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Beauty in the Wreckage: An Interview with Brandon Andress

A snarky take on suffering and shalom

In a world with so much pain, suffering, hostility, stress, and anxiety, how is it possible to experience life to the fullest?

If you read the news headlines or scroll through social media, we’re stuck seeing the worst of humanity on a daily basis. The outlook looks pretty grim, but is there another way?

Joining the show today, is author, Brandon Andress. In his new book, Beauty in the Wreckage: Finding Peace in the Age of Outrage, Brandon sets out to give us a different way to look at things. If he’s right, his message is just what we need right now.

In the book, Brandon makes the surprising discovery that, even in the heartache, the hostility, the division, the violence, and the oppression, experiencing “life to the fullest,” a life of shalom, is not just possible, it can be our present reality. But in order to discover it, we must learn how to see and live differently—moment by moment—for the transformation of our lives, our families, our relationships, and our communities.

Most of us are no stranger to suffering, but it’s how we respond to that suffering that has the chance to change us for the better. Brandon shares personal stores about the transformative nature of suffering and the necessity of finding shalom. It’s a wonderful soulful chat that you won’t want to miss.

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

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Brandon Andress is the author of three books:

Beauty in the Wreckage- Finding Peace in the Age of Outrage (2018)

AND THEN THE END WILL COME! (2013)

UnearthedHow Discovering the Kingdom of God Will Transform the Church and Change the World (2010)

He podcasts at Outside the Walls (Available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Stitcher) and writes for his popular blogs Brandon Andress and A Joyful Procession. Brandon earned his MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University and his BA in Psychology from Hanover College. He loves the outdoors, hiking, camping, and traveling.


Fight the Powers: An Interview with Cody Cook

A snarky take on America as a Christian nation

Sometimes life steers you in interesting directions. Sometimes your path intersects with fascinating people with a unique take on the world. Cody Cook is an author with an intriguing voice. In his new book, Fight the Powers: What the Bible Says About the Relationship Between Spiritual Forces and Human Governments, Cook blends apologetics and biblical theology in regards to how Christians should engage in politics.

Join us for a wild ride as we talk about the problematic nature of blending Christian ethics with political ideology. One side wins and it’s not usually the right one. Fuelled by fear, Evangelicals continue to push the church further down a road of no return.

Why do Evangelicals continue to need to call America a “Christain nation”? What does declaring that over and over mean to them? It’s almost as if it’s a mantra like they are trying to convince themselves that their bad behavior is somehow justified. If God is on their side, then who can oppose them. It’s just another excuse that leads them further and further from a faith that resembles Jesus.

Gain the world, but lose your soul? Join us as we delve into this with Cody Cook. It’s a fun and wild ride so buckle up.

For more on Cody Cook, you can check out his blog posts, podcasts, and other writings at www.cantus-firmus.com.

Click here to find Fight the Powers: What the Bible Says About the Relationship Between Spiritual Forces and Human Governments on Amazon.

 

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

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Eclipse Insanity

A snarky take on the American eclipse

A rundown of the conservative Christian insanity over the eclipse. If natural sights and wonders lead you to condemn others while you profit off your careers you have definitely taken a wrong turn (spiritually). Instead of navel-gazing, we need to see the obvious evil in the world today and seek to find ways to deal with it. Here’s a hint… there’s more evil in the White House, in our churches, and amongst the Trump supporters than there is up in the skies. Stop looking for up for answers and engage well with the problems of today. Hypocrisy may pay the bills for Christian leaders, but it steals your soul and has nothing to do with God’s kingdom.

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Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Racism, Business as Usual and the Church

A snarky take on Charlottesville, VA

White nationalists and counter-protesters gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia. Violence ensued. How should people of faith respond to racism in America? We’ll talk through 10 every way days we allow racism to still happen. We live in a crazy world and sanity, humanity and compassion should drive us forward into the future. Hopefully.

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Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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The Sociopathic Church

A snarky take on the antisocial, personality disorder that plagues the church

A rundown of the sociopathic nature of the American church. Let’s talk about Franklin Graham’s man crush with Putin and the rest of the crazy. The Christian church has lost its way and there’s nothing right with the right. So what should be done now? How do we fix this disorder that plagues faith?

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The Journey In and Out of Faith

A snarky take on the bumpy road of faith.

A rundown of the journey in and out of faith with Max. Max was raised in the Orthodox community of Riverdale in the Bronx. Buckle up as we talk about that tenuous road of faith that is seldom gets talked about. That idyllic path of belief and faith is rarely a simple, straight path. There’s a part of Max’s story that speaks to all of us.

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In God We Trump

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!

Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Music Rewind

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!

Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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How to Fix the Crazy

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.

Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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Easter Doom!

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.

Join us as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.

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