Faith Seeking Understanding Podcast

Faith Seeking Understanding by Phoenix Seminary

Welcome to Faith Seeking Understanding: A Podcast from Phoenix Seminary, helping Christians grow in their understanding of the faith, hosted by Brian Arnold, President of Phoenix Seminary

All Episodes

Guest: Dr. Chuck Newkirk | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Newkirk on the subject of preaching. Topics of conversation include: 1) What is preaching, and what is the relationship between teaching and preaching? 2) What is expository preaching? 3) Exegesis vs eisegesis and how to guard against reading our own ideas into the text of Scripture, 4) How does knowing a congregation affect a pastor’s preaching? 5) How to approach topical preaching, 6) Recommended resources Dr. Chuck Newkirk serves as lead pastor at Church on Mill in Tempe, Arizona. He also teaches preaching at Phoenix Seminary. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-preaching-dr-chuck-newkirk/  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 1

25 min 31 sec

Guest: Dr. Kyle Strobel | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Strobel on spiritual formation. Topics of conversation include: 1) How to define spiritual formation, 2) The definitive vs. progressive nature of salvation, 3) The difference between habituation and abiding/drawing near to God, 4) The influence of Jonathan Edwards on spiritual formation, and what we can learn from him today, 5) Resources for further study on this topic. Dr. Kyle Strobel holds a PhD from Aberdeen University, and serves as assistant professor of Spiritual Theology and Formation at Talbot School of Theology. He is the author of Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (IVP Books, 2013), and is also on the preaching team at Redeemer Church in La Mirada, California. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-spiritual-formation-kyle-strobel/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 24

26 min

Guest: Dr. David Hogg | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Hogg on arguments for the existence of God. Topics of conversation include: 1) Anselm and the ontological argument, 2) How the ontological argument can be effective today, 3) Aristotle/Aquinas and the cosmological argument, 4) How these medieval arguments for the existence of God can best be used in evangelism. Dr. David Hogg serves as professor of Church History and director of Library Services at Phoenix Seminary, and previously pastored a church in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Hogg holds a PhD in Medieval Theology from St. Mary’s School of Divinity at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Full show notes here: https://ps.edu/how-do-we-know-god-exists-dr-david-hogg/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 17

24 min 58 sec

Guest: Dr. Joseph Crider | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Crider on worship. Topics of conversation include: 1) The place of music in worship, 2) Whether or not our worship methodology matters to God, 3) Some dangers of the contemporary worship style, 4) The importance of rooting worship in truth, 5) The value of traditional hymns in modern worship, 6) The role of a worship leader, and 7) Resources for further reading on this subject. Dr. Joseph Crider serves as the dean of the School of Church Music and Worship at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Scripture-Guided Worship (Seminary Hill Press, 2021). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-biblical-worship-joe-crider/.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 10

26 min 15 sec

Guest: Dr. Dustin Benge | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Benge on the topic of angels. Questions addressed in this conversation include: 1) What attributes do angels have? 2) When were angels created? 3) How did we get fallen angels, specifically Satan? 4) What is the purpose of angels? 5) Should we expect that people today will have interactions with angels? 6) How should we understand the concept of guardian angels? 7) What are some resources and cautions for further study on the topic of angelology? Dr. Dustin Benge currently serves as provost at Union School of Theology in Wales, but will soon join The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as vice president of Communications and associate professor of Biblical Spirituality and Historical Theology. He is the author of several books, including A Journey Toward Heaven: Daily Devotions from the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards (Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), and Lifting Up Our Hearts: 150 Prayers from John Calvin (Reformation Heritage Books, 2012). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-are-angels-dustin-benge/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 3

26 min 34 sec

Guest: Dr. Matthew Barrett | Dr. Arnold interviews Matthew Barrett on the question of whether or not Adam was an actual historical figure. Topics of conversation include: 1) Some of the various evangelical views on creation, 2) Two of the Christian doctrines at stake if we deny that Adam was a historical person, 3) The false dichotomy between science and Scripture: God reveals himself through nature as well as the Bible, 4) Where the historicity of Adam falls in relation to theological triage, and 5) Resources for further study on this subject. Dr. Matthew Barrett is associate professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the founder and executive director of Credo Magazine, as well as the host of Credo podcast. He is the author of several books, including Simply Trinity: The Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit (Baker, 2021), None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God (Baker, 2019), and God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture: What the Reformers Taught...and Why It Still Matters (Zondervan, 2016). Dr. Barrett is the editor of Four Views on the Historical Adam (Zondervan, 2013). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/was-adam-a-historical-person-matthew-barrett/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 27

26 min 50 sec

Guest: Dr. Brandon Smith | Dr. Arnold interviews Brandon Smith about the early church fathers and their contributions to Christianity. Topics of conversation include 1) What do we mean by early church? 2) How should we understand and respond to some common objections to reading the church fathers?  3) What are some of the most significant doctrines established by the early church fathers? 4) Recommendations on where to start when it comes to reading primary sources. Dr. Brandon Smith is assistant professor of Theology and New Testament at Cedarville University. He helped found the Center for Baptist Renewal and hosts the Church Grammar podcast. Dr. Smith holds a PhD in Theology and New Testament from Ridley College in Melbourne. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-can-we-learn-from-the-early-church-brandon-smith/.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 20

26 min 54 sec

Guest: Greg Gilbert | Dr. Arnold interviews Greg Gilbert on the mission of the church. Topics of conversation include 1) A definition of the term mission, 2) A definition of the word church, 3) How the mission of the church is to proclaim the gospel and make disciples, 4) The difference between an individual Christian’s responsibility and the organized church’s role when it comes to engaging in good works, 5) How pastors should lead their churches in thinking through issues of social justice, poverty, etc. Greg Gilbert is the senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He is the author of Assured: Discover Grace, Let Go of Guilt, and Rest in Your Salvation (Baker, 2019), and What Is the Gospel? (Crossway, 2010). He has also co-authored the book What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission (Crossway, 2011). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-the-mission-of-the-church-greg-gilbert/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 13

26 min 16 sec

Guest: Greg Gilbert | Dr. Arnold interviews Greg Gilbert on the subject of the gospel. Topics of conversation include 1) A definition of the term gospel, 2) How there can be confusion over this word as it is commonly used today, 3) The four key principles that make up the gospel. Greg Gilbert is the senior pastor of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He has co-authored the book What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission (Crossway, 2011). He is the author of Assured: Discover Grace, Let Go of Guilt, and Rest in Your Salvation (Baker, 2019), as well as What Is the Gospel? (Crossway, 2010) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Oct 6

25 min 54 sec

Guest: Dr. J. Michael Thigpen | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Thigpen on how to best understand the image of God. Topics of conversation include 1) The relational and representational aspects of being created in God’s image, 2) How the fall affects humanity’s reflection of the image of God, 3) The transformational process Christians experience as they are conformed to the image of Christ, 4) How rightly understanding the image of God affects our daily lives, 5) Resources for further study on this subject. Dr. J. Michael Thigpen is provost and professor of Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary. He previously served as the executive director of the Evangelical Theological Society, as well as an associate professor of Old Testament and Semitics at the Talbot School of Theology. Dr. Thigpen holds a PhD in Judaic, Hebraic, and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-the-image-of-god-j-michael-thigpen/.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 29

25 min 57 sec

Guest: Dr. Luke Stamps | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Stamps on the subject of Christ’s atonement for our sin. Topics of conversation include 1) A definition and explanation of penal-substitutionary atonement, 2) Where we see evidence and foreshadowing of the atonement in the Old Testament, 3) The importance of understanding the term propitiation, 4) Some of the other metaphors and symbols the New Testament uses to speak of Christ’s sacrifice, and 5) Resources for better understanding the atonement. Dr. Luke Stamps is associate professor of Christian Studies at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. He holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/why-did-jesus-have-to-die-luke-stamps/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 21

23 min 45 sec

Guest: Matt Smethurst | Dr. Arnold interviews Matt Smethurst about the role of deacons. Topics of conversation include 1) The three ways deacons serve and assist elders, 2) Scripture passages where the office of deacon is mentioned, both implicitly and explicitly, 3) How we should understand a deacon’s role in regards to church leadership, 4) Whether women should serve as deacons, and 5) Advice for structuring a healthy church government that includes godly, qualified deacons. Matt Smethurst is managing editor of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of several books, including Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures For Approaching God’s Word (10Publishing, 2019), Before You Share Your Faith: Nine Ways to Be Evangelism Ready (10Publishing, 2022), and Deacons: How They Serve and Strengthen the Church (Crossway, 2021). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-are-deacons-matt-smethurst/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 15

23 min 53 sec

Guest: Dr. Michael Kruger | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Kruger on how to stay Christian in a secular society. Topics of conversation include 1) Some of the issues most threatening to Christianity, 2) The presuppositions that have led to a majority secular worldview in modern universities, 3) How to give students the categories and framework for how to think, 4) The importance of navigating the two extremes of naive overconfidence and unbridled suspicion, and 5) Pastoral counsel for those who doubt Dr. Michael Kruger serves as president of Reformed Theological Seminary’s Charlotte, North Carolina campus, as well as the Samuel C. Patterson professor of New Testament and Early Christianity. Dr. Kruger is the author of several books, including Christianity at the Crossroads: How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church (IVP Academic, 2018), Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012), and Surviving Religion 101 (Crossway, 2021). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/how-to-stay-chri…y-michael-kruger/     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 8

21 min 10 sec

Guest: Dr. Bobby Jamieson | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Jamieson about the call to ministry. Topics of conversation include 1) How the qualification passages should inform and guide self-reflection, 2) The importance of both internal and external calling, 3) Ways the church can encourage and facilitate raising up the next generation of pastors, 4) The role of seminaries in pursuing pastoral ministry, and 5) Advice for those wrestling with a desire for ministry who haven’t felt a clear calling. Dr. Bobby Jamieson is an associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is the author of several books, including Sound Doctrine: How a Church Grows in the Love and Holiness of God (Crossway, 2013), Going Public: Why Baptism is Required for Church Membership (B&H Academic, 2015), and The Path to Being a Pastor: A Guide for the Aspiring (Crossway, 2021). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/am-i-called-to-ministry-bobby-jamieson/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sep 1

23 min 48 sec

Guest: Dr. Michael Haykin | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Haykin about the Lord's Supper. Questions addressed include: What is happening during the Lord's Supper? Do the elements actually transform into the body and blood of Christ? Or is the Supper a memorial of Christ's death for sinners? What is the significance of the Lord's Supper? How often should we take it?    Dr. Michael Haykin is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books including The God Who Draws Near: An Introduction to Biblical Spirituality (EP Books, 2007), and Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shape the Church (Crossway, 2011). He holds a Th.D. from the University of Toronto and also serves as director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.   Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-the-lords-supper-michael-haykin/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 23

25 min 33 sec

Guest: Dr. Sam Storms | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Storms about the end times. Topics of conversation include a summary and analysis of the four main eschatological positions held by Christians throughout time: 1) Dispensational Premillennialism, 2) Historic Premillennialism, 3) Amillennialism, and 4) Postmillennialism.  Dr. Sam Storms is lead pastor of Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He holds a PhD in Intellectual History from the University of Texas at Dallas, and is the author of Understanding Spiritual Warfare: A Comprehensive Guide (Zondervan, 2021), and Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative (Mentor, 2015). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 16

25 min 47 sec

Guest: Dr. Sam Storms | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Storms on the matter of spiritual warfare. Topics of conversation include: 1) Why are people reluctant to acknowledge the reality of a spiritual realm? 2) Who is Satan, and where did he come from? 3) What are demons? 4) How should we understand demon-possession, and is this something Christians can experience? 5) What can we do to prepare for spiritual warfare?  Dr. Sam Storms is lead pastor of Preaching and Vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He holds a PhD in Intellectual History from the University of Texas at Dallas, and is the author of Understanding Spiritual Warfare: A Comprehensive Guide (Zondervan, 2021). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-spiritual-warfare-sam-storms/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 9

25 min 55 sec

Guest: Dr. Owen Anderson | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Anderson on how to make sense of evil and suffering. Topics of conversation include: 1) How the story of Job speaks to the problem of evil, 2) The difference between discipline and punishment, 3) What the story of Job teaches us about ourselves and about God, 4) Philosophical resources for understanding the problem of evil. Dr. Owen Anderson is professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, and serves as adjunct faculty at Phoenix Seminary. He has been a visiting scholar at Princeton Seminary, as well as a fellow at both Princeton University and University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of several books, including The Natural Moral Law: The Good After Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2012), The Declaration of Independence and God: Self-Evident Truths in American Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and Job: A Philosophical Commentary (Logos Papers Press, 2021). Dr. Anderson holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Arizona State University. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/whats-the-problem-of-evil-owen-anderson/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jun 2

25 min 24 sec

Guest: Dr. Dane Ortlund | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Ortlund about his recent book, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers. Topics of conversation include: 1) How we see Jesus’s gentle and lowly heart in his actions throughout the gospels, 2) How Jesus’s happiness pairs with our sinfulness, 3) How the incarnation illustrates God’s gentle and lowly heart 4) How Jesus’s role as high priest connects with Jesus as the lowly one, 5) Other authors and resources helpful in understanding this aspect of Jesus’s heart toward us.  Dr. Dane Ortlund serves as the senior pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. Dr. Ortlund has a PhD in New Testament from Wheaton College and is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers (Crossway, 2020). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-the-heart-of-christ-dane-ortlund/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 26

24 min 41 sec

Guest: Dr. Tom Schreiner | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Schreiner on the doctrine of eternal security. Topics of conversation include: 1) New Testament and Old Testament support for the doctrine of eternal security 2) How to understand some of the more difficult and controversial verses, including the warning passages in Hebrews 6 and 10  3) How Christians should view the perseverance of saints in light of the many recent deconversion stories seen all around us  4) A pastoral response to both fear and licentiousness as a result of the doctrine of assurance 5) Helpful resources for understanding more about the doctrine of perseverance Dr. Tom Schreiner serves as the James Buchanan Harrison professor of New Testament Interpretation and professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is associate dean of the School of Theology. Dr. Schreiner is the author of several books, including Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology (IVP Academic, 2006) and The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance (IVP Academic, 2001). He also serves as an elder of preaching at Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/can-i-lose-my-salvation-tom-schreiner/.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 19

25 min

Guest: Dr. Fred Sanders | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Sanders on the doctrine of salvation and God’s mission to save humanity. Topics of conversation include: 1) The ordo salutis, the specific categories of salvation, including justification, regeneration, sanctification, and glorification 2) Key distinctions between evangelicals and Catholics on the doctrine of justification 3) How Christians should approach sanctification/growth in Christ 4) Helpful resources for understanding more about the doctrine of salvation Dr. Fred Sanders serves as a professor at Biola University and is the associate director of the Torrey Honors College. Dr. Sanders is the author of several books, including Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love (Crossway, 2013). He holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-salvation-fred-sanders/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 12

24 min 59 sec

Guest: Dr. Corey Miller | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Miller on the topic of Mormonism and how it differs from Christianity. Topics of conversation include: 1) The history of Mormonism 2) Key distinctives of Mormon theology 3) Significant differences between Mormonism and Christian orthodoxy 4) Ways for Christians to engage Mormons and share the gospel with them Dr. Corey Miller the president and CEO of Ratio Christi. He previously taught Philosophy and Comparative Religions at the University of Indiana for 12 years, and is the author of several books, including Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds (Kregel Publications, 2017), and Engaging with Mormons: Understanding Their World; Sharing Good News (The Good Book Company, 2020). Dr. Miller holds a PhD in Philosophical Theology from the University of Aberdeen. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/is-mormonism-christian-corey-miller/. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

May 4

24 min 53 sec

Guest: Dr. Matthew Emerson | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Emerson on the topic of where Jesus went after he died. Topics of conversation include: 1) Why did Jesus descend to the realm of the dead? 2) How do we understand controversial passages, such as 1 Peter 3 and Philippians 2? 3) What doctrines are connected to our understanding of Jesus’s descent? 4) How do we explain some of the verses people use to dispute the fact that Jesus descended to the dead? Dr. Matthew Emerson is professor of Religion and dean of Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry at Oklahoma Baptist University. He is the author of “He Descended to the Dead”: An Evangelical Theology of Holy Saturday (IVP Academic, 2019). Dr. Emerson holds a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/did-jesus-go-to-hell-matthew-emerson/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 28

25 min 24 sec

Guest: Dr. Steve Duby | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Duby on the topic of who God is and what he is like. Topics of conversation include: 1) What are some challenges we face when trying to learn about God? 2) How does knowing Christ impact our ability to know God? 3) What are some incommunicable attributes of God? 4) Does God experience emotions? 5) How can we apply our knowledge of who God is to our daily lives? Dr. Steve Duby is associate professor of Theology at Phoenix Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Divine Simplicity: A Dogmatic Account (T&T Clark, 2015) and God in Himself: Scripture, Metaphysics, and the Task of Christian Theology (IVP Academic, 2019). Dr. Duby holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Andrews. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/can-we-know-what-god-is-like-steve-duby/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 21

25 min 30 sec

Guest: Dean Inserra | Dr. Arnold interviews Dean Inserra about the topic of cultural Christianity and the importance of evangelism in addressing it. Topics of conversation include: 1) What are some characteristics of cultural Christianity? 2) What does it mean to be saved? 3) How can we engage “unsaved Christians” in gospel conversation? 4) What are some ways for the church to address this issue of cultural Christianity? 5) How do we know if our own faith is genuine? Dean Inserra is the founding and lead pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the author of several books, including Without a Doubt: How to Know for Certain That You’re Good with God (Moody, 2020) and The Unsaved Christian: Reaching Cultural Christianity with the Gospel (Moody, 2019). Dean is an advisory member of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission’s Leadership Council, and is also a member of Baptist 21. Full shot notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-cultural-christianity-dean-inserra/.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 14

25 min 2 sec

Guest: Dr. John Meade | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Meade about the origin of the Bible and the criteria for canonicity. Topics of conversation include: 1) Where do we get the terms Bible and Canon, and what do we mean by them? 2) How did the church decide which books belonged in the Canon? 3) Which books were disputed by the early church, and why? 4) Why is the Catholic Bible different from the Protestant Bible? Dr. John Meade is associate professor of Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary. He is the co-director of the Text and Canon Institute, as well as the author of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2018). Dr. Meade holds a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/how-did-we-get-the-bible-john-meade/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Apr 7

25 min 56 sec

Guest: Joshua Ryan Butler | Dr. Arnold interviews Josh Butler about the purpose of hell, a topic he deals with in his book, The Skeletons in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgement, and the Hope of Holy War. Topics of conversation include: 1) Universalism vs. Annihilationism, 2) The protective function of hell, 3) The punitive function of hell, 4) Resources for further study on heaven and hell. Joshua Ryan Butler is the pastor of Leadership and Direction at Redemption Church in Tempe, Arizona. He is the author of The Pursuing God: A Reckless, Irrational, Obsessed Love That’s Dying to Bring Us Home (Thomas Nelson, 2016), as well as The Skeleton’s in God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgement, and the Hope of Holy War (Thomas Nelson, 2014). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-the-purpose-of-hell-joshua-ryan-butler/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 31

25 min 1 sec

Guest: Dr. Carl Trueman | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Trueman about his latest book, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. Topics of conversation include: 1) How has the philosophy of Western society developed and evolved throughout history? 2) In what ways do the works of Charles Taylor, Philip Rieff, and Alasdair MacIntyre help us understand the nature of the world today? 3) What level of complicity has the church contributed to this movement? 4) What can we do as Christians moving forward in the current culture? Dr. Carl Trueman is the professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Grove City College. He is the author of several books, including Luther on the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom (Crossway, 2015), and The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution (Crossway, 2020). Dr. Trueman holds a PhD in Church History from the University of Aberdeen. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/why-is-western-society-eroding-carl-trueman/. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 24

23 min 56 sec

Guest: Dr. Patrick Schreiner | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Schreiner about the doctrine of the ascension. Topics of conversation include: 1) Why is Jesus’s ascension such good news for believers? 2) How did the ascension continue Jesus’s work in his role as Prophet? 3) How did the ascension continue Jesus’s work in his role as Priest? 4) How did the ascension continue Jesus’s work in his role as King? 5) How does the doctrine of Jesus’s ascension impact other doctrines, such as his incarnation and resurrection? Dr. Patrick Schreiner is associate professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross (Crossway, 2018), Matthew, Disciple and Scribe (Baker, 2019), and The Ascension of Christ: Recovering a Neglected Doctrine (Lexham, 2020). Dr. Schreiner holds a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/why-did-jesus-ascend-to-heaven-patrick-schreiner/. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 17

24 min 37 sec

Guest: Dr. Gregg Allison | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Allison about the doctrine of the church. Topics of conversation include: 1) six characteristics of a church, 2) how to structure a church in order to  allow a congregation to contextualize the gospel and still remain biblically faithful 3) encouragement for pastors experiencing the pervasive lack of trust in the church today, 4) resources for learning more about the doctrine of the church. Dr. Gregg Allison is a professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has 18 years of ministry experience as a part of Campus Crusade (Cru), and has served as a missionary in Italy and Switzerland. Dr. Allison currently serves as a pastor of Sojourn Church East in Louisville, KY, where he is also a part of the Leadership Council. He is the author of many books, including Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, as well as Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church. Dr. Allison holds a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-the-church-gregg-allison/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 10

25 min 32 sec

Guest: Dr. Thomas Kidd | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Kidd about the confusion over the term evangelicalism and how it has come to be used in modern culture. Topics of conversation include: 1) Why is it so hard to define the word evangelical? 2) What are some distinguishing marks of evangelicalism? 3) How did evangelicalism become so intertwined with politics? 4) What are some resources for those struggling with confusion over evangelicalism? Dr. Thomas Kidd is distinguished professor of History at Baylor University and the associate director of Baylor’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He has written for several outlets, including TheWashington Post and TheWall Street Journal, and blogs regularly at “Evangelical History” at The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of several books, including Who Is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis. Dr. Kidd holds a PhD in history from the University of Notre Dame. Full show notes at http://ps.edu/what-is-an-evangelical-thomas-kidd/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Mar 3

23 min 19 sec

Guest: Dr. J. Michael Thigpen | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Thigpen about how Christians can make sense of Old Testament texts that describe God’s judgement. Topics of conversation include: 1) Why do we need a God who judges? 2) How do we understand God’s justice in light of the killing of infants? 3) How should these Old Testament stories of judgement cause us to reflect on our own lives? 4) How is the Old Testament understanding of propitiation important for understanding the gospel? Dr. J. Michael Thigpen is provost and professor of Old Testament at Phoenix Seminary. He previously served as the executive director of the Evangelical Theological Society as well as an associate professor of Old Testament and Semitics at the Talbot School of Theology. He is the author of several books, including Divine Motive in the Hebrew Bible: A Comprehensive Survey and Analysis. Dr. Thigpen holds a PhD from Hebrew Union College. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/is-god-a-moral-monster-j-michael-thigpen/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 24

23 min 30 sec

Guest: Dr. Darrell Bock | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Bock about how Christians can engage the culture while keeping the gospel central. Topics of conversation include: 1) Some of the inventions that have led to major cultural shifts in recent history, 2) The difference in cultural perspectives between the generations, 3) What it should look like to love our country and still live a faithful life as a Christian, 4) The triphonic model of conversation and how that can help us advance conversations and engage well. Dr. Darrell Bock serves as the executive director of Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center and as the senior research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including How Would Jesus Vote?: Do Your Political Views Really Align With The Bible? (Howard Books, 2016) and Cultural Intelligence: Living for God in a Diverse, Pluralistic World (B&H Academic, 2020). Dr. Bock holds a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/how-should-christians-engage-culture-darrell-bock/. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 17

24 min 50 sec

Guest: Dr. Darrell Bock | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Bock about the historical reliability of the Gospels, and he explores how to listen to what the Gospel writers are presenting instead of only looking for answers to predetermined questions. Topics of conversation include: 1) How can we make sense of the discrepancies in the Gospels' genealogies? 2) How do we answer historical questions associated with the birth of Jesus? 3) Why do Mark and John exclude the virgin birth from their accounts? 4) How do we explain the differences of order in the temptation narratives? 5) What are some helpful resources when it comes to questions about the historical reliability of the Gospels? Dr. Darrell Bock serves as executive director of Cultural Engagement at the Hendricks Center and as senior research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods (Baker Academic, 2002), Key Events in the Life of the Historical Jesus: A Collaborative Exploration of Context and Coherence (Eerdmans, 2010), and Luke, 2 volumes in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Baker Academic, 1996). Dr. Bock holds a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen. Full show notes at https://ps.edu/are-the-gospels-historically-reliable-darrell-bock/. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 10

25 min

Guest: Dr. Fred Sanders | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Sanders about how the doctrine of the Trinity is both revealed in Scripture and connected to the gospel. Topics of conversation include: 1) How do we avoid heretical understandings of the Trinity? 2) How are the persons of the Trinity one, and how are they distinct? 3) What do we mean when we use the terms immanent Trinity and economic Trinity? 4) How does the doctrine of the Trinity impact our daily lives as Christians? Dr. Fred Sanders serves as a professor at Biola University and as the associate director of the Torrey Honors College. Dr. Sanders is the author of several books, including The Triune God, New Studies in Dogmatics (Zondervan Academic, 2016), and The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything (Crossway, 2010, 2017). He holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Click here to access the full show notes: https://ps.edu/what-is-the-trinity-fred-sanders/ See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Feb 2

24 min 19 sec

Guest: Dr. Jonathan Pennington | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Jonathan Pennington about how we find true completion and flourishing in the Sermon on the Mount, a passage of Scripture the church has historically struggled to understand practically. Topics of conversation include: 1) What is the importance of the structure and placement of the Sermon on the Mount? 2) How should we understand the meaning of blessed in the Beatitudes? 3) What does Jesus mean when he commands his disciples to "be perfect?" 4) What does the Sermon on the Mount teach us about the heart of God's law? Dr. Jonathan Pennington serves as associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dr. Pennington is the author of several books, including The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary (Baker Academic, 2017). He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and is also on the preaching staff at Sojourn Church East in Louisville, KY. Click here to access the full show notes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 27

24 min 24 sec

Guest: Dr. Jonathan Pennington | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Jonathan Pennington about what it means to live the good life according to Jesus. Conversation topics include: 1) What is philosophy and why does it matter? 2) How is Jesus portrayed in the New Testament as a philosopher? 3) What are some practices to help us align our emotions with the good life? 4) How do we prioritize friendships in our pursuit of the good life? 5) Why do men in our culture struggle to have deep friendships? Dr. Jonathan Pennington serves as associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dr. Pennington is the author of several books, including Jesus the Great Philosopher: Rediscovering the Wisdom Needed for the Good Life (Brazos Press, 2020). He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and is also on the preaching staff at Sojourn Church East in Louisville, KY. Click here to access the full show notes.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 19

23 min 16 sec

Guest: Dr. Wayne Grudem | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Wayne Grudem about spiritual gifts. Conversation topics include: 1) How are spiritual gifts different from natural abilities? 2) What is the purpose of spiritual gifts? 3) Where do we see spiritual gifts listed in the Bible? 4) How can we identify our spiritual gifts? 5) What are some resources for thinking through the continuationist and cessationist views on the miraculous spiritual gifts?  Dr. Wayne Grudem serves as distinguished professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary. He is the author of over 20 books, including Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning (Crossway, 2018), and he served as the general editor for the ESV Study Bible. Dr. Grudem is a graduate of Harvard University (BA) and Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv), and he received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Click here to access the full show notes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 13

25 min 26 sec

Guest: Dr. Wayne Grudem | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Wayne Grudem about systematic theology. Conversation topics include: 1) What are some of the sources we can use when discerning what the Bible teaches about a particular topic? 2) How can we put doctrinal theology together in a logical way? 3) Can we understand the Bible? 4) What are some of the updates and features available in the 2nd edition of his book, Systematic Theology? Dr. Wayne Grudem serves as distinguished professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary. He is the author of over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, 2nd ed., (Zondervan, 2020), and he served as the general editor for the ESV Study Bible. Dr. Grudem is a graduate of Harvard University (BA) and Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv), and he received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge. Click here to access the full show notes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Jan 6

25 min 31 sec

Guest: Dr. Peter Gurry | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Peter Gurry about the trustworthiness of the Bible. Conversation topics include: 1) How did we get the Bible? 2) What are textual variants? 3) Can we have confidence in the Bible? 4) What modern translations are most faithful? Dr. Peter Gurry (@pjgurry) serves as Assistant Professor of New Testament at Phoenix Seminary. And he's also a Co-Director of the Text and Canon Institute. Dr. Gurry is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Dallas Theological Seminary, and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where he studied the reliability of New Testament manuscripts. Click here to access the full show notes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

24 min 55 sec

Guest: Pastor Costi Hinn | Dr. Arnold interviews Costi Hinn about prayer and God's will. Conversation topics include: 1) What is God's will, and how do I know if I'm doing it? 2) What is the difference between God's secret will and his revealed will? 3) What is prayer? Costi Hinn serves as executive pastor of discipleship at Redeemer Bible Church in Gilbert, AZ. He is the co-author of Defining Deception and the author of God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel.   Click here to access the full show notes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

25 min 45 sec

Guest: Nate Pickowicz | Dr. Arnold interviews Nate Pickowicz about his new book, *How to Eat Your Bible*, and how to cultivate an appetite for the life-long study of God’s Word. Conversation topics include: 1) What keeps people from reading the Bible? 2) Basic principles for Bible reading (reading, studying, and applying God's word). 3) How to meditate on and memorize God's Word. 4) Nate's seven-year Bible reading plan. Nate serves as pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire, and he is the author of several books, including *Reviving New England*, *Why We're Protestant*, and *The American Puritans*. Click here to access the full show notes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

25 min 55 sec

Guest: Dr. Robert W. Yarbrough | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Robert Yarborough about the Bible’s divine origin, its truthfulness, and its reliability. Conversation topics include: 1) What do we mean when we talk about the doctrine of inerrancy, and what don’t we mean? 2) How do we answer the charge that the doctrine of inerrancy is circular? 3) How do we answer the charge that the doctrine of inerrancy is a modern invention? 4) How important is the doctrine of inerrancy in relation to other doctrines such as the resurrection or deity of Christ?  Dr. Robert W. Yarbrough serves as professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Yarbrough is the author of Clash of Visions: Populism and Elitism in New Testament Theology (Mentor, 2019). He also contributed The Letters to Timothy and Titus in the Pillar New Testament Commentary series (Eerdmans, 2018). Click here to access the full show notes.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dec 2020

24 min 29 sec

Guest: JT English | Dr. Arnold interviews JT English, pastor of Storyline Church in Arvada, CO, on retrieving a biblical vision for discipleship in the context of the local church and how teaching people the story of the Bible is essential for producing mature believers in Christ. Conversation topics include 1) the role of learning in discipleship, 2) the three buckets of Christian discipleship—the story of the Bible, Christian theology, and Christian formation, 3) forming disciples who are formed by the story of Scripture, and 4) building church rhythms to help people grow and go. Click here to access the full show notes.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2020

26 min

Guest: Dr. Stephen J. Wellum | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Stephen Wellum, Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary, bout the Bible's teaching that Christ is both God and man and yet remains one person. This amazing mystery is called the doctrine of the incarnation. Conversation topics include: 1) What does it mean to say that Christ has two natures, yet remains one person? 2) What does it mean when we read in Philippians 2:7 that Christ "emptied" himself? Did Jesus surrender his divinity in becoming human? 3) How we have no salvation without a divine and human Redeemer, and 4) an early Christian creed that affirms this doctrine. Click here to access the full show notes.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2020

25 min 24 sec

Guest: Stephen J. Wellum | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Stephen Wellum, professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary, about how to make sense of the Bible's overarching story. Conversation topics include 1) How not to read the Bible, 2) the Bible's 6 major covenants and how they fit together from Adam to Christ, 3) the role of Israel and the church in God's story, and 4) how the way you read the Bible influences your Christian life and practice of the faith. Click here to access the full show notes.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2020

25 min 28 sec

Guest: Gavin Ortlund | Dr. Arnold interviews Pastor Gavin Ortlund, author of *Finding the Right Hills to Die On* about how we prioritize Christian doctrines, and he answers the question, "Which doctrines are worth dying for?" Conversation topics include: 1) Are some doctrines more important than others? 2) Theological triage (categories for ranking doctrines), 3) What are the first rank doctrines? (The Trinity, justification by faith, etc.), and 4) What are the wrong doctrines to fight over?  Click here to access the full show notes.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nov 2020

24 min 43 sec