The One about Race Ep. 25

It’s time to have a citizen’s discourse on race and ethnicity. As citizens of the New Jerusalem, we have access to the wisdom that comes from above, but how do we apply it in one of the most difficult, professionally dangerous topics to broach?

The racial discussion in the USA is out of control. The Progressive left has captured the terms and boundaries of the discourse, and are holding all of us hostage to their worldview. Do you feel free and unafraid to talk about race in church, at work, or with friends? I’ll bet you don’t, that is, unless you are a progressivist with cultural power to do so. Though the Christians of the world ought to be the tip of the spear in bringing sanity and clarity back into this debate, often we are led by the nose right behind the cultural Marxists who have set the terms for us… that is, set the terms of our surrender to their ugly, demonic worldview.

Well, I’m not playing. The next several episodes of this show will focus on race and ethnicity from a Christian worldview. I’ve got some great guests and perspectives coming at you, and I hope you will be here to listen and respond. We all have work to do on race, in one way or another. Are you willing to bend?

Romans 9: Sovereignty of God or Free Will of Man? Ep. 24

Today we switch gears from a normal Citizen episode. We present to you Adam’s recent publicly moderated debate with a free-will (Arminian-type) Independent Fundamentalist Baptist concerning the doctrine of salvation. Adam took the sovereignty of God position, and Linden Overhiser, free will. The debate topic was dueling exegesis of Romans 9.

Theology always underlies everything we do on this show, and theology must be straight by the rule of Scripture. Your feedback is welcomed. Thanks for listening.

The debate audio is just under two hours.

Below are the time stamps for the segments of the debate.

•9:42 Linden (Free Will) Opening exegesis

•30:10 Adam (Sovereignty) Opening exegesis

•1:00:00 Moderator’s break

•1:01:35 Adam’s rebuttal

•1:11:16 Linden’s rebuttal

•1:20:11 Adam cross examines Linden

•1:27:17 Linden cross examines Adam

•1:34:27 Adam’s closing statement

•1:44:08 Linden’s closing statement

•1:50:12 Audience Q&A

•2:12:33 Moderator’s closing

Worldview from Geneva: How Old School Presbys See Things Ep. 23

This show is all about going around the world of ideas. Today our stop is Geneva, Switzerland, where we find two chatty Presbyterians sitting back at the local milk bar, straightening out the world by the rulers of Scripture and the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Come along! My guests Chortles Weakly and Wresbyterian host the Presbycast, a podcast focused on whip-cracking the hides of liberals and pretenders of the Reformed faith. There will be no newfangled attempts at a church service or social justice machine here–they just want the straight up best, most biblical local churches to flourish around the world–Presbyterian churches.

Mentioned in the show:

My post on Charles Finney

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Reflections on The Benedict Option: No Political Solutions Ep. 22

Adam recently took a long road trip alone, during which he listened to the audiobook version of The Benedict Option. It was an earthquake for our host. In this episode Adam reflects on some of the strengths of the book without going into a detailed book review. Much of what Dreher presents in the book are the things Adam has been circling around in other episodes of this podcast.

The idea here is that there is no political solution for the Western nations. At this point, we have gone past the time when we could have righted the ship of civilization on our own cleverness and ingenuity. What is the Christian’s role in this changing, revolutionary time? Shall we eternally wring our hands at the secular world around us, or is it time to look within? We need to clean house, and by that we mean the churches of broad, historical orthodoxy. Christians must ready for the next 1,000 years through creative, private solutions to our rapidly deteriorating life of worship, work, and family.

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A People Robbed of Their Life and Land: Iraqi Christians in Exile – Interview with Juliana Taimoorazy Ep. 21

No people group on earth has lived in their homeland quite as long as the Assyrians of northern Iraq. This small tribe has suffered millennia of persecution, but for the entire church age have embraced Jesus Christ as their Lord.

But today, through the actions of Islamic purists running amok, the Assyrians are barely hanging onto their lives and land. Many have fled to other countries, and many have died.

In this rich interview with Juliana Taimoorazy, herself an Assyrian Christian from Iran, we learn about the outlook for this forgotten people. Indeed, Juliana’s life work is to make the Assyrian people unforgettable.

Will you please take some time to learn who they are, and what they face? Begin with this episode of the Citizen of New Jerusalem, but also go to the website of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, of which Juliana is founder and president. From there also see the Philos Project, (to which Juliana is a Senior Fellow)–an outreach to Westerners to educate and encourage us in positive engagement with the Middle East.

This interview was a great privilege to conduct, and I hope you take its lessons with you as you think, pray, and act to show love to Christians under the heavy burden of persecution and displacement.

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What’s the Best Form of Gov’t? Start Here Ep. 20

A listener asked Adam what’s the best form of government/society. The question has to be answered by first discussing the underpinnings of goodness–how we have anything good in this world in the first place.

Adam discusses two forms of grace, which together explain any form of order and survivability in a sinful world. The question actually opens up a world of discussion and variegated answers that must be handled slowly and with charity.

So this episode is just a touch on the tip of the iceberg–a starter for the conversation.

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Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant Evangelicalism with Dr. Michael Svigel Ep. 19

If pressed, I am a catholic, orthodox, Protestant evangelical. The capitalization of each of those descriptors is intentional and important – and each of us ought to aspire to the same self description. I think history demands each Christian on earth must be those four things, and I mean the best meaning of those four things.

What is the relationship between Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Evangelical churches? Do we share a common faith? May we consider one another brothers and sisters in Christ? Is there any hope to understand Church history? We attempt to tackle all these questions and more.

In this interview with the Department Chair of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, the discussion ranges across time and earth, asking and answering questions that come with each new generation.

Do you know your place in church history? Have a listen and think deeply with us. You can find Dr. Michael Svigel’s work here, and his faculty information here.

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I’ve Got a Better Label than “Conservative,” I Think… Ep. 18

I think we can do better than to stick with calling ourselves conservatives. There’s nothing wrong with being conservative, I just think the time has come to shift the language to a different term.

I think there are ways to use terms differently so as to awaken critical questions and thinking. That’s what we need to do, right? Well, come along for a listen with your old pal Adam.

Always looking 500 years into the future as I live gratefully in the present…

  • Adam


A Bold Voice for Life & Sanity in General: Interview with Kimberly Ross Ep. 17

One of the strongest points of light in the Western world today is the pro-life movement in the United States. Kimberly Ross is representative of young Americans who cannot, who will not bow the knee to the culture of death.

Writing at RedState.com and other spots around the web, Kimberly has garnered a strong following of likeminded young conservatives (and her fair share of critics). In this interview we talk transgender issues, military ethics, and a basket of other underlying issues at work in Western culture today.

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The Red Pill & Christianity: An Interview with Mark Baxter Ep. 16

The Red Pill is ground zero for men who are gathering together on the same journey… a journey of recovering Western manhood and anti-feminist thinking. Mark Baxter is one of the more successful voices in this community, and so I brought him on the show to compare notes.

Do Christianity and TRP have anything in common? Where do we overlap? What can we learn from each other?

In this episode we find our affinities, and also some of the differences in worldview that still need ironing out. In any case, evangelical Christianity is missing this boat, so I offer to you all a look within a community paralleling much of the Christian worldview.

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