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.

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
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.

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Ep 273 Finding Virtue in Cuba part 1

So we headed off on an early 2018 trip to Vancouver and then Havana, Cuba.  We spent our time in Vancouver with a collection of Lutheran pastors and then sped off to get to Cuba via Toronto.  Turns out it isn't as hard to travel to Cuba as we thought.  On neither side did we run into any trouble as the US was cool with us working with a church group and the Cubans were cool with us being tourists.

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Ep. 269 I Love it When You Call Me Big Papa, On Italian and American Popes

Did you ever hear the story about the secret anti-Nazi papal message delivered secretly by motorcycle to be read in all pulpits on Palm Sunday, 1939?  Have you been puzzled by Evangelical politics or Pope Francis' seeming about face recently in South America.  On today's show we dig into the idea of religious opinion makers and wonder why we all seem to be clamoring for moral leadership.  It's packed with information and research as well as a good bit of fun as well. Enjoy the show.

Read More
Daniel van Voorhis
Episode 268 Godless Criticism

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
Daniel van Voorhis
Ep. 265 Cleaning House with Luke

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
Daniel van Voorhis
Ep 264 Art, Money, and Life with Dr. Dan Siedell

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
Daniel van Voorhis
Ep 262 Sex and Purity Culture with Rebecca Lemke

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
Daniel van Voorhis
Episode 261 Feelings: A Quick Guide to Navigating Your Inner Life

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
Daniel van Voorhis