Dr. Robert Wallace (Old Testament scholar) and Dr. Michael McKeever (New Testament scholar) come together in an inviting and inclusive conversation, developing a common narrative for use in Bible study and personal growth. Their passion for the subject matter, humor, and personal dynamic help the listener to engage in the material and understand how ancient texts apply to today’s culture. Welcome to the office, where the cool kids hang out and the fun never ends.
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The readings for Sunday, November 24, 2019. The three year lectionary cycle comes to an end with The Reign of Christ Sunday. Jeremiah offers some clever wordplay in Jeremiah 23. Mike offers some thoughts on the beginning and end of… Continue Reading →
The readings for November 17, 2019. Both Old Testament readings focus on the end times, and both in Isaiah. 2 Thessalonians finishes by telling folks to get to work. And Jesus focus on the end times, but not the way… Continue Reading →
“You Made It Weird”
The readings for November 10, 2019. Someone finally listens to a prophet. The psalms sorta come to an end in Ps 145. The end times are a topic in 2 Thessalonians, and another group thinks they can outsmart Jesus. Haggai… Continue Reading →
“Crowd-Sourced Speed Limit”
The readings for November 3, 2019. We read Rob’s favorite scripture in the Bible and read even more Psalm 119. Mike opens the discussion of 2 Thessalonians and challenges the traditional readings of Zacchaeus. Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Psalm 119:137-144 2… Continue Reading →
“Squirrel & Pie”
The readings for October 20, 2019. In a quick moving podcast, Rob & Mike ACTUALLY discuss Jeremiah’s “Book of Comfort.” They take a manageable bit of Psalm 119. Paul gives his last exhortations to Timothy. And a good-for-nothing judge, actually… Continue Reading →
The readings for October 13, 2019. Rob gets to talk about his favorite verses in Jeremiah. Memory is participatory in Psalm 66. Paul writes some beautiful confessions, or he copies them, we aren’t sure which. And the Samaritans maybe aren’t… Continue Reading →
Friendly, Informative, and Fun
I really enjoy listening to this podcast as I’m preparing a message. When listening to it, the informative yet conversational tone feels as if you’re in the room talking with two friends who really enjoy the topic.
There’s humor and friendship evident in this podcast which makes it so very engaging. Whether you’re a pastor looking for resources in preaching or a Sunday school teacher or just someone looking for a devotional, everyone will find something good in this podcast.
Review á la lists
Things I like about Reading in Church podcast:
regular weekly installments
Hosts who walk the fine line between warm humor and due respect for the subject matter
The format, generally, is perfect; nugget size pieces of scripture covering a variety of canonical books
Treats you can expect:
Impromptu bible jokes
Nerdy bible trivia
This podcast is not for you if:
You enjoy conspiracies or bible codes that involve lots of big charts
You can only name 3 books of the canon, and one of them is “Revelations”
You view laughter as inappropriate in sacred contexts
Serious summary: an OT scholar and an NT scholar read the four Lectionary texts and have an unscripted discussion about them. Give it a listen. If it’s for you, you’ll know pretty quickly.
Academic without being pretentious.
I'm always hesitant to listen to theology podcasts, because I catch myself getting burnt out by the hosts' personalities halfway through an episode. I don't get that with this podcast, and it's such a relief. I love their ability to admit what they don't know, and depend on one anothers' expertise. Their humility allows for a richer engagement with the text, and all listeners benefit. Well done.