Common Places: Aaron Denlinger on Being a Christian Historian


Dr. Aaron Denlinger joins the podcast and discusses some of the dangers surrounding a simplistic understanding of history and how his calling as a Christian historian compels him to be honest about heroes of history and the context of their lives.

 

Highlights

 

3:00-5:00 The dangers of a simplistic understanding of the Reformation.
5:00-10:00 Ways to grow in our understanding of our Protestant roots.
10:00-16:00 What is meant by “Reformed Orthodoxy” and what are some of its major characteristics?
16:00-19:00 How did the Westminster Standards become so influential in Scotland?
19:00-20:00 How do confessions help the Church?
20:00-21:00 The strength of the Scots Confession
21:30-26:00 How does a Christian historian make charitable judgments about the past?
26:00-30:00 How can a Christian historian serve the church?
30:30-33:00 Advice from a Latin teacher about teaching Latin.
33:15-35:00 The need for additional reading and translation of Early Modern theology that is still only accessible in Latin

 

Common Places: Fred Sanders on the Triune God


Systematic theologian Dr. Fred Sanders speaks of his discovery of theology, then discusses the Trinity. How is Trinitarian theology an act of praise? What do the missions of the Son and Spirit reveal about God? In classical Trinitarianism, what is a “person”? This and more!

 

 

Highlights

2:10 Fred Sanders’ advice to prospective graduate students
4:40 Sanders’ journey to the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA
6:20-7:40 His discovery of the Trinity through reading Ephesians 1
8:45-The importance of church membership for graduate students
12:30-16:30 How Trinitarian theology is an act of praise
18:15– The importance of Chalcedonian Christology
20:00– Fred’s program for fixing underdeveloped understandings of the Trinity by grounding confessionalism in Scripture
21:30-24:00 What do the missions of the Son and Spirit reveal about God?
24:00-26:00 In classical Trinitarianism, what is a “person”?
28:00-30:30 Discussion of the Spirit’s procession
31:00-33:00 Fred’s reflections on last summer’s online Trinity debates
33:25-35:45 The distorting influence of the gender debate on Trinitarian theology
36:00-39:45 His view of Eternal Functional Subordination and Eternal Generation
40:00-Jesus’ baptism and its relationship to Trinitarian theology

 

 

Common Places: Gregory Soderberg on Reformed Communion Practices and Church Discipline


Gregory Soderberg (PhD Candidate VU Amsterdam) speaks on the changes that were implemented in communion practice during the Reformation by Bucer, Calvin, and Oecolampadius.

 

Highlights

1:40-7:00– What were some common communion practices in the pre-Reformation church?
7:30-What did the Reformers want to change about the practice and frequency of communion?
11:00-The importance of understanding the liturgy.
12:00-The uniqueness of the Swiss Reformation and the process of Reformation in Switzerland’s city republics.
13:30-16:00-The influence of Johannes Oecolampadius in the Swiss Reformation.
17:00-18:30-Martin Bucer’s influence on Calvin’s view of church discipline.
22:30-Efforts to examine church members before communion.
25:00-26:00-Calvin’s program of church discipline and the role of the consistory.
26:00-27:40- The Reformer’s view of discipline and centrality of the Word. 
27:45-31:20-Calvin’s advocacy of weekly communion.
36:00-Celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
39:00-How do we move forward with the work of Reformation in our own time?

 

 

 

Common Places: Andrew Fulford on Jesus and Pacifism


PhD candidate and author Andrew Fulford discusses his new book Jesus and Pacifism: An Exegetical and Historical Investigation. What does it mean to love our enemies? Does Jesus affect our view of war?

 

Highlights

(1:30) Andrew’s church background.

(4:00) the six key arguments for pacifism.

(10:00) what is natural law and how does it answer the pacifist arguments.

(19:00) what is the moral character of the conquest and its application for today.

(23:00) how are we to obey Jesus’ commands to love our enemies.

(25:00) how popular is pacifism for evangelicals.

(34:00) what is the positive case for God’s vengeance.

(36:00) why is pacifism persuasive for many young evangelicals.

Common Places: Simon Kennedy on Religious Freedom


PhD Candidate Simon Kennedy discusses the protection of religious expression in the post-Christian west and how different periods of history have viewed liberty of worship. He also explains how different understandings of the doctrine of the fall have influenced Christian views of political theology.