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About Brett Maddocks

I'm an Evangelical Christian, Husband, Father, and Elder in the United Methodist Church. I love all things movies, TV, rock, and, of course, Jesus. I believe that the free exchange of ideas is the best way for truth to be found.

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 28) On The Benefits of Salvation: Sanctification

What is sanctification?  What is Christian perfection?  Is entire sanctification in this life possible?  How does the promise of salvation continue beyond the “altar?”

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Dr. Scott Kisker, professor of church history at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH to discuss Question 35 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q35-What is sanctification?  Dr. Kisker adds his voice to and important discussion about holiness, the Christian life, and recovering the “great depositum” of Methodism–Sanctification.

Along the way, Jim dreams of Olympic glory, Brett disappears unexpectedly, and Allen states that all he really wants is a cookie.

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Bio For Rev. Dr. Scott Kisker

Scott Kisker is an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served as Senior Pastor of Colesburg United Methodist Church in Colesburg, IA. Prior to coming to United Theological Seminary as professor of Church History and Associate Dean for Masters Programs, he was Professor of History of Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary and Director of the Course of Study Program for the Northeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Kisker also served as Director of the Charles Wesley Heritage Centre in Bristol, UK and as Associate Pastor for the American Protestant Church in Bonn, Germany.  His education includes a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Drew University. 

Scott’s publications include The Band Meeting: Rediscovering Relational Discipleship in Transformational Community, co-authored with Kevin M. Watson ( Franklin, TN: Seedbed, 2017), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community, co-authored with Elaine Heath (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010), Mainline or Methodist? Recovering Our Evangelistic Mission (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2008), and Foundation for Revival: Anthony Horneck, the Religious Societies, and the Rise of an Anglican Pietism (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007). Dr. Kisker is also one of the host of the podcast, Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast and he also is currently pastoring McKendree UMC in Troy, OH. His academic interests include Pietist and Wesleyan Methodist history and theology, Wesleyan discipleship and small group formation, and evangelism.  Scott is married to Roberta Willison Kisker. They have five children: Maria, Susanna, Isaac, Tabitha, and Naomi.

Dr. Kisker can be reached at stkisker@united.edu.

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 35

2 Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 6:4, 6

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham

Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way by Phil Tallon and Justus Hunter

Sermon: Scripture Way of Salvation by John Wesley

Perfect Love by Kevin Watson

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 27): On the Benefits of Salvation: Justification

What is justification?  What about regeneration?  What sort of change does God work in us at the moment of our salvation?  What is salvation and why does it matter?

In this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys tackle questions 33 and 34 in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismQ33-What is justification & Q 34- What is adoption? They discuss the process and moment of salvation, the relative and real change that Jesus’ offers without a price, and why the moment of our salvation, while most important, is not all there is. They will also talk about being adopted as children of God and why Wesley throughly believed in adoption even though he struck out the question.

Along the way, Jim starts a barbershop quartet with just three people, Allen proposes that the Podechesis crew shoot a music video, and Brett preps his autotune skills.

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 33

Romans 3:24-25; Romans 4:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21; Romans 5:17-19; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9

Scripture Proofs for Question 34: None

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham

Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way by Phil Tallon and Justus Hunter

Sermon: Scripture Way of Salvation by John Wesley

Reading Romans Backwards by Scot McKnight

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 26): On The Benefits of Salvation–An Introduction

What are the benefits of salvation?  What does it mean to be justified and sanctified?  Is salvation a moment or a process?  When does God’s grace begin to work in our lives?  What is effectual calling and why did John Wesley strike it out of the catechism all together?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss questions 31 and 32 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q31-What is effectual calling? & Q 32- What benefits do those who truly believe partake of in this life?  They will also discuss the benefits of justification and sanctification, John Wesley’s ordo salutis, and the need for accountability.

Along the way, Brett makes a case for the irresistibility of Double Stuff Oreos, Allen attempts to create a sanctified (perfect) Blizzard, and Jim proposes that we change the name of our group to The South Georgia Divines.  

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 32

Romans 8:30; Ephesians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:26, 30

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham

Perfect Love by Kevin Watson

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 25): On The Holy Spirit

Who is the Holy Spirit?  What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our salvation and redemption?  How does the Holy Spirit apply the redemption purchased by Christ to us?  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of an individual?  In the life of the community?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys tackle questions 29 and 30 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q29-How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ & How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?  They will discuss the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, why the Holy Spirit matters, and who and the Holy Spirit in light of the doctrine of the Trinity.

Along the way, Brett forgets how to speak publically, Jim rises from his vacation slumber, and Allen gives away Jim’s secret location.  

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: 

Scripture Proofs for Question 29

John 1:11-12; Titus 3:5-6

Scripture Proofs for Question 30

Ephesians 1:13-14; John 6:37, 39; Ephesians 2:8; Ephesians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 1:9

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 24): On Jesus Christ Part 7: The Exaltation of Christ

What is the exaltation of Christ?  How does Jesus’ “upward turn” complete the Gospel?  What is the meaning of the Harrowing of Hell, the Resurrection, The ascension, and the 2nd coming?  Why does the exaltation of Jesus even matter?

On this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss question 28 of  John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q28–In what consists of Christ’s exaltation?  They talk about what was happening between the crucifixion and resurrection, why Jesus’ ascension is important, and why maybe the second coming of Christ may not be as confusing as it seems.

Along the way, Jim embraces his inner Gollum, Allen dreams of a drone-Jesus for next year’s ascension day celebration, and Brett realizes his dream of being king is really a longshot.

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:19; Ephesians 1:20; Acts 1:11; Acts 17:31

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Firebrand Magazine

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 23) On Jesus Christ Part 6: The Humiliation of Christ

What is the humiliation of Christ?  What is the meaning of the incarnation?  How did the Son of God participate in the sufferings of earthly life?  What is the wrath of God and why does a correct understanding of God’s wrath matter today?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Jim, Allen, and Brett are joined by special guest, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Smith, Campus Minister of the Georgia Southern University Wesley Foundation to discuss question 27 John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismQ27: In what did Christ’s humiliation consist?  They will discuss the meaning of God coming down to us in the incarnation, the life of Jesus along with his suffering, death, and descent into hell.  They will also talk about God’s wrath, sin, and ultimate redemption through Christ atoning work.

Along the way, Jim accuses Brett of being decades older than he is, Brett tries hard to not get caught in another heresy, and Allen can’t stand all the talk about a university that is not UGA.

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬

Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: Luke 2:7; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 12:2-3; Isaiah 53:2-3; Luke 22:44; Matthew 27:46; Philippians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 2:24-27, 31

Georgia Southern University Wesley Foundation

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)

Daily Text by Seedbed.com

Waking from Doctrinal Amnesia by William Abraham

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

Christology In the Making by James D. G. Dunn

Firebrand Magazine

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 22) On Jesus Christ Part 5: Jesus as King

What is the biblical understanding of a king?  How does Jesus fulfil this important office?  Why does it matter that Jesus is the king?  What is the Kingdom of God?  Why does God’s kingdom matter?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys take on questions 26 of  John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismQ26: How does Christ execute the office of a king?  They discuss the role of a king, being subjects of King Jesus, Jesus’ rule and authority, and his power to restrain and conqueror.  

Along the way, Allen pushes Brett’s heresy buttons, Brett takes another prepares to defend his orthodoxy, and Jim makes a challenge to the Podechumen community. 

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬

Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: Acts 15:14-16; Isaiah 33:22; Isaiah 32:1-2; Corinthians 15:25; Psalm 110

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)

The Gospel of Mark by Joseph Dongell

Calvinism’s TULIP

Firebrand Magazine

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 21) On Jesus Christ Part 4: Jesus as Priest

What is a priest?  How does Jesus exercise the office of priest?  What is a sacrifice and what is the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf?  What is meant by Jesus being the eternal priest?  Why do we need a priest today?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys take on questions 25 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismQ25: How does Christ execute the office of a priest?  They discuss the role of a priest, divine justice, God’s mercy, and Christ’s continual intercession for us even now.

Along the Way, Brett tries out his singing chops, Jim once again makes a Star Wars reference, and Allen accuses Brett of dancing too close to the heresy line.

Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), SpotifyStitcherPodbeanGoogleYouTubeAmazon MusiciHeartRadioTuneInListen Notes, and Deezer.

A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬

Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: Hebrews 9:14, 28; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 7:24-25

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden

Firebrand Magazine

Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 20) On Jesus Christ Part 3: Jesus as Prophet

Happy Easter Podechumens! He is risen indeed!!!!!

What are the offices that Jesus executes as our redeemer?  What is the office of Prophet?  How does Jesus fulfill that role?  How does Jesus make God’s will known to humanity?  What is the spiritual gift of prophecy, and how is it connected to the office of prophet that Jesus executes?

On this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss questions 23 and 24 or John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismQ23-What offices does Christ execute as our redeemer? & Q24-How does Christ execute the office of a prophet?  In this discussion Allen, Brett, and Jim talk about the Old Testament foundations of the offices of Christ (Prophet, Priest, and King), Jesus’ humiliation and exaltation, How Jesus reveals God’s will and plan of salvation.  They also get into an important discussion about spiritual gifts and how they are connected to the work of Jesus.

Along the way, Brett’s ability to count will be called into question, Allen will attempt to characterize the Podechesis crew according to characters on the hit TV show, The Office, and Jim will be shown the door.

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬

Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: John 1:18; 1 Peter 1:10-12; John 15:15; John 20:31

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism

Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden

Firebrand Magazine

Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 19) On Jesus Christ Part 2: On the Incarnation

What is the incarnation?  Did the second person of the Trinity really put on flesh and experience the human reality?  What is meant by the creedal affirmations of conception by the Holy Spirit and Jesus being born of a virgin?  Is affirmation to the  virgin birth necessary to Christian faith?  If Jesus was tempted as we are, did he also experience sin as we do?

On this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss question 22 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismHow did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?  Brett, Allen, and Jim will discuss big theological issues like the incarnation, the virgin birth, Christ’s sinlessness, and why Mary is important to all Christians.

Along the way, Brett proves he’s right about which episode number this is, Jim proves he’s wrong, and Allen brings out the old TI-85 to show that both Jim and Brett have lost the plot.

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A New Podcast Offering

The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.

Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬

Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: Hebrews 2:14, 16; Hebrew 10:5; Matthew 26:38; Luke 1:27, 31, 42; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 7:26

Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)

On the Incarnation by Athanasius