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Episode 48: Wesley on Medicine and Healing (Part 2)

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Release Date: 09/25/2018

Episode 69: Falling Away (Part 2) show art Episode 69: Falling Away (Part 2)

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In this episode we will continue discussing the very important (and controversial) topic of falling away or Christian apostasy. This time we will briefly discuss the views of John Wesley primarily using Thomas C. Oden's book "John Wesley's Teaching Volume 2: Christ and Salvation." We then talk about the similarities between the views of Wesley and Arminius. Next we discuss how both "once saved always saved" and "once saved barely saved" are dangerous extremes and neither are biblical. We will then briefly discuss some of the small differences between Arminius and Wesley which primarily have to...

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Episode 68: Falling Away (Part 1) show art Episode 68: Falling Away (Part 1)

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In this episode we will begin discussing the very important (and controversial) topic of falling away or Christian apostasy. We will begin by discussing the recent public denial of the faith by the popular author Joshua Harris. We will then discuss how a Christian should respond to another believer falling away from the faith. What is a helpful response? What is an unhelpful response? We will then briefly discuss some verses that deal with the issue (there are a lot). We then spend the rest of the episode discussing the teaching of Arminius on apostasy and use "Jacob Arminius: Theologian of...

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Episode 67: Prevenient Grace (Part 2) show art Episode 67: Prevenient Grace (Part 2)

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In this episode we will continue to discuss the very important doctrine of Prevenient Grace. We will begin by sharing and discussing biblical support for the doctrine. There is actually a lot throughout the whole Bible. We will then talk about the subtle but very important differences between Semi-Augustinianism and Soft Semi-Augustinianism. We then end the episode talking about the implications of the doctrine of Prevenient Grace. How does it impact our philosophy of ministry? How will it impact how church services are conducted?  Links: What is Prevenient Grace by Andrew Dragos  A...

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Episode 66: Prevenient Grace (Part 1) show art Episode 66: Prevenient Grace (Part 1)

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In this episode we will begin to discuss the very important doctrine of Prevenient Grace. This doctrine separates Wesleyan-Arminian theology from all forms of Pelagianism and Reformed theology. We will begin by defining Prevenient Grace with help from Thomas Oden. Then we will discuss an article by Andrew Dragos from Seedbed. We will talk about the benefits of Prevenient Grace as described by Wesley (via. Kenneth J. Collins) and find scriptural support for them. Then we will discuss the differences between the Wesleyan-Arminian Doctrine of Prevenient Grace and the Reformed Doctrine of Common...

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Episode 65: The Synod of Dort Revisited (Part 2) show art Episode 65: The Synod of Dort Revisited (Part 2)

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In this series of episodes we will be discussing the Synod of Dort again along with the events that followed it. To do this we will continue reading through portions of an article by Kevin D. Young titled, "The Four Hundred Year Flower: Arminius, Dort, and the Battle for Grace" published on Desiring God. In this episode we will be discussing how the politics of the Netherlands surrounding the Synod of Dort dictated to how it was decided. We will also discuss how it was by no means a fair debate. We will also be discussing how the Synod of Dort defined what it meant to be "Reformed" in a way it...

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Episode 64: The Synod of Dort Revisited (Part 1) show art Episode 64: The Synod of Dort Revisited (Part 1)

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In this series of episodes we will be discussing the Synod of Dort again along with the events that led up to it. To do this we will be reading through portions of an article by Kevin D. Young titled, "The Four Hundred Year Flower: Arminius, Dort, and the Battle for Grace" published on Desiring God. We will be discussing what DeYoung got right in the article and what he got wrong. Like many others he presents some popular Arminian myths as facts. Is it true that Arminius was a devoted Calvinist after graduating from Geneva? Is it true that Arminius became a humanist (?) after preparing for a...

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Episode 63: Optimism of Grace (Part 2) show art Episode 63: Optimism of Grace (Part 2)

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In this episode we will continue to discuss the theme of "Optimism of Grace" in the theology of John Wesley. Our specific focus is how having an optimism of grace has a significant impact on many areas of the Christian life. This is true of evangelism, social justice, and sanctification. In this episode we receive help from Fred Sanders and an article by Vinicius Couto.  Links: "The Optimistic View of Grace for Wesley" by Vinicius Couto "Wesley on the Christian Life" by Fred Sanders

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Episode 62: Optimism of Grace (Part 1) show art Episode 62: Optimism of Grace (Part 1)

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In this episode we will begin to discuss the theme of "Optimism of Grace" in the theology of John Wesley. It is clear that this theme runs through all aspects of the theology of Wesley. This goes for Atonement, Soteriology, and Eschatology. We will receive help from Henry H. Knight III and his books "Anticipating Heaven Below." We also discuss how an overemphasis on optimism or pessimism could impact an individual's walk with Christ or a church culture. Hint: there are dangers in both extremes.  Links: "John Wesley: Optimist of Grace" by Henry H. Knight III "What Is a Wesleyan?" lecture...

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Episode 61: The International Fellowship of Bible Churches  show art Episode 61: The International Fellowship of Bible Churches

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In this episode we have the opportunity to sit down with Dr. William Sillings who is the General Superintendent of the International Fellowship of Bible Churches (IFBC). Both Vin and Ben are ordained Elders (pastors) in the IFBC and the church plant they serve is an IFBC church. In this interview Dr. Sillings shares briefly about the history of the IFBC along with what makes it unique among denominations in the broader Wesleyan-Arminian movement. One way is that the IFBC holds to a "classical" Wesleyan theology unlike other groups. Dr. Sillings also discusses how the IFBC emphasizes the...

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 Episode 60: The Wesleyan Quadrilateral (Part 2) show art Episode 60: The Wesleyan Quadrilateral (Part 2)

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In this episode we will continue to discuss the crisis of biblical authority in the broader methodist movement. This time we will actually talk about the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. We will begin by defining the Quadrilateral and then discuss what is good about it and what is dangerous about it. One very interesting thing to note is how Albert Outler regretted coining the term in the first place. We will discuss how the Quadrilateral can both lead people into error and heresy if it is understood incorrectly and how it could protect us from error and heresy if it is understood correctly. We will...

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In this episode we will continue to discuss John Wesley's theology of medicine and healing. We will start with looking at examples from his journals where he gives examples of divine healing in his ministry. Then we will discuss Wesley's theology of divine healing and how it differed from both modern charismatic teaching and puritan influenced teaching on sickness. The bottom line is Wesley believed that God provides means for both our spiritual and physical health. We hope this episode will help you to develop your theology of divine healing.