Episode 61 | Bad Religion

Jen and Brandon Hatmaker are the latest evangelical thought leaders to catch public condemnation.  They join the unhappy club of formerly loved evangelicals, along with Rachel Held Evans and Rob Bell.  Mike Frost, the professor, author and Christian blogger has called foul on Evangelical culture for being exclusive and unhealthy. Pastor Rick Henderson, along with…

Episode 60 | Hash It Out

Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey’s hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear created a twitter firestorm. Is there a cultural problem or a doctrinal problem in churches that makes religion inherently sexist? Is it both or something altogether different? Does faith unintentionally encourage abuse? Pastor Rick Henderson admits he was wrong, as he welcomes guest co-hosts Becky Bruce and Rob Lambert to…

Episode 59 | Miss Understood Pt. 2

After posting comments online in response to Samatha Fields’s article in Relevant Magazine, a Christian publication, a storm of shame and general insanity erupted. Added to the spotlight is self-proclaimed Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey’s trending hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson engage the fray and take seriously the claims that pastors, like John Piper, promote…

Episode 56 | The New Priests

The most persuasive people are the ones who make us laugh. Louis C.K.’s new Netflix special has erupted in controversy.  His observations spark laughter over “killing babies.”  Pro-choice advocates like it less than the Pro-life advocates.  And yet, the routine is decidedly in favor of abortion.  Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss the the…

Episode 54 | Dead Man Walking Pt. 1

Richard Dawkins claims that Jesus rotted in a grave, like everyone else.  And, any claim otherwise is no better attested than a children’s fable.  But what about all of New Testament scholars who say differently? What about non-Christian historical documents that address Jesus and the resurrection? Even agnostic, New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman disagrees with…

Episode 53 | The Bomb Proof Family Pt. 2

You can try to control your children or you can try to influence them, but you can’t choose both. What do you when you’re afraid that your kids are losing their Christian values or their innocence? Your college age kid announces that he has adopted a political ideology that you despise… Your teenage daughter is pregnant….

Episode 52 | The Bomb Proof Family Pt. 1

Someone once said, “When you become a parent you quickly realize that for the rest of your life you’re only as happy as your unhappiest kid.” Kids will do something that goes against our values, experiment with something illegal or go through a phase that feels like a bomb has been dropped on the family. What…

Episode 51 | Shell Game Pt. 2

Disillusionment.  A crisis of faith.  Uncertainty.  These are common, maybe even healthy experiences in every worldview.  Do these feelings and thoughts mean that it’s time to abandon beliefs?  Should we repress doubts?  What is the way forward? How are we supposed to be a good friend when talking with someone who is believer in public,…

Episode 50 | Shell Game Pt. 1

What do you do when see yourself playing a shell game?  On the outside you still wear the mask of a believer, but on the inside—you know you’re really a doubter. There are many different approaches to common experience.  The answers can’t be, “Just have more faith.”  Or, “fake it till you make it.”  Is…

Episode 48 | Welcome to the Jungle

From social interaction to social media, making a political statement or taking a bold stance on a cultural issue feels like stepping into the lion’s den.  And yet, we love it when people dare to engage.  In this episode, pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell respond to both the friendly and critical members of the…

Episode 47 | Bouquet of Trouble

Baronnelle Stutzman is the florist who was thrust into the national spotlight for refusing to design flowers for a same-sex wedding. Alliance Defending Freedom is taking her case to the Supreme Court. Is this another instance of grumpy, hypocritical Christians? Is there a difference between what the law should allow and what Christians should do? Does…

Episode 46 | Shacked Up

William Paul Young’s uber popular book, The Shack, has sold millions of copies and is now a feature film.  Some are raving fans.  Other resist and even attack it for being heresy — chock-full of erroneous information about God, Jesus, the Bible etc. Conservative Christian thought leader Albert Mohler says that the book “reveals a disastrous…