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 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 095: Leaving? Evangelicalism: Kyle Reynolds

EPISODE 095: Leaving? Evangelicalism: Kyle Reynolds

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.

EPISODE 081: A Man Loves a Woman, an Atheist Marries a Christian: Dave and Grace Kwon

EPISODE 081: A Man Loves a Woman, an Atheist Marries a Christian: Dave and Grace Kwon

A man loves a woman, so an Atheist marries a Christian.  Grace (a Christian) meets Dave (an Atheist), they work through their differences, become friends, fall in love, and get married.  Is that allowed?  Does it matter?  How did they do it?  What about their families? 

One evening in Whittier California, Dave and Grace had me over for dinner and drinks at their place to talk about their relationship, marriage, and story of joining despite their different beliefs...

EPISODE 071: Great Minds Discuss Ideas: Author Abolitionist Zach Hunter

EPISODE 071: Great Minds Discuss Ideas: Author Abolitionist Zach Hunter

This is a deep and challenging episode.  We ravage through the topics of the dualism argument, the gender fluidity of God, humanism, eastern versus western world views, outer space, Elon Musk, social justice, and why the church has sucked at it.  That's just in the first half!

You will enjoy Zach Hunter, his thoughts, ideas, LGBTQ inclusivity, and his challenging of modern day Christianity.

EPISODE 052: Leaving A-Holiness Behind: Christian Piatt

EPISODE 052: Leaving A-Holiness Behind: Christian Piatt

Author, editor, speaker, musician and spoken word artist Christian Piatt and I sit down to diagnose how big of an asshole I am.

"Let he who admits he's an asshole cast the first stone." - JESUS

 

Ok, Jesus didn't say that.  But he did understand that change began at the acknowledgment of the problem.  If Christian's are assholes, the only hope of that changing is the admittance of our own ass-holiness...

 

EPISODE 028: The Religious Sales Pitch: Part 1: Christian Grindstaff

EPISODE 028: The Religious Sales Pitch: Part 1: Christian Grindstaff

We talk about everything from our past lives in the institution to our slow transition from once being Evangelical Conservative Republicans to now Liberal Democrat Socialists and how it happened.  As well as our personal convictions, how we saw and I used my past "Christian" leadership to impose personal dogmas onto congregations and people.