You may have seen the Nashville Statement on the news.
Not surprisingly, outside of the Christian faith community, it was not received well but even within there has been some debate.
If you are interested in hearing some varied perspectives, here are a few podcasts you may want to check out.
Here is a Mere Fidelity podcast specifically about the Nashville Statement where the group (four theologians) discussed their reactions to it and how they decided to sign or not sign onto the statement.
Dr. Preston Sprinkle described his reactions and feelings to the Nashville Statement in his podcast, Theology in the Raw.
Though not specifically about the Nashville Statement, here is a lecture by Dr. Alastair Roberts that addresses some of the issues in a broader discussion about Genesis 1-3.
All the presenters in the three above referenced podcasts are supporters of the traditional Biblical definition of marriage. However, they have differing opinions on the usefulness of the Nashville Statement.
If you take the Bible seriously, how would you describe its significance to your life and to the life of your community?
Theologians have selected certain words and concepts to explain what the Scriptures are and what the role of the Bible should be in our lives. For example: inspiration, inerrant, and infallible. What do these words mean?
Certainly, the meaning can vary with who is offering the definition!
The podcast link below is with Kevin Vanhoozer offering his perspective.
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Having grown up “low church” I didn’t encounter creeds, confessions, and catechisms until much later in life. I’ve seen the Heidelberg catechism question number 1 show up in some worship services in the last handful of years as part of the responsive reading within the liturgy.
In our 21st century minds, it is easy to think all the “new” stuff is the best stuff and to dismiss the “old.”
Take a look at the reflections below from the 16th Century. If truth is capital T truth then it should stand the test of time.
What do you think?
Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?
A. That I am not my own(1), but belong – body and soul, in life and in death(2) – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ(3). He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood(4), and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil(5). He also watches over me in such a way(6) that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven(7); in fact, all things must work together for my salvation(8). Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life(9) and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him(10).
1 1 Cor. 6:19-20
2 Rom. 14:7-9
3 1 Cor. 3:23; Titus 2:14
4 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7-9; 2:2
5 John 8:34-36; Heb. 2:14-15; 1 John 3:1-11
6 John 6:39-40; 10:27-30; 2 Thess. 3:3; 1 Pet. 1:5
7 Matt. 10:29-31; Luke 21:16-18
8 Rom. 8:28
9 Rom. 8:15-16; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14
10 Rom. 8:1-17
Just recently heard about a team of animators working with theologians to share about the teachings of the Bible.
In the video below, they discuss what is heaven and what is earth.
What do you think?
The Bible Project has many more videos some to explain important ideas in the Bible and in others exploring specific portions of the Bible.
Always on the look out for material that explains the Bible and how it helps us live for God. Recently came across this sermon from NY Redeemer Pastor Tim Keller. In the sermon below, he challenges us to consider how we can live for Christ in the city.
As Protestant Evangelicals, we view the emphasis in Catholicism on Mary as somewhat strange. However, might there be some lessons we could gain from a closer look at Mary?
Check out this podcast over at Christianity Today.
In the discussion, what comes across is how Mary is an incredible model of discipleship.
Check and out and see what you think?
Talbot Seminary Biola University Professor Fred Sanders discusses that Christ is One Person with Two Natures.
What do you think?
It certainly isn’t easy to get our minds around it but this seems to be the best description of what the Scriptures tell us.