Why Write a Liberal Theology? w/ Douglas Ottati

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bookWhy write a liberal theology?  That’s a good question & we got an interview size answer!  Buckle your theological safety belt because this episode is going to get seriously awesome.  If you remember Dr. Ottati’s last visit to the podcast then you are already excited!  Professor Ottati is the Craig Family Distinguished Professor in Reformed Theology and Justice Ministry at Davidson College in North Carolina.  He is one of the best communicators I know.  Not only is he a top-notch nerd but he has a strong love for the church and bringing theological goodness into local congregations.

PS. Ottati rocks the name game with a level of skill that rivals Jurgen Moltmann’s fun with Tony Jones and I.

On top of the most awesome first volume of Theology for Liberal Protestants you can check out Theology for Liberal Presbyterians and Other Endangered SpeciesReforming Protestantism: Christian Commitment in Today’s World, and Hopeful Realism: Recovering the Poetry of Theology.

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Atheism for Lent w/ Peter Rollins & Tripp #HighGravity

Starting March 13th

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For a number of years Peter Rollins has been developing and running a course entitled “Atheism for Lent.” This is a Lenten practice in which a group tarries with some of the greatest, most perceptive criticisms and critiques of God, religion, and faith.

In order to bring this to the next level (or raise the ABV) Peter is joining forces with Tripp Fuller to provide an in-depth, intensive, and hopefully entertaining version of the practice – High Gravity style.  In the class we will read and discuss David Hume, Karl Marx, Ludwig Feuerbach, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Mary Daly, and Thomas Altizer.

The class is just 30 bucks & includes PDFs of the reading, an online discussion forum, video streaming and convo during each Live session, audio download of each class, & the possibility of Tripp & Pete cuddling on video.

If you missed the Radical Theology class we did last summer you can now download the audio for your enjoyment!

 

How the Class Works

Each week we will gather online for a video class session.  They will be 90 minutes each and include an intro lecture on the thinker of the week, Pete and Tripp conversing, and then some Q & R.  Last time the chat room during each session was pretty awesome so we will be looking forward to interacting through out.  They will start at 6pm (pst) / 9pm (est).

For each week you will be able to download a PDF of our reading & post any questions, comments, and such in advance of our session.

After each session you will be able to download the audio of the session and listen every Lent the rest of your life… or in traffic this year.

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The Phyllis Tickle Extravaganza in Los Angeles! March 6th

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Phyllis Tickle is on her last public speaking tour and celebrating the release of her new book The Age of the Spirit.  She has long been the Matriarch of emergence Christianity, sage of the ecclesiological frontier, and the most popular advocate for ‘rummage sales‘ I know.  I would have called her The Evangelist of the Future but the title was already taken… for a book also being released in Tickle’s honor. Not only will she be at Fuller Seminary March 6th for your theological enjoyment but she will be joined by Tony Jones and Ryan Bolger.

FTS-Campus-MapThe fun will start at 5pm at the Brehm Center on Fuller’s Campus.  You will get to hear Phyllis last public lecture followed by Tripp interviewing her with Tony and Ryan about the changing shape of the church.  The conversation will wrap up around 6:15 in time for you to get the book and get it signed before heading to round 2 for the evening.

Getting to see Phyllis in action is a real treat.  Seeing her for free is even better so plan to get her book and get it signed for your Mom’s next birthday.  I know my Mom loves reading Phyllis.

 

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After the book signing our friends at (a)Spire (a sweet UCC church plant across the street) will be hosting an aspire on light-dreenafter party, Theology Nerd Throwdown, & homebrewed extravaganza.   There shall be deep thoughts, tasty brews, tunes, and laughter.  Tripp also plans to challenge Tony to a rematch of au contraire mon frere, some of you will battle it out in Theopardy, & another bit of Tickle excitement that shall not be named but it may be labeled… you can also drink it…

For the podcast you will only need 10 bucks.  We will be releasing our brand new Homebrewed Christianity Belgian beer or ice tea glass at the event.  You will get the glass and an assortment of things to fill it with.  There is even a homebrewing member of (a)Spire who shall be bringing her deliciousness to share.

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The Problem of Evil & Suffering w/ Robert Mesle [Barrel Aged]

This Barrel Aged podcast was originally released in 2008 as episodes 8 & 9.  The quality of the conversation was so good we had to put it back out.  Who doesn’t enjoy a good conversation about evil, suffering, Buddha, Bible & a little Whitehead?  Clearly someone who hasn’t listened to this episode yet.  Bob Mesle is a professor of Religion and Philosophy at Graceland University.

Dr. C. Robert Mesle’s 136-page introduction to process-relational philosophy is a must-read for anyone new to process or who wants to be able to clearly articulate Afred North Whitehead‘s philosophy to others without a lot of technical language or headaches.  You can check out his podcast about the text HERE.  You should also check out his introduction to Process Theology which again is the best for a newbie.

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The Hobbit, Smaug, & Weak Power w/ Gregory Walter

imagesWho doesn’t love J.R.R. Tolkien, the mythology of Middle Earth, and getting to see Smaug (the most WalterGreg250x350EPIC of all dragons) on the big screen?  If Led Zeppelin can sing about it and nerds can roll 12 sided dice about it, then it must be pretty awesome.  On Thursday February 6th we hosted a live video streaming podcast with Gregory Walter to nerd out about Tolkien’s world.  It was an amazing conversation in which you get convo about the book, movie, and all the Middle Earth mythology.

Our guest is Dr. Gregory Walter, a professor of religion and Pro Grade Hobbiter.  He is a professor at St. Olaf College and was recently on the podcast to discuss his new book Being Promised: Theology, Gift, and Practice.  At the end of the podcast we realized our mutual love for the Hobbit and this podcast idea was born!

You can check out the video HERE.

Gregory’s list of the essential Tolkien texts can be found HERE.

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Theological Legend Michael Welker on Constructive Christology

foto-welkerWho is Jesus Christ for us today?  Is there a way to even attempt to answer the question with intellectual credibility?  One of Germany’s greatest theologians, Michael Welker, is on the podcast discussing his new book God the Revealed: Christology.  In the book and on the podcast we discuss the quest for the historical, theological engagement with the natural sciences, the cultural shifts in the church, atonement theories, our shared love of Whitehead, and a bunch of other nerdy bits of goodness.

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It was a real honor to get to talk with Dr. Welker.  I have read so many of his texts over the years & have long admired his work.  The creativity of mind and clarity in his writing are always impressive but in this conversation it was the depth of his faith and love of the church that struck me.  I hope you all enjoy the conversation as much as I did and share it far and wide so I can talk him into coming back on the podcast.

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February & March Live Events Online, in LA, & Chicago

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Homebrewed Christianity HQ in Redondo Beach & the World Wide Web

On Thursday February 6th we shall be hosting a live video streaming podcast with Professor Gregory Walter and all our pointy-eared Deacons to nerd out about Tolkien’s world.  Expect to hear some of Greg’s wisdom he’s gained teaching the Tolkien class over the years and the BoDaddy explain his entire Middle Earth tattoo sleeve.  We will also have a good message board rolling so we can interact with everyone’s questions and such on the stream.  Details HereFacebook Event.

 

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The Level Ground Film Festival Headquarters
70 N Raymond Ave.
Pasadenda, CA, 91103

A live podcast from the Level Ground Film Festival!  We shall be joined by guest co-hosts Barry Taylor & Ryan Parker as talk to the producers of Jesus, don’t let me die before I’ve had sex, bring in some audience for Theo-Nerd Jeopardy (the Sin, Sex & Cinema Edition), enjoy some home brew, and chat it up with some other special guests.

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Fuller Theological Seminary \\ Brehm Center       135 N Oakland Ave, Pasadena, CA 91182

The final stop on Phyllis Tickle’s last speaking tour.  She’s a legend and needs to end the tour in style!  We shall be hosting the fun with Phyllis and Tony Jones as they discuss their two newest books.  After you get the books signed we shall head over to a secret location across the street for some continued fun as Tripp challenges Tony to a rematch of au contraire mon frere, some of you will battle it out in Theopardy, & another bit of Tickle excitement that shall not be named but it may be labeled.

6 week online class w/ Peter Rollins

6 week online class w/ Peter Rollins

March 13th @ 6pm.  w/ Peter Rollins

Homebrewed Christianity HQ in Redondo Beach

Opening night of Peter Rollins & I’s Lenten High Gravity class Atheism for Lent.  Anyone & everyone can take this 6 week class online through the HBX learning center but if you are in LA or coming to town for Friday’s Hocus Pocus event you can join Pete and I in the flesh for some High Gravity fun.  After the class we shall head across the street to a local watering hole for beverages and conversation.  Why give up chocolate for lent when you can give up God… while reading atheist philosophers with me and Pete?  x6 90 minute sessions streamed live, downloadable later, with readings and group chit-chat.  Plus it’s just 30 bucks.

 

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Neighborhood Church & Monkish Brewing Company

A day-long workshop with Peter Rollins and friends.  It will be hosted at my church, Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes UCC & then move to Monkish Brewing Company for a beer release and podcast.  It shall be EPIC.  Details here.  You should come.  Get your tickets now.

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4th Presbyterian Church  126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611

This is going to be the 1st Youth Ministry conference I won’t feel out of place... it’s actually for progressive Christians. There’s a huge line-up of speakers and workshop leaders, many of whom I am ready to learn from!  Jonnie will be joining me to represent for Homebrewed.  I shall be dropping a keynote on “Why Process Theology Doesn’t Suck,” doing a workshop, taking Deacons on a Craft Brewery outing, and there will be a LIVE Homebrewed Podcast on Thursday Night at an Irish Pub. During the podcast there will be a battle for the ages… Theopardy: Youth Ministers vs PhDs.  If you are a student minister sign up for the event. (50 bucks off w/ code: HBCTNT ) If you are a local Deacon come out for the podcast any way.

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San Diego, CA 92104

The Transform Network is having its annual gathering in San Diego & on Friday night Homebrewed Christianity is bringing the party w/ a live podcast that will make you think, laugh, and consider your finitude in light of Tripp’s contemporary dance routine.  The event, speakers, and location are all pretty sweet and it’s very affordable.  If you are interested in the intersection of missional church thinking with activism and contemplative spirituality then you should be there.

 

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The Hobbit, Smaug, & Wizard Pipes: an Streaming Video Party Feb. 6th

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEYWho doesn’t love J.R.R. Tolkien, the mythology of Middle Earth, and getting to see Smaug (the most EPIC of all dragons) on the big screen?  If Led Zeppelin can sing about it and nerds can roll 12 sided dice about it, then it must be pretty awesome.  On Thursday February 6th we shall be hosting a live video streaming podcast with Gregory Walter and all our pointy-eared Deacons to nerd out about Tolkien’s world.

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Check Out Dr. Walter’s Previous Visit

Expect to hear some of Greg’s wisdom he’s gained teaching the Tolkien class over the years and the BoDaddy explain his entire Middle Earth tattoo sleeve.  We will also have a good message board rolling so we can interact with everyone’s questions and such on the stream.  If you are a hardcore Tolkien fan and want to hop on the video stream to share a bit as well email me with the topic and your google chat name so I can make sure we are friends.

We will start at 6pm on the West Coast & 9pm on the East.   I will embed the video stream at the top of this post before we start.  Let us know you are streaming and share with your friends on the Facebook Event page.

If you live in LA and want to join the stream in the room with Bo & I let me know.  The Elder of Hops and I brewed a Pliny the Elder clone and shall be comparing the clone with the original during the podcast. That should be ample reason to find our secret streaming location!  Plus we will probably record a fresh TNT afterward.

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A Day of Hocus Pocus in LA w/ Peter Rollins

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I am excited to announce a day-long workshop with Peter Rollins and friends.  It will be hosted at my church, Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes UCC & then move to Monkish Brewing Company for a beer release and podcast.  It shall be EPIC.  You should come.  Get your tickets now.

Here’s the event promo…

Join incendiary Northern Irish philosopher and theologian, Peter Rollins, and a cadre of hand-selected presenters, artists and musicians for a day of discussion and reflection on the role of the church for those pursuing a life of faith.

The daytime portion of the event will involve a mix of talks, workshops, reflections, music, magic and plenty of time for networking and learning from your peers. We’ll be exploring innovative and subversive ways of rethinking the role of church life—ways that question old orthodoxies and the age-old distinctions between theism and atheism, faith and faithlessness, spirituality and materiality and that open up new paths that embrace doubt, complexity and ambiguity.

In the evening, we’ll descend upon the Monkish Brewing Company where the networking will continue, accompanied by a Homebrewed Christianity event, live music, close-up magic and the exclusive launch of a specialty Lenten beer, lovingly crafted by New Testament scholar turned Brew Master Henry Nguyen (the first one’s on us).

This event is aimed toward anyone interested in the theory and practice of the Future Church (pastors, youth leaders, students, etc.). Walk away from the day with some new ideas for ripping away the curtain that protects your community from a more authentic presence…and develop a few new friendships along the way.

And, as if that wasn’t enough, anyone who’s around the night before can come out for pre-game drinks at a bar that will be revealed after registration.

There’re only 50 places for the event so get your tickets HERE.

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The 2013 Homebrewed Christianity Podcast Awards!

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3 Books for the Price of 1!

6 week online class w/ Peter Rollins

6 week online class w/ Peter Rollins

2013 was an amazing year on the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast network.  So Bo and I decided that we would do a little year-end review show.  You will get to hear some of our favorite clips, hear what was going through our heads during some of the online scuffles, and find out just who won the coveted Homebrewed Christianity Deacon of the Year!

In the episode we give out awards for Elder of the Year, Episode of the Year, Live Event of Awesomeness, Online Scuffle Spectacular, and Deacon of the Year.

The Theology Nerd Throwdown is excited to welcome Chalice Press.  They are the offical publishing sponsor with lots of great books and resources for theology nerds, preachers, and church planters. They just might become your #1 favorite progressive Christian publisher. So check them out.

Come Join Tripp & Jonnie for the Conference, Live Podcast and Craft Brewery Fun.

Come Join Tripp & Jonnie for the Conference and Craft Brewery Fun.

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