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Everyone has things they believe in. Somethings we hold dear and will fight for and other things we are really rather flippant about because we think they do really matter. We live in a world where truth and belief are often confused, for instance, some suggest strongly that we are to value the beliefs of others. While I would admit that we ought to listen to others to understand their given belief and do this with respect for those whose beliefs may differ from our own. This shouldn't suggest that just because one holds a belief there is value (or what Stephen Colbert has called "truthiness") in that belief. The fact is many people have and still do belief things that are wrong and even dangerous. A radical example of this would be the belief system of Hitler and how his ideas where realized in Nazi Germany. Most people would agree that Hitler was wrong and the beliefs he had were wrong and dangerous. We often, however, do not place beliefs that some hold about God and the gospel on this level -- of actually being dangerous. God is Truth. What God has said about Himself and who we are is of radical importance -- not because these things are believed but because of who declared them to be True. Our mission at RenewalCast.com is to be one resource (among many greater ones) in helping to ground your belief on Truth that is revealed to us by God Himself in Scripture.

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Everyone has things they believe in. Somethings we hold dear and will fight for and other things we are really rather flippant about because we think they do really matter. We live in a world where truth and belief are often confused, for instance, some suggest strongly that we are to value the beliefs of others. While I would admit that we ought to listen to others to understand their given belief and do this with respect for those whose beliefs may differ from our own. This shouldn't suggest that just because one holds a belief there is value (or what Stephen Colbert has called "truthiness") in that belief. The fact is many people have and still do belief things that are wrong and even dangerous. A radical example of this would be the belief system of Hitler and how his ideas where realized in Nazi Germany. Most people would agree that Hitler was wrong and the beliefs he had were wrong and dangerous. We often, however, do not place beliefs that some hold about God and the gospel on this level -- of actually being dangerous. God is Truth. What God has said about Himself and who we are is of radical importance -- not because these things are believed but because of who declared them to be True. Our mission at RenewalCast.com is to be one resource (among many greater ones) in helping to ground your belief on Truth that is revealed to us by God Himself in Scripture.

    Counseling Ministry with Ryan Davidson

    Counseling Ministry with Ryan Davidson

    About the Guest(s):
    Ryan Davidson is a seasoned pastor with nearly two decades of experience. He has been married for 19 years and is a father to four children. Presently, Ryan serves as the pastor at Grace Baptist Chapel in Hampton, Virginia, a Reformed Baptist congregation. In addition to his pastoral duties, Ryan is an educator, teaching regularly at the International Reformed Baptist Seminary in Mansfield, Texas. His expertise in law, the GOSP (Gospel) plan, and counseling, alongside his pastoral ministry, makes him a valuable resource in discussing the intersection of faith and practical ministry guidance.

    Episode Summary:
    In this enlightening episode of renewalcst, listeners get the rare opportunity to plunge into the depth of pastoral counseling and its connection with the law and GOSP plan, as explained by the esteemed guest, Ryan Davidson. The conversation begins with an introduction to Ryan's personal and pastoral background, setting the stage for a discourse that navigates the murky waters of biblical counseling and its significance in modern-day pastoral ministry. Focusing on pivotal aspects of spiritual guidance, Ryan Davidson delves into the intricacies of biblical and pastoral counseling, emphasizing the distinct but interconnected roles these methods play in the larger ecclesiastical framework. He stresses the sufficiency and relevance of scripture, coupled with general revelation, in addressing various counseling scenarios. Each segment of the dialogue is neatly packaged into sumptuous insights, seeping rich with SEO keywords like "biblical counseling," "pastoral ministry," "law and gospel distinction," and "grace-oriented guidance."
    Key takeaways surface from the nuanced discussion surrounding the proper application of law and gospel in counseling, enlightening believers and non-believers alike on their spiritual journey. Ryan Davidson articulately explicates how these foundational Christian doctrines apply in the counseling room, revolutionizing our approach to dealing with life's complexities, personal struggles, and relational dynamics. Key Takeaways:The difference between biblical and pastoral counseling lies in their approach to the use and sufficiency of scripture in addressing the challenges faced by individuals.The law and gospel distinction is essential in counseling, preventing confusion and promoting clear progression in spiritual guidance.Pastoral counsel requires the acknowledgment of both special revelation (scripture) and general revelation (creation) to wisely navigate various issues.While the expectations in relationships such as marriage should be filtered through God's law, the freedom granted by the gospel enables a spirit of repentance and grace.Counseling should be tailored to each individual, considering the unique circumstances and spiritual status, and maintaining a clear distinction between God's moral law and personal preferences.Notable Quotes:"The scripture is sufficient for our work of counseling insofar as we also remember that the Lord has given us two books.""We don't operate as Christian families, if that's what we are, under the covenant of works.""We ought to make a distinction between preaching pulpit ministry and counseling ministry.""We don't want to simply just throw the gospel out to everyone, assuming that they don't need to actually hear the law and be drawn to Christ.""We are not under the law as a covenant of works, but we are under the law as a rule, so we can seek to glorify Christ."Resources: Resources mentioned in the conversation include:International Reformed Baptist Seminary, Mansfield, TexasBooks like "True Bounds of Christian Freedom" by Samuel Bolton and "The Law and the Gospel" by John ColquhounDive into the full episode to explore the rich tapestry of pastoral counseling insights offered by...

    • 34 min
    Law and Gospel Week: Saturday!

    Law and Gospel Week: Saturday!

    About the Guest(s): Patrick Abendroth is the featured guest in this episode of Renewalcast. Abendroth associates closely with the theological and biblical discourse community, contributing to substantive discussions on intricate aspects of Christian doctrine. His insights stem from a rich background in religious studies and pastoral experience, showcasing a deep commitment to exploring the nuances of Christian faith. Pat Abendroth also hosts the "Pacdom" podcast, a platform extending riveting conversations and scholarly discussions, enriching the community with theological knowledge and perspectives. Episode Summary: In this enlightening episode of Renewalcast, Coalt Robinson invites Patrick Abendroth for a deep dive into the significance of the active obedience of Christ. Opening with a reflection on the gospel's transformational power, the episode transitions into an engaging dialogue that examines key facets of Biblical teachings. The conversation leads the listeners through the complexities of justification by faith alone, imputation of righteousness, and the crucial distinction between active and passive obedience of Christ. Abendroth's articulate exposition sheds light on the indispensable nature of understanding Christ's role in upholding divine law for the believer's justification. A striking emphasis is placed on the foundational principles that underpin the Protestants' stance on salvation, increasingly relevant in contemporary theological discourse. With SEO-friendly terms like "justification," "righteousness," "active obedience," and "imputed righteousness," the episode provides both a primer to the theologically curious and an advanced analysis for seasoned believers. The discussion navigates through the implications of misunderstanding or neglecting these doctrines, highlighting the potential peril of diluting the richness of Christian assurance and the gravity of redemption in Christ. Conversations like these fortify the listener's comprehension of theological nuances and their implications for the Christian life, simultaneously pushing back against simplistic or skewed interpretations widespread in the modern evangelical landscape. Key Takeaways:Understanding the doctrine of justification by faith alone is crucial, where Christ's righteousness is credited to believers.Righteousness in Biblical terms refers to adherence to God's law, which fundamentally involves loving God and one's neighbor perfectly.The active obedience of Christ encompasses His whole life of upholding God's law, while His passive obedience pertains to His suffering obedience.Neglecting the doctrine of Christ's active obedience can lead to a lack of assurance and misinformed obedience out of fear rather than gratitude.The traditional covenant theology is intricately connected with the doctrines discussed, emphasizing the necessity of perfect adherence to divine law for salvation.Notable Quotes:"We're good. I can't. Yeah, sometimes I can't promise my kids are not going to run in and my wife's mowing the yard." - Jay Wipf, establishing the conversational and unplugged nature of the podcast."It's not that complicated, right, John?" - Patrick Abendroth, stressing the accessibility of theological concepts with proper explanation."In order to get to heaven, in order to be accepted by God, you do have to have. I didn't say you have to do. You do have to have perfect obedience." - Patrick Abendroth, summarizing the imputation aspect of righteousness."Law, that's why Romans is going to say the law is written on our hearts." - Patrick Abendroth, highlighting the universality of God's moral law across dispensations.Resources: No specific resources, social media handles, websites, articles, books, or URLs were explicitly mentioned during the conversation in the transcript provided. Tune into the full episode to absorb the theological nuances and profound...

    • 50 min
    Law and Gospel Week: Friday!

    Law and Gospel Week: Friday!

    About the Guest(s): Dr. J.V. Fesko is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, with his ordination dating back to the winter of 1998. Spanning over two decades of ministry, Dr. Fesko has experience as a full-time pastor, church planter, academic dean, and professor of theology. Serving for ten years at Westminster Seminary California, he subsequently moved to teach systematic and historical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. As an author, Dr. Fesko has contributed extensively to Christian literature and theological discourse, focusing on subjects such as the covenant of works, law and gospel, and systematic theology. Episode Summary: In this insightful episode of Renewalcast, we dive deeply into the nuanced biblical and theological subject of the Covenant of Works with Dr. J.V. Fesko. The conversation is rich with exploration into the role of imputation in theology and the overarching narrative of law and gospel throughout the Scriptures. Dr. Fesko illuminates the understanding of the Covenant of Works, detailing its essential elements from Genesis and its implications for Christian doctrine and salvation. Using a blend of historical perspective and scriptural exegesis, he argues for the covenant’s necessity in grasping the complete narrative of the Bible. The discussion also delves into the contrast between the covenants of works and grace and the implications for Christian life. Key Takeaways:The Covenant of Works covers the biblical narrative from Genesis 1-3 and emphasizes human obedience in God's creation plan.Understanding the Covenant of Works is crucial to avoid misinterpreting the doctrine of imputed righteousness and the nature of justification.Scripture supports the concept of the Covenant of Works through various passages that reveal covenantal language and themes.Noteworthy theologians such as Karl Barth, John Murray, and Herman Hoeksema have critiqued or redefined the Covenant of Works, influencing contemporary theological thought.The future publication, "Jesus and the Covenant of Grace," is anticipated as a continuation of Dr. Fesko's exploration into covenant theology.Notable Quotes:"He who does not understand the covenant of works will likely make errors in the covenant of grace." - J.V. Fesko"You can't throw a rock in the Bible without hitting a covenant." - J.V. Fesko"If we don't distinguish rightly between the covenant of works and covenant of grace or law and gospel, we will mistakenly try to lay hold of our salvation by our obedience rather than by Christ's obedience." - J.V. Fesko"Because they get into the original languages and they see all of this covenantal terminology…they begin integrating the category of covenant and combining it with the categories of law and gospel." - J.V. Fesko"Adam's perfect lawkeeping and suffering is accredited to those who are in him, to those who are united to him who have believed in him, who have been chosen by God to be united to the Son." - J.V. FeskoResources: During the conversation, Dr. J.V. Fesko referenced his book "Adam and the Covenant of Works." He discusses the book's focus and the plan for a forthcoming work tentatively titled "Jesus and the Covenant of Grace." For more from Dr. Fesko and his teachings, viewers are encouraged to seek out his publications and his work within the Reformed Theological Seminary. Dive into the full episode for an enriching experience that weaves together the threads of theology, biblical narrative, and Christian life. Stay vigilant for more episodes like this one on the Renewalcast that bring such depth to the ever-transforming word of God.

    • 37 min
    Law and Gospel Week: Thursday!

    Law and Gospel Week: Thursday!

    About the Guest(s):
    Ryan Davidson is a seasoned pastor with nearly two decades of experience. He has been married for 19 years and is a father to four children. Presently, Ryan serves as the pastor at Grace Baptist Chapel in Hampton, Virginia, a Reformed Baptist congregation. In addition to his pastoral duties, Ryan is an educator, teaching regularly at the International Reformed Baptist Seminary in Mansfield, Texas. His expertise in law, the GOSP (Gospel) plan, and counseling, alongside his pastoral ministry, makes him a valuable resource in discussing the intersection of faith and practical ministry guidance.

    Episode Summary: In this enlightening episode of renewalcst, listeners get the rare opportunity to plunge into the depth of pastoral counseling and its connection with the law and GOSP plan, as explained by the esteemed guest, Ryan Davidson. The conversation begins with an introduction to Ryan's personal and pastoral background, setting the stage for a discourse that navigates the murky waters of biblical counseling and its significance in modern-day pastoral ministry. Focusing on pivotal aspects of spiritual guidance, Ryan Davidson delves into the intricacies of biblical and pastoral counseling, emphasizing the distinct but interconnected roles these methods play in the larger ecclesiastical framework. He stresses the sufficiency and relevance of scripture, coupled with general revelation, in addressing various counseling scenarios. Each segment of the dialogue is neatly packaged into sumptuous insights, seeping rich with SEO keywords like "biblical counseling," "pastoral ministry," "law and gospel distinction," and "grace-oriented guidance." Key takeaways surface from the nuanced discussion surrounding the proper application of law and gospel in counseling, enlightening believers and non-believers alike on their spiritual journey. Ryan Davidson articulately explicates how these foundational Christian doctrines apply in the counseling room, revolutionizing our approach to dealing with life's complexities, personal struggles, and relational dynamics. 

    Key Takeaways:The difference between biblical and pastoral counseling lies in their approach to the use and sufficiency of scripture in addressing the challenges faced by individuals.The law and gospel distinction is essential in counseling, preventing confusion and promoting clear progression in spiritual guidance.Pastoral counsel requires the acknowledgment of both special revelation (scripture) and general revelation (creation) to wisely navigate various issues.While the expectations in relationships such as marriage should be filtered through God's law, the freedom granted by the gospel enables a spirit of repentance and grace.Counseling should be tailored to each individual, considering the unique circumstances and spiritual status, and maintaining a clear distinction between God's moral law and personal preferences.Notable Quotes:"The scripture is sufficient for our work of counseling insofar as we also remember that the Lord has given us two books.""We don't operate as Christian families, if that's what we are, under the covenant of works.""We ought to make a distinction between preaching pulpit ministry and counseling ministry.""We don't want to simply just throw the gospel out to everyone, assuming that they don't need to actually hear the law and be drawn to Christ.""We are not under the law as a covenant of works, but we are under the law as a rule, so we can seek to glorify Christ."Resources: Resources mentioned in the conversation include:International Reformed Baptist Seminary, Mansfield, TexasBooks like "True Bounds of Christian Freedom" by Samuel Bolton and "The Law and the Gospel" by John ColquhounDive into the full episode to explore the rich tapestry of pastoral counseling insights offered...

    • 34 min
    Law and Gospel Week: Wednesday!

    Law and Gospel Week: Wednesday!

    About the Guest(s): Mike Abendroth is the seasoned pastor of Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boytston, Massachusetts, where he has served since 1997. He brings a wealth of pastoral experience and theological insight to his ministry. Mike is also the voice behind No Compromise Radio, a platform dedicated to discussing theological truths and contemporary church issues, which can be found at nocompromiseradio.com or on popular podcast-catching apps. Episode Summary: In the latest episode of Renewal Cast, listeners are treated to a thought-provoking conversation with Mike Abendroth, who brings nuanced discussions on antinomianism and neonomianism to the table. The episode promises more than theological jargon; it delves into concepts critical to understanding gospel proclamation and the Christian life. The conversation begins by examining the historical and theological underpinnings of neonomianism and antinomianism—terms that discuss adherence to and the addition of laws in Christian doctrine, respectively. Abendroth eloquently navigates through the implications of these ideologies on salvation and Christian living, striking a balance that eschews legalism and licentiousness. The discussion seamlessly incorporates practical pastoral advice, affirming the priority of faith in Christ alone for salvation, while clarifying the roles of repentance and obedience as fruits of genuine faith. Key Takeaways:Neonomianism involves adding prerequisites to the gospel, suggesting that actions such as forsaking sin are required to come to Christ, which complicates the free offer of the gospel.Antinomianism challenges how Christians should live after salvation, questioning if obedience to God's law is necessary since they are not justified by it.True repentance and faith are closely linked, almost simultaneous in experience, yet distinct in order, with faith logically preceding repentance.Assurance of salvation should primarily rest on the person and work of Christ, not on the level of one's sanctification or good works.Legalistic preaching can obscure the generous grace of God, substituting the joy of the gospel with a burden of performance.Notable Quotes:"Jesus justifies the ungodly; His grace preceeds repentance and faith.""You're saved by faith alone, but that faith's not alone." (Paraphrased from Martin Luther)"Christians do sin…we don't have to pray enough or evangelize enough to be acceptable in God's eyes…Jesus did all that enough and we can just rest in him."Resources:Bethlehem Bible Church: Bethlehem Bible Church WebsiteNo Compromise Radio: No Compromise Radio WebsiteLet this episode be not just an academic venture but a heartwarming reminder of the profound grace that defines the Christian life. For those eager to deepen their understanding of these critical issues, make sure to listen to the entire conversation. Stay tuned for more enriching episodes that promise to edify, enlighten, and encourage.

    • 44 min
    Law and Gospel Week: Tuesday!

    Law and Gospel Week: Tuesday!

    Join Coalt Robinson and Jay Wipf as they discuss the importance of the law-gospel distinction with special guest Dr. R. Scott Clark. Dr. Clark, a pastor and professor, explains the historical significance of this distinction in the Reformed tradition and its impact on understanding Scripture. He emphasizes the need to distinguish between law and gospel in preaching and the Christian life. Discover the resources and books recommended by Dr. Clark to deepen your understanding of this essential theological concept. Don't miss this enlightening conversation on the Renewal Cast podcast.

    Timestamp Summary
    0:10 Introducing Dr. R. Scott Clark: Pastor, Professor, and Podcaster
    3:15 Academic Updates and Heidelberg Catechism Insights
    7:14 Revisiting the Law-Gospel Distinction in Reformed Theology
    11:13 Distinguishing Law and Gospel in Christian History
    15:42 A Preacher's Revelation on Law and Gospel Distinction
    17:43 Exploring the Law-Gospel Distinction in Protestant Theology
    22:04 Debunking Antinomianism and Affirming the Third Use of the Law
    23:33 The Permanence of God's Moral Law Across Testaments
    24:05 Understanding the Threefold Use of the Moral Law
    26:16 Understanding Christian Law and Salvation 28:15 Evolving Interpretations of Covenant Theology in Reformed Circles
    31:35 Exploring the Heidelberg Catechism and Reformed Theology
    34:44 Understanding Sin, Misery, and Sanctification Through Law and Gospel
    37:20 Reformed Theology and Its Debt to Luther
    39:55 Reflecting on Idyllic Summers and Scouting Camps in South Dakota
    41:18 Discussing Relocation and Freedom Post-Pandemic

    • 43 min

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