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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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 16:2-15, John 6:22-35, and Ephesians 4:1-16.

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Today’s question: “How do we properly understand what Hebrews 6 refers to as those who “fall away” and the impossibility of their redemption?”

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Today’s question: “Given that Paul is the most prominent evangelist / church planter in the Bible, why are exhortations to evangelize seemingly so rare in his work? In many parts of the evangelical church we seem to foreground the need for evangelism and background discussion of ethics,...

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Today’s question: “I would like to ask a two-part question: (a) could you give a defense from the Scripture for figural preaching and typological reading; (b) how would you respond to the criticism of typological exegesis as a way seeking hidden meanings and connection that...

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Another clip from my Theopolis Institute lectures, this time on marital themes and some of Jesus’ encounters with women in the gospels.

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Today’s question: “What is the significance of the book of Acts recording the number of people being saved (3000 in Acts 2, 5000 in Acts 4)?”

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Today’s question: “Why did the inhabitants of the Gadarene village ask Jesus to leave after he healed the demoniac?”

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 23:22

Seeing the Transfigured Word

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 08:08

Video: A Biblical Theology of Circumcision

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I just noticed the following video was posted a over a week ago, over on the Theopolis Institute’s YouTube channel. Within it, I give a very basic introduction to the theology of circumcision.

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 01:41

Video: Tips For Reading Your Bible Better

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Somewhat longer one today. Today’s questions: “How do you go about noticing intertextual links? Is is mostly intuitive based on large exposure to the Bible? Do you do particular searches? Is it just checking cross-references (is there a similar apparatus for the BHS like there is for...

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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