Thinking Religion is a podcast hosted by The Revs. Merianna Neely Harrelson and Sam Harrelson tackling various topics that deal with the intersection of religion, the Bible, faith, and culture.
April 9th, 2016 | 1 hr 6 mins
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the future of medium sized churches, marketing to millennials, and the role of self-selecting in our identity formations. Mentioned: Lotteries: America’s Shame | The Atlantic Facebook Live | FB Pope F...
April 1st, 2016 | 1 hr 2 mins
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss marketing yourself and finding jobs in bleak and uncertain times. Mentioned: Podcast Method | 5by5 Why “Make America Great Again” is a Brilliant Slogan | Washington Post Francis’ widely anticipated docu...
Episode 42: Thinking Out Loud 105: You’re Going to Be An Author, How Do You Feel About That? - Thinking.FM
March 29th, 2016 | 53 mins 4 secs
Are you stuck in the transitional phase where you can see yourself as an author? Elisabeth talks about the exciting news regarding her book and progress in the revision process. They also talk about the dangers that exist for people trying to publish...
March 26th, 2016 | 1 hr 6 mins
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the how apocalyptic religious movements become religions, insider and outsider language, the uniqueness of christianities, their ongoing personal revelations about privilege,
March 21st, 2016 | 36 mins 3 secs
How many writing projects are you working on? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their joint writing project, individual projects, and ghost writing projects and how to keep them all going at the same time. They also ask the question,
Episode 39: Thinking Religion 70: “And you never ask questions when God’s on your side” - Thinking.FM
March 18th, 2016 | 1 hr 10 mins
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the religion of college football, Rip and Dip vs Common Cup vs Shot Glasses, Rubio’s odd theological farewell speech, the power of professing God’s Will, and why the Republican Party enabled Trump.
March 15th, 2016 | 48 mins 35 secs
Will I be able to afford groceries this month? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the peaks and valleys of the publishing and writing world and how it’s hard to predict what each month or each day is going to look like. How exciting!
March 11th, 2016 | 1 hr 2 mins
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss messaging apps and the future of the web, how Acts 2 connects with presidential debates, Trump’s nativism, world religion and acts of classification, and star bellied sneetches.
March 4th, 2016 | 52 mins 42 secs
Can you trust book reviews? Are they all paid for by authors looking for five stars? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about where to find their next book to read and what sources you can trust and what sources you can’t.
March 3rd, 2016 | 48 mins 33 secs
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Thomas’ Class on Sex, Hillary Clinton as the modern Thecla, sermons on sexuality, questions of identity and why we get attracted to the things we do, and a Bonnaroo for academics.
February 29th, 2016 | 42 mins 28 secs
Elisabeth talks about how she might want to hide in the shadows because she’s not ready to be considered a writer but the really amazing things that happen when you do finally step into the light. You have to be who are you without wanting the affirmat...
February 25th, 2016 | 1 hr 4 mins
Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Dan’s White Vans, the new Thinking Religion schwag giveaway, Syriac Valentine poems, new pens, Trump as Cyrus the Great, a Trump presidency, evangelical mono cultures, Monty Python’s take on Jesus,
February 22nd, 2016 | 50 mins 31 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna celebrate their 100 episode! They relive how it all started and all their best soapbox speeches and conclude if you are adding your voice to the mix, don’t just be a part of the chorus. Stand out!
February 17th, 2016 | 54 mins 4 secs
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the power of false climaxes to turn a plot and making your characters more interesting. They also cover the importance of soul feeding as you transform from writer to author,
February 16th, 2016 | 1 hr 25 mins
Thomas is now Dr. Whitley, Sam is too old to understand the Grammys, Thomas does an on-air unboxing of This Is Ground’s Mystery Box (use this link for $10 off an order there), Justice Scalia is dead, and South Carolina is changing.
February 9th, 2016 | 53 mins 1 sec
Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the importance of developing a personal brand as well as a professional brand. They talk about public profiles and David Bowie as well as upcoming projects. Of course they talk about the upcoming Episode 100!