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Today’s interview is with Dr. Carmen Imes, who is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Biola University in La Mirada, CA. We talk to her about her excellent book, Bearing God's Name: Why Sinai Still Matters. We discuss what the command means when it says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain” (Ex. 20:7), and more broadly the role of the law in general. What does it mean to “bear” or “take” God’s name in vain? How is the law actually missional for Israel being a light to the nations? How is the law applicable to believers today under the new covenant? We discuss these important questions and many more. We hope you enjoy this conversation as an addition to our time in Exodus this fall and winter. This interview also fits with the episode releasing this coming Monday on Ex. 19-24!   Dr. Imes’ Recommended Resources: Andrew Peterson’s music & books   Other Radically Normal interviews: The Book of Revelation w/ Dr. Tom Schreiner (#87) On Tour w/ Caroline Cobb (#84) Union with Christ w/ Kyle Worley (#81) Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits w/ Dr. Ashley Hales (#76) The Importance of Deuteronomy w/ Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee (#73) The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus w/ Dr. W. Ross Blackburn (#70) The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self w/ Dr. Carl Trueman (#67) Religious Liberty for All w/ Dr. Andrew Walker (#64) Freedom from Sin w/ John Elmore (#61) God’s Glory Above the Clouds w/ Captain Dan Griffin (#53) Hebrews 11 & Working to God’s Glory w/ Trillia Newbell (#38) Courage, Integrity & the Future w/ Dr. Russell Moore (#32) Apologetics & Theology w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund (#26) The Ascension of Christ w/ Dr. Patrick Schreiner (#23) Interview w/ Pastor Tommy Nelson (#14) Interview w/ College Pastor Nate Hilgenkamp (#12) Interview w/ OU Baseball Coach Britt Bonneau (#4)   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 4!

Dec 2

34 min 27 sec

In our eighth episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 17:8-18:27: The important question & disagreement: is Christmas music okay before Thanksgiving? Joshua appears—a key figure for later Again: the significance of the staff Amalek, part of Esau’s line—looking back to Genesis The focus on obedience The emphasis on the passage: Yahweh on Israel’s side Douglas Stuart: “This verse does not teach the efficacy of prayer without ceasing but rather the fact that Israelite holy war was God’s war.” The role of memory Comparing Amalek with Jethro—who is Jethro? Jethro as an example of the proper response to God A reminder for our evangelism The wisdom from Jethro A multitude of people knowing the laws & having wisdom Connections to the NT qualifications for elders   Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).   Helpful Resources on Exodus: Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart (intermediate/advanced) Exodus For You commentary by Tim Chester (devotional/introductory) Exodus commentary by Peter Enns (intermediate) The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus (W. Ross Blackburn) — see episode #70 for our interview w/ Dr. Blackburn!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Nov 29

24 min 3 sec

In our seventh episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 15:22-17:7, a section of the book featuring a recurring theme: the disobedience and complaints of Israel prior to a battle, a meal, and the arrival at Mt. Sinai (chs. 17-19).   Today’s conversation: Remembering the exodus event Three days into the wilderness—what happens? The theme of water in the book, carried into 15:22-25 Forgetfulness of Yahweh’s Lordship 12 springs of water & 70 palm trees—potentially symbolic in addition to being historical The difference between a test & a temptation The grumbling of the people & the provision of the manna + quail How no collection on the 7th day points to the rest for the land & the Year of Jubilee in Lev. 25 How it may be difficult for us today to trust in the Lord for provision & feel dependence on Him daily How observing the Sabbath helps us grow in an identity rooted not in our performance but rather in the One who rested on the 7th day Israel begins to test Yahweh—a reversal 1 Cor. 10—Christ as the Rock here in Ex. 17 Grace in Ex. 17   * NOTE: While we would typically be releasing an interview this upcoming Thursday, it will be Thanksgiving! So, the interview scheduled for this week will release next Thursday. Have a great holiday!   Helpful Resources on Exodus: Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart (intermediate/advanced) Exodus For You commentary by Tim Chester (devotional/introductory) Exodus commentary by Peter Enns (intermediate) The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus (W. Ross Blackburn) — see episode #70 for our interview w/ Dr. Blackburn!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Nov 22

28 min 32 sec

In our sixth episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 14:1-15:21 as Yahweh triumphs over the Egyptians and then Israel sings in response to God delivering His people.   Today’s conversation: Geography at the beginning of ch. 14 The exodus as a founding story for Israel Yahweh reiterating His purpose in the exodus event Israel’s complaining, looking forward and backward in the story God as Deliverer & the hope/confidence available to us The angel of the Lord & the fire: markers on the narrative Death by water: a reversal Singing as a regular practice for God’s people The attributes of God in the song Yahweh as God of the generations God’s anger against evil is inherent to His majesty (Douglas Stuart) The “gods” — what should we think of that? For more on a view that Michael briefly explains, see this short video from the BibleProject or Michael Heiser’s book The Unseen Realm The importance of the nations referenced in the song Miriam & the song   Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).   Helpful Resources on Exodus: Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart (intermediate/advanced) Exodus For You commentary by Tim Chester (devotional/introductory) Exodus commentary by Peter Enns (intermediate) The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus (W. Ross Blackburn) — see episode #70 for our interview w/ Dr. Blackburn!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Nov 15

37 min 24 sec

Today’s interview is with Dr. Tom Schreiner, the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Schreiner has written a ton of books, including several we love, including his Romans commentary and biblical theology. While Dr. Schreiner has done lots of work in Paul’s letters and elsewhere in the NT, we talk to him about the book of Revelation! He has already written a short commentary on Revelation and has a forthcoming book on the topic—but he is working on a longer commentary on Revelation as well. Here we talk about: The central theme of the book of Revelation The biggest mistakes people make when they come to read Revelation The most important Old Testament books for understanding Revelation Some of the hiccups with reading the book “literally” Reading the symbols & numbers in Revelation: 7; 12; 144,000 Revelation as apocalyptic & prophecy How Satan parodies God, such as with the “false trinity” How Satan deceives today Schreiner’s process for writing commentaries If God could give Dr. Schreiner one clarification on the book of Revelation, what would it be? New creation millennialism   Terms/Ideas Referenced: Amillennialism: the 1,000 years of Rev. 20 are symbolic of right now, the “church age,” and at the end of this symbolic millennium, Jesus’ second coming will occur—in sum, the millennium has been realized and we live in it now Premillennialism: Christ’s second coming is before ('pre') the millennium; then Jesus will reign on the earth for a 1,000-yr. period (typically, but not always, a literal 1,000 yrs. in this view) Historic premillennialism: “historic” because many early in the church held this view—Jesus returns prior to a millennium on the earth, but after any period of “tribulation” in the present or future ("posttribulational") Dispensational premillennialism: still premillennial, but often with the emphasis on a future (usually 7-yr.) tribulation and also emphasizing God having future plans for Israel not fulfilled in the church (a "pretribulational" rapture of the church in this view) New creation millennialism: in another’s words, “the thousand years of Revelation 20:1-10 begins at the glorious, world-shattering coming of Jesus Christ and has the new creation as its setting”   Recommended Resources from Dr. Schreiner 40 Questions About the End Times (Schnabel) Beale’s shorter commentary Jim Hamilton’s commentary The Triumph of the Lamb (Johnson) Stephen Smalley’s commentary Koester’s commentary Breaking the Code (Metzger) Anything by John Frame   Other Radically Normal interviews: On Tour w/ Caroline Cobb (#84) Union with Christ w/ Kyle Worley (#81) Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits w/ Dr. Ashley Hales (#76) The Importance of Deuteronomy w/ Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee (#73) The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus w/ Dr. W. Ross Blackburn (#70) The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self w/ Dr. Carl Trueman (#67) Religious Liberty for All w/ Dr. Andrew Walker (#64) Freedom from Sin w/ John Elmore (#61) God’s Glory Above the Clouds w/ Captain Dan Griffin (#53) Hebrews 11 & Working to God’s Glory w/ Trillia Newbell (#38) Courage, Integrity & the Future w/ Dr. Russell Moore (#32) Apologetics & Theology w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund (#26) The Ascension of Christ w/ Dr. Patrick Schreiner (#23) Interview w/ Pastor Tommy Nelson (#14) Interview w/ College Pastor Nate Hilgenkamp (#12) Interview w/ OU Baseball Coach Britt Bonneau (#4)   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 4!

Nov 11

38 min 44 sec

In our fifth episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 11-13 as the plagues conclude and God institutes feasts and practices for His people.     Today’s conversation: The threat & playing out of the final plague Yahweh: set apart; Israel: set apart Allegiance: there’s only two sides Who is crying out now? From 3:7 to 11:6 The key word: “remember” Passover, Feast of Booths, Pentecost Feast of Unleavened Bread The Lord’s Supper today as a Passover meal Learning church history as an act of remembrance The exodus Connections between Exodus & Revelation: the mark of the beast vs. how God marks His people The bones of Joseph The pillars of cloud & fire   Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).   Helpful Resources on Exodus: Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart (intermediate/advanced) Exodus For You commentary by Tim Chester (devotional/introductory) Exodus commentary by Peter Enns (intermediate) The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus (W. Ross Blackburn) — see episode #70 for our interview w/ Dr. Blackburn!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Nov 8

30 min 35 sec

In our fourth episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 7-10—the highest amount of chapters we’ve ever covered in a single Radically Normal episode!   Today’s conversation: The significance of “the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord” A different, helpful view of miracles in Exodus & the Gospels Creation & de-creation themes in Exodus & Revelation Patterns amongst the plagues God’s people set apart from Egypt The tables are turned: the Nile is now a problem for the Egyptians Connections between the Egyptians gods & the plagues Pharaoh’s false repentance—& how we’re the same with sin What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart? (also see episode #35 for a deep dive on God’s sovereignty & predestination!) The importance of 9:14-16—what is the ultimate purpose of the plagues? The past helps God’s people walk in the present The breadth of the plagues Connections between the 9th plague & the Crucifixion   Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).   Helpful Resources on Exodus: Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart (intermediate/advanced) Exodus For You commentary by Tim Chester (devotional/introductory) Exodus commentary by Peter Enns (intermediate) The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus (W. Ross Blackburn) — see episode #70 for our interview w/ Dr. Blackburn!     Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Nov 1

38 min 56 sec

Today’s interview features our first artist on the podcast, and we had a blast. We talked to singer-songwriter Caroline Cobb, who just released a new album, A King & His Kindness—available wherever you listen to music. Caroline talks to us about: her new album how music helps up remember and rehearse God’s story her accomplished goal of writing a song on every book of the Bible in one year (!) worshipping with a joyful heart while discerning for biblical lyrics emotion in worship how music uniquely shapes us as God’s people   …and more! We loved talking to Caroline and hope you also enjoy the interview. For more, check out her site at carolinecobb.com.   Recommended Resources from Caroline: Dane Ortlund, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers Resources/music from Andrew Peterson and Sandra McCracken   Other Radically Normal interviews: Union with Christ w/ Kyle Worley (#82) Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits w/ Dr. Ashley Hales (#76) The Importance of Deuteronomy w/ Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee (#73) The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus w/ Dr. W. Ross Blackburn (#70) The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self w/ Dr. Carl Trueman (#67) Religious Liberty for All w/ Dr. Andrew Walker (#64) Freedom from Sin w/ John Elmore (#61) God’s Glory Above the Clouds w/ Captain Dan Griffin (#53) Hebrews 11 & Working to God’s Glory w/ Trillia Newbell (#38) Courage, Integrity & the Future w/ Dr. Russell Moore (#32) Apologetics & Theology w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund (#26) The Ascension of Christ w/ Dr. Patrick Schreiner (#23) Interview w/ Pastor Tommy Nelson (#14) Interview w/ College Pastor Nate Hilgenkamp (#12) Interview w/ OU Baseball Coach Britt Bonneau (#4)   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 4!

Oct 28

23 min 36 sec

In our third episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 5-6. If you make your way to the end of the episode, here’s an update: Andrei is not currently 3-0 in fantasy football. He is 4-2, and he is in third place in the league.   Today’s conversation: Pharaoh’s response to the words of God through Aaron and Moses Properly thinking about the popular “let my people go” phrase “I am the Lord” in the rest of the book of Exodus An even harder work burden on the Israelites Rivalry between two authorities: God and Pharaoh—a theme throughout Scripture; the seed of the serpent Who will Israel “serve”? God’s way to comfort: a reminder of Israel’s past—the forefathers Another theme for the entire Bible: the kinsman-redeemer What does it mean that God did not make Himself known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by His name (6:3)? The Lord is the One who delivers An important genealogy (and Douglas Stuart’s 7 purposes)     Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).   Helpful Resources on Exodus: Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart (intermediate/advanced) Exodus For You commentary by Tim Chester (devotional/introductory) Exodus commentary by Peter Enns (intermediate) The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus (W. Ross Blackburn) — see episode #70 for our interview w/ Dr. Blackburn!     Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Oct 25

32 min 4 sec

In our second episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 3-4: The story of the burning bush: the holiness of God & the significance of the fire The transcendence & immanence of God Moses’ many doubts God’s way of reassurance: His presence “I Am Who I Am” & covenantal language The staff & the serpent Connections to Genesis & Leviticus Aaron joins the party An early look at Pharaoh’s heart & the plagues Israel as the firstborn son: Israel as a new Adam & Jesus as the true firstborn The oddest part of the entire book? 4:24-26   Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).   Helpful Resources on Exodus: Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart (intermediate/advanced) Exodus For You commentary by Tim Chester (devotional/introductory) Exodus commentary by Peter Enns (intermediate) The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus (W. Ross Blackburn) — see episode #70 for our interview w/ Dr. Blackburn!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Oct 18

39 min 45 sec

“Union with Christ, our participation in Christ, means that we have been given a new identity that doesn’t just save us from what was. It invites us into what could be. It becomes the grounds of our sanctification and our pursuit of holiness.”   Today’s interview is with Kyle Worley, Lead Pastor and Church Planter of Mosaic Church in Richardson, TX and co-host of the Knowing Faith podcast. He graciously talks to us about the doctrine of union with Christ, a foundational reality of the Christian life.   Union with Christ definitions: “The intimate, vital, and spiritual union between Christ and His people, in virtue of which He is the source of their life and strength, of their blessedness and salvation.” (Louis Berkhof) Kyle’s baseline definition: “Christians, God’s covenant people, are in Christ Jesus.”   Verses on this topic (in episode): Jn. 17; Rom. 5; 6:4-5; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 1:3-14; Heb. 10:14; also covenant language in the OT: Gen. 12; 15; 17; 22; Ex. 20-34; Deuteronomy; etc.   Recommended Resources from Kyle: Michael Reeves, Rejoicing in Christ John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics Constantine Campbell, Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study Todd Billings, Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church Julie Canlis, Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension Grant Macaskill, Union with Christ in the New Testament Grant Macaskill, Living in Union with Christ: Paul’s Gospel and Christian Moral Identity   Other Radically Normal interviews: Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits w/ Dr. Ashley Hales (#76) The Importance of Deuteronomy w/ Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee (#73) The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus w/ Dr. W. Ross Blackburn (#70) The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self w/ Dr. Carl Trueman (#67) Religious Liberty for All w/ Dr. Andrew Walker (#64) Freedom from Sin w/ John Elmore (#61) God’s Glory Above the Clouds w/ Captain Dan Griffin (#53) Hebrews 11 & Working to God’s Glory w/ Trillia Newbell (#38) Courage, Integrity & the Future w/ Dr. Russell Moore (#32) Apologetics & Theology w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund (#26) The Ascension of Christ w/ Dr. Patrick Schreiner (#23) Interview w/ Pastor Tommy Nelson (#14) Interview w/ College Pastor Nate Hilgenkamp (#12) Interview w/ OU Baseball Coach Britt Bonneau (#4) Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 4!

Oct 14

34 min 27 sec

The beginning of season 4! In today’s episode we introduce the book of Exodus and discuss the first two chapters of the book: threads between Genesis and Exodus: it’s one story the fruitful multiplication of God’s people in Egypt Pharaoh who fears man and the midwives who fear God the saving of Moses’ life how Moses and Noah were both on an ark Moses growing up how Moses killing the Egyptian was not a sin Moses, Elijah, and Jesus all in the wilderness Moses’ life foreshadowing Israel’s story later in Exodus God’s covenant faithfulness     Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).   References Episode on Genesis w/ Rob Snyder — see episode #16     Helpful Resources on Exodus: Exodus commentary by Douglas Stuart (intermediate/advanced) Exodus For You commentary by Tim Chester (devotional/introductory) Exodus commentary by Peter Enns (intermediate) The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus (W. Ross Blackburn) — see episode #70 for our interview w/ Dr. Blackburn!     Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Oct 11

35 min 42 sec

In this episode we discuss 2 Cor. 13 to wrap up season 3! Thank you for listening, and we look forward to being back to jump into the book of Exodus.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Jul 5

29 min 10 sec

In this episode we discuss 2 Cor. 12, a chapter in the book of 2 Corinthians that is rather well-known for its strong emphasis on Christ’s power being displayed through our weakness. In addition to this theme, we also talk about Paul’s vision, “boasting,” and conflict with his flesh.   Send in Q&A questions for the upcoming Q&A!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Jun 21

24 min 44 sec

In this episode we discuss 2 Cor. 11, the longest chapter in the book of 2 Corinthians. In addition to understanding the foolish boasting discussed, we hope that you are encouraged by the Scripture and our conversation to push forward in the fight against darkness and be willing to endure risk and hardship for the spread of the gospel.   Send in Q&A questions for the upcoming Q&A!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Jun 14

33 min 35 sec

Today’s interview is with author, speaker, and podcast host Dr. Ashley Hales. She talks to us about how placing limits on our lives actually increases our freedom, the role of limiting social media in placing limits, differentiating between biblical rest and unbiblical laziness, and God’s vision for community.   Her forthcoming book, A Spacious Life: Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits, releases this September — check it out!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Jun 10

23 min 16 sec

In today’s episode we continue our weekly time in 2 Corinthians, looking at chapter 10. Chapter 10 is a pivotal chapter in 2 Corinthians as we get a transition from themes of reconciliation and unity to confrontation.   Send in Q&A questions for the upcoming Q&A!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Jun 7

26 min 19 sec

Today we discuss 2 Cor. 9, diving into generosity, willingness to give, God’s provision, and how thanksgiving to God brings glory to God.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

May 31

23 min 3 sec

Today’s interview is with Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee, who is Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Lee talks to us about why Deuteronomy is so important for understanding the rest of the Old Testament, Israel’s relationship with other nations as they show God’s glory to the world, the theme of covenant, and seeing God’s law as a blessing rather than as a barrier or limitation. The entire conversation made Deuteronomy feel immensely practical, helpful, and fruitful for God’s people. We hope you enjoy the conversation!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

May 27

36 min 20 sec

In today’s episode we continue our Monday series through 2 Corinthians, looking at the generosity of the Macedonians, the gospel and its implications for our giving, and integrity amongst the people of God.   Scripture referenced outside of 2 Corinthians: Ex. 16:18 1 Cor. 12 Gal. 1:10 Eph. 1-2 Phil. 2:5-11   Article referenced: John Piper, Love Is the Overflow of Joy in God   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

May 24

33 min 6 sec

In our 71st episode today, we jump into 2 Cor. 7 and discuss holiness, godly grief vs. worldly grief, Paul’s “letter of tears,” and more.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

May 17

27 min 23 sec

Today’s interview is with Dr. W. Ross Blackburn, who serves as the rector of Christ the King, an Anglican fellowship in North Carolina. We talk to him about how the book of Exodus, from beginning to end, has a missionary heart for God’s glory among the nations, based on Dr. Blackburn’s book The God Who Makes Himself Known: The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus. Listen to see how the exodus from Egypt, Israel’s time in the wilderness, their time at Sinai, the giving of the law, the golden calf, and the building of the tabernacle all fit into this one theme! He additionally provides considerable insight into why the Old Testament is so important for Christians today.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

May 13

37 min 1 sec

Today’s title is a reference to episode #8, where we discussed five frequently misinterpreted Bible verses. Today is part 2 in light of a new misinterpreted verse we discuss, 6:14, which includes, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” Also, if you haven’t listened yet and are interested in learning about other misinterpreted verses, go check out that earlier episode from last July! In this episode we dive into Paul’s continuation of themes from 5:11-21, his ministry and its fruit, and the emphasis on proper allegiance to Christ. However, most importantly, we discuss how 6:14 is misinterpreted by many Christians as it pertains to dating and marriage and also how (and why) Paul incorporates OT books such as Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, and Ezekiel into this chapter. Passages, topics, & resources mentioned: Ex. 29:45-46 Lev. 26:11-12 Deut. 32 2 Sam. 7:14 Isa. 49:8; 52:11 Ezek. 20:34; 37:27 1 Cor. 8-9 2 Cor. 4; 5:11-21 Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

May 10

31 min 27 sec

Today in 2 Cor. 5, after a brief conversation about the concept of purgatory, we discuss being clothed with Christ, the Judgment Seat of Christ, being a new creation, and living as ministers of reconciliation for God’s glory among all peoples.   Passages, topics, & resources mentioned: Ex. 32:30-34; 34:29-35 Prov. 1:7 Isa. 1:18 Matt. 28:18-20 Acts 1:8 1 Cor. 1 2 Cor. 3-4 Eph. 1:7 Heb. 12:29 Rev. 21-22 Secret Church John Calvin’s 2 Corinthians commentary   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

May 3

36 min 18 sec

Today’s interview is with Dr. Carl Trueman about his recent book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution, a book of remarkable insight that shows the philosophical progression over the last several hundred years that has led to where we currently are with psychological identities, individualism, and the sexual revolution. As we (Michael writing here) interviewed Dr. Trueman, Andrei typed to me, “he’s too smart.” Andrei is right about Dr. Trueman’s insight, and we are also thankful for his comments on how Christians can respond to this cultural moment.    Also mentioned in the episode: J.I. Packer — his books can be found here, and we recommend beginning with Knowing God   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Apr 29

39 min 25 sec

Today we discuss 2 Cor. 4, in which we see continued themes from chapter three, Paul’s understanding of the gospel and new creation in relationship to Satan, a call to proclaim the gospel, and an eternal perspective.   Passages, topics, & resources mentioned: Gen. 1:1-4 Ps. 67:1-5 Isa. 52-53 Matt. 28:18-20 Rom. 10:14-15 1 Cor. 1, 15 2 Cor. 3 Phil. 1:29 1 Thess. 2 1 Pet. 5:8 Rev. 12, 19-22 J.D. Greear, What Are You Going to Do with Your Life?   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Apr 26

36 min 9 sec

In today’s discussion of 2 Cor. 3, we focus on Paul seeing the new covenant as a reality in the Corinthian Christians and our unveiled experience of God’s glory in comparison to Moses and the Israelites.   Questions discussed: What are the “letters of recommendation” early in the passage? How does Paul connect passages in Jeremiah and Ezekiel to the Corinthian believers to defend his ministry? How does Paul view the law in relationship to grace and the gospel? What is the difference between the veil of Moses and the removed veil for those in Christ? What does it mean to behold the glory of the Lord with “unveiled face” (v. 18)? How does 3:18 connect to the ancient yet ongoing conversation about theosis and deification? (resource given below)   Passages, topics, & resources mentioned: Ex. 34 Deut. 5:33 Ps. 19:7-10 Jer. 31:31-34 Ezek. 36:26-27 1 Cor. 6:15-20 2 Pet. 1:4 Jen Wilkin, Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum, God's Kingdom through God's Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology On Michael Gorman’s “resurrectional cruciformity,” see Participating in Christ: Explorations in Paul's Theology and Spirituality Theosis & deification (for more, see this article by Robert Rakestraw) Andrei quotes from Paul Barnett’s The Message of 2 Corinthians   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Apr 19

32 min 16 sec

Our second interview of season 3 is with Dr. Andrew Walker, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Apologetics and the Associate Dean of the School of Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a fellow at the Ethics & Public Policy Center. Today we talk to him about his forthcoming book Liberty for All: Defending Everyone's Religious Freedom in a Pluralistic Age, which releases on May 4th. In this interview we discuss why Christians should defend the religious liberty of all people, freedom of conscience, how the reign of Christ informs religious liberty and the church’s mission, and more.   Also mentioned in this episode: Andrew Walker article, “Embattled on All Sides, Does Religious Liberty Have a Future?” Resources by Robert P. George — his books can be found here   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Apr 15

35 min 53 sec

Today’s episode is a dive into 2 Cor. 2, and we discuss Paul’s heart for Corinth, who the unnamed man in vv. 5-8 may or may not be, church discipline, and more.   Resource mentioned: Jonathan Leeman article, A Church Discipline Primer   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Apr 12

30 min 29 sec

Today we dive into the book of 2 Corinthians, looking at chapter 1, from Paul’s introduction and greeting to his words on God’s promises and the integrity of his ministry.   If you are looking for more resources on the fulfillment of God’s promises in the New Testament (in light of the brief conversation about dispensationalism), here are a few: Article: Is There a Future for Israel? (Russell Moore) Article: Hermeneutics: New Testament Priority (Tom Hicks) Book: The Presence of the Future: The Eschatology of Biblical Realism (George Eldon Ladd) Book: A Theology of the New Testament (George Eldon Ladd)   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Apr 5

31 min 58 sec

Our first interview of season 3 is with John Elmore, and he provides us with an insightful and convicting look into freedom from sin and addiction. John Elmore is the Director of Pastoral Care and the Re:generation program at Watermark Community Church in Dallas, TX. Today we discussed many topics central to his new book, Freedom Starts Today: Overcoming Struggles and Addictions One Day at a Time. Listen to find out how we’ll send you a free copy of his book!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Apr 1

37 min 1 sec

Today we discuss why Andrei has a problem with being Enneagram buddies with Moses.   Just kidding (although that is part of the episode!) — today we kick off season 3 with an introduction to Paul and 2 Corinthians. This season, one chapter per week (Mondays), we’ll be diving into 2 Corinthians. Every other Thursday we will release an interview, the first one being this Thursday.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 3!

Mar 29

35 min 56 sec

We wrap up season 2 with a Q&A! We couldn’t get to all the questions sent in, but we cover topics including the existence of God, the good and bad of social media, marriage/divorce/remarriage, resources that help one learn the story of the Bible, and more. Thank you for sending in questions – and we cannot wait for season 3. Before that time, look for content on the Radically Normal Instagram page!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Jan 7

34 min 30 sec

On today’s episode we discuss the Resurrection! In Mark’s account, this includes his unusual and short ending — and we also discuss the implications of the Resurrection.   Thank you for journeying with us through the Gospel of Mark in season 2. Join us Thursday as we wrap up the season with a Q&A!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com

Jan 4

26 min 55 sec

This is the 12th episode of This Week Meets the Cross, a weekly episode connecting a current event or noteworthy occurrence with the Bible. Each episode will be 5:03. This is the last week of This Week Meets the Cross in season 2!   Today we talk about Martin Luther, as on this day (Jan. 3rd) in 1521, he was excommunicated due to his teachings concerning the church and the Scriptures.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Jan 3

5 min 3 sec

A great way to center one’s life on the gospel and structure one’s life for joy is to create rhythms that shape the day-to-day and week-to-week in all domains of life. This is easily done with a “rule of life” – so today, looking ahead to 2021, we discuss making a rule of life and how it is beneficial. Happy New Year!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

26 min 16 sec

Today’s episode is on the Crucifixion and atoning work of Jesus as the story unfolds in Mark 15. We also take short dives into theories of atonement and the theological significance of the supernatural darkness (v. 33), the temple curtain being torn in two (v. 38), Mark’s connections to the Transfiguration, and Jesus being the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53. Additionally, we add some points about how Christians can speak to the trustworthiness of Mark’s story with regard to the Crucifixion and Resurrection.   *episode title inspired by & many ideas learned from Jeremy Treat’s The Crucified King   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

48 min 37 sec

This is the 11th episode of This Week Meets the Cross, a weekly episode connecting a current event or noteworthy occurrence with the Bible. Each episode will be 5:03.   Today we talk about creation in light of an upcoming ski trip the Radically Normal team will be on, making this episode one in which “our” week meets the Cross. We talk about the distinction between God and His creation as well as how creation drives us to knowledge of and worship of God.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

5 min 3 sec

Merry Christmas Eve! Today’s episode is an interview with Captain Dan Griffin, who was a pilot for a long time and has flown all over the world. We chat with him about speaking about Jesus in his job, finding affection for God in seeing His creation in the skies all over the world, Christmas, and much more.   "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork." (Psalm 19:1)   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

35 min 10 sec

Mark 14 is a long chapter, and today we discuss each section, including Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane, the Last Supper, and Peter’s denials. Additionally, as the topics come up, we discuss relevant points such as Jesus as the only way of redemption, regret vs. repentance, and how God as Trinity has one will, instead of a notion that the Father and Son have two distinct wills.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

36 min 20 sec

This is the 10th episode of This Week Meets the Cross, a weekly episode connecting a current event or noteworthy occurrence with the Bible. Each episode will be 5:03.   Today we talk about Christmas in light of its celebration this week! Is Christmas a pagan holiday? How do we focus on Christ in a season of chaos and gifts?   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

5 min 3 sec

Today we continue last week’s conversation on the end times! Last week, in part 1, we introduced ideas about a tribulation period and rapture and discussed three views on the millennium of Revelation 20. This is part 2 of the conversation, featuring an in-depth discussion of a “rapture” (primarily from pre-tribulation and post-tribulation viewpoints, as explained). Lastly, we talk about where we disagree and then close with a word regarding charity with believers of different viewpoints.   Episode #49 may also be of interest, which covered some related topics as seen in Jesus’ Olivet Discourse in Mark 13.   Feel free to contact us (see below) for our notes on this topic, and we will post them here or somewhere accessible. Also notice below that we are taking questions for our Season 2 Q&A that will release in early January – and feel free to throw in questions on this topic!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

41 min 32 sec

Mark 13, featuring Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, is a tricky and heavily debated chapter. Here we try to sort that out, looking at the destruction of the temple, future trials and tribulation for God’s people, and the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.   The Olivet Discourse is tied to the study of the end times (known as eschatology) – check out last Thursday’s episode and this upcoming Thursday episode for more on this topic!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

36 min 43 sec

This is the 9th episode of This Week Meets the Cross, a weekly episode connecting a current event or noteworthy occurrence with the Bible. Each episode will be 5:03.   Today, as December 15th approaches (when, in 1791, the U.S. ratified the Bill of Rights, which supports freedom of religion), and in light of recent conversations and Supreme Court cases about religious liberty, we discuss this concept – how the Bible talks about religious liberty and the government, freedom of conscience, and why Christians should support religious liberty for all people.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

5 min 3 sec

Tribulation, rapture, millennium… These are all words concerning the end times (eschatology) and Christ’s return, with lots of views and verses to consider. This episode is part 1 of 2 and will be continued next week in episode #50 for part 2. In today’s episode we introduce these concepts and some views on the millennium. Join us again next week for a more detailed discussion on the tribulation, rapture, and second coming of Christ and to find out where we disagree!   Check out Monday’s episode, which will be on the related yet tricky passage of Mark 13.       Feel free to contact us (see below) for our notes on this topic, and we will post them here or somewhere accessible. Also notice below that we are taking questions for our Season 2 Q&A that will release in early January – and feel free to throw in questions on this topic!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

29 min 34 sec

Mark 12 is full: the Parable of the Tenants, a question about paying taxes and Jesus’ famous response, a question about marriage in a resurrection afterlife, the Great Commandment, and lots more. We chat through it all, going through each section as Jesus continues to be on his way to the Cross.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

36 min 5 sec

This is the 8th episode of This Week Meets the Cross, a weekly episode connecting a current event or noteworthy occurrence with the Bible. Each episode will be 5:03.   Today, in light of a coming COVID-19 vaccine and the centrality of the virus to the world this year, we discuss sickness – how Jesus addresses sickness, what his healings mean, and how to have supreme joy in Christ regardless of your circumstances.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

5 min 3 sec

On today’s episode we discuss the theme and reality of God’s presence from Genesis to Revelation, looking at Eden, the tabernacle, the temple, exile, Jesus, the church, and New Heaven and New Earth – and how we as believers today fit into this great story.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Dec 2020

40 min 31 sec

In these two chapters we see the Rich Young Man, the Triumphal Entry, Jesus’ cleansing of the temple, and lots more. Join us for our 8th episode in the Gospel of Mark!   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Nov 2020

36 min 48 sec

This is the 7th episode of This Week Meets the Cross, a weekly episode connecting a current event or noteworthy occurrence with the Bible. Each episode will be 5:03.   Today, as Advent begins, we discuss the season of Advent and the longing and expectation that should accompany it for followers of Jesus.   Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 2!

Nov 2020

5 min 3 sec