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Welcome to Faith Seeking Understanding: A Podcast from Phoenix Seminary, helping Christians grow in their understanding of the faith, hosted by Brian Arnold, President of Phoenix Seminary

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Welcome to Faith Seeking Understanding: A Podcast from Phoenix Seminary, helping Christians grow in their understanding of the faith, hosted by Brian Arnold, President of Phoenix Seminary

    How Can We Understand the Psalms?

    How Can We Understand the Psalms?

    Guest: Dr. Jim Johnston | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Johnston on the Psalms. Topics of conversation include: 1) How the Psalms are arranged, 2) How the Psalms are like a Bible, in and of themselves, 3) How we see Jesus in the Psalms, 4) How we can apply the Psalms to our lives today, 5) What God is teaching us through imprecatory Psalms, 6) Helpful resources for understanding the Psalms

    Dr. Jim Johnston is the pastor of Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, Arizona. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and earned a PhD in New Testament from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Johnston is the author of The Psalms: Rejoice, the Lord is King (Crossway, 2015).

    Full show notes at https://ps.edu/how-can-we-understand-the-psalms-jim-johnston/. 

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    • 25 min
    What is Preaching?

    What is Preaching?

    Guest: Dr. Chuck Newkirk | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Newkirk on the subject of preaching. Topics of conversation include: 1) What is preaching, and what is the relationship between teaching and preaching? 2) What is expository preaching? 3) Exegesis vs eisegesis and how to guard against reading our own ideas into the text of Scripture, 4) How does knowing a congregation affect a pastor’s preaching? 5) How to approach topical preaching, 6) Recommended resources

    Dr. Chuck Newkirk serves as lead pastor at Church on Mill in Tempe, Arizona. He also teaches preaching at Phoenix Seminary.

    Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-preaching-dr-chuck-newkirk/ 

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    • 25 min
    What Is Spiritual Formation?

    What Is Spiritual Formation?

    Guest: Dr. Kyle Strobel | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Strobel on spiritual formation. Topics of conversation include: 1) How to define spiritual formation, 2) The definitive vs. progressive nature of salvation, 3) The difference between habituation and abiding/drawing near to God, 4) The influence of Jonathan Edwards on spiritual formation, and what we can learn from him today, 5) Resources for further study on this topic.

    Dr. Kyle Strobel holds a PhD from Aberdeen University, and serves as assistant professor of Spiritual Theology and Formation at Talbot School of Theology. He is the author of Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards (IVP Books, 2013), and is also on the preaching team at Redeemer Church in La Mirada, California.

    Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-spiritual-formation-kyle-strobel/

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    • 26 min
    How Do We Know God Exists?

    How Do We Know God Exists?

    Guest: Dr. David Hogg | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Hogg on arguments for the existence of God. Topics of conversation include: 1) Anselm and the ontological argument, 2) How the ontological argument can be effective today, 3) Aristotle/Aquinas and the cosmological argument, 4) How these medieval arguments for the existence of God can best be used in evangelism.

    Dr. David Hogg serves as professor of Church History and director of Library Services at Phoenix Seminary, and previously pastored a church in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Hogg holds a PhD in Medieval Theology from St. Mary’s School of Divinity at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Full show notes here: https://ps.edu/how-do-we-know-god-exists-dr-david-hogg/

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    • 24 min
    What Is Biblical Worship?

    What Is Biblical Worship?

    Guest: Dr. Joseph Crider | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Crider on worship. Topics of conversation include: 1) The place of music in worship, 2) Whether or not our worship methodology matters to God, 3) Some dangers of the contemporary worship style, 4) The importance of rooting worship in truth, 5) The value of traditional hymns in modern worship, 6) The role of a worship leader, and 7) Resources for further reading on this subject.

    Dr. Joseph Crider serves as the dean of the School of Church Music and Worship at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Scripture-Guided Worship (Seminary Hill Press, 2021). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-is-biblical-worship-joe-crider/. 

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    • 25 min
    What Are Angels?

    What Are Angels?

    Guest: Dr. Dustin Benge | Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Benge on the topic of angels. Questions addressed in this conversation include: 1) What attributes do angels have? 2) When were angels created? 3) How did we get fallen angels, specifically Satan? 4) What is the purpose of angels? 5) Should we expect that people today will have interactions with angels? 6) How should we understand the concept of guardian angels? 7) What are some resources and cautions for further study on the topic of angelology?


    Dr. Dustin Benge currently serves as provost at Union School of Theology in Wales, but will soon join The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as vice president of Communications and associate professor of Biblical Spirituality and Historical Theology. He is the author of several books, including A Journey Toward Heaven: Daily Devotions from the Sermons of Jonathan Edwards (Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), and Lifting Up Our Hearts: 150 Prayers from John Calvin (Reformation Heritage Books, 2012). Full show notes at https://ps.edu/what-are-angels-dustin-benge/

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    • 25 min

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