Month: May 2019
John 7—Is It Ever OK To Lie?
In John 7, Jesus’ brothers urge him to go to the feast in Judaea. He declines, stating he will not go. His brothers set off without him. But then Jesus *does* go. Secretly. Halfway through the feast, he makes himself quite public by teaching in the temple.
What’s up with this? Why did he lie to his brothers? He’s Jesus, so he must have known he was going to attend the feast, and that what he was saying to his brothers wasn’t true. And why did he keep a low profile there, around everyone, if he was just going to end up teaching in the temple anyway?
Theopolis Podcast: The Ordination Rite (Leviticus)
Having discussed the main sacrifices, Peter Leithart and I wanted to explore the way that they function together in various larger rites. In this episode we discuss the ordination rite.
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Symbolism and Allegory
What’s the difference between symbolism and allegory?
Parsing the Law—How to Keep the Sabbath
Within this episode I offer some follow-up thoughts to my discussion of the ritual and the moral Law in my previous episode. In particular, I discuss how we might keep the Sabbath command today.
Ritual and Moral Law
Today, I discuss the distinction between the moral and the ritual law, the threefold division of the Law, and natural and positive law.
Kinism, Online Troll-Culture, and the Poway Shooter with Joe Carter
On this week’s Mere Fidelity, Matt, Derek, and I discuss radicalization and the Poway shooter with Joe Carter. Joe has recently written two pieces for TGC that touch on the issues raised in this podcast: The Age of Terrorism Meets the Era of the Troll and Kinism, Cultural Marxism, and the Synagogue Shooter.
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Clean and Unclean Animals
What should we make of the distinction between clean and unclean animals? Is there some deeper reason that some animals are considered clean and others unclean?
The Family of Abraham: Part 42—Our Story?
In this, the final part of my series on the story of the family of Abraham, I discuss what relevance it might have for us today.
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The Family of Abraham: Part 41—The Continuing Adventures
Today, I discuss a few of the echoes of the Genesis narrative in later stories in Scripture.
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