By Reformers Bookshop
The Reformers Bookcast is the podcast put out by Reformers Bookshop in Sydney - chatting with authors, speakers, pastors, and teachers about great Christian books. Available wherever you get your podcasts, with videos available on Facebook and Youtube.
Adrian Martinez (Biblical Counselling Australia)
In this episode Tom spoke to Adrian Martinez from Biblical Counselling Australia about what Biblical Counselling is, why it is important and his favourite counselling books.
October 26, 2022
The Household and the War for the Cosmos (C. R. Wiley)
What place does the household have in God’s plan to bring all things into submission to Christ? How did the Apostle Paul understand the household and families? What do the words piety, cosmos and household have to do with each other? CR Wiley discusses these questions and more in his book The Household and the War for the Cosmos. In this episode we chatted about this as well as his newest book about Tom Bombadil – a little-known character from The Lord of the Rings who teaches us a lot about what godly dominion looks like.
August 28, 2022
Francis Schaeffer (Dr. William Edgar)
Francis Schaeffer was one of the great Christian thinkers of the 20th century. Who better to talk about Schaeffer then Dr William Edgar, author of Schaeffer on the Christian Life, who knew Schaeffer personally and was converted under his ministry? In this episode we spoke to Dr Edgar about Schaeffer, culture, apologetics and jazz.
August 14, 2022
A Chat with Conrad (Dr. Conrad Mbewe)
Conrad Mbewe pastors at Kabwata Baptist Church in Zambia, and was recently out in Australia for a number of speaking engagements. While in Sydney, Tom met with Dr Mbewe to chat about the Gospel work in Zambia, missionary-pastors, counselling, and books of significance to his ministry and life.
August 01, 2022
James Jeffery (Social Media and the Internet)
The internet and smart phones have radically changed our lives. These technologies come with many benefits - the ability to communicate across vast distances and access to incalculable information. But we should think carefully about how best to use these technologies to the glory of God. In this episode, Tom chatted with James Jeffery about several books on this topic and why we need to think carefully about the internet and social media.
June 26, 2022
Jonathan Williams (Richard Baxter and Family Worship)
The Puritan Richard Baxter saw family worship as a duty for all Christian households. He worked hard to encourage and equip his church to worship God in their homes. In this episode of the Reformers Bookcast we discussed Baxter's view of family worship with Jonathan Williams, author of "A Practical Theology of Family Worship: Richard Baxter's Timeless Encouragement for Today's Home".
June 19, 2022
Isobel Lin & Jocelyn Loane (EQUIP Women)
EQUIP Women is a large Bible teaching ministry for women in Australia. Each year the EQUIP committee puts together a book list of their recommended titles. In this episode of the Reformers Bookcast, Tom chatted with Isobel and Jocelyn from EQUIP about a few highlights from their 2022 book list. You can find out more about EQUIP at equip.org.au or view the EQUIP booklist at reformers.com.au/equip
June 12, 2022
Glen Scrivener (The Air We Breathe)
Christianity has impacted our culture in many ways. Over the centuries, Christianity has taught our society the importance of values such as compassion, progress and freedom. In this episode Tom spoke to Glen Schivener, the author of The Air We Breathe, about how we all came to believe in these Christian values.
June 05, 2022
Cassie Watson (The Pilgrim's Progress)
It's been a best seller since it was first published in 1678. It's a captivating allegorical tale about the Christian life. It's soaked in scriptural truth and reflects the hard realities of life. It has been cherished by great Christians of the past with Spurgeon reportedly reading it over 100 times in his life. It's John Bunyan's Pilgrims Progress. In this episode Tom and Cassie talk about this classic book.
May 29, 2022
Michael Haykin (Iron Sharpens Iron)
Friendship has been underemphasised by Christians in our day. So argues Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the past, friendship was a topic of utmost importance to Christians and to unbelievers as well. In this episode we talk to Michael about his new book on friendship, “Iron Sharpens Iron: Friendship and the Grace of God”, which takes a look at some friendships between pastors in the 18th century.
May 23, 2022
Caroline Newheiser & Cheryl Marshall (When Words Matter Most)
Every word we speak matters, but surely some words have special importance—like those we say to people who are struggling spiritually. In this episode, we talk to Cheryl Marshall and Caroline Newheiser, coauthors of When Words Matter Most, about how to speak God's truth with grace to those we love.
May 15, 2022
John Hindley (Refreshed)
Do you serve God’s people with joy? Or is it a drudgery and a pain? When you go on holidays, do your devotions drop off? Or does the change of scene help you draw nearer to God? In this episode we caught up with John Hindley, author of “Serving Without Sinking” and the new book “Refreshed: Devotions For Your Time Away”, to discuss how to serve with love, why rest is important and how to use the creation around us to meditate on the goodness and grace of God.
May 08, 2022
Megan Hill (Patience)
Whether we're waiting a traffic light or waiting for suffering to end, Christians are called to be patient through difficulty. In this episode we're joined by Megan Hill, author of 'Patience: Waiting with Hope,' which is part of the 31-Day Devotionals for Life series. We discuss the beauty of patience, how it points us to Jesus, and what we can do to cultivate it.
May 01, 2022
Jonathan Gibson (Be Thou My Vision)
Liturgy may not be the most exciting word to consider when it comes to a daily time of worship, but, as Jonathan Gibson (author of Be Thou My Vision and Reformation Worship) points out in this episode, we all have a liturgy and by picking up the best of the prayers, confessions, creeds and catechisms we can enrich our daily worship. Jonny also spoke to us about his new kid’s book series starting with The Acrostic of God and the heart-breaking circumstances that prompted the writing of his beautiful and moving children’s book The Moon is Always Round. Jonny’s books can all be viewed here.
April 24, 2022
Douglas Wilson (A Chat with Doug)
Douglas Wilson is the author of dozens of books on a wide range of topics. But the foundations of Doug's teaching are the topics of marriage, parenting, education and a gospel that impacts all of life. In this episode Tom spoke to Doug about these foundational subjects and why they are so important.
April 18, 2022
Randy Newman (Mere Christianity)
We typically think of evangelism as the "gospel" conversation that you have with someone about sin, judgement, Jesus, the cross and forgiveness. This is certainly a crucial conversation. But what if there were other ways we could weave the great topics of God and eternity into our conversations? C.S. Lewis loved to bring up topics that really matter in his conversation and in his books. In "Mere Evangelism", author and evangelist Randy Newman explores 10 insights from C.S. Lewis to help you share your faith. Randy joined us in this episode to discuss his book.
April 10, 2022
Season 4 Coming Soon
Season 4 of the Reformers Bookcast is about to launch, and we have a great line-up of guests joining us on the Bookcast. Be sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts, tune in, and hear about some great books and the people behind them!
April 07, 2022
Joel Beeke (From the Archives)
Back in mid-2019, Dr. Joel Beeke visited Reformers Bookshop, and presented two talks at Stanmore Baptist Church on "Calvin's Life: Practical Lessons" and "The Puritan Life: Joyful or Joyless". Just before this Reformers-organised public talk, Dr. Beeke and Tom spoke about Joel Beeke's childhood and the story behind his love of books and the puritans. This is one of our favourite interviews, and you will share Dr. Beeke's contagious passion for the Lord.
March 06, 2022
Peter Jones (From the Archives)
Dr. Peter Jones from TruthXChange, while in Australia for multiple speaking engagements in 2018, spoke with Tom prior to the Reformers event "The Arrival of the Post-Secular Age" at Stanmore Baptist Church on the topic of new-age spirituality and secularism.
February 20, 2022
Ed Welch with Peter Sondergeld (From the Archives)
Following the Restoring True Humanity event in Sydney back in 2018, Ed Welch and Peter Sondergeld visited Reformers. Here in this episode, we revisit an interview talking about biblical counselling, specifically for kids through the New Growth Press series of books "Good News for Little Hearts".
February 06, 2022
Ian Smith (From the Archives)
In 2019, the principal of Christ College in Sydney, Ian Smith, released a book with Crossway titled "Not Home Yet". Tom and Ian chatted about the book, and the topic of where our home is in this life and the next.
January 23, 2022
Peter Hastie (From the Archives)
In 2019, Tom travelled down to the Presbyterian Theological College in Victoria to talk with students and staff about study and books. In this interview, PTC principal Peter Hastie shares some of his favourite Systematic Theology books.
January 09, 2022
Mark Jones with Mark Powell (From the Archives)
Back in 2018, Mark Jones was in Sydney and talked with Tom and Mark Powell about Mark Jones' books, the work he has done on puritan writings and how their writings have impacted him.
December 26, 2021
Reformers Bookcast Season 3 Recap
Season 3 of the Reformers Bookcast has finished! Here is our re-cap (video available at reformers.com.au/bookcast, YouTube, and Facebook). Catch up on any episodes you missed at reformers.com.au/bookcast and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
December 24, 2021
Sinclair Ferguson (Advent)
Christmas. Presents, trees, pudding, Santa. We might think of these things when we think of Christmas. Christmas exists and will keep happening every year. So why not use it as a time to focus your thoughts on the birth of Jesus Christ? For our last episode of the year, Tom was joined by Sinclair Ferguson, author of The Dawn of Redeeming Grace: Daily Devotions for Advent, to discuss all things Christmas! From all the team at Reformers Bookshop: Have a wonderful, Christ-centered Christmas.
November 21, 2021
Jonty Rhodes (Man of Sorrows, King of Glory)
Jesus died to pay for our sins. We should all be familiar with this aspect of the work of Christ. But what if there is more depth, greater riches and beauty to the work of Christ? Jonty Rhodes presents just a taste of these deeper riches in his book Man of Sorrows, King of Glory. In this episode we explore the kingly and prophetic work of Christ with Jonty.
November 14, 2021
Sam Allberry (Good News for Our Bodies)
How should we as Christians think about our bodies? Are they inherently good or bad? What do they tell us about who we are? Sam Allberry, author of 'What God Has to Say About Our Bodies', joins us to discuss why it matters that our bodies are created, broken, and redeemed. We touch on identity, chronic illness, union with Christ, and the wonderful hope of eternity with God in our glorified bodies.
November 07, 2021
Melvin Tinker (Cultural Marxism)
This week we were joined by Melvin Tinker (author of That Hideous Strength: A Deeper Look at How the West was Lost). Tom spoke to Melvin about technology, Cultural Marxism and how Christians should respond to this ideology.
October 31, 2021
Dan Doriani (Work)
In this episode of the Reformers Bookcast Tom spoke to Dan Doriani about Work. Dan is the author of numerous books including two recent books on Work (Work That Makes a Difference and Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation). Conversation ranged from the purpose of work, what to do when you don't have a job and whether or not there will be work in the new heavens and new earth.
October 24, 2021
Reuben Bredenhof (Weak Pastor, Strong Christ)
Should we want our pastor to be strong, confident, bold and articulate? Or does the Bible present a different picture of pastors? Reuben Bredenhof, a pastor from Western Australia and author of 'Weak Pastor, Strong Christ' joined us on the Reformers Bookcast to discuss these questions. Reuben's book looks at Paul's pastoral theology as revealed in the book of 2 Corinthians.
October 17, 2021
Nancy Guthrie (Biblical Theology)
The Bible is not primarily about us. Biblical theology helps us see Scripture rightly, as a story centered on God that changes everything about our stories. In this episode, we talk to Nancy Guthrie about why biblical theology matters—and we take a deep dive into how we can see the gospel through the story of trees.
October 10, 2021
Owen Strachan (Christianity and Wokeness)
Owen Strachan is the author of the best-selling new book Christianity and Wokeness. Owen joined us on this episode of the Reformers Bookcast to talk about wokeness and how it is a danger to the church. Our conversation roamed into a discussion about anthropology (based on Owen's book Reenchanting Humanity) and how the gospel and the church are counter-cultural.
October 03, 2021
Adam Ramsey (Truth on Fire)
The character and attributes of God are a great comfort the Christian and are the heart of Theology proper. Adam Ramsey's new book Truth on Fire: Gazing at God Until Your Heart Sings looks at studying God in such a way that engages the mind and moves all the way to the heart and hands. Adam joined us to discuss his book, why we should study the attributes of God and his favourite attributes of God.
September 26, 2021
Rachel Jones (A Brief Theology of Periods)
It might seem strange to write a Christian book about periods. Aren't they something we should keep quiet about? But the gospel changes how we think about everything—including periods. This week we talk to Rachel Jones, author of 'A Brief Theology of Periods', about shame, pain, and our emotions. All these topics matter in and beyond our periods, and point us to the redemption we have in Jesus Christ.
September 19, 2021
Tom Nettles (Charles H. Spurgeon)
For episode 2 of season 3 Tom chatted with Tom Nettles (author of The Child is the Father of the Man). We spoke about Historical Theology and Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
September 12, 2021
Mark Dever (The Church)
In this episode of the Reformers Bookcast we spoke with Mark Dever about The Church. We discussed why the church is important, the 9Marks ministry Mark runs and how Capitol Hill Baptist Church handled lockdowns in Washington DC. Mark is the senior pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, the president of 9Marks ministries and the author of numerous books including several about the Church (Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, The Church: The Gospel Made Visible, What is a Healthy Church? and Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus).
September 05, 2021
Reformers Bookcast Season 2 Recap
Season 2 of the Reformers Bookcast has finished! Here is our re-cap (video available at reformers.com.au/bookcast, YouTube, and Facebook). Catch up on any episodes you missed at reformers.com.au/bookcast and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
September 01, 2021
Alasdair Groves with Ed Welch (From the Archives)
Biblical counsellors and authors Alasdair Groves and Ed Welch joined us in the bookshop to discuss biblical counselling and the book Untangling Emotions by Alasdair Groves and Winston Smith.
August 29, 2021
Chad Van Dixhoorn (From the Archives)
In 2018, Chad van Dixhoorn visited Christ College Sydney and joined Tom from Reformers Bookshop and John McClean from Christ College for an interview. Chad is an expert on the Westminster Assembly and the author of the helpful commentary on the Westminster Confession, Confessing the Faith.
August 15, 2021
Ben Nelson (From the Archives)
Reformers Bookshop visited the Presbyterian Theological College in Victoria and spoke to Rev Ben Nelson (New Testament and Greek) about the college and some of his favourite books.
August 01, 2021
Kelly Kapic (From the Archives)
Kelly Kapic and John McClean joined us for an interview at Christ College Sydney during the 2018 Refocus conference. We talked about Kelly's book Embodied Hope: A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering among other topics.
July 18, 2021
Chris Cipollone (From the Archives)
In 2018 we interviewed Chris Cipollone, an Australian pastor, speaker and teacher about his book "Down Not Out: Depression, Anxiety, and the Difference Jesus Makes".
July 05, 2021
Tim Challies (From the Archives)
Reformers Bookshop's Tom Eglinton interviewed with Tim Challies during his EPIC project in 2018. They were joined by Akos Balogh (The Gospel Coalition Australia) and Mark Powell (AP Magazine).
June 20, 2021
EQUIP Women (Isobel Lin & Jocelyn Loane)
EQUIP Women is a large Bible teaching ministry for women in Australia. Each year the EQUIP committee puts together a book list of their recommended titles. In this special edition of the Reformers Bookcast, Tom chatted with Isobel and Jocelyn from EQUIP about a few highlights from their 2021 book list. You can find out more about EQUIP at equip.org.au or view the EQUIP booklist at reformers.com.au/equip
June 06, 2021
Dane Ortlund (Gentle and Lowly)
We know that the person and work of Christ is important but we haven’t given the heart of Christ the focus that He deserves. What is the heart of Christ toward sinners and sufferers? Is He angry with His sinful people? Does He recoil at our weakness and shamefulness? Dane Ortlund (author of the best-selling book Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers) joins us to discuss these questions. The Bible shows us that Christ’s heart is gentle and lowly toward repentant sinners. This is a truth that the Puritan’s knew well and that we need to recover today
May 30, 2021
Glenn Sunshine (Slaying Leviathan)
The COVID pandemic has, among other things, raised questions about what the relationship is between the civil government and the church. The good news is that many Christians throughout the ages have thought long and hard about this problem and we can draw on their work to help us. Glenn Sunshine (author of Slaying Leviathan: Limited Government and Resistance in the Christian Tradition) joins us on the Bookcast this week to chat about all things civil government and church.
May 23, 2021
Jonathan Cruse (What Happens When We Worship)
Every week Christians meet together to worship God at church. But what are we actually doing? What happens when we worship? This week we talk to Jonathan Cruse (author of What Happens When We Worship?) about the covenantal conversation that takes place between God and His people when we gather to worship Him.
May 16, 2021
Michael Kruger (Hebrews for You)
Michael J Kruger is the President of Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte as well as the author of numerous books. In this podcast episode, we discuss the issue of canon (from Dr Kruger’s book Canon Revisited), when Christianity is headed (from The Ten Commandments of Progressive Christianity) and the book of Hebrews (Hebrews for You).
May 09, 2021
Chris Morphew (Big Questions Series)
Kids have big questions that need answering. “What Happens When we Die?” “Why Does God let Bad Things Happen?” “How Do We Know Christianity is Really True?” are three examples. Chris Morphew is very familiar with these sorts of questions and how to answer them after spending years as a school chaplain. In this episode, Chris introduces us to his new series of books for children aged 9-13 years old “Big Questions”.
May 02, 2021
Simonetta Carr (Questions Women Asked)
Church History is our family history. Simonetta Carr’s books “Christian Biographies for Young Readers” are a great tool to help us teach our children this family history. In this episode Tom spoke to Simonetta about this series as well as her latest book “Questions Women Asked”.
April 25, 2021
Leland Ryken (Recovering the Lost Art of Reading)
What is the point of reading? What should we read? What is the point of imaginative literature like poetry, novels and stories? In this Bookcast episode we explore these questions and more as we discuss the book “Recovering the Lost Art of Reading” with author Leland Ryken.
April 18, 2021
Dr Joel Beeke (The Decades of Henry Bullinger)
John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is one of the most famous books from the Reformation with many copies still being sold today. However, at the time the Institutes was published there was a similar book that out-sold Calvin’s work in England: The Decades of Henry Bullinger. In this episode, Tom was joined by Dr Joel Beeke to discuss The Decades and the man behind the book, Henry Bullinger.
April 11, 2021
Dr Stephen Nichols (R. C. Sproul: A Life)
R. C. Sproul (1939–2017) was a renowned theologian, teacher and pastor. Stephen Nichols was a close friend of R.C. Sproul and is the author of a new biography, R. C. Sproul: A Life. In this episode, Tom spoke to Stephen Nichols about all things R.C. Sproul.
April 04, 2021
Cameron Clausing (The Crook in the Lot, by Thomas Boston)
The question of suffering is one that all Christian’s need to grapple with at some point. Why does God allow suffering in our life? What is God doing through suffering? Tom and Cameron Clausing (Lecturer at Christ College, Sydney) discussed two books that present answers to these questions: The Crook in the Lot: Living with that thorn in your side by Thomas Boston and Notes from The Tilt-a-Whirl: Wide-Eyed Wonder in God's Spoken World by N.D. Wilson
March 28, 2021
Carl Trueman (The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self)
The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self is the latest work from Carl Trueman exploring the history of the philosophy of 'self'. In this episode of the Reformers Bookcast, Tom and Carl discuss identity, the sexual revolution, how ideas travel and what the church can do in the face of the cultural challenges we are facing.
March 21, 2021
James Eglinton (Bavinck: A Critical Biography)
This week on Reformers Bookcast, James Eglinton calls in by video to talk about his book "Bavinck: A Critical Biography". Tune in and hear about Bavinck, his work and influence.
March 14, 2021
Colin Buchanan, popularly known for his music ministry to kids, joined Tom on the Bookcast to talk about books that have have benefitted him, like "Humble Calvinism" by J. A. Medders (The Good Book Company) and "A Quest for Godliness" by J. I. Packer (Crossway Books).
March 07, 2021
Stephen McAlpine (Being the Bad Guys)
For a Reformers Bookcast first, with special guest Stephen McAlpine from Western Australia, we produced this episode as a video call. Stephen McAlpine released his book "Being the Bad Guys" with The Good Book Company, offering an analysis of how our culture ended up this way and explains key points of tension between biblical Christianity and secular culture.
February 28, 2021
Mark Powell: Lead (Paul David Tripp)
Mark Powell is an associate pastor at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Sydney, and hosts AP's "Profiles in Christian Living" podcast at Reformers Bookshop. He joined Tom to share his thoughts, and praise, for Paul David Tripp's book "Lead" from Crossway.
February 21, 2021
Martyn Iles: One Perfect Life (by John MacArthur)
Martyn Iles, the Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby, met with Tom at Reformers Bookshop to talk about books, and primarily how the Bible has shaped his life, worldview, and ministry. The book Martyn chose to talk about is John MacArthur's comosite harmony of the gospels: "One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus".
February 14, 2021
Kurt Mahlburg: Cross and Culture
Reformers Bookcast is back for 2021 with our second season. To kick off this year, Kurt Mahlburg dropped in to talk about his book "Cross and Culture: Can Jesus Save the West?" Our podcast is released every Monday on our website, Facebook, Youtube, or wherever you listen to your podcast!
January 31, 2021
For the last episode for 2020, Tom was joined by Steven Soldatos and talked about fatherhood.
December 06, 2020
Laura Merrick dropped in to Reformers Bookshop to talk about Wayne Grudem's "Christian Ethics" and Megan Best's book "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made", discussing Christian ethics.
November 01, 2020
James Jeffery joined us again for this episode of the Reformers Bookcast, bringing along a copy of "God's Battle Plan for the Mind" to discuss the topic of biblical meditation with Tom, who read the upcoming title "Deeper Still".
October 04, 2020
Secularism & The Church
We were joined by David Robertson for this month's Reformers Bookcast, discussing Melvin Tinker's "That Hideous Strength" and Gene Edward Veith Jr.'s "Post-Christian" on the topic of Secularism & The Church.
September 06, 2020
Reformers Bookcast episode for August 2020: Tom sat down with Cassie Watson to talk about the Puritans.
August 02, 2020
Books on Jesus
Reformers Bookcast episode for July 2020: Tom and Andrew sat down with James Jeffery to talk about books on Jesus.
July 05, 2020
Reformers Bookcast episode for June 2020: Tom sat down with Samantha Balmforth and Shamira Eglinton to talk about book clubs.
May 31, 2020
Books on Pastoral Ministry
Reformers Bookcast episode for May 2020: Tom sat down with Jeff Kingswood and talked about books on the topic of Pastoral Ministry. Books reviewed: - Some Pastors and Teachers (Sinclair B. Ferguson, Banner of Truth) - Dear Timothy (Thomas K. Ascol [Editor], Founders Press)
May 03, 2020
Abortion and Athanasius
Reformers Bookcast episode for April 2020: Tom and Andrew sat down with Peter Barnes and talked about books on the topic of Abortion and Athanasius. Books reviewed: - Abortion (Peter Barnes, Banner of Truth) - Talking Points: Abortion (Dr. Lizzie Ling, The Good Book Company) - Athanasius of Alexandria (Peter Barnes, Christian Focus)
April 05, 2020
Preaching and Biographies
Reformers Bookcast episode for March 2020: Tom sat down with Dr. Steven J. Lawson and talked about books on the topic of Preaching and Biographies. Books reviewed: - The Evangelist Zeal of George Whitefield (Steven J. Lawson, Reformation Trust) - A Long Line of Godly Men Series (Reformation Trust)
March 03, 2020
Culture and the Christian
Reformers Bookcast episode for February 2020: Tom and Andrew sat down with Mark Earngey and talked about books on the topic of Culture and the Christian. Books reviewed: - The Household and the War for the Cosmos (C. R. Wiley, Canon Press) - How Should we then Live (Francis A. Schaeffer, Crossway) - The Other Worldview (Peter Jones, Kirkdale Press)
January 31, 2020