Rank #1: Healing the Gospel with Derek Flood
In this episode Ray is joined once again by Derek Flood for a discussion about Derek’s new book Healing the Gospel. Derek believes that restorative justice is the heart of the Gospel, and in this episode Derek shares his heart for healing the broken picture that many of us have of God and the Gospel of Jesus. Check out Derek’s website and pick up his book Healing the Gospel. Thanks Derek for taking the time to share your heart with us!
Oct 22 2012
Rank #2: Robin Parry and Christian Universalism Today
Fresh from the release of the second edition of his book, The Evangelical Universalist, Robin Parry pays a visit to Beyond the Box to talk to Steve about the current state of acceptance of Christian Universalism in evangelical circles and the effect this has had on other areas of theology within the body of Christ.
Originally written under the pseudonym “Gregory MacDonald” for reasons Robin has shared publicly elsewhere and also mentions here in this interview, The Evangelical Universalist has been a great resource for many who have allowed themselves to imagine a God who does ultimately reconcile all of mankind to himself in the end.
While this episode does not seek to defend Ultimate Reconciliation (we’ve devoted a number of episodes to that in the past), the discussion revolves more around the controversy (or surprising lack of it!) regarding Christian Universalism, the direction in which evangelicalism might be headed now that there is a wider acceptance of what some view as out-and-out heresy, and even some pressing questions from Steve regarding other possible pseudonyms of Robin Parry.
Apologies for a Skype connection that sometimes made it challenging to catch all of Robin’s thoughts, but the overall content of the episode will certainly encourage many who are on a similar path of understanding Christian Universalism.
Jul 08 2012
Rank #3: Perfect Love Casts Out Fear with Richard Beck (Slavery of Death Part 3)
In this episode Ray is joined once again by Dr. Richard Beck for a discussion of his “Slavery of Death” blog series which you can find at Richard’s blog, Experimental Theology. This is the third of a three part series summarizing the material covered in the “Slavery of Death” series. In this third part, Richard and Ray talk about how we might reconfigure our identities to overcome fear so as to move more fully into the practices of love. Make sure to listen to all three parts of this series and visit Experimental Theology where you will find the “Slavery of Death” series and many more valuable insights into our life in Christ. Thanks so much Richard for sharing your insight and taking the time to join us for this series!
Jun 13 2012
Rank #4: Paul’s Bible and More with Derek Flood (Loose At the Wild Goose Part 2)
In this episode Ray is joined by Derek Flood for Part 2 of the Loose At the Wild Goose series recorded at the Wild Goose Festival. Join in the conversation as Derek and Ray discuss how Paul reinterpreted the Old Testament in the light of Jesus, and how we are to follow the trajectory rather than the letter of the Scriptures. Make sure to check out Derek’s blog and be on the look out for Derek’s new book Healing the Gospel. Thanks Derek for a great conversation! (Thanks also to Brian Hilligoss for sharing his poem Boxing at the beginning of the podcast!)
Jul 31 2012
Rank #5: Brian McLaren: A New Kind of Christianity
In this episode Ray is joined by Brian McLaren for a discussion about Brian’s book A New Kind of Christianity. In the book Brian presents ten questions which he believes are transforming the Christian faith. Brian and Ray focus on the first two questions dealing with the story and purpose of the Bible. Make sure to visit BrianMcLaren.net and check out Brian’s book A New Kind of Christianity. Thanks Brian for taking the time to visit with us!
Feb 28 2012
Rank #6: Jim Douglass – A Life of Peace and Resistance
In this episode Ray is joined by Jim Douglass for a riveting recollection of a life lived for peace and justice in the way of Jesus. James W. Douglass is a longtime peace activist, theologian, and writer. He and his wife Shelley are co-founders of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in WA state, and Mary’s House, a Catholic Worker house in Birmingham, AL. In this conversation, Mr. Douglass shares the story of his transformation from an aspiring nuclear physicist to a peace activist, theologian, and nuclear resister. A big “thank you” to Jim Douglass for allowing us to take a peek into his life, and for sharing his insight as a disciple of Jesus. What a witness, and a life well-lived! Be sure to check out Mr. Douglass’ books for even more challenging and inspirational depth.
Jul 01 2014
Rank #7: The Unspeakable with James W. Douglass
What do the assassinations of Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy have to teach us today? Is there a thread that runs through the lives and deaths of these well-known victims of assassination? These are the questions that Jim Douglass has been asking through his eye-opening series of books on “The Unspeakable”. Join Ray as he speaks of “The Unspeakable” with Jim Douglass and find out how Jesus might just be in the middle of it all – standing for truth and love in the midst of the powers that be. Check out the important books JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters and Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth. Thank you Mr. Douglass for taking the time to share this important conversation with us!
May 29 2014
Rank #8: Ananias and Sapphira – Assumptions and Intuitions (Loose At the Wild Goose Part 1)
In this first Loose At the Wild Goose podcast from the Wild Goose Festival, Ray is joined by Steve Berry, Kevin Miller, Brad Jersak, and Lorri & Michael Hardin for a lively discussion about the story of Ananias and Sapphira found in Acts 5. Did God kill Ananias and Sapphira? What assumptions have we read into the text, and what would the Holy Spirit like to show us? Reminiscent of an Anabaptist Bible Study, here is a great example of what it might look like to read and study the Bible in community. Speaking of community, we welcome your interaction on the podcast website or the Facebook page!
Jul 24 2012
Rank #9: Compassionate Eschatology with Michael Hardin
Michael Hardin is back! In this episode Michael Hardin talks with Ray about understanding eschatology and the book of Revelation in the light of the God who is love. Is Jesus coming back to kick butt and take names? Michael doesn’t think so, and he shares from the book Compassionate Eschatology why he thinks we shouldn’t either.
Feb 02 2012
Rank #10: The Sting of Death is Sin with Dr. Richard Beck (The Slavery of Death Part 1)
In this episode Ray is joined by Dr. Richard Beck for a discussion of his Slavery of Death blog series which you can find at Richard’s blog, Experimental Theology. This is the first of a three part series surrounding the material covered in the Slavery of Death series. In this first part, Richard and Ray talk about Christus Victor and the Orthodox view of Ancestral Sin. Could it be that the Protestant formulation of sin leading to death might actually need to be reversed; that is death leading to sin? Make sure to join us for all three parts of this series and visit Experimental Theology where you will find the Slavery of Death series, and a lot more theological profundity! Thanks Richard for taking the time to join us for these conversations!
May 28 2012
Rank #11: The Denial of Death with Richard Beck (The Slavery of Death Part 2)
In this episode Ray is joined once again by Dr. Richard Beck for a discussion of his “Slavery of Death” blog series which you can find at Richard’s blog, Experimental Theology. This is the second of a three part series surrounding the material covered in the “Slavery of Death” series. In this second part, Richard and Ray talk about the work of Ernest Becker in understanding how our culture tries to insulate itself from the fear of death. Could it be that our entire culture is constructed to distract us from and offer us meaning in the face of death? Make sure to join us for all three parts of this series and visit Experimental Theology where you will find the “Slavery of Death” series, and a lot more theological goodness! Check out Richards book Unclean for some great meditations on purity, hospitality, and mortality. Thanks Richard for taking the time to join us for these conversations!
Jun 04 2012
Rank #12: Naked Spirituality with Brian McLaren
In this episode Ray is joined once again by Brian McLaren for a discussion about Brian’s newest book Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words. Brian shares about the four seasons of the spiritual life and helps us understand that, just as in a song, it’s not about getting to the end, but rather about getting the most out of each season we walk through with our Father. Make sure to visit BrianMcLaren.net and check out Brian’s book Naked Spirituality: A Life With God In 12 Simple Words. Thanks so much Brian for taking the time to share your insights and your walk with God with us!
Mar 24 2012
Rank #13: The Devil Wears Nada with Tripp York
In this episode Ray is joined once again by Tripp York for a discussion about Tripp’s book The Devil Wears Nada. In the book, Tripp embarks on a journey for God via searching for the devil. Sound crazy? Well get ready to laugh as you rethink who God is and who the devil isn’t. Check out Tripp York’s book The Devil Wears Nada wherever you buy your funny, insightful theology books. Thanks again Tripp for taking the time to share your humor and your thoughts!
Jan 26 2013
Rank #14: Christ at the Checkpoint with Brad Jersak
In this episode Ray is joined once again by Brad Jersak for a discussion about Brad’s recent trip to Israel for the Christ At The Checkpoint conference. The aim of Christ at the Checkpoint is to “provide an opportunity for evangelical Christians who take the Bible seriously to prayerfully seek a proper awareness of issues of peace, justice, and reconciliation.” Brad and Ray discuss the Middle East crisis, otherness, and what it means to follow Jesus. Make sure to visit BradJersak.com for more about Brad’s books, audios, and resources. It’s always fun having Brad join us for a good conversation! Thanks Brad!
May 07 2012
Rank #15: Free To Be Loved
In this episode Steve and Ray talk about living free from the fear of rejection based upon performance. Should we focus on how to avoid sin? Are we just sinners saved by grace? Should sin even be an issue for a believer in Jesus? Steve and Ray discuss trusting in God’s love and the ironic consequences of trying to avoid sin. Join in the conversation! We would love to interact with you here or on the Facebook page!
Jan 22 2012
Rank #16: A Theology Rooted in Love
Apr 17 2012
Rank #17: Reborn On the Fourth of July with Logan Mehl-Laituri (Loose At the Wild Goose Part 4)
In this fourth Loose At the Wild Goose podcast Ray speaks with Logan Mehl-Laituri about his journey from soldier to disciple of Jesus. Logan recounts his crisis of faith after realizing that his walk with Christ was a matter of convenience rather than discipleship. Logan’s new book Reborn On The Fourth Of July is now available in which he shares in more detail both his story and his thoughts about the challenge of faith, patriotism, and conscience. Check out Feral Theology to hear more of Logan’s thoughts, or the Centurions Guild to see how Logan is interacting with others on a similar journey. Thanks Logan for sharing your journey with Christ with us!
Sep 01 2012
Rank #18: Political Positioning and the Gospel
Prompted by the recent endorsement of Mitt Romney by both Billy and Franklin Graham, in this episode Steve and Ray talk about the problem of using the Gospel to promote a political platform or candidate. As always the conversation takes “the scenic route” while stopping to explore a few rabbit trails along the way!
Nov 06 2012
Rank #19: A Place To Talk About Nonviolence
In this episode Ray hits the road to join the people of A Place To Talk, a fellowship of believers in Hickory, NC. The first hour of this episode is a live podcast discussion about nonviolence between Ray and Josh McDowell of A Place To Talk, which serves to set the groundwork for the last 1.5 hours of our time together. During the last 1.5 hours the people of A Place To Talk join in the conversation offering push-back, comments, questions, and clarification about the topic of nonviolence. I want to say a big “thank you” to Josh McDowell for the invitation, and to the people of A Place To Talk for the hospitality, the stimulating discussion, and the warmth displayed even in the midst of disagreement (and oh yeah, for the yummy breakfast!). Check out this unique fellowship at http://aplacetotalk.net/.
Oct 05 2012
Rank #20: A Faith Not Worth Fighting For with Tripp York
In this conversation Ray is joined by Dr. Tripp York for a discussion about Christian nonviolence and the book A Faith Not Worth Fighting For: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Nonviolence. Tripp helps us sort through some of the most difficult questions posed to Christian pacifists as found in the book. A Faith Not Worth Fighting For is one of the best resources to come out on the topic of Christian nonviolence, and a must-read for both Christian pacifists and those who are interested in the topic . Thanks Tripp for sharing your heart, your thoughts, and your time with us!
Jan 11 2013