367 Reformed vs. Arminian 5 Election
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by Ed Rybarczyk: theologian, author, and podcaster
1w ago
The Reformed and Arminians agree that God predestined the elect, but they don't agree together who the elect are. They also don't agree on what God decreed about the reprobate (unbelievers). Frankly, they don't agree on several important things: God's power and whether He can (or does) limit himself; the levels of mystery at work in life; or the theological emphases that should guide the Christian perception of life. In this fifth episode I address, compare, and contrast all of those most consequential elements. And because the Lordship of Christ does not stop at the boundary of culture, a two ..read more
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366 Reformed vs. Arminian (4) Predestination
The Uncensored Unprofessor
by Ed Rybarczyk, PhD
2w ago
Predestination: it's a big topic of controversy. The Reformed and Arminians each emphasize predestination in varied ways. Why did God predestine? Whom did God predestine? I also explore the very common sentiment, "but, I only want to believe what the Bible says!" That sentiment has historic (and, gulp!, philosophic) roots that those who assert it do not realize. Still more, that "bible and me" sentiment only makes for worse problems. Then, in the cultural-reflection, I remark on the character of the recent Trump conviction. What does history clarify about such trials? What would it feel like i ..read more
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365 Reformed vs. Arminian (3) Total Depravity
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by Ed Rybarczyk, PhD
3w ago
The Reformed and Arminians (R'n'A) seldom agree. But they do agree on the doctrine of total depravity. In this episode I work through what that means, respectively, to the R'n'A. What did Sproul say about it? What did Wesley assert? Then I ask questions about what it means to be human: a) do we still, after the fall, exist as the image of God? b) does the doctrine of salvation eliminate or build on the doctrine of creation? c) where do I (do I?) agree with the doctrine of total depravity? In the cultural reflection I work through still more of how SCOTUS has, across 60+ years, enforced their r ..read more
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364 Reformed vs. Arminian (2) Hiking with Decrees
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by Ed Rybarczyk, PhD
1M ago
"God seeks glory." That is critical and foundational to both a Reformed and an Arminian theological perspective. But the two camps diverge on how it is, principally, that God seeks glory. And it finally comes down to a matter of premises. It's sort of like when you go hiking: you get to the trail head and you have a choice between different trails. And even though each trail will involve walking in your boots, elevation changes, scenic views of creeks and ponds and lakes, the destination varies. The Reformed and Arminian each set up their tents every night in a camp named "Salvation and Glory ..read more
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362 Refuse Their Terms!
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by Ed Rybarczyk, PhD
1M ago
Because I taught college for 25 years I'm tracking the devolution of Pro-Hamas rallies on university campusi. But it wasn't that which provoked this show's one-off reflection. No, instead it was a couple articles in my denomination's quarterly ministers' magazine that smacked me upside the head. They accepted the premise. Accepted the definitions and premises of a progressive framing of reality. Uncritically, they took progressive (woke) terms and tried to run them through a Christian-coffee-filter in order to flavor (or baptize) those terms and make them Christian. In this episode I explain w ..read more
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361 Soaking in Spirit 12 Ware—Carrying the Spirit
The Uncensored Unprofessor
by Ed Rybarczyk: theologian, author, and podcaster
1M ago
In this, the last, episode of my series on God's Holy Spirit I present the theology of Kallistos Ware. A bishop in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Ware emphasizes that God's Spirit is encountered especially through other people. More particularly, through holy fools and seasoned soul-guides. What are those two types? How do we, might we, encounter such personalities in our Protestant world? In the show's cultural-critique portion I continue my reflections on why it is so brutally hard to have hetero-nuclear families today. What is the ideology that weighs down upon them? Why is there such structu ..read more
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Soaking in Divine Spirit (11) Welker—Justice, Mercy, Knowledge of God
The Uncensored Unprofessor
by Ed Rybarczyk, PhD
2M ago
In the theological component of this episode we examine the unique contributions of Michael Welker to Pneumatology (God's Spirit). Why does Welker land where he does? Why does his presentation seem to take itself apart? What are his foundational commitments? Do they align with biblical commitments and teachings? Along the way I also unpack the significance of method for the doing of theology. So? Welcome, all you theology nerds! At the show's beginning I begin a multi-episode lament on what is happening to the hetero-nuclear family. Why is it so hard to do family life? Why do the hard-working ..read more
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359 Soaking in Divine Spirit (10) Pinnock—More than an Ornament of Piety
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by Ed Rybarczyk, PhD
2M ago
He came through a resolutely Baptist upbringing. In that context he was taught that the gifts of God's Spirit ceased with the time of the Apostles. So he was shocked when, attending a revival meeting at the Toronto Airport Vineyard, Clark Pinnock was dramatically healed of an eye affliction. It spurred him to go on and write an entire systematic theology about the Holy Spirit. What'd he emphasize in the doing? What about his systematic theology makes me (and many others), as a theologian, uncomfortable? What do I admire about what Pinnock wrote? In this show I also talk about whether Christian ..read more
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358 Soaking in D. Spirit (9) Pannenberg—God as Force Field of Life?
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by Ed Rybarczyk, PhD
2M ago
How is God present in and for His creation? Traditionally, that has been addressed through Christological categories. Our theologian for this episode, Wolfhart Pannenberg, presses us to consider that it is God's Spirit who is immanent (in, with, for, to) regarding creation. What does that look like? Is it biblically based? We also examine Pannenberg for his eschatological (end times) perspectives on Holy Spirit. Pannenberg was an intersting and courageous man; he stood for objective truth all-the-while he taught inside of ardently secular German universities. At the show's beginning I talk abo ..read more
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357 Soaking in Divine Spirit (8) Moltmann—Life and Experience!
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by Ed Rybarczyk, PhD
2M ago
While he was a young man Jürgen Moltmann was conscripted into the Germany Air Force. After an Allied bombing of his city Moltmann then spent 3 years in a Scottish prison. While there he encountered the Gospel. But his own dramatic experience became foundational seedbed for his own theological career. What did that mean for his theology? What did that mean for his teachings about God's Spirit? In this episode I explore all of that, celebrate what I appreciate about Moltmann's scholarship, and describe what and why I reject some of his theological formulation. Along the way I also re-vist how Am ..read more
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