On today’s podcast we are once again taking a gaze into the dark underbelly of fundamentalism. I know some might be offended right off the bat with that description, but we have to admit there is a dark side that many in the Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement wish were not there. While much of this has been swept under the rug in years gone by, this age of both mass media and social media, secrets are harder to hide. Much light has been shed on horrible theology, pastoral misconduct, scandal, and even physical abuse. Right in the middle of this mess stands the First Baptist Church of Hammond, IN. Just months ago Pastor Jack Schaap was taken away in handcuffs as an affair with a 16 year old girl was discovered. As bad as this tragedy is, we see this not as an isolated incident but as a long train of abuses in a culture of pastor-worship and even includes Schaap’s predecessor at First Baptist, the late Jack Hyles. Here to talk about this issue is Dr. Jerry Kaifetz, author of the book Profaned Pulpit: The Jack Schaap Story.
Here are just a few of the questions posed to Dr. Kaifetz:
- What about Jack Schaap in particular? You were his friend and business partner. He even did your wedding ceremony. You spoke highly of him as a homiletics professor. What happened?
- Many Fundamentalists are quick to charge that this is not a denomination, association, movement or as 20/20 called it, a “network.” Yet, these same people are quick to brag about their own fundamentalist credentials in terms of pastors they’ve preached for, colleges they attended or recommend and those personal conversations with the likes of Lee Roberson, John R. Rice or fill in the blank with the heavy-weight preacher name in your little neck of fundamentalism. They travel in the same circles and condemn those outside of it. That’s a network if I’ve ever heard one. So why do you call it a movement?
- Are there parts of fundamentalism that is salvageable? I think fundamentalism contains several circles from the Hyles circle, to the BJU-type circle and everything in-between. Should we be calling out the whole movement? Are there some within the movement that are unstained in all this or are they too guilty of at covering this all up?
You can purchase a copy of Profaned Pulpit on Amazon. To check out more from Dr. Kaifetz log on to www.jerrykbooks.com or www.profanedpulpit.com. You can also here Dr. Kaifetz’s testimony dramatized on the Unshackled broadcast. Click here and scroll down to program number A2948.
On this edition of the KevCast, we welcome Pastor Chris Brauns, the author of Bound Together: How We are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices.
“Our lives are woven together in such a way that the choices each one of us makes have an effect on the lives of others, both for good and for bad. Because much of the pain we endure in life is in the context of relationships, this truth often strikes us as unfair. Why should a child suffer because of the poor decisions of his or her parents? And on a grander scale, why do we all suffer the curse of Adam’s disobedience? Why should anyone be judged for someone else’s sin?”
Perhaps these are questions you’ve wondered about yourself. Maybe you’ve struggled with the concept of a God who slaughters innocent women and children in Jericho or most of the human race in the Noahic flood. Is God unfair? If am bound by the actions of others, what does that say about free will and human responsibility? If these are questions you’ve been thinking, this interview is one you will want to hear.
Pictures from launch party of Bound Together held at the Red Brick Church: (Click on each image for a larger view)
It has been said that readers are leaders. I think we all know that reading is important and is certainly something we ought to do, but it is one of those things that is just so easy to neglect. In our fast-paced lives reading hundreds of pages in an in-depth book just doesn’t seems as practical as the ease of reading 140 characters in a tweet or Facebook update. Yet, Christians were once known as “people of the Book.” The Bible is the very life-blood of the Christian faith. The essence of our salvation is found in the fact that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. God has chosen to reveal Himself through words, phrases, and sentences. So, how should the Christian view reading?
In this KevCast, my guest is Shaun Tabatt of Cross Focused Media. Shaun has a deep love for reading and works in the Christian publishing industry. He recently launched his own podcast, Author Talks in which he interviews Christian authors about their craft. Shaun also blogs at Bible Geek Gone Wild.
You can purchase a copy of Sensing Jesus here.
Almost 80% of Americans are connected to the internet, and over two billion people around the world are on the world wide web. The unimaginable amount of information and communication that is piped into our homes through high-speed cable and DSL connections provide us with opportunities unparalleled by any previous generation. We can now be instantly connected with friends and loved ones across the globe through Skype and Facebook while at the same time be kept up-to-date on breaking news stories and heated theological debates. Yet, this technological revolution also presents us with dangers and temptations we must constantly guard against. Even in the church, you have people hooked on internet pornography, children getting into questionable online relationships and the ever increasing loss of privacy we unwittingly seem to submit to without thought. So what are we to do?
On this episode of the KevCast we welcome David Clark, author of the book You, Your Family and the Internet: What Every Christian in the Digital Age Ought to Know. Listen in as we talk about both the blessings and the dangers that come with our entry into the world wide web. We spoke on subjects such as:
- Online relationships (all of which are not bad)
- How Facebook actually operates
- Guidelines for parents discussing these matters with their children
- E-mail anxiety
We also had a great discussion about how Christians should apply Biblical principles to this issue and how we should purposefully think through ways to harness the opportunities that social media and the internet present for our generation. You won’t want to miss this podcast, so don’t wait another minute! You can also purchase the book here.
From the AskPastorJohn account on SoundCloud:
Should a Christian writer (author, blogger, etc), craft language for the purpose of bringing change to his or her reader? Is thinking about influence inconsequential during the writing process? In other words, is the goal of influencing a reader a noble goal, or a presumptuous one? We asked John Piper.
How does sinful man stand justified before a holy God? The Apostle Paul focuses especially on the doctrine in his epistle to the Galatians.
On this episode of the KevCast, we are honored to have Terry Johnson, pastor of the Independent Presbyterian Church of Savannah, Georgia. Pastor Johnson has authored several books including a new commentary on the book of Galatians published by Christian Focus as part of their Mentor Expository Commentary series.
Join us as first chat about the role commentaries play in the study life of pastors and laymen alike. From there we launch into our look at Galatians and discuss how fundamental the doctrine of justification by faith alone is and how we fight against the dual dangers of legalism and antinomianism. We conclude our time with a frank discussion on how the church plays its crucial role in the life of the believer.
You will not want to miss this episode!
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My Interview with Thabiti Anyabwile about His Latest Book: The Life of God in the Soul of the Church
It seems as though in an increasingly individualized society. For years now we have been witness to the phenomenon of young people claiming to be spiritual but not wishing to tie themselves down to any time of organized religion. Among those willing to take on the Christian label, some still view the church as a hindrance to their individualized pursuit of God. Even within the church we often emphasize one’s personal walk with the Lord. Among all of this individualism we are missing out one of the greatest blessings and greatest expectations of the Christian faith – fellowship within the Body of Christ.
This episode of the KevCast features my conversation with Thabiti Anyabwile (pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman) about his new book, The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship.
Listen in as we chat about fellowship in the church. Hear the answers to questions like:
- Is true fellowship possible in mega-churches?
- Why do I need the church if I have Christian fellowship in other settings?
- How can the church help in finding my spiritual gifts?
- What does it mean to sing to one another?
You won’t want to miss this interview! Download it today and, of course, buy the book!
(Warning and apology – due to some faulty equipment there are some moments of annoying feedback at various points of this audio recording. But, eventually they do go away so don’t give in! The good news is its only when I am talking so you don’t have to miss a minute of Thabiti.)
This week on the podcast we welcomed Darrell Dow, creator of the Stuff Fundies Like blog. In this broadcast, Darrell shares with us about his personal journey of how he navigated his way out of a legalistic religion to embrace a new world of grace and forgiveness often overlooked in some camps of fundamentalism. Like many who read this blog and listen to this podcast, it is a story that I can more than sympathize with. This is just one reason why Darrell has found such a large audience. We can all look back and recall our own experiences as Darrell draws from his own and that of the hundreds of others who he has connected with over these past few years.
A midst all of the satire found on the Stuff Fundies Like blog lay some important issues that move far beyond the mere not wanting to abide by strict standards of music and dress. This leads us to our main topic of conversation, Darrell’s new book: Fundamental Flaws: Seven Things Independent Fundamental Baptists Get Wrong (And How to Fix Them). This book features seven issues many of us former fundamentalists can identify with. Yet, as Darrell mentions on the program, this book can serve as a tool to help explain to people why we left this world and also leave the reader with a few linger thoughts to ponder.