49: Women Beyond Belief: Discovering Life without Religion (with Karen Garst) Part 1

17 Nov

“Religion contributes to–or directly causes–gender inequality.” Particularly in the case of women, this statement is certainly true–both historically, and even now in terms of religions. Women have been marginalized, oppressed, shunned, vilified, and more by a variety of religions, and … Read More »

48: Measuring the Metrics for Success (with Shawn Manley) Part 2

10 Nov

What standard do you use to measure success? In our money- and achievement-driven Western world, where success is measured in very quantifiable ways by our current society, this becomes a very important issue. You could, for example, be considered a … Read More »

Measuring the Metrics for Success (Part 2): Deconstructing Religion

7 Nov

Introduction In Part 2 of the podcast with Shawn Manley (“Measuring the Metrics for Success” coming out this Friday, we get into the issue of the standards people use by which to measure success—hence the title. In thinking about this … Read More »

Deconstructing Systematic Theology: What’s the Point? (Part 2)

3 Nov

Along with my previous post on deconstructing systematic theology, I wanted to explore this topic in a bit more detail, and examine some of the personal aspects regarding what toxic theology can do to people, not just in terms of … Read More »

Measuring the Metrics for Success

3 Nov

Introduction How do you measure success? Leadership guru John Maxwell has a great quote in this regard. He stated, “Many people spend their lives climbing the ladder, only to reach the top and realize that the ladder is leaning against … Read More »

Deconstructing Systematic Theology: What’s the Point?

31 Oct

Introduction On this, the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his famous 95 theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg in 1517, I thought I’d do some reflections on theology. I’ll begin by posing a question: What is … Read More »

46: The Legacy of Puritanism, Jonathan Edwards, & “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”

27 Oct

What is the legacy of one, single sermon? Even though Jonathan Edwards, the famous American theologian, preacher, missionary and pastor, is well-known in academic circles for his volumes of work, most people know him only from one sermon he preached … Read More »

45: Surviving a Fundamentalist Upbringing (with Valerie Cunningham)

20 Oct

What’s it like to grow up in a strict Christian, fundamentalist home?  The effects of growing up being “sheltered from the evil world” can linger with people, long after they’ve grown up, left home, and are raising families of their … Read More »