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Historically the modern evangelical church has been pretty prescriptive about what you must believe. And if you are uncertain in those beliefs, your faith is called into question. What if you could hold spirituality and uncertainty in tension? I believe that you can. And when you do, you understand what it means to be deeply spiritual but rather uncertain.
 
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Trust is hard. Control is easy. That's all I have to say about that. Not really! Check out the podcast. If you are able to support the podcast financially go to patreon.com/skipcollins If you would like to sign up for "In Black&White" CLICK HERE. (I will not spam you I promise) Check out my website for Enneagram Meditations, Lectio Divina, and Mind…
 
Are we more in need of forgiveness or healing? The answer might surprise you! If you are able to support the podcast financially go to patreon.com/skipcollins If you would like to sign up for "In Black&White" CLICK HERE. (I will not spam you I promise) Check out my website for Enneagram Meditations, Lectio Divina, and Mindfulness Meditations. skipc…
 
The doctrine of original sin claims that all humans are "born into" sin. In other words, you are inherently flawed, inherently bad. And it's that inherent sin that separates you from God. God is forced to reject you because of it. This doctrine is pretty central to all of Christianity. But what if it's wrong! What if you are - in the words of Genes…
 
For so many people deconstruction destroys Good Friday and Easter. The reasons that are given as to why what happened, happened just don't ring true anymore. It seems to me that the problem is that everybody speaks as if they REALLY KNOW! Like this is a piece of absolute truth that they have a handle on. What if nobody really knows for sure? Check …
 
Prayer is one of the most difficult things to manage during a time of deconstruction. Should I do it? Does it even "work"? In this episode, I talk about my own journey with pray and why I quit! For Patreon CLICK HERE To Sign Up for "In Black & White" CLICK HEREעל ידי Skip Collins
 
Welcome to season 4! It's been a great break and we've got some great things planned for this season starting now! Recently, a number of people have asked me how I got from where I was to where I am. So in this episode, I attempt to share the highlights of that story. To sign up for the newsletter AND receive the free Enneagram Mindful Meditations …
 
Isaiah calls Jesus the Prince of Peace. So where is this peace? It seems to me we are more divided than ever in 2020! Where do we find this prince of peace? If you would like to contribute to the ongoing of this podcast go to www.patreon.com/skipcollins. Also, check out the podcast Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/Deeply-Spiritual-but-Rather…
 
Advent is about hope. But how do we find hope when all seems hopeless? In today's episode, we look at the prophets that spoke hope into a very hopeless situation when the people of Israel were in exile. Where did they find hope after they were taken from their homes and forced to live in a foreign land? If you can help financially please go to www.…
 
If anyone tries to tell you that the doctrine of Hell is very clear in Scripture, I'm sorry but they don't know what they are talking about! And if they tell you that they believe what Christians have always believed, then clearly they have never studied it fully. In this episode, I outline four different views that are held by Bible-believing theo…
 
"The Kingdom of God is like..." is the way that Jesus often started his stories. He was trying to paint a picture of what the Kingdom of God looks like. In this episode, we are looking at the story that Jesus told (called parables) about the Wheat and the Weeds. I've always viewed this as a story about who's in and who's out of the Kingdom. But per…
 
When Jesus wanted to explain to his disciples and the people around what the Kingdom of God was, he told stories. He would say, "this was what the Kingdom of God is like... once upon a time" We call these stories Parables. Today we look at the Parable of the Vineyard Owner.על ידי Skip Collins
 
All of my life I've been taught, and I've taught that the Kingdom of God is the place where God rules and reigns. But what if that's not really right. What if the Kingdom of God is about relationships rather than hierarchy? What if it's the place where love reigns - where grace reigns - where inclusivity reigns?…
 
What if we are reading Romans all wrong? What if it's not about how I get right with God so I can go to heaven when I die? That's the discussion on this week's podcast. You might want to pull out your Bible for this one! If you want to help with the expenses of the podcast head to www.patreon.com/skipcollins…
 
For many that are deconstructing their traditional faith to a more progressive outlook Romans is a problem. What do you do with it? Just ignore it and hopes it goes away? This is the beginning of a series to reframe the book of Romans. Don't forget to check out my Patreon Page at www.patreon.com/skipcollins…
 
The question of the day... Do we interpret the Bible through science or science through the Bible? Is Genesis 1 and 2 to be taken literally? Does any of that have anything to do with my life here and now? Check out this episode! Don't forget to check out the Patreon Page at www.patreon.com/skipcollins. It's a way you can support the podcast plus re…
 
If you have been around Christianity for even a very short time you probably know what the Gospel is. In Evangelicalism, it's Jesus taking our sin upon Himself on the cross and dying in our place. It's about the fact those who accept Jesus' sacrifice will have eternal life in heaven and those who don't will be eternally tortured. What if I told you…
 
So often I hear people who are in the midst of deconstructing their faith talk about their struggle with spiritual practices. The practices that used to make sense don't anymore. The practices that used to help, don't anymore. In this episode, I speak of some contemplative practices that have become much more meaningful to me as I've worked through…
 
I have been a fan of the Enneagram for 25 years! It's been absolutely transformational in my life through times of crisis as well as the journey of deconstruction. So I decided to do an episode that is an overview of this amazing tool and why I love it so much. Below are a number of links for great Enneagram resources. Sleeping at Last The Enneagra…
 
2 Kings chapter 5 is a story of the prophet Elisha and a guy by the name of Naaman who is the Commander of the armies of Aram. In it, we see a beautiful contrast of the Empire, with the Kingdom of God that I think is incredibly relevant for our world today.על ידי Skip Collins
 
God is in control. It's a phrase we hear over and over in Christian circles. But what does it really mean? Is God really in control? If so, then you can see why some people think he/she is doing a pretty lousy job of it! On today's episode, we ask that exact question and we look at several competing theological views on the subject. Don't forget to…
 
Disruption is a regular activity of life. Sometimes we volunteer for it - like when we have children or change jobs - sometimes it is thrust upon us without warning. In the church, we have these regular activities like baptism, communion, and others that we call sacraments. They are these physical things that impart God's grace in our lives and tha…
 
I've been thinking a lot about my own need for certainty. These times are crazy and I really want to know when it will end. I really want to know what the "new normal" is going to look like. I really want to know if my retirement fund will come back! What we are all learning is that the things we were certain of just a few weeks ago are no longer c…
 
For many years we have heard people weaponize the Bible against whatever would come against them. We quote it at the enemy and if we do that we will be protected. This wrong use of the Bible has been more prominent on Social media lately because of the Corona Virus. So does it work? Can I quote the verse, "No weapon formed against me shall prosper"…
 
There are lots of questions around the Canonization of Scripture and does that process make the Bible less trustworthy. Who decided what books to include and what gave them the authority to make that call? That's what we are talking about in this episode. Don't forget to check out my Patreon page at www.patreon.com/skipcollins. Also if you would ra…
 
What is there for a 66-year-old white man to learn from a little girl who was abandoned by her parents, contracted TB Meningitis, TB on the spine, and Hydrocephlis and then passed away at 15 months old? I can assure you that it is more than you can learn in a lifetime. Today I am sharing another of those things with you. Also, I'm excited to announ…
 
Since the beginning of the church, women have been told that they are not allowed to lead in church world. That role has been given to the men - by God himself. Personally, I believe our churches are weaker because of it. Today I talk to Mickie O'Donnell about her 4 decades in church ministry and her thoughts around female leadership in the church.…
 
Within Christianity, everybody pretty much agrees on the fact that both women and men are created in the image of God - but that's pretty much where the agreement ends. What is the role of the man and the women in the home and in the world? I have a feeling our wrong theology around these issues has contributed to the domestic abuse and gender-base…
 
How comfortable are you with referring to God as "she" or God as Mother? Just because the Bible generally uses the pronoun "he", does that mean we should only think of God as male? And the more important question is does our view of God being only male add to a warped view of women and their role in the world and the church? For the next 3 episodes…
 
Brett "Fish" Anderson is a unique human being. A member of ImproGuise, the longest-running show in Capetown, and a voice calling the church and Christians to issues of justice especially in the area of race. In this episode, I sat down with Brett to hear his story and to talk about things like racism, white privilege, Black Lives Matter and more. B…
 
After last weeks episode on "Who's Truth is THE Truth" I felt like there were some things that were left unsaid. And in this episode, we ask 2 questions. Is it ok to believe anything under the guise of "my truth" or are there some absolutes in this world? And then what happens when your truth and my truth disagree?…
 
Where do we find answers for the tough questions of ethics and morality in our world? How do Christians decide where we stand on issues like the injustice or women in leadership or LGBTQI or the many questions that face us in our world. What happens when what I've always been taught that the Bible says, and my experience of the world don't add up? …
 
From a conservative Southern Baptist Pastor to a Progressive Evangelical Christian - That's my friend Mark Baber. I had the great privilege of sitting down with Mark (on Skype) to talk about the events in his life that have shaped what he believes about life and faith and God.על ידי Skip Collins
 
Have you ever cringed when you read the line, "the wrath of God", in the Bible or heard a sermon on God's wrath? Have you ever wondered if you would manage to escape God's wrath? Yeah, me too. That's why I did this podcast. I probably don't have all the answers, but here are some really good questions to ponder! Is the wrath of God really a thing? …
 
I actually love change. But I know many people struggle with change especially when it comes to Christian beliefs. Today I sit down to talk with my friend and colleague Mark VanStraaten to talk about what he calls The Law of First Learning. Mark is the Founding Pastor of Grace Family Church in Durban South Africa. This is a great conversation that …
 
When you hear people say, "I just believe what Christians have always believed" you can pretty confidently (but nicely) say "actually you don't". The truth is that what we believe today is the result of numerous shifts in Christian thinking over many centuries. In this episode, we look at some of those shifts as well as the shift that is happening …
 
Recently I got to sit down with my oldest son, Josh and talk about his life and his spiritual journey growing up as a Missionary Kid in South Africa. It's a conversation that we have had before but I felt like it was important enough to share with this community. If you grew up as a Missionary Kid or Preachers Kid or in a Christian home you may ver…
 
Season 2 Let's start Season 2 on a happy note. Let's talk about sin! The word is used hundreds of times in the Bible. But what is it really? How do I know if I've done it? Are there levels of sin? Should I even worry about it if I'm doing the best I can?על ידי Skip Collins
 
This week we wrap up our series on the Big Five themes of the Bible and we talk about Mission. At the same time we wrap up Season 1. I am going to regroup a bit, spend some time with my Houston grandkids who are coming to visit and then spend some time planning and working towards Season 2. But today we talk about Mission and how I certainly see it…
 
At what point in my spiritual journey am I actually forgiven? Are we born inherently evil - totally depraved? Did God's wrath actually have to be appeased by killing his own son? These are questions that have plagued me for a long time. In this weeks episode, we will explore the big picture of redemption which includes things like salvation, atonem…
 
In this episode, we continue our discussion of the theme of Justice in the bible. We explore the Hebrew word for righteousness as well as the Greek word in the New Testament that is used for both justice and righteousness. If that sounds boring then how about this... We are going to be talking about racism as well as the refugee crisis that exists …
 
Without a doubt, if you are talking about the major themes of the Bible you have to talk about justice. It comes up over and over again in both the Old and New Testaments. The word Misphat which is Hebrew for justice shows up more than 200 times in the Old Testament. The word in Greek that is translated justice or righteousness, dikaiosunei s spoke…
 
If you had to pick the five major themes of the Bible, what would you say? Of course, we know that the answer to that is very subjective. There really isn't a right or wrong answer. But I thought I would have a shot at what I think they are. Grace, Justice, Redemption, Mission and Jesus. For the next 4 weeks, we will be unpacking these themes. In t…
 
Following on from last weeks episode we look the question of Is the Bible inspired? If it is, what the heck does that mean? Do I actually have to do everything it says? Further reading material: The Bible Tells Me So - Pete Enns What is the Bible - Rob Bell Inspired - Rachael Held Evansעל ידי Skip Collins
 
Biblical inerrancy is the belief that the Bible is without fault or error in its original teaching. It's what I believed and even preached for much of my life. It has been at the bedrock of modern evangelism for a very long time to the point that some would question your Christianity if you don't believe in Biblical inerrancy. But in our post-moder…
 
Hebrews 1:1 says, God, who gave our forefathers many different glimpses of the truth in the words of the prophets, has now, at the end of the present age, given us the truth in the Son. (JB Phillips) Last week we talked about some of the violent images if God that we see in the New Testament and how we reconcile that with the fact that the true cha…
 
Have you ever been disturbed by the amount of violence that there is in the Bible? Have you ever run across passages where God commands the genocide of entire nations, including innocent children? When you read those passages do you cringe just a little bit? This week we are going to explore some of those passages in the Old Testament and compare t…
 
Is God/the Gospel/Christianity inclusive or exclusive? Is Jesus the only way to God or are there other ways? I grew up in the era of the Jesus Movement in the '70s. While "the world" was using the peace sign (2 fingers raised in the air) the Jesus People used just their index finger signifying "One Way". I think I even had a bumper sticker on my ca…
 
Who is God? It's quite a profound question for sure. The answer is as complex as the world around us and yet simple enough for a child to understand. Everybody knows that when you are in Sunday School and the teacher asks you a question to which don't know the answer you just say, "Jesus". Safe answer every time. Well it just so happens to be the a…
 
When you read the Bible do you ever wonder who God is... really? Does it ever seem like the Biblical descriptions of God contradict each other. Is he a jealous vengeful violent God? Or is he a loving, grace-filled, selfcacrificing God? Do I love him or fear him? This episode is the introduction to a series of podcasts that we will don on discoverin…
 
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