#36. The Work Before the Work

What does it take to respond appropriately to prejudice and racism? Can the stories of Jesus give us guidance, even if they don’t give easy answers? Perhaps, at the very least, they can help us become the type of people who are open and grounded enough to confront racism in ourselves and our society.

This episode mentions a couple of organizations doing amazing anti-racism work. Check them out:

The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

Racial Equity Institute

#33. Rethinking Virginity

Why are millions of people so invested in the sex life of an ancient Hebrew teenager? There has to be more to the virgin birth than what could be taught in sex ed. With a lighter approach and a whole lot of context, we may find a few options.

Don't forget to head over to Theology Corner for like-minded voices, and check out Light Theory if you enjoyed the intro and outro music.  

Image: Lake George Reflection by Georgia O’Keeffe

#32. Prophecy Doesn't Have to Be Weird

Prophecy gets an understandably bad wrap. But, it doesn’t have to be as strange as we’ve made it. Instead of crystal balls or proofs for Jesus, it may actually be something much more empowering and helpful.

Don't forget to head over to Theology Corner for like-minded voices, and check out Light Theory if you enjoyed the intro and outro music.  

#30. Misunderstanding Judas

Judas might be the most hated figure in Christianity, or at least a close second behind Satan (Is that really better though?). But what we've done to Judas says a lot more about us than it does about him. When we humanize him, his story might even have something to offer us. 

As always, many thanks to Theology Corner for promoting the podcast and Light Theory for providing the intro and outro tunes. 

#31. Slow is the New Good

The Good Samaritan. It's a famous story with a simple message: a neighbor is someone who helps when needed. Then why is it so hard to imitate? Sociology, psychology and even prank TV shows may help us out. 

Don't forget to head over to Theology Corner for like-minded voices, and check out Light Theory if you enjoyed the intro and outro music.  

Image: The Good Samaritan, after Delacroix by van Gogh

#29. Empire and Idolatry

The rise of tyrants and narcissists is alarming, but not new. Since history tends to repeat itself, an old story may give us wisdom for when an empire tries to demand too much from us.  

Make sure to check out Theology Corner for some really great podcasts and blogs. If you're into the intro and outro music, give Light Theory's music a listen. 

#27. What is Truth?

"I don't care about truth." That one short statement led to this entire episode. An old poem and a bunch of words in dead languages offer us guidance, but no easy answers when we think about truth. As with most things, it's a lot bigger than we may have first thought. 

Don't forget to check out Theology Corner and the sweet jams of Light Theory

#25. Jesus Snacked (Inappropriately)

Rising from the dead works up an appetite, so we can't really blame Jesus for asking for a snack at an inappropriate time. Plus, Jesus' munchies may actually help us know what to do with the complex emotions we experience in our faith journeys. 

Make sure to check out Theology Corner for some really great podcasts and blogs. If you're into the intro and outro music, give Light Theory's music a listen. 

Photo Credit: Jess Sawrey

#24. Sacredly Realistic Relationships

God doesn't have one magical soulmate for you (or at least I don't think so). But, the good news is that when our relationships get more grounded in reality, they also get more interesting, dynamic and worth hanging around for. 

And, of course, many thanks to Theology Corner for promoting the podcast and Light Theory for providing the intro and outro tunes.

#23. The Rhythm of Resurrection

In a week when there's a lot of talk about death and resurrection, you may find yourself with a few questions. What exactly is resurrection? Can we know what happens when we die? Isn't Easter just a pagan holiday that Christians repurposed? 

Resurrection may not be exactly what we thought. It might even be more. 

As always, all my gratitude to Theology Corner for promoting the podcast and Light Theory for providing the intro and outro tunes. Make sure to listen in next week for the one year anniversary episode! Fun will be had, books will be given away and money will be raised for refugees. 

#17. Grief: Some Things Can't Be Fixed

In the mood for a good cry? Or at least to listen to a grown man cry? This is your episode.

Seriously though, this is a heavy one. I share about one of the toughest seasons of my life: what it felt like, the role of friends and where God was (and wasn't). 

Part of this was also turned into an article. If you find this episode helpful, check it out: https://relevantmagazine.com/life/6-ways-help-grieving-friend