Members Podcast

All | 2019 | 2018

MEMBERS – Hot Topic: Apostasy, Failure, and the Pastor

In the first Hot Topics episode--for our members--we discuss the recent apostasy of Joshua Harris, along with the failures of Tullian Tchividjian, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald. How should we think about these things? And, can a man return to ministry after a failure? ...

MEMBERS: Dazed and Confused: Hebrews 12:1-14 and Holiness

In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about a verse of Scripture that has produced much angst and confusion: Hebrews 12:14. In that verse, we read that there is a holiness without which no one will see the Lord. How should we understand this passage? ...

MEMBERS: What If I Don’t Feel Saved?

Jon and Justin consider how Calvinistic evangelicalism hasn't helped with assurance but, rather, has doubled down on pietism. ...

MEMBERS: Limited Atonement (Calvinism Series)

In this episode, we talk more about limited/particular atonement and assurance. We also launch into some spirited discussion about biblicism and expositional preaching. ...

MEMBERS: Unconditional Election (Calvinism Series)

In this episode, we answer the question, "How do I know if I'm elect?" We talk about the unhelpful answers that are often given in the broad, Calvinistic evangelical world. ...

MEMBERS – Calvinism: Total Depravity

In this episode, we talk about the inconsistencies that exist in the Calvinistic evangelical world when it comes to total depravity. Many claim to hold to the doctrine but functionally deny it. We also touch on how a right understanding of total depravity produces compassion. ...

MEMBERS: Dazed and Confused: John 15 and Bearing Fruit

In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about issues related to John 15 and how it so often misapplied in pietistic contexts. We touch on Lordship Salvation, total depravity, and sanctification. ...

MEMBERS: Obedience Is Not a Dirty Word

In this episode, we answer the question, "Can we disappoint God in our disobedience?" We also have a spirited discussion about quiet times and the necessity of the church.  ...

MEMBERS: Footnoting Grace

Maybe you've noticed that the grace of God in Christ is so often qualified? As soon as the gospel is heralded, immediately comes the "Yeah, but..." In this episode, we talk about the tendency to footnote grace and hedge on sola fide. Where does this come from, and why does it happen? ...

MEMBERS: Spiritual Weariness

Episode Description: In this episode, we discuss the reality of weariness. It's common. We consider how the church is supposed to be a haven for sinners, but sadly, the church has often only piled it on the weary Christian. ...

The Dark Side of Christianity (Part 2) (MEMBERS)

In this episode, we discuss the darkness that resides in all of us. Should we be surprised when Christians sin--and sin heinously? What do we mean by total depravity? What do we do when we come face to face with the wickedness of our hearts? ...

UNFILTERED The Callings of Christ

How should we understand the callings of Christ? "Come follow me, take up your cross, forsake all, and hate yourself?" Are these law passages or gospel? Should these callings be a burden on the Christian or comfort? How does the theology of glory vs the theology of the cross help our interpretation of these passages?
Special Update: Jon, Jimmy, and Justin give a special update in the intro! ...

UNFILTERED #179 How the Covenant of Grace Brings Assurance

One more from the old crew! We will be launching our new podcast with our new hosts at the end of August. You can learn more by visiting theocast.org.
Today the Boys discuss the believer's assurance. This is a constant question we receive from our listeners. One of the great truths of the covenant of grace is God's faithfulness to His promises. It is there we find our rest and not in our own faithfulness. What about our obedience? Does this factor into our assurance? We hope you enjoy! ...

UNFILTERED #178 Jesus in the book of Judges?

UPDATE: We are excited to be launching our new podcast with TWO new hosts joining Jon Moffitt in August. More information will be coming soon!

Episode: How should we understand and apply the book of Judges from a Christ-centered perspective? What about the heroes such as Gideon and Samson?

UNFILTERED: We answer some great questions. Where do babies go when they die? Can you preach grace so much that it leads to sin? ...

UNFILTERED #177 David Zahl on “Seculosity”

Jon interviews David Zahl on his new book, "Seculosity: How Career, Parenting, Technology, Food, Politics, and Romance Became Our New Religion and What to Do about It. Helpful conversation on self-justification in our culture and how it contrasts the reality of the gospel.

UNFILTERED: Jon asks some fun and interesting questions about David you will not want to miss. ...

UNFILTERED #175: Levels of Legalism

What is legalism? Is there levels of legalism? Can you be so protective of your Christian liberties that you become a legalist? ...

UNFILTERED #174 The Book of Joshua

Today the Boys explain how to read Old Testament books like Joshua from a redemptive-historical perspective. How do you distinguish between Law and Gospel in the narrative of the book? How should we understand the faithfulness of characters like Joshua and Rahab? UNFILTERED: We discuss the foreshadowing of Christ in the Book of Joshua, and we add some quick thoughts on the Lordship Salvation debate. ...

UNFILTERED #173 Q&A: Lordship Salvation, Evidence of Salvation, and Dating

1) What is the Lordship Salvation debate and how do we view it? 2) What are the evidences of Salvation? Should we be looking for these? 3) How should we handle theological differences when dating? UNFILTERED: What is the biblical view of dating?
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UNFILTERED #172: Taking The Lord’s Table

The Boys answer another great question concerning the form and function of the Lord's Table. How often should a church partake? Should we pass the elements or be served? Can women serve communion?
UNFILTERED: What does Paul mean by “partake unworthily” in 1 Corinthians? ...

UNFILTERED #171 Six Day Creation?

How important is our view of creation? How is the creation account related to the Gospel? What is the difference between a presuppositional vs an evidentialist apologetic understanding of the Bible? How does this change the way we see and use the Creation account in our evangelism? ...

UNFILTERED #170: Decrees of God

Does God choose people according to their own will? Is there such a thing as free will? Is God responsible for evil? The Boys answer all of these questions from the 1689 London Baptist Confession. UNFILTERED: How do the doctrines of grace (Calvinism) influence the way you preach and do ministry? Hope you enjoy! ...

UNFILTERED #169: The Enemy

On this episode, the Boys tackle the question: What role does Satan play in the life of a believer? How should we understand the warning passages about Satan? In the UNFILTERED: what does Paul mean in Ephesians by “grieving the spirit”? ...

UNFILTERED #168 Q&A: The Beatdown of Sin, Thoughts on Tullian, and Striving in Sanctification

The Boys answer a number of your questions this week. How do we deal with sin in our lives and not beat ourselves up over it? How can the believer find assurance if we are not sure whom God has elected? What do the Boys think about the sanctification debate with Tullian? In the UNFILTERED, are we required to put in personal effort toward our sanctification? ...

UNFILTERED #167 Hebrews: Answering Common Questions

The Boys walk through the book of Hebrews demonstrating how the entire Bible is pointing us to Jesus Christ and his redemption of sinners. They also dive into several of the "problem" passages and provide simple yet helpful answers. Their greatest goal in this episode is to lead you to trust in Christ. ...

UNFILTERED #166: How Do We Daily Rest In Christ?

The Boys take a real practical approach in answering some common questions about what it looks like to rest in Christ daily as a parent, pastor, and sinner. In the UNFILTERED we respond to one of our listener's questions, "Is Lordship another Gospel?"
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UNFILTERED #165 The Reformed Approach to Parenting and Preporationism

Jon and Ryan answer the question: How does the move from pietism to confessionalism impact your parenting? In the UNFILTERED, they talk about the historic teaching called Preporationism. ...

UNFILTERED #164: Reformed Perspective of God and of the Holy Trinity

Is the doctrine of the Trinity really that important? The Boys discuss how your view of the Triune God impacts your ability to rest in Christ. This discussion is taken from chapter two of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.v ...

UNFILTERED #163 Book of James

The Boys do a 30,000-foot view of one of the most controversial books in the Bible, the book of James. The Boys spend most of the time answering some common questions: Was Abraham justified by works? How do we reconcile James and Paul? Can we even find the gospel in the book of James? In the UNFILTERED they cover the famous passage on healing with oil. ...

UNFILTERED #162 Q&A Paul Washer, Calvinism, and Reformed Theology

Today on the podcast the Boys are answering your questions! You asked us to comment on Paul Washer, Reformed Theology, Calvinism, and whether ties are an important aspect of worship. We hope you enjoy the discussion. ...

UNFILTERED #161 Of Holy Scriptures

Today on the podcast The Boys are talking about the Bible. Particularly, what the 1689 LBC has to say about it. After briefly discussing how we should approach the confessions we turn our discussion towards the relationship a believer should have with the Bible. ...

UNFILTERED #160 The Hope of Heaven

Does Heaven seem stale and distant to you? The Boys unfold the joy of the hope of Heaven and how this reality can strength the believer's faith. ...

UNFILTERED #159 New Year’s Resolutions

Today on the podcast The Boys are talking about new year Resolutions. Should believers commit to New Year's Resolutions? Are they anti-gospel? Is there a place for them in life? And in the Unfiltered section, the Boys discuss if the presence of sin and addiction is due to a lack of resolve in the life of a believer. ...

UNFILTERED #158: The Third Use Of The Law

Third Use Of The Law: Are believers still under the Law? What is the Law's role? Are we obligated to obey the Law? ...

UNFILTERED #157 Are You An Antinomian?

Are we Antinomian? What does being an Antinomian mean? Do the Boys promote Antinomianism, and what does the Bible have to say about it? The Boys answer these questions and more on today's podcast. We also see how 1 Pet. 1:16, Phil 2:12, and Heb. 12:14 should influence the discussion.
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UNFILTERED #156 How To Be A Good Church Member

How does the reformed context help you become a better church member? And in the UNFILTERED, Jon and Ryan discuss when you should leave a church. ...

UNFILTERED #155 Totally Practical Total Depravity

Understanding the practical implications of a proper understanding of sin. ...

UNFILTERED #154: Q&A on Biblical Discipleship

The Boys begin the podcast by discussing the Reformed and Confessional view of discipleship. The rest of the podcast is dedicated to answering listeners’ questions about the topic like: Where did the modern perspective come from? What does the Bible say about the topic? Can we look to Jesus or Paul as examples? What is its purpose? And in the UNFILTERED, what about discipleship and marriage? We hope you enjoy!
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UNFILTERED #153: “Splitting Hairs?” – Law Gospel Distinction

Why making the law gospel distinction is essential to life and faith ...

UNFILTERED #152 Faith vs. Faithfulness

How getting Sola Fide right changes our approach to Scripture and liberates the life of the believer ...

UNFILTERED #151 Expository Preaching: When You Can’t Unsee the Gospel

How are you supposed to approach the Bible now that Gospel clarity has ruined your perspective? The Boys walk through how reading, teaching, and preaching changes when you hold to a gospel-centered view of the Bible. ...

UNFILTERED #150 Reading Exodus Redemptively

Reading Exodus Redemptively: The boys discuss how the Exodus story should shape our reading of the Bible, expand our understanding of the Gospel, and strengthen our faith in Christ. ...

UNFILTERED #148 Social Justice & The Gospel

How should we respond to racial injustice in the past and present? Is the preaching of the Gospel the only mandate for the Church, or should it be directly involved in responding to sins in society through social justice? ...

UNFILTERED #147 The Problem of Evil – Reasonable Questions (Part 2)

How should Christians respond to the question “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Is there really even a good answer to the problem of evil? The Boys also give some helpful thoughts on how to provide gracious and loving answers to those who are in the midst of suffering. ...

UNFILTERED #146 Reasonable Questions from a Skeptical Culture

The Boys work through some of the most common questions Christians are asked today. How many of the popular answers given today only cause confusion and mistrust in the church? How can we instead have reasonable dialogs that provide compassionate, yet helpful answers? ...

UNFILTERED #145 The Authority of Elders

How far does the authority in the church reach into the individual life? What does the Bible say about submitting to elders? How much control are leaders actually given? Has the church over reached? ...

UNFILTERED #144 Christology: Who is Jesus?

The Boys answer the questions they teased out on the episode. They may have had too much fun doing this episode!  ...

UNFILTERED #143 A Pilgrim’s Guide To Rest

Special UNFILTERED, Byron reads one of his favorite sections in the book. We hope you enjoy! ...

UNFILTERED #142 Misreading the Gospels

On this episode, the Boys talk about how we read our evangelical storyline into the story of Jesus, and how we’ve largely mishandled the gospel genre. LISTEN TO THE END! Special announcement from Jeremy. ...

UNFILTERED #141 The Failure of Moralism

The Failure of Moralism: How living moralistically destroys grace and people. ...

UNFILTERED #140 Despair and the Christian

Luther suffered from what he described as his “anfechtung.” A persistent “terror of the soul” the sinful human being suffers under the Law. Luther saw this pain as the baseline for the Christian experience and the Gospel as the only remedy. ...

UNFILTERED #139 Romans 7: Normal Christian Experience?

In Romans 7, Is Paul referring to his struggle with sin before or after his conversion to Christ? In this episode, the Boys walk through the passage and answer that very question. They also ask the question, "Is the struggle with sin the normal experience of the Christian life?" Join the conversation to find out! ...

UNFILTERED #138 Burned By The Church

The Boys get personal in this episode! They discuss how the modern churches philosophy, strategy, and overreaching authority has damaged many Christians. How the church has gained the reputation for abusing its members. And, how do you help those who have left the church? Make sure to listen to the UNFILTERED, its free with this episode. ...

UNFILTERED #137 Triumphalism

Ever hear of "The Victorious Christian Life?" Should Christians expect their lives to gradually improve over time? How do we measure this improvement? How is this perspective dangerous to Christians? ...

UNFILTERED #136 Covenant Theology (Revisited)

The Boys pull another one of their favorites from the vault: How Covenant Theology helps our understanding of the law/gospel distinction. Fun interview with Pat Abendroth. ...

UNFILTERED #135 Learning Church History Backwards

The Boys interview Byron about his new educational series, "From Here To There: Learning Church History Backwards." You can learn more about the course HERE.  ...

UNFILTERED #134: Is Assurance The Essence of The Christian Faith? (Revisited)

The Boys pull one out of the vault and discuss a great topic! Assurance: Has evangelicalism given up what the Reformers fought to win? ...

UNFILTERED #133 Redemptive Historical

Luther’s “tower experience” and breakthrough moment on Sola Fide immediately transformed his understanding of Scripture. The Boys discuss how reading the Bible as an accounting of redemption (rather than a handbook of spirituality) will inevitably transform your perspective of the Bible. There’s an obvious correlation between Law-Gospel distinction and biblical unity. ...

UNFILTERED #132 You’re Not Crazy Revisited

You’re Not Crazy: “No you’re not crazy.” The boys deliver this message pretty regularly to those Christians who’ve begun to notice the contradictions within Evangelicalism. Faithfulness has replaced faith. Moralism has replaced the Gospel. Improvement has supplanted redemption. How did things ever become so convoluted? ...

UNFILTERED #131 Edification

What does it mean to edify one another? It’s amazing what a simple little word of encouragement can do to a soul. Why are we more inclined to tear down rather than build up? How can we more effectively point each other to Christ? ...

UNFILTERED #130 Why Is Prayer Difficult?

The Boys pulled another one of our favorite episodes out of the vault and gave it a new intro and UNFILTERED. Enjoy!
Why do we struggle to pray? Have we turned prayer into a merit based system? The boys talk about the struggle and how we find hope in the gospel. ...

UNFILTERED #129 The Struggle Is Real – Progressive Sanctification

You’re not crazy. Contrary to a pietistic understanding the struggle of sin lasts deep into the Christian life. This is because sin runs deeper than we imagine. How has our understanding of progressive sanctification confused our view of sin’s effects? How does it differ from the consistent view in the confessions? ...

UNFILTERED #128 Leaving Pietism (Revisited)

The Boys pulled one of our favorite episodes out of the vault and gave it a new intro and UNFILTERED. We hope you enjoy! #70 Leaving Pietism Part One - The unusual experience of transitioning from a pietistic world to a confessional one. ...

UNFILTERED #127 Losing A Generation

Losing A Generation: A cursory analysis of the current departure of young adults and millennials from the Evangelical church. Is it a reality? Where does their cynicism toward the church come from? How should the church respond? ...

UNFILTERED #126 The Pursuit of Happiness

Why you should stop trying to be happy. The negative side effects of pursuing happiness in your life. How we largely misunderstand the notion of happiness. How a biblical view of life and suffering puts it into perspective. ...

UNFILTERED #125 Fasting

Fasting: A brief look into the history, benefits and potential problems with the Christian practice of fasting. Should we do it? Are we disobedient if we don’t? What about Lent? And then, we talk about food.   ...

UNFILTERED #124 T4G Review

Reflections on this year’s conference. The boys discuss the theme, sermons and culture of the conference. We take issue with specific statements and theological dispositions. We also explain why we went in the first place. ...

UNFILTERED #123 New Creation? 2 Cor 5:17

2 Corinthians 5:17 - What is the “New Creation” Paul mentions? Does he mean we should never struggle with sin? Is that what’s new? How should we understand his point? ...

UNFILTERED #122 Attributes of God

A discussion of Theology Proper. Communicable and incommunicable attributes. The mystery of God’s nature. The practical realities of understanding the nature of God. Why transcendence is crucial to life and worship. ...

UNFILTERED#121 Warfield: Plan of Salvation

The boys discuss the influence and importance of Warfield’s classic work on Calvinism. What insights does it offer? How it changed their perspective. Why any serious thinker should consider reading it. Why dead guys are the authors we should look to most. ...

UNFILTERED #120 Interview With Dr. Michael Horton

An Interview With Dr. Horton: We discuss Future Justification, Union With Christ vs Justification, The order of salvation, Lordship Salvation and so much more. ...

UNFILTERED #119 Depression

A personal and candid discussion about depression, what causes the low-grade fever of the soul, why is it so prevalent and how the church has largely mishandled those who suffer from depression. ...

UNFILTERED #118 The Atonement

Understanding the central doctrine of atonement, exploring the various theological approaches and wrestling with questions of its extent (limited or unlimited). ...

UNFILTERED #117 Gossip & Slander

A taxonomy of gossip. What species of gossip are you? The various ways gossip manifests itself in the church. Why we can’t seem to resist it. The countless lives and reputations which have been destroyed. What is it about human nature that loves to shame others? How to deal with it in the church. ...

UNFILTERED #116 Insecurities

Why do we suffer so many insecurities? What do they reveal about our persons? What’s underneath them? How do we deal with them at the heart level? ...

UNFILTERED #115 Covenant of Works

How this one theological concept is essential to understanding the Bible, the Gospel, the life of Christ and the doctrine of justification. Its long history in reformed theology. Why it’s gone missing in popular evangelical theology. Why some people are resistant to it. ...

UNFILTERED #114 Sin: The Misery of Mankind

Critical to Reformed Theology is the understanding that sin is not merely an action (morals), but also a state (condition). The confessions refer to our collective “misery.” Pietism is largely ignorant of the category. What problems has this caused in our practice of the Christian life? How does keeping the state of sin adjust view? ...

UNFILTERED #113 Toxic Church

The church has a reputation for being a place of strife and discord. Divisions, splits, accusations, slander, disruptions are all too common in the Body of Christ. How do we address negative and destructive attitudes in the church? ...

UNFILTERED #112 Biblical Self-Awareness

The liberating habit of brutal self-honesty, developing a realistic view of self, the spiritual benefits of self-awareness and abandoning the behavioristic model of sanctification. ...

UNFILTERED #111 Overspiritualization

Evangelicalism has way overcomplicated the Christian life. How do we get back to the simplicity of the Christian life?  ...

UNFILTERED #110 Alcohol

Christians and Alcohol. Teetotalers and their arguments against drinking. Moderation, freedom, and favorites. ...

UNFILTERED #109 Calvinist vs Reformed

Is being a Calvinist the same as being Reformed? Why is the distinction important? What does it mean to be Reformed?  ...

UNFILTERED #108 Christian Fruit

What is "fruit" anyway? How much is enough to qualify as Christian? How we turned the joy of abiding into a bondage. ...

UNFILTERED #107 Men, Midlife Crisis, and the Breakdown of the Male Heart

Male misery and the myth of escape. Why men wreck their life deep into living. What grace is available to the male soul. ...

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