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Run the Enemies of God to the River

by Joe Boot and John Cooper

August 3, 2022 | Revelation Revelation 1:4-7

This episode started out with John Cooper asking Joe Boot about pacifism, and became a wide-ranging dialogue on what it means to be an image-bearer of God, and the implications that reality has for war, self-defense, and living in a state that is hostile to God. We also discuss the descriptions of God in Scripture as a warrior and the fact that the obligation to give honour and obedience is always qualified except when it is due to God.

 

A Crisis in Conservatism?

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

July 27, 2022 | Hebrews Hebrews 10:23-24

In this episode, we discuss Edmund Burke and the origins of modern conservative ideology; we consider the validity of the sentiment that there is a crisis in conservatism, as well as the historic connection between conservatism and Christianity. Joe Boot explains how the contemporary attempt to distinguish between fiscal and social conservatism is a practical impossibility.

 

Economics and Investing w/Jonathan Wellum

by Joe Boot and Jonathan Wellum and Ryan Eras

July 20, 2022 | Proverbs Proverbs 24:30

On this week’s episode we consider the biblical conditions necessary for human flourishing, which always manifests in economic prosperity. Jonathan Wellum, CEO of Rocklinc Investment Partners, shares how a biblical approach to economics handles inflation and private property, and how contemporary theories and policies cause the greatest harm to the world’s poorest people.

 

The Great Commission w/ Dale Partridge

by Dale Partridge and Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

July 13, 2022 | Matthew Matthew 28:18-20

Dale Partridge joins us as a guest this week to discuss how his organization is working to fulfill the Great Commission on a national and international scale. We also discuss the masculinity of Jesus, and the eschatological hope that motivates our evangelistic efforts.

 

Roe v. Wade and the Image of God

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

July 6, 2022 | Psalms 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.

 

The Image of God and a Culture of Beauty

by Joe Boot and Ryan Eras

June 22, 2022

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.

 

Gun Control Laws, Fatherlessness, and the Failure of Feminism

by Joe Boot and Ryan Eras

June 1, 2022 | Proverbs 

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

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

May 25, 2022 | Proverbs 

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.

 

The Baffling Terminology of Critical Theory

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

May 18, 2022 | Colossians 

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.

 

The Role of the Christian University

by Ben Merkle and Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

May 11, 2022

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.

 

Every Social Order is a Theocracy

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

May 4, 2022

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.

 

Jesus is the Ruler of the Kings of the Earth

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

April 27, 2022

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.