Ouxano 54: 1 Samuel, part 1

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[display_podcast]This is part one of a series where we will take a look at several of the themes found throughout the book of 1 Samuel.  But, before we tackle a verse-by-verse run though of the text, we’ll take a look at the background context and other issues that can help us understand some of the larger themes of the Old Testament.In the Hebrew Bible,  First and Second Samuel are combined into one book (Our Christian forefathers separated them due to the original book’s length).  Along … [Read more...]

Confessions of a Closet Christian: What Makes A Story Good and Which Story Do We Prefer?

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[display_podcast]When I hear the word “story”, I think of something epic, adventurous and intriguing.  There’s battle, sport, magic, and romance.  There’s a beginning, middle and end and some sort of conflict.But when I hear the word “Bible”, all that comes to mind is a heavy brick of a book full of strict rules with harsh and exclusive undertones and overtones.  I don’t instinctively think of the Bible as a “good story”.  I don’t think of it having battles, magic or romance.But as I … [Read more...]


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