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The #1 Theology podcast on planet earth with Dr. Tripp Fuller. Each episode features an extended interview with a different scholar from a variety of perspectives. Enjoy.

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The #1 Theology podcast on planet earth with Dr. Tripp Fuller. Each episode features an extended interview with a different scholar from a variety of perspectives. Enjoy.

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How can we explain Mother Theresa’s loss of faith? Or not being able to believe?

nerd out with your geek out

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tripp’s a gem. good luck in scotland.

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269 Ratings
Average Ratings
212
26
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17

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By Waste of time67 - Sep 19 2019
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How can we explain Mother Theresa’s loss of faith? Or not being able to believe?

nerd out with your geek out

By processmyreality - Sep 05 2019
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tripp’s a gem. good luck in scotland.
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Homebrewed Christianity Podcast

Latest release on Jul 08, 2020

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The #1 Theology podcast on planet earth with Dr. Tripp Fuller. Each episode features an extended interview with a different scholar from a variety of perspectives. Enjoy.

Rank #1: #HBC10: Why Go Derrida with John D. Caputo

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Today is the day! HBC turns 10! To celebrate, we are selling tickets to Theology Beer Camp at the cheapest price for 48 hours.

Jack Caputo is back and gives us 5 reasons to go Derrida:

1. Derrida give you the best argument against fundamentalism
2. It also is the best argument against modernism, including the new atheists, and reductionism
3. The undeconstructable, or unconditional, which is not a Platonic ideal, but a hope, an expectation.
4. Binary oppositions are deconstructable
5. The pervasive presence of biblical motifs in Derrida’s work

Jack also explains his relationship to Derrida and his work, how Derrida’s atheism was not the end of theology but the beginning of a new, more interesting post-theistic theology, whether Derrida is to blame for post-modernism, why absolutists are much scarier than relativists, and why post-modernism is neither absolutism nor relativism,

Plus, he tackles fundamentalism, the new atheists, Trump, and the distinction between beliefs and a deeper faith. Books mentioned:

Hoping Against Hope, The Folly of God, On Religion, Deconstruction in a Nutshell

The Westar Giveaway includes foundational classics as well as recent new works from some of our most beloved Westar members and scholars including Jack Caputo, Catherine Keller, John Dominic Crossan, and more! Click here to win over $500 of zesty books.

Mar 13 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #2: John Haught: the New Cosmic Story

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For a long time I have been a fan of John Haught’s work. He is a Catholic theologian, invested in the conversation between religion and science, who brings together two of my favorite thinkers – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Alfred North Whitehead. His recent award winning book, The New Cosmic Story: Inside Our Awakening Universe, Haught’s mature theological voice is at work in a serious way. There he argues that an adequate understanding of cosmic history requires attention to the emergence of interiority, including religious aspiration.  We discuss that and a number of other topics in this conversation including…

  • Big History and its inside story
  • the relationship of religion and science
  • Layered Explanations of reality and meaning
  • 3-fold pattern of growth: Divergence, Convergence, and Emergence
  • the cosmological literalism of the New Atheists – a modernist form of fundamentalism
  • the narrative shape of the cosmos
  • Teilhard, Lonergan, Whitehead, Polyani
  • the nature of religion in the evolution of homo sapiens
  • ethical predicaments from the ecological crisis to abortion
  • the role of beauty in the cosmos
  • His article, Trashing Teilhard: How Not to Read a Great Religious Thinker

John F. Haught is Senior Fellow, Science & Religion, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University. He was formerly Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown University (1970-2005) and Chair (1990-95). His area of specialization is systematic theology, with a particular interest in issues pertaining to science, cosmology, evolution, ecology, and religion.

Zesty books from John Haught

May 14 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #3: The Prophetic Life of the Spirit with Grace Ji-Sun Kim

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Grace Ji-Sun Kim is on the podcast to talk about her new book, The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to the Holy Spirit: Hand-Raisers, Han, and the Holy Ghost.

Grace and Tripp talk about why we need a book about the Holy Spirit, how it is an often neglected aspect of God, her work not just in academia, but as an activist, the need for more professors to get out of the classroom, and the role of the Spirit in activism.

Grace explains a little about the foundations of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, how the early church struggled to understand the Spirit, the presence of the Spirit in the Hebrew Bible and early Judaism, the role of the Spirit in the New Testament, the fear mainline denominations have concerning the Spirit, the experience of the Spirit in our current multicultural context, the limits of language in describing the Spirit, and embodied experiences of the Spirit.

Plus, non-eurocentric ways of understanding the Spirit, the Asian concept of qi, and indigenous ways of conceiving of the Spirit.

Jul 18 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #4: Thomas Jay Oord wants you to know “God Can’t”

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I love Tom Oord. It is rare someone as intelligent as Tom is simultaneously committed to the life of the church, sensitive to people’s lived experience, and advancing the intellectual quest in multiple areas. In this episode I talk with Tom about his newest book, God Can’t: how to believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and other Evils.

During this conversation we both share a number of personal stories. Some of them may be a bit intense if you are listening with kids or the expectation of just nerdiness. For more academic conversations with Tom check out the previous episodes below.

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books. A twelve-time Faculty Award winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. A gifted speaker, Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.

Previous Visits of Tom to the Podcast

Open and Relational Q&A with Thomas Jay Oord
Why Go Wesleyan? with Thomas Jay Oord
Evil, Providence and the Love of God with Tom Oord
Thomas Jay Oord really loves talking about Love [Barrel Aged]

Feb 07 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: Jesus Rode A Dinosaur LIVE with Science Mike

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This is a live podcast from the Jesus Rode a Dinosaur: Talking to Youth about Faith in a Scientific Age conference with Science Mike.

Science Mike cuts right to the chase and asks Tripp some important questions about theology: How is theology even a thing? How does one know what is a right or good theological framework? Then they chat about the ways in which the Enlightenment ruined theology, why valuing beauty is the most appropriate place to begin doing theology, the two biggest tasks of the church today, and why atheist philosophers have begun to use Christian theology.

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Later, Astrophysicist Paul Wallace joins Science Mike and Tripp to talk about doing good science while also believing in a creator, feeling connected to a quasar, his relationship to other scientists, and why physicists are more prone to be idealists and believe in a transcendent reality, and Paul talks a little about his upcoming book about the relationship between and faith and science.

Kenda Dean also joins to talk about parenting, helps figure out what we tell our children about God (especially when we don’t know what we think about God), the new questions kids are asking, and what we can do as parents of faith to make sure that our children know they are loved.

Plus, David Hume and miracles, the industry of ministry, and a Q&A with questions about morality, mystical experiences and psychedelics, youth ministry and anxiety, depression and medication, and a lot more.

If you liked what you heard in this episode, you won’t want to miss out on The Cosmic Campfire: Re-Kindling Humanity’s Biggest Questions, a 3-day event where no big-ass questions of ultimate meaning will go un-answered. It will be a scientifically-rigorous, skeptically-persistent,
experimentally-intoxicating, and spiritually-humble pop-up community where we will roast marshmallows and talk about God. It’s a little like what would happen if Rumi, Julian of Norwich, Darwin, Lao Tzu, Socrates, and Jesus made s’mores together. You can learn more and sign up to be the first to get more details here.

Jun 26 2018

1hr 58mins

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Rank #6: Sallie McFague on Loving God and the World: in Memoriam

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Dr. Sallie McFague is a theological legend, a pioneer feminist theologian, and one of the most powerful thinkers in my own theological development. We learned that she passed away this weekend. Over the course of the podcast I have had the honor of interviewing her twice and since hearing the news of her passing I have received a bunch of messages asking for the interviews themselves. After I found them I started listening and remembering how powerful they were. I knew that if anyone was interested in hearing the voice of this powerful theologian for themselves it should be as easy as possible. That is the main reason I started HBC years ago!!

While going back through the two episodes I decided to edit them together to make access easy. The biggest surprise I found was this amazing selection in which Dr. McFague reads the end of her last text. It is was moving then, but even more so now. I knew it needed to be shared on its own, so Elgin (11 year old son) created this little video.

Dr. McFague was the Distinguished Theologian in Residence at the Vancouver School of Theology in British Columbia, Canada. Prior she taught for thirty years at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. In the podcast we cover a lot of ground, including how Sallie became a theologian (which includes a kindergarten revelation), her focus on religious language, radical love, kenosis, panentheism, and even some member submitted questions, including:

  1. How does her concept of wild spaces address privilege
  2. In the revival of radical theology recently, how do you understand the reality of God?
  3. Where should one start with feminist theology?
  4. What do you think about the increased usage of the term Anthropocene?

And don’t forget to check out Sallie’s books, Blessed Are The Consumers and Models Of GodThese two texts changed my mind in significant ways.

Nov 17 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #7: Come Sunday, Hell Will Be Empty with Ira Glass

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The Pope of podcasting, Ira Glass, is on the podcast to talk about his new film, Come Sunday, available to stream on Netflix.

From IMDB: Come Sunday is based on an episode of the public radio series This American Life, the film centers on Bishop Carlton Pearson, a rising star among evangelicals until he was ostracized by his own church and declared a heretic after he started preaching that there is no Hell.

Hear why Ira thinks one of the groups that gets the worst coverage is Christians, the disconnect between the way devout Christians are portrayed in the Media and his experience with devout Christians in his own life, questions about the reality of hell, heaven, and the afterlife, and the nature of individual courage as it relates to faith.

  • how a culturally Jewish atheist ends up telling a story of an African American Pentecostal preacher?
  • what is a question completely worth asking that you don’t know the answer to?
  • what is your biggest hope for people who watch the film?

Plus, Ira shares some of what he’s learned or surprised him about Christianity in America, the strange understanding he felt between devout Christians and himself, accurate and honest portrayals of a minister’s family, the art of storytelling, the central drama of the film, the difference in those who have spiritual practices and himself, and conversations with Christians who want to save him.

You also get a preview of the newly launched Theology Nerd podcast. Two episodes in one!

The new Theology Nerd podcast is a shorter Q&A episode, where your friendly, local internet theologian answers questions submitted by you. This question comes from someone from a very conservative family asks about how, using the bible, to explain their commitment to Christian Universalism? Tripp gives us 3 commitments for a Christian Universalist.

There are lots of ways you can submit a question for Tripp to answer: go to trippfuller.com and click the “send voicemail” button on the right (near the scroll bar); you can also leave us a 5-star review on iTunes with your question as the review; you can tweet @trippfuller; or you can send an email with your question to mediaguru@trippfuller.com

Apr 13 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #8: Kenneth R. Miller: How we Evolved to have Reason, Consciousness, and Free Will

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I am pumped to share this episode with you. For a long time I have enjoyed the work of biologist Kenneth R. Miller and over the course of this conversation we cover a number of topics which include…

  • How the poetry of Thomas Merton help bring Ken back to faith
  • His role in the debates between Creation Science, Intelligence Design, and Evolution
  • “if Augustine and Aquinas were around today, they would be evolutionists”
  • on the craft of being a baseball umpire
  • the nature of Biblical truth and scientific discovery
  • stories from the legal battles over Intelligent Design
  • the overwhelming evidence for a common ancestor
  • how humans are unique among the natural world
  • the failure of Sam Harris’ argument on free will
  • a sweet E.O. Wilson story on free will and its necessity for science
  • his friendship and disagreement with Stephen Jay Gould about NOMA
  • Ken’s theory of mind and consciousness
  • he argues against Nagel about the nature of consciousness
  • we discuss emergence via complexity
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Kenneth R. Miller is Professor of Biology. He did his undergraduate work at Brown, and earned a Ph D in 1974 at the University of Colorado. He spent six years as Assistant Professor at Harvard University before returning to Brown University in 1980. His research work on cell membrane structure and function has produced more than 60 scientific papers and reviews in leading journals, including CELL, Nature, and Scientific American.

You should definitely follow him on twitter and check out his visit to the Colbert Report.

Kenneth Miller’s Texts

Apr 18 2019

1hr 25mins

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Rank #9: John Cobb: Christology and Process Theology

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I am beyond excited about the upcoming class with our guest in this episode – John Cobb. This is the very first interview I ever recorded with Cobb and in it we discuss a process account of the incarnation, Kin-dom of God, and other Christological goodies.

You will likely notice how my accent has changed in the last 12 years of podcasting and moves from North Carolina to Los Angeles and then to Edinburgh.

Don’t forget to check out Cobb’s recent visit to answer the question “Why Whitehead?

John Cobb taught theology at the Claremont School of Theology from 1958 to 1990. In 2014 he became the first theologian elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his interdisciplinary work in ecology, economics, and biology. He has published over 30 books including the first full length text in eco-philosophy.

In 1973, with David Griffin, he established the Center for Process Studies. In retirement he lives at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California. Throughout his career he has contributed to Whitehead scholarship and promoted process-relational programs and organizations. Most recently, he helped found the Claremont Institute for Process Studies, and has been heavily involved in supporting work toward the goal of China becoming an ecological civilization.

Feb 03 2020

40mins

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Rank #10: Michael Welker and a Contemporary Constructive Christology

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Who is Jesus Christ for us today?  Is there a way to even attempt to answer the question with intellectual credibility?  One of Germany’s greatest theologians, Michael Welker, is on the podcast discussing his new book God the Revealed: Christology.  In the book and on the podcast we discuss the quest for the historical, theological engagement with the natural sciences, the cultural shifts in the church, atonement theories, our shared love of Whitehead, and a bunch of other nerdy bits of goodness.

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Professor Michael Welker is a Senior Professor at the University of Heidelberg (since 2013) and Director of the Research Center International and Interdisciplinary Theology (FIIT, since 2005) and an Honorary Professor at Seoul Theological University.

He is a member of the Heidelberg Academy and Corresponding Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and received the Medal of the University of Heidelberg. Karl-Barth-Preis award in 2016.

For lots of info on Dr. Welker check out his website HERE.

Want to check out Dr. Welker’s Gifford Lectures? Head over here and you can find the videos, audio, and written responses.

Nov 04 2019

1hr 22mins

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Rank #11: Open and Relational Theology Throwdown with Thomas Jay Oord

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I am super excited to share this conversation with my dear friend and brilliant scholar Tom Oord. In this episode we discuss a couple different topics from an Open and Relational perspective in the hope it lures you to join our Open and Relational Theology reading group!! That’s right. Tom and I are gonna facilitate an exploration of ORT and we would love for you to join the fun.

Did you know Tom just released a new book? It’s called “God Can’t: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils.” It is the single best introduction to the open and relational perspective on evil for the non-specialist. I have already recommended it to a bunch of people, so if you are asking questions about God’s power, presence, and relationship to suffering – read this book.

Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is an award-winning author, and he has written or edited more than twenty books. A twelve-time Faculty Award winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. A gifted speaker, Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.

Join us for a nerdy online learning party!

Here’s Tom’s 3 Open and Relational Theology 101 books

Here’s my additional 3 texts

My 3 Favorite Tom Oord Books!

Tom’s Selections for an Open and Relational Theology 101 Reading List

Previous Visits of Tom to the Podcast

Open and Relational Q&A with Thomas Jay Oord
Why Go Wesleyan? with Thomas Jay Oord
Evil, Providence and the Love of God with Tom Oord
Thomas Jay Oord really loves talking about Love [Barrel Aged]

Jan 18 2019

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Rank #12: Diana Bass + Brian McLaren = #zesty

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Prepare yourself for some seriously zesty podcasting with my friends Diana Bass and Brian McLaren at the Wild Goose Festival. During the episode we will attempt to answer a number of different questions and topics listeners like yourself sent in. It is always a treat to get to talk to Diana and Brian and this time was no exception.

Find out who Diana and Brian respond to a bunch of different questions like…

  • Who are your heroes of the faith?
  • How can we cultivate gratitude in the craziness of today?
  • Can you be sane and use Facebook?
  • How should the church see our current political crisis?
  • Is democracy worth saving?
  • Can the planet handle another 500 years of Christian leadership?
  • What’s a post-NationState-Capitalist-Techno-Society do for spirituality?

This Episode is sponsored by…

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Click the logo for your opportunity to get a free gift set of LWR Farmers Market coffee from Homebrewed Christianity. And visit lwrfarmersmarket.org and use the code HOMEBREWED for 10% off your order.

Sep 13 2018

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Rank #13: Everyone You Ever Loved Will Die, so Merry Christmas!

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The holidays are here and you know what that means?

Awkward conversations about religion and politics with family, friends, and coworkers.

Today on the podcast I am bringing you some wisdom… rules even… from two friends who work at the intersection of religion and the psychological sciences. Sarah Lane Ritchie and Kutter Callaway were part of the live podcast last week in San Diego and after hearing these ‘rules’ for the holidays, I knew I needed to share them ASAP.

The live event included a bunch of other segments that engaged an upcoming film J.E.S.U.A.  The rest of the podcast will come out near the release of the film. I moved the rules from the end of the conversation to the beginning, so after that segment you will go back in time to the beginning of my chat with Sarah and Kutter.

Here are the 7 rules.

  1. You are NOT your ideas
  2. Prioritize Sleep
  3. Make Yourself Start (or keep) Meditating (here’s the Examen app I mentioned)
  4. Be a Documentarian – talk by listening
  5. Acknowledge Their Trauma… including being in a family with you and your deconstructive path
  6. Remember Everyone You See and Love Will Die
  7. Criticism is a Form of Pursuit

This episode was sponsored by the upcoming documentary film J.E.S.U.S.A. 

J.E.S.U.S.A. is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between Christianity and American nationalism and the violence that can often emerge from it. Far from a new phenomenon, this documentary traces the co-opting of Christianity by the state all the way back to when the Christian faith became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Through interviews with a diverse group of scholars, pastors, historians, and activists, this film shows how specific readings of the Bible have led many Christians to confuse their devotion to Jesus with their dedication to the state. The film helps viewers rediscover and restore long-held Christian beliefs regarding nonviolence, inspiring Christians to become purveyors of peace rather than enablers of conflict and violence.

The documentary will be released for general viewing on February 25, 2020, and will be available on many streaming platforms for rental or purchase.

If you wish to help organize a showing for your church or organization, please contact the production team here.

The film includes some amazing people like David Bentley Hart, Suzanne Ross, Brian Zahnd, Osheta Moore, Diana Butler Bass, Greg Boyd, and many more.

Dr. Sarah Lane Ritchie is Lecturer in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh, where her doctoral work focused on the question of divine action in the human mind. A Michigander by birth, Sarah also holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Spring Arbor University, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MSc in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh. Her published work focuses on questions arising from the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the various brain-related sciences. Sarah’s research interests include divine action, philosophy of mind, naturalism, cognitive science of religion, and the psychology of belief formation.

Dr. Kutter Callaway  is associate professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and Co-Director of Reel Spirituality. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Atheism: Theology and Imagination in Contemporary Culture, Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue, Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue, Scoring Transcendence: Contemporary Film Music as Religious Experience, and Breaking the Marriage Idol: Reconstructing Our Cultural and Spiritual Norms. Prior to teaching at Fuller, Callaway served in pastoral ministry for nearly a decade, focusing primarily on young and emerging adults.

He frequently hosts or participates in public conversations about religion, spirituality, and culture with artists, filmmakers, and industry leaders.

Dec 05 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #14: Called to be Prophets: Erin Law, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Steed Davidson, and Brian McLaren

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In this podcast Erin Law joins Tripp and Robyn to talk about her work in Somatics. They discuss…

  • Why Erin Law is awesome.
  • “Gender Trouble” as the Sermon on the Mount for humanity degrees… also Judith Butler is sometimes called J Buts.
  • the nature of gender and sexuality
  • what’s the deal with Christianity and bodies?
  • how friendship can become the place of resistance
  • the oppressive technology of separation
  • you should get Activist Theology –there is now an AUDIO version.

Then Steed Davidson and Brian McLaren join the fun as we discuss…

  • Dr. Steed Davidson is a post-colonial scholar of the Hebrew Bible at McCormick Theological Seminary.
  • Tripp takes advice from a Homebrewed Community Member and gets Brian to talk to Steed about the role of post-colonial thought for the future of the church.
  • the role of politics and empire in the Reformation translations of scripture
  • King James… of the authorized version KJV Bible translation was gay
  • the language of ‘slavery’ is used in expanding Protestantism as a spiritualized metaphor for everything but actual slavery
  • “if what you are saying is true… the next thing you are gonna tell me is that Jesus didn’t preach the Roman Road.”
  • the prophetic persona is a political persona
  • the forgotten prophetic power and possibility within the church
  • what’s up with the word ‘God’ and does it have a future?
  • God is like the world’s greatest tee-ball coach
  • the problematic nature of our culture of anxiety creation and management

If you are wise you will get inspired to check out Robyn’s new book. If you do… we got a bunch of goodies from Robyn to send you when you pre-order their new book Activist TheologyThat’s right, when you pre-order the book just forward the receipt to goactivistheology [at] gmail [dot] com and we will send you our class Theologies of Resistance and Robyn’s lecture from Theology Beer Camp. 

This episode is sponsored by the #1 selling study Bible – The New Life Application Study Bible. 

Whether you’re new to the Bible or a lifelong reader, this study Bible includes clarifications that help you understand the language, advice on how to apply the Bible’s teaching to everyday life, descriptions of the context and setting, profiles of key Bible people, guides for finding what you’re looking for and more. That’s what makes it a Bible for all times and the bestselling study Bible in the world.

Oct 26 2019

1hr 42mins

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Rank #15: From Southern Religion to Activist Theology: Stan Mitchell + Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza

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This is a zesty LIVE episode, recorded live in Nashville. I am joined by two friends, Stan Mitchell and Dr. Robyn Henderson-Espinoza. I get to ask them each 5 questions before we take questions from the people gathered for the fun.

If you are wise you will get inspired to check out Robyn’s new book. If you do… we got a bunch of goodies from Robyn to send you when you pre-order their new book Activist TheologyThat’s right, when you pre-order the book just forward the receipt to goactivistheology [at] gmail [dot] com and we will send you our class Theologies of Resistance and Robyn’s lecture from Theology Beer Camp. 

Called to be Prophets

SEPTEMBER 27-28 – Cary, NC –  Called to Be Prophets

I can’t wait for this event. It is not only going to be my last in the USA before my family’s move to the UK, but so many of my friends will be there. If you want to come to use the discount code TRIPP for 15% off.

Learn more about my family’s move to Scotland

Aug 14 2019

1hr 36mins

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Rank #16: An Oxford Philosopher’s Journey from Atheism to Idealism with Keith Ward

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This most zesty episode was part of the Cosmic Campfire reading group. I joined Science Mike, Mike Morrell, and a couple thousand nerds as we read through a new collection of spiritual memoirs – How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere. Keith Ward was one of the contributors and he jumped on video chat to talk with Mike and I for the group.

It was an energetic and fun conversation that covered a number of topics from science, physics, materialism, idealism, the Cosmic Christ, spiritual experiences, religious pluralism, divine action, and more. Ohhh and you hear how this Oxford Philosopher went from being an atheist to an idealist and then converted to Christianity in India.

Keith Ward is a British philosopher, theologian, priest and scholar. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a priest of the Church of England. He was a canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. Comparative theologyand the relationship between science and religion are two of his main topics of interest. He was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford from 1991 to 2004.

Don’t forget to check out some amazing free lectures of Keith. Literally quality, zesty, nerdy, and free lectures.

Here’s his previous podcast visits:

<- we will be reading Keith during this upcoming group, so join up today.

Five Keith Ward Books To Enjoy

Recommendations From Keith

Jan 23 2019

1hr 16mins

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Rank #17: Sarah Lane Ritchie: an Integrated Physicality and the Sacred

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Get ready for a bunch of nerdy fun.

Sarah Lane Ritchie is Lecturer in Theology and Science at the University of Edinburgh. She has a PhD in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh, where her doctoral work focused on the question of divine action in the human mind. A Michigander by birth, Sarah also holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion from Spring Arbor University, an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary, and an MSc in Science and Religion from the University of Edinburgh. Her published work focuses on questions arising from the intersection of theology, philosophy, and the various brain-related sciences. Sarah’s research interests include divine action, philosophy of mind, naturalism, cognitive science of religion, and the psychology of belief formation.

Dr. Sarah Lane Ritchie joins the podcast to discuss her upcoming book Divine Action and the Human Mind and a bunch of other topics including…

  • Her story of coming out of Southern Baptist Fundamentalism
  • spiritually integrated physicality
  • the Hard Problem of Consciousness
  • physicalists, dualists, panpsychism, and more
  • theologians should NOT be scared of scientific accounts
  • embodied cognition’s rejection of downloadable consciousness
  • why no more machine imagery, but organism!
  • the problem with the contemporary Divine Action debate
  • i proceed to offer Philip Goff’s Russellian Monism as an option
  • the combination problem and the zombie thought experiment
  • how the scientific study of religion has uncovered how natural it is
  • why Mainline Protestants are working against sharing their faith with their children
  • rethinking psychedelics for spiritual traditions (here’s the Rupert Sheldrake episode we mention)
  • i told a story of bourbon, fasting, ketosis, mindfulness, and getting consumed by a skull
  • we discuss divine action and why Sarah thinks Philip Clayton is almost right
  • the relationship of divine action, the problem of evil, and theory of mind
  • Sarah finished her Mdiv at Princeton without actually reading Karl Barth
  • the ethical quandary of sex-bots and Tripp’s high quality sanitation dodge
  • the relationship of religious traditions to spiritual practices

Jul 04 2019

1hr 51mins

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Rank #18: John Cobb: Secularizing Christianity

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It is getting near the most epic of the HBC online classes. As part of the celebration – and the emails I got saying MORE PODCASTS BECAUSE I AM SELF-DISTANCING – I combined two of my favorite previous visits into this episode. First you hear John Cobb give a theo-philosophical sermon on the materializing trajectory of Christianity. Then liberal Reformed Theologian, Paul Capetz, joins me for the conversation in which we discuss the trinity, Religious Pluralism, The importance of the Incarnation, Discuss fall of the Mainline Churches, Liberalism? Progressive?, and the Mission of the Church. 

Enjoy this episode? Then checkout this book.

Don’t forget to check out Cobb’s recent visit to answer the question “Why Whitehead?

John Cobb taught theology at the Claremont School of Theology from 1958 to 1990. In 2014 he became the first theologian elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his interdisciplinary work in ecology, economics, and biology. He has published over 30 books including the first full length text in eco-philosophy.

In 1973, with David Griffin, he established the Center for Process Studies. In retirement he lives at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California. Throughout his career he has contributed to Whitehead scholarship and promoted process-relational programs and organizations. Most recently, he helped found the Claremont Institute for Process Studies, and has been heavily involved in supporting work toward the goal of China becoming an ecological civilization.

Mar 16 2020

1hr 47mins

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Rank #19: Leah Schade: Preaching in a time of Crisis from Corona to Climate

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Dr. Leah Schade is Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary, A graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, her research and experience cover the fields of homiletics and ecological theology. As an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Schade has served in suburban, urban, and rural settings and has worked with parishioners from a variety of cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds. Formerly the pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, PA, Schade s ministry is marked by her experience in and passion for ecological and social justice advocacy and activism.

In our conversation we talk about…

  • the tradition to teaching online
  • empowering women within the church
  • the theological task of preaching
  • the sermon in a time of crisis
  • corona and community
  • what goes into the crafting of a sermon
  • why you don’t need to make the sermon practical, but make it strange

Dr. Schade’s Books

Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide

Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis

Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit

This Episode is Sponsored by Lexington Theological Seminary


See what their unique accredited online seminary program can do for you. Whether you want to broaden your knowledge in one area, brush up on your preaching skills, or earn a degree, now in our 150th year, Lexington Theological Seminary offers the serious academic study you’ve come to expect, packaged in the newest model of theological education. Find out how you can be part of the growing, supportive community of LTS students, where you live, on your schedule.

Mar 30 2020

1hr 11mins

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Adam Clark: James Cone was right

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This August we kick off the next Homebrewed reading group on James Cone and Black Theology. We will be joined by our lead theological facilitator, Dr. Adam Clark, Associate Professor of Theology at Xavier University.

In this episode Adam and I discuss (the Father of Black Theology) James Cone, Black theology, and the present moment. After hearing this I am sure you will want to join the class!

Jul 08 2020

1hr 3mins

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Jason Aaron: He is Worthy, but is God? Thor, Star Wars, and Southern Bastards

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When people ask me about my favorite authors they aren’t surprised to hear me say Alfred North Whitehead, Elizabeth Johnson, or Origen, but when I say Jason Aaron I get a look of confusion. Then I explain how much I love comics and that Jason Aaron is my absolute favorite author. When I found out that I might be able to get him on the podcast with my bestie Will Rose, we went a bit crazy with glee. (For the theology nerd, Jason Aaron is like the Moltmann of comics!)

Our goal was to lure you into checking out the wonderful world of comics. We talk about Jason’s personal story, the craft of story telling, hermeneutics, wrestling with life’s big questions, sons with daddy issues, the problem of evil, and a bunch of comics. Did I mention Marvel is going to be following Jason’s lead and make Jane Foster Thor in the next film Love & Thunder.

My favorite comic ever. Jane is the MIGHTY THOR.

JASON AARON is an award-winning comic book writer best known for his work with Marvel Comics, including a landmark seven-year run on THOR that will serve as the basis for the upcoming Marvel Studios film THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. He’s also had celebrated stints writing WOLVERINE, DOCTOR STRANGE, GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER and the 2015 Marvel relaunch of STAR WARS that was the best-selling American comic book in more than 20 years. Aaron is the current writer on Marvel’s flagship AVENGERS series and the recently relaunched CONAN THE BARBARIAN. His critically acclaimed creator-owned work includes the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning SOUTHERN BASTARDS from Image Comics and the New York Times best-selling crime series SCALPED from Vertigo Comics. Aaron was born and raised in Alabama and currently resides in Kansas City.

You can follow Jason’s work here on his personal webpage/newsletter and on social media (twitter/instagram)

New to comics? The best move (lockdown willing) is to find a local comic book store. In the meantime you

Will and I love this Yoda story

can check out Jason’s stuff digitally through Amazon. If you are smart you will use the free 60 day trial of ComiXology or try out Marvel Unlimited and turn your iPad or computer into Jason Aaron gateway. For Jason’s independent releases you can go to his store. Here’s a guide to reading Jason’s Thor run.

WILL ROSE is a Lutheran pastor at the Holy Trinity in Chapel Hill and guru of all things pop culture. He has returned to the podcast for the interview. You can check out some of his writing at the Pop Culture and Theology. He is also a part of a new web series Theocon Thursdays that you should check out. For real… the session on zombies is zesty.

Will had this smile the entire time.

Jun 25 2020

1hr 39mins

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Stephen Haynes: the Battle for Bonhoeffer

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Dr. Stephen Haynes is the Albert Bruce Curry Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College and theologian-in-residence at Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

He joined the Rise of Bonhoeffereading group and we decided it best to share with you. Enjoy!

The figure of Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) has become a clay puppet in modern American politics. Secular, radical, liberal, and evangelical interpreters variously shape and mold the martyr’s legacy to suit their own pet agendas.

Stephen Haynes offers an incisive and clarifying perspective. A recognized Bonhoeffer expert, Haynes examines “populist” readings of Bonhoeffer, including the acclaimed biography by Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. In his analysis Haynes treats, among other things, the November 2016 election of Donald Trump and the “Bonhoeffer moment” announced by evangelicals in response to the US Supreme Court’s 2015 decision to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Battle for Bonhoeffer includes an open letter from Haynes pointedly addressing Christians who still support Trump. Bonhoeffer’s legacy matters. Haynes redeems the life and the man.

Jun 20 2020

1hr 11mins

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Reggie Williams: Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus

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Dr. Reggie Williams is the Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary and author of Bonhoeffer’s Black Jesus:Harlem Renaissance Theology and an Ethic of Resistance.

The book is an analysis of exposure to Harlem Renaissance intellectuals, and worship at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist on the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, during his year of post-doctoral study at Union Seminary in New York, 1930-31.

Dr. Williams’ research interests include Christological ethics, theological anthropology, Christian social ethics, the Harlem Renaissance, race, politics and black church life. His current book project includes a religious critique of whiteness in the Harlem Renaissance. In addition, he is working on a book analyzing the reception of Bonhoeffer by liberation activists in apartheid South Africa.

Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in Christian ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller in 2006 and a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Westmont College in 1995. He is a member of the board of directors for the Society for Christian Ethics, as well as the International Dietrich Bonhoeffer Society. He is also a member of the American Academy of Religion and Society for the Study of Black Religion.

Jun 10 2020

1hr 48mins

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Jeffrey C. Pugh: Why Go Bonhoeffer?

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Dr. Jeffrey C Pugh joined the podcast tag-team of Crackers & Grape Juice + Homebrewed Christianity for a special live streaming Happy Hour. Dr. Pugh kicks things off by giving us 5 reasons to go Bonhoeffer… theologically speaking and then all sorts of things Qs find their As. It was a blast.

If you want some more Bonhoeffer then come join the HBC Community or our newest reading group The Rise of Bonhoeffer.

Dr. Jeffrey C. Pugh recently retired as Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Religious Studies and Distinguished University Professor from Elon University in North Carolina. The author of six books ranging from Barth, religion and science, and the apocalyptic imagination to Bonhoeffer, Pugh’s work has focused on Christian complicity in the Holocaust and the lessons that can be applied to instruct future generations. His latest work, a chapter on his reflections while he was participating in the clergy resistance at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville is found in Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Theology, and ResistanceHe and his wife Jan, a retired United Methodist minister, make their home in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jun 05 2020

1hr 37mins

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Christof Koch: why you can’t squeeze consciousness out of a brain

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This is a really fun conversation with one of the most influential living scientist. Dr. Christof Koch is neuroscientist pioneering th the neural bases of consciousness. He is the president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. In this conversation we discuss…

  • Christof’s journey into the brain sciences and work with Francis Crick
  • what is the ‘integrated information theory’ of consciousness
  • russellian monism and the panpsychist revival
  • contrasting consciousness and intelligence
  • can a machine become conscious
  • the possibility of artificial intelligence
  • the love of dogs and becoming a vegetarian
  • how practices open up different worlds
  • defending the depths for human existence
  • Iain Banks‘ novels
  • adversarial experimentation and the problem of conscious
  • beginning with phenomenology in the explanation of consciousness

Check out his two most recent books:

The Feeling of Life Itself: Why Consciousness Is Widespread but Can’t Be Computed

Consciousness: Confessions of a Romantic Reductionist

If you enjoyed this episode check out…

May 28 2020

1hr 9mins

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Mark Wallace: Faith After Religion

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I had a blast talking with Dr. Mark Wallace. We ended up having so much fun we’ve decided to do it again. Be on the lookout for details about a Homebrewed Happy Hour in which we will discuss Christian Animism and the questions/topics you send in. After you hear his account of Jesus as a Shaman or the incantatory nature of faith, I am sure you will have a few questions. I would suggest checking out When God was a Bird if you are already excited

In this conversation we discuss…

  • Mark’s Billy Graham conversion experience and religious life growing up in SoCal
  • His intellectual journey and the influence of his advisor Paul Ricouer
  • The philosophical hermeneutics of Ricouer and its application to religion
  • Why Pascal’s wager isn’t nearly as cool as the wager of faith in Ricouer
  • The predicament of belief in post-religious context
  • The power and possibility within confessional traditions
  • Modernity’s problematic politic of life
  • The need to nest our understanding of salvation(s) within an account of creation
  • How Jesus is a Shaman
  • Why every good Biblical literalist knows that God is a bird

If you are interested in the work of Ricouer and its relation to religion, then check out this text that Mark Wallace edited of his mentor – Figuring the Sacred:Religion, Narrative, and Imagination. I doubt I could exaggerate how influential that book has been for my own self-reflection.

Mark I. Wallace is Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies at Swarthmore College and core faculty for the U.S. State Department’s Institutes on Religious Pluralism at Temple University. His books include When God was a BirdGreen Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future and Finding God in the Singing River: Christianity, Spirit, Nature.

May 21 2020

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Susan Shaw: the story of a Process Southern Baptist Feminist

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I have new nerd crush and it is Dr. Susan M. Shaw. This episode was one of the most fun conversations I have had in a while. It may be because we are both members of an endangered theological species… cradle southern baptists who went process, but none the less it was so fun it went for three hours and I had to edit it down!

Susan M. Shaw is professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University. She is author of God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern Baptist Women on Church, Home, and Society and Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide.

In this conversation we discuss…

  • growing up Southern Baptist and becoming a Baptist in exile
  • Susan shares her experience in the conservative take over of the SBC
  • the peculiar nature of being a progressive Baptist
  • religious formation and the predicament of raising a spiritual free agent
  • how the movement of ‘social justice’ functions as a meta-narrative

    You can watch my film that we mention in the episode

  • the predicament of becoming human
  • what happens when white evangelical men start loosing cultural power
  • power over is NOT the gospel, but power to and power with
  • are fundamentalist and progressive Christians in the same religion
  • why moderates saying nothing is so frustrating
  • what if we are still in the early church
  • divine presence and sexual abuse
  • how process helps one reengage with a tradition
  • thinking simultaneity and both/and with intersectional thought
  • “God loves me and I can live like it”
  • it’s not if we come together, but how

May 15 2020

1hr 49mins

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Jacob Erickson: a Theopoetics of the Earth

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Jacob J. Erickson is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at Trinity College Dublin. He previously taught Religion and Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, USA.

There is no good reason not to follow him on twitter.

This conversation came after a Jacob gave a lecture in the Theology and Ethics seminar at New College, University of Edinburgh and then we got lost trying to find Brew Dog & their super legit cauliflower buffalo wings. Things that came up…

  • a theopoetics of the earth
  • relearning religion and spirituality in light of the planetary crisis
  • coming to process thought through a theology of the cross
  • the problems of logocentrism
  • “salvation is not carbon neutral”
  • the gospel without eternal conscious torment
  • grief and the ecological crisis
  • we both loved this book by Thomas Attig, How We Grieve: Relearning the World
  • the practical relativism of climate denial

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  • Marjorie Suchocki is awesome and we both dig this text – A Fall to Violence
  • youth ministry and the anxiety of climate change
  • is it ethical to have children? is that even the best way to ask the question?

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May 05 2020

1hr 37mins

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Violence, Nationalism, and other things that ruin Christianity

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In this episode I am joined by Kevin Miller and Robyn Henderson-Espinoza to discuss the documentary film J.E.S.U.S.A.

J.E.S.U.S.A. is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between Christianity and American nationalism and the violence that can often emerge from it. Far from a new phenomenon, this documentary traces the co-opting of Christianity by the state all the way back to when the Christian faith became the official religion of the Roman Empire.

Through interviews with a diverse group of scholars, pastors, historians, and activists, this film shows how specific readings of the Bible have led many Christians to confuse their devotion to Jesus with their dedication to the state. The film helps viewers rediscover and restore long-held Christian beliefs regarding nonviolence, inspiring Christians to become purveyors of peace rather than enablers of conflict and violence.

If you wish to help organize a showing for your church or organization, please contact the production team here.

The film includes some amazing people like David Bentley Hart, Suzanne Ross, Brian Zahnd, Osheta Moore, Diana Butler Bass, Greg Boyd, and many more.

Apr 27 2020

1hr 9mins

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Trilogies, Atonement Power Rankings, & Sex Work at Happy Hour

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This is a Homebrewed Happy Hour in which I am joined by my friends Dan Koch & Dr. Sarah Lane Ritchie.

This is an adult conversation with friends. Don’t listen with kids. Don’t listen if you don’t like potty language and bad jokes. Ohh and I said the phrase “5 shart Barthian.”

To get invites to future happy hours check the HBC FB page. To get the second half of the conversation in your private podcast feed join the Homebrewed Community.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 19mins

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Godehard Brüntrup: Emergent Panpsychism & Process Theology

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Dr. Godehard Brüntrup is a German philosopher, Jesuit, and professor of philosophy at the Munich University of Philosophy with a focus on metaphysics , philosophy of mind and philosophy of language.

I was beyond thrilled to talk with Dr. Brüntrup. He is not only a leading philosopher in Germany, but our shared interest in philosophy of mind and Alfred North Whitehead

  • how the characters of Socrates and Jesus inspired his vocation
  • ontic shock and the question of meaning
  • moving beyond the computer metaphor for the mind & the functionalist approach
  • dualism and the variety of monisms (materialism / idealism)
  • why Christianity does not require dualism
  • the success and challenge of science
  • fallacy of misplaced concreteness in science
  • the trouble of dual-aspect monism
  • Whitehead’s theory of mind and concept of experience
  • emergent panpsychism
  • process philosophy of religion
  • the problem with a Post-Kantian rejection of metaphysics
  • the spirituality of panpsychism

Apr 09 2020

1hr 19mins

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Leah Schade: Preaching in a time of Crisis from Corona to Climate

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Dr. Leah Schade is Assistant Professor of Preaching and Worship at Lexington Theological Seminary, A graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, her research and experience cover the fields of homiletics and ecological theology. As an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), Schade has served in suburban, urban, and rural settings and has worked with parishioners from a variety of cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds. Formerly the pastor of United in Christ Lutheran Church in Lewisburg, PA, Schade s ministry is marked by her experience in and passion for ecological and social justice advocacy and activism.

In our conversation we talk about…

  • the tradition to teaching online
  • empowering women within the church
  • the theological task of preaching
  • the sermon in a time of crisis
  • corona and community
  • what goes into the crafting of a sermon
  • why you don’t need to make the sermon practical, but make it strange

Dr. Schade’s Books

Preaching in the Purple Zone: Ministry in the Red-Blue Divide

Rooted and Rising: Voices of Courage in a Time of Climate Crisis

Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit

This Episode is Sponsored by Lexington Theological Seminary


See what their unique accredited online seminary program can do for you. Whether you want to broaden your knowledge in one area, brush up on your preaching skills, or earn a degree, now in our 150th year, Lexington Theological Seminary offers the serious academic study you’ve come to expect, packaged in the newest model of theological education. Find out how you can be part of the growing, supportive community of LTS students, where you live, on your schedule.

Mar 30 2020

1hr 11mins

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Bill Walker: Globalization, Violence, and Salvation in the Drug War

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The most important thing I can tell you about Bill Walker is that he simultaneously a brilliant scholar, a wonderful human, and a dear friend. We became friends while doing our PhDs and he currently serves as the Director of Vocation at Christ Church of Austin. He also teaches Christians ethics in the Business School at Baylor and theology as an adjunct professor at Truett Seminary.

A Theology of the Drug War is a political and theological reflection on the violence and injustice that has taken place in Mexico and Central America since 2006 as a result of the drug war. In order to understand and respond to this conflict in the age of globalization, William A. Walker III combines the work of philosopher Enrique Dussel and theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar to develop a theology of the drug war that transcends both a Eurocentric conception of the world and a merely political account of salvation. Walker also highlights examples of Christian and church-based approaches to practicing neighborliness and resistance to drug trade-related violence, challenging both Christians and non-Christians to participate in the creation of a more just and merciful society. Publisher info here.

Bill mentioned a number of organizations in the podcast. Below are some links to check them out.

http://Semillascommunity.org

http://Fianzafund.org

https://ciudadnueva.org

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Mar 16 2020

1hr 24mins

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John Cobb: Secularizing Christianity

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It is getting near the most epic of the HBC online classes. As part of the celebration – and the emails I got saying MORE PODCASTS BECAUSE I AM SELF-DISTANCING – I combined two of my favorite previous visits into this episode. First you hear John Cobb give a theo-philosophical sermon on the materializing trajectory of Christianity. Then liberal Reformed Theologian, Paul Capetz, joins me for the conversation in which we discuss the trinity, Religious Pluralism, The importance of the Incarnation, Discuss fall of the Mainline Churches, Liberalism? Progressive?, and the Mission of the Church. 

Enjoy this episode? Then checkout this book.

Don’t forget to check out Cobb’s recent visit to answer the question “Why Whitehead?

John Cobb taught theology at the Claremont School of Theology from 1958 to 1990. In 2014 he became the first theologian elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences for his interdisciplinary work in ecology, economics, and biology. He has published over 30 books including the first full length text in eco-philosophy.

In 1973, with David Griffin, he established the Center for Process Studies. In retirement he lives at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California. Throughout his career he has contributed to Whitehead scholarship and promoted process-relational programs and organizations. Most recently, he helped found the Claremont Institute for Process Studies, and has been heavily involved in supporting work toward the goal of China becoming an ecological civilization.

Mar 16 2020

1hr 47mins

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Elgin Frank Tupper: a Scandalous Providence (in Memoriam)

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I lost a very dear mentor and friend – Elgin Frank Tupper. I tried recording the intro over 10 times and just started crying, so I decided to save my thoughts for later and share this gem of an episode.

This also happens to be the most downloaded episode in HBC history.

Frank was a legendary Baptist theologian and the first American student of Wolfhart Pannenberg. He was a founding faculty member of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity where he retired in 2016 as Distinguished Professor of Divinity Emeritus.  You can read Frank’s Obituary here.

A Scandalous Providence is framed in a type of narrative theology, but not just the narrative of Jesus, or his own personal narrative, but the narratives of other people. It was born out of a desire to develop an understanding of providence on the basis of the key and crucial narratives in the synoptic portrayals of the story of Jesus – not just for seminarians or scholars, but for the problems of providence in the life of everyone in the church.

Mar 10 2020

2hr 37mins

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Ingolf Dalferth: Hermeneutics and the Predicament of Faith #BarrelAged

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A number of Homebrewed Community Members asked for this episode to come out of the Barrel and back into the world, so here it is. In this episode I am joined by one of my dissertation advisors for a fun conversation.

Ingolf U. Dalferth (DrTheol, University of Tübingen) is Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. He is also professor emeritus in the faculty of theology at the University of Zurich, where he served as director of the Institute of Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion for many years. He has held academic positions at the universities of Durham, Tübingen, Frankfurt, Fribourg, and Copenhagen. Dalferth is the author or editor of over forty books

Dr. Dalferth’s Recent Books

Transcendence and the Secular World: Life in Orientation to Ultimate Presence
Creatures of Possibility: The Theological Basis of Human Freedom
Radical Theology: An Essay on Faith and Theology in the Twenty-First Century
Crucified and Resurrected: Restructuring the Grammar of Christology

Mar 04 2020

1hr 5mins

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JC on JC: a conversation with John Cobb and Tom Oord on Jesus #BarrelAged

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This is a super special conversation between two preeminent scholars and dear friends. Two friends of the podcast gathered in Claremont a few years back as part of the Emergent Village Theological Conversation on Process Theology and this gem of a conversation happened! John Cobb and Tom Oord discuss Jesus and a number of other goodies.

This barrel aged edition of the podcast is here so I can share episodes from the last 12 years no longer available in the podcast feed for your nerdy listening pleasure.

Also if you enjoy the conversation then you should totally come join the upcoming reading group with John Cobb on Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality. In this series of lectures John Cobb will provide an introduction to one of the most compelling and challenging philosophical texts of the Twentieth Century. Process and Reality is a notoriously difficult text, but the goal of this course is to enable students to not only skim the surface but probe its deeper dimensions. With his decades of experience as a scholar and teacher of Whitehead, Cobb will elucidate the major themes and illuminate the major concepts in a way that is accessible to anyone.

Feb 22 2020

1hr 40mins

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Wilson Dickinson: Faith After a Neo-liberal Compliant Church

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Dr. Wilson Dickinson is a writer, pastor, and organizer who lives in his hometown of Georgetown, Kentucky. He teaches theology and directs the Doctor of Ministry and Continuing Education Programs at Lexington Theological Seminary. He is the director of the Green Good News, an organization that works with churches and schools to integrate sustainability, justice, and discipleship.

  • At Lexington Theological Seminary the Dmin is focused on cultural hermeneutics and community organizing.
  • What is the purpose of Dmin and who is it for?
  • Why Gary Dorrien tells the coolest story of liberal Mainline Protestantism (read here)
  • Is the initial deal for Mainline Protestantism in America worth it?
  • the problem of the ‘identified patient’ and neo-liberal compliant justice issues
  • church at the crossroads of Earth and Empire
  • Zacchaues and the middle-management of Empire
  • God isn’t cool with economies of extraction and exploitation
  • Kierkegaard & his critique of social Christianity
  • how power hides in pain sight
  • creating Pharisees an exit strategy from the imperial banquet
  • the power of giving permission for others to lead
  • parenting in the face climate change

Check out Wilson’s books The Green Good News and Exercises in New Creation.

This Episode is Sponsored by Lexington Theological Seminary

See what their unique accredited online seminary program can do for you. Whether you want to broaden your knowledge in one area, brush up on your preaching skills, or earn a degree, now in our 150th year, Lexington Theological Seminary offers the serious academic study you’ve come to expect, packaged in the newest model of theological education. Find out how you can be part of the growing, supportive community of LTS students, where you live, on your schedule.

Feb 20 2020

1hr 26mins

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Michael Northcott: God, Gaia, and the Working Class

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Michael Northcott is Professor of Religion and Ecology, Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia and Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh. While he was in town between semesters in Indonesia we got to connect in his home office for energizing and nerdy conversation that covers quite a bit of ground including…

  • how a factory job ruined systematic theology
  • class consciousness and Christian socialism
  • Schleiermacher, Barth, Tillich, and the socialist decision
  • the Protestant problem with preaching scripture
  • the birth of Radical Orthodoxy
  • the religious predicament of modernity
  • the task of being a member of a living tradition
  • “Do Angels exist?”
  • “the original sin is plant selection… the only life that is good on the planet is life we control, for we are the only beings with mentality and deserve the honor.”
  • “the biggest problem in systematic theology is its obsession with first cause and the inability to acknowledge multiple agencies”
  • the connection between reductive accounts of agency and the political craziness in the US and UK
  • why the bread at the Eucharist matters
  • contemporary alienation from nature and community
  • encountering nature anew and Jane Goodall
  • the role of faith in ecological activism
  • Michael mentions Saving Paradise: How Christianity Traded Love of This World for Crucifixion and Empire

If you are on twitter then you should follow Dr. Northcott.

Want to read Northcott’s work? Check it out.

Feb 12 2020

1hr 53mins

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How can we explain Mother Theresa’s loss of faith? Or not being able to believe?

nerd out with your geek out

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tripp’s a gem. good luck in scotland.