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#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?  ...

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