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
On this episode you get double the virtue and very little wasteland. You see, Jeff (the virtue ethicist) is flying solo while his wasteland-y pal stayed in California. But you don't get one guest in his place, but on this Labor Day, on which we celebrate mattress sales and Toyotathons, we give you TWICE the guests. And they may have lived the lives of a dozen people between the two of them.Read More
This week gets a little deep. And I think it is a really important listen, and this because it isn't primarily me or Jeff flapping our gums, but rather our friend Shannon. Shannon is candid, honest, and a lot of fun to have on the show (despite the subject matter)Read More
This isn't a show about statues or the president or anything else that might get you riled up. But it kind of is... now stay with us here, Dan is an actual historian who brings some knowledge to drop. And it gets tricky, and we can't make our way out of this mess with statues and interpretations of the Civil War etc... So Dan answers some basic questions, Jeff helps us puzzle through the issue of public monuments and we may or may not have a good bit of fun (hint: we do)Read More
There is a scene in the Life of Brian in which Brian, a supposed messianic character, tries to dispel his followers by encouraging them all to think of themselves as individuals. As he says to them, exasperated by their herd mentality, "You are all individuals!" and in response they say in unison, "we are all individuals!". Wait a second.... here... look at thisRead More
Everything is broken. And nobody can talk with one another. And political issues tear well meaning people apart. And theory and ideology has killed any sense of true and false and instead helpful or pleasurable becomes the benchmark for success. And, well... there's got to be a way forward in our fractured society, from health to politics and religion.Read More
Micah is not afraid. He is not afraid of some fans who will tell him to "stick with religious topics" or will bemoan that he is being "too political". Micah is not afraid to pull on his personal and family history to draw out themes he has played with on his previous albums. Micah is not afraid to make us uncomfortable. But, he is also a lot of fun. Listen up....Read More
Sometimes the inbox fills up. Sometimes the texts and Facebook messages are bursting with wonderful messages read, but to which we have not yet responded. Enter this show.
We knock big questions down to size and answer them with a grace and aplomb not seen since the tandem figure skating duel for the Gold medal at Grenoble '68. We make light of trivial matters with the winsomeness and puckish charm of Maynard and Johannsen's "Big Laughs at Even Bigger Maypoles" from the film of the same name. This is no hyperbole, this is....Read More
Medieval Catholic? Founder of a new religion? Creator of the modern world? Anti-semite? Crude puppet of the state? Political misfit and revolutionary? The quintessential conservative? Ask a Luther scholar and they are likely to give you at least one of these....Read More
All good ideas are born out of controversy. All philosophy is born of poor the thinking. All theology comes from heresy. So.... that makes the latter thing good? No. Don't be dumb, of course not. But...Read More
Uwe is serious. Kurt is serious. We are extra serious. Want to know why? Seriously. You have no idea. Look at that picture? Our guests look friendly enough. But we ARE SERIOUS. Why?Read More