On this week’s episode of Exploring Hope Podcast Dr. Dew sits down with his good friend Dr. John Wilsey in the studio. Dr. Wilsey recently wrote a book entitled American Exceptionalism and Civil Religion: Reassessing the History of an Idea so Dr. Dew wanted to ask him about this issue of “American Exceptionalism” and what it means for us. Where does this idea come from? How does it affect our society? In what ways should we be wary of it? Dr. Wilsey dives into this topic using his research and expertise to help us understand this cultural mindset and how it pertains to us as Christians and us as a nation. Tune in!
This week on the Exploring Hope Podcast, Dr. Dew sits down with Dr. John Hammett to ask him about the Image of God. Genesis 1:26-27 tells us that, unlike the rest of creation, God created us in His own image. This “Imago Dei” has been debated by various theologians over the centuries. What exactly does this mean, and how does it separates us from animals? In what way do we reflect God as image bearers? Is it reason? Is it consciousness? Is it relationship with God? Tune in as Dr. Hammett tackles this important question and helps us think it through.
In this episode of Exploring Hope, Dr. Tracy McKenzie and Dr. Jamie Dew discuss the gospel, and specifically, the fundamental ideas of “justification” and “sanctification.” We often think about these two solely in relation to the New Testament. What’s more, we also have some misunderstandings when it comes to these two ideas, if we don’t consider the whole of Scripture. Dr. McKenzie, expert and scholar in Old Testament studies, helps bring a wider, holistic understanding of the gospel that considers what the OT says about justification and sanctification and clears up a lot of confusion about these fundamental aspects of the gospel.