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Love and listening rather than polarizing and cancelling, these are laid back conversations but only for grown ups. Joey Svendsen is a pastor who found no choice but to embrace mystery rather than toil with what he felt was the impossibilities of systematic theology. He found freedom in this shift but still hangs with many "systematic theologically-wired" people. Join him, his regular co-hosts and many special guests from all over the "theological map" (evangelicals and atheists included) as they discuss God, church, culture, tragedy, mental illness. Love will win. Might as well join the team.

Pastor With No Answers (and friends) Podcast Joey Svendsen

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Love and listening rather than polarizing and cancelling, these are laid back conversations but only for grown ups. Joey Svendsen is a pastor who found no choice but to embrace mystery rather than toil with what he felt was the impossibilities of systematic theology. He found freedom in this shift but still hangs with many "systematic theologically-wired" people. Join him, his regular co-hosts and many special guests from all over the "theological map" (evangelicals and atheists included) as they discuss God, church, culture, tragedy, mental illness. Love will win. Might as well join the team.

    Christian Rap, "Still Standing" w/ KJ-52

    Christian Rap, "Still Standing" w/ KJ-52

    Becoming a Christian as a 15-year old, KJ-52's career started when the music industry was nothing like it is now.  From the early days of opening up for acts like Tribe Called Quest and appearing on a radio show of Dj Khaled's (before he was DJ Khaled) to finding some unexpected traction in the Christian music industry with his letter to Eminem in the song "Dear Slim," Joey and KJ-52 not only reminisce about the old school Christian Rap and Tooth and Nail Records days, they talk a little faith and mental health.  KJ-52 (real name, Jonah Sorrentino) is also now a full-time Pastor. 

    Go support his newest album, "Still Standing" (Kickstarter), inspired by the havoc Hurricane Ian has had on him and his people in Florida.

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    All music on this episode appears courtesy of KJ-52 and is from his newest album, "Still Standing."

    Thanks //  Derek Minor for theme song of PWNA on all other episodes.









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    376 - Brian Zahnd and John Mark McMillan (God and Country )

    376 - Brian Zahnd and John Mark McMillan (God and Country )

    [this episode originally aired on 10/10/20]

    John Mark McMillan and Joey Svendsen enjoy their time with Pastor and Author Brian Zahnd, asking him a little about everything. What does Brian Zahnd think of the POTUS (Donald Trump) and if asked, would he serve on his spiritual advisement board?

    Brian Zahnd believes strongly in the church. He points out the problems with both the "Christian right" and "Christian left," highlighting how Jesus wouldn’t serve either of their agendas; because frankly, He has his own. The church, he says, is a part of the world that's “already changed by Christ.” Until we let this sink in, Zahnd concludes that Christians will continue to seek hope in what their political party can accomplish, none of this having anything to do with the more important Kingdom work we are to value above all.

    Brian and John Mark also have an interesting take on why many artists are disinterested in politics. And of course, we get into some theology: atonement theories, Christian universalism, the gospel in its fullness.

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    375 - "Death to Deconstruction" (w/ Josh Porter of Showbread)

    375 - "Death to Deconstruction" (w/ Josh Porter of Showbread)

    Josh Porter (formerly known as Josh Dies of the band Showbread), author of the new book "Death to Deconstruction," shares his story of christian fundamentalist upbringing and deconstruction of faith. Full of bitterness towards the church, he later discovered deep issues of personal pride (quite common for youngsters his age) that contributed greatly to being on this path. 

    Having now returned to an orthodox (as in what people would describe as not progressive) faith, he is also a pastor at a non-denominational church. 

    As Joey and Josh likely see faith and deconstruction very differently, they enjoyed a full's episode worth of discussing what they both agreed on,  including the needed adjustments for the church to make, in order for it to recapture the ways of Jesus.

    Josh appeals to the need of having Jesus' ability to maintain convictions (and true beliefs), while still having a welcoming heart for all to "come to the table of fellowship," including those who aren't even sure where they stand with faith altogether.  He shares practically what this looks like as a pastor.   

    The two may or may not have also done some reminiscing of those glorious yesteryears of discovering the "listening bliss" of punk rock music. 

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    374 - An Unexpected Remedy to a Childhood of Sexual Abuse and Trafficking

    374 - An Unexpected Remedy to a Childhood of Sexual Abuse and Trafficking

    [Please listen with caution. Lots of sexual abuse talk]

    Randy, and his wife Cynthia Lail (both dear to Joey's heart), carry with them a beautiful faith that will bring back memories to many listeners who have deconstructed some and no longer see things in the light of traditional, evangelical christian lenses. 

    As a child, Randy was a victim of sexual abuse [and trafficking] at the hands of one who was supposed to be his protector.  The result was a warped view of sexuality and a monstrous sexual addiction that would continue far into his marriage with Cynthia.

    Desperate for healing, these two were ready with open hands for whatever means God would chose to do it.  For starters, Randy is convinced Jesus spoke to him.  His deceased mom also.  And this happened all under the influence of an 8-hour ecstasy trip (under doctor supervision) where he also discovered the extent of his sexual abuse.  The rawness and transparency demonstrated in this episode is something to aspire to.

    "That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10).

    Praise and glory to a Savior who rescues us from our past and redeems beyond our expectation, more than we can ask or imagine.  


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    373 -The Dilemma of a Belief in Eternal Punishment (w/ Two Pastors and an Atheist)

    373 -The Dilemma of a Belief in Eternal Punishment (w/ Two Pastors and an Atheist)

    Co-hosts Chip Judd (very long-time Christian) and Matt Oxley (long-time Christian, gone atheist) discuss with Joey what he finds to be an "impossible position" Christians are in when it comes to their kids and the doctrine of hell. 

    If dreaded eternal separation is on the table of possibilities, fear and life-trauma [in the end] is a good thing, especially if one is scared enough to repent and avoid going there.  Right? 

    Chip and Matt both agree that religious people have taken advantage of this doctrine to control people. They also agree that a fixation on eternal separation makes for lousy Christians.  Joey makes a case again for Christian Universalism and Matt proposes that Jesus failed, if everyone isn't saved. 

    Why are so many Christians not able to find peace while holding a belief in hell, while others can go about their life normally, not bothered by their many friends and family perishing in the end?  Do Christians really believe in hell?  What is humanity's flaw, and what is the gospel anyway?  A hell of an episode (pun intended).

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    372 - Two Divorced Men: Their Stories, Reflections, Convictions

    372 - Two Divorced Men: Their Stories, Reflections, Convictions

    Two marriages that ended in divorce.  One after 35 years of marriage, grandkids to show for it; the other marriage, a lot newer with no offspring. 

    Why did these two men get divorces?  How much responsibility do they take?  What feelings do they currently have for their former spouses, and how did their church communities respond? 

    Are divorces more accepted these days amongst Christians?  How relevant to these men are Jesus' words, "If anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery."  (Luke 16:18)

    And would it not make sense for more people to seek marital advice from those who have lived through a divorce?

    [This conversation was recorded in June of 2022.  Thanks, Jack and Jed.  Your willingness to be open and honest provides valuable insight for us all]

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