Mama Bear Apologetics
By Hillary Morgan Ferrer & Rebekah Valerius
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Mama Bear Apologetics is a podcast for mothers of biological, adopted, or spiritual children who want to learn about how to defend the Christian faith, help give their children reasons for faith, and understand the worldviews that challenge Christian faith in the first place.
||CleanMBA 32: How Should Christians Respond to the #MeToo Movement?||Laurie would not describe herself as a victim. Laurie is a lawyer and a survivor of sexual assault. A former liberal feminist, Laurie rediscovered the truths of God, recommitted her life to looking at everything through the lens of Scripture,||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 31: What Really Happened with the Colorado Baker Supreme Court Decision?||Social Media was abuzz with the recent Supreme Court Decision overturning the Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision. In 2012, a baker, Jack Phillips, declined to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 30: What is California Bill 2943 and What does it ACTUALLY say? (i.e. Does it really ban the Bible?)||If your newsfeed is anything like mine, you might have seen a few posts last week asking if the new California Bill 2943 will “ban the Bible.” Folks, let’s not jump onto bandwagons before we have properly checked them out.||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 29: Does God Heal Every Time if we Ask in the “Right Way?”||Do you sometimes wonder if bad things happen to you because you “don’t have enough faith?” If you do, chances are, you have heard a sermon or two (or more) based on the “gospel” of health and wealth. God wants you to be healthy!||3/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 28: Is Jen Hatmaker Suffering for the Gospel? (The power of a deconversion story)||We have a saying at Mama Bear: demolish the argument, not the person. For the most part, we try to leave names out of the equation and just focus on the statements or claims being made. However, occasionally there arises such a brouhaha with a public f.||2/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 27: Who Made God?||Boy did we bite off a lot to chew in this episode! For all you moms out there, raise your hand if you have heard this question. (Aunt Hillary raising her hand…) I have heard this question from children, from adults,||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 26: Why Does God Allow Mass Shootings?||Events like the Las Vegas shooting and now the Florida school shooting inevitably bring questions to people’s minds. Where was God? How could He let such a thing happen? For those who have been affected by the shooting,||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 25: How Educated Do You Have to Be to Identify Nonsense?||There is an interesting phenomenon which the late Herman Kahn described, where “those with engineering or sociology training [are unable to] understand certain issues which they would have been able to understand if they had not had this training.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 24: “Progressive” Christianity… and WHY you need to understand it||Jenga is a game about seeing how many foundational pieces of a structure can be removed and/or repositioned before it finally collapses. While this game was never intended to have philosophical undertones, I think it is an apt analogy for what we see o.||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 23: How to Love Your Ideological Enemy||I have noticed a tendency for people to fall into one of two categories: the terrifying truth-tellers, and the compassionate compromisers. The terrifying truth-tellers are ready at a moment’s notice to call out heresy or unbiblical beliefs wherever th||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 22: Introducing Cathryn Buse (and a recap of the apologetics conference)||Just a few short months ago, I was reading an article titled “Why Would an Engineer-Turned-Mom Care so Deeply About Apologetics?” As soon as I saw the words “Mom” and “Apologetics” in the title, I knew I had to find out more about this Cathr||5/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 21: Is the Progressive Gospel a Gospel at All? (i.e. Why you need to know what your children’s pastor is teaching)||Normally, when Rebekah and I do an “article of the week,” it is because the content is so awesome that we want to share and discuss. This time… not so much. A week or so before Easter, a highly disturbing article written by a woman professing to||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 20: I was an Atheist Until I Read Lord of the Rings||The Lord of the Rings is a timeless classic, able to capture the minds of young and old alike. But apart from its singularly masterful writing and vivid imagery, The Lord of the Rings has an element of theological truths interwoven into its very fabric.||4/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 19: The Shack – Hope, Healing… and Heresy?||The book The Shack first began making waves in 2007, and here we are 10 years later, still a church divided. Some people love The Shack, others practically want to have The Shack burning parties. Very rarely has someone read it and remained neutral.||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 18: Why Does the God of the Old Testament Seem So Different from the God of the New Testament?||“It is often said with a sneer that the God of Israel was only a God of Battles, ‘a mere barbaric Lord of Hosts’ pitted in rivalry against other gods only as their envious foe.” (From “The Everlasting Man” by G.K.||2/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 17: Discussing the Mama Bear Tagline – Isn’t “Demolishing Arguments” a Bit Harsh?||At Mama Bear Apologetics, our motto is “Mess with our kids, and we will demolish your arguments.” For those who have seen the carnage wrought by the battle of ideas, this tagline makes immediate sense. For others,||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 16: Addressing the Divide From the Women’s March||When I posted the blog this weekend dissecting the “Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles” from the women’s march, I never expected the kind of attention that it would receive. And while I stand behind my words,||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 15: Are the New Testament Eyewitnesses Reliable: The Flashbulb Memory Objection||The question of eyewitness reliability is a pertinent conversation that every parent will have (or should have) when their child asks, “How do we know that we can trust the Bible?” If the New Testament documents are not reliable,||1/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 14: Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions Can Beat-up Your Resolutions||If you have never read the “resolutions” of Jonathan Edwards, you are missing out! As Rebekah and I discussed in our last podcast, Jonathan Edwards was an early-mid 18th century revivalist preacher. He is (unfortunately) best known for “Sinners in||1/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 13: Resolutions and Legalism Part 1 – An Intro to Jonathan Edwards||In this podcast, Rebekah and I introduce you to one of the central figures of the Great Awakening: Jonathan Edwards. Why is he such an important figure to discuss? He is what many people would classify as a “fire and brimstone” preacher who lived in||12/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 12: An Honest Talk About Mom Guilt||Mom guilt: the tendency for moms to feel guilty for taking any kind of break for themselves, even though breaks are vital for emotional, intellectual and spiritual health. I can’t speak for other countries,||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 11: Are the New Testament Documents Reliable: an Introduction to Bart Ehrman||One of the most important questions that we as Christian parents can answer for our children (and for ourselves) is, “Are the New Testament documents reliable?” While this podcast in no way represents a comprehensive answer,||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 10: 3 Essential Truths to Include When Discussing the Election With Kids (or Even When You’re Processing on Your Own)||This is possibly one of the most awkward podcasts we have had to do. This election season was brutal. Never have I seen the results of an election affect kids in such a profound way, and never have I seen so many young adults behaving like children.||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 9: What to Do When Your Child Walks Away From God – Jody’s Story Part 2||This is part 2 of our interview with Jody Vise. In Part 1, we heard Jody’s story of raising her children in the church, dealing with the devastating news when her son walked away from the faith, and looking at what she felt were some of the contributi||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 8: The Danger of Raising Kids in a Christian Bubble – Jody’s Story Part 1||Jody thought she had all her bases covered. She and her husband were believers. They took their children to church, to Awana, and later to youth group. It wasn’t until her son came home one year after college and told her that he no longer believed in||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 7: How to Deal with Hardened (and sometimes angry) Doubters||Podcast topics: Spectrum of believers in apologetics: Learners Seekers Doubters Believers Hardened Doubter Apathetic hardened doubter Not a debate anymore for them; akin to a problematic marriage in which partners no longer fight because the divide is .||8/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 6: The 5 Types of People You Will Meet in Apologetics||Many women shy away from apologetics because they assume that apologetics means that you will always be debating with atheists. That is simply not true. Our children need reasons for their faith just as much (if not more so) than the local atheist.||8/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 5: Core Truths vs Peripheral Truths of Christianity… and the Importance of Knowing the Difference||In this episode, we discuss the differences between core truths and peripheral truths of the Christian faith, and the importance of teaching these differences to your children. A core truth could be defined as beliefs that separate a Christian from a n.||8/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 4: Discussion of Melissa Cain Travis’ “Motherhood and the Life of the Mind”||Hillary Morgan FerrerHillary Morgan Ferrer is the founder of Mama Bear Apologetics. She is coauthor and editor of the Mama Bear Apologetics book, and has been married to her husband, Dr. John D. Ferrer, for over 12 years.||8/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 3: Motherhood and the Life of the Mind||This talk was graciously provided to us by Melissa Cain Travis, one of our associate Mama Bears. It is from Mother’s Day 2016, and is from Hope Point Church in Houston, Texas. Here’s a summary of what Melissa talked about: – Testimony – Believer||8/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 2: Intro to Mama Bear Part B||I thought that Rebekah’s G.K. Chesterton quote was a good one to pick back up on. We continued our introduction to Mama Bear Apologetics. Here’s some of the highlights: Surgeon’s scalpel vs mugger with a knife (blog to follow) God has no grandchil||8/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMBA 1: Intro to Mama Bear Part A||Welcome to Mama Bear Apologetics! The original recording was a bit long so we divided it up into two parts. Here Rebekah and I give an overview of what Mama Bear Apologetics is, where we got the idea, what our own personal stories are and some helpful .||8/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
My favorite podcast
Mamma Bear is my favorite podcast. I started listening to podcasts a few months ago, discovered this one, and quickly got through all of them. Please make more! And I can hardly wait for your book! I am a mom and I teach preschoolers in Sunday School. I find myself challenged to teach the little ones apologetics now. Thanks!
I’m not a mom. Like I’m a high school graduate but I love this podcast especially when y’all get Alisa on. 😊👍
Is this really a Christian podcast?
I listened to the February 2018 podcast about Jen Hatmaker. No, they didn't have her on the show. Instead they chose to take this time to pick apart a woman, publicly. Who has the time or the hardened heart to listen to opinion and judgment when someone isn't around to defend themselves? This doesn't ring to my understanding of Christianity.