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32 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Discover Jesus in Matthew - 6. "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?"
Laurence and Dan wrap up our series on the Gospel of Matthew. There's so much that could be said about the record of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, but they focus the discussion on just one phrase that Jesus said on the cross: "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?" It's a heart wrenching moment, but what we think he meant is guided by who we think Jesus is. Join Dan and Laurence on their exploration of these words, from the Psalms, to the reflections of the Apostle Paul, through to the conclusion of Matthew's Gospel with the glory of the resurrection.
39 minutes | Jul 18, 2021
The Book of Revelation - 2. The structure of the whole thing
For this second episode on the book of Revelation, Paul and Dan get their paper and pencils out and attempt to draw a diagram on a single sheet of paper that represents the whole book! They pick out the markers in the text that open and close the main sections, the sort of audio cues that an original audience might have picked up on. They then start to explore how the structure could be drawing out some of the key points the book is communicating. Check out our show notes to see our drawings and a short explainer video which explains the structure in a little more detail.
39 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Discover Jesus in Matthew - 5. Who is Jesus?
Dan and Laurence get to the heart of the matter in episode 5 of our series on Matthew's Gospel. They set out to answer the question: "Who is Jesus?" by focusing on Matthew 16, where the disciple Peter declares what he thinks. In the space of just a few verses, four different phrases to describe Jesus emerge and they explore the meaning of each of them in turn. Join Dan and Laurence as they put the pieces together to arrive at a full answer to "Who is Jesus?"
42 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
The Book of Revelation - 1. Foundations
Our first anniversary seems like a good time to start a new series! Paul and Dan are tackling the Book of Revelation together. It's mysterious and confusing, but Paul and Dan start by putting it in its place in the Biblical story - right at the transition from the Apostles to the next generation who are taking the early churches forward into ... whatever comes next! They lay the foundations by establishing what kind of book it is and defining an approach which aims to hear the text as it would have been heard by the churches of Asia to whom it was first read. Join us in listening to the message of this amazing piece of literature!
27 minutes | May 30, 2021
The Believer and Community
A bit of a change of focus for this episode as Josh talks to Kat about an aspect of faith in the modern world, faith in real life situations, in the here and now. They reflect on what it means to be a believer as part of a community, and specifically, their experience of how believing communities adapted to the pandemic and what they may have learned as we head into a 'new normal'.
51 minutes | May 16, 2021
Discover Jesus in Matthew - 4. The Kingdom of Heaven
Laurence and Dan pick up where they left off in Matthew's Gospel by exploring why Matthew uses the phrase: "the Kingdom of Heaven" so often. When Jesus says "the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!" what kind of kingdom is he talking about? Is heaven a location or something else? Dan and Laurence discover that the kingdom concept is deeply rooted in the message of Israel's ancient prophets while also carrying a timeless call to action. Intrigued? Listen on... a slightly longer episode than usual, but hey... it's about the Kingdom of Heaven!!
42 minutes | May 2, 2021
What is a soul? Can it be destroyed? Where does it come from and where does it go? In this episode Laurence and Paul get underneath the biblical meaning of 'soul' and they find that the Hebrew and Greek words for soul reveal something quite unexpected. Oh and there may be a few musical references...
39 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
The Bible and History: "Don't tire now here comes Tyre!"
Paul and Dan take another look into how the Bible narrative and the prophets intersect with history, this time focusing on the city of Tyre. Starting with a historical source that every Bible student should be familiar with, Asterix the Gaul, they take a deeper look at a short passage about the island fortress from the prophet Ezekiel. By exploring what actually happened to Tyre, Dan and Paul tease out how the language of the prophets can be read and understood. They close by thinking about the role that Tyre plays in the narrative and highlight how that is relevant to faithful Christians today.
33 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
"He is risen!"
Here we are in Easter 2021 and Christians are still talking about the resurrection! What's the deal?! Josh and our guest for this episode, Nathan Sutcliffe, discuss the origin of this astonishing claim and highlight the historical phenomena that simply refuse to be explained by anything else other than Jesus actually rising from the dead. We'd love to hear your thoughts on this world-changing few days in history and what it means to you. Wishing all our listeners safety and peace this Easter.
47 minutes | Mar 21, 2021
Discover Jesus in Matthew - 3. Tempted by the devil
Laurence and Dan continue their exploration of the Gospel of Matthew. This time they take a journey into the wilderness and, through the text of Matthew 4, they witness a strange encounter between the newly baptised Jesus and "the devil", the tempter, or satan. Who or what is this character? Is it a person or a being of some sort? As they explore the text they discover a number of 'flags' which indicate that all is not as it may seem at first sight. Intrigued?! Listen in to hear how their enquiries lead to a compelling explanation!
41 minutes | Mar 7, 2021
Thinking about the Trinity (2) Did Jesus pre-exist?
Our guest, Sam Walton explains his thoughts on this question to Josh and Jon. The legacy of Jesus of Nazareth is felt today in all kinds of ways, in religion, in culture, music and art. But what about the question that Christians and others have been asking and debating for centuries - Did Jesus pre-exist? Was he alive in some sense before being born into a quiet small town in Israel about 2000 years ago? And if that question is answered with a yes or with a no, does it change anything for Christians? Enjoy the conversation and let us know what you think!
40 minutes | Feb 21, 2021
Discover Jesus in Matthew - 2. God with us
Laurence Davenport and Dan Weatherall continue delving into the gospel of Matthew. The focus this time is how well structured the book is around major themes that are developed throughout the book. Jesus is presented as someone with authority and he is given that curious name, Immanuel. What does that mean? And how would the first readers of Matthew have understood God to be with them? Listen in to discover more about Jesus!
35 minutes | Feb 7, 2021
Thinking about the Trinity (1)
We begin a new series in which we explore the deep questions around the relationship between God and Jesus, the Son of God. In this episode Josh Dean and Paul Davenport look at how Unitarians and Trinitarians both look at the same scriptural 'raw materials' but come to different conclusions. Why is that? How should we evaluate whether one view is more appropriate than the other? Are they both truly Christian perspectives? We'd love to hear your point of view on the questions raised here. Let's help each other understand the Bible better!
33 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
Discover Jesus in Matthew - 1. First things first
Famous names and outsider characters - they're all in the family tree of Jesus right at the beginning of Matthew's Gospel! Laurence Davenport and Dan Weatherall start a series of episodes that explores this book in greater detail to discover the real Jesus. Listen in to find out why some apparently dubious (but actually faithful) women feature in the opening verses of this Gospel and what that helps us to discover about Jesus!
41 minutes | Jan 10, 2021
Join the dots: connecting with God
We have a new guest for a new year! Becky Lewis discusses with Paul Davenport whether it's right to think of God as distant and unfeeling, as is often the portrayal in popular culture. By drawing from the Bible from the creation narrative through to how Jesus treated people and on through to the final chapters of Revelation, we find God revealed as deeply invested in seeking close relationships with people and indeed connecting people together in a family. Listen in to see how dominant this theme is in the Bible!
45 minutes | Dec 26, 2020
Why read the Bible?
For our final podcast of 2020, we’re bringing you a discussion we recorded when lockdown started in the UK in March 2020. It seems like an age ago but also like yesterday - when we were just getting to the point of that first lockdown haircut! The subject is "Why read the Bible?" which seems just as relevant as we go into a new year in a world very much still in the grip of uncertainty. And so, whatever 2020 has been like for you, whether it's given you sadness or joy or additional stress and strain, perhaps it's comforting to know that the still small voice of the divine, revealed through an ancient text, will always be there waiting for us to listen. So we hope you enjoy this discussion and we wish you all the best for 2021.
34 minutes | Dec 13, 2020
Founding a Faith
This episode is all about the new book "Founding a Faith" recently published by Tom Gaston. Dan Weatherall asks Tom about some of the concepts explored in the book, such as whether we should build our faith like a tower with a foundation or as a flexible web of interconnected ideas - which is more resilient? Also discussed is the whole perplexing issue of why God should be so hidden and what that means we should expect from the Bible as containing his revelation. Listen in to hear Tom's perspective.
40 minutes | Nov 29, 2020
The Human Question
This conversation asks another big question - what is human nature really like? Dan Weatherall and Stephen Blake, a professional counsellor, explore this topic and find that, although the Bible starts with the ideal of humans reflecting God's image, it more often paints a picture of struggle and failure. Why is that and can anything be done about it? Listen in to see where the conversation leads...
36 minutes | Nov 15, 2020
The God Question
The question that lies at the foundation of everything else that we talk about at Bible Feed - Is there a God? Paul Davenport and Sam Day explore three of the classic arguments for the existence of God and the common objections to them. Do you find them compelling? Which do you think is the most powerful? Listen and enjoy!
28 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
What is Bible Feed all about?
As we've reached our 10th episode we thought we should explain a little bit about our aims and our plans for the coming months! Paul and Dan, as members of a lay community called the Christadelphians, discuss what unique perspectives they think the Bible Feed podcast can bring to the wider Christian debate. You'll also discover how our approach is guided by the philosophy of Winnie the Pooh!! Listen on...
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