A Broken Hallelujah explores the intersect of faith and suffering, of being truly honest, vulnerable and authentic in the hardest moments of life. Hosted by Andrew Gardener, each episode features a guest who has faced significant challenges and through them has had to wrestle deeply with God. These are conversations on faith for people with a limp.
Ep 5: Jacinta Read - Mental Illness, the Church, & Your True Self
This week we speak to author and illustrator Jacinta Read on the release of her recent memoir "Patchwork Someone". Jacinta talks candidly about her journey with mental illness, the impact on her relationships, the keys to her recovery, and what she has learnt about God and herself in the process. We also speak about the church and its approach to mental health, and how Christian culture can be both a blessing and a curse in this area. Jacinta brings a clarity, intelligence, vulnerability and self-reflection to this conversation, and I am so grateful for her willingness to share on a topic so critical to this time. Allow her story to help you rediscover your true self.
Ep 4: Ken Wytsma - Chronic Pain, Church, Justice
This week I speak to Ken Wytsma, a pastor, author, thought leader, and founder of The Justice Conference, about his recent battle with chronic pain and Crohn's disease. We speak about pain, drugs, missions, the work of justice, as well as his experience as a pastor and leader within the evangelical church tradition. Ken has profound insight into culture, church, and a theology of suffering that I know is going to both encourage and challenge you.
Ep 3: Rene August - Apartheid, Diversity, and Scripture
In this episode I speak to Rene August, a veteran of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and a justice advocate for diversity and inclusion. We discuss what it was like for her to grow up in a culture of apartheid, the negative influence of white euro-centric theology on her context, the dangerous power of image in Empire, and the importance of reading Scripture through diverse lenses. Rene calls us to a fresh approach to reading God's story and through that reframing our pain and injustice in new light.
Ep 2: Micah Bournes - Fighting Evil With Poetry
For our second episode I speak to poet Micah Bournes on social justice, art, creativity and faith. We explore what is has been like for him to grow up as a black man in America, the reality of white privilege and white supremacy, defining success at a personal level, and how art might just be the answer to all that is broken. Micah has recently released a brand new book of poetry called "Here Comes This Dreamer", and we feature a number of his poems throughout the podcast. Micah's art is raw, honest, vulnerable and hard hitting - a voice we all need to hear in this time.
Ep 1: Joshua Wong - Cancer, Creativity, and Hope
In our debut episode I speak to one of my closest friends, Joshua Wong. Joshua is a filmmaker, musician, artist, husband and father who has been in a two year long battle with a rare form of cancer. This interview took place on December 9th while he was in Tijuana Mexico receiving targeted integrative treatment. We speak about faith, cancer, suffering, hope, life, positivity, change and bad advice. Throughout, Joshua offers insights into how God has met him and changed him deeply during his journey. Devastatingly, Joshua died just a few weeks after this recording, on Christmas Day, and so this podcast is dedicated to his memory and the inspirational legacy he leaves behind.