15 episodes

A podcast that explores Christian spirituality beyond the walls of institutional religion, for those both inside and outside the church.

Coffeehouse Contemplative Jeff Nelson

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

A podcast that explores Christian spirituality beyond the walls of institutional religion, for those both inside and outside the church.

    Aw Hell, There's More

    Aw Hell, There's More

    If the concept of hell in the Bible isn’t as clear cut as many Christians believe, what do we do with it? Can we, or should we, retain the idea of hell at all? Most importantly, does hell mesh logically with the idea of an all-loving God who shares God’s grace unconditionally? Given how damaging the idea of hell has been for so many Christians and non-Christians, it’s worth spending more time with to consider how worthwhile it really is.

    Romans 5:12-19

    The Divine Comedy

    Episode 6: Palm Sunday

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 27 min
    Aw, Hell.

    Aw, Hell.

    Where did the popular concept of hell as a place of eternal torment come from, and how can we reconcile it with the idea of a God who loves humanity unconditionally? This week begins an exploration of the concept, including a brief treatment of the primary places in scripture on which the idea is based.

    Love Wins by Rob Bell

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 31 min
    A Theology of Star Wars, Part 2

    A Theology of Star Wars, Part 2

    After publishing last week's episode on a theology of Star Wars, I started thinking that I wanted to continue focusing on the subject. There is so much possibility in just how the Jedi and Sith each approach the Force, that I wanted to explore it more. In particular, the Jedi tend to discourage focus on one's emotions, which ends up having devastating consequences. What can we learn from the mistakes of the Jedi to better incorporate emotion into our spiritual experience?

    A Theology of Star Wars

    My books on spirituality and popular culture:

    Wonder and Whiskey: Insights on Faith and the Music of Dave Matthews Band

    The Doctor and the Apostle: Intersections Between Doctor Who and the Letters of Paul

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 31 min
    A Theology of Star Wars

    A Theology of Star Wars

    Star Wars is one of the most beloved and enduring pop culture franchises ever made. And it's worth asking what we might learn from it theologically. One podcast won't be able to do so exhaustively, but we can at least begin to explore the rich possibilities of this series.

    My books on pop culture and theology:

    Wonder and Whiskey: Insights on Faith from the Music of Dave Matthews Band

    The Doctor and the Apostle: Intersections Between Doctor Who and the Letters of Paul

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 30 min
    Re-Entry

    Re-Entry

    I didn't have time to write and record a full episode this week, so instead I take a few minutes to process out loud what it was like to attend my first public social gathering in over a year, thanks in part to becoming fully vaccinated.

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 15 min
    The Call Cycle

    The Call Cycle

    There are many signs and symbols that we need to watch for in order to discern our call. But after we begin pursuing it, there come times when we may need to recalibrate, and decide between recommitting ourselves or taking a different path. In that sense, calls can be cyclical, and recognizing where we are in the cycle can help us choose what to do.

    Anatomy of a Call

    Music: "Reflections" by Wild Wonder

    • 35 min

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