257 episodes

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

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 749 Ratings

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

    243. TNE RECAPS: Trump Got (Just) ONE Thing Right? // April Ajoy and Tim Whitaker

    243. TNE RECAPS: Trump Got (Just) ONE Thing Right? // April Ajoy and Tim Whitaker

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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 17 min
    242. TNE RESPONDS: Why You Should Ignore This Pastor's Wedding Advice // Tim Whitaker

    242. TNE RESPONDS: Why You Should Ignore This Pastor's Wedding Advice // Tim Whitaker

    Summary
    In this conversation, Tim responds to a viral clip of a mega church pastor giving marriage advice. He critiques the pastor's perspective on marriage, particularly the gendered and stereotypical views that men don't care about weddings and women's bodies belong to their husbands. Tim argues that this mentality wreaks havoc on people, especially women, and promotes unhealthy dynamics in marriages. He also discusses the damaging effects of purity culture and the lack of comprehensive sex education in evangelicalism. Tim concludes by urging for a more mutual and respectful approach to marriage.
    Takeaways
    Gendered and stereotypical views in marriage advice can be harmful and promote unhealthy dynamics.
    Purity culture teachings can lead to unsatisfactory sex lives and unhealthy marriages.
    Comprehensive sex education and open communication are essential for a healthy and mutual marriage.
    Mutuality and respect should be prioritized in marriages, rather than rigid gender roles.

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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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    • 22 min
    241. TNE TALKS: Flanked by a Brovangelical // Reverend Susan Langner

    241. TNE TALKS: Flanked by a Brovangelical // Reverend Susan Langner

    Summary
    In this conversation, Tim Whitaker interviews Reverend Susan Langner, who was the subject of a YouTube video where a young man confronts her for being a female LGBTQ affirming pastor. They discuss the incident, the challenges of being a woman in ministry, and their different experiences with the Bible. Susan shares her upbringing in a progressive church and the importance of questioning and open-mindedness. They also explore the cultural context of biblical stories and the need for deeper understanding. The conversation highlights the tension between fundamentalist interpretations and more nuanced approaches to faith. In this conversation, Tim and Susan discuss the challenges of interpreting scripture accurately and the cultural assumptions and nuances that can be missed. They explore the impact of fundamentalism and the need for good faith dialogue. They also touch on the experiences of women in ministry and the misogyny and sexism they face. The conversation delves into the themes of deconstruction, the reconciling of conflicting beliefs, and the importance of creating inclusive spaces. They also discuss the power of music in worship and the need for more theologically rich and inclusive songs.
    Takeaways
    The incident of the YouTube video highlights the challenges faced by women in ministry and the backlash they can receive from more conservative Christians.
    Susan's upbringing in a progressive church allowed her to question and explore different interpretations of the Bible, leading to a more nuanced understanding of faith.
    Understanding the cultural context of biblical stories is crucial for a deeper interpretation and can challenge traditional understandings.
    The tension between fundamentalist interpretations and more open-minded approaches to faith is an ongoing struggle in many religious communities. Interpreting scripture accurately requires an understanding of cultural assumptions and nuances.
    Fundamentalism often prioritizes owning and destroying opposing arguments rather than engaging in good faith dialogue.
    Women in ministry frequently face misogyny and sexism, but there are supportive congregations as well.
    Deconstruction involves questioning and reevaluating beliefs, which can be a painful but liberating process.
    Creating inclusive spaces and worship experiences is essential for embracing diversity and fostering a sense of belonging.
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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 5 min
    240. TNE RECAPS: Christian Visibility Day?! // April Ajoy

    240. TNE RECAPS: Christian Visibility Day?! // April Ajoy

    Summary
    In this conversation, Tim and April discuss negative reviews Tim has received for his podcast and delve into the topic of prophecy. They also analyze a controversial statement made by pastor Josh Howerton about women's roles on their wedding night. The conversation highlights the unrealistic expectations and harmful stereotypes perpetuated by purity culture and the need for open and honest discussions about sex and relationships. In this conversation, Tim and April discuss the harmful rhetoric and misinformation spread by Christian nationalists. They also delve into the controversy surrounding President Joe Biden's recognition of the Trans Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday, which sparked outrage among Christian nationalists. The conversation exposes the hypocrisy and disingenuousness of these individuals, who claim to be defending Christianity while promoting hate and discrimination. The hosts emphasize the need for critical thinking and a more compassionate approach to faith.
    Takeaways
    The statement made by pastor Josh Howerton about women's roles on their wedding night perpetuates harmful stereotypes and unrealistic expectations.
    Purity culture can create unrealistic expectations and hinder healthy discussions about sex and relationships.
    Open and honest conversations about sex and relationships are necessary to challenge harmful beliefs and promote healthy attitudes. Harmful rhetoric and misinformation perpetuated by Christian nationalists can have damaging effects on individuals and communities.
    The controversy surrounding President Joe Biden's recognition of the Trans Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday highlights the intolerance and discrimination of Christian nationalists.
    Christian nationalists often prioritize their own interests and beliefs over the well-being and rights of marginalized groups.
    A more compassionate and critical approach to faith is needed to counteract the harmful influence of Christian nationalism.
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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 4 min
    239. TNE RESPONDS: Loving Genocide? // Dr. Randal Rauser

    239. TNE RESPONDS: Loving Genocide? // Dr. Randal Rauser

    Summary
    In this conversation, Tim and Dr. Randal Rauser respond to a video from the Within Reason Podcast hosted by atheist Alex O'Connor, in which he discusses William Lane Craig's defense of the Canaanite slaughter in the Bible. They discuss the moral implications of God commanding the killing of innocent children and the justification of genocide. They also explore the concept of divine command morality and its implications for moral intuitions. The conversation raises questions about the consistency of God's moral commands and the trustworthiness of moral intuition. In this conversation, Tim and Randall discuss the moral implications of God commanding the killing of innocent children in the Bible. They explore the theological justifications offered by William Lane Craig and critique them, highlighting the moral repugnance of such actions. They also discuss the impact on the soldiers who carried out these commands and the potential dangers of interpreting ancient texts literally in a contemporary context. The conversation raises important questions about the nature of morality and the role of religion in shaping ethical beliefs.

    Takeaways
    The theological justifications offered by William Lane Craig for God commanding the killing of innocent children are morally repugnant.
    Interpreting ancient texts literally in a contemporary context can lead to dangerous justifications for violence and harm.
    Religious beliefs need to be critically analyzed along with their implications for moral decision-making.

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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 48 min
    238. TNE TALKS: Decolonizing Deconstruction // Janice Lagata and Ashlee

    238. TNE TALKS: Decolonizing Deconstruction // Janice Lagata and Ashlee

    Summary
    In this conversation, Tim, Janice, and Ashlee discuss their origin story and how they connected on social media. They delve into the pitfalls of social media deconstruction content creation, grifters, what healthy accountability looks like, and why caution when choosing who to platform is critical. They also discuss why decolonizing is essential to the work of deconstruction and needs to be prioritized in progressive christian communities.

    Takeaways
    Learning from past mistakes is crucial for personal growth and building healthy relationships.
    The pitfalls of social media include the pressure to constantly create content and the temptation to monetize and exploit others' pain.
    Accountability is essential in the online space, and it is important to question the motives and actions of those in positions of influence.
    Platforming those who have previously caused harm should be approached with nuance, considering the potential for redemption and growth, while also holding individuals accountable for ongoing patterns of harm.
    Recognize the privilege and power dynamics in content creation, particularly for white men, and actively work to amplify marginalized voices. Decolonization is a process that takes time, and it is important to be open to learning from mistakes and engaging with diverse perspectives.

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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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    • 2 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
749 Ratings

749 Ratings

paul weiler ,

Thoughtful podcast addressing important issues

I’ve been “deconstructing” since before there was a term for it. One of many things about the evangelical tradition I grew up in that never made sense was all the nationalism. So much nationalism it was sometimes hard to tell where patriotism ended and faith began. Dobson, Christian Voter’s Guides, Rock for Life, Crisis “Pregnancy Centers”… But I digress. Tim and the team do an excellent job of covering the important discussion we need to have about Christian Nationalism and the role evangelicals have in the growing attempts to establish a straight, white supremacist, patriarchal theocracy. But he does it with grace and emphasizes the importance of not dehumanizing people. Keep up the good work.

dafreiberg ,

Love the approach

If you have wanted a place to process the broad experience of humanity within the realm of evangelicalism but without the dehumanization of either right or left, this is the place for you.

Trenberr ,

The New Format

This was one of my top 3 podcasts for several
Months, right up there with Straight White American Jesus, however the recent changes are not just annoying, but seem contrived and a little confusing. I think the working hard to “fit in” with the new weekly themes has diminished the quality of the content so much that it’s absolutely not the first podcast I reach for any more. So disappointing. Down from 5 stars to 3.

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