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The New Evangelicals Podcast is here to push the Evangelical Church forward and to re-think how it approaches key cultural issues.

The New Evangelicals Podcast Tim Whitaker

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The New Evangelicals Podcast is here to push the Evangelical Church forward and to re-think how it approaches key cultural issues.

    261. TNE RECAPS: Mike Johnson's "Christian" Values

    261. TNE RECAPS: Mike Johnson's "Christian" Values

    Summary
    In this episode of the New Evangelicals Podcast, Tim and April are joined by Sue Wright, a retired school teacher, to discuss various topics in the Christian culture. They touch on Sue's lack of religious trauma, the concept of the rapture, and their plans for Memorial Day weekend. They also discuss the controversy surrounding a speech by Harrison Butker and the lack of charity in the response to it. The hosts then share their thoughts on an upcoming video series featuring Paul and Morgan, a conservative Christian couple, spending 24 hours with people who have different beliefs. In this part of the conversation, Tim and April discuss their plans to watch a video response to Tim's deconstruction journey on YouTube. They also talk about the process of filming the video and the different locations they visited. They then shift the conversation to the topic of Greg Locke, a controversial pastor who has been declared an apostle by his wife and other pastors. They discuss Locke's extreme views and the dangers of Christian nationalism. They also touch on the hypocrisy of politicians like Mike Johnson, who claim to be moral and religious but defend immoral actions. The conversation ends with a discussion about men showing emotions and Matt Walsh's tweet about men crying.
    Takeaways
    Sue's lack of religious trauma provides a unique perspective in the conversation
    The hosts discuss the controversy surrounding a speech by Harrison Butker and the lack of charity in the response to it
    An upcoming video series featuring Paul and Morgan spending 24 hours with people who have different beliefs sparks interest and curiosity Tim and April plan to watch a video response to Tim's deconstruction journey on YouTube.
    They discuss the process of filming the video and the different locations they visited.
    They highlight the extreme views of Greg Locke, a controversial pastor who has been declared an apostle.
    They discuss the dangers of Christian nationalism and the hypocrisy of politicians like Mike Johnson.
    They talk about the importance of men being able to show emotions and criticize Matt Walsh's tweet on the topic.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Welcome
    02:05 Sue's Unique Perspective
    03:03 Controversy and Lack of Charity in the Response to Harrison Butker's Speech
    14:18 Upcoming Video Series by Paul and Morgan Sparks Interest and Curiosity
    38:05 Filming the Video
    39:36 Greg Locke: Controversial Pastor
    43:58 Debating a Flat Earther
    45:25 Greg Locke Declared an Apostle
    48:54 Men Showing Emotions
    57:04 The Hypocrisy of Politicians
    01:00:49 Matt Walsh's Tweet
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    The New Evangelicals exists to support those who are tired of how evangelical church has been done before and want to see an authentic faith lived out with Jesus at the center.
    We are committed to building a caring community that emulates the ways of Jesus by reclaiming the evangelical tradition and embracing values that build a better way forward. If you’ve been marginalized by your faith, you are welcome here. We’ve built an empathetic and inclusive space that encourages authentic conversations, connections and faith. Whether you consider yourself a Christian, an exvangelical, someone who's questioning your faith, or someone who's left the faith entirely, you are welcome here!
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    260. TNE RESPONDS: A Church Gives Bad Mental Health Advice

    260. TNE RESPONDS: A Church Gives Bad Mental Health Advice

    Tim responds to Rich and Dawnchere Wilkerson telling their congregation not to seek therapy that isn't founded in the Bible

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    We are committed to building a caring community that emulates the ways of Jesus by reclaiming the evangelical tradition and embracing values that build a better way forward. If you’ve been marginalized by your faith, you are welcome here. We’ve built an empathetic and inclusive space that encourages authentic conversations, connections and faith. Whether you consider yourself a Christian, an exvangelical, someone who's questioning your faith, or someone who's left the faith entirely, you are welcome here!
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    • 15 min
    259. TNE TALKS: Building Bridges with Our Enemies// John Pavlovitz

    259. TNE TALKS: Building Bridges with Our Enemies// John Pavlovitz

    Summary
    John Pavlovitz, author of the book, Worth Fighting For: Finding a Faith That Makes a Better Human, discusses his journey from being a conservative evangelical pastor to a more progressive Christian ethos. Tim and John discuss the tensions between personal convictions and pastoral expectations, the challenges of navigating relationships within the church, and the importance of humanizing people in the midst of political differences.
    Takeaways
    Many people within conservative evangelical communities feel torn between their convictions and the community they love, making it difficult to navigate their beliefs and relationships.
    It is important to humanize people and remember that individuals within the Christian nationalist movement are not a monolith. There is diversity of thought and experience within these communities.
    Dehumanization is a dangerous path that can lead to violence, and it is crucial to maintain empathy and respect for others, even in the midst of political differences.
    Authentic dialogue, empathy, and compassion are essential in bridging the divide and fostering understanding between different theological and political perspectives. 
    Navigating relationships with people who hold different beliefs requires curiosity, understanding, and respect for their journey.
    Being a progressive Christian involves the challenge of maintaining relationships while advocating for systemic change.
    Unity, empathy, and humanizing the conversation are essential for moving forward and creating a more inclusive society.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    06:15 Humanizing People in the Midst of Political Differences
    27:34 Navigating Relationships with Different Beliefs
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    We are committed to building a caring community that emulates the ways of Jesus by reclaiming the evangelical tradition and embracing values that build a better way forward. If you’ve been marginalized by your faith, you are welcome here. We’ve built an empathetic and inclusive space that encourages authentic conversations, connections and faith. Whether you consider yourself a Christian, an exvangelical, someone who's questioning your faith, or someone who's left the faith entirely, you are welcome here!
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    258. TNE RECAPS: Harrison Butker Fumbles the Ball

    258. TNE RECAPS: Harrison Butker Fumbles the Ball

    Summary
    In this conversation, Tim and April discuss various topics, including their preferences for living in different states, Tim's love for New Jersey, and April's love for Mexican food. They also touch on the concept of a daily live show, a prayer for lactose intolerance, and a prophecy update regarding the rapture. They discuss the ongoing investigation into the death of Micah Miller and the controversy surrounding Lake Point Church's attempt to skew a traffic study. In this conversation, Tim and April discuss a controversial commencement speech given by Harrison Butker, the kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs. They analyze Butker's comments about women and their roles in society, as well as his views on Catholicism and Christian nationalism. The hosts critique the speech and highlight the harmful and patriarchal messages it conveys. They also address the hypocrisy of Christian nationalists who claim to be persecuted while advocating for discrimination against marginalized groups. The conversation touches on the broader themes of feminism, cancel culture, and the role of men in society.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction
    01:22 Living in Different States: Tim's Love for New Jersey
    07:03 The Idea of a Daily Live Show
    10:21 Prophecy Update: The Rapture
    42:20 Introduction: Harrison Butker's Controversial Speech
    45:07 Butker's Views on Cultural Values and Media
    47:05 Butker's Critique of Catholicism and Pro-Choice Catholics
    51:53 The Role of Women in Butker's Speech
    55:41 The Importance of Marriage and Motherhood in Butker's Speech
    01:09:25 Absentee Fathers and Violence Rates
    01:14:06 Reaction to Butker's Speech: Twitter Responses
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    We are committed to building a caring community that emulates the ways of Jesus by reclaiming the evangelical tradition and embracing values that build a better way forward. If you’ve been marginalized by your faith, you are welcome here. We’ve built an empathetic and inclusive space that encourages authentic conversations, connections and faith. Whether you consider yourself a Christian, an exvangelical, someone who's questioning your faith, or someone who's left the faith entirely, you are welcome here!
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    • 1 hr 31 min
    257. TNE RESPONDS: Alisa Still Doesn't Understand Deconstruction

    257. TNE RESPONDS: Alisa Still Doesn't Understand Deconstruction

    Summary
    In this episode, Tim responds to a video by Alisa Childers, a prominent figure in the apologetics space. Tim addresses the claim that the deconstruction movement exists only because of social media and argues that deconstruction is not a unified movement but rather an explosion of individuals with different perspectives. He also challenges the idea that words have objective meaning and explores different interpretations of the Bible. Tim concludes by discussing the concept of truth and the limitations of proving historical events like the resurrection of Jesus.
    Takeaways
    Deconstruction is not a unified movement but an explosion with a diverse individuals with different perspectives.
    Social media has played a significant role in the deconstruction movement by providing a platform for people to share their experiences and access alternative perspectives.
    Christianity has different metanarratives depending on the particular stream of Christian thought.
    The concept of truth in Christianity is complex, and the ability to prove historical events like the resurrection is limited.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction to the Conversation and Background on Alisa Childers
    02:04 Deconstruction as an Explosion, Not a Unified Movement
    05:12 The Influence of Social Media on the Deconstruction Movement
    08:37 The Challenge of Objective Meaning in Words
    13:02 The Diversity of Interpretations in the Bible
    16:32 Different Metanarratives in Christianity
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    We are committed to building a caring community that emulates the ways of Jesus by reclaiming the evangelical tradition and embracing values that build a better way forward. If you’ve been marginalized by your faith, you are welcome here. We’ve built an empathetic and inclusive space that encourages authentic conversations, connections and faith. Whether you consider yourself a Christian, an exvangelical, someone who's questioning your faith, or someone who's left the faith entirely, you are welcome here!
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    • 26 min
    256. TNE TALKS: The Church Hurt Me Then it Healed Me // Ryan George

    256. TNE TALKS: The Church Hurt Me Then it Healed Me // Ryan George

    Summary
    Ryan George grew up in the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) church and experienced both abuse and healing within the church. He shares his story of growing up in a conservative and abusive environment, where rules and regulations were enforced to an extreme degree. Ryan's father, a pastor in the IFB network, was later exposed as a serial sexual predator. Ryan reflects on the spiritual and physical abuse he endured, as well as the ways in which the IFB culture justified and perpetuated this abuse. It was through therapy, healthy relationships, and experiencing true love and community that Ryan began to recognize the abuse he had endured and find healing. Ryan George shares his journey of healing and redemption after experiencing spiritual abuse and the harm caused by his father. Despite the pain and trauma, Ryan found healing in the church through authentic relationships and a personal connection with God. He emphasizes the importance of finding safe spaces and supportive communities where individuals can share their hurts and doubts. Ryan's story highlights the power of redefining one's understanding of God and finding healing in unexpected places.
    Takeaways
    The IFB culture enforced extreme rules and regulations, leading to spiritual and physical abuse.
    Through therapy, healthy relationships, and experiencing true love and community, Ryan began to recognize the abuse he had endured and find healing. 
    Authentic relationships and supportive communities in the church can play a crucial role in the healing process.
    Redefining one's understanding of God and finding a personal connection can lead to healing and transformation.
    Safe spaces where individuals can share their hurts and doubts are essential for healing and growth.
    Chapters
    00:00 Introduction: Hurt and Healed by the Church
    07:37 The Dark Side of the IFB: Serial Sexual Predators
    26:59 Introduction and Background
    37:07 Navigating the Church After Spiritual Abuse
    45:02 Finding Healing and Redemption in the Church
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    The New Evangelicals exists to support those who are tired of how evangelical church has been done before and want to see an authentic faith lived out with Jesus at the center.
    We are committed to building a caring community that emulates the ways of Jesus by reclaiming the evangelical tradition and embracing values that build a better way forward. If you’ve been marginalized by your faith, you are welcome here. We’ve built an empathetic and inclusive space that encourages authentic conversations, connections and faith. Whether you consider yourself a Christian, an exvangelical, someone who's questioning your faith, or someone who's left the faith entirely, you are welcome here!
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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779 Ratings

Wildabeast411 ,

Cultivating a Community of Love and Diversity

Thank you Tim for creating a space where exploration of the house of the Christian tradition is encouraged. Too often in my own experience I have seen what should be taken as a lane change within the tradition be treated as an exit ramp. Suddenly people find themselves being told that they can’t live a life of faith and love for Jesus and the world because they can’t justify the idea that, for example, God who is Love will torture people for an eternity. It is a shame, because there have always been rooms in the Christian tradition that, for example, teach apokatastasis or use a spiritual reading of a text that seemed prima facie to feature a sub-Christlike portrait of God (e.g., Old Testament violence). It is a shame because rhetoric that attempts to boot people out of Christianity for their violation of historically idiosyncratic constructions of “orthodoxy” hurts people and tethers love of Jesus to opinions which, in reality, a Christian may accept or deny. Keep up the charity and integrity of your discourse; it is desperately needed.

Acpacpacp ,

5 stars for the Rosario Butterfield episode

Truly an important conversation

ForeverHis@23 ,

Keep Exposing the Outrageous Fundamentalist Leaders

I appreciate your programs, including those that expose the twisted thinking and fundamentalist nonsense from Evangelical/Fundamentalist leaders like what you quoted in the 5/3/24 TNE Friday podcast with Tim and April. These errant evangelical fundamentalist leaders need to be held to account for their disgraceful claims, teachings, and “prophecies.”

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