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Joey Svendsen, formerly of BadChristian Podcast, is a pastor who found freedom in gladly embracing mystery and relinquishing his long list of theological “certainties.” Growing up a fundamentalist, evangelical Christian, he now explores faith through progressive lenses while continuing connection with evangelicals, many who are part of the church he pastors at. Join Joey, his regular commentators and many special guests (progressives, traditionalists and evangelicals alike) as they discuss G ...
 
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Over the years, Pastor With No Answers has had a big tent, allowing for a wide array of perspectives, some of which would get your ass canceled by the liberals and others getting you completely cancelled by the conservatives. The intent of this podcast however has always been to be a platform for people, not a position. A podcast where real people …
 
Randy Thomas (former leader at Exodus International) has been a Christian for most of his life. Early in life, after living as a gay man for years, he was convinced that he could no longer continue living in what he perceived to be a life of sin. Not only did he fight his same-sex attraction, he became one of the top leaders at Exodus International…
 
Every now and then, I give you a message that I had the opportunity to share with the local group of believers I get to be a part of. In this message, I talk about pain, investigate the blessing that comes out of pain, hypothesize on the choices we have when we encounter pain, and submit to you that in a person's own journey of pain, we typically h…
 
David Zach, professional musician and song-writer (his music is heard throughout this episode), works for a non-profit, The Exodus Road, who are on the front lines of the fight to end human trafficking. There's currently 40 million people, some still infants, who are enslaved and David has drank, smoked, laughed, and talked music with traffickers o…
 
Joey processes his worship of comfort and how he believes more money would make him happier. Chip Judd, John Mark McMillan and Joey’s therapist chime in to surprisingly validate some of these sentiments. Joey, with Podcaster and Theologian, Mason Mennanga, reflect on being fundamental church kids “back-sliding” into a new world of “secular music,” …
 
Are Old Testament stories allegorical? Is there really no chance of eternal torment? If a loving God exists (and every one on this episode believes this) what are the chances of dirt naps for all of us when we die? Was God never violent? Bible scholars, Pastor Heath Bradley and Mason Mennenga process and discuss, in a conversation that covers tons …
 
Last Sunday, for the Seacoast Church weekend message, Joey and Pricilla joined founding pastor Greg Surratt to tell their story of Joey’s mental health crisis (2019). Joey implores the church to humanize pastors and Pricilla shares some "do's" and don't's" when interacting with people who are struggling mentally. We kick this episode off, sharing t…
 
Today’s guest, Brant Hansen, wrote a book called “Unoffendable.” He suggests that the idea of having “righteous anger” is a myth and not biblical. There's much peace to be found by recognizing the jacked up state of this world and adjusting expectations accordingly. And it's the right way, according to Brant. Guest co-host Jory Micah provides some …
 
SHARE THIS EPISODE WITH YOUR PASTOR. YES, I'M YELLING. Prolific theologian and author Scot Mcknight, along with his daughter Laura Barringer, recently released a book called “TOV" (TOV means “good” in Hebrew). This book was written partly as a response to the downfall of Bill Hybels, pioneering mega-Church Pastor of Willow Creek Church; but it is a…
 
I've been reflecting on a lot these last couple of years. Recently I took the time to think deeply on my time with Bad Christian, a podcast and community I was co-founder of and co-hosted since 2014. What a journey it was. "Good times" is an understatement. On this episode however, my reflections on that past season of life revolve around things I'…
 
Please, pretty please, no sensitive ears need to tune in on this one. There's your warning. The dynamic duo, Josh and Adrian, of the Dirty Rotten Church Kids podcast join us to talk through their journey from church planters to “de-churched” and what led to them to starting Dirty Rotten Church Kids Podcast. We talk pastors who like to tell others e…
 
One of the few women to translate the Bible, Bonnie Lewis discusses her journey that led to this wonderful masterpiece. The journey was wrought with outside criticism revolving around a female’s audaciousness to do such a thing as translate the Bible. Bonnie's “inner Fundamentalist" wasn’t so quick to let her off the hook in pursuing this endeavor;…
 
Our guest does not call this suicide, nor labels as euthanasia. Working with Compassion and Choices, Rev. Madison Shockley advocates for the humane option for the terminally ill to choose the means and timing of their impending death. Rather than facing the prospect of a ruthless and painful journey leading to the end, he advocates for freedom and …
 
I mean, we’re not really persecuted here in the states, are we? And any flack the church receives is likely our own fault, right? Chip Judd and John Mark McMillan discuss with Joey whether Christians are persecuted in America. John Mark has an example of a time he was. Also discussed here is the all too common ostracization (and cancelling) of a pe…
 
*This is a brand-new interview. For you old school listeners, we also interviewed Matt during the making of Small Group the movie.* It is out now and available everywhere! A filmmaker and his wife move across the country to make a documentary about Christianity's decline. To "pull back the curtain," they use a hidden camera and go undercover at a l…
 
Kicking off the episode is a quick discussion (with Chip Judd) on pastors and suicide. Is there a correlation between the pastoral role and having mental illness? Joey reflects on his vocation and whether being a pastor is harmful to his health. Then the “PreachersNSneakers Guy,” (we call him Vic) joins Joey and co-host Jack Hoey to discuss celebri…
 
While I (Joey) personally find very primitive and archaic the belief in a God-ordained predestination of souls, Chris Date's holding to this position doesn’t lessen the amount of respect I have for him as a biblical scholar. Chip, Chris and I discuss and debate the philosophical components of whether people can have real choice while at the same ti…
 
Chris Singleton, former professional athlete, author and motivational speaker lost his mother in the infamous “Charleston Church Shooting” (Summer of 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church). Chris recounts that dreadful day of losing his mother and shares how those moments transpired behind those dreadful closed doors. Chris, son of sla…
 
We’re in an age now where atrocities at the hands of Christian leaders are the norm. Unspeakable hypocrisy, abuse and scandal. On this episode we discuss the current state of evangelicalism and the church, we process the recent news on Ravi Zacharias' abuses on women and reflect on the actions and downfalls of other pastors, including Ellen Mauro's…
 
When Kathy Yokeley’s daughter Natalie was born, the perfect family she’d dreamed of was complete; a loving husband, beautiful little son and daughter, fulfilling church involvement, an enjoyable career, and even a family dog. And then thirteen years before the release of this episode (2/15/21), it all came crashing as Kathy’s twelve year-old, Natal…
 
With co-hosts Pricilla Svendsen and Ellen Mauro, Joey proposes that there are many good lies. (29:00) Honesty can be unloving while in many situations, lying can be the best way to love someone. You’ll have to be the judge as to whether his theory is on point or full of ....... We also have Dave McAbee, (9:00) an aspiring Horror Movie writer who re…
 
Jimmy Hinton’s life calling is to bring awareness to sexual abuse, especially on predators who thrive in churches. This was Jimmy’s life story, his father revered for decades by his congregants while he was secretly taking advantage of many children in the flock for 27 years. Jimmy and even his mom was unaware until later in life when his little si…
 
Lisa shares a bit of her story and provides feedback on our latest episode with Preston Sprinkle and Brandan Robertson where we discuss Sprinkle’s latest book, “Embodied: Transgender Identities, the Church, and What the Bible Has to Say.” At the top of the episode Joey spends some time with his wife (Pricilla) and good friend (Ellen Mauro) talking …
 
A conversation on transgenderism through lenses of science, theology and real-life stories. Preston Sprinkle, President of “The Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender,” wrote a new book called “Embodied,” with the purpose of helping readers understand the complexities and emotions of this highly relevant and polarizing discussion. Also joining the …
 
Love your neighbor, love your enemy. Jamie Lee Finch (the Liturgists) and Propaganda (Red Couch Podcast) discuss with Joey “loving others” in the context of people’s personal journeys, social media “venting,” and the ability or inability to humanize others. Should we respond to “ignorant hate” differently than how we respond to just straight up, ‘o…
 
Does God need our prayers to help Him stop evil? If He can defeat evil without us, why doesn't he? Today's guests appear to have some concrete direction on making sense of the "problem of evil." But they go in two different directions. Oord proposes that God simply lacks the power to stop bad things from happening and needs our partnership to minim…
 
If we accepted our place as kids, would our prayers sound a lot different? By the way, did you know the Apostle Paul’s prayers sound NOTHING like most of ours? What if life was mainly for our enjoyment? What does it mean that God really wanted to spare us from the knowledge of good and evil? Enjoy a sermon from your friendly, bald neighborhood past…
 
Author, speaker, activist, former pastor, and friend to this podcast, Brian McLaren, just released his newest book “Faith After Doubt.” He submits to us that questions and doubt are not the enemies of faith, but rather a portal to a more mature and fruitful kind of faith. We also talk a bit about “Learning to See,” his new podcast with Fr. Richard …
 
Grieving During the Holidays Part II (Part one, episode 208), Liz Miller joins Joey and Pricilla to talk through her dreadful first couple of holiday seasons without her husband of 6 years. What does that kind of suffering feel like? Liz explains that when you’re going through this sort of suffering, any future seasons of joy seem impossible. She s…
 
Crystal Cheatum created a bible app that “ditches toxic theology and provides resources for marginalized communities of faith.” We learn a bit about her upbringing, discuss faith essentials and hear what theological positions cannot be represented by contributors to the bible studies and devotions on this app. Crystal is a gracious soul, honors oth…
 
www.1946themovie.com is a documentary in the making that claims the word “homosexual” appeared in the bible for the first time in the year 1946. The director of this movie, Sharon “Rocky” Roggio, shares her story of coming out as a child raised in a fundamentalist household. Her father, who she still has a relationship with her, is currently writin…
 
Jared Svendsen, executive producer of the show and older brother of the host, stops by to discuss his recent conversion to Eastern Orthodoxy and why despite Joey’s liberal theology, he still sees his brother as a fellow Christian. Joey also shares a story on how Jared prayed over his little brother "in tongues" when they were teens. Marlo Schalesky…
 
First of all, kids say the darndest things. [11:30 minute mark] Three kids belonging to some listeners of this podcast, as well as Joey’s son Waylon, kick us off to talk about the deeper things in life. We talk about how God is good in the context of tornadoes, some specific times their parents have cussed, how the devil is apparently stronger than…
 
At the top of this episode, John Mark McMillan, Robbie Madison and Joey Svendsen give some examples of miracles in their lives they are convinced was the result of God’s supernatural hand. Oh, and Joey doesn’t know what the “WAP” is and John Mark and Robbie are uncomfortable to disclose this on the air. MAIN INTERVIEW:If Jesus is fully God, we shou…
 
The beginning of Joey's crash was preceded by an onslaught of extreme anxiety at a whole new level he'd never experienced. Pricilla was in New York City when it happened while Joey was at home solo parenting. Our friend Chip Judd (pastor and therapist), one of the few who walked this path with us up close and personal, shares his expertise of physi…
 
There's two groups of people on both sides of the fence yelling from a posture of legalism; and it's killing us all. But people all share this common ground: we all need forgiveness because we all “know not what we're doing." Jay outlines the foundation all humans can stand on to offer love and forbearance to everyone, including people on “the othe…
 
Wife and husband duo Jason Petty (Propaganda) and Dr. Alma Zaragoza-Petty sit with Pricilla and Joey to reflect on mental illness and the heaviness/pain it brings to a marriage. As Joey and Alma trade their “war stories,” Jason and Pricilla discuss the helplessness of not being able to “fix it” and the tension of providing love and support while no…
 
A Halloween special! But a legit conversation. American Roman Catholic Priest and designated exorcist of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, Fr. Vince gives account of real, eerie demon possessions and exorcisms he performed. We discuss the sorts of people demons pursue, the awareness of the possessed during an exorcism, how some cooper…
 
This is going to be fun and we’ll share the results on episode 264. Go to @PWNApod on Instagram and VOTE. And we have one follow up question. On this episode, Joey also shares some beauty of the human spirit he encountered on Facebook. In an age of such social media toxicity, these stories are like cool water on a hot summer day. Or maybe even Kool…
 
In this episode, Joey’s dad Virgil Svendsen reflects with Joey and Pricilla the dark days of taking care of Joey; and all the fears, anger and grief that came along with that season. Pricilla shares about the night she was actually afraid of Joey and had to call Virgil and Barbara (Joey’s mom) to spend the night with her. These are all tough things…
 
At the top of the episode, Robbie Madison and John Mark McMillan join Joey to talk a bit about Christians’ tendency to make God formulaic and how it’s a bit laughable for humans to believe this is even possible. Then, the dynamic husband and wife duo talk a bit about their deconstruction journey. These two started an Instagram account @yourfavorite…
 
John Mark McMillan and Joey Svendsen enjoy their time with Pastor and Author Brian Zahnd, asking him a little about everything. What does Brian Zahnd think of the POTUS and if asked, would Brian serve on his spiritual advisement board? Brian Zahnd believes strongly in the church. He points out the problems with both the Christian right and left, hi…
 
In this episode 1 of “My Depressive Episode: The Five Month Journey,” Pricilla and I give you a snapshot of the depths of pain we experienced and discuss how we are forever changed by this journey. We also share with you the purpose for putting these episodes together. Our friend Ryan Amick comes on to share the story of him and a mutual friend, Te…
 
First EPISODE: Oct 7th (Wed) This time a year ago (Oct 2019), I was in the mental hospital for a week stay. This move was the product of having no relief from depression and anxiety that progressively worsened through the months. Pricilla and I are going to tell our story over the course of many episodes that will also include the perspectives of f…
 
Matt Pryor, Chris Simpson and Joe Guevara from the aforementioned bands discuss the late nineties Emo music scene. Enjoy tons of music clips from various bands as these three icons of the scene discuss the old days of touring and why they're glad the internet craze of streaming music hadn't started yet. We discuss the terminology “emo” and how they…
 
Preview of upcoming episodes at the beginning of this show. (REBOOT) - This episode aired 2 years ago, I often refer to it as my favorite episode, one that represents perfectly what this podcast is all about and why I'm motivated to continue making episodes. Art Rash discusses the loss of his son a couple of years ago. Growing up in his Pentecostal…
 
Our guest today highlights the monumental changes the church undergoes every 500 years, and guess what, folks? It’s that time. Sarah Bessey is a best-selling author. She co-created and co-leads the conference and community of Evolving Faith and also is President of the Board for Heartline Ministries in Haiti. Sarah gives Joey, "guest co-host" Trish…
 
So is there sexual activity in heaven? We hear from lots of contributors on this one. In the beginning all things were good. Food, work, companionship, all of creation, perfect connection with God, perfect beauty and I presume, perfect sex. Things got screwed up along the way, ruining everything; and most Christians believe Jesus will redeem “all t…
 
Two smart men, both fully convinced of two opposite “truths.” The Explorer’s Club: https://freemusic.theexplorersclub.com/ You heard “Ruby” and “Look to the Horizon” Instagram account: www.instagram.com/PWNApod Current DonorSee: https://donorsee.com/pwnahelps Get notifications each time we start raising money to get more information on our current …
 
We've heard the stories, we've seen the signs, our jaws have dropped, our stomachs have turned. Why do they do what they do? How do they reconcile their actions with the teachings of Jesus? How do they claim to practice love? Jack Hoey III and Joey talk to one of the leaders of Westboro Baptist, Tim Phelps. Jack Hoey: @jackthelesser Instagram accou…
 
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