Today we’re delighted to drop the first episode of our new podcast, Out of Our Minds. We think you’ll love it, and we hope you’ll join us for it every Thursday.
The format is very simple: a few pastors walk into the studio once a week to record an unscripted conversation about important topics of our day. No topic will be off-limits, but our hope is to teach and strengthen Christians to confess Christ in this insane, upside-down world.
Jesus chastised the religious leaders for not knowing the signs of the times:
The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away. – Matthew 16:1-4
Taking these words seriously as a rebuke to ourselves today, we work hard to read the weather in the church and culture. This takes hard thinking and a willingness to contend for the truth.
If you’re familiar with our writing and podcasts, then you’ve probably already benefited from Pastor Bayly’s wisdom on shows like The World We Made; and more recently, The Sound of Sanity.
Out of Our Minds aims to give you more of it in a free-flowing conversational style. In fact, we hope it will be a genuine argument from time to time—because that’s how we’re sharpened and grow.
In our first episode, Tim gives his unique perspective on the Evangelical church in America today. We talked about where we came from as American Evangelicals. We talked about why we appear to be hopeless squishes in the face of many varied and costly attacks on the church—both from within and without. And we talked about why regular ol’ Evangelicals can and must continue to trust God even as many of the institutions they’ve held dear fall away. (Spoiler: it don’t matter.)
So that’s what we’re after: we love the church, and we pray that She will have faith for a dark time.