By Oakridge Bible Chapel
Believing the Bible to be God's perfect Word to humanity, we want to both understand it and apply it to our lives. Join the leadership of Oakridge Bible Chapel as they have mid-week conversations to those ends.
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Job with Golan Brosh
This week we turn a significant corner in our Cover-to-Cover series. Having traversed the path of the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy) and walked the halls of History (Joshua through Esther), we now step into the beautiful chamber of Wisdom Literature. And the first piece of art we see when we enter the room is the book of Job—a fascinating account that addresses the always-relevant, alway-difficult, but always-important topics of divine sovereignty, human suffering, and humble dependance. Today, we welcome to the podcast, Dr. Golan Brosh. Dr. Brosh currently serves as professor at the One for Israel Bible College just outside Tel Aviv, Israel, where he teaches Bible, theology, and Biblical Hebrew. He is also one of the authors of the recently released book, “Rabbinic Judaism Debunked” and is a frequent guest on the Pod for Israel podcast. It’s with his expertise in biblical Hebrew and Bible interpretation that Dr. Brosh is going to help us better understand the book of Job.
October 23, 2021
080 Show What You Know
As we come to the conclusion of Jesus' parabolic teaching in Matthew 13, we are forced to ask the question: what now? What do we do with all of these mysteries, this information that has been revealed? Thankfully, Jesus didn't leave his disciples hanging, and he doesn't leave us either. Instead, keeping to form, he tells them a parable about what to do with what they've received. And by extension, 2000 years later, we have a similar task: to share what we've learned about Christ and his coming kingdom. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they discuss this task and how evaluate our knowledge, grow in our knowledge, and ultimately share that knowledge.
October 20, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Esther with Lew Worrad
Of the Old Testament story of Esther, the book to which we now arrive in our current study, Dr. Tom Constable notes several unique features: "No New Testament writer quoted or referred to it. No church father wrote a commentary on it, as far as we know. It never mentions prayer. It mentions nothing explicitly supernatural." At first glance, then, this section of Scripture seems rather unimpressive, unimportant, and even unnecessary. However, the same commentator goes on to clarify its great worth: "Like Ruth, the Book of Esther is an illustration. It records a slice of life out of the exilic period that illustrates a great revelation. Ruth illustrates redemption. Esther illustrates providence." And, as we'll be reminded in the conversation today, God's sovereign providence is a beautiful, timely, and comforting reality! To help us unpack Esther's fascinating ten chapters we welcome to the podcast a familiar voice, Lew Worrad. Lew has been part of the Oakridge Bible Chapel family for years and has been involved in pastoral ministry, missionary work, and theological education for longer than that. He wields a wealth of knowledge, a shepherds' heart, and a particular interest in Hebrew narrative. (He's also preached on Esther recently at Oakridge!)
October 16, 2021
079 When Personalities Clash
With a church made up of people from all sorts of backgrounds, personalities, opinions, and walks of life, there are bound to be times when we find ourselves serving side-by-side with someone that we struggle to get along with. So what do we do? How do we minister well with someone who frustrates us, and what do we do when it becomes clear that it just isn't working? And what does the Bible have to say about all of this? Today, Josiah and Andrew scratch the surface of this deep perennial issue that any of us who have spent time in church know all-too-well.
October 13, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Nehemiah with Christopher Johnson
"If I were an advertising executive writing promotional copy for the sale of the memoirs of Nehemiah ... I would have an easy and pleasant task before me. Few Bible books address modern concerns so strongly and directly or are so practical" (Boice, Nehemiah: An Expositional Commentary, 9). Indeed, this is true! The book of Nehemiah—the last in the chronological history books of the Old Testament—presents issues related to leadership, work, problem-solving, project management, answered prayers, moral realignment, confession of sin, national repentance, and restoration. It's universally interesting and universally practical. Christopher Johnson joins us today to help unearth some of the above practicality and to better understand how Nehemiah fits into the canon of Scripture. Christopher has, and is, serving Christ in both the local church and the academic classroom. He currently lectures at Calvary University where he specializes in Old Testament and biblical Hebrew.
October 9, 2021
078 Wheat and Weeds
In the second parable of Matthew 13, Jesus tells a story about a land-owner, his wheat field, and a dastardly plot by an enemy to contaminate the crop with weeds. Thankfully, a few verses later, we get to listen in as he explains the "answer key" to his disciples, giving us insight into the meaning. So what is the mystery about the Kingdom revealed in this parable, and how do it affect us as we eagerly await Christ's return? Join Josiah and Andrew as they discuss this heavy topic, yet leave us with some encouraging thoughts.
October 6, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ezra with Donna Petter
After a seven-decade-long, divinely-orchestrated, and well-deserved disciplinary timeout in Babylonian exile, God's chosen people are allowed (and encouraged!) to return back to the Promised Land by the providential hand of God at work in the hearts of foreign rulers. This comeback group is a mix of Israelites who remember pre-exilic Jerusalem life and those who were born abroad, never having seen the great city in its prime. Together, however, they are charged with the task of rebuilding both the physical and the spiritual infrastructure of Jewish life. Ezra is the first of a two-part book recording that effort, the opposition they faced, the corrections they needed, and the grace of God at work to help them. To help us unpack the book of Ezra properly we welcome to the podcast, Dr. Donna Petter. Dr. Petter currently serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Hebrew Language Program at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She has published a number of articles and books, including a commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah which she co-wrote with her husband, Tom.
October 2, 2021
077 He Told Them Many Things in Parables
In a dramatic shift in tactics, noted by his disciples themselves, Jesus begins teaching the crowds using parables in Matthew 13. But what brought him to this point, why did he shift, and what, then, did he end up talking about? We explored many of these questions and more in our sermon last Sunday, and today in the podcast Josiah and Andrew explore some more. Why are parables so often misinterpreted? What is the parable of the sower really getting at, and how do we apply it all today? It's a parable that invites its hearers to prepare for many more to come, so listen in as we seek to get prepared together.
September 29, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Books of Chronicles with Shane Angland
While the books of Samuel and Kings are hefty, jam-packed, and quick-moving texts, they're only the first two pairs of a history-rich triplet. We now come in our study to the final duo—the books of First and Second Chronicles. Shane Angland currently serves as a teaching elder at Ennis Evangelical Church in Ennis, Ireland. He has a passion for all things history—the history of doctrine, the history of the church, and the history of Israel—an interest, skill, and expertise that is going to come in handy today as he helps us navigate the sixty-five chapters that make up the Chronicles. And, let's be honest, even if Shane's not up to the task (which he is), his accent makes him fun to listen to anyway!
September 25, 2021
076 Better Together
In Psalm 84 we see the author describe the longing they feel within themselves to be in God's presence and worship Him the way He wants to be worshiped. In turn, it causes us to ask some questions about our own feelings towards praising God, particularly when it comes to corporate worship gatherings. While we can, and ought to, worship God any time and any place, we must ask if there is something more to be both offered and gained when we gather together and praise him amongst our brothers and sisters. Today, Andrew and Josiah discuss this short Psalm, the impact it can have on our lives of worship, and how it can all at once serve as an encouragement, a challenge, and a prayer.
September 22, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Books of Kings with Paul Benware
Like Samuel before them, the biblical books of First and Second Kings record many exciting and well-known stories that involve many meorable characters throughout the colourful monarchial period of Israel's history. We've got David's death (1 Kings 2), Solomon's wisdom acquired and demonstrated (1 Kings 3), the building of the Solomonic temple (1 Kings 6), Elijah and the widow's son (1 Kings 17), Elijah and the prophet's of Baal (1 Kings 18), Elijah and Jezebel (1 Kings 19–22), Elijah taken to heaven (2 Kings 2), Elisha and the widow's oil (2 Kings 4), Elisha and the floating axe head (2 Kings 6), the reign of Hezekiah (2 Kings 17–20), the reign of Josiah (2 Kings 22–23), and the Babylonian exile (2 Kings 24–25). Good kings, bad kings, usurpers, prophetic battles, and divine discipline ... these books have got it all! To help us navigate all the biblical real estate we have to cover this week we welcome to the podcast Dr. Paul Benware. Dr. Benware is a well-known and well-studied theologian and teacher who has written many books and articles and has taught through much of the canon all over the world. In fact, much of his helpful teaching can be found online for free including an in-depth exploration of the kings of Israel.
September 18, 2021
In Matthew 12, we read one of the most pivotal moments in the entire gospel account: Jesus presents the evidence that he is the prophesied and long-awaited Messianic king, and ultimately Israel's leaders at the time reject him. It was a grievous error with world-altering consequences. The verses that follow contain something of an analysis, a post-mortem if you will, of the causes that led them to that point. Today on the podcast, Andrew and Josiah discuss this momentous occasion, how we experience earthly consequences for our actions, and how to be on the lookout and defend against those same causes having a negative impact in our own lives.
September 15, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Books of Samuel with Jonathan Ward
The biblical books of First and Second Samuel are, so say it simply, action-packed. And, within the repeated ups and downs of the inspired narrative are some of the most well-known, oft-quoted, and dearly-beloved stories: Hannah's miraculous pregnancy (1 Samuel 1), the tragic reign of king Saul (1 Samuel 10–31), the anointing of Jesse's youngest son (1 Samuel 16), David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17), David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18), David's enthronement (2 Samuel 2), the unification of the kingdom (2 Samuel 5), God's covenant with David (2 Samuel 7), David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11), David's mighty men (2 Samuel 23), and the degradation of the kingdom (2 Samuel 13–22). It is an absolutely epic ride with much to teach us about God, his world, and his people. With so much scriptural ground to cover we needed to find a guest to guide us well and we found just that. Jonathan Ward serves as the Associate Professor of Bible and Theology at the Owen Sound Campus of the Word of Life Bible Institute right here in Ontario. He is a graduate of New Brunswick Bible Institute, Baptist Bible Seminary, and holds a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary.
September 11, 2021
074 Pray, Then, in this Way
Many of us may still remember days past when we started each day in the classroom with the Lord's Prayer. But why this prayer? What is its significance, both to the disciples that Jesus taught it to, and to us now, nearly 2000 years later? Today Andrew and Josiah discuss this most famous prayer and how it can be used as a primer or foundation to guide us in a healthy prayer life. Whether you're new to prayer, or long experienced, we hope this discussion will be fruitful and refreshing!
September 8, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ruth with John Oglesby
While the identity of the author of Ruth is uncertain, the skill of the author of Ruth is beyond dispute. This little biblical book "is one of the most delightful literary compositions of the ancient world" (Block, Judges, Ruth, 603). Interesting dialogue, characterization, suspense, wordplay, and ambiguity abound in this four-chapter section of holy Writ that details a redemptive love story involving self-sacrificial heroism that foreshadows the ultimate and final self-sacrificial redemptive love story and our ultimate Hero, Jesus Christ. To help us unpack all that is the book of Ruth, we welcome John Oglesby back to the podcast. John is a husband, father, theologian and writer. He currently serves as Executive Vice President and Associate Professor of Transformative Learning and Leadership at Colorado Biblical University a subsidiary of AgathonEDU Educational Group.
September 4, 2021
073 Content or Comfortable?
When comfortability gets talked about in Christian circles, it tends to be with a bit of a negative tone. "You can't be effective if you're comfortable" some have said, or perhaps "God wants you out of your comfort zone". Yet the Bible also refers to God as the "God of all comfort", so there must be something more to discuss here. Then if we throw in discussions of contentment and how it compares...well, we've got a podcast! Join with Josiah and Andrew this week as they discuss these issues and more.
September 1, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Judges with Don Taylor
Today, we welcome to the podcast, Dr. Don Taylor. Dr. Taylor is the Provost and Dean-of-the-College at Briercrest College and Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan. In addition to his administrative roles he also teaches a number of courses including biblical Hebrew, wisdom literature, and Old Testament narrative, all of which makes him a great candidate to help us better understand a number of books of the Bible but, for today, we’re focusing on just one: the book of Judges. Judges records, in many ways, one of the darkest times in the history of God's people. There is disobedience, oppression, discipline, cowardice, and rebellion. As one author bluntly states, the account "begins bleakly, continues darkly, and ends horribly" (Kuruvilla, Judges, 6). What could possibly benefit a Christian today spending time in such filth? How can such depravity, inspired as it may be, be used by the Spirit of God to aid the people of God in becoming progressively conformed to the image of the Son of God? Let's find out.
August 28, 2021
072 Ascending to New Heights
There are 15 chapters near the end of the book of Psalms that are noted as "Songs of Ascents" that God's people sang while making the trek up to Jerusalem to celebrate feasts and festivals. Over the past two Sundays at Oakridge we looked at two of these psalms, noting the call to unity and blessing. Today on the podcast, Andrew and Josiah discuss these two psalms and topics, and what it looks like for believers today to experience unity and bless the One who blesses.
August 25, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Joshua with David Barker
"Now it came about after the death of Moses ... " (1:1). It's with these sad-but-hopeful words the Holy Spirit opens the sixth book of the Bible—Joshua. Much is changing for the nation of Israel at this point of their history. They've been created and called (Genesis), freed and led (Exodus), taught and guided (Leviticus), disciplined and counted (Numbers), re-disciplined and re-taught (Deuteronomy). But now they have a new leader, new wind in their sails, and they're about to step over the border of their new land, a home promised to them by God himself. To help us better understand the biblical epic that is Joshua, we welcome to the podcast Dr. David Barker. Dr. Barker is a newly retired professor of Biblical Studies at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario. Dr. Barker served at Heritage since 1978 and has held a number of positions on that campus over the years including Academic Dean, Vice-President of Academics, and Interim President. His teaching specialty is in Old Testament and so we’re in very capable hands today.
August 21, 2021
071 How a Church is Supposed To Work
Earlier this year, Pastor Josiah had the opportunity to join Pastor Jay Hinds on The Open Bible Podcast for a discussion on Ephesians 4 and, more specifically, how the apostle Paul envisioned the church rightly operating. Together, Josiah and Jay talk about the implications of this passage for today, where our churches may be in danger of falling short of this divine directive, and what a healthy local body of believers is supposed to look like. This is an important theological issue to think about with accuracy (as are they all!) as, related to our understanding of the church, is our understanding of our mission in the world today, our position in Christ as believers, our usefulness to his assignment, and many other issues.
August 18, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Deuteronomy with Paul Weaver
With Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers in the rearview mirror, our trek through the Bible now arrives at the end of the Book of Moses, or, the Pentateuch. Though it's probably best known for the second giving of the ten commandments (5:6–21; 10:1–2)—a necessity after Moses smashed the first set in anger (Ex 32:19)—Deuteronomy has much more going on than a mere legal do-over. And to help us better process this thirty-four chapter text we welcome to the podcast, Dr. Paul Weaver. Dr. Weaver serves as the Academic Dean of the Word of Life Global Bible Institute. He’s is a professor of Bible and theology, a productive author, and is passionate about providing high-quality Bible study resources that are affordable and within the reach of anyone serious about studying God's word.
August 14, 2021
070 All in the Family: A Conversation With Andrew Longmire
As a local church grows in size (or is forced apart because of a virus!) it can become increasingly difficult to actually know everyone in the community and, thus, to be blessed by everyone in the community. This is unfortunate because there are no unnecessary members (1 Corinthians 12:7), none who are ungifted (Romans 12:6), and not one who isn't called to the "work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" unto spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11–13). Said another way, we need one another as Spirit-indwelled conduits of God's grace to propel us toward holiness and, when unable to be around one another and to know one another, this process is hindered. With that in mind, we're going to try and "shrink the church" a bit today and, hopefully, provide an opportunity for one particular Oakridge family member to "build up the body of Christ" from afar. On this episode, Josiah chats with Andrew Longmire about his walk with Christ, the greatest struggles in his Christian life, lessons he's learned along the way, and much more.
August 11, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Numbers with Stephen Bramer
Three down, sixty-three to go! As we continue our trek through the Bible we now come nearer the close of the Pentateuch and to the book of Numbers. The book is titled thus because it contains many, well, numbers—statistics, population counts, tribal and priestly figures, and other such data. But, as you're about to hear and maybe already know, there's so much more going on in this section of the Scriptures than counting! Today we're joined by Dr. Stephen Bramer. Dr. Bramer is the chair of the Bible Exposition department at Dallas Theological Seminary in Texas and adjunct professor at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Hungary, Briercrest Seminary in Saskatchewan, and Jordan Evangelical Theological Seminary in Jordan. So, really, he's all over the world! He also serves as teaching pastor at Waterbrook Bible Fellowship. Dr. Bramer also has a bit more of a connection with us at Oakridge Bible Chapel in that he grew up here in Oakville attending a small assembly in the community.
August 7, 2021
069 It's All About Christ
For the past several weeks, Oakridge has been preaching through the first few chapters of the book of Revelation, and we figured it was about time we talked about it on the podcast! Join with Josiah and Andrew as they discuss what they've been learning from the letters to the churches in this crucial, yet oft-misunderstood book, before taking us a bit deeper into the letter to the church at Philadelphia. They'll explore what we can learn from this small, powerless church, what it means to be faithful and successful as an individual believer and a church, and how to persevere when things get tough. Spoiler alert: it's all about Christ!
August 4, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Leviticus with Ed Glasscock
With both Genesis and Exodus in the rearview, our Cover-to-Cover series now arrives at "the place where Bible reading plans often go to die"—the book of Leviticus. This is a section of Holy Writ characterized by laws and repetition, laws and offerings, laws and tabernacle-building, and, oh yeah, laws. What could this book possibly have for Christians living today? Why has God preserved it for us? Why should we bother reading it and what do we lose if we avoid it? Dr. Ed Glasscock is going to help us today answer some of those questions. (Spoiler alert: Leviticus is worth the time!) Dr. Glasscock has spent decades pastoring churches, teaching theology, mentoring Christians, and writing books and articles—both fiction and non-fiction—including works on Leviticus. He currently serves the church through Xdoulos Ministries, striving to provides students of the Bible with assistance in exegetical and theological studies.
July 31, 2021
068 All in the Family: A Conversation With Shirley Buchanan
As a local church grows in size (or is forced apart because of a virus!) it can become increasingly difficult to actually know everyone in the community and, thus, to be blessed by everyone in the community. This is unfortunate because there are no unnecessary members (1 Corinthians 12:7), none who are ungifted (Romans 12:6), and not one who isn't called to the "work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" unto spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11–13). Said another way, we need one another as Spirit-indwelled conduits of God's grace to propel us toward holiness and, when unable to be around one another and to know one another, this process is hindered. With that in mind, we're going to try and "shrink the church" a bit today and, hopefully, provide an opportunity for one particular Oakridge family member to "build up the body of Christ" from afar. On this episode, Josiah chats with Shirley Buchanan about her walk with Christ, the greatest struggles in her Christian life, lessons she's learned along the way, and much more.
July 28, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Exodus with Dorian Coover-Cox
After kicking off in our Cover-to-Cover series in the book of Genesis, we now turn our attention to Exodus, a tale that follows the movement of God's people from Egypt to Sinai, from being possessions of Pharaoh to becoming possessions of the Most High God. On this episode we welcome Dr. Dorian Coover-Cox. Dr. Coover-Cox, an expert in biblical Hebrew, is both the acting Director of PhD Studies and Professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. She also has a special interest in the literary analysis of narratives and poetry as well as in the book of Exodus, which just works perfectly for us today!
July 24, 2021
067 Why We Preach Through Whole Books
If you've spent any time around Oakridge, or listening to our sermons online, you probably will have noticed that the majority of our pulpit time is devoted to preaching through whole books of the Bible. Maybe you've never really given it much thought, or perhaps you've assumed it's just a stylistic or pragmatic choice. The reality, though, is that there is much more to it than that. So this week Josiah and Andrew discuss this methodology for preaching, and give a look behind the curtain as to why we do what we do, and where the deep conviction for this very intentional decision comes from.
July 21, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Genesis with James Allman
On this first episode of our new Cover-to-Cover series we, fittingly and expectedly, address the first book of the Bible: Genesis. This is a fifty-chapter saga in which we find the drama of creation and degradation, promises and betrayals, human failures and divine provision. It's a huge task to cover it all in less than an hour, but we do our best. To help us get off on the right foot we welcome Dr. James Allman. Dr. Allman is the freshly retired (and now adjunct) professor of Old Testament Studies and Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary, is a visiting lecturer in a number of different countries and institutions, and has served as translator for parts of the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). As you'll hear, Dr. Allman is both scholarly and pastoral, wise and humble. A great combination to help us tackle Genesis.
July 17, 2021
066 The Kingdom of God (Part 2 of 2)
Today's podcast is the second half of a two-part conversation on the kingdom of God, which originally aired on The Open Bible Podcast. Listen in as Pastor Josiah joins Pastor Jay Hinds for this encouraging and intriguing discussion.
July 14, 2021
TRAILER: Cover-to-Cover Series
Have you ever tried to complete a jigsaw puzzle without knowing what the final product is supposed to look like? If so, you know it adds a layer of difficulty to an already challenging task because when you don’t know what the whole looks like, it makes it much harder to identify the individual pieces of that whole. Without seeing the big picture, it’s tough to accurately recognize the pixels. Reading the Bible can be like that. A lack of clarity of the big picture, the major themes, and the overarching trajectory can make the smaller pieces—the testaments, the genres, sections, books, and chapters—more difficult to rightly situate, understand, and apply. And this leaves us with all sorts of questions: What do we make of Leviticus? Why is Esther important? What’s a Habakkuk? How does the New Testament sit atop the Old? Where is this all headed? How does it fit together? What is God saying to us through it all? In the months ahead we’re going to seek to answer questions like these in what we’re calling Word Processing’s Cover-to-Cover series. Soliciting help from scholars around the world, we’re going to move through all sixty-six books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, one by one, in an effort to grow not only in our understanding of the books individually (which is important) but also in our understanding of how they fit together as a cohesive and inspired whole. Join us each week as we put together this beautiful, God-breathed puzzle. Join us as we move through the Scripture, God’s word to us today. Join us as we make our way through the Bible, cover-to-cover.
July 10, 2021
065 The Kingdom of God (Part 1 of 2)
Earlier this year, Pastor Josiah had the opportunity to join Pastor Jay Hinds on The Open Bible Podcast for a discussion on the kingdom of God. Having a proper understanding of the kingdom is essential, as it informs so much of what we know and understand about our faith, and how we live it out in a practical way. So what exactly is the kingdom? Is it now or later, or some combo of the two? Listen in with Jay and Josiah as they discuss these issues and many more over the next two weeks on this incredibly informative podcast.
July 7, 2021
064 The Importance of the Trinity
Once again on the podcast this week, we are discussing a topic often talked about in the church, but rarely understood with clarity: the trinity! What does it mean for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to all be fully God, yet distinct from each other? What sort of issues can we run into if we don't take time to understand trinitarian theology? How do we come to these conclusions from the Bible? And ultimately, why does it all matter? Join with Josiah as he asks our special guest, Dr. J. Scott Horrell, to help us wade through the murky waters of this confusing, yet essential Christian doctrine.
June 30, 2021
063 On Submission to Authority and the Christian Conscience
Paul encourages Christians "to be in subjection to the governing authorities" (Rom 13:1a). Peter backs him up when he commands believers to "submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution" (1 Pet 2:13a). Followers of Jesus are to willingly accept the dictates of human government knowing, first, that their station was given by God (Dan 2:21; John 19:11; Rom 13:1b) and, second, that personal and corporate subjection—perhaps especially in the face of mistreatment—is a powerful witness to a fallen world (1 Pet 2:11–12, 15–16). But how far does this command extend? When does submission to human authorities become disobedience to our Highest Authority? Is there a time for civil disobedience (e.g. Ex 1:15–17; Dan 3:16–18; Acts 4:19–20) and, if so, when? Where does the Christian conscience come into play? These are just a handful of the timely questions Andrew and Josiah tackle today on the podcast. To hear the sermon on Romans 12–15, click here. For further discussion on that sermon, click here.
June 23, 2021
Joy, happiness, contentment. We know that the Bible calls for them, but what do we do when life hands us difficult circumstances and they are the last thing on our mind? Furthermore, what's the difference between them? Join Josiah and Andrew as they address these questions and more, exploring what the Bible has to say about being content and experiencing true joy.
June 16, 2021
061 Legalism: Is it Really That Bad?
There is a vicious snake hiding in the grass of every church, ready to sink its deadly fangs in and spread its venom. That snake is legalism. Disguised as righteousness, piety, or even concern, legalism has only the power to destroy. Today on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew discuss this unity-breaking monster: how to notice it in our own lives, and keep on the lookout for the ways it is affecting our church. More importantly, they discuss the best defense against such a terrible foe: grace!
June 9, 2021
060 Things to Come with Dr. Paul Benware
As Christians, we talk often about eternal life, heaven, and Christ's return. But what will it actually look like when Jesus comes again? What can we expect, and does the book of Revelation actually describe? While there are no shortages of theories, beliefs, and artistic re-imaginings, today Josiah sits down with an expert in eschatology, the theological study of things to come, to discuss what the Bible teaches. Join us for an enlightening and straight-forward conversation with Dr. Paul Benware as he takes this often misunderstood topic and makes it clear: the future is far brighter than we can even imagine!
June 2, 2021
059 On the Same Page
In our earthly relationships, it can often feel like we're on a different page with someone when we have unrealistic or faulty expectations. The same can be true of our relationship with God, his people, and his church. When our expectations of God are incomplete, inaccurate, or immature, we end up getting angry, hurt, frustrated, or disillusioned with a God of our own making. This week on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew return to Matthew 11 and discuss the dangers of having faulty expectations of God, as well as what to do when you realize you might be struggling with this in your life. Spoiler alert: the solution is to return to the Word!
May 26, 2021
058 What Does it Mean to be Called?
There are some words that are popular in Christianity that we sometimes use without fully understanding. "Calling" is one of those words. It gets used in different ways by different people, sometimes positively and sometimes negatively. The result is confusion, as we are left with many questions: Who is called? Are we all called? How do I know if I'm called? What is my calling? And ultimately, what does it even mean to be called? Join with Josiah and Andrew as they tackled these questions and many more, exploring this sometimes mysterious and ambiguous term on today's podcast.
May 19, 2021
057 All in the Family: A Conversation With Carol Clooney
As a local church grows in size (or is forced apart because of a virus!) it can become increasingly difficult to actually know everyone in the community and, thus, to be blessed by everyone in the community. This is unfortunate because there are no unnecessary members (1 Corinthians 12:7), none who are ungifted (Romans 12:6), and not one who isn't called to the "work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" unto spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11–13). Said another way, we need one another as Spirit-indwelled conduits of God's grace to propel us toward holiness and, when unable to be around one another and to know one another, this process is hindered. With that in mind, we're going to try and "shrink the church" a bit today and, hopefully, provide an opportunity for one particular Oakridge family member to "build up the body of Christ" from afar. On this episode, Josiah chats with Carol Clooney about her walk with Christ, her greatest struggles in her Christian life, lessons she's learned along the way, and much more.
May 12, 2021
056 We All Have a Choice
As we come to the conclusion of the section of Matthew's gospel made up of chapters 8 and 9, we once again see Jesus demonstrating his authority through the miraculous. However, we know that very soon in the story, the people of Israel are going to be put to a choice; and it's a choice highlighted in the middle of our text today: Do you believe? Do you believe that Jesus is who he says he is and that he can do what he says he will do? The same choice is before us now, and it has eternal significance. Do you believe?
May 5, 2021
055 Premium Grace: Proper Fuel for Christian Living
In Matthew 9 we read the account of Jesus inviting a lowly tax collector to follow him. Without hesitation nor reservation, up jumped the sinner and joined his life to Jesus. He left everything behind knowing that nothing he had could compare to the One to whom he now joined his life. We want to be like that man, don't we? We want to be Christians that freely and excitedly follow after our Saviour with joy and gratitude in our hearts and fuelled by the knowledge of the grace he has, is, and will lavish upon us. We want to pursue holiness in this life as the privilege it is, in the power God has provided, and for the glory he is worthy of receiving. Unfortunately, other things often distract us from filling up our Christian tanks with premium grace. Instead, we sometimes are tempted to settle for low-grade tradition, hollow habits, and rote routine. Today Andrew and Josiah talk about how to better ensure we're getting the good stuff when we're at the pump. If you missed the sermon being discussed in this episode, it can be found here: "Feasting, Fasting, and Following Jesus (Matthew 9:9–17)."
April 28, 2021
054 It's Time To Grow Up with Dr. Fred Chay
On this episode, Dr. Fred Chay makes his return to the podcast. He is the founder and president of Grace Line ministries, a theology professor and academic dean at Grace School of Theology, and managing editor of Grace Theology Press. He has a number of books published covering a variety of topics. Translation: He's not bored and he has a lot to teach us! In his first visit to the world of Word Processing, Dr. Chay led us in an exploration of justification, that is, what it means to be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. This time around, however, the topic of conversation is sanctification, or, what it means to grow in godliness. Once justified, how does an individual Christian mature? How do we become increasingly conformed to the image of God the Son by the power of God the Spirit for the glory of God the Father? And, why bother?
April 21, 2021
053 A Leap of Faith Over a Chasm of Fear
Fallenness, fear, and a fixing faith? Sounds like fun! In the midst of a world that has so much wrong with it, it is comforting to look to our Lord and understand that he is the solution. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they look at the second trio of miracles in Matthew 8 and 9, noticing Jesus' authority on display and applying what that authority means for all of us who ever face fear. So if you're ready to take the leap, let's dive in to the topic of faith and fear together.
April 14, 2021
052 All in the Family: A Conversation With Gordon Rumford
As a local church grows in size (or is forced apart because of a virus!) it can become increasingly difficult to actually know everyone in the community and, thus, to be blessed by everyone in the community. This is unfortunate because there are no unnecessary members (1 Corinthians 12:7), none who are ungifted (Romans 12:6), and not one who isn't called to the "work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" unto spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11–13). Said another way, we need one another as Spirit-indwelled conduits of God's grace to propel us toward holiness and, when unable to be around one another and to know one another, this process is hindered. With that in mind, we're going to try and "shrink the church" a bit today and, hopefully, provide an opportunity for one particular Oakridge family member to "build up the body of Christ" from afar. On this episode, Josiah chats with Gordon Rumford about his walk with Christ, his greatest struggles in his Christian life, lessons he's learned along the way, and much more.
April 7, 2021
051 Music to His Ears: On Choosing Songs for Church
While music in corporate worship should be something that brings joy and comfort to God's people, facilitates biblical worship of a holy God, and celebrates unity in the body of Christ, it is often notorious for just the opposite. Too often church music can spark conflict, distract from biblical worship, encouraging self-centredness and the idolization of personal preference, and threatening church division. Why is that? How do we move away from (and guard against!) the latter in favour of the former? Today on the podcast, Andrew and Josiah talk about what role music is supposed to play in the life of a church and, more specifically, in the event of corporate worship. They also discuss how music is often misunderstood, what set of criteria guide Oakridge Bible Chapel in song-selection for Sunday mornings, and why some other "good" songs miss the cut.
March 31, 2021
050 The Bible: What's It Good For?
We use many different terms when talking about Scripture: inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility to name a few. But one that we don't always talk about as much is sufficiency. That is to say, is the Bible sufficient to accomplish the task for which it was written? Well to answer that, we need to understand what that purpose is, and just as importantly, what that purpose isn't. This week on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew discuss these issues and more as they seek to bring clarity to the topic of the sufficiency of scripture, inspired by a series of blog posts written by Josiah on our website.
March 24, 2021
049 Tackling Tough Texts: What To Do When the Bible Confuses Us
Have you ever been reading the Bible when, all of a sudden, WHAM!, you run into a verse, paragraph, or section that straight-up baffles and/or offends? (If you haven't experienced this, then you're either a biblical savant or you aren't reading the Bible much!) When that happens, we only have a certain number of responses available to us: 1) Pretend we totally understand and move on, 2) Admit we don't understand and move on, 3) Admit we don't understand and give up, or 4) Admit we don't understand and dig in. On this episode of the podcast, Andrew and Josiah discuss strategies for handling, interpreting, and understanding the difficult passages of Scripture. Andrew has recently been writing a series of blog posts on our website in which he models what he does when he, like all of us, arrive at passages of Scripture that seem to confuse.
March 17, 2021
048 You Gotta Have Faith
Faith is a word that's gets mentioned in all aspects of Christian life: We're saved by faith (Ephesians 2:8–9), invited to walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), appreciate the gift of faith (1 Corinthians 12:9), and commanded to contend for the faith. But often, while we rightly use the word "faith" with great regularity, we don't talk much about what it really is or what it really means. Join Josiah and Andrew on this episode of the podcast as they seek to remedy that possible deficiency, discussing the various ways we use "faith": as a gift, a choice, a discipline, and more, inspired by a recent sermon by Dr. Jim Rennie.
March 10, 2021
047 Blessing the Next Generation with Judy Wragg
Each and every Christian is called, invited, and empowered to help others find ("evangelism") and follow ("discipleship") Jesus Christ. While these relationships can be found in any number of places (for example, where we worship, work, study, or play), more often than not we need not look further than our own families to find opportunities to help people grow in Christ. Today on the podcast we welcome a long-time member of the Oakridge family, Judy Wragg, to help us think through how to intentionally leverage family relationships for the glory of God and, more specifically, how the role of grandparent can be as blessed as it is influential, as privileged as it is impactful.
March 3, 2021
046 Storm Shelters
As we conclude our time in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7:13–27, we turn our focus to an unshakable foundation. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they chat about the inevitable storms of life and how to prepare by choosing the right paths, listening to the right voices, and trusting the right measurements; and what can happen when we do the opposite. The storms are coming. Are you ready?
February 24, 2021
045 Relatable Relationships
It's all about relationships today! Join Andrew and Josiah as they talk about Matthew 7:1–12, the pursuit of true righteousness, and how that changes the way we interact with God's people, God's opponents, and God himself. On this episode the duo discuss some of the most misquoted and misunderstood verses in the New Testament today with the goal of coming to a practical understanding of how to pursue this kingdom ethic here and now while still longing for its full arrival in the future. What does it look like to pursue righteousness in our relationships? Let's find out! If you missed the sermon that sparked this conversation, you can find that on our website.
February 17, 2021
044 Rooting Out the Weeds of Idolatry
As perennial as weeds in a garden, issues of wealth and worry crop up in every Christian's life at one time or another. Join Andrew and Josiah as they discuss what Jesus had to say about these topics in Matthew 6:19–34 and how we can fight against the draw towards idolatrous living (as well as a little sidebar about the authority of all Scripture and not just the red letters!).
February 10, 2021
043 Who Are You Trying to Impress?
Much of what we do as Christians, by its very nature, is visible to those around us. Yet how do we reconcile that with the warning in Matthew 6 to avoid practicing righteousness in front of other people? How do we check our motivation and live like One (that is, the One) is watching? What does this all have to do with eternal rewards, unity within the body of Christ, and even our evangelistic efforts? Join Josiah and Andrew as they discuss these issues and more as we return again to the importance of faithfulness and the dangers of fearing men over God. If you missed the sermon that sparked this conversation, you can find that on our website. For the first in the series of blog posts mentioned by Andrew at the close of the episode, click here.
February 3, 2021
042 A Primer for Understanding Matthew's Gospel with John Oglesby
As Oakridge prepares to move back into our Sunday study of Matthew's gospel, Josiah recruits some outside help to re-set the stage. John Oglesby is a student and faculty member at Calvary University and executive vice president of Vyrsity under Agathon Educational Group. He also serves as a guest lecturer at the Word of Life Bible Institute where he teaches a variety of biblical books, including the first gospel account. The conversation that follows will aid in reacquainting us with this particular and unique book of the Bible, warn us of some potential hazards to avoid in our exploration, and highlight some important and exciting themes we shouldn't miss.
January 27, 2021
041 Hear Our Cry, O God; Give Heed to Our Prayer!
Anyone out there feeling a little worn down, frustrated, or just plain weary? If so, you've got company. The last number of months have taken many of us to the brink of our emotional, physical, and spiritual bandwidth, demonstrated for us afresh that we're creatures with limits, and highlighted yet again that we need a God who is without. What can we do when we're weary? Where can we turn for strength and comfort? How can we endure? Andrew takes the wheel in this latest offering of the podcast as he and Josiah discuss Psalm 61 and how king David's desperate-but-hopeful words ring true for us today. (If you missed last Sunday's sermon, be sure catch up here.)
January 20, 2021
040 Good Fruit Needs a Godly Root
This week on the podcast, Andrew and Josiah flesh-out some of the potential implications from Sunday's message on Romans 12–15, a text that seems particularly timely. While there are many potential reasons for division, frustration, and isolation today—e.g., Do masks actually work? When must the church disobey the government? Should Christians risk their physical health to nourish their spiritual health?—God calls his people to sacrificially serve one another (Romans 12:3–8), love one another (12:9–13:14), and accept one another (14:1–15:13). These are church-unifying, body-building, nutrient-rich fruit that, according to the apostle Paul, can only grow and flourish off of a healthy root (12:1–2). But what does it look like to offer our bodies as living and holy sacrifices? What does it mean to have our minds transformed? How do we tend the root in order to grow the fruit!? All this is on the docket for discussion.
January 13, 2021
039 Tribulation, Proclamation, and Celebration
Aaaaaand we're back! After a few weeks off to celebrate "Christmas in lockdown" and recharge our batteries, Word Processing returns to begin its second season. In this second first episode, Andrew tries to get Josiah in trouble with tough questions about "online church." Did he succeed? Probably. But the two also discuss some of the implications of Sunday's sermon, wonder together how God may work during times of hardship, and talk about some things worth celebrating in spite of current circumstances.
January 6, 2021
038 Looking Back, Forward, and Up
As the year comes to a close, so does the inaugural season of Word Processing. Join Andrew as he bids adieu to 2020 with this mini-sode, gives an update on the future of the podcast, shares some thoughts on both the year behind and the year ahead, and concludes our time with prayer. See y'all next year!
December 9, 2020
037 A Primer on Biblical Prophecy with Dr. Paul Benware
With all that’s been going on in 2020, many believers have asked questions like: Is this the end? Are the last days upon us? What does the Bible say about what comes next on God’s mysterious calendar and how are we to live now in light of it? These are questions that, among other things, have to do with biblical prophecy. If there’s one topic that can attract debate, disagreement, and (at times, unhealthy) fascination, it’s biblical prophecy. And so, when thinking about the subject we want to get help from someone who can safely and skillfully lead us. I think we found one! Dr. Paul Benware is a Bible professor, theologian, preacher, conference speaker, and author who has a passion for teaching and training the people of God. He has a deep concern for the church to learn, know, and live the truths of biblical prophecy. Together we discuss the nature of prophecy, how to identify and read the genre with fidelity, and what difference prophecy is intended to make in the lives of God's people today.
November 25, 2020
036 Context, Context, Context with Dr. Charlie Bing
It's been suggested that the three rules of real estate are location, location, and location. In a similar way, it could be said that the three rules of Bible study are context, context, and context. Today Josiah gets taken to school as Dr. Charlie Bing—founder and director of Grace Life Ministries and author of "Grace, Salvation, and Discipleship"—shares how paying attention to the details of the biblical text can answer a lot of questions, clear up potential confusion, and liberate lives in God's grace. Some of the important topics discussed in this episode (issues like salvation, assurance, discipleship, and lordship) are also touched upon in previous shows. If you'd like to re-visit those conversations, the links are provided below for easy access. "0017 Rightly Understanding Salvation with Dr. Fred Chay" "024 Putting Surety in Your Security with Dr. Christopher Cone"
November 18, 2020
035 Discipleship with Dr. Daniel Goepfrich
The Lord Jesus, during his earthly ministry, invited people to "Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men" (Mark 1:17). When it came time for him to ascend back to the Father, he left those who had followed him with these instructions: "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19). This same two-pronged invitation is put to each person today—follow Jesus and make followers of Jesus; be a disciple of Christ and make disciples of Christ. Today on the podcast, Josiah visits with pastor, professor, ministry founder, and author, Dr. Daniel Goepfrich. Together they discuss the ever-important issue of Christian discipleship, what it looks like, and how matters of eternity fuel it.
November 11, 2020
034 Singleness and the Body of Christ with Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla
As the human body is a single organism made up of many individual parts, so too is Christ's body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:12–31). Also like the human body which will fail to function properly if a single part goes missing, likewise the church is less than it should be if even one member fails to provide their unique and divinely-endowed contribution. Today on the podcast, Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla helps us think through right functioning of the body of Christ, our individual need of the whole, and our unique contributions to it. In particular, Dr. Kuruvilla describes and discusses his gift of singleness (click here for his article on the topic), how he understands it, and how God has used it in his life to bless the church and to serve Christ. For Dr. Kuruvilla's first appearance on Word Processing, "014 Putting a Bow on Joseph," click here.
November 4, 2020
033 Shame, Shame, Double Shame with David Rennalls
On this episode of the podcast, Josiah sits down with David Rennalls, pastor of discipleship at the MET Bible Church in Ottawa, Ontario. Together they discuss a couple of heavy and connected issues in the atonement of Christ and shame. Now, that may sound too abstract and high-minded to be of any practical use for you (not to mention uninteresting!), but Dave makes a strong case for why all Christians should strive to understand the atonement clearly, popular attacks often levelled against it, and how it is actually the good news for those of us wrestling with sin-wrought shame.
October 28, 2020
032 Getting Down to Business with God
It’s been said that “to err is human; to forgive is divine.” While there’s no doubt the Bible presents God as the gold-standard of what it means to forgive, it likewise calls human beings, in all their error, to pursue and extend the same. Today on the podcast, Josiah discusses the always-important, often-difficult, and peace-promising topic of forgiveness with Dr. Jim. Together they chat about the peace with God, the peace of God, and the peace with others that a biblical understanding and practice of forgiveness can bring to the lives of even the most offended and hurt individuals.
October 21, 2020
031 Here Comes the Bride (Part 2 of ?) with Jay Hinds
This is the second in a series of conversations on the über-important topic of the church (If it's important to Jesus [Ephesians 5:25] it should probably be important to us too, right?!) and, in it, Josiah again chats with his prairie-friend and homiletical-ninja, Pastor Jay Hinds. This time their focus is less what the church is and more what the church is to do.
October 14, 2020
030 More Than a Tale of a Whale (Part 3)
We made it: The grand finale, the last hurrah, the fishy endgame. Finally we come to the conclusion of our study in the Old Testament prophetic book of Jonah and, to celebrate, Andrew and Josiah engage in a semi-serious discussion about what it means to submit to God, God's word, and God's will above all else—including ourselves—no matter the cost. It's a topic that is as solemn as it is important. If you missed the final sermon (or any of the series on Jonah), here it is.
October 7, 2020
029 More Than a Tale of a Whale (Part 2)
The Jonah-talk continues this week as Andrew and Josiah flesh out last Sunday’s look at chapter 3. The conversation includes musings on the prophet's lacklustre sermon, the repentance of Nineveh, and how we, as God's people today, can strive to react to "outsiders" in our lives with hearts more like God's than like Jonah's. If you missed it, the sermon in question can be found right here.
September 30, 2020
028 More Than a Tale of a Whale (Part 1)
Finally, at long last, Andrew is able to carve enough time out of his busy (fatherhood) schedule to sit down again with Josiah for a chat. On the docket this week is an initial discussion on the prodigal and pious prophet, Jonah, and his disobedient flight and hypocritical prayer recorded for us in the opening two chapters of the Old Testament book bearing his name. If you missed the sermons to which this discussion refers, please find them here and here.
September 23, 2020
027 Here Comes the Bride (Part 1 of ?) with Jay Hinds
As COVID-19 has forced churches re-think how they meet, function, and minister, it's a good time for church-goers to re-think the purpose, necessity, and theology of church itself. In this series of conversations, Josiah chats with his friend from across the country, Pastor Jay Hinds, about the topic of ecclesiology, its importance, and its prominence in the life of God's people.
September 16, 2020
026 When Children Walk Away with Cynthia Boyd
Many Christians rightly identify the goal of parenting as raising children "in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Eph 6:4). This assignment is often coupled with the proverbial statement that if we "train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Prov 22:6). The problem is, they sometimes do. There are occasions when, in spite of parental vigilance and effort, children abandon "the way." How can parents cope with that heartbreak? Is there anything that can be done to bring kids back into the fold? This week Josiah chats with his mom, Cynthia, about her experiences in parenting a wayward child.
September 9, 2020
025 The Academy and the Church: BFFs? with Dr. Rick Reed
This week Josiah has a chat with Dr. Rick Reed, a long-time pastor and now-president of Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario. Because of his unique combination of experiences in both worlds, Dr. Reed is uniquely qualified to speak to how the theological institution can—and should—support the local church to accomplish her God-given mission in this world. They also talk about possible storm clouds gathering on the horizon for Canadian Christians and churches.
September 2, 2020
024 Putting Surety in Your Security with Dr. Christopher Cone
This week Josiah welcomes Dr. Christopher Cone to the podcast for a (long) chat about the always-important topic of assurance of salvation. Dr. Cone has been the president of multiple theological institutions, he’s a professor, a preacher, and a churchmen. He has three (!?!) earned doctoral degrees, has written, contributed to, or edited nearly twenty books and currently serves as the president and CEO of AgathonEDU Educational Group.
August 26, 2020
023 It Just So Happened That...
Instructions and blessings, "coincidences" and sovereignty; there's a lot going on in the book of Ruth! Join with Pastor Andrew as he invites Lew for a discussion on this beloved little Old Testament book and what we can learn for the here and now.
August 19, 2020
022 Sharing Hope in Fear-Filled Times with Dr. Larry Moyer
Can I ask you a question?” It’s with those six simple, unassuming words that Josiah’s guest today has initiated countless conversations with the purpose of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Dr. Larry Moyer, founder and CEO of EvanTell Ministries, shares with us today his heart for the lost, his commitment to clarity and simplicity in sharing the faith, and his advice on how we too can grow in our effectiveness in evangelism.
August 12, 2020
021 'Who Am I?’ and Other Simple Questions with Sten-Erik Armitage
There are few more foundational issues with which every person must wrestle than those of personal identity. Who am I? Why am I here? Do I matter at all? This week, Josiah logs-on with his friend, Sten-Erik Armitage, seminary professor and senior pastor, to discuss how a Christian, because of their relationship to God in Christ Jesus, can—and should—answer such questions and how this reality changes everything.
August 5, 2020
020 The Goers and the Senders with Stephen Hawkins
As Christians, and as churches, we have three main God-given objectives: To worship him, to become more like him, and to reach people for him. Today on the podcast Josiah and Stephen, a longtime missionary with Operation Mobilization, discuss how we can be faithful to that third task, that is, reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Inso doing, Stephen shares his perspective on missionary work, his heart for lost people, and his experiences in the field.
July 29, 2020
019 Like Riding a Bike
And he’s back! After a number of weeks of hanging out with people far cooler than Josiah, Andrew makes his return to the podcast and picks up right where he left off. This week the two of them discuss our church’s recent sermon series through the book of Haggai, godly priorities, dealing with discouragement, and the pursuit of holiness.
July 22, 2020
018 Faith Across the Pond with László Kádár
It’s been suggested that if Canadians want to know their cultural future they need only look to Europe as what is happening there with eventually and inevitably happen here. Today on the podcast, Josiah chats with someone on the other side of the Atlantic—Dr. (almost!) László Kádár, staff Bible teacher and evangelist at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Hungary. Together they discuss European Christianity, similarities and differences to the Americas, and what believers in Canada can learn from believers overseas.
July 15, 2020
017 Rightly Understanding Salvation with Dr. Fred Chay
This is an important episode of Word Processing as the discussion focuses on salvation—what it is, how we get it, how it’s related to discipleship, and how many confuse the issue with tragic consequence. These are critical issues to wrestle with and, to help him do so, Josiah sits down with Dr. Fred Chay, founder of Grace Line Ministry, professor of theology and dean of the doctoral studies program at Grace School of Theology, and managing editor of Grace Theology Press. He likes grace and so do we.
July 8, 2020
016 When Christianity Goes to School with Val Lyon
This week on the podcast, Josiah sits down with Val, a long-time member of the Oakridge family and a long-time teacher in the public school system. Together they discuss what it’s like to be a Christian in an ever-secularizing line of work, what role parents and grandparents play in the education of the next generation of believers, and why this is an important issue for the church to think and pray about.
July 1, 2020
015 Faith Invaders
This week on the podcast, Andrew gets a little riled up (that is, righteously indignant) as he and Josiah discuss the implications of the Apostle John’s second letter for Christians today. How are we to understand issues of truth, love, and authority while living in a culture that tends to see all three as subjective and relative?
June 24, 2020
014 Putting a Bow on Joseph with Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla
This week on the podcast, Josiah sits down with human Swiss Army knife, doctor/scholar/author/professor/preacher Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla who, among other things, has literally written the book—or, at least, a book—on Genesis. The two of them talk about the Joseph narrative in particular but also Bible study and application in general. Hope you enjoy the conversation! For more from Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla see www.homiletix.com.
June 17, 2020
013 The (Not So) Simple Math of Obedience
This week on the podcast, Josiah and Patricia discuss the revelation-guided, trust-filled obedience of Jacob in Genesis 36 and 37 and what that might look like for God’s people today. Can we obey without hearing God’s direction? And, even if we know what we’re supposed to do, what happens if we lack trust?
June 10, 2020
012 The Social Justice League
This week on the podcast, Andrew and Josiah have a woefully inadequate conversation regarding justice, injustice, and how God’s people are to respond. There’s nothing quite like trying to cram one of the biggest issues today into a half-hour episode! But, alas, we pray the attempt is a blessing.
June 3, 2020
011 Family Reunion
As we reach this dramatic meeting in Genesis 42 and 43, we see Joseph's brothers emerging as changed men, repentant of their sin. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they acknowledge that this passage confronts us all with a difficult question: What am I doing with the sin in my own life?
May 27, 2020
010 The Fear Factor
This week Josiah pulls up a chair with Dr. Jim and gets some timely counsel on dealing with fear in the Christian life. In the face of COVID-19, looming financial strain, potential economic ramifications, and growing global tensions, how are the people of God to live with a spirit of faith rather than one of fear?
May 20, 2020
009 O For Grace to Trust Him More
This week on the podcast, Andrew and Josiah use Genesis 40 and 41 as a launching pad to discuss Bible study methods, physical prosperity as evidence of spiritual faithfulness, divine providence in times of hardship, and some other little tidbits.
May 13, 2020
008 Burgers, Backstabbing, and Blessings
After a week focused on the disastrous detour of Judah, we return to Joseph's path to see that things aren't much better. The major difference? Joseph's character. Today Josiah and Andrew discuss the bitter burger that is Joseph's entry into Egyptian life in Genesis 39 and the realities of God's presence and provision through it all. Missed the sermon? Catch up and listen here: The Importance of Integrity
May 6, 2020
007 Sinful Flatlining and Divine Resuscitation
Continuing their trek through the wilderness of the Joseph narrative, today Andrew and Josiah discuss Genesis 38, the damage-causing power of sin, the importance of humility, and the indescribable blessing of God’s restorative grace. Missed the sermon? Catch up and listen here: When Sin Gets In
April 29, 2020
006 The Flannelgraph: An Accidental Tribute
Family drama, national danger, cryptic dreams, and royal dungeons—the story of Joseph's got it all! It's the quintessential rags-to-riches tale made all-the-more fascinating by the fact that it’s both non-fiction and divinely inspired. Today, Andrew and Josiah discuss its opening scene (Genesis 37), divine assignments, Christian faithfulness, and God’s sovereignty. Missed the sermon? Catch up and listen here: Used and Potentially Abused
April 22, 2020
005 Rise and Shine!
This week Andrew and Josiah come together to (lovingly) talk behind Dr. Jim’s back about his Easter sermon, the centrality of Jesus' resurrection to the Christian life, and the invitations its reality lay before every person today.
April 15, 2020
004 Lions and Fires and Prayers, Oh My!
The book of Daniel provides some of the most iconic stories in the Bible. But—surprise, surprise!—they’re not all for show. In this episode, Josiah and Lew discuss what this Old Testament book can teach Christians about living as people of faith in times of crises.
April 8, 2020
003 [Biblical] Hope Springs Eternal
From their individual quarantined bunkers, Andrew and Josiah take twenty-or-so minutes to earnestly but insufficiently tackle a topic of infinite glory and importance—that of Christian hope. Missed the sermon? Catch up and listen here: The Power of Hope
April 1, 2020
002 Peter and the Wolves
Week two of Word Processing lands Andrew and Josiah smack-dab in the middle of Peter’s second epistle and a discussion on the reality, threat, and identification of false teachers. Missed the sermon? Catch up and listen here: Don't Dance with Wolves
March 25, 2020
001 Five P's in a Peaceful Pod
On their maiden voyage into the podcasting waters, Andrew and Josiah discuss how the Bible calls Christians to respond to worry, anxiety, and fear -- the three-headed monster that may be especially on the hunt during these uncertain days. Missed the sermon? Catch up and listen here: "A Planned Biblical Response for Worry"
March 17, 2020