July 11, 2018
In this episode I revisit the topic of the lack or void we feel at our core, bringing the principles of quantum theory to bear upon the issue and seeking to show that unknowing lies at the very core of existence itself. I am joined by psychologist and priest Diarmuid Oâ€™Murchu (whose name I constantly mispronounce) and we discuss his book, Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics.
July 9, 2018
In this episode of Misfit Faith I discuss the origins of the American Gospel which promises wholeness and wellbeing to those who jump through the right hoops (hint: its source has a forked tongue). We hear from Peter Rollins about the church as a satanic community, and then I answer a callerâ€™s question about whether we should think of God as a magic genie in the sky. I end the show with an impassioned cry for shopping and buying local, but not for the reasons you might think.
July 2, 2018
In this episode of Misfit Faith I launch a new series seeking to bring some of the ideas of the thinkers I have been reading for the last several years with my own â€śCatholishâ€ť worldview. We begin with a discussion of the lack or void that we all sense within ourselves, and what we usually do about it (hint, we totally get it wrong). I take a voicemail critiquing my speech patterns, and end the show wishing death upon the world as we know it.
June 25, 2018
In this episode of Misfit Faith I explore the utter lack of moral and spiritual credibility on the part of American Christianity, especially in the light of the crisis at our border. We hear some thoughts from Brian McLaren on church in the Trump age, as well as hear from a caller asking about Universalism. Our â€śJason Needs a Minuteâ€ť segment touches upon the futility of online political debate.
June 11, 2018
In this episode of Misfit Faith I reflect on the tragic suicide of Anthony Bourdain as well as engage with the responses to it from Matt Walsh and USA Today. I suggest that perhaps the conservative evangelical approach both lacks compassion (gasp!) as well as fails to address the underlying structures that oppress people and sometimes drive them suicidal. I end the episode with â€śJason Makes a Wish,â€ť asking Hollywood to make the most anti-climactic superhero movie ever.
May 29, 2018
In this episode of Misfit Faith I begin a series exploring Brian McLarenâ€™s latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration. I address whether the Christian faith should be understood as static and unchanging or whether dynamic growth and evolution are possible. We hear from McLaren himself, albeit not in the form of a phone interview unfortunately, and I end the show with a perfectly plausible plan to overcome my road rage.
May 21, 2018
In this episode of the Misfit Faith show I address the topic of escapism, suggesting that the root of American Christianityâ€™s dismissiveness toward social justice and environmental stewardship is the idea that itâ€™s all gonna burn anyway. I share some material from the Misfit Faith Community, after which I introduce a new segment titled â€śJason Makes a Wish.â€ť
May 14, 2018
In this episode I address another area where American Christianity may need to rethink its stance: science. I suggest that science poses no threat to faith, and yet, we must not allow these scientists to get too big for their britches (or lab coats). I chat with my Drunk Ex-Pastors co-host, Christian Kingery, about the mistrust of science that he was raised with, and then take a listenerâ€™s question about cults. I end the show explaining why â€śloving thy neighborâ€ť is harder for me than for most people.
May 7, 2018
In this episode of Misfit Faith I suggest that the American church needs to strike a new posture towards the LGBT community if they want to avoid utter cultural obscurity in this post-Christian world of ours. I speak with pastor Jay Bakker (son of Jim and Tammy Faye) about his experience moving his own congregation in an affirming direction over a decade ago. I answer a callerâ€™s question about the nature of love, and end the show bemoaning how bored I get by almost every song I hear.
April 30, 2018
In this episode I continue our series on what the church needs to do in order to be able to speak meaningfully into the lives of people in a post-Christian culture. I address the problem of evil and the oft-cavalier Christian response to it. I chat with fellow ex-pastor Jonathan Hays about his experience navigating this issue, and then answer a callerâ€™s question about why Jesusâ€™ death was considered a sacrifice. The episode ends with the admission that Intelligent Design might be BS after all.
April 23, 2018
Episode #21 of the Misfit Faith Podcast continues our series on how the church can survive in a post-Christian culture. I address the issue of power, showing how American Christianity is just the latest expression of humanityâ€™s age-old principle of â€śmight makes right.â€ť I suggest a better way forward, and then share a clip from Drunk Ex-Pastors in which Christian and I seek to comfort a caller who is stuck in a cycle of guilt and shame. I end the show with a rant against Family Ties. Yeah, the TV show.
April 16, 2018
Episode #20 of Misfit Faith begins a new series on how Christianity can survive in our twenty-first century postmodern culture. I address the various ways we might respond to this challenge, and then chat with Seth Taylor about the churchâ€™s fear of the body and of the material world. I answer a listenerâ€™s questions about priestly celibacy and the threat of hell, and end the episode with some straight-talk about how damn old we all are.
April 9, 2018
In this episode of Misfit Faith I offer a brief reflection on the degree to which many tend to understand the Christian life according to an â€śeconomic modelâ€ť (which basically means itâ€™s all one big eternal quid pro quo where we scratch Godâ€™s back by being good and he scratches ours by admitting us into heaven). I chat with author and historian Diana Butler Bass about her new book, Gratitude, after which I get a call from a U2 fan. I end the episode by pointing out how lame kids are these days.Â
April 2, 2018
In episode #18 of the Misfit Faith podcast I suggest a couple distinct approaches to the issue of resurrection (one I hope is right and the other I expect probably is). I then speak at length with world renowned Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan about his new book, Resurrecting Easter, discussing whether the western Churchâ€™s art depicting Easter morning betrays a subtle but important mistake that the Church in the East avoided. Also, suburban churches suck.
March 27, 2018
In this episode of Misfit Faith I share a few suggestions for how to read the Bible without expecting it to play by the rules of a game it has no stake in (as in, itâ€™s not a history book as we understand that term). I chat with author Derek Flood about his book, Disarming Scripture, and then take a call about why I donâ€™t play my Catholic Card more often. I end the show with a challenge to Hollywood to do a better job mocking us.Â
March 19, 2018
Episode #16 of Misfit Faith tackles the issue of the New Testament canon â€” what good are concepts like biblical inspiration and inerrancy when we canâ€™t even be sure which books to apply them to? I am joined by Mark Shea, who walks us through this thorny issue. I take a call about whether we should be open to including newly-unearthed texts in our existing Bibles (should they be discovered), and end the episode by insisting that Iâ€™m not a racist or misogynist, I swear.
March 13, 2018
In this episode we continue our series on the Bible, exploring issues such as whether God is in the business of mauling little children with bears or murdering innocent people because his prophet lost a bet. We are joined by Jared Byas, who shares his insight into how to tackle some of these Old Testament accounts that depict God as an unhinged maniac. With the help of a caller I rediscover my true pastoral calling, and end the episode with a rant about that thing of when showers just get way too fancy.
March 13, 2018
Episode #14 of Misfit Faith begins a short series on the Bible in which we will tackle questions like, â€śHow do we know that Scriptureâ€™s Table of Contents is accurate?â€ť; â€śWhy doesnâ€™t the New Testament condemn slavery?â€ť; and in this episode, â€śWhy does the God of the Hebrews seem so pissed off most of the time?â€ť I speak with writer and scholar Brad Jersak about this issue, and then answer a listenerâ€™s question about Fake News. Lastly, I end the episode by politely declining your request for my tip.
March 13, 2018
Episode #13 of the Misfit Faith podcast addresses the dangers of the evangelical obsession with high-octane spirituality and in its place suggests pursuing a form of life that is a bit more mundane and earthy. I chat with Matt Polley (1/3 of the Inglorious Pasterds) about the divinity of tobacco and Scotch, after which I answer a listenerâ€™s question about Process Theology. Lastly, our â€śJason Needs a Minuteâ€ť segment coins the terms â€śshell shardsâ€ť and â€śnut dust.â€ť
March 13, 2018
Episode #11 begins with a continuation of my reflection on what spirituality would look like if built from the ground up, this time applying the thought-experiment to Catholicism in particular. I chat with pastor and free-thinker Bryan Stupar about which theological ideas have helped him dignify, rather than vilify, the other, and then take question about social justice in Scripture. Lastly, my â€śJason Needs a Minuteâ€ť segment addresses how hard some Christians make it not to drop dead of a massive stroke.