Thought Factory Podcast
#1107 | Am I Committed To Godly Sexuality? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

#1107 | Am I Committed To Godly Sexuality? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

March 10, 2022

Part 6/6 This episode concludes the mini-series on the six foundational questions students must answer.  All the previous questions culminate to this point, so if you have not listened to the previous five episodes, we encourage you to go and do so.  In this episode, Michelle Rewa discusses the topic of homosexuality and transgender as it relates to our relationship with God and how He is calling us to live.  Regardless of how you approach this topic, it is a sensitive one and emotions rise.  Just ask yourself, just because I feel it, does it make it true?  Does the Bible say it is wrong?

 

*Audio previously recorded at NTS Camp on July 15, 2021.

#1106 | If God Is So Good, Why Is My World So Bad? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

#1106 | If God Is So Good, Why Is My World So Bad? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

March 3, 2022

Part 5/6  This is a major question that many people, including students, are asking as they see the world around them.  This is also the biggest obstacle for people as they evaluate faith.  This moves the foundational questions beyond truth and Jesus, into discussing the existence and problem of evil.  Michelle Rewa helps us understand that God is still good but there is a reason for the evil in the world.  If God is good and cares about us, then why are there so many people suffering?  

Link to the video referenced: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-suvkwNYSQo

 

*Audio previously recorded at NTS Camp on July 15, 2021.

#1105 | Can I Doubt The Resurrection and Still Be A Christian? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

#1105 | Can I Doubt The Resurrection and Still Be A Christian? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

February 24, 2022

Part 4/6 This episode continues to conversation on the topic of Jesus.  Last episode we asked the question, "What do I believe about Jesus?" If you have come to the conclusion that He existed and He was crucified, Michelle Rewa unpacks the evidence of His death and resurrection.  Is it really a big deal if we claim to be Christian and doubt the resurrection truly happened? 

Link to the article referenced (must create a free account to fully view): https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/403315

 

*Audio previously recorded at NTS Camp on July 14, 2021.

 

#1104 | What Do I Believe About Jesus? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

#1104 | What Do I Believe About Jesus? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

February 17, 2022

Part 3/6 This episode continues the foundational questions that students must answer, building off questions about God, the beginning of time, and the truth of the Bible.  In this episode, Michelle Rewa discusses who Jesus is and why we can approach His existence with logic, reason, and evidence, which ultimately allows us to believe who He says He is.  Was Jesus either Liar, Lunatic, or Lord?

Link to referenced video: (Start at 1:22) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXfeUqk4IeU

 

*Audio previously recorded at NTS Camp on July 14, 2021.

 

#1103 | Where Does The Truth Come From? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

#1103 | Where Does The Truth Come From? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

February 10, 2022

Part 2/6  This episode builds off the last episode's foundational question of "Does Science Disprove God?" How do we know the Bible is true?  In this episode, Michelle Rewa explores the evidence and reliability of the Bible for truth.  Critics will point out the flaws and contradictions of the Bible, but do those flaws make it false?

Link to referenced video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB18or8bJ10

 

*Audio previously recorded at NTS Camp on July 13, 2021.

#1102 | Does Science Disprove God? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

#1102 | Does Science Disprove God? | Six Questions Students Must Answer

February 3, 2022

Part 1/6  This is the first foundational question that Michelle Rewa asks students to answer.  This question relates to the beginning of the universe, creation versus the Big Bang.  These two topics are at the core of faith and science.  People act like faith and science are polar opposites and cannot be brought together.  Michelle approaches this topic with logic, as it takes faith to believe, no matter what side we land on.  So, do we have a good reason for our personal beliefs? 

Link to referenced video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE76nwimuT0

*Audio previously recorded at NTS Camp on July 13, 2021.

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#1101 | One Big Prediction for 2022

#1101 | One Big Prediction for 2022

January 27, 2022

The Thought Factory is back for its 11th Season and will include a 6-week mini-series in partnership with Michelle Rewa, a guest speaker at NTS Camp 2021.  Michelle explored the topics of faith and reason, approaching the Christian faith based on reason and evidence.  She delivered a series of six foundational questions students must answer for themselves to strengthen their faith. 

Also in this episode, Geoff shares some thoughts, impressions, and predictions for 2022 that appear to parallel the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17-18 as we continue to be impacted by shutdowns and disruptions due to the Coronavirus.  

Listen to hear the one big prediction on how much longer this Covid disruption will last into the future and what we can do during this time as God’s people.

#1010 || Re | Faith & Reason Part 2 | Six Foundational Questions We Must Ask Students

#1010 || Re | Faith & Reason Part 2 | Six Foundational Questions We Must Ask Students

March 23, 2021

Is there evidence for a Creator?  Where does my truth come from?  What do I believe about Jesus?  Can I doubt the resurrection and still be a Christian?  If God is so good then why is my world so bad?  Am I committed to Godly sexuality?  In this two-part episode, Michelle Rewa, with a background in apologetics and a degree in science, explores the 6 foundational questions where faith and reason intersect.  This episode gets us thinking about the last three questions and why it is important to engage with these topics ourselves.

Original Air Date: May 2, 2017

#1009 || Re | Faith & Reason Part 1 | Six Foundational Questions We Must Ask Students

#1009 || Re | Faith & Reason Part 1 | Six Foundational Questions We Must Ask Students

March 16, 2021

Is there evidence for a Creator?  Where does my truth come from?  What do I believe about Jesus?  Can I doubt the resurrection and still be a Christian?  If God is so good then why is my world so bad?  Am I committed to Godly sexuality?  In this two-part episode, Michelle Rewa, with a background in apologetics and a degree in science, explores the 6 foundational questions where faith and reason connect.  This episode gets us thinking about the first three questions and why it is important to be asking our students in the first place.

Original Air Date: April 28, 2017

#1008 || Re | Porn & Tech Guinea Pigs

#1008 || Re | Porn & Tech Guinea Pigs

March 9, 2021

Why do good students fall prey to pornography?  How do you feel when you receive 100 likes on Instagram?  Why are students...ok, the majority of users seem addicted to their smartphone?  In this episode, we discuss how porn, tech, and social media companies are preying on the neurological development of students' brains to hold our attention longer and to get us addicted.  We are simply their guinea pigs.  Hosts Jeff Eckart and Jayson Brewer interview Chris McKenna of protectyoungeyes.com on ways we, as youth leaders and parents, need to be aware of what is happening in our students' brains when we put digital devices in their hands at a young age, as well as, the potential downfalls that are simply one click away.

Original Air Date: April 21, 2017

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