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

The various stay-at-home orders and social distancing mandates put in place around the world are highlighting a deep need within humanity: the need for community. This is, of course, because God made us to be together (Gen. 2:18). We want to see friendly faces across the dining room table and not...

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Ezra Klein, host of The Ezra Klein Show and co-founder of Vox, has written a perceptive book on polarization in American civil life that sets out a compelling backstory and frame for understanding the current state we find ourselves in.

The emergence of deep rifts in American society and in other...

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Monday, 25 May 2020 22:00

The Mod | Longing for Lockdown’s End

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I find in myself a weariness from the COVID-19 lockdown. I am weary of my tenure as a televangelist, leading a worship service of ten with more participating virtually. I am weary of fasting from the Lord’s Supper. I am weary of not being able to smile at congregants, shake their hands, and...

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In these times, many people all around the world are experiencing challenging times, dark times, with the pandemic of 2020. The biblical writers knew times of great isolation, confusion, and loneliness, as the Psalms in particular evidence.

Dr. Ligon Duncan’s new book, When Pain Is Real And...

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Continuing their overview of the book of Job, the hosts discuss the various claims made by Job’s counselors concerning health, wealth, and happiness. What’s wrong with their advice, and how should this influence the way we think about the role of suffering...

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I have been a suburbanite my whole life.  Though I have lived within the orbit of several large cities, I have never lived in an urban context. Though I have momentarily lived in the country, I do not have an innate sense for rural life. Because of this, among other things, I am well-versed in...

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How do we cultivate Christian community during days of disease, social distancing, and deeply divided opinions? Unable to gather together for worship, or in some cases even to leave their homes, most Christians have gone online in a desperate attempt to find some sense of fellowship in the body of...

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In commenting on the fifth chapter of Romans, Martin Luther exclaims: “In the whole Bible there is hardly another chapter which can equal this triumphant text. The apostle here most clearly describes God’s grace and mercy and shows…how abundantly it has been poured out upon...

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Saturday, 16 May 2020 17:00

WHI-1519 | Understanding the Book of Job

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On this program the hosts are beginning a three-part series exploring the book of Job. What is the meaning and purpose of this book? What does it teach us about dealing with pain, suffering, and loss? How does Job deal with his many trials, and how should we think about...

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Anxious, Angry, and Annoyed. These are common responses to the question, “how are you today?”  Perhaps the frustration is with the constant barrage of numbers and images tallying up the tragic loss of life. Perhaps the conflicting information and overwhelming amount of data about...

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It was a conversation I needed to have with my Pastor when my wife and I lived in Boise, Idaho. At the time, I was leading a men’s small group Bible study and had a challenging man in the group who didn’t care for me, or at least that’s how it seemed to me. Each time my Pastor and...

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In A Shepherd’s Life, real-world shepherd James Rebanks tells of the real-world value of the shepherd’s crook, a vital tool in caring for real-world sheep. The crook remains the best tool to catch a sheep and enables the Shepherd to draw skittish sheep near so he can care for them.

How...

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I’ve always loved to read. When I was in college, I took literature classes for fun. In one of those classes, we read “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. If you’ve ever read it, chances are you still remember the disturbing and compelling story. If you...

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Saturday, 09 May 2020 17:00

John Lennox on God the Coronavirus Pandemic

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How are we to make sense of the coronavirus pandemic that has dramatically changed our world? Where is God in all this, and why would he allow this to happen? On this program, Shane Rosenthal talks with Oxford mathematician John Lennox about the way people from a...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 22:00

The Mod | A Theology of Finitude

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According to Scripture, Mathuselah was the oldest living human being on record. Genesis 5:27 tells us that he was given some 969 years to live in all. Imagine what one could do with all that time: the books you could read, the essays you could write, the degree programs you could pursue, the home...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 22:00

The Mod | Mother To Son

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Dear Son,

Snow days are a momentary reprieve, but once the snow melts there’s going to be a reckoning. C. S. Lewis uses the analogy of an almost endless winter to teach young children about the coming of the king. In his book The Lion,the Witch, and the Wardrobe, it’s always winter and...

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Monday, 04 May 2020 22:00

The Mod | The Coronavirus and Our Time

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Quarantine. Lockdown. Stay At Home. The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has rocketed these terms to the top of our shared lexicon. By some estimates, more than 80% of counties in the U.S. restricted normal activities in recent weeks to help curb the spread of COVID-19. At this point we’re all...

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Saturday, 02 May 2020 17:00

WHI-1517 | Your Worst Life Now

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Many Christians around the world have bought into the assumptions of the prosperity gospel. With Jesus’s help, they have argued, we can all have our best life now. But does this message make any sense in light of the coronavirus pandemic? What happens when a loved...

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I can vividly imagine the valley below one of the many lookouts of “Skyline Drive” on the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. On sunny days, one of the most eye-catching details of the landscape are the conspicuous dark spots that shade vast portions of the valley, those areas that are...

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 22:00

The Mod | Lockdown and Mental Illness

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In the midst of our varied responses to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown – responses that range from apathy to anger – it’s easy to forget those who are normally neglected under the best circumstances, including people who live with or around some form of mental illness. For...

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Monday, 27 April 2020 22:00

The Mod | What If I Love This?

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As a pastor, I have been calling and texting various members of my church to check in and see how they are managing during this season of social distancing. When I offer assistance or ask how I can be praying, at least half of my phone calls sound something like my call with (I’ll call her)...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 22:00

The Mod | A Woman’s Worth

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The females were then less esteemed, but not so in Christ; for in Christ Jesus there is neither male nor female, Gal. 3:28.[1]

Recently a friend of mine was reading through Leviticus in her daily Bible readings. As she finished the book, she came across the valuations in chapter 27:

“Speak to...

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Saturday, 25 April 2020 17:00

WHI-1516 | What Is Biblical Theology?

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Though Bible readers may be familiar with all the individual stories recorded throughout Scripture, it seems that few are taught how all those stories fit together. What is the grand unifying theme of the Bible, and how do all the individual chapters and episodes point...

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Thursday, 23 April 2020 00:36

The Mod | Coronavirus and Tithing

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The current coronavirus pandemic undoubtedly poses a serious threat to global health, but it’s also proving to be equally deadly to global wealth. Economic effects are one of the more immediately recognizable consequences of the measures taken by governments around the world to stem the...

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When I transferred my ordination credentials from the EPC to the PCA, and moved from Florida to Western Pennsylvania, I began my new life and ministry in the historic Ascension Presbytery. In doing so, I took up residence in a cultural milieu quite different from the Bible Belt. The Pittsburgh area...

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