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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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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 3, 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 8, 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 4, 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 6, 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 9, 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 2, 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?
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 9, 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 9, 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 2, 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 6, 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 3, 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 6, 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 9, 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 2, 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 3, 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 9, 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, Ep. 2)
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, Ep. 1)
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 4, 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 7, 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