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Ep. 57: David Bazan

11/14/2017
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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 davidbazan.com/shows. 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)

11/6/2017
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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: patreon.com/exvangelicalpod Like the show on Facebook: Facebook.com/exvangelicalpod 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

10/24/2017
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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 laurajeantruman.com. 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

10/16/2017
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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" https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/steve-bannon-sought-to-infiltrate-facebook-hiring?utm_term=.lnbvrKnvq#.at0bOZpbr "Trump is dismantling Obama’s religion initiatives"...

Duration: 00:14:24


Ep. 53: Chris Stroop Returns to #EmptyThePews

9/12/2017
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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

8/31/2017
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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)

8/23/2017
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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: https://toriglassdotcom.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/the-day-i-learned-white-christians-hate-me/ 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?

8/15/2017
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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

8/9/2017
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Lyndsey Medford is a post-evangelical writer and blogger. She writes at lyndseymedford.com. 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! http://amzn.to/2uEthDU 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

8/1/2017
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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: patreon.com/exvangelicalpod. Don't forget to vote on a...

Duration: 00:07:29


Ep. 47: Cindy Wang Brandt

7/25/2017
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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

7/18/2017
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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 jamieleefinch.com Follow Blake on Twitter @brchastain,...

Duration: 01:57:08


Ep. 45: Alice Connor, author of Fierce

7/11/2017
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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

6/26/2017
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My guest this week is Ashleigh Hill! Follow her on Twitter @ashleighfhill! Read her websites: afracturedlife.com & http://www.continuouslyfracturedlife.tumblr.com/tagged/yourveryowngenderstudiesdegree 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?

6/22/2017
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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

5/29/2017
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It's a Memorial Day minisode! Show notes: Read & share the Exvangelical review on Religion Dispatches: http://religiondispatches.org/exvangelical-podcast-is-safe-space-for-those-living-in-leaving-or-coming-to-terms-with-evangelicalism/ Read Niebuhr's Moral Man & Immoral Society: http://amzn.to/2rcBjDW 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


Ep. 39: Dan Little

5/22/2017
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This is a wide-spanning conversation. An integral part of Dan's story is his experience within church, evangelicalism, and purity culture (I know those are all overlapping things) as a gay man and how damaging it was to his development. That summary doesn't do it justice, which is why we are all lucky that Dan can say all this in his own words--which he does very well. Profanity warning up top: this show has a bit of it, so, don't play it around kiddos. Follow Dan on Twitter @sweaterzzz....

Duration: 01:57:07


Ep. 37: Jason Stellman's Misfit Faith

4/24/2017
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This week's guest is Jason Stellman, author of the new book Misfit Faith: Confessions of a Drunk Ex-Pastor, and co-host of the Drunk Ex-Pastors podcast. In this conversation, Jason and I talk about his transition from being a Presbyterian pastor in the PCA denomination to converting to Catholicism. We also talk about his book as well as his podcast, how loving people is better than fighting over theological points, and why Catholic, Episcopal, and Orthodox faith expressions are so...

Duration: 00:56:47


Ep. 36: Kyle Parton Re-Release

4/21/2017
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Kyle Parton, Director of Epiphany Publishing, talks with me about teenage adventures in Wal-Mart evangelism, key markers of evangelicalism, war, other faith traditions, and alternate models of salvation (aka, "Finding a Substitute for Penal Substitution"). (This conversation was initially released as episode 8 of Exv.) Check out Epiphany Publishing: epiphanypublishing.us Follow Kyle on Twitter: twitter.com/kylecparton Follow Exvangelical on Twitter/Like Us on Facebook: @exvangelicalpod...

Duration: 01:41:44


Ep. 35: LGBTQ Intersectionality & The Fruit of the Spirit with Rev. Kevin Wright (Re-Release)

4/3/2017
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This episode features a conversation with Rev. Kevin Wright from the Riverside Church in NYC. We talk about his journey, LGBTQ affirmation, and more. Follow Blake on Twitter @brchastain. Follow the show on Twitter @exvangelicalpod Like the show on Facebook at facebook.com/exvangelicalpod Follow Rev. Kevin Wright on Twitter @kevinkwright. Read Kevin's blog at kevinkwright.com Read Kevin's posts on the Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/author/kwright-488 Show Notes: Harry Emerson...

Duration: 01:21:52

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