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4
Dec 2019

Blizzard, Blitzchung, and China

In this episode, Josh and Jesse talk about a recent controversy that started in a humble Hearthstone tournament, and has quickly become a major talking point in the Hong Kong conversation. This episode is a bit different from what we've touched on in the past few months, so we hope you enjoy our take on Blizzard, Hong Kong, and censorship culture.

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27
Nov 2019

TJ Sands is the Bling King

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This week, we talk to TJ Sands. TJ is a pastor working in the Oklahoma Conference, and leads the second-largest church in his conference. He's also passionate about discourse and honest conversations, and boy do we have one for you today! Jewelry and the use of it has been a divisive issue in the church ever since the Victorian era. Even today, people look down at those who wear wedding earrings, necklaces, or even wedding bands. So, what's the deal? Does the Bible truly prohibit it, as many assume, or is there something deeper to the conversation?

(05:30) Question of the Week:

(15:56) The 'Clobber Texts.'

1 Timothy 2.8-10 (NKJV)

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.

Isaiah 3.18-23 (NKJV)

In that day the Lord will take away the finery; the jingling anklets, the scarves, and the crescents; the pendants, the bracelets, and the veils; the headdresses, the leg ornaments, and the headbands; the perfume boxes, the charms, and the rings; the nose jewels, the festal apparel, and the mantles; the outer garments, the purses, and the mirrors; the fine linen, the turbans, and the robes.

1 Peter 2.9 (NKJV)

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Exodus 33.3-4 (NIV)

"'Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.' When the people heard these distressing words, they began to mourn and no one put on any ornaments."

1 Peter 3.3-4 (NKJV)

Do not let your adornment be merely outward – arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel – rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

(32:50) Verses that Portray Jewelry in a Positive Light 

Genesis 24.47 (NIV) nb: improperly quoted as Genesis 22

“I asked her, ‘Whose daughter are you?’ “She said, ‘The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milkah bore to him.’

“Then I put the ring in her nose and the bracelets on her arms,..."

Exodus 3.22 (NKJV)

And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed. But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians.

Proverbs 1.8-9 (NIV)

"Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck."

Ezekiel 16.8-14 (NIV)

"‘Later I passed by, and when I looked at you and saw that you were old enough for love, I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your naked body. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Sovereign Lord, and you became mine.

“‘I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you. I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put sandals of fine leather on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments. I adorned you with jewelry: I put bracelets on your arms and a necklace around your neck, and I put a ring on your nose, earrings on your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth. Your food was honey, olive oil and the finest flour. You became very beautiful and rose to be a queen. And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign Lord.'"

Song of Solomon 1.10-11 (NIV)

"Your cheeks are beautiful with earrings, your neck with strings of jewels.We will make you earrings of gold, studded with silver."

Jeremiah 2.32 (NIV)

"Does a young woman forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number."

Isaiah 49.18 (NIV)

"Lift up your eyes and look around; all your children gather and come to you. As surely as I live,” declares the Lord“you will wear them all as ornaments; you will put them on, like a bride."

Isaiah 61.10 (NIV)

"I delight greatly in the Lordmy soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels."

(38:13) Jesus and Jewelry

Matthew 7.6 (NIV)

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces."

Matthew 13.44-46 (NIV)

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it."

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20
Nov 2019

Beth Moore vs John MacArthur

Show Notes

In light of our conversation about women in ministry, new expressions of Christianity, and the constant struggle between established power structures and emerging voices in the Christian space, we thought it appropriate to address a recent controversy. Popular preacher, author, and "theologian" (quotations added) John MacArthur recently made some provocative statements directed to another popular preacher and author: Beth Moore. Specifically, he said that she should 'go home,' that she is 'narcissistic,' and that just because she's skilled at 'selling makeup,' does not mean she should be allowed to preach. Yep, it's a doozy this week. Let's discuss it.

(03:51) Question of the Week (thanks to ramjo95 on Instagram):

If you could be any superhero, who would you be? 

(11:17) Intro to the Discussion on John MacArthur and Beth Moore.

(13:54) The 'Go Home' Clip.

We snipped a small portion off the clip toward the end. If you'd like to hear it in its entirety, you can find it here on Youtube.

(21:38) Can MacArthur and Johnson's position be defended? Josh and Jesse try to make sense of their statements in context.

(37:18) Should we allow culture to inform our exegesis of the Bible?

(40:31) Beth Moore's Response to John MacArthur and our final thoughts

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13
Nov 2019

Who Gets to Define Christianity?

This week, Josh and Jesse springboard off their conversation last week on Kanye West to a conversation about power and influence in Christianity. Put simply: who gets to define what are appropriate expressions of Christianity, and what aren't?

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6
Nov 2019

This Episode is Water

So, Kanye West just released an album. And it's a Christian album. What are we to make of it, and what does this mean for the Christian world? Let's talk about that!

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30
Oct 2019

Female Pastors, Gender Roles, and the Church

This week, Josh and Jesse tackle one of the more controversial topics of our church today - women and pastoral ministry. Currently in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, women can not be ordained into pastoral ministry. The guys have refrained from tackling this issue head-on until now, so enjoy our take on ordination, women in ministry, and how gender plays into the church's mission.

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23
Oct 2019

Shantel Smith has Left the Building

This week, Josh and Jesse talk to Shantel Smith. Shantel was, until very recently, a pastor, speaker, and content creator working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In this episode, we talk to her about her resignation from being a fulltime pastor - why she did it, how she sees the church today, and what's next for her ministry. 

You can follow Shantel over at her Youtube channel. You can also touch base with her via her Instagram.

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16
Oct 2019

The Three Angels’ Messages, Part 3

This week, Josh and Jesse finish up their series on the Three Angels' Messages. 

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9
Oct 2019

The Three Angels’ Messages, Part 2

This week, Josh and Jesse are all about Babylon. Get ready for a deep dive!

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2
Oct 2019

The Three Angels’ Messages, Part 1

This week, Josh and Jesse return from their time at South Queensland Big Camp. Never fear though, because They have new content to share! We're about to embark on a 3-week journey talking about The Three Angels' Messages from Revelation 14.

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25
Sep 2019

Josh Wood on How to Feel More Invested in Your Local Church

This week, one of our awesome teammates, Josh Wood, joins Josh and Jesse to talk about 4 ways to feel more invested in your church. This is our final episode in our September-long deep dive into helping your local church. We hope you've enjoyed this month!

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18
Sep 2019

5 Destructive Behaviours that could Kill Your Local Church

This week, Josh and Jesse continue their series on building up your local church with 5 toxic behaviours that could end it all (cue dramatic music here)! 

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11
Sep 2019

How to Incite an Insurrection in Your Local Church, Part 2

This week, Josh and Jesse finish their two-part 7 Steps to Change your Church conversation. If you haven't already, check out episode 77 for part 1!

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4
Sep 2019

How to Incite an Insurrection in Your Local Church, Part 1

This week, Josh and Jesse start a 2-week conversation on how you too can start a youth revolution in your local church! There are 7 key points to cover, which you'll be able to find in a blog article on the website. 

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28
Aug 2019

Jess Shipton Unlocks the Wonders of Blogging and Digital Marketing!

This week, Josh and Jesse talk to Jess Shipton, creator of Smile Without Reason Blog, as well as the founder of JES Solution Marketing. We talk blogging and marketing; Jess's two big passions and areas of expertise! To check her blog out, or to enquire with her marketing company, check out the links below!

JES Solution Marketing / Smile Without Reason

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21
Aug 2019

Why are these Christian Leaders Suddenly No Longer Christian?

This week, we take a dive into the controversy surrounding two influential (ex) Christian leaders: Joshua Harris and Marty Sampson. In the same month, both have come on the record saying they're abandoning their previously firmly-held beliefs, are no longer Christians.

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14
Aug 2019

Kaleb Eisele is BACK!

This week, Kaleb Eisele from Humans of Adventism comes back. We talk what's changed since last time, his new job, and his new home on the other side of America. 

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7
Aug 2019

How Jordan Peterson Can Change the Way you Read your Bible

This week, Josh is taking a break, and Jesse talks about how watching Jordan Peterson's Biblical lectures changed the way he reads the Bible.

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31
Jul 2019

“What Does the Bible Say?” isn’t Enough Anymore

This week, Josh and Jesse tackle a phrase that many a Christian has found themselves saying: "What does the Bible say?" On the outside, it seems a perfectly reasonable, and fairly spiritual thing to say, and yet there's a problem. Western society, particularly, doesn't respect the Bible as an authority like it once did, so do we need to shift our language when talking about spiritual truths in our modern context?

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24
Jul 2019

Keira Bullock is Single

There's a lot of single people in the world, and Keira is one of them. Back for a second interview, this time Josh and Jesse talk to Keira about singleness, the stigma that surrounds it, and how we need to learn to listen better and be more open to different viewpoints when dialoguing about topics such as singleness.

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17
Jul 2019

What’s so Bad about Hand-Raising?

This week, Josh and Jesse talk about one of the most egregious sins affecting the church today. Is it alcohol? No! Pride? Not a chance, bucko! It's raising hands! *queue sinister music* But seriously, what's the deal with all these hand-raising, emotional hippies? Is it Biblical? Is it satanic? Let's find out!

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10
Jul 2019

Alex Dion Wilson Started the First Instagram-only Church

This week, we talk to pastor, Instagrammer, and social media influencer Alex Dion Wilson. Alex hails from California, USA, and has become recognized on the Instagram platform for his innovative 10-second sermons. Recently he started instachurchlive, the very first Instagram-only church. 

For everything Alex, check out his Instagram.

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3
Jul 2019

What is my Purpose?

This week, Josh and Jesse wax eloquent about purpose, meaning, and the essence of life. Yeah, it's really deep.

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26
Jun 2019

Ben & Kim Lundquist: Building a Marriage that Lasts

This week, we conclude our two-part conversation with Ben & Kim Lundquist on a deep dive into marriage, co-habitation, loyalty, and building a relationship that stands the test of time. 

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19
Jun 2019

Ben & Kim Lundquist: Dating on Purpose

This week, Josh and Jesse begin a two-part conversation with Ben and Kim Lundquist. They talk about dating on purpose (as opposed to on accident), their story, and how to navigate the complicated, awkward world of relationships in the 21st century.

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12
Jun 2019

Have we been Breaking the Law this Entire Time???

This week, Josh and Jesse talk about one of the most fun topics ever - the Law! Love it or hate it, the Law makes up a huge chunk of our Bible, and we can't ignore it; yes, even those weird, seemingly immoral, and awkward ones. 

The Bible Project Podcast - The Law

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5
Jun 2019

Nathan Brown’s Journey to the Holy Lands

This week, we had the chance to talk to Nathan Brown about his travels to the Holy Lands over the last few years, as well as his new book, Of Falafels and Following Jesus. If you've ever been interested in seeing the sites of so many well-known Biblical narratives, we definitely recommend his book!

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29
May 2019

The Music Episode

This week, the guys talk about one of the more hotly contested issues in the church: music. Though it causes major arguments, one thing's for sure: everyone has a strong opinion on it, and virtually no-one agrees. So, let's talk about that!

Check out 'In Tune with God' by Lilianne Doukhan

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22
May 2019

Getting Your Church Online with Laura Hutchinson

In this episode we talk to Laura Hutchison. Laura is a marketer, podcast addict, and Jesus follower from Sydney, Aus. She talks to us about how to take your church from invisible online to a real presence. We also talk Facebook groups and communities, and how you can best leverage social media to spread the message of Jesus.

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15
May 2019

Is Adventism Doomed?

It's no secret that Josh and Jesse love to talk about the denomination they find themselves in, its systems, and ways it can get better. In this episode, we look at the future of Adventism, and ask the all-important question: can it survive the future, and if so, what does that future look like?

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