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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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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Sunday, 24 June 2018 20:38

A Gift Received in the Giving

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I have just had a piece published over on the Political Theology blog. Within it, I give some reflections on 2 Corinthians 8:7-15, discussing the relationship between Christian charity and the gospel message.

Our Lord preached a message of good news to the poor, yet for many of his followers today...

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image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, I join Matt and Derek to continue our discussion of Augustine’s Confessions, exploring Book 10 of the work.

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

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In the course of my studies, I have recently been appreciating the first volume of Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy’s sociology, In the Cross of Reality: The Hegemony of Spaces. A remarkably brilliant thinker and a perceptive critic of sociologists’ aspirations to the methodologies of the...

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 06:27

Theopolis Podcast: Trinity Sunday

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I are joined by John Barach to discuss the readings for Trinity Sunday: Isaiah 6:1-8, Acts 2:14a, 22-36, and John 3:1-17.

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image This week on Mere Fidelity, Derek, Matt, and I are joined by Dr. Matthew Kaemingk, the author of the recent Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear, to discuss his book.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018 21:24

Video: The Chronology of Genesis 38

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This is probably my last video for a month or so. Within it, I discuss the difficult chronology of Genesis 38. I’ve written a lengthy post here, which gets into some of the typology of the chapter in its context. I also mention the Judah and Tamar narrative in the context of this video on...

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Today’s question (edited for spelling and clarity): “Having recently read both Ruth and Nehemiah, I was struck by the very different ways they relate to the recurring entanglement of Moabite women and Israelite men. Nehemiah seems to replay the old story, whereas Ruth seems to invert it...

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Saturday, 19 May 2018 05:43

Video: Trinity and Modalism

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Today’s question: “I follow what you are saying about the error of saying that there are three ‘centers of consciousness’ in God’s Triune nature, and how that would involve a denial of the unity and simplicity of the Divine Being and ultimately involve tritheism....

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Today’s question: “Is the task of exegesis limited to discovering the author’s original intention, or can meaning somehow overflow intention? If so, in what way? What guardrails are in place that would enable us to recognize certain readings as off-limits? A common text referenced...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 06:05

Theopolis Podcast: Pentecost Sunday

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for Pentecost Sunday: Acts 2:1-21, Ezekiel 37:1-14, and John 15:26—6:15.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 03:47

Video: The Threefold Personhood of God

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Today I answer a question about the classical doctrine of the Trinity. There is much that I’d love to say more clearly or carefully than I do in this video, or to elaborate upon further, so feel free to send me follow-up questions in the comments here or over on Curious Cat.

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 02:29

Video: A Biblical Theology of the Household

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The following video is an answer to a Curious Cat question, an over-ambitious attempt to answer a huge question that deserves detailed analysis off the top of my head. Continue to leave your questions in the comments on this blog, over on Curious Cat, or you can email me if you have my address.

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The second installment in my daily answers to questions…

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Bible Gateway have just posted an interview with me about Echoes of Exodus. Within it, I discuss various topics that the book covers, among some other things.

imageWhat are some similarities between the story of 1 Samuel 1-2 and the opening chapters of Luke and Acts?

Alastair J. Roberts: At the...

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