Drop your D string, because this episode features the one and only, Garrett Russell, the frontman for Silent Planet. Garrett and I talk about Silent Planet’s new album and the theology that informs it. We also talk about the theology of hardcore music in general. There may even be a The Chariot reference and new Silent Planet tunes inserted at some points in the episode.
Pause Tupac for a moment and tune into this episode where Daniel White Hodge and I talk about his new book, Homeland Insecurity: A Hip Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Context. We talk about the intersection of theology and hip-hop and Hip-Hop Jesus.
Dr. Daniel White Hodge is the Associate Professor of Intercultural Communications at North Park University in Chicago, author, and podcaster. His research interests are the intersections of faith, Hip Hop culture, race/ethnicity, & young adult ethnic-minority emerging generations.
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Put down the Communist Manifesto and take a listen to Tylor Standley talk about his newest book, The Separation of Church and Estate: Capitalism and the Christian Conscience. We discuss a Christian response that is resistive to capitalism. We also explore other non-capitalist systems that may be more faithful to human flourishing.
Tylor Standley is an author, podcaster, and co-founder of Patristica Press. His most recent book is The Separation of Church and Estate: Capitalism and the Christian Conscience.
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Turn your bass settings down because Bo Sanders and his sports announcer voice is here. Bo talks about his interest in practical theology and how it informs his church. He also talks about a concept he calls Church 2.0.
Finish up your lectio divina and venture into my conversation with Dann Wigner about his newest book, A Sociology of Mystic Practices: Use and Adaptation in the Emergent Church. We discuss the ways mystic practices are used in emergent churches.
Dann Wigner is a professor and scholar of Christian spirituality. His most recent book is A Sociology of Mystic Practices: Use and Adaptation in the Emergent Church.
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Get your clever protest signs ready, because we are about to hit the streets with Robyn Henderson-Espinoza. In this episode Robyn talks about Activist Theology and decolonizing theology and academia. We also talk about Robyn's upcoming book.
Nothing but sacredness here as Kaitlin Curtice talks about her most recent book, Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places. We talk about the sacredness in the ordinary and how her indigenous tradition subverts white supremacy in the Christian faith.
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Wes is the name and "reformed and always reforming" is the game. Wes is here to talk about his newest book, Future Faith: Ten Challenges for Reshaping Christianity in the 21st Century. We talk about how Christianity is not only changing in American but globally and how the shift of Christianity to the Global South will change American Christianity.
Wes Granberg-Michaelson is an author, speaker, and former General Secretary of the Reformed Church of America. Wes has also been active in ecumenical initiatives such as the Global Christian Forum and Christian Churches Together.
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Bonnie Kristian is here to talk about a faith that bends but doesn't break. She recently released her first book, A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today; therefore, we talk about the multiplicity of Christian and what that means for its followers today.
Bonnie Kristian is a writer who mainly thinks about theology, politics, and guinea pigs—not necessarily in that order. Her writing has appeared in Time, CNN, Politico, The Hill, and Relevant Magazine.
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You'll enjoy this episode as much as Dr. Pugh is currently enjoying retirement. In this episode, Dr. Jeffrey Pugh talks about Bonhoeffer's Religionless Christianity. What did Religionless Christianity mean for Bonhoeffer in his day and what could it mean in ours?
Jeffrey Pugh was a professor of Religious Studies at Elon University and an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. His books include: Religionless Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Troubled Times and The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the End Times: Theology After You've Been Left Behind.
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Let us all be grateful for the wisdom of Diana Butler Bass. In this episode she talks about her new book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks, and how gratitude subverts the hostility of current-day American political and religious life.
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Brandan Robertson is here to talk about his new book, Our Witness: The Unheard Stories of LGBT+ Christians. We also touch on his own spiritual journey, the inspiration behind the book, and the ways in which LGBTQ+ Christians are faithfully changing the institution of the church.
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Check your whiteness at the door and join Tori and I, as she talks about the intersection of anti-racism, spirituality, and science. She talks about the work she does at a neuroscience lab in Oregon and how their research equips people in the work of anti-racism. She also talks about her spiritual journey and how it relates to her passion for anti-racism and science.
Tori is a writer, an anti-racist activist and educator, neuroscience research assistant, history nerd, and an ex-evangelical. She uses neuroscience to re-frame the way culture engages with mental health, race, racism, spiritual abuse, sexuality, and the legal system.
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Christian higher education has never been so religionless! In this episode, Drew Moser and Mason talk about Drew's new book, Ready or Not: Leaning in Life in Our Twenties. They talk about the ways in which millennials are engaging with the church and spirituality.
Jason Chesnut joins us to subvert institutionalized Christianity! Jason and Mason talk about #SlateSpeak, an online spiritual community. He talks about the ways in which people foster their faith online and how this medium of faith fostering subverts institutionalized Christianity.
Garbage Oprah is here and the only thing she's giving away to you is snark, Enneagram wisdom, and spirituality on Twitter. She bestows upon us mere peasants the wisdom of the Enneagram for millennials, her spiritual journey, the #churchtoo movement, and her sense of spirituality formed on Twitter.
Theology nerds rejoice, David Congdon is here! David and I talk about his most recent book The God Who Saves and its contribution to the way soteriology informs our ecclesiology. Speaking of which, David and I also get all up in your ecclesiastical business talking about technology’s impact on the future of the church, finding “church” outside of church, and religionless Christianity.
David Congdon is an author, speaker, and scholar working in the area of theology and culture. He hails originally from Portland, Oregon, completed a B.A. in English at Wheaton College, acquired an M.Div. and Ph.D. in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has since worked in the publishing industry as an academic editor.
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Brian McLaren. Yes, you read that correctly. We have Brian McLaren here today on Religionless Church. Brian and I talk about his book The Great Spiritual Migration as it relates to religionless Christianity and upcoming projects on which he’s working.
Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good.
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Tim Burnette is in the house! Tim and I have an ecclesiastical rich conversation that convalesces to topics of process theology, process ecclesiology, and The Way Collective.
Tim Burnette is a Doctor of Ministry student at Claremont School of Theology and pastor of The Way Collective, a new movement in Santa Barbara, CA, and is a community for people looking to unite by living well for the common good in an increasingly divisive world.
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In this very first episode of Religionless Church, we have Doug Pagitt. We talk about the emergent church movement Doug was a part of in the late 1990s and early 2000s, his new book coming out in 2018, and his new organization, Greater Things.
Doug Pagitt is a pastor, author, and a convener who seeks to be a goodness conspirator & possibility evangelist finding creative, entrepreneurial and generative ways to enlist people to join in the hopes, dreams, and desires of God for the world.
Doug has written A Christianity Worth Believing: Hope-filled, Open-armed, Alive-and-well Faith for the Left Out, Left Behind, and Let Down in us All, Flipped: The Provocative Truth That Changes Everything We Know About God, Church in the Inventive Age, and many more.
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