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The Evolution of Faith Podcast

Author: Zach Zienka, David Ruybalid

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A podcast dedicated to exploring the fresh and ever-evolving nature of an ancient faith.
24 Episodes
Over the past few weeks, a few prominent Christian leaders have made announcements that they are losing their faith or have lost it. John Cooper from the band "Skillet" posted his thoughts and they went viral. What can we make of all of this? What does this mean for the church? What do we do when someone close to us is struggling with faith, losing their faith, or has lost their faith? Zach's Blog: David's Blog: Other links: Ted Talk of Joshua Harris Apologizing: Books: You Lost Me: Sticky Faith: Faith and Doubt Deconstruction, Faith, Doubt
When talking about music, have you ever had someone ask, "Is it a Christian or secular band"? Does God really want us to create these categories where Christians have their own celebrities and goods and services?  Has anyone ever asked you, "how is your spiritual life"? What if our view of segmenting life and the things that we can enjoy into "Christian" and "secular" categories has actually done us a disservice?  David's Blog: www.IDoubtIt.Online Zach's Blog:
Happy 4th of July! Sodom, Peace, Prophets, etc. All of these and more mentioned in at blog series by Zach Zienka. In this episode, we talk about Zach's new blog series on Isaiah and the themes that we see in this book of the Bible. Read Zach's series here: Check out "Wage Peace" T-shirts here:
Have you ever struggled thinking that God is angry with you?  What do we mean when we say, "The wrath of God was satisfied in Jesus"? This is a conversation that you won't want to miss! These topics and more are discussed in this episode as Zach and David talk about David's new FREE book, "The Wrath of God and the Death of Jesus". Download the Book for FREE here: David's Blog: Zach's Blog: Related searches: Penal Substitutionary Atonement, N.T. Wright, the gospel, Scot Mcknight, Joshua Ryan Butler, Rob Bell, Hell, Afterlife, C.S. Lewis
In this thought-provoking episode, we delve into the fascinating topic of the Ascension of Jesus and explore what it means for the present moment. As Christians, we believe that Jesus is currently ruling on the throne, but have you ever wondered what he's doing there? We unpack the significance of Jesus' Ascension and how it impacts our lives today. Join us on this spiritual journey as we explore the profound implications of the Ascension and its meaning in our daily lives. Don't miss out on this insightful discussion that will deepen your understanding of Jesus' current role and his eternal reign. Zach's Blog: David Blog:
Join us as we explore the importance of mental health support within the Christian community and learn how we can do better to support those struggling with mental health issues. Join David Ruybalid, Zach Zienka, and guest Isami Daehn at they dive into this topic. Isami is a subject matter expert on anti-human trafficking and child safety. She grew up in Japan and was raised by professional con artists under the guise of "missionaries". Her home was an unsafe place for children, as her mother became her sex trafficker at the age of 9. She left her abusive home as an adult and was introduced to a relationship with Jesus Christ at the age of 23. Her mission is to be a voice for the exploited and abused within religious settings and educate leadership on the subjects of anti-human trafficking and child safety. Isami has her B.S. degree in interdisciplinary studies (Graphic Design/Communications+Psychology), has completed professional training in global and domestic anti-human trafficking, has an active ICF coaching certification, and has appeared on multiple shows/podcasts internationally and within the United States. Her story of resilience has allowed her to connect with thousands of survivors across the globe. She currently resides in Las Vegas, NV with her husband. To find out more about Isami visit: Instagram: isami_daehn TikTok: @isami_daehn Email: ——— Zach’s Blog: David’s Blog:
What is Advent? - 7

What is Advent? - 7


What is Advent? Advent is the time before Christmas, where we anticipate a better future with hope. Join us as we talk about this. Zach Zienka’s Blog: David Ruybalid’s Blog: YouTube:
What is Sabbath? - 6

What is Sabbath? - 6


What is Sabbath? Zach and David talk about all of the layers of importance of living a Sabbath life style. Zach Zienka’s Blog: David Ruybalid’s Blog: YouTube: Public Podcast Link:
Why did God ask for the barbaric practice of animal sacrifice? How do we make sense of God asking for Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? What practices in our faith (and the faith of the people of the Old Testament) does God care about most? Join us as Zach and David in a discussion around Old Testament sacrifice and the heart of God. Zach Zienka’s Sermon: The Big Picture - Otherness David Ruybalid’s article: The Doctrine of Accommodation & Penal Substitutionary Atonement Zach Zienka’s Blog: David Ruybalid’s Blog: YouTube: Public Podcast Link:
Christian Nationalism is a conviction that America is inherently a nation built on Christian ethics and beliefs. This ideology is seen through combative methods of imposing selected “Christian ethics” onto the political stage by any means necessary. Christian Nationalism seems to be talked about more and more. Many conservative evangelicals are now even describing themselves and their vision for America in this way. “Is this how Jesus used power and influence?” “Is this how Jesus expects His followers to engage in our world?” “What is a healthy relationship of Christianity and politics, and what does this mean for Christ followers?” John 18 36 Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” Episode mentioned: Can I Say This At Church Podcast - Political Theology with Brad Jersak: Resources Mentioned: Postcards from Babylon: The Church In American Exile A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor's Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation Christian Nationalism Drove These People Out of Their Churches Zach Zienka’s Blog: David Ruybalid’s Blog:
Over the last few years, spiritual abusive tendencies in church leaders and church environments have come to light over and over again. Ted Haggard, Hillsong Church, Bobby Houston, Brian Houston, Carl Lentz, Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill, Willow Creek, Bill Hybels, Bob Jones University, The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), John MacArthur, C.J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries... just to name a few have are some of the notable and high profile pastors and churches that have come into the light as abusive. Many of these churches and/or leaders have account after account of allegations that they have hidden. Many stories have come out about them silencing victims. Christianity Today’s “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” has brought many conversations around spiritual abuse out into the open. The goal in this episode to to help us understand how common spiritual abuse is in our Christian environments, how to recognize spiritual abuse, and what we can do moving forward. A Few resources mentioned: When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing Other Links: Zach’s blog: David’s blog:
Who were the Old Testament prophets and for can their works be for us today? Hosted by Zach Zienka and David Ruybalid Reading the Prophets - Zach Zienka Article Zach's Blog: David's Blog:
After an almost three year break, Zach and David are back in the podcast world with a whole new name and fresh approach. If you have followed them before or if you are new to their content, don't miss this welcome back episode with the introduction to a new title and direction. Next episode will release June 27th. Zach's Blog: David's Blog:
(Recorded September 26, 2018) We are excited about this Episode. The Bible Project published "What Does It Mean To Be Human?" by our very own Zachariah Zienka. We talk a little bit about the content in the post, but want to invite you to read it. Here is the blog post from Zach: Read more posts from Zach Zienka at: Read more posts from David Ruybalid at: Check out the incredible resources of The Bible Project at:
What is a prophet? How do we read the prophets of the Old Testament? How can studying prophecy help us navigate life & faith here & now? We will tackle these questions & more in this episode!!! David Ruybalid's Blog: Zach Zienka's Blog:
Virtual Churches? Virtual Baptisms? What are the positive ways that we can use technology for ministry? Are there lines that we need not to cross, when it comes to technology and ministry? What are some possible negative repercussions for the misuse of technology for ministry? Can you have a virtual reality church or even a church campus on your smart phone? We tackle these questions and more on this episode. Video Mentioned in Episode: "Church is a Building" - Mickey Klink David Ruybalid's Blog: Zach Zienka's Blog:
God & Country?

God & Country?


-What does it mean and what does it look like to be a citizen of the kingdom of God, while being a citizen of America? -What does it mean to find our identity as God's people? -How are God's people to respond when the values of our nation don't line up with God's values? -How have worldly values crossed with religious values in unhealthy ways? Find out more: David Ruybalid's Blog: Zach Zienka's Blog:
What is the rapture? What is Revelation all about? What is the tribulation? What about the blood bath of the battle of Armageddon? How is God going to go about the end times? Find out more at: Zach’s Rapture Series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 We want to thank Reawaken Hymns for sharing "This Is My Father's World". “I’ll Fly Away” by Ransomed Bluegrass Surprised By Hope - Book By NT Wright
What is our future hope? Is heaven really the final destination for believers? How does a view of the end times effect how we live now? What is God's vision for how our world as we know it ends? Find out more at: Zach Zienka's Blog: We want to thank Reawaken Hymns for sharing "This Is My Father's World". Find out more at:
What is the purpose that God created us for? What does it mean to be created in God's image? What does this mean for us here and now? Join the conversation at David Ruybalid's blog Zach Zienka's Blog
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