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Episode 63: Optimism of Grace (Part 2)

Remonstrance

Release Date: 05/28/2019

Episode 92: Spiritual Gifts (Part 4) show art Episode 92: Spiritual Gifts (Part 4)

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In this episode we will continue our discussion of the Wesleyan perspective on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We will continue to be reading sections of the article, "Wesley, the Almost Charismatic" by Peter J. Bellini. Our conversation primarily focuses on how although Wesley was not a charismatic "in theory" he was a charismatic "in practice." We will specifically focus on how Wesley evaluated all extraordinary gifts in light of both his "holiness hermeneutic" and the authority of Scripture. We end the episode discussing Bellini's verdict that Wesley was "An Almost Charismatic."   ...

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Episode 91: Spiritual Gifts (Part 3) show art Episode 91: Spiritual Gifts (Part 3)

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In this episode we will continue to explore the Wesleyan perspective on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As our guide we will be reading through an article titled, "Wesley, the Almost Charismatic" by Peter J. Bellini. Our conversation will primarily focus on how Wesley emphasized the "ordinary fruits" of the Holy Spirit rather than the "extraordinary gifts" of the Holy Spirit. We will also discuss that while Wesley was not a charismatic "in theory" he was not a cessationist either. We will continue discussing this article in the next episode of Remonstrance. 

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Episode 90: Spiritual Gifts (Part 2) show art Episode 90: Spiritual Gifts (Part 2)

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In this episode we will continue to explore the Wesleyan perspective on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To do this we will continue to focus specifically on the views of John Wesley. We start off discussing Wesley's views on the gifts of the Spirit and how he determined what was a genuine work of the Holy Spirit and what was "fanaticism." We then discuss the distinction he made between the "ordinary" gifts of the Spirt and the "extraordinary" gifts of the Spirt.  The article we are reading through is:

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Episode 89: Spiritual Gifts (Part 1) show art Episode 89: Spiritual Gifts (Part 1)

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In this episode we will begin exploring the Wesleyan perspective on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To do this we will be focusing specifically on the views of John Wesley. We start off discussing the differences between cessationism versus continuationism. Then we provide a historical overview of what else was going on in the Protestant world at the time of Wesley. We will focus on the views of the Calvinists, Puritans, and Anglicans during Wesley's time. Then we will look at the views of the Lutherans, Pietists, and Moravians. Then we will look at the views of John Wesley and see how they...

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Arminian Scholarship with Richie Clark (Part 3) show art Arminian Scholarship with Richie Clark (Part 3)

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This is the final part in a three part series where we interview Arminian scholar Richie Clark about current issues in Arminian scholarship. In this part of the interview Richie discusses the place of Middle Knowledge in Arminianism. He discusses different perspectives on whether or not Middle Knowledge has a place in Arminian theology and what specific type of Middle Knowledge Arminius likely utilized in his theology.  Resources:  

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Arminian Scholarship with Richie Clark (Part 2) show art Arminian Scholarship with Richie Clark (Part 2)

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This is the second part in a three part series where we interview Arminian scholar Richie Clark about current issues in Arminian scholarship. In this part of the interview Richie discusses the differences between "Reformed Arminianism" and "Wesleyan-Arminianism." He also discusses why this issue is so complicated. We also spend time talking about what it means to be a "Classical Arminian." We also spend time discussing the issues of Prevenient Grace and the doctrine of Imputation. We specifically focus on the issue of the imputation of Christ's "Active" Righteousness to the believer. Make sure...

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Arminian Scholarship with Richie Clark (Part 1) show art Arminian Scholarship with Richie Clark (Part 1)

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This is the first part in a three part series where we interview Arminian scholar Richie Clark about current issues in Arminian scholarship. In this part of the interview Richie shares his theological journey of how he became an Arminian. We then discuss his Master's Thesis: "The Calvinism of Arminius." Then he shares his current Ph.D. research in the area of early 17th Century Anglican expressions of Arminian theology. Make sure you join us for parts two and three of this fascinating interview.  Resources:

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Episode 85: The Means of Grace Under Quarantine (Part 2) show art Episode 85: The Means of Grace Under Quarantine (Part 2)

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While under quarantine because of the COVID-19 Pandemic we continue to discuss the Means of Grace and how we can grow in them during this season. In this episode we focus on John Wesley's sermon, "The Means of Grace." First, we discuss what Wesley taught regarding the Means of Grace that: 1) God is above all means; 2) there is no power in the means; 3) they are not meritorious; 4) grace is dispensed by the power of his Spirit and the merits of his Son; 5) seek God alone. We then discuss the three chief means of grace: prayer, searching the Scriptures, and the Lord's Supper. We then look at the...

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Episode 84: The Means of Grace Under Quarantine (Part 1) show art Episode 84: The Means of Grace Under Quarantine (Part 1)

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While under quarantine because of the COVID-19 Pandemic we decided to record a series of episodes on the Means of Grace. We discuss how we can we grow in our use of the Means of Grace during quarantine. We then talk about how the use of the corporate Means of Grace has been impacted under quarantine and how fellowship with the members of our church has changed. We also define "the Means of Grace" and discuss how John Wesley defines the Means of Grace. We also discuss how many different types of Means of Grace there are. We hope this episode is an encouragement to you and that you find ways to...

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Episode 83: Pandemic and Providence (Part 2) show art Episode 83: Pandemic and Providence (Part 2)

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In this episode we will continue to discuss the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and how the doctrine of divine providence can encourage us during this season. For this whole episode we will be discussing sections of John Wesley's sermon "On Divine Providence." We will be discussing how how the doctrine of divine providence as explained by Wesley in his sermon can provide comfort to us during this difficult season. Follow the link below to follow along: 

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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. 

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"The Optimistic View of Grace for Wesley" by Vinicius Couto

"Wesley on the Christian Life" by Fred Sanders