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Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

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United States

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Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.

Language:

English


Episodes

189: Kennedy - A Christian stands for truth even when it hurts the most

1/19/2021
White Bread with Bologna and Propaganda Spread. In this episode, we continue reading a sermon preached by Bishop Gerald Kennedy, on Communism in Churches (c. 1960). The discussion focuses on whether propaganda is more important than the truth. SHOW NOTES: Gerald Kennedy - Communism in the Churches https://wallbuilders.com/sermon-communism-churches-c-1960/# What Are the Seven Techniques of Propaganda? ...

Duration:01:35:13

188: Kennedy - This communist doctrine that God is something we can take or leave

1/16/2021
Religion is Extra Important. In this episode, is religion an extra? How has the communist doctrine on religion influenced our society and the churches? When is it time for churches to preach against society, and to what end? SHOW NOTES: Gerald Kennedy - Communism in the Churches https://wallbuilders.com/sermon-communism-churches-c-1960/# How to Watch TV News - Neil Postman (1992) https://amzn.to/35IPjdR 1917 https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8579674/ Dark Docs...

Duration:01:40:03

187: Gerald Kennedy - Contentiousness is not listed as Christian virtue

1/7/2021
Red Dawn in the Church. In this episode, a sermon by Bishop Gerald Kennedy on communism in the churches. What did it mean in 1960, and what does it mean today that religion is an opiate? Also, we start with a debrief highlighting our brief hiatus. SHOW NOTES: Gerald Kennedy - Communism in the Churches https://wallbuilders.com/sermon-communism-churches-c-1960/# The Book of We https://www.gutenberg.org/files/61963/61963-h/61963-h.htm Metropolis critique https://youtu.be/DJjbfaEtPN0 Doctor...

Duration:01:29:19

186: Christmas During the Civil War

12/17/2020
Can We Just Have A Civil Christmas? In the episode, what was Christmas like during the Civil War? Puritans, holiday traditions, and why the Church is an incarnate Church. SHOW NOTES: Christmas During the Civil War https://civilwarsaga.com/christmas-during-the-civil-war/ Children of Men (2006) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_Men How War-Torn Savannah Celebrated Christmas 1864 https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=121933069 General Sherman’s Christmas in Savannah...

Duration:01:09:53

185: Christmas after the Enlightenment

12/10/2020
Have Yourself A Very Enlightened Christmas. In this episode, an examination of the impact of the Enlightenment on the Church, especially the preaching and traditions of Advent and Christmas. SHOW NOTES: What was the Enlightenment, and what impact did it have on Christianity? https://www.gotquestions.org/Enlightenment-Christianity.html Bette Midler - From A Distance (Official Music Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN4AcFzxtdE Songbird (2020)...

Duration:01:33:42

184: Bowler - Christmas in Nazi Germany

12/3/2020
It’s Christmas in Germany for Hitler. In this episode, a historical examination of Christmas in Germany during the Nazi regime, including new hymns, advent calendars, the emergence of Wotan, and Hitler’s Silent Night. SHOW NOTES: Christmas in Nazi Germany - Bowler https://blog.oup.com/2016/09/christmas-in-nazi-germany/ Masquerade ball https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masquerade_ball Christmas in Nazi Germany (wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_in_Nazi_Germany Christmas in...

Duration:01:26:27

183: Sasse - The secular and the spiritual are indeed to be dearly distinguished

11/23/2020
A shelter from pigs on the wing... In this episode, how do Christians interface with a godless state, love our neighbors without being complicit in promoting sin, and maintain the tension between the two kingdoms? SHOW NOTES: The Social Doctrine of the Augsburg Confession and its Significance for the Present — In this essay, Hermann Sasse describes the theology of the “two regimens” (more commonly called “two kingdoms”) of the state and the church. Sasse addresses the widespread...

Duration:00:52:20

182: Sasse - The office of the governing authority belongs to God’s created order

11/20/2020
You Know Who Else Misunderstood The Kingdom of God? Hitler! In this episode, we read Herman Sasse’s 1930 essay on The Social Doctrine of the Augsburg Confession and its Significance for the Present. We discuss the two kingdoms doctrine, peoples’ station in life, and the need for public discussions of natural law. SHOW NOTES: The Social Doctrine of the Augsburg Confession and its Significance for the Present — In this essay, Hermann Sasse describes the theology of the “two regimens” (more...

Duration:01:01:36

181: Chesterton - Once abolish the God, and the Government becomes the God

11/17/2020
Chairman Mao Loves Ice Cream. In this episode, G.K. Chesterton on what happens when we abolish God, and the government becomes the god. We discuss “unalienable rights endowed by the Creator.” The language of freedom and rights belongs to the law. And we finish with Chesterton’s prompt to consider fraud. SHOW NOTES: Collected Works: Vol. XX https://www.chesterton.org/shop/vol-xx THE HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR - By Thucydides 431 BC...

Duration:01:29:03

179: Girolamo Savaronola - O you who have anything superfluous, give it to the poor!

11/12/2020
The Pirates of Penance part 2. In this episode, we continue to examine Girolamo Savaronola’s sermon on penance. What happened in Florence that occasioned this sermon, and what can it teach us about church and society today? SHOW NOTES: “PENITENZA, PENITENZA…!” http://www.elfinspell.com/ChurchHistory/Petry-NoUncertainSound/GirolamoSavonarola-59.html Girolamo Savonarola (bio) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girolamo_Savonarola Attack on Christianity - Kierkegaard...

Duration:00:43:32

178: Girolamo Savaronola - Do penance, Do it now!

11/10/2020
The Pirates of Penance, part 1. In this episode, we look at pre-Reformation preaching. Girolamo Savaronola’s sermon on penance is read and discussed. What is penance, what effect did the sacrament of penance have on church and society, and what effect does it have on us at present? SHOW NOTES: “PENITENZA, PENITENZA…!” http://www.elfinspell.com/ChurchHistory/Petry-NoUncertainSound/GirolamoSavonarola-59.html Girolamo Savonarola (bio)...

Duration:00:45:42

180: Whitford - The Church and State Have Existed in An Often Unhealthy Tension

11/4/2020
It’s The Most Important Election of Our Lives, Until The Next Election In this special election episode, Gillespie and Riley read David Whitford’s book, "Tyranny and Resistance," and discuss church, state, and the two kingdoms doctrine. SHOW NOTES: Tyranny and Resistance: The Magdeburg Confession and the Lutheran Tradition https://amzn.to/34Pvem8 David Whitford, Ph.D. (bio) - https://www.baylor.edu/religion/index.php?id=933200 Two Who Survived; Keeping Hope Alive While Surviving the...

Duration:01:55:56

177: Clement of Alexandria - True martyrdom is the knowledge of the only true God

10/25/2020
Stop Showing Off and Get Back in Line... In part two of our reading of Clement of Alexandria’s, The Praises of Martyrdom Those Who Offered Themselves for Martyrdom Reproved, we discuss when martyrdom isn’t martyrdom and why the topic is more relevant today than ever. SHOW NOTES: CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA (c. 150-c. 215) from The Miscellanies (Stromata) The Praises of Martyrdom Those Who Offered Themselves for Martyrdom Reproved ...

Duration:00:40:24

176: Clement of Alexandria - Martyrdom: A Witness Both by Life and Word

10/23/2020
Easy There, Fella, Everybody’s Gonna Get a Turn... In this episode, we begin a reading of Clement of Alexandria’s, "The Praises of Martyrdom Those Who Offered Themselves for Martyrdom Reproved." What constitutes martyrdom for Christians? Where does the idea of martyrdom originate, and is it still a relevant topic for us today? SHOW NOTES: CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA (c. 150-c. 215) from The Miscellanies (Stromata) The Praises of Martyrdom Those Who Offered Themselves for Martyrdom Reproved ...

Duration:00:44:15

175: Patrick Henry Reardon - Death is Sin Rendered Visible

10/19/2020
This isn't a plus one... The second part of our episode on Patrick Henry Reardon's book, Christ in the Psalms. Taking a hard look at how we confuse the two kingdoms, avoid controversial topics in the church and the tragic consequences of not taking everything captive to Christ. SHOW NOTES: Christ in the Psalms - Patrick Henry Reardon https://amzn.to/3jNYDSN Siege of Magdeburg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sack_of_Magdeburg Hillary Clinton email...

Duration:00:45:29

174: Patrick Henry Reardon - Divine Wrath is not Some Sort of Irritation

10/16/2020
This is not a drill... We return to Patrick Henry Reardon's book, Christ in the Psalms. In this episode, we consider Psalm 6 and the very real, earthly effects of God's wrath, along with political bookends. SHOW NOTES: Christ in the Psalms - Patrick Henry Reardon https://amzn.to/3jNYDSN Siege of Magdeburg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sack_of_Magdeburg Hillary Clinton email https://wikileaks.org/clinton-emails/emailid/14333 Sergio and Rhoda in Israel...

Duration:00:50:36

173: Henry Patrick Reardon - The Moral Sentiments of the Psalms are Christian Sentiments

10/14/2020
My God can beat up your god... The second part of our discussion of Christ in the Psalms, by Patrick Henry Reardon. What is the temptation when Christians assume that our enemies are God's enemies? How do we pray for and against ourselves at the same time? What's happened to our piety that we are afraid to make demands of God? SHOW NOTES: Christ in the Psalms - Patrick Henry Reardon https://amzn.to/3jNYDSN Rule of St. Benedict http://www.archive.osb.org/rb/text/toc.html PTSD Service...

Duration:00:56:33

172: Henry Patrick Reardon - To Take One's Stand and to Keep Watch

10/12/2020
Why Christians are commanded to pray down curses upon their enemies. This episode, Christ in the Psalms, by Patrick Henry Reardon. What's an imprecatory psalm? Why are we taught by Scripture to pray imprecatory psalms, but have largely excluded such prayers from our churches? How does psalm 5 point us to Jesus and culture simultaneously? SHOW NOTES: Christ in the Psalms - Patrick Henry Reardon https://amzn.to/3jNYDSN Rule of St. Benedict http://www.archive.osb.org/rb/text/toc.html PTSD...

Duration:00:37:56

171: C.S. Lewis - All schemes of happiness that centered in this world were always doomed to a final frustration

10/5/2020
The Enemies at the Gate. We conclude our reading and discussion of C.S. Lewis’ speech on Learning in War-time. More reflection on the three enemies, excitement, frustration, and fear. SHOW NOTES: C.S. Lewis - “Learning in War-time” https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lyp9GcHj67VLTHpWtZ6aGk6Hpvf8JAIa/view 170: C.S. Lewis - The three enemies which war raises up against the scholar https://www.1517.org/podcasts/banned-books/170-lewis 169: C.S. Lewis - Bad philosophy needs to be answered...

Duration:00:35:24

170: C.S. Lewis - The three enemies which war raises up against the scholar

10/2/2020
Know Your Enemy! C.S. Lewis explains why excitement, frustration, and fear can drive us to errs in judgment about ourselves, society, and God. SHOW NOTES: C.S. Lewis - “Learning in War-time” https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Lyp9GcHj67VLTHpWtZ6aGk6Hpvf8JAIa/view 170: C.S. Lewis - The three enemies which war raises up against the scholar https://www.1517.org/podcasts/banned-books/170-lewis 169: C.S. Lewis - Bad philosophy needs to be answered...

Duration:01:06:14