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Join VeggieTales and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and co-host Skye Jethani (author, speaker, pastor) for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly post-Christian culture.

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Join VeggieTales and What's in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer and co-host Skye Jethani (author, speaker, pastor) for a fast-paced and often funny conversation about pop culture, media, theology, and the fun, fun, fun of living a thoughtful Christian life in an increasingly post-Christian culture.

    Episode 485: The Biblical Case for Redemptive Privilege with Dominique DuBois Gilliard

    Episode 485: The Biblical Case for Redemptive Privilege with Dominique DuBois Gilliard

    Today, privilege has become a dirty word that is automatically associated with sinfulness, but Dominique Gilliard, author of “Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege,” says it doesn’t have to be. He explores the many biblical characters who used their privilege redemptively rather than selfishly, and challenges us to rethink our assumptions about who is really privileged in our society. 
    Also this week, a new study reveals how our preferred news source shapes our political and cultural beliefs—especially for those on the more conservative end of the spectrum. As the Supreme Court hears arguments about Mississippi’s new abortion law, Tish Harrison Warren says we need to rethink our definition of feminism to include women who are pro-life. Plus, Phil goes to an indoor waterpark, and the Japanese have an innovative new energy source.
    News Segment:
    0:00 - Intro/Thanksgiving highlights
    12:41 - News of the Butt
    20:50 - PRRI media study
    https://www.prri.org/spotlight/why-we-divide-republicans-by-media-trust-the-oan-newsmax-effect/
    36:29 - Feminism and pro-life
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/28/opinion/feminism-abortion-pro-life.html
    50:11 - MyPillow ads
    52:17 - Holy Post merch
    https://www.holypost.com/shop
    Interview with Dominique DuBois Gilliard:
    “Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege” - https://amzn.to/3Dm9igF
    53:32 - Introduction
    57:31 - Defining privilege
    1:04:45 - How stories in Scripture help us
    1:08:20 - Accountability in leveraging privilege
    1:21:08 - Interpreting the rich young ruler
    1:26:49 - Fruit in ongoing repentance
    Other resources mentioned:
    “Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice That Restores” - https://amzn.to/3E9n8nK
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    • 1 hr 35 min
    French Friday - "Nerdfest 2021"

    French Friday - "Nerdfest 2021"

    French Friday leaves the world of politics and theology behind to join David French and fellow nerd Skye Jethani for a journey through the pop-culture countryside of geekdom in a special episode. They begin with a breakdown of Dune, the film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel. Was it too faithful to the book? The dorky duo then debate why the Disney-era Star Wars sequel trilogy was a failure, but The Mandalorian series works brilliantly. They discuss the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and whether the future of the MCU is doomed. Then things heat up when French and Jethani cross streams as French argues that DC’s recent movies—including Justice League—are masterpieces, and Jethani disagrees. Which nerd will triumph? Listen to find out.
    PATREON BONUS: https://www.patreon.com/posts/58871092
    0:00 Intro
    1:21 Dune
    12:54 Star Wars
    28:32 Marvel
    43:17 DC

    • 52 min
    Episode 484: Why to Leave Evangelicalism & How to Stay with Dan Stringer

    Episode 484: Why to Leave Evangelicalism & How to Stay with Dan Stringer

    In case you haven’t noticed, the evangelical movement in America is a mess. Some say we should let it all burn down. Others fiercely defend the historic and theological richness of the tradition. Dan Stringer says there’s a third option that is honest about evangelicalism’s failures, while also valuing its strengths. Kaitlyn interviews Stringer about his new book “Struggling with Evangelicalism: Why I Want to Leave and What It Takes to Stay.”
     Also this week, former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn says the U.S. should only allow one religion. Skye explains why the Pilgrims did not come to America for religious freedom, and Christian explores healthy and toxic patriotism. Then, what should we conclude from the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict? Plus, orcas are attacking yachts and Phil celebrates World Toilet Day.
    Thanks to the Grow Center for sponsoring this episode. More information about The Ray Bakke Certificate of Biblical and Entrepreneurial Thinking is available here: https://www.thegrowcenter.com
    News Segment
    0:00 - Intro
    04:07 - World Toilet Day12:28 Animal News: Orcas attacking yachts
    https://www.yachtingworld.com/cruising/orca-attacks-rudder-losses-and-damage-as-incidents-escalate-133968
    18:43 - Michael Flynn says U.S. should mandate one religion
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/columnists/2021/11/20/michael-flynn-john-hagee-ed-stetzer-one-religion/8649034002/?gnt-cfr=1
    42:45 - Kyle Rittenhouse verdict
    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2021/11/kyle-rittenhouse-right-self-defense-role-model/620715/https://robertpjones.substack.com/p/free-as-f-kyle-rittenhouse-whiteness
    Interview w/ Dan Stringer “Struggling with Evangelicalism: Why I Want to Leave and What It Takes to Stay” - https://amzn.to/3FIPkyc
    54:43 - Interview Start & Guest Background
    59:55 - Shifting perspective on evangelicalism
    01:04:13 - Importance of remembering our history/tradition
    01:12:46 - Communal repentance
    https://urbana.org/message/litany
    01:16:46 - Learning from each other
    01:22:37 - Is this the moment for renewal?
    01:27:06 - What next? Responding after pain
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Holy Post Episode 483: Faith, Science, and the Covid Vaccines with Francis Collins

    Holy Post Episode 483: Faith, Science, and the Covid Vaccines with Francis Collins

    Are faith and science irreconcilable belief systems? Not according to Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health and founder of BioLogos. He talks with Phil about his journey from atheism to faith, his role in overseeing the country’s response to Covid-19, and why America’s culture war is literally killing people. Collins also explains why the Covid vaccines are safe and should be embraced by Christians as an answer to prayer.
    Then, The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s attack on a small Texas church backfires, leading to a conversation about God and gendered language. The editor of World Magazine leaves in protest as yet another evangelical institution takes a sharp turn to the right. Are we witnessing the final fury of a dying religious right? Plus, Phil was unknowingly on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. And, a meaningless archeological discovery in Michigan.
    News Segment:

    November livestream details [3:41]
    http://patreon.com/holypost
    Archaeological discovery in Michigan [5:21]
    https://www.espn.com/espn/story/_/id/32486160/the-remarkable-story-man-found-162-bowling-balls-house
    Phil on the Late Show [12:24]

    Beth Allison Barr and our language for God [14:04]

    “The Making of Biblical Womanhood” - https://amzn.to/3oSOVm3
    https://www.holypost.com/post/episode-457-paul-power-patriarchy-with-beth-allison-barr
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/how-gods-pronouns-and-the-cbmw-might-save-beth-allison-barrs-church/2021/11/11/07320aae-4337-11ec-9404-50a28a88b9cd_story.html

    Marvin Olasky and the struggle between evangelicals and fundamentalists [28:52] https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/14/business/world-magazine-marvin-olasky-trump.html
    https://twitter.com/drantbradley/status/1460273263590916099

    Interview with Francis Collins:

    Interview Start [49:28]
    “Language of God” book [52:20]
    https://amzn.to/3qGHG2P
    Response to objections after NIH nomination [55:19]

    Science and faith conflicts [57:20]

    COVID-19 responses and vaccines [1:00:05]

    Legacy as a visible scientist of faith [1:07:23]

    Culture wars and the pandemic [1:15:21]

    Other resources mentioned:

    Biologos: https://biologos.org
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 482: Truth, Lies, and Spiritual Imagination with John Mark Comer

    Episode 482: Truth, Lies, and Spiritual Imagination with John Mark Comer

    Why do we expect the Christian life to be easy when the Bible clearly says it will be a struggle? Starting with the wrong expectation, says John Mark Comer, makes us spiritually neurotic and causes more suffering than necessary. He talks with Skye about his new book, “Live No Lies,” why spiritual warfare isn’t what you’ve been taught, why information alone doesn’t change us, and what it means to really be people committed to the truth.
    Also this week, artificial intelligence is now offering very questionable ethical advice. Phil wonders what it means for self-driving cars. Two seminaries are suing the government over the Covid vaccine mandate, but is it really a question of religious liberty? New data says white evangelicals are those most likely to use violence to defend America, and those most likely to reject America’s founding ideal of pluralism. Does anyone else see a contradiction? Plus, skull-crushing wombat bums.
    News Segment:
    Deadly wombat butts [5:14]
    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/04/wombats-deadly-bums-how-they-use-their-skull-crushing-rumps-to-fight-play-and-flirt
    Ethical AI trained on Reddit [13:57]
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/v7dg8m/ethical-ai-trained-on-reddit-posts-said-genocide-is-okay-if-it-makes-people-happy
    “Drive Recklessly” short film - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S75Rfva9O8
    Two evangelical seminaries sue to block vaccine mandates [27:32]

    https://religionnews.com/2021/11/05/two-prominent-evangelical-seminaries-sue-to-block-vaccine-mandates-southern-baptist-seminary-asbury/
    Study: Most white evangelicals don’t want to live in a religiously diverse country [38:06]https://religionnews.com/2021/11/01/study-most-white-evangelicals-dont-want-to-live-in-a-religiously-diverse-country/
    Holy Post Updates [48:40]
    Interview with John Mark Comer:“Live No Lies: Recognize and Resist the Three Enemies That Sabotage Your Peace”- https://amzn.to/3oh724y
    PATREON BONUS: https://www.patreon.com/posts/58518164/
    Interview Start [51:05]

    Spiritual warfare and the spirituality of struggle [53:14]

    Truth and lies; desert fathers and mothers [1:00:09]

    Information alone vs. embodied spiritual formation [1:05:41]

    Mental maps and spiritual imagination [1:13:36]

    Conservative and progressive fundamentalism [1:24:14]
    Other books mentioned:
    “Water from a Deep Well” by Gerald L. Sittser - https://amzn.to/3kpBMPJ
    “The Road Less Traveled” by M. Scott Peck - https://amzn.to/3D5t4h4
    “Where the Light Fell” by Philip Yancey - https://amzn.to/3mZAzjS
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 481: Admitting the Skeletons in Christianity’s Closet with John Dickson

    Episode 481: Admitting the Skeletons in Christianity’s Closet with John Dickson

    What is Christianity’s contribution to history and has it been positive or negative? John Dickson says Christians should obey Jesus’ command to remove the plank from our own eye and admit the many ugly truths about church history. Only then will we be able to see clearly the parts of church history that conform to the way of Jesus. Skye talks to Dickson about his new book, “Bullies & Saints: An Honest Look at the Good and Evil of Christian History.”
    Also this week, a conspiracy filled speech by the actor who played Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ” has gone viral. Why are evangelicals more susceptible than others to such nonsense? And was Bonhoeffer right that stupidity is more dangerous than malice? Plus, why does the Bible forbid witchcraft? (Hint: it has nothing to do with patriarchy.) And, PETA is trying to change our language to protect the feelings of cows and chickens
    News Segment:
    Celebrating Halloween? [3:32]
    PETA urges MLB to change ‘bullpen’ term [8:10
    ]https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/white-sox/peta-urges-mlb-change-bullpen-term-over-insensitivity-cows
    ‘Jewitches’ embracing both Judaism and witchcraft [12:20]
    https://religionnews.com/2021/10/25/how-some-jewitches-are-embracing-both-judaism-and-witchcraft/
    Jim Caviezel quoting Bravehart at a QAnon conference [19:25]
    https://www.relevantmagazine.com/current/jim-caviezel-quoting-braveheart-at-a-qanon-conference-is-a-metaphor-for-american-christianity-if-there-ever-was-one-1/
    https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/09/16/1035851/facebook-troll-farms-report-us-2020-election/
    https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8616320-stupidity-is-a-more-dangerous-enemy-of-the-good-than
    https://sproutsschools.com/bonhoeffers-theory-of-stupidity/
    Interview with John Dickson:
    Bullies and Saints: An Honest Look at the Good and Evil of Christian History - https://amzn.to/2ZLgOE4

    Centre for Public Christianity - https://www.publicchristianity.org
    Interview Start [48:06]
    Why church history? [49:31]

    Tribalism and the plank in our own eye [53:05]
    How do we explain Christians doing terrible things throughout history? [58:27]

    How to talk with people about church history [1:13:00]

    Is Christianity really still needed? [1:18:36]

    https://undeceptions.com/podcast/christian-revolution/
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    • 1 hr 23 min

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