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The Life of J.R.R. Tolkien

In this interview, Pastor Uri Brito discusses the life and legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien with Pastor Mark Horne.

Pastor Horne is the author of J.R.R. Tolkien of Christian Encounters, a series of biographies from Thomas Nelson Publishers, highlights important lives from all ages and areas of the Church.

“When Tolkien becomes famous he’s almost too old,” says Horne, who has written about Tolkien’s little known early life and career.

Born in South Africa and growing up in Great Britain, J.R.R. Tolkien, or Ronald as he was known, led a young life filled with uncertainty and instability. His was not a storybook childhood- his father died when Ronald was three years old, and his mother died just before he reached adolescence. Left under the guardianship of his mother’s friend and priest, Ronald forged his closest relationships with friends who shared his love for literature and languages.

As Tolkien grew older, married, served as a soldier, and became a well-respected Oxford professor publishing weighty works on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf, the Christian faith that his mother had instilled in him continued as an intrinsic element of his creative imagination and his everyday life.

It was through The Hobbit and the three-volume The Lord of the Rings that Tolkien became a literary giant throughout the world. In his fiction, which earned him the informal title of “the father of modern fantasy literature,” Tolkien presents readers with a vision of freedom- nothing preachy- that a strong, unequivocal faith can transmit.

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Episode 7, The Benedict and Boniface Options

On this episode, Steve Jeffery interviews Andrew Isker about Rod Dreher’s popular new book “The Benedict Option” and his response “The Boniface Option”. Boniface was a member of the order that Benedict founded, but after being appointed Bishop of then-pagan Germania he travelled through the region east of the Rhine preaching the gospel, destroying pagan idols and shrines, and leaving churches in their place. The pagans he converted were Pastor Isker’s ancestors. Pastor Isker argues that Boniface has some important additional lessons to compliment Dreher’s “Benedict option”.

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Episode 6, Second Interview with Douglas Wilson: Ministering the Gospel in the Trump Age

In this second interview, Kuyperian’s Andrew Isker continues this interview with Pastor Douglas Wilson (Christ Church, Moscow, ID) on the 2016 election, the rapid political and cultural transformation in America, the Alt-Right, the SJW-left, and evangelism in light it all; this is a fascinating discussion. This is the second of a two-part interview with Pastor Wilson.

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Episode 6a, Interview with Douglas Wilson: Ministering the Gospel in the Trump Age

A discussion with Pastor Douglas Wilson and Kuyperian’s Andrew Isker on the 2016 election, the rapid political and cultural transformation in America, the Alt-Right, the SJW-left, and evangelism in light it all; this is a fascinating discussion. This interview is divided into two sections. The second will be available next week.

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Episode 5B: Second Interview with Thomas Purifoy on his Documentary: “Is Genesis History

Thomas Purifoy, writer, director, and producer of the recent feature film, “Is Genesis History?” discusses the current state of the Bible and creation debate with Kuyperian contributor Luke Welch. We discuss the difference in asking the question from a science framework, and from a historical framework. Purifoy answers questions about why the way you read the Bible about this matters, and about what directions the current church is headed. The interview is full of historical and scientific highlights.

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Is Genesis History? – Changing the Question

Thomas Purifoy has set out to reframe a debate.

The maker of the documentary style film, “Is Genesis History?” is doing his part to provoke a public conversation about science and the Bible, and he wants to change the main question from being about science, to being about history.

The Film and the Interview

“Is Genesis History?” came to theaters in February – and in June, it has come to Netflix. You can find it on Amazon video as well. The recent video release of the film prompted me to call Thomas, who is an old friend, and discuss the film in an interview for Kuyperian Commentary – that interview will be the content of the podcast here on Wednesday.

An Evolution in Theological Thought

When Thomas and I spoke, he and I shared our common concern over what he called, “the incursion of evolutionary thought” into the current stream of evangelical theological (more…)

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Christians and the Movies: Interview with Brian Godawa from 2009

In 2009, Pastor Brito and Jarrod Richey interviewed Hollywood screenwriter, Brian Godawa. While the audio quality of the first 15 minutes is quite poor, the final 30 minutes are quite good and informative. Buy Brian’s book.

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