Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Interview with Sarah Bessey: the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Sarah Bessey about the relationship between the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible, and they explore the following questions:

  • How does Sarah Bessey’s background in the Word of Faith movement affect how she lives out her faith?
  • What has deconstruction been like for Sarah Bessey?
  • How do we find freedom in the Scriptures as we learn to read and understand it in a new way?
  • How can we raise kids with strong faith without transferring our own doubts and theological baggage onto them?

Tweetables

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

  • “Raising children in the faith, for me, has become a realization that it’s more caught than taught.” @sarahbessey
  • “You’re never done finding out there’s another way to think about something—or another way to be.” @sarahbessey

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Comedy, Sex, and God Podcast Episode with Pete Holmes

Interview with Pete Holmes: Comedy, Sex, and God

September 9, 2019

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, actor, comedian, and enlightened guru Pete Holmes joins Pete & Jared to talk about his interesting journey of faith and the importance of moving from reading the Bible with your head to reading it with your heart.

  • Is the point of religion really to just be a good person?
  • Why is “myth” is a good thing?
  • Pete Holmes asks: Why didn’t Adam and Eve have sex until after they left the garden?
  • What is Christianity really about?
  • How do we know we are good?
  • Why is it important to reconstruct after deconstruction?
  • Why is an atheist God’s greatest creation?
  • What is the purpose of paradox?
  • Why are patience and humility essential in a life of faith?
  • What are myths trying to tell us?
  • How much access to reality do we really have?
  • Does ultimate reality conform to the way we’ve constructed our world?
  • Why do we need to stop thinking so much?
  • Where should we look to know God?
  • Why do we need to stop objectifying God?
  • How do we disassociate with our false self?

Tweetables

Pithy, shareable, less-than-280-character statements from Pete Holmes that you can share. 

  • “We’ve gotten lost in worshiping other people’s experiences.” @peteholmes
  • “The way at an unknowable infinite reality is not going to be a direct line.” @peteholmes
  • “Don’t worship my transformation, get to transforming yourself.” @peteholmes
  • “God is seducing you by any means necessary to transform and convert your heart into your true self.” @peteholmes
  • “This isn’t a holding room, this isn’t a test, this is the play of the Divine.” @peteholmes
  • “We’ve created God into a thing over there so that we can think about it by virtue of how language works. But ultimate reality doesn’t conform to the way that we’ve constructed our world.” @peteholmes
  • “Religion does not summarize to be a good person.” @peteholmes

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