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Welcome to the Sunlit Lands Episode 2

Join us as we explore how the Elenil were put in charge of the Sunlit Lands (according to the Elenil).

The Minority Experience with Adrian Pei

What unique challenges do minority persons experience when they live and work in majority culture? Author and leadership coach Adrian Pei teaches us how to see the pain of minority persons and engage the past in ways that are redemptive rather than shame-inducing. 

The Crescent Stone with Matt Mikalatos

Matt’s latest book is a YA fantasy novel. Welcome to the Sunlit Lands, where you can have your heart’s desire… for a price. We dive into how he created the world, and why fantasy is such a good space to explore issues of power and privilege.

The Minority Experience with Adrian Pei

Minority persons have a unique set of experiences in majority culture organizations. How can leaders of those organizations learn to see those minority persons? Author Adrian Pei joins us to lead us through how we can build more just churches and organizations.

Welcome to the Fascinating Podcast!

What is the Fascinating Podcast? The StoryMen is no more. We’re now the Fascinating Podcast. And welcome our new co-host, author Kathy Khang! Since Kathy’s new book, RAISE YOUR VOICE, just came out, she starts out in the hot seat! So pull up a chair. We’re just getting started!

Should We Try to Live Forever?

The end of death may be closer than we think. Scientists are closing in on the cure for aging, and maybe death itself. But should we want that?

Our Statement on the Statement on Social Justice & the Gospel

Thousands of pastors recently signed a statement on Social Justice and the Gospel… but it is really about gender and race. We break down the language the statement uses, and why it’s so problematic for persons of faith.

Purity Culture with Linda Kay Klein

What is Purity Culture? Why is it so dangerous? Author and purity culture survivor Linda Kay Klein joins us to explore the shame that purity culture creates. How can we find freedom from purity culture? And what does good news about holiness actually sound like?

Matt Mikalatos takes Us to the Sunlit Lands

How do we engage favorite books that haven’t aged well? Author Matt Mikalatos introduces us to his new fantasy world, The Sunlit Lands, which he created in part as a response to Tolkien, Lewis and other beloved but problematic fantasy. Along the way, we ask about those problematic parts of the Bible as well. What do we do when our sacred book behaves badly?

Kathy Khang Teaches You to Raise Your Voice

Speaking up is hard – especially when doing so would cause waves. Author and activist Kathy Khang joins us for the season premier to share how she has learned to speak up – and how we can overcome our obstacles and fears to raise our voices as well.

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BLACKkKLANSMAN, Charlottesville and Black Power

BLACKkKLANSMAN illustrates the vital difference between White Power rhetoric and Black Power rhetoric.

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

BLACKkKLANSMAN, Charlottesville and Black Power

BLACKkKLANSMAN illustrates the vital difference between White Power rhetoric and Black Power rhetoric.

GUEST POST: Sacred vs. Secular

Josiah Jones, the Millennial Pastor, reflects on why we divide the world into sacred and secular… and why it’s time to move past labels.

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.

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.

BLACKkKLANSMAN, Charlottesville and Black Power

BLACKkKLANSMAN illustrates the vital difference between White Power rhetoric and Black Power rhetoric.

The Awkward Promise of EIGHTH GRADE

The debut film from comedian Bo Burnham promises to explore “the most awkward year of your life.” EIGHTH GRADE delivers in spades – and that’s a really good thing.

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

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

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.