Theology & Life

Episode 31 – Sexual Fidelity, Mike Abendroth, Pornography, Sex in Marriage, The Gospel, & Advice for Young Singles

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Overview In Episode 31 I got the opportunity to interview the host of No Compromise Radio Mike Abendroth about his book “Sexual Fidelity – No Compromise.” First, we talk about how his book reaches to both men and women, single and married, as well as young and old alike. In 30 short, devotional-like, chapters Mike deals with the beauty of sex as a part of God’s created order, as well as the sinful ways in which we malign it. Next we talk about how our culture is inundated with the…read more

Episode 30 – Loving the Church in the Face of #ChurchHurt, #Uncredible, Calvinist Coulson

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Overview In episode 30 I take the time to talk about #ChurchHurt with returning guest Calvinist Coulson in our special segment #Uncredible. We kick things off simply by discussing the state of the church and how even in the face of hurtful church situations we need to find ways to forgive, love and make it through. Then, Phil Coulson shares his personal struggle with #ChurchHurt where Pastor “bob” took his power too far and expected too much from the local congregation. Ultimately, the pastor left and the church dissolved. How…read more

Episode 29 – Church vs Super Bowl, Beauty of Christ, Immigration, War, Eminent Domain, and the State of the GOP

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Overview We kick things off with an appetizer talking about tonight’s Super Bowl 50. Is it ok to skip church for the Super Bowl? Should churches have Super Bowl Parties, cancel church altogether, or find some middle ground? Who’s better, the person who goes to a party to witness, or the person who goes to church to worship? Then we turn to our #Uncredible segment to discuss the Beauty of Christ and the Christian walk with special guest Jerome Danner. If you’d like to be on #Uncredible feel free to…read more

Episode 28 – Iowa Caucuses, GOP Debate, Police Lives Matter, RJ Garner, and Swag

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Overview We kick things off in this episode with a quick update from the Iowa Caucuses and highlights from the recent GOP debate. Chris Christie’s commitment to abortion, Jeb’s commitment to Veterans, and Rand Paul’s commitment to justice reform all get featured in our appetizers. Then we turn to our #Uncredible segment to discuss another side of the #BlackLivesMatter controversy with RJ Garner. Do police lives matter? Is police brutality really a massive issue in our nation? Garner and I hash these things out giving our faithful law enforcement personnel…read more

Episode 27 – Trumps Two Corinthians, Rands Stand, Online Church, and the Tech Reformation

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Overview In episode 27 we kick things off with two appetizers. First, we discuss Donald Trumps apparent mistake at Liberty University as he says “Two Corinthians” instead of “Second Corinthians.” Is it appropriate for Christians to laugh at his seeming ignorance of Scripture? (If that’s what it was.) Second, we briefly touch on Rand Paul’s decision to boycott the undercard debate last week and the media attention he’s getting from that decision. As we head into the Iowa Caucuses it’s becoming apparent that not much is going to change on…read more

Episode 26 – Uncredible, Worship, Prayer, Bundy Militia, and a Quick New Years Update

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Summary In Episode 26 of After the Sermon we kick of 2016 with a quick update on the end of the year gap in episodes. A couple of tickets and a car accident mixed with all the other hustle and bustle of the holidays kept us from having an episode last week. In our first appetizer of the new year we chat briefly about the Bundy “militia” that’s formed and taken a federal building in Oregon. On some levels we can resonate with the sentiment of these folks, and on…read more

Episode 25 – I’m Wrong, Remembering R.C. Sproul Jr, Repentance, Reforming Social Media, Bear Grylls and President Obama

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Overview In Episode 25 we kick things off with some clips from sermons from Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. We need to remember that apart from Christ we are nothing and it is only because of Christ that we are anything. For our appetizers we take a moment to look at Rand Paul’s near miss of Tuesday’s Presidential debate which ultimately played out in his favor. We also discuss President Barack Obama’s decision to go into the wild with Bear Grylls. Does it seem like he’s trying to prove his manhood…read more

Episode 24 – Andy McAdams, Pastoring Pastors, Barna Study, and One to One Discipling

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Overview In Episode 24 I am joined by the President of Multiplication Ministries Pastor Andy McAdams. Andy has over 40 years of pastoral ministry experience. Thirty of those years he served as a pastor and the rest have been devoted to a ministry of pastoring pastors through Multiplication Ministries. We get things started by talking about the emotional and physical drain that preaching puts on the pastor. From there we talk about how the pastor is often the loneliest person in the church. We also take some time to pass…read more

Episode 23 – JD Hall, Abortion Is Murder, Its a Gospel Issue, Christianity Today, and Karen Swallow Prior

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Overview In Episode 23 Special Guest JD Hall of the Pulpit and Pen program joins After the Sermon to discuss Karen Swallow Prior’s recent article in Christianity Today. We kick things off with a discussion of Focus on the Family’s response to concerns regarding an “Abortion Pill” resource they had put out. Thankfully the have pulled that resource for revision. Still, we consider whether or not their rationale is valid and if the power of the Gospel to accomplish Christ’s purposes. Next we jump right into the Christianity Today article…read more

Episode 22 – Syrian Refugees, Thanksgiving, The Pill and Focus on the Family

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Overview In this episode we kick things off with a sermon clip from Thomas Anderson Jr on the obligations that believers have to love one another. Then we jump into our appetizers and talk about what’s worth being thankful for, and having a general attitude of thankfulness. We also discuss the challenge the US is facing with wanting to help Syrian refugees and the very real risk of accidentally bringing in terrorists with the refugees. In the Podcast World we give the Reformed Pubcast some “Congrats” for making it to…read more

Episode 21 – Issues of Race with Thomas Anderson Jr, #BlackLivesMatter, #MIZZOU, and #WhitePrivilege

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Overview In this special episode I invite my good friend and fellow co-laborer in the Gospel, Pastor, and (soon to be) Moody Professor Thomas Anderson Jr onto the program to discuss issues of race, inequality, injustice and so much more. Thomas and I delve into the highly sensitive issue of race as we discuss the historic racial inequality against African Americans and how that racial discrimination permeates our world even today. We drill down on movements like #BlackLivesMatter, and #MIZZOU as we seek to understand one another, and come to…read more

Episode 20 – Marcus Pittman, The Red Door Ministry, and Everything Apologia

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Overview For this special Reformation Day episode I had the privilege of interviewing Marcus Pittman of Apologia Studios. We abandon our typical format and discuss all things Apologia with Marcus Pittman. At the outset I share a clip from Ligonier’s Dramatic Reading Specifically, we trace Marcus’ journey to Apologia Studios and the road to the “Babies Are Murdered Here.” Much of our conversation centers around the expansion of Apologia Church’s abortion clinic ministry called “The Red Door Ministry.” As Apologia continues to grow exponentially they look ahead to providing resources…read more

Episode 19 – Calvinist Batman, Anons, God Calling, Morality of Movies, and Worship

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Overview In Episode 19 we get the opportunity to interview Calvinist Batman. We discuss the whole Anon community and why he joined the community and why he’s chosen Batman as his anon of choice. We go on to talk about his family, ministry and his “After the Sermon” routine. Then we jump into our main topics and discuss the morality of choosing movies and tv shows. Are certain types of film completely wrong or is there room for discretion and discernment. Are their any standards that are obviously off limits…read more

Episode 18 – Handling Halloween, The Weaker Brother, and 10 Listener Questions About Pastoral Ministry

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Overview In Episode 18 we drop the green flag with a Reformation Day Sermon clip from a sermon I preached in 2012 called “The Reformation Rages On.” For our first appetizer we have some exciting news about upcoming guests for Episodes 19 and 20: Calvinist Batman and Apologia’s own Marcus Pittman. I’ll be conducting these interviews this coming Reformation weekend and they will serve as the Main Topics for Episodes 19 and 20. Next we get an update on the Krispy Kreme vs Dunkin Donuts poll and I answer some…read more

Episode 17 – Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, The Pilgrim, Verizon, We Got This and Krispy Kreme Donuts

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Summary In Episode 17 we drop the green flag by discussing my internet service nightmares with Verizon the last few weeks. We also talk about bad customer service experiences in general. For our appetizers we look at some recent mentions from listeners like Cody Almanzar of the Ordinary Pastors podcast and Scott Schultz who both recently received their copies of my book “the Fury of God.” Also getting a mention is @CalvinistChewey who has declared ATS a #ChewyApprovedPodcast. We also send a big thank you out to Reformed Theology Seminary…read more

Episode 16 – IV Connerly, Tech Reformation, Church History Podcasts, Jesus Judging, and The Importance of Proper Exegesis

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Overview In Episode 16 we catch up on what’s been going on in my personal life including my internet woes. We also discuss Creflo Dollar’s tweet and I talk about a great music video from IV Connerly called “What Am I to Do?” For another appetizer we talk about the importance of emphasizing Christ as both Lion and Lamb. For our final appetizer I discuss Sean Scott’s fundraiser to help get him to go to school to become a worship leader. For our Podcast focus we take a look at…read more

Episode 15 – Three Fury of God Interviews with Dr Gary Dull and David Kistler, Mike Hranek, and Scott McCausey

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Overview In Episode 15 I highlight three interviews that I’ve done over the last year regarding my book “The Fury of God” from Westbow Press. The first interview comes from Faith and Freedom’s hosts Dr. Gary Dull and David Kistler. This was the first interview I had ever done for the book and I really appreciated the support the book received on this radio program. Next, we take a moment to announce the reviews of seven winners of cover signed copies of “The Fury of God.” I have contacted most…read more

Episode 14 – Historic Premillennialism, The Papacy, Uploading Sermons, and #ShoutYourAbortion

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Summary In Episode 14 of After the Sermon we discuss the Pope in Philly and putting sermons online for free. Then we turn to our TheologyMix feature and quickly discuss the Pastor’s Wife article on #ShoutYourAbortion. We also take a quick look at the fulfillment of my prophecy that the Four Bloodmoons wouldn’t change a thing or usher in anything new. For our main topic we discuss my journey to becoming an historic premillennialist and in the process eliminate Dispensational Premilennialism, Amillenialism, and Postmillennialism. http://media.blubrry.com/afterthesermon/p/ia601509.us.archive.org/26/items/Episode14_201509/Episode_14.mp3Podcast: Play in new window |…read more

Episode 13 – More Kim Davis, The Constitution, Fighting for Justice, and Full GOP Presidential Debate Rundown

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Overview We kick things off with a sermon clip from Lamentations 5. If we cannot embrace the God of Lamentations then we cannot embrace the God of the Bible. We need more Christians to start understanding what’s going on in Lamentations so they can properly affirm who God is and what God does. Next we take a voicemail from 2nd time caller Jerome Danner. (3:40) He has some questions about opportunities that he has to preach. We try to give him some good advice as he looks to serve Christ…read more

Episode 12 – Jailing Deputies, Bernie’s Equality, Biden’s Beau, Stewarding Kingdom Money, Popcorn Theology, Women Studying Theology, and Ordinary Pastors

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Overview In this episode of After the Sermon we make up for shortened segments in our last two episodes by doing a full episode of Appetizers, TheologyMix features, and News from the Podcast world. As always we kick things off with our sermon clip of the week. This week’s sermon was from Lamentations 4 where we see the strange hope that comes from seeing God keep his Word even when that Word results in our judgment. Next we bite off more appetizers than we can chew as we discuss a…read more

Episode 11 – Calvinist Hulk SMASH, Kim Davis and Drunk Ex-Pastors

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Overview Episode 11 begins with a sermon clip from my sermon on Lamentations chapter 3. We discuss the delicate balance between acknowledging God’s justice, sovereignty, and grace. Jeremiah found himself in a place where he could affirm the judgment of God on his people while at the same time finding hope in the goodness of God. For our appetizer we interview special guest @CalvinistHulk and discuss the twitter anon world, righteous anger, theologians past and present, and briefly discuss Planned Parenthood and the Kim Davis situation. Next, we jump into…read more

Episode 10 – Agent Phil Coulson, Anon Accounts, Planned Parenthood Protests, and Submitting to the Local Church

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Overview Grab your level seven clearance because we’re diving deep into the Calvinist Anon world with Agent Phil Coulson! We start things off with our sermon clip of the week discussing God’s horrific promise to put Israel under siege if they disobeyed. Next we turn our attention to the Anonymous Twitter universe and chat with Calvinist Coulson about his real life, family, church, favorite theologians and we learn why he chose to become Agent Phil Coulson. In our Theologymix feature we discuss an article written by Jeremy Lundmark that takes…read more

Episode 09 – Misrepresenting Calvinism, Bad Guest Speakers, Affliction from God, and Canadian Churches… Eh?

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Overview We kick this episode off with our sermon clip of the week from the first message in a new series I started this past Sunday on the book of Lamentations. We briefly discuss the reality that believers are quick to give God the glory for the things we perceive as positive but not so quick to honor him for the things we might perceive as negative in our lives. Next we discussed an upcoming opportunity for listeners to receive a free, signed copy of “The Fury of God” by…read more

Episode 08 – Josh Duggar, John Oliver on Prosperity Preachers, and The Benefit of Discussing Infant Salvation

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Overview We kick things off with a sermon clip from Pastor Len Flack from the 4th night of our 11th Annual Summer Bible conference. Pastor Len is pastor at North Country Fellowship in Carthage NY and he blessed us with a message on unity from Ephesian 3:1-6. Next we turn to our appetizers. First on the docket we return to the Ashley Madison hacks which recently reported that Josh Duggar may have had two accounts from 2013-2015. We discuss the damage this might do as the media is sure to…read more

Episode 07 – Calling, Changing Churches, Fox GOP Debate, History of Abortion, and Reducing Gun Violence

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Overview We kick things off with an appetizer about the calling of God to jobs, ministries, and locations. Can we objectively define these callings or are they purely subjective? Next we answer a voicemail question about changing churches. In this case the caller is driving 20 minutes out of his community to attend church. He believes God would rather have him serving in a church closer to his own community. We give some advice on how to proceed in considering this move. For our main topic we discuss the Fox…read more

Episode 06 – Cecil the Lion, Separation, Incrementalism, Pastoral Insights, and Bullying

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Summary We kick things off this week with a discussion of Cecil the Lion. We try to distance it from the abortion issue and look at it from a Biblical perspective on its own merits. Then we bring the abortion issue back into view in order to understand where Cecil fits in the moral spectrum. Then I take a cold hard sip of Dr. Pepper reality as I reveal the results of the Pepper vs Pibb poll. Dr. Pepper outshines Mr. Pibb ten to one despite my pleas to the…read more

Episode 05 – Ashley Madison, Abortion Outrage, Judging Judgers, 10 Minute Bible Hour, and Being Thought Hateful

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Overview In Episode 05 we dig into a brief discussion on the Ashley Madison hack and its over 30 million users. Maybe it’s time for repentance? From there we move to a brief discussion about the hurt and frustration that emerges when business creeps into the church world. It seems the larger an organization gets the more likely it is to dismiss everyday people that don’t advance (financially) their cause. If a person doesn’t affect the bottom line they need to shut up, stop being divisive, and buy their products…read more

Episode 04 – Gun Free Zones, Obamacare, Despair, James White’s Distaste, and The Unbearded Reformer

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Overview We start Episode 04 off with 10 seconds of silence to honor the soldiers who lost their lives in Chattanooga Tennessee last week. Our sermon clip of the week comes from Pastor Ken Wagstaff and Evening two of our 11th Annual Summer Bible Conference.  Ken spoke on “Forgotten Prayers” as he examined Jesus’ story of the rich man and Lazarus. For our appetizers we get things moving by discussing Gun Free zones and the recent Chattanooga shooting. We also take a moment to thank some folks on Twitter for…read more

Episode 03 – Sharing Misinformation, Selling Baby Parts, Same Sex Attracted Christians, Bad Christians, Raging Pastors, and Goofy Kids

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Overview Episode 03 kicks off with some new intro sermon clips from JD Hall and the Pulpit and Pen program. Then I admit to sharing bad information from NBC.com.co and explain how it can happen to the best of us and how we should respond when we make the mistake. I then point out that Ed Stetzer may not be the best example to follow but he still has some good advice on fact checking articles before sharing them. Then I take some time to discuss the hypocrisy in being…read more

Episode 02 – Bitter Cakes, Sharing Old News, APN Concerns, Worshiping on High Places, and Overcoming Trials

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In Episode 02 of “After the Sermon” we discuss the precedent that the Oregon decision against Sweet Cakes sets for the rest of the nation. We also discuss the issue of people sharing outdated articles to incite people to think things are progressing faster than they really are. Then we look at American Pastor’s Network President Sam Rohrer’s two major concerns in light of the SCOTUS decision. For our main topic we discuss Chris Dunn’s TheologyMix.com article, “Hills to Discern on.” What hills are you willing to die for? Have…read more