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Simply Faithful: Christian Conversations Without the Hype
36 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
#9 Leaving Church (Rebroadcast)
This is a rebroadcast of an episode from September of 2019.Lots of people have questions about leaving a local church-can we do it? When can we do it? How should we do it? Even more people have questions about finding a new church, whether after such a hard situation or as the result of a move. Listen as Eric and Gray discuss (and perhaps disagree) on the answers.
40 minutes | Jun 19, 2021
#52 Christian Creativity (with Crystal Davy)
Gray is on sabbatical for the next few months, so the lunatic is running the asylum! Eric has Crystal Davy, musician, writer, and worship director at Grace Chapel in Lincoln, Nebraska on to talk about creativity and the arts in Christian circles. Join them for a thoughtful, extremely non-linear discussion of how the church should relate to creatives.What's Good:Crystal - Sourdough, before it was cool
35 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
#4 Family Discipleship (Rebroadcast)
This week, thanks to life circumstaces, we're rebroadcasting one of our earliest episodes, one that many seem to have appreciated. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming in two weeks.
39 minutes | May 21, 2021
#51 Christ and Culture
How does Jesus (and the church, and individual Christians) relate to the culture(s) of the surrounding world (and within us)? If you can't tell from all those parenthesis, this is going to be a complicated conversation. Join Eric and Gray as they try to untangle a few of these challenges.What's Good:Gray - Pickleball
34 minutes | May 7, 2021
#50 Our Self-Indulgent 50th Episode
In a departure from their normal format, Gray and Eric break from their normal format to talk about whatever they want, which ends up being music, books and movies from their past that they loved. Gray sounds cool and thoughtful. Eric sounds like a nerd. If you haven't tuned in before, probably start somewhere else, but if nothing else, the conversation was fun for them!
44 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Content note: this episode discusses sex and sexuality. It also touches on sexual abuse and violence.Scripture is far more open and more thoughtful about sex than many Christians. Join Eric and Gray as they discuss sex not in terms of current debates and cultures wars but as a part of God's good creation. They talk about its function and limits, singleness, sex in marriage, and some of the ways it can lead to brokenness and sin.What's Good:Eric - Cavender's Seasoning
36 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
#48 Am I Called to Ministry?
Note: This is the last of the batch of episodes we recorded with some audio issues. Starting next time everything should be perfect. (What could go wrong after saying that?)Join Gray and Eric as they discuss discerning a call to ministry. Many Christians at some point in their lives wrestle with the question of whether they should pursue vocational work in the church or parachurch Christian world. Many others know someone seeking to sort out that calling. Eric and Gray try to give biblical, practical thoughts for those in such places.What's Good:Gray - Jack by Marilynne Robinson
36 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
First, apologies in advance: thanks to some recording issues, the sound quality on this one is quite a bit worse than usual. It should just be a one-off issue. Hopefully the conversation is still worth your time!Humor is both a blessing and an area of potential sin. How do we laugh in the joy of life while avoiding the seat of the mocker? How do we use humor to love and not to wound? Join Eric and Gray as they discuss levity and Christianity.What's Good:Eric - Phoebe Bridgers/Better Oblivion Community Center
47 minutes | Mar 13, 2021
#46 Overcoming Personal Sin
How much victory can we expect in our struggles with sin? What are some practical ways to seek to grow in our struggles? Join Eric and Gray as they discuss pursuing personal holiness and what the struggle feels like on the ground.What's Good:Gray - Sacred Treasures of the Russian Orthodox Church (music)
45 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
#45 What Is "Spirit"?
In this rather different episode, Eric has a question for Gray: what do words like "spirit," "spiritual" and "soul" actually mean? Listen in as they discuss (and at times disagree) about how we should think about the real but invisible world which we all experience but, in the modern world, can struggle to recognize.What's Good:Eric - Main Dishes Without Meat
40 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
What's up with the Apostle's and Nicene Creed and their lesser-known friends? How should Christians and churches think about and use creeds? And can Gray and Eric go the entire podcast without referencing the late-90s radio rock band? Join us to find out.What's Good:Gray - untools.co
34 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
While in some ways it is a strange topic for out moment in the coronavirus pandemic, Eric wants to talk with Gray this week about the Christian calling of hospitality in anticipation of a time when we can more easily share our meals and homes. Listen in as they discuss the theology and practice of this Christian calling.What's Good:Eric - Teach Us To Pray
45 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
#42 Bible Translations
KJV, NIV, ESV, NASB, NLT... Somewhere among all of the different translations and acronyms, many Christians can feel confused. How should we think about different Bible translations? Are they reliable? Why are there so many? Join Eric and Gray as they help shed some light on these issues.What's Good:Gray - Cambridge Topaz ESV Bible
42 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
#41 2020 (and Eric is back!)
Eric is back, and he and Gray are tackling a somewhat different topic. It has been a hard and strange year, both personally for them and for the church as a whole. Join them as they reflect on the year, what they've learned, and how the church has fared.Note that this is dropping a few days early thanks to the holidays. Merry Christmas to you all!What's Good:Eric - Very masculine bedtime Epsom Salt baths with tea and a novel
46 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
#40 Jake Meador on Meaningful Work
What makes work good or meaningful in a Christian sense?
53 minutes | Nov 28, 2020
#39 Will Everyone Be Saved in the End? Universalism (with Dr. KJ Drake)
Universalism is a doctrine that comes up in every generation. Does God save everyone in the end? What about Heaven and Hell? What does the Bible say?
46 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
#38 Drawing Near To God (With Dr. Ted Wueste)
Dr. Ted Wueste (Director of the Spiritual Formation Society of Arizona) joins the program to talk about experiencing the presence of God.
46 minutes | Oct 23, 2020
#37 Environmentalism (With Jon Fuller)
What are our responsibilities as Christians toward the creation? Is climate change real? How much should we care? We dive into these questions and more!
39 minutes | Oct 8, 2020
What is wisdom, besides being a subscriber to Simply Faithful? Join Gray and Eric as they discuss this theme in the Bible and try to parse what it means and how to pursue it.What's Good:Gray - Peppered Bacon
40 minutes | Sep 24, 2020
(Note: this episode is going up a few days early thanks to some stuff going on in real life. Hope nobody minds the early access.)In an atypical episode, Gray has some questions and wants to have a discussion about psychology and how it relates to Christianity because he isn't sure what he thinks. Join him and Eric as they discuss this complex topic.What's Good (Eric):Gentle and Lowly by Dane OrtlundThe Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Stephen L. Brusatte
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