55 episodes

The Church Grammar podcast engages theology and the church in a fresh way, centered on wide-ranging conversations with scholars and Bible teachers.

Church Gramma‪r‬ Brandon D. Smith

    • Christianity
    • 4.8 • 64 Ratings

The Church Grammar podcast engages theology and the church in a fresh way, centered on wide-ranging conversations with scholars and Bible teachers.

    Matthew Levering on Catholic Theology, the Reformation, Catholic-Protestant Relations

    Matthew Levering on Catholic Theology, the Reformation, Catholic-Protestant Relations

    This episode is a conversation with Dr. Matthew Levering of Mundelein Seminary. We discuss becoming a Christian and his path to Catholicism (4:40), major doctrines Catholics and Protestants agree on (14:22), what Catholics believe about justification by faith (15:50), the veneration of Mary (22:13), and the role and authority of the Pope (40:15), the necessity of the Reformation and where we can find unity among disagreement (55:06), and more. Buy Matthew's books.







    *Note: Dr. Levering mentioned “final cause” during the justification portion of the discussion but meant, of course, formal cause.







    Church Grammar is presented by B&H Academic and the Christian Standard Bible. Intro music: Purple Dinosaur by nobigdyl. Producer: Katie Larson.







    Brandon D. Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University, Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, and writes things. You can follow him on Twitter at @brandon_d_smith.







    *** This podcast is designed to discuss all sorts of topics from various points of view. Therefore, guests’ views do not always reflect the views of the host, his church, or his institution.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Irenaeus's "On the Apostolic Demonstration" with Matthew Emerson

    Irenaeus's "On the Apostolic Demonstration" with Matthew Emerson

    This is a crossover episode with Matthew Emerson from the new Center for Baptist Renewal podcast and YouTube Channel. We discuss the first book in the CBR Theology Classics Reading Challenge, Irenaeus's On the Apostolic Demonstration (or Preaching).







    Subscribe to the CBR podcast: Apple | Spotify | YouTube







    Church Grammar is presented by B&H Academic and the Christian Standard Bible. Intro music: Purple Dinosaur by nobigdyl. Producer: Katie Larson.







    Brandon D. Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University, Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, and writes things. You can follow him on Twitter at @brandon_d_smith.







    *** This podcast is designed to discuss all sorts of topics from various points of view. Therefore, guests’ views do not always reflect the views of the host, his church, or his institution.

    • 44 min
    Kevin Vanhoozer on Theological Interpretation and Theology in the Church (Repost)

    Kevin Vanhoozer on Theological Interpretation and Theology in the Church (Repost)

    This episode is a repost of our conversation with Dr. Kevin Vanhoozer. We discuss becoming a scholar (2:25), the rise of theological interpretation of Scripture (TIS) in evangelicalism (11:15), the good and bad of TIS (15:11), guardrails for doing TIS (17:39), doctrines Protestants should agree on (19:40), the relationship between the academy and church (27:47), pastor-theologians (29:23), and more. Buy Kevin's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by B&H Academic and the Christian Standard Bible. Intro music: Purple Dinosaur by nobigdyl.







    Brandon D. Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University, Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, and writes things. Speaking of Cedarville, you should check out our Master of Divinity and Master of Ministry programs.







    *** This podcast is designed to discuss all sorts of topics from various points of view. Therefore, guests’ views do not always reflect the views of the host, his church, or his institution.

    • 43 min
    Madison Pierce on Hermeneutics, Star Wars, and Other Topics

    Madison Pierce on Hermeneutics, Star Wars, and Other Topics

    This episode is a conversation with Dr. Madison Pierce of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She begins her new role as a recurring guest talking about action films (3:40), hermeneutics and theological method (7:10), other topics we would like to research (31:30), a slow round on weird experiences while teaching (36:40), ranking Star Wars (43:10), contributing uniquely to Hebrews scholarship (57:35), and more. Buy Madison's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by B&H Academic and the Christian Standard Bible. Intro music: Purple Dinosaur by nobigdyl. Producer: Katie Larson. Episode sponsor: Lexham Press.







    Brandon D. Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University, Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, and writes things. You can follow him on Twitter at @brandon_d_smith.







    *** This podcast is designed to discuss all sorts of topics from various points of view. Therefore, guests’ views do not always reflect the views of the host, his church, or his institution.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Andrew Abernethy and Joshua Jipp on Messianic Theology

    Andrew Abernethy and Joshua Jipp on Messianic Theology

    This episode is a conversation with Dr. Andrew Abernethy (Wheaton College) and Dr. Joshua Jipp (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). We discuss the Messiah in the OT and NT in general (4:00), divine and human expectations for the Messiah (16:30), modeling the NT authors' hermeneutics (51:00), and more. Buy Andy's and Josh's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by B&H Academic and the Christian Standard Bible. Intro music: Purple Dinosaur by nobigdyl. Producer: Katie Larson. Episode sponsor: Lexham Press.







    Brandon D. Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University, Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, and writes things. You can follow him on Twitter at @brandon_d_smith.







    *** This podcast is designed to discuss all sorts of topics from various points of view. Therefore, guests’ views do not always reflect the views of the host, his church, or his institution.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Thomas Schreiner on Bible Translations and Being a Translator

    Thomas Schreiner on Bible Translations and Being a Translator

    This episode is a conversation with Dr. Thomas Schreiner of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He returns to discuss the major revision of the HCSB to the CSB (5:55), how translators work through "formal" and "dynamic" renderings (10:28), how a translator tries to keep his/her presuppositions out of translation (26:10), what pastors should consider when choosing a translation (33:27), translation issues in developing language and culture (39:06), and more. Buy Tom's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by B&H Academic and the Christian Standard Bible. Intro music: Purple Dinosaur by nobigdyl. Producer: Katie Larson. Episode sponsor: Lexham Press.







    Brandon D. Smith is Assistant Professor of Theology & New Testament at Cedarville University, Editorial Director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, and writes things. You can follow him on Twitter at @brandon_d_smith.







    *** This podcast is designed to discuss all sorts of topics from various points of view. Therefore, guests’ views do not always reflect the views of the host, his church, or his institution.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Hogfan123 ,

Great Podcast

Brandon asks excellent questions and is a very good interviewer. He has an inviting posture that creates good dialogue even when the guests disagree on an issue. Also thanks for introducing me to nobigdyl.

SWHam1966 ,

Too much banter at the beginning of each podcast

Your topics are generally very good and helpful, but I really could do without 10 minutes of gratuitous banter and discussion of your favorite sports teams, etc., that goes on for way too long at the beginning of episodes. There’s nothing wrong with having a few minutes of friendly conversation to introduce your guest and orient your audience to the day’s topic, but the rest is unnecessary and probably a turn-off for at least a portion of your potential audience that is otherwise interested in the theological content. I do appreciate what you’re doing with the latter.

ryan54ol ,

Fantastic interviews for Bible nerds/scholars

I have so much fun listening to this podcast. Brandon is a great interviewer and his guests are top notch. Can’t wait to hear more episodes of this podcast.

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