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The late Robert Jenson, America’s best theologian, wrote of the Eschaton in his 2 Volume Systematic Theology that “the End (of all things) is music.”

Inspired by Jens, in this episode Teer, Taylor, Johanna, and I hung out and talked about our favorite songs from a theological point of view. This was the first podcast we’ve done as a group in a while and the first time Teer and Taylor had hung out with Johanna in the flesh. It was a fun episode.

Here it is. And, you remember the drill:

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For those keeping score, she compared me to Will Willimon and Richard Hays.

I’m good with that.

Here’s my dialogue at the Mockingbird Conference in NYC with the Beyonce of Anglicanism, the one and only Rev. Fleming Rutledge, author of The Crucifixion and The Bible and the New York Times. She’s my preaching muse so getting to spend a couple of days with her and having her all to myself for dinner and lunch will go down as a highlight of my vocation.

In the dialogue I tried to engage her by getting her to bring her apocalyptic interpretation of scripture to the Protestant (and Augustinian) distinction between Law and Gospel. Really, I just tried to stay out of her way.

You can find the talk at Mockinbird’s latest podcast stream, Talkingbird. Click over. Do it.

Do you know your spouse’s passwords?

You should.

This nugget of wired wisdom and more come from renaissance man Andy Crouch as he talks about his recent book The Tech-Wise Family. The conversation covers scope of Crouch’s book and it includes thoughts on intentional parenting, technology as the framework of the world, pharmaceuticals as idolatry, password sharing, and much more.

It’s a good conversation from a good dude. Full disclosure, Brad (and his wife!) is a prized friend and trusted fellow believer. We agree on much and much makes us want to throw the other threw a window. In other words, we’re Christians.

You can find Brad’s book here and here.

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Forget white evangelicals. Most of them didn’t vote for Obama either. Trump won in 2016 and Trump’s base abides because of the story of a Rust Belt voter archetype few saw coming.

Women under 45.

Voting on guns.

This insight and many more are unpacked in the new book by Brad Todd and Salena Zito, The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics.

For episode #150, we ventured into to the headquarters of veteran Republican strategist Brad Todd to examine the why and how of the outcome of the election and then look to how 2016 will influence elections to come. Salena feigned laryngitis for the episode. If she can’t talk for Rush, I’ll buy it.

From the publisher – 

The Great Revolt delves deep into the minds and hearts of the voters the make up this coalition. What emerges is a group of citizens who cannot be described by terms like “angry,” “male,” “rural,” or the often-used “racist.”

They span job descriptions, income brackets, education levels, and party allegiances. What unites them is their desire to be part of a movement larger than themselves that puts pragmatism before ideology, localism before globalism, and demands the respect it deserves from Washington.

It’s a good conversation from a good dude. Full disclosure, Brad (and his wife!) is a prized friend and trusted fellow believer. We agree on much and much makes us want to throw the other threw a window. In other words, we’re Christians.

You can find Brad’s book here and here.

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I spent last week at the Mockingbird Conference in NYC. Podcast partner Johanna Hartelius joined me, and we enjoyed the happy coincidence of hearing from many listeners to the podcast, particularly fans of Her(Men)*You*Tics. Apparently people like the podcast where “that woman gives Jason @#$% about the faith.”

Fair enough.

We’re working our way through the alphabet one stained-glass word at a time. Next up, LITURGY. Liturgy isn’t only a word mainline clergy use to avoid talking about Jesus; it’s our word for worship, meaning: “the work of the People.”

While we’re at it, let’s use this opportunity to congratulate Johanna on her new position at her alma mater, the University of Texas, teaching rhetoric.

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Crackers and Grape Juice continue our tradition of kicking off the Virginia UMC’s Annual Conference with a Live Podcast. Dr. Kendall Soulen of Candler School of Theology will be our special guest along with Dr. Johanna Hartelius of the University of Texas and host of our sister-podcast, Hermeneutics.

Details:

Thursday, June 14 from 6:00-9:00

Bull Island Brewing Company

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Tony Jones is a practical theologian with degrees from Dartmouth and Princeton. He’s an editor with Fortress Press (meaning, he’s my Crabtree), and he’s an avid hunter.

In a culture where guns are such a fraught and divisive issue, Tony brings his life experience, passion, and theological lens to the subject. Check out his hunting blog here.

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What was supposed to be a conversation about Luke, turned into a conversation about laughter. We cover divine humor, a few potty jokes, and even talk about not-so-funny Christian comedians.

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Rev. Sarah Condon joins the podcast to talk about progressive Christianity, hitting television preachers with cafeteria trays, and explains how she’s experienced God’s grace while serving as a hospital chaplain. Along the way she dispenses hilarious but helpful advice for female clergy and clergy spouses (she’s both).

We thought Sarah had stood us up for the interview (time zone mix-up) and Teer and I were just bs-ing with each other when all of sudden Sarah appeared, catching us by surprise. The spontaneity made it a fun, irreverent conversation. We say our “without stained glass language” tag line refers to our trying to avoid jargon. Really, it’s a caveat that sometimes we say @#$%.

Sarah is an Episcopal priest at St. Martin’s in Houston. She is the author of Churchy, and a frequent contributor at Mockingbird Ministries.

Speaking of Mockingbird, Sarah will be (with me) at the Mockingbird NYC Conference next week. Check it out.

She also has a piece (with me) in the latest Mockingbird Magazine, the Humor Issue.

I think you’re going to enjoy this conversation.

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What happens when you read the Easter story in the present tense? What can we learn about Paul’s personality in the original Greek? Who put together the worst translation of the New Testament? These questions and more on this episode of Crackers and Grape Juice with David Bentley Hart who responds to another giant, NT Wright, over whose translation of the NT is right.

Full disclosure, while I’m a committed Protestant and DBH is an aggressively evangelical Orthodox, David was my first theology teacher in college at UVA and he turned out to be a gateway drug to taking this Christianity crap seriously enough to give one’s life to it. I now count him a mentor, a friend, and a fellow baseball fan.

His new New Testament translation is really a wonderful read, bracing and fun in its surprises. If you’re a lay person, check out his short book The Doors of the Sea. You can find them here.

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In this episode, we consider what the event and content of preaching means. Are we talking about a narrative of events, exegesis of scripture, or God? All of it? Also, what about the listener, do they play a role? This and more on (Her)Men*You*Tics.

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Sharing from his own journey, David Finnegan-Hosey puts into words how faith communities can be present alongside those suffering from mental illness and crises in Christ on the Psych Ward.

David Finnegan-Hosey currently serves as a chaplain-in-residence at Georgetown University, having previously worked with campus ministries at American University and the University of Hawaii. He holds an M.Div from Wesley Theological Seminary. In 2011, David was diagnosed with bipolar disorder after a series of psychiatric hospitalizations. He now speaks and writes about the intersections among mental illness, mental health, and faith.

You can read more of his writing on his blog, Foolish Hosey. David lives in Washington, DC with his wife Leigh and their dog Penny Lane.

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Until later this night when Christ passes over from Death to Life, God is as silent.

Holy Saturday feels as appropriate as any day of the year to post this latest episode of our podcast, a conversation about God, Guns, and School Shootings with Amy Butler of the famed Riverside Church on the edges of Harlem in NYC.

Follow Pastor Amy on her blog www.talkwiththepreacher.org or on social media @PastorAmyTRC.

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In this episode, I talk with Chad Bird about his two new books Night Driving and You’re God is Too Glorious, both of which debuted in the past year. A PhD in OT, Chad is an oil rig driver in Texas- the story behind that is in Night Driving.

Chad Bird has served as a pastor in the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, as assistant professor of Hebrew and exegetical theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, and as a guest lecturer at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Novosibirsk, Siberia. He has contributed articles to the Lutheran Witness, Gottesdienst, Concordia Journal, Concordia Theological Quarterly, Modern Reformation, Concordia Pulpit Resources, Logia, Higher Things, and The Federalist. He is the author of The Infant Priest, Christ Alone, and Night Driving. In addition to hosting chadbird.com, he is a regular contributor to christholdfast.org and 1517legacy.com. He lives in Texas.

You can read more of Chad and find his books at www.chadbird.com.

Here’s a powerful video of Chad’s talk at the Here We Still Stand Conference: 

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The Protestant Reformer Martin Luther once remarked that God in Jesus Christ gets so close to the muck and mire of our lives that “his skin smokes.” That is, the incarnation is more than the cute baby Jesus in his golden fleece diapers; it’s like the steaming pile of…you get the picture…that our life so often feels. Is that in any way beautiful?

Luther, more than any other theologian, focuses on the centrality of the crucified Christ for you? Is the naked and shamed Jesus nailed to a tree in any intelligible way beautiful?

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Mark Mattes about his new book, Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty. He reflects on how Luther’s reconceptualizing beauty can inform us in how we think about what constitutes a beautiful life, how we parent and love. Along the way, he pushes back on frequent podcast guest David Bentley Hart and also helps this United Methodist think through how to square Wesley’s notion of sanctification and perfection with Luther’s insistence that we always remain sinners who nonetheless already possess Christ’s perfect righteousness.

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Joined by Rev. Drew Colby, Teer and Jason interview Dr. Andy Root of Luther Seminary and author of “Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness.” Andy’s book is an engagement on the implications for ministry, particularly youth ministry, posed by the philosopher Charles Taylor’s monumental work the Secular Age. Also in this episode are the cultured tunes of whatever classical station Teer’s mic were picking up during the interview.

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“If progressives want to advance their agenda, they need to relearn how to win elections.”

In this episode, taped back in the late summer, I talk with Dr. Mark Lilla about his book The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics.

Mark Lilla is Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University and a prizewinning essayist for the New York Review of Books and other publications worldwide. His books include The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics; The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction; The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West; and The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. VISIT MARKLILLA.COM.

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We’re working our way through the alphabet one stained glass word at a time.

In this episode we consider ‘Kenosis‘ i.e. how God poured himself into human form in the incarnation, and/or how Jesus emptied himself of divinity (like omniscience and omnipotence). It’s the perfect word for Lent!
But mostly we talk about what human qualities Jesus experienced, the good and the bad. And Jason swears that, if Scarlet Johanssen gave him directions, he would follow them.

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One of the members for the retranslation of the Psalms in the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, J Chester Johnson is a poet who replaced WH Auden on the BCP translation committee. In this episode, Chester shares his experience of not only interpreting the Psalms but also how this poetic form of scripture still speaks for the church today. You can find his poetry and his book on Auden and the Psalms here.

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Live in Durham-

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Resident Aliens, we’re throwing a Live Podcast, Emmaus Way is hosting, with featured guests Stanley Hauerwas & William Willimon. Along with the Home-brewed Christianity podcast, we will be engaging Resident Aliens, and interviewing Stanley and William.

There will be live music, fresh brews, nerdiness, and more!

Details:

Wednesday, April 18 from 6:00 – 9:00PM

Tickets are $15 and for $10 more you’ll get a copy of Resident Aliens too. Click here to register.

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