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 »

44: The Bad Jesus & New Atheism (with Dr Hector Avalos) Part 2

13 Oct

Did Jesus ever say or do anything wrong? This is the major question explored by Dr Hector Avalos in his book, The Bad Jesus: The Ethics of New Testament Ethics, and this forms the basis of the discussion in Part 2 … Read More »

43: The Bad Jesus & New Atheism (with Dr Hector Avalos) Part 1

6 Oct

Are you prepared to deconstruct your faith, beliefs and presuppositions?  If so, then you won’t want to miss this episode, as I talk with Dr Hector Avalos, professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University. Dr Avalos is a “New … Read More »

41: Preaching with a Bias (with Gary Hayes) Part 1

22 Sep

What effect does listening to years of sermons have on a person’s psyche, behavior, and mental health? In this episode of the newly-named “MindShift” podcast (formerly “The Preacher’s Forum podcast”), Gary Hayes and I tackle the subject of preaching, and … Read More »

Show 40: MindShift: “The Wisdom of Your Heart” (with Marc Alan Schelske)

15 Sep

Overheard in church: “God doesn’t have emotions…and neither should you!” What constitutes a good Christian, anyway? Someone who is spiritually mature, is the common answer. But what if that person is emotionally immature? What then? This is precisely what I and Marc … Read More »

Show 38: MindShift: Leaving the Church…to Find God (with Gary Hayes) Part 1

1 Sep

Why would anyone even contemplate the idea of leaving the church in order to find God? Surely the church is where one goes to…find God, right?  But the truth is that for many, God can easily get lost in the … Read More »

Show 37: MindShift: Bad Theology, Mental Health, and the Church: A Toxic Mix? (with Steve Austin)

25 Aug

“You can’t be a Christian…and crazy!” says Steve Austin of the CXMH podcast and the iamsteveaustin website. He’s my guest on this latest episode of the MindShift podcast series. There is unfortunately a major stigma attached to mental health issues … Read More »

Show 36: MindShift: Surviving Multiple Sexual Abuse (with Jean Dobson)

18 Aug

Are you a survivor of childhood sexual abuse? Were you sexually abused as a teenager, or even as an adult? Perhaps the abuse is even now ongoing and you feel powerless to stop it. In the UK alone, according to … Read More »