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Religion and Politics - subjects we avoid in polite society. But not here. Stories and people who challenge our assumptions and blaze new trails. Inspiring. Challenging. Out of the box. For Blog and Official BWM site, go to www.thebeachedwhitemale.com.

The Beached White Male Podcast with Ken Kemp Ken Kemp

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 35 Ratings

Religion and Politics - subjects we avoid in polite society. But not here. Stories and people who challenge our assumptions and blaze new trails. Inspiring. Challenging. Out of the box. For Blog and Official BWM site, go to www.thebeachedwhitemale.com.

    S5E37 Amanda Munroe - Restorative Justice and Engaged Pluralism

    S5E37 Amanda Munroe - Restorative Justice and Engaged Pluralism

    Amanda Munroe shares her personal journey of life and faith; justice and pluralism. She currently serves as Director of Restorative Practices for Engaged Pluralism at Vassar College in Upstate New York. (Founded in 1861 as the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the United States, Vassar became coed in 1969.) Amanda is a specialist in conflict resolution, conducting faculty and student workshops on her campus and beyond. She has a rich academic background, begi...

    • 47 min
    S5E36 Philip Yancey - What’s (still) So Amazing About Grace?

    S5E36 Philip Yancey - What’s (still) So Amazing About Grace?

    In 1997, when Philip Yancey submitted his manuscript to his publisher, he had serious doubts that his new offering (which followed his popular book, The Jesus I Never Knew) would find an audience. He knew his evangelical readers. In Yancey’s mind, the chapters on a Democrat President (Bill Clinton) and a fellow author who “came out” as gay (Mel White), would not set well - especially when he called for “grace.” To his surprise, What’s So Amazing About Grace became his best-seller. Today, 25 y...

    • 1 hr
    S5E35 Christine Talbot - Unraveling and Paths to Redemption

    S5E35 Christine Talbot - Unraveling and Paths to Redemption

    Ken welcomes Christine Talbot who recently retired from her significant role as Senior Vice President for Human Resources at the highly regarded global relief non-profit, World Vision. During her eight-year tenure, she worked closely with CEO Richard Stearns in Federal Way, Washington. Ken asks Christine to share her unique philosophy that is not only rooted in her years at World Vision but also as Vice President for Human Resources at the high-profile healthcare giant, Kaiser Permanente. She...

    • 49 min
    S5E34 The Two Ken’s Counter the Noisy, Fictitious “Spin”

    S5E34 The Two Ken’s Counter the Noisy, Fictitious “Spin”

    Continuing the conversation around the first-ever criminal conviction of the former President, Ken reaches out to Ken Fong. The two podcasters further explore the implications of this watershed, historical moment. Fong opens the podcast by quoting Fox sports writer Colin Cowherd on the trial’s outcome. The MAGA Republican spin masters (including Mike Johnson, John Cornyn, Steve Scalese, Elyse Stefanik and many others) are working overtime to convince the American people that the verdict is me...

    • 53 min
    S5E33 Beach Talk #121 - The Verdict Is In

    S5E33 Beach Talk #121 - The Verdict Is In

    With the verdict declared to the world, Ken calls Betsey in for an unscheduled Beach Talk. This relatively brief conversation recounts the moment the news came to them both: the 45th President is guilty of all 34 counts - a unanimous decision of the twelve jurors after five grueling weeks of testimony. At long last, there is accountability. The two compare and contrast the moment the O.J. Simpson verdict was announced in 1994. Republican Trump supporters (including those who the former Presid...

    • 32 min
    S5E32 Jim Wallis - The False White Gospel

    S5E32 Jim Wallis - The False White Gospel

    Ken welcomes writer, teacher, preacher and justice advocate, Jim Wallis. Rev. Wallis’ new book, The False White Gospel: Rejecting Christian Nationalism, Reclaiming True Faith, and Refounding Democracy is getting high marks and a wide reading. It’s a timely and prophetic challenge in an era of polarization and worse, the advancement in America of what Jim calls an heretical version of The Gospel. Wallis calls this a “Bonhoeffer moment.” Silence is not an option. Ken and Jim reminisce over thei...

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Atamaganai ,

When does a fertilized egg become a human being

This discussion of Alabama’s ruling triggered a deeper theological thought about the Bible and creation. Much of the Bible is metaphorical or the reëmergence of ancient stories and myths. Jesus taught using parables with underlying truths that had to be parsed. Most hearers didn’t understand the spiritual dimension of the parables.

Going back to Genesis, what does the text tell us about the creation of a human? Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. We are in the Lenten period and recently, in liturgical churches, believers had ashes imposed on their foreheads on Ash Wednesday. We now know from science that all planetary bodies in the universe coalesced from particles in the cosmos. We can think of earth as being made from stardust that through eons compressed into a rotating ball of matter in the universe.

The text tells us that God formed a human form from the stardust of earth. That act alone did not create a living being just as machines molding plastic into Ken and Barbie did not create living bodies as depicted in the metaphoric movie. The lump of clay became a living being when God breathed life into that madman.

The translations of the Bible refer to this breath as the Holy Spirit. In Hebrew (ruach) and Greek (pneuma) the words for spirit also mean breath or wind. Properly understood, when the fetus develops sufficiently to be born, it is the first breath that brings life to the newly born. It is no accident that the lungs are the last of the major organs to be fully developed.

Taken into this context, when human infants take their first deep breath, the mystical spirit of God is imparted by the holy breath of God. That is the moment the human becomes a living being.

For reference, read THE BODY OF GOD by Sallie McFahue (Minnesota: Augsburg Fortress, 1993).

Number Two. ,

Sad

I listened to the episode with the author of I tried to be straight. It was all over the place but was sad to hear the interviewer say being white is a problem. Seriously? That was incredibly offensive. So you wish you were born otherwise? Also the book author admitted to living a non celibate life. Does that not cause for any concern? I guess not. Anyway I don’t think I’m your audience or targeted market for this podcast so I’ll say my ado which I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear. We’ll just have to agree to disagree and somehow by God’s grace still love each other.

MJ Novice ,

Insightful podcast

I discovered Ken’s podcast a few months ago. I was an evangelical for 25 years. My daughter came out as being gay nine years ago. Since then I realized that the literal translation of the Bible makes no sense and I had my awakening. It was a very difficult and painful time of my life. By God‘s grace, my husband and I found an affirming Methodist Church that we are actively involved in. I am learning a lot from Ken’s insightful podcasts & his guests. It’s encouraging to know that there are a lot of people who are changing their minds of the evangelical teachings. Keep up the good work, Ken!

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