335: Is spiritual language disappearing? with Jonathan Merritt

Language really shapes how we think about things. After Jonathan Merritt moved from the South to New York City, he discovered that the words he had always used to describe spiritual life didn’t resonate anymore! The more pluralistic and postmodern the society, he observed, the less language people seem to have for spiritual experience. Jonathan [...]

By | 2018-11-28T00:26:17+00:00 November 28th, 2018|Podcast|

334: Should we avoid talking politics over Thanksgiving?

Let's be honest: Spending time cooped up with family and friends on holidays like Thanksgiving can present some interesting conversational challenges for many of us. With that in mind, podcast producer John Wright asks this question of Bart Campolo in this episode: "Bill Maher thinks we should stop talking politics with each other in the [...]

By | 2018-11-21T02:36:23+00:00 November 21st, 2018|Podcast|

333: When I Spoke in Tongues, with Jessica Wilbanks

Jessica Wilbanks grew up in a fundamentalist Pentecostal church on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and then, at 16, walked away from the church. Ever since, she's been haunted by the world she left behind and wrote a book about it, just released: When I Spoke in Tongues. In this conversation with Bart [...]

By | 2018-11-13T20:57:14+00:00 November 13th, 2018|Podcast|

332: Can’t pray… now what?

Sometimes, in the face of big problems in the world, doing everything we can do feels inadequate. Consider this episode's question, asked by Lexi in the Humanize Me Facebook Group: "Today I find myself missing prayer. I just finished watching Last Week Tonight and it was about family separation. They played a clip of a [...]

By | 2018-11-06T16:21:35+00:00 November 6th, 2018|Podcast|

331: Rethinking psychedelics, with Ashley Booth

Just say no! That's the mantra most of us have picked up from authority figures in our lives about drugs of all sorts, no matter their category. But for our guest Ashley Booth and a growing number of scientists, doctors and thinkers, it's become clear that our culture threw the baby out with the bathwater [...]

By | 2018-11-02T21:52:47+00:00 November 2nd, 2018|Podcast|

330: What makes a good ritual? with Keith Page

Some of the things people abandon when they leave the church are rituals. But this week's Q&A features a voicemail by listener Morris Bird, who asks: "The word ritual is used to describe things as innocent as reading the newspaper. On the other hand, it's used to describe sinister cult ceremonies. I'm curious, what are [...]

By | 2018-10-23T16:08:41+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Podcast|

329: Becoming an ‘Evidist’ with Jeff Haley & Dale McGowan

Don't worry; if you've never heard of 'evidism', you're not alone. This is a term coined by the guests in this episode, inventor Jeff Haley and author Dale McGowan, to describe people committed to fact-based, evidence-based thinking. In this conversation with Bart Campolo, Haley and McGowan talk about their book, Sharing Reality: How to Bring [...]

By | 2018-10-22T07:34:31+00:00 October 17th, 2018|Podcast|

328: Cultivating friendship – who to choose?

How does one decide who to pick to be friends with? Bart Campolo and John Wright look at this question as a sort of 'Part 2' to the last Q&A about cultivating good friendships: "I really enjoyed Episode 326 where you guys talked about how being interested in other people is the first step to [...]

By | 2018-10-10T02:22:36+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Podcast|

327: Alternatives to monogamy with Dedeker Winston

No defaults. That's how Dedeker Winston, and her romantic partners Jase and Alex, see the foundation of their relationship structure: conscious, intentional choice around a lifestyle that works for the people involved in it, rather than defaulting to the monogamy (or serial monogamy) of our culture. As a former evangelical Christian, Dedeker not only left [...]

By | 2018-10-22T07:33:25+00:00 September 25th, 2018|Podcast|

326: Cultivating friendship; the first step

It's a line Bart Campolo uses a lot in this podcast and elsewhere, that the essence of life is cultivating loving relationships with other people. Today's question asks how to begin the process of doing that: "Bart often talks about about cultivating loving relationships, but I’m never sure what he means or what I’m supposed [...]

By | 2018-10-09T16:14:19+00:00 September 18th, 2018|Podcast|