Mar 8, 2018
We misunderstand the difference between the God who is presented
in the Old Testament and the seemingly contradictory one we see in
the New Testament.
Today's guest tells us that there are aspects of God's
personality we haven't even begun to tap into! How often do you
think of God's artistry, creativity and ... humility. Wait, God is
Yes, he's the epitome of humility!
Join me this week as I finally talk again with S.J. Hill for the
first time on the podcast in nearly 5 years and he shares why!
Things that came up (sorta in this order):
- The Jewish approach to Scriptures at the time
- We're to begin with Jesus as our template, not Moses
- The significance of it being Moses & Elijah who appeared
with Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration
- Authors of the Scriptures and how they were inspired and not
dictated to, leading to imagery and wording unique to many of their
- What is God's wrath? Is he actively attacking and punishing
those he's disappointed with, or allowing them to have their own
way (ie. sowing and reaping) and experience the consequences?
- Penal substitutionary atonement -- OK we didn't use that phrase
exactly, but we do discuss whether Jesus really saved us FROM the
- How can I open up to God if I think he's always angry with
And I think one of my favorite parts of today's podcast was the
part where we discuss HUMOR in the New Testament, particularly the
parables of Jesus.
Books mentioned in today's show:
What's God Really Like? Fascinating
Insights Into His Unique Personality by SJ Hill
Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter
Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life by James Martin
SJ Hill Online website
SJ's articles on GodTV