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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And contact the show at: questions@podechesis.com

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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You can follow The Podechesis Podcast on Twitter (@podechesis), Instagram (@podechesis) & Facebook (@podechesis)

And contact the show at: questions@podechesis.com

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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You can follow The Podechesis Podcast on Twitter (@podechesis), Instagram (@podechesis) & Facebook (@podechesis)

And contact the show at: questions@podechesis.com

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

The Podechesis Podcast Episode 3: The Bible: Part 1

“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.” Augustine of Hippo

In the last episode of The Podechesis Podcast we had a great conversation about our purpose.  We learned that we were created to glorify God and enjoy him forever.  So, if that is our purpose, how are we to carry it out.  How do we know how to do what we were created to do? 

In this episode, Brett, Allen, and Jim talk about the second question in Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, “What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify him?”  They will talk about the Bible and why it is important for Christians. They will share their love for the bible, share some of their favorite passages and stories, and give tips on how to study it.

Along the way, Jim will try to push kale smoothies (to no avail), Brett will tell a bad dad joke, and Allen will disparage the good name of Tim Tebow.   

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You can follow The Podechesis Podcast on Twitter (@podechesis) & Facebook.com/podechesis

And contact the show at: questions@podechesis.com

Important Links from Episode 2

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’s four-volume set on the teachings of John Wesley:

Videos on Scripture:

Craig Keener: I, II, III, IV

William Mounce: Are the New Testament Manuscripts Reliable? & Can We Trust Bible Translations? & Can We Trust the Bible

The Podechesis Podcast Episode 2: Humanity’s Purpose

Episode 2 Show Notes

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” -Inigo Montoya to Vizzini, The Princess Bride

Do we know what the word purpose means? When we ask, “What is my purpose?” or “Why am I here?” or say things like, “Your purpose in life is…” or “You were put on this earth for this reason.” do we know what we are really talking about? Perhaps the meaning of purpose is not what we think it is. Maybe our understanding of purpose is too complicated and too small.

In the second episode of The Podechesis Podcast Allen, Jim, and Brett have an important conversation about the first question in Wesley’s Revision of the Westminister Shorter Catechism, “What is the chief end of man?” They discuss the meaning of purpose, what it means to glorify God and to enjoy him, and they share their hearts in discussing why it matters that we understand what it is God designed us to do.

Along the way, you will hear which cereal is the best, Jim try to convince Brett and Allen to try kale smoothies (not happening!), and Allen and Jim break into song ever so briefly.

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You can follow The Podechesis Podcast on Facebook & Twitter: @podechesis

And contact the show at: questions@podechesis.com

Important Links from Episode 2

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’s Systematic Theology in one volume: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0061449717/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_dpS5Eb5MPPJRD

Great Resource about John Wesley: https://amzn.to/36xZhhg

Jim’s favorite kale smoothie recipe

The Podechesis Podcast Episode 1: What’s a Podechesis?

Welcome to the first episode of Podechesis!  Like any good comic book, superhero series, or serial story there has to be a compelling back story.  In order to know why The Incredible Hulk is who he is, why Iron Man acts the way he acts, or Batman is so driven to fight crime in Gotham City, a back story has to be in place that explains what drives Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, and Bruce Wayne.  Without the back story the narrative would be incomplete.

This first episode is the back story of Podechesis.  Jim, Allen, and Brett tell their stories of faith, their calls into pastoral ministry, and what drives them to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ today.  You will also hear what this podcast is all about, how it got its name, and its purpose.

Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, and Google

You can follow The Podechesis Podcast on Twitter: @podechesis

And contact the show at: questions@podechesis.com

Why Podechesis? https://podechesis.com/2020/05/26/whats-in-a-name

Important links from episode one:

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

Great Resource about John Wesley: https://amzn.to/36xZhhg

Good resource on the Church and Post-Modernism: https://amzn.to/3eqkNrh

Correction: In this episode, you will hear Brett make a reference to Leviticus 17.  He meant Leviticus 19.  

The Podechesis Podcast

We are super excited to announce a new podcast that Allen Cason, Jim Morrow, Brett Maddocks have started called The Podechesis Podcast (the title is explained here). The idea behind this podcast is to have a conversation about what Christians believe and why it matters. To guide our discussion, we will be using John Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism which you can find here.

We will be posting more “show notes” for episode one tomorrow, June 1st. Until then, take a listen to the trailer and go ahead and start episode one.

You can find The Podechesis Podcast on: Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, and Podbean. Be sure to subscribe using your favorite podcast player so you can keep up when new episodes drop.

I am so excited about this project and proud to be able to do this with two wonderful pastors, effective colleagues, and amazing friends.

And now, on with the show…

Why Podechesis?

The way that the church has taught disciples to obey Christ is through Catechism.  Catechism comes from the Greek word meaning “to teach orally.”  Catechism is a summary of doctrines and practices that are taught to students, Catechumens, through a set pattern of instruction called Catechesis.

From the very beginning of the church the teaching office of the church has been an important component of growing God’s Kingdom and making disciples.  In fact, in the Great Commission, Jesus tells his disciples to “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20, emphasis mine).

The Podechesis Podcast’s goal is to carry out this great tradition of teaching the faith by having a discussion of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, a question and answer order of teaching the faith.

We hope you will subscribe to The Podechesis Podcast and join the conversation.