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, 11 September 2018 23:40

Video: What Does Baptism Do For a Person?

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Today’s question: “What does baptism do for a person?”

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image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, Matt, Derek, Andrew, and I discuss the topical issue of the wise exercise of trust in contexts of untrustworthiness, betrayal, and many competing authorities.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 00:55

Video: Paedocommunion?

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Today’s question: “Do you hold to paedocommunion? If so, how would you reconcile this with Paul’s warning in 1 Cor 11:29, and that chapter more generally?”

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Monday, 10 September 2018 06:04

Theopolis Video: The Technology of the Text

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Today, I am responding to a number of people’s requests and giving some thoughts on the recent Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel.

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Today’s question: “What is “ordained”, formal, leadership in the Church? How do you understand the NT’s “episkopoi” and “diakonoi”? What is the connection between these offices/roles/functions and both preaching and liturgy in worship?”

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On today’s video, I give a lengthy summary and discussion of the argument of John Hughes’ stimulating book, The End of Work: Theological Critiques of Capitalism.

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Today’s question: “How would you summarize the argument against the ordination of women?”

If you found this video interesting, you might be interested in the videos from the recent THINK conference on The Future of Complementarity.

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Isaiah 35:4-7a, James 2:1-10, 14-18, and Mark 7:31-37.

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 08:57

Video: Are Young Elders a Contradiction in Terms?

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Today’s question: “What are your thoughts on ‘young elders’ in the church? Is there an age restriction for the office of elder?”

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A couple of months ago, I spoke at the THINK Conference on the Future of Complementarity, along with Andrew Wilson and Hannah Anderson. It was a wonderful few days of Christian fellowship, stimulating conversation, and shared worship. I thoroughly appreciated the change to meet both Andrew and...

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Today’s question: “Why is the tribe of Dan excluded in Revelation 7’s list of Israel?”

Some of the commentaries that I have found helpful in thinking about this particular question: Austin Farrer, G.K. BealeDavid Chilton, Peter Leithart, Ian Paul.

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 08:22

Video: Should We Be Using the Lectionary?

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Today’s question: “Do you commend the use of a lectionary for preaching? If so, what advantages does this approach have over preaching through whole books of the Bible? How should we think about preaching in churches where we can no longer take basic biblical literacy for granted and...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:11

Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 11

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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 11 of the work.

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Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoItpic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018

Beyond drawing attention to the specific issue of racial injustice, in kneeling for the American national anthem before the start of games,...

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Today’s question: “Does Christ’s abstention from wine until the consummation of the Kingdom have any connection to Lemuel’s mother’s counsel in Proverbs 31 regarding the kingly use of alcohol? If so, what’s the best way to present this connection?”

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 01:46

Video: Bumper Q A Episode!!

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  1. Does the Scripture teach that the Holy Spirit indwells believers individually or corporately?
  2. What do you think about ghosts, UFOs, bigfoot, etc?
  3. You mentioned you like to listen to the Bible. Do you have a recommendations on recordings?
  4. Which translation of scripture do you...

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Saturday, 01 September 2018 00:47

Video: Was Israel Wrong to Ask for a King?

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Today’s question: “Was it a sin for Israel to ask for a king? 1 Sam 8 makes it seem so. But then Deut 17 seemingly gives permission for Israel to ask for a king. How should we think about Israel’s monarchy? Should it have happened, or is it an example of an evil that God used...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 08:09

A Week With Dr Esther Meek

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A fortnight ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the Theopolis Institute’s intensive course with Dr Esther Lightcap Meek. Titled ‘An Introduction to Covenant Epistemology’, the course brought together over thirty students for a week of exploration into a Christian vision...

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 23:26

Video: Was Jesus a Fruitful Eunuch?

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Today’s question: “Some have described Christ as a sort of “fruitful eunuch.” Others have pointed out that he in fact has a bride. While these would be mutually exclusive in a literal sense, does the Bible require us to choose between them when taken as metaphors?”

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Today’s question: “Was David’s victory over Goliath a miracle? Was he really an underdog or was this a case of misperception as to who was the favorite? We know it is not uncommon for smaller people to defeat larger people in fights.”

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In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9; Ephesians 6:10-20; and Mark 7:14-23.

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Today’s question: “Why are so many references to God in the NT binitarian (Father and Son) rather than trinitarian (Father, Son and Spirit)? I’m thinking of Paul’s greetings, Stephen’s vision, Jesus’ speeches about unity with the Father, etc. Admittedly the...

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A few months ago, Brad Littlejohn and I recorded ourselves having a conversation on the subject of social media for the Davenant Institute. The recording was made available on Facebook, but has just been uploaded on Youtube. You can watch it below.

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Today’s question: “I am wondering about your take on whether the Lord’s supper should be a somber event of introspection or a joyous meal of celebration. My understanding is that throughout church history it has been observed more as a somber event, but through the works of people...

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