What is our Standard?



On this episode we discuss scripture, and why scripture is our ultimate and final authority. We define scripture as the 66 books found in the Bible today. 39 from the Old Testament and the 27 books from the New Testament. These 66 books are called our canon. Canon is “a rule that provides direction and a standard against which to measure.” Where did we get the canon we have today? In order for a work to be classified as canonical it had to meet a certain criteria. Its content had to be truthful and not contradict previously accepted books of scripture. It needed apostolic or prophetic authorship, or written by one closely associated with an apostle or prophet. Often time’s miracles were performed by God through men to validate their message. The writing needed to have been accepted as God’s Word by the ones who originally received it. Our canon first began when God commanded Moses to write down revelation and read it to the people of Israel in Exodus chapters 24. This is the origin of Genesis to Deuteronomy (also called the Torah or Pentateuch). God had Moses preserve the revelation in the Ark of the Covenant in Exodus 25. After Moses died, God inspired prophets and authors to write the Old Testament history, Hebrew poetry, major and minor prophets and wisdom literature. God’s people came to recognize that these writings were also part of the canon of scripture. 1st Century Jews believed that the Pentateuch, major and minor prophets, and writings (historic, poetic, and wisdom) were canonical. Jesus knowing this, told his disciples in Luke 24:44 that all that was written concerning him in the entire canon was to be fulfilled.

We believe the Bible to be a central component in the Christian faith, without the Bible as our standard we have no way to discern what is true and false. In this episode we go into more detail why we trust the Bible and why the Bible is the ultimate standard. We also added some resources that aided in our research, and that we found to be edifying. We really hope that you take the time to listen to the whole podcast! May the Lord bless and keep you




On how scripture is self authenticating  

Scripture Alone by James White

Standing on the Rock by James Boice Montgomery

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Five Half Truths with Flip Michaels

Episode 24

On today’s episode we are interviewing Flip Michaels, author of Five Half Truths: Addressing the Misconceptions of Christianity.

From Five Half Truths: “There are many types of lies, but perhaps the most dangerous and deceptive of all is the half-truth. A manipulative distortion of truth, it sounds convincing but is destructively distant from what is true. Flip Michaels tackles five half-truths that are commonly used as arguments against the validity of the Bible, Christianity, God Christ and faith.” 

Resources mentioned on this episode: 

The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul

Flip Michaels’ sermon archive 



Part Two: Basics on the Roman Catholic Church with Mike Hoye

Episode: 23

On today’s episode we are continuing our interviewing Michael Hoye. Michael is an ex-Roman Catholic. He will be answering some of you questions concerning Roman Catholicism. This is part two of a two part series.  

In Part One we heard Mike’s testimony and your questions concerning grounds of justification, the atonement, communion, Christ, tradition and scripture. 

This Part Two episode will be more of the ends and out questions- questions concerning Mary, saints, purgatory, and the Pope. Keep in mind that much of the topics we will be discussing tend to bleed together so we may get on the topic of the Pope today we will probably reference back to our discussion last episode about tradition and scripture in the Roman Catholic faith . 

Mike’s Roman Catholic vs. Protestant Christianity Document

Books Recommended on the show:

The Gospel According to Rome by James McCarthy

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

Basics on the Roman Catholic Church with Mike Hoye

Episode: 22

On today’s episode we are interviewing Michael Hoye. Michael is an ex-Roman Catholic. He will be sharing his testimony of how God saved him and answer some of you questions concerning Roman Catholicism. We will break up his interview into two parts. 

In Part One we will hear Mike’s testimony and your questions concerning grounds of justification, the atonement, communion, Christ,  tradition and scripture. Part Two will be more of the ends and out questions- questions concerning Mary, saints, purgatory, and the Pope. Keep in mind that much of the topics we will be discussing tend to bleed together so we may get on the topic of Christ as the redeemer and mention the RC idea of Mary as a co-redeemer but we won’t get to your specific Marian questions in Part One. 

Mike’s Roman Catholic vs. Protestant Christianity Document

Books Recommended on the show:

The Gospel According to Rome by James McCarthy

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

A Few of our Favorite…BOOKS


On this Episode, Hannah and Esther discuss their favorite literary works.

We wanted to do a really laid-back episode for the close of summer, where we share with you some of our favorite fiction and nonfiction books. So sit back, relax and let us share with you some great literature with you! 

Book titles:

No Little Women by Aimee Byrd

PROOF: Finding Freedom in the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace by Daniel Montgomery & Timothy Paul Jones




American Gospel: Christ Alone and the Prosperity Gospel with Brandon Kimber


Esther and Hannah interview Brandon Kimber about his film American Gospel: Christ Alone. Brandon is a friend of ours, and we are so thankful for his film!

You can watch the one hour version for free here: American Gospel: Christ Alone 1 Hour Film


We recommend purchasing the film here: Watch American Gospel: Christ Alone NOW



God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel by Costi Hinn

Book Details

Repent Ye Sinners

Episode 18

Theology Gals episodes:

Law & Gospel | Best Of Episode

Lordship Controversy

Doctrine and Devotion episodes:

1689 on Repentance (Pt 1)

1689 on Repentance (Pt 2) 

John Buyan’s The Acceptable Sacrifice: The Excellency of a Broken Heart free Ebook

The Grace of Repentance By Sinclair Ferguson

5 Marks of Repentance on Monergism

What is Repentance? By RC Sproul

The Fruit of Repentance Ligonier

The Doctrine of Repentance (Teaching Outline) Reformed Baptist Blog




A Reflection on Kindness



Ephesians 4:29 “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Galatians 5:22-26 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Titus 2:4-5 “And so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”

Hebrew 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

Micah 6:8 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Colossians 3:12-15 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

Matt 25:34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’”

Acts 28:2 “The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold.”

1 Tim 5:10 “and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.”

Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.”

Proverbs 11:17  “A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself. We see in this verse that kindness is a sensible thing that can benefit us as well as others.”

Proverbs 31:26 “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.”

1 Peter 3:8-9 “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.”

1 Peter 4:8-9 “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.”

Colossians 3:13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the LORD forgave you.”

1 John 1:9-10 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

Ephesians 2:7 “in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

Titus 3:4-8 “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.”

1 John 4:11 “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”



Baptist Catechism Q: 51,52,53,54


catechisms (plural noun)
a summary of the principles of Christian religion in the form of questions and answers, used for the instruction of Christians.
system of belief · set of principles · statement of beliefs · profession of faith · doctrine · teaching · ideology · ethic · dogma · tenet · catechism · credo · beliefs · principles · canons · articles of faith · maxims · rules · laws
a series of fixed questions, answers, or precepts used for instruction in other situations.
“the preventive health catechism “more exercise, less tobacco and alcohol, and better diet””

Q. 51. Which is the first commandment?
A. The first commandment is, “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)

Q. 52. What is required in the first commandment?
A. The first commandment requires us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God, and to worship and glorify Him accordingly. (Joshua 24:15; 1 Chron. 28:9; Deut. 26:17; Ps. 29:2; Matt. 4:10)

Q. 53. What is forbidden in the first commandment?
A. The first commandment forbids the denying, or not worshipping and glorifying the true God, as God and our God; and the giving that worship and glory to any other, which is due unto Him alone. (Joshua 24:27; Rom. 1:20,21; Ps. 14:1; Rom. 1:25)

Q. 54. What are we especially taught by these words, “before me,” in the first commandment?
A. These words, “before me”, in the first commandment, teach us, that God, who sees all things, takes notice of, and is much displeased with the sin of having any other God. (Deut.30:17,18; Ps. 44:20,21; Ps. 90:8)

Threefold use of the Law by RC Sproul

Ten Commandments by Theology Gals

Ten Commandments

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Cell Phone Zombies with Liz Robinson

Episode 15

On this episode Hannah and Esther interview Liz Robinson, blogger of The Good Soil to discuss how technology affects us spiritually.



Why We Should Escape Social Media (And Why We Don’t) -Desiring God

Smartphone Addiction and Our Spiritual ADD – Desiring God


#Struggles:Following Jesus in a Selfie-Centered World: Craig Groeschel

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place -Andy Crouch