Ezra Institute Podcast for Cultural Reformation

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The Foundation for Thinking
Where do we locate the starting point for human thinking? Descartes famously identified human nature with thought: "I think, therefore I am." However, the "I" who thinks must find its foundation in something prior to thought. The Christian perspective locates the root of thinking in the heart, which makes a religious choice about the origin of all things.
Dec 01, 2021
Answering Listener Questions on Theonomy
The issue of theonomy has been a perennial question - how do we understand, interpret, and apply the law of God in its original context, as well as the present day? Beginning with the basics, Joe Boot examines the origins and assumptions of the theonomic perspective, explaining that at its root, theonomy is a view of Christian ethics that seeks to take the whole Word of God seriously.
Nov 24, 2021
The Church, the Magistrate, and the Law
Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church, Calgary, joins us to talk about his experience with Alberta Health Services and the reason he persisted in gathering his church together. Andre Schutten considers some of the legal implications and precedents surrounding Tim's case, and the nature of the relationship between the church and the civil magistrate.
Nov 17, 2021
Climate, COVID, CRT, and the new Counter-Reformation
Tracking the development of Western thought from the Reformation and forward into today, we notice that several contemporary dominant ideas that have their root in self-conscious opposition to God and His Word, and to the idea of man as the image-bearer of God. Chief among these in our own time is the modern green movement. What does a biblical approach to climate stewardship look like?
Nov 10, 2021
The Social Impact of the Reformation
As we reflect on the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Joe Boot addresses the common perception that the Reformation was a movement limited to the church. Rather, the recovery of biblical authority had and continues to have implications to every area of our life and work.
Nov 03, 2021
Sphere Sovereignty and Naming the World
We revisit two of our favourite themes - Sphere Sovereignty and Modal Aspects - and explore how these two models emerged from the Reformation and how they identify and give expression to the way the world is necessarily organized.
Oct 27, 2021
God’s Revelation in Nature
The biblical starting point for all human activity - including academic reflection - is the character of God as revealed in the Bible, the incarnate Son, and the created world. For man to begin with anything else is necessarily to respond in an idolatrous fashion.
Oct 20, 2021
How Do We Encounter Reality?
Contrary to unbelieving philosophy which places some aspect of human experience on the throne of the universe, and contrary to earlier Christian philosophy which seeks to elevate theology above all other spheres of science, is the Reformational view. On this view, the self-attesting revealed Word of God is the basis for every subsequent theory about the universe.
Oct 13, 2021
How Does the World Hold Together?
This episode introduces the idea that aspects of reality hang together like pearls on a thread, and explains how philosophical assumptions inform and direct our everyday activities.
Oct 06, 2021
How do we Think Christianly
A distinctly Christian way of thinking means returning to the Word of God as the source of all true knowledge and insight, and building an understanding of the world from that foundation. It is our starting point that makes all the difference.
Sep 29, 2021
Making Sense of Reality
Season Five of the Podcast for Cultural Reformation kicks off with a brief review of the Canadian Federal election and begins a discussion that we will develop throughout this season on how and why a fully formed Christian worldview accounts for reality, even in the midst of tumultuous cultural circumstances.
Sep 22, 2021
The Story of the Gospel in Art
On this episode of the Podcast for Cultural Reformation, Marcus Pittman describes the present state of Christian representation in mainstream arts and entertainment, and what he is doing to improve it. We discuss the Christian calling to be the best storytellers, because the Christian story is the greatest story in the world.
Sep 15, 2021
Rousseau and the Makings of the Utopian Power State
Christian orthodoxy is antithetical to utopian illusions. Since God governs history, the Christian, in faith, obedience, and confidence, moves toward God’s predestined future. The triune, sovereign Lord, who by His providence and power sustains all things at every moment, is the one in whom the Christian trusts.
Sep 08, 2021
The Colour of Death and the Law of Life, Part 2
In order to achieve the visions of liberation and environmental justice it is necessary to shape the hearts and minds of the rising generation. One of the main planks in the radical environmentalist platform is to ensure the children have been indoctrinated regarding the ‘facts’ about climate change and understand their own negative impact on the earth as analogous to a virus infecting a host.
Sep 01, 2021
The Colour of Death and the Law of Life, Part 1
Throughout the green movement, many are promoting a culture of death in the name of life, health and eco-justice. Whereas the God of Scripture says, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it”, and tells us that children are a heritage and reward from Him, this new religion tells us that children are a threat to planetary life and large families a disease.
Aug 25, 2021
Justice, Race, and Revolution, Part 2
The liberating identity of those in the covenant of grace transcends skin color and ethnic origin and refuses to look at the world in terms of us and them, oppressors versus oppressed, but grasps all reality in light of our Creation, Fall, and Redemption as a human race.
Aug 18, 2021
Justice, Race, and Revolution, Part 1
The idea of structural oppression and the need to be liberated from it is not new. It is a religious motive, with its own doctrine of God, man, sin, and redemption. It has taken specific aim at the evisceration of Christianized culture, and it has recurred again and again, especially since the French Revolution.
Aug 11, 2021
The Constant Gardener
When it comes to human culture, the question is not whether we will shape culture, but what kind of culture will we cultivate. That is to say, as image-bearers of God, we are inescapably cultural creatures. We have been placed in this world as in a garden, to tend, develop and care for it.
Aug 04, 2021
Darwinism and the Cult of the Expert
Joe Boot explains how intellectuals are informed by one worldview or another, which always underlies their efforts to account for either physical or social phenomena, informing the solutions they offer.
Jul 30, 2021
The Marvel and Mystery of Man, Part 2
As image-bearers of God, human beings occupy a privileged place within creation. The wonder of man is that he occupies a kingly position as the religious center of the temporal cosmos. Christ Jesus emphasized the central place of man not only by His own incarnation, but by the relative value he placed on human beings and the responsibility we have to care for and cultivate other parts of creation.
Jul 21, 2021
LIVE Q&A at Runner Academy
At the 2021 Runner Academy, Joe Boot and faculty introduce the work and reformational vision of Evan Runner, and respond to delegates' live questions on law, politics, theology, and the Canadian justice system.
Jul 14, 2021
The Marvel and Mystery of Man, Part 1
Scripture clearly connects the activities of creation and redemption as a unified totality in Jesus Christ, pointing to the ultimate destiny of redeemed humanity in resurrection life. In Colossians 1:15-20, Paul affirms that all things in the entire cosmos, visible and invisible, including all powers and authorities, both heavenly and earthly, were created through and for Christ. Nothing exists by itself or for itself – including man – but consists in an unbreakable coherence with all other things by virtue of creation.
Jul 07, 2021
Love Thy Neighbour
The biblical command to love our neighbour is one of the most frequently repeated sentiments, used by both believers and unbelievers. But it is important to understand the command to love in its proper context of the law of God, otherwise we risk reducing love to an elastic term that we can fill with whatever content we want.
Jun 30, 2021
The Gospel Beyond the Headlines
The good news of the gospel message has profound consequences beyond personal salvation. The gospel is the power of God to extend His Kingdom rule over residential schools, closed churches, and godless legislation.
Jun 23, 2021
Why the Gospel is Essential to the Health of Society
In this workshop session originally delivered to Christian medical professionals, Joe Boot explains the full scope of the meaning of health, and what the gospel of Jesus Christ means for the health of society.
Jun 16, 2021
The Calling and Heritage of Christian Education
Joe Boot explains the importance to culture of a uniquely Christian approach to education, and the role of education in planning for and shaping the future.
Jun 09, 2021
The Gospel and Communication Technology
In this episode we discuss Bill C10, along with some of the foundational cultural assumptions and commitments that brought us to this point. Joe Boot explains why freedom of communication is a gospel issue.
Jun 02, 2021
Pentecost and the Power of the Holy Spirit
John Calvin was referred to as the theologian of the Holy Spirit, and many who follow his theology would benefit from a greater appreciation of the power and role of the Holy Spirit in the world and the life of the believer.
May 28, 2021
Work, Culture, and Healing in the Kingdom of God
Joe Boot explains the connection between work, culture, and healing in the Christian vision of reality, and the importance of the balance between work and rest in life and in healthcare.
May 19, 2021
Christian Action and a Christian Mind
Our true character is shown when we are put under pressure. In order to respond to the needs of our time with faithful Christian action, we must first be established in a faithful Christian mind.
May 12, 2021
A Freed Life and a Free Market
Economic life, like every other area of life, is motivated by inescapably religious assumptions. As the people of God, it is important that we cultivate a biblical set of economic assumptions. In this week's episode, Joe Boot addresses a class at Regent University on the question of justice and economics.
May 05, 2021
The Power of Language
The great need of our generation is the recovery of a uniquely Christian mind, which will include a thoroughly Christian approach to language. In our minds, speech, and action we are to be submitted to the authority of Jesus, the Word of God.
Apr 28, 2021
Living in the Kingdom of God in History
How do we balance bad news with a confidence in the victory of the gospel, and how should a Christian live and work in this climate?
Apr 21, 2021
What is a Christian Vision of Politics?
The idea of ultimate authority is an inescapable concept, which is clearly on display in our vision of politics. Any claim to authority rests on an idea of sovereignty - it all depends which god you believe in.
Apr 14, 2021
Humble Government
We return to the second half of our interview with Jonathan Burnside, discussing the concept of humble government, beginning with the understanding that the earthly king is himself under a higher law and Sovereign. Music graciously provided by Jacob Moon. Get Joe Boot’s book, The Mission of God.
Apr 07, 2021
Defending Historic Freedoms in Scotland
Tim Dieppe is Ezra Institute Fellow for Public Policy and Head of Public Policy at Christian Concern. He joins us to discuss the recent landmark victory for freedom of the church in Scotland and the historic relationship of church and state.
Mar 31, 2021
What does Biblical Law Teach Us?
Ezra Institute Fellow Jonathan Burnside introduces the obvious political implications of the Bible. As a holy nation and a nation of priests, Israel was meant to stand before God in regard to all the nations of the world. By embodying and holding forth the gift of Torah, they were to be a light to all the nations.
Mar 24, 2021
What is Theonomy?
All law requires an agreed-upon standard of authority; to speak of theonomy is to speak literally of ‘God’s law.’ But how has that law been applied in different societies throughout history? And how, if at all, does the law of God apply to contemporary society?
Mar 17, 2021
Apologetics, Politics and Sphere Sovereignty
Apologetics includes a defense of the Christian philosophy of life. Michael Thiessen of the Liberty Coalition Canada joins us to discuss an apologetic for the limits on the authority of the state and the ultimate authority of the kingdom of God that only a Christian worldview can account for.
Mar 10, 2021
Applying Apologetics to Culture
As Western culture has shifted away from a broadly Christian consensus on basic beliefs of human identity, life, sexuality, history and more, Christian apologetics - the work of defending the Christian philosophy of life - will look different than it did in previous generations.
Mar 03, 2021
Christian Art and Christian Artists
This week's podcast features special guest John Cooper of the rock band Skillet. We talk about the Christian music industry, pursuing art to the glory of God, and guarding against the temptation to self-idolatry as a Christian artist.
Feb 24, 2021
Why Worldview Matters
What does it mean to speak of a worldview, and why does it matter for the way that we live? Joe Boot explains the role that worldview plays in our lives, and its importance for the the work of apologetics.
Feb 17, 2021
Globalism and the Christian Worldview
Joe Boot explains the origin and meaning of globalism, as contrasted with globalization, nationalism, and the Kingdom of God. We consider the biblical perspective on the role of national boundaries.
Feb 10, 2021
Truth is Difficult to Control
When a people's commitment to truth breaks down, they become humiliated. A humiliated, emasculated people is easier to control. Christians have an opportunity and a responsibility to speak the truth effectively to people who have been robbed of their humanity by secularism.
Feb 03, 2021
The Doctrine of Freedom
James White joins this week's episode to talk about the historic development of the doctrine of the church's freedom and the limits on civil governments.
Jan 27, 2021
Life in All its Fullness
All religions and worldviews have a doctrine of life. The biblical understanding of abundant life is one that encompasses much more than non-death, but extends to the spiritual, social, and all other realms.
Jan 20, 2021
Dominion and the Kingdom of God
Man's relationship with God determines the course of all the rest of creation. Because we have exercised dominion in a sinful way, creation groans under the curse of sin. In the kingdom of God, man is restored to his proper dominion mandate.
Jan 13, 2021
Dominion and Culture-Making
When we speak of dominion we are dealing with a basic fact of human experience. Human beings will inescapably exercise dominion, the question is whether we practice it in a godly or idolatrous way.
Jan 06, 2021
The Great Reset and Utopianism
The Great Reset is the latest in a long history of failed utopian ambitions. Man-made utopias are fundamentally coercive, manipulative and dominating. By contrast, the kingdom of God is one of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Dec 30, 2020
A New People in the Last Adam
The far-reaching erosion of the Christian way of life in our nation cannot be simply put down to external factors. The inner strength of Christianity has been compromised and broken, and can only be restored through reformation and revival. Christmas is a wonderful opportunity to gather together to adore the Lord who humbled Himself to become a man.
Dec 23, 2020
Authority and Civil Disobedience
What constitutes "civil disobedience"? Is it ever an option for God's people?
Dec 16, 2020
Christmas is Uncancellable
The Christmas story is an announcement of the Lordship of King Jesus over all rulers of the earth. Politics and culture are inescapably gospel issues. Music graciously provided by Jacob Moon. Watch Premier Pallister’s address here.
Dec 09, 2020
Sin Makes Men Cowards
Reflecting on the public worship protests of last weekend, we consider the nature of Charter freedoms, the lesser magistrate, and 'civil disobedience.' The use of fear has been a significant factor as unelected officials pursue policies that are especially damaging to the working class.
Dec 02, 2020
Responding to a Second Lockdown
Pray, protest, write, worship and file lawsuits. Joe Boot articulates five approaches that Christians should be bringing to the current lockdown persecution – and it is persecution. Music graciously provided by Jacob Moon.
Nov 25, 2020
Pastoring in a Technocratic Age
Aaron Rock, pastor of Harvest Church in Windsor, discusses the calling of the pastor in an age where it is being made increasingly difficult for the church to fulfill its mission.
Nov 18, 2020
Polls, Elections, and a Worldview Divide
As the results of the 2020 US presidential election continue to be contested, we consider how a Christian should think and live in a nation divided between two worldviews, and where many in power refuse to acknowledge the lordship of King Jesus.
Nov 11, 2020
Science, Reductionism and the Myth of Neutrality
People require a concept of authority - whether the state, popular opinion, or the scientific expert. When people deny God they are not getting rid of ultimate authority, just transferring it.
Nov 04, 2020
Democracy and the Future of Conservatism
On this week's episode of Worldview Wednesday, Joe Boot discusses the growing disillusionment with contemporary conservatism, and offers some principles for thinking about the voting booth.
Oct 28, 2020
Lockdown, Identity, and the Purpose of Work
Russ Hiebert joins us this Worldview Wednesday during our Worldview and the Marketplace Program to talk about the purpose of work, and how we ought to pursue it to the glory of God and to provide rest for others. Music graciously provided by Jacob Moon.
Oct 21, 2020
Magna Carta, Freedom, and the Poor
How do we balance liberty and risk, and what are the biblical principles that apply even in the face of traumatic circumstances?
Oct 14, 2020
Politics, the Gospel, and Bill C6
Bill C6 is an attempt to destroy creational normativity and marriage, which are rooted in the triune nature of God. It undermines the very idea of God's self-revelation. It strikes at the heart of the gospel.
Oct 07, 2020
The Niagara 2020 Declaration
Explaining why a free church is good for all of society, and introducing the Niagara Declaration on the liberties of the church in Canada and the circumstances that prompted its drafting.
Sep 30, 2020
The Church in Lockdown, Part 2
As civil authorities seek to control an increasing number of societal roles and functions, what is the Christian's responsibility in a democratic society? How do the church and family provide a meaningful check to an excess of state power?
Sep 22, 2020
The Church in Lockdown, part 1
What is the distinct nature and calling of the church and its role in society, and what is the responsibility and the historic response of Christians and pastors in times of widespread illness?
Sep 16, 2020
The Church Needs to Meet
Andrew Sandlin discusses the order to suspend church services, John MacArthur, and the calling of the church to gather together. He explains the responsibility of Christians to punch back at God-hating evil wherever we find it, and the spiritual powers and authorities that are active in the world.
Aug 04, 2020
Sphere Sovereignty, the Individual, and the Church
Joe Boot sits down with the hosts of the Six Cents Report to discuss Totalitarianism, Church, and Sphere Sovereignty, as well as the Reopen Churches campaign.
Jul 10, 2020
A Return to Faithful Living
Joe Boot joins the team at Redeemer Broadcasting to introduce the work of the Ezra Institute, how our culture came to be overly reliant on self-described experts, and the program for a cultural return to faithfulness.
Jun 12, 2020
Worldview Commitments and the History of Philosophy
Fellow Danie Strauss joins us for a special interview with Joe Boot and outlines his own intellectual history, the history and origins of philosophy, and the basis of a worldview.
Jun 05, 2020
Coronavirus: What are we Dealing With?
Joe Boot, EICC Fellow Dr. Ted Fenske, and Dr. Peter Saunders, address the current social and healthcare implications of the COVID19 crisis, touching on how to think about models and projections, the holistic human cost of present measures, and how social isolation is a privilege.
Apr 03, 2020
Complementarianism is Not Enough

Andrew Sandlin explains the history of the complementarian movement, what it got right and wrong, and a biblical approach to understanding masculinity and femininity.

Mar 06, 2020
A Christian Perspective on Environmentalism

Cal Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, explains the relationship between biblical stewardship of the earth and care for the poor, how environmental concern got co-opted by socialism, and how Christians can improve our stewardship of creation.

Feb 21, 2020
Evangelism as Warfare

Have we developed a peacetime mentality in a wartime reality? Cory McKenna of the Cross Current discusses the biblical basis for doing evangelism, the need to normalize evangelism as a discipline of Christian life, and evangelism as warfare, taking the gospel into enemy-occupied territory.

Feb 14, 2020
Christ, Culture, and the Christian

Joe Boot discusses Christian culture, institutions, and the Great Commission at Christian Concern headquarters.

Jan 10, 2020
How to be a Christian in Politics

Joe Boot concludes our Advent interview on the Christian view of government with some biblical wisdom for Christians entering politics, and for private citizens seeking a godly political order.

Dec 06, 2019
The Government will be upon His Shoulders

Joe Boot reopens the podcast just in time for Advent, to talk about the biblical understanding of government and its proper place under the lordship of Christ.

Nov 29, 2019
The Power Motive of Humanistic Culture

On this week's podcast we return to Joe Boot's book, Gospel Culture: Living in God's Kingdom. This chapter details some of the ways that godless man seeks to dominate his environment and his neighbour, and closes with the assurance that the God of peace will soon crush Satan under our feet.

Nov 08, 2019
The Death of Man and Crisis of the Social Order

We bring you the next chapter from Joe Boot's book Gospel Culture, reading about the death wish of modern man, alienated from God, the world, and himself.

Oct 18, 2019
Behold Your King

Grant and Ericha Van Brimmer talk about their new book, Behold Your King. This daily devotional for Advent is for your whole family, to help you get a fuller picture of the story of Scripture, the promises of God that we find throughout the Bible, and how Jesus is the fulfillment of those promises.

Oct 11, 2019
Gospel Culture: Why it Matters

This podcast episode is a live reading from the introductory material and the first chapter of Joe Boot's book, Gospel Culture. Buy the book at Ezra Press and look for the audiobook soon.

Oct 04, 2019
God Loves the World and so Should We

God has created a good world, and has given His people the task of stewarding, caring for, and restoring it. A Christian understanding of creation care understands that God has promised to make all things new.

Sep 27, 2019
Shakespeare and a Christian Paideia

Sarah-Jane Bentley brings her years of teaching English literature to bear on the question of bringing up children, the goal of education, and the discovery of truth. She also explains the kind of worldview that could make a role model out of Lady Macbeth.

Sep 20, 2019
What has the EICC been doing all summer?
Whether we like it or not, we are in a cosmic struggle for the direction of history, and there is no opting out.
Sep 13, 2019
Islamic Finance

EICC Fellow Tim Dieppe explains the economic and social implications of Islamic finance products, showing how they actually cost the end-user more than traditional investments.

Sep 06, 2019
What’s at Stake with the Canon of Scripture?

Wesley Huff takes a break from lecturing at the Worldview Leadership Camp to talk issues of canon and canonicity.

Aug 23, 2019
The Enduring Authority of Biblical Law

EICC Fellow Dr. Jonathan Burnside talks about law, authority, and wisdom, and how each of these are eminently embodied in Jesus.

Aug 16, 2019
For Mission: The Final Chapters

Live reading of the last two chapters of Joe Boot's book, For Mission. We get into the philosophical roots of the retreatist impulse of church-ianity, and lay out the way forward for the church to once again be salt and light in the world.

Jun 28, 2019
The Fake Gospel of Cultural Marxism

The ideology of cultural Marxism has quietly influenced the way that believers think, but this worldview is actually just a poor copy of the power, justice, and glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jun 21, 2019
Continuing Read: For Mission

We continue with our reading Joe Boot's book For Mission, with chapters 2 and 3: What is the Church? and The Philosophical Foundations of Churchianity.

Jun 14, 2019
What is Christian Hospitality?

Rachel Eras articulates a Christian vision of hospitality, showing how it differs from the world, and how we can do it to the glory of God.

Jun 07, 2019
Live Reading: For Mission

This week's episode is a live reading of the first chapter of Joe Boot's book For Mission. This chapter addresses the twin errors in the contemporary church of overestimating the role of the church, and the role of the state, in the broader context of the kingdom of God.

May 31, 2019
The Home Front in the Culture War

Rachel Eras talks about the place of the home and the role of the homemaker in the broader cultural context, and explains how we've let worldly thinking creep into the way we view the home.

May 24, 2019
How to be a Christian Musician

Doug Wilson talks about the phenomenon of the Christian music industry, the historic aesthetic accomplishments achieved by Christians, and offers some advice for aspiring Christian musicians.

May 17, 2019
What is Music and What is it For?

Doug Wilson talks music and its role to glorify, the futile pursuit of coolness and relevance, and the kind of music appropriate for church and other occasions. 

May 10, 2019
Abortion and the Sanctity of God’s Law

Douglas Wilson explains why the pro-life movement is steadily gaining ground, why Christians would do well to speak of the dignity of life based on the sanctity of the law of God, and offers counsel for those who feel disqualified from speaking out on behalf of the unborn

May 03, 2019
What Kind of Culture are we Building?

In part two of our conversation with Nate and Ben from Rebel Alliance Media, we pick up our conversation on the kind of culture that we’re creating, how Christians have been complicit in cultural decline, and what we can learn from the evangelical legacy of cultural reformation.

Apr 26, 2019
Transforming Culture

Nate and Ben from Rebel Alliance Media join Joe Boot to talk about cultural transformation - what it looks like, why we do it, and what's at stake if we refuse to honour God in this area of life.

Apr 19, 2019
Stand-Up Comedy and Christians in Hollywood

Comedian Chris Wineland talks about the use of comedy in scripture and history, the Christian beginnings of Hollywood, and the calling to fulfill the cultural mandate in the arts and entertainment.

Apr 12, 2019
The Growing Problem of White Nationalism

Jacob Reaume of Trinity Bible Chapel discusses his encounter with a growing white nationalist sympathy in Canada, and critiques its leading thinker, Ricardo Duchesne. The false hope of ethnic purity can only be defeated by the turn in repentance and faith to the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Apr 05, 2019
Legalized Marijuana

Dr. Ted Fenske discusses some of the social and medical implications of legalized marijuana in Canada.

Mar 25, 2019
What Can we Learn from Unbelievers?
 Is it intellectually stifling to insist that knowledge and wisdom have to conform to God's revelation? How do we cultivate a godly intellectual humility? In the providence of God, unbelieving image-bearers can discover many true things about the world, but they have to assume Christian perspectives to properly account for them.
Mar 15, 2019
Syncretism, Natural Law and Pagan Wisdom

What does it mean to claim to be biblical, and what is the and grounds for wisdom? In a time where the root of authority is hotly debated, God's Word reminds us that reason is a tool, not a judge.

Mar 11, 2019
What’s a Christian to do with Natural Law?

Jeff Ventrella and Andrew Sandlin discuss natural law theory and natural theology, highlighting what man is for, how we should live, and the proper role of reason in relation to the written Word of God. In every human activity, there is an assumed worldview, and therefore an assumed cosmology.

Mar 01, 2019
What Do we Do with Evil in the Church?

The church has a responsibility to declare the Word of God to the world. It is an antinomian minister who will not act according to that Word, and the results are disastrous. 

Feb 22, 2019
The Idolatry of the Family

Michael Thiessen discusses the place and duty of the family in the broader mission of the church and the Kingdom of God.

Further Reading;
John Bunyan: Family Duty

Douglas Rosenau, A Celebration of Sex

Michael Thiessen: Pursuing a First Class Marriage

We get our great music courtesy of the great talent at Creative Ready.

Feb 15, 2019
Sex, Marriage, and Eternity

Michael Thiessen explains the place of marriage and sex in light of eternity, marriage as the living picture of Christ and the church, the relation between men and women, and the responsibility of parents in discipling their children to love and serve the Lord Jesus.

Feb 08, 2019
What Pro Sports tells us about Culture

Jeffery Ventrella explains the biblical understanding of sports and competition, and role that they play in culture.

Feb 01, 2019
Love Thy Body

Special guest Nancy Pearcey explains personhood theory and its destructive consequences in the areas of abortion, euthanasia, transgenderism and homosexuality.

Jan 25, 2019
The Grace of Shame

Tim Bayly discusses his book, The Grace of Shame: Seven Ways the Church has Failed to Love Homosexuals, and explains the role that shame plays in bringing about godly repentance.

Jan 18, 2019
Babies are Still Murdered Here

Filmmaker Marcus Pittman discusses the documentary Babies are Murdered Here, the power of film, and encourages Christians to work to change current abortion legislation.

Jan 11, 2019
100 Years of Freedom for this?

As we conclude this season’s podcasting, Joe Boot reflects on the state of the West in light of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, and we give you a preview of some of the plans in the works for the Ezra Institute in 2019.

Dec 14, 2018
The Idol of Higher Education

The true purpose of education is to create people who understand that in Christ they are free indeed. Universities today have lost sight of that goal, and until God grants repentance, we are driving off a cliff into economic ruin.

Dec 07, 2018
Sex Education, Ideology and Science

Christians have a dual responsibility to fight sinful ideas and impulses, and minister to a hurting and broken world with the life and power of Jesus.

Nov 30, 2018
What is Christian Art?

What makes a work of art Christian? Colin Harbinson contends that Christian art is truthful art, expressed from a coherent Christian worldview.

Nov 23, 2018
Why Art Matters

As creatures bearing the image of God, mankind has a unique creative, artistic drive. How do we steward and develop art to the glory of God?

Nov 16, 2018
Tim Keller, Politics and the Triumph of the Crucifixion

The cross itself was a moment of victory for God and His people, and Christians need to remember this in our efforts to imitate Christ.

Nov 09, 2018
Tim Keller and Evangelical Accommodation

Andrew Sandlin and Joe Boot discuss Tim Keller's recent New York Times opinion piece, and the trend among many evangelical leaders and pastors to try to balance biblical soteriology with a worldly, unbiblical view of ethics and justice.

Nov 02, 2018
Revoice, Art, and the Family

Part 2 of the interview with Joshua Gielow of truthXchange on the Revoice conference, where we talk about art, the church, community and gospel witness.

Oct 26, 2018
Revoice, Gay Identity, and Holiness

Joshua Gielow of truthXchange shares his experiences from the Revoice conference, and we talk about the family, hospitality, liberal Christianity and gay identity.

Oct 19, 2018
Charles Darwin, Eugenics, and the Endgame of Atheism

Dr. Jerry Bergman of the Institute for Creation Research talks about the person and work of Charles Darwin, the Darwinian influence on Nazi ideology and the eugenics movement, as well as his own story of conversion from atheism to Christianity.

Oct 12, 2018
Racism, Abortion, and Woke Christianity

Samuel Sey of slowtowrite.com joins us to talk about writing from a biblical perspective on the politically-charged subject of racism - a sphere dominated by ungodly thinking.

Oct 05, 2018
Progress is a Christian Idea

Andrew Sandlin explains the origins of the term 'progressivism' and explains how the Christian idea of progress leads to cultural development, while the secular understanding of progress leads to a cyclical, and ultimately futile, view of history.

Sep 28, 2018
Does Politics belong in the Pulpit?

Joe Boot visits with Paul Huxley at the Wilberforce Academy in Oxford to talk about God and his Word, church and state, the role of the pastor, freedom in Christ, and what it means to serve God and others in public life.

Sep 21, 2018
Martial Arts, Self Defense, Pacifism and Paganism

Season 2 of the Podcast for Cultural Reformation is here! Jeff Durbin talks about his life of martial arts training and how the Christian should think about justice, self-defence, and the image of God.

Sep 14, 2018
On Catechesis and the Reformation
Willem Ouweneel talks about his forthcoming book, a daily devotional on the Heidelberg Catechism called The Heidelberg Diary, and what accounts for the staying power of the old creeds and confessions.
Jul 31, 2018
The Evolutionist Hermeneutic

EICC Fellow Willem Ouweneel explains how asking foundational questions about the field of biology led him to pursue degrees in philosophy and theology, and what's at stake if we abandon the doctrine of a historical Adam created by God from the dust.

Jul 31, 2018
Pagan Utopianism and the Power of God

Paganism is a worldview that worships nature, and ultimately, the self, rather than God the Creator. It is an ancient belief that has been expereiencing a resurgence over the past few centuries. When we reject the transcendent God, we remain spiritual beings and end up worshiping some aspect of creation.

Jun 15, 2018
Frequently Asked Questions about Cultural Transformation

Should Christians be involved in cultural transformation at all? What is the Christian approach to the reformation of law and culture? Joe Boot addresses some of the frequently-asked questions he's encountered over the years.

May 31, 2018
Media and the Kingdom of God

Luke Pierson of Apologia Church and Apologia Studios, joins us on the podcast to talk about how Christians should think about and use media and communication technology to the glory of God and for the advancement of his Kingdom.

May 15, 2018
What is Cultural Apologetics?

In this field episode of the podcast, Ben Virgo of Christian Heritage London learns about Joe Boot's own story how he came to be an apologist, some of his formative authors, and the nature of human beings and the apologetic task.

Mar 30, 2018
The Educational Pillar of Culture
Dennis Doty, Principal of Westminster Classical Christian Academy, talks about What our view of education says about our culture, and a biblical way to think about education that involves the whole community for the benefit of children and society.
Mar 15, 2018
Thriving in Babylon

Jeffery Ventrella explains how Christians should live in the midst of a distinctly antichristian culture. With special reference to law and the family, we can have confidence that every act of faithfulness is meaningful in the activity of building godly culture.

Feb 28, 2018
Sphere Sovereignty

On this special field episode of the podcast, Joe Boot visits with the Holy Political Podcast to talk about sphere sovereignty, a reminder that family, church, state, and much more besides have been distinctly ordained by God with their own jurisdiction, hierarchy and government.

Feb 15, 2018
The Imperial Gospel

Andrew Sandlin joins us for a podcast interview on the full scope of the gospel. He explains the original context of the word in connection with imperial Greece and Rome, and we talk about some of the reasons Christians have abandoned the task of applying the gospel in public life. Andrew's article that inspired this conversation can be found here.

Feb 09, 2018
The Cultural Mandate

The word culture has been used in wildly different ways. What do we actually mean by culture? Is culture something that just happens for most of us, or do we all have some level of responsibility for what our culture looks like?

Jan 15, 2018