The Chaos Ladder: Seeing The Forest – Episode 10

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

Episode 10 — Working out our own summary of the Bible can help us better understand how isolated verses fit into the Bible. We don’t begin by copying someone else’s summary but by asking big-picture questions like, “How does this verse fit into the author’s purpose?” We won’t know the answers a lot of the time. But if we stay aware there is a bigger picture and work to find those answers as we can, it’ll help keep us centered and eventually give us a better understanding of the Bible as a whole. An example summary of the Bible is included.

TCL e10 – Seeing the forest – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: When Inspiration is Fully Unleashed – Episode 9

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

Episode 9 (Part 3 of answering “What makes the Bible inspired?”) — The first two answers (ancient believers’ reframing of scripture and Jesus as the greatest revelation of God) are traits of the Bible that create a trajectory which Christians are to further. Scripture has been reframed by Christianity over its history. We reframe scripture today when we look at it through the lens of Jesus in a new or different way to change the focus or perspective of what scripture has to say in light of our own experiences of God. This continues the trajectory created by the Bible’s own reinterpretations and Jesus’ re-centering of scripture to more fully reveal who God is and what God desires.

TCL e09 – When inspiration is fully unleashed – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: The Greatest Revelation of God – Episode 8

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

Episode 8 (Part 2 of answering “What makes the Bible inspired?”) — We can find God being revealed throughout the books of both the Old and New Testaments but the greatest revelation of God is in the person of Jesus. This means that where Jesus reinterprets scripture, He is not only reframing it, as is done by other biblical writers, but He is re-centering it to reflect how God was meant to be revealed in scripture (i.e., who God is and what God desires).

TCL e08 – The greatest revelation of God – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: Walking In The Company of Those Who Came Before Us – Episode 7

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

Episode 7 (Part 1 of answering “What makes the Bible inspired?”) — The ancient biblical writers and people in the Bible often reframed their understanding of God after finding themselves between two stories— the first one being the stories of how God was promised by those who came before them and second one being the very different way God was experienced in their own lives. This caused them to reassess how they viewed God and then express that in their reinterpretation of scripture.

TCL e07 – Walking in the company of those who came before us – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: And Then God said, “Everybody down on the floor! Now!” – Episode 6

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

Episode 6 — An introduction and background on the Bible being inspired is shared, but that belief is complicated. So biblical inspiration is compared to a bank robbery to provide the shocking twist we might need to help rethink the nature of an inspired Bible.

TCL e06 – And then God said Everybody down on the floor Now – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: The Bible is Not the Problem – Episode 5

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

Episode 5 (The Bible is not God part 2) — The Bible is not the problem. The problem is when Christians view ambiguous or objectionable passages as a problem, and then feel obligated to offset them. The Bible is like a bunch of different faith-journey jigsaw puzzles all dumped into the same box. God does not need us to make amends for anything in the Bible or re-shape it to fit our image of God but just to listen to its many voices.

TCL e05 – The Bible is not the problem – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: God Didn’t Dictate the Bible – Episode 4

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

Episode 4 (The Bible is not God part 1) — God inspired the biblical authors but did not control what they wrote. Failure to understand that an inspired Bible is not synonymous with God dictating the biblical texts to those authors in some fashion is often the biggest presumption hindering Christians from not only a better understanding of the Bible itself but from what God’s Spirit is actually speaking through it today.

TCL e04 – God didnt dictate the Bible – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: Yellow Lawn Mowers – Episode 3

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

Episode 3 — We all bring presumptions and preconceptions to the Bible. The problem is when we are blind to or deny them because that more than anything corrupts our ability to more fully hear what God is speaking through the Bible.

TCL e03 – Yellow lawn mowers – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: The Double-Edged Sword – Episode 2

The Chaos Ladder is a podcast by Steve Flowers that explores how the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder for us to climb.

In this episode, Christianity’s history includes both favorable and unfavorable consequences in its application of the Bible. The Church has used it to help everyone but has also used it to alienate and hurt others. But only the side of this double-edged sword used to help everyone is the one inspired by God.

TCL e02 – The double-edged sword – essay transcript

The Chaos Ladder: Beauty Amidst the Chaos – Episode 1

The Chaos Ladder is a new podcast series created by Steve Flowers.

In Steve’s words, the Bible is not a gaping pit waiting to swallow us but a ladder waiting for us to climb it. When the Bible sounds confusing or concerning, our reaction shouldn’t be distress or anger but seeing an opportunity to climb. And the ladders to climb out of our biblical chaos begin with the very questions and doubts we have about the Bible itself. It takes work to climb such a ladder, but the result will help us better hear what God has always been speaking through these sacred texts.

TCL e01 – Beauty amidst the chaos – essay transcript

Stories From A Village Podcast: Faith in Action

By Ivy Lamb

Keith was raised Catholic, but drifted away from the church as an adult. But he never lost the commitment to service his parents instilled early on. In this episode, Keith talks about his journey back to Christianity, what drives him to volunteer his time to different causes, and how that volunteer work has deepened his relationships — relationships that became even more meaningful when Keith found himself in need of help and support.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Recovering my Faith

By Ivy Lamb 

From childhood through adolescence, Claudia’s Quaker faith was a fundamental part of her life. But as she got older, she lost touch with that part of her identity. In this episode Claudia talks about the process of reclaiming her faith, dealing with the stigma around divorce, working on self-compassion and discovering a new church community. She also reflects on how her Quaker upbringing continues to influence her values and actions.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Finding Hope In The Trenches of Life

By Ivy Lamb

Chris is a father, an artist, a business owner and a Christian — but he’s not likely to tell you about it. For Chris, being Christian is more about how you treat people than anything else. In this episode, he shares his journey in and out of church, dealing with the death of his parents, and his decision to embrace sobriety. Continue reading “Stories From A Village Podcast: Finding Hope In The Trenches of Life”

On The Table: That Bible Story You Always Ignored…Until You Saw Yourself In It

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

The 5th installment of the periodic series studying through The Gospel of Mark. Steve and Jordan discuss their favorite Bible story– The Gerasene Demoniac in Mark 5:1-20. They share how an impressive but seemingly difficult-to-relate-to exorcism is simply the background of a very rich story in which everyone can find themselves.

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On The Table Podcast: Jesus Never Had To Raise A Kid! (Part 2)

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

The conclusion of Jordan and Steve’s discussion of specific episodes from Jordan’s growing-up years in order to ask Steve’s thoughts behind his parenting decisions to help Jordan work out his own questions. Sometimes funny, sometimes raw, it’s an earnest discussion of lessons learned by both father and son.

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On The Table Podcast: Jesus Never Had To Raise A Kid! (Part 1)

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

Jordan becomes a father in 2019 while Steve is an empty-nester (and soon to be G-pa!). Jordan brings up several episodes from his growing-up years in order to ask Steve’s thoughts behind his parenting decisions to help Jordan work out his own questions. Sometimes funny, sometimes raw, it’s an earnest discussion of lessons learned by both father and son.

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Stories From A Village Podcast: Learning to Live Beyond Labels

By Ivy Lamb

For more than a decade, Joey identified as an atheist. Today he calls himself a Christian again, but his story isn’t what you might think. In this episode, Ivy and Joey talk about his early experiences with Catholicism, how his moral convictions led him to leave the church, and how he eventually returned to Christianity with a different perspective. His story illuminates and challenges how we think about the labels of “Christian” and “atheist.”

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On The Table Podcast: Up, Up, and Away!

By Steve Flowers & Jordan Flowers

Jordan and Steve share how they came to love comic books and superheroes and then discuss where they see faith being reflected in the characters and stories of those superheroes.

This episode along with the bonus OTT 8.1 episode also released today are the last OTT episodes for our first season. OTT season 2 will return in 2019.

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