False Witness, Nazis, and Trudeau’s Crown
In this episode Joe Boot discusses the Ninth Commandment about bearing false witness, times where it is godly to withold the truth, and draws out the implications for law and society, as well as the ever-present question of who is my neighbour. We also look at the move by the Trudeau government to replace the crown on Canada’s coat of arms with a new version bereft of Christian symbols.
Theft, Taxation, and Dominion w/ Nate Wright
P Nate of the Rebel Podcast joins us this week as we resume our series in the Ten Commandments. Nate explains how the commandment “you shall not steal” enjoins the opposite, positive principle to protect your neighbour’s property, not to mention the presupposition of private property. Contra Klaus Schwab and Karl Marx, owning nothing is not a formula for human happiness.
The First Commandment: The Voice of God Himself
We’re officially underway with our series on the Ten Commandments. In this first episode, Joe Boot explains why this section of Scripture begins with the Lord declaring who He is, and why the commandments are ordered in the way that they are. If you’ve never thought about what our worship has to do with law, don’t miss this one.
The Beauty of the Ethical Life
We’re kicking off the new year with a new series, dealing with ethics and law generally, and the Ten Commandments specifically. In this episode, Joe Boot talks about the distinction between laws and norms, the fact that we live in a universe designed by God that is made to work according to His instruction, and what love has to do with fulfilling the law.
Thomism and Natural Law
This week in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, we examine the idea of natural law, and conclude that, as articulated by Aquinas, it is an idea that gives unwarranted scope to human reason, and effectively makes God equal with His law. In contrast, Scripture teaches that God is the source of all definition, and that human law must be positivized in an historical context.
Discipline and Destiny
God instructs, guides, disciplines and at times punishes us as a righteous and holy father because He loves us. Our acceptance or rejection of Godâ€™s discipline determines the destiny of families, churches, and nations.
Christianity in the Crosshairs: Conversion Bill C-4 Takes Aim at Canadian Freedoms
By criminalizing Christian witness of the gospel in the important sphere of sexuality and gender identity, the amendment to Canadian law by Bill C4 harm numerous vulnerable groups that it purports to defend.
Are We Trying to Christianize Canada?
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?
(More) Objections to Theonomy
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.
Biblical Sexuality Sermons
As Canada faces a legal context that is increasingly hostile to Christian belief and practice, the church has an opportunity and an obligation to speak prophetically to our civil authorities, reminding them that they are ministers under authority of Jesus Christ, the Ruler of the kings of the earth.
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.
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.