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Real Talk

Religion & Spirituality Podcas

Real Talk is a podcast presented by Reformed Perspective focused on having meaningful and honest conversations with subject experts about the various challenges and issues facing the Reformed church community. Hosted by Lucas Holtvluwer and Tyler Vanderwoude, Real Talk aims to inform your discussions and inspire you to have challenging but important conversations with fellow Christians in the spirit of brotherly love.

Real Talk is a podcast presented by Reformed Perspective focused on having meaningful and honest conversations with subject experts about the various challenges and issues facing the Reformed church community. Hosted by Lucas Holtvluwer and Tyler Vanderwoude, Real Talk aims to inform your discussions and inspire you to have challenging but important conversations with fellow Christians in the spirit of brotherly love.

Location:

Canada

Description:

Real Talk is a podcast presented by Reformed Perspective focused on having meaningful and honest conversations with subject experts about the various challenges and issues facing the Reformed church community. Hosted by Lucas Holtvluwer and Tyler Vanderwoude, Real Talk aims to inform your discussions and inspire you to have challenging but important conversations with fellow Christians in the spirit of brotherly love.

Language:

English

Contact:

6138045522


Episodes

Ep. 60 - Six Day Creation vs. Evolution - Matt Morrison

12/5/2022
Joining us today is Matt Morrison. Matt has spent an extensive amount of time researching the topic of six day creation vs. evolution. We cover the different aspects of evolution/atheistic beliefs and why we as Christians believe in creation and how we can defend it. We hope this is episode is helpful for you. Let us know your thoughts! 0:00 - Intro 7:25 - Why do Christians need to see Genesis as literal? 1 8:20 - How has evolution developed into religion 23:00 - Microevolution and...

Duration:01:34:01

Ep.59 - Cardus - Ray Pennings

11/21/2022
Joining Lucas on today's episode is Ray Pennings the Executive Vice President at Cardus - a Canadian non-partisan think tank that seeks a healthy society through independent research, policy analysis, and advocacy. We chat about the history of Cardus, what they actually do and the impact they have. We also cover topics such why think tanks matter, MAID (medical assistance in dying) and of course we briefly analyze the covid response. Be sure to check out Cardus and the work their doing by...

Duration:01:40:18

Ep. 58 - Climate Change - Dr. Calvin Beisner

11/7/2022
Today, we have a really exciting topic at hand, Joining Lucas in this episode is Dr. Calvin Beisner, the founder and national spokesman of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. Dr. Beisner and Lucas discuss what the Cornwall Alliance is, the history and worldviews surrounding climate change and how we as Christians should think about this topic. Be sure to check out the Cornwall Alliance (cornwallalliance.org/) and all the resources they have there, especially their...

Duration:01:08:58

Ep. 57 - Real Talk Round Up - Mark & Jon

10/24/2022
Happy Monday, friends! Today, we're testing out a new type of feedback episode, calling it the Real Talk Round Up. Joining us for this is Reformed Perspective's Executive Director, Mark Penninga and editor, Jon Dysktra. We're grateful for their thoughtful perspectives on these last number of episodes. Also included in this new format is the brief coverage of a certain topic (this weeks being teacher shortages) and a book review/recommendation. Be sure to let us know what you think of this...

Duration:01:07:56

Ep. 56 - CanRC and URC Relations - Rev. Steve Swets & Rev. Dick Wynia

10/9/2022
Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian listeners. Today, we have a really exciting episode that has been a long time coming. For this conversation we're joined by Pastors, Steve Swets and Dick Wynia who are well versed in this topic as they both have been heavily involved in unity discussions. We cover the history of these denominations, especially how it relates the CRC churches. We also discuss what conversations are happening currently and how we can move forward. 00:00 - Intro 04:50 -...

Duration:01:38:39

Ep. 55 - The New Reformation Catechism on Human Sexuality - Rev. Christopher Gordon

9/26/2022
We got a great episode for you. All the way from California, we chatted with Rev. Christopher Gordon, pastor of Escondido United Reformed Church and author of the New Reformation Catechism on Human Sexuality. This piece was featured in the latest issue of Reformed Perspective. We cover why Gordon wrote this new catechism, how it differs from others and also the importance of sharing the positive message of God's good design. If in Canada be sure to get your copy at Reformed Book Services and...

Duration:01:10:15

Ep. 54 - Youth Culture - Pastor Bill DeJong

9/12/2022
WE'RE BACK! After a lengthy summer break we're back with all new episode. Pastor Bill DeJong joins us to talk about the exciting topic of youth culture. We cover the sociological trends that are current in the younger generations and how things like social media and 'authenticity' play into that. We also discuss how the church should respond to these issues and treat the youth. Be sure to check out more content from Pastor Bill on his podcast, Tyrannus Hall. We can't wait to hear your...

Duration:01:34:21

Ep. 53 - The Future of Real Talk

8/1/2022
Time for a feedback episode! Joining us on this one is our editor, Mariah Tamminga. We thought it would be fun to have her on this episode as we cover the last number of episodes, give some personal updates and share about the future of Real Talk. With Tyler's big move to Alberta on the horizon, we need to pivot the format of the podcast. Listen in as we share some ideas of what could look like and please be sure to let us know your thoughts! As mentioned in this episode, this will be our...

Duration:00:46:53

Ep. 52 - Safe Families - Hildy Sloots

7/11/2022
We got a special episode for you today! We sat down with Hildy Sloots, the director of Hamilton/Halton Safe Families. This amazing organizations exists to build a network of support for families in need in a variety of ways. We're so grateful Hildy was willing to come on to share about the important work Safe Families does and how we can and why each of us should consider getting involved! We hope this episode impacts you the way it did us. If you're interested in volunteering with Safe...

Duration:01:18:16

Ep. 51 - General Synod 2022 - Chris deBoer

6/27/2022
We sat down with Chris deBoer, an elder from the Canadian Reformed Church (CanRef) of Carman East. He recently attended the CanRef General Synod as a delegate, so we thought it would be good to get a summary of the hot-button topics that were discussed. He also gives a bit of background on the workings of Synod and how it is made up. We know this might be more of 'niche' episode of but even if you’re not part of the CanRef church, it might be helpful to get an idea of the topics being...

Duration:01:22:22

Ep. 50 - Into The Light - Jacob Valk & John-Michael Bout

6/13/2022
We've made it to episode 50 and this may just be our most important episode yet. Two documentary filmmakers, Jake Valk and John-Michael Bout were kind enough to come on the podcast to share their stories and about the amazing teaching documentary they're working on. Into The Light is a teaching documentary that walks through the fundamentals of change from bondage to sexual sin to freedom in Christ. This is a hard topic and yet may be one of the most relevant struggles facing our...

Duration:01:20:23

Ep. 49 - Deconstruction - Paul Vanden Brink

6/6/2022
We have an interesting episode for you today! We are so grateful to have sat down of sitting down with Paul Vanden Brink, the pastor of Grace Valley Church in Dundas. Pastor Paul has his own podcast called Clearer Thinking. He recently did a series on Deconstruction and we wanted to get him to share with us about this complex topic. This idea might be new for some of you, so we hope it gives you a helpful summary of what deconstruction actually is, the dangers, and how we can combat it in...

Duration:01:07:39

Ep. 48 - The Ontario Party - Derek Sloan

5/23/2022
One more politics episode for you and then we're done on this topic for a while! With the election around the corner, the Ontario Party reached out to us to sit down and have a conversation regarding the state of the province, where there needs to be change and how they hope to facilitate this change. We discuss all the hot button issues Ontario is facing, such as housing, immigration, inflation, education and also how Christians should engage in politics. Please note the guests hosted on...

Duration:00:47:24

Ep. 47 - Redeemer University - Dr. David Zietsma

5/9/2022
We had the privilege of sitting down with Dr. David Zietsma, the President of Redeemer University, located in Hamilton, ON. We found this to be an encouraging discussion on the topic of Reformed Education at all levels and how that plays out in the lives of believers. We chat about the history of Redeemer, the idea of missional drift, how Redeemer is fighting that and how they are dealing with secular ideologies and teachings. We also cover why post-secondary Christian education is important...

Duration:01:31:48

Ep. 46 - Putting COVID to Bed Ft. Ed Bosveld

4/18/2022
In response to our previous episode, we brought on Professor Ed Bosveld to bring some context to this feedback episode. Over the past two years, Ed has researched and analysed pandemic-related public policy as well as data and statistics relating to pandemic policy-making. We cover modelling, public trust, vaccines, statistics and the Texas/Florida debate taking listener feedback into account as well as responses from MPP Sam Oosterhoff. Be sure to let us know if you like this new form of...

Duration:01:15:53

Ep. 45 - Covid Conversations with MPPs Will Bouma & Sam Oosterhoff

3/28/2022
This is a big one that you don't want to miss. Ontario MPPs (Members of Provincial Parliament), Will Bouma and Sam Oosterhoff sat down with us to discuss what has been on everyone's mind these last two years - Covid, government, the church and freedom. Both Will and Sam share their perspectives oN what has transpired while we add in some thoughts and questions that many have. There are other bills and issues we hoped to get in to but time did not allow. We hope that this episode can be an...

Duration:01:46:42

Ep. 44 - What is Money? - Brent Vanderwoude

3/14/2022
Inflation? Soaring gas prices? Seemingly impossible to invest? What can seem like a complex topic or one that Christian shouldn't necessarily talk about, money affects us all. We sat down with Brent Vanderwoude, the founder of Good Stewards, a real estate investment company, to talk about all things money related. Getting down to what money really is, it's history, Bitcoin and how we as Christians should think about and interact with it. Be sure to check out goodstewards.ca to learn more...

Duration:01:30:38

Ep. 43 - Critical Race Theory - Samuel Sey

2/28/2022
We're back with an all new exciting episode! We had the privilege of sitting down with avid blogger Samuel Sey. We discussed some controversial issues of our day, including the Canadian political scene, Critical Race Theory and the Pro-Life movement. We hope Sam's wisdom helps you think through these important topics. Be sure to check out and follow Sam's work at and on Instagram and Twitter @slowtowrite. 00:00 - Intro 03:00 - Sam and the Dutch Reformed Community 07:40 - Why Sam is in the...

Duration:01:05:28

Ep. 42 - Feedback - Lucas & Tyler

2/14/2022
We thought it was a time for a feedback episode! Lucas and Tyler sit down to chat about the last number of episodes by reviewing the highlights, sharing their thoughts and as well as some upcoming future episodes. Be sure to let us know if there is anyone you'd like to hear on the podcast! 00:00 - Introduction 01:00 - The Clarion 02:00 - Church vs. State 03:00 - Trucker Convoy 06:00 - Male Leadership 08:00 - Propaganda 14:50 - Upcoming Episodes To keep up with the podcast, check out...

Duration:00:35:27

Ep. 41 - Propaganda & Media - Rev. Jim Witteveen

1/31/2022
A long episode packed with a lot of insight! We had the privilege of sitting down with Rev. Jim Witteveen, a missionary currently located in Abbotsford, BC. Jim has his own podcast called Dan 11:32. We chat about many topics including the history and prominence of propaganda, consuming media and news, and we touch on how this relates to the covid issue. We also cover Jim's thoughts on masks and how that relates to symbolism and we discuss how we should have these hard conversations with...

Duration:01:37:12