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 Sep 16, 2022

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 May 10, 2022
I'm an avid listener. I love the variety of topics, and the differing views. I've grown up in the deep south where cultural and Christian nationality festers, this show has helped me think through topics that strike fear in my local church.

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Helping believers think Christianly about theological and cultural issues by engaging in curious conversations with a diverse range of thoughtful people.

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S2 Ep1030: You Are Not Your Own: Dr. O. Alan Noble
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Dr. O. Alan Noble is Associate Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and author of numerous articles. His most recent book is You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World and his forthcoming book (April 2023) is On Getting Out of Bed: The Burden and Gift of Living.

In this conversation, we talk about lots of different things including the book Blood Meridian, which Alan wrote his master’s thesis on, the author Cormac McCarthy, and the content of his most recent book You Are Not Your Own, which is a pastoral analysis of our society’s anthropological assumptions and commitments and how these affect both the church at the world. 

https://www.oalannoble.com/

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Dec 01, 2022
S2 Ep1029: How Social Media and Screens Have Hijacked Our Hearts and Minds: Doug Smith
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Doug Smith is a passionate voice in the epic battle against screen addictions, especially through his award-winning book (and audiobook), [Un]Intentional: How Screens Secretly Shape Your Desires, and How You Can Break Free (https://unintentionalbook.com).

Doug offers an insider's perspective on the power of technology, informed by over two decades of software development experience and a lifetime of Bible study. He also brings the practical experience of a dad of four grown daughters and a man who has struggled, fallen, fought, and by the grace of God, overcome the power of screens.

As a software developer, Doug has served Fortune 500 companies, startups, universities, government agencies, and media personalities. He's currently an Android-focused engineer with Covenant Eyes, the best company around in the battle against pornography.

Doug loves to help individuals and families break free from screen addiction so they can live out their God-given purpose. 

Doug and his wife Lyneta are happy empty nesters and are blessed with four grown daughters.

You can connect with Doug at https://thatdougsmith.com

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Nov 28, 2022
S2 Ep1028: Women in Church Leadership, pt. 1: An Update from My Journey
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Nov 24, 2022
S2 Ep1027: A Palestinian Christian’s Perspecrtive on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Alex Awad
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Alex co-founded Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem (yes, that one) and served as a professor and dean of students for many years. Alex received his MA in Missiology (1989) from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore KY; MA in Education (1976) from N. Georgia University in Dahlonega GA; BS in Secondary Education (1973) from Lee University in Cleveland, TN; BA in Biblical Education (1970) from Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He has also been a pastor and missionary for the United Methodist Church. Having lived in Israel from 1946-2015, Alex has seen a LOT! He shares his perspecive about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, as a palestinian Christian who has lived through much fo the conflict. 
Alex said you could email him at alexeawad@yahoo.com if you want him to send you a copy of his brother’s book, which he talks about on the podcast. He only asks for a small donation. 

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Nov 21, 2022
S2 Ep1026: #1026 - Death to Deconstruction: Reclaiming Faithfulness as an Act of Rebellion: Josh Porter
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Josh is the lead pastor of Van City Church in Vancouver, WA. He’s also the lead singer of the punk rock band Showbread and is an author and creative prophet. Honestly friends, he’s one of the most theologically sophisticated yet creatively gifted humans I’ve ever met. He’s a provocative prophet who’s not afraid to challenge the status quo and yet, to some people’s chagrin, he’s passionately committed to historic orthodoxy and the authority of Scripture. He doesn’t fit into any single box. He’s a contrarian–in the best sense of the word. 
Oh, and he recently released a killer book that bears the title of this podcast: Death to Deconstruction: Reclaiming Faithfulness as an Act of Rebellion.  

https://www.joshuasporter.com

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Nov 18, 2022
S2 Ep1025: #1025 - Q & A Podcast: Penal substitution, emotions and hell, old people having sex, and Mike Winger’s women in ministry series
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Preston is back from sabbatical and fields a ton of questions from his Patreon supporters. All the ones listed in the title of this episode is just a sampling of the questions he addresses.If you would like to join the Theology in the Raw Patreon community, go to patreon.com/theologyintheraw and support this ministry for as little as $5/month.
Nov 14, 2022
S2 Ep1024: #1024 - Living As an Exile in Babylon: Jon Tyson
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Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, and The Burden is Light. Jon lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.


This podcast episode is a recording of a talk Jon gave at last year’s “Exiles in Babylon” conference, followed by our conversation together and audience Q & A. 

Nov 10, 2022
S2 Ep1023: #1023 - Toward an Ecclesiology of Podcasting: Mike Erre
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Mike began vocational ministry in 1999 as a student ministries and college pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif and currently serves a teaching pastor at Journey Church in Nashville, TN. Mike also taught at Rock Harbor (Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Mariners’ Mission Viejo, Calif. campus. He served as the senior Pastor at EV Free Fullerton and founded the VOX Community and podcast (now Voxology). Mike has published five books: The Jesus of Suburbia (2006), Why Guys Need God (2008), Death By Church (2009), Why the Bible Matters (2010), and Astonished ( 2014). He holds a bachelor of science degree from Miami University and a master of arts in philosophy of religion and ethics from the Talbot School of Theology.


Mike is the only person I’ve ever met who started a church that grew out of his podcast, and he currently is an avid podcaster and a pastor. So, he is the perfect dialogue partner to talk about a question I’ve been thinking through: what is a healthy ecclesiology of podcasting?


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Nov 07, 2022
S2 Ep1022: #1022 - Rethinking Church through Micro-Churches as Missional Communities: Lucas Pulley
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Lucas Pulley is an executive director of the Tampa Underground Network, a network of around 100 micro-churches in the Tampa Bay area. Lucas has a master’s degree from Fuller Theological seminary. In this episode, we discuss all the ins and outs of the Tampa Underground–the pros, the cons, the challenges, and wins. 


https://www.lucaspulley.com


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Nov 03, 2022
S2 Ep1021: #1021 - My 15 Year Old Daughter Peppers Me with Lots of Hard Questions about the Bible and Christianity: Josie Sprinkle
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Okay, so this is a different sort of podcast episode. Here’s the backstory. My third daughter, Josie, is an Enneagram 5 and always has LISTS (like, very long lists) of questions about the Bible, God, Christianity, and Religion. And they are always very difficult and thoughtful questions. So, every couple of weeks, we have this tradition where we’ll go out to chips and salsa and work through her questions. One day, I suggested: “hey, we should record this on the podcast?!” And she said, “Um, no?!” But then she thought about it and said she’d be willing to consider this, and then she said she’d love to be on the podcast to talk through her questions. So that’s what this podcast is. Honestly, it’s a pretty raw and real and intimate family moment where my 15 year old daughter and I talk about the Bible. 


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Oct 31, 2022
S2 Ep1020: #1020 - Marriage, Sexuality, and the Christian Worldview: Lou Phillips
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Lou Phillips is the Director of Church Relations for The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. Before working for The Center, Lou was a highly sought after speaker on apologetics on college campuses and largely focused on questions about seuxuality. In this conversation, Lou and I talk about younger Christians and how they are wrestling with questions related to seuxality and gender. We also get into some broader questions related to the veracity of Christianity. 


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Oct 27, 2022
S2 Ep1019: #1019 - GenZ, Youth Groups, Starters vs. Maintainers, Chris’ Bucket List, and Preston’s Inner Rage Monster: Chris and Preston Sprinkle
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Chris joins me in the basement to banter around about all the stuff–and more–listed in the title of this podcast. We hope we don’t offend too many people. 

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Oct 24, 2022
S2 Ep1018: #1018 - An Egalitarian View of Women in Ministry in Light of the Greco-Roman Context: Dr. Lynn Cohick
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Lynn is one of my favorite New Testament scholars! She serves as Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs of Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. She also teaches New Testament and leads the development of DMin and MA programs in women's studies, and the Women's Center for Leadership at Northern Seminary. Lynn received her bachelor’s degree from Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and my Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. She’s written several books including in depth commentaries on Philippians, Ephesians, and Romans 

In this conversation, we talk about her book Women in the World of the Earliest Christians, which talks about the 1st century Roman context and its illumination on certain New Testament passages about women; specifically, 1 Timothy 2. 

https://lynncohick.com


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Oct 20, 2022
S2 Ep1017: #1017 - Deconstruction, Progressive Christianity, and Church Planting among the Disenfranchised: Tony Scarcello
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Tony is a pastor, church planter, author of a killer book on deconstruction called Regenerate, but most of all, Tony is an amazing Christian and a good friend. In this podcast episode, we talk about his story of deconstruction and reconstruction, why he became disenchanted with progressive Christianity, and some of the key values he’s pursuing in his current church plant in Springfield, OR. Oh, and I sort of think out loud (probably too much) about some (probably unrealistic) ideas I have about a radically different ecclesiology.

https://tonyscarcello.com


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Oct 17, 2022
S2 Ep1016: #1016 - Rethinking Church-Based Theological Education: Drs. Branson Parler and Jeff Fisher
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Branson and Jeff have been involved in theological education for several years and recently launched an innovative church-based organization for theological education. It’s called The Foundry. Their mission is to strengthen and support church leaders at every level with biblical and practical training. 

Branson also just released an outstanding book on a theology of the body and sexual ethics called Every Body’s Story: 6 Myths about Sex and the Gospel Truth about Marriage and Singleness. 


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Oct 13, 2022
S2 Ep1015: #1015 - Truth Over Tribe: Patrick Miller and Keith Simon
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Patrick and Keith just released their book Truth Over Tribe: Pledging Allegiance to a Lamb, not a Donkey or an Elephant. They also co-host a fantastic podcast called “Truth Over Tribe” and they are pastors at The Crossing church in Columbia, MO. 

We had a wonderful conversation about politics, tribalism, the kingdom of God, and whether Christians or churches should be politically invovled. 

Oct 10, 2022
S2 Ep1014: #1014 - How Reliable Are Our New Testament Manuscripts? Dr. Daniel Wallace
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Dr. Dan Wallace is a world renowned expert of New Testament Greek and the author of the highly acclaimed textbook: Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics, which is the standard textbook used in most second year Greek courses. Dr. Wallace has a ThM and PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary and has engaged in Post-doctoral studies at Cambridge University, University of Münster, and Tübingen University. He currently serves as Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. 

https://www.dts.edu/employee/daniel-wallace/

Oct 06, 2022
S2 Ep1013: #1013 - Women, the Gender of God, and the Warning Passages in Hebrews: Dr. Amy Peeler
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Amy Peeler is a rock star New Testament scholar with a Ph.D from Princeton and who’s been teaching at Wheaton college for over 10 years. Amy is also the author of several scholarly books including You Are My Son: The Family of God in the Epistle to the Hebrews (2014), Hebrews: An Introduction and Study Guide (2020), and the forthcoming Women and the Gender of God (Oct 2022). In this conversation, we talk about her book Women and the Gender of God, wrestling with questions related to God’s non-sexed existence yet gendered revelation (if…that’s even the best way of framing it). God is not male; but he reveals himself as…himself, and Father, and King, and with He/Him pronouns. What does this mean? How should we think of God? Is he male, a man, masculine, or do these categories all fall short of God. 


Oh, and we also wrestle with the notorious warning passages in Hebrews; namely, Hebrews 6 and 10. Dr. Peeler walks us through the Greek text and theological context of these difficult passages. 

Learn more about Dr. Peeler from her personal website: http://amypeeler.com/index.html

Oct 03, 2022
S2 Ep1012: #1012 - Paul, Gender, and the Women in Leadership Debate: Dr. Cynthia Long Westfall
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Dr. Cynthia Long Westfall is Associate Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College and is the author of the highly acclaimed book Paul and Gender, which has been hailed as one of, if not the, best biblical defenses of the egalitarian view of women in leadership. In this podcast conversation we talk about what led Cynthia to write the book and we work through a few key passages, such as Ephesians 5:21-33, 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, and 1 Timothy 2-3. 


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Sep 29, 2022
S2 Ep1011: #1011 - Sexuality and the Gospel: Jackie Hill Perry
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Jackie is an author, speaker, poet, wife, and mother of four children. This podcast episode is a recording of the talk she gave at last year’s “Exiles in Babylon” conference following by our couch conversation about all things related to faith, sexualtiy & gender. 


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Sep 26, 2022
S2 Ep1010: #1010 - How to Deal with How You Feel: Dr. James Merritt
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Dr. James Merritt (Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a pastor, writer, and speaker. He’s the founding and lead pastor of Crosspointe Church in Duluth, GA and has served as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He’s written several books including his recently released How to Deal with How You Feel. In this podcast conversation, we talk about this book and many other things related to what it’s like pastoring an SBC church through the last couple of years. 


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Sep 22, 2022
S2 Ep1009: #1009 - The Theory of Racelessness: Dr. Sheena Mason
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The Theory of Racelessness argues that Race does not exist in nature. Race does not exist as a social construction. Everyone is raceless. Racism includes the belief in race as biological or a construction and the practice of racialization. Racism is not everywhere and is not the cause for every perceived “racial” disparity or negative interaction. Racism can be overcome.

The Theory of Racelessness is the brain child of scholar, teacher, and writer Dr. Sheena Mason, who earned her Ph.D. in English literature “with distinction” in May 2021 from Howard University. She joined the faculty at SUNY Oneonta in Oneonta, NY, in August 2021, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in African American literature. She has taught at the College of William and Mary, California Lutheran University, and Howard University. Her book titled Theory of Racelessness: A Case for Philosophies of Antirace(ism) is scheduled to be released by Palgrave Macmillan on September 23, 2022. Additionally, she co-authored “Harlem Renaissance: An Interpretation of Racialized Art and Ethics,” a chapter of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Art examining what, if anything, is the proper role of race in the aesthetic productions of or about members of racialized populations.

Find out more about The Theory of Racelessness at: https://www.theoryofracelessness.org 

Sep 19, 2022
SPECIAL BONUS: The Pour Over Podcast
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This is a genuinely nonpartisan, Christ-centered news podcast. So I want you to give it a listen. And if you want to hear more episodes and you can just search The Pour Over wherever you listen to podcasts and please hit subscribe. Stay informed while focusing on Christ at The Pour Over.

Sep 17, 2022
S2 Ep1008: #1008 - A Raw Conversation with America’s Pastor: Max Lucado
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A 2004 Christianity Today article dubbed Max Lucado as “America’s Pastor.” Max has been a pastor for over four decades and has written over 50 books that have sold millions and millions of copies worldwide. Naturally, I was a bit floored when Max reached out to me and wanted to know if he’d be willing to talk with me on my podcast. Of course I said yes! We talked about lots of things related to the current state of the church, how to cultivate longevity and vibrancy in ministry, doing ministry in a post-Christian culture, church and politics, and his most recent book Help Is Here: Finding Fresh Strength and Purpose in the Power of the Holy Spirit. 


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Sep 15, 2022
S2 Ep1007: #1007 - Should Non-Pastors and Teachers Learn Greek and Hebrew? Ryan Martin and Courtney Trotter
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Ryan is a teacher, theologian, and the founder of Kairos Classroom. He received his MDiv from Beeson Divinity School and taught Theology and Biblical Studies at the Christian Bilingual University of Congo. Courtney received her MDiv from Beeson Divinity School where she received the William M. Todd Award for Biblical Languages. 

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Sep 12, 2022
S2 Ep1006: #1006 - Micro Churches and the Tampa Underground: Jeremy Stephens
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Jeremy Stephens is one of the founding leaders of Tampa Underground, a gospel-centered ecclesiological network that’s home to over 100 microchurches (small missional communities) in the Tampa Bay area and 15 city-wide sister movements across the world. Currently, Jeremy is the director of the Underground's International Department. He previously has been a missionary with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Associate Director for the Underground in Tampa. Jeremy resides in the inner-city of Tampa with 4 kids and one wife.

In this conversation, Jeremy and I talk about all things church-related. What’s his model? How does it work? What’s his advice for the border Christian church in America? And many more things. 


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Sep 08, 2022
S2 Ep1005: #1005 - Transwomen in Sports, Parenting Adult Children, Head Pastors vs. Plurality of Elders, and More: Q & A podcast with Preston Sprinkle
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My patreon supporters sent in a ton of questions for me to address on the podcast. I responded to ½ of them here and the other ½ I’ll address in a private, Patreon-only Q & A podcast. 


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Sep 05, 2022
S2 Ep1004: #1004 - The Coddling of the American Mind: Greg Lukianoff
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Greg Lukianoff is the co-author (with Dr. Jonathan Haidt) of what I think is one of the top 5 most important books of the last decade: The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Ideas and Bad Intentions Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. In this conversation, I talk to Greg about the content of this book including the rise of safetyism, the diminishing of free speech on college campuses, the concept of anti-fragility, whether ideas are harmful, whether is healthy or damaging to “platform” ideas you disagree with, whether speech is violence, whether safe spaces on campuses are helping students, and whether trigger warnings help improve a person’s mental heath. 

A graduate of American University and Stanford Law School, Greg Lukianoff is an attorney and the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) and the author of Unlearning Liberty: Campus Censorship and the End of American Debate and his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe, in addition to dozens of other publications. 


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Sep 01, 2022
S2 Ep1003: #1003 - Gender Ideologies, Feminism, and the Catholic Church: Dr. Abigail Favale
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Abigail has a fascinating story! Conservartive evangelical turned Christian feminist, turned third wave post-modern (practailly agnostic) feminist, turned catholic wife and mother–all while being a robust scholar of gender theory and theolgoy. We talk about all things related to gender, feminism (all 3 waves), transgender ideologies, the Catholic Church, and everything in-between. 

Abigail Favale, Ph.D., is a writer, professor, and speaker. She has an academic background in gender studies and feminist literary criticism, and now writes and speaks regularly on topics related to women and gender from a Catholic perspective. Her latest book The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory was just released in June 2022 by Ignatius Press. 


https://abigailfavale.wixsite.com/home


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Aug 29, 2022
S2 Ep1002: #1002 - What Actually Is “Identity?” Dr. Ryan Peterson
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Ryan has a Ph.D. in Theology from Wheaton College and is Associate Professor of Theology at Talbot School of Theology and Biola University in La Mirada, CA. He’s also the author of The Imago Dei as Human Identity: A Theological Interpretation, which is the topic of his Ph.D. dissertation. 

Ryan and I talk about the concept of identity from both a theological and sociological perspective. The launching point of our discussion is the provocative article by Rogers Brubaker and Fredrick Cooper, “Beyond Identity” https://www.jstor.org/stable/3108478

Is identity essential to our humanity, socially constructed, a blend of both, and how do we know, and why does it matter? Are we ______ because we say we are ________? Or is our identity rooted in nature? What role do things like experience and emotions and personalities play in constructing (or discovering) our identity? 

We also wrestle with questions related to sexuality and gender identities in light of the sociological conversation around identity. 


https://www.biola.edu/directory/people/ryan-peterson


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Aug 25, 2022
S2 Ep1001: #1001 - The Blood and the Bread: Francis Chan
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At last year’s “Exiles in Babylon” conference, Francis Chan kicked it off with a bang! He opened up the whole can of Chan about why we need to get back to the centrality of the Eucharist. This podcast episode is a recording of that talk, along with the couch conversation I had with him and the audience Q & A. 

To register for next year’s “Exiles in Babylon” 2023 conference, go to theologyintheraw.com to register to attend in person or live-stream. 


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Aug 22, 2022
S2 Ep1000: #1000 - On Going Home: My 1,000th Podcast Episode with Beth Moore
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What’s there to say? It’s Beth Moore, folks. The Queen of Evangelicalism. Let’s close in prayer…

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Aug 18, 2022
S9 Ep999: #999 - Is GenZ Bored with Church? Dr. Kara Powell
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Dr. Kara E. Powell is Chief of Leadership Formation, Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, and Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. She has a B.A. from Stanford, an MDiv from Bethel Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women to Watch,” Kara is the author or coauthor of Faith in an Anxious World (2020), Growing with (2019), 18 Plus (2018), Growing Young (2016), 10 StickyFaith books or curriculum (2011–2016), Right Click (2015), Can I Ask That? 2: More Hard Questions about God and Faith (2015), Essential Leadership: Training Onramps for Your Youth Ministry Team (2010), Deep Justice Journeys (2009), Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum(2009), Deep Justice in a Broken World (2008), Deep Ministry in a Shallow World(2006), Help! I’m a Woman in Youth Ministry (2004), and Mirror, Mirror (2003).

In this conversation, Kare and I talk about the GenZ, youth culture, youth ministry, and why GenZ Christians are getting bored with church and how we can keep them connected not just to some institutional church, but connected to a vibrant Jesus-following community. 

https://karapowell.com/about/  


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Aug 15, 2022
S9 Ep998: #998 - Contemporary Christian Worship: Is it Biblical or just Contemporary? Aaron Keyes
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Aaron Keyes is a singer/songwriter, pastor, speaker, and has not only been a worship leader for over 20 years, but has discipled and trained hundreds (if not thousands) of other Christian worship leaders. What I love most about Aaron is that he’s incredibly thoughtful and meaningful, and has been trying to restore a more pure, rooted, and theologically rich form of worship in the contemporary church. In this second TITR conversation with Aaron, we talk about the contemporary scene of Christian worship–the pros, the cons, the good, and the goofy, with an aim to help the church get back to a more holistic rhythm of worship, one that celebrates the goodness of God and also laments and protests the evil in the world. 

For more about Aaron: https://www.aaronkeyes.com/welcome

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Aug 11, 2022
S9 Ep997: #997 - Singleness, the “Gift of Celibacy,” and Healthy Complementarianism: Dr. Dani Treweek
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What does it mean to have the gift of celibacy (or singleness)? Does it mean that you don’t desire sex or marriage? Or that you’ve been given an extra booster shot of the Holy Spirit that gives you radical immunity to sexual temptation (or at least prevents you from serious spiriutal hospitalization)? What actually was Paul talking about when he said that “it’s better to marry than to burn?” (1 Cor 7:7-8). 


Dr. Dani Treweek is both single and a theological expert in singleness, having recently completed her Ph.D. on a theology of singleness and who’s publishing a book titled “The Meaning of Singleness” (IVP 2023). Dani is an ordained minister, theologian, speaker, writer, adn the founder of “Single Minded,” an evangelical Christian initiative which seeks to resource a positive, biblical conversation about singleness within the Christian life and community.

To learn more about Single Minded: https://www.singleminded.community 

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Aug 08, 2022
S9 Ep996: #996 - The Perfect Church, Fate of Judas, Intermediate State, Christian Music, and More: Q & A with Preston Sprinkle
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My patreon supporters sent in tons of questions, some which I address on this podcast. Some questions include: What would a perfect church look like in my opinion? Did Judas go to hell. Is Chrisitan rock music sinful? When do I feel most intimate with God? Should Pastors copy other people’s sermons? Would the Canon of Scripture look different if women were involved in the putting it together? What’s my view of the intermediate state? Did the Pharisees and Jesus hold to eternal conscious torment? And several more. 


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Aug 04, 2022
S9 Ep995: #995 - Women Prophets, Teachers, and Preachers, but not Elders: Dr. Gerry Breshears
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Gerry holds to a view of women in leaders that’s sometimes considered “soft complementarian.” He believes women can serve in any position of leadership and teaching in the church, except for elders, since one of the criteria for being an elder (or overseer) is “a husband of one wife.” Gerry explains his view in this podcast episode. 


Gerry has an MDiv from Denver Seminary and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Fuller Seminary. He’s been teaching at Western Seminary since 1980 where he currently serves as a professor of theology. Gerry has been a mentor to thousands of Christian leaders around the globe. 


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Aug 01, 2022
S9 Ep994: #994 - A Transwoman (Seda) Interviews Preston about His Views on Trans Identities
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Writing a book on transgender idendities as a non-trans person is a bit bold, some might say audacious. This is why I decided to open myself up to my friend Seda, who is a transwoman. Seda read my book Embodied and appreciated a lot of things in it, but she does have some disagreements, which we discuss in this podcast. Seda has become a friend over the last year and has been an incredible dialogue partner. 


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Jul 28, 2022
S9 Ep993: #993 - Why Romans 7 is NOT Talking about Christians: Dr. Joey Dodson
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Dr. Joseph (Joey) Dodson is the Craig L. Blomberg Endowed Chair of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and continued his studies at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He has written a number of articles for peer review journals such as Harvard Theological Review, Novum Testamentum, the Journal for Jewish Studies, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly. His most recent books include The Things I Want to Do: Romans 7 Revisited (forthcoming), A Little Book for New Bible Scholars with E. Randolph Richards (2017) and a co-edited volume with David E. Briones, Paul and Seneca in Dialogue (2017). Dr. Dodson’s current research includes a Romans commentary in the Brill Exegetical Commentary Series and a Colossians-Philemon commentary in The Christian Standard Commentary Series. And–Joey is my best friend. We met at Aberdeen years ago and have been joined at the hip ever since. In this conversation, Joey shows why Romans 7 is NOT talking about a Christian, but a pre-converted first century Jew. 

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Jul 25, 2022
S9 Ep992: #992 - Is Ethnic Reconciliation Part of the Gospel? Preston Sprinkle
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Is ethnic reconciliation an essential part of the gospel, or is it an optional add on? In this solo episode, I argue for the former, that part of the reason why Christ came, died, and was raised from the dead was to create “in one new humanity” (Eph. 2) a multiethnic kingdom and church. After giving a long personal narrative about why this topic is important to me, I work through several key passages integral to the storyline of Scripture including: Genesis 12, Acts 2, 6, 8, 13, Galatians 2-3, Ephesians 2-3, and Revelation 5. 

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Jul 21, 2022
S9 Ep991: Disability, the Church, and the Gospel: Eric Targe
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Eric Targe gives leadership and oversight to the College (Crossroads) and Disability (139) Ministries at Moody Church in Chicago. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Moody Bible Institute. Originally from New York, Eric has lived in Chicago since 2009. He was born into a Puerto Rican-Jewish family and came to faith during his teen years. Eric is passionate about seeing people come to faith in Christ and grow in the use of their spiritual gifts. Eric has a BA in Theology from Moody Bible Institute and an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. 

In this episode, Eric and I talk about disability, focusing largely on the Deaf, Deaf culture, a theology of healing, the proper language to use, and how churches can better embody Jesus toward the largest minority population on earth.

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Jul 18, 2022
S9 Ep990: When Leaders Fall…and Are Restored: Evan Wickham and Scott Curran
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Evan Wickham is the co-founder and lead pastor of Park Hill Church in San Diego. Scott Curran is an administrative assistant and teacher at the church. Over a year ago, Scott confessed to Evan that he had committed sexual immorality as he was a leader/teacher at the church, and Evan and the leaders beautifully navigated what it looks like to address this situation with grace, truth, and authenticity.


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Jul 15, 2022
S9 Ep989: Rethinking Orphanages: Brandon Stiver
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Are orphanages helping orphans? Most Christians would say: obviously yes. But Brandon, who’s been working in orphan care for over a decade, says that they are actually perpetuating a system of care that is ultimately not helpful for orphans. Kids belong in families, and there are many other more healthy ways to help kids be raised in a family. 

Brandon is the senior director of global programs and partnerships for 1MILLIONHOMEan organization aimed at revolutionizing orphan care through broadly shifting mindsets and scaling up proven community-based models that reunite children with families and eradicate practices that lead to family separation. Brandon has worked in the child welfare and nonprofit sectors for over twelve years. Before joining 1MILLIONHOME, he led a family based care and advocacy program in Tanzania for several years. Brandon has also worked at a Tanzanian orphanage, in the Californian foster care system, at various churches and teaches on issues facing at risk children at the university level. He has his Master’s Degree in Global Development and Justice and is passionate about indigenous leadership, community mobilization and seeing global entities come together to deliver the best care for at risk children.

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Jul 11, 2022
S9 Ep988: Abortion, Roe v. Wade, Raising Girls, Gay Identity, and the LXX: Q & A with Preston
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It’s that time again, folks! My Patreon supporters sent in a plethora of scintillating questions this month. I addressed many of them in my Patreon-only Q & A podcast, but there were still a few questions I wanted to address on the podcast podcast, which I do so here.

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Jul 08, 2022
S9 Ep987: Christian Reflections on the 4th of July: Justin Giboney
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Justin joins me on this 4th of July to talk about how Christians should think about the holiday. In particular, how should Christians, whose allegiance should be unwavering toward “no king but Jesus,” celebrate the 4th? Or–should we celebrate? What do we do with the dark history that is part of the American story? What about all the good that America has done? What is that good? How do African Americans think through the 4th? Justin and I kick it around in this episode. Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, Georgia. He is also the co-founder and president of the AND Campaign.


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Jul 04, 2022
S9 Ep986: #986 - Responding to the Roe V. Wade Reversal with Dr. Scott Rae
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Dr. Scott Rae (Ph.D. USC) is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Talbot School of Theology. He’s also a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals and is a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum. Scott has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics; Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics; and Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics. Scott also co-hosts an engaging podcast with Sean McDowell called “Think Biblically,” which tackles many hot topics including abortion.

In this conversation, Scott and I talk about Christians should respond to the reversal of Roe V. Wade, how we should think through abortion as a whole, what are the best pro-choice arguments, when does life begin, when does personhood begin, how to respond to some of the environemtal factors that actually contribute to high abortion rates, and whether the recent ruling will actually lead to fewere abortions. 


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Jul 01, 2022
S9 Ep985: A Review of Matt Walsh’s “What Is a Woman?”
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Matt Walsh from The Daily Wire released a provocative new documentary called “What Is a Woman?” In it, he interviews several scholars, medical professionals, and common people to hear their answer to the question. It’s created quite a buzz, so I watched it twice and took lots of notes. In this podcast, I talk about my pros and cons of the documentary. 

Watch the documentary HERE. (It’s behind a paywall.)

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Jun 30, 2022
S9 Ep984: CURE International: A Holistic Medical Ministry in Africa with Peter Kyalo
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Peter Kyalo serves as the Chief Program Officer of CURE International, a Christian non-profit organization that operates a global network of eight children’s hospitals providing world class surgical care and intentional spiritual care to children living with treatable disabilities. CURE has hospitals in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Niger, Ethiopia, Zambia, and the Philippines. Peter holds an MA in global healthcare management and leadership as well as an MBA from the United States International University. Outside of work, Peter spends his time with his four children and serving at his church mentoring young couples. He is married to Jackie Ngigi and together they have four children, one son and three daughters. I had a chance to visit the Kenya location last June with my family and was blown away at how much kingdom impact this ministry has! 

To support CURE, go to: https://cure.org

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Jun 27, 2022
S9 Ep983: Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen: Scott Sauls
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Scott is the Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is married to Patti and has two daughters, Abby and Ellie. Previously, Scott was a lead and preaching pastor for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, where he worked alongside Dr. Timothy Keller. Scott has authored six books: Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend,  From Weakness to Strength, Irresistible Faith, and A Gentle Answer. His sixth book, Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen was just released, and it’s the topic of our conversation. 

Book:https://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-People-Dont-Just-Happen/dp/0310363446 

Scott’s Website: https://scottsauls.com/ 

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Jun 23, 2022
S9 Ep982: The Beauty of the Greek Orthodox Church: Christian Gonzalez
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Christian serves as the Young Adult Ministries Coordinator for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. A graduate of Wheaton College, Azusa Pacific University, & Luther Seminary, Christian is a Licensed Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Arizona committed to the upbuilding of the Church as a family that facilitates the formation of youth & young adults into the image of Chris. I wanted to have Christian on the show primarily to get to know the Greek Orthodox church. So, I gave Christian an hour to convert me, and, well, you’ll have to see if he succeeded. 

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Jun 20, 2022
S9 Ep981: What Is Intersex? Julie Zaagman and Dr. Sam Ashton
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Intersex is a term used to describre a range of what medical professionals call “disorders (or differences) in sex development” (or DSD’s), where people have some atypicality in their sex chromosomes and/or phenotypical sex development. Sam just completed his Ph.D. dissertation from Wheaton College on the topic of intersex, and Julie has an intersex condition called Swyer Syndrome. In this episode, both Sam and Julie help us understand the topic of intersex on both a theological and personal level.

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Jun 16, 2022
S9 Ep980: Surviving Sexual Abuse in the SBC: Tiffany Thigpen
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Tiffany is a survivor and an advocate for other survivors of sexual abuse. She’s been an outspoken and courageous voice in pushing for change in how the Southern Baptist Convention has handled sexual abuse allegations.

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Jun 13, 2022
S9 Ep979: Responding to the SBC’s Sexual Abuse Report: Dr. J.D. Greear
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J.D. and Preston talk about the recent SBC report on sexual abuse and abuse cover ups in the church. This is part 1 of a two part series on this issue. J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina and has served as the president of the SBC from 2018-2021. J.D. completed his Ph.D. in Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the author of several books including Just Ask (2021), What Are You Going to Do with Your Life? (2020), Searching for Christmas (2020), Above All (2019), Not God Enough (2018), Gaining by Losing (2015), Gospel (2011), Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart (2013), and Jesus, Continued… (2014).

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Jun 09, 2022
S9 Ep978: Parenting Teen Girls: Kari Kampakis
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Drum-roll please!! This is the very first podcast hosted by my wife Chris Sprinkle. It just seemed better to have Chris talk to Kari; you’ll see why. Kari Kampakis is an author, speaker, podcaster, and newspaper columnist from Birmingham, Alabama. Her two books for teen girls, 10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know and Liked: Whose Approval Are You Living For, and her bestselling book for moms, Love Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with Your Teenage Daughter, have been used widely across the country for small group studies. Kari’s work has been featured on The TODAY Show, TODAY Parents, Focus on the Family, EWTN, Bethany Hamilton’s Mother/Daughter ‘Ohana Program, Yahoo! News, Grown & Flown, FaithGateway, Jesus Calling, Your Teen, Motherly,  For Every Mom, Love What Matters, Ann Voskamp’s blog, The Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and other national outlets. She and her husband, Harry, have four daughters and a dog named Lola.

Learn more by visiting www.karikampakis.com or finding Kari on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.


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Jun 06, 2022
S9 Ep977: Christian Universalism, asexuality, demisexuality, same-sex marriage and women in leadership, & the massive increase in trans teens.
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I’ve got a fist-full of questions sent in from my Patreon supporters, some of which I answer here.

Questions addressed in this public podcast:

Can I make a scriptural case for Christian Universalism?

What do I think about asexuality, demisexuality, graysexuality?

Is the debate about same-sex marriage kind of like the debate about women in church leadership?

It seems like there’s a 50/50 chance that my baby daughter will have gender dysphoria–is that true?

Can I recommend any good books on sex and marriage?

And will we have memories of earth in our resurrected bodies?

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Jun 02, 2022
S9 Ep976: Embodying Jesus with the LGBTQ Community: Elizabeth Black
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Elizabeth Black has served as an evangelist and minister in New York City for almost 10 years. Most recently, Elizabeth serves as the co-founder of Kaleidoscope–a ministry that provides LGBTQ+ people opportunities to engage with tangible expressions of Christ. Originally from Baltimore, Elizabeth attended Washington Bible College for undergraduate studies. She has a heart for New York City, and she loves sharing Jesus with those in the LGBTQ, Jewish, and African-American populations – and beyond. She is currently working on her Master of Theology in contextual theology atAll Nations, a missions college in the UK. Elizabeth loves to cook, entertain, watch documentaries, and read about culture. Last but not least, she is a proud wife and the mother of two young boys.

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May 30, 2022
S9 Ep975: Psychedelics, Marijauna, and Being the Church from the Table: Debra Hirsch
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I had no agenda going into this conversation, but it quickly delved into talking about psychedelics, marijauna, and how God uses some trippy things to draw people to himself. We then talk about a missional ecclesiology with the table at the center. Deb Hirsch is a speaker, church leader, and writer who has led churches in both Australia and Los Angeles. She is one of the founders of Forge Mission Training Network and is a member of the Forge America national team. She also serves as a board member for Missio Alliance and was part of the leadership team of Christian Associates, a church planting movement in Europe, North & South America. She is the co-author (with Alan Hirsch) of Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship, and her book Redeeming Sex reflects her own journey and attempts to bring new conversations about sexuality into the context of the church. Deb has been involved in social work, community development and as a trained counselor has worked in the field of sexuality for over twenty-five years.

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May 26, 2022
S9 Ep974: What Is Autogynephilia? A Conversation with Danny
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The theory of Autogynephilia is one of the more controversial and much neglected aspects of the trans* conversation. Some people say it doesn’t exist, while others say that most natal male trans* persons have Autogynephilia. Autogynephilia “is defined as a male's propensity to be sexually aroused by the thought of himself as a female.” Several scholars have done a lot of research into this phenomenon: Ray Blanchard, J. Michael Bailey, Anne Lawerance (who is a self identified autogynephilic trans* medical researcher), and several others. My conversation today is with my friend Danny, who says he experiences a kind of autogynephilia and has learn to walk in faithfulness to Jesus in the midst of it all.

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May 23, 2022
S9 Ep973: Disability, Theology, and the Church: Dr. Devan Stahl
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Dr. Devan Stahl is Assistant Professor of Religion at Baylor University. She holds an MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University. She previously was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Ethics at Michigan State University and has experience teaching bioethics and medical humanities to undergraduates, medical students and residents, nursing students, and veterinary students. She has also worked as a clinical ethicist in tertiary hospitals and has trained as a hospital chaplain. Devin’s experience with MS has led her to become a leading voice in the conversation about a Theology of Disability, which is the topic of our conversation. 

https://www.baylor.edu/religion/index.php?id=962728

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May 19, 2022
S9 Ep972: Seeing God’s Common Grace in a Broken World: Dr. Tim Muehlhoff
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Dr. Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a Professor of Communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California where he teaches classes in conflict resolution, apologetics, gender, and family communication. He is co-director of Biola’s Winsome Conviction Project that seeks to reintroduce compassion and civility into our disagreements. He’s the co-host of the Winsome Conviction Podcast where people with differing viewpoints are brought on for engaging dialogue.

Tim has written extensively in the area of cultural engagement and conflict resolution including Winsome Conviction: Disagreeing without Dividing the Church and Winsome Persuasion: Christian Influence in a Post Christian World (with Biola professor Rick Langer) each having received a merit award from Christianity Today’s Book of the Year Awards.

Tim’s most recent book is Eyes to See: Recognizing God’s Common Grace in an Unsettled World, which is the topic of our conversation. 

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May 16, 2022
S9 Ep971: The State of Christian Education: Dr. Mark Young
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We live in a transitional era. Events like the development of the internet, 9/11, ongoing globalization, the rise and proliferation of social media, the election of Obama and then Trump, and now the global pandemic have all had a profound impact on culture including the church and education. What does all of this mean for the future of Christian education? Dr. Mark Young helps guide us this this important topic. 

Dr. Mark Young is the president of Denver Seminary, a theological educator and pastoral leader with over 40 years of global ministry experience. Mark holds a PhD in Educational Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a ThM in New Testament Literature and Exegesis from Dallas Theological Seminary. He serves as the board chair for the Association of Theological Schools and is a member of the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education, Evangelical Theological Society, OMSC Missions Leaders Forum, and several other organizations.

Mark has authored several publications, including The Hope of the Gospel: Theological Education and the Next Evangelicalism (Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2022), One True Story, One True God: What the Bible Is All About(Our Daily Bread Publishing, 2021), “Marriage and the Mission of God,” published in Marriage: Its Foundation, Theology and Mission in a Changing World (Moody Press, 2018), and “Recapturing Evangelical Identity and Mission” published in Still Evangelical? Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning (InterVarsity Press, 2018). 

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May 12, 2022
S9 Ep970: What ACTUALLY is Revoice? Dr. Nate Collins
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Nate Collins (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the President and Founder of Revoice. He is the author of All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality (Zondervan, 2017), as well as a forthcoming volume about gender and sexuality in the Biblical Theology for Lifeseries from Zondervan Academic. Nate and his wife, Sara, live in St. Louis, MO with their three children.

https://revoice.us/events/revoice19/revoice19-speakers/nate-collins/

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May 09, 2022
S9 Ep969: Women in Ministry, Christians and Patriotism, the Afterlife, Christian “Failure Porn,” & the “Worst” Sin: Q & A with Preston Sprinkle
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My patreon supporters sent me a truckload of questions, some of which I addressed in my Patreon-only podcast and others that I address here.

Questions covered on this episode include:

Are complementarian churches missing out on women disciplers?

When should we give our kids a cell phone and let them call/text their friends?

Can Jesus followers be patriotic?

Are any forms of masculinity and femininity virtuous?

Is all sin equal or are some worse than others?

Does God bring whom he wants to church or are Christians responsible to created more diverse churches?

What 3 questions would I ask Jesus?

And many more questions.

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May 05, 2022
S9 Ep968: The Making of Biblical Womanhood: Dr. Beth Allison Barr
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Dr. Beth Allison Barr is Professor History and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Baylor University. She received her B.A. from Baylor University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses primarily on women and gender identity in late medieval England, how the advent of Protestantism affected women in Christianity, and medieval attitudes towards women in sermons across the Reformation era. Beth is the author of several books including her most recent highly acclaimed book The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Womanhood Became Gospel Truth, which is the focus of our conversation. 

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May 02, 2022
S9 Ep967: A Theological Analysis of Netflix’s Midnight Mass: Daniel Wells
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Daniel Wells is a pastor at Church of the Redeemer in Cortland, NY. He holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Religion from Erskine College, a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in North Carolina, and is in the process of completing his Masters in Christian Counseling from RTS. 

In this podcast conversation, Daniel and I give a theological and cultural analysis of Netflix’s provocative show Midnight Mass. The show contains some strong and profound spiritual, theological, and ecclesiastical themes that provoke much thought and reflection on religion as a whole and the church in particular. 

https://www.redeemercortland.com/staff/


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Apr 28, 2022
S9 Ep966: Deconstruction, Progressive Culture, Emerging Church, and the Need for Missional Theology: Dr. Dan Kimball
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Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He was one of the founders of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California where he still serves on staff. He is also a faculty member at Western Seminary and leads the ReGeneration Project, which exists to equip and encourage new generations to think theologically and participate in the mission of the church. He has a master’s degree from Western Seminary and a doctorate degree from George Fox University.

In this conversation, we talk about pastoring in a super progressive city, why people are deconstructing at a seemingly higher rate than before, what unbelievers think of Christianity, the need for intellectually honest missional theology, and why loving our neighbors is so crucial to the gospel. 

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Apr 25, 2022
S9 Ep965: Q & A with Chris and Preston Sprinkle
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Chris and I did a short impromptu Q & A at the “Exiles in Babylon” conference and we got a TON of questions! We weren’t able to respond to them all at the conference, so Chris joins me in the basement to work through some of the questions that y’all sent in.


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Apr 21, 2022
S9 Ep964: Is God a Moral Monster? Dr. Paul Copan
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Paul Copan (Ph.D., Philosophy, Marquette University) is a Christian theologian, analytic philosopher, apologist, and author. He is currently a professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University (Florida) and holds the endowed Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics.

He is author or editor of over 40 books, including works such as Is God a Moral Monster? and the forthcoming Is God a Vindictive Bully?--both of which are the focus of our conversation. 

In this episode, we discuss several problem passages in the Old Testament including the conquest of Canaan, the mauling of the young men who taunted Elisha (2 Kings 2), the killing of Uzzah who touched the ark (2 Sam 6), and the seemingly strange statements about women in Deuteronomy 21-22. 

http://www.paulcopan.com

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Apr 18, 2022
S9 Ep963: The Liturgy of Politics: Kaitlyn Schiess
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Kaitlyn Schiess is a writer, author, and a ThD student at Duke Divinity School studying political theology, ethics, and biblical interpretation. She has a ThM in systematic theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Kaitlyn is the author of The Liturgy of Politics: Spiritual Formation for the Sake of Our Neighbor, released with InterVarsity Press in September 2020. She has written about theology, politics, and culture at places like Christianity Today, The New York Times, Christ and Pop Culture, CT Women, RELEVANT, Sojourners, Fathom, and the Christian Research Journal. She also contributed some thoughts to this New York Times piece and this HuffPost piece.

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Apr 14, 2022
S9 Ep962: A Christian Approach to the News: Jason Woodruff (The Pour Over Podcast)
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 Jason is the founder and director of the Pour Over Newsletter and Podcast, which reports on the biggest news of the day, summarized in a way you'll actually understand and enjoy, paired with brief Christian perspectives. Stay informed while staying focused on Christ. 

In this episode, we talk about why he started The Pour Over, the mission behind it all, and how Christians should approach the news of the day. Sign up for the Pour Over newsletter at: https://www.thepourover.org

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Apr 11, 2022
S9 Ep961: Views of Hell, Christian Nationalism, Anglican Church, Enneagram, Sex and Gender: Q & A with Preston Sprinkle
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My Patreon supporters sent in a ton of great questions, some of which I address on this podcast. Do I still recommend Erasing Hell in light of my change in view? What are the best resources to defend ECT, Annihilation, and Christian Universalism? Do I still like the CSB translation knowing that all the translators are complementarian? What is Christian Nationalism? How does the killing of Annanias and Saphira square with my view of nonviolence? Does studying with a commentary take away from just reading the text? And other questions.


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Apr 07, 2022
S9 Ep960: Debriefing the Exiles in Babylon Conference with Ed Uszynski
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Preston and Ed debrief about Theology in the Raw’s first “Exile in Babylon” conference. They talk about the highs and the lows, the most memorable experiences, and the things they’d do differently. And many other things that happened during the event.

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Apr 04, 2022
S9 Ep959: What Is Black Liberation Theology? Dr. Dwight Hopkins
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Dr. Dwight Hopkins is Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He received his B.A. from Harvard, an MDiv, MPhil, and PhD from Union Theological Seminary, New York, and another PhD from University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Hopkins is the author of over 20 books, including Black Theology--Essays on Global Perspectives, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017, Black Theology--Essays on Gender Perspectives, Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2017, and served as the lead editor, with Edward P. Antonio on The Cambridge Companion to Black Theology (Cambridge University Press, 2012). A student of the great theologian James Cone, Dr. Hopkins has given lectures in dozens of countries around the world and is a renowned expert in Black Liberation Theology, which is the focus of this podcast conversation. 

https://divinity.uchicago.edu/directory/dwight-n-hopkins

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Mar 31, 2022
S9 Ep958: A Black Man’s Interaction with the KKK: Daryl Davis
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Daryl Davis is a legendary musician and activist. As a musician, Daryl is considered to be one of the greatest Blues & Boogie Woogie and Blues and Rock’n’Roll pianists of all time, having played with The Legendary Blues Band (formerly the Muddy Waters band) and Chuck Berry. 

As a race relations expert, Daryl has received acclaim for his book, Klan-Destine Relationships and his documentary Accidental Courtesy from many respected sources including CNN, NBC, Good Morning America, TLC, NPR, The Washington Post, and many others. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Elliott-Black Award, the MLK Award and the Bridge Builder Award among many others.

https://www.daryldavis.com

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Mar 28, 2022
Exiles in Babylon Conference Attendee Updates
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Hey friends, we got a special Theology in the Raw Conference attendee podcast for you. Preston shares some info about the conference happening next week. If you are attending in person you are going to want to listen to this podcast!

At the conference:

Pre-Order Newman Family BBQ

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Following the conference

Conversations in the Raw

Dig deeper into these important conversations with friends and thought leaders from the Exile in Babylon conference. Sign up for one or more of these cohorts and receive in depth webinars, curated resources, and an opportunity to connect with other like minded “exiles in Babylon” across the world. 

Sign up for conversations in the raw at theologyintheraw.com/conversations

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Mar 25, 2022
S9 Ep957: Are Orphanages Doing More Harm Than Good? Alycia Pinizzotto
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Every Christian believes that orphans should be cared for. But how? Do they belong in orphanages or in families? Are orphanages a necessary way to care for orphans in a broken world? Or are they perpetuating a cycle of harm toward vulnerable and traumatized children? Alycia used to run an orphanage with her husband, but came to believe that they were not actually helping kids, so they developed a different approach to orphan care, one that helps vulnerable kids be placed in healthy families. 

Alycia is the CEO at Story International, an organization that serves the vulnerable of Guatemala so that we may one day see the restoration of family structures and the cycles of generational poverty broken. Story Intl. strives to see fewer kids institutionalized and more kids cared for in the context of family. They seek to empower communities and engage the local church as a new generation of Guatemalans rises up to lead their communities with unwavering faith in Jesus Christ. Story’s motto is: Children belong in families, not orphanages, which is the focus of our conversation. 

https://www.storyintl.org

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alycia-pinizzotto


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Mar 24, 2022
S9 Ep956: Neither Liberal nor Conservative–Systemic Racism, White Privilege, and the Church: Dr. Carl Ellis
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Carl is a brother from another mother and I want him to adopt me as his kid. I love the way he thinks through tough issues and refuses to be stuffed into some ideological box. In this conversation, we talk about all the hard stuff in the race conversation: critical theory, systemic racism, pros and cons in multiethnic churches, the “Cold Civil War” between achievers and non-achievers in the African American community, the 400 years of collective trauma that black people experience, white privilege, whiteness, and many other things. No matter where you land on these controversial issues, I think you’ll consider Carl to be a humble, thoughtful, and seasoned voice. 

Dr. Carl Ellis, Jr. is Provost’s Professor of Theology and Culture, Assistant to the Chancellor, and Senior Fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative at Reformed Theological Seminary. From 1979 to 1989, Carl served as the Assistant Pastor of Forest Park Community Church in Baltimore, MD, served on faculty at Chesapeake Theological Seminary, and served as a seminar instructor for Prison Fellowship where he developed and taught “in-prison” and “in-community” seminars for inmates and community volunteers. Between 1986 and 2009, Carl served as an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Urban Theological Studies (C.U.T.S.), and as Dean of Intercultural Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Carl was recently the Associate Pastor for Cultural Apologetics at New City Fellowship. Dr. Ellis studied under Francis Schaeffer at LÁbri in Hermoz sur Olon’, Switzerland, completed his MAR (Theology) at Westminster Theological Seminary, and holds a D.Phil. from Oxford Graduate School.

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Mar 21, 2022
S9 Ep955: Christian Anarchism: Dr. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos
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Alex is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Loughborough University (U.K.) and is the author of Christian Anarchism: A Political Commentary on the Gospel which is the topic of our conversation. 

Alex is officially French, Greek, and now also British. He grew up in Brussels and has lived in England almost continuously since 1997. He therefore feels like a European foreigner everywhere. He completed his academic studies at the University of Kent, covering disciplines such as Economics (BA), International Relations and European Studies (MA), and Politics and Government with some Theology and Religious Studies (PhD). He worked for both the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University prior to joining Loughborough in 2010. His research and teaching interests include political violence, pacifism and nonviolence studies, anarchist studies, political thought, politics and religion, and critical security studies.

https://www.lboro.ac.uk/subjects/politics-international-studies/staff/alexandre-christoyannopoulos/

Alex’s article on the war in Ukraine: https://theconversation.com/ukraine-nonviolent-resistance-is-a-brave-and-often-effective-response-to-aggression-178361

Other writings by Alex: https://sites.google.com/site/christoyannopoulos/publications-by-theme




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Mar 17, 2022
S9 Ep954: Robot Theology, AI, and Sex Robots: Dr. Joshua K. Smith
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Joshua K. Smith is a theologian and pastor researching the ethics of AI and robotics. He is the co-chair of the Kirby Laing Centre's Technology Hub. He is the author of Robot Theology: Old Questions through New Media.

Is it okay to punch a robot in the face? Questions like this launch us into a scintillating conversation about a moral theology of robots, including the growing phenomenon of sex robots.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

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Mar 14, 2022
S9 Ep953: Behind the Scenes of Bible Translation: Dr. Brandon Smith
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Dr. Brandon Smith is associate professor of theology at Cedarville University. Previously, he spent the previous four years helping lead the Christian Standard Bible translation and as an elder at a church in the Nashville area. He also helped found the Center for Baptist Renewal and hosts the Church Grammar podcast. His research interests include the Trinity, canonical and theological interpretation, biblical theology, and early church theology (especially AD 100-400). Brandon has a Ph.D. in Theology and New Testament, Ridley College (Melbourne), an M.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, Criswell College, and a B.A. in Biblical Studies, Dallas Baptist University

In this episode, we discuss translation theory, why certain translations differ, whether translations are relatable, how to pick a translation for you or for your church, we also peak behind the scenes of what goes on into translating the Bible, and we unpack why the Christian Standard Bible is, in our humble opinion, the best all around translation out there.



Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

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Mar 10, 2022
S9 Ep952: A Christian Perspective on Race and Racism: Rasool Berry
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Rasool Berry serves as teaching pastor at The Bridge Church in Brooklyn, New York. He also is the Director of Partnerships & Content Development with Our Daily Bread Ministries.  He hosts the Where Ya From? podcast which tells the stories of influencers at the intersection of faith and culture. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

In this episode, Rassol and I talk about a biblical theology of ethnic reconciliation and bring his to bear on the current conversation about race and racism in the church and America. We talk about reparations, systemic racism, how racism is in our cultural climate, affirmative action, and many other topics.

https://www.rasoolberry.com


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Mar 07, 2022
S9 Ep951: Speaking in Tongues, Youth Camps, Ghost Writing, Purpose of Church: Dr. Preston Sprinkle
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Going O.G. Theology in the Raw for this one with a Q & A podcast. My patreon supporters sent in a ton of great questions, some of which I address in this podcast (others which I address in a separate Patreon Podcast.

Their questions include:

how to respond to a spouse that no longer believes,

my thoughts on speaking in tongues,

is it okay to serve as a chaplain in the military,

Christian memes on Instagram,

the purpose of church (evangelism or discipleship),

violence in the O.T.,

Christians using ghost writers,

whether parachurch youth camps are a good thing,

and resources for teaching your kids about sexualtiy and gender.


If you want to support Theology in the Raw, please visit patreon.com/theologyintheraw to learn more.


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Mar 03, 2022
S9 Ep950: A Christian View of Immigration: Karen Gonzalez
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In this episode, I talk to Karen about all things related to immigration. What does the Bible say? How theologically/ethically important is it? How should the biblical story on immigration shape our current Christian imagination when it comes to current political issues about immigration? How should Christians respond to undocumented immigrants?

Karen Gonzalez is a speaker, writer, storyteller, and immigrant advocate, who herself immigrated from Guatemala as a child. Karen is a former public school teacher and attended Fuller Theological Seminary, where she studied theology and missiology. For the last 12 years, she has been a non-profit professional, currently working for World Relief, an organization that serves refugees and other immigrants, as the human resources director. She wrote a book about her own immigration story and some of the immigrants found in the Bible:The God Who Sees: Immigrants, The Bible, and the Journey to Belong (Herald Press, May 2019). She also has bylines inSojourners, Christianity Today, The Christian Century, and others. Karen is currently working on her second book, Beyond Welcome: Centering Immigrants in our Christian Response to Immigration (Brazos Press, October 2022). She is also the co-host of the Latina-focused podcast Cafe with Comadres. You can reach her via her website Karen-Gonzalez.com or on social media at @_karenjgonzalez.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

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Feb 28, 2022
S9 Ep949: The Gospel, New Creation, Re-reading Paul, Heaven, and American Christianity: Dr. N.T. Wright
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Tom Wright is Research Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrews and Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Prior to serving at Oxford, Tom has held a variety of both academic and chaplaincy posts at Oxford, Cambridge, and McGill University, Montreal. He was Canon of Westminster in 2000, before serving as Bishop of Durham between 2003-2010. He’s the author of over 10 million books, or something like that. 

In the episode, we talk about many things related to New Testament theology including the meaning of the term “gospel,” understanding Paul’s letters in their historical and biblical context, the importance of resurrection (over the significance of “going to heaven when you die”), the meaning of “hell,” and other personal things about his spiritual and theological journey. We also talk about the polarization in American Christianity and other contemporary issues.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon 

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Feb 24, 2022
S9 Ep948: A Complementarian Reading of the New Testament: Dr. Tom Schreiner
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Complementarians believe that the Bible affirms the full equality of women and men, but that God only allows men to be elders and teachers in local churches. Dr. Tom Schreiner is one of the most well known and widely published (and respected) scholars who holds to this view. In this episode, Tom sums up his position and then responds to several counterarguments I throw at him. 

Tom is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology (1997) and Associate Dean of the School of Theology. Schreiner joined the Southern faculty in 1997 after serving 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary. He also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Schreiner, a Pauline scholar, is the author or editor of several books including, Romans, in the Baker Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament; Interpreting the Pauline Epistles; The Law and Its Fulfillment: A Pauline Theology of Law; The Race Set Before Us: A Biblical Theology of Perseverance and Assurance; Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives of Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace, co-edited with Bruce A. Ware; Women in the Church: A Fresh Analysis of I Timothy 2:9-15; Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology.

https://www.sbts.edu/academics/faculty/thomas-r-schreiner/


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Feb 21, 2022
S9 Ep947: Being Socially Engaged While Maintaining Allegiance to Christ: Dr. Vincent Bacote
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Dr. Vincent Bacote is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is the author of the The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015), The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005), and has contributed to books including On Kuyper (2013), Aliens in the Promised Land (2013), Keep Your Head Up (2012) and Prophetic Evangelicals (2012).

He is a regular columnist for Comment Magazine and contributes to other magazines, including Books and Culture, Christianity Today, Think Christian and re:generation quarterly, and journals such as Christian Scholars Review, Urban Mission and the Journal for Christian Theological Research. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. He resides in the Chicago area with his family.

https://www.vincentbacote.com


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Feb 17, 2022
S9 Ep946: A Celibate Gay Christian’s Perspective on Valentine’s Day and Belonging: Dr. Greg Coles
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Dr. Gregory Coles is senior research fellow at The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender, and is the author of Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity (IVP, 2017) and No Longer Strangers: Finding Belonging in a World of Alienation (IVP, 2021). He holds a PhD in English from Penn State and works as a writer, speaker, and worship leader. His fiction and expository writing have been published by Penguin Random House and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; his academic research on rhetorical theory (how language works in society) has appeared in College English and Rhetorica and in an edited collection from Cambridge University Press. You can find most of his creative activities curated at gregorycoles.com.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Feb 14, 2022
S9 Ep945: A Native American Perspective on Christian Nationalism: Mark Charles
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In this podcast, Mark gives a different perspective about the “discovery” of America and some of the profound problems when Christians go to be with the Empire.

Mark Charles is a speaker, writer, and consultant. The son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man, Mark teaches the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and Christendom in order to help forge a path of healing and conciliation for the nation. He is the co-author of the book, Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery, and he authors the blog Reflections from the Hogan. Mark is currently an independent candidate for the presidency of the United States, advocating for a Truth and Conciliation Commission – a formal and national dialogue on issues of race, gender, and class.

https://wirelesshogan.com


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Feb 10, 2022
S9 Ep944: Parenting LGBTQ Kids
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Mark is a Born and bred Texan. He came to Jesus at age 22 and will celebrate his 50th anniversary of being “in Christ” on February 17, 2022. He’s been married to Vicki for 47 years, 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and he practiced oil and gas law for 45 years and retired in December of 2020. 

Mark’s daughter came out as a lesbian over a decade ago and they’ve maintained a wonderful, loving relationship through it all. Mark has gleaned a wealth of experiential knowledge about how to love, even in the midst of theological disagreement.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Feb 07, 2022
S9 Ep943: Christian Nonviolence: Drs. Myles Werntz and David Cramer
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Myles Werntz (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of theology and director of Baptist studies at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. He is the author or editor of several books, including Bodies of Peace and A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence. David C. Cramer (PhD, Baylor University) is managing editor at the Institute of Mennonite Studies, sessional lecturer at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and teaching pastor at Keller Park Church in South Bend, Indiana.

David and Myles recently wrote a book called A Field Guide to Christian Nonviolence and this is the topic of our conversation. We discuss a biblical case for nonviolence and some pushbacks including the conquest of Canaan. We also discuss the killer at the door, policing, nonviolent revolts, and pulling up violent systems by the roots.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Feb 03, 2022
S9 Ep942: Marriage, masculinity, platforming, weed, alcohol, pride flags, & other questions
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I received a ton of questions from my Patreon supporters, many of which I answered through Patreon, but some of which I address out loud in this podcast.

Questions addressed on this episode:

How do you know if you’re called to marriage?

What does the Bible say about masculinity and femininity?

How will I handle my growing platform?

Is it wrong to smoke weed? Drink alcohol?

Should Christians have a problem with a public school teacher displaying a pride flag?

Why do so many smart Spirit-filled Christians disagree on interpretations of Scripture?

What’s the meaning of kephale (“head”) in 1 Cor 11:3 and Eph 5:23?

And many other questions. 


Articles cited: 

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/theologyintheraw/2014/10/is-feeling-called-a-biblical-concept/

https://www.cbeinternational.org/resource/article/priscilla-papers-academic-journal/meta-study-debate-over-meaning-head-kephale

https://www.prestonsprinkle.com/blog/2016/9/30/should-christians-drink-alcohol


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Jan 31, 2022
S9 Ep941: The Brothers Karamazov (and Other Things): Tom Velasco
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Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov has been hailed as one of the greatest novels of all time. I just got done reading the book and have been mulling over its multilayered meaning ever since. So I invited my friend Tom Velasco to come on the show to talk about. Tom has read the book at least 10 times (which, at 776 pages is not an easy feat) and has been teaching the book to highschool students at The Ambrose School where he’s been teaching for the last 22 years. 

In this lengthy podcast, we talk a lot about the book including its background, characters, plot, and its philosophical and theological themes, especially the problem of evil, free, suffering, and the nature of belief. This leads to many philosophical and cultural tangents which we don’t shy away from.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Jan 27, 2022
S9 Ep940: Being a Christian in Hollywood: Hannah Barefoot
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Hannah Barefoot is a theatrically trained actress, singer, and dancer originally from Cody, Wyoming. Her first leading role role in the cult favorite, 'The Falls: Testament of Love,' earned her a reputation as a raw and vulnerable dramatic actress early on, while her work in improv developed her comedic chops. She has since starred in many movies and TV shows including King Richard, CSI, Chicago Med, Creepshow, LA’s Finest, Criminal Minds, Good Girls Revolt, and many others. 

As a singer, Hannah is one half of an indie-folk-rock duo, The Luminous Grey, alongside her husband, Andy Barefoot. Their music has been commissioned and featured in feature films, including two of Hannah's films, and she was recently the lead in renowned choreographer Galen Hook's western musical film, 'There Once Was a Woman.'

In this episode, Preston talks with Hannah about what it’s like being a Christian in Hollywood. She takes us behind the scenes and discusses her raw and vulnerable perspective on God, life, acting, Hollywood, and how she understands the art of acting in light of the kingdom of God. 


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Jan 24, 2022
S9 Ep939: Jesus and John Wayne: Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez
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Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a New York Times bestselling author and Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University. She holds a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and her research focuses on the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. She has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC News, Religion News Service, and Christianity Today, and has been interviewed on NPR, CBS, and the BBC, among other outlets. 

Her most recent book, Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, has swatted a hornets nest and sparked all kinds of interesting and much needed conversations. In this episode, I talk to Kristin about her book and the responses it has elicited.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Jan 20, 2022
S9 Ep938: Evangelicalism, Eroticism, Trinity, Sexuality, Suffering, and Hope: David Bennett
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David is from Sydney, Australia where he studied journalism and then international relations. He moved to Oxford to pursue his studies in theology and train as an apologist from a skeptical, atheist background as an anti-Christian gay activist. David now holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in theology from Oxford, a master’s degree in theology from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and is now completing his doctorate (DPhil) in theology at Oxford. He specialises in the relationship between queer theory, asceticism and contemporary Anglican theology, especially ethics, and the role of desire in knowing God. He’s in the process of discerning a call to ordination.

David has recently published his first book, A War of Loves (Zondervan, 2018). It describes his own story from atheistic gay activism to becoming a follower of Jesus, in which he advocates for a positive moral vision of biblical sexuality and discipleship. His other interests include French, Latin, church history and patristics, writing, travel, cooking, reading books, and living in Christian community.

https://www.dacbennett.com


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

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Jan 17, 2022
S9 Ep937: The Great Sex Rescue: Sheila Wray Gregiore and Rebecca Lindenbach
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Sheila has written seven books including award-winning book The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex and the forthcoming The Great Sex Rescue, which she coauthored with her daughter, Rebecca Lindenbach. Both Sheila and Rebecca speak and write about a Christian view of sex, often correcting problems created by a purity culture approach to sex. 


The Great Sex Rescue https://amzn.to/3zvrYda

Sheila’s blog: https://tolovehonorandvacuum.com

Bare Marriage podcast (wherever you listen to podcasts)

https://twitter.com/sheilagregoire https://instagram.com/sheilagregoire

https://instagram.com/rebeccalindenbach


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Jan 13, 2022
S9 Ep936: Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: Aimee Byrd
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Aimee Byrd is a speaker, author, blogger, wife, and mom. She’s the author of several books including Why Can’t We Be Friends, No Little Women, her most recent book Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and the forthcoming The Sexual Reformation.


Learn more about Aimee on her website:

https://aimeebyrd.com


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Jan 10, 2022
S9 Ep935: Semiotics, Anti-Leadership, and Doing Church from the Table: Dr. Leonard Sweet
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Len is a true Renaissance man. Author of more than seventy books and 1500+ published sermons, Leonard Sweet’s recent publications include groundbreaking textbooks on preaching (Giving Blood), evangelism (Nudge), ecclesiology (So Beautiful) and discipleship (I Am A Follower). The second volume in his Christmas trilogy with Lisa Samson is just out (St.As). Len and co-author Lisa Samson are working on volume four (for Dementia and Alzheimers patients) of their “Songs of Light” series. Len often appears on the “50 Most Influential Christians in America” listings, and in 2010 was selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential World Christians of 2010”. His “Napkin Scribbles” podcasts can be accessed on leonardsweet.com or Spotify.

In this episode, Len unpacks what semiotics is, how we can better read the Bible by paying attention to story and symbolism, why CEO-style church leadership does not resonate with what Jesus said about leadership, and why the table should be the center of our ecclesiological rhythms. 

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

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Jan 06, 2022
S9 Ep934: Self Driving Cars, Elon Musk, SpaceX, and the Future of Tech: Peter McGowan
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Peter McGowan is one of the founders of PlainJoe and Storyland Studios. He is a champion of bringing clients’ unique stories to life by broadening their visual vocabulary beyond words and helping shape the cultural influence of their organizations.

Having worked with large-scale corporate clients such as Infinity, Nissan, IBM and Johnson & Johnson, as well as creative pioneers including Disney, Universal and Lego – Peter has a robust background in technology, art, and architecture which has equipped him to skillfully integrate these fields of design to tell immersive stories on the graphic and environmental stages. He is especially passionate about partnering with non-profit and cause-based organizations to reflect their missions with excellence and heart.

https://www.storylandstudios.com/slsteam/peter-mcgowan/

In this episode, I ask Peter a bunch of questions about the future of tech, self-driving cars, neurolink, SpaceX, the future of smartphones, space travel, and related stuff. Peter is super techy and loves to keep up on where things are headed and how we can think Christianly about these things. 


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Jan 03, 2022
S9 Ep933: Theology in the Raw 2022: Looking Back and Pressing On
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Happy new year! In this episode, I talk about the analytics of the podcast, which has grown like crazy over the years, my heart behind the podcast, its history and future, how I handle criticism, some of the most popular episodes, and I walk through the TITR mission, which is: “To help believers think Christianly about theological and cultural issues by engaging in curious conversations with a diverse range of thoughtful people.” Oh, and I read through several 1 star reviews.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Jan 01, 2022
S9 Ep932: The Church, Intellectual Honesty, Nonviolence, and Rene Girard: Jeremy Duncan
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Jeremy is the founding pastor of Commons Church in Calgary, BC--a rather unique church that prioritizes intellectual honesty and the centrality of Jesus above tight-knit doctrinal statements. I found Jeremy on Twitter and was fascinated by his ecclesiology, so I invited him to come talk about it on the show. We ended up talking quite a bit about belonging, sexual ethics, polyamory, LGBTQ inclusion, and how the philosophy/theology of Rene Girard informs and shapes much of the ecclesiological vision of Commons. 


Find out more about Jeremy here: https://www.jeremyduncan.ca

Learn more about Commons Church here: https://www.commons.church


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Dec 30, 2021
S9 Ep931: Sexual Abuse Scandals and Power in the Church: Dr. Russell Moore
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Dr. Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project. Dr. Moore is the author of several books, including The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your Soul, Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel and The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. A native Mississippian, he and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.

Russ has been very public about addressing the crisis of sexual abuse scandals in the church. In this episode, we talk about what leads to such scandals, why and how they are covered up, how the church needs to move forward in addressing such scandals (and abuse in general), and how we should think about the otherwise good content produced by Christian leaders (books, sermons, music) who later come out as abusers. We also talk about the polarized cultural moment we’re living in and what the future holds.


Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon

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Dec 28, 2021
S9 Ep930: The Scandal of Christmas, Part 4: Joey Dodson
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In this fourth and final episode in our “scandal of Christmas” series, New Testament scholar Dr. Joey Dodosn walks us through parallel birth narratives in the Greco-Roman and Jewish environment of the New Testament. Reading the biblical birth narratives in these contexts helps us read the story in HD, or through a 3D lens, so that we can better understand the author’s intention in how he’s telling the story. 


Dr. Joseph (Joey) Dodson is associate professor of New Testament. He studied at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and the University of Tübingen in Germany. In addition to many academic and devotional essays, he has written a number of articles for top-tier, peer review journals such as Harvard Theological Review, Novum Testamentum, the Journal for Jewish Studies, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly,. His most recent books include The Things I Want to Do: Romans 7 Revisited (forthcoming), A Little Book for New Bible Scholars with E. Randolph Richards (2017) and a co-edited volume with David E. Briones, Paul and Seneca in Dialogue (2017). Dr. Dodson’s current research includes a Romans commentary in the Brill Exegetical Commentary Series and a Colossians-Philemon commentary in The Christian Standard Commentary Series. Most importantly, Joey is my best friend.


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Dec 28, 2021
S9 Ep929: The Scandal of Christmas, Part 3: Dr. Lynn Cohick
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In this third part of our four part series, New Testament scholar Dr. Lynn Cohick walks us through the significance of women in the birth narratives. We talk a lot about Mary, Elizabeth, Jesus’s genealogy (which contains 5 women), how the appearance of women in the genealogy has been misunderstood, and we also discuss the woman at the well in John 4 and how she was not a sexually promiscuous woman.


Lynn currently serves as as Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs of Northern Seminary in Lisle, Illinois. Lynn received her bachelor’s degree from Messiah College in Grantham, PA, and her Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. After 18 years as professor of New Testament and Biblical Studies at Wheaton College (serving as department chair and dean toward the end of her time there), Lynn accepted the invitation to join Denver Seminary as their Provost / Dean. She also taught at Messiah College (Grantham, PA), and Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (Nairobi, Kenya) in the 80s and 90s, respectively.

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At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Dec 20, 2021
S9 Ep928: The Scandal of Christmas, Part 2: Dr. Michael Bird
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We often think of Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 when we think about the Christmas story. But what about Revelation 12? Is this angle a strange, fringe way of looking at the birth of Jesus, or is a primarily lens? In this episode, Dr. Bird and I look at this less-than-familar way of reading the Christmas story. It’s an angle where the bird of a peasant-King is a battle against the socio-political powers to be, powers that are demonically influenced and stand opposed to the upside down kingdom of God on earth. 


Michael Bird graduated with a BMin from Malyon College (2001) and Honours and PhD from the University of Queensland (2002, 2005). Michael taught New Testament at the Highland Theological College in Scotland (2005-9) before joining Brisbane School of Theology as lecturer in Theology (2010-12). He joined the faculty at Ridley as lecturer in Theology in 2013. He is the author of 30 books, including the volumes The Gospel of Lord: How the Early Church Wrote the Story of Jesus, Evangelical Theology, and with N.T. Wright, The New Testament in its World. Michael is married to Naomi and they have four children and together they live in Melbourne, Australia.

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Dec 16, 2021
S9 Ep927: The Scandal of Christmas, Part 1: Dr. Craig Keener
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I’ve invited 4 different New Testament scholars on the podcast to talk about the Christmas story. In this opening episode, I talk with world renown NT scholar Dr. Craig Keener about Luke 1-2, the politics and sociological scandal of Christ’s birth, his earthly vocation (as a tekton...woodworker? mason? None of the above?), the location of Christ’s birth, Matthew 1-2 (and the differences between Luke and Matthew), the problem of genealogies, and much, much more. 

Dr. Keener did his Ph.D. work in New Testament and Christian Origins at Duke University and is known for his work as a New Testament scholar on Bible background (commentaries on the New Testament in its early Jewish and Greco-Roman settings). Well over a million of his thirty-plus books are in circulation and have won thirteen national and international awards. His award-winning, popular-level IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament (now in its second edition [2014], and available in a number of languages) has sold over half a million copies.

Craig is married to Médine Moussounga Keener, who holds a Ph.D. from University of Paris 7. She was a refugee for 18 months in her nation of Congo, and together Craig and Médine work for ethnic reconciliation in the U.S. and Africa. Craig is ordained by the National Baptist Convention, an African-American denomination, and for roughly a decade was one of the associate ministers at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Craig and Médine’s story together is Impossible Love: The True Story of an African Civil War, Miracles, and Hope Against All Odds (Chosen Books, 2016).

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At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

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Dec 13, 2021
S9 Ep926: Christ and Queer Marriage: Aaron and Liz Munson
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Aaron is gay and so is Liz. They’ve been married for over 15 years and have had an interesting journey. Both are solid Jesus followers and have done a fantastic job helping the church engage LGBTQ related issues with truth and grace. In this podcast conversation, Liz and Aaron share their story and talk about what it’s like being in a queer marriage--a term they prefer over “mixed orientation marriage,” since their orientations aren’t really mixed. 

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Dec 09, 2021
S9 Ep925: Power and Privilege in Paul, Mark, and White Evangelicalism: Dr. Tim Gombis
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Okay, so if you’re easily offended (and white), then you might want to change the channel. Dr. Tim Gombis is a no-holds-barred honest scholar, who’s not afraid to go to the hard places and challenge the status quo. And that’s exactly what we do in this episode. We discuss the undiscussables; say the quiet things out loud, and push over sacred cows as we seek to get to know Jesus all over again. This episode is a mix of exegetical exploration and cultural analysis (or critique). 

Tim is a long-time friend, a fellow biblical scholar with a Ph.D. in New Testament from St. Andrews University in Scotland, and an all around great dude. He’s written tons of books including the Story of God Commentary on Mark and the recently released Power in Weakness. He’s been a professor of Bible and Theology at Cedarville University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and he currently hosts the Faith Improvised podcast

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At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Dec 06, 2021
S9 Ep924: Sexual Abuse, Sexual Brokenness, and the Gospel: Jay Stringer
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Jay Stringer is is a therapist, author, and speaker who guides men and women to outgrow unwanted sexual behaviors. He’s the author of Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing, a book that is based on Stringer’s groundbreaking research on over 3,800 men and women addressing the key drivers of unwanted sexual behavior, be that the use of pornography, infidelity, or buying sex. If you want to find freedom from sexual brokenness, it begins by identifying the unique reasons that bring you to it.

In this episode, Jay and I talk about the source of sexual brokenness--what causes people to watch porn or have an affiar. There are deeper, more complex, issues at work, and until those issues are addressed, we’ll only be putting out the the fires of behavior management. We also talk about the prevalence of sexual abuse--nearly ⅓ of people have been sexually abused and most have not healed from this trauma in healthy ways. This is a huge discipleship issue. And then you have the perpetrators of this sin--perhaps 5-10% of the people we preach to each week are the abusers. Have you ever thought about this? (The ⅓ have...probably every week.)

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Dec 02, 2021
S9 Ep923: Active Listening and Thoughtful Nuance in Race Conversations: Dr. George Yancey
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In the midst of polarized conversations about race, Dr. George Yancey is a breath of fresh air. He’s a huge proponent of active listening--being genuinely curious about another another person’s perspective and getting outside your echo chamber to consider other points of view. In this podcast episode, we talk a lot about his forthcoming book: Beyond Racial Division: A Unifying Alternative to Colorblindness and Antiracism, which published by IVP (March 2022).

Dr. George Yancey (PhD, University of Texas) is a Professor of Sociology at the Baylor University. He has published several research articles on the topics of institutional racial diversity, racial identity, academic bias, progressive Christians and anti-Christian hostility. His books include Compromising Scholarship (Baylor University Press) a book that explores religious and political biases in academia, What Motivates Cultural Progressives (Baylor University Press) a book that examines activists who oppose the Christian Right, There is no God (Rowman and Littlefield) a book that investigates atheism in the United States, and So Many Christians, So Few Lions (Rowman and Littlefield) a book that assess Christianophobia in the United States.

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

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Nov 29, 2021
S9 Ep922: The Stability of Scandalous Adoration: Dr. Greg Coles
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Greg gave a killer talk at this year’s Revoice conference. If you missed it--here it is! Here’s the blurb: What does it mean to adore Jesus in a world that sees our adoration as scandalous? Taking our cues from a few of the Bible’s most notorious worshippers, we’ll celebrate together the stabilizing power of worship — a power no one can take from us.

Greg is the author of Single, Gay, Christian (InterVarsity Press, 2017) and No Longer Strangers (InterVarsity Press, 2021). He holds a PhD in English from Penn State and lives in Idaho's Treasure Valley, where he works as a writer and speaker. Greg is a Senior Research Fellow at The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender and curates most of his creative activities at gregorycoles.com.

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Nov 25, 2021
S9 Ep921: Conversion Therapy to Sex Work to Affirming to Side-B Christianity: Josh Proctor
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Strap on your seatbelts, folks. We’re going for a wild ride through Josh Proctor’s beautifully complex and honest journey. He’s been through more ex-gay therapy sessionss than anyone I’ve ever met. He then fell into sex work. He then fell into Jesus’ arms and maintained an affirming theology. And then he changed this theological view to one that holds to a traditional sexual ethic. Josh is a beautiful human being with a fascinating story! 

Josh serves as Director of Social Media & Spanish Translation at Posture Shift. Josh is also a Certified Posture Shift Instructor in Latin America. Josh works with the La Alianza (The Christian & Missionary Alliance of Colombia) in International Relations and equipping its campuses to reach LGBT+ people. Josh also hosts a popular podcast called “Life on Side B” with several other awesome people. Josh holds an M.A. in Biblical Literature, and his greatest passion is help people grow in their relationship with Jesus.
https://www.postureshift.com/about/team/

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Nov 22, 2021
S9 Ep920: Why the Church Needs LGBTQ People
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This podcast is a recording of a talk I gave at this year’s Revoice conference in Plano, TX. In it, I talk about why LGBTQ people are not just needy but needed in the church. Specifically, there are four major things I’ve learned about Jesus and the Christian way of life from my LGBTQ friends:
1) friendship,
2) marriage,
3) faithfulness, and
4) masculinity.

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Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

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Nov 18, 2021
S9 Ep919: NT Greek, Verbal Aspect Theory, Evangelical Tribalism, and Interpreting the Bible: Dr. Constantine Campbell
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Constantine Campbell's doctorate is in ancient Greek language and linguistics (Macquarie University, 2006). He was a professor of New Testament studies for 14 years, having taught at Moore College in Sydney and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. Campbell is the author of 15 books, with focus on biblical Greek, New Testament interpretation, and the apostle Paul. His book Paul and Union with Christ was the 2014 Christianity Today Book of the Year in Biblical Studies. His latest releases are The Perfect Storm (with Buist M. Fanning & Stanley E. Porter; Peter Lang, 2021), Reading the New Testament as Christian Scripture (with Jonathan T. Pennington; Baker Academic, 2020), and Paul and the Hope of Glory (Zondervan Academic, 2020). 

Campbell was co-chair of the Biblical Greek Language and Linguistics section of the Society of Biblical Literature, and is an Associate Editor of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series. He is an elected member of the preeminent scholarly guild, Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. Campbell is also a highly regarded jazz saxophonist and is a visiting instructor at The Australian National University's School of Music. He is the presenter of two documentary series on the apostles Paul and Peter. Campbell lives in Canberra, Australia.

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Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

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Nov 15, 2021
S9 Ep918: When a Trans Couple both Transition Back to their Natal Sex: Cameron and Jess
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Cameron reached out to me a few weeks ago thanking me for my ministry and he told me a bit of his story. He’s a male to female back to male formerly trans-identified SSA Christian who has been a pastor/chaplain, and he’s married to a female to male back to female formerly trans-identified bisexual Christian. Let’s just say, I was beyond curious to hear more! This podcast episode is me “hearing more!”

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Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Nov 11, 2021
S9 Ep917: Redemptive Kingdom Diversity: Dr. Jarvis J. Williams
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Jarvis is a friend and an incredible scholar. He has written and spoken extensively on issues related to race, ethnic reconciliation, and the gospel--which is the focus of our conversation. 

Jarvis is Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he’s taught since 2013. He has published numerous books, including Christ Redeemed ‘Us’ from the Curse of the Law: A Jewish Martyrological Reading of Galatians 3:13 in the Library of New Testament Studies Monograph Series (T&T Clark, 2019), his commentary on Galatians in the New Covenant Commentary Series (Cascade, 2020), a commentary on Romans (IVP Academic, Submitted and Forthcoming 2021 or 2022), and his most recent book Redemptive Kingdom Diversity: A Biblical Theology of the People of God (Baker Academic, September 2021), which is the focus of our attention in this podcast. 

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Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

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Nov 08, 2021
S9 Ep916: Gay Identity, Gentile Christians, and Revoice: Misty Irons
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Is it a sin to be gay? Would you attend a church that has a gay pastor? What does it mean to be gay? There is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding the term gay and what it means to be a gay Christian. I discuss these issues at length, which leads into Misty Irons’ incredible talk she gave at this year’s Revoice Conference. 

Misty Irons is a graduate of Westminster Seminary California (M.A., Biblical Studies) and a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. She has maintained a blog on faith and sexuality since 2000. Over the years Misty has served the LGBT Christian community in various capacities, as conference speaker, seminar leader, and podcast guest, representing a straight ally perspective.


Check out Revoice: revoice.us 

Here’s their statement on sexual ethics: https://revoice.us/about/our-beliefs/statements-of-conviction/statement-on-sexual-ethics-and-christian-obedience/

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


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Nov 04, 2021
S9 Ep915: Covid, Vaccines, Herd Immunity, and the End of the Pandemic: Dr. Martin Kulldorff
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Martin Kulldorff was born in 1962 in Lund, Sweden. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a biostatistician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He serves on scientific advisory committees to the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control. 

In this podcast, we talk about the efficacy of the vaccine, the concept of herd immunity, the efficacy of natural immunity, the Great Barrington Declaration, who’s at risk of dying from Covid, and many other things related to the pandemic.

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


Support Preston

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Venmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1

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Nov 01, 2021
S9 Ep914: Biblical Counseling, Jesus and Gender, and the Billy Graham Rule: Elyse Fitzpatrick
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Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary. She has authored 23 books on daily living and the Christian life including the recently released Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women and the forthcoming Jesus and Gender.


In this conversation, we talk about her (or our) journey into a fuller understanding of grace, along with her perspective on the biblical counseling movement. We then discuss various issues related to women in the church, including the so-called Billy Graham rule.

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

Support Preston

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Venmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1

Connect with Preston

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Oct 28, 2021
S9 Ep913: Live No Lies: John Mark Comer
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John Mark Comer is the founding pastor of Bridgetown Church, right in the center of the city (by Powell's Books if you've ever been to Portland) and is the author of six books: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, God has a Name, Garden City, Loveology, My Name is Hope, and the recently released Live No Lies, which is the topic of our conversation. He’s also currently starting a non-profit called Practicing the Way, which aims to create resources for discipleship and formation in local churches in post-Christian contexts (coming in Fall 2022).

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


Support Preston

Support Preston by going to patreon.com
Venmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1

Connect with Preston

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Oct 25, 2021
S9 Ep912: Vaccines, Pandemics, and the Future of the World: Mark Sayers
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Yup, we go there. Vaccines. I didn’t even intend to go here, but our conversation sort of spilled over into a conversations about the efficacy of vaccines, why there’s “vaccine hesitancy,” and how the unvaccinated are potentially enabling the creation of new variants that could be more deadly. We also talk about what the advent of the Covid pandemic means for the future world. Basically, our future will look vastly different and the church will need to make some serious changes.

Mark is the senior leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He is passionate about spiritual renewal and the future of the church. Mark is the author of a number of books including Strange Days and Reappearing Church.  Mark lives in Melbourne with his wife, Trudi, his daughter, Grace, and twin boys, Hudson and Billy.

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.


Support Preston

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Oct 21, 2021
S9 Ep911: Empire and Race in the Book of Acts: Dr. Willie James Jennings
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Dr. Jennings is Associatet Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University and has written several books including The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (Yale 2010), which won the American Academy of Religion Award of Excellence in the Study of Religion in the Constructive-Reflective category the year after it appeared and, in 2015 and the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, the largest prize for a theological work in North America. His commentary on the Book of Acts, titled Acts: A Commentary, The Revolution of the Intimate (for the Belief Series, Westminster/John Knox) received the Reference Book of the Year Award from The Academy of Parish Clergy in 2018.

In this episode, Dr. Jenning helps us understand how the book of Acts critiques empire and imperial values, and also how the early Christians in the book of Acts were wrestling with ethnic reconciliation and inclusion. Toward the end of the episode, we talk about the concept of “Whiteness”--what it means, what it doesn’t mean, and how it can be a useful tool for people to use to think through the history and politics of race.

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

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In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation.


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Oct 18, 2021
S9 Ep910: One Christian’s Change in Perspective on Racism: Kimi Katiti
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Kimi is an artist, YouTuber, skater, musician, and a has been speaking out about her journey through the topic of race and racism. Kimi had absorbed a certain perspective on race that viewed many things as micro aggressions, but it created so much anxiety and depression in her life that she decided to have a more charitable and, in her words, Christian perspective on race, where forgiveness is the key to freedom and reconciliation. 

Learn more about Kimi: https://www.kimikatiti.com 

Come to Boise to hear Kimi speak at Theology in the Raw’s “Exiles in Babylon” conference! https://www.prestonsprinkle.com/conference 

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online

In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation.


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Venmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1

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Oct 14, 2021
S9 Ep909: #909 - Pastoring People through Politics, Polarization, and Pandemics: Matt Chandler
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Matt Chandler is a pastor, speaker, and writer. He’s been pastoring The Village Church in Texas for 18 years and is the president of Acts29. In this podcast, we talk about how he’s handled the last couple of years of politics and Covid--and all the polarization that comes with this.

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online

In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation.


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Oct 11, 2021
S9 Ep908: Disability and the Church: Dr. Lamar Hardwick
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Lamar has an MDiv from Emory University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty University. Over the years Lamar has served as a youth pastor, hospice chaplain, football coach, and pastor but his most important role is serving his wife of 16 years and their three beautiful children ages 11, 8, and 3. In 2014, after years of silently struggling with social anxiety and sensory processing disorder, and a host of other significant issues, Dr. Hardwick was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He was 36 years old when diagnosed. Dr. Hardwick has had articles published by various autism and disability websites such as The Mighty,The Huffington Post, Key Ministry, and The Autistic Self Advocacy Network to name a few. His articles and blogs can also be found on his website www.autismpastor.com.  Dr. Hardwick is the author of the best-selling book I am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor and the recently released Disability and the Church: A Vision for Diversity and Inclusion.

In this episode, Larmer tells his story and helps us understand how the church can better understand and include people with Disabilities.

Theology in the Raw Conference - Exiles in Babylon
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online

In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation.


Support Preston

Support Preston by going to patreon.com
Venmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1

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Oct 07, 2021
S9 Ep907: How Should Christians Respond to Racism?
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Rasool and Samuel are both Chrisian, black, and well-versed in the race conversation. While they agree on several things, they disagree on several others, including the definition of racism, whether racism is systemic, and the role of Scripture in addressing racism. In this dialogue, Rasool and Samuel dialogue through these questions and more.
Oct 04, 2021
S9 Ep906: Getting to Know My New Transwoman Friend: Seda Collier
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Seda Collier is a transwoman with an interesting story. She had a radical encounter with God while tripping on acid in 1980. Has had several other “God moments” throughout her life. Started transitioning to a woman in 2006. Has a wife, kids, and attends a Baptist church in Eugene, OR. We had a lot to talk about! I “met” Seda through email just a couple of weeks ago. She read my book Embodied expecting it to be like all the other evangelical books out there, and she was pleasantly taken back at how much she was challenged by it. Anyway, she sent a very kind email to me to let me know, so I said “why don’t we get to know each other more by doing a podcast?” Seda liked the idea, so here we are. This podcast is us getting to know each other in real time.
Sep 30, 2021
S9 Ep905: The Gospel of Multiethnic Reconciliation: Dr. Bryan Loritts
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Bryan Loritts (D.Min., Liberty University) is the Teaching Pastor at The Summit Church. An award-winning author of seven books, Dr. Loritts has spent the bulk of his ministry serving and resourcing the multiethnic church. He co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003 and serves as the President of The Kainos Movement, an organization committed to seeing the multiethnic church become the new normal.

In this podcast, we talk about the need of prioritizing a theology of race, looking to the Bible for guidance on the race conversation, rather than reading everything through the lens of partisan politics.

Theology in the Raw Conference - In Person or Online
At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme.

Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online

In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation.


Support Preston

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Check out Dr. Sprinkle’s website prestonsprinkle.com

If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.

Sep 27, 2021
S9 Ep904: Theology, Film, and the Idolatry of Marriage: Dr. Kutter Callaway
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In this episode, we talk at length about a theology of film, looking at the deeper meaning of various movies and discuss how Christians should watch movies. Oftentimes, we get hung up on the big 3 sins: sex, violence, and cussing. But what about “clean” movies that have super compelling and incredibly bad narratives--like pretty much every Disney princess movie ever made? We also talk about masculinity and the idolatry of marriage.
Sep 23, 2021
S9 Ep903: The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill: Mike Cosper
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Mike is the creator and host of the uber popular podcast series: “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill,” which many people have praised and some people have critiqued. Mike and I talk about some of the concerns or pushbacks of this podcast, along with some of the things he hopes to accomplish through it. Theology in the Raw Conference - In Person or OnlineAt the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different views will be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will be challenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme. Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.comVenmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkleInstagram | @preston.sprinkleYoutube | Preston Sprinkle Twitter | @RawTheologyInstagram | @TheologyintheRaw Check out Dr. Sprinkle’s website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Sep 21, 2021
S9 Ep902: The Historically Christian View of Marriage: Part 2
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Preston continues his discussion of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. In this second part, Preston responds to several of the most popular affirming arguments (i.e. arguments in favor of same-sex marriage from a biblical and theological perspective). 
Sep 21, 2021
S9 Ep901: The Historically Christian View of Marriage: Part 1
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In this podcast, Preston gives an overview of what the Bible says about marriage and same-sex sexual relationships. He summarizes the historically Christian view in three points: 1) When the Bible talks about marriage, it says that sex difference is part of what marriage is; 2) When the Bible mentions same sex sexual relationships, it always prohibits them; 3) there has been a multiethnic, multidenominational, global, 2,000 year consensus among Christians on the first two points. Theology in the Raw Conference - In Person or Online At the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different viewswill be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will bechallenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme. Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.comVenmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkleInstagram | @preston.sprinkleYoutube | Preston Sprinkle Twitter | @RawTheologyInstagram | @TheologyintheRaw Check out Dr. Sprinkle’s website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Sep 13, 2021
S9 Ep900: Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria: Parents’ Perspectives
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Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) is a psychological term coined by Dr. Lisa Littmann from Brown University in a study published in 2018, and made more popular by the highly publicized book Irreversible Damage by Abigail Schrier.  The words RAPID ONSET describes the quickness by which many teenagers today seem to be experiencing GD—teenagers who had no prior history of Gender Dysphoria. It seems that they come out as “trans” or “nonbinary" seemingly out of nowhere; or at least, in ways that were completely unexpected by their parents. This topic is volatile, contested, heated, controversial, and incredibly important. In this episode, I talk to three different moms whose teenage kids experienced ROGD. In a very vulnerable way, they talk about their experiences as parents and how they had to navigate some very complex conversations with their kids. For an overview of ROGD and another testimony of a girl who experienced it, see this talk I gave with Helena Kerschner at the 2021 Q Ideas conference: https://youtu.be/t884B0V8Xng Theology in the Raw Conference - In Person or OnlineAt the Theology in the Raw conference, we will be challenged to think like exiles about race, sexuality, gender, critical race theory, hell, transgender identities, climate change, creation care, American politics, and what it means to love your democratic or republican neighbor as yourself. Different viewswill be presented. No question is off limits. No political party will be praised. Everyone will bechallenged to think. And Jesus will be upheld as supreme. Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.comVenmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkleInstagram | @preston.sprinkleYoutube | Preston Sprinkle Twitter | @RawTheologyInstagram | @TheologyintheRaw Check out Dr. Sprinkle’s website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Sep 09, 2021
S8 Ep899: The Dark World of Sex Trafficking: Tyler Schwab
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Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online

In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation.


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If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.

Sep 06, 2021
S8 Ep898: Jesus, the Bible, and Finding Christ through Deconstruction: Brian Zhand
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Brian Zahnd 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 God, Water to Wine, A Farewell To Mars, Beauty Will Save the World, and Unconditional?: The Call of Jesus to Radical Forgiveness.In this podcast, we talk about his forthcoming book When Everything’s On Fire: Faith Forged from the Ashes. Brians tells his own story of theological deconstruction and how he had a fresh encounter with Jesus through it all. We then talk quite a bit about the relationship between Jesus and the Bible. Is the Bible the foundation of our faith? Or is Jesus? Or both? And what happens when people equate a fundamentalist view of Scripture and doctrine with Christianity? Typically, you get...a future deconstruction waiting to happen.
Sep 02, 2021
S8 Ep897: Netflix’s “Pray Away” and the Ex-Gay Movement: Tony Scarcello
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Netflix recently released a documentary on the so-called “Ex-Gay” movement, highlighting its lies and all the damage it’s done to gay Christians. What are the pros of the movie? And what are the cons? My good friend Tony Scarcello and I evaluate this provocative documentary.  Tony Scarcello is a pastor, speaker, and writer located in Springfield, Oregon. He regularly speaks at churches, camps, retreats, and conferences. Tony is also the host of the Regenerate Podcast and the author of the book Regenerate: Finding Jesus After Deconstruction. When he isn’t doing those things you can find him analyzing movies, reading theology, or spending time with his wife Kelsey, friends, and family. Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.comVenmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkleInstagram | @preston.sprinkleYoutube | Preston Sprinkle Twitter | @RawTheologyInstagram | @TheologyintheRaw Check out Dr. Sprinkle’s website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Aug 30, 2021
S8 Ep896: Engaging the LGBTQ Conversation with Messy Grace and Truth: Dr. Caleb Kaltenbach
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Caleb Kaltenbach is a pastor and founder of The Messy Grace Group where he helps churches love and foster community with LGBTQ individuals without sacrificing theological convictions. He's the author of God of Tomorrow and Messy Grace (where he discusses being raised in the LGBTQ community, following Jesus, and how loving others doesn’t require shifting beliefs), and the recently released Messy Truth: How to Foster Community without Sacrificing Conviction, which is the content of our podcast conversation. 

Besides speaking, writing, and consulting, Caleb has been guest with or featured in The New York Times, Fox and Friends, The Glenn Beck Show, The Eric Metaxas Show, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, Church Leaders Podcast, The 700 Club, unSeminary Podcast, Moody radio shows, Q Ideas Podcast, Dallas Seminary Table Podcast, and more.  

A graduate of Ozark Christian College, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), he received his doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition to having served as a lead pastor and associate pastor, Caleb has served on the boards of ministries and colleges. He and his family live in Southern California.

Faith, Sexuality, and Gender Conference - Live in Boise or Stream Online

In the all-day conference, Dr. Preston Sprinkle dives deep into the theological, relational, and ministry-related questions that come up in the LGBTQ conversation.


Support Preston

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Check out Dr. Sprinkle’s website prestonsprinkle.com

If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.

Aug 26, 2021
S8 Ep895: Asylum Seekers, Undocumented Immigrants, and the Gospel
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"About 5% of what you see on the news reflects the reality of what’s going on at the border,” says pastor John Garland, who’s been living out the gospel at the border. In this fascinating conversation, Dr. Poe Hays and John Garland walk us through what it means to be a Christian and live out the kingdom of God toward a marginalized and misunderstood group of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. And how the Psalms are a Spirit-inspired guide to trauma therapy. 
Aug 23, 2021
S8 Ep894: A Theology of Disability: Dr. Brian Brock
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Dr. Brian Brock is a Christian ethicist and theologian who has become one of the leading experts in disability theology. What does it mean, theologically, to be dissabled? How much of the able-bodied assumptions about disability are misinformed and, potentially, dehumanizing? How do the Christian doctrines of creation, fall, redemption, and resurrection inform our understanding of disabilities? And what would it look like for the church to embody a robust Christian theology of disability?
Aug 19, 2021
S8 Ep893: Why Christians Need to Read the Apocrypha: Dr. Joey Dodson
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What is the Apocrypha and what isn’t the Apocrypha? Is it a Catholic set of uninspired books? Books vital for understanding the New Testament? Should it be included in our Bibles? In our...Canon? New Testament scholar and Apocrypha expert Dr. Joey Dodson guides us through this important conversation with wisdom, wit, and cultural relevance. You’ll see what I mean.
Aug 16, 2021
S8 Ep892: I Think I Might Be a Christian Anarchist!? Jay Newman
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What is Christian Anarchy? I sat down with my good friend, fellow Dodger’s fan, and BBQ expert Jay Newman to talk about this. He’s not only persuaded by Christian anarchy, but he’s convinced that I’m one too. We dive deep into the basics of Christian anarchy and how Christians should posture themselves in light of partisan politics and the government as a whole.
Aug 12, 2021
S8 Ep891: Kids and COVID, Platforming Detransitioners, Women in Leadership, NT Wright vs. John Piper: Q&A
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My Patreon supporters sent me a ton of questions to respond to, so here’s my attempt! Is it inconsistent for homeschool parents to say “kids need to go back to school” during COVID, then they are not...in school. Does Gen 2 really give us a definition for marriage? What do I think of Milo Yiannopolos? Would I have have him on the show? What do I think of NT Wright and John Piper’s recent articles? Should we read books or listen to music by Christian leaders who have fallen into sin? Why have I had on the show so many detransitioners? Doesn’t this skew the conversation? What are my thoughts on women in leadership and Beth Allison Barr’s book The Making of Biblical Womanhood? And much more! 
Aug 09, 2021
S8 Ep890: The Holiness of God: Jackie Hill Perry
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Jackie HIll Perry is a rockstar. Actually, she’s a Christian, poet, musician, artist, author, mother, and wife--in no particular order (except the Christian part is most important). Her latest book Holier Than Thou, releases on Aug. 17, 2021 and talks about how God is not like us, is different, is holy, and that’s exactly what makes Him trustworthy. In this conversation, we talk about God’s holiness and character, human sexuality, and Jackie’s personal life as a high profile Christian influencer.  Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.comVenmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkle Instagram | @preston.sprinkle Youtube | Preston Sprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Aug 05, 2021
S8 Ep889: Parenting in the Raw: Chris Sprinkle
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Chris is a mother, wife, and Vice-President for The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. She also helps run Theology in the Raw and my personal ministry. Oh, and I’m sleeping with her. She’s my wife. And she’s an incredible mom, and that’s what we talk about in this uncut episode. Chris is very passionate about parenting our kids in the ways of Christ in such a way that sets them up to succeed in the world today.  Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.comVenmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkle Instagram | @preston.sprinkle Youtube | Preston Sprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Aug 02, 2021
S8 Ep888: Race, Racism, and Why Christians Need Critical Race Theory: Propaganda
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Oh nelly, are you all in for a challenge! Propaganda (aka Jason Petty) is a musician, poet, activist, intellect, and an author who’s recently published his first book Terraform: Building a Better World. In this episode we talk about Prop’s new book and we talk about coffee. But the bulk of our time is spent talking about the race conversation and Prop’s got some passionate thoughts about the topic.  Strap on your seat belts, folks! You’re going for a ride... Check out Prop’s new book: Terraform: Building a Better World Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.comVenmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkle Instagram | @preston.sprinkle Youtube | Preston Sprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Jul 29, 2021
S8 Ep887: Polyamory, Sex w/ Robots, Procreation, & the Meaning of Marriage: Andrew Bunt
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Yup, we talk about all of that. Not sure I need to explain more than what’s in the title. Our conversation is actually quite theological and it doesn’t shy away from the tough questions, the embarrassing questions, and the questions you didn’t know you had until you listened to this episode.  Andrew is an assistant pastor at King's Church Hastings and Bexhill and is the author of Who In Heaven's Name Do You Think You Are?: Exploring Your Identity In Christ and People not Prounouns: Reflections on Transgender Experience, which you can order here: https://grovebooks.co.uk/products/p-166-people-not-pronouns-reflections-on-transgender-experience Andrew also works for an amazing organization called Living Out (https://www.livingout.org), which helps the church talk about faith and sexuality. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.comVenmo: @Preston-Sprinkle-1 Connect with Preston Twitter | @PrestonSprinkle Instagram | @preston.sprinkle Youtube | Preston Sprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Jul 26, 2021
S8 Ep886: Sex, Gender, and the Anthropology of Trans* Identities: Dr. Abigail Favale
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Abigail and I talk about all things related to gender, postmodern feminism, and the ontology of trans* identities. We discuss the meaning of sex and gender, the relationship between body and soul, the possibility of an intersex condition of the brain, whether brains are male and female, intersex conditions, gender stereotypes, and how all of this relatest to the anthropological understnading of trans* experiences. 

Dr. Favale is dean of the College of Humanities and Associate Professor of English at George Fox University. She graduated from George Fox University with a philosophy degree in 2005, and went on to complete her doctorate at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where her dissertation was granted the Samuel Rutherford Prize for the most distinguished thesis in English literature. 

Dr. Favale is an active writer in multiple genres. Her literary criticism has appeared in various academic journals and essay collections. In 2017, she was awarded the J.F. Powers Prize for Short Fiction. A lifelong Christian, Favale entered the Catholic Church in 2014, and her memoir about this transition, Into the Deep, is forthcoming from Cascade Books.

Dr. Favale’s first book, Irigaray, Incarnation and Contemporary Women’s Fiction(Bloomsbury 2013), examines religious themes in the work of contemporary women novelists. This book was awarded the 2014 Feminist and Women's Studies Association Book Prize. Abigail has also written short fiction for several literary journals, such as The Potomac Review, Talking River Review, zaum and  Melusine. In 2013, Abigail was a regular online contributor on gender-related issues for The Atlantic  Monthly; her essays have also appeared in First Things, PopMatters and Geez Magazine.


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Jul 22, 2021
S8 Ep885: Vaccines, Lab Leak Theory, Covid Variants, and Masks: John C. Bivona
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Back by popular demand! John C. Bivona is an infectious disease expert and he gives us an update on all things pandemic related. The efficacy of vaccines, what we know and don’t know, should kids get vaccinated, are you immune if you’ve already had Covid, whether Covid was leaked from the Wuhan lab, what we know about the Delta variant (and other variants), vaccine hesitancy, and much more.

John is a Senior Biosafety Officer for The University of Chicago – Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory, a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, as well as a Registered Biosafety Professional with ABSA International (American Biological Safety Association). John was a lead trainer with the Duke Infectious Disease Response Training (DIDRT) Program, funded through an NIEHS-NIH Grant, that was designed to prepare workers at risk of infectious disease exposure. Additionally, he is a certified HAZWOPER/HAZMAT Trainer.

John has over 15 years’ experience working in high containment laboratories (BSL3) with high consequence pathogens (i.e. anthrax, plague, highly pathogenic avian influenza, Brucella abortus), with an effective history of training lab workers, clinical care workers, first responders, first receivers and custodial workers to safely work with and control high consequence pathogens such as MERS, SARS and Ebola.


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Jul 19, 2021
S8 Ep884: Facing Burnout in a Post-Covid Church: Dan White Jr
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In this episode, I talk to Dan White about what it’s like burning out of ministry and how to cultivate healthier rhythms to prevent this from happening (again). Part of the problem is the internet and social media. Our prefrontal contexes never rest! We’re constantly bombarded with stuff to process. And COVID only exacerbated this problem. During COVID, many churches played into the consumeristic mindset of people by producing MORE content, more sermons, more stuff for people to consume. But now that the COVID dust has settled, many people aren’t coming back to church. Why is this? How can we “get people back?” Or--is that even the right question to ask? 

Dan has planted and pastored in rural, suburban, and urban churches for the last 20+ years. Currently, Dan and Tonya are in the starting and building stage of opening The Kineo Renewal and Retreat Center in Puerto Rico. Dan White Jr is a church planting strategist with the V3 Movement, coaching cohorts through an 18-month missional training system. Dan has coached over 200 new innovative faith communities across the country. He co-founded the Praxis Gathering, a yearly conference that equips practitioners in the hands-on work of following Jesus deeper into our local places. Dan graduated with his B.A. in Counseling from Davis College and his M.A. in theology from Capital Seminary and is the author of Church as Movement and Love Over Fear.

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Jul 15, 2021
S8 Ep883: Pastoring Mars Hill Bible Church: Dr. A.J. Sherrill
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A.J. was the lead pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church, a few years after Rob Bell left, and talks about how he approached ministry in this unique church. We also talk about different theological traditions, political division, patriotism vs. nationalism, and A.J.’s transition to pastor an Anglican church.

AJ Sherrill (DMin, Fuller Theological Seminary) has more than twenty years of experience as a pastor, including as lead pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is now lead pastor at St. Peter's Church in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. He is an adjunct professor at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he teaches popular courses on transformational preaching and the Enneagram. Sherrill receives many speaking requests to lead Enneagram workshops across the country and is the author of The Enneagram for Spiritual Formation.


Learn more about AJ on this website: https://www.ajsherrill.org

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Jul 12, 2021
S8 Ep882: Another Perspective on Systemic Racism, White Privilege, and CRT: Samuel Sey
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Samuel Sey is a Ghanian-Canadian who lives in outside of Toronto. He’s written extensively on race, racial justice, abortion, critical race theory, and other issues related to faith and culture. He challenges us with a perspective on race that’s different from what you will hear on most mainstream media outlets. He believes that critical race theory is profoundly problematic, that unequal outcomes does not necessarily mean there’s injustice in the system, that systemic racism is largely untrue, and that we should think the best of other people before we judge their actions as racist. 


You can read more about Samuel work at: https://slowtowrite.com and follow him on twitter: @SlowToWrite

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Jul 08, 2021
S8 Ep881: From Trans to Detrans: Daisy Chadra
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Daisy is a YouTuber who used to identify as nonbinary, then transgender, and now reidentifies with her female biological sex. In this episode, we talk about her story, the nature gender dysphoria and social dysphoria, some of the gender ideology that she used to believe in but no longer does, the massive role that the internet played in her journey and transition, and what kind of advice she’d give to parents with trans identified kids. 

Check out Daisy's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/OllieChadra/featured

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Jul 05, 2021
S8 Ep880: #880 - A Transman’s Unexpected Thoughts on Trans* Related Issues: Scott Newgent
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Scott is a fully transitioned 48 year old FtM transman with 3 teenage kids, and he’s pretty fired up about how the medical industry has failed our trans*-identified kids. Scott holds some pretty unpredictable views. Though he’s a transman, he believes that trans*-identified kids are in no position to transition, and that parents of trans* kids should not use their pronouns or do anything that would encourage their transition. In fact, Scott is very critical of several aspects of trans* ideologies and is passionate about the truth of human nature and the medical pros and cons about transitioning. 

Scott is the founder and president of Trans Rational Educational Voices (https://www.trevoices.com), an organization aimed at helping to stop medical transitioning for trans* identified kids (among other things). 

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Jul 01, 2021
S8 Ep879: The Gospel and Battle Rap: Street Hymns
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Street Hymns is an Christian, artist, musician, leader, and a member an elite Battle Rap team called The IV Horseman. In this episode, we discuss how Street’s been able to embody the gospel in Battle Rap, reaching a culture where the gospel is not traditionally known. Upper middle class suburban versions of the gospel have little hope of making an impact in the urban context where Street and his team minister. 

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Jun 28, 2021
S8 Ep878: Seminary, CRT, Gender Identity Change, and the Myth(?) of Adam and Eve
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My patreon supporters sent in a ton of questions for me to respond to, so I decided to respond to them publicly! Some really complex questions here. 

If you want to join the Theology in the Raw community, head over to patreon.com/theologyintheraw

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Jun 24, 2021
An Honest and Raw Conversation with Francis Chan (Teaser clip)
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Jun 24, 2021
S8 Ep877: Race, CRT, and Evangelicalism: Dr. Ed Uszynski
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Dr. Ed Uszynski currently serves as Senior Content Strategist for Family Life Ministry and as a Oneness and Diversity Consultant for Athletes in Action, with whom he has been training staff and ministering to college and professional athletes since 1992. He has an MA and M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. He and his wife Amy have four children and live in Xenia, OH. Ed is also an expert in CRT and has some super nuanced and wise thoughts about race relations in America. This is a super raw and uncut convo, y’all. Bear with us. We’re all on a journey.

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Jun 21, 2021
S8 Ep876: Same-Sex Attracted, Sexually Pure, and...Unfit for Ministry? Dr. Greg Johnson
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Greg grew up as a gay atheist in DC area and converted to Christianity at UVA  in 1990. He has a PhD in historical theology and serves as the lead pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis. He’s also the author of the forthcoming book, Still Time to Care: What We Can Learn from the Church Failed Attempt to Cure Homosexuality (Zondervan, Sept 2021). 

Greg is 49 years old and has never touched another human in a romantic way, and yet he has been brought up on charges for being unfit to be a pastor for issues related to sexualtiy by some people in his Presbyterian denomination. This conversation will be difficult to comprehend for some of you, but it’s important to understand how some fundamentalist Christians think. We also talk about the history of evangelical approaches to homosexuality and the role that the Ex-gay movement has played in this trajectory. Oh, and we also bring up C.S. Lewis’ struggle with Sadomasochism (think: 50 Shades of Grey). Anyway, lots of interesting stuff in this episode! 

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Jun 17, 2021
S8 Ep875: It’s Not Your Turn: Dr. Heather Thompson Day
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Dr. Heather Thompson Day is associate professor of communication at Colorado Christian University and an interdenominational speaker and contributor for Religion News Service, Newsweek, and the Barna Group. She runs an online community called I'm That Wife and is the author of six books, including Confessions of a Christian Wife, How to Feed the Mediavore, and the forthcoming It’s Not Your Turn. She resides in Littleton, Colorado, with her husband and their three children.

In this episode, Heather and I talk about...pretty much everything. But we also discuss her forthcoming book It’s Not Your Turn, which helps us to respond well to those times when it seems like everyone else is flourishing in their gifts and seeing success--and you’re not.

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Jun 14, 2021
S8 Ep874: Race, Multiethnic Churches, and Slavery in the Bible: Dr. Dennis Edwards
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In this invigorating conversation, Dr. Edwards discusses his views on race in the church, the pros and cons of how the church has handled this topic over the last year, and his mixed views on multi-ethnic churches. We then get into a discussion about slavery in the Bible and answer some difficult questions about a difficult topic. 

Dr. Edwards has long been inspired with a hunger to understand scripture. Growing up in NYC, Dr. Edwards attended a storefront church whose pastor was an earnest, faithful, and dedicated spiritual leader. After attending seminary, his desire to better understand scripture continued. Dr. Edwards says, “I pursued my PhD largely in an effort to quench my thirst for enlightenment and understanding of God’s Word.”

Ordained through the Evangelical Covenant Church, Dr. Edwards has diverse ministry experiences as a church planter and pastor in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C. Dr. Edwards received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, an

MDiv (Urban Ministry) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an MA and a PhD in Biblical Studies from Catholic University of America. Dr. Edwards currently serves as Associate Professor of New Testament at Northpark Theological Seminary. 

https://www.northpark.edu/faculty-staff-directory/dennis-edwards/

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Jun 10, 2021
873: Pastoring a Mega-Church through COVID and Politics: Dr. Darren Whitehead
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Darren was a teaching pastor at Willow Creek, then decided to plant a church in Franklin, TN, which ended up growing into another Mega Church. In this episode, we talk about his interesting and unpredictable journey, what it’s like pastoring mega churches and planting churches, and how he navigated the very difficult year of 2020. 


Originally from Australia, Darren has lived in the United States for over 20 years. He earned his Masters in Ministry from Wesley Seminary and his Doctorate from Capital Seminary and Graduate School, with his dissertation focus on Millennials and the future of the Western church. He recently released his second book, Holy Roar: 7 Words That Will Change The Way You Worship, co-authored with worship leader Chris Tomlin.

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Jun 07, 2021
872: Christian, Black, Latino, and Married to a Palestinian: Eli Bonilla Jr.
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Eli is the real deal. He not only understands the race conversation. He embodies it. In this episode, we talk about all things related to race, ethnicity, the church, and America, and we also discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East. 

Eli is an emerging leader in the Next Gen space. He serves several national networks in varied roles. He is the Next Gen Regional Co-Chair for North America with Empowered21, and he also fills the position of National Millennial Director for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC). His full time responsibilities are with OneHope as a Masters Fellow

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Jun 03, 2021
871: Responding to Arguments for Same-Sex Marriage: Dr. Darrin Snyder Belousek
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Darrin W. Snyder Belousek teaches philosophy and religion at Ohio Northern University. He has taught previously at various church-related colleges: Bluffton University, Louisburg College, Bethel College, Lithuania Christian College, Goshen College, and St. Mary's College. He received a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from the University of Notre Dame (1998) and a certificate of theological studies from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (2017). 

Dr. Belousek has written an outsstanding book about same-sex marriage titled: Marriage, Scripture, and the Church: Theological Discernment on the Question of Same-Sex Union. In this podcast, we talk about the meaning of marriage, Ephesians 5, sex difference (or sexuate correspondance, as he calls it), Genesis 1-2, and why the question of marriage is at the center of these debates. 

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May 31, 2021
870: Another Take on the Pronoun Debate: Dr. Julie Maxwell
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Should Christians use a trans* identified person’s chosen pronouns (i.e. ones that don’t align with their biological sex)? I (Preston) have argued for “pronoun hospitality,” that Christians should use a person’s pronouns. And Julie generally agrees with this perspective, but she believes that it’s sometimes better for the long term well-being for trans* identified children and adolescents when their parents don’t use their chosen pronouns. In case you didn’t know, this is super controversial! Which is why we need to have this conversation. 

In this episode, I talk with Julie about her perspective, evidence for and against it, and various other things related to the discussion about how to best treat trans*-identified children and teens. Julie is a licensed pediatrician in the U.K. and has written extensively about Gender Dysphoria and trans* identities. 


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May 27, 2021
869: Understanding the Equality Act: Dr. Caleb Kaltenbach
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Caleb Kaltenbach has become a leading voice in the conversation about faith, sexualtiy, and gender, and he’s spent many hours researching the Equality Act. In this episode, we discuss what the Equality Act is, look at its historical roots, the content of the act, its implications for religious liberty, and what it means for churches and Christian non-profits. 

Caleb Kaltenbach is a pastor and founder of The Messy Grace Group where he helps churches love and foster community with LGBTQ individuals without sacrificing theological convictions. He's currently writing Messy Truth and has also authored God of Tomorrow and Messy Grace (where he discusses being raised in the LGBTQ community, following Jesus, and how loving others doesn’t require shifting beliefs).

Besides speaking, writing, and consulting, Caleb has been guest with or featured in The New York Times, Fox and Friends, The Glenn Beck Show, The Eric Metaxas Show, Christianity Today, Focus on the Family, Family Life Today, Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast, Church Leaders Podcast, The 700 Club, unSeminary Podcast, Moody radio shows, Q Ideas Podcast, Dallas Seminary Table Podcast, and more. 

A graduate of Ozark Christian College, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), he received his doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. In addition to having served as a lead pastor and associate pastor, Caleb has served on the boards of ministries and colleges. He and his family live in Southern California.


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May 24, 2021
868: Addressing Moral Arguments Against Christianity: Dr. Rebecca McLaughlin
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Dr. McLaughlin has a Ph.D. in English Literature from Cambridge University (U.K.) and has become a premier apologist for a new generation. Her book Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion won Christianity Today’s book award for 2020 and her latest book The Secular Creed is bound to stir things up. 

In this episode, we talk about how most of the challenges to Christianity are more ethical in nature. People think Christianity can’t be true in light of its history of racism, slavery, misogyny, and homophobia--among other things. Rebecca addresses these kinds of legitimate arguments with intelligence and wisdom.

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May 20, 2021
867: Missology, Islam, Christo-centric Trinitarianism, and What it Means to Know God: Dr. Christy Thornton
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Dr. Thornton recently finished her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where she currently serves as associate director of Ph.D. Studies and director of the Th.M program. Christy also served as a missionary in Morocco, which sparked her interested in the conversation about how best to reach Muslims (i.e. the C1-C6 spectrum). 


In this conversation, we discuss the C1-C6 spectrum, Moorocan culture, and missions, and then we discuss her shift from Missiology to Systematic Theology, discussing different theological methodologies, epistemology, ontology, and Christo-centric Trinitarian theology.  

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May 17, 2021
866: Addressing Suicide, Anxiety, Depression, and Abuse: Dr. Brooke Keels
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Dr. Brooke Keels has Ph.D. in Psychological and over 10 years of counseling experience. She serves as the Executive Director of Counseling Services for Mercy Multiplied, nonprofit Christian organization that equips people to live free and stay free through Jesus Christ. 

In this episode, we talk about the rise in suicidality, anxiety, and depression especially among teens. We also discuss the widespread problem of sexual abuse and how people can find healing from trauma.

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May 13, 2021
865: One of the Most Influential Persons in My Life: Bert Suluavale
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 I first met Bert in Fall 1997 when I transferred in as a Junior at The Master’s College (now University). Bert was one of my roomates and we quickly began a mentoring friendship. For the next 3-4 years, Bert poured into and helped lay some vital spiritual foundations in my life. He has been, quite simply, one the most influential persons in my life. 

But Bert has his own tumultuous story, which involved getting saved out of a gang culture and thrust into the Christian spotlight as a singer, preacher, Chaplain, and mentor to many. After several years of major “Christian success,” he fell back into his old ways, even darker than before, and ultimately ended up in jail. He’s been slowly and faithfully building back his faith again, without needing the stage to validate his Christian worth. 

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May 10, 2021
864: Are Puberty Blockers and Cross-Sex Hormones Safe? Dr. Michael Laidlaw
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Dr. Laidlaw is a board certified Endocrinologist with an MD in Endocrinology from USC. He’s been involved in the conversation surrounding trans* identified teens and the use of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones (CHT). In this conversation, Michael gives us the the honest facts about what we know and don’t know about short term and long term effects of blockers and CHT.

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May 06, 2021
863: Reimagining Evangelical Worship: Aaron Keyes
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Aaron Keyes has been a worship pastor for over 20 years, currently serving as the worship pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. Aaron is also the founder of Mere Worship, a network of worship pastors who are reimagining Christian worship, and the founder and director of 10,000 Fathers, a discipleship-orientated worship school. 


In this episode, we talk about all kinds of things related to Christian worship and worship leading, including the difference between subjective and objective oriented songs, the need for character in a worship pastor, why musical talent alone is insufficient in a worship leader and how it can even be destructive, “Jesus is my boyfriend” type songs, and some potential problems with the CCLI industrial complex. 


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And the Mere Worship community: https://www.mereworship.com

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May 03, 2021
862: Q, Vaccines, Censorship, Totalitarianism, & Engaging Culture: Gabe Lyons
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Few people understand the intersection between faith and culture better than Gabe Lyons. In this conversation, we avoid all the easy topics and only discuss the highly controversial ones: Qideas (not Qanon), COVID vaccines, can we trust the government, how should we think through the “facts” about the pandemic, is censorship really happening, how to think through sexuality and gender questions, and much more. 

Gabe Lyons is the co-author of Good Faith (2016), unChristian (2007) and authored The Next Christians (2010), as a manifesto for how Christians can faithfully lead in a changing culture. He is the founder of Q, a learning community of Christian leaders where they are equipped to engage our cultural moment. Their Q Conference (www.Q2017.com) annually convenes thousands of leaders from all industries while Q Commons, their global event simultaneously unites 140 cities and over 10,000 people on an October evening (www.QCommons.com). Called "sophisticated and orthodox" by The New York Times, Q equips Christians apply their faith to daily life by addressing some of the most difficult and controversial issues of our time. Gabe speaks to over 100,000 people each year on topics of equipping the next generation, cultural issues and research related to the intersection of faith and public life. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Rebekah, and their three children.

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Apr 29, 2021
861: Politics, Pandemics, Race, and Pastoring Multi-Ethnic Churches: Rich Villodas
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Rich Villodas is the Brooklyn-born lead pastor of New Life Fellowship, a large multiracial church with more than seventy-five countries represented in Elmhurst, Queens. Rich holds a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading widely, preaching and writing on contemplative spirituality, justice-related matters, and the art of preaching. He's been married to Rosie since 2006 and they have two beautiful children, Karis and Nathan. His first book, The Deeply Formed Life, is now available wherever books are sold.

In this conversation, we talk about what it was like pastoring a church that is located at the epicenter of the pandemic in Queens, NY. We also discuss the beauties and challenges of pastoring a church where 75 different nations are represented, especially when they are all over the map on political and racial issues. We conclude by talking about Rich’s first book, The Deeply Formed Life, which focuses on the personal and public practices that contribute to our spiritual formation. 

Read more about Rich Villodas here: https://www.richvillodas.com 

Purchase Rich’s book here: https://www.amazon.com/Deeply-Formed-Life-Transformative-Values/dp/0525654380/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=a+deeply+formed+life&qid=1618348231&sr=8-1 

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Apr 26, 2021
860: An Honest and Raw Conversation with Francis Chan
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In this conversation, we talk about his remarkable encounter with Benny Hinn, his recent thoughts on church unity, how he’s revisited his beliefs about the Eucharist, and we reflect on the pros and cons of being educated at The Master’s College (now University) and Seminary. 

Francis Chan is a pastor, writer, speaker, missionary, and evangelist. Most of all--he’s a Christian who loves to spend time with. Francis has written many books, including Crazy Love, Erasing Hell, and the recently released Until Unity

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Apr 22, 2021
859: Sexual Orientation, Sexual Fluidity, and the “Born this Way” Myth: Dr. Lisa Diamond
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In this podcast, we discuss why the idea that LGB people are “born that way” does not match the scientific data; instead, sexual orientation is a complex blend of nature and nurture. We then talk about the phenomenon of sexual fluidity--a topic that Lisa has become an expert on.
Apr 19, 2021
858: Understanding GenZ: Grant Skeldon
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Grant Skeldon is a leading expert in understanding GenZ and has spent the last several years of his life raising up and discipling GenZ leaders. In this podcast episode, Grant walks us through an indepth look at GenZ and corrects some wrong assumptions older people have about this vibrant generation. 

Grant started Initiative Network when he was 23 with the goal to develop young leaders into Christ-loving, city-changing, church-investing, disciple-making local missionaries. Initiative has united and accelerated some of the most diverse and dynamic next gen leaders from across the country. In 2020 Grant got married and moved to Nashville to become the Next Gen Director for Q.

He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Relevant, and The Gospel Coalition. His book on millennials, The Passion Generation has helped thousands of pastors and parents who are trying to reach, raise, and retain the next generation. Grant serves on the board of Catalyst, as well as an associate for Leadership Network and Exponential.


Learn more about Grant on his website: http://grantskeldon.com

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Apr 15, 2021
857: Understanding Female Sexuality and the Rise in Teen Girls Identifying as Bisexual: Lindsey Snyder
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In this podcat episode, Preston and Lindsey talk about the beautiful complexity of female sexualtiiy and why so many teen girls today identify as bisexual (as opposed to lesbian or striaght).

Lindsey is a a gay Christian woman committed to the historical biblical sexual ethic and is passionate about teaching the Church how to love and disciple LGBT+ people well. She is thrilled to get the opportunity to write content for EQUIP ministries, specifically for and about gay women.

Lindsey graduated from Taylor University in 2014 with a BA in Film and Media Production. She is currently working towards a Master's in Social Work. Her goal is to become a counselor and journey with others like her who are navigating the tension between their Christian faith and sexuality.


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Apr 12, 2021
856: After Doubt: Questioning your Faith without Losing it: Dr. A.J. Swoboda
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A. J. Swoboda (PhD, University of Birmingham) is assistant professor of Bible, theology, and world Christianity at Bushnell University. He also leads a Doctor of Ministry program around the Holy Spirit and leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of a number of books, including the award-winning Subversive Sabbath. He is married to Quinn and is the proud father of Elliot. They live and work in Eugene, Oregon.

In this podcast episode, we talk about his latest book After Doubt, which is all about deconstruction and doubt; or, as the subtitle states: How to Question Your Faith without Losing It. And A.J. is the perfect guide. He has his own deconstruction story and he very much resonates with some of the problems that conservatives or progressives have with American evangelicalism. And he helps us navigate these issues in this podcast episode. 

Learn more about A.J. here: https://www.ajswobodawrites.com

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Apr 08, 2021
855: Political Discipleship in a Post-Covid World: Joshua Ryan Butler
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Josh Butler is a good friend and one of the most gifted, enjoyable, and all around brilliant dudes I’ve ever met. He’s a pastor, teacher, scholar, writer, and scandalous witness to the gospel of Christ. I could do ministry with this dude any day of the week. He’s written two incredible books: The Skeletons in God’s Closet and The Pursuing God--both are absolute gems. Josh also serves as a lead pastor at Redemption Church in Tempe, AZ, and served as a pastor for over 15 years at Imago Dei Church in Portland, OR. In this podcast, we banter around about all kinds of things related to politics, race, discipleship in 2021, pastoring in a post-Covid world, nationalism, partisanship, and how to deal with Christians who are heavily influenced by the partisan politics of our day. 

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Apr 05, 2021
854: Singleness and Celibacy as Vocation
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Humans can live without sex, but we can’t live without love, intimacy, and community. So where does this leave Christian who are gay, who are also pursuing celibacy as a vocation? Pieter Valk helps us think through this question on a rich, theological, and practical level. 

Pieter graduated from Vanderbilt University with Highest Honors in Chemistry in 2013. After graduating, Pieter studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for a year with a focus on Lay Leadership and Culture-making.

Pieter is the founder and director of Equip Ministries, a Nashville based organization created to help churches become places where LGBT+ Christians could belong and thrive according to a traditional sexual ethic. See more here: https://equipyourcommunity.org

One of the most interesting projects Pieter is involved in is the Nashville Family of Brothers (https://familyofbrothers.org), a monastic-like community of Christian men devoted to pursuing celibacy together.

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Apr 01, 2021
853: Rethinking the War on Drugs: Christina Dent
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It makes sense. Illegal drugs should be criminalized. Period. The harsher a society is on drug use and drug dealing, the fewer problems it will have. Right? Not necessarily. As long as there are buyers, there will be producers. And as long as people experience pain and trauma, they will seek ways to numb it. 

Christina Dent is a politically conservative Christian who supported criminalizing drugs until she became a foster parent and saw the negative effects up close. She researched why drug-related harm isn’t decreasing and became convinced it’s because the criminal justice system is the wrong tool for addressing drugs. 

Check out more about Christina’s work at https://www.enditforgood.com/about

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Mar 29, 2021
852: Have We Neglected the Ascension of Christ? Dr. Patrick Schreiner
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Oftentimes, we don’t know what to do with the ascension. I mean, we believe in it, but we don’t often appreciate the theological necessity of it. Get your Bible’s out for this episode, because Patrick and I dance through various passages of Scripture to reconstruct the lost doctrine of the ascension of Christ. 

Patrick Schreiner is Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously taught at Western Seminary in Portland Oregon (2014–20) and received his Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (2014).

He is the author of a number of books, including The Body of Jesus: A Spatial Analysis of the Kingdom in Matthew (T&T Clark), The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross (Crossway), Matthew, Disciple and Scribe: The First Gospel and Its Portrait of Jesus (Baker),  and The Ascension of Christ: Recovering a Neglected Doctrine (Lexham Press). He has also contributed chapters to God’s Glory Revealed in Christ: Essays on Biblical Theology in Honor of Thomas R. Schreiner (B&H) and Baptists and the Christian Tradition: Toward an Evangelical Baptist Catholicity (B&H).

He is married to Hannah and they have four children. They love good local food, the outdoors, sports, and he enjoys serving local churches through teaching and preaching. You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.


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Mar 25, 2021
851: Disagreeing without Dividing the Church: Dr. Tim Muehlhoff
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Is it possible for Christians to maintain unity when they are so divided over hot-button issues like politics, race, and points of doctrine? Do you have to sacrifice conviction for the sake of unity? Is it possible for a zealous Trump-supporter and an ardent Biden-supporter to worship together in the same church without thinking the other person is evil? There is no better person to help us navigate these issues than Dr. Tim Muehlhoff. 

Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina) is the co-author (with Rick Langer) of the recent book Winsome Conviction and is a professor of communication at Biola University's Department of Communication Studies in La Mirada, California, a speaker and research consultant for the Center for Marriage and Relationships, and an author of several books on communication. In addition to being an educator and author, he is the co-host of a podcast entitled, The Art of Relationships which is produced by Biola University and is currently heard in 100 countries. Tim and his wife, Noreen, are frequent speakers at FamilyLife Marriage Conferences. For more information, visit timmuehlhoff.com.

Check out the Winsome Conviction Project at: https://www.biola.edu/blogs/winsome-conviction

Buy Tim’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Winsome-Conviction-Disagreeing-Without-Dividing/dp/0830847995


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Mar 22, 2021
850: Should Christians Care for the Environment? Dr. Sandy Richter
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Dr. Sandy Richter is one of my favorite--and one of the most provocative--biblical scholars, and she comes back on Theology in the Raw for the second time in 10 months to help us think through this important question: should Christian care for the environment? The answer, of course--if you read the Bible--is yes. But why are so many Christians resistant to this question? (Pssst...it’s because we’re often shaped more by American political tribal identities than the actual Bible.) We also wrestle with questions like: What age will we be in the resurrection? Will animals be resurrected in the new creation? And why won’t there be marriage in the resurrection?
Mar 18, 2021
849: How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems our Pain: Kurt Willems
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Kurt is the author of the brand new book: Echoing Hope: How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems Our Pain (https://www.amazon.com/Echoing-Hope-Humanity-Jesus-Redeems/dp/0593193504/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=kurt+willems&qid=1613502655&sr=8-1) And his forms the bulk of our discussion. Do we believe Jesus was really human? Do we overemphasize his deity and therefore lose out on embracing the beauty of his humanity? When did Jesus realize he was God? Do his miracles prove his divinity or show that he was empowered by the Spirit? 

Kurt Willems is a pastor, writer, and spiritual director. After several years in student and adult church ministry in Central California, he partnered with the Brethren in Christ to plant a Christian community in Seattle called Pangea Church. Kurt maintains a resource website, which hosts articles and podcasts, called Theology Curator (formerly called, The Paulcast). He is passionate about taking dense ideas and communicating them in ways that are empowering for people in all walks of life. He holds a master of divinity degree from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary and a master's degree in comparative religion from the University of Washington (where he focused on the historical Paul within Judaism and the Roman Empire). Kurt also completed a two-year training program to become a spiritual director called, Stewards of the Mystery. His wife, Lauren, is a special education teacher. They have two amazing, young daughters. 


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Mar 15, 2021
848: Living Your Whole Life for Jesus: Clare De Graaf
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Clare De Graaf is a cancer survivor, sort of “retired” businessman, a friend, a mentor, the chairman of the board for The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender, founder of many Christian non-profit ministries, and one of the most zealous, faithful, wise Christian leaders I’ve ever met. In this conversation, Clare talks about his journey in the faith--which involves many twists and turns, ups and downs--and his contagious outlook on the kingdom of God. 

You can read more about Clare, his life and ministry, and his book The Ten Second Rule, on his website: https://www.claredegraaf.com


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Mar 11, 2021
847: Multiethnicity in the Church: An Optional Possibility or Gospel-Necessity?
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As the title suggests, this episode is all about the question of multi-ethnicity in the body of Christ. And Dr. Gray is the right person to challenge us in this conversation. Dr. Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead pastor of Transformation Church, one of the largest multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped communities in the U.S., located in Indian Land, South Carolina, just south of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Mar 08, 2021
846: Purposeful Sexuality: Ed Shaw
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Ed Shaw is Associate Pastor at Emmanuel Bristol and part of the editorial team at Living Out. He loves his family and friends, church and city, gin and tonic, and music and books. He is the author of Same-Sex Attraction and the Church: The Surprising Plausibility of the Celibate Life (IVP) and the recently released Purposeful Sexuality: A Short Introduction (IVP). 


Ed is attracted to the same-sex and has committed his life to celibacy and the ministry of the gospel. In this episode, we talk about his journey as an SSA Christian man and minister and about the themes unpacked in his latest book Purposeful Sexuality.


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Mar 04, 2021
846: The Gospel as Political Protest and Why Rom 7 Isn’t Talking About Christians
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We discuss three issues in this podcast: (1) Imperial critical readings of the New Testament (i.e. how the NT critiques the Roman empire in its language), (2) the benefit of studying first-century philosophy for understanding the New Testament, and (3) why Romans 7:9-25 is not talking about a Christian or Christians.
Mar 01, 2021
845: #855 - Behind the Scene of Christian Publishing
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Don Pape is the master Yoda of Christian publishing. He has over 35 years of experience working for some of the biggest Christian publishers and has also been a literary agent. Don is responsible for finding a relatively unknown pastor from Simi Valley named Francis Chan and signing him to a book deal. In this conversation, Don and I talk about what it takes to be a successful writer, the pros and cons of Christian publishing, the role that having a platform plays in landing a book deal, what to do if you feel called to write a book, the kind of financial advances that new authors should expect, and many other things related to the industry. 
Feb 25, 2021
844: #844 - Race, CRT, the gospel, social justice, evangelicalism, systemic racism: Thabiti Anyabwile
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The last couple of years has kicked up a lot of dust regarding race relations in America and in the church, but why did it take so long? Thabiti, or “Pastor T,” helps us understand some of the concerns and frustrations that black people have had about how white people (progressives and conservatives) have gone about the race conversation. Pastor T helps us understand what Critical Race Theory is, the real meaning of systemic racism, why issues of justice are not subsidiary to the gospel, and how the church can have better conversations about race. 
Feb 22, 2021
843: #843 - The Business of War: Justin Bronson Barringer
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Justin Bronson Barringer is a pastor, consultant, writer, editor, and a PhD candidate in religious ethics at Southern Methodist University. He’s also a star in the hit reality show Duck Dynasty. (Just kidding.) I met Justin many years ago when he agreed to read (and critique!) early drafts of my book Fight, now called Nonviolence: The Revolutionary Way of Jesus. He was very influential in helping me understand Christian nonviolence and the ethical challenges it presents. In this episode, we talk about his new book that he edited: The Business of War: Theological and Ethical Reflections on the Military-Industrial Complex​. Once we understand how profitable war can be, it sort of changes your view on the whole military industrial complex.  

We also talk about a theology of country music. So, yeah...

Along with his wife, Justin hosts the Rogue Ministry Podcast, a show dedicated to helping people create and sustain faithful ministries. Justin and Rachel founded Diapers, Etc. a ministry which "exists to provide diapers, feminine hygiene products, and other important goods not typically covered by government programs or other service providers." In this effort, they work alongside the good folks at Owenwood Farm and Neighbor Space, a campus of White Rock UMC, as well as with the fantastic organization Hope Supply Co., and other partners to serve over 200 families a month. 

Justin has a BA in Oral Communication from Lipscomb University, and an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, with a focus on Christian ethics, and he studied faith and public policy in Washington, DC. He has been a missionary in Greece and China, worked extensively among homeless people in cities as varied as Nashville and Los Angeles to Lexington and Little Rock. Justin has served at mercy and justice organizations like The Dream Center and Sojourners. He was also Outreach Pastor at Embrace Church for three years. 


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Feb 18, 2021
842: The Book of Revelation as Apocalyptic Political Protest: Dr. Dan Morrison
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While many Christians read the book of Revelation as mostly about future events, it’s best understood as a piece of political protest. John is writing to confront Chrisitan Nationalism--in a first-century sort of way. There’s no better person to help us read Revelation in this way than Dr. Dan Morrison. Dan is assistant professor of New Testament at George Fox University and he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Revelation. It’s called: “Apocalypse as Protest: Reading Revelation from Places of Poverty, Privilege, Power, and Persecution

Dan Morrison joined George Fox in 2020 as an assistant professor of New Testament, working remotely on a half-time basis. He worked the previous three years as an assistant professor of New Testament and expository preaching at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. During that same span, he served as a U.S. Navy reserve chaplain at Navy Operation Support Center (Springfield, MO). He was also director of the Cordas C. Burnett Center for Biblical Preaching at Evangel (2016-18) and, before that, served as a college and young adult pastor at Evangel Temple Christian Center in Springfield (2014-17). His experience previously included working as a communications manager at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario (2012-14), and as an editor/media specialist (2010-11) and editorial assistant (2007-10) for The Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education organization.

He lives in Springfield, Missouri, and attends All Saints Anglican Church in Springfield.


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Feb 15, 2021
841: A Prophetic Response to 2020: Jon Tyson
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Jon Tyson is a brother from another Australian mother (or mum). Jon’s one of the wisest, most intelligent, astute, prophetic, and spiritually authentic Chrisitans leaders in the church today. This dude walks with Jesus in both heart and mind. In this episode, I wanted Jon to give a prophetic perspective on 2020. How should we think about this crazy year? What should we learn from it? How should we look forward in 2021 and beyond? What should the church keep doing after Covid, and what should the church leave behind? Oh, and we also discuss the roots and symptoms of Trumpism and I actually say “you are Trump; we are Trump.” Or something like that. I can’t remember exactly what I said, but I know I’ll get some emails. You can address them to JonTyson@hotmail.com (Just kidding...as if Jon has a hotmail account.) 

Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the United States twenty years ago with a passion to seek and cultivate renewal in the Western Church. He is the author of Sacred Roots, A Creative Minority, and The Burden is Light. Jon lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Church of the City New York.

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Feb 11, 2021
S2 Ep6: Diversity of Trans* Part 6: An Endocrinologist’s Perspective on Puberty Blockers and Cross Sex Hormones:
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Dr. Hruz (pronounced “rooz”) is an associate Professor of Pediatrics, Cell Biology & Physiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He has a Ph.D. and an M.D. and specializes in pediatric endocrinology. Dr. Hruz has clinical interest in a wide range of endocrine disorders, with a special interest in diabetes mellitus. Dr. Hruz's research interests include intermediary carbohydrate metabolism, glucose transporter structure and function and mechanism of insulin action. Dr. Hruz has also become an expert in the discussion currounding puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and trans* teenagers seeking transition. This is what we focused on in our discussion. We looked at the health risks and benefits of blockers and cross sex hormones and some of the ideology surrounding the discussion.
Feb 08, 2021
S2 Ep5: Diversity of Trans* Part 5: A Christian’s Journey from Male to Female: Addie
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Addie was raised in a conservative Christian home and has always had a strong faith in Jesus. Addie also has experienced severe gender dysphoria from a young age, and after much prayer, study, and seeking counsel, she decided to transition from male to female toward the end of college. 

Add is very happy with her decision, believes it was the right thing for her to do, and still has a robust faith in Jesus. Addie is still theologically and politically conservative, so she doesn’t fit neatly into the categories that people often have of trans* people. 

If you would like to learn more about the trans* conversation from a Christian perspective, check out my new book Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say: https://www.amazon.com/Embodied-Transgender-Identities-Church-Bible/dp/0830781226


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Feb 04, 2021
S2 Ep4: Diversity of Trans* Part 4 : Detransition and Gender Ideology
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Helena is one of many females who have experienced “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria,” where gender dysphoria seems to come out of nowhere and is allegedly brought on, in part, through social contagion. Helena talks honestly and opening about her journey where, as a teenager, she used to identify as trans* but later renounced that identity and detransitioned back to her biological sex as female. Helena believes she was brainwashed into this identity through various online social media sites such as Tumblr and Reddit. 
Feb 01, 2021
S2 Ep3: Diversity of Trans* Part 3: From Female to Male and Back to Female
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In this third part of our series “Diversity of Trans*,” I sit down with my good friend Kyla Gillespie. Kyla is female, transitioned to male 10 years ago, then back to female 4 years ago. She tells her story in this episode and discusses why she transitioned in the first place, the results of that transition, her encounter with Jesus in 2017, her decision to detransition back to her birth sex, and her ongoing journey in the gospel. 

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Jan 28, 2021
S2 Ep2: Diversity of Trans* Part 2: Gender Dysphoric but not Trans*
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Renee has experienced gender dysphoria from an early age and it’s never gone away. She hates wearing dresses and has never worn make-up, which means she doesn’t at all resonate with the culturally defined gender stereotypes of western culture. Renee is also a radical follower of Jesus, has a masters in Theology and is pursuing a Ph.D., and aspires to be a writer and theological educator. While she experiences ongoing gender dysphoria and doesn’t fit your typical narrow box of femininity, she also doesn’t agree with many things in a “gender affirming” ideology. 

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Jan 25, 2021
S2 Ep1: Diversity of Trans* Part 1: A Transexual's Critique of Transgender Activism
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Miranda Yardley is an engaging writer, an astute thinker, and a atheist #transsexual (Miranda's preferred term) who's been very outspokenly critical of many tenets of trans* activist ideology. In this episode, we talk about #autogynephilia, the meaning of sex and #gender, human nature, why it’s impossible to change sex, the role that porn plays in the rise of youth exploring sexual and gender identities, and many other things. 

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Jan 21, 2021
840: Prayer in the Night: Tish Harrison Warren
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Tish Harrison Warren is the real deal. Super raw, super wise, down to earth, yet can hang in the loftiest ivory towers. Tish is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which was Christianity Today's 2018 Book of the Year, and the forthcoming Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work, or Watch, or Weep (IVP, 2021). These two books form the backbone of our conversation, and toward the end of the podcast we get super raw and real about the problem of evil and stuff.

Tish has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an associate rector, with addicts and those in poverty through various churches and non-profit organizations, and, most recently, as the writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a monthly columnist with Christianity Today, and her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. She lives with her husband and three children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Jan 18, 2021
839: Thinking Christianly about Immigration: Dr. Danny Carroll
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What does the Bible—not culture, not democrats, not republicans, but the freakin’ word of God!—say about immigration? In this podcast, Danny and Preston sit down to talk about what the Bible says about immigration, including how to respond to undocumented immigrants, and also how this intersects with politics and culture on the issue. 

Dr. Carroll is half-Guatemalan and was raised bilingual and bicultural. In his youth, he spent many summers in Guatemala and later taught at El Seminario Teológico Centroamericano in Guatemala City for thirteen years. The realities of Central America sparked Dr. Carroll's fascination with the Old Testament. The relevance of the biblical text for the challenges of poverty, war, and politics in those developing countries led him to a passionate focus on Old Testament social ethics and the social sciences.

In addition, his studies in English literature and literary theory have generated an ongoing engagement with literary approaches to the Old Testament and critical studies. Experiences in this country and abroad have led him to a deep appreciation for the unique contributions that ethnic minorities, women, and the global church make to the interpretation of the Old Testament. Before coming to Wheaton, Dr. Carroll taught Old Testament at Denver Seminary for many years and founded a Spanish-language lay training program there. At Wheaton, he hopes to model a commitment to connecting careful biblical scholarship with the mission of the church as it engages today’s complex realities. Dr. Carroll has been involved in Hispanic churches and teaching on the Bible and immigration for many years. His research focuses on the prophetic literature and Old Testament social ethics. He has just completed a major commentary on the book of Amos.


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Jan 14, 2021
838: From Gay Activist to Gay Evangelist: David Bennett
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David Bennett is the real deal. As he details in his book A War of Loves, David used to be a gay activist and ardent opponent to Christianity. But then one day, God met him in a pub. And the rest is history. David is currently a Ph.D. student in theology at Oxford University and a dynamic speaker, theologian, and evangelist. In this episode, we talk about his story, celibacy, Jesus, same-sex sexuality, Jesus, the gospel, Jesus, sexual desire and its intrinsic relationship to communion with God, and Jesus. 

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Jan 12, 2021
837: Christianity in a Post-Trump World
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Whether you love him or hate him—and it seems like these are the only two options—we are now living in a post-Trump world. What does this mean for Christianity? How should Christians think through 2021? Preston and Karen sit down to banter around about all things related to Christianity and culture. 
Jan 07, 2021
836: Recovering from Sexual Abuse and Rape
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Monica is a survivor of sexual abuse and rape, and she talks about how people who have gone through the same kind of trauma can heal and walk a path of freedom. Monica is a speaker, mentor, leader, and the co-host of "Christian Sexuality: Conversations about Jesus, Sex, and Gender"--a youth curriculum on sex, sexuality, and gender.
Jan 04, 2021
834: Where Did the Purity Movement Go Wrong?
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Jason Soucinek is the Executive Director and founder of Project Six19. Dedicated to talking honestly about matters of sex, sexuality and relationships. Jason has spent almost two decades engaging audiences of all ages and backgrounds. He is an internationally recognized seminar and conference speaker and published writer on issues surrounding sexuality and youth culture. He can be heard on the following podcasts: DriveTime, Sex + Christian Parents, and CPYU’s podcast “Youth Culture Matters”. Jason and I focus largely on the purity movement and where it went wrong. But we did linger on the question of modesty for a bit, which lead to some back and forth pushbacks on each other's opinions.
Dec 28, 2020
833: Understanding the Book of Judges: Dr. Michelle Knight
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This episode is a deep dive into the book of Judges with one of the world's leading experts in the book: Dr. Michelle Knight. We focus mainly on Judges 4-5, the story about that BA Woman, Jael, who smashes a tent peg through the skull of a skilled warrior and the follow up poem that celebrates the incident. We also talk about the horrific rape of the concubine in Judges 19 and some ethical problems with the conquest in the book of Joshua. 
Dec 21, 2020
832: Discipling Teenage Girls, Modesty, and the “Billy Graham Rule:” Jessie Minassian
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Jessie and I met way back in college and have been friends for more than 20 years. Jessie is an author, speaker and the resident “big sis” at LifeLoveandGod.com, a Q&A website for teen girls. She’s passionate about helping girls embrace the God who loves them, and to help them apply His truth to their everyday lives.
In this episode, we talk about some of the challenges that teen girls face today, from social media to body image issues to porn and other sexual challenges. We then wade into the controversial area of the so-called “Billy Graham rule” and the issue of modesty.

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Dec 14, 2020
831: The Annihilation View of Hell
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In the previous episode, I talked about the 3 different views of hell that have been taught throughout church history. In this episode, I briefly discuss why I used to hold to the eternal conscious torment view of hell but have come to believe that the annihilation view of hell is the most biblical. You don’t need to agree with me! But, if you claim to be a Christian, you do need to make sure your view of hell is based on Scripture and not just your church’s doctrinal statement or your tradition.

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Dec 07, 2020
830: 3 Christian Views of Hell: Part 1
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Most people assume that “hell” means “eternal conscious torment forever and ever.” But the doctrine of hell has actually been widely disputed throughout church history. There are actually three quite different understandings of hell that have been believed and taught in the historic, orthodox Christian church: eternal conscious torment, annihilation, and ultimate reconciliation. 

In this first (of two) videos on hell, I lay out these three different understandings of hell. I try to do so in an unbiased way so that you can wrestle with each view without letting my rhetoric get in the way. In the next video, I’ll show why I believe in the view of hell that I do.

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Nov 30, 2020
829: A Conversation about Race and Evangelicalism: BJ Thompson
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BJ and I sat down to have a conversation with no agenda in mind. We start by talking about his work as a life-coach and leader at #BuildaBetterUs, we quickly move into talking about church, church structure, and money. Then, we move into talking about the topic of race in Evangelicalism and we pretty much camped out there for the rest of the time.
Nov 23, 2020
828: An Impossible Marriage: Laurie and Matt Krieg
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Laurie is attracted to women. And Matt is also attracted to women. Both Laurie and Matt love Jesus. They’re in what’s called a “mixed orientation marriage” and they talk about how that “works” in this fascinating episode. Their marriage is incredible. Not perfect. No marriage is. But their marriage truly does exemplify the honesty, difficulty, beauty, and meaningfulness that every marriage is supposed to embody.

Laurie and Matt have written an amazing book called “An Impossible Marriage” and this episode discusses a lot about what this book is all about. Check it out!

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Nov 16, 2020
827: Evergreen College and the Evergreening of America: Benjamin Boyce
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In this episode, Benjamin and I talk about what happened at Evergreen and some of the cultural implications of these events. We then talk about the so-called “evergreening of America.” In many ways, what went down at Evergreen in May 2017 has become a proleptic microcosm of what’s going on today in 2020. 

Benjamin Boyce is a popular YouTuber and podcaster. He was a senior in college at Evergreen University when the campus experienced an interesting upheaval that had to do with racial tensions. Or, at least, certain ideologies about racism. He’s extensively documented the whole incident on his YouTube channel here

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Nov 09, 2020
826: Voting, Politics, Kingdom of God, Inerrancy of Scripture: Dr. Greg Boyd
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Editors note: We had some technical difficulties during the recording. The audio is not to our standards, but we felt the podcast was too good to throw away.

Greg and I recorded this conversation in late August but I deliberately wanted to have him speak into our current cultural moment--on the eve of the election. Because sometimes you can think a little more clearly when you’re not pressed in a moment of frantic urgency. Anyway, Greg and I discuss how Christians should think through issues of voting, politics, Christianity, and how to view fellow believers as...fellow believers, even if they vote differently than us. We also talk about his most recent book: Inspired Imperfection: How the Bible’s Problems Enhance Its Divine Authority. Greg doesn’t believe in “inerrancy” (a certain brand of it, anyway) but absolutely is committed to the Bible’s infallibility and authority. We talk about the difference in this episode.

Greg received his Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (summa cum laude 1988), his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School (cum laude 1982), and his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota (1979). He was a professor of theology for 16 years at Bethel University (St. Paul, MN) where he received the Teaching Excellence Award and Campus Leadership Award.

Greg is the co-founder of in St. Paul, Minnesota where he serves as Senior Pastor, speaking to thousands each week.

Greg has authored or co-authored 22 books and numerous academic articles, including his best-selling and award-winning and his recent books and . His apologetic writings and public debates on the historical Jesus and the problem of evil have helped many skeptics embrace faith, and his writings and seminars on spiritual transformation have had a revolutionary, freeing impact on thousands of believers.

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Nov 02, 2020
825: The Ethics of Medical Interventions for Trans* Identified Kids: Jane Wheeler
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Jane Wheeler is the founder and President of Rethink Medical Identity Ethics (https://rethinkime.org), which is a a non-profit research and education organization dedicated to improving and optimizing ethical long term care and treatment for gender variant children, adolescents and youth. Jane practiced law for many years as a corporate regulatory healthcare attorney in licensing, standards of care and informed consent. She was a board member of Lawyers for Human Rights (now the Los Angeles LGBT Bar Association) and served on GLAAD/LA Women’s Committee. She received her J.D. from UCLA Law School and has a B.A. from University of Arizona in Anthropology. She currently works as a consultant for non-profits in the area of funding for health and education related programs and projects, and mom to two teenagers.

In this episode, we talk about her work at ReIME, the facts about puberty blockers and cross sex hormones, current problems with how trans* identified kids are being treated, and how we can best care for trans* and gender non-conforming kids.

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Oct 26, 2020
824: Understanding the LGBTQ+ Community: Bill Henson
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Bill Henson is the founder and president of Lead Them Home, creator of Posture Shift, and author of Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones. Bill trains national, regional and local ministry teams across America to extend Christ to LGBT+ persons within a biblical framework. Bill guest lectures at Gordon College and has presented Posture Shift at Denver Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theo­lo­gi­cal Sem­i­na­ry.

Bill has been a friend and mentor to me for several years and is my #1 go to person when I have questions about how to love LGBTQ+ people. He's trained over 50,000 Christian leaders and has worked with more than 4,000 families with LGBTQ+ loved ones. Let's just say, he knows a thing or two about how Christianity intersects with sexuality and how to communicate to people who have a minor sexuality or gender experience.

To learn more about Bill's ministry, go here: https://www.leadthemhome.org/about#.XzsHNy2z0lI

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Oct 19, 2020
823: Trans* and Christian: Lesli Hudson-Reynolds
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Lesli has been a great friend and mentor over the years. We talk about all things trans*, gender, church, Jesus, pronouns, and all that fun stuff. Lesli is the Gender Identity Ministry Director for Posture Shift and a contributor to the highly acclaimed resource "Guiding Families."

Learn more about Lesli here

Check out Guiding Families

Lesli currently serves as Gender Identity Ministry Director for Posture Shift. They mentor youth and adults seeking God’s will in their gender identity. They are also de­vel­op­ing a re­source de­signed to thought­ful­ly en­gage church lead­er­ship in the gender conversation. Prior to joining the Posture Shift team, Lesli spent 15 years on the road and in regional theater as Pro­duc­tion Stage Mana­ger for numerous Broad­way musi­cals, ballets, and plays. They still escape to NY to see shows whenever possible.

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Oct 12, 2020
822: Purity Culture, Sexuality, and Why Christianity Is True
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Sean and I talk about his new book "Chasing Love" which is due to come out in Dec 2020. We focus largely on the contents of this book but we also dive deep into the so-called purity movement and clear up some misunderstands. We also weigh the pros and cons of that movement and try to construct a positive way forward.
Oct 05, 2020
821: Deconstruction, Progressive Christianity, and Our Cultural Moment
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A.J. Swoboda a brilliant thinker, a relational pastor, and possesses an uncanny ability to think critically about the intersection of faith and culture. In this conversation, we talk about a lot of things related to his own journey of deconstruction and reconstruction, progressive vs. conservative Christianity, politics, and our cultural moment. A.J. has a Ph.D. from University of Birmingham (U.K.) and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and World Christianity at Bushnell University.
Sep 28, 2020
820: Critical Theory and Race Relations in America
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My buddy Ed joins me on the show to talk about Critical Theory and race relations in America. Ed has a Ph.D. in American Cultural Studies from Bowling Green University and basically spent most of his doctoral work interacting with Critical Theory. Ed also has lots of thoughts about the race conversation and race relations inside and outside the church.

Heads up: this conversation is super raw, super honest, and a bit of a "rough draft."

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Sep 21, 2020
819: An Expert's View on Covid-19, Masks, and Vaccines
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John is back for the 3rd time to give us an update on where we're at with all things Covid-19. Wearing masks, the future vaccine, what should churches do, where will this whole thing end up?

John is a Senior Biosafety Officer for The University of Chicago – Howard T. Ricketts Laboratory, a Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, as well as a Registered Biosafety Professional with ABSA International (American Biological Safety Association). John was a lead trainer with the Duke Infectious Disease Response Training (DIDRT) Program, funded through an NIEHS-NIH Grant, that was designed to prepare workers at risk of infectious disease exposure. Additionally, he is a certified HAZWOPER/HAZMAT Trainer.

John has over 15 years’ experience working in high containment laboratories (BSL3) with high consequence pathogens (i.e. anthrax, plague, highly pathogenic avian influenza, Brucella abortus), with an effective history of training lab workers, clinical care workers, first responders, first receivers and custodial workers to safely work with and control high consequence pathogens such as MERS, SARS and Ebola.

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Sep 14, 2020
818: Is the Bible Reliable? Evidence from Its Message
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Whenever people consider the reliability of the Bible, they usually look to historical or archaeological evidence. And indeed, I covered that in the previous video. But in this final video of our 3 part series on the reliability of the Bible, I want to consider the message of the Bible itself as evidence for its authenticity.

The Bible critiques power, humanizes women (compared it its surrounding culture), has a deep concern for the poor and marginalized, and exhibits many other values that go against the views of its surrounding culture.

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Sep 10, 2020
817: Is the Bible Reliable? Evidence from History and Archaeology
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Does archaeology prove or disprove the Bible? What about ancient historical records? Do they correlate or conflict with the biblical account? Is the Bible historically accurate or inaccurate?

In this talk, I discuss the reliability of the Bible in light of ancient historical and archaeological records. As we'll see, the Bible actually has a very good track record when it comes to history and archaeology.

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Sep 07, 2020
816: Where Did the Bible Come From?
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The Bible didn't just fall from heaven. There was actually a rather complex and sometimes messy journey from writing the biblical books to putting the "Bible" into your hands. In this episode, I discuss the so-called Canonization of the Old and New Testaments, asking questions like: why are these books included in the Bible--no more, and no less? What about the Apocrypha? What about other books like the Didache or the Gospel of Thomas--who decided that those books shouldn't be in the Bible? And what was the criteria for determining (or recognizing?) which books should be in the Bible? And, why does all of this matter?

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Sep 03, 2020
815: Same-Sex Attraction, Deconstruction, and the Problem of Evil: Tony Scarcello
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Tony Scarcello is a friend, pastor, and the author of the forthcoming book: "Regenerate: Following Jesus After Deconstruction" (Oct 2020)
Tony is also attracted to other guys and is married to a woman. How does that work? We talk a lot about this in our conversation. Their marriage is actually one of the most vibrant and healthiest marriages I've ever seen. Because marriage is so much more than a place to satisfy your sexual desires. We also talk about his journey in and out and back into Christianity, how he's had to restructure his view of God and the world around what the Bible actually says, and we discuss the perennial problem of evil. This is where we get super raw and real about our own struggles with the faith.

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Aug 31, 2020
814: Does the Old Testament Dehumanize Women? Dr. Sandy Richter
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Dr. Sandy Richter is LEGIT!! In this fascinating conversation, Sandy helps us understand the alleged "marry your rapist" law in Deuteronomy 22:28, which has been mistranslated as you'll see. She also walks us through the "marry your conquered enemy's wife" allowance in Deuteronomy 21. These texts have troubled me for YEARS and have raised questions in my own mind about whether the Old Testament dehumanizes women. Actually, it does the opposite. When you understand it in its own cultural context, you'll see that the Bible actually humanizes women much, much more than we realize.

Sandy's awesome book ("The Epic of Eden") that I referenced can be found here

Sandra Richter is the Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. Richter earned her PhD from Harvard University’s Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department and her MA in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY, Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS and Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Due to her passion for the "real space and time" of the biblical text, she has spent many of those years directing an Israel Studies program focused on historical geography and field archaeology.

Richter is best known in the Academy for her work on the “name theology” of the Deuteronomistic History and a socio-historical assessment of the economic backdrop of the Book of Deuteronomy (The Deuteronomistic History and the Name Theology: lešakken šemo šam in the Bible and the ANE [BZAW 318, 2002]; “The Place of the Name in Deuteronomy” [VT 57, 2007], “Placing the Name, Pushing the Paradigm: A Decade with the Deuteronomistic Name Formula” in Deuteronomy in the Pentateuch, Hexateuch, and the Deuteronomistic History [FAT 56; Mohr Siebeck, 2012]; “The Question of Provenance and the Economics of Deuteronomy”" JSOT [2017]; “What’s Money Got to Do With It? Economics and the Question of the Provenance of Deuteronomy in the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods” in Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research [BZAR 22, 2019]). She has a commentary forthcoming with Eerdmans on The Book of Deuteronomy.

In the Church, Richter is best known for her work, The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament (IVP 2008) and a number of DVD curriculums stemming from the project (Zondervan and Seedbed). She has just published Stewards of Eden: What the Scripture has to Say about Environmentalism and Why It Matters (IVP, 2020).

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Aug 27, 2020
813: Reading the Bible While Black: Dr. Esau McCaulley
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The Rev. Canon #EsauMcCaulley, PhD is a New Testament scholar and an Anglican Priest. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews where he studied under the direction of N.T. Wright. His research and writing focus on Pauline theology, African American Biblical interpretation, and articulating a Christian theology of justice in the public square

His doctoral dissertation, called Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance, was published by T & T Clark in 2019. Sharing in the Son’s Inheritance looks at the role Jewish messianism played in Paul’s argument in Galatians that Jesus has made believers heirs in the Messiah to the Abrahamic promises.

His second book #ReadingWhileBlack: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope will be published by Intervarsity Academic press (September 1, 2020). Reading While Black looks at the tradition of African American biblical interpretation and argues that the Bible rightly understood and read from a decidedly black perspective can speak a word of hope to African Americans in the United States.

Alongside these more academic works, he writes popular pieces. He is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. He has also appeared in outlets such as Christianity Today and the Washington Post. He is also the host of the Disrupters Podcast and functions as a Canon Theologian for his diocese.

Dr. McCaulley, currently, serves as assistant professor of New Testament at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is married to Mandy, a pediatrician and a Navy reservist. Together, they have four wonderful children.

AUTHOR: Esau McCaulley

BOOK: Reading While Black

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Aug 24, 2020
812: The Bible and Science, Friend or Foes? Dr. John Walton
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I asked THE Dr. John H. Walton to come on my YouTube channel and talk about the Bible and science, and I can't believe he say "yes!" This dude is LEGIT! I mean, this scholar is very qualified to speak into this topic with much wisdom and sound biblical knowledge. Anyway, in this episode, we talk about the biblical creation account and science, the historicity of Adam and Eve, the meaning of the tower of Babel, and much much more.

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Aug 20, 2020
811: #711 - God and Guns in America: Dr. Michael Austin
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Mike Austin is the author of the book "God and Guns in America" Mike navigates this super touchy subject with grace and wisdom, not coming down hard on either extreme: "Take away all the guns!" or "More guns = less crime!" Mike is a philosopher, so he carefully considers all sides and arguments of the gun debate.
Aug 17, 2020
810: Transgender and the Gospel: Heather Skriba
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Heather Skriba has experienced #genderdysphoria most of her life and transitioned from female to male a few years ago. But after encountering Jesus, she heard God telling her that she was "daddy's girl" and that God desired her to live as the female He created her to be. Filled with compassion, truth, and authenticity, Heather Skriba helps us understand her transgender experience, gender dysphoria, and what role the church can play in helping people who are wrestling with their gender identity and sexuality.

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Aug 13, 2020
809: Demons, Giants, and Other Gods in the Bible: Dr. Michael Heiser
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Dr. Michael Heiser is a biblical scholar with a Ph.D. in Semitic Studies, and he's the author of many scholarly books related to the spiritual realm, including the best-selling book The Unseen Realm.

In this challenging conversation, we talk about the divine council that informs God's decisions, the meaning of "Elohim," the origin of demons, the nephilim, the anakim, other giants in the Bible, and lots of other "strange things" in the Bible that are only strange to modern readers.

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Aug 10, 2020
808: Is Adam a Historical Figure? Dr. Tremper Longman
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The Bible seems to say that God created on man, Adam, and the rest of humanity sprang from his loins. (Creepy image, I know.) But the science suggests otherwise.


In this conversation, Old Testament scholar Dr. Tremper Longman helps us navigated the thorny issue of the Bible and science as we consider both the biblical and scientific evidence for the historicity of a historical person named "Adam."

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Aug 06, 2020
807: How Old Is the Earth? Dr. Tremper Longman
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Tremper is one of the top evangelical Old Testament scholars alive today, and he's an evolutionary creationist. In this conversation, Tremper explains why he believes that the science clearly shows that the universe and the earth are old and that this fits perfectly fine with Genesis 1-2. Genesis is simply uninterested in the age of the earth.

We discuss the meaning of "day," the phrase "evening and morning," the problem of the sun and moon being created on the 4th day (i.e. how do we determine a "day" without a sun or moon?), and the connection with the Sabbath command in Exod 20/Deut, which seems to assume a literal 24 hour day in Genesis 1.

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Aug 03, 2020
806: What Does the Term ‘Gay Christian’ Actually Mean? Dr. Greg Coles
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GregColes is back! Actually, he never left. We just split our conversation into two parts. In our first conversation, Greg shared about his coming out story and what advice he'd give to parents with gay kids, and to gay Christians who are thinking of coming out. Speaking of "gay Christians," that phrase is super debated, misunderstood, and has become the subject of much turmoil in the evangelical community. Greg helps us understand what people mean and don't mean by the phrase. We also talk about other words and phrases like "homosexual," "the gay lifestyle," "practicing homosexual," "same-sex attraction," and "the gay agenda." And we discuss whether same-sex attraction, or "being gay," is itself a morally culpable sin from the perspective of a traditional Christian sexual ethic.

Here's the blog series Greg and I referenced in the video:

https://www.centerforfaith.com/blog/gay-vs-same-sex-attraction-a-dialogue

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Jul 30, 2020
805: Gay, Christian, and Coming Out: Dr. Greg Coles
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My good friend Dr. Greg Coles hangs out with me in my basement and we talk about faith, sexuality, and what it was like to comeout as gay. Greg gives some fantastic advice to Christian parents with gay kids and how to respond well when they come out. He also helps those who are wrestling with their sexuality to consider the right context, time, and person to come out to.

Greg has an awesome book titled "Single, Gay, Christian," which you can buy here:

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Jul 27, 2020
804: Should Christians Wear Masks and Attend Large Gatherings? Evan Wickham
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Evan Wickham is a pastor, church planter, song writer, and worship leader. He's the pastor of Park Hill church in San Diego (https://www.parkhillsd.church) and has been wrestling with how to handle CA governor Gavin Newsom's order against indoor church gatherings. Should Christian churches obey or disobey this order? How essential are large indoor gatherings for "being" the church? Are Christians being persecuted?

We also discuss the weirdly controversial topic of wearing masks.

Should we do it? Protest it? What's the rationale for wearing or not wearing a mask?

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Jul 23, 2020
803: Is God Anti-Gay: Sam Allberry
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My friend #SamAllberry joins me to talk about the perennial question: "Is God Anti-Gay?" Many people think he is, that the Christian God has it out for gay people. But, as someone who experiences #samesexattraction and who also loves the Christian God with all his heart, Sam begs to differ. In this conversation, we talk about some pushbacks to the traditional sexual ethic, what the church can do better, the meaning of the term #gay, and how teenage Christians who experience #SSA should think through identity.

Check out Sam's book "Is God Anti-Gay?"

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Jul 20, 2020
802: #702 - Race, Repent, and Repair: With Tyler Burns
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Tyler Burns is the vice-president of The Witness, which is a black Christian collective that engages issues of religion, race, justice, and culture from a biblical perspective. Tyler is also the co-host of "Pass the Mic" podcast. In this extra raw conversation, Tyler helps us understand current race conversations from a black perspective and educates white evangelicals on our own blind spots and how we can embody Christ in our culture moment. Two things from this convo that really stand out.

First, that white people typically respond cerebrally to situations (what are the facts? Show me the evidence?) while black people typically respond with emotion. Neither is "right or wrong," but it's incredibly helpful to understand both social environments.

Second, Tyler said that the progressive woke white crowd is just as unproductive as the far right, white supremacist crowed. Black people aren't concern with Aunt Jemima and white, woke, political correctness. Rather, black people want to see actual justice and change.

Learn more about The Witness:

https://thewitnessbcc.com

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Jul 16, 2020
801: Black Lives Matter and the Gospel: Lisa Fields
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Lisa Fields is the founder and director of the #Jude3Project, which helps the Christian community know what they believe and why they believe it, with a strong emphasis in equipping those of African descent in the United States and abroad. In this conversation, Lisa unpacks the #blacklivesmatter concept and movement and how it relates to the #gospel. "Black lives matter to God," Lisa says is the most important thing for people to understand. Lisa clears up some misunderstandings surrounding #BLM as a movement and a phrase.

Check out Lisa's ministry: https://jude3project.org

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Jul 13, 2020
800: The Trinity, the Book of Hebrews, and Women in Evangelical Education: Dr. Madison Pierce
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Madison Pierce is a New Testament scholar and professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She did her Ph.D. on the book of Hebrews under Francis Watson at Durham University. In this conversation, we talk about various things related to her specialty in the book of Hebrews, specifically how the author (and we don't know who it is, by the way) weaves together Trinitarian thought throughout his quotations of Scripture. We also discuss what it's like being a female in Evangelical academia.

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Jul 09, 2020
799: Is it Okay to Hug a Woman in a Post-#MeToo World? Lore Ferguson Wilbert
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Lore (pronounced Lor-ee) Ferguson Wilbert just released her provocative book Handle With Care: How Jesus Redeems the Power of Touch in Life and Ministry. And it addresses lots of questions that are on peoples’ minds these days—especially men. Can I hug a woman? Side hug or full frontal? Is “the Billy Graham Rule” a good thing or an insulting thing—or a bit of both? How can Christian men avoid affairs and sexual temptations without giving the impression that every woman he’s alone with in the elevator is a stumbling block? Unfortunately, Preston’s internet literally shut down toward the end of this podcast (and, in case you care, it didn’t start working again for another 48 hours, which in these Covid-19 quarantine days is like spending two days in hell with everyone out to lunch). But the 40 minutes they did capture were too good to scrap, so we’ll have to live with the technological embarrassments.

Lore Ferguson Wilbert is a writer, thinker, learner, and author of the book, Handle With Care. She writes for She Reads Truth, Christianity Today, Lifeway, and more, as well as her own site, Sayable.net. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @lorewilbert. She has a husband named Nate, a puppy named Harper Nelle, and too many books to read in one lifetime.

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Jul 06, 2020
798: From a Gay Designer in Hollywood to a Radical Follower of Christ: Becket Cook
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Becket’s story is absolutely incredible. He has one of those stories you hear from a distance and think, “this can’t be true.” But it is. Jesus is real and he is that powerful. Becket has an amazing story and he also has an amazing passion for an amazing savior. Becket shares his story in this podcast; he and Preston also dig into what it means to “leave homosexuality,” the controversy over gay identity (Becket is adamantly opposed to it), and what it was like hanging out with Katy Perry, Prince, Paris Hilton, and other Hollywood stars.

Becket spends much of his time in ministry speaking at churches, universities, and conferences helping believers (and non-believers) understand this issue biblically, theologically, culturally, and personally. Balancing grace and truth when teaching on this subject is of primary importance. His goal is to challenge the current cultural narrative about sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular by demonstrating through his personal testimony and biblical truths that, yes, homosexuality is still a sin, and that following Christ is infinitely more satisfying and joyous. He has lived all over the world in major cities such as Rome, Vienna, and Tokyo. Becket graduated from Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in 2017 with a Master of Arts in Theology. Becket’s book, A Change of Affection: A Gay Man’s Incredible Story of Redemption, with a foreword by Francis Chan, published by Thomas Nelson, released July 30, 2019.

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Jun 29, 2020
797: The Future of Christian Education: Spencer MacCuish
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Spencer is a longtime friend, former boss, and the president of Eternity Bible College. We first met way back in Seminary nearly 20 years ago and have been friends ever since. Spencer is known for his towering height, shiny head, inability to be outwitted, but most of all for his imaginative and integrative approach to Christian education. In this episode, we talk about some of the things that are broken in our current models of education and explore fresh avenues for education which will be especially pertinent in the wake of Covid-19.

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Jun 22, 2020
796: I Finally Discovered My Enneagram Number! A Convo with Enneagram Guru Jeff Cook
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I've tried taking several Enneagram tests but I can never finish them. I hate the binary answers they give: When you walk into a room, do you want to dominate everyone or hide in the corner?" Ugh! What if it's neither!? That's why I reached out to my buddy Jeff Cook to have him give me a personal and conversational evaluation of my Enneagram score. Wait, is it a "score?" Or a number? I'm not a number, I'm a person! Don't put me in a box!! Whatever the Enneagram is, Jeff Cook is an expert in it. Watch him as he uses the force to draw out the inner me with all its grit and grime. After we find out my number, we turn to the biblical writers to see what number they are and why it matters. Yup, we even dare to figure out what Jesus is on the Enneagram. We haven't been struck down by lightening—yet.

Jeff Cook teaches philosophy at UNC and pastors Atlas Church in Greeley, Colorado. He speaks about all things enneagram on the Around the Circle Podcast, and is the author of "Seven: The Deadly Sins and the Beatitudes" (Zondervan 2008). He lives in Colorado with his wife and two kids.

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Twitter | @jeffvcook

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Jun 15, 2020
795: #795 - A Christian Response to the Death of George Floyd: Justin Giboney
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The death of George Floyd has sparked many questions related to race relations, systemic racism, the use and abuse of force and power among the police force, faith and politics, partisanship, and many other questions. To help us think through these questions, I recently interviewed Justin Giboney from the AndCampaign in a live YouTube conversation, and this podcast is the audio version of that conversation.

Justin Giboney is an attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. He is also the Co-Founder and President of the AND Campaign, which is a coalition of urban Christians who are determined to address the sociopolitical arena with the compassion and conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Mr. Giboney has managed successful campaigns for elected officials in the state and referendums relating to the city’s transportation and water infrastructure.

In 2012 and 2016, Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention and he served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative. A former Vanderbilt University football player and law student, Justin served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors. He’s written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and The Hill.

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Jun 08, 2020
794: What If Church Centered on the Table Not the Stage? Chris Wienand
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Chris Wienand is like the master Yoda of church planting. From planting churches in South Africa to Los Angeles, to mentoring dozens of leaders around the globe, Chris has gained much wisdom about church and the gospel over the years. In this episode, we talk about what it means to be the church and the role that meals and organic gatherings should have in the life of the community. Chris believes that the table should be the heartbeat of our churches.

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Jun 01, 2020
793: Covid-19 and the Politicalization of a Pandemic: Another Conversation with John C. Bivona
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