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The Thrill of Orthodoxy | Trevin Wax

The Thrill of Orthodoxy

Shane welcomes author and North American Mission Board vice president Trevin Wax to guide us through G. K. Chesterton’s most famous book, “Orthodoxy,” and to explain how this masterpiece can reignite the wonder of faith.

What Is Disney Telling Us? with Paul Asay

Upstream and Disney

Shane welcomes Plugged In reviewer Paul Asay to dig into the messages of recent Disney and Pixar animated features, and to figure out where the Mouse House is leading us…and our children.

In Defense of WWJD | A Reflection on the Interview with Thomas Price

 At this point, the “What Would Jesus Do?” slogan seems more at home in a history museum than on a bracelet. This relic of 1990s evangelicalism caught on about the time I was finishing elementary school, and I dutifully joined in the trend and wore the letters in several colors, often to AWANA, until they

Haiti Doesn’t Belong to Satan

 Foreign affairs are a new beat for the Upstream podcast, and one with a complicated relationship to worldview. The idea that ideas can affect the fortunes of nations isn’t a new one, but it is a tricky one to trace out. As I talked with Pastor Jean-Lubin Beaucejour and Darrow Miller about the plight

On Being Fully Human – A Conversation with Dr. Michael Ward

I’ve had the same exchange with perhaps half a dozen fellow Christians over the years. It goes like this: I’m talking about the numerous benefits of regular exercise, especially outdoors. I point out, following writers like John Piper, that taking care of our bodies is an essential part of spiritual, not just physical, health. We

The Clean Air of Freedom 

  The Clean Air of Freedom  In their new book, “Treading Boldly Through a Pornographic World,” Josh Glaser and Daniel Weiss tell the stories of parents who suddenly noticed changes in the behavior of their teenage sons. These young men were inexplicably losing interest in hobbies, relationships, sports, and other activities that once excited and motivated them. They became reclusive, dismissive—shadows of their former

Bridging the Church’s Bioethics Gap – A Conversation with Brick Lantz and Bert Jones of the Christian Medical and Dental Associationh

Writing in the New York Times this week, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Karen Swallow Prior calls abortion “a failure for every woman and her unborn child—a failure of love, justice, and mercy.” She goes on to praise Texas’ controversial new heartbeat law as a call back to these ideals and a reminder of biological

The Origin of Life and ‘The Whole Show’ 

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins famously defined biology as “the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” He has also remarked that Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution made it possible for the first time to “be an intellectually fulfilled atheist.” It’s important to understand what he means by both statements.   For many centuries, the “design

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