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Kurt Willems

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Kurt Willems (MDiv, MA) is the founding pastor of Pangea Church (Seattle), curator of both The Paulcast and Rapture Drill podcasts, blogger at The Pangea Blog (hosted by Patheos.com), and resourcer of an intelligent and humanizing faith at Theology Curator. [More About Kurt]

10 Years Ago, I Embraced Nonviolence & Anabaptism

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4 Minute Read In the past month or so, I’ve been interviewed on two different podcasts. ​​Bros, Bible’s, & Beer: This was fun. Three great guys who talk about faith from three different angles. One is closer to where I’d be at when it comes to theology. Another is more in the conservative-evangelical …

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Ronald Herms on Apocrypha and Second Temple Literature | S1 E10 (EP-68) – Paulcast

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 10 (Spring Season, 2018) In the last episode of the season, Kurt chats with Ronald Herms, co-editor of Early Jewish Literature: An Anthology. They talk apocrypha, second temple Judaism, and Jesus. This is a conversation that will help orient us towards the world and narratives …

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Craig Keener on Acts, Paul, and Miracles | S1 E9 (EP-67) – Paulcast

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 9 (Spring Season, 2018) In this episode, Kurt chats with biblical scholar and classicist Craig Keener. He has done extensive research on the book of Acts including producing a massive four volume commentary, which some have said may be the largest commentary ever produced on …

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1 Dragon and 2 Beasts – Rapture Drill Podcast

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 7 (Spring Season, 2018) In this episode, Kurt continues to look at Revelation in broad sweeps. Specifically, he looks at the ‘dragon’ (devil) and the two ‘beasts’ who show up in popular conversation about Revelation. Who are they for John and his audience? You might …

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Rachel Held Evans on the Inspired Book | S1 E8 (E66) – Paulcast

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 8 (Spring Season, 2018) In this episode, Kurt chats with Rachel Held Evans. She has written numerous books on faith and her latest is called: Inspired – Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. It is a fun conversation full of great …

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Andy Stanley Unhitched the Hebrew Scriptures? | S1 E7 (EP-65) – Paulcast

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 7 (Spring Season, 2018) Andy Stanley. He said that “Peter, James, Paul elected to unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures, and my friends, we must as well.” And, taken on its own, that is a radical statement that has caused a bit of …

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Rapture Drill: Lowercase gods & 7 Churches in Revelation | S1 E1 (EP-6)

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 6 (Spring Season, 2018) In this episode, Kurt Willems explores the imperial cult, the gods of the Roman Empire, and how they influence the 7 cities in Revelation. The followers of Jesus have to navigate how to give the slaughtered Lamb their full allegiance, when …

What happens to people who never hear about Jesus? (4 Views)

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7 Minute Read Is it fair for God to treat people who have honestly never heard this stuff the same way he treats people who knowingly reject him? Is ignorance as bad as an intentional embrace of evil? Christians have historically answered these questions three ways, positing theories that are today called exclusivism, inclusivism, and postmortem evangelism.

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Rapture Drill: Resistance and Hope in Revelation | S1 E5 (EP-5)

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 5 (Spring Season, 2018) In this episode, Kurt Willems looks at Revelation through its broad themes and genre. It is apocalyptic literature and must be read as such. It is a book of resistance and hope in the midst of oppression. Civil religion wants our …

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Are Men Really in Charge? Women and Headship with Lucy Peppiatt | S1 E6 (EP-64)

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 6 (Spring Season, 2018) The idea of headship is odd to modern readers of the New Testament. Paul’s view of women in the church and home is one of the most challenging teachings to understand. In this interview, Lucy Peppiatt helps us to demystify 1 …