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:

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?

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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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Today’s question:

Having read Jordan’s Primeval Saints I find that he interprets the life of Jacob through a different lens from a more recent reformation reading. Specifically in the story of Jacob “stealing” the birthright, Jordan posits that Rebekah and Jacob are...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 21:32

Video: Request for Your Feedback!

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Today I ask for feedback from viewers and listeners.

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I have a guest post over on the Davenant Institute’s blog, the first of a multi-part series on the character of justice discourse in the Internet Age.

As we become increasingly absorbed in the virtual and abstract world of social media, our discourse can be compared to a two-way mirror. A...

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 22:19

Video: Moving Mountains

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Today’s question:

What is your interpretation of Jesus’ sayings about the prayers of believers “moving mountains”?

Within my discussion, I reference N.T. Wright’s interpretation from Jesus and the Victory of God.

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Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:19

Video: The Mark of the Beast

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Today’s question:

What does the mark of the beast in Revelation refer to historically?

Within this video, I reference Peter Leithart’s recent commentary on the book, Revelation 1-11Revelation 12-22.

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Friday, 12 October 2018 23:29

Video: Reading Revelation

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Today’s question:

There seem to be a number of different overall approaches to interpreting the book of Revelation. Can you briefly explain what each of these are and then share your own preferred interepretaive approach? Perhaps some recommended reading too?

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Friday, 12 October 2018 21:54

Podcast: Virtue in a Virtual Society

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Last weekend, I delivered a lecture at the English L’Abri, in which I explored the formation of selfhood and virtue in an age of social media. You can listen to it here:

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Today’s question:

I have a friend who is from a non-religious background who is interested in Christianity and is reading the bible for the first time. She asked me to explain 1 Corinthians 14:33b-35. “As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches....

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost: Amos 5:6-7, 10-15, Hebrews 3:12-19, Mark 10:17-22.

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Today I discuss Yoram Hazony’s stimulating new release, The Virtue of Nationalism.

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 00:06

Video: Did Jephthah Kill His Daughter?

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Today’s question: “Jephthah? Human sacrifice or something else?”

For more on this question, see John Barach’s lectures on Joshua, Judges, and Ruth and James Jordan’s commentary on Judges.

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Today’s question: “What is your opinion on close-knit churches that teach members to not become close friends with outsiders/heathens? They teach to be courteous and you can have friendly acquaintances with outsiders, but teach that friendship with the world is enmity with God.”

If...

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Today’s question: “Could the “elect lady” of 2 John be a woman pastor/elder [see this article]?”

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Saturday, 06 October 2018 00:46

Opened Eyes on an Unveiled Word

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A week or so ago, I posted about Three Things, a new project that a couple of friends have just begun. They have just featured a piece of mine, ‘Opened Eyes on an Unveiled Word’, in which I offer some fundamental principles for the Christian reading of Scripture.

The glory of Scripture,...

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