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Broadcasting from North Texas, Canada, we have conversations with people connected to this great city of Calgary. Topics are atypical to Albertan stereotypes, tackling a range of topics from chicken wings to alien beings, controversial movie viewings with family to poetry and politics,
 
Join VeggieTales and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and co-host Skye Jethani (author, speaker, pastor) for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly post-Christian culture.
 
The Every Voice Now Podcast showcases the inspiring stories of authors of color and the making of their books. Each episode unpacks the journey of these writers and the challenges they had to overcome along the way to become a published author. In an industry still dominated by whiteness, these stories reveal the extra hurdles that voices of color encounter in their professional and personal lives and provide encouragement for all those who seek to follow in their footsteps. A production of ...
 
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On January 6, 2021, as insurrectionists stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. with a number of them waving flags declaring that "Jesus Saves!", it became clear that the fault lines in evangelical Christianity had become exposed for all to see, and that the Jesus being touted on these signs was a white, American, nationalistic version of …
 
In this episode, I'm joined by Easy Evan and local poet "Infectious" to discuss poetry while conducting a backyard wine tasting of local and international vintages. We will debate the relevance of poetry in the modern age and whether it is the writing or the reader that makes a poem interesting. This discussion is broken into 2 parts, the 2nd half …
 
It’s increasingly difficult to have conversations with other Christians. Our families and congregations can’t seem to agree even about basic facts, let alone the news or how we ought to respond to what’s happening. So, we avoid talking about anything that might be controversial—which is pretty much everything today. What happened? How did we become…
 
Rene Padilla died last week at 88, and you’re probably thinking “Who’s Rene Padilla?” Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss the huge influence he had on the global church and its mission, and why so many American Christians still feel a divide between saving souls and reforming society. Then, Skye talks to Scot McKnight about his new book, “A Church Ca…
 
Live streaming from the MonteBobbi Show, host Esau gets his hair styled by Bobbi and a mystery guest, with a host of people at the barbershop discussing topics including the influence and power of hair, society's obsession with no hair, and the explanation of the story of Esau the hairy. *disclaimer - this episode devolves into general chaos and ma…
 
In a recent editorial, David French asked whether the primary threat to the church comes from within or without? Phil, Skye, and Kaitlyn discuss the question and whether the church is primarily for or against the world. Plus, why are so many Christian ministries focused on protecting kids? Is it related to our fixation on the danger of hell? Then, …
 
There’s a popular cliche among evangelicals—“The Bible says it. I believe it. That settles it.” But is it really that simple? Not according to New Testament scholar, Dr. Timothy Gombis. Because we’re not ancient Near Eastern people living in a desert, he says it’s not possible to literally apply the Bible. Instead, any faithful Christian needs to l…
 
Francis Chan says it’s time for Christians to take Jesus’ command about unity seriously. His new book, “Until Unity,” outlines the biblical call to be one, and why we struggle to achieve it. Skye talks with Chan about what Christian unity looks like practically, the role of racism in keeping us apart, how a focus on church growth distracted Chan fr…
 
Our favorite Old Testament scholar is back to talk about the Book of Daniel. Dr. John Walton says the apocalyptic passages of Daniel—which deeply influenced those End Times charts popular among evangelicals—aren’t really predictive of the future in the way we think. And the story of Daniel isn’t necessarily a manual for how Christians ought to live…
 
UjjIn this episode I talk to a couple of mothers about ghosts. These two guests share their stories of interactions with the other side, from hearing footsteps and voices, to strange feelings of a spiritual presence. This topic will be an ongoing one as I have received a lot of interest in sharing stories from the beyond from numerous future guests…
 
Have you wondered why so many megachurch leaders have been embroiled in scandals, or why there are so many Christian celebrities today? It’s not accidental. It’s the predictable outcome of the systems behind much of popular consumer Christianity. In this special episode co-produced with the Love Thy Neighborhood podcast, Jesse Eubanks joins Skye to…
 
Is evangelical purity culture to blame for the murder of eight people at spas in Atlanta? Or is anti-Asian racism the cause? What about America’s gun culture or mental illness? Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss the many facets of the tragedy and get vulnerable about their own history with evangelicalism’s obsession with sex. Then, Skye talks with R…
 
It's not easy to start all over and pursue a career in a competitive industry without many models of those who are similar to you. But after 9/11, Harry Yoon found himself contemplating his future and wanting to make life choices that would reflect his deepest passions and callings. At 31 years old, he walked away from a career in technology, sold …
 
Recently author/professor Karen Swallow Prior was asked what she considered the biggest problem facing the church today, and answered, "an impoverished imagination." So Phil sat down with Karen to talk through what she means by that, and her belief that a lack of imagination-forming reading results in, among other things, our propensity to believe …
 
What is the greatest threat facing Christianity in the U.S. today? Socialism? Cancel culture? Wokeness? Not according to Dr. Russell Moore. He says it’s “means-to-an-end-Christianity” which seeks to use Christ to achieve some other goal. This, he argues, is what’s fueling everything from Christian nationalism to the cover up of sexual abuse in chur…
 
Filling his songs with faith and the theology of respected white leaders like John Piper and Tim Keller, Lecrae became a darling of white evangelicalism. When he spoke out against racial injustice in 2017, all that began to change. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, record producer and Christian activist Lecrae sits down with Phil to talk about bein…
 
How do you know if you’re a Christian nationalist? Kaitlyn Schiess is back with Phil and Skye to unpack Samuel Perry’s top 10 indicators of Christian nationalism and they add a few of their own. They also discuss why there’s so much overlap between Christian nationalism and Christian fundamentalism. Plus, Phil explains how the evolution of contempo…
 
Here we go again. The evangelical world is shocked by another leadership scandal. This time it’s the report that famed apologist Ravi Zacharias sexually abused women for years before his death in 2020. Kaitlyn Schiess joins Phil and Skye to discuss the story, and why so many ministries fail to investigate their famous leaders or take abuse allegati…
 
The Enneagram is all the rage right now, as books old and new on this subject of understanding oneself and others are flying off the shelves. But how many of those previous Enneagram authors have been people of color? InterVarsity Press's new Enneagram Daily Reflections nine-devotional series features seven authors of color, three of whom are inter…
 
Before the 2020 election, many self-identified “prophets” within the charismatic movement decalred God had revealed to them that Donald Trump would win. Millions of followers believed them. How are they now reconciling their divine revelations with reality? The Holy Post crew looks at another failed prophecy in the 1840s that changed American Chris…
 
Evangelicals used to believe the way to transform America was through revivalism. Increasingly, they now believe it’s through revolution. Why are so many buying into Christian nationalism? What is it? And what can we do about those caught in this heretical gospel of political domination? Phil, Skye, and Christian discuss the issue. Also this week, …
 
Some writers write because they want to stay popular or current with the latest trends; Adam Thomason writes from a prophetic burden and a message of hope and empathy for those who are struggling with their black identity. He has seen too many people who continue to carry pain and anguish from surviving as a black man or woman in our country, and h…
 
A short, candid discussion with Snake, BMW and Ricky B. about aliens and all things conspiracy. What do aliens look like,and why are they here? Why attribute fantastic phenomena to aliens, big foot, or any of the other names given to unexplainable occurrences? In this discussion we dive into the legends of big foot, the Enoch giants and the Loch Ne…
 
Was Donald Trump good or bad for the Republican Party? The GOP lost the presidency and the Senate, but in 2020 the party gain seats in the House and Trump also got more votes than any Republican candidate ever! Conservative columnist and veteran of three Republican administrations, Peter Wehner, joins Skye to talk about the future of the party afte…
 
Jemar Tisby (The Color of Compromise) rejoins Phil to discuss his new book, How to Fight Racism. Actual, real steps to be part of the solution, not part of the problem! Plus David French posits that the American church has been infected with something called “Southern shame culture,” which sends Phil on a journey into the “Lost Cause” narrative, co…
 
How many writers dream of seeing their bylines in The Washington Post, then becoming a columnist at the New York Times? How many authors would love to write a debut book that becomes an instant bestseller? Many dream these dreams, but Esau McCaulley has lived them and shares about his publishing journey on this installment of The Every Voice Now Po…
 
Everyone is trying to make sense of the attack on the Capitol last week by a violent pro-Trump mob displaying Christian symbols—including us! Kaitlyn Schiess joins Phil, Skye, and Christian to talk through the madness. Skye explains why this attack is fundamentally different from political violence in America’s past. Phil worries about the loss of …
 
We’re starting the new year with a look back. John Fea, history professor from Messiah College, author of “Believe Me: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump,” and the official historian of the Holy Post podcast, says 2020 was a year that “unveiled” the truth about American evangelicalism. He also explores how different court evangelicals have respon…
 
Nikole Lim is a multi-talented creative force and also the founder of Freely in Hope, a nonprofit organization that equips survivors in Africa to grow into leadership and help end the cycle of sexual violence. She is a documentary filmmaker, photographer, and now a published author with her recently-released book Liberation Is Here, which tells bot…
 
Following a row with my son Meme Master Eoin about the artistic integrity of Cuties, the whole family watches together and discusses the intent, content and morality of this film. Are they taking advantage of young ladies or necessarily utilizing them to tell a story? Should we not talk about or see things that make us uncomfortable, and is there a…
 
Recently, Young Earth Creation (YEC) champion Ken Ham took exception to Phil's statement that Ham "rejects mainstream science." In the flurry of social media activity that followed, a number of YEC experts took Phil to task, claiming he was wrong on several facts. Phil dug deeper and realized he WAS in fact wrong on a couple of things, but right on…
 
Talking with co-founders Cowboy Wally and Dan Down Unda! Discussion of growing up in the greatest place in the world, Calgary AB, and the pain we all felt when we found out our musical heritage was sold all across the American Midwest and all the way down unda' to Dan's hometown 🇦🇺! We'll talk about the glory days of the '88 Olympics (and the Calga…
 
Trump supporters who believe the election was stolen, including Eric Metaxas and the My Pillow Guy, marched on Washington D.C. to blow their horns and sell their merch. Notable was the absence of many of the President’s evangelical allies. Why didn’t they show? Influential black pastors are leaving the Southern Baptist Convention over their blanket…
 
What do you do when you discover unsettling truths about one of the most revered figures in American history? How do you cope with a Christianity that is so intertwined with white supremacy that it cannot recognize its own complicity in the most egregious episodes in our nation's past? What does it feel to live on a Navajo reservation and endure th…
 
Advances in medical technology have produced a Covid-19 vaccine in record time, but some of these advances have a dark side. Gene editing technology may end some diseases, but should we interfere with the conception and birth of those who carry certain genes? And what about creating enhanced humans? Bioethicist Calum MacKellar joins Skye for an imp…
 
Welcome to a bonus episode of Every Voice Now! This week we are going rough and tumble with an impromptu conversation with the producer of the Every Voice Now podcast, Helen Lee. Helen also serves as the associate director of strategic partnerships and initiatives for InterVarsity Press and has previously worked as the director of marketing and as …
 
Conservatives have recently found a new boogeyman—Critical Theory. Even Mr. Trump has issued an executive order declaring Critical Theory to be “anti-American,” and last week the presidents of six Southern Baptist seminaries said critical theory is incompatible with Christianity. Their statement, however, never defined what Critical Theory is nor w…
 
Liuan Huska was only in her twenties when she began experiencing pain, first in her ankle but then to her knee, her lower back, and throughout other areas in her body. It was the beginning of a years-long journey with a chronic illness that raised many questions for her about what it means to be human, and what faith looks like when daily pain is a…
 
In November, seven states (both red and blue) had initiatives on their ballots to either decriminalize or legalize some drugs including marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and LSD. Every measure passed. As the U.S. continues to rapidly abandon its war on drugs, how should Christians respond? And if these addictive and dangerous substances are legalized, wh…
 
The cultures which produced the Bible were collectivist, but most modern Western Christians are immersed in individualism. Biblical scholar and missionary, E. Randolph Richards says this causes many of us to misinterpret critical aspects of the Bible, or miss them altogether. He talks with Skye about his latest book, “Misreading Scripture with Indi…
 
Juanita Rasmus was the co-pastor of a flourishing ministry alongside her husband Rudy, doing good work for the kingdom of God in and around Houston. But then one day she came face to face with a depressive episode that began a season of nearly three years' worth of dark nights of the soul. As she realized that her experience with depression was not…
 
The CEOs of Facebook and Twitter testified before Congress this week about the toxic spread of misinformation on their platforms and the harm it causes to society. Sadly, many Christians are complicit in this trend. Daniel Darling is back to talk about how Christians must change the way we engage social media if there’s any hope of redeeming it. Al…
 
The exit poll data from the election is in, and it looks like white evangelicals are as politically conservative and Republican as ever. Professor of political science from Eastern Illinois University, Ryan Burge, joins the Holy Post crew to discuss the findings. He says Democrats should give up on white evangelical voters who are now more Republic…
 
If you had told Antipas Harris when he was a child that he would grow up to write a book, he would likely have doubted you. As a boy in the deep South who grew up in a poor family and struggled with learning disabilities, he could not have imagined the paths down which God would take him. Despite the personal and structural barriers he faced, he wa…
 
It’s 2020, did anyone really expect the election to be easy? The morning after the vote, a sleep-deprived Holy Post crew discusses what the incomplete results mean for the country and the church. The country hasn’t repudiated Trumpism, but they don’t seem to be embracing progressivism either. Did evangelicals still “hold their nose” and vote for Tr…
 
With less than a week until the election, Phil and Skye are joined by Kaitlyn Schiess to discuss what should, and should not, influence how Christians vote. First, they talk about reactions to Skye’s video (not Phil’s, he had nothing to do with it!) about abortion, and the different ways the issue is viewed by evangelicals. They also unpack recent …
 
Author and cultural commentator, Os Guinness, says, “If people don’t understand the 60’s, they can’t understand today.” Skye talks with Os about the re-release of his classic book, “The Dust of Death” and how the 60’s counterculture planted the seeds for the cultural upheaval and division we’re seeing in 2020. Also this week, can the National Assoc…
 
Episode Description: Fusion may be hip in 2020, but it wasn’t the case when Chandra Crane was growing up, where she felt the pain of not quite fitting in anywhere as a person with a mixed-ethnicity heritage. The daughter of a white mother and Thai birth father who was then adopted and raised by an African-American dad, Chandra experienced the pain …
 
Who are those family members that you just do not know well, if at all? Who are those distant relatives that you are related to, but they are still strangers and mysteries to you? In this episode, author Robert Chao Romero wants to introduce you to Latino and Latina Christians, who do not often feel like welcome and wanted family members in the bod…
 
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