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

Alastair's Adversaria - Apologetic Report

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Having read Jordan’s Primeval Saints I find that he interprets the life of Jacob through a different lens from a more recent reformation reading. Specifically in the story of Jacob “stealing” the birthright, Jordan posits that Rebekah and Jacob are...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 21:32

Video: Request for Your Feedback!

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Today I ask for feedback from viewers and listeners.

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I have a guest post over on the Davenant Institute’s blog, the first of a multi-part series on the character of justice discourse in the Internet Age.

As we become increasingly absorbed in the virtual and abstract world of social media, our discourse can be compared to a two-way mirror. A...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 22:19

Video: Moving Mountains

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Today’s question:

What is your interpretation of Jesus’ sayings about the prayers of believers “moving mountains”?

Within my discussion, I reference N.T. Wright’s interpretation from Jesus and the Victory of God.

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:19

Video: The Mark of the Beast

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Today’s question:

What does the mark of the beast in Revelation refer to historically?

Within this video, I reference Peter Leithart’s recent commentary on the book, Revelation 1-11Revelation 12-22.

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Friday, 12 October 2018 23:29

Video: Reading Revelation

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Today’s question:

There seem to be a number of different overall approaches to interpreting the book of Revelation. Can you briefly explain what each of these are and then share your own preferred interepretaive approach? Perhaps some recommended reading too?

Within this video, I mention a...

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Friday, 12 October 2018 21:54

Podcast: Virtue in a Virtual Society

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Last weekend, I delivered a lecture at the English L’Abri, in which I explored the formation of selfhood and virtue in an age of social media. You can listen to it here:

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Today’s question:

I have a friend who is from a non-religious background who is interested in Christianity and is reading the bible for the first time. She asked me to explain 1 Corinthians 14:33b-35. “As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches....

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15, Hebrews 3:12-19, Mark 10:17-22.

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Today I discuss Yoram Hazony’s stimulating new release, The Virtue of Nationalism.

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:06

Video: Did Jephthah Kill His Daughter?

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Today’s question: “Jephthah? Human sacrifice or something else?”

For more on this question, see John Barach’s lectures on Joshua, Judges, and Ruth and James Jordan’s commentary on Judges.

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Today’s question: “What is your opinion on close-knit churches that teach members to not become close friends with outsiders/heathens? They teach to be courteous and you can have friendly acquaintances with outsiders, but teach that friendship with the world is enmity with God.”

If...

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Today’s question: “Could the “elect lady” of 2 John be a woman pastor/elder [see this article]?”

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 00:46

Opened Eyes on an Unveiled Word

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A week or so ago, I posted about Three Things, a new project that a couple of friends have just begun. They have just featured a piece of mine, ‘Opened Eyes on an Unveiled Word’, in which I offer some fundamental principles for the Christian reading of Scripture.

The glory of Scripture,...

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Today’s question:

I’m wondering to what degree you believe that the original authors of the text(s) were deliberately employing [analogies, types, themes, metaphors, “word pictures”, etc.]? Was the intellectual complexity that you perceive present in the original authorship...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 2:18-25, Hebrews 2:1-13, Mark 10:2-16.

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:43

Podcast: Disruptive Witness, with The Alan Noble

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image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, Derek and I are joined by The Alan Noble to discuss his recent book, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age.

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

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:10

Video: The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

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Within this video, I discuss Michael McClymond and Gerald McDermott’s superb book, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards.

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Today’s question: “What is happening in Exodus 4 where the Lord seeks Moses’ life, but Zipporah circumcises Gershom and touches Moses’ feet with the foreskin to make him a “bridegroom of blood”?”

I reference James Jordan’s Law of the Covenant (PDF/Amazo...

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Today’s question: “How should we understand Satan entering into Judas and his ensuing plan to betray Jesus (Luke 22:3-6)? The wilderness temptations, the rebuke of Peter (Matt. 16:21-23), Christ’s agony in the garden, and even the calls to him to come down off the cross seem to...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 00:06

Video: Thinking Well About Our Disagreements

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Today’s question asks about ways that we should think about our disagreements in the Church.

Within the discussion, I reference my discussion on the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. You can also read the Oliver O’Donovan quotations I cite here.

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Today’s question: “What’s going on in John 5 with the pool at Bethsaida? Was there a magical healing pool? Does Jesus sanction this healing method? If Jesus didn’t sanction this pool, why doesn’t he condemn it?”

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 21:24

Video: Wittgenstein and Baptism

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Today’s question: “What do philosophers like Wittgenstein and Rorty have to teach us about baptism and meaning?”

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 02:34

Video: More on My Reading and My Writing Habits

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Today I answer a couple of questions following on from my previous video, about my reading and writing practices.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:41

Theopolis Podcast: Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29, Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20.

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