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Are we supposed to return to the supernatural "power" that we see in books like Acts and with the early church? Tim and Nate talk about their early ministry days, Holy Spirit as magic, and more.
If the Bible is clearly sufficient for all our needs and sufficiently clear so that we can understand it, why doesn’t it feel that way? Nate and Tim discuss the history of these ideas, the role they’ve played, and whether or not they’re still helpful today. Once again it all seems to come down to power - who has it? Or, as they ask in this episode, “Who is the pope?”
We talk about our time in ministry in San Francisco and what bugs us about the Holy Spirit.
When we say, “The Bible says,” what do we really mean? Who exactly are we talking about? Nate and Tim try to answer that question and more as they discuss the relationship between the people who wrote the Bible and our own modern ethics.
Parenting when your own faith is changing and evolving can be difficult. How much do you teach your child about God and the Bible? How do you have community if you're no longer at a church? We discuss these questions.
How do we hand a more open faith to our children? Nate and Tim talk about some general ideas they've thought through when it comes to parenting. Should we read the Bible to our children? We talk about Harry Potter, LGBTQ topics, and more.
What if many of the texts are written in order to place us at a crossroads between two valid interpretations? And how does understanding the Bible as a mosaic of texts help us deal with troubling passages in the OT? Nate and Tim reflect on why reading the Bible is more complicated than taking it “literally” or not.
Episode 5 - In episode 69 of Almost Heretical, Tim said he would make a list of all the ways we've grown ethically since the Bible was written/edited. Here's the list and a bit of discussion about it.
Does the Bible condone rape? What some of the texts condemn reveals some disturbing insight into what they seem to condone. So, what do we do? Nate and Tim continue their conversation on the topic of rape in the Bible.
Now that we're understanding the Bible isn't a rule book telling us exactly how to live, we talk about learning to use our brains again to think through moral/ethical decisions.