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Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making is a podcast dedicated to exploring the integral relationship between theology and all of our efforts to find and make meaning in the world. Fostering nuanced, non-combative dialogue about theology and culture, science, the arts, entertainment, and philosophy within a broad, historic Christian perspective.

Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning Making Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 137 Ratings

Deep Talks: Exploring Theology and Meaning-Making is a podcast dedicated to exploring the integral relationship between theology and all of our efforts to find and make meaning in the world. Fostering nuanced, non-combative dialogue about theology and culture, science, the arts, entertainment, and philosophy within a broad, historic Christian perspective.

    Re-Understanding the Good News (It Ain’t About Your After-Life!)| BONUS Q & A Episode

    Re-Understanding the Good News (It Ain’t About Your After-Life!)| BONUS Q & A Episode

    Because I've been so pre-occupied with writing my new book, I haven't been able to produced regular episodes this summer; but what I wanted to do is to make available to all of you a special bonus Q & A Episode that I normally would just share with supporters on Patreon.

    A member of our group, Mike, asked a great question about why we tend to focus so much on individualistic salvation and the "after-life" when it doesn't seem like Jesus gave much attention to it.
    Are we overly individualistic in how we read and frame the Gospel? What made the message of Jesus so compelling and controversial as "Good News" in the 1st century? Is it really about fixing our death anxiety? What does the New Testament even say about heaven? (P.S.- it's not what most Christians think)

     

    You can pre-order my new book (release September 2022)
    Dis-Ordered: A Christian Journey Through the Problem of Evil and Suffering

    at  https://linktr.ee/paulanleitner

     

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    Members of the Deep Talks Patreon Community receive bonus Q & A Episodes, articles, charts, discussion forums and more.


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Stephen Roach | Music & Altered States of Consciousness in the Bible

    Stephen Roach | Music & Altered States of Consciousness in the Bible

    Stephen Roach is the founder of The Breath & the Clay Creative Arts Organization, host of Makers & Mystics podcast, author, and a multi-instrument professional musician.

    In today's episode, I talk with Stephen about the role music plays in the flow state, altered states of consciousness, and what Charismatics might call "encountering the Presence of God" in worship.

    We discuss examples of altered states of consciousness in the Bible, Christian theories of consciousness, psychedelics, evolution, and following the Way of Jesus in a Post Secular Age.

    Check out Stephen's "Makers & Mystics" podcast here: http://www.makersandmystics.com/

     

    Find out more about The Breath and The Clay here: http://www.thebreathandtheclay.com/




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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Finding God After Psychedelics | Ashley Lande

    Finding God After Psychedelics | Ashley Lande

    Today's podcast is also available on video at:


    https://youtu.be/O6O5ATk5nMc


    Ashley Lande is a former psychonaut, author, and artist. I talk with her about her journey from atheism into psychedelic exploration and why she says she's done with psychedelics.
    We talk about experiencing God, altered states of consciousness, encountering "spiritual entities" on psychedelic trips, and the dark side of many communities that organize around psychedelic experiences.
    You can learn more about Ashley at:
    https://www.ashleylande.com/


    Read Ashley's article "These Luminous Counterfeits" in Ekstasis Magazine at:
    https://www.ekstasismagazine.com/blog/2021/10/6/psychedelics




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    Members of the Deep Talks Patreon Community receive bonus Q & A Episodes, articles, charts, discussion forums and more.


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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Glenn Packiam & Andrew Root | Deeper Reasons for Church Decline in America

    Glenn Packiam & Andrew Root | Deeper Reasons for Church Decline in America

    Today’s podcast is also available on video at:
    https://youtu.be/UU8XR6qgfu4

     

    Two past guests on Deep Talks return to have a joint conversation about some of the deeper reasons for the decline of church attendance & Christian affiliation in America.  Glenn Packiam and Andrew Root have recently released books exploring some of the deeper philosophical forces at work in American culture that have contributed to the decline of church attendance, pastor burn-out, and the loss of vision and mission for many Christians particularly in Evangelical & Mainline Protestant contexts.

    What can we learn from this? Is there any reason for hope?

    Rev. Dr. Glenn Packiam (Doctor of Theology and Ministry, Durham University) is associate senior pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, and lead pastor of one of its eight congregations, New Life Downtown. A Senior Fellow at Barna Group, a visiting fellow at St. John’s College at Durham University, and an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary, Glenn is the author of several books, including The Resilient Pastor, Blessed Broken Given, and Worship and the World to Come. He is also an ordained priest with the Anglican Church of North America.

    For Glenn's new book "The Resilient Pastor: Leading Your Church in Rapidly Changing World":
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09B2NBH7R/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

    Andrew Root (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary)is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, USA. He writes and researches in areas of theology, ministry, culture and younger generations.  His most recent books are Churches and the Crisis of Decline (Baker, 2022), The Congregation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2021), The End of Youth Ministry? (Baker, 2020), The Pastor in a Secular Age: Ministry to People Who No Longer Need God (Baker, 2019), Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017), and Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science (Fortress Press, 2018).

    For Andy's new book "Churches and the Crisis of Decline : A Hopeful, Practical Ecclesiology for a Secular Age":
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09B2L7JJB?notRedirectToSDP=1&ref_=dbs_mng_calw_3&storeType=ebooks




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    Members of the Deep Talks Patreon Community receive bonus Q & A Episodes, articles, charts, discussion forums and more.


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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Culture War Christianity- Live Lecture (Part 2)

    Culture War Christianity- Live Lecture (Part 2)

    This is part 2 of the two part live lecture. Again, audio quality is very much "live" :)

    In this session, we'll explore some of the history behind Culture War Christianity and ask whether or not this response to the threat of cultural exile in America was ever theologically sound or effective.

    Special thanks to Everyday Church in Minneapolis for hosting these sessions.

    Part 1 is available here:
    https://www.podbean.com/ew/pb-eabu5-11f9e87



    If you find this podcast to be helpful and you want to see it continue ad-free, would you consider becoming a supporter on Patreon?

    Members of the Deep Talks Patreon Community receive bonus Q & A Episodes, articles, charts, discussion forums and more.


    https://www.patreon.com/deeptalkstheologypodcast

    To Subscribe & Review on Apple Podcasts:

    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deep-talks-exploring-theology-and-meaning-making/id1401730159

     

    Connect with Paul Anleitner on Twitter at:
    https://twitter.com/PaulAnleitner

    • 36 min
    Culture War Christianity- Live Lecture (Part 1)

    Culture War Christianity- Live Lecture (Part 1)

    This week's episode is part 1 of a live lecture I recently gave at Everyday Church in Minneapolis, MN. The purpose of this 2 part lecture is to give an introduction to some of the core principles of my particular framework for doing cultural theology and then to begin to do a bit of narrative and value comparison between the Guiding Stories of American macro-culture and the Kingdom of God.
    This is necessary groundwork for part 2 of the lecture which will focus in on assessing common evangelical understandings of the Guiding Story which contributed to the brand of Culture War Christianity that emerged in the 1980's.

    Special thanks to Everyday Church for inviting me in to share with their community.

    Apologies in advance for audio quality. This again was a live event and not a controlled podcast studio space, and audio reflects that live character.




    If you find this podcast to be helpful and you want to see it continue ad-free, would you consider becoming a supporter on Patreon?

    Members of the Deep Talks Patreon Community receive bonus Q & A Episodes, articles, charts, discussion forums and more.


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    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/deep-talks-exploring-theology-and-meaning-making/id1401730159

     

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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
137 Ratings

137 Ratings

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Wishing

Wish I had Paul as a seminary professor and mentor

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Well versed and excitedly dispersed

I rhymed on purpose, in my title.

Paul does a great job giving tons of down to earth information, in a refreshing way, that excites me to listen to more, relevant descriptions of God, in the world we live in, synthesizing his talks with tradition and experience that we can deeply relate to.

I am expired to listen and learn so much. Keep up the great work!

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Great podcast!

Informative. Fun. Diverse. Paul is clear and articulate about his point of view but he’s also very open to other views. The content is varied and smart. Give it a listen!

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