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

In her book, Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was and Who God Has Always Been, Jackie Hill Perry joins with other thoughtful, discerning Christians to offer a different perspective on sin and sexuality. Like Rosaria Butterfield, Sam Allberry, and others, she refuses to reduce who we are to...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 02:41

The Mod | The Baptism of Our Lord

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The Westminster Larger Catechism asks (Q. 167), “How is our Baptism to be improved by us?”—or, to put it in more modern language, how do we make good use of our baptism?  The Catechism answers, in part, “The needful and much neglected duty of improving our Baptism, is...

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Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:00

WHI-1501 | Why Does Justification Matter?

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Martin Luther once said that justification by faith alone was “the doctrine by which the church stands or falls.” What is so special about this doctrine, and why is it so crucial for our understanding of salvation? On this program, we’re presenting...

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“I wished people understood the realities of what life was like for a survivor.  What it was like to try to bring justice.  What it felt like whenever someone asked—or even insinuated—‘Why didn’t you report?’”

Rachael Denhollander

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 01:08

The Mod | The Epiphany

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By around the fourth century, the Christian church began commemorating (around January 6) the visit to Jesus by the wise men recorded in Matthew 2:1–12. The festival was called Epiphany(Greek, “revelation”),since it is in this text that we see Christ’s glory revealed to...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 16:00

WHI-1500 | What Is Justification?

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Michael Horton’s two-volume set on Justification was recently awarded Christianity Today’sbook of the year award in the category of Theology / Ethics. As a way of celebrating this important achievement, throughout this month we’ll be airing a series...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 03:29

The Mod | The Resurrection of Hollywood

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The movie-making machine of Hollywood has, over the years, produced a number of films that depict the life of Christ, some of which include Christ’s resurrection.  Today (although we are a handful of Disney blockbusters away from it), the sequel to the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ...

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As I write these words, our British cousins have concluded their version of an election campaign. It took six weeks.  A mere breeze of politics.  But everything is bigger in America, so our electoral contests now seem never-ending, with no time to stop from 2016 to 2020.  As those...

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Saturday, 28 December 2019 16:00

WHI-1499 | Perpetual Adolescence

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In the not-too-distant past, the transition from child to adult occurred around the onset of puberty, but now the process of what some are calling “emerging adulthood” has been significantly delayed. What role does technology play in this cultural shift, and...

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It seems that politics are becoming more and more disorientating, especially for Christians. Our outlook on goodness and justice is dismissed as outdated at best and regressive at worst, and we feel increasingly confused about relating our spiritual principles to our civic life.  Some have...

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There was a blizzard over Thanksgiving weekend this year. The snow fell throughout the day and by nightfall two feet of white covered the ground.  Looking out, I saw amid the darkness clean, clear, pure white. The muck was obscured, the dirt invisible. All that I beheld was bright, driven...

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Saturday, 21 December 2019 16:00

WHI-1498 | The Messiah’s Mission

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Especially at this time of the year, many people tend to think that the ultimate mission of the little baby Jesus was to inspire warm and sentimental feelings, or some vague ideal of peace on earth and goodwill towards men. But is this really what Christmas is all...

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In 1655, Puritan pastor William Gurnall began publishing The Christian in Complete Armour, addressing the “war between the saint and Satan […] so bloody a one, that the cruelest which was ever fought by men will be found but sport and child’s play” by comparison.[1]  Th...

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Jerusalem is under attack. Israel, its sister kingdom to the north has already been exiled (722 BC), and now Judah faces the same fate. In 605, the third year of King Jehoiakim (ca. 609-597 BC), the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar besieged Jerusalem and started the first of many deportations to...

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Saturday, 14 December 2019 16:00

WHI-1497 | The ‘I Am’ Sayings of Jesus

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As we’ve seen this year throughout our study of the Gospel of John, Jesus did not claim to be merely a helpful teacher or some kind of spiritual guru. Instead, he actually made very specific claims that identified him as the Yahweh of the Hebrew...

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Years ago, when I first began to read Lutheran theologians, I remember friends warning me to watch out. “Lutherans were weak on sanctification,” they said. But by that point it was too late. The work of Martin Luther had already begun to haunt me.  The wild and paradoxical claims...

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Isaiah lived with eyes set on God. This is clear from the opening words of his book: “The vision of Isaiah.”  Vision is singular, which tells us that Isaiah is meant to be read as one unified whole.  It is not a fragmentary account of Isaiah’s prophecies and life with a...

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Sunday, 08 December 2019 00:00

WHI-1496 | The Incarnate Word

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The opening of John’s Gospel declares to us that “the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then later in verse 14 we’re told that this same Word “became flesh and dwelt among us.” So why did John refer to Jesus as “the...

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Have Christians forgotten how to live well?  Do we approach life with a different mindset than that of an unbeliever, or do we get caught in the chaos and stress of life?  It is crucial to examine our lives in the light of Scripture and understand who God made us to be and how he made us...

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In December 1865, the Rev. Philipps Brooks travelled to the land of Israel. As he stood and overlooked the town of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, Brooks was so moved by what he saw that he penned the words of the celebrated Christmas hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Writing home to his...

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Saturday, 30 November 2019 16:00

WHI-1495 | The Identity of the Beloved Disciple

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Though most people throughout church history have assumed that the Gospel of John was written by the Apostle John, as we’ve seen throughout our year-long study of this amazing text, this is actually an open question even among conservative scholars. On this...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 01:17

The Mod | Sarah and Angelina Grimké

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Sarah Moore Grimké (1792–1873) and Angelina Emily Grimké Weld (1805–1879) were two sisters born into a slaveholding family on a South Carolina plantation. Along with twelve siblings, they were the children of John Faucheraud Grimké, a prominent judge and former...

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Saturday, 23 November 2019 16:00

WHI-1494 | Feed My Sheep

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In the second half of John chapter 21, Jesus turns to Peter three times and asks him, “Do you love me?” What’s the point he’s making, and how does it relate to events that have already transpired? How has John’s theological emphasis shifted...

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Noteworthy social commentator and Senior Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute, Mary Eberstadt, follows her 2013 landmark book How the West Really Lost God: A New Theology of Secularization with her latest imprint, Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics. Both...

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Shane Rosenthal:Why do some liberal New Testament scholars argue that chapter 21 of the Fourth Gospel is actually a later edition that was not penned by John?
Richard Bauckham: Well, the main reason they argue this is because the last couple of verses of chapter 20 look like the end of the...

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