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Small Town Theologian

Small Town Theologian

By Jonathan Shirk
Helping you find greater comfort and joy in the gospel.
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STT 030 - Champagne Towers & Loving Others
Have you ever been to a fancy party or wedding and seen a champagne tower? The first table of the Ten Commandments is like the top glass. Intrigued? Listen to explore the metaphor.  Please hit SUBSCRIBE on your listening app. Share the podcast with a friend. Also, grab a copy of my book titled Predestined for Joy on Amazon, and if it blesses you, leave an honest, unbiased, and thoughtful review HERE. Every review helps. Sign up for my quarterly e-newsletter to receive helpful resources and Small Town Theologian updates.  
07:32
June 17, 2021
STT 029 - Everyone Is Awesome?
LEGO came out with a set that advances the slogan "Everyone Is Awesome." But is that philosophy honest? Is it right? Is everyone awesome? The LGBTQIA+ community does not typically show support and applaud Christians who hold a Biblical view of sexuality; they seem to simply support and applaud those who support and applaud their lifestyle, which suggests not everyone is awesome.   Please SUBSCRIBE to this podcast if it encourages you. This will help the podcast reach a wider audience. Have you read my new book Predestined for Joy? You can get it on Amazon, and if it benefits you in some way, would you leave an honest and thoughtful review? Amazon book reviews help out authors. Thank you. 
09:22
June 12, 2021
STT 028 - Repentance Is More Than Feeling Bad About Sin
It is very easy to say that you're a Christian, but an entirely different and more difficult thing to actually be and live as a Christian. Many people like the idea of Jesus but not the idea of repentance. Find out what true repentance is.  Please SHARE this podcast if it's meaningful to you. Also, head to Amazon and grab a copy of my new book titled Predestined for Joy: Finding Comfort in a Controversial Doctrine. If it encourages you in some way, please leave a review on Amazon. 
08:04
June 3, 2021
STT 027 - When I Fear My Faith Will Fail
Do you feel like your faith is weak and about to shatter, perhaps that you're hanging on by a thread? Are you looking for comfort and security in the right place? Head to smalltowntheologian.org to sign up for my quarterly email newsletter to receive helpful resources to deepen your comfort and joy in the gospel. Also, who do you know that struggles to find comfort and joy in the doctrine of predestination? Have them read Jonathan's new book Predestined for Joy: Finding Comfort in a Controversial Doctrine. It might be what God uses to transform how they view this comforting doctrine.  
08:04
May 20, 2021
STT 026 - A Simple Path to Healthier Doctrine & Discernment
All professing Christians have a theological or doctrinal framework that influences their thinking about the Bible. The question is whether it's a good and accurate theological framework. The historic creeds, confessions, and catechisms of the past help us rightly think about the Bible.  Are you blessed by this podcast? Please share it with your friends. Oh, and swing by smalltowntheologian.org to sign up for my quarterly email newsletter to receive resources to help you find deeper comfort and joy in the gospel. 
08:04
May 17, 2021
STT 025 - The Helpfulness of Strong & Theologically Savvy Mothers
We need a new generation of Reformers to stand on Scripture alone. Moms are a critical part of raising them up. Mothers, never underestimate your impact on your children. Give them a theological framework through which they can understand Scripture and the world. Start with the Heidelberg Catechism. Head to www.smalltowntheologian.org to sign up for my email list. You'll get helpful, brief, and occasional emails throughout the year. 
07:53
May 7, 2021
STT 024 - Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Is the mirror you're looking into telling you the truth? What if you look into the mirror of God's Law? What does it tell you? Until you have an accurate view of yourself, you will not see the beauty and glory of Christ. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to sign up for my email list. Also, check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
07:35
May 6, 2021
STT 023 - The Comfort of the King of Cool Was the King of Kings
They called him the "King of Cool." It was a fitting title. After contracting cancer, and on his deathbed, the "King of Cool" found comfort in the King of Kings." Listen to the story of this well-known cultural icon. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
06:42
April 21, 2021
STT 022 - The Conviction & Comfort of Inner Conflict
Conflict with others is inevitable. Everyone has conflict. But for Christians, there is an inner conflict between the flesh and the Spirit. This inner conflict should both convict and comfort us. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
07:01
April 21, 2021
STT 021 - Glorifying God with Our Words
Controlling what comes out of our mouths is difficult. We need God's grace and Spirit. Grab some quick wisdom from the Proverbs to encourage you to use your words carefully. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with your friends. Also, head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and purchase two copies of Predestined for Joy (one for you, one for a friend).
07:58
April 21, 2021
STT 020 - Marriage & Sex (Part 4): Nakedness
Marriage and sex are greatly misunderstood in our times. We need to return to God and His Word to clear up our many misunderstandings. God's intent for marriage and sex are our best options, and He brings great blessings when we do marriage and sex His way. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
09:12
April 21, 2021
STT 019 - Marriage & Sex (Part 3): Partnership
Marriage and sex are greatly misunderstood in our times. We need to return to God and His Word to clear up our many misunderstandings. God's intent for marriage and sex are our best options, and He brings great blessings when we do marriage and sex His way. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
08:51
April 12, 2021
STT 018 - Marriage & Sex (Part 2): Mankind
Marriage and sex are greatly misunderstood in our times. We need to return to God and His Word to clear up our many misunderstandings. God's intent for marriage and sex are our best options, and He brings great blessings when we do marriage and sex His way. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
08:57
April 12, 2021
STT 017 - Marriage & Sex (Part 1): Thankfulness
Marriage and sex are greatly misunderstood in our times. We need to return to God and His Word to clear up our many misunderstandings. God's intent for marriage and sex are our best options, and He brings great blessings when we do marriage and sex His way. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
08:53
April 12, 2021
STT 016 - The Assurance & Comfort of Becoming Like Jesus
Do you struggle with the assurance of your salvation? This episode can help you find deeper assurance in Christ's grace toward you. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
07:55
April 12, 2021
STT 015 - God's Kindness through the Law
Likely, when you hear the word "law" or the two words "God's law," you don't immediately think kindness, especially when the law convicts of sin. But God's law is a kindness to His people. Our heavenly Father is serving us well through His law. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
08:24
April 7, 2021
STT 014 - Focus In the Family
We have been told to focus on the family, but we should really focus on Christ. More than focusing on the family, we need focus in the family. Listen in for three things that will give your family focus. With eyes on Christ, these three things will greatly help your family. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy. 
08:32
April 6, 2021
STT 013 - No Better Time to Be a Witness for Christ
The United States is becoming more hostile to Christians. There is no better time to be a gospel witness in our culture. We must shine the light of Christ in culture. Let us do this faithfully together. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy. 
08:01
April 6, 2021
STT 012 - How to Be Most Blessed by the Sabbath (or Lord's Day)
While the Pharisees were legalistic and therefore profaned the Sabbath, Christians today are often libertine when it comes to the Sabbath. Have you carefully thought about how God intends to bless you on the Sabbath and how you can best receive His blessings? It will profit us much to observe the Sabbath in ways that God is pleased with. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy. 
08:46
April 6, 2021
STT 011 - Remember God's Providence as You Go about Your Day
Our daily existence is evidence of God's activity in our lives. We are not self-existent creatures. We exist because God wills us to exist. And the more aware we are of this throughout our daily activities, the more aware we are of God's presence and goodness in our lives. The sovereignty of God must lead us into gratitude. Please SUBSCRIBE and SHARE this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
06:32
April 6, 2021
STT 010 - A Point to Remember When Presidential Votes Are Counted
Presidential elections can be nerve-wracking. But if we focus our attention on the sovereignty of God in elections, we can find deep comfort, hope, and confidence in our heavenly Father. Please subscribe and share this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
06:49
March 25, 2021
STT 009 - What You Need to Know to Live & Die Happily
If life is going well for you, do you know what you need to know to be as happy as can be? When you are on your deathbed, will you know what you need to know to die happily? Tune in to make sure. Please subscribe and share this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
06:35
March 25, 2021
STT 008 - The Comfort of Dead Birds (Part 2)
Be sure to listen to Part 1. God's providence is a comforting truth that can help you through immense pain and suffering. God's providence protects us against losing heart. Within the doctrine of providence are your security and safety. Please subscribe and share this podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast and check out Jonathan's book Predestined for Joy.
06:34
March 25, 2021
STT 007 - The Comfort of Dead Birds (Part 1)
What do dead birds have to do with our comfort in life and death? Tune in to hear this important connection. Also, please share the podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast.
06:26
March 25, 2021
STT 006 - Your Pastor Needs the Same Grace You Do
Do you respect your pastor? You should, and I hope you do, however, you should not put him on a pedestal. You shouldn't idolize him. He is a human being who struggles against his sinful flesh, the Devil, and the world, just like you. Pray for your pastor. Encourage him. Six points from J. C. Ryle help you think this through. Please subscribe and share the podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast.
06:25
March 25, 2021
STT 005 - The Holy Spirit Serves & Assures Us
Would you describe the Holy Spirit as a “funny and sneaky and silly blue genie” like the one in Aladdin? I hope not. The Holy Spirit is very misunderstood today. Many professing Christians miss the subtle, yet powerful ways the Holy Spirit of Jesus serves them. You can benefit more from the Holy Spirit's active role in your life. Please share the podcast with a friend and head to smalltowntheologian.org to read the podcast. 
06:01
March 25, 2021
STT 004 - Certainty & Comfort in Hard Times
Hard times come to everyone. When hard times come to you and you look down at your feet, are you standing on a rock? What gives you a sense of security, a sense that things will work out for your good? Listen in as Jonathan explains a rich source of comfort for those who love God. Read the text of this episode at smalltowntheologian.org. As more content is created and released, please consider supporting Small Town Theologian.
06:13
March 22, 2021
STT 003 - True Freedom from the Devil's Tyranny
Being in bondage is not a desirable condition. To be in bondage to sin and the devil is the worst possible reality for people. To be free, truly free in Christ, is the most glorious condition. Jesus is merciful and gracious to deliver us from bondage. Read the text of this episode at smalltowntheologian.org. As more content is created and released, please consider supporting Small Town Theologian.
06:30
March 22, 2021
STT 002 - He Paid Your Debt in Full
Insecurity about our salvation can bring anxiety to the soul. When believers realize that all of their sin debt was paid in full, what comfort comes to the soul. Christ is sufficient to cover all of your sin debt to God, past, present, and future. Read the text of this episode at smalltowntheologian.org. As more content is created and released, please consider supporting Small Town Theologian. 
05:57
March 22, 2021
STT 001 - I Am Not My Own
What gives you great comfort in life? If you were on your deathbed, what would give you comfort? Today, Jonathan explains where to find comfort in life and death.  Read the text of this episode at smalltowntheologian.org.  As more content is created and released, please consider supporting Small Town Theologian. 
05:25
March 16, 2021