Ep22. Enchantment & Authenticity: a word for the church, Laura Jean Truman

Ep22. Enchantment & Authenticity: a word for the church, Laura Jean Truman

Are Millennials killing the church?

In a special episode of Love Rinse Repeat, co-presented with Insights (the magazine of the Uniting Church in Australia’s Synod of New South Wales and the ACT) I spoke with Laura Jean Truman about Millenials (Gen Y) and the Church. We talk about her journey and work as a writer, itinerant chaplain, and bartender; before exploring the complicated relationship between Millenials and the Church. We go on to talk about ministry (inside and outside of church), community (inside and outside the church), and spiritual life (inside and outside the church). Laura Jean offers the helpful suggestion that the church must focus on enchantment and authenticity if it is to meet the needs of the contemporary world and Gen Y. Listen in iTunes // Watch on YouTube

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Ep21. Advent, Lauren R.E. Larkin

Ep21. Advent, Lauren R.E. Larkin

I spoke with the Rev Lauren R.E. Larkin about our mutually favourite liturgical season, Advent. We discuss the power of the Christ child lying in the arms of an unclean woman, the way death and life overlap in the birth event, and the future horizon of Advent when Christ comes again (and its effect on ethics).

We also play a "Dear Abby" inspired game called "Dear Lauren", when the good Reverend answers peoples questions on how to live Advent lives in the midst of a busy Christmas season. And trust me, Lauren's answers will shock and inspire! Watch on YouTube. Listen in iTunes

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Ep20. Theology and the End of Doctrine, Christine Helmer

Ep20. Theology and the End of Doctrine, Christine Helmer

I interviewed Professor Christine Helmer about her work Theology and the End of Doctrine. We talk about how doctrine became a dirty word; that doctrine inhabits a dialectic of construction and surprise, time and eternity; the lure of eternity; why so many have got Schleiermacher wrong; she critiques the cultural-linguistic approach which situates doctrine as grammar of a worldview; and what contemporary doctrinal work excites her today. In the latter part of the interview we talk about her new book How Luther Became the Reformer – which explores partly, how Luther became a figure of German nationalism, a prescient conversation for our time. Listen in iTunes

“Doctrines point to eternal mysteries to be enjoyed and contemplated but never exhausted”

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Ep19. The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held

Ep19. The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held

“The first rule is to read slowly”

I interviewed Rabbi Shai Held, author of the two-volume The Heart of Torah: Essays on the Weekly Torah Portion. We discuss the character of love in the Torah, the importance of human responsibility, finding theological gems in unexpected places, reading characters as archetypes, particularism and universalism in a pluralistic age, and Judaism’s greatest gamble… also, why we need an Isaac movie.

This is a special episode of Love Rinse Repeat, co-presented with Insights, the magazine of the Uniting Church in Australia’s Synod of New South Wales and the ACT. Listen in iTunes / Watch on YouTube

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Ep18. A Genuinely Theological Church, Geoff Thompson

Ep18. A Genuinely Theological Church, Geoff Thompson

"Theology does more than train people for ministry. It shapes the church's collective imagination."

 I interviewed Geoff Thompson about his new book, A Genuinely Theological Church: Ministry, Theology, and the Uniting Church. We dive into his robust and dynamic definition of theology (looking especially at the role of imagination in theology, and how theology is marked by puzzling proclamations, unexpected tangents and strangeness), we discuss the novel and particular nature of Christian confession, the post-Christendom church, the missional vocation of theology, and much, much more. Listen in iTunes

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Ep17. A Flexible Faith, Bonnie Kristian

Ep17. A Flexible Faith, Bonnie Kristian

I sat down with Bonnie Kristian to talk about her new book A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What it Means to Follow Jesus Today. We talk about her own journey in discovering the flexibility within Christian doctrine, the incredible people from many varied Christian communities and traditions she interviewed in the book, her hopes for neigbourhood ecumenicism, and the importance of understanding and dialogue in the contemporary world. Listen in iTunes

"Following Jesus is a big, weird, amazing thing that individual believers, movements, and denominations have expressed in remarkably different ways over the centuries"

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Ep16. The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, Austen Hartke

Ep16. The Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians, Austen Hartke

I spoke with Austen Hartke, author of the new book: Transforming: the Bible and the Lives of Transgender Christians. It is a wonderful book, and this discussion gives a great insight into why it is so essential for our times. We talk about what it is like to write a book with helplines in the back, how conversations and the stories of others shape a theological work, what Biblical story Austen would turn into a movie, why the book centres on Biblical studies/exegesis, the connection of experience between Eunuchs in the ancient world and Transgender Christians today, the importance of the body in the New Testament, and a life lived beyond apologetics. Listen in iTunes

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Ep15. True Socialism and the Kingdom of God, W. Travis McMaken

Ep15. True Socialism and the Kingdom of God, W. Travis McMaken

I interviewed W. Travis McMaken about his book Our God Loves Justice: an introduction to Helmut Gollwitzer. We talk about the Gollwitzer movie Travis would pitch, Dialectical Theology, Socialism (this is a great section), Revolution, writing theology in an online community, and, we play a game of Conceptual Lightning Round... have you ever wanted tweetable definitions of Dialectical Theology, Socialism, the Kingdom of God, and non-objectifiability? We got you covered. Listen in iTunes

"There's something socialism fundamentally gets right"
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Ep14. Conspiring Prayer with the Uncontrolling Love of God, Mark Karris

Ep14. Conspiring Prayer with the Uncontrolling Love of God, Mark Karris

I sat down with Mark Gregory Karris to talk about his new book "Divine Echoes: Reconciling Prayer with the Uncontrolling Love of God". We discuss his reconstructed view of petitionary prayer based on his belief in an uncontrolling God of love. We talk about the issues with the status quo of petitionary prayer, the idea of conspiring prayer (as dialogue with God), and how all of this calls us into the work of justice and shalom. Listen in iTunes

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Ep13. Ganggalah, Sandra and William Dumas

Ep13. Ganggalah, Sandra and William Dumas

This is a double feature. The first interview is with Pastor Sandra Dumas, the second, her husband, Pastor William Dumas. They are the Senior Pastors of Ganggalah Church and leaders of Ganggalah Training Centre and Ganggalah Aboriginal Arts.

Pastor Sandra is the first Indigenous female pastor ordained in New South Wales through Australian Christian Churches and is carving new ground for Indigenous women within Australia. Pastor William is the chairman of the ACCNI (Australian Christian Churches National Indigenous Initiative). LISTEN IN iTUNES

"God's theology is to set people free" Ps. William Dumas
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Ep12. Theo-Politics for a Community that Moves Beyond Itself, John Flett

Ep12. Theo-Politics for a Community that Moves Beyond Itself, John Flett

The problem with the mainline is we have an insular theology, but we do not follow an insular God...

This is the Saturday night session from our weekend Political Populism and a Theological Response. Here John Flett picks up the theological challenge of populism (explored in the first two sessions) and proposes an alternative focused on the political stance of a community which finds its identity as it moves beyond itself. Recorded Nov 4, at Epping Uniting Church. LISTEN IN iTUNES

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Ep11, Apostolicity, World Christianity, & Mission, John Flett

Ep11, Apostolicity, World Christianity, & Mission, John Flett

I recorded this interview with John Flett in Dec 2016 and it centres on John's most recent book, Apostolicity: the Ecumenical Question in World Christian Perspective. But we cover a lot! His book on Apostolicity (hint: we start with what that word means), how it shakes out in conversations regarding diversity of structural expressions in world Christianity, the difficulty/danger of perceiving the church as a culture (hint: colonisation), the US election, understanding properly the colonial period of mission (hint: its about the sending churches), non-missionary mission, how the ignoring of mission is actually a way of avoiding external critique, the voiceless Jesus of Christmas, the persistent focus on "dying churches" in the Australia and the counterpoint of migrant and multicultural churches.... are you getting the picture? We cover a lot. LISTEN IN iTUNES.

John will be in Sydney on Nov 3-5 talking about political populism and a theological response. You can join in person or online - check out the details here

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Ep10. Populism and a Theological Response, John G. Flett

Ep10. Populism and a Theological Response, John G. Flett

In this interview (from January 2017) I talk with John Flett about theology and mission in the wake of Trump, populism in its current form, the way Christians just wanted to "win" and so refused to yield power, interdisciplinary approaches, mission studies, "racism and the evangelical vote", #WTFtheology (aka: John's proudest achievement), and how mission (a non-America-First understanding of mission) can help counter this growing nationalist, populist tide. - this was in the lead up to the first run of his course, Political Populism and a Theological Response, earlier this year at Pilgrim Theological College. LISTEN IN iTUNES

Now, on November 3-5 John Flett will be in Sydney leading a condensed version of this courseThere are numerous ways to engage - attending the whole weekend, evening lectures, or the newly announced online access. MORE INFO AND PURCHASE TICKETS

"If you yourself are not ready to be converted, then you are not engaging in the discussion"
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Ep09. Wounding Words: (Loving Jesus/Fearing Scripture), Emmy Kegler

Ep09. Wounding Words: (Loving Jesus/Fearing Scripture), Emmy Kegler
"Taking what has been used as a sword, and turning it into a ploughshare" 

A special episode. Because this postal survey on marriage equality is taking a toll on so many. This is Emmy Kegler's talk and Q&A from the Jesus 12 24 online conference hosted earlier in the year. If I sound weird its because I'd been awake for about 23 hours. See more about the conference at Jesus1224.com

"Too many members of the LGBTQ+ community know Scripture best as a weapon used against us.  How do those of us who still find Jesus compelling reconcile ourselves with the book that tells his story, when that same book has been used to condemn us?  When we have been wounded by the words of the Bible, can we still find healing in the Word of God?" LISTEN IN iTUNES

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Ep08. The God Who (Still) Saves, David W. Congdon

Ep08. The God Who (Still) Saves, David W. Congdon

David Congdon's excellent The God Who Saves: a Dogmatic Sketch came out almost a year ago. We talked about the book then, and today, in this episode we revisit the work. We talk about the book, its reception, the impact its made on David's life this last year. We also talk about the contemporary US context (and evangelicalism within that). LISTEN in iTunes

“I wrote the book for those wanderers, those exiles from the Christian tradition, who have been marginalised, oppressed, and abused by the church… yet are desperately in pursuit of some meaning and connection which would take them beyond themselves.”

It is also a written to say to Christians, "If you want to demonstrate your fidelity to Jesus Christ, you need to abandon the assumption that your church structure and traditions have exclusive grasp of the truth, and you need to ally yourself with those who have been marginalised by the church. Only that way, will you conform to Christ and live into the faith you're called to live into. In that way, its a call, to Christians, to put their Christianity at risk"

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Ep07. Womanist Midrash, Wil Gafney

Ep07. Womanist Midrash, Wil Gafney

I sat down with Wil Gafney to talk about her new book Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne. We discuss what drew her to the Hebrew Bible, play some conceptual lightning round, ask her which woman from her book needs a major motion picture, discuss translation, the future of Womanist biblical studies, what its like to write a Biblical commentary, how the Hebrew Bible emphasis on remembering can inform contemporary debates about monuments and history, and I introduce a new segment centred on Amazon reviews... we talk about a LOT, and its a whole bunch of fun. Listen in iTunes

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Ep06. Postcolonialism & Biblical Etchics, Mark Brett

Ep06. Postcolonialism & Biblical Etchics, Mark Brett

I interviewed Mark G. Brett, the Professor of Old Testament and Research Coordinator at Whitley College, part of the University of Divinity, to talk about his recent book POLITICAL TRAUMA & HEALING: BIBLICAL ETHICS FOR A POSTCOLONIAL WORLD. 

We cover a lot! We do a conceptual rapid fire round, getting tweetable definitions for a host of complex terms. We talk about what postcolonialism offers conversations around secular democracy and human rights, we address the church, and its habit to fall into ethno-centrism, Mark explores how we begin to begin with Aboriginal voices, and the last 10 minutes is a can't miss discussion on economics and Biblical ethics! Listen in iTunes

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Ep05. Race, Faith, and Comedy, with Jonathan Braylock

Ep05. Race, Faith, and Comedy, with Jonathan Braylock
“Comedy can teach us to let go a little bit and think about things in a new way, allow God to change us so we’re not stuck in one setting. I do that specifically with race right now.”

I talked with comedian and actor Jonathan Braylock, cohost of the excellent Black Men Can't Jump (in Hollywood) Podcast. We discuss the podcast, diversity in Hollywood, trends and tropes in movies with Black leads. We also talk about his faith, comedy, and what a good laugh can teach the life of faith. And loads of other good stuff. Listen in iTunes

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Ep04. Challenging Racism in Church and Culture, Brandi Miller & Drew Hart

Ep04. Challenging Racism in Church and Culture, Brandi Miller & Drew Hart

How are we to be Christian in the face of white supremacy... 

In the wake of Charlottesville this is a special "from the vault double feature". Two interviews from last year with Brandi Miller and Drew Hart talking a black Jesus in a white church/society. These are powerful interviews that can be great resources in the ongoing resistance to white supremacy in the church and culture. Listen in iTunes

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Ep03. Indigenous Art, Spirituality, and Faith with Narelle Urquhart

Ep03. Indigenous Art, Spirituality, and Faith with Narelle Urquhart
"Art can speak a different narrative over Aboriginal people, compared to what's been spoken about us by others"

I spoke with Narelle Urquhart, brilliant Aboriginal artist and Indigenous Cultural Support Officer at Bond University. We discuss her emergence as an artist, her faith, what she hopes to capture with her work, the ongoing inequality that Aboriginal people face, working with young people, and the celebration of culture. Check out her work online (a quick google search will get you there). Listen in iTunes

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