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As Christians, the challenges we face today demand that we have a deeper understanding of the Bible in its original context. When we do, it will change the way we live, think, and act every day.

In this podcast, we're partnering with Dr. Dru Johnson, a Bible scholar from NYC. Together, we'll give you tools to better read and apply the Bible and to live out its wisdom in your own life and community.

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Passages is a ministry that brings Christian college students on life-changing trips to Israel. We’re on a mission to strengthen the faith foundations of the next generation of Christians, to connect them to the land of the Bible and the people living there today, and to launch them into a lifetime of impactful, Christ-centered leadership.

To learn more, visit passagesisrael.org.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 7 Ratings

As Christians, the challenges we face today demand that we have a deeper understanding of the Bible in its original context. When we do, it will change the way we live, think, and act every day.

In this podcast, we're partnering with Dr. Dru Johnson, a Bible scholar from NYC. Together, we'll give you tools to better read and apply the Bible and to live out its wisdom in your own life and community.

For more free resources, sign up for our newsletter at passagesisrael.org/foundations.

Passages is a ministry that brings Christian college students on life-changing trips to Israel. We’re on a mission to strengthen the faith foundations of the next generation of Christians, to connect them to the land of the Bible and the people living there today, and to launch them into a lifetime of impactful, Christ-centered leadership.

To learn more, visit passagesisrael.org.

    How Do We Confront Evil?

    How Do We Confront Evil?

    Entropy happens in science (and our personal lives) since all things eventually fall apart unless an outside force acts on them. The same might be said about our societies. Unless we consciously and consistently make positive choices, everything will gradually descend into evil and chaos. The inevitable question is: how do we confront evil and choose the good?
    In our season finale, Dr. Dru Johnson skillfully guides us through the implications of the topics we’ve covered thus far about the nature of good and evil and wraps this season up. Enjoy the episode, and thanks for joining us on this incredible journey exploring the Hebraic roots of your Christian faith!
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    • 41 min
    Should Christians Participate in Evil?

    Should Christians Participate in Evil?

    Is it ever okay to lie to protect someone’s feelings? Is it okay to lie to save someone’s life? Should a nation go to war? Is it okay to murder an evil person?
    Christians are often faced with tricky ethical dilemmas, but this podcast is here to help! In this week’s podcast, we tackle whether ends justify the means and what the Bible says about these big questions. Take a listen!
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    If you or a loved one is in distress or thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidental 24/7 support, information, and resources. You are not alone.


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    Text HOME to 741741.
    Crisis Counselors are trained volunteers and not professionals. They can provide support, but not medical advice.


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    • 53 min
    What is Organizational Evil?

    What is Organizational Evil?

    Humans naturally form institutions and societies. While these can be a major source of blessing, they also cause a lot of harm, resulting in institutional and organizational evil.
    The Torah has robust guidelines for how people should act—both communally and individually. In this episode, Dr. Dru Johnson breaks down the distinction, or lack thereof, in the Hebrew Bible between the personal and the corporate, and he explores what this means for us today as 21st-century Christians.
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    Crisis Text Line
    Text HOME to 741741.
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    • 43 min
    Is Suffering Evil?

    Is Suffering Evil?

    Life hurts. It seems like suffering is a universal part of being human, so this has led people across all ages to ask deep existential questions about the meaning and the nature of suffering.
    Let’s bring it to our context here in this podcast: How do the biblical authors view suffering? Is suffering the result of sin? What wisdom do they offer us as we come to terms with our own pain? Dr. Dru Johnson addresses all this and more in today’s fascinating episode. Take a listen!
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    If you or a loved one is in distress or thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidental 24/7 support, information, and resources. You are not alone.


    Crisis Text Line
    Text HOME to 741741.
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    • 35 min
    Why Does God Do Evil?

    Why Does God Do Evil?

    Does God do evil? Verses like Isaiah 31:2 seem to say He does: “Yet [God] also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words” (KJV). If that’s the case, what does this mean and how would Isaiah’s Ancient Hebrew audience have understood this? Dr. Dru Johnson walks through these complex questions and more in today’s episode as we grapple with the relationship between God and evil.
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    • 38 min
    Why Are We Afraid of the Dark?

    Why Are We Afraid of the Dark?

    There’s a strange sound in the middle of the night. In the dark water, something brushes against your leg… What goes through your mind?
    In this week’s episode, Dr. Dru Johnson explores the psychology and theology behind the fear of the unknown and evil. He gives us a glimpse into how our imaginations have been shaped by popular culture. Dr. Johnson also explains the relationship that Ancient Near East people had with spiritual warfare, the spiritual world, and the divine, helpfully reframing much of what we read in the Hebrew Bible! Make sure to save this episode and listen—you’ll be glad you did!
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Call 988.
    If you or a loved one is in distress or thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidental 24/7 support, information, and resources. You are not alone.
    Crisis Text Line
    Text HOME to 741741.
    Crisis Counselors are trained volunteers and not professionals. They can provide support, but not medical advice.


    Suicide.org
    Call (800) 784-2433.
    Call the Suicide.org hotline to receive 24/7 crisis support and information about mental health crisis resources where you live.

    • 41 min

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