Trusting Jesus, worshipping our Christ, and praising him, we have the blessing of God so that we can give thanks with a grateful heart for everything he gives to us today and always.
183: Sasse - The secular and the spiritual are indeed to be dearly distinguished
A shelter from pigs on the wing... In this episode, how do Christians interface with a godless state, love our neighbors without being complicit in promoting sin, and maintain the tension between the two kingdoms?
182: Sasse - The office of the governing authority belongs to God’s created order
You Know Who Else Misunderstood The Kingdom of God? Hitler! In this episode, we read Herman Sasse’s 1930 essay on The Social Doctrine of the Augsburg Confession and its Significance for the Present. We discuss the two kingdoms doctrine, peoples’…
181: Chesterton - Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God
Chairman Mao Loves Ice Cream. In this episode, G.K. Chesterton on what happens when we abolish God, and the government becomes the god. We discuss “unalienable rights endowed by the Creator.” The language of freedom and rights belongs to the…
179: Girolamo Savaronola - O you who have anything superfluous, give it to the poor!
The Pirates of Penance part 2. In this episode, we continue to examine Girolamo Savaronola’s sermon on penance. What happened in Florence that occasioned this sermon, and what can it teach us about church and society today?
178: Girolamo Savaronola - Do penance, Do it now!
The Pirates of Penance, part 1. In this episode, we look at pre-Reformation preaching. Girolamo Savaronola’s sermon on penance is read and discussed. What is penance, what effect did the sacrament of penance have on church and society, and what…
180: Whitford - The Church and State Have Existed in An Often Unhealthy Tension
It’s The Most Important Election of Our Lives, Until The Next Election. In this special election episode, Gillespie and Riley read David Whitford’s book, "Tyranny and Resistance," and discuss church, state, and the two kingdoms doctrine.
Killing in the Name of
God uses the fifth commandment to protect us from selfishness, prevent us from only thinking about our needs, and to drive us to Christ and our neighbors.
177: Clement of Alexandria - True martyrdom is the knowledge of the only true God
Stop Showing Off and Get Back in Line... In part two of our reading of Clement of Alexandria’s, The Praises of Martyrdom Those Who Offered Themselves for Martyrdom Reproved, we discuss when martyrdom isn’t martyrdom and why the topic is…
176: Clement of Alexandria - Martyrdom: A Witness Both by Life and Word
Easy There, Fella, Everybody’s Gonna Get a Turn... In this episode, we begin a reading of Clement of Alexandria’s, "The Praises of Martyrdom Those Who Offered Themselves for Martyrdom Reproved." What constitutes martyrdom for Christians? Where does the idea of…
175: Patrick Henry Reardon - Death is Sin Rendered Visible
This isn't a plus one... The second part of our episode on Patrick Henry Reardon's book, Christ in the Psalms. Taking a hard look at how we confuse the two kingdoms, avoid controversial topics in the church and the tragic…
174: Patrick Henry Reardon - Divine Wrath is not Some Sort of Irritation
This is not a drill... We return to Patrick Henry Reardon's book, Christ in the Psalms. In this episode, we consider Psalm 6 and the very real, earthly effects of God's wrath, along with political bookends.
173: Henry Patrick Reardon - The Moral Sentiments of the Psalms are Christian Sentiments
My God can beat up your god... The second part of our discussion of Christ in the Psalms, by Patrick Henry Reardon. What is the temptation when Christians assume that our enemies are God's enemies? How do we pray for…
172: Henry Patrick Reardon - To Take One's Stand and To Keep Watch
Why Christians are commanded to pray down curses upon their enemies. This episode, Christ in the Psalms, by Patrick Henry Reardon. What's an imprecatory psalm? Why are we taught by Scripture to pray imprecatory psalms, but have largely excluded such…