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Why The Church Failed to "Cure" Homosexuality w...
Hear why the ex-gay movement failed (and where Christians should go from here).
57 min
Love Does Choose Truth Over Tribe with Bob Goff
Bob Goff joins Keith and Patrick live in studio to discuss how Christians can love others, despite differences in politics.
64 min
American Media: Out with the Old, In with the N...
Many of us simply assume that media headlines are reality. But is the media acting in good faith? Or are they serving a political agenda? In this episode, Patrick is joined by Ashley Rindsberg to discuss the power American media, namely the New York Times, has had in controlling narratives and altering history.
56 min
Walking the Transgender Movement Away from the ...
In this episode, Patrick sits down with journalist, Jonathan Rauch. Although he identifies as a part of the LGBTQ+ community, Jonathan recently wrote an article, "Walking the Transgender Moment Away from the Extremists," which challenges the current trans narrative. Hear as he explains how radical gender ideology has overtaken the trans movement and urges trans moderates to reclaim it.
58 min
Seek First the Kingdom of... America? with Bria...
What happens when a Never-Trumper pastors a church in the middle of Trump country? This week, Keith talks to Brian Zahnd to find out. Hear as Brian explains why Christian nationalism isn't biblical, why so many Evangelicals have been co-opted by the Republican party, and what the ramifications are for a church that chooses America over Jesus. Listen now!
64 min
State of the Tribal Union + A Big Announcement ...
Has today’s tribalistic culture gotten any better? Or are we becoming even more divided? On this episode, Keith and Patrick give a state of the (tribal) union, exploring recent events as case studies: The FBI's recent search of Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida Rights and Parental Advocation Act, the overturning of Roe v. Wade, monkeypox, and more. Plus, don’t miss their big announcement: They wrote a book!
72 min
The REAL Cost of Social Media? Your Privacy.
For anyone with a social media account (isn't that all of us?), this episode should be required listening. Today, we're welcoming Chris Martin back on the podcast! Chris is a social media, marketing, and communications consultant and author of Terms of Services: The Real Cost of Social Media. On this episode, Chris and Patrick discuss why censorship isn't the real issue to be concerned with when it comes to social media, but rather, your privacy. Hear as he takes us on a deep dive into the structures of how social media's algorithms and AI function, how data and personal information is gathered, and most importantly... how they use that information. Listen now!
48 min
Talking About Race with Isaac Adams
Conversations about race aren't going away. In fact, they're just getting started. This week on Truth Over Tribe, Patrick talks with speaker and author Isaac Adams about just that. Isaac is the founder of United We Pray, a ministry dedicated to prayer for racial strife, and is the author of Talking About Race: Gospel Hope for Hard Conversations. Hear Isaac share several resources and tips for helping direct our conversations about race in the right direction. Listen now!
55 min
The Revolt of the Public with Martin Gurri
The elites used to control the narrative. Now? The public is revolting and the elites are panicking. How did we get here? This week on Truth Over Tribe, Keith talks with former CIA analyst Martin Gurri to find out. Gurri published a book in 2014, "The Revolt of the Public," where he correctly predicted the cultural chaos we have been experiencing the past few years. Today, he and Keith dissect what has gotten us to this point: What caused the narrative shift away from the elites? Why has the public lost trust in institutions? And most importantly, is there any way institutions can repair this lack of trust? Tune in now!
57 min
Should We Trust Our Institutions? with Yuval Levin
In such a polarizing climate, trusting our leaders and institutions has become difficult. Many feel repeatedly failed by institutions, leaving a crisis in authority. So, where do we go from here? This week, Keith sits down with one of today's most influential conservative intellectuals, Yuval Levin, to find out. Yuval is the Director of Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of several books, including "A Time to Build," which speaks to this issue. Learn why he believes that repairing our trust in institutions is the start to reviving the American dream.
49 min
Why is America Obsessed with Outsiders?
America loves outsiders. See: Donald Trump, Barack Obama, AOC. But why? In this third installment of our series on celebrity culture, Keith and Patrick discuss how outsiderism developed in the US and how it's now infiltrating the church. They consider how access to information has led to a loss of institutional credibility, fostering an anti-institutional era and paving the way for outsiders to thrive. Plus, how should Christians respond? Listen now!
81 min
O Say, Can You Stand? with NBA Forward Jonathan...
Remember the name, Jonathan Isaac, from back in 2020? Isaac was the lone NBA player not to kneel for the national anthem amid a league-wide demonstration in support of Black Lives Matter following George Floyd's death. In today's episode, Keith sits down with him to discuss this decision and other revelations from his recent book, "Why I Stand." Hear Isaac open up about his past mental health struggles with anxiety and how he ultimately found freedom in Christ by way of the people God put in his path. Plus, what's it really like to be a Christian in the NBA? Find out!
36 min
FAQs on the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court officially overturned Roe v. Wade, ending 50 years of federal abortion rights. This decision has generated celebration for pro-lifers, fury for pro-choicers, and confusion for many, including Christians. In today's bonus episode, Patrick and Keith tackle your most challenging questions related to this historic decision. Hear them address FAQs such as: Won't women just pursue illegal abortions now? What about abortions to save women's lives? What about cases of rape and incest? What happens now regarding contraception and IVF? Legally, should SCOTUS really have overturned 50 years of precedent? Listen as they explain why it all really comes down to one question: Is the unborn a person?
58 min
Who Created Celebrity Christian Culture? You Did.
Welcome to the second, spicy installment in our series on celebrity pastors! In the first episode, Keith and Patrick used Hillsong Church as a case study to show the cyclical process of celebrity church culture. This week, we're looking back to discover who's to blame. How did the church get here to begin with? Spoiler alert: It all started when the church became democratized and power transferred to the hands of "we the people." This episode is packed with context! We discuss the Reformation, the formation of denominations, the skepticism of institutions, the rise of anti-intellectualism, the influence of the suburbs, and what happens when celebrity Christian leaders position themselves beyond accountability. Plus, how we can end the celebrity church culture we helped to create? Listen now!
67 min
Who Was the Real Jane Roe? with Joshua Prager
You may not know the name, Norma McCorvey, but you definitely know the name, Jane Roe, AKA one-half of Roe v. Wade. In today's episode, Keith talks with author, Joshua Prager, to discover who the real Jane Roe really was. The two go beyond the moral, philosophical, and theological arguments associated with abortion and discuss the people involved behind one of the most contentious debates in modern America. Joshua shares insights from his recently published book, "The Family Roe: An American Story," a project backed by ten years of research that seeks to humanize the infamous SCOTUS case. Plus, what does he believe will happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned? Listen now!
54 min
Would You Wear an LGBTQ+ Pride Patch? An Interv...
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, Jason Adam, and four of his teammates opted not to wear LGBTQ+ pride patches on the Rays' "Pride Night." In the week that followed, Jason Adam was called a bigot by other players, the sports media, and plenty of MLB fans. In this episode, Keith talks with Jason about why he made his decision and explores how Christians can be faithful to Jesus' sexual ethic without acting hateful toward those who disagree.
47 min
Here I Am To Worship (My Celebrity Pastor)
America loves celebrity culture, but how did the church get there too? This week on Truth Over Tribe, you'll hear the first in our new series on celebrity pastors. In this episode, Patrick and Keith discuss Carl Lentz and Hillsong Church as a case study, dissecting why we love witnessing the creation and dissolution of celebrity pastors and churches. Later, they explore the cyclical process of celebrity church culture: how Christians demand it and how the media then creates celebrities, consumes them, and ultimately, builds public distrust in the local church. Listen now!
80 min
When Culture Cancels You with Mumford & Sons’ W...
Mum's the word? Well, not for Winston Marshall. This week, the Mumford & Sons' former banjoist joins Patrick to discuss his cancel culture experience that all stemmed from a single tweet. Hear Marshall share on this complex journey that ultimately caused him to leave the band. Plus, where does he stand now? What role has his faith played in it all? And does he regret his decision (or the tweet that started it)? Listen now as he and Patrick dissect cancel culture and discuss why we must reclaim the role of forgiveness.
39 min
"I Left My Lesbian Lover for Jesus" with Rosari...
This week's guest on Truth Over Tribe is Rosaria Butterfield, a former English Professor at Syracuse University who was once in a long-term lesbian relationship. Rosaria is now a follower of Jesus and her passion for radical hospitality makes that evident. Today, she joins Keith to discuss how she began following Jesus and how hospitable relationships played a vital role in her conversion to Christianity. She challenges Keith by sharing why she believes that homosexual desires should always be getting smaller in the life of a believer. Tune in now!
76 min
The Southern Baptist Convention: Why Sexual Abu...
Our hearts break for the victims of sexual abuse in the SBC, knowing that many of them could have spared. It’s time to mourn with victims, not protect abusers and the abusive systems that protect them. In this episode, Patrick and Keith go into detail about the SBC sexual abuse report and explore what needs to change in evangelicalism to protect victims and survivors, hold past abusers accountable, and stop future abusers from stepping into pulpits.
36 min
Overturning Roe v. Wade: What Does the Bible Sa...
With the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade on the horizon, it's likely you've been hearing a lot about abortion lately. In today's bonus episode, Keith and Patrick sit down to discuss this complicated and sensitive issue through the lens of scripture and in light of our current cultural moment. What does the Bible say about abortion? What will happen if Roe v. Wade is overturned? And what does all of this mean for the future of the pro-life and pro-choice movements? Listen now as Keith and Patrick navigate these very questions.
75 min
Woke Media Hypocrisy with Batya Ungar-Sargon
This week's guest on Truth Over Tribe is Batya Ungar-Sargon, Deputy Opinion Editor of Newsweek and writer of Bad News: How Woke Media is Undermining Democracy. A self-identifying socialist, Batya shares the importance of the working class and how the goal of socialism is to be on their side. In this episode, she and Keith discuss socialism, toxicity in the media, and how cultural Marxism differs from economic socialism. Tune in now!
44 min
Is Self-Care a False Gospel?
This week on Truth Over Tribe, Patrick and Keith go head-to-head with one of the loudest messages in our culture today: self-care and wellness. They discuss this phenomenon from a few different viewpoints and explain why self-care is so marketable and widely accepted in American culture. They look at the scientific, consumeristic, and intuitional approaches to how people today view self-care and personal wellness and how this concept has even infiltrated the church. But should Christians be buying into this movement? Or is self-care actually a false gospel? Listen now!
56 min
A Christian Take on Elon Musk's Twitter Takeove...
You've probably seen more than a few memes poking fun at progressives for declaring Twitter's sale the apocalypse. Conversely, some conservatives seem to think Elon will usher in the kingdom of God... or at the very least usher Trump back on to his ex-favorite platform. We're all wondering: are Elon's proposed changes the path to paradise or hell? To help us unpack that question, Patrick interviews Chris Martin, a leading Christian expert on social media, and the author of Terms of Service: The Real Cost of Social Media. He offers a sober, cautiously optimistic take on what might happen. This is a conversation you don't want to miss.
47 min
What God Says About Your Body with Sam Allberry
This week's guest on Truth Over Tribe is Sam Allberry, a writer and a pastor, who joins Keith to discuss our relationship with our bodies. Sam's most recent book, What God Has to Say About Our Bodies, answers many of the questions we wrestle with today. Their discussion covers stereotypes of masculinity and feminity, how we psychologically and physically perceive ourselves (and which takes precedence), and how the Bible brings good news for our bodies. Listen now!
37 min
DEBATE: What Does the Bible REALLY Say About War?
Today on Truth Over Tribe, we're bringing you the final episode in our Just War vs. Non-Violence 3-part series. If you haven't listened to the first two episodes, go back and listen now: The Biblical Theology of Violence + Should Christians Go To War?. In this episode, we finally get the debate we've been waiting for! Keith and Patrick ask each other clarifying questions about their respective positions: Keith on defending just war and Patrick on non-violence. Which is closest to what the Bible actually says about war? Tune in now!
112 min
Should Christians Go To War?
Today on Truth Over Tribe, we're bringing the second episode in a 3-part series about just war and non-violence. In the first episode, we covered the biblical theology of violence (go back and listen if you haven't already!). This episode features Keith's and Patrick's steel man arguments on just war vs. non-violence. The final episode will end with a debate between the two. Today, you'll hear Keith and Patrick each present their steel man arguments. Patrick's position is for Christian non-violence, which he describes as different from pacifism. He defends his stance by answering the question, "What does the Bible actually say about war?" Keith, then, makes a biblical case for just war, stating that it seeks to protect innocent third parties from gross injustice. Keith presents his argument with four key questions that a government should ask themselves before deciding to go to war. Tune in now!
85 min
The Biblical Theology of Violence
In this episode of Truth Over Tribe, we're bringing the first in a 3-part series about just war and non-violence. This series will cover the biblical theology of violence, Keith's and Patrick's steel man arguments on just war vs. non-violence, and will end with a debate between the two. Today, you'll hear Keith and Patrick go through what the Bible has to say about violence, discussing the first examples of human-on-human violence, themes we see from prophets, and how messages from different periods in the Bible vary from others. Tune in for a deep dive into the theology of violence and gear up for Keith and Patrick's debate coming in the following episode.
81 min
Building a Multiethnic Church with Sean Boone
On this week's episode of Truth Over Tribe, Keith sits down with Sean Boone, a church planter in one of the most racially divided cities in America: Ferguson, Missouri. He and Keith get into what it means to be a multiethnic church and how his church's goal isn't simply integration; it's a lifestyle of assimilation. Boone tells us his incredible story: his life before following Christ, how his mother going to prison affected him, his life in the drug and gang culture, and his eventual "come to Jesus" moment. Hear him share his perspective on building a multiethnic church in a predominantly white denomination and learn how you can help this life-changing cause.
84 min
The Bachelor's Clayton Echard: Faith, Sex, and ...
Our most dramatic episode yet! 🌹 Can we steal you for a second? What happens when Clayton Echard, ABC's most recent Bachelor, sits down with his former pastor?! Although it's the first time Keith and Clayton have officially met, you'll hear Clayton get honest about his faith, premarital sex and the fantasy suites, following his heart, and what it's really like behind the scenes on a reality dating show. Plus, does Clayton see himself as irreparably damaged from all of the post-show drama? No topic is off-limits, so buckle up. The journey starts ... right now!
47 min
The (De)Meaning of Marriage in the New York Times
Does our society really need marriage after all? Can't couples who want to spend the rest of their lives together just cohabitate? And can't co-parenting outside of marriage work just fine for kids? It's obvious that the concept of marriage has shifted quite a bit over the years (even within the church). And the truth is that if we continue to redefine it, we risk losing the tremendous value marriage provides to society. In this episode, Patrick, Keith, and Dan discuss the ways in which our culture has redefined and demeaned the institution of marriage. Citing examples from recent articles in The New York Times, they call out the elite's hypocritical motives behind their agenda. Tune in now!
74 min
Aimee Byrd: Does Christian Culture Sell Women S...
Have you ever felt that Christian culture sells women short by undervaluing their calling and not allowing them to fully utilize their gifts? Do phrases like "women's role in the Church" get under your skin? You're not alone. Today, Patrick talks with Aimee Byrd to explore this very topic. Aimee, the author of Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, shares her theology and how the Church's teaching on gender often negatively affects Christians. Aimee also helps us understand what she means by "gynocentric interruptions" and why this is crucial to forming a more biblically sound theology of gender.
44 min
NFTs for N00bs
What the heck are NFTs?! What does one do with an NFT? Are they worth all the hype? If you've ever found yourself asking these questions, this episode is for you, n00bie! Today, Patrick and Keith dive into the world of NFTs and the blockchain to help you better understand this new digital frontier. Patrick breaks it all down in Layman's terms (for which Keith is thankful!), leading the two to have a well-rounded, ethical conversation about how we as Christians should approach the digital world.
83 min
Luke Goodrich: Is Religious Liberty in Danger?
Today on Truth Over Tribe, we have Luke Goodrich joining us to discuss religious liberty. Luke is the Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, arguing (and winning!) essential cases before the Supreme Court. He's also the author of the book, Free To Believe: The Battle Over Religious Liberty in America. You'll hear Luke and Keith discuss the ways religious liberty has been used as a cover for discrimination and they'll suggest how Christians should approach this foundational, American freedom. To conclude, the two dissect the infamous Equality Act and explain how it could prove to be a danger to the future of religious liberty. Tune in now!
48 min
Phillip M. Holmes: Redeeming the Legacy of Malc...
Today's episode of Truth Over Tribe features Phillip M. Holmes, CCO for Reformed Theological Seminary and co-host of the Make It Plain podcast. Hear Holmes take a Christian approach to exploring (and redeeming) the legacy of Malcolm X. In this episode, we discuss the history of this human rights activist and answer the question: Was Malcolm X really pro-violence after all? Phillip and Patrick also touch on the differences between Malcolm X and MLK and how the media can mold people and movements into symbols. Tune in now!
53 min
Ukraine, War, and Dictators: What Does the Bibl...
BONUS Episode: Unless you're living under a rock, you know that something is happening between Ukraine and Russia. How should Christians approach this heartbreaking situation? The truth is: the Bible is not silent on such matters. That's why we're bringing you this bonus episode. In it, Keith and Patrick lay out what the Bible says about war and dictators, and how God's Word applies to Russia's attacks on Ukraine. Tune in as we seek to understand together how Christians should respond.
24 min
Mark Sayers: Is Post-Christian America Too Far ...
Is America in the middle of renewal right now? Or is our post-Christian culture too far gone? Today's guest, Mark Sayers, joins Patrick to discuss these very questions. Mark, an author and church leader in Melbourne, Australia, shares how secular myths have led to a culture that's replaced religion with politics. Hear as he also shares his thoughts on the Metaverse, Christianity within Gen-Z, and how he believes God is still setting the stage for renewal. Listen now!
44 min
Rachel Gilson: Born Again This Way
What is it like to be a Christian who experiences same-sex attraction? Find out this week on Truth Over Tribe when Patrick sits down to talk with Rachel Gilson. Author of "Born This Way: Coming Out, Coming to Faith, and What Comes Next," Rachel gets personal with us about how she first realized she was sexually attracted to other women, how she became a Christian, and how she has struggled to reconcile those two realities. As we learn more about her, the conversation then opens up to gay identities and relationships in the Bible and the many layers of gender and sexuality. Tune in now!
59 min
Featured Podcast: "Make It Plain" on Malcolm X
We're shaking things up! In this week's episode, we're featuring another podcast: Make It Plain! In this podcast, hosts Phillip M. Holmes and Taelor Gray offer Christian reflections on the words and life of the controversial civil rights leader, Malcolm X. Today, Patrick is sharing his personal favorite Make It Plain episode. You'll hear Holmes and Gray discuss how the perception of Malcolm X was unfairly and inaccurately shaped by the media. They'll also explore the ways that Malcolm X lived through (and predicted) the power of the press to slander and spin stories. Listen now!
52 min
The 2022 Beijing Olympics: How Should Christian...
Hot take: The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are the moral equivalent of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. How? Find out in today's episode as we walk you through the history and current events surrounding the Chinese Communist Party and its alarming human rights violations. How should Christians respond to this year's Olympic games in light of the CCP? Plus, you'll also hear Keith and Patrick shed light on the hypocrisy of American businesses and individuals who refuse to take a stand against China when money is involved. Listen now!
59 min
O Say, Can You Meritocracy?
Is America really a meritocracy after all? Do people who work hard and play by the rules get ahead? Or is the system just rigged against you from the start? That's what Keith, Patrick, and Dan are discussing in this week's episode of Truth Over Tribe. The three get into an interesting debate about how much of a person's success should be attributed to hard work vs. good luck. They provide a definition of meritocracy, discuss its pros and cons, compare it to aristocracy, and given all of that, they ask again: Is America actually set up this way? Listen now!
66 min
Derwin Gray: Do Politics Belong in Sports?
This week on Truth Over Tribe, Derwin Gray joins the show to answer the question: Do politics and social justice issues belong in sports? Derwin is a former NFL player, current author, and lead pastor of Transformation Church, a multiethnic, multigenerational, mission-shaped community in North Carolina. Today, he shares how and why social justice issues can be part of an athlete's platform. We also learn about Derwin's childhood and how that has shaped him today. Plus, Derwin shares how he found his faith in God from a fellow football player. Listen now!
57 min
Michael Porter Jr.: Being a Christian in the NBA
In this episode, Denver Nuggets forward, Michael Porter Jr., joins our host, Keith Simon, to discuss what it's like to be a Christian NBA player and the importance of keeping your character, faith, and values strong in secular environments. Hear MPJ share what it was like going from a sheltered homeschool upbringing to playing college basketball to joining the NBA. You'll also hear MPJ explain what it means to lose your religion and find your faith and how much he attributes his athletic accomplishments to hard work vs. good luck. Listen now!
38 min
Phil Vischer: Life After Veggie Tales
In this episode of Truth Over Tribe, Keith talks with Phil Vischer, creator of Veggie Tales. Phil is now one of the hosts of Holy Post, a podcast about politics and culture relating to the Christian Church. He challenges Christians to give their loyalty to Jesus, not politicians. Today, these two discuss Phil's motivation behind the creation of Veggie Tales and they also dive into Phil's views today on Christianity and politics. Phil shares how growing up with a high-functioning Christian ministry family has shaped his current beliefs. They also cover evangelicalism and what it was like to be an evangelical in the Trump era. Tune in now!
49 min
Rod Dreher: Totalitarianism in America?
On this episode of Truth Over Tribe, Keith is joined by guest Rod Dreher to discuss his new book, Live Not by Lies. Rod is an American writer and senior editor at The American Conservative. Today, Rod explains the meaning behind the title of his book and shares stories of those that lived under tyranny in the Soviet Union. He discusses "soft" and "hard" totalitarianism and describes what we are facing today: Are we headed for "A Brave New World" in America? Listen now!
57 min
How To Change Your Habits (For Good!)
This week on Truth Over Tribe, we are discussing how to form new habits. Habits, good and bad, rule our lives and shape the kind of person we become. Today, we dissect what a habit is and how they form, leading to a better understanding of developing positive habits. We learn that it helps to redirect your habits through cue and reward, plus we share some reward systems that can help to create new habits. There are many processes to forming habits, and today we hope to help with the small choices that build impactful, long-term ones. Listen now!
40 min
Beth Allison Barr: The Role of Women in the Church
On this week's episode of Truth Over Tribe, Patrick talks with Beth Allison Barr. Dr. Barr is associate professor of history and associate dean of the Graduate School at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She specializes in medieval history, women's history, and church history. Today, the two discuss the role of women in the church, including a friendly debate where Dr. Barr shares her history expertise that supports her view. As a whole, this conversation promotes the types of discussions we hope to have inside and outside of this podcast: an open dialogue with a shared belief about Jesus's authority. Tune in now!
88 min
Multiverse Madness: A No-Spoiler Spider-Man Review
On today's special episode of Truth Over Tribe, we bring to you a no-spoiler review of Spider-Man: No Way Home. We are asking the question, "What does Spider-Man tell us about our world?" Patrick shares what Spider-Man is all about and why Spider-Man is relatable; we are all Spider-Man. If you want the full experience, you can watch this review on our YouTube channel. Make sure to subscribe while you're there!
8 min
Thaddeus Williams: Is Social Justice Biblical?
Do we have to choose between biblical truth and social justice? Today on Truth Over Tribe, Thaddeus Williams joins the show to share why you can choose both. Thaddeus is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and author of the book, Confronting Injustice Without Compromising Truth. In this episode, he challenges both truth warriors who ignore past and present injustices, as well as justice warriors who have left behind the truth for relativism. He expands on how it's possible for Christians to choose both truth and justice, leaving us with insight into how to promote unity. Tune in now!
45 min
Jon Tyson: Saving the Wild Wild Western Church
In this episode of Truth Over Tribe, Patrick sits down with Jon Tyson to discuss his book, Beautiful Resistance, and the culture of compromise that has infiltrated today's Western church. Jon is not only an author but a Pastor and church planter. Born in Australia, he eventually moved to New York City to rebuild the broken church in the West. Today, he talks about having a theologically informed vision of how to live and getting that most clearly from Jesus. You'll also hear Jon and Patrick discuss religion in the West, how the gospel is compromised, and if there is a renewal happening in Christianity today. Listen now!
47 min
What's Left of the Religious Right? (1990 - ...
This week is the finale of our three-part series on the religious right! If you missed it, go back to parts one and two, where we cover the history of Christianity in politics and how evangelicalism has become a political term (at least in some cases). In this episode, we break down three issues that led to the splitting of evangelicalism: Race, women's rights, and sex. Listen now to learn more!
83 min
Greg Locke: A Jerk for Jesus?
This week's episode is with Greg Locke, Founding and Lead Pastor of Global Vision Bible Church in Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Greg refers to himself as a "jerk for Jesus." But does Jesus want jerk in his name? Hopefully, this episode presents an example of healthy, charitable disagreement as our host, Patrick Miller, debates Greg on a variety of issues in our modern world. Greg shares his background and how he became a pastor. Patrick and Greg then discuss Christian Nationalism and whether or not this phrase applies to Greg. Later in this episode, these two dive into the effects of COVID-19, shutting down in-person worship services, and their differing views on the COVID-19 vaccine. Tune in now!
78 min
David Gushee: A Conversation with a Post-Evange...
In this week's episode, Patrick speaks with Dr. David Gushee about his life as a post-Evangelical. Dr. Gushee is a professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer University and author of many books, including "After Evangelicalism: The New Path To A New Christianity." Dr. Gushee shares what he's learned in his experience in academia, the politics that come along with that, and his involvement with the Obama campaign. He and Patrick discuss the entitlement to cultural power and the transition to a political strategy from an evangelical one. Dr. Gushee also gives us a better understanding of Progressive Evangelicalism and historical realism, ending on the topic of the LGBTQ community and views on polygamy. Listen now!
63 min
The Metaverse for Morons: How You Must Prepare
Let's be honest: We're probably ALL morons when it comes to the metaverse! So, in this episode of Truth Over Tribe, we're doing our best to break it down for you. Keith and Patrick dive into what the metaverse is... well, Patrick teaches us and Keith asks the questions most of us are wondering. Today these two explore the origins of the metaverse, how technology has affected the church, what happens to our character when we focus more on our online persona than who we are in person, and most importantly, how you must prepare for this monumental technological change. Listen now for a deep dive into this digital world!
69 min
The Rise and Fall of the Religious Right (1961-...
This week is the second of a three-part series about the religious right. In the first part of this series, we focused on 1945-1960, when America began to think of itself as a Christian nation. In today's episode, we focus on the '60s, '70s, and '80s, when the religious right forms and the Moral Majority begins. We discuss the role that Billy Graham played in politics, second-wave feminism, the Civil Rights Movement, and other impactful events from this period that caused the religious right to not only form, but begin to collapse.
79 min
John Fea: Is America a Christian Nation?
This week on Truth Over Tribe, host Keith Simon and guest John Fea discuss whether or not America was founded as a Christian nation. John is a professor of American History at Messiah College and author of multiple books, including "The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in America." Diving further into American history, Keith and John discuss Christian nationalism and dissect the phrase "Make America Great Again." Was there a time when America was better than it is today? Lastly, we take a look at how the meaning of evangelicalism has evolved over the years. Listen now!
58 min
Should Christians Watch Squid Game?
BONUS episode! This episode is about the top-rated Netflix show Squid Game. In the first part of this show, Patrick answers, "Is Squid Game too violent?" Spoilers follow this question in the next half, where Patrick takes us through 6 takeaways from the series and how Squid Game takes down reality you won't want to miss. Listen now!
27 min
What the Religious Right Got Wrong: Evangelical...
This week's episode is the first of a three-part series about the rise of the religious right. Today, we focus on Evangelicalism as we go through history to discuss what it means to be evangelical and why it can be both theological and political. We then dive right into what led evangelical Christians to become political and the effect of the Supreme Court ruling that stated it's unconstitutional to have state-led prayers in public schools. Listen now!
48 min
Os Guinness: Politics According to the Bible
This week on Truth Over Tribe, Patrick sits down with Os Guinness to discuss what the Bible has to say about politics. Os is an author and social critic who has written or edited more than 30 books. This episode includes insights into various revolutions, and Os teaches us about revolutionary liberationism, a cultural Marxist idea. Os and Patrick also discuss hierarchical structures and if the Bible is a source for political and social thinking. Power becomes a theme and how the Bible's critique of power differs from the postmodern critique of power. Listen now for a fresh perspective of American Christianity.
48 min
The Rise of Woke Capitalism
If you commercialize social activism or service, does that cheapen social justice? Should CEOs of a company use their company's platform to enforce their ethical agenda? In today's episode, Keith and Patrick take a look at these questions and many more. They discuss the moral limitations to what capitalism should be involved in. They start with LLCs and the dark side that can live in an LLC. Then you'll hear a deep dive into shareholder and stakeholder capitalism and the problems that can come with each: dangerous hypocrisy, covering up wrongdoings, a lack of social trust, and more. Listen now for a complete discussion on the rise of woke capitalism.
105 min
Justin Giboney: Christians and Politics DO Mix
In this week's episode, Justin Giboney joins the show to discuss why Christians should be involved in politics. Justin is the Co-Founder of the AND Campaign, whose mission is to educate and organize Christians for civic and cultural engagement. Should the church be involved in politics? You'll get to listen to Justin and Keith discuss just that, plus you'll learn about the aspects of politics that are tearing our country apart. Tune in now!
41 min
Is Jesus Political?
Is Jesus political? Is he on the left or the right? In this week's episode, we dive deep into whether or not Jesus even cares about politics. You'll hear us define what a politic is, and then we look into the idea of Heaven and how that might help us decide on Jesus's politics. Later in the episode, we discuss temptations and how addiction to power plays a role in religion and politics. Tune in now!
47 min
John Mark Comer: Who Killed American Christianity?
This week, Patrick sits down with John Mark Comer to talk about Christianity in today's world. John Mark, author and pastor, shares his story of how he started following Jesus. Then you'll hear John Mark and Patrick dive right into topics such as the meaning of evangelicalism, especially in current times, and the problem with celebrity culture and Christianity. They also give insights into the cultural shifts challenging faithfulness to Jesus and how we can move forward. Tune in now!
51 min
How Tribalism Is Ruining Your Life
America is more divided now than at any other time in history (except the civil war, of course). The church is no different. The fissures aren't healing. They're expanding. Why? Is there any hope to heal? Keith Simon and Patrick Miller explore the roots of tribalism with executive producer Daniel Moore and look at Jesus' answer to the problem.
56 min