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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.

 

The Resurrection Garden

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

April 20, 2022

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!

 

Economic Utopianism

by Graeme Leach and Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

April 13, 2022

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

 

Are We Trying to Christianize Canada?

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

April 6, 2022

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

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

March 30, 2022

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.

 

(More) Objections to Theonomy

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

March 23, 2022

The literal meaning of theonomy is simply the law of God. However, it has come to be used as a pejorative term by many who have not interacted with or understood the work on the subject. Pastor Norm Millar of Redemption Bible Chapel in London raised some common objections to theonomy in a recent sermon, and we respond to some of them in this episode.

 

The Why and How of Christian Culture Building, w/ Andrew Sandlin

by Andrew Sandlin and Ryan Eras

March 16, 2022

Ezra Institute Fellow Andrew Sandlin joins us on the show this week to talk about the current state of the West, demonstrating how we have become an anti-Christian culture. Andrew then explains the Christian calling to transform, rather than abandon, culture, and finally exhorts God’s people to exercise godly dominion in building Christian culture.

 

The Place of Christian Philosophy

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

March 9, 2022

After a stretch of current events commentary, we return to the main themes of this season: worldview and informational thinking. As the world around us seems to devolve at an accelerating pace, it’s important to think and act from a principled and self-consciously Christian perspective.

 

Taking Godly Action

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

March 2, 2022

Last week we talked about the nature, origins, and features of totalitarian states, and ended with a promise to discuss practical tactics for Christians to use in response. This episode highlights some of those responses, beginning with the often overlooked and undervalued weapon of prayer.