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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: What’s Liberal About the Liberal Arts?

by Timothy Motte on February 24, 2014

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

Featuring: Dr. Hunter Baker, Cate MacDonald, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

It’s all about liberty.

Dr. Hunter Baker, dean of instruction at Union University, recently published a piece at The Federalist in which he offers a defense of the liberal arts. Many people may not even know what the liberal arts are, much less what their importance is to human flourishing.

You may have read defenses of the liberal arts before, but Hunter is a friend of The City and this topic hits close to home. So this discussion takes it to a very deep level.

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Want to see our regulars and where we record? Check out the video version of this episode. 

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: Doing Education in Community… Online

by Timothy Motte on November 11, 2013

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

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

If you are familiar at all with the career of Dr. John Mark Reynolds, you are probably familiar with his commitment to the Socratic method, which includes the principle that good education requires intimate discussion.

When you think of what the internet is good for, one of the first things that come to mind is that it’s most useful for scaling communities to huge proportions. (Think MOOCs and MMORPGs.)

Are you sensing a conflict here?

That’s what this conversation is about, because both the HBU Apologetics program and The Academy at HBU use online education extensively. How can HBU provide good Socratic education online? Listen and learn.

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You might also be interested in this podcast from the archives: Imaginative Apologetics.

The City Podcast Special: What Good Are Debates?

by Timothy Motte on November 6, 2013

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

Featuring: Mary Jo Sharp, Dr. Holly Ordway, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

This coming Saturday, November 9th, HBU Provost Dr. John Mark Reynolds will debate Co-President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Dan Barker on the question, “Does God exist?”

To help you get the most out of this debate, here is a special podcast with Dr. Reynolds, moderator and organizer Mary Jo Sharp, and director of Apologetics at HBU, Dr. Holly Ordway.

What is the value of these kinds of theological or philosophical debates? What attitude should the audience bring to it? What attitude should the participants bring to it?

Register for the debate here. It’s free.

If you can’t be there in person, you can watch it live at hbu.edu/live.

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A Spirited Soul: Part of Being Whole (Part II)

by John Mark Reynolds on October 8, 2013

This weekend HBU won its first football game: ever.

Some schools sell t-shirts that say: “Our School Undefeated in Football since Date of Founding” and HBU once could sell such shirts, but can no longer. We were smacked down hard by the defending champs of our conference in our first game, but came back to defeat a local Baptist rival in our second.

HBU can say it has won as many games as it has lost, but we are not undefeated. When I was a kid, ABC had a show called Wide World of Sports that began with clips of great sport’s victories and disasters. HBU football was safe from making either category.

Of course, the school that does not enter the arena will never taste “the agony of defeat,” but it will never get “the thrill of victory.” And there is something a bit pathetic about such a place. After all, nobody picked as their Biblical hero the servant who hid their talent in a napkin. [click to continue…]