15 - "Grateful" with Diana Butler Bass

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Four out of five Americans have said that they feel gratitude in their daily lives, but this seems to be at odds with the discontent that permeates modern society.

How do we navigate the chasm between our desire to be grateful and our ability to behave gratefully—a divide that influences our understanding of morality, worship, and institutional religion itself. Join in this week as I discuss gratitude and an economy of grace and love with Dr. Diana Butler Bass.

Guest Bio:

Diana Butler Bass is the author of eight books on American religion, including Christianity After Religion, Christianity for the Rest of Us, and A People's History of Christianity. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University, has taught at the college and graduate level, and is currently an independent scholar. She was a columnist for the New York Times Syndicate, and blogs for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post on issues of religion, spirituality, and culture. Bass is a popular speaker at conferences, colleges and universities, and churches across North America. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Connect with Diana at her website is dianabutlerbass.com, she can be followed on Twitter at @dianabutlerbass, and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/d.butler.bass/

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14 - Open Theism with Dr. Greg Boyd

14 - Open Theism with Dr. Greg Boyd

What is open theism? What is it's purpose and when we discuss what is our future and what is reality where does that leave us? Do we have control or does God? Let's get into it. 

Greg Boyd is an internationally recognized theologian, preacher, teacher, apologist and author.

He has been featured on the front page of The New York Times, The Charlie Rose Show, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC and numerous other television and radio venues.

13 - The Doctrine of Discovery and Exceptionalism with Mark Charles

13 - The Doctrine of Discovery and Exceptionalism with Mark Charles

Have you ever wondered how we became the country and the church and the way that we are today? What is the true history of our nation. Ask almost any person on the street and they will quote to you Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln or further back Columbus. But that's not the history, at least, not the true history. The Doctrine of Discovery is absolutely fascinating and all-together important to understand; especially through a lens of how it impacts every portion of our lives. 

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10 - The Black Madonna with Courtney Hall Lee

10 - The Black Madonna with Courtney Hall Lee

This week I had the great pleasure of speaking with the author, blogger, and rising voice of Courtney Hall Lee. In this episode we sit down to discuss many topics. Most specifically surrounding her new book Black Madonna: A Womanist Look at Mary of Nazareth  #BLACKLIVESMATTER, what good can come from Nazareth. Courtney Hall Lee writes about theology, Christianity and spirituality. She speaks and writes about the intersections of faith, culture, and social justice.

09 - Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God with Pastor Brian Zahnd

09 - Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God with Pastor Brian Zahnd

This week I had the great pleasure of sitting down with Pastor Brian Zahnd to discuss a bit about his most recent book, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God . Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Saint Joseph, Missouri. Brian and his wife, Peri, founded the church in 1981. Brian is also the author of several books, including, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving GodWater to WineA Farewell To MarsBeauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness.


You can find all Brians work at https://brianzahnd.com/ and I encourage you to connect with him on Twitter as well at @BrianZahnd

07 - Stranger God with Richard Beck

07 - Stranger God with Richard Beck

I'm so happy you get to hear this. Our country and our culture likes to categorize us. Democrat, Republican, Him, Her, Bigot, Worthy, Unworthy, Christian, Muslim. But are these healthy, are they normal? I had the honor to  sit down with Dr. Richard Beck to have a discussion on how learning to see past that and embracing the 'other' can help us so much...and if we are looking...we find Jesus. Dr. Beck has written extensively about this and that effort is well worth your time and attention. Please get this book...you need this book! Find it here

06 - Biblical Inerrancy with Jared Byas

06 - Biblical Inerrancy with Jared Byas

Is the Bible inerrant? This is a huge question and one that matters for our faith. If it's not what does this do for authority and how should we read it? 

Jared studied under Dr. Peter Enns in the early 2000s, he was also a teaching pastor and professor near Philadelphia, teaching courses and developing curricula in philosophy, ethics, & biblical studies. In 2011 he launched a creative solutions company and in 2013 had the opportunity to partner with an old friend to launch Experience Institute, an experience-based graduate program in Chicago.

05 - Jesus Untangled with Keith Giles

05 - Jesus Untangled with Keith Giles

I had the pleasure of speaking with Keith Giles this week about the state of our Country, our Politics, and our faith. How we need to be mindful and careful to remember to what and how we pledge our unwavering allegiance. Keith is a former pastor who left the pulpit over a decade ago to follow Jesus as well as the author of several books, including “Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics To Pledge Allegiance To The Lamb.”

03 - Hell: Annihilationism with Dr. John Stackhouse

In a follow up to the last episode and discussion on Hell in this episode we'll take another look at, another, possible theory on Hell, Annihilationism: though some have called it Conditionalism. 

We are joined by Dr. John Stackhouse; he was educated in history and religious studies at Mount Carmel Bible School at Queen’s University in Ontario, Wheaton College Graduate School in Illinois, and The University of Chicago (Ph.D.).

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