On this episode I am joined by a special guest - my daughter Jamie! On this short Christmas episode, I look at a Christmas tradition which ties the story of the Bible to the magic of Christmas - the Jesse tree. Jamie helps me to explain what a Jesse tree is and how it helps us to prepare our hearts for the birth of the Messiah. The picture with the episode shows our tree, plus the ornaments that Jamie mentions!
The books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy can be hard to understand because they are full of rituals and laws that we don't totally understand. However, these books help us to understand what it takes for us to approach a holy God, and leave us with the question of whether a "theocracy" - a government by God - is what will bring people back into a relationship with God and solve the sin problem.
The last episode ended with the Israelites in Egypt. God's promise is threatened as the Israelites face the possibility of being wiped out by the Egyptians. This podcast shows God's miraculous rescue of His people, and the covenant He makes which will guide the nation for the rest of its history.
Here is the link to the blog post that is mentioned: https://bridgetogodsword.org/the-bible-story-and-plot/
After humanity's initial attempts to solve the problem of sin, God steps in and shows again that He will solve the problem through Himself. He promises Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob a coming "son" that will save the world from the problem of sin and restore the world to relationship with him, the only way that peace will be possible.
Now that you have an overview of the story, we return to the beginning of the story. With creation, we discuss questions such as "why did God create?" and "did God know that humans would sin?" Then we look at the stories of creation, the fall, the flood, and the tower of Babel and consider how they reflect the overall theme of the Bible.
Ever feel like you need a "roadmap" through the Bible? This podcast is the beginning of a series that will be an overview of the Bible. We will look at the theme of the Bible and how all the stories work together to demonstrate that theme. This podcast is a quick overview of the Old Testament so that you can get an idea of the arrangement of all the stories before we take an in-depth look at how they relate to the theme of the Bible.
In this episode of the podcast, we dive into theology and take a look at the nature of Jesus. Normally when we talk about Jesus, we think mostly about salvation, but here we look at how and why Jesus is both human and divine. This is a doctrine called the "hypostatic union".
In the last hundred years, there have been nearly ninety Bible translations! All of these translations are a resource for us, but it often raises the questions of "Why are there so many?" and "Are they all accurate?" This podcast discusses the reasons there are so many translations, and why they sound different from each other, but are still faithful translations of the original. It also includes some tips on choosing a Bible translation for your own personal reading and study.
Following the Reformation, Bible translation into English was given a political boost by the Anglican church. This podcast talks about the translations that were done during the late Reformation period up until the time of the King James Version, which ended the second major period of translation. If you are interested in knowing more about the King James Version, this podcast is for you! The picture here is the front page of the Geneva Bible, a revolutionary translation in many ways.
"Canon" means "measuring rod", and in speaking of the Bible it means the books which have been tested and included in the Bible as God's inspired word. In this podcast I explore the formation of the Canon - in other words, how were these books chosen? I look at the formation process of the Canon over the years of Biblical history, with who made the final decisions on the books and what criteria they used. I also touch briefly on the Apocrypha and why it is not included in the Protestant Bible.