Theology in the Raw
By Preston Sprinkle
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In quick and dirty 20-25 minute episodes, Preston takes a fresh look at what the Bible really says, as he challenges opinions and traditions--yes, even his own. Homosexuality, sex, porn, drinking, immigration, racial tensions, violence, ISIS, Trump, guns, patriotism, you name it. If it's of interest, you can expect Preston to address it. Think of it as theology for the rest of us. If you have any questions you'd like him to address on the show, email them to email@example.com. Hate mail and tirades will be discarded or mocked.
||Clean#628 - Preston a Libertarian - Modern Israel - Polyamory||Today's questions are: Is Preston a libertarian? How did the early church act toward the LGBTQ Community? As Christians should we support modern day Israel? What is the next issue that Christians should be thinking about pertaining to gender an||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#627 - Celibate Christians - Trust the Bible - Obese Pastor||How can the Church support celibate Christians, gay or straight? Should women be in ministry? What does Paul say about it and is it a disputable manner? Why should we trust the Bible as an authoritative source of truth? Should we submit ourselv||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#626 - What is Church - Part 5 - Integration and Diversity||In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow. Value 6 - Integration and Diversity||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#625 - Sexual Attraction Fixed or Fluid? - Women in Leadership? - Book of Enoch||If Annihilation is true, than why does Hell exist? Is sexual attraction fixed or fluid? Is it different for men and women? Does the Bible trump the creeds? What is the Book of Enoch? Why isn't in the Canon? Should women be in church leadersh||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#624 - What is Church? - Part 4 - Participatory vs. Performance||In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow. Value 5 - Participatory vs. Performance||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#623 - Wealth or Poverty? - Divorce and Same-Sex Marriage - Conquest in Exodus?||Should we seek to gain wealth or give it all away? Do I need a degree, or formal training, for Ministry? Should we submit to questionable leadership in our church? Did the conquest in Exodus actually happen?||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#622 - What is Church? - Part 3 - Reproducing vs. Church Growth - Being Relationally Driven||In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow. Value 4 and 6 - Reproducing vs. Church Growth and Being Relationally Driven||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#621 - BJ Thompson - #MeToo - Social Media - Good Relationships||Today Preston is back in the basement with BJ Thompson. BJ Thompson works as a counselor and a life coach with Build a Better Us. Check them out at buildabetterus.com. Preston and BJ are talking about the #MeToo, abuse, social media in today's wor||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#620 - Lisa Fields - Jude 3 Project||Today Preston is talking to Lisa Fields. Lisa is the founder of the Jude 3 Project (jude3project.com). The primary mission of the Jude 3 Project is to help the Christian community know what they believe and why they believe it.||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#619 - Re-Baptism - Lesbian Wedding - Annihilation - Sin and Holiness||My first Baptism wasn't immersion, do I need to be baptized again? How can you go against years of history and church tradition and believe in an Annihilation view of Hell? Do you say congratulations to an engaged lesbian couple? How do we put to d||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#618 - What is Church ? - Part 2 - Simplicity and Generosity||What is church? What should church be? What should church look like? What should church pursue? In this series, Preston is looking at 8 different values that the church should work to keep forefront as they continue and grow. Value 2 and 3 - Simpl||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#617 - Todd Wilson - Mere Sexuality - Driven or Called?||Today on the podcast, Preston is talking to Todd Wilson. Todd is the author of Mere Sexuality and the pastor at Calvary Memorial Church. Preston and Todd are talking about his book and about the highs and lows of being a pastor.||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#616 - What is Church? - Part 1 - The Centrality of Mission||Preston is working to start a new church in Boise. This has him studying what church should be about. What is church? What should church be? What should church look like? What should church pursue?||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#615 - Spiritual Trauma - Mixed Orientation Marriage||How do you deal with Spiritual PTSD? What is Spiritual PTSD? Preston isn't a certified professional counselor but he recommends reading the "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. Is a mixed orientation marriage possible? Should we be||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#614 - Steve Patton - Multi-Cultural Church Planter - BLM Movement||Today Preston is talking to Steve Patton. Steve is a multi-cultural church planter and is working now to plant a church in Seattle. Steve and Preston are talking about how to be an effective teacher and preacher of the Gospel and the importance of exeg||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#613 - Can You be Porn Free with an iPhone? - Is There a Case for Christian Universalism?||A couple disagrees on Same Sex Marriage - can they and should they still get married? Should a child get gender reassignment or hormone therapy if they feel the belong to another gender?||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#612 - Can You Not Sign the Nashville Statement and Be Saved?||How do we write doctrinal statements on complicated issues, such as gender identity and transgender people? What is a biblical or theological argument for the belief that we shouldn't pursue gender reassignment surgery?||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#611 - BJ Thompson - Black Lives Matter - LGBT Community||Today on the show they're talking about all kinds of hot topics - the BLM Movement, 'Are race relations really that bad?', 'Why is their a need for race reconciliation?', 'How should we engage the LGBT Community?', 'What's with Donald Trump?'.||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#610 - Nashville Statement, Problem of Evil, Purpose of Marriage||Preston is back in the basement answering questions. What are Preston's thought on the Nashville Statement? How do we answer the Problem of Evil? If God is good and all powerful why does he allow evil to happen? Does Hell really exist? What||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#609 - Matt Carter - Bad Christian Podcast & Emery||Today Preston is talking to Matt Carter. Many of you know Matt as a part of the Bad Christian Podcast and a guitar player for the band Emery. Matt is talking with Preston about the Church, Christianity, Donald Trump, Charlottesville and the band.||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#608 - Charlottesville, Donald Trump, and a Moral Sexual Ethic||What the heck is happening in Charlottesville? What did Donald Trump say? For more information about the events happening in Charlottesville, Preston recommends checking out The Ben Shapiro Show - Episodes 361, 362, 363. What about polyamory?||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#607 - Ken Ham's Rainbow Ark - Chris Sprinkle: How to Start your own Girl's Group||Chris Sprinkle is also in to discuss her young girl's group and provide some helpful tips in order to start one in your area. What does Preston think of Ken Ham's Rainbow Ark? How do I forgive abusive parents? What does it mean to forgive? Does forgive||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#607 - Children with Lesbian Parents - Christians Smoking Pot - Is Preston a Universalist?||How do you relate to children with Lesbian parents? Is recreational marijuana use okay for Christians? If you have a desire to dive into a ministry that seeks to reach the LGBTQ community, here are some books Preston recommends before you get sta||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#606 - Penal Substitution and the Virtue in Same Sex Marriage||Is Penal Substitution the only 'biblical' Atonement Theory? What is Penal Substitution? If good fruit is being produced in same sex marriages, then why shouldn't we, as Christians, approve of this? How do you deal with political family disputes?||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Preston is A Voice Worth Hearing
I'm glad this was finally made available in podcast form (been streaming from the website for a while now).
How to describe him and his work best? Here is a quite from his blog at Patheos that sums him up well:
"One of the best pieces of intellectual advice I received (from a student, actually) was that 'we should seek to understand before we critique.' Another person, this time a colleague, used to say that 'you need to get to a place where you are an inch away from believing something before you can truly understand it,' and he was talking about Islam. Pretty risky stuff, but I think they’re both right. A solid, honest, informed—indeed, Christian—way of evaluating a any interpretation or doctrine is to understand it before you critique it."
That describes Preston. He struggles for truth and understanding, no matter where it leads. And he's always gracious while he does it. He's Worth you're time.
WOW…What Does The Bible Really Say Podcast is flat out awesome. Good production quality. Easy to listen. Very impressed Preston. Keep bringing it.
You're Right, Christians Stop Imposing Biblical Teaching on Secular Society
Your tone is upbeat and maybe you'll sway other Christians to stop being so hateful towards LGBTI people in the public sphere. I'm not hopeful that will happen however as your message is at odds with the Evangelical tradition which asks Christians to "live their faith" in the public sphere. When I don't see a preacher recruiting on campus with homophobic language, I'll count that as progress.