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Have you ever felt like you are being pushed to take one extreme or another when it comes to issues of politics, culture, faith, etc.? If you are looking for more than the extremes, more than partisanship, more than anger and finger pointing, this podcast is for you. We use Christian faith and reason to try to dissect and thoughtfully engage issues of faith, politics, and culture that often divide us.
 
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Lathania Butler joins Brooke and Dave to talk about the idea of white silence as complicity in the perpetuation of racism. Lathania talks about the importance of narratives that we subscribe to and how these narratives are important to combat racism. Check out Lathania’s podcast with former guest Stephanie Ranade Krider, So What Do We have?, at htt…
 
This week we talk to Rob Brenneman and Brian Miller about their book, Building Faith: A Sociology of Religious Structures. We talk about the role of physical building in building and sustaining communities of faith. You can find the book at either: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/building-faith-9780190883447?cc=us&lang=en& or https://www.am…
 
This week Dave talks to Gena Thomas about her book on the purpose of missionary work in the 21st century. Her book, A Smoldering Wick, details the limitations of working out of a charity mindset and how missions can integrate principles of international development to promote a unifying justice. Gena's Bio: Gena Thomas is a writer, a faith wrestler…
 
We haven’t been able to go as many places as of late. But places and sense of place provide great meaning and stability in our lives. Author and minister Anna Woofenden joins us to talk about the importance of place and how places become sacred in our lives. About our guest: Rev. Anna Woofenden (she/her/hers) is the founding pastor of the Garden Ch…
 
Steph Krider doesn’t have a political home. As a pro-life advocate, she has distanced herself from the pro-life movement. She talks with us about being homeless in the two-party system and how the two parties fail to promote human flourishing. Check out a recent article about Steph's transition from pro-life leadership at https://www.christianityto…
 
On this episode, Dave sits down with writer Alicia Akins. The genesis of the conversation was a blog post she wrote called Black, Evangelical, and Single. It’s a good look at what it means to occupy identities that don’t always play well together. Alicia Akins is a writer and recovering expat based in DC. After living and working in Asia for five y…
 
On this episode, we talk about what it’s like when your body feels like it’s one place but your sense of identity is somewhere else. Brooke’s friends Isàbel and Arris join us to talk about the impact of their recent international move, and we think that anyone who has gone through serious transition will be able to relate.…
 
This episode begins by continuing a series of interviews by Kara Hartman talking to kids about the coronavirus pandemic. Today's child guest is Julia Jones. Then Dave sits down with his friend Chris Dabbs to talk about the topic of atheism. We’re calling this episode Losing My Religion? to indicate the point that belief and non-belief is not necess…
 
This episode we are joined by author and biblical scholar, Pete Enns. We talk with Pete about his latest book, How the Bible Actually Works. In the book, Pete talks about how biblical authors reimagine God across the text, and we talk about what this means for us today. Check out Pete's podcast, The Bible for Normal People, and his other writings a…
 
Welcome to 2020! We thought we’d kick the year off on a high note with a conversation with Jay Pathak, author and lead pastor of Mile High Vineyard in the Denver area. Jay and I talk about how churches can become a true friend and asset to the cities that they’re in. Find Jay on Twitter at @jayrpathak and check out what's going on at his church at …
 
In the 21st century, few things divide people regarding religion more than the idea and practice of missions - sending folks to other parts of the map in the name of their religion. Dave is joined by Brooke Christensen, cultural scholar and former missionary , to talk about how Western missions can be saved (pun fully intended). Enjoy!…
 
It seems like most people in America believe in some version of heaven, especially when someone they know dies. However, what does the average Christian in America believe heaven to be like? It may be more influenced by cartoons than by Scripture. This week, we talk about popular beliefs about heaven and what we’ve found in scripture about it.…
 
Author Courtney Ellis joins us this week to talk about loneliness in parenting. It feels like parenting can be a lonely proposition in the US, particularly when you're raising young kids. We talk about this phenomenon and some ways we can foster connections with people raising young children. Courtney Ellis writes and blogs at CourtneyBEllis.com. P…
 
We often refer to evangelicalism on this show, but just what are we referring to when we do that? Glad you asked! This week, we have special guest Daniel Silliman on to break down some of the history and defining characteristics of American evangelicalism. We get into some funny conversations about evangelical subculture and how this religious move…
 
In this last episode of our series on race, Dave sits down with two leaders in diversity, Pascal Losambe and Daniel Juday. The conversation begins with the contours of the diversity conversation and what feels important about diversity work and moves on to talking about fake diversity. The episode finishes with talking about some unintended consequ…
 
This week, Kate and Dave talk about one of the most famous splits in history, bigger than Brad & Angelina, when the Protestant Church split off from the Catholic Church. There’s been some movement in the recent 10-15 years for certain protestants to reconsider some of the “higher” church traditions, particularly Catholicism, so we’re calling this e…
 
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