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Ep 79 - Bonnie Kristian "A Flexible Faith"

Guest Info/Bio: This week we speak with Bonnie Kristian! Bonnie is a writer who writes amazing stuff on the topics of theology, politics, and guinea pigs. She’s currently the weekend editor at The Week and fellow at Defense Priorities. Her writing has also appeared at other publications, including Time, CNN, Politico, The Hill, Relevant Magazine, Rare, The American Conservative, and more. In 2016, she graduated from Bethel Seminary with an M.A. in Christian Thought, and is currently...


Ep 78 - Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove "Reconstructing the Gospel"

Guest Info/Bio: This week we speak with Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove! Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School. In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that...


Ep 77- Jared Patrick Boyd "Imaginative Prayer"

Guest Info/Bio: This week we speak with Jared Boyd! Jared Patrick Boyd is a pastor (Vineyard USA ), spiritual director, teacher, and founder of The Order of Sustainable Faith, a missional monastic order for the 21st Century. He is the author of Invitations & Commitments: A Rule of Life. He and his wife have four daughters, and are planting Franklinton Abbey, a new faith community on the west side of Columbus, OH. Guest Published Works: Invitations & Commitments: A Rule of Life : The Order...


Ep 76 - Fr. Richard Rohr "Richard Rohr 101"

This week’s guest: This week we welcome the return of one of our biggest influences! Father Richard Rohr returns to the podcast to take us to school in Rohr 101. What does it mean when we talk about the perennial tradition? What is mysticism? What is the Cosmic Christ? We get into all things Rohr! Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian Mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the...


Ep 75 - Dr. Michio Kaku "The Future of Humanity"

This week we are thrilled to bring you our interview with Dr. Michio Kaku! Dr. Michio Kaku is the co-creator of string field theory, a branch of string theory. He received a B.S. (summa cum laude) from Harvard University in 1968 where he came first in his physics class. He went on to the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in 1972. In 1973, he held a lectureship at Princeton University. Michio continues Einstein’s search for a...


Ep 74 - Diana Butler Bass "Grateful"

Guest Bio: This week we welcome back one of our favorite guests Dr. Diana Butler Bass! Diana is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University. Diana regularly speaks at conferences, consults with religious organizations, leads educational events for religious leaders, and teaches and preaches in a variety of venues. She writes at The Huffington Post and The Washington Post and comments...


Ep 73 - John Dominic Crossan "Resurrecting Easter"

Guest Bio: This week we have the great honor of speaking with the legendary John Dominic Crossan! Dr. Crossan is one of the preeminent New Testament scholars and historian of early Christianity. He is known for his contemporary historical Jesus research and he has written both popular and academic books on an array of topics. Dr. Crossan received his Doctor of Divinity at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, the Irish national seminary and completed two additional years of study in biblical...


Ep 72 - Kester Brewin "Getting High"

Guest Bio: This week we speak with Kester Brewin! Kester is a mathematics teacher known as one of the leading thinkers in philosophy of religion and technology. The power of his work lies in the synthesis of ideas from disparate fields, playing the history of piracy off a psychotherapeutic reading of Star Wars, or pushing Harry Potter to play alongside both Batman and Shakespeare’s Prospero. Accessible, challenging and richly rewarding, his work has been hailed on both sides of the...


Ep 71 - Dr. Paul F. Knitter "Theologies of Religions"

Guest Bio: This week we bring you a real special treat. We were honored and privileged to speak with Dr. Paul F. Knitter. Dr. Knitter is Paul Tillich Professor Emeritus of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan, until he retired in June 2013. He holds a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a doctorate from the University of Marburg, Germany. Dr. Knitter is one of the driving forces within the study of...


Ep 70 - Dr. Tad DeLay "The Cynic & The Fool"

Guest Bio: This week we bring back one of our favorite guests from our first season! Dr. Tad DeLay! Tad is interested in the intersections of continental philosophy, theology, psychoanalysis, critical theory, and politics. He also holds a Ph.D. Religion as well as an M.A. Philosophy, an M.A. Theology, and B.A. Psychology. He lives, writes, and teaches in Denver, and I aims to make theory public. (Selected) Published Works: The Cynic & the Fool: The Unconscious in Theology & Politics and...


Ep 68 - Adam & John "Year end wrap-up"

The year end wrap-up episode that was a year in the making! Adam and John take a look back at how it all began, what they’ve learned, where they find themselves now, what they’re reading, and what they’re working on for 2018! All new content starting February 2018!!! Special music provided by Nicholas Rowe & Friends “Holly Jolly Christmas” and The Undeserving “The Grinch” Twitter: @_NicholasRowe_ Facebook: @nicholasrowemusic...


A Christmas Message from John

A special Christmas message from John. John talks about the differences in the birth accounts in the Gospel’s of Matthew and Luke, and why Luke’s Gospel still challenges us now. Merry Christmas and see you all in February! The Deconstructionist’s Podcast is mixed and edited by Nicholas Rowe at National Audio Preservation Society: A full service recording studio and creative habitat, located in Heath, Ohio. Find them on Facebook and Twitter or visit their website for more information....


Ep 63 - Kent Dobson "Bitten by a Camel"

Guest Bio: This week we talk with our kindred spirit Kent Dobson! Kent is a scholar and (former) pastor. He guides wilderness based programs designed to cultivate human wholeness and raise questions of the soul. He also leads pilgrimage adventures to Israel, and he is the editor of the NIV First Century Study Bible. (Selected) Published Works: NIV First Century Study Bible & Bitten by a Camel: Leaving Church, Finding God. Guest Links: Twitter: @KentDobson Facebook:...


Ep 62 - Kaitlin Curtice "Glory Happening"

Guest Bio: This week week we talk with Kaitlin Curtice! We chat with her about what it’s like to embrace your Native American heritage, Christianity in the modern era, and her brand new book. Kaitlin is a Native American Christian writer, speaker, and worship leader. She is an author with Paraclete Press and writes at, on the intersection of culture and spirituality. (Selected) Published Works: Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places Special guest music...


Ep 61 - Brian Zahnd "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God"

Guest Bio: This week week we have the incredible Brian Zahnd. We cover a whole host of topics from Brian’s amazing new book, “Sinner in the hands of Loving God.” This was a really fun conversation that we think you’ll enjoy! Brian is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life Church, a non-denominational congregation in St. Joseph, Missouri. He is a passionate reader of theology and philosophy, an avid hiker, moutain climber, and authority on all things Bob Dylon. (Selected) Published...


Ep 60 - Father Gary Thomas "Deliver us from Evil"

Guest Bio: This week week we have a very special episode with Father Gary Thomas. Father Thomas has served as the diocese of San Jose’s official Vatican - certified exorcist since 2009. He also served as a consultant on the movie, “The Rite” starring Anthony Hopkins. The movie is based on a book by the same name which chronicles accounts from his real life career. Special guest music provided by: Derek Webb Facebook: @derekwebb Twitter: @derekwebb Instagram: @derekwebb...


Ep 59 - Dr. Eben Alexander "The Heart of Consciousness"

Guest Bio: This week week we have a very special episode with Dr. Eben Alexander. Dr. Eben Alexander spent over 25 years as an academic neurosurgeon, including 15 years at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Over those years he personally dealt with hundreds of patients suffering from severe alterations in their level of consciousness. Many of those patients were rendered comatose by trauma, brain tumors, ruptured aneurysms,...


Ep 58 - Ryan Alexander from Civilian

Guest Bio: This week week we talk to our good friend Ryan the lead-singer from the band Civilian. We had the good fortune to be able to record with Ryan over the summer as he was coming through town on tour for his new album, “You wouldn’t believe what privilege costs.” Enjoy this insight into one of the best songwriters around. Make sure to catch Civilian live when they come through your town! Special guest music provided by: Civilian Facebook:...


Ep 57 - Dr. Martin E. Marty "The day that changed the world"

Guest Bio: This week we speak with legendary Historian/Theologian Dr. Martin E. Marty. The Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught for 35 years, chiefly in the Divinity School, where the Martin Marty Center for advanced studies has since been founded, and in the History Department. Dr. Marty has been a columnist for and Senior Editor at the Christian Century for decades after 1956 and now a writer for its blog. He has served as...


Ep 56 - Dean Strang "Making a Murderer"

Guest Bio: This week we speak with Dean Strang! If the name sounds familiar you probably remember him as half of the defense team for Steven Avery in the hit Netflix documentary called, “Making a Murderer.” Dean is a criminal defense attorney from Wisconsin who graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1982 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1985. Today, Dean currently runs his own law firm in Madison, Wisconsin. (Selected) Published Works: “Worse than the Devil: Anarchists,...