Audience participation: help pick the next sermon!

We’ve got 7 episodes plus one discussion under our belts, and we want to thank everyone who’s supported us as we’ve gotten this nice little podcast off the ground.  We also want to invite you all to help us pick the next sermon!  If you’ve spent any time exploring the Spurgeon Archive, you know they have all of Spurgeon’s sermons numbered in order.  Right now our Facebook page has 90 followers and our Twitter account has 147 followers–that puts us as sermon number 237.  We will record episode 8 in one week, and based on the number of followers both accounts have, that will determine the sermon we pick!  So invite your friends to check us out and be a part of picking the next sermon…unless you’re hoping for something earlier than 237, in which case…well, I’m not sure what to say about that.

Anyway: thanks to all our awesome listeners!  If you have enjoyed our efforts so far, please pass the good word and help us pick next week’s sermon!

Episode 7: All of Grace

Short sermon this time, but on one of the crucial truths of Christianity: sola gratia is not just a Reformation slogan, but the life-transforming truth that brings so many to their knees in repentance–myself most of all!  No matter who you are, no matter your struggle or fear or sin weighing on you, God’s grace is the path to freedom, and we can hold it firmly by faith in the work and person of Jesus Christ.  Friends, brothers, I pray that in listening to this you will be edified.

See the full text here

Episode 6A: Romans 9 Battle Royale – with debate clip!

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!

Episode 6: Jacob and Esau

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…

Episode 5 – Adoption: The Spirit and the Cry

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.

Episode 4: Healing By the Stripes of Jesus

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.

Morning and Evening – Good Friday

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.
John 19:16

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.

Episode 2: God Justifieth the Ungodly

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