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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 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

Episode 23: Our Cognitive Biases, and How They Keep Us from Understanding the Bible Correctly

2/14/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack reads from and discusses an article about his observations of various cognitive biases that were in play at the time of the controversial Freddie Gray death in 2015. He details a list of 46 biases he observed in various people of different social, racial, and political backgrounds, and then discusses how biases of … Continue reading Episode 23: Our Cognitive Biases, and How They Keep Us from Understanding the Bible Correctly →

Duration:01:23:35

Episode 22: Jesus’ Resurrection Day Was a Bigger Deal than You May Realize!

2/14/2021
The mass resurrection of “many holy people” just after Jesus himself was raised. DESCRIPTION: In something of a follow-up to Episode 19 (Hebrews 11), Jack reads and comments on a blog article of his (pasted below from his blog, concerning how the “cloud of witnesses” from Hebrews 12:1 were the “many holy people” who were … Continue reading Episode 22: Jesus’ Resurrection Day Was a Bigger Deal than You May Realize! →

Duration:01:20:47

Episode 21: What All Has Changed in the Experience of Believers from the First Century Until Now?

2/3/2021
DESCRIPTION: Continuing on the theme of “abandoned trails”, Jack opens many cans of worms that it’s difficult to get Christians to discuss today. He talks about changes that have occurred in the experience of believers from the First Century to now–and most of these are changes that most Christians would agree have happened (though some … Continue reading Episode 21: What All Has Changed in the Experience of Believers from the First Century Until Now? →

Duration:01:44:01

Episode 20: How God Values People

1/23/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack discusses the ideas that “God loves everybody” and how they stack up with the actual words in scripture. Much is made of the “gold and silver” passages, as well as passages about worthiness, usefulness, and so forth. SHOW NOTES Introduction to Reality-Based Thinking: https://youtu.be/v3qkk2jA1Jw This is Jack’s video podcast, which only has three … Continue reading Episode 20: How God Values People →

Duration:02:16:20

Episode 19: Hebrews 11, Faith, and What In The World Is Going On In America? Part B

1/17/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack continues with the discussion of the text of Hebrews 11, pointing out that these people “embraced the promises” of God regarding the afterlife for the faithful/righteous, and thus, lived a different life from those in the world around them who did not embrace those promises. He also discusses the concept of “when faith … Continue reading Episode 19: Hebrews 11, Faith, and What In The World Is Going On In America? Part B →

Duration:01:12:00

Episode 18: Hebrews 11, Faith, and What In the World Is Going On in America? Part A

1/17/2021
DESCRIPTION: Jack discusses the text of Hebrews 11, pointing out that these people “embraced the promises” of God regarding the afterlife for the faithful/righteous, and thus, lived a different life from those in the world around them who did not embrace those promises. He also discusses the concept of “when faith was rational”. All this … Continue reading Episode 18: Hebrews 11, Faith, and What In the World Is Going On in America? Part A →

Duration:01:31:00

Episode 17: Understanding “Blessed Are The Meek” (Matthew 5:5)

11/16/2020
DESCRIPTION: Jack talks about “Blessed are the meek…” from Matthew 5:5, demonstrating that the original idea behind the Greek here is a virtue that is sadly rare among Christians today. Patreon IssueOur apologies, but after setting up a Patreon account and announcing it in this episode, it came to our attention that Patreon has been … Continue reading Episode 17: Understanding “Blessed Are The Meek” (Matthew 5:5) →

Duration:01:24:41

Episode 16: Understanding Our Emotions. Part B

10/11/2020
DESCRIPTION: Jack continues this 2-part discussion by explaining more of the cognitive science and how it fits in with the way we tend to manage our Bible learning. It ends with a discussion of the “core doctrine” concept, and how that so frequently is used as a “thought stopper” for discussions Christians should naturally be … Continue reading Episode 16: Understanding Our Emotions. Part B →

Duration:01:08:49

Episode 15: Understanding Our Emotions. Part A

10/11/2020
DESCRIPTION: Jack explores what human emotions are and how they work–as well as why not knowing how to manage our emotions well can cause us to “shut down” in conversations about the Bible. He gives a basic description of the standard 2-part theory of the mind, as well as the newer 3-part version, and explains … Continue reading Episode 15: Understanding Our Emotions. Part A →

Duration:01:31:24

Episode 14: The Profile of a Fool, According to Proverbs. Part B

10/7/2020
DESCRIPTION: In this episode, Jack completes the discussion of the Proverbs passages about fools and foolishness. SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODEFor your convenience, I have listed all the scriptures used in this episode below. You may find it helpful to have this page open while you listen. RELATIONSHIPS NASB Proverbs 10:1b A wise son makes … Continue reading Episode 14: The Profile of a Fool, According to Proverbs. Part B →

Duration:01:23:34

Episode 13: The Profile of a Fool, According to Proverbs. Part A

9/27/2020
DESCRIPTION: In this “experimental” episode, Jack is off the script with a list of proverbs about fools and foolishness. It’s a frank and down-to-earth discussion comparing our intended role as people created in God’s image and likeness to the schemes that the fool would rather play out instead. NOTE: All the Bible passages used in … Continue reading Episode 13: The Profile of a Fool, According to Proverbs. Part A →

Duration:01:04:44

Episode 12: Family Discussion: More Challenging Thoughts About the American Mask Crisis

9/25/2020
DESCRIPTION: After we “finished” the three COVID-19 episodes, Jack kept thinking, and thought of some more very important related issues that Christians need to think about. This family discussion episode brings in Kay and James to consider some of the often-unrealized implications and consequences of conventional Christian wisdom on this issue. So if any of … Continue reading Episode 12: Family Discussion: More Challenging Thoughts About the American Mask Crisis →

Duration:01:32:56

Episode 11: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience, Part C

7/30/2020
DESCRIPTION: This is the third of a 3-part series on this topic. Also, this entire podcast is designed for you to start at Episode 1 and work your way forward. If you don’t, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage when starting here.In this episode, Jack finishes the discussion of Romans 13:1-7, and shows … Continue reading Episode 11: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience, Part C →

Duration:00:56:56

Episode 10: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience. Part B

7/30/2020
DESCRIPTION: This is the second of a 3-part series on this topic. Also, this entire podcast is designed for you to start at Episode 1 and work your way forward. If you don’t, you’re going to be at a real disadvantage when starting here.In this episode, Jack shows how the “higher powers” language of Romans … Continue reading Episode 10: The American Mask Crisis, and How Romans 13 Does Not Prohibit Civil Disobedience. Part B →

Duration:01:20:37