Fundamentalism: A Friendl(ier) Critique Ep. 40.5


Following up on Episode 40, Adam here presents another, more careful look at fundamentalism in America.

Which form of Christianity will be the foundation of a good civilization in the future? Fundamentalism has a lot going for it, but what are it’s main weaknesses? Last week Pastor Matt Fletcher joined Adam to give a personal perspective on the movement, but this week we bring you a session recording of Phil Johnson  from Grace to You ministries. (Obviously Phil was not a guest of CoNJP, which is why this one doesn’t have a full episode number of its own).

This episode should fill in some more information that perhaps Matt and Adam didn’t cover last episode, especially concerning the stated goals of fundamentalism, in general.

For a little bonus, you can listen to Dr. James White here characterizing the fundamentalist mindset. Dr. White is one of the leading voices in Christian apologetics in the world, and so his perspective here may add dimension to the issue. The clip lasts for a short while.

Thanks for listening.

Fundamentalism: Not So Great Ep. 40


In this episode, Pastor Matt Fletcher joins Adam to talk through an overview of independent, Bible Baptist fundamentalism. What might seem to offer concrete answers and certainty turns out to be a weak, gospel-poor, recent movement.

We think you will agree after hearing this show–fundamentalism is not accomplishing the goals with which it began 120 years ago, but has in many cases become a sect on the verge of cult status. Is the movement redeemable?

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Trump’s Jerusalem Decision: Fulfilling Prophecy, or…? Ep. 39

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President Trump last week announced the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and that the State Department would be directed to move our embassy to Jerusalem.

The prophecy wing of the evangelical family has predictably jumped up to declare this a sign of the approaching end of the world, but is it that simple? Are these types of events to be interpreted as fulfilling biblical prophecy?

Listen in to what Adam thinks, in line with the Reformed and Lutheran view of history and prophecy.


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Alright, the show is going to be back on the air with new content coming up here in December! I can hardly wait to get back to the microphone, and I want your questions for these upcoming shows.

Any questions are welcome pertaining to the revival of Western civilization, but I want to focus on Christianity, theology, and the Church for the time being. All hope of revival in our civilization rests on the Church remembering who she is, and in living according to the gospel of Christ Jesus.

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For the West,


Update on the Show

Hello dear friends, this is Adam Kane your host—I’ve got a personal update to share with you. I have been producing this podcast since March of this year, and have published nearly 40 episodes. I’ve covered a wide array of topics, always in an attempt to relate all things to Christian worldview thinking, and to the betterment of Western civilization.

Because of the nature of this show, I do not attract a large audience, though those of you who listen are a dedicated and kind following—I have greatly enjoyed your feedback and participation, whether you contacted me to encourage me, to agree, to ask a question, or to disagree—it has been a privilege and a pleasure to be your host.

Now, I’m not announcing the end of this show, but I am needing to pull back on my production schedule. My first child has just been born, and I have been working six different jobs to support our household. Because this podcast only draws about half or less of the financial support of what I would need in order to justify the time and energy I spend on it, I will be cutting back production to about half of what I have been doing. Hopefully this new arrangement will be a workable solution for my wife and I as we transition to parenthood.

I have already cut back on my use of Twitter, and am cutting out several other elements of my normal daily life which cannot be justified with my limited energy and time. I hope you will understand why I have to do this, and if you are a financial supporter of the show, will remain on board with me through this season.

If in the future I am able to produce more quality, attractive, informative, engaging material on this podcast, perhaps I will also be able to attract enough financial support to return to being a weekly show.

For now, I will be on hiatus throughout November in order to give as much time as possible to the needs of my family.

To all of you who have supported and participated in this podcast, thank you. I couldn’t have gotten this far without you. May Christ bless you with His graces.

Adam Kane

Not Saved through Faith Alone? Time to Get out the Torches? Ep. 38

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Are we or are we not saved through faith alone?

The Desiring God website published an article earlier this week using a tweet saying “You’re not saved through faith alone. Be killing your sin.” For Desiring God (the ministry of John Piper) to put out a title like that in the month of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is to have dropped a match in gasoline.

For this episode, we welcome Pastor Matthew Fletcher of Webster Bible Church, Adam’s own pastor. This in-studio discussion was our attempt to fairly and charitably represent the best of both sides in this debate, and to search the Scriptures for keys to understanding what it all means.

To everyone else, we in the Reformed world probably look like hair-splitting lunatics as we debate this vital doctrine. But to those of us who know that Western civilization depends on a healthy, vibrant Reformation Church, questions of soteriology are nothing to ignore or brush aside.

The issue of how we are saved is the heart and soul of the Reformation, both 500 years ago, and today. If we lose the Reformation distinctives of the 5 Solas, we lose the whole gospel from the churches…

So these things are indescribably important. Tune in!

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Why We’re Protestant with Nate Pickowicz Ep. 37

Why We're Protestant

Do you know why we’re Protestant? Can you explain to your family, friends, and to unbelievers what happened in Germany in 1517, and what it means in Western civilization in 2017? Too many Christians (both Roman Catholic and Protestant) have no idea what the Reformation was and is about! What does it mean to be Protestant, and does it still matter?

Pastor Nate Pickowicz recently published Why We’re Protestant: An Introduction to the Five Solas of the Reformation. In this episode Nate helps me explore and explain the differences between Rome and Reformation, and why the differences still matter. This interview lays plain why we maintain the protest of Luther, Zwingli, and Calvin, and why our very salvation depends on it.

Both living popes have recently given statements on the Reformation which may seem to indicate a moving together of Rome and Reformation, but have things truly changed between us? Are we able to unify? During the show, Adam reads those quotes to get Nate’s responses.

Justification, sanctification, faith, good works, and grace—we touch on all of these and beyond. Enjoy this Reformation conversation! Be sure to review the Westminster Confession of Faith on Justification (Chapter XI), which Adam reads in part during the show. This episode is not meant to provoke anger in our Roman Catholic friends, but rather to spark honest dialogue about how we are still very much in disagreement over the heart of the Reformation protest.

Here’s a great review of the book by Joshua Mills at the Sovereign Grace Alone blog.

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Debunking some Reformation Myths & More with Dr R Scott Clark Ep. 36

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The Reformation is such a complex series of events, myths and errors are bound to crop up around its memory. In this laid back conversation with R Scott Clark, professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, we get the details on some of what really went down all those centuries ago, and how the consequences have followed us to this day.

Please get more carefully acquainted with this wonderful pastor and theologian, and visit his website at your first chance. You can find him on Twitter here.

For more information on the new documentary Calvinist, click here.

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500 Years this Month! Ep. 35

500 Years Reformation

500 years of gospel life! It’s the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! The month of October 2017 marks five centuries since the gospel rose from the ashes and rubble of medieval Christianity.

And we have much to celebrate. While there are many problems in the churches, too many to number, there is one irrefutable reality in our midst: the gospel has not expired from the earth, now 2,000 years into the Church age.

We live! In spite of all Satan’s ploys, we live in Christ! The Church has not been defeated, nor shall she be. Though the forces against us are mighty, the gospel within us is greater, by the Spirit of Christ Himself!

Tune in this next month for episodes surrounding our Reformation heritage. For today, listen to Adam talk about our great God and His gospel. Give your feedback here, and please support the show here.

Some Reformation resources you should check out:

Stephen Nichols: What was God doing Before the Reformation?

W Robert Godfrey: Church History

Seeing Christ in all of Scripture

Christian Dogmatics: Reformed Theology for the Church Catholic

Want Racial Justice? First, Divorce James Cone & Marx Ep. 34

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Want racial justice in the church in America? Many high-profile black evangelicals have joined a rising collective voice pouring condemnation upon all white evangelicals for racism. The election of Donald Trump as POTUS seems to have leveled a heavy blow to racial unity in the American church, and the bleeding seems to be gaining volume.

Dr. Anthony Bradley, Thabiti Anyabwile, Jemar Tisby, Tyler Burns, Christena Cleveland are a few of the black Christian leaders who regularly denounce white racism, not on an individual level as something each of us may be guilty of; no, to these folks, your light skin means you are a participant in the oppression of people of color in America…

…unless I’m totally misunderstanding, which is possible. On this episode, I read out several of these people’s statements on white racism in evangelicalism. You listen, you tell me. Am I right that this is a Marxist play going on in our midst?

If white racism is endemic, then black Marxism is too. How about we drop both of the blanket labels and talk as individuals? The following tweets are a small sample of what I see all day every day: white Christians are a part of the problem, and must be confronted using Marxist categories of class strife.

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