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Questioning Christianity Podcast
32 minutes | Jan 24, 2021
Can We Change God's Mind?
51. Can we change God's mind through prayer? It's a tough question, and the Bible contains examples that support both a 'yes' and 'no' answer. But what's the point in asking God for things if He never changes His mind? Let's try to talk about it (without delving into a somewhat pointless systematic theological debate) on the next Questioning Christianity Podcast.
33 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Watch Out For Those Dogs!
What are the rules for becoming a follower of Jesus? Well, if we were to tell you, then we might be one of those dogs that Paul warns about in Philippians...and not the fluffy "man's best friend" sort of dog. No, first century dogs hunted in packs, scavenged, and preyed on the weak. That's how Paul describes anyone who puts religion as the entryway to Jesus. So watch out for those dogs (and don't be a dog yourself)! Speaking of rules, we discuss a listener's question about why Jesus thought it was okay to break the law. Join us for episode 50 of Questioning Christianity.
31 minutes | Sep 29, 2020
49. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that we can agree on almost nothing. We allow ourselves to be divided because of politics, social justice issues, the national anthem, and whether or not that crazy Tiger King-guy should be in prison. Are we missing something by focusing on these differences? Could it be that humanity has a mystical connection with one another in Christ?
40 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
Questions About Death
48. It's a real bummer of an episode for sure...the topic is death. What happens when we die? Why is death a part of God's plan for humanity? What can we do to bring comfort to people who are grieving? What's the worst thing to say to someone who loses a loved one? Also, Rob builds a birdhouse.
24 minutes | Jul 12, 2020
47. 2020 is shaping up to be a weird year (to say the least). Anxiety levels are high. Whether it's the pandemic, social injustice, the mask debate, Sahara dust cloud, or murder hornets - things seem to go from bad to worse! But is it possible that things are actually getting better? How can we find peace in the midst of chaos?
38 minutes | May 25, 2020
Aliens & Exiles - The Gospel According to Peter
46. Peter left his home, work, and family to follow Jesus - the messiah that Peter thought would lead a revolution to overthrow the Roman empire. But those dreams died when Jesus was crucified. But after the resurrection, Peter started seeing things differently. He experienced a paradigm shift and was able to see a larger countercultural plan at work.
27 minutes | Apr 28, 2020
Hey! He Breathed on Me!
45. According to the Gospel writers, Jesus came back to life and began appearing to his disciples though they didn't always recognize him. Jesus also said and did some weird things...like breathe on them (a big no-no by today's social distancing standards)! What is the significance of Jesus' resurrection to the Christian faith? What was Jesus doing during the time he was dead? And what if you can't make yourself believe such a far-fetched story? Let's chat about it on the Questioning Christianity Podcast.
27 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Wee Little Man
44. We go old school-Sunday School this week as we examine the story of that famous tree climbing wee little man, Zacchaeus. Is there more to this story than just a catchy song? Jesus causes quite a stir by inviting himself to Zacchaeus' place, and in doing so, snubs the religious establishment. Tune in to our latest wee little episode!
31 minutes | Mar 29, 2020
Fighting Fear with Love
43. Humanity is facing 2 pandemics - coronavirus and fear. How can we overcome fear? Many times we try to fight fear with faith, but maybe there's a better way. Love is a weapon to drive out fear, so let love win.
40 minutes | Aug 4, 2019
What is Heaven like?
42. What comes to mind when you think about Heaven? Often Heaven is portrayed as our "forever home" in the clouds - the place our souls escape to once our temporary tour of duty on earth is complete. Humanity's understanding of Heaven has evolved over the centuries. In this episode, we try to look at the development of Heaven as revealed through scripture and Jewish history. Let's see if we can identify misconceptions and half-truths that may have corrupted our modern view. What is Heaven really like?
35 minutes | Jul 2, 2019
God, Guns, and Freedom
41. What's more Christian than baseball and apple pie? This week we do some self reflection on patriotism, our citizenship in the Kingdom of God, and the ways some American Christians get seduced into nationalism.
40 minutes | May 3, 2019
Unworthy of Compassion
40. Jonah: "God, why didn't you destroy them? They're murderers and thieves. They're sick animals and they deserve to be put down. Where's your sense of justice?" Who is outside God's circle of compassion? Who is outside ours? How do we determine if someone is truly unworthy of compassion? We struggle with these questions in our final episode of the Jonah series.
32 minutes | Apr 14, 2019
Jonah - Worst. Sermon. Ever.
39. Jonah finally makes it to Nineveh and delivers a pathetic 8-word sermon. Perhaps more interesting though is the dichotomy of God's sovereign power and humanity's free will on display. God judges a people, causes a storm, sends a fish, and relents His judgement. Jonah runs away, tries to commit suicide, gives a crappy sermon, and a king repents. Let's grapple with the tension between these 2 powerful forces - God's sovereignty and humans' free will - in this episode of the Questioning Christianity Podcast.
38 minutes | Mar 16, 2019
38. What can you do when you find yourself trapped in darkness and it seems that God and everyone else has abandoned you? One writer refers to this as "the dark night of the soul." Rob shares his personal story of rediscovering spiritual joy even when life feels like you've been swallowed whole by a great fish.
41 minutes | Feb 24, 2019
37. Jonah’s disobedience personifies the disobedience of a whole nation...maybe both ancient and modern. What happens to human kind when we say “no” to God’s dream for us?
39 minutes | Feb 4, 2019
What's the deal with Jonah?
36. In his TV show, "River Monsters," angler Jeremy Wade searches the globe for man-eating sea creatures, but never once has Wade come across a fish so large that it can swallow a man whole...and alive! But that's exactly what happens to Old Testament prophet Jonah. Should we write this off as just another big fish tale? Or can we learn something from this really weird book of prophecy? The QCP gang will try to provide an overview of the book in this episode. #QuestioningChristianity
45 minutes | Jan 10, 2019
Who's coming to dinner?
35. Religion divides our society and causes conflict. Our doctrinal systems are great at separating the "in" crowd from the "out." But what if God was throwing a dinner party? Who would he invite? How exclusive would the guest list be? The answer might surprise you.
36 minutes | Dec 23, 2018
Pass the Plate
34. Is giving money to the institutional church a good investment? How much should I give? Where should that money be spent? Will I really be taken care of if I give more than I can afford? Jesus has some powerful things to say about a widow who feels obligated to give her last two pennies to the upkeep of the temple. We'll discuss it on #QuestioningChristianity.
41 minutes | Dec 8, 2018
Who's in the ditch?
33. M Night Shyamalan's movies are famous for having an unexpected plot twist at the end. Jesus uses the same story telling method in his parables; the audience is expecting one thing and he blindsides them with a twist. In this episode, we look at the familiar parable of "The Good Samaritan," and examine Jesus' big plot twist reveal - who's actually in the ditch? We also try to answer some questions sent in by the podcast family about predestination and bad Christian music. #QuestioningChristianity
34 minutes | Nov 18, 2018
You Better Think Better
32. Things are bad now, but it's gonna get worse. Eventually the world will become so evil that Jesus will return in judgement to end it all. Is this how you were taught to view the world? If so, you better think better! To repent means to change your mind, so change your world view! Paul encourages us to think about that which is beautiful, noble, and pure. Let's correct our stinkin' thinkin' on the next #QuestioningChristianity podcast.
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