Theology in the Raw

By Preston Sprinkle

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On Theology in the Raw, Preston takes a fresh look at what the Bible really says, as he challenges opinions and traditions--yes, even his own. Homosexuality, sex, porn, drinking, immigration, racial tensions, violence, ISIS, Trump, guns, patriotism, you name it. If it's of interest, you can expect Preston to address it. Think of it as theology for the rest of us. If you have any questions you'd like him to address on the show, email them to chris@prestonsprinkle.com. Hate mail and tirades will be discarded or mocked.

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#866 - Addressing Suicide, Anxiety, Depression, and Abuse: Dr. Brooke Keels

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

 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

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

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. 


Check out the 10,000 Fathers worship school: https://worship.school

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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: Pieter Valk

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

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

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

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

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? 

Internationally known for her work on Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History, Dr. Richter brings the Old Testament to life by exploring the real people and real places from which it comes. 

Dr. Richter is a graduate of Valley Forge University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and earned her doctorate from the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of Harvard University in Hebrew Bible. A veteran of many years of leading student groups in archaeological excavation and historical geography classes in Israel, she has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary., Wesley Biblical Seminary and Wheaton College. She is recognized among the laity for her The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament and is currently working on a second in that series The Fifth Gospel: A Christian Entry into the Book of Isaiah (IVP Academic). Her current research involves a forthcoming book on environmental theology (IVP) and a commentary on Deuteronomy with Eerdmans. She is also the author of several adult Bible Curriculums with Seedbed. Richter is a sought-after speaker in both academic and lay settings.


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Mar 18, 2021
#849 - How the Humanity of Jesus Redeems our Pain: Kurt Willems

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 - Never Retire: Living Your Whole Life for Jesus: Clare De Graaf

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? Dr. Derwin Gray

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.

Dr. Gray is a graduate of Southern Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northern Seminary, where he received his Doctorate of Ministry under Scot McKnight. In addition to his role at Transformation Church, Derwin teaches at conferences nationwide. He is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2010), Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015), The High-Definition Leader (2015), and The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness (2020).

Oh, and Dr. Gray played for 6 years in the NFL, so, yeah, he can kick your butt.

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Mar 08, 2021
#846 - Purposeful Sexuality: Ed Shaw

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: Dr. Joey Dodson

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. 

My guest is Dr. Joey Dodson. Joey joined Denver Seminary in July 2019 as an associate professor of New Testament. Dr. Dodson received his PhD in New Testament from the University of Aberdeen. He has written articles for journals such as Novum Testamentum, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and the Journal for Jewish Studies. His most recent books include 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. Dr. Dodson comes to Denver Seminary after having served at Ouachita Baptist University since 2008.


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Mar 01, 2021
#845 - Behind the Scene of Christian Publishing: Don Pape

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. 

Don recently launched another adventure to serve authors. It’s called “Pape Commons”--check it out! https://papecommons.com


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Feb 25, 2021
#844 - Race, CRT, the gospel, social justice, evangelicalism, systemic racism: Thabiti Anyabwile

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. 

Pastor T is one of the pastors for Anacostia River Church in Washtington D.C. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, DC and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington DC area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preach.

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Feb 22, 2021
#843 - The Business of War: Justin Bronson Barringer

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

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

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
Diversity of Trans* Part 6: An Endocrinologist’s Perspective on Puberty Blockers and Cross Sex Hormones: Dr. Paul Hruz

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. 

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 08, 2021
Diversity of Trans* Part 5: A Christian’s Journey from Male to Female: Addie

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
Diversity of Trans* Part 4: Detransition and Gender Ideology: Helena Kerschner

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. 

My book Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say releases today! Pick up your copy today: https://www.amazon.com/Embodied-Transgender-Identities-Church-Bible/dp/0830781226


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Feb 01, 2021
Diversity of Trans* Part 3: From Female to Male and Back to Female

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
Diversity of Trans* Part 2: Gender Dysphoric but not Trans*

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
Diversity of Trans* Part 1: A Transexual's Critique of Transgender Activism

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. 

Check out Miranda's work here: https://mirandayardley.com/en/

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Jan 21, 2021
#840 - Prayer in the Night: Tish Harrison Warren

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.

Read more about Tish on her website: https://tishharrisonwarren.com


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Jan 18, 2021
#839 - Thinking Christianly about Immigration: Dr. Danny Carroll

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

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: Dr. Karen Swallow Prior

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. 

Karen Swallow Prior, Ph. D., is Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me (T. S. Poetry Press, 2012), Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist (Thomas Nelson, 2014), and On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books (Brazos, 2018). She is co-editor of Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Zondervan 2019) and has contributed to numerous other books. Her writing has appeared at Christianity TodayThe AtlanticThe Washington PostFirst ThingsVoxRelevantThink Christian, The Gospel Coalition, Religion News Service, Books and Culture and other places.

Learn more about Karen at: https://karenswallowprior.com


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Jan 07, 2021
#836 - Recovering from Sexual Abuse and Rape: Monica Zuniga

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.

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Jan 04, 2021
#835 - Theology in the Raw 2021

Preston talks through some new things happening on Theology in the Raw for 2021! More podcasts, more guests, more Q & A; extra real, super raw. Let’s take this puppy to the next level! 

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Jan 01, 2021
#834 - Where Did the Purity Movement Go Wrong?

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. 

Learn more about Project Six19 here

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Dec 28, 2020
#833 - Understanding the Book of Judges: Dr. Michelle Knight

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. 

In 2018, Dr. Michelle Knight completed her dissertation on the narrative function of the Song of Deborah and Barak in the book of Judges, before joining the faculty later that year. While working toward her PhD, she taught Hebrew language and Old Testament courses as a Guest Professor at Wheaton College and an Adjunct Professor at TEDS. Michelle is an active member of the Institute for Biblical Research, the Society of Biblical Literature, and especially the Evangelical Theological Society, where she serves as Program Unit Chair for the Old Testament Theology section at the annual meeting.  Her current research interests include literary criticism, theology of the Old Testament, the book of Judges, and poetry in biblical narrative.

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Dec 21, 2020
#832 - Discipling Teenage Girls, Modesty, and the “Billy Graham Rule:” Jessie Minassian

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

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

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

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. Some of the things we talked about were:

- The reason why black millennials are leaving the Reformed and SBC church
- How we should think about Christian "greats" like Jonathan Edwards who owned slaves
- What about MLK's misogyny? 
- How why evangelicals can truly love and serve their black brothers and sisters

BJ is a life coach, speaker, and author who helped launch one of the largest faith movements in recent history – the “116 Movement” with Grammy award winning artist Lecrae. He also served alongside Bryan Loritts to expand groundbreaking racial reconciliation work in Memphis, TN. 

BJ has worked with tens of thousands of individuals and couples all over the world helping them experience personal and relational growth. Currently BJ serves as the executive director for Build a Better Us. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in Christian studies from Union University. He has been featured in Relevant Magazine, Propel, Christianity Today, Barna, & other publications. He has also worked with History Chanel, RZIM, ERLC, Desiring God, Universities & other corporations. He and his wife Vanja have been married 16 years and live in Atlanta with their three children.

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Nov 23, 2020
#828 - An Impossible Marriage: Laurie and Matt Krieg

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

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

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

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

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

To learn about and purchase Guiding Families, go here: http://www.guidingfamilies.com

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Oct 19, 2020
#823 - Trans* and Christian: Lesli Hudson-Reynolds

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."

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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: Dr. Sean McDowell

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.

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Associate Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.

Sean still teaches one high school Bible class, which helps give him exceptional insight into the prevailing culture so he can impart his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. The Association of Christian Schools International awarded Exemplary Status to his apologetics training. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014.

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Oct 05, 2020
#821 - Deconstruction, Progressive Christianity, and Our Cultural Moment: Dr. A.J. Swoboda

A.J. is (one of) my favorite Christian author(s). His book “A Glorious Dark” is amazing, as are his other books “The Dusty Ones” and “Subversive Sabbath.” He’s 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

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Sep 28, 2020
#820 - Critical Theory and Race Relations in America

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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 - God and Guns in America: Dr. Michael Austin

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.

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Aug 17, 2020
#810 - Transgender and the Gospel: Heather Skriba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 - Race, Repent, and Repair: With Tyler Burns

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: With Lisa Fields

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

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

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

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

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

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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Jun 15, 2020
#795 - A Christian Response to the Death of George Floyd: A Conversation with Justin Giboney

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

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

Due to the incredible response I got from John’s first appearance on Theology in the Raw (Ep. 788), I had to have him back on! John is an infectious disease expert at the University of Chicago and he gives us an update on the virus. We talk about lockdown versus reopening, the probability of a second wave, the politicalization of the whole mess, what churches should do as they reopen, and much much more.


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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May 25, 2020
#792 - On Being a Woman Pastor-Theologian: A Conversation with Dr. Sharon Hodde Miller

Sharon is a passionate follower of Christ who’s got a sharp mind and humble heart. Preston and Sharon talk about lots of things related to being a woman in pastoral and theological ministry.

Sharon Hodde Miller leads Bright City Church in Durham, NC alongside her husband, Ike. In addition to earning her PhD, Sharon has blogged at SheWorships.com for nearly ten years, making God's Word accessible to women everywhere. Author of Free of ME: Why Life is Better When It’s Not About You, she has been a regular contributor to Propel, She Reads Truth, and Christianity Today, and has written for Relevant, (in)courage, and many other publications and blogs. She speaks regularly on topics ranging from leadership to body image to Scripture. She and her husband have two sons and one daughter.

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May 18, 2020
#791 - What’s Wrong with Calling it the “Chinese Virus,” and Other Controversial Topics: Eugene Cho

Oh boy, are you in for a good one! Preston and Eugene talk about politics, so-called “Chinese viruses,” multiethnic churches, and much more in this controversy-laden podcast. We also talk about Eugene’s latest book Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk, which helps Christians navigate the cesspool of partisan politics with truth and grace.

Eugene Cho is a pastor, speaker, author, visionary and humanitarian. A son of Korean immigrants and a natural entrepreneur, Cho spends much of his time circling the globe speaking about the intersection of faith, justice, and leadership.

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May 11, 2020
#790 - White Evangelicalism, Anti-Trumpism, Dialoging across the Divide, and Mitch Claiborne (you'll see).

In this long overdue Q & A podcast, Preston works through a fistful of scintillating questions sent in from his followers: Why he's not a fan of the documentary hypothesis, is his podcast anti-Trump, how to dialogue with people you really, really disagree with, unbiased news outlets, why he doesn't like the phrase "white evangelicalism," should churches post LGBTQ statements on their websites, and much more.

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May 04, 2020
#789 - Church in a Post-Covid-19 World: Hugh Halter

Of all of Preston's favorite church planters, Hugh is definitely at the top of his list. In this podcast, Preston and Hugh talk about simplifying church in a post-Covid-19 world and exploring other ways of integrating discipleship into the marketplace, community, and natural rhythms of life. They also discuss the pros and cons of church services and their effectiveness for helping people live the Christian life.

Hugh Halter has been a leading missiologist and thought-leader within the contemporary missional church movement. He has authored 8 books, and speaks extensively around the world helping the church be less churchy. He just moved his family to the St Louis area and has started a Neo-trappist marketplace mission as an incubator for good works and uses this story to help Christians rethink calling and kingdom contribution.

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Apr 27, 2020
#788 - The Truth about Covid-19: John C. Bivona

In this podcast, John C. Bivona shares a wealth of information about the truth about Covid-19. 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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Apr 20, 2020
#787 - Sex, Female Sexuality, and 50 Shades of Grey: Dr. Juli Slattery

Juli Slattery is an expert in all things related to sex, sexuality, purity culture, female sexuality, true intimacy, and sexual discipleship--a super helpful term she unpacks in this thought provoking episode. Preston and Juli talk about a lot of things in this episode that's not often talked about in church, yet absolutely NEEDS to be talked about in church. This episode will be particularly helpful for females, or anyone seeking to understand female sexuality.

Dr. Juli Slattery is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker and the president/co-founder of Authentic Intimacy, a ministry dedicated to reclaiming God’s design for sexuality. Every Monday she hosts the podcast Java with Juli, where she and a guest sit down for coffee and honest conversation about relationships, sex, intimacy, pornography, singleness, and God’s design for our sexuality. Juli is the author of ten books, including Finding the Hero in Your Husband, Passion Pursuit, and Rethinking Sexuality. She and her husband Mike are the parents of 3 sons; they live in Akron, Ohio.

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Apr 13, 2020
#786 - Pride Parades, Vaccines, Corporal Punishment, and More

Preston is working through a stack of questions in this Q & A podcast.
Would he ever participate in a pride parade?
How should gay/SSA Christians build healthy relationships with people of the same sex?
What are his thoughts on Vaccines?
His thoughts on Robert Gagnon’s approach to same-sex sexuality/marriage?
The value of reading books vs. blogs vs. periodicals?
What’s the meaning of “the worm shall not die” (Mark 9:48)?
How does the parable of the rich man and Lazarus fit in with the Annihilation view of hell?
Is corporal punishment (i.e. spanking) biblical?
My thoughts on attending a UMC church that’s not taking a clear stance on marriage.

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Apr 06, 2020
#785 - Rethinking Church: A Conversation with Dr. John Whittaker

Preston sits down with his good friend and fellow Boise resident John Whittaker to talk about all things related to the church. Church structure, the role of the Sunday gathering, how preaching needs to change, the heightened need for discipleship, and why the LDS church might be on to something when it comes to Ecclesiology.

John Whittaker is a preacher, teacher and pastor. He holds theology and ministry degrees from Boise Bible College, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. John has been serving in ministry for 30 years. He has served as a Professor of Preaching and New Testament at Boise Bible College for 19 years. He has also helped plant a church in Kuna, Idaho, where he preached for 11 years, served for 4 years as one of the teaching and campus pastors at The Pursuit, taught classes for Eternity Bible College and preached in various places around the country and the world. He’s the founder of Bible in Life online discipleship ministry at johnwhittaker.net

When he’s not preaching or teaching, you can find him at a local coffee shop meeting with and encouraging other local ministers, hanging out at home with wife and partner in ministry, Louise, his closest friend for 30 years, or throwing the ball for his dogs.

He loves Mexican food, a quiet day in the woods, his family … but most of all John loves to help people see how God’s word speaks to their life and his greatest thrill in life is to see people come alive to the joy of walking with God honestly, humbly, and transformationally.

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Website: JohnWhittaker.net

Five Priorities of a Disciple Making Church johnwhittaker.net/five-priorities

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Mar 30, 2020
#784 - Still a Christian: A Conversation with Justin Brierley

Justin Brierley is the host of the very popular radio show (and podcast) Unbelievable. He’s interviewed many scholars, theologians, apologists, and atheists. He’s also hosted many debates between Christians and non-Christians--and he’s still a Christian. In this show, Preston and Justin talk about Christianity, defending the fact, the best arguments against Christianity, the problem of evil, atheism, and many other things related to Justin’s very interesting space in Christianity.

Justin Brierley presents Premier Christian Radio's flagship apologetics and theology debate programme Unbelievable? every Saturday at 2.30pm. The show brings Christians and non-Christians together for dialogue and is also a popular podcast which has produced an annual evangelism and apologetics conference.

Justin's book Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I'm still a Christian (SPCK) is available now www.unbelievablebook.co.uk. Justin was the editor of Premier Christianity magazine from 2014 - 2018.

Justin enjoys creating conversations that matter and tries to make programmes and write articles that bring theology and apologetics (defence of the faith) into the real world.

While at school Justin once played the stepson of CS Lewis (one of his theological heroes) in a professional stage play. After school he went on to study PPE at Oxford University where he continued to be involved in amateur dramatics.

Justin has a wonderful wife called Lucy who is the minister of a church in Surrey. They have four amazing children too. When he's not working Justin is usually either spending time with his family or helping out at the church where you'll sometimes find him playing guitar and singing (if you're unlucky).

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Mar 23, 2020
#783 - Trinitarianism Versus Unitarianism? A Conversation with Chris Date and Sam Adams

In this different sort of podcast, Preston moderates a discussion between Chris Date (Trinitarian) and Sam Adams (Unitarian) about whether God is three in one or just one. Sam argues that there’s one God and Jesus and the Spirit are not that God, while Chris Date believes that God is Trinity--three persons of one divine essence. And both argue from the text of Scripture for their view.

Sam Adams is a born and raised Biblical Unitarian but has attended trinitarian evangelical churches for the last 12 years. He has a bachelors degree from Cornell University and a masters degree from Harvard University both in biostatistics. He works in data science and artificial intelligence in the healthcare industry. He has published many peer reviewed articles on subjects completely unrelated to theology. He is a highly-engaged and self-educated lay person on the topics of Unitarianism, Trinitarianism, church history, and related theological subjects. While he has never been called a world expert in anything, he enjoys having meaningful discussions on the topic of Christology and helping bridge together Christians across what seems like an unbridgeable gulf. You can see more of his conversation on this topic on his youtube channel "transfigured" which through honest dialogue seeks to see Christ for who he truly is.

Chris Date is a well-known evangelical Christian author, editor, blogger, podcaster, debater, and speaker. Representing a global movement known as Rethinking Hell, he specializes in the areas of Hell and Conditional Immortality. As an expert on these topics, Chris has been interviewed in such secular media outlets as the New York Times, National Geographic, and NPR. He has debated no less than the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Albert Mohler, and been interviewed for the popular One Minute Apologist video series. He helped to frame the Statement on Evangelical Conditionalism, and he is passionate about making the case for conditionalism while fostering unity among evangelical Christians on this controversial yet very important topic.

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Mar 16, 2020
Old Testament in the Raw Week 6: Genesis 12-22

This week in OT in the Raw, Preston discusses the Abrahamic Covenant and how it relates to the gospel, Abraham’s fragile faith, the weird covenant ceremony of Genesis 15, and the startling incident of Genesis 22--“go kill your son.

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Mar 12, 2020
#782 - Gay Christian, Celibacy, and the Lord's Prayer: Dr. Wesley Hill

Preston sits down with one of his "mentors from a distance"--the one and only, Wes Hill. Wes is a celibate gay Christian (or a Christian who happens to be attracted to the same sex and not the opposite sex) and a biblical scholar. Wes and Preston talk a lot about the phrase "gay Christian" and why it's become so volatile in some evangelical circles. They also talk about Wes' most recent book "The Lord's Prayer" and what the prayer means in the context of Matthew's gospel.

Wesley Hill is associate professor of biblical studies at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania and an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Church. He is the author of Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Zondervan, second edition 2016), Paul and the Trinity: Persons, Relations, and the Pauline Letters (Eerdmans, 2015), Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015), and The Lord's Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father (Lexham, 2019). A contributing editor for Comment magazine, he writes regularly for Christianity Today, The Living Church, and other publications, including SpiritualFriendship.org which he co-founded.

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Mar 09, 2020
Old Testament in the Raw Week 5: Genesis 6-9

This week, we dive into the flood of Genesis 6-9, God’s covenant with Noah, the shady stuff that went on with Noah and his son Ham, and God’s promised seed of redemption named Abram.

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Mar 05, 2020
#781 - People of Color and Women in Evangelicalism: Nijay Gupta

Preston reconnects with an old friend from his Ph.D. days in the U.K. Nijay has quickly become a leading N.T. scholar and, as a person of color, is alert to the white-dominated culture of American evangelicalism, especially in the academy. Nijay and Preston also talk about various other scholarly N.T. interests.

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Mar 02, 2020
Old Testament in the Raw Week 4: Genesis 3:15

This week in OT in the Raw, we continue looking at the fall in Genesis 3, God’s promise of redemption in 3:15, how this promise works itself out through genealogical lines, the story of Cain and Able, and other figures like Lamech, Enoch, and Noah. Oh, and we also talk about angels having sex with women to make huge giants.

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Feb 27, 2020
#780 - Born Again This Way: Rachel Gilson

Rachel has a fascinating story and a witty pen. She's the director of theological development for the northeast for CRU and is the author of the forthcoming book "Born Again This Way." She's attracted to women, married to a man, and a loves studying and writing about Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity. We talked a lot about her interesting journey to faith and how she's wrestled with her faith and her sexuality.

Rachel Gilson serves on the national theological team for Cru. She regularly speaks to churches and students nationally and internationally, especially on the topic of biblical sexuality. Her writing has appeared in places such as Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and Desiring God, and her first book, Born Again This Way (The Good Book Company) will be out March 1. Rachel holds a Master of Divinity and lives in Boston with her husband and daughter.

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Feb 24, 2020
#779 - Is Technology Enslaving Us? Jay Kim

Preston talks with his friend Jay Kim, who’s a pastor at Vintage Church in Santa Cruz, CA, and the author of the forthcoming book Analogy Church. Jay has been rethinking how we go about using technology in church and how we can break free from being enslaved to technology. Jay and Preston also talk about the unique, post-Christian, hyper progressive context of Santa Cruz and the challenges and opportunities his church faces in this context.

Jay Kim serves on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA, overseeing leadership and teaching, and on the core leadership team of the ReGeneration Project. He also co-hosts the ReGeneration Podcast. Some of Jay's written work has been featured in Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, and Relevant Magazine. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary.

Jay's first book, Analog Church, is set to release in March 2020. The book addresses the challenges and opportunities churches face in the digital age, offering a new and hopeful way forward.

About Analog Church

What does it mean to be an analog church in a digital age?

In recent decades the digital world has taken over our society at nearly every level, and the church has increasingly followed suit—often in ways we're not fully aware of. But as even the culture at large begins to reckon with the limits of a digital world, it's time for the church to take stock. Are online churches, video venues, and brighter lights truly the future? What about the digital age's effect on discipleship, community, and the Bible?

As a pastor in Silicon Valley, Jay Kim has experienced the digital church in all its splendor. In Analog Church, he grapples with the ramifications of a digital church, from our worship and experience of Christian community to the way we engage Scripture and sacrament. Could it be that in our efforts to stay relevant in our digital age, we've begun to give away the very thing that our age most desperately needs: transcendence? Could it be that the best way to reach new generations is in fact found in a more timeless path? Could it be that at its heart, the church has really been analog all along?

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Feb 17, 2020
#778 - Annihilation View of Hell: Q & A
Questions Covered in Today’s show: -Why has most church fathers and theologians held to eternal conscious torment? -What about the parable in Luke 16 where the rich man was suffering “in torment”? -What about Revelation 20:10-15, where it explicitly says that the devil, the beast, and the false prophet are being tormented “forever and ever”? -Does Genesis 2 really imply that humans are not immortal? -Aren’t the Old Testament passages about judgment thinking of “judgment in this life” and not some kind of afterlife judgment in the next life?
Feb 10, 2020
Old Testament in the Raw Week 3: Genesis 2-3

This week in Old Testament in the Raw (formerly known as OT Dive), Preston and his class dive into Genesis 2-3. We begin by looking at all the ways that Genesis 2 emphasizing the intimacy or imminence of God. Then we discuss the location and theological significance of the garden of Eden. Finally, we look at the Fall of Adam and Even and some relevant aspects of their sin that we can use to consider our own “fall into sin” that happens all the time.

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Feb 06, 2020
#777 - Kanye, White Evangelicalism, and Racial Reconciliation: Steve Patton

Preston is joined again by his friend Steve Patton to talk about the Kanye's conversion and white evangelicalism's response. And yes, Steve has some critical thoughts on the whole ordeal. Steve and Preston talk quite a bit about Kanye, then they banter around about the meaning of "white evangelicalism," then get sidetracked into a related conversation about racial reconciliation and what this should really look like.

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Feb 03, 2020
Old Testament in the Raw Dive: Week 2

Preston started teaching an Old Testament course at an adult Sunday school class at his church and is going to be releasing these talks on this podcast.This week in Old Testament dive, Preston digs deep into Genesis 1 and draws out the main theological theme of the transcendence of God. This theme is correlated with the theme of God’s immanence in Genesis 2. Both themes—transcendence and immanence—forge a robust and complimentary portrait of God that’s fundamental for a Christian worldview. Oh, and we do get into the whole debate about the age of the earth.

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Jan 30, 2020
#776 - Effective Communication, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and Politics: Dr. Heather Thompson Day

Heather is a communications professor at Colorado Christian University and a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church. Her and Preston talk a lot about her church, communication, politics, college students, and much more.

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Jan 28, 2020
#775 - The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: John Mark Comer

Back by popular demand, pastor and writer John Mark Comer joins Preston to talk about his latest book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. They also talk about many other things like parenting in a post-Christian world, ministry in an urban context, where culture is headed, the Benedict option, and many other things.

About John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer lives, works, and writes in the urban core of Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Tammy, and their three children, Jude, Moses, and Sunday. He is the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church. A church built around the very simple idea of practicing the way of Jesus, together, in Portland.

As for education, John Mark holds a master’s degree in Biblical and theological studies from Western Seminary, and is currently at work on a doctorate in spiritual formation through Fuller Seminary and the Dallas Willard Center.

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Jan 20, 2020
Old Testament in the Raw: Week 1

Preston started teaching an Old Testament course at an adult Sunday school class at his church and is going to be releasing these talks on this podcast. In this introductory lecture, Preston discusses how to read the Old Testament, the nature of divine inspiration, and gives an overview of OT history.

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Jan 16, 2020
#774 - Israel Trip, Global Generosity, and Becoming More than Christians: Addison Bevere

Preston sits down with his friend Addison Bevere to talk about the ministry of Messenger International, a global ministry with a massive reach and a generous heart. Addison also just wrote a book called "Saints: Becoming More than Christians," which comes out on Jan 21. The book discusses what it means to be called "Saints"--a term used WAY MORE than the term Christian in the Bible.

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Jan 13, 2020
#773 - The Annihilation View of Hell. Part 2

Preston continues his conversation about the annihilation view hell. In this podcast, he goes through the Old Testament, Early Judaism, and the New Testament, showing that there is a good deal of biblical support for annihilation. Preston then addresses some of the common pushbacks for this view. If you’ll like Preston to address a question related to this topic, you can email chris@prestonsprinkle.com

Editors note: We had some frequency issues on this recording. There is some static noise from 28:30-35:00 on the podcast recording.

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Jan 06, 2020
#772 - The Annihilation View of Hell. Part 1

Preston explains his journey with the doctrine of hell, from thinking that annihilation was heresy and that John Stott must have lost his faith for believing it, to writing Erasing Hell and still leaning toward the traditional view, to continuing to rethink the biblical legitimacy of the annihilation view.

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Dec 30, 2019
#771 - Acts, the Church, and Women in Ministry: Kristen and Osvaldo Padilla

Preston and Ozzie did their Ph.D.’s together at Aberdeen University, where Ozzie wrote a brilliant dissertation on the role that speeches from non-Christians play in the book of Acts. Fast forward several years and Ozzie is teaching at Beeson Divinity School in Alabama and meets his (now) wife, Kristen, who was finishing her M.Div. Both Kristen and Ozzie are writers, leaders, and passionate about ministry. Both grew up believing that only men can be church leaders/preachers, but have both shifted their view. This podcast explores why.

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Dec 23, 2019
#770 Life of a Pastor’s Kid: Barnabas Piper

Preston sits down with Barnabas Piper (John’s son) to talk about the pros and cons of growing up in the fishbowl of a pastor’s family. Barnabas has been through a lot and is super honest and raw about his journey. He’s wrestled with his faith, found his own theological journey, been through a divorce, worked for a conservative Christian organization, and now serves on staff at a church in Nashville. And he’s written a few books in the midst of it all.

Barnabas Piper is the author of three books - The Pastors Kid, Help My Unbelief, and The Curious Christian. He co-hosts two podcasts, The Happy Rant and The Table of (mal)Contents, writes for He Reads Truth, and has contributed to numerous other websites and publications. Piperspeaks regularly at churches and conferences around the country and lives in Nashville with his two daughters and serves on staff at his church, Immanuel Nashville.

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Dec 16, 2019
#769 - Beating Guns and Killing Death: Shane Claiborne

Preston and Shane sit down for the first time on Theology in the Raw to talk about Christianity, the church, Mother Theresa, guns, gun violence, when he’s getting his dreads back, conservatism and progressivism, and many other topics.

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Dec 09, 2019
#768 - Where Should Trans Students Sleep at Summer Camp? And Other Questions

Questions, questions, questions. Preston is taking another week to address some super interesting questions sent in from his listeners. Where should trans-identified students sleep at summer camp? With the boys or with the girls? Should Christians watch movies with sex and nudity? How should Christian institutions frame their sexuality and gender statements? And much, much more.

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Dec 02, 2019
#767 - Politics & the Bible, Hell and Nonviolence, Learning from Morally Compromised Christians

After doing loads of interviews this Fall, Preston is back to responding to some questions sent in by his listeners. Is the Bible political? What’s the difference between being political and partisan? Do we throw away books written by Christians after they’ve slept with their secretary? How can Christians who believe in nonviolence also believe in hell? And many other questions.

Nov 25, 2019
#766 - The Cultural and Moral Significance of Joker

Preston was speaking at University of Northwestern in Minneapolis and in between talks he and his good friend, Luke Thompson, went out to see the movie The Joker. That evening, Preston and Luke went out to a local pub and talked about the cultural and moral significance of the movie. It is--in Preston and Luke’s opinion--one of the most culturally and morally significant movies in the last decade. Listen to find out why.

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Nov 19, 2019
#765 - How to Raise Anti-Fragile Kids: Dr. Leonard Sax

Dr. Leonard Sax (M.D., Ph.D.) is a physician, psychologist, speaker, and best selling writer. In this episode, Preston and Dr. Sax talk about why kids are growing up much more fragile and unhealthy (mentally and physically). Part of it has to do with parents who are coddling their kids and shrinking back from establishing God-given parental authority. Lack of boundaries on screen-time (and content) also plays a significant role in the epidemic of anxiety, depression, and suicidality among kids. Sax is also a leading expert in sex and gender theories, especially as it pertains to trans* identities and experiences, something he’s written about in his latest edition of his book “Why Gender Matters” (2017). Both of these topics--kids and gender--come together and shape Sax’s concern for some disturbing things going on in the medical field regarding kids who identify as trans*.

More from Dr. Leonard Sax
www.leonardsax.com

Why Gender Matters

Why Stinky Socks May Bother Women More Than Men.

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Nov 11, 2019
#764 - Gender-Queer and Gospel-Centered: Lesli Hudson-Reynolds

Preston’s very good friend and mentor, Lesli Hudson-Reynolds, joins him on the podcast to talk about Trans-related questions, gender dysphoria, LGBTQ people in the church, and how to lead with love even when (or especially when) there’s disagreement. Lesli has been filling a massive void in the church—helping LGBTQ people wrestle with their faith, sexuality, or gender identity with grace and truth. If you are touched by Lesli’s story and are burdened for the people that they’re serving, then please consider supporting Lesli at: https://leadthemhome.givingfuel.com/lesli-hudson

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Nov 04, 2019
#763 - Nonviolence, “Open Theism,” and Heavy Metal: Greg Boyd

In this energetic conversation, Greg and Preston talk about various hot-button issues from nonviolence to nationalism in the church to Open-Theism (a term Greg doesn’t actually endorse), along with Annihlationism, hopeful Universalism, violence in the Old Testament, hermeneutics of hard passages, and Greg’s favorite less-then-sanctified heavy metal bands.

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He is pastor at Woodland Hills Church and the website there is www.whchurch.org Greg is President of Reknew www.reknew.org and he has a new book coming out in January called Inspired Imperfection which is published through Fortress Press.

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Oct 28, 2019
#762 - Faith for Exiles: David Kinnaman

As the president and owner of The Barna Group, David has been analyzing data about Christianity in America for more than 20 years. Despite being a terrible bird hunter, David is one of the most important and relevant Christian analysts in America today. His most recent book Faith for Exiles helps Christians think through how to best disciple the next generation of Christians in our post-Christian, post-internet culture.

David Kinnaman is the author of the bestselling books Good Faith, You Lost Me and unChristian. He is president of Barna Group, a leading research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits, and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. Since 1995, David has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies. He and his wife live in California with their three children.
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www.faithforexiles.com

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Oct 21, 2019
#761 - Politics, White Evangelicalism, and Race Relations in the Church: Justin Giboney

Justin is a lawyer by trade and co-founder of the And Campaign, which helps Christians become less tribalistic and more Christian in their political affiliations. Preston and Justin talk about faith and politics, democratic candidates, and the pros and cons of political affiliation. Then, they launch into conversation about some blind spots that white evangelical Christians have about race relations and racism in the church today.

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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Oct 14, 2019
#760 - Life as an Intersex Christian: Lianne Simon

Lianne was born with an intersex condition called Mixed Gonadal Dysgenesis, where some of her cells have a Y chromosome while others do not. Lianne was originally reared as a male, but later had surgery to become male. (Or, did her surgery confirm her male status that was there all along? Or both? Or neither? It’s beautifully complex…) Most of all, Lianne is an incredibly intelligent and compassionate child of God who preaches and embodies the gospel. In this conversation, we talk about many things related to intersex, gender identity, Christianity, and how the “I” relates to the LGBTQIA conversation.

About Lianne's father was a dairy farmer and an engineer, her mother a nurse. She grew up in an environment filled with love and good books. A rare genetic condition gave her a pixie face and an intersex body. As a child, Lianne was so tiny and frail that her parents feared losing their half-girl son. After coming to faith in Christ, Lianne confronted her medical and gender issues. She and her husband live in the hills north of Nashville, Tennessee.

Lianne is co-founder of Intersex and Faith, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help communities of faith minister to those born with a body that isn’t entirely male or female. Intersex and Faith hopes to accomplish this via education, advocacy, and support. The documentary, Stories of Intersex and Faith, examines how some people reconcile their faith with having a body that’s not entirely male or female. Their small-group curriculum is in beta testing. And they connect the parents of intersex children with those of like faith. Lianne is also an #ownvoice author of novels with intersex main characters.

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http://www.intersexandfaith.org

http://www.liannesimon.com

https://twitter.com/liannesimon

https://www.facebook.com/lianne.simon.1

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Oct 07, 2019
#759 - Racism, tribalism, and prophet-poets in the evangelical church: Propaganda (Jason Petty)

It’s been said that artists are the prophets of the church. Propaganda is the embodiment of that truth. Preston sits down with Prop for the first time to discuss his journey in evangelicalism. Son of a Black Panther father, raised in a Latinx and then white neighborhood, journeying in and (sort of) out of reformed evangelicalism, and now outspoken toward the supremacy of Jesus in all things and the social-political implications of the gospel, Prop is a voice that needs to be reckoned with. Prop and Preston talk about racism, tribalism, hip-hop, the gospel and culture, white evangelicalism, and humility—among many other things.

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Sep 30, 2019
#758 - What does it mean to be human? A conversation with Dr. Marc Cortez

Preston is a big fan of the work of Mark Cortez, so this conversation is long awaited! Marc is a specialist in the discipline of theological anthropology; in particular, the relationship between the mind and the body. After spending the first 30 minutes discussing theological anthropology and various approaches to the mind-body relationship (e.g. physicalism vs. dualism), Preston and Marc banter around about trans-related questions as they pertain to theological anthropology and why a biblical view of embodiment should reframe how we think about diet, exercise, sleep, and health.

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Sep 23, 2019
#757 - A Red-Headed Australian Army Vet Becomes a World Renown Biblical Scholar: Michael Bird

Preston is joined by his long-time friend Dr. Michael Bird. Mike is a renown biblical scholar who just finished writing a definitive introduction to the New Testament with N.T. Wright. Preston and Mike talk shop about all things related to New Testament scholarship, women’s ordination, Anglicanism, N.T. Wright, Jesus’ mission to the Gentiles, and American evangelicalism.

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Sep 16, 2019
#756 - A Transgender Christian’s Journey with Jesus: Kat LaPrairie

Preston talks with one of his good friends, Kat LaPrairie, about their experience as a transgender Christian. And yes, Kat and Preston talk quite a bit about what Kat means by “transgender,” along with many other topics related to gender dysphoria, transgender/non-binary identities, masculinity and femininity, sex-segregated bathrooms, and how the church can better love trans-identified people.

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Sep 09, 2019
#755 - Same-sex attracted but married to a man? Laurie Krieg

Preston sits down with his good friend, mentor, and board member Laurie Krieg to talk about sexuality, the gospel, mixed orientation marriages, the gospel, masculinity and femininity, the gospel, homosexuality, the gospel, marriage, the gospel, sex, the gospel, progressivism and conservatism in the LGBTQ+ conversation, and other topics related to the gospel.

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Sep 02, 2019
#754 - Sex, Youth Culture, Pornography, and Why the Purity Movement Didn’t Work: Jason Soucinek

Preston has his good friend Jason Soucinek on the show to talk about all the stuff referenced in the title. Jason is an expert in sex and youth culture, along with many other related topics. They talk a lot about porn in the first part of the podcast, but then get into purity culture, purity rings, Joshua Harris, and the relationship between sex and procreation.

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Aug 26, 2019
#753 - A New Vision for Church: Hugh Halter

In this episode, Preston gets to know Hugh Halter, who’s done some innovative “church” plants—if we can even call them that. Preston and Hugh talk about the different kingdom projects that Hugh’s been a part of, especially his most recent project at “post commons”—a missional, kingdom-minded venture that might be the way forward in our post-Christian context. How can we integrate community-centered, kingdom-minded, for profit businesses with church planting and the gospel? Preston and Hugh explore this question in their conversation.

Hugh Halter has been a leading missiologist and thought-leader within the contemporary missional church movement. He has authored 8 books, and speaks extensively around the world helping the church be less churchy. He just moved his family to the St Louis area and has started a Neo-trappist marketplace mission as an incubator for good works and uses this story to help Christians rethink calling and kingdom contribution.

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Aug 19, 2019
#752 - A Southern Baptist Girl Turned Anglican Priest: A Conversation with Tish Harrison Warren

On episode #752 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Tish Harrison Warren. Tish and Preston talk about poking the progressive bear, egalitarianism in the NT, Tish’s journey toward priesthood in the Anglican church, and her hot new book Liturgy of the Ordinary.

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an associate rector, and with addicts and those in poverty through various churches and non-profit organizations. She is now a Writer in Residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, PA. (If you want to hear a long explanation of why she’s for women’s ordination, you can listen here.)

She is author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (IVP). Her articles and essays can be found in Christianity Today, CT Women, Art House America, Comment Magazine, The Well, Christ and Pop Culture, The Point Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project.


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Aug 12, 2019
#751 - Living at the Intersection of Church & Culture in the U.K.: A Conversation with Peter Lynas

On episode #751 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Peter Lynas. Peter and Preston talk about the current state of the transgender conversation in the U.K., evangelicalism in Northern Ireland, and how to embody both truth and grace in a culture hostile to the Christian faith.

Peter is a former barrister, who then completed his M Div at Regent College in Vancouver where he serves on the Board. He leads the team at Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland. Peter is passionate about faith in the public square and is a regular media commentator. He is married to Rose, has two daughters, loves running and hates fish.

He is the author of Transformed - a resource on understanding transgender available at www.eauk.org/trans

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Aug 05, 2019
#750 - A Theology Geek in Youth Pastor’s Clothing: A Conversation with Dr. Joey Dodson

On episode #747 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Joey Dodson. Joey is Preston’s best friend and the two of them are a recipe for disaster. In this podcast, Joey and Preston talk about the historical context of the Bible, fascinating parallels between Greco-Roman culture and the New Testament, and a botched prank toward some Scottish Jr. High girls while they were (mature?) Ph.D. students.

Joey is associate professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He completed his PhD (with Preston) at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and also studied at the University of Tübingen, Germany. His wife, Sadie, was his elementary school sweetheart, and they have five children: Mattie Mae, Kinobi, Cheetoh, Iain, and Caspian. He loves speaking at churches, conferences, camps and retreats as well as hiking, reading, watching sports and hanging out with Preston of course.

Joey’s a nerd, who has written a number of articles for academic journals such as Novum Testamentum, Catholic Biblical Quarterly and the Journal for Jewish Studies as well as essays in various volumes such as Paul and the Apocalyptic Imagination, and Reading Romans in Context. He is the author of A Little Book for New Bible Scholars with E. Randolph Richards, and The 'Powers' of Personification: Rhetorical Purpose in the 'Book of Wisdom' and the Letter to the Romans. He is the editor of Paul and the Second Century with Michael F. Bird; Paul and Seneca in Dialogue with David E. Briones; Paul and his Greco-Roman Philosophical Tradition with Andrew W. Pitts; and Paul and the Giants of Philosophy with David E. Briones.

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Jul 29, 2019
#749 - Understanding our Cultural Moment: A Conversation with Mark Sayers

Mark and Preston talk about where the Western church is in this cultural moment. Various topics came up like the global reaction against the liberal values of America, China’s control over Hollywood, how we are living in harmony with where we were in the 18th century, probable revival of the remnant on the horizon, the similarities and differences in politics and Christianity in the U.K., U.S., and Australia, and many other topics related to faith, culture, and history.

Jul 22, 2019
#748 - Life in (and Out of) the Church Industrial Complex: A Conversation with Dan White Jr.

On episode #747 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Dan White Jr. Preston and Dan talk about Dan’s journey from being a leader in the “church industrial complex” to coaching pastors are how to plant a minimalist church that focuses on discipleship and mission.

https://www.loveoverfearproject.com/author

http://thev3movement.org

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Jul 15, 2019
#747 - A Journalist Explores Transgender Related Questions: A Conversation with Madeleine Kearns

On episode #747 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Madeleine Kearns. Madeleine has written several articles on the politics of the transgender conversation, in particular how it has affected children. Some of the things she’s discovered are downright disturbing.

https://madeleinekearns.com

Some articles by Madeleine

The Trans Child As Experimental Guinea Pig

How Parents Are Being Shut Out of the Transgender Debate

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Jul 08, 2019
#746 - Has 'Homosexual' Always Been in the Bible?

On episode #746 of Theology in the Raw Preston addresses a recent blog post that's gained a lot of attention across the internet. The post goes by the same title as this podcast: "Has 'Homosexual" always been in the Bible?". Preston shows that while the blog post is correct that "homosexual" is a poor translation of 1 Cor 6:9, it makes several logical, historical, and theological mistakes.

Preston recently preached on 1 Corinthians 6:9, which you can listen to here: Click here

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Jul 01, 2019
#745 - Parenting in the Raw

On episode #744 of Theology in the Raw Chris Sprinkle is joined by her husband Preston to discuss various questions about parenting sent in from their Patreon supporters.

Some of the questions include:
Is it right to spank?
How do you make time for sex when you have kids in the house?
How do you protect your kids from evil in the world and yet teach them how to respond well to the evil in the world?
How do we teach our daughters to be modest without being legalistic?

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Jun 24, 2019
#744 - Challenges of Being a Woman in Male-Dominated American Evangelicalism: A Conversation with Lynn Cohick

On episode #744 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Lynn Cohick. Dr. Cohick is a world renown biblical scholar, a professor of New Testament, and currently serves as the provost and academic dean at Denver Seminary. Before joining the faculty at Denver Seminary, Dr. Cohick taught at Messiah College and Wheaton College. She has a Ph.D. in New Testament and Christian Origins from the University of Pennsylvania and has written several books and dozens of articles.

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Jun 17, 2019
#743 - A Dialogue with an Intersex Christian

On episode #742 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with a intersex Christian. Christian is a cult survivor, missionary, and an intersex person with both male and female sex chromosomes and anatomy. Preston talks to Christian about what it is like living as both male and female in a binary world where sex-categories are typically male or female.

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Jun 10, 2019
#742 - Forgiveness and the Charleston Church Shooting: A Conversation with Brian Ivie

On episode #742 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Brian Ivie. Brian Ivie is a director and screenwriter based in Los Angeles and co-founder of Arbella Studios, a production company dedicated to telling stories of faith and social justice. He is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and has directed and produced two feature documentaries, "The Drop Box," an exposé on abandoned children in South Korea, and "Emanuel," the story of the 2015 church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. "Emanuel," from Executive Producers Stephen Curry and Academy Award Winner Viola Davis, will release nationwide in June 2019. As a screenwriter, Brian has written for Netflix, Sony Pictures, and Erwin Brothers Entertainment. He is represented by CAA.

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Jun 03, 2019
#741 - What is the Gospel? Why is Marriage Between a Man and Woman?

On episode #741 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Pateron supporters. Questions covered in this podcast:
1) What is the Gospel?
2) Why is Marriage Between a Man and Woman?
3) What are my thoughts on Game of Thrones?

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May 27, 2019
#740 - What Is Jackass Theology?

On episode #740 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Mark and Ryan from Jackass Theology. Mark has been serving in pastoral roles for over 15 years. After a decade in various teaching and administrative roles at Eternity Bible College, Mark now works with Ryan as the Associate Pastor of Creekside Church in Rocklin, California. Ryan MacDiarmid is currently the Lead Pastor of a church in Sacramento, California. He has served vocational ministry for over 15 years, working at small churches, large churches, and everything in between.

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May 20, 2019
#739 - Life After a DUI: A Conversation with RC Sproul, Jr

On episode #739 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with R.C. Sproul Jr about his latest book “Growing up (With) R.C. Sproul”, they talk about the DUI R.C. got in 2016, and more.

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May 13, 2019
#738 - Drag Queens, Church Membership, Militarism, and Other Topics

On episode #738 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip of Preston answering a question about militarism.

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May 07, 2019
#737 - Guns and Christian Culture: A Conversation with Rex Harsin

On episode #737 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Rex Harsin. Rex Harsin is a native Mississippian (born in Tupelo, now living in Oxford). He attended film school in Los Angeles. The genesis of this documentary lies in 2017, when as a Christian and as a filmmaker, Harsin became interested in the topic of gun violence in America.

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May 06, 2019
#736 - What Does the Bible Say About Swearing? Were Adam and Eve Created with Sinful Desires?

On episode #736 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Pateron supporters. Questions covered in this podcast:
1) What Does the Bible Say About Swearing?
2) Were Adam and Eve Created with Sinful Desires?
3) Should the foods we eat be considered part of our Spiritual formation?

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Apr 29, 2019
#735 - How Did People in the OC Get Saved? Can You Lose Your Salvation?

On episode #735 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Pateron supporters. Questions covered in this podcast:
1) How did people in the old testament get saved?
2) Can you lose your salvation?
3) What happened to my house church?

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Apr 22, 2019
#734 - How Habits Shape Desire: A Conversation with Drew Dyck

On episode #734 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Drew Dyck. Drew is an acquisitions editor at Moody Publishers and a contributing editor at CTPastors.com, a Christianity Today publication for church leaders. He is also the author of Your Future Self Will Thank You: Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible and Brain Science (Moody, 2019).

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Apr 15, 2019
#733 - The first legally recognized non-binary person: “It was all a sham” (James Shupe)

On episode #733 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with James Shupe. On June 10, 2016 in Portland, Oregon, Jamie Shupe became the first person in the United States to have their sex legally designated as non-binary. On November 1, 2016, Jamie Shupe became the first person in the history of Washington, D.C. to be issued an official document with a sex other than male or female when their birth certificate was issued as “unknown” as a result of their non-binary sex change court order. Shupe has since reclaimed his birth sex of male and now resides in Ocala, Florida. Jamie Shupe retired from the U.S. Army as a decorated Sergeant First Class (E-7) after 18 years of honorable military service.

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Apr 08, 2019
#732 - A Follow Up Conversation About My Dialogue with Justin Lee

On episode #732 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a follow up conversation with Kevin Keuner. Kevin is a Pastor at Spark Church and moderated the dialogue with Justin Lee and Preston Sprinkle from episode #731.

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Apr 01, 2019
#731 - A Dialogue with Justin Lee about Faith, Sexuality & Gender

On episode #731 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a public dialogue with Justin Lee. Justin is the author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. Justin has been an influential Christian voice for LBGT+ affirmation for 20 years, best known for working across areas of theological disagreement to promote grace and mutual understanding. He is the founder of the world's largest LGBT+ Christian advocacy organization, and an internationally known speaker on faith, sexuality, and dialogue.
The event was hosted by Spark Church.

Dialogue begins at timestamp: 10:22

Question and Response timestamp: 1:38:20

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https://youtu.be/hRHlf4dKFz0

https://youtu.be/5-NdR2rUnzg

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Mar 25, 2019
#730 - A Conversation with Mike Erre

On episode #730 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Mike Erre. Mike founded VOX Community, a church in Orange County, CA birthed out of The VOX Podcast and committed to radical hospitality and countercultural friendship.

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Mar 18, 2019
#729 - A Conversation with Paul Vander Klay

On episode #729 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Paul Vander Klay. Paul is a pastor of a small church in Sacramento, he has been a missionary and a pastor for many years.

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Mar 11, 2019
#728 - Is Porn Use Grounds for Divorce? What Is a Christian Response to Sexual Fetishes?

On episode #728 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Pateron supporters. Questions covered in this podcast:
1) Is Porn Use Grounds for Divorce?
2) What is a Christian Response to Sexual Fetishes?
3) Is Andy Stanley a Heretic?

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Mar 04, 2019
#727 - Do I Have to go to Church on Sunday?

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Mar 01, 2019
#726 - Should Christians Support Gay Adoption? What Does the Bible Say About Government?

On episode #726 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Pateron supporters. Questions covered in this podcast:
1) Should Christians Support Gay Adoption?
2) What Does the Bible Say About Government?
3) What is the Future of our Radically Polarized Culture?

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Feb 25, 2019
#725 - Are We Saved By Reciting the Words of a Magical Prayer?

On episode #725 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip of Preston answering a question about the Sinners Prayer.

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Feb 22, 2019
#724 - Nonviolence, Hell, and Sexuality: A Conversation with Brandon Smith

On episode #724 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Brandon Smith. Brandon is a writer, pastor, professor, and podcaster. His new podcast Church Grammar is now available on iTunes.

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Feb 18, 2019
#723 - Joshua Harris on Kissing Goodbye to I Kissed Dating Goodbye

On episode #723 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Joshua Harris. Joshua is the author of a number of books and is most widely known as the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye. I Kissed Dating Goodbye effectively "turned the Christian singles scene upside down" and continues to shape the consciousness of how Christians view singleness, dating, and the roadmap to marriage.

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Feb 11, 2019
#722 - A Conversation with Scott Rae

On episode #722 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Scott Rae. Scott Rae's primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; He is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals.

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Feb 04, 2019
#721 - A Conversation with Scott Sauls

On episode #721 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Scott Sauls. Scott serves as Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Patti and two daughters. Scott has authored four books: Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend, From Weakness to Strength, and Irresistible Faith. Scott also blogs weekly on this website and is active on social media. Follow Scott on Twitter and Instagram.

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Jan 28, 2019
#720 - A Conversation with Jemar Tisby

On episode #720 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Jemar Tisby. Jemar is a Christian, historian, writer, and speaker. His first book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism is forthcoming (January 2019).

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Jan 21, 2019
#719 - A Conversation with Andrew Wilson

On episode #719 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Dr. Andrew Wilson. Andrew has a PhD in Theology, has written numerous books and regularly blogs at thinktheology.co.uk

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Jan 14, 2019
#718 - A Conversation with Luke Thompson

On episode #718 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Luke Thompson. Luke is a listener of Theology in the Raw, stay at home dad, and a totally normal dude. Follow Luke on Twitter.

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Jan 07, 2019
#717 - Homeschool vs. Christian School vs. Public School: A Conversation with Dr. Ed Uszynski

On episode #717 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Ed Uszynski. Ed Uszynski (PhD, Bowling Green State University) has been working with collegiate and professional athletes in various roles with Athletes in Action since 1992. Currently he serves as Executive Editor and Senior Writer for the AIA website, while also speaking nationally to college students, churches, and men’s groups on biblical Christianity. Follow Ed on Twitter.

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Dec 31, 2018
#716 - Raw Resolutions for 2019

On episode #716 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip of Preston sharing his 2019 Raw Resolutions with his Patreon supporters.

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Dec 28, 2018
#715 - Christmas in the Raw

On episode #715 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip of reading of a different kind of Christmas story that Preston shared with his Patreon supporters.

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Dec 24, 2018
#714 - Has the Christian Worship Scene Become Commercialized? A Conversation with John Mark McMillan

On episode #714 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with John Mark McMillan. John Mark McMillan is something of an anomaly: an artist and Platinum-selling songwriter bending genres and defying categorization by carving out his own unique and independent path. With an ear for melody and a poet’s eye for metaphor, no topic has been off-limits. While each of his albums over the past decade have continued to explore new territory, it’s McMillan’s ability to give lyric and language to the human experience that many consider his greatest gift. Mercury & Lightning (out 9.1 via Lionhawk Records) reminds us why we love great songwriters; The exceptional ones find a way to put new words to private musings and desperate feelings until the songs themselves begin to live in our bones. Learn more about John Mark McMillan on his website.

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Dec 24, 2018
#713 - The Porn Epidemic: A Conversation with Noah Filipiak

On episode #713 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Noah Filipiak. Noah Filipiak has his B.A. in youth ministry and Bible from Cornerstone University, he has his M.A. Interdisciplinary degree from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, he served as a youth pastor for a year and a half before planting Crossroads Church in Lansing, MI in 2006.

Noah is on the Covenant Eyes official blogging team and has several other articles published.

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Dec 17, 2018
#712 - Can we trust the Bible? A conversation with Dr. Peter Williams

On episode #712 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Dr. Peter Williams. Dr. Peter Williams is the Principal of Tyndale House Cambridge and a lecturer on Hebrew language at the University of Cambridge. He earned his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge studying ancient languages related to the Bible.

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Dec 10, 2018
#711 - Tithing, Gay Christians, and Church as Brewery and Coffee Shop

On episode #711 of of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Pateron supporters. Questions covered in this podcast:

[1:50] Can Christians give their tithe to needs outside their local church?

[15:46] What does your book writing process look like?

[30:49] Should Christians who believe in the Biblical view of marriage identify as same sex attracted, gay, lesbian or LTBQ+?

[47:46] Can the We Are Church model work in smaller cities or towns?

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Dec 03, 2018
#710 - Polyamory, Virtual Reality Sex, and Sex with Robots

On episode #710 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip of Preston responding to questions like is it okay to have sex with a robot? What about polymerous sexual relationships and what do Christians think about virtual reality sex?

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Nov 30, 2018
#709 - Is Trump Trying to Erase Transgender People?

On episode #709 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip of Preston responding to the Trump memo about sex and gender.

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Nov 28, 2018
#708 - A Conversation with Sean McDowell

On episode #708 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Sean McDowell. Sean is the author, co-author or editor of over 18 books, he is an associate professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University, he is the Resident Scholar for Summit California. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot School of Theology with a master’s degree in theology and another in philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies in 2014 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Nov 26, 2018
#707 - Revisiting The Nashville Statement

On episode #707 of Theology in the Raw Preston shares a talk that he gave about the Nashville Statement at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

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Nov 19, 2018
#706 - A Conversation with Jackie Hill Perry

On episode #705 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Jackie Hill Perry. Jackie Hill-Perry is a writer, speaker, and artist whose work has been featured on The Washington Times, The 700 Club, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition and other publications.

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Nov 12, 2018
#705 - A Conversation with Scot McKnight

On episode #705 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Scot McKnight. Scot is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, and author who has written widely on the historical Jesus, early Christianity and Christian living.

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Nov 05, 2018
#704 - One of the Best Books I Read in 2018

On episode #704 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip of Preston talking about a topic from one of the best books he read in 2018.

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Oct 31, 2018
#703 - A Conversation with John Whittaker

On episode #703 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with John Whittaker. John is a preacher, teacher and pastor. He holds theology and ministry degrees from Boise Bible College, Cincinnati Bible Seminary, and a doctorate in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Oct 29, 2018
#702 - A Conversation with Josh Porter

On episode #702 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Josh Porter. Josh is a Pastor at Van City Church, a singer-song writer, author, novelist, theologian, and much more. You can follow Josh on Twitter to keep up with all his projects.

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Oct 22, 2018
#701 - Inerrancy and the Cosmology of Biblical Writers

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Oct 19, 2018
#700 - Inerrancy, Female Deacons, and Attending Same-Sex Weddings.

On episode #700 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Patreon supporters.

Oct 15, 2018
#699 - A Conversation with Austin Fischer

On episode #697 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Austin Fischer. Austin is the Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church. His first book –Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed- was published in January 2014. He writes and speaks and you can follow him on Twitter @austintfischer.

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Oct 08, 2018
#698 - Church membership, coming out, and why the Bible is so complicated

On episode #698 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip of Preston responding to questions giving by his Patreon supporters.

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Oct 05, 2018
#697 - A Conversation with Jennie Allen

On episode #697 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Jennie Allen. Jennie is the Co-Founder and President of the IF Gathering and an author of several books.

You can check out her Bible studies, books and blog on her website.

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Oct 01, 2018
#696 - A Conversation with Derwin Gray

On episode #696 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Derwin Gray. Derwin is the author of Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart (2010), Limitless Life: You Are More Than Your Past When God Holds Your Future (2013), Crazy Grace for Crazy Times Bible Study (2015), and The High-Definition Leader (2015). Follow Derwin on Twitter.

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Sep 24, 2018
#695 - Is Joel Houston a heretic? Thoughts on "Christian" music and is divorce kind of like gay marriage?

On episode #695 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip where Preston talks about comments Joel Houston about evolution.

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Sep 21, 2018
#694 - A Conversation with Ed Uszynski

On episode #692 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Ed Uszynski. Ed Uszynski (PhD, Bowling Green State University) has been working with collegiate and professional athletes in various roles with Athletes in Action since 1992. Currently he serves as Executive Editor and Senior Writer for the AIA website, while also speaking nationally to college students, churches, and men’s groups on biblical Christianity.

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Sep 17, 2018
#693 - Is There Such A Thing As White European Theology?

On episode #693 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip where Preston talks with [Rev’d Dr.] Glenn Packiam about White European Theology.

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Sep 12, 2018
#692 - A Conversation with Scott Sauls

On episode #692 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Scott Sauls. Scott serves as Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife Patti and two daughters. Scott has authored four books: Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend, From Weakness to Strength, and Irresistible Faith. Scott also blogs weekly on this website and is active on social media. Follow Scott on Twitter and Instagram.

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Sep 10, 2018
#691 - A Conversation with Sam Allberry

On episode #691 of Theology in the Raw Preston has a conversation with Sam Allberry. Sam Allberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay? (Good Book, 2013). He is a founding editor of Living Out, a ministry for those struggling with same-sex attraction. You can follow him on Twitter.


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Sep 03, 2018
#690 - A Conversation with Karen Swallow Prior

On episode #690 of Theology in the Raw Preston talks with Karen Swallow Prior. Karen is a Professor of English at Liberty University. She writes frequently on literature, culture, ethics, and ideas. You can follow Karen on Twitter and order her new book On Reading Well on her website.


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Aug 27, 2018
#689 - Why We Should Study the Background of the New Testament

On episode #689 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip where Preston talks about the value of understanding the history of the New Testament.

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Aug 24, 2018
#688 - Friendship & Theological Disagreements, Why is Gay Sex Sinful, and much more.

On episode #688 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Pateron supporters.

Questions covered on the show included:
1) Do you watch Queer Eye on NetFlix?
2) How do you maintain a friendship when there are theological disagreements?
3) Do the stories of the prodigal son, the woman at the well, the woman caught in adultery, and the prostitute affirm a belief in universalism?
4) What is a book that you would like to see written that you will not write yourself?
5) What are your thoughts on membership and leadership in the church?
6) Why is same-sex sexual behavior sinful?
7) After your mission trip to Nepal, what can American Christians learn from them to improve our relationship with Jesus Christ?

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Aug 20, 2018
#687 - Can Women Serve in Positions of Leadership

On episode #687 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip where Preston shares his thoughts on women serving in positions of leadership in a local church context.

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Aug 17, 2018
#686 - A Conversation with Evan Wickham

On episode #686 of Theology in the Raw Preston talks with Evan Wickham. Evan is a singer-songwriter, pastor, and church planter. You can follow Evan on Twitter and his Facebook page.


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Aug 13, 2018
#685 - More Thoughts on the Revoice Controversy

On episode #685 of Theology in the Raw Preston talks about his experience at the 2018 Revoice Conference and some of the controversy surrounding the event.

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Aug 06, 2018
#684 - Revoice Conference Controversy

On episode #684 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip where Preston talks about some of the controversy surrounding the Revoice conference.

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Aug 03, 2018
#683 - Short term mission trips, violence in the OT, and much more

On episode #683 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by Pateron supports.

Questions covered on the show included:

1) How effective are short-term mission trips?
2) Did God command violence in the Old Testament?
3) Do people who don’t hear the Gospel go to hell?
4) Should Pastors officiate a gay wedding?

Jul 30, 2018
#682 - Does Jordan Peterson believe that Jesus is God?

On episode #682 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside his Patreon membership. This teaser includes a clip from a question Preston received about an answer Jordan Peterson gave to a question about Jesus.

Jul 27, 2018
#681 - Does Jesus prohibit masturbation? Are there degrees of punishment in hell? How to deal with doubt and a pornography addition? Why do Christians drink if John the Baptist wasn’t allowed to?

Questions covered on the show include:

1) Does Jesus prohibit masturbation?
2) Are there degrees of punishment in hell?
3) How to deal with doubt and a pornographic addition?
4) Why do Christians drink if John the Baptist wasn’t allowed to?

Jul 23, 2018
#680 - Books I am Currently Reading

On episode #680 of Theology in the Raw Preston talks about some books he is currently reading. Below you will find a list of the books talked about on the podcast.

Why Gender Matters (2nd Edition) by Leonard Sax
Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality by Nancy Pearcey
The Bible and the Transgender Experience: How Scripture Supports Gender Variance by Linda Herzer
I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a Transgender Child by Cheryl B Evans
Beyond a Binary God: A Theology for Trans* Allies by Tara Soughers
Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians by Austen Hartke
Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality by Hanne Blank
Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy by Mark Regnerus
Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
From Shame to Sin by Kyle Harper
Listening to Sexual Minorities: A Study of Faith and Sexual Identity on Christian College Campuses by Mark Yarhouse
UnClobber: Rethinking Our Misuse of the Bible on Homosexuality by Colby Martin
The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage: An Evangelical's Change of Heart by Mark Achtemeier
Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith by Mihee Kim-Kort

Jul 16, 2018
#679 - A Conversation with Brian Zahnd

On episode #679 Preston has a conversation with Brian Zahnd. Brian 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.
You can follow Brian on Twitter: @BrianZahnd
Keep up to date with Brian on his website: https://brianzahnd.com/

Jul 09, 2018
#678 - Can a married gay couple be included in your church? Why Christians don't need to be pro-Israel, and why William Lane Craig is terribly wrong in his view of hell.

On episode #678 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by listeners.
Questions covered on the show included:

1) Can a married gay couple be included in your church?
2) Why Christians don't need to be pro-Israel.
3) Why William Lane Craig is terribly wrong in his view of hell.


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Jul 02, 2018
#677 - A Conversation with Jon Tyson

On episode #677 Preston has a conversation with Jon Tyson. Jon is the Lead Pastor of Church of the City in New York. You can follow Jon on twitter @JonTyson and learn more about his church by visiting their website found here.


Jun 25, 2018
#676 - A Conversation with Tim Mackie

On episode 676 Preston has a conversation with Tim Mackie. Tim is a creative writer and director for The Bible Project and an adjunct professor of Old Testament at Western Seminary, both in Portland, Oregon. Learn more about Tim here.

Jun 18, 2018
#675 - Questions and Answers

On episode #675 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by listeners.

Questions covered on the show included:

1) How does one who believes in non-violence deal with the very violent themes in the Psalms?

2) How do I talk to a youth group member who is gay-affirming?

3) What are your thoughts on Pope Francis’ response to a distraught boy?

4) What are the foundations of the faith and is Calvinism one of them?

Jun 11, 2018
Patreon Diamond Podcast Teaser

On episode #674 Preston gives you a teaser of what is inside the Diamond level Patreon supporters podcast. In this clip he talks about what books he is reading right now.

Jun 08, 2018
Patreon Only Podcast Teaser

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Jun 06, 2018
#672 - June Questions and Answers

On episode #672 of Theology in the Raw Preston answers questions submitted by listeners.
Questions covered on the show included:
1) Does the scientific theory of relativity refute Calvinism?
2) What principles is Paul teaching the church in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16?
3) Is a house church better for fostering biblical literacy?
4) Questions about annihilation and ETC.

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Jun 04, 2018
#671 - A Conversation with Jonathan Merritt

On episode 671 Preston has a conversation with Jonathan Merrit. Jonathan has published more than 3000 articles in respected outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, Buzzfeed, The Washington Post and Christianity Today.
Learn more about Jonathan here, and follow Jonathan on Twitter.

May 28, 2018
#670 - Love Your Enemies
This is a sermon that I preached at Park Hill Church in San Diego, CA. The text of the message was Matthew 5:38-48. The title: Love Your Enemies.
May 21, 2018
#649 - Teaser Episode: Jordan Peterson...and parenting
In this Patreon-only episode, I discuss some pros and cons about Jordan Peterson and some completely unrelated thoughts on parenting. To support Theology in the Raw and access this full-length episode--and many others like it--please visit: https://www.patreon.com/theologyintheraw 
May 15, 2018
#648 - LIVE! from the Rethinking Hell Conference with Chris Date

Find out more about Rethinking Hell on their website, conference site, and Facebook page. Also follow Rethinking Hell on Twitter.

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May 07, 2018
#647 - Patreon Teaser Minisode

Should Christians have anal sex? Does 1 Timothy 2 forbid women from teaching men? What are my most controversial theological views that I’m afraid to share? And much, much more on this month's patreon-only podcast.

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May 06, 2018
#646 - A Conversation With David Bennett, author of A War of Loves

Learn more about David here, find David's new book available for preorder, and follow him on Twitter.

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May 03, 2018
#645 - A Conversation with Lisa Bevere

Follow Lisa on Twitter, learn more about Messenger International, and check out Lisa's new book "Adamant".

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Apr 30, 2018
#644 - Evangelical Conversion to Catholicism, The Pope's View on Hell, and the Divinely Inspired Bible

What do I think about evangelicals converting to Catholicism? My thoughts on Pope Francis's new view of hell. And, what makes the Bible uniquely inspired?

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Apr 23, 2018
#643 - Banning Liebscher of Bethel Church: Author, Revivalist, and Church Planter

Find Banning on Twitter and his books here. Find out more about Jesus Culture.

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Apr 16, 2018
#642 - Pre-marriage Intimacy, Nonviolence and Israel, and Afterlife in the Old Testament
How intimate can a non-married couple be? Nonviolence and Israel's conquest, is that a thing? Where do Old Testament believers and unbelievers go after they die?
Apr 09, 2018
#641 - Christ and the Eucharist, Falling Away and Salvation, and Challenging the Male and Female Binary
What is Christ's role in the Eucharist? Do Christians who fall away lose their salvation? Do intersex persons challenge the male and female binary?
Apr 02, 2018
#640 - Revoice Conference and Faith, Sexuality, and Gender with Dr. Nate Collins
Mar 26, 2018
#639 - Christ or the Bible, Christians in Politics, and the Parkland Shooting

Should we follow Christ or the Bible? Should Christians be in politics? My thoughts on the Parkland shooting. And, what do I think of Pete Enns's recent interview with Jen Hatmaker? 

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Mar 19, 2018
#638 - Gender Expression, Church Membership & Discipline, and Salvation of the Mentally Disabled

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Mar 12, 2018
#637 - Theological Diversity in Church Leadership, Child Baptism, and Revisiting Annihilationism

Should church leadership be theologically diverse? Would you baptize the children of a gay couple? And, why did Jesus seem to talk about eternal conscious torment if annihilation is correct?

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Mar 05, 2018
#636 - A. J. Swoboda - Taking Rest Very Seriously
40:22

Today on the Podcast Preston is talking with A. J. Swoboda, Preston's favorite Christian authors. 

Today AJ and Preston are talking about his new book "Subversive Sabbath". Why should we rest? Why was "honoring the Sabbath" part of the 10 Commandments? How do we take a rest in today's non-stop world? 

Check out AJ's book at and learn more about AJ at ajswoboda.com.

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Feb 25, 2018
#635 - A Joint Catacomb in the Raw - Josh Stump and Jay Newman
50:59

Today on Theology in the Raw Preston is talking with Joshua Stump and Jay Newman for a joint Catacomb and TITR Podcast.

Today they are talking all about church. Why do we go to church? What should church look like? What is Preston doing now that tries to "do" church a little differently?  

You can hear more from Josh and Jay on the Catacomb Podcast

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Feb 19, 2018
#634 - Chris Date Part 2 - Critique on Stand to Reason's Article "Hell Interrupted"
59:19

Today on the podcast Preston is talking with Chris Date again from the Rethinking Hell podcast. 

Preston and Chris are taking this episode to address arguments against the Conditionalist's view of hell raised by Stand to Reason's Greg Koukl and Tim Barnett.

The arguments Preston and Chris are addressing are from Part 1 and Part 2 of "Hell Interrupted". 

Chris is the a host and contributor of the Rethinking Hell Podcast and Blog. Chris seeks to take the Bible seriously and promote rigorous study of the scriptures. 

You can find the Chris's podcast at rethinkinghell.com.

The song at the end is Lazarus by Canopy Climbers

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Feb 12, 2018
#633 - Christian Universalist and Church Leadership - How To Do Benevolence Well
29:46

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Does being a Christian Universalist disqualify you from pastoral leadership?

We want diversity in the Church - how about diversity in ability? Does welcoming people with disabilities make the church too messy? 

The Bible definitely talks about church discipline. However, how do we properly administer church discipline?

How do we do Benevolence well? Should we continue to give that homeless person continuous handouts because he asks for it? 

The song at the end was My Prayer (Yahweh) by CalledOut Music

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Feb 05, 2018
#632 - Chris Date - Conditional Immortality, Terminal Punishment and Annihilation
57:30

The Rethinking Hell Conference is taking place March 9–10, at The Heights Baptist Church in Richardson, Texas. Preston will be there with Chris doing a podcast live! You can find out more at rethinkinghellconference.com.

Preston and Chris are diving into the topic of Annihilation or Conditional Immortality.

Why call it Conditional Immortality rather than Annihilation? What biblical support is there for Conditionalism? When did Chris stop looking at the Bible and determine to base his theology of Hell on emotions? (tongue in cheek) 

Chris is the a host and contributor of the Rethinking Hell Podcast and Blog. Chris seeks to take the Bible seriously and promote rigorous study of the scriptures. 

You can find the Chris's podcast at rethinkinghell.com.

You can find Chris's debate with Al Mohler here. 
 

Jan 30, 2018
#631 - Bruxy Cavey - Church Membership, Nonviolence and Hell
47:02

Do we need to have church membership? Who can be a "member" of the church? Should a Christian hold to nonviolence? Should a Christian serve in the military? What does Bruxy think about the Eternal Conscious Torment view of hell? Is Bruxy one of the Annihilationist too?

You can learn more about Bruxy at bruxy.com.

You can also learn about The Meeting House at themeetinghouse.com.

The song at the end is from the Gladiator soundtrack called "Now We Are Free".

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Jan 23, 2018
#630 - What is Church? - Part 6 - Being Theologically Orthodox and Generous
24:01

Value 8 -  Being Theologically Orthodox and Theologically Generous

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Jan 19, 2018
#629 - ReGeneration Project - Views on Hell
39:30

Today Preston is airing an interview he had for the ReGeneration Project Podcast. 

The ReGeneration Project Podcast is hosted by Isaac Serrano and Jay Kim. You can find them at regenerationproject.org and you can find Preston's episode at regenerationproject.org/podcast.

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Jan 16, 2018
#628 - Preston a Libertarian - Modern Israel - Polyamory
57:40

Check out The Gray Havens and their song Ghost Of A King. 

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Jan 12, 2018
#627 - Celibate Christians - Trust the Bible - Obese Pastor
48:26

Happy New Year! Preston is starting off this year in Melbourne, Australia. 

At the admonishment of Preston, get to know Michael F. Bird - ridley.edu.au/about-ridley/ridley-people/faculty/mike-bird

Preston's Patreon-Voted questions today are: 

How can the Church support celibate Christians, gay or straight? 

Should women be in ministry? What does Paul say about it and is it a disputable manner? 

Why should we trust the Bible as an authoritative source of truth? 

Gluttony is a sin right? Why then do we submit ourselves to a pastor who clearly seems to have a problem with food?

Check out Sunder by isaacxhopes - youtube.com/watch?v=ptool1gI8Tw

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Jan 02, 2018
#626 - What is Church? - Part 5 - Integration and Diversity
34:25

What is church? What should church be? What should church look like? What should church pursue? 

In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow. 

Value 6 - Integration and Diversity

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Dec 18, 2017
#625 - Sexual Attraction Fixed or Fluid? - Women in Leadership? - Book of Enoch
45:30

Go to the Bad Christian Conference! It's Januray 27th-28th for $100 in Nashville. Check it out at BadChristianCon.com. 

Preston is once again answering your "Patreon Approved" questions. Join the Patreon team at patreon.com/theologyintheraw.

If Annihilation is true, than why does Hell exist? 

Is sexual attraction fixed or fluid? Is it different for men and women? 

Does the Bible trump the creeds? 

What is the Book of Enoch? Why isn't in the Canon? 

Should women be in church leadership? Does the Bible support the Complementarian or Egalitarian view? 

Check out Derek Minor - Walls ft. Urban Rescue

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Dec 11, 2017
#624 - What is Church? - Part 4 - Participatory vs. Performance
24:43
Preston is working to start a new church in Boise. This has him studying what church should be about.  What is church? What should church be? What should church look like? What should church pursue?  In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow.  Value 5 - Participatory vs. Performance Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Dec 08, 2017
#623 - Wealth or Poverty? - Divorce and Same-Sex Marriage - Conquest in Exodus?
Go to the Bad Christian Conference! It's Januray 27th-28th for $100 in Nashville. Check it out at BadChristianCon.com.  It's an hour long episode and Preston is answering "Patreon-Approved" questions.  Should we seek to gain wealth or give it all away? What's the answer to this apparent tension in the Bible? Should we submit to questionable leadership in our church? When do we leave our church? Do I need a degree, or formal training, for Ministry?  Is Same-Sex Marriage different from divorce - something that historically wasn't accepted but now not an issue?  Did the conquest in Exodus actually happen? Do you want a good understanding of the Affirmative position? Read these books:  Bible, Gender, Sexuality by James V. Brownson God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines Check out The Beauty Between (feat. Andy Mineo) - Kings Kaleidoscope
Dec 04, 2017
#622 - What is Church? - Part 3 - Reproducing vs. Church Growth - Being Relationally Driven
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Preston is working to start a new church in Boise. This has him studying what church should be about.  What is church? What should church be? What should church look like? What should church pursue?  In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow.  Value 4 and 6 - Reproducing vs. Church Growth and Being Relationally Driven
Dec 01, 2017
#621 - BJ Thompson - #MeToo - Social Media - Good Relationships
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Today Preston is back in the basement with BJ Thompson.  BJ Thompson works as a counselor and a life coach with Build a Better Us. Check them out at buildabetterus.com.  Preston and BJ are talking about the #MeToo, abuse, social media in today's world and about how we can have 'good' relationships.  Connect with BJ @BJ116 Check out Tedashi's Way Up ft. KB Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Nov 27, 2017
#620 - Lisa Fields - Jude 3 Project
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Today Preston is talking to Lisa Fields.  Lisa is the founder of the Jude 3 Project (jude3project.com). The primary mission of the Jude 3 Project is to help the Christian community know what they believe and why they believe it. Distinctive in its strong emphasis in equipping those of African descent in the United States and abroad.  Learn more about Lisa and the Jude 3 Project at jude3project.com. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Nov 20, 2017
#619 - Re-Baptism - Lesbian Wedding - Annihilation - Sin and Holiness
Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Nov 13, 2017
#618 - What is Church ? - Part 2 - Simplicity and Generosity
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Preston is working to start a new church in Boise. This has him studying what church should be about.  What is church? What should church be? What should church look like? What should church pursue?  In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow.  Value 2 and 3 - Simplicity and Generosity
Nov 11, 2017
#617 - Todd Wilson - Mere Sexuality - Driven or Called?
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Today on the podcast, Preston is talking to Todd Wilson. Todd is the author of Mere Sexuality and the pastor at Calvary Memorial Church.  Preston and Todd are talking about his book and about the highs and lows of being a pastor.  You can listen to Todd's sermons at calvarymemorial.com or check out his book on Amazon.  The song at the end is "Empty Me Out" by Liz Vice. You can check her out at LizVice.com. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Nov 07, 2017
#616 - What is Church? - Part 1 - The Centrality of Mission
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Preston is working to start a new church in Boise. This has him studying what church should be about.  What is church? What should church be? What should church look like? What should church pursue?  In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow.  Value 1: The Centrality of Mission - Emobdying the Redeeming Love of Christ to a Broken World Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Nov 03, 2017
#615 - Spiritual Trauma - Mixed Orientation Marriage
47:11
Want to attend the Rethinking Hell Conference? If your a Patreon supporter you can go for free! Just check out Preston's Patreon account at patreon.com/theologyintheraw. If your not a Patreon supporter follow the link to be one and attend the conference for free (of course after you become a supporter) - http://bit.ly/2xtbXIa How do you deal with Spiritual PTSD? What is Spiritual PTSD? Preston isn't a certified professional counselor but he recommends reading the "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.  Is a mixed orientation marriage possible? Should we be toting an American flag after gun violence? What should church discipline look like? Should you kick someone out who is having an extra-marital affair with their step-mom?  Does the Greek word 'Ionian' mean 'everlasting' or 'of the age'? What does the bible say about Gender Dysphoria? Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Oct 30, 2017
#614 - Steve Patton - Multi-Cultural Church Planter - BLM Movement
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Today Preston is talking to Steve Patton. Steve is a multi-cultural church planter and is working now to plant a church in Seattle. Steve and Preston are talking about how to be an effective teacher and preacher of the Gospel and the importance of exegeting the text and the culture. What are some of the challenges of starting a multi-cultural church? They're also talking about the the BLM Movement.  In what ways can we agree and in what ways should we stand against?  You can find Steve on Twitter @stevenpatton.  You can learn about Steve's church at reunionseattle.org. The song at the end was Gangland by Lecrae ft. Propaganda.  Preston is about to speak at a leadership forum in Grand Rapids, MI. If you want to attend the event be sure to register for the event. - Register Here Also, want to attend the Rethinking Hell Conference? If your a Patreon supporter you can go for free! Just check out Preston's Patreon account at patreon.com/theologyintheraw. If your not a Patreon supporter follow the link to be one and attend the conference for free - http://bit.ly/2xtbXIa Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Oct 16, 2017
#613 - Can You be Porn Free with an iPhone? - Is There a Case for Christian Universalism?
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Preston is about to speak at a leadership forum in Grand Rapids, MI. If you want to attend the event be sure to register for the event. - Register Here Also, want to attend the Rethinking Hell Conference? If your a Patreon supporter you can go for free! Just check out Preston's Patreon account at patreon.com/theologyintheraw. If your not a Patreon supporter follow the link to be one and attend the conference for free - http://bit.ly/2xtbXIa For Today's Episode: A couple disagrees on Same Sex Marriage - can they and should they still get married? Should a child get gender reassignment or hormone therapy if they feel the belong to another gender? Here is an article that talks about the harms of this with children - "Gender Ideology Harms Children" How do you remain porn free with an iPhone? Is it possible? How do we work out our holiness and sanctification in this smart phone world?  One practical way is the Light Phone -  thelightphone.com Also, is there a strong case for Christian Universalism?  Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Oct 09, 2017
#612 - Can You Not Sign the Nashville Statement and Be Saved?
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Preston is in the basement answering your questions.  How do we write doctrinal statements on complicated issues, such as gender identity and transgender people?   What is a biblical or theological argument for the belief that we shouldn't pursue gender reassignment surgery? Why should we remain in our biological gender rather than the gender we identify with?  Preston is also answering more questions about the Nashville Statement. In what ways does Preston disagree with the Statement? In what ways does he agree? Why could this statement do more to divide us than unite us?  The song at the end is Brother by The Brilliance. Check out them out at thebrilliancemusic.com Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Oct 03, 2017
#611 - BJ Thompson - Black Lives Matter - LGBT Community
54:37
On the show today, Preston is talking to BJ Thompson.  BJ lives in Atlanta and used to roll with Lecrae and Trip Lee and helped start the 116 Movement. BJ works with Navigators and is the Co-Founder of Build A Better Us. Over the past 15 years, BJ has partnered with organizations such as Desiring God, various churches and ministries to help develop marriages, form small groups and train leaders world-wide. Today on the show they're talking about all kinds of hot topics - the BLM Movement, 'Are race relations really that bad?', 'Why is their a need for race reconciliation?', 'How should we engage the LGBT Community?', 'What's with Donald Trump?'.  Connect with BJ on twitter @BJ116 Learn more about Build A Better Us buildabetterus.com Check out Trip Lee's Lord Have Mercy Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Sep 26, 2017
#610 - Nashville Statement, Problem of Evil, Purpose of Marriage
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Preston is back in the basement answering questions.  What are Preston's thought on the Nashville Statement?  How do we answer the Problem of Evil? If God is good and all powerful why does he allow evil to happen?  Does Hell really exist?  What is purpose of Marriage and how do you defend it biblically?  The song at the end is "Heaven's Knife" by Josh Garrels.  Check out the small group study Grace/Truth at centerforfaith.com  Check out the video "Dear Church: I'm gay" Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Sep 13, 2017
#609 - Matt Carter - Bad Christian Podcast & Emery
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Today Preston is talking to Matt Carter. Many of you know Matt as a part of the Bad Christian Podcast and a guitar player for the band Emery. Matt is talking with Preston about the Church, Christianity, Donald Trump, Charlottesville and the band.  You can follow Matt on Twitter @ZodCarter Check out the Bad Christian Podcast Check out Matt's own podcast Break It Down Podcast Follow the band Emery at @OfficialEmery The songs featured in today's show are Rock Pebble Stone and Thrash Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Aug 28, 2017
#608 - Charlottesville, Donald Trump, and a Moral Sexual Ethic
58:50
What the heck is happening in Charlottesville? What did Donald Trump say? For more information about the events happening in Charlottesville, Preston recommends checking out The Ben Shapiro Show - Episodes 361, 362, 363.  What about polyamory? Is it only consent that is required for a moral sexual ethic?  What are some good resources that talk about reading the Bible in community? Check out The Bible Project.  Are Jehovah's Witnesses saved? Is it as simple as looking at someone's good works in order to determine this?  Open or closed communion? What does Preston mean by calling himself a "reformed mennonite"?  Are all Atonement theories valid?  Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Aug 22, 2017
#607 - Ken Ham's Rainbow Ark - Chris Sprinkle: How to Start your own Girl's Group
53:55
How do I forgive abusive parents? What does it mean to forgive? Does forgiveness always mean reconciliation?  It's obvious to see that there are things God tolerates in the Old Testament and not in the New. How do we work through these issues and does this suggest Same Sex Marriage is accepted now through the New Testament? What does Preston think of Ken Ham's Rainbow Ark? Many progressive theologians suggest that God did not sacrifice Jesus, His son,  because that would be unloving and barbaric. However, how do we properly work through passages like Isaiah 53 and the teaching of John the Baptist. Preston points to an essay by Simon Gathercole titled "Defending Substitution" which provides a compelling argument for Substitutionary Atonement.  Can you be angry with God? How do we work through those real and raw feelings in a way that brings us closer to God?  Chris Sprinkle is also in to discuss her young girl's group and provide some helpful tips in order to start one in your area.  If you have more questions, you can email Chris at chris@prestonsprinkle.com. Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Aug 14, 2017
#607 - Children with Lesbian Parents - Christians Smoking Pot - Is Preston a Universalist?
56:31
How do you relate to children with Lesbian parents?  Are you pursuing a Ph.D. in Church History or Missions? What should you consider before you begin a Ph.D. program? Is recreational marijuana use okay for Christians?  If you have a desire to dive into a ministry that seeks to reach the LGBTQ community, here are some books Preston recommends before you get started: People to Be Loved, Two Views On Homosexuality, The Bible, And The Church, Homosexuality and the Christian, Washed and Waiting, Torn, Same-Sex Attraction and the Church, Love Is an Orientation, Us versus Us. Is that enough?   Who are some people to read and listen to if your struggling to believe in the existence of God. Preston recommends getting to know William Lane Craig, John Lennox, and Jordan B Peterson.  Is Preston a Universalist? Well, Preston is officially setting the record straight despite what you thought you read in Erasing Hell.  Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Aug 08, 2017
#606 - Penal Substitution and the Virtue in Same Sex Marriage
50:45
Preston is in the basement answering your questions.  Looking for a church to attend? How should you decide what church you attend?  Is annihilation in opposition to the Apostle's Creed? Can you be an Annihilationist and affirm the Apostle's Creed? Is Open Theism heresy or not?  Is Penal Substitution the only 'biblical' Atonement Theory? What is Penal Substitution?  If you're interested, a couple of resources that Preston recommends on the topic of Penal Substitution are Joshua Ryan Butler's book The Pursuing God and Simon Gathercole's essay Defending Substitution.  How do you deal with political family disputes? A book Preston recommends on the subject is The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt.  If good fruit is being produced in same sex marriages, then why shouldn't we, as Christians, approve of this? A helpful blog post can be found at https://www.centerforfaith.com/blog/a-celibate-same-sex-couple . Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Aug 01, 2017
#605 - How Do We Read the Book of Job?
41:30
Can we trust that the New Testament gives us a true and accurate representation of Jesus? It is commonly assumed that Jesus probably spoke Aramaic when He was here on the Earth. The New Testament was written in Greek. Since this is the case how can we ever know what Jesus actually said and continue to build theological doctrine around those words? How do we read the book of Job? Whole sections of Job are full of bad theology; the original Hebrew is difficult to translate; the poetic nature is totally lost in the English language.  How can we have a perfect existence in heaven if we know millions of people are being tortured eternally in Hell?  If we move more toward home churches and withdraw from politics, are we being bad stewards of the gifts God has given us?  How do you prepare for a British Ph.D. program?  The Music - FoldingLights - Fear the Night - https://youtu.be/wHiqQ0681Ng Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Jul 24, 2017
#604 - What is a "Biblical" Divorce and Can You Be a Christian and Not Go to Church?
40:44
Preston is in answering your questions. How do you retain your love of God and the study of the bible while in the long and challenging journey of academia?  What is a "biblical" divorce and does it allow for divorce over emotional abuse?  Lastly, do we need to attend a typical church service in order to be a faithful Christian? Can we devote ourselves to prayer, teaching and communion without the typical 21st Century church?  Support Preston Support Preston by going to patreon.com Connect with Preston Follow him on Twitter @PrestonSprinkle Check out his website prestonsprinkle.com If you enjoy the podcast, be sure to leave a review.
Jul 10, 2017
#603 - Live At AudioFeed 2017
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