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B4NP Podcast Episode 8: “Where Did the Israelites Come From?” with Kent Sparks

This week’s guest is Kent Sparks, professor of biblical studies and provost at Eastern University. Our discussion is all about the mystery of Israel’s origins. And it is a mystery. The exodus and conquest of Canaan (Exodus through Joshua) are central to Israel’s identity, and are certainly informed by old traditions and authentic historical memory—but they not historical accounts in the modern sense. How and when, historically speaking, Israel stepped out onto the world stage is a huge mystery, though we have some clues to piece together a compelling picture.

B4NP Podcast Episode 7: “Teaching the Bible to Your Children,” with Pete and Jared

Today’s guests are Jared and me. Mainly because we’ve already run out of interesting people to talk to. But seriously, “How can we teach the Bible to our children?” is a question that keeps coming up, and so, as parents in various stages of life, we thought we’d dip our toes into the water. I’m sure this won’t be the last time we discuss this on B4NP, especially given the changing landscape of western Christianity.

B4NP Podcast Episode 5: “That Topic that Isn’t Going Anywhere Anytime Soon: Science and the Bible,” with Mike McHargue

Welcome to episode 5 with our guest “Science Mike” McHargue, author of Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science, and host of the insanely popular “The Liturgists” podcast. Mike is utterly guileless about his own walk of faith, and is a major go-to voice for many who struggle with an ancient faith in a modern world.

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