Having the kind of faith Christ calls us to begins with the Bible. How do you read it? What are the keys to unlocking it? Each week we’ll bring new paradigms for all—those new to scripture and Bible nerd alike!
Our messy Bible: Episode 2, The Prophets
What exactly is in the Bible? Jeff and Tyler are breaking down 6 major sections in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament to help us gain clarity when reading this amazing book. Today we look at the Prophets in a way that many Christians might not expect. These books answer questions like, "where are we as a people?" "where are we going?" and "Who is God?"
Send questions you have about the prophetic writings (or anything else!) to theKindFaith@gmail.com
Nevi’im: What are the prophets and what was their purpose?
Why no “history” like in Christian OT? It’s more about theology:
Why reading the prophets as future telling Jesus is a problem. “Word of God” and yet also the most idiosyncratic and human.
Heavily influenced by Deuteronomy- regular focus on the poor, the orphan, widow, foreigner.
Incredible that this sort of divergent voice was always valued in Israel. In today’s world we silence all opposition and call it “Fake News!” There were some kings who tried to do that like Ahab, but the Bible continues to promote these prophetic voices who speak truth to power.
Questions about the Bible? email theKindFaith@gmail.com
Our messy Bible: Episode 1 - The Wisdom in Torah
We're kicking off 2021 with a new series on what exactly the Bible really is. This episode Jeff and Tyler talk about the Torah, the first 5 books in the Bible, and show how it's really more about wisdom than "rules."
This series will look at six major section of the Bible—Torah, Prophets, Writings, Gospels, Letters, Apocalypse. Send us your questions this week about the Torah (or anything else) at theKindFaith@gmail.com
First, an overview of the six major sections of the Bible. Torah, Prophets, Writings, (see Luke 24:44) Gospels, Letters, Apocalypse.
The “Torah” is a path to life, it is wisdom… How should Christians read those laws? What is their purpose?
First, What is in the “Law” and why do we call it that?
Genesis 2:9,17; 3:5-6 Life and Death; Good and Bad.
613 laws - think “case study” - not enough to run a government… so what are they?
(Think: marriage covenant with case studies)
Deuteronomy 30 is one of the most important chapters in the entire Law.
1 Kings 3:16ff - Solomon’s wisdom
email your bible questions to theKindFaith@gmail.com
Sharing our Faith without looking for a fight: How re-evaluating our statistics can give us Kind Faith
Only 4% of the population attends church? 80% of college Christians are leaving the faith behind forever? Shock-and-awe statistics like this abound in ministry circles today, but there's a lot of evidence out there that seems to refute such an extreme outlook.
This is a bit of a "Bonus Episode" where Jeff & Tyler have an impromptu conversation about how we in the church often misuse statistics and why that matters. What are some ways that we can love others and invite people into conversations about Jesus in a KindFaith sort of way. There is more evidence that many of the people we interact with daily are more open to spiritual conversations and more open to the story of Jesus than we might ever imagine.
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Christmas and the Prophets
In this episode Jeff and Tyler look at the Christmas story and ask some questions you may never have asked. How exactly does the New Testament use the Old Testament? When Matthew says this "fulfills" something a prophet said, what exactly does that mean? Seeing the Christmas narrative in this context shows the extent Jesus went to connect with our humanity and suffering. The shadow of the cross is revealed even in his birth.
Main text: Matthew 2:15-18; Hosea 11:1; Jeremiah 31:15
Tough Passages: Episode 3 - Did Paul condone slavery?
In this ongoing series Jeff and Tyler address some of the harder passages in the Bible and offer some tools and ideas to navigate the minefield while still pointing us to Jesus. This week we're looking at the topic of slavery in the Bible. Does Paul promote slavery? Does God condone it?
Book quote - Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited, Beacon Press, 1996., page 19-20.
Main text Ephesians 6:5-9
see also Philemon 16
Tough Passages: Episode 2 - Deuteronomy 21:10-14
In this ongoing series Jeff and Tyler address some of the harder passages in the Bible and offer some tools and ideas to navigate the minefield while still pointing us to Jesus. This week we're looking at Deuteronomy 21:10-14. Does God essentially allow rape and conquest in war?
Deuteronomy 21:10-14 is awkward, nauseating, infuriating. So how should we read it?
We need to ask if this is a "mountain-top" moment—God showing us his "ideal" for humanity—or a "ground-level" moment—God meeting humanity in its brokenness?
Look to Exodus 1:11 and Isaiah 53:7 the word "afflict" and "humiliate" is the same root word in the Hebrew.
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