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July 17, 2020

Episode 40: Introduction to Critical Theory

What is Critical Theory? Why would we talk about it? Are we even qualified to talk about it? This is the first episode in our series on Critical Theory, and here we lay some important ground work for future episodes. Is this the most exciting and controversial stuff on the internet dealing with Critical Theory? Definitely not. But is it helpful? We think so.

July 11, 2020

Episode 39: Our Kingdom, or God’s?

What does it look like when a pastor builds his own kingdom? In this episode we talk about the dangers of self-branding and self-promotion in ministry.

This episode's "book you should read" is C.J. Mahaney's Humility (https://www.amazon.com/Humility-Greatness-C-J-Mahaney/dp/1590523261/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=cj+mahaney+humility&qid=1594481383&sr=8-2_)

Also, if you haven't seen it, watch the film There Will Be Blood (2007).

July 4, 2020

Episode 38: On Social Media

We're back! After a year-long hiatus, we came back together to discuss social media. We dig in to cognitive bias, disunity in the church, and other spiritual dangers that Facebook, Twitter, and similar platforms present. We also offer some simple suggestions for Christians struggling in this area.

This episode's "book you should read" is an article by Mark Dever: 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting Something Online

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