The BadChristian Podcast (general)

Co-host of the Phil Vischer (VeggieTales creator) Podcast and author of multiple books including newest, “What's Wrong With Religion: 9 Things No One Told You About Faith,”  Skye Jethani talks the ABC’s of mega-church culture (attendance, buildings, and cash), and how “being relevant” isn’t bidding well for this brand of Christianity.  He also recounts some fun stories including blasting a bunch of pastors at a conference he was asked to speak. In BadChristian world, Toby is overly concerned and inquisitive about ticks and Joey shares anxiety that he experiences during BadChristian interviews. 

 

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Given the numerous times mega-church Elevation (Charlotte, NC) has made headlines in recent years, this church and its gifted celebrity pastor, Steven Furtick, has often been a topic of conversation on this podcast.  On this episode, we brought on a former super-volunteer and intern from the church and discussed some of the oddities behind the scenes there.  Matt is also worried about the current state of our country and world, Toby made a video to his future hit worship song (Hillsong, beware), and a Packer fan takes his wife’s last name because her last name is “Packer.”

 

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Luke Welchel, co-founder of AudioFeed Festival joins to discuss the mixed lineup. As he says, “If we want non-Christians to come to the festival, why wouldn’t we let them play it?” Joey’s senile grandma is stealing from other nursing home residents, and Toby wants to rename female genitalia.  

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Jordan Harbinger, host of The Art of Charm podcast, which has 3 million monthly listeners, joins to discuss the alt-right and how we should think about and treat internet trolls like toddlers. Matt, Toby, and Joey praise the Southern Baptist Convention for officially condemning the alt-right movement. Plus, Joey has an embarrassing parenting moment, and Toby brings some new truth to an old story.

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Sex is either treated as overly-sacred or overly-vile.  This influences how parents manage nudity in their household amongst family members and how “private parts” are treated and discussed.  Would society benefit from everyone just chilling out a bit?  If nudity wasn’t so taboo, would people’s sexuality benefit? In other topics, is it weird that God would just beat the hell out of someone for not listening to Him and Muslim salvation tracks vs. Christian salvation tracks.  Don’t forget the Damn News!  Is it fair for a transgender male athlete to label himself female and compete in females athletic events?  

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Which may mean we don't believe what we think?  Matt doesn’t think he really believes a lot of what he intellectually accepts as true. Oh, and he doesn’t think you do either...about abortion, hell and gay people. Matt also makes some bold statements concerning parents of LGBTQ people.  Joey and Toby are present too, don’t worry.  Lastly, Emery has the “bus blues.”  Are we witnessing the end of Emery?   

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Does Joey have too lofty of expectations with his marriage?  Especially given he’s been depressed lately.  I mean, how long can his wife survive that sad stuff?  Toby cried himself to sleep a few times lately due to struggles in his marriage and Matt claims most guys wouldn’t have stayed married to his wife as long as he has but also calls his wife a treasure.  Lastly, Joey teaches his mom that that “Prayer of Jabez Book” is a fraud.

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As a society, we have serious problems with being too serious.  We disagree with people but we want to destroy them as well?  It’s crazy.   It’s getting out of hand when one person’s life and legacy can be defined by 140 characters.  Also, Joey steals from a restaurant.

 

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Toby thinks worship music deals too often with pain and struggle, especially when the song-writer lives in a first world country, plays the music with expensive instruments and state of the art equipment.  I mean, how bad can things be, right?  Joey sheds some different light on this observation.  In addition, Matt, Toby and Joey discuss patriotism, constipation and "Things that Make Toby Angry."  Lastly, our guest Bradley Hathaway discusses his new album "Flesh Eater" and its unorthodox, risky and potentially seen as risque' expression of sexuality. 

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George Mekhail, gay affirming Pastor, wrote a letter to mega church Pastor Judah Smith, (City Church, Seattle) asking for clarification on his ambiguous statement about church inclusion during a sermon.  "Is City Church gay-affirming" George writes Judah Smith. "Will City Church affirm, baptize and marry gay people?"  No answer after a few months. During this episode, George Mekhail highlights the importance of churches being clear on where they stand with gay inclusion, while Matt, Toby and Joey take this episode to try and practice that same level of clarity.

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