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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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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…
 
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS (1) The House Passes the John Lewis Voting Rights Act NPR: The House Has Passed A Bill To Restore The Voting Rights Act CBS News: House Passes John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act on Party Lines NY Times: As Democrats Renew Voting Rights Push, Offsetting Roberts Court Is Top of Mind CNN: Supreme Court Says Arizona Limits Do…
 
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS: Moderna Using COVID19 Research for HIV Vaccine Trials Blavity: Moderna Using Its COVID19 Research To Spearhead Clinical Trials for HIV Vaccine Them.: Moderna Is About to Begin Trials for HIV Vaccine Based on COVID19 Research The Fall of Afghanistan NPR: A Mission to Give Afghanistan Democracy Became a Bid to Repair America’s O…
 
This week, Holy Shit Pod (HSP) hosts Brandon T. Maxwell, Katie Ricks, and Sam White respond to your voicemails, emails, and DMs for HSP's first listener feedback episode. CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS The New Yorker: The Vindication of Andrew Cuomo's Accusers NY Times: How Andrew Cuomo's Exit Tarnished a Legacy and Dimmed a Dynasty Yale: Five Things To Know…
 
Last week, Netflix released the much-anticipated documentary “Pray Away” - wherein former leaders of the “pray the gay away” movement wrestle with the impact of their theological perspective and survivors reflect on their engagement with the organizations that espoused the harmful theologies. In this week's Word of Pod, Brandon, Katie, and Sam refl…
 
In this episode, Whitney Bond joins Brandon for the Word of Pod, which includes a conversation about Lil Nas X and how his most recent antics give Black folks exactly what we need. Brandon, Sam, and Katie also discuss Simone Biles and the Democratic Party's probe into January 6 CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Lil Nas X Joins Forces With the Bail Project Blavi…
 
Brandon T. Maxwell, Katie Ricks, and Sam White discuss Marla Gibbs receiving her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Lil Nas X's new song/music video, "Industry Baby." Then, the crew takes a deep dive into the #FreeBritney Movement and its implications for our understandings of personhood, religion, and agency. MARLA GIBBS & THE HOLLYWOOD WALK O…
 
This week, the THSP crew discusses what it means to honor our bodies by taking our physical health seriously. Pastor Sam shares a bit about his health journey and his years-long struggle with diabetes. Using Sam's journey as a lens, the cast also wrestles with health disparities in Black communities and how we can work together to shift our relatio…
 
In this episode, Lisa concludes the first season of Healing Jephthah's Daughters with a brief reflection on the healing journey so far accented by a few of our favorite moments from the first ten episodes. Lisa also offers a few invitations to help you continue your healing journey in the days and weeks to come. Season 2 will premiere in Fall 2021 …
 
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS This week, Brandon, Katie, and Sam discuss the proliferation of racist micro-and-macroaggressions leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, including the suspension of Sha'Carri Richardson (NBC) and the banning of a swim cap designed for natural hair (CBS). The church announcements also include discussions about the subversi…
 
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS This week's church announcements include a discussion about the Black TikTok Creator strike, Oli London's 'Transracial' identity, IKEA's new gay couches, the collapse of Champlain Towers, and the delta variant. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD Last week, Bill Cosby was released from prison after the state supreme court overtur…
 
OVERVIEW This episode engages the following questions: What is grief? Is grieving a gendered experience? What is the difference between instrumental and intuitive grief? What is the relationship between grief and blame? What does Jephthah teach us about grief? GUESTS The Reverend Darryl Owens is the Chaplain and Grief Counselor for Women at the Uni…
 
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Brandon, Sam, and Katie talk about Val Demings and her quest to take Marco Rubio's US Senate seat, recent rifts in the Southern Baptist Convention, teaching critical race theory in schools, and the joys and sorrows of the outside opening back up. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD As Pride Month comes to a close, THSP wrestles w…
 
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Brandon, Sam, and Katie share their thoughts on the new Juneteenth National Independence Day; Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, and Black Music Month; and the resurrection of Tyler Perry's Madea for a new Netflix film. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD Now that Juneteenth is a federal holiday, what does this mean for modern-day plant…
 
This week, Lisa welcomes Brandon T. Maxwell and Katie Ricks from TheoLab Media's flagship podcast, The Holy Shit Pod, for a conversation about the Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin documentaries, Joe Biden's long-term commitment to ending violence against women, and how churches can help end cycles of violence Subscribe to The Holy Shit Pod: https://…
 
CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS Brandon, Sam, and Katie share their thoughts on the rise in support for same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana, and California's first openly gay State Supreme Court justice. WORD OF POD FOR THE PEOPLE OF POD Brandon is hella concerned that some people may be drawing a false equivalency between support for same-sex marriage an…
 
This week, Lisa invites listeners to consider the value of knowing our parents' stories and how adulthood (read, parenthood) can give wounded children clarity and perspective to understand the challenging components of their parents' actions and expectations. The discussion includes four conversation partners: Rev. Adriene Thorne, Rev. Dionne Boiss…
 
Brandon, Sam, and Katie discuss the political origins of Pride, the corporatization of pride, and how they plan to celebrate Pride Month this year. This week's church announcements include male teachers wearing skirts, the POSE series finale, and Billy Porter's greatness. GOOD READS | BOOKS Their Own Receive Them Not: African American Lesbians and …
 
Brandon and Katie welcome Lisa Weaver, host of Healing Jephthah's Daughters, for a THSP / HJD mashup discussion about the expectations that are placed on women and how they can be death-dealing. BOOKS, ARTICLES, and OTHER RESOURCES Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Women of Questionable Virtue | Barbara J. Essex What Matters Most: Ten Lessons in Li…
 
This week, Lisa continues last week’s conversation with the Reverends Dionne Boissiere and Adriene Thorne. Part two of the dialogue explores the complicated relationship between expectations and exercising one's agency. Check out the healing resources referenced in this episode: Bad Girls of the Bible: Exploring Women of Questionable Virtue | Barba…
 
Brandon, Katie, and Sam continue discussing Amazon Prime's new series, "Them," and the ways it highlights the traumas Black people experience through systemic oppression. This week's church announcements include the conflict in Palestine, national masturbation month, and mental health awareness month. BOOKS, ARTICLES, and OTHER RESOURCES The Palest…
 
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