87 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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 79 Ratings

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

    Timothy George on Evangelicals, the Great Tradition, and Christian Higher Education (Repost)

    Timothy George on Evangelicals, the Great Tradition, and Christian Higher Education (Repost)

    This episode is a repost of a conversation with Dr. Timothy George of Beeson Divinity School. We discuss being a Baptist and appreciating the Great Tradition (2:00), ecumenism and catholicity (7:35), the future of Christian higher education (22:35), and more. Buy Timothy's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by the Christian Standard Bible. Intro music: Purple Dinosaur by nobigdyl.







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







    You can preorder Brandon's new book, The Trinity in the Book of Revelation: Seeing Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in John's Apocalypse (IVP Academic, 2022).







    *** 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.

    • 29 min
    Jarvis Williams on Ethnicity, Diversity, and the Church's Mission

    Jarvis Williams on Ethnicity, Diversity, and the Church's Mission

    This episode is a conversation with Dr. Jarvis Williams of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. We discuss the phrase "redemptive kingdom diversity" (1:27), a biblical theology of the people of God (4:42), the difference between "race" and "ethnicity," and avoiding extreme positions on personal and corporate responsibility (12:54), the church's mission in pursuing diversity (34:51), how to fight for unity (48:09), and more. Buy Jarvis's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by 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, a co-founder of the Center for Baptist Renewal, and writes things. You can follow him on Twitter at @brandon_d_smith.







    You can preorder Brandon's new book, The Trinity in the Book of Revelation: Seeing Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in John's Apocalypse (IVP Academic, 2022).







    *** 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.

    • 53 min
    Madison Pierce and Ched Spellman on Anonymous Authors and Audiences in the New Testament

    Madison Pierce and Ched Spellman on Anonymous Authors and Audiences in the New Testament

    This episode is a conversation with Drs. Madison Pierce of Western Theological Seminary and Ched Spellman of Cedarville University. We discuss the anonymous authorship and audience of Hebrews (7:50), the hermeneutical effect of anonymous authorship (24:26), the development of the canon and tradition (46:05), and more. Buy Madison's and Ched's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by 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, on the board of directors 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 13 min
    Steven Duby on Divine Attributes, the Incarnation, and Engaging Other Scholars

    Steven Duby on Divine Attributes, the Incarnation, and Engaging Other Scholars

    This episode is a conversation with Dr. Steven Duby of Phoenix Seminary. We discuss "classical theism" as an aid for reading Scripture and doing Christology (3:12), boundaries the doctrine of God provides for the doctrine of the incarnation (19:12), the best case for the covenant of redemption/pactum salutis (32:09), engaging other scholars with clarity and humility (41:15), and more. Buy Steve's books.







    GIVEAWAY: Go to ps.edu/churchgrammar to enter to win one of five (5) free copies and to read a free excerpt of Steve's new book, Jesus and the God of Classical Theism.







    Church Grammar is presented by 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, on the board of directors 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.

    • 47 min
    Gavin Ortlund on Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals and Theological Triage (Repost)

    Gavin Ortlund on Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals and Theological Triage (Repost)

    This episode is a conversation with Dr. Gavin Ortlund of First Baptist Church of Ojai, California. We discuss how evangelicals can retrieve theology from the past (2:50), benefits and dangers of retrieval (6:05), evangelicals who "leave" to other traditions (11:01), retrieving Augustine and getting beyond modern theology debates (13:53), why theological triage is important and what it looks like (17:34), doctrines that we rank too high or too low (27:34), and more. See my review of Finding the Right Hills to Die On at Christianity Today and buy Gavin's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by 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, on the board of directors 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.

    • 37 min
    Michael Svigel on Urban Legends in Church History

    Michael Svigel on Urban Legends in Church History

    This episode is a conversation with Dr. Michael Svigel of Dallas Theological Seminary. We discuss the Lord's Supper in the early church (2:19), philosophy's influence on early Christian theology (6:45), where the doctrine of the Trinity came from (13:48), the role of Constantine and the Roman Empire in the church (17:45), and the Great Schism (27:30), the Reformers and sola scriptura (33:07), and more. Buy Michael's books.







    Church Grammar is presented by 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.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
79 Ratings

79 Ratings

wjard ,

Great Dialogue

Overall, awesome podcast. Did my undergrad in ministry and looking forward to a potential masters and it’s refreshing to hear great conversations on theology and to stay engaged on current topics that I otherwise do not get to hear since currently not at university. Great job and keep it up!

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.

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