Author: Snarky Faith Radio

Grace is Brave

A snarky talk about grace

This week, we sit down with author, Chris Kratzer. Chris was a pastor for 22 years before he had enough of the hypocrisy and bigotry in the church. He completely walked away from ministry and almost everything Christian, yet he couldn’t shake his love of Jesus. His message of grace may be in line with orthodox Christianity but not so much with evangelicalism. Captured by the pure Gospel of God’s love and compassion, Chris now focuses on communicating the message of wholeness, equality, affirmation, and the beauty of Jesus, particularly as it relates to life, culture, and church. This interview is a wild, snarky, and fun ride that’s fueled by grace and Chris’ unique outlook on life and spirituality. He is an inspiration to all of us who love Jesus but don’t really know what to do with the church anymore. Let us join in on Chris’ assertion that grace is brave. May we all seek to be brave.

You can check out his work here: http://chriskratzer.com. You’ll thank me later.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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When Christians Don’t Think

A snarky take on the imaginary line between faith and science

It’s no surprise that many Conservative Evangelical Christians get labeled as anti-science and anti-thought. They’ve practically given themselves this label as a badge of honor. They reject science as an affront to their own religious beliefs and faith. They’ve learned to not think. Does it have to be that way?

Today we’ll talk about two alarming trends within conservative Christianity: anti-vaccination and anti-climate change. Yes, I know it’s easy to dismiss these both as an anti-intellect problem (and you wouldn’t be wrong), but it’s more insidious than that. It’s frankly rooted in bad theology.

God never called us to be purposefully ignorant, and this self-made line between religion and science was never meant to be there. If we’re made in the image of God, then we should live to be fully human and that includes using our intellect in how we engage the world with both faith and facts.

Join us as we talk about the damages of fearing vaccines and denying climate change. Spoiler alert: God cares about the environment, and Jesus wants you to care for your kids by vaccinating them. Christians, these issues aren’t about faith. They’re about responsibility. Stop using fear and escapism to inform your cheap version of Christianity. Neither of these are God ordained. So think Christians, think!

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Don’t Preach to Me

A snarky take on Christian charlatans

It’s always funny to see how easily faith can become so flexible when it comes to pushing forward a crooked agenda for power. Whether it’s defending your private jets or defending an indefensible President – it’s all sick, blind, twisted and evil. So here’s my new message to these Christian hacks: DON’T PREACH TO ME ANYMORE. You’ve lost all authority and credibility to do that. So just stop.

We’ll also hit on how Satanist use the conservative playbook to defend their own beliefs. What does any of this have to do with Jesus? Short answer: nothing, but this is the first time you’ll see me side with Satanists. Yeah, it’s just that batshit crazy.

American Christianity has moved so far from its roots that it no longer looks like it’s founder. It now has more in common with charlatans and lobbying groups than it does with Jesus Christ. Somethings that are broken and can’t be fixed.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Stormy Christianity

a snarky take on hypocrisy and faith

Let’s talk (again) about American Christian hypocrisy. Yes, I know this is not a new topic for the show, but damn, damn, damn, is it applicable in terms of the religious right defending Trump on his new Stormy Daniels scandal. From the likes of Franklin Graham to James Dobson, it’s an all-out defense of a degenerate and dimwitted President. Why would we see these so-called pillars of conservative Christianity so easily sell out their own faith? Well, it’s all about the pursuit of money, influence, and power. It’s funny how quickly faith leaders are willing to set aside their beliefs and morals in order to get what they want. It’s sad. It’s sick. It’s sinful.

Just like the rest of the religious right, none of this has anything to do with Jesus. It just shows how far Evangelical Christians has moved from their roots. This isn’t about Stormy Daniels, it’s all about Christian hypocrisy. Join us as we poke holes in their agenda in a pursuit of returning to the faith that Jesus intended.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Martin Luther King Jr. & Bonhoeffer

a snarky take on the resistance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

With the rise of authoritarianism, nationalism, xenophobia, and bigotry in America, we are reminded of other similar tumultuous, dark times in recent history. From the systematic extermination of Jews in the holocaust to racial segregation and discrimination of African-Americans, let’s return to the lives and divine works of Detrich Bonhoeffer and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Both men faced great opposition, but both had a deep faith that spurred them to rise up and oppose the evil of their day. In this chaotic and turbulent moment in American history, let their prophetic voices speak the truth, help us to resist, and shine a light into the growing tide of discrimination and bigotry. The Religious Right and their tribe are on the wrong side of history and must be opposed. Christianity also needs to be rescued along with the rest of us from this madness. Wouldn’t it be nice for humanity if history didn’t have to repeat itself? When will we ever learn?

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Bad Education

a snarky take on Betsy Devos

Let’s talk about what happens when you mix the American educational system with a snake oil sales(wo)man with a twisted sense of entitlement and a broken lens of faith. Betsy Devos has proved, thus far, to be a nightmare Secretary of Education. The problem lies in toxic religious ideology and how it frames the way people like Devos view the world. The Religious Right and their hateful emissaries are wreaking havoc on the minorities and discriminated class in the country. When it comes to education, this misguided worldview hits the vulnerable populations of children and young people in America.

Let’s be clear, none of this has to do with Jesus, even though they do enjoy using his name frequently. Christ commanded his followers to care for the marginalized and discriminated in our culture whereas Devos is all about oppressing them. All Americans do not live on a level playing field and these religious fanatics continue to exacerbate it all in the name of Jesus. The problem is this isn’t Christianity. It’s the toxic, self-serving Religious Right that gave us President Trump.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Snarky 2017 Rewind

A snarky recap of the year

We made it. I’ll be honest, I had my doubts. Looks like we finally made it out of 2017. It’s been a rough ride, but we did it! Trump didn’t get the best of us and now we’re awake, aware and ready for what’s next.

Let’s take a little look in the rearview mirror as we rewind through some of the snarkier highlights from this past year that include Trump at Trump Tower and our friend Christopher Maloney’s documentary In God We Trump (www.InGodWeTrumpFilm.com).

I put my hope in better days to come. Let us all move into 2018 with grace and peace. I look forward to more Snarky Faith. Thank you all for making this possible. Cheers to a new year with new possibilities. Enjoy the snarky rewind!

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Returning the Power of Christmas

Returning the Power of Christmas
a snarky take on the holidays

Oh, Christmas. What have you become? We’re told that there’s a war over you. Others claim we can’t be merry with you either. The sad fact of the matter is, you’ve been lost for quite some time. It was never about religious nostalga, black Fridays or a fat guy in a sleigh.

It was supposed to be about the beginning of something new – a different way to engage the world around us; a different way to live. All hope isn’t lost. We just need to return to our roots and pry it from the hands of evangelicalism. From Trump to cosplay cowboy, Roy Moore, Christianity needs a refresher in what it means to follow after Jesus.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world. There’s always hope… actually this whole thing was supposed to be about hope in the first place.

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The Christian Israel Obsession

a snarky take on context

Let’s talk about Christianity’s misguided obsession with the nation-state of Israel. Much of this romantic, idealized crush comes from a very limited reading of scripture. To many conservatives, the idea of using context in the reading of holy texts is an affront to their cultural Christian bias. We can either relish in being uninformed and stay in our own echo chambers of faith or we can look to living out our faith in a new way. This way leads us past the trappings of tradition. It can lead us into a faith that embraces scripture, but also rationality and reason. The journey of faith should also be one of experience that embrace, history, and intelligence.

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Faith and War

a snarky interview with author Logan Issac

Things in life are rarely as simple as black and white. With the Christian faith,  we love to create easy binary viewpoints. It’s either this or that. Things are either good or bad. It’s one of Christianity’s biggest blind spots because life is rarely that simple. Any theology that discounts the nuance of life, is probably bad theology. This week on the show, we have activist Logan Isaac discussing faith and war. Logan is Christian soldier and Iraq veteran who is also an author, advocate, and entrepreneur that seeks to cultivate conversation and community around religion and armed service. Can a Christian be a combatant? Can we live as honest people in the eyes of both God and country? Is there something beyond the binaries we set up between Patriot and Pacifist? Join us as we break down the binaries of these often debated topics when it comes to faith and war.

If you’re interested in finding more out about Logan head on over to his website. 

Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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