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Adventures in Theology

Adventures in Theology

By Brayden Brookshier

Who says the Bible has to be boring?

Join podcast host, Brayden Brookshier, as he takes listeners into the biblical text and teaches us to learn to read the story, trust the story, and live the story of the Bible. Each episode is brief—like a devotional—but profound, thought-provoking, and full of enthusiasm!

We explore the Bible in search of timeless, life-giving truths; because, after all, there is no greater adventure than knowing the God of the Bible.

Brayden's vocation and education involve biblical research. MA (New Testament Research), Johnson University.
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#35 - Near-Death Experiences: Medically Documented Evidence for Life Beyond Death (With Dr. Gary Habermas)

Adventures in TheologyMar 05, 2020

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#104 - The Dream that Told the Course of History (Daniel 2)
Feb 16, 202311:56
#103 - When the Lighthouse Becomes a Lamp (Daniel 1)
Feb 09, 202311:54
#102 - Exciting Announcement Heading into 2023!!!
Dec 31, 202208:04
#101 - More Than a White Man's Religion (with Abdu Murray of Embracing the Truth)

#101 - More Than a White Man's Religion (with Abdu Murray of Embracing the Truth)

Abdu has been on with us before and he is back again! This time we talk about his latest book, More Than a White Man's Religion, but we especially hone in on the issue of slavery in the ancient world and how we read that in light of modern times. As always, it's a great discussion with this very intelligent Christian apologist.  Get Abdu's book: More Than a White Man's Religion: Why the Gospel Has Never Been Merely White, Male-Centered, or Just Another Religion

Follow Abdu on Instagram: @abdumurray12 or find resources on his website: embracethetruth.org

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Get my book: Flash Theology: A Visual Guide to Knowing and Enjoying God More

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Nov 29, 202233:11
#100 - More Than Conquerors Through God’s Unconquerable Love (Romans 8, Part 7)
Nov 19, 202231:46
#99 - The Way the Holy Spirit Helps Us Pray (Romans 8, Part 6)
Nov 12, 202232:02
#98 - Heirs of a New World (Romans 8, Part 5)
Nov 02, 202235:34
#97 - Something in Me Still Has to Die (Romans 8, Part 4)
Oct 29, 202237:52
#96 - Life in the Spirit (Romans 8, Part 3)
Oct 15, 202241:04
#95 - But You Are No Longer in the Flesh (Romans 8, Part 2)
Oct 12, 202227:55
#94 - Set Free from the Tyranny of Sin and of Death (Romans 8, Part 1)
Oct 06, 202238:11
#93 - A Pastor and a Priest Walk into a Bar... A Joyful, Curious, and Enlightening Conversation with a Catholic Priest (featuring Father David Michael Moses)

#93 - A Pastor and a Priest Walk into a Bar... A Joyful, Curious, and Enlightening Conversation with a Catholic Priest (featuring Father David Michael Moses)

Sep 29, 202201:00:10
#92 - Habits of the Household with Justin Whitmel Earley
Sep 22, 202240:37
#91 - Vocational Singleness, Friendships, and Equipping the Church to Love Gay People (with Pieter Valk of Equip Your Community)

#91 - Vocational Singleness, Friendships, and Equipping the Church to Love Gay People (with Pieter Valk of Equip Your Community)

The first episode back in a while and we are not messing around! I found Pieter on Instragram and have been enthralled by the awesome ministry he has been doing. Pieter is a gay Christian who is committed to a biblically traditional sexual ethic (celibacy). What makes Pieter stand out is just how compelling his life is. He is showcasing how the Church can retrieve the power of friendships and restore dignity to those who choose a life of vocational singleness. Listen in for some great insights from my new friend!

A lot of resources were referenced in this episode, see below for some links!

https://www.amazon.com/Families-Crossroads-Beyond-Tradition-Options/dp/0830816550

https://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Friendship-Finding-Celibate-Christian/dp/1587433494


Pieter's resources:

Video Article: Recognizing & Responding to Romance Idolatry Video Article: Building Committed Christian Community Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (An article about Pieter's doubt/distance from God) Reframing Our Sermons on Sexuality (Why teaching about sexual ethics shouldn't focus on marriage and sex) Video Article: Leveraging Christian Singleness Is it really better to marry than burn with desire? Jesus & Paul Taught about Lifetime Singleness Why say gay? 4-Part Series Video Article: God's Good for Gay People Video Article: Top 10 Questions in LGBT+ Ministry Video Article: 5 Strategies for Better LGBT+ Ministry

Follow me on Instagram: @braydenbrookshier

Get my book: Flash Theology: A Visual Guide to Knowing and Enjoying God More

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Sep 01, 202248:42
#90 - The Surprisingly Easy and Freeing Way to Be Humble (1 Peter, Part 7)
Apr 08, 202231:58
#89 - 3 Things Peter Teaches Us on Suffering (1 Peter, Part 6)

#89 - 3 Things Peter Teaches Us on Suffering (1 Peter, Part 6)

Peter's letter has a lot to say about suffering! In this episode we synthesize what he has to say into 3 big ideas on his perspective and how that helps us today.

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Be on the lookout for my upcoming book: "A Resurrected Cosmos."

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Mar 25, 202226:46
#88 - The Puzzle of Spirits in Prison, the Flood, and Baptism (1 Peter, Part 5)
Mar 14, 202235:24
#87 - What It Means to Be the "Royal Priesthood" (1 Peter, Part 4)
Feb 25, 202232:36
#86 - How We Misunderstand Holiness & Why It Matters (1 Peter, Part 3)
Feb 18, 202241:21
#85 - Living in the Tension of Sorrow and Joy (1 Peter, Part 2)
Feb 04, 202237:10
#84 - Reborn! (1 Peter, Part 1)
Jan 28, 202246:31
#83 - Thinking & Praying; Inhale & Exhale

#83 - Thinking & Praying; Inhale & Exhale

Another one-off episode, but with a thought I have lately through my experience and which provides a perspective on what Paul could mean by his exhortation to "pray constantly" (1 Thessalonians 5:17). 

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Nov 19, 202112:17
#82 - Desolation Or Consolation: What Are You Experiencing?
Nov 12, 202123:15
#81 - Who is My Neighbor? (Parables, Part 2)

#81 - Who is My Neighbor? (Parables, Part 2)

In this episode, we watch as someone tries to trap Jesus in a question: "Who is my neighbor?" Tune in to hear the surprising answer and what it means for us as we expand our categories of how we see humanity!

Want to know how to read the parables to get the most out of them? Read this blog post I wrote for helpful insight for this series: https://newbreak.church/matthew-20-a-lesson-on-how-to-read-the-parables-of-jesus/

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Aug 12, 202124:24
#80 - Is the World Getting Better or Worse? (Parables, Part 1)
Aug 05, 202115:46
#79 - 3 Insights from This Experiment (Gratitude Experiment, Part 4)

#79 - 3 Insights from This Experiment (Gratitude Experiment, Part 4)

In this episode, we wrap up what we have to say about the gratitude experiment (for now!) and I offer 3 insights from this experiment. Tune in to hear what they are! And let's continue to be people who look for and find gratitude in everyday life!

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Jul 28, 202115:43
#78 - How to Bring the Past and the Future into the Present Moment (Gratitude Experiment, Part 3)
Jul 15, 202114:47
#77 - Are We Older Than God? (Gratitude Experiment, Part 2)

#77 - Are We Older Than God? (Gratitude Experiment, Part 2)

Are we older than God? It might be a silly-sounding question but G.K. Chesterton provides an interesting quote that helps us consider this. Listen in as we are inspired to see the connection between gratitude and an encore! 

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Jul 05, 202117:41
#76 - 5:18 p.m. (Gratitude Experiment, Part 1)

#76 - 5:18 p.m. (Gratitude Experiment, Part 1)

As we kick off a new podcast series on gratitude, I want to share with you a specific practice that has been profoundly impactful to me. Listen in as we introduce the powerful impacts of gratitude, inspired by 1 Thessalonians 5:18. 

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Jun 09, 202114:21
#75 - From Spiritual Disciplines to Spiritual Delights!
May 29, 202113:43
#74 - How to Lead Your Family Around Personalized Values
Mar 18, 202116:42
#73 - Why Theism is Compatible with Science and Naturalism is Not (With Matt Marzec)
Mar 11, 202152:34
#72 - A Philosophical Approach to God and Science (With Matt Marzec)
Mar 09, 202140:06
#71 - Hide and Seek, But Who's Hiding?

#71 - Hide and Seek, But Who's Hiding?

If life was a game of hide and seek, and the characters are God and humanity, who is the one hiding? And who is the one seeking? Listen in as we talk about how this question changes how we read the whole biblical story! 

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Feb 19, 202117:18
#70 - The Return (Hosea, Part 3)
Feb 17, 202127:10
#69 - The Vow (Hosea, Part 2)
Feb 04, 202131:02
#68 - The Prodigal Wife (Hosea, Part 1)

#68 - The Prodigal Wife (Hosea, Part 1)

We begin the first of the next few weeks looking at some key passages in the book of Hosea, one of the twelve minor prophets. In this episode, we set up the plot of Hosea, which lends itself to talking about the plot of everything else too. Do we know how to talk about the plot of the story?

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Jan 28, 202131:47
#67 - Meeting God in the Bible (With Pastor John Linebarger)
Jan 14, 202141:15
#66 - Searching for Enough (with Tyler Staton of Oaks Church Brooklyn)
Jan 07, 202147:51
#65 - Joy Was Born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-20, Advent)

#65 - Joy Was Born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:8-20, Advent)

What if I told you that Jesus is not only the "reason for the season" but also the joy of the season? This episode features a sermon I preached during Advent in 2017. As we look at Luke 2:8-20 I want to challenge us to enjoy Christmas more and more each and every year. Listen in to see what I mean! 


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Dec 03, 202027:02
#64 - Writings Songs for Monday Morning Devotionals (with Jon Guerra, Artist & Song Writer)

#64 - Writings Songs for Monday Morning Devotionals (with Jon Guerra, Artist & Song Writer)

Today we spend some time getting to know Christian music artist, Jon Guerra. Jon's style is less Sunday worship and more like Monday morning prayer. We talk more in-depth about his song "Kingdom of God," what inspired it and what it means. We also have lots of candid moments, too!

Follow Jon on Instagram:  @iamjonguerra

https://www.jonguerramusic.com/

"Kingdom of God": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGUWXUCg28w

"Kingdom of God" (Acoustic): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq6sa7NCYFc

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Nov 25, 202042:15
#63 - Reading Scripture with the Grand Narrative in Mind (with Professor Todd Chipman)

#63 - Reading Scripture with the Grand Narrative in Mind (with Professor Todd Chipman)

Professor Todd Chipman's book, Scripture Storyline, is a helpful resource that provides a framework for reading the Bible from cover to cover, while also showing an abundance of connections that draw the Old and New Testament together. Today we discuss his book and hear more from Todd as we divulge into some other topics as well. 

Get Todd's book, Scripture Storyline on Amazon here:  https://amzn.to/38WHAv5 

Connect with Todd

Twitter: @ToddRChipman

Email: tchipman@mbts.edu 


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Nov 19, 202033:52
#62 - Regardless of Who Wins the Election...

#62 - Regardless of Who Wins the Election...

Some important thoughts that are meant to encourage us during this election season.


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Nov 05, 202022:49
#61 - The Crowd Hears; The Disciple Responds (Sermon on the Mount, Part 15)

#61 - The Crowd Hears; The Disciple Responds (Sermon on the Mount, Part 15)

We conclude the sermon on the mount by looking at Matthew 7:13-29, where Jesus challenges the crowd who has been listening in to respond to the message. We cannot simply admire the teaching, we are called to take action and to build the foundation of our life on our it.


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Oct 23, 202017:44
#60 - The Surprising Context of the "Golden Rule" (Sermon on the Mount, Part 14)

#60 - The Surprising Context of the "Golden Rule" (Sermon on the Mount, Part 14)

Everyone agrees that the "Golden Rule" is worth living by. However, the famous quote from Jesus does not come out of thin air. There is a context to it. Matthew 7:1-12 presents us with the exposition around it. How does this help us better understand this great way to live? Listen in as we talk about the source and power of being able to live out the "Golden Rule." 


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Oct 15, 202028:11
#59 - How to Have Meaningful Conversations in Polarizing Times

#59 - How to Have Meaningful Conversations in Polarizing Times

We take a single-week break from our series on the Sermon on the Mount to address an important topic. All of us are aware of how polarizing almost any topic is right now. Whether a conversation of faith, or politics, or almost anything else. Here, in this episode, I am not interested in bringing up any particular issue, instead I want to challenge us to be people who think critically and engage responsibly in conversations. I want to give you some original thoughts on how I have meaningful conversations with those who I disagree with, or vice versa. The key here is not that we back away from hard conversations, but that we make sure we have done quality research, understand the other side, represent them well, and focus on the ideas. More will be said, so tune in! 


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Oct 08, 202022:21
#58 - Why Do You Worry? (Sermon on the Mount, Part 13)

#58 - Why Do You Worry? (Sermon on the Mount, Part 13)

Why do you worry? Matthew 6:25-34 presents us with advice on the worry-free life. Is this possible, though? Listen in as we hear Jesus's invitation into the life of trust versus worry.


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Oct 01, 202024:25
#57 - What Do You See? (Sermon on the Mount, Part 12)

#57 - What Do You See? (Sermon on the Mount, Part 12)

What does it mean that the eye is the lamp of the body? Matthew 6:19-24 presents a triad contrast of two's: two treasures, two eyes, and two masters. The journey of wholeness involves making sure we find ourselves on the right side of the contrasts. 


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Sep 25, 202033:49
#56 - Praying to the God Who Hears (Sermon on the Mount, Part 11)

#56 - Praying to the God Who Hears (Sermon on the Mount, Part 11)

Why do you sometimes pray lengthy prayers? There is certainly nothing wrong with praying for great lengths of time. However, WHY we do and what we believe about God as we approach Him in prayer makes all the difference. Matthew 6:7-15 is an insightful passage which begins by contrasting how the pagan "gods" of the Graeco-Roman world listen, versus how our Father listens to our prayers. The differences cannot be exaggerated! 


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Sep 10, 202029:16
#55 - Who Do You Do It For? (Sermon on the Mount, Part 10)

#55 - Who Do You Do It For? (Sermon on the Mount, Part 10)

Have you ever done the right thing for the wrong reasons? In Matthew 6:1-6 Jesus challenges our motivation why we do something and, more specifically, who we do it for. After all, our audience will always reward us, so who is our audience and what does that reveal about the authenticity of our righteousness? 


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Sep 03, 202033:18
#54 - Be Whole as Your Heavenly Father is Whole (Sermon on the Mount, Part 9)

#54 - Be Whole as Your Heavenly Father is Whole (Sermon on the Mount, Part 9)

Turn the other cheek? Pray for our enemies? Everything that is said in Matthew 5:38-48 sounds too idealistic and not practical to actually live out. Or is that the case? What if Jesus was inviting us into a greater level of "wholeness" as we reverse retaliation and repay our enemies with love? Join us as we adventure into one of the most difficult passages in the Bible in terms of putting into action the ethics of our Lord!


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Aug 13, 202035:38
#53 - The Greater Righteousness (Sermon on the Mount, Part 8)

#53 - The Greater Righteousness (Sermon on the Mount, Part 8)

What does it mean to have a righteousness that surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees? Is this even feasible? What if it was? What is Jesus getting at, here? As we look at Matthew 5:20-37, we see how Jesus begins to unpack what this "greater righteousness" is. The true righteousness that surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees. Today we address what Jesus says about anger and lust, with far more implications than can be summarized in such a quick description! 


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Aug 06, 202040:29
#52 - How Being "Salt" and "Light" Connects Us to the Whole Story! (Sermon on the Mount, Part 7)

#52 - How Being "Salt" and "Light" Connects Us to the Whole Story! (Sermon on the Mount, Part 7)

Have you ever heard idiomatic terms or phrases that needed explaining? The terms "salt" and "light" are terms that need a deeper exploration. As we look at Matthew 5:13-20, we see how Jesus calls His followers "salt" and "light," terms that connect them to the greater story of the Bible. His point? Well, you'll have to listen in to find out! I reference quite a few passages today, (in this order): Numbers 18:19, 2 Chronicles 13:5, Exodus 30:35, Leviticus 2:13, & Isaiah 42:6.


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Jul 30, 202031:57
#51 - Purity of Heart and Peacemaking (Sermon on the Mount, Part 6)

#51 - Purity of Heart and Peacemaking (Sermon on the Mount, Part 6)

Being pure in heart does not equate to being perfect in heart. As we look at Matthew 5:8 we see how, when we cross-reference it with Psalm 51, is not about never doing anything wrong again, but about a heart condition that rhythmically returns to God in repentance, knowing that God is the only one who can purify and renew our heart so that we can stand pure before Him. In this episode, we conclude the macarisms and go all the way through verse 10. (Technically verses 11-12 are part of the macarisms as a continual thought on the eighth macarism.) Keep listening in the following weeks as we continue exploring the Sermon on the Mount!


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Jul 23, 202029:40
#50 - How a Cup and the Ocean Can Illustrate Mercy (Sermon on the Mount, Part 5)

#50 - How a Cup and the Ocean Can Illustrate Mercy (Sermon on the Mount, Part 5)

Mercy: it is so much more than how many of us narrowly think of it! Looking at Matthew 5:7 we explore the broad and dynamic meaning of mercy and how we can even learn something incredibly memorable and powerful about mercy from an illustration about a cup and the ocean. Tune in and try the challenge at the end of the episode!


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Jul 16, 202032:22
#49 - Starving for Righteousness (Sermon on the Mount, Part 4)

#49 - Starving for Righteousness (Sermon on the Mount, Part 4)

Jesus congratulates those who hunger for righteousness. But what does righteousness even mean? Looking at Matthew 5:6 we lean into looking a little closer as to what it means to be a people that are desperate for righteousness. 


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Jul 09, 202028:08
#48 - The Counter-Intuitive Way to Take Over the World (Sermon on the Mount, Part 3)

#48 - The Counter-Intuitive Way to Take Over the World (Sermon on the Mount, Part 3)

What do all world powers throughout history? Well, they certainly did not rise to rule the world by means of meek methods. Yet, in Matthew 5:5 Jesus congratulates the gentle-spirited because they will inherit the earth. How can this be? And what does this mean? Join us as we explore the counter-intuitive way to take over the world according to Jesus!


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Jul 02, 202031:15
#47 - Happy Are the ... Unhappy ... ? (Sermon on the Mount, Part 2)

#47 - Happy Are the ... Unhappy ... ? (Sermon on the Mount, Part 2)

In the second macarism (Matthew 5:4), Jesus congratulates those who are grieving as the ones who have it figured out. Why? A few questions provoke this... What kind of mourning are we talking about? How does mourning lend itself to experiencing God's comfort? And in what way does God deal with the very things that cause us grief? Listen in as we go in-depth on the second macarism in Jesus's paradoxical path to true happiness!


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Jun 25, 202029:05
#46 - Spiritual Poverty & the Paradox of Happiness (Sermon on the Mount, Part 1)

#46 - Spiritual Poverty & the Paradox of Happiness (Sermon on the Mount, Part 1)

Does the world really know the best way to live? The Sermon on the Mount presents a counter-intuitive way of being that produces true flourishing. We begin this series by looking at Matthew 5:1-3 and how the paradox of happiness is presented as a posture of the heart, specifically, recognizing that we are spiritual beggars before God. Listen in as we explore how Jesus connects spiritual poverty to being "happy" or "blessed," and how this results in receiving the kingdom of heaven. 


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Jun 19, 202035:08
#45 - Understanding and Delighting in God as Trinity (with Abdu Murray of RZIM)

#45 - Understanding and Delighting in God as Trinity (with Abdu Murray of RZIM)

The word "Trinity" is a single word compacting a robust truth about the nature of God being one Deity in three persons. Unfortunately, many Christians have a hard time explaining (let alone understanding) one of the core doctrines of the faith. Enter Abdu. Abdu Murray finds the subject of the Trinity his favorite. As a former Muslim, this was one he used to get Christian's stuck on, now, he (rightly) sees it as one of the most fundamental and distinct doctrines of Christianity. Listen in as Abdu and I provide insights into how to understand and delight in the Trinity!


​Get Abdu's book: https://www.amazon.com/Grand-Central-Question-Answering-Worldviews/dp/0830836659/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Subscribe to Abdu's podcast, "The Defense Rests": https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rzim-the-defense-rests-broadcasts/id1501991236

See Abdu's 11-minute response that inspired this full-length podcast episode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYFSN-Ix7iE&list=PLItuKo35DB95OnuOMQNhF1InhF8AMScZR&index=73&t=0s

Lutheran Satire: Bad Trinity Analogies - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQLfgaUoQCw


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Jun 11, 202057:41
#44 - God Wants You to Be Both Happy and Holy

#44 - God Wants You to Be Both Happy and Holy

There is a common phrase you have probably heard in or around church: "God doesn’t want you to be happy; He wants you to be holy." But is that true? I don't think so. Listen in to today's episode as I explain how there is an intrinsic relationship, and even inseparable relationship, between holiness and happiness. My friends, you don't have to choose one or the other. God wants you to be both holy and happy in Him. 


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May 07, 202021:08
#43 - The Center of the Poem; The Heart of the Book of Lamentations

#43 - The Center of the Poem; The Heart of the Book of Lamentations

When we are venting about genuine hardship, the last thing we need to be told is to "look on the bright side!" Lamentations is an important and often overlooked book of the Bible. Now, our circumstances certainly are not parallel to that of Lamentations, but the message of Lamentations is still beneficial for us today. How we read this book gives us insight and understanding of how to focus on hope, while also walking through difficult times.


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Apr 30, 202032:15
#42 - Trusting the Story Even When You Don’t Like the Chapter You Are In (Habakkuk, the Prophet)

#42 - Trusting the Story Even When You Don’t Like the Chapter You Are In (Habakkuk, the Prophet)

Have you ever struggled to trust and understand what God is doing in the world? If so, then you need the short, three-chapter book of Habakkuk! Join the adventure as we explore the prophet Habakkuk and walk away ready to see why this message is just as vintage and timeless for us, today.


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Apr 23, 202031:43
#41 - "Faith" as Allegiance (with Professor and Author, Matthew W. Bates)

#41 - "Faith" as Allegiance (with Professor and Author, Matthew W. Bates)

"Faith" is central to the Christian. Unfortunately, for many, faith is reduced to something you think. Professor Matthew Bates comes on to share his view in seeing "faith" as allegiance to King Jesus. 

Get Professor Bate's book here: https://amzn.to/3bbbJ8r


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Apr 16, 202043:27
#40 - Good Friday, Our Independence Day

#40 - Good Friday, Our Independence Day

In this brief meditation, we explore one of the many angles of Good Friday. In this case, how Good Friday is a new exodus for the new covenant. Listen in and share with someone who needs to hear this!

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Apr 09, 202010:32
#39 - The Return of Jesus Will Be Like a Royal Parade, Not a Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

#39 - The Return of Jesus Will Be Like a Royal Parade, Not a Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

I cannot tell you how many times I encounter people talking about "the rapture." It is so engrained in some Christian's minds, but is that what the message of 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 really is about? Furthermore, is that really what we are hoping for when we anticipate the return of Christ? I don't think so. Listen in as we go verse by verse through this passage as we remember what the hope of the second coming entails!

Also, (while not discussed in the episode) I think it is important to note that "rapture theology" only came into existence in the 1800's. No one believed this in church history prior. For a quick video on the history of rapture theology, check out this 5-minute YouTube video from Dr. Ben Witherington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_cVXdr8mVs&t=133s

Here is a summary of the three key things we wrap up with at the end. According to 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the return of Jesus will encompass:

The Return of Christ to forever reign in a new world with His people; The Resurrection of the body and all of creation; The Reunion of believers in Jesus, dead and alive.

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Apr 02, 202032:33
#38 - The Real Prisoner Who Was Set Free (Acts 16, Part 2)

#38 - The Real Prisoner Who Was Set Free (Acts 16, Part 2)

Last episode ended sitting with bewildermnet as Paul and Silas responded to their terrible circumstances with praise. What happens next might be even more shocking! There is so much to appreciate in the next few verses and their interaction with the Roman Jailor. And then we tie all of Acts 16 together with a nice bow showing how the three conversion stories have an awesome connection to an ancient Jewish prayer!
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Mar 19, 202027:08
#37 - Praise in the Depths of Prison (Acts 16, Part 1)

#37 - Praise in the Depths of Prison (Acts 16, Part 1)

Acts 16 is an important part of the story. In order to do it justice, we have to break this into two parts! Listen in as we learn some incredible things about the origin story of the Church in Philippi and the lives that were changed there. And then we end on a cliff-hanger!

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Mar 16, 202032:17
#36 - A Fresh Look at "Passion Week" (with Dr. William Varner)

#36 - A Fresh Look at "Passion Week" (with Dr. William Varner)

We are in the midst of the season of Lent. And so there is no better time to refresh on the importance of Jesus' final days! Thankfully, Dr. William Varner has published a very accessible and enjoyable read on the subject! I highly encourage you to listen in and then pick up a copy of his book, "Passionate About Passion Week." 

Here is a link to Dr. Varner's book: https://www.amazon.com/Passionate-about-Passion-Week-Fresh/dp/1948048221

Here is a link to an article on Lent I (Brayden) recently wrote: https://newbreak.church/what-is-lent/

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Mar 12, 202039:10
#35 - Near-Death Experiences: Medically Documented Evidence for Life Beyond Death (With Dr. Gary Habermas)

#35 - Near-Death Experiences: Medically Documented Evidence for Life Beyond Death (With Dr. Gary Habermas)

Dr. Habermas is a leading expert on the topic of "NDE's" or "Near-Death Experiences." Listen in as Dr. Gary shares fascinating testimonies from renowned medical journals on how we have evidence of life beyond death and what that means for discussions of faith. Just after we finished recording, Dr. Habermas shared with me (offline) an incredible story that he forgot to share on the recording. Fortunately, in a recent Youtube interview, he shared this story. This three-minute clip can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8SO_aCk_sU

Here is a link to Dr. Habermas' website: http://garyhabermas.com/

If you didn't catch the previous episode with Dr. Gary Habermas, check out episode #34.

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Mar 05, 202035:05
#34 - The Historical Reliability of the Resurrection of Jesus (With Historian Dr. Gary Habermas)

#34 - The Historical Reliability of the Resurrection of Jesus (With Historian Dr. Gary Habermas)

Can we defend the resurrection of Jesus from a historically reliable vantage point? Yes! And I brought on the most prominent voice on the topic to give a brief introduction into why. Dr. Gary Habermas is second-to-none in his forty-plus years of scholarly research and writing on this topic (and others). When people reference "the scholars" on the topic of the resurrection of Jesus, they better be dealing with Dr. Habermas' work. It was such an honor and a privilege to have him on. Below are some links to give you more of Dr. Gary:

Dr. Gary Habermas' website, full of free resources - http://garyhabermas.com/

"The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus" (Book) - https://amzn.to/39Zowtq

An hour and fifteen-minute teaching on this topic from Dr. Gary at Biola - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5znVUFHqO4Q&t=71s

A thirty-six-minute dialogue with "Capturing Christianity" on this topic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSG5okmUr8

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Feb 27, 202037:32
#33 - A Reflection on Spirit-Led Conversations from Acts 8

#33 - A Reflection on Spirit-Led Conversations from Acts 8

What does it look like to live a lifestyle of purpose with the Holy Spirit? Following Philip's story of a Spirit-led conversation, we may be surprised on how a narrative from the first century may encourage us with practical insight on how to live a life of adventurous faith, today! 

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Feb 20, 202026:58
#32 - How Can We Be Full of the Spirit But Continually Filled by the Spirit?

#32 - How Can We Be Full of the Spirit But Continually Filled by the Spirit?

Scripture is clear that when we give our lives to Jesus we receive His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. As post-Pentecost, new covenant belivers, we are filled with the fullness of God's temple presence (1 Cor. 3:16). In light of that, why does Paul command believers to be continually filled by the Spirit in Ephesians 5:18? How can we be full of the Holy Spirit but also continually filled by the Spirit? Is this a contradiction? Or is there a rich paradox waiting to be explored! I believe the latter. Let's explore this great question!

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Feb 06, 202023:01
#31 - The Fire that Burns in You (Acts 2:3-4, 17-18; Exodus 19:17-18)

#31 - The Fire that Burns in You (Acts 2:3-4, 17-18; Exodus 19:17-18)

In a very passionate episode, we unpack one more thing about Pentecost is what made it so counter-intuitive for its day. Listen in as we talk about how the temple presence of God, the fire of God, has left the temple!


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Jan 24, 202017:25
#30 - The Untold Story of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-5, 1:6-8)

#30 - The Untold Story of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-5, 1:6-8)

Welcome to part 2 of our Acts series, where we seek to explore major themes and passages in the book of Acts. Few episodes are as difficult to communicate as this one. On one side of things, this is an eye-opening dialogue on how Pentecost serves as a major hinge between phases of the biblical story; and yet, it is almost like trying to summarize the story of Israel at one event. And that is what makes Pentecost so profound... the single event showcases the Jewish believers in Jesus as the true Israel who have the honor of ushering in the new humanity of the new covenant. Listen in for a thought-provoking conversation as we explore the untold story of Pentecost!

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Jan 23, 202034:08
#29 - When a Sequel Get's it Right! (Acts 1)

#29 - When a Sequel Get's it Right! (Acts 1)

Today, we kick off the series in Acts! Acts is Luke's sequel to the Gospel of Luke, and unlike most sequels in the movie world today, Acts is a sequel done well! As we will see, the book of Acts answers the question of "What's next?" for us as followers of Jesus. 

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Jan 10, 202039:15
#28 - Re-Centering the Narrative (Welcome to Season 2)

#28 - Re-Centering the Narrative (Welcome to Season 2)

A new year is upon us, and so that means new adventures, too! Listen in as we consider what it means to re-center the narrative and what lies ahead for season 2 of Adventures in Theology!

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Jan 04, 202017:01
#27 - The Life-Giving Wisdom of Sabbath (with Dr. Matthew Sleeth of sabbathliving.org)

#27 - The Life-Giving Wisdom of Sabbath (with Dr. Matthew Sleeth of sabbathliving.org)

The Sabbath is a 24 hour period in which we cease from the toil of work to simply enjoy the life given to us. Is the Sabbath still applicable today? Listen in as Dr. Matthew Sleeth and I try to persuade YOU that Sabbath is not legalistic law, but life-giving wisdom. 

Matthew Sleeth, MD, a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about faith and stewardship issues. Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than one thousand churches, campuses, and events, including serving as a monthly guest preacher at the Washington National Cathedral. Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation’s most influential Christian leaders, Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of Blessed Earth and author of numerous articles and books, including Reforesting Faith and 24/6. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with Nancy, his wife of nearly forty years. Their grown children serve with their spouses in full-time parish ministry and as medical missionaries in Africa.

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Nov 21, 201935:18
#26 - Flowers, Weeds, and the Power of Habits

#26 - Flowers, Weeds, and the Power of Habits

The phrase: "Don't pull weeds without planting flowers" has been deeply influential to me. Today, I share my candid, off the script insights on the topic of habits. As Christians, we should recognize the power of habits in how the rhythms, routines, and habits are forming a lifestyle, and even identity, of who we are becoming. Healthy habits form healthy people. Listen in as we talk about the journey of how healthy habits start as a duty, become a discipline, and (if we stick with it) they become a delight!

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Nov 14, 201925:27
#25 - What Does the Bible Say About Women in Ministry? (With Author & Speaker, Jenny Randle)

#25 - What Does the Bible Say About Women in Ministry? (With Author & Speaker, Jenny Randle)

Responding to the question of women's roles in the Church is no quick conversation. While this is not an exhaustive conversation, Jenny Randle and I talk through some key things that are important to be informed of when considering women's roles in ministry. 

For more on Jenny, including her books and podcast, see her website (https://www.jennyrandle.com/)

N.T. Wright on the 1 Timothy 2 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEruMrLiizs&list=PLnrxntMSKd3S_GWJjUYA5jk-N8hFS79qs

Women in Ministry Part 1 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2M6HswlH3A

Women in Ministry Part 2 -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5VQe_nuNJg&t=1s

Ben Witherington on Women's Roles in the Bible -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf2D8lWp-yA&t=131s

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Nov 07, 201932:28
#24 - Let's Abandon the Phrase "Everything Happens For a Reason"

#24 - Let's Abandon the Phrase "Everything Happens For a Reason"

Some phrases and cliches may be trendy in culture or even in the Church. But does that make them true? Of course not! Popular opinion does not make something true or false. Phrases (and the beliefs behind them) have to be thought through and examined. Today, we discuss how the phrase "everything happens for a reason" is not biblical, not helpful, and should be abandoned altogether. 

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Oct 31, 201920:10
#23 - What is the Biblical View of Hell? (With Chris Date of RethinkingHell.com)

#23 - What is the Biblical View of Hell? (With Chris Date of RethinkingHell.com)

For most of my life, I did not even know other perspectives on the topic of "hell" existed! In today's episode, I speak with Chris Date, of rethinkinghell.com. After my own study in the Bible on this subject, listening to many debates (some Chris was part of), and reading books on the subject, I came to the same conclusion as Chris; that the position, known as "Conditional Immortality" (aka "Annihilationism"), best represents the biblical view of hell. 

Listen in with an open mind. We are not trying to cause division, we are simply trying to spur conversation. While this discussion may not be the most fun, it is an important topic. 

Every Monday at 6pm (Pacific time) RethinkingHell.com goes live to discuss this topic. Tune in here: http://rethinkinghell.com/live/?fbclid=IwAR14OjQ7d92mhxMpXbCVqp1erCwJ4Xr8HTLU2COBedIpFewDVcryTC76Zlc

See Chris' book titled "Rethinking Hell" here: https://www.amazon.com/Rethinking-Hell-Readings-Evangelical-Conditionalism/dp/1625645988

See some of. Chris' academic papers on this subject: https://fuller.academia.edu/ChristopherDate?fbclid=IwAR34zuUrNHk75JWFzlOrliUx6HbLYs5h-qlCFVMLzs45RO9ZNTXJrfB2BtE

Here is a book that helpfully compares the views on hell written by persons from each perspective:  https://amzn.to/2migk3S 

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Oct 24, 201946:15
#22 - God's Law & the Good Life (With Matt Marzec)

#22 - God's Law & the Good Life (With Matt Marzec)

Today, Matt and I discuss the relationship between God's Law and what we call "the good life." We hope to convey that God wired us with many innate desires that only can have their answers found in Him and His way of life.

Matt is a pastor and resident philosopher at the Branch Church in San Diego, CA. Connect with Matt on Instagram: @matthewmarzec

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Oct 17, 201932:05
#21 - Common Objections to God, Jesus, & the Bible (With Matt Marzec)

#21 - Common Objections to God, Jesus, & the Bible (With Matt Marzec)

The past few weeks we have tackled questions like: "Why Jesus?" and "Why the Bible?" Today, I want to fire similar questions at my good friend, philosopher/apologist, Matt Marzec. We discuss the main objections that keep people in accepting there being an intelligent Creator; objections about Jesus; and objections about the Bible--all under 40 minutes! 

Matt is a pastor and resident philosopher at the Branch Church in San Diego, CA. Connect with Matt on Instagram: @matthewmarzec

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Oct 10, 201938:36
#20 - Why the Bible? (With Frank Turek of CrossExamined.org)

#20 - Why the Bible? (With Frank Turek of CrossExamined.org)

Have you ever heard objections to the Bible like: "I can't believe the Bible because it was written by man." Maybe you have wrestled with these questions yourself. In today's episode, I have a conversation with world renowned apologist and speaker, Dr. Frank Turek of crossexamined.org. Join us as we defend the rational and logic behind the Bible being a reliable account of God's interaction with humanity. This is good!

Check out Frank's book, "I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist":  https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Have-Enough-Faith-Atheist/dp/1581345615

Check out Frank's book, "Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case": https://amzn.to/2mp2ZHd

Connect with Frank on Instagram: @drfrankturek

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Oct 03, 201940:54
#19 - Why Jesus? (With Shawn Hart of RZIM)

#19 - Why Jesus? (With Shawn Hart of RZIM)

Today we address the common question: "Why Jesus?" In my conversation with Shawn Hart we discuss the landscape of faith and evangelism in America and how  people are longing for  an emotional apologetic to the question of faith.

Shawn Hart is a dynamic speaker on the Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) team, and leads week-long ministries on the campuses of universities all around the country. 

You can learn more about Shawn here: https://www.rzim.org/speakers/shawn-hart

Connect with Shawn Hart on Instagram: @shawnmhart1

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Sep 26, 201901:02:18
#18 - The Economy of Grace: Equality of Reward & Status in the Kingdom of God

#18 - The Economy of Grace: Equality of Reward & Status in the Kingdom of God

I have heard people say things like: "Billy Graham was so faithful, so influential as a Christian, he will definitely have a greater heavenly reward than me. He will have a high position of authority in God's kingdom." But is this biblically true? Will there be degrees of reward and status in the next life? Join me as I refute the misconceptions and make a compelling case for equality of reward and status amongst believers. God's economy of grace and reward is not like our's. We live, speak, breathe, and give Gospel because we are filled with Gospel. Our obedience and good works are about appreciation and gratitude, not promotion and competition.

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Sep 19, 201930:25
#17 - Even Greater Than Eden (Reimagining Heaven, Part 6)
Sep 12, 201935:24
#16 - Returning to a Place We Have Never Been (Reimagining Heaven, Part 5)

#16 - Returning to a Place We Have Never Been (Reimagining Heaven, Part 5)

If you have grown up in the Church you have probably heard about the "streets of gold," but have you ever been curious to know what that means? What if John's vision of the streets of gold is actually communicating something? Today we bring some memorable conclusions to Revelation's key theme of God's presence in the new creation. 

There is handout with fill-in's for today's episode! Link to show notes here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jzM3cZafB27zias-f32vzTSvnUcPkmFZpcmL-_aw2TQ/edit?usp=sharing

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Sep 05, 201928:34
#15 - All Will Be Right, All Will Be New (Reimagining Heaven, Part 4)
Aug 22, 201928:28
#14 - The New Earth (Reimagining Heaven, Part 3)
Aug 15, 201929:02
BONUS Content - How to Read the Book of Revelation Responsibly
Aug 09, 201918:11
#13 - The Event in Heaven That Changed Everything on Earth (Reimagining Heaven, Part 2)
Aug 08, 201936:11
#12 - Less Like a Home, More Like a Train (Reimagining Heaven, Part 1)
Aug 01, 201923:34
#11 - The Most Important Words Joshua Ever Uttered (Joshua 24:14-15)

#11 - The Most Important Words Joshua Ever Uttered (Joshua 24:14-15)

In this final episode of our series in Joshua, we cover what is the most important message Joshua ever spoke! We are looking at two verses from Joshua's final address to the people of God.  As we sit as some of the listeners, we quickly discover that this message transcends time and is for every generation. The underlying question Joshua lays out before the people is the question we must answer today. This episode has many quote-worthy moments so get ready to take notes. 

Check out the show notes here:  https://bit.ly/32FlpnQ

And yes, I am back to my original vision, which is to keep standard episodes under 30 minutes!  

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Jul 25, 201924:18
#10 - The Old Testament as Our Heritage & Our Role in Environmentalism (2-Part Ft. Dr. Sandra Richter)

#10 - The Old Testament as Our Heritage & Our Role in Environmentalism (2-Part Ft. Dr. Sandra Richter)

In this packed episode I have a wonderful conversation with Old Testament Professor, Dr. Sandra Richter, who quickly has become a friend. This two-part conversation is lengthy, yet a rewarding one.

In our time together we tackle two discussion topics:

1) First, we clear the air with all of the confusion regarding the Old Testament. Isn't it an outdated book for those who are ethnically Jewish? Shouldn't we merely appreciate it as history? Dr. Richter and I beg to differ! If you are a believer (no matter your ethnic background) the Old Testament is your story, too! We both find ourselves specializing in the study of the Old Testament, so get ready for an engaging conversation in which we argue for the continual relevance and continuity that the Old Testament has for us today!

2) Second, (starting at 53 minutes, 18 seconds) we talk about Dr. Richter's upcoming book on environmentalism. You will discover that Dr. Richter's mission is so much more than just saving the trees; it is about saving lives! And it is more a theological discussion than a political one. Dr. Richter and I argue that the topic of environmentalism is an unavoidable one if we want to take our role seriously in bearing the image of God on earth. 

We appreciate Dr. Richter and want to support her. Check out her resources available!

The Epic of Eden  https://www.amazon.com/Epic-Eden-Christian-Entry-Testament/dp/0830825770

The Epic of Eden (video curriculum)  https://store.seedbed.com/collections/vendors?q=Sandra%20Richter

Her upcoming book on environmentalism will be posted to her author page on IVP:  https://www.ivpress.com/sandra-l-richter

Also, check out my book, The Dawn of the New Creation: Exploring the Christian Hope as Told by Revelation  https://amzn.to/2YVLuws 

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Jul 18, 201901:16:53
#9 - Keeping the Promise; Carrying the Name (Joshua 9-11)
Jul 11, 201944:48
#8 - Seven, Sabbath, & The Strangest Military Strategy Ever (Joshua 6-8)
Jul 03, 201936:10
#7 - When You Are Invited onto Holy Ground (Joshua 5:13-15)
Jun 27, 201928:51
#6 - The Reward is in the River (Joshua 3-4)
Jun 20, 201929:47
#5 - The Faith of a Prostitute (Joshua 2)

#5 - The Faith of a Prostitute (Joshua 2)

Today we will learn more about what it means to have the courage to trust. And we will learn from the most unlikely of people… a prostitute! In the story of Rahab we see that before any conquest takes place in the narrative of Joshua, mercy gets precedence. Listen in as I express how baffling, yet befitting, this story is in the grand narrative of the Bible. This goes to show that God's preference is mercy, not judgment. 

See the literary structure (chiasm) of Joshua 2 by clicking here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ga_Y4j9kzkDZJt8sC6GSVwn4S1h-yoB2gSmyHO6rjC4/edit?usp=sharing 

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Jun 13, 201937:31
#4 - The Courage to Trust (Joshua 1:5-9)

#4 - The Courage to Trust (Joshua 1:5-9)

Last episode we concluded with highlighting what made Joshua and Caleb such a great leaders to take the people into the promised land. They had what the Bible called "a different spirit" about them. I suggest that the "different spirit" was the courage to trust God, despite the obstacles in their way.  Okay, cool. So we should desire to have the courage to trust. But how do we cultivate that? How do we cultivate the courage to trust God? Ah! That is the question. 

In this episode, we look at Joshua 1:5-9, and the fascinating literary structure in it, which reveals the answer to our question. Today we discuss the key, nestled at the center of the chiasm; the key of how to cultivate courageous trust. Join is in the 21 day challenge proposed at the end of the episode!  Here is the link to view the color-coated chiasm that we discuss on part of this episode:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SkWUKJLrRuQqqCouB7IKAAlS2l7lZOSgnEOFVcNS2Ss/edit 

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Jun 06, 201932:18
#3 - A Place to Call Home (Joshua 1:1-4)

#3 - A Place to Call Home (Joshua 1:1-4)

As we open up the text of Joshua it becomes clear that this "promised land" is REALLY important to these people. But why? What is the big deal about this plot of land? And why should I care about Joshua's quest to take the promised land? This is what we want to tackle on today's episode. And hey, if you think we are just talking ancient history, you will be surprised how encouraging this is for us, today!

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May 30, 201927:54
#2 - Enough is Enough (Intro to Joshua)

#2 - Enough is Enough (Intro to Joshua)

We begin a series of episodes dedicated to exploring the book of Joshua! But like most books of the Bible, somethings have to be prefaced... 

In this case, the elephant in the room with this book of the Bible is the violence and war due to it being a conquest narrative. Many Christians struggle with how to reconcile the love of God with the command to go eradicate this plot of land of its current inhabitants. How do we respond? 

This episode contains six points of clarification, which help us reframe how we think of the conquest narrative of Joshua so that we can appreciate the message of the book for us readers, today.

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May 01, 201925:58
#1 - Welcome to the Adventure!
Apr 12, 201913:13