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 49 | Non-Prophet

From Bethel Church in Redding, to Hillsong in Australia, many in the evangelical world have gone full fanboy over modern day prophets.  If someone is legitimately a mouthpiece for God, how could that ever be verified?  Is this just a matter of faith, feelings or intuition?   How can we know if someone is legitimate?  Pastors…

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…

Episode 45 | The Art of Adulting

In a world where it seems like the like the people in charge often act like petulant children, we have to ask, “Where are the adults?”  The Art of Adulting is about living with wisdom and taking responsibility.  This may be hardest with navigating disagreement with those who treat us like enemies.  How do we move…

Episode 44 | Greater Than Nothing

Atheism is a belief system, and we can prove it! Everyone and every view is united by the same BIG questions. We’re just divided by the answers. Whether you’re a strong atheist or a passive disbeliever–we all are responsible to explain why people have dignity or why rape is wrong. Saying, “everyone knows it” is not…

QOTW

I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle. God to me is a mystery but is the explanation for the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing. –Allan Sandage What’s your answer to life’s biggest question? Allan Sandage (b. 1926), winner…

Episode 40 | Trumped Up Virtue

Millions are marching and more are passionately expressing their values.  Among all the disagreement, there is surprising unity: compassion is good, racism is bad, evil should be resisted.  Can we validate these values without a belief in God?  On the Late Show, with Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais laughs off the idea God.  He claims science…

QOTW

You cannot put straight in others what is warped in yourself.  –Athanasius A truth bomb from the Black Dwarf.

Episode 35 | Are You A Feminist? Pt. 2

In the last episode, Mike Bell and Rick Henderson reacted with emotional hostility to the question, “Are you a feminist?”  In this episode they take a look at the true history of feminism and react to the perspective of Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist, a pro-life, Christian who believes the Bible teaches all of us to…

Episode 33 | God of Silence

Martin Scorsese directed and released Silence, a film starting Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.  More than a stellar movie, it tells the story of brutally persecuted Jesuit priests and Japanese Christians in 17th century Japan.  The film compels the viewer to ask the question, where is God in our pain and suffering?  Why…