An Update on MasterLectures: New Videos, a Podcast, and Free Previews
It’s been a busy few months at MasterLectures. With so much going on, it’s easy to lose track of what’s been happening. That’s why we’re providing a quick roundup of what you might have missed in the past few months, plus a preview of some upcoming projects.
7 new lecture series
Here are a few of the new video lecture series we’ve released in the past few months. Remember, MasterLectures is an always-growing library of high-quality video lectures. You get unlimited access to all videos, no matter how big the library gets. That means there’s always something new to learn.
1. Four Views on the Apostle Paul
In the Four Views on the Apostle Paul series, four leading scholars present their views on the best framework for describing Paul's theological perspective, including his view of salvation, the significance of Christ, and his vision for the churches. You’ll get lectures from Thomas R. Schreiner, Luke Timothy Johnson, Douglas A. Campbell, and Mark D. Nanos, plus an introductory and concluding lecture by Michael F. Bird.
2. Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification, taught by Thomas R. Schreiner
In the Faith Alone series, renowned biblical scholar Thomas Schreiner looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of justification by faith. He summarizes the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of several of the Reformers. His sessions take learners through examination of key texts in the Old and New Testaments and introduce some of the contemporary challenges to the Reformation teaching of sola fide.
3. Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy
The Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy series showcases the spectrum of evangelical positions on inerrancy and facilitates understanding of these perspectives, particularly where and why they diverge. It features lectures on inerrancy from Al Mohler, Kevin Vanhoozer, Michael Bird, Peter Enns, and John Franke, plus an introductory lecture by James R.A. Merrick and a concluding lecture by Stephen M. Garrett.
Here’s a short clip from Al Mohler’s lecture on the classical evangelical understanding of biblical inerrancy:
4. Know the Heretics, taught by Justin S. Holcomb
In the Know the Heretics series, scholar and author Justin Holcomb provides an accessible "travel guide" to the most significant heresies throughout Christian history. Each lecture covers a simple explanation of the unorthodox teaching, the orthodox response, and reflections of contemporary relevance for application in today's world. (Related: check out Justin Holcomb’s post on Gnosticism.)
5. 1, 2, 3 John, taught by Karen H. Jobes
In this 19-part video series, Karen H. Jobes provides you with an in-depth study of 1, 2, and 3 John. In addition to getting an overview of the letters—who wrote them, to whom they were written, and the historical and cultural setting—you will also examine each letter verse-by-verse.
6. Searching for God
In Searching for God, leading Christian apologists such as Lee Strobel, J. Warner Wallace, and William Lane Craig examine commonly held beliefs about religion and offer enduring, persuasive reasons to trust in the God of the Bible. This series, narrated by filmmaker Brandon McGuire and featuring top Christian thinkers and apologists, explores questions such as: What is Christianity? What are some of the ideas that have influenced the way people think about it? And is there any evidence for God?
The clip featuring Nabeel Qureshi on the resurrection has already been viewed over 78,000 times on Facebook. Take a look:
7. Encountering the Holy Land: A Video Introduction to the History and Geography of the Bible, taught by Carl G. Rasmussen
Encountering the Holy Land is a unique visual overview of the lands of the Bible, shot on location in Israel and Egypt and narrated by respected Bible history and geography scholar Carl G. Rasmussen. It’s your guided tour to the places behind the stories of the Bible. Below is a preview, and you can also watch the first session free.
The MasterLectures Podcast
We also recently launched the MasterLectures podcast, which features the audio from some of the most-watched lectures. In each episode, you’ll find thoughtful reflections on the Bible, theology, apologetics, Christian history, evangelism, and ministry.
Here are the episodes currently available:
- Lynn Cohick on the book of Philippians
- Fred Sanders on the Trinity in the Old Testament
- Nabeel Qureshi on understanding Muslims
- Michael Bird on the definition of evangelical theology
- John Walton on how to approach reading the Old Testament
Episodes in the coming weeks will feature lectures from Craig Keener on the seven churches of Revelation, Mariam Kovalishyn on James, Sam Chan on the theology of evangelism, and Tremper Longman on Genesis. You can subscribe to the MasterLectures podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever else you listen to podcasts.
Here’s what’s coming next
We’re getting ready to release several new lecture series this fall, including the following:
- The Zondervan Essential Companion to Christian History, an introductory survey of 2,000 years of history, taught by Stephen Backhouse
- Christ Alone, taught by Stephen Wellum, a comprehensive introduction to the Reformed doctrine of Christ, including a biblical, historical, and contemporary examination of the doctrine.
- An in-depth look at the book of Ephesians, taught by Clinton E. Arnold
- America’s Religious History, taught by Thomas S. Kidd, which traces the theological and ethnic diversity and enduring strength of American religion, with special attention to Christianity and evangelical faith
- A detailed introduction to the doctrine of sanctification, taught by Michael Allen
- Survival Guide for the Soul, taught by Ken Shigematsu, the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, which examines how certain spiritual practices help orient our lives so that our souls can flourish in the midst of a demanding, competitive society
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