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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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Episode 34: Rethinking the Book of Ruth w/ Carolyn Custis James

The book of Ruth is often miscast as the Bible’s version of a “Christian romance story,” which significantly reduces its meaning and power. Carolyn Custis James helps us see Ruth through the appropriate historical and cultural lenses, and we explore the ways in which Ruth and Naomi’s story is one full of bravery, sacrifice, creativity, and hesed.

The Gospel of Ruth: https://www.amazon.com/Gospel-Ruth-Loving-Enough-Break/dp/0310330858
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Episode 33: Lamentations’ Hope in the Middle of Pain

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Everyone loves those verses in Lamentations, but when we take these hopeful passages out of their settings of crisis and loss we may actually be emptying them of their power. Scripture helps us come to terms with the world as it really is — a place where hope and pain must often coexist.

Join us for part two of our series on lament in Scripture where we dive into the book of Lamentations: its historical backdrop, literary structure, and how it can speak to the way we practice our faith today.

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Episode 32: Lament: A Hope Not Yet Realized

Sometimes life can be so hard it crushes you.

Our co-host Glenn Paauw returns to the podcast to share about the unexpected tragedy that rocked him and his family this summer, and how it has brought him back to the lament passages of Scripture.

The Bible is full of hard stories and unjust endings. And while we live in the “already” of Christ’s victory, we have to make room for the “not yet.”

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