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Worst Church Ever

Worst Church Ever

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The world's worst Christian podcast.
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Bonus Episode 6: OUTTAKE on the Southern Baptist Convention and the misnomer of "conservatism."
What's so conservative about conservative Christianity? It turns out not very much. Southern Baptist convention meets this week in Nashville to address systemic issues...or not.
June 15, 2021
Bonus Episode 5: Quantum Gospel, Cosmic Christ
The Incarnation of God as the willful cosmic wave-collapse response to our penchant for creating (not just choosing) evil.  Schrodinger (sans cat), my snoring dogs, the Upanishads, Jesus, warm milk, and melatonin. 
June 14, 2021
Episode 13: Lot's Daughters Keep the Score (Genesis 19 concluded)
As we move through Genesis 19, familiar patterns are starting to emerge.  We see the patriarchs, matriarchs, and their families recreating trauma in destructive cycles. As noted in the last episode, this tracks with what modern neuroscience knows about the ways in which "the body keeps the score."   Trigger warnings:  incest, rape. 
June 7, 2021
Bonus Episode 4: Another Bite of the Apple...
It's under four minutes long.  You could do a lot worse. 
June 4, 2021
Episode 12: The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah Was Never About Homosexuality (Genesis 19)
In this extended episode, we follow the Genesis narrative(s) into Chapter 19, and we take some journeys to later Christian scripture.  This might be a good episode for your next 40-minute commute.  
June 4, 2021
Episode 11: Abraham's Big, Bad Daddy Issues (Genesis 18)
"...You can believe in that God if you want to, but keep him (always him) far away from me..."
May 27, 2021
Bonus Episode 3: It Could Have Gone *This* Way (The Rich Young Ruler Reimagined)
How we wish the story of the Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10) would have gone.  (And lo but for the grace of God go we..)  
May 27, 2021
Episode 10: Circumcision, Power, and Violence (Genesis 17)
Who gets to choose who puts (which) skin in the game, and why does it matter?
May 26, 2021
Episode 9: Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar: The Perpetuation of Sexual Trauma in Genesis 16
The story of Sarah and Hagar through the lens of reproduced trauma and family (?) systems.  Trigger warning: sexual assault, trafficking, and rape. 
May 25, 2021
Episode 8: Some Spaces Between (Genesis 15)
We're repainting a room and the fumes are getting to us.  This episode looks at the covenant ritual in Genesis 15, and was interrupted by the church dog, its own outro, and just a bit of Abraham fatigue.  We humbly share it anyway.  Enjoy! 
May 25, 2021
Episode 7: Sarah: Sister, Wife, and Trafficked Matriarch (Genesis 12)
We consider the competing narrative claims of "indigenous" Judeans and repatriating exiles in the formation of the Genesis text; we also look at Karen Gonzalez's 2019 piece on Sarah as a human trafficking survivor. TW: Human Trafficking. 
May 22, 2021
Bonus Episode 2: Kevin Max Is Just Being Honest
Kevin Max, Carl Sandburg, and Exvangelicals, oh my!  Also, the Oxford Comma.  
May 21, 2021
Bonus Episode: "To A Contemporary Bunkshooter" by Carl Sandburg
Published in 1916, this poem is at once a meditation on Jesus and Sandburg's "statement of faith" against sham religion.  Aimed at prosperity-preaching fundamentalists in general (and Billy Sunday specifically), Sandburg contrasts the wealth and "work" of these hucksters against the extreme poverty of their target audience and the true "free as air and sunlight" message of Christ.
May 20, 2021
Episode 6: The Calling of Abraham, the Compiling of Scripture (Genesis 12 - 15)
In today's episode, we look at the first call of Abram/Abraham and begin to consider what the content of these stories says about the the circumstances of their composition, how that relates to competing (or complimentary?) agendas and needs, the codification of the Torah, and more.  
May 17, 2021
Episode 5: Introducing Abraham
"My fundamentalist neighbor needs me to believe a tradition about what the Bible is before I get to meet Jesus.  I just don’t think that’s how Jesus works..."
May 10, 2021
Episode 4: Every New Beginning Part 2
"Hello and Welcome to Worst Church Ever, the show that rolls its sleeves up to play in the mud with Yahweh, even though our fundamentalist neighbor thinks we ought to keep the Holy action at a distance and call God Elohim..."
May 8, 2021
Episode 3: Every New Beginning Part 1
"Everyone born downstream of Los Alamos, Nagasaki and Hiroshima are children of the atom, that’s not just some cool turn of phrase Stan Lee used to launch the X-Men.  Everyone born downstream of Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, are children of that same revolution.  We’ve got all the good things Neil Young talks about on Free World, and I’d add things like pasteurized milk, modern medicine, and yes, friends, vaccinations..."
May 6, 2021
Episode 2: The Deep, Deep Magic (Forever's Gonna Start Tonight)
"I said listen, brother, you’re a smart guy, you know this so-called liberal view of scripture isn’t new, I didn’t make it up, it’s the balance of the Christian tradition..." "The cross of Jesus Christ upends the story of empire, it lifts up the true story that our highest calling is not our status or success in the eyes of Jerusalem or Rome or Madison Avenue, but in solidarity with and support of people on the margins..."
May 5, 2021
Episode 1: The Fundamentalist Next Door
"I know all the moves," I said.  "I grew up in that circus..."
May 5, 2021