Sacred Skeptics

What if C.S. Lewis and Jon Stewart had a love child? We like to think of our podcast as an attempt to embody the best that these men have to offer: uncommon insight and stinging wit. We engage current events, cultural issues and answer spiritual questions. If you don’t like sarcasm, this isn’t the podcast for you. New episodes drop every Wednesday and Thursday. Listen and subscribe.
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Jan 26, 2017

In the last episode, Mike Bell and Rick Henderson reacted with emotional hostility to the question, "Are you a feminist?"  In this episode they take a look at the true history of feminism and react to the perspective of Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist, a pro-life, Christian who believes the Bible teaches all of us to embrace rights for women as followers of Christ.  Will Mike and Rick change their tune and admit that they were wrong?  

Jan 25, 2017

Millions of women marched in Washington and in cities around the U.S., but for what exactly? Abortion? Equal pay? Equality in education? An end to oppression? Senator Claire McCaskill said her stated goal was to get people to go to her website.  Is that all this is -- a power play and fundraiser opportunity? People are angry and the next wave of feminism is rolling in.  After being asked, "Are you a feminist?"  Pastor Rick Henderson and Mike Bell give their raw, gut level reaction to this question. Make sure you listen to both episodes of this two part series.



Jan 19, 2017

Martin Scorsese directed and released Silence, a film starting Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.  More than a stellar movie, it tells the story of brutally persecuted Jesuit priests and Japanese Christians in 17th century Japan.  The film compels the Jesus follower to ask the question, where is God in our pain and suffering?  Why does he allow evil?  Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson respond.  We promise, no spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet.  

Jan 18, 2017

Congressman John Lewis and many other politicians and public figures are boycotting the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump.  Jennifer Holliday is the latest celebrity to back out.  Are people standing up for their convictions or settling for hypocrisy?  Do liberals and conservatives afford each other the same courtesy?  The price tag of this moral and intellectual could be the loss of freedom of speech.  Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss.

Jan 12, 2017

Prominent CNN news personality, Don Lemon, said that acts displayed in the infamous Facebook torture video were not, "evil." Rather, it's just "bad home training." Is he right? Did he misspeak? Does it matter what we call this kind of abuse?  Mike Bell and pastor Rick Henderson discuss this and its possible relationship to white privilege.

Jan 11, 2017

Exactly who are the clergy on stage at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration? What does this tell us about them?  What does this tell us about our president elect?  The spiritual adviser with most influence seems to be controversial, prosperity gospel preacher Paula White (giving us an excuse to play our favorite Benny Hinn audio clip). Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss her role, along with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Bishop Wayne T. Jackson, Rev. Samuel Rodriguez and Rev. Franklin Graham. 

Jan 5, 2017

We love interactions on social media and getting emails from listeners. Pastor Rick Henderson gives a fun and heavy handed response to an anonymous emailer who attacked him, his commentary and even his knowledge of the Bible. Enjoy the rant and his full throated attack of the Prosperity Gospel, Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen.

Jan 4, 2017

There is a reason that so many people are misinformed or duped into believing what is not true.  The reason...agnotology.  A term coined by Robert Proctor.  Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss the science and business of strategically keeping people confused and ignorant for the purposes of gaining or keeping power.  Don't let your motto be, "Often wrong, never in doubt."