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Join VeggieTales and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and co-host Skye Jethani (author, speaker, pastor) for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly post-Christian culture.
 
What does a world look like where people can lovingly engage with those who have different views without compromising their faith? What does it look like to truly love your neighbor or even your enemy? These questions have led Pastor Bob Roberts Jr to have deep conversations with his friends that are living out their faith in the public square by loving boldly and working together to build resilient communities. Whether you’re Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddist, or no matter your faith, we a ...
 
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The prosperity gospel isn’t just about health and wealth. Historian Kate Bowler says pragmatic values, simple solutions, and the endless quest for self-improvement, have infected most of the church in subtle ways. Kaitlyn Schiess talks to Dr. Bowler about her own battle with cancer, and how it’s helped her move beyond cliches like “Everything happe…
 
Something Old: Josh’s: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Lindsey’s: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin Something New: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Josh’s Proposal: Shang-Chi takes an interesting and bold viewpoint on identity Lindsey’s Proposal: What I most appreciate about Shang-Chi is that you don’t have to see all the MCU movies to enjoy it S…
 
This week is a special a double feature! First, Phil talks to Esau McCaulley about his recent NY Times editorial about President Biden’s vengeance against terrorists in Afghanistan. McCaulley asks why so few Christian politicians seem to have Christian instincts, and what role should forgiveness have in American foreign policy. Then, Skye interview…
 
Friend of the show Derwin Gray has a new book! When did he have time to write it? We don’t know! But he also found time to sit down with Skye and talk about it. Derwin says the Lord’s Prayer isn’t just a prayer, but an entire catechism of faith, a lesson in communing with God, and a call for the people of God to engage in issues of justice. He unpa…
 
Philip Yancey is one of the best-selling contemporary Christian authors, and his books helped millions find a more authentic faith long before “deconstruction” was a hashtag. His new memoir, “Where the Light Fell,” tells how he escaped the racist, fundamentalist Christianity of his youth, and his lifelong quest to find God’s grace in a world of suf…
 
Senior editor of The Dispatch and constitutional attorney, David French, and Holy Post co-host, Skye Jethani, discuss why the executive committee of the Southern Baptist Convention should waive their attorney-client privilege in the ongoing abuse investigation. Then, French explains why the increase in self-identified evangelicals between 2016 and …
 
Data from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has found that white Christians—including mainline Protestants, Catholics, and evangelicals—are the most racist religious group in America, Robert P. Jones, the CEO of PRRI, says this isn’t a bug within white American Christianity, but a feature. He discusses his new book “White Too Long” abou…
 
Why are people inside the church often no healthier or happier than those outside? Author Alan Noble says we are suffering from a kind of mass psychosis and going to church won’t solve it. His new book, “You Are Not Your Own” challenges our understanding of identity and purpose, and calls us to a less modern, more Christian, vision of life. Also th…
 
Last week, Texas passed a law effectively banning abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy, and the Supreme Court did not immediately strike it down. Both pro-life and pro-choice advocates have erupted in response. But what does the law really mean? Phil, Skye, and Kaitlyn get into the weeds and explain why the Texas law isn’t the victory many as…
 
Former megachurch pastor, evangelical wunderkind, and author of “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” Josh Harris, has since left his wife and renounced his faith. He’s now pitching himself as an expert guide for other ex-vangelicals. What does his story tell us about the evangelical subculture? Then, strange things are happening at John Piper’s church in Min…
 
Is the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan the right policy? And will abandoning the country ultimately cost more American lives than staying? And who’s really to blame for the mess that’s unfolding? Skye talks with David French about these issues and more in this special bonus interview. French is the senior editor of The Dispatch, an attorney, the a…
 
Something Old: Josh’s: Shine Skye’s: The Ghost and the Darkness & Heat Something New: Val Josh’s Proposal: Val is more of a Vanity project than a story about acting, but still worth watching. Skye’s Proposal: This documentary shows how we find real meaning in life by our limitations rather than our opportunities Something Borrowed: Val Kilmer is a …
 
With religious believers among the most likely to downplay the seriousness of both the pandemic and climate change, a recent article claims secular people and atheists are now more empathic and moral than conservative Christians. But is the problem really that evangelicals are less moral, or that they’re more easily deceived? Then, Matthew Soerens …
 
The United Nations World Happiness Report is out, and it says the United States is still behind the world’s happiest countries. Can we learn anything from them, or does America’s diversity mean perpetual conflict? Then, pastor and author Mandy Smith says Western culture has warped our understanding of what it means to be a Christian by focusing too…
 
Something Old: Josh’s: Stand by Me Skye’s: City Slickers Something New: The Suicide Squad Josh’s Proposal: The Suicide Squad did not benefit from it’s R rating Skye’s Proposal: The Suicide Squad is like the Food Network show Chopped. Something Borrowed: 10 Reasons Why ‘The Suicide Squad’ Is a Box Office Disaster Something Blew: Skye’s: What If…?, T…
 
Phil’s Facebook page erupted after the recent episode about reparations—leading the Holy Post gang to ask about the limits of evangelical theology, and how American individualism has shaped our understanding of liberty, economics, and even theology. Then, a prayer service in Portland became a brawl between Proud Boys and Antifa involving paintball …
 
It seems like everyone is talking about the new podcast from Christianity Today, “The Rise & Fall of Mars Hill” about the famed Seattle megachurch and its controversial pastor, Mark Driscoll. The creator of the podcast, Mike Cosper, talks to Skye about the complicated reality of Mars Hill, and what the rest of the evangelical church can learn from …
 
Earlier this year, Gregory Thompson and Duke Kwon released their book “Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair,” in which they make a biblical argument for the American church’s responsibility to repay the debts inflicted upon black communities by systemic racism and white supremacy. In this moment of political division and evangeli…
 
This episode was really random. I talk about new music I'm jamming that dropped recently. Plus let you know about new music dropping soon! Talked about Space Jam 2 movie as well as Hoarders TV show. Artists I mentioned that dropped new music (plus other stuff I talk about or mention) Puntin - Newston Lil Villian - Realize ft LitaRodi Jon P and J Tw…
 
Something Old: Josh’s: No Way Out Skye’s: Terminator 2: Judgment Day Something New: Black Widow Josh’s Proposal: Black Widow is an interesting example of taking a familiar real world problem and “superfying it” Skye’s Proposal: Black Widow was an acceptable Marvel movie that I’ll probably never watch again. Something Borrowed: With ‘Black Widow’ ti…
 
When news broke that the new president of the SBC lifted portions of his message from the previous SBC president’s sermon without attribution, #Sermongate erupted. The Holy Post crew unpacks the controversy, why so many pastors either outsource their sermon prep or plagiarize, and why the pressure to preach may be harming the church. Then, in a dra…
 
Calvin University history professor Kristin Kobes Du Mez joins Skye Jethani to discuss her bestselling book, "Jesus & John Wayne." In this episode, they look at the rise of Donald Trump among white evangelicals and how their response to the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol mirrors reactions to scandals involving celebrity church leaders. Du M…
 
This 4th of July, Hobby Lobby took out a controversial full page newspaper ad featuring quotes, or mis-quotes, from America’s founders about being a Christian nation. An editorial from Robert P. Jones says July 4th is a time to decide what we believe more—the Declaration of Independence that says all people are created equal, or the European doctri…
 
Calvin University history professor Kristin Kobes Du Mez joins Skye Jethani to discuss her bestselling book, “Jesus & John Wayne.” In this episode, they examine why white evangelicalism left behind some of its militant rhetoric after the Cold War ended in the early 1990s to embrace a kinder, gentler approach epitomized by the Promise Keepers moveme…
 
Something Old: Josh’s: Cinema Paradiso Skye’s: Chinatown Something New: Luca Josh’s Proposal: Luca is an allegory about whatever you want it to be, but unfortunately it falls into PIXAR’s new category of “Who’s gonna watch this again?” Skye’s Proposal: Luca is Disney’s queerest film but they don’t have the balls to admit it Something Borrowed: How …
 
Phil, Christian, and Skye do a deep dive into George Packer’s recent article in the Atlantic called “How America Fractured into 4 Parts.” Packer argues that Americans no longer agree on the country’s purpose, values, history, or meaning. Is he right? And how do Packer’s 4 Americas map onto the church? Then, Skye interviews Kyle Strobel about his ne…
 
Calvin University history professor Kristin Kobes Du Mez joins Skye Jethani to continue discussing her bestselling book, "Jesus & John Wayne." In this episode, they discuss how evangelicalism fought to maintain traditional authority structures in the home and society, except when those authority structures didn't fit their own political interests w…
 
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