20 episodes

Jason Kirk, Emily Kirk, and friends are finding the Bible is so much better and weirder than we were taught as church kids.

Story by story, we're having fun learning history, religion, literature, mythology, and the amazingly weird stuff. All are welcome! Perfect five-star rating on Apple Podcasts!

Contact us at vacationbibleschoolpodcast@gmail.com, if you like! (Sure, it's long! Copy and paste like Matthew did the Gospel of Mark!)

Vacation Bible School Podcast Jason Kirk, Emily Kirk

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 560 Ratings

Jason Kirk, Emily Kirk, and friends are finding the Bible is so much better and weirder than we were taught as church kids.

Story by story, we're having fun learning history, religion, literature, mythology, and the amazingly weird stuff. All are welcome! Perfect five-star rating on Apple Podcasts!

Contact us at vacationbibleschoolpodcast@gmail.com, if you like! (Sure, it's long! Copy and paste like Matthew did the Gospel of Mark!)

    KING SAUL: Himbo Boss Baby vs. Dungeon Master Dick Cheney

    KING SAUL: Himbo Boss Baby vs. Dungeon Master Dick Cheney

    Samuel 7-16!


    The Bible contains a LOT of genres. Uh-oh, you're now in the middle of a Machiavellian historical novel about Derek Zoolander! 
    Time for our regular installment of Which Part Of This Story Will White Christian Americans Try To Contort Into Propaganda For White Christian America? 
    Does this episode include weird math, exaggerated war stuff, confusing prophet behavior, confusing food rules, weird animal stuff, baffling arguments, the total eradication of tribes clearly not eradicated, and women hanging out by a well? It's a Bible episode, so duh! 
    Know how you've been told you have to believe the Bible is perfect, inerrant, and handed down directly from God? Well, we recently dug some of this section's missing portions out of the ground, and half the translations disagree on how old its protagonist is, so maybe not! 
    Samuel is the ... ... ... ... ... ... good guy in this story? Really? 
    Meet David, simultaneously a humble Cinderella boy and a breathtaking Mary Sue warrior-poet! 

    As always, thank you for listening! You can support this show on Patreon for bonus episodes and stuff, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram!

    • 56 min
    SAMUEL: "The Messiah" and the golden hemorrhoid rats

    SAMUEL: "The Messiah" and the golden hemorrhoid rats

    We're entering a whole new chunk of the Bible, and it might be a surprise chunk!


    Why we're now in Samuel instead of Ruth, the book that's up next according to Christian Bibles! 
    Yet another barren womb! As always, when the Bible reuses a story, the variations are everything! 
    The Bible's first usage of "the messiah" is a fine time to talk about how poorly the average Christian understands the old, complex, ever-evolving concept! 
    Meet the original Typical Preacher's Kids! 
    A war catastrophe leads to the Philistines capturing the Ark of the Covenant, which goes very terribly for the Philistines' g******s! 

    If you like this show, please give us a review on your podcast app, follow us on Twitter and/or Instagram, and consider giving us $1/month via Patreon (or $5.77 for bonus episodes, Discord membership, a sticker, and stuff).

    • 48 min
    JUDGES: Righteous invasion of Ehud (with Jon Bois)

    JUDGES: Righteous invasion of Ehud (with Jon Bois)

    It's time to bring on the internet's beloved Jon Bois to discuss:


    The Bible's best story book so far, if you have the non-exploding stomach for it: Judges.
    Meet Ehud, the left-handed sphincter-bursting assassin!
    Homeschool middle school during the end of the world!
    Christian culture stuff like Carman, MxPx, Five Iron Frenzy, James Dobson, Amy Grant, Creed, DC Talk, and comic Bibles!
    Plus Samson, Delilah, Gideon, Deborah, and more Judges stories that get mangled in Sunday school!
    Intro song: "Don't Save Me" by Haim. 

    Ratings and reviews on Apple Podcasts are highly appreciated, and you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We also have a Patreon with bonus episodes, a Discord, and stuff, plus a $1 support option.

    • 2 hr 3 min
    JOSHUA: Jericho was an inside job

    JOSHUA: Jericho was an inside job

    WAR DADS AND LADY WAR DADS ASSEMBLE. It's a new Bible section! 


    Joshua is the dude version of LIVE LAUGH LOVE, but also somehow the most feminist book yet. 
    Rahab, the Bible character whose job is most ignored by church, and also a military mastermind. 
    THE WALLS OF JERICHO: pretty cool, but mostly for reasons besides those made up by Sunday school, Carman, and Joel Osteen. 
    How can believers explain this awful book of murder being in the Bible? There's actually a pretty simple way! 
    What we're talking about when we talk about "history in the Bible." 
    And setting up the map for three more books of general Game of Thrones behavior! 

    As always, support for this program is greatly appreciated on Patreon, you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and please consider leaving a review on the podcast app of your choice! 

    • 57 min
    DEUUUTERONOMY: Actually super important and mostly really good??

    DEUUUTERONOMY: Actually super important and mostly really good??

    The final book of the Torah, the one we NEVER talked about in church, actually ... kinda rules at times? 
    In the story, at the edge of Canaan, Moses reframes everything that's happened to this point, retconning the horrors of Numbers and synthesizing the Bible's competing God ideas into one coherent theology that more or less works for everyone on earth (except the despicable Jebusites). 
    Upgraded lore, now including IRON GHOST GIANTS (and way less murder). 
    Talmud rabbis vs. Oprah's collected life advice: who ya got? 
    You want some more weird penis rules? Say less. 
    God and Moses perform their finale duet, VeggieTales-style. 
    There are patriarchal parts that really suck, because this was written ~2,600 years ago by a guy with specific bad ideas, and we'll try to talk context. 
    But for the most part, this is the most coherent and best-written book of the Bible so far. It's also possibly just about the most historically important book in the entire Bible. Yep!  
    Thank you to scholar friends Brad Haggard, Mike Altman, and Jason Smith for taking a look at our notes. Any errors are the fault of Jason (host Jason, not Smith Jason) and nobody else. 
    Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, maybe send us a dollar or few on Patreon (with monthly Discord book club, bonus episodes, and a sticker for offer).

    • 1 hr 25 min
    NUMBERS: Maybe the Bible's worst book!

    NUMBERS: Maybe the Bible's worst book!

    The fourth book of the Bible! As always, remember the Bible has been written, edited, and interpreted by LOTS of people, and we're under no obligation to treat its angriest voices as definitive of the entire thing. 


    The actual story resumes! Things are finally happening! 
    Numbers gives us phrases like "wandering in the wilderness," "land of milk and honey," and "eww girls have cooties!" 
    There's a reason Sunday school teachers steer WAY clear of all Numbers content besides Talking Donkey and Brave Caleb. Meanwhile, other Christians have used Numbers to justify all sorts of horrendous things! 
    Aaron asks God the most pertinent question Aaron could ever ask God! 
    Mommy God and Daddy Moses are fighting again, the Israelites are constantly griping about needing luxuries like food and water, and this is the worst road trip ever! 
    This is a Miriam stan podcast! 

    And your support is very appreciated on Twitter, Instagram, and Patreon!

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
560 Ratings

560 Ratings

HollywoodBeachBuddha ,

Incredible!

The alpha and omega of podcasts!

sticksportsball ,

A+ excellent podcast

Relatable, funny, and interesting podcast. The Kirk’s make an honest, good-faith effort to breakdown what the Bible actually says, which is informative regardless of what you believe. Best part may actually be when they bring guests on to talk about their experiences with faith. 10/10

Johnnytsuo ,

Mid

1 Star just cuz this fool steals tweets

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