What should true church leadership look like? Is it authority-based or influence-based? Plus, Rachel Held Evans (author of Inspired and Searching for Sunday) is our Heretic of the Week.

Show Notes

  • 00:20 – Introduction.
  • 03:38 – Text to the Hotline asking about an episode on the damage from the Evangelical church towards women and homosexuality.
  • 06:07 – Did Jesus have a romantic or sexual life?
  • 07:20 – Text from a listener about angels, demons, and demon possession.
  • 11:41 – Introduction to our Heretic of the Week: Rachel Held Evans.
  • 14:45 – Why Rachel is considered a heretic: Once she referred to God with a female pronoun, she doesn’t use the word inerrant to describe the Bible, and she is gay-affirming.
  • 16:30 – Jesus addressing human institutions including the Sabbath and Marriage.
  • 18:27 – Divorce and women.
  • 20:49 – Law and Love.
  • 24:10 – Rachel’s new book about the Bible, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.
  • 26:43 – Jewish interpretations of scripture.
  • 30:17 – Rachel’s background with deconstruction and reconstruction.
  • 41:20 – Navigating paradigm shifts with a spouse.
  • 43:19 – Idea of men being the spiritual leaders.
  • 45:59 – The women in Jesus’s life.
  • 48:55 – End of interview.
  • 49:50 – What is a leader?
  • 56:37 – Leadership in the kingdom is serving.
  • 1:00:40 – The ideas of pastors and clergy.
  • 1:03:25 – Influence.
  • 1:14:54 – Mimetic theory and pastors. Pastors as scapegoats.
  • 1:19:00 – First century church.
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