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The City Podcast: YA Book Reviews and Cultural Apologetics

by Timothy Motte on January 26, 2015

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Continuing our conversation from last week with HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex, we begin with suggestions of some YA literature you should not read and some that you should. Then we move into how book reviews and cultural apologetics go hand in hand.

Dr. Reynolds also shares the one factor he has consistently seen, in all his years of being an educator, that all great students have in common.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex

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While Young Adult Literature is very popular with both adults and children, there are some very strong reactions against it. (See the links below.)

But this is a complex issue and there are so many questions that beg to be answered.

Is YA even a legitimate genre? Is is just a marketing gimmick? Did you know that Harry Potter was released with two different covers–one for children and one for adults? What differentiates children’s literature from adult literature: the age of the protagonists, the themes, the vocabulary? What about the Chronicles of Narnia? Even if YA is a distinct genre, does it actually follow that adults should not read it for themselves?

To help answer these questions, we’ve brought to the podcast HBU MA Apologetics grad student, Elizabeth Kendrex. She has reviewed scores, if not hundreds, of YA books and has a lot of insights to bring to the conversation. 

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Holly Ordway, Elizabeth Kendrex

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The City Podcast: Whither the Christian Blogger

by Timothy Motte on December 29, 2014

Blogging has changed, is changing, and will change. But how?

We don’t have the answers, but we know some good people.

Our guest, Joe Carter, has been blogging since the medium was founded and has seen a lot of change. He is or has been involved in blogging and/or communications strategy for the ERLC, the Acton Institute, the Gospel Coalition, Touchstone, First Things, Patheos, as well as being the founder of the Evangelical Outpost.

If you are a blogger, especially a Christian blogger, you need to determine whether blogging is an activity that you should put your energy into. You need to figure out your blogging strategy. And most importantly, you need to find out how to blog virtuously.

This podcast will help you.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Joe Carter, Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald

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The City Podcast: The Body and the Imago Dei

by Timothy Motte on December 22, 2014

After the podcast last week with Dr. Renae Schumann about faith and fitness and her complete bodily transformation, Cate was left with so many more questions that we decided to do a follow-up with just her and Dr. Schumann.

In this episode they talk about how to respect the image of God in your body, food as an idol, comparing ourselves to others, and competing views of body image among the high school and college girls that they work with.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. Renae Schumann

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On this episode, Dr. Reynolds gets to talk with Dr. Philip Nation, the director of adult ministry publishing at LifeWay and new Professor of Leadership and Biblical Studies at HBU, and with Dr. Jeremiah Johnston, founder of the Christian Thinkers Society, about the intersection of discipleship, leadership, mentorship, and publishing.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Philip Nation, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston

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The City Podcast: How to Win an Ideological War

by Timothy Motte on November 10, 2014

The Soviet Union definitely lost the Cold War.

But did the West really win it?

Dr. Barbara Elliott encountered hundreds of refugees as she was reporting on the fall of the Berlin Wall. Their stories reveal an unprecedented spiritual revolution.

God help the West if we replace Communism with decadence.

Featuring: Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Dr. Barbara Elliott, Dr. Robert Stacey, Cate MacDonald

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in the HBU recording studio Dr. Elliott is holding a rosary that was blessed by St. John Paul II, who was very instrumental in bolstering the spiritual uprising that peacefully brought down the Soviet Union