The City Podcast Special: Back to Barterra

by Timothy Motte on December 17, 2014


The infamous Hunter Baker (ostensibly identified as our only listener, though you are now disproving that) has taken control of this episode.

He is insisting on talking about Dr. Reynolds’ excursion into fiction writing, namely, Chasing Shadows: Back to Barterra.

Since he’s such a loyal listener, I guess we will let him proceed.

So imagine that the universe has to have a place where all our fictions dwell…

Featuring: Dr. Hunter Baker, Dr. John Mark Reynolds

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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

The City Podcast: The History of the Unborn, pt. 1

by Timothy Motte on October 13, 2014


Believe it or not, Roe v. Wade was not the starting point for the debate about the status of the unborn. In some ways, the judges thought that they were putting the lid on a tired, old issue, not sparking a heated culture war.

Many in the pro-life movement seem to view the abortion debate ahistorically, as if it is only a contemporary problem that sprang up from nowhere. But there is a long story about how we got to Roe v. Wade, and it starts in the ancient world.

Dr. Anthony Joseph, history professor at HBU, teaches a course tracing this story.

Featuring: Dr. Anthony JosephDr. John Mark ReynoldsDr. Holly Ordway

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  • Not God’s Type, by Dr. Holly Ordway (disclaimer: HBU receives a small portion of the proceeds from books purchased through this link)
  • The Didache

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The City Podcast: The Antidote for Pro-Life Weirdness

by Timothy Motte on September 22, 2014

Should all humans be treated equally? That question is probably pretty easy to answer.

Why? That’s a bit more difficult.

Josh Brahm is the founder of the Equal Rights Institute.

He wants to help pro-lifers be more persuasive and less weird when they communicate with pro-choice people.

So do we. Let’s talk.

Featuring: Josh Brahm, Dr. John Mark Reynolds, Cate MacDonald

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Jesus, Educator: A Higher Education, Part (IV/IV)

by John Mark Reynolds on September 5, 2014

Dr. Robert B. Sloan, Jr.I have been told by marketing friends that in the United States only Abraham Lincoln is better liked than Jesus. Given Lincoln’s wonderful heritage to this nation, the popularity of Father Abraham makes sense. Jesus is, of course, to most Americans the Son of God, Savior, and the central figure in their religious beliefs.

Yet Jesus was more than Redeemer, King, Savior, and Christ. Jesus was also the greatest teacher who ever lived. You might be able to build some kind of a university program on the ideas of Lincoln, but Western schools all begin with Jesus, the educator, as a foundational thinker. Oddly, many Americans forget his role as an educator, though his followers thought of themselves primarily as students (disciples) and called Jesus “teacher” (rabbi). All colleges and universities in the West used to be Christian and the foundations still exist, even if in rubble, at most schools. Jesus the educator, Jesus the sage, Jesus the thinker gave Christians ideas and an example that produced our aspirations.

An important leader in thinking about Christian higher education in the United States is President Robert Sloan of HBU. He began this academic year reflecting on Christian higher education. First, he assumed certain things about education in his introduction. Second, he rejected the idea that Christianity only adds “nicety” to university. Third, Dr Sloan showed that no Christian college exists merely as a cover to “get people saved.” Finally, Sloan turned to the role of Jesus, the educator. As provost I have tried to reflect on what my leader is saying, not because I have to do so, but because when I heard this talk it seemed unusually important. [click to continue…]

On Earth as It Is in Heaven: A Higher Education (III/IV)

by John Mark Reynolds on September 4, 2014

If you do not know Jesus, you will not go to Heaven when you die, you will go to Hell and that is a place most to be avoided. Imagine living in Newark, New Jersey without the charm while stuck in conversation with Vlad Putin without the wit. . . for eternity. Jesus came to save our souls, but His work is so mighty that He also brought His Kingdom to Earth now. Jesus has come, is coming, and will come again. His Kingdom was, is, and will be fully manifest.

Hinton Center front viewThese truths are not quite self-evident, but plainly taught in Sacred Scripture. Our salvation from damnation is to a Kingdom with a ruling King now. Of course, our main job is to work out this rule in our own lives, helping others when we can and ought. A job of the University is to aid the state, church, and family in working out how each student is to live in the present love of God.

Salvation to Something

Not every Christian college takes up this job. Some do not because they have reduced Christianity to party manners, but others make a more fundamental mistake. My boss, HBU’s President Robert Sloan, gave us a vision of what Christian education is. As provost, my job is help him make that real which is a joyful challenge. My first reflections dealt with the nature of the job and the second on avoiding mere niceness.

Here in the third reflection, we consider whether the Kingdom of Heaven discourages care for this present age. [click to continue…]