277 episodes

Crackers and Grape Juice began in the spring of 2016 with a conversation between Jason Micheli and Teer Hardy. In the years since, two shows have been added to the lineup, Strangely Warmed and (Her)Men*You*Tics, but the goal has remained the same: talking about faith without using stained-glass language.

Crackers and Grape Juice Crackers and Grape Juice

    • Christianity
    • 4.7, 199 Ratings

Crackers and Grape Juice began in the spring of 2016 with a conversation between Jason Micheli and Teer Hardy. In the years since, two shows have been added to the lineup, Strangely Warmed and (Her)Men*You*Tics, but the goal has remained the same: talking about faith without using stained-glass language.

    Episode 259 - Lee Camp: Scandalous Witness

    Episode 259 - Lee Camp: Scandalous Witness

    "One major reason Christianity in America has been made into a bad public joke is our failure to rightly understand what Christianity is.”

    Our guest this week is Lee Camp, Professor at Lipscomb University in Nashville and host of the popular Tokens Show in Nashville. Check out his website: https://www.leeccamp.com
    His latest book is Scandalous Witness: A Little Political Manifesto for Christians.

    Fifteen propositions for changing Christianity in America

    Christian identity is in moral and political crisis. Lee Camp writes “that one major reason Christianity in America has been made into a bad public joke is our failure to rightly understand what Christianity is.” Scandalous Witness provides a way forward. Although refusing to reduce Christianity to any partisan agenda, he reminds us that the gospel is inherently political and that we are called to be political witnesses.

    Camp’s provocative diagnosis is that “American hope” is a bastardized form of Christian hope. The United States is not the hope of the world nor is it a Christian nation. Rather, “American Christian values” corrupts Christianity, and partisanship mocks the true scandal of the gospel. Camp reminds us that all empires fall.

    By conceiving Christianity as a politic instead of a religion, we may begin to take seriously the true scandal of the gospel. We may envision new possibilities by which our gospel practices make a new world possible. Offering a robust vision of a Christian politic that exposes modern parodies of faith, Camp mixes wit, charm, and logic, challenging Christians to rethink who they are and how they participate in the modern world. In it, Camp unpacks 15 propositions:

    Proposition 1: History Is Not One Damn Thing after Another

    Proposition 2: The End of History Has Already Begun

    Proposition 3: American Hope Is A Bastard

    Proposition 4: Christianity Is Neither A Prostitute Nor A Chaplain

    Proposition 5: The United States Is Not the Hope of the World

    Proposition 6: The United States Was Not, Is Not, and Will Not Be a Christian Nation

    Proposition 7: How Christian Values, and the Bible, Corrupt Christianity

    Proposition 8: Every Empire Falls

    Proposition 9: Christian Partisanship is Like a Fist-Fight on the Titanic

    Proposition 10: Hostile Forces Have a Role in the Unfolding of History

    Proposition 11. Christianity Is Not a Religion; Christianity Is a Politic

    Proposition 12: Liberal Political Puissance Is Not the Goal

    Proposition 13: Exemplary Political Witness Is the Goal

    Proposition 14: Christianity Is Not Counter-Cultural

    Propositions 15: Christian Engagement Must Always Be Ad Hoc

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    Special Announcement - Fitch is Coming!!!

    Special Announcement - Fitch is Coming!!!

    Are you tired of watching your beloved cat prance around the house?

    Have you found the end of the internet?

    Are you tired of NETFLIX asking if you’re still watching whatever show you’re binging for the up-tinth time?

    Join Crackers & Grape Juice on Thursday, May 21 at 7:30 PM (eastern) for a live pubcast – think of it as a pub theology in the cloud - as the Jack Nicholson of Christianity joins us to help keep you grounded while you’re grounded.

    David Fitch is a professor of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary Chicago, IL. He writes on the issues the local church must face in Mission including cultural engagement, leadership, and theology. His theology combines Neo-Anabaptist streams of thought, his commitments to evangelicalism, and his love for political theory. He has lectured and presented on these topics at many seminaries, graduate schools, denominational gatherings, and conferences.

    The event is free but we do ask that you register ahead of time. For more information head over to crackersandgrapejuice.com/pubcast.

    Register now and we’ll save you a seat on Thursday night.

    • 1 min
    Episode 258- Malcolm Foley: Lynching Then and Lynching Now

    Episode 258- Malcolm Foley: Lynching Then and Lynching Now

    Church Historian, Malcom Foley, joins us on the podcast to talk about the murder Ahmad Arbery within the context of the history of lynching in the American Church.

    Malcolm is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Baylor’s Department of Religion, studying the history of Christianity. His dissertation investigates African-American Christian responses to lynching from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Malcolm earned a BA in religious studies with a second major in finance and a minor in classics from Washington University in St. Louis. He subsequently completed a Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School, focusing on the theology of the early and medieval church. During his time there, he served Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven as a pastoral intern. He is currently the Director of Discipleship at Mosaic Waco in Waco, TX.

    You can find his article here: https://mereorthodoxy.com/ahmaud-arbery/?fbclid=IwAR14W_k9WUxQQfIS6IwiUJ-3YpO1it_WqGTG7bOPTYYzqlcGwiacQc41wmQ

    • 59 min
    Episode 257 - Katherine Stewart: The Power of Christian Nationalists in Trump's America

    Episode 257 - Katherine Stewart: The Power of Christian Nationalists in Trump's America

    Our guest this week is Katherine Stewart, a journalist at the New York Times. Katherine's investigative work has focused on the Religious Right and Christian Nationalism. She talks with us about the influence they have had on the Trump White House, their hostility to science, and how it has impacted the response to the coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, she is the author of The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

    You can read her article here: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/the-power-of-christian-nationalists-in-trump’s-america/12194914

    • 38 min
    Episode 256 -- Brian Stolarz & Dewayne Brown :The Innocence Files

    Episode 256 -- Brian Stolarz & Dewayne Brown :The Innocence Files

    For this special episode, we talked with my friends Brian Stolarz and Dewayne Brown about their new documentary film on Netflix, The Innocence Files. The movie tells the story of Dewayne's wrongful conviction for a cop-killing in Houston, his ten plus years on death row, and Brian's legal struggle to free him. I'm fortunate to have these two as friends, and I hope you will check out their film. 

    If you would like to help Dewayne while he awaits compensation from the State of Texas, HERE is the Go Fund Me to do so. 

    • 58 min
    Episode 255 -- Jack Levison: Mouth-to-Mouth Re-Creation

    Episode 255 -- Jack Levison: Mouth-to-Mouth Re-Creation

    Our guest this week is Professor Jack Levison, author of numerous books including the recent works The Holy Spirit Before Christianity and Boundless God. 

    Jack was a fun, funny, engaging, and insightful guest-- plus, he did his homework enough to know that our producer, Tommie, isn't a dude.

    Featured in the Huffington Post and on parade.com, relevant.com, and beliefnet.com, Jack Levison’s writings appeal to a wide popular audience. Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, considers him “the most competent scholar and clearest writer on the Holy Spirit that I have known.” Jack is also an internationally acclaimed scholar. With a BA from Wheaton College, an MA from Cambridge University, where he was a Scholar of Christ’s College and winner of the Fitzpatrick Prize for Theology, and a PhD from Duke University, Jack now holds the W. J. A. Power Chair of Old Testament Interpretation and Biblical Hebrew at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. The author of more than a dozen books, both popular and scholarly, he has received grants from the National Humanities Center, the Lilly Fellows Program, the Louisville Institute, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Rotary Foundation, the International Catacomb Society, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Jack lives in Dallas, with an office down the hall from his wife, Priscilla Pope-Levison, who is an associate dean at Perkins School of Theology.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

DrRobLewis ,

Anything DBH

This podcast is excellent. It is fair, trending toward the progressive. As a UMC pastor, NT scholar, armchair theologian, I recommend it to anyone who wants to be acquainted with issues that confront us in the church, in the academy, or out on the street where stained glass and organ music are in short supply! Oh, btw, the folks who host are excellent in their prep, too. No one approaches an interview flying blind. That’s difficult in a field where so many think they know.

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