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#90 - Fighting & a Feast (Ex. 17:8-18:27)

#90 - Fighting & a Feast (Ex. 17:8-18:27)

November 29, 2021

In our eighth episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 17:8-18:27:

  • The important question & disagreement: is Christmas music okay before Thanksgiving?
  • Joshua appears—a key figure for later
  • Again: the significance of the staff
  • Amalek, part of Esau’s line—looking back to Genesis
  • The focus on obedience
  • The emphasis on the passage: Yahweh on Israel’s side
  • Douglas Stuart: “This verse does not teach the efficacy of prayer without ceasing but rather the fact that Israelite holy war was God’s war.”
  • The role of memory
  • Comparing Amalek with Jethro—who is Jethro?
  • Jethro as an example of the proper response to God
  • A reminder for our evangelism
  • The wisdom from Jethro
  • A multitude of people knowing the laws & having wisdom
  • Connections to the NT qualifications for elders

 

Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).

 

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#89 - How Not to Act This Week for Thanksgiving (Ex. 15:22-17:7)

#89 - How Not to Act This Week for Thanksgiving (Ex. 15:22-17:7)

November 22, 2021

In our seventh episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 15:22-17:7, a section of the book featuring a recurring theme: the disobedience and complaints of Israel prior to a battle, a meal, and the arrival at Mt. Sinai (chs. 17-19).

 

Today’s conversation:

  • Remembering the exodus event
  • Three days into the wilderness—what happens?
  • The theme of water in the book, carried into 15:22-25
  • Forgetfulness of Yahweh’s Lordship
  • 12 springs of water & 70 palm trees—potentially symbolic in addition to being historical
  • The difference between a test & a temptation
  • The grumbling of the people & the provision of the manna + quail
  • How no collection on the 7th day points to the rest for the land & the Year of Jubilee in Lev. 25
  • How it may be difficult for us today to trust in the Lord for provision & feel dependence on Him daily
  • How observing the Sabbath helps us grow in an identity rooted not in our performance but rather in the One who rested on the 7th day
  • Israel begins to test Yahweh—a reversal
  • 1 Cor. 10—Christ as the Rock here in Ex. 17
  • Grace in Ex. 17

 

* NOTE: While we would typically be releasing an interview this upcoming Thursday, it will be Thanksgiving! So, the interview scheduled for this week will release next Thursday. Have a great holiday!

 

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#88 - Strength & Song (Ex. 14:1-15:21)

#88 - Strength & Song (Ex. 14:1-15:21)

November 15, 2021

In our sixth episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 14:1-15:21 as Yahweh triumphs over the Egyptians and then Israel sings in response to God delivering His people.

 

Today’s conversation:

  • Geography at the beginning of ch. 14
  • The exodus as a founding story for Israel
  • Yahweh reiterating His purpose in the exodus event
  • Israel’s complaining, looking forward and backward in the story
  • God as Deliverer & the hope/confidence available to us
  • The angel of the Lord & the fire: markers on the narrative
  • Death by water: a reversal
  • Singing as a regular practice for God’s people
  • The attributes of God in the song
  • Yahweh as God of the generations
  • God’s anger against evil is inherent to His majesty (Douglas Stuart)
  • The “gods” — what should we think of that? For more on a view that Michael briefly explains, see this short video from the BibleProject or Michael Heiser’s book The Unseen Realm
  • The importance of the nations referenced in the song
  • Miriam & the song

 

Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).

 

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#87 - The Book of Revelation w/ Dr. Tom Schreiner

#87 - The Book of Revelation w/ Dr. Tom Schreiner

November 11, 2021

Today’s interview is with Dr. Tom Schreiner, the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Schreiner has written a ton of books, including several we love, including his Romans commentary and biblical theology. While Dr. Schreiner has done lots of work in Paul’s letters and elsewhere in the NT, we talk to him about the book of Revelation! He has already written a short commentary on Revelation and has a forthcoming book on the topic—but he is working on a longer commentary on Revelation as well. Here we talk about:

  • The central theme of the book of Revelation
  • The biggest mistakes people make when they come to read Revelation
  • The most important Old Testament books for understanding Revelation
  • Some of the hiccups with reading the book “literally”
  • Reading the symbols & numbers in Revelation: 7; 12; 144,000
  • Revelation as apocalyptic & prophecy
  • How Satan parodies God, such as with the “false trinity”
  • How Satan deceives today
  • Schreiner’s process for writing commentaries
  • If God could give Dr. Schreiner one clarification on the book of Revelation, what would it be?
  • New creation millennialism

 

Terms/Ideas Referenced:

  • Amillennialism: the 1,000 years of Rev. 20 are symbolic of right now, the “church age,” and at the end of this symbolic millennium, Jesus’ second coming will occur—in sum, the millennium has been realized and we live in it now
  • Premillennialism: Christ’s second coming is before ('pre') the millennium; then Jesus will reign on the earth for a 1,000-yr. period (typically, but not always, a literal 1,000 yrs. in this view)
  • Historic premillennialism: “historic” because many early in the church held this view—Jesus returns prior to a millennium on the earth, but after any period of “tribulation” in the present or future ("posttribulational")
  • Dispensational premillennialism: still premillennial, but often with the emphasis on a future (usually 7-yr.) tribulation and also emphasizing God having future plans for Israel not fulfilled in the church (a "pretribulational" rapture of the church in this view)
  • New creation millennialism: in another’s words, “the thousand years of Revelation 20:1-10 begins at the glorious, world-shattering coming of Jesus Christ and has the new creation as its setting”

 

Recommended Resources from Dr. Schreiner

 

Other Radically Normal interviews:

  • On Tour w/ Caroline Cobb (#84)
  • Union with Christ w/ Kyle Worley (#81)
  • Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits w/ Dr. Ashley Hales (#76)
  • The Importance of Deuteronomy w/ Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee (#73)
  • The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus w/ Dr. W. Ross Blackburn (#70)
  • The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self w/ Dr. Carl Trueman (#67)
  • Religious Liberty for All w/ Dr. Andrew Walker (#64)
  • Freedom from Sin w/ John Elmore (#61)
  • God’s Glory Above the Clouds w/ Captain Dan Griffin (#53)
  • Hebrews 11 & Working to God’s Glory w/ Trillia Newbell (#38)
  • Courage, Integrity & the Future w/ Dr. Russell Moore (#32)
  • Apologetics & Theology w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund (#26)
  • The Ascension of Christ w/ Dr. Patrick Schreiner (#23)
  • Interview w/ Pastor Tommy Nelson (#14)
  • Interview w/ College Pastor Nate Hilgenkamp (#12)
  • Interview w/ OU Baseball Coach Britt Bonneau (#4)

 

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#86 - Wedding, Feasts, the Exodus (Ex. 11-13)

#86 - Wedding, Feasts, the Exodus (Ex. 11-13)

November 8, 2021

In our fifth episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 11-13 as the plagues conclude and God institutes feasts and practices for His people.  

 

Today’s conversation:

  • The threat & playing out of the final plague
  • Yahweh: set apart; Israel: set apart
  • Allegiance: there’s only two sides
  • Who is crying out now? From 3:7 to 11:6
  • The key word: “remember”
  • Passover, Feast of Booths, Pentecost
  • Feast of Unleavened Bread
  • The Lord’s Supper today as a Passover meal
  • Learning church history as an act of remembrance
  • The exodus
  • Connections between Exodus & Revelation: the mark of the beast vs. how God marks His people
  • The bones of Joseph
  • The pillars of cloud & fire

 

Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).

 

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#85 - Creation in Reverse—the Plagues (Ex. 7-10)

#85 - Creation in Reverse—the Plagues (Ex. 7-10)

November 1, 2021

In our fourth episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 7-10—the highest amount of chapters we’ve ever covered in a single Radically Normal episode!

 

Today’s conversation:

  • The significance of “the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord”
  • A different, helpful view of miracles in Exodus & the Gospels
  • Creation & de-creation themes in Exodus & Revelation
  • Patterns amongst the plagues
  • God’s people set apart from Egypt
  • The tables are turned: the Nile is now a problem for the Egyptians
  • Connections between the Egyptians gods & the plagues
  • Pharaoh’s false repentance—& how we’re the same with sin
  • What does it mean that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart? (also see episode #35 for a deep dive on God’s sovereignty & predestination!)
  • The importance of 9:14-16—what is the ultimate purpose of the plagues?
  • The past helps God’s people walk in the present
  • The breadth of the plagues
  • Connections between the 9th plague & the Crucifixion

 

Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).

 

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#84 - On Tour w/ Caroline Cobb

#84 - On Tour w/ Caroline Cobb

October 28, 2021

Today’s interview features our first artist on the podcast, and we had a blast. We talked to singer-songwriter Caroline Cobb, who just released a new album, A King & His Kindness—available wherever you listen to music. Caroline talks to us about:

  • her new album
  • how music helps up remember and rehearse God’s story
  • her accomplished goal of writing a song on every book of the Bible in one year (!)
  • worshipping with a joyful heart while discerning for biblical lyrics
  • emotion in worship
  • how music uniquely shapes us as God’s people

 

…and more! We loved talking to Caroline and hope you also enjoy the interview. For more, check out her site at carolinecobb.com.

 

Recommended Resources from Caroline:

 

Other Radically Normal interviews:

  • Union with Christ w/ Kyle Worley (#82)
  • Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits w/ Dr. Ashley Hales (#76)
  • The Importance of Deuteronomy w/ Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee (#73)
  • The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus w/ Dr. W. Ross Blackburn (#70)
  • The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self w/ Dr. Carl Trueman (#67)
  • Religious Liberty for All w/ Dr. Andrew Walker (#64)
  • Freedom from Sin w/ John Elmore (#61)
  • God’s Glory Above the Clouds w/ Captain Dan Griffin (#53)
  • Hebrews 11 & Working to God’s Glory w/ Trillia Newbell (#38)
  • Courage, Integrity & the Future w/ Dr. Russell Moore (#32)
  • Apologetics & Theology w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund (#26)
  • The Ascension of Christ w/ Dr. Patrick Schreiner (#23)
  • Interview w/ Pastor Tommy Nelson (#14)
  • Interview w/ College Pastor Nate Hilgenkamp (#12)
  • Interview w/ OU Baseball Coach Britt Bonneau (#4)

 

Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 4!

#83 - Yahweh vs. the Seed of the Serpent (Ex. 5-6)

#83 - Yahweh vs. the Seed of the Serpent (Ex. 5-6)

October 25, 2021

In our third episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 5-6. If you make your way to the end of the episode, here’s an update: Andrei is not currently 3-0 in fantasy football. He is 4-2, and he is in third place in the league.

 

Today’s conversation:

  • Pharaoh’s response to the words of God through Aaron and Moses
  • Properly thinking about the popular “let my people go” phrase
  • “I am the Lord” in the rest of the book of Exodus
  • An even harder work burden on the Israelites
  • Rivalry between two authorities: God and Pharaoh—a theme throughout Scripture; the seed of the serpent
  • Who will Israel “serve”?
  • God’s way to comfort: a reminder of Israel’s past—the forefathers
  • Another theme for the entire Bible: the kinsman-redeemer
  • What does it mean that God did not make Himself known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by His name (6:3)?
  • The Lord is the One who delivers
  • An important genealogy (and Douglas Stuart’s 7 purposes)

 

 

Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).

 

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#82 - Moses is Called, Takes Off His Jandals & Complains to the Holy God (Ex. 3-4)

#82 - Moses is Called, Takes Off His Jandals & Complains to the Holy God (Ex. 3-4)

October 18, 2021

In our second episode in the book of Exodus, we chat about Ex. 3-4:

  • The story of the burning bush: the holiness of God & the significance of the fire
  • The transcendence & immanence of God
  • Moses’ many doubts
  • God’s way of reassurance: His presence
  • “I Am Who I Am” & covenantal language
  • The staff & the serpent
  • Connections to Genesis & Leviticus
  • Aaron joins the party
  • An early look at Pharaoh’s heart & the plagues
  • Israel as the firstborn son: Israel as a new Adam & Jesus as the true firstborn
  • The oddest part of the entire book? 4:24-26

 

Join us this season for a journey through Exodus (every Monday) and some incredible interview guests (every other Thursday).

 

Helpful Resources on Exodus:

 

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#81 - Union with Christ w/ Kyle Worley

#81 - Union with Christ w/ Kyle Worley

October 14, 2021

“Union with Christ, our participation in Christ, means that we have been given a new identity that doesn’t just save us from what was. It invites us into what could be. It becomes the grounds of our sanctification and our pursuit of holiness.”

 

Today’s interview is with Kyle Worley, Lead Pastor and Church Planter of Mosaic Church in Richardson, TX and co-host of the Knowing Faith podcast. He graciously talks to us about the doctrine of union with Christ, a foundational reality of the Christian life.

 

Union with Christ definitions:

  • “The intimate, vital, and spiritual union between Christ and His people, in virtue of which He is the source of their life and strength, of their blessedness and salvation.” (Louis Berkhof)
  • Kyle’s baseline definition: “Christians, God’s covenant people, are in Christ Jesus.”

 

Verses on this topic (in episode): Jn. 17; Rom. 5; 6:4-5; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 1:3-14; Heb. 10:14; also covenant language in the OT: Gen. 12; 15; 17; 22; Ex. 20-34; Deuteronomy; etc.

 

Recommended Resources from Kyle:

  • Michael Reeves, Rejoicing in Christ
  • John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion
  • Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics
  • Constantine Campbell, Paul and Union with Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study
  • Todd Billings, Union with Christ: Reframing Theology and Ministry for the Church
  • Julie Canlis, Calvin’s Ladder: A Spiritual Theology of Ascent and Ascension
  • Grant Macaskill, Union with Christ in the New Testament
  • Grant Macaskill, Living in Union with Christ: Paul’s Gospel and Christian Moral Identity

 

Other Radically Normal interviews:

  • Trading Hustle and Hurry for the Goodness of Limits w/ Dr. Ashley Hales (#76)
  • The Importance of Deuteronomy w/ Dr. Kyong-Jin Lee (#73)
  • The Missionary Heart of the Book of Exodus w/ Dr. W. Ross Blackburn (#70)
  • The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self w/ Dr. Carl Trueman (#67)
  • Religious Liberty for All w/ Dr. Andrew Walker (#64)
  • Freedom from Sin w/ John Elmore (#61)
  • God’s Glory Above the Clouds w/ Captain Dan Griffin (#53)
  • Hebrews 11 & Working to God’s Glory w/ Trillia Newbell (#38)
  • Courage, Integrity & the Future w/ Dr. Russell Moore (#32)
  • Apologetics & Theology w/ Dr. Gavin Ortlund (#26)
  • The Ascension of Christ w/ Dr. Patrick Schreiner (#23)
  • Interview w/ Pastor Tommy Nelson (#14)
  • Interview w/ College Pastor Nate Hilgenkamp (#12)
  • Interview w/ OU Baseball Coach Britt Bonneau (#4)

Radically Normal YouTube // IG: @radicallynormalpod // Email: radicallynormalpod@gmail.com // Send us prayer requests or Q&A questions for the end of season 4!

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