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With All Due Respect
40 minutes | 17 days ago
Media and Christian Responsibility
Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit delve into the world of the mass media, examining its potential bias against Christianity and asking how responsible we are for the public's misinformation about the Christian faith.The WADR team begins with a consideration of the classic film and media magnate commentary, Citizen Kane. Then they tackle the fraught relationship between Christianity and the media in For Argument's Sake.And for the season finale, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joins the show to discuss what is wrong with the media today.
33 minutes | a month ago
The Problem of Masculinity
Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen take a long, hard look at masculinity in 21st-century society and ask if there is any way to stem its rising toxicity. First in the show is a serious consideration of the thorny topic of sexual consent, followed by an examination of the health of masculine culture in general.Then it's off to Brooklyn 99 to see what healthy masculine relationships might actually look like.
31 minutes | a month ago
The Cross-centred Christian
As Easter approaches, the With All Due Respect duo tackles how modern eyes have affected our view of the cross.Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen begin by asking if sacrifice has become an outdated idea in the 21st century.Then, as they attempt to bring the cross back into focus, they share with each other the impact John Stott and Henri Nouwen have had on shaping their own views.And finally, Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life and what it has to say to us this Easter.
42 minutes | 2 months ago
God in the Public Square
In this episode, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen delve into the world of public theology - engaging in society's debates in a way that makes Christ shine. The WADR team begins with Canadian scholar and journalist John Stackhouse and an in-depth interview on the nature of public theology.Then it's time to consider what the challenges are for both the presenter and the message in For Argument's Sake.Finishing up, Michael and Megan consider whether comedian and talk show host Stephen Colbert is a public theologian, and what we might learn from his approach.
34 minutes | 2 months ago
This episode the With All Due Respect team tackle the issue at the very heart of their podcast: friendship.Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit start the ball rolling by asking whether the COVID crisis has led us to neglect our friends? Then it's on to a revealing segment in which Michael and Megan discuss how they became friends, and what it is they've taken from each other.Then author and social commentator Aimee Byrd returns to talk about her book on distinctly Christian friendship, and the WADR duo wrap up the show with a consideration of the book Dorothy and Jack, which chronicles the extraordinary comradeship between Dorothy Sayers and C.S. Lewis.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
With All Due Respect hosts Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit take a long, hard look at cancel culture. Is there a place for it in the Christian community?Beginning with a discussion about the nature of cancel culture and how they have experienced it in their own lives, the WADR team move on to an in-depth interview with American author, speaker, blogger and former podcaster Aimee Byrd who has experienced the worst this approach to disagreement has to offer.Then it's off to the movies for a cancel culture take on the 2005 film Goodnight and Good Luck, which considers the walls of silence erected during the McCarthy era.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Thoughts And Prayers
Secular and religious societies are fond of using prayer as an easy means of addressing a crisis - so much so that hosts Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit discuss how 'thoughts and prayers' has become a phrase that has gained much antipathy in the public sphere.Examining this language of the inner life, Megan and Michael talk about what sort of prayers they use when addressing God, and in what contexts.Then to finish the show, a special edition of 'Marg and Dave' as the WADR team review their favourite prayers on offer.
37 minutes | 4 months ago
Christians, Vaccines and the Public Good
This episode, the With All Due Respect team test our sense of the 'greater good' to its limits.The creation of a COVID19 vaccine from research that resulted from a decades old abortion has Christians asking whether or not they can benefit from a loss of life.Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen ask Denise Cooper-Clarke, a graduate of medicine and theology with a Ph.D in medical ethics, how ethically sound it is for Christians to take the new vaccine.Then our WADR hosts deepen the debate in For Arguments Sake and consider whether or not people should be compelled to take this life-saving treatment.Finally, episode 49 finishes up with a review of The Queen's Gambit, showing how a mini-series about chess also has something to add to this thorny debate.
39 minutes | 4 months ago
2020 In Review
With All Due Respect hosts Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen take a long hard look at the last year.The first stop is ask demographer Mark McCrindle to tell us what the statistics have to say about our behaviour in 2020. Then Michael and Megan consider what those tendencies tell us from a Christian point of view.Finishing up, Michael and Megan tell us their favourite books, television series and films so we can happily read and watch our way through to the new year.
32 minutes | 5 months ago
The US Election wrap-up
The US election, a showdown between the Republican President Donald Trump and the Democrat candidate Joe Biden, has captivated Australian audiences.This episode Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen consider the take-home points from the close association between American evangelicals and the trounced Donald Trump.To help them, they interview American author and Christian commentator Karen Swallow Prior. They then follow this up with a discussion on life in a partisan environment. And for dessert, it's time to dig back into the vaults of Hollywood's greats and consider lessons to be learned from Mr Smith Goes To Washington.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Losing My Religion
In this episode of With All Due Respect, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen investigate what it means to lose one's religion in the 21st century.Step one is a review of the iconic REM song, our hosts investigate what lead singer Michael Stipe was actually getting at, and then apply those findings to a loss of faith.Step two is an interview with journalist Michael Collett who describes his own walk away from Christianity and the factors that keep him from coming back.Step three, Michael and Megan discuss the factors that have kept them from losing their religion in tumultuous times.
33 minutes | 6 months ago
In their return episode for the fourth season of With All Due Respect, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen tackle the thorny topic of calling. Historically, Christians have been very strong on the idea of 'calling' - God having a specific purpose for people generally called into His kingdom. But recent decades of thought have challenged this idea.Michael and Megan take a side each and summarise the positions, talk about Hamilton and our desire to believe in a call, and then reveal how they interpreted their own passage into ministry.
48 minutes | 8 months ago
The Uncut Sex (in) Life Interview
The realities of podcasting mean that we can't always bring you everything that was said on a particular topic ... until now.In this bonus edition of With All Due Respect, we deliver the full discussion on sex that featured in this season's final episode between Megan Powell du Toit, Michael Jensen and therapist Monica Cook.All of your questions, answered in full. Get comfy and prepare yourself for an enthralling discussion.
36 minutes | 8 months ago
Sex (in) Life
This is not click-bait. This is actually an episode about sex that is both incredibly thoughtful and intensely practical.With All Due Respect champions Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen round out season three with an all-points-considered approach to sex.They begin the show by asking the question, "Does Christianity's knowledge of the origins of sex translate to good sex?" Then there's a knock at the door and in walks Christian sex therapist Monica Cook to answer all the questions Christians want answered about this perplexing topic. Finally, Michael and Megan look at the series Fleabag for everything that can go wrong with sex.
29 minutes | 9 months ago
Fear Of Death
In this episode of With All Due Respect, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen investigate the unifying anxiety that has risen to the surface of the world's collective consciousness in this time of pandemic: the fear of death.To begin with Megan and Michael flip through the pages of the novel Lament, which reveals how closely love and agony sit together. Then it's time to welcome Dr. Megan Best, an expert in palliative care, who reveals the common attitudes that shape our behaviour as we approach the grave. And finally the WADR team ask the ultimate question of each other: what does it mean to die well?
34 minutes | 9 months ago
In this episode of With All Due Respect, Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen cover the impact of COVID-19 on humanity's most precious relationships.The WADR team kick off with a consideration of the statistics that reveal relational fault-lines developing in households across the world. Then it's on to Baptist pastor Tony Calman and his personal experience with divorce, followed by a look at the film Marriage Story which starts after most romance films end – with a married couple thinking about divorce.With All Due Respect is part of the Eternity Podcast Network. For more and a chance to join in the discussion, click on over to the With All Due Respect web site.
31 minutes | 10 months ago
Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen firmly believe the question, 'What is truth?' is no longer something for lecturers in post-modernism to amuse themselves with.In this episode, the With All Due Respect team tackle the post-truth world we find ourselves in. Starting with our favourite, 'You did what now??' segment, Michael explains why he just had to be publicly offended by President Donald Trump in the Sydney Morning Herald. Then Megan and Michael discuss the issue and ethics of truth online. And for a big finish, it's time to chime in on the new HBO documentary After Truth: Disinformation and the Cost of Fake News, which has a perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.With All Due Respect is part of the Eternity Podcast Network. For more and a chance to join in the discussion, click on over to the With All Due Respect web site.
31 minutes | 10 months ago
Who is my neighbour?
Michael Jensen and Megan Powell du Toit begin by asking why it is that we distinguish differently between who is and isn't my neighbour, and how that affected us during the lockdown phase of COVID-19.They then invite Larissa Minniecon to discuss Australia's poor record for behaving like a neighbour to indigenous peoples. Larissa is a Kabi Kabi woman and a Torres Strait Islander. She helps us understand what indigenous Australians might contribute to our idea of neighbourliness.And finally, Michael and Megan head to the movies to watch The Farewell, and discover what having a different culture has to say about the 'good' we offer our neighbours.
32 minutes | a year ago
This episode the With All Due Respect team address the burgeoning crisis talk that has filled audio and video streams, as well as countless social media and blog posts.Michael and Megan suggest COVID-19 has brought out the truth in the saying, "A crisis on your part does not necessitate a panic on mine." Together they debate the role 'crisis' has in the Christian life. Then, they provoke each other to voice an opinion on Ross Douthat's book, The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Success. And they round out the show with a consideration of everyone's current dystopian read, Station 11.
31 minutes | a year ago
The Spirituality of Travel
Megan Powell du Toit and Michael Jensen debate the positives and negatives of being cooped up in one country.The With All Due Respect team then interview Stephen Liggins, author of Travelling the World As Citizens of Heaven.And don't miss their take on a travelling film that brings out the spiritual advantages of being somewhere else.
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