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Episode 447: The Danger of Useful Christianity with Russell Moore


What is the greatest threat facing Christianity in the U.S. today? Socialism? Cancel culture? Wokeness? Not according to Dr. Russell Moore. He says it’s “means-to-an-end-Christianity” which seeks to use Christ to achieve some other goal. This, he argues, is what’s fueling everything from Christian nationalism to the cover up of sexual abuse in churches and ministries.


Don’t miss his wide-ranging conversation with Skye. Also this week, the podcast crew discusses the “Seven Mountain Mandate” behind so many of the cultural and political wars Christians are fighting today, and why it’s more about seizing power than serving Christ. How do we convince evangelicals to abandon conspiracy theories and get the Covid vaccine? Plus, Phil’s tired of hard butter.



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Any way to get a transcript of Russell Moore's interview?

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Darryl Delamont
Darryl Delamont
Mar 16, 2021

So, I'm arriving at the podcast party a couple decades late. We've recently had friends and family suggesting different podcasts to us, often to back up a newly-adopted view on a controversial topic. I've listened but usually ended up with whatever the podcast version of road rage is: frustrated with unsubstantiated (and incorrect) assertions and a surface-level treatment of complex issues. Too many lies masquerading as truth from podcasters who present those views as being authoritative.

Then we discovered the Holy Post, being big fans of Phil's various past projects (most recently the exceptional Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids). Finally... thank you for speaking about what the Bible actually says (not what we wish it would say), and with…


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I love your podcast and have listened to many episodes since I discovered you a few months ago. But can you please, please, please tell me the name of Christian's film? And where I might watch it? You talk about it all the time but I've never yet heard you mention the name!

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Julie Boettcher
Julie Boettcher
Mar 15, 2021
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Hi Tammy! Christian's film is "The Girl Who Wore Freedom." Currently it's only available to watch through certain film festivals. More info at: https://thegirlwhoworefreedom.com

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Jason doesn’t speak up often, but when he does it’s because he’s right about the goodness of butter on crackers.

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Dear Phil-- I just got out a stick of butter out of my refrigerator. I usually zap a cold stick of butter for 10 seconds in the micro so it is spreadable and will not rip my Saturday morning croissant to shreds. This morning I found that the 10 second rule did not make my butter spreadable. I am very concerned about this.


On a more serious note-- three Presbyterian fundamentalists are forerunners of the Seven Mountain Dominionism: Rousas Rushdoony (a Holocaust denier and racist), his student Greg Bahnsen (proponent of capital punishment for homosexual behavior), and Gary North (who has racist explanations for the economic problems of Black communities). I wonder how many people who advocate the 7 Mountai…

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