Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

Season 1
Episode Number
Release Date
July 1, 2019
Fruit of the SpiritGoodness

feat. Maryam

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What does "goodness" mean? God said everything He created was good; the Messiah said only God is good. Confusing, right? Maryam and I sat down to talk about how we've been defining good and how our respective religions and cultures have shaped that perception.

About Maryam

Maryam and I have known each other for about 4 years. We met in graduate school and ended up with the privilege of working together. Maryam is a devout Muslim and we often have conversations about religion and culture.


I usually do a full transcript but I've been having trouble with the software I use to transcribe the episodes and I've been too busy to do it manually. If not having a transcript is a huge problem for you please contact me, either using the contact form on the website or via the comment section. If no one complains about missing the transcripts, future episodes will only have notes and references.

References and Footnotes

  1. In the beginning, when Maryam is telling us her definition of good, that jingling sound is Bubbles (my cat) in the background.
  2. The Fruit of the Spirit are discussed in Galatians 5:22-23
  3. In the discussion about works vs. faith, I'm referencing Sola Fide (by faith alone). A great summary of what I believe (plus Bible verses to support that argument can be found on GotQuestions.org).
  4. The Greek word for "goodness" is ἀγαθωσύνη.
  5. "19. agathosune". Bible Hub; visited June 2019
  6. The Hebrew word for "goodness" is טוּב.
  7. "2898. tub". Bible Hub; visited June 2019
  8. "goodness". Merriam Webster; visited June 2019
  9. The quote in which Jesus/Yeshua asks why someone is calling Him good can be found in Matthew 19:17Mark 10:18, and Luke 18:19.
  10. The video I reference in which someone points out that good is always in reference to a standard is called "You Are Good" and it is by Jon Jorgenson.
  11. The book I'm referencing is 📔Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption  by Bryan Stevenson. I highly recommend! (It's also slated to come to movie theaters in 2020)
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