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The Laymens Lounge

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Podcast interviews for everyday Christians trying to navigate normal everyday stuff that make up our wonderful (yet often horrible) existence. Listen-in as we (an appliance salesman and a business process analyst) interview Theologians about normal stuff - a Theology of, and for, us laymen (you know… read more

134 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

134. Uri Brito: What is the “CREC” & Why am I Just Now Hearing About This Jolly Bunch?

November 29th, 2023


A Church for the Rest of Us

What is the CREC (Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches)? How can such a small group of churches make such a national impact? What itches does this crew scratch, and what is it about …

133. Jay Hewitt: "This is my Account of How I am Weak Yet I am Strong"

November 22nd, 2023


After receiving a devastating brain cancer diagnosis, Jay Hewitt had a decision to make: Should he give up on faith or practice what he preached and …

132. Zach Garris: "Wives, Submit to Your Husband..." But What if He's a Clueless Jerk?

November 16th, 2023


Join us as we sit down with Zachary Garris author of "Masculine Christianity" and ask: Should wives always submit to their husbands (what if he is a …

131. DFM Strauss: Discovering Herman Dooyeweerd

October 27th, 2023


One may characterize this book as non-ecclesiastical kingdom work. In the footsteps of Abraham Kuyper, the well-known Dutch theologian and …

130. Douglas Wilson: Mere Christendom, the Blessings of Trolls, and Carrying a Kuyperian Torch into the 21st Century

September 6th, 2023


Let Twitter rage; Douglas Wilson is the People's Theologian.

Join us for a conversation with Douglas Wilson, where we delve into his recent book, …

129. Bnonn Tennant: It's A Good to be a Man

July 21st, 2023


Join us as we sit down with Biblical Theologian and captain-of-common-sense Bnonn Tennant and discuss the telos of man, white knights, weak pastors, …

128. Johan Snel: The Seven Lives of Abraham Kuyper

July 9th, 2023


A Biography of Abraham Kuyper the Alpinist, Globetrotter, Celebrated Speaker, Scholar, Activist, Journalist and Statesman

Who was Abraham Kuyper? We …

127. The Old Man and the New

June 30th, 2023


"God's child remains the old man's grave-digger until the hour of his own departure." - Abraham Kuyper

An excerpt From "The Work of the Holy Spirit" …

126. Mike McKinley: What is Friendship With God?

May 17th, 2023


In John 15, Jesus says, “I have called you friends.” But what does it mean to be friends with Jesus? In the early 1650s, theologian John Owen …

125. Will the Real Neo-Calvinists Please Stand Up (And All the Liberals Sit Down)? Recovering an appropriated tradition

April 29th, 2023


Neo-Calvinism, also known as “Kuyperianism,” is a nuancing and application of Christianity to all aspects of life that was developed by Abraham Kuyper

124. Leah Savas: The Story of Abortion in America 1652–2022

March 3rd, 2023


Tracing the History of Abortion in America by Looking beyond the Laws to the Dramatic Stories and Colorful Personalities of the People They Touched

123. Meet the Hosts of The Laymen's Lounge as we Chat the Law/Gospel Distinction

January 11th, 2023


The gLAWspel is Depressing but the Gospel is Sweeeeeet!

Happy new year! To kick off season 4, hosts Benji and Jason chat (this is episode 1 of 2) a bit about their own stories and the glory of the Gospel over and …

122: Ian Vaillancourt: Gettin’ Pickled in the Pentateuch

December 9th, 2022


Because there are no throwaway verses

When starting a new Bible-reading plan, many readers begin enthusiastically in Genesis but then lose momentum when they encounter the Old Testament laws and genealogies. But the …

121. Trevin Wax: Orthodoxy Applied to Hot Takes, Heresy & Errors

December 3rd, 2022


Trevin Wax is a pillar of the SBC and recently wrote a book called “The Thrill of Orthodoxy Rediscovering the Adventure of Christian Faith” published by IVP. Join us as we see just how far the creeds and orthodoxy touch …

120. Joe Boot: Govt. Overreach & the False god of “Unity”

November 3rd, 2022


Toward a Christian Vision of Government

The cult of Climate, Covid, CRT, LGBT, and "unity. We’re at a cultural moment. It’s a product of counter …

119. Todd Hains: Martin Luther is Not A One Trick Pony

October 25th, 2022


The Rule of Faith for Reading the Bible

Today we sit down with Todd Hains, author of “Martin Luther and the Rule of Faith” (IVP), and we learn there …

118. Chad Bird: Limping With God

September 30th, 2022


Jacob & the Old Testament Guide to Messy Discipleship

“I have entitled this book, "Limping with God" instead of Walking with God or Running with …

117. Richard Gaffin: Luke & Paul, Kingdom & Jesus, Ridderbos & Vos, Kuyper & Bavinck, Barth & Berkouwer

September 14th, 2022


In this interview we sit down with Richard Gaffin, author of “An Introduction to the Biblical Theology of Acts and Paul - In the Fullness of Time” …

116: Michael Haykin: The Lord’s Supper as Remembrance or Spiritual Feeding?

September 6th, 2022


The Baptist shift from Calvin’s “Feeding” to Bunyan’s “Memorial”

When it comes to baptism and the Lord’s Supper, many Baptists reject the language of sacrament. As a people of the book, the logic goes, Baptists must not …

115. Thomas Kidd: How on Earth Did Christians try to "Justify" Slavery?

August 18th, 2022


Do you know you would have done otherwise?

Jonathan Edwards owned a slave. George Whitfield owned slaves and was a pro-slavery activist. Thomas …

114. Harry van Dyke: A Neo-Calvinist's Retrospect of Lament and Celebration

August 10th, 2022


Translating Kuyper, the rise of liberalism amongst the ICS and Neo-Calvinists, and reformation not revolution.

In this episode with Harry van Dyke, …

113. Jack Collins: Applying Biblical Narratives

July 8th, 2022


"It’s no secret that the Bible has a lot of stories; at Covenant [they] are concerned to show how it all fits with the Big Story. But what are we to do with the littler stories? We warn you about an overly simplistic …

112. Sam Storms: I Keep Sinning... Will God Keep Forgiving?

June 16th, 2022


To silence the silent screams of a desperate conscience that longs to be free and forgiven

Help! I keep sinning!!! 

Join us as we sit down with Sam Storms, author of "A Dozen Things God Did with Your Sin (And Three …

111. Greg Parker: Bavinck on "What is Christianity?"

June 8th, 2022


Getting at the Fundamentals via a Survey of History

Today we are joined with Greg Parker Jr., editor and translator of the recently released book from Herman Bavinck called “What is Christianity?”

110. Marinus De Jong: A Primer on Klaas Schilder (1890 - 1952)

May 31st, 2022


No mere theories. No lofty principles to form society... Just get to Church

"The Cultural Mandate" - who said it first? Of course the idea was there …

108. Ross Hastings: The Practical & Theological Implications of the Resurrection

April 12th, 2022


“Whatever is true of Christ is true of humanity.”

Today we chat with Dr. Ross Hastings, author of “The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: Exploring Its …

107. Christopher Holmes: A Theology of the Christian Life

April 6th, 2022


Are we Human Beings or Human Doings?

Join us as we sit down with Christopher Holmes, author of A Theology of the Christian Life: Imitating and …

106. Dan Strange: Is Everything A “Gospel Issue”?

March 23rd, 2022


Most Christians around me seem to be answering questions that nobody is asking. Christianity seems more to answer the question of a damned-soul and …

105. Bill Dyrness: How to Glorify & Enjoy God by Considering the Lilies of the Field

March 15th, 2022


Rejoice! God is interested in your hobbies, your projects, and the things you love

“Glorify God and enjoy Him forever…” That sounds great, but how exactly does one do that? In what way does my considering the lilies of …

104. Bruce Ashford: Politics for Christians Who Aren’t Political

March 9th, 2022


Christian Democrats? Church & State? “Not of this world”?

Join us as we sit down with Bruce Ashford (author of “Letters to an American Christian” …

103. John Walton vs. the World (of man-made Interpretive grids)

March 1st, 2022


Let God be true and every hermeneutic a liar

John Walton appreciates Calvin, gleans from Vos, and his happy to draw from the ancient confessions - but he offers them no allegiance. Metanarratives and hermeneutical grids …

102. Jan Boer: Reflections from A Neo-Calvinist Missionary in Nigeria

February 23rd, 2022


What does Neo-Calvinism applied look like? 84 years of insight

Today we sit down with Jan Boer, an 84 year old Dutch/Canadian who is a translator of …

101. Dennis Greeson: Herman Bavinck, Theosis & T.F. Torrance

February 14th, 2022


When Union & Theosis Shake Hands

“These themes of perfection, union with Christ, and the necessity of the incarnation point to the fact that …

100. David Zahl: The Law/Gospel Distinction as Highest Theological Importance

February 10th, 2022


If you know only one thing, know this

Whoever knows well this art of distinguishing between Law and Gospel, him place at the head and call him a …

99. Joustra: A Kuyperian Calvinism for a Secular Age

January 28th, 2022


“Humanity is no aimless mass of people which only serves the purpose of giving birth to the elect. On the contrary, the world now, as well as in the beginning, is the theater for the mighty works of God, and humanity …

98. Jonathan Gibson: Is True “Spirituality” Known or Experienced?

January 25th, 2022


Means, Ends & Expectations of Personal Devotion

What should my “quiet time” consist of? What should be taking place – increased knowledge? felt …

97. Steve Garber: The Core Longings of the Human Heart

January 18th, 2022


Satiated with Kuyper as Mystics or the with Kuyper as Cerebral Theologians and Worldviewers? 

Join us we sit down with Steven Garber and identify and …

96. George Harinck: The State of Neo-Calvinisim in the Netherlands and Abroad

January 3rd, 2022


The Rise, Demise, and Global Resurgence of Abraham Kuyper

Listen in as we sit down with the treasurer of the heritage of neo-Calvinism himself: Dr. George Harinck. In this episode we survey the spread and implications …

95. Myk Habets: The Joy of a Trinitarian Christmas

December 16th, 2021


Naming the presence of God in our midst

“God with us.” God with us? “YHWH with us” (But isn’t that the first person of the Trinity?)? Jesus left, but he leaves the Spirit? And that’s better how? Join us as we sit down …

94. Chad Bird: When the Old Testament Sprouts Wings & It All Starts to Make Sense

December 13th, 2021


Gettin’ stoked on metaphor, allusion, & foreshadowing

Chad Bird is in the business of turning on lights. If you crack open one of his books, or listen to his podcasts, don’t’ be surprised if one of his hands comes …

93. Tom Schreiner: A Christmas Survey of Matthew 1:1-25

December 9th, 2021


Genealogy, “14 Generations,” the "Son of David," the “Christ," the Exile

We had the privilege of sitting down with Dr. Tom Schreiner to discuss the first chapter of Matthew – asking how best to make sense of it all and …

92. Gary Colledge: Who was Charles Dickens?

December 2nd, 2021


Everybody loves Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” (well, at least the movies), but who was this man? Was he best friends with Hudson Taylor and …

91. James Houston: 99 Years of Insight on Spiritual Formation

November 29th, 2021


A Hospitable Bed Interview on Spiritual Formation with Jim Houston

“I came here to die.” Speaking from Hospice that is what Christian pillar James …

90. Michael Cooper: Is Church Planting Biblical?

November 23rd, 2021


Questions about what we have assumed

A few weeks ago, I happened upon a 2-part article series by Michael Cooper called “Ephesiology and the Critique …

89. Thomas Kidd: Literally the Best Thanksgiving & Pilgrim Interview Ever

November 15th, 2021


Getting the Big Picture of the Pilgrims. Fact vs Fiction. Pilgrim Theological Emphasis. Theonomy Applied. Etc.

Thomas Kidd just showed me that I …

88. A History & Theology of Contemporary Worship

November 12th, 2021


Lim Swee Hong and Lester Ruth

“God inhabits the praises of His people” Psalm 22:3. With this verse as the Theological lynchpin, a new way of …

87. Collin Hansen: 15 Years After Young, Restless and Reformed... Where Are They Now?

November 4th, 2021


15 years ago Collin Hansen identified a movement; “Young, Restless and Reformed.” John Piper, Mark Driscoll, John MacArthur were all pillars. With a …

86. Pierce Hibbs: Gratitude Isn’t just for Hippie Girls with Hairy Armpits Weeping over the Ocean, Rainbows and Organic Granola Bars

November 2nd, 2021


A Trinitarian Theolog of Gratitude and Giving

We swim in gifts, in things given freely by God… But you don’t feel this very often though, do you? …

85. Benji Magness: Christians, the Twilight Zone, Punk Rock and Creepy Cultural Goods

October 26th, 2021


Join us as we sit down with Pastor Benji Magness and discuss the life of the believer and the enjoyment (or rejection?) of Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone, creepy stuff and horror films, punk rock and burning your CDs …

84. Sandra Richter: Hermeneutics, Meredith Kline and Isaiah

October 11th, 2021


Dr. Sandra Richter speaks all manner of ancient languages, has a doctorate from Harvard, is a professor, an archeologist, a leading voice in academic …

83. Matthew Barrett: The Eternal Relations of Origin in the Trinity

September 27th, 2021


Father as “Not Begotten” – Son as “Begotten” – Spirit as “Spirated”

Join us as we sit down with the Trinity powerhouse Dr. Matthew Barrett author of “

82. Byron Borger: To Be A Christian Everything

September 21st, 2021


I’ve found Borger’s vocation to be more similar to a pharmacist than a bookseller. People come to Hearts and Minds [Bookstore] with one deficiency or another. After some listening, Borger prescribes just the right …

80. Fred Sanders: Father, Son & Spirit Does it Matter?

September 8th, 2021


Attempting to Apply a Mystery to Daily Life

Join us as we sit down with Trinity-nuance master Fred Sanders and bombard him with questions on all things Father, Son and Spirit. Dr. Sanders is the author/editor of “The …

79. Eve Tibbs: A Primer on Eastern Orthodoxy

August 31st, 2021


“Eastern Orthodoxy is perceived as an exotic and picturesque remnant from an alien past”

-Bartholomew I (the 270th and current archbishop of …

78. John Bolt: Herman Bavinck’s Ethics & the Motivation for Good Works

August 23rd, 2021


Fuel for Ethics from WWJD? Fake it ‘til You Make it? “Kingdom”? Gratitude? Imitation? or Creation?

As Bavinck works out the concrete content of his …

77. Matthew Kaemingk: Reformed Public Theology

August 19th, 2021


A glimpse into “Holy Worldliness” across the globe

“Through the making of culture, as opposed to simply criticizing it, Christian architects, …

76. Jon Tyson: The Intentional Father

August 17th, 2021


A Practical Guide to Raise Sons of Consequence

"We need to have a vision of the day our sons will leave our homes and work backward from that day with a plan to help them gain the knowledge, skills, character, and …

75. Gene Veith: The Lutheran Option (Part 1)

August 10th, 2021


Listen in, because the Gospel is not just “true”, but it is actually truly wonderfully good news – and not just in theory but in lived-reality. Dr. …

74. J. Richard Middleton: What Should Image Bearers be Doing?

August 3rd, 2021


“You don’t use your job as an excuse to evangelize, but you treat people as full human beings – and part of being a human being is you have …

73. Courtney Reissig: A Theology of Being A Stay at Home Mom

July 28th, 2021


Christ infuses purpose into every facet of the ordinary.

Folding laundry. Weeding the garden. Cooking dinner. Changing diapers. Work in the home can …

72. Makoto Fujimura: A Theology of Making - Created to Create

July 21st, 2021


Before the Fall, we were all artists and poets

“Can our churches be beautiful again, and not just promote goodness and truth?... It’s one thing to …

71. Winn Collier: Eugene Peterson for the Butcher, Baker & Befuddled Cement Layers

June 28th, 2021


“The Bible became alive to Him, it was not as some Elizabethan artifact but as a living book, appropriate for the gritty lives of butchers, cement layers, radio-preaching mothers, and the drunks who lounged in the alley …

70. Bruce Pass: Herman Bavinck’s Theology as a Living Being

June 25th, 2021


Listen in as we sit down with Dr. Bruce Pass and discuss his book “The Heart of Dogmatics: Christology and Christocentrism in Herman Bavinck”. Here …

69. Mark Roques: Cheeky Stories as Evangelism, Cultural Critique & A Compelling Challenge to Idolatry

June 16th, 2021


“I immediately saw that neither pious homilies or straightforward religious education were cutting it. Instead, I brought in albums, video and newspaper clips. By exploring the stories behind pop music, entertainment …

68. Matt Merker: Is Worship an Experience of Transaction?

June 9th, 2021


Our weary hearts long to hear the gospel reverberate around us in surround sound. We hear the voices of our fellow church members and remember that were not in this alone. God has welcomed us into his family.”

Listen …

67. Michael Kruger: The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity

May 31st, 2021


Not long ago, Dr. Michael Kruger came across a list of ten principles set forth by proponents of progressive Christianity. They are, in effect, a new Ten Commandments. What’s striking is that they are far less about God …

66. Michael Berg: Ok, So You’re Saved… Now What? Vocation as the Setting for Flourishing

May 26th, 2021


Ok, so were saved… Now what? Once we know we are firm in Christ, we ask, along with Luther, what should we do now? We know we don’t perform good …

65. Matthew B. Redmond: The God of the Mundane - Ordinary Life for Ordinary People

May 18th, 2021


When the desire to be on fire for Jesus is a living hell

“Is there a God for those who are not changing anything but diapers? Is there a God for those who simply love their spouse and pour out rarely appreciated …

64. Katherine Sonderegger: God’s Internal Fellowship Prior to Time and Creation

May 12th, 2021


The Trinity is not a Mere Concept, Idea or Formula

Questions to Dr. Sonderegger

1. What did God’s internal relationship look like as Father, Son and …

63. Ross Hastings: What is Our Motivation & Fuel for Good Works?

May 4th, 2021


Dr. Ross Hastings is a pure and utter delight and a fount of wisdom - a medium for compelling truth for the Christian just trying to make it through the day. Bombarded with temptations from within and without, how do we …

62. Charles Cotherman: Francis Schaeffer & L'Abri, James Houston & Regent College, & Places to Think Christianly

April 28th, 2021


In the late 1960s and on into the next decade, Francis Schaeffer regularly received requests from evangelicals across North America seeking his help …

61. Michael Svigel: Fact Checking Urban Legends of Church History

April 26th, 2021


We all know Santa Claus didn’t really punch Arius in the face at Nicea (but we still share the memes), but there are a few other urban legends of Church history we need to come corrected on. In this episode Dr. Michael …

60. Vincent Bacote: A Thoughtful Conversation on Race, Tension & Finding A Way (Part 2 of 2)

April 23rd, 2021


Join us as we sit down with Dr. Vincent Bacote, (interview part 2 of 2) (Associate Professor of Theology, Director of Center for Applied Christian …

59. Vincent Bacote: A Thoughtful Conversation on Race, Tension & Finding A Way (1 of 2)

April 20th, 2021


Join us as we sit down with Dr. Vincent Bacote, (the first of two interviews with) (Associate Professor of Theology, Director of Center for Applied …

58. Bray & Keane: A Primer on The Book of Common Prayer

April 13th, 2021


An Introduction, Overview & Step-by-Step Guide

“The Book of Common Prayer” seems amazing but having grown up Baptist I have no idea what this thing is and how its to be used. So, we wrangled in the editors of IVP’s …

57. Seth Dillon: The Babylon Bee’s Divine Use of Ridicule

April 8th, 2021


Join us as we sit down with Seth Dillon, CEO of the Babylon Bee and co-founder of Not the Bee, asking him:

1. Having been at the helm of the Babylon Bee for awhile now, what has been the most mind-blowing thing that’s …

56. Jordan Ballor: Being Discipled by Abraham Kuyper in 2021

April 6th, 2021


(Ep. 56) Jordan Ballor: Being Discipled by Abraham Kuyper

“Kuyper Must be Understood as an Artist”

Few people have read, and know the works, of Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) better than Dr. Jordan Ballor – editor of the 12 …

55. Stephen J. Nichols: A Primer on J. Gresham Machen

March 31st, 2021


On a Sunday afternoon in 1935, J. Gresham Machen stepped into a broadcast booth at WIP Radio in Philadelphia and began something no one had tried …

54. Danny Hyde: A Primer on the Belgic Confession That's Not Boring (Part 1 of 3 on the Three Forms of Unity)

March 30th, 2021


Part 1 of our 3-part-series where Danny Hyde gives us a primer on each of the 3 documents that comprise the Three Forms of Unity. Today Danny Hyde …

53. Guy Waters: A Covenant Theology Primer

March 24th, 2021


Join us as we sit down with Dr. Guy Waters, contributor and co-editor of Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives

52. Craig Keener: How to be Biblically Charismatic

March 12th, 2021


Dr. Craig Keener is a world-renowned Biblical scholar, and so, naturally, he believes the Bible, and takes seriously the command, when it says …

51. T. Desmond Alexander: Nuanced Questions on the Garden, Heaven & the Telos of Humanity

March 2nd, 2021


Join us as we sit down and pick the brain of the gracious T. Desmond Alexander in connection with his book "From Eden to the New Jerusalem: An …

50. Mitch Chase: Typology, Allegory and Actually Being Excited About Reading the Bible

February 24th, 2021


A Glorious Discussion on How to Joyously Read the Old Testament

I think this is one of the most practical and applicable interviews we’ve had yet.

Joy is the word that comes to mind when I reflect on writing about …

49. Winfield Bevins: Young, Restless, and Anglican - Theology in Motion

February 22nd, 2021


Join us as we sit down with Winfield Bevins, author of "Simply Anglican: An Ancient Faith for Today's World" (Anglican Compass, 2020), asking him why so many Christians are trading their “Jonathan Edwards is my homeboy” …

48. John Goldingay: How Should a Busy Mom Read Genesis?

February 18th, 2021


Listen in as I try to interview John Goldingay on Genesis.

47. Pieter Vos: Virtue Ethics, Theology & Our Desire for the Good Life

February 17th, 2021


What are “Ethics”? What is the need for Ethics when we have Theology? What do ethics have to do with my normal life? How can I become the person I …

46. Tish Harrison Warren: Real Talk on Prayer in Everyday Life

February 15th, 2021


There is a reason Tish Harrison Warren is widely received amongst us rank-and-file saints. She’s a Christian, she’s a human with hopes, fears and doubts. It seems many authors and teachers write and speak to the …

45. Cornelis van der Kooi: If Theology is Only Academic Throw it in the Trash

February 9th, 2021


“Dogmatics is far from an abstract business but is connected by a thousand and one threads to everyday life.” - Cornelis van der Kooi

Is it weird to …

44. Julie Canlis: A Theology of the Ordinary

February 4th, 2021


"Unless we rest in God's personalizing of us, we will try and 'personalize' our faith through our own intensity and emotions. Often, the 'personalness' of the gospel is secured through second-rate means, such as …

43. Paul Putz: A Theology of Sports & the Super Bowl

February 1st, 2021


"J. Gresham Machen was one of many to fall under the spell of football. 'When I see a vacant field on one of these autumn days,' Machen wrote to a friend while in Europe in 1905, 'my mind is filled with wonder at this …

42. Chad Bird: You’re Still the Same Sinner You Were a Year Ago (Nothing has Changed... But Neither Has Jesus)

December 31st, 2020


People have this weird and irrational tendency to begin a new year with the assumption that things will truly be new during the next twelve months, …

Tim Challies: Belonging to the Global Christian Family - A Few Relics, Tokens & Anecdotes

December 26th, 2020


Through thirty-three objects, Tim Challies explores the history of what God is accomplishing in this world, whether through princes or peasants, triumph or trial and (notating his findings in a book and DVD set). Each …

Tom Schreiner: A Christmas Survey of Luke 1:1 - 2:21

December 17th, 2020


We had the privilege of sitting down with Dr. Tom Schreiner to discuss the first couple chapters of Luke - asking how best to make sense of it all and have our calloused hearts hear the story afresh. Join us as we take …

Michael Bird: The Gospel in all Loci of Systematic Theology

December 14th, 2020


Join us as we sit down with Dr. Bird and discuss the second edition of his Systematic Theology and what needs he saw that would cause him to take the …

Adam English: Historical Truth on Santa Claus/St. Nicholas of Myra, The Red Suit & Punching Heretics

December 9th, 2020


The life and trials of Nicholas of Myra the Saint who would be Santa Claus. Listen in as we sit down with Dr. Adam English and trace the evolution of …

Andrew Abernethy: Biblical Expectations on What the Messiah Would Actually Do?

December 7th, 2020


Listen as we sit down with Dr. Andrew Abernethy to discuss what the Old Testament expected of the coming Messiah and to what end? A conquering King? Forgiveness of sins? Flourishing? Justice? A suffering Servant? God …

Greg Lanier: Why Jesus was Born of a Virgin & Other Incarnation Questions

December 3rd, 2020


Join us as we sit down with Dr. Greg Lanier and discuss all things incarnation, asking questions like:

1. Why did the Messiah need to be born of a …

Richard Mouw: Christmas Carols as a Vehicle for Truth, Joy & Human Longing

December 1st, 2020


Join us as we talk all things Christmas carols with the ever-gracious and holistic Richard Mouw. Dr. Mouw says, “I love Christmas carols, and I even …

Gordon Nickel: The Quran with Christian Commentary

November 25th, 2020


Join us as we sit down with leading Islam and Quran scholar Dr. Gordon D. Nickel and ask questions in connection with his recent book, “The Quran …

Robert McKenzie: Historical Truth on Pilgrims, Thanksgiving &The Mayflower

November 23rd, 2020


Join us as we sit down with Dr. Robert Tracy McKenzie as he helps separate fact from fiction on Pilgrims, the Mayflower and Thanksgiving. Dr. McKenzie is the author of “The First Thanksgiving What the Real Story Tells …

J.V. Fesko: Creeds, Confessions and Cage-Stagers

November 20th, 2020


Join us we sit down with J.V. Fesko and ask him, in connection with his new book “The Need for Creeds Today: Confessional Faith in a Faithless Age”:

- In what ways are some Confessional Christians like grouchy …

Duvall & Hays: God's Relational Presence is the Cohesive Center of Biblical Theology

November 16th, 2020


What is the focus of the Bible? Heaven? Kingdom? Covenant? Justification? Glory to God? Join us as we sit down with J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel …

Craig Bartholomew: An Invitation for Christians & Humans to Flourish

November 11th, 2020


Apart from the doctrine of God, no doctrine is as comprehensive as that of creation. Join us as we sit down with the Rev. Dr. Craig Bartholomew as we …

Kristyn Getty: Sanctifying the Night, Songs & Family Worship

November 5th, 2020


Join us as we sit down with Kristyn Getty and discuss “Evensong’ – Hymns and Lullabies at the close of day, and how we too can, as Getty puts it, “be …

Carl Trueman: Here's Why Martin Luther is the People's Theologian

October 31st, 2020


Join us as we sit down with Dr. Carl Trueman and discuss Martin Luther on the Christian Life, the Cross and Freedom.

Nelson Kloosterman: Herman Bavinck's Application of the Imago Dei to All of Life

October 30th, 2020


The Dogmatics and Ethics of Herman Bavinck applied to daily life. Herman Bavinck gave much thought to Dogmatics, ethics, and being a human created in the image of God, or “imago Dei” – join us as we sit down with Dr. …

Mike Wagenman: Appropriating Abraham Kuyper for 2020

October 29th, 2020


Join us as we sit down with Mike Wagenman to discuss one of the most important theologians of the last 300 years: Abraham Kuyper. Kuyper still speaks …

Michael Horton: Strange Notions on Justification Diagnosed - & Remedies for Our Heresies

October 28th, 2020


Today we sit down with Michael Horton and ask him to ask him a thousand questions about justification. The doctrine of justification stands at the center of our systematic reflection on the meaning of salvation as well …

Jordan Cooper: The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel

October 27th, 2020


"Rightly Distinguishing the Law and Gospel is the Most Difficult & Highest art of Christians" - CFW Walther

Today we sit down with Dr. Jordan …

Matthew Barrett: Help! The Old Testament is Bizarre

October 26th, 2020


In this episode we sit down for an interview with Dr Matthew Barrett to learn how to read the Bible as one story (and not just a bunch of bizarre un-related scenes) and how Jesus Himself read the Scriptures (as all …

Danny Olinger: A Beginner’s Guide to Geerhardus Vos

October 25th, 2020


Join us as we interview Danny Olinger, author of the definitive Geerhardus Vos biography. We explore Vos’ personal life, his theology, and we learn …

N.T. Wright: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World (And C.S. Lewis, Demons, Lament, etc.)

October 20th, 2020


An Interview with N.T. Wright on C.S. Lewis, Demons, Lament and More.

Join us as we sit down with N.T. Wright to discuss, in connection with his new book “Broken Signposts: How Christianity Makes Sense of the World”,

Leopoldo Sánchez: Did Jesus Need the Spirit? Jesus' Life in the Spirit and How We Share In that Life

October 19th, 2020


Paul says we must walk by the Spirit - did Jesus walk by the Spirit? When we walk by the Spirit are we functioning like Christ? Was Jesus Obedient to …

Jeffrey Niehaus: Talking Snakes? Magical Trees? “We can’t even touch it!”, & Other Eden Q&As

October 3rd, 2020


Join us as we pick the brain of Old Testament scholar Jeffrey Niehaus on Genesis 3:1-3 (and more):

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other …

R. Scott Clark: A Proper Expectation of the Christian Life

September 16th, 2020


Its been said that for fish that living under water, with all they’ve ever known as underwater living, and all the other fish around them also only knowing underwater living, that these fish might incorrectly assume …

56 Million People Have Watched “The Chosen” TV Series: Why? A Chat with Associate Producer Justen Overlander

September 16th, 2020


The Chosen, a TV series about the life of Jesus, has had nearly 56 million views. Join us as we sit down with The Chosen Associate Producer Justen Overlander as we ask what the show is all about and why 56 million …

James Eglinton: A Discussion on "Herman Bavinck A Critical Biography"

September 3rd, 2020


"An Orthodox Life in a Changing World" indeed.

Dr. James Eglinton joins us to discuss the life of Herman Bavinck in connection with his forthcoming "Bavinck: A Critical Biography" (Baker Academic).

Dutch Calvinist …

Robert Covolo: Fashion Theology

August 29th, 2020


"There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” - Abraham …

Dr. Jack Deere (Part 1): A Conversation With A Healer (Yes, You Read That Right)

August 19th, 2020


Dr. Jack Deere is a healer. By the power of the Spirit, and for the glory of the living and active God, he has healed many. He isn't insane, isn't a faker, doesnt want your money, he's not on TV and doesn't wear a …

Chad Bird: Good News for Failures, Know-it-Alls & Jerks

August 15th, 2020


“Why do we focus on our motivations for [repenting]? Why do we keep asking ourselves ‘Am I heartily sorry? Do I sincerely repent? Or am I only going through the motions?’ Behind the veil of our confused emotions and …

G.K. Beale: The Garden of Eden, God, Adam, Eve & Me?

July 30th, 2020


As we make our way through Genesis 1–3, we will glean three interrelated points: (1) God creates the heavens and the earth to be his cosmic …

Chris Bruno: Hawaii Christianity, "Biblical Theology" & How to Read the Bible as One Joyful Story

July 22nd, 2020


200 years ago the first Christian missionaries arrived in the Kingdom of Hawaii. There remains a great heritage and legacy of faith in the islands (as well as, sadly, no small residual pain from deplorable acts). …

Pierce Hibbs: Anxiety, Suffering & God's Wonderful Plan for it in Our Lives

July 21st, 2020


“If you’re [listening to this podcast] right now, I’m assuming you’re clawing your way through hell, or you have in the past, or you know someone who is. I don’t know where you are—buried under blankets in a dark room, …

Matthew Kaemingk: "Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy" A Discussion

July 18th, 2020


Sunday worship and our Monday work desperately need to inform and impact each other but they often seem like worlds apart. Dr Matthew Kaemingk joins us to discuss his forthcoming book Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our …

Are We Saved by Grace but Kept-Saved by Good Works? A Conversation with Theocast about Resting in Jesus (Part 1)

July 15th, 2020


Christians know we are saved by grace, but we often think we need to conjure up and produce a steady stream of good works to “stay saved” (quiet times, being nice to our baristas, “spiritual disciplines”, etc.). In this …

Richard Mouw: God Delights in Sacred Prayers and Songs, but What About Family BBQs, Pagan Art and Baseball?

July 7th, 2020


We all know God delights in the sacred activity of prayers and songs of Christians, but does He also delight in "secular" things as well? Can He …

Danny Hyde: Reasons for a Historic Christianity (Resting and Reformation)

July 2nd, 2020


Listen in as we interview Pastor/Scholar Danny Hyde and discuss how Christians are weary from thinking they always need to be "doing stuff" to …

Sam Storms: A Reformed Pastor who speaks in tounges, has visions, seen healings... Reminds Christians that we are commanded to pursue the gifts

June 10th, 2020


Join us as we sit down with Reformed scholar/pastor/theologian, Sam Storms, who believes the Spiritual Gifts are still alive and that the church …

Edwin van Driel: What is Jesus Doing? Is He on the move or asleep? How can we be a part of His activity?

May 21st, 2020


Join us as we talk with Dr Edwin van Driel as we ask: what is Jesus doing? Is He even doing anything at all (because it seems like this world is going to hell and the Church seems to have no influence)? Is Jesus just a …

John Walton: "Why did God 'rest' on the 7th day?" and Other Genesis Questions for the Modern Bible Reader

March 5th, 2020


Join us as we interview Dr John Walton (professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and one of the world's most prominent scholars and voices on …

Amos Yong: Exploring the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

March 4th, 2020


Join us as we interview Amos Yong (professor of Theology and Mission at Fuller Seminary) who seeks to bring Biblical clarity to the person and work …

Bruce Ashford: Storyline of the Bible & Cleaning Cats

February 7th, 2020


Bruce Ashford is Professor of Theology & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and seeks to cultivate a “Christianity for the …

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