Mon Jan 31 2022 (24:30)
This week we welcome Paul Cox of Reftoons back to the podcast. Paul is here to talk about one of his latest projects, the Illustrated Baptist Catechism. This is a great resource that takes Benjamin Keach’s classic work and adds Paul’s touch of cartoonish brilliance. I love this book and use it with my own family. So listen in as we discuss all the work that went into this and about the use of catechisms in general.
Mon Jan 24 2022 (24:07)
This week we welcome Jeff Wagner to the podcast. Jeff is here to tell us about an exciting new resources he’s created to help people get into the Word of God. It’s not a crossword puzzle and its not a word search puzzle, but a CrossSearch puzzle – you’ll have to listen in to find out more. Its fun activity for the entire family!
Mon Jan 17 2022 (27:10)
This week we are discussing a topic I’d rather not discuss, but certainly is an important one that needs more exposure and light. While the church ought to be a place of healing, edification and encouragement not all churches provide an environment where that can happen. More and more we see victims coming forward exposing a dark underbelly of the church that we would like to believe doesn’t exist. The truth is there are toxic church environments where abuse and cover-ups abound. As Christians, we believe judgment starts with God’s people in God’s house. Our guest is victim advocate Michie DeBerry who tells us about his experience and what warn signs you should be looking for.
Mon Jan 10 2022 (31:11)
Pastor Aaron White
This week we welcome back Pastor Aaron White to the podcast. Aaron has dropped by once again to talk about his latest book, Seeing the Savior: A Devotional Introduction to Biblical Theology. Maybe you’ve heard that Jesus is on every page of Scripture, but have you ever wondered about seeing him in some of the difficult or strange passages in the Old Testament? Is He really in all of Scripture? The answer is yes and Pastor White does a great job in making that clear in this easy-to-read devotional. Listen in for this and much more…
Mon Jan 03 2022 (23:24)
Welcome to the first episode of 2022! To usher in the new year I’ve invited back my friend and former student Daniel Leach. Daniel is a sophomore at Heartland Baptist Bible College. In this episode Daniel shares what the Lord is doing in his life and then gives us a challenge from Luke 5.
Mon Dec 27 2021 (25:177)
Here it is, the last episode of 2021! But, before we move on 2022, I want to share one final thought from the Christmas season. Maybe, its a thought you’ve never considered before. So, listen in and here about what I consider to be the missing part of the Christmas season.
Mon Dec 13 2021 (29:02)
Dr. Don Woodard
This week we welcome back to the podcast Pastor Don Woodard, author of the new book “Life’s About Relationships.” I doubt there are few people who have a genuine love for people that Don Woodard. So, if there is anyone qualified to write a book about relationship, it is my friend. It was also my honor to write the forward to this book. So, you won’t want to miss this great conversation!
Wed Dec 12 2021 (31:41)
Pastor Ken Hereford
Last week I learned of the passing of one of God’s servants, Pastor Ken Hereford. He attended Bible college at Maranatha Baptist Bible University where he received a degree in Theological Studies after which he launched into church planting here in the stateline area of Illinois and Wisconsin. One of these churches, Grace & Truth Church, actually met in my classroom in its early days. It was my pleasure to teach four of his children and invite him to speak in my chapel service several times. Ken had not only a love for Christ but a passion for the gospel and desire to see the Scripture properly taught. So, I can think of no better way to honor him that to air one of his messages this week. This message was preached at one of our National Day of Prayer services. You won’t want to miss this episode! If you have ever been concerned that people hear and spread the true gospel and not one of its many counterfeits, this message is for you.
Mon Nov 08 2021 (27:14)
Jeff Redin, Adam Meyer, Jon Grice, Calvin Swanson, Tim Bales, Tim Davila, Anthony Culver
Ok, so this episode is a little late due to an unexpected stay in the hospital But, here we are at last celebrating pastor appreciation month. So, basically, I shoved a microphone in front of several confused pastors and asked them each, “When, as a pastor, do you feel most appreciated?” My prayer is that through this episode you will not only gain a better appreciation for your pastor, but learn how to express that appreciation in a meaningful way.
Mon Oct 18 2021 (35:37)
This week’s podcast features one of my favorite authors and podcasters, Ted Kluck. You can hear Ted on the Happy Rant and Gut Check podcasts or drop by his classroom at Union University in Tennessee. Last year he was gracious enough to zoom into my classroom for a virtual chapel interview. We are talking about one of Ted’s favorite topics – sports. Here not only his sage advice, but you can hear about my run-in with NFL superstar Tom Brady and my short career as an assistant soccer coach.
Mon Oct 11 2021 (28:35)
Pastor Bob Bixby
Legalism is something every Christian must fight against. We all have the urge a time to measure our faith (or the faith of others) but some outside, extra-Biblical standard. In hopes of solidifying our faith, legalism only drives us away from Christ leads to depend on our own strength and virtue. This week’s podcast features a clip from a sermon preached by one of my favorite preachers, Bob Bixby of Redeemer Church in Freemont, CA. Pastor Bob was once my pastor and still continues to be a mentor and friend. I think you will find this extremely helpful in your fight against the spiritually deadly inclination.
Mon Oct 04 2021 (23:14)
You hear that knock on the door and you know its not a salesman. Two well dressed men with pamphlets and Bibles are trying to talk to you about your soul. Yet, far from preaching the truth, these men are spreading the deceitful lies of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Are you ready for this encounter with Jehovah’s Witnesses? Joining us once again on the podcast is fellow podcaster and author Daniel Mynyk. In his latest book, Daniel and his brother John detail their doorway encounter and give you some tips about how to not only defend the truth, but to spread it.
Mon Sept 26 2021 (26:02)
This week our guest is fellow PCC grad and podcaster Daniel Mynyk. He will be discussing his extensive book on tithing, Freedom To Give (The Biblical Truth About Tithing). You might be surprised at what the Bible actually says about. Whenever Christians start talking about money, you know its going to stir the pot. You won’t want to miss this episode!
Mon Sept 6 2021 (23:12)
Happy Labor Day! This is a special episode as we welcome Daniel Leach, one of my former students., to the podcast. Daniel is a student studying at Heartland Baptist Bible College. Daniel has a heart for the Lord and a mind to serve others. This week I’ll ask him to tell us a little bit about himself and then stick around to give a short devotional the Lord laid upon his heart.
Mon Aug 30 2021 (25:45)
Dr. Scott Lownsdale
What does it mean to abide in Christ? As Christians we certainly acknowledge the existence of God, but it is another thing entire to live in the presence of that God we know exists. Join us this week as we open up John 15 with Christian counselor Scott Lownsdale and discuss this very topic.
Mon Aug 16 2021 (21:44)
Evangelist Scott Pauley
This week we welcome back Evangelist Scott Pauley as we chat about his book, The Need of Our Nation. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a political agenda or any sort of Christian nationalism. Instead, Brother Pauley focuses on the spiritual revival we in God’s house need so much.
Mon Aug 09 2021 (23:00)
Pastor James R. Wilkes
Everyone needs hope. We all cling to some sort of hope. But, as believers, what is our ultimate hope? Where can we turn for hope? The Scripture offers us not merely an optimistic feeling based on good intentions, but a solid confidence found in the gospel. In his book, A Hope Filled Life, Pastor James R. Wilkes seeks to give a theology of hope grounded in the Word of God. You won’t want to miss this episode. Not only is this author a great pastor, but he was my pastor for many years growing up. Very few people have invested their life into mine like he has.
Mon Aug 02 2021 (22:16)
Evangelist Tom Farrell
Last week Evangelist Tom Farrell went to be with the Lord at the age of 69 after suffering from a brain tumor. I have found memories of hearing Dr. Farrell preach at the Wilds Christian camp several times when I was a teenager. He preached with passion and loved the Word. This week I’ll share my greatest memory of him, this interview I conducted with him at the Wilds about 25 years ago. This also has the distinction of being the very first interview I ever recorded with anyone! I was only a teen but he gave me some time to sit down with him. So, this week’s podcast features an interview with Tom Farrell that gives us a little insight on his personal background and gives a glimpse inside the mind of me as a teenager!
Mon July 19 2021 (32:29)
We have finally come to the end of our series on the five points of Calvinism. Last week, Ray Jewell gave his rebuttal to Calvinism while I TRIED to hold my tongue. This week there is no chance of that happening. This week, Ray and I rumble. We are having it out. The last time this happened, Ray outsmarted me for sure. This time, the gloves are off and I am ready to go. Who will win? Listen and decide for yourself.
Mon July 12 2021 (29:03)
We are nearing the end of our series on the Five Points of Calvinism. But, we couldn’t end this series without hearing from our favorite Arminian, Ray Jewell. Ray has been waiting patiently but has been waiting for this very moment. So, listen in to Ray’s rebuttal for the past several episodes.
Mon June 28 2021 (23:11)
Ray Jewell, Gary Zimmerman, Scott Whiting, Aaron White
Welcome back as we continue to weave our way through the Five Points of Calvinism. This week will be part two of the panel discussion we started on the last episode. We have each of the panelists back and one additional late comer, Pastor Aaron White. So, don’t miss the exciting conclusion!
Mon Jun 21 2021 (43:43)
Ray Jewell, Gary Zimmerman, Scott Whiting
We’re back in our series on Calvinism, but this week the gloves come off. For the next two weeks we’ll be airing a panel discussion that took place in my systematic theology class (via zoom). This panel features four different perspectives. Here for the discussion are our own Ray Jewell, Gary Zimmerman of Rockford Lutheran School and Scott Whiting, pastor of the Compass Church in Janesville, WI.
Mon June 14 2021 (28:06)
Kristin Kobes Du Mez
This is the interview I’ve been looking forward to post. Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez is convicting and fascinating history of the modern evangelical movement. While I don’t agree with every conclusion she draws, the book is well worth your time. There are lessons on patriarchy, abuse and the mishandling of Scripture that should give us much to think about and even act upon. Kristen was very kind to give us a few minutes of her time on what was an incredibly busy day for her as the paperback of this book launched on the very day of our interview.
Mon May 31 2021 (22:14)
Its that time of year again, graduation! Across the country students are recovering from a tough year of covid restrictions and now find themselves staring into an uncertain future. This week we are airing a message from Pastor Michael T. Powers (Youth Pastor at Faith Community Church in Janesville, WI) delivered at the 2021 Rock County Christian School graduation service, Michael’s messages are always Biblical, powerful and challenging.
Mon May 17 2021 (34:04)
Chandler Martin and Cameron Davila
Welcome to our first ever cross-over episode. As we continue along in our series on the Five Points of Calvinism, I thought I would air an episode of another podcast – featuring an interview with me. Two of my more industrious and theology-minded students asked me to appear on their podcast to talk about my views on this topic. So, be sure to check out their podcast by following the link in the recommended resources.
Mon May 10 2021 (39:55)
Jesse Knopp and Daytoven Raleigh
We’re back in our series on the Five Points of Calvinism. This week we’re in point five – Perseverance of the Saints. Is it “once saved, always saved” or is there more to this idea? In light of all these deconversion stories, is it possible for a true follower of the Lord to walk away from their faith? Joining me to discuss this issue are some of my brothers from Faith Community Church, Jesse Knopp and Daytoven Raleigh. Its a great conversation you won’t want to miss.
Mon Apr 19 2021 (37:54)
Pastor Aaron White
As we continue on our merry way through the doctrines of TULIP, we welcome back to the podcast, Pastor Aaron White (Redeemer Bible Church). Aaron joins us to talk about Irresistible Grace. Can man ever reject the plan of God? Is this a violation of man’s free will? Listen in and find out!
Mon Apr 12 2021 (35:17)
This week we continue our series on the five points of Calvinism. In this episode, we jump right into the most controversial point – Limited Atonement. Did Christ die for all people? Answering this question is Josh Niemi of Expository Parenting and author of the book – Greater Than Aaron: The Supremacy of Christ’s Limited Atonement.
Sun Apr 04 2021 (45:19)
He is Risen! Welcome to our Easter edition of the podcast. In light of Easter, Ray and I are sharing this message from famed apologist Lee Strobel in which he lays out four evidences of the resurrection of Christ and how that changed everything for him (and us).
Mon Mar 29 2021 (30:35)
We are back to our series on the five points of Calvinsim. This week we welcome back to the podcast Les Lanphere the founder of the Reformed Pub and director of the documentary Calvinist. Les and I are discussing the U of Tulip, Unconditional Election. While this past election may have some bad memories, the doctrine of election should give us confidence in Christ. Just a quick note, this interview was recorded a little while ago, before Les’s latest documentary was available. It now is and you should follow the link below to purchase it!
Mon Mar 21 2021 (26:48)
One more quick interruption to our series on Calvinism… This week we’re welcoming Josh Teis back to podcast as we chat his book, The Quest for Friendship. The book debuts tomorrow, so you will want to listen to this sneak preview. As an adult, how many friends do you actually have? Outside of your spouse, how many people do you have a genuine, meaningful relationship with? Join us as Josh tells us about the need for friendship and even how to begin to cultivate these relationships in our lives.
Mon Mar 15 2021 (28:15)
This week we’re taking a break from our series on Calvinism to talk about a great new book that is coming out today – The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy & What to Do about It. Dave Jenkins, of Servants of Grace, is our guest as we chat about the problem of Biblical illiteracy and what we can do about it. So, go ahead and download the podcast then buy the book!
Mon Mar 08 2021 (27:07)
Pastor Tom Buck
We are in week two discussing the five point of Calvinism. This episode features an interview with Tom Buck, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lindale, Texas. What does it mean to be total depraved and how does square with the idea that we all have a little bit of goodness within us? You won’t want to miss this episode!
Mon Mar 01 2021 (27:04)
Brian L. Hanson
This week we begin our long awaited-for series on the five points of Calvinism. Before we explore each of the points themselves, Dr. Brian L Hanson joins the podcast once again to give us a historical perspective on this controversial topic. Brian is the assistant professor of history and theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church. It’s an interesting discussion so put on your thinking caps and get to take notes!
Mon Feb 22 2021 (29:30)
Pastor Logan Schwandt
This week we are welcoming Pastor Logan Schwandt on to the podcast. Logan is the Associate Pastor at Faith Community Church (Stateline campus) in South Beloit, IL. Listen in as we chat about his testimony, ministry and his new podcast – The Brok3n Podcast.
Mon Feb 15 2021 (23:50)
What better way to discuss love on this day after Valentines that to discuss the account of a “great lover”? Of course that’s not how we typically think of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. In Yours Till Heaven, Ray Rhodes details the love affair of Charles and Susie Spurgeon. This is a side of the Prince of Preachers you have not seen before. In an age where popular preachers make headlines for failing in their marriage, you won’t want to miss the account of a couple in ministry that got it right. So, this week we welcome Ray Rhodes back to the podcast to chat about his latest book.
Mon Feb 08 2021 (32:44)
Pastor Curtis King
On this week’s episode we’re discussing the Judges of Israel by Pastor Curtis King. The book of Judges is filled with great stories but Pastor King us able to apply these stories in a meaningful to show us that God can use anyone. These accounts were not given to us for mere entertainment but display the mighty power of God. So open up your Bible, listen to our discussion and then go get this book!
Mon Feb 01 2021 (29:59)
This week on the podcast we’re talking about children’s ministries. Our guest is my friend and co-worker Dayton Bennett. As my kids have sat under his ministry, I can personally testify of Dayton’s heart and competency in this field. This turned out to be both a fun and substantive conversation. If you’ve got kids in church or volunteer with youth – you won’t want to miss this episode!
Mon Jan 25 2021 (21:20)
Last week many of us watched the inauguration of our new President, Joe Biden. For some reason, President Biden did not invite me to speak at this event. I’m assuming it was an oversight of some kind… If I had been invited to speak, this is what I would have said.
Mon Jan 18 2021 (24:29)
Evangelist Jody Jenkins
This week’s episode was really special to me as it allowed me to connect with an old college friend, Evangelist Jody Jenkins. Jody has been in ministry for decades now and has collected a wealth of experience having served as both an evangelist and a pastor. He is a skilled preacher with a passion for helping others. Listen in this week as Jody talks to us about his latest venture, HOPE Ministries. You won’t want to miss this one, I promise!
Mon Dec 28 2020 (27:59)
We’ve come to the end of quite the interesting year. In this last episode of 2020, Ray and I look back at lessons the Lord has taught us. It wasn’t all bad and we praise the Lord for his continuing faithfulness.
Mon Dec 21 2020 (25:50)
On this special episode Santa Clause (aka Ray Jewell) and I make some exegetical observations from Luke 2, a classic Christmas passage. So listen in and hear about how a few shepherds stumble upon an epic clash of kingdoms on centering on a little baby.
Mon Dec 14 2020 (23:26)
Aaron White and Paul Cox
This week we’re talking about another new book release for children, Paul’s Big Letter. This book, written by our old friend Pastor Aaron White, takes the book of Romans and cuts it down into bit-sized, but still meaty portions for all to enjoy. Aaron doesn’t shy away from weighty subjects like justification and election, but tackles these subjects in such a way that introduces these subjects for all ages. As a special bonus, Paul Cox from RefToons is here as well talking about the illustrations he contributed to the book. You won’t want to miss this episode!
Mon Dec 7 2020 (16:57)
This week we celebrate the Advent season by discussing the Best Gift Ever Given with its author, Ronnie Martin. This is a great book for the whole family that walks through the Scripture beginning in Genesis and ending with God’s greatest gift to mankind. We also ambush our guest with a few questions from our friends at the Gut Check Podcast.
Mon Nov 23 2020 (5:58)
Tony, Davontae, and Leroy Thompson
Join us this week for a Thanksgiving family special. In this super short edition, I am joined by three of my four children as I give a few short reminders from Scripture to ponder this Thanksgiving holiday. The kids add a few “extra” comments of their own… In terms of recommended resources, I threw in one children’s book we have used in our family.
Mon Nov 9 2020 (26:08)
What is happiness? Is it obtainable in this day and age? As Christians, should we even seek for happiness? This week Ray and I ask the questions to the one and only Barnabas Piper, the author of the new book, Hoping for Happiness. We’ve been hyping up this book for the past few weeks so you won’t want to miss this one!
Mon Oct 26 2020 (36:40)
Evangelist Dan Knickerbocker
Join us for this special edition – recorded just about one week away from the 2020 election. My friend Evangelist Dan Knickerbocker and I sat down for a fun conversation about getting out the vote within our churches. We talk about the importance of voting even if it seems like it won’t do much good in your area, how this impacts our witness for Christ and even how guys like us can get along when we disagree about who to vote for in what could prove to be the most important election in our lifetime.
Mon Oct 19 2020 (40:46)
Pastor Allen Nelson
This week we’re once again celebrating pastor appreciation month. We are welcoming back Pastor Allen Nelson to the podcast. Pastor Nelson and I chat about the role of a pastor and take a look behind the scenes to gain a better appreciation for what the book of Ephesians calls a gift to the church.
Mon Oct 12 2020 (35:42)
This week we find ourselves in the midst of pastoral appreciation month. So, with that in mind, in this episode Ray and I discuss an article by Paul David Tripp, 5 Stumbling Blocks to Pastoral Honesty. We made this discussion for both pastor and church member alike.
Mon Sep 28 2020 (25:02)
Ray Jewell and Jo Jorgensen
Ray and I took a quick trip up to Madison, WI to hear Jo Jorgensen, the 2020 Libertarian Party Presidential candidate. We did get a little mixed up on the time of the event, but the trip did inspire us to record this episode on this topic of faith in politics on the ride home. In light of this election, you might be interested to hear our thoughts on the topic. At the end of the program you’ll hear an exclusive – Dr. Jorgensen answers one of my questions! You won’t want to miss that!
Mon Sep 21 2020 (29:33)
Listen in this week as welcome Rick Amburgey to the podcast to talk about his book, Searching For Calmer Waters: My Battle With Anxiety. Hear the tale of how through a series of cruises though the Caribbean Richard began to address and manage his struggle with anxiety. He hopes that this book will not only be a blessing to those who have similar struggles but will also help others understand that the battle is real.
Mon Sep 14 2020 (30:17)
This week features an interesting conversation with my friend and fellow church-goer – Rob Rozsa. Rob shares his testimony and then we get into topics such as what ministry looks like after vocational ministry, discipleship, family and reaching the next generation.
Mon Sep 7 2020 (33:44)
Missionary Joe Marshall
I have known Joe Marshall since I was a child as we grew up together, attending the same high school and college. Since those days, the Lord has led Joe to the missions field in Australia. He currently pastors the New Beginnings Baptist Church in North Brisbane. Listen in as we talk about his existing ministry there. You will be thrilled to see hear about the Lord at work.
Mon Aug 24 2020 (24:17)
Pastor Aaron White
This week we are featuring another just-released book, Man Up, Kneel Down: Shepherding Your Wife Toward Greater Joy In Jesus. Our guest is the author, Pastor Aaron White. Pastor White is a frequent guest on our podcast and we are excited to have him back once again. The book “is a street-level, biblically saturated, gospel-centered guide for guys who want to lead their families well by serving their wives. With accessible chapters, humor, application questions, and more, Man Up Kneel Down offers the Christian husband a guide to shepherd his wife with intentionality amidst the demands of life.”
Mon Aug 17 2020 (22:16)
This week we take a little departure from our normal type of program. I recently had the opportunity to interview Don Reid of the Statler Brothers music group. I must admit, I went all-out fanboy on this one. I’ve been listening to the Statlers ever since I can remember. We’re specifically talking about Don’s new book – The Music of The Statler Brothers: An Anthology. Yet, we also talk about their faith and even get into the connection between Southern Gospel music and Country Western. And, we do chat a little bit about total depravity… You WONT want to miss this podcast!
Mon Aug 10 2020 (24:00)
This week’s episode is ripped straight from the latest headlines. The question about whether or not to require face masks is dividing many churches. One side says that if you are not wearing one you are not loving your neighbor and putting the most vulnerable at risk. The other side contends that wearing a mask is evidence that you are living in fear and not trusting in Christ. Who is right? Or, is there another option? Listen in as Ray Jewell and I tackle this controversial topic.
Mon Aug 3 2020 (25:44)
Evangelist Scott Pauley
Who doesn’t want to see revival? I think all Christians long to see the day when the Spirit of God moves greatly through our country once again. But, is that really what revival is? While we often pray for revival, are praying for the right thing? Listen in this week as Evangelist Scott Pauley talks about his new book, Revival Praying.
Mon Jul 27 2020 (25:26)
This is our final week going through the book, Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. Ray and I give a few concluding thoughts about the book, simplicity within Christianity, a few cliches of our own and some other recommendations.
Mon Jul 20 (31:34)
Ray and I continue our walk through the book Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. This week we’re close to the end in chapter 10, “God is Good all the time; all the time God is good.” It seems like many Christians use this phrase to minimize, or even worse – ignore, the pain we all face from time to time. Listen in as we chat about the reality of suffering in the Christian life.
Mon Jul 13 2020 (26:15)
Ray and I continue our walk through the new book by Dr. Jeff Myers – Unquestioned Answers. This week we discuss chapter 9, “This World has Nothing for me.” Are we just passing through this world, are we just waiting for the rapture? Or, is there something more? Does God have us on this earth merely to wait for his return or do we have a job to do now? Listen in as we tackle these questions and more.
Mon Jul 06 2020 (28:07)
We’re rolling right along with our series on Unquestioned Answers by Dr. Jeff Myers. This week we cover chapter 8, “It’s Not My Place to Judge.” Is it ever ok to judge someone? Is there a difference between judging and being judgmental. Is God judgmental? Ray Jewell and I will answer these questions and more in this week’s episode.
Mon Jun 29 2020 (29:47)
Ray and I are back at working our way through the book, Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. This week we are in chapter 7 asking the question, was Jesus as a social justice warrior? As you can imagine, this will involve a little bit of controversy. Actually, listen in and you’ll hear Ray and I differ a bit from Dr. Myers on this topic. Just a side note, this episode was recorded before we aired our recent episodes on racial reconciliation.
Mon Jun 22 2020 (27:40)
We once again return to our scheduled series on the book Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. This week Ray and I discuss chapter 6, “Christianity is A Relationship; Not A Religion.” Listen in as we discuss why we disagree so much with this statement, It’s a personal pet peeve…
Mon Jun 08 2020 (27:10)
Pastor Michael Bell
As our nation searches for answers as we continue to struggle through the ramifications of what has been called our nation’s original sin, is there any hope? Can we find away to bridge the great divide when it comes to race? Our guest today has a message of hope to share with us. Michael Bell is one of the pastors at New Zion Baptist Church in Beloit, WI and is on the front lines when it comes to this debate. Warning, you may not like everything Pastor Bell has to say – but we must be willing to at least listen to each other and learn from others with a different perspective and life experience.
Bishop Michael Cole
Mon May 25 2020 (27:05)
Ray and I are continue our travels through the book, Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. This week we cover chapter 5 about loving the sinner while hating the sin. Is this even possible? We’ll chat about how we often like to focus on the sins of others while ignoring our own problems. Listen in to hear this great conversation.
Mon May 18 2020 (28:16)
After a couple of weeks off, we return to our series on the new book Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. However, instead of Ray and I covering another chapter, this week we have invited none other than the author himself, Jeff Myers, to join us. Listen in as Jeff gives us further insight into the concept simplicism and laugh along as I try to pronounce it…
Mon May 11 2020 (28:15)
This week our guest is the one and only Ray Comfort of Living Waters Ministries! Ray is on the podcast to talk about his latest book, Anyone But Me. We chat about why its important to share the gospel and how to overcome the fear we may experience in doing so. You won’t want to miss this interview!
Mon May 04 2020 (28:15)
Across the world churches find themselves in the cumbersome position of not being able to gather together as we are called to do. In the midst of a global pandemic, how does the church be the church? How can we stay connected to the body, and yet keep safe? These are a few of the questions I discuss with Pastor Joshua Dostal of the Mercy Hill Church in Janesville, WI. Gain a pastor’s perspective about church life in the age of Covid-19.
Mon Apr 27 2020 (28:08)
Dr. Michael Heiser
This week we take a short break from our series on Unquestioned Answers to talk about a book coming out this week – Demons: What the Bible Really Says about the Powers of Darkness. So join us as we welcome back Dr. Michael Heiser to the podcast. Trust me, you only think you know what the Bible says about demons. This is a fascinating book and an equally fascinating conversation. You won’t want to miss out on this one!
Mon Apr 20 2020 (30:15)
Ray and I are back at it again, working our way through the new book, Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. This week we discuss the importance of church and community. It’s not just “Jesus and me.” This is the first time Ray and I have ever recorded from two separate locations via Zoom.
Mon Apr 13 2020 (35:17)
This week Ray and I are back discussing the book Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. In chapter 3 we cover the often misunderstood II Chronicles 7:14 which leads us into a conversation both about prayer and hermeneutics which is the study of the Bible.
Mon Apr 06 2020 (27:51)
This week Ray and I are back chatting about the recently released book, Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Myers. In chapter 2 we’re discussing the issue of faith. Is faith the opposite of facts and rational thought? Join us as we tackle some difficult topics you’ll want to hear.
Mon Mar 30 2020 (21:24)
We’re back on our series exploring the new book by Jeff Myers entitled, Unquestioned Answers. This week Ray and I discuss chapter one, “God Said it; I Believe it, and that Settles It for Me.”
Mon Mar 23 2020 (30:53)
Dr. Gordon Lin
In this special episode we’re tackling the coronavirus. Our guest is Dr. Gordon Lin, an ER doctor in Rockford, IL. We want to take this seriously as we love our neighbor and not hysterically as we have not been given a spirit of fear. Listen in for a serious theological and medical discussion with just a touch of humor.
For the first time ever – watch the video of this podcast here – https://youtu.be/GP6JmQkWkqo
Mon Mar 16 2020 (27:22)
This week we begin a series based on the new book, Unquestioned Answers by Jeff Meyers. The book explores many of those questions Christians often ponder but never feel comfortable asking. In the next few weeks we will tackle ten different cliches that serve to suppress any thought or discussion and only provides surface level simplicity that helps no one.
Mon Mar 10 2020 (28:44)
For this week’s podcast I blow off the dust of an interview I conducted years ago with Thabiti Anyabwile about his book What is A Healthy Church Member? While the audio quality isn’t the greatest, the content is well worth your time (and maybe your strain). We first talk about Thabiti’s salvation testimony and then get into topics such as a Biblical case for membership, church discipline, how to listen to a sermon, what part theology should play in the lives of the average person in the pew, and what the gospel really is all about. Thabiti Anyabwile is a church planter in Washington DC (has been Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands) and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.
Mon Feb 24 2020 (24:28)
Evangelist Sean Teis
In this episode we welcome back Evangelist Sean Teis of Life Factors Ministries. Recorded live in front of a group of teenagers at Lake Waubesa Bible Camp, Sean and I talk about the Gospel as we walk through Ephesians chapter two.
Mon Feb 17 2020 (23:10)
Dr. Richard Knopp and Dr. Zach Breitenbach
Welcome to part two of our conversation with Dr. Richard Knopp and Dr. Zach Breitenbach on the campus of Lincoln Christian University. We’re chatting about their new apologetic program, Room for Doubt. The conversation was going so great we just let the recording run as we kept on going well beyond our normal episode time frame. So, sit back and enjoy this fun but meaningful conversation.
Mon Feb 10 2020 (39:19)
Dr. Richard Knopp and Dr. Zach Breitenbach
The Basic Bible Podcast is back after a long hiatus! This is a two-part episode as Ray Jewell and I are back on the campus of Lincoln Christian University. This time we are there to explore the Room For Doubt apologetic program. Joining us are the creators of the program, Dr. Richard Knopp and Dr. Zach Breitenbach. In this first installment we talk about doubt in general and explain how this program addresses just that.
Wed Jan 16 2020 (5:23)
H.B. Charles, Jr.
Welcome back to the podcast! Due to some serious health issues and lots of other things, I have been unable to post a new episode in quite some time. But, here’s a quick bonus episode to let you know we’re still alive and hopefully this will help get you through while we’re on a temporary hiatus till things calm down. This is a quick interview I conducted with H.B. Charles, pastor of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, fellow podcaster, and host of the annual Cutting it Straight Conference.
Wed Jan 01 2020 (24:16)
In this episode Ray Jewell takes over as I continue to recover from surgery. Ray gives us an overview of the Book of Revelation as he prepares to go through each chapter in his upcoming blog series.
Mon Dec 23 2019 (22:56)
In this special Christmas edition, Ray and I chat about some popular myths about Christmas such as when Christ was actually born, where He was actually born, when the wise came and even the story of the candy cane.
Mon Dec 16 2019 (29:04)
Ray Jewel, Jon Grice, Craig Bergum
This week we’re talking about the advantages of participating in small groups within the church. So, joining us this week is none other than my small group! So listen in as Ray and I chat with our fellow group members Jon Grice (pastor of Roxbury Church) and Craig Bergum (Elder at Roxbury Church).
Mon Dec 08 2019 (27:05)
Pastor Doug Stewart
Joining Ray and I is Pastor Doug Stewart, the Assistant Pastor at Lifeway Baptist Church and the author of the new book, Amos: Perfect Justice, Shocking Mercy. You are going to want to tune in to hear about this great resource. The book is a Bible study through one of the rarely looked at Minor Prophets. You will find this to edifying and helpful in not just your youth group but you adult small group as well. I highly recommend it so listen to learn more!
Mon Dec 02 2019 (30:40)
In this last episode in our series on misused Bible verses, Ray Jewell and I cover subjects such as guarding your heart, lifting up the name of Jesus and what it means to have a vision.
Mon Nov 25 2019 (26:28)
In this episode, Ray Jewell and I continue our series on misused Bible verses. Listen in and hear us chat about what means when the Old Testament tells us to take an eye for an eye. We follow that with a conversation from the book of James about prayers offered in faith followed by the command found in Acts to repent and be baptized.
Mon Nov 18 2019 (25:09)
After a few week hiatus, the Basic Bible Podcast is back! We are continuing on with our series on commonly misused Bible verses. This week Ray and I tackle answer the question will God ever give us more than we can handle? We also discuss what it means to be able to do all things and the promise God gives about raising your child in the way he should go.
Mon Oct 28 2019 (23:59)
Here we are in part 4 of our series on commonly misused Bible verses. In this episode Ray Jewell and I answer how Jesus is the first born of all creation and then leap into just what is the root of all evil. You know, light subjects…
Mon Oct 21 2019(27:52)
In this third episode in our series on misused Bible verses, Ray Jewell and I look at what Romans really is means when we are promised that all things will work together for good and we will discuss whether Americans Christians can claim to be the “my people” whose land God will heal when He hears from heaven.
Mon Oct 14 2019 (27:40)
Ray Jewell and I continue our look at Eric J. Bargerhuff’s list of 17 commonly misused Bible verses. This week we look at three verses dealing with Jeremiah’s promise that God’s plans for you are to prosper and not harm you, what it means when two or three are gathered in His name, and finally we talk about it means to pray in the name of Jesus.
Mon Oct 7 2019 (29:25)
This week Ray Jewell and I begin a series on some of the most misused and misapplied verses in all the Bible. We are basing our list off the book, The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word Is Misunderstood by Eric J. Bargerhuff. This week we kick things off with a discussion on what the Bible says about judging.
Mon Sep 30 2019 (25:44)
Have you ever noticed that Catholic or Orthodox Bibles have more books in them than your’s may have? Why is that? Where did these other books come from and why do Evangelicals leave them out? Joining us on the podcast this week is Steve Christie, author of the book Why Protestant Bibles are Smaller: A Defense of the Protestant Old Testament Canon.
Mon Sep 23 2019 (40:03)
Dr. Don Green
We are on location for this episode, recording in a real podcast studio hosted at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, IL. Joining us is the President of Lincoln Christian University, Dr. Don Green. Also joining us, a proud alumnus of LCU, our own co-host Ray Jewell. You’ll want to listen to this fascinating conversation about Christian education and future of higher education itself.
Mon Sep 16 2019 (29:37)
Ray Jewell and Phil Allen
This is a rare live episode recorded in front of an actual audience! Recorded at the Community Strong Family Conference, Phil Allen, Ray Jewell and myself field questions concerning parenting and child-raising.
Mon Sep 08 2019 (27:46)
Recently Ray and I were sent copies of the soon-to-be-released book, Who’s Got Your Back? by David W. Smith. Here’s a quick preview:
Who’s Got Your Back? provides a clarion call for men to be the kind of men modeled for us by Jesus. This is a playbook on how to be strong, task oriented and achieving, but also warm-hearted and unmistakably relationship driven during the rough and tumble of everyday life. This good book brings into sharp focus a genuine and functional and real-life definition of manliness. David Smith has skillfully woven stories with practical application strategies for building more satisfying friendships. Those who have your back will usually be the same individuals who know they can count on you in the good times and in times of trouble.
So tune in as Ray chat about this book and need for genuine, Biblical friendship.
Mon Aug 26 2019 (30:22)
This week we’re talking to a special guest musical artist Josh Calhoun. Josh was once a member of the popular Christian band Citizen’s Way but now sticks a little closer to home focusing on his roles as husband, father and local church leader. In this his first solo album, he publishes a number of his own songs exploring his heart and walk with the Lord. As we chat, we talk about his music, his faith and his family. I had a lot of fun with this interview and I think you’ll enjoy it.
Mon Aug 19 2019 (25:53)
Sometimes we forget that God is working outside the four walls of our particular churches. God is even at work within cultures much different than our, cultures we may not even realize exist. Doug Shaw of Forthright Ministries has a new project he is working on to expose how Christ is moving among tribal peoples. You will want to hear some of the exciting stories Doug has been able to collect from around the world and even right next door.
Mon Aug 12 2019 (19:38)
Keeping his word, author Ted Kluck is our special guest this week. Ted is an assistant professor of Communication Arts at Union University as well as the author of over 15 books. You may know him from two highly popular podcasts, the Happy Rant and the Gut Check podcast. On this podcast Ted his helping us launch what I hope will become a reoccurring segment, adoption stories. Adoption is a wonderful picture of redemption and our own relationship with Christ. Ted tells us about his two adoptions as detailed in his book, Hello, I Love You: Adventures in Adoptive Fatherhood. It’s a heart-warming but realistic tale. So, listen in and share this with a friend!
Mon Aug 5 2019 (21:01)
We’ve made it episode 100!! To celebrate this milestone we have a super special guest, journalist and apologist Lee Strobel – yes, that Lee Strobel. Lee is the author of the Case for Christ and many other books. He was the subject of the major motion picture, the Case for Christ. In this special episode, we chat about one of his latest books, The Case for Miracles. What is a miracle? AIs there any proof of genuine miracles? Lee will answer these questions and more. We are also going to be giving away a SIGNED copy of the book as well. Be checking our blog and social media for more details on that.
Mon Jul 29 2019 (27:59)
This week joining us on the podcast is author Jennifer Greenberg. Jennifer’s book, Not Forsaken, is her story of how her faith in Christ helped her become a survivor of terrible childhood abuse. She gives readers an inside look into the mind of an abuse victim and It is, by far, the most powerful book I’ve read all year. But, I warn you, it is a difficult read – yet an important one. If you have been the victim of abuse or if you wish to minister to those who have been, you need to read this book!
Mon Jul 22 2019 (33:53)
We have finally arrived at commandment number ten in our series on the Ten Commandments. Join us as Ray Jewell and I wrap things us with a discussion on coveting.
Mon Jul 15 2019 (32:15)
I’m not lying to you, we’ve reached the Ninth Commandment in our series on the Ten Commandments. Ray Jewell is back to talk about bearing false witness, and that’s the truth!
Mon Jul 08 2019 (35:36)
Continuing right along through the Ten Commandments, we come to commandment number 8 – do not steal. Like the rest of the commandments, this may seem like an easy one but as we’ll see, there’s more to it than we often are willing to recognize. This week we welcome back Caleb Powers from the Christian Artist podcast to join in the discussion.
Wed Jul 03 2019 (4:58)
I was saddened to hear of the death of apologist and theologian Norman Geisler. Though I would disagree with some of his material, he was a defender of the faith and greatly used of God. About ten years ago I had the chance to sit down with Dr. Geisler and recorded a very quick interview. So, in his honor, I thought I would air that interview this week.
Mon Jul 01 2019 (35:25)
Pastor Michael Carl
And we’re back to the Ten Commandments! In this episode Pastor Michael Carl of the Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Wakefield, MA joins us to chat about adultery. Listen in as chat about the difficulty of marriage, how the words of Jesus shed light on this commandment and how we may find ourselves dangerously close to cheating on our spouse without necessarily knowing it.
Mon Jun 24 2019 (28:09)
From bakers in Colorado to to clerks in Kentucky to new legislation passed in Georgia and Alabama, everyone is talking about the issues of life, marriage, and religious liberty. In this week’s episode, we’re talking about the newly released book, Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty: What Belongs to God, What Belongs to Caesar. Joining us is one of the contributors to that book, Bruce Ashford. Bruce is the Provost and Professor of Theology & Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a Fellow in Public Theology at the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics (Cambridge, UK), a Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and a participant in the Dulles Colloquium of the Institute on Religion & Public Life.
Sun Jun 16 2019 (30:55)
Happy Father’s Day! In this special edition of the podcast, Sean Teis joins us to talk about his ministry to fatherless children and single moms. Sean travels across the country fulfilling James 1:17 by pointing people to Jesus through visiting the widow and the orphan. This is a great ministry that you need to know about. We also chat about the importance of fathers and encourage those Dads who may be a bit discouraged themselves today.
Mon Jun 10 2019 (32:45)
“Thou shalt not kill.” Seems pretty simple, right? Before you pass over this episode as something that doesn’t apply to you, think again. What did Jesus say about this topic? In this episode, fellow Christian School teacher, and former co-worker, Gary Zimmerman (Rockford Lutheran School) joins me to talk about the Sixth Commandment (though Gary believes it to be the fifth commandment).
Mon Jun 03 2019 (28:07)
Dr. Dan Burrell
This week we talking about honoring your father and mother. Is there a difference between honoring and obeying? What if your parents aren’t very honorable people? How does this commandment apply to adults? These are the questions we ask Dr. Dan Burrell, the Executive Pastor at LIFE Fellowship Church in Cornelius, NC and the author behind the Whirled Views blog.
Thr May 30 2019 (19:36)
Earlier this month I was privileged enough to attend the Doctrine and Devotion Conference once again. This time I had a chance to record a few quick interview. I ask Joe Thorn to advise the “Lonely Calvinist.” I talk to Barnabas Piper about reading habits. Dr. Jim Hamilton was kind enough to tell me about the dangers of not having a coherent Biblical theology. I was also able to chat with representatives from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and International Reformed Baptist Seminary.
Mon May 27 2019 (27:33)
Dr. Phil Allen
Pastor Phil Allen (Daystar Christian Fellowship) join us again as we continue our series on the Ten Commandments. This week we remembering the Sabbath. There’s a lot of discussion and debate about when the Sabbath is and just what we are allowed to do during it. Yet, on this podcast, we dig a little deeper than legalistic regulations and ask what the Sabbath really means and how God intended it to be used by His people.
Mon May 20 2019 (24:58)
Our series on the Ten Commandments is finally back!!! Join Ray Jewell and I as we dive right back by chatting about what it means to take the Lord’s name in vain.
Mon May 13 2019 (32:30)
R.C. Sproul, Jr.
What is it like to grow up with a world-famous theologian as your father? In his new book, Growing Up (with) R.C., R.C. Sproul Jr. shares several endearing memories of his father and the lessons that will always stick with him. R.C. also talks candidly about his own struggles and how the grace of God reaches even the most depraved among us. You won’t want to miss this episode!
Mon May 06 2019 (26:27)
This week Ray and I met at Mocha Moment in Janesville to review the new book, Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age by Tony Reinke. The book seeks to explore what it means to live in an image-filled world where are bombarded with spectacle after spectacle all competing for our nine second attention spans. Listen and as Ray and I give our thoughts on this book and the issues raised by it. Disclaimer – Ray and I received free, advanced copies of the book for purpose of promoting it. But, we wouldn’t promote it if we didn’t like it.
Mon Apr 29 2019 (31:58)
J. Warner Wallace
This week we take a break from our series on the Ten Commandments to tell you about a great new book to be released this week. J. Warner Wallace is known as a cold-case detective who turned to an apologist when he decided to look into the claims of Christianity. You can read about his story in Cold Case Christianity. Detective Wallace’s latest book is entitled, So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World. This is practical book about how pass along the faith to the next generation of Christians that seem to be walking from the church. You won’t want to miss this episode as Ray Jewell and I chat with J. Warner Wallace himself about the book.
Mon Apr 15 2019 (23:59)
When was the last time you bowed down to an Idol you carved out yourself? In this episode we’re discussing the Second Commandment and how it relates to our worship of the Lord. Joining us is missionary to Haiti, Sean Christensen who also serves as a seminary professor. He and I chat about worship and even get into issues such as are artist renditions of Jesus a violation of the commandment.
Mon Apr 8 2019 (33:02)
This we jump into the First Commandment. What does it mean to have no other gods? How do we define idolatry? Since few in our churches are guilty of bowing down worshiping statues, does this commandment even apply to us today? Joining me to discus these questions and more is Pastor Allen Nelson of the Perryville Second Baptist Church in Arkansas and author of the book From Death to Life. Pastor Nelson also blogs at Things Above.
Mon Apr 1 2019 (34:12)
This week we begin our 11 week series on the Ten Commandments. In this first episode, Pastor Phil Allen and I discuss the role of the law and it’s implications for us today. How are the Ten Commandments relevant for New Testament Christians living by grace?
Mon Mar 25 2019 (29:40)
This week features a guest I’ve been looking forward to meeting – Paul Cox of RefToons. For the last year RefToons has been my favorite online comic strip. RefToons features great quotes from well-known Reformed theologians accompanied by an awesome, original illustration. Paul is now working an exciting new project, a children’s version of Pilgrim’s Progress. He “and his wife, Stephanie, guide young readers through an incredible, poetic journey, filled with inspiring illustrations of the trials and triumphs of one man’s pilgrimage.” You will want to jump on board and support this project, but his Kickstarter campaign ends this week, so act now! Listen in to learn more about this book and how you can help.
Mon Mar 18 2019 (31:22)
Most Christians, if asked, would say they want revival. They might even regularly pray for revival. But, do we really want a genuine revival and all that goes along with a true Bible revival? In his book Nobody Wants Revival, Evangelist Ben Eversonconfronts us with some false ideas people mistake for Biblical revival and challenges us to individually search our hearts and seek genuine repentance through humility, prayer and holiness. Listen in as Ray Jewell and I chat about this book with Ben himself. It’s a great conversation you won’t want to miss.
Mon Mar 11 2019 (32:30)
If there is anything we know about the life of Jesus is that He never judged anyone and as His followers we too are never to judge anyone. At least this is what so many seem to believe. However, when we look at what Scripture actually says and what Jesus in particular commanded us to do, you might be a bit surprised. So, you will want to listen to this episode! Joining me this week is Doug Shaw of Forthright Ministries International. Doug will also share about an exciting new project his ministry is beginning to tackle.
Mon Feb 25 2019 (29:55)
What makes a Christian marriage distinctly Christian? In his latest book Christian Marriage: An Introduction, Dr. David Ayers of Grove City College, takes us through what the Bible has to say about this subject starting where God starts – the Garden of Eden. This is a fascinating book and we has quite a fascinating conversation about it on this week’s podcast. We chat about pre-marriage counseling, how churches can promote health marriages and, yes, we talk about sex among other things.
Mon Feb 18 2019 (23:22)
This week I’m joined by my boss, Tim Befus, who serves as the administrator of Rock County Christian School in Beloit, WI. Tim talks a little bit about his background and the years he served at RCCS but we spend most of our time chatting about the upcoming Community Strong Family Conference. This year Lee Strobel (A Case for Christ) joins us live and in person as our keynote speaker. The conference is free and open to all who will come. Listen in to hear more! To sign up for your FREE tickets, log on to http://www.rccsfamilyconference.com.
Mon Feb 11 2019 (28:56)
Dr. Michael Heiser
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.
Tue Feb 05 2019 (36:56)
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.
Mon Jan 28 2019 (28:15)
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.
Mon Jan 21 2019 (27:47)
Dr. Tim Johnson
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.
Mon Jan 14 2019 (31:23)
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.
Mon Jan 06 2019 (29:50)
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!
Mon Dec 31 2018 (60:00)
Ray Jewell and Many Others
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.
Mon Dec 24 2018 (33:07)
Pastor Aaron White
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.
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.
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 …
They say that patience is a virtue – but more importantly it is an attribute of God. This week Ray Jewell joins us once again as we talk about an attribute we both need to display more in our own lives as we seek to be a reflection of Christ in this world.
Dr. Phil Allen
As we continue our look at the attributes of God, this week we chat about the goodness of God.God is good and He is good all the time – but really?Is God good when things are going bad?What is goodness anyway?We welcome back Pastor Phil Allen of the Daystar Christian Fellowship to address these topics and more.
This is our tenth episode exploring the attributes of God. This week Ray Jewell and I chat about something we are not only incredibly thankful for, but daily dependent on – the faithfulness of God. God is always faithful to his children, even when they are not faithful to Him.
Happy Thanksgiving! In this special bonus episode I chat with Evangelist Byron Foxx of Bible Truth Music. Brother Byron and I chat about the special place that music plays in helping foster an attitude of gratitude.
This is week nine in our series on the Attributes of God. Our old friend Ray Jewell stops by as we chat about the power of God. Is god really all-powerful? How far does that extend? Are there any limits to what God can do and how does that effect me personally? We’ll talk about these topics and more on this episode.
In this special bonus episode, Ray Jewell and I chat about a newly released book we had the pleasure of reading. A War of Loves by David Bennett is the story of a young man who came out as a homosexual but years later would come to embrace the gospel of Christ. The book is a brutally honest look at his life and attempts to reconcile his sexuality and his faith as he seeks to find his ultimate identity in Christ. Ray and I discuss what we liked about the book and few issues of disagreement we …
Dr. J.V. Fesko
We are commanded to be holy as God is holy, but what does it mean to be holy? Some get nervous about any talk of holiness as sometimes it leads to legalism or unattainable standards of perfection. So how is God holy and in what way ought to reflect that holiness ourselves? That’s out topic this week on the podcast as we continue our series on the attributes of God. Joining us this week is Dr. J.V. Fesko who presently serves at Westminster Seminary California as Academic Dean and Professor o …
As we continue our series on the Attributes of God, this week we tackle the issue of immutability – or does God ever change? How about during prayer, can I ever change the mind of God. Does God ever change His mind? Joining us is Phil Johnson, the executive director of Grace to You, editor of John MacArthur’s books and one of the authors of the Pyromaniac Blog.
Dr. Phil Allen
As we move in week 6 of our attributes of God series, Dr. Phil Allen joins us to chat about God’s sovereignty. For many, this can be quite the controversial topic. But as delve into the subject from a Biblical perspective we will see much more comfort in this doctrine than controversy.
Ray Jewell, Randy Tanis, Bob Loggans, Phil Allen, Brad Molander
This month is pastor appreciation month so we interrupt our series on the attributes of God for a chat between Ray Jewell and I about just how important the pastor is to the life of the church. We also interviewed several pastors to ask them when they feel most appreciated by their church.
Dr. Tim Johnson
This episode brings us into week five of our study of the attributes of God. Dr. Tim Johnson, the pastor of Rock Valley Chapel in Beloit, WI, joins us to discuss the supremacy of God.
Pastor Aaron White
This is part four of our look at the attributes of God. This week Pastor Aaron White of the River Hill Community Church in Janesville, WI is here to chat with us about foreknowledge. Did God merely look ahead through the corridors of time and simply know who would accept His offer of salvation is there something more to this biblical doctrine?
Dr. Michael L. Brown
We interrupt our regular scheduled series on the attributes of God to give you this special bonus episode! Dr. Michael L. Brown, host of the Line of Fire radio program and president of the FIRE School of Ministry, was kind of to give me a few minutes of his time to chat about his soon-to-be-released book, Donald Trump is Not My Savior: An Evangelical Leader Speaks His Mind About the Man He Supports as President. So, listen in as Trump supporter Dr. Brown takes questions from me, someone squarely …
Pastor James White
This week we jump right in to our third episode on the attributes of God. Pastor James White of the Lighthouse Community Church in Vernon, AL and co-host of the Everyday Ministry Podcast joins us to discuss the knowledge of God. Does God actually know everything? (yes)
Dr. Brian Hanson
This week we cover chapter two of A.W. Pink’s the Attributes of God, the Decrees of God. What are God’s eternal decrees and how do they apply to us? Joining us to explain this is Dr. Brian Hanson, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary. Brian is also author of the book Waiting on the Spirit of Promise: The Life and Theology of Suffering Of Abraham Cheare.
Dr. Phil Allen
I am very excited to begin this new, 17-part series on the attributes of God. The purpose of our study is explore how God has revealed Himself to us through the pages of Scripture so that we might grow in our knowledge of Him and thus deepen our relationship with Him. We will be using A.W. Pink’s classic book on the topic as our guide. Kicking things off, Dr. Phil Allen joins us to talk about chapter one – the solitariness of God.
Pastor Zachary Bartels
Get ready to geek out on some sound theology! In the fight against sin, too many Christians take a passive role not realizing the all-war such a fight requires. Are you the wimpy Daniel Larusso or the strike hard, strike first, no mercy Johnny Lawrence in your approach to sin? Joining us this week is one of my favorite podcast hosts, author/pastor Zachary Bartels. You can hear him on such podcasts as Clinch, These Go to Eleven and Gut Check. He’s visiting our podcast to chat about his new e …
This is our third and final segment in our series concerning gender roles in the church.In this wrap-up, Ray Jewell and I discuss our sharp differences concerning Complementarianism (the right view) and Egalitarianism (Ray’s view) but end by seeing areas upon which can both agree. The most important part is Ray and I walk away from this debate still friends and co-laborers in gospel ministry.
Dr. Bruce Ware
This is our second segment in our three part series concerning gender roles in the church. This week we cover the complementarian view which states that while God created both genders to be equal in value and worth, He also created them with distinct roles that were intended to complement each other. Joining us to discuss this is one of my favorite modern, theologians – Dr. Bruce Ware of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Paul Axton
This week Ray Jewell and I begin a three week series concerning gender roles within the church. This first week we discuss the Egalitarian view that say suggests that both men and women can preach and hold positions of leadership as gender distinctions no longer exist because Christ’s victory at the Cross has erased the differences that once separated us. Joining us is Dr. Paul Axton, the director ofPloughshares Bible Institute.
Join us this week for a spur of the moment interview with Les Lanphere of the Reformed Pubcast and the wildly populardocumentary Calvinist.Les is now working on a new movie on the subject of worship entitled Spirit & Truth.So, to help him kick things off and get this off the ground we’ve welcomed Les on the program to chat about this new endeavor.
Dr. Michael Horton
This week I’m excited to have Dr. Michael Horton on the podcast.Dr. Horton is the host of the White Horse Inn, the editor of Modern Reformation Magazine as well as theJ. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics atWestminster Seminary California.He has written many books including his latest,Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life.So join us this week as we talk about Pneumatology – the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Chris Brauns
This week on the podcast we chat about the difficult concept of forgiveness. By definition forgiveness must include some degree of hurt and pain which often makes this topic difficult to grapple with. Joining us is Pastor Chris Brauns, pastor of the Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL and the author of the book Unpacking Forgiveness. Listen in as we discuss just forgiveness is and issues such as should we forgive those who are unrepentant?
The King James Version is a beloved translation of the Bible still used by many Christians despite the fact that it was originally updated over 400 years ago. Among these Christians are those who would label themselves King James Only meaning they believe the King James Version is the only valid translation of the Bible and that all major translations are at best inferior and at worst corrupt. It was with this in mind that Dr. Mark Ward wrote his latest book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of th …
*NOTE* – This episode has been updated as the previous file failed to save correctly producing an episode that only contained under 3 minutes of actual audio.The file has been fixed and now the entire interview may be heard.Sorry for the mix-up.Why do we have so many English Bible translations? How do you know which one is right for you? These are just some of the questions I posed to Mark Ward on this week’s podcast. Mark received his PhD in New Testament Interpretation from Bob Jones Universit …
Dr. Don Woodard
This week we tackle a subject few in the church seem to want to talk about – abuse. Many people suffer silently and are afraid to speak up about either ongoing or past abuse. Joining us is my friend Dr. Don Woodard who is the pastor Beacon Baptist Church in Salem, VA and the author of Restored: Living and Loving after Abuse. Our conversation is not so much an expose on abuse in the church but rather focuses on ministering to victims.
In this episode Caleb Powers of the Christian Artist Podcast joins me to chat about the popular worship song, Reckless Love. Is the love of God really reckless? Should we really be arguing about one, little word? Join us this week and find out…
This week listen in as Ray Jewell joins us once again. This time we are discussing the importance of knowing and studying church history. Believe it or not, we were able to fit it all in to one episode!
Graduation season has come upon us once again. In this episode of the podcast I am airing a graduation address I gave to the Rock County Christian School Class of 2018. In the address I speak of the relationship between knowledge and wisdom from a Scriptural perspective and how that ties into our relationship with God.
Pastor Josh Teis
This week we finish our conversation withPastor Josh Teis(Southern Hills Baptist Church)concerningFundamentalism.In this final segment we chat about hero worship and the future of the Independent Baptist movement.Listen closely and we’ll throw around names like Jack Hyles, David Platt and Tim Keller and recommend some really good books for you to dive in a little deeper into these matters.
Pastor Josh Teis
This week our topic is Fundamentalism. Our guest is Pastor Josh Teis of the Southern Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas. Josh and I graduated from the same fundamentalist Christian college and have similar backgrounds within this movement. This will be a two-part episode as the conversation kept flowing and the comments kept on coming. In this first segment we chat about just what fundamentalism is and then look at some key Scriptures concerning the topics of separation and unity within the B …
Pastor Allen Nelson
This part two of an interview with Pastor Allen Nelson about his book, From Death to Life: How Salvation Works. In this segment we discuss dangers to avoid and hit on such topics as easy-believism, the practice of altar calls and the so-call prosperity “gospel.” We wrap things up with a few other books recommended by our guest as well.
The Bible declares that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Your sins have been forgiven and from time to time we need to be reminded of that. The guarantee of forgiveness ought to forever erase the record of debt that once stood against us. That has all been nailed to the Cross. On this episode I invited my friend, and fellow podcast host, Scott Oakland to chat about the idea the concept of absolution. Though Scott comes at this from a Lutheranperspective, we can all agr …
There is nothing new under the sun.Even many of the problems and false teachings plaguing the church today are nothing more than a few ancient heresies redressed and updated for modern times.One of the earliest false teachings the early church dealt with was called Gnosticism.While our early church fathers rejected this teaching, it hasn’t completely gone away.Join us this week as Ray Jewell comes back on the podcast to warn us of how this heresy is once again creeping into the church.
Jeremy Scott, Dan Loggans, Micah Tanis
The Basic Bible Podcast finally does one of those cool, in-the-car, not edited episodes that’s all the rage these days…This is the third and final installment of our special Together for the Gospel series.Driving back from the conference, I am trapped in a car with three preachers excited about the great preaching we all just heard.Joining us are Pastor Jeremy Scott (Memorial Baptist Church – Verona, WI), Pastor Dan Loggans (Christ Fellowship Church – Sun Prairie, WI),and Pastor Micah Tanis (F …
Barnabas Piper, Jonathan Leeman, Don Whitney and more
This is our second podcast in our special series covering the Together for the Gospel conference.This edition features several short interviews I conducted while walking around the bookstore with my cell phone.These interviews include:BarnabasPiper (Happy Rant Podcast) – Do you feel threatened by the Basic Bible competition?Jess Miller (Pastor ofCalvary Bible Church) – How has appearing on this podcast changed your life?Greg Linscott (Pastor of Brown Street Baptist Church) – How should churches …
Pastor Jeremy Scott
Together for the Gospel began as the brainchild of preachers Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, Albert Mohler and Ligon Duncan.Since 2006 T4Ghas been a cross-denominational conference featuring expository preaching, phenomenal singing and tons of free books, all from a Reformed perspective,attracting over 10,000 people.This year was the first year I was able to attend thanks to a free ticket that came my way.In appreciation of this, I recorded three different episodes focused on the conference.In this fi …
Dr. Phil Allen
In this post-Easter episode Pastor Phil Allen (Daystar Christian Fellowship) and I chat about the price Christ paid for our sins. We even get into controversial issues such as the Reformed doctrine of limited atonement. But most importantly we emphasize this doctrine not merely as theological trivia but as a precious truth that ought to lead our hearts toward greater worship of Christ.
Pastor Allen Nelson
This episode features a sneak peak into a new book that has yet to officially come out – From Death to Life: How Salvation Works by Pastor Allen Nelson. Joining us to talk about the book and about salvation in general is the author. Allen Nelson is the pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Perryville, AR and host of the Rural Church Podcast. He also blogs at Things Above. As our conversation went a bit long, this will be part 1 of this interview.
Pastor Adam Meyer
This week Pastor Adam Meyer (pastor of the Beloit Family Worship Center) and I chat about the family as he and I both gear up for the third annual Real Life, Real Hope Community Strong Family Conference this upcoming weekend (23rd and 24th) at Rock County Christian School. Adam and I discuss Ephesians 5-6, the need for balance and even get into some touchy subjects some would rather us simply leave alone.
Guest Ray Jewell
This week on the podcast we welcome back Ray Jewell to continue our talk about the spiritual realm. Who or what are demons? This is a topic few want to discuss but we are going to go where angels fear to tread… Listen in as we slay some common myths and delve into the depths of Scripture to see just what the really truth is.
Guest Ray Jewell
Do angels really exist?Who are they and just what do they actually do?Do I have a guardian angel or will I one day become one?This week we welcome back Ray Jewell to chat about angels, an often misunderstood and sensationalized topic.So listen in as we jump head-first into the spiritual realm in the light of the Word of God.Maybe if you ring a bell while you listen I will finally get my wings!
The gospel of grace is a scandalous concept as it takes a child of hell and transforms him into a child of the King.It is in no way deserved and is not fair at all.It sets us free from the yoke of legalism but brings us there through the pathway of deep humility.This week on the podcast we will hear from someone who once rose up to a place of prominence among the Evangelical community but then sank into the depths of its judgment because of his own horrible sin.Yet, in the midst of this he came …
Dr. Phillip Allen
Death is not an easy subject to address.The loss of loved one brings sorrow, confusion and a deep feeling of loss.As Christians, sometimes we struggle with the concept of feeling sad because we think that we must somehow always be happy in Jesus knowing everything is ultimately a part of God’s plan.This only serves to add guilt to grief.In this week’s episode Pastor Phil Allen of the Daystar Christian Fellowship and I chat about grief and sorrow from a Biblical perspective.I pray this will be co …
Dr. Don Whitney
Now that we are already in February, how is that Bible reading plan you started at the beginning of the year going? Many Christians find the disciplines of Bible reading and prayer to be tedious at times and find themselves discouraged. This week on the podcast we’ve invited Dr. Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the founder and president of the Center for Biblical Spirituality and author of the book, Spiritual Disciplines for …
Pastor Jess Miller
Church may seem like a natural part of the life of the believer, but as our culture becomes more and more individualized so have began to question the need for the weekly assembly. We can read Scripture on our own and certainly you can find good preaching all over the internet and even on podcasts such as this. So, why do we need the church and what part should it play in the our spiritual lives? To answer these questions and more we are joined by Jess Miller, pastor of the Calvary Bible Chur …
Perhaps this podcast could be better labeled, the “Lost Episode.” Last year Ray Jewell and I sat down to record an episode about discipleship.That one episode quickly turned into three before we knew as the conversation just kept going and we were having a blast doing it.However, that third episode never aired.The reason is because for somehow part of the recording was actually lost.I’m still now sure what happened.But, some of you have been asking about it so I decided to take what I did have a …
For some the idea of worship conjures up images of raised hands, a great guitar riff or maybe an old, out-of-tune organ cranking out some of the great hymns of the faith.But, as we will see in this week’s episode, worship is not limited to a style of music but also describes a life lived in response to the greatness of God.This week’s guest is Josh Calhoun, the Student Ministry Director at Central Christian Church in Beloit, WI.Yet, if you are familiar with Josh, it is probably because he is a m …
Dr. John Frame
II Corinthians 10:5 explains that “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”On this episode we will be talking about presuppositional apologetics, a defense of the Christian faith that seeks to tear down objections and uphold the Word of God. We are honored to have Dr. John Frame on the program this week to discuss this topic with us.Dr. Frame serves as J.D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy …
Pastor Steven Dresen
Happy New Year from the Basic Bible Podcast!As many people reflect on their New Year’s resolutions today, we’re going to be focusing on the resolutions of perhaps the greatest theologian born in America, Jonathan Edwards.When Edwards was just 19 years old, he sat out to write a list of guiding principles that would give direction to his life.If you know anything about Edwards, you know he was passionate for God and resolutions show us just that.To discuss this with us is Pastor Steven Dresen of …
Guest – Dr. Philip Allen
This is our special Christmas edition released on Christmas Eve!In this podcast, Dr. Philip Allen and I chat about the Incarnation.We’ll take a look at John 1, Philippians 2 and even the Garden-Temple in Genesis 1-3 comparing that with the great truths of Hebrews 4 and Revelation 21 in a very practical way.Our conversation turns towards Christ’s great humility and see the drama of redemption unfolding before us.There really is a reason to celebrate this season!
Guest – Mark Sohmer
After a rough week of illness and trips to urgent care, the podcast is back!This we week take a look at the Jewish festival of Hanukkah through a Christian perspective.Joining me is Evangelist Mark Sohmer, himself a Jew who has embraced Christianity (You’ll hear that testimony).We chat about what the celebration is all about along with a discussion of John 10 and Isaiah 53.
Guest – Ray Jewell
Back a few weeks ago in episode 9, we began looking at the subject of discipleship.As I should have expected, what was intended to be one episode turned into several.So, this episode will be part two of a three-part series.In this episode, Ray Jewell and I begin to examine several Scripture passages.We spend quite a bit of time talking about the need to be up front and honest about our own sin.
Guest – Deryk Hayes
How can you tell the difference between good preaching and bad preaching?Sometimes a message can be uplifting, encouraging and maybe even convicting yet still ultimately fall short.The key to a good sermon is Bible itself.Not every message is a Biblical message.To chat about this I’ve asked my friend Deryk Hayes to join us this week.Deryk is the interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Freeport, IL and a long-time, passionate student of preaching.
Guest – Pastor Cory Williams
Theology and Thanksgiving – they don’t seem to go together.In fact, it seems like a combination that might ruin a perfectly good family dinner.Yet, when we contemplate what thanksgiving really is, we cannot help but dip into some theology.Or perhaps the difficulties of your life are keeping from giving thanks.In that case a turn back to theology could be just thing to get our eyes back on the goodness of God.Joining us to talk about all of that is Cory Williams, campus pastor of Central Christia …
Guest – Chris Arnzen
How is it that false teaching creeps into the church?Why is that seemingly solid Christians fall prey to doctrine that contradicts the Word they claim to love?This week on the podcast we’ll be talking about the importance of and development of Biblical discernment.Joining us is the host of the popular radio program Iron Sharpens Iron, Chris Arnzen.
Guest – Ray Jewell
The Great Commission forces us out the door to spread the gospel throughout the entire world.Yet, sometimes we forget that evangelism alone is only doing half the task.In reality, conversion is just the beginning.We must be about the business of making disciples.What does this mean and what does this look like?Joining us for this three part conversation is Ray Jewell who you may remember from our introduction episode.Ray has experience as a pastor, teacher and author.You won’t want to miss this …
Guest – Dr. Brain Hanson
Last week we discussed the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.But the story doesn’t end with Luther and Germany.The Reformation would spread throughout Europe and into England with men like Thomas Cramner and William Tyndale.As more men began to read the Scriptures for themselves the truth began to shine clearly once again.We are once again joined by Dr. Brain Hanson of Bethlehem College and Seminary to delve in a little deeper into his research on the topic.
Guest – Dr. Brian Hanson
Perhaps you’ve noticed all the talk about the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation this year.It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany thus sparking a great movement away from the the Catholic Church and back to a Biblical understanding of grace and the gospel.But why are we still talking about it now?What was so special about it?On the program this week is Dr. Brian Hansen, an incredible scholar who is the Assi …
Guest – Pastor James White
Here we are right in the middle of Pastor Appreciation Month, so what better subject to tackle than the pastorate?What is the Biblical role of the pastor?Some people have the mistaken idea that the pastor only works one day a week while others on the opposite end of the spectrum think he is the only one in the church qualified to do the work of the ministry.Joining us to dispel these myths and open the Scriptures with usis Pastor James White of theLighthouse Community Church inVernon, Alabama.He …
Guest – Dr. Philip Allen
You’re saved, but now what?How does one grow in the faith?We know that Christ changes us from the inside out, but what does that actually mean?What if I’m not growing enough or not as much as other believers I know?We will talk about these questions and more as we discuss the doctrine of sanctification.We’re joined this week by Dr. Philip Allen the pastor Daystar Christian Fellowship of South Beloit, IL.
Guest – Pastor Aaron White
This is the episode we’ve all been waiting for – or at least we’re addressing the concept all Christians are longing for – glorification. We, along with all of creation, long to see the day when sin is no more and redemption is complete. This is not only our end goal, but also the end of our series on Romans 8:30. Pastor Aaron White of the River Hills Community Church in Janesville, WI joins one last time to wrap things up.
Guest Aaron White
If there ever was an episode of the Basic Bible Podcast to listen to, this is it.This week we talk about the doctrine of justification.How does a wicked sinner stand before a holy God?According to Martin Luther, this doctrine is the article by which the church stands and falls.Just how important is it to confess justification by faith alone?Once again, PastorPastor Aaron White of the River Hills Community Church in Janesville, WI joins us as we continue to look at Romans 8:30.Make sure to share …
Guest Pastor Aaron White
This week we welcome back Pastor Aaron Whiteof theRiver Hills Community Churchin Janesville, WI.He’s joining us as we explore the depths of Romans 8:30. Last week we chatted about predestination; this week we’ll be talking about the concept of calling.How does God call people to Himself?We also explore the question of why should we engage in personal evangelism if it is truly God who draws men in salvation.You won’t want to miss out on this episode!
Guest – Pastor Aaron White
Welcome to the very first episode of the Basic Bible Podcast. We are kicking things off with a four-week look at Romans 8:30. If you are familiar with this verse you’ll realize our first podcast will be on the controversial subject of predestination. But, before you tune us out, give us a chance. We’ll explore what the Bible really has to say about a subject many people misunderstand. Joining us is Pastor Aaron White of the River Hills Community Church in Janesville, WI. Currently Pastor Aaron i …
Guest Ray Jewell
Hello and welcome to the Basic Bible Podcast where we seek to move theology from the classroom to the living room.That’s the right, the goal of this podcast is to bring the complex down to the manageable.Some fear terms like theology and doctrine because they conjure up images of division, debate or even over-your-head scholarship that his little to do with the everyday life of the Christian.I hope as you tune in each week you’ll discover that theology is intensely practical and actually lies at …