Rank #1: “the satan” with Michael Hardin and Brad Jersak
In this episode Ray is joined by Michael Hardin and Brad Jersak for a discussion on “the satan”. Who is the satan? What is the satan? Does a personal devil exist, or is satan an anthropological entity? These questions and more are addressed in this in-depth conversation on the nature of evil, and it just might be WORSE than you think! Thank you to both Michael and Brad for taking the time to share their hearts and thoughts with us! Check out the book mentioned in this episode Understanding Spiritual Warfare: Four Views to read more about the ongoing debate about the nature of evil.
Feb 07 2013
Rank #2: Emergence Christianity with Phyllis Tickle
Here is a great discussion with the insightful, charming, and witty Phyllis Tickle! Join Ray and Phyllis as they discuss Phyllis’ most recent book, Emergence Christianity. Strap yourself in as Phyllis takes us on a whirlwind tour of 2000 years of Church history, demonstrating how seemingly unrelated events have worked together to generate the spiritual climate of the twenty-first century. You might just find that Phyllis is helping you to understand your own spiritual journey – I did! Make sure to visit PhyllisTickle.com and check out two truly helpful books, Emergence Christianity and The Great Emergence. Thank you Phyllis for taking the time to share your knowledge and passion with us!
Jun 04 2013
Rank #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: Notes From (Over) the Edge with Jim Palmer
In this episode Ray is joined by Jim Palmer for an exhilarating discussion about spirituality, suffering, and being human. Jim has a knack for making otherwise ethereal, spiritual concepts feel both meaningful and practical. He believes that the spiritual life is something to be embraced by everyone instead of a gift reserved for gurus and experts. Join Ray and Jim for this great discussion about life, spirituality, being human, and much more! Make sure to check out Jim’s newest book Notes From (Over) the Edge: Unmasking the Truth to End Your Suffering, and visit his website http://jimpalmerblog.com/. Thanks for taking the time to share your heart with us, Jim!
Mar 21 2014
Rank #7: The Nature of Scripture and the Question of Evolution with Peter Enns
In this episode Ray is joined by Dr. Peter Enns for a discussion about the ideas in his books Inspiration and Incarnation and The Evolution of Adam. What is the nature of Scripture? How are we to understand the balance between divine inspiration and human authorship in Scripture? Was Adam an historical person? Join us for a discussion about these questions and more! Make sure to check out both Inspiration and Incarnation and The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns for a more in-depth look into the issues addressed in this episode and visit his blog at http://peterennsonline.com/.
Sep 17 2012
Rank #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: Christian Identity In A Multi-Faith World with Brian McLaren
In this episode Ray is excited to be joined by Brian McLaren for a discussion about Brian’s newest book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Brian’s book offers thought-provoking insights into living as a follower of Jesus in a pluralistic world, and in this discussion Brian answers questions like, “Is it possible to be faithful to the Christian faith and charitable to other faiths?”, and “How are we to understand the claim that ‘Jesus is Lord’?”. Make sure to visit BrianMcLaren.net and check out Brian’s book Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road? Thanks so much Brian for sharing your time and your heart with us!
Nov 28 2012
Rank #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: Walking in Unity
UNITY. This seems to be a real buzz word in the Body of Christ, but seldom do we achieve it. What is unity? Does unity mean that we must all agree and affirm the same doctrines? Or, does unity mean that we must all lay aside our distinctive beliefs in an effort to not offend others, thereby having a unity based on just not talking about our differences? It seems like conservatives often choose conformity or uniformity while liberals often just don’t talk about differences. What if there were a third way? What if unity is best experienced when you get to be fully you without me ceasing to be fully me? What if unity means that we get to embrace others without compromising who we are, or forcing others to fit into our mold? Join Steve and Ray as they talk about navigating this “third way” of unity; a unity based neither on conformity nor silence, but on love.
Apr 12 2014
Rank #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: Justice, Francis, and the Cost of Community with Jamie Arpin-Ricci
In this episode Ray is joined by author and fellow “Beyond the Boxer”, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, for a discussion about intentional community, issues of justice, Francis of Assisi, and his book The Cost of Community. Join us as we chat about living in community, radical hospitality, co-housing, “shoulds”, and a lot more! Check out Jamie’s book The Cost of Community, and visit his website http://missional.ca/ for some great information about Christ and community. Thanks for taking the time to hang out with us, Jamie!
Dec 19 2013
Rank #18: Evangelicalism Outside the Box — A Roundtable Discussion
In early May, Steve traveled to Pennsylvania and decided to moderate a roundtable discussion with several friends of the podcast, including some former guests of the podcast and some new ones as well. The discussion, while a typical Beyond the Box exercise in rabbit trails, launches from the starting point of discussing the potential impact of current discussions within evangelicalism.
Sitting around a table with plenty of beverages kept flowing by Michael, and with no specific agenda in mind, the discussion unfolds to cover some great points about the current issues within evangelicalism, including the topic of inspiration/inerrancy of Scripture, and even touching at one point on Steve’s apparent need for therapy to fix his errors in theology and ecclesiology!
Many thanks to Michael and Lorri Hardin for hosting this discussion at their house in Lancaster, PA! It was a delightful time with the Hardins, Pete Enns and John Oliff (who traveled to Lancaster from the Philadelphia area to join the discussion), and Jonathan Souder (friend of the Hardins).
Standing L-R: Peter Enns, John Oliff, Jonathan Souder, Lorri Harden; Seated L-R: Steve Sensenig, Michael Hardin (photo by Dylan Sensenig)
Jun 13 2013
Rank #19: Hellbound? with Kevin Miller
In this episode Ray is joined by Kevin Miller, writer and director of the upcoming movie “Hellbound?”. Kevin talks about the process of dreaming up and making Hellbound? and the impact the process has had on his life. Kevin and Ray discuss how our ideas of hell and death inform the rest of our faith and ultimately help to shape our feelings about God. Make sure to visit HellboundtheMovie.com and “demand the movie” to come to your area. Also, watch the the trailer for the film right here:
Thanks Kevin for talking with us. We look forward to the movie!
Apr 02 2012
Rank #20: 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