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RTS Washington Faculty Podcast
Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
Theologians discussing the Christian faith from their areas of expertise.
6 days ago
The Septuagint: What It Is And Why It Matters (ft. Greg Lanier & Will Ross)
Episode 90: The profs talk with Greg Lanier and Will Ross about the Septuagint—what it is and why it matters. Dr. Lanier is associate professor of New Testament at RTS Orlando. Dr. Ross is assistant professor of Old Testament at RTS Charlotte. Enjoy! The Septuagint: What It Is and Why It Matters, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08T6FJHRV/ Septuaginta: A Readers Edition, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1619708434/ A Book-By-Book Guide to Septuagint Vocabulary, https://www.amazon.com/gp/ product/1683071964/ Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Nov 24, 2021
You Shall Not Murder
Episode 89: The profs discuss the sixth commandment. What’s forbidden in it, what’s required in it, and how do we get there hermeneutically? What are some of its practical applications in situations of abuse and bullying, the academy, pastoral ministry, social justice, and social media? Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Nov 17, 2021
Honor Your Father And Your Mother
Episode 88: Today the profs discuss the fifth commandment. What does this commandment teach us about God’s design for human relationships? What might obeying it look like in various cultural contexts? What should human authority look like in light of divine authority? Enjoy! Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Nov 10, 2021
Episode 87: In this shoRTS episode, Scott and Tommy ask Gray about affect theory—what it is, and what some of its insights and implications are for theological and religious studies. Enjoy! Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Nov 3, 2021
Primer On Polity (ft. David Silvernail)
Episode 86: Today the profs sit down with Dave Silvernail to talk about church polity. Dr. Silvernail serves as senior pastor at Potomac Hills Presbyterian in Leesburg, VA, and as visiting lecturer in practical and pastoral theology at our campus. Topics include models of polity, church membership and discipline, Reformed ecclesiology, Robert’s rules of order, and more. Enjoy! Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
1 hr 5 min
Oct 27, 2021
Remember The Sabbath Day To Keep It Holy
Episode 85: Continuing our series on the Ten Commandments, today’s discussion is on the fourth: the Sabbath day. What are the biblical, theological, and pastoral reasons for this commandment? What does it look like to keep the Sabbath holy? Enjoy the conversation! Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Oct 20, 2021
Analytic Theology, Bavinck, and Retrieval (ft. Oliver Crisp)
Episode 84: Today the profs welcome Oliver Crisp as a guest to the podcast. Dr. Crisp is the Professor of Analytic Theology and Director of the Logos Institute for Analytic and Exegetical Theology at the University of St. Andrews. Topics: Are analytic theology and Reformed theology incompatible? Is analytic theology a top-down, deductive method? How does it intersect with Bavinck studies? What are some of its implications for seminary and pastoral contexts? How should we think about theological retrieval? Enjoy the episode! Publications by Oliver Crisp: https://risweb.st-andrews.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/oliver-daniel-crisp(523eee7c-13c1-4807-b5c7-3a46bc453fd0)/researchoutput.html Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Oct 13, 2021
You Shall Not Take The Name of The Lord Your God In Vain
Episode 83: What does it mean to take name of the Lord in vain? Is this commandment kept by simply avoiding using God’s name as an expletive? In sum, no. Enjoy! Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Oct 7, 2021
Evangelism (ft. Randy Newman)
Episode 82: Today the profs talk about evangelism with Randy Newman. Dr. Newman is the Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at The C. S. Lewis Institute in the Washington, DC area, and a guest lecturer at RTS Washington. Enjoy! Books by Randy Newman: https://www.amazon.com/Randy-Newman/e/B001KI1W0S Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Sep 29, 2021
You Shall Not Make For Yourself A Carved Image
Episode 81: In this installment, profs talk about the second commandment. Does the Lord care about how we worship him? What does it mean that God is jealous? Are representations of Christ okay? Do images enhance or diminish our worship? Why is the regulative principle so freeing? And don’t miss the excursus on demons. Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Sep 22, 2021
You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me
Episode 80: Today the profs talk about the first commandment. What does it mean to have no other gods but the Lord? Can we obey this commandment? How? Are “other gods“ even real? What does idolatry look like in our lives and in the church? Enjoy the conversation.
Sep 15, 2021
The Ten Commandments: Introduction
Episode 79: Today we begin a series on the Ten Commandments. Why are they important? What role ought they play in the Christian life? Topics include Law & Gospel, the three uses of the Law, the law of Christ v. legalism, delighting in the law of the Lord, and more. Enjoy! Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Sep 8, 2021
All Prayer Is Corporate
Episode 78: Yet another bonus Summer ShoRTS! Our executive producer asks Tommy about corporate prayer—how we can do it better. Also, next week we’re getting the whole Washington faculty back together to start a new episode series on the Ten Commandments. Learn more about RTS Washington: https://rts.edu/washington Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Sep 1, 2021
The Gospel According to Jesus and Paul
Episode 77: A bonus ShoRTS episode! Did Jesus and Paul preach the same message? How did we get from Jesus’s teaching to Paul’s preaching? Is it legitimate to read Paul’s theology and terminology into the Gospel accounts? Listen as Tommy Keene answers these questions. Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/ Learn more about our campus: https://rts.edu/washington
Aug 25, 2021
Rediscovering The Holy Spirit (ft. Michael Horton)
Episode 76: Scott Redd and Tommy Keene talk with Dr. Michael Horton about the Holy Spirit. Dr. Horton is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, and a guest lecturer at the RTS Washington campus. Resources: Horton. Rediscovering the Holy Spirit. https://www.amazon.com/Rediscovering-Holy-Spirit-Perfecting-Redemption/dp/0310534062/ Horton. “Lord and Giver of Life: Rediscovering The Holy Spirit.” Video lecture at RTS Washington, 2019. https://youtu.be/Bu-ATgqNJrc
Aug 18, 2021
Church History for Pastors (ft. Rufus T. Burton)
Episode 75: Scott Redd sits down with Rev. Dr. Rufus T. Burton, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Martinsburg, WV, and instructor in church history at RTS Washington. Dr. Burton talks about his calling to pastoral ministry and doctoral studies, his dissertation on the holiness of God as a communicable attribute, dogmatic and Trinitarian theology, the role of the Holy Spirit in the Christian life, and more. Dr. Burton will be teaching the History of Christianity II course starting Friday, August 17. There’s still time to sign up as a student or auditor. Learn more about upcoming classes: https://rts.edu/campuses/washington-dc/students/upcoming-classes/#FALL2021 Request auditor registration: https://rts.edu/campuses/washington-dc/admissions/audit/ Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
Aug 11, 2021
Why Study Theology
Episode 74: Scott Redd offers reasons to study theology at a graduate level. This is the last episode in our Summer ShoRTS series of 2021. Redd, Scott. “7 Reasons to Study Theology.” http://sunergoi.com/?p=1194#.YRMmBi1h1pQ Submit your questions. https://rts.edu/campuses/washington-dc/faculty/podcast/
Aug 4, 2021
How to Write a Good Paper
Episode 73: Tommy Keene talks about what makes a good seminary paper.
Jul 28, 2021
Lessons Learned in Church Planting
Episode 72: Paul Jeon offers some thoughts on his experience as a church planter.
Jul 21, 2021
Imagery in Revelation
Episode 71: Tommy Keene offers guidance on engaging with imagery in the book of Revelation.
Jul 14, 2021
Episode 70: Scott Redd talks about defamiliarization—what it is, some biblical examples, and how it can help Bible teachers and preachers be more effective.
Jul 7, 2021
Apocalypticism and Union with Christ
Episode 69: In this installment of Summer ShoRTS, Dr. Peter Lee offers some thoughts on apocalypticism and the doctrine of union with Christ.
Jun 30, 2021
Theology Proper in Apologetics
Episode 68: Scott Redd and Peter Lee talk with Gray Sutanto about the role of theology proper in our apologetics. This is our fourth Summer ShoRTS series episode. Enjoy!
Jun 23, 2021
Episode 67: Tommy Keene asks Scott Redd about his dissertation on constituent postponement in biblical Hebrew poetry. This is the third episode of our Summer ShoRTS series. Enjoy!
Jun 16, 2021
Thoughts on Preaching
Episode 66: In the second installment of our Summer ShoRTS series, Paul Jeon shares some of his thoughts on preaching.
Jun 9, 2021
How to Read Hebrews
Episode 65: Today we begin a new series titled Summer ShoRTS. Listen as Scott Redd asks Tommy Keene how one should read the book fo Hebrews.
Jun 1, 2021
The Creed & Spiritual Formation (Apostles’ Creed: Part 19)
Episode 64: In this episode, the profs wrap up the Apostles’ Creed series with a conversation on the Creed’s value and use in the life of the church and the individual believer. Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
May 26, 2021
Global Missions (ft. Lloyd Kim)
Episode 63: The faculty welcome Dr. Lloyd Kim as a guest to the podcast. Dr. Kim serves as the Coordinator for Mission to the World (MTW), the mission-sending agency for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). They talk about his calling to and experience in the mission field, his work at MTW, and what the work of global missions looks like these days. Enjoy! Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
May 19, 2021
“And The Life Everlasting” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 18)
Episode 62: Today the profs tackle the last line in the Apostles’ Creed. What is the “life everlasting” and what will it be like? Perhaps the most important question, will our favorite pillows, our home-made swords, Tommy’s kitchen floors, and Disney World be in the new heavens and the new earth? Enjoy! Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
May 12, 2021
“The Resurrection of The Body” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 17)
Episode 61: Today the profs tackle the penultimate line in the Apostles’ Creed, i.e. we believe in “the resurrection of the body.” Listen as the profs discuss why our bodily resurrection is good news for us and for all of creation, even now. Also, don’t worry, Peter Lee has a wonderful plan for your life. Enjoy! Ask a question: https://rts.edu/washington/podcast/
May 5, 2021
“The Forgiveness of Sins” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 16)
Episode 60: Continuing on the Apostles’ Creed series, the profs talk about belief on “the forgiveness of sins.” Topics include sin’s power and pervasiveness, our need to be delivered from it, how Jesus redeems us from sin, what the forgiveness of sins means pastorally, why forgiveness is scandalous, the wonder of God’s forgiveness, and more. Blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven, whose sins are covered (Psalm 32:1). Enjoy the episode! Submit your questions: https://rts.edu/campuses/washington-dc/faculty/podcast/
Apr 28, 2021
How Was The New Testament Formed? (ft. Michael J. Kruger)
Episode 59: Today’s guest is Dr. Michael J. Kruger, president and Samuel C. Patterson professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at RTS Charlotte. Dr. Kruger addresses the question of the New Testament canon—why these 27 books? He answers five common misconceptions about the origins of the NT canon, and several related questions from the profs. He also tell us he knows who wrote Hebrews and then he tells us it’s a joke. Enjoy the episode! Canon Revisited. https://www.amazon.com/Canon-Revisited-Establishing-Authority-Testament/dp/1433505002/ Surviving Religion 101. https://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Religion-101-Letters-Christian/dp/1433572079/ More books by Dr. Michael J. Kruger: https://www.amazon.com/Michael-J-Kruger/e/B001JRX244/
1 hr 6 min
Apr 21, 2021
Science and Faith (ft. Vern Poythress)
Episode 58: Today’s guest is Dr. Vern Poythress, distinguished professor of New Testament, biblical interpretation, and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, PA, and author of books on pretty much every topic under the sun. Dr. Poythress and the faculty talk about the relationship between science and faith, particularly a Christian approach to science. Topics discussed include science and the interpretation of Scripture, the Bible and sociology, philosophy, history, and computer science; and how doctrine should inform our love for one another. Enjoy the conversation! https://frame-poythress.org Vern Poythress’s books. https://www.amazon.com/Vern-S-Poythress/e/B001HD38BM/ Ramm, Bernard. Christian View of Science and Scripture. https://www.amazon.com/Christian-View-Science-Scripture-Bernard/dp/0802814298/ Frame, John. The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. https://www.amazon.com/Doctrine-Knowledge-God-Theology-Lordship/dp/0875522629/ Frame, John. The Doctrine o…
1 hr 3 min
Apr 14, 2021
“The Communion of Saints” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 15)
Episode 57: Today the profs tackle the Apostles’ Creed article on “the communion of saints”—its meaning, distinction from belief in “the catholic church,” and implications for the Christian life and ministry. Also, Dr. Keene explains why Christians aren’t special snowflakes. Vanhoozer, Kevin. Biblical Authority After Babel. https://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Authority-after-Babel-Christianity/dp/1587433931/ Gaffin, Richard. By Faith, Not By Sight. https://www.amazon.com/Faith-Not-Sight-Order-Salvation/dp/1596384433/ Gaffin, Richard. “The Mystery of Union with Christ.” https://www.monergism.com/legacy/mt/mp3/mystery-union-christ-mp3-series-richard-b-gaffin-jr Gaffin, Richard. Perspectives on Pentecost. https://www.amazon.com/Perspectives-Pentecost-Richard-Gaffin-Jr/dp/0875522696/
Apr 7, 2021
“The Holy Catholic Church” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 14)
Episode 56: Is the church an epilogue to the gospel? A club for people of similar faith? A corporation? Today’s conversation centers on the Apostles’ Creed article on “the holy catholic church.” Topics include church vs. kingdom, catholicity, universality, de-churched spirituality, ethnic and theological diversity, the maturing/becoming of the church, and more. Enjoy the episode! Bavinck, Herman. Reformed Dogmatics: Prolegomena, Vol. I, p. 85. https://www.amazon.com/Reformed-Dogmatics-Vol-1-Prolegomena/dp/0801026326/ Hurtado, Larry. Destroyer of The Gods, https://www.amazon.com/Destroyer-gods-Early-Christian-Distinctiveness/dp/1481304747 Bavinck, Herman. The Catholicity of Christianity and The Church, https://bavinck.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/bavinck-catholicity.pdf Trueman, Carl. The Creedal Imperative, https://www.amazon.com/Creedal-Imperative-Carl-R-Trueman/dp/1433521903/ Allen, Michael. Reformed Catholicity, https://www.amazon.com/Reformed-Catholicity-Retrieval-Theol…
Apr 1, 2021
Concerning Hesitation Forms
Today the profs have extended and very technical conversation on hesitation forms from a biblical, theological, systematic, and covenantal perspective. Enjoy!
Mar 31, 2021
Christian–Muslim Relations (ft. Joshua Ralston)
Today’s guest is Dr. Joshua Ralston, Reader in Christian-Muslim Relations at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh and director and co-founder of the Christian-Muslim Studies Network. Dr. Ralston and the profs talk about diversity within Islam, conceptions and misconceptions of shari’a, anti-secularist discourse in Islam, Muslim critiques of Christianity and its relation to the state, as well as friendships and constructive approaches to dialogue with Muslims. Ralston, Law and the Rule of God: A Christian Engagement with Shari’a, https://www.amazon.com/Law-Rule-God-Christian-Engagement-dp-1108489826/dp/1108489826/ Siddiqui, Christians, Muslims, and Jesus, https://www.amazon.com/Law-Rule-God-Christian-Engagement-dp-1108489826/dp/1108489826/ Ayoub, A Muslim View of Christianity: Essays on Dialogue, https://www.amazon.com/Muslim-View-Christianity-Essays-Dialogue/dp/1570756902 Goddard, A History of Christian-Muslim Relations, https://www.amazon.com/History-Christian-Mus…
Mar 24, 2021
Reflections on Our First Year
Episode 53: In the first episode of our second year as a podcast—woot, woot!—we take time to reflect on the things we’ve learned and enjoyed so far. Listen as we give all honor and praise to our producer and editor, and discuss some of our favorite interviews, the ubiquity of uhms, ahhs, and duhs, and why we love RTS. Enjoy!
Mar 17, 2021
“I Believe in the Holy Spirit” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 13)
Episode 52: The profs begin to unpack the third and final section of the Apostles’ Creed. Why does the creed give special attention to the Holy Spirit? And why should we? Topics include the trinitarian structure of the creed, God’s indivisible works, the expansiveness of the Spirit’s work, humility in ministry, OT backgrounds, grieving and walking in step with the Spirit, the OT temple and the church, inspiration, the focus of the creed, and more.
Mar 10, 2021
Covenant Theology For Everybody (ft. J. Nicholas Reid)
The profs welcome Dr. J. Nicholas Reid, associate professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at RTS Orlando, to the podcast. Dr. Reid is one of the editors and contributors to the recent volume Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives (Crossway, 2020). Topics include the importance of a solid covenant theology, the importance of biblical backgrounds, why Scott Swain is the boss, whether Reformed covenant theology is an imposition on the text of Scripture, imprisonment in the ancient world, as well as how and why one goes from studying fine arts to becoming an Assyriologist. Waters, Muether, Reid (eds.), Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives, https://www.amazon.com/Covenant-Theology-Theological-Historical-Perspectives/dp/1433560038/ Currid, Barrett, ESV BIble Atlas, https://www.amazon.com/Crossway-Bible-Atlas-Currid-2010-06-10/dp/B017YCGTU6/ Younger, Context of Scripture, https://www.amazon.com/Context-Scri…
Mar 3, 2021
“From There He Will Come To Judge The Living and The Dead” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 12)
Episode 50: On this episode, the profs talk about the Apostles’ Creed article on the final judgment. Why is this doctrine important? Does God just “forgive and forget”? Topics discussed include OT background to this doctrine, its now-and-not-yet aspects, how it should give us hope, inspire humility, and shape the way we live today. Enjoy!
Feb 24, 2021
“He Ascended To Heaven and Is Seated at the Right Hand of God...” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 11)
Episode 49: Continuing on the Apostles’ Creed series, today the profs consider the next two statements: that Jesus “ascended to heaven“ and “is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.” Why are these affirmations significant for the work of Christ and our faith? And what does it mean that the Son of God becomes the Son of God? Listen as the biblical theology guys make the mess and the systematic theology guy fixes it.
Feb 17, 2021
Your First Year of Ministry, and Beyond (ft. Charlie M. Wingard)
Episode 48: Today the profs welcome Dr. Charlie M. Wingard to the conversation. Dr. Wingard serves as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Yazoo City, Mississippi, and as associate professor of pastoral theology and dean of students at RTS Jackson. He’s also the author of Help for the New Pastor: Practical Advice for Your First Year of Ministry (P&R, 2018). As you might expect, the profs are excited to have a REAL pastor on the podcast. Enjoy the episode!
Feb 10, 2021
“On The Third Day He Rose Again From The Dead” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 10)
Episode 47: The profs discuss the next line on the Apostles’ Creed, which deals with the resurrection of Christ. What does the resurrection mean for Christ, our theology, the Christian life, and the church? How does the New Testament appropriate it? How does the Old Testament shed light on its significance? Despite Dr. Keene’s absence, this episode is still worth listening. Enjoy!
Feb 4, 2021
“He Descended Into Hell” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 9)
Episode 46: Today the profs discuss the controversial “descensus clause” in the Apostles’ Creed, i.e., that Jesus “descended into hell.” Is this a redundant statement, since the creed already says Jesus died and was buried? Is it the result of bad theology? Or is it rightly articulating the teaching of Scripture? Listen as the faculty engages with this issue from biblical, systematic, and Reformed perspectives.
Jan 27, 2021
“Was Crucified, Died, and Was Buried” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 8)
Episode 45: The profs continue walking through this classical confession of Christian faith, and on this episode they discuss Jesus’ crucifixion, death, and burial. The Creed seems to slow down in order to highlight these events. Why? Why did Jesus die? And what did his death accomplish? How do we benefit from it? As a bonus, the profs give some fashion advice. Enjoy the conversation!
Jan 21, 2021
“Suffered Under Pontius Pilate” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 7)
Episode 44: We pick back up our series on the Apostles’ Creed with a discussion on Jesus’ suffering “under Pontius Pilate.” Why does the Creed focus on this historical figure? What does Jesus’ humiliation demonstrate? How does his suffering underscore the uniqueness of the Christian faith? Also, don’t miss the profs’ insightful comments on the meaning of Pontius and the correct pronunciation of Pilate.
Jan 13, 2021
Faith and Ministry in Chaotic Times
Episode 43 We are taking a break in this episode to talk through the tragic and unsettling events of the last few weeks. How can Christians find peace amidst unrest? How do we "seek first His Kingdom" while seeking good in this world? What does pastoral ministry look like when everyone's mind is elsewhere? Join our conversation.
Jan 6, 2021
Episode 42 It's that time of year when some of us are resolving to do better. We want to pray more, eat less, learn a new skill, or finish what we started. Why do we resolve, and what makes the new year a particularly appropriate time for such resolutions? The faculty engages these questions from a biblical and theological perspective.
Dec 29, 2020
Hindsight Is 2020
Episode 41 As 2020 comes to an end, we take time to reflect on lessons we have learned and things we are grateful for over the course of this wild year. Highlights: God, pastors, fear, this podcast, and YOU our listeners.
Dec 23, 2020
“Born of the Virgin Mary” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 6)
Episode 40 Continuing our series through the Apostles’ Creed, today we talk about the other side of the incarnation: the Son was not only “conceived of by the Holy Spirit“ but also “born of the Virgin Mary.” What’s the significance of this uniquely miraculous birth? We touch on other miraculous births in the Bible, the Magnificat, Mary as theotokos, and Jesus’ qualifications as our Savior. Merry Christmas!
Dec 15, 2020
“Who Was Conceived of by the Holy Spirit” (Apostles’ Creed: Part 5)
Episode 39 We return to our series on the Apostles’ Creed, rounding into the Christmas season with a discussion of the Spirit's work in the conception, birth, life, and death of our Lord. The Spiritual conception of Jesus is more than just proof that he is a Divine person—it does that, but it is also the climactic moment in which God fulfills his promise to be with his people in a new and and perfect way.
Dec 9, 2020
The Fathers on Fatherhood of God (ft. D. Blair Smith)
Episode 38 We welcome Dr. D. Blair Smith, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at RTS Charlotte, for a discussion on the Fatherhood of God as it relates to the doctrines of the Trinity and redemption. What’s the value of reading patristic writings in this connection? What does the Old Testament teach us about the Fatherhood of God? And how can a fuller understanding of God as Father enrich our worship and everyday lives? Also, don’t miss Blair’s excellent, climactically articulated 4-point “ramble” in response to Tommy’s question.
Dec 2, 2020
Christianity Among the Philosophers (ft. Chris Watkin)
Episode 37 We welcome Chris Watkin to the podcast to discuss how Christianity helps us think about the crucial philosophical and cultural issues of the day. Our faith resists a binary appropriation of ideas, as if we must either affirm or reject the culture around us. Rather, it "diagonalizes" issues by bringing God's word to bear on everything we address. Show notes Watkin, Thinking Through Creation. https://www.amazon.com/Thinking-through-Creation-Cultural-Critique/dp/1629953016/ Thinking Through The Bible, https://www.thinkingthroughthebible.com
1 hr 4 min
Nov 24, 2020
"And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord" (Apostles’ Creed: Part 4)
Episode 36 Each word describing Jesus in the creed is rich with significance. He is "Son" and "Messiah" and "Lord." How do these three interact? What is their biblical and theological significance? How do they relate to the ministry of the church, both theologically and practically?
Nov 17, 2020
The Trinitarian Grammar of Salvation (ft. Scott Swain)
Episode 35 The doctrine of the Trinity is at the heart of the Christianity. "When Scripture wants to summarize salvation," says Dr. Scott Swain, "it summarizes it in a Trinitarian way." We are pleased to welcome Dr. Swain, President and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Systematic Theology at RTS Orlando, to this week's discussion. Allen & Swain, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology, https://www.amazon.com/Oxford-Handbook-Reformed-Theology-Handbooks/dp/0198723911 Swain, The Trinity: An Introduction, https://www.amazon.com/Trinity-Introduction-Studies-Systematic-Theology/dp/1433561212/ Holmes, The Quest for the Trinity: The Doctrine of God in Scripture, History and Modernity, https://www.amazon.com/Quest-Trinity-Doctrine-Scripture-Modernity/dp/0830839860/
Nov 11, 2020
"Maker Of Heaven And Earth" (The Apostles’ Creed: Part 3)
Episode 34 The doctrine of creation is at the heart of the Christian religion and confession. We can't understand the work of Christ without first understanding the Trinitarian work of creation. This week the faculty discusses how creation ex nihilo shapes our witness and message.
Nov 3, 2020
“I Believe in God the Father Almighty” (The Apostles’ Creed: Part 2)
Episode 33 The creed is more than a set of propositions; it's a personal commitment that begins with a defining relationship, God the Father. This week the faculty considers the nature of faith, the Trinitarian character of the creed, and the significance of the claim that God is Father.
Oct 28, 2020
The Gospel and The Beautiful Community (ft. Irwyn Ince)
Episode 32 We were pleased to welcome Dr. Irwyn Ince at our annual ReForum for a discussion of his recent book, The Beautiful Community. Listen in as Irwyn and the faculty discuss issues of ethnicity, community, and ecclesiology.
1 hr 34 min
Oct 20, 2020
Bavinck and Ministry In Global Cities (ft. Tim Keller & Gray Sutanto)
Episode 31 Gray Sutanto and Tim Keller discuss Herman Bavinck, Christian epistemology, and gospel ministry in global cities. The conversation was moderated by Scott Redd and Jay Harvey as part of a joint effort between RTS Washington and RTS New York City and was recorded on the evening of Oct. 19, 2020. Show notes: Bavinck, Christian Worldview: https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Worldview-Herman-Bavinck/dp/1433563193/ Keller, The Reason for God: https://www.amazon.com/Reason-God-Belief-Age-Skepticism/dp/1594483493/ Keller, Center Church: https://www.amazon.com/Center-Church-Balanced-Gospel-Centered-Ministry/dp/0310494184/ Sutanto, God and Knowledge: Herman Bavinck's Christian Epistomology: https://www.amazon.com/God-Knowledge-Theological-Epistemology-Systematic/dp/0567692280/
Oct 13, 2020
The Apostles' Creed: Its Necessity, History, Legacy (Part 1)
Episode 30 In this milestone episode (our 30th!) of The Faculty Podcast we introduce a new logo, new music, and a new series! This week we begin a phrase by phrase discussion of The Apostles' Creed. In this episode we discuss why creeds are necessary for the Christian Church, their unifying function, and the way in which they encourage both creativity and orthodoxy. Note to our listeners: this series on the creed will be our "regular" programming, interspersed between special guests and one-off episodes. Show Notes: Episode 30 of The Faculty Podcast Redd, The Wholeness Imperative. https://www.amazon.com/Wholeness-Imperative-Unifies-Desires-Identity/dp/1527101525/ Trueman, The Creedal Imperative. https://www.amazon.com/Creedal-Imperative-Carl-R-Trueman/dp/1433521903/
Oct 5, 2020
The Life and Thought of Herman Bavinck (ft. James Eglinton)
Episode 29 Dr. James Eglinton joins us to discuss his recent book on Herman Bavinck. Though sometimes presented as a "Jekyll and Hyde" figure (the modern Bavinck and the orthodox Bavinck), Eglinton argues that Bavinck was a comprehensive, organic, and wholistic thinker, integrating the Christian worldview into every area of life. We touch on politics, education, anthropology, and his relationship with Vos and Kuyper. Show notes: Eglinton, Bavinck: A Critical Biography, https://www.amazon.com/Bavinck-Critical-Biography-James-Eglinton/dp/1540961354/ Bavinck, Christian Wordlview, https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Worldview-Herman-Bavinck/dp/1433563193/ Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, https://www.amazon.com/Reformed-Dogmatics-Set-Herman-Bavinck/dp/0801035767/
1 hr 9 min
Sep 29, 2020
Adoring Christ in All the Scriptures (ft. Nancy Guthrie)
Episode 28 This week we welcome international speaker and celebrated author (and podcaster) Nancy Guthrie to the show. Nancy talks with us about the importance of Biblical Theology for understanding the Scriptures: all of the Scripture is practical because "it causes us to adore Christ." Other topics include: how women can use their seminary education and how pastors can treat women in their church as theological colleagues. Show notes: www.nancyguthrie.com Help Me Teach the Bible Podcast. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/podcasts/help-me-teach-the-bible/ God Does His Best with Empty. https://www.amazon.com/God-Does-Best-Work-Empty/dp/1496439694 Clowney, The Unfolding Mystery. https://www.amazon.com/Unfolding-Mystery-Second-Discovering-Testament/dp/1596388927 Wright, Knowing Christ Through The Old Testament. https://www.amazon.com/Knowing-Jesus-Through-Old-Testament/dp/0830816933 Goldsworthy, The Goldsworthy Trilogy. https://www.amazon.com/Goldsworthy-Trilogy-Gospel-Kingdom-Re…
1 hr 10 min
Sep 22, 2020
The Life And Work Of Geerhardus Vos (ft. Danny Olinger)
Episode 27 This week we discuss the life and legacy of Geerhardus Vos with author and pastor Rev. Danny Olinger. What drove his work? What relationships influenced him? And why did he go on so many long walks? We additionally consider the work of his wife Catherine and daughter Marianne Radius. Show Notes: Olinger, Geerhardus Vos, https://www.amazon.com/Geerhardus-Vos-Theologian-Confessional-Presbyterian/dp/0998748722#:~:text=About%20the%20Author-,Danny%20E.,of%20A%20Geerhardus%20Vos%20Anthology. Vos, Grace and Glory, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HQ3R62X/ Vos, Biblical Theology, https://www.amazon.com/Biblical-Theology-Geerhardus-Vos/dp/1848714327/ Vos, Reformed Dogmatics, https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/8D0F2473-B236-415A-A0DD-3981EF2CE302 Radius, 120 Dramatic Story Sermons for Children’s Church, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801077303/ Radius, The Tent of God, https://www.amazon.com/Tent-God-Journey-Through-Testament/dp/B0006BW970/
1 hr 3 min
Sep 16, 2020
So We Meet Again
Episode 26 Many of us have and continue to worship virtually during this difficult season, which raises the question: why did we ever worship together in the first place? Is it merely a matter of convenience? A relic of a pre-internet era? This week we discuss the importance of embodied corporate worship. Why does God want us to meet together, and how can we begin to return to that vision safely post-Covid?
Sep 8, 2020
Ministry and Outreach (ft. Julius Kim)
Episode 25 Julius Kim, the new President of The Gospel Coalition (TGC) joins us for a wide ranging discussion about ministry in a digital age. After a discussion of the unique work of TGC, we address pastoral burnout, race and division in the US, the role of seminary education, and the nature of pastoral leadership. Show notes: The New President of TGC: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/unlikely-pilgrimage-tgc-new-president-julius-kim/ Kim, Preaching the Whole Counsel of God, https://www.amazon.com/Preaching-Whole-Counsel-God-Gospel-Centered/dp/0310519632/ Sande, The Peacemaker, https://www.amazon.com/Peacemaker-Biblical-Resolving-Personal-Conflict/dp/0801064856/
1 hr 1 min
Sep 1, 2020
Episode 24 Paul tells Timothy to entrust "what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses" to "faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Tim. 2:2). In this episode we discuss our "philosophy of teaching." Why do we teach the way we do, and what have we learned over the years? What makes for effective education in the church and the seminary? Show Notes: Adler, How to Read a Book, https://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Book-Classic-Intelligent/dp/0671212095/ Reinke, Lit!, https://www.amazon.com/Lit-Christian-Guide-Reading-Books/dp/1433522268/ Webster, The Culture of Theology, https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Theology-John-Webster/dp/1540960803/ Keller, Preaching, https://www.amazon.com/Preaching-Communicating-Faith-Age-Skepticism/dp/0143108719/
1 hr 6 min
Aug 25, 2020
Christians and Power
Episode 23 How should Christians use the authority and influence that they have received from God? Should Christians seek power, and if they have it how should they steward it? This week we discuss how the cross transforms the way we think about the nature of power and authority, whether locally, pastorally, or politically.
1 hr 2 min
Aug 18, 2020
Theological Interpretation Of Scripture (ft. Mike Allen)
Episode 22 Dr. Mike Allen, Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean at RTS Orlando, joins us to discuss the Theological Interpretation of Scripture (TIS), an increasingly influential approach to reading and exegeting the Bible. Topics include ministering to the whole person, Mike's upcoming Ephesians commentary, and tools for the theologian's toolkit. Show notes: Allen, Ephesians. https://www.amazon.com/Ephesians-Brazos-Theological-Commentary-Bible/dp/1587430967 Barclay, Paul and the Gift. https://www.amazon.com/Paul-Gift-John-M-Barclay/dp/0802875327/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=barclay+the+gift&qid=1597773317&sr=8-2 Reno, Sanctified Vision, https://www.amazon.com/Sanctified-Vision-Introduction-Christian-Interpretation/dp/0801880882/ IVP, Ancient Christian Commentary, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075V9S2DN Treier, Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture, https://www.amazon.com/Introducing-Theological-Interpretation-Scripture-Recovering/dp/0801031788 Christian…
Aug 12, 2020
Kuyper's Centennial (ft. George Harinck)
Episode 21 This week we welcome George Harinck to the podcast to discuss the legacy of Abraham Kuyper. What was his theological program all about, and in what respect does his work continue in neocalvinism?
1 hr 4 min
Aug 4, 2020
Why We Need Rest
Episode 20 We often talk about rest as if it is a necessary evil, a failure of will, a problem to overcome. The Bible speaks very differently about rest. It is a reward, a victory, a celebration, and an act of faith. Join us as we discuss the need to rest and explore best practices for its pursuit, especially in pastoral ministry.
Jul 28, 2020
Episode 19 This week the faculty discuss the pastors, professors, and mentors that influenced and shaped them, whether pastorally, personally, or academically.
1 hr 14 min
Jul 21, 2020
Stronger Than Fiction: The Power Of Story
Episode 18 In this episode we talk about how story shapes the way we think and communicate, both positively and negatively. Whether fiction or non-fiction, story shapes our lives, our spiritual development, and our ability to read and proclaim the Gospel. Recommended resources: Wood, How Fiction Works, https://www.amazon.com/How-Fiction-Works-Tenth-Anniversary/dp/1250183928/ Lewis, “On Three Ways of Writing for Children,” http://myweb.scu.edu.tw/~jmklassen/scu99b/chlitgrad/3ways.pdf Selderhuis, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life, https://www.amazon.com/John-Calvin-Pilgrims-Herman-Selderhuis/dp/0830829210/ Godfrey, John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor, https://www.amazon.com/John-Calvin-W-Robert-Godfrey/dp/1433501325/ Olinger, Geehardus Vos: Reformed Biblical Theologian, Confessional Presbyterian, https://www.amazon.com/Geerhardus-Vos-Theologian-Confessional-Presbyterian/dp/0998748722/ Kuyper, Encyclopedia of Sacred Theology: Its Principles, https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Sacre…
1 hr 15 min
Jul 15, 2020
Personal Devotions and Pastoral Ministry
Episode 17 This week we handle a frequently asked student question: how do we do personal devotions? Many can testify that personal devotion can be challenging, ironically but particularly in the midst of pastoral ministry. How can pastors maintain a personal relationship with Christ amidst the pressure of ministry? Show Notes: Keller, Prayer, https://www.amazon.com/Prayer-Experiencing-Awe-Intimacy-God/dp/0143108581/ Pratt, Pray with Your Eyes Open, https://www.amazon.com/Pray-Your-Eyes-Open-Ourselves/dp/0875523781/ Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Disciplines-Christian-Donald-Whitney/dp/1615216170/ Blanchard, Right with God, https://www.amazon.com/Right-God-John-Blanchard/dp/0851510450/ Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, https://www.amazon.com/Institutes-Christian-Religion-John-Calvin/dp/1598561685/
1 hr 9 min
Jul 8, 2020
Episode 16 This week on the podcast Peter Lee walks us through the difficult task of cultivating joy amidst suffering. How can Christians recognize the reality of suffering while, at the same time, keep the command to "count it all joy" amidst trial? For more, you can find Dr. Lee's book on joy here: https://www.amazon.com/Joy-Unspeakable-Finding-Christ-like-Suffering/dp/1532664532/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=joy+unspeakable+lee&qid=1594257844&sr=8-1 Show Notes Keller, Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, https://www.amazon.com/Walking-God-through-Pain-Suffering/dp/1594634408/ Billings, Rejoicing in Lament, https://www.amazon.com/Rejoicing-Lament-Wrestling-Incurable-Cancer/dp/1587433583/ Lewis, A Grief Observed, https://www.amazon.com/Grief-Observed-C-S-Lewis/dp/0060652381/ McCartney, Why Does it Have to Hurt?, https://www.amazon.com/Why-Does-Have-Hurt-Christian/dp/0875523862/ Currid, Why Do I Suffer? https://www.amazon.com/Why-Do-Suffer-Suffering-Sovereignty/dp/178191…
1 hr 6 min
Jul 1, 2020
Justice, Dignity and Love in Public Ethics (ft. Dr. Ligon Duncan)
Episode 15 We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ligon Duncan to the podcast to address the recent and historic vote in Mississippi to replace its state flag, presenting a powerful case that Christians should promote the justice and dignity of their neighbors. He also shares with us how RTS is adapting and flourishing amidst the challenges presented by covid-19. Show notes: https://ligonduncan.com/a-statement-on-the-flag-of-mississippi/ https://www.amazon.com/Dominion-Christian-Revolution-Remade-World/dp/0465093507 https://ligonduncan.com/a-pastoral-letter-on-racism-and-the-gospel/
Jun 23, 2020
Wholeness in a Fragmented World
Episode 14 Dr. Scott Redd talks with us about his newest article on cultivating wholeness in a fragmented world. Focusing particularly on the Mosaic covenant, we then look at how a covenantal understanding of Christ's work provides a robust answer to the fragmentation we experience, both as individuals and as a society. Show notes: Redd, “Fragmentation and Wholeness in the Mosaic Eschatology.” https://journal.rts.edu/article/fragmentation-and-wholeness-in-the-mosaic-eschatology/ Venema, Christ and Covenant Theology, https://www.amazon.com/Christ-Covenant-Theology-Republication-Covenants/dp/1629952516/ Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants, https://www.amazon.com/Christ-Covenants-Palmer-Robertson/dp/0875524184/ Muether, Reid, Waters, Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives, https://www.amazon.com/Covenant-Theology-Theological-Historical-Perspectives/dp/1433560038/ Horton, Introducing Covenant Theology, https://www.amazon.com/Introducing-Covenant…
Jun 15, 2020
Episode 13 In this episode the faculty explore the "pastor-scholar" model of ministry. Should pastoral ministry include scholarly pursuits? How does pastoral scholarship benefit the church? And is any of this possible given the amount of "real work" incumbent on real pastors? Show notes: Center for Pastor Theologians, https://www.pastortheologians.com/ Wilson, Hiestand, Becoming a Pastor Theologian, https://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Pastor-Theologian-Possibilities-Leadership/dp/0830851712/ Manetsch, Calvin’s Company of Pastors, https://www.amazon.com/Calvins-Company-Pastors-1536-1609-Historical/dp/0190224479/ Vanhoozer, Hearers and Doers, https://www.amazon.com/Hearers-Doers-Disciples-Scripture-Doctrine/dp/1683591348/
Jun 10, 2020
Pick your Worldview (ft. Dr. James Anderson)
Episode 12 This week we spoke with Dr. James Anderson, professor of Theology and Philosophy at RTS Charlotte about analytic philosophy, analytic theology, apologetics, and worldview. Show notes: T&T Clark Handbook of Analytic Theology, https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/tt-clark-handbook-of-analytic-theology-9780567681294/ Paradox in Christian Theology, https://rts.edu/resources/paradox-in-christian-theology/ Choose Your Own Adventure, https://www.cyoa.com/ Commodore 64, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64
Jun 2, 2020
Loving our Neighbors Amidst Injustice and Unrest
Episode 11 The events of the last week remind us of the far-reaching effects of sin in our world and the deep pain that is born of historical oppression and public evil. How do Christians grieve, how do they lament, and how they love their neighbor in a time of racial injustice and civil unrest?
May 28, 2020
Public Theology for Public Good (ft. Jennifer Patterson)
Episode 10 This week we conclude our three-part series on Public Theology by welcoming Jennifer Patterson, director of RTS's own Institute of Theology and Public Life to the show. Show notes: Augustine, City of God. https://www.amazon.com/City-Penguin-Classics-Augustine-Hippo/dp/0140448942/ Taylor, Secular Age. https://www.amazon.com/Secular-Age-Charles-Taylor/dp/0674986911/ Smith, How not to be Secular: https://www.amazon.com/How-Not-Be-Secular-Reading/dp/0802867618/ Keller, Preaching. https://www.amazon.com/Preaching-Communicating-Faith-Age-Skepticism/dp/0525953035/ Kaemingk, Christian Hospitality. https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Hospitality-Muslim-Immigration-Fear/dp/0802874584/ Bavinck, Christian Worldview. https://www.amazon.com/Christian-Worldview-Herman-Bavinck/dp/1433563193/ O'Donovan, The Desire of the Nations. https://www.amazon.com/Desire-Nations-ODonovan/dp/0521665167/
May 18, 2020
Public Theology and Redemptive Ethnic Unity (ft. Irwyn Ince)
Episode 9 This week we are joined by RTS Washington Irwyn Ince as we continue our discussion of Public Theology, both inside and outside of the church. Topics include racial reconciliation, spirituality of the church, social justice, and the horrifying death of Ahmaud Arbery. Show notes: Ince: The Beautiful Community. https://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Community-Unity-Diversity-Church/dp/0830848312 Malcolm Foley article: https://mereorthodoxy.com/ahmaud-arbery/ McCaulley: Reading While Black. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086KQSS2X/ Handbook of Analytic Theology. https://www.bloomsbury.com/(S(unsntajeqssuw255bd4jdu3k))/us/tt-clark-handbook-of-analytic-theology-9780567681300/
1 hr 15 min
May 11, 2020
Episode 8 In this episode we launch a multi-week series on Public Theology. After discussion the nature and need of public theology we address a basic and fundamental principle of method: how to disagree well. In keeping with the "winsomely Reformed" ethos of RTS, we discuss how stand for the truth while striving to listen well and learn from those who disagree. Show notes: Fools for Christ by Pelikan: https://www.amazon.com/Fools-Christ-Jaroslav-Pelikan/dp/1579108024/ Van Til, "Nature and Scripture." https://thirdmill.org/magazine/hof/ST12006/Nature%20And%20Scripture%20by%20Van%20Til.pdf
May 7, 2020
The Value of the Biblical Languages
Episode 7 With so many great translations and commentaries available to the pastor, is it really that valuable to understand the original languages? In this episode, Peter provides nuance to the topic of suffering, Tommy compares translations to pick-up trucks, and Gray talks about Bavinck (but not the one you're thinking). References: "Christian Cruelty in the Face of Covid": https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/christian-cruelty-face-covid-19/610477/ "How Should Christians Act During a Pandemic?" https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/10/opinion/sunday/covid-easter-christians.html Exegetical Fallacies: https://www.amazon.com/Exegetical-Fallacies-D-Carson-ebook/dp/B00CZALQ1A/ Calvin and the Biblical Languages: https://www.amazon.com/Calvin-Biblical-Languages-John-Currid/dp/1845502124 Between the Beginning and the End: https://www.amazon.com/Between-Beginning-End-Radical-Kingdom/dp/0802871305/
Apr 27, 2020
Episode 6 The coronavirus has put many of our plans on hold, which means it's all the more important that we cultivate a robust view of Christian calling. What does God want me to do now? In this episode we reflect on the theology of calling, but with particular attention to the way in which situational and practical matters shape our decisions. Highlights: Sutanto coins the phrase #theNextFaithfulThing, Peter Lee keeps us grounded, Jeon reflects on practical considerations, and Redd and Keene timidly suggest that a comment Spurgeon once made might be less than helpful (maybe). Notes: Waltke, Bruce. Finding the Will of God: A Pagan Notion? https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Will-God-Pagan-Notion-ebook/dp/B001E95V64/
Apr 21, 2020
Welcome Gray Sutanto
Episode 5 Join us as we discuss Herman Bavinck and Reformed Theology with our newest Faculty Member, Dr. Gray Sutanto. Gray is a currently a pastor in Jakarta and will be joining the faculty of RTS Washington as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology in June.
Apr 10, 2020
The Value of Seminary
Episode 4 In this episode, Drs. Jeon, Keene, Lee, and Redd talk about the pros and cons of following the liturgical calendar, the benefits of studying at seminary, and more. Enjoy! Send us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. Notes: Paul and Pentecost: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=acts+20%3A16&version=ESV 15 Things Seminary Couldn't Teach Me: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/publication/15-things-seminary-couldnt-teach/ 15 Things Seminary Teaches Me That My Busy Pastor(ate) Can’t: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/15-things-seminary-teaches-busy-pastorate-cant/ Dorothy Entering Technicolor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6D8PAGelN8
Apr 7, 2020
Episode 3 In this episode we discuss the nature of theodicy and the value of lament, particularly in times of unprecedented challenge and change.
Apr 1, 2020
Anxiety in Troubled Times
1 hr 1 min
Mar 15, 2020
Practicing Presence in Quarantine
Episode 1: Here is the first installment of a new offering from the RTS faculty in an effort to stay connected as a community. In this first episode, Drs. Tommy Keene, Peter Lee, Paul Jeon, and Scott Redd talk about a theology of presence in a time of social distancing.