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The Peoples Theology
30 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus pt. 2 with Reggie Williams
What Jesus do we worship? And how does our picture of Jesus shape the faith we live? In this episode, we continue our conversation with Dr. Reggie Williams, but now exploring "white Jesus" and the ways in which we have inherited a broken and diseased theology that rewrites and controls the scripts we live into.
34 minutes | Aug 6, 2020
Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus pt. 1 with Reggie Williams
If you’re new to the podcast, or forgot what we do, in each episode we explore culture and theology like they matter, because they do. Maybe that sound strange, but often it the way we learn and talk about our faith can feel abstract, like ideas that are “good to know” but hard to apply. Which leaves a lot of us feeling like our faith is empty when we need it the most.In this episode we begin a conversation with Dr. Reggie Williams, social ethicist and author of Bonhoeffer's Black Jesus. I first had an opportunity to engage with Dr. Williams in a doctoral seminar and have been a fan ever since. Through his research and writing on Bonhoeffer’s engagement with the black church, his theological journey, and his activism in Nazi Germany Williams provides us with an imagination to make our own faith matter.
2 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Season 3 - Coming Soon
Brand new episodes of The Peoples Theology are coming soon!
25 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
S3:E1 - Counting Backwards
The People’s Theology is a show exploring theology and culture. In each episode, we explore a question, theme, or topic in dialogue with our faith. Today that question is, “how do we count?” Maybe that sounds weird, but we all have a way of “counting” especially when it comes to success. We believe, as Chris Hughes noted, that the hustle is holy and that hard work should lead to more and higher. That’s the underwriting narrative of the American story; Zuckerberg and Facebook, Apple and even Enron. And like with those examples, sometimes we love it the result and sometimes we hate it but for some reason, we rarely ask was the “direction right?” Is the Hustle virtuous? Is 10 always greater than 1? Why do we count that way? And more importantly, is it good?
42 minutes | Jan 2, 2020
A Conversation with Luke Goodrich
44 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
S2:E10 – Good Trouble w/ Leonce Crump
If you’ve been listening to the people’s theology recently, you are familiar (probably exhaustingly so) with the themes and questions we’re wrestling with: Mainly, why is the world the way that it is and, what do we do about it?In the last few episodes we’ve interviewed and explored the lives of different people who have been startled, grieved, frustrated by these questions and thus committed to answering them. These folks come from different places and experiences but their stories share something. Each person went through a similar kind of journey to get to where they are.It starts with a set of questions, experiences, wounds, needs which leads to an attempt to answer those questions. So we try and address those needs but what we learn is that the situation is more complicated than our question assumed and so we need to evaluate, rebuild, and do a little renovation so that we can truly get at the issues.In this episode of The Peoples Theology we are talking to someone who has both done that work and will force us to do our own work with their story. This person is, Leonce Crump former New Orleans Saint, founding pastor of Renovation Atlanta, and author of the book Renovate.
29 minutes | Jan 31, 2019
S2:E9 – Beloved Community
Our history is full of saints and radicals who have asked the question, “is this how it has to be” and then revealed to us that it doesn’t. If the only image of the “Church” we have is the modern American white evangelical community than, well, we should all go home and give up. I’m not interested in that. But that isn’t the only image nor is it even the primary image of the church. Our history is full of communities of dissent that have revealed, if even for just a moment, the Kingdom of Jesus because they had no other option.
29 minutes | Dec 26, 2018
S2:E8 - There is No Hurry Here
What do we do about our world? How do we change it for the better? In our final episode of 2018, we look at one of our primary tools of defiance and protest. Something we desperately need, especially at this time of year.
25 minutes | Nov 29, 2018
S2:E7 – From Bolivia with Hope
In this season of The Peoples Theology we’ve been asking two questions: why is the world the way that it is? And what can we do about it? But the truth is, we haven’t really been asking the first question instead we’ve asked “why is the West the way that it is?” We have a habit of prioritizing and privileging our experience but it comes at the cost of missing and ignoring the stories and experiences of the global Church. And we don’t want to miss that because if we start paying attention we might just being to see what God is doing in this world.
35 minutes | Oct 26, 2018
S2:E6 – Ordinary Power
In this episode of The Peoples Theology we interview Dan Stanford author of the book, Losing the Cape, and ask what kind of person does it take to impact the world? Do we need to be powerful, wealthy, charismatic? Do we need to fit a certain mold or be a certain type of person? Because if you look around at the leaders and celebrities of our culture there is really only one model.Or is there another option? In our interview with Dan we talk about the difference between the kind of people our world celebrates and the kind of people God calls and uses.Everyman – use code "tptpodcast" at checkout for 15% offCreek Tea – use code "tptpodcast" at check out for 25% off
35 minutes | Sep 26, 2018
S2:E5 – The Good & Beautiful
On this episode of The Peoples Theology, we continue exploring the role of the church in engaging our cultural moment. In this episode, we have a conversation with Charles Kiser about living out the good and beautiful life of Jesus as the Church.Everyman – use code "tptpodcast" at checkout for 15% offCreek Tea – use code "tptpodcast" at check out for 25% off
42 minutes | Aug 30, 2018
S2:E4 – Locating Presence w/ David Fitch
The Peoples Theology is back after our long summer break. In the first part of season two we looked at the question, why is the world the way that it is? In the second part of our season we want to focus on the question, what do we do about it? How do we engage our world? How do we make it better? To help us answer that question we interviewed author, professor, and pastor David Fitch. Fitch is interested in how the church, which is so often compromised by culture, can become a community that serves and loves the world well. How we can be the people Jesus intended us to be.Episode 4 of The Peoples Theology is brought to you by Everman. Use the below link for a 15% discount on all purchases.https://everyman.grsm.io/tptpodcast
2 minutes | Aug 15, 2018
Season 2 Trailer
The People’s Theology is returning.
29 minutes | Apr 23, 2018
S2:E3 – What is Water
David Foster Wallace, in his now very famous commencement speech, tells a story about two fish and in it, he asks a question, "what is water?" Meaning, what are the pieces of our world we don't recognize but are fundamental to its existence. In this episode we try and answer that question, what is water. *podcast includes two expletives.
30 minutes | Apr 4, 2018
S2:E2 - The History of Now
In this episode, we continue exploring the feelings of our current cultural moment but to best understand our feelings we need to understand how we got here. We need a history of the now.
24 minutes | Mar 5, 2018
S2:E1 – Fear & Loathing
How do we explain and make sense of our world today? Author Pankaj Mishra says we live in, an "age of rage" but the real question is why.
43 minutes | Dec 4, 2017
Episode 14 - Witness & Weinstein
In our final episode of 2017, we have a conversation about sexual assault and the role of friends, family, and the church with Pastor Heather Thomas. Historically, the Church hasn't been a place that cultivated conversations about sexual assault and abuse. In fact, the institution of the church has often been complicit. The question on the table then, is what can we do differently? How do we become a people that advocates for victims, creates safe places, and always offers mercy?
34 minutes | Nov 13, 2017
Episode 13 - Holy War pt. 2
How do we make sense of the violence in the Old Testament and the person of Jesus in the New? In part 2 of our conversation about holy war we look at the "drastic marching" orders Israel recievs.
32 minutes | Oct 10, 2017
Episode 12 - Holy War pt 1
How do we reconcile the goodness of Jesus and the violence of the Old Testament that is seemingly attributed to God? In this episode we begin a 2 part series exploring Holy War with pastor and author Josh Butler
31 minutes | Sep 27, 2017
Episode 11 - Technotheology
It's been said that AI is the single greatest threat to theology since Darwin. Is that true? Does it really threaten so much of what we believe and hold dear? How should we think about AI?
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