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Theologically Speaking

Theologically Speaking

By BJU Seminary
A weekly podcast from BJU Seminary that focuses on connecting the theology we learn and teach to the lives we live.
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Episode 27: Daily Dependence
In the final episode of Season 2, Eric Newton is joined by two BJU Seminary grad assistants to talk about how God has been working in their lives. Listen in on a lighthearted conversation about the Lord's prayer, daily dependance on the Father, and reflections from the past year. 
May 03, 2021
Episode 26: 500x5x5
Alan Benson and Neal Cushman join Eric Newton to discuss the future of BJU Seminary as well as their vision of 500x5x5. Read about the new strategic vision. Find out more about how you can partner with BJU Seminary. 
April 27, 2021
Episode 25: Herman Bavinck the Theologian
There is much that we can learn from the theologians of the past. On today's episode of Theologically Speaking, we focus in on Herman Bavink. Herman Bavinck was a Dutch theologian in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Bavinck was born on December 13, 1854, in the town of Hoogeveen in the Netherlands to a German father, Jan Bavinck (1826–1909), who was the minister of theologically conservative, Christian Reformed Church. He grew up no stranger to the ministry. He also was not a stranger to wrestling with the many different political and social topics that came up in his day. 
April 19, 2021
Episode 24: Does Understanding Worldview Impact Your Ministry?
Every person has a story playing in their head that informs them about the world around them. This impacts all of their decisions in some fashion. It is how they interpret everything from politics to all of their personal experiences. Just because it is a compelling story does not mean it is the right one. How can having a distorted worldview impact your ministry? 
April 12, 2021
Episode 23: Persevering in Truth-Telling Ministry
The last 12 months have been some of the most challenging times for ministry in recent memory. In the midst of a both confusing and complex world, it is important that we preserve the simple truth of the gospel. This week, we get to listen in on a sermon brought to us by Ken Casillas, who is both a BJU Seminary professor and a local pastor. The text he is speaking from is 2 Corinthians 4:1-6. 
April 05, 2021
Episode 22: Your Marriage Makes Your Ministry Stronger
Ministry-minded couples are one of the greatest gifts to the church. Husbands and wives should be continuously striving to invest in each other in order advance gospel. Together, they can become an extremely effective team for the cause of Christ. 
March 29, 2021
Episode 21: What Does it Mean to be a Bible-Centered Church?
In episode 19, we talked about prayer, which the Apostles spoke of in Acts 6:4 along with the ministry of the Word. What does it truly mean to be a church centered around the Word? Greg Baker, a pastor from Utah, joins the conversation with Eric Newton to discuss what it means to truly be a Bible-Centered Church.  Act 6:4 "But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” Learn more about the resources and ministry of the Sego Lily Foundation:
March 22, 2021
Episode 20: A Look at John Owen and Apologetics
What method should you use to communicate with an unbeliever when you defend the scriptures? Is an unbeliever in a constant state of suppressing the truth of God? Where does John Owen fit into this conversation? Renton Rathbun and Eric Newton discuss all this and more in this week's episode!
March 15, 2021
Episode 19: Growing the Spiritual Discipline of Prayer
Joel Huffstutler and Ben Smith join Eric Newton on an episode about prayer. Why is prayer a struggle at times? What can we do to change that? 
March 08, 2021
Episode 18: Cross-Cultural Theological Education
Today, Eric Newton sits down with Joel Arnold to discuss what theological training is like around the world! God's word speaks to human hearts just the same whether they are in the U.S. or in the Philippines.
March 01, 2021
Episode 17: Training for Global Ministry
Carlos and Collins join Eric Newton and speak of their experience training for global ministry, their soccer rivalry, and of the lessons they have learned in seminary. They both are international students and plan to travel back to their respective homes to minister in the near future.
February 22, 2021
Episode 16: Bible Translation and Extreme Contextualization
Men and women across the globe are diligently working to make the gospel as accessible as possible to every culture. What does this mean for Bible translations, and how far is too far when it comes to contextualization?
February 15, 2021
Episode 15: The Truth About Leadership
Jim Wiginton and Eric Newton discuss leadership. A little over 8 years ago Jim started a business coaching company called Broad Insights. Leaders are supposed to be the answer people and when crisis strikes, everyone turns to them. Often leaders themselves do not have anyone to confide in. Broad Insights is there to coach and train these leaders. Jim speaks out of his experience coming alongside leaders and gives some practical leadership advice for pastors and fellow believers.
February 08, 2021
Episode 14: The State of the Church
Alan Benson and Kevin Oberlin join Eric Newton in discussing the state of the church. This past year has been unlike anything we could have ever imagined. How has the church been responding to such a year, and how is it affecting pastors? What does this mean for future generations? If you are a pastor and are interested in joining the pastors' prayer huddle mentioned in the episode, you can find more information here. 
February 01, 2021
Episode 13: A Look at Martin Luther and the Diet of Worms
David Fisher joins Eric Newton to discuss a matter of church history. Looking back 500 years, we often picture Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-five Theses to a church door in 1517. Although this was a great milestone, there were still many significant theological hurdles that needed to be overcome. Here David gives us part of that background with a look at the Diet of Worms. Be sure to fill out our Theologically Speaking survey. You can suggest new topics, so if you have anything you’d like to hear let us know. We appreciate your feedback! Survey Link:
January 25, 2021
Episode 12: Freedom That Lasts
Eric Newton is joined by Dr. Jim Berg today to discuss the ministry he created called Freedom That Lasts.
January 18, 2021
Bonus Episode 1: The Valley of Vision
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January 11, 2021
Season 2 Trailer
Join us January 17th for the second season of Theologically Speaking!
January 04, 2021
Episode 11: The Pilgrims' Journey
Dr. Mark Sidwell and Dr. Neal Cushman discuss the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims' journey to America.  Be sure to fill out our Theologically Speaking survey. You can suggest new topics, so if you have anything you'd like to hear let us know. We really appreciate any feedback you can give us! Here is the link: Dr. Sidwell's books:
November 24, 2020
Episode 10: Reflections from Lee Ormiston
Dr. Jason Ormiston has the opportunity to interview his father Lee Ormiston on the ministry of Family Baptist Church in North Minneapolis.  Here is the BJU Seminary's new Journal:
November 16, 2020
Episode 9: Community in Crisis
On this week's episode, Eric Newton directs us to listen to a Shepherd from the past. In honor of the upcoming virtual lecture series at BJU Seminary, here is an excerpt from one of Dr. Stewart Custer's sermons from 1993. We hope this voice of wisdom will be a challenge that compels us to go out and minister in the midst of turmoil. For more information on this year's free lecture series go to:
November 09, 2020
Episode 8: Urban Discipleship and Evangelism
This is our first episode with virtual guests! Tim Richmond and Thomas Overmiller- both pastors in New York City- discuss urban discipleship and evangelism with Eric Newton. Here are some resources from Tim Richmond.
November 02, 2020
Episode 7: Biblical and Systematic Theology Pt. 2
Ken Casillas, Layton Talbert, and Eric Newton continue their conversation about how biblical and systematic theology apply to ministry.
October 26, 2020
Episode 6: Biblical and Systematic Theology Pt. 1
Ken Casillas and Layton Talbert join Eric Newton in a conversation about what biblical and systematic theology are all about. 
October 20, 2020
Episode 5: Critical Theory
Today's discussion focuses in on how we as believers should think about Critical Theory. Today's guests are Pastor Josh Crockett and Dr. Gary Weier.
October 13, 2020
Episode 4: Church Revitalization
Eric Newton and Jason Ormiston discuss church revitalization and planting and how both relate to the mission of the church. 
October 05, 2020
Episode 3: Abiding in Christ
Today's discussion focuses on the role that spiritual mentors have in helping us grow in our vision of Christ. While it's vital to have mentors that we personally interact with, it's also important to be mentored by those who have gone before us. 
September 28, 2020
Episode 2: Pastoral Reflections on the Pandemic
Eric Newton is joined by Greg Mazak and Greg Stiekes- both BJU Seminary professors who pastor local congregations- to discuss shepherding a church through the pandemic. 
September 21, 2020
Episode 1: Why Seminary?
For our inaugural episode, Eric Newton is joined by Steve Pettit and Neal Cushman to discuss the role of seminary training in preparing for ministry.
September 14, 2020
Trailer for Theologically Speaking, a new podcast from BJU Seminary. 
August 24, 2020