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

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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Sunday, 17 November 2019 23:14

The Mod | The Christian’s True Identity

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“Identity” is something of a buzz word today. It’s almost impossible to avoid discussions about gender identity, sexual identity, or racial identity in the mainstream media.  So-called “identity politics” are increasingly dominating the decisions on Capitol Hill...

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Saturday, 16 November 2019 16:00

WHI-1493 | The Epilogue of John’s Gospel

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Some scholars have argued that chapter 20 is the real ending of John’s Gospel and that chapter 21 is a later addition. But is there any evidence for this claim? On this program, the hosts will make the argument that John’s Gospel has both a prologue and an...

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I spent three hours waiting in line at the social security office last week. It was first thing in the morning, and the line weaved away from the designated waiting area, out the door, and down the sidewalk.  The waiting area was smaller than I expected for a government building in a largely...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 07:05

The Mod | The Seculosity of Work

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True story: in 1965, Congress held a lengthy hearing to discuss the looming twenty-hour work week.  According to their estimates, the rapidly expanding automation of the day mean that by the year 2000, Americans would have more free time than they’d know what to do with.  Summer...

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Saturday, 09 November 2019 16:00

WHI-1492 | Peace Be With You

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In John’s version of the resurrection account, after placing his hands in Christ’s wounds, Thomas says to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” Was this just an exclamation of surprise, or was this a confession of Jesus’ divinity? Also, what did...

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In Lovin’ on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship, authors Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth offer a thorough, honest, and surprisingly non-polemical presentation of the development of contemporary worship practices. Rather than attempting to justify these practices or defend them...

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Saturday, 02 November 2019 17:00

WHI-1491 | Reconciling Accounts of the Resurrection

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According to the Apostle Paul, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is of “first importance” (1Cor. 15:3). And yet, if this is such a crucial doctrine, then why are there important differences between John’s version of the story and the Synoptic accounts?...

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 23:28

The Mod | How Modern Was The Reformation?

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To hear some people talk, you would think that the birth of freedom, democracy, and the modern world started with the Protestant Reformation.  In fact, the coincidence of faith and modernity has less to do with Martin Luther than with John Calvin, the reformer who had the audacity to question...

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“Viciously learned” is the only adequate way to begin describing Iain Provan’s massive tome on biblical interpretation, as Provan shows himself incredibly well read, thoughtfully clear, and immensely thorough. Some books are not easily categorized by discipline because they...

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Saturday, 26 October 2019 17:00

WHI-1490 | Naked, Ashamed, Despised, Rejected

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What is significant about the fact that Christ’s garments were divided up among the soldiers, or that he experienced thirst while suffering in our place on the cross? Why does John seem to emphasize the fact that blood and water flowed when a soldier pierced his...

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“Mother, go within the house and busy yourself with your daily duties, your loom, your distaff, and the ordering of your servants; for speech is man’s matter, and mine above all others—for it is I who am master here.”

The Odyssey, Book I

 

Ten years ago, a job offer popped...

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Jürgen Moltmann captured the heart of the church’s ethic when he wrote, “the Christian community does not live from itself and for itself, but from the sovereignty of the risen Lord and for the coming sovereignty of him who has conquered death and is bringing life,...

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I confess I was rather surprised at reading Professor Nedelisky’s courteous response to my review—my impression of the book was positive (notwithstanding a fault or two), and rarely have my critiques been faulted for holding the author to a standard he never intended to meet. ...

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Being devoted members of the Christian litterati, the editors are frequently prone to itching ears, with strong tendencies to accumulate for ourselves books to suit our passions (2 Tim. 4:3).  When one of our frequent contributors, Dr. John Bombaro, suggested James Davison Hunter and Paul...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 03:19

The Mod | Gazing On The Gospel

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About a year ago, my wife and I watched the movie The Greatest Showman and loved it.  Musicals aren’t usually my thing, but I thought this was really well done—it was subtle, meaningful, compelling, and entertaining all at once.  One of the movie’s themes I chewed on for...

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Saturday, 06 July 2019 17:00

WHI-1474 | I Am the Good Shepherd

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On this program, the hosts arrive at John chapter 10 as Jesus claims to be the Good Shepherd. But when we compare this claim to various Old Testament promises, we see that this is actually another clear reference to Jesus’ divinity, since Yahweh himself is...

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