Many of us struggle when it comes to reading our Bibles.
Whether from boredom, disinterest, or just plain distraction, our attempts to crack open our Bibles and hope for answers has fallen short over and over again. We want to know God. We really do. But reading our Bibles often feels more like an obligation than an opportunity to encounter the Living God.
Yet as one surveys the scriptures, over and over, the word of God was not information to understand, or doctrines to believe. The word of God was and still is an invitation to encounter. Like Moses who sees a bush burning with flames that wouldn’t go out. Like Jeremiah who feels the burning in his chest, of a word that he must speak. Like the disciples with Jesus on the road to Emmaus, who reflected, “Were not our hearts burning within us as he opened up the Scriptures to us?”
What if the Bible is actually a burning word, where you were invited to bring the most urgent and pressing questions of your life and discover in your search, a reply from the living God?
The Burning Word is a podcast hosted by John Perrine that invites you to return to the Word. Each series of the podcast will explore a book of the Bible with a burning question, and that offers an opportunity to encounter the living God in his Word again.
Listen To go deeper in your bible study. To encounter God again. And to apply ancient truths to your life.
Vocations, Politics, and the Return of the King
In the final episode in our study of Revelation and the politics of Jesus, we’re looking at the end of the whole Bible: Revelation 20-22. We're going to tackle the stick question of the millennium, we'll return again to Augustine's city of God and we'll explore why its so important that we will one day reign with Christ. Does our work really matter? Is heaven connected in any way to the politics we live on earth? This glorious finale reminds us that where the Bible closes, eternal life only begins, and we will reflect on what heaven means for us here and now, all in "Vocations, Politics and the Return of the King."
We hope you've enjoyed this series with us, be sure to check out our companion study, available at www.burningwordpodcast.com.
The Table of Revolution
In our eighth episode in our study of Revelation and the politics of Jesus, we’re going to look at Revelation 19, where John will depict the wedding feast of the lamb. We have now finally turned to feasting and celebration in the victory of the politics of Jesus (though as with much of Revelation, judgement will still flow). Which will lead us to an interesting conversation on Communion (or the Lord's Supper or the Eucharist depending on your tradition) and politics. Does communion signify our allegiances? Does it offer us a foretaste of what we're told in Revelation is coming? And how might the practice of Communion shape our politics in the present? Join us as we explore the Politics of Jesus in our study of Revelation, and be sure to check out our digital companion bible study, available at www.burningwordpodcast.com
Singing the Song of Prophetic Lament
In our seventh episode in our study of Revelation and the politics of Jesus, we’re going to look at Revelation 16-18, where John will depict the final seven judgements of the bowls, the vision of the harlot and will overhear the funeral song of the great city of Babylon. This section of Revelation draws to a close the outpouring of God's judgement, and offers us an opportunity to reflect on the role of prophetic lament, in grieving what Babylon had become, while still entrusting ourselves to the greater goodness of God. We're going to continue talking about race, abortion, and how the politics of Jesus sometimes confronts a world that is broken, with the haunting refrain of a song; the song of prophetic lament. Join us as we explore the Politics of Jesus in our study of Revelation, and be sure to check out our digital companion bible study, available at www.burningwordpodcast.com
Prayer, Protests, and the Politics of Fear
In our sixth episode in our study of Revelation and the politics of Jesus, we’re going to to look at Revelation 12-15, where John describes the eye-widening account of the Woman, the Dragon, the Beast, and the bowls. What could such a story possibly say to our politics today? We'll be making the case this episode that far from disappear, myths are around to stay. They shape the movies that Hollywood makes and the ideals our politicians describe to us. In fact, all politics are story based, offering their parties myth about how the world will be saved when they gain power. Yet what if the story John tells us in Revelation 12-15 is not just another myth, but the true story? And what if part of our calling, to follow the politics of Jesus, looks like proclaiming the good news of the true story of Jesus to the world? Join us as we explore the Politics of Jesus in our study of Revelation, and be sure to check out our digital companion bible study, available at www.burningwordpodcast.com
Prayer, Protests, and the Politics of Fear
In our fifth episode on Revelation and the Politics of Jesus, we're going to look at what Charles Taylor calls the "age of anxiety" and how we are motivated, and at times even controlled by the politics of fear. How are Christians call to respond to such politics? What does it look like to both trust God and protest the injustices around us? As we open up Revelation 8-11, we're to find that prayer and protesting brings together the prayer of the saints gather around the thrones, the seven trumpets, and the two witnesses, that culminates in a powerful practice we can share in today, as we each seek to live the politics of Jesus in our cities and communities.
Be sure to check out our companion bible study, available at our website: www.burningwordpodcast.com
Forgiveness and Non-Retaliation in a Partisan World
In our fourth episode of our study of Revelation, we're going to look at Revelation 6-8 as begin to get into some of the bizarre and contested texts on judgement. Yet the question of judgement, leads us to God's vision for his people. What does it mean to hold these texts, while living in our highly contested partisan world of politics? How do we navigate the constant assaults, character assassinations, virtue signaling and cancel culture that accompanies our present political discourse? Do these texts of judgement offer us any vision of guidance for the people of God to follow the politics of Jesus in a highly contested partisan world? While these images may seem strange, they open our eyes to the world God is forming, intervening with, and redirecting, even as they cause us to pause over how we interact with our perceived enemies in this world. Check out our companion study available at www.burningwordpodcast.com/store and journey with us as we continue Revelation and the Politics of Jesus.
Biblical, culturally relevant and therapeutically engaging
Such a refreshing approach to scripture that gets at the heart of why so many millennial Christians and others struggle to engage the Word. The Job study is just excellent - an extended engagement with suffering and pain in a container of faith that doesn’t flinch from hard questions.
Love listening to The Burning Word. Really insightful exploration of Scripture and its application. Highly recommend.