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Matt and Joey recently talked about a book they read called Fantasyland, and we have the pleasure of having the author himself, Kurt Andersen, on to talk more in depth about the ideas in his book and particularly how they relate to the american evangelical church and conspiracy theories.

 

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Tooth and Nail: "In Absense" by Silent Planet

Direct download: 1016_BCPOD_KURTANDERSEN.mp3
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Micah Kinard expresses how hard Oh, Sleeper's ambiguous break up was for him, especially singing on stage again with bandmate Shane Blay's new band Wovenwar, which led to their reuniting. Shane and Micah hang on the bus with us to share the story from both of their perspectives for the first time publicly.

 

 

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Direct download: 1009_BCPOD_OhSleeper.mp3
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With all the backlash for Emery's new album "Eve" having a naked woman on the cover, we're dedicating an episode to our thought process when we first saw the artwork. Matt gives a bit of history of how his thoughts about women have changed throughout his life.

 

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Emery's new song "Safe" is so emotional, Matt can't talk about it. Also get a taste of how the BC Club episodes roll with a taste of it here.

 

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Tooth & Nail: "In Absense" by Silent Planet

Direct download: 0927_BCPOD_413.1.mp3
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The song "2007 Clarksville High Volleyball State Champs Gay is OK" was written about Toby's realization, after having a conversation with a man in a hospital, that what we believe from the things we've been told in church about homosexuality, might actually be stealing a person's one chance at true love from them.

 

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Author of "The Color of Compromise," Jemar Tisby, sheds some light on the state of American church's cultural divide among races and how it got that way. 

 

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Back by popular demand, John Mark McMillan discusses how his music interacts with the dualistic state of church culture in America with Joey. Toby brings the Damn News with Mexican, Jewish, granddaughter of holocaust survivor, supposedly showing a white power sign.

 

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We often equate pastors and politicians, but this one is hard to overlook. As scandals continue to come out into the open, Bill Hybels was one of the most upsetting to the Christian world. Also listen to the first half hour for an exciting BC announcement!

 

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Theologian, therapist, and ordained pastor, Mark Karris, explores intercessory prayer, and God’s uncontrolling nature, and other themes found in his new book Divine Echoes: Reconciling Prayer with the Uncontrolling Love of God. 

 

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With a country built by dreamers, fantasy is deeply embedded in the DNA of America. This fantasy mindset has largely increased over time with the rise of individualism, as Kurt Anderson's book "Fantasyland" explains, which got Matt and Joey thinking about how it relates to religion.

 

 

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The vapid use of Christianese has turned people off from spiritual words. Jonathan Merritt explains this phenomenon and is working on reimagining sacred words as an active use of language.

 

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Rapper and Producer Derek Minor breaks down why Trayvon Martin's death had a uniquely profound effect on the black Christian community.

 

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Tooth & Nail: "Backbreaker" by Fit For A King

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Science Mike and Matt MacDonald are on the same side; except when they fight on twitter. MacDonald joins Matt and Toby at Joshua Fest and explains why the heck he tweeted what he did.

 

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Tooth & Nail: "Heathen Heart" by Earth Groans

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Audible communication is about to overtake text-based communication, but that pisses Toby's brother Mike off. On a good note, it could mean a rise in blue-collar intellectuals, and a close of the literacy knowledge gap.

 

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Does who you're attracted to reveal hidden biases? We break down the nature of attraction and where we get our preferences. You don't know what you like until you give it a try.

 

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Founder of Every Man Ministries, Kenny Luck had a big part in revolutionizing men's ministry against porn. In hindsight, some say that type of ministry has had a negative effect on women, and even contributed to toxic masculinity. Zao's Scott Mellinger gets grilled by Joey, and we answer some odd questions from the BC Club.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30pm PDT

We (and you) made it to episode #400! We talk about the system one and system two brain theory, and Matt and Joey have a failed conversation about teachers in the education system.

 

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Bedroom activities are a traditionally taboo thing to talk about, especially in the southern Christian culture, which is why our guest today, sex expert Katy Zvolerin, is here to answer our uncomfortable and awkward questions about sex toys. But first, our college buddy White Carl joins to give us his review of the movie "God's Not Dead."

 

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Tooth and Nail: "5 Light Years" by Mae

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If so, what does it contain, how do we know, and where is it? We get deep about dualism in this episode, and discuss whether or not we're the author of our thoughts and desires.

 

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Tripp Fuller from the Homebrewed Christianity podcast talks about how his family were bad Southern Baptists, how he sees trends changing in the south, and his upcoming movie. Joey loves to teach about good old prayer, and Toby talks with Taylor and David about RYFO. What the heck is RYFO?

 

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Matt gives a science segment that could save the planet. Climate change and global warming is just one of the human-guilt issues discussed in this episode, and BC Club Manager, Taylor Adkins, joins for an update.

 

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Tooth and Nail: "Northern Fires" by Silent Planet

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What's the worst thing you've thought about Benny Hinn? Costi Hinn, Benny's nephew, spills all the uncomfortable details of his time in the ministry. Aaron Diello of Joshua Fest gets grilled by Joey, and of course, The Damn News brings more truth than ever.

 

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Direct download: 0628_BCPOD_HINN.2.mp3
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Jesus isn't the only dude in the middle of this couple. Guests Adam and Eve say that marital swinging doesn't break the rules or laws of the Bible. In fact, they say it's good for their marriage and more godly than you'd think. Joey decides to try and counsel Toby's brother Mike, who's a new Christian, and the Damn News is back!

 

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We heard the horrific news of the singer of a band we've shared a stage with being the leader of an alleged sex cult. This #metoo movement is definitely shining a light on the dark side of entertainment, but we still need to get more clarity with what consent actually is. Also Joey's leading a new segment this week called "Twisted Scripture."

 

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Solid State Records: "Avarice" by Earth Groans

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Matt says marriage expectations are a lie and no marriage has ever exceeded what you were told. Then, actor Ben Davies joins who has acted in many overtly Christian movies. He discusses his balance between the tension of art and moral boundaries within his acting career. We also discuss whether racial discrimination is an issue in Hollywood and why Christian movies don't deliver the same punch as mainstream film. 

 

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Matt brings a science segment with an explanation of what good reasoning is and why we should reject knowledge from authority. This relates to everything from Joey learning how to use new recording equipment to our understanding of God. Also Toby is annoyed with people thanking God for stopping worse things from happening after something terrible happened, and Joey apparently shat himself during the recording of this episode.

 

 

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Direct download: 0614_BCPOD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:49am PDT

Authors of "Vodka is Vegan," Phil and Matt Letten drop in to discuss their journey to becoming vegans, their unique approach to veganism, and answer pointed questions about Biblical references to eating meat.

 

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Right wingers say God doesn't change. But we do. We have more information and ways to learn about God than we ever have. Maybe the Holy Spirit is moving through tech.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:23am PDT

Good friend Propaganda comes on to discuss some of his issues with the recent Owen Benjamin and Andrew Klavan episodes. We're fortunate he was able to come on to fill in the gaps of the black experience Jason found them to be completely unaware of.

 

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Toby found that there's no hope for humanity if anything happens as simple as the water supply going out. Everyone will resort to pure evil. He does bring back the damn news for this episode with a couple articles about Biblical laws, and smelly prison guards.

 

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Author, Speaker, Activist, and former Pastor, Brian McLaren talks about the changing theological culture of American Christianity. Religious leaders have less control now that their followers have unlimited access to other thought-leaders online, muddying the waters of religion. This episode covers a lot of deconstructive territory, from traditional dualistic lenses, to what Christians believe about LGBTQ, and trying to convert people from other religions.

 

 

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Direct download: 0528_BCPOD_McLaren.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:45am PDT

Matt's getting oddly sentimental feelings towards people and experiences that he doesn't know what to do with, but Joey loves it! Also turns out we're still Christians, even though Fundamentalists would call us Satanists.

 

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Direct download: 0524_BCPOD_385.mp3
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Joey's the happiest he can remember being his whole life, and shares some vulnerable moments about his marriage and how bad it really had gotten. We've heard a lot lately about the rising use of adderall, so we thought it'd be interesting to have our guests today on to talk about their all-natural supplement with similar effects to adderall.

 

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Tim Rymel is an author, educator, and rethinker. He grew up conservative and was even a leader at an ex-gay program, after joining to convert out of his same-sex attraction. Now he's a social justice writer and advocate for giving a voice to the dissonant questions that reside in all of us. Matt recaps his trip to NYC with his daughter and Toby has an update on the new Emery album.

 

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Today's guest is host of "The Andrew Klavan Show" on The Daily Wire, and author of multiple books turned movies, such as "True Crime" and "Don't Say a Word." Our discussion mostly revolves around topics discussed on his show: political satire, cultural commentary, and mockery of modern absurdities.

 

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Direct download: 0514_BCPOD_Andrew_Kalavan.mp3
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Austen Hartke, author of "Transforming: The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians" joins us to tell his story and humors our ignorant questions. With a Masters of Arts in Old Testament Studies, Austen seeks to understand and share parts of the Bible that relate to gender identity and the lives of transgender individuals. 

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:08am PDT

If you haven't heard of Owen Benjamin before, he's the comedian who got permanently suspended from using twitter. We talk with him about jokes, how they work, and why humor is important.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm PDT

Joey recently heard some whopper of stories about famous pastors that seem to indicate them as entitled spoiled brats. Toby thinks Joey may be a bit too hard on them and believes it's crazy that we can't just say their names on air. What's a celebrity pastor anyway and are these stories incriminating no matter how you slice them? Oh, yeah, and YouTube takes over Matt's daughter and household.

 

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Today we're just hanging out with Tim McTague and Aaron Gillespie of Underoath for an hour, talking about backlash they've gotten from their new album, and who among them has lost their faith.

 

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The status quo is something we all define our lives by. Some seek to find it while others reject it in favor of a different life. Kristie and Matt MacDonald have chosen the latter. From moving their family to another country to touring the US with their three kids, these two have taken an alternative path, and it seems to be working. Check out their summer tour and new EP coming soon! Also, Matt's outraged about recycling.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am PDT

Jon Propper might be the best example of a full deconstruction and reconstruction of faith that we've heard from. As a pastor's kid, he grew up and even started preaching himself at 11 years old. He walks us through his journey of converting to Judaism, and then rounding back to Christianity in a bit different form. We also propose that it might be best to legalize prostitution for the sake of regulation.

 

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Ray Harkins is a good friend of the show, he hosts the 100 Words or Less Podcast, and is the lead singer of the band Taken, who came out of the melodic hardcore scene in the early 2000's. After helping his wife battle cancer, Ray decided to write about something real and vulnerable on Taken's new EP "With Regard To." Also, why are people stoked on Justin Bieber's worship set at a festival, and yet Underoath gets scorned for swearing on an album?

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm PDT

Matt appeared on a podcast that despite Matt's "enneagram skepticism," pegged his number. Social media has us convinced that we are more liked and cared for than we really are. Lastly, the Damn News is back and the latest mass shooter is apparently a hero to many.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:30am PDT

Joey found some of his old premarital counseling notes. Now his chauvinistic approach to counseling couples only four years ago leaves him embarrassed. Bill Hybels, lead pastor of Willow Creek Church, steps down and it doesn't look good for him. According to Francis Chan, we should probably not talk about it.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:36pm PDT

Returning guest, Jamie Wright wrote a memoir on her journey of falling in and out of love with evangelicalism only falling in and out of love with missionary work right afterwards. "The Very Worst Missionary: A Memoir or Whatever" is a very honest look at her personal growth, personal flaws and the role that "church" and faith played throughout her journey.

 

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Authors Jonathan Bock and Phil Cooke discuss the premise of their new book, "The Way Back: How Christians Blew Our Credibility and How We Get It Back." Just how did the church lose credibility? Toby went to church on Easter and said "shit" when he spilled Jesus' blood and let's make fun of a Men's Conference.

 

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Why don't we hear stories about Deborah, the only female Judge in the Bible, in Sunday School? Alice Connor is the author of "Fierce: Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation." She joins us on this episode to discuss some of the biblical women overlooked and misconstrued in modern Christianity.

 

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Regardless of whether the future is scary or unnerving, do yourself a favor: grit your teeth and go with it. Our bodies are also falling apart, Matt thinks rock music is dead and maybe money can make you happy after all.

 

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Jen Matthews' family lives and breathes football - including her Super Bowl Champ brother, Clay Matthews, of the Green Bay Packers. Hear what it's like being a woman in this family of football studs and why Jen left a promising NFL broadcasting career to have an integral part in extending the efforts of pray.com, an interactive app that uses technology to unite people in prayer. Lastly, it took Joey years to realize he was inconsiderate in making sport of his wife being sexually violated in her college years.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm PDT

Hosts of Depolarize! Podcast, Dan and Ellen, come in studio to hang out and give us an update on this masterpiece of a podcast. Season two brings in new co-host, Ellen Mauro, as they track down and interview Trump supporters and non-supporters from all walks of life, depolarizing the world one person at a time.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:57pm PDT

We all know Joey doesn't believe in hell, but with all the death Matt has experienced in the last few years, he has a hard time imagining that there is a heaven or a hell. Also Toby shares a specific encounter he had with God that he cannot ignore.

 

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Fish oils, exercise, less sugar, SSRIs, and dropping more ingrained religion is given Joey hope in 2018, but even as this new approach seems to be working, there’s still fear that it shouldn’t be this good. Also what do you do when someone asks you to pray for an unspoken? Does it even matter?

 

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Employee of ours for four years, Reva talks about what it's like to be the only female on the tour bus, and to work with Matt, Toby, and Joey on a daily basis. How much should a group of guys adjust their behavior to accommodate for gender equality in a rough environment like a rock band tour?

 

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Tommy and his wife's lives were deeply impacted and changed by the great loss of a sweet teenage girl named Anna. Hear how they have decided to use her life and death to bring hope to others. Tommy also chimes in on what Jesus's love should mean in today's polarizing, hate-filled culture that even many Christians have been caught up in. Maybe Jesus was serious about the whole "loving others" thing after all?

 

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Ever have a crazy (but good) idea and never had the guts to go for it? Jon Foreman of Switchfoot decided to go for his crazy dream of playing 25 shows in 24 hours, all in different locations of San Diego. From a hospital that saved his daughter's life years prior, to his old high school with the marching band, Jon and his friends gave and received the true gift of community, musical expression, adventure, and a deeper sense of what life is all about.

 

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James DeYoung tells us why Paul Young, author of The Shack, might be leading us all to hell.

 

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Ellen Mauro is the new co-host of the Depolarize Podcast, which has a new season coming soon. She is an advocate for both women and the unborn. The topic of abortion seems to largely be discussed on a group or national level, but the realities of individuals and their circumstances are always more complex than the big picture and the self righteous on both sides want to acknowledge.
 
 
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Kevin Max showed interest right away in our documentary "What Would Jesus Sell," so we got him on to talk about why that piqued his interest, and how he's seen the Christian music industry change throughout his career. We also reflect on the death of "America's Pastor" Billy Graham.

 

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Juanita Broaddrick alleges that she was forcibly raped by bill Clinton in 1978. She shares with us the details surround the event itself, and what has happened since.

 

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Matt goes on a rant about how the work of the future will center around creativity and meaning. As technology and artificial intelligence increase, it will be up to us to invent and define meaningful work. Alternatively, those who aren't able to do so will find their life akin to that of a zoo animal.

 

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Systems, institutions, and organizations tend to grow and change some along the way, but they rarely reverse course entirely or realize when they have become ineffective or even counterproductive. That's partly because the participants don't like to challenge their own system and outsiders criticism is easily dismissed.

We know people outside our churches have criticism, and we are aware of the tendency inside to continually give the benefit of the doubt. Seems like this is a bad recipe and begs the question, "How would we know if any or all particular church expressions were doing more harm than good tot he overall body?"

 

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Something they weren't allowed to do at Mars Hill Church (Seattle, WA), Jen Smidt, Melanie Studley, and Candice Clem articulate how they were "indoctrinated" into this church culture that masked sexism with a vision to see men lead at home, church, and in the community. Hear this panel of women at our BC Con describe details that will have your head shaking in disbelief. How was it so easy for these women and their husbands to be deceived into being a part of such an unhealthy culture. Matt, Toby, and Joey discuss the epidemic of deconstructing vocational church employees who are becoming increasingly uncomfortable in their roles, due to their changing beliefs. 

 

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In order to stop the ugly generational cycle of incarceration, Cyril serves families by trying to help restore relationships between kids and their incarcerated parents. He's making quite an impact and you may need to grab quite a few tissues for this one. Matt, Toby, and Joey reflect on the conference and what it means to BadChristian. Joey and Toby reflect on how their decade old plans of potentially starting a church. Turns out it's a lot different than what they had imagined.

 

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The BadChristian Conference this past weekend was a great success! We're sharing one of the panels from the weekend with you all called "The Gospel, Victimhood, and the Marginalized" with Jonathan Merritt, Derek Minor, Candice from Free Sex, and her awesome friend Nicole. To preface, TJ from As Cities Burn hopped on to take Joey's spot as a break from the current Emery and ACB tour.

 

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He may look and sound like a Baptist preacher, but Pastor Queen isn't convinced in Jesus' divinity, doesn't believe Jesus "had to" die in order for man to be saved, thinks there's other ways of finding God (outside of Jesus) and yet is a Baptist minister. We also talk discipleship in the context of this post-modern Christian culture that is rapidly growing. 

 

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Matt and Toby are having a bad day and due to their "made up professions," don't feel like grownups yet. Joey is reading Rob Bell heresy and in this current time of immense rethinking among Matt, Toby, and Joey, a passage in Bell's newest book sparks a conversation on what the hell we are supposed to be doing with the Bible.

 

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Jaclyn in zealous to see everyone liberated from sexual limitations; orgies, open marriages, anything goes as long as it includes mutual respect. She's insightful and subversive to America's common approach towards sexual morals. Matt and Jaclyn disagree about the premise of the Aziz Ansari allegations and how they should be treated. Is the tide changing on how we view sex?

 

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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.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:50pm PDT

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 asses.

 

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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 rejection of many doctrines that most evangelical churches would deem essential.

 

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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 BadChristianCon.com. Lastly, Matt has a whopper, something along the lines of kids never having to be thankful for their parents?

 

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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.

 

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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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Author of "The Myth of a Christian Nation" and founder of ReKnew.org 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.

 

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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 have invited people from both sides of the argument to see if the vitriol is real, or just something that happens when we are behind our keyboards.   
 
The guests today are BC Club members Adrian and Tierney, who were defending BC and also Stacey Midge who was a vocal opponent to BC's platform.

 

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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 Cities Burn, and more, and parities, semi-formal winter ball, panels, learning sessions, and lots of fun.

 

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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

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:35pm PDT

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?

 

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Toby's thoughts on psychics and their manipulation tactics ruffles Joey's feathers when he tried to extent the criticism to pastors. Matt makes a case for needing colorful characters in the world through an example of a keyed up hockey coach.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:19pm PDT

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.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 1:52pm PDT

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."

 

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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 #EmptyThePews. He is a compelling voice for evangelicalism to pack its bag and go the hell back to where it came from. Matt’s eccentric personality is reflected in his parenting as he shares a story on his refusal to allow his daughter to comply.

 

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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.

 

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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 current depressive state.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm PDT

Making what you believe clear is something that you'd think all churches would like, but apparently George Mekhail's "Church Clarity" project has stirred up some unrest among churches since they score a church's transparency on where they stand with LGBTQ issues. Joey claims the hashtag #thatsnotme after coming out as no longer Evangelical.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:18pm PDT

Shame, pain, and humiliation shouldn’t be words commonly used by women to describe sexual encounters. Teen girls shouldn’t feel obligated to return the favor by sexually fulfilling boys who take them out on a fun date.  Labiaplasties (surgery of trimming the labia) shouldn’t be on the rise, but even that sex education class in middle school discusses “ejaculation and orgasms” for guys, but “risk and danger” for the ladies.  Young girls are being cultured to forfeit pleasure, freedom, and confidence in the bedroom.  Peggy Orenstein is trying to change these cultural attitudes towards, practices and expectations for women and sex.

 

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Matt’s logical brain was discombobulated by a synergistic experience he had this weekend at a Kings Kaleidoscope show which made him realize there might be more to this human experience than can be emulated by AI despite having tried VR for the first time just two days prior. Toby takes Matt’s explanation of reality farther than most would, but reveals the inevitable generational gap where “back in the day” will mean when physical vacations and relationships were primary over VR and pod life.

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm PDT

Despite his conservative upbringing, Brandan Robertson’s first book deal was canceled due to him being vocal about affirming LGBTQ after studying the topic intensively for two years. He eventually came out as bisexual himself, and has become an influential writer for TIME Magazine, Huffington Post, NBC, as well as the author of multiple books on sexuality. Also on this episode, we talk Harvey Weinstein, sexual favors for gain, and Matt’s theory on a future “celebrity death boom.”

 

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:53pm PDT

Toxic masculinity, good and healthy masculinity, men and women's ministries; do we pigeonhole folks to a certain brand of masculinity and femininity? Can this be harmful? One thing is for sure, thinking through all of this is much more complex than we give it credit for. Toby ends things with a “things that make me mad list,” including his laments on not being able to let out “sad farts."

 

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There's no need to go to the Bible for an explanation on fossil records or insight on cancer research. It's equally pointless turning to science for data on how to solve your moral dilemmas. Jim Stump, Senior Editor at Biologos and author of "Science and Christianity: An Introduction to the Issues," invites the church to see the harmony between science and biblical faith as he and his organization present an evolutionary understanding of God’s creation. Matt, Toby, and Joey discuss Cam Newton’s (QB, Carolina Panthers) sexist remarks to a female reporter, and Matt explains his unique theory on the real problem behind mass shootings; and it has nothing to do with guns.

 

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With the shooting in Las Vegas, it seemed weird to be “business as usual,” advertising products, laughing, cutting jokes, but isn’t laughing good for the soul? We share some jokes in which we’ve taken things too far, talk about Matt Chandler’s decision to only pastor one church with one location, reflect on Trump’s presidency in times like these and brag on (once again) Seacoast Church.

 

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There’s a lot of movement in Christianity and it's not always movement away from belief in Jesus, but rather the extraneous practices, beliefs and approaches to life that over time have become synonymous with Christianity. Maybe those Christians who stand up and say "Not anymore! We won’t be known for this!" are post-Christians? We also discover the apple not falling far from the tree in the Svendsen household: Joey’s son has a penis marveling moment, and his daughter feels unreal guilt. Plus The Damn News is back with a story about a generous hero of ours and MALE sex robots.

 

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Chris Date of the Rethinking Hell Podcast is a very conservative Christian who's a masterful debater and theologian making such a convincing case against the traditional view of hell (in which people are eternally and consciously tormented) that even Joey's starting to believe him. As a biblical inerrantist, he claims the bible teaches annihilationism. In other talk, Matt, Toby, and Joey discuss the senselessness of all the NFL kneeling, non-kneeling, stay in the locker room, link arms hoop-lah.

 

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There’s a bible secreting oil, which you can access for free to receive healing, and Joey was offered some. Do some people have an anointing or are they just good at what they do? On tour last week, Toby, Matt, and the rest of the Emery clan took a stab at stand-up comedy, and Toby objectified women in Buc-ee's on his way to the True Man Experience, where he talks to men about masculinity.

 

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As Cities Burn and Jonezetta's artist manager Ryan Rado gets real about Tourette's. It may have been awkward for him to uncontrollably shout "God Damn!" to an audience at a Christian music festival; and flipping people off uncontrollably does indeed put some one in a certain box, but Ryan, who still struggles with this disorder, has come out on top. Hear about his relationship with Jesus, his assessment on logic and self-analysis being equally important as compassion and empathy, and his newly found passion for painting.

  

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God’s omniscience and omnipotence are such common doctrines, we forget there are sincere Christians who don't believe in either. Open theology teaches that true human freewill and God’s foreknowledge of the future is incompatible. Thomas Oord, leading theologian in this doctrine, explains the peace he has knowing that evil exists because God can’t stop it.  We also listen to and dissect Joel Osteen's response to the whole "our doors were closed until you asked us to open them" fiasco.  

 

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