Like Stars Podcast

Exploring the ways in which God's wisdom and faith inJesus brings about His offer of life to the fullest, a life that will shine like the stars in the sky. With Dr Pete Goodman

Ep. 34: Jesus, Scripture, & Slavery [How do we reconcile the existence of slavery in the Bible?]
March 01, 202400:59:01

Ep. 34: Jesus, Scripture, & Slavery [How do we reconcile the existence of slavery in the Bible?]

Among the most difficult issues people often have with the Bible is the way in which is appears to support the of institution of slavery. The Old Testament Law makes clear allowances for it, Jesus often spoke about slaves without ever condemning the practice, and some New Testament authors,...

Ep.  33: Would Jesus Be Cancelled Today? [Why did He call a Canaanite woman a dog?]
February 08, 202400:37:32

Ep. 33: Would Jesus Be Cancelled Today? [Why did He call a Canaanite woman a dog?]

Should Jesus have been cancelled for being racist when calling a Canaanite woman a dog? This is just one more example of some the more “difficult” aspects of Jesus’ words and ministry that can sometimes lead people to think he wasn’t always a very good or nice person…at least, until we dig ...

Ep 32: Was Jesus a Mean Person? [Why Did He Sometimes Speak So Harshly to People?]
January 11, 202400:44:54

Ep 32: Was Jesus a Mean Person? [Why Did He Sometimes Speak So Harshly to People?]

For some people, the picture of Jesus they have in their head is of a super nice, friendly guy who smiled all the time and went around hugging everyone. He would never say anything harsh, critical, or offensive and would most certainly never hurt anyone’s feelings … and then they actually r...

Job, Karma, and God's Amazing Grace
December 08, 202300:39:28

Job, Karma, and God's Amazing Grace

Do people always get what they deserve? Does God operate on a system of Karma where the good always get good and the bad always receive evil? Or are things simply not that black and white in life? The book of Job wrestles with this question, picturing a man who did everything right and stil...

Ep. 31: Journeys & Destinations [Do You Have to Go To Church To Be a Christian?]
December 08, 202300:49:00

Ep. 31: Journeys & Destinations [Do You Have to Go To Church To Be a Christian?]

Is going to church a necessary, required part of being a Christian? Church attendance has been in a steady decline over the past decade (and even more so following COVID) but surprisingly this isn't necessarily a reflection of people's beliefs. In fact, a vast majority of those who no longe...

Job, Karma, and God's Justice [Does God Operate On Karma, Always Giving Us What We Deserve?]
December 07, 202300:39:32

Job, Karma, and God's Justice [Does God Operate On Karma, Always Giving Us What We Deserve?]

The book of Job is one of the more complex, confusing, and often misunderstood writings in the entire Bible. Because of it's poetic style, flowery language, and use of multiple voices it can be hard to decipher exactly what the story is trying to communicate. In this bonus episode from a re...

Ep. 30: Old Testament Conundrums II: [Why Did Prophets Say and Do Such Weird Stuff in the Bible?]
November 23, 202300:59:57

Ep. 30: Old Testament Conundrums II: [Why Did Prophets Say and Do Such Weird Stuff in the Bible?]

My friend Michael joins me again with some of his questions from the Old Testament prophets - why did they do and say some of the odd and strange things we read about and sometimes ask others to as well? We also dive back into the question of signs from God and spend some time discussing wh...

Ep.  29: The  Problem of Evil [Why does a "good" God allow evil and suffering in the world?]
October 18, 202300:40:21

Ep. 29: The Problem of Evil [Why does a "good" God allow evil and suffering in the world?]

Why does God allow so much evil and suffering in our world? If he is all powerful, all knowing, and as good as the Bible claims why doesn’t he put a stop to it? This is a serious problem that many people of faith struggle to make sense of and those outside of Christianity use as ammunition ...

Ep. 28: Indoctrination and Wish Fulfillment [Do Christians only believe what they are raised to?]
September 28, 202300:40:17

Ep. 28: Indoctrination and Wish Fulfillment [Do Christians only believe what they are raised to?]

Do people only believe in a religion because it's what they were born into? Does something like Christianity only continue because it gets indoctrinated into children, who then mostly abandon it once they are old enough to think for themselves? And how should one respond to the claim that b...

Ep. 27: Aliens, Ghosts, & Arguments for God [Should Christians believe in aliens and ghosts?]
September 14, 202300:43:19

Ep. 27: Aliens, Ghosts, & Arguments for God [Should Christians believe in aliens and ghosts?]

Is the possible existence of aliens a problem for Christianity and something followers of Jesus should choose not to believe in? What about ghosts or other paranormal activity? Is there a “magic bullet” argument that works to prove the existence of God? Do all people even receive and think ...