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
  • What is a Church? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this inaugural episode, we discuss the scriptural definition of a church, how this definition gives shape to the gospel, some of the ways that the local church can undermine the gospel by deviating from this definition. Being a first episode, we also made sure to have a major technical glitch....

  • Biblical Apologetics - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we talk about the foundation for Christian apologetics. Should we defend the gospel with evidential or presuppositional apologetics? Are the two at odds? What's the difference? Are there good and bad ways to defend Christian truth? Check it out!

  • Did Jesus Claim to be God? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we discuss the divinity of Jesus, and explain how scripture does more than offer us proof-texts for this fundamental truth. We also look at how the earliest heresy in the Christian church serves as evidence that Jesus' first followers viewed him as God.

  • Should We Call Out False Teachers? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Sometimes social media posts lead to teachable moments. In this episode, we respond to the accusation that Christians who call out false teachers by name are being arrogant, judgmental, or unbiblical.

  • Penal Substitutionary Atonement - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Building on our discussion of the divinity of Jesus Christ, we turn to what the bible says Christ did on the cross. What is penal substitutionary atonement? The bible teaches that Christ died as a substitute for sinners, and suffered the wrath of God they justly deserved. We point out the biblica...

  • Church Membership Preserves the Gospel - Defend and Confirm pdcast

    Does your church practice meaningful church membership and church discipline? It should. In this episode, we explain why.

    Also, a glitch with our digital recorder left us with camera-only audio for this episode, so enjoy listening to what sounds like two people talking inside of a tin can.

  • God is The Foundation of Knowledge - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this four-part series, we answer the question "How can you know Christianity is true?"

    In part 1, we lay the foundation for this conversation (pun intended) by looking at competing epistemological foundations. We discuss how we as Christians, unlike the world, ground our knowledge in God’s re...

  • No One Is an Atheist - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this four-part series, we answer the question "How can you know Christianity is true?"

    In part 2, we address the claim that building our knowledge on anything other than God and his word leads to absurdity. When the atheist claims to have moral, scientific, or logical knowledge, he is actuall...

  • How Can we Know the Bible is True? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this four-part series, we answer the question "How can you know Christianity is true?"

    In part 3, we ask how Christians can know that the bible is the word of God. Should we use some external, historical criteria as the way we authenticate scripture, or should we look to the bible itself?

  • Check Your Heart - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we talk about love. Our defense of the gospel should be grounded in a love for the lost, but too often our speech becomes prideful, quarrelsome, and unloving. Sean walks us through scripture on this subject, and we talk about the healthy skepticism we should all have of our own h...

  • Listener Questions on Regeneration in The Old Testament - Defend and Confirm

    In this episode, we tackle an assortment of questions submitted by listeners: Did the Holy Spirit indwell faithful believers in the Old Testament, or is the indwelling Spirit unique to the new covenant? Can God create a stone so heavy he cannot lift it? If he can't, doesn't this mean God isn't re...

  • Is Christianity True? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we revisit the question of how Christians can know what we claim we know. We discuss the self-authenticating model of scripture, and interact with some of the competing ways Christians and non-Christians attempt to understand the authority of God's word. We also deal with common ...

  • What is Biblical Theology? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Sean and Russell discuss Biblical theology, how it differs from systematic theology, and how having a good biblical theology lends to the defense and confirmation of the gospel.

  • Apologetics and Kids - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, Russell is joined by 8-year-old guest co-host, Barrett. Russell addresses the problem of evangelical youth leaving the faith. Is the problem a lack of apologetics training Or is it a more fundamental problem in the evangelical church? We talk about the need for discipleship and e...

  • Every Pro-Abortion Argument Refuted (Part 1) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we talk about abortion. Abortion is a horrendous evil, and yet the pro-abortion rhetoric is stronger than ever. Sean and Russell work through some of the most common arguments in favor of legal abortion, and show how they are all intellectually, morally, and scientifically bankru...

  • Every Pro-Abortion Argument Refuted (Part 2) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Russell and Sean continue to take apart pro-abortion arguments, one at a time. We demonstrate how each of these arguments is intellectually, morally, and scientifically bankrupt, and give advice to Christians on how to interact with pro-abortion rhetoric.

  • What Can Christians do to Fight Abortion - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Abortion claims the lives of approximately 3000 babies each day. What can we do to fight against this atrocity? Can anti-abortion ministry become unhealthy? Sean and Russell discuss these questions and list some simple ways that any Christian can contribute to this battle.

  • Prosperity Heresy - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    The prosperity gospel is one of the greatest threats to the true gospel in the world today. In this episode, we describe the underlying heresies associated with the prosperity gospel, also known as the word of faith movement. We unpack some of the dangers of the prosperity movement, spend some ti...

  • Should We Protest Outside of Abortion Clinics? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, Sean and Russell discuss protesting outside of abortion clinics. Should Christians do it? Are there right and wrong ways to approach this ministry?

  • Talking About Social Justice - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we wade carefully into the waters of "social justice." We begin by outlining some of the difficulties that arise when talking about this issue, including the importance of defining our terms carefully.

  • The Language of Social Justice - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we continue to build the foundation for discussing social justice. We talk about the way the English language changes over time, how people intuit the meanings of important terms like “justice", and discuss the importance of looking for the Aristotelian mean during these types of...

  • Defining “Church” - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Continuing our discussion of social justice, we begin to hammer out some fundamental terms. In this episode, we define the word "church." If you want to think rightly about social justice, you have to understand the mission of the church. If you want to understand the mission of the church, you h...

  • Good and Bad Ways to Think About the Mission of the Church - Defend and Confirm

    Much of the current buzz about social justice centers on what the church should be doing in the world. But what is the mission of the church? As we discuss in this episode, the mission of the church is far more specific than many evangelicals believe it to be. When we we add to that mission, even...

  • Concerns About J.D. Greear’s Pragmatism - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    In this episode, we discuss recent tweets from the President of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear. We believe these tweets are indicative of serious problems within evangelical culture, namely, a pragmatic view of worship that turns Sunday gatherings in to performances. Because Pastor ...