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Scholarship with a Shepherd’s Heart

Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Tarr about what it means to imitate Christ. Topics of conversation include: How sanctification flows out of our union with Christ The role of humility as we disciple others and imitate Christ for them Whether it is appropriate to even talk about imitating Christ and how that fits into the message…

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  Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Newkirk about how to judge whether a church is healthy or not. Topics of conversation include: Characteristics of a healthy church How a church can balance evangelism and discipleship Unhealthy trends in churches today Resources for further study on church health Dr. Chris Newkirk serves as lead pastor of Whitton…

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  Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Wittman about natural theology. Topics of conversation include: The knowability of God The distinction between general revelation and special revelation The role of natural theology and special revelation in the book of Romans The usefulness and limitations of natural theology Resources for further reading on this subject Dr. Tyler Wittman…

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Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Walker about religious liberty. Topics of conversation include: A definition of religious liberty Where we find support for religious liberty in Scripture The original intent behind the phrase “separation of church and state” What’s at stake for Christians in protecting religious rights for all Dr. Andrew Walker is associate professor of…

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Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Peter Gurry about the parables of Jesus. Topics of conversation include: What is a parable? Why did Jesus choose this method of teaching? How should we interpret parables? How should we apply the parables to our lives? What are some challenging or surprising parables? Resources for understanding the parables Dr. Peter…

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Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Gurry about the various translations of the Bible. Topics of conversation include: A history of the English Bible The most popular English translations used today The translation spectrum from literal to paraphrase The five questions a translator must answer when deciding how to translate from the original text Resources for further…

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Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Jamieson on how good theology helps us to better read the Bible. Topics of conversation include: A description of this circular process: allowing theology to guide our Scriptural interpretation and using Scripture to inform our theology How rules and principles for interpretation emerge from Scripture itself A response to the recent…

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Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Kapic on how to understand the limitations that come with being human. Topics of conversation include: How our limitations as humans are not sinful Why unrealistic expectations cause guilt and anger The misunderstanding of humility, rest, and identity that leads to resisting dependency How community helps to balance work and limitation…

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Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Magnuson on the foundation for Christian ethics. Topics of conversation include:  Why it is important for Christians to develop a strong ethical foundation Various perspectives for framing ethics, such as deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics, and teleology Scriptural guidelines for determining a Christian ethic Why churches aren’t addressing ethical issues today Recommended…

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Dr. Arnold interviews Jared Kennedy about sharing the gospel with children. Topics of conversation include: A story from First Clement about a wayward teenager Rhythms and habits to consider when discipling children Encouragement for those working in children’s ministry Encouragement for parents Resources for family discipleship Jared Kennedy is an editor at The Gospel Coalition…

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