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Welcome to In Site, a podcast from the Zion Canyon Mesa, a nascent arts and humanities residency center in Springdale, Utah, surrounded by Zion National Park.One of the primary drivers for these podcasts is concern for our times. To paraphrase Yeats, the center feels besieged. So we’ll consider the many crux issues we face, with an eye towards how creative thinking can play a role. We will engage a wide spectrum of artists, writers, musicians, and thought leaders, and hopefully enjoy the jou ...
 
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by Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (1/10/2021) Does is seem that the world around you is in chaos? What about all the turmoil in politics? The pandemic? Personal problems that threaten to overwhelm you? What should our response be to the chaos of the sin-cursed world in which we live? The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 146 has an answer: PRAISE YE THE LORD! T…
 
by Elder Tim McCool (1/10/2021) Some people decry governments, and demand their downfall. Others look to governments, and trust them to provide their every need. But what does God, the great Nation-Maker, think about nations? What is the primary purpose for the existence of nations and governments? In this message, Elder Tim McCool shares some very…
 
When European powers carved political borders across the Middle East following World War I, a curious event in the international drug trade occurred: Palestine became the most important hashish waystation in the region and a thriving market for consumption. British and French colonial authorities utterly failed to control the illicit trade, raising…
 
Having created historical context for the pipeline in two previous podcasts, In Site now explores the pipeline itself. Jane Whalen, board member of Conserve Southwest Utah and Coordinator of the Lake Powell Pipeline Coalition, was the primary architect of their collective, incredibly thorough and detailed one hundred and eighty-six page objection t…
 
by Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (1/3/2021) When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a colt, He wasn’t just using the most convenient manner of transportation! He was fulfilling prophecy in a very real and specific way. He was also preaching a gospel message in a symbolic way! Join us as we learn of the Scripture and symbolism of Christ’s triumphal entry int…
 
Jeremy Pressman is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of Middle East Studies at the University of Connecticut. Jeremy is the author of The Sword is Not Enough: Arabs, Israelis, and the Limits of Military Force (Manchester UP, 2020), an exploration of the dominance of military force as the go-to option for political and social…
 
A remarkable view of one of the world's most beloved and troubled cities, Adina Hoffman's Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a New City (FSG, 2017) is a gripping and intimate journey into the very different lives of three architects who helped shape modern Jerusalem. The book unfolds as an excavation. It opens with the 1934 arrival in Jeru…
 
by Elder Buddy Abernathy (preached 1/03/2021) In this series, Elder Buddy Abernathy has explored the biblical concepts regarding our speech. We have seen that God is concerned with what we say, how we say it, and when we say it. Today, Bro. Buddy preaches to us about the bad consequences of wrongful speech, especially tale-bearing. Download Audio F…
 
by Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (preached 12/27/2020) Have you ever wondered why some prayers seem to get answered and others don’t? Why some people who are sick recover, and others die? Sometimes we forget that God is so much greater than we are, and that His understanding of all things is that much greater as well. Listen as Pastor McCool preaches …
 
by Elder Buddy Abernathy (preached 12/20/2020) We have looked at WHAT we should say and HOW we should say it, and now in this fourth sermon on “Acceptable Words,” Bro. Buddy teaches us that it is also important to know WHEN we should speak. Scripture is clear that there is a time to speak, and a time to remain silent. Please join us for this fourth…
 
by Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (12/20/2020) While Christmas as a celebrated season is not found in the Bible, nonetheless in our society it has become customary at this time of year to take some time off from work and reflect upon the birth of Christ, and enjoy family time and good fellowship. In truth, we should do so all year round, but certainly …
 
by Elder Chris McCool (preached 12/22/2019) Sometimes we get lost in the humdrum of life. For several characters in the beginning of the New Testament, their day was just another ordinary day. But on these ordinary days, God showed up with a message of the greatest joy – the Messiah has come! Join us as we look at the ordinary days that God transfo…
 
In Conceiving Agency: Reproductive Authority among Haredi Women (Indiana University Press, 2020), Michal Raucher explores the ways ultra-Orthodox Jewish women in Israel make decisions about their reproductive lives. Although they must contend with interference from doctors, rabbis, and the Israeli government, ultra-Orthodox women find space for―and…
 
by Elder Chris McCool, Pastor In this passage of Mark’s gospel, we read about Blind Bartimaeus, who called out to Jesus as He passed by on the road. And then we read an amazing statement: “And Jesus stood still.” Remember, this was the very Christ Whose face was set like a flint toward Calvary! How could He possibly have time to stop for one pitifu…
 
By Elder Chris McCool, Pastor The world’s theory of success can be summed up in the immortal (and false!) words of Ricky Bobby from the movie “Talladega Nights”: “If you’re not first, you’re last!” As many people do, he lived his life always promoting himself and putting others last. Jesus, on the other hand, taught us the polar opposite principle:…
 
By Elder Buddy Abernathy In this third sermon on “Acceptable Words,” Bro. Buddy shares with us that it is not only important what we say, but how we say it. We must be careful when we speak, because we can say things that in substance are true and edifying, but in the way and spirit in which we speak it becomes unprofitable and unedifying. Please j…
 
“A map of the American West is a Rorschach test; people see what they want to see as reflections of who they are.” Betsy Gaines Quammen Betsy’s conservation work in Mongolia with Buddhist monks on fisheries and in Bhutan for snow leopards centered on finding common ground between religion’s ancient roots and the modern precepts of conservation. Aft…
 
by Elder Chris McCool, Pastor Up to this point, Jesus has been teaching his disciples gently about His true purpose in coming to earth, and walking beside them in the way. But here we read that He “went before them, and they were amazed,” and then He taught them in plain words about what He was going to do. Truly these verses give us our first glim…
 
In the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Mark, a rich young man came running to Jesus with an urgent question: what must I do to inherit eternal life? Rather than rebuke him outright for his misunderstanding about how to get eternal life, Jesus answered him according to his way of thinking. In doing so, He told the young man, “One thing thou lackest. …
 
By Bro. John Morgan Owens (11/22/2020) There is no doubt that we live in a world that is cursed by sin! We see suffering all around us, especially in the day in which we live. In this comforting message, Lic. John Morgan Owens reminds us of God’s role in suffering, and where our hopes lie. We pray you receive comfort from this message! Download Aud…
 
By Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (November 15, 2020) One of the primary implications of the Cross was the renewed emphasis on charity (love) instead of Law: legalism will destroy the Kingdom of God, whereas love will enrich it! Thus teaches Jesus in this passage, using the example of marriage and children in the Kingdom. Please join us as Pastor Chris…
 
By Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (11/1/2020) When we aren’t sure where to go, the best place to go is to Jesus. In this sermon, Pastor Chris McCool points us to Paul’s admonition to “know Him, and the power of His resurrection.” What we need most of all in this sin-cursed, tribulation-filled world is to know more about Jesus and the resurrection power…
 
The history of modern Israel is a fiercely contested subject. From the Balfour declaration to the Six-Day War to the recent assault on Gaza, ideologically-charged narratives and counter-narratives battle for dominance not just in Israel itself but throughout the world. In the United States and Israel, the Israeli cause is treated as the more righte…
 
By Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (November 1, 2020) In this message, Elder Chris McCool continues his exposition of Mark 9 as Jesus teaches some lessons to His disciples about the implications of His upcoming death, burial, and resurrection. While they did not fully grasp all that He was teaching them, nonetheless He showed them how different His King…
 
Today we talk with Daniel Kemmis. Daniel studied both philosophy and political science, and names Plato, Rousseau, Jefferson, and Gandhi as his primary influences. He was minority leader and speaker of the house in the Montana State Legislature during the ‘80s, when the Sagebrush Rebellion was at its height. Later, he served as Mayor of Missoula. T…
 
By Elder Chris McCool, Pastor Slowly but surely, Jesus was gently leading His disciples into an understanding of the true purpose of His incarnation: the Cross of Calvary. In illuminating their minds about the Cross, He taught them many lessons about the implications of the Cross. In this message, Pastor Chris McCool explores one of these implicati…
 
The Spanish enslavement of Indigenous peoples across the Southwest was an immense market in humans, second only to that of African Americans. Severed from their lands and cultures, how did some of them create a path forward? Who are the Genízaro? How can Catholicism and Indigenous traditions coexist, perhaps even synergize, in one community? And ho…
 
In Between Dixie and Zion: Southern Baptists and Palestine before Israel (University of Alabama Press, 2020), Walker Robins explores how Southern Baptists engaged what was called the “Palestine question”: whether Jews or Arabs would, or should, control the Holy Land after World War I. He argues that, in the decades leading up to the creation of Isr…
 
Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (October 25, 2020) Have you ever tried to work out your problems on your own, just to meet with failure? The disciples tried that, many times. In this case, they were unable to help a demoniac child whose father desperately sought help. But Jesus gave the father the greatest command of all: Bring him to me! When we bring …
 
by Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (October 4, 2020) In a world where there is so much turmoil, it is easy to lose focus and become anxious – terrified, even! What do we need to see when we are in the midst of perilous times? Isaiah was living in such a day – in fact, this particular vision came in the year that the King of Judah died, and the country w…
 
Bro. John Morgan Owens (9/27/2020) In this message, Bro. John Morgan Owens gives us a wonderful summary of the encounter between Peter and Cornelius. Much of the religious world teaches that Peter went down to his house to “save” Cornelius; but as Primitive Baptists, we should always remember to ask the questions, “Saved from what?” Please join us …
 
Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (10-18-2020) As we continue in our series on the Gospel of Mark, we find Jesus taking Peter, James, and John up into a high mountain and being transfigured before them. What a metaphor for our lives is this occurrence! Isn’t life a continuous stream of valleys, interspersed with the occasional mountaintop experience? Thro…
 
Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (September 26, 2020) Jesus began His earthly ministry preaching that the “Kingdom of God is at hand” – i.e., it is here and near to us. He was speaking of the Church, that Kingdom of Heaven that is “not of this world,” but which endures unto this very day. Now, in the beginning of Chapter Nine, Jesus instructs the discipl…
 
By Elder Chris McCool, Pastor (September 13, 2020) Pastor Chris McCool finishes up his sermon on the “rules of the road” that Jesus set out while walking with His disciples from place to place. These foundational principles about what Jesus was doing, Who He was, and why it matters, would help them in their ministry long after He had ascended back …
 
In this second sermon on the problem posed by the existence of evil in the world, Pastor Chris McCool further elaborates on the relationship of God to evil (He opposes it!), whether God created evil or not (He didn’t!), and how we should properly view the holiness of God in light of the fallen creation. While these sermons cannot answer all the arg…
 
Here we explore the ongoing repercussions of slavery, observed through the microcosm of Natchez, Mississippi, with Richard Grant, in his fifth book “The Deepest South of All.” Moving from England to Mississippi, Richard brings this distinct perspective and keen, compassionate eye to try to understand the “sleight of mind” that America still maintai…
 
One of the primary arguments raised by the atheist is the problem of evil in the world. The basic argument reads this way: if God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omni-benevolent (all-good), then why does evil exist? God must NOT exist, since evil clearly exists. While this is a philosophical argument that cannot be fully…
 
The Red Sea has, from time immemorial, been one of the world’s most navigated spaces, in the pursuit of trade, pilgrimage and conquest. Yet this multidimensional history remains largely unrevealed by its successive protagonists. Intrigued by the absence of a holistic portrayal of this body of water and inspired by Fernand Braudel’s famous work on t…
 
Have you ever wondered what it REALLY means to be a Christian? The answer to this question could take hours upon hours to unpack, but in this sermon Elder Buddy Abernathy breaks it down into the basic component: being a “Christian” means being like and believing in Jesus. Join us and listen in as he expounds upon this timely subject. Download Audio…
 
The Bible warns us that false prophets will arise, teaching doctrines contrary to scripture. But how do false prophets work? Do they hit us “head on,” or are they somehow more subtle in their approach to undermining scripture? Please listen as Elder Buddy Abernathy teaches us about the way false prophets attack us in this age. Download sermon here:…
 
Dr. Sophie Richter-Devroe’s book, Women’s Political Activism in Palestine: Peacebuilding, Resistance, and Survival (University of Illinois Press, 2018) offers an analysis of the forms assumed by women’s political resistance in Occupied Palestine and interrogates how an understanding of such activism might be expanded if one attends to the ‘everyday…
 
The ultimate “divine exchange” occurred when Jesus came down from Heaven to take the place of His elect people on the cross – He exchanged His righteousness for their sins, and perfectly expunged their record for eternity! And since He effected this ultimate “divine exchange,” there are many things that we ought to exchange in our daily walk of dis…
 
Does it seem as if the voices of this world drown out the Voice of Truth? Perhaps sometimes even the voice of your own conscience may drown out the trumpet of the gospel in your own mind! Listen as Elder Joe Nettles speaks to us of the Voice of Truth that we can hear, even over the roaring voices of the world! Download Sermon Here: https://zionpbc.…
 
Eric digs into how politicians ignored drought data to create the 1922 Colorado River Compact, and how that intentional myopia continued for almost a century. Today, the entire basin must finally reckon with what has been true all along; that the allocated water just is not there. He busts two foundational myths along the way, one about the science…
 
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