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Skeptic Disciple

Skeptic Disciple

By B&H
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!
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The Cross & The Centurion
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.
11:09
March 18, 2021
Faith & The Supernatural
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. 
50:10
March 17, 2021
The Kingdom & The Treadmill
Have you ever wondered why permanent happiness seems unattainable? And, what about good works and their relation to the life of faith? This is both a reflection and a call to action. 
11:53
March 17, 2021
Faith & Perseverance on Mars
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. 
54:46
March 8, 2021
You Shall Not Kill: The Commandments Pt. 4
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?
52:29
January 23, 2021
A Meditation on Psalm 14: How Do We Manage this?
Bonus Episode: A meditation on Psalm 14 amidst the chaotic background of the first few weeks of 2021. Ancient psalms reflect modern feelings that you and I may be currently experiencing.
09:25
January 14, 2021
Honor Your Father & Mother: The Commandments Pt. 3
Many of us are familiar with this commandment, but it seems we don't all interpret it the same way. How does the parent-child relationship affect the way we perceive God? 
01:01:19
January 9, 2021
A New Year Meditation
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.
08:25
December 31, 2020
The Name & Day: The Commandments Pt. 2
In this episode we discuss the third and fourth commandments as written in Exodus 20.  Instagram: SkepticDisciple Twitter: DiscipleSkeptic Intermission Music by Tab_AURC found at: https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tab__AURC/AlgoRhythms_LP/12_-_Tab_-_Intermission_B
01:12:03
December 24, 2020
No Other Gods: The Commandments Pt.1
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 unknown artist Jewish Museum London
01:05:37
December 21, 2020
The Witness to the Living Word
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." Royalty free music at https://freemusicarchive.org/
01:06:01
December 12, 2020
Crossing the Sea of Interpretation
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. 
01:07:26
November 23, 2020
Pharaoh Did What?
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
53:40
October 26, 2020
Hidden in Plain Sight
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.
41:06
September 27, 2020
The One Where We Try Something New
Today, we read through scripture in a short episode that is more "devotional" than "critical reading" of the Bible. Thanks for joining and feel free to leave feedback! 
16:46
August 29, 2020
The Struggle is Real
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. 
01:12:18
August 28, 2020
IG Live Interview with Dondeez
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. 
01:10:04
August 21, 2020
Abraham & Isaac: We'll Be Back
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. 
58:48
August 20, 2020
Abram: Gets Called Out
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.
30:48
August 4, 2020
Quit Babbling
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.  Background music by Ketsa, titled: Dusty Hills, found on Freemusicarchive.org.
52:27
July 28, 2020
Noah Fence Part 2: A Climate Catastrophe
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. 
36:55
July 17, 2020
Noah Fence
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. 
48:14
July 15, 2020
Jesus, Scripture, and You
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. 
18:45
July 8, 2020
Talking Snakes
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!
48:19
June 22, 2020
Splitting an Adam - Genesis 2
Genesis 2 // Creation version 2:  Contradictions, Humans, Sex, Gender and Orientation. Do we even recognize the humanity in each other? 
01:02:26
June 9, 2020
Start Here!
The reason for this podcast: to come to a better understanding of who God is, and not to attack your long held beliefs. Is certainty the opposite of faith?
26:49
June 2, 2020
Creation and the Modern World
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!
27:53
June 1, 2020