On this weeks episode we welcome back an old guest of the show: Emily Joy. Â Since last being on our show, Emily Joy has contributed to Jeff's book Sexy as well as co-founded the #churchtoo movement and has become something of a lightning rod for issues of abuse in the church. We interviewed Emily Joy while traveling through Nashville, and when she had told us she had "changed since we last me", we weren't sure what to expect.Read More
On this weeks’ episode we take you back to the 2nd Annual Here We Still Stand conference in beautiful, if slightly milquetoast, San Diego (just kidding San Diego, we love you, as we have recorded at least once a year from your confines only to eventually praise your street food, socio-economic diversity and weather).
Think of it as part of the road trip, as we recorded this show almost immediately upon returning from our road trip. Stay tuned in the next few weeksRead More
We dig Nashville. We dig Eric Dorman. So this was like peanut butter and chocolate, two of our favorite things at once. The barbecue beforehand was just for us, but we’ll share the conversation.Read More
So, in a way, the whole trip was about this interview. We knew we wanted go on the road, and had a few people we wanted to talk to, and on top of the list of people we wanted to talk to was the author of one of our favorite recent books: The Character Gap. Dr. Miller teaches at Wake Forest UniversityRead More
Seriously, he is a reverend and a doctor (with 2 PhDs) and a generally cool guy we first ran across when we checked out the work on Selma from our pals the Klembara’s and Blake Flattely. The Rev. Dr was a professor at the only Historically Black College (HBC) in the Lutheran church, which was abruptly closed after nearly a century in existence. As we were traveling through the South and looking for conversations with people who might break the mold, we knew that Fr. Singingeagle would be ideal. As we found on the trip, rarely do people meet expectations or fit the standard binaries we are accustomed to, and this especially in religious circles where denominations and confessions rarely fit very tightly conscripted views.Read More
Reflections on first leg of the road trip through the American Southeast, and an interview of three committed Christian kids in the Bible belt who defy easy categorization. Julia, Luke and Calista share their candid thoughts on hot button topics this was not a debate, but part of our fact finding mission through the SouthRead More
The #VIWROADTRIP2018 is underway, and this is our first show from the road. While we are on the trip to visit a few people and places in the south, we started our RV trip in Orlando at the home of one of Jeff's best childhood friends.
The beginning of the show is a little different than others, as we did this in the RV while driving- Dan opens the show with a bit of the "thesis" of the show and then the guys go into Star Wars, religion, walking away from what we once loved, devotion despite criticism, and other things that swing in both the direction of Star Wars and the Church.Read More
Oh, that title almost sounds cynical. You know, like the kind of show that goes “you know that one incredibly popular thing? yeah? We, and God, disapprove”. That’s not our vibe, so, if you’re looking to slam on the Enneagram, that’s not what’s happening. In fact, you might be surprised at what we find as we dig into this popular, kinda-historical, emotional and psychological mapping system. We have some fun, talk about the popularity of these kinds of tests, and give you some info on our upcoming tour through the South.Read More
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.Read More
We take your calls, with questions ranging from sexuality to history and theology.Read More
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).Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
"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.
Enjoy the show.
And call in with your own question (90 second maximum)Read More
On today's show we have another summertime special on which Dan is furiously overcompensating for Jeff being gone. And you win! That's right, another guest, two different topics, it is almost too much show.Read More
"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.
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.Read More
It's another live show! This time with a bunch of high school kids who had spent the week at Concordia University, Irvine for the annual Crosswise Institute. They heard world class lectures and discussed really difficult and rewarding topics pertaining to the nature of God, the brain, science and drugs.Read More