Church of the Geek

Church of the Geek
Two different pastors looking at the places where geek culture and faith intersect.

GeekChurch — Star Trek Discovery: Our Continuing Mission
Oct 16 • 70 min
Brian and Sam sit down to talk about Star Trek: Discovery as they sit on the verge of the premiere of Discovery’s third season. This iteration of Star Trek takes them into territory that is both familiar and alien at once. Connect with us on Twitter…
GeekChurch — TheoCon Thursday — Anointing Fantasies: Swords, Spells, and Messiahs
Oct 8 • 63 min
Here is a Church of the Geek special! Brian and Sam host the monthly TheoCon Thursday. This particular TheoCon Thursday was a precursor to the annual TheoCon, held in September. The panel discusses messiahs, particularly as found in the fantasy genre….
GeekChurch — The New Mutants
Oct 2 • 68 min
Brian and Sam are living on the edge! They go to a REAL LIVE MOVIE THEATER to see The New Mutants, the final X-Men movie from Fox, now that the film rights have reverted to Marvel. They share their thoughts about going to the theater during the…
GeekChurch — Checking In
Sep 18 • 69 min
Brian and Sam take some time to check in with each other. As our social isolation continues, school begins, and our normal routines are still out of whack, they discuss how they are looking both to the past and to the future to keep a good state of…
GeekChurch — The Return of Dominion
Sep 4 • 62 min
Brian and Sam are thrilled that our new season starts off with the return of Dr. Barron Bell, creator of the comic Dominion: Fall of the House of Saul. Dr. Bell was with us back in March to talk about Dominion as it was in process. But Dr. Bell has…
GeekChurch — Kismet, Man of Fate
Aug 21 • 61 min
Brian and Sam talk with A. David Lewis, author of Kismet, Man of Fate, and co-editor of Graven Images, a collection of essays dealing with religion and graphic novels. David is currently working on the second volume of Kismet and we wanted to talk with…
GeekChurch — Who Watches the Watchmen?
Aug 7 • 69 min
Who watches the Watchmen? We do, of course! In this episode, Brian and Sam gather their own superteam to discuss Watchmen, the recent HBO series. “Dr. Manhattan Is a Cop” in the LA Review of Books by Aaron BadyThe Rev. Shayna Watson — founder and…
GeekChurch — The Final Frontier
Jul 24 • 65 min
Brian and Sam sit down to talk with Dr. James McGrath to discuss a shared love of all three of us…. Star Trek. Dr. McGrath is the Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He…
Geek Church — Redeeming FanFic with Darth Krell
Jul 10 • 54 min
In this episode, Brian and Sam talk with Gilly Deltrez and Ronald Christian, the creators of the fanfic Star Wars comic Darth Krell Cometh, now on Kickstarter. Check out their project:…
Holy Crit — The Triduum RPG part 3 of 3
Jul 1 • 53 min
During the Triduum, the Great Three Days, Brian participated in The Triduum Project live stream. A fifty-four hour, online vigil of sorts. CotG already posted our regular episode that we did there. Here now is the third part of the role-playing game,…
Geek Church — What’s That You Say?
Jun 26 • 59 min
Brian and Sam are all by themselves this week, and they have some trouble communicating! But fun and games are still had, and even some thoughts about interpretation and meaning.To see information about TheoCon, check out for the website or…
Holy Crit — The Triduum RPG part 2 of 3
Jun 17 • 56 min
During the Triduum, the Great Three Days, Brian participated in The Triduum Project live stream. A fifty-four hour, online vigil of sorts. CotG already posted our regular episode that we did there. Here now is the second part of the role-playing game,…
Geek Church — Reading Comics and Scripure with Dr. Elizabeth Coody
Jun 12 • 68 min
Brian and Sam talk with Dr. Elizabeth Coody, assistant professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA. We discuss various titles and how they help us interpret scripture. You can connect Dr. Coody on Twitter @ecoody. To see…
Holy Crit — The Triduum RPG part 1 of 3
Jun 3 • 45 min
During the Triduum, the Great Three Days, Brian participated in The Triduum Project live stream. A fifty-four hour, online vigil of sorts. CotG already posted our regular episode that we did there. Here now is the first part of the role-playing game,…
Geek Church — The Tin Foil Armor of God
May 29 • 80 min
Brian and Sam are joined by Dr. Danny Anderson, host of The Sectarian Review and professor of English at Mount Alysious College, to talk about conspiracy theories. Conspiracies in the general sense and in the particular as to how we hear them now in…
Geek Church — The Church During and After Pandemic
May 15 • 73 min
Brian and Sam talk with The Rev. Kimberly Van Driel about the effects the pandemic is having on the church currently and the possible lasting effects.
GeekChurch — The Church and Corona
May 1 • 63 min
Brian and Sam talk with friend of the podcast Andy Walsh, along with his wife Jody to talk about the Church’s response to Corona. Andy and Jody have started their own podcast, Bio Break. You can find them on Twitter, @BioBreakPod and listen to their…
GeekChurch — The Triduum Project Episode
Apr 17 • 56 min
Church of the Geek does an hour on the Triduum Project live stream talking about death.
GeekChurch — Staying Connected
Apr 3 • 54 min
Brian and Sam talk about what is keeping them connected and positive.
Special Live Stream Announcement
Apr 2 • 1 min
April 2, 2020 Church of the Geek will be having a live stream episode on our YouTube channel at 9pm, Eastern. Join us as we take the time to share what is going on with us, what we are reading or watching, and please chat with us in the comments so we…
GeekChurch — Spiritual Practices in the Age of Corona
Mar 20 • 74 min
We talk about Lent, spiritual practices and this time of social distancing.
GeekChurch — Dominion and Dr. Barron Bell
Mar 6 • 59 min
Brian and Sam sit down to talk with Dr. Barron Bell, creator of the upcoming comic Dominion.
GeekChurch — House of X / Powers of X
Feb 21 • 73 min
Brian finally relents and digs into the X-men series House of X and Powers of X, so he and Sam can discuss this fantastic story. The powers of resurrection are at hand and the religious resonances with the Christian story are powerful. (Oh also… Dogs…
GeekChurch — Please Wait… Rebooting!
Feb 7 • 62 min
Sam and Brian talk about reboots and what that might mean for the church.
GeekChurch — Second Coming
Jan 24 • 63 min
Brian and Sam sit down and talk with Mark Russell, creator and writer of the comic book Second Coming.
GeekChurch — Rise of Skywalker
Jan 10 • 69 min
Sam, Brian, and guests discuss Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
GeekChurch — Year In the MIrror 2019
Dec 31, 2019 • 80 min
Brian and Sam discuss the things on their radar in 2019.
GeekChurch — Mother Forkin Shirt Balls
Dec 13, 2019 • 72 min
Mother forkin’ shirt balls… it’s The Good Place.
GeekChurch — Harriet
Nov 30, 2019 • 68 min
Brian and Sam bring friends in to discuss the recent movie Harriet.
GeekChurch — Musical Geeks
Nov 15, 2019 • 69 min
Brian sits down with friend of the podcast, Missy Whitis to talk about the rules of musical episodes of non-musical shows
GeekChurch — Happy Helloween!
Oct 31, 2019 • 53 min
Brian and Sam discuss Chick tracts.
GeekChurch — Theocon 2019 — Cultivating Character: Myth and Virtue in Popular Culture
Oct 18, 2019 • 43 min
A conversation on myth and virtue in popular culture.
GeekChurch — Theocon 2019 — Stark Realities: Redemption in the MCU
Oct 4, 2019 • 56 min
A panel discussion at Theocon 2019 on themes of redemption in the MCU.
COTG: Geeking Out — Theocon
Sep 20, 2019 • 62 min
Brian and Sam talk with The Rev. Shayna Watson about the upcoming Theocon.
Church of the Geek — We GoT This!
Jul 5, 2019 • 83 min
Sam, Brian and guests discuss the end of Game of Thrones.
Church of the Geek — This Is the End(game).
May 24, 2019 • 93 min
The grand discussion around the event of the summer… Avengers: Endgame!
Church of the Geek — The End(game) Is Nigh!!
Apr 19, 2019 • 64 min
Sam and Brian anticipate and discuss Avengers: Endgame from the perspective of the eschaton and the final things.
COTG: Holy Crit 06 — Living After Midnight
Apr 11, 2019 • 81 min
The crew works to bring survivors back to Aschlingbaum after spending the night in the old pallisade.
Church of the Geek — By the Old Gods and the New
Apr 5, 2019 • 63 min
Brian explores the relgious setting of George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones.
COTG: Holy Crit 05 — Hard Day’s Night Continued
Mar 15, 2019 • 40 min
The battle to rescue the kidnapped townsfolk continues and Kanamak is unconscious.
COTG: Holy Crit 04 — Hard Day’s Night
Feb 22, 2019 • 53 min
After the party tracks down the gnoll band to a desolate old fort, they engage the gnolls in battle.
Church of the Geek — The Bodhana Group
Feb 15, 2019 • 66 min
Sam and Brian talk with Jack Berkenstock, Executive Director of the Bodhana Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates the use of tabletop gaming as a directed therapeutic and clinical practice.
COTG: Holy Crit 03 — Rock and Gnoll All Night
Feb 8, 2019 • 54 min
The party works to track down the marauding band of gnolls through the rough land outside of Aschlingbaum.
Church of the Geek — GeekPreacher
Feb 1, 2019 • 17 min
A geeky sermon by Brian preached right after Christmas 2018.
COTG: Holy Crit 02 — Aschlingbaum Under Attack
Jan 25, 2019 • 60 min
D&D comes to COTG! The party continues its defense of Aschlingbaum from the gnoll attack.
Church of the Geek — Excelsior!
Jan 18, 2019 • 60 min
Sam and Brian talk with local comic book wizard, Wayne Wise, as we discuss the legacy of Stan Lee and what we might learn from him.
COTG: Holy Crit 01 — Aschlingbaum Harvest
Jan 11, 2019 • 59 min
Dungeons and Dragons comes to Church of the Geek… HOLY CRIT!
Church of the Geek — 2018 Retrospectus
Jan 4, 2019 • 59 min
A look back over the geeky highlights of 2018!
Church of the Geek — Theology and Horror
Oct 27, 2018 • 55 min
A discussion around theological themes in horror movies.
Church of the Geek — with Matthew Brake
Sep 30, 2018 • 69 min
Sam and Brian sit down and talk with Matthew Brake, who created the website PopularCultureand Matthew is an interesting guy and we had a great conversation.
Faith Across the Multiverse with Andy Walsh
Aug 21, 2018 • 73 min
Sam and Brian talk with Andy Walsh, author of the new book “Faith Across the Multiverse: Parables From Modern Science.”
Video Games and Community
Jun 22, 2018 • 57 min
Sam and Brian are joined by Pastor Matt Titus to talk about video games and community. Join us for the conversation. Geek be with you!
Avengers: Infinity War
May 24, 2018 • 56 min
Sam and Brian welcome Will Rose back to Church of the Geek to discuss Thanos and the Infinity War!
Church of the Geek — New Beginnings
May 11, 2018 • 49 min
Meet our new co-host, Sam Blair!
Church of the Geek — Stranger Things
Oct 24, 2016 • 45 min
Brian and guest Will discuss Stranger Things, the nostalgic Netflix series that seems to be made for geeks.
Vocation of Ultron
Aug 2, 2015 • 35 min
Grab your popcorn - it’s a summer blockbuster! Brian and David being to unpack the Age of Ultron, diving into questions like vocation and our favorite geek movie this summer.
Daredevil - Episode 18
May 30, 2015 • 40 min
Brian and David welcome Aric Clark as they look the new Daredevil series through a theological lens. (Warning, spoilers abound).
Rebooting the Church - Episode 17
Mar 28, 2015 • 35 min
After a mid-season hiatus, Church of the Geek is back! David and Brian discuss the latest film reboots and how the work of creating a reboot is like the work of ministry.
Geek Church Halloween
Oct 31, 2014 • 30 min
David and Brian are joined by Robert Abner to talk about scary movies, fear, and Halloween.
Stewards of the Galaxy - Episode 15
Oct 3, 2014 • 27 min
David & Brian discuss Guardians of the Galaxy, rant about the lack of female superhero swag, and plan more!
Pilgrimage of the Geek - Episode 14
Aug 29, 2014 • 32 min
David and Brian are joined by Megan Hansen and Sion Gough Hughes as they talk about traveling to places that matter - geeky and religious. Why do we make these trips, and why do they matter?
Summer Blockbusters - Episode 13
Jun 29, 2014 • 22 min
Brian and David discuss all the latest big shows of the summer!
Geek Endings - Episode 12
May 23, 2014 • 26 min
Season finales, Good Friday, and a special guest! All this in more in this week’s Church of the Geek! Special Guest: Pastor Scott Johnson, @saj_nachfolge, blogs at
God Loves Geeks - Episode 11
Apr 5, 2014 • 33 min
David and Brian are joined by Will Rose, who runs a program called God Loves Geeks as a part of his ministry in a congregation. A great look at where geek culture meets parish ministry.
Myth-conceptions - Episode 10
Mar 21, 2014 • 31 min
David and Brian talk about Myth, Stories, Scripture and more!
The Great and Terrible Day of the Geek - Episode 9
Feb 22, 2014 • 29 min
Is John the Revelator the first sci-fi author? In this episode, Brian and David look at the relationship between the Book of Revelation (and other apocalyptic imagery) and popular culture.
Who’s Your Daddy? - Episode 8
Feb 7, 2014 • 26 min
In this episode , Brian and David look at the relationships between parents and children, and how they shape our identities.
The Anti-Hero - Episode 7
Jan 25, 2014 • 34 min
David and Brian discuss the role of the anti-hero - the flawed protagonist - in the story telling of culture and Scripture. Also, they also use big words like hermeneutics.
Ascendancy of the Geek - Episode 6
Jan 10, 2014 • 29 min
Geek culture has always involved a certain outsider perspective - being on the fringes of pop culture. Brian and David talk about what happens to that outsider perspective as geek cult becomes increasingly mainstream. Also, we display just how easily…
Incarnation of the Geek - Episode 5
Dec 20, 2013 • 34 min
With Christmas just around the corner, Brian and David look at the geek world through the lens of the Incarnation - a God who is fully human and also fully divine.
Batfleck and Jesus - Episode 4
Dec 6, 2013 • 28 min
David and Brian talk about the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, and the relationship between personality and symbol. Church of the Geek, Episode 4.
Geek Christmas - Episode 3
Nov 22, 2013 • 36 min
Brian and David talk about what is on their Geek Christmas lists for this holiday season.
Origin Stories - Episode 2
Nov 15, 2013 • 30 min
Episode #2 - David and Brian share their origin stories: how they became geeks, and the things that make them geek out.