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Where intellectual integrity meets an honest quest for faith. Humorous and sincere, this is one pastor's attempt at late-night-level honesty about the Bible, church history, theological scholarship, spiritual practice and...God. And how it might just turn out that love is the name of the game.

Where intellectual integrity meets an honest quest for faith. Humorous and sincere, this is one pastor's attempt at late-night-level honesty about the Bible, church history, theological scholarship, spiritual practice and...God. And how it might just turn out that love is the name of the game.
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Where intellectual integrity meets an honest quest for faith. Humorous and sincere, this is one pastor's attempt at late-night-level honesty about the Bible, church history, theological scholarship, spiritual practice and...God. And how it might just turn out that love is the name of the game.

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Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 33 - Why and How to Love the Other

10/14/2019
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The call to love the other - the neighbor, the stranger, even the enemy - is foundational to the Christian life. But why are we to love them? And perhaps even more importantly, how? Where do we find the mean to love those with whom we have no natural bond or affection, or perhaps those who would do us harm? In this episode we examine Paul's instruction on the love of other and how it is to be achieved. The biblical passage referenced in this sermon is: Romans 13:8-14 (NRSV) Want more...

Duration:00:44:36

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 32 - Church and State

10/2/2019
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The foundational confession of Christianity is that Jesus is Lord (and thus Caesar is not). So what are Christian to do with Caesar? What role has the civil government? In this episode Paul takes up the question of the relationship between the church and the state and arrives - as you might expect - at a very nuanced answer. Civil government is ordained by God, but that does not mean every governor is a divine appointee. How Christians are to navigate the distinction is the subject of this...

Duration:00:49:50

A Very Present Help in Trouble - Psalm 46

9/24/2019
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Sometimes life hands us the worst case scenario. This is a sermon about those moments and where we can find hope. It is not a sermon of platitude or cheap advice, but a deep look at scripture's own articulation of hope as found in Psalm 46. It's a poem none of us wants to need. But when we need it, we are so grateful for its presence. If you'd like to read the poem, you can find it here: Psalm 46 (NRSV) Want more content from Jesus at 2AM?? Learn how to become a patron! Want to...

Duration:00:40:58

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 31 - Love Genuinely

8/28/2019
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It will come as no surprise that, as Paul turns his attention to daily Christian living, love once again takes center stage. Having allowed our minds to be shaped by the Holy Spirit, now we are to live out the love of God toward others in some very specific ways. In this episode Paul details the manner of love that befits the Christian life - a manner which turns out to mirror the very love of Christ. The biblical passage referenced in this sermon is: Romans 12:9-21 (NRSV) Want more...

Duration:00:38:20

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 30 - How, Then, Should We Live?

8/15/2019
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Having revolutionized Hebrew theology, Paul now turns his attention to practice - how we are to live as the people of God for whom future salvation is breaking into the present, people who possess the Holy Spirit in our individual and collective center. And Paul's answer begins with nothing less than the very transformations of our minds. In this episode, guest preacher Joe Haley takes us through the passage that begins Paul's new section on Christian living in the real world. The biblical...

Duration:00:42:02

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 29 - Does Jesus Save Everyone?

8/7/2019
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At last we arrive at the ultimate question: Who is saved? We know by now that the answer is "the elect" (those whom God chooses to save). But who are the elect? Does God simply pick some for salvation (and either actively or passively choose others for damnation)? Does God turn the question back on us and let us determine for ourselves? Or is there a way in which God saves...everyone? In this episode we examine the conclusion to Paul's explanation of the salvation of the world and who is...

Duration:00:48:05

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 28 - God and His Olive Tree

7/30/2019
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The last piece in the puzzle of the salvation of the world is answering the question of who constitutes "the saved." For most of biblical history, the assumed answer was: Israel. But now, on the other side of the resurrection, a strange thing is happening: Gentiles are coming to faith (Paul's surest sign of salvation) en masse, while most of Israel is not. What are we to make of it all? In this episode Paul continues his explanation of God's saving intent with the analogy of an olive...

Duration:00:44:24

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 27 - The Saved Remnant of Israel

7/25/2019
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So, has God rejected his covenant people (thereby calling his faithfulness into question)??? Today we begin to see that the answer is no. And to explain what is happening with Israel's seeming rejecting of Jesus, Paul turns to the Hebrew scripture's theme of a "saved remnant." There is, says Paul, a subset of Israel set apart for faith. And through that remnant God is working out the salvation of us all. It is a brilliant piece of biblical interpretation and sensitivity to God that will...

Duration:00:40:22

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 26 - Connecting the Dots in God's Plan of Salvation

7/22/2019
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For those of us who’ve spent years in Christianity, the connection between the promises of God to Israel, the visions of the prophets, the ministry of Jesus and the mission of the church may seem (somewhat) clear. But that is only because Paul has made them clear! In this episode we look at an example of biblical interpretation par excellence, as Paul weave together strands of the scriptures never connected before, but once seen, reveal God's coherent plan for the salvation of the...

Duration:00:44:16

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 25 - Gentles In, Israel Out??? (Election Cont'd)

7/18/2019
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As Paul continues his discussion of salvation by election, it seems there has come a tremendous reversal: Gentiles (non-Jews) are coming to faith (the sign of election) in Christ, while most of ethnic Israel (heirs of the covenant promise of salvation) is not. What explains this turn of events? What mistake (if any) is Israel making? And does it all boil down to the classical Protestant debate between "faith" and "works"? Or is there still more to understand about the breath of God's...

Duration:00:49:22

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 24 - Will the Potter Destroy the Pot? (Election Cont'd)

7/15/2019
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Paul now turns to the seeming contradiction between justice and election. If one is saved only by God's sovereign choice, where is the justice in divine condemnation? It is a debate as old as theology and pivotal in the development of Western Christianity. While reminding humans of the need for humility before the divine will, Paul develops the analogy of a potter and his clay: Does clay have a claim to justice before a potter? The short answer is no, but perhaps there is a story behind...

Duration:00:40:25

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 23 - Who Is Included in God's Salvation? (Doctrine of Election)

7/9/2019
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From soaring heights of hope, Paul plunges dramatically to near despair as he now turns his attention to Israel and her collective lack of faith. After all, if, as Paul has argued, faith is the ultimate sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit at one's center, and the Spirit the sign and seal of our inclusion in the community of God's salvation, what is to be made of Israel's rejection of Jesus? Can it mean that Israel has been cut off from the covenant? And if so what does is say about...

Duration:00:42:26

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 22 - Hope, Hope and More Hope!

7/1/2019
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If you are looking for hope, you have come to the right place! In this episode we arrive at Paul's unequivocal declaration that there is nothing, truly nothing, that can separate God's people from his love. Nothing in life, nothing in death, nothing of any earthly ruler or spiritual power...nothing. Indeed so sovereign the God of love, that he can make all things work together for our ultimate good. Amen! It has been deep intellectual work to get here, but now we see the payoff: utter...

Duration:00:46:24

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 21 - The Future Made Present

6/27/2019
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In this part 2 (of 2) on Rom. 8:12-27, we look at the future dimension of salvation - what will occur at the end of the age as a result of the cross. And in so doing, we discover that the future is breaking into the present. While the vestiges of the old age (the reign of sin) endure, the future age of salvation has also begun. And thus the Christian life is lived in an overlap of two ages (which both explains the inner tension of the life of faith, and the need for both endurance and...

Duration:00:47:16

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 20 - Putting Sin to Death...Healthfully

6/24/2019
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This sermon is part 1 of 2 on Rom. 8:12-27, a critical passage in the letter, as Paul makes a transition from his discussion of how God has been active across history (including the cross) to accomplish our rescue, to how we are to live in the present age of the church. In particular, Paul discusses our new manner of life with the Holy Spirit at our center (where our Adam-ness once ruled). We know that we are to put sin to death. But how? And are there unhealthy manners of ridding sin from...

Duration:00:46:40

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 19 - From Death in Sin to Life in Christ!

6/20/2019
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What is the way out of humanity's captivity to sin? And what assurance do we have that we, personally, are included in God's project of salvation? In this episode, we take up these two critical questions as Paul explains the manner in which we have truly died to sin, and been raised, already, with Christ to new life. It is Paul's first major discussion of the Holy Spirit in Romans and a dimension of our salvation to which we often pay too little attention. But when we do, the result is a...

Duration:00:46:23

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 18 - The Weakness of the Will

6/17/2019
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We humans place too much confidence in willpower, particularly where the spiritual life is concerned. We imagine that what stands between us and true shalom is a greater internal effort. If only we could try harder, be more devout...we could make grand strides towards righteousness. In this episode we look at Paul's critical insight that volition is no antidote to sin (as our inability to Torah obey Torah proves!). Indeed, Torah's ultimate role was to bring sin starkly into the open where...

Duration:00:40:53

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 17 - The Deadly Paradox of Torah

6/13/2019
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So often we imagine that the road to holiness is marked out by the Law; that God's moral command is the key to reducing sin and increasing love in our lives. And thus our tendency to return to piety and legalism as strategies for intimacy with God. But, as Paul has already argued, the Law is powerless to accomplish this purpose! In this episode we examine Paul's exhortation for Christians to regard themselves as dead to sin, and why such regard is the only way to holiness. The biblical...

Duration:00:41:11

Romans: How God Saved the World, Part 16 - A Return to Slavery?

6/10/2019
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We humans have an incredible longing to return to Egypt. That is to say, to return to the land of our captivity, even after we have been set free. As harmful as it may have been, it was home...for a long time. And learning to manage freedom is harder than it looks. It was true for historical Israel, and it is true for us. Through Christ, we have been set free from our bondage to sin. And yet we have a strong propensity to return. In this episode Paul explains what such returns look like...

Duration:00:38:50

ANNOUNCEMENT: Video + More Coming to Jesus at 2AM!!!

6/6/2019
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I'm so grateful for all the success that Jesus at 2AM has had, and at last I am ready to do more! For years, you've been asking for additional resources - everything from video, to community forums, to individual spiritual direction. And after much work to discern the best way to make it happen, today I get to announce my new partnership with Patreon! You can hear all the details of what lies ahead in this special episode of the podcast. And when you're finished, would you take a moment to...

Duration:00:08:56