EP34 – If The Assassination Was a Success

[Recorded on the evening of July 15 2024, in this episode: Joey Svendsen, Ellen Mauro, Matt Oxley, Stoy Prioleau]What does it say about the heart of a human being when one celebrates the demise of an enemy? Is that a deficiency of something one should be praying for God’s help about, or is such a celebration ever celebration-worthy? The crew discuss their thoughts on the assassination attempt to Donald Trump, bat around some conspiratorial considerations surrounding the deal…

EP33 – Winning this Country Back For God

[Recorded on the evening of May 15 2024, in this episode: Joey Svendsen, Hayne Griffin, Robbie Madison, Matt Oxley]With “Firefighter Hayne” present, the host crew discuss some pretty intense emergency situations that Hayne was also present at while working his vocation as a rescue worker. Somehow the discussion shifts to everyones’ most fearful ways to die and whether the jumpers’ acts on 9/11 were suicides, even though they were going to die regardless. Great fun! But don’t fear,…

EP32 – Do You Get Excited When Famous People “join the team” of Christianity?

[in this episode: Joey Svendsen, Hayne Griffin, Jed Payne, Stoy Prioleau]British actor and comedian, Russell Brand, apparently converted to Christianity and this sort of thing makes Joey and Jed excited, while Hayne could not care any less than what he does about celebrities “joining the team.” All three consider themselves Christians and thus discuss the possible intricacies that explain their vastly different reactions, Joey dissecting his reaction in the context of his belief i…

MINI #3 – Living By the Spirit Just May Be the Answer

Joey discusses how he feels the church is still way too focussed on the “letter of the law,” muddying the waters of love and holding the exact counterproductive beliefs the Apostle Paul warns against in his letter to the church in Galatia. If the church allowed Jesus’ words to reign supreme and took serious His command to love, Christianity would cease from being “just another religion of do’s and don’t’s” and be transformed back into a body known for a new way of life, sparked by…

EP31: Worth Fighting for (w/ John Pavlovitz)

[This Episode: Hosts, Hayne Griffin, Matt Oxley, Joey Svendsen and guest, John Pavlovitz] Any one want more courage and compassion when cruelty is trending? Can we get an amen or two? With guest and author John Pavlovitz, we navigate themes of judgment, emotional reactions, and the delicate balance of maintaining hope within societal systems. Together, we uncover the transformative power of breaking down preconceived notions through genuine human connection. Navigatin…

EP30 – Can There Be Objective Morality Without a God?

[appearing on this episode: Joey Svendsen and guest, Amanda Udis-Kessler]Amanda Udis-Kessler PhD. wrote a book on ethics, Abundant Lives: A Progressive Christian Ethic of Flourishing. This book sets out to invite sociologically informed engagement in human well-being, based on Jesus’ command to love God and our neighbors. Talking through many facets of its content, Joey and Dr. Amanda discuss whether the resurrection of Jesus is an essential belief of Christian faith, if objective…

EP29 – Sickness and Beauty: A Tribute to Zeth Davis (12/7/76 – April 30, 2021)

[On this episode: Zoë Roff, Amy Alderman, Joey Svendsen]*Special song tribute by Riggy Roc (Stoy Prioleau) Listeners, This is Joey. On this episode, my co-host and friend Amy Alderman join Zoë Roff in paying tribute to her brother Zeth and reflecting on his passing away by suicide. We all four went to the same high school, know the same people; so for us, it was a meaningful glimpse back into an era of time we all shared, living in the same town at our most impressionable age…

Christians Playing Dungeons and Dragons, Pokémon and Other Games in Satan’s Playground

[appearing on this episode: Joey Svendsen, Amy Alderman and guest, David Schirduan]David Schirduan grew up with a very similar faith-background as Joey’s, but the biggest difference? David spent a part of his “youth group, high school days” in the youth group that Joey led almost 20 years ago. David creates literature for folks who enjoy role-playing games, many of these games along the same lines of Dungeons and Dragons. Growing up, both Joey and David were taught that these typ…

EP27 – Hayne’s Great Deconstruction

[Contributors to this Episode: Matt Oxley, Hayne Griffen, Joey Svendsen,]Co-hosts Matt Oxley and Hayne Griffen share their stories of deconstruction, Matt all the way to unbelief and Hayne, into “belief territory” that most evangelicals would deem heresy. The two dig deep into Hayne’s story including his upbringing and how he now parents his own kids. Matt laments on the lack of appreciation for the pain experienced by former Christians who have deconstructed out of the fait…

EP26 – White Kids, Hip-Hop and Monogamy

[Contributors to this Episode: Joey Svendsen, Liz Miller, Stoy Prioleau, Matt Oxley]Stoy’s cultural upbringing and mentoring (or lack of) instilled various perspectives about sex, marriage and success, that he’d later have to grow out of. Joey and Liz lament over inappropriate hip-hop lyrics, having sons who love hip-hop, and Matt exhorts Christians to repent from capitalism. Stoy also reminisces on middle school lingo amongst him and his black peers, throwing Joey into gle…