Banned Books

Banned Books

Welcome to Banned Books, where we read and converse with the rebel children, the holy mischief-makers of God, who fight against the kind of useless religious, spiritual, and moral methods of life improvement that seeks to smother the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We want to introduce you to those who forgot everything except Jesus Christ and him crucified. We all struggle with fear of being last, lost, least, littlest, and dead, and so we are here to encourage, challenge, provoke, and maybe even offend you by introducing you to theologians who at one time or another were banned by their church, declared dangerous, or simply vilified for daring to confess that Christ alone is the way, truth, and life. Welcome rebel children, holy mischief makers, and fools for Christ. This podcast is for you.... Show More

Episodes

March 1, 2021 40 min

Just Sit Back and Let It Happen.

In this episode, we continue our reading of Martin Luther’s Galatians lectures. This week, passive faith, internalizing virtue, and the law of the jungle.

SHOW NOTES:

Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535) https://shop.1517.org/products/martin-luthers-commentary-on-galatians-1535-lectures, p. 352

Banned Books - Luther’s Galatians Lectures episodes https://w...

Share
Mark as Played

Free Will Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be.

In this episode, more from Luther’s Galatians lectures. This week, God’s will, free will, identity, and taking the moral low ground.

SHOW NOTES:

Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535) https://shop.1517.org/products/martin-luthers-commentary-on-galatians-1535-lectures

Banned Books - Luther’s Galatians Lectures episodes https://www.1517.org/podcasts...

Share
Mark as Played

Free For It All.

This week on the podcast, we continue our Lenten series on Christian freedom in Martin Luther’s Galatians lectures. In this episode, Gospel, Satan, and competing freedoms.

SHOW NOTES:

Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535) https://shop.1517.org/products/martin-luthers-commentary-on-galatians-1535-lectures

Banned Books - Luther’s Galatians Lectures episodes https://www.1517...

Share
Mark as Played

Lent Is About Freedom.

In this episode, we read Martin Luther’s 1525 Galatians commentary. Why is freedom a vulgar word to the old Adam? And we consider why freedom must be Lent's primary focus for Christians.

SHOW NOTES:

Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535) https://shop.1517.org/products/martin-luthers-commentary-on-galatians-1535-lectures

Banned Books - Luther’s Galatians Lectures...

Share
Mark as Played

A spirit of timidity and a Spirit of courage. In this episode, we conclude our reading of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Live Not By Lies. What happens when the church chooses a spirit of timidity in order to spare itself affliction? Also, the sins of the fathers and the true meaning of sanctuary.

SHOW NOTES:

Live Not By Lies - Alexander Solzhenitsyn https://www.solzhenitsyncenter.org/live-not-by-lies 

All Art Is Propaganda: Christopher ...

Share
Mark as Played

How Quickly They Forget. In this episode, we continue to read Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Live Not By Lies. What happens when the church takes the easy path of learned helplessness?

SHOW NOTES:

Live Not By Lies - Alexander Solzhenitsyn https://www.solzhenitsyncenter.org/live-not-by-lies 

All Art Is Propaganda: Christopher Hitchens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W32BEjvU7QM 

63: Chad Bird - "The Infant Priest Was Holy Born"...

Share
Mark as Played

Gag me with a spoon.

In this episode, part two of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s essay, “Live Not by The Lies.” We consider herd mentality, our fear of doing standing up to unjust authority, and the secular indoctrination that infects the church.

SHOW NOTES:

Live Not By Lies - Alexander Solzhenitsyn http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/SolhenitsynLies.php 

Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 to Get Expanded Deluxe Edition Reissue https://consequen...

Share
Mark as Played

Lies Taste Like Wonder-bread.

In this episode, part one of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s essay, “Live Not by The Lies.” We discuss the two kingdoms, the need for Christ alone with no additives, and the importance of having an ethos.

SHOW NOTES:

Live Not By Lies - Alexander Solzhenitsyn http://www.orthodoxytoday.org/articles/SolhenitsynLies.php 

Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 to Get Expanded Deluxe Edition Reissue https://consequenceofsound.net...

Share
Mark as Played

Keep it Spiritual, Keep it Safe.

In this episode, the conclusion to our discussion of Gerald Kennedy’s sermon, Communism in the Churches. Should churches mind their own business in regards to social and cultural matters? What happens when churches and Christian organizations avoid controversy in order to maintain the status quo? Does the Gospel have any power outside our churches’ walls?

SHOW NOTES:

Gerald Kennedy - Communism in th...

Share
Mark as Played

White Bread with Bologna and Propaganda Spread.

In this episode, we continue reading a sermon preached by Bishop Gerald Kennedy, on Communism in Churches (c. 1960). The discussion focuses on whether propaganda is more important than the truth.

SHOW NOTES:

Gerald Kennedy - Communism in the Churches https://wallbuilders.com/sermon-communism-churches-c-1960/# 

 

What Are the Seven Techniques of Propaganda? https://classroom.synonym.c...

Share
Mark as Played

Religion is Extra Important. In this episode, is religion an extra? How has the communist doctrine on religion influenced our society and the churches? When is it time for churches to preach against society, and to what end?

SHOW NOTES:

Gerald Kennedy - Communism in the Churches https://wallbuilders.com/sermon-communism-churches-c-1960/# 

How to Watch TV News - Neil Postman (1992) https://amzn.to/35IPjdR

1917 https://www.imdb.com/t...

Share
Mark as Played

Red Dawn in the Church. In this episode, a sermon by Bishop Gerald Kennedy on communism in the churches. What did it mean in 1960, and what does it mean today that religion is an opiate? Also, we start with a debrief highlighting our brief hiatus.

SHOW NOTES:

Gerald Kennedy - Communism in the Churches https://wallbuilders.com/sermon-communism-churches-c-1960/# 

The Book of We https://www.gutenberg.org/files/61963/61963-h/61963-h.ht...

Share
Mark as Played
December 17, 2020 69 min

Can We Just Have A Civil Christmas? In the episode, what was Christmas like during the Civil War? Puritans, holiday traditions, and why the Church is an incarnate Church.

SHOW NOTES:

Christmas During the Civil War https://civilwarsaga.com/christmas-during-the-civil-war/ 

Children of Men (2006) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children_of_Men 

How War-Torn Savannah Celebrated Christmas 1864 https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php...

Share
Mark as Played
December 11, 2020 93 min

Have Yourself A Very Enlightened Christmas. In this episode, an examination of the impact of the Enlightenment on the Church, especially the preaching and traditions of Advent and Christmas.

SHOW NOTES:

What was the Enlightenment, and what impact did it have on Christianity? https://www.gotquestions.org/Enlightenment-Christianity.html 

Bette Midler - From A Distance (Official Music Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN4AcFz...

Share
Mark as Played
December 3, 2020 86 min

It’s Christmas in Germany for Hitler. In this episode, a historical examination of Christmas in Germany during the Nazi regime, including new hymns, advent calendars, the emergence of Wotan, and Hitler’s Silent Night.

SHOW NOTES:

Christmas in Nazi Germany - Bowler https://blog.oup.com/2016/09/christmas-in-nazi-germany/

Masquerade ball https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masquerade_ball

Christmas in Nazi Germany (wikipedia) https://en.wik...

Share
Mark as Played

A shelter from pigs on the wing... In this episode, how do Christians interface with a godless state, love our neighbors without being complicit in promoting sin, and maintain the tension between the two kingdoms?

SHOW NOTES:

The Social Doctrine of the Augsburg Confession and its Significance for the Present — In this essay, Hermann Sasse describes the theology of the “two regimens” (more commonly called “two kingdoms”) of the stat...

Share
Mark as Played

You Know Who Else Misunderstood The Kingdom of God? Hitler! In this episode, we read Herman Sasse’s 1930 essay on The Social Doctrine of the Augsburg Confession and its Significance for the Present. We discuss the two kingdoms doctrine, peoples’ station in life, and the need for public discussions of natural law.

SHOW NOTES:

The Social Doctrine of the Augsburg Confession and its Significance for the Present — In this essay, Hermann...

Share
Mark as Played

Chairman Mao Loves Ice Cream. In this episode, G.K. Chesterton on what happens when we abolish God, and the government becomes the god. We discuss “unalienable rights endowed by the Creator.” The language of freedom and rights belongs to the law. And we finish with Chesterton’s prompt to consider fraud.

SHOW NOTES:

Collected Works: Vol. XX https://www.chesterton.org/shop/vol-xx 

THE HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR - By Thucydides ...

Share
Mark as Played

The Pirates of Penance part 2. In this episode, we continue to examine Girolamo Savaronola’s sermon on penance. What happened in Florence that occasioned this sermon, and what can it teach us about church and society today?

SHOW NOTES:

“PENITENZA, PENITENZA…!” http://www.elfinspell.com/ChurchHistory/Petry-NoUncertainSound/GirolamoSavonarola-59.html 

Girolamo Savonarola (bio) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Girolamo_Savonarola 

Attac...

Share
Mark as Played

The Pirates of Penance, part 1. In this episode, we look at pre-Reformation preaching. Girolamo Savaronola’s sermon on penance is read and discussed. What is penance, what effect did the sacrament of penance have on church and society, and what effect does it have on us at present?

SHOW NOTES:

“PENITENZA, PENITENZA…!” http://www.elfinspell.com/ChurchHistory/Petry-NoUncertainSound/GirolamoSavonarola-59.html 

Girolamo Savonarola (bi...

Share
Mark as Played

Chat About Banned Books

Advertise With Us

Popular Podcasts

True Crime Podcast Trailers
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club
The World's Most Dangerous Morning Show, The Breakfast Club, With DJ Envy, Angela Yee And Charlamagne Tha God!
Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald
Fake Doctors, Real Friends with Zach and Donald
You know what's long, tedious and boring? Surgery. You know what isn't? This new podcast! Join Scrubs co-stars and real-life best friends Zach Braff and Donald Faison for a weekly comedy podcast where they relive the hit TV show, one episode at a time. Each week, these BFFs will discuss an episode of Scrubs, sharing behind-the-scenes stories and reminiscing on some of their favorite memories from filming. They’ll also connect with Scrubs super fans and feature beloved show cast members for exclusive interviews.

For You

    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeartRadio App.

    Connect

    © 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.