Basic Bible Podcast
In this special bonus episode we invite Pastor Ray Rhodes Jr. who is the author of the great new book, Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon. Many of are already familiar with the Prince of Preachers himself, Charles Spurgeon, but what do we know about his wife? "Susannah Spurgeon was a remarkable woman in her own right. She rode nobody’s coattails and was as instrumental in the gospel ministry of the Spurgeon family as her husband, if less well-known.In ...
They say that patience is a virtue - but more importantly it is an attribute of God. This week Ray Jewell joins us once again as we talk about an attribute we both need to display more in our own lives as we seek to be a reflection of Christ in this world.
Dr. Phil Allen
As we continue our look at the attributes of God, this week we chat about the goodness of God.God is good and He is good all the time - but really?Is God good when things are going bad?What is goodness anyway?We welcome back Pastor Phil Allen of the Daystar Christian Fellowship to address these topics and more.
This is our second installment of Reining in Ray - the spin-off podcast where Ray Jewell and I discuss questions submitted by you the listener. This month we chat about Thanksgiving and how to get along with those who disagree with you politically. We also get into topics like social justice and angels dancing on pins.
This is our tenth episode exploring the attributes of God. This week Ray Jewell and I chat about something we are not only incredibly thankful for, but daily dependent on - the faithfulness of God. God is always faithful to his children, even when they are not faithful to Him.
Happy Thanksgiving! In this special bonus episode I chat with Evangelist Byron Foxx of Bible Truth Music. Brother Byron and I chat about the special place that music plays in helping foster an attitude of gratitude.
This is week nine in our series on the Attributes of God. Our old friend Ray Jewell stops by as we chat about the power of God. Is god really all-powerful? How far does that extend? Are there any limits to what God can do and how does that effect me personally? We'll talk about these topics and more on this episode.
In this special bonus episode, Ray Jewell and I chat about a newly released book we had the pleasure of reading. A War of Loves by David Bennett is the story of a young man who came out as a homosexual but years later would come to embrace the gospel of Christ. The book is a brutally honest look at his life and attempts to reconcile his sexuality and his faith as he seeks to find his ultimate identity in Christ. Ray and I discuss what we liked about the book and few issues of disagreement we ...
Dr. J.V. Fesko
We are commanded to be holy as God is holy, but what does it mean to be holy? Some get nervous about any talk of holiness as sometimes it leads to legalism or unattainable standards of perfection. So how is God holy and in what way ought to reflect that holiness ourselves? That's out topic this week on the podcast as we continue our series on the attributes of God. Joining us this week is Dr. J.V. Fesko who presently serves at Westminster Seminary California as Academic Dean and Professor o ...
As we continue our series on the Attributes of God, this week we tackle the issue of immutability - or does God ever change? How about during prayer, can I ever change the mind of God. Does God ever change His mind? Joining us is Phil Johnson, the executive director of Grace to You, editor of John MacArthur's books and one of the authors of the Pyromaniac Blog.
Dr. Phil Allen
As we move in week 6 of our attributes of God series, Dr. Phil Allen joins us to chat about God's sovereignty. For many, this can be quite the controversial topic. But as delve into the subject from a Biblical perspective we will see much more comfort in this doctrine than controversy.
Ray Jewell, Randy Tanis, Bob Loggans, Phil Allen, Brad Molander
This month is pastor appreciation month so we interrupt our series on the attributes of God for a chat between Ray Jewell and I about just how important the pastor is to the life of the church. We also interviewed several pastors to ask them when they feel most appreciated by their church.
Dr. Tim Johnson
This episode brings us into week five of our study of the attributes of God. Dr. Tim Johnson, the pastor of Rock Valley Chapel in Beloit, WI, joins us to discuss the supremacy of God.
Kevin Thompson and Ray Jewell
This is our first attempt at a new monthly feature we're calling Reining in Ray. This podcast will feature Ray Jewell and I commenting on the questions and topics you the listeners have submitted. No subjects are off limits! In this trial run, we discuss the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, my idea of a theologically-themed restaurant and a question about Bible commentaries.
Pastor Aaron White
This is part four of our look at the attributes of God. This week Pastor Aaron White of the River Hill Community Church in Janesville, WI is here to chat with us about foreknowledge. Did God merely look ahead through the corridors of time and simply know who would accept His offer of salvation is there something more to this biblical doctrine?
Dr. Michael L. Brown
We interrupt our regular scheduled series on the attributes of God to give you this special bonus episode! Dr. Michael L. Brown, host of the Line of Fire radio program and president of the FIRE School of Ministry, was kind of to give me a few minutes of his time to chat about his soon-to-be-released book, Donald Trump is Not My Savior: An Evangelical Leader Speaks His Mind About the Man He Supports as President. So, listen in as Trump supporter Dr. Brown takes questions from me, someone squarely ...
Pastor James White
This week we jump right in to our third episode on the attributes of God. Pastor James White of the Lighthouse Community Church in Vernon, AL and co-host of the Everyday Ministry Podcast joins us to discuss the knowledge of God. Does God actually know everything? (yes)
Dr. Brian Hanson
This week we cover chapter two of A.W. Pink's the Attributes of God, the Decrees of God. What are God's eternal decrees and how do they apply to us? Joining us to explain this is Dr. Brian Hanson, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Theology at Bethlehem College and Seminary. Brian is also author of the book Waiting on the Spirit of Promise: The Life and Theology of Suffering Of Abraham Cheare.
Dr. Phil Allen
I am very excited to begin this new, 17-part series on the attributes of God. The purpose of our study is explore how God has revealed Himself to us through the pages of Scripture so that we might grow in our knowledge of Him and thus deepen our relationship with Him. We will be using A.W. Pink's classic book on the topic as our guide. Kicking things off, Dr. Phil Allen joins us to talk about chapter one - the solitariness of God.
Pastor Zachary Bartels
Get ready to geek out on some sound theology! In the fight against sin, too many Christians take a passive role not realizing the all-war such a fight requires. Are you the wimpy Daniel Larusso or the strike hard, strike first, no mercy Johnny Lawrence in your approach to sin? Joining us this week is one of my favorite podcast hosts, author/pastor Zachary Bartels. You can hear him on such podcasts as Clinch, These Go to Eleven and Gut Check. He's visiting our podcast to chat about his new e ...
This is our third and final segment in our series concerning gender roles in the church.In this wrap-up, Ray Jewell and I discuss our sharp differences concerning Complementarianism (the right view) and Egalitarianism (Ray's view) but end by seeing areas upon which can both agree. The most important part is Ray and I walk away from this debate still friends and co-laborers in gospel ministry.
Dr. Bruce Ware
This is our second segment in our three part series concerning gender roles in the church. This week we cover the complementarian view which states that while God created both genders to be equal in value and worth, He also created them with distinct roles that were intended to complement each other. Joining us to discuss this is one of my favorite modern, theologians - Dr. Bruce Ware of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Paul Axton
This week Ray Jewell and I begin a three week series concerning gender roles within the church. This first week we discuss the Egalitarian view that say suggests that both men and women can preach and hold positions of leadership as gender distinctions no longer exist because Christ's victory at the Cross has erased the differences that once separated us. Joining us is Dr. Paul Axton, the director ofPloughshares Bible Institute.
Join us this week for a spur of the moment interview with Les Lanphere of the Reformed Pubcast and the wildly populardocumentary Calvinist.Les is now working on a new movie on the subject of worship entitled Spirit & Truth.So, to help him kick things off and get this off the ground we've welcomed Les on the program to chat about this new endeavor.
Dr. Michael Horton
This week I'm excited to have Dr. Michael Horton on the podcast.Dr. Horton is the host of the White Horse Inn, the editor of Modern Reformation Magazine as well as theJ. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics atWestminster Seminary California.He has written many books including his latest,Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life.So join us this week as we talk about Pneumatology - the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Chris Brauns
This week on the podcast we chat about the difficult concept of forgiveness. By definition forgiveness must include some degree of hurt and pain which often makes this topic difficult to grapple with. Joining us is Pastor Chris Brauns, pastor of the Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL and the author of the book Unpacking Forgiveness. Listen in as we discuss just forgiveness is and issues such as should we forgive those who are unrepentant?
The King James Version is a beloved translation of the Bible still used by many Christians despite the fact that it was originally updated over 400 years ago. Among these Christians are those who would label themselves King James Only meaning they believe the King James Version is the only valid translation of the Bible and that all major translations are at best inferior and at worst corrupt. It was with this in mind that Dr. Mark Ward wrote his latest book, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of th ...
*NOTE* - This episode has been updated as the previous file failed to save correctly producing an episode that only contained under 3 minutes of actual audio.The file has been fixed and now the entire interview may be heard.Sorry for the mix-up.Why do we have so many English Bible translations? How do you know which one is right for you? These are just some of the questions I posed to Mark Ward on this week's podcast. Mark received his PhD in New Testament Interpretation from Bob Jones Universit ...
Dr. Don Woodard
This week we tackle a subject few in the church seem to want to talk about - abuse. Many people suffer silently and are afraid to speak up about either ongoing or past abuse. Joining us is my friend Dr. Don Woodard who is the pastor Beacon Baptist Church in Salem, VA and the author of Restored: Living and Loving after Abuse. Our conversation is not so much an expose on abuse in the church but rather focuses on ministering to victims.
In this episode Caleb Powers of the Christian Artist Podcast joins me to chat about the popular worship song, Reckless Love. Is the love of God really reckless? Should we really be arguing about one, little word? Join us this week and find out...
This week listen in as Ray Jewell joins us once again. This time we are discussing the importance of knowing and studying church history. Believe it or not, we were able to fit it all in to one episode!
Graduation season has come upon us once again. In this episode of the podcast I am airing a graduation address I gave to the Rock County Christian School Class of 2018. In the address I speak of the relationship between knowledge and wisdom from a Scriptural perspective and how that ties into our relationship with God.
Pastor Josh Teis
This week we finish our conversation withPastor Josh Teis(Southern Hills Baptist Church)concerningFundamentalism.In this final segment we chat about hero worship and the future of the Independent Baptist movement.Listen closely and we'll throw around names like Jack Hyles, David Platt and Tim Keller and recommend some really good books for you to dive in a little deeper into these matters.
Pastor Josh Teis
This week our topic is Fundamentalism. Our guest is Pastor Josh Teis of the Southern Hills Baptist Church in Las Vegas. Josh and I graduated from the same fundamentalist Christian college and have similar backgrounds within this movement. This will be a two-part episode as the conversation kept flowing and the comments kept on coming. In this first segment we chat about just what fundamentalism is and then look at some key Scriptures concerning the topics of separation and unity within the B ...
Pastor Allen Nelson
This part two of an interview with Pastor Allen Nelson about his book, From Death to Life: How Salvation Works. In this segment we discuss dangers to avoid and hit on such topics as easy-believism, the practice of altar calls and the so-call prosperity "gospel." We wrap things up with a few other books recommended by our guest as well.
The Bible declares that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Your sins have been forgiven and from time to time we need to be reminded of that. The guarantee of forgiveness ought to forever erase the record of debt that once stood against us. That has all been nailed to the Cross. On this episode I invited my friend, and fellow podcast host, Scott Oakland to chat about the idea the concept of absolution. Though Scott comes at this from a Lutheranperspective, we can all agr ...
There is nothing new under the sun.Even many of the problems and false teachings plaguing the church today are nothing more than a few ancient heresies redressed and updated for modern times.One of the earliest false teachings the early church dealt with was called Gnosticism.While our early church fathers rejected this teaching, it hasn't completely gone away.Join us this week as Ray Jewell comes back on the podcast to warn us of how this heresy is once again creeping into the church.
Jeremy Scott, Dan Loggans, Micah Tanis
The Basic Bible Podcast finally does one of those cool, in-the-car, not edited episodes that's all the rage these days...This is the third and final installment of our special Together for the Gospel series.Driving back from the conference, I am trapped in a car with three preachers excited about the great preaching we all just heard.Joining us are Pastor Jeremy Scott (Memorial Baptist Church - Verona, WI), Pastor Dan Loggans (Christ Fellowship Church - Sun Prairie, WI),and Pastor Micah Tanis (F ...
Barnabas Piper, Jonathan Leeman, Don Whitney and more
This is our second podcast in our special series covering the Together for the Gospel conference.This edition features several short interviews I conducted while walking around the bookstore with my cell phone.These interviews include:BarnabasPiper (Happy Rant Podcast) - Do you feel threatened by the Basic Bible competition?Jess Miller (Pastor ofCalvary Bible Church) - How has appearing on this podcast changed your life?Greg Linscott (Pastor of Brown Street Baptist Church) - How should churches ...
Pastor Jeremy Scott
Together for the Gospel began as the brainchild of preachers Mark Dever, C.J. Mahaney, Albert Mohler and Ligon Duncan.Since 2006 T4Ghas been a cross-denominational conference featuring expository preaching, phenomenal singing and tons of free books, all from a Reformed perspective,attracting over 10,000 people.This year was the first year I was able to attend thanks to a free ticket that came my way.In appreciation of this, I recorded three different episodes focused on the conference.In this fi ...
Dr. Phil Allen
In this post-Easter episode Pastor Phil Allen (Daystar Christian Fellowship) and I chat about the price Christ paid for our sins. We even get into controversial issues such as the Reformed doctrine of limited atonement. But most importantly we emphasize this doctrine not merely as theological trivia but as a precious truth that ought to lead our hearts toward greater worship of Christ.
Pastor Allen Nelson
This episode features a sneak peak into a new book that has yet to officially come out - From Death to Life: How Salvation Works by Pastor Allen Nelson. Joining us to talk about the book and about salvation in general is the author. Allen Nelson is the pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Perryville, AR and host of the Rural Church Podcast. He also blogs at Things Above. As our conversation went a bit long, this will be part 1 of this interview.
Pastor Adam Meyer
This week Pastor Adam Meyer (pastor of the Beloit Family Worship Center) and I chat about the family as he and I both gear up for the third annual Real Life, Real Hope Community Strong Family Conference this upcoming weekend (23rd and 24th) at Rock County Christian School. Adam and I discuss Ephesians 5-6, the need for balance and even get into some touchy subjects some would rather us simply leave alone.
Guest Ray Jewell
This week on the podcast we welcome back Ray Jewell to continue our talk about the spiritual realm. Who or what are demons? This is a topic few want to discuss but we are going to go where angels fear to tread... Listen in as we slay some common myths and delve into the depths of Scripture to see just what the really truth is.
Guest Ray Jewell
Do angels really exist?Who are they and just what do they actually do?Do I have a guardian angel or will I one day become one?This week we welcome back Ray Jewell to chat about angels, an often misunderstood and sensationalized topic.So listen in as we jump head-first into the spiritual realm in the light of the Word of God.Maybe if you ring a bell while you listen I will finally get my wings!
The gospel of grace is a scandalous concept as it takes a child of hell and transforms him into a child of the King.It is in no way deserved and is not fair at all.It sets us free from the yoke of legalism but brings us there through the pathway of deep humility.This week on the podcast we will hear from someone who once rose up to a place of prominence among the Evangelical community but then sank into the depths of its judgment because of his own horrible sin.Yet, in the midst of this he came ...
Dr. Phillip Allen
Death is not an easy subject to address.The loss of loved one brings sorrow, confusion and a deep feeling of loss.As Christians, sometimes we struggle with the concept of feeling sad because we think that we must somehow always be happy in Jesus knowing everything is ultimately a part of God’s plan.This only serves to add guilt to grief.In this week’s episode Pastor Phil Allen of the Daystar Christian Fellowship and I chat about grief and sorrow from a Biblical perspective.I pray this will be co ...
Dr. Don Whitney
Now that we are already in February, how is that Bible reading plan you started at the beginning of the year going? Many Christians find the disciplines of Bible reading and prayer to be tedious at times and find themselves discouraged. This week on the podcast we've invited Dr. Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the founder and president of the Center for Biblical Spirituality and author of the book, Spiritual Disciplines for ...
Pastor Jess Miller
Church may seem like a natural part of the life of the believer, but as our culture becomes more and more individualized so have began to question the need for the weekly assembly. We can read Scripture on our own and certainly you can find good preaching all over the internet and even on podcasts such as this. So, why do we need the church and what part should it play in the our spiritual lives? To answer these questions and more we are joined by Jess Miller, pastor of the Calvary Bible Chur ...
Perhaps this podcast could be better labeled, the "Lost Episode." Last year Ray Jewell and I sat down to record an episode about discipleship.That one episode quickly turned into three before we knew as the conversation just kept going and we were having a blast doing it.However, that third episode never aired.The reason is because for somehow part of the recording was actually lost.I'm still now sure what happened.But, some of you have been asking about it so I decided to take what I did have a ...
For some the idea of worship conjures up images of raised hands, a great guitar riff or maybe an old, out-of-tune organ cranking out some of the great hymns of the faith.But, as we will see in this week’s episode, worship is not limited to a style of music but also describes a life lived in response to the greatness of God.This week’s guest is Josh Calhoun, the Student Ministry Director at Central Christian Church in Beloit, WI.Yet, if you are familiar with Josh, it is probably because he is a m ...
Dr. John Frame
II Corinthians 10:5 explains that “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”On this episode we will be talking about presuppositional apologetics, a defense of the Christian faith that seeks to tear down objections and uphold the Word of God. We are honored to have Dr. John Frame on the program this week to discuss this topic with us.Dr. Frame serves as J.D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy ...
Pastor Steven Dresen
Happy New Year from the Basic Bible Podcast!As many people reflect on their New Year’s resolutions today, we’re going to be focusing on the resolutions of perhaps the greatest theologian born in America, Jonathan Edwards.When Edwards was just 19 years old, he sat out to write a list of guiding principles that would give direction to his life.If you know anything about Edwards, you know he was passionate for God and resolutions show us just that.To discuss this with us is Pastor Steven Dresen of ...
Guest - Dr. Philip Allen
This is our special Christmas edition released on Christmas Eve!In this podcast, Dr. Philip Allen and I chat about the Incarnation.We'll take a look at John 1, Philippians 2 and even the Garden-Temple in Genesis 1-3 comparing that with the great truths of Hebrews 4 and Revelation 21 in a very practical way.Our conversation turns towards Christ's great humility and see the drama of redemption unfolding before us.There really is a reason to celebrate this season!
Guest - Mark Sohmer
After a rough week of illness and trips to urgent care, the podcast is back!This we week take a look at the Jewish festival of Hanukkah through a Christian perspective.Joining me is Evangelist Mark Sohmer, himself a Jew who has embraced Christianity (You'll hear that testimony).We chat about what the celebration is all about along with a discussion of John 10 and Isaiah 53.
Guest - Ray Jewell
Back a few weeks ago in episode 9, we began looking at the subject of discipleship.As I should have expected, what was intended to be one episode turned into several.So, this episode will be part two of a three-part series.In this episode, Ray Jewell and I begin to examine several Scripture passages.We spend quite a bit of time talking about the need to be up front and honest about our own sin.
Guest - Deryk Hayes
How can you tell the difference between good preaching and bad preaching?Sometimes a message can be uplifting, encouraging and maybe even convicting yet still ultimately fall short.The key to a good sermon is Bible itself.Not every message is a Biblical message.To chat about this I've asked my friend Deryk Hayes to join us this week.Deryk is the interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Freeport, IL and a long-time, passionate student of preaching.
Guest - Pastor Cory Williams
Theology and Thanksgiving – they don’t seem to go together.In fact, it seems like a combination that might ruin a perfectly good family dinner.Yet, when we contemplate what thanksgiving really is, we cannot help but dip into some theology.Or perhaps the difficulties of your life are keeping from giving thanks.In that case a turn back to theology could be just thing to get our eyes back on the goodness of God.Joining us to talk about all of that is Cory Williams, campus pastor of Central Christia ...
Guest - Chris Arnzen
How is it that false teaching creeps into the church?Why is that seemingly solid Christians fall prey to doctrine that contradicts the Word they claim to love?This week on the podcast we’ll be talking about the importance of and development of Biblical discernment.Joining us is the host of the popular radio program Iron Sharpens Iron, Chris Arnzen.
Guest - Ray Jewell
The Great Commission forces us out the door to spread the gospel throughout the entire world.Yet, sometimes we forget that evangelism alone is only doing half the task.In reality, conversion is just the beginning.We must be about the business of making disciples.What does this mean and what does this look like?Joining us for this three part conversation is Ray Jewell who you may remember from our introduction episode.Ray has experience as a pastor, teacher and author.You won’t want to miss this ...
Guest - Dr. Brain Hanson
Last week we discussed the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.But the story doesn’t end with Luther and Germany.The Reformation would spread throughout Europe and into England with men like Thomas Cramner and William Tyndale.As more men began to read the Scriptures for themselves the truth began to shine clearly once again.We are once again joined by Dr. Brain Hanson of Bethlehem College and Seminary to delve in a little deeper into his research on the topic.
Guest - Dr. Brian Hanson
Perhaps you've noticed all the talk about the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation this year.It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany thus sparking a great movement away from the the Catholic Church and back to a Biblical understanding of grace and the gospel.But why are we still talking about it now?What was so special about it?On the program this week is Dr. Brian Hansen, an incredible scholar who is the Assi ...
Guest - Pastor James White
Here we are right in the middle of Pastor Appreciation Month, so what better subject to tackle than the pastorate?What is the Biblical role of the pastor?Some people have the mistaken idea that the pastor only works one day a week while others on the opposite end of the spectrum think he is the only one in the church qualified to do the work of the ministry.Joining us to dispel these myths and open the Scriptures with usis Pastor James White of theLighthouse Community Church inVernon, Alabama.He ...
Guest - Dr. Philip Allen
You're saved, but now what?How does one grow in the faith?We know that Christ changes us from the inside out, but what does that actually mean?What if I'm not growing enough or not as much as other believers I know?We will talk about these questions and more as we discuss the doctrine of sanctification.We're joined this week by Dr. Philip Allen the pastor Daystar Christian Fellowship of South Beloit, IL.
Guest - Pastor Aaron White
This is the episode we've all been waiting for - or at least we're addressing the concept all Christians are longing for - glorification. We, along with all of creation, long to see the day when sin is no more and redemption is complete. This is not only our end goal, but also the end of our series on Romans 8:30. Pastor Aaron White of the River Hills Community Church in Janesville, WI joins one last time to wrap things up.
Guest Aaron White
If there ever was an episode of the Basic Bible Podcast to listen to, this is it.This week we talk about the doctrine of justification.How does a wicked sinner stand before a holy God?According to Martin Luther, this doctrine is the article by which the church stands and falls.Just how important is it to confess justification by faith alone?Once again, PastorPastor Aaron White of the River Hills Community Church in Janesville, WI joins us as we continue to look at Romans 8:30.Make sure to share ...
Guest Pastor Aaron White
This week we welcome back Pastor Aaron Whiteof theRiver Hills Community Churchin Janesville, WI.He’s joining us as we explore the depths of Romans 8:30. Last week we chatted about predestination; this week we’ll be talking about the concept of calling.How does God call people to Himself?We also explore the question of why should we engage in personal evangelism if it is truly God who draws men in salvation.You won’t want to miss out on this episode!
Guest - Pastor Aaron White
Welcome to the very first episode of the Basic Bible Podcast. We are kicking things off with a four-week look at Romans 8:30. If you are familiar with this verse you'll realize our first podcast will be on the controversial subject of predestination. But, before you tune us out, give us a chance. We'll explore what the Bible really has to say about a subject many people misunderstand. Joining us is Pastor Aaron White of the River Hills Community Church in Janesville, WI. Currently Pastor Aaron i ...
Guest Ray Jewell
Hello and welcome to the Basic Bible Podcast where we seek to move theology from the classroom to the living room.That’s the right, the goal of this podcast is to bring the complex down to the manageable.Some fear terms like theology and doctrine because they conjure up images of division, debate or even over-your-head scholarship that his little to do with the everyday life of the Christian.I hope as you tune in each week you’ll discover that theology is intensely practical and actually lies at ...