I write, curate LQVE.org with my oldest son, and am the lead-follower of missionchurchonline.com. I have a beautiful wife, three kids, and as it's turning out, an intense and interesting life.
Throughout season two I'll be talking about and wrestling with: Atheism, Racism, Scapegoating, Sin, Grief, Consumerism, vulnerability, tohu-wa-bohu, and working through it all in the middle of being human. This season will also be marked by the ongoing corona virus. Sheesh, what a crazy time for everyone.
In case you are wondering, Season Uno was dedicated to helping people know how it is I'm arriving at the kinds of ideas that led to my former denomination uninviting me from their tradition. It's also where I introduced my latest book which was #1 in Kindle Best Seller for a couple of weeks (but now is like 8,000 or something!) It's called, "Questions About Sexuality that got Me Uninvited from My Denomination." I've also authored... "Where Was God on the Worst Day of My Life," and "Death, Hope, & the Laughter of God: How God keeps finding me in the unlikeliest places."
I know, long titles.
I'm saving the world 280 characters or less at a time at the twitter handle below. It's cool if you want to follow me there. No need to ask for permission. Same with facebook. If you just want the writing go to my website, or Amazon for the books.
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Season 2:10 Beyond our Desire for God is God's Desire for Us
Hey, we’re wrapping up Season 2 with this, the 10th episode! I know man, it’s sad. But, surely there will be more seasons ahead. We’ll talk a little George Orwell, Jacques Lacan, how similar Christianity in the West is with consumerism in the West, the hammer of God, not to be confused with the Hammer of Thor, and, yes, of course, love. Cuz if it’s not about love, I’m not sure what the point is.
Thank you for playing a part and interacting with this podcast. And special thanks to James, Peter, Julia, and Cindy for appearing throughout this season (and Brian and Thomas). Yes, I’m on first name basis with all of them.
I hope to continue to hear from you on my Facebook page or on Amazon or wherever. I’m jumping back into some education endeavors so that’ll keep me busy, along with mission church stuff, and LQVE, and my boy’s college football games (hopefully there’s a season this year!), and hanging out with my wife (BTW, 30th anniversary in two weeks. How crazy is that?) I’m also going to be messing around with some new music. I’m throwing it up on Soundcloud under the enigmatic name of Gransville. Ooh, I know, super interesting.
Season 2:9 Two General Western Views (James Alison)
Talking with Dr. James Alison helps me consider the two dominant Christian views in the West:
-We're separate from God and gotta get back.
-And we're already at one with God with no need to return.
I lean toward the latter, but only after I get to talk a little about what it might mean to be "at one with God." I love this whole subject, and the thoughts I share here have helped me tremendously in dealing with loss and life, but I will say that trafficking in these kinds of ideas has cost me some friendships. So, I guess, listen and apply gently and judiciously. God bless.
Season 2:8 Reconstructionists
This is an episode where we talk a little about some of the things you may be feeling as you deconstruct and reconstruct your thinking about faith, life, and love. And to be clear, the idea is to reconstruct, to find the beauty that’s been there all along. But to get to beauty sometimes you need to go through anger, fatigue, confusion and doubt.
Season 2:7 Untranslating the Misconception for Atheists [and Christians]
Let's get further into some thoughts about the new atheist movement, which is billed as an intellectual movement. I'm (scratching my head now) not sure I agree. There are definitely reasons not to believe in God, but for me, most of those reasons stem from unhealthy Christian theology, not from ironclad philosophical reasoning. I don't think there's anything ironclad in this universe (or multiverse) except... love.
Then again, I don't really have a problem with most atheists that I've met. At least they fight back against unhealthy theology. That's better than most Christianity in the West!
Season 2:6 The Sacred Games We Invent (Brian Zahnd)
I'm talking with Pastor Brian Zahnd about Fred Nietzsche on this episode. (Fred sounds so much more gentle, doesn't it?)Please check out Brian at https://brianzahnd.com. He's the author of several books. I've read them all. They are all worth your time. If you haven't read him before, lets see, I'd say start with "Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God." Though my favorite is "Beauty will Save the World."
So, thanks to Brian for his time and his work. Hope you all dig this. And find it helpful. And share it with a friend. Meanwhile, be strong, which I think means, be weak. Something that would drive Nietzsche crazy. (Maybe it did.)
Check out LQVE.org if you don't have anything better to do. Important stuff going on there!
Season 2:5 Keep People Free for God and God Free for People (Cindy wang Brandt)
I interview Cindy Wang Brandt this week about parenting, shame, and embodiment this week. Please find out more about Cindy and her parenting conference and book at https://www.parentingforwardconference.com
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I really enjoy his thought process. Very excepting of other peoples views. Makes you think about Grace in a different way.
This is so helpful in time when there is so much confusion about the character of God and how it intersects with my personally.
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