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Ep. 61 (Minisode): Hidden Stories

The first episode of 2018 is small one, with a big question: In what way have our own stories been hidden from us? A short hospital stay got me all philosophical (which isn't too hard to do, but still). Intro/Outro: "Night Owl" by Broke for Free. Available in the Free Music Archive. Support the show by rating and reviewing it on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, or via Patreon at Join the Facebook community: Follow me on...

Duration: 00:10:26

Ep. 60: Asha Dahya

This week's guest is the Editor-in-Chief of, Asha Dahya. In this conversation we talk about her childhood in Brisbane, Australia, moving to the State, and life in and beyond evangelicalism. In the second part we also talk about reproductive rights and how they are represented in evangelicalism. Follow Asha Dahya on Twitter & Instagram @ashadahya, and check out Follow Blake on Twitter @brchastain, and follow the show @exvangelicalpod. Join the Facebook group!...

Duration: 01:20:07

Ep. 59: #ChurchToo with Hannah Paasch & Emily Joy

This week's guests are Hannah Paasch (@hannahpaasch) & Emily Joy (@emilyjoypoetry). We talk about the #churchtoo hashtag, what it seeks to address, and the blowback they've received regarding this campaign. CW/TW: This conversation contains discussions of sexual assault and abuse. Follow them on Twitter--check the usernames above--and hire them to come speak to your group!

Duration: 01:21:35

Ep. 58: George Mekhail

Ep. 58: George Mekhail, co-founder of Church Clarity. My guest this week is George Mekhail, one of the co-founders of the new organization, Church Clarity, as well as the Director for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at the Riverside Church in New York City. We talk a lot about his life and experiences, and how much of that has led into his work at Church Clarity. Learn more about Church Clarity at Follow George on Twitter @gmekhail. Support the show on Patreon:...

Duration: 01:36:45

Ep. 57: David Bazan

This week's guest is the musician David Bazan. In this conversation, we talk about his Pentecostal upbringing, how he's processed faith and doubt through his music, Trump and evangelicalism, the return of Pedro the Lion, and more. Bazan is on tour right now. Learn more at Follow him on Twitter @davidbazan. Bazan & Pedro the Lion songs in this episode: "Hard to Be," from Curse Your Branches [Bazan] "Secrets of the Easy Yoke," from It's Hard to Find a Friend [Pedro]...

Duration: 01:18:38

Ep. 56: Sean Reed Re-Release (Rockin' with God)

This one is a re-release of a conversation with my friend Sean Reed, from very early in the feed. We talk a lot about CCM in the 90s, evangelical pop culture scandal (divorce! swears! we were so innocent.), and the youth group scene in the Chicago suburbs. Support the show on Patreon: Like the show on Facebook: Follow the show on Twitter: @exvangelicalpod Follow me on Twitter: @brchastain Search Facebook for "Exvangelical" to find...

Duration: 01:47:52

Ep. 55: Laura Jean Truman

Hello and welcome to Exvangelical. I'm your host, Blake Chastain. My guest this week is Laura Jean Truman. She blogs over at her blog, In Between, which can be found at Laura Jean and I talk about her life, how the way we view our past changes over time, her experience being queer in a non-affirming church, and why she remains engaged with Christianity. It's a great conversation. My audio is rougher b/c my mic didn't record properly. Sorry. Read Laura Jean's blog...

Duration: 01:27:00

Ep. 54 Minisode: Keep Telling Stories

After an unexpected hiatus, the show returns in full force. Our stories are more important than ever. Keep telling them. Share your stories on Twitter with the hashtag #exvangelical. Show Notes: "Steve Bannon Sought To Infiltrate Facebook Hiring" "Trump is dismantling Obama’s religion initiatives"...

Duration: 00:14:24

Ep. 53: Chris Stroop Returns to #EmptyThePews

My guest this week is Chris Stroop. Chris was a guest back on episode 15 of the show, and since that time he has become well-known for his essays on Religion Dispatches (as well as his threads on Twitter, including the trending hashtag #EmptyThePews) about the global Religious Right, particularly in American and Russian politics, as well as Exvangelical experience more broadly. He is also a fellow administrator of the Exvangelical Facebook group. We talk at length about #EmptyThePews and...

Duration: 01:29:44

Ep. 52: Mike James

My guest this week is Mike James. Mike talks about his experiences going to a megachurch youth group, a small Christian college, moving from planting a church to starting a winery, and what his deconstruction has revealed about the "life on rails" he felt he was leading before. We also talk about the privilege afforded to both of us as white straight men, and much more. Follow Mike on Twitter @HyperbolicMike. Intro/Outro: "Night Owl" by Broke for Free. Interludes: "No Phone" by Cake, "BBC...

Duration: 01:41:36

Ep. 51: Tori Williams Douglass (@ToriGlass)

My guest this week is Tori Williams Douglass (@ToriGlass on Twitter). She and I discuss her history, as well as how the death of Michael Brown altered her understanding of white evangelicalism. We also discuss her must-read blog post, "The Day I Learned White Christians Hate Me." Read it here: This a frank discussion about race that centers Tori's experience. Follow her on Twitter @ToriGlass, and...

Duration: 01:44:17

Ep. 50: Where Do We Go From Here?

Trying to make sense of what just happened in Charlottesville, VA and what it means for the country. Trying to figure out how to address racism and racial systems on the show. I don't know where we go from here, and I need your input. Join the Exvangelical community on Facebook. Discuss on Twitter with the hashtag #wheredowegofromhere. Follow me on Twitter @brchastain. Outro: "Action" by Mavis Staples. Show notes, and stories you need to read: Broderick Greer on Twitter:...

Duration: 00:13:28

Ep. 49: Lyndsey Medford

Lyndsey Medford is a post-evangelical writer and blogger. She writes at Follow her on Twitter @lyndseymedford! The first #exvreads book club book has been chosen! It is *The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America* by Frances Fitzgerald. Use this link to buy it! More details about the book club discussion will be coming out soon on Twitter and in the Exvangelical Facebook group. The first discussion will happen at the end of August/early...

Duration: 01:23:40

Ep. 48 (Minisode): Reverence and Wonder

Introducing "Reverence & Wonder," the Patron-only series. Reverence and wonder are at the heart of any sense of spirituality I've ever understood. These twin sentiments keep me going. They are not strictly bound by religion, though they can encompass it. They can reach out and envelope the world. They recast the mundane. For $1/month, you'll gain access to these twice-monthly minisodes. More details in the episode! Support the show: Don't forget to vote on a...

Duration: 00:07:29

Ep. 47: Cindy Wang Brandt

My guest this week is Cindy Wang Brandt, a writer and the founder of the Facebook group Raising Children Unfundamentalist. In this conversation, Cindy and I talk about her evangelical pedigree, which includes attending Wheaton and being a recipient of the Billy Graham award, her faith shift, her resignation from an evangelical institution due to her LGBTQ affirmation, which she's written about publicly for Sojourners, and what led her to starting Raising Children Unfundamentalist. In the...

Duration: 01:15:41

Ep. 46: Jamie Finch

This week's guest is Jamie Finch! Jamie is a writer and certified integrated health coach. In this wide-ranging conversation, Jamie talks about her experiences growing up in the church (including a formative memory of saying the "Sinner's Prayer" at age 7), expressing her sexuality amidst purity culture, her time in a cult, and her path toward wholeness outside Christianity. Follow Jamie online: @jamieleefinch on Twitter & Instagram Follow Blake on Twitter @brchastain,...

Duration: 01:57:08

Ep. 45: Alice Connor, author of Fierce

This week's guest is Alice Connor, author of the book *Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation*. In this conversation, Alice & I start off talking (and needing out about) the Episcopal Church, as well as Alice's background, before launching headlong into a discussion of the women of Bible she profiled for her book. It's a great discussion that covers a ton of ground. Buy Alice's book!...

Duration: 01:26:26

Ep. 43: Ashleigh Hill

My guest this week is Ashleigh Hill! Follow her on Twitter @ashleighfhill! Read her websites: & Follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, & Anchor @exvangelicalpod. Follow Blake on Twitter @brchastain.

Duration: 01:25:11

Ep. 42 (Minisode): Does anyone else have announcements before we move on?

Another minisode for you as I work on producing another full-length interview! In this one I talk about having a heavy heart, but also wanting to share something hopeful. To that end, I want to intentionally explore that part of exvangelical stories: the good parts. Backing Tracks: "Under Pressure" by Effin Queen & David Effin Bowie, and "Grace Under Pressure" by Elbow Links: Take the Exvangelical Twitter Community Survey by @jekahben:...

Duration: 00:10:09

Ep. 40: Memorial Day Minisode

It's a Memorial Day minisode! Show notes: Read & share the Exvangelical review on Religion Dispatches: Read Niebuhr's Moral Man & Immoral Society: Tell #dadjokes. Reminders: Leave the show a review on iTunes! Follow the show across the web on Fb, Twitter, IG, and Anchor @exvangelicalpod! Support the show via Patreon:...

Duration: 00:08:36

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