#14 – Creation

#14 – Creation

Creation Simple Theologian Podcast OVERVIEW & PURPOSE To discuss creation and what it means for the Christian. Introduction Welcome to the Simple Theologians Goofing off Show topic intro: According to Berkhof creation is, “the beginning and basis of all revelation, and also the foundation of all religious life.” Creation in General It is represented as the work of the Trinity The creation is wholly dependent on God, he must uphold it Creation happened “in the beginning.” Timeless eternity before creation Created out of nothing Creation is for the manifestation of God’s glory Substitutes Original matter is eternal God and the world are one Evolution Why Does It Matter? Creation matters because it points us to our identity as image bearers. It also helps us to understand that the world around us is good and to be cared for. In a word, perspective....
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#13 – Trinity

#13 – Trinity

Trinity Simple Theologian Podcast OVERVIEW & PURPOSE To discuss the Trinity and how it relates to everyday life. Introduction Welcome to the Simple Theologians Goofing off Show topic intro: The Trinity is the most mysterious of all doctrines. “If you seek to understand it you will lose your mind, if you deny it you will lose your soul.” “We don’t know how it is, just that it is.” The Statement of the Doctrine “Trinity” is not a word found in the Bible but it’s nature is revealed. “The real mystery of the Trinity consists in this that each one of the persons possesses the whole of the divine essence, and that this has no existence outside of and apart from the persons.” Berkhof Scripture Proof Some OT: God speaks of himself in plural, Gen 1:26; 11:7 The Angel of LORD, Gen 16:7-13; 18:1-21; 19:1-22 Spirit is spoken of as a person, Isa 48:16; 63:10 Messiah speaking and mentions the Father and Spirit, Isa 48:16;...
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#12 – Religion

#12 – Religion

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE To discuss the definition and nature of religion. To answer the question, can you be spiritual and not religious? Introduction Welcome to the Simple Theologians Goofing off Show topic intro: Lots of people say, “I’m spiritual but not religious.” Many Christians say, “Christianity isn’t a religion, it’s a relationship.” Is this true? What is religion? Nature and Definition of Religion Religion is only used 4 times in the Bible. OT understands religion as “fear of the Lord.” NT understands religion as response to the gospel. Berkhof: “It may be defined as a conscious and voluntary relationship to God, which expresses itself in grateful worship and loving service.” Seat of Religion Intellect? Emotions? Scripture: Heart - the whole person: intellect, emotion, and moral life Origin of Religion Deceptive priests for financial gain? Lifeless objects or spirits of ancestors? Nature worship? But why the religious nature of man? Image bearing man. Other Questions Is religion limited to certain tribes and nations? How can...
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#11 – Predestination

#11 – Predestination

Today's show notes are mostly a guide for the conversation that we had and much of which we didn't fully dive into. They don't fully represent the views of either Mike or Dan. Please join the conversation in the comments or on Twitter (@danielmrose and @revmikeumc). OVERVIEW & PURPOSE To discuss the doctrine of predestination in salvation, to highlight where we agree and disagree, and then apply it to real life. Introduction Predestination as it relates to salvation is one of the biggest defining lines in the history of the Church. First there was Pelagius and then there was Arminius who taught against the concept. Augustine and the Reformers taught for it. Characteristics of Predestination Election Election of Israel as the people of God in the OT Election of certain persons for some special action (Deut 18:5; 1 Sam 10:24) Election of individuals unto salvation (Matt 22:14; Rom 11:6; Eph 1:4) Reprobation God intended to save some and not others. (Matt 11:25, 26; Rom...
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#10 – The Divine Decree

#10 – The Divine Decree

The Divine Decree Simple Theologian Podcast   Introduction Show topic intro: The Divine Decree is the eternal plan or purpose in which God has foreordained all things that come to pass. Characteristics of Divine Decrees Wisdom (Ephesians 3:9-11) Eternal (Ephesians 3:11) Effectual (Isaiah 46:8-11) Unchangeable (Psalm 33:11) Unconditional (Acts 2:22-24) Objections Inconsistent with, the moral freedom of man. (Gen 50:19-20; Acts 4:22-29) Makes people not care about seeking salvation. Makes God the author of sin. (Active vs Passive decree) Application God having a plan brings order. God having a plan brings purpose. ...
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#9 – The Essential Nature of God

#9 – The Essential Nature of God

This week we discuss, God. Also, we discuss Mike's really cool shoes, but that's neither here nor there. God is the topic and we try to figure out why it matters to grasp the nature of God. We also thought we'd share our show notes with you. Please join the conversation! Twitter: @danielmrose, @revmikeumc, @simtheologian Topic: Existence of God “The attempt to prove God’s existence is either useless or unsuccessful. It is useless if the searcher believes that God is a rewarder of those who seek him. And  it is unsuccessful if it is an attempt to force a person who does not have this pistis by means of argumentation to an acknowledgement in a logical sense.” Kuyper -- What do you think? Agree or disagree?  Reformed theology assumes the existence of God. We believe it is a reasonable assumption based on experience of the world and the Scripture. We do not believe that we prove the existence of God. ...
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#8 – We Deny The Resurrection

#8 – We Deny The Resurrection

In this episode The Simple Theologians, Rev Dan and Rev Mike, admit the podcast needed a tweak, and that they deny the resurrection. Yep, you read that right. So, give it a listen....
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#7 – Jesus is Lord

#7 – Jesus is Lord

The Simple Theologians discuss the idea that "Jesus is Lord," original sin, and reconciliation. Take a listen and give us a share!...
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#6 – The Hymn

#6 – The Hymn

The Simple Theologians discuss Colossians 1:15-20 and return next week to talk about what it means that "Jesus is Lord."...
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#5 – Live A Worthy Life

#5 – Live A Worthy Life

The Simple Theologians open their conversation about practical theology in Colossians. They dive into Colossians 1:1-14 and hit on what is the church a bit, but also dig into the reality that Christians identity are shaped so as to live a life worthy of Jesus. The Rev referenced Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire by Walsh and Keesmaat, click the title and grab it from Amazon if you'd like. As always continue the conversation with us on Twitter at @danielmrose and @mikedesotell....
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