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Why is Ascension Day Important?

Christians rightly focus on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, but what about Christ's ascension into heaven? What is the significance of this redemptive-historical event? In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon discuss the importance of the ascension, and also invite you to our Ascension Day Service. 

For more information, see: 

The Story Retold (pp. 378-383) by G.K. Beale and Benjamin Gladd 

Crucified and Risen by John Calvin

Knowing Christ (chs. 21, 22) by Mark Jones 

Reformed Dogmatics (Vol. 3, pp. 442-447) by Herman Bavinck 

God, Heaven, and Har Magedon by Meredith Kline 

Foundations of Covenant Theology by Lane Tipton 


Why is Ascension Day Important? (Audio only)

Christians rightly focus on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, but what about Christ's ascension into heaven? What is the significance of this redemptive-historical event? In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon discuss the importance of the ascension, and also invite you to our Ascension Day Service. 

For more information, see: 

The Story Retold (pp. 378-383) by G.K. Beale and Benjamin Gladd 

Crucified and Risen by John Calvin

Knowing Christ (chs. 21, 22) by Mark Jones 

Reformed Dogmatics (Vol. 3, pp. 442-447) by Herman Bavinck 

God, Heaven, and Har Magedon by Meredith Kline 

Foundations of Covenant Theology by Lane Tipton 

Reformed Catholic vs. Roman Catholic - Part 5: The Eucharist

Was Jesus's sacrifice on the Cross "once for all," or is it to be repeated daily or weekly? Does the Word have primacy in a worship service, or is it the Lord's Supper (Eucharist)? Is the Eucharist our work toward God, or God's action toward us? In this episode, Pastor's Brandon and Zac discuss the differences between the Reformed Church and the Roman Church regarding the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

For more information, see: 

The Lord's Supper: Answers to Common Questions by Keith Mathison 

The Lord's Supper by Thomas Watson 

The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace: More Than Just a Memory by Richard Barcellos 

Reformed Dogmatics (Vol. 5) by Geerhardus Vos 

Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation (ch. 7) by Robert Kolb and Carl Trueman 

Why The Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves 

The Lord's Supper and the Popish Mass by Cornelius Venema 

Treatises on the Sacraments by John Calvin

Thinking God's Thoughts: An Introduction to a Pilgrim Worldview (ch. 17) by J. Brandon Burks 

What Happens When We Worship? by Jonathan Cruse

Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul 

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett 

A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins


Reformed Catholic vs. Roman Catholic - Part 5: The Eucharist (Audio only)

Was Jesus's sacrifice on the Cross "once for all," or is it to be repeated daily or weekly? Does the Word have primacy in a worship service, or is it the Lord's Supper (Eucharist)? Is the Eucharist our work toward God, or God's action toward us? In this episode, Pastor's Brandon and Zac discuss the differences between the Reformed Church and the Roman Church regarding the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. 

For more information, see: 

The Lord's Supper: Answers to Common Questions by Keith Mathison 

The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace: More Than Just a Memory by Richard Barcellos 

Reformed Dogmatics (Vol. 5) by Geerhardus Vos 

Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation (ch. 7) by Robert Kolb and Carl Trueman 

The Lord's Supper and the Popish Mass by Cornelius Venema 

Thinking God's Thoughts: An Introduction to a Pilgrim Worldview (ch. 17) by J. Brandon Burks 

Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul 

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett 

A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins

Reformed Catholic vs. Roman Catholic - Part 4: Mary and the Saints

Should we pray to Mary and the Saints? Can they hear our prayers? Does Mary help to save us from our sins? In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon compare and contrast the Reformed view with the Roman view on Mary and the Saints in order to bring out greater understanding between the two traditions. 

For more information, see: 

Luke 11:27-28

1 Timothy 2:5

Hebrews 7:25

Revelation 22:9

Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 30

Mary, the Old Testament, and the Roman Catholic "Leap" by Mark Garcia 

Rescuing Mary from Rome: The Virgin in Scripture, Theology, and the Church by Mark Garcia 

Should We Pray to the Saints in Heaven? by Zacharias Ursinus

Can praying to Mary or the saints keep a professing Christian out of heaven? by R.C. Sproul 

Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul 

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett 

A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins


Reformed Catholic vs. Roman Catholic - Part 4: Mary and the Saints (Audio only)

Should we pray to Mary and the Saints? Can they hear our prayers? Does Mary help to save us from our sins? In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon compare and contrast the Reformed view with the Roman view on Mary and the Saints in order to bring out greater understanding between the two traditions. 

For more information, see: 

Luke 11:27-28

1 Timothy 2:5

Hebrews 7:25

Revelation 22:9

Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 30

Mary, the Old Testament, and the Roman Catholic "Leap" by Mark Garcia 

Rescuing Mary from Rome: The Virgin in Scripture, Theology, and the Church by Mark Garcia 

Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul 

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett 

A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins

Reformed Catholic vs. Roman Catholic - Part 3: The Pope and Church Structure

Is the Pope the "head of the church"? Does Matthew 16 teach apostolic succession or doctrinal succession? Should there be an earthly man at the top of the church hierarchy? In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon discuss the Reformed view of church polity as compared to the Roman Catholic view. 

For more information, see: 

Was Peter the First Pope (Matthew 16)? by Cincy Reformed 

Belgic Confession, Art. 27-31

Canons of Dort, 1.7

The Church by Edmund Clowney

Institute of the Christian Religion by John Calvin, Book 4, ch. 2-11.

How Jesus Runs the Church by Guy Prentiss Waters

Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul 

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett 

A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins


Reformed Catholic vs. Roman Catholic - Part 3: The Pope and Church Structure (Audio only)

Is the Pope the "head of the church"? Does Matthew 16 teach apostolic succession or doctrinal succession? Should there be an earthly man at the top of the church? In this episode, Pastors Zac and Brandon discuss the Reformed view of church polity as compared to the Roman Catholic view. 

For more information, see: 

Was Peter the First Pope (Matthew 16)? by Cincy Reformed 

Belgic Confession, Art. 27-31

Canons of Dort, 1.7

The Church by Edmund Clowney, ch. 14

Institute of the Christian Religion by John Calvin, Book 4, ch. 2-11.

How Jesus Runs the Church by Guy Prentiss Waters

Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul 

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett 

A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins

Reformed Catholic vs. Roman Catholic - Part 2: Justification and Sola Fide

"What must I do to be saved?" is a central question asked in the Gospels. However, the Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church have given antithetical answers to this key question. According to the Reformed Church, justification is on the grounds of Jesus's imputed righteousness which is received by faith alone. Good works, then, are a fruit of justification - never the root. As Richard Gaffin said, love "is not identical with faith, but its fruit or result," and good works are "expressions" of a believer's saving faith. Roman Catholicism, however, has declared those who believe this to be "Anathema" (eternally damned). In this episode, Pastors Brandon and Zac continue the series that is comparing and contrasting the Reformed Church with the Roman Catholic Church in order to gain clarity and understanding, which can best lead to more fruitful dialogue.  

For more information, see: 

Belgic Confession, Art. 22-23

Heidelberg Catechism, Q 60-65

Canons of Dort, Rejection of Errors

Justified in Christ: God's Plan for Us in Justification ed. by K. Scott Oliphint 

Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul 

By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. 

Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray 

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance by Sinclair Ferguson 

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett 

How Can Justification Make Me Joyful? by Daniel Hyde 

Reformed Dogmatics (vol. 4, ch. 5) by Geerhardus Vos 

Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation (ch. 7, 21) by Geerhardus Vos 

A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins


Reformed Catholic vs. Roman Catholic - Part 2: Justification and Sola Fide (Audio only)

"What must I do to be saved?" is a central question asked in the Gospels. However, the Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church have given antithetical answers to this key question. According to the Reformed Church, justification is on the grounds of Jesus's imputed righteousness which is received by faith alone. Good works, then, are a fruit of justification - never the root. As Richard Gaffin said, love "is not identical with faith, but its fruit or result," and good works are "expressions" of a believer's saving faith. Roman Catholicism, however, has declared those who believe this to be "Anathema" (eternally damned). In this episode, Pastors Brandon and Zac continue the series that is comparing and contrasting the Reformed Church with the Roman Catholic Church in order to gain clarity and understanding, which can best lead to more fruitful dialogue.  

For more information, see: 

Belgic Confession, Art. 22-23

Heidelberg Catechism, Q 60-65

Canons of Dort, Rejection of Errors

Justified in Christ: God's Plan for Us in Justification ed. by K. Scott Oliphint 

Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul 

By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. 

Redemption Accomplished and Applied by John Murray 

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance by Sinclair Ferguson 

Far From Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of Fifty Converted Catholic Priests by Richard Bennett 

How Can Justification Make Me Joyful? by Daniel Hyde 

Reformed Dogmatics (vol. 4, ch. 5) by Geerhardus Vos 

Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation (ch. 7, 21) by Geerhardus Vos 

A Reformed Catholic by William Perkins

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