Audio File Download: Episode 010
In this episode I want to talk about memorizing Scripture. It’s a habit I undertook back in the early 2000’s while working at a car wash. When things were slow, especially in the evenings, I would pull out my Bible and work on verses, reading them again and again and then quizzing myself until I had them committed to memory.
It was a difficult but also very rewarding undertaking. But, because of a comment by Billy Graham I abandoned the practice until recently taking it up again.
So, let’s jump in and see why I want to memorize Scripture, how I go about it, and why I stopped for so long…..
Audio File Download: Episode 009
In this episode I want to discuss the topic of attending seminary, or, more specifically, why not to attend a formal seminary and why and how to self-study a seminary education instead.
Many of the reasons I will cover have been relevant to the topic for years, but a few have only become an issue in the last year or two, so this is an important question to ask and really dig into, especially for those who are just graduating high school or who are in undergrad and are thinking they might want to go on to seminary at some point.
So, let’s just jump in and see what we’re talking about.….
Audio File Download: Episode 008
In this episode I wanted to talk in detail about the theological topic known as Middle Knowledge. I actually had never come across this term or the concept before until about a year ago when Dr. Heiser in his podcast pointed to 1 Sam 23:7-13 as an example of God knowing the outcome of an individual’s decision despite that decision not actually being made. He just mentioned it in passing, but after a little research I was excited to find out it had a prominent place in both theology and philosophy.
Of course, I was pretty quickly confronted with the reformed objection, though, as far as that stands, the grounds for such objects seems retaliatory rather than than substantive or even at all biblical.
There are really only a handful of positions taken on this issue: there is Progressive Theology, Open Theism, Middle Knowledge, Calvinism, and finally Fatalism. I’m not going to address formally any particular camp, but my discussion here will certainly weave in and out of all of them.
The main argument, of course, is about what God knows and when he knows it. It is also about the content of his knowledge and how he relates to that content; i.e. is he in control of it or ruled by it. Does he create (predestinate) it or is he simply aware of it.
As with most theological issues, this is driven by hermeneutical priority, or how one approaches a particular text and how serious they take the Bible as a whole (do you accept the text as it is or do you read into it your opinion).
So, let’s dive in and see exactly what this philosophical idea is all about…..
Audio File Download: Episode 007
One of the kinds of episodes I’m wanting to do on this podcast, I guess you could call it a series, are episodes devoted to exploring my fiction books, the stories, the characters, the worlds within my own imagination. So, on this epside, I’m going to talk about the first novel I ever finished and published on kindle called In the Meadow.
I think it turned out to be a great story, better than I had first imagined, and it has also spawned a sequel called Returning the Meadow and will eventually develop into a trilogy with the last installment I have in the works, Beautiful the Meandow.
So, let’s just jump in and find out everything there is not know (without spoilers) of this strange story of ghosts and maybe even demons and betrayal and sacrifice, but really what the story is about most, the brokenness of people and real, tangible, nightmarish fear….
Audio File Download: Episode 6
Welcome to the Isaac Hunter Podcast. In this episode I want to discuss a topic that was brought up during my dissertation defense, and most specifically, where a committee member asked me to defend and support a Trichotomic view of biblical anthropology. This is basically one of the two views of what humans are, stating either 1. the human being is made up of two distinct items (the soul and body) or 2. the human being is made up of three distinct items (soul, spirit, body).
So, let’s jump into this debate and see what I argued in my dissertation and how I would defend that view….
Audio File Download: Episode 005
In this episode I’m going to take a break from theology related topics and provide an update on the Eden Property, particularly on the process I’ve made with the hiking trails I’m putting in over the next few years.
Though not directly related to my theological studies, the property and the trails in particular are connected to my avocation, my proposed challenge to build a sustainable garden where I can live full time in the future. My hope is to one day soon sell my house in town and live here on the property, in a small shelter with just a hammock and a wood stove in the winter and then anywhere I want in the woods during the summers.
I’ll go into greater detail in a future episode about the plans I have for the property, the specifics and all that. But right now, let’s jump in and discuss what I’ve been doing for a few hours each day during the week as we settle into fall with the hope that I’ll be able to hold out this year through the cold weather and make it through to spring (fingers crossed)…
Audio File Download: Episode 004
In this episode I wanted to talk about Preterism, Postmillennialism, and their view on Eschatology. This was brought up again and again in the notes from my advisor on my dissertation so I wanted to address it at length after I finished my own research on the subject.
Personally, I am a very uncommitted (well, more committed than I initially thought I was) Premillennial Futurist. I’m quite squirmish on when the rapture happens in these end time events, but I am very much convinced that the rapture will take place and I think it can take place at any time (but with a few conditions).
But, let’s dive into the deep end and find out what’s happening in the End Times since the whole world seems to have gone mad lately….
Audio File Download: Episode 003
This episode, along with several other future episodes, will be covering research I’m doing to finish off my dissertation for the Doctor of Theology program I recently completed. I have already met all the requirements and have received my transcripts (diploma is on its way – got it!) but, due to some technical issues there were several pages of notes from my advisor that I did not get to address during my defense, as well as several comments and feedback from the other members of the committee that were sent to me that I wanted to further elaborate on in greater detail.
If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a sucker for homework.
But, these are subjects I have a great deal of interest in and I would have done an episode on these topics eventually, so I figured it would be more efficient to kill two birds and yada yada yada….and all that there.
So, in this episode, I’m going to be talking about those peculiar references in the Bible made about Nephilim. What are these “beings?” Where did they come from? Where did they go? Did the New Testament writers know about them? If so, what was their view? Are the Nephilim still among us even today?
So, let’s jump in and see if we can cut through the controversy……
Audio File Download: Episode 002
In this episode I wanted to talk in detail about my experiences in graduate school in general and in seminary in particular. Actually, I’m going to cover my entire college and university experience, to be honest. All totaled, I’ve spent 7 years in post-secondary education, and would have to say about 75% of it was a complete and utter waste of time. Higher education is either a gross extravagance and a wholly unnecessary expense, or it is a complete financial and emotional burden and an utter scam perpetrated by those in government and the for-profit corporate engine that is higher education in the United States.
I would have to be honest and say I have learned nothing at the university or seminary level. Nothing. I used to say I only learned one thing in high school and that was how to type, but that can now be had by simply playing typing games online.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself. This podcast episode will cover what degrees I’ve completed, what kind of schools I went to, what kind of delivery they used, what problems I encountered in each, and what kind of ROI I received from each degree. Spoiler, it’s not really a great overall picture, but then again, it could be a whole lot worse.
So, let’s jump in and see what higher education was like for me now that I’m finally finished once and for all.….
Audio File Download: Episode 001
You can call me Isaac. And I have to say, I really don’t want to be doing a podcast. More importantly, I don’t want to be doing this podcast in particular. But, for a long time now, I’ve been compelled to reach out.
I’m not sure why.
In the famous words of Amos, “I’m neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet.” Well, I can certainly tell you I’m also not an apostle or an evangelists, or an elder or a teacher. In fact, I would bet good money (not my own money, but) I would bet good money that the church – any church – would classify me best as heretic.
And, I would imagine it’s true to some extent.
But, more on that later.
Right now let me do a little bit of an introduction and what my aim is in starting this broadcast. So, grab a seat and let’s figure out why I’ll be talking into this empty room every week.….