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

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 19:30

Gospel of Matthew Series

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I recently started a new series on the Gospel of Matthew over on my personal podcast. You can follow it here.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 20:57

Davenant Institute UK Convivium at the The Kilns!

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Very excited to announce that the Davenant Institute will hold its first UK Convivium on January 25, 2020 at The Kilns (C.S. Lewis’ former home) in Oxford. I will be there, as will Colin Redemer and Dr Michael Ward, our plenary speaker. We are also looking for people who would be interesting...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 00:25

Rethinking Israel

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The Theopolis Institute has been having a conversation surrounding the identity and future of Israel over on its website. Theopolis Conversations are designed to explore complex yet important issue from different perspectives with various positions in sharpening dialogue. I’ve just posted a...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 07:19

Davenant Hall Course on Biblical Wisdom

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The Davenant Institute has just established Davenant Hall, which offers online courses on a range of different theological topics at the affordable price of $99 for ten hours’ of classes. For the first semester of classes, I will be teaching a course on the subject of Biblical Wisdom, which...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 23:08

True Ritual Versus Hypocritical Religiosity

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A piece of mine has just been published over on the Political Theology site:

The temptation to put faith in religiosity, to employ religious ceremonies and rituals as akin to compensatory ‘moral offsets’ for our godless, oppressive, and unjust behavior is a perennial one. Treated in such...

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My final response in the Theopolis conversation on immigration has just been published here.

We beware of treating the condition of the uprooted immigrant as paradigmatic. As Christians, who are committed to the universal value of Christ, we can easily succumb to the distorted universalisms of the...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 22:55

True Hospitality and the Immigration Debate

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The Theopolis blog is hosting another conversation, this time on the subject of the immigration debate. I was invited to kick this discussion off and my opening post has just been published.

A neighbour-focused ethic is an ethic of love, an ethic that commits itself to particular persons over...

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Friday, 17 May 2019 08:26

The Family of Abraham

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I have just completed a 42-part, 25-hour-long, series on the story of the family of Abraham. Within it, I discuss the book of Genesis from chapter 11 to the end and reflect upon its relevance for us today. Take a listen here.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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A piece of mine has just been published over on the Theopolis Institute’s website, in which I respond to an article by Dru Johnson. Johnson’s article argues for a close relationship between moral and ritual knowledge and I explore the particular case of circumcision in this regard.

In&nbs...

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Monday, 08 April 2019 00:00

Hearing the Story Again for the First Time

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I’ve just posted a piece over on the Political Theology blog, on the subject of Palm Sunday. Within it, I argue that, when we listen carefully to the narrative of Luke’s gospel again, as if we didn’t already know its conclusion, kingdom themes will probably appear far more...

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Tuesday, 02 April 2019 02:35

Theopolis Junior Fellows Program

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The Theopolis Institute’s Junior Fellows Program has been revised and is open for applications!
Join us for intensive training in July and January.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Monday, 18 March 2019 22:52

The Reopened Wounds of Jacob

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The Theopolis blog has just posted an article of mine, in which I discuss the story of David against the background of the story of Jacob, exploring how things changed following his sin with Bathsheba.

Just as the beginning of David’s life is a powerful illustration of the capacity of a...

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Monday, 11 March 2019 23:00

Protestant Wisdom Summer Program 2019

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This summer, from July 29th to August 10th, I will be in South Carolina, leading the Davenant House Protestant Wisdom Summer Program. This is my third year of involvement in this program. The course is a deep dive into the subject of Christian wisdom, in a small group, with intense discussion,...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 21:59

Devilish Diversions

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I have posted a reflection on Luke 4 over on the Political Theology blog. Within it, I discuss the ways in which the devil sought to divert Christ from his mission and how Luke’s framing of the temptations of Christ illumine his greater calling.

The temptations faced by Christ are also faced...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 22:40

Debating the Invisibility of the Church

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Over on the Theopolis blog we recently started hosting conversations, with several posts engaging with a viewpoint over the course of a month. In our latest conversation, we are discussing the visibility and invisibility of the Church. My response to Peter Leithart’s post on the subject,...

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I have written a post over on the Davenant blog, in which I discuss some of the dangers in certain uses of the term ‘biblical’ in some conservative Reformed and evangelical circles.

The term ‘biblical’ has come to function as a sort of trademark, performing many of a...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 02:00

Transcriptions

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Things have been fairly quiet around here lately, unfortunately. However, I have been producing regular videos/podcasts over on my other blog. One of the things that I have been hoping to do is to produce transcriptions of all of my videos, so that people without the time to watch a video or listen...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 19:35

Learning Wisdom from the Serpents

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I’ve written a post over on the Theopolis blog, in response to a piece by Dr David Field, in which he discusses some of the issues he will be exploring in his forthcoming Theopolis intensive course. Within it, I consider how we should approach the task of learning wisdom from non-Christians.

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 09:33

New Theopolis Curious Cat Account!

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Leave your questions here, and Peter Leithart and I will try to answer them in forthcoming podcast episodes!

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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The delayed third instalment of my series on justice in the Internet Age has been posted over on the Davenant Institute’s blog (see the first two parts here and here).

Abstraction affords us a way of relating our particular contexts, experiences, and identities to something that transcends...

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Over the last few days in Monroe, Louisiana, I’ve enjoyed a discussion on the subject of classical theism with Peter Leithart and Jeff Meyers, hosted by Church of the Redeemer. We’ve had some great and challenging debate. You can see the whole series over on YouTube. Here are my talks...

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I’ve been enjoying a stimulating engagement with the classical theist understanding of God in conversation and dispute with Peter Leithart and Jeff Meyers at Church of the Redeemer in Monroe, Louisiana. You can listen in here. You can get a flavour of some of our disagreements, shared...

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Saturday, 05 January 2019 10:06

Twelve Days of Christmas Videos

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Over the Christmas period, I made a series of videos/podcasts on the subject of echoes and symmetries in the narratives of the nativity and infancy of Christ. You can watch them all here.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 02:37

2018 Retrospective

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The Roaches in the Peak District

In keeping with the traditionof thisblog, the following is a retrospective and round-up of my work from the past year. 2018 was a full but also a tough year for me in various respects. I have not had anywhere near the same time to devote to my blog, or to the sort of...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 22:40

Homeless at Christmas

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The following is a guest post, sharing the work of the Church Urban Fund.

For most of us in the UK the cold days and colder nights of winter are a chance to don our woollen hats and scarves and hurry from place to place without much risk of getting seriously cold.  For some of us though, indeed...

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