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Soul Search with Dr Meredith Lake ABC Radio

John Dickson talks with Dr. Meredith Lake ABC Radio.

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Bullies and Saints Workshop

with author John Dickson 

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Gospel Bites

with John Dickson 

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Dream Church

with John Dickson 

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Intersectional Jesus

Single Intersectional Jesus

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The Carpenter’s Desk interview

with John Dickson 

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Nine Eleven Single

Nine Eleven Single

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The Terror - Single

The Terror Single

The Terror Single

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7 Reasons To (Re)consider Christianity By Ben Shaw
Pro Life

Pro Life

EPISODE: 49

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Question Answer IV

Question Answer IV

EPISODE: 48

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Everyday Sacred

Everyday Sacred

EPISODE: 47

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The Exodus

The Exodus

EPISODE: 46

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5 Minute Jesus: Jesus And The Exodus

5 Minute Jesus: Jesus and The Exodus

The Exodus is such a big deal in the Old Testament that many aspects of…

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Christian Revolution

Christian Revolution

EPISODE: 45

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Remembering Women

Best of Remembering Women

Best of Remembering Women

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The Best Of Old Papers - Brendan Haug

The best of Old Papers

The best of Old Papers

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Facing Death Single

Facing Death Single

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Ben Shaw Funeral Booklet

Benjamin-James Shaw 1968-2021   Download the Ben Shaw Funeral booklet here

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Unhealthy Anger Single

Unhealthy Anger Single

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Teenage Jesus

Teenage Jesus

EPISODE: 44

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Big Porn

Big Porn

EPISODE: 43

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God’s War II

God’s War II

EPISODE: 42

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God’s War I

God’s War I

EPISODE: 41

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John Dickson ABC Radio interview

John Dickson is interviewed by James Valentine about his new book Bullies and Saints. ABC Radio

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Religious Freedom

Religious Freedom

EPISODE: 40

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Guilty Conscience

Guilty Conscience

EPISODE: 39

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Mental Health - Podcast Episode 38

Mental Health

EPISODE: 38

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Unknown Soldier Single
The Troubles Single
Western Fundamentalism Single
Bullies And Saints - Book By John Dickson
American Soul Single
Still Cancer Single

5 Minute Jesus: Loving the children

By John Dickson In recent decades we've learned a lot about the way institutions like…

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5 Minute Jesus: It’s OK To Lament. Jesus Did.

5 Minute Jesus: It’s OK to lament. Jesus did.

By John Dickson There is just one reference in the Bible to Jesus singing. It's…

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Did Jesus Rise From The Dead?

Did Jesus rise from the dead?

By John Dickson This question takes us to the ‘pointy end’ of Christianity. The first…

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Did Jesus Really Die?

Did Jesus really die?

By John Dickson The popular French philosopher Michel Onfray has argued that Jesus was more…

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Why Do We Call It ‘Easter’?

Why do we call it ‘Easter’?

By John Dickson Actually, only English and German (both latecomers to the Christian party) have…

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A Hindu Priest Encounters Jesus

A Hindu priest encounters Jesus

By Rahil Patel (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 17 'Hindu Priest' of the Undeceptions Podcast) In our home,…

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Rachel Gilson Is Same-sex Attracted And A Bible-believing Christian

Rachel Gilson is same-sex attracted and a Bible-believing Christian

By Rachel Gilson (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 24 'LGBTI Christian' of the Undeceptions Podcast) I spent…

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No, Religion Is NOT On Its Way Out

No, religion is NOT on its way out

By Dr Rebecca McLaughlin (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 18 'Confronting Christianity' of the Undeceptions Podcast) Just…

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Does The Theory Of Evolution Conflict With Christianity?

Does the theory of evolution conflict with Christianity?

By Dr. Alister E. McGrath (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 19 'Scientific Theology' of the Undeceptions Podcast) It's…

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5 Minute Jesus: When Jesus Calls Us Home

5 Minute Jesus: When Jesus calls us home

By John Dickson The Prodigal Son is the ultimate homecoming story in the Christian tradition.…

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5 Minute Jesus: What Did Paul Really Know About The Life Of Jesus?

5 Minute Jesus: The importance of Creation

By John Dickson Christianity gets whacked from two different sides on the issue of the…

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A Scientific Case For Miracles

A scientific case for miracles

By Professor Ian Hutchinson (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 20 'Miraculous Physics' of the…

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It's A Big Mistake To Think That Science Is All There Is

It’s a big mistake to think that science is all there is

By Professor Ian Hutchinson (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 20 'Miraculous Physics' of the…

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5 Minute Jesus: What Did Paul Really Know About The Life Of Jesus?

5 Minute Jesus: What did Paul really know about the life of Jesus?

By John Dickson At first glance, Paul's letters are not very exciting sources for the…

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Racist Church

Racist Church

EPISODE: 37

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5 Minute Jesus: What Jesus Says About Sex

5 Minute Jesus: What Jesus says about sex

By John Dickson The starting point for the Bible's teaching about sexual intimacy isn't 'this…

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5 Minute Jesus: The Women Who Bankrolled Jesus' Ministry

5 Minute Jesus: The women who bankrolled Jesus’ ministry

By John Dickson One of the little-known facts about Jesus' life is that it was…

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5 Minute Jesus: The Cross Is Not A Symbol Of Power

5 Minute Jesus: The cross is not a symbol of power

By John Dickson This morning I happened to be reading a 4th Century Christian text,…

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5 Minute Jesus: The Cross Is Not A Symbol Of Power

5 Minute Jesus: How are we to view Jesus’ miracles?

By John Dickson The philosophical, scientific and historical rationale for an openness to miracles -…

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100 Pages

100 Pages

EPISODE: 36

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You Should Read 100 Pages Of The Bible In 2021

You should read 100 pages of the Bible in 2021

By John Dickson The Bible is a literary ‘classic’, perhaps the literary classic. And like…

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Question Answer

Question Answer

EPISODE: 35

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World's End

World’s End

EPISODE: 34

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Danger: Proselytising

Danger: Proselytising

EPISODE: 33

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5 Minute Jesus: Faith That Is Not Blind

5 Minute Jesus: Faith that is not blind

By John Dickson Jesus often called on people to believe in him, to exercise faith…

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5 Minute Jesus: Hell, According To Jesus

5 Minute Jesus: Hell, according to Jesus

By John Dickson One of Jesus' hardest teachings was delivered in metaphor: Hell. I'm sometimes asked…

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Homo Deus

Homo Deus

EPISODE: 32

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5 Minute Jesus: Women To The Front

5 Minute Jesus: Women to the front

By John Dickson I owe my own Christian faith to the persuasive power of women.…

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5 Minute Jesus: The Bible’s Sophisticated Form

5 Minute Jesus: The Bible’s sophisticated form

By John Dickson One. Five. 10 Bibles just sold. And by the end of the…

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5 Minute Jesus: God Is Present In The World’s Ugliness

5 Minute Jesus: God is present in the world’s ugliness

Ben Shaw, my friend fighting a battle with cancer, his wife Karen and Oxford professor…

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Was There Ever A Real Star Of Bethlehem?

Was there ever a real Star of Bethlehem?

By Kaley Payne with Dr Luke Barnes, astrophysicist at Western Sydney University “Star of wonder, Star…

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

EPISODE: 31

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5 Minute Jesus: At Christmas, Joy Pierces The Sadness

5 Minute Jesus: At Christmas, joy pierces the sadness

By John Dickson It's perhaps odd to begin a Christmas reflection with an insight from…

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Canon Fodder

Canon Fodder

EPISODE: 30

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Was Jesus Really Born At Christmas?

Was Jesus really born at Christmas?

By John Dickson The word Noel comes to us - via French - from the…

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Three Things To Keep In Mind About The Virgin Birth

Three things to keep in mind about the virgin birth

By John Dickson Silent Night, Holy Night All is calm, all is bright Round yon…

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‘Away In A Manger’: Was Jesus Really Born In A Stable?

‘Away in a manger’: was Jesus really born in a stable?

By Mark Hadley Have you invested in an historically unsound nativity scene? As tens of…

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Childish God

Childish God

EPISODE: 29

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5 Minute Jesus: The Three Things Every Christian Believes

5 Minute Jesus: The three things every Christian believes

By John Dickson What is the Christian view of the world? I know some people…

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5 Minute Jesus: Christians Freeing Slaves

5 Minute Jesus: Christians freeing slaves

By John Dickson What has freeing slaves got to do with the original Christian story?…

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5 Minute Jesus: The Gospels Are Not Mere Legend

5 Minute Jesus: The Gospels are not mere legend

By John Dickson You sometimes hear that the gospels were never meant to be read as…

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Is The Story Of Creation In Genesis Myth Or Fact?

Is the story of creation in Genesis myth or fact?

Professor C. John Collins (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 14 'Six Days' of the…

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Discordant Religion

Discordant Religion

EPISODE: 28 Part Two

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Creation’s Music

Creation’s Music

EPISODE: 27 PART ONE

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Katharine Hayhoe

Good Earth

EPISODE: 26

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Christianity Disrupts The ‘brutal’ Morality Of The Ancient World

Christianity disrupts the ‘brutal’ morality of the ancient world

By Teresa Morgan (adapted by Kaley Payne from Episode 4 Moral Classics of Undeceptions, Season 1) …

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Who Was Mary Magdalene, Really?

Who was Mary Magdalene, really?

By Kaley Payne Mary Magdalene, considered to be one of the Bible’s most mysterious women,…

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Bible Mistakes

Bible Mistakes

EPISODE: 25

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5 Minute Jesus: The Pursuit Of Happiness

5 Minute Jesus: The pursuit of happiness

By John Dickson Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, observed that we are happiness-seeking creatures. His…

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5 Minute Jesus: Radical Good Samaritan

5 Minute Jesus: Radical Good Samaritan

By John Dickson According to Jesus, love was to overrule our petty prejudices and inspire…

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Minute Jesus: A Remarkable Love Ethic

5 Minute Jesus: A remarkable love ethic

By John Dickson What was the heart of Jesus' ethical teaching? Was he a theologian,…

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5 Minute Jesus: History Vs Science

5 Minute Jesus: History vs Science

By John Dickson It's common for scientists - physical scientists especially - to believe that…

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5 Minute Jesus: Honour, Shame And Humility

5 Minute Jesus: Honour, shame and humility

By John Dickson In the ancient world, humility was not a virtue. The idea that I…

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5 Minute Jesus: Christianity’s Historical Problem

5 Minute Jesus: Christianity’s historical problem

By John Dickson Christianity has a problem. "Only one?" we might ask. Unlike other religions,…

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Smart People Can Be Christian, Too

Smart people can be Christian, too

By Sarah Irving-Stonebraker (adapted by Kaley Payne from Undeceptions Season 1, Dominus Illuminatio)  When Sarah Irving-Stonebraker…

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Tax Free Single
There’s An Extraordinary Role For Women In Christianity

There’s an extraordinary role for women in Christianity

By Kaley Payne The witness and proclamation of women is integral to the historic claims…

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BONUS: Extra Q&A Content From Season 3

BONUS: Extra Q&A content from Season 3

We had so many questions from Season 3 that we couldn't fit them all into…

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The Perils Of Indifference

The perils of indifference

By Laural Moffatt I’ve been thinking about statues lately, as they’ve been falling -- from…

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Confederate Statues Single
Up Close And Personal With The Oldest Fragments Of The New Testament

Up close and personal with the oldest fragments of the New Testament

By Kaley Payne, adapted from Undeceptions Podcast Episode 1: Old Paper Long before the Bible…

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Science Can Explain Everything, Right?

Science can explain everything, right?

By John Lennox (adapted by Kaley Payne from Undeceptions podcast episode 3: God Science.) Science is wonderful,…

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Lennox: Why It's No Problem For A Scientist To Believe In Miracles

Lennox: Why it’s no problem for a scientist to believe in miracles

By John Lennox (adapted by Kaley Payne from Undeceptions podcast episode 3: God Science.)  You…

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Charity, Science And Other Christian Inventions

Charity, Science and other Christian inventions

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference2004

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Relativism

Relativism

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference 2002

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Confidence In The Text And Canon Of Scripture

Confidence in the text and canon of Scripture

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference 2002

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Confidence In The Jesus Of History

Confidence in the Jesus of History

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference 2002

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The Law Of Freedom - The 10 Commandments

The law of Freedom – the 10 Commandments

Speaker: John Dickson RZIM Wheaton Conference 2001

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But What About Canaan?

But what about Canaan?

By Kaley Payne Interpreted on its own, many have made the case that the Old…

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Cancer And The Logic Of Suffering

Cancer and the logic of suffering

By Kaley Payne, with Professor Tim Maughan Cancer is so destructive, it’s become a by-word…

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Indigenous Slaves Single
Humilitas - A Lost Key To Life, Love And Leadership -John Dickson
Medieval Manumission Single
The Dangers Of Monotheism (and Why It’s Not So Dangerous)

The dangers of monotheism (and why it’s not so dangerous)

By Kaley Payne The argument that monotheism (that is, the belief in the existence of…

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Two Things You Really Should Know About The Crusades

Two things you really should know about the Crusades

By Kaley Payne When popular international ministry Campus Crusade for Christ changed its name to…

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Protestants Cannot Distance Themselves From Historical Church Evils

Protestants cannot distance themselves from historical Church evils

By Kaley Payne The tendency for Protestants to distance themselves from the great evils of…

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Freeing Slaves Single
First Abolitionist Single
The Conundrum Of Consciousness

The conundrum of consciousness

By Brianna McClean In the world of philosophy, consciousness is a hot topic. We can’t…

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Is God Hiding?

Is God hiding?

By Dr Adam Dodds Is God real? If God is real, why doesn’t God show…

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Using Reason In Defence Of Christianity

Using reason in defence of Christianity

By Wessel Venter In the mid-to-late 2nd century, a Greek philosopher named Celsus wrote a book…

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Swing Low Single

World Religions: Conversations for the curious

John Dickson 2019 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Millennium Chats With Professor Richard Bauckham

Millennium chats with Professor Richard Bauckham

As part of Season 3 of the Undeceptions Podcast, John Dickson spoke with Professor Richard…

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Paddling Through Single

World Religions: Christ among the gods

John Dickson 2019 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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World Religions: Jesus and the Eastern Faiths

John Dickson 2019 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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World Religions: What’s the difference? Christ and the Crescent – Islam

John Dickson 2019 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Conversations for the curious (2)

John Dickson 2018 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan The Christian faith is biographical, historical,…

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Check list

John Dickson 2018 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Jesus as God

John Dickson 2018 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Conversations for the curious (1)

John Dickson 2018 ADA Bible Church Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Shine – Choosing joy under pressure

John Dickson 2017 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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How Christianity changes the world

John Dickson 2016 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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The Bible – The ultimate wish fulfilment

John Dickson 2015 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Character – Humilitas

John Dickson 2011 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Keys for winning the world

John Dickson 2011 ADA Bible Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Prayer is the Paddle

By Laurel Moffatt A little while ago, I completely forgot about the pandemic. A friend…

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Eternal Adieu Single

Eternal Adieu Single

Eternal Adieu Single

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Christianity’s most frequently asked questions, answered

1. Science and God are opposed, right? Doesn’t evolution actually disprove the theory of creation? …

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Reading The Oldest Fragment Of Mark’s Gospel

Reading the oldest fragment of Mark’s Gospel

On a visit to Oxford’s Sackler Library, John Dickson got to examine Papyrus 5345 -…

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Beware Claims That Atheism Is On The Rise

Beware claims that atheism is on the rise

On paper, the number of people claiming atheism is on the increase around the world.…

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Same Sex Relationships

Same sex relationships

Speaker: John Dickson

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The Gospels As Propaganda

The gospels as propaganda

Dickson’s book Is Jesus History - published in October 2019 - was designed to help…

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Appealing To The Rational To Find The Real Jesus

Appealing to the rational to find the real Jesus

An increasing number of people believe that Jesus was not a real figure of history,…

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A Spectator’s Guide To Jesus

A spectator’s guide to Jesus

An historical introduction to the life and teaching of Jesus written for the average 'spectator'…

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What Jesus Really Thought Of Rome

What Jesus really thought of Rome

What did Jesus think of Rome? Was he anti-Caesar? Was he neutral? Was he positive?…

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Would The World Be Better Off Without Religion?

Would the world be better off without religion? 

Almost 10 years ago, the Centre for Public Christianity was part of a debate for…

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Is Jesus Western Culture’s Most Influential Figure?

Is Jesus Western culture’s most influential figure?

Myf Warhurst on ABC Radio asks: where would we be without Jesus? She interviews John…

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A Lifetime Ambition To Be A “public Christian”

A lifetime ambition to be a “public Christian”

John Dickson didn’t set foot inside a church until he was 16. “I had a…

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The History And Meaning Of Christmas

The history and meaning of Christmas

The key to unlocking the magic of Christmas is marvelling at God's humility. Speaker: John…

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Religion Needs Tough Love

Religion needs tough love

ABC’s Rachael Kohn thinks John Dickson is “pretty unusual”. Most Christian leaders are trained in…

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Humilitas

Humilitas

Speaker: John Dickson

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Resurrection Evidence

Resurrection evidence

Speaker: John Dickson

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The Prodigal Son

The prodigal son

God is a running, embracing, forgiving father. We need to convey that picture of God…

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Learning To Trust

Learning to trust

Speaker: John Dickson

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Turn Everything Around
Atoning Death

Atoning death

  Speaker: John Dickson

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Full To Overflowing

Full to overflowing

Speaker: John Dickson

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Public Christians

Public Christians

Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise…

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LGBTI Christian

LGBTI Christian

EPISODE: 24

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Basics - The Heart Of Christianity

Basics – The heart of Christianity

The heart of Christianity - the Apostles Creed Speaker: John Dickson

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World Religions

World Religions

Part 1: Varieties and Origins Part 2: Hinduism Part 3: Buddhism Part 4: Islam

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First Things First

First things first

Explore the Bible's opening 100 lines: Genesis chapters 1-3 Speaker: John Dickson

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Making Sense

Making sense

Speaker: John Dickson

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Undeceptions Episode 23 - Ask Anything II

Ask Anything II

EPISODE: 23

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Remembering Women

Remembering Women

EPISODE: 22

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Post Christian

Post Christian

EPISODE: 21

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Miraculous Physics

Miraculous Physics

EPISODE: 20

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Scientific Theology

Scientific Theology

EPISODE: 19

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Confronting Christianity

Confronting Christianity

EPISODE: 18

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Reflections On Faith, Evidence, And Life

Reflections on Faith, Evidence, and Life

Speaker: John Dickson Easter 2020 Sermon St. Matthews, Manly

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Hindu Priest

Hindu Priest

EPISODE: 17

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Easter Myths

Easter Myths

EPISODE: 16

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Pandemic Exposure Single

Pandemic Exposure Single

Pandemic Exposure Single

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5 Minute Jesus: The Beauty Of Jesus’ Blood Sacrifice At Easter

5 Minute Jesus: The beauty of Jesus’ blood sacrifice at Easter

At the Passover Festival of Jesus' day, the male representative of a household brought a…

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She Persuades

She Persuades

EPISODE: 15

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Pandemic Equality

Pandemic Equality Single

Pandemic Equality Single

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Six Days

Six Days

EPISODE: 14

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Pandemic Love Single

Pandemic Love Single

Pandemic Love Single

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It's Cancer

It’s Cancer

EPISODE: 13

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Firs Church Service Single

First Church Service Single

First Church Service Single

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Australia Day Single

Australia Day Single

Australia Day Single

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Is Jesus History? - Book By John Dickson

Is Jesus History?

by John Dickson

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The Undeceptions Ring Tone

The Undeceptions Ring Tone

Due to popular demand... well, one person at least, we've created a ringtone from the…

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Christmas Single

Christmas Single

Christmas Single

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BONUS Undeceptions Theme

BONUS Undeceptions Theme

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First Noel

EPISODE: 12

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Ask Anything

Ask Anything

EPISODE: 11

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Historical Jesus

EPISODE: 10

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Dominus illuminatio

EPISODE: 9

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Cybersex Trafficking

Cybersex trafficking

EPISODE: 8

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Gospel Truth

Gospel truth

EPISODE: 7

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Ard Louis

Rational universe

EPISODE: 6

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Social Capital

Social capital

EPISODE: 5

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Moral Classics

Moral classics

EPISODE: 4

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God Science

God science

EPISODE: 3

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Football Free

Football free

EPISODE: 2

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Old Papers

Old papers

EPISODE: 1

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For The Love Of God - Book By Natasha Moore

For the Love of God – How the church is BETTER + WORSE than you ever imagined

by Natasha Moore with John Dickson, Simon Smart and Justine Toh 

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If I Were God I’d Make Myself Clearer – Searching For Clarity In A World Full Of Claims
If I Were God Id End All The Pain

If I were God I’d end all the pain

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matt 27:46 Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? The…

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A Doubter’s Guide To Jesus – An Introduction To The Man From Nazareth For Believers And Skeptics
A Doubter’s Guide To The Ten Commandments – How, For Better Or Worse, Our Ideas About The Good Life Come From Moses And Jesus
A Doubter’s Guide To The Bible – Inside History’s Bestseller For Believers And Skeptics
Hanging In There

Hanging in There

by John Dickson

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Hearing Her Voice – A Biblical Invitation For Woman To Preach
A Spectators Guide To World Religions
Public Christianity – Talking About Faith In A Post-Christian World
Investigating Jesus – An Historian’s Quest
Life Of Jesus - Who He Is And Why It Matters
The Christ Files - How Historians Know What The Know About Jesus
The Best Kept Secret Of Christian Mission - Promoting The Gospel With More Than Our Lips
Jesus - A Short Life

Jesus – A Short Life

by John Dickson

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666 And All That - The Truth About The Future
A Hell Of A Life

A hell of a life

by John Dickson

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Vital Signs - The Wisdom Of James For A Life Of Faith
James - The Wisdom Of The Brother Of Jesus
Promoting The Gospel - The Whole Of Life For The Cause Of Christ
A Sneaking Suspicion

A Sneaking Suspicion

by John Dickson

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Simply Christianity - A Modern Guide To The Ancient Truth
Simply Christianity - Leader's Manual
Simply Christianity - Guest's Manual
Mission - Commitment In Ancient Judaism And In The Pauline Communities

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