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Jesus was Born in Bethlehem, NOT Rome: Choosing to Lose the “War for Christmas”

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4 Minute Read Each year Christmas comes along and so do various controversies. Yesterday, my friend Jeff Clarke wrote: However, when we post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram our demand for people to Keep Christ in Christmas, we are in that moment displaying a degree of arrogance, not humility. Instead of pointing people to the humble …

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Paulcast: Rerouting the Romans Road: Audience and Purpose of Romans | S2 E2 (EP-70)

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 2, Episode 2 (2018) The audience and purpose of Romans is a foundational matter of debate in the study of Paul’s letters. In this episode, Kurt Willems 1) gives a broad background to the issues, 2) looks at the Romans Road as something that is an example …

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Paulcast: “Gentile” isn’t in the Bible… And Why it Matters | S2 E1 (EP-69)

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1 Minute Read Subscribe via iTunes or Google Season 2, Episode 1 (2018) What in the world is “a gentile?” This term gets used in the Bible but where did it come from? In this episode, Kurt argues that it actually isn’t a biblical term and we need to get it out of our English translations. …

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James: So Close to Jesus that his Language Changed (an insight from Scot Mcknight)

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5 Minute Read One of the highlights of my past couple of months was heading out to my denomination’s (BIC) bi-annual General Assembly. There were several significant moments that stand out from that gathering. However, I want to share one of them with you. ​But before I do, I wanted to let you …

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 …