• Episode 104. Three Encouragements for All Moms on Mother's Day

    Summary

    My heart swells with gratitude when I recall the gentle whispers of wisdom my own mother shared with me, shaping my spiritual path. This Mother's Day, join us as we celebrate the extraordinary influence mothers, both biological, adoptive and spiritual have on nurturing faith. Alongside my friend and ministry partner Alexa, we weave together touching narratives and Biblical wisdom to honor the irreplaceable role of mothers in faith formation.

    The world often measures success in material wealth and titles, but we want to acknowledge the profound beauty in the simplicity of a faith-filled home. Drawing inspiration from Proverbs 31:26, we discuss the pressures modern moms face, encouraging a return to wisdom, kindness, and the nurturing of young souls.

    We also discuss the importance of a nurturing church environment that shows respect, equips for the journey, and accepts every mom with open arms. As we wrap up, we offer parenting wisdom and encouragement, acknowledging the various expressions of motherhood and the power of speaking life into our children. This episode is a heartfelt tribute to all the 'mama bears' out there, standing firm in faith and love.to a resource that helps you have those conversations with your children.

    Main Points Covered

    • Mom’s you are vital in nurturing the faith of your child.
    • You don’t have to “have it all” to have it all.
    • Your church is there for you.


    People and Resources Mentioned


    Thanks to our Sponsors


    The CSB Bible Translation

    The brand-new CSB Men’s Daily Bible makes the ideal Father’s Day gift. Whether it be for a biological, adoptive, or spiritual father, they’ll love the thoughtfulness and intentionality behind a gift that walks with them through the finer points of fatherhood specifically and manhood generally. Use the code MDB50 at lifeway.com and you will receive 50% off your purchase.

    39m - May 12, 2024
  • Episode 103. The Holy Sexuality Project with Christopher Yuan

    Summary

    On this episode we are Joined by Christopher Yuan to discuss The Holy Sexuality Project and what led him to create it. Christopher vulnerably shares his story of how he stepped into a homosexual lifestyle and how, as he says, the prayers of his own Mama Bear led to his salvation. We focus on the pivotal role of parents and grandparents in shaping the conversation on sexuality, emphasizing the necessity of home discipleship. Through the lens of Christopher's ministry, we explore why he felt the need to create resources aimed at equipping families to broach these topics from a biblical context.

    We also discuss the challenges and timing of introducing the concept of sexuality to children and the pressing need for parents to guide their children before the onset of puberty. We recognize the flood of "almost true" information that surrounds our kids on a daily basis, even from the Christian community and the hope of this episode is to not only help provide a biblical context for confronting that messaging but also point you to a resource that helps you have those conversations with your children.

    Main Points Covered

    • What is the current landscape of the sexuality conversation in our culture?
    • When is right time to talk with your child about sexuality.
    • The importance of clarity over agreement in the conversation of sexuality.
    • What is Side A and Side B as it relates to the Christian conversation on sexuality?
    • What is a biblical view of identity and sexuality?


    People and Resources Mentioned


    Thanks to our Sponsors


    The CSB Bible Translation

    The brand-new CSB Men’s Daily Bible makes the ideal Father’s Day gift. Whether it be for a biological, adoptive, or spiritual father, they’ll love the thoughtfulness and intentionality behind a gift that walks with them through the finer points of fatherhood specifically and manhood generally. Use the code MDB50 at lifeway.com and you will receive 50% off your purchase.


    Unfamiliar Vocabulary

    • Side A: Your sexual orientation is unchangeable and is part of your identity that should be accepted.
    • Side B: Your sexual orientation is unchangeable and is a part of your identity that should be deprived.
    • Celibacy (in relation to Side B same-sex orientation): A volitional vocation of being single. (This is a practice primarily informed by the worldview that your sexual orientation cannot be transformed, but is a part of who you are).
    1h 8m - Apr 30, 2024
  • Episode 102: ROAR'ing Through The He Gets Us Campaign

    Summary

    Hello, fellow Mama Bears! On this episode we are ROAR'ing through the latest He Gets Us commercial that aired during the Super Bowl at the beginning of this year. We want to take a careful look at what the message is and what it isn't. Our hope is to highlight the importance of sifting through the media we consume, even media that appears wholesome of biblical on the surface. We want to hold the message of the He Gets Us commercial against the scriptures to examine where it does or doesn't line up with what the Bible teaches.

    We will do walk through each step of our ROAR method to discern what the appropriate steps are for engaging with that message and how to disciple our children accordingly. We're here to empower each other to raise discerning, wise, and loving families. So, let's sharpen our ability to recognize truth under the veneer of messages that surround us, and pass on this legacy of wisdom to our little ones.

    Main Points Covered

    • What is the He Gets Us campaign?
    • The 4 issues we see with the message of the He Gets Us Super Bowl commercial
    • How to discern the the false and true messaging in the commercial
    • How shepherd your children in media consumption

    People and Resources Mentioned

    Thanks to Our Sponsors

    This episode is made possible in part by the support of Summit Ministries. Our hope, like yours, is that your children will grow up to develop an unshakeable faith, to be followers of Jesus Christ and live out His call on their lives in a way that brings God’s glory and flourishing. That's one of the reasons we love Summit. Summit takes biblical worldview training and makes it seriously fun. If you have a child between the ages of sixteen to twenty-two, send them to a two week conference in Colorado or Georgia this summer. Register today at summit.org/roar/. Save $200 when you use the code ROAR24.

    36m - Apr 16, 2024
  • Episode 101. What Bible Translation Should I Use?

    In this episode of Mama Bear Apologetics, we discuss all things bible translations — Formal, Functional, and Optimal. We also explore the difference between a translations and paraphrases. We delve into the historical sacrifices made by early translators to bring the Bible into the English language and offer guidance on choosing translations that foster faith and understanding, especially for children and new believers.

    We dissect the balance between literal accuracy and readability, as well as the pros and cons of each type of translation or paraphrase. And we also address the much asked question "What translation do we use at Mama Bear Apologetics?" Finally, we address the "KJV Only" movement — what is it, how should we approach it, and what is the historical context that should come to bear on the topic. This episode invites listeners to broaden their understanding of bible translations and their historical context so that the power and clarity of God's word is not lost in translation.

    Main Points Covered

    • How did we get our translations?
    • Broad categories for translation types
    • Translations vs Paraphrase
    • What are the pros and cons of each?
    • What to consider in buying a bible for your Kids
    • Should you only read the KJV translation?

    People and Resources People and Resources Mentioned

    Unfamiliar Vocabulary

    • Formal Equivalence (Literal Equivalence) Translations: Word for Word as much as possible. This translation seeks to find an English equivalent word for every Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic word.
    • Functional Equivalence (Dynamic Equivalence) Translations: Though for thought as much as possible. This translations translates a phrase as a whole and is not as concerned with preserving the exact same number of words or equivalent grammatical constructions.
    • Optimal Equivalence: This is a blend of both Formal and Functional translation styles. This form uses word for word translation where possible, but switches to thought/phrase whenever the meaning isn’t clear.
    • Paraphrase: This is not a true translation, but rather a retelling of Scripture based on original texts and/or modern translations. It often uses the most common modern idioms.

    Thanks to Our Sponsors

    This episode is made possible in part by the support of Summit Ministries. Our hope, like yours, is that your children will grow up to develop an unshakeable faith, to be followers of Jesus Christ and live out His call on their lives in a way that brings God’s glory and flourishing. That's one of the reasons we love Summit. Summit takes biblical worldview training and makes it seriously fun. If you have a child between the ages of sixteen to twenty-two, send them to a two week conference in Colorado or Georgia this summer. Save $200 when you use the code ROAR24–and another $200 if you register before March 31st. Register today at summit.org/roar/

    49m - Apr 2, 2024
  • Episode 100. New Book: Honest Prayers for Mama Bears

    Summary

    Every mother's prayer journey is unique, yet bound by a common thread of seeking God's guidance through the chaos and beauty of raising children. Julie and Hillary, walk through the pages of "Honest Prayers for Mama Bears," a new book birthed from the depths of maternal hearts and a collaboration that spans the nation. We reveal the sometimes raw, unpolished dialogues with God that range from the humorous pleas of wanting to use the bathroom in peace to the heartfelt petitions of a mother facing a miscarriage.

    Hillary and Julie, alongside voices from the Mama Bear community, crafted a tapestry of prayers that we hope speaks to the soul of motherhood. Our conversation takes you behind the scenes of this unique creative process, emphasizing the importance of authenticity as we addressed delicate subjects like addiction and family dynamics. Poring over every word, we ensured that our prayers resonated with truth and relevance, offering a lifeline of hope and solidarity for mothers everywhere.

    As we share personal insights and practical tips for integrating prayer into the daily grind, "Honest Prayers for Mama Bears" is more than just a book—it's a spiritual companion for every season of motherhood. From fill-in-the-blank prompts to theological expertise, we've poured into this project with a shared goal: to empower mothers to foster honest, heartfelt communication with God, and to support one another as we navigate this transformative journey called motherhood. We hope it blesses you!

    Pre-order the book now at mamabearapologetics.com/book

    Main Points Covered

    • Why did we write this book?
    • The difference between Honest and Shallow prayers.
    • Creating a collective voice from moms
    • Prayer book creation process
    • How to use this book
    • Honest journaling
    • Our favorite, most convicting and hardest to write prayers

    People and Resources Mentioned

    Thanks to Our Sponsors

    This episode is made possible in part by the support of Summit Ministries. Our hope, like yours, is that your children will grow up to develop an unshakeable faith, to be followers of Jesus Christ and live out His call on their lives in a way that brings God’s glory and flourishing. That's one of the reasons we love Summit. Summit takes biblical worldview training and makes it seriously fun. If you have a child between the ages of sixteen to twenty-two, send them to a two week conference in Colorado or Georgia this summer. Learn more at summit.org/roar/. Save $200 when you use the code ROAR24–and another $200 if you register before March 31st. Register today at summit.org/roar/

    Quotable Quotes

    “I think sometimes learning how to do honest prayers often starts with shallow prayers. And so I just want to give mom's permission to pray the shallow prayers, if that's where you are starting." - Hillary Morgan Ferrer

    "We made it. We're not saying it's perfect, but... our heart's desire was to make sure that these prayers were Theologically sound." - Hillary Morgan Ferrer

    "I know I thought back on what were some of the times that really drove me to prayer, maybe as a younger mom, as a mom of a teenager, and then even now. I had some opportunities to write some prayers that maybe approach more being a mom of an adult child too, because that's a whole other season there." - Julie Loos

    38m - Mar 19, 2024
  • Episode 99: How Christianity Changed the World for the Better.

    SUMMARY

    Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with Dr. Jeff Myers of Summit Ministries, as we explore the vital connection between a biblical worldview and the flourishing of science, justice, and compassion in society. Listen in as we tackle the myth that Christianity is at odds with scientific progress and uncover how faith has been a driving force behind some of the most significant advancements in history. We also counter common misconceptions about Christian indifference toward life post-birth, justice, and environmental concerns, showcasing how Christian teachings have been integral to shaping a world where every life is valued and cared for.

    We discuss the Christian belief in the sanctity of human life and how this has translated into actions that shaped the foundations of adoption, healthcare, and social justice. The role of Christians in art, science, politics, and education is highlighted, revealing an often unrecognized legacy that continues to nurture human dignity and freedom.

    Finally, we address the crucial task of empowering our children with the skills to critically assess the worldviews they encounter. Learn how asking insightful questions can guide our children towards critical thinking, discernment, and an appreciation for diverse perspectives. Discover how to equip the next generation with the ability to sift through information with wisdom, and join us as we stand together as Mama Bears, committed to nurturing and defending the truth for our families and communities.

    MAIN POINTS COVERED

    • How have Christianity and Christians historically impacted the world?
    • How have Christians historically been pro-life advocates?
    • How have Christians stood for justice over the course of history?
    • How is the biblical worldview distinctly different than other worldviews?
    • How do we engage with kids who are coming home from college with questions or new ideological thoughts?

    People and Resources Mentioned

    UNFAMILIAR VOCABULARY

    • Working Definition of Justice: The idea that we are to treat every person as an image bearer of God.
    • Tort Law: The concept of tort law is to redress a wrong done to a person and provide relief from the wrongful acts of others.
    • String Theory: string theory is a theoretical framework in which the point-like particles of particle physics are replaced by one-dimensional objects called strings.


    Thanks to Our Sponsors

    This episode is made possible in part by the support of Summit Ministries. Our hope, like yours, is that your children will grow up to develop an unshakeable faith, to be followers of Jesus Christ and live out His call on their lives in a way that brings God’s glory and flourishing. That’s one of the reasons we love Summit. Summit takes biblical worldview training and makes it seriously fun. If you have a child between the ages of sixteen to twenty-two, send them to a two week conference in Colorado or Georgia this summer. Learn more at summit.org/roar/. Save $200 when you use the code ROAR24–and another $200 if you register before March 31st. Register today at summit.org/roar/

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    43m - Mar 5, 2024
  • Episode 98: Crash Course in the Enneagram

    Summary In this episode, Amy Davison and Alexa Cramer examine the Enneagram’s influence on faith and family. They question the Enneagram’s purported ability to peel back layers to our ‘true self’ and the implications it has on how we interpret Scripture, raise our children, and understand our own identities. They explore how it stands apart […]

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    38m - Feb 20, 2024
  • Episode 97: The Four Types of Love and Why Our Kids Need to Understand Them

    Summary In this episode, Hillary and Amy address four different types of love in-depth — Agape (unconditional, self-sacrificial love), Storge (familial love), Phileo (strong friendship love), and Eros (sexual attraction). They stress how each type of love is different from the other and should not be confused. Hillary and Amy also discuss how today’s culture […]

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    35m - Feb 6, 2024
  • Episode 96. How to Discuss Pro-Life Arguments with Friends and Family

    Summary The hardest conversations to have often aren’t with strangers, but with our own family, especially when it comes to hot-button issues like a woman’s right to an elective abortion. In this podcast, mama bear Jennifer DeFrates chats with host Amy Davison on how to speak with truth and grace on the subject of abortion […]

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    1h 6m - Jan 23, 2024
  • Episode 95. Family-Focused Resolutions for 2024

    Summary In this impromptu podcast, Hillary and Amy wished the Mama Bears a Happy New Year and a challenge: to focus on discipling the home in spiritual faithfulness. In the past 5 years a focused attack has been waged on societal unity and the sanctity of the home. Secular culture has focused on vilifying the […]

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    40m - Jan 10, 2024
  • Episode 94. Advent 4: The Theology of Hark the Herald Angels Sing

    This is the third podcast in our Advent 2023 series. Did you miss the third one about “Joy to the World”? You can watch it here. Summary As we close out the season of advent, we reflect upon the theme of love. Acts of love quickly come to mind at Christmas in the form of […]

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    25m - Dec 24, 2023
  • Episode 93. Advent 3: The Theology of Joy to the World

    This is the third podcast in our Advent 2023 series. Did you miss the second one about “O Holy Night”? You can watch it here. Summary If there’s one word that can sum up the Christmas season it’s joy! But while the world offers superficial excitement over presents or food, Christians have ultimate joy in […]

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    23m - Dec 17, 2023
  • Episode 92. Advent 2: The Theology of O Holy Night

    This is the second podcast in our Advent 2023 series. Did you miss the first one about “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”? You can watch it here. Summary Peace can seem hard to find during the Christmas season when our eyes and schedules are filled with the bustle of the season. However, when we focus […]

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    24m - Dec 11, 2023
  • Episode 91. Advent 1: The Theology of “O Come O Come Emmanuel”

    Summary Merry Christmas! In honor of Advent, Mama Bear wanted to help you keep Christ the focus of the season by taking you through the theology of your favorite Christmas Carols. The theme of the first Sunday of Advent is “hope,” and one carol that encapsulates hope is “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” This 18th […]

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    21m - Dec 5, 2023
  • Episode 90: A Crash Course in the Israel – Palestine Conflict Part 2

    Summary In a Crash Course to the Israel-Palestine Conflict Part 1, Hillary, Amy, and guest David explained the terminology, the history of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, and the evidence showing how Israel has belonged to the Jewish people. In this episode, Hillary and Amy shift from history to the importance of why we stand by Israel. […]

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    45m - Nov 21, 2023
  • Episode 89: A Crash Course in the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Part 1)

    Summary October 7, 2023, saw the attack on Israel by the terrorist group Hamas. Conflict is nothing new to this region, but for Americans, the way in which the coverage has been handled shifts with each news outlet. Did Israel bring this attack on themselves through an alleged colonization of Palestine? Is Hamas the freedom […]

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    37m - Nov 14, 2023
  • Episode 88: ROARing Through the Concept of “Ghosts”

    Summary On this episode, we ROAR through the topic of ghosts. What are they? What are the common misconceptions around ghosts and the supernatural? What does the bible say about ghosts and how are Christians supposed to engage this topic?   Main Points Covered How does the world see ghosts? What is a ghost truly? […]

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    33m - Oct 27, 2023
  • Episode 87: The Rise in Occult Fascination Among Youth with Krista Bontrager

    Summary This week we are joined by Krista Bontrager to discuss how the occult is becoming more popular among younger generations, what that looks like and what parents should be on guard against. Krista has a wealth of knowledge on this topic and we are grateful for the wisdom she shares with us. Main […]

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    58m - Oct 18, 2023
  • Episode 86: When Social Justice Comes to Your Kid’s School: Prejudice and Discrimination

    Summary In part 2 of our conversation about social justice, we tackle the topics of Prejudice and Discrimination and the issues we see with some of the modern definitions and applications of these ideas. We seek to provide a biblical framework for how to engage in these topics with your kids and others. Main Points […]

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    47m - Oct 4, 2023
  • Episode 85: When Social Justice Comes to Your Kids’ School

    Summary In this first episode of a series of episodes, we discuss what to do when the topic of Social Justice is introduced into your child’s school curriculum. How do you have that conversation with your child? How do you have that conversation with their school? What is a biblical view of Justice, truth and […]

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    E85 - 41m - Sep 12, 2023
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