328 episodes

Host Joey Svendsen (formerly of BadChristian) is a pastor who threw out his list of theological “certainties,” embraced mystery, found freedom, and still hangs with many evangelicals. Join Joey, his regular commentators and many special guests all over the "theological map" as they discuss God, the Church, cultural issues, tragedy and Joey's journey battling mental illness. Focussing on love and listening, rather than polarizing and cancelling, these are laid back conversations but with no punches pulled. Don't listen in front of your kids. Love will win. Might as well join the team.

Pastor With No Answers (and friends) Podcast Joey Svendsen

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Host Joey Svendsen (formerly of BadChristian) is a pastor who threw out his list of theological “certainties,” embraced mystery, found freedom, and still hangs with many evangelicals. Join Joey, his regular commentators and many special guests all over the "theological map" as they discuss God, the Church, cultural issues, tragedy and Joey's journey battling mental illness. Focussing on love and listening, rather than polarizing and cancelling, these are laid back conversations but with no punches pulled. Don't listen in front of your kids. Love will win. Might as well join the team.

    326 - Jenn Johnson, Co-Founder and President of Bethel Music

    326 - Jenn Johnson, Co-Founder and President of Bethel Music

    With eight hundred staff members, 1000 students, Bethel Church / Music (based out of Redding California) is a household name in the evangelical church world.  Jenn just wrote a book, “All Things Lovely: Inspiring Health and Wholeness in Your Home, Heart, and Community.” In the context of this book, we talk supernatural healings, antidepressants, importance of church community, and holistic health.  Joey also asks her questions about eternal punishment, “grave soaking,” and the celebrity culture that is so common in today’s church world.  

    At top of episode, Matt Oxley and Ellen Mauro discuss a major problem in today's youth and Ellen challenges Joey's negative use of the word "woke."  If being "woke" is awakening to social injustices, that's never a bad thing.  Right? 
    Jenn Johnson / Instagram / Website / Bethel Church

    Podcast Hosts:  Ellen Mauro Instagram / Matt Oxley 
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    Theme song, courtesy of Derek Minor

    Other music originally composed by Joel Hamilton and Joel Hamilton + friends, and Ray Deezy. 
    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen



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    • 47 min
    326 - Panic Attacks Will Knock You on Your Aspirin Bottle

    326 - Panic Attacks Will Knock You on Your Aspirin Bottle

    From the ages of six to 26, Ashley Broderick has persevered through chronic panic disorder without the guidance of any healthcare professional or the assistance of antidepressants.  Now the mother of two (one high schooler) with more knowledge and coping skills,  and now also incorporating the help of the mental health profession, she has acquired great strength and made great strides of health.  Without an act of God, however, this will always be a part of her battle.  We’ll call it “Ashley’s Thorn” (cool band name, you’re welcome). 
    Panic attacks are brutal, but listeners may not know the extent of how intense they can be, how long the effects can be intrusive, and how violent the anxiety can become.  During the pandemic, Ashley witnessed the many anxiety flare ups in others, due to all the employment/economy and health uncertainties; and realized they were all  experiencing [in 2020] what her day to day feels like all the time. 

    From thinking her baby is being kidnapped in the room next door to turning the car around so she can help a child she accidentally hit (that she knows she didn’t accidentally hit), Ashley also shares the culprit of childhood trauma that is a major contributing factor to why she struggles like this.  She is an example of one who seeks out help from the mental health profession, but also can't make it through all of this without faith in her Maker.   Pastor WIth No Answers (and Friends) Podcast is supported by Betterhelp!  Go get some betterhelp!

    Special thanks to Ashley Broderick for sharing your story and offering solidarity to those who suffer with mental illness.  -- PWNA Team

    My Story of Mental Health Crisis (Part 1 of 5)

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    325 - A Case for the Mega Church

    325 - A Case for the Mega Church

    James Wellman with us today to talk about his newest book, High on God: How Mega Churches Have Won the Heart of America.  Most would have Wellman in the "progressive Christian" camp, he began his research assuming his cynicism about Mega Churches would be vindicated and that he'd find that these things should go away for good.  Instead, he discovered that Mega Churches generally provide a healthy sense of belonging to its members and typically contribute a lot of good into their surrounding communities.  Do these churches help meet emotional needs?  Are evangelicals a more generous bunch than their progressive counterparts?  Here’s a very practical and simple explanation for keeping Mega Churches around.  
    At the top of the episode, Matt Oxley, Ellen Mauro and Joey Svendsen discuss their former fundamentalism, why Matt’s not a Christian anymore and why a "universalistic salvation" evangelistic message would be the most effective gospel message, even if it wasn’t true.   
    Pastor WIth No Answers Podcast is supported by Betterhelp!
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    My Story of Mental Health Crisis (Part 1 of 5)
    James Wellman / Twitter / High on God
    "Evangelical vs. Progressive" book
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    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    324 - Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

    324 - Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation

    New York Times best-selling author, Kristin Kobes Du Mez wrote Jesus and John Wayne which is   "a sweeping, revisionist history of the last seventy-five years of white evangelicalism and reveals how evangelicals have worked to replace the Jesus of the Gospels with an idol of rugged masculinity and Christian nationalism―or in the words of one modern chaplain, with a 'spiritual badass.’”  She claims the key to understanding this transformation is recognizing the centrality of popular culture in contemporary American evangelicalism. 
    Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a professor of history at Calvin University and the author of A New Gospel for Women. She has written for the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Christian Century, and Religion & Politics, among other publications.  Recently she's been a major contributing voice on Christianity Today's The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill Podcast.  
    Here we talk about the historical timeline of how culture has viewed gender, how these views have changed through the years, and how the sort of American nationalism we currently see is fairly a new thing (1970s).  We talk the role John Eldredge’s “Wild at Heart” book played into this mess, the great harm of "the Billy Graham Rule" and how institutionally, the church really isn't tending towards healthier postures with gender.     

    Pastor WIth No Answers Podcast is supported by Betterhelp!
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    My Story of Mental Health Crisis (Part 1 of 5)
    Kristin Du Mez / twitter / Instagram / Website
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    Theme song, courtesy of Derek Minor

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    323 - Intimacy (with that special some one) Without Sex?

    323 - Intimacy (with that special some one) Without Sex?

    We all know people can survive to the next day, without having sex of any kind.  But in a romantic relationship, is sex an integral part of getting close?  What if sex is physically impossible?  The good stuff people are looking for in "sexual intimacy,"  can it also be found in non-sexual acts that are exclusive to our partner? 

    Ellen doesn’t really care about having sex.  Joey likes sex but he is getting old, so he likes it less.  Hayne likes sex, but his lovely wife is going through chemo treatments, so it’s been a bit bare.  Hayne passes along some wisdom from his grandma and rocks Joey and Ellen’s world.  In the words of Ellen Mauro, “this was the most epic sex conversation she’s ever had.” Hopefully it's helpful to others too.  Thanks, Hayne!
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    • 25 min
    322 - [All About] Demons

    322 - [All About] Demons

    Michael S. Heiser, a biblical scholar, author (“The Unseen Realm”) and podcaster, (“The Naked Bible Podcast)  just released his newest non-fiction book, “Demons: What the Bible Really Says About the Powers of Darkness.”  In this conversation (and in his new book), he  debunks popular presuppositions, myths and traditions about these real powers of darkness.  So Satan was NOT the worship leader of heaven?
    Here we talk about three distinct demonic rebellions and their significances and ponder on why God didn't just smoke the demons in the first place.  We learn the difference between principalities and demons and whether or not Joey’s great-grandfather saw these little bastards, nearing the end of his life.  
    We also manage to fit in some dialogue about after-life theories, foreknowledge and predestination, free will,  open theology and whether the sex between the "sons of god demons" and human women was consensual.  
    Michael Heiser /  Podcast / Non-profit
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    Special thanks to:
    Guest producer Andrew Holder: Music / Instagram / E-mail Andrew for your podcasting production needs: andrewholder74@gmail.com

    Theme song, courtesy of Derek Minor

    Other music originally composed by Joel Hamilton and Joel Hamilton + friends.
     
    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
255 Ratings

255 Ratings

BuyDanno ,

I love mushrooms but

that Gross guy whew he’s amped up and then jumps off the deep in!

William Hubet ,

Honest and Entertaining

I think the one thing that you can always count on with this podcast is that Joey will be honest. He has entertaining guests on. I’ve been following PWNA and BCPod since day one and it seems like a split was an inevitability. Joey was always the voice of reason and pretty much the only reason I listened to BCPod for as long as I did. Joey brings what he brought to the table over there to his own podcast here with a more grounded feel in a somewhat autobiographical yet very interesting podcast.

hairhighness ,

More confused than before

I’m a 62 year old women. Didn’t really grow up in church but have call Jesus my Savior since I was 23. As my children grew up and married I’ve come to understand more than before we each travel our own journey to the Jesus.
As our world, country (USA), and the church has changed over my lifetime I truly want to understand many of the differences in understanding. Mostly I’m focused on my own children, in law children and my Grands as they become older. I stumbled upon this podcast because of its response to the Christianity Today’s Podcast about Mars Hill Church (I attended there about 8 years and was there at the ending). It has taken two weeks for me to pin point just what was so troubling about that podcast. However I’m truly wanting to understand opinions that are different than my own. To challenge my own beliefs to provide away yo be loving even if I don’t agree. So after scrolling through I listened to #299. Possibly I just chose the wrong episode because but was hoping to truly hear something tangible...maybe I’ll need yo hear more but sadly this Podcast while kind and filled with story of ones journey it felt lacking for what I was looking for.

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