HEFTY HERESIES: Montanism: The (sorta) Original Doomsday Cult
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6d ago
Okay fine, "original doomsday cult" is a little on the dramatic side. But come on, Montanism is like the perfect Frankenstein's monster of heresies. You've got a dash of modalism, a sprinkle of hyper-pentacostalism, and a healthy splash of end times panic. And all before the 3rd Century! Montanism was a strange movement in the early days of Christianity. It demonstrated a growing tension that some believers had about how the Holy Spirit interacted with believers at that point in history. There are lots of cool things to talk about in this episode. Thanks for being here! You're the coolest pe ..read more
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Anabaptism: The Radical Reformers
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by ay big dog media
1w ago
The Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century wasn't just a movement. It was a million dominoes falling to trigger a BUNCH of movements all across Europe. One of the most unique of these movements was that of the Anabaptists. While Lutherans and Calvinists fought about whether justification or predestination were cooler sounding words, Anabaptists were marching to the beat of a very different drum. So what's the deal? Are Anabaptists the ancestors of modern day Baptists? We'll talk about all that and more.  IG: @churchhistory4chumps  ..read more
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David Brainerd: Missionary to the Mohicans
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by ay big dog media
3w ago
David Brainerd was an 18th century colonial man for the people. We also have it on good authority that his pals called him 'Davey the Brain.'  After running into obstacles on his path into pastoral leadership, David opted for a different calling: mission work to the Native Americans. Although his life would be cut short by illness, Brainerd's legacy would survive him through his journal, published by Great Awakening titan Jonathan Edwards.  Check it out.  IG: @churchhistory4chumps  ..read more
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HEFTY HERESIES: Pelagianism- What If Humans Were Born Good?
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by ay big dog media
1M ago
Historically, Christians have believed that when the first humans sinned, it introduced corruption into everything. Human hearts turned away from God, nature began to decay, and all creation groaned for its Redeemer.  But what if that wasn't the case? What if humans weren't born bad at all? In fact, what if humans could be perfect? Join John and Tommy as they discuss Pelagianism, as Tommy recovers from his brief bout of 'the pox ..read more
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John Williamson Nevin: Re-learning the Sacraments
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by ay big dog media
1M ago
Have you ever wondered why Protestants don't have a richer view of the sacraments (a fancy word for 'visible means of grace,' like baptism if you're a Protestant, or confession if you're a Catholic)? Or ever wondered why most Protestant churches tend to be so "dressed down" and casual, compared to high-church settings? Well then you're in good company.  Join us today as we're joined by our good friend Nick Davis, who will be walking us through the life of John Williamson Nevin, 19th century theologian and author of Mercersburg Theology.  IG: @churchhistory4chumps ..read more
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HEFTY HERESIES: Eutychianism- Does Jesus Have Only One Nature?
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by ay big dog media
1M ago
At this point, people really should have learned to stop making up new ideas about Jesus' nature. But some people never learn.  This week, we end up with Eutychianism, an overcorrection of the heresy of Nestorianism. This one suggested, "What if Jesus' two natures were just kind of, like, blended together into one?"  We'll break down why that's problematic, but also how this particular issue broke a lot of church unity...and why that may not have been a bad thing... IG: @churchhistory4chumps  ..read more
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HEFTY HERESIES: Arianism- Was Jesus Really God?
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by ay big dog media
1M ago
For our WW2 homies: This isn't the Aryanism (with the blue eyes and blonde hair stuff) that Hitler was a big fan of. This was, rather, one of the most vicious heresies that Satan ever hurled at the 4th century church: the view that Jesus was not God.  But let us be clear: All Arianisms suck. They suck hard.  We're psyched to be back for Season 2! And we're psyched that you're here with us.  Give us a follow on IG to keep up with the shenanigans at @churchhistory4chumps.  ..read more
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Maximilian Kolbe- A Light in Auschwitz
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by ay big dog media
1M ago
Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish priest who, while imprisoned at a concentration camp, volunteered to die in the place of another man.  But his legacy doesn't end there. His life was marked by deep devotion to his faith, service to the needy, and a sacrificial love that lasted until he died.  He also REALLY vibed with the Virgin Mary, which can make talking about him a little awkward for us as Protestants. But don't worry, Thomas and I will talk about it.  ..read more
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The Desert Fathers- Seeking God in the Sands
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by ay big dog media
1M ago
Around 270 AD, years before anyone ever contemplated “van life,” a dude named Anthony had a similar idea: “What if I got rid of all my stuff, left this terrible city, and wandered around in the desert until God spoke to me?” What followed was an explosion of communities of men and women that would commit themselves to simple lives of work, prayer, and solitude. And, of course, living in the desert.  ..read more
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HEFTY HERESIES: Nestorianism- Is Mary the Mother of God?
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by ay big dog media
1M ago
Through our Hefty Heresies series, we've kind of done a "series within a series" as we cover the four major Christological heresies of the early church (following Arianism and Docetism).  This week we're covering Nestorianism (kind of a part 3 for our series within a series), which was borne from a dude who thought that Docetism was just the worst.  Also: in the first minute or so, we joked about an episode that hasn't *actually* dropped yet. But, you should get excited because our next chat with Ben Lansing is coming next week!  ..read more
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