Thinking Religion

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

152 episodes of Thinking Religion since the first episode, which aired on September 25th, 2015.

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    Episode 165: Jonah 3:10-4:11

    Episode  |  September 18th, 2020  |  5 mins 19 secs
    bible, jonah, nineveh, old testament, religion

    We'll get back to Genesis, but here's a test recording I did when we were reading through Jonah for Thinking Religion. Here are some quick thoughts on Jonah's final encounter with God after Nineveh proves to be a little more receptive than first thought...

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    Episode 164: Genesis 5: Before The Flood

    Episode  |  September 17th, 2020  |  14 mins 25 secs
    adam, bible, cain, enoch, genesis, lamech, noah, old testament, sumerian

    Another creation story, how we get from Adam to Noah, and Sumerian King List (with a little Dylan)

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    Episode 163: Genesis 4:17-26: Lamech and Seth and Polygamy From the Start

    Episode  |  September 16th, 2020  |  16 mins 24 secs
    abel, adam, bible, cain, documentary hypothesis, eve, genesis, julius wellhausen, kent rollins, lamech, seth

    SC voting stuff, iOS 14 is out, I'm making steaks tonight, and we get into the origins of civilizations with ... polyamory. Lamech and Seth.

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    Episode 162: Genesis 4:1-16: Cain and Abel

    Episode  |  September 15th, 2020  |  22 mins 10 secs
    abel, adam, bible, cain, documentary hypothesis, eve, genesis, julius wellhausen, kent rollins

    Today, we go over salmon recipes, Documentary Hypothesis, J's and G's in German, our new farming unit at homeschool with the 4 year old, and the tragic story of Cain and Abel and the Mark of Cain. Where did Cain's wife come from?? Listen and let's find out.

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    Episode 161: Genesis 3:20-24: East of Eden

    Episode  |  September 14th, 2020  |  21 mins 45 secs
    adam, creation, eve, genesis, gilgamesh, mesopotamia, satan

    Q&A and follow up from Gen 3:20-24 post

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    Episode 160: Gesticulating Wildly

    Episode  |  February 7th, 2020  |  45 mins 28 secs
    acts, bible, bultmann, canonization, colossians, ephesians, luke, matthew, mitt romney, nancy pelosi, new testament, old testament, paul, politics, prayer breakfast, trump

    This week we take a look back on a fascinating week of religion news and discuss how to talk to people who don't think the same way you do before closing out with a little history lesson on Acts 4-5.

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    Episode 159: You Can't Get a Babysitter For Church

    Episode  |  January 31st, 2020  |  24 mins 6 secs
    baptists, bible study, childcare, church, jesus, micah, old testament, sex, worship

    Merianna and Sam discuss church schedules, life of the pastor's spouse, missing Sunday morning worship, Micah 6:8, and high church baptists.

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    Episode 158: We Don't Talk About That in Church

    Episode  |  January 24th, 2020  |  1 hr 8 mins
    bible, documentary hypothesis, doomsday clock, interpretation history, jonah, new testament

    This week, Revs. Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson discuss canonization, the politics of commentaries, Jonah's Whale, interpretation history, Doomsday Clock, Harrowing of Hell, and masturbation lessons from Sunday School.

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    "The Next Day" Sermon

    Episode  |  January 22nd, 2020  |  24 mins 5 secs
    david bowie, gospel of john, john the baptist, new testament, sermons

    Bonus episode here as the main show will be coming out a little later this week. This is audio from Sam's sermon on John 1:29-42 this past Sunday at Garden of Grace UCC in Columbia, SC about sin, community, identity, and why he started going to church.

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    Episode 157: Talking To Our Younger Selves about Religion

    Episode  |  January 16th, 2020  |  1 hr 4 mins
    acts, bible, bultmann, canonization, colossians, ephesians, luke, matthew, new testament, old testament, paul

    Sam is joined by The Rev. Merianna Neely Harrelson to discuss babysitters, how she approaches Acts in church Bible studies, canonization, ascension vs resurrection vs transfiguration, the problem with a seminary education, and 4 listener questions.

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    Episode 156: You Miss 100% Of The Shots You Don't Take - Wayne Gretzky - Michael Scott

    Episode  |  January 6th, 2020  |  1 hr 10 mins
    acts, facebook, galatians, hebrew bible, james, new testament, north dakota, saskatchewan, shale oil, twitter, wayne gretzky

    Sam is joined by Matthew Klippenstein this week to discuss fracturing of denominations, late dating of biblical texts, what an American has to learn from a Canadian, why the Dalai Lama might want to consider the lilies, and why ACTS might be the best book in the New Testament.

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    Episode 155: Back to Weekly

    Episode  |  December 25th, 2019  |  2 mins 40 secs
    christmas, newton, podcasting

    Big news in this one… we’re coming back weekly for 2020! Starting around New Year’s Day, we’ll be back with all new guests and voices (and voices of guests) as well as some fun book giveaways, and a number of insider downloads drawing from the show’s past (and present and future).

    Merry Christmas from Merianna, Sam, and the Harrelson family and more soon!

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    Episode 154: What's the Point?

    Episode  |  May 10th, 2019  |  35 mins 55 secs
    churches, culture

    Merianna and Sam discuss cultural transitions and how churches of all sizes and shapes are positioning themselves in the midst of societal shifts.

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    Episode 153: The Myth of Needed Experience

    Episode  |  May 2nd, 2019  |  59 mins 34 secs
    bible, chronicles, old testament, trump

    Merianna and Sam discuss the notion of generational divides in politics, mattress buying, and church attendance.

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    The Moral Checklist

    Episode  |  February 28th, 2019  |  49 mins
    asbury hills, bible, southern baptist, united methodist church

    Merianna and Sam discuss old friends, new parenting techniques while attempting to figure out what makes the church different from the garden club.

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    Episode 151: Debating Narrative Preaching

    Episode  |  February 22nd, 2019  |  39 mins 13 secs
    bible, narrative preaching, obama, preaching, united methodist church

    Merianna and Sam (and newborn Baby Girl) discuss insider language in denominations, the LGBTQ question facing the United Methodist Church, narrative preaching, and the difficulties of studying for a sermon in 2019 in the age of unlimited entertainment.