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Episode 91: The Episcopal Journey

THIS WEEK... The gang answers some unexpected fan mail and discuss Father Chuck's journey from the Evangelical scene to the Episcopal Church, as well as his decision to become a Priest. It's an origin story, but not quite. Less Batman, more Rocketeer. Also, as a bonus, Matt talks about his decision for he and his family to move to another church, after leaving the one he's been going to his whole life. We also talk about Sliders and Quantum Leap and stuff. It's a good episode!


Episode 90: Our Two-Year Anniversary...a month late.

THIS WEEK... As our trio approaches 2 years and a month as a podcast, they decide to relive the old days by being unprepared to cover a topic! Matt listened to an episode of the podcast Harmontown and was struck by what Rick and Morty co-creator said about God. A discussion about the sovereignty of God without dunkning on Calvinists ensues. With an appearance by Buffalo Bill. Thank you MoD Squad for 2 wonderful years! We've had a blast, and we'll continue to bring you the good stuff. Stay...


Episode 89: We're Still Here!

THIS WEEK... JP and Father Chuck are here to assure the MoD Squad that the Masters of Divinity are still alive and kicking by giving commentary to some of the more interesting things happening in the latest movie news. We talk about the possibility of Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle taking on the James Bond franchise, SNL's Kristin Wiig playing Wonder Woman's nemesis Cheetah in the much anticipated sequel, Jon Favreau taking on Disney's Star Wars live-action TV series, and so much...


Episode 88: Orc Cops For Jill Stein

THIS WEEK... The trio is back once again! And this week they've got a super stellar riff-tastic episode just for you. They talk about Netflix releases in January (it's not looking good, Bob), Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy test flight, JP tries to articulate the badness of Bright, and a host of other topics that may or may not include Jill Stein, so hold on to your butts! Thanks so much for listening, and we do apologize for not updating as much as we used to, but rest assured we are...


Episode 85: The Badge and The Cloth

THIS WEEK... Father Chuck and Matt run into JP in the food court (or is he stalking them?), and the trio talks about the similiarities in Father Chuck's and Matt's vocations. If you're a regular follower of the podcast you'll know that Matt is a police officer, and as he's progressed in his career as an officer of the law, both he and and Chuck have noticed some striking similarities when it comes to serving the community. Listen to them compare and contrast their vocations, in the 85th...


Episode 83: The Dark Side of Disney

THIS WEEK... Hiatus, shmiatus! JP The Moderator is here! This week the gang reflects on the *interesting* week Disney is having, what with banning LA Times reporters from official screenings of Thor: Ragnarok, and beginning the early phase of taking over the world by announcing their talks to buy 20th Century Fox. We're Disney fans here at Masters of Divinity, and one thing we've never addressed are some of the shady aspects of how Disney conducts itself as a major conglomerate. Whether...


Episode 82: An Impromptu Viewing of Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK

THIS WEEK... Father Chuck and Officer Matt briefly touch on the comparisons between being an officer of the law and a man of the cloth, until the brilliant idea emerges that they should just drop everything and go see MARVEL'S THOR: RAGNAROK. Although the brilliantly cinema-savvy JP is on a hiatus, Chuck and Matt escape to see Neon Thor and give their in-depth analysis of the film afterwards!


Episode 81: Beware the Heck House! A MoD Halloween Special

THIS WEEK... Happy Halloween! JP and Father Chuck are here for a special Halloween edition of Christian Curiosities. As some of you may know, we have a fascination with some of the more odd, mystifying aspects of the Christian subculture, especially those that have come out of the modern evangelical movement. Today on All Hallow's Eve, If you look hard enough in every city and town in America, you'll find that someone, somewhere has constructed a haunted house to scare the bejeezus out...


Episode 80: A Hard Pass on Candy Corn

THIS WEEK... Father Chuck and JP get nostalgic as they reminisce about Halloween in their youth, reflecting on their favorite costumes, favorite scary movies to watch, and more! If you've ever wondered how much two grown men can talk about candy, wonder no more! Also, JP asks Father Chuck why God hates Halloween...the answer may shock you (or not).


Episode 79: Floppy Na'vi Ears

THIS WEEK... JP and Father Chuck talk about "fan ownership" and the nature of entitlement that is inherent in fandom. From demanding that certain characters are forced to have a romantic relationship, to insisting that certain head canon is official canon. Where does one draw the line? We talk about the fun that can be found in critical analysis, theories, and individual interpretation as it relates to the "death of the author" theory. It's a fun episode where JP and Father Chuck let loose...


Episode 78: Filmmaking & Addiction: A Conversation With Filmmaker Amanda Young

First and foremost, we are deeply saddened by the events that took place in Las Vegas on October 1st. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we continue to keep those affected by this tragedy in our prayers. This week, JP and Matt are joined by Amanda Young, a colleague of JP's from their film school days! Amanda just wrapped her first short film, LOVE, GWEN, a deeply personal crime-thriller that was written and directed by her in order to attend the American Film...


Episode 77: This is an Episode of Our Podcast

Matt returns! This week, Matt joins JP and Father Chuck as they have another riff-tastic episode about...stuff! Father Chuck checked out The Orville, Seth McFarlane's "send up"(?) of Star Trek (or is it??), Matt watched a couple of underwhelming movies and we're all just doing our best to get by, man. Matt also tells us what it was like to be an on-duty officer during Hurricane Irma and how life On The Streets is treating him. We have fun with this one, so just come hang out with us,...


Episode 76: The Devin's in the Details

JP and Father Chuck are back together again after Father Chuck endured the wrath of Irma. Then our duo tells the tale of The Rise and Fall of Devin Faraci, a film critic that JP and Father Chuck followed closely until controversy arose, and why he is suddenly in the news. It's a discussion that leads to musings on forgiveness, redemption, and the ol' Internet Witch Hunt. Then they get into some arguments about pineapple on pizza, how to properly pronounce Gif, and "soda" vs "pop." Yeah,...


Episode 75: Irma Gerd

JP and Father Chuck talk hurricanes, natural disasters and whether or not Harvey and Irma is God's vengeful wrath. The duo geek out a little over the upcoming Halloween Horror Nights, reminisce and share stories of experiencing hurricanes in the past (both JP and Chuck were living in South Florida during the marathon of hurricanes in 2004, and also Wilma!), and Father Chuck assures us all that he will be safe as Irma approaches Florida - also keep in mind this was recorded before Irma made...


Episode 74: Vampires are Immune to the Jesus Fish

JP and Father Chuck are back for another episode about "Christian curiosities." This is one of those episodes where we talk about weird Christian ephemera, whether it be a book about how a prayer can grant you anything you want, a harmless bracelet with roots in social justice, or an emblem on a car that became the most recognizable modern day Christian symbol that isn't a cross. This episode is of course about the latter, as JP and Father Chuck discuss the history of the Ichthys, or as...


Episode 73: Heroes Are Good

In American society the idea of a hero is pretty much the ultimate ideal a human being can achieve. But what does that mean, exactly? Does anyone truly personify the idea of being a hero, or is being a hero acting on heroic moments that happen upon us? The Masters of Divinity discuss heroism and what exactly it means to be a hero, and even get into some philosophical/theological musing on nothingness. It ties in. I think. Also, Father Chuck is none-too-happy about DC's dual Joker films...


Episode 72: Nazis are Bad

In this edition of Masters of Divinity, JP and Father Chuck spew their triggered SJW liberal snowflake propaganda about why Nazi's and white supremacy is bad. We get it. It's a low bar. We wondered why we should even address something as obvious as "don't be a white supremacist," and yet, here we are. They address the many issues and concerns surrounding the Charlottesville incident and attempt to get to the root of the kind of hatred that spawns white supremacy.


Episode 71: Steven Spielberg is Smarter Than Us

Steven Spielberg is responsible for many things. A fantastic output of films for all ages in the 80s, a resurgence in optimism and hope in cinema, traumatizing Matt Wells so that he'll never step foot in to the ocean, and of course Poltergeist. We wrap up our creator series with a creator who needs no introduction: Steven Spielberg. JP talks about Steven Spielberg's most personal film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, his overall influence and cinema and why he is a truly legendary creator. The...


Episode 70: It's Dangerous to Go Alone! Listen to This.

In the second part of our snazzy title-less creator series, Father Chuck submits Shigeru Miyamoto as the focus of discussion. You may not know his name, but you probably know his work like the back of your hand. Miyamoto created three of the most iconic video games of all time: Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda. His work is also tied into the creation and evolution of Nintendo. Basically, he's a huge deal, and if you're not acquainted with the man behind the games,...


Episode 69: We Still Love Rob Bell

Rob Bell is a controversial figure in the realm of modern day Christianity, but the Masters of Divinity are huge fans (it should go without saying, we had him on the show!). However, there is no bigger Rob Bell fan than our very own Matt Wells. This week in the first part of our series on our favorite creators, Matt tells us why Rob Bell's work is so important to him and how it influenced his own spiritual journey (and continues to, to this day). Also, Father Chuck reveals that prior to...


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