Exploring what it means to be faithfully Christian in our always-changing world with its challenges and opportunities. I like to think out loud and talk with friends about biblical texts, books, politics, sports, music, films, and basically anything that interests me. This is all an attempt to be fully alive in God’s good world and to enjoy the liberating reality of the Christian gospel.
Wrapping Up Romans
In this episode, I wrap up season 3 and the exploration of Paul's Letter to the Romans.
The Closing of Paul's Letter to the Romans
A brief update on two books I'm reading--The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity, by David Graeber and David Wengrow, and The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community, by Stephanie Spellers. I also talk about the closing section of Paul's letter to the Roman Christians.
The Rhetorical Climax of Romans
In this episode, I recommend J. Richard Middleton's wonderful and compelling new book, Abraham’s Silence: The Binding of Isaac, The Suffering of Job, and How to Talk Back to God (Baker Academic, 2021), and I talk about Romans 14:1-15:13, which is the climax of Paul's argument in the letter.
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Submission to Worldly Powers in Romans 13
In this episode, I recommend Daniel Silliman's wonderful new book, Reading Evangelicals: How Christian Fiction Shaped a Culture and a Faith (Eerdmans), and I talk about Paul's exhortations in Romans 13.
I also mention Stephen Colbert's thoughts about the relationship of his Christian faith to his comedy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUaWDqDOWPk), and the brilliant fake conspiracy theory 'Birds Aren't Real' (https://birdsarentreal.com/).
Being God's New Creation Community (Romans 12)
I share a few reflections about exploring how to be Christian, I recommend the PBS documentary on Billy Graham, and I talk about Paul's exhortations to the Roman Christians in Romans 12.
You can find the documentary here: https://www.pbs.org/video/billy-graham-tp3vqn/.
How to Be Christian and Stay Christian (Even When LGBTQ+ People Exist)
In this episode, I share a few more reflections about conspiracy theories, I recommend Kiese Laymon's book, Heavy: An American Memoir (Scribner), and I talk about what it means to be Christian and how to remain Christian when relating to people who identify as LGBTQ+ inside and outside the church.
Thoughtful Faith Journey
I’ve been listening to Tim Gombis for almost a year, and his podcast has become one of my weekly must-listens. It’s refreshing to hear someone talk about their Christian faith in honesty and humility. He challenges and sharpens my evangelical outlook, to the degree that I can still self-identify with it and yet shed all the political nonsense that has come to characterize it in recent years. If you’re not sure what to do with your evangelical heritage, Tim’s podcast is a good place to sort it out.
In undergrad and seminary my favorite moments were having discussions about a book of the Bible as we studied it together. I would glean as much as I could and was entirely grateful to sit under great profs. Listening to this podcast is like being back in a room with a great professor, and chatting through issues and books of the Bible (currently listening through the Romans series and it’s wonderful).
I’ve been listening to Tim’s perspective on Mark. It’s very thoughtful and engaging.