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Is Christ-Centered Preaching Dangerous?

Is Christ-Centered Preaching Dangerous?

Jon and Justin discuss an article entitled, “4 Ways Bad Biblical Theology Warps Sermons.” Is Christ-centered, redemptive-historical preaching dangerous? Is it unhelpful? Does it produce bad things in the church? The guys talk about this—and more. ...
Leaving Pietism

Leaving Pietism

At Theocast, we talk a lot about pietism. What is it? What is the difference in piety and pietism? How does pietism affect us? Is there something better? If you find yourself struggling in the Christian life, is there something wrong with you? The guys answer these questions and more. ...
Did We Fail 2020?

Did We Fail 2020?

2020 has been a difficult year. (Understatement.) Jon and Justin reflect on what they have learned, as well as the faithfulness of God. ...
The Implications of the Incarnation

The Implications of the Incarnation

We had the joy of recording with Chad Bird, Daniel Emery Price, and Erick Sorensen of the 1517.org ministry for a special Christmas podcast. Why is the incarnation of Jesus important? How does it bring us hope, joy, and peace? We hope this conversation is uplifting and encouraging. ...
Christ Is Enough…Now What?

Christ Is Enough…Now What?

Many listeners are tracking with us that Christ is enough--that he has completely saved us. Many have come to see that pietism is unhelpful. But, now, you're wondering: What do I do now? If that's you, this podcast is for you. ...
Are Spiritual Disciplines Biblical?

Are Spiritual Disciplines Biblical?

Spiritual disciplines are a big deal in our modern church context. Where did they come from? Are they biblical? How is it that we are sustained and grown in the Christian life? Jon and Justin consider all these things. ...
The Cravings of the Flesh

The Cravings of the Flesh

Sin is far worse than we often think. The Bible teaches that we are all born with lusts, cravings, passions, and desires that are wrong. Jon and Justin talk about this robust understanding of sin and its implications. ...
The Difference Between Sin and Struggle

The Difference Between Sin and Struggle

There is a difference between unrepentant sin and struggling as a fallen person in a fallen world. How should we understand our own struggle and the struggle of other believers? And what does this mean for life together in the church? ...
Agree to Disagree

Agree to Disagree

Jon and Jimmy discuss where should we draw lines of theological disagreements. How should Christians disagree over important doctrines? How has the church lost its mission in these theological debates? ...
The Covenant of Grace in the Old Testament

The Covenant of Grace in the Old Testament

This is part 4 from our Introduction to Covenant Theology. In this class, this is our first of two sessions discussing the Covenant of Grace. In this session, we talk about the nature of the Covenant of Grace. Then we turn our focus on the promises and progressive revelation of the Covenant of Grace and trace them through the Old Testament, from Genesis to Malachi. ...
Fantasy Christianity

Fantasy Christianity

If you listen to many in the church, our Christian lives should be characterized by happiness, excitement, and by overcoming difficulty. But, this life is often characterized by pain, toil, and suffering. What do we do with that? And what is it that we're called to in the church? ...
HOT TOPIC: Is There Only One Way a Christians Can Vote?

HOT TOPIC: Is There Only One Way a Christians Can Vote?

These are tumultuous times in the United States. Politics are dominating much of the public conversation. And evangelical leaders have made strong statements as to how Christians should--or must--vote. Jon and Justin discuss these things and provide a historical biblical perspective. ...
Left Behind: Have We Moved On from the Gospel?

Left Behind: Have We Moved On from the Gospel?

Though we would never say it this way, it often seems that the gospel is just the starting point of the Christian life--and that once we believe, we need to move on to other things. Jon and Justin consider how this happens and what it means for people in the church. ...
Introduction To Covenant Theology Part One

Introduction To Covenant Theology Part One

In this course, we are going to explore Covenant Theology. We will show you how Covenant Theology provides a framework for rightly reading and understanding your Bible that arises from scripture itself. ...
Did It Matter How Jesus Died?

Did It Matter How Jesus Died?

Why is it that Jesus died on a cross--and not some other way? Does it matter? (Hint: It does.) Jon and Justin answer this question using all of Scripture from a redemptive-historical, covenantal perspective. ...
Is Your Theological System Any Good?

Is Your Theological System Any Good?

Some people say we should read the Bible with no presuppositions--and that it isn't good to have a theological system. Is that possible? Is that right? Jon and Justin consider these things and how we should do biblical theology. ...
The “Five Points” of Reformed Theology

The “Five Points” of Reformed Theology

Jon and Justin answer a question that we get all the time: "When you say 'reformed' theology, what do you mean?" We offer our own "five points" on the subject. ...
Our Weakness, Sex, and the Gospel

Our Weakness, Sex, and the Gospel

Jon and Justin have a conversation about our weakness, sex, and the gospel. (Parents: There is nothing graphic, but please be aware.) Our culture tells us all kinds of things about sex. The church hasn't always helped. What has God said in his Word? ...
How Not to Read Your Bible

How Not to Read Your Bible

Are you discouraged about reading your Bible? Maybe you feel like you don't understand it? Maybe you read it and feel like you've gotten nothing from it? In this episode, the guys talk about how not to read your Bible--and then consider what Scripture says about how to interact with it. ...
The Slow Death of Pietism

The Slow Death of Pietism

On today's episode, we are able and blessed to sit around the same table to discuss and meet with our old friend pietism. The other night, we were discussing how pietism dies a very slow and painful death. We also talked about the damage it can cause to our assurance and what we see when we look at ourselves in Christ. In this podcast, we discuss the slow and painful death of pietism and how it can harm us. ...
What the World Needs Now

What the World Needs Now

Life is hard. Relationships are hard. In light of that, what is it that we need most? There are countless solutions offered. Jon and Justin consider what Scripture has to say. ...
Does Your Job Matter to God???

Does Your Job Matter to God???

In this episode, Jon and Jimmy discuss the topic of Vocation. Does the Bible lead us to believe that some jobs are more spiritual than others? Is the pastor's job more important than the stay home mom? We also explain how God is accomplishing His mission through the ordinary every day lives of those in the church. ...
Fearing the Judgment Seat

Fearing the Judgment Seat

In this episode, Jon and Justin answer a listener question. Should we be afraid of the judgment seat of Christ? Should we fear that all of our good works will be burned up? We survey the passages in the New Testament that speak to these things. ...
You’re a Bad Christian If…

You’re a Bad Christian If…

In this episode, the guys talk about all of the requirements being placed upon Christians as a result of the current cultural issues. It seems we are failing all over the place, and forgiveness and absolution are nowhere to be found. What do we make of these things? ...
Why All Calvinists Are Not Reformed

Why All Calvinists Are Not Reformed

In this episode, the guys talk about the difference between Calvinism and reformed theology. The two are not one and the same. We explain the major tenets of reformed theology and why they are important. ...
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

When should you leave a church? Jon and Jimmy discuss this question from a pastoral and congregant perspective. We discuss unhelpful ways we have seen this done, what you should not say, and the timing one should consider. ...
Drowning in Evangelicalism?

Drowning in Evangelicalism?

In this episode, the guys talk about evangelicalism. Where did it come from? What produced it? What kind of effect has evangelical culture had on Christians? If you feel as though you're drowning--if you are struggling and disenchanted--you are not crazy. And you are not alone. ...
Dazed and Confused: Does 2 Peter 1:1-12 Teach Pietism?

Dazed and Confused: Does 2 Peter 1:1-12 Teach Pietism?

In this episode, the guys talk about a passage of Scripture that is often misunderstood: 2 Peter 1:1-12. Is Peter teaching pietism in this text? We consider the gospel, as well as the saint/sinner reality, and how those things relate to our pursuit of piety. ...
Back to Rome?

Back to Rome?

In this episode, Jon and Justin begin by answering a listener's question as to whether Roman Catholics can be saved. We then contrast Roman Catholic and Reformed theology and go on to consider the ways many evangelicals sound Roman in their teaching and practice. ...
Racism, Injustice, and the Church

Racism, Injustice, and the Church

 In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd and the protests of recent days, the guys talk about racism, injustice, and the church. There are many people in a lot of pain. What can we say to these things from God's Word? How can the church navigate these difficult issues? ...
Biblical Counseling: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Biblical Counseling: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In this episode, the guys talk about biblical counseling and the problem of pietism and hyper-introspection. We consider a confessional, Christ-centered approach to counseling that is grounded in the local church. ...
Triumphalism

Triumphalism

In this episode, the guys talk about triumphalism. The impression we're often given in the church is that we should be always and consistently improving. We should be living "the victorious Christian life." And, if we're not, we should be concerned. What do we make of all this? ...
Depression

Depression

n this episode, the guys talk about depression. It is a common battle. And it is understandable in a fallen world. We consider what depression is, where it comes from, and how we should recalibrate our thinking and conversation in the church.
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Law/Gospel Distinction

Law/Gospel Distinction

In this episode, the guys consider the distinction between the law and the gospel. God has revealed the law and the gospel in Scripture. They aren't the same thing, but yet, they are often confused. This confusion results in all kinds of fallout, including robbing the believer of assurance and peace. ...
Christ-Centered Preaching

Christ-Centered Preaching

"Christ-centered preaching" has been a popular topic for a number of years. But what is it? What does it mean to preach Christ from all of Scripture? If we preach this way, are we just saying the same thing every Sunday? The guys consider all of this--and more--in today's episode. ...
Assurance

Assurance

So many of the questions we get at Theocast come down to the issue of assurance. How do we know we will be finally saved? How is it that we have peace before God- now and in the future? We talk personally of our own experiences, make some observations about evangelicalism, and then point people to Christ and his sufficiency. ...
Q&A: Confessional Theology, Justification & Sanctification, and Church Discipline

Q&A: Confessional Theology, Justification & Sanctification, and Church Discipline

In light of COVID-19, the hosts thought it would be a good thing to do a live online Q&A. Amongst other things, we talk about confessional theology, justification and sanctification, and church discipline. ...
Legal Preaching

Legal Preaching

In this episode, Jon and Justin discuss legal preaching. This kind of preaching tends to remove hope and establish fear. It tends to turn every passage of Scripture into law. It tends to focus on how people are not measuring up. We point out the prevalence of legal preaching and offer some correctives. ...
Preaching [About] the Gospel

Preaching [About] the Gospel

In this episode, Jon and Justin discuss preaching the gospel. It's been our observation that guys will get fired up about preaching the gospel, they will give the facts of the gospel, and talk a lot about the gospel--without ever offering Jesus to sinners and heralding the grace of God in Christ. ...
Joy in Suffering: A Conversation in Light of COVID-19

Joy in Suffering: A Conversation in Light of COVID-19

We are all being tremendously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In light of this, the guys have a conversation about trials, suffering, and the steadfast love of God. ...
Proverbs: Where Is Jesus?

Proverbs: Where Is Jesus?

In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about Proverbs. It's one of the most-read books in the Bible, but honestly, many of us don't know what to do with it. Is Jesus in Proverbs? How do we understand and apply the book? ...
How Much Can a Christian Sin?

How Much Can a Christian Sin?

In this episode, Jon and Justin tackle the question, "How much--and for how long--can a Christian sin?" Scripture and the Confessions indicate that Christians can sin really badly for a really long time. ...
More Than a Feeling?

More Than a Feeling?

In this episode, the guys talk about feelings. Yes, that's right. At a prominent evangelical conference, John Piper said that it is futile to try to define saving faith apart from feelings (link). We consider whether that is correct and the fallout of that perspective as it relates to assurance. ...
Comforts from the Cross

Comforts from the Cross

Sometimes we think we have understood the gospel and maybe have even gotten to the bottom of it--only to have God blow up our hearts and minds with the wonder of the gospel anew. In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about the comfort of the work of Christ.
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Is Ambition Sin?

Is Ambition Sin?

In this episode, the guys talk about ambition. Biblically, ambition is sin and is opposed to the gospel. We consider how we are to live before God and with one another. ...
“Faith Alone” Is Radical

“Faith Alone” Is Radical

In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about sola fide (faith alone). It is a radical message. We seek to briefly clarify the doctrine before moving on to discuss the implications of it and the importance of guarding it. ...
What’s Love Got to Do with It?

What’s Love Got to Do with It?

In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about loving one another. It was a big deal to Jesus and the apostles. But if you were to ask Christians to make a list of priorities in the Christian life, where would love show up on that list? ...
Discipleship Is Not About You

Discipleship Is Not About You

In this episode, the guys talk about discipleship. We often hear the word "disciple" used as a verb. Is that how it's used in the New Testament? Is there a distinction between being a Christian and a disciple? We consider these things along with the corporate nature of being a disciple of Jesus. ...
Mission Critical

Mission Critical

Jesus prays for our protection and our mission in John 17. What kind of protection does he pray for? And what kind of mission has he left for us? In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about our mission and Christ's desires for us as his church. ...
The “Little laws” of New Year’s

The “Little laws” of New Year’s

In this episode, we talk about all the little "l" laws we place ourselves under in the New Year's season. There are a 1,000 things we need to be doing--or not doing. We often fail to meet our own expectations. What do we do with all this? ...
Simple Christianity

Simple Christianity

In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about some of the ways contemporary Christianity has made everything complicated. We also talk about the freeing simplicity of the biblical faith that is founded on Christ crucified for sinners. ...
Interview with Daniel Emery Price: Creeds? What’s That?

Interview with Daniel Emery Price: Creeds? What’s That?

In this episode, we interview our friend, Daniel Emery Price about creedal Christianity. If you were to ask many in the church what Christians believe, you would get a number of different answers. Many of those wouldn't be good. We discuss what creedal Christianity is and the fallout of abandoning the creedal faith. ...
Q&A: Saint & Sinner, Antinomianism, Bearing Fruit and More…

Q&A: Saint & Sinner, Antinomianism, Bearing Fruit and More…

Our third live event, from Berean Fellowship in Palmdale, CA. Jon and Justin talk about the Christian's simultaneous saint and sinner reality, antinomianism, and about how much fruit we need to be bearing in the Christian life. ...
Live Q&A on Final Justification & Mark Jones

Live Q&A on Final Justification & Mark Jones

In our second ever live event, Jon and Justin talk primarily about sola fide--some of the old and new confusion around it. How do good works factor into our final salvation? We begin to discuss an article written recently by Mark Jones in which he argues that we have the right to eternal life by faith alone but we will finally possess eternal life through good works. ...
Interview with Chad Bird

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

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. ...
Law Gospel Distinction with Rod Rosenbladt

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

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?

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? ...
Dazed and Confused: John 15 and Bearing Fruit

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

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. ...
What is Theocast?

What is Theocast?

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

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

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

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)

The Dark Side of Christianity (Part 2)

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? ...
Special Interview with NEW Host: Jimmy Buehler

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 ...
Special Interview with NEW Theocast Host: Justin Perdue

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 ...
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