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: “How does the book of Proverbs fit in with the rest of the OT? It seems so general and universal, and hardly draws upon Israel’s particular covenant history. It rarely if at all appeals to special revelation from YHWH, the God of Israel, and discusses natural...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Isaiah 29:11-19, Ephesians 5:22-23, and Mark 7:1-13. We also discuss Dr Esther Meek’s recent Theopolis Intensive course.

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 07:53

WordMP3 Interview

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A brief interview with me has just been posted over on WordMP3 (a site you really must make use of, if you are not already aware of it). They also have the audio lectures from my recent Theopolis course available at a discount.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 03:50

The Land Is Not Silent

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I’ve just published a post over on the Political Theology blog, on the subject of Joshua 24:1-18:

Water crossings play an especially important part in Joshua’s theological geography. The River Euphrates is referenced four times, the Jordan is mentioned twice, and two verses are devoted...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Proverbs 9:1-10; Joshua 24:1-2, 14-18; John 6:51-58; Ephesians 5:15-20.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2018 00:02

Podcast: The Weirdness of Matthew 27:51-54

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image In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, Derek, Andrew, and I discuss one of the very weird passages of the New Testament, Matthew 27:51-54, where bodies raised from the grave appear in Jerusalem following Christ’s resurrection. Having only chosen the topic a few minutes before...

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I was recently invited to be a guest on John Piper’s podcast, Ask Pastor John, to talk about Jordan Peterson. You can listen to my discussion with my friend Tony Reinke here.

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Today’s question: “The story of the widow and her two mites (Luke 21:1-4) is often used to commend sacrificial giving. However, the immediate context contains Jesus condemning the Scribes for “devouring widows’ houses” and promising to destroy the temple. Is the...

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Today’s question: “Why does Peter say that the Lord “bought” false teachers in 2 Peter 2:1? How can Christ be said to have “purchased” or “bought” those who are unsaved?”

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The Davenant Institute have just released a booklet written by me, on the relationship between sexual ethics and Christian orthodoxy. You can read it here and subscribe to future Davenant Digests here.

This Davenant Digest, like other Davenant Digests, is available in booklet form. Each...

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Today’s question: “Do you use any Bible software (e.g., Logos) to support your studies? Do you have any thoughts on how they might help or hinder our study and perception of the written word?”

Here is the piece I mention on the move from the (vo)codex to the co(in)dex.

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Today’s question: “If marriage is a pre-political institution then none of the measures laid down by the state (e.g. registration, marriage certificates etc.) make a marriage legitimate in God’s eyes. In which case, what does constitute a legitimate marriage in God’s eyes?...

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Today’s question: “What implications does the promise of new creation have for Christian ethics? Specifically does new creation undermine natural law ethics since we are now to orientate our lives, not towards what is revealed in nature, but towards the new creation established by...

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A couple of years ago, I wrote a piece for the third volume of the FIEC’s Primer publication. That piece, on male and female in Genesis 1-2, has just been made available for free in PDF here.

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Thursday, 02 August 2018 21:26

Video: Are We Living in the Last Days?

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Today’s question: “How should we understand the description of bad behavior in the “Last Days” in 2 Timothy 3? For one, isn’t the list of sinfulness characteristic of a great many ages and time periods? And in fact, its frequently used as a contemporary warning by...

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image In this episode of the Theopolis Podcast, Peter Leithart and I discuss the readings for the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Exodus 16:2-15, John 6:22-35, and Ephesians 4:1-16.

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Today’s question: “How do we properly understand what Hebrews 6 refers to as those who “fall away” and the impossibility of their redemption?”

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Today’s question: “Given that Paul is the most prominent evangelist / church planter in the Bible, why are exhortations to evangelize seemingly so rare in his work? In many parts of the evangelical church we seem to foreground the need for evangelism and background discussion of ethics,...

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Today’s question: “I would like to ask a two-part question: (a) could you give a defense from the Scripture for figural preaching and typological reading; (b) how would you respond to the criticism of typological exegesis as a way seeking hidden meanings and connection that...

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Another clip from my Theopolis Institute lectures, this time on marital themes and some of Jesus’ encounters with women in the gospels.

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Today’s question: “What is the significance of the book of Acts recording the number of people being saved (3000 in Acts 2, 5000 in Acts 4)?”

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Today’s question: “Why did the inhabitants of the Gadarene village ask Jesus to leave after he healed the demoniac?”

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 23:22

Seeing the Transfigured Word

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 08:08

Video: A Biblical Theology of Circumcision

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I just noticed the following video was posted a over a week ago, over on the Theopolis Institute’s YouTube channel. Within it, I give a very basic introduction to the theology of circumcision.

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Saturday, 28 July 2018 01:41

Video: Tips For Reading Your Bible Better

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Somewhat longer one today. Today’s questions: “How do you go about noticing intertextual links? Is is mostly intuitive based on large exposure to the Bible? Do you do particular searches? Is it just checking cross-references (is there a similar apparatus for the BHS like there is for...

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