Episode 120 – Room for Doubt, Part 1


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.

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Room For Doubt


Episode 119 – Bonus Episode – Gospel Partnership

HB Charles

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.

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On Preaching: Personal & Pastoral Insights for the Preparation & Practice of Preaching by H.B. Charles Jr
On Preaching Podcast
Cutting it Straight Conference

Free E-Book Alert – John 1-12 For You by Josh Moody


The good folks at the Good Book Company are giving us a free easy-to-read commentary:  John 1-12 For You by Josh Moody.   Here’s the book description:

Josh Moody helps those new to John to dip their toes in its waters, while also showing new depths to those more familiar with this Gospel. Jesus came to bring life to the full—and in showing us his seven signs, John pictures the fulfillment that comes from living life as a follower of the Word become flesh.

This Expository Guide takes you verse by verse through the text in an accessible and applied way. It is less academic than a traditional commentary and can be read cover-to-cover, used in personal devotions, used to lead small group studies, or used for sermon preparation. There is an accompanying Good Book Guide for small group Bible studies.

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Free Audio Book Alert – Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke


Christianaudio’s free download of the month is Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke.  You might remember Ray and I discussed this book in episode 85 of the podcast.  Here’s the summary:

We live in a world full of shiny distractions, faced with an onslaught of viral media constantly competing for our attention and demanding our affections. These ever-present visual ‘spectacles’ can quickly erode our hearts, making it more difficult than ever to walk through life actively treasuring that which is most important and yet invisible: Jesus Christ. In a journalistic style, Tony Reinke shows us just how distracting these spectacles in our lives have become and calls us to ask critical questions about what we’re focusing on. The book offers us practical steps to redirect our gaze away from the addictive eye candy of the world and onto the Ultimate Spectacle-leading to the joy and rest our souls crave.

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Episode 117 – Christmas Myths


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.

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Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels by by Kenneth E. Bailey
We Don’t Know the Origins of the Candy Cane, But They Almost Certainly Were Not Christian by Rose Eveleth

Episode 116 – Small Groups


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).

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Church is a Team Sport: A Championship Strategy for Doing Ministry Together by Jim Putman
Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples by Jim Putman
Why Small Groups? by C. J. Mahaney


Episode 115 – Perfect Justice, Shocking Mercy


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!

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Amos: Perfect Justice, Shocking Mercy by Doug Stewart
Glow Publications

Episode 114 – Misused Bible Verses, Part 7


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.

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The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word Is Misunderstood by Eric J. Bargerhuff
Exalting Jesus in Proverbs (Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary) by Jonathan Akin
Proverbs (Holman Old Testament Commentary) by Max Anders