Exploring the relentless grace of God directed at jacked-up people who don’t deserve it one bit.








Episode 26

A conversation with Daniel Yang about how the church can, will, and must change during the present crisis.

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Bonus Episode Four

As we quarantine (or shelter in place), it is inevitable that we will begin to drive the people we love crazy. How do we survive this season without killing each other?

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Bonus Episode Three

When things seem out of our control, it’s probably because they are. So what do we do about it?

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Bonus Episode Two

In this short bonus episode, Noel talks through the gift God gives us when our plans are suddenly subverted.

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Episode 25

In this episode, Noel talks to church planter, professor, author, (and fellow self-quarantined pastor) Tony Merida about his church planting journey, the theological importance of church planting, the current church climate surrounding COVID-19, and the unique opportunity the church has to be counter-cultural during this crisis.

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Bonus Episode One

In this bonus episode, Noel talks about the recent “quarantining of the body of Christ” as many churches have cancelled services or moved them online temporarily. He talks about his personal experience with self-quarantining and gives two biblical reasons why it is entirely appropriate and Christ exalting for local churches to not gather in person for a season.

You can read more about Riverview Church’s Coronavirus response here.

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Episode 24 | 2/26/2020

On this unusual episode, Noel chats with his fitness coach Dan Romigh (owner of Redemption Fitness) about a healthy Christian view of physical health. This episode will also be crossposted on Dan’s podcast Redemption Fitness and Beyond. Oh, and if you listen to the whole thing, you’ll get a chance to win some free stuff from Noel and Dan. So at least there’s that.
You can find Dan on Twitter and Instagram.

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Episode 23 | 2/12/2020

This conversation starts with Noel reading some “Mic Drop” quotes from Help My Unbelief to the book’s author Barnabas Piper and then it wanders to parenthood, open theism, publishing, and the tension of living with faith in a God that reveals Himself in a way that often offers more questions than answers.

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Episode 22 | 1/29/2020

In this episode, Noel Jesse Heikkinen (author of two OK selling books, Unchained and Wretched Saints) gives four tips to aspiring authors. If you are so inclined, you can grab a copy of either one for a discounted price or get a fancy Wretched Saint sticker for only $1 by clicking here by February 7, 2020.

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Episode 21 | 12/4/2019
Lawfully Using the Law

As a young follower of Jesus,  Matt Ferris (a classically trained musician and IT guy by trade) noticed that many Christians talked about the Mosaic Law in the Bible in a decidedly unbiblical way. This drove him further into the Scriptures and further into his conviction that we mishandle this critical pat of the Word of God. Ultimately, this led to him writing one of the simplest and easiest to understand books on the topic: If One Uses It Lawfully: The Law of Moses and the Christian Life. In this episode, Noel chats with Matt about his book and about what a Christian’s posture ought to be toward the Law.




Episode 20 | 11/20/2019
Unnecessary Yet Vital Friendships

In this episode, Noel talks with his acquaintance 😬 Dr. Scott Keith about friendship and what we can learn from the likes of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, and the Inklings about the dangerous nature of those we hold most close.




Episode 19 | 10/31/2019
Halloween and the Reformation.

On the one year anniversary of the Recovering Hypocrite podcast, Noel chats with his friend Trike about Halloween and the biggest reformation truth churches are missing today.




Episode 18 | 10/16/2019
Who’s got two broken arms and a podcast? This guy.

Noel talks about his recent injury and what God has been teaching him as he recovers. He also worries that the whole public reflection exercise is a tad narcissistic .





Episode 17 | 10/2/2019
Grace and Law in the Parables (a chat with Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen)

Noel hangs out with a couple of his favorite Lutherans (Daniel Emery Price and Erick Sorensen) to chat about grace and law in the Parables of Jesus.





Episode 16 | 9/18/2019
Snowflakes, Satire, and Shame (a conversation with Karen Swallow Prior)

Noel sits down with Karen Swallow Prior (English Professor at Liberty University) for a wide-ranging conversation about reading, preaching, tweeting, and the common tonal qualities of Twitter and 18th Century England.





Episode 15 | Irresistible Faith (Becoming the kind of Christian the world can’t resist) | An interview with Scott Sauls

On this episode, Noel talks with Scott Sauls, author of Irresistible Faith, about how you can’t become more Christlike by trying to be like Christ.




Episode 14 | The Grace of God for the weeks before Easter

In this episode, Noel takes a stroll through the few weeks leading up to Easter in the Gospel accounts, highlighting specific acts of grace in Jesus’s actions and words.




Episode 13 | Telling People to be Holy Doesn’t Lead to Holiness (Do we need another reformation?) | An interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick

On this episode, Noel talks about grace with his friend Elyse Fitzpatrick. They cover a lot of ground from the source of true strength in the Christian faith (spoiler alert: it’s joy) to the steel-toed boot of sanctification. It’s hard to explain this rambling conversation; you just have to listen to it.




Episode 12 | Graceless Conversations About Race (when you don’t know what to say but you say it anyway) | An interview with Joel Muddamalle

On this episode, Noel chats with his friend Joel Muddamalle, the Director of Theology for Proverbs 31 Ministries about the touchy topic of race. They talk about how there is not enough grace in a lot of racial conversations, why there is a desperate need to lay down our tiredness and (justified) frustrations for the sake of unity in the body of Christ, and the pervasive shame that hitchhikes alongside good intentions.




Episode 11 | When Social Media Turns On You (Living Your Faith In The Spotlight) | An interview with Michigan State University Quarterback Brian Lewerke

In this episode, Noel sits down with Brian Lewerke, the quarterback for Michigan State University’s football team. They talk about football, how he handles the inevitable criticism of someone in his position, and living out a public faith when social media turns on you.





Episode 10 | Saving a “doomed” marriage (and making it gloriously ordinary) | An interview with New York Times bestselling author Karen Ehman

In this episode, Noel sits down to talk with Karen Ehman (a New York Times Bestselling author who was told her marriage was doomed before it even began) about her new book Keep Showing Up, a refreshingly transparent and honest look at marriage born from the crucible of Scripture and experience.




Episode 9 | You’re a Wretch (and that’s okay) | Noel answers questions about his new book at a live event

For the debut episode of Season 2, Noel answers a bunch of questions at a live event about his new book Wretched Saintsincluding:
  • Why write this particular book after Unchained?
  • Can we ever live without something inside of us telling us we are doing our Christian life wrong?
  • Who was in mind when Noel wrote this book?
  • How does someone deal with a feeling of spiritual inadequacy?
  • Was the crazy definition of grace Noel used in the book developed as he wrote it or before?
  • Were Noel’s kids okay with him telling stories about them in the book?