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The Christian Optimist
43 minutes | 2 days ago
Mississippi's New Transgender Sports Law
How is God moving in one of the most Atheist filled areas in Chicago? A caffeinated Pastor Raef shares some exciting news! Plus, Pastor Raef shares what Gods says on the topic of Transgender Women effecting women's athletics & how to navigate that conversation back to the Bible.
44 minutes | 16 days ago
The Existence and Knowability of God
In this episode Pastor Raef discusses the topics of the Existence and Knowability of God. This episode was originally a class taught at Park Community Church's Systematic Theology course covering Wayne Grudem's textbook. The topic of the Existence and knowability of God get into classic arguments for apologetics (a big piece of this podcast). In this episode we'll cover the classic arguments for God and look at their strengths and weaknesses and how to use them in regular evangelism encounters. While a presuppositional approach to apologetics is always recommended, a working knowledge of the classic arguments for the existence of God is helpful.
35 minutes | 24 days ago
The Irrationality of Atheism
In this episode, Pastor Raef challenges every Christian to take seriously the work of Apologetics and defending your Christian faith. Christianity is under attack from every direction, but Christians need not feel that secular argumentation has in any way dealt a blow to their Christian faith. In this episode we engage with Atheist scholar Sam Harris and expose why it is irrational to hold to an atheistic materialistic worldview.
28 minutes | a month ago
NYT Suggests Biden Appoints a Reality Czar
When the New York Times shared the idea of a Reality Czar working with the President, it brought back memories of the classic dystopian novels 1984. Pastor Raef shares why human bias makes this potential role dangerous. Plus, we hear the inspiring story of one pastor in India who despite intense persecution continues to serve the Lord Jesus.
40 minutes | a month ago
Abortion: Uncomfortable Talking Points
Last Sunday was Pro Life Sunday in America and Pastor Raef preached a full sermon title 'A Biblical Response to Abortion.' In this follow up podcast, Raef responds to a number of questions and talking points that are often brought up when discussion abortion in an attempt to bring clarity for Christians to engage in a meaningful way.
36 minutes | a month ago
Is Unity in America Possible?
After President Biden used the word unity more than any other President in their inauguration speech, Past Raef asks "Is Unity in America Possible?" Hear what he has to say in this weeks episode of The Christian Optimist.
26 minutes | 2 months ago
Riots in Washington DC
We all witnessed something that had hadn't happened since the war of 1812 when citizens took over the Capitol building. How are we as Christians to respond. Pastor Raef tackles this sensitive topic in the season premier of The Christian Optimist.
39 minutes | 3 months ago
What is Apologetics, and why does it matter?
What is apologetics, and why are we called to know it? Pastor Raef is joined this week with the founder of The Think Institute - Joel Settecase; and they breakdown the importance of apologetics and the different kinds there are.
42 minutes | 3 months ago
Exposing the Cult of Jehovah's Witnesses
We see them on corners and our front doors, but do we really understand Jehovah's Witnesses? Are they a denomination of the Christian Church or are they a cult? Pastor Raef goes deep into the history of the Jehovah's Witness and highlights the key differences between Christianity and their faith.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Atheist Accuses God of a Double Standard
With us entering Advent, Pastor Raef shares an encouraging devotional to prepare your for this Christmas season. Plus, Raef breaks down one of the most unique verses in the Old Testament.
25 minutes | 4 months ago
Richard Dawkins' Moral Dilemma
This week, Pastor Raef tackles the topic of The Moral Dilemma by interacting with a video in which Richard Dawkins attempts to answer the Moral Dilemma from an atheistic worldview. We'll discover not only why atheism has no foundation to make moral claims, but why Christianity stands above all other worldviews when it comes to this topic.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Was Jesus a Wizard?
Part 1: When Christian Leaders Have Moral FailureAnother well known Christian leader is removed from the pulpit due to moral failure. How should Christians respond? And what can the Church do to protect against future failures like this?Part 2: Was Jesus a WizardPastor Raef breaks down a recent article at Yahoo asking if Jesus was just a wizard? Other figures in history seem to be able to do the same types of miracles Jesus is claimed to have performed? What should Christians do with these stories?
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Religious Liberty Headed to the The Supreme Court
This week Pastor Raef talks about why raising a child in a Christian household takes on a different responsibility than the rest of the world, and why one Supreme Court ruling may effect the future of Christian religious liberty surrounding foster care and adoption in America.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Leadership Matters and So Does Policy
Pastor Raef highlights key takeaways from John Piper's thoughts on the upcoming Presidential Election taking place this week. How do we balance and consider Trump's character in light of Republican vs. Democratic policies.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Johnny Mac Attack and Chris Pratt
This week Pastor Raef discusses the process of deciding how to host church services indoors as weather gets colder, and how John MacArthur's call to action is sparking a nation wide debate with church leaders around the country. We also take a look into Chris Pratt's outspoken faith has highlighted a bigger issue in media and our current culture.
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Bill Nye the Anti Science Guy
Pastor Raef discusses one of the most controversial documentaries on Netflix - The Social Dilemma; and then shares how Bill Nye uses everything but science when it comes to the topic of abortion.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
Sam Harris Shows Us Why Atheism is Silly
This week Pastor Raef breaks down 3 questions from recent sermons (linked below) in the first edition of Quick Fire Q & A. Then he breaks down a Ted Talk from Atheist, Sam Harris, and how it makes Atheism look silly. Sermons:Romans 13: God's Plan for Earthly Government: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/park-south-loop/id1373252611?i=1000492668282Romans 9: The Doctrine of Unconditional Election: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/park-south-loop/id1373252611?i=1000493128996
36 minutes | 5 months ago
Laws of Logic: Why Does Math Work?
What is logic, why does math work, and what do both of these things have to do with the character of God? We tackle this and more on the debut episode of The Christian Optimist.
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