The Pastor and the Professor, Part 3

This episode focuses on what I call ground rules for the utilization and interpretation of the Bible. Maybe this conversation should have been Part 1 of the series because it is so fundamental to any discussion of the Bible. My father, Marlin (the Pastor), again joins me (the Professor) for this conversation. Here are some of the important questions that we tackle. Is it ok to have principles that help us sift through the biblical texts, affirming some messages and raising serious questions about others? Should we be willing to believe or do anything that the Bible says? Is it even possible to believe all of the Bible or live out all of the Bible? Though our ideas are still in process, we wanted to begin this conversation and get it out there for others to think about. In the end, there is only the process when it comes to contending with the Bible, God, and humanity.


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    Bob Van Es
    February 16, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    I have not listened to all of your 3rd Podcast yet but I have listened to 42 minutes of it. Thankyou so much. I will be more specific later but you are inviting me to search and change and grow as a follower of Jesus as well as seeing the Bible as more than literal. I am learning from your podcast. One of my favorite quotes is “the church is like a swimming pool. All of the noise is on the shallow end”. I think you are humbly making some noise in the diving area. Thank you so much for your courage. Bob VE

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    Duane VandenBrink
    February 16, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Josh/Marlin, Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. I am finding it a healthy discourse to follow. Blessings to you both! 🙂

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    Patricia Vorpagel
    February 23, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    Another good discussion. I appreciate your discussion of the distinction between the God of the Bible and the God of the universe. I found the idea that the God of the universe is not fully understood through, or contained in the Bible, to be especially thought provoking. Thank you.

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