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From The Ridley Institute at St Andrew's Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: conversations on Christian faith and discipleship in our secular age. Hosted by Sam Fornecker.

The Ridley Institute Podcast Sam Fornecker

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

From The Ridley Institute at St Andrew's Anglican Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: conversations on Christian faith and discipleship in our secular age. Hosted by Sam Fornecker.

    "We Are Underdone Eschatologically": On Gospel Theology, with Tim Patrick

    "We Are Underdone Eschatologically": On Gospel Theology, with Tim Patrick

    What do Christians miss when we extol the cross of Christ (three cheers!), but fail to place emphasize correspondingly the resurrection of Christ, with all its implications for our lives today? How do we turn up the volume on this critical element of the gospel message?



    Join Sam Fornecker for a conversation with Tim Patrick (Principal, Bible College of South Australia). Drawing on two of Tim's books — The Whole Counsel of God (with Andrew Reid, Crossway, 2020), and Establishment Eschatology in England's Reformation (Routledge, 2023) — this conversation asks, "What role has the Bible to play in rectifying a shallow understanding of the resurrection, and its implications for our lives?"



    For more on this week's conversation, see Tim and Andrew's The Whole Counsel of God, and Tim's Establishment Eschatology in England's Reformation.



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    To keep abreast of what's going on at The Ridley Institute, or to learn more about opportunities to grow and train for Christian discipleship and mission, stay connected with us online: Website: ⁠⁠https://ridleyinstitute.com/⁠⁠. Twitter: ⁠⁠@RidleyInstitute⁠⁠. To explore full-time gospel ministry, learn more about Ministry Apprenticeship: ⁠⁠https://standrews.church/ministry-apprenticeship/⁠⁠.

    • 50 min
    A Praying Church, with Paul Miller

    A Praying Church, with Paul Miller

    Sam Fornecker speaks with Paul Miller about his recent book, A Praying Church: Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World (Crossway, 2023).



    Why does God care if I pray with other Christians? Is a prayer meeting really the best use of my time? What would God do through corporate prayer that He wouldn't do in response to private prayer—or, for that matter, regardless of any prayer at all?



    Join Sam Fornecker for a conversation with Paul Miller, Executive Director of seeJesus and author of several books, including his recent A Praying Church: Becoming a People of Hope in a Discouraging World (Crossway, 2023).

    • 54 min
    Five Lies of an Anti-Christian Age, with Rosaria Butterfield

    Five Lies of an Anti-Christian Age, with Rosaria Butterfield

    Sam Fornecker speaks with Rosaria Butterfield, about her most recent book, Five Lies of an Anti-Christian Age (Crossway, 2023).



    What's the difference between being a Christian in 1992 and 2024? What distinguishes a post-Christian, from an anti-Christian, age? To paraphrase St Paul (Rom. 13:11–14), do we know what time it is?



    In this conversation, Sam Fornecker speaks with Rosaria Butterfield about defending the gospel at the level of creation, in the face of challenges ranging from the normalization of misguided anthropologies, to the ascendancy of "exhibitionism" and the dismissal of modesty.

    • 58 min
    Echoes of the Incarnation: Early Christian Formation, with Alex Fogleman

    Echoes of the Incarnation: Early Christian Formation, with Alex Fogleman

    No affirmation more roundly rebuts the modern presumption that humans are merely "brains-on-sticks" than the core Christian confession that, in Jesus, God assumed human nature. To reckon fully with this fact is to enter into "a complex set of practices oriented toward the transformation of one's being and understanding of the world," the learning of "habits of body and mind that... draw [us] from foundational faith to beatific knowledge."



    So writes Alex Fogleman (Institute for Studies of Religion; founding director, ⁠Catechesis Institute⁠), in his new study of early Christian formation, ⁠Knowledge, Faith, and Early Christian Initiation⁠. In this episode, Sam Fornecker chats with Alex about the diverse ways in which early Christians were led to know the triune God revealed in Christ.



    For more on this week's conversation, see Alex's Knowledge, Faith, and Early Christian Initiation.



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    To keep abreast of what's going on at The Ridley Institute, or to learn more about opportunities to grow and train for Christian discipleship and mission, stay connected with us online: Website: ⁠https://ridleyinstitute.com/⁠. Twitter: ⁠@RidleyInstitute⁠. Ministry Apprenticeship: ⁠https://standrews.church/ministry-apprenticeship/⁠.

    • 55 min
    Lost in the Chaos, with R.J. Snell

    Lost in the Chaos, with R.J. Snell

    Sam Fornecker chats with philosopher R.J. Snell about his latest book, Lost in the Chaos: Immanence, Despair, Hope (Angelico, 2023).



    What have frenzied activists, scheming rationalists, and men in Gandalf garb got in common? Why is each symptomatic of societal despair? And what hope can the Church offer a world no longer pining for the forgiveness of sins?



    In this conversation, Sam Fornecker speaks with R.J. Snell (Director of Academic Programs at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ; editor-in-chief of Public Discourse) about the profound despair of contemporary exclusive humanism— its malaises, false hopes, and deepest needs.



    For more on this week's conversation, see R.J.'s Lost in the Chaos.



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    To keep abreast of what's going on at The Ridley Institute, or to learn more about opportunities to grow and train for Christian discipleship and mission, stay connected with us online: Website: https://ridleyinstitute.com/. Twitter: @RidleyInstitute. Ministry Apprenticeship: https://standrews.church/ministry-apprenticeship/.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Charismatic Christianity, with Helen Collins

    Charismatic Christianity, with Helen Collins

    Sam Fornecker chats with theologian Helen Collins about her recent book, Charismatic Christianity: Introducing Its Theology through the Gifts of the Spirit (Baker Academic, 2023).



    What is "charismatic Christianity"? What are its signal emphases, its prevailing values, its cardinal foci? How is it to be understood in relation to Pentecostalism, on the one hand, and the wide world of evangelicalism, on the other? What deficits of the wider Christian family does it seek to redress?



    In this conversation, Sam Fornecker speaks with Helen Collins (Vice Principal, Trinity College Bristol) about what charismatic Christianity is, how we understand it biblically and theologically, and what it offers the church today.



    For more on this week's conversation, and to consider the connections between charismatic practice and biblical-historic Christian faith, see Helen's Charismatic Christianity.



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    To keep abreast of what's going on at The Ridley Institute, or to learn more about opportunities to grow and train for Christian discipleship and mission, stay connected with us online: Website: https://ridleyinstitute.com/. Twitter: @RidleyInstitute. Ministry Apprenticeship: https://standrews.church/ministry-apprenticeship/.

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

carioquice1970 ,

Excellent source of insight and encouragement

Sam and his guests engage in excellent discussions that are full of insights and encouragement. I love this show!

Rando5647 ,

More please!

We need more podcasts like this one - thoughtful, gracious, edifying. Keep ‘em coming Ridley Institute!

Mary B Johnston ,

Challenging and encouraging!

Excellent conversation that both challenged and encouraged me to be salt and light in this world. I look forward to more of these thoughtfully chosen podcasts addressing real issues.

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