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Podcast in The Church


Church and State Updates in Alberta w/ Mike Thiessen

by Michael Thiessen and Ryan Eras

September 13, 2023

Michael Thiessen discusses the recent Crown decision to withdraw charges against Alberta pastors James Coates and Tim Stephens, as well as some other pending legal cases on the question of the relation of church and state. The cases represent victories, but Mike explains why much more advocacy needs to be done at the constitutional level to bring a truly meaningful level of legal protection for religious freedom in Canada.


Resisting Tyranny w/ Tobias Riemenschneider

by Ryan Eras and Tobias Riemenschneider

May 24, 2023

Pastor Tobias Riemenschneider discusses the church’s responsibility to its people and to the state, explains why he was prompted to draft the Frankfurt Declaration of Church and Civil Liberties, and how our response to Covid-related restrictions is training us for the next cultural and worldview crisis related to trans gender identity.


The Second Commandment: Idolatry Kills

by Joe Boot and Ryan Eras

February 8, 2023

Idolatry takes any number of forms at the individual, church, and national levels, but its temptation is always the same: you shall be as God. And the results always lead to death. As churches capitulate to antichristian cultural pressures, they often keep their outward form, but lose the power and vitality that ought to sustain and animate them. The Lord reserved some of His hardest words for those who led their people in this apostate way.


Antichrist and His Ruin w/ Jacob Reaume

by Jacob Reaume and Ryan Eras

August 10, 2022 | 1 John 1 John 2:18-19

Jacob Reaume, pastor of Trinity Bible Chapel, joins us to talk about an upcoming documentary he is producing, Antichrist and His Ruin, dealing with the life and witness of John Bunyan, the biblical teaching on the doctrine of antichrist, and the call to the church for courage and faithfulness.


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.


The Church, the Magistrate, and the Law

by Andre Schutten and Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras and Tim Stephens

November 17, 2021

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.


Defending Historic Freedoms in Scotland

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras and Tim Dieppe

March 31, 2021

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.


The Doctrine of Freedom

by James White and Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

January 27, 2021

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.


Authority and Civil Disobedience

by Joe Boot and Michael Thiessen and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

December 16, 2020

What constitutes “civil disobedience”? Is it ever an option for God’s people?


Sin Makes Men Cowards

by Joe Boot and Michael Thiessen and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

December 2, 2020

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.


Pastoring in a Technocratic Age

by Aaron Rock and Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

November 18, 2020

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.


The Church in Lockdown, Part 2

by Joe Boot and Nathan Oblak and Ryan Eras

September 22, 2020

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?