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Interview with Chad Bird

In this episode we interview our friend, Chad Bird. We discuss his book, "Night Driving." We cover a number of topics, including the pain we experience in this life, repentance, forgiveness, the struggle against sin, and the love of God for sinners. ...

Live Q&A: Motivation for Obedience, Assurance, & the Holy Spirit

In our first-ever live Theocast event, we answer listener questions as well as those submitted by the audience. Topics include assurance of salvation, motivations for obedience, our need for the church, and more. ...

Perseverance of the Saints (Calvinism Series)

In this episode, we continue our series on the five points of Calvinism by considering irresistible grace. After contending for "effectual calling" as a better term, we explain what is not meant by irresistible grace. We then turn our attention to the Bible and the confessions to help illustrate the goodness of this doctrine. ...

Irresistible Grace (Calvinism Series)

In this episode, we continue our series on the five points of Calvinism by considering irresistible grace. After contending for "effectual calling" as a better term, we explain what is not meant by irresistible grace. We then turn our attention to the Bible and the confessions to help illustrate the goodness of this doctrine. ...

Law Gospel Distinction with Rod Rosenbladt

We sat down with Rod Rosenbladt to discuss a few things--including law/gospel distinction, the sufficiency of Christ's work, and theology of the cross. We also get his thoughts on future justification. ...

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? ...

What If I Don’t Feel Saved?

In this episode, Jon and Justin answer the question, "What do I do if I don't feel saved?" This is a struggle for so many of us. God tells us in his Word that we're his children, but we often feel like his enemy. What do we do with that? ...

Limited Atonement (Calvinism Series)

In this third episode on the doctrines of grace, we discuss limited atonement. What did Jesus accomplish at the cross? What did he intend to accomplish? Can Jesus fail in anything he intends to do? We speak to some common objections and then consider how a particular view of the atonement leads to assurance. ...

Unconditional Election (Calvinism Series)

In this episode, we discuss unconditional election. What do we mean by the term? What are some common misconceptions? We look to the Bible and talk about why this doctrine matters for assurance and hope. ...

Calvinism: Total Depravity

In the first of five episodes on the doctrines of grace, we discuss confusion as to where the five points of Calvinism came from. Then, we take on total depravity. What is it? What is it not? And why does it matter for us on a daily basis? ...

Dazed and Confused: John 15 and Bearing Fruit

In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about a passage of Scripture that is often misunderstood and misapplied: John 15. Jesus tells us if we abide in him, we will produce much fruit. What does it mean to abide in Jesus? What does Jesus mean by fruit? ...

Obedience Is Not a Dirty Word

In this episode, we talk about how obedience is a good thing--but that sadly, many have had the experience of being scolded toward it. We discuss how assurance and peace with God in Christ actually motivates us to pursue obedience. ...

Welcome to Theocast – NEW 2019

Want to know what Theocast is all about? Here’s a description of Theocast in the words of its hosts. We walk potential listeners through our purpose, our distinctions, our theological focus, and why you might consider tuning in. We hope you find this episode helpful. ...

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? ...

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

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? ...

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? ...

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! ...

Special Interview with NEW Host: Jimmy Buehler

On this episode, Jon interviews a new team member that will be joining Theocast, Jimmy Buehler. Jimmy is currently the pastor of Christ Community Church, a church plant in Willmar, MN. To learn more about Jimmy please visit: theocast.org/jmmybuehler ...

#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! ...

Special Interview with NEW Theocast Host: Justin Perdue

On this episode, Jon Moffitt interviews a new host that will be joining the Theocast team, Justin Perdue. Justin is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Baptist Church in Asheville, NC (covbap.org). To learn more about Justin Perdue, visit: theocast.org/justinperdue ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#176 The Providence of God

Today the Boys wrestle with the topic of divine providence! If God is in complete control of all that happens in the universe, how is there sin? Is God the primary cause of everything that happens in the world? What are secondary causes? If God is in control, how can we be held accountable for sin? How does God use divine providence to bring about redemption? 

UNFILTERED: How does God use our own sinful failures to cause us to have a greater dependence upon him? ...

Ministry Update: Future of Theocast

We are excited about the future of our ministry, here are some updates on what to expect coming soon. ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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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#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? ...

#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? ...

#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! ...

#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”? ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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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#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. ...

#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 ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#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? ...

Free 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? ...

#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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#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. ...

#155 Totally Practical Total Depravity

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

#155: 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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Relentless Grace: The Greatest Story Never Told

The Boys wanted to give away for free session one from our new education series in Theocast Acadamey "Relentless Grace: The Greatest Story Never Told" (Understanding the Old Testament).

The Old Testament is not ancient history stagnant on a page. It is not spiritual advice. It’s not a series of morals or fables. It is not about what goes on inside us. It is about what went on outside of us. It is the record of redemption. It is the unfolding of everything we know. It is what God has promised, has done, is doing and will bring to pass. It is the chronicle of God’s love on a rampage through human history overcoming everything in its path taking down sinners with grace and bringing about a serpent-crushing event in the cross of Christ. We are in that. That is the story of the OT. ...

#153: “Splitting Hairs?” – Law Gospel Distinction

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

#152 Faith vs. Faithfulness

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

#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. ...

#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. ...

#149 What is Discipleship?

On today's podcast, The Boys want to do something a little different. Our goal is to get you, the listener, involved in our discussion. We pulled one of our favorite podcasts from last year on the subject of Discipleship. Does the modern perspective align with discipleship historically? How has pietism changed the way discipleship is done within the church? What is the historic reformed perspective of discipleship? After you listen to the episode, please head over to the Facebook group and post your questions. We will answer them in a future podcast this fall. ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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? ...

#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? ...

#144 Christology: Who is Jesus?

Christology! One of the Boys’ favorite topics. We answer questions like: How was Jesus both God and Man? Could He have sinned? Why is the virgin birth important to the Gospel? How does all of this relate to the Gospel message we rest and trust in?  ...

#143 A Pilgrim’s Guide To Rest

#143 A Pilgrim's Guide To Rest: The Boys explain the design and purpose behind their new book. In short, Pilgrim's Guide is the very heart and soul of Reformed theology that drives the discussion every week on Theocast. ...

#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. ...

#141 The Failure of Moralism

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

#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. ...

#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! ...

#138 Burned By The Church

The Boys get personal in this episode! They discuss how the modern church's philosophy, strategy, and overreaching authority has damaged many Christians and 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. It's free with this episode. ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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.  ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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? ...

#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? ...

#130 Why Is Prayer Difficult? (Revisited)

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. ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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.   ...

#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. ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#118 The Atonement

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

#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. ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#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? ...

#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? ...

#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. ...

#111 Overspiritualization

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

#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?  ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#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. ...

#106 Dispensationalism

How it became the dominant view of Evangelicalism. How it compares to Covenantalism. How it relates to Arminianism. How Kirk Cameron factors into it. ...

#105 Church Planting

 A candid review of the church planting movement: We also discuss the why, who and how of planting and the essential traits of the planter. ...

#104 Women, Ministry, and the Church

We discuss women and ordination, areas of service in the church, the damage patriarchalism has caused and what the future looks like. ...

#103 Riddle Me This

Basic questions every believer should be able to answer, thinking through a few evangelical assumptions, the boys play “stump the preacher.” ...

#102 Is There A Call To Ministry?

 “The call to Ministry.” Is there such a thing? How do we know if we should serve the church? What should you know before you step into ministry? ...

#101 Reforming A Church

The joys and challenges of retrofitting a church with a Reformed Perspective, where to start, what to avoid, how you know it's the wrong move.  ...

#100 The New Dark Ages

 How should the church respond to the secularization of culture? Is it a time for despair? Is the purpose of the church to preserve morals in culture?  ...

#99 Future Judgement

Should Christians live in dread about facing Christ, will our works be the basis of our acceptance, how can Romans 8:1 and 14:-11-12 be true at the same time? Should the believer be worried? ...

#98 Five Solas Part Two

The foundational truths of the Reformation, a renegade monk, and how evangelicals deny the very realities that found us. ...

#97 Five Solas Part One

The foundational truths of the Reformation, a renegade monk, and how evangelicals deny the very realities that found us. ...

#96 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? ...

#95 Future Justification

Is there a sense in which our standing before God depends on our works? Are we justified by faith but enter eternity by works? Why are notable evangelicals like John Piper making a distinction between the two? Oh boy This should be fun! ...

#94 Shame

How the Gospel & shame relate, how Christians view shaming as a good thing, how the church uses shame against Christians, the difference between guilt and shame and how we love the outcast. ...

#93 Legalism

Your inner legalist, how neo-nomism (legalism) poses a far greater threat to the Gospel than we imagine, how legalism is a universal tendency, how it’s defined and how to avoid it.   ...

#92 Radical

David Platt and The Radical Movement, the new asceticism, trends in evangelicalism and the historic impact of the college missions movement. ...

#91 Jesus as Ethic or Jesus as Sacrifice?

We’re responding to a recent social media dust-up about the life of Christ. Which is more essential to the Christian: Jesus’ example, or Jesus’ substitutionary death? Why do ethics and the moralization of biblical characters dominate the messaging of the evangelical church? Why has the atonement been lost among the clutter? ...

#90 God’s Will for Your Life is to Stop Obsessing Over God’s Will for Your Life

A discussion about the evangelical concept of God’s perfect will for the individual Christian. Can you find it? What if you don’t? Or, is this concept an American ideal we’ve laid over biblical Christianity?
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#89 Gender Identity Questions, a Shame Culture and Compassionate Accountability

We received a question from a dad concerning his young son’s struggle with gender identity issues this led to a broader discussion of the culture of shame in the church and how accountability & compassion work together in relationships.  ...

#88 Anxiety, Mental Health & Compassion from the Church

The struggle of severe anxiety, how to serve those with emotional pains, the church’s failure to care for those who suffer, removing the stigma of emotional struggles and understanding the depth of our depravity. ...

#87 The Gospel & The Fear of God

How does the shelter of the gospel affect a believer's fear of God, should we be afraid of God, and how do we view His wrath now that Christ has suffered on our behalf? ...

#86 A Conversation with a Roman Catholic

How a reasonable conversation with a consistent Roman Catholic taught us some things we did not know, exposed some shortcomings in Evangelicalism and reminded us of the summon bonum of Protestantism. ...

#85 Elder Rule, Leadership and the Church of Christ

Why the Bible calls for a plurality of elders, how they function in the church, the limitations of their spiritual leadership, how to choose elders, and the most dangerous elder of all. ...

#84 A Theology of the Cross

An explanation of Luther’s Theology of the Cross, a comparison to a Theology of Glory, its incompatibility with suburban Christianity, and why weakness is strength in God’s economy. ...

#83 My Husband & Pornography

Explaining how the Gospel liberates those in bondage to lust, pornography as a cancer of the soul, how the church makes matters worst and Jeremy says some real inappropriate things.
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#82 The Gospel on the Ground

Challenging the conventional dichotomy of indicative and imperative in the Pauline corpus, denouncing the two forms of Christianity that result from pietism, and how to pronounce “pilgrimaging.” ...

Parenting in the Footprint of Grace (Part Three)

Episode Three: How to “let go” of your young adult, letting them fail may be your best option and why push our young adults away from the church and not towards ...

Parenting in the Footprint of Grace (Part Two)

Episode Two: Facing the “to be expected” challenges of the adolescent years, shepherding teens through life’s most complex changes and how their status as your child shapes their perspective of life. ...

Parenting in the Footprint of Grace (Part One)

Episode One: Pointing your child’s heart towards Christ sooner rather than later, creating a culture of grace and the difference between annoyance and disobedience. ...

#81 Problem Passages:

Five easy steps to becoming a heretic. (Not really!) How understanding the redemptive context of the whole Bible protects us from misunderstanding difficult parts of it. How biblicism leads us to moments of theological insanity. ...

#80 Christian Liberty

The theological relevance of Scotch whiskey, the weaker brother and the role of love. ...

#79 John 3:16

The most famous passage in the world and how we butcher it. Also, Jon and Byron break out in a fist fight! ...

#78 Church Discipline

Saving the struggling saint from the self-righteous one. ...

#77 Law & Gospel

Understanding the distinction and realizing why it's critical to your Christian life. ...

#76 Reading The Bible Through Life’s Sorrows

Reading the Bible from your knees: How sorrow, suffering and pain open up the hope of God's Word. ...

#75 Tipping Sacred Cows (The Parables)

Reconsidering the popular interpretations of Jesus' parables. ...

#74 Easy Believism

What is the appropriate response to nominalism in the church? How have previous responses done more harm then good? Have we misread the gospels? ...

#73 Suburbianity

How does life in the burbs affect our understanding of Christianity and the gospel? ...

#72 Friendship In The Local Church

The challenge of connecting, belonging, and creating friendships in the local church. ...

#71 Leaving Pietism Part Two

The boys continue the discussion on the unusual experience of transitioning from a pietistic world to a confessional one. ...

#70 Leaving Pietism Part One

The unusual experience of transitioning from a pietistic world to a confessional one. ...

#69 Is Assurance the Essence of Christianity or the Pursuit?

Has evangelicalism given up what the Reformers fought to win? ...

#68 Evangelical Conferences

Tracking the history, purpose and relevance of evangelical conferences. ...

#67 The Mandela Effect In Evangelicalism

Many of the things you believe are true...may not be. Does Christianity suffer from the Mandela effect? ...

#65 Living By Faith

Why do we struggle with the message to live by faith? What are we putting our faith in? How have we misunderstood this command? ...

#64 The Benedict Option

Is virtual monasticism an option for evangelicals? Al Mohler, Rod Dreher and building a wall of separation. ...

#63 Celebrity Pastors

The inherent danger of influence and influencers within evangelical podcast pastors, marketeers, and bloggers. ...

#62 Virtue Signaling Evangelicals

Losing our relevance by pining after relevance. ...

#61 Evangelicals and Discipleship Models

How has evangelicalism distorted the practice of discipleship? How should we participate in biblical discipleship? ...

#60 Christ & Culture Part 2

Deconstructing transformationalism and examining the distinction from culture (two kingdom) perspective. ...

#59 Christ & Culture Part 1

Examining the logic, methodology and problems with separatism. ...

#58 Reformed Sanctification

The boys talk about the current debate over the doctrine of sanctification and how they relate to wild boar hunting, tractor pulls and cinnamon rolls. ...

#57 Depression: You’re Not Crazy, Just Human

The boys talk about how has the church mishandled those who suffer under depression and how the Bible address those in need. ...

#56 Future Snooping

What about the nation of Israel and the kingdom promises? ...

#55 Oh No…Not Money!

The boys talk about how the evangelical church has used various methods to motivate giving. Are we giving to get? Do we give out of guilt? ...

#54 Theocast Live on the 2016 Election

We recorded this episode live from The Corner Pub in Brentwood, TN. We hope you enjoy our discussion as we wrestle with some important topics concerning our faith in the Gospel and the 2016 presidential election. ...

#53 Calvinism Resurgence

The Boys interview Les Lanphere of the Reformed Pubcast on his upcoming movie, "Calvinist." The movie is documenting the resurgence of Calvinism in modern America. We also talk about the difference between the modern view of Calvinism and Reformed Theology. ...

#52 Conversations Between An Evangelical Theologian And His Gay Son.

We interview Brad and Drew Harper on their new book, "Space At The Table: Conversations Between An Evangelical Theologian And His Gay Son." ...

#51 The Church And The Gay Community

Has the church preached a message of hate? What is the proper response?
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#50 God’s Sovereignty & Prayer

The boys tackle some hard questions about prayer. Does prayer really change anything? If God is sovereign, why pray? ...

#49 Why Is Prayer Difficult?

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. ...

#48 Why you should be a Calvinist

History of calvinism & arminianism and their effects on today's theology. ...

#47 How should we Evangelize?

Thinking through the historical methods of evangelism and should our theology dictate our methodology. ...

#46 Evangelism: Taking the fear out of sharing Christ

A common since and compassionate approach to sharing the gospel. ...

#45 Known – total exposure. total acceptance

Can we be truly known in the church and still be accepted? Join in the discussion as we think through being known and accepted at the same time. ...

#44 Forgiveness & Reconciliation

What is the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation? Are they synonyms? Have we abandoned common sense? ...

#43 Q&A on Heaven

Answering common (and not so common) questions about heaven. ...

#42 Heavens For Real, Ya’ll

Deconstructing evangelical thoughts about the future and Heaven. ...

#41 Antinomianism & Lordship

Why lordship salvation and neonomianism are not the proper response to lawlessness. ...

#40 The Art of Torching Straw Men

A discussion on how to disagree without resorting to caricature or character assassination. ...

#39 Covenant Theology and “Glawspel”

How Covenant Theology helps our understand of the law/gospel distinction. Fun interviewed with Pat Abendroth. ...

#38 Spiritual Disciplines? We Asked R. Scott Clark

We interviewed Dr. Clark on the reformed view of spiritual disciplines and the history behind spiritual formation. ...

#37 Lordship Salvation

Answering questions about the contemporary controversy and impact of Lordship Salvation. ...

#36 Are Spiritual Disciplines Biblical?

Examining spiritual disciplines from a biblical and historical theology point of view. ...

#35 Abuse and Church Leadership

Church leadership according to Darth Vader. ...

#34 To hell in a handbasket

A discussion on the nature and affect of sin from a reformed perspective ...

#33 Holy Spirit Palouza

Discussing charismatic theology and history ...

#32 The Forgotten God

The Holy Spirit, ordinary life, and dancing leprechauns ...

#31 An Interview With Dr. Clark

In this episode, Dr. Clark provides an overview of the three subjects he will be covering for our July series on the Holy Spirit ...

#30 Discussion of the Doctrine of Election

Double double toil & trouble ...

#29 Addiction to Principles

The subtle Influence of pragmatism in the church ...

#28 The Buses Will Wait

What Alter Calls & Paul McCartney Have In Common ...

#27 The Parent Trap

The challenge of raising adults in the local church. Interview with the student & young pastors. ...

Objections: Episode 001

A brief interview with Myldrid discussing her disagreements with our previous Theocast, "The danger of defining yourself by what your’e against." ...

#26 How To Lose Friends And Anger People

The danger of defining yourself by what your'e against. ...

#25 Rethinking First John

Is the standard take on this epistle the right one? ...

#24 Common Sense Counseling

How Christians blame bad advise on Jesus. ...

#23 An Exercise in Missing the Point

How American Pietism has Obscured the Message of the Bible. ...

#22 The Perils of an Escapist Mentality within the Church

Bunkers, Dry Goods, and Hanging on till Jesus gets back. ...

#21 If a Pharisee Ran for President

An Interview with Doug Searle on Abram, Abraham & a Life of Faith. ...

#20 Baby Out with the Bathwater

How to Organize a Church Without Losing the Organism of of the Church (an interview with Brian Gabbard). ...

#19 Things That Go Trump In The Church

Discussing the current condition in evangelicalism & politics. ...

#18 The Codified Life

How sanctification is a Holy Spirit wrought transformation that frees us from the necessity of having to codify ourselves with endless minutia. ...

#17 Delight not Dread

Reorienting the motivation for Christian living from doubt to assurance. ...

#16 Covenant Theology Part 2

Dispelling the myths and explaining the relevance of an essential biblical doctrine. Special interview with Patrick Abendroth on his dissertation, “Federal Theology: A federal theology for the uninformed, the unsympathetic, and the misinformed.” @PatAbendroth ...

#15 Suffering: Hitler and the Hurricane

Discussing the complex realities of God, Faith and Suffering. ...

#14 Covenant Theology Part 1

Dispelling the myths and explaining the relevance of an essential biblical doctrine. Special interview with Patrick Abendroth on his dissertation, "Federal Theology: A federal theology for the uninformed, the unsympathetic, and the misinformed." ...

#13 The Pied Piper Said What???

Bonus Track Friday: Fielding a question about Desiring God post "Why Going To Church Does Not Make You A Christian." ...

#12 Rethinking Ephesians 6: plastic swords, fundy haircuts & faith vs. faithfulness.

How we so easily turn what was given to protect us into a weapon against us. ...

#11 Evangelicalism: Living Inside the Religious Truman Show Part 2

Looking at the roots and effects of coalitions, trends, celebs, movements and problems within evangelical history. ...

#10 Evangelicalism: Living Inside the Religious Truman Show Part 1

Looking at the roots and effects of coalitions, trends, celebs, movements and problems within evangelical history." ...

#9 Five Finger Death Punch of Theology – Free Will

Indelicately discussing one of the most delicate topics among Christians...free will. ...

#8 I Fought The Law…

Bonus Track Friday: A discussion on the use of the law in Romans 7. ...

#7 The Bible: The Greatest Story Never Told

What is the difference between Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology and why it matters. ...

#6 Preachers, Preaching & Human Tranquilizers

A discussion about the methodology and preference of expository preaching.
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#5 Sausage races, the MLB, Spirituality & Batting Avgs.

Ben Zobrist & Tim Dillard discuss how the Gospel impacts their lives as pro players and dispel the myth of a "Christian" baseball player. ...

#4 The History & Influence of “Hyper-Spirituality”

Explaining the difference between piety and pietism and the effect of hyper-spirituality on American evangelisms. ...

#3 Rethinking Romans 6 & Sanctification

Have we missed the point of one of the most important chapters in the Bible? Should we rethink it? NOTE: Sorry for the bad sound quality. ...

#2 The Struggle is Real – Mortification

Is our view of sanctification biblical or secular? Christo-Platonism and its influence on evangelical categories. ...

#1 Welcome to Theocast

Our very first Theocast. Just explaining our madness in starting another podcast. ...

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