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Irenicast is a weekly podcast dedicated to the discussion of faith and culture. Hosts Jeff, Mona, and Allen explore various topics from pop culture to the more serious issues impacting religion, society, and day-to-day life. New episodes are posted every Tuesday (with the occasional bonus episode on Fridays). In addition to thought-provoking conversation Jeff, Mona & Allen indulge in more light-hearted segments like Jesus or Jay-Z?, Famous Christians for 100, and Jesus Juke, to name a few.

Irenicast is a weekly podcast dedicated to the discussion of faith and culture. Hosts Jeff, Mona, and Allen explore various topics from pop culture to the more serious issues impacting religion, society, and day-to-day life. New episodes are posted every Tuesday (with the occasional bonus episode on Fridays). In addition to thought-provoking conversation Jeff, Mona & Allen indulge in more light-hearted segments like Jesus or Jay-Z?, Famous Christians for 100, and Jesus Juke, to name a few.
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Irenicast is a weekly podcast dedicated to the discussion of faith and culture. Hosts Jeff, Mona, and Allen explore various topics from pop culture to the more serious issues impacting religion, society, and day-to-day life. New episodes are posted every Tuesday (with the occasional bonus episode on Fridays). In addition to thought-provoking conversation Jeff, Mona & Allen indulge in more light-hearted segments like Jesus or Jay-Z?, Famous Christians for 100, and Jesus Juke, to name a few.

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Episodes

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

Out of Context Verses Philippians 4:13 - 103

10/3/2017
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The texts we love to misquote. In this new series, Jeff and Allen will occasionally spend an episode tackling infamously out of context verses in the Bible thrown around the Christian world. This time it's a passage used by everyone from athletes to those who oppose psychology. Philippians 4:13 Out of Context Verses Philippians 4:13 Conversation (00:59) Judging a Book by Its Cover Segment (36:35) RELEVANT LINKS Previous Episodes on the Bible The Nature of Biblical Texts – Wholly...

Duration:00:54:33

A Conversation with Jennifer Knapp - Isolation, Creativity & Career 2.0 - 102

9/18/2017
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Anyone remotely plugged into 90’s contemporary Christian music has probably heard of Jennifer Knapp. This week Jeff has a wonderful conversation with her about everything from early years in the Christian music industry to her current music and work with LGBTQ people of faith. MORE ABOUT JENNIFER KNAPP’S NEW ALBUM Jennifer Knapp has experienced enough chaos and turmoil in her life that she could write about it on every album. Instead, she made Love Comes Back Around, a collection of...

Duration:01:08:44

Continuity, Abstinence, Transition - We Kissed Hiatus Goodbye - 101

9/5/2017
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Freshly back in your feed after seven months. Jeff and Allen discuss their work and the return of the podcast, Mona responds to a listener question about abstinence, and Allen gives important news on the personal front. Opening Catch Up Session (00:11) Listener Response, Mona’s Thoughts on Abstinence (15:11) Allen’s Shares His Personal Journey (50:31) Closing Remarks (55:35) RELEVANT LINKS From Our Opening Catch Up Session Divine Cinema (Podcast)Past Divine Cinema Episodes (aka...

Duration:00:59:30

Past, Present and Future - Irenicast Live - 100

1/30/2017
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In our 100th episode, we take time to reflect on the past, present and future of the show. Jeff, Mona and Allen share about who they were when the show started and reflect on what’s changed. They also share their favorite episodes and segments with other listeners who tuned in for our live recording on Facebook. ANNOUNCEMENTS After 100 straight weeks of episodes, Irenicast will be taking a bit of a break. We will have an occasional episode over the next coming weeks, but not on a...

Duration:01:01:52

Christian Mingle The Movie - A Divine SINema Review - 099

1/24/2017
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Christian Mingle the Movie is about what you’d expect from a faith-based romantic comedy. The story follows Gwyneth (Lacey Chabert) as she maneuvers through the dating scene with no luck. On an especially discouraging evening, she decides to open up an account with an online dating site for Christians. There is only one problem: she is not a Christian. Determined to make love work she pretends to be something she is not for a man named Paul (Jonathan Patrick Moore). Eventually, everything...

Duration:01:08:43

The Call of God to Life - Dr. Patrick B. Reyes Author of Nobody Cries When We Die - 098

1/17/2017
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Hailing from one of the most violent neighborhoods in the country, from a community of field workers, Dr. Patrick B Reyes speaks with Mona this week about his book, Nobody Cries When We Die: God, Community and Surviving to Adulthood. Unlike many academic theology books, Nobody Cries is rich with not only theory, but also stories - many life moments that Dr. Reyes regards as God’s voice, spoken by a community that helped him survive incredibly difficult conditions and social systems. This...

Duration:00:57:10

Hedonism and Pleasure - Hashtag Life Goals- 097

1/10/2017
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The making of Bucket Lists, the having of #lifegoals, the pursuit of pleasure - what role does pleasure play in giving our lives meaning? Is it central? This week, the dynamic trio discusses hedonism and pleasure, Christian adaptations a la John Piper, neurochemistry, conditioning, and whether or not the small things ought to command at least a little of our attention. A “I’ve Never” segment then reveals just how cosmopolitan each of them are. Hedonism and Pleasure Conversation...

Duration:01:06:00

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