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A Clear Lens is all about apologetics, Christianity, philosophy, and worldview with an eye on Luke 10:27 & 2 Corinthians 10:5

Dec 22, 2015

Welcome to our 1 year anniversary episode! On today's show (12.21.15), Nate, Gene, and Logan welcome fellow ACL author Roger Browning as they chit-chat about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, university studies, and plans for next year. They also laugh their way through The ACL Christmas Carol with the ACL All-Stars, play a Bible-Christmas game, and discuss two topics:

1. What is your most favorite and least favorite word (related to theology)?
2. What are some of your family's Christmas traditions?

If you like what we're up to, please subscribe and rate us on iTunes! We'd greatly appreciate it.

Website: www.clearlens.org
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witter: @AClearLens

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Email: aclearlens@gmail.com

Sound effects by Mike Koenig
*Outro 'O Holy Night' guitar and singing by (if you liked it) Nate Sala (and if you didn't like it) Gene Gosewehr

Dec 1, 2015

On today's show (11.30.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan devote the entire episode to their differing views on election. Nate explains how he sees Scripture teaching particular or individual election while Logan and Gene explain how they see Scripture teaching corporate election. Before their discussion, they answer a question from Twitter - @MaryEMurphy4 asks "Was Judas forgiven?"

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Nov 18, 2015

On today's show (11.16.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan welcome a new guest, Heathen Stawking, as well as Rob Johnson from www.apologetics105.com to the show. They chuckle their way through another Nate News segment and listen to a new fake commercial from Rick Jezebel. They also discuss a two-part question from Robert Lewis (@rqlewis):

1. What is God's relationship to time?
2. How does this affect God's foreknowledge?

Be sure to check out Rob's website as well as his podcast: Apologetics 105

If you like what we're up to, please subscribe and rate us on iTunes! We'd greatly appreciate it.

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Nov 8, 2015

On today's show (11.4.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan welcome Rob Johnson from www.apologetics105.com to the show. They play a game of biblical "Who Am I?" and discuss two topics:

1. Are We Truly Incapable of Responding to Grace?
2. Is Matthew 27:52-53 Literal or Apocalyptic Language?

Be sure to check out Rob's website as well as his podcast: Apologetics 105

If you like what we're up to, please subscribe and rate us on iTunes! We'd greatly appreciate it.

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Oct 14, 2015

On today's show (10.14.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan interact with the latest silliness from the Nate News and enjoy a new commercial from the Joppa Brothers. They also discuss two topics:

1. Will Reading the Bible Make You an Atheist?
2. Is Being Involved in Politics a Christian Responsibility?

Links to things mentioned on the show:

"Penn Jillette: Reading the Bible (or the Koran, or the Torah) Will Make You an Atheist
https://youtu.be/E3rGev6OZ3w

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Oct 2, 2015

On today's show (09.30.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan welcome Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to play a game of movie quotes. They also discuss two issues:

1. Complementarianism vs. Egalitarianism: Which is biblical?
2. The Benedict Option: Should the church remove itself from society?

Links to things mentioned on the show:

"Comforted by the Hammer of God" by Alex Aili
http://clearlens.org/2015/09/30/comforted-by-the-hammer-of-god/

"Leaving Patriarchy in the Past" by Craig Blomberg
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/october/leaving-patriarchy-in-past.html

"Benedict Option" by Rod Dreher
http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/benedict-option/

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Sep 13, 2015

On today's episode (09/12/15) Twitter and Facebook fans (as well as Nate, Gene, and Logan) picked out some of their favorite moments from the show including favorite fake commercials, Nate News segments, trivia games, and the number one, favorite apologetic discussion in the last 21 episodes.

Enjoy these while Nate, Gene, and Logan prepare for brand new episodes coming soon!

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Aug 29, 2015

On today's show (8.27.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan make an announcement about the future of the show, play a game of 90s rock trivia with the ghost of Doc Holliday, and discuss two issues:

1. Are there exceptions to abortion that are appropriate for Christians?
2. Should Christians criticize culture?

Links to related posts/articles discussed on the show:

"'Atheism' Is Like the New 'Literally'"
http://clearlens.org/2015/08/24/atheism-is-like-the-new-literally/

"Why Atheism Is Not a 'Lack of Belief'"
http://clearlens.org/2014/09/17/why-atheism-is-not-a-lack-of-belief/

"Something to Share"
http://clearlens.org/2015/08/26/something-to-share/

"Christians Shouldn't Be Culture's Morality Police"
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/worldview/christians-shouldnt-be-cultures-morality-police

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Aug 15, 2015

On today's show (8.12.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan discuss their vacations, read some headlines, laugh their way through the Gideon School of Confident Decision-Making, and play a new game called Fact or Fib.

They also answered your questions from Twitter and Facebook on:

1. Abortion: When Does Life Begin and How Can the Church Avoid Alienating Women Who Have Had Them?
2. Terrible Sayings Christians Use
3. How Can We Hit the Ground Running in Apologetics?

Links to Related Posts Discussed on the Show:

"Hope for the Journey" Podcast:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hope-for-the-journey-podcast/id1002163461?mt=2

"Funsized Tactics" by Nate Sala:
http://clearlens.org/?s=funsized+tactics

"Funsized Fallacies" by Nate Sala:
http://clearlens.org/?s=funsized+fallacies

"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis
http://www.amazon.com/Mere-Christianity-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652926/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439671138&sr=8-1&keywords=mere+christianity

"A Preface to Philosophy" by Mark B. Woodhouse
http://www.amazon.com/Preface-Philosophy-8th-eighth/dp/B006QMMMKW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1439671162&sr=8-3&keywords=mark+b.+woodhouse

Stand to Reason:
www.str.org

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*Nate News intro by Maximilien

Jul 23, 2015

On today's show (7.22.15) Nate flies solo (Gene and Logan are on vacation). He answers a question posed on Twitter about tithing and chats with Mike Williams, teacher of Philosophy and Worldview at Calvary Chapel Christian School in Las Vegas. They discuss, amongst other things, how to engage teens with apologetics as well as what worldview influences them the most.

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Jul 11, 2015

On today's show (7.8.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan laugh their way through some headlines, another ridiculous fake commercial from Rick Jezebel and discuss two issues:

1. 22 Reasons to Stop Believing in God, Really? (in which the gang interacts with a video from the Friendly Atheist)
2. Are Drinking and Gambling Sins or Liberties?

Links to Related Posts Discussed on the Show:

"Art & Worldview: The Creative Side of Apologetics" by Alex Aili
http://clearlens.org/2015/07/08/art-worldview-the-creative-side-of-apologetics/

"22 Reasons to Stop Believing in God" by The Friendly Atheist
https://youtu.be/OddQmMEYhvY

"Horus Ruins Christmas" by The Lutheran Satire
http://clearlens.org/2013/12/26/horus-ruins-christmas/

"Horus Reads the Internet" by The Lutheran Satire
http://clearlens.org/2014/11/24/horus-reads-the-internet/

"Does Moral Good Exist Independent of God's Command?" by Logan Judy
http://clearlens.org/2015/03/25/does-moral-good-exist-independent-of-gods-command/

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*Nate News intro by Maximilien
*Explosion sound effect by Mike Koenig

Jun 26, 2015

Welcome to our 17th episode!

On today's show (6.24.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan discuss how to talk about three particular things as a Christian, particularly in some cases, online in social media. The three issues they discuss are:

1. How to talk to an unbeliever about hell
2. How to talk to your children about God and Christianity
3. How to talk to people (in general) as a winsome ambassador for Christ

Links to Related Posts Discussed on the Show:

"Is God Bigger than This House?"
http://clearlens.org/2015/01/14/is-god-bigger-than-this-house/

"Why I'm a Christian (Nate)"
http://clearlens.org/2015/01/14/is-god-bigger-than-this-house/

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Twitter: @aclearlens
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Email: aclearlens@gmail.com

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*Nate News intro by Maximilien
*Explosion sound effect by Mike Koenig

Jun 12, 2015

Welcome to our 16th episode!

In this Theology-themed show, Nate, Gene, and Logan discuss a question from Twitter on their views of biblical inerrancy, play a game of biblical "Who Said It?" and tackle two topics:

1. The Silence of Scripture
2. Sin: What Is It and Did God Create It?

Links to Related Posts Discussed on the Show:

How Could Jesus Be Tempted if He Was God?
http://clearlens.org/2015/06/10/how-could-jesus-be-tempted-if-he-was-god/

Same-Sex Marriage and the New Testament
http://clearlens.org/2014/07/23/same-sex-marriage-and-the-new-testament/

 

The Cursing Christian. Say Whaaaat?!?
http://clearlens.org/2014/06/21/the-cursing-christian-say-whaaaat/

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*Nate News intro by Maximilien

May 30, 2015

Welcome to our 15th episode!

On today's show (5.27.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan laugh their way through a new headlines segment and discuss two issues:

1. The Duggar controversy and how should the Christians respond to sex offenders within the church?

2. The Arizona pastors' feud with a progressive church that denies key doctrinal issues

Links to topics discussed on the show:

"My Beloved" by Eric Pelletier
http://clearlens.org/2015/05/27/my-beloved/

"Who Created God?"
http://clearlens.org/2015/05/25/who-created-god/

"Josh Duggar on Child Molestation Report: 'I Acted Inexcusably'"
http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/21/us/josh-duggar-child-molestation-allegations/

"Theology Feud Pits Half of Town's Protestant Churches Against Another"
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/may/theology-feud-progressive-christianity-fountain-hills-az.html?paging=off

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May 15, 2015

Welcome to our 14th episode!

On today's show (5.13.15) Nate and Gene hold down the fort while Logan and Eric are away. They discuss the missing 13th episode, listen to the latest fake commercial, and discuss three issues:

1. Which movies are appropriate for Christians to watch and which are appropriate for Christian actors to participate in?
2. Are mercy killings morally justifiable?
3. The Mind/Body Problem: What is it and is it useful for apologetics?

Links to topics discussed on the show:

Let There Be Movies (Gene's site)
http://lettherebemovies.com/

"Chilling Facebook Confession by Father Who Shot Dead His Daughter.."
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3074216/Chilling-Facebook-confession-father-shot-dead-daughter-19-relieve-debilitating-migraines-wife-sister-save-pain-loss.html

"Note to Physicalists: If the Mind is Not the Brain then We Have Souls"
http://clearlens.org/2013/12/16/note-to-physicalists-if-the-mind-is-not-the-brain-then-we-have-souls/

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Apr 18, 2015

Welcome to our 12th episode!

On today's show (4.15.15) Nate, Gene, Logan, and Eric laugh their way through the latest sponsor and discuss two issues:

1. Is Common Core Against Moral Facts?
2. What Is the Proper Christian Response to Same Sex Ire Over Cakes?

Links to topics discussed on the show:

"Why Our Children Don't Think There Are Moral Facts"
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/02/why-our-children-dont-think-there-are-moral-facts/?_r=0

"Christian Who Asked Gay Rights Bakery to Anti-Gay Marriage Cake May Face Legal Action"
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2015/04/13/christian-who-asked-gay-rights-bakery-to-bake-anti-gay-marriage-cake-may-face-legal-action/

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Apr 2, 2015

Happy Easter!! And welcome to our 11th episode!

On today's show (4.1.15) Nate, Gene, and Logan hear from their latest sponsor and discuss two issues:

1. Where Did Jesus Go after He Died?
2. Is the Shroud of Turin Really the Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ?

Links to topics discussed on the show:

The Shroud of Turin Research Project (STURP)
https://www.shroud.com/78exam.htm

"The Shroud of Turin and Its Significance for Biblical Studies" by Gary Habermas
http://www.garyhabermas.com/articles/J_Evangelical_Theological_Soc/Habermas_JETS_Shroud-of-Turin-and-significance.htm

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Mar 21, 2015

Welcome to our 10th episode!

On today's show (3.18.15) Nate, Gene, and Eric check their latest sponsor and discuss two issues:

1. What doctrine(s) would you die for?
2. How Does God Speak Today?

Links to topics discussed on the show:

The "one place in Scripture" that Nate never got to is the "still small voice" in 1 Kings 19:12. For Nate's thoughts on that verse, check out -
"The Case for the Mistranslation of 'Still Small Voice'
http://clearlens.org/2014/10/08/the-case-for-the-mistranslation-of-still-small-voice/

"A Medium of God's Utility"
http://clearlens.org/2015/02/04/medium-of-gods-utility/

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Mar 7, 2015

Welcome to our 9th episode!

On today's show (03.04.15) Nate, Gene, Logan, and Eric play the Bible Trivia app (for iOS), describe how they all met, and discuss 2 issues:

1. Does worshiping the Trinity make us polytheists?
2. Can you deny your services to a same sex wedding and call that "religious liberty"?

Links to topics discussed on the show:

"A Florist Loses Religious Freedom, and Much More"
http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/20/living/stutzman-florist-gay/

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Feb 26, 2015

On today's episode (02.25.15), Eric tells the story of the circumstances surrounding why he is a Christian.

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Feb 19, 2015

On today's episode (02.17.15), Logan tells the story of how he became a Christian.

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Feb 14, 2015

Welcome to our 6th episode!

Today (02.11.15) Nate, Gene, Logan, and Eric discuss Obama's controversial comments on Christianity & Islam at the recent prayer breakfast and how Christian's should react to movies like Fifty Shades of Grey.

Links to topics discussed on the show:

Obama's speech at the prayer breakfast
http://youtu.be/CcPSLgXr1vQ

Fifty Shades of Grey
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifty_Shades_of_Grey

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Feb 6, 2015

On today's episode (02.05.15), Gene tells the story of how he became a Christian.

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Jan 29, 2015

On today's episode (01.28.15), Nate tells the story of how he became a Christian.

Link mentioned on the show:

From Convict to Christian: The Story of David Wood
http://clearlens.org/2015/01/05/from-convict-to-christian-the-story-of-david-wood/

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Jan 23, 2015

On their 3rd episode Nate & friends play a game called "Hollywood Theology" and discuss two issues:

1. The current state of biblical illiteracy in the church

2. Whether Christians should give countenance to books like "Heaven Is For Real" when they think about Heaven.

Some links mentioned in the episode:

"4 Ways the Modern Church Looks Nothing Like the Early Church"
http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/church/4-ways-modern-church-looks-nothing-early-church

"The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven Retracts Story"
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/january/boy-who-came-back-from-heaven-retraction.html?paging=off

"The Bible Is Sufficient to Know Heaven Is Real"
http://www.witnessesuntome.com/2014/06/the-bible-is-sufficient-to-know-heaven-is-real/

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