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The core idea of this podcast comes from David Graeber, who wrote that our everyday life is mostly run on anarchism, and at the same time people believe that anarchism doesn’t work. One of these is wrong. I hope to illuminate how our communities already depend on Mutual Aid, in big and small ways. I'll do that by excavating the historical events and cultural trends you already know about, but have never thought about in terms of anarchism. Find me at https://www.everydayanarchism.com
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The Divine Comedy (in Italian, Divina Commedia, or just La commedia or Comedia) is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri in the first decades of the 14th Century, during his exile from his native Florence. Considered the most important work of Italian literature, the poem has also has enormous historical influence on western literature and culture more generally. Dante represents the three realms of the afterlife in his three canticles (Inferno--Hell; Purgatorio--Purgatory; Paradiso--Parad ...
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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

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Welcome to the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival Podcast. Each episode presents a live, unscripted session that took place on Festival stages in 2018 and 2019. The lineup includes legendary editor Tina Brown, Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight, biographer Jung Chang, Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt, bestselling authors Bernard Cornwell, Madeline Miller, Margo Jefferson and Jeanette Winterson plus the matchless Joyce Carol Oates, and many more. You’ll hear about topics as di ...
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In this debt discussion, Fuad and I discuss Chapter 6 of Debt, "Games with Sex and Death," and especially the way that Graeber is writing in the grand theory tradition of anthropology. Fuad also taught with David at the London School of Economics, and is able to explain how Graeber approached these same concepts in anthropology as a teacher and col…
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When should someone consider being rebaptized? Is it ever necessary for someone who was previously baptized in Jesus’ name to be baptized in Jesus’ name again? Dr. David K. Bernard answers this important question that has puzzled some believers. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or your preferred podcast pla…
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Debates about the nature of the Godhead often reference the opening verses of the Gospel of John. In this episode, Dr. David K. Bernard explains the significance of this passage and what the apostle John intended to communicate to his readers, including us. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or your preferred…
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In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul lists nine gifts imparted by the Holy Spirit. Notably, in verse 10, he includes "different kinds of tongues" and "the interpretation of tongues.” In this episode, Dr. David K. Bernard explains the significance of these gifts and offers insight into how modern believers can engage with them. If you enjoy this podcast, leave…
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Is it a sin for Christians to swear an oath when entering certain professions or when called upon to testify in court? Dr. David K. Bernard looks at Jesus' teaching regarding oaths in Matthew 5:33-37 and how His words apply to Christians living in the modern world. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or your p…
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Is every human a sinner from the moment of conception? Experience certainly shows that we do not need anyone to teach us how to sin - humans seem to gravitate toward sin naturally. Join Dr. David K. Bernard as he looks at what the Bible says about sin, the spiritual condition of humanity, and the remedy for our greatest need. If you enjoy this podc…
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Stuart Klawans joins me to discuss his recent book Crooked but Never Common about the films of Preston Sturges, the first writer-director of the Hollywood sound era. Informed by the work of Stanley Cavell, Stuart's book reads these comedies as asking important questions about democracy, business, the New Deal, marriage, and other pressing questions…
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In the Gospels, Jesus tells a rich young nobleman to sell all of his personal possessions and give the proceeds to the poor, promising, "you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me” (Matthew 19:21, NKJV). Jesus then told His disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of …
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Why did God allow "confusing" verses to be included in the Bible? How can sincere people read the same scriptures and arrive at wildly different conclusions about their meaning? Why didn’t God give us His Word in a form that would be clear to every reader? Dr. David K. Bernard responds by reminding us of what Jesus said about the search for truth a…
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Philosopher of games C. Thi Nguyen joins me to discuss his current work on the intersection of anarchism and games studies. The conversation was so much fun that I started a whole new podcast, Plumbing Game Studies, to continue exploring this topic. For more from Thi, here's his website: https://objectionable.net/ Here's the website for the new pod…
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The New Testament makes several references to the "laying on of hands," particularly in connection with prayer, healing, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:18, Acts 8:17-19, Hebrews 6:2, etc.). What is the significance of this practice, and where did it originate? Dr. David K. Bernard explains the laying on of hands and how its proper use …
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In this episode I'm joined by Henry Farrell, who got into an internet spat with David Graeber over Debt. Henry recently wrote a reflection on the kerfuffle at the blog Crooked Timber, and also co-wrote a book, Underground Empire: How America Weaponized the World Economy, that came about in part as a response to Graeber's Debt.…
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As Christians commemorate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, they often make references to Jesus' blood. Dr. David K. Bernard explains the significance of Jesus' blood and what Christians mean when they cite its power to provide atonement for our sins. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or y…
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Kim Stanley Robinson to talk about his Mars trilogy, the theory of revolution that animates it, and where anarchism and anarchists fit in. This conversation is a direct sequel to our conversations on the Three Californias triptych, which you can listen to here: https://www.everydayanarchism.com/093-the-wild-shore-three-californias-kim-stanley-robin…
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What role should tradition play in interpreting Scripture and in guiding Christian beliefs and practices? Some argue that church history and tradition are on equal footing with the Bible, while others advocate for eliminating "manmade" traditions altogether. Dr. David K. Bernard addresses this debate with a look at what Scripture says about traditi…
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Many churches conclude their Sunday worship services with an invitation to "accept Christ as your personal Savior." Is this a biblical concept? What does "accepting Christ" truly entail? Dr. David K. Bernard addresses this important question by examining what the Scriptures have to say about accepting Christ and the components of genuine faith. If …
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Have you ever wondered why Christians historically have taught against saying so-called "cusswords"? Dr. David K. Bernard looks to the Scriptures to explain why following Jesus Christ may require cleaning up your conversations. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or your preferred podcast platform. We also app…
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Does the vision John described in Revelation 5 demonstrate a distinction of persons between God the Father and Jesus Christ? Dr. David K. Bernard reviews the Book of Revelation to uncover the answer. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or your preferred podcast platform. We also appreciate it when you share Ap…
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What do theological terms such as "church age" and "dispensation of grace" mean, and where did they originate? How do they fit within the framework of Bible prophecy and Oneness Pentecostal theology? In this episode, Dr. David K. Bernard explains dispensational theology and its implications. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a…
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Happy Mardi Gras! The show should be back publishing new episodes in March. In the meantime, here's a rerun, and a link to a couple of interview I did late last year: https://pod.link/1705765872/episode/716e36494d7eff56dc142642d55c7c3b https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/jelle-laverge/episodes/The-Core-Curriculum---Episode-1---Interview-with-Gr…
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In 2 Corinthians 6:14, Paul wrote, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” Does this mean Christian singles should not date someone who doesn't share their faith? What if the "significant other" is a Christian but not an Apostolic Pentecostal? Dr. David K. Bernard discusses how Paul's statement applies to Christian singles who are co…
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Many Christian denominations have been publicly debating the question of whether same-sex unions should be sanctioned by the church. Dr. David K. Bernard explains the United Pentecostal Church International's stance on this issue and why the organization holds this view. For more information on the UPCI's teachings about human sexuality, see the or…
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In 1 Timothy 2:5, the apostle Paul wrote, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Taken alone, this verse seems to indicate a distinction between God and Jesus Christ. Dr. David K. Bernard explains how Paul's statement fits with the whole of Scripture and its importance to understanding both salvation and…
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The apostle Paul told the Corinthians to “desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy” (1 Corinthians 14:1, NKJV). What is the gift of prophecy, and why is it important? Dr. David K. Bernard explains how this spiritual gift operates and the value it brings to the church. For more information on this topic, see Dr. Bernard's book Sp…
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In this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day episode, Dr. David K. Bernard reviews the history of Pentecostalism in the United States to answer the question, "Was the United Pentecostal Church International founded on racism?" In this episode, Dr. Bernard references his books A History of Christian Doctrine - Volume 3 and Anchor Points. Both titles are a…
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Many Christians begin a new year by committing to develop and strengthen their walk with Christ. In this episode, Dr. David K. Bernard discusses the spiritual practices and disciplines that can help believers deepen their faith and strengthen their relationship with God. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or …
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In this special New Year's Day episode, Dr. David K. Bernard reviews the highlights of the past year while looking ahead to what 2024 may bring. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a five-star rating and a review on iTunes or your preferred podcast platform. We also appreciate it when you share Apostolic Life in the 21st Century with family and friend…
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Radicalism in the English Revolution gets to the Ranters, the radical group of protestants who may or may not have practiced free love - but definitely sparked a moral panic! In this extra-long discussion, Nigel Smith and I discuss the roots of Ranterism, its connections to the Diggers, its legacy for romanticism, and its connection to later Americ…
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Should Christians replace holiday celebrations like Christmas and Easter with the Jewish festivals outlined in the Old Testament? Jesus and His earliest disciples observed the feasts of Israel, so why don't modern Christians do the same? Dr. David K. Bernard answers this timely question in this special holiday episode. If you enjoy this podcast, le…
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Diane Purkiss joins me to discuss the Christmas Wars, in which Puritans attempted to prevent the celebration of Christmas in the 17th century. Christmas was a carnival in which the world was turned upside down - and the Puritans weren't having it. We also discuss the Lord of Misrule, Twelfth Night, and that 21st century lord of misrule: Lord Bucket…
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In this special episode, Dr. David K. Bernard discusses his reading habits and how he routinely finishes more than 100 books per year. He shares his secret for reading books quickly and retaining information. This conversation is for anyone who is serious about developing their mind and enhancing their ministry. If you enjoy this podcast, leave a f…
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Ministry is a never-ending responsibility. Consequently, many leaders struggle to maintain balance and prioritize family relationships, personal and spiritual health, and rest. Dr. David K. Bernard shares practical advice gained from his own experiences in ministry and leadership on how to avoid burnout in the face of hectic schedules and constant …
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I'm joined by Brian Merchant to discuss his new book, Blood in the Machine. Brian argues persuasively that the Luddites weren't anti-technology but were actually for a different social order and a different use of technology. More importantly, in Brian's book the factory owners look a lot like today's tech titans and the workers look a lot like, we…
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John 3:5 quotes Jesus as saying, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” What does the phrase "born of water" mean, and how does it apply to us? Dr. David K. Bernard examines the biblical text to provide an answer. For further study on this topic, see Dr. Bernard's…
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In a break from the two ongoing series, in this week's episode I'm joined by the anarchist YouTuber Andrewism. Andrew and I discuss homeschooling, our shared experiences as homeschooled kids, the way homeschooling prepared us to be learners, and the liberatory potential of the homeschooling ethos. Andrewism is one of the best ways to introduce your…
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Some have cited 1 John 5:7 (“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one") as evidence that the Scriptures teach a plurality of persons in the Godhead. To make matters more confusing, many modern translations include the reference to “three witnesses” (NLT) or “three that testify…
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John Morrill, whose work I first encountered in Mike Duncan's podcast about the English Revolution, joins me to discuss the career of Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell was attacked in his time for being both too radical and not radical enough, and the picture has only gotten more complicated from there. John and I discuss his career, his convictions, his r…
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Team ministry may seem like a great leadership concept, but how do you build a team when resources, including potential volunteers, are limited? Dr. David K. Bernard draws on his experiences as a church planter and pastor as he outlines steps any leader can take to start developing a ministry team today. For more church leadership insights related …
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For the third episode of Debt Discussions, the anthropologist Bill Maurer joins me to talk about Chapter 3 of Debt, Primordial Debts. Bill and I talk about the myth of primordial debt, where it fits in the anarchism vs. social democracy debate, and if the anthropological parables in the book fit Graeber's claims. We also talk about the strengths an…
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On October 7, 2023, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a brutal surprise attack on the nation of Israel, killing approximately 1,400 Israelis and kidnapping 241 hostages (https://bit.ly/473w8sN). Israel retaliated with an invasion of Gaza intended to rescue the hostages and destroy Hamas. The conflict continues to rage more than a month …
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Ariel Hessayon returns to discuss The Diggers, the radical group whose farming community most closely resembles the ideas of anarchist communism as expressed by 19th century figures such as Kropotkin, Morris, and Tolstoi. Ariel and I discuss their origins, their theology, their 19th century recovery, and above all the brilliant writings of one of t…
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Dr. David K. Bernard shares insights gained from his time as a church planter and pastor on navigating change and preparing for future growth. For more information on this subject, see Dr. Bernard's books Growing a Church and Spiritual Leadership in the Twenty-First Century. Both titles are available at PentecostalPublishing.com. Use the promotiona…
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Continuing my series on Graeber's Debt, this episode looks at chapter 3, which introduces the other big myth which Graeber says underpins our modern imaginary. Primordial Debt, I argue, is the left-wing counterpart to the myth of barter, and Graeber critiques it less harshly but just as fully. Join me later this month for a conversation with the an…
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