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Restitutio is a Christian theology podcast designed to get you thinking about biblical theology, church history, and apologetics in an effort to recover the original Christian faith of Jesus and the apostles apart from all of the later traditions that settled on it like so much sediment, obscuring and mutating primitive Christianity into dogma and ritual. Pastor Sean Finnegan, the host of Restitutio, holds to a Berean approach to truth: that everyone should have an open mind, but check everyth… Continue Reading >>
Restitutio is a Christian theology podcast designed to get you thinking about biblical theology, church history, and apologetics in an effort to recover the original Christian faith of Jesus and the apostles apart from all of the later traditions that settled on it like so much sediment, obscuring and mutating primitive Christianity into dogma and ritual. Pastor Sean Finnegan, the host of Restitutio, holds to a Berean approach to truth: that everyone should have an open mind, but check everything against the bible to see how it measures up. If you are looking for biblical unitarian resources, information about the kingdom of God, or teachings about conditional immortality, Restitutio is the Christian podcast for you. << Show Less
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450 Seven Interpretive Options for Hebrews 1.10-12 (Jerry Wierwille) In our last episode, Dr. Jerry Wierwille led us through a contextual overview of Hebrews 1 and 2 in order to situate Hebrews 1.10-12. Today, we'll consider seven interpretations of Hebrews 1.10-12, including:

Father as referent, doxology
Jesus as creator of Genesis creation
Jesus as creator of figurative heaven and earth (referring to people and political institutions)
Jesus as creator of figurative heaven and earth (referring to Mosaic order)
Jesus as creator of heaven and earth for millennial kingdom
Jesus as creator of new creation
Jesus as the embodiment of God's wisdom

This survey should help shed light on the strengths and weaknesses of these views. We won't get into the seventh position much in this episode, but we will cover it in detail in the next one.

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See more episodes with Jerry Wierwille
More resources on Hebrews 1.10
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450 Seven Interpretive Options for Hebrews 1.10-12 (Jerry Wierwille) In our last episode, Dr. Jerry Wierwille led us through a contextual overview of Hebrews 1 and 2 in order to situate Hebrews 1.10-12. Today, we'll consider seven interpretations of Hebrews 1.10-12, including:

Father as referent, doxology
Jesus as creator of Genesis creation
Jesus as creator of figurative heaven and earth (referring to people and political institutions)
Jesus as creator of figurative heaven and earth (referring to Mosaic order)
Jesus as creator of heaven and earth for millennial kingdom
Jesus as creator of new creation
Jesus as the embodiment of God's wisdom

This survey should help shed light on the strengths and weaknesses of these views. We won't get into the seventh position much in this episode, but we will cover it in detail in the next one.

Listen to this episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts



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Check out these other episodes in this series on Hebrews 1
See more episodes with Jerry Wierwille
More resources on Hebrews 1.10
Support Restitutio by donating here
Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases
Join our Restitutio Facebook Group and follow Sean Finnegan on Twitter @RestitutioSF
Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air
Intro music: Good Vibes by MBB Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library.
Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here
449 Intertextuality and Interpretation of Hebrews 1 (Jerry Wierwille) Hebrews 1.10-12 is a confusing passage for many of us. It seems to say that Jesus created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. Today we are beginning a three part series in which Dr. Jerry Wierwille will address this important passage in context. Our first part is Wierwille's presentation from last year's UCA conference. In this overview, he reviews the context, extending from chapter 1 all the way to 2.8. Next he presents lexical connections between Hebrews 1 and wisdom literature. He concludes that Hebrews 1.10-12 is a wisdom christology text, attributing to Jesus what wisdom had accomplished prior to his birth.
Listen to this episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_F_T2o3WWo
Here is the paper that accompanies this talk.

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Check out these other episodes in this series on Hebrews 1
See more episodes with Jerry Wierwille
More resources on Hebrews 1.10
Support Restitutio by donating here
Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases
Join our Restitutio Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter @RestitutioSF
Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air
Intro music: Good Vibes by MBB Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library.
Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here
448 What’s Wrong with Progressive Christianity? (Mike Winger) Today we are addressing Progressive Christianity. To be clear, we are not talking about politics, though they often go hand in hand. Progressive Christianity is an outgrowth of liberal Christianity, which accepted the modernist ethos of the Enlightenment and merged it with Christianity. Likewise Progressive Christianity brings the assumptions and moral commitments of postmodernism to Christianity. Thus, individual experiences and stories, especially from minorities, victims, and the disenfranchised have higher authority than scripture, history, or logic. As a result, Progressive Christians feel free to disagree with scripture if it seems to cause distress or difficulty for people. Our inner sense of goodness and personal purpose are the spiritual authorities that should guide us, not what Jesus said, not what the church says, not what the bible says.
Today I'm playing out a teaching by Mike Winger of Bible Thinker. He had served as a youth pastor and worship leader at a Calvary Chapel church in California before YouTube ministry became his full time focus. His YouTube channel currently has nearly half a million subscribers and his focus is on thinking biblically about life. I thought he made some great points in this presentation that will sensitize you to the cultural creep that is slowly adjusting all of our moral compasses.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYuWlxnqa4o
"Progressive Christianity is not a sustainable community, but it's a door out of Christianity" -Mike Winger"Can God tell you that your heart is mistaken? Even about your deepest longings and morality?" -Mike Winger
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Check out these other episodes related to compassion
For outro comments, see Looking for the Historical Jesus between Evangelical and Liberal Scholarship
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Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here
447 God Is Compassionate (Sean Finnegan) Power and kindness rarely go together. I don't know about you, but I'm so thankful the most powerful being in the universe is also exceedingly compassionate! In fact, when he revealed himself to Moses, compassion was the first attribute he declared about himself. We see the outworking of God's compassion in the laws he provided Israel in the Torah, especially the provisions he made for those who were vulnerable or suffering. These serve as examples for how we should think about those in difficult life circumstances. Scripture calls us to imitate our Father as dear children. Let's be a compassionate people who genuinely feel for those in dire straits and who seek to do our part to alleviate their suffering.
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https://youtu.be/iMOptuZptDI
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Exodus 34:6-7 Compassion/mercy is the first of God’s attributes that He listed out when He revealed His glory to Moses.
Exodus 22:21-27 God cares about the sojourners, widows, and orphans. He hears their prayers and takes up their cause because He is compassionate.
Deuteronomy 24:10-22 God wanted His people never to forget that they were once slaves in Egypt. The benefit of that corporate memory was that they would have compassion on others in need like the poor, the sojourner, the orphan, and the widow.
Deuteronomy 25:5-10 God installed an automatic system to ensure that widows would have the chance to get remarried quickly.
Deuteronomy 26:12-13 The people’s tithes went to provide for the Levites, sojourners, orphans, and widows. It was important to God that His people not forget these categories of people.
Psalm 68:4-5 4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the LORD; exult before him! 5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
Zechariah 7:9-14 Sadly, God’s people did not act in compassion to the vulnerable members of their society. They took advantage of the weak and closed their ears to hear their cry. Other than idolatry, their lack of compassion was the chief reason God exiled them from their land.
Luke 6:30-36 Our Lord taught us that we too should be merciful just as God is. We too should be generous to the poor and kind to the undeserving.
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Check out these other episodes related to compassion
For outro comments, see Looking for the Historical Jesus between Evangelical and Liberal Scholarship
Support Restitutio by donating here
Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases
Join our Restitutio Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter @RestitutioSF
Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air
Intro music: Good Vibes by MBB Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library.
Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here.
446 Resurrection Objection 3: Supernatural Inaccessible? (Aaron Shelenberger) Have you heard of historiography? Your historiography is the method you employ in doing history. This is especially relevant when the scholars who make the rules for doing history decide to exclude any supernatural events from their historiography. Today, my guest, Aaron Shelenberger, continues his rebuttal to Ehrman's three main objections to the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus. We discuss Ehrman's contentions that supernatural events are inaccessible to historians and the prevalence of methodological naturalism. Also, Shelenberger briefly reviews the recent debate between Mike Licona and Bart Ehrman.

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https://youtu.be/2g45dHGGrHk

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For Shelenberger's thesis, see part 1: 444 Resurrection Objection 1: Unreliable Gospels?
See also part 2: 445 Resurrection Objection 2: Improbable Miracles?
Follow Aaron Shelenberger on his YouTube channel: Life and Beyond and on his blog: Abandoning the Trinity
See Mike Licona's Why Are There Differences Between the Gospels?
Check out Shelenberger's interview on the Trinities podcast (part 2 here)
Other episodes referenced include 390 God Is Real (Why Christianity 3), 53 Does God Exist?, 54 Four More Reasons God Exists
Support Restitutio by donating here
Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases
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Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air
Intro music: Good Vibes by MBB Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library.
Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here.
445 Resurrection Objection 2: Improbable Miracles? (Aaron Shelenberger) Today my guest, Aaron Shelenberger, and I are tackling a second scholarly objection of Bart Ehrman against the resurrection of Jesus. We're taking a deep dive into the historian's use of probability to establish whether a particular event happened. Are miracles by definition improbable? Does the rarity of miracles preclude the historian from talking about them? Like last week, Shelenberger will guide us through his master's thesis to deal with this issue.
Listen to this episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts
https://youtu.be/swvCj4uVeJU
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For Shelenberger's thesis, see part 1: 444 Resurrection Objection 1: Unreliable Gospels?
Follow Aaron Shelenberger on his YouTube channel: Life and Beyond and on his blog: Abandoning the Trinity
See Mike Licona's Why Are There Differences Between the Gospels?
Check out Shelenberger's interview on the Trinities podcast (part 2 here)
Support Restitutio by donating here
Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases
Join our Restitutio Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter @RestitutioSF
Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air
Intro music: Good Vibes by MBB Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library.
Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here.
444 Resurrection Objection 1: Unreliable Gospels? (Aaron Shelenberger) Aaron Shelenberger who studied under Mike Licona at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, shares about his research on the historicity of the resurrection. In particular, his thesis tackled three main objections brought forth by popular author and anti-Christian Bart Ehrman. Now, I realize this episode and the next two that follow are a tad technical, so if that's not your jam, then you may want to skip them. However, what I've noticed in the past is that our most technical episodes tend to get lots of downloads. In our conversation today we discuss the importance of resurrection and how Ehrman's attack on the reliability of the Gospels fails to undermine the case for the resurrection. Also, I bring up Licona's somewhat controversial book, Why Are There Differences in the Gospels and get Shelenberger's take on it.
Listen to this episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ9xpP2c89E
Here is Shelenberger's thesis for your consideration.

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Follow Aaron Shelenberger on his YouTube channel: Life and Beyond and on his blog: Abandoning the Trinity
See Mike Licona's Why Are There Differences Between the Gospels?
Check out Shelenberger's interview on the Trinities podcast (part 2 here)
More information about Family Camp here.
Support Restitutio by donating here
Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases
Join our Restitutio Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter @RestitutioSF
Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air
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Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here.
443 Generational Differences 2 (Daniel Calcagno) Last time Pastor Daniel Calcagno spoke to us about the older generations. Today we'll get into discussing Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. We explore pivotal events in each of these younger generations as well as how Christianity uniquely appeals to them. Hopefully this conversation will spur some thoughts for you, regardless of your age, and how you can reach people for Christ in your own world.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZHTrMvzYyY
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Listen to "Generational Differences, Part 1"
Check out these other episodes with Daniel Calcagno, including “From Pentecostal to Messianic Unitarian“
Check out his church: Glad Tidings Church of God in Fonthill, Ontario
Follow his YouTube channel and his website MessianicNiagra.com
Support Restitutio by donating here
Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases
Join our Restitutio Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter @RestitutioSF
Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air
Intro music: Good Vibes by MBB Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library.
Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here.
442 Generational Differences 1 (Daniel Calcagno) Daniel Calcagno serves as the pastor of Glad Tidings Church of God in Fonthill, Ontario (just west of Niagara Falls). He is the owner of MessianicNiagra.com along with the associated YouTube channel, which has several thousand subscribers and a video with over 400,000 views. Today he's talking to me about generations based on a sermon series he preached at his home church. This week we'll cover the older living generations include the greatest generation, silent generation, and baby boomers. Not only will Calcagno sketch out some of the key experiences and attitudes of each, but he'll also talk about how they relate to Christianity.


Listen to this episode on Spotify or Apple Podcasts









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Check out these other episodes with Daniel Calcagno, including "From Pentecostal to Messianic Unitarian"
Check out his church: Glad Tidings Church of God in Fonthill, Ontario
Follow his YouTube channel and his website MessianicNiagra.com
Support Restitutio by donating here
Designate Restitutio as your charity of choice for Amazon purchases
Join our Restitutio Facebook Group and follow us on Twitter @RestitutioSF
Leave a voice message via SpeakPipe with questions or comments and we may play them out on the air
Intro music: Good Vibes by MBB Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) Free Download / Stream: Music promoted by Audio Library.
Who is Sean Finnegan?  Read his bio here.
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