How should we respond to hunger, homelessness, and suffering in our world? Plus, Thomas Crisp, professor of philosophy, is our Heretic of the Week.
- 00:20 – Introduction.
- 03:30 – Text to the hotline about a punitive God.
- 06:15 – Call to the hotline about deconstruction and reconstruction.
- 13:00 – Certainty without a belief system.
- 15:25 – The opposite of faith is certainty.
- 16:17 – Introduction to Thomas Crisp.
- 17:33 – Neo-Marxism.
- 19:54 – Jesus’s teachings about those that are marginalized.
- 22:18 – Modern evangelicals with a focus on the cross instead of the teachings.
- 26:18 – Conflict resolution.
- 28:42 – Thomas’s experience of God’s presence.
- 33:39 – The art of listening.
- 37:57 – Loving people as yourself. Shalom.
- 41:37 – Shalom and peace translations.
- 46:10 – Bearing the image of God.
- 49:08 – End of interview.
- 51:41 – Happiness with poverty and wealth.
- 55:05 – Are there poor people in the world?
- 1:00:31 – Positive mindsets.
- 1:02:57 – Transformation.
- 1:05:32 – Systems of power.
- 1:07:33 – The cause of poverty.
- 1:10:23 – Inheriting our parent’s beliefs.
- 1:17:32 – The external is a reflection of the internal.
- 1:19:02 – Survival mindsets.
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Hey guys, I'm Luke and I just had to reach out to share how happy I am to have found your show! =0) Your podcast has fed me with such amazing spiritual nourishment while also painfully stretching me at times. Thank you for ALL of it!
I've SO DEEPLY enjoyed the time spent listening to a good portion of your episodes and am sure I will continue to do so, looking forward to what keeps coming along the way, especially since I've got a lot to catch up on! As much as I joyfully glean from all the theological speculation, what I most appreciate is how regularly you focus on the actual teachings of Jesus since they are so often (and sadly) lacking from much of what disguises itself as Christianity.
On that note, I wonder if you've ever considered devoting an episode (or even a series since there's plenty to chew on/wrestle with!) on some of Jesus' most challenging teachings such as passages like Luke 12:33 and 14:33 (and how they relate to what's happening in Acts 2:44-45; 4:32) that deal with forsaking wealth/possessions and what at least appears to be fairly straightforwardly prescriptive for all who believe?
Another difficult passage that surely seems worthy of attention would be in Mt. 6:24-34 (the 2 masters issue--God OR money), particularly when we think of how Jesus modeled this for us during his ministry years in the spotlight. Not only did his own life exhibit absolute consistency with what he taught and expected us to practice (Mt 7:21-27, emphasis on verses 24 & 26), so much of that particular passage seems to make much more sense in light of all this strange talk about birds and flowers (who don't have jobs/work for pay) and how God even feeds and clothes such lazy mooches! =0)
Whatever our vision or understanding of heaven/the afterlife is, If we all can at least agree it will look NOTHING like our present economic order, i.e. no need to work for or make money in heaven, maybe that's the will of God for those of us on the earth too (wink, wink!) as we help build a world founded absolutely and completely on loving service to all, which is obviously work, but with an entirely different motivation and outcome.
These ideas are controversial, for sure, but considering that we COULD very soon be facing some devastating consequences for the earth and all its inhabitants (like climate change, devastating nuclear & other wars, etc..), if we ignore the eternal wisdom of Christ I think we NEED to start having more of these conversations sooner than later.
What are your thoughts?
Btw, here's a website my wife and I started that help flesh out some of these ideas and contribute to such conversations: TheFaithWorker.com
With much love and gratitude for your work,