Mere Fidelity: N.T. Wright and his Reformed Critics

So, this is the week you’ve all been waiting for: N.T. Wright and his Reformed critics. On this episode the boys and I chat about the sort of criticisms lodged by American Reformed and confessional Reformed against Wright’s theology, discussing their merits and shortcomings. As always, we think this is a pretty lively discussion.

Also, we throw out a lot of article references in this show. You can go get those at the show links over at Mere Orthodoxy.

Soli Deo Gloria

That One Time I Was On the White Horse Inn: Sustainable Discipleship

Michael Horton and I are #besties.

Michael Horton and I are #besties.

True Story: I had the privilege of sitting in with the great Dr. Michael Horton on the White Horse Inn radio show a little while back. They’ve been going through a series on the state of youth ministry in the church and so they invited me to join with pastor Brian Thomas to chat about the challenges and promise reaching out and ministering to young adults in our context. Here’s the WHI description:

How should we disciple young adults? Though some are aware of the problems with entertainment based youth ministry, many are fearful that content based or catechetical approaches will leave kids bored and disengaged. Is this actually true, or should we challenge these assumptions? I’ll be discussing these important questions with Derek Rishmawy and Brian Thomas. –

So there you go. You can listen to the full audio of that program here:

Or go to their website for the audio and a list of helpful resources.

Soli Deo Gloria

Mere Fidelity Podcast: Is there such a thing as Moral Orthodoxy? Heresy?

Mere FidelityWell, after a couple of weeks at the podcasting game, we’ve already changed the name. From now on these conversations on theology, culture, and life will be known as Mere Fidelity, an excellent suggestion from Jordan Ballor. The hope is that as we discuss these issues, those listening will be encouraged to live faithfully as the Church in the world.

Second, here is this week’s episode in which Alastair, Andrew, and I are joined by our website host Matthew Lee Anderson in order to discuss the question of “moral orthodoxy” I raised a couple of weeks ago. With all the conversations swirling around the concepts of heresy and orthodoxy, we think you’ll find it interesting:

As always, thanks for listening. If you find what you hear helpful, please feel free to share this through social media or emails, or nights sitting around the fire listening with your friend. Okay, maybe not that last one.

Beyond that, for those of you who are asking, yes, an iTunes podcast feed is coming. We’re working out the details through SoundCloud, so we thank you for your patience.

Finally, the boys and I all have a deep desire for this to be a blessing to the Church and not just way to rack up clicks or notoriety. To that end we will the Spirit’s empowerment and so we covet your prayers for this new endeavor.

Soli Deo Gloria

Casting Across the Pond Podcast

Last week I had a virtual sit-down with  a couple of my favorite writers from across the pond–Andrew Wilson and Alastair Roberts–and had a chat. Not only that, we recorded it and gave it a fancy name: “Casting Across the Pond.” That’s right kids, it’s our first podcast.

In this episode we take some time to talk about the connection between Jesus, the Old Testament, and our use of problem texts in our conversations on things like, say, the death penalty. It was a great convo and me excited for what’s to come.

You can find it here at Mere Orthodoxy, where Matt Anderson has graciously demanded that it be hosted. Please give it a listen and maybe share it with some friends. Thanks!!

But really, go listen to it.

Honestly.

Like, right now.

Soli Deo Gloria

 

CaPC Podcast: Rob Bell Gets an Oprah Show

Rob Bell

“Captivating stuff”–Bell on this Podcast

So, I was on the Christ and Pop Culture Podcast again this week. If you haven’t already done so, go ahead and subscribe to it iTunes. Though I’m not on it every time, it’s always good stuff.

On this episode “Managing Editor Alan Noble is joined by staff writers Derek RishmawyKevin McLenithan andWade Bearden to discuss hoping for the best from Rob Bell’s new show, whether Christian films as a genre are a bad idea, and if moviegoers are starting to favor storytelling over special effects.”

I’m the point guy on the Rob Bell getting a TV Show on Oprah Winfrey Network thing. I’ll say that I may have been a bit cranky as I recorded.

So, you can go listen to that here: CLICK ON THIS LINK.

Beyond that, you can go read my review of Rob Bell’s last book:

So does God keep up with the modern world? Bell thinks so, and I’m inclined to agree. The question remains how does God do so? Is it by trading in our rusty old concept of God, and wheeling out the new, shiny one, finely-tuned to fit postmodern sensibilities, that Bell presents us with?

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s by dusting off the broad tradition of reflection about God’s self-revelation we find in the Fathers, the Medieval Doctors, and Reformation scholars who gave us a God both “with” and “above,” both “for” and, yes, complexly “against,” both “ahead” and yet “before.” Just a thought.

Also, this is the excerpt from the interview with Rob Bell and Oprah that increased my sense of dread about the show:

Oprah: What is the soul?
Bell: It’s the thing that keeps telling you there’s more.

Oprah: Your definition of God?
Bell: Like a song you hear in another room, and you think, “wow, that sounds beautiful but I can only hear a little bit.”

Oprah: What does prayer mean to you?
Bell: Prayer to me is usually one word, which is, “Yes. I’m open. What’s next?” That’s what it is.

Oprah: What’s the lesson that’s taken you longest to learn?
Bell: There’s nothing to prove … All that’s left to do is enjoy.

Oprah: What do you know for sure?
Bell: That you can say “yes” to this moment, and you can experience a joy that can’t be put into words.

Oprah: The world needs…
Bell: … All of us to wake up.

Oprah: I believe…
Bell: … That we’re all going to be fine.

So, there you go.

Soli Deo Gloria

Talking About Humble Theology (Or, I Was On a Podcast)

everydayA couple of days ago I chatted with Ryan Pelton over at the Everyday Theology Podcast. After my article “Sneering Calvinists” over at TGC, he wanted to follow up and chat about what it looks like to show humility and grace to those who disagree with us theologically. How can we learn from other theological tribes and why does that matter?

In the process, I end up telling a little bit of my own story of swimming on over to the Reformedish theological camp after my initial hesitations. Fun stuff.

Also, it turns out that I sound like I have a retainer in when I’m on the phone with people.

You can check it out here at the EVERYDAY THEOLOGY site. 

Soli Deo Gloria