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Voxology (Formerly the Vox Podcast with Mike Erre) is a collection of voices that question and discuss our culture's most relevant topics in relation to Christ and Christianity. We talk LGBTQ, American and church politics, Christian culture's catastrophic marginalization of the very people Jesus implores us to love and so much more. If you have serious questions about the church’s representation of Jesus, what he has done and the beauty of his work on earth today, join hosts Mike Erre and Ti ...
 
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Knowing "God's Will" For My Life. Today we spend time talking about some oft used Christian rhetoric: What is God's will for my life? God gave me a 'word' for you... God told me... I've been called by God to do such and such... We've all heard them. We've wrestled with them. We've probably even said these phrases (Mike and Tim are both guilty). But…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Eleven - Inerrancy. Today, we're jumping back into our series on the Bible to discuss everyone's favorite buzzword: Inerrancy. What does it mean for something to be 'inerrant?' Where did the term come from? How do we qualify something to be inerrant? What are we to do with this in our pursuit of understanding the text?…
 
Midnight Mass. SPOILER ALERT! Today, we sit down with one of our favorite guests, Kaitlyn Schiess to discuss the Netflix show "Midnight Mass." Full SPOILER WARNING, we talk about the whole series. Midnight Mass is a horror show on Netflix that deals with some heavy theological ideas and has a heavy commentary on Christianity and religion. Kaitlyn, …
 
Cruciform Church. Mike and Tim have a conversation on what it means for the church to be "cruciform." What does and embodiment of the cross, and Jesus's life before it look like? How are we to navigate the world and our communities? To begin that conversation, both Mike and Tim react to recent criticism they've both received via email to previous e…
 
God's Justice. Today, Mike and Tim take a detour from the 'Bible' series to discuss justice. After an introduction via 'Tim's Troubled Times,' in which Tim brings up the horrendous debacle with the Haitian refugees at the border (under a democratic administration), the actual trauma of active shooter drills in schools vs. kids wearing masks in the …
 
The Wanderer: There is no them, only us. Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads. And yet, this road has come to an end. Today Dr. Timothy Gombis and Timothy John Stafford talk about community and what it means for us all to coexist on this tiny blue dot. How does God speak to this? How does Jesus? How does Paul? The two Tims wrap up a conver…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Ten. Genre. Today, we discuss genre and how it should inform our approach to the text. How is the Bible like a Barnes & Noble? And, therefore, how do we enter into it? How does cultural and time/era specific language direct our understanding? Mike walks us through the book of Revelation as an example of genre taken out…
 
The Wanderer: Grief, Grace and the Grotesque. Intriguing title, right? It reads like the title of Tim Stafford's autobiography. Episode Two: Previously on The Wanderer, Dr. Timothy Gombis and Timothy John Stafford discussed their personal histories with the band and how U2's journey in many ways mirrored their own spiritual development. Today, the …
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Nine. Context continued. Today, we continue the conversation on the context of the Bible and how to chart the varying understandings, or the work one must put in, to begin to approach the Bible. We spend time digging through all the layers that must be addressed, so that we can see clearly what the Bible is saying and …
 
The Wanderer: Not All Who Wander Are Lost. Here we go! If Voxology is the record, the Wanderer is the b-sides. In this first episode, Dr. Timothy Gombis and Timothy John Stafford kick off the the first episode of this mini series on U2 and theology with a conversation about their personal histories with the band. Both Tims discuss how their interac…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Eight - Context. This episode, we start the conversation on 'context.' How are we to approach this ancient text? What was the culture? How did the words written inform their world? How are we to relate to it in a responsible and intentional way? What is 'Hermeneutical Humility?' How can we take on that posture? How is …
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Seven. Accommodation continued. Today, we continue the conversation on God’s accommodation to humans. Mike offers the spectrum of “the ideal vs. the real.” What does that mean? How does God navigate the ideal He set up with the reality of the human stumble? How does the text accommodate to the view points of the time i…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Six. In this episode, we continue our conversation on the B-I-B-L-E. Today we dive deeper into accommodation and how the human / divine dance influences the text. How does God use culture, in every different era, to speak through the text? How are we, now, to associate and interact? Is everything literal? Is any of it?…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Five. Mike and Tim continue the journey into understanding the Bible. Today, they have a conversation about how the Bible speaks about itself. Mike examines and shares examples from all through the Bible where the text talks about the purpose it holds. How do we process this? What do these verses say and who is the aut…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Four. This episode, we welcome back author and theologian Bradley Jersak to talk about his new book A More Christlike Word: Reading Scripture the Emmaus Way. With Bradley, we discuss approaching the Old Testament and how we are supposed to read the Bible. Is Jesus the full representation of God? How do Jesus's teaching…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Three. This episode we continue our conversation on the complex and often confusing text, the Bible. Today, author / professor / biblical scholar, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine joins us once again to offer her thoughts and insights. How did the Old Testament come together? How does it inform the New Testament? How does the Jewis…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part Two. Today we continue the conversation about the Bible with pastor and author Joshua Ryan Butler. Josh, who wrote "The Skeletons in God's Closet" (which Mike referenced a few times throughout the 'New Creation' series), sits down to chat about the complexities of the Bible and how we can approach it. Is the Bible 'aut…
 
Understanding the Bible: Part One. The Bible has, for many people, become a stumbling block and/or a source of great confusion and misunderstanding. Today we sit down with our good friend Tim Gombis to begin a conversation on how to best approach, read, understand and intentionally interpret the Bible. How does mystery play into it? Is mystery bad?…
 
The Nature of Spiritual Abuse. Today we sit down with friend of the show, Dan Koch to discuss the nature of spiritual abuse within the church. Dan is a podcaster (You Have Permission, Depolarize! & Reconstruct), musician, composer and is currently working on a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dan brings us the data and statistics he’s gathered i…
 
Exiles in the Church. Today we discuss an email asking about reconciling feeling exiled in the Church, rather than from it. What does it mean to be “Christian exiles” within the body of Christ? Are there similarities to those in exile in the Old Testament? Is it a matter of disagreement? Nuance? Understanding of text and application? Or is it somet…
 
LGBTQ+ and the New Creation. This episode we spend time with a listener email about LGBTQ+ issues within the church and the New Creation dynamics we’ve been talking about. The anonymous listener, whom we refer to as Jeremy, asks many questions about coming out, where his place might be and how he is to walk in his own journey. How have we missed th…
 
Masters of the Universe. What the what? Today we continue the conversation on New Creation dynamics with further exploration of the Heavenly Realm and the divine beings who occupy it. How important is all of this to understanding scripture and the overall narrative? What did Paul have to say in reference to all these beings? Did they play a role in…
 
This is Voxology. Welcome to episode 300 and to the new podcast name, Voxology! We’re excited to start a new chapter in this continued journey with all of you! Today in this mammoth, celebratory episode, we spend time talking about the Church, from postures of both lament and hope. We hear from beloved friend and old co-host Bonnie Lewis on why she…
 
When good gods go bad. Episode 299. The end of the chapter. The last of this era. The one before 300. This week we spend time with the Divine Council. The what? Oh, they’re just potential other divine beings that rule over different areas. What? That’s what I said. Heavenly Hosts? Sons of God? The Elohim?? How do these beings play into the biblical…
 
They Might Be Giants. Even old New York was once New Amsterdam. Today, we continue the conversation on the supernatural, spiritual elements of the New Creation vs. Old Creation dynamics. And this is some of the crazy stuff: the Nephilim! What are the Nephilim? How do they play into the narrative? Were they real? How do they correlate to the Seraphi…
 
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Is it just a great song by the only band that matters (The Clash), or is it the question posed by Tim on his membership to the Church? We discuss a recent interview with Brian Houston about the “moral failings” of pastors in their employ, like New York Megapastor Carl Lentz. Does the model make any sense? Has it been o…
 
The Myth of the American Dream. Today we sit down with author D.L. Mayfield to discuss her journey and the road that led to her writing ‘The Myth of the American Dream.’ We talk about growing up as a pastor’s kid, missionary work and what it looks like to really love you neighbor. D.L. has had a rad and very practical undiscipling of the beliefs sh…
 
This Present Darkness. No, this is not a review of everyone’s favorite Christian fantasy book from the 80’s (though it is referenced here). Today we continue the series on Old Creation vs. new Creation by dipping our toes into the spiritual realm of the conversation. Mike begins an exploration of Genesis 1, and how we are to interpret the lights, E…
 
Rethinking Sin & Salvation. This episode is meaty. We start out by answering two questions that were sent in, dealing with different elements that have been discussed in this series:On the topic of disagreeing over mask wearing, sometimes vehemently: How do we hold people in both love and accountability?And then, how do we lead worship(and worship …
 
Author, activist and all around fun and great guy, Shane Claiborne is back! We sit down with Shane and talk about his journey and what brought him to the lifestyle he currently lives. We talk about everything from gun violence, sustainable living, clown school, modeling and Dolly Parton. What did Shane see when growing up that inspired him to be mo…
 
“Darkness on the Edge of Town.” Gehenna. The “Valley of Hinnom.” The Lake of Fire. The Righteous and the Wicked. What does it all mean? How does the reference to the actual valley play out for those listening to Jesus? What was He talking about and warning us about? What role does this imagery of fire and burning play in the narrative of Jesus? Wha…
 
“The Fires of New Creation.” We’re moving forward with the conversation on the Biblical narration of the the whole story. The story. The one about God’s intent, the separation of Heaven and Earth and the hope of new creation. Today we talk about fire and water and how they’re used in the Bible. Where is Judgment in this text? How did Jesus talk abo…
 
Making All Things New. Today, we sit down and discuss the version of Christianity we’ve been handed and the version that appears in the Bible. Mike offers a different take on the narrative, one where the goal is 'New Creation,' not the judgment —-> heaven/hell idea we were raised with. Is God’s goal to make new things or to make all things new? How…
 
The Wheat & The Weeds! Matthew 13:24. “Jesus told them another parable.” Mike had this parable sitting in the back of his brain poking at him, so we dove in. We are continuing to look closely at the Christian Nationalist vision and the bonds that have been made between Christianity and the world. This is Jesus answering the question of what we are …
 
Today, we spend a little time holding space for the victims of the shootings in Atlanta this past week. Tim’s wife, Shauna, joins to share some of the conversations they’ve had together and that she has had in her classroom about dehumanization. Mike and Tim read and talk about perhaps the best email response they’ve ever received, pushing back on …
 
Gombis’d. We’ve been Gombis’d. Today, we wit down with our good, good friend Dr. Timothy Gombis to talk through his new book, “Power in Weakness: Paul’s Transformed Vision for Ministry.” Gombis has left everything on the page with this one, looking closely at how Paul’s vision for ministry was transformed by his encounter with Jesus. Who was he bef…
 
Sermon on The Mount: Chapter 19 - “The Road Less Traveled” Matthew 7:13-29. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.…” THIS IS THE END! We have arrived at the final section of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus warns us against false prophets and easy routes. What i…
 
There is a saying that states that “The fastest way to become an atheist is to read the Bible.” In many circles, the conundrum that is the Bible has become a stumbling block for Christians and non-Christians alike. How do you reconcile things like violence and slavery inside? How do you approach a text written so long ago, to societies so unlike ou…
 
Today, we sit down with author and professor of Bible and Theology, A.J. Swoboda, to discuss his new book, ‘After Doubt.’ We have a great conversation on deconstruction: the natural elements of it; and what’s helpful vs. what isn’t. How can we rebuild after tearing down the faith that was handed to us? What role do dead authors and past theologians…
 
Sermon on The Mount: Chapter 18 - “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” Matthew 7:7-12. “Ask, Seek, Knock…” THE GOLDEN RULE. Again(!!!), another section of the sermon that has been taught a lot, but is often missing the point or full context Jesus was bringing. Discernment continues to be the word of the day (week, year, lifetime). Jesus is wrapping up …
 
Sermon on The Mount: Chapter 17 - “Pearls, Pigs & Pushing Good Things on Others.” Matthew 7:6. “Do not give dogs what is sacred…” Again(!), another section of the sermon that has been taught a lot, but is often missing the point or full context Jesus was bringing. The word of the day (week, year, lifetime) is discernment. So much of what is said he…
 
Sermon on The Mount: Chapter 16 - “The Judgment of Judgment.” Matthew 7:1-6. “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” Here we go with another passage that has been taught a lot, but is often missing the point or full context Jesus was bringing. What is judgment, really? What is ‘Krino,’ and how is it both good and bad? Is it a matter of how we ju…
 
Sermon on The Mount: Chapter 15 - “What We Can Learn From Flowers & Fields.” Matthew 6:25-34. Holy moly. Let’s dig into worry and anxiety, shall we? Today we sit down with some critical responses to our last few episodes and discuss the balance between calling out certain things while celebrating others. Where is the line? Then we head back to the …
 
Gombis stops by for a conversation on a theological response and reflection on the last couple weeks. Gombis, a Pauline scholar and seminary Professor, walks us through his thoughts and how Paul might have addressed the church in this time. Where should the outrage have begun? How do we process an Evangelical pursuit of power? How can we effect cha…
 
We are still processing the events of last week, as we’re sure many of you are as well. It feels like too big of a moment to gloss over, so we decided to crack it open. This is, again, raw and in real time, recorded this morning. We answer a question dealing with an undecided nature involving Church, and Nationalism spouted from the pulpit. How lon…
 
This is raw and in real time. We sit and have a conversation about the insurrection at the Nation's capital yesterday, January 6th, 2021. We, like all of you, watched in horror and anger, trying to process what we were seeing and how we as followers of Jesus are supposed to navigate the wreckage. All of it is emotional and wandering, but it is real…
 
Sermon on The Mount: Chapter 14 - “A Singular Devotion.” Matthew 6:19-24: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy…” We’re picking back up the Sermon on the Mount in the new year! Today, we discuss the widely taught on but rarely enacted section or the sermon, dealing with money and possessions. While recognizin…
 
A Requiem for 2020. What a year… In many ways, 2020 was apocalyptic as it unveiled and revealed much about society, the Nation and the Church. Today we talk a little about Christmas and what it looks like without the bows and garland and we answer a question in response to Gombis’s episode on Capitalism and the Church (Episode 273). Where do we go …
 
This one is fun! Today we sit down with one of our favorite guests, Dr. Amy Jill Levine and discuss some of the theology and ideas behind her new book, “The Bible With & Without Jesus.” Dr. Levine, who is a University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies…
 
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