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I write, curate LQVE.org with my oldest son, and am the lead-follower of missionchurchonline.com. I have a beautiful wife, three kids, and as it's turning out, an intense and interesting life. Season uno of the podcast is dedicated to helping people know how it is I'm arriving at the kinds of ideas that led to my former denomination uninviting me from their tradition. (I know, crazy.) We get into some great topics: non-violent atonement, scapegoating, LGTBQ+ inclusion, original blessing vs original sin, death, love and losing stuff that's valuable to gain stuff that's infinite. I cannot write books with short titles. Want proof? My brand new book coming out SOON is called... "Questions About Sexuality that got Me Uninvited from My Denomination." I've also authored... "Where Was God on the Worst Day of My Life," and "Death, Hope, & the Laughter of God: How God keeps finding me in the unlikeliest places." See? Told ya. I'm saving the world 280 characters or less at a time at the twitter handle below. It's cool if you want to follow me there. No need to ask for permission. Same with facebook. If you just want the writing go to my website, or Amazon for the books. Make sure to hit the follow button here on soundcloud. Leave me a comment or question and I'll try and respond to it in future episodes. Thanks!

I write, curate LQVE.org with my oldest son, and am the lead-follower of missionchurchonline.com. I have a beautiful wife, three kids, and as it's turning out, an intense and interesting life. Season uno of the podcast is dedicated to helping people know how it is I'm arriving at the kinds of ideas that led to my former denomination uninviting me from their tradition. (I know, crazy.) We get into some great topics: non-violent atonement, scapegoating, LGTBQ+ inclusion, original blessing vs original sin, death, love and losing stuff that's valuable to gain stuff that's infinite. I cannot write books with short titles. Want proof? My brand new book coming out SOON is called... "Questions About Sexuality that got Me Uninvited from My Denomination." I've also authored... "Where Was God on the Worst Day of My Life," and "Death, Hope, & the Laughter of God: How God keeps finding me in the unlikeliest places." See? Told ya. I'm saving the world 280 characters or less at a time at the twitter handle below. It's cool if you want to follow me there. No need to ask for permission. Same with facebook. If you just want the writing go to my website, or Amazon for the books. Make sure to hit the follow button here on soundcloud. Leave me a comment or question and I'll try and respond to it in future episodes. Thanks!
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I write, curate LQVE.org with my oldest son, and am the lead-follower of missionchurchonline.com. I have a beautiful wife, three kids, and as it's turning out, an intense and interesting life. Season uno of the podcast is dedicated to helping people know how it is I'm arriving at the kinds of ideas that led to my former denomination uninviting me from their tradition. (I know, crazy.) We get into some great topics: non-violent atonement, scapegoating, LGTBQ+ inclusion, original blessing vs original sin, death, love and losing stuff that's valuable to gain stuff that's infinite. I cannot write books with short titles. Want proof? My brand new book coming out SOON is called... "Questions About Sexuality that got Me Uninvited from My Denomination." I've also authored... "Where Was God on the Worst Day of My Life," and "Death, Hope, & the Laughter of God: How God keeps finding me in the unlikeliest places." See? Told ya. I'm saving the world 280 characters or less at a time at the twitter handle below. It's cool if you want to follow me there. No need to ask for permission. Same with facebook. If you just want the writing go to my website, or Amazon for the books. Make sure to hit the follow button here on soundcloud. Leave me a comment or question and I'll try and respond to it in future episodes. Thanks!

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Episodes

10-The One where I Wrap Up Season Uno with some Q&R

10/31/2019
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Wow, season uno is concluding. 10 weeks went by fast! Thanks for playing a part. This episode attempts to give some quick responses to some of the more common questions I get about the Bible and the whole topic of homosexuality. But honestly, you need to be reading/listening to Pete Enns, Will Gafney, Barbara Brown Taylor, John Walton, James Alison, Denny Weaver, Walter Brueggemann and lots of others to get better handles on how to approach scripture. Thanks to everyone who's been so...

Duration:00:25:37

9-The One Where I Interview Dr Tom Oord, Open Theism, Essential Kenosis and the Powers

10/23/2019
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It’s great to be with Dr. Oord this week. Find out more at www.thomasjayoord.com, including his most recent book, “God Can’t.” Dr. Oord has been super helpful for me, both with my general theological thinking and also personally with endorsing my latest book. I hope you are aware of LQVE.org. It’s our relationship with Haitians. Haiti is going through extremely challenging times right now, but we continue to forge ahead. I’m super proud of all that we’re doing through LQVE, and of Shay...

Duration:00:54:43

8-The One Where I Introduce the New Book!

10/15/2019
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Hey, the new book is live! Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks. In this episode I talk about the three reasons I decided to write, “Questions About Sexuality that Got Me Uninvited from My Denomination.” And when you purchase the book you can find a handy discussion guide, plus a handful of really strong resources in the bibliography section. (and IDK why the cover isn't showing up right now. but, it's there. just taking the amazon bots a while to get it populated for some...

Duration:00:42:09

7-The One About Hell

10/11/2019
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Well, I’ve talked a lot about love in the last couple years of my life, but the more I talk about love the more the religious people want to talk to me about hell. It’s strange to me, but this podcast helps me understand better what’s going on. I hope it will help you as well. (Spoiler alert: If hell is the deepest thing in your life you will be forced to send people there. I just happen to think there’s something deeper than hell.) If you want to think upon this topic more (and who doesn’t)...

Duration:00:34:29

6-The One Where I Try to Give Encouragement about Interacting w/the Religious People in Your Life

10/4/2019
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I take a slight side trail this episode trying to give some support to lots of us who are dealing with friends, family members, collogues, mentors, or just religious people in general who are struggling with the choices we are making. It’s interesting… what we need from them is the very thing they need from us. Feel free to track me down with questions and comments at the sites listed in my profile. Have you seen LQVE.org? LQVE is a really interesting relationship that has developed with...

Duration:00:37:20

5-The One with Lindsey Paris-Lopez, Mimetic Theory and Playing the Word “Scapegoat” in Scrabble

9/24/2019
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On this episode I get to talk to Lindsey Paris-Lopez. Find out more about her (and Rene Girard) at www.ravenfoundation.org. There is a growing number of resources out there either about the life of or revolving around the ideas of Rene Girard. Some of my favorites include books like, “Reading the Bible with Rene Girard” (Michael Hardin), “Evolution of Desire” (Cynthia Haven) and “Stricken by God? (edited by Brad Jersak and Michael Hardin). There’s a series of audio files that are really...

Duration:00:43:35

4-The One Where I Talk about Scapegoating and Give Evidence of My Own Hypocrisy

9/18/2019
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I’m not sure I would have ever been able to arrive at new ideas about God (which I desperately needed) without wrestling with Rene Girard’s mimetic theory and scapegoating. There are a growing number of resources out there revolving around the ideas of Rene Girard. Some of my favorites include books like, “I See Satan Fall Like Lightning,” (Rene Girard/William James) “Reading the Bible with Rene Girard” (Michael Hardin), “Evolution and Conversion” (Rene Girard), the ravenfoundation.org, and...

Duration:00:31:01

3-The One w/More Dr Tredoux & Maybe the Truest Reason I’m No Longer w/My Former Ecclesial Hierarchy

9/11/2019
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This is the second of a two-part conversation with Dr. Johan Tredoux. We unpack theology in a way that reveals maybe the truest reason why I’m in favor of viewing everyone as worthy of God’s unconditional love and how my former ecclesial hierarchy couldn’t quite embrace that idea. I’m thankful you get to listen in on what we talk about here, and I hope it makes you think. Johan has his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. He’s the author of Mildred Bangs Wynkoop: Her Life and Thought....

Duration:00:34:43

2-The One with Dr Johan Tredoux, the Divine Embrace, Early Church Fathers, and Love

9/11/2019
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This is the first of a two-part conversation with Johan Tredoux. He has his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. He’s the author of Mildred Bangs Wynkoop: Her Life and Thought. Find it on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Mildred-Bangs-Wynkoop-Life-Thought/dp/0834136511(and hey, you might as well purchase through smile.amazon and designate LQVE as the benefactor.) Johan has been a strong theological influence in my life, and after you listen to both of these episodes, you’ll understand why....

Duration:00:35:48

1 The One About Non Sacrificial Love being Our Only Hope

9/6/2019
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1-The One About How Non-Sacrificial Love is our Only Hope Let’s see how dramatic I can make this. OK, maybe the most important discovery of my lifetime is the idea that God was present with Jesus when he died. In other words, Jesus died neither to gain God’s attention nor to get him to forgive us. I try and introduce that idea in this episode while letting you know you the personal reason why I was desperate to locate God’s proximity on Good Friday. The entirety of my faith (including how I...

Duration:00:42:34