By Jason Stellman
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Where anything worth doing is worth doing badly.
||Explicit28. Fear and Loathing in American Christianity||In this episode of Misfit Faith I explore the utter lack of moral and spiritual credibility on the part of American Christianity, especially in the light of the crisis at our border. We hear some thoughts from Brian McLaren on church in the Trump age,..||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit27. Anthony Bourdain, Suicide, and Radical Theology||In this episode of Misfit Faith I reflect on the tragic suicide of Anthony Bourdain as well as engage with the responses to it from Matt Walsh and USA Today. I suggest that perhaps the conservative evangelical approach both lacks compassion (gasp!) as..||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit26. The Great Spiritual Migration: Is It OK for Christianity to Evolve?||In this episode of Misfit Faith I begin a series exploring Brian McLaren’s latest book, The Great Spiritual Migration. I address whether the Christian faith should be understood as static and unchanging or whether dynamic growth and evolution are...||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit25. Faith Getting Woke: Escaping Escapism||In this episode of the Misfit Faith show I address the topic of escapism, suggesting that the root of American Christianity’s dismissiveness toward social justice and environmental stewardship is the idea that it’s all gonna burn anyway. I share...||5/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit24. Faith Getting Woke: They Blinded Me with Science (with Christian Kingery)||In this episode I address another area where American Christianity may need to rethink its stance: science. I suggest that science poses no threat to faith, and yet, we must not allow these scientists to get too big for their britches (or lab coats)....||5/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit23. Faith Getting Woke: Queer Eye for the Straight Church (with Jay Bakker)||In this episode of Misfit Faith I suggest that the American church needs to strike a new posture towards the LGBT community if they want to avoid utter cultural obscurity in this post-Christian world of ours. I speak with pastor Jay Bakker (son of Jim..||5/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit22. Faith Getting Woke: Dr. Evil & Mr. God (with Jonathan Hays)||In this episode I continue our series on what the church needs to do in order to be able to speak meaningfully into the lives of people in a post-Christian culture. I address the problem of evil and the oft-cavalier Christian response to it. I chat...||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21. Faith Getting Woke: Killing the Cage-Fighter God||Episode #21 of the Misfit Faith Podcast continues our series on how the church can survive in a post-Christian culture. I address the issue of power, showing how American Christianity is just the latest expression of humanity’s age-old principle of...||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit20. Faith Getting Woke: Overcoming our Body Issues (with Seth Taylor)||Episode #20 of Misfit Faith begins a new series on how Christianity can survive in our twenty-first century postmodern culture. I address the various ways we might respond to this challenge, and then chat with Seth Taylor about the church's fear of...||4/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit19. The Economics of Gratitude (with Diana Butler Bass)||In this episode of Misfit Faith I offer a brief reflection on the degree to which many tend to understand the Christian life according to an “economic model” (which basically means it’s all one big eternal quid pro quo where we scratch God’s...||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18. He is Risen! Or is He? (with John Dominic Crossan)||In episode #18 of the Misfit Faith podcast I suggest a couple distinct approaches to the issue of resurrection (one I hope is right and the other I expect probably is). I then speak at length with world renowned Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan...||4/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit17. Thoughts on the Good Book: Disarming Scripture (with Derek Flood)||In this episode of Misfit Faith I share a few suggestions for how to read the Bible without expecting it to play by the rules of a game it has no stake in (as in, it’s not a history book as we understand that term). I chat with author Derek Flood...||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit16. Thoughts on the Good Book: Can We Really Trust that Table of Contents? (with Mark Shea)||Episode #16 of Misfit Faith tackles the issue of the New Testament canon — what good are concepts like biblical inspiration and inerrancy when we can’t even be sure which books to apply them to? I am joined by Mark Shea, who walks us through this...||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit15. Thoughts on the Good Book: The Numerous “Dick Moves” of Israel’s God (with Jared Byas)||In this episode we continue our series on the Bible, exploring issues such as whether God is in the business of mauling little children with bears or murdering innocent people because his prophet lost a bet. We are joined by Jared Byas, who shares his..||3/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit14. Thoughts on the Good Book: How to Tame Your Deity (with Brad Jersak)||Episode #14 of Misfit Faith begins a short series on the Bible in which we will tackle questions like, “How do we know that Scripture’s Table of Contents is accurate?”; “Why doesn’t the New Testament condemn slavery?”; and in this episode,..||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit13. A Down-to-Earth God (with Matt Polley)||Episode #13 of the Misfit Faith podcast addresses the dangers of the evangelical obsession with high-octane spirituality and in its place suggests pursuing a form of life that is a bit more mundane and earthy. I chat with Matt Polley (1/3 of the...||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit12. Sex & Guns in Trumpland (with Donna Provencher)||In episode #12 of Misfit Faith we turn our attention to the "new sexual revolution" and the hookup culture it generates. I chat with actor and writer Donna Provencher about her perspective on masculinity, femininity, and whether random...||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit11. Letting the Tale Wag the Dogma (with Bryan Stupar)||Episode #11 begins with a continuation my reflection on what spirituality would look like if built from the ground up, this time applying the thought-experiment to Catholicism in particular. I chat with pastor and free-thinker Bryan Stupar about which..||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit10. Anarchist Faith (with Christian Kingery)||In episode #10 of the Misfit Faith podcast I suggest a thought experiment according to which we build our theology from the ground up rather than it being imposed from the top down. I chat with my Drunk Ex-Pastors co-host, Christian Kingery, and then...||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit9. The Evil of an Omni-Controlling God (with Ryan Meeks)||In episode #9 of Misfit Faith I address the topic of a supposedly all-powerful God and the existence of suffering and evil in the world. I chat with the infamous pastor of Eastlake Church, Ryan Meeks, about this issue (and what he has to say may...||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit8. When Christianity Craps the Bed (with John Terranova)||In episode #8 of Misfit Faith I tackle the issue of what happens when American Christianity screws the pooch, craps the bed, jumps the shark, or whatever other colorful metaphor you want for losing its credibility and moral authority. I chat with...||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7. See? I Told You I'm an Ex-Pastor!||When episode #7 drops I will be on the Drunk Ex-Pastors cruise, but rather than leaving you all high and dry I thought I'd dust off an old sermon and put it out there so all of you could mock me. Enjoy!||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6. We're One, But We're Not the Same (with Cash Peters)||Our New Year's Day episode of the Misfit Faith podcast focuses on the issues of unity and division. I share my frustration with my own shortcomings in this department, and receive a free therapy session from my guest, writer and TV personality Cash...||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5. The Sacred and the Secular (with Peyton Jones)||Episode #5 of the Misfit Faith podcast begins with a brief reflection on how the union of heaven and earth that we celebrate at Christmas has some pretty massive ramifications for how we relate to the world around us. I chat with author and church...||12/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4. Keeping Christ in Xmas (with Mark Shea)||The first annual Christmas episode of the Misfit Faith podcast begins with a brief meditation on the claim of many to be “spiritual but not religious.” I chat with author and speaker Mark Shea about what a truly earthly-minded religiosity might...||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3. I Once Was Found, But Now I'm Lost: Spiritual Vagabonds (with Jessica Griffith)||In this episode of the Misfit Faith podcast I focus upon what it means to be a spiritual vagabond and outsider. I chat with Sick Pilgrim founder Jessica Griffith about the community of misfit artists she is a part of, and then take a question from a...||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2. I Once Was Found, But Now I'm Lost: Subverting Sin and Guilt (with Seth Taylor)||In episode #2 of the Misfit Faith podcast I focus on the issues of sin and guilt, reflecting on how the church often mythologizes certain activities by obsessive prohibitions which end up creating a kind of taboo allure. I am joined by Seth Taylor for..||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1. I Once Was Found, But Now I'm Lost: FOMO, Jesus-Style (with Christian Kingery)||In episode #1 of the Misfit Faith podcast I recount the "fear of missing out" that initially lured me into the Christian faith. I have a brief discussion about the role of fear with Christian Kingery, and then answer a listener's question about the...||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
It's about time!
If Chesterton and Bonhoeffer had a baby, and if the pope and Caputo had another baby, and those two babies grew up and had a baby, and if that baby were a podcast, you'd call it Misfit Faith.
Jason (1/2 of the infamous Drunk Ex-Pastors) gives us a look at life through lenses that are sometimes Catholic, usually Chestertonian, and always challenging and provocative. Highly recommended!
Something witty and intellectual
George Soros paid me to give this 5 stars, but I would have anyways because it is good stuff.
The greatest of all time.
Jason Stellman has tapped a nerve. If you’re like me, then this guy can voice your frustration as well as your hope for religion and spirituality. While I’m not catholic, he helps me believe that calling myself a Christian is worthwhile. I love the Chesterton quote that Stellman has introduced me too: “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly”. That to me really sums up the spirit and attitude of the show.