What is Reformation Day? It is the day the light of the gospel broke forth out of darkness. It was the day that began the Protestant Reformation. It was a day that led to Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and may other Reformers helping the church find its way back to God’s Word as the only authority for faith and life and leading the church back to the glorious doctrines of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. It kindled the fires of missionary endeavors, it led to hymn writing and congregational singing, and it led to the centrality of the sermon and preaching for the people of God. It is the celebration of a theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural transformation. In this episode, Pastor Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee discuss the birth of the Protestant Reformation on October 31st, and its implication to us today 502 years later.
Happy Reformation Day!
What was the Reformation all about?
October 31, 2019
A Christian Response to COVID-19
Being the Hands & Feet of Jesus in Crisis • March 18, 2020
We're watching the Coronavirus wreak havoc on all of us - emotionally, financially, socially, and even our faith. And yet, as Christians, we're anchored in God's identity - particularly His sovereignty and providence. It's out of God's rest that we as followers of Jesus can be a life raft to those around us while we watch the ships of the world go down. Corrie ten Boom wrote, "If you look at the world, you'll be distressed. If you look within, you'll be depressed. If you look at God, you'll be at rest." In this episode, Pastors Jay, Ryan and Roddy discuss how we as the hands and feet of Jesus can minister to our neighbors and community during this epidemic and point them to the beacon of hope who is Jesus. Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.
A Response to the Spiritual Deconstruction of Rhett & Link
From Born Again to "Hopeful" Agnostics • March 12, 2020
If you're at all in-tune with internet culture, you're probably familiar with Rhett and Link and their YouTube show, "Good Mythical Morning" - a comedy daily show with over 16 million subscribers and over 6 billion total video views. From food challenges to music antics, Rhett and Link have achieved tremendous YouTube success and a huge following. A little unknown fact about their rise to success is that it had its beginnings in North Carolina evangelical culture where they served as Cru missionaries on the UNC campus before launching their entertainment career writing skits and music for "What's In the Bible?" (The Fabulous Bentley Brothers). Rhett was even a part of the Bible Church family in the mid-2000s! This past February on their Ear Biscuits podcast, Rhett and Link each decided to tell their spiritual deconstruction stories from born again, faithful followers of Jesus to "hopeful agnostics." With their stories hitting close to home, Pastors Jay and Ryan - along with fellow colleague, Colin Rowley - address their spiritual deconstruction and offer some feedback and counsel to those who might be mourning this news or are in a similar place in their faith journey. Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to email@example.com. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.
Racial Unity & Equality (Part 5)
Misinterpreting Racism & Slavery in the Bible • March 6, 2020
Racial unity and equality is a controversial and hot topic right now in the U.S. and, unfortunately, the historical Gospel-centered church has not led the way on this issue inside AND outside its walls. And yet, God has called the church to be the physical representation of heaven on earth. So, what's the way forward and what should it look like? In part 5 of this series, Pastors Jay and Ryan address misinterpretations of various biblical texts that seem to condone racism or slavery. Have questions or ideas for a future episode? Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Bespoken is a weekly podcast by Pastors, Jay Thomas and Ryan McKee. Each week we cover spiritual topics and issues that will help you grow closer to God and deeper in Christ.