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The Podechesis Podcast

Brett Maddocks, Allen Cason, Jim Morrow

Three young(ish) pastors tackle foundational questions about God, life, and why what Christians believe matters.
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May 21 2020
1 min
The Ten Commandments Part 5: On the Sabbath
What is the Sabbath?  Why is a day of “rest” so important that it is included in the Ten Commandments?  Is it really a big deal if we work on Sundays (or whenever the sabbath is)?  Does sabbath even matter today? In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Maggie Ulmer of Spirit & Truth, Firebrand Magazine, and Plain Truth: A Holy Spirited Podcast to talk about the questions in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism that deal with the 4th commandment (On Sabbath).  They will discuss why sabbath is important, our sometimes troubled relationship with time and work, and how Jesus is the Lord of the sabbath. Along the way, Jim and Brett try to pick on Allen...and are successful. Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer. Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬ Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #57 Q: Which is the fourth commandment? A: The fourth commandment is, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God, in it you shall not do any work—you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:8-11 Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #58 Q: What is required in the fourth commandment? A: The fourth commandment requires the keeping holy to God such set times as he has appointed in his Word; expressly one whole day in seven, to be a holy Sabbath to himself. Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 5:12-14 Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #59 Q: Which day of the seven has God appointed to be the weekly Sabbath? A: From the beginning of the world to [Till] the resurrection of Christ, God appointed the seventh day of the week to be the weekly Sabbath; and the first day of the week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian Sabbath. Scripture Proof: Genesis 2:2-3; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Acts 20:7 Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #60 Q: How is the Sabbath to be sanctified? A: The Sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days; and spending the whole time in the public and private exercises of God’s worship, except so much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy. Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:8, 10; Exodus 16:25-28; Nehemiah 13:15-19, 21-22; Luke 4:16; Acts 20:7; Psalm 92; Isaiah 66:23; Matthew 12:1-31 Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #61 Q: What is forbidden in the fourth commandment? A: The fourth commandment forbids the omission or careless performance of the duties required, and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful, or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our worldly employments or recreations. Scripture Proof: Ezekiel 22:26; Amos 8:5; Malachi 1:13; Acts 20:7, 9; Ezekiel 23:38; Jeremiah 17:24-26; Isaiah 58:13 Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #62 Q: What are the reasons annexed to the fourth commandment? A: The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are God’s allowing us six days of the week for our own employments, his challenging a special propriety in the seventh, his own example, and his blessing the Sabbath day. Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:9, 11 Spirit & Truth The Podechesis Podcast is a proud member of the Spirit & Truth Podcast Network. Spirit & Truth is a movement of Wesleyan-minded Christians seeking to awaken and equip the 21st century church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We long to see a new movement of Christians who are empowered by the Spirit, rooted in the truth, and mobilized for the mission. For more information and resources visit www.spiritandtruth.life Spirit and Truth Conference  March 15-17, 2022 in Dayton, OH Register at https://www.spiritandtruth.life/conference Use the promo code “Podechesis” at checkout to save $20 off registration. Important Links Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com) Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism Daily Text by Seedbed.com Firebrand Magazine Plain Truth Podcast
Nov 15 2021
1 hr 13 mins
The Ten Commandments Part 4: On Not Taking the Lord’s Name in Vain.
What does the third commandment mean by “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain?  What are ways in which we misuse God’s “name” today?  Does the third commandment speak to more than just “bad words?”  Does the third commandment still matter today? On this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys talk about the questions in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism that deal with the third commandment.  They talk about what it means to “take the Lord’s name in vain,” honoring God with our words and deeds, and what the consequences are of breaking this commandment. Along the way, Brett shows off his command of ancient Hebrew, Allen shows off his talent for doing cartoon voices, and Jim just shows off. Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer. Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬ Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #53 Q: Which is the third commandment? A: The third commandment is, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain: for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:7 Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #54 Q: What is required in the third commandment? A: The third commandment requires the holy and reverent use of God’s names, titles, attributes, ordinances, Word, and works. Scripture Proof: Matthew 6:9; Deuteronomy 28:58; Psalm 68:4; Revelation 15:3-4; Malachi 1:11, 14; Psalm 138:1-2; Job 36:24 Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #55 Q: What is forbidden in the third commandment? A: The third commandment forbids all profaning or abusing of anything by which God makes himself known. Scripture Proof: Malachi 1:6-7, 12; Malachi 2:2; Malachi 3:14 Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #56 Q: What is the reason to the third commandment? A: The reason annexed to the third commandment is that however the breakers of this commandment may escape punishment from men, yet the lord our God will not suffer them to escape his righteous judgment. Scripture Proof: 1 Samuel 2:12, 17, 22, 29; 1 Samuel 3:13; Deuteronomy 28:58-59 Spirit & Truth The Podechesis Podcast is a proud member of the Spirit & Truth Podcast Network. Spirit & Truth is a movement of Wesleyan-minded Christians seeking to awaken and equip the 21st century church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We long to see a new movement of Christians who are empowered by the Spirit, rooted in the truth, and mobilized for the mission. For more information and resources visit www.spiritandtruth.life Spirit and Truth Conference  March 15-17, 2022 in Dayton, OH Register at https://www.spiritandtruth.life/conference Use the promo code “Podechesis” at checkout to save $20 off registration. Important Links Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com) Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism Daily Text by Seedbed.com Firebrand Magazine Plain Truth Podcast John Wesley’s Notes on the OT.  See Para. 7 for notes on the third commandment
Nov 1 2021
50 mins
The Ten Commandments Part 3: No Graven Images
What is the big deal with “graven images?”  Are images that depict Jesus bad?  What are images that we worship today?  What does it mean that God is a jealous God?   In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss the questions in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism that deal with the second commandment.  They talk about what “graven images” are, idolatry and the Image of God, and why the second commandment matters today.   Along the way, Brett admits that Allen may actually be right, Allen states that he may or may not have a golden Uga in his office, and Jim shares his favorite Halloween costume.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   Spirit & Truth The Podechesis Podcast is a proud member of the Spirit & Truth Podcast Network.   Spirit & Truth is a movement of Wesleyan-minded Christians seeking to awaken and equip the 21st century church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We long to see a new movement of Christians who are empowered by the Spirit, rooted in the truth, and mobilized for the mission.   For more information and resources visit www.spiritandtruth.life   Spirit and Truth Conference  March 15-17, 2022 in Dayton, OH Register at https://www.spiritandtruth.life/conference Use the promo code “Podechesis” at checkout to save $20 off registration.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #49 Q: Which is the second commandment? A: The second commandment is, “You shall not make unto you any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and showing mercy unto the thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:4-6   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #50 Q: What is required in the second commandment? A: The second commandment requires the receiving, observing, and keeping pure and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God has appointed in his word. Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 32:46; Matthew 28:20; Acts 2:42   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #51 Q: What is forbidden in the second commandment? A: The second commandment forbids the worshipping of God by images, or any other way not appointed in his Word. Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 4:15-19; Exodus 32:5, 8; Deuteronomy 12:31-32   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #52 Q: What are the reasons annexed to the Second Commandment? A: The reasons annexed to the second commandment are God’s sovereignty over us, his propriety in us, and the zeal he has to his own worship. Scripture Proof:Psalm 95:2-3; Psalm 45:11; Exodus 34:13-14   Show Notes/Links Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   A Theology of Love by Wynkoop   Dynamics of Faith by Tillich   Knowing God by Packer   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
Oct 18 2021
1 hr
The Ten Commandments Part 2: No Other Gods
What is the first commandment and why does it matter?  What does it mean to not have other gods before God?  Why does God demand our complete loyalty?  How do we worship God alone?  How do we keep from worshipping other Gods?   On this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Tony Miltenberger of The Reclamation Podcast and Spirit & Truth to discuss the set of questions in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism dealing with the first commandment (questions 45-48).  They discuss the jealousy of God, what things can be like gods for us today, and why what has our allegiance matters.   Along the way, Jim tries to get Allen to sing 90s pop, Allen is concerned with Jim’s gambling, and Brett reveals that he does believe in the Great Pumpkin.   ALSO, our guest, Tony, makes a very important announcement about The Podechesis Podcast.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   Tony Miltenberger and The Reclamation Podcast Tony is the director of leadership and discipleship for Spirit & Truth.   In addition to serving with Spirit & Truth, Tony Miltenberger is the Lead Pastor at Restoration Church in Centerville, Ohio. Restoration has experienced a revival by working to create a disciple-making culture that focuses on being a church without walls. He is a husband, father, coach, 16 year Army Reserve Veteran and sports fanatic. In 2014 he and his mentor Charles Causey wrote the book Unbreakable (Abingdon Press) to help articulate what they had learned in helping marriages throughout their military careers. A self-professed relationship junkie, he engages conversation through the Reclamation Podcast and his blog that can be found at www.twmilt.com.   Spirit & Truth The Podechesis Podcast is a proud member of the Spirit & Truth Podcast Network.   Spirit & Truth is a movement of Wesleyan-minded Christians seeking to awaken and equip the 21st century church, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the Gospel and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We long to see a new movement of Christians who are empowered by the Spirit, rooted in the truth, and mobilized for the mission.   For more information and resources visit www.spiritandtruth.life   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #45 Q: Which is the first commandment? A:  The first commandment is, “You shall have no other gods before me.” Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:3   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #46 Q: What is required in the first commandment? A:  The first commandment requires us to know and acknowledge God to be the only true God, and our God; and to worship and glorify him accordingly. Scripture Proof: 1 Chronicles 28:9; Deuteronomy 26:17; Matthew 6:10; Psalm 29:2   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #47 Q: What is forbidden in the first commandment? A:  The first commandment forbids the denying, or not worshipping and glorifying, the true God as God, and our God; and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due him alone. Scripture Proof: Psalm 14:1; Romans 1:21; Psalm 81:10-11; Romans 1:25-26   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #48 Q: What are we specially taught by these words [before me] in the first commandment? A:  These words [before me] in the first commandment teach us that God, who sees all things, takes notice of, and is much displeased with the sin of having any other God. Scripture Proof: Ezekiel 8:5-18; Psalm 44:20-21   Show Notes/Links Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Martin Luther’s Larger Catechism: 1st Commandment   John Wesley’s Explanatory Note: Exodus 20:3   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
Oct 4 2021
43 mins
The Ten Commandments Part 1: The Preface
Why are the Ten Commandments important?  What does the preface to the Ten Commandments teach us about God and us?  What is it about God’s nature that binds us to keep his commands?  How is obedience the appropriate response to God’s grace?   In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys examine questions 43-44 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism and talk about the preface of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2), why obedience to the Lord is actually an act of freedom, and how the Ten Commandments can spark deep theological reasoning about many areas of life.   Along the way, Brett, Allen, and Jim show why they never matured beyond the 8th grade.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #43 Q: What is the preface of the Ten Commandments? A:  The preface to the Ten Commandments is in these words, “I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Scripture Proof: Exodus 20:2   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #44 Q: What does the preface to the Ten Commandments teach us? A:  The preface to the Ten Commandments teaches us that because God is the Lord, and our God, and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments. Scripture Proof: Luke 1:74-75; 1 Peter 1:15-19   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Old Testament Theology in a Canonical Context by Brevard Childs   John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes on Exodus 20:2   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
Sep 20 2021
53 mins
What is Required of Humanity: An Introduction of the Ten Commandments
What is the obligation of all believers?  How are Christians to know what that obligation is?  What is the moral law?  What are the Ten Commandments and do they still matter today?     In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys examine Questions 39-42 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism and discuss Christian duty, the reason that obedience is key to faithful living, and why untethering from the Old Testament may not be the best idea.     Along the way, Jim is rude, Allen is offended, and Brett just tries to keep the peace.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Shorter Catechism Questions, Answers and Scripture Proofs   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #39 Q: What is the duty that God Requires of man? A:  The duty that God requires of man is obedience to his revealed will. Scripture Proof: Micah 6:8; 1 Samuel 15:22   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #40 Q: What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience? A:  The rule that God at first revealed to man for his obedience was the moral law. Scripture Proof: Romans 2:14-15; Romans 10:5   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #41 Q: Where is the moral law summarily comprehended? A:  The moral law is summarily comprehended in the Ten Commandments. Scripture Proof: Deuteronomy 10:4; Matthew 19:17   Question, Answer, Scripture Proof for #42 Q: What is the sum of the Ten Commandments? A:  The sum of the Ten Commandments is: to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbor as ourselves. Scripture Proof: Matthew 22:37-40   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
Sep 15 2021
51 mins
On the Benefits of Death and Resurrection for Believers
What happens to believers when they die?  What does it mean to “rest in their graves until the resurrection?  What is the resurrection of the dead?  Do we immediately meet Jesus upon our death or is there a “waiting” time?  Why does death and resurrection matter?   In this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss the benefits of death and resurrection for believers.  They will talk about what happens to believers when they pass away, what is meant by eternity, and even chat about Christian funerals.    Along the way, Allen gets serious, Jim is surprised by Allen’s seriousness, and Brett tries out his chops in the hip-hop world.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode   Scripture Proofs:    Scripture Proofs for Question 37 Romans 5:1-2, 5; Romans 14:17; Proverbs 4:18; 1 John 5:13; 1 Peter 1:5Hebrews 12:23; 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6, 8; Philippians 1:23; Luke 23:43; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Isaiah 57:2; Job 19:26-27   Scripture Proofs for Question 38 1 Corinthians 15:43; Matthew 25:23; Matthew 10:32; John 3:2; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Interesting discussion on heaven, hell, and purgatory by Dr. Jerry Walls here.   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
Aug 30 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Special Edition featuring Dr. Brian Russell: On Centering Prayer and Spiritual PracticesThe Benefits of Justification and Sanctification in This Life
What benefits does salvation bring in this life? Why does justification and sanctification matter?  Can we be assured of God’s love for us and be confident in our salvation?  Can we truly live in joy and peace in this life?   In this episode of the Podechesis podcast, the guys discuss question 36 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q36-What are the benefits that in this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?  They talk about the transformational power of God’s love, the ability to know that one is a child of God, and how God’s grace allows for us to persevere even in the midst of the hardest of trials.   Along the way, Allen resurrects his singing career, Jim steals from his children, and Brett finally makes it to the ‘90s.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode   Scripture Proofs:  Scripture Proofs for Question 36 Romans 5:1-2, 5; Romans 14:17; Proverbs 4:18; 1 John 5:13; 1 Peter 1:5   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Perfect Love by Kevin Watson   The Class Meeting by Kevin Watson   The Band Meeting by Scott Kisker and Kevin Watson   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Reclamation Podcast Episode with Rob Ulmer   Firebrand Magazine
Aug 9 2021
58 mins
On the Benefits of Salvation: Sanctification
What is sanctification?  What is Christian perfection?  Is entire sanctification in this life possible?  How does the promise of salvation continue beyond the “altar experience?”   In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys are joined by Dr. Scott Kisker, professor of church history at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH to discuss Question 35 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q35-What is sanctification?  Dr. Kisker adds his voice to and important discussion about holiness, the Christian life, and recovering the “great depositum” of Methodism–Sanctification.   Along the way, Jim dreams of Olympic glory, Brett disappears unexpectedly, and Allen states that all he really wants is a cookie.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   Bio For Rev. Dr. Scott Kisker Scott Kisker is an elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, having served as Senior Pastor of Colesburg United Methodist Church in Colesburg, IA. Prior to coming to United Theological Seminary as professor of Church History and Associate Dean for Masters Programs, he was Professor of History of Christianity at Wesley Theological Seminary and Director of the Course of Study Program for the Northeast Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. Dr. Kisker also served as Director of the Charles Wesley Heritage Centre in Bristol, UK and as Associate Pastor for the American Protestant Church in Bonn, Germany.  His education includes a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, and a Ph.D. from Drew University.    Scott’s publications include The Band Meeting: Rediscovering Relational Discipleship in Transformational Community, co-authored with Kevin M. Watson ( Franklin, TN: Seedbed, 2017), Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community, co-authored with Elaine Heath (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2010), Mainline or Methodist? Recovering Our Evangelistic Mission (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2008), and Foundation for Revival: Anthony Horneck, the Religious Societies, and the Rise of an Anglican Pietism (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2007). Dr. Kisker is also one of the host of the podcast, Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast and he also is currently pastoring McKendree UMC in Troy, OH. His academic interests include Pietist and Wesleyan Methodist history and theology, Wesleyan discipleship and small group formation, and evangelism.  Scott is married to Roberta Willison Kisker. They have five children: Maria, Susanna, Isaac, Tabitha, and Naomi.   Dr. Kisker can be reached at stkisker@united.edu.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode   Scripture Proofs:    Scripture Proofs for Question 35 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 6:4, 6   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham   Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way by Phil Tallon and Justus Hunter   Sermon: Scripture Way of Salvation by John Wesley   Perfect Love by Kevin Watson   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine   Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast
Jul 26 2021
1 hr 5 mins
On the Benefits of Salvation: Justification
The Podechesis Podcast (Episode 27): On the Benefits of Salvation: Justification   What is justification?  What about regeneration?  What sort of change does God work in us at the moment of our salvation?  What is salvation and why does it matter?   In this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys tackle questions 33 and 34 in John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q33-What is justification & Q 34- What is adoption? They discuss the process and moment of salvation, the relative and real change that Jesus’ offers without a price, and why the moment of our salvation, while most important, is not all there is. They will also talk about being adopted as children of God and why Wesley throughly believed in adoption even though he struck out the question.   Along the way, Jim starts a barbershop quartet with just three people, Allen proposes that the Podechesis crew shoot a music video, and Brett preps his autotune skills.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode   Scripture Proofs:    Scripture Proofs for Question 33 Romans 3:24-25; Romans 4:6-8; 2 Corinthians 5:19, 21; Romans 5:17-19; Galatians 2:16; Philippians 3:9   Scripture Proofs for Question 34: None   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham   Absolute Basics of the Wesleyan Way by Phil Tallon and Justus Hunter   Sermon: Scripture Way of Salvation by John Wesley   Reading Romans Backwards by Scot McKnight   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
Jul 12 2021
56 mins
On the Benefits of Salvation: An Introduction
What are the benefits of salvation?  What does it mean to be justified and sanctified?  Is salvation a moment or a process?  When does God’s grace begin to work in our lives?  What is effectual calling and why did John Wesley strike it out of the catechism all together?   In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss questions 31 and 32 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q31-What is effectual calling? & Q 32- What benefits do those who truly believe partake of in this life?  They will also discuss the benefits of justification and sanctification, John Wesley’s ordo salutis, and the need for accountability.   Along the way, Brett makes a case for the irresistibility of Double Stuff Oreos, Allen attempts to create a sanctified (perfect) Blizzard, and Jim proposes that we change the name of our group to The South Georgia Divines.     Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   A New Podcast Offering The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode   Scripture Proofs:  Scripture Proofs for Question 32   Romans 8:30; Ephesians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 1:26, 30   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Wesley For Armchair Theologians by William Abraham   Perfect Love by Kevin Watson   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
Jun 27 2021
58 mins
On The Holy Spirit
Who is the Holy Spirit?  What is the Holy Spirit’s role in our salvation and redemption?  How does the Holy Spirit apply the redemption purchased by Christ to us?  What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the life of an individual?  In the life of the community?   In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys tackle questions 29 and 30 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q29-How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ & How does the Spirit apply to us the redemption purchased by Christ?  They will discuss the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, why the Holy Spirit matters, and who and the Holy Spirit in light of the doctrine of the Trinity.   Along the way, Brett forgets how to speak publically, Jim rises from his vacation slumber, and Allen gives away Jim’s secret location.     Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   A New Podcast Offering The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode   Scripture Proofs:    Scripture Proofs for Question 29 John 1:11-12; Titus 3:5-6   Scripture Proofs for Question 30 Ephesians 1:13-14; John 6:37, 39; Ephesians 2:8; Ephesians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 1:9   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)   Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
Jun 14 2021
53 mins
On Jesus Christ Part 7: The Exaltation of Christ
What is the exaltation of Christ?  How does Jesus’ “upward turn” complete the Gospel?  What is the meaning of the Harrowing of Hell, the Resurrection, The ascension, and the 2nd coming?  Why does the exaltation of Jesus even matter?   On this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss question 28 of  John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q28–In what consists of Christ’s exaltation?  They talk about what was happening between the crucifixion and resurrection, why Jesus’ ascension is important, and why maybe the second coming of Christ may not be as confusing as it seems.   Along the way, Jim embraces his inner Gollum, Allen dreams of a drone-Jesus for next year’s ascension day celebration, and Brett realizes his dream of being king is really a longshot.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   A New Podcast Offering The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode Scripture Proofs: 1 Corinthians 15:4; Mark 16:19; Ephesians 1:20; Acts 1:11; Acts 17:31   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Firebrand Magazine
May 31 2021
1 hr 4 mins
On Jesus Part 6: The Humiliation of Christ
What is the humiliation of Christ?  What is the meaning of the incarnation?  How did the Son of God participate in the sufferings of earthly life?  What is the wrath of God and why does a correct understanding of God’s wrath matter today?   In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Jim, Allen, and Brett are joined by special guest, Rev. Dr. Jonathan Smith, Campus Minister of the Georgia Southern University Wesley Foundation to discuss question 27 John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism—Q27: In what did Christ’s humiliation consist?  They will discuss the meaning of God coming down to us in the incarnation, the life of Jesus along with his suffering, death, and descent into hell.  They will also talk about God’s wrath, sin, and ultimate redemption through Christ atoning work.   Along the way, Jim accuses Brett of being decades older than he is, Brett tries hard to not get caught in another heresy, and Allen can’t stand all the talk about a university that is not UGA.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   A New Podcast Offering The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode Scripture Proofs: Luke 2:7; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 12:2-3; Isaiah 53:2-3; Luke 22:44; Matthew 27:46; Philippians 2:8; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 2:24-27, 31   Georgia Southern University Wesley Foundation   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)   Daily Text by Seedbed.com   Waking from Doctrinal Amnesia by William Abraham   Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon   Knowing God by J. I. Packer   Christology In the Making by James D. G. Dunn   Firebrand Magazine
May 17 2021
1 hr 13 mins
On Jesus Part 5: Jesus the King
What is the biblical understanding of a king?  How does Jesus fulfil this important office?  Why does it matter that Jesus is the king?  What is the Kingdom of God?  Why does God’s kingdom matter?   In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys take on questions 26 of  John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism—Q26: How does Christ execute the office of a king?  They discuss the role of a king, being subjects of King Jesus, Jesus’ rule and authority, and his power to restrain and conqueror.     Along the way, Allen pushes Brett’s heresy buttons, Brett takes another prepares to defend his orthodoxy, and Jim makes a challenge to the Podechumen community.    Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   A New Podcast Offering   The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail.   questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode   Scripture Proofs: Acts 15:14-16; Isaiah 33:22; Isaiah 32:1-2; Corinthians 15:25; Psalm 110   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden (or his 3 Vol. set)   The Gospel of Mark by Joseph Dongell   Calvinism’s TULIP
May 3 2021
1 hr 5 mins
On Jesus Part 4: Jesus the Priest
What is a priest?  How does Jesus exercise the office of priest?  What is a sacrifice and what is the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf?  What is meant by Jesus being the eternal priest?  Why do we need a priest today?   In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys take on questions 25 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism—Q25: How does Christ execute the office of a priest?  They discuss the role of a priest, divine justice, God’s mercy, and Christ’s continual intercession for us even now.   Along the Way, Brett tries out his singing chops, Jim once again makes a Star Wars reference, and Allen accuses Brett of dancing too close to the heresy line.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   A New Podcast Offering The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode Scripture Proofs: Hebrews 9:14, 28; Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 7:24-25   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden   Firebrand Magazine   Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast
Apr 19 2021
1 hr
On Jesus Part 3: Jesus the Prophet
Happy Easter Podechumens! He is risen indeed!!!!!   What are the offices that Jesus executes as our redeemer?  What is the office of Prophet?  How does Jesus fulfill that role?  How does Jesus make God’s will known to humanity?  What is the spiritual gift of prophecy, and how is it connected to the office of prophet that Jesus executes?   On this episode of the Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss questions 23 and 24 or John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Q23-What offices does Christ execute as our redeemer? & Q24-How does Christ execute the office of a prophet?  In this discussion Allen, Brett, and Jim talk about the Old Testament foundations of the offices of Christ (Prophet, Priest, and King), Jesus’ humiliation and exaltation, How Jesus reveals God’s will and plan of salvation.  They also get into an important discussion about spiritual gifts and how they are connected to the work of Jesus.   Along the way, Brett’s ability to count will be called into question, Allen will attempt to characterize the Podechesis crew according to characters on the hit TV show, The Office, and Jim will be shown the door.   Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer.   A New Podcast Offering The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.   Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬   Important Links For This Episode   Scripture Proofs: John 1:18; 1 Peter 1:10-12; John 15:15; John 20:31   Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com)   Wikipedia article of Westminster Shorter Catechism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Shorter_Catechism   Classic Christianity by Thomas Oden   Firebrand Magazine   Plain Truth: A Holy-Spirited Podcast
Apr 5 2021
54 mins
On Jesus Christ Part 2: On the Incarnation
What is the incarnation?  Did the second person of the Trinity really put on flesh and experience the human reality?  What is meant by the creedal affirmations of conception by the Holy Spirit and Jesus being born of a virgin?  Is affirmation to the  virgin birth necessary to Christian faith?  If Jesus was tempted as we are, did he also experience sin as we do? On this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, the guys discuss question 22 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?  Brett, Allen, and Jim will discuss big theological issues like the incarnation, the virgin birth, Christ’s sinlessness, and why Mary is important to all Christians. Along the way, Brett proves he’s right about which episode number this is, Jim proves he’s wrong, and Allen brings out the old TI-85 to show that both Jim and Brett have lost the plot. Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer. A New Podcast Offering The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬ Important Links For This Episode Scripture Proofs: Hebrews 2:14, 16; Hebrew 10:5; Matthew 26:38; Luke 1:27, 31, 42; Galatians 4:4; Hebrews 4:15; Hebrews 7:26 Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com) On the Incarnation by Athanasius
Mar 21 2021
1 hr 4 mins
On Jesus Part 1: Jesus Christ the Redeemer
Who is Jesus?  What does it mean that he is the redeemer?  Lord?  Son of God?  Eternal?  How is Jesus the answer to the sin problem?  Does Jesus still matter today? In this episode of The Podechesis Podcast, Brett, Jim, and Allen discuss question 21 of John Wesley’s Revision of the Westminster Shorter Catechism: Who is the redeemer of God’s elect (mankind).  They discuss the divinity of Jesus, his humanity, and why it is important that he was more than a great teacher and moral figure from the past.  The guys will also talk about some different heresies, church councils, and what the early church really thought of him. Along the way, Jim will make a wager, Allen will dream of shamrocks, and Brett will be craving a bowl of Lucky Charms by the end of the episode. Listen and Subscribe to Podechesis on: Apple (Leave a 5-Star Review!!!), Spotify, Stitcher, Podbean, Google, YouTube, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Listen Notes, and Deezer. A New Podcast Offering The Podechesis Podcast has started a daily (M-F) devotional podcast based on the Psalms called The Daily Psalms Podcast. Check it out by clicking this link or find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts. Questions? Send us an email or leave a voicemail. questions@podechesis.com Voicemail: (404) 635-6679‬ Important Links For This Episode Scripture Proofs: 1 Timothy 2:5-6; John 1:14; Galatians 4:4; Romans 9:5; Luke 1:35; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 7:24-25 Wesley’s Revision of the Shorter Catechism (From Seedbed.com): https://store.seedbed.com/collections/the-john-wesley-collection/products/wesleys-revision-of-the-shorter-catechism Wesley One Volume Bible Commentary Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon Catechetical Discourses by Gregory of Nyssa For a great entry level look at some of the heresies and church councils we mentioned in this episode see Turning Points by Mark Noll and The Story of Christian Theology by Roger Olson.
Mar 8 2021
1 hr 3 mins

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