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Religious institutions have groomed us to ask fewer questions and to be more fearful of difference. But questions give our lives meaning and help us understand more about God, ourselves, and the world. The Holy Shit Pod (THSP) is a jaw-dropping, belly-laughing conversation about the questions that many religious institutions avoid at all costs or fail to take seriously. With over 50 years of collective pastoral experience, Reverends Brandon T. Maxwell, Katie Ricks, and Samuel Lee White, III ...
 
Jephthah is a biblical character who made a short-sighted promise that resulted in the murder of his daughter. Jephthah’s daughter paid the price for his seeming lack of wisdom and maturity. Today, so many daughters, so many fathers, replay this story like a syndicated episode of a 1990s sitcom. In Healing Jephthah’s Daughters, The Reverend Lisa M. Weaver, Ph.D., deploys family systems theory, biblical criticism, and storytelling to explore the childhood traumas women and girls experience at ...
 
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Earlier this year, Vanity Fair released an article entitled, "Inside Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Unlikely Rise and Precipitous Fall at Liberty University." The report provides insight into one of America's most-least favorite leaders on the religious right and how a sex scandal with his wife and a pool boy rocked the foundations of the Christian empire cre…
 
In this episode, the HSP crew talks about cancel culture by revisiting some of the most public cancelations of the last 20 years (e.g., Janet Jackson, Bill Cosby). Is canceling people the work of justice? Is cancel culture consistent with Christian theology? What do we do after we've successfully canceled someone? What comes after the cancelation?…
 
In this episode, Brandon, Katie, Sam, and Natarsha discuss the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reboot now streaming on Peacock TV, Presbyterian College Women's Lacrosse Team and their verbal racist assault of the Howard University Women's Lacrosse team, and why the Catholic Church in America is nullifying thousands of baptisms.…
 
Nearly sixty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, "I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to 'order' than to justice..." In this episode, the HSP crew asks, "are white progressives the new modera…
 
This week, Brandon, Katie, Sam, and Liberty discuss their understanding of respecting one's elders. Are elders due respect just because they've lived longer than everyone? Or should they be held to some other standard? The group also reflects on the resurgence of book bans and Whoopi Goldberg's recent Holocaust gaffe wherein she (accidentally?) sug…
 
This week, the Unholy Trinity welcomes Liberty (Natarsha) Sanders back to discuss the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Biden's shortlist to replace Justice Breyer, the time President Paul Kagame closed thousands of religious institutions, and more. In the Word of Pod, Brandon, Sam, and Katie begin a conversation about our collect…
 
In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss Pastor Mike Todd's sermon illustration wherein he lathered spit on a parishioner's face. It's an hour of church announcements that include Spit Gate 2022, tributes to Thich Nhat Hanh and Andre Leon Talley, a walk through Katie's COVID Corner, and reflections on political/religious idealism vs. pragma…
 
This week, Brandon, Sam, and Katie celebrate the King Holiday by NOT talking about Martin Luther King, Jr. In the wake of the recent deaths of Desmond Tutu, bell hooks, Betty White, Sidney Poitier - and many others - the Unholy Trinity asks, what do we do when our heroes die? How do we honor their legacies? Who fills their shoes? Is it possible to …
 
The Unholy Trinity is back and better than ever. In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the increasing number of plagues descending on the world, why Pharaoh needs to let the people go, and how we still need vaccinations (and boosters!) for white supremacy. Please take five minutes to complete this brief Holy Shit Pod Listener Survey.…
 
This week, Brandon, Katie, and Sam catch up on all that's happened in the world since Thanksgiving. It's a full-length church announcements episode full of laughs and holiday cheer! Listen in for hot takes on the 'Sex in the City' reboot, Jussie Smollett's trial, the holiday shopping season, and more. In the second half of the episode, the HSP crew…
 
This week, Brandon and Katie are joined by Natarsha "Liberty" Sanders for a Thanksgiving debrief and a conversation about Brandon's formerly favorite liturgical season, Advent. How do our social locations impact the way we approach waiting? Is Advent a tool of white supremacist ideation? Do religious leaders improperly deploy Advent to silence the …
 
In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam welcome Natarsha back for a (follow-up) conversation about the devil, white supremacy, and what it means to refrain from making a habit out of evil. Church announcements: World Vasectomy Day 2021, Katie's COVID Corner, the Kyle Rittenhouse Acquittal, and Black pastors supporting Ahmaud Arbery's family.…
 
This week, Sam and Brandon have an honest conversation about the devil. Who or what is the devil? Does s/he wear Prada? Is not believing in the devil a luxury or a necessity? Does social location matter as it relates to belief in the devil? Is Lord Voldemort the most accurate depiction of the devil in contemporary films? Church announcements: Dayli…
 
In this episode, the HSP hosts discuss the not-so-midterm elections, Joe Biden's infrastructure bill, and how critical race theory continues to be weaponized by the Republican party to reconnect with moderate, white voters. The Word of Pod features a conversation about preaching politics and why the Christian faith is necessarily political. Revised…
 
In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam reflect on the tomfoolery of the last couple of weeks, including the Facebook whistleblower, Trump's 2024 Presidential campaign, Big Brother crowning its first Black winner, The Cookout, and the Texas Abortion Law. The group also revisits Katie's COVID Corner for an update on the state of the pandemic. (Are …
 
Brandon, Katie, and Sam try out podcasting and explore the question: what makes one thing sacred and another secular or profane? The episode includes an honest, irreverent conversation about the limitations of certain understandings of holiness and how holiness is actually about being more human or elevating the so-called worldly. Could authenticit…
 
Holy Shit Pod welcomes Rev. Corwin Malcolm Davis to discuss Lil Nas X's debut album, black queer visibility, and how to unlearn toxic white masculinity. Also, Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the R. Kelly trial and congresses challenge to Joe Biden's economic agenda. If you would like a transcript of today's episode, please email holyshit@theolabmed…
 
In this episode, Brandon, Sam, and Katie respond to a listener question on soteriology, salvation, and Calvinism - i.e., what’s the point of preaching/evangelizing if only the sovereignly chosen are saved? Listen in as the HSP hosts challenge the core tenets of Calvinism and invite listeners to consider alternatives. CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Texas Doct…
 
In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss Lil Nas X's debut album and respond to a listener question from a friend of the pod in Cape Town, South Africa. What are the benefits of evangelism? Are there disadvantages? (Spoiler: yes, lots of disadvantages!) And are Christians merely projecting their behaviors on gay people? Or are gay people at…
 
In this episode, Brandon, Katie, and Sam dig into the Texas Abortion Law, its impact on Roe v. Wade, and women's rights. CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Lil Nas X is Having a Baby! Philly Tribute: Lil Nas X Trolls Drake with Album 'Pregnancy' Announcement People: Lil Nas X Reveals He's Pregnant - with His Album - in Over-the-Top Announcement Photos Yahoo! New…
 
Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the meaning of work and the Great Resignation. Americans are leaving their jobs in droves - primarily, Gen Z and Millenials while the baby boomers continue clutching their desks. Listen in for a discussion about how the pandemic has exacerbated perennial issues with the American understanding of labor. CHURCH ANNOUNC…
 
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