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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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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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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