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Austin Channing Brown is Still Here

What is white fragility? Austin Channing Brown joins us to explore this necessary but misunderstood term. Why do conversations about race so easily default to concern for the feelings of white persons? How can we spot the signs of white fragility? How can we keep conversations centered on the experiences of persons of color?

The Next Worship with Sandra Van Opstal

What’s the goal of worship? Is it authenticity? Quality? Comfort? Sandra Van Opstal has a much more radical suggestion: How can our worship represent every culture, tribe and tongue? How can churches embody that vision every Sunday?

Sorry/Not Sorry: Dr. Paige Patterson teaches us how not to apologize

Dr. Paige Patterson, recently in the news for disrespecting women and appearing to encourage women to stay in abusive relationships, sort of apologizes and definitely wants you to think he did.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Veronica

In this episode, the gang investigates two films about exorcisms… that are based on TRUE stories! We explore the 2005 Scott Derrickson film “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” and the 2016 Spanish film Veronica.

I’m Still Here with Austin Channing Brown

Preacher and author Austin Channing Brown joins us to reflect on what it means to be black in a world built for whiteness. From the Women’s March to multi-ethnic churches, we explore what a more just, equal world might look like.

How Do You Read the Bible?

Has the way you read the Bible changed over your lifetime? We dive into how we read the Bible then and now. PLUS what we thought of INFINITY WAR (lots of spoilers, but not until the end)!

5 Ways Star Wars Shaped My Fantasy Novel “The Crescent Stone”

My first fantasy novel for young adults, “The Crescent Stone,”...

The Art & Challenge of Translation with Dr. Emily Wilson

A new translation of the Odyssey has hit the shelves and it’s a new gold standard. We talk to the translator, Dr. Emily Wilson, about how she approached this epic undertaking. We dive into the challenges of translating, her preference for modern languages and more!

Summer Escapes, Summer Discipline

With Infinity War opening last weekend, the Summer movie season has officially kicked off. The StoryMen turn their annual Summer Movie Preview into a game: can we predict the three biggest box-office winners (after Infinity War)? Can we predict the biggest bust? And what should the loser have to do? YOU decide. PLUS: we have some summer writing goals as well, so we talk about how to find our writing discipline and rhythm.

The Descent & Bone Tomahawk

Behold: horror at the edge of human experience! We travel into the depths of the Earth and the edges of civilization to confront the monsters that live there. What do they have to teach us?

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On Stage with Penn and Teller: My Magical Night in Vegas

Can I tell you about one of the most amazing experiences of my life?

Winning Eowyn: Middle Earth Gives Pointers on Wooing Today’s Warrior Woman

Some surprising relevant dating advice straight from Middle Earth

Ill Bible Chick: Everything You Need to Know About Super Bowl 51

The most accurate recap of Super Bowl 51 from Houston, and how the Patriots unbelievable win compares to Freddy Prinze Jr.’s cultural impact.

Sorry/Not Sorry: Dr. Paige Patterson teaches us how not to apologize

Dr. Paige Patterson, recently in the news for disrespecting women and appearing to encourage women to stay in abusive relationships, sort of apologizes and definitely wants you to think he did.

Thoughts on Good Friday

Are we made up of body and soul? Or are we “just” bodies? I am holding out hope that the question is moot.

The X-Files and the Transitive Property of Prayer

The latest season of the X-Files offers a profound meditation on the nature of prayer – even for those outside the faith!

4 Ways Pure Flix’s Samson Film Gets the Bible Wrong

The new Pure Flix biopic of Samson gets the biblical strongman’s story totally wrong.

Peter MacDonald, president of the Navajo Code Talkers, shares about the Code Talkers at the White House

Peter MacDonald’s speech about the Navajo Code Talkers and the Navajo Code Talker Museum, on November 27th, 2017.

The facts on U.S. gun violence

You may have seen this meme going around since the tragic incident in Sutherland Springs, but it’s not entirely accurate. Here are the facts.

5 Ways Star Wars Shaped My Fantasy Novel “The Crescent Stone”

My first fantasy novel for young adults, “The Crescent Stone,”...

4 Ways Pure Flix’s Samson Film Gets the Bible Wrong

The new Pure Flix biopic of Samson gets the biblical strongman’s story totally wrong.

Best Horror Films of 2017

JR. counts down his favorite horror films of 2017. What were your favorites?

The X-Files and the Transitive Property of Prayer

The latest season of the X-Files offers a profound meditation on the nature of prayer – even for those outside the faith!

9 Pop Culture Characters to Make the Thanksgiving Parade Actually Interesting

Imagine if the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was actually awesome. Here’s my vision.

How The OA Failed in 5 Movements

Human genius is not the ability to imagine the untrue, but rather our ability to insist on logic without being restrained by it.

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