Episode 10 - "There Are Consequences to Your Actions"

The Atlantic's McKay Coppins on The Death of a Prophet

 

Findings from Church Clarity's analysis of the 100 largest churches in the U.S.

 

Recent allegations of sexual abuse regarding Andy Savage, founder and teaching pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis. 

 

Highpoint's treatment of the allegations in January 7, 2018 service, including the infamous "Who are we to throw stones?" response.

 

Amy's tv recommendation, the Israeli thriller "Fauda" (available on Netflix)

 

Nish's music recommendations: Justin Timberlake, Filthy, and Matt Hires, American Wilderness

 

And for anyone who hasn't seen it, a sample from the Fabulous, Very 80s, Amy Grant Christmas Special

Episode 7 - "Religious freedom for thee? Or religious freedom just for me?"

Episode 6 - "The President of the United States is promoting a big conspiracy theory."

The definitive book on conflicts over Christmas, Christmas in the Crosshairs: Two thousand years of denouncing and defending the world's most celebrated holiday:

https://www.amazon.com/Christmas-Crosshairs-Denouncing-Defending-Celebrated/dp/0190499001

 

Proposed tax bill takes on the Johnson Amendment:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/26/us/politics/johnson-amendment-churches-taxes-politics.html

 

The Federalist argues that it's justified to vote for a morally-questionable politician:

http://thefederalist.com/2017/11/28/justified-vote-morally-questionable-politician/

 

Amy proposes stripping secular trimmings from our Christmas celebrations:

https://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/opinion/forum/story/2011-12-04/christmas-jesus-holiday-secular/51642322/1

 

Chance the Rapper sings "Jingle Barack" on SNL:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTgGNNpEvkw

 

Michelle Obama and Prince Harry's friendship makes us happy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvZ9GZoF_jg

Episode 05 - "I'm sorry, America."

Episode 04 - "This is a sickness."

This week, after the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX that saw the deaths of 26 people, we spend the entire hour dissecting the link between white conservative evangelicals and the support of gun rights and gun proliferation. 

We break down the impact of a fear-driven conservative media, a well-funded gun lobby that influences politicians, the theological connections, and the cost to both society and the soul of the church. 

Nish finally cussed. It was worth it. 

 

AR-15: The Gun Behind So Many Mass Shootings

 

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

 

God and Guns: Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence

2016 workshop at Riverside Church in New York

 

The Armor of Light

2014 Award-winning documentary about Rev. Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who asks if it's possible to be both pro-life and pro-gun

 

A Sin Issue or a Gun Issue? Why evangelicals are deeply skeptical of gun-control laws.

 

 

Blessing While the World is Ending

by Jan Richardson

 

Look, the world 

is always ending

somewhere. 

 

Somewhere

the sun has come

crashing down.

 

Somewhere

it has gone  

completely dark.

 

Somewhere

it has ended

with the gun

the knife

the fist.

 

Somewhere

it has ended

with the slammed door

the shattered hope.

 

Somewhere

it has ended

with the utter quiet

that follows the news

from the phone

the television

the hospital room.

 

Somewhere

it has ended

with a tenderness

that will break

your heart.

 

But, listen,

this blessing means

to be anything

but morose.

It has not come

to cause despair.

 

Because there is nothing

a blessing

is better suited for

than an ending,

nothing that cries out more

for a blessing

than when a world

is falling apart.

 

This blessing

will not fix you

will not mend you

will not give you

false comfort;

it will not talk to you

about one door opening

when another one closes.

 

It will simply

sit itself beside you

among the shards

and gently turn your face

toward the direction

from which the light

will come,

gathering itself

about you

as the world begins

again.

Episode 03 - "Go Go Gadget Treason Detector"

We break down the implications of the first indictments in Robert Mueller’s investigation, including the response from some of Trump’s evangelical advisers. To mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we also dive into the state of the divorce between Protestants and Catholics and how that dynamic is affecting US politics.

Other topics include: Halloween culture, an update on Church Clarity, and how Ryan Reynolds is easy on the eyes. 

 

 

The Reformation is Over. Protestants won. So why are we still here?


https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/the-reformation-is-over-protestants-won-so-why-are-we-still-here/2017/10/26/71a2ad02-b831-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?utm_term=.46aaa86696ea

 

How the prosperity gospel is sparking a major change in predominantly Catholic Brazil

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/forget-the-germans-this-is-where-the-protestant-reformation-debates-are-happening-now/2017/10/29/7723af30-b807-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html?utm_term=.d5303dbb7a6c

 

Evangelicals and Catholics made their peace. Catholics are paying the price.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/evangelicals-and-catholics-made-their-peace-catholics-are-paying-the-price/2017/10/27/60d7440e-ba4f-11e7-9e58-e6288544af98_story.html?utm_term=.a4f1cb1322d7

 

Ryan Reynolds on Twitter

 

 

Church Clarity - Reformation 500 Project

https://www.churchclarity.org/reformation

 

Mueller’s First Indictments Send a Message to Trump

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/us/politics/trump-manafort-indictment-analysis.html

 

Episode 02 - "I'm so happy the bar is THAT low."

Hosts Note: We are currently working on finding a long-term solution to getting every episode transcribed for our deaf & hard of hearing followers. As soon as that's available, we will post the text, or a link to the full transcript here in the show notes. We are working toward having that feature in place by Episode 3. 

 

Why is a popular interfaith website giving a disgraced misogynistic pastor a platform?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/10/20/why-is-a-popular-interfaith-website-giving-a-disgraced-misogynistic-pastor-a-platform/?utm_term=.589b19310c74

 

Taking Away Women’s Health Care Is Not “Pro-Life”

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/politics/a9267429/ahca-abortion-contraception-pro-life-republicans/

 

The Greatest 80's Movie that Ever Existed:
http://amzn.to/2i5A6Kq

 

Stranger Things Season 2: To binge or not to binge?

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/24/16503072/stranger-things-season-2-netflix-binge-debate

 

Church Clarity's Website:

https://www.churchclarity.org

 

Data on drop in teen pregnancy and abortion rates:

https://thenationalcampaign.org/data/landing

 

American Journal of Public Health article on 25% drop in abortion rates between 2008-2014:

http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304042

 

This Present Darkness, probably the most famous of Frank Peretti's spiritual warfare novels:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Present_Darkness

 

Jonathan Merritt on the Jeffress/Hannity conversation:

http://religionnews.com/2017/10/25/why-pastor-robert-jeffress-interview-with-sean-hannity-was-so-maddening-to-so-many/

 

India Arie, Janelle Monae & Jill Scott singing "As":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xAgFK_erks

Episode 01 - "Charismatics and bond villains"