Tag: life

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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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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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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Stretching the Truth

A snarky take on truthiness

“Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they’re sure trying to do so, it’s going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can’t and won’t compromise. I know, I’ve tried to deal with them.”
― Barry Goldwater

Living in an age where we’re being told that truth isn’t the truth. It’s hard to know what’s actually going on when the goalposts are constantly changing. How far can you stretch the truth and still get away with it? Well, if you look at American Christianity, you can stretch it pretty far and no one seems to notice.

Christianity has a big problem with the truth. It’s traded timeless truths for prestige, power, and platform and lost the message of Jesus in the process. We’ve swapped the mission of God for a terrestrial power grab.

When faith becomes obsessed with politics, wealth and influence we’ve certainly lost the plot.

Christians say the word ‘love’ but when they say it, the meaning of the word is lost. The ‘love’ they speak of isn’t the same ‘love’ Jesus talked about. To look at Conservative Christianity, do we see love? The word has become empty and inert.

American Christianity has become a con where it only seems to care about itself. The mandate to love has been lost.

If we’ve lost that message of sacrificial love, then we’ve lost Jesus. We’ve lost his truth. We’ve lost it all.

It’s not too late, but we need to stop buying the lies and remaining silent.

 

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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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My Story

A snarky take on my story.

In times of stress and chaos, we can easily lose ourselves in the onslaught of information and misinformation. It hits us like waves. We’re told how to think. We’re told how to believe. We learn to be reactionary and respond to whatever comes our way. Piece by piece, our humanity slowly strips away. We begin to forget who we are and what we’re made of. We lose the plot of our own stories. It’s in these times that we must remind ourselves of the truth of our own journeys.

Our story matters.

The power of our own stories serves to be a memorial of who we are and where we’ve come from. It’s in these places that we gain perspective to remind us of what is important and what drives us. We return to our own story because it is our own. It tells us who we are, what matters to us, and where to go next.

I’ve had the pleasure and honor of hearing people’s stories in my own life. Through this radio show, I also receive letters from listeners where I hear tales of hope and courage but also of pain and loss. It takes bravery to tell your story. It takes even more to own your story and live it out with intention and purpose.

Today, I’ll share my story (or at least part of it) and how that story led me to start this radio show. It’s not an epic tale of legend, but it’s still mine. There are wonderful parts, but it’s also filled with loss and pain. It makes me who I am. I own it and honor it as I continue to journey forward into an uncertain future. Like your story, mine is still evolving. I’ve personally been on this journey for over forty years. I hope to meet you along the way.

Safe travels.

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Surviving Thanksgiving

A snarky take on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us in America. This day often fills us with thoughts of delicious food, family and friends. From the Macy’s parade to football to the tradition of overindulgence. That’s the kind of empty nostalgia best left to Hallmark cards.

Thanksgiving’s the holiday we just can’t quit.

The reality of Thanksgiving is much different. Thanksgiving Day is ripe for drama and dysfunction. You’ve got your mother drinking too much and “getting honest” with everyone and Grandpa telling his racist jokes as a holiday treat from yesteryear that no one asked for. There’s that needy aunt that needs to know everything about your life… I mean everything.

We’ve all got that uncle that sees conspiracy theories as an opportunities to broaden his horizons. Don’t worry, he’ll fill you in on all his ‘research’ from the past year. Then, there’s that one stinking kid. You know the little idiot wiping his snot everywhere and you just know you’ll be sick by Monday. He’s such a treasure.

Ask yourself this. Why else do people flock to Black Friday sales? You thought it was about great deals and savings, right? It’s really just an excuse for jailbreak and an escape the family dysfunction that is Thanksgiving Day in America.

You’ve got your dysfunctional tribe and I’ve got mine, so today, obviously, we’ll talk about the dangers of living in echo chambers and toxic tribalism. How does this relate to Thanksgiving? This holiday is an opportunity to see a diverse cross-section of needs, ideas, insecurities, and personalities. It’s also a time for you to begin to look at others in different ways, and it’s an opportunity for us to look deeper into our own issues and biases.

With a country that continues to become more fractured and polarized, we must move towards change. It’s easy to call the other side to change, but the real work begins when we start to change ourselves. Thanksgiving is a great opportunity for that.

If all else fails, we’ll also talk through key strategies for surviving Thanksgiving. One way or the other, Snarky Faith has you covered.

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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.

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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.


It’s Time We Had a Family Talk

A snarky take on what to do now

It’s time we had a family talk because things in this world keep getting crazier.

Toxic politics, racism, misogyny, greed, and selfishness are eroding us as a culture. These are a symptom of a greater problem. So, this talk is well overdue. I know that no one really wants to have one, but it is time.

Faith as being exercised or imagined as a political party is no faith at all. American Christianity has lost its way. Politics and preference have become the new compass. Is it even about Jesus anymore? Or is it more about winning. I’m just sick of the whole spectacle and I know I’m not alone.

So, enough with the conspiracy theories, excuses or theological gymnastics. We need to stop and take a hard look at ourselves. Frankly, it’s not Trump. He’s certainly a problem, but he’s not the problem. He’s not the president we wanted, but maybe he’s the one we deserve, America.

Sound harsh? I know it is, but these are those moments when we need to have a sobering look in the mirror and an honest talk.

I’ve gone from being sick and tried to just being tired of all this. It seems like we’ve lost common decency and are moving down the road towards losing our humanity. This rot is rotting us.

So join us this week, as we have a family talk. It’s necessary. Change begins with us. It begins with how we think, respond, love and how we chose to react or not react to the problems we face. This won’t be easy, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. We can be better. We must be better. And at the end of the day, Jesus calls us to be better.

Anyone with me?

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