EPISODE 110: Psychedelic Omnism Sailing: Faith, Drugs, and Music: Brodie

EPISODE 110: Psychedelic Omnism Sailing: Faith, Drugs, and Music: Brodie

We dive deep into Brodie’s story of exploring spirituality through meditation, mysticism, Krishna Consciousness, Native American Sweat Lodge, Bahá'í, Christianity, even marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms.  Maybe we aren’t meant to plant flags, and stop learning. Perhaps we all have a piece to this human puzzle...

EPISODE 109: The Music Speaks, Do We Listen?: Brodie Peterson

EPISODE 109: The Music Speaks, Do We Listen?: Brodie Peterson

Brodie Peterson is a hip hop artist, writer, and observer of music.

"My outer experience was going to college, my education, but music guided my inner experience."

"I spent thousands of hours seeking out music.  Studying it, music that would move my heart.  I would consider the lyrics and look for other versions of the song.  When something struck me, I wanted to know why."

We spend this episode getting to know his story and finding out what and how music changed his thinking, direction, and spirituality...

EPISODE 108: Off The Grid of Guilt, Coming Out, Tongues, and Sex: Holly Theriot

EPISODE 108: Off The Grid of Guilt, Coming Out, Tongues, and Sex: Holly Theriot

At this point, Holly and I have been drinking for hours.  So this conversation is full of tantalizing personal stories and experiences from our lives. Hollie's story of coming out, losing virginity, her first lesbian relationship and more. My story of marriage after religion, and healing from the PTSD of religion. 

Quantifying the value of an episode is hard because each is valuable in various ways for different reasons to us all.  This one holds a lot of value to me because we both find solidarity in our experiences as well as the joy of transparently sharing where each of us is in life today...
 

EPISODE 107: I Just Want to Be Human With Humans: Holly Theriot

EPISODE 107: I Just Want to Be Human With Humans: Holly Theriot

Holly is a fantastic woman. She’s one of those people that lights up a room.  As soon as we met, there was an instant connection, and I’m excited for you to hear her story.  From a home grown CBN, 700 Club, Jim & Tammy Faye Bakker background to the beautiful human she is today, her story will encourage and challenge you to question what you've been told and embrace humanity.

She has a beautiful voice and is a vocalist in the Hip Hop band The Brodcast.  She shares that voice and their music with us...

EPISODE 106: Is Love a Choice? Capitalism? Socialism?: Blake Willis

EPISODE 106: Is Love a Choice? Capitalism? Socialism?: Blake Willis

Growing up in a conservative, Christian home, along side a profoundly mentally and physically disabled brother has given him a perspective on empathy, government, and capitalism that’s refreshing to hear.

Blake has an intimate knowledge of my life.  He knew me when I was a youth pastor, in a sense we grew up together.  Hearing his perspective on my life and the extreme turns away from religion I've taken are helpful and insightful...

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...