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From the Mere Orthodoxy Podcast Network: thoughtful weekly conversations about theology, the culture, and the church, hosted by Matthew Lee Anderson, Derek Rishmawy, Alastair Roberts, and Andrew Wilson.

Mere Fidelity Mere Fidelity

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 16 Ratings

From the Mere Orthodoxy Podcast Network: thoughtful weekly conversations about theology, the culture, and the church, hosted by Matthew Lee Anderson, Derek Rishmawy, Alastair Roberts, and Andrew Wilson.

    ‘A Spacious Life,’ with Dr. Ashley Hales

    ‘A Spacious Life,’ with Dr. Ashley Hales

    With the ideas like technology, progress, and liberty shaping our lives, we are formed to believe that reality is tending toward an ever greater number of choices and ever fewer limits. But is this limitless ideal a good way to live? Dr. Ashley Hales has a different idea, which she explores in her new book, A Spacious Life: Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits. She returns to Mere Fidelity to discuss about how limits can actually increase our liberty and what this looks like for the modern Christian.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 45 min
    Bad Church Leadership

    Bad Church Leadership

    Many Christians and ex-Christians have experienced severe trauma because of bad, even abusive, church leadership. Using the story of Mark Driscoll as a basis for comparison, Matt, Andrew, and Alastair discuss the causes and outcomes of bad leadership. They compare and contrast the US and UK churches, look at the sociology of trust, and ask how to examine one’s own leadership to avoid becoming abusive.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 54 min
    ‘Wonderfully Made,’ with Dr. John Kleinig

    ‘Wonderfully Made,’ with Dr. John Kleinig

    Dr. John Kleinig joins Matt and Alastair to discuss a Biblical approach to a theology of the body. More specifically, they talk about how we can acquire the vision with which God sees our bodies. Some questions that they cover are how ritual trains the body, what the significance of the body is in Protestant theology, and why Jesus’s physical body is so emphasized in the Gospels. Dr. Kleinig’s latest book also focuses on these issues. (There’s also a particularly spectacular +1 that you can hear if you are one of the Merrie Band of Patreon supporters.)
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 48 min
    Healing the Schism, with Dr. Jennifer Rosner

    Healing the Schism, with Dr. Jennifer Rosner

    You may think that Christianity and Judaism have gone their separate ways; that they have nothing to do with each other. But this is not necessarily the case. On this episode, Dr. Jennifer Rosner, author of Healing the Schism: Karl Barth, Franz Rosenzweig, and the New Jewish-Christian Encounter, joins Matt and Alastair to talk about how Christianity and Judaism should relate to one another.
    Full show notes at www.MereFidelity.com.

    • 44 min
    ‘What’s Wrong with Rights?’ with Dr. Nigel Biggar

    ‘What’s Wrong with Rights?’ with Dr. Nigel Biggar

    Is the theory of natural rights really the best way to protect ourselves from tyrannical governments? This is the big question of Dr. Nigel Biggar’s book, What’s Wrong With Rights? Dr. Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology, and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, & Public Life, University of Oxford. Matt and Alastair push on this argument with Dr. Biggar to examine the relationship between morality and law. Fun connection: Dr. Biggar is Dr. Matt Anderson’s former Ph.D. advisor!
    Full show notes at merefidelity.com

    • 50 min
    'Ministers of Reconciliation,' with Dr. Matthew Kim

    'Ministers of Reconciliation,' with Dr. Matthew Kim

    How should pastors address the issue of race in their churches? This is exactly what Andrew and Alastair are talking about with Dr. Matthew Kim on this episode. Dr. Kim has both academic expertise and practical experience with this issue. He is a contributor to Ministers of Reconciliation: Preaching on Race and the Gospel. In this conversation you will learn about preaching the Gospel in a climate of racial tension, the boundaries of the act of preaching, and advice for pastoring diverse congregations.
    Full show notes at www.mereorthodoxy.com/categories/mere-fidelity.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

DAvit54321 ,

Great show

Great show but the sheer amount of bickering and teasing gets old quick.

Matt, stop picking on Derek!

Fellas, keep up the good work.

MoonGirl738 ,

Thoughtful Theological Conversation

I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the Mere Fidelity podcast. While I listen to many Christian podcasts, MF approaches their topics from a more academic perspective. I have especially enjoyed their recent episodes on Augustine’s Confessions. If you’re looking for intellectually stimulating theological discussion, I highly recommend Mere Fidelity.

Snooty Seminarian ,

tkproude

One of my regular commute podcasts. I love the insightful discussions, humour, and friendship in these great episodes. Please continue this show. You're encouraging a new pastor in ministry.

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