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EP036 – LGBTQ Part 2: Marriage in the Bible

EP036 – LGBTQ Part 2: Marriage in the Bible

Part 2: Marriage in the Bible

If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of this series, we recommend that you do that before listening to this episode.  In this episode we take a look at what the Bible has to say about marriage.  What is the purpose of marriage?  Why is there polygamy in the Bible?  Would Paul, or any of the New Testament writers, have considered life long, committed same sex attraction relationships in his writings?  Also, if God is supposed to be all about love, would He really deny any of His children marriage?  The main scripture references we used are listed below.  We are also providing you with a list of resources we used for this entire series.  We hope this series is helpful to you!  We would also love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Feel free to write to us at lscollectivepodcast@gmail.com.  You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter [@TCPyouthpastors].

Scripture References:

Origin of Marriage:

  • Genesis 1:27-28 – “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
  • Genesis 2:23-24 – “The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh: She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”

Polygamy:

  • Genesis 4:19 – Lamech
  • 1 Kings 11:1-6 – King Solomon
  • Deuteronomy 17:17 – “And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.”

Marriage in the New Testament:

  • Matthew 19:6 – “Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” 4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
  • Download PDF of “sexual immorality” used in the New Testament (Greek = porneia)
  • Mark 7:14-23 [example of “sexual immorality”]
  • Ephesians 5:21-33 [Wives and Husbands]
  • Colossians 3:18-19 [Wives and Husbands]
  • Revelation 21:1-4 [The Church as the Bride of Jesus]

Resources used for this Series:

*Were loving, faithful same-sex relationships around in ancient history?  Some say “no,” but the historical evidence says otherwise.  Hubbard’s book below addresses this, but here is a blog article that is just as helpful.

Books:

Software:

Podcasts:

  • Unbelievable? Podcast – Multiple episodes
  • Hole In My Heart Podcast – All episodes
  • Think Biblically Podcast – [Apr 4; Jun 21; Mar 8 & 15; Feb 22]

Journal Articles:
[We wanted to know how LGBTQ scholars handle the biblical languages.  These articles will only be helpful to those who are familiar with biblical Greek and Hebrew.]

  • LGBTQ/Queer Hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible – David Tabb Stewart – available here
  • The Bible and The Transgender Christian: Mapping Transgender Hermeneutics in the 21st Century – Katherine Apostolacus – available here
EP035 – LGBTQ Part 1: What Does the Bible Really Say?

EP035 – LGBTQ Part 1: What Does the Bible Really Say?

Part 1: What does the Bible really say about Homosexuality?

The LGBTQIA+ topic is one that is not only relevant to our society today, but all cultures in and throughout history.  You probably already know that the Bible has some things to say about this, but is what you have heard an appropriate and sound use of the biblical text?  In this first part of our series we take a look at what the Bible says about homosexuality.  The main scripture references we used are listed below.  We are also providing you with a list of resources we used for this entire series.  We hope this series is helpful to you!  We would also love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Feel free to write to us at lscollectivepodcast@gmail.com.  You can also find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter [@TCPyouthpastors].

Scripture References:

Leviticus 18:22 – “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.”
[Chris takes a look at how “lie with” is used.  When we compare it to Leviticus 20:12-16 we can conclude that “lie with” means to have sexual intercourse.]

Genesis 19:1-14 – Homosexual gang rape (not related to monogamous and consensual committed gay relationships between two individuals) [compare to Judges 19:22-25]

Romans 1:26-27 – “For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.” [We talk about the root of the sin issue here, and how it builds to Romans 3:23.]

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 – “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” [Paul makes a key distinction here between active and passive partners.]

Note: All of these passages deal with the act of homosexuality, but not necessarily committed relationships between two individuals.  We will get into that in Part 2 as it is a point that is often talked about in these discussions.

Resources used for this Series:

Books:

Software:

Podcasts:

  • Unbelievable? Podcast – Multiple episodes
  • Hole In My Heart Podcast – All episodes
  • Think Biblically Podcast – [Apr 4; Jun 21; Mar 8 & 15; Feb 22]

Journal Articles:
[We wanted to know how LGBTQ scholars handle the biblical languages.  These articles will only be helpful to those who are familiar with biblical Greek and Hebrew.]

  • LGBTQ/Queer Hermeneutics and the Hebrew Bible – David Tabb Stewart – available here
  • The Bible and The Transgender Christian: Mapping Transgender Hermeneutics in the 21st Century – Katherine Apostolacus – available here
EP034 Denominations

EP034 Denominations

We were asked by our friend, Brett Foote, to explain how we came to the denominations we currently serve.  This leads to larger questions like: Why are there so many churches?  What do we think of denominations in general?  Can we really be one body of Christ if we’re split into numerous denominations?  We’ll talk about questions like these and we’ll also reveal our next topic at the end of the episode.  Thanks for listening!

EP033 Desert Island Movies and Red Thread

EP033 Desert Island Movies and Red Thread

This episode is just for fun! We split it into two parts:

Part 1 answers the question of what movies would we bring to a desert island if we could only pick 5. There are more rules to consider, of course, which Chris lays out for us. This proved to be a tough exercise as some of us took it more seriously than others 😉

Part 2 comes from an off-mic conversation where we were talking about Scott’s old band, Red Thread, from his early college days. Eric expressed interest in hearing some their music, so we thought it would be fun to include some songs on an episode like this for everyone to hear.

Scott: “I’m not exactly sure how old these songs are, but it’s somewhere in the ballpark of 15 years. The four songs included were written by my dad, Scott MacFeat Sr, with some of my help on the lyrics. The picture below was taken in 2006, which I believe was toward the end of the Red Thread days.”

Red Thread – 2006
From Left: Scott MacFeat Sr (lead vocals and guitar); Billy Sholly (guitar); Mike Ross (keyboard, background vocals); Scott MacFeat Jr (drums); Eric Muench (bass guitar)
EP032 Getting Social on Media

EP032 Getting Social on Media

In this episode we talk about social media and how it can effect us.  Stick around for some outtakes at the end and thanks for listening!

During this episode we referenced a book but couldn’t remember the title!  The Shallows talks about how the internet is affecting our brains – check it out!

EP000 – Introducing The LS Collective Podcast

EP000 – Introducing The LS Collective Podcast

Welcome to our podcast!

We are a group of youth pastors in the Lancaster PA area that began meeting in 2015 and eventually decided to put together a podcast that answers the questions our students are asking about faith in Jesus. We are from four different churches and three different denominations. We are driven by the vision that we can reach more people for Jesus together than we can separately. We call this collective approach, Big “C” Church. Thanks for checking us out and let us know what you think!

From left to right:
Scott, Nolan, Chris & Eric
EP030 – [Side A] Does God Accept Everyone?

EP030 – [Side A] Does God Accept Everyone?

This episode reflects on a collective event called “Merge” that was held on Wednesday, December 12th. The Fellowship of Christian Students club at L-S High School hosted The LS Collective Podcast for this event to address their theme: Tribe. We decided to answer the question:

Does God accept everyone no matter what?

This question arose when we surveyed close to 100 students with broad questions about our faith. We quickly realized that a prominent idea throughout their answers was that God accepts everyone no matter what. While that sounds good, and maybe even theologically correct, the descriptions on the surveys were more universalistic in nature [this is the idea that everyone will eventually be accepted by God]. We felt that this universalist mindset is possibly a root cause of spiritual apathy among students in the faith. The logic is this: “Why would we need to tell others about Jesus if they’re going to be okay anyway?” Is this true? Absolutely not! This question misses a core biblical teaching which says that every single person (who is not Jesus) is not good enough on their own to be okay with God. Therefore, all followers of Jesus are to share their faith. We’re commanded to do so.

And, we’re not alone.

Christians from different denominations and backgrounds can work together for the Cause of Christ. That is the foundational idea that’s behind The LS Collective Podcast. We believe that, as Christians, we need to take unity in the Big “C” Church seriously. During Merge, we had ten local churches from eight different denominations represented! Dr. Jim Ayers of Lancaster Bible College put it well on our Instagram when he said, “Love to see this partnership!” And that’s exactly it. We are partners together in Christ. Local churches need to be reminded that we are not in competition with one another. Nowhere in Scripture does it say that we will each get our own fenced off corner of heaven according to our denominations – actually, that’s really bad theology on multiple levels! So, the Merge event, and the follow up podcast episode was to encourage students to think outside of their own church-box and to realize that they are part of a larger Tribe that wholeheartedly seeks to follow Jesus and spread His message.

We’re hoping to be hosted for another Merge event before the school year is over! If you are in our local Lancaster PA area and your school would like to host us for a Merge event, please contact us via email: lscollectivepodcast@gmail.com.

Thanks so much for supporting our collective effort! We hope that you have a merry Christmas and we will see you in 2019!

EP029 – The Story of the Bible

EP029 – The Story of the Bible

Before I began this article, I opened my Bible to the last page of Scripture and found that it ends on page 1,196. That’s a big book! And yet while the Bible is made up of many books (66), it comprises one unified story:

This is a story about a relationship that was broken between God and humanity, then relentlessly and recklessly pursued to be restored by God.

So, could this story be told in under 15 minutes? The LS Collective Podcast attempted this task with their most recent podcast episode, The Story of the Bible. Obviously not everything could be covered, but you will get a sense of the overarching story that flows through the texts.

Does it matter that we know the larger narrative? It certainly helps! I think it’s safe to say that the majority of us are used to only reading certain parts or chapters at a time and therefore we miss out on the big picture of what God is doing through the text. You will notice that the first three quarters of this episode is explaining the Old Testament (OT). That’s because three quarters of our Bible is the OT! My guess is that most of us Bible readers are less comfortable with the OT than we are with the New Testament (NT). And yet, we would be hard-pressed to find a NT verse that is not in some way influenced by the OT.

So, it’s our hope that this episode will not only help you understand the Bible and it’s overarching narrative, but also your walk with Jesus as you begin or continue to get to know Jesus. Feel free to use The Story of the Bible Chart for your own purposes. Thanks for listening and please share if you felt this episode was helpful!

The Story of the Bible Chart

*Music credit goes to the YouTube Channel Free Vibes – Non Copyrighted Music

EP028 – What Do People Actually Believe?

EP028 – What Do People Actually Believe?

This is the question that a recent 2018 Ligonier Ministries video addressed. Ligonier interviewed random people on the street and asked questions about God, the Bible, the afterlife and whether or not humans are naturally sinful. This video is just a small snapshot of their massive 2018 survey that they call, The State of Theology. We decided to transcribe this video and really dive into the thoughts that were being presented. We recommend that you watch this two minute video before you listen to Episode 28. We’ve also provided our transcription so that you can better follow along during our discussion. Thanks for listening!

Ligonier Ministry Video Transcription