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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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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Today’s question:

I’m wondering to what degree you believe that the original authors of the text(s) were deliberately employing [analogies, types, themes, metaphors, “word pictures”, etc.]? Was the intellectual complexity that you perceive present in the original authorship...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost: Genesis 2:18-25, Hebrews 2:1-13, Mark 10:2-16.

You can follow the Theopolis podcast on SoundcloudiTunes, and on most podcast apps. You can read show notes...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:43

Podcast: Disruptive Witness, with The Alan Noble

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image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, Derek and I are joined by The Alan Noble to discuss his recent book, Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age.

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

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:10

Video: The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

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Within this video, I discuss Michael McClymond and Gerald McDermott’s superb book, The Theology of Jonathan Edwards.

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Today’s question: “What is happening in Exodus 4 where the Lord seeks Moses’ life, but Zipporah circumcises Gershom and touches Moses’ feet with the foreskin to make him a “bridegroom of blood”?”

I reference James Jordan’s Law of the Covenant (PDF/Amazo...

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Today’s question: “How should we understand Satan entering into Judas and his ensuing plan to betray Jesus (Luke 22:3-6)? The wilderness temptations, the rebuke of Peter (Matt. 16:21-23), Christ’s agony in the garden, and even the calls to him to come down off the cross seem to...

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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.

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...

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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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