Halting Toward Zion

Halting Toward Zion

By Greg Uttinger & Emily Maxson
Join writer Emily Maxson and long-time teacher and theologian Greg Uttinger for a discussion about Christian theology and its applications through history, civilization, and education.
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Covenant
Click here for episode transcript In this episode, we talk about how God structures His relationship to us. Generally, there are five aspects of how God relates to us: He establishes His lordship over us, appoints a way of communication and representation between us and Him, gives promises and guidance as to what we are to do and how, ordains an external sign of the covenant to seal the deal, and provides a way for this arrangement to continue into the future. All of these aspects serve to bind us, legally and personally, to Yahweh in Jesus Christ. This Episode Features: Archaeology Becomes a Thing; In Sickness and In Health and All That; Greg’s First Job; Our Odds of Being Faithful to God (Spoiler Alert: Zero); Puppet Shows and Flannelgraphs; Revival Isn’t Like Selling Vacuum Cleaners; Kibitzing Over Food; Level Up! Links Psalm 105 The Westminster Shorter Catechism The Prisoner: Opening Sequence How to Promote a Revival - Charles Finney That Hideous Strength - C.S. Lewis The Prestige (2006)
53:29
February 17, 2020
Trinity (part 3)
Click here for episode transcript Today we wrap up our discussion of the Trinity with thoughts on the love among the members of the Godhead. We can’t fully comprehend the self-existent life of God, but we can understand from the Bible that the Father and the Son share vibrant fellowship with and through the Holy Spirit--and when the Spirit unites His people to God, He brings us into this deep and lively communion. In fact, all three members of the Trinity acted in accord to accomplish the plan of our redemption, with an agreement sometimes called the Covenant of Redemption. This Episode Features: Emily Asking Totally Invalid Questions; Prooftext Prooftext Prooftext; Orthodox Bureaucracy All Over Again; the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Clock Out; Louis Berkhof Is Le Tired; Sequentially, As It Were; Greek Synonyms that Don’t Mean the Same Thing At All; Greg Thinks of Things; the Heirs Don’t Write the Will; Conspiracy; Why Do the Anglicans Have All the Good Playwrights?; and the Spirit of 76. [spīrō (present infinitive spīrāre, perfect active spīrāvī, supine spīrātum)] Links The Doctrine of God - Herman Bavinck On the Trinity - Augustine Foundations of Social Order - Rousas John Rushdoony Not Duty Bound: Geerhardus Vos on the Covenant of Redemption - Daniel Ragusa, Reformed Forum Revelation 5 The Westminster Confession John 4 Bleak House - Charles Dickens A Whole New World: the Gospel According to Revelation - Greg Uttinger
51:04
February 10, 2020
Trinity (part 2)
Click here for episode transcript The core of most Trinitarian heresies is subordinationism: in some way they deny that the Son and the Holy Spirit are “of one substance, equal in power and glory” with the Father. In this episode, we explore the effects subordinational thinking has on our knowledge of God, as well as on the shape of a civilization. We also discuss the origins of the doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible. This Episode Features: The Return of Mr. Potato Head; Court Martials, the Nuremberg Trials, and Watergate; the Heresy Two-Step, and Ancient Pagan Parenting. Links All That Is in God - James E. Dolezal Armageddon in Prime Time - George Bailey For a’ That and a’ That - Robert Burns Walden - Henry David Thoreau Table Talk Radio Peanuts: November 12, 1959 - Charles Schultz The Lanyard - Billy Collins Covenantal Apologetics - K. Scott Oliphint
48:16
February 3, 2020
Trinity (part 1)
Click here for episode transcript The God of the Bible is unique, not only as Creator, but as Trinity: we worship One God who exists eternally in three Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Choosing words to describe this reality is difficult; after all, there’s nothing else just like God. So, we rely on the words of Scripture summarized very carefully in the historical creeds, which were developed in extensive, Scriptural study and debate. But the question is anything but coldly academic: in this episode we discuss how our salvation depends on the personal and interpersonal nature of the triune God. This episode features: No More Mormon Jokes, the Great Puritan Theologian John Milton, the Dark Side of the Force, Be Good and Don’t Run with Scissors and Other Lessons from the Historical Jesus, Emily’s Appalling Lack of Cultural Literacy, and the SHOCKING TRUTH: What Really Happened at the Council of Nicea? Athanasian Creed (excerpt on the Trinity) 21.  The Father is made of none, neither created nor begotten. 22.  The Son is of the Father alone; not made nor created, but begotten. 23.  The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son; neither made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. 24.  So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits. 25. And in this Trinity none is afore or after another; none is greater or less than another. 26.  But the whole three persons are coeternal, and coequal. 27.  So that in all things, as aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. 28.  He therefore that will be saved must thus think of the Trinity. Links St. Patrick’s Bad Analogies (yet again) Paradise Lost - John Milton Good Omens - Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (and the show) The Heavenly City of the Eighteenth-Century Philosophers - Carl L. Becker The Athanasian Creed (Greg’s Commentary)
50:41
January 27, 2020
Chaos, Order, and Origins
Click here for episode transcript Emily and Greg dive into the pagan and Christian philosophies of time, chaos, and order. When we look at archetypes in the world--chaos, order, goodness, beauty--we assume we can tell these things apart, and distinguish between the important and the transient. As Christians, we believe we can understand because our Heavenly Father governs all things for His glory and our good, and He made the world to be understood--and as creatures who experience time and change, we can look forward to an eternity full of activity and exploration and live with thankfulness for the beauty God places in our world. This episode features: Fix-It Felix, Jordan B. Peterson, Cloud-gazing with Linus and Lucy, the Cosmic Cow, Greg’s Favorite Christmas Hymn, Emily’s Least Favorite Christmas Hymns, the Moon Landing, Convenient Eastern Orthodox Time Warps. Links Greg’s Norse Mythology Videos: Part 1, Part 2 Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman 12 Rules for Life - Jordan B. Peterson The Waste Land - T.S. Eliot Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm - Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin
53:33
January 20, 2020
In The Beginning
Click here for episode transcript In this episode, we explore the claims of the Bible’s first verses and how they differ from every other explanation of the origins of the universe. From Genesis 1:1, we understand that God created the world out of nothing. In pagan origin myths, the world has always existed: the various gods rearranged the things that make up the world, but there was already something that existed, for them to rearrange. This difference helps us clarify what’s really going on when we speak with our unbelieving friends. This episode features: Swimming Pools Full of Cream of Wheat, Magic and Esoteric Knowledge, the Cosmic Con-job of Eternity, Disney’s Aladdin, Columbo, the Revered Theologian Winston Churchill, Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Apologetics Cards. Links The Defense of the Faith - Cornelius Van Til Christian Apologetics - Cornelius Van Til Van Til’s Apologetic - Greg Bahnsen Always Ready - Greg Bahnsen For Such a Time as This - Jim S. Halsey Every Thought Captive - Richard L. Pratt, Jr. Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones Lutheran Satire - Saint Patrick's Bad Analogies
1:00:46
January 13, 2020
Oneness
Click here for episode transcript In our pilot episode, Emily and Greg introduce themselves and kick off a discussion of the Unity of God and some of its implications. Theology Proper--the study of God as He is in Himself--speaks of the Singularity and the Simplicity of God: that is, there is only one God (who created everything that exists), and God isn’t made up of pieces or parts. He expresses Himself fully in each of His infinite attributes, and reveals those attributes in the Bible. This episode features: The French Fries of God, How To Be a Perfect Student in a Christian School, Emily’s Preaching Pet Peeve, the Sh’ma, the Unsettling Origins of the Pledge of Allegiance, Francis Schaeffer Demands Tea, and God’s Will for Your Life. Links Lutheran Satire - Saint Patrick's Bad Analogies
47:34
January 6, 2020