Tag: Religion and Spirituality

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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The Gospel of Grifters

A snarky take on the sanctuaries of sham

Since when did it be okay that the gospel of grace has been replaced by the gospel of grifters. The sacred message of Jesus’ love for mankind has been hijacked by charlatans, con artists, televangelists, and conspiracy prophets. Instead of being driven by love and compassion, the faith is now fueled by greed and lust for power.

Join us as we talk about the rift between the mission of God and the gospel of grifters that currently run the ship.

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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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Church of the Safe Injection

A snarky take on addiction and recovery

Drug-overdose deaths set a record in 2017 with more than 70,000 Americans losing their lives to addiction.

How should people of faith respond to this epidemic?

Thoughts and prayers? Hardly.

Jessie Harvey is the founder of Church of the Safe Injection. It is a coalition of harm-reduction advocates working to distribute thousands of syringes as well as hundreds of doses of naloxone in cities across the country. They create a safe space handing out clean drug-using supplies in areas known for their drug use.

Our society has a ‘get sober or die’ response to addiction with no middle ground on the road towards help and healing. The church in America is no different. Praying the addiction away isn’t the answer. Through the Church of the Safe Injection, Jessie is seeking to create a path towards sobriety and harm reduction. This is the first step.

Join us as we talk about this epidemic and how Church of the Safe Injection is creating a difference within a system that doesn’t want them to exist.

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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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The Naked Pastor

a snarky take on art as activism with The Naked Pastor

“All art is kind of a confession, more or less oblique. All artists, if they are to survive, are forced, at last, to tell the whole story; to vomit the anguish up.”

– James Baldwin

David Hayward is a pastor, artist, and coach. He’s also known as The Naked Pastor; a graffiti artist on the walls of religion. His art has been seen by millions of people and his voice is undeniable.

David was baptized Anglican as a baby, came to faith in a Baptist church when he was a teenager, and changed to Pentecostal in his late teens. Then, he married another Pentecostal named Lisa, was ordained Presbyterian, pastored a Vineyard church, went Independent, and planted other churches before he left the church completely.

Join us as David shares his journey and the wisdom he has found along the way. David’s art continues to speak as a confession to the dystopian landscape that is the American church. He speaks not as an outsider, but one who deeply loves his faith and can’t stand seeing Christ’s ministry hijacked. We’ll talk about leaving the church, art as activism, and finding hope in a crazy world. It’s certain to be a wild ride.

For more from David and his art visit his website: https://nakedpastor.com

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