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365 Honest Questions
Nov 2, 2018 dante stack
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Missing Bible verses, Greek gods, and bronze serpents, oh my!
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Oct 14, 2018 dante stack
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Matthew's account of Jesus' death has a detail no other account has. What's up with that?
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Sep 17, 2018 dante stack
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Does the appearance of the first truly red heifer in 2000 years signify the end of days is nigh?
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Sep 6, 2018 dante stack
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Why did Jesus have to die, and not God the Father?
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Aug 28, 2018 dante stack
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“Fun with the Apocrypha” by Dante Stack now available as an ebook (or paperback). Order your copy today!
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Aug 23, 2018 dante stack
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Dante gets himself twisted into a pretzel knot trying to deconstruct Paul's train of thought in Romans 7.
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Aug 20, 2018 dante stack
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Before delving back into Biblical questions, Dante reflects on 10 takeaways from his year in Russia.
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Aug 10, 2017 dante stack
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Jesus lived in a certain time and place... does his behavior as a 1st century Galilean show us how to live in every possible human situation?
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Aug 3, 2017 dante stack
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Dante's concluding thoughts on Biblical henotheism.
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Jul 20, 2017 dante stack
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Dante offers a warning to himself... and to you.
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Jul 13, 2017 dante stack
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Do any of these wacky theories affect us at all? Does it change the way we interact with the Gospel? With Jesus? With the whole big shebang???
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Jul 6, 2017 dante stack
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If Yahweh has been playing a delicate game of chess with the other Elohim, what game plan has the opposition had?
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Jun 29, 2017 dante stack
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An obscure reference in Daniel to "the watchers" sparks a mesopotamian search for the truth behind the myth.
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Jun 22, 2017 dante stack
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Is Leviathan a dinosaur, myth, or something more?
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Jun 15, 2017 dante stack
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Using extra-biblical writings, Dante leaps into the unknown, connecting dots from Nephilim to the Greek pantheon.
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Jun 8, 2017 dante stack
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Dante wrestles with competing views as to when the book of Daniel was written.
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May 25, 2017 dante stack
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Who are the Elohim that God speaks to in Psalm 82? What part do they have to play in God's plan?
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May 18, 2017 dante stack
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Jesus calls himself the Son of Man. We call him the Son of God. What do these terms mean, and what implications do they bear?
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May 11, 2017 dante stack
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Push aside your angel mythology and preconceptions. The Old Testament gives a different definition to the word 'angel' than we may have suspected. The implications may be vast.
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May 4, 2017 dante stack
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Dante invokes aboriginal monkeys in order to convince guest Pastor Clint Wright that universalism sure seems nice. Why can't we all embrace it?
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Apr 27, 2017 dante stack
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Dante walks through a 60 hour panic attack he had over the apparent contradiction in Exodus 6.
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Apr 20, 2017 dante stack
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Psalm 82 has God standing in the midst of the "the gods". What does that mean? The answers lead Dante to insanity, more or less.
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Apr 13, 2017 dante stack
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Can you come up with a half-decent definition for the kingdom of heaven?
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Apr 6, 2017 dante stack
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Should we read the Bible with the assumption that we're getting a SUFFICIENT history of the world? Or, is that not the point? And if that's not the point, what stories remain just below the surface?
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Mar 30, 2017 dante stack
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Werewolves can only be killed by silver bullets. Does faith have an achilles heel?
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Mar 23, 2017 dante stack
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Jesus says whoever wants to gain his life must lose it, so should we seek to lose our lives... literally?
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Mar 2, 2017 dante stack
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Dante reviews the Biblical references to the renown figure called "antichrist"
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Feb 23, 2017 dante stack
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Are there any clues in the Bible to what the forbidden fruit really is?
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Feb 9, 2017 dante stack
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If we're no better than Ananias & Sapphira, is there any reason that we shouldn't receive the same fate?
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Feb 2, 2017 dante stack
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Dante gives an emphatic and emotional response to the Martin Scorcese film, "Silence"
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Jan 26, 2017 dante stack
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The gospel is translated as "good news". What exactly makes it good, if it condemns over half the population to hell?
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Jan 19, 2017 dante stack
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Is it really true that God is waiting for the Gospel to preached to every tribe on Earth before he returns?
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Dec 22, 2016 dante stack
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Connecting Zarathustra to Chirstmas since 2016!
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Dec 15, 2016 dante stack
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The odd story of Phinehas raising questions concerning God's decision-making process.
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Dec 8, 2016 dante stack
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How do you deal with God's silence when things go bad?
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Dec 1, 2016 dante stack
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Jesus kept the scope of his ministry strictly to the Jews. Why?
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Nov 17, 2016 dante stack
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Are there any actual, tangible, practical consequences for breaking God's laws?
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Nov 10, 2016 dante stack
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Guest host John Martindale invades the 2 Kings story of bald Elisha and the she-bears that ripped to shreds the boys that mocked his baldy-baldy-baldiness!
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Nov 3, 2016 dante stack
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Luke tells the same story three times in the book of Acts. Why?
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Aug 18, 2016 dante stack
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Dante briefly comes back from hiatus to discuss Trump and Chrisitianity!
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Mar 18, 2016 dante stack
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Dante discusses with Jonathan Benedetti, John Martindale, Mike Hazeltine, and Caleb Rackley about how to avoid the arrows of the Bible and get closer to God.
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Mar 4, 2016 dante stack
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Does God wipe away every puppy dog's tears?
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Feb 26, 2016 dante stack
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Hebrews 6 paints a certain picture. There's only 2 ways to interpret it and neither of them are pretty.
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Feb 19, 2016 dante stack
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If there's nothing new under the sun, why are we still playing the game?
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Feb 12, 2016 dante stack
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2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles disagrees about which giant Elhanan killed... it's kinda a big deal.
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Feb 5, 2016 dante stack
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In his letter to Titus, the Apostle Paul seemingly makes an absolute statement about people from the island of Crete. Is that okay?
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Jan 29, 2016 dante stack
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Dante, never the practical thinker, tries to actually outline 4 approaches to living out his faith in the modern world.
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Jan 22, 2016 dante stack
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The Gibeonite people demanded to hang seven sons of Saul. David gave the men to them, and God seemed to bless the arrangement. What's really going on here?
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Jan 15, 2016 dante stack
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The word Lilith appears in the Bible just once, but the cult of strangeness surrounding the name is a tale as old as time.
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Jan 8, 2016 dante stack
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Is it okay the Bible borrows the title "King of Kings" from other Ancient Near East cultures?
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2016 dante stack
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Looking over the first 50 episodes of the show, Dante's learned 4 whole new things to fear!
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Dec 16, 2015 dante stack
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From the beginning of time, the traditions we associate with Christmas have been on display.
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Dec 16, 2015 dante stack
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Examining the differences between Matthew and Luke's versions of the birth of Jesus, Dante draws some new(ish) conclusions.
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Dec 11, 2015 dante stack
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Dante parses Jesus' statement, "Give to Caesar's what is Caesar's," and uses that as a means to examine the current political climate.
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Nov 27, 2015 dante stack
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If Christians are new creations, seen as spotless in the eyes of God, then why do I feel like a crook?
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Dante is frustrated when the definition of faith proves to be the very thing he didn't want it to be.
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Nov 13, 2015 dante stack
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Jesus said that if you even have faith the size of a mustard seed, then you can move mountains. Levitated any hills with your faith lately?
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Nov 6, 2015 dante stack
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Dante invites his brother-in-law on the show to wrestle over the apparent differences between the violent God of the Old Testament and the pacifistic Jesus of the New Testament.
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Oct 30, 2015 dante stack
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Dante tries to summon up some real fear by imagining three scenarios that are existentially terrifying.
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Oct 26, 2015 dante stack
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Just a quick promo for a new blog post about doubt infused with horror on dantestack.com
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Oct 23, 2015 dante stack
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Reeling from the last episode on the book of Judges, Dante examines what it is that holds him to Christianity.
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Oct 16, 2015 dante stack
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The Old Testament book of Judges chronicles a series of very unfortunate events. Why is this panoply of miserable stories in the Bible? Dante tries to reconcile himself with the book by examining the genre of it, and thus, our lens of interpretation.
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Oct 9, 2015 dante stack
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A young ruler came up to Jesus calling him a "good teacher". Jesus responded by saying no one is good but God... so why do you deep down think you're a pretty good person?
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Oct 2, 2015 dante stack
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How far can we go in applying interpretations of Jesus' parables to modern events and situations? Dante throws out three examples... you decide if they fall flat or not.
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Sep 25, 2015 dante stack
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Is their forgiveness for the Judas among us? If you are tortured and buckle under the pain, recanting everything you believe in, will God let you past heaven's gates?
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Sep 23, 2015 dante stack
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Is it possible to fully believe two contradictory beliefs? Dante will test your might and try to convince you of two completely opposite positions to the old idea that the only unforgiveable sin is to blaspheme the Spirit by renouncing your faith. Bam! Come get it!!!
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Sep 18, 2015 dante stack
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What if there are rules that God has chosen to follow and enforce that we don't exactly know about? Dante wrestles with blasphemous thoughts as he serenades himself with clapping for tinkerbell to help make sense out of three persnickety Biblical passages.
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Sep 11, 2015 dante stack
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Still scratching his head over the bizarre 2 Kings chapter 3 passage, Dante takes 10 different approaches in order to figure out how demons interact with humanity. Warning: this episode is like a Jackson Pollock of podcasts.
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Sep 4, 2015 dante stack
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Do the gods of the nations surrounding Israel have any power? Are they merely wooden and stone idols, or is there something else behind them? The answer isn't as apparent as it may seem.
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Aug 28, 2015 dante stack
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If God made Solomon the wisest man who ever lived, then why did he act like such an idiot? Dante tries to reconcile the wisdom of Solomon with the Kings insane paganism.
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Aug 21, 2015 dante stack
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What exactly does the Bible define as gossip; talking behind someone's back? One might come to that conclusion looking at Jesus' life and ministry, but the apostle Paul knows this guy... a guy he likes to call Alexander the coppersmith...
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Aug 14, 2015 dante stack
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Do differences in the personalities of the New Testament writers echo a fundamental difference in theology? Dante loses his mind and starts looking for reasons to insult Calvinism. Fun times for all!
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Aug 7, 2015 dante stack
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Recent movements in the Christian church in the West have emphasized social justice, perhaps even at the expense of preaching and teaching. Does the Bible support such a view? Dante finds evidence for both positions this week and has fun with Biblical translations in the meantime.
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Aug 1, 2015 dante stack
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Sometimes a dissonance arises between what we say we believe and what it actually turns out we truly hold as true. This week, Dante goes through a self-reckoning in dealing with his doubts about prayer.
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Jul 24, 2015 dante stack
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When the Israelites were scouting out Jericho, the prostitute Rahab hid them and lied to keep them safe. God blessed her for doing this... so does that give us license to lie sometimes?