Banned Books

Banned Books

www.1517.org/podcasts/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.


143: Martin Luther - Who Loved Me and Gave Himself For Me
May 30 • 64 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
142: Martin Luther - This Is Not the Way to Justification
May 29 • 56 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
141: Martin Luther - The Christian Has Use of The World and All Its Creatures
May 23 • 48 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
140: Martin Luther - I Fix My Eyes On Christ, That Bronze Serpent Hanging From the Cross
May 21 • 47 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
139: Martin Luther - Christ is the Redeemer of all those under the law
May 18 • 52 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
138: Martin Luther - We Will Not Permit Ourselves to Be Shoved or Budged Away From Justification
May 14 • 51 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
137: Martin Luther - The Apostles Were Reverenced and Honored By the Entire Church
May 9 • 46 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
136: Martin Luther - It’s Something Very Rare and Improper to So Suddenly Abandon the Law
May 6 • 37 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
135: Martin Luther - Every Single Word Is Astonishingly Comforting and Reassuring
May 2 • 52 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
134: Martin Luther - Abstain from Speculating about the Nature of God
Apr 30 • 55 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
133: Martin Luther - Do You Think the Devil is Going to Put Up With That?
Apr 24 • 55 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
132: Martin Luther - The Gospel Teaches Nothing But The Free Forgiveness of Sins
Apr 22 • 49 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
131: Martin Luther - You Cannot Be Saved Unless You Want Nothing To Do with the Law
Apr 19 • 43 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
130: Martin Luther - The Totality of a Christian’s Wisdom is to be Unacquainted with the Law
Apr 15 • 35 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
129: Martin Luther - The Difference between Christian Righteousness and All Others Types of Righteousness
Apr 11 • 49 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
128: Interlude, Rumination, and Pastoral Debrief on Pandemics, Maturity, and Vocation
Apr 8 • 45 min
The show is about nothing! Gillespie and Riley read nothing in this episode. Instead, it’s pastoral care debrief about the quarantine, worship, and how to balance faith and love. Show Notes: — Questions? Comments? Show Ideas? Send them…
127: Martin Luther - Self-Righteousness from Works Produces Idiots Like the Galatians
Apr 6 • 55 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
126: Martin Luther - Let’s Hear It for Self-Righteousness and Its Fifty Select Virtues Resulting from Works!
Apr 3 • 43 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
125: Martin Luther - The Papists and Anabaptists are foxes tied at the tail
Mar 28 • 44 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
124: Martin Luther - We are justified… by relief outside of us
Mar 25 • 36 min
Martin Luther’s Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle To the Galatians (1535)
123: Friedrich Nietzsche, A nation that still believes in itself holds fast to its own god
Mar 22 • 49 min
I’m Not Really A Joiner. Gillespie and Riley finish their reading and discussion of Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Antichrist.” This episode, state religion, Christian civil religion, and being your own god. Text: Show Notes: (bio) —…
122: Friedrich Nietzsche, Neither morality nor religion has any point of contact with actuality
Mar 19 • 47 min
Welcome to A Church of Pure Imagination. Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Antichrist.” This episode, what happens when Christianity disconnects itself from what’s concrete and real, especially the…
121: Friedrich Nietzsche, Christianity is Called the Religion of Pity
Mar 14 • 56 min
The Antichrist (1888), Aphorisms 7 & 8
120: Friedrich Nietzsche, Progress is Merely a Modern Idea
Mar 11 • 48 min
The Antichrist (1888), Aphorisms 2, 4, ff
119: Erasmus, Old Testaments Passages Implying Free Choice
Mar 9 • 54 min
Of free will: Discourses or Comparisons
118: Erasmus, Forgiveness of Sins Restores Freedom of Choice
Mar 5 • 48 min
Of free will: Discourses or Comparisons
117: Erasmus, The Obscurity of Scripture
Feb 28 • 55 min
Of free will: Discourses or Comparisons
116: Erasmus, The Danger in Assertions
Feb 26 • 53 min
Of free will: Discourses or Comparisons
115: Clement of Alexandria on Free Will and Predestination
Feb 21 • 49 min
You’re not making Christianity better; you’re making Stoicism worse. Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion of free will and predestination by reading Clement of Alexandria. Where does the doctrine of free will originate? What happens when…
114: Iranaeus on Free Will and Predestination
Feb 19 • 59 min
I thought we had something, but then you do and pull this. Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Iranaeus on free will and predestination. What part do Christians play in their salvation? Do we choose to sin? Who goes to hell? Text: Show Notes: …
113: More Justin Marytr and Tatian on Free Will and Predestination
Feb 14 • 65 min
Just Think of This As a Friendly Test That Could Get You Thrown into Hell, Or Not… Your Choice. Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion of Justin Martyr on free will and predestination. They also read and discuss the writings of Justin’s…
112: Justin Martyr on Free Will and Predestination
Feb 11 • 38 min
The Only Wrong Choice Is to Not Make a Choice… Where does the belief in free will originate? Is free will a biblical doctrine? How does Justin’s teaching on free will and salvation still influence the church and western culture today? Text: …
111: Thomas Cranmer, The Collect - Prayer for the Church
Feb 7 • 47 min
The Book of Common Prayer
110: Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” part 2
Feb 4 • 54 min
Must… continue… thinking… in… ways… that… lead… to… dying… with… meaning. Gillespie and Riley finish their reading and discussion of Viktor Frankl’s book, Man’s Search for Meaning. How has Frankl’s book changed the way people…
109: Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” part 1
Feb 1 • 49 min
We’re all going to die. Come watch TV. Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Viktor Frankl’s, Man’s Search for Meaning. Why has a book that was written by a psychoanalyst and neurologist about his experience in the Nazi death camps had such an effect…
108: Tim Townsend, Mission to Nuremberg, part 3
Jan 28 • 43 min
I mean, if you spend all day shuffling words around, you can make anything sound bad. Gillespie and Riley finish their discussion of the book, Mission to Nuremberg. What happens when a pastor is called to minister to Nazi war criminals? This is the…
107: Tim Townsend, Mission to Nuremberg, part 2
Jan 23 • 36 min
There’s a lesson here and we’re not going to be the ones to figure it out. What happens when a pastor is called to minister to Nazi war criminals? This is the second of three episodes, where we talk about the power of the Gospel, state-sponsored…
106: Tim Townsend, Mission to Nuremberg, part 1
Jan 22 • 38 min
Believing stuff is about the stuff, not the believing. Gillespie and Riley read and discuss the book, Mission to Nuremberg. What happens when a pastor is called to minister to Nazi war criminals? This is the first of three episodes, where we talk…
105: Hermann Sasse against National Socialism, pt. 2
Jan 17 • 29 min
See Nazis, that’s why you can’t have nice things. Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion of Hermann Sasse’s 1932 article against National Socialism. What is the individual Christian to do when his church and neighbors confess the doctrine…
104: Hermann Sasse against National Socialism
Jan 15 • 41 min
Click on the button with the picture of the Nazi on it. Gillespie and Riley read and discuss an excerpt from Hermann Sasse’s 1932 article against National Socialism. What happens when the message of the church and state are indistinguishable? Text: …
103: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Cheap Grace vs. Costly Grace” pt. 2
Jan 8 • 40 min
Cheap Grace, a monument to compromise. Gillespie and Riley continue their conversation about Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, The Cost of Discipleship. This episode, more talk about grace, Nazis, and why the Gospel “but” is so important. Text: ,…
102: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Cheap Grace vs. Costly Grace”
Jan 5 • 42 min
Cheap grace… some people would pay top dollar for that kind of breakthrough. Gillespie and Riley take a listener request and discuss Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, The Cost of Discipleship. Grace, discipline, Nazis, and why context matters in this…
101: Augustine, “Why Celebrate Christmas?”
Dec 25, 2019 • 57 min
Christmas? This Is Pretty Much The Whole Package. Gillespie and Riley read and so discuss Augustine’s sermon “Why Celebrate Christmas?” This episode, more rabbit trails, laughs, and discussion of Psalm 85 as the perfect Christmas sermon text….
100: G.K. Chesterton’s “The Christmas Ballads”
Dec 21, 2019 • 47 min
Break the cycle. Rise above. Focus on Christ in the manger. In their monumental 100th episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss G.K. Chesterton’s “The Christmas Ballads.” This episode, it’s a lot of incarnation talk and a few rabbit trails…
99: Martin Luther, “Reviews of Erasmus’ Preface” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Dec 18, 2019 • 47 min
Sometimes, the end is just the beginning. Gillespie and Riley conclude their reading of Martin Luther’s treatise on The Bondage of The Will. This episode, they discuss the relation of emotions to God’s Word and why Christians aren’t skeptics….
98: Martin Luther, “The Clarity of Scripture” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Dec 16, 2019 • 48 min
I’m sorry, but your opinion means very little to me. Gillespie and Riley start to wrap up their reading of Martin Luther’s Bondage of The Will with a discussion of the Bible’s clarity and why personal feelings and our need to find meaning in…
97: Martin Luther, “Scripture with Its ‘Internal’ and ‘External’ Clarity” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Dec 11, 2019 • 48 min
What about the reality we left behind? Gillespie and Riley wrap up (but, not really) their series on Martin Luther’s treatise on The Bondage of the Will. This episode, Erasmus and Luther butt heads about how to interpret Scripture, and Luther lays out…
96: Martin Luther, “Erasmus’ Definition of Free Choice” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Dec 7, 2019 • 49 min
Free choice? It’ll blow your mind and crush your soul. Gillespie and Riley start to wrap up their series on Martin Luther’s treatise on The Bondage of the Will. This episode, what is free choice according to Erasmus? What’s at stake in his argument…
95: Martin Luther, “Erasmus’ Failure to Distinguish Between Law and Gospel” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Dec 4, 2019 • 53 min
Law and Gospel? Let us grab our whiteboard. This has been a long time coming, anyways. Gillespie and Riley talk about what happens when we fail to distinguish God’s word of Law from Gospel. More talk about why grammar matters. Finally, we follow a…
94: Martin Luther, “God Preached, God Hidden; God’s Will Revealed, God’s Will Secret” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Dec 2, 2019 • 50 min
Worshipping the hidden God is basically a funeral with cake. Gillespie and Riley discuss the distinction between God hidden and revealed, and the consequences for how we read the Bible, preach, teach, and care for each other. Text: Show…
93: Martin Luther, “Erasmus’s way of reasoning does not let God be God” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Nov 27, 2019 • 50 min
Break the cycle. Rise above. Focus on letting God be God. Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s treatise on the Bondage of The Will. This episode, why Erasmus, deep down, doesn’t want to let God be God for him. Also, why we let…
92: Martin Luther, “Free Choice is Nothing” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Nov 23, 2019 • 51 min
C’mon. Free choice? It’s a thought we’ve all had. Gillespie and Riley discuss why free choice is nothing in relation to God and Satan. Why do we insist on participating in our salvation? What’s our end game in arguments for choice? How do we…
91: Martin Luther, “Universal Sinfulness Nullifies Free Choice” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Nov 20, 2019 • 47 min
But, what about the reality we left behind? Gillespie and Riley discuss original sin and free choice as they continue to read Martin Luther’s treatise on “The Bondage of The Will.” In this episode, free choice, grace, and Paul paint old Adam…
90: Martin Luther, “The Righteousness of Works and of Faith” from “The Bondage of The Will”
Nov 16, 2019 • 47 min
Oh, wow… that’s an intense line of questioning. Gillespie and Riley discuss the vital distinction between the righteousness of works and faith in Martin Luther’s “The Bondage of The Will.” In this episode, it’s Abraham, Paul, and the destruction of…
89: Martin Luther, “Free Choice is of the World” from The Bondage of The Will
Nov 11, 2019 • 47 min
Gotta rip the bandaid off now. You’ll thank us later. Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Martin Luther’s work on The Bondage of The Will. This week, reading the Bible categorically, doing theology categorically, and why rejecting…
88: Martin Luther, The Two Kingdoms from “The Bondage of the Will”
Nov 8, 2019 • 52 min
Look: You’ve Got Two Choices, Well, Maybe One… Or None. Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s work on The Bondage of The Will. This week, the discussion focuses on where there’s room for choice [as regards to our salvation] when…
87: Martin Luther, The Bondage of The Will, Conclusion, part 2
Nov 2, 2019 • 51 min
What I Choose Is My Choice! Gillespie and Riley continue their reading and discussion of Luther’s treatise on the bound will. This episode, what happens when God’s election of sinners in Christ Jesus is de-emphasized? Text: Show Notes: …
86: Martin Luther, The Bondage of The Will
Oct 31, 2019 • 47 min
You Want The Truth? You Can’t Handle The Truth! Gillespie and Riley begin their series on “The Bondage of The Will,” one of only two books Martin Luther wrote that he claimed were worth preserving. In this episode, we begin at the end. Text: Show…
85: HWSS 2019 Live Show with Chad Bird, “Your God is Too Glorious”
Oct 23, 2019 • 41 min
Sane People Would Pay Top Dollar for This Kind of Podcast. Gillespie, Riley, and special guest Chad Bird read from his book, “Your God is Too Glorious.” They then discuss baptism, suffering, and vocation. Text: Chapter 10, p. 171. Show Notes: …
84: Norman E. Nagel, The Spirit’s Gifts from “The Spirit’s Gifts in the Confessions and in Corinth”
Oct 16, 2019 • 44 min
I’m spiritual, not Spiritual. Gillespie and Riley continue hijacking their podcast to honor their spiritual father, Norman Nagel. This week, we discuss how to sort out gifts we give ourselves and gifts given by God. Text: Norman E. Nagel, “The…
83: Norman E. Nagel, On the Lord’s Supper from “The Spirit’s Gifts in the Confessions and in Corinth”
Oct 11, 2019 • 45 min
There was Gospel, and blood, and he killed a guy with a trident. Gillespie and Riley continue hijacking their podcast to honor their spiritual father, Norman Nagel. Text: Norman E. Nagel, “The Spirit’s Gifts in the Confessions and in Corinth”…
82: Norman E. Nagel, “The Spirit’s Gifts in the Confessions and in Corinth”
Oct 8, 2019 • 39 min
Gillespie and Riley hijack their own podcast to pay tribute to their theological hero, Norman Nagel. Text: Norman E. Nagel, “The Spirit’s Gifts in the Confessions and in Corinth” Concordia Journal XVIII (July 1992), 230-243. Show…
81: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - The Celestial City pt.2
Oct 6, 2019 • 50 min
This Is The End… Gillespie and Riley wrap up their discussion of John Bunyan’s story about the Pilgrim’s Progress. This week, we get apocalyptic. Text: Show Notes: Past Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” episodes: , , , , , , , …
80: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - The Celestial City pt. 1
Oct 1, 2019 • 50 min
What about the reality we left behind? Gillespie and Riley get to the last chapter of The Pilgrim’s Progress. This episode, baptism, carrot on a stick Jesus, and why verbs matter. Text: Show Notes: Donavon Riley on , , and Past Bunyan’s…
79: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - Doubting Castle
Sep 26, 2019 • 49 min
Fee-Fi-Fo-Fu… wait, wrong story! Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. This week, giants, good friends, and more cages. Text: Show Notes: Donavon Riley on , , and Past Bunyan’s…
78: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - The Interpreter’s House REDUX
Sep 21, 2019 • 51 min
Despite all my rage, I’m still just a baptized sinner in a cage. Gillespie and Riley respond to a listener request about The Pilgrim’s Progress. This week, we go back to the Interpreter’s House to see about a man in a cage—the Bible, Jesus,…
77: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - Vanity Fair
Sep 18, 2019 • 48 min
Get it all together and put it in a backpack, all your vanity, so it’s together. Gillespie and Riley read The Pilgrim’s Progress and discuss the “both-and” of Vanity Fair for Christians. Text: Show Notes: Donavon Riley on , , and —…
76: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - The Shadow of Death
Sep 14, 2019 • 47 min
So we bailed on that reality and we came to this one. Gillespie and Riley continue to discuss The Pilgrim’s Progress. This episode, why fight demons when God will do it for you? Text: Show Notes: Donavon Riley on , , and Past Bunyan’s…
75: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - Life
Sep 11, 2019 • 46 min
Life… say this out loud with an aspirational sigh. Gillespie and Riley continue their series on Pilgrim’s Progress. This episode, the cross, present-tense Jesus, and getting the direction right. Text: Show Notes: Donavon Riley on , , and …
74: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - The Interpreter’s House
Sep 9, 2019 • 45 min
So I exist in this wasteland. A man reduced to a single instinct: get to Mount Zion.
73: John Bunyan, “The Pilgrim’s Progress” - The City of Destruction
Sep 4, 2019 • 42 min
Once, I was a pilgrim, a road warrior searching for a righteous end
72: C.S. Lewis - The Incarnation from “The Joyful Christian”
Aug 28, 2019 • 43 min
Gillespie and Riley again read and discuss C.S. Lewis’ The Joyful Christian. This episode, the Incarnation. Do we go far enough with Jesus’ incarnation, to where He wants us to go with him?
71: C.S. Lewis - The Fall of Man from “The Joyful Christian”
Aug 22, 2019 • 59 min
And I’m Free, Free Falling… Gillespie and Riley read and discuss C.S. Lewis’ meditation on the Fall into Sin. They go deep into the subjects of free will, dualism, retributive justice, and why discussing sin isn’t as easy as we’d like.
70: Robert Capon - The Mystery of Christ, and why we don’t get it… pt. 2
Aug 14, 2019 • 62 min
It’s inconceivable! Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Robert Capon’s “The Mystery of Christ… and why we don’t get it.” Faith, works, and more Christian absurdity.
69: Donavon Riley - Blatant Self-Promotion of “Crucifying Religion”
Aug 7, 2019 • 65 min
Banned Books Jumps The Shark. Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Crucifying Religion, by Donavon Riley so Riley can have a discussion about himself with himself. It’s a meta, meta episode!
68: Robert Capon - The Mystery of Christ, and why we don’t get it…
Jul 31, 2019 • 65 min
Would You Like to Play a Game? Gillespie and Riley return to Robert Capon to read and discuss the incarnation of Jesus and how we try to turn free grace into a transaction.
67: John of Damascus - “An argument directed against the Nestorians”
Jul 24, 2019 • 65 min
There’s Something About Mary — Gillespie and Riley dive deep into an early church argument about Mary, why a bishop named Nestorius, and Mohammed, rejected the virgin birth, and why it’s important to discuss the topic today.
66: John of Damascus, Arius, Ariana
Jul 17, 2019 • 65 min
Fat Camels and Catchy Songs — Gillespie and Riley finish their reading of John of Damascus’ critique of Islam, then jump into the writings of Arius to better understand the foundation of Islam and modern American Christianity.
65: John of Damascus - Critique of Islam, pt. 2
Jul 10, 2019 • 59 min
Gillespie and Riley read and discuss John of Damascus again this week. What’s an enthusiast? Why are footnotes important? How do Aphrodite, Arius, and a Nestorian monk lay the foundation for Islam? Text: St. John of Damascus’s Critique of Islam
64: John of Damascus - Critique of Islam
Jul 3, 2019 • 53 min
God’s prophet? Inconceivable! Gillespie and Riley read and discuss the work of John of Damascus which explains why Islam is a Christian heresy. Text: St. John of Damascus’s Critique of Islam
63: Chad Bird - “The Infant Priest Was Holy Born”
Jun 26, 2019 • 64 min
Gillespie and Riley conclude their discussion of hymnody with Chad Bird’s hymn, The Infant Priest Was Holy Born. Again, they focus on pastoral care, comfort for Christians, and what happens when the church ignores the reality of sin, death, and Satan.
62: Thomas O. Chisholm - “Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father”
Jun 19, 2019 • 61 min
Do You Have a Great Hymn This Week? Go Fish! This week, Gillespie and Riley discuss Thomas Chisholm’s poem turned hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness. More discussion of hymnody, church music, and how what we sing can help or hinder pastoral care.
61: Joseph Scrivener - What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Jun 12, 2019 • 62 min
Jesus joins us in our weirdness. In this episode, Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion of how to judge a hymn with Joseph Scriverner’s classic hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
60: John Newton - Amazing Grace
Jun 5, 2019 • 64 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley begin a four episode discussion on how to judge a hymn. In the first installment, they look at Amazing Grace and ask: “Is this a great, good, or bad hymn?” What makes a Christian hymn great? What should a church do with bad…
59: John Bunyan - The Doctrine of Law & Grace Unfolded
May 29, 2019 • 75 min
Daddy needs to discuss some law and grace…. Chicka-chickahhhhh! This week, Gillespie and Riley go live, reading, discussing, and responding to your questions and comments about Bunyan’s writing on law and grace. Text: The Doctrine of the Law and Grace…
58: The Schwabach Articles, part 2
May 22, 2019 • 61 min
How does it… umm… how does it work? In this episode, Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss the Schwabach Articles. Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, Church, and all things churchy.
57: The Schwabach Articles, part 1
May 15, 2019 • 52 min
You’re using theological coconuts! In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss The Schwabach Articles. Sin, faith, lots of Holy Spirit, and why the Schwabach Articles are the roots of Lutheran, Reformed, and Protestant confessions of faith.
56: The Marburg Articles
May 8, 2019 • 61 min
Papa, can you hear me? In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss the Marburg Theses. The Reformers, Luther and Zwingli (and their colleagues), sat down to try to find common theological ground. What resulted has influenced the Church to this…
55: Ulrich Zwingli - 67 Theses Defending Reform
May 1, 2019 • 63 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Ulrich Zwingli’s 67 Theses defending the theological reforms in Zurich. Zwingli is provocative, sometimes hyperbolic, but driven by a zeal for the Reformation doctrine of Christ alone for the salvation of…
54: Oswald Chambers - Collision of God and Sin
Apr 24, 2019 • 58 min
You have us the Good News now give us the goods! This week, Gillespie and Riley give Oswald Chambers a second go-round, reading and discussing The Collision of God and Sin.
53: Oswald Chambers - Complete & Effective Dominion
Apr 18, 2019 • 68 min
This Isn’t a Good Place for a Yogurt Shop. Riley and Gillespie tackle a daily devotion from one of the OG’s of the Holiness Movement, Oswald Chambers. Text: “Complete and Effective Dominion,” Oswald Chambers, His Utmost for Our Highest, April 12
52: Thomas Aquinas on Baptism
Apr 10, 2019 • 63 min
I don’t hang with Aquinas anymore on baptism. It all got too corporate. Riley and Gillespie dig into the Doctor Angelicus and his catechism on Baptism. Text: The Catechism of St. Thomas Aquinas - BAPTISM
51: Beth Moore - Christian Communicators
Apr 3, 2019 • 63 min
When You’re a Christian Communicator… Sometimes You Have to Not Talk About Jesus?! Riley and Gillespie tackle a request from a listener to engage with Beth Moore, popular author and speaker among evangelical Christian women.
50: Interview with David Zahl - “Seculosity”
Mar 27, 2019 • 62 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley interview David Zahl about his forthcoming book, “Seculosity.”
49: Charles Spurgeon - God or Self- Which?
Mar 20, 2019 • 65 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Charles Spurgeon’s sermon, “God or Self - Which?” This week, traditions, rituals, and a lot of talk about pastoral care.
48: Gillespie and Riley - Q&A The Sequel
Mar 13, 2019 • 71 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley answer your questions and respond to your comments.
47: Flannery O’Connor - Good Country People, part 2
Mar 6, 2019 • 61 min
Gillespie and Riley go back to O’Connor’s short story, Good Country People to discuss faith, humility, and the uncomfortable truth about ourselves.
46: Flannery O’Connor - Good Country People, part 1
Feb 27, 2019 • 60 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Flannery O’Connor’s short story, Good Country People. What does it mean that someone is a good Christian?
45: Fyodor Dostoevsky - The Failure of Christendom
Feb 20, 2019 • 66 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley read from Dostoevsky’s novel, The Idiot, and discuss the roots of the Roman Catholic church, atheism, socialism, and distinguishing between Christ and the Gospel and our own need to be God in God’s place.
44: Bo Giertz - “Jesus Only”
Feb 13, 2019 • 63 min
This week , we read from Bo Giertz’s novel, “The Hammer if God,” and discuss belief, revivalism versus liturgy, and what happens when Jesus alone is the focus of all our attention.
43: Billy Graham - Christ’s Answer to The World
Feb 7, 2019 • 68 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Billy Graham’s sermon, and the consequences of preaching law after the Gospel, adverbs, and the importance of staying away from God where He isn’t preached, revealed, and worshipped in Christ Jesus.
42: William Barclay - Are All People Saved?
Jan 30, 2019 • 59 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley read from William Barclay’s spiritual biography, whether all people go to heaven. Our Text: William Barclay - “I am a Convinced Universalist”, from William Barclay: A Spiritual Autobiography, pg 65-67, William B Eerdmans…
41: Augustine - Does Baptism Make Men New?
Jan 23, 2019 • 60 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read St. Augustine’s response to the Pelagians, who used his earlier writings against him, about misrepresentation concerning the effect of baptism. Our Text: ST. AUGUSTINE - Against Two Letters of the Pelagians (Book…
40: Martin Luther - Don’t Be Afraid to Be a Sinner
Jan 18, 2019 • 64 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley read a pastoral letter written by Martin Luther advising a friend to not avoid being a sinner and put all his sins on Christ, who became the chief of sinners for us.
39: The Obstinate Toy Soldiers - C.S. Lewis
Jan 9, 2019 • 61 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read and discuss C.S. Lewis’ thoughts on God being born a man.
38: The Brutal, Humiliating, Joyous Christmas Gospel - Luther’s Christmas Book
Jan 2, 2019 • 64 min
Gillespie and Riley return this week with another episode dedicated to Martin Luther’s Christmas sermon. This time, they dig into the underlying brutality of the Christmas Gospel, Mary’s humiliation, and Joseph’s dilemma.
37: Christmas: the Perfect Time of Year for a Theologian of the Cross — Luther’s Christmas Book
Dec 25, 2018 • 58 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley read from a Christmas sermon by their favorite heretic, Martin Luther. They discuss Mary’s example of how God makes theologians of the cross through suffering, oppression, weakness, and hopelessness. Our Text: Martin…
36: Advent Planking with Brennan Manning, part 2
Dec 19, 2018 • 63 min
Gillespie and Riley follow up their reading of Brennan Manning’s Advent Meditation, “Shipwrecked at The Stable” by discussing why Roman Catholic theology, as Manning presents it, is so appealing to Protestants. Our Text: Shipwrecked At The Stable by…
35: Planking with Brennan Manning, part 1
Dec 12, 2018 • 75 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley dive into Brennan Manning’s Advent Meditation, “Shipwrecked at The Stable,” and they go deep into Manning’s expression of Roman Catholic theology. Our Text: Shipwrecked At The Stable by Brennan Manning
34: Turning the Metaphorical Gun on Ourself
Dec 5, 2018 • 67 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley tackle your questions and comments. We discuss election, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Bible translations, Sunday School, and much, much more. Our Text: There is no text this week, just your wonderful, probing, sometimes…
33: Please, Love Me Like You Do…
Nov 28, 2018 • 67 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley wrap up their reading of Gerhard Forde’s “On Being a Theologian of The Cross.” What are the ramifications for Christians when God creates (He does not find) that which is pleasing to Him? Our Text: On Being a Theologian of…
32: Don’t Like That We’re Righteous Apart From Works? We’re Not Done Yet.
Nov 21, 2018 • 59 min
Continuing their conversation from episode #31, Gillespie and Riley follow Gerhard Forde, and with him examine Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation. This week, Aristotle, righteousness, and whose work is worth calling “good.” Our Text: On Being a Theologian of…
31: Don’t Like That We’re Righteous Apart From Works? Good.
Nov 15, 2018 • 55 min
Gillespie and Riley return this week, in conversation with Gerhard Forde about death, doing your best, and getting the “good” of works put in its proper place. Our Text: On Being a Theologian of the Cross, Gerhard Forde, Part IV: “God’s Work in Us: The…
30: If there’s one thing a theologian of glory doesn’t understand, it’s the cross, part 2
Nov 10, 2018
Gillespie and Riley continue their conversation about thesis nineteen of Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation (with commentary by Gerhard Forde), and what distinguishes a theologian of the cross from a theology of glory. Our Text: On Being a Theologian of the…
29: If there’s one thing a theologian of glory doesn’t understand, it’s the cross, part 1
Oct 24, 2018 • 64 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley read Luther’s nineteenth thesis from his Heidelberg Disputation, and (with Gerhard Forde’s help) converse about whether a theologian of glory is really a theologian. Our Text: On Being a Theologian of the Cross, Gerhard…
28: I Want What I Want When I Want It… Again!
Oct 17, 2018 • 67 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley return to the problem of the will (with much help from Gerhard Forde) as Martin Luther expresses it in thesis thirteen of the Heidelberg Disputation. Our Text: On Being a Theologian of the Cross, Gerhard Forde, The Problem…
27: I Want What I Want When I Want It!
Oct 10, 2018 • 86 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley dig into section two of Forde’s book, “On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation. This week, the problem of the will. Our Text: On Being a Theologian of the Cross, Gerhard…
26: Let out the Viking, but keep him on the chain…
Oct 3, 2018 • 81 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley dive into Forde’s use of the analogy of addiction to explain original sin, passive righteousness, Jesus as Giver and gift, and Riley lets out the Viking (a little bit) to address “cheap grace.” Also, so many pop…
25: All this damage - and it’s old Adam’s fault.
Sep 27, 2018 • 53 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley dive back into Forde’s “On Being a Theologian of the Cross.” With the help of Paul, Augustine, and Luther they discuss God’s revealed Law, righteousness, and good works.
24: Your Theology Is Creating A Nice Little Climate of Panic
Sep 20, 2018 • 108 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley continue their reading of Gerhard Forde’s “On Being a Theologian of The Cross.” This week, they discuss the two ways of being a theologian and the consequences for daily life.
23: You’d think that killing people would make them like you
Sep 12, 2018 • 93 min
This week, in preparation for the HWSS Conference, Gillespie and Riley jump into On Being a Theologian of the Cross, by Gerhard Forde. Why did Luther say, “The cross alone is our theology” and what are the consequences for Christians in every generation?
22: I’m stepping - I’m stepping in it! What does it smell like?
Sep 5, 2018 • 66 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley discuss Menno Simon’s writing on faith, why prepositions matter, and the practical consequences of Gospel-law sermons.
21: Just Follow The Step by Step Instructions
Aug 29, 2018 • 92 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley dig into a sermon by William Seymour, who was a key figure in the Asuza Street Revival outpouring. In particular, they zero in on baptism, the means of the Spirit, and why Christian preaching is a matter of death and new…
20: One sermon, two men, maximum effort
Aug 22, 2018 • 92 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley jump back into Whitefield’s sermon, “The Folly and Danger of Being Not Righteous Enough.” This week, they turn a more critical eye on Whitefield’s sermon, discussing revivalism, sermonizing, and the purpose of the…
19: One sermon, maximum effort
Aug 16, 2018 • 77 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley discuss a sermon by George Whitefield, who defends his theology against the attacks of an “old light.”
18: Now… okay, so, angels as people, tell me about that. Walk me through it.
Aug 8, 2018 • 69 min
Gillespie and Riley touch down on Origen’s commentary on John’s Gospel this week. They discuss martyrology, whether angels come disguised as people, and why it’s important to let Scripture interpret Scripture.
17: I feel the need… the need for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Aug 1, 2018 • 66 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley jump back into another letter from John Hus. This week, they discuss Hus’ letter to the people of Prague, urging them not to give up hope in the midst of persecution.
16: No, boys. There’s two “O”s in Goose.
Jul 25, 2018 • 69 min
In this episode, Gillespie and Riley dive into another letter from John Hus. This week, they take a critical look at Hus and discuss the influence of traditional Roman doctrine on Hus’ calls for reform.
15: With this collar on, my superpower is just unbridled preaching
Jul 18, 2018 • 66 min
Pastors Gillespie and Riley read a letter from John Huss to John Barbatus about the biblical teaching on who can (and cannot) preach.
14: Wait, no, stop! - part 2
Jul 11, 2018 • 86 min
Riley and Gillespie wrap up their conversation about Robert Capon’s “The Astonished Heart” No really, this is it. Our Text: The Astonished Heart: Reclaiming the Good News from the Lost-and-Found of Church History by Robert Farrar Capon, pp. 115-116
13: Wait, no, stop! - part 1
Jul 4, 2018 • 84 min
Riley and Gillespie wrap up their conversation about Robert Capon’s “The Astonished Heart” kind of… sort of… or maybe not. Our Text: The Astonished Heart: Reclaiming the Good News from the Lost-and-Found of Church History by Robert Farrar Capon, pp.…
12: We’re not going to walk this one off.
Jun 27, 2018 • 80 min
Riley and Gillespie continue their theological adventure through Robert Capon’s “The Astonished Heart.” This week, they examine the corporate model of the church, then get transparent critiquing themselves in relation to the church as an institution.…
11: Pump the moralistic, therapeutic, deism brakes, American Christianity.
Jun 20, 2018 • 64 min
Pastors Riley and Gillespie can’t get enough of Robert Capon’s “The Astonished Heart,” so this week, they talk about the roots of American Christianity, and how to establish churches that function without the Gospel. Check out our complete library of…
10: According to the Kübler-Ross model, starting your own church is just one of the five stages of divorce.
Jun 13, 2018 • 69 min
Pastors Riley and Gillespie jump back into Robert Capon’s “The Astonished Heart,” to discuss Henry VIII, Catholic elasticity, and mini Christendoms. You can read the full show notes under each episode here: http://bannedbooks.libsyn.com
9: I Guess Reformation Theology and Dubstep Never Dies
Jun 6, 2018 • 76 min
Pastors Riley and Gillespie jump back into Robert Capon’s “The Astonished Heart,” to discuss Martin Luther, the Reformation, and what happens when justification by faith alone busts loose in Christendom. You can read the full show notes under each episode…
8: Who are you? I’m Batma… I’m Constantine.
May 30, 2018 • 79 min
Pastors Riley and Gillespie jump into Robert Capon’s “The Astonished Heart,” to discuss Constantine, Christendom and it’s consequences. You can read the full show notes under each episode here: http://bannedbooks.libsyn.com
7: Part 2 - Rounding up all the Christendom in the world and launching it into space so it cannot ever hurt us again
May 23, 2018 • 73 min
Pastors Riley and Gillespie continue to discuss Soren Kierkegaard’s “Preparation for Christianity,” where the Dane criticizes the church for making sin to be of little consequence and therefore making the Savior and His forgiveness of little importance.…
6: Part 1 - Rounding up all the Christendom in the world and launching it into space so it cannot ever hurt us again.
May 16, 2018 • 80 min
Pastors Riley and Gillespie discuss Soren Kierkegaard’s “Preparation for Christianity,” where the Dane criticizes the church for offering people a Christ strictly in his ascended and victorious state and neglecting Jesus in his humiliation and in his…
5: Part 2: Two Natures and Maximum Effort
May 9, 2018 • 78 min
Riley and Gillespie continue to talk about Athanasius’, “On The Incarnation”, but this week they get into the historical, bodily resurrection of Jesus, and why Jesus’ resurrection upends our search for self-discovery and meaning. Our Text: Athanasius’ On…
4: Part 1: Two Natures and Maximum Effort
May 1, 2018 • 70 min
Riley and Gillespie talk about Athanasius’ apology in his writing, “On The Incarnation”, for the historical, bodily death of Jesus, and why Jesus’ death and resurrection is the end of religion. Our Text: Athanasius’ On the Incarnation…
3: Part 3: “Piss Off, Athanasian Ghost!”
Apr 25, 2018 • 82 min
Theological Inception, episode 3 - Riley and Gillespie continue to talk about C.S. Lewis talking about Athanasius talking about Jesus, and offer lots of explanations for what they said in episode 2. You can read the full show notes under each episode…
2: Part 2: “Piss Off, Athanasian Ghost!”
Apr 18, 2018 • 82 min
Theological Inception, episode 2 - Riley and Gillespie continue to talk about C.S. Lewis talking about Athanasius talking about Jesus, but there’s no tub of water to fall back into at the end of this podcast. You can read the full show notes under each…
1: C.S. Lewis’ Introduction to Athanasius’ “On the Incarnation” Part 1
Apr 10, 2018 • 67 min
“Piss Off, Athanasian Ghost!” Theological Inception, episode 1 - Pastors Riley and Gillespie talk about C.S. Lewis talking about Athanasius talking about Jesus. You can read the full show notes under each episode here: http://bannedbooks.libsyn.com