32 episodes

A podcast for when life and faith go off script. Hosted by Michael Frost.

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A podcast for when life and faith go off script. Hosted by Michael Frost.

    Divine Intervention: Sovereignty and Suffering

    Divine Intervention: Sovereignty and Suffering

    Episode 32: In this episode we explore the challenges that arise when we consider the "sovereignty of God". In the Christian tradition God is typically understood as the one who is all powerful (omnipotent) and under whose domain and dominion all things take place. But this gives way to questions of what we do with suffering and pain. If God is in charge then what is going on here? In this episode we unpack three traditional theological responses to the problem of suffering and evil, why they're inadequate, and what questions and alternatives might begin to emerge in response.

    • 38 min
    Divine Intervention: Where in the world is God?

    Divine Intervention: Where in the world is God?

    Episode 31: We're back with a new series exploring the question of divine intervention! In Christian faith, many people are introduced to the idea of a God who is actively responsive, in 'control' and who answers prayer. But when crisis hits or some kind of disruption to our beliefs takes place we can start to question these assumptions (and with good reason). So what do we do with this and how do we move forward?
    Is the idea of God still possible or meaningful, and if so what can authentic and honest spirituality look like? This episode introduces some of the big questions, and briefly unpacks three different frameworks for understanding the God-world relationship: classical theism, panentheism and pantheism, and how they impact the way we think about the possibility of divine intervention.

    • 32 min
    In the Flesh: Believing with our bodies

    In the Flesh: Believing with our bodies

    Episode 30: This is the final episode of the In the Flesh series, and we talk about where and how we store memory, what it means to 'know' something, how our bodies can surprise us about what we believe, and about the intersections between mysticism and revolution.

    • 34 min
    In the Flesh: Bodies, pain, and embracing difference

    In the Flesh: Bodies, pain, and embracing difference

    Episode 29: In this episode I talk with massage therapist Cheri Inoue about her experience growing up as Japanese-Canadian, the challenge of race, identity, Christianity as whiteness, the journey of learning to embrace difference, and how this story intersects with her work as a clinician. It is a wide-ranging conversation that explores working with people's bodies and particularly their pain, approaching both of these with a posture of non-judgement, and how we can discover acceptance for the difference and uniqueness of our own bodies in the midst of a life that demands so much from us.
    Cheri has an Auckland-based practice, Well Within: Posture and Movement Care

    • 41 min
    In the Flesh: Evolution, faith, meaning and the universe

    In the Flesh: Evolution, faith, meaning and the universe

    Episode 28: This episode explores some of what evolution tells us about what makes human beings distinct, the embodiedness of our existence, the emergence of consciousness and why this might be connected to the universe becoming self-aware. And then we ask what insights and resources faith and spirituality might provide us in navigating this experience of humanness, and what kind of meaningful life this could invite us into. 

    • 36 min
    In the Flesh: Evolution vs Christianity?

    In the Flesh: Evolution vs Christianity?

    Episode 27: Are there things in scripture that don’t allow Christians to accept evolutionary theory? In order for Christians to have "faith" do they have to resist the claim that we have a common ancestor with apes? And if not, then what insight does evolutionary theory actually give us into what it means to be human, and how can this help us to understand faith, spirituality and some of our fundamental struggles as human creatures?

    • 33 min

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