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Episode 86: STAR WARS: The Last Jedi

12/19/2017
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THIS WEEK...SPOILERS AHEAD... Father Chuck moderates as he and Matt are joined by Father Fun to discuss the new Star Wars movie, THE LAST JEDI! Of course, in true Masters of Divinity fashion, the gang discusses the mysterious nature of The Force, the conflict and relationship between The Dark Side and The Light, and the spiritual journeys of Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Kylo Ren. There's also some talk about things that might not have worked in the film, Rian Johnson's direction and writing,...

Duration: 01:23:27


Episode 85: The Badge and The Cloth

11/28/2017
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THIS WEEK... Father Chuck and Matt run into JP in the food court (or is he stalking them?), and the trio talks about the similiarities in Father Chuck's and Matt's vocations. If you're a regular follower of the podcast you'll know that Matt is a police officer, and as he's progressed in his career as an officer of the law, both he and and Chuck have noticed some striking similarities when it comes to serving the community. Listen to them compare and contrast their vocations, in the 85th...

Duration: 00:43:10


Episode 84: Happy TREKSGIVING!

11/21/2017
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THIS WEEK... We forgot to plan a Thanksgiving episode (whoops!), and after JP, Matt, and Father Chuck wrapped up an episode (which will go live next week), JP and Father Chuck suddenly started to geek out over Star Trek. They went so long that it warranted an actual episode! And thus, a new tradition was born: TREKSGIVING. Because Star Trek has once again made its way into the public consciousness thanks to Stark Trek Discovery and The Orville, JP decided to go on a massive Star Trek: The...

Duration: 00:48:55


Episode 83: The Dark Side of Disney

11/14/2017
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THIS WEEK... Hiatus, shmiatus! JP The Moderator is here! This week the gang reflects on the *interesting* week Disney is having, what with banning LA Times reporters from official screenings of Thor: Ragnarok, and beginning the early phase of taking over the world by announcing their talks to buy 20th Century Fox. We're Disney fans here at Masters of Divinity, and one thing we've never addressed are some of the shady aspects of how Disney conducts itself as a major conglomerate. Whether...

Duration: 01:10:22


Episode 82: An Impromptu Viewing of Marvel's THOR: RAGNAROK

11/7/2017
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THIS WEEK... Father Chuck and Officer Matt briefly touch on the comparisons between being an officer of the law and a man of the cloth, until the brilliant idea emerges that they should just drop everything and go see MARVEL'S THOR: RAGNAROK. Although the brilliantly cinema-savvy JP is on a hiatus, Chuck and Matt escape to see Neon Thor and give their in-depth analysis of the film afterwards!

Duration: 00:38:08


Episode 81: Beware the Heck House! A MoD Halloween Special

10/31/2017
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THIS WEEK... Happy Halloween! JP and Father Chuck are here for a special Halloween edition of Christian Curiosities. As some of you may know, we have a fascination with some of the more odd, mystifying aspects of the Christian subculture, especially those that have come out of the modern evangelical movement. Today on All Hallow's Eve, If you look hard enough in every city and town in America, you'll find that someone, somewhere has constructed a haunted house to scare the bejeezus out...

Duration: 01:03:00


Episode 80: A Hard Pass on Candy Corn

10/24/2017
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THIS WEEK... Father Chuck and JP get nostalgic as they reminisce about Halloween in their youth, reflecting on their favorite costumes, favorite scary movies to watch, and more! If you've ever wondered how much two grown men can talk about candy, wonder no more! Also, JP asks Father Chuck why God hates Halloween...the answer may shock you (or not).

Duration: 01:04:07


Episode 79: Floppy Na'vi Ears

10/17/2017
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THIS WEEK... JP and Father Chuck talk about "fan ownership" and the nature of entitlement that is inherent in fandom. From demanding that certain characters are forced to have a romantic relationship, to insisting that certain head canon is official canon. Where does one draw the line? We talk about the fun that can be found in critical analysis, theories, and individual interpretation as it relates to the "death of the author" theory. It's a fun episode where JP and Father Chuck let loose...

Duration: 01:15:43


Episode 78: Filmmaking & Addiction: A Conversation With Filmmaker Amanda Young

10/10/2017
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First and foremost, we are deeply saddened by the events that took place in Las Vegas on October 1st. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, and we continue to keep those affected by this tragedy in our prayers. This week, JP and Matt are joined by Amanda Young, a colleague of JP's from their film school days! Amanda just wrapped her first short film, LOVE, GWEN, a deeply personal crime-thriller that was written and directed by her in order to attend the American Film...

Duration: 01:15:56


Episode 77: This is an Episode of Our Podcast

10/3/2017
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Matt returns! This week, Matt joins JP and Father Chuck as they have another riff-tastic episode about...stuff! Father Chuck checked out The Orville, Seth McFarlane's "send up"(?) of Star Trek (or is it??), Matt watched a couple of underwhelming movies and we're all just doing our best to get by, man. Matt also tells us what it was like to be an on-duty officer during Hurricane Irma and how life On The Streets is treating him. We have fun with this one, so just come hang out with us,...

Duration: 00:55:11


Episode 76: The Devin's in the Details

9/19/2017
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JP and Father Chuck are back together again after Father Chuck endured the wrath of Irma. Then our duo tells the tale of The Rise and Fall of Devin Faraci, a film critic that JP and Father Chuck followed closely until controversy arose, and why he is suddenly in the news. It's a discussion that leads to musings on forgiveness, redemption, and the ol' Internet Witch Hunt. Then they get into some arguments about pineapple on pizza, how to properly pronounce Gif, and "soda" vs "pop." Yeah,...

Duration: 01:19:51


Episode 75: Irma Gerd

9/12/2017
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JP and Father Chuck talk hurricanes, natural disasters and whether or not Harvey and Irma is God's vengeful wrath. The duo geek out a little over the upcoming Halloween Horror Nights, reminisce and share stories of experiencing hurricanes in the past (both JP and Chuck were living in South Florida during the marathon of hurricanes in 2004, and also Wilma!), and Father Chuck assures us all that he will be safe as Irma approaches Florida - also keep in mind this was recorded before Irma made...

Duration: 00:52:27


Episode 74: Vampires are Immune to the Jesus Fish

9/5/2017
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JP and Father Chuck are back for another episode about "Christian curiosities." This is one of those episodes where we talk about weird Christian ephemera, whether it be a book about how a prayer can grant you anything you want, a harmless bracelet with roots in social justice, or an emblem on a car that became the most recognizable modern day Christian symbol that isn't a cross. This episode is of course about the latter, as JP and Father Chuck discuss the history of the Ichthys, or as...

Duration: 00:57:31


Episode 73: Heroes Are Good

8/29/2017
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In American society the idea of a hero is pretty much the ultimate ideal a human being can achieve. But what does that mean, exactly? Does anyone truly personify the idea of being a hero, or is being a hero acting on heroic moments that happen upon us? The Masters of Divinity discuss heroism and what exactly it means to be a hero, and even get into some philosophical/theological musing on nothingness. It ties in. I think. Also, Father Chuck is none-too-happy about DC's dual Joker films...

Duration: 01:05:02


Episode 72: Nazis are Bad

8/22/2017
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In this edition of Masters of Divinity, JP and Father Chuck spew their triggered SJW liberal snowflake propaganda about why Nazi's and white supremacy is bad. We get it. It's a low bar. We wondered why we should even address something as obvious as "don't be a white supremacist," and yet, here we are. They address the many issues and concerns surrounding the Charlottesville incident and attempt to get to the root of the kind of hatred that spawns white supremacy.

Duration: 01:00:20


Episode 71: Steven Spielberg is Smarter Than Us

8/15/2017
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Steven Spielberg is responsible for many things. A fantastic output of films for all ages in the 80s, a resurgence in optimism and hope in cinema, traumatizing Matt Wells so that he'll never step foot in to the ocean, and of course Poltergeist. We wrap up our creator series with a creator who needs no introduction: Steven Spielberg. JP talks about Steven Spielberg's most personal film, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, his overall influence and cinema and why he is a truly legendary creator. The...

Duration: 00:59:00


Episode 70: It's Dangerous to Go Alone! Listen to This.

8/8/2017
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In the second part of our snazzy title-less creator series, Father Chuck submits Shigeru Miyamoto as the focus of discussion. You may not know his name, but you probably know his work like the back of your hand. Miyamoto created three of the most iconic video games of all time: Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda. His work is also tied into the creation and evolution of Nintendo. Basically, he's a huge deal, and if you're not acquainted with the man behind the games,...

Duration: 01:10:35


Episode 69: We Still Love Rob Bell

8/1/2017
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Rob Bell is a controversial figure in the realm of modern day Christianity, but the Masters of Divinity are huge fans (it should go without saying, we had him on the show!). However, there is no bigger Rob Bell fan than our very own Matt Wells. This week in the first part of our series on our favorite creators, Matt tells us why Rob Bell's work is so important to him and how it influenced his own spiritual journey (and continues to, to this day). Also, Father Chuck reveals that prior to...

Duration: 00:57:10


Episode 68: Creative Minds On Creation

7/18/2017
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In preparation for an upcoming series about creativity and favorite creators, the Masters of Divinity discuss the fundamentals of creation. What is creation? Why do humans need to be creative? There's also some mention of Dan Harmon, Bob Ross and Joseph Campbell, influential creators in their own right and how they inspire deep, provocative meditations on the act of creating. Plus, we talk about some nerdy Star Wars stuff and our reactions to Spider-Man: Homecoming!

Duration: 01:19:18


Episode 66: JP Loves The Mummy

6/27/2017
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In another edition of Masters of Divinity, our trio unites to share their thoughts and experiences on what they've been watching, reading, and thinking. JP has a bone to pick with The Mummy (the title of this episode is supposed to be ironic) and the studios making big blockbuster tentpoles, Father Chuck has been challenging himself by reading a book by Rod Dreher, and Matt thinks it's a good idea to read Stephen King's IT before falling asleep every night. Listen to the riff-tastic...

Duration: 01:16:01

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