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  • There are real Christians on both sides of this issue, all of whom feel convinced of their position. If humans are unwilling to embrace this fact, there is no hope for unity. Christians have clear instructions [John 13:35] not to be known by positions, but rather the love shared for one another and all humanity.

    Each woman on this episode would vote the same way at the ballot; and yet see this issue very differently.

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  • Many systematic theologians talk about God like they got God pegged while Isaiah says "God's thoughts and ways are higher than ours."

    While many claim things along the lines of "God won't bless your finances if you don't tithe before taxes," I'm still trying to process what it means for God to love me. What does that mean for all of us?

    This is an episode about God. If you're pursuing theology for a snapshot of God, give up the pursuit because God is too big for that.

    What we are left with:
    If God is all-loving, God can't be all-powerful because there is evil in the world.
    If God is all-powerful, God must not care or love creation because there is evil in the world.

    Many Christians still claim God to be both, all-loving and all-powerful (I'm one of them -- Joey).
    But while others, like Thomas Oord, actually try to make sense of this dichotomy, coming up with other possible explanations, he's pushed to the side as a heretic.

    Thomas Oord's new book Pluriform Love, unpacks a "Thomas Oord version" of open theology, which is a belief that supposes God not to be all-powerful.

    If this doctrine is true, how do we know we are "eternally safe" in heaven (where ever that is)?
    How do we reconcile God's wrath and eternal love with his eternal grace, love and redemption. So what the hell is going on out there and how does all this work? Does God have emotions? Why did God create us in the first place?

    We can only speculate.

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  • Ellen would rather be alone than to have an affair. Are pedophiles simply stuck with their attraction to kids? Is it true love when a victim loves his aggressor? If it's "true love," is that a good thing?

    Matt has a trauma-filled childhood that we haven't been filled in on yet, Ellen wants more black friends in her life, and Joey makes a blunder that he felt sick about.

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  • Worship leader in an evangelical church, cousin of Brian Welch (Korn), struggler of bipolar disorder, and author, Scott W. Box, joins the show to discuss mental illness, grace and Heroic Disgrace, his recent book release in which he tells his story and unpacks the gospel concept of "winning by losing."

    We also discuss how God can make healthy what He chooses not to heal, and how Scott's struggles with mental illness compelled him to seek Jesus deeper. Isn't that a good thing?

    Joey also reflects on his madness of reverting back to OCD spiritual rituals back in his mental health crisis in 2019 and how leaning on others' faith is necessary when personal faith has run dry. Can your brain ever be too unhealthy to process God in a positive light? Joey has experienced times when thoughts of God were a detriment.

    Two pastors reflect on their journeys through mental health crises and having personal experience, describe their experiences with being suicidal and how selfishness wasn't part of the equation.

    Ben Archer, Patron of the show (which means he's in the Bear W/ Community), joins Joey to talk deconstruction and reflect on BadChristian. And up top, a couple of my black friends reflect a bit on how Will Smith's actions was a poor representation of African-Americans.

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  • Originally aired 7/13/2021.

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    Mennonite Pastor, Duke Graduate and author, Melissa Florer-Bixler, joins to talk about what she calls “reproductive justice.” Is a living embryo an actual living person? Is it mere tissue waste? “No” and “no,” according to Melissa. We discuss these matters and reflect on a truth that many evangelical Christians do not want to face: their pro-life stances are actually conditional and far from consistent. Just ask a beautiful (and desperate) couple who went the in vitro fertilization route, were successful, but have additional frozen embryos that will never be used. What does a consistent pro-life stance look like and what sorts of hypocrisies are currently rampant in those who claim pro-life? Within discussions along these lines, is there an important distinction between human life and personhood?

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  • Originally aired 7/8/2021.

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    While some people call ProGrace.org “pro-life lite,” others label it as teetering on pro-choice. Angie Weszely and her organization (Pro-Grace) takes heat from both sides, and as you’ll hear in this episode, she doesn’t believe Jesus would own either label. He always starts with grace, and this seems to be something unfortunately lacking in many hearts of those in the pro-life camp. Co-host Ellen Mauro, who considers herself a “pro-life liberal” and one who is pro-life but votes pro-choice, joins us to talk about perhaps the most polarizing and potentially heated issues of the century.

    ProGrace.org is a movement that offers training and other resources founded on a belief for God to give us a creative solution based on His wisdom and provision - and His love for BOTH the woman and the child.

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  • One woman married to an Air Force pilot (Jessica Reagan), another woman who grew up in a military family (Liz Miller). One black guy (Robbie Madison), one white guy (Joey Svendsen). Each grew up (and was taught to) loving the U.S.A. but as adults, this love looks a lot different. What does it mean to love your country but not trust the government?

    How can our country be as bad as some of our citizens claim, when people all around the world are still trying to get here?

    Why are so many Americans more concerned about our country looking good than they are about taking an honest look at the history?

    Is there a lot of good being done by our military that we just do not hear about?

    We even talk a bit about the "good" and "bad" of kneeling at the flag like Colin and how Robbie and Liz to this day are nervous about the flag touching the ground. Happy 4th of July!

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  • From joey blowing up a woman's restroom while ladies are waiting to use, to a bunch of "girl body part talk," co-hosts Liz Miller, Amy Alderman, and Ellen Mauro have "homie time" with Joey; which means listen at your own risk. Lots of "adult clowning," so get the earmuffs out for the kids.

    After getting through the sh*ts and giggles, Liz expresses love and grace towards people who "do not agree with her lifestyle," and Joey proposes that society is getting more woke.

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  • The Bear W/ Community holds "Big Gatherings" each month; some of them like this conversation, are open to the public.

    What you are hearing on this episode is one of those meetings and the beginning of regular gatherings to discuss the potential of unity amongst affirming and un-affirming Christians. With Liz Miller (Christian woman married to a woman) and Hunter Gregory (Christian man engaged to a man) as some of the main voices in this conversation, we all discuss whether it's possible to truly love a queer person without affirming his or her sexuality.

    Lots of grace in this one, thrown in all directions. If you have engaged evangelicalism, you keenly understand how people land on both sides of this one. Matt Oxley, one of the co-hosts (queer himself, former evangelical) has empathy for those who do not affirm him. He sees them as "victims" of a smear campaign that's been going on for the last hundred years.

    How about this one? Is it good or bad, that not one un-affirming person Joey approached to engage in this discussion, was willing to? Hunter Gregory says "that's a bunch of malarky and hogwash." (probably not his exact words)

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  • Any difference in shooting a barking dog verses killing a gnat for buzzing in your ear?

    Pastor With No Answers Podcast partners with Tony Jones of The Reverend Hunter Podcast and Neil Dudley of Pederson Natural Farms, The Cowboy Perspective Podcast, and The Pederson Farms Podcast for an episode that will air on all three shows!

    Lots of "pet talk," (can you leave a dog in the kennel all day? can you let your cat die instead of paying the vet $1000 to save her?) lots of animal and human life talk. Tony loves hunting and Neil's farm kills 1500 pigs every week, yet both have yet to be desensitized by the loss of life for the little piggies turned bacon on Neil's farm, or for Bambi's mom that Tony's bullet met right before she fell to her death.

    What's the "eye lash rule" of killing animals? Has Walmart contributed to a societal flippancy towards buying and eating meat? What does "humane treatment" of animals mean anyway, and why isn't Tony a fan of that terminology? Is this something Christians should talk more about, consider more deeply? As a Christian, what are some of Neil's convictions about the treatment of animals when running a farm? Does he look after the animals' best interest in the process of "harvesting" them? Would it be unchristian not to?

    Can there even be any moral implications for going around killing plants and animals, if God doesn't exist? And in that case, does this conversation even matter?


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  • Were church leaders reckless, using little wisdom when standing up for and “teaching truth?” Was it an accident so many of us were messed up in the process? Co-hosts Ellen Mauro, Hayne Griffen, and Joey Svendsen mourn the lack of love and wisdom seen in church's approach to sexuality and youth, it's reluctancy to even love those with other views, and it's impulse to beat the mess out of some one who is not "one of us" any more.

    My journey is full of changes in how I see God, faith, the Church and spirituality in general. I have also found church family amongst people who would be labeled "evangelical" by most.

    That’s why as I mourn the hypocrisy in the "capital C church," I also cannot help but to speak on behalf of people who i have often seen live with good intent, bringing forth a lot of goodness and hope into the world.

    But it’s tiring to see the church act more like Judas than Jesus; and even more bothersome? We’re being desensitized as we watch the church claim "Jesus as Lord," without following in His footsteps of love. This is a false claim and is ruining the credibility of gospel and thus the church. -- Joey

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  • Why can't Christians enjoy a "God's Kingdom first" approach to life? Could our very democracy crumble, due merely to people’s unwillingness to listen and learn about other peoples's views, convictions and beliefs?

    Rev. Brandan Robertson is family of this show, author, activist and public theologian. Discussing his newest book, Filled to Be Emptied: The Path to Liberation for Privileged People, Brandan once again pulls no punches in his true desire to radically love all, taking Jesus seriously no matter what the cost. Although Rev. Brandan considers himself on the "left" (or in the "progressive camp") and speaks often against the hypocrisy of much of the evangelical right, he feels his leftest "team" gains nothing--and is even in err--when demonizing Trump voters. Brandan challenges us all to "see the face of God" in everyone.

    Why do we worship ideology? Can we really call ourselves followers of Christ if we do not empty ourselves and give up privileges like he did (Philippians 2)? This passage, Brandan supposes, addresses the sacrificial responsibilities a privileged follower of Christ is called to have. Hard point to argue against. Read the verse for yourself.

    Is anger good, while bitterness is not? Why are some evangelicals leaving evangelicalism while others stay, in support of a leader who goes against many of the very morals evangelicals have historically never budged on?

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  • Co-hosts Joey Svendsen and Matt Oxley hang with regular contributor Jack Hoey (the father) to discuss whether capitalism or communism is ideal in regards to morals, greed, and a more "Jesus Way" of running things.

    Everyone on the show agrees on capitalism's shortcomings (and even evil of), but the disagreement at hand, is whether communism is any better. There are admirable motivations for both "sides" to promote their version of "ideal government," the various perspectives here represent a different weighting system of different values.

    Did Jesus speak against capitalism? Does communism lend itself to more evil, given the more control allotted to less people, and the question remains: has it ever worked in the past?

    History has spoken clearly though, no manmade system can fix human greed, undo the propensity to take advantage of others, nor stop the violence motivated often for financial gain.

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  • Katie Hays is an author, church planter, pastor, educated at MIT, Yale and Princeton: and she taught us a new word: "Fundagelical." That's what her and I (Joey) were, before going through the scary process of faith change. With her new book ("God Gets Everything God Wants") as the context, we discuss a variety of topics:

    -How we were once both convinced of our narrow view of faith being the only right one.
    -Accepting the bible has multiple "takes" on a particular subject and inerrancy falls a part.
    -How evangelicals' "gospel news" may be incomplete
    - Blame the "capital C church" needs to accept
    -The "slippery slope" of deconstruction that led to our freedom
    -The humility required for deconstruction.
    -Rarely does one set out to deconstruct her faith.
    -What the church has learned from the LGBTQ community
    -The relentless faith and devoutness of a "deconstructed Christian."
    -The pain of loved ones' misunderstandings of your deconstruction
    - When Joey's mom was with child (with Joey), prophesies were made about Joey by a spirit-filled prayer group of Catholic women

    On a "fun scale" of 1-10, this conversation was a 10 for me. -- Joey

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  • Continuing a conversation that was started on this podcast 2 years ago, part six of a series that has taken a behind the scenes look at Joey’s journey through a mental health crisis in 2019.

    Joining today are four of Joey’s closest friends, Tim McAdams, Sarah Eller.
    And Amy Alderman, Robbie Madison, both also co-hosts of the show.

    The three reflect on his transparency leading up to this crisis and the effects it had on their processing of the situation at hand, back in 2019. They discuss whether they dealt with fear around the potential of Joey losing his life; and how they processed knowing that the friend of theirs, who was battling for his life, was also pastor of the church that all four considered their family. A true story of friendship, the power of family and the need for connection. Sarah Eller, Tim McAdams, Amy Alderman and Robbie Madison, special thanks for your love, grace and commitment to your boy.

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    My Depressive Episode: Why Talk About Our Hell
    My Depressive Episode 2: “To See a Son Suffer”
    My Depressive Episode 3 (w/ Chip Judd): Anxiety and How it All Began
    My Depressive Episode 4: Our Pastors Walked With Us & the Mental Institution
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  • Adarius Gerard Jenkins
    12/10/00 - 06/09/13
    Son of Kip and Leenetta Smalls, brother of Kazadia Smalls

    Honoring all who are mourning the loss of a loved one, during this Mother's Day 2022.

    Sunday morning of June 9th 2013 started just like any other day, but by the time the sun set, a metaphorical darkness had settled in the hearts of Leenetta and Kip Smalls, as their minds were forced to grapple with the prospect of their precious 12-year-old Darius not coming back home to them on this side of heaven.

    This is the story of the human experience. Not one person is in the clear from pain like this, it's always potentially right around the corner. Life gives the potential for the highest highs and unbearable lows.

    What stands out in this story is the abundant, God-given peace that was received by these suffering parents, peace that guided them through the unbearable pain they weren't sure they could survive.

    This is also a "2 Corinthians 1 story," one in which Paul says "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.......And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort."

    Just one year after their loss, Kip and Leenetta were afforded the opportunity to pass along the supernatural comfort they had received to those in similar shoes.

    May this story of peace amidst such agony, be an encouragement to us all. If life turns for us in a way that brings to our hearts insurmountable pain, may we have faith in a hope that God's love for us will prevail, even if we have no eyes to see how God will do it.

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  • Co-hosts Robbie Madison and Matt Oxley, join host Joey Svendsen with the original purpose of continuing a conversation from episode 340, “Courage Not to Cancel the Racist," asking the question, "what about the statues of racists?"

    We accomplished this while at the same time, Joey believes the Holy Spirit moved in real time, opening his eyes to a facet of his white privilege that was sobering to see. Robbie was in an English town where actors still practice "black face" and Joey shares how he doesn't want to have the label of "woke," nor does he want to be seen as "not woke."

    Thankful for my listeners who let me learn in front of them; also happy to be able to release content like today for other people who find interesting, things like the amount of money one would have to be paid in order to get a "genitalia tattoo" on his/her arm. -- Joey


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  • [with special appearances from Pete Enns, John Mark McMillan, Brandan Robertson, Jared Svendsen and Hayne Griffen]

    The original intent of the episode was to get deep into the theology of the Cross of Jesus, and Brian Zahnd covered us [profoundly] in that department. We discuss with Brian how the church explains too much the “death and resurrection of Jesus,” stripping it from its beauty and power. Also how the western world, despite the profound baggage it’s delivered, also gets credit for the “Christ infused convictions” it's delivered to the world; and according to Brian, has greatly changed for the better, how we see dignity and worth in all of humanity.

    What if God exists but Jesus never came and died? What kind of shit storm would we be in then? We talk Jesus’ non-violent approach to life and whether it applies to national governments. Penal substitution is what the Western church world is stuck on and according to Brian Zahnd, it’s an abhorrent theological approach to the Cross.

    With a Pastor praying at the end, an interview that might as well have been the best Easter sermon ever, and testimonies galore from some of your “church fam,” this is your Easter service, "PWNA style" of course.

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  • Welcome to a new (and permanent) angle of Pastor With No Answers Podcast.

    Ellen Mauro, Amy Alderman and Liz Miller, all mothers and wives, one hates her job as a stay at home mom, each medicated for anxiety and really bad OCD. One seems to be pro-violence, one swings both ways, each of them think critically enough not to cancel everyone who makes a mistake, and all three want to follow Jesus as best as she can.

    We discuss Liz’s journey of being widowed for 10 years and recently getting married this past January. Liz processes with us evangelicals' perspective of her as a “broken woman" due to her gay marriage. We discuss the irony that religious organizations -- full of promiscuity, sexual scandal, and pedophilia themselves-- are the ones shouting the loudest about sexual sin.

    As a PART II of this episode, Pricilla Svendsen joins Amy, Ellen and Joey to discuss different facets of "the Chris Rock getting popped by the Fresh Prince" craziness. As this discussion unfolds, it’s discovered that Amy and Ellen are going to drive one another crazy for years to come. Awesome! For starters, Amy supports corporal punishment for kids while Ellen is dumbfounded why southerners don’t call this abuse.

    "Violence is wrong" -- Ellen
    "Chris Rock deserved to get his ass kicked worse." -- Amy

    You get the picture, right?

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    Ellen Mauro / Instagram
    Pricilla Svendsen / Instagram

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