Both political and Christian culture can often seem quite cynical, can't it? In this episode of That God Show, Benjamin and Matthew talk about the pessimistic narrative we're often sold by political and religious leaders and why it's critically important that we reject this-- instead choosing to embrace optimism.
This week new Pew report data came out that showed Christianity in decline across the board in the United States, and everyone seems to be clamoring to spin it in some way. In this episode of That God Show, BLC and MPT sit down to talk about the decline in Christianity, and how instead of seeking to "win converts" we can simply return to our calling to be "people who fix things."
In an age of Christian division it can be important to remember one of the last things Jesus prayed for before his death: Christian unity. But what is it? Where do we even begin a journey towards greater unity? This episode begins a series on the topic, born out of the winter travels of MPT and BLC where they both realized that it's often hard to dislike someone different than yourself, when you take the time to listen to their story.
If you spend much time on social media or have seen much from Franklin Graham lately, you'd know that he's sorta gone rogue on Facebook. Some of his comments have sparked outrage among religious leaders, and others have left us scratching our heads and asking, "what the heck is up with Franklin Graham?"
With the recent elections in Israel and talk of an arms deal with Iran, folks have been talking once again about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. Many of us grow up with a blindly pro-Israel worldview given to us in fundamentalism where Israel is seen as the oppressed, and the Palestinians are seen as the oppressor... but is that true? To explore this issue, BLC sits down with an American missionary in Palestine to tell us about her 11 years living among the Palestinians and living under a military occupation.
In EP22, BLC and MPT sit down to discuss the exasperating issue of religious freedom laws and our refusal to bake those wedding cakes.
In this long overdue episode of That God Show, BLC sits down with friend and author Christian Piatt to wrestle with the question: "What does following Jesus look like?" Hear from Christian regarding his one year "My Jesus" project- including both insights he's discovering, and challenges he's facing, as he spends each month following a different aspect of the example of Jesus.
Once again, BLC and MPT come to you live from Armenia. Coming off some moving experiences witnessing the work being done by World Vision in this part of the world, join us in an exploration of what it means to discover our place in God's grand story of reconciliation.
This is a very special episode of That God Show, as for the first time BLC and MPT record the show while sitting in the same room! Join us for a discussion of why we're in Armenia with World Vision, things we're experiencing in the field, and discover the genocide of 1.5 million people that doesn't get discussed often.
Does progressive Christianity suffer from its own form of fundamentalism? In this week's episode, BLC and MPT sit down to talk about the "carryover" behaviors that tend to follow us out of fundamentalism-- traits that tend to rear their ugly head in whatever new thing we move into. However, if we can develop self awareness around these carryovers, there's hope to move on and return to the mission of building something beautiful.