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Talking Scripture

Tips to help you understand and find relevance in scripture. Mike Day and Bryce Dunford are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who love to teach the scriptures. They explain and illustrate relevance in the text and discuss ideas for understanding and applying Come Follow Me and beyond.

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Ep 12 | 1 & 2 Peter, Come Follow Me 2019 (Nov 25-Dec 1)

Why do bad things happen to good people? How can the writings of 1-2 Peter give us strength to follow Jesus despite our suffering? We discuss the martyrdom of Peter and his commitment to Christ, even in death. What relationship does 1-2 Peter have with the apocryphal book 1 Enoch and the giants in Genesis? And how is this a temple text? Read more here.  Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 12 | 1 & 2 Peter, Come Follow Me 2019 (Nov 25-Dec 1) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

41mins

18 Nov 2019

Rank #1

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Ep 14 | Revelation Overview, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15)

The first in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. This episode is an overview of the entire book. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 14 | Revelation Overview, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

29mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #2

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Ep 31 | 1 Nephi 8-10, Come Follow Me 2020 (Jan 13-19)

Why is the vision of the Tree of Life in the Book of Mormon? How will Nephi use this vision throughout the rest of his writings? What are the 5 major images of 1 Nephi 8 and what role do they play in the text? For another way to view the tree, go here. For more on the highly symbolic nature of the vision, as well as more detailed show notes of how it relates to the First Temple, see here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 31 | 1 Nephi 8-10, Come Follow Me 2020 (Jan 13-19) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

52mins

12 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Ep 15 | Revelation 1, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15)

The second in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. In this episode we examine how the first chapter of Revelation gives readers practice at understanding the symbols of the book. Revelation 1.20 really unlocks so much of the chapter. How is Revelation tied into Nephi and Isaiah’s writings? How is this related to the temple? For more show notes see here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 15 | Revelation 1, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

30mins

30 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Ep 18 | Revelation 4, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15)

The fifth in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. In this episode we see John’s entrance into the throne room of God. The way this text is organized tells us a story. What is it? What do the chairs tells us about God, his character, and how he operates? How is Revelation 4 standing in the tradition of First Temple Israelite theology? How is this a sod experience? See how Heber J. Grant experienced a glimpse into this world as he shares his story. All this and more in this podcast in our series on the Book of Revelation. For the show notes see here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 18 | Revelation 4, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

25mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Ep 29 | Structure of the Book of Mormon, Come Follow Me 2020 (Dec 30 – Jan 5)

In this podcast we discuss the background to the actual sources of the Book of Mormon, why it is called The Book of Mormon, the overall time period of the book, as well as a breakdown of the source material for the Large and Small Plates of Nephi. The Mosiah-First translation is analyzed, explaining how this demonstrates the historicity of the book. For the show notes, go here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 29 | Structure of the Book of Mormon, Come Follow Me 2020 (Dec 30 – Jan 5) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

46mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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Ep 30 | 1 Nephi 1-7, Come Follow Me 2020 (Jan 6-12)

In this podcast we discuss some of the overarching messages of 1 Nephi 1-7. How is 1 Nephi 1 like an overview of the whole Book of Mormon? What invitation does God make to you in 1 Nephi 1? How does our response to trial influence our happiness, those around us, and the trajectory of our family? What evidence exists in the text of 1 Nephi 1-7 that this is a historical document? For the show notes on the reforms of the Deuteronomists, go here. Another great article written by Neal Rappleye that explains the social context of 1 Nephi and the religious reforms of Lehi’s day can be found here. I mention The Jewish Study Bible in this podcast. I can no longer find the PDF of this available online, however, you can purchase it here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 30 | 1 Nephi 1-7, Come Follow Me 2020 (Jan 6-12) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

49mins

5 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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Ep 11 | James, Come Follow Me 2019 (Nov 18-Nov 24)

James was the brother of Jesus. What was his overall message? How do the words of James fit into Christian history? How has this text been read over the years? Why is James so important to the Restoration of the Gospel? James teaches a practical approach to religion, and this certainly is how it is read today. But what is he saying in chapter 2 when he is talking about works? You may be surprised!To see more about what his friends really called James, to see historical references to his bishopric in Jerusalem, and for some helps to interpret the difficult passage in James 2.10 see: https://www.ldsscriptureteachings.org/2019/11/09/james/For the story shared in the podcast about the tragic auto accident, see:https://www.ldsscriptureteachings.org/2019/10/25/the-words-we-use-james-3/ Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 11 | James, Come Follow Me 2019 (Nov 18-Nov 24) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

21mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Ep 19 | Revelation 5-6, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15)

The sixth in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. In this podcast we discuss the opening of the book with seven seals. What is the message of these first few seals? What is the main question of Revelation 6? What is the symbolism of the right hand? How is this related to faith? What is the earthquake in the sixth seal of Revelation 6? All this and more in this episode. For the show notes, see here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 19 | Revelation 5-6, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

36mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Ep 27 | Revelation 19-22, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 23-29)

The fourteenth and final (at least for now!) in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. In this podcast we discuss the two feasts in Revelation 19. What do they teach us about Christ? What is the golden cube coming down from heaven doing in this text? What does it symbolize? How do these chapters teach the overall message of the book of Revelation and why does it matter? For more on the message of the New Jerusalem, go here and here. To read “The Hymn of the Pearl,” go here. For more on Satan being bound for 1,000 years, go here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 27 | Revelation 19-22, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 23-29) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

31mins

20 Dec 2019

Rank #10

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Ep 17 | Revelation 3, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15)

The fourth in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. In this episode we talk about the letters to the churches as well as the powerful symbolism of the Savior standing at the door, knocking. What is theosis or divinization? Did the early Christians believe that man could become like God? If so, what happened? All this and more in this podcast. For the show notes, see here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 17 | Revelation 3, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

38mins

6 Dec 2019

Rank #11

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Ep 16 | Revelation 2, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15)

The third in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 16 | Revelation 2, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

33mins

5 Dec 2019

Rank #12

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Ep 4 | Philippians & Colossians, Come Follow Me 2019 (Oct 14-20)

Paul is happy in Philippians (even though he is in prison). Why? Why is Paul so full of joy as he writes this text? How can Philippians teach me more about sacred ordinances and coming unto Jesus? Learn some cool Greek words: koinonia, summorphizo, and katalambano – see how these words relate to the temple. How does this text teach me more about the Lord and his plans in bringing us joy? To access the show notes on Philippians, go here. Colossians talks about Jesus and sounds very much like John 1.1-18. This was probably an early Christian hymn that was placed in this text showing readers what early Christians believed about Jesus. What was the heresy Paul was addressing in this text? Was this related to Gnosticism? What is Gnosticism? How does this relate to modern Latter-day Saints? To read the show notes on Colossians, go here. Mike and Bryce address these questions (and more!) in this podcast. Many thanks to Jeff Harmon for helping us get the technical stuff worked out and Rachel Hood for making our logo! Great work! Listen on ApplePodcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 4 | Philippians & Colossians, Come Follow Me 2019 (Oct 14-20) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

57mins

8 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Ep 20 | Revelation 7, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15)

The seventh in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. Who are the people in Revelation 7 with the seal of God in their foreheads? What is the message of this chapter and what does this teach us about the nature of God? All this and more in this podcast. Thanks for listening! To access the show notes, go here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 20 | Revelation 7, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

35mins

13 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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Ep 10 | Bishops In Early Christianity

Bonus episode! Why isn’t Paul addressing bishops in his letters? What does this have to do with the Pastoral epistles (1-2 Timothy and Titus)? When did the first bishops arise? What does this have to do with the dating of the Pastoral epistles? In this podcast, Mike addresses these and other issues in Christian history. This is a supplement to the podcast posted on 1-2 Timothy and Titus. More show notes can be accessed here: https://www.ldsscriptureteachings.org/2019/11/10/bishops-in-early-christianity/For more information regarding levels of Pseudepigraphy, see: https://www.ldsscriptureteachings.org/2019/11/10/layers-of-pseudepigraphy-authorship-issues-in-the-epistles/ Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 10 | Bishops In Early Christianity appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

25mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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Ep 13 | 1 -3 John & Jude, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 2-8)

The overall message of 1-3 John is love. How do we love God, and how do we show others that we love him? We will briefly address authorship of 1-3 John, as well as some revelations of the Restoration that unlock more about this text. Although Jude is a small document, there is much to unpack with great application to a modern audience. What are the Balaam traditions, and how are these traditions layered and nuanced? To access more show notes, see here. For more on Balaam, see here.  Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 13 | 1 -3 John & Jude, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 2-8) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

32mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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Ep 28 | Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon, Come Follow Me 2020 (Dec 30-Jan 5)

We are excited to do these podcasts on the Book of Mormon. Please join us in sharing this podcast with your friends! For the Book of Mormon translation timeline, go here. To see the final testimonies of the 3 witnesses to the plates of the Book of Mormon, go here. For firsthand accounts of Joseph using the Urim & Thummim in the translation process prior to the loss of the 116 pages in July 1828, go here. For accounts of Joseph using the seer stone following the loss of the 116 pages, go here. For the Gospel Topics essay on translation, see here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 28 | Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon, Come Follow Me 2020 (Dec 30-Jan 5) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

38mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Ep 21 | Revelation 8-10, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15)

The eighth in our series of podcasts about the book of Revelation. What is the message of the trumpets in Revelation 8-9? Why is John told to “eat a book” in Revelation 10? What is this book and what is the point? How is this an invitation to you? All this and more in this podcast. Thanks for listening! You can access the show notes here. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 21 | Revelation 8-10, Come Follow Me 2019 (Dec 9-15) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

33mins

13 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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Ep 5 | 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Come Follow Me 2019 (Oct 21-27)

Can Paul be right about things pertaining to the Second Coming but be off on his timing? What are some ways we can use these texts to teach others that have relevance today? Why should we study these two letters? How are they similar and how are they different? Show notes on 1 Thessalonians: https://www.ldsscriptureteachings.org/2019/10/13/1-thessalonians/ Show notes on 2 Thessalonians: https://www.ldsscriptureteachings.org/2019/10/13/2-thessalonians-apostasy-the-man-of-sin-and-lazy-christians/ What does the word “rapture” mean and how is this coming to us from these letters? See: https://www.ldsscriptureteachings.org/2019/10/11/1st-and-2nd-thessalonians-becoming-converted/ Thanks for listening! If you haven’t yet, please share and subscribe to this podcast. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 5 | 1 & 2 Thessalonians, Come Follow Me 2019 (Oct 21-27) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

31mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Ep 3 | Ephesians, Come Follow Me 2019 (Sept 30-Oct 13)

What is going on in Ephesians? How does grace and faith work in our salvation? What are “household codes” and what exactly is Paul saying in Ephesians 5.22-6.9? How is Ephesians 1 all about the temple and First Temple Israelite religion and why is this relevant to a Latter-day Saint? How does D&C 124 of the Doctrine and Covenants relate to Ephesians? Who wrote this text? Want to hear Mike literally forget the name of the young man in Aladdin? (Hint: his name is Aladdin!) All these questions (and more!) are worked through in this podcast. Thank you for listening! For more on how the text of Ephesians 1 is all about the Temple, Heavenly Father, and our eternal identities, you can read the show notes here. For show notes on authorship & “recontextualization” and the multiple layers of textual authenticity, click here. For a free download of the PDF of the book “Who shall ascend to the hill of the Lord?” by LeGrand Baker, click here. Listen on ApplePodcasts Listen on Google Podcasts Listen on Stitcher Listen On Spotify Listen on YouTube The post Ep 3 | Ephesians, Come Follow Me 2019 (Sept 30-Oct 13) appeared first on LDS Scripture Teachings.

1hr 3mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #20