47% of you will not like this podcast… but 99% of the angels started dancing when they heard that Joerg Rieger was coming back on the podcast!  Joerg’s last visit has remained one of the most popular episodes & this return visit will not disappoint.  Rieger and I had a monster of a conversation.  We discuss the election, the economy, the gaffs, Ayn Rand, and all that is being left of the table of our political discourse when it comes to economic justice.  Then we move on to a bunch of the HBC Deacons’ questions.

Rieger is the Wendland-Cook Endowed Professor of Constructive Theology at Perkins School of Theology (SMU), prolific author, regular speaker, motorcycle enthusiast, and just plain awesome dude.  In the podcast we discuss the relationship of politics, power, the economy, and our present crisis from a theological and biblical perspective.  We move from the abstract to the practical and along the way I hope it’s clear we both had a good bit of fun.

*** Come see Rieger, Philip Clayton, Rita Brock, & more at the American Academy of Religion this year in Chicago.  Homebrewed Christianity is sponsoring a session: Occupy the Church: Church Theology for the 99 Percent.  It will be on Monday November 19 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in the Conference Room 4A at the Hilton Chicago Hotel.  The details will be posted soon.***

Rieger is author of many books including:

Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude **[This Book Currently Blowing My Mind Nightly]**

No Rising Tide: Theology, Economics, and the Future  (Kindle $9.99)

Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times

and Globalization and Theology ($8.80 Kindle, $9.80 paperback)

Check out his amazing website for great resources!

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I like the discussion going on here. I agree that the very structure of our churches need to change so that we are better integrating classes within our faith community. My wife and I just got involved in the last few months with a group called Circles of Hope. It is an amazing organization that seeks to help people in poverty by surrounding them with a support group that helps them find resources to help themselves. We are going to be one of the support families that helps the family set goals, and work towards those goals. The program has had great success around the country, it is really amazing. What I like best is that it connects middle/upper class people to struggling families in poverty, and they don't just give them money they form relationships. Friendships that last years, and after the struggling families get on their feet some of them become allies for other families. It is really cool to see God's Kingdom at work here.

Bo Sanders
Bo Sanders

download. unplug. play. rejoice. GO!

Jesse Turri
Jesse Turri

Oooo baby! I'm ready man. Timely advice too, being that hurricane Sandy is fast approach over here!