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Author: Noel Jesse Heikkinen

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Exploring the relentless grace of God toward jacked-up people who don’t deserve it one bit.
36 Episodes
In this episode, Noel talks with Acts 29 church planters Tim and Patty Kimberley. They share about their journey from the Northwest to the Midwest and how they experienced the grace of God through some difficult pain. Show notes:
In this episode, Noel talks to author Dr. Nate Collins (founder of Revoice). They discuss Collins’ book, All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality. “For many years the intersection of gay identity and Christian identity in the United States was a virtual no-man’s land. In All But Invisible, author Nate Collins explores the cultural background of this claim and outlines a vision for Christian community in which straight and nonstraight people might be reconciled so they can flourish together in full awareness of their shared humanity.” Here are some links from their discussion. All but Invisible Revoice 2020 conference
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.
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. Here are some links to stuff talked about on this episode: The NIV Harmony of the Gospels Noel's Facebook Live version of this episode
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. Here's a bunch of stuff they talked about: Front Porch with the Fitzes Podcast Elyse's book Give Them Grace Noel's book Wretched Saints 1517 Christ Hold Fast David Zahl episode Steve Brown at Riverview
On this episode, Noel talks 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. Here's links to some of the stuff they talked about: Proverbs 31 Ministries Transformation Church Almost Indian Family Podcast The Curious Christian by Barnabas Piper
Riverview (the church where I serve as one of the pastors) has its roots at Michigan State University. Because of this, we get a steady stream of college students, including student athletes. This vantage point has given me the opportunity to watch first-hand as many of these young people ride the ups and downs of living in the sudden spotlight as Christians. In this episode, I sit down with Brian Lewerke, the quarterback for MSU's football team. We 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.
Karen Ehman is a New York Times Bestselling author who was told her marriage was doomed before it even began. More than two decades later, God has transformed her marriage (to her husband Todd) into a gloriously ordinary marriage filled with arguments that stem from starkly different personalities, boring and humdrum days, and tons of Gospel opportunities.  In this episode, Noel sits down to talk with her about her new book Keep Showing Up, a refreshingly transparent and honest look at marriage born from the crucible of Scripture and experience.
This episode is a live recording of a Q&A Noel hosted for people who preordered his new book Wretched Saints. He talks about his writing process, why he wrote this particular book, and why people so desperately need to grapple with their own wretchedness to truly appreciate God's relentless grace.
Noel's new book Wretched Saints releases on February 1, 2019. In this short bonus episode, Noel talks about the process of writing this book during a uniquely challenging season in his life.
Thomas Terry (Odd Thomas from Beautiful Eulogy) and Ryan Lister (Associate Professor of Theology at Western Seminary) join Noel to discuss the unique challenges of discipling artists in the church and how to help Creatives think more theologically and Theologians think more creatively.
In this episode, Noel picks up a conversation he started with his friend Joel Virgo in an English pub a couple months ago. They talk about how the fear of God and the enjoyment of Him as Father go hand in hand, how God is never more awesome than he is in his mercy, and how our freedom in Christ can sometimes make us beat ourselves up when we inevitably sin.
Noel sits down with the sparkly female version of himself, his 21 year old daughter Emma. Emma is a children's curriculum writer, a professional writing major at Michigan State University (anyone hiring?), and a lover of kids (especially middle school girls). Noel and Emma talk about how middle school sucks for everyone, law and gospel in parenting, and the crazy and beautiful example of the gospel shown by teenage girls who show their parents grace (yeah, you read that right).
Noel sits down with David Zahl, director of Mockingbird ( for a wide ranging conversation about grace. They discuss the less than biblical (but paradoxically biblical) term "fallen from grace," guilty pleasure music (like Meat Loaf and Barry Manilow), and the gospel according to Rachael Denhollander.
Harvey Turner, pastor of Living Stones Church in Reno, Nevada and author of Friend of Sinners joins Noel on the debut episode to nerd out on Martin Luther, low anthropology, and talking to people about Jesus without being a weirdo.
On this preview episode you'll meet the Chief Recovering Hypocrite (host Noel Jesse Heikkinen) as he shares the big idea behind this new podcast. A big shout out to EMSRY ( for the theme music and Josh Michels ( for the graphic design.
Social Media Fast 2020

Social Media Fast 2020


July is a key month in my personal spiritual rhythms because it's the month I fast from social media and try to live a more analog life. But because of everything happening in the world, it almost seems wrong to disappear for a month. As I reflected on that, I realized that is exactly why I need to unplug for the month. In this episode, I explain why.
In this episode, Noel talks with his friend Adam Ramsey, pastor of Liberti Church in Gold Coast, Australia and network director of Australia & New Zealand for Acts 29. They talk about why joy is a necessary and commanded attribute of a follower of Jesus, how COVID19 is impacting our joy, and why we desperately need technology sabbaths.
In this episode, Noel talks with Joseph Harris, Coordinator of the Center of Diversity and Inclusion at DePauw University in Indiana and Ph.D. student in urban education literacy at Michigan State University. They talk about ways Christians and Pastors in predominantly white churches can practically think and talk about race issues, during times of crisis and in between. Here's some links to a few things they talked about: “The Gospel Is Our Only Hope”: A Now Unhelpful And Useless Phrase by Young Yi The Myth of White Ignorance Joseph's Facebook Page
Civil Disobedience

Civil Disobedience


On this edition of the Quarantined Hypocrite Podcast, Noel talks about civil disobedience from a biblical perspective and how it applies to churches today.
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