#12: On the edifice of reformed theology and the fallacy of fundamentalism with Byron Yawn.

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At its core, the Protestant Reformation was a struggle for the recovery of biblical assurance. The Reformed dissenters of the Roman Church recognized a disparity between the institution’s practices and the Bible’s words. They found that truth of the gospel didn’t leave room for indulgences or for the shaky grounds of purgatory. Rather, the facts of the gospel are simple: salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone. This is what the Reformers found anew. And incidentally, I do believe that after a quick glance at the modern church, we need to find it again.

In this episode of Ministry Minded, I sit down with Byron Yawn. I’ve only recently become familiar with Byron and his teachings and views on Reformed Theology, but I am so thankful for him and his continued ministry to me, personally. It was a great privilege, then, to have him on the show. In this conversation, Byron provides a clear and informed perspective on the “edifice” of Reformed Theology. And as one who transitioned from the Fundamentalist camp into Calvinism, he provides a unique outlook and insight into both perspectives. We also talk about the crucial distinction between the biblical notions of faith and faithfulness, and the fallacy of getting stuck in one room of theology.


Suburbianity: What Have We Done to the Gospel? Can We Find Our Way Back to Biblical Christianity?, Byron Yawn

Gospel Wakefulness, Jared C. Wilson

Fundamentalism and American Culture, George Marsden

Revival and Revivalism, Iain Murray

Recovering the Reformed Confession, R. Scott Clark

Christianity and Liberalism, J. Gresham Machen

Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church, Michael Horton

Grace: So Much More Than You Know and So Much Better Than You Think, Brad J. Gray


This episode is brought to you by the Christian Standard Bible. Find out more by going to CSBible.com.


Byron is the senior pastor of Community Bible Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives and serves with his wife and family. He’s also the host of Theocast, a podcast full of brief musings on eternal matters . . . and food. He’s the author of a few books, an ardent apologist for Reformed thought, and writer for the Theocast blog. You can follow him on Twitter, @byronyawn.


Intro music: “West Coast” by Ryan Little, licensed under CC BY 4.0.