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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
    • 4.8 • 277 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.

    Gratitude, with Dr. Kent Dunnington

    Gratitude, with Dr. Kent Dunnington

    Talk of thankfulness pervades the Scriptures. But how well do we really understand the concept of gratitude. Matt has done some thinking about this recently with a fellow scholar from Biola University, Dr. Kent Dunnington. Along with Alastair, they tackle some tricky questions about gratitude. How should we understand the relationship between the gift and the giver? How important is it to have the emotions of thankfulness? And do you really need to send thank you cards?
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 47 min
    Uncommon Unity, with Dr. Richard Lints

    Uncommon Unity, with Dr. Richard Lints

    Our times are fragmented. Political and cultural differences rage, even among people who otherwise show goodwill. But what if Scripture actually provides the key for thinking about unity in diversity? Dr. Richard Lints joins Matt and Alastair to explore the nature of diversity as he wrote in his new book, Uncommon Unity. There are no easy answers, but there is a lot of good discussion. Join us!
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    Timestamps:
    What Kids Want [0:00]
    What This Book Is [1:23]
    Marital Difference [5:07]
    Anxiety about Discrimination [7:24]
    Created Constituently Different [12:53]
    Wisdom About Real Differences [16:41]
    Regional Differences [22:15]
    Why Difference Qua Difference? [27:44]
    The Public Good IS the Public Good [37:25]
    Unity & Diversity in Church [41:20]

    • 54 min
    The Thrill of Orthodoxy, with Trevin Wax

    The Thrill of Orthodoxy, with Trevin Wax

    Every generation faces the temptation to wander from orthodoxy and to drift with cultural currents. So every generation must be awakened again to the thrill of orthodoxy, and experience the astonishment that comes from stumbling afresh upon the electrifying paradoxes at the heart of the Christian faith. Trevin Wax wants to turn the tables on those who believe Christian teaching is narrow and outdated. In this episode, he joins Matt and Alastair to discuss how he accomplishes this in his new book, The Thrill of Orthodoxy. Until November 7, save 30% on this title (either hard copy or eBook) and get free shipping when you order it from ivpress.com with the code MERE22.

    Timestamps:
    Who Blogged First [1:23]
    Confidence in the Beauty of Truth [3:57]
    How Orthodoxy Functions [5:47]
    Jadedness & Disillusionment [8:34]
    Offensive & Defensive Orthodoxy [18:10]
    Full-orbed Vision [26:03]
    Worship [30:12]
    Baptism [35:16]
    When the Thrill Is Gone [40:39]
    Communal Thrill [47:38]

    Find all mentioned resources linked at merefidelity.com

    • 54 min
    On Earth as in Heaven, with Dr. Peter Leithart

    On Earth as in Heaven, with Dr. Peter Leithart

    When one advocates for good practices that are quite old and abandoned, these things that have been forgotten can seem new and radical. Peter Leithart returns to Mere Fidelity to discuss the vision and principles of the Theopolis Institute, especially as written in his new book, On Earth as in Heaven. The book is large but it reads well as a manifesto of how the church and the Bible are related in liturgy.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    Timestamps:
    Theopolis Principles [1:44]
    Bible and Church [8:01]
    Wanting More than Liturgical Renewal [20:52]
    Fundamentals [29:41]
    Competing Visions [32:09]
    Protestant Catholicity [40:59]
    Practical Steps [49:25]

    • 57 min
    Martin Luther and the Rule of Faith, with Dr. Todd Hains

    Martin Luther and the Rule of Faith, with Dr. Todd Hains

    For generations of evangelicals lacking good catechesis, Martin Luther is often seen as a primitive, unsophisticated, or backwards reformer. Into this negative environment, Dr. Todd Hains is bringing forth the richness of Luther’s thought and Lutheranism’s tradition. There is so much more than just justification by faith. Alastair and Matt discuss with Dr. Hains his latest book, and they get at the central question: What does it mean to interpret Scripture with Scripture?
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    Timestamps:
    The OG Reformer [2:06]
    Reading Scripture with Luther [10:55]
    Christian Pedagogy [17:40]
    Catholic Luther [25:52]
    Catechesis from Scripture [30:33]
    Gimme the Lutheran Pitch [39:48]
    Practical Advice for Churches [48:39]

    • 54 min
    Virtuous Persuasion, with Dr. Michael Niebauer

    Virtuous Persuasion, with Dr. Michael Niebauer

    What counts as doing God’s mission? How do we measure the success of Christian mission? It’s very tempting to turn it into a numbers game, or to rely on our own strategies. But Dr. Michael Niebauer has written the Mere Fidelity Book of the Month about this very topic. Matt and Alastair examine with him this very crucial aspect of our Christian life.
    Full show notes at www.merefidelity.com.

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
277 Ratings

277 Ratings

RachelAngelia ,

Most Engaging Podcast

I really enjoy this podcast. I love both the depth and lightheartedness with which they address theological and cultural questions, and they consistently choose such worthwhile questions to discuss and authors to host. I invariably come away having learned a lot and been highly entertained while doing it. I especially love that they give air time to genuine disagreements, among themselves or between themselves and their guests in a very cordial yet sharpened and purposeful way. This is a skill nearly everyone could probably get better at in our current culture. In addition, I love that they honor the contributions of thoughtful feminine authors on culture and theology. I can happily listen to more episodes of this podcast consecutively than any other show.

Griff Price ,

Engrossing, Stimulating, Practical

Great panel of hosts, fantastic guest queue - every episode is intellectually stimulating and fascinating, yet there is always pragmatic application and a practical, down to earth focus. Edifies me, and helps me love God and neighbor with my heart, soul, mind (and strength if I’m listening while jogging, haha)…Perhaps the best part of this podcast is how charitable convos are, and that while the hosts take their guests and content seriously, they don’t take themselves too seriously. Refreshing!

VroomT93 ,

Used to be good

For a long time, this podcast was my favorite. Recently (because of their sponsors?) they’ve moved to interviews with rather weak authors, and the pushback/engagement is soft. The podcast used to be somewhat intellectually rigorous and stimulating, but now it’s a big pillow fight, an extended infomercial for the latest evangellyfish pop-theology publication. It’s losing its edge. It’s disappointing to me, because I’ve been a faithful listener since the beginning.

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