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Welcome to Iso-chats: Theology. I’m Lionel Windsor, New Testament Lecturer at Moore Theological College, Sydney. During the Covid-19 Isolation, I chatted with lots of my friends and colleagues here at Moore about theology, Christian life and ministry. It’s the kind of discussion we’d normally have over morning tea, but the topics are highly relevant to life in a changing world, so I wanted to let you listen in. Enjoy!

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Welcome to Iso-chats: Theology. I’m Lionel Windsor, New Testament Lecturer at Moore Theological College, Sydney. During the Covid-19 Isolation, I chatted with lots of my friends and colleagues here at Moore about theology, Christian life and ministry. It’s the kind of discussion we’d normally have over morning tea, but the topics are highly relevant to life in a changing world, so I wanted to let you listen in. Enjoy!

    Jacob: Scoundrel, wrestler and ancestor of Christ, with Philip Kern @ Moore College

    Jacob: Scoundrel, wrestler and ancestor of Christ, with Philip Kern @ Moore College

    The figure of Jacob, in the pages of the Old Testament book of Genesis, is a fascinating character. The man who became known as “Israel” was in so many ways a scoundrel, yet he received God’s superabundant blessing, and through him and his descendant Jesus Christ, that blessing came to all the nations of the earth. The Jacob narrative provides a richness and depth to our biblical theology which helps us move beyond two-dimensional pictures of God and his dealing with humanity. However, despite this wealth of insight, the Jacob narrative has received relatively little attention in biblical scholarship.







    I speak with Dr Philip Kern, Head of the New Testament Department at Moore Theological College, about his forthcoming book on Jacob, and its potential for enriching those who are seeking to grow in their understanding of God and his purpose through Jesus Christ and to teach these great truths to others.















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    • 29 min
    Ecclesiastes and a world in crisis, with George Athas

    Ecclesiastes and a world in crisis, with George Athas

    What does the Bible have to say to a world in crisis? In my latest Iso-Chat, I speak to my friend and colleague George Athas about the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is about a crisis—a crisis involving disaster, despair and death. In the end, it is a theological crisis of confidence in God’s promises and purposes for his people. The Teacher in Ecclesiastes faces the stark reality of a situation where God’s intentions seem unfathomable, crying out for an answer but finding none in his present circumstances. Yet even in the depths of the Teacher’s pessimism, Ecclesiastes speaks to us. As we engage with this biblical book, we find ourselves, even in our own circumstances of suffering, and even of despair and death, longing even more for the certain hope and meaning given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.







    George is Director of Research and Lecturer in Old Testament at Moore College. His commentary on Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs is available here:















    George Athas, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs (Story of God Bible Commentary; Grand Rapids: Zondervan Academic, 2020).















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    • 42 min
    How did the Reformers respond to plagues? Learning from history with Mark Earngey @ Moore College

    How did the Reformers respond to plagues? Learning from history with Mark Earngey @ Moore College

    I have a chat to Mark Earngey, Head of the Church History Department and lecturer in Christian Thought at Moore College, about his public online lecture “Protestants and Plagues”.















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    • 38 min
    “He is risen! He is not here”: Comfort and hope in absence, with Peter Orr @MooreCollege

    “He is risen! He is not here”: Comfort and hope in absence, with Peter Orr @MooreCollege

    The words of the angel on that first Easter Day, “He has risen! He is not here” (Mark 16:6) are full of comfort and hope. That is especially true as Christians celebrate Easter in 2020, under Covid-19 restrictions. As we are physically absent from one another, the angel’s words show us that there is a surprising comfort in Jesus’ own absence. “He is not here”: Jesus is absent from the tomb, absent from the place where his crucified body was laid, and so absent from our own death-bound world.







    At first glance, that may seem to be little comfort to us–but in fact, Jesus’ absence is very good news for us. It means that Jesus is risen from the dead and now exalted above the heavens. He is victorious over death, and one day our own bodies will be raised from death to be like his glorious body. It should fill us with hope and longing.







    Yet Christ’s absence is not the whole story. In another very important sense Christ is truly present with us, in our daily lives and in our suffering, by his Spirit and his word.







    I speak with my colleague Peter Orr, author of Exalted Above the Heavens: The risen and ascended Christ, about the comfort and hope we can draw this Easter from the risen Christ’s absence and presence, and why both of these truths matter deeply for us today.















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    • 36 min
    God’s judgment and compassion in Jeremiah, with Andrew Shead @ Moore College

    God’s judgment and compassion in Jeremiah, with Andrew Shead @ Moore College

    What does it mean for God to be judge? How does this square with the biblical picture of God as compassionate? Sometimes we can adopt a one-dimensional view of God—a view that assumes that either God is wrathful, or that God is compassionate, but that he cannot be both. I chat with Andrew Shead, head of the Old Testament Department at Moore College, about the picture of God presented in the prophetic book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah gives us a rich, multi-dimensional view of God, whose judgment and compassion appear together in surprising but powerful ways that both fill out and foreshadow the Lord Jesus Christ.















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    • 39 min
    Moore College, open for business: Joys and challenges during Covid-19, with Principal Mark Thompson

    Moore College, open for business: Joys and challenges during Covid-19, with Principal Mark Thompson

    Principal of Moore College, Mark Thompson, talks about how the College is faring in this season of Covid-19 restrictions. Mark shares some encouraging stories of Christian love and mission amongst students and staff, describes how we have adapted our face-to-face learning to a temporary “online” mode, and asks us to pray for Moore in the coming months as we seek to train even more gospel workers for the harvest.















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    Note: To sign up for the special Preliminary Theological Certificate (PTC) discount offer of $25 per unit during the Covid-19 season, go to our website: moore.edu.au















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    • 21 min

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