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The City Podcast: Joy in Prison and Other Epiphanies

by Timothy Motte on July 21, 2014

No one knows a text better than a scribe.

When you painstakingly transfer a text word-by-word from one medium to another, you develop a deep familiarity with it. The slowness of the process allows you to ponder and meditate upon what it says. The exactitude required means that you don’t miss any details. 

That’s what Rachel Motte does. As the editor of robertbsloan.com, it’s her job to transcribe Dr. Sloan’s vast archive of recorded sermons and adapt them for easy reading in a text format. Because he is both a very learned New Testament scholar and an excellent communicator, she reports that living with his preaching so intimately has taught her volumes about the Bible.

In this podcast, Rachel sits down with Dr. David Capes (another New Testament scholar at HBU) and shares some of the insights she has gathered while working on Dr. Sloan’s series on Philippians.

What do you do when you want to learn a text well? Have you tried copying it word-by-word?

Featuring: Rachel Motte, Dr. David Capes

The City Podcast. Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

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The City Podcast: How to Imitate Christ

by Timothy Motte on May 19, 2014

We know that as Christians we are commanded to imitate Christ. In this podcast, Dr. Capes and Dr. Ordway, both faculty in HBU’s School of Christian Thought share some practical ways to help us imitate Christ in our lives and in our worship.

Featuring: Dr. David Capes, Dr. Holly Ordway

The City Podcast. Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

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You might also be interested in Dr. David Capes’ previous appearances on The City Podcast.

The City Podcast: Rites of Passage

by Timothy Motte on March 17, 2014

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Peter Gross

When did you realize you were an adult?

Anthropologists tell us that rites of passage, either intentional or de facto, are a very crucial signal of entering adulthood. What was yours? Did you have one? What does a specifically Christian rite of passage look like?

Peter David Gross, Director of Wheatstone Ministries, is working with many Christian youth and inviting them into Christian adulthood. This could change your entire view of youth ministry. Or it could merely change how you interact with the Christian youths in your life.

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Email us at podcast@hbu.edu with your thoughts, questions, or suggestions for future episodes.

You might also enjoy this podcast from our archives: Don’t Just Sit There. Do Something!

The City Podcast: Communism in Practice

by Timothy Motte on December 9, 2013

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Dr. Barbara Elliott, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

HBU professor, Dr. Barbara Elliott, has received the Eleanor Roosevelt human rights award, been very active in the non-profit sector, served in the Reagan administration, been the editor of the journal Imprimis, and worked as an international television reporter.

But most importantly for this podcast, she was there when the Berlin wall came down, and in her helping refugees to escape she discovered the story of the role of people of faith in that momentous event. That story is told in her book, Candles behind the Wall: Heroes of the Peaceful Revolution That Shattered Communism.

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You might also be interested in The City Podcast: Human Perfectibility and the Role of Govenment.

On Debating Dan Barker

by John Mark Reynolds on November 22, 2013

Originally posted at Wheatstone Writes. John Mark Reynolds is a Founder of Wheatstone Ministries. He blogs, advises, and speaks for Wheatstone regularly. Visit www.wheatstoneministries.com for more information.

I was excited to debate Dan Barker. Why? First, Barker’s story is very much like my own, but with a different conclusion. We had similar childhoods and followed a pathway into Christian ministry. Right about the time his first book came out, I was deciding whether to remain a Christian. [click to continue…]

The City Podcast: Poetry in Bible Translation

by Timothy Motte on July 15, 2013

The City, a podcast of Houston Baptist University: Smart. Sane. Spiritual.

Featuring: Dr. David Capes, Dr. Holly Ordway, and Dr. John Mark Reynolds

The Bible is the most owned, but least read, book.

Does having yet another translation contribute to that problem or its solution?

Dr. David Capes, Professor of Christianity at HBU, was the lead scholar, on a team of over 100, for a new translation called The Voice. One of the unique aspects of this project is that they intentionally brought in poets and novelists alongside the scholars and professors.

Capes says, “Many translations get the words right, but miss the poetry.”

You’ll hear a breathtaking example of Biblical poetry in the first few minutes of this podcast. Dr. Ordway and Dr. Reynolds also address many other important questions with Dr. Capes about Bible translation and study.

  • Is it better to have one translation for a shared culture or many translations to get at the fullness of the original?
  • Should the Bible be read in public or in private?
  • Why don’t daily devotionals work for everyone?
  • Is it the church’s job to re-educate a post-literate culture?

Listen and then email us your thoughts at podcasts@hbu.edu.

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Check out our previous conversation with Dr. Capes.

You may want to listen to Dr. Capes radio program, “A Show of Faith”, Sunday nights from 7-9pm Central on KNTH.