Recovering Hypocrite

Recovering Hypocrite
Exploring the relentless grace of God toward jacked-up people who don’t deserve it one bit.

Control What You Can Control
Mar 27 • 6 min
When things seem out of our control, it’s probably because they are. So what do we do about it?
Planning in the Midst of a Quarantine
Mar 20 • 10 min
In this short bonus episode, Noel talks through the gift God gives us when our plans are suddenly subverted.
Episode 25 - Why plant new churches?
Mar 18 • 35 min
In this episode, Noel talks to church planter, professor, author, (and fellow self-quarantined pastor) Tony Merida about his church planting journey, the theological importance of church planting, the current church climate surrounding COVID-19, and the…
Quarantining The Body of Christ
Mar 16 • 18 min
In this bonus episode, Noel talks about the recent “quarantining of the body of Christ” as many churches have cancelled services or moved them online temporarily. He talks about his personal experience with self-quarantining and gives two biblical reasons…
Episode 24 - Redeeming Fitness (A conversation with fitness coach Dan Romigh)
Feb 26 • 39 min
On this unusual episode, Noel chats with his fitness coach Dan Romigh (owner of Redemption Fitness) about a healthy Christian view of physical health. This episode will also be crossposted on Dan’s podcast Redemption Fitness and Beyond. Oh, and if you…
Episode 23 - Doubt is not the Enemy (A Conversation with Barnabas Piper)
Feb 12 • 36 min
This conversation starts with Noel reading some “Mic Drop” quotes from Help My Unbelief to the book’s author Barnabas Piper and then it wanders to parenthood, open theism, publishing, and the tension of living with faith in a God that reveals Himself in a…
Episode 22 - Four Tips For Aspiring Authors
Jan 29 • 18 min
In this episode, Noel Jesse Heikkinen (author of two OK selling books, Unchained and Wretched Saints) gives four tips to aspiring authors. If you are so inclined, you can grab a copy of either one or get a fancy Wretched Saint sticker for only $1 by…
Episode 21 - Lawfully Using the Law (a conversation with author Matt Ferris)
Dec 4, 2019 • 36 min
As a young follower of Jesus, Matt Ferris (a classically trained musician and IT guy by trade) noticed that many Christians talked about the Mosaic Law in the Bible in a decidedly unbiblical way. This drove him further into the Scriptures and further into…
Episode 20 - Unnecessary Yet Vital Friendship - A Chat with Dr. Scott Keith
Nov 20, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode, Noel talks with his acquaintance 😬 Dr. Scott Keith about friendship and what we can learn from the likes of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and the Inklings about the dangerous nature of those we hold most close.
Episode 19 - Halloween and the Reformation (a rambling chat with Steve “Trike” Treichler)
Oct 31, 2019 • 35 min
On the one year anniversary of the Recovering Hypocrite podcast, Noel chats with his friend Trike about Halloween and the biggest reformation truth churches are missing today.
Episode 18 - Who’s got two broken arms and a podcast? This guy.
Oct 16, 2019 • 17 min
Noel talks about his recent injury and what God has been teaching him as he recovers. He also worries that the whole public reflection exercise is a tad narcissistic .
Episode 17 - Law and Grace in the Parables (a chat with Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen)
Oct 2, 2019 • 38 min
Noel hangs out with a couple of his favorite Lutherans (Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen) to chat about grace and law in the Parables of Jesus. Here’s a few links to stuff they talked about: Christ Hold Fast 1517 30 Minutes in the New Testament…
Episode 16 - Snowflakes, Satire, and Shame (a conversation with Karen Swallow Prior)
Sep 18, 2019 • 32 min
Noel sits down with Karen Swallow Prior (English Professor at Liberty University) for a wide-ranging conversation about reading, preaching, tweeting, and the common tonal qualities of Twitter and 18th Century England. Here’s a few links to some of the…
Season Threeish Preview Episode (Changes are a Comin’)
Sep 4, 2019 • 9 min
In this short preview episode, Noel talks about why he started the podcast and what’s to come for this new season (which includes doing away with seasons).
Irresistible Faith (Becoming the kind of Christian the world can’t resist)
Apr 24, 2019 • 25 min
On this episode, Noel talks with Scott Sauls, author of Irresistible Faith, about how you can’t become more Christlike by trying to be like Christ.
The Grace of God for the weeks before Easter
Apr 17, 2019 • 26 min
In this episode, Noel takes a stroll through the few weeks leading up to Easter in the Gospel accounts, highlighting specific acts of grace in Jesus’s actions and words. Here are some links to stuff talked about on this episode: The NIV Harmony of the…
Telling People to be Holy Doesn’t Lead to Holiness (Do we need another reformation?)
Apr 10, 2019 • 37 min
On this episode, Noel talks about grace with his friend Elyse Fitzpatrick. They cover a lot of ground from the source of true strength in the Christian faith (spoiler alert: it’s joy) to the steel-toed boot of sanctification. It’s hard to explain this…
Graceless Conversations About Race (when you don’t know what to say but you say it anyway)
Apr 3, 2019 • 34 min
On this episode, Noel talks with his friend Joel Muddamalle, the Director of Theology for Proverbs 31 Ministries about the touchy topic of race. They talk about how there is not enough grace in a lot of racial conversations, why there is a desperate need…
When Social Media Turns On You (Living Your Faith In The Spotlight)
Mar 27, 2019 • 21 min
Riverview (the church where I serve as one of the pastors) has its roots at Michigan State University. Because of this, we get a steady stream of college students, including student athletes. This vantage point has given me the opportunity to watch…
Saving a “doomed” marriage (and making it gloriously ordinary)
Mar 20, 2019 • 28 min
Karen Ehman is a New York Times Bestselling author who was told her marriage was doomed before it even began. More than two decades later, God has transformed her marriage (to her husband Todd) into a gloriously ordinary marriage filled with arguments…
You’re a Wretch (and that’s okay)
Mar 13, 2019 • 35 min
This episode is a live recording of a Q&A Noel hosted for people who preordered his new book Wretched Saints. He talks about his writing process, why he wrote this particular book, and why people so desperately need to grapple with their own wretchedness…
Bonus Episode (Noel talks about his new book)
Jan 2, 2019 • 11 min
Noel’s new book Wretched Saints releases on February 1, 2019. In this short bonus episode, Noel talks about the process of writing this book during a uniquely challenging season in his life.
Thomas Terry and Ryan Lister (The Rapper and the Professor)
Dec 11, 2018 • 33 min
Thomas Terry (Odd Thomas from Beautiful Eulogy) and Ryan Lister (Associate Professor of Theology at Western Seminary) join Noel to discuss the unique challenges of discipling artists in the church and how to help Creatives think more theologically and…
Joel Virgo (Paradoxical Preacher of Grace)
Nov 21, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode, Noel picks up a conversation he started with his friend Joel Virgo in an English pub a couple months ago. They talk about how the fear of God and the enjoyment of Him as Father go hand in hand, how God is never more awesome than he is in…
Emma Heikkinen (Sparkly Shepherd of Teenage Girls)
Nov 14, 2018 • 43 min
Noel sits down with the sparkly female version of himself, his 21 year old daughter Emma. Emma is a children’s curriculum writer, a professional writing major at Michigan State University (anyone hiring?), and a lover of kids (especially middle school…
David Zahl (Professional Purveyor of Grace)
Nov 7, 2018 • 36 min
Noel sits down with David Zahl, director of Mockingbird ( for a wide ranging conversation about grace. They discuss the less than biblical (but paradoxically biblical) term “fallen from grace,” guilty pleasure music (like Meat Loaf and Barry…
Harvey Turner (Evangelist for Normal People)
Oct 31, 2018 • 29 min
Harvey Turner, pastor of Living Stones Church in Reno, Nevada and author of Friend of Sinners joins Noel on the debut episode to nerd out on Martin Luther, low anthropology, and talking to people about Jesus without being a weirdo.
Recovering Hypocrite Preview
Oct 27, 2018 • 7 min
On this preview episode you’ll meet the Chief Recovering Hypocrite (host Noel Jesse Heikkinen) as he shares the big idea behind this new podcast. A big shout out to EMSRY ( for the theme music and Josh Michels…