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
  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • Defining “Justice” Biblically - Defend and Confirm podcast

    In this episode, we discuss the way the Bible speaks of “justice.” We look at the two Hebrew words translated as “justice” in our English bibles, and use them to build a framework for understanding the use of the word in modern discussion about “social justice”.

  • Is “Social Justice” a Marxist Concept? (Part 1) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    The term “Social Justice” can be found in almost any discussion about society, politics, and religion, and many evangelicals have fully embraced the word. But what is the history of the term, and how might the ideological origins of “social justice” color its meaning? In this episode, we survey t...

  • Is “Social Justice” a Marxist Concept? (Part 2) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Following our analysis of the history and evolution of the term “social justice”, Sean and Russell ask an important question: How should we use this term? We look at the three major conceptions of the term that are popular today, and make the argument that Christians (and especially pastors) shou...

  • Developing a Theology of Worship - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    What is the role of music in a church? Should music leaders and pastors focus primarily on entertainment and musical excellence, or on congregational singing? In this episode, Sean talks with Grant Miller about the way scripture changed his theology of worship, and ultimately the way he leads mus...

  • Celebrityism and the Multisite Church - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    If you’ve listened to our episodes on the biblical definition of a “church”, you’ve probably figured out that we don’t believe the multisite church model is healthy, or biblical. In this episode, we unpack our concern that multisite churches are particularly at risk for developing a culture of ce...

  • Charity, Clarity, Proximity, Speed - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    After a long hiatus, we get back to the topic of social justice. We find that the concepts of charity, clarity, proximity, and speed, give us good biblical categories through which we can discuss issues of justice. Give this one a listen and see if you agree.

    This episode's "book you should rea...

  • Did We Get Church Planting Movements Wrong? - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Have we slandered those who use Church Planting Movement methodologies? In this episode, we discuss the feedback we've gotten on our current series. Why are some of our listeners telling us that our description of multiplying movements is accurate, while others are telling us we've attacked a str...

  • 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...

  • The Roots of Prosperity Theology (Part 1) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Where does the prosperity gospel come from? Why should we care? In this series we look at the historical roots of the Word of Faith movement and explain how understanding the history of this American phenomena can help us better understand it today.
    In this series, we recommend three "book you sh...

  • The Roots of Prosperity Theology (Part 2) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    How is the prosperity gospel is uniquely American? Check out part 2 of our series on the history of the word of faith movement, and if you haven't already seen it, go watch part 1!

    In this series, we recommend three "book you should read":

    1. The Word-Faith Controversy: Understanding the Health...

  • The Roots of Prosperity Theology (Part 3) - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    How did Pentecostalism, Methodism, the Gilded Age, and Scientific advancement combine to create the roots of the prosperity gospel? In this episode, we finish our overview of the history of the Word of Faith movement and get ready to present the biblical argument against this theology.

    In this s...

  • Prosperity in the Atonement - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Is health provided for in the atonement? In this latest episode, Russell and Katherine tackle this question as they examine the predominant passages Word of Faith preachers use to argue that physical healing is promised for all believers in this life. Be sure to give this one a listen and share.

  • Dissecting the Pro-Choice Argument - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    Pun intended. Today we review our experiences at the "My Body My Choice" rally, talk about the changes that have occurred in the pro-choice rhetoric over the last few years, and outline an apologetic strategy for engaging with the other side.

  • Christians and Social Media - Defend and Confirm Podcast

    We’re back! After a year-long hiatus, we came back together to discuss Christians and social media. We dig into cognitive bias, disunity in the church, and other spiritual dangers that Facebook, Twitter, and similar platforms present. We also offer some simple suggestions for Christians strugglin...