61 episodes

Every season Hermeneutics takes on a new form. We began by learning how to speak Christian and then examined essays and sermons by Stanley Hauerwas. Now, we're exploring the Gospel of John. Simply put, on this season of Hermeneutics, you'll find three friends talking about the Gospel of John.

Hermeneutics Crackers and Grape Juice

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 31 Ratings

Every season Hermeneutics takes on a new form. We began by learning how to speak Christian and then examined essays and sermons by Stanley Hauerwas. Now, we're exploring the Gospel of John. Simply put, on this season of Hermeneutics, you'll find three friends talking about the Gospel of John.

    Episode 55 : The Wedding

    Episode 55 : The Wedding

    The ubiquity of scripture’s contrast between commands and promises, how those who want a Christianity without the Cross are stuck with inconvenient scriptures, and a picture of grace as Jesus serving the best wine for a drunk world too far gone to notice or appreciate it. The gang at Hermeneutics continues our new series through the Gospel of John by taking a look at Jesus’s first “sign,” turning water into wine.

    John 2:1-12

    • 43 min
    Episode 54 : Barely on the Ground

    Episode 54 : Barely on the Ground

    The gang continues their journey through John's Gospel by looking at part 2 of the first chapter of John.

    John 1:29-39

    • 47 min
    Episode 53 : We're All Perishing!

    Episode 53 : We're All Perishing!

    • 26 min
    Episode 52 : Christ the Cave-Dweller

    Episode 52 : Christ the Cave-Dweller

    Hermeneutics is back!

    In this newest season of Hermeneutics, we're tackling the Gospel of John, bit by bit. To kick things off we're starting at the very beginning with the Prologue.

    The Word Became Flesh
    1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

    6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[b]

    10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[c] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

    14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[d] full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) 16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son,[e] who is close to the Father’s heart,[f] who has made him known.

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    • 36 min


    The podcast has a new book! Crazy Talk: Stories Jesus Told is available in both paperback and ebook format.


    In Crazy Talk: Stories Jesus Told, you’ll find pastors doing what pastors do, which is trying to get congregations to laugh. Only professors are thirstier for giggly affirmation from students than clergy from churchgoers. No, but seriously, folks. The excellent sermons collected here walk the reader through the unrelenting message of the gospel parables: that Jesus Christ the Risen Lord is here and in charge. We, humans, are here, too, but we mess everything up. Not to mention, we cannot understand Jesus to save our lives.

    Praise for Crazy Talk: Stories Jesus Told

    “Jesus got killed for the outrageous, irresponsible, and offensive stories he told. Read Crazy Talk from the posse at the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast and you will be reminded of what it’s like to want to kill somebody because of his preaching.” - Rev. Dr. Will Willimon, United Methodist Bishop, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity

    "Like the parables of Jesus, the sermons collected here are earthy, humorous, and connect with our most hidden, secret self. Like the preaching of the prophets, they manage to afflict the comfortable, comfort the afflicted, and never sound preachy. Not since Balaam's ass has the Word of the Lord been delivered in such an entertaining package!"—The Rev. Dr. Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Professor of Systematic Theology, Saint Louis University

    “The Church has done more damage to the power of the parables than any other category of scripture. We have moralized them and purposed them for our own agendas. We have foisted them onto children and told them to "be good." We have called ourselves Good Samaritans and Eldest Brothers like a Biblically uneducated clown parade. They were never intended for any of that nonsense. The Parables are intended to be void of morality and only consumed with the agenda of Jesus, who came only to save us. Buy this book. Jason, Teer, and the other yahoos at Crackers and Grape Juice will remind you just how bizarre, compelling, and truly unfair the parables really are. Thank God.”— Rev. Sarah Condon, Churchy: The Real Life Adventures of a Wife, Mom, and Priest


    • 4 min
    Episode 51 - Zealot

    Episode 51 - Zealot

    We've made it to the end of the alphabet and instead of doing two 'Z' words, we've opted to give you 2x the conversation about 'Zealot.' Zealot is a word that has gone out of common usage but like all things ancient, this word has much to offer the us today. Buckle up because we are closing out this season of (Her)Men*You*Tics with a bit of zealously.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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Worth the listen

I came to this podcast recently, but went to the beginning and listened to all the hermeneutics episodes. Overall I found each one to spark interesting trains of thought.

I'm excited that the show has shifted to engage with Hauerwas' work, and grateful for the opportunity to engage with his thought.

John Harbaugh ,

Y’all are great

Love the podcast. Guests are amazing. But you can’t really say that you don’t use stained-glass language when you use words like “erudite.”

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Great show, but.....

I just listened to the show on theodicy. I reminded me why reformed theology seems so popular to young evangelicals and why so many evangelicals love trump. There is a certain comfort to know the God controls everything. Even if in the end it makes God worse than the devil. Sometimes people find comfort in a dictator even if they are the cause of evil.

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