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May 14, 2018  

Christian Movies Suck, feat. Say Goodnight Kevin

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I talk to the hilarious and insightful youtuber Kevin McCreary of Say Goodnight Kevin fame. We discuss his childhood as a Christian homeschooler, his firing from Focus on the Family, and why Christian movies are so gag-inducingly terrible. 

Kevin makes a living critiquing terrible Christian movies on youtube. Find his channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/saygoodnightkevin

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April 23, 2018  

Gender Apocalypse: The Danvers Statement, Pt. 1

In this episode of Sacred Tension, Danielle, Donald, and I discuss the Danvers Statement. The Danvers Statement is a statement from the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood on gender roles in the church, home, and culture. Danielle leads the charge with a complete breakdown on why the statement falls apart at the seams.

While the Danvers Statement seems dusty, arcane, and out of touch, it is still important. It still shapes the way many people understand family, gender, and culture. Underlying the Danvers Statement is an infallible reading of scripture which, like a house of cards, collapses under its own weight. Scripture is far too huge, ancient, and complex to be held to the standards that the CBMW try to hold it to.

The result is an impoverished and potentially abusive view of scripture, culture, and, ultimately, women.

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April 2, 2018  

Gay, Christian, HIV Positive

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I talk to gay Christian activist and blogger Donald Scherschligt about his recent HIV diagnosis, and how he is integrating his HIV positive status into his life and faith. Donald speaks vulnerably and beautifully about the first moment he found out he is positive, the politics of HIV, the cognitive shift that takes place when one receives a positive diagnosis, and much, much more. 

You can find Donald at www.donaldlawrence.me, and on twitter @donnysurelegit. He is also the editor in chief of SKEW, a Level Ground magazine, which you can find at http://www.onlevelground.org

Do you or someone you know need help or resources on HIV? Donald has provided me with resources for anyone who might need care or want to learn more:

Everything you could ever want to know and more about HIV: http://www.thebody.com/

To find an HIV testing center in your local area: https://locator.aids.gov/

To find PrEP providers, I recommend a couple places: First, https://preplocator.org/

Second, If you live in a "healthcare desert" (a location where access to PrEP is unavailable due to legal or geographical limitations), learn about Nurx and get their app. They're an amazing telemedicine start-up that is making access to this pill incredibly easy: https://www.nurx.com/prep/

If you need help affording PrEP: https://www.truvada.com/how-to-get-truvada-for-prep/truvada-cost

To learn more about the history of the AIDS crisis: "How To Survive A Plague" is an infuriating, moving, powerful, amazing film and a must-watch for anyone who wants to learn about ACT UP and AIDS. It's totally worth the $3 for a rental on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrr0eA34CSM

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March 26, 2018  

Surviving a Shooting

This episode of Sacred Tension is a bit different, in that it isn't actually a Sacred Tension episode. Matt Langston has graciously agreed to let me share the audio from an interview I did for his show Eleventylife on what it was like to survive a shooting when I was 19 years old.

Because this is a story I rarely tell publicly, and becuase I don't see myself sharing it again anytime soon, I wanted to offer my listeners the opportunity to hear it. In the process, Matt, Davey and I discuss mental health, social media, religious child abuse, and Matt recalls that one time when demons were cast out of him.

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March 5, 2018  

Living With Doubt, Pt. 1: In the Ruins of Christianity

In this episode of Sacred Tension, Matt Langston of Eleventyseven and I sit down to discuss our on-going struggles with doubt and faith. We discuss Science Mike's axioms of faith, and why we are still, against all odds, in the Christian community. 

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February 12, 2018  

Complementarianism, Pt. 2: Trickle Down Gospel

Donald, Danielle, and I continue our conversation about gender complementarianism and the mission statement of the Council For Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In the process we discuss power structures, the importance of doubt, and how organizations like the Council For Biblical Manhood and Womanhood might exist to maintain certainty and control.

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January 22, 2018  

Dangerous Games

In this episode, I speak with religious scholar Joseph Laycock about the Satanic Panic of the 80's and 90's, and why the Evangelical world was so terrified of role-playing games like Dungeons and Dragons. We discuss his book Dangerous Games: What the Moral Panic Over Role Playing Games Says About Religion, Play, and Imagined Worlds. His book serves as an important cautionary tale in our age of hyper-connectivity, fake news, and conspiracy theories.

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January 15, 2018  

Ex-Evangelical

In this episode I sit down with environmental scientist Melissa Wilson to talk about her journey out of Evangelicalism, her grieving process for her old faith community, her journey towards embracing LGBT people, and the struggle of being a questioner in Christian community.

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December 11, 2017  

Being Queer in Christian School, Pt. 1

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I sit down with lifelong friend and fabulous drag queen Ida Carolina AKA Nathan Adams about growing up queer in Christian school. We share what it was like being queer in evangelical culture, what lessons we internalized about ourselves, and how we survived the experience. 

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October 2, 2017  

A Bisexual in the Salvation Army

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I talk to former Salvation Army officer Timothy McPherson about his journey from conservative minister to being excommunicated from his church for coming out as bisexual and progressive. 

Artwork is by Justin Caleb Bryant

Music by The Jellyrox

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