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Applying Reality-Based Thinking to the Bible

Applying Reality-Based Thinking to the Bible

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Applying Reality-Based Thinking to the Bible

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English

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Episodes

Episode 43: Dysfunctional Christianity

5/15/2022
DESCRIPTION: Jack reads and discusses an article from his blog (jackpelham.com) about how so much of Christianity today is dysfunctional, with believers not turning out very much like Jesus.

Duration:01:01:25

Episode 42: Why There is Suffering In This World, and Why Getting Mad at God About it is Foolish.

11/21/2021
DESCRIPTION: In this episode, we deal with questions that frequently arise, and that are rarely answered well. Why doesn’t God answer our prayers as we might think he should? Why are we in this world in the first place? Why is there so much suffering here? Scriptures used in this episode will be posted soon.

Duration:01:38:58

Episode 41: Eight Possible Ways Jesus Could Save The United States of America

9/5/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack discusses eight possible ways Jesus could fix the mess that is ailing America. It raises the question of just what we’re expecting when we pray for God’s help. Scriptures Used in this Episode Korah-style judgment. Numbers 16: 28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to … Continue reading Episode 41: Eight Possible Ways Jesus Could Save The United States of America →

Duration:01:29:14

Episode 40: Surprising Parallels Between The Harry Potter Saga and Authentic Christianity

8/8/2021
DESCRIPTION: Harry Potter spent the first eleven years of his life in the care of the unloving Dursley family, who had little concern for Harry, and very low expectations for the outcome of Harry’s life. In this episode, Jack draws several parallels between the follower of the whole-and-true Jesus and the general church culture of … Continue reading Episode 40: Surprising Parallels Between The Harry Potter Saga and Authentic Christianity →

Duration:01:55:10

Episode 39: You Are Not An Apostle.

7/5/2021
DESCRIPTION: A great deal of confusion exists in the churches today because of the careless attention that is given to the various roles that people played in the First Century ekklesia (“church” to most). Without careful attention, it’s easy to assume upon ourselves roles and promises that were given to someone other than us. This … Continue reading Episode 39: You Are Not An Apostle. →

Duration:02:10:23

Episode 38: Recommending an Interview with Dr. John Walton at BibleProject.org

6/21/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack discusses various things, including a great and relevant interview The Bible Project did with Dr. John Walton, regarding interpretations of Genesis 1. Jack mentions the Jack, Anne, and George Problem (Hector Levesque) from Cognitive Science, and how it has such a crucial lesson for us with Bible study. (The lesson is to consider … Continue reading Episode 38: Recommending an Interview with Dr. John Walton at BibleProject.org →

Duration:00:48:48

Episode 37: Jack’s Considerations for Good Bible Study, Part B

6/17/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack continues discussing several ideas about what makes for good Bible study attitudes and techniques. It ends with a discussion of how having a high IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is not necessary for good Bible study, where having a high RQ (Rationality Quotient) is. Jack’s Points (continued from Episode 36) 23. The (Protestant) Bible has … Continue reading Episode 37: Jack’s Considerations for Good Bible Study, Part B →

Duration:01:08:52

Episode 36: Jack’s Considerations for Good Bible Study, Part A

6/17/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack discusses several ideas about what makes for good Bible study attitudes and techniques. It ends with a discussion of how having a high IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is not necessary for good Bible study, where having a high RQ (Rationality Quotient) is. Jack’s Points Good Bible study should be done with a mental attitude … Continue reading Episode 36: Jack’s Considerations for Good Bible Study, Part A →

Duration:01:27:00

Episode 35: Would You Approve of How Jesus Would Run His Kingdom?

6/6/2021
DESCRIPTION: Throughout the history of humankind, there have been several distinct phases in how God has run things on the Earth. And every human is born into just one of these periods, and our lives rarely span across more than one or two of them at the most. But what if we don’t like what … Continue reading Episode 35: Would You Approve of How Jesus Would Run His Kingdom? →

Duration:01:43:58

Episode 34: Authentic Faith Will Swim Against the Tide

6/1/2021
DESCRIPTION: In this lengthy episode, Jack discusses the gradient of faith that exists between mere mental assent to the statement that “Jesus is Lord”, and the opposite extreme at which someone is fully persuaded that the Image of God is good, and wholeheartedly invests him- or herself to living in that Image. He tells several … Continue reading Episode 34: Authentic Faith Will Swim Against the Tide →

Duration:02:00:37

Episode 33: Understanding Baptism: Part A: John’s Baptism

5/30/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack begins the exploration of baptism, starting with John’s baptism. There seem to be four types of baptism discussed in the New Testament: John’s baptism, baptism into Jesus’ name, baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the metaphorical use of “baptism” by Jesus to describe the ordeal he was to undergo. Scriptures Used in this … Continue reading Episode 33: Understanding Baptism: Part A: John’s Baptism →

Duration:01:26:31

Episode 32: The Already-But-Not-Yet (ABNY) Salvation Language in the New Testament, Part B

5/15/2021
DESCRIPTION: This is Part B of a 2-part episode. Jack continues the discussion of the “salvation” language in the New Testament, and in this part, gets into the “children of God” and “sons of God” passages, too. SCRIPTURES READ IN THIS EPISODE Here are the “children of God” and “sons of God” passages in the … Continue reading Episode 32: The Already-But-Not-Yet (ABNY) Salvation Language in the New Testament, Part B →

Duration:01:12:57

Episode 31: The Already-But-Not-Yet (ABNY) Salvation Language in the New Testament, Part A

5/15/2021
DESCRIPTION: In this 2-part episode, Jack discusses how the New Testament writers and speakers didn’t only speak of salvation in the past tense, as so many of us today do, but also in the ongoing tense, and in the future tense. Taking all their language into account leads to some different conclusions that we might … Continue reading Episode 31: The Already-But-Not-Yet (ABNY) Salvation Language in the New Testament, Part A →

Duration:01:15:55

Episode 30: Vetting Your Expectations for the End Times and the Beginning Times, Too

4/16/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack talks about how it’s hard to know a prophecy has been fulfilled when you’re not sure about the details of what was supposed to happen. He also approaches the problems we run into when trying to understand Bible topics in neat, little packages when the fact of the matter is that we are … Continue reading Episode 30: Vetting Your Expectations for the End Times and the Beginning Times, Too →

Duration:02:06:33

Episode 29: The Story of the Many Who Did Not Listen, and of the Few Who Did

4/3/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack sums up the Bible as the story of the many who didn’t listen to God, and of the few who did—some even after having started off as non-listeners. This is timely for the Easter week because Jesus was the one who had been telling humans all along what was right and just and … Continue reading Episode 29: The Story of the Many Who Did Not Listen, and of the Few Who Did →

Duration:01:49:51

Episode 28: Why Exaggeration Is Lying, and We Love Our Labels!

3/28/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack reads and discusses two related from his blog, concerning how we tend to size things up, both in our own minds, and as we describe them to others. The discussion contains many practical examples from real life, including religion and politics. Articles read and discussed in this episode. Why Exaggeration is Lying. December … Continue reading Episode 28: Why Exaggeration Is Lying, and We Love Our Labels! →

Duration:01:02:58

Episode 27: Some Good Sense about Bible Application

3/28/2021
DESCRIPTION: Some say things like, “The goal of all good Bible study is application….”, but Jack takes a closer look at that idea, and gets into the nitty gritty of how consistently (or inconsistently) we apply (or don’t apply) various Bible verses. So this is a bit of a “get real” episode, in answer to … Continue reading Episode 27: Some Good Sense about Bible Application →

Duration:01:25:28

Episode 26: Liars Are Twisted People

3/25/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack reads from a recent blog post about how liars, not being able to twist the reality of things, have to twist themselves in order to pretend that things are different from how they really are. This is an extended discussion that’s highly relevant to the direction this podcast has been headed. Text of … Continue reading Episode 26: Liars Are Twisted People →

Duration:00:52:56

Episode 25: Whittling Christianity Down to a Twisted Lie

3/20/2021
DESCRIPTION: What happens when you omit certain teachings from Christianity? You can end up with a big picture that looks very little like what Jesus taught. In this short episode, Jack reads his recent blog post. Text of this Episode …the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. The phrase above, taken from … Continue reading Episode 25: Whittling Christianity Down to a Twisted Lie →

Duration:00:10:36

Episode 24: There Is No Special Bible for Lazy People.

3/12/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack reads from and discusses a two-part article from his blog, concerning how it simply takes work to study the Bible, and how the book, as fabulous as it is, simply wasn’t designed for lazy-minded people. General Links Introduction to Reality-Based Thinking: This is Jack’s video podcast, which only has three episodes, which together … Continue reading Episode 24: There Is No Special Bible for Lazy People. →

Duration:01:09:44