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Remonstrance is a podcast dedicated to Wesleyan-Arminian Reformation. On the show we will discuss theology from a Wesleyan-Arminian perspective focusing on topics such as soteriology, eschatology, and church history, all over a good cup of coffee. Interested in finding out about what Wesleyan-Arminian Theology actually is? Then download, subscribe, and join the #Remonstrance.
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Jul 28, 2020
In this episode we will continue our discussion of the Wesleyan perspective on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We will continue to be reading sections of the article, "Wesley, the Almost Charismatic" by Peter J. Bellini. Our conversation primarily focuses on how although Wesley was not a charismatic "in theory" he was a charismatic "in practice." We will specifically focus on how Wesley evaluated all extraordinary gifts in light of both his "holiness hermeneutic" and the authority of Scripture. We end the episode discussing Bellini's verdict that Wesley was "An Almost Charismatic." 
 
Wesley Chapel Podcast (Sermons preached by Vin and Ben) available on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, and Stitcher 
Jul 21, 2020

In this episode we will continue to explore the Wesleyan perspective on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. As our guide we will be reading through an article titled, "Wesley, the Almost Charismatic" by Peter J. Bellini. Our conversation will primarily focus on how Wesley emphasized the "ordinary fruits" of the Holy Spirit rather than the "extraordinary gifts" of the Holy Spirit. We will also discuss that while Wesley was not a charismatic "in theory" he was not a cessationist either. We will continue discussing this article in the next episode of Remonstrance. 

"Wesley, the Almost Charismatic" by Peter J. Bellini 

Firebrand Magazine 

Jun 30, 2020

In this episode we will continue to explore the Wesleyan perspective on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To do this we will continue to focus specifically on the views of John Wesley. We start off discussing Wesley's views on the gifts of the Spirit and how he determined what was a genuine work of the Holy Spirit and what was "fanaticism." We then discuss the distinction he made between the "ordinary" gifts of the Spirt and the "extraordinary" gifts of the Spirt. 

The article we are reading through is:

"Wesley and Charisma: An Analysis of John Wesley's View of Spiritual Gifts" 

Jun 23, 2020

In this episode we will begin exploring the Wesleyan perspective on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. To do this we will be focusing specifically on the views of John Wesley. We start off discussing the differences between cessationism versus continuationism. Then we provide a historical overview of what else was going on in the Protestant world at the time of Wesley. We will focus on the views of the Calvinists, Puritans, and Anglicans during Wesley's time. Then we will look at the views of the Lutherans, Pietists, and Moravians. Then we will look at the views of John Wesley and see how they compared to his Protestant contemporaries.

The article we are reading through is:

"Wesley and Charisma: An Analysis of John Wesley's View of Spiritual Gifts" 

Other Links:

Introduction to Wesleyan Theology I by Kenneth J. Collins

Introduction to Wesleyan Theology II by Kenneth J. Collins

The Theology of John Wesley Audiobook by Kenneth J. Collins

Christ is the Cure Interview with Remonstrance 

Daily Reformation Interview with Remonstrance 

SEA YouTube Interview with Remonstrance 

Jun 2, 2020

This is the final part in a three part series where we interview Arminian scholar Richie Clark about current issues in Arminian scholarship. In this part of the interview Richie discusses the place of Middle Knowledge in Arminianism. He discusses different perspectives on whether or not Middle Knowledge has a place in Arminian theology and what specific type of Middle Knowledge Arminius likely utilized in his theology. 

Resources:

Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace

The Transforming Power of Grace

Beyond Dordt and De Auxiliis 

God's Twofold Love

 

May 26, 2020

This is the second part in a three part series where we interview Arminian scholar Richie Clark about current issues in Arminian scholarship. In this part of the interview Richie discusses the differences between "Reformed Arminianism" and "Wesleyan-Arminianism." He also discusses why this issue is so complicated. We also spend time talking about what it means to be a "Classical Arminian." We also spend time discussing the issues of Prevenient Grace and the doctrine of Imputation. We specifically focus on the issue of the imputation of Christ's "Active" Righteousness to the believer. Make sure you join us for the final part of the interview. 

Resources Mentioned: 

Four Views on Eternal Security

May 19, 2020

This is the first part in a three part series where we interview Arminian scholar Richie Clark about current issues in Arminian scholarship. In this part of the interview Richie shares his theological journey of how he became an Arminian. We then discuss his Master's Thesis: "The Calvinism of Arminius." Then he shares his current Ph.D. research in the area of early 17th Century Anglican expressions of Arminian theology. Make sure you join us for parts two and three of this fascinating interview. 

Resources:

Deviant Calvinism: Broadening Reformed Theology

From Faith to Faith 

Apr 21, 2020

While under quarantine because of the COVID-19 Pandemic we continue to discuss the Means of Grace and how we can grow in them during this season. In this episode we focus on John Wesley's sermon, "The Means of Grace." First, we discuss what Wesley taught regarding the Means of Grace that: 1) God is above all means; 2) there is no power in the means; 3) they are not meritorious; 4) grace is dispensed by the power of his Spirit and the merits of his Son; 5) seek God alone. We then discuss the three chief means of grace: prayer, searching the Scriptures, and the Lord's Supper. We then look at the end of the sermon when we discuss some practical applications. 

Links:

"The Means of Grace" by John Wesley 

"How John Wesley's Means of Grace Should Impact Our Christian Witness" by Andrew Dragos (Seedbed)

E-Sword Bible Study Software 

Apr 14, 2020

While under quarantine because of the COVID-19 Pandemic we decided to record a series of episodes on the Means of Grace. We discuss how we can we grow in our use of the Means of Grace during quarantine. We then talk about how the use of the corporate Means of Grace has been impacted under quarantine and how fellowship with the members of our church has changed. We also define "the Means of Grace" and discuss how John Wesley defines the Means of Grace. We also discuss how many different types of Means of Grace there are. We hope this episode is an encouragement to you and that you find ways to grow in the Means of Grace during quarantine. 

Links:

Introduction to Wesleyan Theology I (Dr. Kenneth J. Collins)

"The Means of Grace" by John Wesley 

Mar 31, 2020

In this episode we will continue to discuss the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and how the doctrine of divine providence can encourage us during this season. For this whole episode we will be discussing sections of John Wesley's sermon "On Divine Providence." We will be discussing how how the doctrine of divine providence as explained by Wesley in his sermon can provide comfort to us during this difficult season. Follow the link below to follow along: 

"On Divine Providence" by John Wesley

Mar 24, 2020

In this episode we will be discussing the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and how the doctrine of providence can encourage us during this season. We will start by discussing what is going on in the world and our nation in the midst of this Pandemic. Then we will discuss how it is impacting our every day life and specifically the church. We will then begin discussing the meaning of providence with help from Thomas Oden and how the doctrine of providence can bring encouragement during this difficult season. Next episode we will be jumping in John Wesley's sermon "On Divine Providence." You should read it before next episode. Link below. 

"On Divine Providence" by John Wesley

 

Feb 25, 2020

In this episode we continue to discuss baptism and the views of Wesley and Arminius on baptism. This episode focuses on Wesley's views of baptism. Wesley's views on baptism are a little less straightforward than Arminius. We begin by discussing Wesley's thoughts on Paedobaptism and then we discuss his views regarding the relationship of regeneration and baptism. Then we talk about the question of original sin and how it relates to baptism within a Wesleyan framework. We end with some practical reflections on the subject of baptism from a pastoral perspective. 

Feb 18, 2020

In this episode we begin to discuss baptism and the views of Wesley and Arminius on baptism. We start off by discussing the two major perspectives on baptism within Christianity: Credobaptism and Paedobaptism. Then we discuss how each side supports their position as well as what our views on baptism are. We end the episode discussing the views of Jacob Arminius on baptism. Next episode we will discuss Wesley's views on baptism so stay tuned. 

Links:

Biblical Training

"The Theology of John Wesley" by Kenneth J. Collins on Audible

"Born Again" by Sean McGever on Lexham Press and Amazon

 

Jan 28, 2020

For our episodes this month we will be releasing a lecture by Dr. Vic Reasoner on why inerrancy is compatible with Evangelical Wesleyanism. Dr. Reasoner is the chairman of the Fundamental Wesleyan Society and the author of numerous books including The Importance of Inerrancy. He is also the editor of The Arminian Magazine, a publication of the Fundamental Wesleyan Society. In this lecture Dr. Reasoner exposes the myth that the doctrine of inerrancy is incompatible with Evangelical Wesleyanism and instead shows how it was in fact the historic position of Wesleyan-Arminianism including the position of John Wesley himself. If you are interested in learning more about the Fundamental Wesleyan Society and subscribing to The Arminian Magazine then please visit their website: fwponline.cc

Additional links:

Do (Wesleyan) Arminians Believe in Inerrancy? (Article)

Jan 21, 2020

For our episodes this month we will be releasing a lecture by Dr. Vic Reasoner on why inerrancy is compatible with Evangelical Wesleyanism. Dr. Reasoner is the chairman of the Fundamental Wesleyan Society and the author of numerous books including The Importance of Inerrancy. He is also the editor of The Arminian Magazine, a publication of the Fundamental Wesleyan Society. In this lecture Dr. Reasoner exposes the myth that the doctrine of inerrancy is incompatible with Evangelical Wesleyanism and instead shows how it was in fact the historic position of Wesleyan-Arminianism including the position of John Wesley himself. If you are interested in learning more about the Fundamental Wesleyan Society and subscribing to The Arminian Magazine then please visit their website: fwponline.cc

Additional links:

Do (Wesleyan) Arminians Believe in Inerrancy? (Article)

Dec 17, 2019

In this episode we continue our conversation with David Martinez about a Wesleyan understanding of suffering and theodicy. In this episode we focus on how specifically Wesleyan theology gives us comfort and strength in suffering. Then we share encouragement to all those who are facing seasons of trial and suffering. We pray this episode is an encouragement to you in whatever you are facing. God bless and Merry Christmas from all of us here at Remonstrance Podcast. 

Dec 10, 2019

In this episode we are joined again by David Martinez to discuss a Wesleyan understanding of suffering and theodicy. First, we will discuss what theodicy means and then talk about why it is important to have a theodicy to answer questions about suffering. We will then contrast the Calvinist explanation of suffering with the Wesleyan-Arminian explanation. Make sure you don't miss the second part of the conversation. 

Links:

Fundamental Wesleyan Publishers Bookstore 

An Interview with Author Joseph D. McPherson

 

Nov 26, 2019

This episode is the final part of an excellent lecture by Dr. Vic Reasoner titled, "What is a Wesleyan?" This lecture was presented at the 2018 Fundamental Wesleyan Society Conference. Dr. Reasoner is the Chairman of the Fundamental Wesleyan Society and the editor of the Arminian magazine. If you want to listen to more lectures on Wesleyan theology check out our sister podcast, "the FWS podcast." Also, if you are interested in learning more about the FWS and possibly subscribing to the Arminian magazine check out the link below. 

The Fundamental Wesleyan Society 

The FWS Podcast 

Nov 19, 2019

This episode is the first part of an excellent lecture by Dr. Vic Reasoner titled, "What is a Wesleyan?" This lecture was presented at the 2018 Fundamental Wesleyan Society Conference. Dr. Reasoner is the Chairman of the Fundamental Wesleyan Society and the editor of the Arminian magazine. If you want to listen to more lectures on Wesleyan theology check out our sister podcast, "the FWS podcast." Also, if you are interested in learning more about the FWS and possibly subscribing to the Arminian magazine check out the link below. 

The Fundamental Wesleyan Society 

The FWS Podcast 

Oct 22, 2019

Happy Reformation month everyone! In honor of the 502nd Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation we will be releasing a series of two lectures this month about the later years of Martin Luther's life given at Wesley Chapel (our church) last year. These lectures pick up right where the two from last year left off (see Episodes 49 and 50). Enjoy the lectures and Happy Reformation Day from all of us here at Remonstrance Podcast. 

Link to Power Point Used:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IIwbThGEfAV54Df28-bXAfttWyrQl8Ab/view?usp=sharing

Oct 15, 2019

Happy Reformation month everyone! In honor of the 502nd Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation we will be releasing a series of two lectures this month about the later years of Martin Luther's life given at Wesley Chapel (our church) last year. These lectures pick up right where the two from last year left off (see Episodes 49 and 50). Enjoy the lectures and Happy Reformation Day from all of us here at Remonstrance Podcast. 

Link to Power Point Used:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IIwbThGEfAV54Df28-bXAfttWyrQl8Ab/view?usp=sharing

 

Oct 1, 2019

In this episode we will continue to discuss some specifics regarding the doctrine of Justification by diving into the topic of Imputation and Impartation. First, we will be diving into some scholastic theology. What is the difference between the Formal Cause and Meritorious Cause when it comes to Justification? What did Wesley affirm regarding this question? What about the Active and Passive righteousness of Christ? After discussing this we will move on and discuss why Wesley was so specific about his teaching on Justification. We will then talk about how Wesley was doing what he was doing to defend the doctrine of Justification from distortions. Often Wesley is portrayed (wrongly) as being an attacker of the Doctrine of Justification. When in reality he was defending the Doctrine of Justification from distortion.

Look below for the resources we used. 

Links:

Wesley on Imputation by Woodrow W. Whidden 

Imputed and Imparted Righteousness (2) by Dr. Vic Reasoner 

Sep 24, 2019

In this episode we will begin discussing some specifics regarding the doctrine of Justification by diving into the topic of Imputation and Impartation. Did Wesley believe in the imputation of righteousness? Why was he so hesitant and careful when promoting this teaching? Can it lead to Antinomianism? We will discuss carefully what Wesley affirmed about this teaching and what he was concerned about. Follow the links below for the articles we received help from in this episode. 

Links:

Wesley on Imputation by Woodrow W. Whidden 

Imputed and Imparted Righteousness by Dr. Vic Reasoner 

Aug 20, 2019

In this episode we will continue discussing the very important (and controversial) topic of falling away or Christian apostasy. This time we will briefly discuss the views of John Wesley primarily using Thomas C. Oden's book "John Wesley's Teaching Volume 2: Christ and Salvation." We then talk about the similarities between the views of Wesley and Arminius. Next we discuss how both "once saved always saved" and "once saved barely saved" are dangerous extremes and neither are biblical. We will then briefly discuss some of the small differences between Arminius and Wesley which primarily have to do with language and emphasis. Finally, we wanted to let you all know about some great Wesleyan-Arminian theology books available through the Fundamental Wesleyan Society. If you are interested follow the link below. 

FWP Bookstore

John Wesley's Teachings by Thomas C. Oden

Aug 13, 2019

In this episode we will begin discussing the very important (and controversial) topic of falling away or Christian apostasy. We will begin by discussing the recent public denial of the faith by the popular author Joshua Harris. We will then discuss how a Christian should respond to another believer falling away from the faith. What is a helpful response? What is an unhelpful response? We will then briefly discuss some verses that deal with the issue (there are a lot). We then spend the rest of the episode discussing the teaching of Arminius on apostasy and use "Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace" by Keith Stanglin and Thomas McCall as a guide. Arminius did believe that a true believer can fall away but how does one fall away? Is it only a complete renunciation of the faith or is it possible to grievously sin and fall away? Listen to find out. We will continue next episode and focus on the teaching of John Wesley on apostasy so stay tuned. 

You NEED to buy "Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace" if you have not already done so. Follow this link:

"Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace" by Keith Stanglin and Thomas McCall

 

 

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