Ep 304 On Superheroes and the Heliand

On today's show we talk about heroes and superheroes as an entrance into talking about one of the great lost "superhero" stories of all time: the Heliand.  This story, a kind of Beowulf meets King Arthur meets the Gospels, was super important during a few critical times in our history.  The story is good, but it could be dangerous.  Do our heroes fall prey to the dark side of the myth? Tune in and check it out.

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Ep. 301 Death, Sex and McCain

Ok, so we have these interviews, and we have listener calls, and we wanted to get to all or most of these things this week.  And then things changed, unfortunately.  On this episode we talk about the place of public mourning, we answer your pressing questions on tyrannosaurus procreation, talk about the place and power of forgiveness, and some personal things for public processing (because that seems to be what we do to a fault).

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Ep. 300 How to Listen: Tension, Faith, and Art- An Interview with April Kirby

So this is show 300. And it's recorded on location in Dallas, TX.  This interview was going to be in a series of interviews on craftsmanship, vocation and creativity.  And trust us, April is one talented woman.  You can check out her stuff on Aprilkirby.com- she tells stories, makes videos, and helps to document important life events.

But, it's a little different than we thought.

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Ep. 298 Going Up to the Spirit (Animal) in the Sky

Seriously, a show about animals.  Which, of course would be interesting to a large majority of people given the fact we have entire television networks devoted to animals.  The problem is, neither of these two Drs are a zoologist, and we're pretty sure Dan couldn't tell you the difference between any two closely related animals (try him, ask him the difference between a seagull and a dove).  But this show is not about zoology, but rather the imagery (sometimes from the zoo) that humankind has used to identify and explain itself to others.

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Ep 297 Spoiling St. Augustine

St. Augustine is an outsized character in western history, maybe the most significant dude since Plato.  Why? Sure his teaching on sin and grace insipred Luther and the Protestant tradition, but what about his social and political thought?  The question on today's show is not whether or not everything is going to be ok, but what might things be like in the meantime, in the wasteland?

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Ep 296 The Virtue in the Wasteland Hotline (Bling): Your Calls, Our Answers

"Why don't you guys talk about [fill in the blank] more often?"

We've gotten this comment throughout the years, and as a show about everything, it's hard to give all of our topics the appropriate time.  So- we opened the Virtue in the Wasteland Hotline at 1-844-393-0012.  And, as you may have heard before, we dedicate shows to answering whatever burning questions you might have for your two favorite professors.

Or us. 

Enjoy the show.

And call in with your own question (90 second maximum)

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Ep 294 "Red and Yellow, Black and White, They Are Precious In His Sight"? Two Interviews on Race and the Church

"If the Gospel is For Everyone, Why Is Everyone Around Me So White?" This was a question asked on today's episode by one of our guests, Doug Klembara.  It led to our conversation on the short documentary his wife and friend just made, and leads us into the conversation Dan has with @Lex_Lutheran of Twitter fame, he's a man who digs his church but sees major racial issues to be discussed and combatted.  


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Ep 293 Summertime Spirituality

There is a spirituality, perhaps even a theology of summer. Before Dan and Jeff get into that, they explore the top pop culture expressions of summer. Then they talk about the need for us to release ourselves from the anxiety we accumulate through assumed obligations of leisure, the tyranny of summer vacations, and the opportunity to release every last tension, resentment, and gracelessness.

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Ep 290 Charles in Charge: On Crosses and Crowns

On today's show we are back discussing old-timey people and old fashioned ideas.  Not because we think making them old makes them good, in fact, some of our characters are downright scoundrels.  But we are looking for ways in which we might engage both the state and religious institutions in creating a compassionate, faithful, and flourishing state. On today’s show we talk about Charlemagne, the birth of the Holy Roman Empire, and how it reflected the “Constantinian Craving” and foresaw the modern age.  This is, in part, a reflection of the joint research the guys have undertaken for their first joint publication. Enjoy the Show!

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Episode 288: What Did We Learn? 10 Things in 5 years

Holy cow! 5 years of podcasting.  I really didn't think it would last this long, or this constant, or this enjoyable.  Listening to early shows its interesting to hear just how much more laid back we both are on some of the newer pods.  The show has certainly swerved and deked and sometimes confused, and that's ok.  Rather than just play phone calls, we decided to bring you all something for our 5th birthday: a top ten list of things we've learned over the past years podcasting.


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Ep. 286 Sheep Hmong Wolves? An Asian Minority in America

Yeah, you read that right.  It's not a typo. On today's show we discuss a small asian community that is thousands of years old and has remained hidden from American eyes until recently.  After some of the more shameful events in the later years of the Vietnam War, many Hmong (then in Laos as exiles, and then mercenaries) came to America.

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