What If Project
By Glenn Siepert
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The What If Project is about helping people read the Bible better, grow in their faith together, & think bigger about what it means to be the Church.
||CleanEpisode 33: You Can't Cite Moses To Shut Jesus Up (God's Not Mad, Part 2)||It's Week 2 of God's Not Mad and I have the flu - HA! Good times. Anyways, as I'm hopped up on cold medicine and battling clogged ears, razor blades in my throat, and all sorts of other horrors, we're talking about the story of the Transfiguration of Je||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 32: If The Good News Is THAT, I Don't Believe It (God's Not Mad, Part 1)||It's week 1 of "God's Not Mad" and this week we're talking about the Good News and I share how if the Good News is that Jesus died to save me from my sins so that by believing in Him I can go to heaven while those who don't believe go to hell to be tort||3/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31: Dr. James Danaher And The Spiritual Journey||In this week's episode I sit down with my philosophy professor from Nyack College, Dr. James Danaher, to talk about his newest book "Truth, Prayer, Identity, and the Spiritual Journey". Show Notes: Truth, Prayer, Identity, and the Spiritual Journey||3/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30: Pete Enns Tells Us How The Bible Actually Works||In this week's episode I sit down with one of my favorite Bible scholars to talk about his new book, "How The Bible Actually Works". Regardless of where you are on your journey of faith, this book will give you some good insight into being a more fait||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29: Quitting Church, The Pride Parade, And 1AM Board Meetings About Christmas Trees (Burn Those Books, Part 3)||This is the final installment of Burn Those Books and we're talking about Julia Duin's book Quitting Church. It's not a book that encourages people to leave church, but explores some reasons as to WHY people are leaving and WHAT to do about it. I s||2/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28: To Everyone Who's Wondering - Yes, I Still Believe In God; No, I Don't Believe In That Kind Of God Anymore (Burn Those Books, Part 2)||It's part 2 of our 3 part series, "BURN THOSE BOOKS!" where I'm sharing with you the 3 books that impacted me the most in 2018 - books that likely wouldn't be looked too highly upon in your typical church. Last week we looked at Brian McLaren's book,||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27: I'm Done With God Is Angry Christianity (Burn Those Books, Part 1)||This is week 1 of a 3 week series called "Burn Those Books" where I'm sharing with you the 3 books that impacted me the most in 2018 ... books that most likely wouldn't be welcomed in your typical church. The first book is Brian McLaren's "The Great S||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26: Instant Replay, Part 2 - Dr. Phil Snider And What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality||This is part 2 of the 2 part series, "Instant Replay" where we're looking back at the 2 most dowloaded episodes of season 1. This week we replay the MOST downloaded episode, my conversation with Dr. Phil Snider about what the Bible really says about hom||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25: Instant Replay, Part 1 - Dr. Alexander John Shaia And The Four Gospels||This is week 1 of a 2 part series called "Instant Replay" where we're looking back at the 2 most downloaded episodes of season 1 and replaying them. The second most downloaded episode was an interview I did with Dr. Alexander John Shaia about his book||1/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24: Thomas Oord Blows Up Your Theology And Says God Can't Prevent Bad Things From Happening||Today we talk to theologian and author Thomas Oord about his new book, "God Can't". If you've ever wondered WHY bad things happen, WHY bad things happen to good people, or WHERE God was when ________, AND if you're tired of the easy answers of "God ha||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23: Brian McLaren on Hell, The Bible As A Constitution, And Why Jesus Was Really Bad At Representing An Exclusive God||Welcome to Season 2 of the What If Project podcast! This week I sit down with one of my favorite authors and thinkers, Brian McLaren, to talk about some thoughts from his latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration. We talk about hell, why reading th||1/6/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22: The Jesus I Came To Know In 2018||In this final episode of 2018 I talk through a piece of the theology paper I wrote for my last class at Alliance Theological Seminary. We've been talking about the Gospel of Mark over the last 5 months at the What If Project and so my paper is kind of||12/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21: Advent Week 4 - The Darkness Of The Womb||This is the last bonus episode for the season of Advent and we're talking about the early Celtic Christians and how their understanding of darkness and light being friends as opposed to enemies led to the formation of the Advent season and can help brin||12/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20: Advent Week 3 - The People Who Weren't Present When Jesus Was Born||This is the 3rd bonus episode for the season of Advent and rather than talk about the significance of the people who WERE present at Jesus' birth (Mary, Joseph, the Shepherds, etc, etc) we're talking about the significance of the people who were NOT pre||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19: Jesus And His Upside-Down Kingdom||Today we talk about the significance of Jesus being crucified in between 2 thieves and how Jesus' Kingdom is one that lifts up the downcast while casting down the prideful, bringing in the outsider, and giving honor to those who the world would think ar||12/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18: Advent Week 2 - John Son Of Zechariah||In this week's bonus episode we talk a little more about the Advent season and explore how in the Gospel of Luke John the Baptist isn't referred to as John the Baptist, but as John the Son of Zechariah. John's father was a priest and as a priest's son J||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17: That Time A Church Board Member Told Me That I Wasn't Allowed To Serve Communion To Gay People||In this week's episode we talk about the Last Supper that Jesus served to His disciples, what communion has come to mean for us today, and how the church has taken what Jesus intended to be the most inclusive place in the universe (His Table) and made i||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16: Advent Week 1 - Making Room||This is the first episode of a short mid-week series for Advent 2018 ... that I decided to put together while driving home from work the other night. For the next 4 weeks we'll be exploring a few themes / ideas from Richard Rohr's book, "Preparing For||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15: Church - Stop Making People Tithe||In this week's episode we talk about the story of the widow who threw her last 2 coins into the offering plate in the Temple and how Jesus' words aren't so much a challenge for us to be like her, but a challenge for us to be UNLIKE the teachers who told||12/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14: A Different Kind Of Prayer||In today's episode we talk about the time Jesus asked 2 different people the same question - "what do you want me to do for you?" One person answered one way, another person answered another way and the big question is - how will YOU and I answer that||11/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13: Sometimes Guys Like Moses And Elijah Got It Wrong||In today's episode we talk about the time Jesus took some disciples up to a high mountain where He hovered into the sky and talked to Moses and Elijah all the while His clothes glowed bright white. Were Peter and the other disciples dreaming? Did th||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12: Stop With The Crazy Talk, Jesus||In this week's episode we talk about the time Jesus called His disciple, Peter, Satan and how sometimes we act just like Peter and push back on Jesus because He's behaving in ways that our traditions have taught us are unacceptable, un-Christian, unholy||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11: The Cosmic Jesus||In this week's episode I talk about how my faith and understanding of God has developed to a place where when God has wiped the dust off His hands from His newly created heaven and earth, I think everyone who has ever lived will in some way, shape, or f||11/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10: Take Your Place Within The Twelve||In Mark 6 Jesus chose 12 disciples. And in Mark 5 (we saw last week) He healed a girl who was 12 years old and a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. Twelve, Twelve, Twelve ... what's the deal with 12? In today's episode we explore the number||10/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9: No One Is Left Behind||In this week's episode we talk about the time Jesus raised a 12 year old girl from the dead and healed a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years and how His constant crossing from one side of the Sea of Galilee to the other in the book of Mark is a per||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8: Dr. Alexander John Shaia and the Four Gospels||In this week's episode I had the honor of sitting down with one of my favorite authors and teachers, Dr. Alexander Shaia (**link to his book is below!). We talked about the importance of reading the 4 Gospels of the New Testament in their historical c||10/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7: Go Chuck A Pig Into The Sea||This week's episode is an audio version of the blog post at WhatIfProject.net where we talk about an odd story from Mark's Gospel where Jesus answered the prayer of a demon by sending it into a herd of 2,000 pigs that then bolted off a cliff and drowned||10/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6: Jesus' Wasted Seeds||This week's episode is an audio version of a blog post on WhatIfProject.net called "Jesus' Wasted Seeds" where we explore the parable that Jesus told of the farmer who scattered his seeds on various types of soil. Show Notes: Mark for Everyone by NT||9/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5: All Of Those Voices||Today's episode is an audio version of this week's podcast and we're talking about the time the Pharisees and Religious Leaders accused Jesus of casting out demons by the power of Satan. Jesus turned their accusation on its head and then gave some pro||9/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4: Adam & Eve, Noah's Ark, the Rapture, Hell, and Other Things I'm No Longer Certain About||Today's episode is an audio version of this week's blog post where we explore the story of the 4 guys who were trying to get their paralytic friend to Jesus. The house Jesus was in was packed and so rather than push their way through the people, they||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3: What The Bible Really Says About Homosexuality w/ Dr. Phil Snider||In this episode I sat down with pastor, professor, and LGBTQ rights activist Dr. Phil Snider to talk about how to read some of the verses that the church typically uses to push away and/or condemn the LGBTQ community through a more progressive, welcomin||9/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2: The Gospel (Not What You Thought)||This Fall we're blogging our way through the Gospel of Mark with a few pitstops along the way. Today's episode is an audio version of this week's post where we set the context of the book as being written to the Jewish Christians who were the targets||9/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1: Introduction||In this episode I’m in a hotel room in Mars Hill, NC after a long day at the Wild Goose Festival and am sharing some background to the origins of the What If Project and a little bit about where it might be headed. Check it out and then stop by and vi||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Glenn GETS IT! Listen & think a new thought for yourself. Love each episode!
Glenn is a fantastic speaker. I’m an addict of conversations about our faith and Glenn brings a tone and heart to each episode. I just finished with the episode on The Gospel and I love what I’m hearing.
Context, history, scripture.
Listen to this one on a regular basis.
So excited to hear all the upcoming podcasts. Perspective is fresh and conversation is real. Thanks, Glenn!
Update: my mind explodes on each podcast. I am learning so much. A definite listen! You’ll be challenged for sure ❤️