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EFCA Theology Podcast

The EFCA Theology Podcast encourages pastors and church leaders to stay passionate about the gospel and faithful to the Scriptures. Episodes help listeners understand, share and live out our most important beliefs.

You can look forward to new episodes from a number of different categories, including:

- Past and upcoming EFCA Theology Conferences
- Past and upcoming EFCA One Conferences
- Audiobook chapters of Evangelical Convictions
- New content created specifically for the podcast

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May 28, 2020
Most recent episode

Episode 201: The Doctrine of Christ: The Exclusivity and Necessity of Jesus Christ with Dr. Harold Netland

In February 2020, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme “Contending for the Faith – 7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Harold Netland’s message on the topic, “The Doctrine of Christ: The Exclusivity and Necessity of Jesus Christ.”

Harold serves as professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

May 21, 2020

Episode 200: The Doctrine of the Church: The People of God, Public Theology and Politics with Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile and Dr. Jonathan Leeman

In February 2020, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme “Contending for the Faith – 7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Jonathan Leeman’s and Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile’s messages on the topic, “The Doctrine of the Church: The People of God, Public Theology and Politics.”

Jonathan serves as the editorial director for 9Marks series of books and 9Marks Journal in Washington D.C. Thabiti serves as pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington D.C., and council member of The Gospel Coalition.

May 14, 2020

Episode 199: The Doctrine of Salvation: Penal Substitution—The Heart of Atonement with Dr. Steve Wellum

In February 2020, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme “Contending for the Faith – 7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Steve Wellum’s message on the topic, “The Doctrine of Salvation: Penal Substitution – The Heart of the Atonement.”

Steve serves as professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and editor of The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology.

May 05, 2020

Episode 198: The Doctrine of Humanity: Imago Dei, Embodiment, Identity and Human Sexuality with Dr. Gregg Allison

In February 2020, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme “Contending for the Faith – 7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Gregg Allison’s message on the topic, “The Doctrine of Humanity: Imago Dei, Embodiment, Identity and Human Sexuality.”

Gregg serves as professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a pastor of Sojourn Church East in Louisville, Kentucky.

March 24, 2020

Episode 197: The Doctrine of the Scriptures: Authority, Clarity and Sufficiency with Dr. Graham Cole

In February 2020, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme “Contending for the Faith – 7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Graham Cole’s message on the topic, “The Doctrine of the Scriptures: Authority, Clarity and Sufficiency.”

Graham serves as dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and professor of biblical and systematic theology at TEDS in Deerfield, Illinois.

March 19, 2020

Episode 196: The Doctrine of God: The Trinity and Classical Theism with Dr. Fred Sanders

In February 2020, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme “Contending for the Faith – 7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Dr. Fred Sanders' opening message of the conference, “The Doctrine of God: The Trinity and Classical Theism.”

Fred serves as professor and associate dean of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in La Mirada, California.

March 17, 2020

Episode 195: Greg Strand Introduces the 2020 Theology Conference

In February 2020, EFCA pastors and church leaders gathered at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, for the annual Theology Conference. The focus was on the theme “Contending for the Faith – 7 Critical Contemporary Doctrinal Challenges: A Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Response.” On this episode of the podcast, we share Greg Strand’s introduction to the conference.

Greg serves as the executive director of theology and credentialing in the EFCA.

July 21, 2019

Evangelical Convictions, Introduction

In 2008, the EFCA adopted an updated, strengthened Statement of Faith. Following that update, the EFCA Spiritual Heritage Committee wrote the book Evangelical Convictions: An Exposition of the Statement of Faith of the EFCA to help pastors and church leaders better understand what we believe. In this episode, pastor Bill Kynes reads the introduction from Evangelical Convictions for us.

Bill is the senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Annandale, Virginia.

You can find the whole book here.

July 18, 2019

Evangelical Convictions, Chapter 3

In 2008, the EFCA adopted an updated, strengthened Statement of Faith. Following that update, the EFCA Spiritual Heritage Committee wrote the book, Evangelical Convictions: An Exposition of the Statement of Faith of the EFCA, to help pastors and church leaders better understand what we believe. On this episode of the podcast, Alejandro Mandes reads chapter 3 of Evangelical Convictions. Alejandro serves as EFCA executive director of the All People Initiative.

July 17, 2019

Immigration, a Biblical and Missional Perspective

Introduction to Immigration

Our primary lens for viewing immigrants is as fellow image bearers, those created in the image of God and having dignity. Our primary lens for understanding immigration should be biblical and missional, not political. Principles that govern our thoughts and actions toward immigrants since they are created in the image of God, fellow image bearers, include sacrificial love, hospitality and missional opportunity.

It is a natural, though sinful, human response to fear outsiders and diminish their humanity. Just as, in and by the Spirit, we counter the sin of pride with the disciplines of humility and gratitude, we must also counter the sins of xenophobia and ethnocentrism with the disciplines of hospitality (Gen. 18) and missional courage (Acts 10). The word of the year in one of the word lists in 2017 was xenophobia, a “fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers.” This is contrary to the exhortation from the writer of Hebrews who writes to Christians, “do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers “philoxenia”(Heb. 13:2). Christians do not exude fear of others, xenophobia, but rather extend love to strangers, philoxenia.

As with any other issue related to sin, sanctification and mission, our movement and our pastors need to speak boldly and clearly about what the Bible says and how that influences every facet of belief and behavior.

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