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Ancient Pathways with Dave Hershey
20 minutes | a day ago
The Conquest of the Land (Story of Scripture 8)
This week we get into one of the most challenging portions of scripture. Yes, the Law is confusing, weird and odd from time to time. Of course, the story of creation presents its own challenges (and not much gets people as fired up as a good ole ‘creation vs. evolution’ debate!). But now we get into the question: Does God command the use of violence?We will see that the scripture states that God commanded Israel to exterminate the Canaanites and take over their land. Next week I am going to offer a special episode to look more deeply at how to interpret these violent texts.In this episode, we kind of avoid the issue of whether God commands violence by looking at the story of two people - Rahab and Achan - to see however we answer the question of violence, God is fair and just. We see God always welcoming outsiders such as Rahab, in line with the plan for Abraham’s descendants to bless the nations. Conversely, we see that God shows no favoritism but when insiders such as Achan sin, they face judgment.
19 minutes | 7 days ago
God’s Law, Part Two (Story of Scripture 7)
In today’s episode we wrap up our brief, wholly insufficient, but hopefully helpful investigation of God’s Law. Last week we focused on how the Law is not some separate thing from God’s over-arching purpose for Israel (and humanity). Instead, God’s Law reveals that God has always acted with grace towards people. The Law was not to earn God’s love but was given after God had already acted in salvation and liberation. Thus, the Law was the sign of the covenant. In living this Law, Israel would be a kingdom of priests and a light to the nations. God’s mission would advance as Israel followed the Law.Today we look at how to interpret the Law. Honestly, there is stuff in there that is ridiculous and abhorrent. The key is to remember the Law is not meant to, and was never meant to, be a universal law for all times and places. It is rooted in a specific context. This does not mean it has no meaning for us, but we may need to dig deeper for meaning.Since the last few podcasts were about the Law, let me share a few helpful books on how to interpret the law and the Bible. The first two focus in on how to interpret the Old Testament while the next two step back and look at scripture as a whole. Finally, the last book listed shows how the Bible was interpreted prior to the Civil War and is a must read for anyone desiring to understand the history of Biblical interpretation in the USA.Is God a Moral Monster by Paul CopanGod Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist by David LambThe Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture has made us Unable to Read it by Peter EnnsInspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water and Learning to Love the Bible Again by Rachel Held EvansThe Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll
21 minutes | 14 days ago
God Gives the Law (Story of Scripture 6)
In this episode, we dive into God’s Law. Kind of. The big emphasis for this episode is the Law was given after God had saved Israel from Egypt. God has always acted with grace; the Law was never meant to be something Israel followed in order to earn God’s love. This myth is something too many of us believed. God is the same from beginning to end and always moves towards humans in grace. The deeper point of the Law connects up with other themes we have touched on: in following the Law, Israel would be a light to the nations (A kingdom of priests, bringing blessing to the nations).
15 minutes | 22 days ago
God’s Presence Dwells with the People (Story of Scripture 5)
In this episode, we pick up our story with the recently liberated Israelites as they journey out of Egypt. Before we get to God giving them the Law, we will look this week at the theme of God dwelling with them (and us!). God gives instructions for the tabernacle in the second half of Exodus, with this being the place where God dwells, and heaven and earth meet. From this, we jump ahead in the story, tracing God’s dwelling in the Temple, in Jesus, in the Church and in Us. I spoke on similar themes at my church this past Sunday; if you want to check that out you can find the podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/expand-creator-christ/id1030613104?i=1000507286584Also, a big thanks to Dan Lohin, CSF Berks alum and friend, for donating a nice microphone. He upgraded to a newer one, but his old microphone is an upgrade for me! So if the show quality is improved, that’s thanks to Dan!
17 minutes | a month ago
God Saves the Israelites from Egypt (Story of Scripture 4)
This week we move into the story of Exodus! God continues to be the main character in the story: the God who created the cosmos and called Abraham to be the one through whom all nations would be blessed now acts to save and liberate Abraham’s descendants, the Israelites. This act of salvation and liberation is for the complete person, both material and spiritual. Further, this act of salvation sets the tone for salvation in all of scripture. When Jesus comes and works for salvation, it is essentially a new exodus.
14 minutes | a month ago
God Calls Abraham to Bring Blessing to the Nations (Story of Scripture 3)
In this episode, we continue our journey through the story of scripture with the launching of God’s rescue operation. Genesis 1-11 paints a picture of the world that is quite familiar to us, a picture that includes both stunning beauty and terrible brokenness. God had created the first humans with the purpose to care for and cultivate God’s good world. Through the corruption of sin, humanity is just as liable to create horrific evil. God does not leave humans to wander in this broken state. Instead, God chooses one man, Abraham, as the instrument through whom God will restore and heal the nations. Of course, we soon find Abraham is a broken instrument...
18 minutes | a month ago
God Creates (Story of Scripture 2)
In this episode, we begin our journey through the story of scripture at the beginning (makes sense, right?). We start with God and creation which means we have to consider the ways we imagine creation and how the scripture relates to modern science. While the rest of the episodes in this series will stay nestled within the scripture story, it seemed important to step back in this one to questions of science and evolution. That said, such questions are brief, for we want to root this story in scripture. Thus, the emphasis is: who is God and who were humans made to be. What is our meaning or purpose? What does Genesis 1 tell us about how the world is and our role in it?In the episode, I promised I’d mention some books I found helpful for reconciling science and faith. Here are a few: Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything, Broadway Books (2004); Karl Giberson and Francis Collins, The Language of Science and Faith: Straight Answers to Genuine Questions, IVP Press (2011); Kenneth Miller, Finding Darwin’s God, Harper (2007); Francis Collins, The Language of God, Free Press (2006). I could add more, such as works by John Polkinghorne and John Haught. Then there are Old Testament scholars such as Pete Enns and John Walton.I also found this episode of the Mysterion podcast helpful in looking at how we experience creation in comparison to a more ancient view: https://lnns.co/8s6j-yXmdhE
13 minutes | 2 months ago
Story of Scripture - Welcome and Introduction
Welcome to the new and improved Ancient Pathways podcast (formerly the CSF @ PSU Berks podcast). In this episode I (Dave) share my new vision and goal for this podcast. We are beginning a journey through the story of scripture. I hope you will join us.Chat about the podcast on the CSF Discord - https://discord.gg/bKud496HCheck out Dave’s website - www.dmlhershey.comHere is where we will be going in the future:The Story of Scripture outline1. The Beginning of the Story2 . God Calls Abraham3. God Saves Abraham’s Descendants4. God Dwells with the People5. God Gives the Law (Part 1)6. God Gives the law (Part 2) 7. The Conquest of the Land8. God Gives Israel a King9. David: The Ideal King10. Solomon: The Downward Slide Begins11. Exile11.5. Interlude – What’s Next?12. Jesus Announces the Kingdom Has Come13. Light Overcomes Darkness14 . Jesus Wins the Victory15. The Beginning of the Church16. The Beginning of Christian Theology
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