Michael Reeves tackles the subject of music and theology, and his thesis is that music is not theologically neutral, but expresses the composer’s worldview.
A word of warning from the website:
NOTE: The quality of the audio in these recordings is not really up to scratch, but since the content is so good we thought it worthwhile to publish them. You’ll find you barely notice the sound quality after 5 minutes (but if you’re finding the audio quality frustrating, give the discussion a miss as that’s where it’s worst!).
Theology in Music >>>
Michael Reeves has been doing a tremendous job of providing very interesting and helpful talks on various aspects of church history, and highlighting key figures.
So who is Schleiermacher and why should we care? He is the father of modern liberalism. And Reeves 3 session talk should interest you because, even though you may not think you are a theological liberal, chances are you are going to see how this man you’ve never heard of has probably influenced parts of your theology, and definitely much of what we in our conservative churches.
Introducing Friedrich Schleiermacher >>>
Mike Reeves has presented a 1 session message that overviews the entire span of church history.
A Complete Church History >>>
Mike Reeves and Greg Haslem talk together about the leadership and preaching of Charles Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” and consider what lessons we can learn from this man.
The Prince of Preachers >>>
Michael Reeves at the Theology Network has looked at the life and thought of Jonanthan Edwards in 4 messages. The messages are:
1. The Man and His Life
2. The Religious Affections
3. The History of the Work of Redemption
4. Edwards Theology of Everything.
If you’ve listened to Reeves before, you will know that his passion and knowledge of church history and it’s figures is incredibly engaging.
Introducing Jonathan Edwards >>>
John Owen is an unusual, larger-than-life figure of Puritan church history, and arguably one of the few towering theologians Britain has ever produced. And who better to provide a helpful introduction to this incredible man, than Michael Reeves.
Owen was a mild mannered, wealthy academician by day, and a political conspirator by night, while producing some of the most magisterial theological works of the Puritan generation. He had eleven children, all of whom he would bury.
As we’ve come to expect, Reeves is a wonderful teacher who knows his subject well and is able to capture your attention and paint a picture of life in past ages. I thoroughly enjoyed this 3 part series on John Owen.
Reeves suggests the two best books to read to get introduced to Owen are Communion with the Triune God and Volume 1 of his Works by Banner of Truth, The Glory of Christ.
Introducing John Owen >>>
I recently spent a few full days traveling by car and passed the time listening to numerous messages by Michael Reeves on church history. Reeves is an excellent teacher and his Church history series will give you an excellent grasp on the crucial figures, issues and writings of the past 2000 years, from Iraneaus and Justin Martyr to Luther, Calvin and the Puritans.
Reeves approach is to break down his talks into particular focuses. First he will talk about the life and historical background of say Thomas Aquinas, and then he will look at Aquinas’ theology by examining his major writings and why they were written.
Reeves looks at the following men of Church history: Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Athanasius, Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Augustine, Martin Luther, Zwingli, & John Calvin.
I highly recommend this series as it helps us to see weaknesses in our present day theology. It’s not easily organized, so you have to poke around the Theology Network site to locate all of Reeves audio messages on Church history.
Historical Theology at Theology Network >>>