Theology In Pieces

Slim and Malcolm

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Episodes

43 - USA Bibles, Israel, and Holy Week Questions
27-03-2024
43 - USA Bibles, Israel, and Holy Week Questions
Are you ready for an emotional rollercoaster ride? Buckle up as we navigate the entwined tracks of faith, nationalism, and capitalism. Our spirited discourse leaps from the laughable to the profound, starting with the absurdity of a themed Bible endorsed by a political heavyweight. We'll untangle the motivations behind such moves and what they herald for America's religious and political climate.The tension heightens with a spicy analysis of the US's role in the Israel-Palestine conflict. We scrutinize the paradox of providing both military might and humanitarian relief, emblematic of a greater moral quagmire. Our conversation doesn't stop at the gates of controversy; we pry open the divergent Christian perspectives on Israel, dissecting the web of theology and politics that influence them. The birth of modern Israel post-WWII and its biblical interpretations by Christians are placed under the microscope, revealing layers that many narratives leave concealed.Our episode culminates with a deep reflection fitting for Holy Week, exploring the realms of Christ's submission to divine will and the enigmatic doctrine of his descent into hell, known as "The Harrowing of Hell."  These are not just theological footnotes; they're pivotal to understanding the crux of Christian faith. It's a soul-searching expedition through scripture and doctrine, and whether you're a devout believer or a theological detective, there's something profound waiting for you here. Trump Hawking God Bless the USA bibleUS Aid to Gaza in one image @shaneclaiborneAn Evening with the Holy Post - w/ Malcolm, Kaitlyn Sciess, and Beth Barr - April 15The Church Doesn't Talk Much About Greed - Article interviewing Malcolm.  Like, subscribe, rate please!! Then share with a friend! For more information, you can follow us athttps://www.theologyinpieces.com/Theology in Pieces on Instagram - @theologyinpieces Email us by emailing hello@theologyinpieces.comMalcolm Foley - on twitter @MalcolmBFoleySlim Thompson on twitter @wacoslimFor more information on the church, check us out at www.mosaicwaco.org or on instagram.
42 - Can You Be a Christian AND an Athlete with Paul Putz?
09-03-2024
42 - Can You Be a Christian AND an Athlete with Paul Putz?
On this week's podcast we explore the intersection of faith and sports and we're joined by Dr. Paul Putz, the Assistant Dire​ctor of the Faith & Sports Institute at Baylor's Truett Seminary.  Paul is a friend, basketball phenom, and a historian who has studied the long history of sports in America and the ebbs and flows of its relationship to Christianity.  Listen in to hear not only a historical perspective on the origins of sports like basketball and baseball, but to investigate whether Christians can rightly hold the Christian ethic while simultaneously competing and striving to beat their opponent.  We'll talk about capitalism, NIL, and the addictive nature of sports, as well as the good, the right, the true of using our bodies in games such as these.  To learn more you can  follow Paul on X/twitter: @p_emory, Threads/Instagram: @paulemoryputz, or subscribe to his Substack newsletter, Spirit of the Game or check out his website: https://www.paulemoryputz.com/Faith And Sports Institute at Baylor's Truett SeminaryAlso, read about how James Naismith's descendants recently visited with Paul and Baylor this past year.  Like, subscribe, rate please!! Then share with a friend! For more information, you can follow us athttps://www.theologyinpieces.com/Theology in Pieces on Instagram - @theologyinpieces Email us by emailing hello@theologyinpieces.comMalcolm Foley - on twitter @MalcolmBFoleySlim Thompson on twitter @wacoslimFor more information on the church, check us out at www.mosaicwaco.org or on instagram.
34 - Can We be Real Friends? A Conversation with Eve Tushnet
01-11-2023
34 - Can We be Real Friends? A Conversation with Eve Tushnet
Unearth the profound intricacies of spiritual friendships, the Southern Baptist Convention controversy and, surprisingly, horror movies, as we journey alongside our guest, Eve Tushnet. Eve, an award-winning author (Gay and Catholic), blogger and freelance writer, brings her unique insights and experiences to shed light on these thought-provoking topics. The episode takes a bold turn as we grapple with the recent controversies within the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) - an amicus brief related to a child abuse case that has far-reaching implications for abuse survivors. We scrutinize the challenging decisions institutions face in such circumstances, highlighting the importance of doing what's right, even when it’s difficult or uncomfortable. The conversation shifts to the sphere of adoption, ignited by a controversial tweet, sparking a debate on moral obligations and the potential harms and implications of adoption on identity formation.But what’s a conversation without a little touch of the macabre? Eve introduces us to her love for horror movies, sharing her reviews of international Catholic horror films and American classics, and uncovering the unexpected ways horror films can bring messages of hope. To round off this enlightening discussion, we delve into the practical aspects of deepening friendships, with Eve sharing her advice on building and maintaining these crucial relationships. Packed with honest dialogue and intriguing insights, this episode promises to be a riveting exploration of faith, friendship, and films. So, why wait? Tune in and join the conversation.Books by Eve TushnetFollow her @ evetushnet.substack.comLike, subscribe, rate please!! Then share with a friend! For more information, you can follow us athttps://www.theologyinpieces.com/Theology in Pieces on Instagram - @theologyinpieces Email us by emailing hello@theologyinpieces.comMalcolm Foley - on twitter @MalcolmBFoleySlim Thompson on twitter @wacoslimFor more information on the church, check us out at www.mosaicwaco.org or on instagram.
32 - DECLOBBERING Same-Sex Passages of the Bible with Grant Hartley
05-10-2023
32 - DECLOBBERING Same-Sex Passages of the Bible with Grant Hartley
Prepare for an in-depth look at what the scriptures have to say about all these questions surrounding Homosexuality.   With the help of the insightful Grant Hartley, co-host of the Life on Side B podcast, we aim to shake the dust off difficult scriptures and bring you a fresh perspective on their meaning.  As Ted Lasso would say, "Be Curious. Not Judgemental."  The 6 passages we'll take an in-depth look at are: Genesis 19Leviticus 18:22Leviticus 20:13Romans 1:26-271 Corinthians 6:91 Timothy 1:10We'll consider some of the best arguments from the affirming view point, disqualify one of these verses from even covering this topic, and look at original Hebrew and Greek.  Get ready for a bible study!  And to lighten things up, we'll let you in on how Slim survived his birthday quest to jump out of an airplane! So, sit back, plug in, and join us on this incredible exploration of faith, culture, sexuality, and gender.Learn more from Grant at his SubstackRead his article on Sodom and GomorrahHis "How One Gay Southern Baptist found Himself drawn to the Catholic Church"Or follow him on Twitter... not X. Like, subscribe, rate please!! Then share with a friend! For more information, you can follow us athttps://www.theologyinpieces.com/Theology in Pieces on Instagram - @theologyinpieces Email us by emailing hello@theologyinpieces.comMalcolm Foley - on twitter @MalcolmBFoleySlim Thompson on twitter @wacoslimFor more information on the church, check us out at www.mosaicwaco.org or on instagram.
31 - The Better Good - A Conversation on Gay Christianity with Dr. Nate Collins
22-09-2023
31 - The Better Good - A Conversation on Gay Christianity with Dr. Nate Collins
When life hands you a revelation at 11, it's hard to know where to go from there. That was the turning point for our guest, Dr. Nate Collins, president and founder of Revoice and author of All But Invisible, when he realized his sexuality and embarked on a journey of self-acceptance in a Christian home. With his background in New Testament studies and his experiences at Moody Bible Institute, Dr. Collins shares his profound insights about the intersection of faith and sexuality. The church, while a place of sanctuary for many, can sometimes be a place of struggle for the LGBTQ community. As we navigate through this episode, we delve into the challenges faced by the LGBT Christian community, including those in mixed-orientation marriages and the single struggle within the church. Dr. Collins and the guys unpack how the church's idolization of marriage impacts those who identify as LGBTQ and how the definition of 'gay Christianity' can shift the conversation. As we approach the end of our discussion, we begin to explore the complexities of group formation, identity markers, and how the gospel can provide a better good. We consider how the cultural narratives we're all exposed to shape our perceptions and the role of community and identity within the church. Ultimately, we discuss how our joy is found in our union with Christ and connection with others. Join us for an open conversation about faith, identity, and the church as we learn from Dr. Collins' experiences and insights.Like, subscribe, rate please!! Then share with a friend! For more information, you can follow us athttps://www.theologyinpieces.com/Theology in Pieces on Instagram - @theologyinpieces Email us by emailing hello@theologyinpieces.comMalcolm Foley - on twitter @MalcolmBFoleySlim Thompson on twitter @wacoslimFor more information on the church, check us out at www.mosaicwaco.org or on instagram.
30 - Unpacking Biblical Sexuality: Is It Pro-Gay?
07-09-2023
30 - Unpacking Biblical Sexuality: Is It Pro-Gay?
Are you ready to unpack the controversial subject of biblical sexuality? This robust discourse kicks off with a fun chat with Malcolm, revealing his upcoming book and meet-up with historical icon, Malcolm X. While you might wonder what drink we'd share with any historic figure, prepare for a pivot as we plunge into the pressing question - Is the Bible Pro-Gay? As we traverse this convoluted terrain of sexual ethics, theological perspectives, and biblical views on homosexuality, we invite you to join us and engage in this intense exploration.  But be prepared, as the discomfort might just be the catalyst for profound transformation.  As we proceed, we confront the church's history concerning sexual matters head-on.   We then plead for Christians to lead with humility, curiosity, and openness to where the scriptures may lead us.  As we close the conversation, we contemplate celibacy as the eventual goal for everyone and our mutual responsibility in supporting each other. Don't miss this episode where we candidly discuss the pressing issue of biblical sexuality and its myriad facets.Some Resources to go deeper from a Side A side:God and the Gay Christian by Matthew VinesChanging Our Minds by David GusheeThe Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships by Karen KeenSome Resources to go deeper from a Side B perspective:Still Time to Care by Greg JohnsonWashed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality by Wesley HillAll But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality by Nate CollinsLike, subscribe, rate please!! Then share with a friend! For more information, you can follow us athttps://www.theologyinpieces.com/Theology in Pieces on Instagram - @theologyinpieces Email us by emailing hello@theologyinpieces.comMalcolm Foley - on twitter @MalcolmBFoleySlim Thompson on twitter @wacoslimFor more information on the church, check us out at www.mosaicwaco.org or on instagram.
25 - Reparations with Duke Kwon
23-06-2023
25 - Reparations with Duke Kwon
"The basic thrust of the law is if you steal something, you have to give it back. "  - Duke Kwon and Gregory Thompson. (Lev. 6:4-5, Numbers 5:7)Why is this so complicated?  And yet... when the theft in question is hundreds of years of human theft, theft of life, identity, land, compounding wealth, etc.  How do you value that?  $14 Trillion?  Can we really make restitution?  You may say... "But that was my ancestors!"   And yet the Christian call is called to repair, make right, and love.  Join us for this essential and weighty conversation.  We took a little longer, but we're overjoyed to have Duke on the podcast.  If you want to follow him, check him out on Twitter @dukekwondcGet the book - Amazon / Baker Read the Critical Response from Kevin DeYoung on TGCRead Duke and Greg's response: Sanctifying the Status Quo: A Response to Reverend Kevin DeYoung&Distinctively Christian? An Additional Response to Reverend Kevin DeYoungMalcolm and Duke's Upcoming Book: Reparations and the Theological Disciplines: Prophetic Voices for Remembrance, Reckoning, and RepairLike, subscribe, rate please!! Then share with a friend! For more information, you can follow us athttps://www.theologyinpieces.com/Theology in Pieces on Instagram - @theologyinpieces Email us by emailing hello@theologyinpieces.comMalcolm Foley - on twitter @MalcolmBFoleySlim Thompson on twitter @wacoslimFor more information on the church, check us out at www.mosaicwaco.org or on instagram.