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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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Mar 2, 2021

Welcome to Remonstrance Revamp! In this series of episodes, we have a conversation with Dr. Vic Reasoner about the theology and practices of the Holiness Movement. In this episode, Dr. Reasoner shares his personal history with the Holiness Movement and what ultimately led him to leave behind the Holiness Movement. He also talks about "the good, the bad, and the ugly" within the Holiness Movement. Stay tuned for the second part of this series that will be released later this month where we will talk about the theology of the Holiness Movement. 

Links:

Fundamental Wesleyan Society Bookstore 

 

Feb 23, 2021

In this minisode I continue to share some of what I have learned so far from "After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology" by Thomas H. McCall and Keith D. Stanglin. In this minisode I focus on the second part of Chapter 3: "Hearts and Hands: John Wesley and the Theology of Early Methodism." I focus primarily on the "Reformed" Wesley. Highlighting Wesley's views on the inspiration of Scripture, Meticulous Providence, Middle Knowledge, Federalism, Penal Substitution, Justification, and Imputation. 

Here is the link to the article about Wesley and Middle Knowledge:

Molina, Arminus, Plaifere, Goad, and Wesley On Human Free-will, Divine Omniscience, and Middle Knowledge

Make sure you buy a copy of "After Arminius" for yourself:

"After Arminius" on Amazon 

Feb 16, 2021

In March Remonstrance turns five! The first “minisode” of Remonstrance dropped on March 3, 2016, and we have been working to promote Wesleyan-Arminian Reformation ever since.

A lot has changed in the last five years. Ben and I planted a church in Shelton, Connecticut, and we have both become fathers. Remonstrance has teamed up with the Fundamental Wesleyan Society and I graduated from Wesley Seminary. The theological podcast landscape has also changed significantly since 2016, although Calvinist voices still dominate.

All of these factors have prompted the necessity to revamp Remonstrance beginning the week of our fifth birthday. The first week of March 2021.

Remonstrance is not going anywhere but we will be changing our programming. Moving forward, the podcast will consist of five types of episode formats:

  1. Interviews: There will be a lot of interviews with Wesleyan and Arminian scholars, historians, seminary professors, and theologians on the show. Stay tuned for some interesting interviews! Some of them will be returning from past episodes and others will be new to the podcast. 
  2. Book and Article Reflections: I will be dropping minisodes or even full episodes where I reflect on theology books I am reading or I have read. I will also interact with and respond to current theology articles relative to Wesleyan-Arminianism.
  3. Historical Episodes: I will be dropping some episodes (or minisodes) where I will explore significant historical events from the history of the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. 
  4. Doctrinal Dialogues: True to our “pre-revamp” selves Ben and I will discuss topics together related to Wesleyan-Arminian theology or practice.
  5. Debates: Remonstrance will also be hosting debates from within the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. These will not be your classic “Calvinist vs. Arminian” debates (yawn) but rather “in-house” debates only! 

Essentially, each month will be something different. Remonstrance will remain committed to delivering fresh and theologically substantial content every month. We will also continue our partnerships with the Society of Evangelical Arminians and the Fundamental Wesleyan Society

I hope you will join Remonstrance Podcast for the next five years of Wesleyan-Arminian Reformation. I am looking forward to seeing what God will do. 

Soli Deo Gloria. 

-Vin @ Remonstrance 

Jan 28, 2021

In this minisode I continue to share some of what I have learned so far from "After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology" by Thomas H. McCall and Keith D. Stanglin. In this minisode I focus on the second part of Chapter 2: "Heat and Light" which focuses on English Arminianism. I start off by sharing what I learned about the controversy surrounding Peter Baro at Cambridge which actually predated the Arminian controversy in the Netherlands! Then we look at the positives and negatives of English Arminianism including the thought of Thomas Jackson, John Goodwin, Thomas Goad, and George Bull.

Here is the link to the article by Richard Muller about Thomas Goad. 

Goading the Determinists: Thomas Goad (1576-1638) On Necessity, Contingency, and God's Eternal Decree by Richard A. Muller 

Make sure you buy a copy of "After Arminius" for yourself:

"After Arminius" on Amazon 

Jan 26, 2021

In this minisode I share some of what I have learned so far from "After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology" by Thomas H. McCall and Keith D. Stanglin. In this minisode I focus on the first part of Chapter 2: "Heat and Light" which focuses on the Dutch Remonstrants after the death of Arminius. We will see the good, bad, and the ugly in Dutch Remonstrantism with a focus on Simon Episcopius and Philip van Limborch. Stay tuned for a follow-up minisode that will focus on English Arminianism later this week. 

Buy a copy of "After Arminius" for yourself before the next minisode drops:

"After Arminius" on Amazon 

Dec 24, 2020

In this minisode I will be reading through an excerpt of a sermon by George Whitefield titled, "The True Way of Keeping Christmas." You can find this sermon in a free Ebook from Seedbed which you could download as a PDF. The link is below. Merry Christmas everyone from Remonstrance podcast! 

Free Ebook:

Twelve Christmas Sermons (Seedbed)

Dec 15, 2020

Merry Christmas everyone! Are you trying to find the perfect gift for yourself or a fellow theology nerd or seminary student? Then listen to this episode! In this episode, I go over my favorite Wesleyan-Arminian theology books to put on your Christmas list to buy for yourself or someone else. I also share some interesting new theology books I have read this past year. We hope you have a very merry and theology filled Christmas from all of us here at Remonstrance Podcast.

Links:

Systematic Theology

Introduction to John Wesley

More in Depth Wesleyan Theological Studies

Commentaries

Interesting Theology

Arminian Theology

Most Exciting New Book

Nov 24, 2020

This is the final part of our interview with Keith Stanglin. In this episode we discuss the question of whether or not Arminius held to Middle Knowledge in his theology. Then we discuss the important question of whether or not Arminius could truly be categorized as "Reformed." Then we talk about whether or not the Synod of Dort truly condemned the theology of Arminius or only the theology of the Remonstrants who came after Arminius. We end by talking about whether or not Keith and Tom are going to make this a trilogy. Hopefully they will! 

Click the link below to Keith and Tom's new book: 

"After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology"

Nov 17, 2020

In this episode we continue our interview with Keith Stanglin! In this episode we talk about his new book "After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology." Keith gives an overview of the new book which he co-authored with Thomas McCall. Then we discuss whether there is an inherent problem in Arminian Theology that leads it to take a "leftward shift" over time. Then we discuss how faithful John Wesley and the Early Methodist theologians were to the theology of Arminius. Then we ask Keith to weight in on the division between "Reformed Arminians" and "Wesleyan-Arminians." Should this division actually exist? Why or why not? Stay tuned for our next episode for the final part of our interview with Keith Stanglin. 

Order Keith and Tom's new book! According to Amazon it will be released today! 

"After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology"

 

Nov 10, 2020

In this series of episodes, we had the opportunity to interview Keith Stanglin! In this episode, Keith discusses how he originally became interested in Arminian theology and a little about his theological journey. He also discusses what led him to write "Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace." Keith shares what it was like to study the theology of Arminius at Calvin Seminary under the guidance of Richard Muller. Keith then discusses what the greatest strengths of Arminian theology and why so few people have conducted scholarly studies of the theology of Arminius. In the next episode, we will discuss Keith's new book "After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology." Stay tuned! 

Keith Stanglin is the co-author of:

Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace (Order Now!)

After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology (Pre-Order Now!) 

Oct 27, 2020

In this episode we continue to discuss the issue of politics and voting with Election Day only a week away here in the United States. In this episode we will begin by focusing on how Wesley taught we should engage in civil discourse especially with those that we disagree with on political issues. When then discuss Wesley's position on slavery and the slave trade and how although he leaned "Tory" in his politics he was one of the most outspoken opponents of slavery in the 18th Century. We then conclude the episode discussing Wesley's advice on voting. We encourage you to post this or tweet this on Election Day:

“October 6, 1774
I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them
1. To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy
2. To speak no evil of the person they voted against, and
3. To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”

― John Wesley, The Journal of John Wesley

 

Oct 20, 2020

In this episode we jump into the issue of politics and voting as Election Day approaches here in the United States. We will be focusing on how to navigate through this complex and difficult political season as Christians and specifically seeing what John Wesley had to say. In this episode we will discuss the political context that Wesley lived in. Then we will focus on what it meant to "speak from the center" during the time of John Wesley and what it means to "speak from the center" today. How can Wesley appear to be both a "Tory" and a "Whig" at the same time? We will also focus on what he had to say about political partisanship during the time of the American Revolution and what motivated Wesley to oppose the American Revolution. We hope you enjoy this episode. Look out for the next episode that will drop next week. 

Links:

Fundamental Wesleyan Society Website 

FWS Podcast

Also Pre-Order Keith Stanglin and Thomas McCall's new book! 

After Arminius: A Historical Introduction to Arminian Theology

Sep 29, 2020

Reformation month is coming in October! In honor of the 503rd Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation we will be releasing a series of two lectures this month about the life of the Reformer Ulrich Zwingli given at Wesley Chapel (our church) last year. Enjoy learning about Zwingli and Happy Reformation month from all of us here at Remonstrance Podcast.

Link to Power Point Used:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VBHbtzeGQj1oXkulHKcfEzQ2VYZrWzNo/view?usp=sharing

Sep 22, 2020

Reformation month is coming in October! In honor of the 503rd Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation we will be releasing a series of two lectures this month about the life of the Reformer Ulrich Zwingli given at Wesley Chapel (our church) last year. Enjoy learning about Zwingli and Happy Reformation month from all of us here at Remonstrance Podcast.

Link to Power Point Used:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VBHbtzeGQj1oXkulHKcfEzQ2VYZrWzNo/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Sep 1, 2020

This is the second part of a lecture by Dr. Vic Reasoner titled, "The Scapegoat of Calvinism." We hope you enjoy it and learn from it as much from it as we did. If you are interested in hearing more content like this from Dr. Vic Reasoner then check out our sister podcast "The FWS Podcast." Link below. 

FWS Podcast

Aug 25, 2020

This is the first part of a lecture by Dr. Vic Reasoner titled, "The Scapegoat of Calvinism." We hope you enjoy it and learn from it as much from it as we did. The second part will be dropped next week. If you are interested in hearing more content like this from Dr. Vic Reasoner then check out our sister podcast "The FWS Podcast." Link below. 

FWS Podcast

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 

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