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Episode 77: Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza Talks To Us About The Practice Of Our Faith

Episode 77: Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza Talks To Us About The Practice Of Our Faith

January 19, 2020

Dr. Robyn comes on the show to talk to us about their new book "Activist Theology".  We talk about the difference between orthodoxy and orthopraxy and how our greatest commitment ought to be our commitment to one another.  If you've ever wondered if you have what it takes to make a difference in the world, this episode is for you.

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Episode 76: The Naked Pastor Talks To Us About Toxic Christianity

Episode 76: The Naked Pastor Talks To Us About Toxic Christianity

January 12, 2020

Today we sit down with David Hayward (aka the Naked Pastor) to talk about his cartoons that revolve around toxic aspects of the church and Christianity that often leave a wake of pain in its path.  I'm excited about this one, go check it out, and get some of his books (links below).

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Episode 75: Karl Forehand Says God Doesn’t Turn His Back On Anyone, Ever

Episode 75: Karl Forehand Says God Doesn’t Turn His Back On Anyone, Ever

January 5, 2020

In this week's episode we sit down with my friend Karl Forehand to talk about his book "Apparent Faith."  Get the book, find him on Social Media, and show him some love.

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Episode 74: Philip Jenkins Talks To Us About The Lost History Of Christianity

Episode 74: Philip Jenkins Talks To Us About The Lost History Of Christianity

December 29, 2019

In this week's episode we wrap up 2019 by talking to Dr. Philip Jenkins about his book "The Lost History of Christianity".  Dr. Jenkins is a professor at Baylor University and the author of a number of different books.  If you want to know more about the history of the early church and how the church came to be, this is a great place to begin.  Enjoy!

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Episode 73: Alexander John Shaia Teaches Us How To Decorate The Dark (Keep Christ In Christian, Part 3)

Episode 73: Alexander John Shaia Teaches Us How To Decorate The Dark (Keep Christ In Christian, Part 3)

December 22, 2019

In this week's episode we talk to Alexander John Shaia about the origins of Christmas.  We talk Celtic Christianity, Winter Solstice, Christmas Trees, Darkness, Boxing Day, and MORE.  Enjoy, and MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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"Take Pride" by Will Retherford

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Recorded in NYC with producers David Gungor and John Arndt of progressive indie band, The Brilliance, Will Retherford releases “Take Pride” as a LGBTQ+ anthem proclaiming affirmation, freedom, and acceptance. Other contributors include: James McAlister of Sufjan Stevens, Jarod Evans of Blackwatch Studios, and Huntley Miller, Mastering Engineer for Bon Iver, Zedd, and more.  

Further Info:

As a straight white male, Will Retherford was compelled to write an advocate song for his queer friends and the larger LGBTQ+ community. He wrote this song on the same day as the wedding of his dear friends Sam & Haley Hedrick, in which one is transgender. As a long-time advocate for the queer community, Will has been frustrated at the great rejection of these people from society, church, and family. Will hopes this song brings healing to many and convicts the right people who are infected by homophobia. Although this song is for queer people, it belongs to all people who have been rejected, shut out, and told to change. “Take pride. Take heart.” 

Artist Quote:

“Some of my queer friends have been the most important people in my life. This is a song to tell them to never change who they are and that they are very much loved.” 

Artist Bio:

Artist and producer Will Retherford is known for writing about social constructs and post-spiritual ideas crafted with the sounds of orchestral dream pop and mild flavors of folk and indie rock. Inspired by his Anglican faith and participation in activism, Will seeks to unite people through the power of music and ideas in the everyday discovery of purpose and belonging.

 

Episode 72: Don’t Let What I’m About To Tell You Ruin Christmas (Keep Christ In Christian, Part 2)

Episode 72: Don’t Let What I’m About To Tell You Ruin Christmas (Keep Christ In Christian, Part 2)

December 15, 2019

It's part 2 of our series we're doing for Christmas called "Keep Christ in ChristIAN" and this week get ready to have your mind blown and your faith stre-e--e---e----e-----e-----etched as we talk about the birth of Jesus as told by Matthew and explore some possible ways that Matthew might have embellished the story and added a bunch of details that likely never happened.

Eh?

Go listen!

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Episode 71: Let’s Rage Against The Machine, Buck The System, Push Back Against The Empire, And Stir Up Some Holy Trouble (Keep Christ In Christian, Part 1)

Episode 71: Let’s Rage Against The Machine, Buck The System, Push Back Against The Empire, And Stir Up Some Holy Trouble (Keep Christ In Christian, Part 1)

December 8, 2019

It's week 1 of our new series called "Keep Christ in Christian" and this week we're taking a look at a story in Luke's Gospel where Jesus interacts with a man named Zacchaeus and we're challenging ourselves to live like Christ not just during the Christmas season, but all year long.  

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Episode 70: Matthew Korpman Says No To God (Setting The Bible Free, Part 11)

Episode 70: Matthew Korpman Says No To God (Setting The Bible Free, Part 11)

December 1, 2019

It's the FINAL INSTALLMENT of our series, "Setting the Bible Free" and this week we sit down with theologian and scholar, Matthew Korpman, to talk about his new book (releasing DECEMBER 13, 2019), "Saying No To God: A Radical Approach To Reading The Bible Faithfully".  In the episode Matthew talks to us about what deconstruction has looked like for him and explains to us how and why the Bible urges us to not only argue with God, but to say NO to God.

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"Although bumper stickers abound that propose otherwise, the Bible itself reveals that just because “God says it,” does not, in fact, mean “that settles it.” On the contrary, a close reading of Scripture reveals that God does not want us to blindly obey him, but rather, invites us to “lock hands” with him and fight. The purpose of this book is to show another way to understand the Bible, one in which readers are not asked to accept what God says, but on the contrary: to say no to it, not because they merely want to, but because the God of the Bible actually requires it."

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Episode 69: Bushi The Buddhist Monk Talks To Us About Deconstruction, Reading the Bible, And Living Like Christ (Setting The Bible Free, Part 10)

Episode 69: Bushi The Buddhist Monk Talks To Us About Deconstruction, Reading the Bible, And Living Like Christ (Setting The Bible Free, Part 10)

November 24, 2019

It's week TEN of our series "Setting the Bible Free" and today we're sitting down with my friend Bushi.  Bushi was at one time an evangelical Christian pastor and now he's a Buddhist Zen Monk.  In today's episode he talks to us about his own journey of deconstruction, what Buddhism has taught him about the Bible, and the importance of living the way of Christ in our everyday lives.

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Episode 68: Doug Pagitt Tells Us How To Out Do Jesus And What John 3:16 Really Mean (Setting The Bible Free, Part 9)

Episode 68: Doug Pagitt Tells Us How To Out Do Jesus And What John 3:16 Really Mean (Setting The Bible Free, Part 9)

November 17, 2019

In today's episode we talk to Doug Pagitt about his new book "Outdoing Jesus".  He talks to us about what it looks like to out do the Son of God and what John 3:16 really means.  

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Further Info:

As a straight white male, Will Retherford was compelled to write an advocate song for his queer friends and the larger LGBTQ+ community. He wrote this song on the same day as the wedding of his dear friends Sam & Haley Hedrick, in which one is transgender. As a long-time advocate for the queer community, Will has been frustrated at the great rejection of these people from society, church, and family. Will hopes this song brings healing to many and convicts the right people who are infected by homophobia. Although this song is for queer people, it belongs to all people who have been rejected, shut out, and told to change. “Take pride. Take heart.” 

Artist Quote:

“Some of my queer friends have been the most important people in my life. This is a song to tell them to never change who they are and that they are very much loved.” 

Artist Bio:

Artist and producer Will Retherford is known for writing about social constructs and post-spiritual ideas crafted with the sounds of orchestral dream pop and mild flavors of folk and indie rock. Inspired by his Anglican faith and participation in activism, Will seeks to unite people through the power of music and ideas in the everyday discovery of purpose and belonging.