Where intellectual integrity meets an honest quest for faith. Humorous and sincere, this is one pastor's attempt at late-night-level honesty about the Bible, church history, theological scholarship, spiritual practice and...God. And how it might just turn out that love is the name of the game.
Origin Stories - Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 17
Does the 21st century nation state of Peru play an essential role in salvation history? Short answer: Of course not. God loves Peruvians! But Peru the cultural/political body is not critical to the plan redemption. So why do many American Christians suspect that the US, as a nation (or a cultural dimension of the nation), is a divinely ordained actor on the stage of cosmic salvation? The (mistaken) answer is located deep in both church and American history, and needs to be corrected for the health of both.
Admitting the Problem (of Sin) - Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 16
How do I, as a white, well-educated, heterosexual, Protestant, cis male, who would never knowingly sanction racism of any sort, reflect on "systemic racism"? For those of us who try hard to be good people (defined in no small part by being not-racist), the phrase can spark a reflexive defensiveness ("Not me!"). Yet the enduring effects of racism are clear... So how do I think about my part in the "system"? Might I be an unwitting participant in oppression? Can I ask myself the question? And what if yes...?
On Love, Hope and Change - Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 15
Hope is the belief that things can change for the better. And it is the question the gospel persistently sets before us: Are we naive in thinking that meaningful transformation is possible? And more naive still to believe that love is the means by which such transformation occurs? In this episode we look at the story of Nicodemus, a Pharisee confronted with Jesus's insistence that he be "born again from above" - that is to say: to surrender what he thinks he knows, and let God show him what love can do.
What God Wants? Justice, Mercy and Humility! - Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 14
"How does one appease a deity? Gain a favor? Avert a curse?" Such questions stood at the center of Ancient Near Eastern religion (and of many cultures since...). And thus great effort has been dedicated to rituals and ceremonies and strict adherence to divine instructions. So what does the God of Israel want from his people? What are our instructions? (And is our purpose to gain a blessing or escape a punishment??) In this episode we turn to the OT prophet Micah's succinct articulation of God's answer.
Jesus and Divine Justice - Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 13
As those called to share in God's project of restoration, justice is at the heart of our work. But what does the Bible mean by "justice"? The term easily conjures feelings and images not shalom (peace), but punishment - that divine justice is defined by the reward of the righteous and the proper condemnation of the wicked. (This is where much of the "law and order" language we hear in connection to politics arises!) But a closer look reveals God's concern is not judgment but compassion.
Hope and Vision - Hope in the Time of COVID, Part 12
Essential to the life of faith is recognizing that hope is rooted in reality, in what is actually possible. The gospel has no room for fairy tales or wishful thinking, only for what can be accomplished in this time and place. And thus the work of maturity is to expand our vision for what is possible with God (short answer: healing, peace and restoration). The difference is subtle, but critical. In a world that is hurting deeply, the way forward is to see - as best we can - the world through Jesus's eyes.
Love this Podcast!!!
I recently found this podcast, just looking for something to fill my day with scripture & biblical history & Kirk does an amazing job at describing the scriptures and the context behind it! The background he does to help us understand what the scripture is saying and why it is included in the Bible! Again I love this so much!!!!
Strong emphasis on political correctness. Includes liberal propaganda
Such a fresh and informative podcast
I have really enjoyed these podcast as they have helped me understand so much more about why things happened and what the plan for Jesus life was all about. I have listened to several more than once and plan to continue!! These help me understand God so much more and help me focus my daily life!! Great podcast.
Keep it up! Thanks for what you do. SG, Kentucky