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The True Presbyterian

96 EpisodesProduced by Mike HutchinsonWebsite

Navigating the world of Christian faith and practice can be difficult. Every Monday and Wednesday, join Mike Hutchinson, a long-time student of Christian theology, as he interviews guests who are expert guides to Christianity, theology, and the historic Reformed faith. Whether you're interested in l… read more

96 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

The South African Farm Murders (After the Interview with Adi Schlebusch)

April 15th, 2022

16:49

My new friend Adi is a South African and a farmer so I thought he'd be able to give us the skinny on the situation on the ground for farmers in South Africa. Are things really as bad as you sometimes here? Are …

Fight for Theonomy's Future

March 15th, 2022

24:41

I was gifted a copy of A New Day of Small Beginnings by Pierre Courthial (thanks Graham!) and that sparked some thoughts about the future of theonomy. So if theonomy is to have a future, if it isn't to grow stagnant and …

The State of the PCA

February 11th, 2022

23:48

It looks like both overtures from this past General Assembly of the PCA (Overtures 23 and 37) are dead in the water. Now what? 

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Year in Review

December 31st, 2021

35:06

All I can say is that 2021 was mighty strange and full of lots of challenges. But the Lord has been faithful through it all. I can't thank my patrons …

The Christian Nationalists Are Coming!

December 22nd, 2021

25:36

There has been a lot of discussion about Christian Nationalism in both legacy media and social media over the past few weeks and so I decided, after …

After the Interview with Eric Conn

December 1st, 2021

7:05

Once the microphones are cut off, I have some interesting conversations with my guests. This time, I'm talking with Eric Conn about hunting and male rites of passage. Enjoy!

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Fight the Downgrade

November 29th, 2021

49:02

Today I'm talking with Mr. Eric Conn of The Hard Men Podcast about the Reformed Downgrade. We talk about the feminization of the culture, the church, …

After the Interview with Kevin Clauson

November 26th, 2021

8:08

I have some interesting conversations once the microphones get turned off. This time I talked with Dr. Clauson about a rather wild story about him, the late Greg Bahnsen, and Liberty University. This one is a little …

Fight for a Christian Legal System

November 25th, 2021

1:02:04

Well this episode has been a long time coming. My guest was Dr. Kevin Clauson of Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee and our conversation ran the …

The Church and Cultural Transformation

November 15th, 2021

37:32

I was invited to give a lecture to a group of folks on Discord about the church and cultural transformation. In today's episode, you'll get a glimpse …

Fight the National Partnership

November 3rd, 2021

36:13

Last week I received an email that included hundreds of pages of emails from the National Partnership, a private group within the PCA that has existed since 2013 and that has been a driving force behind many of the …

Both Sorrow and Anger

October 21st, 2021

14:34

I got a number of emails and text messages today about this episode of The Preacher Boys Podcast. Since Eric has been a guest and is a friend and patron of the show, and because y'all aren't going to leave me alone …

County Christendom?

October 6th, 2021

20:58

Finally got to sit down at the microphone and riff on how Christians could begin to influence the culture by thinking small, attacking on the …

After the Interview with Zachary Garris

September 15th, 2021

8:37

Once the microphones are off, my guests and I keep talking. Listen in as I chat with Zachary Garris about the weakness of the complementarian project and why it's called getting manhandled. 

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Fight for the Patriarchy

September 13th, 2021

51:37

I'm talking with Zach Garris today. Zach is a graduate of RTS-Jackson and Wayne State University Law School. He has also written an excellent little …

Political Heresy and the Utopian Problem

August 31st, 2021

23:02

I sat down in my study with all of it's audio problems (echos, anyone? kid stomping upstairs? air conditioner like a freight train?) and riffed on …

Of Swords, Trowels, and Fighting Back

July 21st, 2021

8:19

So I finally got to sit down in front of the microphone after a long time. Listen in as I clarify the point of season three. 

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Gimme A Break

May 14th, 2021

3:29

The big move to Charlotte, N.C. is getting closer. Listen in for an update on season three. 

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Make Your Move

May 7th, 2021

15:05

If there is one area where many preachers struggle it's making the move from exegesis to homiletics. We have this strange idea that moving from one to the other is an arcane art that's the special domain of heroes that …

Fight for Your Community

May 3rd, 2021

45:12

Today I got to sit down with one of my best friends here in Chattanooga: Mr. Matt Hamilton of Outdoor, Inc. Matt is a deacon at Wayside PCA on Signal …

Selecting Your Text and Arriving at the Exegetical Point

April 30th, 2021

15:37

We're on to two important aspects of sermon preparation: text selection and arriving at the exegetical point of the text. How long should your …

After the Interview with Derrick Brite

April 28th, 2021

9:12

About 90% of the time the conversation after the interview is just as interesting as the interview itself (if not more so occasionally). Listen in as …

Fight for the Purity of the Church

April 26th, 2021

1:06:01

My conversation today with Mr. Derrick Brite of First Presbyterian Church, Aliceville, Alabama. We're talking about the necessity of fighting for the purity of the church as we fight for the future. We discussed what …

After the Interview with Ben Merkle

April 21st, 2021

9:20

A glimpse into what happens after the interview when the mics are turned off. Listen in as Dr. Merkle and I talk about the great works of Western Civilization. 

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Fight for Christian Education

April 19th, 2021

54:07

I was joined by Dr. Benjamin Merkle (D.Phil., Oxford), President of New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho today. We spent our time talking about …

What a Sermon Isn't and What it Is

April 16th, 2021

11:38

We're still plugging away at the How Sermons Work miniseries. Today I'm delving a little bit deeper into what a sermon isn't as well as what a sermon is. If you've ever wondered what makes preaching and sermons unique, …

After the Interview with Brian Sauvé

April 14th, 2021

7:35

I don't know a single pastor who hasn't—at some point—walked out of the pulpit completely discouraged and thinking, "That was the worst sermon of my …

Fight for Christian Children

April 12th, 2021

56:41

Today I spoke with Pastor Brian Sauvé of Refuge Church in Ogden, Utah. Christian parents have a weighty duty to raise godly children and in this …

Sermons Aren't Preaching

April 9th, 2021

15:33

Before we launch in to the nuts and bolts of sermons, I want to correct some common misconceptions about what sermons are, or in this case, what …

After the Interview with Kevin Swanson

April 7th, 2021

6:02

I'm back with Kevin Swanson and we're talking about his Colorado governor and Senate run in 1994 and 1998. Ever wondered what that's like. Listen in …

Fight for Christian Marriage

April 5th, 2021

51:25

My guest today is Rev. Kevin Swanson, a pastor, theologian, and former candidate for governor and Senate in the great state of Colorado. We're …

The Seven Cardinal Requisites of the Sermon

April 2nd, 2021

16:42

As you know, preaching in the United States is in particularly bad shape. Today I looked at R. L. Dabney's seven cardinal requisites of the sermon …

After the Interview with C. R. Wiley

March 31st, 2021

7:33

We're back with Pastor C. R. (Chris) Wiley to talk about classical literature for men. 

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Fight for a Christian Household

March 29th, 2021

43:38

Rev. Chris Wiley joins me today to talk about the subject of his book: The Household and the War for the Cosmos. What exactly is a household and how …

How Sermons Work: Introduction

March 26th, 2021

14:32

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in your pastor's office when he's constructing his sermon for Sunday? Listen in as we start talking about how sermons work. 

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After the Interview with Phil Kayser

March 24th, 2021

11:05

After the interview when the mics are off, I have some really interesting conversations with my guests. Listen in as Dr. Phil Kayser and I talk about partial preterism and historicism and why they matter.

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Why We Fight for the Future

March 22nd, 2021

40:03

If you were to look around yourself for very long, you'd come to the conclusion that the church is in retreat. Our culture is coming apart at the …

Update

March 19th, 2021

2:11

This is a quick update on the schedule for season three. I'm sorry to say that their may be a short break in episodes early in the season that is (as …

Coming Soon!

March 15th, 2021

16:29

Season three is just one week away! With that in mind I sat down at my desk to give you an idea of what's changing at The True Presbyterian, what's staying the same, and who and what you can expect in season three: 

God Is: Faithful (Part Two)

February 23rd, 2021

1:04:46

This afternoon I got to interview my friend and very dear brother Zecharias Abraham Weldeyesus; I know that's a mouthful, but he's just Zecky to his …

Kelli Palfy (After the Interview)

February 3rd, 2021

5:36

Today you get a quick peek behind the scenes of my interview with Dr. Kelli Palfy about male sexual abuse victims. We were both a little punchy from exhaustion after this one—though for different reasons—and I wanted …

Men Too

February 1st, 2021

1:16:19

My guest this week is Dr. Kelli Palfy, author of Men Too: Unspoken Truths about Male Sexual Abuse. We're talking about male victims of sexual abuse, why men don't disclose their trauma and abuse, and about the general …

After the Interview (Dr. John Haney)

January 24th, 2021

8:07

Today I sat down in front of my mic and spent some time ruminating on my interview earlier this week with Dr. John Haney. That was a tough interview to sit through as the host and I imagine it was tough for you to …

Betrayed Men, Unfaithful Wives

January 19th, 2021

1:26:07

Today's interview was not an easy one to record. I have seen so many men fall apart after learning that their wife was unfaithful fall apart at the …

Big Tech and the Future

January 13th, 2021

17:16

Today I'm talking about the extraordinary events of the past week and what it means for you, your family, and your church. I'm also testing out some new intro music that I'm considering for season three. Feel free to …

Dispensationalism is Blasphemy

January 4th, 2021

36:02

We're back at the eschatology miniseries today, this time looking at Daniel 9:24–27 and asking who "makes a strong covenant with many" (ESV). Is this …

The Genevans are Coming!

December 30th, 2020

2:02:06

When I started this show I wanted to avoid controversy to the extent that I was able. However, given the ongoing controversy surrounding Aimee Byrd and her book Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and that …

God Is: Holy

December 30th, 2020

36:41

Today I sat down with Dr. Joseph Pipa, President Emeritus of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to talk about God's holiness. 

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Welcome to the Midnight Ramble

December 28th, 2020

11:06

Alright folks, this episode is full of apologies and updates. Things here haven't gone as smoothly as I hoped, but hey, 2020, right? Thanks for …

God Is: Triune

December 28th, 2020

40:39

Well, this episode was a rush job if there ever was one. Since I haven't been able to get the guest that I really wanted scheduled to appear on the …

God Is: Infinite

November 16th, 2020

44:54

Today I'm speaking with Dr. Cornelis Venema of Mid-America Reformed Seminary. Our subject is God's infinity. Dr. Venema gives us an update on Dr. Alan Strange, builds our doctrine of God's infinity from Scripture, talks …

God Is: Spirit

November 9th, 2020

35:59

"God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." So says John 4:24. But what does it mean when we say that God is Spirit? That's the subject of today's episode of The True Presbyterian

Now What?

November 5th, 2020

15:58

The election is dragging on and I have some thoughts about what the church needs to be doing next whether Donald Trump stays in office or whether Joe Biden is our next president. I hope that y'all will listen closely …

God Is: Yahweh

November 4th, 2020

46:26

It was my great privilege to interview Dr. Ligon Duncan of Reformed Theological Seminary again. Today we talked about God's name—Yahweh, or Jehovah— …

Dismantling Dispensationalism

October 7th, 2020

35:25

By far the most prevalent method of biblical interpretation in American evangelicalism today is Dispensationalism. But can the most central dogma of a dispensationalist hermeneutic stand up to sustained scrutiny? I …

An Overview of Eschatology (Season Two Miniseries)

September 30th, 2020

25:51

I decided to go ahead and start the miniseries for season two. This time we're looking at eschatology—a hot topic if there ever was one. Today I'm …

A Sneak Peek at "God Is: Faithful" (Part Two) with Rev. Zecharias Abraham

September 23rd, 2020

5:04

In order to whet your appetite for the upcoming season of The True Presbyterian, I want to give you a sneak peek at part of my interview with Pastor Zecharias Abraham Weldeyesus, formerly of Eritrea.

If you'd like to …

Mutual Submission?

September 22nd, 2020

33:19

Earlier this week a gentleman on the Tweeter (@TrinitarianRick) sent out a tweet (https://bit.ly/3kDh0ty) that got some people riled up. What Rick …

The (Cultural) Sand Hasn't Stopped Shifting

August 19th, 2020

31:23

Recorded several months ago as more an audio diary than a podcast episode, tonight I'm thinking through the ways that culture has shifted since …

An Outsider Looks at Faith

July 29th, 2020

51:58

Today I got to talk with Brandi Fleck of the On Being Human Podcast. She was kind enough to invite me on her show for two interviews in June and I thought it was only fair to return the favor and have her join me here …

The Christian's Response of Faith

July 22nd, 2020

25:23

This week's audio is a sermon that I preached at Wayside PCA in Signal Mountain, Tennessee on Sunday, November 11, 2019. We were concluding our year-long study of the Heidelberg Catechism and it fell to me to cover

Wrapping Up Season One and Previewing Season Two

July 11th, 2020

16:11

Today I sat down to share some thoughts about season one in retrospect. I had great conversations with excellent guests and even got to do some outside interviews as well. Be sure to stick around for the end of this …

The Lord's Day and Reformed Piety

July 3rd, 2020

40:02

Well, it's been a long time coming, but it's finally here: the last episode of season one. This episode is a fun conversation with Dr. Joey Pipa of

The Midnight Ramble

June 16th, 2020

34:22

Well, the Tweeter got me fired up today. Tonight we're talking about infertility and rural church planting, both of which are subjects that get me fired up. I'm sorry that I've not gotten an episode up in a while, but …

Baptism and Reformed Piety

May 13th, 2020

40:25

When I first looked into the question of baptism—particularly infant baptism—as I was coming to Reformed convictions, a friend put three books in my …

Holy Scripture and Reformed Piety

May 6th, 2020

36:45

I spoke with Dr. Maarten Kuivenhoven of the Heritage Reformed Congregation of Grand Rapids, Michigan about the role of the Holy Scriptures of the Old …

The Midnight Ramble

April 28th, 2020

45:17

I often find it helpful to think out loud, to simply sit and talk my way through something by myself. Today, though, I sat in front of a microphone …

Perseverance of the Saints

April 22nd, 2020

50:35

Today I talked with my good friend and co-belligerent Rev. Derrick Brite. Derrick is a recent graduate of RTS-Atlanta and he is the new pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Aliceville, Alabama. We started by defining …

Irresistible Grace

April 18th, 2020

45:28

After a lot of pain, heartache, and trouble, I finally got the irresistible grace episode recorded. My guest is Rev. Bill Hill (Twitter: @WmHillJr), the pastor of Fellowship PCA in Newport, Tennessee (

Confronting Misandry

April 15th, 2020

55:30

Today's episode was an excellent conversation with Dr. Anthony Bradley about misandry. If you've never heard of misandry, or don't know what it is, this will be an eye-opening conversation. This was a wide ranging …

The Goal of (Family) Worship

March 28th, 2020

13:34

Well, all good things must come to an end eventually. Today's episode is the last of our miniseries on family worship. I looked at several passages of Scripture (John 17:3; Mark 8:34) in order to talk about the goal(s) …

COVID-19 and the Providence of God

March 25th, 2020

21:17

Well, it's not exactly the end of the world as we know it, but people are certainly acting that way. For that reason, today we're going to talk about God's providence as it relates specifically to the church. We'll be …

Total Depravity

March 18th, 2020

50:08

My guest today was Dr. Brian Cosby of Wayside Presbyterian Church (http://waysidechurch.org/) in Signal Moutain, Tenn. We spent our time talking about total depravity, man's deadness in sin, free will (or lack thereof), …

Singing in Family Worship

March 7th, 2020

19:09

By listener request, I'm talking a little about singing in family worship today. Most of us aren't incredibly gifted singers. Well...I'm not, anyway. Maybe y'all are. But singing within your family has some unique …

Limited Atonement

March 4th, 2020

1:00:00

I talked to one of my pastors today about limited atonement. Chuck is the associate minister at Wayside PCA here in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, and …

Exclusive Psalmody

February 26th, 2020

1:21:04

I sat down this afternoon to talk with Pastor Craig Scott again. You might even go so far as to say that he returned by popular demand. This time we …

The Family Worship Giveaway

February 22nd, 2020

12:50

In today's episode I spent some time looking at Mark 1:21–27 and talked about how to arrive at the single sentence summary of a text, mentioned a couple of Psalm suggestions for this text, and talked a little about …

Unconditional Election

February 19th, 2020

49:29

In today's episode, I got to talk with Rev. Gavin Beers of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (https://cornerstone-presbyterian.com/) about unconditional election. The Reformed doctrine of election is one that tends to …

More Help with Family Worship

February 15th, 2020

15:44

Today we're digging a little deeper into the how of family worship by looking at Mark 1:9–20, pairing psalms with the text, and I mentioned some …

The Canons of Dort

February 12th, 2020

36:27

Today I got to talk with Rev. Danny Hyde about the Canons of the Synod of Dort and his new book on the subject, Grace Worth Fighting For: Recapturing the Vision of God's Grace in the Canons of Dort. Pastor Hyde gave an …

Help with Family Worship

February 9th, 2020

11:23

I had never even heard of family worship before I started going to seminary. It wasn't a part of my childhood and I had no idea where to start. Because we've recently talked about worship with Craig Scott, and because …

I Need Your Help for Season Two

February 4th, 2020

4:19

Well, it's all over but the shouting for season one. There are some details to work out but for the most part season one is in the books. Now I need your help for season two!

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The Parish Ministry of Thomas Chalmers

January 29th, 2020

53:07

Rev. Michael Ives of the Presbyterian Reformed Church of Rhode Island (https://prcofri.com/) came on the show to talk about the nearly forgotten parish ministry of Rev. Thomas Chalmers, a nineteenth-century minister in …

Preacher Boys

January 23rd, 2020

1:13:32

I got to talk with Mr. Eric Skwarczynski today. He's the host of Preacher Boys, a new podcast and forthcoming documentary on abuse in the Independent …

Spiritual Worship

January 22nd, 2020

51:22

After playing email tag for a couple of weeks, Rev. Craig Scott and I were finally able to get together and talk about a sermon series that's he's been preaching at First RP on Gospel Worship. They are without a doubt …

Soli Deo Gloria

January 8th, 2020

33:25

Before we delve into the five points of Calvinism, I wanted to sit down with the Rev. Nick Batzig and talk about the fifth sola of the …

Regulated Worship

January 1st, 2020

47:53

I got to chat with Rev. Shawn Anderson, a graduate of Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, pastor of Sycamore Reformed Presbyterian Church (

The Real Face of Tolerance

December 18th, 2019

54:31

I had the privilege to sit down with the Rev. Keith Waters, an embattled pastor in Ely, Cambridgeshire, tonight. Pastor Keith has been caught in a firestorm of criticism over a tweet that he posted encouraging …

Why Do We Need Confessions of Faith?

December 14th, 2019

50:44

In this episode, I got to sit down for a chat with Dr. R. Scott Clark, Professor of Church History at Westminster Seminary, California. His book Recovering the Reformed Confession was a significant influence and help to …

Covenant Theology

December 14th, 2019

47:06

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology was kind …

Reformed Theology

December 14th, 2019

53:29

Dr. Alan Strange, professor of church history at Mid-America Reformed Seminary and associate pastor of Covenant Community Church (an OPC …

Stuart Robinson and the Spirituality of the Church

December 14th, 2019

47:15

I got to talk with Dr. Preston Graham, Director of Mission Anabaino, Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in New Haven, Connecticut about the Rev. Stuart Robinson, the subject of his Master's thesis at Yale University. …

The True Presbyterian

December 13th, 2019

1:08

A short introduction to The True Presbyterian. I'm Mike Hutchinson, a long-time student of theology and the host of The True Presbyterian. Navigating …

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