Ezra Institute Podcast for Cultural Reformation 2022
Roe v. Wade and the Image of God
July 6, 2022 • Joe Boot , Ryan Eras, Nathan Oblak • Psalm 139:13–22
What does the recent Dobbs decision of the US Supreme Court mean for the practice of abortion? We discuss why it’s fitting for Christians to loudly celebrate this ruling, as well as the reason we must approach issues related to life in terms of God’s standard, for any other standard is ultimately arbitrary and subject to change.
Covenant and Kingdom w/Andrew Sandlin
June 22, 2022 • Ryan Eras, Andrew San
Andrew Sandlin joins us from the Runner Academy to talk about the nature of God’s covenant with man, how the new covenant relates to earlier covenants, and what the covenant has to do with our responsibilities as citizens of the kingdom of God.
The Image of God and a Culture of Beauty
June 22, 2022 • Joe Boot , Ryan Eras
At the conclusion of the 2022 Runner Academy, Joe Boot explains why the Ezra Institute exists and why we run training programs. We explore what it means for man to be made in the image of God, and how we are to steward creation and build culture for the sake of the kingdom of God.
The Magna Carta and Christian Citizenship
June 15, 2022 • Andre Schutten, Ryan Eras
Andre Schutten, Ezra Institute Fellow for Law and Civil Discourse, joins us to talk about how the idea of constitutional government arose, and how, from King Alfred to Charles I to Justin Trudeau, societies have benefited from checks and balances on the power of their leaders. He also illustrates recent cases where our constitutional heritage has been threatened, and some ways we can work to involve ourselves in our society as Christians and citizens, for the good of the nation.
How Feminism Encourages Statism
June 8, 2022 • Ryan Eras, Rachel Eras • 1 Timothy 5:11–15
In this episode, we investigate the worldview and origins of proto-feminism as well as first-wave feminism. This movement often gets tacit approval from Christians because of things like universal suffrage, but at its root, this movement, led by figures like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Stanton, and Margaret Sanger, is a self-centred, resentful ideology that opposes the family and fosters a bigger state. Tickets are still available for the Mission of God West conference in Edmonton, June 18. Get Ezra Institute Fellow Peter Jones’ book, Whose Rainbow, for a thorough treatment on biblical sexuality.
Gun Control Laws, Fatherlessness, and the Failure of Feminism
June 1, 2022 • Joe B, Ryan E • Proverbs 18:12–14
In this week’s episode, we dive into a few recent news stories as we work to discover meaning in a world that has increasingly abandoned truth and reason. We consider some of the causes and responses to the recent Texas school shooting, as well as the growing realization that the biggest victims of the Sexual Revolution have been women.
Critical Theory: Its Roots and Fruits
May 25, 2022 • Joe Boot , Ryan Eras, Nathan Oblak • Proverbs 8:32–36
We conclude our introduction to Critical Theory by identifying some of the key personalities responsible for this school of thought and their major ideas. You may have heard of some of these men: Georg Lukacs, Antonio Gramsci, Herbert Marcuse, Wilhelm Reich, and Erich Fromm. From their own writing, it is clear that Critical Theory is more than an analytical tool, but is in fact a self-consciously religious worldview, complete with doctrines of sin, justice, and salvation. We have a new shipment of Ruler of Kings available now! Register for the Mission of God West conference in Edmonton, June 18.
The Baffling Terminology of Critical Theory
Joe Boot , Nathan Oblak, Ryan Eras • Colossians 2:8
Many Christians have heard of Critical Theory, but are unclear what it is and what it entails. In this first episode of a short series, we introduce the nature of Critical Theory, its Marxist origins in the Frankfurt School, and how it uses language to set itself up in opposition to the Christian worldview of the Bible. Contact us to help beta test the forthcoming Ezra Learning Portal. Register for the Mission of God Conference East, or West. Apply for the Runner Academy.
The Role of the Christian University
May 11, 2022 • Joe Boot , Ben Merkle, Ryan Eras
Our newest Fellow, Dr. Ben Merkle, joins us on this week’s episode. Dr. Merkle is President of New Saint Andrews College, and we talk about the current state of higher education, the need for foundational worldview formation in critical thinking, and the fact that half the students in universities don’t need to be there. Tickets are on sale for the Mission of God conference East, happening May 21 in Niagara, and Mission of God conference West, June 18 in Edmonton. Learn more about New Saint Andrews.
Every Social Order is a Theocracy
May 4, 2022 • Joe Boot , Ryan Eras, Nathan Oblak
On this episode we conclude our overview of Joe Boot’s newest book, Ruler of Kings, and explain how the concept of heresy applies to political and social life outside of the church. We also lay out the difference between theocracy and ecclesiocracy, and describe how every society, from revolutionary France to modern North America, has a god-concept that demands ultimate allegiance. - Visit Ezra Press and save 20% off Ruler of Kings until next Wednesday. - Get tickets for the Mission of God conference East, and West on the Ezra Institute website. - We’re live-testing the Ezra Learning Portal now! Drop us a note at the Ezra Institute website if you’d like to be a tester and help improve this brand-new service.
Jesus is the Ruler of the Kings of the Earth
April 27, 2022 • Joe Boot , Nathan Oblak, Ryan Eras • Revelation 1:5
On this episode we discuss Joe’s newest book, Ruler of Kings. Joe explains why he felt compelled to write such a book at this time, and what the reign of King Jesus means for the way we understand and relate to civil government.
The Resurrection Garden
April 20, 2022 • Joe Boot , Ryan Eras, Nathan Oblak
Reflecting on the Easter season we’ve just come through, Joe Boot discusses the significance of the garden theme throughout Scripture, pointing to Christ as both the gardener and the king, and to the calling of his people to live in submission to him, holding forth dominion over the created world to tend and keep it. And if you’ve ever been unsure what Joe means by vice-gerent, we clarify it today! We discuss the following Ontario provincial legislation: Bill 100, about expanding police and emergency powers, and Bill 67, about neo-Marxist racism training in public education. We have two Mission of God conferences this spring! May 21 in Niagara, and June 18 in Edmonton. Apply for a position in this year’s Runner Academy. Don’t forget to subscribe for regular emails and ministry updates.
April 13, 2022 • Joe Boot , Graeme Leach, Nathan Oblak
On this week's episode we're joined by Ezra Institute Fellow for Biblical Economics, Graeme Leach. Graeme explains why the realm of economics is frequently neglected or misunderstood by Christians, how a biblical vision for economic life, that emphasizes property rights, proportional taxation, and voluntary welfare, leads to a more free and prosperous society, and how Christians can take action to order our economic lives to the glory of God.
Are We Trying to Christianize Canada?
April 6, 2022 • Joe Boot , Nathan Oblak, Ryan Eras
As we wrap up the third chapter of a discussion on theonomy, law, and the Kingdom of God, we look at some historical cases where biblical law was applied to and positivized in the laws of the nations other than Israel, including Britain, the United States, and Canada. Because law is an inescapable condition of life, if we will not be governed by God's law, we must necessarily be governed by some other law. Which one do we want for our nation?
The Law of the Kingdom
March 30, 2022 • Joe Boot , Ryan Eras, Nathan Oblak
In the latest installment of the Podcast for Cultural Reformation, we resume the conversation from last week on the place of God’s law in society, and interact with listener questions. We also examine the New Testament teaching on the law of God, and address the reality that all law is coercive, by its very nature.