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Podcast features various authors, writers, artists, activists and others of various faith traditions who see faith as valid and hope reasonable as they seek to promote social justice, compassion and extend grace.

Podcast features various authors, writers, artists, activists and others of various faith traditions who see faith as valid and hope reasonable as they seek to promote social justice, compassion and extend grace.
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Podcast features various authors, writers, artists, activists and others of various faith traditions who see faith as valid and hope reasonable as they seek to promote social justice, compassion and extend grace.






Jamie Wright is the very worst missionary, but she still knows far more about missions than you do, and doesn’t care if you like her or not.

Jamie Wright is a writer who knows spending $53 billion annually to spreak white people religion is ridculous. That’s why she closely monitors the crap meter that evaluates such “mission trips” and “callings” and loudly and colorfully reports the truth to anyone who will listen. Her new book “The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever” is the most honest book on being a missionary I have read. It’s based on her five years as an on-the-ground, full-time “foreign” missionary, and is a...


Maggie Rowe’s sins bravely, but she’s actually closer to the mark than she thinks

Rebroadcast of podcast with writer, comedian and always fascinating Maggie Rowe. Since this interview, Season Two of “Flaked” has aired, and it finished well. Buy her book. If, as Anne Lamott writes, laughter is the carbonated form of the Holy Spirit, Maggie Rowe is a major distributor of divine carbonation for the third member of the trinity, something for which we can all be grateful. (And for the record), though she worried at one point she was getting close, Maggie has never managed...


Diana Butler Bass is grateful, and her new book explains why - Encore Presentation

Diana Butler Bass is the author of 10 books, includint “Grateful,” due out April 3. She is a highly sought-after speaker, and one of Ameria’s top scholars on religion and culture. She is also articulate and engaging concerning her own spiritual and political journey, and a very good guest. It’s worth your time to find out more about her and her books, and the best plact to do that is here: We talked a llittle about her upcoming book “Grateful” during the podcact...


Jay Bakker Knows Evangelicalism is Nonsense, but Still Finds Hope in Faith (Encore)

Jay Bakker has had a front row seat to the excesses of evagelicalism for four decades, and has taken an exit to a new kind of faith. His books and weekly sermons are imporant and deserve a broader audience. Jay is also a great guy with a big heart and tender sould. He also celebrated his first Christmas with his six-month-old daughter Amelia Faye Bakker last week.


Pamela Hawkins Believes in Advent. And prayer. And social justice in the church.

Pamela Hawkins has written more acclaimed books on the Advent season, which starts next week, than anyone in recent history. She is also a retired pastor who works with immigrants and believes there’s hope in the world adn that prayer is important. Prepare for Advent but listening to her and checking out her book.


Encore: A Champion for “the Bible for Normal People” (anniversary edition)

Pete Enns was the first guest on the Thinking God Podcast in the fall of last year and this episode in an encore presentation of our discussion. Author, scholar, professor and all-around nice guy Peter Enns joins me for the first episode of Thinking God. Pete has his own podcast now as well, and I highly recommend it. Find out more and buy his books at


A Wild Goose Chase with Vanna Fox, Who Is No Stranger to the Unexpected Nature of Faith and Reconciliation

Vanna Fox was on her way to the mission field (as a music missionary, no less!), when her path shifted and landed her for the next 17 years on drive time radio in North Carolina. But when she heard the call of the Wild Goose, she left the airwaves to surf the spirit waves of the nation’s largest progressive Christian Festival. She likes to laugh, and has a great story. Stay tuned to the end of the bumper music on this podcast for a very special Wild Goose message.


Radical, Journalist and Jew Living in Evangelicalworld, Finds God in the Funniest Places, and in a Few Not So Funny

Mark Pinsky is a newspaperman, author, lecturer and insightful man. Did I mention he was a newspaperman? I mean it in the old-school, highest-compliment sense of the word. Pinsky has a drive an desire to find good stories, but to make sure they are written and researched in a manner rare these days, and present them in compelling ways. His books include: “The Gosple According to the Simpsons,” “A Jew Among the Evangelicals,” “The Gosple According to Disney,” ”Unfinished Business: The...


Greg Boyd want you to renew your mind by rethinking everything you thought you knew.

He’s a pastor, speaker, scholar and an author whose path to seeking God has been a winding one. He has been called a Christian anarchist, and over the years worked his way through almost every Christian tradition. He is also a drummer who is redefining trancendence and who has a lot to say that people need to hear. Or maybe it’s just me that need to hear his message, though I doubt it. Check out his website at or his podcast. You’ll be glad you did.


Dan Allender believes understanding your story is at the core of understanding faith.

Dr. Dan Allender is one of the keenest voices of the past 25 years on finding healing from sexual abuse. He also believes that to engage the life of God, you have to be engaged with the people around you, your own life, and the live of Jesus (and the scriptures) to find the meaning in the story of our lives.


Shane Claiborne continues to choose Jesus because he’s good. lovely and the embodiment of God.

Shane Claiborne is a Red Letter Christian and a founding partner of The Simple Way community, a radical faith community that lives among and serves the homeless in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. He is the co-author of Jesus for President. His new book, is Executing Grace: Why It is Time to Put the Death Penalty [...]


Thinking God: Tony Campolo is not a modern evangelical (or heretic)

Tony Campolo, who has spent years reminding people the Kingdom of God is a Party and that Jesus invited us to join Him in his work, says he’s not evangelical by modern standards, even though he is totally down with the Apostle’s Creed. He also is the only living American to face a trial for heresy.