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Episode #42: An absent author

Habakkuk is one of the smallest and most obscure prophets of the Old Testament. So how should we read the words of a man about whom we know almost nothing? Does Habakkuk really matter? Can't God speak to each of us in our own way through these words? Isn't it just futile to reach back into ancient history and attempt to grasp an absent author?


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Episode #41: Certain failure

Who is the man Jeremiah? The tale of the prophet of whom we know the most is a sober one. How do we relate to this life of deep conflict? And how do we respond to a mission so utterly failed? Is there any hope in Israel's best-loved prophet of woe?


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Episode #40: Coward or hero?

Jeremiah is a man plagued by failure. As a prophet for Judah, living through her darkest hour, he does little to stem the tide of demise. So what of the visionary or the dreamer? Will this sobering tale of mediocrity compel us to bury our heads in the sand or put our hearts on the line?


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Episode #39: Healing the hate

Nahum dances on Assyria's grave. Obadiah spits across the fence at Edom. Two prophets, each responding to rage, illuminate the shadowy places of our souls, especially those where bitterness lays its poisonous spawn. What should we do in the face of a world torn apart by conflict and scarred by its wounds? Can a third prophet, Zephaniah, help us?


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Episode #38: A dream worth living

With the Israelite community resettled in their homeland, the prophets of Isaiah grappled with life after Exile. Their earlier promises had not come true. Why not? And what could they do about it? As we relive this ancient prophecy we ask deep questions of justice, identity and our future together.


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Episode #37: The dark days are over

With the holy city of Jerusalem destroyed and the Temple gone the community in exile began to dream. The 'Isaiah' of its middle chapters is a feat of bold imagination. But do we miss the significance of their words because we know how the story played out? And what would have happened if this prophecy had not been birthed?


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Episode #36: Fresh dreams

Isaiah, prophet in the court of the king, starts the journey that bears his name. But it is a rollercoaster ride that takes us across two centuries of turmoil, well beyond the prophet himself into a strange new world where God must be rethought and faith reimagined. As we dive into Isaiah's murky waters we take a look at the man who shaped a nation.


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Episode #35: The still small roar

The prophet Micah is known for his simple triad: justice, mercy and humility. But is that really at the heart of his words? What about the dreams of greatness and the promise of national glory? What about the power of judgement and the holy city? And how would Jesus read Micah?


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Episode #34: The way we tell it

Chronicles and Kings are histories told from different points of view. And they throw up some tricky questions. So how can we find a path to navigate through the disagreements? And how will that help us write our history. Because we way we remember our past will shape our future.


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Episode #33: Spiritually sexual

The Song of Songs is powerful love-poetry. Right at the heart of the Bible is an ode to sexual love, laced with deeply erotic imagery. How can this poem help a faith that has struggled with sex? Should it make us think differently about our sexuality, and our spirituality?