Podcast – Pneumatology with Dr. Michael Horton

This week I’m excited to have Dr. Michael Horton on the podcast. Dr. Horton is the host of the White Horse Inn, the editor of Modern Reformation Magazine as well as the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He has written many books including his latest, Rediscovering the Holy Spirit: God’s Perfecting Presence in Creation, Redemption, and Everyday Life. So join us this week as we talk about Pneumatology – the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

Podcast – Unpacking Forgiveness

This week on the podcast we chat about the difficult concept of forgiveness. By definition forgiveness must include some degree of hurt and pain which often makes this topic difficult to grapple with. Joining us is Pastor Chris Brauns, pastor of the Red Brick Church in Stillman Valley, IL and the author of the book Unpacking Forgiveness. Listen in as we discuss just forgiveness is and issues such as should we forgive those who are unrepentant?

My Interview with Tullian Tchividjian

I am really excited about the latest episode of my podcast as it features an interview with a man who has profoundly influenced my thought, Tullian Tchividjian.  I know for some the very name itself will be a turn-off due to his past, but this is certainly worth a listen.  If anyone can tell you about God’s grace to the rejected, it is Tullian.

So listen here – https://basicbiblepodcast.wixsite.com/basicbiblepodcast/single-post/2018/02/19/023–The-Gospel-of-Grace

Or, now you can listen on SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/basicbible/the-gospel-of-grace

Basic Bible Podcast Episode 019 – Discipleship, Part 3


Perhaps this podcast could be better labeled, the “Lost Episode.” Last year Ray Jewell and I sat down to record an episode about discipleship.  That one episode quickly turned into three before we knew as the conversation just kept going and we were having a blast doing it.  However, that third episode never aired.  The reason is because for somehow part of the recording was actually lost.  I’m still now sure what happened.  But, some of you have been asking about it so I decided to take what I did have and add a few comments, and thus we have episode 19.  So, in this final segment about discipleship, Ray share a few thoughts on how to apply this practically and then I wrap things up with a few book recommendations.

Recommended Resources

Christ’s Call to Discipleship by James M. Boice

The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan

Real-Life Discipleship: Building Churches That Make Disciples by Jim Putman

Walking as Jesus Walked: Making Disciples the Way Jesus Did by Dann L. Spader

Basic Bible Podcast Episode 18 – Worship

For some the idea of worship conjures up images of raised hands, a great guitar riff or maybe an old, out-of-tune organ cranking out some of the great hymns of the faith. But, as we will see in this week’s episode, worship is not limited to a style of music but also describes a life lived in response to the greatness of God. This week’s guest is Josh Calhoun, the Student Ministry Director at Central Christian Church in Beloit, WI. Yet, if you are familiar with Josh, it is probably because he is a member of the Christian band Citizen Way. I know I say this every week, but you won’t want to miss this episode. I had a ton of fun chatting with Josh and I know it will be worth your time to listen.

Basic Bible Podcast Episode 17 – Presuppositional Apologetics with Dr. John Frame


II Corinthians 10:5 explains that “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”  On this episode we will be talking about presuppositional apologetics, a defense of the Christian faith that seeks to tear down objections and uphold the Word of God.  We are honored to have Dr. John Frame on the program this week to discuss this topic with us.  Dr. Frame serves as J.D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando.

Recommended Resources:

Every Thought Captive by Richard Pratt

Apologetics for the Glory of God by John Frame

Cornelius Van Til: An Analysis of His Thought by John Frame

Redeeming Philosophy: A God-Centered Approach to the Big Questions by Vern S. Poythress

A History of Western Philosophy and Theology by John Frame

The Defense of the Faith by by Cornelius Van Til


Basic Bible Podcast 016 – The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

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Happy New Year from the Basic Bible Podcast!  As many people reflect on their New Year’s resolutions today, we’re going to be focusing on the resolutions of perhaps the greatest theologian born in America, Jonathan Edwards.  When Edwards was just 19 years old, he sat out to write a list of guiding principles that would give direction to his life.  If you know anything about Edwards, you know he was passionate for God and resolutions show us just that.  To discuss this with us is Pastor Steven Dresen of Cedar Hill Baptist Church in East Brewton, AL.  A special thanks is due to Pastor Dresen as he was a last minute fill-in for a guest that had to cancel and then patiently put up with a few recording/internet troubles I was having.

Read all of the 70 Resolutions here.


Recommended Resources:

Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell by John H. Gerstner

Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards by John Piper

Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain H. Murray

Simplify Your Spiritual Life: Spiritual Disciplines for the Overwhelmed  by Don Whitney

The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson

Win A Free Copy of Are We Together by R.C. Sproul

I’m giving away one free copy of R.C. Sproul’s book “Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism” All you need to do to enter the contest is share a link to the latest episode of the Basic Bible Podcast (www.basicbiblepodcast.org) with the hashtag #basicbiblepodcast on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Every time you share it counts as another entry. I will choose a random winner Tuesday morning on Facebook live.

Basic Bible Podcast Episode 14 – Hanukkah

After a rough week of illness and trips to urgent care, the podcast is back!  This we week take a look at the Jewish festival of Hanukkah through a Christian perspective.  Joining me is Evangelist Mark Sohmer, himself a Jew who has embraced Christianity (You’ll hear that testimony).  We chat about what the celebration is all about along with a discussion of John 10 and Isaiah 53.

Recommended Resources

Betrayed! by Stan Telchin

The Gospel According to Isaiah 53: Encountering the Suffering Servant in Jewish and Christian Theology by Darrell L. Bock (featuring Michael Brown)

Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith by Marv Wilson


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Basic Bible Podcast Episode 12 – Expository Preaching

How can you tell the difference between good preaching and bad preaching? Sometimes a message can be uplifting, encouraging and maybe even convicting yet still ultimately fall short. The key to a good sermon is Bible itself. Not every message is a Biblical message. To chat about this I’ve asked my friend Deryk Hayes to join us this week. Deryk is the interim pastor at First Baptist Church of Freeport, IL and a long-time, passionate student of preaching.

Recommended Resources 

Text-Driven Preaching by Dr. Daniel L. Akin
Expository Listening by Ken Ramey
On Preaching by H.B. Charles
Progress in the Pulpit by Jerry Vines
Faithful Preaching by Tony Merida
Spurgeon’s Sermons, 5 Volumes 
The Kind of Preaching God Blesses by Steven Lawson
Preaching by Tim Keller
The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper
Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell
Biblical Preaching by Haddon W. Robinson