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A Pastor and a Philosopher Walk into a Bar

Author: Randy Knie, Kyle Whitaker

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The podcast where we mix a sometimes weird but always delicious cocktail of theology, philosophy, and spirituality.

We're a pastor and a philosopher who have discovered that sometimes pastors need philosophy, and sometimes philosophers need pastors. We tackle topics and interview guests that straddle the divide between our interests.

Who we are:

Randy Knie (Co-Host) - Randy is the founding and Lead Pastor of Brew City Church in Milwaukee, WI. Randy loves his family, the Church, cooking, and the sound of his own voice. He drinks boring pilsners.

Kyle Whitaker (Co-Host) - Kyle is Visiting Assistant Professor of philosophy at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Kyle loves his wife, sarcasm, kindness, and making fun of pop psychology. He drinks childish slushy beers.

Elliot Lund (Producer) - Elliot is a recovering fundamentalist. His favorite people are his wife and three boys, and his favorite things are computers and hamburgers. Elliot loves mixing with a variety of ingredients, including Rye, compression, EQ, and bitters.

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How does Jesus's death work? In this episode, Randy, Kyle, and Elliot discuss atonement, the theological issue of how Jesus saves humans. It's a deep dive, and a bit nerdy, but we think it's important.The whiskey featured in this episode is Bulleit Rye.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
In this episode we talk with Lisa Koons, who is the national director of 24-7 Prayer USA. Our conversation covers the role of prayer in social justice, why more American Christians aren't focused on racial justice, how anger fits into the Christian response to injustice, and more. Lisa has a powerful, healing presence, and we encourage you to meditate on her words here.The beer featured in this episode is La Ruche (Blend #3) by Side Project Brewing.If you're local to Milwaukee, check out our friends at Story Hill BKC.The artwork for this episode is "Finger of Steel" by Mathieu Cesar. The video mentioned is "How Can We Win" by Kimberly Jones (contains explicit language).Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
Evangelicalism. Ugh.

Evangelicalism. Ugh.

2020-10-2101:14:38

In this episode we tackle the good, the bad, and the ugly of American evangelicalism. This conversation represents the culmination of something Kyle and Randy have been discussing for a while, and something that comes up a lot when they do live church Q&A's. Is "evangelicalism" salvageable? Listen to find out.The bourbon featured in this episode is Willett Pot Still Reserve.If you're local to Milwaukee, check out our friends at Story Hill BKC.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
In this episode we talk with Jim Vining, a professor of communication and rhetoric, about the state of our current political and religious discourse in the United States.The bourbon featured in this episode is Maker's Mark Cask Strength.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
Proud to Be an American?

Proud to Be an American?

2020-09-2301:14:08

In this episode Randy, Kyle, and Elliot tackle the thorny issues of patriotism, nationalism, and their relationship to the American Christian church. They don't pull any punches.The bourbon featured in this episode is Stagg Jr. by Buffalo Trace Distillery.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
In this episode, we interview Jared Byas, author and co-host of the hit podcast The Bible for Normal People. We discuss his new book Love Matters More, available now wherever books are sold. It's a lively discussion about love and truth, and how those concepts are often abused by religious people under the guise of "telling the truth in love."The beer featured in this episode is from Central Waters Brewing Company.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
How To Disagree

How To Disagree

2020-08-2701:10:13

In this episode Randy and Kyle discuss disagreement, a current topic if there ever was one. Kyle did his PhD dissertation on the epistemology of disagreement, and this conversation explores what it is, some common pitfalls, how to do it better, and what it looks like for Christians in particular.The beer featured in this episode is King Sue by Toppling Goliath Brewing Company.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
In this episode, we interview Jenny Heckman (MS, LPC, NCC) about dealing with anxiety and staying mentally healthy during the pandemic. Jenny is a licensed professional counselor and a former pastor, and we think her insights here are important and timely.The beer featured in this episode is Strawberry Rhubarb Wild Fruit Ale by New Glarus Brewing Company.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
In this episode, Randy, Kyle, and Elliot discuss American Christian fundamentalism and why they have, to borrow a phrase, kissed it goodbye.The whiskey featured in this episode is Woodford Reserve Straight Bourbon.AUDIO NOTE: There is some slight distortion and static at various places in this episode. We have since fixed these problems for all upcoming episodes. Socially distanced recording is hard.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
This Is Us

This Is Us

2020-07-1519:45

In this episode, Randy and Kyle introduce themselves primarily by describing why they are still Christians, despite periods of "deconstruction" in their lives.Beer featured in this episode: Brambleberry Puree by Eagle Park BrewingSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
New podcast on philosophy, theology, and spirituality. Launching July 2020.Who:Randy Knie, PastorKyle Whitaker, PhilosopherElliot Lund, Producerhttps://pastorandphilosopher.buzzsprout.com/Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/apastorandaphilosopher)
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