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Everyday Theology

By Aaron Gabriel Ross

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S4 EP:6 The Book of Daniel and Subverting Kingdoms (and Christian Nationalism) with Rick Wadholm Jr.
S4 EP:6 The Book of Daniel and Subverting Kingdoms (and Christian Nationalism) with Rick Wadholm Jr.
Christian nationalism. . . again. You may be surprised that the Old Testament, and in particular the book of Daniel, has a lot to say about subverting kingdoms and why Christian nationalism is, well, not Christian. Friend of the show Rick Wadholm Jr stops in to school Aaron on the book of Daniel.
01:17:25
November 17, 2022
S4 EP:5 Pentecostals as Christian Mystics with Daniel Castelo (and special guest Marc Byrd)
S4 EP:5 Pentecostals as Christian Mystics with Daniel Castelo (and special guest Marc Byrd)
Christian Mysticism. . . again? It seems that the idea of Christian Mysticism resonated deeply with may who listened to the recent podcast on the topic with Dr. Dale Coulter. So Aaron invited Dr. Daniel Castelo, the William Kellon Quick Professor of Theology and Methodist Studies at Duke Divinity School, to join him along with friend of the podcast insanely talented music producer, Marc Byrd, to talk about mysticism once more. Pentecostals are a strange groups with an emphasis on experiencing the Holy Spirit through prayer, tongue speech, vibrancy of worship, and more. What may seem odd to many is in so many ways connected to the ancient Christian Mysticism, experiencing God in mystery. Dr. Castelo joins us on Everyday Theology to talk about why his studies led him to this conclusion, what it means for Pentecostals, and then what it means for all of us to be mystics.  Stay a while longer after the conversation with Dr. Castelo as Aaron and Marc decompress further and talk about why this concept was so vital for both of their Pentecostal experiences. 
01:30:58
October 27, 2022
S4 EP:4 Why You Should Study and Understand the Humanity of Christ with Chris Green
S4 EP:4 Why You Should Study and Understand the Humanity of Christ with Chris Green
You would think the humanity of Christ has been talked about to no end. Sure, many Christians claim that they follow the person of Jesus, but do they really know what it means to say Jesus was fully human, while also being fully God? In this episode, Aaron and Chris discuss the humanity of Christ, why it matters, what it means, and how we can often fall into ancient Christian heresies when it comes to how we think about and understand Jesus. 
01:05:48
October 13, 2022
S4 EP:3 Understanding the Trinity through the Spirit with Steven Studebaker
S4 EP:3 Understanding the Trinity through the Spirit with Steven Studebaker
Understanding the Trinity is tough and trying to understand the Trinity in ways that go beyond the typical descriptions of the Trinity are even tougher. In this episode, Aaron speak with Steven Studebaker, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Howard and Shirley Bentall Chair in Evangelical Thought at McMaster Divinity College, about his work in yet again thinking about the Trinity particularly in light of the third person of the Trinity, the Spirit. When we begin to understand the Trinity in different ways, it becomes clear that other areas of theology and life, such as our thoughts on what salvation is, begin to change. 
57:08
September 30, 2022
S4 EP:2 What is Christian Mysticism and What it Means to be a Mystic with Dale Coulter
S4 EP:2 What is Christian Mysticism and What it Means to be a Mystic with Dale Coulter
Mysticism, mystical, mystics, these terms often come with a negative connotation for those in the church. Christians who lived through the 90's often think about "new ageism" and worry that mysticism is going to lead Christians down a "secular" path. In this podcast, Aaron speaks with Dale Coulter about the Mystic Tradition of Christianity, what it is, how it is helpful, and how much of theology today is in part due to the work of those ancient Christian Mystics. 
51:31
September 15, 2022
S4 EP:1 Who is Jesus to Paul? with Dr. Chris Tilling
S4 EP:1 Who is Jesus to Paul? with Dr. Chris Tilling
. . . and we are back! After summer hiatus, Everyday Theology is back with Season 4, a great line up of new guest, and some familiar voices / faces.  It is incredible to kick Season 4 of with Dr. Chris Tilling. Chris and Aaron take time to discuss Paul's view of Jesus. Who did Paul think Jesus was and what did that mean for him, the church, and for us today? From his bio located on St. Mellitus College's website: "Dr Chris Tilling is Graduate Tutor and Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies at St Mellitus College. Chris co-authored How God Became Jesus (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2014) with Michael Bird (ed.), Craig Evans, Simon Gathercole, and Charles Hill. He is also the editor of Beyond Old and New Perspectives on Paul (Eugene, Or: Cascade, 2014). Chris’s first book, the critically acclaimedPaul’s Divine Christology (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012), is now republished with multiple endorsements and a new Foreword, by Eerdmans (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2015). He is presently co-editing theT&T Clark Companion to Christology (forthcoming, 2021), and writing the NICNT commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, forthcoming). Chris has published numerous articles on topics relating to the Apostle Paul, Christology, justification, the historical Jesus, Paul S. Fiddes, Karl Barth, the theology of Hans Küng, and more besides." https://stmellitus.ac.uk/staff/dr-chris-tilling
53:19
September 01, 2022
S3 EP:19 - What is Faith? With Dr. Teresa Morgan
S3 EP:19 - What is Faith? With Dr. Teresa Morgan
Is faith just belief, is it allegiance, is it something else? Dr. Teresa Morgan, who holds the McDonald Agape Professorship in New Testament and Early Christianity at Yale University, joins Aaron to take a deep dive into what pistis and fides (the Greek and Latin for faith or trust) meant for those who used those words within the first century. Most importantly, Dr. Morgan and Aaron talk about why Christians today need to understand these terms within their contexts. Spoiler: faith is more than belief and when we understand faith properly, Christians can be free to be in relationship with Christ and also question what they believe. 
59:12
April 28, 2022
S3 EP:18 What Makes Pentecostalism Unique with Bishop Ed Gungor
S3 EP:18 What Makes Pentecostalism Unique with Bishop Ed Gungor
Pentecostalism has been in the news as of late. With more scandals within larger Pentecostal affiliated churches happening, there seems to be more discussion, good and bad, about this group. But who are Pentecostals and what makes them unique as a Christian stream? In this episode, Aaron and Chris get to chat with Bishop Ed Gungor. Bishop Ed's works has taken him deep into Pentecostal thought and thinking as he worked to construct a Pentecostal theological method, explaining how Pentecostals do theology and why it is both different and matters. 
01:17:12
April 14, 2022
S3 EP:17 Why Narratives in the Church Matter with Joy Qualls
S3 EP:17 Why Narratives in the Church Matter with Joy Qualls
We apologize upfront. We had some internet issues at the beginning of recording, but It gets better as the podcast goes on, and it is one you do not want to miss. Joy Qualls joins Aaron to talk about the narratives the church uses and the language we employ. If you have seen the news about Hillsong, Brian Houston, and more, you might see how the language employed by churches has effected the way the church engages with the world, and what we excuse ourselves from. Join Aaron and Joy in this hopefully fascinating discussion on the narratives we tell in the church. 
59:02
March 31, 2022
S3 EP:16 Theology's Place in Worship with Evan Craft
S3 EP:16 Theology's Place in Worship with Evan Craft
Where is theology’s place in corporate worship? Are we supposed to prioritize trendy, catchy songs over those that theologically teach? What do we do with suffering and emotion in music? Aaron caught up with his good friend, Evan Craft, a dove award winning worship artist, to talk about all of these questions and more.
59:24
March 17, 2022
S3 EP:15 Stories of Deconstruction with Landon Pontius
S3 EP:15 Stories of Deconstruction with Landon Pontius
Deconstruction has become a buzzword within Christian circles. Some use it as a word to declare heresy, while others proclaim that it is necessary. What is often lost in the discussion are those who have deconstructed, to various degrees, and what what means for them. In this episode, Aaron chats with Landon Pontius from the Meaning in the Middle podcast about Landon's story of deconstruction, what it has meant for him, and why it matters. 
01:27:46
March 03, 2022
S3 EP:14 Current Topics in the Church - The Passion Translation, Egalitarianism, and Being Christians on the Internet
S3 EP:14 Current Topics in the Church - The Passion Translation, Egalitarianism, and Being Christians on the Internet
It seems that Christianity is stuck in a loop, coming back to the same issues, over and over. In this episode, Chris and Aaron discuss (again!) women in ministry in light of Christian news that men are (again) trying to teach women, how to be women. But that is not all! The pair also discuss the news of the removal of the Passion Translation from Bible Gateway and how to be Christians on the internet. 
01:07:39
February 17, 2022
S3 EP:13 Religion, Politics, and the Public Life with Ron Dart
S3 EP:13 Religion, Politics, and the Public Life with Ron Dart
In this (shorter) episode, Aaron spoke with Ron Dart, Associate Professor of Political Science and prolific writer, about two things that should never be discussed, or at least what people say shouldn't be discussed, religion and politics. Ron provides valuable insight into a perplexing problem, how do Christian faithfully engage (or not) in politics. Ron's approach through his eclectic study and humanism is just as unique as it is helpful in paving a way forward for Christians, both here in the U.S. and abroad. 
36:08
January 20, 2022
S3 EP:12 Orthodox Christmas and Don't Look Up
S3 EP:12 Orthodox Christmas and Don't Look Up
The Western Evangelical and Pentecostal churches have some problems with Christmas, and they need to be discussed. Now that Christmas is  over, and life is beginning to settle into 2022, Chris and Aaron discuss some ways that the their Christian traditions have failed to really know the story of the birth of Christ and why deeply knowing the story changes the way Christians engage in the world.  After the break, Chris and Aaron turn to discuss the new Netflix and star-studded movie "Don't Look Up". Do movies like "Don't Look Up" help move people to fix the problems shown through the satirical message of the movie, or do they just cause further division and tribalism?
01:26:43
January 06, 2022
S3 EP:11 Now and Not Yet - Living Advent
S3 EP:11 Now and Not Yet - Living Advent
For many Christian, especially those within Evangelical and Pentecostal traditions, the Church calendar in a mystery. Advent, Lent, Epiphany all become old traditions that many do not understand. In this episode, Chris and Aaron dissect Advent, what it means, why it is important, and how Christians from non-liturgical spaces can practice the incredible season of Advent. 
43:14
December 09, 2021
S3 EP:10 Beauty and Knowing Christ with Father Kenneth Tanner
S3 EP:10 Beauty and Knowing Christ with Father Kenneth Tanner
This is a special episode, because Aaron and Chris welcome Father Kenneth Tanner to discuss Chris Green's new book, All Things Beautiful: An Aesthetic Christology. Most of Christianity attempts to view Christ through the lens of truth, often paired with certain interpretations of Scripture, but what happens when we take a look at the person of Christ through aesthetics: art, movies, music, and more. Beauty provides an incredibly helpful lens in exploring the person of Christ and what that means for us today. Chris' new book can be found wherever good books are sold. 
01:07:51
November 18, 2021
S3 EP:9 You are Only Human with Kelly Kapic
S3 EP:9 You are Only Human with Kelly Kapic
Dr. Kelly Kapic, author of numerous books and Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College is back to discuss with Aaron his new book coming out in January, You are Only Human. Kelly's new book takes a hard look at our humanness and what it means to have limits and to be finite. Surprisingly, when we begin to really focus on what it means to be human, through looking at creation and the human person of Jesus, we begin to find that our limits are a part of who we are in very healthy ways.  Afterwards, Aaron and Chris talk about how the Western Protestant Church has been reluctant to talk about Mary the mother of Jesus and why she is so important to our faith and theology. 
01:16:26
November 11, 2021
S3 EP:8 Oneness Theology and Why We Hold to Our Theological Positions
S3 EP:8 Oneness Theology and Why We Hold to Our Theological Positions
Is T.D. Jakes a Monist? Is God really just one known as Jesus? In this episode, Aaron and Chris discuss why some might call Jakes a Monist, but then move beyond just Jakes. Has the church overtime failed at discussing the Trinity? Is the White Evangelical church in America oneness in their practices?  Theology is often taught not from a place logical coherence, but rather of taking control through power. Aaron and Chris dive into this subject and discuss why people not only believe what they do, but how preachers teach those beliefs. 
01:02:30
November 04, 2021
S3 EP:7 Why Are We Still Talking About Diversity with Marcia Clarke
S3 EP:7 Why Are We Still Talking About Diversity with Marcia Clarke
Marcia Clarke, pastor and adjunct professor at Fuller Seminary, joins Aaron and Chris to talk about both the need to talk about diversity and why we keep talking about it. Too often in the church we just blindly move past our faults and errors, or worse, ask for forgiveness and act like nothing happened. Discussions about diversity are often too quick to solve an issue without spending the time to really engage with our failures. Marcia helps us understand that we need to not move past our failures too quickly.  Should Jonathan Edwards be cancelled because he owned slaves, Karl Barth because he had an long standing affair? Aaron and Chris try to tackle what we do with pastors, theologian, and leaders who have shaped the church, but had immorality in their lives. 
01:43:37
October 21, 2021
S3 EP:6 Through the Eyes of Tammy Faye with Kim Alexander
S3 EP:6 Through the Eyes of Tammy Faye with Kim Alexander
Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker were some of the most public "Christian Leaders" to go through moral and legal failures. Recently, the story of Tammy Faye Bakker came to life in a biopic "Through the Eyes of Tammy Faye". Kim Alexander joined Aaron to talk about the rise and fall of the Bakker's, their TV network "PTL", and how the Bakker's still have an affect on American Christianity. Chris and Aaron then decompress on the recent biopic, discussing their take aways from the film.  To read more from Chris on his review of ”Through the Eyes of Tammy Faye“, his blog post is out now on everydaytheology.online here: https://everydaytheology.online/2021/10/14/there-aint-no-saints-in-showbusiness-watching-the-eyes-of-tammy-faye-in-the-exvangelical-era/
01:32:35
October 14, 2021
Re-Play S1 EP:18 Marc Byrd - Music, Mystery, and Faith
Re-Play S1 EP:18 Marc Byrd - Music, Mystery, and Faith
Learning, knowing, and being with God is not always about the words that are said, but can found in mystery, beauty, and art. In part one of a two-part episode, Marc Byrd, one-half of the band Hammock, talks about how music, mystery, pain, and hope create a world for us to engage with God in often surprising and life-changing ways.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/everydaytheology/support
01:08:59
October 07, 2021
S3 EP:5 What is Truth Anyways? with Yoon Shin
S3 EP:5 What is Truth Anyways? with Yoon Shin
Truth, disinformation, lies, factchecking. . . it seems that the national dialogue in the US is constantly around the idea of truth. In this episode, Dr. Yoon Shin dialogues with Aaron on how we can think about truth. Are there better ways to engage with truth than we have been given?  Friend, Aaron and Chris need new microphones. If you want to support Everyday Theology, you can by going here: https://anchor.fm/everydaytheology/support Any and all support from our incredible listeners would be appreciated as we continue to bring you this podcast. 
01:02:43
September 30, 2021
S3 EP:4 - Learning from an Early Church Father, Maximus the Confessor with Jordan Wood.
S3 EP:4 - Learning from an Early Church Father, Maximus the Confessor with Jordan Wood.
Doing theology is not a one-sized-fits-all enterprise and it often can cause controversy and even death. Maximus the Confessor is a perfect example of a theologian who pushed boundaries, challenged the status quo, and even lost his right hand and tongue because of it. Jordan Wood joins Aaron and Chris to talk about Maximus the Confessor, an often ignored but monumentally important early church father and theologian.  After, Chris and Aaron discuss culture wars, controversial theology, and how Maximus the Confessor can help us. 
01:24:53
September 23, 2021
S3 EP:3 - What is the Gospel with Matthew Bates
S3 EP:3 - What is the Gospel with Matthew Bates
Gospel seems to be another one of those Christian words that gets used a lot, but often with very little understanding. On this episode of Everyday Theology, Aaron interviews Matthew Bates, author of The Gospel Precisely, discussing what the Gospel is and why it matters that we understand the term faithfully.  After the interview, Aaron and Chris discuss the rise of "Kingdom Theology", exploring why there seems to be a shift towards doing theology through the lens of kingdom metaphors. 
01:05:54
September 16, 2021
S3 EP:2 - Andrew Ray Williams on Clark Pinnock's Shifting Theology
S3 EP:2 - Andrew Ray Williams on Clark Pinnock's Shifting Theology
Ever wonder how you can change your theological positions without losing your faith? Clark Pinnock was a monumental theological figure who had a theological evolution through his life. In this episode, Aaron and Chris caught up with Andrew Ray William, author of the companion to the life and theology of Clark Pinnock, about what we can learn from Pinnock's life and theology. 
01:36:36
September 10, 2021
S3 EP:1 - Brad Jersak on Scripture, God, Hell, and Heaven
S3 EP:1 - Brad Jersak on Scripture, God, Hell, and Heaven
We are back! Season three of Everyday Theology kicks off with an incredible guest, Brad Jersak. Brad has written multiple books on hearing from God, Scripture, Heaven and Hell, and more. Join us as we have a fascinating conversation about some of the most misunderstood aspects of Christianity.
01:17:33
September 02, 2021
Teaser 2: Everyday Theology Seasons 3
Teaser 2: Everyday Theology Seasons 3
We have one more teaser episode before ET Season 3 drops on September 2nd. Have you ever been told doubt is a sin, that doubting is somehow a disease? Join the conversation as Aaron and Chris take a deep dive looking into doubt, what it is, why it happens, and how doubting is not a sin. This season (and in this teaser episode), we're prepping to unpack a lot of big questions — like, why is the church often so exclusive? How can we implement a more equitable religious space? Can we break down some complex theological topics, so they're accessible for everyone to understand? We've got an awesome lineup of new guests in all walks of life. We hope you'll join us in this upcoming season to bring about deeper understanding of the Christian faith.
01:01:32
August 12, 2021
Teaser: Everyday Theology Season 3
Teaser: Everyday Theology Season 3
We're back! On this season of Everyday Theology, we're super excited to welcome a new co-host: Dr. Chris Green. Dr. Green is a theologian, author and artist.  He's been a frequent guest on the show, and you guys seem to really like him. We do, too. Welcome to the show, Chris! This season (and in this teaser episode), we're prepping to unpack a lot of big questions — like, why is the church often so exclusive? How can we implement a more equitable religious space? Can we break down some complex theological topics, so they're accessible for everyone to understand?  We've got an awesome lineup of new guests in all walks of life. We hope you'll join us in this upcoming season to bring about deeper understanding of the Christian faith. 
01:00:34
June 10, 2021
S2 EP:24 — What "Pentecostal" Really Means with Wolfgang Vondey
S2 EP:24 — What "Pentecostal" Really Means with Wolfgang Vondey
What is Pentecostalism? Why do Pentecostal Christians behave differently than those belonging to other denominations (like Baptists, Presbyterians or Methodists)?  In the final episode of Season 2, Aaron speaks with Wolfgang Vondey, systematic theologian and professor at the University of Birmingham, to discuss the this movement and its impact on modern Christianity.  ||   Thanks for joining us this season... we're super excited to be prepping for Season 3! If there's any specific topic you'd like us to cover here on the show, shoot us a DM on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, linked below. (Also, we've got a blog, too: https://everydaytheology.online/). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/everydaytheology Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/everydaytheology.online/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Everyday_Theo
48:29
April 09, 2021
S2 EP:23 — Interpreting Paul with Michael Gorman
S2 EP:23 — Interpreting Paul with Michael Gorman
"Kenosis" is the Greek word that Paul uses to describe the 'self-emptying' of Jesus' own will to receive God's divine will. This generates a lot of controversy within the Christian faith, as it seems to take away Jesus' divine power as a whole. What does this word actually mean, and why does it matter how we translate it? In this episode, Aaron sits down with scholar Michael Gorman to discuss all things translation and interpretation.
45:51
April 01, 2021
S2 EP:22 — Understanding Faith with Nijay Gupta
S2 EP:22 — Understanding Faith with Nijay Gupta
Can having enough faith change God's mind? Is faith backed by evidence, or is it blind belief? In this episode, Aaron sits down with author and professor Nijay Gupta to talk through what "faith" really means. Nijay has done extensive study into the language of Paul and how it relates to faith; check out his full list of books here: https://www.amazon.com/Nijay-K.-Gupta/e/B004I4TYLA%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share.
47:33
March 25, 2021
S2 EP:21 — What's Christian Mysticism? with Dr. Jason Baxter
S2 EP:21 — What's Christian Mysticism? with Dr. Jason Baxter
What is mysticism, and how should we interpret it through our Christian lens? In this episode, author and professor of humanities Dr. Jason Baxter discusses the origins of mysticism and what it means to be "illuminated." If you're interested in reading some of Dr. Baxter's work, check out his (very) recently-released book, Introduction to Christian Mysticism here: https://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Christian-Mysticism-Recovering-Spiritual/dp/1540961222. You can also find out more about Dr. Baxter's work on his website: JasonMBaxter.com.
39:07
March 18, 2021
S2 EP:20 — Let's Talk About Spiritual Abuse with Chris Green
S2 EP:20 — Let's Talk About Spiritual Abuse with Chris Green
What is spiritual abuse, and why does it seem so prevalent in our churches today? Recent scandal regarding Ravi Zacharias prompts us to ask this question, and explore what causes and perpetuates this poor behavior from our church leaders. Today Aaron joins author, artist and theologian Chris Green to talk through spiritual abuse and, in turn, create a more attainable strategy to address the issue.
58:42
February 26, 2021
S2 EP:19 — What the 'Image of God' Really Means with Joel Muddamalle
S2 EP:19 — What the 'Image of God' Really Means with Joel Muddamalle
If you've ever been to church, you've likely heard that you are "made in the image of God." The idea of the "image of God" raises a few questions, though: Can humanity really be broken if its identity reflects God? How does our own image affect our personalized view of Christ? Does the church abuse its idea of the "image of God" to justify poor action? Tune in today as Aaron talks through all these questions with researcher and theologian Joel Muddamalle, the Director of Theology and Research for Proverbs 31 Ministries + a part of the preaching team at Transformation Church.  -- If you're feeling social, give us a follow on Instagram or Twitter @everydaytheology.online. We also have a blog that we update weekly: everydaytheology.online/. 
01:00:34
February 22, 2021
Re-Play S1 EP:17 — Approaching Patriarchy in Scripture with Carolyn Custis James
Re-Play S1 EP:17 — Approaching Patriarchy in Scripture with Carolyn Custis James
Patriarchy is the backdrop of the Bible, but it is not the message. With this in mind, how should we perceive gender roles as they are presented to us? In this episode, Carolyn Custis James teaches us how to look beyond our Western patriarchal lens and understand the true meaning of Biblical text: one of united purpose and mutual flourishing.
46:30
February 12, 2021
S2 EP:18 — How Prophets Speak on God's Behalf with Jon Bentall
S2 EP:18 — How Prophets Speak on God's Behalf with Jon Bentall
What is prophecy, and how do we approach it? We often assume that prophecy is equivalent to prediction or personal revelation... when this isn't backed up by Scripture at all. On this episode, Aaron sits down with theologian and professor Jon Bentall to learn how to discern both modern and ancient prophets correctly.
56:46
January 28, 2021
S2 EP:17 — Deconstruction and Freedom with NakedPastor, David Hayward
S2 EP:17 — Deconstruction and Freedom with NakedPastor, David Hayward
Many Christians experience ostracism and spiritual abuse when they question their core beliefs. What might the church look like if it was comfortable with uncertainty? In this episode, Aaron joins author, artist and former pastor David Hayward @NakedPastor to discuss how embracing an open-handed approach might affect church communities for good. 
55:41
January 21, 2021
S2 EP:16 — Is Abortion Really an Evangelical Issue? with Frank Schaeffer
S2 EP:16 — Is Abortion Really an Evangelical Issue? with Frank Schaeffer
Did you know that Billy Graham was once pro-choice? Only in recent years has the evangelical community publicly opposed abortion. The Christian church today often insists upon "right" and "wrong" Christian values, but the Church often changes its ideas on what is right or wrong, even changing their biblical explanation. These misconceptions affect the way we view the world... and the way we vote.  In this episode, Aaron joins author Frank Schaeffer to discuss the shift over previous years toward a more polarizing church body — and how we may reconcile our beliefs about abortion with our political perspective. *Discussion is not an indication on the personal beliefs of the host or Everyday Theology. As we here at Everyday Theology seek to learn and understand, we believe having vital conversation, as much as they may push back on our own belief, is important to overcoming polarization and being good theologians.
52:47
January 14, 2021
S2 EP:15 — On Reading Well with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior
S2 EP:15 — On Reading Well with Dr. Karen Swallow Prior
In this age we are content consumers, always inundated with information. How do we decipher what's true? How do we use all the information at our fingertips without being used by it? In this episode, Aaron joins author and professor Dr. Karen Swallow Prior to discuss the importance of reading effectively to expand our view of the world.  To learn more about this topic, check out Dr. Prior's book On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books here.
44:48
December 17, 2020
S2 EP:14 — Jesus Wouldn't Own a Gun with Shane Claiborne
S2 EP:14 — Jesus Wouldn't Own a Gun with Shane Claiborne
Christians make up the largest gun-owning demographic in America. We defend gun ownership on the basis of liberty... but we fail to recognize that, when liberty goes unchecked, it becomes corrupted. Gun violence is the second leading cause of death among young people in America. For this reason it is vital that Christians begin taking a nonviolent stance on gun control. In this episode, we welcome back activist Shane Claiborne to the show to discuss alternative political and social responses to the gun crisis in America.
51:03
December 10, 2020
S2 EP:13 — Prophets Don't Know the Future with Rick Wadholm
S2 EP:13 — Prophets Don't Know the Future with Rick Wadholm
What are the prophetic texts, and how should we approach them in our modern day? It may be surprising to many Evangelical Christians that known prophets in Scripture did not declare what MUST come to pass, rather what COULD come to pass.  In this episode, Aaron joins author and scholar Rick Wadholm to discuss why prophets existed in Biblical times, and what they really communicated.
41:53
December 04, 2020
S2 EP:12 — The New Perspective on Paul with Jason Myers
S2 EP:12 — The New Perspective on Paul with Jason Myers
We know to read Scripture through its contextual lens... but we often don't realize the Lutheran-Reformed framework that alters our understanding. What if we aimed to understand Paul on his own terms? What if returning to ancient texts brings a fresher, more balanced perspective? In today's episode, Aaron joins Jason Myers, author and professor of Biblical Studies at Greensboro College, to encourage us to stretch and expand our perspective on Paul's teachings by going back to the basics. 
53:55
November 20, 2020
S2 EP:11 — The Church Must Protect the Immigrant with Dr. Erica Ramirez
S2 EP:11 — The Church Must Protect the Immigrant with Dr. Erica Ramirez
"We're imperfect people, but we can do better things."  Research shows that people generally believe churches to bring together all people of different political views. In today's episode, Aaron joins Dr. Erica Ramirez to discuss how to make that belief come true: by empowering the church to demand political justice for the oppressed.  For more info on the Future Story of America project, visit https://www.futurestoryofamerica.org/. 
01:05:24
November 12, 2020
S2 EP:10 — We're Missing the Point of the Old Testament with Brad Embry
S2 EP:10 — We're Missing the Point of the Old Testament with Brad Embry
The church often discusses the Old Testament superficially, missing important messages the text has to offer. Many nuanced ideas reside beneath the surface. What do we do with Old Testament stories, and how do we dissect them in a balanced way?  In today's episode, Aaron joins Dr. Brad Embry, professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, to discuss what the book of Judges communicated to its historical context as well as to us today.
56:55
November 05, 2020
S2 EP:9 — Is Christianity the White Man's Religion? With Antipas Harris
S2 EP:9 — Is Christianity the White Man's Religion? With Antipas Harris
Evil — racial injustice, specifically — has been done in the name of God since America's founding. History has divided a black and white identity, and American Christianity often favors the white side. Culture is learning how to integrate the two... but what about the church?  In this episode, Aaron joins author and scholar Antipas Harris to discuss how the history of the church has worked against the black community, and how to repair the divide.  . . . "If Christianity is for everyone, why does the Bible seem to endorse slavery? Why do most popular images of Jesus feature a man with white skin and blue eyes? Is evangelical Christianity 'good news' or a tool of white supremacy?"  . . .  For a deeper dive in answering questions like these, check out Antipas Harris' new book, Is Christianity the White Man's Religion?, available below and anywhere books are sold. https://www.amazon.com/Christianity-White-Mans-Religion-People/dp/0830845992
49:44
October 29, 2020
S2 EP:8 — Conservatives Should Care About the Environment with Bob Inglis
S2 EP:8 — Conservatives Should Care About the Environment with Bob Inglis
The command, "Treat others as you want to be treated," is a Biblical text that has translated into an American value. Why do so many Americans — members of the Right wing, particularly — turn a blind eye to creation care on a political scale?  In this episode, former Congressman Bob Inglis gives us instructions on how to vote in a way that aligns with our values. Caring for our neighbor is a blessing for all: a practice that allows us to both love God and love people better.  .  .  . Inglis is the founder of RepublicEn, a community dedicated to doing the right thing, the right way. Get involved here: https://republicen.org/ 
51:44
October 22, 2020
S2 EP:7 — The Hidden Truth Behind the Religious Left with Jack Jenkins
S2 EP:7 — The Hidden Truth Behind the Religious Left with Jack Jenkins
It is easy to assume that Conservative Christians have held the majority influence on American politics. Journalist and scholar of religion, Jack Jenkins, suggests the opposite: that the Religious Left, instead, has fundamentally shaped the progressive values at the heart of American democracy — like abolition, labor reform, civil rights, and environmental preservation. Listen today as Aaron and Jack discuss the politics that history ignores; and why, perhaps, it is time to rethink our understanding of Christianity's relation to the Left.  Read American Prophets by Jack Jenkins today: http://www.jackjenkins.me/american-prophets.html
53:19
October 15, 2020
S2 EP:6 — The Failing of American Christianity with Tommy Phillips
S2 EP:6 — The Failing of American Christianity with Tommy Phillips
It hardly matters what Scripture means to us. It matters deeply what it meant to those for whom it was written. Every line of Scripture has context — a reason, a time frame, and a purpose.  We often use the Bible as a means of advocating for our own nation and political agenda. We should keep in mind, instead, that earthly kingdoms won't last forever; the Kingdom of God will. To hear more from Pastor Tommy Phillips, head on over to https://www.watermarktampa.com/.
50:36
October 08, 2020
S2 EP:5 — Biblical Social Justice with Dan Morrison
S2 EP:5 — Biblical Social Justice with Dan Morrison
What is Biblical justice, and is it the same as social justice? Why do Christians often inherently avoid both? In this episode, Aaron sits down with Dan Morrison to discuss holistic Biblical justice. Together they propose that the American Christian perspective is not the whole truth — and take a deeper look at why living Biblically is so difficult, for reasons we don't expect.
42:27
October 01, 2020
S2 EP:4 — A Feminist Gospel with Kim Alexander
S2 EP:4 — A Feminist Gospel with Kim Alexander
Christianity is, and always has been, a counter-cultural movement. Why does the Christian church often resist confronting its very own culture of patriarchy? When we read Scripture through a lens of female empowerment, we see women impacting every aspect of the spread and development of the church. The problem: we aren't trained to do so. In this episode, Aaron and Kim Alexander, Associate Professor at Regent University, dive into specific practices to adopt an accurate, well-rounded perspective of women in the church. 
01:00:20
September 24, 2020
S2 EP:3 — Black Theology
S2 EP:3 — Black Theology
What is Black Theology? How is it different from the systematic theology our churches often follow? Many people assume that there is a "right" way to study theology; that it is only a spiritual effort, rather than something that demands personal and institutional change. Black Theology instead teaches us that God is in the business of setting the oppressed free, in every sense of the word.  Join us today as Aaron speaks with Professor and Ph. D student Anthony Roberts about the beauty of Black Theology, and how it encompasses oppression, power, liberation and reconciliation.
57:23
September 17, 2020
Season 2 EP:2 — Does God Know the Future? Pt. 2
Season 2 EP:2 — Does God Know the Future? Pt. 2
Last week, we fostered a healthy debate between Dr. Chris Green and Dr. Thomas Oord about whether or not God knows the future. Welcome to Part 2, where we continue that discussion and dive into a few more topics: Does God need us? Can he prevent evil on his own? If he can't, how can we trust his promises? We are often provided a rigid perspective of faith that we must deconstruct and rebuild throughout our lives. Join us today as we take a look at seemingly contrasting ideas that, together, point to the ever-deepening love of God. 
44:26
September 10, 2020
Season 2 EP:1 — Does God Know the Future? Pt. 1
Season 2 EP:1 — Does God Know the Future? Pt. 1
*Trigger Warning: discussions of sexual assault.* Does God know the future? If he does, why doesn't he stop bad things from happening? If he doesn't, is he really all-powerful? Everyday Theology explored these questions in Season 1, when we brought Thomas Jay Oord and Chris Green on separate episodes to discuss their opposing views on open theism.  In this episode, launching season two, we're bringing it all together: Listen along as Aaron, Oord and Green discuss the limitations, abilities, and power of God as they relate to our understanding of him and our faith as a whole.  Podcast is transcribed on our website here: https://bit.ly/2F1cDsY
48:02
September 03, 2020
Re-Play EP:11 Andre Henry — Unjust Diversity
Re-Play EP:11 Andre Henry — Unjust Diversity
How do we advance racial progress when the fabric of American society was built on white supremacy? In today's rebroadcast, Aaron and Ben join Andre Henry — songwriter, speaker, and advocate for social change — to unpack the idea that diversity is not the same as justice. >> Click here for more info about Andre and his advocacy for the world that ought to be. 
47:58
June 11, 2020
ET Special: Engaging MLK's Vision with Ray Allen
ET Special: Engaging MLK's Vision with Ray Allen
The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. ought to endure and advance our culture today. On this special episode of Everyday Theology, Aaron sits down with Ray Allen, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Southeastern University, to discuss how the church should actively progress MLK's dream as we look toward the future of racial justice.
53:04
June 08, 2020
EP:23 Ashlee Eiland — Racial Justice and Reconciliation
EP:23 Ashlee Eiland — Racial Justice and Reconciliation
The recent murder of George Floyd has sparked a global outcry against racism and systemic injustice. White privilege allows people to maintain a comfortable distance from racial issues and hurt Black communities by perpetuating systems of inequality and inequity. In this episode, speaker, pastor and author Ashlee Eiland discusses the importance for all people to walk in solidarity toward a healing reality in our nation and our world.
49:16
June 04, 2020
EP:22 Shane Claiborne — Extending Compassion on Death Row
EP:22 Shane Claiborne — Extending Compassion on Death Row
Is the death penalty an attempt to operate the hand of God? In this episode, Shane Claiborne — renowned author and social activist — walks us through both the Old and New Testament interpretations of cultural violence. Join us as we learn to embody Christian peacemaking in our context today. 
01:01:16
May 28, 2020
EP:21 Chris Green — God's Sovereignty and Our Freedom
EP:21 Chris Green — God's Sovereignty and Our Freedom
The concept of God's sovereignty has been heavily debated in both classrooms and churches throughout history. We constantly ask: does God's power limit ours?  We have discussed this topic here at Everyday Theology before, on EP:14 with Thomas Jay Oord. In that episode, Oord recommended that we think beyond our traditional "all-controlling" view of God, and consider limitations on God's power.  Today, however, author, artist and theologian Chris Green presents a different perspective: he proposes that we allow room for both a fully active and fully present God in our daily lives. 
59:11
May 21, 2020
EP:20 Kaitlin Curtice — Why Decolonization Matters in the Church
EP:20 Kaitlin Curtice — Why Decolonization Matters in the Church
The process of decolonization requires us first to develop respect for the other. If respect is an inherently Christian value, why do our churches so often demand assimilation?  In this episode, author Kaitlin Curtice, citizen of the Potawatomi Nation, discusses the complexities in deconstructing our faith and spiritual community to understand our true personal and cultural identity. 
37:41
May 14, 2020
EP:19 Marc Byrd — Music, Mystery, and Faith (Part Two)
EP:19 Marc Byrd — Music, Mystery, and Faith (Part Two)
God's presence is not only recognized through spoken word, but can also be found in mystery, beauty, and art. In part two of this episode, Marc Byrd, one-half of the band Hammock, discusses the beautiful and artistic process of a participatory relationship with God. 
01:06:03
May 07, 2020
EP:18 Marc Byrd - Music, Mystery, and Faith
EP:18 Marc Byrd - Music, Mystery, and Faith
Learning, knowing, and being with God is not always about the words that are said, but can found in mystery, beauty, and art. In part one of a two-part episode, Marc Byrd, one-half of the band Hammock, talks about how music, mystery, pain, and hope create a world for us to engage with God in often surprising and life-changing ways. 
01:11:48
April 30, 2020
EP:17 Carolyn Custis James — Approaching Patriarchy in Scripture
EP:17 Carolyn Custis James — Approaching Patriarchy in Scripture
Patriarchy is the backdrop of the Bible; it is not the message. How, then, should we perceive gender roles as they are presented to us? In this episode, Carolyn Custis James teaches us how to look beyond our Western patriarchal lens and understand the true message of the text: one of united purpose and mutual flourishing. 
46:30
April 23, 2020
EP:16 Ed Gungor - What the Church Has Forgotten
EP:16 Ed Gungor - What the Church Has Forgotten
Spontaneity is not enough; immediacy does not last. Is the modern church aching to return to more traditional forms of worship? In this episode, Aaron and Robby join historian, pastor, and author Ed Gungor to understand practical ways the church may engage past traditions and symbols. 
56:53
April 16, 2020
EP:15 Brian Zahnd - The Church's Role in Times of Crisis
EP:15 Brian Zahnd - The Church's Role in Times of Crisis
We don't have all the answers.  While the church is called to instill hope in crises, it is also called to engage with the emotions they cause. In this episode, Aaron and Robby join Brian Zahnd -- pastor, author and Bob Dylan aficionado -- as he teaches us how to develop habits and practices that maintain balance in tumultuous times.
51:02
April 09, 2020
EP:14 Thomas Jay Oord - God Can't
EP:14 Thomas Jay Oord - God Can't
If God is loving and good, why do bad things happen? And why doesn't God stop them? Renowned author and theologian Thom Oord would argue that perhaps believers and unbelievers alike should reconsider the closely-held belief that God is all-powerful. On today's episode, Aaron and Dr. Archer reach out to Thom to understand how God can be loving, active and powerful -- if, at times, not capable. 
48:24
April 02, 2020
EP:13 Kelly Kapic - Coronavirus and Christian Hope
EP:13 Kelly Kapic - Coronavirus and Christian Hope
The pandemic of the coronavirus has caused some pain, suffering, fear, and more. For Christians, such a pandemic can cause a moment of reflection. How should we act, think, and pray in times of suffering and fear? Today, we talk with Kelly Kapic, Professor of Theological Studies at Covenant College and author of Embodied Hope, what a Christian response is to such a time as this.
36:48
March 17, 2020
EP:12 Doug Petersen - Concern or Coercion?
EP:12 Doug Petersen - Concern or Coercion?
Caring for others as a means to an end is exploitative. How should the church exercise a moral imagination correctly? In today's episode, Aaron and Robby sit down with Professor of World Mission and Intercultural Studies at Vanguard University, Dr. Doug Petersen, to explore these ethical issues we face.
45:03
March 13, 2020
EP:10 Rick Wadholm - Making Sense of the Old Testament
EP:10 Rick Wadholm - Making Sense of the Old Testament
The Christian church has struggled to interpret the Old Testament for centuries. How should the everyday Christian read this narrative? Today Aaron invites Rev. Rick Wadholm, Jr., Old Testament scholar and all around great guy, to teach us how to bridge the gap between the Old Testament and our context today.
42:32
February 06, 2020
EP:9 Miroslav Volf - Creating Home
EP:9 Miroslav Volf - Creating Home
Theology bridges intelligent understanding and abstract thought in our walk with God. In this episode, Aaron and Dr. Robby Waddell sit down with Miroslav Volf, world-renowned author and theologian, to explore the concept of "home" as it relates to the world in which the Holy Spirit dwells.
38:34
January 24, 2020
EP:8 Jonathan Merritt - Asking the Right Questions
EP:8 Jonathan Merritt - Asking the Right Questions
Both encouragement and critique are vital to the development of the Church. In this episode, Aaron speaks with Jonathan Merritt - acclaimed writer on religion, politics and culture - to discuss the importance of naming reality in the process of spiritual formation.
45:22
January 09, 2020
EP:7 Ben Lowe - Climate Change and Creation Care
EP:7 Ben Lowe - Climate Change and Creation Care
This week we reach out to Ben Lowe, postgrad student in Environmental Sciences at the University of Florida, to discuss the American perception of climate change and the church's role in creation care. Join us as we explore how common ground may be shared between political, moral and religious fields of study.
41:38
December 05, 2019
EP:6 Brad Lomenick - The Good (and Bad) of Leadership
EP:6 Brad Lomenick - The Good (and Bad) of Leadership
"Leadership" has become a buzzword within the church world. When we think about leadership and leaders, what are we actually thinking about? In this episode, Aaron and Ben speak with Brad Lomenick, the founder of the Catalyst conference, about healthy and lasting ways to think about leadership.
45:09
November 15, 2019
ET Special: Jesus is King with Travis Simons
ET Special: Jesus is King with Travis Simons
In this Everyday Theology Special episode, Aaron talks with Pastor Travis Simons of The Potters House North Dallas about Kanye West's new album, Jesus is King. How should the church think about Kanye, about his new album, his conversion, and being in the public eye?
42:56
November 04, 2019
EP:5 Zack Tackett - Halloween, Women, and the Danger of Bad Theology
EP:5 Zack Tackett - Halloween, Women, and the Danger of Bad Theology
How has theology affected the way that Christian engage within the church? This week we talk with Dr. Zachary Tackett about how theology has affected not just whether or not you could trick or treat on Halloween, but how theology in the past has played out in strange ways which can still hurt people today, especially women.
39:02
October 31, 2019
EP:4 Aimee Franklin, The Brain and Mental Health
EP:4 Aimee Franklin, The Brain and Mental Health
What is the brain and how does the way that we think about it matter? This week, Ben and Aaron speak with Dr. Aimee Franklin, Assistant Professor of Biology at Southeastern University, about the brain, mental health, sin, and more. Join us as we dive into thinking about what the brain is and how Christians should think about such a complex and enigmatic organ.
48:06
October 17, 2019
EP:3 Gabriel Salguero - Diversity in the Church
EP:3 Gabriel Salguero - Diversity in the Church
How should we think about diversity and why does that matter? In this episode, Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition and pastor at Calvario City Church talks to us about diversity in the church and in the United States of America.
35:10
October 03, 2019
EP:2 Robby Waddell - Subversive Economics
EP:2 Robby Waddell - Subversive Economics
This week we have a conversation with Dr. Robby Waddell about money, power, and how Jesus challenges our modern ways of thinking.
43:02
September 19, 2019
EP:1 A.J. Swoboda - Sabbath
EP:1 A.J. Swoboda - Sabbath
What is Sabbath, should we Sabbath, isn't Sabbath just something people did a long time ago? This week, we talk to A.J. Swoboda about the value and mandate of Sabbath in an ever increasingly busy culture.
32:05
September 03, 2019
Everyday Theology Teaser - @preachersnsneakers
Everyday Theology Teaser - @preachersnsneakers
Everyday Theology is a podcast coming soon, brought to you by the ECCLESIAM Blog (www.ecclesiam.com). On this teaser episode, Aaron Ross and Ben Gomez speak with their guest, Chris Green - author, speaker, preacher, and theologian, about the viral Instagram account (@preachersnsneakers) and what it means for everyday Christian life.
48:27
May 05, 2019