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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?

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  • “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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A Contemplative Look at The Bible with Richard Rohr

Interview with Richard Rohr: A Contemplative Look at The Bible

March 12, 2018

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Fr. Richard Rohr about a contemplative approach to the Bible, and they explore the following questions:

  • How would Richard Rohr answer the question: “What is the Bible?”
  • How can the Bible be normative and set trajectories?
  • What does inspiration mean when we’re talking about the Bible?
  • How does Richard Rohr filter and read the Bible?
  • Why and how did Protestant and Catholic traditions take different approaches to scripture and external authority?
  • What’s the path Richard Rohr found to being able to hold the three elements of his triangle that are all in some sense an authority but maybe not the authority?
  • What does Fr. Rohr say about René Gerard and the Bible as a text in travail?
  • Does Richard rohr see in the New Testament a need for an evolution of religious consciousness or is all of the New Testament simply the last word?
  • How can we see the prophets non-dualistically?
  • How can we understand biblical stories like Ananias and Sapphira or the book of Revelation, which looks pretty retributive?
  • How can we still read the Bible and look for meaning?
  • Which comes first: reading the Bible or experience?
  • How does the Bible fit into Christian reconstruction of faith?
  • Why and how does the Bible teach great truths through story?
  • How do we let God out of the box?

There are a few episodes that we think just deserve to be republished and reissued from previous seasons. And today is our first go at that. This is the second episode we ever aired on the Bible for Normal People podcast.

This is a re-broadcast from March 26, 2017 (Episode 2).

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  • “In our understanding of who God is, God becomes less violent, less punitive, more inclusive, less tribal–that to me is pretty obvious. And I think it’s what we meant when we said that we read the scriptures in the light of Jesus.” – RichardRohrOFM
  • “God’s invasion into human consciousness, albeit a positive invasion, was always filtered through our capacity to hear it and in our capacity to receive it.” RichardRohrOFM
  • “Jesus himself, Paul himself…this is undeniable…they trust their own experience of God against their own scriptures.” RichardRohrOFM
  • “This is obvious to me that we all lead with our own experience. And let’s start being honest about that instead of pretending that we started with some magical scripture quote that fell from the heavens.” RichardRohrOFM

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