Category: Mere Fidelity

Mere Fidelity: Can Christians Ever Support War?

Can Christians ever support war? That’s the question we take up with special guest Preston Sprinkle, author of the widely praised book Fight.  It’s a lively, feisty discussion of an important issue and we hope you listen in. If you want...

/ March 9, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Lament and the Church

Theologian Todd Billings new book on lament stems from his personal struggle with cancer, but explores it theologically.  In this episode, we talk with him about the nature and meaning of lament and why our culture may not leave much...

/ March 2, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Our Culture of Public Shaming

We have a growing culture of public shaming.  Or at least that’s one possible conclusion from an interesting NY Times essay on the phenomenon.  We decided that we should take up the question of what such public shaming means for...

/ February 23, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Living through the Church’s Exile

We’ve heard a lot lately about the church in North America being in exile, or it being winter, or about how we all need to be “countercultural.”  So we decided to discuss it. If you haven’t already, read Andrew Wilson’s...

/ February 16, 2015

Mere Fidelity: The Skeletons in God’s Closet

And, we’re back.  After a long break, Mere Fidelity returns with a doozy.  We invited Joshua Ryan Butler on to talk about his new book The Skeletons in God’s Closet:  The Mercy of Hell, the Surprise of Judgment, and the Hope...

/ February 9, 2015

Mere Fidelity: Christmas

  In this episode, the gang celebrates Christmas by teasing Derek, talking about their favorite books of the year, and engaging other various and sundry topics. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND...

/ December 23, 2014

Mere Fidelity: Atonement

What shape should the atonement take as a doctrine?  Is penal substitutionary atonement an appropriate account of the doctrine?  Derek and I are joined by not one, but two guests for a conversation about the doctrine of the atonement. Adam Johnson is a professor...

/ December 18, 2014

Mere Fidelity: Teens and Sexting

Hanna Rosin’s recent article at The Atlantic on teens and sexting is a long, disturbing look at a widespread trend. It’s definitely worth a read, though that isn’t necessary to listen to our conversation about it. Special thanks to MK Creative...

/ December 5, 2014

Mere Fidelity: Theosis and the Warning Passages (Ask Us Anything, vl. 2)

In this episode we consider the role the warning passages play in Scripture and the question of theosis.  The conversation takes a hand-brake turn at 16:30, so if you’re only interested in one of those subjects then that’s the place...

/ November 18, 2014

Mere Fidelity: The Bible and Dr. Peter Enns

The backstory:  Andrew Wilson reviewed Dr. Peter Enns’s new book.  Dr. Peter Enns responded to said review.  We talked about it (above), and we scheduled it in a hurry so we didn’t get Dr. Enns on.  Our bad.  We’d love to...

/ November 6, 2014