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Serving up conversations to provoke your progressive Christian imagination. Irenicast features regular conversations between post-evangelical ministers Jeff and Allen, interviews with artists and thought leaders, developments in American religion, political diatribes, and a variety of segments. New episodes post on the first and third Tuesday of each month. If your faith is in process and you're looking for a place to work it out loud, then Irenicast is for you.

Serving up conversations to provoke your progressive Christian imagination. Irenicast features regular conversations between post-evangelical ministers Jeff and Allen, interviews with artists and thought leaders, developments in American religion, political diatribes, and a variety of segments. New episodes post on the first and third Tuesday of each month. If your faith is in process and you're looking for a place to work it out loud, then Irenicast is for you.
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Serving up conversations to provoke your progressive Christian imagination. Irenicast features regular conversations between post-evangelical ministers Jeff and Allen, interviews with artists and thought leaders, developments in American religion, political diatribes, and a variety of segments. New episodes post on the first and third Tuesday of each month. If your faith is in process and you're looking for a place to work it out loud, then Irenicast is for you.

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Episodes

Poverty and Protest - With Guest Co-Host Bonnie Rambob - 123

8/7/2018
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Poverty and protest: let’s fight poverty not the poor. That’s a message Jeff, Allen, and Bonnie find so central to their faith, two of them joined MLK and Rev. Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign, risking arrest to speak it. In this episode, hear about the intersections between that story, the way communities of faith misconstrue the poor, whether or not some things are “earned” (including unearned income and healthcare), Capitalism and church, protest, the military industrial complex,...

Duration:01:09:52

Revisiting the Holy Spirit - Ghosting Our ‘isms’ - 122

7/17/2018
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In revisiting the Holy Spirit, Jeff and Allen explore their Pentecostal and “cessationist” roots through deconstruction and beyond. Scriptures, liberation and process theology, ecology, pragmatism, panentheism, and more combine to inform their perspectives in this lively discussion. They also give an update about the state of the podcast and play a game in which they have to guess whether a name belongs to an X-treme sports brand or youth group. Conversation on Revisiting the Holy...

Duration:01:10:13

Evangelicals Shift Progressive in Proximity to Whiteness - With Special Guest Joey Torres - 121

7/3/2018
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As some Evangelical churches shift toward progressive policies and theologies, do they do so in proximity to whiteness? What does it mean to be progressive or to inhabit progressive spaces? Guest Joey Torres discusses his doctoral research and contemplates the trajectory of American Evangelicalism. Joey Torres is a doctoral student and teaching assistant in the Study of Religion at UC Davis. To learn more about his work you can follow him on Facebook or email him at...

Duration:01:04:22

Jamie Wright Author of The Very Worst Missionary - 120

6/18/2018
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Jamie Wright, author of The Very Worst Missionary, sits down with Jeff and Allen this week to discuss her new book. They talk about the failings of short term mission trips, the North American Missions Industrial Complex, being authentic, church ministry, and more. In 2007 Jamie and her husband uprooted their family from the life they knew to the unknown land of Costa Rica to be missionaries. Despite what the rhetoric of the church had taught her, being a missionary was not all it was...

Duration:01:13:31

Euphemisms - Uncovering the Feet of Public Discourse - 119

6/4/2018
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It seems too often that euphemisms in our culture go beyond softening social interaction to propping up the powerful. This week Allen and Jeff explore euphemistic language in various Scriptures, political spin, and how it might create life (or manufacture manipulation) in our own speech. Maybe we don’t take language seriously enough? More pointedly, how do we choose between softening words to foster connection and, on the other hand, telling it like it is and speaking truth to power? Also...

Duration:01:02:46

Author Austin Channing Brown - I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness - 118

5/14/2018
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Author Austin Channing Brown shares with us about her new book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, and life of work as a black woman in predominantly white ministries and spaces. The discussion touches on topics from writing to anger, creativity, expression, parenthood and more. Austin is a freelance writer and speaker with a particular focus on black womanhood and faith. She is working on her first book to be released in May 2018. Her writing can be found in...

Duration:00:49:40

An Evangelical Summit On Trump & Thinking Through Cult Culture - 117

4/30/2018
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Evangelicals meet to discuss their political base and its connection to Trump, forming two cohorts with markedly different ideas about how to respond, and Jeff helps Allen develop a more nuanced understanding of cult-like culture. Evangelical Summit on Trump (01:04) The Culture of a Cult (19:52) Judging a Book by It’s Cover (44:12) RELEVANT LINKS From Our Conversation on the Evangelical Summit on Trump At a Private Meeting in Illinois, a Group of Evangelicals Tried to Save Their...

Duration:01:01:12

What Friends Are For - Cultivating Community in the Age of Anxiety - 116

4/16/2018
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They say “that’s what friends are for,” but who are they and what is it? Finding and maintaining friendships seems like frustrating business for many of us: Jeff and Allen included. This episode asks whether it’s better to have a small group of close friends or a large group of ones further away, the possible limitations of our social brains, and more, before capping off with another “Top Three” segment about iconic duos. Conversation on What Friends are For (01:02) Top 3 Duos Segment...

Duration:00:57:40

Cultivating Story - Rethinking What Church Is For - 115

4/3/2018
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Allen believes the church is for cultivating story. So let’s talk about that. And in this episode, the hosts answer “Ask Me Anything” questions submitted by listeners, including science and miracles, spiritual formation for children, and revisiting pacifism. Cultivating Story Conversation (00:55) AMA Segment (31:02) RELEVANT LINKS From Our Cultivating Story Conversation Intersections Roundtable – A Community of EXvangelicals and UNfundies – 113 (Irenicast Episode)Field of Dreams...

Duration:01:07:39

Reclaiming Repentance - An Invitation to Subvert Our Status Quo - 114

3/20/2018
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Is there value in reclaiming repentance? The word itself connotes different things for all of us and, in this episode, Jeff and Allen unpack the stuff it brings up for them. Is it condemnation or invitation? Transformation or challenge? After the conversation, they try to guess who said what on another edition of Famous Christians for 100. Reclaiming Repentance Conversation (01:03) Famous Christians for 100 Segment (40:31) RELEVANT LINKS From Our Conversation on Reclaiming...

Duration:01:00:59

Intersections Roundtable - A Community of EXvangelicals and UNfundies - 113

3/6/2018
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This is the story of Intersections, told by pastors Allen, Casey, Bonnie and Raj -- a diverse group of clergy with their own stories of leaving Evangelical and Fundamentalist communities of faith. Together they’ve established a group for spiritual conversations between people with similar paths. Jeff and Adam (from Divine Cinema) host the roundtable. RELEVANT LINKS From Our Intersections Roundtable Get more information on Intersections at...

Duration:01:19:00

Pain, Media Portrayal and Empathy - 112

2/19/2018
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Pain, media portrayal, and empathy. Who of us hasn’t come across images of suffering? Jeff and Allen discuss the nature of pain, the way presentations of suffering get used, and alternately consumed, and how we might provide spaces for healing in honest and genuine ways. The episode ends in a moment of honesty through admission how their inner “fundies” occasionally slip. Conversation on Pain, Media Portrayal and Empathy (00:54) ‘You Fundie is Showing’ Segment (48:49) RELEVANT...

Duration:01:03:20

Out of Context Verses Revelation 4:15-16 - Hot for God - 111

2/5/2018
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Of all the out of context verses Revelation has its fair share. One of the most used and abused passages of the New Testament, the “hot or cold” verse means exactly the opposite of what you think it means. Jeff and Allen discuss the virtues of doing good work (read: being useful) despite religious affections, then share the most useful and useless items in their own lives. Conversation on Out of Context Verses Revelation 3:15-16 (01:37) Our Usefulness Segment (38:19) RELEVANT...

Duration:00:57:49

Why Christian Hegemony is Bad News for Christianity - Mona Drops By For a Visit - 110

1/16/2018
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Mona returns to the booth for a discussion on Christian hegemony and its negative impact on Christianity. There are those that believe the United States is, and should continue to be, a Christian nation. However, what makes a nation Christian? Who decides what form of Christianity becomes the dominant form? Have we really ever been a Christian nation? These are some of the questions Jeff, Mona & Allen explore this week. The episode finishes with the crew indulging in meaningless arguments...

Duration:01:16:24

Can We Get Better At Doing Spirituality? - 109

1/1/2018
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Can We Get Better At Doing Spirituality? Astrology to Astronomy, Phrenology to Psychology, and Alchemy to Chemistry -- in what ways is theology becoming? Is there such a thing as spiritual intelligence? And what do we do with the Evangelical ideas of progress and work ethic in relation to individualized faith? Jeff and Allen tackle the topic of “bettering” ourselves and our faith traditions in honor of the New Year, then share their own resolutions for 2018. Can We Get Better At Doing...

Duration:00:58:50

The Incarnation - With Guest Co-Host Dr. Deborah Blades - 108

12/19/2017
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The illustrious Deborah Blades joins us to discuss the incarnation, the disruption that are bodies, and what a theology formed in postcolonial and feminist theory might look like around the holidays. For the segment, Jeff, Allen, and Debbie talk about those times they each discovered Santa was a little too incredible. Incarnation Conversation (01:23) When We Stopped Believing in Santa Segment (57:59) RELEVANT LINKS From Our Conversation on Incarnation The Story of Gentle Thursday...

Duration:01:12:45

The Sovereignty of God - Potter, Puppet Master of Patron? - 107

12/5/2017
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The sovereignty of God can bring with it a lot of questions and/or baggage depending upon your religious context. Is God in control? What is God’s will for our lives? Is history already determined? This week Allen and Jeff discuss how their answers to these questions have changed for them over the years and what that has meant for their lives and spirituality. Conversation on the Sovereignty of God (00:37) Wacky News Segment (43:18) RELEVANT LINKS From Our Sovereignty of God...

Duration:00:58:49

Is Sincerity Dead? - Keeping it 100 in 2017 - 106

11/21/2017
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Is sincerity dead? “I don’t stand by anything” - both presidential quotation and epitaph on the tombstone of sincerity. Do we believe one another? Ourselves? And does it matter anymore? Jeff and Allen debate the presence of sincerity in public space and places of faith, before crafting their perfect Thanksgiving guest list. Our Conversation on Is Sincerity Dead? (00:50) Thanksgiving Dinner Party Segment (38:42) RELEVANT LINKS From Our Conversation on Is Sincerity Dead Trump...

Duration:00:55:02

Reconciling the Past - From Deconstruction to Reconnection - 105

11/6/2017
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What do we do with our Evangelical roots in reconciling the past? How do we navigate our former relationships? Jeff and Allen review their own efforts to reconnect and reframe at this point in their journeys through the post-evangelical wilderness and offer a few ideas that have helped them immensely along the way. And in the spirit of reflection, they name the top three things from their childhoods that didn’t hold up so well. Reconciling the Past Conversation (01:00) Top 3 Things...

Duration:01:01:27

Are The Witch Hunts Behind Us? - Different Pot, Same Brew - 104

10/16/2017
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The witch hunts of the early modern period were served by the very things we trade in today: uncritical reception of tradition, groupthink, the impulse toward comfort and away from “otherness.” Since Halloween is just around the corner, Jeff and Allen discuss that perhaps we still hunt witches in our own time by proposing a spiritual discipline of resisting. The episode closes with a classic round of Jesus Juke. This time, they Jesus-ify Horror Film tropes. Conversation on Are The Witch...

Duration:01:01:22