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Helping believers think Christianly about theological and cultural issues by engaging in curious conversations with a diverse range of thoughtful people.

    Eternity Bible College, Christian Education, and Theological Discipleship: Ernesto Duke

    Eternity Bible College, Christian Education, and Theological Discipleship: Ernesto Duke

    Ernesto was a former student of mine when I was a prof at Eternity Bible College. He’s since gone on to get a masters degree in theology from Western Seminary and been hired back on as faculty and staff at Eternity. He currently serves as co-president of the school. In this episode, we talk about what it means to be “co” president, community leadership at a Chrisitan school, the uniqueness of Eternity Bible College, debt free education, and revisiting the structures of Christian education as a whole. One thing we didn’t touch on is Eternity’s partnership with Theology in the Raw in facilitating “Conversations in the Raw”: an online based collective of Christians engaging in raw theological discipleship.

    Find out more about “Conversations in the Raw” at theologyintheraw.com. To learn more about Eternity Bible College’s online offerings, visit eternity.edu

    If you would like to support Theology in the Raw, please visit patreon.com/theologyintheraw for more information!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Last 10 Years of the Church and the LGBTQ Conversation: Sam Allberry

    The Last 10 Years of the Church and the LGBTQ Conversation: Sam Allberry

    Sam Allberry is a pastor, apologist, author, and speaker. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay?; What God Has to Say About Our Bodies; Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?; and 7 Myths about Singleness. In this episode, Sam and I reflect on the last 10 years of our engagement with the church and the LGBTQ conversation. Much has changed; some things haven’t. The church has been on a journey and so have we. Sam and I talk about areas where we have changed and where we think the conversation is heading.

    If you would like to support Theology in the Raw, please visit patreon.com/theologyintheraw for more information!

    • 59 min
    Should Christians Smoke Pot? Dr. Todd Miles

    Should Christians Smoke Pot? Dr. Todd Miles

    Todd is a professor of theology and the director of the master of theology program at Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He has an MDiv from Western Seminary and PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Todd is the author of several books including his recent book Cannabis and the Christian: What the Bible Says about Marijuana, which forms the topic of our conversation

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    • 56 min
    Abuse, Suicidality, Same-Sex Sexuality, and the Love of Christ: Brenna Blain

    Abuse, Suicidality, Same-Sex Sexuality, and the Love of Christ: Brenna Blain

    When looking at Brenna Blain you might not guess that she works in ministry, with a body adorned in tattoos and piercings she doesnt fit the evangelical look many have grown up with, but that's just Brenna. Her ministry focus is on providing resources for churches, ministries and individuals who are seeking to find God in the midst of difficult topics and hard conversations. Whether she's teaching at conferences, producing podcasts or writing, you will find Brenna inviting you to pursue Biblical truth with compassion and conviction. Brenna obtained her BA in Theology and Biblical Studies from Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon and has lived in the PNW her entire life. Her greatest joys are her two sons and her husband Austin. While she speaks on many topics, Brenna is especially passionate about God’s involvement in our pain and personal struggles including mental illness, same sex attraction and abuse. In this podcast conversation, Brenna shares her story about her journey with abuse, mental health challenges, questions around her sexuality, and how her hope in Christ has remained constant in the midst of many challenges.

    If you would like to support Theology in the Raw, please visit patreon.com/theologyintheraw for more information!

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian: Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewell

    Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian: Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewell

    Michelle has a BA from Harvard, 3 master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. from Notre Dame university. In other words, she’s smarter than you and I combined. Anyway, she’s also a lovely person who’s written a killer book called Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian, which addresses the pros and cons of where the current debates about men and women in the church lie. This book forms the topic of our conversation. We talk about Ephesians 5 and the meaning of Kephale (“head”), the meaning of leadership in the NT, and 1 Tim 2, among other things.

    Find out more about Michelle here: https://www.biola.edu/directory/people/michelle-leebarnewall

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    S2: First Bonus Q & A of 2023

    S2: First Bonus Q & A of 2023

    Welcome to a sneak peek of the first Bonus Q&A episode, part of the Theology in the Raw premium subscription.

    In the full episode, we discuss:
    00:00 Introduction
    1:38 What's your take on the historical Adam?
    9:20 What is your view on covenant friendships/celibate partnerships?
    17:10 Was Paul's thorn in the flesh same sex attraction?
    18:15 What is meant by the power assigned to the devil/satan over the earth?
    21:12 How could Adam say “man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife” when Adam was created from dirt and Eve from his side?
    23:18 Does the fact (?) that God is neither male nor female have any contribution to make in the egalitarian/complementarian conversation?
    26:15 Luke 2:25 says the Spirit was on Simeon. How is this different from post Pentecost Holy Spirit.
    29:35 Should I watch violent movies like LOTR if I’m convinced of nonviolence?
    33:17 Could it be that Genesis 1's 7 days are not days of creation but correspond to the 7 days Moses was on Sinai (Exod 24:15-18)?
    35:36 Is there any substance to the idea that heaven/the new earth will exist "outside of time"?
    38:43 What are your thoughts on pop-psychology as opposed to the biblical soul care model within the church? Can both exist together?
    44:02 Thoughts on Church of Christ? I grew up COC. Sometimes you and Francis Chan seem headed in that direction :blush:e.g. communion, no paid church staff, NV, etc.
    46:31 Why do we limit the upside-down, first-are-last Kingdom ethics to Jesus?
    50:18 If you started another micro church today, what would you differently than last time?
    53:21 Was "the great commission" intended to be a command for all believers? Or was it a specific exhortation to those disciples at the time?
    55:54 What do you think about 4th point in https://christiansforsocialaction.org/resource/im-going-crazy?
    58:25 How to answer my daughter who’s afraid she won't remain in God because she has seen close relatives turn their backs on God after living vibrant spiritual lives
    1:01:11 My sibs are now Progressive Christians and it's one of the biggest disappointments of my life. I struggle with mere conversation, much more, raising my kids around them. Advice?
    1:04:28 What would be the one thing you find most attractive and most objectionable about some of the major Christian denominations/traditions you haven't been part of?
    1:07:22 I'd love to hear your take on if the Bible claims inerrancy or not. Pete Enns and Jarad Bias have some solid arguments for the "Error of Inerrancy" - thoughts?
    1:11:25 Was Jesus tempted with same-sex attraction? HEB 4:15
    1:13:36 You said in the 2022 review you would likely welcome guests with “heretical” views. Would it be fair to say a guest’s earnestness is a larger factor for you?
    1:15:24 What do you find to be the most compelling/winsome Biblical and extra-Biblical arguments for Christian nationalism?
    1:19:42 What does covenentalism (New Perspective on Paul) say about once saved always saved? Are there any examples of a member of God's covenant people (OT Jew) leaving/being kicked out?
    1:21:38 Resources you recommend for someone wanting to grow in their understanding of church doctrines, spiritual formation, basic Christian beliefs & church history?
    1:23:06 Why would God create a clitoris—the only organ who only serves one purpose: pleasure? Especially if it’s rarely stimulated with intercourse?
    1:25:37 In what ways do the biblical passages on gendered marital roles apply to roles in the church? I.e. could you be complementarian in one but egalitarian in the other?

    If you would like to support Theology in the Raw, please visit patreon.com/theologyintheraw for more information!

    • 19 min

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