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Welcome to Fire On Your Head, the podcast designed to "kick you out of the upper room". We're a discussion and interview-styled show hosted by me, Steve Bremner, a blogger, author, and missionary to Peru. Join me as I interview authors and other interesting people, and sometimes post shows just by myself getting something out of my system. Sometimes I'm funny, sometimes serious, but hopefully you'll find it always worthwhile.

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 humble?

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 personalities
  • 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 Father's anger
  • How can I open up to God if I think he's always angry with me?

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:

Enjoying God

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


Relevant Links:

SJ Hill Online website

SJ's articles on GodTV