Church Theology

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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"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."
1:06:49
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.
55:30
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.
1:00:27
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.
57:26
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.
26:58
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.
53:20
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.
50:14
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.
31:42
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.
27:19
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.
35:42
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.
29:00
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.
27:32
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.
44:26
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.
43:11
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.)
46:02
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?"
04:37
August 22, 2019