Category Archives: Church History

Video: How Should We Understand Formal Leadership Within the Church?

Today’s question: “What is “ordained”, formal, leadership in the Church? How do you understand the NT’s “episkopoi” and “diakonoi”? What is the connection between these offices/roles/functions and both preaching and liturgy in worship?” This question opens out onto so many … Continue reading

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Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 11

In the latest episode of Mere Fidelity, I join Matt and Derek to continue our discussion of Augustine’s Confessions, exploring Book 11 of the work. You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud and on this page on … Continue reading

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Video: Understanding the Sign Gifts

Today’s video responds to the following question: “What is your view of the miraculous gifts (like prophecy and the gifts of tongues) in the New Testament period? Did these discontinue with the closing of the Scriptural Canon or, maybe, they … Continue reading

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Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 9

Once again, Mere Fidelity is discussing the topic of Augustine’s Confessions. This week, Derek, Matt, and I move on to a discussion of book nine, the final part of the more autobiographical portion of the work. You can also follow the podcast … Continue reading

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Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 8

Another episode of Mere Fidelity, this time returning to Augustine’s Confessions. This week, Derek, Matt, and I discuss book eight together. You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud and on this page on my … Continue reading

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The Authority of the Book

I have a guest post over on the Political Theology blog, in which I discuss the importance of considering our broader culture of textual production, ownership, and use when considering questions of scriptural authority. In an age of mass production … Continue reading

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Podcast: Ross Douthat’s ‘To Change the Church’

Matt and Derek were joined this week by Ross Douthat to discuss his new book, To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism. You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past … Continue reading

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