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Two Lutheran theologians who happen to be father and daughter discuss all manner of things, from individual books of the Bible to early church fathers to congregational and devotional life to Nietzsche... and usually at least a sprinkling of Luther.

Queen of the Science‪s‬ Sarah Hinlicky Wilson

    • Christianity
    • 5.0 • 36 Ratings

Two Lutheran theologians who happen to be father and daughter discuss all manner of things, from individual books of the Bible to early church fathers to congregational and devotional life to Nietzsche... and usually at least a sprinkling of Luther.

    The Gospel of John, Part 2

    The Gospel of John, Part 2

    After setting the stage in our last episode with the distinctives and circumstances of John's Gospel, here we turn to its message: being born again (or is it from above?), how the Father and the Son can be one and yet the Father greater than the Son, whether John's commendation of love of friends is a retrogression from Paul's enemy-love, and how the confrontation with Pilate and the powers functions as the mega-exorcism consolidating the individual exorcism accounts in the Synoptics.
    And if every one of things that Jesus did were recorded, the internet itself could not contain the podcasts that would be published.
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    Notes:
    1. Bultmann, "Eschatology of the Gospel of John" (1928) in Faith and Understanding, 165-183
    2. Käsemann, The Testament of Jesus
    3. Hill, Paul and the Trinity
    4. Twelftree, In the Name of Jesus
    5. For Dad on John, see Divine Complexity, 69–96
    6. For me on John, see "Law and Gospel (With Some Help from St. John)," a sermon on "Doubting Thomas," and the Winter 2020 issue of Theology & a Recipe, "Latkes for Jesus"
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    • 56 min
    The Gospel of John, Part 1

    The Gospel of John, Part 1

    One of these kids is not like the other... and among the New Testament Gospels, that weirdo kid is John. He drops the parables and the Sermon on the Mount and the exorcisms, shifts the cleansing of the temple from the end to the beginning, turns poor Lazarus in Abraham's bosom into a dead man walking out of a tomb, and is totally unfazed by Gentiles but levels constants accusations against "the Jews"... even though most of his heroes are Jews, too. What gives? In this episode, Dad and I talk through the Johannine distinctives and the theories as to why this Gospel turned out so different, in the process voting for our favorite. No spoilers here... you gotta listen all the way through to find out.
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    Notes:
    1. Brown, An Introduction to the Gospel of John (among others)
    2. Bultmann, The Gospel of John
    3. Martyn, History and Theology in the Fourth Gospel
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Taking Another Stab at the Lectionary

    Taking Another Stab at the Lectionary

    In which Sarah unloads a jeremiad on the Revised Common Lectionary and Dad mostly stands at the side of the road and watches. Also, ways to work around lectionary limitations, and whether you should preach "with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other."
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    Notes:
    1. Revelant previous episodes of ours include What Is (Not) the Job of a Pastor?, Learning to Love Leviticus, The Relationship between the Old and New Testaments, and Is Scripture Holy?
    2. This jeremiad pretty much follows the course of the jeremiah I wrote for Mockingbird, "The Top Ten Reasons the Lectionary Sucks and Five Half-Assed Solutions." Lots of relevant links in the notes there.
    3. A good podcast for lectionary preachers, hosted my old friend John Drury, is Fresh Text. I'll be in an upcoming episode (where I manage to restrain my RCL disdain reasonably well).
    4. Strawn, The Old Testament Is Dying
    5. Niebuhr, The Nature and Destiny of Man
    6. You can find my sermon series on Romans on my YouTube channel.
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    • 56 min
    The Certainty of Faith

    The Certainty of Faith

    Welcome to Season 3 of Queen of the Sciences!
    To kick off the most welcome new year in recent memory, we tackle the question of the certainty of faith. What does it even mean to be "certain" where something like "faith" is concerned? Can we have the same certainty as, say, apostles and early Christians, or as folks before various revolutions in science and historical study? Where does doubt fit in, or hard questions? Is faith something that you have or something that has you? All this and more!
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    Notes:
    1. Relevant previous episodes include Justification by Faith, Faith to the Aid of Reason, and The Freedom of a Christian.
    2. Here's the Council of Trent criticizing what it took to be the Reformation doctrine of faith.
    3. For Tillich on faith as being grasped by ultimate concern, since his Systematic Theology, vol. 3, pp. 129-134
    4. For Barth on prayer, see the Church Dogmatics III/4:87-115 and Karl Barth: His Life from Letters and Autobiographical Texts
    5. See Dad's Beloved Community for an example of "critical dogmatics" in action, and also his forthcoming article "Retrieving Luther on Prayer" in The T&T Clark Companion to Christian Prayer
    More about us on sarahhinlickywilson.com and paulhinlicky.com!

    • 54 min
    2020 Bonus Episode 10: A Conversation between a Theologian and Her Dad 30 Years Ago

    2020 Bonus Episode 10: A Conversation between a Theologian and Her Dad 30 Years Ago

    In which Dad and I read aloud a series of questions I put to him in a notebook on Christmas 1990, and discover that the more things change the more they stay the same. You can read the transcript on my website. Merry Christmas!

    • 24 min
    2020 Bonus Episode 9: Power in the Spirit

    2020 Bonus Episode 9: Power in the Spirit

    This is Dad's talk for the Virginia Synod's annual Power in the Spirit conference, from July 2020. You can also watch the video version with questions and answers from Pr. David Drebes on YouTube.
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    • 32 min

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

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Lutheran and Orthodox (in the best sense of both words)

This is my new favorite podcast! I am a busy dad and high school Bible teacher, but to think deeply about theology and philosophy when I can. I have found Sarah and her father to be such a joy to listen to. I have even been moved to prayer and praise.

Check it out, especially if your Lutheran.

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Such a Gem!

This podcast offers such in depth, interesting discussions weekly. I enjoy the analysis of the Bible and theological topics. I look forward to each week’s episode.

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My favorite podcast!

I learn more about the faith in an hour of this podcast than I learned in some of my seminary classes, and also enjoy the delightful conversation between father and daughter immensely. And their appeal is ecumenical; I am an Anglican and benefit greatly from the Lutheran perspectives! Highly recommended.

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