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Wisdom and Kingship In The Psalms

Wisdom and Kingship In The Psalms

July 18, 2021

In this episode, we take a closer look at wisdom and kingship psalms and the ways they have been and continue to be used by Christians and the church. This includes reading select psalms in these categories that are meaningful to us. This is the 6th and final episode in our series on the psalms. 

In the 1st episode in the series, we provided an overview of the psalms, including their history, organization, difficulties, themes, language style and poetic nature, along with our personal stories in coming to love and appreciate the psalms. In the 2nd episode, we discussed how the psalms were used historically within the church and shared practical insights into how to use the psalms today in both corporate and private worship and prayer, including several on-air, live examples of praying and singing the psalms. In the 3rd episode, we explored praise and thanksgiving psalms. In the 4th episode, we talked about lament and confessions psalms. In the 5th episode, we discussed confidence and remembrance psalms. 

You can listen to those episodes below:
A Guide to Understanding the Psalms
How To Use The Psalms
Praise and Thanksgiving In The Psalms
Lament and Confession In The Psalms
Confidence and Remembrance In The Psalms

If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast. 

Welcome to the Modern Cloister
A History of Christian Community
The Decline of Community
The Future of Community
The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

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Confidence and Remembrance In The Psalms

Confidence and Remembrance In The Psalms

July 4, 2021

In this episode, we take a closer look at confidence and remembrance psalms, discussing both genres, their differences and areas of overlap, and ways they have been and continue to be used by Christians and the church. This includes reading select psalms in these categories that are meaningful to us. This is the 5th episode in our series on the psalms. 

In the 1st episode in the series, we provided an overview of the psalms, including their history, organization, difficulties, themes, language style and poetic nature, along with our personal stories in coming to love and appreciate the psalms. In the 2nd episode, we discussed how the psalms were used historically within the church and shared practical insights into how to use the psalms today in both corporate and private worship and prayer, including several on-air, live examples of praying and singing the psalms. In the 3rd episode, we explored praise and thanksgiving psalms. In the 4th episode, we talked about lament and confessions psalms.

You can listen to those episodes below:
A Guide to Understanding the Psalms
How To Use The Psalms
Praise and Thanksgiving In The Psalms
Lament and Confession In The Psalms

If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast. 

Welcome to the Modern Cloister
A History of Christian Community
The Decline of Community
The Future of Community
The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

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Lament and Confession In The Psalms

Lament and Confession In The Psalms

June 20, 2021

In this episode, we take a closer look at lament and confessions psalms, discussing both genres, their differences and areas of overlap, and ways they have been and continue to be used by Christians and the church. This includes reading select  psalms in these categories that are meaningful to us. This is the 4th episode in our series on the psalms. 

In the 1st episode in the series, we provided an overview of the psalms, including their history, organization, difficulties, themes, language style and poetic nature, along with our personal stories in coming to love and appreciate the psalms. In the 2nd episode, we discussed how the psalms were used historically within the church and shared practical insights into how to use the psalms today in both corporate and private worship and prayer, including several on-air, live examples of praying and singing the psalms. In the 3rd episode, we explored praise and thanksgiving psalms in more detail.

You can listen to those episodes below:
A Guide to Understanding the Psalms
How To Use The Psalms
Praise and Thanksgiving In The Psalms

If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast. 

Welcome to the Modern Cloister
A History of Christian Community
The Decline of Community
The Future of Community
The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

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Praise and Thanksgiving In the Psalms

Praise and Thanksgiving In the Psalms

June 6, 2021

In this episode, we take a closer look at praise and thanksgiving psalms, discussing both genres, their differences and areas of overlaps, and was they have been and continue to be used by Christians and the church. This includes reading select verses from a handful of our favorite psalms. This is the 3rd episode in our series on the psalms. 

In the 1st episode in the series, we provided an overview of the psalms, including their history, organization, difficulties, themes, language style and poetic nature, along with our personal stories in coming to love and appreciate the psalms. In the 2nd episode, we discussed how the psalms were used historically within the church and shared practical insights into how to use the psalms today in both corporate and private worship and prayer, including several on-air, live examples of praying and singing the psalms.

You can listen to those episodes below:
A Guide to Understanding the Psalms
How To Use The Psalms

If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast. 

Welcome to the Modern Cloister
A History of Christian Community
The Decline of Community
The Future of Community
The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

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In The News: Supreme Court Takes Up Abortion, Russell Moore Leaves SBC, God Bless the USA Bible, and CDC Guidance

In The News: Supreme Court Takes Up Abortion, Russell Moore Leaves SBC, God Bless the USA Bible, and CDC Guidance

May 31, 2021

In this episode of In The News, we discuss the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue of abortion by ruling on the Mississippi abortion law in its next session, Russell Moore's departure from the Southern Baptist Convention and what it means, a new Bible that includes items like the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and the CDC's updated guidance for fully vaccinated people and how its impacting the church. 

Links and resources mentioned in this episode: 
Supreme Court Takes Up Major Abortion Case Next Term
Russell Moore to leave ERLC for Christianity Today
An International Perspective on God Bless the USA Bible

If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast.  

Welcome to the Modern Cloister
A History of Christian Community
The Decline of Community
The Future of Community
The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

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How To Use The Psalms

How To Use The Psalms

May 16, 2021

In this episode, we discuss how the psalms were used historically within the church and share practical insights into how to use the psalms today in both corporate and private worship and prayer. This includes several on-air, live examples of praying and singing the psalms.

This is the 2nd episode in our series on the psalms. In the 1st episode, we provided an overview of the psalms, including their history, organization, difficulties, themes, language style and poetic nature, along with our personal stories in coming to love and appreciate the psalms.

You can listen to that episode below:
A Guide to Understanding the Psalms

If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast. 

Welcome to the Modern Cloister
A History of Christian Community
The Decline of Community
The Future of Community
The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

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A Guide to Understanding the Psalms

A Guide to Understanding the Psalms

May 2, 2021

In the first episode in our series on the psalms, we discuss the significant value and purpose of the psalms in both the private worship and prayer lives of Christians and the corporate life of the church. During the conversation, we cover their history, organization, difficulties, language style and poetic nature, themes, and also share our personal stories in coming to love and appreciate the psalms. 

Below are our reviews of the books mentioned in the episode:

How To Read The Psalms
Learning To Love The Psalms
Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

If you're new to the Modern Cloister, check out our first full series on community via the links below and listen to our introductory episode to learn all about the "why" behind our podcast. 

Welcome to the Modern Cloister
A History of Christian Community
The Decline of Community
The Future of Community
The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

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In The News: Losing Our Religion, Refugee Cap, Human-Monkey Embryo, Women Songwriters, and Dawkins Excommunicated

In The News: Losing Our Religion, Refugee Cap, Human-Monkey Embryo, Women Songwriters, and Dawkins Excommunicated

April 29, 2021

In this "In The News" episode, we discuss a recent Gallup poll showing church membership dropped below 50% for the first time, Biden's failure to raise the refugee cap, the first monkey-human embryo, women songwriters, and Richard Dawkins losing the "Human of the Year" award. 

Resources mentioned during the episode:

Gallup Poll 
U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time
Losing Our Religion by Russell Moore
Politics Podcast: Americans Are Losing Their Religion. That’s Changing Politics
Modern Cloister: The Decline of Community
Modern Cloister: The Future of Community

Refugee Ceiling
How Evangelicals Pushed Back on Biden’s Refugee Reversal
Biden reverses course on refugee cap after faith groups express outrage
Book Review: Seeking Refuge -- On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis 

The nonprofit we mentioned is World Relief, an evangelical nonprofit that serves and advocates for the world’s most vulnerable people, and this work includes refugee resettlement. For those interested, we encourage you to check out their work. In full disclosure, we have both donated to and volunteered with them. 

Medical Ethics
First Monkey–Human Embryos Reignite Debate Over Hybrid Animals

Women Songwriters 
Brave Worship Podcast

Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins Loses ‘Humanist of the Year’ Title Over Trans Comments

The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

The Impact of COVID-19 on Community

April 18, 2021

In this episode of the Modern Cloister, we discuss the significant impact of COVID-19 on community over the past year, both inside and outside the church, and share personal stories about our experiences living through the pandemic. This is the 4th and final episode in our series on community. The 1st covered the history of Christian community, the 2nd focused on the decline of community from the 1950s to present day, and the 3rd discussed the future of community within the church. 

The Future of Community

The Future of Community

April 4, 2021

In this episode of the Modern Cloister, we discuss trends and projections for where the church is headed, along with our thoughts and commentary on the opportunity we have as Christians to influence the future of both the church and Christian community over the next decade. This is the 3rd episode in our series on community. The 1st covered the history of Christian community and the 2nd focused on the decline of community from the 1950s to present day.

Resources mentioned in this episode: 

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