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Church, Discernment, and Purity Culture

In today’s episode, the guys have a conversation about a very sensitive but important topic: sexuality. Over recent years and decades, there have been various approaches to how to handle issues of sexuality in the church. Jon and Justin talk honestly about their concerns regarding crass and crude language that is used to talk about sex–and the abuses of pastoral authority that often occur (e.g., Doug Wilson and Mark Driscoll). The guys also discuss their concerns with purity culture (Joshua Harris comes up here) and the very negative ways sex is portrayed in that kind of setting. There is a better and more biblical approach.

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When Two Baptists and Two Presbyterians Walk into a Podcast…

Jon and Justin recently had the opportunity to be guests on the Guilt Grace Gratitude podcast. In this episode, two Baptists and two Presbyterians talk about confessionalism and the local church. The conversation is wide-ranging, including: confessions of faith, the objective work of Christ and his sufficiency, the law and the gospel, the ordinary means of grace, the mission of the church and the point of the Lord’s Day gathering, the sacraments, the effects of revivalism and pietism, and much more.

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What Happened to Preaching?

The guys continue the series on the means of grace by discussing preaching. What has happened to the preaching of the word of Christ? Jon and Justin begin by distinguishing preaching from teaching. Then, they consider the preaching event. It is an event. (Live streams and sermon audio is not preaching.) The guys conclude with a lengthy discussion on the content of preaching. Preaching is to extol and herald the person and work of Christ in the place of sinners, and preaching requires the right dividing of law and gospel.

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What Happened to Communion?

The sacrament of communion was given to us by God as a means of His grace. In the Lord’s Supper, Jesus is really and spiritually present to minister to us. We are confirmed in the faith and in all the benefits of Christ’s death. We are nourished, sustained, and strengthened through receiving the bread and the cup. In other words, the Table is for our assurance and for our growth in the faith. Sadly, this is not how communion is typically talked about in the church. What happened? Why is it not talked about this way? In today’s episode Jon and Justin have a theological, historical, and biblical conversation about communion as a means of grace.

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What Happened to Baptism?

The sacrament of baptism was given to us by God as a means of His grace. Baptism is about our union with Christ. It is a sign of being grafted into him in his life, death, and resurrection. It is a sign of the remission of our sins. It is a sign of God’s promise to keep us unto salvation. Sadly, this is not how baptism is typically talked about in the church. What happened? Why is it not talked about this way? In today’s episode Jon and Justin have a theological, historical, and biblical conversation about baptism as a means of grace.

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God’s Will Hunting

In today’s episode, the guys talk about God’s will. Many Christians agonize over the will of God for their lives. Is there a secret will of God that we are called to discern? Can we make decisions that put us outside the will of God? Has God spoken to what His will is for our lives? Jon and Justin consider these things and more.

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I Come to the Garden Alone?

The title for today’s episode comes from a 20th century hymn. That hymn is illustrative of the common mindset in the evangelical church–that the real stuff of the Christian life happens when we are alone. Is that what the New Testament teaches? How is it that we grow in the faith? How is it that we become mature in Christ? Jon and Justin consider these questions and discuss how the Christian life is inherently corporate, how devotion is church-shaped, and how the corporate realities of the gathered church drive our private lives.

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Prayer Requires Righteousness

This is the second of at least two episodes from James 5. In James 5:16, the apostle writes that the prayer of a righteous person is effective. This raises the question: is righteousness required for prayer? If so, what kind of righteousness is James talking about? He gives the example of Elijah and how effective his prayers were. How are we to understand that? Jon and Justin discuss all of this–and more in today’s podcast.

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Prayer for Healing

This is the first of at least two episodes from James 5. In James 5:14, the apostle writes that if a person is sick he should have the elders of the church anoint him and pray for him. Then he says that the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. How are we to understand this? What kind of healing is in view? What is the prayer of faith? Jon and Justin consider these questions and more.

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The Self-Validation Project

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In the church, we can struggle to rightly understand and apply the grace of God in Christ. We know we need grace on the front end of salvation, but then, once in, we flip to an economy of merit. And now, we’re just collecting stars and earning cookies. It is as though we think that through our working we can retroactively vindicate God’s saving of us and turn ourselves into the kind of people God would’ve been happy to save in the first place. In this episode, Jon and Justin talk about how the Christian life is a project of self-validation for many.

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Is the Law Relevant Today?

In this third of three episodes on God’s law, Jon and Justin talk about the threefold division of the law. This conversation is important for anyone who has ever wondered what to make of all the laws God gave to Israel in the Old Testament. What is binding for us today? What is not? What do some of these obscure sounding commands have to do with us in the new covenant era? In short, the confessional, Reformed understanding of the threefold division of the moral, ceremonial, and judicial law is very helpful for our understanding.

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Intro to Three Uses of the Law

In this second of three episodes on God’s law, Jon and Justin talk about the three uses of the law. In considering the three uses of the law, we are essentially answering the question, “Why did God give the law?” The first use of the law is to show us our sin and drive us to Christ. The second use is to teach all men right and wrong–and to restrain our corruption. The third use is to serve as the guide for our living in Christ. Without these uses in view, we are prone to make all kinds of errors in our application and understanding of God’s law.

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