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A podcast on the church for the church hosted by Kirk E. Miller (kirkmillerblog.com)

    The Chalcedonian Definition (with Stephen Wellum)

    The Chalcedonian Definition (with Stephen Wellum)

    Delegates from throughout the ecumenical (universal or "catholic") church met in Chalcedon in 451 AD to address the emergence of certain heresies surrounding the person and nature of Christ. Some were teaching that Jesus merely took on the material aspects of a human body (Apollinarianism). Others so distinguished Jesus' humanity and divinity that they conceived of each as involving a distinct person (Nestorianism). Finally, some so emphasized Christ's unity that they spoke of his divinity blending with his humanity to form a new mixed nature (Eutychianism or Monophysitism). The Council of Chalcedon thus responded to these errors, producing a confession of orthodoxy known as The Chalcedonian Definition (or the Symbol of Chalcedon). It affirmed that the incarnate Christ is one person with both a human and divine nature.

    But why does this statement matter, and are its distinctions all that important? What, if anything, can we learn from it today? Dr. Stephen Wellum joins Kirk in this episode to discuss the meaning and significance of this important historical document.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Nicene Creed (with Matthew Barrett)

    The Nicene Creed (with Matthew Barrett)

    What was is The Nicene Creed and why does it matter? In this episode, Dr. Matthew Barrett joins Kirk to discuss the historical circumstances that gave rise to the creed as well as some of its central confessions. They discuss why it matters that Jesus is "of the same substance with the Father" and "eternally begotten" but "not made." The Nicene Creed gives us categories by which to understand God's self-revelation in scripture as it finds its center in the saving work of Christ.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Who Can Take the Lord’s Supper?: Understanding Close Communion (with Dallas Vandiver)

    Who Can Take the Lord’s Supper?: Understanding Close Communion (with Dallas Vandiver)

    Who ought to be allowed to partake of the Lord's Supper? Maybe this question has never occurred to you, or you've always assumed the answer was obvious! Well, in this episode, Dr. Dallas Vandiver joins me to talk about a historic position known as 'close communion,' that the Lord's Supper ought to be reserved for baptized members in good standing of a gospel-believing church.

    Dallas Vandiver's book, Who Can Take the Lord's Supper?: A Biblical-Theological Argument for Close Communion.

    Dallas Vandiver's shorter article summarizing the arguments of the book: Who Can Take the Lord's Supper?

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Apostles' Creed (with Michael Svigel)

    The Apostles' Creed (with Michael Svigel)

    We're kicking-off a new series on, what are sometimes called, the ecumenical creeds. In today's episode, we begin with what is known as The Apostles' Creed. Along the way, we also answer questions like, what is a creed, and why do the creeds matter? Maybe your church recites The Apostles' Creed. But what does it mean to call Jesus God's Son? And what about that line about him descending to hell? We hope you will be encouraged as you dive deeper into this historic articulation of the church's faith!

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    • 54 min
    The Theology of the EFCA (with Greg Strand)

    The Theology of the EFCA (with Greg Strand)

    What does the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) believe? What are the theological convictions that unite this broad collection of churches? In this episode, Kirk is joined by Greg Strand, chair of the EFCA's Spiritual Heritage Committee, to discuss and exposit the EFCA's Statement of Faith. As we hope you'll see, this Statement of Faith is an articulation of nothing less than the core elements of gospel itself.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Changing Unwanted Thoughts (with Esther Smith)

    Changing Unwanted Thoughts (with Esther Smith)

    Are you burdened by anxious thoughts? Does your mind race uncontrollably? Are you prone to ruminate? Maybe you are wearied with thoughts of hopelessness, self-deprecation, unpleasant mental images, or a range other unwanted thoughts. At some point or another, all of us experience some form of mental anguish or distress. In this episode, Esther Smith, seasoned counselor and author of A Still and Quiet Mind: Twelve Strategies for Changing Unwanted Thoughts, provides us a multi-faceted, Biblically-integrated approach for dealing with the battles in our minds.

    • 1 hr 1 min

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