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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, February 19, 2024

The Lazy Approach to Evangelism

The Lazy Approach to Evangelism

Evangelism. It's a word that can strikes fear into the hearts of a lot of people. We know we're supposed to evangelize, but how do we do so? Does it require tons of study? Doesn't it require feet of iron? Maybe there's a lazy way that we can still be faithful to our gospel command and share our faith with those who don't believe in Jesus. That's our topic as I interview author and apologist Eric Hernandez on his new book The Lazy Approach to Evangelism.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Crisis of the Shrinking Family: The Tim Carney Interview

Crisis of the Shrinking Family: The Tim Carney Interview

We are in the midst of a baby-bust. For the first time in our history, the number of seniors are growing at a greater rate than the number of babies being born, which spells a dangerous future for our lives as well as our culture. Why has the millennial generation shied away from having kids? What are the *real reasons* for the hesitancy in becoming parents and what can the church do about it? In this interview with Tim Carney, author of the upcoming _Family Unfriendly: How Our Culture Made Raising Kids Much Harder Than It Needs to Be_, we discuss these questions and the underlying drivers that disincentivize growing families. it is a topic that should concern us all.

Monday, February 05, 2024

Andy Stanley, Alistair Begg, and Confusion over LGBTQ+ Issues

Andy Stanley, Alistair Begg, and Confusion over LGBTQ+ Issues

What are we to make over the recent controversies that have encircled prominent Evangelical leaders about their stances on same-sex weddings, transgender grandchildren, and the like? A few months ago, Andy Stanley hosted a conference where he invited a "married" gay couple to speak to Christian parents. Last week, Alistair Begg got into hot water for his advice about attending such unions. How are Christians to discern what the right path is?

In this podcast, Lenny examines the statements and positions of these events and offers a sensitive, nuanced explanation of how you can be loving to your LGBTQ+ family and friends while still holding to a clear biblical morality.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Building a Bulletproof Faith in Your Kids

Building a Bulletproof Faith in Your Kids

The stats are clear. Once they leave home, Christian kids are leaving the church in alarming numbers. How can we help young believers stand up to the continual onslaught of peer-pressure, professors, and pop culture pushing them away from the faith? In this session, noted apologist Lenny Esposito provides parents and young people with specific tools to solidify their faith and help them see why Christianity makes the most sense of our world.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Losing The Family: Are Millennials Choosing Comfort Over Kids?

Losing The Family: Are Millennials Choosing Comfort Over Kids?

It’s no secret that birthrates are declining in the west and it seems to be more prevalent with the millennials. Why are young people today reluctant to start families? In this podcast Lenny, along with Kirkwood Center colleagues Anthony Costello and Dr. Jacob Daniel review a couple of recent articles written by millennial women where they tell how they actually dread the idea of motherhood and how they aren't alone in their feelings. What does this mean for society and for the future? The answers are chilling.

Monday, January 08, 2024

Would The World Be Better Without Religion?

Would The World Be Better Without Religion?

Is it true that science fly you to the moon while religion flies you into buildings? Skeptics such as Richard Dawkins often claim that the biggest evils in the world are perpetrated because of religious beliefs. Does religion cause more wars, more hatred and prejudice than other views? What would a world free of religion look like? Join Lenny as he shows why such objections have no grounding in reality.

Monday, January 01, 2024

Top Podcasts of 2023 - The Best of the Best!

Top Podcasts of 2023 - The Best of the Best!

Here it is. As we close out 2023 and welcome 2024, Lenny reviews all the interviews and roundtable discussions published over the year and highlights clips from the top five most watched podcasts of the year. Issues like neo-paganism, J.R.R. Tolkien and God in Lord of the Rings, and how Sigmund Freud shifted our culture towards a sex-saturated ideology are here. Interviews with Stephen Meyer, Austin Freeman and former militant atheist Sy Garte are included. Listen all in this final retrospective.

  1. The God of Middle Earth: How Tolkien's Faith Fueled The Lord of the Rings
    https://youtu.be/sWcyBWajHDU
  2. Top Scientist Changes From Militant Atheist to Christian Believer - Because of Science!
    https://youtu.be/xXYEPDvSEJQ
  3. Four Hot Button Topics the Church Cannot Ignore
    https://youtu.be/S98nsB0HCQA
  4. Stephen C Meyer Interview: The Return of the God Hypothesis
    Part 1: https://youtu.be/SOpDxXuFkwo
    Part 2: https://youtu.be/huAKw8jIEbA
  5. Freud's Poison: Corrupting Civilization Through Sex
    https://youtu.be/N39f4j5as8g

Monday, December 25, 2023

Top Podcasts of 2023 - Part 1

Top Podcasts of 2023 - Part 1

As we look back on our first year of our newly reformatted Come Let Us Reason Together podcasts, there are several standout moments. Here, Lenny shares some clips from five of the top ten podcasts of the year, discussing issues from the resurrection of Jesus, questions on Hell, engaging Jehovah's Witnesses, why God doesn't make himself more visible, and the logic of holding Christianity instead of other faiths.

Monday, December 18, 2023

College and Faith: Can Christianity Make a Difference on the University Campus?

College and Faith: Can Christianity Make a Difference on the University Campus?

It’s no secret that the modern university is bastion of leftism and secularism., yet these institutions of higher learning play an outsized role in shaping our culture. Is it possible for Christianity to make a difference on the university campus? How should young Christians approach college life? In today’s podcast, I’m joined in the discussion by Corey Miller, the President of Ratio Christi, and my colleague at the Kirkwood Center, Anthony Costello, as we explore the state of higher education today and what is being done to fight the moral decay on campus.

Monday, December 11, 2023

Faith And Politics: Where Should Christianity Fit in the Democratic Process?

Faith And Politics: Where Should Christianity Fit in the Democratic Process?

As we get ready to enter another election year in the United States, the question arises of how faith should inform one’s politics. Faith is the basis of morality, and even the founding of the United States points to God who endows us with inalienable rights. How do we make sense of this in a pluralistic culture? Here, our panel explores questions of faith in politics and how Christianity should fit into the democratic process. Is there any virtue in voting for the lesser of two evils? Is politics an appropriate point of discussion for Christian apologetics? These questions and more are tackled in our latest episode.

Monday, December 04, 2023

Top Scientist Changes From Militant Atheist to Christian Believer - Because of Science!

Top Scientist Changes From Militant Atheist to Christian Believer - Because of Science!

It's common today to hear atheists proclaim that believing in God is anti-science and as our science progresses, faith will be abandoned. But what if doing good science actually makes a compelling case for God? In this pocast, Lenny talks wth Dr. Sy Garte, a self-described "militant atheist" whose journey as an origin of life scholar prompted hm to abandon his atheism and affirm the Christian faith.

Sy talks about his new book, Science and Faith in Harmony: Contemplations on a Distilled Doxology and the current state of origin of life research as well as how the more we learn, the more God is evident in design.

Monday, November 27, 2023

How to Talk About Jesus Without Fear: The Andy Bannister Interview

How to Talk About Jesus Without Fear: The Andy Bannister Interview

As Christians, we all want to share the life-changing belief of Jesus with others, but it can seem to tough! Will I say the right thing? Will I be ridiculed? Will I offend someone else? In this engaging interview, Lenny talks with Andy Bannister about his new book How to Talk About Jesus Without Sounding Like an Idiot about no-pressure ways you can engage others in conversations that easily open the door for the Gospel.

Monday, November 20, 2023

Resurrecting a Bold Faith

Resurrecting a Bold Faith

Have you ever wished that you could have the faith as those heroes we read about in the Bible? Bold faith isn’t something you stumble upon, it can be cultivated and strengthened. In the second part of our study of Hebrews 11, Lenny examines how faith begins with what we know and how you can make yours grow by deepening your experiences with God.

Monday, November 13, 2023

What is Faith?

What Is Faith?

In today's secular world, faith is dismissed as something akin to wishful thinking. Atheists proclaim faith is nothing more than belief without evidence. However, nothing could be further from the truth. in this, the first of a two-part series, Lenny looks at the Biblical definition of faith in Hebrews 11 and how that faith is demonstrated through the lives of key biblical figures. Learn why faith actually requires evidence in this fascinating study.

Monday, November 06, 2023

Christianity and Culture: Is Therapy Doing More Harm Than Good?

Christianity and Culture: Is Therapy Doing More Harm Than Good?

Therapy seems to be all the rage. JAMA Health Forum recently reported use of mental health services has jumped by almost 40% and for most young people today believe therapy is normal and everyone should be in it. Why then are we seeing a mental health crisis exploding across our nation and in the western world, especially among young people? And what's the difference between secular therapy and Christian therapy?

In this discussion, Lenny talks with Dr. Jacob Daniel and Tom Thomazin, a Christian counselor with over thirty years of experience to flesh out both the benefits and the limitations of our modern therapeutic mindset.

Monday, October 30, 2023

The Consummate Covenant

The Consummate Covenant<

Have you ever wanted to make a deal with God? We live in an age of contracts, of covenants. God is a God of the Covenant, but what does this mean? In this podcast, Lenny unpacks the different covenants God has offered in His dealings with humanity, culminating in the covenant that Jesus executes by dying on the cross. It's a fascinating study and one that shows just why Jeus provides the Consummate Covenant.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Abandoning Virtual Faith

Abandoning Virtual Faith

What is driving the growing number of "Exvangelicals"—younger people deconstructing their faith and leaving Christianity? One significant problem is they have never been grounded in the real Jesus. Much like the early believers in the book of Hebrews, they are more familiar with the culture of evangelicalism than with Christ, our Great High Priest who appeals to God in Heaven and makes atonement for our sins. In this podcast, Lenny explores how people have substituted culture for Christ and how Christians should be cautious not to believe in a shadow of Jesus instead of the true center of our faith.

Monday, October 16, 2023

How Can I Know Gods Will For My Life? The Drew Dyck Interview

How Can I Know Gods Will For My Life? The Drew Dyck Interview

Many Christians want to be used by God, but they don't know where to start. Life is busy and hard. How should a Christian view his walk with God in our go-go culture? In this interview with author Drew Dyck, we discuss Drew's new book, Just Show Up: How Small Acts of Faithfulness Change Everything (A Guide for Exhausted Christians). In our discussion we point out easy ways that you can begin to make a big difference with little acts.

Monday, October 09, 2023

Why Questions Will Help You Love God and Build Your Faith

Why Questions Will Help You Love God and Build Your Faith

Is being a questioner a good thing or a bad thing? Christians are familiar with doubting Thomas, but Thomas's request allowed Jesus to more clearly state he was the way, the truth and the life. Lenny talks with author Matthew Lee Anderson on his new book Called Into Questions and why getting into a habit of asking good questions is foundational for growing in faith and finding deeper understanding.

Monday, October 02, 2023

Stephen C Meyer Interview: The Return of the God Hypothesis - Part 2

Stephen C Meyer Interview: The Return of the God Hypothesis - Part 2

In this, the second of a two part interview, Lenny and Kirkwood Center colleague Anthony Costello continue their discussion with Dr. Stephen C. Meyer on his new book “The Return of the God Hypothesis”. In this section, we shift to issues concerning the philosophy of science and the naturalistic assumptions that keep so many begrudgingly tied to a Neo-Darwian explanation for life on earth instead of design from an intelligent creator. We also explore how Darwin's tree of life model has broken down and what the current discussions are regarding theories of life coming into existence.

Monday, September 25, 2023

Stephen C Meyer Interview: The Return of the God Hypothesis Part 1

Stephen C Meyer Interview: The Return of the God Hypothesis Part 1

The concept of intelligent design has caused many waves since its introduction in the 1990s. In this podcast, Lenny and his fellow Kirkwood Center colleague Anthony Costello interview Dr. Stephen C. Meyer of the Discovery Institute. Stephen Meyer is the author of three seminal works in the philosophy of science: “Signature in the Cell” (2009), “Darwin’s Doubt” (2013) and the new “Return of the God Hypothesis” (2021). In this the first of a two part series, we dig deep into the scientific evidences that favor theistic design as the best hypothesis to explain fine-tuning in physics, chemistry and biology.

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.

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