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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.

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English


Episodes

194a: Luther - God’s will is to bless all nations... through Christ

2/23/2021
Free Will Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be. In this episode, more from Luther’s Galatians lectures. This week, God’s will, free will, identity, and taking the moral low ground. SHOW NOTES: Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535) https://shop.1517.org/products/martin-luthers-commentary-on-galatians-1535-lectures Banned Books - Luther’s Galatians Lectures episodes https://www.1517.org/podcasts/luther-galatians — CONTACT and...

Duration:00:41:48

193b: Luther - Christ has made us free, not civilly, not physically, but divinely

2/20/2021
Free For It All. This week on the podcast, we continue our Lenten series on Christian freedom in Martin Luther’s Galatians lectures. In this episode, Gospel, Satan, and competing freedoms. SHOW NOTES: Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535) https://shop.1517.org/products/martin-luthers-commentary-on-galatians-1535-lectures Banned Books - Luther’s Galatians Lectures episodes https://www.1517.org/podcasts/luther-galatians Lego Movie...

Duration:00:49:57

193a: Luther - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free

2/18/2021
Lent Is About Freedom. In this episode, we read Martin Luther’s 1525 Galatians commentary. Why is freedom a vulgar word to the old Adam? And we consider why freedom must be Lent's primary focus for Christians. SHOW NOTES: Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535) https://shop.1517.org/products/martin-luthers-commentary-on-galatians-1535-lectures Banned Books - Luther’s Galatians Lectures episodes https://www.1517.org/podcasts/luther-galatians — CONTACT...

Duration:00:49:11

192b: Solzhenitsyn - Never knowingly support lies!

2/13/2021
A spirit of timidity and a Spirit of courage. In this episode, we conclude our reading of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Live Not By Lies. What happens when the church chooses a spirit of timidity in order to spare itself affliction? Also, the sins of the fathers and the true meaning of sanctuary. SHOW NOTES: Live Not By Lies - Alexander Solzhenitsyn https://www.solzhenitsyncenter.org/live-not-by-lies All Art Is Propaganda: Christopher Hitchens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W32BEjvU7QM 63:...

Duration:01:17:15

192a: Solzhenitsyn - “I am Violence! Make way, step aside, I will crush you!”

2/10/2021
How Quickly They Forget. In this episode, we continue to read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Live Not By Lies. What happens when the church takes the easy path of learned helplessness? SHOW NOTES: Live Not By Lies - Alexander Solzhenitsyn https://www.solzhenitsyncenter.org/live-not-by-lies All Art Is Propaganda: Christopher Hitchens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W32BEjvU7QM 63: Chad Bird - "The Infant Priest Was Holy Born" https://www.1517.org/podcasts/banned-books/63-bird TIME - The Secret...

Duration:00:47:37

191b: Solzhenitsyn - We lie to ourselves for assurance

2/6/2021
Gag me with a spoon. In this episode, part two of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s essay, “Live Not by The Lies.” We consider herd mentality, our fear of doing standing up to unjust authority, and the secular indoctrination that infects the church. SHOW NOTES: Live Not By Lies - Alexander Solzhenitsyn http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/SolhenitsynLies.php Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 to Get Expanded Deluxe Edition Reissue ...

Duration:01:06:06

191a: Solzhenitsyn - Things have almost reached rock bottom

2/4/2021
Lies Taste Like Wonder-bread. In this episode, part one of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s essay, “Live Not by The Lies.” We discuss the two kingdoms, the need for Christ alone with no additives, and the importance of having an ethos. SHOW NOTES: Live Not By Lies - Alexander Solzhenitsyn http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/SolhenitsynLies.php Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 to Get Expanded Deluxe Edition Reissue https://consequenceofsound.net/2020/12/black-sabbath-vol-4-super-deluxe-edition/ MARK...

Duration:00:54:52

190: Kennedy - The Gospel deals with all of life, because it comes to heal the whole man

1/26/2021
Keep it Spiritual, Keep it Safe. In this episode, the conclusion to our discussion of Gerald Kennedy’s sermon, Communism in the Churches. Should churches mind their own business in regards to social and cultural matters? What happens when churches and Christian organizations avoid controversy in order to maintain the status quo? Does the Gospel have any power outside our churches’ walls? SHOW NOTES: Gerald Kennedy - Communism in the Churches...

Duration:01:54:16

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