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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
May 10th, 2019 | 35 mins 55 secs
Merianna and Sam discuss cultural transitions and how churches of all sizes and shapes are positioning themselves in the midst of societal shifts.
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.
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.
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.
February 13th, 2019 | 42 mins 56 secs
#metoo, facebook, instagram, jesus, kris kristofferson, southern baptists, willie nelson
Merianna and Sam tackle Instagram Stories, performative social media, and generational gender divides in reading the Scripture.
February 8th, 2019 | 44 mins 45 secs
bible, bible study, new testament, old testament
Merianna and Sam discuss Instagram Bible studies, reading the whole Bible in a year, and the search for authenticity in a time of societal shifts.
August 21st, 2018 | 48 mins 34 secs
bible, demythologizing, dialectical, genesis, gollwitzer, religion podcast
The Rev. Lauren Larkin joins Sam to discuss birthing pangs in Genesis, the merits of demythologizing, and Dialectical Theology in the 21st Century.
July 28th, 2018 | 4 mins 22 secs
Ready for the next episode? Here we go! THINKING RELIGION is coming back in August :)
April 9th, 2018 | 29 mins 45 secs
Dr. Thomas J. Whitley and The Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss things we pass down and the best way to sign off.