Aron Utecht and I are talking about Ephesians 5. It's a rare part of the Bible that talks mostly about what to do and who to be. It seems entirely practical on the surface, but what's the principle and the point behind it?
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Everybody's got a billion opinions about what stuff Christians should do and not do. What does Paul's letter to the Ephesians have to say about it?
Aron Utecht and I went and sat in a pub for 8 hours and talked about the book of Ephesians. This is the part where we talk about chapter 3.
Aron Utecht and I continue our pub conversation about Ephesians. This one revolves around Ephesians 2 and Paul's take on how God made it possible for people to follow him, and what the point of that whole exercise is.
Luke 2:21-40 is a snapshot of Jesus' early days, and just like most people's baby stories, what happened when he was little pointed to who he would be later.
The Gospel's don't cover much of Jesus' young life, but most of what we know about it comes from here.
Here's the second installment in my series of conversations about Ephesians with Aron Utecht. This one's on chapter 1, which deals with predestination (so it should be juicy).
Just jumping in with this series? Each episode builds on the last, so you’ll have way more fun if you go back to the start and watch the whole thing in order. Here’s a link to the playlist that’ll take you right through it.
In Acts 16:6-10 Paul comes up empty in a place where he'd had great results earlier. Why?
My good friend Aron Utecht met me in South Dakota for a marathon weekend of talking about the book of Ephesians. We set up shop in a bar and recorded 7 big podcast episodes. It took forever, but it was a lot of fun, and I think you'll enjoy it too.
Episode one cover Ephesus, Paul, some stuff from Acts, a bunch of history, and the big picture of the book as a whole. If you listen to nothing else in this series, make sure to catch this one.
What would possess a man voluntarily to get circumcised as an adult?
Redundant and obvious content warning: More circumcision talk throughout.
Lee traps wolverines for a living and he's good at fighting, but at least he fights fair.
Paul and Barnabas got into a fight after a long run of getting along. I think there's some stuff to learn from how they moved on from their dust up.
Jesus' birth was a big deal. Maybe the biggest. In this episode we look at some of the controversy and theology that goes along with the most important birth in recorded history.
In this episode I tell the story of what happened between the Old Testament and the New Testament campfire style. Also I use my leaf blower to make my fire blow up. That is all.
I watch a cow get shot in this episode. I also talk about meat controversies and more importantly the way the early church worked out their cultural differences.
Which I think is really instructive.
Big thanks to Jared Hamilton of Wyoming Custom Meats for showing me his operation and answering my questions. He sells Internet meat at wyomingcustommeats.com.
hings can get feisty in church. Angry, short-sighted people thrive on the chaos and never met a fight they didn't like. The gracious people I admire have a better sense of how to handle disagreement and how to tell the difference between the stuff that really matters and the stuff that matters less.
In Acts 15:6-21, things are building toward a possible explosion. Will the Christians involved get it right, or will they blow crap up in church?
Zechariah was a professional God expert who flunked a test of faith and everybody knew about it. He had to live with that for nine long months, but when he got another shot, he proved he'd learned and changed.
Getting exposed is lousy, but maybe it's not the worst thing.
CONTENT WARNING: This passage deals with an early church controversy surrounding circumcision. Resultantly I’m going to say “penis” in this video. If you’d rather skip a video about the Bible where the host says penis, I can respect that, and I’ll see you in the next episode.
Acts 15:1-5 is about a bunch of guardians of good religion coming up to Antioch to tell the church there that none of them are Christians unless they get circumcised. Paul and Barnabas have a huge problem with that and the two groups come into heated disagreement.
Obvious questions: Why would anyone care about that? Did the circumcisers have any valid point? How will the church get past this obstacle to telling the larger world about the grace of God through Jesus?
Oh and if you want to skip the podcast because I say penis, but you still want the answer to the question, it's "no." You're obviously off the hook if you're a woman, but even if you're a guy, you don't have to go buy a home circumcision kit and make a mess of your downstairs bathroom to get God to like you enough to have a relationship with Him.
You're welcome to do that if you want, but it looks like the Bible's saying people can know God by belief in Jesus plus nothing.
Part 2 of 2.
Catholics love, I mean LOVE, Mary. Protestants generally respect her, but don't want to get crazy about her because they don't want to act too Catholic. But opinions are like vestigial tail stumps that we tape to the small of our backs to make our pants fit right: Everyone's got one.
So historical opinions aside, here's our first look at Mary in the Gospel of Luke, and I think she comes off like an incredible young woman filled with grace and courage.