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Theology in the Dirt

Theology in the Dirt

By Mitchell Jolly and Justin Owens
Theology in the Dirt exists to help us practice our theology in our homes and in the public square of our cities and in the world.

Hosts: Mitchell Jolly and Justin Owens
Executive Producer: Chris Hayes
Artwork: Kayla Saner
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TID #52 Mental Health and Medicine
TRC member and designer of our podcast logo, Kayla Sanner, joins Mitch this week to talk about mental health and medicine. This is a great episode so enjoy and share with your friends. Be sure to give us a 5 star rating if you like the podcast as it helps us reach more people. And as always, if you want to give feedback or submit a question or topic suggestion, email us at
July 30, 2022
TID #51 Vaccine As Love
We are back with another episode of Theology In the Dirt. Mitch rides solo this week. Let us know what you think by leaving a review and/or rating. Feel free to contact us at with any questions or topic suggestions. 
July 23, 2022
TID #50 Roe and Pride
The guys are back this week discussing some important topics, in particular the big news about Roe v. Wade being dismantled and seen as unconstitutional as the federal government is giving power back to the individual states to make their own governing laws about abortion. We hope you will enjoy this episode and if so, please give the podcast a subscribe and a review and a 5 star rating as this helps us reach more people with the truth of the Gospel. If you have any topics you'd like us to cover or any questions or feedback, please feel free to email us Thanks and have a blessed week!
July 03, 2022
TID #49 Sacred-Secular Divide
We apologize for the absence, but TID is back in action with special guest, Chris Hamilton. Chris joins Mitchell to discuss the sacred/secular divide on this week's episode. We hope you enjoy it and don't forget to leave a review and give us a 5 star rating if you enjoy! If you have questions or any suggestions you want us to cover one episode, please email us at Be blessed!
June 23, 2022
TID #48 Merging of the Church with the Digitalized World (w/ Chris Hayes)
TID's Executive Producer, Chris Hayes, joins Mitch today to talk about the ever changing technological and digital world and how the church must stay relevant to those changes without sacrificing real, authentic relationships. Please give us a listen and if you like it, give us a 5 star review to help us reach more people. If you have any questions or want to submit a topic for us to discuss, please send those to 
May 11, 2022
TID #47 Growing up as a Church Plant and Ministry Kid (w/ Gabe Jolly)
Mitch is joined by his eldest son, Gabe, this week to talk about what it has been like growing up as a child of a church planting family and in ministry and how that has influenced and impacted his life. Check it out and give us a good rating if you are enjoying the podcast. As always, if you have questions, feedback, or topic ideas, please let us know by emailing Thanks for listening!
May 07, 2022
TID #46 Mental Health
Mitch and Justin are back this week tackling quite a difficult subject, but one that is super important to discuss. Hope you enjoy!
April 29, 2022
TID #45 Evangelism? Discipleship? Both?
We're back with a brand new episode talking about evangelism and discipleship and the need of both in the church. Three Rivers Church member, Adam Waites, joins the guys to discuss this very topic. Hope you are enjoying the podcast. If so, please give us a five star rating and leave a positive review. This helps us reach more people. Also, feel free to send in your ideas for topics and/or questions for us to cover by emailing us at 
April 22, 2022
TID #44 Harold Campbell
TRC member and recently published author, Harold Campbell, joins Mitch today on the podcast for a great conversation. We hope you are enjoying the podcast and if so, please give us a good review as that helps us reach more people. If you have any questions, feedback, or ideas for topics, please email us Thanks for listening!
April 02, 2022
TID #43 When Will Jesus Be Enough
Mitch and Justin are joined by a few guys from Three Rivers Church this week to talk about when will Jesus be enough. We hope you enjoy the episode and remember to send any questions or feedback to We'd also appreciate a 5 star rating if you like it to help us reach more people. Thanks for listening!
March 18, 2022
S3E3: Boundaries
Thanks for joining us for another episode of Theology In the Dirt where Mitch and Justin discuss Boundaries. It's not always an easy topic to talk about, but this podcast doesn't shy away from hard discussions. If you are enjoying the podcast, please leave us a 5 star review and share with your friends. This helps us reach more and more people with the Gospel! If you have any questions or ideas for us to discuss in a future episode, please email us at Happy listening!
February 25, 2022
S3E2: Difficult Psalms
Mitch and Justin are back this week to talk through some of the Psalms that are a little more difficult to get through and process at times. If you have any questions for the guys or ideas for topics, please submit those via email to Also, if you enjoy the podcast, please leave a review and 5 stars and help share with your friends. Have a great week!
February 11, 2022
S3E1: The Kingdom of God as our Lens for Seeing All Things
Mitch and Justin are back with season 3 of Theology in the Dirt after some time off last year. We are super excited for this new season of the podcast and we have some incredible content coming your way. As always, you can find us on all podcast platforms. If you like it, please give us a five star rating and share with your friends and family. If you have questions about an episode, or want to suggest a topic, please contact us at as we'd love to hear from you. This first episode is all about the Kingdom of God as our lens for seeing all things and it's jam packed with juicy Gospel nuggets. Enjoy!
January 18, 2022
S2E11: Asian Hate Crime and the Atlanta Shooting
Today the guys tackle a difficult topic that was sent in by one of our listeners and discuss the rise in Asian hate crimes and in particular, the recent race motivated shooting in Atlanta, GA. As always, please feel free to email us at with your feedback and questions and topic ideas. Thanks for listening!
April 13, 2021
S2E10: Dating Part 3
The guys are back this week with part 3 of our series on dating. This episode really focuses in on dating and marriage as a social justice issue and what that looks like. Please remember to give us a 5 star rating if you are enjoying the podcast so that we can get this in front of more listeners. Also, if you have ideas for topics or questions or feedback you want to share, please email us at as we would love to hear from you. Have a blessed week and enjoy!
April 06, 2021
S2E9: Dating Part 2
Part two of our series on dating
March 30, 2021
S2E8: Dating Part 1
The guys start their talk on dating this week and what that looks like from a Biblical worldview. Give it a listen and as always, feel free to send in your comments, questions, and ideas to If you like the podcast, please give us a five star rating as that helps us get this out to more people. Have a blessed week!
March 23, 2021
S2E7: Revelation (with special guest Emmett Long)
The guys focus in on the last book of the Bible today with fellow Three Rivers Church pastor, Emmett Long, who helped start TRC joining in on the discussion. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into Revelation and as always, please feel free to email us at with any questions, topics you want to hear us discuss, and/or feedback. We'd love to hear from you!
March 16, 2021
S2E6: Bethany Christian Services and LGBT
The guys tackle quite a difficult subject today, but do it with grace and from a Biblical perspective so give it a listen. Bethany Christian Services made a very big and controversial decision if you didn't hear it in the news last week, when they decided to openly accept LGBT families as candidates for adoption. What does this mean? How should we respond or what should we think as Christians? Feel free to reach out to us at with any questions, comments, feedback, or ideas you want to hear us discuss in the future.
March 09, 2021
S2E5: Prayer (with special guest Jim Lanier)
Pastor Jim Lanier joins the guys today to tackle what sounds like a simple subject in prayer, but there is much more to it than that. If you enjoy what you hear, please consider giving us a 5 star rating so that we can grow our listener base even more. If you have questions, feedback, or a topic you'd like to hear us talk about, please email us at Have a great week!
March 02, 2021
S2E4: Sports and Their Right Place (with special guest Joey Taylor)
You probably knew this one was coming with our sports guys leading this thing and giving a sports hot take every episode. Now they go deeper and talk about how sports often get taken to a place they were never intended by the Lord and where they should really fit in in our lives from a Christian perspective. Great friend and huge sports fan Joey Taylor joins the guys today to share his thoughts on things. He's an avid Braves, UGA, and Falcons fan and also played some college baseball. Give it a listen and don't forget to give us a 5 star review and comment if you enjoy the podcast. Have a great week!
February 24, 2021
S2E3: Special Guest - Rob West
In today's episode, Rob West joins the guys to talk about his perspective on the church and Christianity. Join us for a great conversation and as always, if you like the podcast, please give us a 5 star rating and leave a comment as that helps us reach more and more people with the Gospel. Have a blessed week!
February 09, 2021
S2E2: Patriotism vs. Nationalism and Ministry Leaders' Role in Addressing Nationalism
Justin Owens joins the podcast again to continue more talk about Christian nationalism and how it relates with patriotism and more importantly, what is the role of pastors and ministry leaders in addressing this issue and dealing with it in their church and community. Don't forget to send in questions to and if you like listening, please give us a 5 star rating so we can reach more people. Have a great week!
January 26, 2021
S2E1: Christian Nationalism, the Capitol, and Misused Symbols
We're back with season 2!!! This week the guys discuss what happened at the Capitol building last week as well as this overarching and confusing phrase of Christian Nationalism. Plus, we'll discuss numerous Christian symbols that are being misused for political and social arguments. If you enjoy the podcast, please consider giving us a 5 star rating. 
January 12, 2021
Coronavirus, Conspiracy Theories, Politics, and the Sovereignty of God
It's hard to believe we have arrived at the Season Finale of Theology in the Dirt, but in this final episode, Mitch and Keith really hit some of the major themes of 2020 head on and offer some encouragement found only in Christ through His Sovereignty over all things. Be encouraged. Thanks so much for listening this year. We have some great things planned for 2021, but would also love to get your input and suggestions and questions, which you can send to at any time. Please also consider giving us a 5 star rating and sharing the podcast with your friends and family so we can continue to grow our listener base and reach more people with the Gospel. Be blessed!
November 10, 2020
Hopes and Concerns This Political Season
As we inch closer to Election Day next week, the guys share both some hopes and concerns about this season of political intensity, chaos, and the darkness surrounding it all. Hang in there and rejoice in the hope found only in Christ!
October 27, 2020
What is the Christian Position?
We continue our discussion on politics and what the Christian position is and should be as we draw closer to this heated election. Thanks for listening. Please share with others and give us a rating. Thanks and blessings to all of you!
October 20, 2020
Political Conversation Makes Us Nervous
Mitch and Keith begin a new series that will continue the next several weeks in regards to the political climate, preparing to vote, and the impact of everything political for the Christian. 
October 13, 2020
Moralistic Therapeutic Deism
We continue to talk about cultural Christianity in various ways. Please leave us a 5 star review if you are enjoying it!
October 09, 2020
Defining Cultural Christianity: False Assurance
Today the guys look at another piece of cultural Christianity and discuss false assurance, and what that looks like. We hope you enjoy!
September 22, 2020
Overcoming Barriers to Cultural Christianity
Keith and Mitch dig deep into the barriers that exist in cultural Christianity and how to overcome those according to Scripture.
September 15, 2020
Identifying Cultural Christianity
Keith and Mitch tackle a difficult, but extremely important topic today. Christianity collides with culture quite often, especially right now, but sometimes it's difficult for professing Christians to keep them separate and not to try and fit Christianity into the culture and turn God into a genie or Santa Claus type figure. Great discussion this week so give a listen and don't forget to send in your comments and questions and topics to us via email at
September 01, 2020
What Hinders Transformation?
This week Mitch and Keith tackle the question, What hinders transformation? We hope you are enjoying the podcast!
August 25, 2020
This week we continue to talk about aspects of the Gospel and dive deep into the heart of transformation and what that means in our lives from theological perspective. Don't forget to please take a moment and give us a five star rating if you are enjoying the podcast. Have a great weekend!
August 21, 2020
The Gospel
This week Mitch and Keith dive deep into the core of the gospel, why it is good news, and discuss the life-changing aspects of the gospel as found in Scripture.
August 14, 2020
Biblical Theology
This week, Mitch and Keith both define Biblical Theology and discuss its importance in our lives and culture. 
August 04, 2020
The Church: Theological Triage
We continue our talk on the church this week focusing in on theological triage. Join Mitch and Keith for a great discussion! And as always, thanks so much for listening!
July 22, 2020
The Mission of the Church
This week's episode is all about the mission of the church as laid out in Acts and what the church should and shouldn't be focusing on. Mitch and Keith take a deep dive into the Scripture and Theological support for the church's mission. Enjoy, share, and please give us a rating if you would be so kind!
July 14, 2020
What Is Love?
This week's episode is simple in theory, but love is never just that simple. So we discuss what love is and what it isn't and look at it from a theological perspective as outlined in Scripture. Hope you enjoy. Don't forget to leave a rating for us if you don't mind.
July 07, 2020
Local Church Engagement: Haven Health Clinic
This week we spotlight an amazing ministry in the Rome area, Haven Health Clinic. We are joined by Lisa Moore from Haven Health as well as Scott Wood, the Local Engagement Ministry Leader from Three Rivers Church to talk about Haven Health and all of the great Kingdom work being done in and through the clinic. 
June 24, 2020
Discipleship Part 6: Knowledge
Our time with Les comes to an end as we finish our series on Discipleship talking about knowledge. We hope you have enjoyed this series as well as the great insight and wisdom from Les. Don't forget to leave us a review on whichever platform you are listening from and you can send in questions or feedback to our email address:
June 17, 2020
Discipleship Part 5 - A Look Forward
Les is back to talk about looking forward in the discipleship process, which includes discussing vision and setting goals. Hope you enjoy!
June 09, 2020
Living As A Disciple of Jesus During Culturally Difficult Times
Les joins us again, but we take a break from our discussion on discipleship to address the culturally divisive and uneasy time we are facing currently in our nation and how we as followers of Jesus can live and be salt and light.
June 03, 2020
Discipleship Part 4: Look Up
Les is back with Part 4 of our discussion on discipleship with Les. We hope you all are getting as much out of it as we are. Don't forget to help us spread the word by sharing our podcast links and also feel free to give us a five star rating if you are enjoying listening to us. 
May 26, 2020
Discipleship Part 3 "Process"
Les is back for part 3 of our discussion on discipleship. This week's episode focuses on the "process" of Biblical discipleship. Enjoy and join us again next week as we continue on this topic some more with Les.
May 19, 2020
Discipleship Part 2
Keith is back and we are once again joined by our good friend Les to talk about Biblical discipleship in part two on this topic. We hope you enjoy!
May 12, 2020
Discipleship Part 1
Our friend, Les, joins us this week to talk about discipleship. This is our first segment of this series and Les will be back for more. Enjoy!
May 05, 2020
Leadership with Dr. Chris Auger Part 3
Once again we are joined by Lieutenant Commander and Leadership Development Specialist, Dr. Chris Auger, for part 3 on Leadership from a Biblical perspective. Thanks for listening!
April 29, 2020
Leadership with Dr. Chris Auger Part 2
We are back with Lieutenant Commander, Dr. Chris Auger, for part 2 of our discussion on leadership. There are so many great truths and takeaways packed into this segment. We hope you enjoy!
April 21, 2020
Leadership with Dr. Chris Auger
Retired Navy Seal and current leadership development coach and specialist, Dr. Chris Auger, joins us to talk about leadership from a Christian perspective and how God has shaped his life as a leader and into someone who develops other leaders and teams. 
April 14, 2020
The Place of Compromise For the Christian
Today's episode centers around the question of how do we as Christians incorporate the concept of compromise for the best of our society, when there are without a doubt going to be times where we might not be able to compromise based on our Biblical worldview as believers. Thanks to one of our listeners for this question that inspired today's episode.
April 07, 2020
Politics and Filtering Information
In this episode, co-hosts Mitch Jolly and Keith Thompson are joined by Justin Owens to talk about politics in our current world and how much information is coming at us at rapid pace and how do we go about filtering that information appropriately through a Theological and Gospel lens.
April 02, 2020