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Archive for March, 2007

Announcement for April 1st, 2007

After the tremendous success of the Milligantown Theological Society’s podcast, we at MTS are pleased to announce that we are going to expand our operations. Beginning in the fall of 2007, we plan to open the Milligantown Theological Seminary. This is a natural step for us, since the acronym remains the same: MTS.

We are beginning our preparations for the first classes in the fall. We will soon be quitting our day time jobs, and will be working full time for the Milligantown Theological Seminary come this fall. But don’t worry. We plan to continue with the podcasts in our spare time.

We are pleased to announce the staff for the Milligantown Theological Seminary:

  • Doug Comin will be head of Pastoral Grooming. As Doug says, “Few things can undermine a well crafted sermon more than a bad hair day.” Doug has offered personal grooming counseling to Marlin Klingensmith as proof of the value of his techniques.

  • The Venerable Randy Johovich will be the Professor of History, and Seminary Librarian. Randy’s qualifications for these positions are clear, since he has over 200 books in his own personal library. We are told that Randy’s teaching style is quite animated.

  • Marlin Klingensmith will teach time management and cat herding. Moderating the panel in the Milligantown Theological Society podcast has given him the experience in teaching this pastoral level class.

  • Brian Panichelle will be Professor of Life Lessons Learned from Young Children. The first lesson will be taught from his completely red letter edition Bible created with the help of his four year old and a cup of fruit punch.

  • Vince Scavo will be the Professor of Sermon Illustrations, giving him the chance to share his vast knowledge of pop culture and baseball history with the seminary students.

We are very excited about this expansion of the Milligantown franchise, and are pleased to be able to announce it to you on this April Fool’s day, 2007.

Magical Mystery Tour Episodes

We’ll let you in on a little secret.

Episodes 4 and 5 are unofficially known here at MTS as our Magical Mystery Tour Episodes. These episodes were recorded as one long session, clocking in just under an hour. That is longer than we are aiming for, so we decided to break it into two episodes by after the fact recording an additional ending and intro. We then spliced these pieces together to make episodes 4 and 5, pretending they are two separate sessions. So episodes 4 and 5 are the opposite of Strawberry Fields Forever. Strawberry Fields Forever famously is two very different versions of the song cleverly spliced together into one song. Our episodes 4 and 5 are one episode broken apart.

We are also pleased to be able to sing a little of Hello, Goodbye as part of these episodes.

We hope you enjoy listening to the Magical Mystery Tour Episodes as much as we enjoy making them for you.

Episode 4

Series: Scripture

Episode 4: Of the Holy Scriptures Part 2.

Randy Johovich, Marlin Klingensmith, and Vince Scavo discuss the scriptures using the Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures as a guide. In this episode they get through sections 3, 4 and 5 of chapter 1. Running time: 30:33.

For episode 4, click here

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures

3. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture, and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings.

4. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed, and obeyed, depends not upon the testimony of any man, or Church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself) the author thereof: and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God.

5. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture. And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole (which is, to give all glory to God), the full discovery it makes of the only way of man’s salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it does abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God: yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.

Episode 3

Series: Scripture

Episode 3: Of the Holy Scriptures Part 1.

Brian Panichelle, Doug Comin, Randy Johovich and Marlin Klingensmith discuss the scriptures using the Westminster Confession of Faith, chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures as a guide. In this episode they get through the first two sections of chapter 1. Running time: 52:50.

For episode 3, click here

Westminster Confession of Faith

Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures

1. Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.

2. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament, which are these: Of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, II Kings, I Chronicles, II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, The Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi. Of the New Testament: The Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts of the Apostles, Paul’s Epistles to the Romans, Corinthians I, Corinthians II, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians I , Thessalonians II , To Timothy I , To Timothy II, To Titus, To Philemon, The Epistle to the Hebrews, The Epistle of James, The first and second Epistles of Peter, The first, second, and third Epistles of John, The Epistle of Jude, The Revelation of John. All which are given by inspiration of God to be the rule of faith and life.

Link to Episode 2 fixed

I’m sorry that I posted a bad link to episode 2. The link is now fixed. If you had previously tried to download the episode, please try again.

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Sorry for the confusion.

Episode 2

Series: Scripture

Episode 2: Bible Versions 2.

Brian Panichelle, Doug Comin, and Marlin Klingensmith discuss inclusive language, red letter editions, study Bibles and audio Bibles. Running time: 39:30.

For episode 2 click here

Here is the Wall Street Journal article quoted in the episode.

Episode 1

Series: Scripture

Episode 1: Bible Versions 1.

Brian Panichelle, Randy Johovich, Vince Scavo, and Marlin Klingensmith discuss Bible translations and paraphrases. Running time: 48:30

For episode 1 click here