Episode 1 - I Believe in doG- The Unconditional Love of God
This introductory week of Dogmatic Theology provides an outline of the entire course. It explains the origins behind the show's creation and what "theology" as well as "dogmatic theology" is. It explores the radical meaning of God's unconditional love, His identity as "Love" and the implications of these truths for daily life. Particular attention is given to the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and the Father's profound expression of love in relation to the Crucifixion of Jesus.
Episode 2 - You Did Not Choose Me – Coming Into Relationship With God
At the outset of this week the nature of relationships is explored through contrasting "personal" versus "functional" relationships. It is shown that God not only desires a personal relationship with each person but He has revealed Himself to be "Tri-Personal;" He is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Scriptural and Early Church proofs for the Trinity are provided and there is a brief treatment of the impediments some may have in relating to God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The possibility of living in relationship with each Person of the Trinity is demonstrated and the fruits of a Trinitarian spirituality are explored.
Episode 3 - The Seven Dogly Sins – Sin, Guilt and Forgiveness
Besides defining key concepts such as sin, guilt and shame, this week of the course provides insights into the Doctrine of Original Sin and how the reality of human brokenness is evident within daily life as well as through the natural sciences. There is a discussion of mercy and, with the help of Matthew 18:23-35, there is an explanation of God's forgiveness of humanity's infinite debt through the Cross of Jesus Christ. It is demonstrated that this forgiveness of God both calls and impels us to forgive one another.
Episode 4 - Cages and Fences – Surrendering to Christ
Through a delving into Scripture and human history this midpoint session of the course explores a twofold aspect of the Christian journey: the radicality of Jesus and His teachings as well as the human tendency to try to contain Him. Rather than resisting Jesus through attempts to cage Him, viewers are invited to see the abundant life possible once they surrender to Jesus and set Him free to enter every aspect of their lives. It is shown that through such an uncaging of Christ, a new level of personal freedom is reached.
Episode 5 - Yum, Scripture – Eating God's Word
The central premise of this fifth session of Dogmatic Theology is that God's Word provides substantial nourishment. Perhaps the most hands-on of all eight weeks of the course, this session provides direction on how to physically navigate the Scriptures as well as how to understand the difference between various versions and translations of the Bible. Guidance is given regarding how to find Biblical passages and how to interpret the various genres of Scripture. Tips are provided for praying with the Bible and Jesus is shown to be the very Word of God encountered through the words of Scripture.
Episode 6 - The Leash and The Collar – Living Under the Lordship of Christ
The focus of Week 6 is the lifestyle of discipleship with the image of being yoked to Christ (Matthew 11:28-30) as a model. The title of "Lord" is explored and offered up as a particularly fitting name and role for Jesus. Practical suggestions are given regarding how to daily live under Christ's Lordship and how to be yoked to others through the Church. It is also shown that through this relationship with Jesus, Christians are transformed to become like Him.
Episode 7 - It's a Dog's Life – The Problem of Suffering
Humanity continues to grapple with the experience of suffering. In doing so some have concluded that there cannot be a God. They assert that God cannot be both all-powerful and all-loving because, if He were, He would prevent or end suffering. The Christian worldview stands in stark opposition to this understanding for it maintains that God is all-powerful and all-loving. This premise leads to a discussion of God's "active" and "passive" wills. The course looks to the various sources of suffering, the gift of free will and the place of miracles.
Episode 8 - Do Dogs Go To Heaven? Mortality, Grief and Eternal Life
This final week of the course addresses the Christian attitude towards aging, death, grief and eternal life. It speaks of the latter as a consequence of salvation wherein people are invited to have an eternal perspective and begin to live Heaven now through their relationship with Christ. Through Jesus' overcoming of sin and death, humanity – through binding itself to Him – may participate in this victory, a consequence of which is eternal life.