Thinking Out Loud

Biology’s Divorce from Teleology

October 9, 2021 • Alan Shlemon

Alan takes notice of a cultural trend to reject teleological language when describing human anatomy and shows how this explains modern thinking on sex and sexuality.

Does the Bible Limit Gender to Just Male and Female?

September 5, 2021 • Alan Shlemon

Alan responds to a trendy new argument that claims that a non-binary interpretation can be imposed on the Genesis account of creation.

Three Big Bangs

July 20, 2021 • Alan Shlemon

You've heard of the Big Bang, but are you aware of the other two big bangs, each of which represents the beginning of a fundamentally new thing that didn't exist before? Alan explains what they are and their theistic implications.

Christianity Is the Best Explanation for Reality

June 21, 2021 • Alan Shlemon

If someone asked you how you know Christianity is true, how would you answer them? In this episode, Alan offers his response to that question by appealing to some powerful truths that people live by.

The Claim about Homosexuality in the Film 1946 Is Irrelevant

May 16, 2021 • Alan Shlemon

An upcoming film claims that Christian opposition to homosexuality is based on a 1946 mistranslation of a Greek word in the RSV Bible. Alan explains why their argument doesn’t change the Christian understanding of sexuality.

How to Receive Critical Feedback

April 18, 2021 • Alan Shlemon

Alan received some harsh feedback from a recent event. He explains three steps he takes when he gets these kinds of critical comments.

The Fear of “Phobic”

February 21, 2021 • Alan Shlemon

Have you ever been called a "phobic" term like homophobic, Islamophobic, transphobic, or xenophobic? Alan discusses three reasons why you don’t have to fear the “phobic” label.

Will Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed Save You?

January 12, 2021 • Alan Shlemon

Does God require a certain amount of faith before he accepts it? Alan addresses this question by clarifying the nature of faith.

Atheism’s Empty Soul

December 8, 2020 • Alan Shlemon

A worldview that denies God and embraces naturalism has serious repercussions, the most egregious being a logical slide to nihilism. Alan unpacks three reasons why nihilism flows logically from naturalism.

Coffee Cup Christianity

November 17, 2020 • Alan Shlemon

Alan sounds the alarm on a pop Christian culture habit called Coffee Cup Christianity. He unpacks three of its harms and explains how they are fueling biblical illiteracy.

How to Prepare for the Next Cultural Revolution

October 18, 2020

Alan talks about how Christians were caught off guard by the current cultural revolution sweeping society today. He offers a two-step strategy to prepare for the next revolution and to protect believers from succumbing to its ideas.

Why the Problem of Evil Is Still a Problem

September 7, 2020 • Alan Shlemon

Skeptics and atheists find the problem of evil so repugnant and our solutions so hollow because they refuse to accept a fundamental reality that every Christian believes. Alan explains what that reality is in this episode, thereby demonstrating why the problem of evil is still a problem for many non-Christians.

How 2020 Is Taking a Toll on Your Soul

August 15, 2020 • Alan Shlemon

Alan explains why you’re likely feeling fatigued and frustrated with 2020. He quotes what he believes is the comment of the year because it provides valuable insight into how God made us and what we’re created to handle. This episode is from the STR broadcast when Alan was a guest host.

Christians Can’t Play Mortal Kombat

June 15, 2020 • Alan Shlemon

Believe it or not, there’s a valuable lesson that Christians can learn from the violent video game Mortal Kombat. Alan explains the lesson and how it should affect your conversations with people who don’t share your convictions.

Diagnose before You Treat

April 28, 2020 • Alan Shlemon

What should you say to your non-Christian friend who rejects Christianity? In this episode, Alan explains an important principle to help him navigate this situation.