Reformed Podmatics

Welcome to Reformed Podmatics! Hosted by Pastor Mark VanDyke and Pastor Zac Dewey of Almond Valley CRC in Ripon CA, this podcast exists to promote the vibrant, biblical, and historically informed face of Reformed theology both in our context and beyond.

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A recent study revealed that 38% of American pastors are considering leaving the ministry. What might contribute to this trend? Music Provided With Permission by Jonathan Ogden - https://amzn.to/2DTw5...
November 24, 2021
Can a Christian drink alcohol in good conscience? We look to the Bible and church history for perspectives on this everyday issue. Music Provided With Permission by Jonathan Ogden - https://amzn.to/2D...
November 17, 2021
How important is it that a Christian is officially a member of a local church?  Music Provided With Permission by Jonathan Ogden - https://amzn.to/2DTw5rj 
November 9, 2021
Two pastors talk about COVID, vaccines, masks, and how Christians can navigate through these matters in a way that exalts Christ.  Music Provided With Permission by Jonathan Ogden - https://amzn.to/2D...
November 2, 2021
What are your plans for Reformation Day? How about celebrating by listening to a podcast on confessionalism? In this episode Pastor Zac and Pastor Mark laud the merits of the confessions. To read the ...
October 27, 2021
What does the Bible have to say about remaining unmarried? How can a church serve her members that are single? Music Provided With Permission by Jonathan Ogden - https://amzn.to/2DTw5rj 
October 19, 2021
As the chasm between western culture and Christianity widens, we need to think biblically about how and where God is at work. Does the Lord only confer blessings on the elect or is He at work outside ...
October 12, 2021
The word of the day is "ecumenism." This is a theological term that refers to churches from different denominations cooperating with one another. In this episode we discuss how and to what extent Chri...
September 28, 2021
In an age of scandals and church closures, how can someone spot the warning signs in their congregation? Pastor Zac and Pastor Mark recount some of the lessons learned from "The Rise and Fall of Mars ...
September 21, 2021
Clive Staples Lewis is often regarded as the greatest apologist for the Christian faith during the 20th Century. Pastor Zac and Pastor Mark give a snapshot of his life and work. Music Provided With Pe...
September 14, 2021
Following up on Jesus and John Wayne and responding to the popular podcast The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill, Pastor Zac and Pastor Mark ask how Christians are called to relationships defined by grace an...
September 7, 2021
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation is a best-selling book by Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. In t...
August 31, 2021
"The Bible isn't as clear as you think it is!" This proclamation is common among skeptics, and increasingly popular among people (even ministers) in the church. In this episode Pastor Zac and Pastor M...
August 24, 2021
One of the "gotcha" questions in conversations about the Bible is, "Do you read the Bible literally?" Pastor Zac and Pastor Mark explore the question from a Reformed perspective. Music Provided With P...
August 17, 2021
In the wake of the "Young, Restless, and Reformed" movement of the early 2000s, what is the status of Calvinism in America today? Pastor Zac and Pastor Mark take a look at previous events and present ...
August 10, 2021
In this new series on Reformed Podmatics we'll venture through Church history and learn more about the "great cloud of witnesses" that surrounds us today. This episode gives a basic introduction to He...
August 3, 2021
How can we best offer feedback, both positive and critical, to people in church? Pastor Zac and Pastor Mark give examples of how encouragement and criticism has gone well and how it has been unhelpful...
July 27, 2021
Why should beauty matter to Christians? What place do art, architecture, music, films, and literature have in how we celebrate God's glory? Music Provided With Permission by Jonathan Ogden - https://a...
July 22, 2021
Over the past few months Critical Race Theory has been much-discussed but often misunderstood. What should a Christian make of this movement? Is it compatible with a biblical worldview? Music Provided...
July 8, 2021
While the topic of modesty has faded a bit in prevalence among evangelicals, there is still much confusion about the matter. What does the Bible say about modesty? Is this only a "women's issue?" Addi...
June 29, 2021

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