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This podcast series explores the Gospel of Matthew as literature, as a story. I make the argument that the story is one of a nonviolent revolutionary peasant leader named Jesus or Joshua (depending on whether you transliterate from the Greek or the Hebrew). The story, therefore, is sociopolitically subversive. Not only is the story subversive in its content, it is also subversive in its form. It parodies an ancient genre of literature common among the upper classes.I will make the argument t ...
 
NonsenseMovieChat is a podcast sometimes dedicated to finding self-help advice in popular and unpopular film and sometimes to aimless rubbish.
 
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This episode starts a new section of Matthew, chapters 18-20, in which Jesus talks about the structure of the New Society, specifically how power, honor, and authority are distributed. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
We're kicking off Phase One of the podcast! For the next several weeks, I'll be sharing conversations with guest stars and crew members from Seinfeld. In this episode I talk to actress, writer and advocate Angela Featherstone about her role as Cindy in the season 9 Seinfeld episode The Maid, as well as working on Friends, Con Air, and The Wedding S…
 
Sounds dirty but isn't, it's an ode to the strongest muscle of the body, the sphincter, our most reliable friend. By nationally known song parodist, Loose Bruce Kerr. Bruce is regularly featured on the Dr. Demento and Jim Bohannon nationally syndicated radio shows. Visit: www.loosebrucekerr.com to hear other songs, parodies, and videos of "Loose Br…
 
The Gospel story has been used as a pretext for horrible persecution of Jewish people in the West. This persecution led to the modern state of Israel, perceived, for good reason, by many Jews as the only way to escape this persecution. The result has been the dispossession of the Palestinian people. In this episode, I try to grapple with this histo…
 
What’s the deal with darkness? Welcome to The Other Side of Darkness, an episodic Seinfeld parody story that answers a simple question: what if David Lynch wrote an episode of Seinfeld? Produced by Seinpeaks, The Other Side of Darkness will unfold in eight 20-30 minute episodes, published each week beginning this fall. Between now and then, I’ll be…
 
Fresh off the mountain of the transfiguration, Jesus counters the interpretation of the temple establishment, casts out a Roman demon, and cleverly undermines the authority of the temple system of the empire. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
The Transfiguration has baffled commentators for centuries. What is the point? How does it fit into the story? I think that I have a good answer for that. If we think of this gospel as a "hero story," what happens in that sort of story when the hero finally decides to take the gloves off and go on the offensive, no longer avoiding conflict but runn…
 
We finally come to the halfway point in the story, where it takes a turn toward Jerusalem. Geography in this story is not always exact, in fact the author takes literary license with the geographical facts, but it is always pregnant with meaning. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)…
 
What gets lost in translation, and why does it get lost? In this interview, we talk with Dr. James Fehr who is doing work on translating New Testament texts in a way that wrestles with the fact that these texts are from a completely different time and culture and that our modern translations have been translated by people with privilege who don't w…
 
Jesus and his disciples travel north where a dead king is worshiped. Peter is declared to be the bedrock of the "church". . . or is he? Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
"HEAD FOR THE HILLS" (a post-pandemic song) VIDEO is now a full jazz band arrangement in April, 2021 of a song Loose Bruce Kerr composed in April, 2020. Who knew it would take a year before the vaccines started to help us toward an end to the pandemic? To celebrate that, here's the full arrangement and performance video. The song gives a bow to the…
 
"HEAD FOR THE HILLS" (a post-pandemic song) AUDIO is now a full jazz band arrangement in April, 2021 of a song Loose Bruce Kerr composed in April, 2020. Who knew it would take a year before the vaccines started to help us toward an end to the pandemic? To celebrate that, here's the full arrangement. The song gives a bow to the earlier pandemic in 1…
 
How do you resist oppression? Is nationalism ever right? Can a group be nationalist while at the same time collaborating with the imperial oppressor? Can a movement draw deep from it's own national heritage but still be transnational? Those are the questions that today's episode wrestles with through this second passage of Matthew 16. Support the s…
 
The Pharisees and Sadducees join forces to challenge Jesus, but Jesus isn't interested in their credential system. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
The encounter with the Canaanite Woman in the last episode broke open a whole new frontier for the movement. The movement for a new society can now include all people. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
A get-well-soon card to us all, Loose Bruce Kerr's latest parody of the Beatles, "The Long and Winding Road." Bruce sings live over his recording of his orchestral tracks, put together in his studio, "The Garage" in northern California. Bruce had a 20 year career in entertainment, performing and writing his songs and parodies (over 100 plays on the…
 
When an oppressed people express their desires for liberation, they often do it by demonstrating zeal for their national culture and traditions. But oppressed people are often divided into factions, each accusing the other of not being sufficiently dedicated to the cause, not demonstrating sufficient zeal for the national traditions. That is what w…
 
This second sea crossing recalls both Israel's seminal story of liberation and the boastful thoughts of a Seleucid emperor. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
The rich and the powerful party at the expense of the poor, but the common poor can create their own new society of abundance for all! Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
This is a long episode, but a very important one. In this episode, I make clear something that I have been saying throughout the series, that Jesus, as portrayed in Matthew, is opposed to the power of Temples and Priests (all of them, not just in Israel). This episode contains longer musical interludes (to break it up and give listeners time to abs…
 
This episode concludes a chapter in which Jesus speaks in riddles, revealing the hidden things, the wonderful secrets of the new society. Again, nothing is as it seems. Jesus attempts a great scribal reversal, making the peasants scribes, and leaving the scribal class on the outside, lacking understanding. This reversal is rejected...but wait...not…
 
The movement for the New Society is sneaky and spreads through the unwashed masses. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
Jesus starts talking in riddles to hide the wonderful secrets of the new society from those who would destroy it, but the wise will understand. This episode and the next two regular episodes, numbers 33 and 34, explore the parables discourse of chapter 13 (which begins at the end of chapter 12). Through this discourse, Jesus trains his disciples to…
 
(Edited version) In this special episode, I interview Dr. Sebastien Doane, Professor of Biblical Studies at Laval University, in Quebec City, and author of Zombies, Unicorns, Cannibals; Strange Tales from the Bible (published by Paulist Press). We revisit episodes 1 (The Genealogy) and 4 (The Magi) of this podcast series in the light of Dr. Doane's…
 
"I AM THERE FOR YOU" is "Loose Bruce" Kerr's original song, a jazz-scat-big band sound. Bruce records his songs one instrument & vocal at a time, layering to get the final song. In this one, he sings, plays bass & piano "for real," then uses his synthesizer to compose & play each trombone, trumpet, saxophone, & set of drums, one drum or cymbal per …
 
Jesus diagnoses the problem of demon possession differently than his upper class opponents. He finds the root cause of the problem not in the demon-possessed individual but in the situation of oppression. Special Music by Murry Hammond whose music can be found here. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)…
 
Jesus is the broker of God's wisdom to the people, a wisdom for a new society that is not oppressive. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
Ever wonder about that parable about the children playing games in the marketplace? I unpack that one in this episode. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
Matthew has been showing how Jesus and his movement fulfill the visions of the prophets. In chapter 11, the fulfillment theme gets stated so forcefully that it becomes evident that Jesus does not merely fulfill the visions of the prophets but reinterprets them. This reinterpretation is part of a larger program of reinterpreting the world in a way t…
 
Jesus says that secrets will be revealed. Listen to this episode to learn what those secrets are! Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
What does Jesus mean when he says that his disciples will not finish their mission of going through the towns of Israel "before the Son of Man comes"? Listen to this episode to find out. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
After having gathered in the lost - the tax/toll collectors and "sinners" - he suddenly gets called to a high status household, but on the way heals a marginalized woman suffering from menstrual bleeding. Chapters 8 and 9 have Jesus entering the worlds and lives of people who are very separate from each other: a leper, gentiles, women and men, soci…
 
"HOLD ME NOW" is a new song by Loose Bruce Kerr. While Bruce often does parodies, he also writes originals in various styles. This one's in the mold of old Sinatra or Andy Williams standards. Using multi-tracking (invented by his fellow townie of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Les Paul), Bruce adds horns, strings, drums, etc. by synth and plays the guitars, …
 
Who has the authority to forgive sins? Only God? Who has the authority to speak for God then? The ruling classes in antiquity used systems of temples, priests, and sacrifice to control the people. Jesus demonstrates to the people that they don't need any of that to have good standing before God and each other. Support the show (https://paypal.me/Pa…
 
In this episode, I make a mistake in the recording. See if you can catch it...you don't have to be a Bible Scholar, you just need to be paying attention. I only caught it after it was all done; there is no way to fix it, and I don't have the time or energy to go back and correct it, so let's make it a game. If you find it, let me know on the Facebo…
 
"THE WRECK OF THE GOOD BOMBA CHARGER" (Live Video, 1981) by Loose Bruce Kerr. In 1981 I was performing my regular seasonal gig on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Sparky's Waterfront Saloon. A boat that moved passengers between the Caribbean islands down there was called the "Bomba Charger," held about 24 or so, pretty bare bones. But it go…
 
Jesus provides a prayer for his movement rooted in peasant realities of hunger, debt, and the threat of legal prosecution as well as the ancient story of the Exodus liberation. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
Jesus lifts up the mutual aid economy of the peasants and tears down the patronage system of the empire. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
What's the big deal about taking Oaths? Also, women in Nigeria in 2002 used a tactic that Matthew's Jesus prescribes. Support the show (https://paypal.me/ParodySubversion?locale.x=en_US)Bert Newton
 
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