Month: September 2019

Mere Fidelity

“The Color of Compromise,” with Jemar Tisby

Jemar Tisby joins Derek and Alastair to discuss the history of racism in the American church in his latest book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Listen in as they discuss everything from...

/ September 25, 2019

Book Review: The Household and the War for the Cosmos by C. R. Wiley

One of the persistent irritations of the debate about ecological health and climate change is the routine pitting of the life of people against the life of the earth. Thus Sen. Bernie Sanders recently endorsed abortion as a licit strategy...

/ September 20, 2019

The Centrality of Christian Freedom in Protestant Theology

On Christian Freedom is one of three monumental treatises of the Reformation written by Martin Luther in 1520. The work was foundational in defining the theological emphases of the Protestant Reformation, of which Luther himself was a key figure. The...

/ September 19, 2019
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The Temptation in Gethsemane

 The entire cast and crew are together to discuss Jesus’ temptation in the Garden of Gethsemane. What is the nature of temptation, what are the Christological distinctions to be made in these passages, and how are Jesus’ temptations different...

/ September 18, 2019

Book Review: Surprised by Paradox by Jen Pollock Michel

The Holy Fool has been a common trope in Christian literature for some time. You can reasonably trace it back to St Paul who, writing in 1 Corinthians, spoke of how the wisdom of God looks to the world like...

/ September 17, 2019
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Occult Spirituality with Dr. Tara Isabella Burton

Dr. Tara Isabella Burton joins the crew to discuss why occultism, astrology, tarot cards, folk religion, and New Age spirituality are all the rage and why this phenomenon is not particular to religious “nones.” Timestamps: Intro + The rise and...

/ September 10, 2019

What are nations for?

Once in college I asked my pastor if he had time to get coffee so I could ask his advice on something that had been bothering me for several months. I was feeling stretched to my limits because I was...

/ September 6, 2019

Notes on the Evangelical Dark Web

Preface from Jake: The “evangelical dark web” is a designation adopted by a group of evangelical social media personalities and bloggers centered around a few various web sites such as For the Christian Intellectual, Pulpit and Pen, Sovereign Nations, and...

/ September 4, 2019

“Are You Alone Wise?”: Luther’s Answers for Today’s Protestants

A decade after he began advocating for reform, Martin Luther had become highly attuned to the fundamental issues at stake in the debates with his adversaries. Having made Sola Scriptura his rallying cry, he was forced to face the chaos...

/ September 3, 2019
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Jephthah’s Vow in Judges 11

Matt, Derek, and Alastair dive into the difficult and unsettling text of Jephthah’s vow in Judges 11. The crew covers recent and old interpretations of the troubled passage, asking if certain texts can or should be “smoothed over” with typology,...

/ September 3, 2019