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September 3, 2018  

Responding to Revoice, Pt. 1: Homosexuality and Friendship

In this episode of Sacred Tension, Timothy Wilds and I sit down to discuss the recent Revoice Conference. 

Revoice is a conference for LGBT people who affirm the traditional ethic on homosexuality. Timothy and I unpack the first keynote address, parsing out what we think is positive and negative. 

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August 29, 2018  

Pastors Gone Wild, Pt. 2

Donald and I continue our mad tour of delusional, abusive, and paranoid pastors.

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August 20, 2018  

Pastors Gone Wild, Pt. 1

I'm joined by Pentecostal minister Donald Guffey to go throughg a rundown of misbehaving pastors. In the process we discuss the nature of their corruption, whether they actually believe what they preach, and why the Evangelical church is drawn to charlatans.

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August 13, 2018  

Honest Religion, feat. Steve Daugherty

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I talk to pastor, author, and artist Steve Daugherty. We talk about honesty within faith, living in the spectrum between belief and agnosticism, his journey out of fundamentalism, and much more. 

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August 6, 2018  

Renegade Christianity, feat. Jay Bakker

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I talk to Jay Bakker, pastor of Revolution Church, an LGBT ally, and son of the notorious televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. We discuss what it was like growing up in the Bakker family, why he came out in support of LGBT people, his agnostic christianity, his struggles with alcoholism and depression, and much more.

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July 30, 2018  

Surviving Ex-gay Therapy, feat. Peterson Toscano

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I sit down with quaker, actor, activist and Biblical scholar Peterson Toscano to discuss his time in the ex-gay movement. Peterson discusses what he went through in the Love in Action program, and his long, hard road of recovery.

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July 23, 2018  

Deconstructing With Tarot, feat. Caleb Rowe

In this episode of Sacred Tension, I'm joined by podcaster Caleb Rowe for a demonstration of the life-changing power of Tarot. Through the reading we cover many topics, including: millenial anxiety, deconstructing Christian faith, the struggles of being an LGBT minority, developing our own rites and systems, and much more.

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July 9, 2018  

Greg The Satanist Answers Your Questions

Can you be religious and an atheist? Can you disbelieve in spirits while also defending your religious freedom? We live in a culture that has hard boundaries between these territories, and they are enforced by all sides, atheists and religious alike. The assumption that religion = theism is deeply imbedded in our culture, but it might be blocking progress to a more rational, reasonable, and humane religion.

Greg Stevens of the Satanic Temple joins me to discuss non-theistic religion, the activism of The Satanic Temple, the importance of religion for atheists, and to answer questions from my listeners about The Satanic Temple. 

Among the questions asked are:

- Why Satan? Why, of all the deities to worship, do you choose Satan?

- Why degrade Christian symbols that so many Christians deem holy? Isn’t that counter-productive?

- How has the election of Donald Trump effected the Temple?

- Is Satanism purely reactionary to Christianity? What would Satanism look like in other cultures? 

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July 2, 2018  

Catching the Faith Superbug

In this Episode of Sacred Tension, Danielle and I chat about what would make us lose faith in Christianity, what still scars us from our evangelical pasts, our favorite Catholic saints, why we eventually came to affirm gay relationships, and much more.

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June 25, 2018  

Out of the Closet, Pt. 3: Theosis

Matt and I wrap up our conversation with Timothy by discussing, among many other things, Theosis: the spiritual concept that ultimately led Timothy out of the closet. Theosis is the belief that God is working to unite all things to Himself, and what this taught Timothy about his own sexual orientation is profound. 

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