Stuart is a storyteller, seeker, sojourner, question-asker, provocateur and public speaker.
Life is full of changes. Things don't go the way we expect. Other times, we're surprised by the way things come together. Mix that chaos in with the fact that every day, you're changing as well. With so much change, it pays to be on your toes. The life of faith is no different. It's not stagnant, and it's always moving. There are twists, turns, and shifts. The faith you had as a child should be different than the faith you're walking in now. Along that journey, we adapt and grow. Some of us become bitter, while others seek to be better. Joining us today is someone who has journeyed through ministry and come out on the other side. Alan Smith was an Evangelical pastor for over 25 years. He's seen the best and worst of ministry and has a story to tell about the difficulty of owning a changing faith while still serving as a pastor. We'll also talk about shifting faith, the Evangelical mindset, and how we need to understand the Bible beyond the constraints of the evangelical tradition. It's a fun discussion about how there's always more to the life of faith if we only want to go looking for it outside our traditional or denominational trappings. You can find Alan Smith's work here: Alan's YouTube Channel Alan's website:   Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.
Like John the Baptist swearing and pointing people towards the kingdom of God, Matthew J. DiStefano is one of those unique voices seeking the truth outside of the religious bullshit. He may not be shouting from the wilderness, but he is a prolific podcaster and author. Matthew has a distinct voice that demands to be heard. Today, Matthew's on the show to talk about his newest podcast, Apostates Anonymous. It's the show you turn to when you're no longer a heretic. Join us as we talk about Matthew's journey towards apostasy and the way he sees religion playing out in the world today. It's a fun talk with a great mind and provocateur.  You can find Matthew J. DiStefano's work here: Apostates Anonymous podcast Happy Heretic Hour podcast The Bonfire Sessions podcast All Set Free - Matthew's website and blog Matthew's books are available now on Amazon! Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.
I'm so tired of bullshit sold as truth in Christian conservative circles. An alternative reality is sold to the masses, and the sheep gleefully take the bait every time. I used to think that many of the faithful flocks were just stupid, but I was wrong. Most people aren't stupid, they're just willfully gullible, and that's way worse. For the longest time, Christians have abdicated rational thinking and followed pastors and charlatans over the edge. This is not the way of Jesus, but this is absolutely the way of religion. The ways of Jesus are simple. They are not the ways of the DNC or the RNC. They are the ways of love, compassion, and self-sacrifice. Jesus didn't want power; he wanted people to be transformed and changed by grace. Lies mask the truth. Lies keep us complacent. Lies keep us oblivious. Join us today as we talk about the lies being fed in Jesus' name by the RNC and other sycophants hell-bent on gaslighting the masses. Killers aren't heroes, the pandemic is real, black lives do matter and neither presidential candidate was chosen by God. It's true. Deal with it. All of this is a distraction from the call of Jesus for justice for the poor and marginalized. American Christianity seems like a spoiled brat wanting its own way, where Jesus tells us the only way is love, grace, and humility. Christianity tells us that we are judged not by our accomplishments, but by how the lowest in society are treated and cared for. Are we too lazy to see the truth, or is it easier to follow a hypothetical Jesus made in our own images? Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.
I'm so tired of God's name being used as an advertising tool by conservatives when their version of love looks like repression. It's false, heretical, and antithetical to the gospel. It's bullshit.  For too long, have the grifters of the gospel sold their faith like a telemarketer giving you a buy one get one free deal. "God told me this. God said to do that." It's Santa Clause and Tooth Fairy religion. It's superstition and urban-legend-level meaninglessness sold to the masses every Sunday. Why do we buy the lies and put up with the charlatans? P.T. Barnum's accredited with saying, "there's a sucker born every minute." P.T. only discovered what religious leaders have always known. Sheep want a shepherd regardless if the shepherd eventually eats them. It's not about truth. It's more about blind certainty. People seek certainty; regardless if it's false or not. Oblivion is the goal, and thinking is optional in these circles.   Today, we'll delve into lies peddled in the name of God by his emissaries and/or infomercial hosts. They're all the same, hollow and unscrupulous. Nothing could be further from the nature of God.  To listen to the liars is to miss out on the gift that you are the beloved of God. The center of Christianity is supposed to be love. God is love. This truth may seem forgotten but is not lost. We need to recover this precious narrative from the Kingdom of God and champion it.  Come along for the ride as we skewer through life, culture, and spirituality in the face of a changing world.
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