In this episode, I continue my "mini-series" on the book of Revelation by looking at the well-known theological idea known as the Rapture. By looking at it Biblically, historically, and even linguistically (more fun than it sounds!), we see if this concept is consistent with the Biblical narrative and if there might be something else going on in these passages.
In this episode, we discuss apocalyptic literature, a popular but frequently misunderstood genre in the Bible. We specifically look at the most famous apocalyptic Biblical book of Revelation and what exactly it is trying to communicate. It turns out that rather than being a prediction of future events, Revelation is meant to help us understand the true nature of all things in all times and challenge us to choose what we engage wisely. We cover everything from Wall-E to "apocalyptic" shows like The Walking Dead to bring some clarity to this amazing book.
In this episode, I look at the story of the Tower of Babel found in Genesis 11. It's a story I had always understood as ending with a punishment but more recently have come to understand as one of God's greatest blessings. It turns out that God's confusing of the languages helped us down the path toward worldwide diversity, something that is often a source of tension and fear in the world today, but actually holds within it the power for amazing creativity and beauty.
In this episode, I am joined by Cyndi Parker. Cyndi is a professor in both the United States and Israel and she has deeply impacted the way I read and understand the Bible. She taught me that Geography matters! It’s a character in all of our stories and often plays a significant role in the Biblical text. In our conversation, we discuss geography, both ancient and modern, and the significant impact it has on interpreting Scripture and understanding what is going on in the Middle East today. You can find Cyndi at www.narrativeofplace.com!
In this episode, I am joined by Dawn Bulchandani. Dawn is a professor and author who I met because of a book she wrote about a man named Jihad Ramadan. I met Jihad when visiting a refugee camp in Palestine and his story has always stuck with me. When I found out that Dawn had known Jihad for years and then written a book about his life, I knew she could offer some fascinating insights into blowing up boxes. In this episode, we discuss Israel and Palestine, resistance, forgiveness, and the possibility of offering someone flowers. You can find Dawn's books Grass, Trees, Sunshine and Driving Through Walls: My Supernatural Journey of Hope on Amazon and soon she will release a course called Hello Islam online! Make sure to check them out!
In this episode, I am joined by Seth Taylor, the author of the book Feels Like Redemption. Seth shares his journey from pornography addiction into true freedom and why his journey is so different from what is often taught about addiction and the path to life. While the discussion begins with pornography, the stories and insights he shares apply not just to addiction but to being free in all areas of life. Discussing everything from challenging our belief systems and the importance of paying attention to our emotions and what our bodies are telling us, to the Holy Spirit and how to find true freedom, Seth definitely blows up some boxes. You can find out more about Seth at https://mypilgrimage.com and http://www.sethalantaylor.com.
In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Bob Ekblad. Bob is a professor, pastor, missionary, author, and much more. He has extensive experience ministering to people on the margins, including prisoners both in the Unites States and abroad. In this episode we talk about his new book, his work with MS-13 prisoners, and discuss the question of whether or not sin separates us from God. Bob has deeply influenced the way I minister as well as how I interact with Scripture so I am thrilled to get to share this conversation with you. You can find more about Bob by searching for his books on Amazon, as well as at http://www.bobekblad.com and http://www.tierra-nueva.org. I hope you enjoy this episode!
In this episode, I explore Genesis chapters 1 & 2, the Big Bang Theory, and the truth located in both. Science and Scripture have often been understood to be at odds with one another but I believe that they can both be trusted and act as sources of truth about life and God without contradicting one another. Maybe it's time we blow up the box that says there is a battle going on between Scripture and science.
In this episode, I dive into what I call the art of non-apologetics, defending the faith by not defending the faith. I look at our call to live as witnesses with a testimony rather than defense or prosecuting attorneys. God and the world don’t need defendants trying to debate people into belief or convince people of God’s existence with persuasive arguments, but faithful witnesses to love and truth. I share my own journey from apologetics into non-apologetics and how a it's meant a lot less anxiety and a lot more freedom.
In this episode, I am joined by Rick Reynolds, the Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch in Seattle, Washington. Operation Nightwatch is a great organization that works with the homeless across the city. They do everything from low income senior housing and street ministry to a Dispatch Center that helps get men and women a meal and a safe place to sleep. Rick has worked for Operation Nightwatch for over 20 years and has some amazing stories and insights that can both challenge and encourge us as we look to blow up some boxes. He even shares my favorite story about a man named Ronnie. Enjoy! You can find out more about Operation Nightwatch at www.seattlenightwatch.org.