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Jason Micheli —  November 10, 2016 — 1 Comment

img_2439Several many years ago Tony Jones noted that I’m a guy “who thinks he’s got something to say.” Tony encouraged me to start a blog (www.tamedcynic.org) a suggestion that since has become both a ministry and a hobby in its own right.

Tony has since become my friend and my editor. He makes my gifts stronger and he calls bullshit on my “growing edges.” A couple of years ago Tony suggested I add a podcast to the blog. An amateurish kitchen table podcast with my friend Teer Hardy followed. It was fun for us but definitely sucked as bad Freaks and Geeks and died a quick death.

Then I got cancer, and I didn’t, as I expected, die.

Two vantages I was privy to from the infusion chair:

I treasure my friends more than I can say out loud without crying.

I truly feel haunted by Jesus and love talking faith with whomever I can fool in to a conversation.

When I came off of medical leave in February, I asked my friend Teer if he’d be interested in breathing new life into our stllborn podcasting venture. I invited Morgan Guyton, a friend from college, to participate. Eventually, 30 some episodes in, my mentee turned friend and colleague Taylor Mertins graduated from our tech lackey to full-fledged cracker.

When we started I never thought we’d make it to 50 Episodes nor do I think we’d quickly acquire one the largest diasporas of nerd listeners on the theology interwebs.

We keep repeating the stat because it is a big deal: we have more weekly downloaders than just about any Methodist church does on a Sunday morning. Brings new meaning to a word Methodists throw around a lot: connection. So, here’s episode 50 with the Crackers and Grape Juice gang doing some self-congratulatory looking back.

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Check out our website: www.crackersandgrapejuice.com to find all the episodes.

Now that the election is over and everyone says we should come together to support the President-elect, we at Crackers and Grape Juice thought we’d do our part.

 

  1. Click here to get your very own Make the Gospel Great Again T-shirt. 
  2. Click here to join our Crackers and Grape Juice Summer Mission Team to roll up your sleeves and help build the wall along our southern border. 

Heads up- in January the Crackers and Grape Juice Team will be in California to partner with our friends at Home-brewed Christianity for a Theology Camp, think summer church camp for theology nerds. If you’d like to participate, you can get a discount by telling them you’re a listener of C&GJ when you register.

If you like what we’re doing, head over to iTunes and give us a rating and review. It helps others happen upon the podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Goose Week

Jason Micheli —  July 20, 2016 — Leave a comment

wildgoose-webbanner-2015-v2Crackers & Grape Juice descended upon the Wild Goose Festival in the North Carolina mountains a couple of weeks ago and grabbed a party bag’s worth of interviews with an eclectic group of speakers. For those of you who don’t know, Wild Goose is like a Woodstock Hipster Paradise for Theology Nerds. If that’s not clear, then you can check it out here.

Since C&GJ interviewed so many folks there, we’re posting a couple per week in the dog days of summer. The first two are Alicia Crosby and and Sarah Heath.

Alicia Crosby is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Inclusivity in Chicago. In our interview, she talked a lot about expanding the concept of church. She makes the point that while Jesus spent some time in the temple, most of where he did church was in people’s houses and on the streets. Alicia discussed what holiness looks like for an inclusive Christian and how the church should be responding to police violence against black people.

Sarah Heath, the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa, California. Sarah’s pure, Christlike heart is contagious. She talked a lot about the beautiful, eclectic mix of people in her church and how sad she would be if the United Methodists decided to split.

While I’ve got your attention, my dear friend Clay Mottley, whom you know from our theme music on Crackers & Grape Juice has just released his third full length album, Best of Days. It’s really good.

You should check it out here: http://www.claymottley.com

We’ll be doing an interview/solo show with Clay for the podcast next month so be on the lookout for him to share about beauty, aesthetics, and the creative process.

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Help support Crackers & Grape Juice by getting the “Make the Gospel Great Again” T-Shirt.

Buy it for near cost and the extra couple bucks will go to help us keep the podcast going. Order your T-Shirt here.

You won’t get charged until we hit our minimum number of orders for a printing. Doubtful, I know.

Here’s the permanent link for you cut and pasters:  https://teespring.com/Makethegospelgreatagain#pid=6&cid=619&sid=front

Okay, you know the drill by now. Download the episode and subscribe to future ones in the iTunes store hereGive us a review there in the iTunes store. It’ll make it more likely more strangers and pilgrims will happen upon our meager podcast. ‘Like’ our Facebook Page too. You can find it here.

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Here’s Episode #20 of our Crackers and Grape Juice Podcast. Who the hell knew we’d make it past #4?

When we spoke to Fleming Rutledge for this installment of ‘Fridays with Fleming,’ it was Omar Mateen and Orlando on our minds. Just after the Nice attack and a week after the Dallas massacre, Fleming’s thoughts on praying for victimizers and victims is just as timely and convicting.

We’re quickly nearing the point where the podcast comes with some costs (audio storage). To help support Crackers and Grape Juice, we hereby invite you to get in on the ground floor of some C&GJ Swag:

The “Make the Gospel Great Again” T-Shirt.

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Buy it for near cost and the extra couple bucks will go to help us keep the podcast going.

It’s Christmas in July. Get it for that husband or grandkid you can’t convince to go to church on Sunday, wear it while you’re shredding at Crossfit or while you eat a tub of ice cream at 10:00 PM – it’s all for a good(ish) cause.

And for all you thee-hipsters reading this, the T-Shirt will be American Apparel so it will go nicely with your Grizzly Bear concert tee.

Order your T-Shirt here.

You won’t get charged until we hit our minimum number of orders for a printing.

Doubtful, I know.

Here’s the permanent link for you cut and pasters:  https://teespring.com/Makethegospelgreatagain#pid=6&cid=619&sid=front

 Alright, back to Fleming.

Download the episode and subscribe to future ones in the iTunes store hereGive us a review there in the iTunes store. It’ll make it more likely more strangers and pilgrims will happen upon our meager podcast. ‘Like’ our Facebook Page too. You can find it here.