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“This is the Word of God for the People of God.” How does that work? Just how is the bible the Word of God? If all the bible is the Word of God does that flatten out scripture?

And what about forgiving 70×7?

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.

The wall in the camp store at Westview on the James verifies in painful Polaroid detail, Johanna and I were (very good) camp counselors together back in the day. I started the podcast as a venture of friendship and Johanna continues that thread as she is one of the most important people in my life and, as for as ‘accountability’ goes, one of the most important Christians in my life.

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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In this episode of Strangely Warmed we tackle Exodus 16.2-15, Jonah 3.10-4.11, Philippians 1.21-30, Matthew 20.1-16:
What does it mean to be called by God?
Why are we humans so arrogant?
What does living in a manner worthy of the gospel look like?
These questions and more on this episode of Strangely Warmed with special guest Lindsey Baynham.

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Why do we skip over difficult passages? Can you have peace without violence? Why are the Coen Brothers SO good at making movies? How many times should we forgive? These and more questions on this episode of Strangely Warmed in which we discuss Exodus 14.19-31, Genesis 50.15-21, Romans 14.1-12, and Matthew 18.21-35.

Finally, don’t be a moocher:

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In this episode, I talk with theologian David Bentley Hart about a series of questions submitted by his fans. Part 2 includes the questions: “What do you think about Stanley Hauerwas and pacifism?” “What do you make of apocalyptic readings of Paul?” “What is hell?” “What do you think about designated hitters in baseball?” and more.
In case you missed this week’s Strangely Warmed Lectionary Podcast, here it is:
And check out our latest series called (her)men*you*tics [it means interpretation] with my friend Dr. Johanna Hartelius:
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At Crackers and Grape Juice, we’re starting a new series with my longtime and long-suffering friend Dr. Johanna Hartelius cheekily called (her)men*you*tics where Johanna will unpack stained glass language to help you speak better Christian.

Each week we’ll tackle a theological term, discussing what it means, what’s at stake, and why you should care in your own daily discipleship. And we’ll do it all each week in 25 minutes or less.

Johanna is professor of rhetoric at Pitt and has launched her own communication consulting gig too. We’ve been friends since I was 18 when we met as camp counselors. Crackers and Grape Juice began as an expression and venture of friendship with Teer, Taylor, and Morgan. (her)men*you*tics carries on in that vein.

Props to Alex Joyner for proposing this idea in the first place. We’ll see if he warrants blame or praise.

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I was a guest on my friend Scott Jones’ Synaxis podcast to discuss the upcoming lectionary texts. We talk about Exodus 12 and the Passover, Romans 13, and Matthew 18 and why it’s hard to preach the Gospel from the Gospels.

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What is the Passover? Why is Ezekiel so weird? Is Christianity immoral? These and more questions on this episode of Strangely Warmed.
Taylor and I discussed Exodus 12.1-14, Ezekiel 33.7-11, Romans 13.8-14, Matthew 18.15-20.

Coming this week:

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(her)men*you*tics with my good friend, Dr. Johanna Hartelius.

Johanna is a professor of rhetoric, formerly at Pitt. For each installment of (her)*men*you*tics the guys will talk with *her* about a key theological term, what it means and why you should care in your daily life.
And we’ll do it in 25 minutes or less. You can check her out here.

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For Episode #112, I talked with the philosophical theologian David Bentley Hart about a series of questions submitted by his fans. Part 1 includes the questions: “When are you going to pay me back?” (from his brother Addison Hart), “What would you talk about with Christopher Hitchens?” and “What advice would you offer those about to begin college?” and more.

Be on the lookout for our upcoming episodes. Part 2 of David Bentley Hart answering his fans’ questions. Beverly Gaventa unpacks how to interpret Paul’s letters apocalyptically, former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry talks about religion in the public square, and Ruben Rosario Rodriguez talks liberation theology and racism.

Coming this Fall:

Look for a new regular installment called

(her)men*you*tics with my good friend, Dr. Johanna Hartelius.

Johanna is a professor of rhetoric, formerly at Pitt. For each installment of (her)*men*you*tics the guys will talk with *her* about a key theological term, what it means and why you should care in your daily life. And we’ll do it in 25 minutes or less. You can check her out here.

Rev. Alex Joyner gave us the idea for this series so thank or scold him based on the results. It will be like ‘Fridays with Fleming’ but not on Fridays and not with Fleming.

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It turns out Teer Hardy is good for more than just Orioles stats and an alt-right side-part. Speaking of the alt-right, Teer scored us press passes for Monday’s One Thousand Minister March in Washington DC. The march (ostensibly at least) was for clergy to pray with their feet and been seen standing out against the sin of racism, a seemingly more needful witness after Charlottesville and the Donald’s legitimation of it.

Just so you know how hard a working podcast we are for you, we got there 4 hours early to get our press credentials and interview folks as they arrived.

In this interview you’ll hear from rabbis, ministers, two women leaders from the National Council of Churches, and even, at the end, from Martin Luther King III.

In this episode Jason, Teer, and Taylor talk with the world famous Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann whose 50 some books can be found on just about every pastors’ shelves.
Dr. Brueggemann shares what it means to be a community of resistance, the challenge of sabbath, and his favorite curse word to use when describing the biblical encounter between David and Bathsheba.
And he laughs. A lot.

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Be on the lookout for our upcoming episodes. David Bentley Hart answers his fans’ questions. Beverly Gaventa unpacks how to interpret Paul’s letters apocalyptically, and former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry talks about religion in the public square.

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How important are our names? What should we remember about the past? What makes a holy kiss holy? These and more questions on this episode of Strangely Warmed with “special” guest Rev. Drew Colby.

The texts are Exodus 1.8-2.10, Isaiah 51.1-6, Romans 12.1-8, Matthew 16.13-20.

And stay-tuned, this week on Crackers and Grape Juice we have the preeminent Old Testament scholar, Walter Brueggemann, followed by two weeks in a row of David Bentley Hart. Coming up we have New Testament scholar Beverly Gaventa and liberation theologian Ruben Rosario Rodriguez.

And did I mention we also have a conversation with a Christian romance novelist coming up?!

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Jason, Teer, Taylor, and Morgan hosted the Second Annual Live Podcast/Pub Theology at the Virginia Annual Conference 2017 with special guest Dr. Jeffrey Pugh.

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For Episode #107 we talk with Rob Lee about “those millennials.”
Millennials are a segment of our population that appears to be the unicorn most churches cannot seem to catch. From hiring staff who look the part to inserting young clergy into communities, hoping to attract young people, most churches do not know what do with or how to minister to millennials.
While some argue it is time to abandon millennials, Pastor Rob Lee argues otherwise. Rob believes millennials are willing to invest their lives in the institution because they believe in the church’s resurrecting power, but the question is, do our communities believe in the people they say they are trying to serve?

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Lisa Sharon Harper thinks it can.
In this episode, talks with us about how radical and beautiful 19th century evangelicalism was in its contributions to the abolitionist and suffragist movement. And she shares why she thinks that Genesis 1 is the key to understanding the Christian gospel.
Lisa works at Sojourners and is the author of the recent book The Really Good Gospel.

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In this episode of the lectionary podcast, we talk about Genesis 28.10-19a, Isaiah 44.6-8, Romans 8.12-25, Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43.

Should the altar call come before or after the sermon? Is it better to be like the stars in the sky or the dust of the earth?

These and more questions on this episode of Strangely Warmed.

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“Most of us who go by the name of “Christians” ought to give up the pretense of wanting to be Christian—at least, if by that word one means not simply someone who is baptized or who adheres to a particular set of religious observances and beliefs, but more or less what Nietzsche meant when he said that there has been only one Christian in human history and that he had died on the cross. In that sense, I think it reasonable to ask not whether we are Christians (by that standard, all fall short), but whether in our wildest imaginings we could ever desire to be the kind of persons that the New Testament describes as fitting the pattern of life in Christ. And I think the fairly obvious answer is that we could not…

Most of us would find Christians truly cast in the New Testament mold fairly obnoxious: civically reprobate, ideologically unsound, economically destructive, politically irresponsible, socially discreditable, and really just a bit indecent.”

In this episode, I continue my conversation with my man-crush muse and former teacher, David Bentley Hart. Here, he discusses his upcoming translation of the New Translation, the melodies of McCartney, and baseball as the Platonic Ideal.

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In this lectionary conversation, Taylor and I look at Genesis 25.19-34, Isaiah 55.10-13, Romans 8.1-11, Matthew 13.1-9, 18-23.
What if we’re stuck with the soil we’ve got?
What if our entire lives are about wrestling with God?
These questions and more in this episode of Strangely Warmed.

One reviewer in iTunes recently thanked us, saying she “was starved for some adult conversation about what it means to live as a Christian in these times.”

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Dr. Doug Powe recently stepped into a new role as the director of the Lewis Center at Wesley Theological Seminary. In this episode, we catch up with Dr. Powe to talk about urban theology and ways churches can rally together in times where most UM churches are trying to brace for what is to come.

From a little venture with Teer and Morgan to nurture my friendships with them, we’ve grown to be one of the top 3.5% of all podcasts on the interwebs. If podcasts were churches, we’d be one of the largest UMC’s out there- and it’s all because of you and your support!

Coming up on the podcast:

We’ve got a cross-over 4th of July podcast with Tripp Fuller of Home-brewed Christianity. 

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The only consistent thing on this podcast has been the soulful voice of Clay Mottley.

I’ve been good friends with Clay Mottley since O.J. was speeding down the highway in his white Ford Bronco. He’s a sensitive and caring friend, but just as important he’s a singular songwriter. Without cliche, simple or forced rhymes, Clay captures the power and the seduction of perfect pop songs.

Clay agreed to an NPR All Songs Considered format where he’d be interviewed AND play/sing whatever occurred to us in the moment.

Including, Cancer is Funny: The Song.

And a depressing version of the Beatles’ Help.

He’s been letting us use his music gratis on the podcast so we thought it would be appropriate that he was our special guest for the #100 Interview.

#100 Interviews?!

WTF.

From a little venture with Teer and Morgan to nurture my friendships with them, we’ve grown to be one of the top 3.5% of all podcasts on the interwebs. If podcasts were churches, we’d be one of the largest UMC’s out there- and it’s all because of you and your support!

Coming up on the podcast:

We’ve got at least 3 maybe more conversations with David Bentley Hart.

We’ve got Lisa Sharon Harper from Sojourners.

We’ve Emma Green the Religion Writer at Atlantic Magazine.

We’ve got the one and only Walter Brueggemann.

Plus my minion intern interviewing our pod-friend Tripp Fuller. Stay tuned.

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Here then is Clay.

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In this episode of Strangely Warmed, Taylor and I talk about passive aggressive behavior as the most common Christian sin, slut-shaming, a night of debauchery and violence in seminary (Should we continue in sin so that grace may abound?), and why the sacrifice of Isaac should not be read existentially because God is not a character in Abraham’s head.

The readings we discuss are Genesis 21:8-21 and Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17; Jeremiah 20:7-13 and Psalm 69:7-10, (11-15), 16-18; Romans 6:1b-11; Matthew 10:24-39

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