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Two Thieves Podcast

The Two Thieves Podcast will focus on extolling God's mercies, examining scripture, and looking through the lens of a Christian Worldview. We will dialogue on current events, both inside and outside the Church, as well as reviewing other articles, videos, and publications. Like the whole of scripture, this podcast is first and foremost about God, not about man.
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Dec 10, 2016

If you’re an active Calvinist that follows the underground Reformed movement, you’re already aware of the sermons of Rick Patrick and Paige Patterson that deemed Calvinism a “Trojan Horse.”  This week we share our thoughts on what they had to say and follow up with a discussion on the “Big 3” texts that many Arminians believe are in direct opposition to Reformed Theology.  But are they???  We also talk about our experience meeting Dr. James White!! 

As always… Thank you for listening!  Please give us a 5 star rating on iTunes.  You can find out more about us on our Facebook page or at www.twothievespodcast.com.  We invite any and all feedback at twothievespodcast@gmail.com. 

Dec 2, 2016

Abortion is to blame for the deaths of over 6 million innocent children in America.  Contrary to the current narrative, it's not solely a political issue.  It's a Gospel issue.  This week we stood outside the abortion mill in our city to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those on the front lines of the pro-choice movement.  In this episode we share our experience in hope that it encourages all of our listeners to realize this is something every single Christian is called to speak prophetically against.

Please like our page on Facebook and rate us on iTunes.  We welcome your feedback through our website at www.twothievespodcast.com or at our email twothievespodcast@gmail.com.  Thank you for listening!

Nov 24, 2016

This week we handle one of the lightning rod issues of our current culture: race.  As our nation is faced with attempting to unify races, many within the church are calling for the same action.  But is there truly a systemic racial divide within the bride of Christ?  What’s the answer to fixing the racial rift in America?  What does scripture have to say on the issue?  And, what other related social issue of our day is even more important for Christians to address?  Join two of the whitest men you know attempt to gently seek scriptural guidance on this hot button issue.   We hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!  As always, thank you for listening! Please check out our blog at www.twothievespodcast.com and send any and all feedback to twothievespodcast@gmail.com.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Nov 16, 2016

This week:  the doctrine of repentance.  The most basic teaching of the man who was sent to make way for Christ is unfortunately glazed over far too often in the modern American church.  A command not just for the lost, but for the redeemed in Christ all the more.  At such a critical juncture in our country, this is an issue that God’s people must be willing to convey as an essential part of the Great Commission.  Without repentance, we cannot see our need for a savior.  Without a savior, we are hopelessly condemned. 

In this episode we begin by answering a listeners question about deathbed confessionals in reference to our previous episode on election.  We then start our root conversation with biblically defining repentance, examining texts in reference to the doctrine, and discuss where some get the concept wrong.  The final question we seek to answer is, “What do we say to those that think we’ve been ‘saved’ through this election?  And what does it have to do with repentance?”

Thank you for listening.  Please feel free to send your feedback to twothievespodcast@gmail.com.  Also, check out our revamped website at www.twothievespodcast.com

Nov 10, 2016

Yep… We’re going to be those annoying Calvinists who keep reminding you that all political elections pale in comparison to the true, eternal election of God the Father.  If you’re sick of hearing about The Donald, exit polls, and the electoral college, join us as we tackle what may be an even more controversial type of election.  So how should we view the ‘U’ in TULIP?  Just how is God's election ‘unconditional?’  Where do we get the concept from in scripture?  What are some common objections to unconditional election?  We hope you give us a listen this week as we address this contentious point of Calvinism. 

All of your feedback is welcome at twothievespodcast@gmail.com.  If you haven’t had a chance, check out our website and blog at www.twothievespodcast.com.  Please rate us 5 stars on iTunes!!!  Thanks for listening!!

Nov 4, 2016

Fortunately for all of us, we’re only one week away from quite possibly the most divisive election is U.S. history.  For the most part we’ve stayed silent on the issue.  But as we’ve discussed politics more and more we’ve come to see how someone’s theology affects their political approach.  Or, unfortunately, the other way around.  So how does our theology influence our outlook on government?  Does God even care about what happens in our election?  Is Donald Trump the cure for what ails America?  Join us this week as we answer these questions as well as discuss Two Kingdom Theology, wicked leaders, and the judgement of God.  Your feedback is always welcome at twothievespodcast@gmail.com or our contact page on www.twothievespodcast.com.  If you are an Android user, check us out on the Podcast Source app!  Thank You for listening!

Oct 25, 2016

Maybe you’ve heard of it, churches claiming supernatural occurrences of gold dust and feathers falling from the ceiling and precious stones appearing during church services.  The most notable place of occurrence being Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  Since we have no direct reference for any of this in the bible, what are we to make of it?  How do we know if it’s real? 

We start the conversation off this week discussing continuationism vs. cessationism.  Basically, do we believe the apostolic gifts held by the New Testament apostles are still prevalent today?  Is there a biblical case to be made for these incidences?  And most importantly, how does it affect our belief of the Gospel if we chose one position over the other?  Join us this week as we break down these events in the charismatic church and what we believe scripture teaches.  Please check out our new website at www.twothievespodcast.com and send any feedback to twothievespodcast@gmail.com.  Thank you for listening!

Oct 19, 2016

Our first episode on the Five Solas begins with Sola Fide and the concept of justification by faith alone.  We skim the surface of the Protestant Reformation and then dive head first into the need and means of justification by faith.  How does this concept differ from that of the Catholic Church?  Why is it important to think through our theology on concepts outlined by the Solas?  What are some prominent false teachings that threaten a biblical view of justification?  And possibly most important..... Why didn't people like our last episode on music, movies, and sports?  We hope you listen this week as we seek to answer these questions and explore one of the foundational concepts of Christianity. 

Check out our new website and blog at www.twothievespodcast.com and feel free to send any feedback to twothievespodcast@gmail.com.  Thanks for listening!

Oct 11, 2016

This week the Thieves are digging in to music, movies, and sports!  As Christians it’s incredibly easy to get sucked in to entertainment that panders to a broken culture.  The fight to be in, but not of the world is a daily battle (John 17).  In living a life seeking to honor God, what types of entertainment should we be enjoying?  What harm does it bring to a Christians life who watches and listens to anything they please?  But probably the most important question we answer….. Is Frozen based on the Gospel?  Join us as we find out! 

As always, we welcome your feedback at twothievespodcast@gmail.com.  And don’t forget to check out our new website www.twothievespodcast.com!!

Oct 4, 2016

We wrap up our series on Christian apologetics with one of the most prevalent issues in America today. What was once a well established doctrine in the church as a whole has suddenly been questioned and reversed by many denominations in our culture who are disputing the sinfulness of homosexuality.  So, has the modern church suddenly unlocked the true interpretation of scripture that thousands of years of orthodox church teaching has missed?  What should our apologetic approach be to those who accept homosexuality as a glorifying lifestyle?  We tackle this subject with heavy hearts yearning for Gospel truth, viewing the scriptures as the ultimate authority and as God's holy, authoritative Word.  We welcome your feedback at twothievespodcast@gmail.com..... We can't thank you all enough for listening

Sep 26, 2016

A bit of a late release this week as we follow up our introductory episode on Christian apologetics.  This episode we refute a presentation on atheism given by Dan Barker, a well known former pastor turned secular materialist. Dan Barker has debated the likes of James White, Doug Wilson, and Todd Friel and his arguments encompass many common rebuttals atheists give to the Gospel. 

Throughout Mr. Barker's we look at the foundation he stands upon to make his case for a randomized universe and whether or not his arguments against the Triune God of Scripture pass the test of objective truth.  Is it even consistent for an atheist like Dan Barker to appeal to an objective truth?  We hope this episode exhorts our listeners to  "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15)

Thanks for listening and please feel free to send any and all feedback to twothievespodcast@gmail.com

Sep 16, 2016

This week we begin a series on apologetics, or how to defend our Christian faith.  We transition into our topic by taking a look at an article that follows up on our "Shallow Oceans" episode.  We stumbled upon an interview with the director of an upcoming documentary about the Hillsong United band. As a professing non believer, he discusses what draws him to Hillsong and their music.

Our main topic for this episode is the exegesis of Romans 1.  As we look into this chapter we uncover what Paul is saying about the nature of man and how it applies to our culture today.  Before we can defend our faith we must understand the nature of our audience and how to best convey the gospel message to them. Thank you all for listening and please send any and all feedback to twothievespodcast@gmail.com  

Sep 8, 2016

No clever titles this week, just straight Gospel talk.  This week we welcome our first guest:  our Pastor Ben Ritz.  If you've listened to our first 10 episodes (THANK YOU!!) this is a great culmination to the topics we've discussed.  We sought Ben's opinion on various topics related to what a biblical church should look like:  What does Gospel-Centered mean?  What is the purpose of meeting?  What should biblical worship include?  How should we view membership to a church body? 

 

We pray this episode gets the amount of listens it deserves.  It may not be a flashy topic but we truly believe this is some of the deepest, most honest talk about the church body that we've put out.  As always, thank you for listening and please send any and all feedback to twothievespodcast@gmail.com

Sep 2, 2016

This week we embraced the help of a few listeners to fuel this week's episode.  In the past week we've been confronted with a few issues that we thought were important to address:

Medical Marijuana:  We received a listener email asking about the usage of medical marijuana for the Christian.  Is it ok?  Is it a sin?  Is the line more grey than black?

Hypostatic Union:  A common interpretation of Phillipians 2:7 is that Jesus emptied himself of his divinity while on earth.  But is that what the scripture really says?  If we are to truly believe that Jesus is God, then can we really also simultaneously believe that he was dependent upon the Holy Spirit for his divine works? 

The Ramp:  We follow up the Hypostatic Union discussion with an audio clip of the false teaching in the Church about Jesus' divinity.  The popular youth movement The Ramp may be filled with an abundance of emotion, but is their Christology on point?

A special thank you to our listeners for your support!  Your support has been a true blessing to our show and we appreciate any and all of your feedback!  Email us at twothievespodcast@gmail.com.....  Enjoy Episode 10!!

 

 

Aug 26, 2016

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves  -Matthew 7:15

 Unfortunately, many Christians have fallen victim to the “anything Jesus” culture; that any person or church proclaiming the name of Jesus is automatically righteous.  This has led to some of the world’s largest churches being those that proclaim false gospels, namely the prosperity gospel.  The prosperity gospel teaches that belief in God is accompanied by financial and physical fortune and that faith is in direct correlation with worldly blessing.  These teachings can sometimes be blatant and sometimes be veiled, but they are always an anti-Christian gospel.  The Bible calls Christians to be patient, humble, longsuffering servants who will obtain their ultimate reward in Christ not in this life but in the eternal life to come.  To borrow from the mecca of prosperity teachers, Joel Osteen’s book, if “Your Best Life (is) Now” ….. then you are in trouble friend.   

We can’t thank you all enough for listening and welcome your feedback on our Facebook page or at twothievespodcast@gmail.com.

Aug 20, 2016

Want to catch up on our first 7 episodes?  Or maybe just want a refresher?  Check out some highlighted quotes from the thieves set to the tune of "The Holiness of God" by Shai Linne in this "Podcast Jam!"  Let us know what you think....  Thanks for listening!!

Aug 17, 2016

The word tangent has two meanings:  1)A line, curve, or surface meeting but not intersecting another and 2)Diverging from an original purpose or course...  In Episode 8, we exercise both. 

We start off this jam packed episode with a look back at our first 7 episodes and a couple of tangents about issues we’ve encountered since the release of Ep. 7: “Shallow Oceans.”  But the true subject of this week’s show is where the tangent of the Gospel of Christ and the issue of abortion meet.  More specifically; What should the church’s response be to the issue of abortion?  We take a look at some ways we believe the church as a whole could improve in responding to the issue of abortion and some practical solutions of how we further the Glory of God through working to end this heinous sin.  If we are to be part of the solution, we must admit that each of us, individually and collectively, are falling short.  We hope as our brothers and sisters in Christ that you all find encouragement in this week’s episode.  As always, please feel free to send your feedback to twothievespodcast@gmail.com.  Thank you for listening!!

Aug 9, 2016

If you're a fan of contemporary Christian music you've heard it:  the hit song "Oceans" by Hillsong.  In the past year it has dominated Christian radio as well as congregational worship sets.  It was so popular that it was even sung on the show "The Voice."  This week we dig into the lyrical content of this song to unpack its theological validity.  Is this song representative of true, biblical, Christ exalting worship?  Or does it leave much to be desired?  Join us this week as we look at what makes a praise song biblically sound and what many worship tunes may be lacking.  As always, we love your feedback.  Contact us on Facebook or at twothievespodcast@gmail.com. Thanks for listening!!!

Aug 1, 2016

This week we continue with our overview of the video of a young girl speaking at a hyper charismatic church.  In Part 2 we look at the effect of allowing only pure emotion to drive our worship and of having complete disregard for order in congregational services.  We also dive into 1 Corinthians 12 and the teachings Paul employs to correct the abuse of tongues happening in Corinth and how it applies to common abuses of the gifting in the modern day church.  Above all, we seek to apply all of this to the ultimate message of salvation through Christ and seeing him alone be glorified in our worship.  Thanks for listening!!

Jul 23, 2016

There is a grave danger in blindly accepting any thought, action, or teaching with the name Jesus attached to it without testing it according to the scriptures.  1 John 4:1 urges Christians, "...do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world."  This week we came across a video of a hyper charismatic church service littered with abuses of scripture and prophetic gifts.  We put this video to the test of scripture, not to divide the church but to bring to light widespread false teaching in many church circles.  For we know that only truth, revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, can truly unite God's church.  As always, thank you for listening! 

Jul 13, 2016

Amidst weeks filled with turmoil, divisiveness, and hatred, many Americans have been asking, "How can a good God allow such evil?"  Whether it be the shooting in Orlando, the killing of cops in Dallas, or the death of citizens at the hands of police officers, our human nature causes us to question the sovereignty of God in these circumstances.  While questioning the right of God's will is never acceptable, Christians should constantly seek to understand His ways through scripture.  So, why does a good God allow evil?  And what purpose does it serve?  Join us this week as we dive in to the bible and discuss these issues that have never been more relevant.  As always, thank you all for listening!!

Jul 6, 2016

This week, controversy ensued when a community church body offered tattoos and beer as a fundraiser for a new church plant. As hotly debated topics in contemporary Christian culture, where should we stand on these issues?  Is it ok for a Christian to get a tattoo?  And what about drinking alcohol?  Where do we draw the line between legalism and outright sin?  Join us this week as we discuss and debate. Thanks for listening and let us know what you think!

Jun 28, 2016

In episode 3 we take a look at a study that analyzes the growing trend of self proclaimed Christians not participating in a local church body.  In looking at the article we discuss what true Christian faith looks like, the root problems causing church decline, and what scripture says about commitment to a specific church.  Can you be a Christian and not go to church?  We hope you find encouragement and edification as we seek to answer that question as well as many more.  Thanks for listening!

Jun 21, 2016

In this episode we examine scriptural eisegetical errors in an article pertaining to worship.  We also dive deep into the Apostle Paul's writings on worship and how we should interpret them.  Finally, we give our take on what we believe the bible says on a debatable church issue..... Should dancing be allowed in corporate worship?  

Jun 12, 2016

Welcome to our first podcast!  This introduction will give you the who, what, and why of the Two Thieves Podcast.  In this episode, we cover a variety of topics including God centered theology, how theology defines your apologetics, and the sovereignty of God.  We encourage our family and friends to provide feedback and we hope you find this introduction edifying.

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