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Church Theology

By Kirk E. Miller - CrossWay MKE
A podcast on the church for the church hosted by Kirk E. Miller, et al. through the ministry of CrossWay Community Church in Milwaukee, WI.
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Experiential Calvinism: A Functional Theology of the Doctrines of Grace (with J. A. Medders)
What are the so-called doctrines of grace? And what bearing do they have on our lives? Jeff Medders joins me to talk about Calvinism and the practical ways it ought to manifest in those who believe it.
01:12:10
August 22, 2022
A Christian Assessment of News Consumption (with Jeffrey Bilbro)
In a world in which our consumption of news is increasingly polarized and sensational, and disinformation is all too common, how do we combat such unhealthy habits to form a better relationship with the news? And what, after all, is the news even for? What is a particularly Christian mode of engaging and consuming news? In his book, Reading the Times: A Literary and Theological Inquiry Into the News, Jeffrey Bilbro provides a theological, even historical, perspective on the function and impact of the news in our lives, a diagnosis of our problem, and a reframing of how we might construct alternative practices. Notes on some key concepts and ideas from the book.
01:10:45
August 15, 2022
Application Practiced & Application Received (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 19)
Not only do we work to apply the scriptures, but the scriptures do their work on us. So how do we foster a disposition and habit of regularly subjecting ourselves to the scripture's slow, ordinary, but supernaturally transformative work?
28:56
August 08, 2022
Text & Framework (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 18)
Each of us inevitably approaches scripture with a set of preconceived ideas, beliefs, outlooks, and assumptions. These can be theological convictions, social-political sensibilities, cultural baggage, or even experiences that have shaped us. How do we make sure we let scripture speak on its own terms and challenge these frameworks, and avoid imposing ideas onto the text?
23:15
August 01, 2022
One Meaning, Many Applications (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 17)
Although a passage of scripture's message doesn't change and is located in the author's intent, its application will be manifold, not only as we tease out its various implications, but also as it comes to bear on different contexts, settings, times, and peoples.
24:25
July 25, 2022
Family Worship (with Donald Whitney)
Across history, Christians have worshiped God in their homes as families on a daily basis. What is family worship, what does it look like, and what are some practical instructions for how we might go about implementing it in our own homes? In today's episode, we talk to Donald Whitney, a professor of Biblical spirituality, about the practice of family worship.
52:43
July 18, 2022
The C.H.R.I.S.T. Acronym, Pt. 3 (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 16)
So now that we understand the overarching storyline of scripture centered in Christ, how do we go about interpreting specific texts in light of it? In this episode, we conclude the C.H.R.I.S.T. acronym, a device to help us discern faithful connections to Christ.
38:45
July 11, 2022
The C.H.R.I.S.T. Acronym, Pt. 2 (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 15)
So now that we understand the overarching storyline of scripture centered in Christ, how do we go about interpreting specific texts in light of it? In this episode, we continue unpacking the C.H.R.I.S.T. acronym, an easy-to-remember methodology for thinking about the ways various passages relate to Christ.
39:15
July 04, 2022
The C.H.R.I.S.T. Acronym, Pt. 1 (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 14)
So now that we understand the overarching storyline of scripture centered in Christ, how do we go about interpreting specific texts in light of it? In this episode, we will introduce the C.H.R.I.S.T. acronym as an easy-to-remember methodology for thinking about the ways various passages relate to Christ.
37:32
June 27, 2022
On Biblical Theology (with Oren Martin)
How do God's dealings in the Old Testament relate to Christ and the message of the New Testament? How does the whole Bible fit together? How are we to think about themes like kingdom, temple, land, etc.; and how do they help us better understand the scriptures as centered in Jesus? These are all questions that Biblical theology seeks to answer. In this episode, I sit down with Oren Martin, one of the authors of 40 Questions About Biblical Theology, to discuss what Biblical theology is and why it matters.
01:04:26
June 20, 2022
The ABI's of God's Kingdom, Pt. 3 (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 13)
If we are to read each portion of scripture in view of the broader story of scripture, then what is that bigger story? What is the overarching storyline of the Bible? In this episode we cover the next three epochs of that overarching story: Jesus' arrival, the church and her mission, and Christ's second coming.
20:05
June 13, 2022
The ABI's of God's Kingdom, Pt. 2 (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 12)
If we are to read each portion of scripture in view of the broader story of scripture, then what is that bigger story? What is the overarching storyline of the Bible? In this episode, we cover the next three epochs of that overarching story: the initial form of the kingdom in Israel, the exile, and the prophets’ messages of warning and hope.
34:38
June 08, 2022
The ABI's of God's Kingdom, Pt. 1 (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 11)
If we are to read each portion of scripture in view of the broader story of scripture, then what is that bigger story? What is the overarching storyline of the Bible? In this episode, we cover the first few epochs of that overarching story: creation, fall, and the covenants.
39:16
May 30, 2022
The Convictions Behind Christ-Centered Reading (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 10)
We contend that a proper reading of any passage of scripture will necessarily include interpreting it in light of the whole of scripture as centered in the Christ-event. But what is the basis for this position? And what are the errors involved in failing to read all of scripture in view of Christ on the one hand, or, on the other hand, spiritualizing the text and bypassing its original meaning as we get to Christ?
41:11
May 24, 2022
Mike Piedt's Testimony of God's Grace: From Homelessness & Addiction to a Servant of Christ's Church
Mike turned to drugs and alcohol at around eleven or twelve years of age. Later in life, he would end up homeless, pursuing a life on the streets. But one day, God miraculously opened his eyes to the good news about Jesus. And he's never been the same. He's now a member of his church where he faithfully serves as a deacon.
33:58
April 26, 2022
How to Talk about Race (with Isaac Adams)
Bring up race and people tense up and dig their heals in. Why is this? Why is talking about race is so difficult, and no less in the church? In this episode, Isaac Adams sits down with Kirk to talk about talking: how can we have better conversations about race? Or even more fundamentally, why do we need to have better conversations about race? Based on Adam's recent book, Talking about Race: Gospel Hope for Hard Conversations (Zondervan, January 2022).
01:02:19
April 18, 2022
Understanding the Prophets (with Eric Tully)
Out of all the parts of the Bible, many find the Old Testament prophetic literature to be among some of the most difficult to read and understand. The prophets can feel incredibly distant, addressing unfamiliar historical situations. Their writings can feel bizarre, using imagery that's hard to understand, or even unruly—"Can someone provide me a roadmap to these books?" And yet Eric Tully argues that the prophetic writings serve as an important junction in between God's foundational activity in the Old Testament (think Genesis-Chronicles) and how God will finally resolve that story in Christ (the New Testament). If we want to understand the Old Testament and Jesus(!) we need to understand the prophets.
01:05:58
April 11, 2022
The Storyline of the Hebrew Bible (with Stephen Dempster)
Have you ever been reading in the Old Testament and wondered, what does this have to do with the larger story? Or maybe it's never even occurred to you that the Old Testament even has a larger story! Well, in this episode, Kirk sits down with a premier Old Testament scholar, Stephen Dempster, author of the stellar book, Dominion and Dynasty, to talk specifically about the theology and storyline of the Hebrew Bible.
01:18:57
March 16, 2022
Expository Preaching (with Mike Bullmore)
What does it mean and look like faithfully to preach the Bible itself rather than use the Bible as a launchpad for our own message? In this episode, Kirk sits down with seasoned pastor Mike Bullmore to talk about what's called "expository preaching" and why it's so important.
01:14:24
March 09, 2022
Lafto Kale Heywet Church in Ethiopia (Missionary Profile, Ep. 3)
CrossWay Milwaukee has a church-to-church partnership through World Orphans with Lafto Kale Heywet Church in the Lafto region of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. CrossWay's financial support goes towards Lafto's ministry caring for vulnerable families, specifically with widows and orphans. This partnership helps provide food, education, medical care, and economic opportunities as well as open doors for the Gospel. The ultimate goal of the church-to-church partnership is to learn from and encourage one another in the advancement of God’s Kingdom. Listen in as Kirk connects with Pastor Eyob, and others from Lafto Church, to hear and learn more about the ministry we support there.
30:40
February 28, 2022
Discerning the Main Claim of a Passage (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 9)
Have you ever read a passage from the Bible and wondered, what was the point of all that? Maybe you pick up some themes and ideas here or there from a passage, but you're unsure how it all fits together. Or maybe you've never thought to consider how a passage all fits together. In this episode, Kirk and Dan get back into their series on how to read the Bible, asking, after we've made all of our initial observations on a passage (e.g., tone, context, structure), then what? They talk about the need for understanding a passage's overall claim, message, or point.
36:54
February 21, 2022
Cultivating Wisdom in the Information Age (with Brett McCracken)
Do you ever feel like the constant bombardment of technology and social media is making us dumber, or maybe even more foolish? Or does truth feel ever more elusive to you in an age of increasing options, viral conspiracy theories, and personally curated newsfeeds? How are we to navigate this post-truth world? Brett McCracken joins Kirk for a conversation about his most recent book, The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World. Listen in as Brett gives us guidance on finding wisdom and feeding our souls amidst the information gluttony, perpetual novelty, and "look within" autonomy.
01:01:13
February 14, 2022
Nelson Salviano in Brazil (Missionary Profile, Ep. 2)
Kirk was able to connect over Zoom with one of CrossWay Milwaukee's missionaries, Nelson Salviano. The Salvianos are located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. In 2004 Nelson Salviano started a pastoral training program called ESCALE. Through ESCALE Nelson travels throughout Brazil and to remote areas leading seminars that help train existing pastors in their ability to understand and preach God’s Word. In this episode, we get to learn more about Nelson and his family, their ministry, and ways we can be praying for them.
39:53
February 07, 2022
Why the Church Remains Essential (with Jonathan Leeman)
Over the last couple of years, churches have been hit with COVID restrictions, tensions over race, political disagreements, church abuse scandals, and more. This wave has resulted in many a Christian asking, "Is church worth it?" Or as more and more churches adopt things like "online campuses," many are tempted to treat staying home as a permanent, on-par option with the physical gathering. But how would the Bible help us to consider these things? Is the gathered church still essential? Jonathan Leeman joins Kirk in this episode to begin answering these questions, and to discuss the topic of his recent book, co-authored with Collin Hansen, Rediscover Church: Why the Body of Christ is Essential.
01:01:59
January 31, 2022
Understanding the Debate & Differences in How We Put Our Bibles Together (Views on Covenantal & Dispensational Theologies with Brent Parker and Richard Lucas, Ep. 2)
In this episode, I continue my conversation with Brent E. Parker and Richard Lucas, editors of the forthcoming book, Covenantal and Dispensational Theologies: Four Views on the Continuity of Scripture (IVP, February 2022). In this session, we talk about what different commitments or perspectives ultimately underlie the various views, why all of this matters, how it comes to bear in our theology and practice, and how we might construct a path forward in the doing of Biblical theology for the local church. Their book is currently available for pre-order, releasing February 8, 2022.
01:22:30
January 24, 2022
A Survey of How Different Systems of Theology Put the Bible Together (Views on Covenantal & Dispensational Theologies with Brent Parker and Richard Lucas, Ep. 1)
How should we interpret the promises made to the people of Israel in the OT — are they being fulfilled in the church? Does God have a distinct plan for the nation of Israel separate from the church? How do Christians relate to the Mosaic Law? What does infant baptism have to do with our understanding of the Biblical Covenants? In short, these are all questions asking, How should we put our Bible’s together — and questions that both covenantal and dispensational theologies answer differently, with wide-ranging implications for how we read our Bibles, how we define the church, what we expect of the future, and how we live our Christian lives. This episode serves as the first installment of a larger conversation on covenantal and dispensational theologies and their divergent ways of putting the Bible together. In today’s episode, Richard Lucas and Brent Parker lead us through a survey of the various view points that exist. In order of those that stress more continuity to those that stress more discontinuity, we look at: Theonomy / Reconstructionism [3:50] Traditional Covenant Theology [9:13] 20th Century Reformed Baptist Theology [24:02] 1689 Federalism [31:02] Progressive Covenantalism [40:37] New Covenant Theology [55:24] Progressive Dispensationalism [1:04:7] Traditional (or Revised) Dispensationalism [1:18:58] Classic Dispensationalism [1:34:36] Their book, Covenantal and Dispensational Theologies: Four Views on the Continuity of Scripture (IVP, February 2022), is currently available for pre-order.
01:44:35
January 17, 2022
The Need for "Analog Church" in the Digital Age (with Jay Y. Kim)
Kirk sits down for an interview with Pastor Jay Y. Kim, author of Analog Church: Why We Need Real People, Places, and Things in the Digital Age. They discuss how the digital age, despite its many advantages and opportunities, also negatively deforms us, and why "analog church" (i.e., real people, places, and things) is needed now as much as ever before.
58:57
January 10, 2022
Structure: Understanding How a Passage is Organized (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 8)
In today’s episode, Dan and I talk about skeletons and bridges. Well, kind of. We discuss one of the most important aspects of reading our Bibles well: understanding how a particular passage is organized in order to communicate its overall message.
43:24
January 05, 2022
Melodic Line: Hearing the Message & Aim of Each Book (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 7)
Kirk and Dan talk about melodic line. Here we're talking about the overall message of a book that ties the whole and all its parts together. In this episode we talk about what the melodic line is, showing some examples from scripture. And then we talk about how can you go about discerning the melodic line, and what benefits does this yields to your reading of scripture.
54:05
December 20, 2021
Never Read a Bible Verse (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 6)
In today's episode, we try to convince you never to read a Bible verse! Wait, what? That's right. Never read a Bible verse on its own, but always in context.
31:43
December 13, 2021
Hearing the Passage: Tone (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 5)
In this episode, we look at the matter of tone (and mood). What exactly do we mean by "tone"? And how does a passage's tone affect how we read and understand it?
31:10
December 06, 2021
The Author's Rules Rule: Genre (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 4)
The Bible is not one monolithic type of writing. Instead, it is made up of various type of writing styles called genres. So what are the different genres in scripture? And how do they impact how we read our Bibles?
32:54
December 01, 2021
Hindrances to Prayer, Pt. 2
Kirk and Dan sit down from some bonus episodes supplementing the sermon series on prayer. In these two episodes, Kirk and Dan consider additional hindrances we might face in the discipline of prayer, and how we can work to overcome these. Find Dan's original sermon on The Hindrances to Prayer here.
36:54
November 22, 2021
Hindraces to Prayer, Pt. 1
Kirk and Dan sit down from some bonus episodes supplementing the sermon series on prayer. In these two episodes, Kirk and Dan consider additional hindrances we might face in the discipline of prayer, and how we can work to overcome these. Find Dan's original sermon on The Hindrances to Prayer here.
34:06
November 22, 2021
Jeff & Meredith in Albania (Missionary Profile, Ep. 1)
Kirk was privileged to sit down for a conversation with one of CrossWay Milwaukee's missionaries, Jeff, who serves in Albania. In this episode, we get to learn more about Jeff and his family, how the Lord called them to cross-cultural missions, what their ministry in Albania looks like, and ways we can be praying for them. Jeff and Meredith received the call to missions while they were members of our church, and while Jeff was serving here as an elder. CrossWay Milwaukee is proud to be their sending church. Jeff and Meredith currently work with local Albanian Christians to help evangelize the lost and establish indigenous self-sustaining churches. Their ultimate goal to see the gospel spread to other surrounding regions.
01:17:49
November 18, 2021
Their World First: Historical Context (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 3)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan explore the importance of reading scripture according to its original, historical context before moving to our own ("Their World First"). How does understanding the historical context of scripture help us read the Bible more faithfully?
53:39
November 15, 2021
Understanding & Standing Under Scripture (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 2)
In this episode we talk about the importance of our overall disposition to scripture when it comes to Bible interpretation. Namely, we must place ourselves under the authority and scrutiny of scripture. In this way, scripture is like no other book we read. It "reads" us just as we read it. And this disposition is of vital importance if we are to read and understand scripture rightly. Reading scripture is not merely an intellectual exercise, but a moral, spiritual, and religious one.
38:02
November 08, 2021
The Path of Faithful Interpretation (How to Read the Bible, Ep. 1)
We're kicking off a new series on how to read and understand the Bible. In this inaugural episode, we overview the "pathway" we should take if we are to interpret the Bible properly and faithfully.
34:13
November 04, 2021
Philosophy of Ministry -- CrossWay Milwaukee
This episode is an audio recording of CrossWay Community Church's Philosophy of Ministry, which can be accessed here.
57:30
October 25, 2021
Behold, I Am Coming! (Revelation 22:6b-21)
Kirk and Dan finish out their series through Revelation with some reflections on the final passage, Revelation 22:6b-21. Finally, the end with some overall observations and takeaways on the book as a whole.
55:28
October 12, 2021
The New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9-22:6a)
Revelation 21:9-22:6a presents John's vision of the new creation -- God's new Jerusalem, new temple, and new Eden. In this episode, Kirk and Dan walk through some of the overall details of this passage (0:00-46:05). Then Kirk closes the podcast with some application reflections (46:05-1:03:15).
01:03:15
September 28, 2021
Second Death or Second Creation (Revelation 20:11-21:8)
In this episode, Dan has Kirk walk us through Revelation 20:11-20:8, the visions of the Great White Throne judgment and the introduction of the new creation.
01:09:02
September 22, 2021
The Millennium, Pt. 3 (Revelation 20:1-10): New Testament Arguments for Amillennialism
In this series of three episodes, we address the matter of the 1,000-year reign, also known as the millennium, as expressly mentioned in Revelation 20. In so doing, we offer a more detailed case for the interpretation known most popularly as amillennialism. Finally, in this third episode, we consider other New Testament arguments against a literal, futurist, premillennialist position and in favor of a symbolic, "church-age" interpretation of the millennium. To access all three episodes in this sequence, as well as the diagrams, see here.
43:26
September 07, 2021
The Millennium, Pt. 2 (Revelation 20:1-10): Interpretation of Revelation 20:1-10
In this series of three episodes, we address the matter of the 1,000-year reign, also known as the millennium, as expressly mentioned in Revelation 20. In so doing, we offer a more detailed case for the interpretation known most popularly as amillennialism. In this second episode, we look specifically at Revelation 20:1-10 and examine the case for amillennialism from this text itself. To access all three episodes in this sequence, as well as the diagrams, see here.
01:01:59
September 07, 2021
The Millennium, Pt. 1 (Revelation 20:1-10): The Four Views on the Millennium
In this series of three episodes, we address the matter of the 1,000-year reign, also known as the millennium, as expressly mentioned in Revelation 20. In so doing, we offer a more detailed case for the interpretation known most popularly as amillennialism. In the first episode, we overview the four main positions as it relates to the millennium: (1) dispensational premillennialism, (2) historic (or classic) premillennialism, (3) postmillennialism, and (4) amillennialism. To access all three episodes in this sequence, as well as the diagrams, see here.
53:01
September 07, 2021
The Return of the King (Revelation 19:11-21)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan walk us through the three scenes of Revelation 19:11-21. This passage zooms in on the return of Christ at his second coming to judge and destroy the two beasts and those who align with them.
42:44
August 31, 2021
Fallen, Fallen is Babylon! (Revelation 18:1-19:10)
In Revelation 17:1-18, we saw a vision of Babylon, or the Great Prostitute's, judgment. In this episode, Kirk and Dan continue with part 2 of that judgment in Revelation 18:1-19:10. Whereas in chapter 17, the Harlot's judgment was depicted in visionary form, now in 18:1-19:10 we hear a chorus of songs -- both lament and praise -- in response to Babylon's fall.
39:22
August 24, 2021
The Great Prostitute (Revelation 17:1-18)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan walk through the vision of Revelation 17:1-18, depicting the Great Prostitute, or Babylon, who rides on the beast with its seven heads (kings) and ten horns (kings).
48:55
August 17, 2021
The Bowl Judgments (Revelation 15:5-16:21)
In this episode, Kirk walks us through the bowl judgments in Revelation 15:5-16:21. We consider the ways this passage communicates the outpouring of God's righteous vengeance on the oppresses of his people and unrepentant sinful humanity.
49:27
August 03, 2021
The Cosmic Conflict (Revelation 11:19-15:4)
In this episode, Dan joins Kirk to lead us through an overview of the entire section, Revelation 11:19-15:4, on the seven visions ("And I saw..." x7). First, Dan gives us some overview of the section, helping us get our bearings. And then we read through the entire passage with some commentary and drama along the way.
46:56
July 27, 2021
The Final Harvests & the Exodus Song (Revelation 14:14-15:4)
Kirk and Dan tackle the last 3 "and I saw" visions of Revelation 11:19-15:4. These three, along with the two visions of Revelation 14:1-13, unveil to us the "end game," the contrasting final destinies, for those who worship the lamb vs. those who worship the beast. We are empowered for patient endurance as we look forward to the full completion and final manifestation of God's salvation through judgment.
41:08
July 20, 2021
The Second Beast, the 144,000, and the Declaration of the Three Angels (Rev 13:11-14:14)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan cover the second monster and his mark in Revelation 13:11-18, the sealed 144,000 who sing the song of the redeemed in 14:1-5, and the message of the three angels -- a message of doom and reversal for those marked by the monster -- in 14:6-13.
44:30
July 16, 2021
The Beast (Revelation 13:1-10)
In this episode, Dan joins Kirk to break down some of the overall structure of Revelation 12-15 and the role of the key characters in the book of Revelation: the dragon, beast, false prophet, and harlot. After that, they dive into the text of Revelation 13:1-10 to discuss the details of this first beast who rises from the sea. Passage structure available here.
01:10:21
June 22, 2021
Satan Wages War (Revelation 11:19-12:17)
In this episode, Dan joins Kirk to talk through Revelation 12, as well as some of our overall approach to handling this section spanning from Revelation 11:19-15:4. We discuss the structure and plot of this section, as well as work through some additional details from the three scenes in chapter 12.
57:39
June 15, 2021
The Trampled Temple & Two Witnesses (Revelation 10:1-11:18)
Revelation 11 is somewhat infamous for its mention of two witnesses who will issue plagues and destroy people with fire from their mouths. In addition, in vv.1-2 we get the mention of a temple and the trampling of its outer court and the "holy city." What is this all referring to? Is it referring to a future, rebuilt temple in Jerusalem, and two literal witnesses in the "end times"? Or is this, as I will argue, symbolism of the church? ---------- "Where the preaching of repentance, with judgments alone as evidence, had failed (Rev 11:6; cf. Rev 8:2-9:21), when fulfilled in witness to the point of death (11:7-10), participating in Jesus' witness and victory through and over death (11:12), the prophetic ministry of the church will effect the conversion of the nations to God (11:13). This is the heart of the revelation contained in the scroll (10:1-11), the heart of Revelation's message: that the church redeemed from all nations is called to suffering witness which, by virtue of its participation in Jesus' sacrificial witness, can bring the nations to repentance of idolatry and conversion to the true God. In this way--as Jesus' witness is extended universally in the life and death, as well as the preaching of the church--God's kingdom can come to the nations as salvation, rather than judgement." --Richard Bauckham
57:31
June 03, 2021
The Trumpet Judgments (Revelation 8:2-9:21)
In this episode, Kirk covers some overview material on the trumpet judgments and apocalyptic literature, and then dives into the theme of prayer in the book of Revelation as highlighted in Revelation 8:2-5.
44:10
May 18, 2021
The Religious Life of Theological Students by Benjamin B. Warfield (Audiobook)
In this short book, originally delivered as an oral address in 1911, Princeton theologian and professor Benjamin B. Warfield addresses his seminarians in anticipation of their upcoming theological studies He stresses to them the importance of not divorcing theological study from functional, religious (or what we might call "spiritual") experience.
40:03
May 08, 2021
The Seal Judgments & God's Sealed People (Revelation 6:1-8:1)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan quickly survey and review the seal judgments of chapters 6-7. Then they spend the bulk of the episode answering the question, "Who are the 144,000 from chapter 7:1-8?" arguing that they are symbolic of the church in 7:9ff.
47:28
May 04, 2021
On Reading Christian Books, Part 2
Kirk, Sam, and Matt continue their conversation on reading now by discussing, who or what should we read (selecting books)? And, how should we go about reading (practical tips)? Book Recommendations
41:15
April 25, 2021
On Reading Christian Books, Part 1
In this next set of episodes, I'm so pleased to have Sam Park and Matt Dohrmann join me for the podcast. Sam and Matt are both members of CrossWay Community Church where I serve. And in this episode we sit down to talk about the habit of reading good books, specifically, why is it important to be reading books? Book Recommendations
38:04
April 25, 2021
The Lion is a Lamb (Revelation 5:1-14)
Kirk and Dan sit down to talk about some interpretive reminders as we approach the book of Revelation, and then take a look at Revelation 5:1-14 through the lens of various theological categories.
52:35
April 06, 2021
The Heavenly Throne Room (Revelation 4:1-11)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan discuss some additional matters related to the interpretation of Revelation 4. How should we understand the phrase "after this" used twice in verse 1, and what are some of the theological debates / discussions surrounding this phrase? Second, we take a closer look at the twenty elders and the four living creatures. Who or what might they be, and what role do they serve in this passage? Next, we consider briefly the theme of worship across the book. Who do you worship — God or the beast? And lastly, we consider the theme of heaven as God's very temple, and how this reaches its climax in chapters 21-22.
44:07
March 30, 2021
To the Church in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan look at the final message to the seven churches, the message to Laodicea. They discuss the nature of the Laodicean's sin and how we might fight its temptations through the promises of Christ.
01:00:58
March 23, 2021
To the Church in Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan talk about Revelation 3:7-13. Some of the things discussed: What do we know about the background to Philadelphia? Does v.10 support the idea of a pre-tribulation rapture? What does it mean for Christ to refer to the Father as "my God"? And finally, we examine the promise in v.9 that those of the "synagogue of Satan" will one day worship Jesus.
53:51
March 16, 2021
To the Church in Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6)
Dan joins Kirk back on the podcast to discuss Revelation 3:1-6. We talk about what was likely going on in the church in Sardis, and what that same sort of sin might look like in our own lives today, as well as how the promises motivate us to "overcome."
53:41
March 09, 2021
To the Church in Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29)
We continue in our series, looking now at Revelation 2:18-29. We begin by thinking a bit more about the call to "hold fast" to the "[Christ's] works," and then dig a bit deeper into the description of the false teaching as well as the OT background to this promise that we will reign with Christ. Finally, we close by considering some of the practical questions about what it looks like to interact lovingly and winsomely when we face friction with the world on account of faithfulness.
51:56
March 02, 2021
Why Don't We Practice Lent?
It's that time of year when people walk around with ash on their foreheads and eat fish on Fridays. But wait, why don't we practice Lent? Sometimes folks in our church, especially those who may have come from a Roman Catholic or more liturgical protestant tradition, will ask me this question. So I thought I'd sit down and record and answer for them.
30:24
February 25, 2021
To the Church in Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17)
On Sunday (Feb. 21, 2021) Dan will be preaching on Christ's message to the church in Pergamum in Revelation 2:12-17. So in this episode, in anticipation of that upcoming sermon, we spend time modeling how we might interrogate the passage with questions to try to gain a better understanding of it.
37:37
February 18, 2021
To the Church in Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)
Kirk and Dan record some material on their drive to a Charles Simeon Trust workshop. (Be on the lookout for the part when they go through the Starbucks drive-through). In this episode, they talk about Christ's message in Revelation 2:8-11 to the church in Smyrna.
37:49
February 18, 2021
"To the One Who Conquers" (Revelation)
In this episode, we look at the uses of "conquer," "overcome," or "victory" across John's writings, but especially the book of Revelation. What is the meaning of this call to "conquer"? And how does it shape our understanding of the book and the nature of the Christian life?
36:42
February 09, 2021
To the Church in Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7)
In this episode, Kirk looks further at Revelation 2:1-7, diving into some additional matters for our consideration as we reflect on its importance for our lives and our understanding of the rest of the book.
30:58
February 09, 2021
A Vision of the Son of Man (Revelation 1:9-20)
Dan and Kirk dive deeper into the details of the vision of the son of man in Revelation 1:9-20 to ask, "How does this vision -- and its "big" view of Jesus -- empower us for faithful endurance?"
50:38
February 02, 2021
A Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1-8)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan talk about some additional interpretive and theological matters we encounter in Revelation 1:1-8. We consider how this passage introduces some key themes that set the tone for the rest of the book. We ask, what is an Old Testament allusion and how do we go about attending to these in the book of Revelation? Finally, we reflect on the meaning of the passage's message for our every day lives.
47:43
January 26, 2021
Reality Unveiled: Empowered for Patient Endurance (Intro to Revelation, Pt. 2)
After a long hiatus (thanks COVID...), we're back with a new series of episodes on Revelation. These episodes are intended to supplement our sermon series working through the book of Revelation at CrossWay Community Church. We begin in these first two episodes by discussing some introductory matters to the book.
34:38
January 20, 2021
Reality Unveiled: Empowered for Patient Endurance (Intro to Revelation, Pt. 1)
After a long hiatus (thanks COVID...), we're back with a new series of episodes on Revelation. These episodes are intended to supplement our sermon series working through the book of Revelation at CrossWay Community Church. We begin in these first two episodes by discussing some introductory matters to the book.
43:35
January 20, 2021
Compassion & Conviction: Faithful Political Engagement (Justin Giboney & Michael Wear of the AND Campaign)
Have you ever felt too progressive for conservatives, but too conservative for progressives? Faced with a false "either/or" framing of many issues, Christians today often times can find themselves feeling politically homeless in our current landscape. Justin Giboney and Michael Wear -- and the AND Campaign -- speak to this issue in their call for compassion and conviction, truth and love, concern about moral order and addressing the injustices in our society. Today Justin and Michael join Kirk for a discussion on their newest book, Compassion (&) Convictions: The AND Campaign's Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement. We talk "Why should Christians care about politics?" and "How?"
50:35
August 06, 2020
"Getting Cancer Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" (Vince Hucek)
I sit down with my old high school buddy, and now Leukemia-survivor, to ask what he means when he says that he wishes everyone would have a "successful brush with death" and that "getting cancer was the best thing that ever happened to me."
01:06:49
June 26, 2020
The Church & Politics (with Jonathan Leeman)
In this episode, Kirk sits down with pastor and political theologian Jonathan Leeman to talk Church and politics. They discuss, what is the relationship between church and state? Religion and politics? And how do we love those with whom we disagree politically?
47:08
June 03, 2020
Hospitality & the Mission of the Church (Joshua Jipp)
In this episode, Kirk sits down with New Testament scholar and professor, Dr. Joshua Jipp, to explore the theme of Biblical hospitality. What is Biblical hospitality? What does Dr. Jipp mean by describing God's saving work in Christ as an act of showing us hospitality? And how should hospitality shape the life of the believer and the life of the church? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
56:02
April 20, 2020
The Translation of Scripture (On Scripture with Mark Ward, Ep. 6)
Mark Ward closes out his series with Kirk by talking about the translation of scripture. What all goes into translation? Why are there so many different ones? Are all translations created equal? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
54:11
April 13, 2020
The Transmission of Scripture (On Scripture with Mark Ward, Ep. 5)
In this episode, Kirk talks to Mard Ward about the transmission of scripture, i.e., the process of how the Bible was copied, the manuscripts that were produced and collected, and how we have the Bibles we have today. This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
55:31
April 06, 2020
The Sufficiency of Scripture (On Scripture with Mark Ward, Ep. 4)
Mark Ward joins Kirk again as they continue their discussions on scripture, this time discussing scripture's sufficiency. What does it mean for Scripture to be sufficient? Sufficient for what? And what are the outworkings of believing and holding to this doctrine? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
01:00:28
March 30, 2020
The Perspicuity of Scripture (On Scripture with Mark Ward, Ep. 3)
In this episode, Kirk and Mark Ward unpack the doctrine of scripture's perspicuity--that is, it's clarity. The doctrine of scripture's perspicuity was central to the convictions of the Protestant Reformation; and it's a doctrine that is just as important today in light of contemporary challenges. Not only so, but it provides a wellspring of encouragement for our Christian lives. This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
57:27
March 23, 2020
Coronavirus, Missiology (Mission), & Our Unexpected Evangelistic Opportunity (Coronavirus, Ep. 6)
In this final (at least as currently planned) episode we consider our unexpected evangelistic opportunity brought on by this moment. May it be that God is preparing hearts and using this unusual situation to advance his gospel across the globe. This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
18:24
March 22, 2020
Coronavirus as "Go Time" for the Church: Being Ready to Care for Others (Coronavirus, Ep. 5)
In this episode, we look at the church's pedigree of caring for people in crisis and even plagues. What can we learn from this, and scripture, as a model for our own calling in this present moment? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
21:00
March 21, 2020
Pandemics as a Gift for Growth? (Coronavirus, Ep. 4)
The current pandemic has caused disruption to our normal lives. This can be a great opportunity, however, for us to recalibrate how we live our lives. At the same time, they can become times where we flounder, and rather than growing we actually regress.  Could it be that this pandemic though, in some peculiar way, is--at least in some sense--a gift from God for our spiritual growth? How can we avoid "wasting" this moment? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
20:24
March 20, 2020
Ecclesiology (Church) in the Midst of a Pandemic (Coronavirus, Ep. 3)
As churches move online in the face of Sunday closures, it should cause us to ask, "What is the church in the midst of a pandemic?" Our current circumstances raise questions about what it means to be the church--questions that have always existed, with an underlying theology that's always been at play, but are now being forced into our immediate purview in light of our situation. This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
20:35
March 19, 2020
Biblical Reflections on Sickness & Pandemics (Coronavirus, Ep. 2)
In today's episode, I offer some Biblical reflections and applications on thinking rightly and responding well to sickness--and more particularly as we seek to apply things to the current Coronavirus pandemic. This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
26:59
March 18, 2020
Responding to Health Organizations & Government (Coronavirus, Ep. 1)
Today I'm releasing the first episode in what I intend to be a short series dealing with the Coronavirus--pastoral reflections on how to respond Biblically and act Christianly. Today I try to share some wisdom and Biblical reflections on responding specifically to health organizations and governments as they provide instructions to us on fighting this virus. This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
19:42
March 17, 2020
The Authority of Scripture (On Scripture with Mark Ward, Ep. 2)
Mard Ward and Kirk Miller continue their discussion on scripture by asking, What does it mean for Scripture to be our authority? And how does it exercise its authority? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
53:21
March 16, 2020
The Canonicity of Scripture (On Scripture with Mark Ward, Ep. 1)
Mard Ward joins Kirk to discuss the topic of canon, "the divinely authorized collection of books that God has given to govern his people" (John Frame). How do we know we have God's Word? Why these books? This episode is brought to you by Logos Bible Software, with special discounts available to listeners of this podcast.
50:15
March 09, 2020
Pastoral Theology & Church Practice in Calvin’s Geneva, Pt. 2 (Scott Manetsch)
In this episode, Kirk sits down with professor and well-regarded church historian, Dr. Scott Manetsch, to discuss what church life was like in Reformation-era Geneva under the ministry the John Calvin.
31:43
March 02, 2020
Pastoral Theology & Church Practice in Calvin’s Geneva, Pt. 1 (Scott Manetsch)
In this episode, Kirk sits down with professor and well-regarded church historian, Dr. Scott Manetsch, to discuss what church life was like in Reformation-era Geneva under the ministry the John Calvin.
27:20
February 24, 2020
Use & Misconceptions of Bible Translations (Bible Translations, Ep. 5)
Kirk and Dan close out their series on Bible translations by dispelling some misconceptions about Bible translations, as well as laying out some practical tips for making use of translations in your study of scripture.
26:37
February 17, 2020
Textual Differences in Translations (Bible Translations, Ep. 4)
Today Kirk and Dan talk about "Textual Criticism," and how some of the differences that lie behind the various translations actually have to do with different textual bases of what is being translated.
35:43
February 10, 2020
Differences in Translation Philosophies (Bible Translations, Ep. 3)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan illustrate some of the philosophical (or methodological) differences we find in the various translations. They also discuss some of the pros and cons of these differences.
29:01
February 03, 2020
The Spectrum of Bible Translation Philosophies (Bible Translations, Ep. 2)
Kirk and Dan continue their series on Bible translation by looking at the major reason for the differences in our available translations, namely, translation philosophy. We look at the difference between formal and dynamic equivalent methodologies, and where on the spectrum the various popular English translations tend to fall.
34:14
January 27, 2020
Introduction to Bible Translations (Bible Translations, Ep. 1)
Kirk and Dan begin a new series on Bible translations. Today they talk about some introductory matters on Bible translations, as well as why this is an important topic for us to consider and understand.
27:33
January 20, 2020
The Meaning of Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes, Ep. 4)
Kirk and Dan conclude their series on Ecclesiastes by examining the meaning of the book as it applies to us today.
25:38
December 23, 2019
The Message of Ecclesiastes, Pt. 2 (Ecclesiastes, Ep. 3)
Kirk and Dan continue their discussion on the message of Ecclesiastes by exploring the book's "above the sun" statements as it gestures towards and ultimately reaches its conclusive instruction for us.
25:11
December 16, 2019
The Message of Ecclesiastes, Pt. 1 (Ecclesiastes, Ep. 2)
In this episode, Dan and Kirk continue their discussion on Ecclesiastes by looking at the message (or main claim, or argument) of the book. They discuss the meaning of "vanity" (hevel), as well as some of the primary themes throughout the book.
28:40
December 09, 2019
The Method of Ecclesiastes (Ecclesiastes, Ep. 1)
Kirk and Dan begin there series on the book of Ecclesiastes. In this episode they look at the method that Ecclesiastes uses to communicate its message, namely how it functions as a unique expression of wisdom literature.
44:27
November 25, 2019
Finding a Book's Overall Message - Case Study: Philippians (How to Read the Bible)
Kirk and Dan continue their work on how to find a Biblical book's overall message by looking to the book of Philippians as a test case.
43:12
November 18, 2019
Finding a Book's Overall Message - Tools & Techniques (How to Read the Bible)
Kirk and Dan are gearing up to do a short series on Ecclesiastes. But before they do, they wanted to take a step back and ask, "What's the benefit of getting a Biblical book's big picture?" and "How do we do that?" (This episode and the following will serve as an initial contribution to what will become an ongoing collection of episodes on How to Read the Bible.)
46:03
November 11, 2019
The Importance of Theology, Pt. 3 (Church Theology, Ep. 7)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan conclude their discussion on the importance of doctrine and theology by finishing out talking about the hurdles we face along the way, as well as giving some practical tips and suggestions towards growing your discipline in theological learning.
36:09
November 04, 2019
The Importance of Theology, Pt. 2 (Church Theology, Ep. 6)
Dan and Kirk continue their discussion on the importance of theology in the life of the believer and the life of the church. In this episode they talk about things like "theological triage" (or "dogmatic rank"), the Biblical spirit in which we are to hold to sound doctrine, as well as some initial hurdles we might face along the way.
33:38
October 28, 2019
The Importance of Theology, Pt. 1 (Church Theology, Ep. 5)
In this episode, Kirk and Dan discuss "What is theology and why does it matter? Does it?"
36:58
October 21, 2019
God's Vision for the Church, Pt. 2 (Church Theology, Ep. 4)
Kirk and Dan continue their discussion on God's vision for the church by asking some diagnostic questions that help us consider what it looks like for us to pursue this vision in our own life.
41:14
October 14, 2019
God's Vision for the Church, Pt. 1 (Church Theology, Ep. 3)
In this episode Kirk and Dan continue their series on the concept of a "Church Theology" by digging into God's Biblical vision for the church. In the last two episodes we saw how God views the church, how he sees it. But now, what is God's vision for the church -- his desire for it and plan as it were to embody its calling and live out its mission?
47:43
October 07, 2019
God's View of the Church, Pt. 2 (Church Theology, Ep. 2)
Kirk and Dan continue their discussion on God's view of the church by now asking, "How does God's view of the church affect our own? And what does this mean for us practically when we adopt God's view?"
39:35
September 30, 2019
God's View of the Church, Pt. 1 (Church Theology, Ep. 1)
Church Theology is a podcast "on the church for the church." As such, we thought it'd be helpful to start off our podcast with an introduction series on that very idea of "church theology." We begin here in this episode by looking at the church, specifically God's view of the church and how that view should shape our own. In future episodes in this series we plan to look at God's vision for the church as well as the importance of the church's theology in living out that vision.
33:49
September 24, 2019
Church Theology - Preview
Announcing a new podcast, Church Theology: On the Church, For the Church. Join Kirk E. Miller and co-hosts as they dive into an array of topics, all the while asking, "How does this equip us for our mission as a church and as followers of Jesus?"
04:38
August 22, 2019