Two nerds who love the Bible, yet struggle to reconcile it with real life. This isn’t the typical Christian podcast. We are believers who welcome theological challenges because we believe they strengthen our faith. We like to think of the Bible and the Good News of Jesus in a way that brings out its validity in our daily lives. You don’t have to be a believer to listen. We welcome different perspectives, and we seek to be respectful of different points of view. Welcome!
Each of the four gospel accounts include the centurion in the account of the crucifixion of Jesus. In each account, this centurion has a moment when he realizes that Jesus is no ordinary man. But, what causes this change? Let's explore.
This is perhaps the most personal of all the episodes of the Skeptic Disciple Podcast for both of us. We discuss what our personal views are on the miraculous and more supernatural aspects of faith. As you know, we delve deep into scripture and as burning questions that may sometimes make us uncomfortable. But, in this episode we ask how thinking critically about the Bible affects our faith. We want to share with you were we currently stand in our faith in Jesus Christ.
JPL Engineer Juan Gonzalez talks to us about his work on the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover and his personal integration of faith and science. You can learn more about the Mars 2020 mission at https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/ and more about his and his wife's coffee endeavor to bring farm-direct coffee to the Los Angeles area at www.cafejuayua.com We will be sharing more information on our Instagram page at www.instagram.com/skepticdisciplepodcast SkepticDisciplePodcast.
The Bible contains both the commandment not to kill AND consequences for the breaking of certain commandments that end in the death penalty. So how do we navigate this apparent contradiction? What is justifiable?
2020 has been a challenging year for most (if not all) of us. And, as we look forward to the new year it can be difficult to feel positive. But, I hope this meditation can give us some insight into the things that truly matter.
In this episode we discuss the third and fourth commandments as written in Exodus 20.
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In this episode we discuss the giving of the 10 Commandments as described in Exodus 20, with emphasis on the first two commands. Artwork: Moses and Aaron with the Tablets of the Law
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We discuss the importance of the Bible, it's human nature via divine inspiration, the importance of moving onward to follow Jesus. What is it to say something is inspired? What is inspired language? Can we allow the word to lead us to follow the Living Word: Jesus Christ. Join us a we take a deep dive into all things faith and believe. As we prepare to celebrate the Advent AKA Christmas AKA the arrival of God on Earth and the beginning of the Kingdom of God/Heaven. Please listen to "Crossing the Sea of Interpretation" before listening to this episode of the Skeptic Disciple Podcase.
Music by Scott Holmes Music, "We Were Dreamers."
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Was the Red Sea really split in two in Exodus, or was it a different body of water? What can we learn from inconsistencies in interpretation? Why do we struggle to maintain the belief in the infallibility of the Bible, and where did this belief come from? In this episode we take on protestant history and Biblical interpretation as we currently understand it. We flesh out what it means to be a progressive believer in today's context. Join us in our continued journey of faith as we continue to dig into the Bible together.
A conversation about Exodus, the Red Sea Crossing, a song, and Jonah? This and more on this episode of Skeptic Disciple!
Brian found Midrash references at http://rorycooney.blogspot.com/2013/03/my-creations-are-drowning-and-you-are.html
Exodus 1 // How did we get here, what happened to cause a drastic change in attitude toward foreigners in Egypt that would cause Pharaoh to enslave the Hebrews. Political changes, attitude changes, and the question: Where is God when injustice strikes? All this and more in this episode of the Skeptic Disciple Podcast.
Jacob wrestles God, asks a question, doesn't get an answer, begs for blessing and receives it, limps away with a dislocated hip. We've mentioned this story often in our wrestling with scripture, faith, and yes--even God.
Bonus Episode! IG LIve Interview with Dondeez - Co-Host of the Urban Prophets Podcast. Recorded August 13, 2020. Listen in on a conversation around what the background and intent is behind the Skeptic Disciple Podcast.
Why does God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son? Is God really the kind of God that would ask us to sacrifice human life? This story has been a source of debate and made many uncomfortable. But, what if there's more to it that we're missing? Join us in this episode as we discuss more on this controversial story.
Have you ever taken a leap-of-faith? Moving to another city, or country to pursue your calling? Abram’s response to God’s call carries an element of faith that few of us have even in people we know. We often speak of the promises of God as a motivation for Abram’s actions, but the story seems to say that there is much more to the Abram-God relationship. Perhaps, there’s something there for us to learn from.
Genesis 10 & 11 // The Tower of Babel
After the flood, a huge city construction takes place and God interrupts it by confusing their language. Sounds strange enough? Well, what if we told you that Babel is present throughout the Biblical narrative and that its something you and I continue to deal with today? Intriguing enough? Well, join us on this week's episode of the Skeptic Disciple Podcast.
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Noah & The Flood: A Global Catastrophe. What can an atheist director tell us about the story, and what does it have to do with our faith? Is the Global Climate Crisis something we should be mobilizing to avoid? Can we become more like the humans that God intended in creation by caring for and protecting our environment? Do these things distract the church from its mission to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ? This episode is a spin-off of our last one, and we hope to engage you in conversation. Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at: Skeptic Disciple.
Genesis 6&7 // The story of Noah and The Flood is fascinating, but also a bit fantastical. Imagine building an ark to fit your family and countless pets in order to survive a catastrophic flood. In this episode we discuss the story of Noah with attention on a similar Ancient Mesopotamian story "The Epic of Gilgamesh." Could it be that the Biblical account was influenced by this ancient Mesopotamian epic, and if so how does that affect our faith? This and more in this episode of the Skeptic Disciple Podcast.
We know: we're weird. How can we believe in the gospel and still question scripture? Well, we hope this short episode helps answer that question. Although challenging, we hope not to be a stumbling block to your faith. In fact, this is a call to a faithful following of the teachings and belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will be recording our next episode soon. We have the story of Noah and the flood coming up soon. You can bet it'll be interesting.
Genesis 3 // Talking Snakes
A talking snake tempts the first humans to take fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil. But, have we perhaps simplified this story more than we should? Here we discuss the continual struggle within each of us that this story alludes to. We discuss current events, and we tackle questions of how followers of Jesus are called to live out God's will on earth--just as it is in heaven. Listen to learn more!
Creation (Genesis 1) is a controversial topic because we bring our modern day scientific questions to it. But, what happens if we try to view it from a non-scientific perspective. Can we gain a better understanding of God and if humanity? Can we better engage issues of racism and abuse of the earth by reading the creation story with a fresh set of eyes? Listen and learn more. Visit our website at anchor.fm/bh52 to leave a message or comment. We’re excited to hear from you!