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June 7, 2019

Episode 37: Prosperity in the Atonement

Does God promise healing for all believers in this life? Katherine and Russell team up for this episode on in our series on the prosperity gospel. They discuss the relationship between prosperity theology and the atonement, identify the various proof texts and arguments used by prosperity teachers to justify their views on the atonement, and present a scriptural alternative. 

May 25, 2019

Episode 36: Dissecting The Pro-Choice Argument

Pun intended. In this episode, we review our experiences at the "My Body My Choice" rally, talk about the changes that have occurred in the pro-choice rhetoric over the last few years, and outline an apologetic strategy for engaging with the other side.

May 11, 2019

Episode 35: The Roots of Prosperity Theology, Part 3

Where does the prosperity gospel come from? Why should we care? In this series we look at the historical roots of the Word of Faith movement and explain how understanding the history of this American phenomena can help us better understand it today.

In this series, we recommend three "book you should read":

1. The Word-Faith Controversy: Understanding the Health and Wealth Gospel

2. Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

3. No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It's Harmful

May 11, 2019

Episode 34: The Roots of Prosperity Theology, Part 2

Where does the prosperity gospel come from? Why should we care? In this series we look at the historical roots of the Word of Faith movement and explain how understanding the history of this American phenomena can help us better understand it today.

In this series, we recommend three "book you should read":

1. The Word-Faith Controversy: Understanding the Health and Wealth Gospel

2. Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

3. No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It's Harmful

May 11, 2019

Episode 33: The Roots of Prosperity Theology, Part 1

Where does the prosperity gospel come from? Why should we care? In this series we look at the historical roots of the Word of Faith movement and explain how understanding the history of this American phenomena can help us better understand it today.

In this series, we recommend three "book you should read":

1. The Word-Faith Controversy: Understanding the Health and Wealth Gospel

2. Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel

3. No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It's Harmful

April 25, 2019

Episode 32: Prosperity Heresy

The prosperity gospel is one of the greatest threats to the true gospel in the world today. In this episode, we describe the underlying heresies associated with the prosperity gospel, also known as the word of faith movement. We unpack some of the dangers of the prosperity movement, spend some time talking about how it can creep into otherwise healthy churches. 

This episode's "book you should read": The Word-Faith Controversy: Understanding the Health and Wealth Gospel

 

April 18, 2019

Episode 31: Charity, Clarity, Proximity, Speed

After a long hiatus, we get back to the topic of social justice. We find that the concepts of charity, clarity, proximity, and speed, give us good biblical categories through which we can discuss issues of justice. Give this one a listen and see if you agree. 

This episode's "book you should read": Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion

February 6, 2019

Episode 30: Celebrityism and the Multisite Church

If you've listened to our episodes on the biblical definition of a "church", you've probably figured out that we don't believe the multisite church model is healthy, or biblical. In this episode, we unpack our concern that multisite churches are particularly at risk for developing a culture of celebrityism. What is celebrityism? How does it negatively impact God's people? Listen and find out. I'm not just going to give it all away in the description. 

This episode's "book you should read" is an article: Twenty-Two Problems with Multisite Churches 

January 26, 2019

Episode 29: Developing a Theology of Worship

What is the role of music in a church? Should music leaders and pastors focus primarily on entertainment and musical excellence, or on congregational singing? In this episode, Sean talks with Grant Miller about the way scripture changed his theology of worship, and ultimately the way he leads music on Sunday mornings. 

This episode's "book you should read": Sing!: How Worship Transforms Your Life, Family, and Church

January 12, 2019

Episode 28: Is “Social Justice” a Marxist Concept?, Part 2

Following our analysis of the history and evolution of the term "social justice", Sean and Russell ask an important question: How should we use this term? We look at the three major conceptions of the term that are popular today, and make the argument that christians (and especially pastors) should consider avoiding it when possible.