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  Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Kurtz about the doctrine of God’s immutability. Topics of conversation include: A definition of divine immutability The importance of understanding doctrine in stirring a believer’s affections How history, Scripture, and Christian reasoning have each contributed to understanding God’s immutability How to interpret passages where it appears God changes his mind…

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C .S. Lewis once wrote that we should read two old books for every new book. The reason for this is that old books are able to lead us towards different ways of thinking, to say nothing of providing us with different perspectives than the ones bombarding us every day. But surely this advice doesn’t…

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I still remember (with terror) the first time I led worship anywhere.  I was 19 and I had just moved across the country to do an internship at a church. We were headed to a nearby college campus to do a student’s meeting when suddenly the worship leader for the meeting said he couldn’t make…

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If you take a look around most student ministry series, conferences, and curriculum you’ll see one word that consistently pops off the page—“apologetics.” The teen years are full of questions, debates, and crises of faith. So naturally the defense of the faith is a common subject.  Apologetics are good and important; this is not meant…

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The term Mormonism denotes a religious group currently headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, who call themselves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But since the foundation of Mormonism, there have been at least 400 splinter groups of the LDS church that began with the founder, Joseph Smith. Mormons believe that God, through…

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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 Dr. Tracy on the subject of abuse. Topics of conversation include: Why churches have become havens for abusers Defining the five categories of abuse (sexual, physical, verbal, spiritual, neglect) The effects of shame and how to heal from it How Christians can help victims of abuse Dr. Steve Tracy serves as professor…

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  Dr. Arnold interviews Dr. Duby on the subject of Christology. Topics of conversation include: What are God’s incommunicable attributes? God’s aseity, and why it matters for Christology The importance of Philippians 2 in understanding Christology God’s immutability as it relates to the incarnation The mystery of Jesus’s humanity and divine power Resources for further…

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