Gavin Ortlund on Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals

Dr. Gavin Ortlund

Listen to Paul’s conversation with Gavin Ortlund about his just released book, Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future (Crossway, 2019).

Paul talks with Gavin Ortlund

On the Monday, November 18th program, Paul spoke with Dr. Gavin Orlund about the allure of ancient traditions whereby some evangelicals have converted to Eastern Orthodoxy or Roman Catholicism. Is this an alarming trend? What can evangelicals learn from the post-apostolic and medieval church which might help our churches to be more focused on the transcendent?

In his just released Theological Retrieval For Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future (Crossway), Gavin Ortlund observes: “Particularly among the younger generation today, there seems to be a deep thirst for historical rootedness that evidently isn’t being met in many evangelical contexts.

“Those of who go by the name “evangelical” should give careful attention to this phenomenon. We have much to learn from the testimonies of those leaving our ranks. Many of their criticisms are valid. All too often, evangelical habits of worship and spirituality have been driven by the latest passing fads, with little concern for the historic practices of the church.

“And what connection we do have to church history is often limited to our own denominational heritage, with little interest in the broader catholicity of the church.”

GUEST: Gavin Ortlund (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a husband, father, pastor, and writer. He serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. Gavin blogs regularly at Soliloquium. He is the author of Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future (Crossway, 2019) and Finding the Right Hills to Die on: The Case for Theological Triage (Crossway/TGC, forthcoming). You can follow him on Twitter.


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Is Kayne West a Christian?

Listen as Paul dissects Kanye West’s “testimony” at Lakewood Church on Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Kanye West Monologue Part One
Kanye West Monologue Part Two

Kanye West’s Sunday Service Comes to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church

Is Kayne’s conversion to Christianity legitimate? Is he proclaiming the true gospel? Today on radio we’ll listen to several things Kayne said at Lakewood Church in an attempt to discern the veracity of his testimony.

Joel Osteen interviews Kayne West on Sunday, November 17, 2019

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Evangelicals and the Allure of the Ancient Faith


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In his just released Theological Retrieval For Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future (Crossway), Gavin Ortlund observes: “Particularly among the younger generation today, there seems to be a deep thirst for historical rootedness that evidently isn’t being met in many evangelical contexts.

“Those of who go by the name “evangelical” should give careful attention to this phenomenon. We have much to learn from the testimonies of those leaving our ranks. Many of their criticisms are valid. All too often, evangelical habits of worship and spirituality have been driven by the latest passing fads, with little concern for the historic practices of the church.

“And what connection we do have to church history is often limited to our own denominational heritage, with little interest in the broader catholicity of the church.”

Dr. Gavin Ortlund

GUEST: Gavin Ortlund (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a husband, father, pastor, and writer. He serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. Gavin blogs regularly at Soliloquium. He is the author of Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals: Why We Need Our Past to Have a Future (Crossway, 2019) and Finding the Right Hills to Die on: The Case for Theological Triage (Crossway/TGC, forthcoming). You can follow him on Twitter.


Kanye West’s Sunday Service Comes to Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church

Is Kayne’s conversion to Christianity legitimate? Is he proclaiming the true gospel? Today on radio we’ll listen to several things Kayne said at Lakewood Church in an attempt to discern the veracity of his testimony.

Joel Osteen interviews Kayne West on Sunday, November 17, 2019

A discerning perspective on Kayne West:

When Kanye West began speaking a few months ago about getting saved and becoming a Christian, I was cautiously…

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Today’s Guest: Baseball Historian David Pietrusza

David Pietrusza

David Pietrusza, one of the most accomplished historians in the United States, joins Paul to discuss his extensive research on “the fix” of the 1919 World Series by notorious mobster Arnold Rothstein. Mr. Pietrusza’s research calls into question the conclusions reached by Eliot Asinof in his bestselling book Eight Men Out which has been used as the basis for popular film versions related to the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal.

Mr. Pietrusza is the author of Rothstein: The Life, Times and Murder of the Criminal Genius who Fixed the 1919 World Series and Judge and Jury: The Life and Times of Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He collaborated with baseball legend Ted Williams on an autobiography called Ted Williams: My Life in Pictures.

Mr. Pietrusza is a noted presidential scholar and an internationally recognized expert on presidential elections. He has written award winning books on Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and a notable biography of Calvin Coolidge.

He has appeared on such media outlets as NPR, The Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, C-SPAN BookTV, C-SPAN American History TV, The History Channel, GBTV/The Blaze, Newsmax TV, ESPN, ESPN Classic, and the Fox Sports Channel.

C-SPAN: David Pietrusza on the 1919 World Series Fix

A display at the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, SC claims to have the real reason the 1919 White Sox became known to history as the “Black Sox.”

Paul visited the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, SC in October 2018. He was given a private tour by the husband of the curator. A few minutes into the tour Paul was told that Joe Jackson, on his death bed, insisted he never participated in the “fix” of the 1919 World’s Series. When he found $5,000 on his hotel bed after Game 1, he took it to Charles Comiskey, the owner of the White Sox, who refused to take it. Not knowing what to do, he was advised to put it in a savings account. He would later use the money to pay medical bills for his sick younger sister and gave the remainder to a hospital for children – what is today the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.

Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1949 Sport Magazine

Chick-Fil-A Food Truck Triggers Oregon Students, Sparks Walkout

Around 100 students walked out of West Linn High School in Oregon last week in protest of the school’s decision to allow a Chick-fil-A food truck to sell chicken sandwiches during one of the school’s football games, among other microaggressions they said were making LGBT students feel “unsafe.”


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WSJ: The Lonely Burden of Today’s Teenage Girls

Research from the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future project shows that, since 2007—the dawn of the smartphone era—girls have dramatically decreased the amount of time they spend shopping, seeing friends or going to movies. We found that many girls spend their Saturday nights home alone, watching Netflix and surfing social media.

The American Association of Pediatrics now warns that too much social-media use can lead to depression and anxiety. Social media works against basic developmental goals—physical, cognitive, relational, sexual and maturational. Girls sleep with their phones and react to every notification. As they create more interesting, supposedly happier virtual personas for themselves, their real selves diminish. Girls collect “likes” instead of making friends. They can be devastated by a cruel text or a tepid reaction to a selfie. Long before they hold hands with a date, they are exposed to online pornography and misogynistic messages.


Nick Foles, Super Bowl Champion Quarterback, after breaking his collar bone in his first game with the Jacksonville Jaguars: “God, if this is the journey you want me to go on, I’m going to glorify you in every action.”

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Nick Foles