Rank #1: Neil Shenvi on Critical Theory & Anti-Racism
Neil Shenvi joins us to talk about critical theory and its subset critical race theory, intersectionality, and the effect on Christian discourse and church life which these theories and concepts have. And we never once used the word "woke"-- Neil is an irenic and reasonable man. Visit his website and follow him at @NeilShenvi.
May 10 2019
Rank #2: PCAGA 2019 Wrap-Up w/Dominic Aquila
Aquila Report founder, pastor, and professor Dominic Aquila joins us to analyze the events of the 2019 PCA General Assembly and shared pastoral advice for the confused and discouraged. We spent a lot of time on the Revoice controversy and the Nashville Statement.
Jul 03 2019
Rank #3: From EPC to PCA with Richard Harris
Pastor Richard Harris joins us to talk about his church's recent move from the EPC to the PCA. Regular guest Chris Drew, who moved from the PCUSA to the OPC, also sits in. We talk much more about the two churches -- the EPC and ECO -- which are outside of NAPARC than we have before. This is presbyterianism at its acronymal best!
Correction: We misstated some facts about the ECO's confessions -- see here.
May 01 2019
Rank #4: Dominic Aquila's Report
Dominic Aquila of the Aquila Report joins us for a wide-ranging discussion of the last 80 years of conservative presbyterianism in the US, much told through his own experience as new convert, seminarian, minister, professor, pastor, and publisher. We also discuss the DNA, history, and hopeful trajectory of the PCA.
May 29 2019
Rank #5: A Film About Worship, A Report from Scotland
In our final pair of interviews from the 2019 Reformation Worship Conference we talk to Les Lanphere minutes after the world premiere of his new movie about worship, and we speak to the Rev. Iver Martin, principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary about the seminary, changes in the worship of the Free Church of Scotland, and...Chik-fil-A.
Oct 30 2019
Rank #6: Grassroots Presbyterians in the PCA
PCA pastor Dr. Dewey Roberts, the convener of a recent meeting concerned with reform and renewal in the PCA, joins us to talk about the past, present, and future of the USA's largest conservative Reformed denomination and about the new informal group Grassroots Presbyterians group that has sprung from the meeting in late January of 2019.
Feb 13 2019
Rank #8: AUDIOBOOK: The New Evangelical Social Gospel, part 1of 3
Presbycast presents "The New Evangelical Social Gospel" by Dr. Roger and Dianne Smallings, PCA missionaries to Latin America in three parts. This book is available for free at the Smallings' website and on Amazon for Kindle. The work is read by Noel Henley. We thank the Smallings for their permission to distribute this timely work.
May 22 2019
Rank #9: From Coalition to Coalitions -- The Big Green Future
The original Coolmudgeon Ted Beam joins us to analyze (but not exactly bludgeon) the once and future Gospel Coalition(s). PLEASE NOTE -- 1ST FILE VERSION CUT OFF 5 MINUTES -- DELETE AND RE-DOWNLOAD IF YOU FILE IS NOT 1:41:40 IN LENGTH.
Apr 11 2019
Rank #10: Miles Smith IV -- High Church Presbyterian
Mar 07 2019
Rank #11: Cultural Relevance, Late 60s & Early 70s Style
This bonus show features the amazing sermon "Visitors From Outer Space: What Saith The Lord?" by Rev. Bill Riddick from 1973 and intro/outro music from a 1969 Christian concept/prog album. Taking our sermon points from the headlines and our musical styles from the radio has always been...interesting, to say the least.
Mar 30 2019
Rank #12: That's just like...your manifesto, man!
Seminarian Ben Woodring joins us to talk about Chortles' 8-point manifesto (of sorts) to culture-proof the church simply and authentically. It was a long talk, be warned.
Here's the manifesto:
There is evidence that younger people are not buying what the megachurches are selling. Most people know of young people that have fled their "home" traditions for Rome for something further east. I actually believe that we'll live to see the contemporary/megachurch bubble burst.
The good news is that the regulative principle of worship and Reformed confessionalism supply actual simplicity and authenticity. You can't make the bible palatable through a thoughtfully-curated set of techniques and aesthetics, but here are some suggestions to consider that might de-culturize the church and make it something that can stand out and stand up in the 21st century:
1) Sing Psalms and ancient hymns without (or with the simplest) accompaniment. Use new tunes if necessary, but don't try to ape what's popular last week. Make sure the Lord's Day worship services look and sound different from the rest of the week.
2) Make communal singing the hallmark of worship and all the gatherings of the church. This teaches and builds cohesion and identity. Have 2-3 psalm snippets that everyone knows. Sing them before, during, or after church meals and other meetings. This is a way of being biblically different.
3) Quit marketing. No one likes to be marketed at. And quit worrying about being "excellent" in things you don't really need to be excellent at. Your logo will not be around in the new heavens/new earth.
4) Emphasize the means of grace -- it's the only thing the church offers that people can't get elsewhere. People have YouTube for how-to, they can be involved in all sorts of things and causes and issues without the church holding their hands.
5) Simplify! (sorta like the Strunk & White's "Omit needless words!") And omit needless words, too. These can be Xianese, stock phrases, personal opinion, culture references, slang, etc. Don't have "programs" -- don't crowd out God's words.
6) Stop trying to contextualize everything, partly because you're not good at it and partly because your context is changing all the time. You cannot keep up.
7) Be consciously reverent, even grave. Where else are people going to get that?
8 - Quit chasing cultural issues that you will never catch.
Bonus -- Ministers should consider wearing simple, non-distracting robes without adornment. This is a great way to de-culturize your church services and take the attention of the dude.
Bonus #2 (put it under #5 above) -- simplify your church calendar to 52 (very) holy days a year. Period.
Jan 09 2019
Rank #13: Class: Presbyterian Church Government 3
Oct 28 2019
Rank #14: A Festivus for the Presbyest 2018
Dec 20 2018
Rank #15: Lent, Lady Preachers, and Dissent
Our friend Sean, a former Roman Catholic, joins us to talk about the encroachment of Lenten observance in the Reformed world. Then we venture to discuss the propriety of women who are associated with conservative Reformed churches "preaching". You may hear the entire sermon (or talk) that we excerpted and talked about here. Finally, we briefly mention a new organization of concerned presbyterians in the PCA. (Clarification -- the PCA group to which we referred is "like the *old* Concerned Presbyterians" -- NOT the current Facebook of that name which as some very unpleasant associations. Here is the group we mentioned, Grassroots Presbyterians: https://www.facebook.com/groups/279044582788445/?ref=br_rs)
Feb 10 2019
Rank #16: 21st-Century Iconoclasm w/Dan Borvan
OPC minister Dan Borvan joins us to talk about the need for a new iconoclasm to clear the accrued idols that clutter the worship of the church. Here are two pieces we referenced: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/rogereolson/2019/07/the-new-american-evangelical-liturgy/ http://www.swrb.ab.ca/newslett/actualNLs/NRC_ch02.htm
Aug 01 2019
Rank #17: Bitter Harvest w/Dan Borvan
Feb 20 2019
Rank #18: Prexit -- Pastor Andy Webb on Disruption in the PCA
Aug 21 2019
Rank #19: Riding w/CW -- Prophecies
Sep 13 2018