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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Sunday, 30 September 2018 00:06

Video: Thinking Well About Our Disagreements

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Today’s question asks about ways that we should think about our disagreements in the Church.

Within the discussion, I reference my discussion on the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel. You can also read the Oliver O’Donovan quotations I cite here.

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Today’s question: “What’s going on in John 5 with the pool at Bethsaida? Was there a magical healing pool? Does Jesus sanction this healing method? If Jesus didn’t sanction this pool, why doesn’t he condemn it?”

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 21:24

Video: Wittgenstein and Baptism

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Today’s question: “What do philosophers like Wittgenstein and Rorty have to teach us about baptism and meaning?”

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 02:34

Video: More on My Reading and My Writing Habits

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Today I answer a couple of questions following on from my previous video, about my reading and writing practices.

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 19:41

Theopolis Podcast: Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29, Mark 9:38-50, James 5:13-20.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 22:43

Video: My Library and Reading Habits

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Today I respond to a questioner asking for a tour of my bookshelves. You don’t get the tour (sorry!), but I do share a bit about my library and reading habits.

Some of the books that I mention within the video and would particularly recommend:

Alan Noble, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 02:46

Video: Gender Segregation?

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Today, I respond to a question raised in response to yesterday’s video.

In relation to your “Paul Maxwell on Masculinity” video, I definitely have observed the beneficial impact that working together seems to have on men. However, you suggest that keeping men and women working...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 02:22

Three Things

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A couple of friends of mine, Andy Patton and Phillip Johnston, have recently set up a new project called Three Things. Three Things is a newsletter digest of three resources to help you engage with God, neighbour, and culture. It is a great venture, which I wanted to bring to your attention (I...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 01:22

Video: Paul Maxwell on Masculinity

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Today, I am giving some thoughts about Paul Maxwell’s work on masculinity, summarized here.

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 01:38

Video: More on Two Kingdoms

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In today’s video, I address some questions that were raised in response to my previous video.

Within the video, I reference Brad Littlejohn’s The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed and his Richard Hooker: A Companion to His Life and Work. I mention Hooker’s Laws of...

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Saturday, 22 September 2018 08:13

Video: The Two Kingdoms

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Today’s question: “Could you say more about the Two Kingdoms theology—especially how it need not fall back into a narrow pietism?”

Within the video, I reference Brad Littlejohn’s The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed.

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Jeremiah 11:18-20, James 3:13—4:10, and Mark 9:30-37.

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Friday, 21 September 2018 05:50

Video: Echoes of the Eucharist?

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Today’s question: “What would be a text that you would go to demonstrate the multifaceted elements of the Eucharist? Can you recommend any books or resources that explore the many symbolic and typological elements of the Eucharist, much like your book on Echoes of the Exodus? Perhaps an...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 23:55

Video: Does Baptism Save Us?

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Today’s question: “In Q&A#46, you seem to say that baptism (with water) is necessary for salvation. Am I interpreting your perspective correctly, and if so, what do you think about the man on the cross next to Jesus going to heaven without baptism?”

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 00:36

Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 12

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image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, I join Matt and Derek to explore Augustine’s discussion of the proper interpretation of Genesis’ account of creation in Book 12 of the Confessions.

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Today’s question: “What are the ten most stimulating Bible-related books that you have read?”

1. James B. Jordan, Through New Eyes 2. Meredith Kline, Images of the Spirit 3. Peter Leithart, A House For My Name 4. N.T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God 5. N.T. Wright, Romans 6....

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Within this video, I discuss Matthieu Pageau’s stimulating book, The Language of Creation: Cosmic Symbolism in Genesis.

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Monday, 17 September 2018 07:39

Video: Seeing the Bible Through New Eyes

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This video is a response to a widely-shared, much discussed, and controversial Twitter thread. Within the discussion, I reference a few articles and books:

New York Times: He Asked Permission to Touch, but Not to Ghost GQ: Why Sperm Counts Are Dropping for Men Today? Oliver O’Donovan, Bego...

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Today’s question:

I guess I’m intrigued about a couple of things.

First, do you really think it’s the case that there is actually any kind of moral consensus in principle among people? The kind of thing that lets pro-Natural Law folk say, “Everyone knows that murder is...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 09:31

Video: The Story of Cain and Abel

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Today’s question: “I was wondering if you would comment on the Cain and Abel story and possibly develop some of the symbols, foreshadowings, etc. It is a rich passage that I would love to get your take on, especially since it is the first thing we are told after the fall of Adam and...

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Tony Reinke, the author of 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You, invited me to share some of my thoughts on the subject of social media and wise principles for discourse and publishing in the online world.

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Today’s question: “Should we come to the text with completely open minds, or should we hold some ideas and convictions with certainty? This may be a poor example to help illustrate my question, but in Ephesians 2, Paul speaks about Christ abolishing the law. Christ himself says he came...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Isaiah 50:4-10, James 3:1-12, and Mark 9:14-29.

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