Theology

The City Podcast: How Dante Saved Rod Dreher’s Life

by Timothy Motte on April 27, 2015

in the dark wood

Rod Dreher did not read fiction.

Yet when he found himself in the midst of a deep, dark depression, God overwhelmed him with beauty in the form of a long medieval poem called The Divine Comedy by a man named Dante.

The beauty that he found in that book bypassed his defenses and allowed him to really experience truths that he had known for years but which had never penetrated into his heart. And his depression lifted.

This is his story. May you find beauty in it.

Featuring: Rod Dreher, Gary Hartenburg, Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald

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The City Podcast: How Dante Can Change Your Life

by Timothy Motte on April 20, 2015

Life Lessons from Dante's Divine Comedy

Dante’s Divine Comedy is a perfect example of a book that many people mistakenly think is too hard, or that it’s not for them.

And yet, it is a work of literature that has changed, is changing, and will continue to change innumerable lives.

Featuring: Dr. Louis Markos, Dr. Holly Ordway, Cate MacDonald

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The City Podcast: No Mere Christians

by Timothy Motte on March 23, 2015

How are Christians from different denominations supposed to relate to one another? How can we recognize other Christians when we disagree on doctrines? Which beliefs are important enough to divide us? Listen today as we discuss these questions.

Featuring: Dr. Holly OrdwayCate MacDonaldDr. Michael Ward

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The City Podcast: N.T. Wright

by Timothy Motte on July 28, 2014

Dr. Capes had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with renowned theologian N.T. Wright and have a satisfying talk about the theology, especially the christology, of the Apostle Paul. And today, you get to hear it.

Featuring: Dr. N.T. Wright, Dr. David Capes

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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

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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…]