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Theology For The Rest of Us gives quick simple answers to some of the toughest questions about God, theology, religion, and the Bible. The show is designed to be a resource to help any person who wants to know more about God. The podcast is hosted by Kenneth Ortiz and a variety of guest co-hosts.

Theology For The Rest of Us gives quick simple answers to some of the toughest questions about God, theology, religion, and the Bible. The show is designed to be a resource to help any person who wants to know more about God. The podcast is hosted by Kenneth Ortiz and a variety of guest co-hosts.
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Theology For The Rest of Us gives quick simple answers to some of the toughest questions about God, theology, religion, and the Bible. The show is designed to be a resource to help any person who wants to know more about God. The podcast is hosted by Kenneth Ortiz and a variety of guest co-hosts.

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Episodes

254: Understanding Genesis 1: The Literary Framework Model with Tyler Vela

5/6/2018
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In this episode, Kenny interviews author, apologist, podcaster, and philosopher Tyler Vela to talk about the literary framework hypothesis of Genesis 1 as well as Tyler's thoughts about pieces of Genesis 1 being motifs and metaphors that would lead us to believe that Genesis 1 is in large part a polemic argument written by Moses on behalf of Yahweh the creator. Tyler Vela studied Philosophy and English at California State University, Sonoma. He also earned a Bachelors degree in Biblical...

Duration:01:30:57

253: Understanding Genesis 1 (Part 2): “A Parable of Steve Jobs”

4/25/2018
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This episode is very unique because Kenny uses the life of Steve Jobs as an illustration for this point. This episode is a sequel to the previous episode (Understanding Genesis One: Part 1) wherein Kenny gave the audience some history about how Christians have viewed Genesis 1 and where he also challenged the false narrative of uniformity that often is asserted by many modern Evangelical Christians. In that previous episode, Kenny then outlined the two primary ways of understanding and...

Duration:00:24:47

UPDATE: Mentionable, The Conference

4/18/2018
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Mentionable, The Conference May 18-19, 2018 Greensboro Christian Church 3232 Yanceyville Street Greensboro, NC 27405

Duration:00:05:42

252: Understanding Genesis One (Part 1)

4/10/2018
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There are many different ways to interpret and understand the book of Genesis, especially chapter one. In this episode, Kenny gives some history about how Christians have viewed Genesis 1 and he also challenges the false narrative of uniformity that often is asserted by many modern Evangelical Christians. Kenny outlines the two primary ways of understanding and interpretting Genesis 1 (and similar styles of Biblical literature): the concordist view and the non-concordist view. The...

Duration:00:22:24

251: Was Adam a Real Person?

4/4/2018
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In recent times there has been a new debate about the historicity of Adam. Was he a real man or is the Biblical figure just a metaphoric figure? Was he uniquely created or did he evolve? Does this even matter to modern Christians? In this episode, Kenny gives us several clear reasons why we should believe in a historical Adam and he teaches us why this matters to the Gospel. Recommended Reading 10 Reasons to Believe in a Historical Adam [Blog Post] Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They...

Duration:00:18:47

248: How Old Is the Universe? (Shorter Version)

4/1/2018
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This episode is somewhat unique in that it covers material from a previous episode, but in a shorter time. This episode covers the same content that is covered in episode 247 however this episode aims to cover the material is much less time (this episode is less than 17 minutes while episode 247 is nearly 45 minutes long). Questions and topics related to the origins of humanity, the age of the universe, and the age of the Earth often come up in debates and conversations whenever Christians...

Duration:00:16:27

247: How Old Is the Universe? (5 Views)

3/31/2018
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How old is the universe? How old is the Earth? These are questions often asked by Christians throughout the world, seeking to understand the origins of humanity while also seeking to reconcile the words of Scripture with the news updates coming from the world of science. In this episode, Kenny challenges listeners to be charitable and diplomatic when tackling this topic. Kenny gives various historical insights that are helpful, and then Kenny gives us five perspectives that are often...

Duration:00:44:45

246: “Never Settle For Normal” with Jonathan Parnell

3/15/2018
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Many people in our world are lacking true joy and satisfaction, longing for "something more" but so many of them end up settling for a sub-par life and sub-par spirituality, simply because they do not know the true source of joy and satisfaction. Furthermore, there are many genuine Christians that do not understand or value certain key doctrines and philosophies simply because they haven't been taught those truths and ideas in a manner that is accessible. In this episode, Kenny interviews...

Duration:00:49:21

245: Should We Judge Preachers Based on Theology?

1/16/2018
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A frequent (and tragic) trend in modern American Evangelicalism is the devaluing of the importance of quality doctrine and theology. This is evident in many ways in contemporary American Christendom, but fewer moments make this more obvious than when church leaders (and lay people) refuse to objectively (or critically) assess the theology, ideology, and preaching content of many prominent preachers. Many American Christians simply refuse to "pass judgement" on preachers. Is this right or...

Duration:00:18:51

UPDATE: More Episodes Coming in January 2018

11/22/2017
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More Episodes Coming in January 2018

Duration:00:14:22

244: Will People From All Denominations Go to Heaven?

8/19/2017
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In this episode, Kenny answers the question: Will people from all Christian denominations go to heaven, or will only certain ones, with the right doctrine, be saved in the end? This can be a controversial subject indeed, but Kenny seeks to make it simple by making the point that faith in Christ is what actually saves us, not right doctrines. Studying theology and doctrine is very important, and there are indeed certain types of doctrines and certain theological beliefs that may very well...

Duration:00:17:29

243: Prophecy Revisited

8/18/2017
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Last year, our host Kenny did a mini-series on the Holy Spirit, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Kenny tackled multiple topics related to the Holy Spirit. One of those topics was the topic of prophecy. You can listen to that episode here: "87: What is Prophecy?" Kenny made the case that the gift (or function) of New Testament prophecy has been grossly misunderstood by many contemporary Christians, and that the spiritual gift of prophecy often gets maligned...

Duration:00:14:23

242: Is There Such a Thing as “The One” Person to Marry?

8/17/2017
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Romantic relationships can be complicated, even under the best of circumstances, but they get even more complicated when flawed philosophies and bad theology are thrown into the mix. One of the flawed philosophies that often gets embraced, in terms of romance, is the ideal concept of a soulmate. While this concept has lost popularity over the past two decades within contemporary Christian circles, there are still many that believe and embrace it. In this episode, Kenny clearly tackles the...

Duration:00:19:22

241: When is It Okay to Disobey the Law?

8/16/2017
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Civil disobedience has long been an effective manner of protest, both in antiquity as well as in contemporary societies. The protests led by Gandhi in India, the American civil rights movement of the 20th century, and the Boston Tea Party (as a part of the events leading up to the American Revolution) have all been some of the most famous and most effective forms of civil disobedience in world history. Was it sinful for the founders of the USA to disobey the king of England in this manner?...

Duration:00:15:29

240: Is the United States a Christian Nation?

8/16/2017
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In response to an email from a regular listener which included a question about the mixture of Christian theology and American nationalism. Some Christians claim that the USA is a "Christian nation" and that we ought to structure our government with this ideal in mind. Is this true? Are we a Christian nation? If not, should we seek to make it an officially "Christian" country?

Duration:00:16:48

239: What Are Natural Rights?

8/9/2017
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In this episode, Kenny explains the concepts of natural rights and natural law. Kenny compares and contrasts natural rights, that originate from a source that transcends governments, with legal rights that originate from a national government or from the leadership of some jurisdiction. Kenny explains that the Biblical purpose for national governments is to bring law and order for the people, to acknowledge the natural rights of humans that have been given to us by God, and to build and...

Duration:00:14:28

238: What About the Sins of the Jewish Kings?

8/8/2017
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Throughout the pages of the Old Testament, many of the kings were sinful and wicked. In other cases they may not have lived a totally wicked lifestyle, but they made some very sinful choices. Why did God permit this? In response to an email from a regular listener, Kenny dives into this topic in this episode by asking Why did God allow the kings of the nation of Israel to sin in so many different ways? More importantly, does this mean that certain sins are okay for certain leaders or people?

Duration:00:07:57

237: Are the Jews Still God’s People?

8/1/2017
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In this episode, Kenny covers the topic of "replacement" theology, which is the term that Dispensationalists use when they are referring to concept that the Jews are no longer God's chosen people. That the church has "replaced" Israel. Dispensationalist typically embrace the idea that the Jews are still God's chosen people, that they still have a special covenant with God (which is separate and distinct with God's covenant with the church), and that the Jews still have special blessings...

Duration:00:21:54

236: Is Yoga Okay for Christians?

7/30/2017
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Recently, a regular listener sent Kenny an email asking about Yoga, and whether or not it is okay for Christians to practice it. Yoga is the traditionally Hindu theistic philosophy and ascetic discipline, that involves the suppression of activity, and is aimed at connecting with the spiritual realm in hopes of attaining a higher sense of self-awareness and also aimed at the absolute liberation from all desire and natural human inclination. Yoga traditionally has included mantras, unique...

Duration:00:20:55

235: Why Does Jesus Give Us “Glory”? (Examining John 17:22)

7/29/2017
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In this episode, Kenny responds to an email from a regular listener asking about the word "glory" and its definition in relation to how Jesus refers to it in John 17:22. In the passage in question, Jesus says these words: "I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one." (HCSB). Kenny explains that the word "glory" refers to fame, praise, exaltation, and honor. Typically, humans ought to make God famous as well as seek to praise and honor Him for who He is,...

Duration:00:13:56