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Welcome to the Divine Council Worldview Podcast, where hosts Ronn Johnson and Mike Chu honor the legacy of their late friend and colleague Dr. Michael S. Heiser (author of the best-selling book The Unseen Realm). Our interest is the Bible, studying it through the lens of its original authors and audience. We will specifically take notice of created divine beings and the role they play in the physical cosmos through the ultimate authority of Yahweh, the God of Israel. Join the fun conversation!
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Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing nature of the stories within the Bible are often prohibitive to our engagement and learning. How can we make sense of the Scriptures. We believe that Story / Symbol / Spirit is a helpful framework to beg ...
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In this episode, Ronn and Mike discuss Genesis 10’s genealogical record between Noah and Abraham. They begin by noting that the story of the curse of Canaan (Ham’s son) likely lays the foundation for Joshua’s later confrontation with pagan worhsip in land of Canaan. They then work their way through the lists of names and tribes in Genesis 10, obser…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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Join us for a thought-provoking discussion as we delve into personal journeys shaped by 'The Unseen Realm' and the profound impact of the supernatural on missions. Delve into the intriguing intersections of superstition, idolatry, and missionary work across diverse cultures. From pagan traditions in Christianity to demon possession in India, we exp…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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This episode finds Ronn and Mike discussing Genesis 6-9, which begins with that odd story of the “sons of god” producing nephilim through human women (6:1-4). They agree with early Christian and Jewish tradition in viewing this story as an intense divine rebellion which led to God’s decision to destroy the world with a flood. They consider what thi…
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Hosted by John McCambridge? and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natu…
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In this episode, Ronn and Mike review the place of Genesis 5 in the early story of the Bible. They suspect that this list of fathers and sons was formatted to suit a literary purpose as well as to recognize that a line of Yahweh-worshippers could be identified between Adam and Noah. Enoch is noted as among these righteous men, mysteriously disappea…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode, Ronn and Mike discuss the events described in Genesis 4. They challenge the popular notion that God was frustrated with Cain's vegetable offering, suspecting that something much more ominous was at stake. After surveying the story of Cain and his expanding family, they recommend that the last verse of the chapter offers the necessa…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode, hosts Rich and Mel share personal anecdotes about their relationship with Dr. Michael Heiser, and reminisce on how they first met. They then delve into their shared passion and vision of integrating Dr. Heiser's teachings with the core message of the Gospel. Together, they aim to foster discipleship and inspire listeners to embark …
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode, Ronn and Mike return to Genesis 2 & 3 and ponder some of the specific stories related to the Garden of Eden. What did the two trees mean, or represent? How was Eve "made," and what was her relationship to Adam? Who or what was the serpent? Even more importantly, what was the temptation that the serpent presented to the human pair? …
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode of the Divine Council Worldview Podcast, Ronn and Mike interview Dr. Matthew Bates, author of Why the Gospel? Living the Good News of King Jesus with Purpose (Christianity Today’s 2024 book award winner in the category of Popular Theology). Their conversation surveys the narrative nature of the gospel story, the meaning of divine ki…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode of the Divine Council Worldview Podcast Ronn Johnson and Mike Chu discuss the temptation and fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3. They debate the possible options presented by the serpent to Eve: was the temptation to become like “God,” or to become like himself, an elohim? And what did it mean for Adam and Eve to fear their “nakednes…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode of the Divine Council Worldview Podcast, Ronn Johnson and Mike Chu discuss the creation account of humanity and the implications of being made to be like/as divine beings (the “us” of Genesis 1:26). They “test drive” the possibility that Genesis 1 and 2 offer separate creation accounts, with Adam and Eve being formed and placed into…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode of the Divine Council Worldview Podcast, Ronn Johnson and Mike Chu introduce two friends who will be contributing to upcoming shows. Rich Baker and Mel were close followers and friends of Dr. Heiser and his ministry, and their goal will be to interview people from various cultures who have been impacted by Mike’s work. They will enj…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode of the Divine Council Worldview Podcast, Ronn Johnson and Mike Chu discuss the concept of the Divine Council worldview and its relevance to the study of Genesis 1. They explore the translation and meaning of the Hebrew word elohim, which is often translated as ‘God’ in English. They also discuss the plural use of elohim and the impo…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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In this episode of the Divine Council Worldview Podcast, Ronn Johnson and Mike Chu introduce themselves and discuss their background in theology. They explain that their goal is to move the discussion of a divine council worldview forward and provide a fresh perspective on the Bible. They also discuss their personal journeys to faith and how they b…
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This week we finish up Genesis 35. Rachel gives birth to Jacob’s 12th and final son, Benjamin, but tragically dies in during childbirth. What is important going forward about the birth of Benjamin? Why does Jacob change his name? What does this have to do with Reuben’s betrayal of Jacob? Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / S…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
  continue reading
 
Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
  continue reading
 
Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to help us know God and better understand our lives, identity, meaning, and purpose. But for many people, reading the Bible is difficult. The ancient and confusing natur…
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This week Esau finally confronts Jacob. All of these years, all of that bad blood, all of this time to stew in anger, bitterness, and resentment. What will happen in this long-awaited showdown between the two brothers? Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The …
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This week we see Jacob making his trip to the Promised Land, but there is one problem… He has to get past Esau first. He sends a delegation to Esau and then wrestles with a man until daybreak. Who is this man? Why does Jacob think it is YHWH? Why does this interaction leave Jacob with a limp? What does this mean symbolically? All that and more this…
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Happy New Year! On this special 50th episode of Story Symbol Spirit, we finish up the dramatic saga with Laban. Laban catches up to Jacob and his family and has hopes of taking back what he considers his. How does the courtroom scene go for Laban? For Jacob? What is Rachel doing with the stolen idols? How will the story with Laban end? Hosted by Jo…
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On this week’s special Christmas Day episode, we discuss the timing of the historical birth of Jesus. December 25 has more to do with the historical church calendar of feasts than actual historical day of Jesus’ birth, but there are historical clues that can be pieced together to come to a very educated estimate. Alexander Patterson walks us throug…
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This week we see Jacob’s final decision to leave Laban. After a tumultuous 20 year relationship, Jacob and his wives decide to flee to Canaan, the land promised by God. Yet another foreshadowing of the exodus, Jacob and his family are on their way home. Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about h…
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After having served at least 14 years in service to Laban, Jacob is ready to go home. But Laban has other plans, so Jacob cuts a deal with him regarding livestock. What is the deal with the spotted and speckled sheep? What is going on with the sticks in the water troughs? All of this and more this week! Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchel…
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This week we see the complicated beginnings of the children of Jacob. Jacob now has two wives and in this chapter we see both wives bear children. These children will become the 12 tribes of Israel. What is significant about the names of the children? How is the relational dynamic between Leah and Rachel? What in the world is going on with the mand…
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Jacob has been sent to Rebekah’s kinfolk to find a wife and begin his family, but he is soon immersed in way more than he bargained for… What will his relationship be to his uncle, Laban? Will he find a wife? Why are we still talking so much about water and wells? All this and more, this week on Story / Symbol / Spirit. Hosted by John McCambridge a…
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We have gone through 28 chapters so far this calendar year. As we approach Thanksgiving, a holiday specifically designed to orient our minds towards gratitude, Jackie and John discuss the following question: How has what we have gone through so far in the Bible heightened our gratitude for God? Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- St…
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This week we see Jacob, blessed by Isaac, go to Rebekah’s family to find a wife. As he travels towards Harran, he has a strange dream where he sees a staircase go from the ground into the heavens. What are these stairs? What is the meaning of this dream? Why does Jacob build an altar? Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symb…
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This week we see what is commonly described as Jacob’s deception of Esau. But as we will see, it is pretty clear that it is Rebekah’s idea. Why does she move to ensure Jacob is the one who receives the blessing? Why does Isaac want to give the blessing to Esau? What will this mean for the relationship between Jacob and Esau going forward? Hosted by…
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This week we see more drama between the family of Abraham and Abimelech. How will the seed, Isaac, fare in a famine? Will he walk faithfully and patiently in the midst of persecution like his father? If Isaac does well, the rescue mission of God is on track! Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast ab…
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This week we see the birth of Isaac’s twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Which one will the promise go through? What are these boys like? Who can God trust with the covenant? Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the power to…
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This week we go through the first 18 verses of Genesis 25. We say goodbye to Abraham as he is buried in the Promised Land, and we see the Genealogy of Abraham’s other son, Ishmael. What is the significance of Ishmael’s genealogy? What does this genealogy have in common with the genealogy of Abraham’s brother, Nahor, in Gen. 22? Hosted by John McCam…
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This week we see Abraham’s senior servant find a wife for Isaac. God’s promises start to materialize as the promised seed (Isaac) begins his family. Why is the servant instructed to go to this specific place and these specific people? Why does this event happen at a well? All that and more this week on Story / Symbol / Spirit! Hosted by John McCamb…
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This week we pause and recap the Story / Symbol / Spirit hermeneutic, revisit the story that we have covered so far (Gen. 1-22), and answer some listener questions. Next week, we will continue our journey through the Bible! Hosted by Jackie Mitchell and John McCambridge. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture.…
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This week, we say goodbye to Abraham’s wife, Sarah. What will Abraham’s response be? What does this mean for the continuation of the promise? And why does Abraham insist on buying her burial plot, instead of being gifted one? Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scriptur…
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This week, the faith of Abraham is tested in maybe the ultimate way: through a command to sacrifice his son. Will Abraham obey? If he does, what will happen to the promised seed? And why is this chapter so Christological? Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. T…
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This week we finally see the birth of Isaac - the true seed is here! What does Isaac mean for Ishmael and Hagar? How will God treat them now that the true seed has arrived? Hosted by John McCambridge and Jackie Mitchell. --- Story / Symbol / Spirit is a podcast about how to make sense of Scripture. The Bible is a beautiful gift from God with the po…
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