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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Ep 282 Virtue (Signaling) in the Wasteland

On today's show we discuss the idea of "virtue signaling" and why it may or may not be helpful in discussing philanthropy and activism.  As a show primarily concerned with cultivating civic courage we were once accused of this and it made us think... are we? If so, is it a bad thing?

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Ep. 279 Come Hell Or High Water: Before You Leave the Church pt. 1

On today's show we begin a series on a topic that is near to both of us: young people leaving the church.  90% of all youth group teens will leave the church. 90% ?!?! Is something is seriously wrong if these stats are right? We talk about people growing up and leaving the faith, why they do, what they should know, and what you should know if you stick around and would like to see those prodigals come back.  There are a lot of big ideas, but lot of practical talk as well.

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Episode 275 Stickin' to Our Guns- the Gun Control Show

On today's show we risk alienating everyone.  You see, even the two of us can't necessarily agree on what to do about guns despite both of us knowing that it is as good a time as any to talk about gun control.  You might think we don't go far enough, either to the right or left (depending where you sit).  While we look at the gun control issue through the lens of the law and American history we conclude that the "answer" needs to be a lot deeper than statistics or worn out talking points.

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