Noises From The Attic

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(September 21, 2016) Steves and Dr. Brandon talk about the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, and other things you probably won't hear from the cable news grind.   
"...gratitude changes mindsets, reduces violence, and improves everything." This is what Anne's organization, The Look for the Good Project says about children and adults alike. Constant stress, anxiety and tension in a culture under-aware of how to regulate emotion and see the bigger picture can become toxic. I'm sure you've noticed. Anne has a vision on how this might get turned around...and it's working!  
Aggression is its own reward. But, thankfully, the story doesn't end there. If you've wondered why it sort of feels good to get angry, but also leaves you hoping for a deeper, more peaceful way of being in the world, here are some thoughts that might be helpful. 
There's a way of thinking about the value — and even the morality — of certain people and ideas based on how icky we feel. We often map this icky feeling onto how we think it makes God feel. If you're willing to think differently about this (even if you always feel the same), you might discover a whole new way of being as merciful, loving and inclusive as the very Jesus who was crucified by those who labeled him unclean!
With changing ourselves for the New Year hanging so heavy in the air right now, here's some food for thought about how—and whether—we see each other that's important all year long.
I sit down (virtually) with Pastor and Author Melissa Florer-Bixler to chat about her new book about the Old Testament, Fire By Night, as well as her work with prisons, justice and more.  
After a long hiatus, NFTA is back! Join host Steve Daugherty as he talks about how our faith forms and is formed by our view of the world, ourselves, and others, and how—inevitably—the world, ourselves and others force our faith to unravel in some way, and to be remade. You know; birth, death and resurrection.Special thanks to our sponsor, Giordano Counseling Services in Durham, for financially supporting the NFTA relaunch. It was going to be stuck on the pad for a long time without you!
Jeff Polish, founder and Executive Director of The Monti, talks with me about storytelling, its popularity, and what sharing personal stories with a room full of strangers says about what we know we need.  “The Monti is an extraordinary experience that goes beyond insightful storytellers and wonderful stories—but please don’t come, it is hard enough to get tickets as it is.” –Dan Ariely, bestselling author of Predictably Irrational
After a wedding and a corporate event this past weekend that had me teaching similar ideas in very different contexts, I decided to bring in you, dear listeners, to consider it as well.
Can we learn how to keep actively caring, to keep compassion and kindness in motion long after the storm passes? What if there are no other obvious demands upon our best selves? Can we become...generally compassionate?"Be Kind; Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle." -Somebody, somewhere  
A less than exhaustive but fully necessary deconstruction of a word and its powerful narrowness. (And some encouragement for those who've been elbowed out by it!)Also, if you have 60-120 seconds to spare, rate and review this podcast as positively as your conscience will allow on iTunes. Thanks!
World Class illusionist and storyteller, Harris III, talks Magic, Margin & his new Movie, Counterfeit!
Karl did what everybody of faith wants to do: let their actual experience of self-sacrificing love shape their interpretation of the Bible and its depictions of God. Yet, most of us only feel free to do this defining in the reverse. As a former (and current!) pastor, as well as a father — and now grandfather! — Karl gives us permission to think God might be as loving as Jesus died insisting God is. But it might take faith to believe this good news.
"Everything that happens, we interpret through a lens, and the lens is the story we have been born into." In this conversation with sociologist, author, storyteller and activist Gareth Higgins, we explore our way of being in a world whose tensions and violence demand better attention. From the interpersonal to the international, are we listening, and loving, and using the power we've been given for healing and peace?  
“We don’t have to have all experiences just for them to be valid. It’s important for us to keep in mind that people experience the world differently…that doesn’t mean any of that is less valid.” Join host Steve Daugherty and guest Dr. Krista Nabar in a talk about our transgender neighbors, and how choosing to have a better understanding of the facts can and will lead to a better experience for all of us. Resources from the Episode National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255  
I chat with Film Director Rex Harsin about his debut documentary "Beating Guns", based on Shane Claiborne & Michael Martin's book of the same name. FB & Twitter @rexharsinfilms
Some thoughts on telling people that they are at odds with "clear teaching of scripture" and how that generally causes infinitely more problems than it could ever solve. And also, there are no non-heretics who follow Jesus, so let's be more thoughtful about the labels we apply if we feel we must apply them!
What if the reason God isn't doing X is because, well, if X means doing things all by God's self—God cannot do X? Would that make God less? Or would it perhaps make you and me and the rest of creation....more?If you like being challenged to do major rethinks, and you want to know what "God is Love" might necessarily mean, you're gonna enjoy theologian, philosopher, and multidisciplinary scholar, Tom Oord!            
Paul doesn't feel tension between his role as an astrophysicist and a pastor. Which should should chill the rest of us out considerably. As well as inspire us!  
(October 13, 2016) In honor of World Mental Health Day, Steve and Stephen chat about the expectation in faith culture to (pretend) to be what we're not for Jesus. It's only a little emo here and there.  
Very early on we begin developing a strategy for dealing with others, and with all the hits we take along the way. Aundi is a trauma-informed therapist who helps folks learn how to be mindful of their style of relating, how to set good boundaries, & how to live from healing vs from a wound. Really great stuff—enjoy! #trysofter
Pete Enns, his writings and podcast, have shaped a lot of us in progressive christian, post-evangelical, deconstruction circles. As we have wrestled with what to make of faith when it seemed to have become unrecognizable to our former selves—and unrecognizable to those who wonder if we've given up on faith altogether— Pete has been a trustworthy voice for putting the pieces back together meaningfully, thoughtfully, and intelligently. It was an honor to have him on for a short chat about the things he definitely has the chops to chat about. Enjoy!
Some thoughts this Thanksgiving thanks, which may only be possible on condition of our noticing what's actually happening outside our well-rehearsed stories about it all. Bonus: I end with a short story I call Footprints 2.0
Psychoanalyst & psychotherapist Tony Caldwell has a lot to offer people who want to slow down and learn how to live deeply. But it's probably gonna hurt a little. A human rights activist, racial reconciliatory, sexuality and gender studies and workshop leader, Tony has an open invitation to return to the podcast anytime he wants. If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “home” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to @tony_caldwell_
My friend Olivia Council and I discuss her work with the CDC regarding HIV and AIDS research, and how, despite many of us not thinking about it anymore; it's still a thing. But, maybe someday soon, it won't be? 
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Sep 10th, 2018
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May 13th, 2020
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