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The Law | Episode 49



(This is an old episode, but we recently discovered it didn’t transfer when we moved, so we’re reposting so it’s available)

On this week’s episode, Ashley and Coleen discuss the law.

Episode Resources:

Heidelcast: God’s Holy Law

God’s Law in Old and New Covenants

The Place of the Law by Guy Waters

Law and Gospel Theology Gals

Law and Gospel Part 2 Theology Gals

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New Apostolic Reformation with Amy Spreeman | Episode 62



Coleen and Ashley discuss the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) with Amy Spreeman.

Here is the definition: NAR:
“A fast-growing Dominionist movement of new Apostles and Prophets who will lead God’s end-times army in establishing His kingdom on earth, by taking authority over earthly and spiritual realms.” Amy Spreeman

Episode Resources:

You can find Amy at Berean Research and Berean Examiner

New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) This is a great resource from Berean Research, with information and links

Leaving NAR – This is an archive of stories from many that have left NAR

Archives | New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) from Berean Research

Has Your Church Fallen For the Lies of the N.A.R.? A lot of resources about NAR

Bethel Church Tells Witch that She’s “On the Right Path” and “God is So Proud of Her!”

Heresy Hiding in Plain Sight – Examining the Theology in Hillsong’s Praise Songs – Fighting for the Faith

 

Also mentioned on this episode:

The Girl Empress (The Chronicle of Maud Book 1) by Amy Mantravadi    

God Talk Podcast

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Relationships in the Church, Lies Moms Believe and Mommy Wars with Rebekah Hargraves | Episode 61



On this week’s episode of Theology Gals, Coleen talks Rebekah Hargraves. They discuss friendships in the Church and some of the barriers to those relationships, including the Mommy WA, along with other topics involving women’s friendships in the Church.

Episode Resources:

Rebekah’s blog

Lies Moms Believe: (And How the Gospel Refutes Them) book by Rebekah

The 5 Biggest Barriers to Christian Mama Friendship

Seeing Other Moms as Image Bearers of God (And Thereby Ending the Mommy Wars!)

Mama, You are too Busy NOT to Have Friends!

When the Mommy Wars Enter the Church

More info on her book and other articles

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Prayer | Episode 60



 

Coleen and Ashley discuss prayer on this week’s episode of Theology Gals.

(Coleen had some technical difficulties and we apologize her sound is not the best this week)

Episode Resources:

Here are links to Confessions and Cathechisms with proof texts

Westminster Shorter Catechism 100-107

Westminster Larger Catechism Questions 186-196

Heidelberg Catechism 116-129

Why Pray? Ligonier

Should You Pray for God to Save Your Loved Ones? White Horse Inn blog

Why Should Reformed Christians Pray? by Joshua Allen

Presbyterian Prayer Book

Prayers of the Bible: Equipping Women to Call on God in Truth by by Susan Hunt

A Simple Way to Pray by Martin Luther

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions

 

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Finding a Church | Episode 59



On this episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Ashley talk about how to find a church. If you are confused about all those church acronyms, check out our Reformed Acronyms and Abbreviations.

Episode Resources:

Marks of a True Church: Introduction by Daniel Hyde

The Marks of the Church by W. Robert Godfrey

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Has American Christianity Failed? with Bryan Wolfmueller | Episode 58



On this episode of Theology Gals Coleen and Ashley talk with Bryan Wolfmueller about his book Has American Christianity Failed?

Episode Resources:

You can find Pastor Bryan Wolfmueller’s sermons, podcast, blogs and books here.

Check out Has American Christianity Failed? by Bryan Wolfmueller

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Law, Gospel & Grace in Parenting | Episode 57



On this week’s episode of Theology Gals, it’s just Coleen. She talks about where the law, the gospel and grace fit into our parenting.

Episode Resources:

Being Dad with Scott Keith Theology Gals Episode

What I’ve Learned From Having a Son That’s an Atheist by Coleen Sharp

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Concerns With Complementarianism: Where Does That Leave Us? | Theology Gals



On this week’s episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Ashley discuss some topics which have come up following recently episodes. With some of the problems within complementarianism, should we still use the label? Is complementarianism just another form of patriarchy? The gals discuss these and other questions.

Episode Resources:

The Desire of a Woman: A Response to Susan Foh’s Interpretation by Rachel Miller

Eternal Subordination of the Son with Rachel Miller Theology Gals

Genesis 3:16 & Complementarianism with Wendy Alsup Theology Gals

No, I’m not a Feminist or an Egalitarian by Rachel Miller

Complementarianism Theology Gals podcast

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A Discussion on Education | Theology Gals | Episode 55



On this week’s episode of Theology Gals, Coleen and Ashley discuss education. They talk about the pros and cons of different education options.

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Discussing Our Differences



In the age of the Internet and Facebook, along with other social media platforms, we as Christians have an opportunity unlike anytime before to discuss and debate our theological differences. In many ways it’s been a positive thing, encouraging us in the study of God’s Word and challenging us in theological truth and defense of our faith. It’s not always a good thing though. It’s easy to lose sight of our purpose and be motivated by the wrong things.

The Theology Gals podcast has started a new series titled “What do they believe?” We often receive questions about theological traditions, what they believe and how they differ from Reformed theology. These episodes will not be debates. The series will primarily focus on explaining each specific theological framework, how it is different from confessional Reformed theology and what we are unified in. I think it’s a good opportunity for us to talk about the why and how of theological discussion and debate.

 

The Purpose of Debate

While I was arranging the first episode in the series, onLutheranism, with Pastor Brian Thomas, Pastor Brian suggested that we also discuss, “how Christians from differing traditions can, and should, discuss and debate our differences in a generous, kind and honest fashion while recognizing we all belong to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.” One thing he said on the episode was, “Remember the point of theological debate is unity”

I don’t think people often think of unity as a reason for discussion of opposing views, especially when it so often seems to cause disunity. I’ve seen some of the most ugly, unkind, ungracious behavior in theological debate, surely not something that looks like unity. Even in our disagreements we must be mindful of what unifies us, particularly on essentials as we are united in Christ. Our discussions should be for the purpose of edification, growth in the faith and knowledge of the Lord through His Word. This is not unity at the expense of truth, but rather a reminder of the foundation of it, our common faith in Christ and the Word of God as our basis for truth.

Ephesians 4:13 says, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”

John Calvin explains in his commentary on this passage that we will not have perfect unity before glory, but that we should still aspire to it:

“In the unity of the faith. But ought not the unity of the faith to reign among us from the very commencement? It does reign, I acknowledge, among the sons of God, but not so perfectly as to make them come together. Such is the weakness of our nature, that it is enough if every day brings some nearer to others, and all nearer to Christ. The expression, coming together, denotes that closest union to which we still aspire, and which we shall never reach, until this garment of the flesh, which is always accompanied by some remains of ignorance and weakness, shall have been laid aside.”

Calvin is right that such is the weakness of our nature that our unity is not perfect. One way we can aspire to unity is to be mindful of the way we discuss and debate these things and of our purpose. When we discuss our differences, remembering that we agree on the essentials, that we are united in our faith in Christ should encourage us in wisdom in the way we do this, remembering we are all part of the same body, the same holy, catholic and apostolic church.

“Say what you mean, but you don’t have to say it mean.”

One of pastor Brian’s encouragements in theological debate is, “Be respectful and kind. Say what you mean, but you don’t have to say it mean.” Because of strong feelings about our theological views it’s easy to let our emotions play a part in these debates. It can be difficult to accept and make sense of a disagreement with someone who claims the same foundation for an opposing belief, specifically God’s Word. Discussions are far more fruitful when the parties are kind and respectful of one another. If you are mean and attack someone in theological discussion, it puts them on the defensive and they may not really listen to what you’re saying. It can also cause disunity.

“Be clear on both sides and major on the majors. Understand what it is we disagree about.” This is another great encouragement from Pastor Brian’s list on how to debate our differences. I think there are many debates which would be avoided if each side understood what it is they’re disagreeing about. In fact, there are times where the people debating aren’t really as far apart in their views as they assume.  Not understanding the opposing view can lead to unnecessary contentious debate, as can making mountains out of molehills on theological topics. When we’re discussing our differences, our vigor should match the size of the hill, especially if it’s one we’re choosing to die on.

Because of our common faith in Christ, we are united together in the Church, the body of Christ. Love for Christ includes love for His Church and  the truth of His Word. As believers, we’re called to unity and peace with one another. (See 1 Corinthians 10:10 and Philippians 2:2.) When differences arise on secondary issues we must stand firm, but not neglect the many things we’re exhorted to in our interactions with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Colossians 3:8 tells us that “those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…” We must remember these things even in our disagreements.

Theology Gals is on the Bible Thumping Wingnut Network with many who hold different theological views from one another. We’re aware of our differences. Ultimately it’s our common faith in Christ which unites us. I have witnessed a great example of brothers discussing differences well for over 25 years on the White Horse Inn radio show. For many of those years, Reformed, Lutheran and Reformed Baptist brothers would discuss a topic focusing on the essentials they agree on, but not neglecting to recognize where they disagree and why. They do this with kindness and respect.

We should discuss our differences out of love, encouraging one another in theological truth through the study of Scripture. There are benefits to discussing our differences when done well. It should challenge us to know what we believe and why, and how to defend it, although not to the point of drawing blood from our brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s easy to focus on our differences and forget that we agree on far more than we disagree on. Hence, we must be mindful of seeking unity in our common faith in Jesus Christ, knowledge of His Word and obedience to it.

 

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