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Syncopator Familias

Syncopator Familias

By Greg Richter
Parables from everyday life. A sometimes snarky, but always serious look at improving our walk with Christ. (Donations are NOT tax-deductible.)
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A little peace and understanding
I'm trying to add more positivity to social media with a daily reciting of the Lord's Prayer. Here's why.
June 11, 2022
Faith at Work -- Journalism and Writing for God
A few minutes I shared at my church as part of a series of members who talk about how their faith impacts their work.
October 27, 2019
E20: Interview with Author Tisha Nickson
Author Tisha Nickson talks about her book "Victim to Victory: My Journey from Sex Slavery to Freedom in Christ." Her mother sold her to a drug dealer at age 16, and she forgave her as she cared for her ailing mother years later. Co-hosted by Laura Axelrod.
July 22, 2019
E19: Meet the Press. A politician who WON'T take you for a ride; Pickin' on Chickfila; The other CBD
Why a Mississippi gubernatorial candidate is right to keep his vow to his wife, but wrong to treat a female reporter differently than men. USA Today on Chick fil a's "losses." Why Christian Book Distributors had to change its name.
July 16, 2019
E18: Building an Argument Against God Ex Nihilo
Why science can't prove or disprove God. This podcast is adapted from an essay that appeared on "The Clyde Fitch Report: The Crossroads of Arts and Politics"
May 23, 2019
E17: The Jester, The Theologian and The King
How Larry Norman, Karl Barth and David, Son of Jesse Were Imperfect Men After God’s Own Heart. "I tend take the plank out of my own eye only to use it to build a pedestal for notable Christians who I think should be above reproach. Once I find out about their serious flaws, I want to refashion that pedestal into gallows."
April 14, 2019
E16: Judging Ourselves, Loving the Rest
Paul told the Corinthians to judge fellow Christians -- not those outside the church. It's our job to love them into the kingdom, and let God perfect them once they're in. (Also, you've always heard there are no stupid questions? Well, that's not quite true. Stick around till the end of the podcast for some free advice on how to avoid being the one who asks them.)
March 22, 2019
E15: Giving Up On Giving Up on God
This year for Lent I'm trying -- emphasis on trying -- to give up not trusting God.
March 08, 2019
E14: Podcast of Podcasts
Greg's recommendations of the best Bible-related podcasts you should be listening to in 2019. They are The Daily Audio Bible, The Bible Project, Exploring My Strange Bible and the Naked Bible Podcast. "Every episode of every podcast is gold -- not a dud among them," he says. Hear to the episode for why he thinks they all are must-listen.
December 28, 2018
E13: Ain't Lyin' About Santa
Is it OK to tell kids there's a Santa? Will it mess up their belief in God? Listen in as my wife, Laura Axelrod, joins the podcast to discuss this with me, and to give me grief over how I would have thrown her to the lions if we'd had kids of our own.
December 13, 2018
E12: Check Out My New Book
My latest book, "Be Attitutes: And Other Spiritual Lessons From Everyday Life" will be released for FREE download on Tuesday. Hear all about it, and about those who helped make it great!
December 01, 2018
E 11: God Is Kind: Go and Do Likewise
We talk about how God is love and how he is merciful. One day this week he showed me his kindness amid fear and heartbreak.
November 10, 2018
E 10: Two Poems of Redemption and New Life
"Two swords" (A poem of redemption) and "Cell" (A poem of new life) are read and discussed. Read the originals here: and here: and comment on Twitter to @owentew
September 08, 2018
E9: What My Pets Taught Me About God's Sense of Fairness
Sometimes All It Takes is Cats and Dogs - Not Catechisms and Dogma
September 01, 2018
E8: I’m Not a Good Person — and Neither Are You
Take It From Joni Mitchell and King Solomon: With Age Come Some Sad Realizations. Read the original at
August 26, 2018
E7: Why the Eye Can’t Tell the Hand: ‘Sorry, Buddy — I Don’t Need Ya!’
I’ve never had a favorite Scripture verse. I always figured they were all equally important . But there is one passage that sums up all that bugs me about divisions in the church: 1 Corinthians 12:12–31, where the Apostle Paul compares the Church — the Body of Christ — to a human body in which different parts have different functions, but all are equally vital to the perfect functioning of the body.
August 17, 2018
E6: It's Good If You Like It
My early brush with death set me on a course toward knowing God that continues to this day. And he has used several sages throughout the years to pass his wisdom along.
August 11, 2018
E5 Free Will and Grace
A look at how counterfactual conditionals might just solve the old debate between predestination and free will. Then again, the debate will probably rage on.
August 03, 2018
E4: What if self-aware machines aren’t devils, but gods?
HAL 9000, Skynet and the Matrix were enemies of humanity. But in the real world, AI might just "love" us to death.
July 28, 2018
How I Gave Up Anger for Lent &Took Up Praying for My Enemies
I like getting angry and holding grudges way more than I like candy or television, so clearly that would be a much bigger sacrifice. (Image public domain, “The Chicago amateur base ball annual and inter-city base ball association year book” 1904)
July 21, 2018
Episode 2: Parable of the Malfunctioning Air Conditioner
Something's in the air (conditioning) -- and it's the key to living by faith.
July 15, 2018
Episode 1: The Bee Attitudes: O Death, Where Is Thy Sting?
How my animosity toward badly behaving bees taught me I was being unforgiving to people who’ve wronged me
July 09, 2018