our fascination with history is directly tied to our concern for the shape of the future. If our understanding of our own history is radically altered, it will have far-reaching effects on our present view of ourselves and our cultural life.
In this episode Joe Boot discusses the thought of Thomas Aquinas as it relates to the Christian understanding of history. To speak of history is inescapably to speak about God’s relation to and activity within His creation.
In this episode we reflect on the legacy of Elizabeth II, the role she played in influencing culture, and the Christian virtue she exhibited as a monarch who was self-consciously under the authority of God. Scripture has much to say about thrones and kingdoms, and Joe Boot discusses some of the major passages for how a king is to rule.
Andre Schutten, Ezra Institute Fellow for Law and Civil Discourse, joins us to talk about how the idea of constitutional government arose, and how societies have benefited from it. He also illustrates recent cases where our constitutional heritage has been threatened, and some ways we can work to involve ourselves in our society as Christians and citizens, for the good of the nation.
As we reflect on the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Joe Boot addresses the common perception that the Reformation was a movement limited to the church. Rather, the recovery of biblical authority had and continues to have implications to every area of our life and work.
This last chapter of 2 Samuel teaches us that God uses even Man’s failure to demonstrate his surpassing grace.
When the tribes of Israel meet at Gilgal, there is not peace and covenant renewal as with Samuel’s meeting but rather rivalries and dissension. David’s silence allows critical divisions to form.
The nature and events of Absalom’s death foreshadow the crucifixion and the arrival of the Gospel.