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A series that reconstrues and retells key ideas, insights, and stories in Christianity for the skeptics who want to understand religion, Christians with questions about their own beliefs, and everyone in between. I am Paul Seungoh Chung, the author of God at the Crossroads of Worldviews, a university lecturer, and a pastor. I invite you to explore with me the world shared by 2.4 billion people--one that inspired our ideals, imaginations, and intellect, for better or for worse. (Note: I recommend listening to the episodes in order--from the first to the latest.)

What do you mean God speaks‪?‬ Paul Seungoh Chung

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 16 Ratings

A series that reconstrues and retells key ideas, insights, and stories in Christianity for the skeptics who want to understand religion, Christians with questions about their own beliefs, and everyone in between. I am Paul Seungoh Chung, the author of God at the Crossroads of Worldviews, a university lecturer, and a pastor. I invite you to explore with me the world shared by 2.4 billion people--one that inspired our ideals, imaginations, and intellect, for better or for worse. (Note: I recommend listening to the episodes in order--from the first to the latest.)

    S4 Prologue: They were born in the desert

    S4 Prologue: They were born in the desert

     Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

    To celebrate(?), here is the trailer for Season 4 of "What do you mean, God speaks?"

    God awaits in the desert

    The prologue,  "They were born in the desert"

    Music : "Exodus" by Tenacious Orchestra - Licensed from PremiumBeat.com

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    • 3 min
    S4E1: Who were they before they were "Israel"?

    S4E1: Who were they before they were "Israel"?

    The fourth Season opens to explore the question of the people of Israel described in Exodus. Who were they? What is the significance of their story, regarding their oppression and slavery? What remnants or echoes, if any, remain of their story in the records and memory of ancient history, and what are their significance?

    And where are we headed from here?

     2:21     Biblical stories as "Myth that has become History"             
     14:43    Opening of Exodus and the oppression of Israel               
     19:45     Egypt and the Hyksos, the Shasu, and Israel               
     27:46     Who were the Hebrews, 'Apiru, and why this matters               
     35:03     The Slave Bible and Exodus story as timeless truth              

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    • 40 min
    S4E2: Why Moses heard God from a burning bush

    S4E2: Why Moses heard God from a burning bush

    It is an iconic scene in the Bible: God calls Moses from the burning bush. But, why the burning bush? After all, God can speak through an immeasurable number of things.

    It is because the bush that does not burn up, and the flame that blazes, yet will not burn itself out, means something to Moses--and to us--which connects us to how God, speaking all of reality, can speak to human individuals in a powerful and personal way. We'll explore what that is in this episode.

    (edit: Jan 30, added ~1 minute of content from 26:26, and revised sentences that were too long the final 5 minutes )
               
     2:21     Moses is “born” twice – his birth narrative             
     8:28     Moses as a failed “Zorro / Batman”             
     16:51    Moses’s life before the Burning Bush             
     24:43    What was the fire, and "The Angel of the LORD"             
     32:33    What did the burning bush mean?              
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    • 40 min
    S4E3: What does the name "YHWH" mean, and why it matters

    S4E3: What does the name "YHWH" mean, and why it matters

    Consider what it means for things to have names. Names point to things, and at least to some extent, tells us what they are. But, what could possibly be the name of God? After all, it would need to "point to" all of reality as a whole.

    According to the Bible, the name of God spoken to Moses is "I am that I am," which in turn is presented as the meaning of the Hebrew name of God, "Yahweh." This passage has fascinated theologians and philosophers, because of the concept of "Being" and "existence" that it presents. However, this meaning presents something more immediate to our lives; it points to our experience of reality that unfolds around us, and invites us to a journey to find out what will unfold in our lives.
               
     3:59     What it means for God to speak from the burning bush             
     9:47     How Moses can know whether God really spoke to him             
     16:51     Why "miracles" God shows Moses is only the first step             
     23:07     What does it even mean to name God?             
     32:16     It / He Just IS, and what that means             
     37:30     Name of God calls us to see what reality unfolds       
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    • 45 min
    S3 Trailer: "Those who wrestle with God" - A Monologue

    S3 Trailer: "Those who wrestle with God" - A Monologue

     Trailer for the upcoming Season 3 of "What do you mean God speaks?"
       
    Those who wrestle with God.          

    The trailer : "Monologue of the children of Abraham"

     Music : "True Genesis" by Tenacious Orchestra - Licensed from PremiumBeat.com

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    • 4 min
    S3E1: (re) What do you mean, "There's no God"?

    S3E1: (re) What do you mean, "There's no God"?

    What does it mean to say, “There’s no God?” 
    What it means for us today, to say, “there’s no God,” is quite different from what it meant for people living just several centuries ago, to say, “there’s no God.” 
    That's because people back then did not merely believe that God exists. They perceived God in their world. Then, some time ago, God disappeared from our perception. We forgot what it meant to hear God speak, or see God in our lives, and so, one day, ‘God’ was no longer "there.”

     * Revised on April 3 for greater clarity and flow in the 2nd half.

     3:00       How the ancients perceived their gods        
     10:10       What it means to perceive God        
     20:58      A metaphor made God disappear from the cosmos        
     27:53      A metaphor made God disappear from our lives               

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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16 Ratings

Bcimungraceful ,

Treasure trove

How more people don't know about your podcast and its beneficial approach to viewing God is beyond me. This is a treasure trove.

Mark in Montréal ,

Excellent!

This is a great philosophy of religion course, lots of fun, and accessible: any complicated terms are made simple, and there is a very helpful exploration of what some “simple” terms really mean now and meant through history.

Jonathan Hong ,

Timely Discussion for Today

Every Generation needs the deep truths of Christianity reexplained so as to make its truths known, relevant, and powerful. Sadly there is so much misunderstanding out there with dangerous false caricatures. Thanks Paul Chung, these talks really make me think about God and Christianity in a fresh way, devoid of meaningless and unnecessary Christian/theological jargon; but instead spoken in a manner that today's (post-)modern, scientific, rationality-desiring groups of people can clearly understand.

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