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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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Episode 31: Setting the Table for Good Bible Reading w/ BibleProject’s Tim Mackie & Jon Collins

Interacting with the Bible can be a confusing cross-cultural experience — where should you even start? And how can we overcome some of the conventions in modern-day Bible publication that can obscure the patterns and features of the original text, adding more layers of confusion?

In our second episode with BibleProject co-founders Tim Mackie and Jon Collins, we zoom out from their story to talk more generally about the state of Bible engagement as a whole. Listen as they share the most important approaches and ideas they want people to walk away with when it comes to interacting with the Scriptures.

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Check out Glenn Paauw’s Seminary Now course mentioned in this episode: Reading and Living the Bible Well