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An exploration of the absurd in religion, social justice, and what it means to be a Christian.
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This is the last week of our Wakonda Recordings! Tony came to visit for the weekend, so he, Stephen, and I sat down for a conversation on Christianity's historical impact on the world around it.  Christianity, throughout history, has seemed like it's never been satisfied with even being the majority faith tradition, but that it seems it has actively tried to subjugate those even in minority faith traditions or alternative lifestyles. So, can Christianity exist peacefully alongside other faiths and lifestyles it disagrees with?We also have an interview with Tanya Musgrave of Good To Go Media! They are sponsoring a gathering for creatives to network and learn about the back-end of production. Check out the CoLab Film and Media event here! They are also doing a pitch competition where 1st Place will win $20,000! Enter discount code ABSURDITY for 20% off your general admission! CoLab will be at The Walk in Redlands, CA on September 8 & 9, 2019.Click here to get a PDF of everything you need to know for the event!Music by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobile, @shsquaredEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
The Wakonda Recordings part 3! Zack Payne, a pastor in Wisconsin, joins Stephen Hall and me to discuss the true motivations and historical reasons the Sabbath was changed, the rampant antisemitism in Christianity's history, how prejudice is currently driving our theology today, and what we can do about it.Music by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobile, @shsquaredEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
he Wakonda Recordings continue! Sarah McDugal, an abuse recovery coach, author, and international speaker -- shares stories from abuse victims who have received absurd advice from their spiritual leaders, we talk about the myths around forgiveness and reconciliation in regards to abuse, and we address the oft-cited "Matthew 18 Method" on confrontation.The Sociopath Next Door by Martha StoutWhy Does He Do That? by Lundy BancroftIf you or a loved one needs to report a case of sexual abuse, visit: https://www.bucketbrigadeagainstabuse.com/https://www.facebook.com/bucketbrigadeagainstabuse/If you would like more resources, visit:Sarah McDugal's YoutubeSarah on Facebook!And if you or someone you know would benefit from counseling, visit: http://www.abidecounseling.us/To contact Sarah on Twitter: @sarahmcdugal
A long-awaited guest joins us this week thanks to a serendipitous meeting in Wisconsin! Jennifer Jill Schwirzer is a licensed counselor and someone who has seen firsthand the damage that sexual abuse and assault causes. She works with an organization called The Bucket Brigade where victims can report sexual abuse abuse in the Adventist Church and they will investigate. She also works to train ministry leaders and lay members how to address sexual abuse reports and cases in their churches and ministries.If you or a loved one needs to report a case of sexual abuse, visit: https://www.bucketbrigadeagainstabuse.com/https://www.facebook.com/bucketbrigadeagainstabuse/If you would like more resources, visit:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEuJvEGZfvMVCT5nbdVNXYgAnd if you or someone you know would benefit from counseling, visit: http://www.abidecounseling.us/To contact Jennifer on Twitter: @JenniferJillSchCheck out The Scratch here!Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.orgMusic by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
We dive into the world of Independent Ministries! These are ministries not officially run by the denomination itself, but run alongside them. We talk about what they are, their pros and cons, their role in the church and in influencing church culture, and whether or not we should trust them.Check out The Scratch here!Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.orgMusic by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
Missiology is defined as "the study of religious (typically Christian) missions and their methods and purposes." We talk about Adventism's mission and methods and discuss what we wish Adventism would update in its rhetoric, function, form, and beliefs. For our non-SDA listeners, we invite you to do the same thought exercise for your worldview, too.  Bonus, enjoy Tony slowly falling asleep as the episode progresses, as we recorded right after he walked into his house after a 3,000-mile road trip.Check out The Scratch here!Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.orgMusic by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
Today, my good friend and my boss, Rick Anderson, Jr.,  joins me to talk about being a mentee and being a mentor. We share our perspectives, experiences, and how we respond when we have negative experiences with it.Check out The Scratch here!Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.orgMusic by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
A89 Conspiracies

A89 Conspiracies

2019-05-2701:10:48

This week we dive into conspiracies. What is the motivation for them, why do people buy into them so much, and what do we do about? Also a new promise to you: We know ads can be annoying, so we have extended our recording time to compensate for any information and extra fluff in our episodes.Check out The Scratch here!Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.org, Walla Walla University's Master of Arts in Cinema, Religion, and WorldviewMusic by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
We talk about Steven Anderson's recent ban from Ireland (among other countries) and how Christians tend to respond to things like this happening.  How should we respond when we face resistance, and is resistance and having detractors really evidence that you are doing the right thing?Check out The Scratch here!Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.org, Walla Walla University's Master of Arts in Cinema, Religion, and WorldviewMusic by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
Kevin Christenson joins us today to talk about the history of his and Ryan's new project: The Scratch! The Scratch is a weekly SDA news agregator that is designed to condense macro-level SDA news down into one single article that will only take a few minutes to read each week. Then we talk about Kevin' experience as an actor and producer in the entertainment industry and the state of creativity in the Church.Check out The Scratch here!Check out our sponsors for this episode: www.thehaystack.org, Walla Walla University's Master of Arts in Cinema, Religion, and WorldviewMusic by Justin JanetzkoTwitter: @ryan180becker, @tony_anobileEmail: ryan180becker@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/AbsurditypodcastWebsite: www.theabsurdity.orgPatreon: www.patreon.com/absurditypodcast
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