As 2016 moves towards it’s end, we’re giving you the best of Snarky Faith this past year in a rewind episode…
A rundown of the process of sainthood. With Mother Teresa set to be canonized, we talk through the steps of how to become a saint. Also, for kicks we lay out our own snarky path for a particular version sainthood. Are we right on or simply heretics? Tune in to find out.
A rundown of the post-election mess through the lens of teenagers. I (Stuart) attended a recent denominational youth conference with my daughter and experienced a race-related mess that could have been averted. Will Christians ever learn how to do the right thing instead of covering their own asses? Probably not. We’ve also got the second part of the Unchurching interview with the great Richard Jacobson. Join us for the talk about balancing faith in the face of institutional trappings. There’s always hope, but, that’s usually on the path least taken.
An interview and rundown of the new book Unchurching: Christianity without Churchianity with author, Richard Jacobson. Is there hope for Christianity in America? Could there be another way? Join us as we talk with Richard and delve into an alternative path. There’s also some snarky bits on voting! production. Is this a viable third option? Is there another way out of the capitalist system that we find ourselves mired in and yet holds to the principles of faith? Join us as we skewer through life, culture and spirituality.
A rundown of the problem with pastor burnout in the church. On a congregation by congregation basis, this problem can be overlooked. When you begin to look at burnout on a macro level, you begin to see a repeating pattern that goes unnoticed or is too often swept under the rug. Why have churches become burnout factories for clergy? Join us as we look into this epidemic and offer a different way as we skewer through life, culture and spirituality.
A rundown of how and why the church ends up being so darn judgy. Can there be fun with judgement? Probably not, but we’ll do our best to snark it up this topic that has plagued Christianity for years. Why are Christians so judgmental? How did we get here and is there way out of this mess? Come with us as we look for a different way. Join us to hear what Church could look like as we skewer through life, culture and spirituality.
A rundown of how the church in the west is dying. Is it simply that culture is changing and moving away from organized religion or should the church change? Come with us as we delve into the ways the Christian church should return to its roots. Christianity transformed from a movement into an institution as a direct impact of culture and history. With the institution dying, is there hope in transforming it back to its roots as a social and spiritual movement? Join us to hear what that could look like as we skewer through life, culture and spirituality.
A rundown of the Richard Rohr (a Franciscan spiritual teacher) and his alternative orthodoxy. Christian ‘orthodoxy’ may not be what we think it might be. In this discussion, we move beyond the traditional views and delve into the richer and older perspectives that also have a place in the realm of orthodoxy. Join us to hear what that would look like as we skewer through life, culture and spirituality.
A rundown of the ongoing, colossal battle of science vs religion. These two arenas of thought have long been pitted against one another, but does it have to be that way? Instead of taking an ‘either/or approach,’ maybe we should look at this through a lens of ‘and.’ Can science and religion play nice with one another? Could they even potentially make beautiful music together? Join us to hear what that would look like as we skewer through life, culture and spirituality.
A rundown of the nonsensical ways that Jesus is so often inserted into politics. His ways and teachings don’t line up with quests for political power and personal gain. But what if the ideology of Jesus was infused into the political spectrum? What would the politics of Jesus look like? Join us to hear what that would look like as we skewer through life, culture and spirituality.
A rundown of the pitfalls of reading the Bible literally. One-third of Americans, literally, take everything the Bible says at face value. The common phrase, “The Bible says it, I believe it, and that settles it!” only leads to bad scholarship and a warped worldview. Join us as we literally delve into the practice and consequences of reading the Bible literally.