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Let's Talk About the Bible
49 minutes | 4 months ago
Hope When You Don't Feel It
Rachel Hagewood and Ben Howard are joined by Beth Ritter-Conn, a lecturer at Belmont University's College of Theology and Christian Ministry. Together they talk about what it means to feel hope in dark times when you just don't feel it, how to process a lot of the struggles we've been going through in the last year, and what is giving us hope today.
57 minutes | 4 months ago
Hope in Christ
In today's episode Rachel and Ben talk about our hope in Jesus Christ and how it spans the spectrum from the routine and every day to the profound. They look at the story of John the Baptist and his interaction with Jesus, Jesus' early ministry and how he overturned the expectations of the Messiah, Paul's thoughts about what it means to place our hope in Christ, and finally the ultimate goal of our hope described in Revelation.
44 minutes | 5 months ago
Diversity and Inclusion with April Casperson
Rachel and Ben are joined by Rev. April Casperson, the director of diversity and inclusion for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church to talk about how she works with churches to become more diverse, what diversity really looks like, and why it's so complicated even when we have the best of intentions.
50 minutes | 5 months ago
Made in God's Image
This week Ben and Rachel talk about what it means to be made in the image of God. They'll explore passages from Psalms, Philippians, and the Gospel of John as they discuss how we can dismantle our assumptions about what it means to be human and embrace the identity we are given as God's creation.
50 minutes | 6 months ago
Worshiping Online with Bruce Reyes-Chow
Rachel and Ben talk to Bruce Reyes-Chow, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto, about his experiences with online worship, both before COVID-19 and during the pandemic, the importance of simplicity and community in shaping online connections, and where he sees online worship heading in the future.
49 minutes | 6 months ago
Places of Worship
Rachel and Ben talk about different places of worship throughout the Bible. They start by exploring altars in the Old Testament before moving on to synagogues and other worship communities in the Gospels and Acts. Finally, they discuss Revelation's depiction of worship in the throne room. Throughout they talk about the purpose of worship, how it empowers us to know God, and how the places we worship can shape the way we understand who God is.
59 minutes | 7 months ago
The Road from Raqqa with Jordan Ritter Conn and Riyad Alkasem
This week Rachel and Ben talk to author Jordan Ritter Conn and chef Riyad Alkasem about Jordan's new book The Road from Raqqa which tells the true story of Riyad and his brother Bashar. It's a story filled with the hard truths of war, struggle, and the pain of leaving home, but also one with hopes, dreams, and the power of hospitality.
61 minutes | 7 months ago
Making the Covenant
This week, Rachel and Ben explore four stories about making covenants. They talk about the importance of symbolism and ceremony when it comes to making covenants, how memorials and reminders play a role in helping us a keep our covenants, and what it means to re-establish a covenant once it's been broken.
64 minutes | 8 months ago
Interview with Hannah Adair Bonner
This week, Rachel and Ben talk with Hannah Adair Bonner about advocating for justice, learning how to change your mind and how to better listen to unheard voices. Hannah is a speaker, member of the UMC clergy, and the author of The Shout: Finding the Prophetic Voice in Unexpected Places.
62 minutes | 8 months ago
Paul, Romans and Salvation
This week on Let's Talk About the Bible, Rachel and Ben explore the conversion story of Paul in Acts, Paul's theology of salvation in his letter to the Romans, and why Paul's writing can be really, really confusing sometimes.
49 minutes | 9 months ago
Interview with Jorge Acevedo
Jorge Acevedo is the lead pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Florida. Jorge is also the author of Holy Living: Neighboring. He recently co-authored a book called The Field Guide to Methodist Fresh Expressions. Join us for this conversation with Jorge.
64 minutes | 9 months ago
In this episode Rachel and Ben discuss what it means to be a neighbor by looking at five stories from Jesus' ministry. They'll explore some of these familiar stories in unique ways as they look to unpack what it means to be a neighbor and what it means to care for those around us.
54 minutes | 10 months ago
Interview with Rev. Megan Castellan
This week Rachel and Ben sit down with Rev. Megan Castellan to talk about her time studying in Jerusalem, the state of Israeli/Palestinian relations, and how our faith can guide us as we seek to understand and navigate this complicated and contentious topic.
46 minutes | 10 months ago
People of God
Rachel and Ben discuss another theme in the Bible. Join us as we talk about the people of God. Enjoy!
44 minutes | a year ago
Second Interview with Dr. Brian Sigmon
Dr. Brian Sigmon is an acquisitions editor at The United Methodist Publishing House. In this conversation, we discuss prophecy and how it is used in scripture.
49 minutes | a year ago
In this episode, Rachel and Ben take a look at the phrase "new creation," its nuances, and how we can use this often oversimplified term to better under our relationship with God.
38 minutes | a year ago
Interview with Rev. Keith Caldwell
Rachel and Ben are joined by Rev. Keith Caldwell, the president of the Nashville branch of the NAACP, to talk about racism, policing, the protests over the past week, and why it's so important to think of each other as humans made in the image of God.
18 minutes | a year ago
Homelessness - FaithLink Episode
Rachel and Ben talk about the factors that lead to homelessness, some of the stereotypes around homelessness, and what churches and people of faith can do to respond to this issue. This conversation is based on the FaithLink issue "Homelessness" by Kira Austin-Young. It is available here.
25 minutes | a year ago
Opening Up - FaithLink Episode
This week, Rachel and Ben talk about the moral questions that surround easing social distancing restrictions, why it's so difficult to answer some of these questions, and what our faith means for the way we process these complicated choices. This episode is based around the FaithLink issue "Opening Up" by Benjamin Dueholm and can be purchased at cokesbury.com/faithlink
58 minutes | a year ago
Interview with Michael McRay and Jeannie Alexander
Continuing our conversation on grace, please enjoy this interview with Michael McRay and Rev. Jeannie Alexander, as we discuss the prison system. Michael T. McRay is a writer, facilitator, and story-practitioner living in Nashville, Tennessee. He’s the author of multiple books, including I Am Not Your Enemy: Stories to Transform a Divided World (Herald Press, 2020). Rev. Jeannie Alexander is the director of No Exceptions Prison Collective. She is also a co-founding resident of Harriet Tubman House, an interfaith community dedicated to restorative practices in earth stewardship and human rights.
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