Author Archives: Brett Maddocks

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 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

Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬

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.

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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 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.

Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), SpotifyStitcherPodbeanGoogle, YouTubeAmazon 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 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

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 18) On Jesus Christ Part 1: Jesus the Redeemer

Who is Jesus?  What does it mean that he is the redeemer?  Lord?  Son of God?  Eternal?  How is Jesus the answer to the sin problem?  Does Jesus still matter today?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss question 21 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Who is the redeemer of God’s Elect (mankind).  They discuss the divinity of Jesus, his humanity, and why it is important that he was more than a great teacher and moral figure from the past.  The guys will also talk about some different heresies, church councils, and what the early church really thought of him.

Along the way, Jim will make a wager, Allen will dream of shamrocks, and Brett will be craving a bowl of Lucky Charms by the end of the episode.

Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), SpotifyStitcherPodbeanGoogle, YouTubeAmazon 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: 1 Timothy 2:5-6; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Romans 9:5; Luke 1:35; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 7:24-25

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

Wesley One Volume Bible Commentary

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon

Catechetical Discourses by Gregory of Nyssa

For a great entry level look at some of the heresies and church councils we mentioned in this episode see Turning Points by Mark Noll and The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson.

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 17) On Sin Part 5: On Misery and Hell

What are the eternal consequences of our fallenness?  What is the miserable estate in which we live?  What does it mean to be separated from our creator?  What is hell and does it truly exist?  Does the love of God negate the idea of hell?  I hell necessary?

On this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys take on two of the questions from John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q19- What is the misery of that estate into which man fell; and Q20-Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?  They will deal with topics like the eternal consequences of human fallenness, the losing communion with God, and whether or not the idea of hell is outdated.  They will also discuss why John Wesley completely redacted question and answer 20.

Along the way, Brett will forget his name, Allen will try to interject “hell” in non-theological ways as much as possible, and Jim will wonder if Allen and Brett are trying to make his podcast life a living h…, well, you know.

Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), SpotifyStitcherPodbeanGoogle, YouTubeAmazon 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: Genesis 3:8, 10, 24; Ephesians 2:2-3; Galatians 3:10; Lamentations 3:39; Romans 6:23; Matthew 25: 41, 46

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

Wesley One Volume Bible Commentary

The Resurrection of the Son of God by N. T. Wright

A Church Called Tov by Scot McKnight & Laura Barringer

Books by Jerry Walls:

Hell

Heaven

Purgatory

Heaven, Hell, & Purgatory

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 16) On Sin Part 4: The Fallen Nature

What the difference between the sinful nature and sins committed?  In what way is our nature corrupted by sin?  What original righteousness?  Is it possible to not sin?  What is the guilt of sin and how is it passed down?  

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Jim, Brett, and Allen continue their discussion on sin by looking at questions 17, Into what estate did the fall bring mankind? and 18, Wherein consists the sinfulness of that estate into which man fell? of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.  They talk about why correct thinking of our fallen nature matters, how modern zombie tropes can be the perfect analogy for our sinful nature, and why the doctrine of Christian perfection is so important.

Along the way, Allen makes a big comeback, Jim makes cheesy preacher jokes, and Brett decides its time to catch up on newer movies and TV shows.

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Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬

Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: Romans 5:10-20; Ephesians 2:1-3; James 1:14-15; Matthew 15:19

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

Wesley One Volume Bible Commentary

Not The Way it’s Supposed to Be by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Fasting: Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster

Sermon by John Wesley: On Sin in Believers

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 15) On Sin Part 3: The Scope of Sin w/ Special Guest Rev. Rebecca Duke-Barton

What is the scope of sin?  How deep and wide is its reach in humanity?  What is the consequence of Sin?  Were Adam and Eve real people or archetypes for all of humanity?  How are sin and the consequences of sin passed down from generation to generation?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Jim and Brett are joined by special guest (and pinch-hitter for Allen) Rev. Rebecca Duke-Barton, pastor of Jesup First United Methodist Church, to discuss question 16 of  John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismDid all mankind fall in Adam’s first transgression?  They will talk about the idea of original sin and whether the problem of sin is passed down from generation to generation.  They will also discuss the need for a robust and faithful theology of sin and of grace in the church today.

Along the way, Brett will find that it is getting harder and harder to be relevant having not watched any of the Mandalorian, Rebecca will make a case for tractor-beam theology, and Jim will make fun of Allen over and over only because Allen wasn’t there to defend himself.

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Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.

questions@podechesis.com

Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬

Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 5:12; 1 Corinthians 15:21-22

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

The Lost World of Adam and Eve by John Walton

Rebecca Duke-Barton Podcast (Jesus First UMC)

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