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.

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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the eternal consequences of human fallenness, the losing communion with God, and whether or not the idea of hell is outdated.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.

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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.

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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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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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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)

Friends

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 14) On Sin Part 2: The Fruit of Sin

What exactly was the sin that Adam and Eve committed when they ate the fruit from the forbidden tree?  Why was that fruit forbidden in the first place?  Who’s at fault for breaking God’s command?  What is God trying to hide from humanity in forbidding the knowledge of good and evil?  

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss question 15 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismWhat was the sin by which our first parents fell from the estate in which they were created?They talk about the root of sin, why freewill is so important, and how the sin of our fore-parents impacts us even today.  They also talk about why an understanding of the fall of Adam and Eve matters to us today.

Along the way, Allen shows off his new Lego creation, Jim tries his hand at being a Hebrew scholar, and Brett has praise heaped upon himself—if only for this episode.

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Important Links For This Episod

Scripture Proofs: Genesis 3:6, 12

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

Temptation Song (Veggie Tales)

The Podechesis Podcast: Christmas (and Advent) Special

It’s Christmas time (and Advent) once again.  The hot chocolate is flowing, the movies are on, and the lights are twinkling brightly.  The question is does Christmas still matter?

In this special Christmas (and Advent) episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the boys take a break from Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism to share some of their favorite Christmas memories, movies, songs, and foods.  They talk about Christmas lights and the Light of the world, Jesus.  They also make a case for why the season of Advent is so important for the church.  

Along the way we find out that the Brett loves the movie, A Christmas Story, and Jim and Allen do not.  Can The Podechesis Podcast survive with such a vast chasm between the two wayward sons and Brett?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Podechesis Community. We will return with our regular episodes in January.

Important Links For This Episode

Silent Night/Smile In The Mystery by John Mark McMillian

The Tweet Mentioned by Allen

On The Incarnation of the Word by Athanasius

The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 13) On Sin Part 1: What is Sin?

What is Sin?  Why does sin exist?  Are we born with sinful natures or are we nurtured into sin?  What does it mean to break God’s law?  Are we naturally good?  What was humanity’s first taste of disobedience—pride or unbelief?  Can you have a right understanding of sin without a right understanding of grace?  How does Jesus fit into this discussion?

In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss questions 13 and 14 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter CatechismDid our first parents continue in the estate in which they were created (Q. 13), and what is sin (Q. 14)?  They talk about how sin entered the world, how our natures are corrupted, and how we are bent towards disobedience to God’s law.  They also discuss how a thoroughly biblical and  theologically robust teaching of sin is needed in the church today.

Along the way, Jim makes a confession, Allen makes a wager, and Brett is once again left having to clean all the thanksgiving dishes.  Oh, and no turkeys were harmed in the production of this episode.

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Important Links For This Episode

Scripture Proofs: Q13–Genesis 3:6-8, 13; Ecclesiastes 7:29; Q14–1 John 3:4

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

Firebrand Magazine

Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon

John Wesley’s Sermon “Original Sin” & “On the Fall of Man”

Ken Collins’ “The Theology of John Wesley” & “The Scripture Way of Salvation”

David Watson’s “Key United Methodist Beliefs”

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”