Listener Feedback: Redemptive-Historical Hermeneutics, Preaching, and Apologetic Arguments

Camden Bucey, Jeff Waddington, and Bob Tarullo tackle listeners’ questions this week, concerning redemptive-historical hermeneutics and preaching as well as apologetic arguments. Please send in your own questions which we can address in a later episode!

Our last Listener Feedback episode was Christ the Center episode 317.

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Camden Bucey

6 years ago

I misspoke toward the end of the episode regarding the use of hypostasis at Nicaea. To my recollection, the First Council of Nicaea in 325 used the term hypostasis to refer to the unity of God. The shift in terminology occurred over the next several decades and was codified in 381 at the Council of Constantinople, which referred to the diversity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) as individual hypostases. The creed we often recite in our churches today as the “Nicene Creed” is a sort of conglomeration of those two creeds. “Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed” is just a little too difficult to pronounce or fit on a single line in our bulletins.

Chris Cullnane

6 years ago

I would be interested in your dissertation Camden and Dr. Tipton’s. How can I get a copies?
Thanks, Chris

Camden Bucey

6 years ago

At least for now, my dissertation is available for download. Lane Tipton’s dissertation is available through different dissertation databases. I have a copy myself, but I’m not certain if we’ll be able to distribute it publicly, especially since it’s currently being prepared for publication.

Jeff Downs

6 years ago

I’m looking forward to Titpton’s material (finally) being published. 🙂

BTW: Tipton’s lecture “Westminster Trinitarian Theology” is something worth listening to. This lecture is found here: http://wts.edu/resources/media.html

Search for Lane Tipton, and it is the last lecture listed. You must have an account to listen to the lecture.


6 years ago

I have a question about sermon evaluation relevant, I think, to the first set of questions discussed. Why don’t Reformed theologians or commentators (e.g., the members of Reformed Forum) critique actual sermons? (Maybe they do and I’m simply not aware of where this sort of content exists.) Something like this occurs in most Reformed seminaries, where the seminarian’s first sermons are subject to critical scrutiny from at least the professor etc. One of the guests on this episode mentioned how stark the contrast is (or can be) between redemptive historical sermons and, well, anything else, but it would be a lot more helpful if specific examples were given (not just in this episode but other discussions of redemptive historical preaching in other episodes and elsewhere). Maybe this could be a type of future episode, where two sermons on the same text are compared and critiqued? (Sometimes I get the feeling that critiquing actual sermons is someone taboo in some Reformed circles!)


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