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I’m a pastor at Door of Hope church in Portland, an adjunct professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Western Seminary, and a creative writer for The Bible Project. I’ve been utterly fascinated with Jesus and his Jewish heritage ever since I became a Christian at 20 years old through an urban outreach ministry to skateboarders in Portland, called Skate Church. I discovered the wonderful world of biblical studies and languages at Multnomah University and Western Seminary and had the privilege ...
 
The Gospel Simplicity Podcast is centered around the conviction that the gospel is really good news. Here you will find conversations with Christians from various traditions as we seek to unpack the beautiful simplicity and transformative power of the gospel. Gospel Simplicity is known for ecumenical dialogue that is charitable and open to learning from people with whom you might disagree. We believe that God desires for his Church to be one, united in love for God and neighbor, and on missi ...
 
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In this video, Dr. Tim Mackie and I explore the question of what is the Bible, what isn't the Bible, where did the Bible come from, and how should we read the Bible? Tim is the co-founder of Bible Project, one of the world's most popular theology channels. In this video, Tim shares how Bible Project started, what the journey has been like, and what…
 
This week we had the privilege of being joined by Bible Scholar Tim Mackie. Tim Mackie is the founder of BibleProject and the host of the Bible Project Podcast. We had an awesome conversation about this sacred book we call the Bible. We threw a wide variety of questions at Tim in regards to the Bible and what are we supposed to do with it. Enjoy! R…
 
This video is sponsored by Faithful Counseling. For 10% off your first month, use the link, http://www.faithfulcounseling.com/gos...​. In this video, we continue our series on prayer by diving into a classic Catholic prayer: the Ignatian Prayer of Examen. It's one thing to investigate Christian traditions on a theological level, but I think it's eq…
 
This week R.T. Mullins joined the show to help us (re)think what it means to say that God has emotions. In this conversation, we cover some important issues around the emotional life of God as they relate to happiness, empathy, love, and moral judgments. We also take a deep dive into the impassibility/passibility debate. Enjoy! RESOURCES: God and E…
 
Where is God when the people we look up to disappoint us? In this episode, we learn how Israel’s long line of disappointing kings is meant to point us to a greater King, Jesus. He is the true David and a better Solomon. He leads God’s people with wisdom, unites the nations, and makes a way for God’s presence to dwell among his people. Wherever peop…
 
This week we were joined by Shane Claiborne to discuss the dismantling of the death penalty. Today it is not uncommon for Christians to say they are "pro-life" and at the same time be the biggest supporters of the death penalty. Is this the way of Jesus? We think not! Enjoy this conversation as we hang out with our friend Shane Claiborne. Resources…
 
How does God respond when we fail to represent his goodness in the world? Humanity’s failures never cancel God’s faithfulness to his promise. In fact, the God of Israel became human to fulfill the promise himself. Jesus, the long awaited King, faithfully completed everything we have left undone. Bible Reading 2 Samuel 7:8-17 Reflection Questions Wh…
 
Hold up, did someone say we become GOD?? If you're like me, the first time you heard this, you were a bit concerned. As an evangelical, the concept of theosis can seem more than a bit foreign. In this video with Orthodox apologist Jay Dyer, we talk about what theosis is (and isn't) and in doing so we explore differences between Eastern and Western …
 
Why is science denialism more prominent in the Christian church? What are the consequences of suppressing scientific curiosity in the Church? How do we have conversations with friends and family who deny scientific findings and new information? Nate talks with world renowned astrophysicist Dr. Mario Livio about his new book Galileo: And the Science…
 
What should we do when life is unfair and everything feels out of control? In this episode, we are reflecting on God’s powerful response to the cries of the powerless. If today you are feeling helpless before bullies and institutions, listen in. Today’s message will encourage and empower you. And if you are in a position of authority, stay tuned. T…
 
In this video, Dr. Don Whitney shares insights from years of teaching biblical spirituality about how you can have a more meaningful prayer life through praying the Bible. You read that right. Reading the Bible is great, but have you ever prayed the Bible? After seeing this transform his own prayer life and the lives of countless students at semina…
 
Where is God in the midst of impossible situations? In today’s episode, we’re reflecting on Ruth, a woman who came from a nation that violently opposed God’s people. Despite this, Ruth became an example of God’s loyal love even in the midst of impossibly difficult circumstances. We’ll also reflect on God’s impartial and merciful character and the h…
 
Tish Harrison Warren found her home in the Anglican Church in North America many years ago. Her ministry calling and the ongoing act of Jesus’ grace led her to a special connection with believers on the other side of the world. Having a global perspective, Tish believes, can change the way all evangelicals pray, worship and think about our neighbor…
 
At the heart of the Protestant Reformation is the conviction that Scripture alone is the infallible source for the Christian faith. Perhaps no doctrine is more fundamental to the divide between Protestants and Catholics/Orthodox than sola scriptura. No small amount of ink has been used, not to mention the blood shed, in the debate over this Protest…
 
This week, we were joined by our friends Sarey and Dan to discuss their new website project, SoYoureDeconstructing.com. "Most people who find themselves in a crisis of faith start by asking good (but tough) questions. These questions can make people around them uneasy, and are often met with only one “acceptable” answer. Often, what comes next is a…
 
Why is Mister Rogers' message to children better than Sunday school? How did Dave Ramsey make the accusation of money a christian value? How can Attachment Theory shine a light on shame-filled messages we often hear in the church? Nate sits down with his friends Danielle and Krispin Mayfield to discuss all of this and more. You can also check out K…
 
The first time I heard about the debate between Absolute Divine Simplicity and the Essence-Energies distinction, I must confess, it all seemed a bit like something that only theologians with WAY too much time on their hands debate. I figured I'd leave the philosophical theology to the scholastics and be on my merry way. However, the more I learned,…
 
This week Stina Kielsmeier-Cook joins us to discuss something very important and very personal. Stina's husband left Christianity several years into their marriage, and Stina was left "spiritually single". She was struggling to live the Christian life on her own, taking her kids to church by herself, and wrestling with her own questions and doubts.…
 
There’s a lot of violence in the Old Testament, but isn’t God loving? How do we make sense of all this? In this episode, we are exploring a few key things to keep in mind while looking at the topic of violence in the Bible. Note to parents: The terms genocide, child sacrifice, sexual fertility rituals, and sex slavery are used in this episode. Befo…
 
Do Catholic arguments for the papacy hold up under scrutiny? In this passionate yet cordial dialogue between Dr. Gavin Ortlund and Joe Heschmeyer, the arguments for the papacy are examined in detail, including was there was a bishop in Rome in the first century? Is apostolic succession valid? What evidence is there for a three-fold office in the ch…
 
This week, Josh and Marty are joined by two of their friend for an important conversation. After spending time together working in the same toxic church environment we wanted to ask the question, "is this church redeemable"? We hope that this will be a conversation that will shine some light into a dark situation. Perhaps you too have experienced s…
 
In light of the scandal involving Ravi Zacharias, Nate talks with Julie Anne Smith about Lori Anne Thompson's survivor story and power structures in the Church that allow for both spiritual and sexual abuse. What are good comebacks to many of the common responses we hear from Christian's about sexual abuse scandals? What needs to change to break th…
 
How can we understand the ancient laws in the Old Testament? And what’s the point of reading them today? In this episode, we are learning how to read the ancient laws that God gave to Israel and reflecting on how they can impact our choices today. Bible Reading Deuteronomy 30:15-18 Reflection Questions What is one specific choice you can make to lo…
 
Can a Catholic Priest and an Evangelical theology student agree on the gospel? In this video, Fr. Dwight Longenecker and I discuss the question of why so many Christians are leaving the faith, and Fr. Dwight gives the intriguing idea that it's not because Christianity has become too difficult, but rather that Christianity has become too weak, too e…
 
This week Josh was joined by Robert P. Jones to discuss his latest book 'White Too Long: The Legacy of White supremacy in American Christianity. Drawing on history, public opinion surveys, and personal experience, Rob delivers a provocative examination of the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy, and issues an urgen…
 
Why did God give his people so many rules? In this episode, we’re reflecting on the wisdom and purpose of God's commands. Bible Reading Deuteronomy 4:5-9 Reflection Questions Wisdom and understanding is gained when we live out the knowledge we have received. Think of someone who is wise. Consider an example from the Bible or from someone in your li…
 
Kaitlyn Schiess describes how we are all formed by the habits and practices that fill our lives. These repetitive and often unrecognized actions shape not only our relationship with God, but also our relationships with neighbors, the political choices we make, and a host of other decisions and expressions. In Today’s Conversation podcast with NAE P…
 
For many people, "married Catholic priest" is going to sound like a bit of an oxymoron. After all, don't Catholic priests have to take a vow of celibacy? In this video, I talk with Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a former Anglican who converted to Roman Catholicism and was ordained into the Roman Catholic priesthood, all while being a husband and father. I…
 
This week we were joined by Jemar Tisby to have a practical conversation about his latest book, 'How To Fight Racism'. Racism is pervasive in today's world, and many are complicit in the failure to confront its evils. Jemar believes we need to move beyond mere discussions about racism and begin equipping people with the practical tools to fight aga…
 
How did a suffering servant named Jesus of Nazareth lead to Christians in America electing and defending someone so opposite in Donald Trump? When and why did voting Pro Life become the main issue in evangelicalism? For all of us that see the problems with Trumpism and evangelicalism already, where do we go from here? Nate talks with Dr. Kristin Ko…
 
How does fear hold us back from experiencing God’s promises? In this episode, we reflect on God's trustworthy character and how he responds when his people fail to trust and follow him. Bible Reading Numbers 13:25-33 Reflection Questions What specific fears or doubts have held you back from trusting and obeying God? Instead of replaying your past o…
 
Do Evangelicals think Catholics are Christians? Today I'm joined by Dr. Gregg R. Allison of Southern Seminary to discuss his thoughts on Catholicism. Support Gospel Simplicity: Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/gospelsimplicity​ Merch: http://www.teespring.com/stores/gospe...​ Follow Gospel Simplicity on Social Media: Facebook: http://www.facebook.co…
 
This conversation almost didn't happen... This week, Hip-Hop artist Propaganda joins us to discuss an important topic. Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality are two important concepts that we need to understand if we are going to move forward with racial reconciliation. By why have they been demonized? Join us as we discuss these things with P…
 
In this episode, I talk with William Albrecht and Fr. Christiaan Kappes about Mary. In this conversation, we focus on what the Bible has to say about Mary. Often times, conversations on Mary center around tradition, and while that's a worthwhile conversation, if Protestants and Catholics want to find common ground on Mary, it's essential that we lo…
 
This week, Brian McLaren joins the podcast once again to help us (re)think what it means to have faith following our deep doubts. Sixty-five million adults in the U.S. have dropped out of active church attendance and about 2.7 million more are leaving every year. Faith After Doubt is for the millions of people around the world who feel that their f…
 
In today’s reflection, we are exploring the biblical theme of sacrifice and atonement. It can feel strange and uncomfortable at first, but as we learn more, we’ll discover just how life-giving and powerful this biblical theme is. Bible Reading Hebrews 10:11-22 Reflection Questions God is faithful and just to forgive us when we admit our sins. So le…
 
In this episode Fr. Peter Heers shares an Orthodox perspective on Scripture, Tradition, Councils, and Authority. Keep up with Fr. Peter Heers: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/orthodoxethos Website: https://www.orthodoxethos.com Online Lectures: https://www.patreon.com/frpeterheers Publishing: https://www.uncutmountainpress.com Biographical info: h…
 
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