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The Jesus Jawn
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We're a podcast of two Christian pastors talking politics, music, the general state of the world, and the radical Jesus movement. We'll also have dope guests and a sick beat. Because we care about y'all.
 
Rethinking and reimagining your faith? That matters. You are not alone. Follow those questions, doubts, and curiosities with us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Hosts Jeff, Bonnie, Casey, Allen, and Rajeev cultivate thoughtful conversations for the spiritual journeyer. Especially if you’re evolving out of Evangelicalism or Christian Fundamentalism, you are Irenicast.
 
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Lord Have Mercy
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Dig deep into the discussions about God the Bible and Sex with co-hosts Crystal Cheatham and Sexologist Reverend Alba Onofrio. Join in on the upbeat banter that is both hilariously irreverent and appropriately pensive as they hit key topics so on the nose you will squeal and clap with excitement. 'Cuz let's be honest, people never say these things! As sexual as we all are, we still want to know how the Bible applies to our personal identities. Oh, and it's queer. Ok bye!
 
A Year of Listening Podcast is designed to reclaim the lost art of civil, compassionate, and nuanced conversation about a variety of polarizing topics. In short, we’re tackling all the topics your mother warned you not to discuss at cocktail parties. The goal of this show is to help people understand the very personal experiences that often guide our beliefs in the hopes that this expands our compassion and empathy for those who believe differently than us. I have no doubt that in every epis ...
 
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This week’s episode features a discussion about the new film about the organization Preemptive Love. Jeremy and Jessica started Preemptive Love Coalition during the middle of the Iraq War in in 2008. Over the past decade they have been a non-profit on the front lines, providing relief and serving and working for peace in conflict rich areas of ...…
 
This week’s episode is a little different. Over the next few months we will be hosting a series of dialogues with friends and listeners around topics of disagreement. In an effort to practice what we preach about engaging polarizing topics with compassion, civility and nuance, we’re going to be doing just that. This week I sat down with my husb ...…
 
Per listener request, the Irenicast crew takes up the topic of Faith Healing. Surprise! Not every evangelical and/or fundamentalist tradition approaches this topic in the same way. Co-hosts discuss personal experiences with Faith Healing through the filters of their former faith contexts as well as their current faith contexts. The question of ...…
 
This episode is sponsored by Faith in Public Life. Please sign the Faith in Public Life petition to end gun violence. Samantha Field grew up in a Christian fundamentalist cult, but escaped as a young adult. Now, she writes about being a bisexual woman and abuse survivor, exploring intersectional feminism and liberation theology. Her devotional ...…
 
This week we the Triad family is here to discuss polyamory and their family. Katie, Luis and Raquel are a polyamorous family From Baltimore, Maryland. We discuss the backlash they received for their choice to pursue this lifestyle, what challenges do they face and why they choose each other despite those challenges. You may not agree with their ...…
 
Lenny and Jason catch up before a revival in Brooklyn, N.Y.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
Welcome back! Today is the International Day of Listening! We have a special episode today with Tracy Hollister. Tracy works for the organization Listening Room Conversations, an organization attempting to heal divides with a conversational model developed by dialogue experts in order to facilitate connection between people despite their differ ...…
 
Rajeev sits down and has a conversation on grief with author Megan Devine. Grief might be the most universal human experience and Megan shares her personal journey to her work as a grief advocate. She provides wisdom into developing one’s own grief skills, whether they are needed for personal griefs or to walk into grief with a loved one. As a ...…
 
Allen, Casey and Jeff dive into the disturbing notion of “gay conversion therapy”, sometimes called “gay reparative therapy”. The episode begins with Casey sharing his personal experience with the horrific practice. Allen and Jeff share from their own experiences as straight white guys. All three reveal the influence of religiously institutiona ...…
 
This week we have a lighter contentious topic to hash out. As the children have now gone back to school and the unofficial end of summer is just around the corner it’s time to answer this most important question once and for all: Is fall the best or the worst? Colleen joins her sister Ryann to debate the merits and drawbacks to this polarizing ...…
 
Lenny's back in Baltimore, so him and Jason hit up some recent news –– and then welcome a surprise (not surprise, it's the Rev. Lura Groen, read the title, boo) guest! Check it.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
Adversity is a common theme for everyone. No one is exempt from dealing with adversity in some form or another and yet the universe does not dole out adversity equally. Today’s guest is Kenneth Cheadle, a speaker, certified life and career coach, a millennial leader, entrepreneur, and author. Ken’s own story of success includes beating the odds ...…
 
Rajeev and Bonnie interview their good friend in this episode, The Rev. Dr. Horace L. Griffin. Rev. Dr. Horace L. Griffin is an Episcopal Priest and gay man serving St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Georgia as Associate for Pastoral Care and Outreach. He is author of the award-winning book, Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Les ...…
 
This week addresses the topic of white supremacy and the church. Does the church play a role in white supremacy? What is theirs to do in dismantling it? And what will the cost be if the church doesn’t take on this work? Guest Lenny Duncan helps answer these questions. Lenny is a pastor and a mission developer, a queer black man and the author o ...…
 
This week we are tackling free speech with a conversation with Freddy Weinberg about the Intellectual Dark Web. Freddy is a thinker, a journalist and the host of the Live Learn Repeat Podcast. Freddy and I discuss what, exactly, the IDW is, and whether or not free speech is at stake in our country. Is political correctness a threat to our count ...…
 
Because the topic is worth repeating, the team is revisiting forgiveness. Previously, way back in episode 73, Jeff and Mel (aka Mona) came to the conclusion that forgiveness and reconciliation are not at all synonymous. This time around, Jeff, Allen, Bonnie and Rajeev explore humanity’s need for forgiveness, individually and communally. They co ...…
 
Lenny and Jason welcome The amazing Rev. Tamika Jancewicz to the show. We talked the Mueller testimony before just sitting back and letting the beauty of Tamika overwhelm us. Be jealous.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
This week we’re talking about sugar! Is it as bad as some say? Are we going to look back 100 years and be astonished we ever fed it to children? Or is it not that big of a deal? Today’s guest, Michael Collins has been sugar free for 30 years. He is the founder of ​SugarAddiction.com​ and Chairman of the Board of the ​Food Addiction Institute​, ...…
 
Does God Act? In an epilogue to their Community series, Irenicast co-hosts ask and answer the question where they find God showing up in the world. Spoilers: they don’t all agree!After a brief discussion on the language we use for God, Casey helps turn the discussion toward the experiential, highlighting the diversity of the team. Eventually th ...…
 
Lenny and Jason talk brain chemistry, the 4th of July weekend (sorry it's so late!) and airports that existed during the Revolutionary War. As you do.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
Q: What do you get when you put two app developers in a podcast together? A: GREAT CONVERSATION! Ya’ll we queer/Christian business owners are taking over the world. It was a pleasure to sit down with Adam Evers. Adam Evers is the co-founder of Believr, an app yet to launch that promises to be the premier dating app for LGBTQ+ Christians. In thi ...…
 
What happens when the political ideologies you once believed don’t hold the weight that they used to? What does it look like to shift from one political party to the other. Our guest today John Wood did just that. At one time John campaigned passionately for Barak Obama. Just a few years later he was running himself as a Republican for the Cong ...…
 
In this episode I interview Ben Christian of A Game for Good Christians. Similar to Cards Against Humanity this card game is irreverent and will most likely make you spit out your drink if you’re not careful. The difference is that these cards are all sourced from Biblical material—and let the hilarity ensue! I hope you enjoy the show.…
 
This week we are talking about Revolutionary Relationships. Guest Rosella White is the author of the new book Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World which delves into this concept of revolutionary relationships as relationships that change ourselves and the world around us. Rosella shares what she’s learned about t ...…
 
Elizabeth Jeffries PhD, author of Through the Kaleidoscope, sits down with Irenicast co-host Jeff, bringing forth spiritual treasures out of the world of molecular biology. For anyone seeking to ground their religious affections and theological process in the solid matter of the natural world, Jeffries offers fresh ideas-- herself having naviga ...…
 
This week we’re talking about the foster care system, the good, the bad and the ugly. Guest Gwen Hicks is an educator, advocate and champion of kids in the foster care system. As the Chief Dreamer of Amarillo Angels, a non-profit designed to support children in foster care and their foster families, she has served those on the front lines withi ...…
 
Lenny & Jason are back to just themselves for this episode. But it's totally decent. We promise.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
We’re back!!! This week's episodes includes a conversation with an old friend. Lyra Repplinger and Colleen discuss a few things that they’ve changed their opinions on over the years. You may remember Lyra from episode 39, a recap episode. This time Lyra and Colleen take turns sharing a few of the big and small things they’ve changed their minds ...…
 
Author Lenny Duncan is the unlikeliest of pastors. Formerly incarcerated and homeless, he is now a black preacher in the whitest denomination in the United States: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Shifting demographics and shrinking congregations make the all headlines, but Duncan sees something else at work—drawing a direct line bet ...…
 
Lenny and Jason welcome activist, writer, and poet Rachel Virginia Hester to the show, when we met her in historic Greensboro, North Carolina, for some sparkling water and tea. All the tea.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
If you didn’t get out to your local LGBTQ Pride festivities -- no worries -- this episode is a Pride month celebration. Our own Pastor Casey Tinnin was elected the Grand Marshal of the Sacramento, California Pride Parade. What do you wear when you’re the Grand Marshal of a Pride parade? In the first half of this celebration, Casey recounts his ...…
 
Lenny and Jason meet up in D.C. to march with the Rev. Dr. William Barber II to the White House, and they talk to some others who made the trip.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
Lenny & Jason are by themselves for this episode. Don't hold it against them.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
In the final episode of the “relational” series, the Irenicast crew reflects on chosen community. We all need a chosen family to do life with. This is especially true for people in marginalized, oppressed groups like those who are LGBTQ+ and are those who minortized because of their race/ethnicity. Co-hosts discuss the formation and cultivation ...…
 
We welcomed the Rev. Melissa Florer-Bixler, author, theologian, and all-around amazing person. Also we love this airbnb in Raleigh, North Carolina.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
We’ve got another special episode! Every once in a while we take a break from all of our serious conversations for something a little more lighthearted. Last weekend was Memorial Day weekend which is the unofficial start of summer and so we are going to discuss polarizing summer opinions. Our “fun” polarizing opinion episodes can be some of our ...…
 
This week we have a recap episode! Every eight or nine episodes we pause to think about what we’ve learned from our guests. This week it’s just Colleen behind the mic sharing what she's learned from this set of conversations. We’ll be looking at episodes 52-60. This includes Pornography Addiction with Mark Macdonald, Depolarizing Politics with ...…
 
Parenting is hard, but deconstructing with kids adds an extra layer to the hard. Some parents feel the need to reform fundamentalist/evangelical Christian values into progressive Christian values. Other parents want to distance children from conservative Christianity by raising children outside of religious faith. Still other parents jerk the f ...…
 
This week’s conversation covers a multitude of topics. My guest, Jonathan Brooks and I discuss the damaging effects of a singular narrative, what happens when escaping from your neighborhood becomes the definition of success and how falling in love with the place you live is the best hope for effecting change in your community. Jonathan is a li ...…
 
Yaz Nunez Soulforce Yaz Nuñez is a friend and former co-worker from Soulforce. Solfource works to sabotage Christian Supremacy and end the political and religious oppression of all marginalized people. With an ethic of relentless, nonviolent resistance, Soulforce sabotages Christian Supremacy through research and informed strategy. Yaz recently ...…
 
For the inaugural jawn, Lenny & Jason welcome their first dope guest, Crystal Cheatham –– the rockstar behind Our Bible App. Then they talk a little about what this whole podcast will be about. You don't want to miss it.By Lenny Duncan & Jason Chesnut.
 
This week we are finishing our series around sexual orientation and the Church. My guest is David Bennett. David hails from Sydney, Australia, lives in Oxford, where he is reading for his PhD in theological ethics, and works as an international speaker and research fellow for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, and RZIM. He holds postg ...…
 
It gets real as the Irenicast team talks about one’s given community -- or family of origin-- as family systems rather than a collection of individuals. Thinking about family as a system impacts the way we think about ourselves in relation to family members. Family relationships can be especially hard to navigate when one’s views of the world a ...…
 
We're a podcast of two Christian pastors talking politics, music, the general state of the world, and the radical Jesus movement. We'll also have dope guests and a sick beat. Because we care about y'all. And this is our trailer! Hope you enjoy. We can't wait to connect with you.By Lenny & Jason.
 
Erin Green Brave Commons Erin Green is an affirming biblical scholar and LGBTQ+ activist. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University and is a current Mdiv student at San Francisco Theological Seminary. Erin is best known for her work in supporting LGBTQ+ students on conservative, Christian university campuses. ...…
 
This week we are tackling a topic many may be unfamiliar or uneducated about. Mason Aid is here to talk about non-binary gender identity. Mason is an LGBTQ educator and advocate who helps educators and mental health professionals know how to better support teens as they come out and/or deal with mental health issues. Mason and I discuss what it ...…
 
This week we are talking about the American Dream. What is the American Dream? Is it accessible to everyone? My guest is Lindsy Wallace, a wife and mother who has followed Jesus to the margins of society. We talk about the concept of the American Dream as well as downward and upward mobility, the ways in which our systems are designed with some ...…
 
You may know Isaac Archuleta from a previous episode but I’m bringing him back because we have a surprise to share with you. He is the creator of the I Am Clinic, a place where LGBTQ Christians can receive mental health services that allows them to step into their fuller selves. Find out more about Isaac at iamclinic.org.…
 
This week the topic is the intersection of trans identity and faith. The guest, Ellie Dote, is a deeply faithful Christian who has transitioned from male to female. She is on a mission to start the conversation about how and where trans people can belong in faith communities. Ellie and Colleen chat about her story, theology and the role she see ...…
 
Conceptualizing the self, building intrapersonal intelligence, becoming aware of our interconnectedness, reclaiming self-love in theological context, moving beyond platitudes about self-care, and more mix in this week’s conversation. Officially kicking off our series on relationships, the team begins with that person nearest and dearest to us - ...…
 
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