"Questioning Christianity" is a podcast for Bible Belters with doubts and questions about Pop-Christianity.
Join Dr. Rob Helton and Dan McClellan as we discuss some of the tough questions of faith. Maybe you have questions that your faith community never addressed...well, at least not satisfactorily. Do you feel disenfranchised, jaded, and burned-out by church counterculture, judgement, damnation, legalism, nationalism, tradition, mega-churches and mega-pastor personalities?
Disclaimer: We don't pretend to have the answers. We'll suggest some things to think about, but we recognize room for disagreement. We're not here to convince or convert you. We’re here to doubt and dream along with you.
Rob & Dan
Watch Out For Those Dogs!
What are the rules for becoming a follower of Jesus? Well, if we were to tell you, then we might be one of those dogs that Paul warns about in Philippians...and not the fluffy "man's best friend" sort of dog. No, first century dogs hunted in packs, scavenged, and preyed on the weak. That's how Paul describes anyone who puts religion as the entryway to Jesus. So watch out for those dogs (and don't be a dog yourself)!
Speaking of rules, we discuss a listener's question about why Jesus thought it was okay to break the law. Join us for episode 50 of Questioning Christianity.
49. If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that we can agree on almost nothing. We allow ourselves to be divided because of politics, social justice issues, the national anthem, and whether or not that crazy Tiger King-guy should be in prison. Are we missing something by focusing on these differences? Could it be that humanity has a mystical connection with one another in Christ?
Questions About Death
48. It's a real bummer of an episode for sure...the topic is death. What happens when we die? Why is death a part of God's plan for humanity? What can we do to bring comfort to people who are grieving? What's the worst thing to say to someone who loses a loved one? Also, Rob builds a birdhouse.
47. 2020 is shaping up to be a weird year (to say the least). Anxiety levels are high. Whether it's the pandemic, social injustice, the mask debate, Sahara dust cloud, or murder hornets - things seem to go from bad to worse! But is it possible that things are actually getting better? How can we find peace in the midst of chaos?
Aliens & Exiles - The Gospel According to Peter
46. Peter left his home, work, and family to follow Jesus - the messiah that Peter thought would lead a revolution to overthrow the Roman empire. But those dreams died when Jesus was crucified. But after the resurrection, Peter started seeing things differently. He experienced a paradigm shift and was able to see a larger countercultural plan at work.
Hey! He Breathed on Me!
45. According to the Gospel writers, Jesus came back to life and began appearing to his disciples though they didn't always recognize him. Jesus also said and did some weird things...like breathe on them (a big no-no by today's social distancing standards)! What is the significance of Jesus' resurrection to the Christian faith? What was Jesus doing during the time he was dead? And what if you can't make yourself believe such a far-fetched story? Let's chat about it on the Questioning Christianity Podcast.
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Meeting me exactly where I’m at
I found this podcast a couple months ago and have been working my way through the archives. I’ve been on a bit of a faith deconstruction journey for a few years but more intensively over the past 6 months and Rob & Dan do a great job of addressing many of questions that I have that before have either been “taboo” to ask or have been met with such a definitive & defensive answer that I’ve been left wanting. I love how Rob takes the time to explain the context culturally, historically, etc of each of the Bible passages. It helps make everything much more cohesive and rich. Thanks for all you do and please keep it up!
I’m grateful for Dan and Rob for addressing questions that are on the minds of so many people (church-goers, Christians, non-Christians, etc). The questions are approached in a humble, gentle, and personal way. It’s easy to tell these questions are well thought out; not just because they’ve been researched by Dan and Rob, but because they wrestle with these questions themselves. I’m grateful for this podcast and how Jesus is using it to feed my own soul.