Aug 1, 2019
Theology Thursday | Bible Translation
Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Greg Chewning about Bible translation.
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  • Aug 1, 2019Theology Thursday | Bible Translation
    Aug 1, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Bible Translation
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Greg Chewning about Bible translation.
  • Jul 30, 2019Reluctant to Repent
    Jul 30, 2019
    Reluctant to Repent
    Jonah 4
     
    Jonah was angry that God relented, it seemed "very wrong" to him. Jonah the "son of truth" could not fit this response into his ideology. Perhaps this is the reason he ran and was reluctant. He expected God to be tough on the proud, like Obadiah reveals one step back in the biblical narrative. God "relented" and decided to be compassionate.
     
    God interacts with Jonah, seeking to reason with him. The book ends with a question to Jonah and we wonder what Jonah will do. Goldingay says that the writer ends the book without Jonah's answer because we are intended to answer it for ourselves. Jonah is polemical book, seeking to lead us to transformation and change.
  • Jul 24, 2019Who Are You Wednesday | Gary Pennel
    Jul 24, 2019
    Who Are You Wednesday | Gary Pennel
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Who Are You Wednesday where we get to know an Advent staff member. This week we'll hear from our Facility Director, Gary Pennel.
  • Jul 21, 2019Crossing Over
    Jul 21, 2019
    Crossing Over
    Series: Jonah
    Jonah 3
     
    Through Jonah's modest message, the great city of Ninevah enacts corporate repentance before God. The writer brings a sharp contrast between Jonah's slow response and Ninevah's rapid response. In Jonah 1, the prophet called himself "Hebrew," literally "crossed over one." Jonah uses this term to conceal himself to the sailors. The term in the Hebrew connotes "sin." Without saying specifically what he did, Jonah admits "in disguise" his own guilt.
     
    "This word emerges again in Jonah 3:6 when the king ""took off"" his robe in order to show repentance. Brown says he ""crossed over"" from royalty to penitent.
     
    Transformation in our lives looks similar. Instead of concealing ourselves like Jonah, we cross over like the king and the rest of Ninevah."
  • Jul 16, 2019Testimony Tuesday | Sanford McKinney
    Jul 16, 2019
    Testimony Tuesday | Sanford McKinney
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Testimony Tuesday where we get to hear how God has worked and is working in the life of an Advent member. This week we'll hear from Sanford McKinney straight from the AYM trip to Eagle Rock!
  • Jul 14, 2019A Reluctant Prayer
    Jul 14, 2019
    A Reluctant Prayer
    Series: Jonah
    Jonah has been called the reluctant prophet. He was reluctant to follow God's call to preach against the city of Ninevah.
  • Jul 8, 2019More on that Monday | Moms Book Club
    Jul 8, 2019
    More on that Monday | Moms Book Club
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with our community. Once a month, we have a segment called More on that Monday where we talk a little more about an upcoming event. This week we're talking with Kim Munafo and Leslie McKinney about our Moms Book Club.
  • Jul 7, 2019Reluctance makes us run
    Jul 7, 2019
    Reluctance makes us run
    Series: Jonah
    Reluctance Makes us Run
     
    Jonah 1
     
    Jonah, obviously uncomfortable about his commission from God, chooses to go as far away as possible --Ninevah. But, he couldn't outrun God. God, because of his grace, chases him down.
     
    Scholars note both the "downward" direction of Jonah's journey and the "eastward" path towards Tarshish. The book of Genesis uses a similar "eastward" trope to illustrate humanity's journey away from Eden.
     
    Jonah is read on Yom Kippur (day of atonement). Which is rich with theological hope for us. As Erica Brown suggests, "The reading suggests that it is indeed never too late to identify alternate roads to integrity, authenticity, and intimacy with God . . . we may give up on ourselves. God, however, does not give up on us."
  • Jul 4, 2019Theology Thursday | Perspicuity of Scripture
    Jul 4, 2019
    Theology Thursday | Perspicuity of Scripture
    Advent puts out a mid-week podcast in order to make connections, promote God stories, and open up our conversations with the community. Once a month, we have a segment called Theology Thursday where we discuss a Christian truth in a format we call Elevator Theology. This week we're talking with Pastor Greg Aydt about the perspicuity of Scripture.
  • Jun 30, 2019A Reluctant Story
    Jun 30, 2019
    A Reluctant Story
    Series: Jonah
    A Reluctant Story
     
    Jonah 1:1-3
     
    Jonah is a story that accomplishes more than it probably should. Jonah is not a protagonist; he doesn't fit into Joseph Campbell's hero framework. Theologian George Landes suggest that "no fewer than sixty-three places in the text where the author's deliberate or inadvertent withholding of information poses at least some interpretative issue for the reader and, in addition, thirteen places where narrative features create a dissonance in the logic or coherence of the story."
     
    "Even though the story doesn't fit into a predictable story pattern, we choose no to ignore it. It invades us; it slips through our defenses and seeks to take us captive.
    Its discomfort might be by design. Jonah is discomforted. We are discomforted. We are tempted to accuse Jonah of reluctance, but in the end, we are confronted by our own reluctance.
     
    Jonah can be dated earlier or later in the Old Testament story. Jonah's name is mentioned in the Old Testament history books (2 Kings 14:25). Ninevah isn't a significant city at the time though, nor would they have threatened Israel as a mighty empire. Jonah's visit there would have been strange. If Jonah visited Ninevah after the Assyrians invaded Israel, his visit has a different significance.
     
    Reluctance has many faces: either indifference or bitterness. Nevertheless, God pushes Jonah and seeks to deal with his reluctance."