Episode 39: Christmas Special – The Immanuel-Shaped Storyline of the Bible

“Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
She will give birth to a son,
and they will call him Immanuel,
which means, ‘God is with us.'”

Was Immanuel a brand-new idea that arrived with Jesus, or had it been there all along? Today we trace the theme of “God with us” through the Bible’s grand narrative. God created the world intending to dwell with his image-bearers, and the Bible tells the story of him working relentlessly to overcome creation’s great rupture in order to be with us again.

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Episode 38: The Real Cost of Misreading the Bible w/ Philip Yancey

Our conversation with Philip Yancey continues, focusing on his life and upbringing as told in his new memoir Where the Light Fell. We discuss the role the Bible played both in the toxic culture of his youth and later as a book that drew him back into the arms of a loving God.

Where the Light Fell: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Light-Fell-Philip-Yancey/dp/0593238508

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Episode 37: Returning to the Bible Jesus Read w/ Philip Yancey

Renowned author Philip Yancey joins us for a wide-ranging discussion on reading, being counter-cultural, and the importance of the First Testament for understanding the story of the Bible.

The Bible Jesus Read: https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Jesus-Read-Philip-Yancey/dp/0310245664
Where the Light Fell: https://www.amazon.com/Where-Light-Fell-Philip-Yancey/dp/0593238508

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Episode 36: Jesus’ Upside-Down Victory Over the Powers

In Episode 35 we unveiled the “powers and principalities,” these mysterious villains who are present throughout the Bible’s story. Today we dive into Jesus’ life and sacrificial death, both of which are crucial for understanding how God has dealt with the rebellious powers and principalities. And as followers of Jesus, how can we step into the model he has provided for dealing with ongoing struggles against the forces of darkness today?

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If you’re interested in reading more, check out the series of articles on our blog:
Part 1: Meet the Powers
Part 2: The World-Rulers of this Darkness
Part 3: The Satan and the Law that Enslaves
Part 4: The Bondage of Creation
Part 5: Jesus’ Victory Over the Powers
Part 6: The Powers and the People of Jesus Today

Episode 35: Powers and Principalities: The Bible’s Most Overlooked Storyline

The sons of God, the gods, the heavenly council, the hosts of heaven, the princes of the nations, the force of chaos, unclean spirits, demons…

They go by a variety of names, but are often overlooked in the Bible’s story. These powers and principalities, created by Christ and for Christ, have since rebelled against their vocation and work together with humans to wreak havoc in God’s created order. They’re mysterious forces, hard to nail down and systematize, yet we absolutely must pay attention to their critical role in the narrative of Scripture.

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