John’s Legacy in the Church

With this podcast, we begin a series on the Gospel of John. In this episode, Dr. Keith Stanglin talks with Mark about John’s Gospel, and specifically about how the church valued and use this book in the earlier years of Christianity. Understanding how it was valuable to them helps us see ways in which it is valuable to us.

Conversation Highlights:

  • Possible origins of how John’s Gospel was written and shared
  • Early church misunderstandings of the nature of Jesus, and how John’s Gospel helps us sort out the distinctions
  • John’s preeminence among the Gospels.

About Dr. Keith Stanglin

Keith Stanglin is Professor of Historical Theology at Austin Graduate School of Theology in Austin, Texas, where he is the editor of the journal Christian Studies and is the coordinator of the master’s degree program.  He has written or co-written eight books, including: Jacob Arminius: Theologian of Grace (Oxford University Press, 2012) and The Reformation to the Modern Church: A Reader in Christian Theology (Fortress Press, 2014).  His most recent book is The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation: From Early Church to Modern Practice (Baker Academic, 2018).

Click here to visit Keith Stanglin’s Amazon Author’s Page.

He specializes in Reformation and post-Reformation theology, the history of biblical interpretation, liturgical theology, and Arminianism.

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  1. Hearing discussions like this is so important to gaining more personal spiritual depth in our understanding of God’s word….. after all our spiritual development is the most important thing we carry with us into the next life… deeds are just rewards for doing what we should do for the great gift of grace… but the degree of spiritual growth is at least in part a choice.

    1. Thanks Joe! It was good for me to get to have these conversations. I know I grew through the experience. Appreciate you tuning in, and thoroughly affirm what you’re saying here. I hope people will take advantage of the resources.

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