Like it or not, we now live in a largely post-christian and decidedly post-church world. What this means for churches is that business-as-usual tactics have not worked, and will not work. It’s time for serious change, not incremental adjustments but radical re-framing of what it means to be a community. Join us as we explore a world that is moving past traditional notions of religion, god and church to see what comes next.
The End of Millennial Modernism?
The emergence of ‘man-tenance’? Conscious bars? All that and how men’s skincare might herald new theological horizons and why the hyper-personalization of our lives is a pointer to changing understanding of the self, the world, and maybe even the gods!
The Instagram Comment That Launched a Podcast
In this week's conversation we cover everything from a comment left on an Instagram feed about narrative versus empirical realities, and why binary conversations about the ‘real world’ are seldom satisfying and then how design might offer new ways of thinking through theology and other issues, ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ said Maria, but then we talked about sinks so…we cover it all this time around!
And In Other News...
Religion has been in the news a fair bit this past week-usual uproar over this or that. It really seems to echo the same theme over and over again, that religious leaders are out of touch and too quick to uphold the institution at the expense of humanity. So we have a moan about that, but we also talk about 16th century clockwork automaton monks that can kiss their rosaries and self-flagellate because we're committed to bringing the most important religious news to you from the past as well as the present.
Diary of a former Pentecostal-atheist, mainline-universalist-radical theologian!
This week we are delighted to welcome a special guest Brien Aadland. Brien is a Minneapolis based theologian and practitioner with a great story to tell about finding faith, losing faith and finding a very different version of it again. In some ways it mirrors many of the conversations we hear over and over about the struggle with dogmatic and institutional forms of faith that seem to stifle and snuff out individual quests but Brien’s story takes some unique turns.
"Words Don't Come Cheap"
This week's conversation is all about the power of words. Not the power of words in the hyper-religious ‘name it and claim it’ sense nor in the new age ‘manifesting’ sense of things, but the real power of words and the ways in which new understanding of the relationship between the brain and the body are reframing the way people think about words-the energy they do or don’t exact from our bodies-it’s a fascinating idea that caught our attention and we thought it would be a good thing to share wi
This week we chat about Jacques Derrida, the father, or perhaps, Godfather of deconstruction. Maria has been reading a wonderful new biography of the man that has opened her understanding of Derrida's work and she wanted to talk about it. This is not a theory heavy conversation as much as an enthusiastic cheer for ideas whose time has come and keeps on coming…perhaps. ;)
Great Weekly Checkin w/ H&Co Crew
So thankful for Maria and Barry! Check it out.
Deconstructing the Deconstruction
This is one of the most insightful podcasts, in terms of “deconstructing” the status quo of the overall Christian faith. Nevertheless, some days I can’t get past Maria’s high-pitch whiny voice and wonder if Barry is not as talkative in order to amplify a woman’s voice. Lastly, I’ve lost my enthusiasm in listening to this podcast more recently, due to the lack of cultural awareness in their theological conversations. The theological “deconstruction” is heavily from a European and “USA” (as the “Americas” are 2-continents, not a country) and privileged lenses. Though both are highly knowledgeable, speak very eloquently and are extremely articulate, they lack the understanding and connection to the realities of Christian faith in other cultures.
Some of us don't "live" in this area. Nor are we educated or exposed to the issue facing the Church. The Church is declining. Not a secret. Just look around. The SBC which is the largest Protestant denomoniation has seen it's biggest drop in membership in over 100 years. But why? This podcast will help you understand the times and maybe slow the tide.