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I was a guest on Scott Jones’ Synaxis podcast to talk about the lectionary scripture texts coming up for the 2nd Sunday of Lent. During the conversation, we reflected on using the Romans 4 lection, where Paul talks about faith being worded (‘reckoned’) to us as righteousness, to rethink Jesus’ command in Mark 8 to take up our cross and follow him.

If the only righteousness we possess comes to us as Christ’s own, by imputation not sanctification, then perhaps the mortification of self that Christ commands looks more like a continual revisiting of our justification. We take up our cross, in other words, by remembering, in word and sacrament, that on our own we have neither the desire nor the capacity to follow Jesus.

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In Episode #139 we talk with Chaim Saiman about his viral article for The Atlantic Magazine titled “Why the Last Jedi Is More Spiritual Than Religious.”
Chaim Saiman is a Law Professor at Villanova University and is interested in the intersection between law and faith. The conversation covers a range of topics including Jesus and the Law, growing up in the bible belt, the First Commandment, Jesus as the proto-Christian, the religiosity of Star Wars, and how our faiths and cultures are tied together.

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You might very well think the Donald is a disaster in the White House, but is he exactly the disruptive force the bloated United Methodist Church needs? Friend of the podcast, pastor and author Christy Thomas, talks with us about the value of barbarians for bureaucratic blight, upsetting an unhelpful status quo and possibly razing present structures for future effectiveness.

Oh, and she also gives the United Methodist Church a 5% chance of existing beyond 2020 so it’s a cheerful episode.

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Do people change? Or does God declare us to be that which we are manifestly not? Imputation vs. impartation? How do we find a gracious God?

We talk about justification in our latest episode of (Her)Men*You*tics, the doctrine at the heart of the Christian faith.

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Is imitation flattery? In what way does creation and its creation reflect the Creator? What does it mean to imitate Jesus and is that even possible given that Jesus is the image of the invisible God?

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C&GJ 2018

Jason Micheli —  January 9, 2018 — Leave a comment

I started Crackers and Grape Juice upon returning from medical leave, wanting to commit myself to doing a better job staying in touch with friends like Teer Hardy. We’ve since spawned two other podcasts (Strangely Warmed and Hermeneutics) and we’re nearing our 150th episode.

We’re in the midst of scheduling our guests for 2018.

We’re also planning a live podcast in Durham with Stanley Hauerwas and Will Willimon in March in partnership with our friends at Homebrewed Christianity.

Stay tuned.

If you’ve got suggestions for us, throw them my way. Here’s a taster of the interviews we’ve got coming your way in ’18:

James KA Smith – Awaiting the Kingdom

Charles Matthewes- White Evangelicalism has a Problem

Sarah Condon- Low Anthropology and Grace

Mark Galli of Christianity Today – Karl Barth for Evangelicals

Patton Dodd of The Atlantic – Struggling Communities and Supporting Churches

Jennifer Powell McNutt – People’s Book: The Bible According to the Reformation

Joseph Mitchell – Identity Politics

Kerry Boyd Anderson – Understanding the Middle East

David Zahl – Law and Grace

Chad Bird- Your God is Too Glorious

Tony Jones – Reverend Hunter

Angela Denker – Red State Christians: Meet the Voters Who Elected Trump

Mark Lilla – Once and Future Liberal

John Barclay – Paul and the Gift

Andy Crouch – The Tech Wise Family

Steven Paulson – Theology of the Cross

Cleophus Larue – Black Preaching

Tommie Marshall – Backsliding

Lori Erickson – Holy Rover: Journeys in Search of Mystery, Miracles, and God.

Chaim Saiman – The Spiritual But Not Religious Star Wars

Dyron Daughrity – Global Christianity

Rozella Haydée White – Theology for the People

returning friends Dr. Eric Hall, Tom Lynch, David Fitch, 

&

Fleming Rutledge

 

Elf on the Shelf and Krampus and crass consumerism are easy targets come Christmastime, but too often even overtly Christian fare misses being Gospel this season.

Take the ubiquitous Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s not an exaggeration to say the soundtrack is the best attribute of it. Recall how Charlie Brown confesses he doesn’t know what Christmas is all about. And then Linus tells Luke’s story of Christ’s birth in the little town of Bethlehem. Cue Christians around the world cheering in response as Linus approaches Charlie and says, “That is the what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown.”

Most of us- we do Linus every year in church. We say Jesus is the reason for the season and we retell the nativity story of his birth.

Rehearsing the Christmas isn’t Gospel. What happened isn’t the same as why it matters.

As Paul Koch says, Linus’ story isn’t what Christmas is all about because it lacks the “For You” of the Gospel.

No Linus,

Christmas is about human sin and condemnation. Christmas is about the weakness of the flesh. Christmas is about a God who out of his divine mercy and goodness sent his only begotten Son as a substitute for you. For your failures and doubts and fears. For your selfishness and pride, our Lord was born in the little town of Bethlehem.

Christmas isn’t about just telling the story. It is about proclaiming the Good News.

It is about telling Charlie Brown that though his friends are a bunch of jerks and he feels alone and filled with shame and guilt he is not outside the love of God.

It is to tell him that in Christ alone there is forgiveness, life, and salvation. In fact, because of that incarnation, because of the birth of Christ, Linus can now say to Charlie Brown, “You are loved. You are forgiven. You are a child of God.

And you, yes you, are the reason for the season!”

On my podcast, Crackers and Grape Juice, we recently discussed this viral tweet from Reformed pastor and author Tim Keller:

Keller gets right what Linus and the rest of us get wrong.

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In this episode Dr. Johanna, Teer, and Jason discuss the word “gospel.” Should we use an uppercase G or a lowercase g when talking about the G/gospel? What is the G/gospel proclaiming?
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Where is the promised peace? Should we preach political sermons on Christmas Eve? Why does the victory feel so fragile? When was the last time we trembled in church?
Our special guest and my former mentor, Dr. Ruben Rosario Rodriguez, returns to the podcast (this time to Strangely Warmed) to talk about the lectionary’s assigned readings for Christmas Eve.
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Just in time for the special election in Alabama where accused child-predator Roy Moore is not only on the ballot but is the darling of evangelical Christians, we spoke with David French, a conservative activist-lawyer-turned-opinion-writer for the National Review.

In particular, we talked with David about his recent article arguing that Evangelicals’ support of Roy Moore (and Donald Trump) betrays what the Old Testament prophets would describe as a lack of faith.

We also chat with David about his volunteering for the Iraq War, the racist threats he received for his criticism of the Alt-Right, and the superiority of Battlestar Galactic vs. Game of Thrones.

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We’re making our way through words that start with -G- and in this installment we talk about Gnosticism, the prevailing religion in the Western world.

In this episode Dr. Johanna, Teer, and Jason discuss one of the earliest and most abiding heresies in Christianity.

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Fides Qua Creditur OR Fides Qude Creidtur? Faith by which we believe or faith which we believe?

Dr. Johanna breaks it down in the latest episode of the (Her)Men*You*tics podcast.

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In this interview I talk with Emma Green of The Atlantic Magazine where Green is a staff writer covering politics, policy, and religion. She’s also responsible for the viral video (below) based on what one of her articles, “Do Democrats Have a Religion Problem?” She and Jason discuss that question, the Trump administration, race in Southern Baptist Church, and the role of religion in the public square.

Mark you calendars…Saturday, December 16 in Alexandria, Va we’re going to do a live podcast with our friend Tripp Fuller of Home-brewed Christianity. Details to follow.

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(Her)Men*You*tics: Face

Jason Micheli —  November 23, 2017 — Leave a comment

It’s the word from the benediction: “…may God’s face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.”

For episode #11 of (Her)Men*You*tics we move into words that begin with -F- and Dr. Johanna chose the word ‘Face.’

Mark you calendars…Saturday, December 16 in Alexandria, Va we’re going to do a live podcast with our friend Tripp Fuller of Home-brewed Christianity. Details to follow.

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Todd Littleton joined to team for this interview with Adam Clark and Christian Piatt at the Theology Beer Camp in January. While the interview was over 9 months ago, who would’ve thought that the conversation would STILL resonate today as we deal with issues of race and social justice.
Mark you calendars…Saturday, December 16 in Alexandria, Va we’re going to do a live podcast with our friend Tripp Fuller of Home-brewed Christianity. Details to follow.

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Just in time for Election Day ~
I had the opportunity to have Mike McCurry as a guest in my office late this summer for a conversation about faith and politics and Christian witness in the public square. And, of course, because my friend Johanna begged me to ask: CJ Cregg.
Mike McCurry was the White House Press Secretary during the Clinton administration and now teaches at Wesley Theological Seminary. The conversation covers a range of topics including Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing, the cynicism that comes with working for the government, fighting Newt Gingrich, the absence of faith in politics, and thoughts on A Way Forward through the sexuality impasse for the United Methodist Church.
A special thanks to my friend Scott Warner for hooking me up with the interview.
Mark you calendars…Saturday, December 16 in Alexandria, Va we’re going to do a live podcast with our friend Tripp Fuller of Home-brewed Christianity. Details to follow.

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“Pour out your Holy Spirit on these gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the Body and Blood of Christ…”
The epiclesis is when we invoke at table the coming down of the condescending God. Moving into the E’s, Dr. Johanna defines ‘epiclesis’  and Teer and I attempt to tell you why you should care about it.
And mark you calendars…Saturday, December 16 in Alexandria, Va we’re going to do a live podcast with our friend Tripp Fuller of Home-brewed Christianity. Details to follow.

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On the 500th Anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses, Jason, Teer, and Johanna talk with the Beyonce of Anglicanism, Fleming Rutledge, about ongoing relevance of Protestantism’s primary message of grace and God’s agency, the bad theology behind “leaning into” our baptisms, and how the Feast of Pelagius is an every Sunday celebration in the mainline church.

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If the Gospel can only be received then what does it mean to go and do? How do we balance the tension between doing the things Jesus did and passively receiving the announcement of what only God can do?

In this latest episode we talk about the meaning of the word Disciple.

Dr. Johanna, Teer, and I discuss in this third episode of the latest offspring of the Crackers and Grape Juice posse, a new series called (her)men*you*tics (which means “interpretation”) with my friend  Johanna, who is a Professor of Rhetoric at Pitt.

Each week we’ll be tackling a theological term that you’ve either heard before or you’ve heard it doing its work in worship whether you realized it or not. We’re going alphabetically, 2 words per letter, and we’re doing it all in 25 minutes or less.

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Here’s the second part to our conversation with Dr. Ruben Rosario Rodriguez.

Back in the day, Ruben taught me Barth for the first time. Now, we’re both black sheep, closet Reformation guys in Catholic and Wesleyan folds respectively. Ruben Rosario Rodriguez is professor of theology at St. Louis University and is the author of the powerful new book Christian Martyrdom and Political Violence.
In this installment, Ruben talks particularly about racism in both the academy and in the student body.

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