315 episodes

Joey Svendsen (formerly of BadChristian Podcast) is a pastor who threw out his list of theological “certainties,” embraced mystery, and found freedom. Growing up a fundamentalist evangelical Christian, he now explores faith through a progressive lens. But Joey cares more about people than their positions, and remains closely connected with evangelicals, including many of the staff and attendees of the church where he pastors. Join Joey, his regular commentators and many special guests (progressives, traditionalists, evangelicals, and the totally indifferent) as they discuss God, the Church, cultural issues and anything else that has grabbed Joey’s attention. You’ll also hear honest and unfiltered discussions about stories of tragedy as well as Joey’s own experiences with mental illness. Joey likes to keep the conversations friendly but doesn’t pull punches, and doesn’t hesitate to explore potentially offensive topics. Maybe you love Jesus but aren’t so sure about the church thing, or maybe you’ve got the Heidelberg Catechism tattooed on your forearm – this is a podcast dedicated to coming together in love to talk about the things we all care deeply about but sensitive ears, you’ve been forewarned.

Pastor With No Answers Podcast Joey Svendsen

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 252 Ratings

Joey Svendsen (formerly of BadChristian Podcast) is a pastor who threw out his list of theological “certainties,” embraced mystery, and found freedom. Growing up a fundamentalist evangelical Christian, he now explores faith through a progressive lens. But Joey cares more about people than their positions, and remains closely connected with evangelicals, including many of the staff and attendees of the church where he pastors. Join Joey, his regular commentators and many special guests (progressives, traditionalists, evangelicals, and the totally indifferent) as they discuss God, the Church, cultural issues and anything else that has grabbed Joey’s attention. You’ll also hear honest and unfiltered discussions about stories of tragedy as well as Joey’s own experiences with mental illness. Joey likes to keep the conversations friendly but doesn’t pull punches, and doesn’t hesitate to explore potentially offensive topics. Maybe you love Jesus but aren’t so sure about the church thing, or maybe you’ve got the Heidelberg Catechism tattooed on your forearm – this is a podcast dedicated to coming together in love to talk about the things we all care deeply about but sensitive ears, you’ve been forewarned.

    315 - The Bad Christian Divorce: (Part 5) of My Major Depressive Episode

    315 - The Bad Christian Divorce: (Part 5) of My Major Depressive Episode

    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!

    The story of my depressive disorder in 2019 is profoundly incomplete without including a narrative of my departure from the BadChristian Podcast and community.  On this episode, I include insight from friends and family, recounting a story of great loss as well as my journey from brokenness to health.  Or let’s just say healthIER.  – Joey 
    BadChristian Podcast and community was started in 2013 by Matt Carter, Toby Morrell (of the band Emery) and friend, Joey Svendsen (pastor of a church in South Carolina).  Brutally honest and often irreverent Christian podcasts like this are now a dime a dozen but at the time, “BC POD” occupied a unique space, and as a result of its quick rise in popularity, proved to be a vibe that many Christians had an appetite for.  The three aforementioned hosts were not only co-workers but also good friends.  

    Unfortunately, all humans are flawed and sometimes, even when motivated by the best intentions, relationships get broken to an extent in which they aren’t salvageable.  Joey shares his take on the “break up story” with his friends and co-hosts; the first (and hopefully only) situation of this kind he’s ever had to walk through.   
    Special thanks to contributors (in order of appearance):
    Ryan Amick, Sean A. Scapellato, Jared Svendsen, Karen “PK” Simmons, Jack Hoey, Krystal Halvorson, and special outtake with Ryan Amick.

    Other Episodes of interest:
    Repenting from BadChristian
    My Depressive Episode: Why Talk About Our Hell
    My Depressive Episode 2: “To See a Son Suffer”
    My Depressive Episode 3 (w/ Chip Judd): Anxiety and How it All Began
    My Depressive Episode 4: Our Pastors Walked With Us & the Mental Institution

    Joey/PWNA:
    https://www.instagram.com/joeysvendsen
    https://twitter.com/joeysvendsen

    Current DonorSee giving opportunity: https://donorsee.com/pwnahelps

    Be a patron! https://www.patreon.com/pwnapod
    or leave a Venmo tip right @  https://venmo.com/joey-svendsen

    Join the discussion:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PWNAtalk

    E-mail PWNAcontact@gmail.com for correspondence.

    Music on this episode courtesy of:
    Joel Hamilton + friends
    https://mechanicalriver.bandcamp.com/
    http://embassyfreqs.com/

    Jejune, courtesy of Joe Guevara
    https://open.spotify.com/artist/0dH7IS6J0rfzfMCyxG8b4V

    Derek Minor  http://www.derekminor.com

    Executive producer:  Jared Svendsen 

    • 56 min
    314 - Dear Earthling, We Are All We Got (w/ Propaganda)

    314 - Dear Earthling, We Are All We Got (w/ Propaganda)

    Jason Petty (known as Propaganda) joins Joey and his friend Robbie Madison who are fresh off of reading Prop’s new book, "Terraforming.”  With this book as the backdrop, the three discuss why people do evil and ponder if humans can actually be evil.  Prop describes how culture is made and how we, the Earthlings, can turn the tide and go in a better direction.  He maintains an intriguing vibe of optimism (that Joey is jealous of) with his belief in the possibility of making a better world.  The three also discuss how the "Gen Z kids" are bringing in a new wave of love and acceptance, and they reflect on September 11th 2001. 
    Propaganda:
    https://www.prophiphop.com/
    https://twitter.com/prophiphop
    Robbie Madison:
    https://www.instagram.com/robbiemadisonmusic/
    http://robbiemadison.com/category/music/
    Joey/PWNA Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/joeysvendsen
    Current DonorSee giving opportunity: https://donorsee.com/pwnahelps

    Support Us:
    Join us as a patron! https://www.patreon.com/pwnapod
    or leave a Venmo tip right @  https://venmo.com/joey-svendsen

    Join the discussion:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PWNAtalk

    Socials:
    https://twitter.com/joeysvendsen
    https://www.facebook.com/PWNApod

    E-mail PWNAcontact@gmail.com for correspondence.

    Music on this episode courtesy of Derek Minor:  http://www.derekminor.com

    Other music originally composed by Joel Hamilton + friends
    https://mechanicalriver.bandcamp.com/
    http://embassyfreqs.com/

    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen

    • 57 min
    312 - Burning Secular CDs for Jesus (w/ @Shama4realz)

    312 - Burning Secular CDs for Jesus (w/ @Shama4realz)

    Sometimes we need to take a deep breath and laugh at how silly we all can be.  From church conferences to pastors’ smoking hot wives, from “prom songs for Jesus” worship songs and ridiculous pastor jokes to every church wanting a black worship leader, comedian Shama4realz and Joey poke fun of, laugh at and lament about church culture.   

    Shama4realz
    Check out https://www.instagram.com/shama4realz on Instagram for more making fun of Christians.  You’ll be happy you did.  Unless you are a real stick in the mud.  
    Church Stories Podcast:
    https://www.instagram.com/churchstories
    Joey/PWNA Instagram:  www.instagram.com/joeysvendsen
    Current DonorSee giving opportunity: https://donorsee.com/pwnahelps

    Support Us:
    Join us as a patron! https://www.patreon.com/pwnapod
    or leave a Venmo tip right @  https://venmo.com/joey-svendsen

    Join the discussion:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PWNAtalk

    Socials:
    https://twitter.com/joeysvendsen
    https://www.facebook.com/PWNApod

    E-mail PWNAcontact@gmail.com for correspondence.

    Music on this episode courtesy of Derek Minor:  http://www.derekminor.com

    Other music originally composed by Joel Hamilton + friends
    https://mechanicalriver.bandcamp.com/
    http://embassyfreqs.com/

    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen
     

    • 54 min
    311 - Pastoring an Evangelical Church after Deconstructing (w/ Abbey Norman)

    311 - Pastoring an Evangelical Church after Deconstructing (w/ Abbey Norman)

    Pastor, author and bartender, Abby Norman, shares Joey’s zeal for loving people right where they're at, both seeing the Christian faith through more progressive lenses and are in fellowship with (and in shepherding roles with) those who are more conservative.

    Abby shares some of her experiences in life, including the story that led to her writing, “You Can Talk to God Like That: The Power of Lament to Save Your Faith.”   She shares the time when she grasped God's acceptance of the emotion of anger, even when directed at Him; and how this realization sealed the deal  in her being a Christian from that point on.  Joey shares how his current positioning in ministry is a more unique space than what his involvement was in the BadChristian Podcast. 
    At top of episode, Jack, Ellen and Joey talk deconstruction.  Jack used to be a Calvinist and Ellen is in an uncomfortable season of rethinking the bible.  Joey wonders if the influx of progressive Christian faith may be the beginning of a new reformation.  Jack says “hell no” (my words, not his) to that theory.  
    Abby Norman:
    https://abbynorman.net/
    https://twitter.com/abbynormansays
    Ellen Mauro:  https://www.instagram.com/ellenmauro
    Jack Hoey: @jackthelesser (twitter and Instagram)

    Joey/PWNA Instagram:  www.instagram.com/joeysvendsen
    Current DonorSee giving opportunity: https://donorsee.com/pwnahelps

    Support Us:
    Join us as a patron! https://www.patreon.com/pwnapod
    or leave a Venmo tip right @  https://venmo.com/joey-svendsen

    Join the discussion:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PWNAtalk

    Socials:
    https://twitter.com/pwnapod
    https://twitter.com/joeysvendsen
    https://www.facebook.com/PWNApod

    E-mail PWNAcontact@gmail.com for correspondence.

    Theme Song courtesy of Derek Minor:  http://www.derekminor.com

    Other music originally composed by Joel Hamilton + friends
    https://mechanicalriver.bandcamp.com/
    http://embassyfreqs.com/

    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen

    • 1 hr 2 min
    310 - Pete Enns: Calvinism, The Fall, the Afterlife, etc.

    310 - Pete Enns: Calvinism, The Fall, the Afterlife, etc.

    Podcaster (Bible for Normal People), Author (Sin of Certainty, Exodus for Normal People, How the Bible works and more), bible scholar (PhD) and just a heck of a dude, Pete Enns tries to answer tons of dumb-ass theology questions from the mind of Joey Svendsen.  Some themes that come out of this one: mystery of the afterlife, the importance of the resurrection, how systematic theology is broke, The Message Bible, some of Jesus’ limitations and a different way to look at the story of Adam and Eve.  How’s that for a jam packed episode!

    Pete:
    https://twitter.com/peteenns
    https://peteenns.com/
    https://thebiblefornormalpeople.podbean.com/

    Episode 90 with Pete Enns [aired June 4th 2017]
    https://www.buzzsprout.com/1511929/6549841

    Joey/PWNA Instagram:  www.instagram.com/joeysvendsen
    Current DonorSee giving opportunity: https://donorsee.com/pwnahelps

    Support Us:
    Join us as a patron! https://www.patreon.com/pwnapod
    or leave a Venmo tip right @  https://venmo.com/joey-svendsen

    Join the discussion:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PWNAtalk

    Socials:
    https://twitter.com/joeysvendsen
    https://www.facebook.com/PWNApod

    E-mail PWNAcontact@gmail.com for correspondence.

    Theme Song courtesy of Derek Minor:  http://www.derekminor.com

    Other music originally composed by Joel Hamilton and friends.
    https://mechanicalriver.bandcamp.com/
    http://embassyfreqs.com/

    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen

    • 54 min
    309 - “The Billy Graham Rule” Dissected and Debated

    309 - “The Billy Graham Rule” Dissected and Debated

    Regulars to the show, Chip Judd (30+ years counseling experience) and Ellen Mauro debate and discuss the risks of spending "alone time" with the opposite gender in date-like scenarios, car rides, closed doors, out of town business trips.  Is this playing with fire?  Or is this a dated policy that churches need to abort from, so females can stop feeling like they are merely hot-bodies, dangerous, predatory, male-slaying dragons?  [Originally released 5/6/2018]
    Chip Judd:
    https://chipjudd.com/
    https://www.instagram.com/chipjudd
    Ellen Mauro:
    https://www.instagram.com/ellenmauro

    Joey/PWNA Instagram:  www.instagram.com/joeysvendsen
    Current DonorSee giving opportunity: https://donorsee.com/pwnahelps

    Support Us:
    Join us as a patron! https://www.patreon.com/pwnapod
    or leave a Venmo tip right @  https://venmo.com/joey-svendsen

    Join the discussion:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/PWNAtalk

    Socials:
    https://twitter.com/joeysvendsen
    https://www.facebook.com/PWNApod

    E-mail PWNAcontact@gmail.com for correspondence.

    Theme song by Derek Minor:  http://www.derekminor.com

    Old theme song by Dan Koch: https://dankoch.net/

    Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen

    • 1 hr 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
252 Ratings

252 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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