Modern Cloister: Grace Alone

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Modern Cloister: Scripture Alone

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

If you haven’t listened to the into episode, please listen there first. We try to get a chunk of history out of the way, so we don’t have to cover it on each episode. I think it does a pretty nice job of giving the historical setting and helping the listener understand the need for the Reformation. You can find in the intro here.

In this episode we dive into Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura), which arguably had the largest impact of any of the Solae. The ‘middle three’ (grace, faith, Christ) are inextricably linked and form a major theological point, but on the practical life of a Christian side, placing the Bible as the top source of authority was hugely impactful. It is also the first domino to fall of sorts, as then all arguments need to start from and end in the Bible. Of course, there has also been an overcorrection, where people think Bible Alone means only me and my Bible, which might have peaked about 200 years ago, when many new denominations/movements started that are essentially heresies from the early church that people quite studying. So, we try to make it clear that confessions, community, etc. are important and needed. I do feel (maybe I am just being hopeful) that there has been a recent renew of interest in early history and the writings of the church fathers.

As always comments or questions are always welcome below. Listen below, find us on YouTube and wherever podcasts are found, or listen on our home page at Modern Cloister.

Modern Cloister: What led to the Reformation?

We are excited to launch a new series on the Five Solas (I know that ‘s’ isn’t correct Latin, don’t @ me) of the Protestant Reformation. This episode is the kick off, then we’ll spend the next few months going through each of the five. Sola is Latin for ‘alone or only’, so you may have heard of Scripture Alone, or Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone to the Glory of God Alone. These are the five rallying cries that came out of the Reformation, and we feel that are as important right now as they have been in the last 500 years.

This short episode will be a brief overview of some of the situations that led us to the Reformation. Check back next week for Scripture Alone. I am hoping to have a book review related to the series up at some point soon. I also plan to get back to review some books, putting some Bible Study notes up, but honestly, I’m not too hopeful. We may attempt a book review Pod, so if that is something that sounds good, let us know. Any other comments or questions are always welcome below.

Listen below, find us on YouTube and wherever podcasts are found, or listen on our home page at Modern Cloister.

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Modern Cloister: Mars Hill Reaction Pod

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

This has been a long time coming, but something we wanted to share. Most people have probably listened to the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill podcast at this point, if you haven’t, go do it now. The pod mini-series is a broad work that isn’t just about Mars Hill, but uses events/people/mindsets there to discuss ongoing issues in the Evangelical work more broadly. We, unfortunately (like most people), have had issues with church leadership, not dissimilar than Mars Hill. We discuss a little of our story, as well as where we agree/disagree with some of the assessment/conclusions and hopefully offer some useful takeaways. Hope you enjoy the podcast and the episode below, feedback and comments are always welcome. Listen below, find us on YouTube and wherever podcasts are found, or listen on our home page at Modern Cloister.

Modern Cloister Anniversary

Modern Cloister podcast has turned one this past weekend. You can listen to our review of what we’ve taken a away from a year of podcasting, and our plans for the future. We will be back on an every other Sunday schedule for a while. Next up is a Mars Hill reaction pod, then a six part series on the five solas. Plenty of other ideas in the works, if life will let us get to them.

For MMT, I will hopefully be back in with book reviews soon, along with a few other post topic. I’ve started a new job in my real life, and that is taking quite a bit of bandwidth.

Hope you enjoy the podcast and the episode below, feedback and comments are always welcome. Listen below, find us on YouTube and wherever podcasts are found, or listen on our home page at Modern Cloister.

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Modern Cloister: Commentaries

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This week on the Modern Cloister, we discussed commentaries – what they are, why you should use them, and a few recommendations to get started. I wrote a little about the topic years ago, so not the best, but the outline is good. You can listen to the episode below, or find it on our YouTube page. Hope you enjoy it, as always, let me know any we left out or what you like to use. 

 

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Modern Cloister: Study Bibles

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

We are continuing our Study the Bible Series over at the Modern Cloister. Catch up by listening to our first episode on Translations, and check back in next week when we discuss commentaries. You can find my post on Study Bibles here. Let me know which Study Bibles you use or any that I left out. 

Update and Books

It has been about six months since my last post, which is probably the longest I have ever gone. Life has been a little off the past few month, so we haven’t done a podcast, nor have I written anything. So, we sat down and did a quick update, which you can listen to below.

I’m pretty behind on my books. I think I only read about 20 this year and I’ve only reviewed one or so of them. Hopefully, I’ll post more regularly next year and get back on track with the podcast.

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Modern Cloister: How to Use The Psalms

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Part two of the Modern Cloister series on the Psalms is out (you can find info on Part 1 – a Guide to Using the Psalms – here, or listen in the player below). In it, we discuss using the Psalms for praying, reading, and singing, both privately and corporately. We take a look a reading plans, various ‘divine hours’ in which Psalms are incorporated (including medieval monks who read the whole book once a week), how to use Psalms as prayers and in learning how to pray, and finally, Mrs. MMT teaches you had to sing the Psalms. 

I’ve reviewed two of the best books out there (that aren’t commentaries) on the Psalms – How to Read the Psalms & Learning to Love the Psalms – if you are interested in reading more. 

You can listen to the Pod on the player below, or subscribe anywhere podcast are found. You can also listen at our YouTube Channel. Or, of course, come check us out at ModernCloister.com. Hope you enjoy, feedback is always welcome. 

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Modern Cloister: A Guide to Understanding the Psalms

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Over at Modern Cloister, we are excited to launch a new six part series on the Psalms. We start with todays episode, A Guide to Understanding. The next episode will get into how to use the Psalms. In the remaining four, we will dig into the different types/genres of Psalms (variously broken down, typically, between five and 12, we landed on eight).

Over the past few years, the Psalms have become one of the most important books to me. As I read how much the book was used in history – reading, singing, praying – it is almost disheartening how little we (most protestants) use them today. 

I’ve reviewed two of the best books out there (that aren’t commentaries) on the Psalms – How to Read the Psalms & Learning to Love the Psalms – if you are interested in reading more. 

You can listen to the Pod on the player below, or subscribe anywhere podcast are found. You can also listen at our YouTube Channel. Or, of course, come check us out at ModernCloister.com

Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) Modern Cloister

What exactly is the doctrine of Sola Gratia, and how did it define and shape the Reformation? How does the "Grace Alone" sola still impact us today and how can it be recaptured and reclaimed by both believers and the modern church? In this episode, we explore the history and essential components of this sola and how it challenges our contemporary culture and world around us.  For a brief background on the "who, what, when, where, why and how" of the Reformation, which introduces the  Five Solas, listen to our episode What led to the Reformation? Then, make sure to check out our conversation on the first sola, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).  If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  Welcome to the Modern Cloister A History of Christian Community The Decline of Community The Future of Community The Impact of COVID-19 on Community Remember to rate, review and subscribe to be the first to get our newest episodes! And connect with us to share your thoughts and feedback at moderncloister@gmail.com. 
  1. Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
  2. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
  3. What led to the Reformation?
  4. Interview with Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher
  5. Reaction Episode: Rise and Fall of Mars Hill