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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 seeks 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. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.


63: Chad Bird - “The Infant Priest Was Holy Born”
Jun 26 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 62 min
This week, Gillespie and Riley interview David Zahl about his forthcoming book, “Seculosity.”
49: Charles Spurgeon - God or Self- Which?
Mar 20 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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