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Interview with Jen Hatmaker: Changing Your Mind About the Bible: A Survivor’s Guide

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Jen Hatmaker about what can happen, emotionally and relationally, when you change your mind about the Bible, and they explore the following questions:

  • How do we survive changing our minds about the bible and still keep our faith intact?
  • What did Jen Hatmaker’s upbringing teach her about questions and pushing back on her faith?
  • How did changing her mind about human sexuality in the church put Jen in a position of public scrutiny?
  • Did the backlash against her theology shift come from personal realtionships or industry?
  • Were there any surprises about the reaction to Jen’s change in position?
  • Does Jen feel like she was treated any differently as a female Christian leader, as opposed to a man?
  • What was it like to walk her church through becoming an affirming church?
  • As she has gone through this process of healing, what insights has she learned about the people that lashed out at leaders who begin to ask hard questions?
  • What does changing your mind do for your sense of safe certainty?
  • What was the key exposure that God wrote into her story that started breaking down Jen’s certainties?
  • What passages in the Bible caused theological shifts for Jen Hatmaker?
  • What does Jesus’ teaching about “fruit of the spirit” mean to Jen?
  • What did Jen see when she looked at the fruit of the non-affirming Christian tree?
  • What role did biblical interpretation play in Jen Hatmaker’s theological shift?
  • How does it feel to be on this journey, in partnership with the Holy Spirit?
  • How has Jen found nourishment through this experience?
  • What words of encouragement does Jen have for others who are going through this experience?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements you can share.

  • “I didn’t grow up in an environment where questions were asked, much less welcomed. I didn’t even know we could do that. I had no idea that we had permission to press hard on our faith.” @JenHatmaker
  • “I have myself permission to become a critical thinker about faith, about the Bible, about cultural understandings of all of those things.” @JenHatmaker
  • “The misfits find their way to one another.” @JenHatmaker
  • “Just when I thought I was leaving a structure where I was banished and doomed to wonder the wilderness by myself the rest of my life, I get out to the wilderness and find it fairly populated and it’s kind of wild out here…There’s great joy out here.” – @JenHatmaker
  • “If it feels like it’s the end of the world, it’s only the end of one world. If you’re in the season of lonely, just stay the course.” @JenHatmaker

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Christian Ethics with Jared Byas on The Bible for Normal People Podcast

Christian Ethics with Jared Byas

August 26, 2019

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Jared responds to Skillet lead singer, John Copper, and his public statement, “What in God’s Name is Happening in Christianity?” Jared unpacks Christian ethics and the origins of our collective concept of right and wrong and he explores the following questions:

  • Where does our sense of morality come from and how does the Bible fit into that?
  • Is the Bible a good place to go for our ethical foundation?
  • Is it possible that we’ve been raised with some generational baggage around this topic that may be coloring our view of Biblical morality?
  • Is it the Bible or the Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth?
  • If we don’t have the Bible to form our ethics, will we go on a moral rampage?
  • Where do we get our sense of right and wrong from?
  • Is the character of God found in the Bible?
  • What is the Problem of Evil?
  • Do the rules and laws from the Bible apply to the 21st century?
  • Christian ethics is heavily dependent on…what?
  • What element can we use from the Bible as our ethical rubric?
  • What do ethics, love, and culture have to do with one another?
  • Do our ethics shape the way we read the Bible or does reading the Bible shape our ethics?
  • Is the Bible an ethical rulebook?
  • What is our image-bearing responsibility regarding Christian ethics?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements you can share.

  • “How do we make moral decisions based on something that’s unclear and ambiguous?” @jbyas
  • “Christian ethics [is] heavily dependent on the Spirit of God… to guide us as a community of faith.” @jbyas
  • “ We have to take our ethics and our experiences to the Bible and make decisions from there.” @jbyas
  • “Wisdom is necessary to figure out what is loving.” @jbyas
  • “Our experiences shape how we read the Bible and our Bible is part of that experience that shapes our ethics.” @jbyas
  • “It is dangerous to think that the Bible alone gives us an ethic.” @jbyas
  • “Each generation has to take what’s been passed down to us and we have to struggle with it.” @jbyas

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