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Vacation Bible School Podcast

Jason Kirk, Emily Kirk, and friends are finding the Bible is so much better and weirder than we were taught as church kids. Story by story, we're having fun learning history, religion, literature, mythology, and the amazingly weird stuff. All are welcome! Perfect five-star rating on Apple Podcasts! Contact us at vacationbibleschoolpodcast@gmail.com, if you like! (Sure, it's long! Copy and paste like Matthew did the Gospel of Mark!)

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LEVITICUS: Fight fundie with fundie

Our first attempt at doing an entire book in one episode, and it  happens to be one of the weirdest, grossest, narrative-lightest books. Yay! Spending as little time as possible on the chapters about bodily discharges, we promise. Leviticus has Bad Verses! Drown the Bad Verses in dorky red tape ... ... and/or insist we simply become eco-socialists every seven years, as Leviticus clearly commands. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, if you please!  Show notes and other stuff available at patreon.com/vbspodcast.


17 May 2021

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THE TABERNACLE: Minecraft tailgate church (with Rev. Chris Lee)

Pretty much the whole last half of Exodus, except for the Ten Commandments-adjacent rules and the Golden Calf chapter Why yes, we DID have fun talking about quite arguably the most boring stretch of the whole Bible! Why yes, you CAN recreate a very accurate Tabernacle in Minecraft Let's talk high church "versus" low church Featuring special guest pastor Reverend Chris Lee of St John's With St Mary's Mansfield And! Let's! Finally! Wrap! Up! Exodus, a dude book also about ladies Support the show by leaving us a rating/review on your podcast app! You can also visit us on Twitter or Instagram or even Patreon!


10 Mar 2021

Rank #2

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THE GOLDEN CALF: God's marshmallow test (with Jane Coaston)

Exodus 24, Exodus 32, and so forth (there's a whole lot of laws and blueprints mixed within the storyline) ... Think the Bible itself is weird? Wait'll you get a load of church history!  Unchallenged faith: is that really even faith?  Aaron at Mount Sinai: total idiot, good cop, willing scapegoat, nepotism hire, anarcho-pacifist, retcon reclamation, or all the above?  By now, Moses and God are an old married couple ... Oh no, the big dweebs who wrote Leviticus just did a murder spree (for the Lord) ... Why a calf, anyway? Follow @janecoaston and @vbspodcast on the social medias, patreon.com/vbspodcast to exchange blessings, Homefield Apparel for VBS shirts, and your favorite podcast app to leave us a review!  Next up: God's traveling tailgate rig, the Tabernacle

1hr 6mins

25 Jan 2021

Rank #3

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TEN COMMANDMENTS: Wife Guy Moses and God's TOS page

Exodus 20! How many of these Ten do we agree to keep today? They all seem pretty simple, obvious, or outdated, right? Well!!  Tried something new: recorded a Zoom with a few of our Patreon Associate Pastors, plus Interfaith Council guests: Michael Elkon (@BravesAndBirds) and Hasan Masood (@hasmas)!  Let's hear it for idols!  Now Lord, when you say "murder," what do you mean by that?  Youth pastors turn every commandment into a rule against making out!   The 10th commandment sees what you're plotting and urges you to consider otherwise!  Also, bonus Fellowship Q&A episode from this recording on the Patreon Early Service feed!


25 Nov 2020

Rank #4

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MOUNT SINAI: Loud and clear (with Richard Elliott Friedman)

Exodus 19-20ish, the part about Moses leading the Israelites to meet Huge Loud Scary Firestorm God Greatest pyro entrance of all time Is monotheism having a moment? We're joined by Dr. Friedman (author of Who Wrote the Bible and many other books) to talk Prince of Egypt (he did some work on it), the Bible's overall storyline (it has at least one!), "Old Testament God vs. New Testament God" (not really a thing), the origin of the Golden Rule (maybe the story that revolves around Sinai), and a lot more! Support welcomed at patreon.com/vbspodcast! Got some merch and stuff there, and we might like to try out a monthly Zoom call. Let us know if you like that idea!  Follow @VBSpodcast on Twitter & Instagram, subscribe to jasonkirk.substack.com, review on your podcast app, and may the thunderfire speak to you softly

1hr 10mins

2 Nov 2020

Rank #5

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FELLOWSHIP: Our first Q&A episode

Support for this program occurs at patreon.com/vbspodcast, where we have stickers, mugs, a Discord, hats (for now), early episode access, and so forth! - Taking a break from the main storyline, where we're making hilariously little progress (but having fun anyway), to talk whatever y'all wanted. - Oh family, it's testimony time!  - Christian punk rock bands, ranked!  - Why were Cain's veggies bad, if most of the dietary laws were about regulating dangerous meat? - Sunday school teachers, youth pastors, and finding God in s e c u l a r culture  - What's the Bible say about refugees? - The terrible Baptist hymn about spaceships is ... on the right track! -  Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and newsletter town - And if you like, give this podcast a lil ole rating and review on your listening app!

1hr 3mins

1 Oct 2020

Rank #6

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THE RED SEA: First of all, it wasn't the Red Sea

Exodus 13-18, one of the most Google Maps portionsSomething similar to the story could've happened! But there's no way to know! And that's ok! Let's discuss the Indiana Jones of Bible scammers, Jurassic Jesus Park in Kentucky, and ladies being prophetsTips appreciated at supportvbs.com. Gonna send VBS stickers to monthly donors, for startersFollow @VBSpodcast on Twitter & Instagram Bonus newsletter at jasonkirk.substack.comReview on your podcast app, and may waters part marshily before you


7 Sep 2020

Rank #7

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PASSOVER: From Destroyer to Matzo Hunt (with Charlotte Wilder, Bobby Big Wheel, & Alex Kirshner)

Exodus 12! God's bug-out bag & Mean Tooth Fairy!From mythology to religion, from polytheism to ... ?Jewish friends explain one of their favorite holidays! Follow @TheWilderThings, @BobbyBigWheel, & @Alex_KirshnerThanks to Mike Altman, Brad Haggard, Scott Alan Johnson, & Ben McCloskey8-bit "Awesome God" by TECHNO FUNTips appreciated at supportvbs.com! Follow @VBSpodcast on Twitter & Instagram Bonus newsletter inbound at jasonkirk.substack.com

1hr 14mins

10 Aug 2020

Rank #8

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MOSES: Secret battles of the Mega Man gods

Exodus 1-11! The Bible's Luke/Obi-Wan duo!Made it to Book 2! REALLY important book!Moses rises, falls, rises into one of the world's biggest heroesPlagues are more metal than you've ever realized!Weird circumcision stuff? Yes alwaysLet's talk the movie Prince of Egypt Tips appreciated at supportvbs.com! (Plus maybe merch and/or donor bonuses at that link by the time you see this)Follow @VBSpodcast on Twitter & Instagram! Bonus newsletter on the Torah's defiant women at jasonkirk.substack.c

1hr 16mins

24 Jul 2020

Rank #9

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JOSEPH: Coat is a lie! Genesis recap! Children like Veggie Tales!

Genesis 37-50!It doesn't feel like every third verse is missing! You can do ANYTHING with Joseph. See: Veggie Tales & Technicolor Dreamcoat Finished Genesis! It's about lady spies, Babylon allegory, and everything else! Tips appreciated at supportvbs.com! (Plus maybe merch and/or donor bonuses at that link by the time you see this)Follow @VBSpodcast on Twitter & Instagram! Bonus newsletter on ... well, this one ended up being about football. It's at jasonkirk.substack.c

1hr 9mins

21 Jun 2020

Rank #10