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How We Got the Bible with Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue

New Testament professor Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue joins us to talk about how we got this thing we call the Bible. Who got to decide what books were included (and excluded!)? What criteria matter? And how can we trust the Bible as a holy book?

Exodus 20:18-21:18 – Uncut Stones, Priestly Underwear and Slaves

We enter the book of the Covenant. What are these legal codes? Plus, how the people respond to God, why priests have to wear underwear, and a confrontation of slavery in the Scriptures.

20 Easter Cards from the Early 20th Century

A fun look at how folks sent Easter greetings and wishes more than a century ago.

Thinking about Drinking

Has our culture become too obsessed with alcohol? Might that be a sign of deeper problems? And how can historically teetoaling churches speak meaningfully to a culture fixated on self-medication?

Random Thoughts While Watching Fate of the Furious

Some random thoughts I had while watching the eighth Fast & Furious film, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Clayola Madness: Final Update! Finally…

Me and my big ideas. “Let’s do a fun little contest around the...

Exodus 20:17 – You Must Not Covet

What does it mean to covet? How is coveting tied to dissatisfaction, and why is this the capstone command? Plus: how humility and poverty are antidotes to this sin.

The Exorcist Season 1

Kate Sanchez returns to help us investigate season 1 of THE EXORCIST TV show. How is the show as good as it is? We explore the characters, the themes and the scares.

Ethics in Christian Ministry with Charles Christian

Dr. Charles Christian joins us to discuss his new book on ethics in ministry. How can church leaders develop ethical thinking habits that aid us in those unpredictable times in ministry? Plus: a deep dive on the Billy Graham Rule

Exodus 20:16 – You Must Not Bear False Witness

For Bible BitesIn a world of alternative facts, how do Christians bear faithful and true witness? We explore the implications of the 9th commandment for personal holiness, communal life and participation in our global reality.

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On Stage with Penn and Teller: My Magical Night in Vegas

Can I tell you about one of the most amazing experiences of my life?

Winning Eowyn: Middle Earth Gives Pointers on Wooing Today’s Warrior Woman

Some surprising relevant dating advice straight from Middle Earth

Ill Bible Chick: Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl 51

The most accurate recap of Super Bowl 51 from Houston, and how the Patriots unbelievable win compares to Freddy Prinze Jr.’s cultural impact.

Seven Things You Don’t Want to Hear About My Mission Trip

Christians are a highly compassionate people. When I returned from a missions trip in Ukraine this past summer, what I wasn’t prepared for was the strict social contract of what I couldn’t say around fellow believers.

No, THE SHACK Still isn’t Heresy

No, The Shack still isn’t heresy. Here’s why.

A Guide to Observing Lent

A guide for observing Lent in 2017

20 Easter Cards from the Early 20th Century

A fun look at how folks sent Easter greetings and wishes more than a century ago.

Susan B. Anthony Quotes for International Women’s Day

Ten quotes from Susan B. Anthony, suffragette, abolitionist, and activist.

Random Thoughts While Watching Fate of the Furious

Some random thoughts I had while watching the eighth Fast & Furious film, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

Get Out

Jordan Peele’s film debut is a stunning horror film grounded in the black experience in America. We investigate this new classic, paying special attention to how the film utilizes classic horror tropes to reveal the lived horror of black Americans. Plus: can we convince Stacey hypnosis is real? Quick! Someone grab a silver spoon!

No, THE SHACK Still isn’t Heresy

No, The Shack still isn’t heresy. Here’s why.

How The OA Failed in 5 Movements

Human genius is not the ability to imagine the untrue, but rather our ability to insist on logic without being restrained by it.

Pop Culture Take: The Best of 2016

2016 has nearly come to an end. Finally. Most of us sneer at it like a bully...

The Best TV of 2016

JR. counts down his favorite television shows of 2016.

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