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The BEMA Podcast

English, Religion, 8 seasons, 396 episodes, 4 days, 9 hours, 57 minutes
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The BEMA Podcast is a walk-through of the context of the Bible and the Text itself, as well as surrounding history.
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392: Talmudic Matthew — Legacy

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are with Elle Grover Fricks to kick off a new series on Talmudic conversations in Matthew.Asking Better Questions of the Bible by Marty SolomonSefaria: A Living Library of Jewish TextsBrad Gray on the Genealogy of Matthew — Real Life on the Palouse“Matthew’s Begats” by Andrew Peterson — YouTube
5/23/202449 minutes, 29 seconds
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391: Tommy Brown — The Ache for Meaning

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are joined by Tommy Brown, author of The Ache for Meaning. He is a pastor and contemplative teacher with a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry and master’s degrees in divinity and management, and a former little league baseball coach.The Ache for Meaning by Tommy BrownWhat Is the Palouse?Dark Night of the Soul — WikipediaThe Seven Money Types by Tommy BrownThe Torah for Dummies by Arthur KurzweilThe Sabbath by Abraham Joshua HeschelSabbath as Resistance by Walter BrueggemannTommy Brown’s Website Special Guest: Tommy Brown.
5/16/202444 minutes, 38 seconds
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390: Psalms — Feeling Dumb with a Great Cloud of Witnesses

Brent Billings, Reed Dent, and Elle Grover Fricks conclude the series on the Psalms and offer a final bit of encouragement to carry with us into the future.Festival of Faith & Writing — Calvin UniversityMy Bright Abyss by Christian WimanInside Out (2015 film) — JustWatch“Despite My Efforts Even My Prayers Have Turned into Threats” from Pilgrim Bell by Kaveh Akbar“The Only Animal” from Walking to Martha’s Vineyard by Franz Wright“Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson — Poetry Foundation“Bless Me” by Maverick City Music (feat. Kirk Franklin) — YouTubeLiturgy Prints — Every Moment Holy“A Greek Papyrus Amulet from the Duke Collection with Biblical Excerpts” by Csaba A. La’da and Amphilochios Papathomas — JSTORCoble Eye Care
5/9/20241 hour, 1 minute, 54 seconds
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389: Psalms — 23 & Me

Brent Billings, Elle Grover Fricks, and Josh Bossé take a second stroll through the words of Psalm 23.The Gorge AmphitheatreSaving Paradise by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker
5/2/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 25 seconds
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388: Psalms — Are You Listening?

Brent Billings and Reed Dent listen to the voice of Psalm 19.Firefly [Lightning Bug] — WikipediaWishful Thinking by Frederick BuechnerPsalm 19: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God — Aleph BetaReflections: Christianity Makes Sense of the World — C. S. Lewis Institute“The Merton Prayer” — Reflections, Yale Divinity School
4/25/20241 hour, 9 minutes, 59 seconds
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387: Psalms — More Distant Reflections

Brent Billings and Reed Dent mull over the words of Psalm 32.Bad Words Series — BibleProject
4/18/202451 minutes, 38 seconds
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386: Psalms — The Whole Human Experience

Marty Solomon, Brent Billings, and Reed Dent compare and contrast Psalms 51 and 139.Psalm 139: Take 1 — Reed Dent, Campus Christian FellowshipPsalm 139: Take 4 — Reed Dent, Campus Christian FellowshipThe Crucifixion by Fleming Rutledge
4/11/202445 minutes, 33 seconds
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385: Psalms — Ultimate Mario Star

Marty Solomon, Brent Billings, and Reed Dent discuss Psalm 91.
4/4/202449 minutes, 15 seconds
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384: Derek Vreeland — Centering Jesus

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are joined by Derek Vreeland, author of Centering Jesus. He is the discipleship pastor at Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, MO, where he lives with his wife, Jenni.Centering Jesus by Derek VreelandReview of Centering Jesus — Marty Solomon, GoodreadsMan Enough by Nate PyleGod’s Empowering Presence by Gordon D. FeeBenefit of the Doubt by Gregory A. BoydSalvation by Allegiance Alone by Matthew W. BatesDaily Office Lectionary by Derek VreelandBook of Common Prayer — WikipediaDerek’s website Special Guest: Derek Vreeland.
3/28/202449 minutes, 52 seconds
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383: Psalms — Praying Hate

Brent Billings, Reed Dent, and Elle Grover Fricks discuss the words of Psalm 137.BEMA 380: Psalms — The Hidden FaceAnswering God by Eugene H. PetersonBEMA 102: Son of ManThe Message of the Psalms by Walter Brueggemann
3/21/20241 hour, 10 minutes, 49 seconds
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382: Psalms — Small, Not Insignificant

Brent Billings, Reed Dent, and Elle Grover Fricks consider the words of Psalm 8.The Message of the Psalms by Walter BrueggemannVisual Commentary on Psalm 8 — BibleProjectThe Sabbath by Abraham Joshua HeschelReflections on the Psalms by C. S. Lewis“Rabbi Simcha Bunem's Favorite Sayings” by Julie Danan — SefariaMidrash Tehillim on Psalm 8 — SefariaPsalm 8 — Wikipedia“Stars” by Switchfoot — YouTube“Friend of God” by Israel Houghton — YouTube
3/14/202452 minutes
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381: Psalms — A Sheep in the Mirror

Brent Billings, Reed Dent, and Josh Bossé discuss Psalm 23.“House of God Forever” by Jon Foreman — YouTubePsalm 23 — WikipediaThe Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter
3/7/202456 minutes, 3 seconds
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380: Psalms — The Hidden Face

Brent Billings, Reed Dent, and Josh Bossé discuss Psalm 13.The Message of the Psalms by Walter BrueggemannTelling the Truth by Frederick BuechnerBEMA 282: John — The Dance of Grief
2/29/20241 hour, 1 minute, 15 seconds
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379: Psalms — Every Season of Life

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings join Reed Dent as he launches a series on the Psalms.Asking Better Questions of the Bible by Marty SolomonFree at Last by dc Talk — YouTube“[Psalm] 40” by dc Talk — YouTubeThe Art of Biblical Poetry by Robert AlterThe Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert AlterThe Art of Bible Translation by Robert AlterPreaching and the Literary Forms of the Bible by Thomas G. LongBEMA 349: The Chosen S3E8 — “Sustenance” (Bonus Episode)The Message of the Psalms by Walter BrueggemannBird by Bird by Anne LamottHelp, Thanks, Wow by Anne LamottAnswering God by Eugene H. PetersonPraying the Psalms by Thomas Merton
2/22/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds
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378: Lea Schrumpf — Entering Our Stories

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are joined by Lea Schrumpf, Director of Pastoral Care at Purdue Christian Campus House, to discuss how we are shaped by harm, but how we are created for delight and honor, and how we can enter our stories with compassion and kindness.BEMA 242: Spiritual Abuse — Commodities and VariablesThe Allender CenterAnatomy of the Soul by Curt ThompsonBeing Known PodcastAdam Young CounselingThe Place We Find Ourselves podcastThe Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der KolkMy Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa MenakemThe Reconnect InstituteReconnect Marriage PodcastPurdue Christian Campus HouseSnack-Stadium by Ordi Stefan Hossu — FacebookAdditional audio production by Gus Simpson Special Guest: Lea Schrumpf.
2/15/20241 hour, 55 seconds
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377: Isaiah — The Fruit of Faithfulness

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings conclude the journey through Isaiah by looking at his prophetic visions for the future and how hope changes the substance of our conversations, desires, and experiences.BEMA 137: A Dry TreeBEMA 71: The Prophetic TableBEMA 332: Andrew DeCort — Flourishing on the Edge of FaithFriend or Foe #1: The Truth and Proper Place of Guilt sermon — YouTubeOverview of Isaiah — BibleProjectKing Chizkiah, the Almost Messiah — Rabbi David Fohrman, Aleph BetaAleph Beta AcademySubscribe to Aleph Beta AcademyBEMA listeners can use code friendsofbema for one month off of a monthly Premium membership.
2/8/20241 hour, 14 minutes, 56 seconds
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376: Isaiah — Maternal Images of God

Brent Billings, Elle Grover Fricks, and Reed Dent discuss the maternal images seen throughout Isaiah.Aleph Beta AcademySubscribe to Aleph Beta AcademyBEMA listeners can use code friendsofbema for one month off of a monthly Premium membership.Behavior of a Pallas’s cat — YouTube
2/1/202454 minutes, 43 seconds
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375: Isaiah — What Perseverance Produces

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings press on into the final chapters of Isaiah’s servant discourse, hearing the famous passage of God’s suffering servant and searching for the fruit of those trials.
1/25/202434 minutes, 1 second
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374: Isaiah — When Suffering Is the Way

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings enter a new season of Isaiah’s prophecy. Times have changed, circumstances are different, but God’s love remains the same.Tikkun Olam — WikipediaBEMA 192: Telling a StoryBEMA 64: 3 Isaiah — ServantBEMA 289: John — Loved to the End
1/18/202455 minutes, 28 seconds
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373: Preston Ulmer — Deconstruct Faith, Discover Jesus

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are joined by Preston Ulmer, author of Deconstruct Faith, Discover Jesus, founder and director of the Doubters’ Club, pastor at North Point Church in Springfield, MO, and many pastoral roles before that.Deconstruct Faith, Discover Jesus by Preston UlmerThe Doubters’ Club (website)The Doubters’ Club (book) by Preston UlmerEncanto (2021 film)Conversational Intelligence by Judith E. GlaserPreston on InstagramAdditional audio production by Gus Simpson Special Guest: Preston Ulmer.
1/11/202459 minutes, 32 seconds
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372: Isaiah — History and Redaction

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are with Elle Grover Fricks to discuss the historical portion of Isaiah that bridges the two parts of the prophetic work, considering the possibilities for voices and redactions.BEMA 82: The Text — When, Where, Who, and WhyDocumentary Hypothesis — WikipediaAsking Better Questions of the Bible by Marty Solomon“The Re-Emergence of Source Criticism: The Neo-Documentary Hypothesis” by Joel S. Baden — Yale Divinity SchoolBEMA 71: The Prophetic TableThe Documentary Hypothesis and the Composition of the Pentateuch by Umberto Cassuto (PDF)“You have been weighed, measured, and found wanting” — A Knight’s Tale, YouTubeBEMA 365: Isaiah — Prophet vs. Wizard PriestsAšipu — WikipediaWhere God Was Born by Bruce FeilerIf All the Seas Were Ink by Ilana Kurshan2023 NFL Season — Wikipedia
1/4/20241 hour, 12 minutes, 2 seconds
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371: Isaiah — The Hulk Factor

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings consider the reality of God’s anger in the next portion of Isaiah.The Jewish Study Bible: Second Edition“JPS Bible Translation Enters Digital Era with Sefaria” — The Jewish Publication SocietyJPS Tanakh 1917 — BibleHubNew Jewish Publication Society of America Tanakh — Wikipedia
12/21/202333 minutes, 25 seconds
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370: Isaiah — Woes

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings look at the next portion of Isaiah to see God’s message aimed directly as His own people.BEMA 176: Revelation — Smyrna and Their CrownBeth Moore on the Church in History — TwitterBEMA 136: Each One
12/14/202354 minutes, 6 seconds
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369: Isaiah — The Choice Is Yours

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear the universal pronouncement of God’s care and judgment in Isaiah, and then see the response of the prophet to what could lie ahead.
12/7/202334 minutes, 13 seconds
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368: Elisa Bosley — Spiritual Eldercare

Brent Billings and Elle Grover Fricks are joined by Elisa Bosley, founder of Spiritual Eldercare. Elisa has decades of experience leading worship services and Bible studies, and also working with adults who have dementia. Combining those efforts, she became a chaplain in 2016 and serves at a long-term memory care community in Boulder, Colorado.Spiritual EldercareAdditional audio production by Gus Simpson Special Guest: Elisa Bosley.
11/30/202355 minutes, 9 seconds
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367: Isaiah — Burdens

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings hear Isaiah communicate the comprehensive and exhaustive nature of how God carries the burdens of all nations, not just the ones that bear His name.Presentation for Isaiah — Burdens (PDF)NIV Archaeological Study BibleNIV Cultural Backgrounds Study BibleThe Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert AlterCross Vision by Gregory A. BoydCrucifixion of the Warrior God by Gregory A. Boyd
11/16/202347 minutes, 11 seconds
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366: Isaiah — Let the Man Cook!

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings venture further into Isaiah and the days of Ahaz to see God’s invitation to trust the story—and warnings for what might happen if that invitation is not accepted.
11/9/202352 minutes, 51 seconds
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365: Isaiah — Prophet vs. Wizard Priests

Brent Billings, Elle Grover Fricks, and Josh Bossé dig a little deeper into the cultural context of Isaiah 6.“Isaiah's Impure Lips and Their Purification in Light of Akkadian Sources” by Victor (Avigdor) Hurowitz — JSTORMyths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria by Lewis SpenceBārû — WikipediaBāru (Mesopotamian priest) — BritannicaBārûtu — Wikipedia
11/2/20231 hour, 1 minute, 16 seconds
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364: Isaiah — Opening Provocations

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings journey into the text of Isaiah, hearing the call of a father to his stubborn children.The Ache for Meaning by Tommy BrownThe Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert AlterBEMA 51: 1 Isaiah — VineyardIsaiah: Holy, Holy, Holy — Derrick Rohr, Campus Christian Fellowship
10/26/202353 minutes, 32 seconds
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363: Isaiah — Prophetic Imagination

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are back with Reed Dent to continue the introduction to the prophecy of Isaiah and consider Walter Brueggemann’s ideas about the prophetic imagination.The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann“What Prophecy Is For” — BibleProject PodcastThought of the Day: Prophetic Imagination — Marty Solomon, YouTube
10/19/202350 minutes, 4 seconds
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362: Isaiah — Prophetic Pathos

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings are with Reed Dent to begin a journey deep into the prophecy of Isaiah by considering what we can learn from Abraham Joshua Heschel about the prophetic pathos.The Prophets by Abraham Joshua HeschelIsaiah: History — Reed Dent, Campus Christian FellowshipA Collision or (3+4=7) by David Crowder*BandCollected Poems of W. H. Auden (see Part IX)Lost in the Cosmos by Walker PercyNIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible“I Have a Dream” (Martin Luther King Jr. speech) — Wikipedia“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” (Martin Luther King Jr. speech) — Wikipedia
10/12/202356 minutes, 18 seconds
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361: Session 8 Intro

Marty Solomon and Brent Billings return to “Ordinary Time” on the podcast and prepare for some fresh studies of the Text.BEMA 190: Session 4 CapstoneBEMA News & EventsImpact Campus MinistriesBEMA Discord
10/5/202349 minutes, 15 seconds