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Episode 99: Jennifer Knust - The Bible As A Living Document

This week Pete & Jared talk with Jennifer Knust. Show Notes →


Episode 98: Pete Holmes - Pete Holmes Talks About Comedy, Sex, & God

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, actor, comedian, and enlightened guru Pete Holmes joins Pete & Jared to talk about his interesting journey of faith and the importance of moving from reading the Bible with your head to reading it with your heart. Show Notes →


Episode 97: Pete Enns - Pete Ruins Exodus: Part 4

In this episode, Pete continues his deep dive into the book of Exodus covering chapters 14-19: the departure from Egypt and three-month journey to Mt. Sinai. Show Notes →


Episode 96: Jared Byas - Christian Ethics

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Jared responds to Skillet lead singer, John Copper, and his public statement, "What in God's Name is Happening in Christianity?" Jared unpacks Christian ethics and the origins of our collective concept of right and wrong. Show Notes → Genesis for Normal People: A pay-what-you-can online class about Genesis. For reals?! Get tickets for Sep 23, 2019.


Episode 95: Cheryl Bridges Johns - The Bible & Women’s Spirituality

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with theologian and professor Dr. Cheryl Bridges Johns about how feminism has changed over the years and the importance of both being rooted in your own traditions and staying open to "the other." Show Notes → Get Pete's new book: "How the Bible Actually Works" by Pete Enns


Episode 94: Pete & Jared - Do We Know God is Good From the Bible?

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared tackle the question: Do we know God is good from the Bible? If you have a question for Pete & Jared, submit it on the Ask Pete page of the website and it might be featured on an upcoming blog post or podcast episode. Show Notes → Support the podcast: The Bible for Normal People Patreon


Episode 93: Keesmaat & Walsh - Resisting Empire in the Book of Romans

This week Biblical Scholar Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat and Theologian Dr. Brian Walsh talk about what Paul was up to in the book of Romans. We visit topics like salvation and politics and how maybe those words don’t mean what we thought when it comes to the New Testament. Show Notes → Support the podcast: The Bible For Normal People Patreon


Episode 92: AJ Levine - Jesus, Judaism, & Christianity (REISSUE)

On this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, we look back to our time with Dr. Amy-Jill Levine on understanding Jesus is his Jewish context. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and the author of a number of books including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Show Notes → Support the podcast: The Bible for Normal People Patreon


Episode 91: Pete Enns - Pete Ruins Exodus (Part 3)

Pete continues his award-winning (his cat seems to like it) and mind-altering series on Exodus by diving into chapters 5-13: Moses and Aaron’s first confrontation with Pharaoh (which did and did not go well) and the story of the plagues, which are loaded with all sorts of symbolic, theological, and mythic meaning. Show Notes → Support the podcast: The Bible for Normal People Patreon


Episode 90: Richard Rohr - The (Biblical) Universal Christ

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Richard Rohr about the (biblical) universal Christ and how this concept of Christ can expand our understanding of ourselves, the world, and God. Show Notes → Support the Podcast The Bible for Normal People Patreon


Episode 89: Pete and Jared - David’s Sordid Past: This Ain’t No Kids Story

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared take a close look at the call of David and the battle with Goliath (1 Samuel 16-17) to show how these biblical stories already portray David as a morally complex character from the beginning. These stories also tell us something of the intricate and layered nature of biblical storytelling. Show Notes → Support the podcast: The Bible for Normal People Patreon


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. Show Notes → Support the podcast: The Bible for Normal People Patreon


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