10 episodes

The Scriptures are full of symbols, metaphors and ideas that don't make a lot of sense to our modern ears. From the evil of the oceans and living water to temples and gods, much of the language we find in the Scriptures points to a worldview very different from 21st century America. In this class, JR. Forasteros leads us to explore these ideas, examine where they influence the Scriptures. We'll also find those same ideas in popular culture today, everywhere from books and movies to philosophy and politics. We'll discover that the Scriptures truly are good news for all peoples in all times. We'll learn a bigger picture of Jesus' good news that helps us to engage our contemporary culture with love, grace and truth.

What's the Big Idea‪?‬ JR. Forasteros

    • Religion & Spirituality

The Scriptures are full of symbols, metaphors and ideas that don't make a lot of sense to our modern ears. From the evil of the oceans and living water to temples and gods, much of the language we find in the Scriptures points to a worldview very different from 21st century America. In this class, JR. Forasteros leads us to explore these ideas, examine where they influence the Scriptures. We'll also find those same ideas in popular culture today, everywhere from books and movies to philosophy and politics. We'll discover that the Scriptures truly are good news for all peoples in all times. We'll learn a bigger picture of Jesus' good news that helps us to engage our contemporary culture with love, grace and truth.

    Between the Beginning and the End

    Between the Beginning and the End

    What's the Big Idea concludes by exploring what New Creation looks like in the face of Apocalypse. We learn what it looks like to live between Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

    • 53 min
    Despair & Hope

    Despair & Hope

    How does Jesus reenact both the Exodus and the Exile? And what does that mean for those of us living in the wake of the American Dream today?

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Exodus & Exile

    Exodus & Exile

    Exodus and Exile. Beginning and End. Creation and Apocalypse. How do these two events frame and shape Israel's story?

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Jesus and the American Gods

    Jesus and the American Gods

    What does it look like to share Jesus' Table well? And what are we really tempted to worship in our culture today?

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Worship, Table, Idols

    Worship, Table, Idols

    How did sacrifices frame the worship of the ancient Israelites? The metaphor of the Table helps us understand God's desire for the lives of his people. We look at idols, other gods and who really gets all the glory.

    • 1 hr 24 min
    Jesus, Church, World

    Jesus, Church, World

    What happens to the symbol of the Temple in the New Testament? And how is talking about the Temple relevant in today's world?

    • 1 hr 18 min