Thinking Religion

Thinking Religion

www.thinking.fm
A podcast about faith and the Bible
148: Faith Is a Boomerang
Aug 21 • 48 min
The Rev. Lauren Larkin joins Sam to discuss birthing pangs in Genesis, the merits of demythologizing, and Dialectical Theology in the 21st Century.Special Guest: Lauren R.E. Larkin.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:LaurenRELarkin.com – The intersection of…
147: Thinking Religion Again
Jul 28 • 4 min
Ready for the next episode? Here we go! THINKING RELIGION is coming back in August :)Support Thinking Religion
146: And In the End
Apr 9 • 29 min
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss things we pass down and the best way to sign off.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Karas Kustoms
145: Thinking About the Term Partners
Mar 29 • 38 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the term "partners" in its modern context and whether or not it is performative for certain couples. That leads to a discussion about the role of social media in our lives if we could, in fact, delete…
144: Should Your Church Delete Its Facebook Page?
Mar 20 • 50 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Samuel Harrelson discuss The Great Social Media Reckoning of 2018, broadcast media vs social media, why you need a website (and why your church needs a GOOD website), and the importance of bringing it all back home.Support…
143: Boys Keep Swinging
Mar 7 • 50 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss boys' weekends, gender assumptions, the Documentary Hypothesis, the historicity of the Gospels, and Justice850.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Ezer Uncaged Podcast by Ezer Uncaged on Apple…
142: “Too great of a religious hurry”
Mar 1 • 25 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the fierce urgency of now, and why the church should be the gadflies of tension in a time of transition.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Georgia Passes Bill That Stings Delta Over N.R.A. Position - The…
141: Could Jesus Read and Write?
Feb 25 • 52 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss British trivia shows, the concept of literacy in the ancient world, what accent Jesus might have had, and whether we now have historical proof of the prophet Isaiah.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:QI :…
140: Hermeneutic of Violence
Feb 16 • 54 min
Dr. Thomas Whitely and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss wearing Clerical Collars every day, our country's normalized hermeneutic of violence, and a new podcast.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Our Moloch | by Garry Wills | NYR Daily | The New York Review of…
139: Hiring Policy
Feb 8 • 57 min
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss beards, Life on Mars, and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's hiring policy (and past, present, future).Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Elon Musk shares the epic last photo of 'Starman' in the red…
138: Toxic Jesusinity and The Church
Feb 2 • 58 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss toxic masculinity and compare Trump with Jesus, Apple's woes, and voice assistants.Support Thinking Religion
137: The Fertile Croissant
Jan 22 • 50 min
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Samuel B. Harrelson play HQ Trivia and go to The Good Place to discuss Squab Goals. “My name is Kierkegaard and my writing is impeccable. Check out my teleological suspension of the ethical.”Support Thinking…
136: A Million Little Candidates
Jan 10 • 41 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss quantum hacks, the evolution of reality TV and its impact on our Gen X lives, and why 2020 will be a different political landscape than 2016.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Thinking Religion is creating…
135: A Republic, If You Can Keep It
Jan 4 • 62 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the Bomb Cyclone, The Myth of Progress, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, Lectionaries and conflating Gospels, and the need for a new political dialogue in our country.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:How…
134: Advent in the Minor Key
Dec 21, 2017 • 59 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss nativity scenes, bad Christmas songs, Epiphany, the War on Christmas, and bad Apple (batteries). Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!Support Thinking ReligionLinks:John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)…
133: Our Holiday Extravaganza
Dec 13, 2017 • 71 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by The Rev. Lauren E. Larkin, Prof. W. Travis McMaken ("McBacon"), and The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson in an extravaganza of epic proportions. They discuss Clash of the Titans, why you should…
132: Is It Worth Selling Your Soul?
Dec 7, 2017 • 63 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the #metoo Revolution, amplifying voices, and whether anything is worth trading your integrity.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:TIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers | Time.comA pastor's…
131: Pushing Against the Public Transcript
Nov 28, 2017 • 59 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Black Friday, gaming, moral questions, Evangelical strawmen, and complicity.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Why It’s Justified To Vote For A Morally Questionable PoliticianSouthern Baptists have lost a…
130: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!
Nov 16, 2017 • 47 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by Prof. Chris Frilingos to discuss his book "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: Family Trouble in the Infancy Gospels" and why the Infancy Gospel of Thomas and Proto-Gospel of James are so important for…
129: Writing Their Last Chapters
Nov 9, 2017 • 58 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson watch election returns together and discuss the impact of our choices and the role of our national patience.Support Thinking Religion
128: “I have no idea what you believe.”
Nov 3, 2017 • 60 min
Sam is joined by The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson to discuss beards, doubt, faith, securing your spot in The Good Place or The Bad Place, ethics and eschatology, rededicating your life, and salvation bracelets.Special Guest: Merianna Neely…
127: Under the Screen
Oct 26, 2017 • 53 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the iPhone X, Airpods and Mods, prepping for the coming apocalypses, Heaven's Gate, and the theologies of nativism.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:MOD TABLET 4 – thisisgroundiPhone X preorders: the best way…
126: The Problems with The Dark Age
Oct 19, 2017 • 50 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss anniversaries and birthdays in the Facebook age, whether the Vikings referenced Allah in their gear, and why "The Dark Ages" is such a troublesome concept (and why we're currently in the midst of The…
125: Conceptions of Hell
Oct 10, 2017 • 54 min
Love of books, Kindle vs hardbacks, home ownership, hell, sex, generational divides, and epistemologySupport Thinking ReligionLinks:Amazon.com: Jeffrey Burton Russell: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, KindleGeorge Michael - I Want Your Sex - YouTube
124: Mark is the Best Book in the Bible
Oct 6, 2017 • 54 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson talk about phone problems and promises, growing up, and the finale of the First Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge Extravaganza. Podium Winners: Gold: Mark Silver: Matthew Bronze: 1 SamuelSponsored By:Sam…
123: Testing the Limits
Sep 26, 2017 • 73 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen Jr. to cover the Final Four of the Bible Bracket Challenge. It gets bloody this week.Special Guest: David Ray Allen Jr..Sponsored By:Sam Harrelson Consulting: Get a free…
122: Last Night on Earth
Sep 21, 2017 • 97 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson compare their phones' home screens, discuss the relevance of Facebook to political campaigns, and continue the very contentious Bible Bracket Challenge Elite 8 Round to decide the Final Four. It's on.Support…
121: That’s What Mordecai Said
Sep 14, 2017 • 103 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss new iPhones, playing the expectations game, and how mobile devices have transformed learning and worshipping. Then, they launch into the "Sweet 16" of the Bible Brackets Challenge. Sorry, Esther.Support…
120: Stink Bug Theology
Sep 5, 2017 • 72 min
The Rev. Lauren Larkin joins Dr. Thomas Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson in a discussion of how hermeneutics and worldviews affect our theologies and what sort of spaces we try to build.Special Guest: Lauren R.E. Larkin.Support Thinking…
119: The Greek is Good
Aug 29, 2017 • 95 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by David Ray Allen to discuss football schedules and the third round of the Bible Bracket Challenge to determine which book is the "best" book in the Bible and which book is the "Michigan" book in the…
118: Better Than Ezra
Aug 25, 2017 • 69 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the uncomfortableness of whataboutism and its interplay with American Christianity and continue the Bible Bracket Challenge semifinals.Sponsored By:Sam Harrelson Consulting: Get a free estimate for your…
117: Hey Jude
Aug 16, 2017 • 117 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the benefit of doubting Trump's America, Evangelicals carrying water for Trump, whether Joshua is a good book to include in the Bible, and why Jude deserves some reconsideration.Sponsored By:Sam Harrelson…
116: No One WANTS to Vote Against Romans
Jul 27, 2017 • 48 min
Gospel of Mary? Bel and the Dragon? The Apocryphon of John? Two Corinthians? Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen to cover the second round of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge and give a great…
115: Your Hair is Like a Flock of Goats
Jul 18, 2017 • 47 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the concept of hermeneutics and continue their ongoing quest to decide the best book in the Bible from the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge.Sponsored By:Sam Harrelson Consulting: Get a free…
114: Sorry About Luke
Jul 13, 2017 • 68 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined again by David Ray Allen Jr. to cover the next round of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge… with a few surprises this week!Special Guest: David Ray Allen Jr..Sponsored By:Sam Harrelson…
113: Your Grandmother’s Favorite Book in the Bible
Jul 5, 2017 • 68 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson are joined by David Allen Jr., a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, to cover the first few matches of the Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge. David brings his own unique…
112: Bible Bracket Challenge Intro
Jun 28, 2017 • 58 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the upcoming Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge (starts next week!), generational views on gay marriage, and whether the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice.Sponsored By:Sam…
111: Which Gospel is the Best Gospel?
Jun 22, 2017 • 55 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson break down the problem with Paul's authorship of Colossians and Ephesians, head shaving, Gospel forgery, Matthew and the Q Community, the Gospel of Thomas, and infancy gospels.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Bryson…
110: Be Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves
Jun 16, 2017 • 57 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Wonder Woman's mythology, new Twitter, and whether you should "Friend" your Pastor on Facebook… or even pay them.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Wonder Woman (2017) - Rotten Tomatoes(SPOILERS) 15 Crazy…
109: Evangelicals and Covfefe Theology
Jun 5, 2017 • 56 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Trump's faith statements and relationships with Evangelicals (and the how things change all of sudden).Support Thinking ReligionLinks:God and the Don - CNN.com — “I did very, very well with evangelicals in…
108: Everyone’s Just Winging It
May 18, 2017 • 49 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss that sickening feeling you get when you realize that adults are all just faking it.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Trump’s biggest conservative opponents all love the same theologianGoogle I/O 2017: what to…
107: Words Are Hard
May 12, 2017 • 45 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the death of the Old Testament and whether biblical literacy matters to contemporary Christians and cultures.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Rob Bell takes back the Bible | Religion News…
106: Are Kids Growing Up in a Post-Christian America?
May 4, 2017 • 47 min
Thomas and Sam debate renewing Evernote Premium and discuss Donald Trump's Christianity, Evangelical logic, and whether Generation Z is growing up in a "Post-Christian" America.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:David Lewis on Twitter: "@samharrelson What is…
105: Consider The Dogs of the Valley
Apr 26, 2017 • 60 min
Thomas and Sam discuss life changes, beard growth, corporate philosophy officers, existentialism 2.0, and whether the Canon should remain closed or be thrown open.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Cremo Beard & Scruff Softener, Astonishingly Superior 30…
104: Disrupting Jesus
Apr 12, 2017 • 60 min
Thomas and Sam discuss generational gaps in worldviews and the God-shaped hole at the heart of current American culture.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:What Would Jesus Disrupt? - BloombergOnFaith: Crossing The Faith Divide, With Technology,…
103: MAKE EASTER GREAT AGAIN
Apr 6, 2017 • 50 min
Thomas and Sam discuss the importance of Easter and whether Pastors should be dressing up like the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus or letting the Wise Men into the party before January 6.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:The Lighthouse Mission News: astor Jim &…
102: Let Me Move That Glass Over Here
Mar 31, 2017 • 57 min
Thomas and Sam discuss the Billy Graham Rule, flipping coasters and dominance.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Where Did the “Billy Graham Rule” Come From? | TGCThe religious reasons Mike Pence won’t eat alone with women don’t add up - The Washington…
101: The Sounds of Silence
Mar 23, 2017 • 57 min
Thomas and Sam discuss the persistence of memories, Evernote, device agnosticism, web automation services and whether the Karl Barth Chatbot will take off in the near-future.Support Thinking ReligionLinks:Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence (Audio)…
100: “The last thing I would consider myself is a theologian.”
Mar 9, 2017 • 68 min
Thomas and Sam celebrate 100 episodes and discuss Thomas' bent towards Process Theology. Show Notes: Knick Knack 2 | This Is Ground Bullet Journal Follow Up: Pacifism and Karl Barth | W. Travis McMaken Spiritual Abuse | Merianna Neely Harrelson Molly…
99: It’s Hard to Put the Cat Back In the Bag
Mar 4, 2017 • 55 min
Thomas and Sam discuss Just War Theory, Karl Barth and where we go from here. Show Notes: Jewish cemetery vandalized in New York, third case in two weeks | Reuters Hate Map | SPLC Four Mosques Have Burned in Seven Weeks – Leaving Many Muslims and…
98: The Pull of Nostalgia
Feb 23, 2017 • 61 min
Thomas and Sam discuss what makes things great. Again. Show Notes: The Religion of Donald Trump | Chicago Tribune Bill would make Bible state book in West Virginia | Herald-Dispatch Drop in teenage suicide attempts linked to legalization of same-sex…
97: Prayer Breakfast
Feb 2, 2017 • 70 min
Show Notes: Trump Gave a Doozy of a Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast | Washington Post Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination | The Nation Free Speech | XKCD American Christianity is in…
96: Nintey Six
Jan 24, 2017 • 64 min
Thomas and Sam discuss Google Voice, Alexa, Evernote, and how the Democratic Party has failed voters but especially the next generation of public officials (and what we can do about it). Google Voice!!!!1! | The Verge COMPUTER | The Verge Trump and Net…
95: There’s Always a Drum Circle
Jan 19, 2017 • 56 min
Thomas and Sam debate the social implications of protests and political actions in the new America. The post Thinking Religion 95: There’s Always a Drum Circle appeared first on Thinking.FM.Support Thinking Religion
94: Any Religious Left or Any Religion Left?
Jan 13, 2017 • 64 min
Thomas and Sam discuss the upcoming inauguration of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, and what that means for the country’s religious landscape. How Trump is Paving the Way for a Revival of the ‘Religious Left’ | Washington Post…
93: “All we have to do now is to take these lies and make them true (somehow)”
Jan 2, 2017 • 67 min
Thomas and Sam kick off the 2017 season of Thinking Religion. New Years Resolutions Try a New Years Revolution | NY Times On Giving Donald Trump a Chance | Marginalia Sam’s January 1 “sermon”: “I think I realize now that the author chose to include the…
92: Apostles, Disciples, and Facebook Live Viewers
Oct 23, 2016 • 81 min
Thomas and Sam discuss new Macbooks and the problem with trying to count your followers in relation to your success. The post Thinking Religion 92: Apostles, Disciples, and Facebook Live Viewers appeared first on Thinking.FM.Support Thinking Religion
91: Let’s Talk About Bob Dylan and Evanglicals
Oct 16, 2016 • 43 min
In which Thomas and Sam discuss Bob Dylan and Evangelicals. The post Thinking Religion 91: Let’s Talk About Bob Dylan and Evanglicals appeared first on Thinking.FM.Support Thinking Religion
90: No Bread, No Bag, No Money
Aug 30, 2016 • 69 min
Thomas and Sam discuss titles, office spaces, new jobs, being unplugged from the hive mind during the work day, and everyday carries (along with some deep philosophical ideas you’ll have to stick around for). FSU Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards…
79: Thinking Religion 89: Do You Want To Talk About Pants? - Thinking.FM
Aug 13, 2016 • 55 min
Thomas and Sam discuss pants, button down collar dress shirts, briefcases, leather goods, and the role of religion in political rhetoric. Levi 541 Hillary Clinton writes Op-Ed in LDS Paper Fewer and Fewer Americans Vote With Religion in Mind | Boston…
78: Thinking Out Loud 121: Even Superheroes Have Flaws - Thinking.FM
Aug 8, 2016 • 40 min
“But I thought you were a superhero?” Elisabeth and Merianna talk about that moment when someone you know discovers that you have flaws and how that impacts your relationship. This is why it is important to make sure your characters have flaws as well.…
77: Thinking Religion 88: Snapchat is the New Oral Tradition - Thinking.FM
Aug 6, 2016 • 77 min
Thomas and Sam, along with guest host Roshan Abraham, discuss Jonah’s presumptive bisexuality, Classics’ past present and future, Ephesus as the ancient 4chan, roles of the public intellectual, autobiographical memories, textuality, authority, and Bernie…
76: Thinking Out Loud 120: What World is This? - Thinking.FM
Jul 29, 2016 • 46 min
“But that could never happen!” Elisabeth and Merianna talk about world building, especially in regards to changing technology. What should you include? What will make your story seem outdated and irrelevant? How do some authors get away with having…
75: Thinking Religion: Trading Places - Thinking.FM
Jul 29, 2016 • 57 min
Most Christians are Republicans and a few liberal ones are Democrats (or something like that). That’s been the conventional thinking for the past few decades, especially with the rise of the Moral Majority and Evangelical movement going back to the late…
74: Thinking Baptists 21: Welcoming Visitors to Your Church - Thinking.FM
Jul 23, 2016 • 55 min
Thinking Baptists Merianna and Sam discuss the notion of hospitality and how various churches welcome (or don’t) visitors and strangers into their worship services. The post Thinking Baptists 21: Welcoming Visitors to Your Church appeared first on…
73: Thinking Out Loud 118: Words Matter - Thinking.FM
Jul 22, 2016 • 50 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about moving your draft from the splatter paint on the canvas, letting the words fly off your fingertips to a manuscript with purposeful meaningful words. Words matter. Choose them carefully, especially if you are staff writer…
72: Thinking Religion: Permission Slip - Thinking.FM
Jul 21, 2016 • 62 min
This week, Thomas and Sam discuss how to use social media effectively, why you shouldn’t invoke God when comparing others to Lucifer, and ways to save money on all of your internet subscription services. Subscribe to the Thinking Religion Newsletter…
71: Thinking Religion: Growing Up Evangelical in the 90’s - Thinking.FM
Jul 15, 2016 • 60 min
Thomas and Sam are joined by Merianna Neely Harrelson to talk about True Love Waits, Kissing Dating Goodbye, Promise Rings, and all the interesting parts of Evangelical Christian culture of the ’90’s (and how much of that is being reexamined)… and why Sam…
70: Thinking Baptists 20: No One Gets Out Alive - Thinking.FM
Jul 14, 2016 • 52 min
Merianna and Sam talk about how communities of faith create a sense of belonging and what happens when the community encounters a crisis of faith. Do you stay? Do you leave? Show Notes If Pokemon Go Feels Like a Religion That’s Because it Kind of Is | BNG…
69: Thinking Out Loud 117: Finding the Corners - Thinking.FM
Jul 13, 2016 • 51 min
In which Mary Hudson (8 years old) blows our minds by sharing how she published her first play, Germ Play. Elisabeth and Merianna ask Mary Hudson how the inspiration for the play came to her and inspiration in general. They also discuss the concept of…
68: Thinking Religion: Generational Eschatological Expectations - Thinking.FM
Jul 8, 2016 • 64 min
Thomas and Sam discuss their iPhone homescreens, favorite apps, the complexity of generational eschatological expectations, and Christian dating apps. Show Notes OmniFocus Why I Ditched Evernote for Apple Notes and You Can Too | David Pogue When is a star…
67: Thinking Baptists 19: Embracing the Conflicts - Thinking.FM
Jul 7, 2016 • 70 min
The Revs Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson describe the benefits and challenges of congregational polity, notes, the digital dark age, and recording what matters. Show Notes Considering the Lilies and Hard Conversations Why I’m Still Baptist…
66: Thinking Out Loud 116: Lighting a Fire Under You - Thinking.FM
Jul 5, 2016 • 55 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about those moments when you meet people in real life that you’ve had social media conversations and interactions and what it feels like to be recognized. They talk about their trips and the power of belonging to a community…
65: Thinking Baptists 18: All The Wands - Thinking.FM
Jul 2, 2016 • 58 min
The Revs. Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson reboot Thinking Baptists with a new episode for the first time in four years. They do a recap of Merianna’s ministerial journey as well as follow up to the last episode of the show with a discussion…
64: Thinking Religion: The Privilege of Knowing How to Read - Thinking.FM
Jun 29, 2016 • 66 min
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Sam’s use of iPad Pro as his main computer, Evernote, and the privilege of knowing how to read. Show Notes Thinking.FM on Patreon Thinking Religion Facebook Group for show discussions and links…
63: Cast of Geeks 58: Small Wonders - Thinking.FM
Jun 23, 2016 • 70 min
Lisa Picarille, Jim Kukral, Shawn Collins, and Sam Harrelson reunite for an episode of Cast of Geeks. This month, they discuss the future(s) of affiliate marketing, influencer marketing, engagement and Facebook Pages, the rise of messaging, Amazon’s…
62: Thinking Religion: Consolation of Communication - Thinking.FM
Jun 23, 2016 • 54 min
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Big Macs, livestreaming, bastardized religion, and tiny apocalypses. Show Notes McDonald’s Best Sandwiches | Thrillist Dem Sit-In | TechMeme Photo of Trump, Falwell Jr. beside Playboy cover raises holy…
61: Thinking Out Loud 115: Fighting the Imposter Monster - Thinking.FM
Jun 18, 2016 • 53 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about fighting the imposter monster, reader’s theaters about germs, and exciting upcoming conference. They debate how to know if you are truly doing what you should be doing. If you’re scared of it, it’s probably what you…
60: Thinking Religion: You Only Want a New Cultural War When You’re Losing the Last One - Thinking.FM
Jun 17, 2016 • 68 min
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley, Rev. Sam Harrelson, and Chad Gardner discuss cultural gnosticism. Show Notes Chad on Twitter Let’s Have a Better Culture War | NYT Religious Studies in the Time of Trumpism | Michael Altman SBC Sees 9th Year of Membership Decline |…
59: Thinking Religion: An Eclectic Text - Thinking.FM
Jun 8, 2016 • 74 min
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the gender politics of Sam’s new personal assistant, language as a power mechanism, a listener question about Paul’s Gospel, and what in the world The Donald is thinking. Show Notes Meet Amy | x.ai x.ai…
58: Thinking Out Loud 114: Recognizing Your Tells - Thinking.FM
Jun 7, 2016 • 49 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the world of podcasting as self-publishing and how Serial has introduced a format of audio stories that might just bring back storytelling as an artform. Could we be returning to an oral storytelling-centered culture? How…
57: Thinking Religion: The Weird Thing That Happens When You Realize People Know You - Thinking.FM
Jun 1, 2016 • 61 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss conference outfits and gear, “Uber Boomers,” Thomas’ new leather good, and the need for female leadership in a male dominated society. NAPS Carrie Schroeder’s Tweets Sam’s Footnote Eagle Creek Packing…
56: Thinking Out Loud 113: You Might Also Like - Thinking.FM
May 30, 2016 • 41 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the changing dynamics of choosing books and hearing recommendations. How will Merianna’s 8 year old and almost 6 year old read books? Will they go to a store and ask an attendant or will their Netflix-recommended-minds…
55: Thinking Out Loud 112: Association Does Not Mean Causation - Thinking.FM
May 24, 2016 • 52 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about writer identities. Are you a plotter or a pantser or perhaps a plantser (like most of us)? They talk about overcoming imposter syndrome and how there is not one way to become a writer. They steal from Dr. Whitley’s great…
54: Thinking Religion 78: Homoeroticism, Paul, and James - Thinking.FM
May 20, 2016 • 74 min
This week, Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the cloud, smaller phones, homoeroticism in the Bible, the Jerusalem Church and Paul, and why social media is not making us pick or choose our beliefs. Mentioned: Evernote was down today iPhone…
53: Thinking Religion 77: Figuring It Out - Thinking.FM
May 13, 2016 • 54 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss figuring out email workflows, whether woman should be ordained as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church, and the United Methodist Church’s current debate over LBTQi and wider cultures. Mentioned: iPad Pro…
52: Thinking Out Loud 110: This Isn’t the Story I Thought I Was Going to Write - Thinking.FM
May 12, 2016 • 73 min
How do you know when you have a draft and when you have a manuscript ready to shop to publishers, especially in a time when you can publish anything that’s in the writing process? You can’t get to the point where you want your draft to be a book so badly…
51: Thinking Religion 76: Can’t Stop The Feeling! - Thinking.FM
May 6, 2016 • 68 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson are back this week (fresh from Dr. Whitley’s graduation) to talk about Evernote, iPads, Apple’s lineup, their favorite bags and pens, Justin Timberlake’s new song of the summer, #JesusSoWhite, taco bowls, and…
50: Thinking Out Loud 109: Trunkin’ It - Thinking.FM
May 2, 2016 • 55 min
Do I really have to write THAT story? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about how to write the tough parts of the story and how to recover after you write about difficult subject matters. They also talk about trashing the dress and leaving stories floating in…
49: Thinking Out Loud 108: Whose head am I in? - Thinking.FM
Apr 25, 2016 • 51 min
“Elisabeth”and “Merianna” talk about head hopping, naming characters, and feminism. They also talk finally, finally about the ending of Allegiant and what Veronica Roth is working on now. The reasons you were not promoted that are totally unrelated to…
48: Thinking Religion 75: Supersessionism as a Tortured Metaphor - Thinking.FM
Apr 25, 2016 • 52 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson talk about The Rains Down in Africa, cultural adoption, gender identities, and the supersessionism of “The American Dream.” Mentioned: Thinking.FM is a Launch Partner on Google Play Music Podcasts Kristen and Dax…
47: Thinking Out Loud 107: Hey, I Know A Writer! - Thinking.FM
Apr 15, 2016 • 42 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about what to do when opportunities get dropped in your lap, the dangers of comparing yourself to other people, and who to listen to. Ray Bradbury said, “jump off the cliff and learn how to make wings on the way down.” So, why…
46: Thinking Religion 74: Trump 3:16 - Thinking.FM
Apr 15, 2016 • 64 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson talk about soup, signal cues, sex demons, and how a Trump Standard Version of the Bible (TSV) would translate passages. There’s also a BeardCast segment at the end for Friends Of The Show. Mentioned: Ted Cruz Buys…
45: Thinking Out Loud 106: Introducing… - Thinking.FM
Apr 11, 2016 • 42 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the art of writing and the powerful way writing can impact people’s lives. Why are you scared to share your story? There’s someone out there who needs to read it. Start introducing yourself! Mentioned: Camp Nano Poor…
44: Thinking Religion 73: Unknown Futures - Thinking.FM
Apr 9, 2016 • 66 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the future of medium sized churches, marketing to millennials, and the role of self-selecting in our identity formations. Mentioned: Lotteries: America’s Shame | The Atlantic Facebook Live | FB Pope…
43: Thinking Religion 72: The Hustle - Thinking.FM
Apr 1, 2016 • 62 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss marketing yourself and finding jobs in bleak and uncertain times. Mentioned: Podcast Method | 5by5 Why “Make America Great Again” is a Brilliant Slogan | Washington Post Francis’ widely anticipated…
42: Thinking Out Loud 105: You’re Going to Be An Author, How Do You Feel About That? - Thinking.FM
Mar 29, 2016 • 53 min
Are you stuck in the transitional phase where you can see yourself as an author? Elisabeth talks about the exciting news regarding her book and progress in the revision process. They also talk about the dangers that exist for people trying to publish in…
41: Thinking Religion 71: Something About Easter? - Thinking.FM
Mar 26, 2016 • 66 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the how apocalyptic religious movements become religions, insider and outsider language, the uniqueness of christianities, their ongoing personal revelations about privilege, and the intertextuality of…
40: Thinking Out Loud 104: Yours, Mine, and Ours - Thinking.FM
Mar 21, 2016 • 36 min
How many writing projects are you working on? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their joint writing project, individual projects, and ghost writing projects and how to keep them all going at the same time. They also ask the question, “Can you make it as a…
39: Thinking Religion 70: “And you never ask questions when God’s on your side” - Thinking.FM
Mar 18, 2016 • 70 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the religion of college football, Rip and Dip vs Common Cup vs Shot Glasses, Rubio’s odd theological farewell speech, the power of professing God’s Will, and why the Republican Party enabled Trump.…
38: Thinking Out Loud 103: Feast or Famine - Thinking.FM
Mar 15, 2016 • 48 min
Will I be able to afford groceries this month? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the peaks and valleys of the publishing and writing world and how it’s hard to predict what each month or each day is going to look like. How exciting! Show Notes: Kiwi Bird…
37: Thinking Religion 69: Act Like You’ve Been There Before - Thinking.FM
Mar 11, 2016 • 62 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss messaging apps and the future of the web, how Acts 2 connects with presidential debates, Trump’s nativism, world religion and acts of classification, and star bellied sneetches. Mentioned: Sam’s new phone…
36: Thinking Out Loud 102: Flipping the Switch - Thinking.FM
Mar 4, 2016 • 52 min
Can you trust book reviews? Are they all paid for by authors looking for five stars? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about where to find their next book to read and what sources you can trust and what sources you can’t. Join the Thinking Out Loud Book…
35: Thinking Religion 68: There Is No Such Thing as Christianity - Thinking.FM
Mar 3, 2016 • 48 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Thomas’ Class on Sex, Hillary Clinton as the modern Thecla, sermons on sexuality, questions of identity and why we get attracted to the things we do, and a Bonnaroo for academics. Show Notes Sex and…
34: Thinking Out Loud 101: Coming Into the Light - Thinking.FM
Feb 29, 2016 • 42 min
Elisabeth talks about how she might want to hide in the shadows because she’s not ready to be considered a writer but the really amazing things that happen when you do finally step into the light. You have to be who are you without wanting the affirmation…
33: Thinking Religion 67: A Little Gnod to the Gnostics - Thinking.FM
Feb 25, 2016 • 64 min
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Dan’s White Vans, the new Thinking Religion schwag giveaway, Syriac Valentine poems, new pens, Trump as Cyrus the Great, a Trump presidency, evangelical mono cultures, Monty Python’s take on Jesus, and the…
32: Thinking Out Loud 100: You Brought Your Whistle - Thinking.FM
Feb 22, 2016 • 50 min
Elisabeth and Merianna celebrate their 100 episode! They relive how it all started and all their best soapbox speeches and conclude if you are adding your voice to the mix, don’t just be a part of the chorus. Stand out! Sign up for the Thinking Out Loud…
31: Thinking Out Loud 99: Speaking of Happily Ever Afters - Thinking.FM
Feb 17, 2016 • 54 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the power of false climaxes to turn a plot and making your characters more interesting. They also cover the importance of soul feeding as you transform from writer to author, and the importance of sticking to your draft…
30: Thinking Religion 66: The Barbeque Equation of Religion and Politics - Thinking.FM
Feb 16, 2016 • 85 min
Thomas is now Dr. Whitley, Sam is too old to understand the Grammys, Thomas does an on-air unboxing of This Is Ground’s Mystery Box (use this link for $10 off an order there), Justice Scalia is dead, and South Carolina is changing. Show Notes The Religion…
29: Thinking Out Loud 98: Putting Yourself Out There - Thinking.FM
Feb 9, 2016 • 53 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the importance of developing a personal brand as well as a professional brand. They talk about public profiles and David Bowie as well as upcoming projects. Of course they talk about the upcoming Episode 100! Show Notes:…
28: Thinking Religion 65: Gotta Have Faith - Thinking.FM
Jan 28, 2016 • 64 min
This week, Thomas and Sam discuss the live streaming of life and debates, the Trump Red Zone™, Presidential endorsements by leading religious figures, the myth of evangelicalism, and performativity in public religion. The Loss of Solitary Exploration |…
27: Thinking Out Loud 97: Say What You Need to Say - Thinking.FM
Jan 25, 2016 • 43 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the use of said in a manuscript and how it can’t be overused. They talk about other bad writing advice that writers take to heart and winter weather and good books. Show Notes: Are You Overusing Said? Debunking Writing…
26: Thinking Religion 64: Two Corinthians Walk Into a Bar… - Thinking.FM
Jan 22, 2016 • 50 min
This week, Thomas and Sam discuss their favorite bags to carry their everyday items, what’s wrong with college admissions, Two Corinthians, Climate Change, Dura Europos, and the intentions of heavily armed angry white men. Show Notes: ThisIsGround Mod…
25: Thinking Out Loud 96: Crying for Strangers - Thinking.FM
Jan 15, 2016 • 44 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the deaths this week of some great creative geniuses and how it impacts them. They also talk about inspiration in artists and characters and how true great artists teach us something about ourselves. Show Notes: David…
24: Thinking Religion 63: Defining Yourself By The Controversies Around You - Thinking.FM
Jan 14, 2016 • 72 min
This week, Thomas and Sam discuss some of their New Year’s Resolutions (and how they are holding up), tonight’s Republican Debate in North Charleston, and how early christianities developed orthodox beliefs and creeds from the contentious arguments over…
23: Thinking Religion 62: No one gets crucified for being too nice - Thinking.FM
Jan 8, 2016 • 57 min
Thomas and Sam discuss the demise of Evernote but their renewed use, why app stores are the new platform, their love of This Is Ground products, and how Christians should and could deal with violence. Show Notes: Lame-O | Urban Dictionary Evernote’s…
22: Thinking Out Loud 95: We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby - Thinking.FM
Jan 5, 2016 • 50 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their New Year’s Resolutions including reading, writing and personal challenges. They also talk about how far they have come since they first started podcasting and some exciting plans for 2016! Show Notes: 10 Best…
21: Thinking Religion 61: “We took the toys out of the box and now we get to play with them a little bit.” - Thinking.FM
Jan 4, 2016 • 48 min
Thomas and Sam discuss the past year of Thinking Religion, add some new commentary, and talk about what’s next in 2016 for the podcast. Show Notes: Most popular shows by downloads: Episode 45 – 2,280 Episode 41 – 1,990 Episode 39 – 1,810 Our favorites:…
20: Thinking Out Loud 94: There Are Sharks in This Water - Thinking.FM
Dec 21, 2015 • 31 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about when your writing is ready to reveal to someone else. They talk about the danger of releasing it too soon when you haven’t had enough time to mold it and shape it. They also discuss that if you put your writing out there…
19: Thinking Religion 60: The When, Where, and Why of the Nativity - Thinking.FM
Dec 18, 2015 • 26 min
This week, Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson examine the When / Where / Why of the Nativity and discuss historical accuracies of the stories as we’ve interpreted them in our present culture. Show Notes: 6 Misconceptions about the Nativity | The Blaze…
18: Thinking Out Loud 93: Working Out the Wrinkles as Writers - Thinking.FM
Dec 14, 2015 • 53 min
Elisabeth and Merianna are reunited and it feels so good! They discuss finding reason, meaning, and purpose in writing in decisions we make as writers. They also discuss creating purposeful pauses rather than head-scratching confusion. They also ask how…
17: Thinking Religion 59: Trump and Symptoms of a Deeper Problem - Thinking.FM
Dec 10, 2015 • 26 min
Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson discuss domestic terrorists and the Carolinas, the myths of American Progressivism, creation stories, Trump’s views of citizenship, hate licenses, and the soft cultural underbelly of fear. Show Notes: Why Franklin Graham…
16: Thinking Religion 58: Personal Branding and The Academy - Thinking.FM
Dec 6, 2015 • 54 min
Thomas Whitley and Sam Harrelson discuss the issues involved with marketing and personal branding in an academic environment, whether academics and graduate students should blog, the demise of peer reviewed journals and scholarship, and whether or not…
15: Thinking Out Loud 92: Let’s Talk About Self-Editing - Thinking.FM
Nov 27, 2015 • 56 min
Elisabeth is joined by author Stacy N. Sergent this week (Merianna is out for family leave) to talk about great pups, NaNoWriMo, writing as a lonesome experience and also a communal experience, the role of editing, and the psychological flow of being a…
14: Thinking Out Loud 91: Homemade Root Beer - Thinking.FM
Nov 19, 2015 • 51 min
Elisabeth is joined by UNC’s own Molly McConnell this week (Merianna is on maternity leave). They dive deep into the nature of reading, writing, and spicy beverages. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic A Tale for The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki Ravens in Winter by…
13: Thinking Out Loud 90: Creating the Feels - Thinking.FM
Nov 17, 2015 • 47 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the importance of including and invoking emotions in readers. They discuss what they have to overcome as writers in order to cause suffering for their characters and create whole, full characters. Of course, they also…
12: Thinking Out Loud 89: Camaraderie Over Word Counts - Thinking.FM
Nov 9, 2015 • 44 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the power of collaboration, especially during NanoWrimo. They talk about how much confidence is instilled when you connect into a network of people. They also discuss how women writers have been made more of an appearance…
11: Thinking Religion 57: We Can’t Stop and We Won’t Stop - Thinking.FM
Nov 8, 2015 • 65 min
Thomas and Sam discuss the role of N.C. State as an upsetter along with the role of religion in presidential politics with talk about private and public hermeneutics of the 2016 candidates (and the weather in Tallahassee). Show Notes: Why Can’t Christians…
10: Thinking Out Loud 88: Toughening Up - Thinking.FM
Nov 2, 2015 • 6 min
Elisabeth and Merianna follow up their conversation from last week about the importance of protecting your content. Then, they recount their experiences at recent conferences and how they are learning that they need to be tougher with the authors they…
8: Thinking Out Loud 87: Own Your Own Content - Thinking.FM
Oct 24, 2015 • 59 min
Elisabeth, Merianna, and Sam talk about the commodity of content and how authors should disseminate that information. They advise authors that they shouldn’t help the rich get richer, but help build their own audience. Show Notes Chuck Wendig Rebooting…
6: Thinking Out Loud 86: 10,000 Hours Worth of Expertise - Thinking.FM
Oct 20, 2015 • 52 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their upcoming conference and why they continue to work in the field of publishing. They also talk about what makes you an expert and when you can call yourself an expert. Elisabeth reminds them both that: “That’s what we…
5: Thinking Out Loud 85: Alternate Universes vs. Altered Universes - Thinking.FM
Oct 13, 2015 • 40 min
Show Notes Great Dane Doesn’t Want to Get Up Great Dane Doesn’t Want to Share Love Collie’s Talking Collie Singing to Puppy Survival and Adventure Stories Stormy Weather The Wild Shore: Three Californias (Wild Shore Triptych) The Year of the Flood Oryx…
3: Thinking Out Loud 84: Solopreneurs - Thinking.FM
Oct 5, 2015 • 54 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about building audience and expanding your market as a solopreneur. They talk about the stresses and joys of owning your business. They also talk about the progress in their own writing projects. Show Notes 5 Rules of…
1: Thinking Out Loud 83: Putting Characters In Their Place - Thinking.FM
Sep 25, 2015 • 7 min
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about developing the place as you write a manuscript and the dilemma of floating characters. They also discuss the stalling or need to take a break that comes after pressing send and how to overcome that and continue to write!…