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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Interview with Andrew Perriman: Does the New Testament Predict the Future?

In this episode of The Bible for Normal People Podcast, Pete and Jared talk with Andrew Perriman about the eschatology found in the Bible and how history helps us understand these apocalyptic texts as they explore the following questions:

  • Is Jesus really coming back?
  • What was the reception of Revelation to the original audience?
  • Where do we get the idea of the “second coming”?
  • How does Jesus use eschatological texts?
  • Was eschatology a major concern of the early church?
  • Does the eschatology of the Bible apply to us?
  • What do we need to be aware of when we read the eschatological texts of the Bible?
  • How does the history of early Christians inform how we should read Revelation?
  • Why was eschatology threatening in the political environment of the early church?
  • What kind of questions about the future was the early church trying to answer?
  • What is the importance of the renewal of heaven and earth?
  • What is Jesus talking about when he talks about the future?
  • How can we find meaning in the eschatological texts of the Bible today?
  • What is the New Testament teaching of the future?
  • Is there hope of resurrection in the Jewish tradition before Jesus?

Tweetables

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

  • “My concern has always been to ask, ‘Well how does this language sound from the perspective of the historical community at the time of writing and at the time of first reception?’” @andrewperriman
  • “What sort of issues, what sort of development going on in the real world might that language have applied to?” @andrewperriman
  • “We’ve lost the interpretive narrative that made sense of [the second coming of Christ] to the early church and we’re simply no longer in the historical situation where it was felt to be important.” @andrewperriman
  • “The apocalyptic details that we get from Jesus or we get from Paul or we get for Revelation had relevance seen from their own historical perspective.” @andrewperriman
  • “How do we fashion a new imaginary for the church? How do we imagine a new future? ” @andrewperriman
  • “It’s probably only in the modern era [eschatology] has gone somewhat mainstream again and now we’re sort of coming back to it with a very different set of questions because of what we’ve learned from historical criticism.” @andrewperriman

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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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