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Two pastors try to figure it out.

Two pastors try to figure it out.

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United States

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Two pastors try to figure it out.

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English


Episodes

The Theology of Tattoos

6/22/2021
Episode 82: The Theology of Tattoos Wherein Them Pastors are joined by tattooer Stacy Fevinger to talk about the art and meaning behind tattooing and the connection and intimacy that’s involved in the process. Along the way, there’s talk of the B-52’s being the right kind of weird, the best two film versions of Beauty and the Beast, and grandmothers that cheat at cards. Originally recorded using wax cylinders and period technology from the Edison Laboratory in New Jersey, this episode...

Duration:01:12:22

The Theology of Sad Songs

6/14/2021
Episode 81: The Theology of Sad Songs Wherein Them Pastors are kick off Season 3 of the podcast with a long gestating episode about sad songs (and why they are so good). Along the way, there’s talk about personal tragedy, record buying as a coping strategy, the healing that singing a song together can do when nothing else makes sense, why it’s okay to be sad, and why “Hey Ya” is one of the saddest songs ever written. Also worth noting (per our fact checking House Elf Bartleby) virtually...

Duration:01:47:11

The Theology of How The Sausage Gets Made

2/23/2021
Episode 80: The Theology of How The Sausage Gets Made Wherein Them Pastors are joined by Dr. Carl Anderson once again to talk about that age old question - What do pastors DO all day? The trio talk about the process of writing and preparing a sermon, some different approaches to longer themes they are trying draw out, and the hope for how the congregation will respond. Along the way, there’s some Tom Hanks movie talk, J’s disdain for the word “pedigree,” and Tyler’s recurring issue with...

Duration:01:03:28

The Theology of Lenten Practice

2/17/2021
Episode 79: The Theology of Lenten Practice Wherein Them Pastors ruminate on the season we are entering into, what it means to practice, and why we are even doing it. Along the way, there’s talk of harrowing drives in the snow, skipping the Super Bowl, fancy boxes that watches come in, and why the church should never be the same after this. “In Lent, we wear ties.”

Duration:01:03:42

The Theology of 2020

2/8/2021
Episode 78: The Theology of 2020 Wherein Them Pastors look back at the year that was, and particularly on the value in separating the good from the bad in a year that was more than what any of us expected. Along the way there is talk of Tyler’s calendar hack, J’s love for a good pep talk, why Cancel Culture isn’t quite the answer, and how time in quarantine can yield its own hidden blessings. There’s also some brief Wonder Woman 1984 reflections and Tyler’s TV comfort food that is the show...

Duration:01:13:11

The Theology of Insurrection

1/14/2021
Episode 77: The Theology of Insurrection Wherein Them Pastors return to unpack the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol and the place (or lack thereof) for insurrection from the church. Along the way, there is some important discussion about the Kool-Aid Man, J’s realization that his office is sound proof, potential time travel, questions about the 2nd Amendment, and visits by Creative Writing Tyler, Historian Tyler, and Devil’s Advocate Tyler. “When you start to put clothes on the...

Duration:00:56:51

The Theology of Thanksgiving 2020

12/1/2020
Episode 76: The Theology of Thanksgiving 2020 Wherein Them Pastors create their second annual Thanksgiving time capsule, giving thanks for all the things that they appreciated in the culture throughout the year that was 2020. Along the way, there some talk of food temperature preferences, the dual roles of pastor and movie producer, and a subtle reminder that J likes Superman more than Batman. “Outside of jokes about butts and smooches, it never really gets that crass.”

Duration:02:01:41

The Theology of The 2020 Election

11/24/2020
Episode 75: The Theology of The 2020 Election Wherein Them Pastors sift through the rubble of the presidential election and try to make sense of it all, focusing on themes of patience, civility, truth, and trust. Along the way, there’s talk of what what we love best about being pastors, some Historian Tyler talk about the electoral college, and the three things that need to change in this country in the next decade or so to make things run better (but probably aren’t going to...

Duration:01:20:44

The Theology of Christian Music

11/12/2020
Episode 74: The Theology of Christian Music with Carl Anderson Wherein Them Pastors are joined once again by the indefatigable Carl Anderson to talk about the oft maligned world of Christian music. The break down the good, the bad, and the ska of it all. Along the way, there’s talk of the perfect walk up song to the pulpit, what it’s like to where a clergy collar, and why Carl has gotten next level with his “dad joke” abilities. “That should be on your business card - ‘Rev. Dr. Carl...

Duration:01:36:23

The Theology of Reboots 2: The New Batch

10/29/2020
Episode 73: The Theology of Reboots 2: The New Batch Wherein Them Pastors are back from an unscheduled month and a half off to reboot the podcast and fire things back up! They talk about storytelling and why it can be important to have different voices tell us the same story in new ways. Along the way, there some room for talk of pandemic fatigue, losing track of time, the perks of being old, and Tyler’s general distrust of coaches. “The power of grace is at any point along the way...

Duration:00:56:36

The Theology of Black Panther

9/16/2020
Episode 72: The Theology of Black Panther Wherein Them Pastors have returned and are joined by the brilliant Ralph Lowe to discuss the loss of Chadwick Boseman and the modern day classic Black Panther. Along the way, they discuss a new development in J’s personal grooming, the importance of T’Challa’s accent, and why having why having Bilbo Baggins as a pointless character in Black Panther is so important. “It’s an affirmation of black beauty, black presence, and black power - in a way...

Duration:01:27:57

The Theology of Back to the Future

8/26/2020
Episode 71: The Theology of Back to the Future Wherein Them Pastors are again joined by Rachel Jones to talk about the 1985 classic Back to the Future. Along the way, there is taxonomy talk, a brief detour about how believable Superman’s disguise as Clark Kent really is, and a cat throws up. Plus talk about fate, destiny, and why none of them would change the bad tragedies of the past. “I probably would not be doing what I’m doing right now if I hadn’t done what felt like a huge,...

Duration:00:59:41

The Theology of Animal Crossing

8/12/2020
Episode 70: The Theology of Animal Crossing Wherein Them Pastors are joined once again by pre-Dr. Rachel Jones to talk about the joyous phenomenon that is Animal Crossing. Along the way, they talk about weird names of animal groupings, playing NHL on easy, the beheading of John the Baptist, and trying to find the rails. “It feels like the game points out what our natural instincts are, and we keep running away from that in our regular life.”

Duration:01:18:08

The Theology of Newspapers

8/4/2020
Episode 69: The Theology of Newspapers Wherein Them Pastors are do an impromptu guest-less episode due to some technical difficulties with the episodes they thought they had all lined up. Instead, they discuss the value of physical newspapers and the overall concept of presence - particularly in the midst of social distancing. Along the way, there’s talk about the best game plan for outsmarting a genie, the cosplay genius of John Lewis, the best sign at J’s going away party, and the proper...

Duration:01:19:58

The Theology of LGBTQI+

8/1/2020
Episode 68: The Theology of LGBTQI+ Wherein Them Pastors are joined by the inimitably helpful and knowledgeable Sierra Van Dijk to talk about all things LGBTQI+! Along the way, they talk about what they’d like to do TEDx talks on, representation on television, why ABBA is a really great band, and Tyler gets to tell his favorite joke about Engineers. “The church doesn’t understand much outside of traditional, straight marriage.”

Duration:01:26:52

The Theology of Hamilton

7/21/2020
Episode 67: The Theology of Hamilton Wherein Them Pastors are joined by the wonderful Sofia Na to talk about a little musical called “Hamilton.” Along the way, we hear Sofia’s spot on impersonation of an unsung Muppet, recount the tale of the Singing Bee Duel from 2016 that shocked the world, and puzzle over some interpretations of the father mesmerizing final five seconds of the musical. “This is a musical that raps about banking policy??”

Duration:00:50:54

The Theology of Transition

7/15/2020
Episode 66: The Theology of Transition Wherein Them Pastors are back together again to bring you some big news of J’s new job. Along the way, we hear a bit about Tyler’s trip out west, living in between the end of one thing and the start of another, and what church you should go to if you need to use the bathroom. “Did you pass them a note during study hall saying ‘Yes, I will go out with you’?”

Duration:00:53:12

The Theology of the Best of the 1980s

7/7/2020
Episode 65: The Theology of the Best of the 1980s Wherein Them Pastors (or half of Them Pastors) are joined by chronic guest Jimmy Dykstra to discuss the best movies of the culture saturated decade that was the 1980s. J was called out on a secret mission, but Jimmy brings the heat with a list of 30 great movies from the last decade that he never lived in. “At a certain point, movies and art are reflection of God’s spirit in this world and in human creativity and experience.”

Duration:02:48:39

The Theology of Black Lives Matter

6/9/2020
Episode 64: The Theology of Black Lives Matter Wherein Them Pastors welcome the brilliant Ralph Lowe, Director of Justice Ministries at Pittsburgh Presbytery, to talk about why black lives matter, the trouble with anytime we reframe away from that message, and why relationship is the key toward systematic change. We have a full fledged conversation about the value of the time we are in right now, and some of the right and wrong ways that we can respond to it. Along the way, there’s some...

Duration:01:18:04

The Theology of Why We Love The Church

6/3/2020
Episode 63: The Theology of Why We Love The Church Wherein Them Pastors welcome the Rev. Charissa Howe to the show to talk about the church - not just what’s wrong with it, but why we still love it. Along the way, there is talk of the cultural value of Walt Disney and William Shakespeare, why Fozzie Bear is the Ringo of the Muppets, and whether or not CrossFit is a sport. “I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no ’Sk8ter Boi’.”

Duration:01:03:36