Sacred Skeptics

What if C.S. Lewis and Jon Stewart had a love child? We like to think of our podcast as an attempt to embody the best that these men have to offer: uncommon insight and stinging wit. We engage current events, cultural issues and answer spiritual questions. If you don’t like sarcasm, this isn’t the podcast for you. New episodes drop every Wednesday and Thursday. Listen and subscribe.
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Mar 30, 2017

Disillusionment.  A crisis of faith.  Uncertainty.  These are common, maybe even healthy experiences in every worldview.  Do these feelings and thoughts mean that it's time to abandon beliefs?  Should we repress doubts?  What is the way forward?

How are we supposed to be a good friend when talking with someone who is believer in public, but a secret doubter in private?  Join Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson for round two, as they discuss with special guest Aaron Shafovaloff.

Mar 29, 2017

What do you do when see yourself playing a shell game?  On the outside you still wear the mask of a believer, but on the inside—you know you’re really a doubter.

There are many different approaches to common experience.  The answers can't be, "Just have more faith."  Or, "fake it till you make it."  Is it possible that the way we face our own beliefs is flawed?  Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss with special guest Aaron Shafovaloff.

Mar 22, 2017

From Bethel Church in Redding, to Hillsong in Australia, many in the evangelical world have gone full fanboy over modern day prophets.  If someone is legitimately a mouthpiece for God, how could that ever be verified?  Is this just a matter of faith, feelings or intuition?   How can we know if someone is legitimate?  Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson jump head first into the murky depths of the weird and sensational claims made by religious people.

Mar 22, 2017

From social interaction to social media, making a political statement or taking a bold stance on a cultural issue feels like stepping into the lion's den.  And yet, we love it when people dare to engage.  In this episode, pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell respond to both the friendly and critical members of the Sacred Skeptics community who have written emails and commented online.

Mar 16, 2017

Baronnelle Stutzman is the florist who was thrust into the national spotlight for refusing to design flowers for a same-sex wedding. Alliance Defending Freedom is taking her case to the Supreme Court. Is this another instance of grumpy, hypocritical Christians? Is there a difference between what the law should allow and what Christians should do? Does this case expose liberal hypocrisy? Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson disentangle perception from fact and give their take on this messy issue.

Mar 15, 2017

William Paul Young's uber popular book, The Shack, has sold millions of copies and is now a feature film.  Some are raving fans.  Others resist and even attack it for being heresy -- chock-full of erroneous information about God, Jesus, the Bible etc. Conservative Christian thought leader Albert Mohler says that the book "reveals a disastrous failure of evangelical discernment." Is he right? Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss.

Mar 9, 2017

In a world where it seems like the like the people in charge often act like petulant children, we have to ask, "Where are the adults?"  The Art of Adulting is about living with wisdom and taking responsibility.  This may be hardest with navigating disagreement with those who treat us like enemies.  How do we move forward?  What does it mean to be loving when surrounded by hostility. Pastor Rick Henderson and guest co-host, Rob Lambert discuss.

Mar 8, 2017

Atheism is a belief system, and we can prove it! Everyone and every view is united by the same BIG questions. We're just divided by the answers. Whether you're a strong atheist or a passive disbeliever--we all are responsible to explain why people have dignity or why rape is wrong. Saying, "everyone knows it" is not only not true.  It's a copout. Join Rick Henderson and guest co-host, Rob Lambert as they discuss.

Mar 2, 2017

This is bigger than the controversy surrounding the Texas High School State Wrestling Championships. What is gender and how do we know it? Tucker Carlson debated Zac Petkanas, a senior Democratic National Committee advisor. Petkanas claims gender identity is settled science. Do doctors agree? How could it be caring to help kids live a lifestyle that leads 40% to attempt suicide? Mike Bell and Rick Henderson ask hard questions while sidestepping harsh attitudes.

Mar 1, 2017

In this age of protests, condescension has become a virtue. At a town hall for Senator Bill Cassidy, protesters drew notoriety for shouting during a prayer and pledge to the flag.  At the Oscars, celebrities like Academy Award winner Viola Davis adorned themselves with self-praise. Could it be that there is a common trait, below the surface, that causes us to act wrong when we feel most right?  Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell call on the aid of Tim Keller as they discuss.