The Phil Vischer Podcast (general)

A pope!  A pope!  We've got a new pope!  What does it mean to three Protestants with a podcast?  We're not sure, but we talk about it anyway.  Then Skye takes us through his thoughts on the Gospel - what it is and what it isn't, and how we sometimes get it completely wrong.

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP43_03-16-2013.mp3
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An Italian apparel company is granted a trademark to the word "Jesus," Mark Burnett's "The Bible" miniseries takes the History Channel by storm, and an impassioned plea for the death of "Christian music" gets Phil all riled up.  All that, plus Skye walks out halfway through Phil's wrap-up song!  It's a crazy week on the Phil Vischer Podcast!

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP42_03-09-2013.mp3
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Join Phil, Skye and Christian as they discuss the Harlem Shake and the decline of Western Civilization, plus a fascinating journey through gender issues in the Oscars, Sesame Street and beyond!

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP41_02-28-2013.mp3
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Episode 40: Atheist Church, Tim Tebow & the Boy Scouts

A theme song sung by Yoda, then... church for atheists?  And what do Tim Tebow, the Boy Scouts and Southern Baptists all have in common?  Cap it all off with a wrap-up song that goes a little better than last week's!

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP40_02-21-2013.mp3
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Episode 39: A Potluck Podcast

It's a potluck podcast!  Skye talks about his "top secret" meeting in Washington DC and his trip to the Naval Academy before the gang takes a whirlwind tour through Christian rollerskating, fruitcake in the Ozarks, Valentine's Day, Pope news and TV preachers.  Phil wraps it up with his worst summary song ever. Seriously.

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP39_02-14-2013.mp3
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Phil and Skye talk about Super Bowl commercials and pastors behaving poorly in Applebee's.  Then they're joined by author/researcher David Kinnaman for a fascinating discussion about Christians and their views on religious freedom in America.  Finally, Phil summarizes with a song.  It doesn't go so well.

david kinnaman

David Kinnaman is the president and majority owner of Barna Group. He is the author of the bestselling books, You Lost Me and unChristian.

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP38_02-04-2013_with_David_Kinnaman.mp3
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Episode 37: Does God intervene in sports?

This week's podcast discusses a new opera about the last days of, um, Walt Disney, plus the surprising number of Americans who believe God influences the outcomes of sporting events, an atheist mom in Texas asks Christians to keep their religion to themselves, and, what's this - a prominent gay rights activist and Chick-fil-A have become best friends?!?  Is it a sign of the apocalypse?!?

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP_37_01-30-2013.mp3
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Episode 36: Guest Scottie May

Phil starts off the podcast by recounting his recent trip to a children's ministry conference, and singing a song he wrote for the occasion. The crew talks about a viral news story featuring Pat Robertson, before bringing in this week's guest - Phil's mom! Scottie May has her Ph.D in Christian Education, and teaches in the Christian formation ministry department at Wheaton College where she specializes in children's ministry. They discuss VBS, how to creatively engage children, attention spans, and how to be more reflective in worship. 

Scottie May is an associate professor of Christian Formation and Ministry at Wheaton College. She has her Ph.D in Christian Education from Trinitey Evangelical Divinity School. Scottie's area of interest and expertise is children's ministry, and she has co-authored 3 books.

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP36_01-23-2013_with_Scottie_May.mp3
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Episode 35: The Golden Globes, Gun Control and Louie Giglio

Phil announces the launch of the all new JellyTelly, and the crew discusses the Golden Globes, euthanasia and gun control. They talk about Louie Giglio's invitation to pray at President Obama's inauguration, why he withdrew from the event, and then the gay rights movement. Are Christians becoming an oppressed minority?

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP35_01-15-2013.mp3
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In this week's Phil Vischer Podcast, Skye introduces his new book Futureville. They discuss the current conflict between Hobby Lobby and the new contraception mandate, which leads to a conversation about the role of government and civil disobedience. They talk about the "controversy" around the Neil Patrick Harris ad for the Super Bowl, and then a petition to designate the Roman Catholic Church a hate group. The podcast ends with a discussion about whether or not our churches, Christian radio, and Christian entertainment have become too "family friendly" and paint an unrealistic portrait of faith.

Direct download: PV_Podcast_EP34_01-07-2013.mp3
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