can trust the witness of Mary. Plus, why is justice important to the Christmas story? And, how can Jesus be both fully God and fully man?For Amy's book: https://www.amyorr-ewing.com/books• Subscribe to…
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Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, author of Mary’s Voice, explores the context of Mary, mother of Jesus, and looks at why women play such a significant role in Christianity. Plus, what is the Magnificat, why is it so revolutionary? And how is it relevant today?• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, free ebook & newslet…
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Dr Amy Orr-Ewing, author of Mary's Voice, shares the story of her academic father becoming a Christian and how that impacted their whole family. She describes the experience of being grilled by 14 Oxford dons about her theology undergraduate exam papers the day before her wedding! Plus, Amy explains why she is so impacted by the person of Mary, and…
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Former atheist-turned Christian Associate Professor Sarah Irving-Stonebraker shares how studying some of the founders of modern science challenged her assumption that religion and science were fundamentally opposed. She also highlights the moment she realised her atheism could no longer sustain her moral commitments.For Sarah Irving-Stonebraker: ht…
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Rev Dr Michael Lloyd, author of Cafe Theology, shares his story including why he got ordained, how he ended up in academia and why he changed his mind on the ordination of women. He also discusses how to assess the veracity of doctrines and why he believes everyone should study theology. For Michael Lloyd: https://www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk/people/revd-…
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In the final part of their discussion, Peter Byrom delves into Dawkins' argument from complexity, suggesting it may be a circular assumption. They unpack Dawkins' fascinating exchange with Francis Collins in 2022, where Dawkins admits he may have a presupposition towards materialism. Plus, what does the future hold?For more on some of these argumen…
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Peter Byrom continues to share his faith journey as told in the chapter he contributed to Coming to Faith Through Dawkins. He discloses how challenging Richard Dawkins on why he wouldn't debate William Lane Craig led to him becoming something of a YouTube sensation! Peter also shares why he believes apologetics is important and what the final nail …
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In the first episode of this three-part series, Peter Byrom shares his fascinating story as told in the chapter he contributed to Coming to Faith Through Dawkins. He outlines how he encountered the apologist William Lane Craig via the New Atheists and discusses his growing disillusionment with Dawkins' "devastating" argument from complexity.For mor…
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Why do many people deem religion irrelevant? What are some of the biggest objections to belief in God? Why are droves of young people leaving the Church? Evangelist Phil Knox shares some of his thoughts about these big topics and gives some tips on how to share your faith effectively.For Phil Knox https://www.eauk.org/author/phil-knox• Subscribe to…
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Evangelist Phil Knox, author of Story Bearer and The Best of Friends, shares some of his story with Ruth Jackson, speaking about the impact of his dad's death at a young age. Plus, they discuss why evangelism matters and how we can share our story and be a "good news person in a bad news world".For Phil Knox https://www.eauk.org/author/phil-knox• S…
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A Christian street preacher who was arrested for alleged hate speech, which included criticising Muhammad, was found not guilty following a recent court hearing. Dr Andy Bannister, director of Solas and author of Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?, responds to some of the accusations made by the preacher (eg Muhammad married a 6-year-o…
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Monday 28th August marked 60 years since the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr delivered his iconic ‘I have a dream’ speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Adam Coleman’s grandfather was personally invited to attend the event by Dr King. Adam spoke about his grandfather’s experience and reflected on th…
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In the second part of her final conversation with Ruth Jackson, Ana Ávila, author of Aprovecha Bien El Tiempo, explores how we can be more productive with our time. She responds to the objection that someone is too busy to read the Bible, pray, go to church etc, and shares five top tips for avoiding burnout.For Ana Ávila: https://anaavila.org/ana• …
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Ana Ávila, author of Aprovecha Bien El Tiempo, shares her insights around how to identify and avoid burnout, how to rest well and how to master technology rather than letting it control us.For Ana Ávila: https://anaavila.org/ana• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, free ebook & newsletter: https://prem…
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Ruth Jackson continues her conversation with Mexican writer Ana Ávila, who studied clinical biochemistry. Why is there a perceived conflict between science and religion? Does science contradict the Bible? Can you prove that there is a God?For Ana Ávila: https://anaavila.org/ana• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• Mo…
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Mexican writer Ana Ávila, who lives in Guatemala, shares her insights into religion in Latin America. How do we probe our beliefs? What does evangelism look like in a nominally Christian culture? How is apologetics received in some of these countries and what are the big questions being asked? For Ana Ávila: https://anaavila.org/ana• Subscribe to t…
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Dr Jennifer Woodruff Tait, managing editor of Christian History magazine, discloses how looking at the past can help us with the future. She shares some of the interesting steps in her career, from preaching to her stuffed animals at the age of 4, to professor, music director, librarian and priest (and brown belt in Karate!). Plus, she offers her t…
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Philosopher Dr Vince Vitale presents some of his PhD research around evil, suffering and theodicy. He and Ruth Jackson share their own experiences of suffering miscarriages, demonstrating that this is not just a theoretical question of why there is pain, but a deeply practical one of how we are to deal with this agony.• For more on Vince Vitale's r…
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Ruth Jackson continues her conversation with Dr Vince Vitale, one of the new guest hosts of Premier Unbelievable?, who shares why he developed a passion for evangelism and apologetics. They discuss how he responded to questions and objections academically in the area of philosophy, but also on the sports field with his team mates at Princeton and O…
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Ruth Jackson speaks to Dr Vince Vitale, one of the new guest hosts of Premier Unbelievable?, about his journey from scepticism to Christianity while studying philosophy at Princeton University.• Subscribe to the Unapologetic podcast: https://pod.link/1622170986• More podcasts, free ebook & newsletter: https://premierunbelievable.com• Watch Unapolog…
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Are people even asking questions? If so, are those questions dramatically different from what they used to be? How should we respond to our rapidly changing culture? Collin Hansen, executive director of the The Keller Center for Cultural Apologetics, looks at some important questions around cultural apologetics and draws on the wisdom of Tim Keller…
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Following the birth of his daughter, Elliott Rae was diagnosed with PTSD. Here, the founder of MusicFootballFatherhood (dubbed "the dads' version of Mumsnet" by the BBC) speaks to Ruth Jackson about experiencing God in the midst of suffering. He shares how becoming a father changed his life and theology. Plus, we hear about how Dwayne Johnson - aka…
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In the third part of our discussion with Collin Hansen, author of 'Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation', we focus on Keller's ministry in New York and beyond. Hansen also shares what Keller would want to say to the global Church and speculates on his lasting legacy.For Collin Hansen and The Gospel Coalition: https://www.thegosp…
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We continue our conversation with Collin Hansen, author of 'Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation', who highlights some of the key women in Keller's life, particularly his wife Kathy. Hansen explains why Tim Keller was a complementarian and speaks about Keller's brother, Billy, who died from AIDS in the 1990s. For Collin Hansen a…
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Following the death of Tim Keller on Friday 19th May, Collin Hansen, author of 'Timothy Keller: His Spiritual and Intellectual Formation' spoke to Ruth Jackson about Tim Keller's early life and shared some of his favourite memories of the New York apologist. For Collin Hansen and The Gospel Coalition: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/profile/coll…
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John Swinton, professor in practical theology and pastoral care at Aberdeen University and a former psychiatric nurse, challenges the way we approach disability, ensuring we create spaces where everyone belongs and has their spiritual needs met. We also discuss difficult questions around dementia, such as what it means to know God when you have lim…
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May marks Mental Health Awareness Week, so we spoke to John Swinton, professor in practical theology and pastoral care at Aberdeen University, who spent 16 years as a psychiatric nurse. He shares his thoughts about how to care for those experiencing mental health difficulties, particularly young people. For professor John Swinton: https://www.abdn.…
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In the final part of her discussion with Ruth Jackson, Dr Lydia McGrew, an analytic philosopher and author of Testimonies to the Truth: Why you can Trust the Gospels, unpacks some of the more disconcerting elements of Jesus' character and looks at how this impacts the veracity of the Gospel accounts. She also addresses how the loneliness and suffer…
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Dr Lydia McGrew, an analytic philosopher and author of Testimonies to the Truth: Why you can Trust the Gospels, explores how reliability is assessed in regards to ancient documents. She tackles some of the alleged contradictions in the Gospels and looks at why certain elements, such as accurate geography, cultural knowledge and names are important.…
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Dr Lydia McGrew, an analytic philosopher and author, became a Christian at the age of 4. She shares some of her story with Ruth Jackson, including her experience of being adopted, her prevailing wrestle with the problem of evil and why she's passionate about an evidential approach to Christianity. For Lydia McGrew: http://www.lydiamcgrew.com/ • Sub…
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