Seminary Dropout 029: Austin Fischer… Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed

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austin fischerMy guest today is Austin Fischer. Austin is the Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church. He and his wife, Allison, live in Temple, Texas. He speaks and writes and you can follow him on Twitter at @austintfischer or online at

yrnlrAustin’s first book is called Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed: Black Holes, Love, and a Journey In and Out of Calvinism, and it is fantastic. If you’re not a Calvinist and especially if you are, you need to read this book. Austin is a fantastic writer and the book is far from simple theology, like the title says Austins story of finding Calvinism as a high school student and then coming to grips with the fact that the theology just couldn’t be sustained.

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16 thoughts on “Seminary Dropout 029: Austin Fischer… Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed

  1. As a guy who holds an essentially Reformed doctrine of salvation,  I disagree with Austin fairly thoroughly. Yet I really enjoyed this podcast, and appreciate Austin’s warmth, vulnerability, and clarity. I’ll probably pick up his book and give it some further consideration. Thanks for posting this, Shane.

  2. @Kyle Carlson  Thanks for this feedback Kyle! I think you’ll find the same warmth and fairness that Austin exhibited in the interview is the same in the book. I’d love to know what you think about the book once you’ve read it.

  3. Checking in as one of the ‘walking contradictions.’ I’m guessing I’d be called a Calvinist by many Arminians and an Arminian by many Calvinist. But I enjoyed the discussion, and learned a bit along the way.

  4. Hey Shane, I really enjoyed the podcast. You should try to get a guy on your show named Douglas Hamp. He has a very interesting view on the elect. He is neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian. You can look him up on the internet, he has his own podcast called According to the Scriptures and videos on YouTube. I think you will appreciate his view. Thanks for the great podcast! Take care!

  5. Why is it so important to label oneself a “Calvinist”?  Seems to me if you have to say a label more than you say the word Christian, you are probably deeply into Nicolaitanism.

  6. Josh Lacey  Josh, thanks so much for listening. Do you know Douglas personally? Thanks for putting him on my radar, I’ll look into him.

  7. No I do not know him personally, I just listen to his shows and bible studies online. I’ve learned a ton just by listening to him and I’m sure he would come on your show. Thanks for responding to my post!

  8. I do not know Douglas personally, I just listen to his podcasts and bible studies online. Just check him out on YouTube at Douglas Hamp and his podcast According to the Scriptures. I’m sure he would love to come on your show!

  9. Coming from a Calvinist background, I really really Really liked this show. All of us can get too tied up in our “-isms” and we need to gain perspective from time to time. I know too many Reformed-minded folks who are more concerned with how Reformed you are than how Christian you are.  While I still find myself within the Reformed camp, I really enjoy these conversations and look forward to reading the book.

  10. Somewhat off topic, but why not call your listeners “castouts”, combining podCAST and seminary dropOUTS?

  11. beardonabike geoffholsclaw  I’m still listening, but it was right at the beginning.

  12. It seems that we have imposed reformation questions and answers onto first century questions and genre.

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