Spoken Gospel

The mission of Spoken Gospel is to equip the church to speak the gospel out of every corner of scripture. Co-hosts and close friends, David Bowden and Seth Stewart, sit down every week to talk through a Bible passage and see how it points us to Jesus.

Religion & Spirituality
Esther 4-8 Part 1: Ironic Reversals
Esther is full of irony. Without a proper understanding of how irony works in literature, the masterful beauty of this book would be missed. In this episode, David and Seth talk about the ironic reversals that occur throughout the middle section of Esther, specifically focusing on Haman.
41 min
Esther 1-3: Introduction
Esther shows us a beautiful picture of how God works behind the scenes to bring all things together for his purposes. In this first episode, Seth and David introduce the book of Esther, discuss its structure, and walk through the first three chapters which set up the story.
66 min
Psalm 91 & Coronavirus
With the outbreak of COVID-19 many people are rightly looking to God's Word for comfort. Among the most used and helpful passages has been Psalm 91. But it can also be one of the most misinterpreted. David and Seth sit down for a special Quarantine episode of the Spoken Gospel Podcast to talk about the ultimate hope Psalm 91 offers us from the plague.
59 min
Deuteronomy 31-34: Song of Moses
Who is Joshua? What will happen to Israel as they cross the Jordan? Why did Moses have to die? David and Seth wrap up the Torah and see how Jesus is the Moses who can cross the Jordan and the Joshua who fights our enemies.
51 min
Deuteronomy 26-30: Blessing and Curse
The book of Deuteronomy sets before God's people blessings and curses based on their obedience or disobedience. However, the curses seem to be stated in such a way that they seem inevitable. That is because the people of Israel needed new hearts if they were going to obey God and stay in the land. In this episode, Seth and David talk about curses, blessings, exile, and the New Covenant. Let's go!
58 min
Deuteronomy 22-25: Miscellaneous Laws
Just looking at the subheadings for this section in your Bible can seem daunting, confusing, and frustrating. Why are so many laws, covering so many different topics shoved together in this section? Seth and David offer several explanations for why this mishmash of laws exists and how we can worship Jesus in them.
61 min
Deuteronomy 19-21: Innocent Blood and Holy War
One of the most difficult questions about the Bible facing people today has to do with God's commands in these chapters to put everything that breathes to death. In this episode, Seth and David talk about how God's commands for cities of refuge, innocent blood, and credible witnesses help answer these very difficult questions.
62 min
Deuteronomy 17-18: Judges, Kings, and Prophets
This section talks a lot about the rulers and decision makers in Israel's society: judges, kings, and prophets. But there are so many ways that Israel's authority figures were to be different from the nation's. They were arbiter's between God's law and man. David and Seth dive deep into these different societal and governmental roles and also relish in the ways that Jesus is the final and perfect judge, king, and prophet.
47 min
Deuteronomy 15-16: The Sabbatical Year
Every seven years, God commanded a year of rest for the people and their land. This was called the Sabbatical Year. In this year, debts were forgiven, slaves were released, and property was returned. Seth and David talk about the social implications of this Sabbath year, as well as the way Jesus has brought a fuller and more perfect Sabbath Year to his people and the world.
71 min
We're Back! What's Next for 2020?
David and Seth and back for 2020 and couldn't be more excited to welcome back long time listeners and say hello to newcomers. In this short episode, the guys talk about what to expect in the coming year and offer many, many thanks to those of you who have made this podcast what it is! Let's go!
7 min
Deuteronomy 12-14: Israel's Distinctiveness
In this episode, David and Seth talk about tithing, kosher laws, and the death penalty. That's because this section of Deuteronomy goes into several laws which cultivate Israel's distinctiveness among the nations. Things like where they can worship, what they can worship, where they can make sacrifices, and what foods they can eat all contribute to their uniqueness. Here we go!
54 min
Deuteronomy 10-11: Heart Circumcision
What is a circumcised heart? Why did God remake the tablets of the 10 Commandments after Moses broke them? How do God's character and actions generate love and obedience in us? Seth and David unpack all this and more while looking at Deuteronomy 10-11.
53 min
Special Guest: David Murray - "Jesus on Every P...
The ministry of Spoken Gospel and David's view of the Bible have been dramatically shaped by professor and theologian, David Murray. This shaping came specifically through his book, "Jesus on Every Page." In this very special episode, Seth and David sit down with David Murray to talk about why it is so crucial that we see Jesus on every page of the Bible.
45 min
Introducing Jesus In All Of The Bible
We are thrilled to announce the release of the latest podcast from Spoken Gospel, "Jesus In All Of The Bible." In each episode of "Jesus In All Of The Bible" we take a quick 3-4 minute look at a passage of Scripture to see what's happening and how it points us to Jesus. In this special introduction episode, David explains the heart behind the new podcast and plays three of the episodes from "Jesus In All Of The Bible."
15 min
Deuteronomy 7-9: Chosen People
Why did God choose Israel out of every other nation? What does it mean that Israel is God's treasured possession? Why did Jesus quote, "Man does not live on bread alone" to Satan in his temptation?
42 min
Deuteronomy 5-6: The Ten Commandments (Again?)
In this passage, Moses recites the Ten Commandments for the second time. Is this just repetition or is something deeper happening here? Why does God give us commands? How can we keep God's commands? What does it mean to write God's commands on our hearts? What is the connection between our righteousness and obeying the Law?
57 min
Deuteronomy 4: Why Obey the Law
When we think about the law, we think of it as "what's" and "how's." But we often don't think about the "why's." In Deuteronomy 4, Moses gives a preamble to the Ten Commandments that helps us see why God wanted his people to obey. David and Seth dive deep into topics like the fear of God, evangelism and obedience, and why relationship is such a huge part of law code.
57 min
Deuteronomy 1-3: Introduction
What is the setting, purpose, and shape of Deuteronomy? Is it just a “second law” as its name suggests, or is something bigger going on? David and Seth spend this episode introducing the book of Deuteronomy as a whole, using the first three chapters as a rubric and guide for the discussion.
48 min
How to See Jesus in All of Scripture (w/ Taylor...
In this final episode of our three part series with David's long-time friend and Spoken Gospel contributor Taylor Walling, David and Taylor talk about some practical tools that can help you see Jesus in all of Scripture. They also discuss good and bad ways of making "Jesus Turns" in the Old Testament, as well as point out some best practices in applying a Gospel-centered hermeneutic to your Bible reading.
58 min
The Story of Spoken Gospel (w/ Taylor Walling)
In this second of three special episodes, with David's long-time friend and Spoken Gospel contributor Taylor Walling, Taylor interviews David about his story and how it lead to the formation and vision of Spoken Gospel. Also discussed are reasons why it is imperative to see Jesus in all of Scripture.
58 min
How Jesus Changed My Bible (w/ Taylor Walling)
In this first of three special episodes, with David's long-time friend and Spoken Gospel contributor Taylor Walling, we hear Taylor's story about how seeing Jesus in all of Scripture changed the way he read, taught, and understood his Bible.
54 min
Numbers 32-36: Before The Promised Land
In this final episode on the book of Numbers, David and Seth look at the some of the final instructions, laws, and issues addressed to the people of Israel before they entered the Promised Land. What are cities of refuge and who is the avenger of blood? What is the significance of the land of Canaan and why did Israel have to drive the people out? And, as always, how does this final story in Numbers tell us more about Jesus and his Gospel?
53 min
Numbers 31: Holy War
Did God command the killing of women and children? Why did Israel's army wage war with other nations? Is God good and just even in texts that talk about holy war? How can we see the Gospel and the love of Jesus in these texts?
45 min
Numbers 28-30: Holy Time and Rash Vows
What are we to make of this long section of feasts, festivals, sacrifices, and vows? Why did God want Israel to orient themselves around a calendar of feasts and sacrifices? Why did women need their husband's approval in order to make a vow? David and Seth discuss all of these and how they point us to Jesus.
32 min
Numbers 25-27: The New Generation
What happens when the old generation passes away? What will a new priest for the new generation look like? And are there really crosses like Jesus' in this passage? David and Seth talk about Phinehas, Joshua, and the new generation in this edition of the Spoken Gospel Podcast.
36 min