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The Coffee House Sessions: A Taster Episode - Jordan Peterson and Conservative Evangelicalism Ft. Darrin Gilchrist
In this episode, we announce the upcoming Coffee House Sessions, part of Broken Wharfe’s new Audio Streaming Platform. Our listeners are given a taster of what to expect from this new channel.
During this episode, we drop in on a conversation regarding recent videos released by Jordan Peterson. The guys discuss Dr Peterson and Conservative Evangelicalism. They offer a response by those who are well aware of the issues and fill a gap by showing that not all of the Christian Church are as unfit as Peterson suggests.
The rise of Peterson’s popularity among evangelicals and his attempt to answer many of life’s big questions by utilising Christian terms has led to today’s Session.
To see the context and videos referenced during this Session, see the links below.
Jordan Peterson, Message to the Christian Churches
Jordan Peterson, Comments on the Queens's Passing
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God, Unicorns, Hobbits & Thor
In this episode, the guys explore a foundational question of theology - what is God like? If we are to understand the Word of God correctly, we must first come to understand the God behind the Word, the one that revealed himself as 'I AM WHO I AM' to Moses.
What do 'Thor', 'Hobbits' and 'Unicorns' have to do with this?
Listen in to find out as Jonny and John-Mark unpack this meaty subject.
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James Dolezal, All That Is In God
Why Should I Go To Church?
This week, Jonny and John-Mark discuss a question that many people ask, "Why Should I go to Church?" They discuss various reasons the question may be asked before turning to Scripture and exploring the simple answer.
Finally, the guys address some common responses to the Biblical answer such as,
What if My Church is Unhealthy or I struggle with the Ministry?What if My Church is Boring and Youtube Preachers are Better?
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Benjamin Keach, The Glory of a True Church
Identifying as God's People in the Bible and Early Church
In this episode, the guys discuss one primary way that Christians are to respond to his revelation by confessing to believe what he has revealed. They explore how confessing the faith is not foreign to the Scripture and is a biblical and historical instinct of God's people. Do we have biblical examples? What about the early church? Jonny and John-Mark walk us through these various details.
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Does Having a Confession of Faith Make You a Narrow Church? Ft. Oliver Allmand-Smith
Does having a confession of faith make a church narrow in theology, critical of other churches and hunkered down in their own bunker, unwilling to work with others?
John Mark and Jonny talk with Oliver Allmand-Smith about the true spirit of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, those who wrote it and how the Confession promotes a generous and warm orthodoxy challenging churches to pray for each other and partner for the gospel.
Resources for Further Study:
- Recovering Our Confessional Heritage Bundle : Masterfully brings together biblical, systematic and historical theology in bitesize form
- By Common Confession : Contributors Include: Donald R. Linblad, Joel R. Beeke, James E. Dolezal, J. V. Fesko, W. Robert Godfrey, Michael T. Renihan, Micah & Sam Renihan, Samuel E. Renihan
- Faith & Life for Baptists : This book aids the reader to grasp the historical context of Confessional Baptists
Can a Confession Become More Important than the Bible?
In this episode, Jonny and John-Mark tackle a question of the utmost importance: "Can a confession of faith become more important than the Bible?"
They approach it in three ways:
1. What is the underlying concern and why is it valid?
2. What authority and role do confessions of faith have in the Church?
3. What are the practical outworkings of this discussion?
In approaching the question from these angles, the guys show that confessions of faith, when properly understood as subordinate standards to the Word of God, liberate us to confess the whole teaching of Scripture. After this, the guys discuss how confessions of faith are useful tools for the teaching, training, edification and maturation of Christ's Churches and Servants.
Resources for further study:
- James Renihan's short study on confessions of faith 'A Toolkit for Confessions'
- The Creeds and Confessions of Confessional Baptists in the past all in one place