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Faith Seeking Understanding

Faith Seeking Understanding

By Allan R. Bevere
A podcast dedicated to Christian faith and 21st century life. Hosted by Allan R. Bevere, pastor, professor, and self-appointed Anselm Chair of Podcast Theology and Culture, Faith Seeking Understanding University.
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Calmly Considered: Scarcity or Abundance-- Which Is Our World?
Allan Bevere and Michael Kruse discuss the matter of abundance and scarcity. Which world do we live in? How do we understand both ideas? What do the economists say? The theologians? Are we even asking the right questions?
58:20
January 19, 2022
"Gifts Given by the Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
A sermon on the diversity of spiritual gifts and the unity of the church.
17:58
January 16, 2022
“A New World Not of Our Making” (Luke 3:15-17, 21-22)
A sermon for the Baptism of the Lord
19:47
January 09, 2022
"Life-Giving Light" (John 1:1-18)
A sermon for the new year.
21:47
January 03, 2022
"You Are What You Wear" (Colossians 3:12-17)
A sermon on Christian Character.
20:05
December 28, 2021
"The Lord Is Come!" (Luke 2:1-20)
A meditation for Christmas Eve.
11:51
December 25, 2021
"Wait Upon the Lord with Gratitude" (Luke 1:67-79)
A sermon for Advent
19:46
December 19, 2021
Calmly Considered: Global Living Conditions-- Better or Worse?
In this month's episode of "Calmly Considered," Michael and Allan drill down through the evidence to shed light on the important matter of global living conditions. Is the sky falling? Is Utopia right around the corner? Is the truth somewhere in the middle? Links: https://ourworldindata.org/a-history-of-global-living-conditions-in-5-charts https://www.gapminder.org/fw/income-levels/
01:08:38
December 15, 2021
"Wait Upon the Lord with Joy" (Luke 1:39-45)
An advent sermon.
18:34
December 13, 2021
"Wait Upon the Lord with Faith" (Genesis 17:1-9)
A sermon for Advent on faith.
17:22
November 28, 2021
"A King Like No Other" (John 18:33-38)
A sermon on the Reign of Christ.
21:46
November 21, 2021
Calmly Considered: Immigration-- The Bible and Contemporary Challenges
Michael and Allan discuss the questions:  What does the Bible say about the immigrant? What is the Christian response toward immigration today?
55:33
November 18, 2021
"On End Times Weather Forecasting" (Mark 13:1-8)
A sermon on watching for the Second Coming of Christ.
20:40
November 14, 2021
"Eagerly Waiting" (Hebrews 9:24-28)
A sermon for All Saints Sunday.
13:38
November 07, 2021
Sermon Afterthoughts for 10.31.2021
Every Monday, I post an afterword of my sermon for the previous Sunday and how it relates to another Scripture reading for that day. Yesterday (October 31, 2021) my sermon text was Ruth 1:1-18 and the companion Scripture was Mark 12:28-34. Come back on Friday for my next Sermon Forethought. The sermon for 10.31.2021 can be accessed here.
10:41
November 01, 2021
"When Family Means Everything" (Ruth 1:1-18)
A sermon on a larger view of family.
25:05
October 31, 2021
Sermon Forethoughts for 10.29.2021
Every Friday, I post a preview of my sermon for Sunday and how it relates to another Scripture reading being read that day. This Sunday (October 31, 2021) my sermon text is Ruth 1:1-18 and the companion Scripture is Hebrews 9:11-14. The sermon will be published on Sunday and some sermon afterthoughts will be posted on Monday on the third reading for the week which is Mark 12:28-34. Our worship service is livestreamed every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. here, and may also be viewed at anytime.
07:07
October 29, 2021
Calmly Considered: The Church and the Ethics of Business
Michael and Allan ask the question, "Has the Church failed business people?" The discussion utilizes John C. Knapp's excellent book, How the Church Fails Businesspeople: (and what can be done about it).
59:17
October 27, 2021
Sermon Afterthoughts for 10.10.2021
Every Monday, I post an afterword of my sermon for the previous Sunday and how it relates to another Scripture reading for that day. Yesterday (October 10, 2021) my sermon text was Hebrews 4:12-16 and the companion Scripture was Mark 10:17-31. Come back on Friday for my next Sermon Forethought. The sermon for 10.10.2021 can be accessed here.
13:15
October 11, 2021
"Like a Hot Knife Through Butter" (Hebrews 4:12-16)
A sermon on the Word of God in our midst.
19:08
October 11, 2021
Sermon Forethoughts for 10.10.2021
Every Friday, I post a preview of my sermon for Sunday and how it relates to another Scripture reading being read that day. This Sunday (October 10, 2021) my sermon text is Hebrews 4:12-16 and the companion Scripture is Job 23:1-9, 16-17. The sermon will be published on Sunday and some sermon afterthoughts will be posted on Monday. Our worship service is livestreamed every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. here, and may also be viewed at anytime.
10:02
October 08, 2021
Sermon Afterthoughts for 10.03.2021
Every Monday, I post an afterword of my sermon for the previous Sunday and how it relates to another Scripture reading for that day. Yesterday (October 3, 2021) my sermon text was Mark 14:22-25 and the companion Scripture was Acts 2:43-47. Come back on Friday for my next Sermon Forethought.
14:18
October 04, 2021
"Watery Soup and Strong Coffee" (Mark 14:22-25)
A sermon for World Communion Sunday
21:23
October 03, 2021
Sermon Forethoughts for 10.03.2021
Every Friday, I post a preview of my sermon for Sunday and how it relates to another Scripture reading being read that day. This Sunday (October 3, 2021) my sermon text is Mark 14:22-25 and the companion Scripture is Deuteronomy 8:1-10. The sermon will be published on Sunday and some sermon afterthoughts will be posted on Monday.
15:56
October 01, 2021
"Praying Like Elijah" (James 5:13-20)
A sermon on prayer.
23:50
September 27, 2021
"Do You See Through a Keyhole with Both Eyes?" (Mark 9:30-37)
A sermon on seeking a larger vision.
23:36
September 19, 2021
Calmly Considered: Race in America-- History, Story, and Changing Faces
Is race the central story of America? Does American history begin in 1619 or 1776? Is racism systemic or purely an individual prejudice? Is Critical Race Theory Marxist? Michael Kruse and Allan Bevere explore these questions and others.
01:15:26
September 16, 2021
"A Song of Songs" (Song of Solomon 2:8-13)
A sermon on the loving interrelatedness of the divine and human.
24:39
August 30, 2021
"Seeing Beyond What Can Be Seen" (08.15.2021)
A sermon on vision in troubled times.
27:30
August 15, 2021
Calmly Considered: Socialism vs. Capitalism-- Getting Beyond the Memes
In this month's episode of "Calmly Considered" Michael Kruse and I discuss the complex realities of socialism and capitalism that are so often distorted by simplistic social media memes, caricatures, and politicians seeking re-election. Related Articles "Capitalism vs. Socialism is the Wrong Way to Frame Today's Economic Debate" https://www.bushcenter.org/catalyst/capitalism/streeter-reeves-capitalism-vs-socialism.html "Capitalism vs. Socialism: What's the Difference?" https://www.investopedia.com/ask/answers/020915/what-are-differences-between-capitalism-and-socialism.asp "Capitalism with Scandinavian Characteristics" https://www.startribune.com/capitalism-with-scandinavian-characteristics/505916412/
58:08
August 12, 2021
"When the Chickens Come Home to Roost" (2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a)
A sermon on sin and its consequences.
22:15
August 01, 2021
"What's Love Got to Do With It?" (2 Samuel 11:1-15)
A sermon on listening to the stories of the other.
22:16
July 25, 2021
"Peace Far Off and Near" (Ephesians 2:11-22)
A sermon on reconciliation
20:60
July 18, 2021
Calmly Considered: Economics, the New Testament, and the 21st Century
On this first installment of a new monthly series enetiled, "Calmly Considered," Allan Bevere and Michael Kruse discuss the economic context of the New Testament and how it does and does not inform our current economic world today. We also ask the questions, "Was Jesus a socialist? A Capitalist?" We utilize in our discussion a new book by Peter Oakes, Empire, Economics, and the New Testament.
01:05:46
July 08, 2021
"Flesh and Spirit" (2 Corinthians 12:2-10)
A sermon on vulnerability
22:00
July 04, 2021
A Conversation on Spiritual Maturity
An interview with Stephen W. Rankin, founder of the Spiritual Maturity Project  (https://www.spiritualmaturityproject.org/ and https://stephenrankin.com/)
47:46
June 16, 2021
"The Heart of the Matter" (1 Samuel 15:34 - 16:13)
A sermon on expectations
20:08
June 13, 2021
Monday Musings (06.07.2021)
Today's musings include reflections on freedom of the press, our dysfunctional Congress, St. Paul's resurrection glasses, and the central orientation for reading Scripture.
30:01
June 07, 2021
"Saturated with Scripture" (Leviticus 19:11-18; Romans 12:9-21; Mark 12:28-34)
A sermon for the season of Pentecost
21:15
June 07, 2021
"All the Subtlety of a Sledgehammer" (Acts 2:1-21)
A sermon for Pentecost
23:45
May 23, 2021
Monday Musings (05.17.2021)
Today's musings include the current conflict in the Middle East, the chosenness of Israel, POTUS's ability to influence the economy, and the selective telling of history.
29:15
May 17, 2021
Pithy Ponderments: Dr. Suess and Free Speech
Is the recent decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to discontinue publishing six books due to racist portrayals an example of cancel culture or is it the free market at work?
12:28
May 14, 2021
"Ascension: Not a Hallmark Holiday"
A sermon for the Ascension of Christ
20:54
May 13, 2021
"No Greater Love" John 15:9-17
A sermon for Easter season
27:43
May 09, 2021
"The Choicest Grapes" John 15:1-8 and 1 John 4:17-21
A sermon for the season of Easter
29:43
May 02, 2021
Monday Morning Musings (04.26.2021)
Today's ponderments include the Derek Chauvin verdict, either/or thinking, Cancel Culture and the First Amendment, Jesus the Good Shepherd, and Zoom meetings and human contact.
26:22
April 26, 2021
"Listen to My Voice" John 10:11-18
A sermon for the season of Easter
25:09
April 25, 2021
"Seeing Is Believing?" John 20:19-31
A sermon for Easter season
21:59
April 12, 2021
"Terror and Amazement" (Mark 16:1-8)
A sermon for Easter
30:10
April 05, 2021
"By His Wounds" (Isaiah 53:1-6)
A meditation for Good Friday (04.02.2021)
13:08
April 03, 2021
"It Is Time" (Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14 & John 13:1-17, 31b-35)
A meditation for Maundy Thursday (04.01.2021)
15:58
April 02, 2021
Monday Morning Musings (03.29.2021)
Randomly current reflections on faith and culture. Today: Georgia election law, the Suez Canal barge, Congress and executive orders, and the centrality of Holy Week.
27:25
March 29, 2021
"One Who Comes" (Mark 11:1-11)
A Sermon for Palm/Passion Sunday (03.28.2021)
23:59
March 28, 2021
Monday Morning Musings (03.22.2021)
Random Thoughts on immigration, COVID, and the theological implications of UFOs.
30:16
March 22, 2021
Dream Like Jesus
A conversation with Rebekah Simon-Peter, pastor and founder of Creating a Culture of Renewal® https://rebekahsimonpeter.com/ 
01:00:21
March 18, 2021
"Look Up and Live" (Numbers 21:4-9)
A sermon for Lent (03.14.2021)
22:44
March 15, 2021
The Bible and Today's Self-Proclaimed Prophets
An interview with Rev. Dr. Dan Hawk, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio (https://seminary.ashland.edu/).
58:44
March 11, 2021
"All These Words" (Exodus 20:1-17)
A sermon for Lent (03.07.2021)
24:31
March 07, 2021
Faith Seeking Understanding Introduction
A summary of the podcast
00:41
March 06, 2021
"Walk Before Me" (Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16)
A sermon for Lent (02.28.2021)
21:29
February 28, 2021
"This is the Sign" Genesis 9:8-17
A sermon for Lent (02.21.2021)
21:44
February 22, 2021
"Lent in Exile" Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
A Sermon for Ash Wednesday, 02.17.2021
25:01
February 15, 2021
"Blinded By the Light" 2 Corinthians 4:3-6
A Sermon for Transfiguration (02.14.2021)
27:32
February 14, 2021
Creating a Culture of Goodness in the Church
An Interview with Scot McKnight on his book, A Church Called Tov. Scot holds the Julius R. Mantey Chair of New Testament at Northern Seminary, Lisle, Illinois.
57:55
February 13, 2021
"Of Grasshoppers and Eagles" Isaiah 40:21-31
A Sermon (02.07.2021)
23:33
February 13, 2021
God Can't: Freedom and Uncontrolling Love
An Interview with Dr Thomas Jay Oord on his book, God Can’t: How to Believe in God & Love after Tragedy, Abuse & Evil. He directs a doctoral program at Northwind Theological Seminary and the Center for Open and Relational Theology.
51:29
February 13, 2021
"Disappointment with the Divine" Jonah 3:1-5, 10
A Sermon (01.24.2021)
28:00
February 13, 2021
"Living Temples" 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
A Sermon (01.17.2021)
24:46
February 13, 2021
"Holy Water" Genesis 1:1-5 & Mark 1:4-11
A Sermon (01.10.2021)
34:09
February 13, 2021
"The Pledge of Our Inheritance" Ephesians 1:3-14
A Sermon (01.03.2021)
19:57
February 13, 2021
The Church and the Need for Lament
An Interview with Dr. Dan Hawk, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio.
49:10
February 13, 2021
Racism and the Blind Spots of Prejudice
An Interview with Bishop Joey Johnson, the Organizer and Senior Pastor of The House of the Lord® Church in Akron, Ohio and the Presiding Bishop of the Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches.
46:27
February 12, 2021
The Psychology of the Conspiracy Theorist
A discussion with Dr. Lee Wetherbee, Professor of Counseling at Ashland Theological Seminary, Ashland, Ohio.
39:42
February 12, 2021