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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

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The show is about nothing! Gillespie and Riley read nothing in this episode. Instead, it’s pastoral care debrief about the quarantine, worship, and how to balance faith and love.

Show Notes: 

  • 109: Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” part 1
  • 110: Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning,” part 2
  • The Problem of Suffering: A Father's Hope by Gregory Schulz
  • Young Men in Fire, Norman McLean
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    It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything. Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Martin Luther's Galatians commentary. This episode, the easiest way to get rid of Jesus.

    Text: Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535)

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    Oh, he’s very popular... they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude. Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Martin Luther's Galatians commentary. This episode, self-righteousness, false virtue, and human works.

    Text: Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535)

    Show Notes:

  • Wag the Dog
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    Luther moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and read carefully once in a while, you could miss it.

    Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Martin Luther's commentary on Galatians (1535). This episode, Jesus, jerks, COVID-19, and foxes.

    Text: Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535)

    Show Notes: 

  • Astonished Heart BB series
  • If I were the devil - Paul Harvey
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    Luther’s Gospel Piñata!

    Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Martin Luther’s 1535 Galatians commentary. This episode, true wisdom, Satan, and the point of Paul’s letter to the Galatian church.

    Text: Martin Luther's Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle To the Galatians (1535)

    Show Notes: 

  • Jefferson’s Bible
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    I’m Not Really A Joiner.

    Gillespie and Riley finish their reading and discussion of Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Antichrist.” This episode, state religion, Christian civil religion, and being your own god.

    Text: The Antichrist (1888), Aphorisms 16

    Show Notes: 

  • Nietzsche (bio)
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    Welcome to A Church of Pure Imagination.

    Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Friedrich Nietzsche’s “Antichrist.” This episode, what happens when Christianity disconnects itself from what’s concrete and real, especially the incarnation of God.

    Text: The Antichrist (1888), Aphorisms 15

    Show Notes: 

  • Nietzsche (bio)
  • Problem of Evil
  • When Bad Things Happen to Good People - Rabbi Harold Kushner
  • Warrior Priest Podcast
  • Free Solo
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    All right, let's put a pin in this, I gotta help your pathetic faith.

    Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Friedrich Nietzsche's "Antichrist." How does the Christian church promote weak piety and a denial of life? How does Christianity as a religion of pity weaken believers and society? What happens to Christianity when it mixes philosophy and theology together?

    Text: The Antichrist (1888), Aphorisms 7 &...

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    That was really traumatizing! I quit! I'm out!

    Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Friedrich Nietzsche's "Antichrist." This episode, we talk about how Nietzsche’s critique of Christianity can help us check our presuppositions about what Christianity is and is not today. 

    Text: The Antichrist (1888), Aphorisms 2, 4, ff

     

    Show Notes: 

  • Nietzsche (bio)
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)
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    Alright. That’s it. No more Old Testament proofs for you.

    Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Erasmus’ diatribe on Salvation and Free Will. This episode, how to squeeze free will out of the Old Testament.

    Text: Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation, p. 56

     

    Show Notes: 

  • Erasmus (bio)
  • The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther (Author), J. I. Packer (Translator), O. R. Johnston (Translator)
  • Luther’s Sacristy Prayer
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    What, Have You Come to Rub My Face in Inferences Again? Gillespie and Riley continue their reading and discussion of Erasmus’ diatribe on Salvation and Free Will. This episode, forgiveness, free will, and how to get around the Bible not saying what you need it to say.

    Text: Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation, p. 48

     

    Show Notes: 

  • Erasmus (bio)
  • The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther (Author), J. I. Packer (Translator), O. ...
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    February 28, 2020 55 min

    Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man!

    Gillespie and Riley continue to read and discuss Erasmus’ diatribe on Free Will and Salvation. How does Erasmus read the Bible and how does his interpretation continue to influence the church today? How does Erasmus’ anthropology determine how the church continues to preach and teach Christian doctrine?

    Text: Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation

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  • Erasmus...
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    February 26, 2020 53 min

    Hey, careful, man, there’s a theologian here!

    Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Erasmus of Rotterdam’s discourse on The Freedom of The Will. In his debate with Martin Luther, how did Erasmus lose the battle but win the war over the doctrine of free will? How does it continue to influence the church today?

    Text: Luther and Erasmus: Free Will and Salvation

     

    Show Notes: 

  • Erasmus (bio)
  • Rev. Cwirla on Ashes
  • Bondage of the Will serie...
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    You’re not making Christianity better; you’re making Stoicism worse.

    Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion of free will and predestination by reading Clement of Alexandria. Where does the doctrine of free will originate? What happens when a Christian blends biblical theology and philosophy? Why doesn’t Riley like Star Wars sermons?

    Text: Writings of Clement of Alexandria

     

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  • Clement of Alexandria
  • Pilgrim’s Progres...
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    I thought we had something, but then you do and pull this.

    Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Iranaeus on free will and predestination. What part do Christians play in their salvation? Do we choose to sin? Who goes to hell?

    Text: Writings of Iranaeus

    Show Notes: 

  • Iranaeus (bio)
  • Man and the Incarnation: A Study in the Biblical Theology of Irenaeus Paperback by Gustaf Wingren
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    Just Think of This As a Friendly Test That Could Get You Thrown into Hell, Or Not... Your Choice.

    Gillespie and Riley continue their discussion of Justin Martyr on free will and predestination. They also read and discuss the writings of Justin’s student, Tatian, on the same topic. Why do we demand that the choice be ours as regards our salvation or damnation? How does the doctrine of free will result in us hating God and each other...

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    The Only Wrong Choice Is to Not Make a Choice...

    Where does the belief in free will originate? Is free will a biblical doctrine? How does Justin’s teaching on free will and salvation still influence the church and western culture today?

    Text: Writings of Justin Martyr

     

    Show Notes: 

  • Justin Martyr (bio)
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    They’re just psalms! It’s OK to pray them! They’re psalms!

    Gillespie and Riley take a listener request. They read and discuss the collects of Thomas Cranmer. Why pray? What should be the content and focus of prayer? How does old Adam fight against God’s Word when the new man prays?

    Text: Book of Common Prayer Online

     

    Show Notes: 

  • Thomas Cranmer
  • The Collects of Thomas Cranmer, Paul F. M. Zahl and C. Frederick Barbee
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    Must... continue... thinking... in... ways... that... lead... to... dying... with... meaning. Gillespie and Riley finish their reading and discussion of Viktor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning. How has Frankl's book changed the way people discuss identity and meaning? How has this influenced the Church?

    Text: Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, p. 49-52

     

    Show Notes: 

  • Austin Powers - “Get in ma belly!”
  • “In...
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    We’re all going to die. Come watch TV.

    Gillespie and Riley read and discuss Viktor Frankl's, Man's Search for Meaning. Why has a book that was written by a psychoanalyst and neurologist about his experience in the Nazi death camps had such an effect and influence on the Christian Church?

    Text: Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, p. 49-52

     

    Show Notes: 

  • Jocko Willink
  • Murderball (Documentary)
  • Marvin Gaye - “Ain’t No Mou...
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