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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 • 328 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.

    Who is Welcome at the Lord’s Table? with Boo Scott

    Who is Welcome at the Lord’s Table? with Boo Scott

    In today’s Bible study, Wes McAdams and Boo Scott discuss the Lord’s table. They examine Jesus’ table fellowship in the Gospel of Luke and its implications for the Lord’s Supper today. They also discuss what it really means to “discern the body” and take communion in a worthy manner.







    Wes and Boo take a deep dive into several key biblical texts, including Luke 14, Acts 2, and 1 Corinthians 11. They challenge some common assumptions and argue for a more evangelistic view of communion. This conversation might give you a whole new perspective on the Lord’s Table.







    Boo Scott is the lead minister at the National Park Church of Christ in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He shares fascinating insights from his studies on the topic of table fellowship and the Lord’s Supper. Listen as Boo’s passion for God’s word comes through in this Christ-centered and Scripture-filled discussion.















    Links and Resources









    * Watch this episode on YouTube







    * National Park Church







    * Sermon: The Road to Emmaus

































    Transcript (Credit: Beth Tabor)







    WES: Welcome to the Radically Christian Bible Study Podcast. I’m your host, Wes McAdams. Here we have one goal: Learn to love like Jesus. Today we’re going to talk about communion and table fellowship. What does the Gospel of Luke, the Book of Acts, 1st Corinthians ‑‑ what do they have to teach us about what it means to be in fellowship with people, what it means to share the table and share a meal with one another and with Jesus? 







    Our guest today is Boo Scott, the lead minister at the National Park Church of Christ in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I know you’re really going to enjoy this conversation. It is so rich and filled with wonderful thoughts that Boo has to share with us. It’s sort of an informal conversation. Typically, we have a list of questions and an outline, but this time, Boo and I just sat down and talked about Jesus and the table and fellowship and communion and what all of those things do to shape us and form us into people who are loving our neighbors and our brothers and sisters and loving the Lord.







    I want to start with 1st Corinthians 11, starting in verse 33. Paul says, “So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another ‑‑ if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home ‑‑ so that when you come together it will not be for judgment.” Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about all of these things in light of how do we learn to love like Jesus. 







    Boo Scott, welcome back to the podcast, Brother.







    BOO: Thanks, Wes. Thanks for having me, Bud.







    WES: I’m excited about this conversation. I was saying, before we recorded, this is probably the first time that I’ve ever had a guest where we don’t have an outline, we don’t have a set of questions. We’re just gonna talk about the Bible, and I’m assuming this is gonna go well because I know you and I know that we love to talk theology and love to talk scripture, and if it goes well ‑‑ you’re kind of the guinea pig here. If this goes well, we may do more episodes with different guys like this,

    • 50 min
    Do We Need Bible Scholars? with Jeremie Beller

    Do We Need Bible Scholars? with Jeremie Beller

    Are Bible scholars and Bible experts necessary for Christians to understand Scripture? Some feel that the Bible is simple and does not require scholarly interpretation, while others find the Bible intimidating due to its ancient languages, historical context, and complex meanings. This episode explores whether “average” Christians today need Bible scholars or can simply read scripture for themselves.







    The conversation examines what the Bible is, looking at it as a collection of books written in particular historical contexts. It discusses how to discern reliable and formative biblical scholarship, considering the scholar’s life, motivations, and willingness to challenge tradition. The biblical concepts of taking scripture seriously, reading it in context, and interpreting it in community are emphasized. The ultimate goal of biblical study is growing in love for Jesus.







    The guest for this episode is Dr. Jeremie Beller, Dean of the College of Bible at Oklahoma Christian University. Dr. Beller has studied biblical languages and literature extensively. However, his focus is not on technical precision but on teaching scripture for spiritual formation and community application. His desire is for Christians to read the Bible holistically, let it shape them into Christ’s image, and apply it in life-giving ways.















    Links and Resources:









    * Watch This Episode on YouTube







    * Male and Female God Created Them: A Biblical Review of LGBTQ+ Claims by Rubel Shelly







    * Revelation (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) by Ben Witherington III







    * The Strength to Be Weak (Podcast Episode with Jim Martin)









    Note: Some links may be affiliate links. Meaning, if you choose to buy something through these links, we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.































    Transcript (Credit: Beth Tabor)







    WES: Welcome to the Radically Christian Bible Study Podcast. I’m your host, Wes McAdams. Here we have one goal: Learn to love like Jesus. There are some Christians who feel like Bible scholarship or Bible training at an academic level is completely unnecessary, that Bible experts ‑‑ or so‑called Bible experts ‑‑ are unnecessary and are usually leading people astray. They feel like scripture is so simple that anybody ought to be able to just pick it up and read it, understand it, and obey it. And on the other hand, there are a lot of Christians who feel like the Bible is too complicated to understand, that they couldn’t possibly understand the meaning and the purpose of scripture because they’re not a Bible expert or a Bible scholar. Should we trust biblical scholarship? Should we distrust biblical scholarship? Or is there somewhere in between where we ought to land? 







    Today I’m going to visit with our guest, Dr. Jeremie Beller, who is the Dean of the College of Bible at Oklahoma Christian University, a wonderful follower of Jesus, and I know that you will enjoy and appreciate the things that he has to share with us and to teach us about studying scripture. I want to start today by reading 2 Timothy 3:14‑17. It says, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from child...

    • 51 min
    How We Read the Bible in Churches of Christ with John Mark Hicks

    How We Read the Bible in Churches of Christ with John Mark Hicks

    How should we read and understand the Bible? Wes McAdams interviews John Mark Hicks about different ways churches of Christ have interpreted the Bible, either using a “blueprint” approach focused on patterns for the church or a more theological approach centered on God’s story and identity.







    They discuss key biblical concepts like reading whole books for context rather than proof-texting, seeing Scripture as intended to form Christlike character more than provide ecclesiological details, and grounding unity in the core gospel story. Concepts of a “blueprint hermeneutic” versus a “theological hermeneutic” are explained as ways churches have viewed biblical authority. McAdams and Hicks also touch on church history, the risks and benefits of both hermeneutical approaches, and the importance of Christ-centered unity.







    John Mark Hicks has taught full-time in higher education among Churches of Christ since 1982 and recently retired from his position as Professor of Theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has taught in 40 states and 22 countries around the world. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or contributed to 47 books as well as contributing to both academic and popular journals. His experience gives a helpful perspective on both the historical and hermeneutical questions addressed in this episode.















    Resources









    * Watch This Episode on YouTube







    * Searching for the Pattern: My Journey in Interpreting the Bible by John Mark Hicks









    Note: Some links may be affiliate links. Meaning, if you choose to buy something through these links, we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.































    Transcript (Credit: Beth Tabor)







    WES: Welcome to the Radically Christian Bible Study Podcast. I’m your host, Wes McAdams. Here we have one goal: Learn to love like Jesus. Today we’re going to be talking about churches of Christ, the history of churches of Christ and the future of churches of Christ, particularly how we read the Bible, how we read and understand and apply scripture to our lives, to the way that we do church, to the way that we try to love like Jesus. 







    Our guest today is John Mark Hicks, who has taught full‑time in higher education among churches of Christ since 1982 and recently retired from his position as professor of theology at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s taught in 40 states and 22 countries around the world. He has authored, co‑authored, edited, or contributed to 47 books, as well as contributing to both academic and popular journals. He is married to Jennifer and shares five living children and six grandchildren with her. I know that you’re going to appreciate the things that John Mark Hicks has to share with us and his perspective on how we read scripture and maybe how we can read scripture better. 







    I want to begin today by reading Philippians 2:1‑8, because I think this captures how we ought to read scripture. Paul says, “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

    • 58 min
    Healthy Church Leadership with Bob Turner

    Healthy Church Leadership with Bob Turner

    Many churches today lack strong spiritual leadership. Without godly elders to shepherd and guide them, congregations often struggle in their efforts to grow disciples and spread the gospel. In this episode, Wes McAdams discusses how to develop healthy leaders with Bob Turner.







    They examine Jesus’ model for training his disciples, emphasizing servant leadership and sacrificial love. You’ll gain insights into sharing wisdom between generations, as well as how to encourage every member to employ their unique gifts in the body. They offer practical steps every church can take to cultivate elders focused on nurturing spiritual growth.







    Bob Turner brings years of experience guiding congregations in this conversation. As director of the Sunset Academy of Leadership Training, he provides resources to strengthen leaders through workshops, seminars, and online training content.















    Links and Resources:









    * Watch This Episode on YouTube







    * SALT (Sunset Academy of Church Leadership)







    * The Multiplication Effect by Mac Lake







    * Bring | Teach | Keep by Chuck Anderson









    Note: Some links may be affiliate links. Meaning, if you choose to buy something through these links, we receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.































    Transcript (Credit: Beth Tabor)







    WES: Welcome to the Radically Christian Bible Study podcast. I’m your host, Wes McAdams. Here, we have one goal: Learn to love like Jesus. It is so important for those of us who want to learn to love like Jesus that we be part of a community, a church family where others are loving us and we are loving them and we are working out our salvation together as fellow disciples.







    But part of that is that every church community is supposed to have elders, is supposed to have shepherds who lead and guide and teach those in that community. 







    In the book of Titus, Paul writes to this young evangelist, and here’s what he says in Titus 1, starting in verse 5: “This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you ‑‑ if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick‑tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self‑controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”







    But sadly, many, if not most, churches don’t have elders. They don’t have shepherds like Paul is describing to Titus. So what could we do to help make sure that every church is led by these kinds of shepherds? In order to help us answer that question, today I’m visiting with Bob Turner, who is the director of the Sunset Academy of Leadership Training. Bob is a wonderful follower of Jesus, a wonderful friend. I know that you and I both are going to enjoy this conversation, and I hope that it helps all of us to learn to love like Jesus. 

    • 47 min
    A Biblical Response to LGBTQ+ Claims with Rubel Shelly

    A Biblical Response to LGBTQ+ Claims with Rubel Shelly

    Many Christians today feel confused and conflicted about how to respond to LGBTQ claims in a Christlike way. In this culture of shifting sexual norms, what should our posture be? Can we hold to biblical truth while also extending compassion? This timely episode tackles these critical questions head-on. Dr. Rubel Shelly, our guest, provides clarity from Scripture and history on God’s design for gender, sexuality, and marriage. Listen as Dr. Shelly and Wes McAdams discuss how to navigate these culturally controversial topics with both conviction and Christlike care.







    Walking through key biblical texts, Dr. Shelly insightfully presents the traditional Christian perspective on sexuality and marriage. With academic rigor yet pastoral wisdom, he examines historical context and refutes common revisionist arguments. Dr. Shelly stresses the importance of speaking truth with humility, leading with grace not condemnation. He offers hopeful counsel for those struggling with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria. This is a podcast for anyone desiring to better understand and apply biblical teaching on sexuality and gender.







    Our guest Dr. Rubel Shelly has been a minister for over 60 years. He is a respected author, preacher, and professor. His recent book, “Male and Female God Created Them” provides in-depth analysis of LGBTQ+ claims from a biblical viewpoint. Dr. Shelly discusses this book as well as practical guidance for responding to a sexually confused culture with both conviction and compassion.















    Links and Resources:









    * Watch This Episode on YouTube







    * Male and Female God Created Them: A Biblical Review of LGBTQ+ Claims by Rubel Shelly







    * The Ink Is Dry: God’s Distinctive Word on Marriage, Family, and Sexual Responsibility by Rubel Shelly

































    Transcript (Credit: Beth Tabor)







    Radically Christian Bible Study Podcast







    A Biblical Response to LGBTQ+ Claims with Rubel Shelly







    WES: Welcome to the Radically Christian Bible Study podcast. I’m your host, Wes McAdams. Here, we have one goal:  Learn to love like Jesus. I want to welcome everyone back to a new year and a new season of the podcast. I’m incredibly excited about some of the plans that we have and some of the guests that we have scheduled to be with us. I know that you are going to enjoy these conversations, and I hope, as always, that they help us to love like Jesus. 







    Today we’re going to be talking about how to respond in love to some of the theological claims of the LGBTQ community. Obviously, this is not a conversation for children, so you may want to be aware of that before we begin the interview. I also want to say I’m sorry for my sound the first couple of minutes of the interview. I forgot to move my microphone in front of me. I quickly realized and changed that. I don’t think it will affect your understanding of what’s being said, but I did want to apologize for that before we get into the interview. 







    Our guest today is Dr. Rubel Shelly. He’s a preacher, a prolific author, and a longtime college professor. He’s the recent author of the book, Male and Female God Created Them, A Biblical Review of LGBTQ+ Claims. We’re going to talk about the book quite a bit.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    The Strength to Be Weak with Jim Martin

    The Strength to Be Weak with Jim Martin

    Many men struggle with fears of appearing weak or incompetent, which can inhibit personal growth, transparency in relationships, and willingness to ask for help. In this episode, Wes McAdams interviews Jim Martin to discuss cultural pressures and misconceptions around masculinity that feed these fears. They explore how scripture and the example of Jesus provide a different model of true strength through humility and vulnerability.







    Wes and Jim dive into passages like 2 Corinthians 12 and discuss biblical concepts including power being made perfect in weakness, boasting in weaknesses, and finding joy in transparency. They talk about rethinking prevailing notions that real men must project unwavering grit and self-reliance. The conversation covers how admitting struggles openly can build deeper connections.







    Jim Martin has served for 10 years as the VP of Harding School of Theology and brings a wealth of experience from 36 years in preaching ministry. He speaks candidly in this interview about some of his own journey with shame and fear of embarrassment earlier in his career. His desire is to pass on encouragement and positivity to church leaders today facing similar struggles.















    Links and Resources









    * Watch this Episode on YouTube







    * Man Enough by Nate Pyle







    * Jim Martin’s Substack Newsletter

























    Transcript (Credit: Beth Tabor)







    WES: Welcome to the Radically Christian Bible Study podcast. I’m your host, Wes McAdams. Here, we have one goal: Learn to love like Jesus. Today we’re going to talk about why we should admit when we’re weak. I want to start by reading from 2 Corinthians 12:7‑10, where Paul talks about his thorn in the flesh. He says, “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”







    Today’s guest is my friend, Jim Martin. Jim Martin has served for 10 years as the VP of the Harding School of Theology. Prior to that, he preached for 36 years, 20 of those years in Waco, Texas. He and his wife, Charlotte, have two daughters, one son‑in‑law, and four grandchildren. I know you will enjoy this conversation, and I hope that it will help all of us learn to love like Jesus. 







    Jim Martin, welcome to the podcast, Brother.







    JIM: Well, thank you, Wes. I’m glad to be here.







    WES: Well, thanks so much for being here. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you, and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you spending some time with us. I was trying to think, just a minute ago, where the first time I saw your name might have been, and it might have been Twitter, which is a weird place to first meet someone. But as you know, Twitter can kind of be a dark place,

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
328 Ratings

328 Ratings

Isabella.Pheasant ,

A filling, formative podcast that I LOVE!

I am so thankful this podcast exists! Wes and his many talented guests offer such a refreshing and honest view of Scripture that both challenges and strengthens my walk as a Christian. I began listening a few months ago and now I listen almost every day. This is a great resource for anyone trying to delve deeper into the scriptures no matter where you are in your walk with the Lord.

KEB100000 ,

Wes and Travis present deep spiritual truth with humility

I cannot begin to list all of the ways I have benefited from listening to this podcast. I have learned an incredible amount about God and his word. Wes and Travis are refreshing to listen to as they and various guests wrestle with spiritual questions and the biblical text. I highly recommend making this part of your routine.

MMDGP ,

Great Deep Dive Into Scripture

Wes, Travis and their guests share deep studies supported by Scripture. With their detailed discussions, they help me understand Scripture at a much higher level than I would by just reading and (typically) glossing over the sorts of details that many of these interviews dwell on. These details are often convicting and show a necessity for changes in my life which are not otherwise so readily seen in this age of feel-good sermons which minimize the significance of obedience and God’s judgment in their emphasis of love, grace, and easy-believism.

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