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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Today’s questions come from one of my Patreon supporters:

1.) How can Paul call Timothy his “true child in the Faith” (1 Tim 1:2; cf. 1 Cor 4:17, 2 Tim 1:2) when Jesus forbids calling anyone Father besides God (Matt 23:9)? I’m assuming Jesus meant “call no man a...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 05:59

Video: The Church and the Natural Family

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In the past two episodes of “Mere Fidelity” there was an underlying issue which was touched on, but not fully discussed. That is the relationship between the biological family and the New Family of which Christ is the firstborn. Examples I am thinking of: 1.) Does...

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The Davenant Institute’s blog has just posted the second of my multi-part series on the subject of social justice discourse in the Internet Age (you can read the first page here).

In keeping with broader shifts in our public life precipitated by the rise of the Internet, this emphasis on...

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Today’s question:

What’s going on with the story of the healing of Jairus’ daughter and the woman who touches the hem of Jesus’ garment? I know there are similarities between the two, but I’m not sure what to make of them.

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, John Barach and I discuss the readings for the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Matthew 5:1-12; 1 John 3:1-3; Revelation 7:2-17.

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Today’s question:

Why are the stands and basins of the Solomonic temple decorated with bulls, lions and cherubim? The bulls have sacrificial associations, the lions – kingly, and the cherubim just divine, I guess. But is there any specific significance to these three appearing together?...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 23:43

Podcast: Procreation—For and Against

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image On this episode of Mere Fidelity, Matt, Derek, and I continue in the vein of last week’s episode on infertility and discuss Matt’s PhD thesis, on the subject of arguments for and against procreation.

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Today’s questions:

What is your understanding of what regeneration, being born again, and the new birth mean in Scripture? And how do common contemporary Christian understandings align or deviate from what Scripture means by these things?

And:

Really quick follow-up, I missed your earlier video...

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Today’s question:

I just finished Leithart’s The Priesthood of the Plebs. It was one of the most stimulating books I have read in a long, long time. I also have recently watched some of your videos on baptism. How does your thought relate to his? I may be misreading Leithart, but he...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 01:07

Video: Richard Rohr on Scripture

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I came across this post from Richard Rohr on how Jesus interpreted scripture (https://cac.org/jesus-interpreted-scripture-2017-01-10/). Here is a quote from the post:

“Jesus consistently ignored or even denied exclusionary, punitive, and triumphalistic texts in his...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 02:30

Video: Singles Adopting

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I am curious about your thoughts regarding the growing trend of singles in the church adopting children. More specifically- is the Biblical prohibition of sexual immorality simply a nominal command to keep sex within marriage for its own sake because God commanded? Or is it...

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Today’s question: “Do you think there is meaning to be found in the ordering of the books of the Bible?”

Within the video. I reference James Jordan’s discussion of the ordering of the Old Testament books. I also reference Yoram Hazony’s The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture...

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Today I discuss Meredith Kline’s wonderful little book, Images of the Spirit.

If you have any questions for me, please leave them on my Curious Cat account. If you have found these videos helpful, please tell your friends. If you would like to support my continued production of them, you...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost: Revelation 14:6-7; Romans 3:19-28; John 8:31-36 or Mark 11:12-19.

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Today’s question:

You referred in a recent lectionary talk with Peter Leithart to “being our brother’s keeper.” What is your understanding of the ethical meaning of a “keeper” biblically speaking?

It is sometimes a point of controversy in liberal/conservative...

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Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:50

Podcast: Infertility with Matthew Arbo

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image On this episode of Mere Fidelity, Matt, Derek, and I are joined by Matthew Arbo, author of the recent book, Walking Through Infertility: Biblical, Theological, and Moral Counsel for Those Who Are Struggling.

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Today’s question:

Do you see any parallels between the great commission and the exodus? I don’t want to get Echo-crazy. Just from a surface level, there some to be some connections: confrontation with “the name,” a sending out, baptism, and the nations called to the Lord. Am...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 23:52

Review of ‘Vindicating the Vixens’

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image I wrote a review of Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible, a recent book edited by Sandra Glahn, which has just been posted over on the CBMW website.

In the necessary work of restoring our portraits of key women in Scripture, our goal should be...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 02:10

Video: Elisha and the She-Bears

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Today I discuss the troubling passage at the end of 2 Kings 2, where forty-two are killed after ridiculing the prophet Elisha. This discussion was prompted by Jonathan Pageau’s discussion of this passage.

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Today’s question:

How do you find real-life theological conversation partners? The theological and biblical conversations which I find stimulating and important are of no interest to the Christians I know in real life. Do I need to do what you’ve done and move across the world to be...

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Friday, 19 October 2018 21:45

Video: Why Was Jesus Baptized?

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Today’s question: “Why did Jesus have to be baptized? Was Jesus’ baptism a baptism of repentance?”

Within my discussion I reference Peter Leithart’s book The Priesthood of the Plebs.

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Friday, 19 October 2018 00:44

Video: Beatitudes and Woes

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Today’s question: “In your video on the Sermon on the Mount you mentioned a parallel between the Beatitudes and the Woes of Matthew 23. Could you elaborate on this?”

To read more about the parallel between Beatitudes and Woes, see this article by James Jordan. For more on the...

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image This, my friends, is the final episode of Mere Fidelity’s lengthy conversation with Augustine’s Confessions. You can find all of the past Confessions episodes on my Mere Fidelity page.

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20, Hebrews 4:1-16, Mark 10:23-31.

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Today’s question: “Did Jesus preach the Sermon on the Mount to his disciples (Matt 5:1) or to the large crowd (Matt 7:28)?”

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