We’re trying something a little different! Two episodes, and this one rather than being a sermon is a discussion episode where I am joined by Spurgeon Audio producer Jon Ladner and Reformed Pubster and videographer Michael Kraus. We were all present for the debate and we discuss our impressions of the excellent interaction from that evening. Plus: thanks to #prosapologian channel rat Nick Vahalik and the kind permission of Red Grace Media, we have a brief clip from the debate that we are able to use to give just a bit of context. First discussion episode, hopefully first of many!
If you are like this humble podcaster you are quite possibly a theology nerd, and as a card-carrying one I attended the debate between Dr. James White and Leighton Flowers on the soteriology represented by Romans 9. In honor of that we present a sermon based on one of the most controversial texts in that passage; sermon text can be read here. But wait: there’s more! Stay tuned…
Sorry for the delay in creating episodes, both Jon and I have had a busy couple of weeks! But it’s here now, and it’s a request from a listener, our first! If you have a Spurgeon writing or sermon you would like to hear as part of this podcast, please let us know and we’ll be happy to post it up as we can.
I loved reading today’s episode as an exercise in worship for myself, as the Trinity in Unity of God is glorified. Go check out the full text here (and in fact, take a look at all of the Spurgeon Archive), and please don’t forget to subscribe to us on iTunes! We appreciate all our listeners and hope this blesses you greatly.
I thought for Easter Sunday, this one seemed very fitting. It comes from the text of Isaiah 53:5: “By His stripes, we are healed,” and truly we are. I recently ran across a blog post from a man who I would venture to say identifies as a Christian but seems to hold a great deal of contempt for Christians and Christianity as an entity. He said that he believes the Gospel, yet he rejected the first tenet of the Gospel: man’s sinfulness. I wrestled with how to respond, and in the end I decided to let Mr. Spurgeon make my response for me in this sermon. This, along with the subject of episode 2, make the case clear: man cannot begin to know God, or grow close to God, without first coming to Him as a sinner in need of grace, which is lovingly and freely given.
Please listen and enjoy, and pass it along! I hope it has an effect on listeners of turning eyes to Christ, just as much as it did to me in reading it.
Happy Good Friday to all those who have begun to follow this podcast as we slowly figure out what exactly we’re doing here. Today is a day to celebrate the death of death, and the payment made in full for our sins by the Lord Jesus Christ! We will be releasing Episode 4 very soon. In the meantime, I present this morning’s entry from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening devotional:
April 3 – Morning
They took Jesus, and led him away.
He had been all night in agony, he had spent the early morning at the hall of Caiaphas, he had been hurried from Caiaphas to Pilate, from Pilate to Herod, and from Herod back again to Pilate; he had, therefore, but little strength left, and yet neither refreshment nor rest were permitted him. They were eager for his blood, and therefore led him out to die, loaded with the cross. O dolorous procession! Well may Salem’s daughters weep. My soul, do thou weep also.
What learn we here as we see our blessed Lord led forth? Do we not perceive that truth which was set forth in shadow by the scapegoat? Did not the high-priest bring the scapegoat, and put both his hands upon its head, confessing the sins of the people, that thus those sins might be laid upon the goat, and cease from the people? Then the goat was led away by a fit man into the wilderness, and it carried away the sins of the people, tso that if they were sought for they could not be found. Now we see Jesus brought before the priests and rulers, who pronounce him guilty; God himself imputes our sins to him, The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all; He was made sin for us; and, as the substitute for our guilt, bearing our sin upon his shoulders, represented by the cross; we see the great Scapegoat led away by the appointed officers of justice. Beloved, can you feel assured that he carried your sin? As you look at the cross upon his shoulders, does it represent your sin? There is one way by which you can tell whether he carried your sin or not. Have you laid your hand upon his head, confessed your sin, and trusted in him? Then your sin lies not on you; it has all been transferred by blessed imputation to Christ, and he bears it on his shoulder as a load heavier than the cross.
Let not the picture vanish till you have rejoiced in your own deliverance, and adored the loving Redeemer upon whom your iniquities were laid.
Slowly starting to get the hang of this, and after last week’s sermon on God as justifier of the ungodly, I found this sermon a great source of peace as I read it this week. I hope it is as strengthening to you listening as it was to me reading it.
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Two episodes in and I can’t say how much I’ve been looking forward to this one. After laying the groundwork last week, when I read this I knew it would be a great follow-up, and a crucial message for anyone listening. Our justification is based, for one thing, in our need for it! We have nothing to offer God, no work to please Him, but He has called His children to come as they are into their inheritance with Christ.
For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.–Psalm 51:15-16
Here we go! Please excuse my stumbling, as I find my way to the best presentation. A thousand thanks to my brother in Christ Jon Ladner for encouraging me to do this and enabling me through his expertise.
For the first episode I couldn’t think of a better sermon to pick than Spurgeon’s first sermon in the Metropolitan Tabernacle Church. As Jon observed after recording, “it has everything,” and most importantly, it sets the tone for what I wish to accomplish with it: namely, that Christ be glorified through this. You can download it here. If you encounter any technical problems, please email email@example.com. The text of the sermon is here.
I sat down with Jon Ladner to record the first of what will hopefully be many podcasts. I won’t reveal which sermon we picked out to kick us off, but I think you will agree when we post it up, it was very appropriate. Stay tuned! Weather has cancelled tomorrow’s church services here, so that gives us a bit of extra free time to get things rolling.