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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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Apr 27, 2017

Part 2 of 2. After posting comments online in response to Samatha Fields's article in Relevant Magazine, a Christian publication, a storm of shame and general insanity erupted. Added to the spotlight is self-proclaimed Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey's trending hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson engage the fray on their podcast, Sacred Skeptics, and take seriously the claims that pastors, like John Piper, promote abuse. Is that fair or far fetched?

Apr 27, 2017

After posting comments online in response to Samatha Fields's article in Relevant Magazine, a Christian publication, a storm of shame and general insanity erupted. Added to the spotlight is self-proclaimed Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey's trending hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson engage the fray and take seriously the claims that pastors, like John Piper, promote abuse. Is that fair or far fetched?

Apr 27, 2017

After posting comments online in response to Samatha Fields's article in Relevant Magazine, a Christian publication, a storm of shame and general insanity erupted. Added to the spotlight is self-proclaimed Jesus Feminist Sarah Bessey's trending hashtag, #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear. Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson engage the fray and take seriously the claims that pastors, like John Piper, promote abuse. Is that fair or far fetched?

Apr 26, 2017

When people of faith teach young women to stay modest and pure, is there a mixed message? In other words, if we are encouraging modesty and purity as a means to avoid the sexualization or objectification of women, are we accidentally sexualizing and objectifying women? Samantha Field makes that argument in Relevant Magazine, a Christian publication. But pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell aren't so sure it's a fair argument and make the case that everyone has some responsibility on the spectrum of respect for others. 

Apr 26, 2017

A writer for Relevant Magazine, Samantha Field, argues that modern church messages about modesty and purity may, in fact, help sexualize and objectify women, the opposite of the intended effect. Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss in part two of this three-part conversation. Hint: they don't think Christian viewpoints about modest dress necessarily intend to shame victims. 

Apr 26, 2017

Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell begin with the quote of the week, which comes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German religious leader and theologian who became a spy and anti-Nazi dissident before his execution by hanging shortly before the end of World War II in 1945. He said, "Stupidity is a more dangerous enemy of the good than malice." In other words, when Christians choose prejudgment over education and facts, the truth becomes too easy to set aside.

Apr 26, 2017

Writing for Relevant Magazine, Samantha Field claims that Christian teaching on purity and modesty cultivates objectification of women and a rape culture. She claims that's why there is sparse outrage over the realities of sexual harassment. Is she on to something or is she out of her mind? Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss.

Apr 20, 2017

Presumably the secular culture at large expects the marketplace of ideas to be much more civil without those “narrow minded” Christians around, constantly discussing moral black and white, drawing lines in the sand on sexual ethics for instance. If Christian influence is waning in society, progressives might expect there to be a utopia just around the corner, where each person’s ideas and choices are wildly accepted by everyone, and civil discourse is normative…but is that what we’re seeing in the culture at large?  Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson engage this and more.

Apr 19, 2017

The most persuasive people are the ones who make us laugh. Louis C.K.'s new Netflix special has erupted in controversy.  His observations spark laughter over "killing babies."  Pro-choice advocates like it less than the Pro-life advocates.  And yet, the routine is decidedly in favor of abortion.  Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss the the power of comedy and persuasion all while taking a serious look at the tiny revolution behind every joke.  

Apr 13, 2017

The claim that Jesus rose from the dead is well documented and undeniable.  But is that claim credible?  Scholars of all stripes agree on 5 bedrock facts.  What explanation best accounts for all of those facts?  It's not enough to submit a theory.  You must support it with evidence.  Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson dive in and evaluate each theory against the evidence.  

Apr 12, 2017

Richard Dawkins claims that Jesus rotted in a grave, like everyone else.  And, any claim otherwise is no better attested than a children's fable.  But what about all of New Testament scholars who say differently? What about non-Christian historical documents that address Jesus and the resurrection? Even agnostic, New Testament scholar, Bart Ehrman disagrees with Dawkins. Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss.

Apr 6, 2017

You can try to control your children or you can try to influence them, but you can't choose both. What do you when you're afraid that your kids are losing their Christian values or their innocence? Your college age kid announces that he has adopted a political ideology that you despise... Your teenage daughter is pregnant.  Pastors Mike Bell and Rick Henderson discuss how to move forward without blowing up.  

Apr 5, 2017

Someone once said, "When you become a parent you quickly realize that for the rest of your life you’re only as happy as your unhappiest kid." Kids will do something that goes against our values, experiment with something illegal or go through a phase that feels like a bomb has been dropped on the family. What do you do when you're afraid they're losing something sacred? What if they drop the atheist bomb? Pastors Rick Henderson and Mike Bell discuss steps to keep the Christian family from blowing up when the bombs do drop.

 

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