Defend & Confirm Podcast - Russell Berger & Sean DeMars

Defend & Confirm Podcast - Russell Berger & Sean DeMars

Theology. Apologetics. Dad jokes. Pastoral wisdom. Ecclesiology. Not necessarily in that order.

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Defend & Confirm Podcast - Russell Berger & Sean DeMars
  • Shepherding Large Congregations (Q&A) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Sean and Russell answer a viewer question: 'Can pastors of large congregations faithfully shepherd their flocks?'

  • What are Church Planting Movements? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    The first episode in our series on Multiplying Movements. Commonly known as Church Planting Movements or Disciple Making Movements, these missiological paradigms have become the standard in evangelical missions. But are they wise? In this episode, we define these strategies, and do our best to sa...

  • What is Christian Nationalism? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    What is Christian Nationalism? Is it synonymous with Patriotism, or something more nefarious? Let Sean and Russell walk you through this hazy concept and its implications for the church.

  • Our Critique of Critical Race Theory (Part 2) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this week's episode, Russell and Sean offer their final critique of Critical Race Theory. What would you like to see them cover next? Leave your comments and suggestions below.

  • Our Critique of Critical Race Theory (Part 1) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we try to get at the heart of Critical Race Theory. Is all racial disparity the result of racial discrimination, or is there a better explanation? Here's the first half of our two hour long episode where we try to answer that question.

  • History of Critical Race Theory - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In order to rightly understand an idea, one must know the history of its conception and subsequent development. In this week’s episode of Defend and Confirm, Russell takes the reins and walks us through the history of Critical Race Theory. Buckle up, it’s going to be a wild ride!

  • Truth, Oppression, and Critical Theory - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Critical theory teaches that the "lived experience" of oppressed people gives them special access to the truth, while oppressors are blinded by the privilege of their social position. Behind this claim is a view called "standpoint theory", an epistemology that is fundamentally incompatible with C...

  • Down with the Hegemony? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    "All truth is God's truth."


    But Critical Theory isn't true. Contemporary Critical Theory is not a tool that Christians should keep in their tool belt. Rather, CCT is a religion that is fundamentally at odds with the gospel of Jesus Christ. There will always be a hegemony, the only quest...

  • Can Christians vote Democrat? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    How should we think about professing Christians who vote for a Democrat? What political views, if any, are grounds for excommunication? In this episode, we talk about the moral complexity of voting in a representative form of government, and offer advice on how Christians can pursue unity in the ...

  • Critical Theory's Oppression Paradigm - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Our critique of Contemporary Critical Theory continues as we analyze CCT's concept of the social binary. Is society fundamentally a conflict between oppressors and the oppressed? Are all social groups engaged in a hierarchical struggle for power? Spoiler alert: No.

  • Is 9 Marks Marxist? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we are joined by Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for 9Marks. We pepper him with questions about whether or not Marxists have secretly infiltrated 9Marks, and discuss how Christians who disagree on issues related to Critical Theory can do so in a way that preserves gospel unit...

  • What is Critical Race Theory? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Unless you live under a rock, you've heard of Critical Race Theory. Yet it can be hard to find clear, thorough explanations of what CRT actually teaches. In this episode, we try to do just that. We cover the basic tenets of CRT and discuss how these tenets fit together.

  • What is Contemporary Critical Theory? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this second episode in our series on Critical Theory, we take a closer look at the major tenets of Contemporary Critical Theory (CCT). What characteristics tie the various streams of CCT together? Don't we see similar characteristics taught in the Bible? We answer these questions and more with...

  • History Of Contemporary Critical Theory - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this third episode in our series on Critical Theory we look at the history and development of Contemporary Critical Theory. Specifically, we explore the relationship between CCT, the Frankfurt School, and Marxism. Oh, you don't like history? Good thing we didn't ask for your opinion.

  • Am I Really a Christian? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we are joined by our good friend Mike McKinley to discuss his book Am I Really A Chrisitan? The bible makes it clear that there is a category of person who believes himself to be a Christian, but will someday hear from Christ "I never knew you." That's a frightening thing to cons...

  • Is Professional Music Ministry Biblical? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Why do we sing as Christians? Does God care if we sing? Better yet, does He care how we sing? In this episode, we critique how some evangelical churches approach their music-making ministry, and offer some practical advice for how those Christians can more faithfully serve the Lord with the instr...

  • Answering Critics on Critical Theory - Defend and Confirm Podcast

  • Social Justice Activism: Salvation by Works - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    What is the role of social justice activism in Contemporary Critical Theory? How does this emphasis on activism connect postmodernism? In this episode, we make these and other very boring questions seem interesting, while delving further into the religious nature of CCT.