Church Theology

Kirk E. Miller - CrossWay MKE

A podcast on the church for the church hosted by Kirk E. Miller, et al. through the ministry of CrossWay Community Church in Milwaukee, WI.

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The Bible is not one monolithic type of writing. Instead, it is made up of various type of writing styles called genres. So what are the different genres in scripture? And how do they impact how we read our Bibles?

Dec 1

32 min 53 sec

Kirk and Dan sit down from some bonus episodes supplementing the sermon series on prayer. In these two episodes, Kirk and Dan consider additional hindrances we might face in the discipline of prayer, and how we can work to overcome these. Find Dan's original sermon on The Hindrances to Prayer here.

Nov 22

36 min 53 sec

Kirk and Dan sit down from some bonus episodes supplementing the sermon series on prayer. In these two episodes, Kirk and Dan consider additional hindrances we might face in the discipline of prayer, and how we can work to overcome these. Find Dan's original sermon on The Hindrances to Prayer here.

Nov 22

34 min 6 sec

Kirk was privileged to sit down for a conversation with one of CrossWay Milwaukee's missionaries, Jeff, who serves in Albania. In this episode, we get to learn more about Jeff and his family, how the Lord called them to cross-cultural missions, what their ministry in Albania looks like, and ways we can be praying for them. Jeff and Meredith received the call to missions while they were members of our church, and while Jeff was serving here as an elder. CrossWay Milwaukee is proud to be their sending church. Jeff and Meredith currently work with local Albanian Christians to help evangelize the lost and establish indigenous self-sustaining churches. Their ultimate goal to see the gospel spread to other surrounding regions.

Nov 18

1 hr 17 min

In this episode, Kirk and Dan explore the importance of reading scripture according to its original, historical context before moving to our own ("Their World First"). How does understanding the historical context of scripture help us read the Bible more faithfully?

Nov 15

53 min 39 sec

In this episode we talk about the importance of our overall disposition to scripture when it comes to Bible interpretation. Namely, we must place ourselves under the authority and scrutiny of scripture. In this way, scripture is like no other book we read. It "reads" us just as we read it. And this disposition is of vital importance if we are to read and understand scripture rightly. Reading scripture is not merely an intellectual exercise, but a moral, spiritual, and religious one.

Nov 8

38 min 1 sec

We're kicking off a new series on how to read and understand the Bible. In this inaugural episode, we overview the "pathway" we should take if we are to interpret the Bible properly and faithfully.

Nov 4

34 min 13 sec

This episode is an audio recording of CrossWay Community Church's Philosophy of Ministry, which can be accessed here.

Oct 25

57 min 29 sec

Kirk and Dan finish out their series through Revelation with some reflections on the final passage, Revelation 22:6b-21. Finally, the end with some overall observations and takeaways on the book as a whole.

Oct 12

55 min 27 sec

Revelation 21:9-22:6a presents John's vision of the new creation -- God's new Jerusalem, new temple, and new Eden. In this episode, Kirk and Dan walk through some of the overall details of this passage (0:00-46:05). Then Kirk closes the podcast with some application reflections (46:05-1:03:15).

Sep 28

1 hr 3 min

In this episode, Dan has Kirk walk us through Revelation 20:11-20:8, the visions of the Great White Throne judgment and the introduction of the new creation.

Sep 22

1 hr 9 min

In this series of three episodes, we address the matter of the 1,000-year reign, also known as the millennium, as expressly mentioned in Revelation 20. In so doing, we offer a more detailed case for the interpretation known most popularly as amillennialism. Finally, in this third episode, we consider other New Testament arguments against a literal, futurist, premillennialist position and in favor of a symbolic, "church-age" interpretation of the millennium. To access all three episodes in this sequence, as well as the diagrams, see here.

Sep 7

43 min 26 sec

In this series of three episodes, we address the matter of the 1,000-year reign, also known as the millennium, as expressly mentioned in Revelation 20. In so doing, we offer a more detailed case for the interpretation known most popularly as amillennialism. In this second episode, we look specifically at Revelation 20:1-10 and examine the case for amillennialism from this text itself. To access all three episodes in this sequence, as well as the diagrams, see here.

Sep 7

1 hr 1 min

In this series of three episodes, we address the matter of the 1,000-year reign, also known as the millennium, as expressly mentioned in Revelation 20. In so doing, we offer a more detailed case for the interpretation known most popularly as amillennialism. In the first episode, we overview the four main positions as it relates to the millennium: (1) dispensational premillennialism, (2) historic (or classic) premillennialism, (3) postmillennialism, and (4) amillennialism. To access all three episodes in this sequence, as well as the diagrams, see here.

Sep 7

53 min

In this episode, Kirk and Dan walk us through the three scenes of Revelation 19:11-21. This passage zooms in on the return of Christ at his second coming to judge and destroy the two beasts and those who align with them.

Aug 31

42 min 43 sec

In Revelation 17:1-18, we saw a vision of Babylon, or the Great Prostitute's, judgment. In this episode, Kirk and Dan continue with part 2 of that judgment in Revelation 18:1-19:10. Whereas in chapter 17, the Harlot's judgment was depicted in visionary form, now in 18:1-19:10 we hear a chorus of songs -- both lament and praise -- in response to Babylon's fall.

Aug 24

39 min 21 sec

In this episode, Kirk and Dan walk through the vision of Revelation 17:1-18, depicting the Great Prostitute, or Babylon, who rides on the beast with its seven heads (kings) and ten horns (kings).

Aug 17

48 min 54 sec

In this episode, Kirk walks us through the bowl judgments in Revelation 15:5-16:21. We consider the ways this passage communicates the outpouring of God's righteous vengeance on the oppresses of his people and unrepentant sinful humanity.

Aug 3

49 min 27 sec

In this episode, Dan joins Kirk to lead us through an overview of the entire section, Revelation 11:19-15:4, on the seven visions ("And I saw..." x7). First, Dan gives us some overview of the section, helping us get our bearings. And then we read through the entire passage with some commentary and drama along the way.

Jul 27

46 min 55 sec

Kirk and Dan tackle the last 3 "and I saw" visions of Revelation 11:19-15:4. These three, along with the two visions of Revelation 14:1-13, unveil to us the "end game," the contrasting final destinies, for those who worship the lamb vs. those who worship the beast. We are empowered for patient endurance as we look forward to the full completion and final manifestation of God's salvation through judgment.

Jul 20

41 min 8 sec

In this episode, Kirk and Dan cover the second monster and his mark in Revelation 13:11-18, the sealed 144,000 who sing the song of the redeemed in 14:1-5, and the message of the three angels -- a message of doom and reversal for those marked by the monster -- in 14:6-13.

Jul 16

44 min 30 sec

In this episode, Dan joins Kirk to break down some of the overall structure of Revelation 12-15 and the role of the key characters in the book of Revelation: the dragon, beast, false prophet, and harlot. After that, they dive into the text of Revelation 13:1-10 to discuss the details of this first beast who rises from the sea. Passage structure available here.

Jun 22

1 hr 10 min

In this episode, Dan joins Kirk to talk through Revelation 12, as well as some of our overall approach to handling this section spanning from Revelation 11:19-15:4. We discuss the structure and plot of this section, as well as work through some additional details from the three scenes in chapter 12.

Jun 15

57 min 38 sec

Revelation 11 is somewhat infamous for its mention of two witnesses who will issue plagues and destroy people with fire from their mouths. In addition, in vv.1-2 we get the mention of a temple and the trampling of its outer court and the "holy city." What is this all referring to? Is it referring to a future, rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, and two literal witnesses in the "end times"? Or is this, as I will argue, symbolism of the church? ---------- "Where the preaching of repentance, with judgments alone as evidence, had failed (Rev 11:6; cf. Rev 8:2-9:21), when fulfilled in witness to the point of death (11:7-10), participating in Jesus' witness and victory through and over death (11:12), the prophetic ministry of the church will effect the conversion of the nations to God (11:13). This is the heart of the revelation contained in the scroll (10:1-11), the heart of Revelation's message: that the church redeemed from all nations is called to suffering witness which, by virtue of its participation in Jesus' sacrificial witness, can bring the nations to repentance of idolatry and conversion to the true God. In this way--as Jesus' witness is extended universally in the life and death, as well as the preaching of the church--God's kingdom can come to the nations as salvation, rather than judgement." --Richard Bauckham

Jun 3

57 min 30 sec

In this episode, Kirk covers some overview material on the trumpet judgments and apocalyptic literature, and then dives into the theme of prayer in the book of Revelation as highlighted in Revelation 8:2-5.

May 18

44 min 10 sec

In this short book, originally delivered as an oral address in 1911, Princeton theologian and professor Benjamin B. Warfield addresses his seminarians in anticipation of their upcoming theological studies He stresses to them the importance of not divorcing theological study from functional, religious (or what we might call "spiritual") experience.

May 8

40 min 3 sec

In this episode, Kirk and Dan quickly survey and review the seal judgments of chapters 6-7. Then they spend the bulk of the episode answering the question, "Who are the 144,000 from chapter 7:1-8?" arguing that they are symbolic of the church in 7:9ff.

May 4

47 min 27 sec

Kirk, Sam, and Matt continue their conversation on reading now by discussing, who or what should we read (selecting books)? And, how should we go about reading (practical tips)? Book Recommendations

Apr 25

41 min 14 sec

In this next set of episodes, I'm so pleased to have Sam Park and Matt Dohrmann join me for the podcast. Sam and Matt are both members of CrossWay Community Church where I serve. And in this episode we sit down to talk about the habit of reading good books, specifically, why is it important to be reading books? Book Recommendations

Apr 25

38 min 4 sec

Kirk and Dan sit down to talk about some interpretive reminders as we approach the book of Revelation, and then take a look at Revelation 5:1-14 through the lens of various theological categories.

Apr 6

52 min 35 sec

In this episode, Kirk and Dan discuss some additional matters related to the interpretation of Revelation 4. How should we understand the phrase "after this" used twice in verse 1, and what are some of the theological debates / discussions surrounding this phrase? Second, we take a closer look at the twenty elders and the four living creatures. Who or what might they be, and what role do they serve in this passage? Next, we consider briefly the theme of worship across the book. Who do you worship — God or the beast? And lastly, we consider the theme of heaven as God's very temple, and how this reaches its climax in chapters 21-22.

Mar 30

44 min 6 sec

In this episode, Kirk and Dan look at the final message to the seven churches, the message to Laodicea. They discuss the nature of the Laodicean's sin and how we might fight its temptations through the promises of Christ.

Mar 23

1 hr

In this episode, Kirk and Dan talk about Revelation 3:7-13. Some of the things discussed: What do we know about the background to Philadelphia? Does v.10 support the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture? What does it mean for Christ to refer to the Father as "my God"? And finally, we examine the promise in v.9 that those of the "synagogue of Satan" will one day worship Jesus.

Mar 16

53 min 51 sec

Dan joins Kirk back on the podcast to discuss Revelation 3:1-6. We talk about what was likely going on in the church in Sardis, and what that same sort of sin might look like in our own lives today, as well as how the promises motivate us to "overcome."

Mar 9

53 min 40 sec

We continue in our series, looking now at Revelation 2:18-29. We begin by thinking a bit more about the call to "hold fast" to the "[Christ's] works," and then dig a bit deeper into the description of the false teaching as well as the OT background to this promise that we will reign with Christ. Finally, we close by considering some of the practical questions about what it looks like to interact lovingly and winsomely when we face friction with the world on account of faithfulness.

Mar 2

51 min 55 sec

It's that time of year when people walk around with ash on their foreheads and eat fish on Fridays. But wait, why don't we practice Lent?

Feb 25

30 min 24 sec

On Sunday (Feb. 21, 2021) Dan will be preaching on Christ's message to the church in Pergamum in Revelation 2:12-17. So in this episode, in anticipation of that upcoming sermon, we spend time modeling how we might interrogate the passage with questions to try to gain a better understanding of it.

Feb 18

37 min 36 sec

Kirk and Dan record some material on their drive to a Charles Simeon Trust workshop. (Be on the lookout for the part when they go through the Starbucks drive-through). In this episode, they talk about Christ's message in Revelation 2:8-11 to the church in Smyrna.

Feb 18

37 min 49 sec

In this episode, we look at the uses of "conquer," "overcome," or "victory" across John's writings, but especially the book of Revelation. What is the meaning of this call to "conquer"? And how does it shape our understanding of the book and the nature of the Christian life?

Feb 9

36 min 41 sec

In this episode, Kirk looks further at Revelation 2:1-7, diving into some additional matters for our consideration as we reflect on its importance for our lives and our understanding of the rest of the book.

Feb 9

30 min 58 sec

Dan and Kirk dive deeper into the details of the vision of the son of man in Revelation 1:9-20 to ask, "How does this vision -- and its "big" view of Jesus -- empower us for faithful endurance?"

Feb 2

50 min 37 sec

In this episode, Kirk and Dan talk about some additional interpretive and theological matters we encounter in Revelation 1:1-8. We consider how this passage introduces some key themes that set the tone for the rest of the book. We ask, what is an Old Testament allusion and how do we go about attending to these in the book of Revelation? Finally, we reflect on the meaning of the passage's message for our every day lives.

Jan 26

47 min 42 sec

After a long hiatus (thanks COVID...), we're back with a new series of episodes on Revelation. These episodes are intended to supplement our sermon series working through the book of Revelation at CrossWay Community Church. We begin in these first two episodes by discussing some introductory matters to the book.

Jan 20

34 min 38 sec

After a long hiatus (thanks COVID...), we're back with a new series of episodes on Revelation. These episodes are intended to supplement our sermon series working through the book of Revelation at CrossWay Community Church. We begin in these first two episodes by discussing some introductory matters to the book.

Jan 20

43 min 34 sec

Have you ever felt too progressive for conservatives, but too conservative for progressives? Faced with a false "either/or" framing of many issues, Christians today often times can find themselves feeling politically homeless in our current landscape. Justin Giboney and Michael Wear -- and the AND Campaign -- speak to this issue in their call for compassion and conviction, truth and love, concern about moral order and addressing the injustices in our society. Today Justin and Michael join Kirk for a discussion on their newest book, Compassion (&) Convictions: The AND Campaign's Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement. We talk "Why should Christians care about politics?" and "How?"

Aug 2020

50 min 34 sec

I sit down with my old high school buddy, and now Leukemia-survivor, to ask what he means when he says that he wishes everyone would have a "successful brush with death" and that "getting cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me."

Jun 2020

1 hr 6 min

In this episode, Kirk sits down with pastor and political theologian Jonathan Leeman to talk Church and politics. They discuss, what is the relationship between church and state? Religion and politics? And how do we love those with whom we disagree politically?

Jun 2020

47 min 8 sec

In this episode, Kirk sits down with New Testament scholar and professor, Dr. Joshua Jipp, to explore the theme of Biblical hospitality. What is Biblical hospitality? What does Dr. Jipp mean by describing God's saving work in Christ as an act of showing us hospitality? And how should hospitality shape the life of the believer and the life of the church? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.

Apr 2020

56 min 2 sec

Mark Ward closes out his series with Kirk by talking about the translation of scripture. What all goes into translation? Why are there so many different ones? Are all translations created equal? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.

Apr 2020

54 min 11 sec

In this episode, Kirk talks to Mard Ward about the transmission of scripture, i.e., the process of how the Bible was copied, the manuscripts that were produced and collected, and how we have the Bibles we have today. This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.

Apr 2020

55 min 30 sec