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There are countless lectures and sermons addressing the subject of evil.  And as you would imagine, and probably already know, some handle the subject with profundity, while yet others drop the ball…  Big time.  There are also those who approach the subject with philosophical flare, dazzling their listeners with logical syllogisms and lofty language, the kind heard only in the still corridors of an ivory tower.  To the average ear it sounds strange, a bit bizarre, perhaps, or even esoteric. 

The following lecture is a curious mixture of all three.  Peter Williams understands the current landscape of academia, when it comes to this subject (and many other subjects for that matter).  So the talk is technical.  Props to him for that.  And he’s a good speaker as well.  Props again.  The problem, in my opinion, is that he falls into the trap that most philosophers stumble into.  They forget to lean more on the Scriptures. 

Now granted, there is a place for responding to high-brow atheism, which is to say that there are many sophisticated works out there.  So yes, those works deserve a careful answer.  But can’t a careful and philosophically articulate response wear the categories of Scripture more faithfully?  I know it’s easy for me to say that from the comfort of my black swivel chair, but it’s true. 

So here’s the bottom line with this lecture.  It’s interesting and thought-provoking, even illuminating at times.  But there are some points that need ditched, which is to say that rationalism often diminishes God’s glory.  Read the prophets and then listen to this and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Christian philosophers must preserve that element… because Christianity is true after all, right?

Must Listen Factor: Specialized.  Philosophy buffs will enjoy this.  As for the rest of us mortals, you’ve been duly warned.

Difficulty: Fairly advanced.

Length: 46 minutes.

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Merry Christmas Everyone!!!!

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I’m drawing attention to this particular podcast for one simple reason: It provides a glimpse into the ambitions and aspirations of contemporary atheism. 

 Basically what you have are three atheists- three noted individuals- discussing the future of atheism in America.  They explore the disadvantages and advantages of militant, that is, “loud and proud” atheism, as opposed to a more congenial “live and let live” style.  They discuss politics.  They outline ambitions.  Hopes.  And evaluate the growing secularism of society. 

 In a nutshell, the podcast is instructive and informative.  You get to hear the conversation from the inside, which is to say that we are provided a glimpse into the priorities and practical outworkings of atheism.

I found it interesting, not to mention illuminating.  If you are like me, you’ll also walk away from this podcast noting a number of parallels with practical Christianity, in the sense that these men are very much interested in evangelism, even the methodology of evangelism. 

Oh, and quickly, one of the panel members, Chris Mooney, stirred the pot more than once, causing a few sparks to fly.

 Difficulty: Moderate

 Must Listen Factor: Moderate.  Cultural exegetes will certainly want to pay attention to this one.

 Length: About an hour.

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I’m usually not a big fan of Q and A sessions.  No wait, I take that back.  I enjoy listening to Q and A sessions.  They’re often entertaining in the sense that they’re not scripted.  And that offers real insight into the character of the panel.  But rarely do I walk away from such events feeling especially edified.

 This session was very different. 

Both John Piper and Conrad Mbewe, the latter of which I’ve never heard before but will gladly report of his being a very able and godly speaker (at least what I heard here), answered a wide array of questions with tremendous pastoral and biblical care.  The full hour and twenty minutes flew by.  It was an utter joy listening to them.

I heartily commend it to you.

Difficulty: Moderate

Must Listen Factor: If you lean towards the audio scavenger side at all, check this out.  Good stuff.

Length: 1 hour 25 minutes

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Joshua 8:24-25, “When Israel had finished killing all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai and struck it down with the edge of the sword. And all who fell that day, both men and women, were 12,000, all the people of Ai.”

I meant to draw your attention to this message some time ago, but alas, it got lost in the pile.  It happens.  But like a child rummaging through an old attic, I stumbled upon this dusty gem, and with wide eyes, exclaimed, “Oh, what is this?”

I’ll tell you what it is.  It’s a message given at the SBTS chapel.  In it the speaker wrestles with the question of holy war, or genocide.  In many ways, this should be clumped with those messages I highlighted at an earlier date which explore certain imprecations in the Psalms.  You can find the post here: Link 

As you’re probably aware, many have addressed the issue of holy war.  But few address it well. 

This speaker is numbered among the few.  So if you’re interested in the topic, or if perhaps you’re reading through Joshua, consider giving this a listen.  I trust it will prove helpful.

Difficulty: Tough subject matter, but easy to follow.

Must Listen Factor: Moderate. 

Length: Around 35 minutes.      

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