The Bible For Normal People
Episode 119: Xavier Ramey - Diversity, Social Justice, and the Gospel

Episode 119: Xavier Ramey - Diversity, Social Justice, and the Gospel

March 16, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King says “All people are caught in an Inescapable network of mutuality.” So what does that mean when it comes to the gospel, the Bible, and how we navigate racial equality? In this episode, we talk to Xavier Ramey about diversity, inclusion, and how our Christian faith impacts how we see community, organizations, and institutions today.

 

 

Episode 118: Meghan Henning - Does Hell Exist?

Episode 118: Meghan Henning - Does Hell Exist?

March 9, 2020

This week Pete & Jared talk to Meghan Henning about hell. She shares with us her knowledge of the ancient world Jesus and the New Testament writers were familiar with and how they might have understood hell. 

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Episode 117: Pete Enns - Reading the Old Testament Christotelicly

Episode 117: Pete Enns - Reading the Old Testament Christotelicly

March 2, 2020

That 50 cent word describes something many Bible readers have noticed: the way the New Testament writers quote the Old often has little to do with what the Old Testament writers were actually trying to say. Jesus was in fact a surprise development in Israel’s story, but the New Testament writers nevertheless believed Jesus to be the true purpose or goal (Greek telos) of God purposes. And that belief led them to some pretty creative interpretive adventures that Christians today are still trying to wrap their heads around.

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Episode 116: Sarah Ruden - Getting Inside the Head of Paul & Jesus

Episode 116: Sarah Ruden - Getting Inside the Head of Paul & Jesus

February 24, 2020

Translating the Bible is more than just about being woodenly accurate. We’re humans after all. In this episode, Pete and Jared talk to Sarah Ruden, who talks about using our imaginations to put ourselves in the place of the biblical writers, emotions and aesthetics and all. With a background in translating classical literature, she helps us read the Bible within a fuller context, both humanly and literarily.

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Episode 115: Alison Cook - Your Emotions Are Not Your Spiritual Enemy

Episode 115: Alison Cook - Your Emotions Are Not Your Spiritual Enemy

February 17, 2020

Sometimes it can be easy to forget the psychological ramifications of our faith. The way our faith shapes the language we use to talk about tragedies and sadnesses in our life can be life-giving or it can really mess us up. In this episode we talk to Alison Cook, an expert on the intersection of faith and psychology, about some of the ways, as Christians, our views on our emotions can be harmful and better ways to frame our feelings.

 

Episode 114: Pete and Jared - How to Read the Bible in 2020

Episode 114: Pete and Jared - How to Read the Bible in 2020

February 10, 2020

It’s hard to know where the Bible fits into our political views, our ethical stances, and how we live out life. Pete and Jared point out how many of us might be using the Bible in disrespectful and irresponsible ways as well as parsing out why we even need to bother with the Bible at all in 2020.

 

Episode 113: James Martin - The Gift of Imagination in Reading Scripture

Episode 113: James Martin - The Gift of Imagination in Reading Scripture

February 3, 2020

Christianity is diverse and so are all the ways Christians have read the Bible through the centuries. James Martin helps us understand a Jesuit practice of reading Scripture that engages both the head and heart. Also, he’s met with the Pope. So of course he has good things to say.

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Season 4 Teaser

Season 4 Teaser

January 27, 2020

Here's what's coming up in Season 4 of The Bible For Normal People podcast

Episode 112: Pete and Jared - How “How the Bible Actually Works” Works

Episode 112: Pete and Jared - How “How the Bible Actually Works” Works

December 16, 2019

Here in our last episode for Season 3, Pete & Jared take a deeper dive into Pete’s latest book and how we can further answer these questions, “What is the Bible and what do we do with it?” 

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Episode 111: Tom Oord - Uncontrolling Love of God

Episode 111: Tom Oord - Uncontrolling Love of God

December 9, 2019

This week, Pete & Jared sit down with Tom Oord and discuss the things God can and cannot do and how that affects our view of the world, the Bible, and salvation. 

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