Stephen Baker

Stephen Baker is associate pastor of Clearnote Church Bloomington and Dean of Clearnote Pastors College.

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Be of the Same Mind, part 2

What kind of peace can we expect to have in the world? In our church? Our family? Our marriage? I’ll give you a hint: it begins with Jesus Christ. Join us for the Helpful Marriage Conference at the beautiful Indiana Landmarks Center in Indianapolis on March 4th... read more

Be of the Same Mind, part 1

What does it mean for Christians to “be of the same mind with one another?” Support our work: Support us here! Subscribe here! Download the episode at a separate link here! read more

Do your Work Heartily, as for the Lord

In this episode, I push the men to discuss the distinction between working with your mind and working with your hands. And I do that, I think, because I feel some amount of guilt and shame over the fact that I am not especially good working with my hands. Many young... read more

Biblical Foundations for Work

Pastors Tim, Max, Stephen and I have a conversation about the foundational principles for a Biblical understanding of work and rest. Resources mentioned in the show: Leisure, the Basis of Work, by Josef Pieper Why Work? by Dorothy Sayers When Fathers Ruled, by Steven... read more

On Death and Dying

Death is an enemy. It’s serious, and it’s weighty. We shouldn’t be glib or careless about it, but we should talk about it. Here are a few helpful resources: 2015 Shepherds Conference Audio: The Last Enemy Notes, Scripture, and sayings on cremation... read more

Episode 35: That Hideous Strength, Part 3 of 3

Click here to subscribe/listen to The Bookening on iTunes! “Man, in short, is to storm the heavens and overthrow the gods, or even to become a god himself. There is nothing outrageously improbable in such a conspiracy. Indeed, at a moment when a single atomic... read more

Episode 34: That Hideous Strength, Part 2 of 3

Click here to subscribe/listen to The Bookening on iTunes! WARNING: DUE TO THE THEMES AND IDEAS OF THE BOOK BEING DISCUSSED, THIS EPISODE CONTAINS MUCH MORE (AND MUCH MORE FRANK) DISCUSSION OF SEX THAN IS USUAL IN OUR PODCAST. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.  The... read more

Episode 33: That Hideous Strength, Part 1 of 3

In this episode our heroes begin their discussion of C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength. They spend much of the time discussing Lewis himself–who he was, the larger context of his life and work, and whether he is a trustworthy influence on Christians... read more

Persecution Ambiguity

I’ve never been comfortable saying I’ve been persecuted for my Christian faith. Have I ever been laughed at? Made fun of? Sure. Had my feelings hurt? You bet. But should I call that persecution? After all, there are Christians in other parts of the world who live in... read more

Death by Figgy Pudding

I love Christmas. But it hasn’t always been that way. For a couple years, my wife and I were hostile to Christmas. It was a time in our lives when we lived in extreme austerity. We lived a spartan life, “first in a teepee and then in a very small shack—what we... read more

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