The Bible Feed Podcast is a place for conversations about the Bible and faith in the modern world, where ordinary people come together to help each other understand the Bible better.
Laurence Davenport and Dan Weatherall continue delving into the gospel of Matthew. The focus this time is how well structured the book is around major themes that are developed throughout the book. Jesus is presented as someone with authority and he is given that curious name, Immanuel. What does that mean? And how would the first readers of Matthew have understood God to be with them? Listen in to discover more about Jesus!
We begin a new series in which we explore the deep questions around the relationship between God and Jesus, the Son of God. In this episode Josh Dean and Paul Davenport look at how Unitarians and Trinitarians both look at the same scriptural ‘raw materials’ but come to different conclusions. Why is that? How should we evaluate whether one view is more appropriate than the other? Are they both truly Christian perspectives?
Famous names and outsider characters – they’re all in the family tree of Jesus right at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel! Laurence Davenport and Dan Weatherall start a series of episodes that explores this book in greater detail to discover the real Jesus. Listen in to find out why some apparently dubious (but actually faithful) women feature in the opening verses of this Gospel and what that helps us to discover about Jesus!
Becky Lewis discusses with Paul Davenport whether it’s right to think of God as distant and unfeeling, as is often the portrayal in popular culture. By drawing from the Bible from the creation narrative through to how Jesus treated people and on through to the final chapters of Revelation, we find God revealed as deeply invested in seeking close relationships with people and indeed connecting people together in a family. Listen in to see how dominant this theme is in the Bible!
For our final podcast of 2020, we’re bringing you a discussion we recorded when lockdown started in the UK in March 2020. It seems like an age ago but also like yesterday – when we were just getting to the point of that first lockdown haircut! The subject is “Why read the Bible?” which seems just as relevant as we go into a new year in a world very much still in the grip of uncertainty. And so, whatever 2020 has been like for you, whether it’s given you sadness or joy or additional stress and strain, perhaps it’s comforting to know that the still small voice of the divine, revealed through an ancient text, will always be there waiting for us to listen. So we hope you enjoy this discussion and we wish you all the best for 2021.
This episode is all about the new book “Founding a Faith” by Tom Gaston. Dan Weatherall asks Tom about some of the concepts explored in the book, such as whether we should build our faith like a tower with a foundation or as a flexible web of interconnected ideas – which is more resilient? Also discussed is the whole perplexing issue of why God should be so hidden and what that means we should expect from the Bible as containing his revelation. Listen in to hear Tom’s perspective.
This conversation asks another big question – what is human nature really like? Dan Weatherall and Stephen Blake, a professional counsellor, explore this topic and find that, although the Bible starts with the ideal of humans reflecting God’s image, it more often paints a picture of struggle and failure. Why is that and can anything be done about it? Listen in to see where the conversation leads…
The question that lies at the foundation of everything else that we talk about at Bible Feed – Is there a God? Paul Davenport and Sam Day explore three of the classic arguments for the existence of God and the common objections to them. Do you find them compelling? Which do you think is the most powerful? Listen and enjoy!
As we’ve reached our 10th episode we thought we should explain a little bit about our aims and our plans for the coming months! Paul and Dan, as members of a lay community called the Christadelphians, discuss what unique perspectives they think the Bible Feed podcast can bring to the wider Christian debate.
The title of this episode is a question from one of our listeners. Dan Weatherall and Jon Davies explore what’s behind it and find that there are even bigger questions to consider, like why are there differences between the Gospels? How we answer that gets to the heart of what the Gospels are for and how we read them. Listen in and see what you think!
Apologies for the sound quality on this episode.
There is so much baggage attached to the concepts of ‘the Spirit of God’ or ‘the Holy Spirit’ that it can be really difficult to know where to start in understanding what the concept means in scripture and in our daily lives. Sam Thomas talks to Paul Davenport about how to unpick the basic concept and its meaning in scripture. Listen in to find out what it’s all about!
The connection between the Bible and history is complicated. Should the Bible be treated as objective, literal history or should we see it as all myths? Is it possible to find the truth somewhere between those two extremes? Dan and Paul explore these questions by using one of the ancient kings of Judah, Hezekiah, as a case study.
Paul Davenport and Josh Dean conclude a two part series about pride and how it is characterised in the Biblical narrative. This section shows how the Bible, and especially Jesus, uses stories and parables to help us think deeper and challenge ourselves.
In a two part mini series Paul Davenport talks to Josh Dean about pride and how it is characterised in the Biblical narrative but also about how the Bible uses stories, or parables, to help us think deeper and challenge ourselves.
4. Grace is the only way to live
Paul talks to Dan Parsons about another important word in the New Testament – the concept of ‘grace’. The conversation focuses on Ephesians chapter 2 and shows how a religion based on rules and laws is bound to fail, but grace is much more powerful. Listen in to find out why!
What does faith look like in the real world? In this conversation Dan Weatherall talks to Mick and Karen McNeil about faith in action in their daily lives, how it shapes the way they deal with life’s experiences, whether at work or home or in the context of global events such as Coronavirus.
2. Faith – not so simple after all
Is faith a simplistic, blind belief in something? Is it a gift that some people have and so are able to trust in something without question or doubt? Or does it require evidence which is open to doubt, questions, even confusion? Josh Dean and Paul Davenport discuss some Biblical examples of faith and find that it really is not so simple after all.
Is there such a thing as genuine predictive prophecy? Is the point of prophecy in the Bible to predict the future so that we know what’s coming or does it serve some other purpose? Is prophecy intended to bring people who don’t believe to embrace faith in God or is it directed at people who already have faith? All of these questions and more are discussed in this conversation by Dan Weatherall and Paul Davenport.
Lots to look forward to
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