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We believe questions are an important part of every faith journey. So often in church we either ignore questions or allow our answers to those questions to become divisive lines in the sand, distinguishing the chosen from the heretics. We want to help you find better questions that are more helpful to your faith and that bring unity to the church.
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At what point does love for one's country supersede one's devotion to God? Where is the line between nationalism and idolatry? Can America be seen as its own religion? And how can we work together to make our communities better, more inclusive, and safer places to live? To address these questions as more, the guys sit down with Pastor and Author, Brian Zahnd. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Books by Brian Zahnd (affiliate links): Sinners In The Hands of a Loving God - https://amzn.to/2Iwwsqa Postcards From Babylon - https://amzn.to/2F2eRFk Beauty Will Save The World - https://amzn.to/2XBTeD7 This Episode is brought to you by Audible. Listen to one of Brian Zahnd's books with a free trial. Try Audible ----> https://amzn.to/2WqAtkU and get TWO free audiobooks! Brian Zahnd's Website https://brianzahnd.com Word of Life Church Website http://wolc.com Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com Special Guest: Brian Zahnd.
Do we honestly think that Racism is a thing of the past? Or that Racism doesn't exist inside our churches? To discuss this important conversation, the guys sit down with Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Books by Dr. Kim (affiliate links): Healing Our Broken Humanity - https://amzn.to/2XCdDrQ Intersectional Theology - https://amzn.to/2Wtg12P Embracing The Other - https://amzn.to/2XCDm3e This Episode is brought to you by Audible. Listen to one of Dr. Kim's books with a free trial. Try Audible ----> https://amzn.to/2WqAtkU and get TWO free audiobooks! Dr. Kim's Blog https://gracejisunkim.wordpress.com Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com Special Guest: Dr. Grace Ji-Sun Kim.
If Jesus fulfilled the law and the Old Testament, do Christians need to read it? Does the Old Testament have anything to say about salvation? Do we have to live by the laws? Should Christians "un-hitch" from it? How do we interpret something so old? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with professor and pastor, Joe Mueller. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Books by John Goldingay (affiliate links): Do We Need The New Testament? - https://amzn.to/2W8mjEG The Old Testament for Everyone Set - https://amzn.to/2W6hcFd The First Testament: A New Translation - https://amzn.to/2Qz5Zf0 Connect with Joe Mueller https://www.facebook.com/Joe.Lionheart Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com Special Guest: Joe Mueller.
What does it mean to forgive someone? What does that practically look like? How do you know if you've truly forgiven them and what does it mean if negative feelings come back years later? Can you forgive someone without ever seeing them again? Is there such a thing as not being ready to forgive? And if so, how does that square with scripture? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with author, speaker, and forgiveness expert, Emily J Hooks. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Emily's Book: The Power of Forgiveness: A Guide to Healing and Wholeness - https://amzn.to/2EgGzOy This Episode is brought to you by Audible. Listen to Emily's book with a free trial. Try Audible ----> https://amzn.to/2WqAtkU and get TWO free audiobooks! https://emilyjhooks.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/Forgi... ___________________________________________________ Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Emily J Hooks.
Does the church do a good enough job addressing mental health and trauma? Can mental health conditions, or traumatic experiences be simply "prayed away" without seeking help from mental health professionals? Are they indicative of a lack of faith? Are there mental health practices everyone can benefit from? What is trauma and is it possible that traumatic experiences are more common than we think? Is it possible for the church to cause trauma and if so, how should we address that? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with licensed therapist, author, and speaker, Aundi Kolber. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Resources for our listeners - http://www.bravelyimperfect.com/askbetterquestions Join Aundi's Mailing List - bit.ly/signup_bravelyimperfect Aundi's Book (Released January 2020) - (link coming soon) https://twitter.com/aundikolber https://www.instagram.com/aundikolber/ ___________________________________________________ This Episode is brought to you by Audible. Audible is the leading provider of audio books. Try Audible ----> https://amzn.to/2WqAtkU and get TWO free audiobooks! This is the best place for audio books and I cannot recommend it enough. Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Aundi Kolber.
Does the church do a good enough job with sex education, or are students feeling more shamed than informed? Is the Bible as black and white in regards to sexual sin as we think it is? Or are we missing something in the translation of the original language? How do we help people have a healthy understanding of sex? To discuss these questions and more, the guys (and gals!) sit down with author and speaker, Dani Fankhauser. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Shameless: How I Lost My Virginity and Kept My Faith - https://amzn.to/2E52VlU http://shamelessthebook.com http://danifankhauser.com https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/dani-fankhauser/true-love-no-shame This Episode is brought to you by Audible. Listen to Dani's book with a free trial. Try Audible ----> https://amzn.to/2WqAtkU and get TWO free audiobooks! Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission.
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What is Social Memory Theory? What assumptions do we have about history? Did people in the first century think about recording history in the same way that we do? Did the events in the Gospels happen exactly as described? How can we know with 100% certainty? Does it matter? Should that be our primary concern? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with Dr. Chris Keith. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Dr. Keith's Books: Jesus against the Scribal Elite: https://amzn.to/2D6qt9v Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity: https://amzn.to/2D1hrus Jesus among Friends and Enemies: https://amzn.to/2Um8dnm https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/staff-directory/chris-keith Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Chris Keith.
What is Social Memory Theory? What assumptions do we have about history? Did people in the first century think about recording history in the same way that we do? Did the events in the Gospels happen exactly as described? How can we know with 100% certainty? Does it matter? Should that be our primary concern? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with Dr. Chris Keith. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Dr. Keith's Books: Jesus against the Scribal Elite: https://amzn.to/2D6qt9v Jesus, Criteria, and the Demise of Authenticity: https://amzn.to/2D1hrus Jesus among Friends and Enemies: https://amzn.to/2Um8dnm https://www.stmarys.ac.uk/staff-directory/chris-keith Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Chris Keith.
Is it too simple, or flippant to say that Jesus is God? What about the Trinity? Does the New Testament teach a distinction or a union between the Son and the Father? Does it teach both? How did the early church view the divinity of Christ? Can Christians stay unified despite different beliefs and interpretations? How did the early church pursue unity? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with Dr. Larry Hurtado. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Dr. Hurtado's Books: Honoring The Son: https://amzn.to/2WBNgRV Lord Jesus Christ: https://amzn.to/2I5bIXF How on Earth Did Jesus Become A God?: https://amzn.to/2CO4Tqd https://larryhurtado.wordpress.com Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Larry Hurtado.
What does the Bible have to say about women in ministry roles? What can we learn from the book of Ruth, and the creation of humanity as image bearers of God? How are both genders meant to work together in the Kingdom of God? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with Carolyn Custis James. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Carolyn's Books: -Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women: https://amzn.to/2unTYie Finding God in the Margins: The Book of Ruth: https://amzn.to/2HALv45 Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World: https://amzn.to/2OiINRb The Gospel of Ruth: Loving God Enough to Break the Rules: https://amzn.to/2Oiqk7g This Episode is brought to you by Audible. Listen to one of Carolyn's books with a free trial. Try Audible ----> https://amzn.to/2WqAtkU and get TWO free audiobooks! https://carolyncustisjames.com https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/carolyn-custis-james ___________________________________________________ Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Carolyn Custis James.
Should the events in the book of Jonah be taken as history? Did they really happen, or is it a parable? And are those even the right questions to be asking? How do we approach translating and interpreting Jonah, or any Old Testament book? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with Dr. Robert Alter. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Dr. Alter's Work: -The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary: https://amzn.to/2Y9tI98 The Art of Biblical Narrative: https://amzn.to/2TVZPtM The Art of Bible Translation: https://amzn.to/2HxoX3U The Art of Biblical Poetry: https://amzn.to/2OgVjjW Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Robert Alter.
How do you reconcile faith and science? Is that even a beneficial question? Should you look to the Bible for scientific information? Can you look to science to answer the big questions of life? To discuss these questions and more, the guys sit down with Dr. Andrew Root. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Andrew Root's Work: Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science https://amzn.to/2U0iggK Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church's Obsession with Youthfulness https://amzn.to/2HwIh1m The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need a God https://amzn.to/2UJCHvu http://AndrewRoot.org http://scienceym.org Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Andrew Root.
Is the traditional view of Hell biblically sound? Is eternal bodily torment what Jesus meant by Hell? And if not, what does the Bible really say about the fate of the lost? To get a better grasp of these questions, the guys sit down with Chris Date of the Rethinking Hell podcast to have a Better Conversation on Hell. πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Chris Date's Work: Rethinking Hell: Readings in Evangelical Conditionalism: https://amzn.to/2Ff5otQ A Consuming Passion: Essays on Hell and Immortality in Honor of Edward Fudge: https://amzn.to/2ufMMVq Does God Predetermine the Eternal Destiny of Every Individual Human Being?: https://amzn.to/2Ff2Agm Rethinking Hell Podcast: http://rethinkinghell.com/podcast/ Rethinking Hell Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/rethinkinghell Rethinking Hell Website: http://rethinkinghell.com Hell Under FIre: https://amzn.to/2CwofQo The Evangelical Universalist: https://amzn.to/2Hxv6NM ChrisDate@RethinkingHell.com Fuller.Academia.edu/ChristopherDate Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Chris Date.
Once you're saved, are you always saved? No matter your behavior or beliefs afterward? Or does God take your salvation away if you don't continue to live a certain way? Or, if you "backslide" and renounce faith in Christ, were you never truly saved in the first place? In the second episode of season 2, the guys attempt to find a better, more helpful, and less controversial question than "Can you lose your salvation"? πŸ“’ Show Notes πŸ“’ Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2DZcUIM GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2TWEOMj Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2Xb8hE5 Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2EgQwvx Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone - Neewer NW-700: https://amzn.to/2Ei9IJk Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2EgQS5m Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2DT4D9d DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission.
Should we take Revelation literally or figuratively? Is Revelation about the future? What does 666 mean? In our Season 2 debut, the guys sit down with Dr. Shane Wood to have a Better Conversation on the book of Revelation and address some of these questions. Are these helpful questions, or do we still need something better? Join our mailing list. https://bit.ly/2tV9p1q πŸ“’ Resources Mentioned πŸ“’ Check out Dr. Wood's new book, Between Two Trees! https://amzn.to/2U0hKiO (affiliate) Dr. Wood's Website: http://ShaneJWood.com Revelation's Rhapsody: https://amzn.to/2Hx0agz Breaking the Code: https://amzn.to/2U4ClTm More Than Conquerors: https://amzn.to/2HvIHVJ Connect with us on Social Media: https://betterquestionspodcast.com https://instagram.com/betterqpodcast https://www.facebook.com/betterqpodcast http://dandrake333.com For those so inclined, please consider supporting our show at http://patreon.com/BetterQPodcast ---------Cameras and Gear Used To Shoot This Video ------- Canon XA11 Camcorder - https://amzn.to/2FesReC GoPro HERO3+: https://amzn.to/2FmMS2S Neewer Ring Light: https://amzn.to/2OgSgbz Dan's Microphone - MXL 990: https://amzn.to/2USZbKs Andrew's Microphone - Discontinued Chris's Microphone: https://amzn.to/2CEDZRJ Audio Interface - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4: https://amzn.to/2U36Mcc Audio recorded with Ableton Live: https://amzn.to/2UN0ZVk DISCLAIMER: This video and description contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a small commission. Special Guest: Dr. Shane Wood.
As humans, are we inherently evil, wrong or sinful, or is there goodness, compassion, and mercy at our core? Should we focus on being made in God's image and on God calling us "very good" in Genesis 1, or focus on the sin and fall of man in Genesis 3? Join Dan, Chris, and Andrew as they strive to find a better question than "Am I Broken?"
What do you picture when you think of God? An old man in the sky with a giant white beard? A Father looking down at His children? The person of Jesus? Where did these primarily male views of God come from and are they biblical? Join Chris, Andrew, Dan and special guest Barby Martinez, as they try to find a better question than Is God Male? Special Guests: .
Does the thought of being "Left Behind" cause you to curl into the fetal position in extreme anxiety? Are you just trying to passively endure this life so that you can be in your real home in Heaven? Join Andrew, Dan and Chris as they discuss why "When Will Jesus Return" may not be a helpful question, and if theres a better question we should be asking instead.
We don't normally take time to ANSWER any of our Better Questions, but when the conversation goes there, and is this important, you make an exception. Special Guest: Titus Benton.
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