How did God specifically act toward humanity upon their creation? What is the meaning of covenant and why is it important to understand the conditions upon which God entered into relationship with humanity? Why was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil the one thing that was forbidden to eat from in the garden? Are there conditions to God’s love for us? What should our response to God’s love be?
In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Dr. David Watson of United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH) to discuss question 12 of John Wesley’s revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the estate in which he was created? They talk about God’s relational nature, how he reached down to us first, and how the covenants of God were ultimately about true freedom and life.
Along the way, it’s been quite a while since Allen has talked about UGA football, Jim still hasn’t told us how he met Sir Patrick Stewart, and Brett finally admits to being wrong…sort of.
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Dr. David Watson
Dr. David F. Watson is Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He has authored or edited a number of publications, including Key United Methodist Beliefs (with William J. Abraham), Wesley, Wesleyans, and Reading Bible as Scripture (edited with Joel B. Green) and has written articles for a variety of publications, ranging from the Journal of Biblical Literature to Weavings to Good News. His most recent book is Scripture and the Life of God: Why the Bible Matters Today More than Ever (Seedbed, 2017). He blogs at www.davidfwatson.me, and he is one of the hosts of “Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast.” His research interests include theological interpretation of Scripture, the Bible and disability, and church renewal.
Dr. Watson is an ordained elder in the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, and he also serves on the global leadership council of the Wesleyan Covenant Association. He is married to Harriet, and they have two sons, Luke and Sean.
Important Links For This Episode
Scripture Proofs: Galatians 3:12; Genesis 2:17
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 Christian Faith by Phil Tallon
Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton