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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. 

January 10, 2019

Episode 27: Is “Social Justice” a Marxist Concept?, Part 1

The term “Social Justice” can be found in almost any discussion about society, politics, and religion, and many evangelicals have fully embraced the word. But what is the history of the term, and how might the ideological origins of “social justice” color its meaning? In this episode, we survey the origins of the conception of social justice, and look at the the ways that Catholic, Utilitarian, and Marxist ideologies have harnessed the power of this phrase.

This episode's "book you should" read is an article: Defining Social Justice, by Michael Novak

January 5, 2019

Episode 26: Defining “Justice” Biblically

In this episode, we discuss the way the Bible speaks of “justice.” We look at the two Hebrew words translated as “justice” in our English bibles, and use them to build a framework for understanding the use of the word in modern discussion about “social justice”.


January 2, 2019

Episode 25: Concerns About J.D. Greear’s Pragmatism

In this episode, we discuss recent tweets from the President of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear. We believe these tweets are indicative of serious problems within evangelical culture, namely, a pragmatic view of worship that turns Sunday gatherings in to performances. Because Pastor Greear is both a highly influential leader and a brother in the faith, we felt compelled to address these problems directly.  


This episodes "books you should read": Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heartby J.D. Greear

December 18, 2018

Episode 24: Good and Bad Ways to Think About the Mission of the Church

Much of the current buzz about social justice centers on what the church should be doing in the world. But what is the mission of the church? As we discuss in this episode, the mission of the church is far more specific than many evangelicals believe it to be. When we we add to that mission, even with good works, we risk drifting from what God has called the church to do. Even worse, we might eventually lose the gospel itself. 

This episode's "books you should read": What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission

December 15, 2018

Episode 23: Defining “Church”

Continuing our discussion of social justice, we begin to hammer out some fundamental terms. In this episode, we define the word "church." If you want to think rightly about social justice, you have to understand the mission of the church. If you want to understand the mission of the church, you have to correctly define what and who the church is.