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Talmidim: Living Into The Story of Jesus

Talmidim: Living Into The Story of Jesus

By Rob Touchstone
Talmidim is Hebrew for "disciples." This podcast is a discipleship journey into the story of Jesus with the gospel of Luke and the Holy Spirit as our guide. This is an invitation to watch what Jesus does, to hear what he teaches, and to seek to be like him. I believe you'll be inspired by who he loves and how he loves as he stretches our own capacity to love. I also believe this story of Jesus can invite you into hope. Not by pointing you to an other-worldly spirituality but by receiving what Jesus offers here and near. Come join the journey. All are welcome. Always.
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My Talmidim Trajectory Part 1
Welcome to Season 2 of Talmidim! I'm excited to resume the journey in this episode by telling a little of my story. You'll hear me begin to trace a trajectory from childhood through college of how the story of Jesus was being revealed to me in my early discipleship journey.
June 14, 2021
Bonus Episode: Election Day Short Take
If you're feeling anxiety on this Election Day I hope these words can encourage you and offer you hope. This bonus episode concludes Season 1 of the Talmidim podcast. Look for season 2 coming in May 2021!
November 3, 2020
16. Listen (Luke 9:28-62)
Jesus invites 3 of his disciples into a mountaintop experience where he will listen and teach them to do the same. Meanwhile, we listen in on the failures of disciples to reach their true potential and to grasp what it means to follow Jesus. This episode concludes Season 1 of the Talmidim podcast. Look for season 2 coming in May 2021!
October 2, 2020
15. Who Do YOU Say I Am? (Luke 9:18-27)
Jesus takes his disciples to an unlikely place and asks them two very important questions. Who do the crowds say I am? Who do you say I am? Both are important. But the second question changed their lives forever. It just might do the same for us today. 
September 4, 2020
14. S'mikah For The Sake Of The World (Luke 9:1-17)
Jesus sends out his disciples by stripping away what they think they need in order to give them what they truly need. But not just for themselves. For the sake of the world.
August 15, 2020
13. Two Daughters & Twelve Years (Luke 8:40-56)
A twelve year old girl on the verge of death. A woman who has been sick for twelve years. Jesus brings life to both. And restores their role in His story as beloved daughters.
July 31, 2020
12. The Other Side (Luke 8:16-39)
Before meeting Jesus the first disciples never dared to venture to the "other side" of the Sea of Galilee. This is a Jesus who not only loves those on the margins but invites the marginalized to play a vital role in his story. If you find yourself on the margins, this message is for you. If you need courage to go with Jesus to the margins, you just might find it here.
July 20, 2020
11. Cultivate (Luke 8:1-15)
Jesus says our hearts are like a field.  God provides the seed and produces the growth. In the midst of rocks and thorns, what is our role? Cultivate. 
July 15, 2020
10. Amazing Faith (Luke 7)
Have you ever noticed what seems to impress Jesus most? Faith. Faith that transcends logic or circumstances. Luke 7 offers us an incredible glimpse of faith from 4 very different perspectives. A Roman centurion. A widow. John the Baptist from his jail cell. And a woman who is simply described as having lived a "sinful life." What do they all have in common? Amazing faith.
July 13, 2020
Flash Forward Bonus Episode: Rising Son (The Story of Barabbas)
For this "flash forward" bonus episode I have written a short fictional monologue to help us enter the story of Jesus from what might strangely feel like both a very different perspective and yet a very familiar one. It is the story of Barabbas. In a continued season of challenge, may you discover hope through a man we know very little about who stood on trial next to Jesus. As you listen, it will be helpful to know that the Hebrew word “bar” means son and “abba” means father. Maybe on a Sunday sunrise Barabbas (son of a father) can help us discover bar Abba (Son of Father God) as the Son rises.
July 7, 2020
9. Right-Side Up (Luke 6)
The kingdom ethic that Jesus offers in Luke 6 turns the religious order upside down. What kind of ethic would ask us to love our enemies? To lend to those who can't repay us? To see what we think on the surface is a blessing as actually being a potential "woe." This ethic was shocking then. It is equally shocking today. What would happen if followers of Jesus actually embraced it? Maybe this upside down ethic would help turn the world right-side up. 
July 7, 2020
8. Net Work (Luke 5)
A paralyzed man is lowered through a roof and a net is lowered into a lake and both are symbols of what Jesus has come to do in turning the world right-side up.
July 3, 2020
7. Jubilee (Luke 4:14-44)
Note: Somehow this episode got lost! It was recorded back in July as the second part of Luke 4 but did not make its way to an episode. I just discovered. Better late than never! In this vital part of the narrative Jesus  travels to his hometown of Nazareth where he pulls back the veil on his Messiahship by declaring Jubilee in the synagogue. It’s good news for ALL!  Or was it? 
July 2, 2020
6. Wilderness (Luke 4:1-13)
The Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness where he overcomes temptation. A deeper contextual look just might surprise us when we see what and how Jesus is resisting. 
June 29, 2020
5. Engage (Luke 3)
John has a message in the wilderness to prepare the way for Jesus.  The Spirit hovers. God speaks. New creation bursts forth.
June 28, 2020
4. Arrival (Luke 1:46-2:52)
Listen to the songs of Mary and Zechariah and witness the story of God arriving with skin in the game.
June 26, 2020
3. On Speaking Terms (Luke 1:1-45)
In this episode we begin our dive into the Gospel of Luke as God speaks hope to Israel.
June 24, 2020
2. Roots and Rabbis
To best understand the story of Jesus we begin with an understanding of his Hebrew roots, Jewish context, rabbinic school system,  the rabbi/disciple model, and the teaching methods of rabbis.
June 24, 2020
1. Hagah - Welcome to Talmidim!
Welcome to the first episode of the brand new Talmidim Podcast!
June 7, 2020