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: “Why does Paul say that Sarah and Hagar represent two covenants in Galatians 4:21-31? Where can we see this reality in the Old Testament?”

Within the video, I recommend a twopart article by James Jordan. I explore some of themes mentioned in this video...

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Today’s question: “What’s your reading of the Nicodemus story in John 3? Why does Jesus tell him that he must be born again, and what does that mean?”

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imageDarel Paul has written a thought-provoking new book, From Tolerance to Equality: How Elites Brought America to Same-Sex Marriage. I reviewed it here.

Marriages between two persons of the same sex represent the dislodging of the gendered hierarchy in marriages between men and women. Same-sex...

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I wanted to experiment with producing a transcript of my talks, to see how much effort it would take. The following is my first attempt, a transcript (somewhat polished up in places) of my recent video on Jeremiah 31.

All of these videos are produced without any notes whatsoever, pretty much off the...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 9:8-17, Ephesians 3:14-21, and Mark 6:45-56.

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

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 08:04

Now on iTunes

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The audio of my videos is now on iTunes, in addition to being on Soundcloud.

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Today’s Question: “How are we to interpret Lot’s offering of his two virgin daughters to the men of Sodom when they surround his house and demand that he brings out his guests so that they may have sex with them in Genesis 19? Was it such an unthinkable breach of hospitaility to...

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Today’s Question: “As a paedobaptist, I am curious how would you respond to the credobaptist argument from the nature of the new covenant as described in Jer 31:31–34. They argue that Jeremiah pictures the newness of the new covenant consisting in its being made with an entirely...

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As some of my followers will find it inconvenient to watch my videos, but could listen to audio, I have set up a Soundcloud account, which will have the audio from my videos. I may also post other things there from time to time. I am steadily uploading the audio from my existing videos there at the...

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Today’s question: “I loved your observations on how Gen 12-14 traces out the history of Israel (in advance of that history!). Fascinating stuff! Could you kindly elaborate some more on that? For example, is Sarai representative of Israel in Egyptian captivity? Who does Lot represent,...

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Today’s question: How do you deal with the seemingly contrasted accounts of how Judas dies?

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat account. If you would like to support these videos, you can do so on my Patreon account.

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I just came across this reading of the story of 1 Samuel 28, where Saul meets the witch of Endor. It is written by Rachael Starke, who was inspired by the recent book, Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible. While appreciating much of what she...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the ninth Sunday after Pentecost: Jeremiah 23:1-6, Ephesians 2:11-22, and Mark 6:30-44.

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Today’s question: What does the conception of Issachar have to do with Matthew 2:16-18?

Within it, I summarize Rabbi David Fohrman’s reading of Jeremiah 31:15-17. You can see his videos on that passage here.

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

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:22

Video: A Must-Read Book!

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A plug for James Jordan’s Through New Eyes: Developing a Biblical View of the World and some other books for those wanting to read the Bible for all its worth.

 

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It has been interesting to read the responses to THINK conference on The Future of Complementarity I recently spoke at in London, both before and after the event. Some, such as this article, have such extreme misrepresentations and misunderstandings that I was wary of dignifying them with any...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018 07:24

Interested in Supporting My Videos?

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I have set up a Patreon account, for anyone who would like to support me in producing regular theology videos. I introduce it in this video:

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Sunday, 15 July 2018 23:17

Video: Understanding the Sign Gifts

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Today’s video responds to the following question: “What is your view of the miraculous gifts (like prophecy and the gifts of tongues) in the New Testament period? Did these discontinue with the closing of the Scriptural Canon or, maybe, they took on a new form after this? And how did...

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Today’s video is on the subject of the book of Esther, exploring some of the insights of Rabbi David Fohrman’s superb little book, The Queen You Thought You Knew, which I read over the weekend.

Leave any questions you might have for future Q&A videos over on my Curious Cat account.

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In my latest video I answer this question: ‘Why is Melchizedek so important to the author of Hebrews? What’s the biblical-theological significance of Jesus being a priest after the order of Melchizedek?’

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

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 01:49

Asking Questions for Future Video Responses

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I’ve spent the past week down south: speaking at the THINK Theology conference, spending a few days at L’Abri in Hampshire, and enjoying a day in London with friends. I will hopefully be returning to a regular schedule, after I’ve cleared a backlog of work, within the next few...

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018 00:37

Podcast: Modern Atheism, with Joseph Minich

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image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, Derek and I are joined by our friend Joseph Minich to talk about his recent book, Enduring Divine Absence: The Challenge of Modern Atheism,a book which I will be recommending to various people in the future.

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Andrew Wilson and I recently appeared on Dan Darling’s The Way Home podcast, talking about our Echoes of Exodus book. Take a listen!

You can see more of the articles and publicity that we have done surrounding and following the book’s release here.

Also watch this space for forthcoming...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the seventh Sunday after Pentecost: Ezekiel 2:1-5, 2 Corinthians 12:1-10, and Mark 6:1-13.

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Sunday, 01 July 2018 07:01

Video: Is Ecclesiastes Nihilistic?

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My latest video is in response to this question: ‘Ecclesiastes is a book that has long confused me. Its descriptions of all of life as vanity come off nihilistic and despairing. And yet it also speaks of God, of being grateful to him, of recognizing his judgment, and fearing him and obeying...

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