But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 00:16

Boat Stories

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I have just had an article published over on the Theopolis site. Within it, I discuss the significance of the boat as a metaphor for the Church and other things.

As a conceptual metaphor and model, the boat and its attendant stories can helpfully frame many different phenomena. As it frames these...

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Sunday, 09 December 2018 18:41

Theopolis Podcast: Second Sunday in Advent

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If you want to continue seeing my posts about Theopolis podcasts, you can now follow them on my new video and podcast blog.

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In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the second Sunday of Advent: Malachi 3:1-7; Luke 3:1-20; Philippians 1:2-11.

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Friday, 07 December 2018 19:29

Transcripts of Videos/Podcasts

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Although I have moved my videos and podcasts over to my new blog, one of my goals is to have transcripts for all of my videos or podcasts in the future, making that material (more easily) accessible to a broader audience. This is a huge and very time-consuming project, but is something that many...

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Monday, 03 December 2018 23:42

New Booklet: How Did We Get Here?

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The Davenant Institute has just published a new Davenant Digest by me, on the subject of the causes for our current sexual landscape. You can get a free online copy by subscribing to the Davenant email list or you can buy a print copy here.

The romantic tradition of the West has been widely...

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Sunday, 02 December 2018 07:16

Podcast Blog

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I’ve created a new blog, which will be dedicated to my videos and podcasts, leaving this blog for articles and links to articles elsewhere.

It is still under construction, but when it is finished, I hope for there to be features that will make my videos and...

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 05:04

Theopolis Podcast: First Sunday in Advent

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In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the first Sunday of Advent: Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 19:28-40 and 21:25-36.

You can follow the Theopolis podcast on SoundcloudiTunes, and on most podcast apps. You can read show...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 02:56

Podcast: Felix Culpa

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image On the latest Mere Fidelity episode, Derek, Matt, and I put on our theology nerd hats and discuss the concept of the felix culpa.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud and on this page on my blog.

If you...

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I am one of the speakers responding to Iain Provan (who has just written this book) in this Davenant Institute event on Protestant hermeneutics.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Saturday, 17 November 2018 10:19

Video: Sexuality in Zero Gravity

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Friday, 16 November 2018 08:43

The Whole Bible in Its Own Voice

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 22:43

Why Are Christians so Hung Up About Sex?

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I recently spoke on this subject for the Davenant Institute. You can listen to the lecture here:

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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On the latest episode of the Theopolis podcast, Peter Leithart and I are joined by the Jewish biblical and political scholar, Yoram Hazony, for a long and stimulating conversation about his recent book, The Virtue of Nationalism. I summarized and explored the thesis of that book a few weeks ago.

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 17:40

Crossing Borders

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The Davenant Institute has a new podcast, with Samantha Cohoe and Mike Plato, called Crossing Borders. The first couple of episodes are here:

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 06:24

Yoram Hazony and the Deception of Isaac

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A post of mine has just been published over on the Theopolis blog. Within it, I engage with part of Yoram Hazony’s superb The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, bringing him into conversation with James Jordan’s Primeval Saints on the question of the ethics of Jacob’s deception of...

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Today’s question:

A number of years ago there was a lot of debate in certain circles in the UK revolving around these topics: the degree to which Christ/the Trinity is explicitly present in the OT; the nature of the Angel of the Lord; relatedly the object of believers’ faith in the OT...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 22:46

Video: Legal and Natural Consequences of Sin

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Today’s question:

What is your understanding of the legal and natural consequences of sin? Should we separate the two? Is there any difference between God’s judgement/wrath and the natural consequence of being handed over to sin/the powers?

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Today’s question:

How do we explain 1 Timothy 2:14? On the one hand it appears to have a novel idea that Adam was not deceived in the fall. While on the other it appears to ground the submission of women in a tendency to be deceived. What’s going on here?

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Today’s questions come from one of my Patreon supporters:

1.) How can Paul call Timothy his “true child in the Faith” (1 Tim 1:2; cf. 1 Cor 4:17, 2 Tim 1:2) when Jesus forbids calling anyone Father besides God (Matt 23:9)? I’m assuming Jesus meant “call no man a...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 05:59

Video: The Church and the Natural Family

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In the past two episodes of “Mere Fidelity” there was an underlying issue which was touched on, but not fully discussed. That is the relationship between the biological family and the New Family of which Christ is the firstborn. Examples I am thinking of: 1.) Does...

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The Davenant Institute’s blog has just posted the second of my multi-part series on the subject of social justice discourse in the Internet Age (you can read the first page here).

In keeping with broader shifts in our public life precipitated by the rise of the Internet, this emphasis on...

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Today’s question:

What’s going on with the story of the healing of Jairus’ daughter and the woman who touches the hem of Jesus’ garment? I know there are similarities between the two, but I’m not sure what to make of them.

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, John Barach and I discuss the readings for the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Matthew 5:1-12; 1 John 3:1-3; Revelation 7:2-17.

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Today’s question:

Why are the stands and basins of the Solomonic temple decorated with bulls, lions and cherubim? The bulls have sacrificial associations, the lions – kingly, and the cherubim just divine, I guess. But is there any specific significance to these three appearing together?...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:43

Podcast: Procreation—For and Against

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image On this episode of Mere Fidelity, Matt, Derek, and I continue in the vein of last week’s episode on infertility and discuss Matt’s PhD thesis, on the subject of arguments for and against procreation.

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Today’s questions:

What is your understanding of what regeneration, being born again, and the new birth mean in Scripture? And how do common contemporary Christian understandings align or deviate from what Scripture means by these things?

And:

Really quick follow-up, I missed your earlier video...

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