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Outcast Sons and Fake Apologies (Judges 10)

Our study of Judges continues with two obscure men, Tola and Jair, who rule Israel in the years between Abimelech and Jephthah. Then we launch into Jephthah’s story with the appearance of an unnamed prophet who pronounces a judgement against Israel for being unfaithful to the One True God. Emily discusses how her experience in an abusive marriage informs her reading of this text and causes her to see Israel as an abusive spouse, and how God’s response demonstrates a healthy response to attempts at being manipulated. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 10Deuteronomy 7: 1-5Jeremiah 7: 21- 23Leviticus 19:29Resources from this episode: Scandalous by Emily Dixon (book) - https://amzn.to/311FO4bBoundaries by Drs. Townsend and Cloud (book) - https://amzn.to/35k0lo1A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church by Jeff Crippen (book) - https://amzn.to/2Mu6zt5You can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSCWe would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and ideas!

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Outcast Sons and Fake Apologies (Judges 10)

Women Crushing Heads and Other Biblical Violence (Judges 9:16-57)

This week we explore the kingship of Abimelech, son of Gideon, over the nation of Israel, and we discuss how the violence of his reign is reversed in the kingship of Jesus. We discuss how role of women in the book of Judges highlights the proper role of women within God’s kingdom and how violence against women is counter to God’s desires. Most interestingly, we see how the themes of sonship, submission to the Father’s will, and love for family are woven throughout the Bible. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 9:22-57Genesis 34Deuteronomy 29:22-26Psalm 107: 34Jeremiah 17Zephaniah 2:9Revelation 20:7-15Resources from the episode:Religion and Ideology in Assyria By Beate Pongratz-Leisten (Online book) - http://bit.ly/31OVWaIBook of Enoch (PDF) - http://bit.ly/30PcnCoRape of Dinah by Faith and Other Oddities (Podcast) - http://bit.ly/2pQic5SYou can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSCWe would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and ideas!

-1 s1 weeks ago
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Women Crushing Heads and Other Biblical Violence (Judges 9:16-57)

Conspiracy, Trees, Brambles, and Fire (Judges 10)

Gideon’s son, Abimelech, continues in his father’s footsteps of politics, violence, and worshipping the wrong gods. We compare and contrast Abimelech and Jehu as judgement against ungodly leadership, and discuss how Abimelech serves both as a polemic against the Baal myths and serves to demonstrate how Jesus’ is God’s true King. Jotham’s sermon against false leadership forces us to discuss politics today. And Emily reveals her disappointment in the Hebrew text and the dangers of word studies. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 9II Kings 10Luke 9: 49-50 Joshua 8: 30-35Judges 6: 7-10II Samuel 4Psalm 91: 1Lamentations 4:20I Samuel 16: 14-23You can find us at: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSC

-1 s2 weeks ago
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Conspiracy, Trees, Brambles, and Fire (Judges 10)

The Jarring Truth About Gideon (Judges 7&8)

Gideon leads his 300 troops into battle with some unusual weapons and a unique battle plan. Nathan and Emily discuss how the Divine Council Worldview might explain why this plan was effect by comparing Gideon’s battle with Elisha’s servant’s vision of God’s army. We also see why Gideon may have been the closest thing to royalty in Israel at this time, and how his desire for revenge turns his heart away from God. And we ask the question, were Gideon and his father the first kings of Israel? Scriptures from this episode: Judges 7:19 - 8II Kings 6:17-20Isaiah 10:26Judges 1Psalm 89:12Deuteronomy 32: 35, 43Numbers 31: 48-54Ezekiel 21: 21-27Exodus 32Resources from this episode: “Getting Into The Theology Of Deborah’s Song” the Faith and Other Oddities Podcast - http://bit.ly/2oy8JzCYou can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreek...

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The Jarring Truth About Gideon (Judges 7&8)

Small Army Large Task (Judges 7)

As we continue to follow the story of Gideon, we see his first acts of faith in destroying the altar of Baal and earns a new name. We explore the connections between Gideon and Abraham. We see how Judges serves as prophetic book, probably in the days of Manasseh, but also how Gideon’s story was problematic for the rabbis. Then we explore how themes of Gideon’s story connect with the New Testament teachings on spiritual warfare. Scriptures from this episode: Judges 6-7Deuteronomy 16:21,22Deuteronomy 17:1-7Psalm 31:3 Psalm 52:7Ezekiel 28I Kings 11:5II Kings 21:1-9Leviticus 1:2 I Kings 18:20-40Acts 5:33-42John 2:18-21I Corinthians 15Ephesians 1: 19-23Genesis 18:30II Kings 6:17-20Resources from this episode: The Life of Our Forefather Abraham by Jacob Isaacs (article) - http://bit.ly/2nPJNDpAsk NT Wright Anything Podcast - http://bit.ly/2ornm7M“A Little More On Lot And Then No More” the Faith and Other Oddities Podcast - http://bit.ly/2peenabYou can find us at:Facebook - https://www...

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Small Army Large Task (Judges 7)

Meeting God in a Winepress (Judges 6)

This week we begin our study of Gideon, but first we hear the words of an unnamed prophet and explore a possibility of who he may or may not have been. As we dive into his story we find God showing up to eat a meal with this mighty man of valor, and we discover why this meal is so significant as the means to reveal God’s identity to Gideon. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 6Numbers 25Exodus 31 Kings 18:20-40Genesis 4Exodus 15:25, 16:4, 17:8-16Genesis 18Resources from this episode: On Script: Larry W. Hurtado - Destroyer of Gods (podcast): http://bit.ly/2ksOn9jTed Talk: Derek Sivers - How to Start A Movement (podcast): http://bit.ly/2k5NovgYou can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSCYouTube - https://bit.ly/2JBAsWy

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Meeting God in a Winepress (Judges 6)

Sex and Violence In Ancient Music (Still in Judges 5)

Trigger Warning: In this episode we discuss rape and sexual violence in the Song of Deborah. Deborah is revealing that the battle for Israel’s freedom was one on the cosmic scale. She draws parallels between this battle and crossing the Red Sea in methodology and meaning. God has once again intervened to save his people. We discuss the language of the Bible concerning sexual acts, and we ask the questions: Was there a sexual encounter in Jael’s tent? Did Jael seduce Sisera or was she raped? We also see how this song demonstrates the role of women in God’s times of deliverance, and how Luke connects Mary the Mother of Jesus to Jael and why it is significant. Scriptures from this episode: Judges 5 Luke 1:42Mark 1:15Matthew 3:11, 12Colossians 2:13-15Ephesians 6:12Genesis 3Genesis 6:1-4Revelation 12Job 31:10 Esther 7:8Deuteronomy 28:57Isaiah 7:20Ezekiel 16:25Exodus 2Psalm 68You can find us at: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCI...

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Sex and Violence In Ancient Music (Still in Judges 5)

Getting Into the Theology of Deborah's Song (Judges 5)

We are picking up in verse 6 of Judges 5, the Song of Deborah and begin teasing out some of the foundational theological themes of these verses. In this prophetic song Deborah pulls back the curtain to spiritual realities behind the battle of Sisera and Barak, and uses poetic language to convey a multitude of truths in a very small space. Of course, we could not resist exploring how Deborah raises the issue of free-will, election, and salvation; and how her words should help inform our reading of the New Testament. Scripture from this episode:Judges 5 2 Samuel 22:14-22Joshua 24:14-15Deuteronomy 30:11-20; 28; 11:26-32; 7:6, 7, 12; 4:32-40, 32:8,9; 4:19,20, and 10John 6:30Ephesians 1:1-11Hebrews 6:1Genesis 6:1-42 Kings 17:16; 21:3-5Nehemiah 9:6Job 38:7Isaiah 14:12-13Joshua 5:13-15Numbers 22:23Daniel 10Revelation 12:7Jude Resources from this episode: Faith and Other Oddities Episode 1 - http://bit.ly/2lwgdSaNaked Bible Podcast, Episode 153: Ezekiel 38-39 Part 2 with Dr. Michael Heiser ...

-1 sAUG 26
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Getting Into the Theology of Deborah's Song (Judges 5)

Deborah Is More Than The Gender Argument (Judges 5:1-5)

As we begin to look at the Song of Deborah, we do a deep dive into a few translation issues with the text and ways translators try to resolve them. We also discuss how this text supports the legitimacy of Deborah’s role as prophet, and how she has woven together past a future themes to provide hope in her present age. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 5Deuteronomy 32:42Psalms 18:7-15, 68:7-10, 77:16-20,89:5-7, 97:1-5Amos 9:5-6, Habakkuk 3, Zechariah 14:1-5Deuteronomy 1:44, 2:8-12, 33:2Resources from this episode:The Song of Deborah: Poetry in Dialect by Thomas F. McDaniel Ph.d (article) - http://bit.ly/2HiIyDyNaked Bible Episode 241: Psalms 24 And 29 In Their Ancient Context (Podcast) - http://bit.ly/2HmLq2dKing David by the Yamma Ensemble (video) - https://youtu.be/zOo2HbNESNoThe Report of Wenamun: Text and Commentary by Joshua Mark (article) - http://bit.ly/2KP2bFbHieratic Papyri in the British Museum by Chester Beatty Gift (PDF, book) - http://bit.ly/2ZikdUhImage of Papyrus An...

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Deborah Is More Than The Gender Argument (Judges 5:1-5)

Jael, Sisera, and Goat Milk of Doom - Faith and Other Oddities

In our second week with Deborah, we discuss the logistics of ancient Israelite warfare and why Barak may not have been hiding behind a woman’s skirts - but Sisera certainly was! We also talk about why Sisera may have been doing more than just hiding out in Jael’s tent. But the most fascinating aspect of the story is how God uses Jael to realize the ultimate fear of the Canaanites, the mother who becomes a killer. Scriptures from this week’s episode:Judges 4Exodus 17Numbers 14:44I Samuel 4Exodus 33:12-23Hebrew 11:32Genesis 18,19Resources from this episode:Gattaca With Nathan and Micci Underwood from the Commentarians - http://bit.ly/2YXWDx0You can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSCWe would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and ideas!

-1 sAUG 12
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Jael, Sisera, and Goat Milk of Doom - Faith and Other Oddities

Latest Episodes

Outcast Sons and Fake Apologies (Judges 10)

Our study of Judges continues with two obscure men, Tola and Jair, who rule Israel in the years between Abimelech and Jephthah. Then we launch into Jephthah’s story with the appearance of an unnamed prophet who pronounces a judgement against Israel for being unfaithful to the One True God. Emily discusses how her experience in an abusive marriage informs her reading of this text and causes her to see Israel as an abusive spouse, and how God’s response demonstrates a healthy response to attempts at being manipulated. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 10Deuteronomy 7: 1-5Jeremiah 7: 21- 23Leviticus 19:29Resources from this episode: Scandalous by Emily Dixon (book) - https://amzn.to/311FO4bBoundaries by Drs. Townsend and Cloud (book) - https://amzn.to/35k0lo1A Cry for Justice: How the Evil of Domestic Abuse Hides in Your Church by Jeff Crippen (book) - https://amzn.to/2Mu6zt5You can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSCWe would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and ideas!

-1 s4 hours ago
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Outcast Sons and Fake Apologies (Judges 10)

Women Crushing Heads and Other Biblical Violence (Judges 9:16-57)

This week we explore the kingship of Abimelech, son of Gideon, over the nation of Israel, and we discuss how the violence of his reign is reversed in the kingship of Jesus. We discuss how role of women in the book of Judges highlights the proper role of women within God’s kingdom and how violence against women is counter to God’s desires. Most interestingly, we see how the themes of sonship, submission to the Father’s will, and love for family are woven throughout the Bible. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 9:22-57Genesis 34Deuteronomy 29:22-26Psalm 107: 34Jeremiah 17Zephaniah 2:9Revelation 20:7-15Resources from the episode:Religion and Ideology in Assyria By Beate Pongratz-Leisten (Online book) - http://bit.ly/31OVWaIBook of Enoch (PDF) - http://bit.ly/30PcnCoRape of Dinah by Faith and Other Oddities (Podcast) - http://bit.ly/2pQic5SYou can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSCWe would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and ideas!

-1 s1 weeks ago
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Women Crushing Heads and Other Biblical Violence (Judges 9:16-57)

Conspiracy, Trees, Brambles, and Fire (Judges 10)

Gideon’s son, Abimelech, continues in his father’s footsteps of politics, violence, and worshipping the wrong gods. We compare and contrast Abimelech and Jehu as judgement against ungodly leadership, and discuss how Abimelech serves both as a polemic against the Baal myths and serves to demonstrate how Jesus’ is God’s true King. Jotham’s sermon against false leadership forces us to discuss politics today. And Emily reveals her disappointment in the Hebrew text and the dangers of word studies. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 9II Kings 10Luke 9: 49-50 Joshua 8: 30-35Judges 6: 7-10II Samuel 4Psalm 91: 1Lamentations 4:20I Samuel 16: 14-23You can find us at: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSC

-1 s2 weeks ago
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Conspiracy, Trees, Brambles, and Fire (Judges 10)

The Jarring Truth About Gideon (Judges 7&8)

Gideon leads his 300 troops into battle with some unusual weapons and a unique battle plan. Nathan and Emily discuss how the Divine Council Worldview might explain why this plan was effect by comparing Gideon’s battle with Elisha’s servant’s vision of God’s army. We also see why Gideon may have been the closest thing to royalty in Israel at this time, and how his desire for revenge turns his heart away from God. And we ask the question, were Gideon and his father the first kings of Israel? Scriptures from this episode: Judges 7:19 - 8II Kings 6:17-20Isaiah 10:26Judges 1Psalm 89:12Deuteronomy 32: 35, 43Numbers 31: 48-54Ezekiel 21: 21-27Exodus 32Resources from this episode: “Getting Into The Theology Of Deborah’s Song” the Faith and Other Oddities Podcast - http://bit.ly/2oy8JzCYou can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreek...

50 s3 weeks ago
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The Jarring Truth About Gideon (Judges 7&8)

Small Army Large Task (Judges 7)

As we continue to follow the story of Gideon, we see his first acts of faith in destroying the altar of Baal and earns a new name. We explore the connections between Gideon and Abraham. We see how Judges serves as prophetic book, probably in the days of Manasseh, but also how Gideon’s story was problematic for the rabbis. Then we explore how themes of Gideon’s story connect with the New Testament teachings on spiritual warfare. Scriptures from this episode: Judges 6-7Deuteronomy 16:21,22Deuteronomy 17:1-7Psalm 31:3 Psalm 52:7Ezekiel 28I Kings 11:5II Kings 21:1-9Leviticus 1:2 I Kings 18:20-40Acts 5:33-42John 2:18-21I Corinthians 15Ephesians 1: 19-23Genesis 18:30II Kings 6:17-20Resources from this episode: The Life of Our Forefather Abraham by Jacob Isaacs (article) - http://bit.ly/2nPJNDpAsk NT Wright Anything Podcast - http://bit.ly/2ornm7M“A Little More On Lot And Then No More” the Faith and Other Oddities Podcast - http://bit.ly/2peenabYou can find us at:Facebook - https://www...

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Small Army Large Task (Judges 7)

Meeting God in a Winepress (Judges 6)

This week we begin our study of Gideon, but first we hear the words of an unnamed prophet and explore a possibility of who he may or may not have been. As we dive into his story we find God showing up to eat a meal with this mighty man of valor, and we discover why this meal is so significant as the means to reveal God’s identity to Gideon. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 6Numbers 25Exodus 31 Kings 18:20-40Genesis 4Exodus 15:25, 16:4, 17:8-16Genesis 18Resources from this episode: On Script: Larry W. Hurtado - Destroyer of Gods (podcast): http://bit.ly/2ksOn9jTed Talk: Derek Sivers - How to Start A Movement (podcast): http://bit.ly/2k5NovgYou can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSCYouTube - https://bit.ly/2JBAsWy

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Meeting God in a Winepress (Judges 6)

Sex and Violence In Ancient Music (Still in Judges 5)

Trigger Warning: In this episode we discuss rape and sexual violence in the Song of Deborah. Deborah is revealing that the battle for Israel’s freedom was one on the cosmic scale. She draws parallels between this battle and crossing the Red Sea in methodology and meaning. God has once again intervened to save his people. We discuss the language of the Bible concerning sexual acts, and we ask the questions: Was there a sexual encounter in Jael’s tent? Did Jael seduce Sisera or was she raped? We also see how this song demonstrates the role of women in God’s times of deliverance, and how Luke connects Mary the Mother of Jesus to Jael and why it is significant. Scriptures from this episode: Judges 5 Luke 1:42Mark 1:15Matthew 3:11, 12Colossians 2:13-15Ephesians 6:12Genesis 3Genesis 6:1-4Revelation 12Job 31:10 Esther 7:8Deuteronomy 28:57Isaiah 7:20Ezekiel 16:25Exodus 2Psalm 68You can find us at: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCI...

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Sex and Violence In Ancient Music (Still in Judges 5)

Getting Into the Theology of Deborah's Song (Judges 5)

We are picking up in verse 6 of Judges 5, the Song of Deborah and begin teasing out some of the foundational theological themes of these verses. In this prophetic song Deborah pulls back the curtain to spiritual realities behind the battle of Sisera and Barak, and uses poetic language to convey a multitude of truths in a very small space. Of course, we could not resist exploring how Deborah raises the issue of free-will, election, and salvation; and how her words should help inform our reading of the New Testament. Scripture from this episode:Judges 5 2 Samuel 22:14-22Joshua 24:14-15Deuteronomy 30:11-20; 28; 11:26-32; 7:6, 7, 12; 4:32-40, 32:8,9; 4:19,20, and 10John 6:30Ephesians 1:1-11Hebrews 6:1Genesis 6:1-42 Kings 17:16; 21:3-5Nehemiah 9:6Job 38:7Isaiah 14:12-13Joshua 5:13-15Numbers 22:23Daniel 10Revelation 12:7Jude Resources from this episode: Faith and Other Oddities Episode 1 - http://bit.ly/2lwgdSaNaked Bible Podcast, Episode 153: Ezekiel 38-39 Part 2 with Dr. Michael Heiser ...

-1 sAUG 26
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Getting Into the Theology of Deborah's Song (Judges 5)

Deborah Is More Than The Gender Argument (Judges 5:1-5)

As we begin to look at the Song of Deborah, we do a deep dive into a few translation issues with the text and ways translators try to resolve them. We also discuss how this text supports the legitimacy of Deborah’s role as prophet, and how she has woven together past a future themes to provide hope in her present age. Scriptures from this episode:Judges 5Deuteronomy 32:42Psalms 18:7-15, 68:7-10, 77:16-20,89:5-7, 97:1-5Amos 9:5-6, Habakkuk 3, Zechariah 14:1-5Deuteronomy 1:44, 2:8-12, 33:2Resources from this episode:The Song of Deborah: Poetry in Dialect by Thomas F. McDaniel Ph.d (article) - http://bit.ly/2HiIyDyNaked Bible Episode 241: Psalms 24 And 29 In Their Ancient Context (Podcast) - http://bit.ly/2HmLq2dKing David by the Yamma Ensemble (video) - https://youtu.be/zOo2HbNESNoThe Report of Wenamun: Text and Commentary by Joshua Mark (article) - http://bit.ly/2KP2bFbHieratic Papyri in the British Museum by Chester Beatty Gift (PDF, book) - http://bit.ly/2ZikdUhImage of Papyrus An...

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Deborah Is More Than The Gender Argument (Judges 5:1-5)

Jael, Sisera, and Goat Milk of Doom - Faith and Other Oddities

In our second week with Deborah, we discuss the logistics of ancient Israelite warfare and why Barak may not have been hiding behind a woman’s skirts - but Sisera certainly was! We also talk about why Sisera may have been doing more than just hiding out in Jael’s tent. But the most fascinating aspect of the story is how God uses Jael to realize the ultimate fear of the Canaanites, the mother who becomes a killer. Scriptures from this week’s episode:Judges 4Exodus 17Numbers 14:44I Samuel 4Exodus 33:12-23Hebrew 11:32Genesis 18,19Resources from this episode:Gattaca With Nathan and Micci Underwood from the Commentarians - http://bit.ly/2YXWDx0You can find us at:Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ravencreekSCTwitter - https://twitter.com/RavenCreekSCInstagram - https://www.instagram.com/ravencreekscPatreon - https://www.patreon.com/RavenCreekSCWe would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and ideas!

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Jael, Sisera, and Goat Milk of Doom - Faith and Other Oddities