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No, The Growth of Progressive Christian Politicians is Not a Good Thing for America [A Response to the New York Times Opinion Piece by Nicholas Kristof]

If you’d rather listen to this blog post, you can do so below, or in your favorite podcast player (search for “The Natasha Crain Podcast”). In an opinion piece for The New York Times titled, “Progressive Christians Arise! Hallelujah!” Nicholas Kristof made the case this week that “with a churchgoing Democrat in the White House, faith becomes more complicated in America”…and that that’s a good thing. The piece is filled with so many logical problems (and equivocation in Read More…

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Critical Thinking in a Secular Culture [Podcast #7]

There are a lot of competing ideas in today’s culture, and it’s important that Christians understand how to think critically about the nature of these ideas from a worldview perspective. In this episode, I: 1. Explain THE most important thing that separates a biblical worldview from a secular worldview (this one concept truly makes sense of nearly all the debates you see today). 2. Explain how that concept defines the dominant secular view of God, man, and morality. 3. Read More…

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Christians Must Care Less about Our Cultural Reputation

Never have I written an article title that sounds less intuitive. Don’t we need to be concerned about our witness to the world? Isn’t that implied in the Great Commission? Shouldn’t people see us and want to follow Jesus because of our reputation? Stick with me here, because this requires some nuance and it’s really important. The idea that Christians need to fix a growing reputation problem in our society is becoming increasingly common in conversations on social media and even Read More…

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Christian Private School vs. Homeschool: Making the Choice [Podcast #4]

More parents than ever are considering alternatives to public school. In particular, many are weighing the relative benefits of Christian private school and homeschool. In this episode, I share about our family’s six years of experience in Christian private school and what it’s like to transition from a traditional school setting to homeschool (which we did this fall). If you’re considering one or both options, this show will help you think through key questions before making a decision. I Read More…

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How to Teach Your Kids about Non-Christian Worldviews [Podcast #2]

In this episode, I share my best insights and practical tips for talking with your kids about non-Christian worldviews, based on our months of doing this as a formal part of our homeschool schedule. (You do not need to be homeschooling to implement any of what I talk about–this is for all parents!) This episode will explain: Why it’s mission critical for Christian parents to teach kids about non-Christian worldviews.Three key things kids should understand about the nature of studying Read More…

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My Podcast Has Launched!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve started a podcast…and the first episode is now live! I’ve had a lot of people ask me over the past couple of years about starting a podcast, but I was always reluctant because the perfectionist side of me would rather carefully craft every word I want to say in writing. However, I know that many people prefer podcasts now, so after months of getting up to speed on the podcasting world, I decided to give it a go! I’ll continue to blog as well; my podcast Read More…

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Christians Shaming Christians Over Voting for Trump: 3 Strawman Arguments That Need to Stop

There’s been a sad fallout among Christians now that the election chaos has (mostly) come to an end and a new administration is taking over: Christians are shaming other Christians for having voted for Trump. It’s one thing to say, “As a Christian, I didn’t support Trump because (fill in the blank with disagreements regarding his character or the party platform).” But it’s entirely another thing to mischaracterize why many Christians did vote for Trump and then attempt to make Read More…

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Disagreement Fatigue and 2020: How the Events of the Year Will Shape Christian Interactions in 2021 and Beyond

There’s no disagreement on one thing in 2020: that it was a year filled with disagreements. Of course, “disagreement” is a kinder, gentler word for much of the chaotic, nasty, and sometimes violent conflict we saw as our culture responded to a worldwide pandemic, racial injustice, and the presidential election. Through the transparency of social media, people drew battle lines and fought, with the wars leaving wounds on friendships, family relationships, church relationships, and more. Read More…

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