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For those heading out of or wandering into the Church, we’re here for you. We host conversations not often talked about but universally experienced by the spiritually curious and/or restless.

Hosted by Dan Prevette, a storytelling barkeep, & Colton Simmons, a recovering seminary grad.

The Back Pew Dan Prevette & Colton Simmons

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For those heading out of or wandering into the Church, we’re here for you. We host conversations not often talked about but universally experienced by the spiritually curious and/or restless.

Hosted by Dan Prevette, a storytelling barkeep, & Colton Simmons, a recovering seminary grad.

    The Jewish Tradition of Wrestling and Wandering w/ Sean Thibault

    The Jewish Tradition of Wrestling and Wandering w/ Sean Thibault

    Shalom Backsliders! This week, the boys kick it old school and get a lesson in their biblical roots with good friend and hilarious Jewish practitioner, Sean Thibault! Sean and the Gentiles talk about the importance of interpretation, what to make of our dude JC, and the possibility God may be asking to be ignored! Has Colton become too open-minded? Is Dan going straight to Hell?! This week, every topic is kosher, on The Back Pew! 

    • 57 min
    A Modern Muslim’s Spiritual Wilderness

    A Modern Muslim’s Spiritual Wilderness

    As-salāmu ʿalaykum, Back-Sliders! This week, the guys sit down for a great chat with Sarah, a bright, curious, educated young woman, who sounds like  your ordinary Southern California 20-year-old. Except for the fact she's about to run away from her Syrian, Muslim parents and their tight knit religious community. They discuss growing up in the faith, the links between culture and religion, and the taboo of asking hard questions. What do we mean when we say, “God is love?” Can belief evolve with a young person as they grow? Can the guys recover when Sarah is too young to remember one of the greatest boy bands of all time? This week, more unites than divides, on The Back Pew!

    • 59 min
    Intermission Part II: Pastor's Awkward Conclusion to Christmas Eve Sermon

    Intermission Part II: Pastor's Awkward Conclusion to Christmas Eve Sermon

    Pastor Jeffrey Draine is back at it again!
    Trying to the land the plane as best he can, Pastor Draine hits some turbulence on the way down in this bumpy conclusion to the big Christmas Eve sermon. How do you make enough contemporary references to let people know they're always welcome here?
    The answer - Kenny G.
    Let's wrap up this season three intermission with some closing thoughts parishioners!

    • 5 min
    Intermission Part I: Worship Leader Attempts Spontaneous Worship for the First Time

    Intermission Part I: Worship Leader Attempts Spontaneous Worship for the First Time

    Season three of The Back Pew breaks for intermission as Worship Leader Jeffrey Draine leads us through his first attempt at spontaneous worship. #WWJD #SoulDraine #PraiseBe

    • 6 min
    Pancreatic Cancer & Medicinal Faith w. Ryan Ditty

    Pancreatic Cancer & Medicinal Faith w. Ryan Ditty

    The fellas sit down for a heart-to-heart with a devoted and inspiring man of faith, Ryan Ditty. They discuss the realities of fighting stage 4 pancreatic cancer, the perils of a bad HMO, accepting miraculous generosity, and other "ethereal" topics like true love & eternity.  Is there scientific proof that faith can heal our bodies? How should one update social media in the face of the worst? And does your geography really determine your destiny? The guys are honored to have a deep talk about running on faith when luck runs out, this week on The Back Pew.

    • 1 hr
    Generous Atheism & Magical Brains w. Travis Sentell

    Generous Atheism & Magical Brains w. Travis Sentell

    The Fellas welcome magician, writer, and benevolent non-believer Travis Sentell to The Back Pew! They discuss being a gracious atheist, respecting faiths you don’t hold, and the cold, hard psychology behind catching the Holy Ghost! Will Dan determine his spiritual life has just been a result of his neurobiology?  Will Colton get Travis to reveal magic secrets?  Black swans, brain science, and the observable world in between, all in this week's epsidoe of the Back Pew!

    • 59 min

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