The Thinking Cup Podcast

The Thinking Cup Podcast

Share a thoughtful moment considering today’s culture and challenging topics from a Biblical perspective. It’s not just another hot-take about a passing hashtag, its honest and transparent conversation with unique perspectives and a little dose of humor.

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July 22, 2021 56 min

Psalm 82 tells us that God takes His seat in the Council of the gods. What does that mean? Are there other beings in the world who act like gods? But doesn’t the Bible say there is only one God—YAHWEH is His name? Is there a divine council that meets somewhere? Mike and Ben explore the Scriptures to find answers to this intriguing question.

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In a world where politicians tell us one thing and do another, is there no accountability? What about in the church, in our communities, or in our streets, where has integrity gone? In this episode, Mike and Ben discuss the importance of having our word be worth something. If the world is going to get changed, it has to start with us.

 

0:00 Opening Up Shop 2:51 What Are We Drinking? 8:22 Coffee Give Away Winner 11:30 What is Int...

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March 17, 2021 46 min

What is the Context of Scripture? How do the different church denominations and non-denominational churches create a bias that gets in the way of how we interpret and understand? How does our disposition in life create a filter in our Bible study? It’s not your normal Bible talk.

 

0:00 Introduction

2:16 What Are We Drinking?

8:24 Staying in Context

18:38 Bad Dad Jokes

22:24 What Are Your Filters?

34:30 A Word from the Word

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March 11, 2021 53 min

Who is God? What is His name? Does it matter if I call Him Yahweh, or Jesus, or Yeshua? Where does Yahweh even come from? Is it possible that God’s name is more than just a name? Mike and Ben explore the deeper meaning and divinity of the God of the Bible. (Don't miss the bloopers at the end!)

 

Originally Recorded: March 3, 2021

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March 3, 2021 58 min

This conversation about the Bible is not your normal Bible talk. We want to know: Is the "authorized" 1611 the best translation of the Bible? Is it God's final authority? Did Paul write the KJV? In this episode we explore textual criticism, the ancient manuscripts, and the actual the value of different translations of the Bible. And what do we do with paraphrases. 

 

Originally Recorded: February 17, 2021

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February 16, 2021 46 min

It's a hot topic item in American society and politics right now: EQUITY. But what is equity in a social sense? How is it different from equality? And what does the Bible teach about equity. It might surprise you. 

 

Originally Recorded: February 11, 2021

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February 5, 2021 32 min

Now that vaccines are available to fight COVID-19 the question remains, just how safe and truly effective are they? Some have had no side effects. Others have died. There's a lot of talk and a lot of fear. Mike and Ben try to cut through it all to a reasonable, and Biblical response.

 

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January 27, 2021 44 min

There was concern if the outgoing president would peacefully turn the power of government over to the incoming president. We saw 25,000 troops sent to Washington to ensure peace and safety. But, why all the power grabs? Not just politically? Individually too? We discuss power, from a Biblical perspective.

 

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January 20, 2021 46 min

Cancel culture is only getting worse. It is helpful to call out and remove problematic people for mainstream culture? Perhaps. But how and who gets to decide who to cancel them and for what? Seems like this is getting out of hand fast. What is a better Biblical response?

 

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December 9, 2020 53 min

It's being called the Great Reset. And believe it or not, it has a strong financial backing and global support. In this episode, Ben and Mike discuss the implications of the initiative to “revamp all aspects of our societies and economies” from a social and Biblical perspective.

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November 23, 2020 54 min

He's back! Marcus joins us for a conversation about Thanksgiving, food, memories, and traditions. It's laugh out loud fun and holiday cheer. Plus, more dad jokes.

 

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November 5, 2020 42 min

Did you experience Election Day let down or excitement? What stood out to you as you watched the election returns? Plus, Mike and Ben debate if God really does determine the outcome of Presidential Elections (see Daniel 2:21). Plus, more bad dad jokes and fun coffee talk.

NOTE: We're sorry that the video for YouTube failed us this week. We hope to have it back for the next episode. 

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November 2, 2020 47 min

With the POTUS election less than a week away, we’re talking about the balance of power in Washington, and we’re making predictions about what we think will happen with the election. Who will win? How soon will we know? What will it take for either candidate to concede the election?

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October 22, 2020 44 min

Should POTUS have nominated Amy Coney Barrett so close to the election? We discuss qualifications and the concerns. Perhaps most interesting point to discuss is the impact of a conservative court and religious liberty. Plus, Dad jokes, coffee talk.

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October 13, 2020 41 min

Who really shot JFK? What’s happening in Area 51? Does QAnon really have a chance against President Trump? In this episode we’re talking conspiracy theories, why they are so attractive to many, and a Biblical response to them. It’s not your normal Bible talk! 

Plus -- more really bad dad jokes and coffee talk and outtakes at the very end.

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October 6, 2020 42 min

Coffee. Dad jokes. And this: Does your Christianity define your values...or do you USE values to define your Christianity? It’s not your normal Bible talk!

 

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September 29, 2020 42 min

With the nomination of a conservative Supreme Court Justice, the abortion debate has come back to the forefront. Is abortion moral? Even if it’s not, do I have the right to tell someone what is or isn’t? In this podcast, Mike and Ben discuss in this admittedly uncomfortable conversation. Plus, coffee talk and some really bad dad jokes.

 

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September 17, 2020 49 min

There is a growing reality that many people aren’t just ignorant of the Bible and its stories, they are also skeptical of them. In this episode we’re discussing hermeneutics: what they are and why they matter--especially since hermeneutic is not a word most people use.

PLUS -- More dumb dad jokes and coffee shop talk.

It's not your normal Bible talk.

 

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September 10, 2020 48 min

Why are we so desperate to have everyone choose a side or position? Today we take a look at religion, politics, political parties, and why we’re so anxious to impose our positions on others, and have them agree with us.

PLUS -- More dumb dad jokes and coffee shop talk.

It's not your normal Bible talk.

 

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With the elections heating up and drawing closer, it might seem like there is some real craziness and absolute silliness going on. 

 

How do we arrive at the ideas and preferences we have? And more importantly, what is the solution for the division and polarization that is going on? Is it even possible?

 

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