Tag: United States

Another Shooting

A snarky talk about guns in America

Another mass shooting, another day in America. This is becoming all too common. The shooting in Parkland, Florida is just a symptom of a larger problem plaguing America. This week we’ll talk about the tone-deaf response from many Christians and the NRA funded enablers in Congress. This isn’t the world our children deserve, but unless we make a change, it’s the one they will inherit. We mourn the losses, but also look for a way to change the pattern. As Christians, we should seek tangible and coherent answers to gun violence. We can’t let the lure of American Christianity inform our perspective. Jesus calls us to non-violence and that must be the only way.

We also catch up with documentarian Christopher Maloney and talk about his film In God We Trump that premiers at the Big Sky film festival this past week. Chris journeyed across the country interviewing people about the Trump’s evangelical backed win. His insights informed this relevant documentary that’s a look at how evangelical Christianity brought us to the breaking point in America.

If you’re interested in hosting a screening of the film, you can sign up at www.InGodWeTrumpFilm.com.

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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!

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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.

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Secrets: An Interview with Author Kris Lowen

a snarky interview with author Kris Lowen about his upcoming book

Secrets have great power over us.  We’ve seen the damage that happens when they remain in the dark. Sometimes revealing them can be liberating. Other times, they can take you down. They either hold you back or launch you forward. On the show, we sit down with Kris Lowen the author of the upcoming book, Hidden: a book about secrets.  Kris is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to launch his new book. Kris is an avid blogger, speaker and serves as a pastor for Walla Walla University Church. Join us for an intimate conversation about the things we try to hide and a different way to live.

If you’re interested in supporting this book launch, you can find out more information at: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1704908600/hidden-a-book-about-secrets

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Fun with Authoritarianism

a snarky take on Christian power structures

Who doesn’t love a good dose of authoritarianism? We’ve seen Trump’s desire to rule without boundaries. We’ve seen it in Jerry Falwell Jr. and other Christian leaders exercise it. No one seems to like the idea of authoritarianism, but Christians continue to accept and embrace it in the local church. The church was never meant to be an exclusive club ruled by an iron fist and a Bible. It was also never meant to be run by tyrants called pastors, yet it happens every day from a majority of clergy in America. Do we have to stand for this? No. Let’s talk about how this happens and how to move past these little men that are drunk on imaginary power. It’s not the way the church was meant to be run or practiced.

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The Evangelical Toilet

a snarky take on the demise of evangelicalism

Evangelical voters rejoiced when their Orange Messiah was elected. They continue to speak of his greatness in making America great again. All of this alining of faith and politics in a move for power has come at a cost. What does the future of the evangelical church look like? In this power grab, leaders have lost sight of their biblical mission and even more importantly, their congregations. Church attendance is declining during the Trump administration. A price must be paid, but will the evangelicals even care. They’re playing the short game, but the long game is leading them towards their own demise. Is it too soon to say that evangelicalism has officially gone down the toilet?

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Weinstein, Trump and Church Abuse

A snarky take on abuse of power

Absolute power corrupts absolutely. With the firestorm that has come out against a sexual predator, Harvey Weinstein, we take a look at how he’s no different than our commander and chief. Both are powerful men who abuse women. Is this any different in the church? Nope. Power corrupts here as well. With pastors acting as presidents overs their congregations, how can the church change to make sure the power plays and abuse don’t happen anymore? Tune in to find out more.

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Trump, NFL and Jesus

A snarky take on protesting

A rundown of Trump’s assault on the NFL and how that factors into American Christianity. Do we worship Jesus or worship the flag? Let’s pick apart the delusional nature of patriotism and how it damages faith. They don’t mix. They never mix. And when this happens you begin to see how and why American Christianity has lost its way. What do we do about it? Is there a way out of this insanity. Join us and find out.

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Thank You Jesus?

A snarky take on Christian advertising

A rundown of those cheesy, yellow, “Thank you Jesus” signs that you’re seeing in people’s yards around the country. What does it mean? Why do they exist? If you know the show, you’re certainly in a snarky ride to tear down this innocuous movement to spread Jesus through yard signs. I’d rather have a Jesus Yard Gnome. Join us for this look into how Christians would rather bumper sticker their faith instead of actually living it out.

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How to Talk to People

A snarky take on Christian communication

In the wake of all of this religious division and Christian insanity – or Christinsanity (stop trying to make fetch happen!), I had a listener ask for advice on how to talk with people that didn’t believe the same way they did. Let’s talk about how to talk with people who don’t believe like you. If we can see the common humanity in the ‘other’ we can walk out our faith in a meaningful way. Being hateful and angry is so 2016. So how do you evangelize the right-leaning conservative Christian? Join us to find out how to talk to people.

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