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The B.A.R. Podcast


We recently asked Dawain Atkinson if he would be willing to answer a few questions for our Reformation21 audience about his podcast, the B.A.R. podcast, and about the usefulness of podcasting in general. Here is our brief interview with him:

Dawain, when my friend, Joe Thorn, introduced me to the B.A.R. podcast last year, I was immediately encouraged to see what you were doing. Would you briefly tell our readers a little about the podcast and how you came to start it?

The B.A.R. Podcast (B.A.R. stands for "Biblical and Reformed") was inspired by various podcast and sermons (e.g. Whitehorse Inn, Reformed Pubcast, Reformed Forum and The Briefing). I wanted to provide a new resource that might help people grow spiritually, even as others were helping me. The objective of the podcast is to invite knowledgeable and thoughtful guests on the show in order to have down to earth conversations with them. We want to expose our audience to great preachers, teachers, and subjects.

Since 2008, I have been a regular panelist on and have hosted several podcasts. I remember not knowing what a podcast was when we first began. Could you tell our readers a little about the nature of podcasting?

Podcasting has been around for just over a decade now. Since Apple made podcasts accessible on the iPhone, the podcast world has exploded. Thankfully, the church has taken advantage of this platform--mostly for Sunday sermons and teaching; but that is only one side to the podcast world.

Nevertheless, a recent survey revealed that less than half of all Americans know of and listen to podcasts. We can only assume that only a small number of Christians are taking advantage of this fantastic tool. Podcasts can greatly benefit and encourage Christians in their daily walk and that more believers should consider adding them to their daily routine.

One of the remarkable things about podcasts is that, in most cases, the content is free. Many are failing to take advantage of all the resources that are available to them at no cost. Paying for content is becoming a thing of the past. Podcasting has hastened the transition.

In todays fast pace world, podcasting has become a vital way to listen, learn and grow. I start my day listening to podcasts and sermons in the same way that many listen to or read daily news. This allows me to feed my spirit, as I'm getting ready for work. I have found it to be a great way to help keep our mind stayed on him (Isaiah 26:3). On my commute to work--as well as during several hours of desk time--this medium has proven to be a great benefit to me. I especially encourage people to listen to sermon podcasts in order to be edified with the Gospel. Theological podcasts and sermons should never replace a local pastor; instead, they should serve as a supplement to add to your healthy diet of devotion and study as you participate in the local church.

There are other podcasting formats--akin to that which some call "Talk Radio." I'm quite fond of the "talk radio" style of podcasting. With this style of podcasting, the show's host talks about the topics or issues that may come up on daily news or social media. Many of these "talk radio" style podcasts have a host, co-host and guest(s) who will talk about such things as current events, debates, and theology. Some of my favorite podcasts will have as many at four or five contributors talking on the show. My father taught me a valuable lesson many years ago: "when you're in the room with smart people just listen and learn." This is a principle I seek to apply when listening to "talk radio" style podcast shows.

The "Talk Radio" podcast format, in a sense, brings the listener into the same room with those who are walking through important issues. When a well-respected theologian or teacher chimes in on a topic, the listener become the beneficiary of their thoughts on--and even sometimes hearing them struggle over--social, economical, or doctrinal issues.

What has been happening at the B.A.R. podcast recently? Where would you encourage our readers to start listening?

We just finished a great month that we dedicated to Reformed Theological Seminary. Dr. Ligon Duncan was so gracious to be guest on the show. I was both encouraged and amazed by his humility. When we recorded that episode, I found out about his love for Earth Wind & Fire. After we had Dr. Duncan on, I checked our schedule and noticed that we had Phillip Holmes and Carl and Karen Ellis on the calendar for upcoming shows. I immediately reached out to Dr. Duncan to see if we could make the month of November RTS month. He gave us his full support. After running those shows, several listeners informed me that they are considering RTS for seminary! We are always encouraged to see how God is working in these ways.

As the podcast grows, we are focused on making sure we provide out listeners with guests they wouldn't expect as well as guests from whom they never thought they would hear. In addition, we have a Local Pastor Spotlight--a segment that highlights the ministry of local pastors. We are striving to make this a podcast for everyone. In the coming months we're very excited about the guests we have lined up. So stay tuned!

Today's Theologians: Dr. Richard Gaffin

As we continue our series of interviews with notable theologians, we sit down with Dr. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. Dr. Gaffin is Emeritus Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. He is the author of numerous books, including Resurrection and Redemption, Perspectives on PentecostCalvin and the Sabbath, By Faith, Not By Sight and No Adam, No Gospel. Additionally, Dr. Gaffin has contributed articles to the Westminster Theological Journal and the Banner of Truth.

1. Dr. Gaffin, was there a particular point of time when you first became interested in the theological discipline of biblical theology? Was there a particular book that sparked your interest?

My interest in biblical theology stems from my student days at Westminster Seminary, particularly the teaching of Edmund Clowney, Meredith Kline and Ned Stonehouse. At a later point I became aware how much the implicitly biblical-theological outlook that conditioned the exegetical approach that marked much of John Murray's classroom lecturing on systematic theology had also influenced me.

I can't point to a single influential book but certainly to the writings of Geerhardus Vos, fairly dubbed the "father" of Reformed biblical theology (or for that matter, any biblical theology faithful to Scripture worth doing!). In particular, the impact of his Biblical Theology and The Pauline Eschatology on me, like many others, has been huge. There is as well his little book on the kingdom teaching of Jesus, The Kingdom and the Church. Dr. Stonehouse used to tell his classes that every minister of the gospel ought to read it at least once a year; though I can't say I've done that, it, too, has permanently shaped my thinking.

I might mention also that reading and working through for the first time his magisterial chapter in the volume commemorating the 1912 centenary of Princeton Seminary, "Eschatology and the Spirit in Paul," was a singular eye-opening moment for me into basic aspects of the theology of Paul, particularly for the way the forensic and renovative benefits of Christ's work are integrated in union with him as the exalted life-giving Spirit (1 Cor 15:45; 2 Cor 3:17). Additionally, I would be remiss not to mention the importance of Herman Ridderbos, particularly his major works on the kingdom teaching of Jesus and the theology of Paul.

2. Which of your works did you enjoy writing the most? Why?

I can't say that I "enjoyed" writing any of them! Writing, for me, is like sweating bullets. If I could answer in terms of a sense of fulfillment with the result of what I set out to produce, while it would be difficult for me to single out one work, I suppose Resurrection and Redemption and Perspectives on Pentecost come to mind as much as any for setting the direction of much of my teaching and other publishing.

3. Would you make any revisions to things that you have written or taught today, as your theology has developed over the years?

I've tried to listen carefully for correction to various criticisms of my views over the years and, more importantly, continually to Scripture, but I'm not aware of anything that requires substantive revision. So I won't be contributing to the "How I Changed My Mind" genre.

My primary interest in biblical theology has always been not for its own sake but for the relationship and interface between it and systematic theology, as the former serves to provide the latter with its life-blood: sound exegesis, and for that, attention to the text within its context in the unfolding history of special revelation is essential. In that regard, over the years I've come to a greater appreciation than I had initially of the indispensable facilitating role of historical theology (both the history of interpretation and the history of doctrine) for a sound understanding of that relationship.

4. There has been a great deal of work done by various scholars on different biblical theological themes. Are there any biblical-theological themes that you believe should receive more attention and development? Could you elaborate?

Picking up on my comments about the integral relationship between biblical and systematic theology, it's safe to say that there is no biblical-theological theme that is properly considered in isolation from systematic theology or does not carry implications, often important, for systematic theology. Here, for Reformed theology especially, issues related to redemptive history understood more specifically as the history of the covenant of grace that begins following the covenant of works and the fall come to mind as much as any. What distinguishes biblical theology is its focus on the history of special revelation as it is tethered to and interprets the history of redemption in its once-for-all accomplishment realized in the culminating work of Christ "in the fullness of time" (historia salutis). Key in this regard is the challenge to do justice to the unified diversity of that long unfolding covenant history, particularly as it includes the Mosaic economy, without at the same time eclipsing or compromising the one way of applying and appropriating that accomplished salvation for both old and new covenant believers--by faith in Christ and his work, whether, prospectively, as promised or, retrospectively, as completed (ordo salutis). Yet this must also be done in a way that keeps clear that new covenant believers experience that applied salvation in its entirety by virtue of their union with the Christ as he is now exalted, a union that believers under the old covenant did not yet enjoy. Clarifying this new covenant privilege and its implications remains a fruitful area for exploration.

5. What books would you recommend on redemptive history and preaching?

Dennis Johnson's recent Him We Proclaim. Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures especially comes to mind; it also serves as a helpful primer to a redemptive-historical approach in general. Still valuable is Clowney's Preaching and Biblical Theology. Worth mentioning as well is C. Trimp's Preaching and the History of Salvation.

6. If you could give just one piece of advice to a man who is just beginning his theological training and wishing to go into pastoral ministry, what would it be?

If I may, I'll offer two. "If a man is not willing to exegete, neither let him preach" (true to the spirit if not the letter of 2 Thessalonians 3:10!). There can be no higher aspiration for the pastoral ministry, having God's own explicit approval, than a right or accurate handling of the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). Everything about the theological training one seeks ought to contribute above all to realizing that aspiration.

Then there are the rhetorical questions of Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:7: "What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?" I can think of no spiritual exercise more valuable, particularly for young and aspiring pastors and teachers in the church (and those older as well), with their gifts routinely recognized and their exercise often praised by others, than to put these questions to ourselves first thing every morning when we look in the mirror (and perhaps other times in the day as well).

Seems to be the day of interviews here...

On The Confessing Baptist today, they released episode #60 and join up with The CredoCovenant Podcast for an interview with Carl Trueman (not a Baptist, we know... but he did tell us, "Well, I use to be a Baptist!") on his book The Creedal Imperative.

"The most obvious and the best way of making sure that the faith is transmitted in a stable form, across the face of the globe and from generation to generation, is to have a clearly stated public confession that can be tested by Scripture and can be passed from generation to generation." - The Creedal Imperative

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Our own Dr. David Garner will be speaking with Pastor Kevin Boling on Knowing the Truth Radio program regarding What is the "Insider Movement"? Listen live on Thursday (July 3rd) from 11:05am - 11:30am ET.

"Knowing The Truth" with Pastor Kevin Boling is a live, call-in radio program providing Doctrinal Dialog, Cultural Commentary and Insightful Interviews with some of today's foremost Christian authors and leaders.

In a recent article posted on "Place for Truth - A Voice of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals", Dr. David Garner addresses the Insider Movement and calls upon the church to respond.

During the program, Dr. Garner will help define the Insider Movement; tell us why it is so dangerous to the mission of the church, and what the church should do about it.

The Insider Movement Rage originally posted on Place for Truth web site.

Missions is not what it used to be, because the study of missions and missions theories, called missiology, has taken a life of its own.

In recent years, the attention of the international Church has been turned to controversial approaches in missions birthed in the missiological think tanks. One of these paradigms, that rages with both interest and resistance, is called Insider Movements or Jesus Movements.[1] Fellow writer on, David Hall, has already introduced Insider Movement thinking and offered a biblical response. Continue reading...

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Start the Weekend with Derek Thomas

A fascinating and well-done interview with our own Derek Thomas. Enjoy!
Rev. Kevin Boling is neighbor to our own Rick Phillips in Greenville SC and host of "Knowing the Truth" radio program. Last week when seeing Steve Lawson's commentary in Russian, he alerted me to an interview he did just the week prior with Dr. Lawson on Expository Preaching -- Steve's main course!  Find it at