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Audio recordings of my blog articles, both new and old, that aim to provide rooted theology for the unwithered church.
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    • Religion & Spirituality

Audio recordings of my blog articles, both new and old, that aim to provide rooted theology for the unwithered church.
Visit bcnewton.co for more resources.

    Dreams, Cannibalism, & the Dangers of Normative Morality

    Dreams, Cannibalism, & the Dangers of Normative Morality

    A few weeks ago, I dreamed a disturbing dream.

    As with many dreams, I cannot recall the context nor the setting in great detail, yet Tiff and I were eating a meal with others. We were eating meat, which I came to realize was not beef or pork but human. Everyone at the table ate without hesitation, viewing it no different than any other form of meat. I too ate but with some reservation. Deeply embedded within me, I sensed that something was wrong, that something was erroneous. As I debated, still eating, whether I should ask Tiff later if she felt the same, I awoke.

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    • 6 min
    The River Death & the Celestial City

    The River Death & the Celestial City

    Having only been blown off course of our initial projected reading schedule by two weeks, we come now to the conclusion of the first part of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. Here Christian and Hopeful conclude their pilgrimage and finally arrive at their eternal home in the Celestial City. Of course, while this is the conclusion of Christian's journey, Bunyan wrote a sequel about Christian's wife, Christiana, and after a hiatus for the remainder of July and August, we will begin our study of her pilgrimage in September.

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    • 14 min
    The Enchanted Ground, Hopeful's Conversion, & Ignorance

    The Enchanted Ground, Hopeful's Conversion, & Ignorance

    As we last noted, the content of the ninth stage of Christian's journey was too large for me to adequately capture in one week. Thus, we previously discussed the first half of the stage, particularly Little-faith, Flatterer, and Atheist. Moving on the second half, we shall discuss the Enchanted Ground, Hopeful's testimony, and Ignorance.

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    • 15 min
    Little-Faith, Flatterer, & Atheist

    Little-Faith, Flatterer, & Atheist

    The previous stage took Christian and Hopeful into both the heights and depths of life, which very often do occur back-to-back as Bunyan has described. Now, as has been the pattern since the Valley of Humiliation, Bunyan follows a stage of much action with a stage of much conversation. In the ninth stage, which is bookended by their encounters with Ignorance, the two pilgrims tell the story of Little-Faith, are led into a snare by Flatterer, and enter into the Enchanted Ground. This is the largest reading that we have covered yet, and I soon realized that there was far too much to discuss over the course of one week. Thus, we will break our discussion of this stage into two parts.

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    • 13 min
    Doubting Castle & Giant Despair

    Doubting Castle & Giant Despair

    After shunning the corrupting company of By-ends and avoiding the pit at Lucre Hill, the pilgrims Christian and Hopeful concluded the previous stage of their journey with the sight and warning of Lot's wife. Now in this eighth stage, the pilgrims meet three settings: the River of Life, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains.

    • 17 min
    A Narrow Way Notification

    A Narrow Way Notification

    There will be no post on The Pilgrim's Progress this week.

    The 8th Stage lies still before us with its classic description of Christian and Hopeful being caught in the grip of Giant Despair. Given the ever-growing depression and anxiety rates today, our society as a whole seems to be similarly locked in Doubting Castle.

    With such a heavy and needed discussion paired with my preparation to preach Mark 10:13-16 (a passage equally heavy and needed), I have found that my mind has had the mental space to only focus on one of the two. And sermons always get the right of way.

    Use this week, therefore, as an opportunity to catch up with the readings if needed or to read ahead if that suits you best.

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    • 1 min

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