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Sean McDowell

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Dr. Sean McDowell leads the Bible department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools in California. The awarded teacher is also a popular national youth speaker, editor of the HCSB Apologetics Study.
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Irreversible Damage
The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters
Abigail Shrier - Jun 30, 2020
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Irreversible Damage is an exploration of a mystery: Why, in the last decade, has the diagnosis "gender dysphoria," transformed from a vanishingly rare affliction, applying almost exclusively to boys and men, to an epidemic among teenage girls? Author Abigail Shrier presents shocking statistics and stories from real families to show that America and...
Sean McDowell
May 07, 2021
Here's my latest "game-changing" book of the week. If you want to see my regular book recommendations, let's connect on Instagram! (@seanmcdowell)      source
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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self
Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution
Carl R. Trueman - Nov 10, 2020
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Modern culture is obsessed with identity.Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends--and yet, no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of self. In ...
Sean McDowell
Apr 09, 2021
I have started a game-changing book of the week on Instagram. I give more depth there, but this is a book I highly recommend (Trueman has agreed to come on my YouTube channel in a few weeks!)      source
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The Great Sex Rescue
The Lies You've Been Taught and How to Recover What God Intended
Sheila Wray Gregoire - Mar 02, 2021
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What if it's not your fault that sex is bad in your marriage?Based on a groundbreaking in-depth survey of 22,000 Christian women, The Great Sex Rescue unlocks the secrets to what makes some marriages red hot while others fizzle out. Generations of women have grown up with messages about sex that make them feel dirty, used, or invisible, while men h...
Sean McDowell
Mar 30, 2021
Here’s my latest game-changing book of the week. Check it out! @sheilagregoire      source
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Them Before Us
Why We Need a Global Children's Rights Movement
Katy Faust - Feb 23, 2021
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You probably know the adult viewpoints on marriage, infertility, reproductive technologies, same-sex parenting, divorce, and adoption. But have you ever considered the kids’ perspective?Them Before Us has flipped the script on adult-centric attitudes toward marriage, parenthood, and reproductive technologies by framing these issues around a child’s...
Sean McDowell
Mar 23, 2021
I’ve started a new weekly series on Instagram in which I feature a book that changed my thinking, and which I recommend. Here’s the first one by @Advo_Katy      source
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Marriage, Scripture, and the Church
Theological Discernment on the Question of Same-Sex Union
Darrin W. Snyder Belousek - Mar 16, 2021
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This book takes a distinctive approach to the same-sex-union debate by framing the issue as a matter of marriage. Darrin Snyder Belousek demonstrates that the interpretation of Scripture affects whether the church should revise its doctrine of marriage for the sake of sanctioning same-sex union. Engaging charitably yet critically with opposing view...
Sean McDowell
Mar 10, 2021
If you’re looking for an academic book the articulates the historic Christian view of marriage, but interacts with contemporary theological challenges, this one is EXCELLENT.      source
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Win By Two
A Kansas City Drug Dealer, a Private School Teacher, and the Game That Linked Them Together.
Adam Donyes - Jul 29, 2020
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A drug dealer, who grew up in the urban core of Kansas City. A private school teacher who grew up in San Diego and dared to hire a convicted felon as his assistant coach. And the game that saved both their lives. A drama so powerful no storyteller would script the details that unfold. It all starts in a crack house on the west side of the Paseo, an...
Sean McDowell
Jan 31, 2021
@okie_weatherman @Donyes Awesome to hear. Enjoy the’s great!      source
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Preston Sprinkle - Feb 01, 2021
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Compassionate, biblical, and thought-provoking, Embodied is an accessible guide for Christians who want help navigating issues related to the transgender conversation. Preston Sprinkle draws on Scripture as well as real-life stories of individuals struggling with gender dysphoria to help readers understand the complexities and emotions of this high...
Sean McDowell
Jan 01, 2021
Got my copy in the mail! This book is now my go-to book on the topic (check out my discussion with @PrestonSprinkle      source
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Howto Read the Bible
Making Sense of the Anti-women, Anti-science, Pro-violence, Pro-slavery and Other Crazy-Sounding Parts of Scripture
Dan Kimball - Dec 01, 2020 (first published in 2007)
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Here for emerging generations who are open spiritually but skeptical about the church and Christianity is a coffee-house view of six of the most common objections emerging generations make to Christianity and the church, with answers based on the words and actions of Jesus to provide a clearer picture of vintage Christianity....
Sean McDowell
Dec 07, 2020
@danielhnichols @dankimball It’s a GREAT book!      source
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Evidence That Demands a Verdict
Life-Changing Truth for a Skeptical World
Josh McDowell - Oct 03, 2017 (first published in 1972)
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The modern apologetics classic that started it all is now completely revised and updated—because the truth of the Bible doesn’t change, but its critics do. With the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict, bestselling author Josh McDowell gave Christian readers the answers they needed to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics...
Sean McDowell
Aug 03, 2020
@KaiWilliams616 @CapturingChrist @MichaelLicona @LeeStrobel @DrFrankTurek For scholarly books, see NT Wright and Licona. Popular, see Cold Case Christianity, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Case for Christ, and The Case for the Resurrection. And, well, anything by WLC!      source
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The Case for Christ
A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus (Case for ... Series)
Lee Strobel - Nov 22, 2016 (first published in 1998)
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Using the dramatic scenario of an investigative journalist pursuing his story and leads, Lee Strobel uses his experience as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune to interview experts about the evidence for Christ from the fields of science, philosophy, and history....
Sean McDowell
Aug 03, 2020
@KaiWilliams616 @CapturingChrist @MichaelLicona @LeeStrobel @DrFrankTurek For scholarly books, see NT Wright and Licona. Popular, see Cold Case Christianity, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Case for Christ, and The Case for the Resurrection. And, well, anything by WLC!      source
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Cold-Case Christianity
A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels
J. Warner Wallace - Dec 31, 2012
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Written by an L. A. County homicide detective and former atheist, Cold-Case Christianity examines the claims of the New Testament using the skills and strategies of a hard-to-convince criminal investigator. Christianity could be defined as a “cold case”: it makes a claim about an event from the distant past for which there is little forensic eviden...
Sean McDowell
Aug 03, 2020
@KaiWilliams616 @CapturingChrist @MichaelLicona @LeeStrobel @DrFrankTurek For scholarly books, see NT Wright and Licona. Popular, see Cold Case Christianity, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Case for Christ, and The Case for the Resurrection. And, well, anything by WLC!      source
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