“My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth and followed Thee.” —Charles Wesley, “And Can It Be, That I Should Gain”
What are the decrees of God? Do we have any say in our relationship with God or are we predestined from before the time of creation for salvation or damnation? Also, who is John Wesley? What is the Wesleyan way of doing theology and living the life of faith? Why is the Wesleyan way it important? Are Calvinist and Wesleyans so different or is there more that unites us than divides?
On this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Dr. Justus Hunter (see below for bio) to discuss John Wesley’s first revisions to the Shorter Catechism–questions 7 and 8: What are the decrees of God and How does God execute his decrees? The guys and Dr. Hunter also spend time talking about the new resource, The Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way (Seedbed) authored by Dr. Hunter and Dr. Philip Tallon of Houston Baptist University.
Along the way, Brett causes the guys to apologize to our listening audience within the first 10 minutes, Jim will rush past a story where he met Patrick Stewart, and Allen will attempt knock Jim down with unexpected results.
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About Justus Hunter
Dr. Justus Hunter (Ph. D) is Assistant Professor of Church History at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, where he teaches church history and theology. He is the author of If Adam Had Not Sinned: The Reason for the Incarnation from Anselm to Scotus (CUA) and, with Phil Tallon, The Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way (Seedbed). Follow him on twitter @JustusHunter.
Important Links for Episode 8
Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com): https://store.seedbed.com/collections/the-john-wesley-collection/products/wesleys-revision-of-the-shorter-catechism
Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism
Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way (Pre-Order). This resource is scheduled to be available this fall.
Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities by Roger Olson
Wesley for Armchair Theologians by William Abraham
The Class Meeting by Kevin Watson
The Band Meeting by Scott Kisker and Kevin Watson