I'm at patreon.com/jonathan_foster. I write, have a doctorate in mimetic theory and open and relational theology, help non-profits, have a beautiful wife, three kids, and as it's turning out, an intense if not interesting life.
Season 1 is about the good times of being uninvited from my denomination over LGTBQ+ issues. Season 2 is about atheism, scapegoating, consumerism, racism, grief, tohu-wa-bohu, you know, simple things in the middle of being a human being. 3 is a mini-season called "Why I Still..." Season 4 is loosely based around the theme of story. And, season 5 is F.A.Q.'s!
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5:13 Wrapping up Season Five (Along with Dana Hicks)
Hey everyone, I believe this will be the last of season five! Unless I change my mind. Then it won't. Thanks for hanging out with me this season. It's been a lot of fun.
--Feel free to review, like, star, thumbs up and more if you've found anything helpful here. Sign up for my newlsetter at jonathanfosteronline.com and as always, find videos with my full conversations like the one I had on this episode with Dana at patreon.com/jonathan_foster.
--Speaking of Dana... Dr. Dana Hicks is an Amazon best-selling author and has written a new book, the one we'll talk about today called "The Knot: How to Secure Healthy, Modern Relationships While Not Being Tied to Marriage's Past." I've read it. It's good. It's not like anything you've probably read alng the lines of marriage and relationship. Which is one of the reason's why it's good!
--Dana has been a church planter, pastor, professor, and leadership developer for over 30 years now and his doctorage from the Beeson Pastor Doctoral Fellowship at Asbury Theological Seminary.
5:12 Artificial Intelligence (along with Sheri Kling)
Here’s a bit about AI (artificial intelligence), technology, evolution, post-humanism, and what religion (Christianity specifically) probably needs to change in order to assist AI (and all of us) in learning values.
//I mention Ilea Delio a couple of times in this episode. If you’re interested in this subject matter, you should certainly check out her work, including “Re-Enchanting the Earth: Why AI Needs Religion.” Also, my stuff about amipotence can be found in Thomas Jay Oord’s really helpful book “Pluriform Love.” I also reference “Nature Technology and the Sacred” by Bronislaw Szerszynski, “Religion in the Making” by Alfred North Whitehead, and “How We Became Post Human” by Catherine Hales in this episode.
//Search for MidJourney on Discord to partner with AI to “create” your own images.
// Don’t forget to join me and my friend, Dr. Sheri Kling having a conversation at www.Patreon.com/jonathan_foster. You can find out more about Dr. Sheri at https://www.sherikling.com. I’m currently reading her book, “A Process Spirituality,” and enjoying it very much!
//Music for today’s show is a bunch of stuff from me and/or Landr.com as well as the theme song for this season which is called “Losing It” by Velveteen. It can be found at epidemicsound.com.
//Thanks everyone! Feel free to leave a review and share it with a friend.
5:11 lovehaiti.org (along with Shay Foster)
Episode 11 is me hanging out with my man, Shay Foster who is the co-executive director at www.lovehaiti.org. If you don’t have a non-profit to plug into, you should check it out.
-We talk some theological change, church stuff, and life, but mostly we talk about Haiti, it’s history, our involvement, and why humans in the Global North should be aware of what's happening there.
-Don’t forget to join me with authors, theologians, pastors, doctors, and licensed counselor friends over at www.patreon.com/jonathan_foster. There’s a bunch of good resources happening there.
-Thanks everyone! Feel free to leave a review, share it with a friend, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter at jonathanfosteronline.com.
5:10 Theology of Consent Book
Big day today: Theology of Consent-Mimetic Theory in an Open and Relational Universe is out everywhere. It’s the culmination of almost 3 years, or almost 8 years, or almost 50 years depending on how we quantify these things. Pick up a copy. Leave a review. Join the party!
-Here’s the Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3Db7rOB
-I kinda like the tune I use to open and close today’s episode. It’s called “Sunrise in El Born” and it’s by Matt Large from epidemicsound.com. Other music and samples are by me or stuff I’ve snagged from Landr.com.
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5:9 Parenting: Connection over Correction (along with Ryan & Jess Lambros)
Questions about parenting within the paradigm of uncontrolling love is the theme of this episode. It’s a super important subject. I hope to bring a few ideas to the conversation, and a bit of my time with Ryan and Jess Lambros, but also point you to the full zoom dialogue I had with (as well as my conversation with Libby Tedder-Hugus) on my patreon page. Just search for www.Patreon.com/jonathan_foster. What all these young parents are talking about is important. I hope you’ll check it out.
-Ryan is a life coach with www.thetablecoach.com and working through his doctoral dissertation in open and relational theology and Jessica, LPC, is the owner and clinical director of Stories Counseling. www.storiescounseling.com.
-This week’s open and relational/process book I want to highlight is Rob Bell’s “Everything is Spiritual.” It’s true, Bell isn’t necessarily an ORT theologian, however, this book as much or more than any other he has written, fits really well with ORT themes. It’s my favorite Rob Bell writing.
-Thanks everyone! Feel free to leave a review and/or share this with a friend. Meanwhile, don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter at www.jonathanfosteronline.com.
-The main music for this season’s show is from an artist known as Velveteen. The song is called “Losing It.” It comes by way of www.epidemicsound.com. And a bunch of the samples and other music comes from landr.com or me.
5:8 Some FAQ's with Dr Thomas Jay Oord
On this episode I respond to questions by going next level. That’s right, I’m bringing in one of my mentors, the Dr. Thomas Jay Oord to answer questions about the bible, the validity of different religions, sexuality, and finding personal meaning. Plus, at www.patreon.com/jonathan_foster I continue the conversation by talking to Tom about randomness, God controlling the future, love, and bonus topic: The Princess Bride. All you gotta do to hear the rest of the talk is to subscribe to my patreon page for as little as 3$ a month. What a deal!
-To find out more about Tom, his books, his doctorate program, his blog, please check out www.thomasjayoord.com.
-Feel free to leave a review on your podcasting platform, share the episode with a friend, and of course sign up for my newsletter at www.jonathanfosteronline.com.
-The open and relational resource I want to highlight this week would have to be something by the aforementioned TJO, so I’m going with “Uncontrolling Love." It was a really helpful book for me and I’ve referenced many times over the past five years.
-The main music for this season’s show is from Velveteen and is called “Losing It." It comes to us by way of www.epidemicsound.com. Other samples and music are provided by me or stuff I found at www.Landr.com.
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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