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It seems that I should have no choice but to make the first reorienting, foundational, podcasts that I recommend to you a podcast episode that focuses on the book of Genesis. Genesis is about beginnings as the word implies. How we understand the message of Genesis naturally colors the way that we view the trajectory of the Biblical story. Genesis is massively important. This podcast lecture from Dr. John Walton, Professor of Old Testament Studies at Wheaton College, will offer a profound and unignorable challenge to many of the standard assumptions that people make concerning the message of the book of Genesis.
I used to think that "the Gospel" was all about getting people to follow Jesus so that they would end up in Heaven instead of Hell when they died. Through my evangelistic efforts and experiences, I began to realize that there was something significantly wrong with the notions that I thought I was supposed to put forward. It dawned on me that the sermons in the book of Acts didn't sound like the things I was saying. And I began to investigate and ask very foundational questions. In the process of working through the question, "What Is the Gospel?" I discovered that the Gospel was never actually about going to Heaven when we die but about God's Kingdom coming on the earth. NT Wright's work, and especially his book "Surprised By Hope" was enormously helpful and eye-opening. This little podcast is an introduction to the topics of Heaven and Hell through the eyes of the first-century scholar and theologian, NT Wright.
KING JESUS GOSPEL (Scott McKnight)
I had never listened to or read anything by Scott McKnight before I listened to this podcast. And the only reason I listened to this podcast is that people continually tell me that I sound like Scott McKnight. Naturally, I have become curious about what this guy is saying. Ever since being exposed to Scott's work, I have been delighted. Professor, Scott McKnight is significantly smarter and better-learned than I am. If you listen to this energetic, funny, and engaging lecture, you will hear a lot of what I talk about on The Gospel For Planet Earth through the voice of someone who has the scholarly ability and knowledge of modern Church history to drive the arguments home. In this particular lecture, Scott argues that "the Gospel" is the announcement: "Jesus is King."
Finally, I also want to commend our podcast to you. Join us on this journey to know and follow Jesus.
The Gospel For Planet Earth
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