New Persuasive Words

New Persuasive Words

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“The revival in religion will be a rhetorical problem - new persuasive words for defaced or degraded ones.” - Thornton Wilder


274: Summer Potpourri
Aug 16 • 38 min
We're both looking toward summer vacation! In this episode we mix it up, like the Jeoprady Potpourri category. You never know what's coming next.
273: Guns, God and White Supremacism
Aug 6 • 32 min
In this episode we talk about the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and how to face what they tell us about ourselves as Americans.
272: Kissing The Faith Goodbye
Jul 31 • 39 min
In this episode we talk about renowned former megachurch pastor Josh Harris's announcement that he has left the Christian faith.
271: Us, Them, Trump, and The Squad
Jul 23 • 29 min
In this episode, inspired in part by David Fitch's new book, we talk about the recent inflammatory statements President Trump made about four women of color in the House of Representatives.
270: Apocalypse Now?
Jul 10 • 31 min
Many are troubled by evangelical love affair with President Trump. Sometimes people talk like it means that the sky is falling or that the end is near. Is this overstated? Might historical perspective teach us a thing or two in this cultural moment?
269: The Gift of Wonder, with Christine Sine
Jun 20 • 40 min
In this episode we talk with a special guest, Christine Sine. Her new book is entitled The Gift of Wonder: Creative Practices For Delighting In God. Can you imagine a God who dances with shouts of joy, laughs when you laugh, loves to play, enjoys life,…
268: The One, The Three and The Many
Jun 14 • 29 min
In this episode we talk about the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and it's connection to reality and everyday life. We reference a book by our friend Glenn Scrivener. You can find it here: https://www.amazon.com/Story-God-World-You/dp/1909611948.
267: Game of Thrones and the End of Empathy
Jun 6 • 31 min
In this episode we discuss our thoughts on the Game of Thrones Finale and a recent Invisibilia episode on empathy. You can find the Invisibilia episode we reference here: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/11/712276022/the-end-of-empathy.
266: Can a Command be a Gift?
May 13 • 28 min
In this episode we continue to talk about the moral life, with some theological help from Karl Barth and John Milbank. We also talk a bit about Game of Thrones, and consider the reactions to the untimely and sad death of Rachel Held Evans.
265: The Battle of the Dead and the Source of Life
Apr 30 • 32 min
In this episode we talk Game of Thrones, legalism and antinominiasm, in that order pretty much.
264: Is The Christian Life Worth Living?
Apr 26 • 49 min
Check out this crossover episode we did with our friends from Crackers and Grapejuice in New York City. We talk about the nature of the Christian life and what it means to live it.
263: Christological Exegesis?
Apr 21 • 45 min
In this episode, inspired by a post on Facebook by our friend Kenneth Tanner, we talk about how Christians ought to read the Hebrew Bible, which we call the Old Testament.
262: Navigating Social Change
Apr 14 • 28 min
In this episode, inspired by revelations about Joe Biden's "touchiness", we talk about changing norms and navigating social change.
261: Bullgeschichte, with Adam Borneman
Apr 7 • 58 min
In this Bullgeschichte episode we're joined by Adam Borneman. He's a Presbyterian minister (PCUSA) and the Program Director of Macedonia Ministries. We talk about 19th century theology, the relevance of the Gospel for public life, and a host of other…
260: The Prodigal God
Apr 5 • 32 min
In this episode we talk about the parable of The Prodigal Son, found in Luke 15. We consider what roles we play in it at different parts in our public and private lives, and how it speaks to them all.
259: The Mueller Malaise, Part 2
Mar 25 • 28 min
In this episode we continue to discuss the Mueller Report now that Attorney General Barr's summary of it has been made public.
258: Are We Heading For Mueller Malaise?
Mar 24 • 22 min
We recorded this episode a half hour before the release of the summary of the Mueller report by U.S. Attorney General William Barr. We talk about it what it might mean for the country. We also talk about how people generally deal with uncertainty.
257: The Person vs The Principle
Mar 19 • 28 min
In this episode, inspired by a piece published on the site of our friends over at Mockingbird, we talk about the relationship of the person of Christ to principles that we devise and even cherish. You can find the piece we reference, written by Jared…
256: Our Culture of Contempt
Mar 16 • 34 min
In this episode, inspired by NY Times op-ed piece, we talk about the problem of contemptuousness in our culture. You can find the NY Times piece we discuss here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/02/opinion/sunday/political-polarization.html.
255: The Methodist Church Controversy
Mar 4 • 42 min
In this episode, after a few minutes talking news, we turn to the recent controversy about sexuality and LGBT inclusion in the United Methodist Church.
254: The Visible and the Invisible
Mar 1 • 27 min
In this episode we talk about the visible and invisible church, and our ideals and the church's realities.
253: Facts Don’t Change People’s Minds
Feb 19 • 28 min
In this episode, inspired by something we read online, we talk about the inability of facts to change minds. If facts are stubborn things, are our minds even more stubborn? Why is this the case? You can find the article we reference here.
252: The Righteous and The Woke…Flip Sides of the Same Coin?
Feb 9 • 42 min
In this episode, inspired by a piece written by Valerie Tarico, we talk about the strange similarities between some types of conservative evangelicals and woke activists. Most people wouldn't see these groups having much in common. But does their…
251: Talking Theology, Culture and Counter-Culture with Dave Fitch
Feb 5 • 65 min
In this episode we talk with friend and always interesting interlocutor David Fitch. Dave is a theologian, pastor and church planter. He's also a self-described "Neo-Anabaptist." He also identifies as an evangelical Christian. We ask him about his…
250: 250!
Jan 28 • 65 min
In this our 250th episode, we are joined by our friend Matt Milliner. We discuss a host of issues and ideas and do a lot of laughing along the way. Special Guest: Matt Milliner.
249: Grace is Grace
Jan 16 • 28 min
In this episode we talk about grace. Specifically, we talk about the term common grace, and how to us grace always seems particular and special.
248: What We Worry About
Jan 6 • 32 min
In this episode we talk about the things that keep us up at night, and the things that don't.
247: Origen, Irenaeus, and The Meaning of Christmas
Dec 24, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode we consider two different ancient approaches to the meaning of redemption and the role of Jesus in it, and how it shapes our understanding of Christmas.
246: Keep the Christendom in Christmas
Dec 10, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode we talk about the blessing of Advent and Christmas traditions and the benefits of living in a culture even superficially shaped by the Christian story.
245: Keeping The Faith
Nov 23, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode we interact with a recent piece that appeared on the Gospel Coalition website. The author claims that there is slippery slope (or natural progression?) from progressive evangelical Christianity to atheism. We're less than convinced. You…
244: Talking Politics at Thanksgiving
Nov 21, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode we talk about how to deal with contentious hot button issues at the holiday dinner table.
243: Why We Need Evil
Nov 20, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode we talk about what happens in the wake of horrific things when we lose the capacity to call them evil in a meaningful way. We referenced two books on the episode: People of the Lie and Evil in Modern Thought. You can find the links below:…
242: It’s Been a Rough Week in America
Oct 29, 2018 • 34 min
This past week we saw 16 people killed in hate crimes in 2 states, one of which was the biggest killing of Jews in American history. We also saw a crazed man send bombs to some of the Democratic party's leadership and key supporters. We try to think about…
241: The Rich White Civil War
Oct 22, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode we talk about a new study of the American electorate, inspired by a recent op-ed in the NY Times by David Brooks. New research shows that the political tribalism that characterizes American political culture is actually fueled by the…
240: The Politics of the Cross
Oct 8, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode we reflect on America's deep political divisions and tribalism in light of the theology of the cross.
239: Politics after Kavanaugh
Oct 6, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode, recorded as the Senate was voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, we discuss the events that led up to his confirmation and what they might mean for the future of American politics and culture. We reference two articles during our discussion.…
238: Is There a Philosophy of the Cross?
Oct 1, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode, inspired by an essay that appeared in the Expository Times, we talk about the relationship between Christianity and philosophy. Specifically we consider what Christ crucified, "the foolishness of God," has to do with the philosophical…
237: Death
Sep 25, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode we talk about life's most universal experience: death.
236: A Post-Christian Conservatism?
Sep 18, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode we discuss the results of a recent study that show that there is an increasing number of secular and irreligious people forming Trump's GOP base. These less religious Republicans tend to share more of Trump's views that their religious…
235: What Was Paul’s Problem Anyway?
Sep 15, 2018 • 31 min
In this episode, drawing inspiration from a book by Stephen Westerholm, we discuss the Old and New Perspective on Paul and whether Paul's "problem" was a Gentile issue or a problem facing the entire human race. Westerholm's book is entitled Justification…
234: Does The Media Get The Church?
Aug 30, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode, inspired by a piece in Commentary Magazine about the current crisis in the Catholic Church and the controversy surrounding President Trump's recent dinner with prominent evangelical leaders, we talk about how the media covers and…
233: Socialism on the Rise?
Aug 20, 2018 • 26 min
In this episode, inspired by a discussion on the Commentary Magazine podcast, we discuss the rising popularity of socialism in America today.
232: Infrastructure and Tradition
Aug 16, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode we talk about Roman roads, the importance of infrastructure and the nature of preservation and innovation in traditions. You can find the story about the study of Roman roads and current economic activity here:…
231: Patriotism and Nationalism
Aug 7, 2018 • 28 min
William F. Buckley once said: "I’m as patriotic as anyone from sea to shining sea, but there’s not a molecule of nationalism in me.” Inspired by this quote, we consider whether one can be an American patriot and a nationalist at the same time.
230: Nature and Grace
Aug 2, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we discuss the relationship of nature and grace.
229: The Show About Nothing
Jul 15, 2018 • 51 min
We welcomed friend of the show Geoff Holsclaw into the bunker for the first time. We went into this episode without a topic. It was a show about nothing that became something. This goes down as one of our favorite Bullgeschicte episodes. Can't wait to…
228: When Politics Shapes Religion
Jul 13, 2018 • 21 min
Inspired by a recent piece in the New York Times, we discuss new research that shows how political affiliations and commitments are shaping religious one, not the other way around. You can find the New York Times piece, written by Michele Margolis, here:…
227: God, Predestination and Evil
Jul 9, 2018 • 25 min
In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we offer a postscript to our previous episode on Calvin and predestination. We grapple with questions about providence, predestination and evil.
226: Calvin and Predestination
Jul 6, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we talk about Calvin and predestination.
225: The Little Luther
Jun 27, 2018 • 26 min
In this episode, continuing a series on law, grace, the Christian life and the nature of the human condition, we talk about Luther and the Reformation reception of Augustine, in conversation with Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, popularly know as "The Little…
224: The Laodicean Augustine
Jun 23, 2018 • 31 min
La·od·i·ce·an adjective adjective: Laodicean lukewarm or halfhearted, especially with respect to religion or politics. noun noun: Laodicean; plural noun: Laodiceans a person with a halfhearted attitude toward religion or politics. In this episode,…
223: Creation and Fall
Jun 21, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode we begin a new series of indeterminate length. We're attempting to talk through Creation, Fall and Redemption and everything in between and how this shapes how we discuss our understanding of salvation and the human condition.
222: Creation In Anticipation
Jun 20, 2018 • 22 min
In this episode, inspired by Richard Rohr and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, we talk about what it means for creation to look forward to its fulfillment. You can find the Richard Rohr piece we reference here: https://cac.org/evolving-the-universe-2018-06-08/.
221: Faith Without Understanding
May 31, 2018 • 26 min
In this episode we consider what happens when faith is unreflective and ceases to seek continued understanding.
220: The Forgotten Trinity
May 28, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode, inspired by a provocative and self-admittedly unorthodox sermon Trinity Sunday sermon posted on The Episcopal Cafe website, we reflect on the enduring significance of the doctrine of the Trinity. We reference Colin Gunton's book The One,…
219: Original Sin
May 22, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode, inspired by a piece in the New York Times by a contemporary philosopher, we reflect on the contemporary relevance of an often maligned ancient Christian doctrine. The article we mention by Professor Crispin Sartwell can be found here:…
218: Greater Things
May 17, 2018 • 61 min
In this Bullgeschichte episode we are joined by Doug Pagitt. Doug is the founder and director of the non-profit Greater Things Foundation, which is the umbrella organization that much of his work operates within. We talk about faith, life, evangelicalism…
217: Jerusalem
May 15, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode we talk about Jerusalem and the tragedy in Gaza. We consider how things got here and if there's hope on the horizon. We also consider a past conversation "The Grace of Doing Nothing."
216: Rabbi
May 9, 2018 • 32 min
This is the fourth episode of a short series of podcasts we are doing on the identity of Jesus Christ. In this episode we consider Jesus as rabbi. We regularly reference Robert Sherman's King, Priest, and Prophet: A Trinitarian Theology of Atonement. You…
215: King
May 6, 2018 • 31 min
This is the third episode of a short series of podcasts we are doing on the identity of Jesus Christ. Our first episode considered Jesus as prophet. The second considered Jesus as priest. In this episode we consider Jesus as king. We regularly reference…
214: Law, Grace, Life and Love
Apr 30, 2018 • 63 min
In this Bullgeschichte episode we talk with our friend and colleague Dr. Matt Milliner about a host of things that matter to us all. This was one of our favorite episodes. Special Guest: Matt Milliner.
213: Priest
Apr 26, 2018 • 32 min
This is the first of a short series of podcasts we are doing on the identity of Jesus Christ. Our first episode considered Jesus as prophet. In this episode we consider Jesus as priest. We reference Robert Sherman's King, Priest, and Prophet: A…
212: Prophet
Apr 21, 2018 • 34 min
This is the first of a short series of podcasts we are doing on the identity of Jesus Christ.
211: Kierkegaard and Comey
Apr 21, 2018 • 29 min
In this episode we consider what Kierkegaard's philosophy can tell us about James Comey and Donald Trump.
210: The Humor of Christ
Apr 13, 2018 • 32 min
In this episode we reflect on and riff off of Bill's most recent contribution to "The Mockingbird", the magazine of Mockingbird Ministries (www.mbird.com). The issue's theme was humor and Bill's essay argues that Jesus really did have a sense of humor.
209: The Future of the Politics of Freedom
Apr 12, 2018 • 28 min
In this episode of the podcast, inspired by a conversation between Bill Kristol and Peter Berkowitz II, we consider the future of classical liberalism in light of contemporary challenges to it that come from both the Left and the Right. You can find the…
208: Jordan Peterson on the Significance of Easter
Apr 7, 2018 • 27 min
In this episode we discuss a piece Jordan Peterson wrote for the London Times which appeared in the newspaper on Easter Sunday. The article can be found here:…
207: God’s Death, Our Life
Mar 31, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode, recorded on Good Friday 2018, Bill and I talk about the events that preceded Easter and their meaning for us today.
206: Bullgeschichte Session, with Todd Littleton
Mar 28, 2018 • 30 min
Occasionally we invite someone on to talk with us about a host of things, or whatever comes to mind. We call it a "Bullgeschicte" Session. Our guest for this episode is Todd Littleton. He's a pastor, writer, consultant, professor, blogger and podcaster.…
205: More on the Essence of Christianity
Mar 28, 2018 • 25 min
From time to time on the podcast we reflect on the essence of Christianity. We return to this theme, with a little help from Hans Urs von Balthasar.
204: Self-Deception
Mar 28, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode of the podcast we talk about self-deception and how hard it is to know when you're deceiving yourself.
203: Evangelicals and the Trump Temptation
Mar 15, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode we talk about two recent pieces, one in the Atlantic and the other in the National Review, that discuss the continued support for Trump in the evangelical community. The authors, Michael Gerson and David French, are both conservative…
202: Baptism
Mar 2, 2018 • 34 min
We're at episode 202, and we realized we have never talked about baptism! Thanks to Nathan Smith, a regular listener, for asking us to share our thoughts. Keep the suggestions coming friends.
201: Billy Graham the Evangelist and Our Thoughts on Evangelism
Feb 26, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode we reflect on the legacy of Billy Graham and consider the nature and future of evangelism in the modern world.
200: Our 200th episode! With Special Guest Mark Oppenheimer
Feb 21, 2018 • 58 min
When we began this podcast we never imagined we'd get to 200 episodes. It's been a wild ride. We were joined on our 200th episode by Mark Oppenheimer, Editor at Large at Tablet Magazine and co-host of the wildly popular Unorthodox podcast. We talk faith,…
199: To Ash or Not to Ash…
Feb 11, 2018 • 41 min
In this Saturday Night Special episode of the podcast we talk a little about Ash Wednesday, its origins and the practice of serving "ashes on the go."
198: Two Natures? One Person?
Feb 10, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode we continue our recent discussions of Luther and the Reformation. We focus specifically on Luther's Christology, asking whether or not it's really what's behind some of the 16th century sacramental controversies.
197: The Game of the Century and Theology as Language Game
Feb 7, 2018 • 36 min
In this episode we talk about the Eagles big Super Bowl victory! We also consider the legacy of the recently deceased theologian George Lindbeck
196: Luther’s Dark Side
Feb 3, 2018 • 34 min
In this episode we consider the dark side of Martin Luther's personality, how it shaped the Reformation and how we should consider it today.
195: Why Do Evangelicals Still Support Trump?
Jan 27, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode we consider why prominent evangelical leaders still support President Trump, even amidst recent revelations of an affair with an adult film star. In the intro we mentioned Glen Scrivener's podcast. You can find it here:…
194: What’s in a Name?
Jan 22, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode we consider the late medieval philosophical movement called Nominalism. Many think it's the movement that gave birth to the modern world.
193: Is It Getting Better?
Jan 12, 2018 • 35 min
In our second episode of 2018 we ask if the world is getting better. We reflect on Time Magazine's interview with Bill Gates and Rowan Williams' review of John Millbank's newest book, The Politics of Virtue, co-authored with Adrian Pabst. You can find the…
192: A New Tone for a New Year?
Dec 27, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode we consider what it would look like to have a more civilized public discourse in 2018.
191: The Mystery Of Christmas
Dec 22, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode we talk about the mystery at the heart of Christmas: the Incarnation.
190: Does The Virgin Birth Make Sense, part 2
Dec 20, 2017 • 31 min
In the last episode we wanted to talk about whether or not the Virgin Birth still makes sense for modern Christians. We initially wanted to tackle three issues: (1) the biblical witness, (2) the theological truth and (3) the existential significance. We…
189: Does The Virgin Birth Make Sense, part 1
Dec 19, 2017 • 44 min
In this episode we think about whether or not the Virgin Birth still makes sense for modern Christians. We initially wanted to tackle three issues: (1) the biblical witness, (2) the theological truth and (3) the existential significance. We only got to…
188: Reflecting on The Legacy of R.C. Sproul
Dec 16, 2017 • 32 min
We are joined on a "Friday Night Lights" episode by Greg Strawbridge. The Rev. Dr. Greg Strawbridge is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, Pa. He's authored and edited several books and is the founder of Wordmp3.com.Special Guest: Gregg…
187: What Does Roy Moore’s Defeat Mean For America and Its Christians?
Dec 13, 2017 • 49 min
In this episode, recorded the day after the special Senate election in Alabama to fill Jeff Sessions' seat, we talk about the signficance of Roy Moore's defeat for American public life.
186: From Ideology To Tribalism?
Dec 9, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode we consider whether tribalism is a more decisive force in our culture than ideology. We mention a new book written by Alan Jacobs called _How To Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds. _ You can find it here:…
185: Theology In Outline, Part 6: Advent and Eschatology
Dec 8, 2017 • 34 min
We continue our revisiting of the Reformation, commemorating its 500th anniversary, through a comparison of brief works of Robert Jenson and Brian Gerrish. In this episode, recorded during the beginning of Advent, we talk about the end of all things and…
184: Friday Night Lights…Robin Hood, Taxes, Kickers and Punters
Dec 2, 2017 • 39 min
In this episode, a Friday Night Lights edition, we talk about current events. We hit on taxes, field listener questions from Facebook live and even talk about football.
183: Revolution and Reform
Dec 2, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode we talk about the 13th century, a century G.K. Chesterton claimed was great because it was one of reform without revolution.
182: Escaping Roy Moore’s Evangelicalism
Nov 22, 2017 • 38 min
In this episode of the podcast we discuss a recent New York Times piece by UNC historian Molly Worthen. You can find the article here:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/17/opinion/sunday/escape-roy-moores-evangelicalism.html.
181: Sober Faith
Nov 21, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode we consider what it means to have a faith that does not simply react to the turbulent and sometimes outrageous times in which we live, but actually serves as a kind of calming reality in the eye of the storm. The episode was inspired by…
180: Where Does Creativity Come From?
Nov 18, 2017 • 27 min
In this episode we reflect on the nature of creativity. Where does it come from? What makes it flow? What kills it?
179: Manners, Motives and Public Discourse
Nov 10, 2017 • 28 min
Inspired by a recent Atlantic piece by Peter Beinart, we talk about what it might take to have more understanding public discourse today. You can find the essay we mention…
178: The Euthyphro Problem?
Nov 5, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode of the podcast we discuss a Platonic dialogue entitled "Euthyphro." It poses timeless questions about the relationship between justice, piety and the nature of truth. We were inspired by a blog post comparing C.S. Lewis and Cornelius Van…
177: Glorious Things Of…?…A Reformation Reflection
Nov 1, 2017 • 56 min
In this episode we have a conversation with Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch about the legacy of the Reformation and what it means today.
176: Gods, Gopniks and Godlessness
Oct 29, 2017 • 27 min
We were recently inspired by something David Bentley Hart wrote about atheism in First Things in 2014. For this we thank Facebook. You can find the article here:https://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/05/gods-and-gopniks.
175: Is Liberalism Conservative?
Oct 21, 2017 • 34 min
In this episode we talk about a recent Wall Street Journal piece by Yoram Hazony entitled "Is 'Classical Liberalism' Conservative?". Our current political and cultural moment should invite self-reflection on every level. We probably wouldn't agree with…
174: What Is Sacred?
Oct 20, 2017 • 36 min
This week there was a controversy involving President Trump and a phone call he made to the family of a fallen Special Forces soldier who was one of four that died this month in Niger. After much back and forth between the President, a Congresswoman, the…
173: The Eight Hour Sermon?
Oct 17, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode we discuss a recent book entitled 8 Hours or Less: Writing faithful sermons faster, by Ryan Huguley. We also consider the nature of preaching and the life and calling of preachers.
172: Theology In Outline, Part 6: Where Does One Begin?
Oct 14, 2017 • 30 min
We continue our revisiting of the Reformation, commemorating its 500th anniversary, through a comparison of brief works of Robert Jenson and Brian Gerrish. In this episode we discuss whether theology should begin with the universal and move to the…
171: Guns
Oct 6, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode we talk about guns. It wasn't our first choice for today, but reality impinges like that. We also attempt to do justice to the memory of Tom Petty (probably impossible, but it hasn't stopped us yet). May he rest in peace, alongside the…
170: The Lost Art Of Disagreement
Sep 30, 2017 • 34 min
In this episode, recorded on International Podcast Day, we talk about the virtues of real disagreement, built not on misunderstanding but serious attentiveness and comprehension. We were inspired by a NY Times op-ed piece written by Brett Stephens earlier…
169: Theology In Outline, Part 5: The Problem of Evil
Sep 27, 2017 • 28 min
We continue our revisiting of the Reformation, commemorating its 500th anniversary, through a comparison of brief works of Robert Jenson and Brian Gerrish. In this episode we're looking at the problem of evil.
168: Praying Angry?
Sep 23, 2017 • 41 min
In this Friday Night Lights/Bullgeschichte episode we welcome a new guest to the bunker. Brian Toews joins us to talk about imprecatory Psalms, the verses in the Bible that wish bad things on people that have wronged the ones praying. What do we do with…
167: Theology In Outline, Part 4: The Nature of Sin
Sep 19, 2017 • 32 min
We continue our revisiting of the Reformation, commemorating its 500th anniversary, through a comparison of brief works of Robert Jenson and Brian Gerrish. In this episode we focus on Brian Gerrish's understanding of sin. Below you'll find some key quotes…
166: The Challenge of Living in the Present
Sep 17, 2017 • 29 min
We're taking a break from our "Theology In Outline" series to talk about midlife crises and the challenge of the living in the present. Our conversation was inspired by a NY Times piece and a forthcoming book, both by the philosopher Kieran Setiya. You…
165: Theology In Outline, Part 3
Sep 10, 2017 • 36 min
We continue our revisiting of the Reformation, commemorating its 500th anniversary, through a comparison of brief works of Robert Jenson and Brian Gerrish. In light of Jenson's recent passing, we focus on his retelling of the story of Jesus, the…
164: Theology In Outline, Part 2
Aug 30, 2017 • 36 min
We continue our revisiting of the Reformation through brief works of Robert Jenson and Brian Gerrish. We consider why Jenson moves quickly to the story of Israel after his introduction, whereas Gerrish focuses on the experience of the world as creation.
163: Theology In Outline, Part 1
Aug 29, 2017 • 35 min
This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate it we are considering what it would mean to be continually reforming our understanding of the Gospel and the theological enterprise. We'll be doing this through engaging two brief…
162: Luther Versus Augustine
Aug 26, 2017 • 39 min
In this episode we consider the difference between the traditional Augustinian conception of the spiritual life and Martin Luther's conception of it. We were inspired by a post on the Rev. Dr. Matthew Richard's blog:…
161: Bullgeschichte: Nietzsche and the Neo-Nazis, with Ben Maddison
Aug 21, 2017 • 41 min
On this Bullgeschichte episode we welcome Ben Maddison to the bunker. Ben is an Episcopal priest serving in Southern New Jersey. He joins us to talk about the way the Alt-Right (as well as many others) completely misread the work of Friedrich Nietzsche.…
160: A Lasting Hope
Aug 18, 2017 • 34 min
In this episode we consider where to find hope at a time that seems for many so dark in our country right now.
159: Anxiety and Hope
Aug 15, 2017 • 31 min
Where do we go from here? That seems to be the question of the moment. We live in a tribal, angry, isolated culture. New York Times columnist David Brooks has some ideas that we like in his most recent column. So we decided to do a little riffing off of…
158: Bullgeschichte: Horton hears a…?, with Nikki Kelley Kleinberg
Aug 15, 2017 • 47 min
Our guest for this bullgeschichte episode is Nikki Kelley Kleinberg. She's a United Methodist pastor and a hospital chaplain. We talk about a wide range of things, including the theology of Dr. Seuss.
157: Charlottesville Reflection Roundtable, hosted by the Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast
Aug 14, 2017 • 71 min
We were grateful to be invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about the recent events in Charlottesville and what they mean for our country and the church. It was hosted by our friends at the Crackers and Grape Juice podcast.
156: The Death of Ambition
Aug 9, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode we discuss ambition, mortality and everything in between. Our conversation was inspired by Bill's recent article in The Mockingbird print magazine. You can get a copy of the most recent issue of the magazine at www.mbird.com.
155: Bullgeschichte, Friday Night Lights & Law/Gospel, with Adam Morton
Aug 4, 2017 • 40 min
|n this Bullgeschichte/Friday Night Lights episode we talk with the Prince of Lutherans (according to us), Adam Morton. He and Bill argue the finer points of Luther and Lutheranism. Scott cracks bad jokes. Special Guest: Adam Morton.
154: T.S. Eliot on Revelation
Aug 3, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode we consider an essay T.S. Eliot wrote as an introduction on the topic of revelation in the modern world in a volume that listed among its contributors renowned theologians like Karl Barth and Gustav Aulen. Show Notes: You can find the…
153: We Need Humanism
Jul 31, 2017 • 33 min
We read a weird article. It looks like the atheist left is getting as crazy as the evangelical right. We're nervous.
152: The Hermeneutics Episode?
Jul 28, 2017 • 40 min
We don't talk hermeneutics very often on this podcast. At least explicitly. But Jace Broadhurst got us talking about it. It's Bullgeschichte and Friday Night Lights rolled into one! God help us all. Special Guest: Jace Broadhurst.
151: The Lost Prophecy of Father Joseph Ratzinger
Jul 26, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode we discuss a 1969 radio address about the future of the church in a secular age. It was delivered by a young priest known as Joseph Ratzinger, the man who would become Pope Benedict XVI. His insights are certainly provocative and worth…
150: Happy Anniversary To Us!
Jul 20, 2017 • 34 min
We celebrate the milestone of our 150th episode with listener and friend Josh Retterer. We reflect on where we've been and where we're going. Special Guest: Josh Retterer.
149: Friendship Revisited
Jul 14, 2017 • 42 min
We revisit one of the themes of our earliest podcasts, friendship.
148: Judge Not…
Jul 10, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode we talk about the powerful temptation to judge other people, which most of us give in to all the time. Our launching point was one of Bill's blog posts: https://www.residentexile.com/single-post/2017/07/08/As-You-Judge. We also quote Jason…
147: Fight or Flight Revisited
Jul 8, 2017 • 33 min
As we approach our 150th episode, we're revisiting some topics we did early on at the beginning of the podcast. This episode is about the human tendency to go into fight or flight mode in response to anxiety provoking realities. We quote from the book…
146: Secular Modern Life?
Jul 3, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode we reflect on a 2008 article by the recently deceased Peter Berger which originally appeared in First Things. In it Berger argues that while modernity pluralizes it doesn't really secularize or make culture anti-religious, whether it tries…
145: Freedom then and Now
Jun 30, 2017 • 33 min
In this episode, in light of the upcoming Fourth of July celebration, we reflect on the nature of freedom and life together in the United States.
144: Why The Saved Need Saving
Jun 28, 2017 • 36 min
Do you think you're right and they're wrong? Who's on your heretic list? Liberals? Conservatives? Calvinists? Vegans? Valentians? We continue our musings on truth, heresy and learning the art of life together.
143: Truth, Heresy…can you know the Difference?
Jun 26, 2017 • 32 min
In this podcast we talk about a recent statement by Pope Francis, an article about Rob Bell, and the nature of disagreement in communities that care about their convictions. Show notes: -You can find the article about Pope Francis' homily here:…
142: Love The World?
Jun 23, 2017 • 32 min
We go back to Tomas Halik's work "I Want You To Be: On The God Of Love", considering how Christians can really love the world.
141: Narcissism and the Love of Self
Jun 19, 2017 • 28 min
We go back to our teacher Tomas Halik to consider narcissism and the possibility of really loving and being loved.
140: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?
Jun 17, 2017 • 38 min
In light of the recent shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise and the combative political and cultural rhetoric of the day, we consider what it means to be in the American project together.
139: Highway to…Hell?
Jun 15, 2017 • 35 min
Our guest for this midweek Bullgeschichte episode is Jason Micheli. He's an author, pastor and podcaster and he's not sure he believes in hell, which is the topic for our conversation.Special Guest: Jason Micheli.
138: Can God Be God Without Us?
Jun 12, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode we talk about Pope Francis' recent statement, "God Cannot Be God Without Man." Show Notes… You can read an account of the Papal audience and find a link to the text of Francis' statement here:…
137: Friday Night Lights: More on the Spirit
Jun 9, 2017 • 29 min
In this Friday Night lights episode, recorded on Bill's birthday, we continue reflecting on the Holy Spirit and spirituality.
136: The Holy Spirit
Jun 5, 2017 • 34 min
In this episode, the day after Pentecost, we talk about the Holy Spirit.
135: Friday Night Lights: Gods Old & New
Jun 2, 2017 • 32 min
We talk about an article in the Aeon journal on the Frankfurt School entitled "Theory from the ruins", among other things. Show Notes: The article we reference is here:…
134: Monuments and Memory
May 30, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode we talk about the recent removal of Confederate Civil War monuments in New Orleans and the nature of historical memory.
133: Ascension Matters
May 25, 2017 • 28 min
Today is Ascension day 2017, the most overlooked day on the Christian religious calendar. We think that's a shame. It's an important doctrine that offers real hope to real people living a complex, messy world.
132: The Alienated Mind
May 23, 2017 • 38 min
This is a bullgeschichte episode where we're joined by Jace Broadhurst to talk about a recent David Brooks column in the NY Times entitled "The Alienated Mind". Show Notes: -You can find the Brooks article here:…
131: Where Do Words Come From?
May 20, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode, inspired by a short essay written by the renowned novelist Cormac McCarthy. It deals with the origins of human language, and whether evolutionary explanations do it justice. Show Notes: The essay that inspired the podcast can be found…
130: From Russia With Love
May 16, 2017 • 24 min
In this episode we discuss President Trump's recent sharing of code-word clearance intelligence information with the Russian Foreign Minister and the Russian Ambassador to the United States. Show Notes: The Washington Post article that first broke the…
129: The Road Not Taken
May 15, 2017 • 25 min
In this episode we consider the meaning of a poem often quoted during commencement season, Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken".
128: Faith, Fragility and Friendship
May 12, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode, which is a combo of our Friday Night Lights and Bullgeschichte episodes, we talk with Matt Milliner. Our conversation is all about friendship, life's fragility and the life of faith. Special Guest: Matt Milliner.
127: What Is Sophistry?
May 8, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode we talk about Sophistry and its role in contemporary public life. Show Notes: We reference a NY Times Op-Ed piece by Bret Stephens. It can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/opinion/climate-of-complete-certainty.html?_r=0.
126: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
May 5, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode we talk about break ups. It happens to friends, families, lovers, churches, even countries. Break ups and loss are a part of life, but can you come out of them ever feeling alive again?
125: A House Divided?
May 2, 2017 • 32 min
Reflecting on a recent podcast by Dan Carlin and an Opinion piece in the New York Times, we consider the future of our country as a united one. Show Notes -You can find the Dan Carlin podcast here:…
124: Wisdom
Apr 27, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode of the podcast we talk about wisdom and its connection to a life well lived.
123: The Myth of the Christian Worldview
Apr 23, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode we talk about "the myth of the Christian worldview" inspired by a recent podcast interview with Molly Worthen and an op-ed piece she wrote for the NY Times. Show Notes: The podcast interview with Molly Worthen can be found…
122: Bullgeschichte…Thoughts On Things “Constantinian”
Apr 21, 2017 • 39 min
This is our first "Bullgeschichte" where we invite a friend or colleague to chat with us about something on our minds. Our first guest is Josh Retterer. We talk with him about Christendom, Constantinianism and how these terms are used today, and whether…
121: Humility
Apr 18, 2017 • 33 min
In a recent NY Times Op-ed piece Peter Wehner writes: "Over breakfast with a social psychologist I know, I asked him what constructive contribution Christians could make to public life. An atheist who finds much to admire in religion, he answered simply:…
120: Saturday Night Dead
Apr 14, 2017 • 24 min
In this podcast we reflect on Holy Saturday, the day between Christ's death and Resurrection, and what it means for Christian existence and identity.
119: The Hysterical Quest For The Historical Jesus
Apr 10, 2017 • 34 min
In this episode we tackle the thorny questions about the historical Jesus and the Christ of Faith.
118: Friday Night Lights…Proper Confidence & The Copa Cabana
Apr 7, 2017 • 36 min
In this Friday Night Lights episode we talk about Leslie Newbigin, epistemology, Syria, Don Rickles and Barry Manilow. Enjoy!
117: Law and Gospel or Gospel is Law?
Apr 3, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode we talk about Karl Barth's understanding of the relationship of Law and Gospel, inspired by this piece: http://postbarthian.com/2017/03/31/gospel-law-karl-barth-relationship-law-gospel/#KarlBarth.
116: Friday Night Lights…Kung Fu Fighting
Mar 31, 2017 • 33 min
In our weekly Friday Night Lights show we answer a question that the one and only Benson Shelton posed to us via Facebook. He's an Episcopal priest and a certified ninja.
115: The Death of Truth?
Mar 27, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode we discuss the recent Time Magazine cover story "The Death of Truth?" Show Notes: The article we discuss can be found here: http://time.com/4710614/donald-trump-fbi-surveillance-house-intelligence-committee/?xid=homepage&pcd=hp-magmod.
114: Liberal Fundamentalism?
Mar 25, 2017 • 29 min
In this episode we talk about the increasing intolerance that seems to be arising on the cultural left today. As a specific example we consider a recent controversy involving Princeton Seminary and Tim Keller.
113: Love Wants You To Be
Mar 20, 2017 • 32 min
We continue talking about the work of Tomas Halik and what loving God looks like in a today's day and age.
112: Peace, Love and Understanding
Mar 18, 2017 • 27 min
We continue to talk about Tomas Halik, love, and what love looks like in what seems like tumultuous times.
111: Love and The Remoteness of God
Mar 15, 2017 • 32 min
We continue talking about love, inspired by Tomas Halik.
110: Love & The Zacchaeus Option
Mar 13, 2017 • 27 min
In this episode we give a response to Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option", inspired by Tomas Halik. Show Notes: The article we reference can be found here: http://www.mbird.com/2017/03/the-zacchaeus-option/.
109: Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Mar 11, 2017 • 28 min
We continue to reflect on the nature of love, inspired by the work of Tomas Halik.
108: To Know Is To Love
Mar 9, 2017 • 27 min
In this episode we keep talking about love. And we recorded it on Scott's birthday.
107: All You Need Is Love?
Mar 6, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode we talk about what may be the most important reality in human existence: love. Our conversation is inspired by Tomas Halik's newest book. Show Notes: You can find Halik's new book here:…
106: Science Versus Faith?
Feb 21, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode we look at the relationship between science and faith. Show Notes: We mention an article from relevant magazine: http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/science-and-faith-shouldnt-be-odds. We also mention a piece from Peter Leithart:…
105: The Age of Rudeness?
Feb 19, 2017 • 28 min
In this episode we talk about the role of rudeness and manners in contemporary life, inspired by a piece in the NY Times magazine. Show Notes: You can find the NY Times magazine piece by Rachel Cusk here:…
104: Trump Around
Feb 16, 2017 • 30 min
We were going to talk about the history and philosophy of science. Then the press conferences happened!
103: A New Relativism?
Feb 10, 2017 • 30 min
Traditionally relativism has been something that conservatives blamed on liberals. But in a new world of alternative facts is there a new relativism on the rise? We talk about this, and Bill's frustrations after doing a google search.
102: American Exceptionalism
Feb 6, 2017 • 32 min
In this episode we discuss the concept of American Exceptionalism, in addition to rehashing Bill's recent chastisement by a Facebook Group administrator. Show Notes: We reference this article by Kevin Baker which appeared in the New York Times on January…
101: Natural Law
Feb 4, 2017 • 36 min
The most recent Supreme Court Nominee is Neil Gorsuch. Mr. Gorsuch is a respected legal scholar and intellectual whose work has focused on, among other things, natural law. He wrote a monograph on the topic which served as his doctoral thesis at Oxford.…
100: More On The Truth
Jan 27, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode we continue thinking about the nature of truth in a world of alternative facts.
99: Truth and [email protected]#!$
Jan 23, 2017 • 30 min
In this episode we continue to reflect on the nature of truth, specifically the relationship between truth, lies and [email protected]#!$. We reference the following pieces in the podcast: Harry Frankfurt’s On [email protected]#!$ and On Truth. We also discuss C.J. Green’s “The…
98: The Myth Of Objectivity?
Jan 18, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode we talk about a recent NY Times exchange about objectivity in a post-fact world. You can find the piece here. The post The Myth Of Objectivity? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
97: Conversation and Criticism
Jan 10, 2017 • 29 min
We talk about conversation and criticism and the importance in our culture, inspired by Richard Rohr and A.O. Scott. The post Conversation and Criticism appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
96: Love Is What We Need
Jan 3, 2017 • 31 min
In this episode we take inspiration from a passage from Tomas Halik’s new book I Want You To Be. The post Love Is What We Need appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
95: Lights Old And New
Dec 31, 2016 • 35 min
In our last podcast of 2016 we discuss what may be the most important theological conflict in American religious history: the Old/New Light controversy. We reference a previous podcast we did in this episode. You can find it here:…
94: The Variety of Religious Experience
Dec 29, 2016 • 35 min
We talk about religious experience in a secular age inspired in part by a recent article in the NY Times by Ross Douthat. You can find the piece here: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/24/opinion/sunday/varieties-of-religious-experience.html. The post The…
93: Patience
Dec 20, 2016 • 29 min
We dedicate this most recent podcast about the work of the Czech theologian and philosopher Tomáš Halík to our beloved friend, of blessed memory, Dr. Howard Baker. We continue to miss him and wish we could have listened in on a conversation between Drs.…
92: Born of a Woman
Dec 13, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode we consider the birth of Jesus and what it means for us today. The post Born of a Woman appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
91: The Electoral College
Dec 9, 2016 • 26 min
In this episode we share our thoughts about the venerable electoral college, among other things. Show Notes: We reference a Freakonomics episode on public trust. You can find it here: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/trust-me/ The post The Electoral…
90: West World Wrap Up
Dec 5, 2016 • 16 min
QWe’re joined by a special guest to unpack the Season Finale of West World! The post West World Wrap Up appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
89: Do I Have To Believe In My Belief?
Dec 1, 2016 • 28 min
In this episode we do a little Luther vs. Calvin on the question of faith in the spiritual life. We ask if our faith is something in which we should in any sense believe. Our thinking was originally stimulated by Philip Cary’s extremely helpful essay, Why…
88: Let’s Get (Meta)Physical!
Nov 26, 2016 • 49 min
In this episode we get metaphysical…BIGLY! We consider the relationship between philosophy and theology, inspired by the work of one of, if not the greatest, living theologians, Robert Jenson. The post Let’s Get (Meta)Physical! appeared first on New…
87: Are The Times Changing?
Nov 16, 2016 • 51 min
Bill and Scott emerge from the bunker. We offer our post-election thoughts one week out…BIGLY! The post Are The Times Changing? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
86: Election Matters
Nov 7, 2016 • 38 min
In this podcast Bill and I continue to talk about the legacy of the Reformation. This time we consider a subject where we both agree the Reformation didn’t go far enough….the doctrine of election. The post Election Matters appeared first on New Persuasive…
85: Law V Grace…Part 2?
Nov 4, 2016 • 44 min
We answer a listener question: can grace really be abused? Are there really “antinomians?”! Keep the questions coming. The post Law V Grace…Part 2? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
84: The Reformation…Was Anything Lost?
Nov 2, 2016 • 43 min
In this episode we have a friendly debate about the legacy of the Reformation today. The post The Reformation…Was Anything Lost? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
83: Prayer For A Nation?
Oct 23, 2016 • 30 min
The 2016 election is almost upon us and many people in the United States are unsettled, anxious or angry. We talk about the days ahead. The post Prayer For A Nation? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
82: The True, The Good, And The Beautiful
Oct 10, 2016 • 30 min
We take a break from the daily grind and turn to the things that matter yesterday, today and tomorrow. The true, the good and the beautiful. The post The True, The Good, And The Beautiful appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
81: Debate Wrap Up #2, Once More Into The Breach My Friends!
Oct 10, 2016 • 32 min
No one asked, but we offered it up, with guests! Our own focus group! The post Debate Wrap Up #2, Once More Into The Breach My Friends! appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
80: The Nature Of Freedom, Part 2
Oct 6, 2016 • 34 min
We continue our conversation about freedom, inspired in part by the new HBO drama Westworld. We also define deviant Calvinism. The post The Nature Of Freedom, Part 2 appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
79: Libertarianism And The Nature Of Freedom
Oct 3, 2016 • 35 min
This looked like the year for the Libertarians. But it seems like their moment came and went. We ask why, and consider the nature of true freedom. The post Libertarianism And The Nature Of Freedom appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
78: One Toke Over The Line
Oct 1, 2016 • 23 min
We continue our 2016 occasional series ranking the greatest pop songs about or featuring Jesus. The post One Toke Over The Line appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
77: Trump V Hillary
Sep 27, 2016 • 24 min
You didn’t really ask for it. But we gave it to you! Hear’s our first Presidential debate post-game podcast. Enjoy! The post Trump V Hillary appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
76: Thank You For Being Our Friends
Sep 19, 2016 • 30 min
Bill and Scott are both coming from vacations and hitting the Fall in full effect, reflecting on some recent events and happenings in our culture. We also wanted to thank our listeners. We’ve been at this for a year now and it’s been a great ride. The…
75: Not All Atheism Is Created Equal
Sep 2, 2016 • 31 min
On this episode the guys talk atheism, reflecting on Scott’s recent conversation with evangelist turned humanist Bart Campolo. Show Notes: We reference an article Scott wrote: http://www.mbird.com/2016/08/the-justification-of-faith/. You can find the…
74: The Anger Index
Aug 30, 2016 • 29 min
In this episode we discuss whether or not the anger in our culture is at a boiling point and what implications that might have for our future as a society. Show notes: Our inspiration for this podcast came from a podcast by Dan Carlin, which you can find…
73: Have You Been To Canaan…And Do You Want To Go Back Again?
Aug 16, 2016 • 25 min
We plunge again into some deep questions about where our culture is going and why. Fasten your seatbelts….
72: Wasteland?
Aug 4, 2016 • 32 min
Despite many listener pleas to get back to Bill’s sweetspot, the 5th century, we continue to be mesmerized by current events (current events for Bill are anything after the Reformation). In this episode we talk about where our culture is going, with one…
71: Evangelicals Politicizing The Trinity?
Aug 2, 2016 • 54 min
In this episode, which is a crossover with the Theology On Mission podcast, we discuss the current debates in the evangelical world over the Trinity and gender roles in church and society, joined by Geoff Holsclaw.
70: Another Week In Review
Jul 17, 2016 • 34 min
There’s a lot going on in the world right now, from the ridiculous to the sublime. Bill and Scott take a little time to reflect on the week’s events. The post Another Week In Review appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
69: World On Fire…?
Jul 7, 2016 • 30 min
Six days into the history of the show on August 12th of last year we wondered if the possibility of a seismic event in the Pacific Northwest was signaling the end of the world as we know it. We’re coming up on the first anniversary of the show.
68: Was 1776 A Mistake?
Jul 3, 2016 • 31 min
In this episode we consider the virtues of the Revolutionary War. Would the world be a better place if we didn’t fight it? The post Was 1776 A Mistake? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
67: Donald Trump Is Born Again (?)
Jun 28, 2016 • 32 min
On this episode Bill and Scott cover what could be the religious news story of the year: Donald Trumps born again evangelical experience.
66: Should Tragedies Change Our Thinking?
Jun 18, 2016 • 31 min
In this episode Bill and Scott spend some time trying to find words to understand the Orlando mass shooting and what it means for thinking about modern life.
65: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same?
Jun 11, 2016 • 31 min
In this episode we consider some events in the news recently and wonder whether there is precedent for them or not. We then ask whether or not there is anything new under the sun. The post The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same? appeared…
64: The Eve Of Destruction?
Jun 5, 2016 • 34 min
Why are we so interested in post-apocalyptic fiction and film these days? Is it because we sense something about our world is ending? What is it that’s passing away, and why does it matter? Show Notes: We reference a book in this episode: How to Survive…
63: Looking For Love In All The (Wrong?) Virtual Places
May 31, 2016 • 32 min
In this episode we consider the funny and frightful world of online dating and what it tells us about modern culture and ourselves. Show Notes: This podcast grew out of a piece Scott wrote for Mockingbird. You can find it here:…
61: Hell
May 17, 2016 • 34 min
In this episode we take some time to talk about Hell. Who believes in it and why and does it still matter? Show Notes: We reference an essay by George Hunsinger which is found in his book Disruptive Grace. We also reference a book by David Powys, ‘Hell’:…
60: A Church Of Thrones?
May 11, 2016 • 35 min
In this episode we talk about Game of Thrones. Enough said? The post A Church Of Thrones? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
59: What’s Scarier Than Us Talking About Science?
May 2, 2016 • 25 min
The answer to the question that serves as the title to this podcast is…Bill Nye, “the science guy”, talking philosophy. He answers a question from a fan on YouTube about whether to study philosophy in college. And what an answer it is! Show Notes: An…
58: Solid Gold Jesus: Jesus, By The Velvet Underground
Apr 20, 2016 • 26 min
We begin the official Top Ten list of the greatest songs about Jesus with a discussion of “Jesus”, by The Velvet Underground. The post Solid Gold Jesus: Jesus, By The Velvet Underground appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
57: Fighting Fair
Apr 17, 2016 • 35 min
In this episode we talk about conflict. It’s inevitable in life. The question isn’t whether or not we’ll find ourselves involved in conflict in public and private life. It’s what we will do in the midst of it. Show Notes: We reference two articles on…
56: Bare Necessities
Apr 8, 2016 • 30 min
In this podcast, inspired by Dan Carlin, we reflect on the essential commitments and values that we wouldn’t (or at least shouldn’t) compromise. What are they? How are they formed? When is it OK to change them and why? The post Bare Necessities appeared…
55: The Death Of Moral Relativism?
Apr 6, 2016 • 32 min
In this episode we discuss an article by Jonathan Merrit that appeared in The Atlantic announcing the death of moral relativism and the rise of the new shame based moralism. Show Notes: You can find Jonathan Merritt’s article here. We discuss another…
51: Guilt
Mar 16, 2016 • 34 min
In this episode of the show we discuss about guilt. We talk about how it feels and what to do with it when it’s weighing you down. The post Guilt appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
49: Loss
Mar 6, 2016 • 38 min
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross In this episode we deal with loss. It’s an experience that shapes…
48: This American Religious Life: Greg Strawbridge
Mar 3, 2016 • 44 min
We’re going to do a non-scientific profile of different religious communities and personolaties and how they shape the American religious landscape. We’re not sociologists, but that’s never stopped us before. This is the first edition of the series, which…
46: Trump Vs. Francis
Feb 20, 2016 • 37 min
Pope Francis alluded to the fact that Donald Trump might not be a Christian in a recent press conference on his flight back from Mexico. Is he wrong or right? Is it even his place to make these kind of judgments. We consider all this and more in this…
39: The Faces of Jesus
Jan 12, 2016 • 32 min
This [pop culture] Jesus may be our champion and friend, but he is no one’s mediator. The news he brings may be pleasant, or it may be harsh, but it is not urgent or particularly new—not for those who are perishing. In sum, there is much to emulate in the…
36: Is The God Of Muhammad The Father Of Jesus Christ?
Jan 1, 2016 • 28 min
There’s been some recent controversy at Wheaton College involving a professor who was put on administrative leave for statements she made about the relationship of Christianity and Islam. In response to the controversy Miroslav Volf wrote an op-ed piece…
35: Is This A Wonderful Life?
Dec 22, 2015 • 32 min
won·der·ful adjective 1. inspiring delight, pleasure, or admiration; extremely good; marvelous. Is this a wonderful life? It’s the question behind one the great Christmas films of all time. It’s also a question people find themselves asking in a world…
34: There’s Something About Mary
Dec 15, 2015 • 38 min
There is a reason Mary is everywhere. I’ve seen her image all over the world, in cafés in Istanbul, on students’ backpacks in Scotland, in a market stall in Jakarta, but I don’t think her image is everywhere because she is a reminder to be obedient, and I…
33: Mirror Mirror On The Wall…A Demographic Reflection Of American Values
Dec 11, 2015 • 33 min
Donald Trump made headlines yet again with a proposed plan to ban all Islamic entry to the United States. Almost every candidate and public political figure rushed to condemn Trump’s proposal. But a recent comprehensive study of American values and…
32: The Official Guide To Surviving Political Arguments With Family and Friends During The Holidays
Dec 8, 2015 • 32 min
We’re living in one of the most divided times in our country’s history since the period that preceded the Civil War. It seems that more and more we have less and less in common as a country. We’re divided into red states and blue states and increasingly…
31: Where Do We Sleep When Our Beds Are Burning?
Dec 4, 2015 • 30 min
The “Benedict Option” refers to Christians in the contemporary West who cease to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of American empire, and who therefore are keen to construct local forms of community as loci of…
24: How Do People Change?
Nov 6, 2015 • 29 min
We have the capacity to imagine changing into something different than we are. This can be the blessing and the curse of the human condition. The post How Do People Change? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
21: Fight or Flight?
Oct 20, 2015 • 28 min
What do you do when your back is against the wall? Most of us either run in hope that we’re faster than whatever frightens us, or we fight thinking that we’re stronger than it. The post Fight or Flight? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
20: I Think Therefore…?
Oct 17, 2015 • 26 min
…how much do we know about our thought process? And how important is what we know? Is it is important as being known? The post I Think Therefore…? appeared first on New Persuasive Words.
18: Friends
Oct 6, 2015 • 33 min
We need not view a friendship with another human being either as having no other end but itself or as being solely a means to friendship with God. God is known in communion, but of course communion, the eucharist, is not passed between God and the…
17: Don’t Worry, Be…Happy?
Oct 1, 2015 • 26 min
JOY IN NONSENSE. How can men take joy in nonsense? They do so, wherever there is laughter-in fact, one can almost say that wherever there is happiness there is joy in nonsense. It gives us pleasure to turn experience into its opposite, to turn…
13: Know Thy Selfie
Sep 11, 2015 • 23 min
We can probably all agree that smartphones are now an inseparable part of ourselves (if you can afford one, that is), and so is the Internet. Whether that’s a good thing is still undergoing intense philosophical scrutiny. What is not up for debate is that…
12: Beware The Maelstrom
Sep 8, 2015 • 39 min
MAELSTROMS — THOSE POWERFUL SWIRLING whirlpools in the open seas — have been known to pull hapless fishing boats, crew, and cargo down into a deadly vortex to the ocean’s dark depths. Maelstroms take on epic proportions in the world of fiction. In Edgar…
10: I Fought The Law
Sep 2, 2015 • 39 min
Contemporary American culture, however, holds a much more optimistic view of human moral capabilities than does the Bible, and this has unfortunately crept into churches. How else to explain the fact that a religion based on acknowledging our own faults…
9: Blessed Are The Vulnerable
Aug 29, 2015 • 30 min
Some things you make. Some you recover. Some you discover. This podcast is a combination of all three. Often times after people see, hear or read something they connect with want to know where it came from. This came from our interaction with the work of…
8: Did God Kill Jesus?
Aug 25, 2015 • 37 min
We recently had the privilege of talking with pastor, professor and author Tony Jones. You can find out more about Tony and his most recent Did God Kill Jesus? at his website: tonyj.net. Enjoy the conversation and grab a copy of Tony’s book! The post Did…
4: The End Of The Word As We Know It…But Please Not In Winter!!!
Aug 12, 2015 • 28 min
This converastion was inspired by an article in the New Yorker by Katherine Schultz. She describes a massive earthquake heading for the Pacific Northwest. It’s not if but when will this monster hit. Despite the certainty that this awful monstrous event…
3: Lost In Translation, Part 2
Aug 8, 2015 • 25 min
We continue reflecting on the complexities of translating ideas from an ancient sacred text into contemporary concepts and language. The conversation was partly inspired by N.T. Wright’s review of Wesley Hill’s new book Paul and the Trinity. Click here…
2: Lost In Translation, Part 1.
Aug 7, 2015 • 31 min
This podcast was inspired by some questions asked by an old friend of Bill Borrer’s. Bill and I attempt to wrestle with how you hold onto faith amidst confusion about things like biblical interpretation and frustration with the church using the Bible like…
1: Summer Super Hero Movie Extravaganza
Aug 7, 2015 • 22 min
In the next four years there are 30, YES 30, comic book super hero movies or sequels scheduled to hit theaters near you. Why are there so many films being made about comic book heroes and why do we keep going to see them again and again? The post Summer…