Apologetics 315 Podcast 027 – Michael J. Nelson Interview

Today’s Show Notes:
Episode 027 – Michael J. Nelson Interview

In this episode, Brian Auten and Chad Gross interview comedian Michael J. Nelson about his work in comedy, his apologetics podcast, sharing the faith and what he’s learned from watching the worst movies of all time.

0:56 – Intro to a unique interview with Michael J. Nelson
2:30 – Who is Mike Nelson and what is Mystery Science Theater 3000?
4:05 – How did MST3K come about?
5:00 – How Mike became a Christian and what inspired him to make an apologetics podcast? (Like Trees Walking)
7:20 – Did apologetics play a big role in Mike’s life?
9:30 – The role of apologetics with interactions with friends and family relationships
12:19 – Biggest apologetic influences
13:34 – What does “Like Trees Walking” mean as a podcast title?
16:13 – How to be a Christian in the entertainment industry
18:12 – Rifftrax – and does making that kind of content get old?
20:34 – Navigating the ins and outs of humor and Hollywood content
23:38 – Profound wisdom learned from watching culture’s garbage
24:52 – Mike’s take on “Christian movies” and entertainment
27:15 – The worst movie of all time
28:10 – The most over-rated movie franchise of all time
30:20 – Favorite argument for the existence of God
31:45 – Mike’s worst stand-up comedy bomb ever
35:05 – Trapped in an elevator with Richard Dawkins
36:44 – “Do you like movies about gladiators?”
38:05 – What persuades you most the Christianity is true?
42:16 – What is the most quotable movie?
45:10 – Mike’s sound rig setup, and a story of 8 billion pennies
46:50 – Where to find all Mike’s stuff:

Like Trees Walking (Apologetics podcast)
Rifftrax.com (Commentaries for B-movie oddities and Hollywood blockbusters)
372 Pages We’ll Never Get Back

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Brian Auten is the founder emeritus of Apologetics315. He is also director of Reasonable Faith Belfast. Brian holds a Masters degree in Christian Apologetics and has interviewed over 150 Christian apologists. His background is in missions, media direction, graphic design, and administration. Brian started Apologetics315 in 2007 to be an apologetics hub to equip Christians to defend the faith.

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