334 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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 257 Ratings

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.

    331 - No More White Churches For Me (w/ Dante Stewart)

    331 - No More White Churches For Me (w/ Dante Stewart)

    At top of the episode, Joey’s pastor Josh Surratt joins to talk about big church buildings, whether he’s comfortable with Joey’s different approaches to Christian faith, if he’d like to be a celebrity pastor and if there's anything he dislikes about the church he leads.   

    Within white evangelical church cultures, many black people have  found their voices and convictions unvalued.  It's a very ugly truth but many white, evangelical churches embrace black membership and even love “the look” of having black leadership.  But once black leaders use their God-given leadership and insight to influence – or at the very least – to share their hearts with white people, it’s viewed as "stepping out of line," even sinful. 

    Dante Stewart, former defensive back of God’s favorite college football team, Clemson Tigers, wrote a book called “Shoutin’ in the Fire: An American Epistle;  in which he shares his reasons for permanently leaving white evangelicalism, why it’s not his job to help white people change, and ways to help us all reimagine spiritual virtues like rage, resilience, and remembrance, exploring how these might function as a work of love against an unjust, unloving world.  How's that for a run-on sentence! 

    Dante Stewart / Twitter / Instagram / Website / Book on Amazon
    Pastor Josh Surratt / Twitter / Instagram 
    Books mentioned in this episode: 
    More Beautiful and Terrible History by Jeanne Theoharis
    The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
    The Case for Rage by Myisha Cherry
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    330 - A Christian Universalist agrees: “No Way to the Father But By Son.”

    330 - A Christian Universalist agrees: “No Way to the Father But By Son.”

    Author and Theologian, Sharon Putt (formerly Sharon Baker), Chip Judd and host, Joey Svendsen all have similar spiritual upbringings but Sharon and Joey believe in a Christ-centered universal salvation. 

    It’s one thing to reject this belief, another thing for a Christian to say the bible doesn’t support it.  One's view of scripture  may "clearly say anything" he think it says, but what is his view about the (seemingly clear) passages that discus humanity and all of earth being redeemed.  We discuss God and love, in context of the afterlife; and whether there had to be an adversary  for us to be able to truly love and chose God.  Joey pushes back on the very common and sensible objection of  “you’re defining God and love by your own standards.”  Both Sharon and Chip are very biblically studied and Chip has never considered Jesus saving everyone.  
     
    Sharon Putt (formerly Baker) / Info / Razing Hell book
    Chip Judd / Website / Instagram

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    Theme song, courtesy of Derek Minor

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    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen
     
    Subscribe here to keep up with all things "Pastor With No Answers" as well as a new digital family we'd love to have you a part of.  You don't have to be alone in your spiritual questions  and you don't have to play by society's "new standard" of taking sides and being polarized.  Join us!
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    329 - S.C. Rounding up Firing Squad to Execute Bad Guys (w/ Shane Claiborne)

    329 - S.C. Rounding up Firing Squad to Execute Bad Guys (w/ Shane Claiborne)

    I had no idea the direction my home state was heading in.  Our government is making some adjustments to their “capital punishment policies,” which includes (yes, you read right) a firing squad.  We talk about this while Shane shares the correlation between capital punishment and slavery.  According to Shane, this issue can’t be separated by race.  We talk the theological and moral implications of all this and dispel of some assumptions held by more conservatively-wired folks. 
    Shane Claiborne / Website / Twitter / Ministry
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    Subscribe here to keep up with all things "Pastor With No Answers" as well as a new digital family we'd love to have you a part of.  You don't have to be alone in your spiritual questions  and you don't have to play by society's "new standard" of taking sides and being polarized.  Join us!
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    • 37 min
    330 - Me, Myself, My Faith, Music, and Redneck Family (w/ BlackSheep Pod)

    330 - Me, Myself, My Faith, Music, and Redneck Family (w/ BlackSheep Pod)

    Host Joey Svendsen was on the BlackSheep Podcast to talk about himself for an hour.  Hosts of BlackSheep, Mason and Cullen, ask Joey what he believes and what music he’s listening to and they were wonderful in allowing us to release this on our channel as well.  

    Joey goes into the history of Pastor With No Answers and how it represents a biographical synopsis of all the ways he’s changed in his faith.  And God forbid any one admit he is a Christian mainly due to spiritual experiences/encounters.  

    Joey is a true music snob (so he’s told) and shares his 10 favorite Christmas songs, what five albums influenced his musical tastes, why Emery stood out to him during pop-screamo’s heyday, and how Underoath’s freshman release album was the only UO material he listened to.  Make sure you stick around for the outtakes of the Mars Hill spoof.  
    The BlackSheep Podcast

    Mars Hill Sketch contributors: Justina Sparling, Jason Farr, Grayson LIttle, Jed Payne, Hayne Griffen.  
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    Theme song, courtesy of Derek Minor

    Other music originally composed by Joel Hamilton and Joel Hamilton + friends, and Ray Deezy. 
    Andrew Holder produced this episode.  E-mail him for podcast producing needs: andrewholder74@gmail.com
    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen
     
    Subscribe here to keep up with all things "Pastor With No Answers" as well as a new digital family we'd love to have you a part of.  You don't have to be alone in your spiritual questions  and you don't have to play by society's "new standard" of taking sides and being polarized.  Join us!
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    329 - December 25th is a Bad Day to Lose Your Mom

    329 - December 25th is a Bad Day to Lose Your Mom

    How do you ever have a "normal feeling Christmas" again when on that one Christmas morning, you woke up to the news Rian Fuller woke up to. 

    On Christmas of 2015, Rian lost her best friend Karen Bessinger, who just happened to be the one who gave her birth.  Here we discuss whether or not Christmas is "redeemable" for Rian again; and we wonder why the hell couldn't God have just picked a different day to take her mom home?   Maybe September 14th?  Or how about January 14th?   

    Christmas is expected  to be -- and treated by the masses -- as the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year," but for those who suffered great loss in recent prior years, this is impossible.  And this tension between "happy holidays" and grief, is utterly painful, so I'm told. 

    The pain of this world, the untimely loss of one you call mother and friend, in this episode we reflect on life, loss, and eternal perspective.  There's also some mysterious "post death interactions" that will have you supernatural romantics smiling and crying, while the  logical, boring people will roll eyes in skepticism.  HA!  Love to all.  Merry Christmas. 

    And we mourn with those who mourn.   We pray more peace for all mankind.  The kind that passes all understanding.   

    Rest in Peace
    Karen Bessinger
    January 26, 1964 -
    Dec 25th 2015.

    Special thanks to Rian Fuller for sharing her life (and the life of her mom's) with us.
    *Rian was referred to on this episode inadvertently by her maiden name, "Bessinger." *

    Episodes mentioned in this episode:
    How Does a Widowed Mom in her 30s View Life and God? (Part 1 w/ Liz Miller)
    How Does a Widowed Mom in her 30s View Life and God? (Part 2 w/ Liz Miller)
    A Practical Discussion on Grieving During the Holidays
    A Merry-Less Christmas, Newly Widowed

    Rian Fuller Instagram / Photography Business

    The Sing Team and their Christmas Album is featured throughout episode.  Congrats on a rad Christmas release!

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    • 48 min
    328 - Three White Dudes Dreaming About Unity in the Church

    328 - Three White Dudes Dreaming About Unity in the Church

    Subscribe here to keep up with all things "Pastor With No Answers" as well as a new digital family we'd love to have you a part of.  You don't have to be alone in your spiritual questions  and you don't have to play by society's "new standard" of taking sides and being polarized.  Join us!

    At top of episode, Joey proposes some double-standards to co-hosts Matt Oxley and Ellen Mauro, in how male "body-part slang," like the word "d*ck" is acceptable for casual use while the female "body-part slang word" "p***y," isn't.

    Brian Allain has partnered with the likes of Diana Butler Bass, Brian McLaren and Shane Claiborne to actually try and bring Christians from all spectrums (fundamentalists and progressives) together, aligned in love.  They (plus others) all compiled some essays on how we can do it in How to Heal Our Divides: a Practical Guide.  Brian and I discuss with special guest-host, Andy Squyres, the reasons for division, we reflect on the lost art of seeing humans as complicated, we look at how our beliefs in the afterlife dictate the rest of our practices, and ponder whether or not the late Rachel Held Evans (or you fill in the blank with your favorite "neighborhood progressive") was in the same "body of Christ" as Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham (or you fill in the blank with your favorite "neighborhood fundamentalist.")
    Brian Allain:  Website

    Andy Squyres: Website / Instagram / Twitter

    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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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
257 Ratings

257 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.

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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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