Banned Books
Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seek to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief-makers, and fools for Christ.
  1. Welcome to The Terrordome. In this episode, we read and discuss “The Sermon” from Moby Dick. What is a preacher's responsibility to his congregation in his preaching? What happens when the Gospel is talked about but never preached? What happens when Jonah is preached without Christ at the conclusion of the sermon?
  2. Was It Only A Dream? We conclude our reading and discussion of "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathanial Hawthorne. What happens when sin, death, and Satan are unaddressed by Christians, and especially the churches? What kind of damage does hypocrisy do to a community, congregation, and our Christian relationships?
  3. Good Christian People? In this episode, we read and discuss the parable of Young Goodman Brown, a short story by Nathanial Hawthorne. What happens when Christians don’t have a Gospel preacher? What happens when we carry our guilt and are tempted by the devil? How do we distinguish between God and the devil?
  4. It’s For Your Own Good. We conclude our reading and discussion of Dostoevsky’s, The Grand Inquisitor. What are we willing to sacrifice to accept the devil’s offer of miracles, mystery, and authority? Why do we surrender to temptation, and what do we expect are the consequences? What can we learn from Jesus’ rejection of the devil’s temptations, and what does that mean for Christians today?
  5. Happiness in Slavery. We continue to read and discuss the parable of the Grand Inquisitor, in Fyodor Dostoevsky’s, The Brothers Karamazov. In this episode, the Grand Inquisitor details why Jesus’ rejection of Satan’s temptations in the wilderness doomed humanity.
  6. Why? Why? Why? We read and discuss Dostoevsky’s parable of the Grand Inquisitor. What happens when we discuss evil and the work of the evil one apart from God’s Word, his preacher, and Christ’s cross?
  7. Gatekeepers & Madmen. We read and discuss two parables, by Franz Kafka and Friedrich Nietzsche. What happens when people don’t have a preacher sent by the Holy Spirit to declare forgiveness? Without the Gospel, where does the law end?
  8. Humble Kings & Flightless Geese. We read and discuss two parables by Soren Kierkegaard. In this episode, the purpose of parables, the condescension of God, and why there’s no forgiveness in Kierkegaard’s parables.
  9. The God Behind The Veil. In this episode, we read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s, The Minister’s Black Veil, and discuss the hidden God, divination, and the mirror of the law.
  10. Killer-Comforter-Praying Spirit. We conclude our reading and discussion of Johan Hamman’s London Writings. In this episode, we focus particularly on the Advocate and prayer.