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 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 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…

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…