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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.
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138 A Covenant with Phinehas
138 A Covenant with Phinehas
If we were to make an educated guess, we'd imagine that of the six Biblical covenants, the one that is probably most likely to get a response of "huh?" would be the priestly covenant in Numbers 25. Yet despite being short and sweet, it is an important covenant nonetheless. So what is this priestly covenant, where does it fit, and why does it matter? We heard the answers to these questions on Sunday, but join with Josiah and Andrew as they dive a bit deeper into the text and its implications for our lives.
23:32
February 01, 2023
Three Lessons for the Slow Student (Lively Oaks Recording)
Three Lessons for the Slow Student (Lively Oaks Recording)
Josiah was asked to share some details from his personal testimony at Oakridge's Lively Oaks ministry gathering on January 27, 2023. Below is the recording of that talk in which he describes three things the Lord has been teaching him over the past number of years. (Josiah apologizes for his singing and longs for his glorified voice.)
45:24
January 27, 2023
137 A Covenant at Sinai
137 A Covenant at Sinai
And just like that we're halfway through the covenants already! This week it's the Mosaic Covenant, probably the most well-known, and unfortunately, most misunderstood. It's easy to look at a covenant involving a bunch of rules and morality and assume it must apply directly to all people, but that was never it's intended purpose. Join with Josiah and Andrew this week on the podcast as they discuss this covenant, where it fits, and why it matters.
26:22
January 25, 2023
136 A Covenant with Abraham
136 A Covenant with Abraham
We're two weeks into our new sermon series on biblical covenants, and that brings us to the Abrahamic Covenant: an oath involving three separate but connected branches of promise. But why is it so important to keep these promises distinct and to understand them the way that Abraham did? And again, why does a covenant like this matter to us now as New Testament believers? Josiah and Andrew discuss these questions and more this week on the podcast.
22:38
January 18, 2023
135 A Covenant with Noah
135 A Covenant with Noah
A new year, a new season of the podcast, and a whole new sermon series to start us off! As we begin 2023, we're looking at the biblical covenants, and this week, we started right at the beginning with the Noahic covenant. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they discuss this first covenant, what it means, and why it still matters to us as Bible readers so many years removed from it's swearing.
24:16
January 11, 2023
134 Wrapping Up 2022
134 Wrapping Up 2022
Another year is quickly coming to its conclusion, and with it, this season of Word Processing. Today Josiah and Andrew take a look back at the year: the joys and trials, and what God has been teaching them through it all. Be sure to stay tuned for new episodes of Word Processing coming in January, 2023! We hope and pray you have a joyous Christmas season and we’ll be back in the new year!
23:59
November 30, 2022
133 Prayer and Purity
133 Prayer and Purity
We're all called to ministry. The New Testament makes it very clear that every Christian is tasked with the gospel-sharing, disciple-making process as described in Matthew's so-called "Great Commission". Yet to attempt to do the work of ministry in our own limited, sinful strength would be absolutely foolish, especially when God's word clearly explains how to do it properly. Today we come to one such instance, in Colossians 4, where Paul emphasizes the importance of prayer and a pure life when it comes to the mission of the believers. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they discuss this text and it's implications and applications for our lives.
24:16
November 23, 2022
132 The Humble Home
132 The Humble Home
In a section of scripture with many words that might cause us some concern or discomfort, Paul directs the Christians in Colossae to practically apply their pursuit of holiness in their home life. But even as we think about ideas like submission and obedience and sacrifice, it's important to remember the context they are placed in. So what is the picture that Paul is actually painting in this text, how do we pursue it in a way that is God-honouring, and what do we do when our situation is drastically different than the ideal? Join with Josiah and Andrew as they discuss the humble home, one that serves and seeks after Christ.
22:46
November 16, 2022
131 Proper Worship of the King
131 Proper Worship of the King
In the 47th Psalm, the author points the reader to worship of God as the universal King, in part, because of how he has been King to Israel. As part of "all nations" and "all peoples" referred to here, the call put before us is simple: rightly worship the King! But what does that look like? How are we encouraged by God's blessings of others, how do we respond properly in worship, not just in deed but in heart? Andrew and Josiah explore this Psalm and these topics a bit more in-depth on this week's podcast.
23:48
November 09, 2022
130 Dressed to Impress
130 Dressed to Impress
Using the analogy of taking off and putting on clothes, Paul gives some clear instructions to the Colossian church about their pursuit of holiness in chapter 3. But holiness is obviously more than just "not doing bad things" or "doing good things", so what does it look like for a believer to truly live in a way that is holy? And how do we reconcile this with the fact that, this side of eternity, we are going to keep getting it wrong? This week on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew dive a bit deeper into this well-known section of Colossians and explore how to practically apply it.
21:47
November 02, 2022
129 Heavenly Hopes
129 Heavenly Hopes
Heaven. It's something that most people in Western society have some conception of, whether they even believe in it or not. Immediately, many picture golden streets in the clouds, harps and angels and winged babies, and of course the power to fly, go through walls, and eat whatever we want, whenever we want. But is that what the Bible actually describes, or have we simply allowed the cultural perceptions to unknowingly dictate our understanding of this essential biblical teaching? This week on the podcast, Nate Vellekoop joins Andrew to discuss heaven, and how we can better, as Paul says, "Think on things above."
21:34
October 26, 2022
128 Three Sneaky "-isms"
128 Three Sneaky "-isms"
In the second half of Colossians 2, Paul takes the time to remind his readers of the dangers of worldly ideologies being used as a litmus test for one's salvation. Specifically, he addresses three "-isms" that, if we aren't cautious, can just as easily sneak their way into our churches and homes. So how do we protect ourselves from these dangerous shadows, and what are the warning signs we should look out for? Josiah and Andrew seek to shed some more light in this week's podcast.
28:59
October 19, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Revelation with Michael Stallard
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Revelation with Michael Stallard
"Importance. The Book of Revelation is important because it is the last inspired book of the Bible to be written and is rightly positioned as the New Testament’s final book. As the New Testament opens with the four Gospels relating to the first coming of Christ, so the Book of Revelation closes the New Testament with the general theme of the second coming of Christ. The Book of Revelation is also the climax of many lines of revelation running through both Testaments, and it brings to conclusion the revelation of many prophecies yet to be fulfilled" (Walvoord, “Revelation,” in TBKC, vol. 2, 925). At long last we arrive at the back cover of our Bibles and the book of Revelation. And to help us wrap up the series and better understand this often misunderstood, mishandled, and misapplied text we welcome Dr. Michael Stallard. Dr. Stallard currently serves as the director of International Ministries for the Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry. Prior to this he held the position of dean and director of the PHD studies program and professor of systematic theology at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.
45:08
October 15, 2022
127 How To Fight Well with Leighton Flowers
127 How To Fight Well with Leighton Flowers
For those who trust in Christ, who belong to the Father through faith in the Son and are sealed by the Spirit, we are promised many things. We’re promised access to inexplicable peace in spite of circumstances. We’re promised the inescapable presence of our God in spite of perceived loneliness. And we’re promised the incomprehensible power of God, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead now living in us. These are incredible gifts from God. But we’re also promised hardship, trials, persecution, and opposition. Speaking to his apostles, the Lord Jesus said, “in this world you will have tribulation.” and “if the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.” Yet, that hatred, if we encounter it, is not to stop believers from being faithful to what we’re called to do. In the face of opposition of varying degrees of intensity, we’re still to make disciples, to evangelize the lost, to protect the truth and contend for the faith. The question I want to explore today is, how do we fight with grace and humility without sacrificing conviction and boldness? How do we engage with other people—some believers, some unbelievers; some strangers, some family members—without being unnecessarily combative and without being unhelpfully meek? To help us answer some of these questions, I’m excited to welcome to the podcast, Dr. Leighton Flowers. Dr. Flowers is the director of evangelism and apologetics for Texas Baptists. He’s also the creator and host of Soteriology101, which is an online ministry dedicated to challenging a particular theological understanding of Christian salvation. And so, whether it’s through evangelism, apologetics, or in-house polemics, Dr. Flowers has a lot of experience wading into controversy and engaging in disagreement, all well trying to remain pure and above reproach. And we want to pick his brain so that we can grow in that same way.
46:53
October 12, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Jude with Herbert Bateman
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Jude with Herbert Bateman
"When concerts and other special events are held in large auditoriums or arenas, “riggers” must work hundreds of feet above the floor hanging speakers and lights. Riggers will tell you they do not mind looking down a hundred feet to the floor. What they don’t like is working in buildings that have false ceilings made of acoustical tile hung just a few feet below the ceiling on rafters and beams. It gives them a false sense of security. They feel as though they are working just a few feet above a floor; but if they stepped onto the tile, they would crash through and fall to their death many feet below. They don’t like the deceptive look. It makes it easier to make a mistake. "Satan works like that. He makes dangerous things look safe. He gives us a false sense of security. He makes it easier for us to make a mistake. Satan tries not to scare us to death, but rather to make us think we face little danger of a spiritual fall. "The Epistle of Jude warns of the dangers of false teachers, whose end is destruction. We are to be alert for them, to strengthen ourselves against spiritual deception, and to be ready to help vulnerable believers. Christian friends must not be lulled into a false sense of security and take a disastrous spiritual fall" (Walls and Anders, I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude, vol. 11, HNTC (Nashville, TN: B&H, 1999), 260). To help us better understand this often-overlooked epistle, we welcome  Dr. Herb Bateman. Dr. Bateman has taught at Grace Seminary, Moody Bible Institute, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently the founder of the Cyber Center for Biblical Studies and has published a number of articles and books including one called “Interpreting the General Letters” which includes a study of our topic of conversation today.
39:17
October 08, 2022
126 Jam-Packed with Christology!
126 Jam-Packed with Christology!
After a few weeks of topical podcasts, we'd be remiss if we didn't acknowledge our new sermon series! A few weeks ago at Oakridge we began studying Colossians during our time of corporate worship, and we haven't yet had a chance to discuss it on this medium. So this week on the podcast Andrew and Josiah discuss the first few weeks of Colossians sermons, including what led us to that book in the first place and what has been the biggest takeaway so far.
24:02
October 05, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Books of Second and Third John with Danny Akin
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Books of Second and Third John with Danny Akin
It's almost understandable that First and Second John often get overlooked. If you're moving through the Bible in order (as we have been), you've endured huge works like Acts and Romans and tricky works like James and First John and the end is now in sight. And what a finish line it is—the ever-daunting and ever-hopeful book of Revelation! So, again, it's easy to ignore the little notes that stand in the way. However, as we'll be reminded this week and next, to overlook them would be to do ourselves a great disservice. To curate for us the significance of Second and Third John, Dr. Danny Akin joins us on the podcast. Dr. Akin currently serves as the president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He’s a teacher, theologian, and very productive author whose works include a preaching commentary on the two little books in question today.
25:09
October 01, 2022
125 Washed by the Word
125 Washed by the Word
One of the reasons we started this podcast, and indeed what we most often talk about, is understanding God's word with clarity and depth. How do we study? What ought we do in response? But on this episode we want to talk about simply spending time in the scriptures, that is to say, meditating on the Bible. Reading it, being washed by it, thinking about it, and memorizing it. Andrew and Tim discuss what it means to meditate on the word, why it's important, and how we can actually do it.
23:28
September 28, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First John with Charlie Bing
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First John with Charlie Bing
The First Epistle of John is an intensely practical letter addressed to Christian readers. It warns against the dangers of false teaching and exhorts believers to lives of obedience to God and love for their brothers and sisters. Its controlling theme is fellowship with God the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ (1:3) (Hodges, “1 John,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary, 880–881). The simplicity and brevity of the summary above may be misleading—1 John requires some careful study and consistently applied interpretive methodology. Thankfully, we have a capable helper with us today. Dr. Charlie Bing is the founder and president of GraceLife Ministries, a ministry dedicated to "sharing the gospel of grace with the unsaved and the grace of the gospel with the saved." He a pastor, teacher, conference speaker, theologian, evangelist, and author and we’re grateful to have him with us today.
28:35
September 24, 2022
124 Why Do People Read the Bible?
124 Why Do People Read the Bible?
There are many reasons why a person might pick up and read a Bible. Perhaps curiosity or availability. Perhaps out of frustration or anger. Perhaps out of confusion. Perhaps to actually learn. This week on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew consider the various motivations for approaching God's word, and how we as believers can be better prepared to help others on their journey, and how we ourselves can be more engaged with the scriptures.
22:36
September 21, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Second Peter with Fred Chay
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Second Peter with Fred Chay
"This epistle may be titled 'The Believer’s Conflict in the Latter Days.' The apostle opened and closed 2 Peter with the theme of victory. But within the epistle he focused primarily on how to live when surrounded by the problems and perplexities of the end time. After painting a landscape (in 2:1–3:10) replete with false teachers, fallen angels, flagrant immorality, and flaccid scoffers, Peter charged his readers 'to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming' (3:11–12). Faithful living in difficult times—that is the lesson Peter would have believers learn through this dynamic letter" (Kenneth O. Gangel, “2 Peter,” in The Bible Knowledge Commentary, 859). Dr. Fred Chay returns to the series to help us grapple with this lesser-known letter. Dr. Chay is the 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.
37:46
September 17, 2022
123 Let's Talk About God
123 Let's Talk About God
When we talk about God, there are endless directions our conversations can go. Oftentimes, these discussions end up addressing something to do with God's character, or the attributes that make him who he is. Yet in spite of this, for many of us, it can be hard to actually define what is actually meant when we hear words like "holy" and "sovereign" that get used in church all the time. So to help us gain a better understanding of the God we worship, this week Tim and Andrew picked a number of attributes of God to discuss and biblically define with some of their favourite examples from scripture. 
26:48
September 14, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First Peter with Tim Miller
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First Peter with Tim Miller
Chuck Swindoll, with his trademark wit and clarity, introduces his study of Peter's first letter this way: "I find it interesting that Peter, as a disciple of Christ, is clearly the most popular of the twelve ... yet Peter, as a writer of Scripture, is not nearly as well known. "Too bad. His first letter offers wonderful hope to people who live in hurtful times. Without denying the reality of pain, he sets forth dynamic and trustworthy counsel that anyone—in any generation—would find reassuring. "Few individuals lived in tougher times. Christians were hated, mistreated, and driven from their homes. Martyrdom commonly occurred. Madman Nero was the ruler of the known world, and we don't need a rehearsal of his evil, corrupt reign. Whatever the hour, Christ as Lord. He has everything under control. And the old fisherman-turned-apostle provides confident counsel for all to believe." To lead us to a better understanding of this relatable and inspired text of Holy Writ we welcome Dr. Tim Miller. Dr. Miller currently serves as assistant professor of New Testament at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary. He has two earned PhDs, the dissertation focus for latter was "Jesus in the First Epistle of Peter", so we’re in capable and learned hands today as we seek to better understand that very epistle.
44:28
September 10, 2022
122 Books, Books, Books!
122 Books, Books, Books!
We recently emptied out our church library to make some room for future projects, and it got us thinking all about books! Books can be an incredible blessing from the Lord when it comes to understanding his word and the concepts within it better, and yet there is only so much time in a day to read! So how do we discern which books are helpful for our growth, and which are a waste of time? Should we read authors or perspectives we disagree with? If we want to read more, where should we start? Josiah and Andrew tackle all of these questions and more this week on the podcast.
19:39
September 07, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of James with Fred Chay
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of James with Fred Chay
It's with his typical insight and simplicity that theologian Warren Wiersbe opens his commentary on James: "Not everybody who grows old, grows up. There's a vast difference between age and maturity. Ideally, the older we are, the more mature we should be; but too often the ideal does not become the real.  "The result is problems—problems in personal lives, in homes, and in churches. As a pastor, I see more problems in these areas caused by a maturity than by anything else. If Christians we just grow up, they would become victors instead of victims.  "The epistle of James was written to help us understand and attain spiritual maturity: "… That ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:4). I like the way J. B. Phillips puts it: '... and you will find you have become men of mature character, men of integrity with no weak spots.'" To help us explore this maturity-encouraging, growth-inspiring, God-inspired writing we welcome Dr. Fred Chay to the podcast. Dr. Chay is the 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.
50:48
September 03, 2022
121 A Great Ending
121 A Great Ending
When thinking of the conclusion of Matthew's gospel, the so-called Great Commission often comes to mind for many believers. But as we explored chapter 28 this past Sunday, we saw there is more to this text as well. This week on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew discuss the Great Commission alongside our Great Imperfections that ultimately push us to rely on Christ's Great Provision; all concluding with their reflections on our church's near-three-year journey through this opening New Testament book.
22:39
August 31, 2022
120 Let Us Pray
120 Let Us Pray
Prayer is just as essential to ministry as it is to the life of every believer, and yet many of us still wrestle with questions or struggles in our prayer life. Why do we need to pray if God already knows everything? How do we overcome the typical obstacles in the way of our healthy prayer life? How do we distinguish between prayer as a discipline and prayer that is legalistic? This week on the podcast, Andrew and Tim seek to answer these questions and more, inspired by a book they both read recently that addresses this very topic.
23:19
August 24, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Philemon with Adam Copenhaver
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Philemon with Adam Copenhaver
One author has summarized the books of Colossians and Philemon with the following sentence: "When Christians know the supremacy of Christ in his person and work, they will be transformed and learn to live in his ways as the body of Christ, including forgiving and being reconciled with one another." Assuming that's an accurate representation of the little latter letter—and we'll see (again) in this episode that it is!—it contains a disproportionate amount of significance for every believer. The unsurprising greatness of Jesus's identity and ministry? Check. The transformation of sinners into his likeness? Check. The need for forgiveness within the body of Christ? Um, check! Thankfully, the theologian who wrote that summary sentence has offered to help us unpack it rightly today. Dr. Adam Copenhaver currently serves as the pastor of Grace Church of Mabton in Mabton, Washington, where his ministry focuses especially on the teaching and preaching of God’s word. He has also published a number of works including that which was quoted above, a commentary on Paul’s letter to Philemon.
29:31
August 20, 2022
119 The Trials of Christ
119 The Trials of Christ
The Passover meal has been eaten, Judas has done his betrayal, and as we conclude Matthew 26 and begin chapter 27 we see Jesus facing various trials, each marked by the failure and guilt of man. And while we know with hindsight, as those who have read the story, that Jesus needed to die, it doesn't make these scenes any easier to stomach. The injustice is rampant and the trials are anything but fair, and at the end of it all, the innocent Christ is condemned. As readers 2000 years later, what are we to do with this pivotal event in Christian history? How does the guilt of Jesus' accusers point us to see our own sin on display and the many times that we put Jesus on an unfair trial of our own? Josiah and Andrew discuss all this and more on this week's podcast.
23:17
August 17, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Titus with Jonathan Ward
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Titus with Jonathan Ward
In his 2007 book, "Opening Up Titus," David Campbell helpfully introduces this third pastoral epistle. Frank Houghton’s well-known hymn Facing a task unfinished challenges us with the needs of those who are as yet unreached with the gospel: "with none to heed their crying / for life, and love, and light, / unnumbered souls are dying, / and pass into the night."But it is not just our missionary and evangelistic task that is unfinished. There is also the task that faces each Christian church to put its own house in order. There are needs, responsibilities, and shortcomings, threats to its safety, opportunities to serve the Lord and minister to its members, which each congregation unendingly faces.The letter to Titus reminds us that there is nothing new about this. There were things ‘unfinished’ in the first century Cretan church where Titus served and as we read through the letter we discover what they were. They have a familiar ring to them. They are the very things that need to be addressed in our churches today.But there is so much more to the letter than a mere list of things that needed to be tackled. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit the Apostle Paul explains why they are to be tackled and how they are to be tackled and by whom. In doing so he gives inspired guidance for churches in all ages as each faces its own unfinished task. And to help us better understand all of this we welcome back to the podcast Jonathan Ward. Jonathan 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.
39:45
August 13, 2022
118 Lessons from the Garden
118 Lessons from the Garden
The middle section of Matthew 26 shows us the beginning of Jesus' misery as he moves ever closer to the cross, and in this garden narrative, we witness the suffering that befalls him. Yet while it's hard to imagine the anguish he was going through at this time, this is also one of Jesus' most relatable moments for many of us as we are faced with trials and suffering in this life. So what does it look like to "suffer well", as Jesus did, relying on a strength greater than his humanity? This week Josiah and Andrew return to the topic of suffering, and what it means to view ourselves, and our God, rightly, in light of what scripture has shown us.
26:40
August 10, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Second Timothy with Paul Benware
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Second Timothy with Paul Benware
Paul’s second letter to Timothy is warm and personal in its tone, containing the advice and encouragement of the aged apostle to Timothy, the young pastor. It also gives us a deeply moving insight into the way the great apostle, shut up in his cold damp prison cell and chained like a criminal, faced the closing days of his life prior to execution. ...This epistle is immensely relevant for the life of today’s church. It was written when Christians were suffering persecution under the Emperor Nero, and when falsehood had become fashionable within the church itself. But Paul urges Timothy not to yield to the pressures of the age, but to ‘preach the Word in season and out of season’, and to remain faithful to the Apostolic faith. That is a message we need to take to heart today (Peter Williams, "Opening Up 2 Timothy," 8). Agreeing to serve as our guide through this powerful and personal little letter is 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 at www.paulbenware.com.
37:39
August 06, 2022
117 Trusting as the Days Go By
117 Trusting as the Days Go By
One of the topics that comes up in scripture more than most is that of trusting God. We trust God with our salvation, our choices, our livelihoods; we trust that he is good, he is God, and that what he says is true; or at least we ought to. The reality is that while there are many positive examples in scripture of people trusting God, there are just as many, if not more examples of people failing to do so. What does it mean to truly trust God, in the big and the small, the lifelong and the day-to-day? What gets in the way of that trust? How do we avoid those pitfalls and grow in our trust? This week on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew address these questions and more as they seek to help us all in our understanding of trust.
26:42
August 03, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First Timothy with Michael Easley
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First Timothy with Michael Easley
In this stop on our journey through the biblical books we arrive at the first of what are commonly referred to as the pastoral epistles: 1 Timothy. It’s short but by means does its brevity dampen its importance nor its significance. TheBibleBrief.comThis letter to Timothy forms an excellent instruction manual on setting up a new church, as it covers church leadership, discipline and administration; and all in only six chapters! Even for those not involved in leadership issues though, there is excellent instruction here on avoiding false teachers and how to contend for the faith in everyday life (James Paris, "1 & 2 Timothy Summary"). It is a jam-packed little letter and, to help us unpack at least parts of it, we welcome to the podcast Dr. Michael Easley. Dr. Easley’s ministry has spanned over four decades. He is the former president of the Moody Bible Institute and is the current president and host of Michael Easley inContext, a ministry designed to help listeners and readers "understand God's word and apply it to their lives" (in fact, it was his Big Book series which inspired Cover-to-Cover!). Which is perfect, because that’s exactly what we’re going to invite him to help us do today with 1 Timothy.
54:38
July 30, 2022
116 What's it Worth?
116 What's it Worth?
Through a demonstration of ugly corruption and beautiful provision, the first portion of Matthew 26 invites the reader to ask themselves a question: What is the death of Jesus worth? We see that to Judas, it's not much, yet for the unnamed woman it is a lot. As we read through this introduction to the passion narrative, we can't help but consider our own depravity and yet marvel at the perfection of God's plan through the work of Jesus. This week on the podcast Josiah and Andrew discuss this extended beginning to the homestretch of Matthew's gospel account, and how we as believers can remember to remember the worth of Christ and his ultimate sacrifice.
24:51
July 27, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Second Thessalonians with Christopher Cone
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Second Thessalonians with Christopher Cone
Most of the New Testament letters contain both affirmation and concern for the people receiving them, both praise and correction for their respective original audiences. The Corinthians were new creatures in Christ but tolerating carnality. The Colossians were strong in faith but wrestling with issues of unity within the body. Timothy was a gifted pastor but battled timidity. Good and bad, all mixed together. The same was true in Thessalonica.[Second Thessalonians] gives evidence that Paul had recently heard news about conditions in the church. Probably this information came to him from the messenger who delivered 1 Thessalonians and returned to Corinth. Perhaps other people who had news of the church informed the three missionaries (Paul, Silas, and Timothy) also. Some of the news was good: the Thessalonians were continuing to grow and to remain faithful to Christ in spite of persecution. But some was bad: false teaching concerning the day of the Lord had entered the church and was causing confusion and leading some of the Christians to quit their jobs in expectation of the Lord’s return (Thomas Constable, “2 Thessalonians,” in TBKC, 712–713). Today we welcome back to the podcast Dr. Christopher Cone. Dr. Cone has served as the president of a number of theological institutions over the years. He’s a scholar and theologian, professor and preacher, and currently serves as the president and CEO of AgathonEDU Educational Group. Dr. Cone has also written, contributed to, or edited over a dozen books, many of which explore and model proper Bible interpretive methods.
31:26
July 23, 2022
115 Stay Ready
115 Stay Ready
In Matthew 24 and 25 in the so-called Olivet Discourse, Jesus spends some time teaching (and warning!) about things to come. Yet like students reading a hundred-year-old wartime letter, we recognize that this teaching was not addressed to us, but still has much for us to take in, acknowledge, and learn from. This week, Josiah and Andrew discuss how we can get ready and stay ready for the Lord's return in the midst of these warnings and do the work of ministry in the spheres of influence that God has providentially put us in.
23:55
July 20, 2022
114 All in the Family: A Conversation with Tim Wessel
114 All in the Family: A Conversation with Tim Wessel
As a local church grows in size, 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, Andrew chats with Tim Wessel about his walk with Christ, the greatest struggles in his Christian life, lessons he's learned along the way, and much more.
20:54
July 13, 2022
113 How Do I Know?
113 How Do I Know?
One topic that seemingly comes up more than most on our podcast is that of assurance of salvation, most likely because it can be a common concern and struggle for even the most mature of believers. How can we know for sure that we are saved? Well today we called in an expert. Phil Congdon is a pastor and host of the Assured By Grace podcast, and on this week's episode, he and Josiah discuss what it truly means to have confidence in the finished work of Christ.
21:54
July 06, 2022
112 Evaluating Truth
112 Evaluating Truth
We are constantly bombarded with truth claims. With information coming at us from friends and family, social media, the news, our education system, our church—often information that contrasts or opposes other things we've heard—it can be hard to know what's real and what isn't. This becomes especially prevalent when something we believe is unpopular, or something we hear seems easier to swallow. So how do we do it? How do we, as Christians, evaluate the plethora of truth claims we come across daily? How do we reason consistently, and what part does the Bible play in that process? In what may seem like the definition of "tip of the iceberg", on this week's podcast, Josiah and Andrew begin tackling the topic of worldview and authority, and what it means to live as a Bible-believing Christian.
26:00
June 29, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First Thessalonians with John Oglesby
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First Thessalonians with John Oglesby
In an attempt to articulate the "big idea" of Paul's first letter to the church in Thessalonica, one author has written the following: Impressed by the faithfulness of the Thessalonians in the face of persecution, Paul wrote to encourage the Christians in that community with the goal that they would continue to grow in godliness. Paul knew that the people had been exposed to errant teaching from those in opposition to the way of Jesus Christ and the grace of God. And Paul also understood that unless the young church continued to mature in its faith, the danger would only increase over time.With that in mind, Paul taught the people that any spiritual growth would ultimately be motivated by their hope in the ultimate return of Jesus Christ. Paul was never interested in simply telling people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, for he knew that what ultimately inspired change was a life of consistently walking in the power of God’s Spirit. And so to a group of young Christians with questions and uncertainties, Paul offered the hope of Christ’s return, providing both comfort in the midst of questions and motivation to godly living. The same author, points out why this writing is so important for believers two thousand years later. Everyone would like to have some insight into what their future holds. How much more so when it comes to the end of the whole world? First Thessalonians provides Christians with the clearest biblical passage on the coming rapture of believers, an event that will inaugurate the seven-year tribulation. At the rapture, Christ will return for His people. The dead in Christ shall rise first, while those still living will follow close behind. All believers will meet Jesus in the air to begin an eternity spent with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16–18). It's an encouraging, insightful, and important piece of the biblical account and, to help us better understand and appreciate it, we welcome back to the podcast John Oglesby. 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.
54:01
June 25, 2022
111 Hypocrisy or Humility?
111 Hypocrisy or Humility?
Matthew 23 brings something of a conclusion to the current section of Matthew, as Jesus the King, rejected by the leaders of Israel, rejects them in kind. Specifically, he takes time to call out their poisonous hypocrisy, while also teaching his followers that the antidote to such a toxin is humility. In the midst of such a harsh call-out, it's understandable that the reader might be asking themselves some questions: How do I look for and fight against hypocrisy? How do I pursue humility? Josiah and Andrew tackle these questions and more on this week's podcast!
25:28
June 22, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Colossians with Adam Copenhaver
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Colossians with Adam Copenhaver
One author has summarized the book of Colossians with the following sentence: "When Christians know the supremacy of Christ in his person and work, they will be transformed and learn to live in his ways as the body of Christ, including forgiving and being reconciled with one another." Assuming that's an accurate representation of the letter—and we'll see in this episode that it is!—this text is packed with significance for each and every follower of Jesus. The unsurprising greatness of Jesus's identity and ministry? Check. The transformation of sinners into his likeness? Check. The need for forgiveness within the body of Christ? Um, check! Thankfully, the theologian who wrote that summary sentence has offered to help us unpack it rightly today. Dr. Adam Copenhaver currently serves as the pastor of Grace Church of Mabton in Mabton, Washington, where his ministry focuses especially on the teaching and preaching of God’s word. He has also published a number of works including that which was quoted above, a commentary on Paul’s letter to the Colossians.  
36:17
June 18, 2022
110 Challenge Accepted
110 Challenge Accepted
In Matthew 22, the formal rejection of Jesus continues, as groups of unlikely allies come together to oppose him with riddles and challenges designed to entrap him. But not being one to waste a teaching moment, Jesus uses these oppositions as opportunities to teach those who would listen about submission, and what it means to fully give ourselves, our futures, and our affections to God. Today, Josiah and Andrew continue the discussion, getting really practical about what this sort of submission could actually look like in our day-to-day lives today. Is there anything you are holding onto too tightly?
24:37
June 15, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Philippians with Wayne Baxter
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Philippians with Wayne Baxter
"Philippians brims over with often quoted passages: 'He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus' (1:6), 'To live is Christ and to die is gain' (1:21), and 'I can do all things through Him who strengthens me' (4:13) are just a few. But the portrait of Jesus Christ as a humble servant serves as the core of Paul’s teaching in this letter (2:5–11). "Paul’s joy at the mere thought of the Philippian church is undeniable in the letter, and it’s that same joy that he wanted the recipients to possess as well. To lead the Philippians to this truth, Paul took them directly to Jesus, teaching them that a community of believers living in harmony with one another comes only through mutual humility modeled after the Savior. Paul wrote that he poured out his life as an offering for the sake of Christ, leading Paul to find great joy and contentment in Christ’s service. His letter to the Philippians showed them that by centering their lives on Christ, they, too, might live in true joy." Today, we welcome to the podcast, Dr. Wayne Baxter. Dr. Baxter serves as professor of New Testament and Greek at Heritage College & Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario, where he has been since 2012. Prior to his time in the academy, Dr. Baxter spent ten years in pastoral ministry in Windsor, Ottawa, and Mississauga.
41:22
June 11, 2022
109 The Withered Fig Tree
109 The Withered Fig Tree
No, Jesus wasn't "hangry"; but he did a curse a fig tree that, despite it's leafy appearance, refused to bear fruit. It's a small, strange story that leads into some intense confrontation, accusation, and teaching in parables. Today on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew discuss this passage from Matthew 21 and 22, how to rightly understand the parables contained within, and what it looks like to practically respond to the invitation Jesus puts before us by faith.
22:07
June 08, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ephesians with Daniel Goepfrich
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ephesians with Daniel Goepfrich
Ask ten Christians which book of the Bible is their favourite, which book has been the most impactful in their lives, and which book has provided the most clarity as to their position in Christ and the power they have with which to follow him and it’s likely that more than one will answer, “Ephesians.” “By common consent, the Letter to the Ephesians ranks very high in the devotional and theological literature of the Christian Church. It has been called ‘the Queen of the Epistles’—and rightly so. Many would hold that it is indeed the highest reach of New Testament thought. When the great Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox was very near to death, the book that was most often read to him was John Calvin’s Sermons on the Letter to the Ephesians. The poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge said of Ephesians that it was ‘the divinest composition’. He went on: ‘It embraces first, those doctrines peculiar to Christianity, and, then, those precepts common with it in natural religion.’ Ephesians clearly has a unique place in the Pauline correspondence” (Barclay, The Letters to the Galatians and Ephesians, 71). To help us explore this phenomenal section of holy writ we welcome back to the podcast Dr. Daniel Goepfrich. Dr. Goepfrich is the teaching pastor at Oak Tree Community Church in South Bend, Indiana. He also teaches Bible, theology, and biblical languages at Calvary University, Tyndale Theological Seminary, and the Word of Life Bible Institute. In addition to this he is the author of several books and the founder of Theology is for Everyone Ministries.
46:01
June 04, 2022
108 Stuck in a Rut
108 Stuck in a Rut
Have you ever felt spiritually stuck in a rut? Don't worry, we've been there too. Whether it's a season of dryness or perceived distance from the Lord, in times of suffering or times of prosperity, we all know what it feels like to recognize that we aren't where we want to be. So what do we do to get out? Are there things we can do as individuals or as part of a church family to fight against these seasons, and red flags to look out for to be better prepared? This week, Josiah and Andrew discuss this common issue, and offer their insight into how to move forward.
23:26
June 01, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Galatians with Mark Yarbrough
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Galatians with Mark Yarbrough
"Jerome once said that when he read the letters of the apostle Paul he could hear thunder. Nowhere in the Pauline corpus is such stormy dissonance more evident than in the Epistle to the Galatians. Though written from prison, Philippians is a love letter on the theme of joy. Romans reflects the considered objectivity of a master theologian reveling in the doctrines of grace. Ephesians is an uplifting commentary on the body of Christ. Even the Corinthian correspondence, though obviously written out of great personal anguish and pain, revolves around the great triad of faith, hope, and love, with Paul’s hardships and concerns set over against his greater confidence in the God of all comfort who causes his children to triumph. In 2 Cor 13:12 Paul could admonish the believers in Corinth to greet one another with a holy kiss. "But Galatians is different. From beginning to end its six chapters of 149 verses bristle with passion, sarcasm, and anger. True, there is a touch of tenderness as well; once in the midst of the letter Paul referred to the Galatians as his “dear children” (4:19). As the context reveals, though, this was the tearing tenderness of a distraught mother who must endure all over again the pains of childbirth because her children, who should have known better, were in danger of committing spiritual suicide. Paul was astonished and “perplexed” by their departure from the truth of the gospel. He feared that they had been “bewitched” and deceived. In frustration he dubbed them, as J. B. Phillips translates it, “my dear idiots” (3:1) (Timothy George, Galatians, vol. 30, NAC, 21–22). How's that for an introduction!? Thankfully, we have someone very capable of helping us navigate such a book: Dr. Mark Yarbrough. Dr. Yarbrough currently serves as the president of Dallas Theological Seminary. Along with his presidential duties, he is also a professor of Bible Exposition, an elder at his home Church, a regular tour-leader in Israel, a conference speaker, and author.
37:40
May 28, 2022
107 Triumphal Entry, Take One
107 Triumphal Entry, Take One
It's a well-known scene: Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey, greeted by streets lined with coats and palm branches and cries of "Hosanna!" Yet for all its celebration, there seems to be something missing. The temple has been taken over by vendors, and Israel's leaders refuse to worship the King. Despite many referring to Jesus as the "Son of David", those in charge fail to recognize and bow to Jesus' messiahship. Today, Josiah and Andrew discuss this fascinating story, as one that previews another triumphal entry still to come.
24:41
May 25, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Second Corinthians with Ed Glasscock
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Second Corinthians with Ed Glasscock
The transition from First to Second Corinthians is not as seamless as one may assume. Yes, it's the same congregation and the same author but readers of both books will note dissimilarities, even in the ease of reading and understanding. As one commentator notes: Few portions of the New Testament pose as many problems for translators and interpreters as does 2 Corinthians. Few, therefore, are the preachers who undertake a systematic exposition of its contents. For those undaunted by its demands, however, an intimate picture of a pastor’s heart may be found as the Apostle Paul shepherded the wayward Corinthians and revealed a love which comes only from God (David K. Lowery, “2 Corinthians,” The Bible Knowledge Commentary, 550–551). We should consider the grasping of "an intimate picture of a pastor's heart," particularly one that so beautifully mirrors the Saviour's heart for his people, worth the effort of study—even study of a difficult text. Thankfully, we have a capable mind leading us in this endeavour today: Dr. Ed Glasscock. Dr. Glasscock has spent decades pastoring churches, teaching theology, mentoring Christians, and writing books and articles. He's also a pastor and a pastor of pastors, so he knows well, is inspired by, and is constantly himself pursuing the pastoral heart on display in Paul's second letter to the church in Corinth.
49:59
May 21, 2022
106 What's Waiting for Me?
106 What's Waiting for Me?
In Matthew 19 and 20, Jesus teaches his disciples more about what they can expect in the coming kingdom. Specifically, he refers to their hierarchy and rewards that are to come. What we see from this narrative is not only a clear expectation that there are rewards, but how we can get them. Today on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew discuss this topic, why it's so often misunderstood, and how we as believers can ensure that we are working towards a well-reward eternity.
24:52
May 18, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First Corinthians with Ken Gardoski
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of First Corinthians with Ken Gardoski
Thus far the New Testament has presented four accounts of the beautiful life, powerful ministry, substitutionary death, and victorious resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), a historical documentation of the transition to and propagation of the church (Acts), and a theological treatise detailing, among other things, the unifying brilliance of salvation by grace through faith (Romans). But now comes Paul's first letter to the church in Corinth and, at first read, it may seem dramatically different as it addresses real-life sin struggles and errors threatening to take down an assembly from within. But, obviously, there's more to it than that. According to Greek legend, Sisyphus was a king of Corinth. For defying the gods with his insolent wit he was sentenced to the eternal drudgery of pushing a huge stone up a hill. When he would reach the summit, the stone would roll back to the bottom and force resumption of the task. Camus, a 20th-century philosopher, found in this legend of the Corinthian king a picture of modern man’s condition, the purposeless absurdity of life.If Camus had read the two biblical letters sent to the Corinthians, he would have gotten a different picture, one with a message of purpose and hope for misdirected people. The attitude of these Corinthians, like their legendary king, smacked of proud self-centeredness. But instead of dealing with a capricious Zeus, these first-century Corinthians interacted with the gracious and loving God and His messenger, the Apostle Paul (David Lowery, "1 Corinthians," in The Bible Knowledge Commentary, 504–505). Dr. Ken Gardoski joins us today to help us rightly understand the congregational missteps recorded in 1 Corinthians, the apostolic correctives provided, and its enduring relevance even after two thousand years. Dr. Gardoski currently serves as Professor of Systematic Theology and director of the doctoral programs at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. He has previously served as a missionary in Poland and teacher in Belarus, Latvia, and Russia.
01:00:53
May 14, 2022
105 All in the Family: A Conversation with Josiah Boyd
105 All in the Family: A Conversation with Josiah Boyd
As a local church grows in size, 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, Andrew chats with Josiah Boyd about his walk with Christ, the greatest struggles in his Christian life, lessons he's learned along the way, and much more.
22:37
May 11, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Romans with James Allman
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Romans with James Allman
Paul's letter to the Romans is, all at once, dense and joyous, heavy-hitting and soul-liberating, complex and straight-forward, theological and practical. Many have called it the Apostles' magnum opus, his great doctrinal treatise, his finest and most comprehensive articulation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. "No book in history has been so instrumental in changing lives as the Bible. We sometimes forget, however, that the Bible is really a library rather than a single book, being in fact a compilation of sixty-six books, each book making its own special contribution to the sum total of God’s written revelation. Having said that, I really do believe that if there is any one individual book, out of the sixty-six, which God has used to change lives more than any other, it is the book of Romans" (Sproul, The Gospel of God 12). To help us wrap our minds around this so-important book we welcome Dr. James Allman. Dr. Allman is a 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 Romans.
51:12
May 07, 2022
104 Take Some Time
104 Take Some Time
After last week's longer episode, we decided to switch things up and go in a bit of an unconventional direction on the podcast this week. This past Sunday's sermon reminded us from Matthew 19 that we often put up our own barriers and hindrances when it comes to our access to Christ. Sometimes, even good things can get in the way of spending time with our Lord when we make them more important than him. So today, join with Andrew as he takes our usual podcast time to pause, guide in prayer, meditate on scripture, and rest in God's presence. 
15:27
May 04, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Acts of the Apostles with Daniel Goepfrich
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Acts of the Apostles with Daniel Goepfrich
The book of Acts grants readers a unique and fascinating glimpse into the world of the early church. We peer through the corridors of two millennia and see the still vivid foundations of our own faith. Beginning in Jerusalem, Acts shows us the road we believers have traveled to arrive at our present state. All that we, the contemporary church, are today, we owe to the pioneers to whom its author, Luke, introduces us. Luke continues to perform an estimable service for contemporary believers by unveiling the historical, social, cultural, political and religious milieu of the first three decades of church history (Steven Ger, The Book of Acts: Witnesses to the World, 1.). Dr. Daniel Goepfrich has joined the program to help us think through this user-important transitional book of the biblical record. Dr. Goepfrich is the teaching pastor at Oak Tree Community Church in South Bend, Indiana. He also teaches Bible, theology, and biblical languages at Calvary University, Tyndale Theological Seminary, and the Word of Life Bible Institute. In addition to this he is the author of several books and the founder of Theology is for Everyone Ministries.
38:09
April 30, 2022
103 Care for the Suffering
103 Care for the Suffering
Few things are more certain than the reality of suffering people in the church. Grief, loss, pain, stress, sin, fear; you name it, someone you know is probably going through it. So how can we, as God's people, do what we can to ensure that we are caring well? How do we support those going through horrendous circumstances? How do we know when to speak and when to listen? And is there anything we should probably just avoid saying? Join Josiah and Andrew as they tackle these questions and many more on the topic of care.
32:33
April 27, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Gospel According to John with Ed Glasscock
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Gospel According to John with Ed Glasscock
Though it may seem a relatively small one, this episode marks another significant milestone in our cover-to-cover trek through the Bible. Here we come to the fourth of four inspired gospel accounts—another section of Scripture successfully studied! However, while they are often and rightly grouped together as "the gospels," John is obviously unique from his three predecessors, covering a different span of time, focusing on different locales, and spending a great amount of effort and ink on theological matters. "More than fifty years ago, the New Testament scholar Merrill C. Tenney entitled his commentary on the Fourth Gospel, JOHN: The Gospel of Belief. An apt theme to be sure, and one which captures the essence of the apostle’s purpose. With profundity wrapped in simplicity John sets forth his case. His Gospel is not always chronological like Luke, yet it is logical and highly theological. From the manifestation of the Word in chapter 1, to the post-resurrection appearance to the disciples in chapter 21, we find John emphasizing over and over again the excellence and eternality of the Son of God" (Gangel, John, vol. 4, Holman New Testament Commentary, 1). Today, making his grand return to the program, is Dr. Ed Glasscock. Dr. Glasscock has spent decades pastoring churches, teaching theology, mentoring Christians, and writing books and articles. One such work is his contribution to the Learn the Word series of biblical summaries in which he focused on the fourth gospel.
01:05:47
April 23, 2022
102 We're Gonna Talk About Resurrection
102 We're Gonna Talk About Resurrection
As one might expect, this past Sunday at Oakridge Bible Chapel, we spent some time looking at the resurrection, looking specifically at 1 Corinthians 15 where Paul highlights its evidence, necessity, and nature. Today, we thought it fitting to continue on this theme, to dive a bit deeper into this text and its implications for believers. Join Josiah and Andrew as they discuss a topic of utmost importance for the Christian; one that gives hope and inspiration as we walk through a world marked by death and suffering.
23:13
April 20, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Gospel According to Luke with Susan Wendel
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Gospel According to Luke with Susan Wendel
Having discussed Matthew and Mark, we now arrive in our study at Luke, the third of the inspired accounts of the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. While there are certainly observable similarities between the writings, there are also important distinctions that illustrate the unique Spirit-wrought perspectives their respective authors sought to contribute for God's glory and our good. Says one commentator from years ago: "Every one of the four gospels was written from a certain point of view. Very often on stained-glass windows the writers of the gospels are pictured; and usually to each there is attached a symbol. The symbols vary but one of the commonest allocations is this. "The emblem of Mark is a man. Mark is the simplest and most straightforward of the gospels. It has been well said that its characteristic is realism. It is the nearest to being a report of Jesus’ life. "The emblem of Matthew is a lion. Matthew was a Jew writing for Jews and he saw in Jesus the Messiah, the lion of the tribe of Judah, the one whom all the prophets had predicted. "The emblem of John is the eagle. The eagle can fly higher than any other bird. It is said that of all creatures only the eagle can look straight into the sun. John is the theological gospel; its flights of thought are higher than those of any of the others. It is the gospel where the philosopher can find themes to think about for a lifetime and to solve only in eternity. "The symbol of Luke is the calf. The calf is the animal for sacrifice; and Luke saw in Jesus the sacrifice for all the world. In Luke above all, the barriers are broken down and Jesus is for Jew and Gentile, saint and sinner alike. He is the Saviour of the world" (Barclay, The Gospel of Luke, 2). Dr. Susan Wendel steps in today to help us explore the uniqueness of Luke's gospel. Dr. Wendel currently serves as Seminary dean and associate professor of New Testament at Horizon College and Seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Among other things, she is an expert in the books of Luke and Acts.
39:42
April 16, 2022
101 Contemplating Holy Week
101 Contemplating Holy Week
As we enter into a week of remembrance and celebration for Christians around the globe, we want to do our best to ensure we aren't just going through the motions, or somehow losing the weight that Good Friday and Easter bring. To that end, today Josiah and Andrew spend some time reflecting on the Passion narrative in scripture, highlighting portions that have stood out to them this year as significant. The hope is that you, as a listener, will be encouraged to spend your own time in the text, recognizing the magnitude of these incredible events.
29:15
April 13, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Gospel According to Mark with Tim Geddert
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Gospel According to Mark with Tim Geddert
As we take another step into the New Testament we come today to the gospel according to Mark. At first glance it may seem not that different than the account by which it was preceded—same song, different verse. However, that conclusion would be a huge mistake. One author introduces the second gospel  this way: "Mark betrays great interest in what the historical Jesus actually said and did, what he suffered, and how he was vindicated by God. It is fair for us to assume that Mark had faithful traditions to rely on and that he preserved them with care. Yet Mark is much more than a historian; he is also a great storyteller. Taking up reliable traditions, Mark has creatively shaped them into a gripping short story, a mini-historical novel, a closet drama, a sermon, a crafted proclamation. Mark's Gospel tells God's good news (1:14–15). It does so with vividly portrayed characters, a fascinating plot, artfully employed literary devices (such as deliberate ambiguity, irony, foreshadowing, and paradox), and a powerful life-changing message" (Geddert, Mark, 16). The same author that wrote the above comments joins us today to help us understand Mark as a whole. Dr. Tim Geddert currently serves as professor in and director of the New Testament program and interim academic dean at Fresno Pacific University in Fresno, California. 
44:47
April 09, 2022
100 One Hundred!
100 One Hundred!
After a little over two years and one hundred episodes, we just want to celebrate! Celebrate what God has done, is doing, and will do. This week, Josiah and Andrew discuss the past, present, and future with the goal of encouraging their church family at Oakridge, and in turn, all others who listen to this podcast. In the midst of so much recent uncertainty, one thing remains clear: God has not been slowed!
31:15
April 06, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Gospel According to Matthew with James Fazio
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Gospel According to Matthew with James Fazio
Our journey together through the Bible from cover-to-cover takes an important turn in this instalment as our study pivots from the Old to the New, from Malachi and the prophets to Matthew and the gospels. One pair of authors describe the importance and uniqueness of this first book of the latter testament: "The gospel of Matthew has commonly been considered one of the most important books of the New Testament, and properly a gospel to be placed first in the New Testament. Although the order of the books in the Bible came through human choice rather than divine inspiration, this gospel serves as a sturdy bridge connecting the Old and New Testaments. It fittingly sets the stage for the books that follow. Matthew deals primarily with the life of Jesus Christ as fulfilling Old Testament prophecies relating to the coming King. He also helps explain why the prophecies relating to the kingdom of Christ on earth have had their fulfilment delayed until his second coming. Anyone desiring to master the New Testament may, accordingly, well begin with the gospel of Matthew, which introduces readers to the New Testament truth that follows" (Walvoord and Dyer, Matthew, 11). To help us kick of our expedition into the New Testament we welcome to the podcast, Dr. James Fazio. Dr. Fazio has served in education for 25 years, working in both public and private sectors. He currently serves as Academic Dean and Professor of Bible and Theology at Southern California Seminary, in San Diego where he teaches hermeneutics, theology, and apologetics.
52:23
April 02, 2022
099 Like a Child
099 Like a Child
In Matthew 18, in response to a question about greatness in the Kingdom, Jesus instructs his disciples to have humility like a child. This humility is an understanding of our dependence on Christ, and just how lost we would be without him. Thankfully, Jesus doesn't leave it there, but gives examples we can look for and aim at to grow in this humbleness. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they discuss this chapter and its implications for the life of a believer.
21:07
March 30, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Malachi with Mike Ackerman
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Malachi with Mike Ackerman
We've reached the summit of the first of two biblical mountains and find ourselves standing on the peak of the Old Testament, a peak called Malachi. This ancient prophet speaking to an ancient people about ancient problems concerning ancient laws and regulations can initially seem hugely irrelevant to modern followers of Jesus Christ. But, as our series has repeatedly demonstrated, first impressions can be deceiving. "From the Book of Malachi readers learn that God's standards for charity and justice far exceed those exemplified by his people after their rescue from a strange land. And through penetrating use of rhetorical questions, the Lord exposes the rationalizations of his people, particularly the stinginess of his priests. "Sadly, not much has changed. His followers still need the reminder to stop squeezing, wrenching, grasping, and clutching. And the reminder even comes with a promise that if we devote ourselves to the Lord—to doing justice and mercy in his name—we have the hope that the sun of righteousness will arise with healing in its wings" (Glahn, Chai With Malachi, ix–x). Mike Ackerman is a professor of New Testament and Church Planting at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri, where he has served for ten years. During his time in ministry, Mike has taught through much of the biblical canon including the section we are talking about today, the prophetic book of Malachi. In fact, his teaching on this text, along with several other sections of Scripture, can be found on Right Now Media and YouTube.
49:53
March 26, 2022
098 Finish Strong
098 Finish Strong
There's a reason that Paul so often uses the analogy of running a race when talking about our spiritual journeys, and that's at least in part because it's an illustration that is easy for everyone to understand and relate to. We all know what it is to face hurdles and to struggle on the course in front of us. We know what it is to have goals and a finish line that we are aiming for. Today, Stephen Hawkins joins the podcast to discuss his recent sermon on this very topic.
22:35
March 23, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Zechariah with Kyle Dunham
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Zechariah with Kyle Dunham
It would be difficult to introduce the book of Zechariah with a better combination of urgency and anticipation than this: "The book of Zechariah brims with enigma and paradox. The longest of the Minor Prophets, the New Testament writers quote from it more than almost any other Old Testament book. Unfortunately, readers today rarely examine its contents. It is a tragedy that a biblical book that influenced the Gospel writers so greatly, not to mention other portions of the New Testament, as much as any other Old Testament volume remains a closed book to so many in the Church today. As we will see ... Zechariah provides readers present and future unparalleled insights into the ways of God, with particular emphasis upon the work of the Messiah and the nature of the future Kingdom" (Klein, Zechariah, The New American Commentary, 8). To help us rightly situate and understand this hugely-significant and often-ignored prophetic work we welcome to the podcast Dr. Kyle Dunham. Dr. Dunham is the chair of the Old Testament department and professor at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary in Allen Park, Michigan, where he has served since 2016.
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March 19, 2022
097 What Are We Waiting For?
097 What Are We Waiting For?
With the seemingly endless barrage of bad news, it can be helpful to take a moment to pause, and read about what the Bible says about the good news that is coming. That is to say, how the story ultimately ends. What we see in the final three chapters of Revelation (and the final three chapters of the Bible) is a picture of perfection: many things we have to look forward to, and some actions to take while we wait. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they discuss things to come, and how it can be a deep encouragement for us today.
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March 16, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Haggai with Rhome van Dyck
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Haggai with Rhome van Dyck
It's easy to become preoccupied with temporal needs, stressors, and desires and end up giving God the leftovers of our time, energy, and resources. This is an obvious temptation for God's people today and, apparently, it was when Jesus walked the earth in the first century as he tried teaching his followers to "seek first [God's] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (Matt 6:33). Says one author: "It seems that every generation of believers, from ancient times to modern, must learn this lesson anew. It is a truth that was ignored, if in fact it was grasped at all, by the people of God to whom the prophet Haggai ministered in the sixth century B.C. Although they verbally might have articulated a belief to the contrary, their actions clearly disclosed their inverted priorities. In reality they sought first the kingdom of self and its comforts; they would get around to the work of God after those priorities had first been settled" (Taylor and Clendenen, Haggai, Malachi, The New American Commentary, 24). Perhaps we can all learn from their mistakes. Rhome van Dyck is the founder and leader of SacraScript, an international team of seminary-trained individuals with various specialties whose goal is to create Bible study curriculum that reaches across denominational lines and geographical boundaries. Rhome is a pastor-teacher, has traveled extensively training both pastors and lay people in the understanding and beauty of the sacred Scripture and the proclamation of the gospel.
42:35
March 12, 2022
096 Ascribe to the Lord
096 Ascribe to the Lord
Psalm 29 is a call to worship God the way he deserves to be worship, because of who he is, what he can do, and what he will one day do. It's a call to worship with reverence, awe, and trust. Yet what can we possibly offer the God of all glory and strength? Why do we lose site of just how majestic he is? And what does it look like to actually worship him the way we ought to? Join with Andrew and Josiah as they discuss this powerful psalm filled with evocative imagery, and seek to help us apply it to our lives.
21:29
March 09, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Zephaniah with Alex Konya
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Zephaniah with Alex Konya
Likely battling for the title of "most-ignored-and-forgotten-book-of-the-Bible" is the prophecy of Zephaniah. Perhaps that's because it's so short (three chapters) that if the pages of your Bible stick together you could flip right past it without noticing. However, there's a lot of punch in those three chapters. One author summarizes the work this way: "The Book of Zephaniah focuses on the needs of the people of God to live in righteousness before God. A people who do not respect the needs of the oppressed and care for genuine worship before God cannot long prosper. Zephaniah preached about the Day of the Lord and the impending judgment of the people of Judah. Zephaniah also believed in the sovereignty of God to preserve his remnant. Zephaniah delivered his message in the dark days before Josiah’s reform became evident. His message ever reminds the reader that God desires humble submission unto him" (Barker, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, 379). Alex Konya joins us today to unpack this lesser-known section of Scripture. Alex currently serves as Regional Director of Word of Life ministries in Europe, recruiting and examining potential missionaries, discipling and ministering to field directors, and overseeing the ministries in the European countries. He also has an extensive preaching, teaching, and writing ministry himself.
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March 05, 2022
095 His Word Is His Bond: A Look at the Biblical Covenants with Paul Henebury
095 His Word Is His Bond: A Look at the Biblical Covenants with Paul Henebury
The Bible, as a book, is as epic as it is unique. Written by some forty different authors across three different continents over the span of nearly two millennia, this huge text is remarkably and perfectly consistent, confirming what it says about itself—that it is breathed out by God, inspired by him, perfectly revealing himself, his work, and his will. However, as wonderful as it is, sometimes Scripture can be overwhelming. As readers and students enter into the trees of individual testaments, books, and chapters, the risk is that we get disoriented and lose sight of the forest. So today, we're going to climb above the canopy and catch our bearings by focusing on one of the major unifying aspects of Scripture, that of the biblical covenants. And to help us do that, we welcome to the podcast Dr. Paul Martin Henebury. Dr. Henebury, a native of England, currently lives in California where he pastors and teaches theology and apologetics. One of the main foci of his studies, lectures, and writings has been the biblical covenants—those noteworthy oaths God made with specific people, containing specific promises, for specific purposes.
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March 02, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Habakkuk with Alexander Gonzales
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Habakkuk with Alexander Gonzales
When summarizing books of the Bible, few do it better than Walk Thru the Bible Ministries. Here's what they have to say about the text we arrive at in our study now: "Habakkuk prophesies in Judah before its final distribution at the hands of the Babylonians. Like Job, he honestly raises the perplexing question of why a just God is silent, and why the cries of the faithful seem to go unheard. He sits in his watchtower awaiting God's answer. And in reply, God declares to his prophet a timeless principle of trust in his sovereignty. The wicked will be dealt with ... in God's own way and in his own time. He will use the even more wicked Babylonian nation as his divine instrument of justice. When Habakkuk reacts with dismay and shock, God patiently instructs his messenger until at last the prophet is able to respond in praise and trust." Today we welcome to the podcast Dr. Alex Gonzales. Dr. Gonzales currently serves as Associate Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary where he teaches courses that cover the breadth of the biblical canon as well as Bible study methods and interpretation. All that to say, he’s a great candidate to help us work our way through the text in front of us now—the book of Habbakuk.
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February 26, 2022
094 That's Offensive!
094 That's Offensive!
Matthew 17 ends with a short and strange story involving a temple tax, a parabolic rhetorical question, and a wealthy fish; all tied together with Jesus making a statement about avoiding offence. It's a passage that offers some unique and specific challenges for followers of Jesus, most of which seem particularly applicable for a time like this. Join with Josiah and Andrew as they seek to continue to appropriately, and not unnecessarily, offend whilst discussing this fascinating text.
24:35
February 23, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Nahum with Filipe Santos
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Nahum with Filipe Santos
"Almost three thousand years ago, the ancient Assyrians began to flex their muscles. For the greater part of the period from the end of the tenth century to the seventh century BC, this dynamic military power dominated the ancient Near East. At its height the Assyrians could lay claim to an empire that stretched across Asia Minor, from Egypt in the west, to the border between Iran and India in the east, and from Russia in the north, to Arabia in the south. "At the heart of this mighty empire in its latter days lay Nineveh, encircled by massive walls and many watchtowers, guarding majestic palaces, temples and gardens. It was vast, impregnable and seemingly indestructible. "Yet the rapid collapse of mighty Nineveh is one of the great mysteries of history. So, how could Nineveh, in particular, and Assyria, in general, vanish in such a spectacular fashion? The prophet Nahum leaves us in no doubt: God was against them, but he was with his people" (Clive Anderson, Opening up Nahum, 8). To help us better understand this often neglected section of Scripture we welcome to the podcast Filipe Santos. Filipe is a missionary who has been serving at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 2019, prior to which he and his family were stationed in South Korea and, before that, in Hungary. At his current post in Brazil, Filipe holds the position of Dean of the Graduate School and as a professor of Bible and Theology.
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February 19, 2022
093 Power with Purpose
093 Power with Purpose
After the glorious mountaintop experience at the beginning of Matthew 17, Jesus, James, John, and Peter return to find the other 9 disciples in an embarrassing situation. Having been asked to heal a demon-possessed boy by his concerned father, they failed, and Jesus rebukes them publicly, along with the crowd, for their lack of faith. Today on the podcast, Josiah and Andrew discuss this passage, and what it means to serve and meet needs through the power that is available through faith in Jesus.
24:41
February 16, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Micah with JoAnna Hoyt
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Micah with JoAnna Hoyt
The prophet, Micah, asks pointedly and rhetorically: "Who is a God like you, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of his possession? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in unchanging love" (7:18). The implication is that God is entirely unique in his willingness and ability to forgive even the deepest betrayals, those that have come to characterize the people he chose, protected, loved, and with whom he covenanted. What mercy! What grace! Indeed, God hates sin, but he loves the souls of the sinners. To help us better understand this prophetic book we welcome to the podcast Dr. JoAnna Hoyt. Dr. Hoyt is a self-professing Hebrew nerd who currently serves as an associate professor at Dallas International University where she, very fittingly and unsurprisingly, teaches Hebrew and Hebrew discourse features. All of that will, I’m sure, come in handy and be on display in our conversation today.
24:22
February 12, 2022
092 Glory Confirmed
092 Glory Confirmed
Matthew 17 brings us to one of those glorious moments in scripture, as we get a glimpse into the holy ground that is the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. As was discussed in our most recent Sunday sermon, this incredible, nearly indescribable event was as important as it was awesome, in confirming a number of essential truths for those who witnessed it (and, in turn, for those of us who read about it now!) Join with Josiah and Andrew as they explore these divine confirmations, and understanding just why this moment was so important.
24:07
February 09, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Jonah with Laci Kádár
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Jonah with Laci Kádár
How better to introduce a conversation on the book of Jonah than by quoting one of the best theologians and commentators on the subject. "Jonah is one of the most well-known biblical stories. ... It is precisely because we know the story so well that we must work even harder when reading it, otherwise our over-familiarization can dull our senses to the beautiful narration and theological complexities within the story. For example, it is easy to consider the story to be over after chapter three, simply ignoring the final chapter. But it is that last chapter which addresses the theological puzzle that is key to interpreting and understanding the book of Jonah. It is in the last chapter where we fully comprehend that Jonah knew great theological truths but tried to limit those truths. It is in the last chapter where the reader must wrestle with their own theology and their own desires to put limits on the God of their theology" (Hoyt, 335). Today, we welcome back to the podcast, László Kádár. Laci serves as staff Bible teacher and evangelist at the Word of Life Bible Institute in Hungary. He’s a gifted preacher and teacher and diligent student of God’s word and, because of that, he's a great candidate to help us think through this well-known but oft-misunderstood and mis-applied book of the Bible.
34:05
February 05, 2022
091 Remember, Ask, Trust
091 Remember, Ask, Trust
In the third Psalm, we read the perspectives of King David as he fled from his scheming son Absalom who incited a rebellion in an attempt to take the throne. While David does not shy away from the brutality of his situation, he also does not leave us in a hopeless place. Instead, by remembering the ways God had been faithful to him in the past, he demonstrates an appreciation for God's sustenance, a hope for God's salvation, and a trust in God's sovereignty. Join with Andrew and Josiah as they discuss this short psalm, and how we can learn from David's example in times of opposition and suffering.
26:03
February 02, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Obadiah with Terence Pinder
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Obadiah with Terence Pinder
"And though she be but little, she is fierce." Such is how Shakespeare's Helena described her friend, Hermia, in A Midsummer Night's Dream. An unassuming appearance disguised and concealed the power and passion that lay underneath.  Perhaps the same might be said of the twenty-one-verse-long prophetic book of Obadiah, the smallest of the Old Testament works. Though it be but little, it is fierce! This is partly true because of its tone—primarily doom and judgement—but also because of the evil with which it chiefly concerns itself. "This small book speaks of the danger of the great sin of pride and arrogance, the feeling of superiority that often results from taking advantage of others. Obadiah graphically illustrates on a national scale the truth of Proverbs 16:18, 'Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall'" (W. Baker, "Obadiah," TBKC, 1453).  To help us mine the disproportionate significance of this unassuming text, Terence Pinder joins us on the podcast. Terence has served the body of Christ in a number of roles over the years including pastoral and currently holds the office of deacon at his home assembly of Calvary Bible Church in Nasau, Bahamas. No doubt, he's suffering for Jesus in paradise!
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January 29, 2022
090 Following
090 Following
The latter part of Matthew 16 contains perhaps one of the most well-known, oft-quoted passages on discipleship in the entire Bible. But what is Jesus actually inviting those who follow him to do? How can we tell if we're trying to follow from the front, or if we've actually gotten behind our Lord? Josiah and Andrew take some time to discuss discipleship on today's episode, and why it's important to know where we stand with Christ.
26:35
January 26, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Amos with Stephen Bramer
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Amos with Stephen Bramer
Speaking of the timelessness of the book of Amos, one author writes this: "Injustice permeates our world, yet as Christians we often turn a blind eye to the suffering of others for 'more important' work like praying, preaching, and teaching. But the book of Amos reminds us that those works, while unquestionably central to a believer’s life, ring hollow when we don’t love and serve others in our own lives. Do you find yourself falling into that trap at times—prioritizing prayer over service?"  These are probing questions for any thoughtful believer to consider. And to help us think through the book that prompts such reflection, 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.
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January 22, 2022
089 Who Do You Say That I Am?
089 Who Do You Say That I Am?
The most important question ever asked, and the most important response ever written. It may seem dramatic to say so, but that is really what we find within the words of the middle of Matthew 16. This week, Josiah and Andrew discuss this eternity-shaping inquiry and it's reality-altering response, and why it was important not just to Peter, but to every single one of us.
24:18
January 19, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Joel with Jonathan Ward
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Joel with Jonathan Ward
First impressions of the book of Joel may be akin to "same song, different verse," as it includes familiar themes of disobedience and discipline, retribution and restoration. One pastor summarizes the book this way: "Using what was at that time the well-known locust plague in Judah, Joel capitalized on a recent tragedy to dispense the Lord's message of judgment and the hope of repentance. In referring to the terrible locust plague, Joel was able to speak into the lives of his listeners and imprint the message of judgment into their minds, like a brand sears the flesh of an animal." Didn't Isaiah already talk about this? Jeremiah said something similar, didn't he? What about Hosea? Oh, right, andEzekiel! Do we really need another prophet reiterating the same warnings and promises and sending Bible readers into fits of scriptural deja vu? Well, before we allow our eyes to glaze over and apathy to dull our interest, we should be reminded that there is a necessary uniqueness to Joel that other facets of inspired Scripture lack. And to help us understand just what that is we welcome back to the podcast Jonathan Ward. Jonathan 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.
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January 15, 2022
088 Contagious
088 Contagious
After yet another public confrontation, Jesus leaves the Pharisees and Sadducees, and warns his disciples to be wary of their teaching—their unbelief—because it is infectious and has the ability to spread rapidly. In today's episode, Josiah and Andrew dive a bit deeper into the beginning half of Matthew 16 to see exactly what Jesus is doing through his actions and his warnings, and how we can be prepared to face this perennial threat today.
27:49
January 12, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Hosea with Todd Murray
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Hosea with Todd Murray
"Hosea is not an easy book. It begins with a prophet receiving a command to marry a prostitute and promptly describes the births of his three children, each of whom is given a bizarre but significant name. From here the book swiftly plunges into a maze of warnings, microsermons, poems, and laments, and through them all it swiftly and evasively alludes to biblical texts and incidents, mixes metaphors, and changes topics, seemingly at random. ... But though Hosea is a difficult book, it is also a great book. It is like a tree whose roots go down deep into the Torah and whose branches bear the fruit of a discourse that became the grammar of biblical prophecy. ... It also is a book that jolts the reader; it refuses to be domesticated and made conventional. It does comfort the afflicted, but it most surely afflicts the comfortable. It is as startling in its presentation of sin as it is surprising in its stubborn certainty of grace. It is as blunt as it is enigmatic. It is a book to be experienced, and the experience is with God" (Garrett, Hosea, Joel, The New American Commentary, 21–22). To guide us through this often neglected slice of Scripture we welcome Todd Murray to the podcast. Todd has laboured in pastoral ministry for almost forty years and currently serves as Pastor of Family Ministries at Grace Immanuel Bible Church in Jupiter, Florida. He has composed and recorded several collections of worship songs as well as authored a handful of books including co-authoring a commentary on Hosea which will, no doubt, help us in our conversation today.
42:48
January 08, 2022
087 New Year, New Me
087 New Year, New Me
We're back! After a few weeks away from the podcast, Josiah and Andrew return to talk about the new year, giving some practical suggestions for resolutions and goals in our spiritual lives. You can find the original post discussed in today's podcast here.
26:05
January 05, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Daniel with Paul Weaver
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Daniel with Paul Weaver
It would be difficult to top Paul Tanner's introductory words about the book of Daniel, so we won't try. "The book of Daniel, undoubtedly one of the most unique books in the Bible, has fascinated Christian readers throughout the centuries. ... The stories and visions, while they make for entertaining reading, also provide significant revelation about God and his sovereign control of the nations of the world, the rise of the end-times antichrist, and the divine plan for history that culminates in the kingdom of God being entrusted to the Messiah. The book is thus rich in biblical theology. In fact, Daniel is probably the most foundational book in the Old Testament for New Testament eschatology" (Daniel, Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, 1). To help us better understand this "most foundational book" we welcome back to the Cover-to-Cover series, Dr. Paul Weaver. Dr. Weaver is an Associate Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Academic Dean of the Word of Life Global Bible Institute. Wherever the Lord has him serving, Dr. Weaver is passionate about providing high-quality Bible study resources that are affordable and within the reach of anyone serious about studying God’s word. Dr. Weaver also hosts the Learn the Word Podcast.
40:55
January 01, 2022
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ezekiel with Rick Reed
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ezekiel with Rick Reed
It seems we could almost reuse many of the introductory comments for the books of the Bible in this corner of the canon. Like Isaiah and Jeremiah before it, Ezekiel is a significant text through which to wade. Opening his work on this book, Charles Dyer wrote, "For the average reader of the Bible, the Book of Ezekiel is mostly a perplexing maze of incoherent visions—a kaleidoscope of whirling wheels and dry bones that defy interpretation. This impression often causes readers to shy away from studying the book and to miss one of the great literary and spiritual portions of the Old Testament" ("Ezekiel," BKC, 1224–25). Well, we won't shy away, but mainly because we have a lot of help. Dr. Rick Reed has served as the President of Heritage College and Seminary since January 2013 where he also teaches in the areas of preaching and pastoral theology. Dr. Reed—along with his wife, Linda—blogs regularly on his personal website. Listeners to this episode of Cover-to-Cover may be particularly interested in his ongoing series of devotional insights, Tuesdays with Ezekiel, as well as his recently published, free eBook.
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December 18, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Lamentations with Matthew McAlack
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Lamentations with Matthew McAlack
Many cultures today spend a significant amount of time, energy, and money attempting to guard against, avoid, ignore, and distance ourselves from all forms of suffering and sorrow, making many people ill-equipped when inevitably met with times of both. One author has noted that "increasingly we lack the social practices, words, and concepts necessary to grasp our pain by the horns and stare it in the face. We have been robbed of a vocabulary of grief, and we suffer for it." Thankfully, God's word provides an inspired corrective. The same author states, "The book of Lamentations accosts us by the wayside as a stranger who offers us an unasked-for, unwanted, and yet priceless gift—the poetry of pain. We would be wise to pay attention" (Parry, Lamentations, 1). And, with help, pay attention we will strive to do. Dr. Matthew McAlack teaches Bible, theology, psychology, and youth and family ministry at Cairn University in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania. He’s also recently contributed a chapter to the book Surveying the Old Testament Prophets in which he explored the biblical book of Lamentations, the topic of our discussion today.
31:15
December 11, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Jeremiah with Lissa Wray Beal
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Jeremiah with Lissa Wray Beal
At first glance, the book of Jeremiah is a tough read. It's long, prophetic, and largely sorrowful. In fact, A. W. Streane opens his work on the book this way: "It is difficult to conceive any situation more painful than that of a great man, condemned to watch the lingering agony of an exhausted country, to tend it during the alternate fits of stupefaction and raving which precede its dissolution, and to see the symptoms of vitality disappear one by one, till nothing is left but coldness, darkness, and corruption." Yikes. Jeremiah's ministry was hard, thankless, (apparently) fruitless, and exhausting. Yet, this prophet has much to teach the people of God throughout all generations, calling for repentance and holiness and adding to the growing anticipation of the coming Messiah and a New Covenant. To help us traverse this potentially overwhelming text we've recruited the help of Dr. Lissa Wray Beal. Dr. Wray Beal is professor of Old Testament at Providence University College and Theological Seminary where she teaches the Hebrew Bible as a witness to God’s character, and as preparatory for Christ. She has written a number of articles and booksincluding a work-in-progress commentary on the book of Jeremiah.
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December 04, 2021
086 Wrapping Up 2021
086 Wrapping Up 2021
Another year is quickly coming to its conclusion, and with it, this season of Word Processing. Today Josiah and Andrew take a look back at the year: the joys and trials, and what God has been teaching them through it all. Be sure to stay tuned for new episodes of Word Processing coming in January, 2022; and in the meantime, follow along with our Cover-to-Cover series which will continue each week. We hope and pray you have a joyous Christmas season and we'll be back in the new year!
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December 01, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Isaiah with James Harmeling
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Isaiah with James Harmeling
We've got our work cut out for us this week as we arrive in our study at the impressive and prophetic book of Isaiah. "Of all the books in the OT, Isaiah is perhaps the richest. Its literary grandeur is unequaled. Its scope is unparalleled. The breadth of its view of God is unmatched. In so many ways it is a book of superlatives. Thus it is no wonder that Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the NT, and along with Psalms and Deuteronomy, one of the most frequently cited of all OT books. Study of it is an opportunity for unending inspiration and challenge" (Oswald, 3). To help us get our minds around this massive and important section of Scripture we welcome to the podcast Dr. Jim Harmeling. Dr. Harmeling and his wife, Jacqui, moved to Singapore in 2018 as missionaries to train pastors in Asia in expository preaching and church leadership. Together they serve under Shepherds International based in North Carolina. They have five grown children living in the United States.
45:18
November 27, 2021
085 Rest for the Weary
085 Rest for the Weary
After months of lockdowns and restrictions and shockingly quiet roadways, it seems like, for many of us, life has gotten busy again! And in the midst of trying to balance work, family, serving, and anything else we have going on, it's not uncommon to spend some time thinking about rest. Well after a refreshing time away, Josiah rejoins the podcast today to discuss this at-times-confusing subject, including the way the Bible defines rest, and the ways we as believers can find rest. 
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November 24, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Song of Songs with Mark McGinniss
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Song of Songs with Mark McGinniss
Discussing God's view of human sexuality and marital intimacy can be like driving somewhere wonderful along a highway bracketed by two steep and dangerous ditches. One ditch is characterized by flippancy, irreverence, and crassness. With this error, sex is trivialized and all its sacred beauty is stripped away. The second ditch, however, is just as dangerous and is characterized by silence, awkwardness, and joylessness. On this side of the road, sex is cloaked in shame and the good gift is hidden from view. Both ditches are erroneous, idolatrous, and unnecessary. So, how do we keep the car on the road when exploring this super-important, always-relevant, and constantly-pressing issue? Thankfully, we've recruited an able guide to help us steer. Dr. Mark McGinnis is the professor of Old Testament literature, language, and exegesis at Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He spent twenty-seven years in full-time pastoral ministry, serving the same church in which he first trusted Christ. He has experience as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and Christian school principal. In addition to publishing many journal articles, Dr. McGinniss has written and contributed to books exploring the theology the Song of Songs and on the theology of the story of Scripture as a whole.
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November 20, 2021
084 All in the Family: A Conversation with Nate Vellekoop
084 All in the Family: A Conversation with Nate Vellekoop
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, Andrew chats with Nate Vellekoop about his walk with Christ, the greatest struggles in his Christian life, lessons he's learned along the way, and much more.
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November 17, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ecclesiastes with Christopher Cone
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ecclesiastes with Christopher Cone
Says David Hubbard, "Anyone to whom the book of Ecclesiastes is not a puzzle has not yet read it” (Beyond Futility, 7). This admission from a seasoned scholar is as honest as it is truthful. While this inspired text grapples with the perennially relevant aches for meaning and purpose with which every thoughtful human being is familiar, it does so in ways that are unavoidably humbling, probing, and, at times, puzzling. But to those who endure in prayer and study, the rewards for such effort are great.  Today we welcome back to the podcast Dr. Christopher Cone. Dr. Cone has served as the president of a number of theological institutions over the years. He’s a scholar and theologian, professor and preacher, and currently serves as the president and CEO of AgathonEDU educational group. Dr. Cone has also written, contributed to, or edited over a dozen books, one of which is a study in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes, the topic of our conversation today.
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November 13, 2021
083 All in the Family: A Conversation With Alice Popovich
083 All in the Family: A Conversation With Alice Popovich
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, Andrew chats with Alice Popovich about her walk with Christ, the greatest struggles in her Christian life, lessons she's learned along the way, and much more.
25:18
November 10, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Proverbs with David Merkh
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Proverbs with David Merkh
Today, in our trek through the pages of Scripture, we come to the unique book of Proverbs, a text that calls for the pursuit of and describes the benefits of true wisdom. As one author describes it: "The Book of Proverbs is a book of moral and ethical instructions, dealing with many aspects of life. The teachings in this book guide its readers in how to lead wise, godly lives and how to avoid the pitfalls of unwise, ungodly conduct. It has a broad, timeless appeal because of its great variety of subjects and their relevance to everyday life. Proper and improper attitudes, conduct, and characteristics are referred to repeatedly and in succinct, penetrating ways. Proverbs is God’s book on 'how to wise up and live.' It is His treasure book of wisdom" (S. Buzzell, "Proverbs," BKC, 900–901). To help us grapple with this Old Testament book we welcome to the podcast Dr. David Merkh. David and his wife, Carol Sue, have served the Lord as missionaries since 1985 and have been stationed in Brazil since 1987. There, Dr. Merkh is a professor at the Word of Life seminary and pastor of Bible Exposition at his local church. He speaks frequently at family conferences and leadership training seminars throughout Brazil and around the world and has a Portuguese radio program called (in English) Word and Family. Dr. Merkh and his wife have also authored sixteen books and counting.
37:12
November 06, 2021
082 Who's the Boss?
082 Who's the Boss?
The war for our heart is raging, and at the end of the day, each of us must ask "what is my final authority?" Or to put it another way: "who's the boss?" Where do I turn for information or comfort? What voices do I allow to have influence in my life? If it's not God and his sufficient and infallible word, we have a problem! Join with Josiah and Andrew as they discuss our recent sermon on Matthew 15 and the challenge of the war for our hearts.
24:15
November 03, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Psalms with Ian Vaillancourt
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Psalms with Ian Vaillancourt
Of all the books of the Bible, there may not be one that is more consistently beloved, more pastorally accessible, and more desperately read than the Psalms. In the many ways it is unique within the canon of Scripture, not the least of which is that it contains inspired words from God, through people, directed back toward God. As one theologian has noted, "The Psalms are one of the most dearly loved books in the Bible. For generations, they have been one of our greatest treasures as God's people. ... We go to the Psalms when we're laughing and when we're crying. Amazingly, they often say what we feel but couldn't find the words to describe" (Johnston, The Psalms, Volume 1, 13). To help us tackle this massive, 150-chapter song book, we welcome to the podcast Dr. Ian Vaillancourt. Dr. Vaillancourt currently serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Heritage College and Seminary in Cambridge, Ontario. He’s an ordained pastor in the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada and served in pastoral roles for fourteen years before transitioning to the classroom full-time. His passion, wherever he is, is to exalt Christ from the Old Testament. And we’re going to watch him do just that in this episode.
51:03
October 30, 2021
081 Understanding the Misunderstanding
081 Understanding the Misunderstanding
After Jesus concludes his parables in Matthew 13, we see him travelling for his ministry of teaching and healing. Unfortunately, we also see the recipients of these messages and miracles drastically misunderstanding who Jesus is. They know lots about his power, but they miss out on his identity. Today on the podcast Josiah and Andrew discuss the importance of knowing who Jesus is, and how we can make sure to prioritize him in our daily lives.
24:30
October 27, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Job with Golan Brosh
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.
28:16
October 23, 2021
080 Show What You Know
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.
28:12
October 20, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Esther with Lew Worrad
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!)
29:36
October 16, 2021
079 When Personalities Clash
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.
22:01
October 13, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Nehemiah with Christopher Johnson
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.
37:08
October 09, 2021
078 Wheat and Weeds
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.
24:47
October 06, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ezra with Donna Petter
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.
39:41
October 02, 2021
077 He Told Them Many Things in Parables
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.
24:26
September 29, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Books of Chronicles with Shane Angland
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!
37:12
September 25, 2021
076 Better Together
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.
23:35
September 22, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Books of Kings with Paul Benware
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.
28:44
September 18, 2021
075 Rejected!
075 Rejected!
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.
23:03
September 15, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Books of Samuel with Jonathan Ward
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.
43:06
September 11, 2021
074 Pray, Then, in this Way
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!
22:08
September 08, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Ruth with John Oglesby
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.
46:19
September 04, 2021
073 Content or Comfortable?
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.
21:00
September 01, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Judges with Don Taylor
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.
49:43
August 28, 2021
072 Ascending to New Heights
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.
21:03
August 25, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Joshua with David Barker
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. 
45:37
August 21, 2021
071 How a Church is Supposed To Work
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.
41:09
August 18, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Deuteronomy with Paul Weaver
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. 
41:17
August 14, 2021
070 All in the Family: A Conversation With Andrew Longmire
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.
25:09
August 11, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Numbers with Stephen Bramer
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.
35:47
August 07, 2021
069 It's All About Christ
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!
29:01
August 04, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Leviticus with Ed Glasscock
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.
53:02
July 31, 2021
068 All in the Family: A Conversation With Shirley Buchanan
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.
24:23
July 28, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Exodus with Dorian Coover-Cox
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!
52:32
July 24, 2021
067 Why We Preach Through Whole Books
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.
28:17
July 21, 2021
Cover-to-Cover Series: The Book of Genesis with James Allman
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.
50:05
July 17, 2021
066 The Kingdom of God (Part 2 of 2)
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.
25:18
July 14, 2021
TRAILER: Cover-to-Cover Series
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.
01:43
July 10, 2021
065 The Kingdom of God (Part 1 of 2)
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.
24:16
July 07, 2021
064 The Importance of the Trinity
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.
48:15
June 30, 2021
063 On Submission to Authority and the Christian Conscience
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.
28:29
June 23, 2021
062 Rejoice!
062 Rejoice!
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.
29:52
June 16, 2021
061 Legalism: Is it Really That Bad?
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!
27:42
June 09, 2021
060 Things to Come with Dr. Paul Benware
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!
37:03
June 02, 2021
059 On the Same Page
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!
30:12
May 26, 2021
058 What Does it Mean to be Called?
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.
31:00
May 19, 2021
057 All in the Family: A Conversation With Carol Clooney
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.
23:30
May 12, 2021
056 We All Have a Choice
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?
25:01
May 05, 2021
055 Premium Grace: Proper Fuel for Christian Living
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)."
31:22
April 28, 2021
054 It's Time To Grow Up with Dr. Fred Chay
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? 
32:46
April 21, 2021
053 A Leap of Faith Over a Chasm of Fear
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.
27:36
April 14, 2021
052 All in the Family: A Conversation With Gordon Rumford
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.
26:58
April 07, 2021
051 Music to His Ears: On Choosing Songs for Church
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.
34:29
March 31, 2021
050 The Bible: What's It Good For?
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.
28:48
March 24, 2021
049 Tackling Tough Texts: What To Do When the Bible Confuses Us
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.
30:10
March 17, 2021
048 You Gotta Have Faith
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.
27:37
March 10, 2021
047 Blessing the Next Generation with Judy Wragg
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.
26:05
March 03, 2021
046 Storm Shelters
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?
27:32
February 24, 2021
045 Relatable Relationships
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.
27:00
February 17, 2021
044 Rooting Out the Weeds of Idolatry
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!).
27:29
February 10, 2021
043 Who Are You Trying to Impress?
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.
26:29
February 03, 2021
042 A Primer for Understanding Matthew's Gospel with John Oglesby
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. 
35:23
January 27, 2021
041 Hear Our Cry, O God; Give Heed to Our Prayer!
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.)
31:05
January 20, 2021
040 Good Fruit Needs a Godly Root
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.
32:25
January 13, 2021
039 Tribulation, Proclamation, and Celebration
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. 
24:06
January 06, 2021
038 Looking Back, Forward, and Up
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!
09:43
December 09, 2020
037 A Primer on Biblical Prophecy with Dr. Paul Benware
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.
48:11
November 25, 2020
036 Context, Context, Context with Dr. Charlie Bing
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"
50:38
November 18, 2020
035 Discipleship with Dr. Daniel Goepfrich
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.
37:12
November 11, 2020
034 Singleness and the Body of Christ with Dr. Abraham Kuruvilla
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.
25:44
November 04, 2020
033 Shame, Shame, Double Shame with David Rennalls
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.
39:07
October 28, 2020
032 Getting Down to Business with God
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.
32:13
October 21, 2020
031 Here Comes the Bride (Part 2 of ?) with Jay Hinds
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.
48:38
October 14, 2020
030 More Than a Tale of a Whale (Part 3)
030 More Than a Tale of a Whale (Part 3)
We made it: The grand finale, the last hurrah, the fishy endg