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Aug 26, 2016

With a society that is becoming more and more divided, with a contentious political race ahead, and with global conflict on the rise, the world is in need for a church that carries out its role as a maker of justice and peace.  Are the American Churches, Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, and Mainline, ready to do the hard work that lies ahead?

Today we will speak with Jer Swigart, one of the founders of the Global Immersion Project, on conflict, peacemaking, the movement of Christians who are learning that Christ had little interest in American standards of successful living, and the thrill and adventure of taking up one’s cross and following Jesus.  Get ready: whichever side of the spectrum you find yourself, on this podcast, you’re in for a bumpy ride!

Aug 19, 2016

With Bible sales on the rise, and with its ongoing reputation as the best-selling book of all time, one might surmise that we’re in a golden age of Bible literacy and moral development.  A quick look around today might lead one to a different set of conclusions.

Today we discuss the Bible, it’s role in the church and in society, and the curious paradox that while Bible sales are at record levels, Bible literacy seems to be at an all-time low.  We’ll talk with journalist Kenneth Briggs, author of “The Invisible Bestseller: Searching for the Bible in America,” about his findings in his quest to discover why the Bible is so widely owned, but so rarely read.

Aug 12, 2016

Still looking for a good book for your August week at the beach?  If reading about nuclear weapons wasn’t your cup of tea, how about another book about the end of the world?

This week we will talk with Alissa Wilkinson and Robert Joustra, authors of “How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and Politics at the End of the World.”  If you’ve been wondering why so many movies are making so much money on visions of the future that neither you nor I would like to experience, you’re going to enjoy this conversation.  Get ready to explore some of the most popular stories in today’s media through the eyes of these two brilliant observers of popular culture.

Aug 5, 2016

In July 2012, three protesters, an 84-year-old Catholic nun among them, broke into a secure facility in Oak Ridge, TN, where the United States stockpiles its highly enriched uranium.  The break-in, in which fences were cut, slogans were painted, and human blood was poured on the facility’s walls, is widely known to be the most damaging and embarrassing incident in the US’s nuclear program’s history.

In this episode, we speak with Dan Zak, a Washington Post reporter who originally covered this story in 2013, and recently published his book entitled, “Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age.”  It’s August, and if you haven’t had your vacation yet, buy this book and get out on the beach right away.  You’re in for a moral, ethical, and theological thriller of the highest order.

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