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Matt, Toby and Joey discuss funny, controversial, and personal stuff with guests from the music business, leaders in the Christian world, and interesting folks from well outside of the Christian world. In other words... REAL TALK.

Matt, Toby and Joey discuss funny, controversial, and personal stuff with guests from the music business, leaders in the Christian world, and interesting folks from well outside of the Christian world. In other words... REAL TALK.
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Matt, Toby and Joey discuss funny, controversial, and personal stuff with guests from the music business, leaders in the Christian world, and interesting folks from well outside of the Christian world. In other words... REAL TALK.




Fundamentalist Are No Fun #349

When we started this podcast, we knew we'd get some things right and some things wrong and at some point Fundamental Christians would try to shut us down. Turns out we were right about the fundamentalist part. Now we're out here trying to push against fundamentalism from wherever it comes from. Links & Sponsors: Blue Apron: Tooth and Nail: "Skyline" by LOYALS on tour with Emery

Duration: 00:46:20

#348 Podcasting as an Exercise in Thinking

On this episode, among many other things, Joey talks about an older man he knows using weed (illegally) to cope with pain instead of his prescribed drugs, and feeling guilty about it. We're having a blast doing this podcast; it really is a privilege to be able to hang with our friends and process out loud. It's a bonus to know we've helped other people a find like-minded group although on the internet. It's kind of a win-win, so thanks to all you listeners for putting up with our dumb...

Duration: 01:04:29

#347 Author of "The Shack," Paul Young

William Paul Young had a fundamental, evangelical upbringing that included many false beliefs about God. That led to many questions the church isn’t typically good at entertaining or even allowing, but he couldn’t stop asking. After coming clean about a marital affair to his wife, a new process of learning began in which false notions of God were discarded, and he wrote The Shack to share his new revelation of God with his friends and family. Hear about Young’s love for God as well as his...

Duration: 01:21:49

#346 Sad Day When We Can't Laugh at What We Find Hilarious

Dave Chapelle gave us a gift in a couple of holiday specials, we were treated to lots of joyous laughs. Isn't that just outright good? Some people are still upset for him not being politically correct or sensitive enough. We're going to start regulating laughter? We're getting back on track with our diet but that all ends at the Lastly, Matt has a whopper, something along the lines of kids never having to be thankful for their parents? Links &...

Duration: 01:06:59

#345 Toby Might Stop Believing in God Because of BadChristian Hecklers

We are constantly changing in our faith, persistently holding on to personal experiences we've had, but many times, we come at potentially scary crossroads of doubt. Joey is scared of religion scarring his kids, and Matt thinks it's crazy when parents marvel at how different their kids' personalities are. Links & Sponsors: code BADCHRISTIAN Blue Apron:

Duration: 01:08:48

#344 Stephen Baldwin "God Wanted Trump to be President"

Actor Stephen Baldwin from the films The Usual Suspects, BioDome, and a new TV show Great American Pilgrimage explains how he became the "Jesus Freak of Hollywood," and tells us why God ordained Trump to be President. Links & Sponsors: code BADCHRISTIAN MVMT: Tooth and Nail Christmas Sales:

Duration: 01:34:00

#343 Chad Johnson: Taking Risks at Ego's Cost

Our friend Chad Johnson came on today to talk about his new book One Thousand Risks, and they talk death after his dad passed away this weekend. Before that, Matt gets on a rant about how we're messing up our kids' lives by putting them online: i.e. the bullied kid whose video went viral this past week when his mom posted it to the public. Links & Sponsors: ProFlowers: code BADCHRISTIAN Naturebox:...

Duration: 01:28:04

#342 Greg Surratt: Founding Pastor of Seacoast Church and Joey's Boss

Greg Surratt leads one of the largest churches in the world that influences churches worldwide. The question still stands, why does he let Joey do The BadChristian Podcast? We talk about this and bring to the table the many complaints we've articulated on this podcast about pastors, moral failures, and mega-church culture. Links & Sponsors: MVMT: Tooth and Nail Christmas...

Duration: 01:34:35

#341 Greg Boyd: Moving from Calvinism to Open Theism

Author of "The Myth of a Christian Nation" and founder of answers some of Matt and Toby's questions about what Open Theism's believes about God differently from Calvinism and Arminianism. We talk a lot about the omniscience of God and predestination. He also helps explain the problem with the Calvinistic view of Christians as The Elect. Links & Sponsors: Casper: Hubble:...

Duration: 01:25:28

#340 BadChristian Con Broke Twitter This Weekend

There was an ugly and embarrassing thread on Twitter this weekend. Many of you observed it, and many participated in it. It was primarily in regards to the inclusion of Preston Sprinkle at BadChristian Con. Some feel that he is a bigot and his views are tantamount to violence and that BC is implicated by giving him the stage. I (Matt) think it's a tragic look and insight into the negative side of a text-based, hyper-connected platform like twitter. In order to try to rectify that, we...

Duration: 01:48:31

#336 Zombie Pastors and BadChristian Con

Jake Meador, author of the article "Ecclesiology and the Zombie Pastors Problem," joins to discuss issues with pastors like Mark Driscoll (among others) coming back to ministry after being disqualified. Jake points out that the process of reconciliation between pastors and ministry is either to short and easy, or non-existent. We also announce the first BadChristian Conference, with featured guests Pete Enns, Jonathan Merritt, and other speakers, music by Emery, Kings Kaleidoscope, As...

Duration: 01:22:18

#338 Lecrae: Too Black for White Evangelicals

After months of self-discovery, Lecrae wrote his best and most honest album to date. White Evangelicals couldn't handle it though, and want him to stay in the safe lane they're comfortable with. #lecrae@yourchurch Links & Sponsors: Wonderbly: code BCPOD Naturebox:

Duration: 01:21:02

#337 Death, Gender, "Gay Stuff"

We've got a lot to talk about on this one. The bible isn't clearly against multiple sex partners, or at least not clear enough, laments Joey. Matt, Toby, and Joey lose a college friend way too early. Is sexual identity an overblown concept? How does society act as a software that keeps humanity in check? Links & Sponsors:

Duration: 01:23:44

#335 Who Cares What You Think About Transgender People

It seems that these days everyone expects a consensus view from everyone else. That is nonsense. We suggest a nice dose of taking yourself and everyone else less seriously. Take a deep breath and try to enjoy YOUR life and worry a bit less about other people's lives. Links & Sponsors: Phinehas Album "Dark Flag" Out Everywhere Nov 17th Honey:

Duration: 01:17:01

#334 Where are the Instructions for How to Read the Bible?

Today we (Matt, Toby, and Joey) find ourselves in a conversation about the Biblical cannon, and if it is forever closed, and why we think it is or isnt. If we're honest, it can't be as simple as, "God said it, I believe it, and that settles it." Links & Sponsors: BeachBody: test BADCHRISTIAN to 313131 ProFlowers: code BADCHRISTIAN Casper:

Duration: 01:33:23

#333 Chris Stroop Says #EmptyThePews

Many Atheists, Agnostics, and Christians, despite their stark differences, have the common ingredient of being “Ex-Evangelical.” Within the faith of Christianity, the scales have been tipped (credit the November 2016 Presidential Election) to cause a large sect of Christianity to bow out of evangelicalism. How important is it for this movement to grow? Self-identified nerd and Ph.D. in Russian history (Stanford), Christopher Stroop is an Ex-Evangelical and started the movement...

Duration: 01:22:19

#332 Perry Noble is a Bad Christian and So Are We

NewSpring Church, according to Toby's Damn News, has declining attendance and income due to its parting with founding Pastor Perry Noble, who is now getting a divorce. Is Perry a "bad guy?" Is he a victim? Either way, we wish him well, and truly feel bad for what he is going through. Toby can't stop eating Halloween candy, but wonders if Halloween traditions will go away soon. Links & Sponsors: Blue Apron:...

Duration: 01:18:54

#331 Jonathan Martin: Banned For Life From Liberty University

Cops escorted Pastor and author Jonathan Martin off the Liberty University campus during a JOHNNYSWIM show while he was hanging with his friends in the greenroom. He was banned for life from Liberty University for planning a prayer meeting and opposing Trump and Jerry Falwell Jr. What’s the condition of the church when opposing points of view aren’t even welcomed? What role does authoritarianism play in the church? Before any of this conversation starts, Matt and Toby dissect Joey’s...

Duration: 01:09:58

#330 If the Bible Were a Film, It Would Be Rated NC-17 (w/ Spencer Folmar)

Movie director, Spencer T. Folmar, wants to use film to present the hope he’s found in Jesus. Many Christians aren’t buying his intentions however given the colorful language, including the monstrous “F word,” that’s replete through his films. We talk “constructive nudity,” “senseless violence,” “The Passion of Christ” and the potential of Christians making REAL movies. Links & Sponsors: Pre-Order Phinehas...

Duration: 01:14:19

#329 Why After Talking To Atheists for 10 Years, I’m Still a Christian (w/ Justin Brierley)

Author and host of radio show and podcast “Unbelievable?” talks faith, atheism, and how the two groups misunderstand one another. He’s maintained an open mind to learn, and has had his faith stretched by some of these brilliant atheists, but still maintains his Christian faith. Justin, along with Matt, Toby, and Joey talk significantly about moral relativism. Toby realizes just how much he believes in Jesus; and oil leaks are always bad. . . unless it’s a bible. Links &...

Duration: 01:16:33

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