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

Today’s question: “Does Christ’s abstention from wine until the consummation of the Kingdom have any connection to Lemuel’s mother’s counsel in Proverbs 31 regarding the kingly use of alcohol? If so, what’s the best way to present this connection?”

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 01:46

Video: Bumper Q A Episode!!

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Today’s questions:

  1. Does the Scripture teach that the Holy Spirit indwells believers individually or corporately?
  2. What do you think about ghosts, UFOs, bigfoot, etc?
  3. You mentioned you like to listen to the Bible. Do you have a recommendations on recordings?
  4. Which translation of scripture do you...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 00:47

Video: Was Israel Wrong to Ask for a King?

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Today’s question: “Was it a sin for Israel to ask for a king? 1 Sam 8 makes it seem so. But then Deut 17 seemingly gives permission for Israel to ask for a king. How should we think about Israel’s monarchy? Should it have happened, or is it an example of an evil that God used...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 08:09

A Week With Dr Esther Meek

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A fortnight ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Theopolis Institute’s intensive course with Dr Esther Lightcap Meek. Titled ‘An Introduction to Covenant Epistemology’, the course brought together over thirty students for a week of exploration into a Christian vision...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 23:26

Video: Was Jesus a Fruitful Eunuch?

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Today’s question: “Some have described Christ as a sort of “fruitful eunuch.” Others have pointed out that he in fact has a bride. While these would be mutually exclusive in a literal sense, does the Bible require us to choose between them when taken as metaphors?”

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Today’s question: “Was David’s victory over Goliath a miracle? Was he really an underdog or was this a case of misperception as to who was the favorite? We know it is not uncommon for smaller people to defeat larger people in fights.”

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In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; and Mark 7:14-23.

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Today’s question: “Why are so many references to God in the NT binitarian (Father and Son) rather than trinitarian (Father, Son and Spirit)? I’m thinking of Paul’s greetings, Stephen’s vision, Jesus’ speeches about unity with the Father, etc. Admittedly the...

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A few months ago, Brad Littlejohn and I recorded ourselves having a conversation on the subject of social media for the Davenant Institute. The recording was made available on Facebook, but has just been uploaded on Youtube. You can watch it below.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Today’s question: “I am wondering about your take on whether the Lord’s supper should be a somber event of introspection or a joyous meal of celebration. My understanding is that throughout church history it has been observed more as a somber event, but through the works of people...

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Today’s question: “How does the book of Proverbs fit in with the rest of the OT? It seems so general and universal, and hardly draws upon Israel’s particular covenant history. It rarely if at all appeals to special revelation from YHWH, the God of Israel, and discusses natural...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Isaiah 29:11-19, Ephesians 5:22-23, and Mark 7:1-13. We also discuss Dr Esther Meek’s recent Theopolis Intensive course.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 07:53

WordMP3 Interview

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A brief interview with me has just been posted over on WordMP3 (a site you really must make use of, if you are not already aware of it). They also have the audio lectures from my recent Theopolis course available at a discount.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 03:50

The Land Is Not Silent

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I’ve just published a post over on the Political Theology blog, on the subject of Joshua 24:1-18:

Water crossings play an especially important part in Joshua’s theological geography. The River Euphrates is referenced four times, the Jordan is mentioned twice, and two verses are devoted...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proverbs 9:1-10; Joshua 24:1-2, 14-18; John 6:51-58; Ephesians 5:15-20.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:02

Podcast: The Weirdness of Matthew 27:51-54

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image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, Derek, Andrew, and I discuss one of the very weird passages of the New Testament, Matthew 27:51-54, where bodies raised from the grave appear in Jerusalem following Christ’s resurrection. Having only chosen the topic a few minutes before...

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I was recently invited to be a guest on John Piper’s podcast, Ask Pastor John, to talk about Jordan Peterson. You can listen to my discussion with my friend Tony Reinke here.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Today’s question: “The story of the widow and her two mites (Luke 21:1-4) is often used to commend sacrificial giving. However, the immediate context contains Jesus condemning the Scribes for “devouring widows’ houses” and promising to destroy the temple. Is the...

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Today’s question: “Why does Peter say that the Lord “bought” false teachers in 2 Peter 2:1? How can Christ be said to have “purchased” or “bought” those who are unsaved?”

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat...

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The Davenant Institute have just released a booklet written by me, on the relationship between sexual ethics and Christian orthodoxy. You can read it here and subscribe to future Davenant Digests here.

This Davenant Digest, like other Davenant Digests, is available in booklet form. Each...

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Today’s question: “Do you use any Bible software (e.g., Logos) to support your studies? Do you have any thoughts on how they might help or hinder our study and perception of the written word?”

Here is the piece I mention on the move from the (vo)codex to the co(in)dex.

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Today’s question: “If marriage is a pre-political institution then none of the measures laid down by the state (e.g. registration, marriage certificates etc.) make a marriage legitimate in God’s eyes. In which case, what does constitute a legitimate marriage in God’s eyes?...

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Today’s question: “What implications does the promise of new creation have for Christian ethics? Specifically does new creation undermine natural law ethics since we are now to orientate our lives, not towards what is revealed in nature, but towards the new creation established by...

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A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece for the third volume of the FIEC’s Primer publication. That piece, on male and female in Genesis 1-2, has just been made available for free in PDF here.

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 21:26

Video: Are We Living in the Last Days?

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Today’s question: “How should we understand the description of bad behavior in the “Last Days” in 2 Timothy 3? For one, isn’t the list of sinfulness characteristic of a great many ages and time periods? And in fact, its frequently used as a contemporary warning by...

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