SPECIAL: To Punch Or Not To Punch a Nazi?: Chad Mummert

SPECIAL: To Punch Or Not To Punch a Nazi?: Chad Mummert

Due to the tragic and violent events taking place in Charlottesville Virginia this past weekend.  We are taking a break from our regular schedule programming to address a conversation around hate, dealing with it, and growing past it.

We all are expressing our anger, grief, pain, remorse, and disappointment differently.  It's important to feel those emotions.  Expression of our emotions is extremely healthy for us all.  But how should we express our distaste for the beliefs of others and our disgust with hate, indifference, white supremacy, the KKK, and Nazi's?

Is violence the answer? Is punching a Nazi justified?  Is it helpful?  Some would say yes. Some would say it doesn’t matter.  Some would say no...

EPISODE 105: Transitions, A Quest for Normality, and Deleting Facebook: Blake Willis

EPISODE 105: Transitions, A Quest for Normality, and Deleting Facebook: Blake Willis

Blake knew me when I was a Pastor, in fact, I was his Pastor.  We spend time talking about growing up together, how our lives have changed, leaving Facebook, and more.

After listening to every episode of the podcast, Blake doesn't understand why so many Christians hate us, but life is hard, and we can't please everyone.  The world is not the way we wish it were.  Blake has gone through some things that many can not fathom.  Growing up with a mentally challenged older brother, essentially he had a stroke at birth, which led to a seizure disorder, autism, and further brain damaged after surgery. He was physically and mentally disabled and considered medically fragile...

EPISODE 104: The Cure for Pain is in the Pain: Seth Alan Taylor

EPISODE 104: The Cure for Pain is in the Pain: Seth Alan Taylor

Seth and are I are back after watching the Tony Robbins documentary "I am not You Guru."  In a continuation of our conversation where Seth challenged us to not only to own our shit but heal our shit.  He continues to explain his affinity and experience with Energy Intuitive Healing and Rapid Transformation Therapy also known as weird shit with spirits, psychics, and exorcisms.  I'm not convinced that this is the path to my healing, but it and the pain I have inspired me to take the plunge into a new therapeutic journey...

EPISODE 103: I’m Not Your Guru. Please Don’t Make Me Your Guru: Seth Taylor

EPISODE 103: I’m Not Your Guru. Please Don’t Make Me Your Guru: Seth Taylor

“The trap of high experiences, however they occur, is that you become attached to their memory and so you try to recreate them. These memories compel you to try to reproduce the high."
-Ram Dass

I’ve many times been referred to watch I AM NOT YOUR GURU, a documentary about Tony Robbins and his experiential retreats.  I watched it right before recording with Seth, and it leads us into a discussion about my own thoughts on "teachings" and gurudom...

EPISODE 102: Divine Access: Believe What You Want to Believe: Steve Prince and John Wunder

EPISODE 102: Divine Access: Believe What You Want to Believe: Steve Prince and John Wunder

When I got an email from a high school friend, I was excited to reconnect. Little did I know that it would introduce me to a movie that I would really enjoy, connect with on multiple levels, laugh, cry, and want to share with all of you.

Director Steven Prince and Traveling Picture Show Company have put together a film that will make us think, and re-evaluate how we hold or let go of our "religions."  A cast with the likes of Billy Burke, Patrick Warburton, Sarah Shahi, Gary Cole, Joel David Moore, and film legend Adrienne Barbeau.  Each actor does an excellent job portraying the story of a man who wrestles with his humanity as his life takes a new direction after his recent fame from dethroning a public access televangelist...

EPISODE 101: Loser Stories: Crack Head Hoagies and Belief in God: T.O. Knowles

EPISODE 101: Loser Stories: Crack Head Hoagies and Belief in God: T.O. Knowles

T.O. fulfills his promise and shares with us the Crack Head Hoagie story that reminded him how things often just come together. We also dive into a conversation about music and why many musicians stay involved in church even though they don't get much out if it...

EPISODE 100: This Podcast is About People and Their Stories

EPISODE 100: This Podcast is About People and Their Stories

There is no doubt from the start of Losing Our Religion that this entire podcast is about people and their stories.  It seems that as the podcast grows and goes on, it has become less and less about religion and more and more about people.  To this end, we take this 100th episode and devote it to people.

In this episode, we share clips from a handful of popular and most downloaded episodes.  Shows that you gave us the most feedback on.  We also take the time to thank the Losers and producers as well as receive thanks from Losers. There are behind the scenes stories and some shared tears.

EPISODE 099: Loser Stories: Weird Relationships: T.O. Knowles

EPISODE 099: Loser Stories: Weird Relationships: T.O. Knowles

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...