The Eikon Podcast

The Eikon Podcast

Please consider supporting this podcast by going to: https://www.patreon.com/eikonpodcastJoin Michael Burns (biblical teacher, author, and speaker), Jason Alexander (pastor, speaker), and Gianna Hearn (journalist, host of "The Weekly G" video news magazine of the NBA G-League) for a fun, lively, and relevant examination of biblical texts, emphasizing their historical and cultural context with an eye on applying those principles into the mess of modern life. To submit questions, or suggestions, or give feedback contact us at eikonpodcast@gmail.com. If you're a new listener. Welcome and thank you. We recommend that you start listening to season 4, episode 93. After you're caught up to the present, we suggest that you then go back and explore the first 3 seasons when the podcast was still called "All Things to All People with Michael Burns."

Episodes

February 22, 2024 59 mins

Summary
This episode delves into the pressure to be okay in church culture and the importance of creating a space where it's okay not to be okay. The concept of being seen or invisible is explored, highlighting the significance of feeling understood and validated. The conversation also touches on the need for a culture of lament and wrestling with God, acknowledging the complexities of life and the presence of suffering.

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In this conversation, Michael and Jason discuss the purpose and meaning of Genesis 1 and 2. They emphasize that Genesis is not a scientific account of the physical formation of the universe, but rather a theological narrative about God's desire to dwell with humanity within the themes of creation and new creation in the Bible. They explore the ancient structure of creation, with its seven days and God's rest on the sevent...

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February 12, 2024 46 mins

Thabani Antony Mashava shares his experiences and insights into the spiritual realm and African beliefs in this conversation. He discusses growing up in Zimbabwe and the prevalence of spiritual practices and rituals. Thabani also explores the challenges faced by African Christians in navigating the spiritual realm and reconciling traditional beliefs with their faith. The conversation highlights the differences in worldview between ...

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Michael and Jason discuss the importance of understanding Genesis 1 in its ancient Near Eastern context. They emphasize that the purpose of Genesis 1 is to show God's intention to dwell with His creation and His desire for a relationship with His people. They also highlight the need for living in a way that reflects God's creation and the importance of ongoing formation and growth in the Christian life. Ultima...

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January 29, 2024 55 mins

Jason and Michael examine the creation focus of Psalm 19 and consider the huge implications for creation, God's vision of justice, and ultimately new creation, when we understand that God's creation was good and will be fully restored to that goodness one day.

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The Eikon team begins a new series on New Creation. They discuss why it is important to start our discussion with creation and how we can often misinterpret creation as described in the Bible, using Michael's inability to correctly construct a new bed as an illustration of why it is vital to understand creation correctly.

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December 18, 2023 40 mins

It's that time of year for our annual year-end episode where the Eikon team shares their lists of favorite books and podcasts.

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Michael and Gianna talk about the importance of Revelation's message for today's church and what stood out to them most from our series on Revelation.

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Michael and Jason conclude their discussion on dispensationalism's impact on American Christianity well beyond its own adherents. They consider what the role of Israel is and is not and whether 1 Thessalonians 4 and 2 Peter 3 point to a future rapture and destruction of the earth.

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Jason, Gianna, and Michael discuss the creation of the dispensational approach to reading Revelation and how that approach continues to have massive ongoing implications in the present day's spiritual, cultural, and political realms.

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Jason, Gianna, and Michael discuss the creation of the dispensational approach to reading Revelation and how that approach continues to have massive ongoing implications in the present day's spiritual, cultural, and political realms.

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The Day of the Lord is an often-misunderstood motif in Scripture but one that is vital to comprehending the message of Revelation and what will happen to all empires, including those operating today.

Here is the link for those interested in the latest squatch watch discussed in the opening of the episode.

https://youtu.be/hSvtzuG8prU?si=fBvOUXZMre9HxwKF

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Michael and Gianna examine the biblical passages about the beast, the mark of the beast, and the antichrist. Who or what are they and what do we need to know about them today?

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We have all been trained by the world around us to believe that strength, might, and power is what is needed to make change in the world, defend those in need, and to live a victorious life. But John turns that on its head and shows a very unexpected path to victory.

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Michael, Jason, and Gianna take a sidestep in the Revelation series to discuss grief over the loss of a pet and whether animals, specifically our beloved pets, will be part of the new creation.

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Michael and Jason take a look at the function of the New Jerusalem in Revelation, what it meant for the original readers, and its significance for us today.

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Michael, Jason, and Gianna look at the description of the great city of Babylon in Revelation as they consider what John is communicating through the use of this biblical motif and why is a bit veiled about the identity of the great prostitute.

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The Eikon team analyzes the ancient view of space, including heaven, and earth.

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The Eikon team evaluates readings of Revelation that are rooted in our cultural view of time and discuss how it impacts our understanding if we utilize the cultural view of time from John's day.

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Michael, Gianna, and Jason examine the Roman cultural fascination with Nike and how John confronts the topic, completely flipping it on its head.

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