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Zach and Dave discuss the first three episodes of Christianity Today's new podcast "The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill" by Mike Cosper, and Zach gives his thoughts on the fourth episode (which was released after our initial recording). Mentioned in this episode: The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill: https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/podcasts/rise-and-fall…
 
Evangelical subculture has a habit of copying different art forms from the wider culture. In the era of superhero movies developed from long running Marvel and DC comic books, what were Christian comic books like? Cultural critic and co-host of the podcast Young Adult Movie Ministry, Sam Thielman joins the pod to discuss Christian comic books and c…
 
Author, mom, and math teacher Wendy Alsup joins the podcast to talk about masculinity (farmers vs warriors), her excellent book "Companions in Suffering", and her thoughts on forgiveness (which will be in a forthcoming book released in January 2022). Connect with Wendy Alsup: Website featuring her ministry and work: https://theologyforwomen.org/ Em…
 
Do evangelicals want to know the truth about abusive pastors? American history? Conversion therapy? In this wide ranging interview, Professor Warren Throckmorton talks about his Baptist background and journey with Evangelical Christianity. He discusses being a psychology professor and studying gender and sexuality, learning and changing his mind on…
 
Zach and Dave are back from a break! Zach presses Dave on whether he is still an Evangelical. Zach discusses what he has been learning about religious trauma. Both hosts talk about their favorites movies of 2020 and argue about whether "Shrek" is a good movie (this is still not a debate show, but there are some assertions that require a response, e…
 
From the Non-Partisan Evangelical Podcast, Pastor Paul Swearengin joins us to talk about the reasons people are leaving the Evangelical church based on polling information given in a recent Gallup religion survey. We discuss the toxic mixture of faith and political power, racism in the church, marginalization of LGBTQ people and people not believin…
 
Lindsey DuBois joins the pod to talk about her experiences in the Evangelical church and her work as a clinical hospital chaplain especially in the time of COVID. Lindsey is doing incredibly courageous work helping and praying with people walking through experiences of traumatic loss and grief. -Check out Zach's music by going to: https://muzach.ba…
 
Evangelical activist Shane Claiborne joins the podcast to talk about America's epidemic of gun violence. We recorded this episode on March 24th - a few days after mass shootings in Atlanta and Boulder, and the 3rd anniversary of the March For Our Lives. The conversation includes why gun violence is both a heart problem and a law/legislation problem…
 
Author Sarah Welch-Larson (Becoming Alien: The Beginning and End of Evil in Science Fiction's Most Idiosyncratic Film Franchise) joins the pod to talk about evil and creation/discreation in the Alien film franchise, and her interpretation of the series through the lens of Dr. Catherine Keller's "The Face of the Deep: A Theology of Becoming". Get a …
 
Zach created this audio collage for our upcoming episode discussing gun violence with Shane Claiborne, and we've decided to release it now as a standalone episode, in recognition of the recent mass shootings, and to affirm our support for meaningful change to reduce gun violence in America. Every name you hear is a victim of gun violence. Where you…
 
Peacemakers Andrew Larsen and Cari Conklin-Larsen join the pod to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and some of the Evangelical theological beliefs that shape America's approach to this ongoing crisis. Mentioned on the pod: Jewish Voice for Peace- Video: Israel Palestine Conflict 101. https://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/israeli-palestinian-co…
 
Author of the book "Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation", Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez joins the pod to talk about how white evangelicals redefined Biblical masculinity to fit the militant masculinity of secular icons like John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt, and William Wallace. We talk about Mark Driscoll, Do…
 
Today's Equip Session is on How To Follow Jesus in a Pluralistic Society. Join Pastor Chris Green, Pastor Reece Johnson, and one of our very own members, Tom Jaski as they teach and discuss the topic at hand.During our series, How To Break The Cycle we will be offering 4 Equip Sessions designed to help and equip our church. Every 2 weeks we will po…
 
Benito Cereno, co-host of the Apocrypals podcast and comics writer (Invincible, The Tick) joins the pod to discuss the Biblical canon and extra-Biblical literature. Spoiler alert: it's weird! He also talks about his upbringing in the Southern Baptist Church and his life as a comic book writer. Dave plays trivia host as Zach and Benito face off in a…
 
Pastor of Renewal Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Ryan Egli, joins the podcast to talk about his multi-denomination life journey in Evangelical Christianity. From Charismatic roots to Cornerstone Music Festival to the Mennonite Faith to a Grace Brethren College and beyond, he describes his experiences through different expressions of Evangelic…
 
During our series, How To Break The Cycle we will be offering 4 equip sessions designed to help and equip our church. Every 2 weeks we will post an Equip Session online as a way to digging deeper into things that would be harder to get into during a sermon.Today's Equip Session is on How To Understand Violence in the Bible. Pastor Ethan referenced …
 
Roger Ebert said, "The movies are like a machine that generates empathy." Film critic and author Jeffrey Overstreet joins the pod to talk about how Evangelicals approach movies, cinematic art, transcendence, and empathy, as well as spiritually based themes in the films by the Coen Bros. He also shares some of his favorite films from 2020. -Jeffrey …
 
Managing director of the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, Kait Dugan joins the pod to talk about Evangelicals and Qanon as well as share her story with Evangelical Christianity. We chat about why Evangelicals seem susceptible to belief in conspiracy theories and more. Articles on Evangelicals and Qanon: https://www.thegos…
 
During our series, How To Break The Cycle we will be offering 4 equip sessions designed to help and equip our church. Every 2 weeks we will post an Equip Session online as a way to digging deeper into things that would be harder to get into during a sermon.Today's Equip Session is on How To Understand the Role of Women in Ministry. Pastor Ethan and…
 
Author Christy Rood comes on the podcast to discuss her faith story involving fundamentalism and her book on identity "Tracing the Threads: Examining the Story of Self for Lasting Change". We discuss the different strands of fundamentalism and talk about how Evangelicals approach identity. Pick up a copy of her book here: https://gcdiscipleship.com…
 
Zach and Dave chat about Dave Ramsey's financial guru empire that grew out of the Evangelical Church with a syncretistic blend of faith and American capitalism. Also Zach shares a warning about the inherent demonic danger of Christian ventriloquial performance. On Ventriloquism: -Liberty Gospel Tracts - "What does the Bible say about ventriloquism?…
 
Author and Professor (at Simon Fraser University) Joel Heng Hartse joins the pod to talk about the world of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) with highlights into the indie CCM music scene in the 1990s when many of us came of age. We also discuss the differences between Canadian Evangelicalism and American Evangelicalism. Joel is the author of "Se…
 
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