Bard & Bible



A conversational devotional as a tabletop gaming missionary reflects on scripture, life, and the games we play


  • Tale #56 – Old Friends and Old Stories

    09/12/2021 Duração: 11min

    Continuing on my brief hiatus from the stories of Genesis, our friend the Keeper is off to the Palladium to visit his friend Lysander and talk about old times over tea. It was Lysander’s doing that lead to the keeper leaving the choir of warsingers to join the ranks of… Continue reading

  • Tale #55 – Restitution

    05/11/2021 Duração: 21min

    The Keeper finds himself traveling in the Sea of Grass – a portion of the realm of Austwaine marked by rolling hills and high grasslands. Sitting beside his campfire one night, he is joined by someone who started out an enemy but would leave as something else. Forgiveness is something… Continue reading

  • Tale #54 – A Minor Parable Series Begins

    27/10/2021 Duração: 06min

    After having to deal with COVID coming to visit our family (everyone is fine now, but it was pretty much ever present for some time), I’m getting back on the podcasting horse with a bit of a journey. My keeper is going to do some of his own wandering for… Continue reading

  • B&B Special Edition — Shaneen Thompson

    30/06/2021 Duração: 41min

    When she’s not composing ballads behind the bar with Benny, Shaneen is the driving force behind The Hoot & Howl – a blog for all things nerdy across a variety of subjects. She can also be found chatting and streaming with the folks at 1 Geek 4:11. In this third… Continue reading

  • B&B Special Edition — James Felix

    12/06/2021 Duração: 54min

    Continuing our partnership with our friends at Mythos & Ink to celebrate the release of their new volume of Thy Geekdom Come, I sat down to talk to James Felix from the Geek At Arms podcast about his contribution to volume 2 — engaging with the radical, life changing forgiveness… Continue reading

  • Tale #53 – No Quarrel

    09/06/2021 Duração: 33min

    Between a planned trip out to New Jersey to see my family over the holiday weekend and an assortment of work and health (both mental and physical) issues, I had another instance of spending more time in a text than my original scheduling offered me. As usual, God has used… Continue reading

  • B&B Special Edition — Ashley Mowers

    15/05/2021 Duração: 01h08min

    We’re still celebrating the release of Thy Geekdom Come 2 from our friends at Mythos and Ink. What better way to celebrate our friend’s new release than with a discussion with our OTHER friends about their contributions to the book? First up is Ashley Mowers who talks about the two… Continue reading

  • Tale #52 – Like My Father Before Me

    22/04/2021 Duração: 31min

    Over the years I’ve been doing Bard & Bible I’ve noticed some hermeneutical “lenses” I use to help me refresh my mind and challenge me to not simply drop back into the ruts of study and application that I know and have in my toolbelt like some sort of dollar… Continue reading

  • Man of Constant Sorrow: A Reflection From the Garden

    04/04/2021 Duração: 37min

    Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what it must have been like for Jesus as he prayed for the metaphorical cup to pass from him? Have you wondered why the same God who knew the road would always lead to cross would ask three more times there in the… Continue reading

  • Tale #51 – The Depth of Pride

    01/04/2021 Duração: 26min

    The Tower of Babel is a story of pride. Mankind’s pride and dismissal of all that God had given them, in their own ability, and their own authority. We’ve heard about God judging these people in a way that lead them to get over themselves and listen to God –… Continue reading

  • The Curate & the Bog Skimmer

    06/03/2021 Duração: 11min

    When first the nations were born that would become the Nine Realms – eight leaders came to parley and define their boundaries. There was one who had stayed at home among the trees and dared any would-be-ruler to try and claim them. Thus were the Free Peoples of the Greatwood… Continue reading

  • Tale #50 – Here at the Bard & Bible

    22/02/2021 Duração: 19min

    To celebrate our 50th tale and three years of the Bard & Bible – we get to have another moment where the Mike Perna of the real world gets to talk to our resident dwarf bard. This time we talk about how the B&B started, the trip it’s been, and… Continue reading

  • Tale #49 – This List is Full of Stories

    13/02/2021 Duração: 21min

    It is easy to get lost in the weeds of Leviticus. It’s easy to get caught up in, let’s call it detailed, recountings of issues and practices that are no longer a part of daily life. But even the wandering bards know that we at the Bard & Bible are… Continue reading

  • Tale #48 – The Fireball Moment

    28/01/2021 Duração: 23min

    There are moments where decisive action is necessary. The challenge is that these decisions can be made in a moment but have long lasting ramifications, and how do you navigate that? If you’ve ever been a part of a Dungeons and Dragons adventuring party, you know the terrifying feeling when… Continue reading

  • Tale #47 – Honesty is a Fluffy Halfling

    10/01/2021 Duração: 23min

    It is so easy to hide who we are when we want to. Some times that hiding looks like the image of quiet isolation often conjured up by the concept, but others it is loud, raucous, and smiling. We hide for safety, for security, and the fear of the loss… Continue reading

  • B.A.R.D. Project 3: The Little Match Stick Girl

    10/12/2020 Duração: 07min

    It’s the holiday season, so I knew I wanted to do a B.A.R.D. Project – which stands for Biblical Articulation Read Deliberately – about the holidays. There are a large number of well trod holiday texts I could have pulled from, but the Bard & Bible is often a place… Continue reading

  • Tale #46 – Sea Change

    29/11/2020 Duração: 29min

    The story of Noah has been a part of my life since before I can remember. It is my father’s favorite story in the Bible, and therefore is also the reason my son bears the same name as its primary character. I was excited to put this well-known and widely… Continue reading

  • Tale #45 – Kin Killer

    01/08/2020 Duração: 37min

    We continue on a journey through the stories in the book of Genesis with a reflection on the story of Cain and Abel. What happens when the child of promise brings about the rise of evil in the world? Why does God, who is all-knowing, ask what happened to his… Continue reading

  • Tale #44 – Blood, Skins, & Redemptive Love

    03/06/2020 Duração: 37min

    The United States – and even the World – is processing so much hurt, frustration, sadness, pain, and more. It is in this world of broken systems, painful conversations, deflections, distractions, and hostilities that we wrestle with the idea of who God is and how He loves us. So let’s… Continue reading

  • Tale #43 – Let Us Begin

    17/05/2020 Duração: 29min

    As we start down this road together through the stories of the book of Genesis – it only makes sense that we need to start at Creation. The beginning. The titular genesis. Even folks I know who have tangentially experienced church through their lifetime know the story of God birthing… Continue reading

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