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After spending almost a year in Liberia, I'm back in the states and my brain is a scrambled egg. Culture shock, freezing rain, and dark days have left me in a state of muddled confusion. But I finally managed to squeeze out an episode. I recorded a version of this episode that was scripted, but I found it rather boring and wooden. So I plugged the …
 
"Things are just goin down the drain. Jesus is comin back soon, y'all!" This is a sentiment shared by many American Christians. Things get bad. Then Jesus returns. That's how the Bible portrays this world, right? In this episode, we're going back to the Left Behind days to see why so many think this way and whether or not Jesus would agree.…
 
American Christianity seems to be centered around a once-a-week gathering. Is that... weird? We seem so adapted to it that we often don't stop and reflect on how strange that is, especially when so much of the bible covers topics outside of church worship services. And as community deteriorates in American culture, how does the church transcend the…
 
Why do Christians run and hide from the darkness of the world, from anything that would be considered "secular?" Is this biblical? After all, aren't we commanded to be holy and not to become like the world, not be be friends with the world, and to keep ourselves unstained from the world? I had a feeling there was something off here, and as I worked…
 
"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" is a false proverb. People who think critically, offer new perspectives, or re-examine popularly held beliefs are not treated like kings. The more they search, the lonelier they feel. The more they shout, the more they hear their own echoes. And the more they question and explore, the more they r…
 
Grab your Nalgene bottles, bandanas, worst clothes, Walmart shades, and your themed devotionals! It's time to board the plane where we'll venture to a poor country, take some solemn pictures of the kids, come home with so many inside jokes and great memories, and just BE the Church! I'm so cynical... But seriously, are short term trips good, or are…
 
My whole life I've believed that complementarianism was clearly biblical and that those who argued for an egalitarian reading of Scripture were sacrificing biblical authority to do so. Beth Allison Barr's book, however, lays out a pretty convincing case that egalitarianism is the most natural reading of Scripture as a whole and that patriarchal str…
 
When we look at the mission field, we see an eery reflection of our problems back home. Do we just call it "sinful nature" and press on? Or do we critically deal with the possibility that maybe our own problems are hurting those we're trying to help? If African missions doesn't necessarily interest you, that's ok. This episode is about much more.…
 
Christian culture is littered with podcasts, videos, and resources on how the Enneagram relates to the Christian life. But is it helpful? Is it truly the gateway to personal growth? Or is it demonic witchcraft? In this episode, I'll review the book "The Wisdom of the Enneagram" and offer my general thoughts on the use of the Enneagram in the Christ…
 
How should a Christian approach transgenderism? It seems that the only two options are the extremes - acceptance or anger. In this episode, we'll take a look at the second option and why that should not be a viable option for any Christian approaching this issue. Featuring: A special guest appearance by an insightful cricket.…
 
This one is sticky for a lot of people. Are Christians commanded to give 10% to an institutional church? And for churches who preach this, what effects does that have on our interpretation of other related passages? In this episode, we'll take a brief look at mandatory giving and the effects that has on how we understand what it means to truly give…
 
"God bless America." Sometimes faith and patriotism are so interwoven that it's hard to know which is which. In this episode, we'll take a look at what Christian Nationalism is, the damage it's caused, and whether or not it's even biblical. Follow on Apple 🎧: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-awkward-apocalypse/id1593069067 Check out our mi…
 
So, apparently I accidentally posted the unedited version. Props to everyone who powered through that...I'm in Africa and don't have consistent internet to check, so shoutout to the person who let me know. Here's the real version! Evangelism, at least in some sects of Christianity, seems to revolve around this idea of not going to hell. But is that…
 
I call this a deconstruction podcast. But what is deconstruction? How do we define our own deconstruction? And what are the warning signs that we've gone too far? In this (kinda dense) episode, we'll take a look at the different types of deconstruction and where I fall. Listen on Apple 🎧: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-awkward-apocalypse…
 
How does American Christianity reconcile being positive, encouraging, and family friendly when the Bible is so... not? In a world of sickness, sin, pain, and suffering, how do light-hearted, well-intentioned Christians help or hurt? Today, we'll take a look at the dangerous positivity that Christians often embody as they seek to address complicated…
 
Why do we exist? That's usually not a fun question, because most of us often assume that the answer is a hollow silence. Or maybe we think the answer is something vague like "to love" or "whatever makes you happy." But what about for the Christian? Is our purpose a prominent theme in Christian culture? In this episode, I'll do my best to answer tho…
 
I was raised in a culture of evangelism. Who have you shared the gospel with this week? Are you fearing man or fearing God? I've only recently confronted this guilt I've carried with me for so long. In this episode I'll examine what Christian culture taught us and present my reasons why I believe it was misguided.…
 
Thorny Christians - those seeds who sprouted up but were choked out by the thorns (the cares and riches of this life), yet are still curiously in church. So what keeps them in church? In this episode, we'll take a look at the theology that emerges from a church business seeking to affirm and bolster its power and wealth.…
 
Something feels off about the church in America. But where do we begin? In this episode, we'll start with what should be a pretty obvious observation - many American churches are operated more like businesses than churches. This is where we begin. This episode is a big one because it lays the groundwork for future episodes, so don't miss this!…
 
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