I discovered the Reformed Forum’s flagship podcast Christ the Center during Thanksgiving Break of 2008 from Reformation21’s mention of Carl Trueman’s interview on A Brief History of Trinitarian Thought. I listened to the interview on my iPod while raking my parents’ leaves. I enjoyed and benefited from the episode and immediately went back to my computer to subscribe.
Earlier that year, I’d graduated from college and moved away from the church where I’d been introduced to confessional presbyterianism; I had joined another PCA congregation but was still working out where my theological commitments lay. Ten years later, I have listened to nearly every Christ the Center episode produced. From it, I have learned more about Scripture, God, theology, church history, and many other topics; it has helped shape me as a person, Christian, church member, deacon, husband, and father.
Many of my favorite episodes have been historical:
- Presbyterian and Reformed Family Trees with Darryl Hart
- The Life and Thought of Herman Bavinck with Ron Gleason
- The Synod of Dorr’s Deliverance on the Sabbath with Danny Hyde
- Johannes Oecolampadius with Dianne Poythress
- Geerhardus Vos with Danny Olinger
- Episodes on The Westminster Assembly with Chad Van Dixhoorn
- J. Gresham Machen with Darryl Hart
- Luther and Media with Carl Trueman
- The Life and Ministry of Rev. John P. Galbraith with John Galbraith and Danny Olinger
The list of historical episodes could go on and on. Moreover, Christ the Center has helped me understand apologetics, union with Christ, Vos’s Biblical Theology, ecclesiology, and more.
I look forward to the next ten years of growth through the resources provided by the Reformed Forum. Thank you to Camden Bucey, Jeff Waddington, Jim Cassidy, Glen Clary, Jared Oliphint, Darryl Hart, Lane Tipton, and the many guests who have played an important role in my life from afar; I’m grateful for your selfless service to Christ’s church. I pray the Lord continues to bless your efforts.
I discovered @reformedforum’s flagship podcast Christ the Center during Thanksgiving break 2008 when Trueman blogged at Ref21 about his recent interview: https://t.co/URPk2ZYhFO. I’d graduated from college that year.— Presbyterian History (@pres_history) November 18, 2018