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Every Muslim has heard of the benefits of reciting Surah Kahf. But what exactly is the message that the Surah is conveying? This lecture series is an in-depth explanation of the Surah using tafsir from Ibn Kathir, al-Uthaymeen, Ibn al-Qayyim, Ibn Jawzi, Shawkani and Saadi. The speaker mentions the benefits and virtues of Surah Al-Kahf and lessons we can extract from the Surah. It was narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khduri that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoeve ...
 
In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. All praises are due to Allah; we praise Him; we seek His Help; we seek His Forgiveness, and we seek His Guidance. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil in our souls and the wickedness of our deeds. For whoever Allah Guides, there is none to lead him astray. And for whoever He allows to go astray, there is none to guide him. I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, for whom there is no partner. And I bear wi ...
 
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In this episode I discuss and criticize what I call the “esoteric” reading of Mark defended by Dr. Michael Bird in his book Jesus the Eternal Son: Answering Adoptionist Christology. Like Dr. Richard Bauckham, he argues that Mark implies in several ways that Jesus “shares the identity” of the one God. He makes his case based on this book’s use of th…
 
We turn to pages 243–244 of Geerhardus Vos’s book Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments to discuss the prophet’s view of God’s relation to time and space. In terms of God’s relation to time and space, two relations occur. What we have to affirm first of all is that God is everywhere present in all of his fullness. But Vos speaks of a special re…
 
In this episode I critique a reading of the Gospel According to Mark by Dr. Daniel Johansson in his chapter in The Essential Trinity, edited by Brandon D. Crowe and Carl R. Trueman. I call it an “esoteric” reading, as according to it Mark sort of encodes his claim that Jesus is God via his use of the term kurios (“Lord”), and he sneakily implies th…
 
What should the reader conclude about Jesus based on the earliest gospel, the gospel according to Mark? In this and the next episode I present and compare two different approaches to interpreting Mark: treating it as a “popular” writing meant for the masses which wears its message on its face, or as an “esoteric” writing which encodes its most impo…
 
What are the “absolute basics” of the Christian faith? According to this series of videos produced by a Wesleyan ministry, these include that God is an eternal relationship of three divine Persons, and that Jesus is both human and divine, a “godman.” In this episode, I weigh the claims of these videos against history and Scripture: “Who is God? God…
 
Analytic theologian Dr. Randal Rauser wrote an excellent review of my first short book What is the Trinity? Recently, he’s reviewed my debate book co-authored with Chris Date. In this episode, I present and respond to his review, answering some of his questions, explaining a few of my own missteps, and ultimately hitting the tennis ball back to Dr.…
 
In this talk, originally presented to Restoration Fellowship’s online 2020 Theological Conference, I describe six “stages” I’ve gone through, and that many go through, with respect to “the Trinity.” Because of my many slides, I recommend the YouTube version of this episode, embedded below. As I explain, most Christians spend their lives at the firs…
 
In 1922, Reformed Press published six sermons by Geerhardus Vos in a volume titled Grace and Glory. In 1994, Banner of Truth published the same collection with ten additional sermons, which were discovered and edited by James Dennison. Banner has now brought this full collection back into print with a new edition: Grace and Glory: Sermons Preached …
 
We turn to pp. 238–243 of Vos’s book, Biblical Theology, to speak about the Old Testament prophets and their understanding of the nature and attributes of God. Vos affirms that God is Spirit. This brings into view not that God is immaterial per se, as Vos notes, but rather the “energy of life in God.” This is critical to appreciate. That God is Spi…
 
Dr. Daniel Boyarin is the Hermann P. and Sophia Taubman Professor of Talmudic Culture in the Departments of Near Eastern Studies and Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of more than a dozen scholarly books and more than 150 scholarly articles in English and in Hebrew. He has been called one of the greatest living …
 
In this second part of my conversation with apologist Dale Glover, I object to the argument he presented in part 1 (see below). Topics discussed include how to understand “the Holy Spirit” in the Bible, why we can’t (I argue) treat the New Testament like those authors treat the Old Testament, the significance of personal pronouns when it comes to i…
 
In this episode, the first half of my conversation/debate with Canadian evangelical apologist Dale Glover, about whether or not the New Testament teaches “Trinity Monotheism.” (This is a three-self Trinity theory on which the Persons are proper parts of the triune God.) First, Dale asks me which Trinity theory I would accept if I were convinced tha…
 
We turn to pp. 235–238 of Vos’s book, Biblical Theology, to speak about the Old Testament prophets and varying views of monotheism. The prophetic era begins with Samuel and the introduction of kingship in the theocracy, and the fundamental conflict between the prophets and the kings is between those who are fundamentally theocentric and those who a…
 
Harvard professor Andrews Norton (1786-1853) was the leading American unitarian intellectual in the first half of the 19th century. He was an original thinker, a careful and deep scholar, and a lucid writer. In this episode I present in full his discussion of the prologue of the fourth gospel from his important book A Statement of Reasons for not B…
 
We turn to page 234 of Vos’s book, Biblical Theology, to speak about the understanding of monotheism which the biblical prophets possessed. On pages 206–211 of the book, Vos dealt with the modernist conception of the issue, adding a footnote that his positive treatment would be saved for later. Now we arrive at that later portion. As we begin to ad…
 
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