The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 12) On Creation Part 4: Special Providence W/Special Guest Dr. David Watson

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

Firebrand Magazine

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon

Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton

Podechesis Livecast 1

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Important Links for the Livecast

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

Thomas Oden: Classic Christianity

Wesley’s One Volume Commentary

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith

Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way

Wesley Study Bible

Key United Methodist Beliefs

The Bible Project

Perseverance of the Saints by John Wesley

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 11) On Creation Part 3: On God’s Providence

What is providence?  How does God act?  What is his handywork and how does a transcendent God also be an intimate God?  Is the world just ruled by fate or chance or is there something more?  And what about freewill?  Did God just create and then back off or is he an involved creator?  If God is in charge, are we truly free?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss question 11 from John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismWhat are God’s works of providence?  The guys talk about God’s nature, how he holds all thing in his grasp, and how human free will only comes by God’s providence.  They also talk about how God’s providence is more than high theology meant for the ivory towers of academia.  God’s providence is at the heart of his eternal nature and our created being.

Along the way, Allen confesses that he just wants a break, Jim admits that he may be a Cylon, and Brett finally gets a title for his book—and then Jim steals it.  Oh, and cartoons.  All three of the guys have a deep love for Saturday morning cartoons.

Special Halloween theme music produced by Andy Bowen (andybowen.com).

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Important Links for Episode 11

Scripture proofs: Psalm 103:19, 104:24, 145:17; Isaiah 28:29; Matthew 10:29-31; Hebrews 1:3

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

Thomas Oden: Classic Christianity & John Wesley’s Teachings Vol. 1

John of Damascus Wikipedia Bio

Thomas Aquinas Wikipedia Bio

John Wesley sermon, “On Divine Providence”

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 10) On Creation Part 2: The Creation of Humanity

What does it mean that God created humanity?  Why is important that God created Adam out of the dust of the earth and Eve from Adam’s rib?  Why was it important for Adam to have a partner and what does that say about the role of close relationships and community in human existence?  And what is the deal with being created in the image of God?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss question 10 from John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechismhow did God create Man?  The guys talk about how understanding God’s creation of humanity impacts our relationships with each other, with the rest of creation, and with God himself.  They also discuss how idea of sacred worth can influence how we think about tough subjects like capital punishment.

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Important Links for Episode 10

Scripture Proofs: Genesis 1:26-28; Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 4:24

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

Epic of Eden by Sandra Richter

The Joy of Fearing God by Jerry Bridges

Biblical Holiness for Ordinary People (Seven Minute Seminary Video)

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 9) On Creation Part 1: The Work of Creation

What does it mean that God created all things?  What does it mean that God created out of nothing?  Can one believe in a creator God and in science?  Is there any real reason why one cannot hold to a biblical worldview and still believe in science?  Did God create all things in seven days or is something else going on in Genesis 1 and 2?  

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss question 9 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechismwhat is the work of creation?  The guys will talk about the seven days of creation in Genesis 1, why a being good readers of the Bible can help us understand what the Bible is actually saying in the first chapter of Genesis, and how a belief in a creator God actually draws us to a life of worship.

Along the way, Jim will entice us with yet another snippet into meeting Patrick Stewart, Brett will admit that he has no idea how to use Instagram, and Allen will dream of fishing alongside of Bigfoot.

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Important Links for Episode 9

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

Wikipedia Article on the Epic of Gilgamesh that Jim alluded to when talking about the biblical creation story

Epic of Eden by Sandra Richter

The Language of God by Francis Collins

Reasonable Faith Website by William Lane Craig: Science & Theology Page

Creationism Chart

The Podechesis Podcast: The Decrees of God (Wesley’s first Revisions) w/Special Guest Dr. Justus Hunter

“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.

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith

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

Clay Ride

The Podechesis Podcast: On God: Part 3

Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the Triune God. -John Wesley

What is God’s nature like?  If we, as Christians, worship only one God, then what is the deal God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit?  Do we really worship one God or are there three God’s that demand our obedience?  Or, does any of this really matter anyway?  Can’t we just worship God no matter what his nature is like; besides, who am I to make a truth claim about God’s nature?  

On this episode of the The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Allen, and Jim discuss question 6 in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismHow many persons are there in the Godhead?  The guys will talk about the Trinity, why the doctrine of the Triune God was formulated, and why it is important today.  There will also be a great discussion on bible translations, the need for good English translations, and why the King James should not just be shelved to collect dust.

Along the way, Allen won’t talk UGA Football, Jim won’t talk Kale smoothies, and Brett won’t make 1980’s nostalgic references.

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Important Links for Episode 7

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

Bill Mounce Videos: Missing Verses in the NIV (Jim’s recommended), Can translations be trusted, Are the New Testament Manuscripts Reliable?

Council of Nicea

Come, Holy Spirit

Ministry in the Image of God

The Podechesis Podcast: On God: Part 2

An Idol is anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God.” – Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods

So, how many gods are there really?  Is it possible to worship more than one god if there is only one, true God?  Many of us aren’t bowing before golden calves so we can’t be idolaters, correct?  Is idolatry truly the sin of our age?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Allen, Jim and Brett talk about question 5 in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “Are there more gods than one?”  During this discussion, the boys will talk about what gods demand their worship, why worshipping the one, true, living God is not limiting; its life giving, how following Jesus demands us to take a deep look at what truly has our hearts.

Along the way, Allen will confess that he has an altar in his office to UGA, Jim will try to convince us that M&Ms should be perfectly fine being used as communion wafers, and Brett will confess his love for dad jokes.   

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Important Links for Episode 6

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

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

Books on World Religion

Christianity at the Religious Roundtable by Timothy Tennent

Neighboring Faiths by Winfred Corduan

History of The World’s Religions by David Noss and Blake Grangaard

Scripture Proofs

Deuteronomy 6

Jeremiah 10

The Podechesis Podcast Episode 5: On God: Part 1

“God is a mean kid sitting on an anthill with a magnifying glass, and I’m the ant. He could fix my life in five minutes if He wanted to, but He’d rather burn off my feelers and watch me squirm.” -Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey) – Bruce Almighty

“There’s a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him.” – J. I. Packer, Knowing God

What is God?  Is God a figment of our imagination, construct of human pride, or an unknowable entity in control of all things?  Who is God?  With so many God’s throughout history is it possible to know who or what the right God is?  And how does Morgan Freeman play into all this?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen will discuss question number four of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismWhat is God?  Working under the assumption that God exist and is particularly knowable, as the Catechism does, the boys have a great discussion on how the Old and New testaments of the bible reveal who God is and how to know him.

Along the way, Brett gets made fun of for being 40 and not watching movies past 1989, Allen reveals what he would do with God powers (Hint: it’s a really good deal for Georgia sports), and Jim reveals for the first time his 90s Christian Alternative Band, Shifting Shadows.

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Important Links for Episode 5

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

Knowing God by J. I. Packer

The Podechesis Podcast Episode 4: The Bible: Part 2

“The Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation…” (Article 5 of the 39 Articles of Religion out of the Anglican Church”

Why is the Bible so important? Is it merely a collection of ancient narratives, poetry, and letters or is there something more? Is there a message that is threaded throughout the Bible that links Genesis to Revelation and all “books” in between? Is the Bible REALLY the word of God?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen are joined by Dr. Brian Russell, Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, to discuss the third question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, What do the scriptures principally teach? They have a great discussion talking about all things scripture and why the Bible matters today.

Along the way, Brett will attempt to introduce Jim and Allen with bravado only to fall short, Jim will ONCE AGAIN attempt to talk kale smoothies, and Allen will try to defend Georgia sports from Brian’s continued onslaught (really, Brian beats up Georgia sports to make great spiritual insights).

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Important Notes about Dr. Brian Russell

Social Media: Twitter (@briandrussell), Instagram (@yourprofessorforlife), LinkedIn (Brian D. Russell)

Youtube: Deep Dive Spirituality with Dr. Brian Russell

Podcast: Deep Dive Spirituality Conversations Podcast

Website: brianrussell.org

Asbury Theological Seminary Faculty Bio

Email: deepdivespirituality@gmail.com

Important Links for Episode 4

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

Books on Spiritual Reading of Scripture:

Invitation to a Journey: A Roadmap to a Journey by Robert Mulholland

Shaped By the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation by Robert Mulholland

Eat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading by Eugene Peterson