172 episodes

Study the Bible with Travis Pauley and Wes McAdams. Whether you are a seasoned Christian or a new Christian, you will enjoy these Bible studies. Each week, Wes and Travis study another biblical topic, exploring the relevance Scripture has for our lives today. Though the topics vary greatly from week to week, the goal of every Bible study is the same, learn to love like Jesus. These Bible studies are brought to you by Radically Christian and the church of Christ on McDermott Road in Plano, Texas.

Bible Study Podcast Wes McAdams

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 274 Ratings

Study the Bible with Travis Pauley and Wes McAdams. Whether you are a seasoned Christian or a new Christian, you will enjoy these Bible studies. Each week, Wes and Travis study another biblical topic, exploring the relevance Scripture has for our lives today. Though the topics vary greatly from week to week, the goal of every Bible study is the same, learn to love like Jesus. These Bible studies are brought to you by Radically Christian and the church of Christ on McDermott Road in Plano, Texas.

    A Cruciform Hermeneutic

    A Cruciform Hermeneutic

    What is a cruciform hermeneutic? A hermeneutic is the lens through which we interpret and apply Scripture. And cruciform means something is shaped like the cross. So, what would it look like to let the cross of Jesus be the lens through which we interpret and apply Scripture? That is the question Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss in this Bible study.







    In order to explain the cruciform hermeneutic, Wes and Travis first discuss Matthew 12:1-8. They discuss how the Pharisees in the time of Jesus had a poor hermeneutic. Their poor hermeneutic caused them to condemn the guiltless. They condemned the apostles for picking grain and eventually condemned Jesus to be crucified.







    Next, Wes and Travis discuss two passages from the prophets that should have formed the Jewish hermeneutic, Hosea 6:4-6 and Micah 6:6-8. Unfortunately, the Pharisees did not correctly integrate the principles of these passages into their hermeneutic. This is why, although they read the Scriptures, they did not really know the Scriptures.







    Finally, Wes and Travis discuss what Hebrews 1:1-3 can teach us about how to understand the entirety of Scripture. If Jesus really is the “exact imprint of God’s nature,” how should we read the Old Testament? Specifically, how should we read the parts of the Old Testament where God seems harsh or even strikes people dead? The Bible Study Podcast will be taking a break for a couple of months.















    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* PDF: Transcript of This Episode (Thanks to Beth Tabor)* YouTube Chanel: McDermott Road Bible Studies and Sermons

    • 54 min
    What Does Matthew 19:9 Mean? Marriage and Divorce

    What Does Matthew 19:9 Mean? Marriage and Divorce

    What does Matthew 19:9 mean? Jesus said, “Whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9). What does Jesus mean by these very startling words? This passage has been the source of much debate, confusion, and heartache. But Jesus spoke these words to bless people, not to curse them.







    In this Bible study, Wes McAdams is joined by Jordan and Priscilla Gray. Jordan and Priscilla have lived through infidelity and divorce. Their lives and relationship are a testimony to God’s power of redemption. Their story will challenge, encourage, and convict you.







    This episode of the Bible Study Podcast is part of the, “What Does This Passage Mean?” series. During this series, Wes and various guests will study a different passage of the Bible in context. We will discuss both the meaning and application of some difficult passages of Scripture. If you have a passage you would like for us to discuss, send us a note: RadicallyChristian.com/contact or leave a voicemail at 707-238-2216.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* PDF: Transcript of This Episode (Thanks to Beth Tabor)* Website: Marriage Helper

    • 46 min
    The Bible and Bioethics: IVF, Embryo Adoption, and More

    The Bible and Bioethics: IVF, Embryo Adoption, and More

    How does the Bible shape our thinking about biology and ethics? Medical technology has alleviated much pain and suffering, but it has also created ethical questions and dilemmas for Christians. How should Christians navigate questions about life, biology, health, and science?







    In the first part of this episode, Wes McAdams and Travis Pauley discuss some general thoughts on bioethics and study some passages of Scripture (Genesis 1:26-31; Genesis 2:5-7; Romans 8:19-23), which give us a helpful framework for understanding and discussing these issues. Wes suggests two questions for Christians to ask:







    * Does this decision show compassion to those suffering the effects of the Fall?* Does this decision show respect for the whole human person (including the body), which is an image-bearer of God?







    In the second part of this episode, Wes McAdams visits with Rebecca Westbrook about her journey with IVF and embryo adoption. Why did she decide to adopt embryos and why is she helping other couples to do the same? How has her faith influenced her decisions?















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* PDF: Transcript of This Episode (Thanks to Beth Tabor)* Book: Love Thy Body by Nancy Pearcey (Amazon affiliate link)* Bible Class: Being Human: What the Bible Says About Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit* Podcast: Integrity and the Abortion Debate (Good Faith Podcast)* Website: Embryo Adoption Project

    • 52 min
    What Does Genesis 9:20-27 Mean? (The Sin of Ham & Curse of Canaan)

    What Does Genesis 9:20-27 Mean? (The Sin of Ham & Curse of Canaan)

    What does Genesis 9:20-27 mean? What was Ham’s sin and why was his son, Canaan, cursed because of Ham’s sin? The story begins in Genesis 9:20-22, which says, “Noah began to be a man of the soil, and he planted a vineyard. He drank of the wine and became drunk and lay uncovered in his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside.” Because of this sin, Ham’s son, Canaan, is cursed by Noah. What is going on in this story?







    In this Bible study, Wes and special guest, Dr. Thomas Jackson, discuss Genesis 9:20-27. Some of the most popular interpretations of this passage are voyeurism, homosexual assault, and even castration. Dr. Jackson suggests a different interpretation. To support this interpretation, Dr. Jackson compares the words and events from Genesis 9 to some of the sexual laws in Leviticus 18 and 20.







    This episode of the Bible Study Podcast is part of the, “What Does This Passage Mean?” series. During this series, Wes and various guests will study a different passage of the Bible in context. We will discuss both the meaning and application of some difficult passages of Scripture. If you have a passage you would like for us to discuss, send us a note: RadicallyChristian.com/contact or leave a voicemail at 707-238-2216.















    Other passages considered in this Bible study:







    * Leviticus 18:6-10* Leviticus 20:17-21* Genesis 19:30-37* 2 Samuel 16:20-23















    Links and Resources:







    Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube







    Transcript: Full Transcipt of This Episode







    Video: Dr. Jackson’s “Interpreting Difficult Passages” Lesson







    Article: Noah’s Nakedness – Patheos.com

    • 51 min
    What Does Hebrews 6:4-6? (Impossible to Restore)

    What Does Hebrews 6:4-6? (Impossible to Restore)

    What does Hebrews 6:4-6 mean? The passage says, “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.” Does this mean it is impossible for people to be saved if they fall away from Christ? Were those who fall away ever saved? How should we understand and apply this warning?







    In this Bible study, Wes McAdams and special guest, Jacob Rutledge, discuss Hebrews 6:4-6 in its context. What is the major theme of Hebrews? How does this passage relate to that theme? What was the author trying to accomplish with this warning?







    We hope this Bible study encourages us all to, “Lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2).







    This episode of the Bible Study Podcast is part of the, “What Does This Passage Mean?” series. During this series, Wes and various guests will study a different passage of the Bible in context. We will discuss both the meaning and application of some difficult passages of Scripture. If you have a passage you would like for us to discuss, send us a note: RadicallyChristian.com/contact or leave a voicemail at 707-238-2216.















    Links and Resources:







    * Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* Read: Full Transcript of This Episode (Special Thanks to Beth Tabor)* Blog: What I Noticed When I Read Hebrews* Video: Morning Devotional on Hebrews 6:4-8

    • 50 min
    What Does 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Mean? (Women Keep Silent?)

    What Does 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 Mean? (Women Keep Silent?)

    What does 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 mean? Paul wrote, “The women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.” Does Paul mean that women should not talk to others when the church gathers together? Is it not okay for women to sing in the church? What does this passage mean?







    In this Bible study, Wes McAdams and special guest, Steven Cuffle, discuss 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 in its context. What was worship like in the Corinthian church? What sort of behavior was Paul trying to correct? Besides women, who else did Paul tell to be silent?







    We hope this Bible study encourages us all to, “Strive to excel in building up the church” (1 Corinthians 14:12).







    This episode of the Bible Study Podcast is part of the, “What Does This Passage Mean?” series. During this series, Wes and various guests will study a different passage of the Bible in context. We will discuss both the meaning and application of some difficult passages of Scripture. If you have a passage you would like for us to discuss, send us a note: RadicallyChristian.com/contact or leave a voicemail at 707-238-2216.















    Links and Resources:







    * Download the transcript of this episode (Special thanks to Beth Tabor)* Video: Watch This Episode on YouTube* Podcast: “The Roles of Men and Women in the Bible” (Part One)* Podcast: “The Roles of Men and Women in the Bible” (Part Two)

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 Ratings

BeepBeep354 ,

So encouraging

I can not recommend this podcast enough. I deeply appreciate Wes’ honest look at Scripture- wherever that takes him. In my opinion, he is a very needed voice in the church.

Clive Staples Says: ,

Solid Podcast

This is one of the best church of Christ-affiliated podcasts on the internet.

The hosts are willing to have an honest dialogue that isn’t mean or harsh (the opposite of the Focus Press guys).

Sometimes, it gets into the weeds, becomes confusing and is hard to follow. However, these hosts have a love of Scripture and a passion for Jesus.

I appreciate productive discussion.

I give it 4/5 stars.

Chase loves Lindsey ,

Drifting Further Left

The Marriage Divorce and Remarriage episode was vague, and seemed to skate back and forth between what the Bible actually says, versus modern interpretations to avoid “being legalistic.” Just spit it out. What do you believe?

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