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Welcome to The Word of Pod, a podcast about the story of the Bible and relevant discussions of its text. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thewordofpod/support


Matthew 6:1-4; 16-18 / Public Worship and True Motivations
Jul 31 • 35 min
These texts, which are bookends to the Lord’s Prayer, pinpoint motivations of public worship and therefore demonstrate the true beliefs and hope of the individual. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Matthew 5:38-48 / Love Your Enemies and Be Perfect!
Jul 26 • 26 min
This episode reaches the punchline of Jesus’ Sermon which should lead his listeners to the ultimate question “How then shall I enter the Kingdom of Heaven?” Perfection is required. Love for one’s enemies is required. Above and beyond maturity and…
Matthew 5:27-37 / Adultery and the Breaking of Covenants
Jul 19 • 30 min
This episode continues Jesus aggressive condemnation against practices that would have been relevant to his audience. As he continues his raising of moralistic standards, he causes his audience to question their righteousness and ability to follow the…
Matthew 5:21-26 / Judgment and the Disciple’s View of Grace
Jul 11 • 35 min
This episode explores the idea that if one is not able to extend grace to someone else, then they do not understand the grace that they have recieved. Because of this, one might be in danger of their own wrong doing which will result in judgment. The…
Matthew 5:12-20 / Salt, Light, and Impossible Righteousness
Jul 2 • 33 min
This episode transitions into the text where Jesus calls his followers “salt” and “light” and how his own ministry on earth is to fulfill the Law. This raises the question of “How can one become righteous if the Law is not abolished?” Jesus challenges the…
Matthew 5:1-11 / The Beginning and Promise of Blessing
Jun 25 • 35 min
This episode is the beginning of Season 4 and the Sermon on the Mount. This text begins Jesus’s message of an echatological breakthrough into the present world for those who are currently seeking him for change. Though this is clearly before Jesus’ death…
Philippians 4:10-23 / The Sharing of Tribulations and Support
Jun 17 • 38 min
This season finale of Paul’s Letter to the Philippians displays much of Paul’s perspective. He is very much thankful for the support he has recieved from the Philippians, but what he wants more is there own growth in Christ. He has relayed his growing…
Philippians 4:1-9 / Praise and Mindset in the Midst of Suffering
Jun 11 • 27 min
This particular passage reveals Paul’s own perspective as he faces prison and encourages the Philippians in their own hardships. He tells them to rejoice and focus on the good things God has provided. God’s power shows up in the midst of actively pursuing…
Philippians 3:12-22 / Attaining To That Which Has Been Accomplished
Jun 2 • 26 min
In this passage, Paul admits he has not attained the full benefits of being in Christ, yet he strives on toward his goal like an athlete in the games. He forgets the losses, the sins, behind him and strives toward his goal. He urges the Philippians to do…
Philippians 3:1-11 / Gratitude and Not Relying on Accomplishments
May 28 • 40 min
This passage tells of Paul’s safeguard against suffering and how he has transitioned from trusting his abilities and following of the law to attaining salvation through Christ and participating in his suffering. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor:…
Philippians 2:19-30 / Letter Couriers and Genuine Service
May 21 • 23 min
This particular passage, though it may appear mundane or insignificant, gives an indirect account of both Paul’s heart and motivations, but also those of the early churches he has been working with. Service and a genuine interest in others is always a…
Philippians 2:12-18 / Working Out Salvation to Shine
May 14 • 39 min
Paul encourages the Philippians to seize (or achieve) the salvation that they have already been given, to actually a continue what they have been doing, in order that they might fulfill their role in the world as representatives of Christ. This, Paul…
Philippians 2:1-11 / A Reminder of Christ’s Obedience
May 8 • 35 min
Paul reminds the Philippians that their humility, compassion, patience and forgiveness of others is not just simply a moralistic response of duty, but rather a reaction to the same that has been received from God through Jesus Christ. That such obedience…
Philippians 1:12-2:4 / Appointed to Suffer
Apr 30 • 27 min
Paul begins to transition the conversation with the Philippians toward suffering and the purpose of the Christian: to live in a way that is worthy of the gospel of Christ. While he doesn’t focus on service as a means to salvation, he does suggest that…
Philippians 1:12-26 / Competition, Passion, and Purpose
Apr 23 • 35 min
As Paul sits in prison, he indirectly shares his thoughts which are meant to encourage the Philippian church, but also give us a glimpse into Paul’s own development and growth in a challenging time. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest…
Philippians 1:1-11 / Philippi, Paul, and his Introduction
Apr 16 • 32 min
Season 3 of The Word of Pod kicks off with a new genre and book of the Bible. Paul begins with his standard well wishes but then transitions to his praise and gratitude for the Philippians, before beginning the major contents of his letter. Check out this…
Luke 24 / Jesus Resurrection and Ascension
Apr 9 • 33 min
Luke 24: Season Finale we discuss Luke’s account of the resurrection and the surround events leading into the beginnings of the church. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this…
Luke 23 / Jesus’ Trial and Crucifixion
Apr 2 • 46 min
This episode discusses the trial leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and his death. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thewordofpod/support
Luke 22 / The New Passover and Jesus Arrested
Mar 27 • 58 min
Luke 22 gives a look into Jesus’ perspective of the Passover, and ultimately his plans for certain apostles such as Judas and Peter. As he is arrested, he resolutely give the Jewish Council one more chance to believe him. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
Luke 21 / Wealth, Destruction of the Temple, and Apocalypse
Mar 19 • 32 min
Luke 21 begins with a conversation about wealth and generosity which quickly turns to an observation of the Temple’s beauty. Jesus takes the opportunity to speak on its destruction and the ultimate judgement of the world. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
Luke 20 / The Coyness of Jesus and the Doubt of Jerusalem
Mar 13 • 45 min
Luke 20 presents the leaders of the Jews in Jerusalem challenging Jesus and denying his identity as the Messiah of the Jews. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast:…
Luke 19 / Zacchaeus and the Rejected King
Mar 5 • 43 min
Luke 19 introduces the chief tax collector Zacchaeus and the Pharisee’s response to Jesus’ interaction with sinners. Jesus then tells them a parable about a nobleman who become king and how it relates to his future reaction in Israel by the Jews. —- This…
Luke 18 / Humility and the Kingdom of God
Feb 26 • 46 min
Chapter 18 contains several encounters/stories concerning humility and the barriers between someone of a high position and the entrance to the Kingdom of God. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Luke 17 / Ascribing Value and Propriety
Feb 21 • 41 min
Luke 17 mainly is Jesus’ response to his to his disciples lack of belief that they have what it takes to forgive. He goes on to speak about repentance (turning away). This he says can be achieved through others who take the time to value the situation.…
Luke 16 / Making Arrangements to Enter the Kingdom
Feb 10 • 44 min
Chapter 16 contains several parables about the Kingdom of God but from the perspective of the guilty or “lost” party. Unlike chapter 15, which primarily focuses on the person who loses an item. this episode is about the expectations of the “lost” one who…
Luke 15 / Parables and Lostness
Feb 6 • 42 min
This episode explores Luke 15 and the beginning of Jesus’ parables on “lostness”. Ultimately, these parables are about the Pharisees. Despite their being on the the “inside” of Judaism, they are outside the Kingdom of God considering their rejection of…
Luke 14 / Jesus Challenges His Disciple’s Sincerity
Jan 27 • 38 min
Luke 14 is a bombardment against the Pharisees in terms of their elitism and sense of worthiness in the Kingdom of God. Jesus challenges his own disciples as well as he teaches on who is valued the highest in the kingdom and the cost in this world.. —-…
Luke 13 / Fruit, The Narrow Door and Jewish Assumption
Jan 23 • 32 min
This chapter focuses on the assumptions of the Pharisees and religious rulers of Jesus’s day. They assume that difficult in life, perhaps even illness or tragedy, are manifestations of GOd’s judgment. Jesus perceives this assumption and begins to teach…
Luke 12 / Wealth, Prestige, and Eternity
Jan 15 • 46 min
Chapter 12 of Luke hones in Jesus’ teaching on wealth and prestige in the form of “reward” for one’s actions. As he confronts those around him who would search for their reward in this world alone, he gives multiple examples of the ultimate reward and…
Luke 11 / Prayer as Alignment
Jan 7 • 49 min
Chapter 11 of Luke gives multiple examples of Jesus’s perspective of lifestyle, faith and prayer. Starting with a lesson on “how to pray” Jesus gives a subtle reasoning for why prayer is more about becoming what God wants instead of getting from God what…
Luke 10 / The Growing Mission of Jesus
Dec 24, 2019 • 44 min
Chapter 10 of Luke begins with an even great number of Jesus’ disciples going out to ministry. Jesus expresses his happiness in the way God had planned Jesus’ identity being revealed which shows that God is concerned with not only gaining disciples of…
Luke 9 / The Identity of Jesus and Price of Discipleship
Dec 16, 2019 • 52 min
Chapter 9 of Luke reveals several things about Jesus including the community’s growing speculation of who is really is, what his mysterious mission is becoming, and the future of a person who chooses to follow him. —- This episode is sponsored by ·…
Luke 8 / “The Day of the Lord” in the Messianic Secret
Nov 16, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, we discuss the various miracles of Jesus in Luke 8 pertaining to Jesus’ Messianic “secret” among the Jews. This relates directly to his citing of Isaiah 6 in regard to those who hear the message but do not really hear. Jesus clearly has a…
Luke 7 / Fruit, Worthiness, Judgment, and the Difficult Expectations of the Disciple
Nov 6, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, we discuss the raising of a dead son in Nain, the healing of acenturion’s servant, the challenge of John’s disciples, and the washing of Jesus’s feet by the unclean woman. As Jesus adds on the expectations of a true disciple, his…
Luke 6 / Sabbath and the Son of Man’s Authority
Oct 30, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode, we focus on the the accusations of the Pharisees against Jesus concerning Sabbath. In Luke, Jesus consistently refers to himself as “The Son of Man” that has significant meaning from Daniel 7. He continues to make claims about himself,…
Luke 4:43-5:39 / Pharisees and the Identify of Jesus
Oct 25, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode, we focus on the Pharisees and the Jewish culture surrounding their interaction with Jesus. The expectations of Messiah are blocking the religious elite’s understanding of Jesus as he continues his ministry among the possessed and sick. —-…
Luke 4:14-44 / The Temptation and Authority of Jesus
Oct 16, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode we explore the temptation of Jesus in the desert by the Devil as well as the challenges facing Jesus in his hometown. As Jesus expands his traveling ministry, his authority becomes more apparent and fitting for the Messiah of Israel. —-…
Luke 3:21-4:13 / Jesus’ Baptism and Temptation
Oct 10, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode we discuss Jesus baptism and the and the significance of his entrance into public ministry. As Jesus is publicly recognized as “God’s son” he is immediately faced with supernatural opposition in the form of the Devil’s temptations. —- This…
Luke 2:21-3:20 / The Build-up and Preparation of Jesus’ Ministry
Oct 1, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, Jesus is born and Luke ties many significant events to Jesus’ early life: circumcision, Passover, sacrifice, and the Temple. John the Baptist begins his ministry in the wilderness preparing for the ministry of Jesus before he is…
Luke 1:26-2:20 / Prophecy, Birth, and Empire
Sep 26, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, we continue the discussion of how specific events in the narrative, such as Gabriel’s message to Zechariah and Mary, as well as both of their “songs”, point to a greater narrative that would be in the collective mind of Israel. As the…
Luke 1:1-25 / Introduction
Sep 16, 2019 • 45 min
In this episode, I introduce the gospel of Luke in terms of genre, purpose, and motivation on the part of the author. The beginning of the letter/argument/gospel is very rich in context and lays a very important foundation for Luke’s attempt to pursuade…
Genesis 42-50: Famine and Blessing in Egypt
Aug 30, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, the author zooms into the relationship between Joseph and his brothers, which, I believe, is the authors statement on the relationship between God and Israel while in exile. Though misunderstood to be a harsh and vindictive king, Joseph…
Genesis 39-41: Story of Joseph Pt. 2
Aug 14, 2019 • 31 min
This episode picks back up with the story of Joseph and his suffering in Egypt. The brief departure from the story switches to Judah and Tamar to signify the relationship between the wrong done by Judah toward Tamar and his wrong toward Joseph. As he…
Genesis 27-38: Jacob and Laban / Story of Joseph Pt. 1
Jul 16, 2019 • 40 min
Sweeping several chapters, the relationship between Jacob and Esau results in Jacob fleeing to find a wife in the family of Laban. Through trickery and deception Laban uses Jacob, yet the promise of God remains and Jacob returns to Canaan blessed. The…
Genesis 24-27: Jacob, Esau, and the Theology of Advocacy
Jun 29, 2019 • 44 min
As Sarah and Abraham die, the blessing and familial focus turns to Isaac and Rebekahs, family. The story reveals that Abraham’s sins have spread to his descendants as well as the promise. The conflict between Jacob and Esau demonstrates another ongoing…
Genesis 20-23: Abraham and Isaac
Jun 2, 2019 • 42 min
Abraham continues his “my wife is my sister” antics with King Abimelech. Family stress continues as the Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar love triangle worsens. Ishmael, the illegitimate son of Abrahams competes with Isaac, but he and his mother Hagar are…
Genesis 16-19: Circumcision and the Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
May 20, 2019 • 48 min
In this episode, we read about the accounts of Abraham and his mistreatment of his wife which results in her own schemes to have a son. Since Sarah is unable to have children of her own, she forces her servant into pregnancy in her stead. God convinces…
Genesis 12-15: The Call of Abram
May 3, 2019 • 50 min
At the end of Shem’s line, is Abram, a Mesopotamian man who is called by God to leave his people to start his own descendants who will receive the promises of God. Perhaps, the most pivotal moments in the Old Testament, Abram is promised to be blessed in…
Genesis 10-11: The Table of Nations and Tower of Babel
Apr 26, 2019 • 49 min
The Table of Nations is an important part of Genesis for various reasons. Not only does it explain the lineage from each of Noah’s three sons, but it gives a theological backdrop and history from a later perspective (post-exilic author) looking back. As…
Genesis 5-9: The Great Flood and the Covenant with Noah
Apr 14, 2019 • 56 min
As the population of the earth grew, so did corruption and violence. It reached levels to the point God regretted creating his “good” creation and decides to intervene. Yet, in the midst of this judgment, God chooses to save humanity through one person.…
Genesis 4: Cain, Abel, and the Decline of Humanity
Apr 1, 2019 • 42 min
The effects of leaving the Garden of Eden and the Tree of Life are continually revealed. The author also clearly includes later Jewish beliefs and cultic practices into the story, building upon Sabbath with sacrifice, barrenness, desert-wandering and now,…
Genesis 3: The Relinquishing of Authority, Fellowship, and Access
Mar 22, 2019 • 35 min
Genesis 3 is often referred to “The Fall” which is really a bad description. Rather, it is more of a jump. Humanity was given a specific role and title, as caretakers of a specific garden, Eden, that they never intended to leave. By accepting the idea…
Genesis 1-2: The Creation Account
Mar 19, 2019 • 47 min
The Bible begins with a strange and progressive creation account, ultimately leading to humanity. People are to rule over creation as representatives or ambassadors of God. Something about God’s image or nature is bestowed upon human beings, specifically…
A Background of the Bible: Text, Chronology, and Comparative Literature
Mar 14, 2019 • 42 min
In order to begin a thoughtful study of the Bible, it is essential to answer several issues pertaining to the question “What is the Bible?” In this episode, some important areas of discussion will be textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament),…
Introduction: Why Another Bible Podcast?
Mar 13, 2019 • 3 min
There are plenty of Bible podcasts and perhaps even more biblical podcasts. Each have their own motivations and purposes. However, the purpose of this podcast is to help address the rising rate of biblical illiteracy. Though most people have some…