249 episodes

Joey Svendsen, formerly of BadChristian Podcast, is a pastor who embraces confusion on many spiritual matters. Growing up a fundamentalist, evangelical Christian, he now explores faith through progressive lenses while continuing connection with evangelicals, many who are part of the church he pastors at. Join Joey, his regular commentators and many special guests (progressives, traditionalists and evangelicals alike) as we discus God and the Bible, hear about Joey's experiences with mental illness and reflect on stories of tragedy. It's not supposed to all make sense, so let's continue down the path of Jesus, stick together as we do so, and let's laugh some along the way. For public discussion revolving around the podcast, go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PWNAtalk/

Pastor With No Answers Podcast Joey Svendsen

    • Christianity
    • 4.6, 225 Ratings

Joey Svendsen, formerly of BadChristian Podcast, is a pastor who embraces confusion on many spiritual matters. Growing up a fundamentalist, evangelical Christian, he now explores faith through progressive lenses while continuing connection with evangelicals, many who are part of the church he pastors at. Join Joey, his regular commentators and many special guests (progressives, traditionalists and evangelicals alike) as we discus God and the Bible, hear about Joey's experiences with mental illness and reflect on stories of tragedy. It's not supposed to all make sense, so let's continue down the path of Jesus, stick together as we do so, and let's laugh some along the way. For public discussion revolving around the podcast, go here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PWNAtalk/

    247 - Essentials of the Christian Faith. Who decides?

    247 - Essentials of the Christian Faith. Who decides?

    My friend Pastor Colin Kerr wrote a book called “Faith Hope Love: The Essentials of Christianity for the Curious, Confused and Skeptical.” We talk about “essentials” in the context of denominations. Colin says, “A skeptic’s reasons for rejecting institutional Christianity might be, unbeknownst to them, more faithful to the nature of Kingdom Christianity than some claiming to be Christians themselves.” Bullseye. We talk a little about everything. Is it a win that many of these skeptics are leaving a misguided church? What does it mean for the bible to be authoritative? Is it fair to say love is more important than doctrine? This book is touted as concise in its content and interdenominational in its approach, a strong read for the curious, confused and/or skeptical.” At the top of the episode, John Mark McMillan, Ellen Mauro and myself talk about the tenacity of John’s daughter, TikTok and having patience and love towards unlovable people.

    Colin’s Church family:
    https://www.parksidechs.com/

    Colin Kerr’s book: Amazon or where ever you get your books, bookworm.

    John Mark McMillan: @johnmarkmc, https://www.johnmarkmcmillan.com/
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    246 - Sizing People Up With Love

    246 - Sizing People Up With Love

    (Pastoring in an Evangelical church as a Non-Evangelical Part 3)
    Continuing a mini-series (started with episodes 225 and 240), in this episode I reflect on my habit of categorizing people as good or bad, authentic or fake, honest or a liar. And my current desire to size people up with love and recognizing my hypocrisy when I don’t do this. I also talk out loud my thoughts (not always the best idea) concerning Pastors distinguishing themselves from their “flock” as “the superior one,” this leading to messes of all kinds. This line of thinking is also completely contradictory to the nature of humanity clearly seen in day to day life as well as in the bible.

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    Music courtesy of www.DerekMinor.com

    • 10 min
    245 - How Much Can We “Sway” God By Praying?

    245 - How Much Can We “Sway” God By Praying?

    Chip Judd and Jack Hoey, regulars on this podcast, have both been Christians for a long time and see prayer in very different lights. How much responsibility do we have to pray regularly and does God withhold blessings and provisions when we do not pray enough? Does God often communicate back to us? So many questions about prayer and we discuss many of them on this episode. At the top of the episode, Joey, Ellen Mauro and John Mark McMillan continue their conversation about porn and today specifically we discuss how significant the difference is between seeing naked bodies and watching sexual acts. I also surveyed our listeners on their personal struggles with mental illness and share the results in the intro.

    John Mark McMillan: @johnmarkmc, https://www.johnmarkmcmillan.com/
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    Song you heard:
    The Lost Chorus is a collaboration between Alex Albert (Project 86, drums), Ryan Dennee (Stavesacre, guitar), Dirk Lemmenes (Stavesacre, bass) and Andy Zipf (vocals, guitar). In 2009, Alberts, Dennee and Lemmenes wrote several instrumental songs in a rehearsal space outside of Los Angeles. They reached out to Zipf, who added melodies, lyrics and some additional guitar parts. This resulted in a self produced and self titled EP released in 2011. In 2019, new material began to take shape, and a series of singles produced and mixed by Paul Fig (Deftones, Ghost, Alice in Chains) are now in process. The first song from this series, “Soft Lies” was released June 26, 2020.

    Find the Lost Chorus where ever you listen to your tunes.

    • 50 min
    244 - If Demons Aren’t Real (w/ Dr. Tony Jones)

    244 - If Demons Aren’t Real (w/ Dr. Tony Jones)

    [“demon talk” starts at 16 mark] Theologian, author and host of Reverend Hunter Podcast, Tony Jones joins Joey and one of our resident theologians, Jack Hoey, to share his view on this universe being “demon-less.” And if demons (and Satan) do not indeed exist, did Jesus think they did? How then was he tempted in the garden? If our battle isn’t “against flesh and blood,” who’s it against? We also have a conversation about the other side of the coin: what does it say about God if we do indeed live in a world where demons hate us, want to destroy us, and God can kill them but doesn’t?

    At the top of the episode, John Mark McMillan, Ellen Mauro and myself discuss the complicated tension between de-objectifying women while also celebrating her freedom and how they present their bodies.

    Tony Jones podcast: https://reverendhunter.com/
    Tony Jones resources: http://tonyj.net/about/
    Tony Jones Socials: @jonestony

    John Mark McMillan: @johnmarkmc, https://www.johnmarkmcmillan.com/

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    Music brought to you by: www.derekminor.com

    • 1 hr 9 min
    243 - To Be on Anti-Depressants or Not to Be

    243 - To Be on Anti-Depressants or Not to Be

    My friend Jed and I have had long journeys struggling with clinical mental illness. We’ve been through times of not knowing what to do, times of being on anti-depressants and times of trying life without them. This conversation was captured on March 2nd, which is a snapshot in time, representing a snapshot of our journeys with the ups and downs of depression and anxiety.

    At the top of episode, my friends John Mark McMillan and Ellen Mauro talk about therapy and an infatuation with breasts.

    Jed Payne’s Podcast, Church and Other Drugs. https://www.facebook.com/churchandotherdrugs/

    John Mark McMillan: @johnmarkmc, https://www.johnmarkmcmillan.com/
    Joey Svendsen, FB, T and I: @joeysvendsen

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    242 - Thrash Music Pioneers, Vengeance Rising

    242 - Thrash Music Pioneers, Vengeance Rising

    Roger Dale Martin, bass player of the iconic Christian thrash band Vengeance Rising, let’s us in on a secret. Vengeance Rising, in the late 80s paved a new path not only in the Christian music scene, but in the heavy music scene as a whole. The vocals had Christians retorting, “You're not allowed to have singing that sounds like demons in hell.” We talk about the early Christian heavy music scene, the departure of front man Roger Martinez, the impossibility for indie bands back in the day to track their following, and much, much more. Cheers to Vengeance Rising.

    Special Guests: Jesse Sprinkle, Mikee Bridges, Matt Johnson and Mark Salomon.

    Songs used in this podcast with permission:

    “Space Truckin” from “Once Dead” by Vengeance Rising
    “Warfare” from “Once Dead” by Vengeance Rising
    “Can’t Get Out” from “Once Dead” by Vengeance Rising
    “Into the Abyss” from “Once Dead” by Vengeance Rising
    “Out of the Will” from “Once Dead” by Vengeance Rising
    “Human Sacrifice” from “Human Sacrifice” by Vengeance Rising
    “Burn Satan Burn” from “Human Sacrifice” by Vengeance Rising

    Roger Dale Martin: https://www.facebook.com/roger.martin.353803

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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
225 Ratings

225 Ratings

JRambo2020 ,

Relevant and Relatable

I love how Joey is very open to all different avenues in Christianity. He is flexible and a good listener on many hard subjects. This podcast may not be for everyone. Especially if you are set in your “ways” and “beliefs”. This is a great podcast to open your mind on relevant topics and at the very least stretch your mind and tear down any boxes that we tend to put Jesus in. We should all figure out what we believe by making our OWN decisions rather than being spoon fed by stuff we agree with. Thank you Joey for being yourself!

JenniT-way ,

Pastor with refreshing answers

Been a long time listener to the PWA podcast. Just wanted to encourage people who are looking for something unique in the spiritual sense. Here you will follow the raw/vulnerable journey of a guy who is seemingly podcasting to learn just as much as they’re trying to teach. Those w mental health struggles may find this to be an especially refreshing and real show ... He unpacks a lot, and at the same time understands it is hilarious to use words Christianese like “unpack”...

MegaPhilip ,

Platforms are serious

To be transparent, I only listened to one episode, and maybe I should have expected it considering the title of the podcast (was trying not to pre-judge), but the way that the host talked was just so flippant and from a place of self rather than of ministering anything resembling God’s Word (which is what I take the role of someone claiming the role of “pastor”). This was disappointing. Yes, individual pastors should not act like they have all the answers in themselves. However, the whole point of their role is that they dedicate their life and ministry to the God who does have answers and has communicated them in His Word. It’s one thing for a random person of faith to position themselves as having no answers (still not great), but for a pastor to position themself that way seems pretty counterproductive, unless their position is that God has given us nothing solid to lean on.

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