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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 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!

 

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Thanks again. Peace!

 

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

 

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26 Aug The Real Reasons Why We Believe | The Flipside Podcast #004

 

Pope_Francis

 

 

What do you believe?

 

Wait a minute, let me ask that question again. What do you really believe?

 

In other words, have you ever claimed to “believe” in a particular idea or creed, yet in your heart, you really didn’t believe?

 

Or have you ever tried to believe in something because you were supposed to believe in it, yet in your mind, it didn’t make any sense to you at all?

 

IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR:

 

• The senior project on “Christianity” that changed my life
• Some possible reasons why we believe
• Whether or not we choose our beliefs
• How to recognize our blind spots
• How our environment influences our beliefs?
• Two powerful factors that impact a person’s belief
• Is a God who demands you to “believe or burn” being unfair?

 

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LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

 

FREE audiobook download + 30 day free trial at Audible.com (any book of your choice!)

 • Become a Patron and help support this podcast to keep it going (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!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

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: Pope Francis among the people at St. Peter’s Square | Author: Edgar Jimenez)

 

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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

 

Download this episode to your computer (right click and save)

 

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!

 

Then follow these steps:

 

1. Click “view in iTunes” button

2. Go to Ratings and Review.

 

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: 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

 

If you end up purchasing the complete book, I’d really appreciate it if you can RATE and REVIEW it. It only takes a few minutes. And it seriously helps a lot by allowing more people to discover the book as well.

 

Thanks again. And I hope this encourages you today.

 

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30 Dec Happy New Year | 2013 Reflections | Ministry Update

 

Date: 12/29/13
Location: Queens, New York

 

Things shared in our latest video update:
-a review of 2013
-Josh’s new book
-why we don’t post certain theological videos
-why we don’t answer certain questions
-upcoming “Into the Wild” podcast with Darin Hufford
-how the message of love and grace has transformed us
-how to deal with those you disagree with
-some encouragement

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15 May Things You Never ASK in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 2 (Q&A) – Joshua Tongol

 

Date: April 13, 2013
Location: El Paso, Texas

 

Part 2: Ask Me Anything

 

At this event, Joshua Tongol was asked not to “hold back” (which he did not!) but to share anything that was on his heart. He discussed the problems of fear-based religion and offered alternative ways to understand God and spirituality.

 

People were given opportunities to ask questions about God and religion that, in many places, religious people are too afraid to ask in church. (See Part 1: “THINGS YOU NEVER HEAR IN CHURCH”)

 

Most of the attendees are unchurched (or have left the institutional church) but who still have an interest in spirituality and in God. (Is that possible?)

 

Many people today are tired of institutionalized religion. But is there another way?

 

Topics and questions discussed:

 

-Is it OK to challenge tradition?
-If Jesus was physically alive today, how would the church view him?
-When one pursues truth, is it worth losing “friends”?
-Are men and women equal in the Bible?
-What about the violence in the Bible?
-Does our culture or location of birth determine our beliefs?
-She we consider every non-Christian “lost”?
-Should we be concerned about any “appearance of evil”?
-If all are reconciled, what is the role of faith?
-How “free” are we?
-What is our motivation to do good?
-What about God’s wrath and judgment?
-Is there truth in all religions?
-What are some reasons why people don’t believe in God?

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

 

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10 May Things You Never HEAR in Church (MUST WATCH!!) – Part 1 – Joshua Tongol

 

Date: April 13, 2013
Location: El Paso, Texas

 

At this event, Joshua Tongol was asked not to “hold back” (which he did not!) but to share anything that was on his heart. He discussed the problems of fear-based religion and offered alternative ways to understand God and spirituality.

 

People were given opportunities to ask questions about God and religion that, in many places, religious people are too afraid to ask in church. (See Part 2: “THINGS YOU DON’T ASK IN CHURCH”)

 

Most of the attendees are unchurched (or have left the institutional church) but who still have an interest in spirituality and in God. (Is that possible?)

 

Many people today are tired of institutionalized religion. But is there another way?

 

Topics discussed:

 

-How has religion been used to control people?
-What motivates you to believe in God?
-Is religion based on fear?
-Is everything spiritual?
-Can we be real with one another?
-Is God “out there”?
-How should I view myself?
-How does God see us?
-Can we love someone more than we love God?
-Can we pray religiously?
-Does God get jealous of the things you love?
-Is God insecure?
-What about “Christianese”?
-Are your friendships based on ministry?
-Is Jesus like a costume that covers us filthy sinners?
-Should we really believe in an eternal hell?
-Is the Gospel we hear today really good news?
-Is God in everyone?
-Is our love greater than God’s love?
-Is God’s love conditional?
-What is the life of the church?
-Are you tired of church?
-Are you afraid to question your religious beliefs?
-How should we view others from different religions?
-Were we ever separated from God?
-How can we live in the moment?
-Are we all children of God?

 

Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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12 Apr Does SATAN Exist? | Q&A With Joshua Tongol and Andre Rabe

 

“Glorious Identity Conference” (Q&A Session)

 

Date: March 16, 2013
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

 

-Is Satan Christianity’s other god?
-Is Satan a “fallen angel”?
-Is the devil responsible for evil?
-Have we given “the devil” too much credit and power?
-Is there a lot of biblical support for the “fall of Lucifer”?
-What are the problems of being too “devil conscious”?
-Is “the satan” always in reference to cosmic entities?

 

Listen in as Joshua and Andre share their hearts and answer questions on these very subjects. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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09 Apr What About God’s Wrath and Judgment? Q&A With Joshua Tongol and Andre Rabe

 

(Q&A Session)

 

Date: March 15, 2013
Location: Sausalito, CA

 

-Is God’s love and wrath in conflict with one another?
-Does God punish people?
-What does “fire” mean in the Bible?
-Is faith necessary for salvation?
-How should we approach the Bible?

 

Listen in as Joshua and Andre share their hearts and answer questions on these very subjects. It might give you a different perspective on things.

 

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