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11 Apr A Conversation Between an Ex-Christian & Ex-Muslim Apologist (Joshua Tongol & Farhan Qureshi)

 

What is up, peeps!

 

Let me start off by saying that I find it so interesting to see where life has unexpectedly taken me.

 

And well, as a reminder, here’s a new interview I did with Farhan Qureshi, a former Muslim apologist, where I talk about my spiritual journey. The cool thing is, although we both came from different religious traditions, we definitely share a lot in common.

 

Topics discussed:

 

-religious exclusivity
-hell (eternal conscious torment)
-faith healing
-out-of-body experiences

 

Peace!

 

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02 Nov Brad Jersak: Asking the Toughest Questions About God and Jesus (A More Christlike God) | The Flipside Podcast #012

Brad Jersak Flipside

 


 

What are some of the toughest questions you have ever asked about God and Jesus?

 

You see, if you grew up in the church like me, chances are, at some point in your life, you started asking some difficult questions about God that your friends and family couldn’t answer to your satisfaction. Did it matter? Well, maybe.

 

Here’s the thing: questions have the capacity to strengthen your faith, or possibly even destroy it.

 

In this episode, I interview Brad Jersak. Brad is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He’s on faculty at Westminster Theological Centre (Cheltenham, UK), where he teaches New Testament and Patristics. He serves as adjunct faculty with St. Stephen’s University (St. Stephen, NB). And he’s also the senior editor of the CWR (Christianity Without the Religion) Magazine, which is based in Pasadena, CA. Some of his books include Can You Hear Me?, Her Gates Will Never Be Shut, and A More Christlike God.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, BRAD ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Can you tell us a little bit about A More Christlike God and why you wrote it?
• Is there such a thing as “the God of the Bible”?
• Is it possible that we find the kind of God we want to find in the Bible (God of peace/grace/anger/war)?
• Humans have produced a vast pantheon of gods, how do we know what God is like?
• There seems to be as many versions of God as there are people. How is your God the right one?
• Are our ideas of God simply glorified projections of ourselves?
• Walter Wink said, “atheism is the first step toward true worship.” What exactly does that mean?
• In your opinion, what are some of the false images of God?
• Why does the “God of the Bible” seem so un-Christlike?
• Why did it take so long for God to reveal himself perfectly in Jesus?
• Mark Driscoll said he can’t worship a Jesus he can beat up. What is your response?
• How do we know your understanding of Jesus isn’t just an upgraded version of yourself?
• Did God punish Jesus for our sins on the cross?
• What does the cross demonstrate about the nature of God?
• How is the cross a response to the problem of suffering?
• Who or what is Jesus saving us from?
• In what sense do you believe Jesus died for us?
• Can Jesus truly identify with a person who has been married, divorced, molested, or raped?
• Isn’t it arrogant to talk about God’s nature? Who are we to say?
• Is God free to do whatever he pleases (even things considered to be evil in our eyes)?
• Why is God so violent? Didn’t he even command genocide in the Bible?
• If God is in control, then why is there so much chaos in this world?
• If God is such a loving Father, then why is there so much suffering?
• Why doesn’t God protect us from natural disasters?
• Desmond Tutu says that “God does nothing without a human partner”? Do you agree?
• You say that God operates in the world by consent. What do you mean by that?
• According to you, what is “The Beautiful Gospel”?
• What is “The Gospel in Chairs”?
• Hector Avalos argues, in The Bad Jesus, that Jesus is flawed. What is your response?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

bradjersak.com
Brad’s new book More Christlike God
Brad Jersak on Youtube
Brad Jersak on Facebook
Brad Jersak on Twitter
Brad Jersak on Instagram
Clarion Journal of Spirituality and Justice

 

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Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

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(Image Description: A More Christlike God book cover & Brad Jersak)

 

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05 Oct Peter Enns: Why Defending the Bible Does More Harm Than Good (The Bible Tells Me So) | The Flipside #010

Peter Enns TBTMS 2

 

 

Has defending the Bible made us unable to read it?

 

What if the Bible isn’t meant to be protected and defended? With all the messy, troubling, and weird things found in this ancient book, what if trying to make it behave itself can become a barrier to true faith?

 

In this episode, I interview Dr. Peter Enns. He’s a biblical scholar, theologian, writer and jokester. He’s a contributor to the Huffington Post and Patheos. His books include Inspiration and Incarnation, The Evolution of Adam (where he questions the belief that Adam was a historical figure), and The Bible Tells Me So.

 

IN THIS EPISODE, PETER ANSWERS THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Where did your desire to study the Bible come from? When did it happen?
• Why is there a lot of fear among Christians to share their honest questions about the Bible?
• Some claim they became atheists because of the Bible. But if the Bible isn’t the problem, what is?
• Did your shift in thinking about the Bible affect your faith in God?
• If the Bible isn’t a step-by-step manual on how to live, then what value does it have for us today?
• Christians claim to believe in one God. But does the bible affirm that there’s only one God?
• If the Bible isn’t even clear about big issues like God (!!), should we read the Bible to know God?
• What do you say to someone who tries to justify the violence in the Bible?
• If some of the stories in the Bible aren’t historically accurate, what should our approach be to the text?
• How do you feel about Christians apologists defending the Bible? Are they not taking the Bible seriously?
• Should we be surprised by the different versions of the same story in the Bible?
• Are there any contradictions (not just apparent ones) in the four Gospels?
• Do you consider the Bible to be the “Word of God”? If so, in what way?
• Can our “sacred experiences” be added to the “Word of God”?
• If it’s not about historical accuracy, what about other religious books, such as the Koran?
• How did Jesus read his Bible? Did he follow it like a rule book?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

peteenns.com
Peter Enns on Patheos
The Bible Tells Me So (FREE AUDIOBOOK download on Audible [type title in search])
Peter Enns on Facebook
Peter Enns on Twitter

 

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Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

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Finally, don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the podcast on iTunes to get automatic updates so you’ll never miss a show!

 

Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Book Cover of The Bible Tells Me So & Peter Enns)

 

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13 Sep Frank Schaeffer: Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes In God | The Flipside Podcast #007

Frank Schaeffer Cover

 

 

 

Is it possible to be an atheist and believe in God?

 

Well, Frank Schaeffer seems to thinks so.

 

And the description of his new book, Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God, gives us a glimpse into this seemingly contradictory reality:

 

Caught between the beauty of his grandchildren and grief over a friend’s death, Frank Schaeffer finds himself simultaneously believing and not believing in God—an atheist who prays. Schaeffer wrestles with faith and disbelief, sharing his innermost thoughts with a lyricism that only great writers of literary nonfiction achieve. Schaeffer writes as an imperfect son, husband and grandfather whose love for his family, art and life trumps the ugly theologies of an angry God and the atheist vision of a cold, meaningless universe. Schaeffer writes that only when we abandon our hunt for certainty do we become free to create beauty, give love and find peace.

 

In this candid interview, Frank pulls no punches and points out what many of us sometimes think and feel–whether we wanna acknowledge it or not.

 

So give yourself a break from trying to believe all the “right” things for a moment, and think about whether or not your beliefs now inspire you to give love, create beauty and find peace.

 

Enjoy the show!

 

IN THIS EPISODE, FRANK ANSWERED THE FOLLOWING:

 

• Isn’t calling yourself an “atheist who believes in God” a contradiction?
• How has embracing paradox and uncertainty brought healing into your life?
• Doesn’t certainty give people hope?
• Do you pray to a God on some days and live as an atheist on other days?
• You feel connected to something bigger than yourself whenever you paint. Would you call that God?
• Where do you find meaning? Is meaning something we create ourselves, or something we discover?
• Why did you join the Greek Orthodox Church? Do you still go to church?
• You talk a lot about your wife. What’s her reaction to your theological evolution?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

frankschaeffer.com

frankschaefferart.com

Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God

Frank’s Facebook Page

Frank’s Youtube Channel

Frank’s Twitter

Frank’s Google Talk

FREE AUDIOBOOK download when you try Audible for 30 days

Order Signed Copies of So You Thought You Knew: Letting Go of Religion

Please Support This Podcast by Making a Donation (any amount helps!)

 

Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

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Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image: Frank Schaeffer  | Used with permission)

 

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19 Aug The Hidden Message Behind Religion | The Flipside Podcast #003

 

Mark_Driscoll_preaching_on_the_Ten_Commandments_at_Mars_Hill_Church

 

 

What is behind every message you hear?

 

In other words, what drives a person to share what they wanna share?

 

And once a person responds to a certain message, what motivates him or her to do what they do?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The sad (yet funny) story of when I was “left behind”
• How much of organized religion is running things
• The problem with the “good news”
• Why the so-called “unconditional” love of God is really conditional
• The different motivations for belief
• Why the “Christian” God is schizophrenic

 

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Thanks for Listening!

 

Thanks for chillin’ with me again this week. Have a question or some feedback you’d like to share? Or you wanna just show some love? Leave a comment below!

 

If you enjoyed this episode, please share it using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

 

And if you believe in what I do and would like to support this podcast financially, consider becoming a patron today by going here: https://www.patreon.com/JoshuaTongol
 

Also, I’d really appreciate it if you can leave me a REVIEW and RATING on iTunes by clicking here. It helps the podcast a lot and allows more people to discover it as well!

 

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Thanks again. Peace!

 

(Image Description: Mark Driscoll preaching at Mars Hill Church, set against a large backdrop that reads “Ten Commandments: set free to live free” | Author: Ruthanne Reid)

 

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26 Jul How The Bible Can Be Dangerous (And Why Many Christians Don’t See It) | Audiobook

 

Here’s a free chapter on “The Bible” from my audiobook So You Thought You Knew.

 

I started reading the Bible at a very young age. I was told what to think about it and also what to assume about it as well. This book has helped me in so many different ways as I was growing up. But to be honest, there were some things I didn’t understand. So what did I do? I kept many of my inner thoughts/questions to myself.

 

But everything changed once I began to question it out loud. This is my journey.

 

Here are a couple things that will get you thinking by listening to this audio:

 

• Is the Bible true (inerrant)?

• Why do so many believers love it, while so many unbelievers detest it?

• Have you ever read the Bible from cover to cover?

• Is the Bible the “Word of God”?

• Does God speak apart from the Bible?

 

If this audio helps you in any way, please share it with others.

 

*For the complete version of the book (paperback, kindle, audio), you can order it here:

 

Amazon
Audible

 

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Thanks again. And I hope this encourages you today.

 

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19 Oct 12 Questions for Joshua Tongol – Ready…Go!!

 

Hey folks, not too long ago I was interviewed in Santa Barbara by a ministry called The Golden Lampstand.

 

I hope it gives food for thought and encouragement to those who can relate with what I share.

 

The Golden Lampstand Production presents: “The Truth Revealed” Series

 

Date: October 8, 2014
Location: Santa Barbara, CA

 

An honest, straight-from-the-heart interview with Joshua Tongol.
(author “So You Thought You Knew” and international speaker)

 

1) What is the gospel?
2) How important is questioning?
3) What’s the problem with religion in general?
4) What are your thoughts about church?
5) What would you say to those struggling with their faith?
6) What’s a big division in the church?
7) How can unity come back into the church?
8) What would you like people to remember you and your wife for?
9) You say/use the quote gesture often when you speak. Why?
10) What helped you get out of the fear-based relationship with God?
11) Why did you start writing? And tell us about your projects.
12) Final thoughts?

 

Edited by: Ricardo Perez
Background music: “Without Limits” by Ross Bugden
Golden Lampstand channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClplvYbMZYEiPJh-NO3duXg

 

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12 Oct A Message to All Christians – Don’t Be Afraid to Do This (MUST WATCH!!)

 

My name is Joshua Tongol.

 

I was raised a Christian.

 

For years I believed whatever I was taught by pastors, preachers and teachers. I was told what to believe, how to think, and how to live.

 

Honestly, I constantly struggled with my faith because, on the one hand, I believed in a God who supposedly “loved” me unconditionally, but, on the other hand, I also believed in a God who was hateful, exclusive, judgmental, and violent.

 

God, to me, seemed somewhat schizophrenic.

 

I had no security in God’s love whatsoever. His love and acceptance of me was based on what I believed and how “good” I was.

 

Thankfully, my life and views of God began to change (for the better) once I started to do what I’ll be sharing in this video.

 

Here are some things for you to think about:

 

*What if everything you were taught about Christianity (and religion) is wrong?

 

*Learn to think for yourself and don’t allow others to think for you

 

*Always be honest and true to yourself

 

*Are your religious beliefs creating a better you and helping make this world a better place?

 

*Do you have questions about your faith but are too afraid to ask them?

 

*Can you still be spiritual without having to be a Christian?

 

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