Episode 75 – Angels


Here on our 75th episode we are joined by Biblical scholar Dr. Michael Heiser as we chat about his latest book, Angels: What the Bible Really Says About God’s Heavenly Host. It is a fascinating book and a fascinating conversation you won’t want to miss! You can also listen to Dr. Heiser on his podcast, the Naked Bible Podcast and at his website.

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Angels: What the Bible Really Says About God’s Heavenly Host by Dr. Michael Heiser
The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible by Dr. Michael Heiser
Supernatural: What the Bible Teaches about the Unseen World And Why It Matters by Dr. Michael Heiser
The Bible Unfiltered: Approaching Scripture on Its Own Terms by Dr. Michael Heiser
I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible by Dr. Michael Heiser


Episode 74 – The Sanctity of Human Life in Light of Current Events


In response to legislation in the states of New York and Virginia that would seek to radically expand abortion rights, Ray Jewell and I discuss the sanctity of every human life both in and out of the womb. Rather than a technical lecture, we speak from the heart and turn to the Word of God as we consider this very complex issue.

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Abortion: A Rational Look at An Emotional Issue by R. C. Sproul
The The Gospel & Abortion (Gospel For Life) by Russell Moore and  Andrew T. Walker
Adopted for Life by Russell Moore
Won by Love by Norma McCorvey
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line by Abby Johnson

Episode 73 – The Attributes of God – The Contemplation of God


This is our final episode of our journey through the attributes of God. Join us as Pastor Phil Allen (Daystar Christian Fellowship in South Beloit, WI) helps us wrap things up with a discussion about how to even think about God.

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The Attributes of God by AW Pink
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Knowledge Of The Holy by A.W. Tozer
Desiring God by John Piper
Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation by Robert Morgan

Episode 72 – The Attributes of God – The Wrath of God


We all like to bask in the love of God, but Scripture also speaks of God’s wrath. When we think of anger from a human perspective, we think of someone consumed with vengeance and ready to seek revenge. Is this the God of the Bible? Is the wrath of God ever justified? Joining us this week is Pastor Tim Johnson of the Rock Valley Chapel in Beloit, WI. You won’t want to miss this look into a very unpopular subject.

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The Attributes of God by AW Pink
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Got Your Ticket? by Tim Johnson
Now My Eye Sees You: Unveiling an Apocalyptic Job by Tim Johnson
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards
The Wrath Of God by Martyn Lloyd-Jones
4 Problems with Downplaying God’s Wrath by Gavin Ortlund

Episode 71 – The Attributes of God – The Love of God


We’re in our 15th installment of our series on the attributes of God and we finally come to the one attribute most people associate with God – love. So, listen in as Ray Jewell joins us for an encouraging look at how not only God loves us but that how we should be a reflection of that to those around us.

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Recommended Resources:

The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
The God Who Loves by John F. MacArthur
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God by D. A. Carson
God’s Love by R.C. Sproul

Episode 70 – The Attributes of God – The Mercy of God


Now that the holiday season has ended we delve right back in to our exploration of the attributes of God. In this fourteenth segment, Ray Jewell and I discuss God’s mercy – something we all need!

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The Attributes of God by A.W. Pink
The Misery of Job and the Mercy of God by John Piper
Have Mercy on Me: Four Glimpses into the Heart of God by David Mathis

069 – New Year’s Eve Edition – A Year End Review of Books


What better way to ring in the new Year than with Ray Jewell and I?  In this episode we discuss books that we read this past year.  But wait, there’s more!  In this special extended hour-long edition I ask several others what books impacted them this year.  So you will also hear from other great guests such as:  Ray Rhodes, Jesse Beernink, Jordan Cernek, Aaron White, Mark Ward, Bob Bixby and Phil Allen.

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The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity by Soong-Chan Rah
Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing by Andy Crouch
This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
What Time is Purple? By Tom Hammond
The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution by R. Albert Mohler
The Secret Battle of Ideas about God: Overcoming the Outbreak of Five Fatal Worldviews by Jeff Myers
The Character of the Church: The Marks of God’s Obedient People by Joe Thorn
The Heart of the Church: The Gospel’s History, Message, and Meaning by Joe Thorn
The Life of the Church: The Table, Pulpit, and Square by Joe Thorn
H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography by Charles H. Spurgeon
The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken
Romans by R.C. Sproul
Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter by Michael S. Lundy
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

068 – Advent


Yesterday marked the fourth Sunday of Advent season leading up to Christmas day tomorrow. Many churches recognize the tradition of Advent, but what does it really mean? Is it ever mentioned in the Bible? How ought we to recognize Christ in all of this? Pastor Aaron White of the River Hills Community Church in Janesville, WI joins us to discuss this topic.

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Recommended Resources:

Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name by Sally Lloyd-Jones
Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper and David Mathis
The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent by John Piper
Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation by Joel R. Beeke
The King’s Mission: A Daily Advent Devotional by J. Aaron White
A Jesus Christmas: Explore God’s Amazing Plan for Christmas by Barbara Reaoch

067 – The Attributes of God – The Grace of God

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Grace is absolutely amazing, but just what is it and why is it amazing? In this twelfth installment of our look at the attributes of God we talk about one of the most encouraging aspect’s of who God is, His grace. Joining us is Scotty Smith, author of several books, the Pastor Emeritus at Christ Community, Teacher in Residence at West End Community Church and the man behind the Heavenward Blog.

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Recommended Resources:

The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges
Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love by Jerry Bridges
The Grace Awakening: Believing in Grace Is One Thing. Living it Is Another. by Charles R. Swindoll
Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith by Scotty Smith
Every Season Prayers: Gospel-Centered Prayers for the Whole of Life by Scotty Smith
The Reign of Grace: The Delights and Demands of God’s Love by Scotty Smith

066 – Bonus Episode – The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon


In this special bonus episode we invite Pastor Ray Rhodes Jr. who is the author of the great new book, Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon. Many of are already familiar with the Prince of Preachers himself, Charles Spurgeon, but what do we know about his wife? “Susannah Spurgeon was a remarkable woman in her own right. She rode nobody’s coattails and was as instrumental in the gospel ministry of the Spurgeon family as her husband, if less well-known. In this well-crafted and thoroughly researched biography, Ray Rhodes Jr. paints a portrait of Susie’s own life – her growth in faith, her joyful marriage, her strength in suffering, her devoted ministry, and her lasting legacy.” Listen in as we chat about Susie Spurgeon, her life, legacy and what it all means for us today. I guarantee you’ll learn something you didn’t know before and you might even be surprised about a few things.

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Recommended Resources:

Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr.
Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon by Charles Ray