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The Trump Dump

A snarky take on the problem with saviors
Ordinary people when working together have the power to break the backs of important empires. And the empire, when people are united, is never stronger than the will of the people.
– Ruby Sales

We’re living in a post-Muller report world and it’s a stark reminder that we put too much faith in saviors. Your political persuasion doesn’t matter. Whether we had the hope that Muller would save us from the ongoing Trump dump or if we thought that Trump was the orange messiah to save us from the brink, we were fooling ourselves. When we put hope in false messiahs, we’re abdicating our own role in change. We’re ignoring our own abilities, talents, perspectives, and greatness.

We always seem to be in a search for people that offer us the solutions that lead us towards change. They could be politicians, celebrities, pastors, authors or influencers but they’re all the same. They’re only a distraction and a false hope. When will we wake up and realize this?

If we want real and lasting change, the hard work in making the world a better place is in our hands. To change our communities,  we don’t need messiahs or saviors. We need ordinary people working together for a common cause. The saviors are dangerous when we expect them to fix everything.

Don’t underestimate yourself. Change comes from all of us doing our part to make a difference. Change starts with you.

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Christchurch

A snarky take on mourning amongst the chaos

On Friday, March 15th, 50 people were killed and dozens were injured after a gunman opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attack was the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history.

What do we do when the world is in chaos and things cease to make sense? Violence begets violence and the cycle continues on. So what are we to do? We mourn. We meditate. We contemplate. Then, we take the outrage, pain, and anger and fuel it into change because things must change.

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Project Blitz

a snarky take on Christian nationalists trying to reshape America

Never heard of Project Blitz? Well, you need really to know about this legislative assault pushing hardline Christian conservative values in states across the nation. Do conservative legislators advancing a culturally subversive agenda sound scary? Well, it is. It’s really scary. Like Franklin Graham + 1984 scary.

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Christian Schools

A snarky take on homeschooling’s weird cousin.

Do you ever find yourself wishing your kids could experience the same indoctrination of judgment, intolerance, and misogyny, not just Sundays, but every day of the week?

Do the words secular and education send chills up your spine? Want to hide your children from the real world, hermetically sealed and sheltered in a bubble of fear? Looking to pay loads of money for a subpar education?

Well, then Christian schools may be just for you.

Join us as we talk about why Christian schools shouldn’t make any sense to anyone, even Christians. When education becomes indoctrination, you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

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Deconstruction

A snarky take on tearing it down and building it back up

Deconstruction can be a pastime, heck we do it on this show fairly often. The real work begins once you’ve walked past the wreckage and begin to build something out of the chaos. Brandon Carleton is a pastor from Rock Island, IL who tore it all down but did the hard work of building his faith back up again. Join us today as we talk through what it looks like to deconstruct one’s faith and the long road to build it back again. Brandon has written a new book, Meaningful Again: How one Pastor Questioned Everything & Found Comfort and in Uncertainty. We’ll talk about his journey and why doubt is an essential ingredient in faith.

You can find Brandon’s book here.

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Church Sex Abuse

A snarky take on… on hell, this is just awful.

Sweet Jesus! How the hell has Christianity become something that’s associated with sexual abuse and coverups? It’s easy to throw stones into the glass cathedrals of the Catholic church, but the Southern Baptist Church has its own coverup scandal that equally disgusting. How did the house of God become a place that wasn’t safe anymore? It’s so messed up and won’t change unless we do something about it.

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Christianity Future

A snarky take on the future.

Christianity in America is in a sad state of disrepair. It sits on the side of the road abandoned and broken-down. Taken over by grifters, sleazy politicians, celebrity pastors, and moronic pundits. It’s turned inward when it’s supposed to be outward in focus. Jesus left the building and no one seemed to notice or care. What’s the path forward? Let’s talk about the possible futures of the faith.

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The Other America

A snarky take on the slow path of progress

On April 14, 1967, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King gave his speech at Stanford University entitled, “The Other America.” It’s a call to action that is as relevant today as it was back then. It’s also a stark reminder that we’ve got lots of work left to do.

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Faith Lies

A snarky take on faith

Dr. Darrell Smith is a teacher, writer, and an aspiring integral theologian who has served in the Alamo Heights United Methodist family of churches since 1999. He founded and serves as a director of C3—a non-profit organization committed to conversations and connections that serve people and the common good.

Join us today as Darrell talks about his new book, Faith Lies: 7 Incomplete Ideas That Hijack Faith and How to See Beyond Them. It’s a fascinating look into the lies we believe and how they affect the way our faith grows and progresses. We’ll talk through the importance of wrestling through issues and why dialogue is essential for a healthy community.

Let’s dive beneath the surface of faith as we talk through what matters most and what needs to be dropped in the journey ahead.

You can find out more about Darrell here. 

Faith Lies is available on Amazon. 

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How To Get Involved

a snarky take on getting off your ass and getting involved

The year 2018 will be known as the year of outrage.

It’s been filled with atrocities at home and abroad, protests, scandals, and mass incompetence. With the Trump administration at the wheel, America’s heading off a cliff at full speed.

It’s easy to get caught up in the cloud of outrage. We rage on social media. We rage as we read the news. We rage as we protest. Sometimes, it makes a difference but most often, it doesn’t. It just becomes a cloud of anger.

The problem with this is that outrage is easy. Getting involved is hard work and costs something of us.

Adam McLane is someone who couldn’t take it anymore, so he took his outrage and thrust it into action. Living in San Diego and reading the reports of the migrant caravan approaching the US Southern border, Adam couldn’t stand idly by and do nothing. He decided to get involved and do what he could. What resulted has been an incredible story of what it looks like to turn your outrage into action.

We’ll talk today about what it takes to make that first step towards making a difference. So, let’s get involved!

If 2018 was the year of outrage, let’s make 2019 the year of action.


If you want to help out and donate to Adam’s deliveries to Tijuana, you can click here to buy items for aid via Adam’s Amazon Wish.

By Christmas, about 9,000 people will need shelter at the border. Right now, most people are sleeping on cardboard at a park in a government-run shelter. If you’re interested in donating to Praying Pelican Missions and their work with asylum seekers in Tijuana you can click here.

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