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December 11, 2018  

(Repost) Cults and New Religious Movements

This holiday season has been crazy, so I am reposting this fascinating conversation with cult expert Joseph Laycock about New Religious Movements. We will be back on schedule with new shows next week.

December 4, 2018  

Face the Music and Dance: Responding to Climate Change

Earlier this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change dropped a horrifying ultimatum on the world: we have a mere 12 years to to mobilize a World War II level effort to change the effects of climate change to avoid a cataclysmic future.

Like many people, I try to be a conscientious and informed citizen. I try to stay abreast of all that is happening in the world, and I try to effect change in my own small way. But this IPCC report completely paralyzed me with terror. How do we even begin to effect change in the face of such a daunting task, with the lives of future generations and entire species at stake?

I can’t imagine that I’m the only person who feels this way. Many of us, when confronted with such huge realities, simply shut down, and that’s the very worst thing we can do.

To try to help myself and others who might be feeling a similar paralysis, I invited my friend Peterson Toscano onto the show to talk me and my audience down from the ledge.

Peterson Toscano is a climate activist, LGBT activist, biblical scholar, and actor. This conversation is what my soul needed, and I found his hope contagious. He offered some new perspectives that I’d never considered before, and while I still struggle with climate fear, my conversation with Peterson has greatly encouraged me.

As Peterson reminds us in this conversation, there is such a thing Climate change denial, but there is also such a thing as climate hope denial. More than anything right now, we need hope that can inspire us to act, to create a more compassionate, connected, and enlightened humanity.

Find Peterson's  Citizens Climate Radio here:


November 19, 2018  

Inside the Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

I'm joined by former priest David Yocis to discuss the Catholic sex abuse scandal and the recent Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report. 

Find the Grand Jury Report here:


November 5, 2018  

(Repost) Christian Movies Suck, feat. Say Goodnight Kevin

(Repost) I talk to YouTuber Say Goodnight Kevin about why Christian movies are so horrible.

October 30, 2018  

After School Satan, feat. Chalice Blythe of The Satanic Temple

Logic, science, and reason are coming for your children.

October 23, 2018  

Theology and Social Justice Pt. 2

Danielle and I conclude our conversation on social justice and the gospel.

October 15, 2018  

Theology and Social Justice Pt. 1

Danielle and I sit down to discuss the recent statement on social justice and the gospel from various evangelical leaders. In the process, we talk about priviledge, race, science, and much more. 

For more resources on this subject: 

Minoirty Korner Podcast

The New Jim Crow 

White Rage



October 8, 2018  

Out of Evangelicalism, feat. Blake Chastain

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I talk to Exvangelical Podcast host Blake Chastain about recovering from evangelicalism, the importance of ritual, the harms of purity culture, and much more. 

October 2, 2018  

Getting Naked With the Naked Pastor

David Hayward, AKA the Naked Pastor, is a retired minister who now helps guide people through the challenges of theological deconstruction. He leads the Lasting Supper online community, and is the cartoonist behind the Naked Pastor comics. 

In this conversation we discuss his journey out of traditional Christianity, his deconstruction, and the road to healthy spirituality.

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September 25, 2018  

Responding to Revoice, Pt. 4: Homosexuality and Shame

Timothy and I conclude our 4-part response to the Revoice conference with our reaction to Wesley Hill's talk. We discuss shame, homosexuality, the supposed immutability of God's law, and why God's law is wrong anyway.