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  • Hebrews: the most popluar book

    Feb 20, 16 • Bible Books, Culture, HebrewsComments Off on Hebrews: the most popluar book
    Hebrews: the most popluar book

    I’ve not addressed Hebrews before in the 5minuteBible podcasts, and it’s a book I learned to love through studying it while learning Greek… yet one that’s strangely (or not so strangely) unpopular today&#...

  • Jeremiah’s fourth confession: Jer 18:18-23 the continuing drama of Jeremiah and his Yahweh

    Nov 3, 15 • Arguing with God, Complaint, JeremiahComments Off on Jeremiah’s fourth confession: Jer 18:18-23 the continuing drama of Jeremiah and his Yahweh
    Jeremiah’s fourth confession: Jer 18:18-23 the continuing drama of Jeremiah and his Yahweh

    Sorry this podcast is firstly out of order (it should have come before the last confession 😉 and then late (it should also have come a while back but I’ve been busy trying to get a paper on Isaiah finished 🙁 This fourth confession illustrates strongly both the dramatic narrative character of these “confessions” and [&hellip...

  • Understanding contradictions: 1 Cor 14:34 (Part 1)

    Understanding contradictions: 1 Cor 14:34 (Part 1)

    Perhaps no Bible text illustrates the dangers of a simplistic reading of Scripture than 1 Cor 14:34. If we tear this verse from its cotext,1 and then read it as if the Bible were “God’s instruction manual for life” and even worse read it also literally then we are in trouble! The verse (in the [&hellip...

  • God the Midwife

    Aug 16, 15 • Gender, Genesis, Jeremiah, Job, OT, Psalms, TheologyComments Off on God the Midwife
    God the Midwife

    Here’s an old post, with now a screencast format and somewhat cleaned up audio. I briefly remind you of some of the passages that picture God as a midwife. The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) regularly pictures Yahweh as intimately associated with forming in the womb and with birthing. In view of “his” role as midwife [&hellip...

  • The doctrine of “headship”

    Nov 11, 14 • Ephesians, Gender, Isaiah, Jesus1 Comment
    The doctrine of “headship”

    There is a lot of discussion (at least there is in the online circles I move in) about claims to a doctrine of “headship” that is biblical and that means husbands should take a leadership role with respect to their their wives. Or possibly that men should over women more generally. In a recent discussion [&hellip...

  • Coming back to the heart of worship

    Aug 20, 14 • Isaiah, Leviticus, WorshipComments Off on Coming back to the heart of worship
    Coming back to the heart of worship

    We had just recorded the video for the new CareyMedia DVD, that year it used conversations between small groups of staff, one I was involved in was about worship. So, here I want to suggest that Leviticus (esp. Lev 19:1-2) and Isaiah 6 can help us come back to the heart of worship (as the [&hellip...

  • Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    May 3, 14 • Gender, Humour, Judges2 Comments
    Humour in the Bible Book 7 Judges: Gender Bending

    Judges is one Bible book where it has been common to recognise humour. Ehud killing the fat and oppressive king Eglon in the toilet has been a popular example, though  I’ll pretty much leave the scatology to David and others who appreciate it 😉 I’d rather focus on gender. In Judges relationships between men and [&hellip...

  • Universalism, or Not? Part Two: Psalm 69

    Apr 24, 14 • Psalms, UniversalismComments Off on Universalism, or Not? Part Two: Psalm 69
    Universalism, or Not? Part Two: Psalm 69

    As a counterbalance to Jonah I’ll take Psalm 69. I’m considering it as typifying many Bible passages where people pray imprecation on evil people (usually their own enemies, but sometimes the enemies of others). Something deep in us wants to believe that God is just. Such prayers appeal to this...

  • Universalism, or Not? Part One: Jonah

    Apr 24, 14 • Jonah, Universalism4 Comments
    Universalism, or Not? Part One: Jonah

    In this short series (of two podcasts) I’ll describe two things I think I know, two stakes in the ground when I come to think about the topic of “universalism” that has been much discussed (and even more an excuse for slanging matches) recently around the Bible-focused blogs. Let’s start by admitting there are many [&hellip...

  • Reading the Bible Faithfully

    May 29, 13 • 5 Steps, Bible abuse, Bible in 5 mins, ReadingComments Off on Reading the Bible Faithfully
    Reading the Bible Faithfully

    Before we look at how we can better read Scripture faithfully we need to ask what -reading the Bible faithfully means. There are implications both for how and why we read. Later podcasts will tackle the how in more detail. This one focuses more on the big picture. Future podcasts will cover each of the [&hellip...