Christ the Center Interview with Phil Ryken

Here is the link to the most recent Christ the Center interview. We had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Philip Graham Ryken about his doctoral dissertation Thomas Boston as Preacher of the Fourfold State.

In this interview Dr. Ryken explains the significance of Boston as a preacher, theologian and pastor with regard to his sermons on the fourfold state of man (i.e. man in the state of innocence, man in the state of nature [corruption], man in the state of grace, and man in the state of glory or condemnation). Among other things, we talked with Dr. Ryken about Boston’s literary dependence, his contribution to the understanding of union with Christ, his use of illustrations in preaching, and other valuable works written by Boston. We hope this interview will serve as a helpful introduction to the life and writings of Thomas Boston, preacher of the fourfold state.

4 Responses

  1. art

    Glad to see the podcast worked today. I tried to update it yesterday and there was an error. Looking forward to listening to it as I wash dishes and clean this afternoon!

  2. Nicholas T. Batzig

    Thanks Art! I hope it works because I thought Phil did a great job. I appreciate your feedback. Let me know what you think about this particular interview. I think we are interviewing Steve Nichols again on his book “Jesus: Made in America” soon. I absolutely loved reading that book. It was kind of like Driscoll’s “Vintage Jesus” with more historical theology blended. If you haven’t read it, I really recommend it. I think understanding the way Americans view Jesus is valuable for evangelism.

  3. Cheryl Brubaker

    Nick! Thanks so much for all the work you do on this Blog. I was searching for some info on Phil’s dissertation and started by doing a simple Google search. Your Blog was the first listing!

  4. Nicholas T. Batzig

    Thanks Cheryl! I keep the site up to help provide resources for the people of God. Please spread the word about the site if you know people who might benefit from material on it!

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