Have you ever had an intruder? Knowing that someone has entered your space immediately makes you feel violated and on guard, and that’s exactly how we’re supposed to feel when an intruding serpent shows up in the Garden of Eden.

I feel so honored to have Courtney Doctor as our guest today. Courtney is a an author, Bible teacher, frequent conference and retreat speaker, and she serves as coordinator for women’s initiatives for the Gospel Coalition. Courtney’s Bible study, From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story is part of our recommended resources all throughout this season. You can find that full list of books, podcast episodes and videos below.

Now, this episode is a little longer than usual, but it is so, so worth it. I hope you’ll listen to every bit, as Courtney helps us explore this story about an intruding serpent who twists God’s words, and then, in all absurdity, Adam and Eve listen to him. I hope this conversation will help you—as Courtney says—know where you are in the story, and live like the story is true.

Guest: Courtney Doctor

Bible Passage: Genesis 3:1-15

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Producer: Maria Lyons

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor is an author, Bible teacher, frequent conference and retreat speaker, and periodic blogger. She received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013 and is the author of From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story (2016); Steadfast: A Devotional Bible Study on the Book of James (2019); and In View of God’s Mercies: The Gift of the Gospel in Romans (2022). She currently serves as the Coordinator of Women’s Initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. Her greatest desire in all of this is to be able to faithfully study, apply, and teach the word of God and help others to do the same.

God has blessed Courtney and her husband, Craig, with four wonderful children, two amazing daughters-in-law, five sweet grandchildren — and their much-loved, goofy dog, Walter.


Adam and Eve were able to not sin. We're born into a state where we're not able to not sin. But, in Christ, He makes us able to not sin. So obedience to God's word is not only necessary, it's actually possible in Him. - Courtney Doctor Share on X
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