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Just Burp

Just Burp

2022-08-1618:42

This week, Fr. Paul continues his discussion of Exodus, stressing the importance of submitting to and not circumscribing the biblical text. (Episode 235) ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
It’s Just News

It’s Just News

2022-08-1131:18

The difficult teaching of Ecclesiastes warns us that all people share the same fate. This wisdom is pervasive in Scripture, from the violent imagery found in Deuteronomy to the razor’s edge of Paul’s argument in Romans. There is no difference between Jew and Greek; between the wise man and the fool; between the righteous and the wicked—all men share one fate. All things rest in the palm of God’s hand.Are you mighty? You will be brought low. Are you humiliated? Sure, you may be lifted up, but then what? Have you heard Deuteronomy? What about Paul’s teaching? Yes, you were brought into God’s household, but now what? Are you better off than those who went before you? All things rest in the palm of God’s hand. He brought you in, and he can take you out. Yes, he can fill you with good things, but he can also send you away empty. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:51-53Episode 444; Luke 1: 51-53The following music was used for this media project:Music: Bouncy Gypsy Beats by John BartmannFree download: https://filmmusic.io/song/3189-bouncy-gypsy-beatsLicense (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseArtist website: https://johnbartmann.com/ ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Either/Or

Either/Or

2022-08-0917:13

This week, Fr. Paul stresses that in Hebrew and Greek the word house reflects the meaning of both house and household. (Episode 234)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Mercy and Fear

Mercy and Fear

2022-08-0422:34

Having established that God—not herself—is her only reference, Mary moves to the next logical step from Scripture’s perspective: the proclamation of the fear of God.The terrible might of God; that the mere mention of his name strikes fear and brings the hope of mercy: mercy to those once enslaved and humiliated like Mary. In our fake philosophical systems of human mercy and institutional compassion, we pretend that mercy and fear are alien to each other. That’s because wealthy, comfortable westerners cannot understand the perspective of a humiliated Roman slave, rescued by a God mightier and much more to be feared than her Roman taskmasters.Given the state of things in 2022, maybe we should heed Mary’s warning. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:49-50Episode 443; Luke 1:49-50The following music was used for this media project:Music: Consequences by Otis GallowayFree download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9565-consequencesLicense (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseArtist website: https://linktr.ee/ogallowaymakesmusic ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
This week, Fr. Paul explains that God is in travail in Scripture and gives birth to children through his teaching. (Episode 233)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Magnify the Lord

Magnify the Lord

2022-07-2822:15

When someone of authority speaks, it is only natural for people of lessor status to use his words to establish their position. Politicians do it, corporate underlings do it, and Christians do it in their mishandling of the Bible.When God speaks in Scripture, his words come down from above. We plagiarize. We want to use his words in our story. We act as though God has a part to play in our life when the reverse is true.  Scripture does not play a part in any human endeavor; on the contrary, it is a self-described shelter that surrounds us and covers us from above. Far from being a part of anything we set out to do or make, God is the premise of his own story.Unlike us, Mary—who represents the Pauline church in Luke—understands her place before God. Her point of reference as an enslaved person redeemed from bondage is not herself but the exaltation of her new Roman patrician. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:46-48.Episode 442; Luke 1: 46-48The following music was used for this media project:Music: Flip The Script by Otis GallowayFree download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9564-flip-the-scriptLicense (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseArtist website: https://linktr.ee/ogallowaymakesmusic ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Four Verbs

Four Verbs

2022-07-2615:12

In today’s program Fr. Paul discusses four verbs in Hebrew: be fruitful, multiply as fish, became many, and became great in status. (Episode 232)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
As the Spirit moves through chapter one of the Gospel of Luke, it exhibits its power as a mechanism of destruction but also as an implement of God’s control—prompting one to submit, teaching another to bless, and causing the Lord’s prophet to rejoice, even from his mother’s womb.The first to be filled with the Holy Spirit in the Gospel of Luke, John recognized Mary’s voice as she who trusted what had been spoken to her by the Lord. Now, her greeting is Good News in Elizabeth’s ears, heralding the arrival of the Lord’s words to the Jerusalemite church and the victory of Paul’s gospel.You’d better believe the kid did a little victory dance. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:44-45.Episode 441; Luke 1:44-45The following music was used for this media project:Music: Dance House 2 by Frank SchröterFree download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9525-dance-house-2License (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseArtist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frank.schroeter.52 ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Hear Me Out

Hear Me Out

2022-07-1914:21

This week, Fr. Paul proceeds with his discussion of Exodus emphasizing the importance of hearing Scripture with the entire story in view. (Episode 231)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
The Scriptural God is not the God of a statue, a temple, a city, or a mountain, but the God of a story. For those who submit to this God as their heavenly Father, it is forbidden to stray outside his narrative in any thought, word, or deed that pertains to him. In life, this means we follow his precepts without adding our words to his or using his words to justify ours; in the act of hearing his story, it means hearing carefully and literally, free of outside influences.Inside the confines of Luke chapter one, you might be surprised where the Spirit takes you.Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:42-43.Episode 440; Luke 1:42-43The following music was used for this media project:Music: Funny by MusicLFilesFree download: https://filmmusic.io/song/6388-funnyLicense (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseArtist website: https://cemmusicproject.wixsite.com/musiclibraryfiles ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
These Are the Names

These Are the Names

2022-07-1217:54

This week Fr. Paul transitions from Genesis to Exodus, showing the interconnection between the books of the Pentateuch.  (Episode 230)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Normally, people don’t say much about the role of the Holy Spirit in the birth of John the Baptist—mainly because contemporary Mariology blinds them to the actual content of Luke’s gospel. But even for those who pay close attention, few people notice the discrepancy between the first visit of the Spirit to Jerusalem, pertaining specifically to John the Baptist (himself a reference to the Apostle Paul), and the second visit, pertaining not to the Pauline church, but the Jerusalemite community represented by Elizabeth. Sometimes a visit is not just a visit. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:39-41.Episode 439  Luke 1:39-41The following music was used for this media project:Music: Smooth Criminal by John BartmannFree download: https://filmmusic.io/song/9483-smooth-criminalLicense (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseArtist website: https://johnbartmann.com/ ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Against Humanity

Against Humanity

2022-07-0515:34

In today’s program, Fr. Paul reminds us of the Bible’s painful and relentless campaign against the human ego. (Episode 229)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Three Things

Three Things

2022-06-3024:01

When we read a text in translation, we imagine we hear what the author wrote because we believe that meaning can be taken separately from the words on the page. But if you can conceive of meaning, it needs must be part and parcel with a series of words. If not the words of the original text, then the alternative words of a translation, or worse, the self-referential words in your head. There is no meaning without words, and each set of words represents a different meaning.Three words appear in chapter one of Luke: pragma, logos, and rema; all interconnected, all critical to Luke’s thesis, all washed away in translation. If you have never heard these three words as they appear in Luke, then you have never heard Luke.And that’s the point. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:36-38.Episode 438  Luke 1:36-38The following music was used for this media project:Music: Finding the Balance by Kevin MacLeodFree download: https://filmmusic.io/song/3755-finding-the-balanceLicense (CC BY 4.0): https://filmmusic.io/standard-licenseArtist website: https://incompetech.com ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
No One Is Special

No One Is Special

2022-06-2818:33

This week, Fr. Paul explains that the mission of Joseph was to combine Israel and the nations to the extent that his progeny was called—not the fullness of Israel—but the fullness of all the nations. (Episode 228)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Birth Pangs

Birth Pangs

2022-06-2320:57

In the Old Testament, human patriarchy is portrayed cynically and satirically as bumbling and insecure in its competition with motherhood. Men cannot give birth. In Scripture and life, they compensate by building cities, erecting monuments, and making war. Mothers, on the other hand--not necessarily women--but the function mother can give birth. As Luke continues down the path of undermining the things that men build (the Temple) and, of course, Zacharias himself, his gospel story turns toward two women--Mary and Elizabeth--who become mothers through the direct intervention of the Most High God.Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:34-35.Episode 437  Luke 1:34-35; Music:Energetic Upbeat by WinnieTheMoogLink: https://filmmusic.io/song/6033-energetic-upbeatLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
In today's episode, Fr. Paul reiterates a basic premise of Scripture, that we are not to follow the example of our fathers, but of the teaching, noting the specific case of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament. (Episode 227)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Bow to the Chair

Bow to the Chair

2022-06-1634:33

The problem with all contemporary churches is that we treat the term Scripture as though it were a noun. We gossip about the Bible like a difficult relative nobody wants to visit, but everyone loves to discuss. We comfort ourselves with lullabies about its importance. We mostly ignore it unless we need a good quote to make our point. We have ideas, feelings, and opinions about it. We argue about who owns it and what good or evil it has caused. It operates as an abstraction in our mind, like a teenage crush or nemesis. We hold it up at rallies. We use it to blame each other. We do and say everything with it but the one thing necessary for it to work. We refuse to read, hear, and study it daily until the seed does what the seed does. Scripture is not a noun; it is a verb. The Cross, the destruction of the city, condemnation, enduring God's blessing and curse under the constant pressure of judgment--none of this is theoretical if you submit to the burden of Scriptural study. Every step in life takes on new meaning in the terrible hands of the Scriptural God. Put that in your marketing campaign. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:31-33Episode 436  Luke 1:31-33; Music:Unanswered Questions by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4560-unanswered-questionsLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
This week Fr. Paul stresses the critical distinction between sheep and  flock in Hebrew, giving biblical and contemporary examples. (Episode 226)★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
The Preacher

The Preacher

2022-06-0929:22

Everyone has something to say. If you operate on a human premise, this is perfectly acceptable, admirable--even a thing to be encouraged. It is the empty fuel that makes dead things look alive, an entertaining distraction that makes emptiness feel meaningful. Not so in Scripture. In the wilderness of God's scroll, there is only one voice. One source of life. One pedagogy set forth in letters divinely inscribed. Make that your premise, and it will silence all the voices in the room, beginning with yours. Unlike the false consolation of many voices, it will take you to lonely places where that one needful voice can be heard more clearly. When that painful voice becomes your premise; when you truly have nothing to say; then, finally, you can teach Scripture. Then, like the Preacher in Jerusalem, you will find yourself exclaiming, "All is vanity!" Everything is vanity. Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Luke 1:25-30Episode 435  Luke 1:25-30; Music:Peace of Mind by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4199-peace-of-mindLicense: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license ★ Support this podcast on Patreon ★
Comments (4)

Sean Reid

I'd suggest there is as much pride in unsolicited offering of "help" to address an "obvious need" as there is to offer choice. We have a Church full of people who arrogantly impose their "wisdom" and "help" on others. Such help is offered to make the offerer feel good about themselves, not to actually help. And with regard to the cross, we all have a choice. Obey or don't. Christ always gives us a choice. It is no different from being commanded at gunpoint. We always have a choice.

Jan 9th
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Daniel Stout

i thought the eye of the needle was a small opening in the Mediterranean Sea that was plagued with huge waves making it incredibly difficult for ships to navigate. must be the mandela effect lol

Aug 7th
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Daniel Stout

I'm really glad i found your podcast...I was searching for a deeper Christian podcast...anyways, keep up the good work...One question..Why do you (and many other pastors) refer to yourself as "father" when our commander in chief "Jesus Christ" plainly states in the Gospels, not to refer to any man as father for you only have 1 father, He who is in Heavan? A Catholic priest once told me that there were many different words for father back then...This answer is not sufficient for me or sufficient enough to risk going against Gospel...Just curious

Jul 19th
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Gary Sarkessian

the resurrection of Jesus is escatalogical, right?

Feb 21st
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