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Come Let Us Reason Podcast

Welcome to Come Let Us Reason Together, the podcast from Lenny Esposito and Come Reason Ministries. Here, we dig deeply into ways Christianity shows itself as an intelligent and rational faith. Episodes include topics about faith, ethics, worldview, and philosophy from a distinctly Christian perspective. Join us each week and see just how rational faith can be!

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Monday, September 18, 2023

The God of Middle Earth: How Tolkien's Faith Fueled The Lord of the Rings

The God of Middle Earth: How Tolkien's Faith Fueled The Lord of the Rings

J.R.R. Tolkien's world of Middle Earth and its inhabitants have continued to explode in popularity since the last century. Many know Tolkien was a follower of Jesus, but fewer understand just how central God was in the way he crafted his world. In this podcast, Lenny speaks with Dr. Austin Freeman, an expert in Tolkien and his theology, on the ways the Gospel is reflected in Tolkien's works.

Monday, September 11, 2023

Differences Over a Decade: Cold Cases, Christianity, and What's Changed with J. Warner Wallace

Differences Over a Decade: Cold Cases, Christianity, and What's Changed with J. Warner Wallace

Can we really know that Jesus was raised from the dead? Ten years ago, Detective J.Warner Wallace was an atheist who examined the Gospel accounts using the same approach as his cold-case investigations, resulting in him writing Cold-Case Christianity. Now, a decade later, he sits down with Lenny to talk about his approach, what has changed in the years since his breakout best seller was published, and what is important in the future for those looking to share their faith. Join us for this riveting discussion.

Monday, September 04, 2023

Should Christians Fear Artificial Intelligence?

Should Christians Fear Artificial Intelligence?

We’re all familiar with films like the Terminator or the Matrix where machines advance to such a degree they become sentient, and rise up to either subjugate humans or seek to wipe them out. Is the rapid advances in artificial intelligence we hear about today the first step to that scenario? Lenny, Dr. Harry Edwards, and Finney Premkupar discuss just what A.I. is, and how we as Christians should understand this brave new technology.

Monday, August 28, 2023

The Beauty of Eternity: What Is Heaven and Why Did God Creaate Hell?

The Beauty of Eternity: What Is Heaven and Why Did God Creaate Hell?

Most people who believe in an afterlife hope to be in a paradise. Many will speak of a loving God who wants to give good things to those he loves. But if God is all-loving, how can He stand to send people to Hell? Why would He even create Hell in the first place?

In this podcast, Lenny explains how God's nature of love actually demands that Hell exists and that the punishment of sin is actually a result of a loving and just God. Join us as we explore must how beautiful eternity is.

Monday, August 21, 2023

Reaching Gen Z with the Gospel

Reaching Gen Z with the Gospel

A lot of attention has been given to the alarming trend of young people leaving the faith. Both parents and pastors are concerned as they see kids raised in Bible-believing churches who attended youth group each week "deconvert" or identify as one of the "nones". How do we communicate the importance and validity of the gospel to young people whose lives and values have been significantly influenced by our modern anti-Christian culture? In this podcast, Lenny joins with Harry Edwards and Jonathan Noyes to talk about ways we can reach out to Gen Z and better communicate the importance of Christianity in living a good life.

Monday, August 14, 2023

Do I Have to Try All Religions to Know Which One Is True?

Do I Have to Try All Religions to Know Which One Is True?

"Just how many belief systems did you try before settling on your particular one?" It is a question that seems to challenge the idea of Christianity as the best understanding of how the world works. Yet, claiming that one must try all different religions before determining the truth lacks practicality and logical coherence.In this study, springing from a passage in Hebrews chapter 5, Lenny examines how one can rationally eliminate many of the different faiths because they hold incoherent views about God internally. He then turns towards a fuller examination of Judaism and Christianity, demonstrating how Jesus as messiah is the logical completion of the Old Testament faith.

Monday, August 07, 2023

The Crucifixion as Tangible History

The Crucifixion as Tangible History

We live in an age where the questionable is declared certain and what had been understood as certain is now questioned. Certainly, the Gospel accounts of Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection have been questioned since the first century. But today, there are some who even doubt whether Jesus existed at all! In this study, Lenny examines the historical evidence of Jesus’s passion that forms the foundation of our faith.

Monday, July 31, 2023

Answers to Living A Christian Life in a Non-Christian Society

Answers to Living A Christian Life in a Non-Christian Society

T.S. Eliot once wrote "The problem of leading a Christian life in a non-Christian society is now very present to us… And as for the Christian who is not conscious of his dilemma—and he is in the majority—he is becoming more and more de-Christianized by all sorts of unconscious pressure: paganism holds all the most valuable advertising space." That's the theme of this recent Q&A session that took place at Rock Hill Church. Lenny fielded questions from the audience dealing with issues of doubt, confronting the anti-Christian culture, and how science can inform faith.

Monday, July 24, 2023

Talking Faith Without Fighting: How to Be a Winsome Witness

Talking Faith Without Fighting: How to Be a Winsome Witness

Sharing one’s faith is becoming more and more difficult as our culture moves away from its traditionally religious roots. Passionate discussions can sometimes lead to angry words or hurt feelings. But this isn’t the way we should spread the Gospel; it’s unloving and ineffective, too. In this talk, Lenny offers some specific tactics in sharing the Christian faith so you may present the truth in a loving, attractive, and effective manner.

Monday, July 17, 2023

Overcoming Barriers to Belief

Overcoming Barriers to Belief

It's no secret we live in a post-Christian society. Yet, many believers make a fundamental mistake when they try to share their faith with others. They fail to realize just how foreign certain Christian beliefs and assumptions are to people today. Even though we share many cultural touchstones, there are still significant barriers that must be over come to better communicate the great need for Jesus today.

In this podcast, Lenny joins the Apologetics.com team to identify some of the barriers to belief and how to overcome them in our witnessing efforts.

Monday, July 10, 2023

The Need for a Creed: Confirming Christian Belief

The Need for a Creed: Confirming Christian Belief

What do we mean when we say we’re Christians? Is it enough to claim to follow Christ? Mormons and others who have radically different views of the nature of God, the nature of Jesus, and key matters of faith have also claimed to be Christian, but that doesn’t mean they are. In this key study, Lenny examines how creeds became central to defining the essential elements of the Christian faith and how important they are in establishing true from false beliefs.

Monday, July 03, 2023

Critical Theory, Politics, and Reducing Humanity to Sexual Beasts

Critical Theory, Politics, and Reducing Humanity to Sexual Beasts

What's happened to our society? Prior generations have always understood themselves in ways that reference the external world. Today, we're not only feelings focus, we seem to use our sexual proclivities as the primary filter for self-identity. In this episode, Lenny and Dr. Harry Edwards explore how the ideas of Freud and Marx come together in critical theory to exploit sexual ideas and corrupt ideals to a public more than willing to be debased by them.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Abandoning Atheism: What Did It Take for Skeptics to Believe?

Abandoning Atheism: What Did It Take for Skeptics to Believe?

Just how does someone who vehemently dismisses the concept of God actually come to faith? In this fascinating interview, Lenny speaks with Dr. Jana Harmon on her research studying the conversion of over 100 atheists--people who had described themselves as staunchly against the idea of God--but who have since become believers. Their stories, their reasons for not believing, and their reasons for believing provide tremendous insight for you who are witnessing to skeptical friends and family.

Monday, June 19, 2023

The End of Humanity

The End of Humanity

The crucifixion of Jesus sits at the center of the Christian faith. It also marks the end of humanity. What does that mean, exactly? In this lesson, Lenny explains how the word "end" can convey a thing’s ultimate purpose as well as its final outcome. Join us as we explore how the crucifixion not only displays the ultimate example of evil in sinful creatures putting their holy Creator to death, but also sets a glorious destiny of forgiveness for Adam’s offspring.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Four Hot-Button Topics the Church Cannot Ignore

Four Hot-Button Topics the Church Cannot Ignore

A.I., Critical Race Theory, Neo-Paganism, Christian Nationalism. These are big issues that are causing quite a stir on our society today. In this week's podcast, Lenny and Kirkwood Center fellow Anthony Costello examine each of these hot-button issues and offer suggestions on how the Christian church should engage and respond.

Monday, June 05, 2023

Why Does God Remain Hidden?

Why Does God Remain Hidden?

Why is God so hidden? The existence of God is questioned more than ever, but if God wants us to believe and trust him, then how come he doesn't perform grand miracles to make himself obvious?

But is it the case that providing miracles will convince skeptics of God’s existence? In this podcast, Lenny investigates the idea of God's hiddenness and why it's beneficial for humanity. Let’s look at five reasons why God's hiddenness is a good thing.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Freud's Poison: Corrupting Civilization Through Sex

Freud's Poison: Corrupting Civilization Through Sex

It's no secret that we live in a sex-saturated culture. Everywhere you turn it seems that we are not only inundated with sexual images, but more and more people see their sexual behavior as a defining aspect of who they are. This is the complete opposite of what civilization used to mean. What happened and how did we get here? In this podcast, Lenny joins the Apologetics.com panel to discuss the outsized impact Sigmund Freud had on modern society, teaching us to filter our understanding if the world through a sexual lens and just how dangerous that can be.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Hidden Ways the Gospels Prove Reliable

Hidden Ways the Gospels Prove Reliable

Can we trust the Gospels? Why should people place their trust in documents written so long ago that don't even agree with each other? In this podcast, Lenny investigates some interesting facts which cannot be written off as coincidences and demonstrate why the Gospels are reliable history.

Monday, May 15, 2023

The One Factor of Mass Killings No One Is Talking About

The One Factor of Mass Killings No One Is Talking About

The tragedy of mass shootings is on the increase. Lots of theories are bantered about as to why more and more people are turning violent and what to do about it. But one important point is woefully neglected--our post-Christian culture is reaping the consequences of its purging of God from the common understanding of morality. In this episode, Lenny is joined by Raymond Gregory to talk about the uptick in homicides, shootings, and why these are early warning signs of a civilization that is beginning to crumble.

Monday, May 08, 2023

The Six Trials of Jesus

The Six Trials of Jesus

Luke chapter 20 records for us a point of history upon which the entire world turns. The trial, suffering and death of Jesus is simply the most important event in all of humankind. In this first message of a semi-regular series, Lenny explores the six different trials of Jesus of Nazareth and how it is the evil in the hearts of man that allowed them to condemn the only one who walked the earth without sin.

Monday, May 01, 2023

Conscience: Our Moral Compass

Conscience: Our Moral Compass

Right and wrong. Good and evil. Christianity teaches that these can be objectively known. In the book of Romans, the Apostle Paul tells us that even people who don't have God's revealed word can still stand guilty before Him because their consciences bear witness against them. What is the conscience and how does it help us to understand the concepts of good and evil? That's the discussion on this week's podcast.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Facing the Facts of the Resurrection

Facing the Facts of the Resurrection

Have you ever wondered how the news of the resurrection would play out if they had social media in the first century? In this engaging Easter message, Lenny walks through a Facebook exchange between the Apostle Paul, himself, and various characters you typically run across on social platforms to show why the resurrection really does stand up as historical fact and how the skeptics' own arguments point to the validity of the resurrection accounts.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Balancing Predestination and Free Will (Part 2)

Balancing Predestination and Free Will (Part 2)

The Bible holds that God predestines all things to work towards his ultimate goal but we're also told that we control our choices and those choices are real. Is this a contradiction? In this podcast, Lenny explores the apparent tensions between our free will and God's foreordination and shows how both can not only be true, but how a proper understanding helps us see theological questions in a different light.

(Part 2 of 2)

Monday, April 10, 2023

Balancing Predestination and Free Will (Part 1)

Balancing PRedestination and Free Will (Part 1)

The Bible holds that God predestines all things to work towards his ultimate goal but we're also told that we control our choices and those choices are real. Is this a contradiction? In this podcast, Lenny explores the apparent tensions between our free will and God's foreordination and shows how both can not only be true, but how a proper understanding helps us see theological questions in a different light.

(Part 1 of 2)

Monday, April 03, 2023

How to Talk with Mormons

How to Talk with Mormons

Mormonism boasts over 12 million adherents, and it's still growing. What should we say when Mormon missionaries come to our door? How are Christian beliefs different than Mormon beliefs? In this podcast, Lenny teaches you how to engage Mormons in fruitful discussion.

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