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.
the Misfit Faith podcast - Episode 26: The Great Spiritual Migration: Is It OK for Christianity to Evolve?
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.
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
the Misfit Faith podcast - Episode 24: Faith Getting Woke: They Blinded Me with Science (with Christian Kingery)
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.
the Misfit Faith podcast - Episode 23: Faith Getting Woke: Queer Eye for the Straight Church (with Jay Bakker)
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.
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.
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.
the Misfit Faith podcast - Episode 20: Faith Getting Woke: Overcoming our Body Issues (with Seth Taylor)
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.
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
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.
the Misfit Faith podcast - Episode 17: Thoughts on the Good Book: Disarming Scripture (with Derek Flood)
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
the Misfit Faith podcast - Episode 16: Thoughts on the Good Book: Can We Really Trust that Table of Contents? (with Mark Shea)
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.
the Misfit Faith podcast - Episode 15: Thoughts on the Good Book: The Numerous â€śDick Movesâ€ť of Israelâ€™s God (with Jared Byas)
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.
the Misfit Faith podcast - Episode 14: Thoughts on the Good Book: How to Tame Your Deity (with Brad Jersak)
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.
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
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.
In episode #10 of the Misfit Faith podcast I suggest a thought experiment according to which we build our theology from the ground up rather than it being imposed from the top down. I chat with my Drunk Ex-Pastors co-host, Christian Kingery, and then take a call from a listener about the hypocrisy of the so-called Pro-Life movement. Finally, in my â€śJason Needs a Minuteâ€ť segment I call for a uniform definition of what â€śbite-sizedâ€ť actually means, because this is getting ridiculous.
In episode #9 of Misfit Faith I address the topic of a supposedly all-powerful God and the existence of suffering and evil in the world. I chat with the infamous pastor of Eastlake Church, Ryan Meeks, about this issue (and what he has to say may surprise you). I answer a listenerâ€™s call about Pope Francisâ€™s recent remarks about the victims of sexual abuse, and our â€śJason Needs a Minuteâ€ť segment laments how damn old I am getting.
In episode #8 of Misfit Faith I tackle the issue of what happens when American Christianity screws the pooch, craps the bed, jumps the shark, or whatever other colorful metaphor you want for losing its credibility and moral authority. I chat with long-time friend John Terranova about his own loss of faith, and then answer a question about so-called divine guidance. Lastly, our â€śJason Needs a Minuteâ€ť segment highlights the plight of the modern day cigar smoker.
When episode #7 drops I will be on the Drunk Ex-Pastors cruise, but rather than leaving you all high and dry I thought Iâ€™d dust off an old sermon and put it out there so all of you could mock me. Enjoy!