Welcome to the 138th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins talks with Dr. Greg Allison about his book, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith: A Guide to Understanding and Teaching Theology (Baker, 2018).
What you’ll hear in this episode
- How ministry leaders can create safe places in our churches where people can learn theology and ask questions.
- Christian doctrine in its four applications.
- The most neglected area of theology in contemporary theology and what the church can do about it.
- The most under attack aspect of systematic theology in contemporary theology.
- How Christians should engage with one another on theological topics.
- How Christians should engage with one another on theological topics, especially where we may disagree.
- The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement, how it’s under attack, and how to stand against the side of this attack by preaching the Word.
- Why so few Christians read and study historical theology.
- How ministry leaders can promote historical theology in the church.
- How ministry leaders can encourage young men to study theology in a world that is dominated by technology.
- How Reformed theology has impacted Dr. Allison personally.
- How ministry leaders can address the problem of doubt as a virtue.
About the Guest
Gregg R. Allison (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including The Baker Compact Dictionary of Theological Terms, Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, and Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church. He serves as secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society and is a book review editor for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Gregg is also a pastor of Sojourn Community Church.
Here’s a ton of resources on penal substitutionary atonement over at Mongerism.
Dr. Allison’s book on Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine.
Dr. Allison’s class at Zondervan on his book Historical Theology.
Episode 14 of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast on The Meaning of Good Friday https://servantsofgrace.org/meaning-good-friday/
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Dave Jenkins is happily married to his wife, Sarah. He is a writer, editor, and speaker living in beautiful Southern Oregon. Dave is a lover of Christ, His people, the Church, and sound theology. He serves as the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine, the Host and Producer of Equipping You in Grace Podcast, and is a contributor to and producer of Contending for the Word. He is the author of The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What To Do About It (House to House, 2021), The Word Matters: Defending Biblical Authority Against the Spirit of the Age (G3 Press, 2022), and Contentment: The Journey of a Lifetime (Theology for Life, 2024). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, or read his newsletter. Dave loves to spend time with his wife, going to movies, eating at a nice restaurant, or going out for a round of golf with a good friend. He is also a voracious reader, in particular of Reformed theology, and the Puritans. You will often find him when he’s not busy with ministry reading a pile of the latest books from a wide variety of Christian publishers. Dave received his M.A.R. and M.Div through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.