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Episode 88: Rachel Held Evans - Reading The Bible Creatively

This week’s episode with Rachel Held Evans is among her last podcast interviews, recorded 2 months before her untimely passing on May 4. We offer this episode, unedited, in Rachel’s honor and as a testimony to her humor, insight, power, gentleness, and courage. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: "Inspired" by Rachel Held Evans"Searching For Sunday" by Rachel Held Evans"A Year of Biblical Womanhood" by Rachel Held Evans"Faith Unraveled" by Rachel Held Evans


Episode 87: Robert Alter - The Art of Translating the Bible

Robert Alter has spent most of his life committed to studying the Bible and the last two decades creating an entirely new translation of the Old Testament. Pete and Jared talk about some of the insights he has gained from seeing the Bible as a literary masterpiece. RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE: "The Art of Biblical Narrative" by Robert Alter"The Art of Biblical Poetry" by Robert Alter"The Art of Bible Translation" by Robert Alter"The Hebrew Bible: A Translation With Commentary" by...


Episode 86: Pete Enns - Pete Ruins Exodus (Part 2)

Pete continues his series in Exodus chapters 3 and 4. God reveals his plan to use Moses to deliver the Israelites from Egypt and Moses does everything he can think of to get out of it. He finally gets on board with the program, but not without a last minute bizarre twist and close call. links: Jeffrey Stackert Episode - Season 2


Episode 85: Austen Hartke - The Bible & The Lives of Transgender Christians

Austen Hartke shares his journey of being a transgender Christian and discusses how the Bible might speak to the inclusion of all people into the people of God. LINKS "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians" by Austen HartkeGender


Episode 84: Jared Byas - Paul is Frustrating: On Fornication & Wives Obeying Husbands in Colossians

Why does Paul say there are no longer slaves but then turns around and tells slaves to obey their masters? What gives? Do wives need to submit to their husbands just because Paul says so? Geez, Paul can be so frustrating.


Episode 83: Judy Stack - The Gospel of Matthew on Integrity & Hypocrisy

What is Matthew all about? Why does it look the way it does? In this episode Judy Stack takes us to school and helps us to see the Gospel in a new light.


Episode 82: Linda Kay Klein - Breaking Free From Purity Culture

Having grown up being told her body was bad, Linda Kay Klein was on a mission to hear from women about their own experiences with Purity Culture. In this episode we talk about what the Bible has to say about sexual purity and maybe more importantly, what it doesn’t. "Pure" by Linda Kay KleinBreak Free TogetherOur Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum


Episode 81: Pete & Jared - Truth is Subjective . . . Even in the Bible

When people find out that the Bible is ancient, ambiguous, and diverse, they often ask, "Is the Bible true then?" Pete and Jared dive into the topic and talk about how truth–in the Bible–is subjective. Resources mentioned in this episode: "The Historical David" by Joel Baden "Luv is a Verb" by DC Talk Is the Bible True? Course


Episode 80: Jonathan Walton - Reading the Bible Through the Lens of Love

What does it mean to remain faithful to the Bible but also have a moral imagination that might extend beyond the Bible? How can that be done? We talk with Jonathan Walton about how he connects those dots and why he feels it’s the way to remain faithful to the Bible. "A Lens Of Love" by Jonathan Walton


Episode 79: Austin Channing Brown - Preaching the Bible in the Black Church

This week on The Bible for Normal People, we have Austin Channing Brown as our guest. She shares about her experience growing up in various churches and what we can learn from black churches - especially when it comes to preaching the Bible. LINKS: I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


Episode 78: Pete Enns - Pete Ruins Exodus (Part 1)

There’s a lot more going on in the book of Exodus than what you’ve seen on the big screen or heard in church. More than a story of deliverance, Exodus is a subtle literary creation that contains many surprises when we read it closely. Join Pete here for Part 1 of this series where he looks at some big picture issues (like “did it happen?”) before walking us through the themes of chapters 1 and 2.


Episode 77: Elizabeth Enns Petters - Anxiety in the Life of Faith

Anxiety in the life of faith is a conversation that needs to happen more often. Elizabeth Enns Petters talks with us about her journey and how her old views on the Bible contributed to her anxiety and how her new views on God and faith have given her a new perspective on life. Blog: Twitter: eepetters Instagram: elizabethpetters


Episode 76: Xavier Pickett - So When Did White Christian America Lose Its Mind?

In this episode, Pete & Jared talk to Xavier Pickett about the Bible and slavery, the Bible and race, and the importance of theologian James Cone. RESOURCES Reformed Blacks of America "The Civil War as a Theological Crisis" by Mark Knoll "Stony The Road We Trod" by Dr. Cain Hope Felder "How The Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns LINKS


Episode 75: Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch - The Bible & Film

We talk often about how the Bible isn’t opposed to culture but is deeply embedded in it. Rhonda Burnette-Bletsch shows us how true that is in film by walking us through a few popular movies and how they relate to the Bible. You can find Rhonda's list of movies at the end of this blog post.


Episode 74: Pete & Jared - God’s Children Tell the Story

All human beings are encultured creatures and limited by their humanity—as were the Biblical writers, and evidence for that jumps out at us at every page. The raw and limiting humanity of Scripture is to be embraced and celebrated rather than explained away.


Episode 73: Propaganda - What Does Christian Art Even Mean?

Hip Hop artist Propaganda joins Pete and Jared for the season 3 opener and shares some deep—and we mean deep—thoughts about the music industry, artistic integrity, and what being Christian in all that means and doesn’t mean. Download Propaganga's album, "Excellent" on iTunes


Season 3 Teaser

Here's a sneak peek of what's coming in Season 3 of The Bible For Normal People podcast.


Episode 72: What Is the Bible & What Do We Do with It: Season 2 Recap

In this episode, Jared and Pete look back at all of their guests in Season 2 to talk about language, history, and how personal experiences can't help but affect how we read the Bible. All in the effort to ask that perennial set of questions: What is the Bible and What do We Do With It?


Episode 71: Brad Jersak - The Bible And Orthodox Faith

In this episode, Jared & Pete talk to Brad Jersak about how Orthodoxy views the Bible, and some other things, and how those differ from Evangelicalism. Resources mentioned in this episode: "The Mirror of Scripture" by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo"A More Christlike God" by Brad Jersak"How The Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns


Episode 70: Pete Enns - TGC Doesn’t Really Get Progressive Christianity and Atheism

In this episode, Pete responds to an article from The Gospel Coalition entitled, "3 Beliefs Some Progressive Christians and Atheists Share." He takes issue with the harmful rhetoric that polarizes Evangelicalism creating an "us vs. them" mentality among brothers and sisters in Christ. He points out that Progressive Christianity shouldn't be a pejorative term but one that describes a creative and inquisitive faith seeking to evolve with their understanding of the scripture. resources...