Learned Sufficiency, Sufficiency, or Contentment with Jonathan More

Dr. Jonathan More, Vice-Principal and Academic Dean at George Whitefield College, Cape Town, South Africa, focuses his research on the intersection between the intellectual world of the New Testament and its Graeco-Roman context. Today’s topic: Translation sometimes poses difficult decisions when there is no single word available to the translator in the receptor language. The NIV translates Phil 4:11 as, “. . . I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” The word “content” (αὐτάρκης) has a sense that is hard to represent with a single English word.

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The Grandmothers of Jesus with Amy Peeler

Dr. Amy Peeler is Associate Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Her research has concentrated in the Letter to the Hebrews, Paul and Gender, and the Gospel of Mark. She has contributed previous episodes to this podcast, and among her publications is Hebrews: An Introduction and Study Guide. Today’s topic: The presence and the selection of the women in Matthew’s opening genealogy is a call to reflection. How do their stories contribute to the story of Jesus and the world he came to save from its sins?

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“Exegetically Speaking” is a weekly podcast of the friends and faculty of Wheaton College, IL and The Lanier Theological Library. Hosted by Dr. David Capes, it features language experts who discuss the importance of learning the biblical languages—Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek—and show how reading the Bible in the original languages “pays off.” Each podcast lasts between seven and eleven minutes and covers a different topic for those who want to read the Bible for all it is worth.

If you’re interested in going deeper, learn more about Wheaton’s undergraduate degree in Classical Languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Latin) and our MA in Biblical Exegesis

You can hear Exegetically Speaking on SpotifyStitcherApple Podcasts, and YouTube. If you have questions or comments, please contact us at exegetically.speaking@wheaton.edu. And keep listening. Jesus

Life after Exegesis with John Walton

John Walton, Wheaton College

Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament at Wheaton Graduate School, author of many books and articles relating to the background, literature, and theology of the Old Testament, has contributed several episodes to this podcast. His newest book, Wisdom for Faithful Reading: Principles and Practices for Old Testament Interpretation, is scheduled for release in April, 2023. The phrase, “Life After Exegesis,” should be understood as the way life is, or ought to be, different after exegesis than it was before. Exegesis does this by first directing our attention to God: Who he is. Only after that step are we ready to consider what all this means for us, and thus also for me.

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Am I Just My Brain? with Sharon Dirckx

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Am I Just My Brain? (2019) is a book by Sharon Dirckx dealing with an ancient and modern question.  Are we more than our brains? 

Are humans self-aware only because of neuro-chemical reactions or electrical activity or are we something more?

Dr. Dirckx lives in Oxford with her husband and two children.  She is a speaker, author, and adjunct lecturer for OCCA (The Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics). 

She earned her PhD in brain imaging at Cambridge University and spent more than a decade researching brain function. 

She joins David Capes on “The Stone Chapel Podcasts” to talk about her book and to summarize her upcoming lecture.

To see and hear the lecture that took place in fall 2022, click here

The question of human identity is an ancient one, but it is one that fascinates modern minds as well. 

At the heart of it is a question: what exactly is a human being?  Are we advanced apes? Are we machines?  Are we brains on sticks?

In fact, we can address those questions without having to leave the realm of neuroscience.  But we are more than our brains.

We have a brain.  But we also have a mind.  We have thoughts, feelings, and memories and a sense of self that appears unique in the world. 

Human consciousness remains a mystery but there are aspects of it that neuroscience can address. 

Dr. Capes and Dr. Dirckx talk about human experience, functional MRIs, data analysis, the question of soul and consciousness among animals, and the data sets from near death experiences.  

If you want more information about Dr. Sharon Dirckx as a speaker and author follow her on Twitter @sharondirckx or you can email her at sharon@dirckx.org

In an earlier book, Why?, she addressed the question of evil and suffering.  Her next book, entitled Broken Planet, deals with  natural disasters and finding a way through them.

“Electric Jesus” with Chris White

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“Electric Jesus” is a movie directed by Chris White, a filmmaker (screenwriter and director) who makes his home in sunny South Carolina. 

It is a funny, moving adventure, a nostalgic look at the place of contemporary Christian music in the 1980s (released Nov 2021). 


Chris is a Gen-Xer who earned a degree in theater from Furman University.  He has been creating stories and telling stories his entire life.

He is married to Emily, and they have three children who are in their 20s.  Chris and Emily work together to develop film projects, mostly in the genre of narrative feature. 

Art has a way of speaking into our lives.  It can communicate truth and worldview in unique ways.  Filmmakers are some of the story tellers of our time. 

Chris and Emily do not always make faith-based films, but their faith makes it into their films. 

The Movie Electric Jesus

“Electric Jesus” is a coming-of-age rock ‘n’ roll story of a Christian band known as “3:16” (after John 3:16).  The young men in the band are not sinister, stupid, or superheroes.  They are talented teenagers, goofy and weird, rough around the edges. Here’s more about the movie.


Jesus Music

“Jesus music,” as it was known in the early days, was centralized in southern California.  Converted hippies had their guitars and drums. esusMusic was a natural outgrowth of that movement.  Often the music they created was edgy, but the gospel reshaped the lyrical content of their songs.  By the 1980s contemporary Christian music had become an industry in itself. 

Interestingly, rock ‘n’ roll is an outgrowth of blues, gospel, and jazz.  Sister Rosetta Tharpe, an African American guitarist and performer, was one of its pioneers.

Chris and Emily are on to their next project, a film about making peace with your past.  Something we all need to do. 

We’re grateful to Chris for stopping by to talk about his art and his films.  We look forward to seeing what they come up with next.

Look for “Electric Jesus” on a variety of streaming services.  And share it with a friend. 

More about Chris

Stick around for a nugget of wisdom from Chris at the end of the podcast. 

Read about Chris and Electric Jesus on IMDb here.

Follow him on Twitter here.

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