I’m sure we all have weird relationship stories, but when you're raised in religion, they seem weirder and ridiculously over complicated. T.O. Knowles shares with us about growing up in Teenmania Ministries, the cultish, mega, TV, youth ministry, and his premature, basically fake engagement to his cheating ex-girlfriend...
As I have traversed down the road of Losing Religion, my former life as an American Christian Pastor has haunted me. How I used to consider myself a teacher for others, someone who knew the way. Someone who could be followed. I fear these things now. They have caused me to resist being a leader, a guru, a teacher for others. Even though many have called me these things, Josiah shows me another way.
The way of a guide...
If you’re wondering if I have any Christian friends left, yes I do. Kyle is one of them. You may remember Kyle from the REJECTED EPISODE. You know, the episode that was too far for the "Christian Organization" to put out. Kyle is on the show this time as my guest.
As I continue the journey of deconstruction of faith, I no longer call myself a Christian. As Kyle has, he no longer calls himself an Evangelical. In this episode, we talk about this as well as engaging into the inadequacy of defining truth, embracing other religions, and theological differences we hold.
Victor and I drank and talked like junior high girls into the wee hours of the Nashville night. Growing up in the glow of the Pentecostal gold dust revival scene, Victor could be a lot less level headed than he is. But his youthful optimism in the face of a fucked up world was refreshing, to say the least. Growing up in the south doesn't fit all the stereotypes, but you will notice some. But what you'll leave with is a feeling of solidarity and a glimpse of a future that may not be so bad.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
Victor Huckabee is an artist, illustrator, and designer from Nashville, Tn. He's also a husband and a dad. He's lived in many places around the globe, and it's shown him some things. One thing being, that humanity is great, and the more you travel, the more you open up. We're often so closed off to each other and locked into our own cultural norms. The time has come to leave our comfort zones...
There’s no doubt that I was triggered in a lot of ways while recording this episode with Chad. Goal setting, ambition, competition, self-help, growth strategies, and gurus are all things that trigger me in a negative manner. Then he mentions the name of someone he appreciates from our shared past, that personifies everything I despise about Pentecostal, Charismatic Christianity. Needless to say, internal growth opportunities have presented themselves to me, and I get to begin that process with Chad and finish the work later on my own.