On today's show the guys talk about the most compelling arguments against the church and discuss ways in which we can take these criticisms (from Marx, Freud, etc... ) and build stronger arguments for the importance of religious life today.Read More
On today's show we look at a number of numbers from around the American workforce as we discuss the nature of the American workforce and vocations today. DO you have a job? Want a job? Depend on someone with a job? Than this show is for you.Read More
On today's episode we hand out awards for our favorites of 2017 and look at some of the bigger stories of the past year and discuss how they might effect 2018.Read More
So this isn't usually our thing, looking at something explicitly religious and talking about it, but stay with us here. We both decided to pick a book of the Bible and read it like any other book. We stripped it of its chapters and versers by listening to audio versions and made notes on what we thought were some of the more prescient and thought provoking passages with applications for society today. It's less "bible study" and more long form conversation on a theme.Read More
There are few things we can't talk about with our guest, now on his 4th show, Dr. Dan Siedell. Dr. Siedell joins us as we prepped for our Christmas show and sat down with us to discuss art, money, life and how all of these things effect us in a mercantile and transactional society. Does that sound heavy? It isn't. Dan is one of our favorite guests and turns the conversation towards ways we can all consider the role of art and money in our daily lives (whether you think you can or not).Read More
This year's Christmas special was recorded live at the Boathouse Collective in Costa Mesa, California. We were stoked to have Blake Flattley and his band lead the evening with a collection of interviews and musical performances.Read More
Rebecca has written The Scarlet Virgins: When Sex Replaces Salvation. Rebecca led us through a complicated and sometimes very difficult episode about sexual predators in the church, the role of purity culture in American evangelicalism and where we might find some hope in our preoccupation with all things sex, culture and church.Read More
Sure, Obi-Wan could tell Luke to trust his feelings as he was attempting to destroy the Death Star by directing a missile into a vent like he used to bullseye womp rats from his T-16. But for many of us, the idea of trusting our feelings is anathema. After all, we know our feelings. Our feelings are jerks. Our feelings mess everything up. Why would we trust them?
Well, on todays episode we take an amateurs attempt at taking some new research in the field of psychiatry and happiness studies to our sometimes mundane problems. it's an experiment! It's a show! Enjoy.Read More
Well, it's not always easy, but in the spirit of the season we recorded another Thanksgiving special. This year we focused on reasons we love our country despite the vitriol from our TV's and in our earbuds. We recorded this on location in San Diego and walked away feeling better about our country. Enjoy the show!Read More
A bonus episode to follow our discussion of the best movies portraying sex, drugs, and religion. Click here for the Spotify playlist.Read More
On today's episode we count down our favorite films (or most poignant films) in the categories of Sex, Drugs, and Religion. This is part 1 of a two part series. The second part where we count down our top songs in these categories comes out on Friday. Check out the show page to read Dan's article on Pornography, Methamphetamines and Jesus.Read More
It's a brand new day here at ViW. First, Dan is officially back on the pod for new shows and a new take on things after his recent trips to the hospital. Thank you for the prayers, notes and concern for him while he was away.
[That felt awkward as it is I, Dan, writing this. The third person seemed better, but you can go back and read it in the first person or second, or whatever]
This is a recording of Jeff Mallinson's lecture on the implications of Luther's concept of the freedom of the Christian. He explores how we can love the unlovable and forgive the unforgivable.Read More
Fewer things have a more profound influence on human emotions than the combined force of music and words- but the music must serve the words if the minds and hearts of people are going to be changed and not just entertained.
This episode is a little shorter than usual. We decided to take the very current and very personal events in our lives and discuss them in light of two common errors. We discuss Dan's trip in the hospital now that he is back with us, and then played with the idea of a reductionsitic thinking which does not take spirituality into account in mental illness and the other error of making everything too spiritual and denying the vocations of drs, nurses and other health care professionals. It's an emotional show, but we hope to drive home, in a new and deeply persoanbl way, that everything is going to be ok.Read More
Well, we have had some week here at ViW. And by we, I mean: a whole lot of us. And I guess, specifically, me, Dan. We talk a little bit about my recent trip into the belly of the psych ward at a local hospital, but we move on to broader topics.Read More
During the rise of the Third Reich, some theologians were theologians of the cross, and opposed Hitler and the Nazis.Read More
On today's show we have Dr. Wade Johston, a real mensch, to talk about Michigan sports, the superioroty of Ohio, as well as ealry controversies in the Reformation and how they shaped who we are today. We also find other analogs for these kinds of controversies and idenitity crises today. Dig it.Read More
I have spent my life judging the distance between American reality and the American dream.
- Bruce Springsteen.
Ok Bruce, we know, you are all about the guys out of work, in the darkness on the edge of town or in the Badlands. But, the idea still makes us pause. What is the American dream? This is harder to discern than we may think. But how is it both a dream and a catastrophe? Well... empty promises, unchecked greed, and exploitation. And the kind that victims tend to run towards... what?! Yeah. Check it out.Read More