Dealing with Textual Variants in the Bible

ExploringHopePodcast2This week on Exploring Hope Podcast, we talk with Dr. Jake Pratt about the integrity of the texts we find in Scripture. Christians want to say some strong and very particular things about Scripture and its infallibility, inerrancy, authority, etc. Yet, we find that there are some textual variants among the canon of scripture that cause some to question, or even reject the idea that the bible is “true” in all that it claims. Dr. Jake Pratt helps us understand how these textual variants are few and far between, as well as rarely pertaining to important theological or historical issues. But, more importantly, he helps us understand the context and nuance of the issue and gives us a helpful and honest way to talk about the inspired word of God. Tune in to listen!

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Why Does the History of Ideas Matter for Us?

cropped-ExploringHope.pngThis week we discuss the history of ideas with my good friend Dr. John Wilsey. It may not immediately sound like the kind of topic that would be very interesting or applicable, but Dr. Wilsey, an expert in intellectual history, shows how fundamental history is to our faith. After all, we believe in a historical incarnation, death, and resurrection that the whole flow of human history centers on. So, our study and understanding of history shouldn’t be just an afterthought or even a hobby; it should shape us and guide us. Dr. Wilsey points to individuals such as Alexis de Tocqueville and others who have so much to teach us about culture and faith. Tune in!

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When God Commands War


The issue of war is a heavy one. Yet we are constantly faced with the evils of this world and we are confronted with violence on micro and macro levels. In the Scriptures we find commands to love one another, even our enemies. We are also told to turn the other cheek as we read about the apostles who faced martyrdom and all kinds of oppression and yet seemingly didn’t fight back or lead an armed charge against these injustices they were enduring.  Yet, we also find in Scripture some pretty massive occasions of war and violence, sometimes even commanded by God himself. So how do we view this topic? Is the reality of Holy War in the Bible a problem for us Christians and how should we think and talk about this issue? Dr. Heath Thomas sheds some light on this very controversial issue…


Was Jesus a Republican? A Discussion on Christian Politics (Dr. Ashford)

rsz_exploringhopepodcast2This week on Exploring Hope I get a chance to sit down with our Provost here at Southeastern, Dr. Bruce Ashford. We discuss the intersection of faith and politics as he answers the question of whether or not Jesus was/is a republican. Dr. Ashford clarifies and re-frames this question that many wonder about to make it more contextually sound and helpful. He notes the transcendence of Jesus over things like partisanship, but also shares how He was profoundly political in his message and mission. Tune in to hear the whole conversation!

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Conveying the Message of Scripture in a Helpful Way

cropped-ExploringHope.pngDr. Jake Pratt sits down with me to talk about what we want to say about Scripture by making the helpful distinction between the message and the nature of scripture. Sure, we hold steadfastly to the idea that the Bible is authoritative, inerrant, true, and final. But those are all characteristics of the nature of scripture. Dr. Pratt gives us some helpful advice about conveying the message of Scripture to our culture, instead of simply plastering the claim of its truthfulness on every billboard we can find. Dr. Pratt’s expertise on the matter helps steer believers toward a helpful engagement with culture, centered around the redemptive story of scripture. Tune in!

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