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61 minutes | May 13, 2022
B is for Baptist Distinctives
Welcome to B is for Baptist Distinctives, a Distinctively Baptist Episode! This week Sam and David discuss the irony of the IFB movement being so dogmatic on denominational titles, yet very few would be able to give any insight on their own Baptist history, core beliefs, and identity. Can you name the distinctives?
36 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
F is for Flannelgraph
Ooooo, Flannelgraph! You know that flannelgraph is the go-to visual for all good fundies, but did you know they were also used in both world wars? Join David and Sam as they jump back in time to the beginning of the flannelgraph. Sources: https://bydesignvisuals.org/our-history/ https://scholarworks.umass.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4374&context=theses#:~:text=The%20first%20time%20the%20flannelgraph,Marjorie%20East%20and%20Edgar%20Dale. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flannelgraph
47 minutes | Apr 15, 2022
D is for Discipleship with Josh Teis
Just when you think nothing good could come out of Vegas, you learn about Southern Hills Church. This week Sam and David interview the pastor of Southern Hills - Josh Teis. Discipleship in the IFB doesn't really exist, so Sam and David bring in an expert to give some good insight.
76 minutes | Apr 1, 2022
P is for Post-Graduation Abandonment
One day you're growing up in the church youth group with activities all the time, then the next thing you know you're stranded and left with nothing to do as a "College and Career" aged individual. Why is it that the church neglects this group of people that could add valuable insight and resources to their local church? This week, Sam and David are joined by their friends Jacob and Sage Bouvier who work with the young adults in their church and local college to make sure these individuals feel a sense of belonging and value in the body of believers.
49 minutes | Mar 18, 2022
S is for Sunday School vs Small Group
Whether you like 'sharing from a chair' or pre-gaming the sermon with another sermon. this episode will accommodate all sorts of preferences! This week, join Sam and David as they compare the modern new fangled "small group" to the oldie but a goodie "Sunday school."
45 minutes | Mar 4, 2022
W is for the Will of God
According to the Bible, the will of God is for us to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God; but in the IFB, the will of God isn't as straightforward. Join Sam and David as they discuss how the will of God can be sometimes scary and crippling. Source Notes Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach To Finding God's Will by Kevin DeYoung
42 minutes | Feb 18, 2022
M is for MOG
Prep those prophets' chambers and take up that love offering! It is time to welcome the MOG. Join David and Sam as they discuss the nuanced interpretation of a man of God. It's not quite what you would think. Sources The Baptist Story: From English Sect to Global Movement The Biblical, Historical, and Practical Implications of Plural Eldership Within Congregational Polity Within Souther Baptist Congregations - by Jeremy Butler https://www.stufffundieslike.com/?s=man+of+god http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/Great%20Men%20of%20God/dr_jack_hyles_man_of_god.htm https://africa.thegospelcoalition.org/video/why-you-dont-need-the-man-of-god/
39 minutes | Feb 4, 2022
Z is for ’Zee’ You Later!
No, we're not actually going away. We just had some trouble finding a word for the letter Z. What didn't have trouble finding was a fun conversation around the podcast and this first season of 26 Letters. Thank you to all you dear sweet listeners who have stuck with us thus far. We look forward to many more episodes to come!
46 minutes | Jan 28, 2022
Y is for You’re Just Bitter
If you have ever left a movement, there is a phrase you are sure to have heard a time or two from people. "You're just bitter!" But at you? Can there possibly be more to it than that?
43 minutes | Jan 21, 2022
Y is for Youth Bonfire Burning
This is not one of those bonfires you attend for fun. At this bonfire, we mean BUSINESS. Join David and Samantha as they jump into the history of burning things you don't agree with and how the IFB uses it for revival. Show Notes: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/ https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/goebbels-burnings/
24 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Bonus: X is for Xmas Special
Merry Christmas Eve from 26 Letters Pod. Thanks to the fantastic listeners who gave Sam and David some of their Fundie Christmas stories to share. Stay til the end for a very special rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas!
55 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
X is for Xmas
Get your Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays outta here! Just kidding actually, this week Sam and David explore the history of 'Xmas' and then the history of the evangelical world hating on 'Xmas'. Is Xmas against your religion? Show Sources https://aleteia.org/2017/07/28/the-miraculous-story-behind-the-chi-rho-symbol/ https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2012/12/xmas-the-ancient-and-grand-abbreviation/ https://www.vox.com/2014/12/14/7374401/jesus-xmas-christmas https://www.catholicresearch.org/index.php?option=com_dailyplanetblog&view=entry&year=2018&month=12&day=19&id=147:when-did-american-catholics-start-asking-to-keep-christ-in-christmas- https://books.google.com/books?id=XOcpWpY0YQ8C&pg=PA11139&lpg=PA11139&dq=when+was+the+phrase+%22keep+Christ+in+Christmas%22+first+used&source=bl&ots=qH2K30lFw8&sig=ACfU3U0j5oLC9qROecVg6m2WrNUnomPfsg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjklaWcs-T0AhWAl3IEHfxECPw4FBDoAXoECCgQAw#v=onepage&q=when%20was%20the%20phrase%20%22keep%20Christ%20in%20Christmas%22%20first%20used&f=false
65 minutes | Dec 10, 2021
W is Women - Pt. 3 feat. Patricia Velazquez
Rounding out their series on women, David and Sam interview Patricia, David's mom. Patricia tells about her time in the IFB movement as a Hispanic woman - not entirely different but not entirely the same either.
63 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
W is for Women - Pt.2 feat. Suzanne Penna
If being a wife is one of the core values of the IFB, what happens when you are widowed? This week Sam and David have a chance to sit down with Sam's mother Suzanne who takes us through her unique story as a widowed woman in the IFB.
45 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
The 26L Thanksgiving Special!
In alignment with the normal content of this podcast, Sam and David discuss what they are thankful for from the IFB and not from the IFB. Which list is longer? You might be surprised. Happy day after Thanksgiving!
81 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
W is for Women: The second-class citizen of the IFB
Women may have one extra bone in their body, but men are still the superior beings. This week, join David and Samantha as they try to navigate the complicated minefield of being a woman in the IFB. Sources The Lady the Lord is Looking For - Cathy Corle The Hidden Helpmeet - Debby Pearl What in the World should I Wear? - Cathy Corle The Christian Lady's Handbook - George and Alba Alquist
53 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
Bonus: V is for Roloff Chorus
You could also say the Roloff chorus is a very long song. See what they did there? Join Sam and David as they do a little digging into the IFB's favorite chorus. Show Notes https://www.texasmonthly.com/news-politics/remember-the-christian-alamo/
84 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
V is for Visiting the UK
In this episode, Sam and David discuss their time across the pond and the impact this semester at the Crown College of the Bible had in shaping their view of God, ministry, and the value of English desserts. Think of this like a peak under the hood of their hearts. *This episode is best enjoyed with a hot cuppa tea. Yorkshire Gold to be precise!
30 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
The 26L Peculiarly Paranormal Podtacular - Pt.2
What's more IFB than handing out Chick Tracts on Halloween? Doing a dramatic reading of one instead, of course! This week Sam and David invite you to sit back, relax, pour yourself a warm cup of cider (or hot chocolate) and enjoy this wonderful dramatization of the Chick Tract cult classic, Boo! Also Darth Maul makes a little appearance at the end so make sure you stick around for that. Happy Halloween! Shownotes: Link to Chick Tract - https://www.chick.com/products/tract?stk=58&gclid=CjwKCAjwq9mLBhB2EiwAuYdMtezsY3Xdf0qaR6zkdocgX4DIpZHyXTjECNwONqxUbZtfCo_1sLE7IRoCvpwQAvD_BwE
55 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
The 26L Peculiarly Paranormal Podtacular - Pt.1
Join David and Sam for week one of the Petrifying Podcast Palooza. This week they discuss everything from the potato famine to the Satanic Panic of the 80's. Find out the first year that Sam celebrated Halloween, and be sure to send in your stories! Sources The Dark Side of Halloween by Dr. David L. Brown You're Wrong About Podcast - episode Satanic Panic https://www.vox.com/culture/22358153/satanic-panic-ritual-abuse-history-conspiracy-theories-explained
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