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In God We Trump

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A snarky take on Trumpian Christianity

A rundown of the current level of crazy with conservative Christians in America. We talk through some of the craziest, politically motivated crap from Christians in the news. We also have documentary filmmaker, Christopher Maloney, on the show to talk about his Kickstarter campaign to make a film about the current state of politics in America called In God we Trump. Come along for the ride with us!

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Music Rewind

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A snarky take on musicians

A rewind of old interviews with musicians from the Snarky Faith vaults. Andrew Belle is a prolific American singer-songwriter from Chicago, Illinois. Ben Lee is an international music icon and activist from Australia. Both of these interviews showcase different artistic voices in the musical spectrum. Enjoy the fascinating musicians and their takes on what it looks like to make art!

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How to Fix the Crazy

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A snarky take on Christianity’s Trump problem

A rundown of what you need to do to stay sane in the face of a crazy world. Yes, the world is nuts, our President is crazy, but so is the American Church. Join the conversation about why our Americanized version of advocacy makes no sense. Whether we’re talking about religion or politics, the answer to crazy is finding places where you can invest yourself in places that actually matter. Social media advocacy has no place unless you’re willing to step into the messiness of life. Change only happens when we invest deeply. Anything else is just self-indulgent narcissism. So get off your ass and do something.

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Easter Doom!

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A snarky alternative take on Easter

A rundown of why Easter should be a paradigm for the American Church. Something needs to die so it can be reborn. We are stuck within such an institution of crazy and power grabbing that we’ve fallen miles away from our original mission. We need demolition and death before we can be thrust the church into resurrection. So let’s exit the crazy, hypocritical, greedy, hateful, narcissistic Christianity that has become the norm of the American Church. If Easter tells us anything, we need death to move towards life. So let’s leave behind the crazy of the American church and look towards something new.

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Why Creation Care Matters

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A snarky take on creation care

Why should creation care matter to Christianity? Join us for part two of our talk with activist and author, Matthew Sleeth as we talk about why care for the environment is an essential ethic woven through scripture. Sleeth talks about how engaging in activities from gardening to environmental activism can connect us to the Creator. Creation care is a beautiful spiritual discipline that has long been lost in many Christian circles and one that the religious-right is downright antagonistic against. But there is always hope for renewal.

And there’s always What’s Good // What’s Bad chronicling the interweb’s best and worst along with a little never-ending,  Neverending Story treat (for the children of the 80’s).

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Finding a Silver Lining in the Trump Budget

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A snarky take on Trump’s implosive budget

Is there a silver lining in Trump’s prospective budget? Amongst the proposed fiscal carnage, there may be a slim chance at hope for Christians to recapture their mission. Join us as we delve into how the New Deal changed the American church and led to a loss of identity. We also have part one of an interview with activist and author, Matthew Sleeth.

And there’s always What’s Good // What’s Bad chronicling the interweb’s best and worst.

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TIMS, F*CK the Poor and the Messed Up Way We Selfishly Help

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I love this satire on the way we look at missions and relief work. It’s so easy for us to look at the world through our consumeristic western eyes. Yet, we rarely bother to ask the right questions and simply just assume we have the answers. Asking the right questions typically starts with asking others what they need; not what we think they need. Furthermore, products like Toms are simply more about us than actually doing good in the world. Let me be clear, I’m not ripping on Toms,  but our motivation towards products like Toms. Toms aren’t about giving shoes to the needy. If we’re really honest, it’s about my need for trendy shoes that make me feel socially conscious. If I really cared about giving shoes to the needy, then I should just buy shoes for the needy.

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We live in such a culture of good intentions. What I’ve begun to realize, though, is that there’s a big difference between passion and action. Now onto F*ck the Poor, a campaign run in the UK to create awareness of the poor.

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It’s amazing how shocked, outraged and offended people react. We are uncomfortable with being overtly callous, but when challenged with an opportunity for action we to balk, because it requires something of ourselves. We’re often a callous people, but don’t like to think of ourselves that way. Most people, if asked, would say that they consider themselves to be a ‘good person.’ I live in a town that loves to pride themselves with being socially conscious and enlightened. We love to talk about causes, outrage and injustice, but rarely does it move beyond mere cocktail party conversation. It’s more about social posturing than it is about social justice or change. We’re passionate about being passionate. Talking about things in an ideological sense is easy, but doesn’t translate into action.

Actual change in the world begins when we place our own needs aside, step outside of our comfort zones and willingly get our hands dirty helping others. You don’t have to travel overseas to serve. Just begin to open your eyes to needs of our own community. Simply start there and you’ll be surprised at all the work that needs to be done. Change may begin with you, but it never ends there. It always leads to helping and serving those around you.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
    -Gandhi

What about you? How do you think change is possible?

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