Transcripts

MEMBERS: The Difference Between Sin and Struggle (Transcript)

Jon and Justin talk about preaching that leads to more despair and discouragement, rather than helping us in it. ...Read more

The Difference Between Sin and Struggle (Transcript)

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? ...Read more

MEMBERS: Agree to Disagree (Transcript)

What about politics? Should Christians be debating what candidate or political party one should vote for? ...Read more

Agree to Disagree (Transcript)

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? ...Read more

The Covenant of Grace in the Old Testament (Transcript)

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? ...Read more

MEMBERS: Fantasy Christianity (Transcript)

Jon and Justin talk about the mission of the church and what it looks like to keep the main things the main things. ...Read more

Fantasy Christianity (Transcript)

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? ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS Left Behind: Have We Moved On from the Gospel? (Transcript)

Jon and Justin talk about the \"taste and see\" reality of a church where the gospel permeates everything in the life of the congregation. ...Read more

Left Behind: Have We Moved On from the Gospel? (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

Introduction To Covenant Theology Part One (Transcript)

Introduction To Covenant Theology Part One ...Read more

MEMBERS: Did It Matter How Jesus Died? (Transcript)

Jon and Justin consider why we would interpret the Bible in any other way than a redemptive-historical fashion with Jesus at the center. ...Read more

Did It Matter How Jesus Died? (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Is Your Theological System Any Good? (Transcript)

Members\' Podcast: The guys discuss whether all of Scripture is Christian Scripture, dispensationalism, and how interpretative models affect assurance. ...Read more

Is Your Theological System Any Good? (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: The “Five Points” of Reformed Theology (Transcript)

The guys continue the conversation around the major tenets of reformed theology. ...Read more

The “Five Points” of Reformed Theology (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Our Weakness, Sex, and the Gospel (Transcript)

Justin and Jon consider Proverbs 6:33 and whether our disgrace from sexual sin can ever be taken away? Also, the guys talk about how the church has often confused its mission when it comes to sex and the culture. ...Read more

Our Weakness, Sex, and the Gospel (Transcript)

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? ...Read more

MEMBERS: How Not to Read Your Bible (Transcript)

The guys consider whether personal Bible reading is a litmus test of being a good and faithful Christian. ...Read more

How Not to Read Your Bible (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

MEMBERS: The Slow Death of Pietism (Transcript)

We get a little bit more punchy as we talk about the dangers of pietism as it relates to the gathered saints in the local church and the damage that it can cause. We hope this conversation is beneficial to you as it was to us. We look forward to ...Read more

The Slow Death Of Pietism (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

MEMBERS: What the World Needs Now (Transcript)

Jon and Justin talk about the most difficult kind of people to live with, as well the struggle we have to accept people\'s repentance. ...Read more

What the World Needs Now (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Does Your Job Matter To God? (Transcript)

Jon drops a bomb and opens the topic of transforming culture and American Christianity. Is it the mission of the church to fight back against bad governments? What role should Christian play in politics, or even pursuing being a politician? ...Read more

Does Your Job Matter to God? (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

MEMBERS: You’re a Bad Christian If… (Transcript)

Jon and Justin talk about the responsibility of leaders in light of Hebrews 13 and James 3. And, we discuss turning our fear into good motivation for the advancement of the gospel. ...Read more

Fearing the Judgment Seat (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: You’re a Bad Christian If… (Transcript)

Members Podcast: The guys continue the conversation on the burdens of our current cultural moment. We take a look back at the #metoo movement and consider the primacy of the gospel in the life of the church ...Read more

You’re a Bad Christian If… (Transcript)

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? ...Read more

MEMBERS: Archive Favorites: Obedience Is Not a Dirty Word (Transcript)

Members Podcast: Jon and Justin talk pastorally and personally about the fallout of evangelical confusion over justification and sanctification. ...Read more

Archive Favorites: Obedience Is Not a Dirty Word (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

Why All Calvinists Are Not Reformed (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Why All Calvinists Are Not Reformed (Transcript)

The guys talk personally about our transition into confessional, reformed theology--and the difference it has made in our lives and churches. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Transcript)

The guys layout the primary and secondary issues one should consider first before they leave or stay in their current context. Is something like sanctification a reason to leave? ...Read more

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Drowning in Evangelicalism? (Transcript)

The guys continue the conversation on evangelicalism by considering how confessional theology is the antidote to so much of what ails the contemporary church. ...Read more

Drowning in Evangelicalism? (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Dazed and Confused: Does 2 Peter 1:1-12 Teach Pietism? (Transcript)

Members Podcast: Jon and Justin talk pastorally and personally about the fallout of evangelical confusion over justification and sanctification. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Back to Rome? (Transcript)

Members Podcast: Jon and Justin talk pastorally and personally about the fallout of evangelical confusion over justification and sanctification. ...Read more

Back to Rome? (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Racism, Injustice, and the Church(Transcript)

The guys talk personally with our listeners, some of whom have sent in emails. And, we seek to encourage one another with the hope of the new heaven and the new earth, which Christ has secured for us. ...Read more

Racism, Injustice, and the Church (Transcript)

 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 ...Read more

MEMBERS: Biblical Counseling: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Transcript)

The guys discuss the value of counseling centers and how they can partner well with local churches to care for struggling saints. We also talk about the fallout of an obsession with sanctification. Restoration Counseling Center of Asheville (that Justin mentioned): https://restorationashevillenc.com ...Read more

Biblical Counseling: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Triumphalism (Transcript)

The guys continue the conversation on triumphalism and by considering the exhortation of Paul to walk by the Spirit so that we don\'t gratify the desires of the flesh. ...Read more

Triumphalism (Transcript)

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? ...Read more

MEMBERS: Depression (Transcript)

The guys talk about how to counsel people who are battling depression. We discuss mercy, compassion, the roles of Scripture, and the church, as well as practical helps. ...Read more

Depression (Transcript)

In 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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Law/Gospel Distinction (Transcript)

The guys talk about how maintaining an appropriate distinction between law and gospel leads to assurance and rest in Christ. ...Read more

Law/Gospel Distinction (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

Christ-Centered Preaching (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

MEMBERS: Christ-Centered Preaching (Transcript)

The guys continue the conversation on assurance by considering good works, the ongoing struggle with sin, and the work of Christ. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Assurance (Transcript)

The guys continue the conversation on assurance by considering good works, the ongoing struggle with sin, and the work of Christ. ...Read more

Assurance (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

MEMBERS: Q&A: Confessional Theology, Justification & Sanctification, and Church Discipline (Transcript)

We continue answering questions from the online live Q&A. Topics include how to preach obedience and the damage caused by fear-based preaching. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Legal Preaching (Transcript)

Jon and Justin talk about their own journeys away from legal preaching and also consider the purpose of the pulpit. ...Read more

Legal Preaching (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

MEMBERS: Preaching [About] the Gospel (Transcript)

In the Members podcast, we cover preaching about sin and obedience in light of the gospel. We also discuss Christ-centered preaching--what it is and what it isn\'t. ...Read more

Preaching [About] the Gospel (Transcript)

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 ...Read more

MEMBERS: Joy in Suffering: A Conversation in Light of COVID-19 (Transcript)

The guys continue the conversation about suffering and the Christian life. We blow up some unhelpful things we\'ve seen being posted on social media and elsewhere ...Read more

Joy in Suffering: A Conversation in Light of COVID-19 (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Proverbs: Where Is Jesus? (Transcript)

Jon and Justin discuss how Proverbs is selectively applied and misapplied. We also get into The Song of Solomon. ...Read more

Proverbs: Where is Jesus? (Transcript)

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? ...Read more

MEMBERS: How Much Can a Christian Sin? (Transcript)

Jon and Justin talk about implications for preaching in light of our struggle against sin. We also consider church discipline as a tool given to us by God for the restoration of sinners. ...Read more

How Much Can a Christian Sin? (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: More Than a Feeling? (Transcript)

The guys continue the conversation on feelings, faith, and assurance. We also discuss Christian Hedonism and where it tends to lead. ...Read more

More Than a Feeling? (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

Comforts from the Cross (Transcript)

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. ...Read more

MEMBERS: Comforts from the Cross (Transcript)

Today on Theocast, Jon and I talk about the fact that sometimes as Christians we think that we have understood the gospel, foolishly thinking we have reached the bottom and that there\'s not a lot left for us to understand. Then God comes in, graciously and lovingly, and explodes our ...Read 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 ...Read more

The Dark Side Of Christianity (Transcript)

Today on Theocast, we\'re going to be talking about the darkness and the evil that exists within all of us. The Christian life is often anything but clean. It\'s messy. It\'s hard. We\'re not always on this nice, clean, upward trajectory of ongoing improvement. We\'re going to talk honestly about ...Read more

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 ...Read more

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