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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]

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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 …

Cosmic Signs Don’t Signal a Rapture (Another Prediction by David Meade)

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5 Minute Read I thought you might want to know that the rapture is set to occur on April 23rd. According to Christian Numerologist David Meade, we all need to be ready. <<<By the way, this reflection is based on podcast episode #4 from, Rapture Drill: Reframing Revelation, the End Times, & Our Weird …

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Rapture Drill: Cosmic Signs Don’t Signal a Rapture (Unless People Disappear Next Week) | S1 E4 (EP-4)

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1 Minute Read That one time David Meade predicted the rapture and the end of the world. Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 4 (Spring Season, 2018) In this episode, Kurt Willems talks about a self-proclaimed “Christian Numerologist” and multi-failed rapture predictor, David Meade. The conspiracy theories continue to abound, especially when it comes …

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Paul the Pagans’ Apostle with Paula Fredriksen | S1 E5 (EP-63)

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 5 (Spring Season, 2018) This conversation is with Prof. Paula Fredriksen. She is a well-known scholar of early Christianity and Judaism. She discusses themes from her latest book, Paul: The Pagans’ Apostle. GIVE THE SHOW SOME LOVE 1) If you would be so kind to …

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Rapture Drill: John was a Refugee (backstory of Revelation’s author) | S1 E3 (EP-3)

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 3 (Spring Season, 2018) In this episode, Kurt Willems considers the real life of John, the author of the book of Revelation. It is quite plausible that John was a refugee in a literal sense. He was part of a Jewish group of Jesus followers …

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Rapture Drill: The N.T. Wright Episode | S1 E2 (EP-2)

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 1, Episode 2 (Spring Season, 2018) In this episode, Kurt Willems chats briefly with N.T. Wright about Revelation. Kurt spends significant time discussing Wright’s work on ‘new creation’ and attempts to frame any conversation of the so-called ‘end times’ around that theme. Here’s a free resource: Revelation Cheat …