Jesus Loves Canaanites by Randall Rauser (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Christians who are uncertain how to understand the violent parts of scripture, especially the conquest of Canaan in Deuteronomy and Joshua. While definitely a good read for pastors, Rauser’s writing style is welcoming and approachable to lay Christians as well. What’s the Big Takeaway - Christian faith is rooted…

The Difference Between Good and Bad Kings: David and Saul (Story of Scripture 10)

Listen to the newest podcast here, as we dive into Saul and David! Last week we saw Israel reject God as their king and ask Samuel to give them a human king like all the other nations have. This was both a rejection of God as their king and a rejection of their purpose to…

The Mystery of Christ by John Behr (Review)

John Behr is quickly vaulting to the top of my favorite theologians list. His book The Mystery of Christ is brilliant. Behr argues that the way forward, in our post-modern context, is to recover the patristic (premodern) way of doing theology. In this we look at the whole of scripture through the passion of Jesus.…

Is God Violent? Reading the Bible Through a Jesus-Shaped Lens (Story of Scripture 8.5)

Listen to the podcast. Its my longest one so far (29 minutes!) and probably more fun to listen to than to read. But if you’d rather read, here’s the script: Intro Hello and welcome to the Ancient Pathways Podcast. We are going through the story of scripture, from God’s creation through to the call of…

God’s Law Part 2 (Story of Scripture 7)

Check out the latest episode of the podcast: God’s Law Part 2. You can find the podcast on Spotify, ApplePodcasts and Stitcher. Or go right to the website here:https://ancientpathwayspodcast.buzzsprout.com/ Pause: Do you think the Bible is easy to understand? Should it be? What are the toughest questions people have asked you about the Bible? Last…

God Gives the Law (Story of Scripture 6)

Listen to the podcast here. This week we are diving into the Law! Our story began in the beginning, with God’s good creation. This good creation was broken through human sin. God launched a rescue operation, calling Abraham to bring blessing to the nations. Abraham’s descendants, Israel, ended up enslaved in Egypt and God liberated…

God Dwells (The Story of Scripture)

Listen to the podcast here. Recap - Let’s do a brief recap to remind us of where we are in the story. God created a good world and placed human in it as God’s image bearers. Humans were created with a purpose: to care for God’s good creation and to be creators as well, bringing…

The Call of Abraham (Story of Scripture 2)

Listen to the Podcast: The Call of Abraham (Story of Scripture Episode 2) Let’s start with a question: How have you understood the story of the Bible? Do you move right from the fall of humanity in Genesis 3 to the coming of Jesus? There are hundreds of pages and years between Genesis 3 and…

Story of Scripture 1 – Beginnings

To listen to this podcast, go to Ancient Pathwayss - The Story of Scripture 1 Genesis 1:1-5 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said,…

The Story of Scripture 1 – Welcome and Introduction

Don’t like to read? You can listen to this post as a podcast by going here: Ancient Pathways with Dave Hershey. You can also find this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. Two years ago I began training as a Life Coach and one of the assignments in the first class I took was…