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The Simple Theologian Podcast

The Simple Theologian Podcast

By The Simple Theologians
Join the knuckleheads, Pastor Dan and Pastor Mike for conversations about life, theology, and spiritual stuff. They do their best to make the complex, simple. Every week they discuss some bit of theology and try to apply it in a real way. You can connect with them on Twitter @danielmrose and @revmikeumc.
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The Election
The knuckleheads are back with a conversation about the response to the election. 
November 6, 2020
Christian Voting
The knuckleheads discuss Christian voting in this week's episode as they continue their series on "The Church in the World." Dan referenced this piece by Michael Wear in today's podcast: How Christians Should Think About Voting
October 16, 2020
The Prophetic Role of the Church
In this week's episode the knuckleheads discuss the role of the church in "speaking truth to power."
October 2, 2020
What is the Kingdom of God?
We continue Season 5 with a conversation about the Kingdom of God.
September 25, 2020
Why the Church?
In the episode this week the knuckleheads discuss, "Why the Church?" We are continuing our series on the Church and the World. 
September 18, 2020
What is the Church?
In this week's episode the knuckleheads try to define, "The Church." It's messy and muddy. But, it will shape the conversation for the weeks to come. 
September 12, 2020
Season Five World Premiere!
In this episode the chuckleheads lay out the direction for season five. In this season they will be discussing the nature of the church and its role in the world. They’ll be talking church and state, Christian Nationalism, and all kinds of other stuff. Join the discussion at or You can watch Mike’s daily video devotional at and follow along with Dan’s publishing at
September 2, 2020
Why You So Salty?
Dan and Mike continue to explore the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7. This week they explore "Salt and Light."  Check out their weekly recommendations: Fun with Faith starring Mike and Bri Myth Busters on Hulu Return the Favor with Mike Rowe That's the Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe
May 15, 2020
Arbery, Racism, and Image of God
In this episode of the podcast, Dan and Mike recap Doubt on Tap and give their perspective, share their weekly recommendations, and discuss Arbery, racism, and the image of God. 
May 11, 2020
BONUS EPISODE: The Secular Survey with RT
Dan takes a few minutes to discuss the largest survey of non-religious people ever done in the United States with RT from the podcast, The Atheist Perspective. You can check out the survey here: Secular Survey and check out Dan's personal response to the survey at #LoveWell.
May 7, 2020
Blessed Are The Persecuted
Dan and Mike discuss the last bit of the beatitudes and talk about what they've been watching during the stay at home order. 
April 30, 2020
Blessed are the Peacemakers
Dan and Mike discuss peacemaking in the midst of Covid19 life. They also give their recommendations for great stuff to read or watch.
March 27, 2020
Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
Dan and Mike recap Doubt on Tap and also give their weekly recommendations. Then they dive into “Blessed are the pure heart...”  Connect with us via Google Meet on Tuesdays at 8 pm. The link to connect will be available day of on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook Page: Twitter:
March 19, 2020
Blessed Are the Merciful
In this episode the knuckleheads talk about mercy and how it relates to Covid-19. They also discuss the week’s Doubt on Tap discussion on Socialism. Check out these resources: Freakonomics Podcast on What is Socialism: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life Covid-19 Information:
March 13, 2020
Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
Dan and Mike continue talking through the beatitudes. They also drop their weekly recommendations.
March 5, 2020
Blessed are the Meek
The chuckleheads continue their discussion on the Beatitudes.
February 27, 2020
Blessed Are Those Mourn
Dan and Mike continue discussing the Beatitudes with a conversation about “Blessed are those who mourn...”
February 20, 2020
Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
Part one of Dan and Mike’s discussion on the beatitudes.
February 13, 2020
Season 4 Premiere: Grief Observed
We kick off season 4 with a rousing discussion of... grief. Yes it’s somber, but it’s a pretty good episode. Be sure to like and share.
January 30, 2020
Special Episode: Responding to questions from friends...
Our buddy RT from the Atheist Perspective asked a question about the weed...
January 30, 2020
Red and Green Part 2: 420 Edition
Dan and Mike talk about marijuana and justice. Also, make sure to join us Tuesday, December 17 at 8 pm for our white elephant gift exchange benefitting Hope Clinic at The Tap Room in Ypsilanti, MI. The shopping list is in the cover art for this week’s podcast. You can also get the details at
December 12, 2019
Red and Green Part 1: Billionaires are Bums! Or are they?
In this week’s episode, Dan and Mike are joined by friend of the show, The Beard, to discuss capitalism and billionaires. This is part one of our Red/Green series. This was “Red” because this week’s Doubt on Tap moderator was firmly anti-Capitalist. Make sure you check out Tech Town Detroit at
December 5, 2019
Isolation and Belonging
Dan and Mike are joined by The Beloved Leader, The Todd as they discuss ideas from the film, Lost in Translation.
November 15, 2019
Pete and Repeat Were In A Boat
Dan and Mike discuss date and determinism based on Bill Murray’s classic film, Ground Hog Day.
November 7, 2019
Grief and the After Life
This week Dan and Mike discuss the theme of the after life jumping off the Ghostbusters conversation from Doubt on Tap’s William F Murray series. If you would like to donate to Carl’s Closet you can PayPal a donation to
November 1, 2019
Accidental Saints
This week Dan and Mike discuss themes from Bill Murray’s film, St Vincent.
October 24, 2019
Baby Steps To Mental Health
Dan and Mike discuss themes from the Bill Murray film, “What About Bob?”. They discuss stigmas around mental illness and also what it looks like to pursue mental health.
October 17, 2019
Ellen Gets It!
Dan and Mike discuss the reality that Ellen absolutely gets it when it comes to loving your neighbor.
October 10, 2019
Hey Look! Your Ideology is Showing!
Dan, sick with the plague, and Mike dive into issues surrounding ideologies and how they impact discussions and relationships. 
October 3, 2019
Render Unto Caesar or Not?
Dan and Mike dive into the question of whether or not the church should pay taxes. Continue the conversation on Twitter with Dan: @danielmrose or Mike: @revmikeumc
September 26, 2019
Politically Correct
The boys dive into political correctness as a follow up to Doubt on Tap. Join the conversation,
September 19, 2019
The Boys Go Mental
This week Dan and Mike recap Doubt on Tap but spend most of the time discussing mental health for clergy.
September 12, 2019
The Boys Are Back...With Morals!
Mike and Dan give a snapshot about what Simple Theologian and Doubt on Tap are all about. They also discuss morality and religion from last Tuesday’s Doubt on Tap!
August 29, 2019
Bill of Rights - The Second Amendment
Dan and Mike jump into the conversation about the 2nd Amendment. We’d love to hear your thoughts, join us on Twitter to continue the conversation: @danielmrose & @revmikeumc
May 28, 2019
The Bill of Rights - The First Amendment
Dan and Mike dive into the first conversation of the new Doubt on Tap series. A big part of their conversation focuses on speaking truth to power. Continue the conversation on Twitter: @danielmrose and @revmikeumc
May 17, 2019
Vices and Virtues: Sloth and Diligence
Dan and Mike wrap up the conversation on Vices and Virtues with a discussion on Sloth and Diligence. Connect with us on Twitter: @danielmrose and @revmikeumc
May 10, 2019
Vices and Virtues: Greed and Charity
Dan and Mike discuss greed, charity, contentment and how to break the envy, gluttony, greed cycle. Join them! Continue the conversation on twitter at @danielmrose, @revmikeumc, and @simtheologian. 
May 3, 2019
Vices and Virtues: Gluttony and Temperance
Dan and Mike continue the conversation from Doubt on Tap on gluttony and temperance. The guys also dive into some stuff on the Trinity. Don't miss this episode! Continue the conversation on Twitter: @danielmrose, @revmikeumc, and @simtheologian.
April 26, 2019
Vices and Virtues: Wrath and Patience
Dan and Mike discuss Holy Week from the perspective of a pastor as well continuing the conversation about vices and virtues. They tackle wrath and patience this week. Make sure you comment, rate, and share. Also, please join the conversation on Twitter: Dan (@danielmrose) and Mike (@revmikeumc).
April 22, 2019
Vices and Virtues - Pride and Humility
In this week's episode Dan and Mike discuss pride, humility, and how they relate to our lives. Continue the conversation with us on Twitter: @danielmrose, @revmikeumc, and @simtheologian
April 12, 2019
Vices and Virtues: Lust and Chastity
Dan and Mike dive into a new series on the seven deadly sins and their virtuous counterparts. This week, lust and charity. To continue the conversation hit us up on Twitter: @danielmrose, @revmikeumc, and @simtheologian. 
April 9, 2019
Vices and Virtues - Envy and Gratitude
Dan and Mike dive into a new series on the seven deadly sins and their virtuous counterparts. This week, envy and gratitude. To continue the conversation hit us up on Twitter: @danielmrose, @revmikeumc, and @simtheologian. 
March 22, 2019
Lying, Cheating, and Lent
Dan and Mike talk lying, cheating, and Lent
March 14, 2019
International Women's Day And Other Stuff Too
Dan and Mike on the stuff they're reading, discuss some Doubt on Tap, and share about the women who have impacted them.
March 8, 2019
Mike Discusses the United Methodist Decision on LGBTQ
In this week's installment of the Simple Theologian podcast, we provide Mike space to share his response to the United Methodist Church's decision on LGBTQ inclusion. As Dan explains in the podcast, part of being in the body of Christ with all of its diversity is to weep with those who weep. This week we wept with Mike.  What Did We Read This Week: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Return of the Prodigal Son. by Henri Nouwen All About Love by bell hooks
March 4, 2019
221: Wait! There's MORE! Or is there?
In this week's episode, Dan and Mike, discuss materialism and spirituality. They also talk a bit about what they're reading. Please like, share, and comment! What We're Reading: All About Love by bell hooks The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson
February 26, 2019
220: The Stuff We Love
In this episode the knuckleheads discuss materialism and how they figure out the question, "Is it well with your soul?" Stuff We're Reading  All About Love by bell hooks
February 18, 2019
219: Toxic Masculinity and Church Membership
Mike is back from Florida and so we dive into the light conversation of Toxic Masculinity as a follow up to Doubt on Tap. Then we talk about why we think being a member of a church is important. 
February 12, 2019
218: Golly Gee! Dan's A Presbyterian. Denominations Have Weird Names!
Denominations are part and parcel to the Protestant Christian experience. Dan's a Presbyterian, what does that mean? What makes Presbyterians unique? What do they believe? All this and no Doubt On Tap because the weather is stupid.  What Will We Read? Everybody Always by Bob Goff Faithful Presence by David Fitch Join the community on the Simple Theologian Slack Channel!
January 25, 2019
The T&A Sneak Peak with RT
Dan is joined by RT from The Atheist Perspective since Mike is on vacation. They give you a sneak peak into their new project, “The T&A Podcast.” Continue the conversation with the guys on Twitter: @danielmrose and @TheOG_RT.
January 25, 2019
217: Mike's A Gosh Darn Methodist!
Denominations are part and parcel to the Protestant Christian experience. Mike's a Methodist. Why? What does that even mean? What makes Methodists unique? We answer this and you get to hear all about the vacation Mike's going on.  What Did We Read? What Is The Bible by Rob Bell Spiritual Direction by Henri Nouwen Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton Join the community on The Simple Theologian Slack Channel!
January 23, 2019
216: Holy Smokes We Have GUESTS!
In this week's installment of the Simple Theologians Dan and Mike invite a couple of guests on the show. First up, is Billy Kangas who discusses the work of Hope Clinic ( Second up, is Ryan Thibodeau an Assistant Director of American Atheists in Southeastern Michigan talking the separation of church and state.  Stuff We Read: Endure by Alex Hutchinson Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist Armada by Ernest Cline
January 14, 2019
215: The Big Reveal (...or a conversation about Epiphany)
In this week's episode Dan and Mike talk about Epiphany and what it means for the every day.  Also, Doubt on Tap is back this Tuesday (1/8, 2019) at 8 pm at Cream & Crumb in Ypsilanti, MI. We hope you join us for conversation and great cocktails! What Did You Read This Week? Summer Knight by Jim Butcher Deathmasks by Jim Butcher Astrophysics For People In a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop The Spiritual Wisdom of Meister Eckhart (lecture series: Father Donald Goergen Ph.D.) Present Over Perfect by Shawna Niequist The Wisdom of the Enneagram by Don Richard Riso and Russ Hudson
January 5, 2019
214: IT'S ADVENT! Part 4
What's on the show this week? We make a major announcement. We talk about what we read, introduce a new segment, and talk about peace in Advent. It's good times and we hope you enjoy it! Dan's book he's reading: Finding My Way: Pathways to Life and Spirit by Henri Nouwen
December 21, 2018
213: IT'S ADVENT! Part 3
The Simple Theologians, Dan and Mike, discuss joy. We hope you enjoy it. (See what we did there?)
December 14, 2018
212: It's ADVENT! Part 2
In the newest episode of The Simple Theologian Podcast Dan and Mike talk about love and why it's a part of the Advent themes and how it connects to discipline.
December 11, 2018
211 - IT'S ADVENT!
Mike and Dan return after Mike's time in Israel and Palestine. In today's episode they begin talking about their favorite time of year, Advent.
November 30, 2018
210: Rest? Yeah. Right.
In this week's edition of the Simple Theologian podcast we discuss, "Sabbath." It's a fancy word for taking the day off. Mike doesn't like to do that and Dan helps him see the error of his ways.
November 2, 2018
209: Scripture (Or, that book that isn't just for collecting dust)
In this episode of our conversation on the spiritual disciplines Dan and Mike discuss the Scriptures. They talk about why they still read them and a whole bunch of other cool stuff.
October 26, 2018
208 - Not Just Another Meal
In this episode Dan and Mike discuss the discipline of communion and its impact on their lives.
October 22, 2018
207 - "Just me and Jesus..." STAHP IT!
Just in case you thought the discipline of silence freed you up to embrace the idea of "Just me and Jesus," that has pervaded American Evangelicalism for some time, you're wrong. Dan and Mike dive in and talk about the necessity of community. Connect with Dan on Twitter: @danielmrose Connect with Mike on Twitter: @revmikeumc
October 15, 2018
206 - The Sounds of Silence
Dan and Mike continue their conversations about spiritual disciplines with a conversation about "silence." Dan confesses some stuff. It's gets a little personal. Also, they forgot the "what are you reading segment." Why? Who knows. Dan didn't have enough coffee probably. 9 am is early. Connect with Dan on Twitter: @danielmrose Connect with Mike on Twitter: @revmikeumc
October 9, 2018
205 - Two Fat Guys Talking About Fasting
The knuckleheads continue to explore the spiritual disciplines with a conversation on fasting. Give it a listen, consider a share, and even a comment or two.
September 28, 2018
204 - Prayer
The Simple Theologians are discussing spiritual disciplines. This week, they're talking about prayer.
September 21, 2018
203 - Accountability
The knuckleheads begin a conversation about spiritual disciplines. They are starting with the discussion with one about "accountability." Connect with us on social: Twitter: @danielmrose, @revmikeumc, @simtheologian Facebook:
September 14, 2018
202 - Outrageous Outrage
This week the knuckleheads are on location at Cream & Crumb in Ypsilanti, MI. They are talking about the "outrage" culture within which we find ourselves. What's Mike been reading? Helios ( What's Dan been reading? Learning to Speak God from Scratch (
September 6, 2018
201 - The U.P., Hotlanta, and Burn-out
Season 2 kicks off with the knuckleheads sharing stories about their summer break and a conversation about pastoral burn-out. Not only that but we also share the direction of this season's podcast. You can catch up on Season 1 at . You can continue the conversation with us on Twitter: @simtheologian, @danielmrose, and @revmikeumc. Thanks for listening!
August 29, 2018