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In this week's show our guest is Rabbi Mike Harvey. He is an Author, Podcaster, Chaplain, PhD Student, Jewish Studies Scholar. Ordained by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2015, Rabbi Harvey earned a Master’s degree in Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston University. Throughout his tenure at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Harvey served congregations, small and large, in Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. Rabbi Harvey’s new book "Let's Talk: A Rabbi Speaks to Christians" (Fortress Press, July 2022) is now available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and is a handbook for Christian clergy.
In this week's show our guest is Rabbi Dr. Juan Marcos Bejarano Gutierrez  author of Reimagining Boundaries: Jewish and Christian Identity in Late Antiquity.In the eighth century, a debate between Sergius the Stylite and a Jew occurred. The discussion was conveniently titled, Debate against a Jew. It records arguments about the relevance of biblical texts to Christians and the Jewish people. The anti-Jewish perspectives of Sergius are not surprising. The response given by his Jewish interlocutor is, however. The Jew noted that he was surprised by the number of Christians who attended his synagogue, contributed to it, and celebrated various Jewish holidays alongside Jews.What does this tell us? It shows us that the boundaries between Jews and Christians even as late as the 8th century were permeable at the very least and ill-defined at the most extreme. The anti-Jewish polemics of Melito of Sardis in the second century or John Chrysostom in the fourth century are heartfelt. Regardless of how vile they are, they reflect something very significant.The Church’s consistent attack on Jewish practices and theology was reflective of a simple fact. The Jewish tradition was sufficiently strong to interest curious Christians who were most certainly familiar with the anti-Jewish sentiments of medieval Christianity but saw in the living presence of Jews among them a very different portrait of the people of the Bible and their continued appeal.Judaism and Christianity as we know them today, and this is the crucial point, i.e., today did not exist in the first centuries of the Common Era in the same form. This is not to say that people did not recognize near-universal Jewish observances, i.e., the Sabbath, the lighting of candles, beliefs, i.e., the election of Israel, etc., or even nascent Christian rituals. But the fully developed theological systems and the boundaries of these entities did not exist in the same way they did in later periods of history.With that being said, this work seeks to address the problem of Jewish and Christian identity from various perspectives. What follows are a series of what I call semi-independent essays discussing the nexus between these two evolving religious systems. These essays seek to challenge the reader to consider alternative approaches to identity and consider that beliefs and the impositions of later views partly formulate our assumptions about groups on either side of the supposed divide. That is not to say that Jews and Christians were nebulous entities characterized by “open borders” to use a contentious modern-day term. Instead, there were groups whose responses to each other were partly formed by theological, regional, cultural, and perhaps even economic considerations.A major focus of this work is the Clementine Literature as a reflective of a community that found itself in between the communities we now recognize as Judaism and Christianity. 
In this conversation we discuss the way the death by suicide of a sibling impacted his brother Rafael and the emotional, spiritual and religious challenges connected to this tragedy. Our guest is a an American born citizen of the State of Israel who shares about his experience and the way his family supported each other through their grief and complex existential questions about the loss of their loved one.
In this week's  edition of Mystic-Skeptic we are honored to feature an interview with Natalie Khawam the attorney for Vanessa Guillen’s family who passed federal legislation to protect survivors of harassment and sexual assault in the military.  Military sexual trauma as defined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, entails military sexual trauma experiences of sexual assault, or repeated threatening sexual harassment that occurred while a person was in the United States Armed Forces. According to an article from the Associated Press " An independent review of Fort Hood — prompted by the deaths of more than two dozen soldiers at the base in 2020 — revealed that military leaders were not adequately dealing with high rates of sexual assault and harassment, drug use and other problems. ..." Natalie Khawam graduated from Georgetown University Law School. She holds both an M.B.A. and an M.S. degree too. Natalie founded the highly-regarded Whistleblower Law Firm in Tampa, Florida, and a founding partner of the lawfirm of Khawam Ripka, LLP in Washington, DC which focuses on military medical malpractice cases. She is passionate about serving our Military and Veterans, fighting for justice, and seeking the truth in all matters. Ms. Khawam practices Federal law, with a focus on whistleblower laws, and military rights and protections.
In this week’s show we present an interview of the guest judges of Cosplay contest at Brazcon Teen Comic Convention. Organized by the Brazoria County Library System this event included sessions and activities based on comic books, graphic novels, manga, anime, and popular fiction. The participants were judged in the following criteria: Creativity, time and effort and out of the ordinary. During event I dressed up as Batman (Knightmare Version) our guest Ojy was Spider Gwen and Sky was Boku from My Hero Academia. Some of the winning contestants included Dino Dana, Springtrap from Five Nights at Freddy's, Joker and Riddler from Batman, two other Anime characters. My guests also presented on the topic of Cosplay for a Cause. During this panel we discussed participating in charity events as Cosplayer and how as children watching superhero shows were able to discern which superheroes were saviors or crime fighters. Some of the other panelists included Kris Vanderwege as Shakespeare from Anime Fate Apocrypha, Peggy as Fatgum-Taishiro Toyomitsu from My Hero Academia and Madden as Spider-Man.
In this week's show our guest is Greg Kelso host of the Con Hour. A podcast for those who are interested in Conventions and like/love to attend panels and can't always go to the Cons. On their show they interview Artists, Actors, Authors, Musicians and Cosplayers.  Greg is an author and shares the podcast hosting with Aimee and C.J. for more information visit:
In this week’s show we are honored to have again our expert on scientific knowledge and inquiry, Brian Dunning. The host of “Skeptoid: Critical Analysis of Pop Media” he shares about how conspiracy shows are supporting flawed thinking for people who already have preconceived notions about some topics.  We  discuss Alex Jones' influence as many similar conspiracy theorists and “entertainers” have sprung up all over the AM radio. One of these programs is “Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis” who in their February 6, 2019 show discussed racist and destructive ideas such as the so called invasion of Muslims and Chinese from Canada and the coming race war pushed by supremacists. We also discuss Mr. Dunning’s confrontation with Joe Rogan after writing a report on how Rogan was part of the "Then Most Wanted: Celebrities who Promote Harmful Pseudoscience" and how these shows will say anything to get ratings being irresponsible and sensationalistic.Brian Dunning is an American writer and producer who focuses on science and skepticism. He has hosted a weekly podcast, Skeptoid since 2006, and he is an author of a series of books on the subject of scientific skepticism, some which are based on the podcast.
In this week's show we discuss Comedian Tim Dillon's recent interview with Joe Rogan on his podcast. During the conversation influential Spotify podcaster and social commentator Joe Rogan made the following statement "most of his (Alex Jones') predictions have come true..." Sam Granger a fan of Rogan and Joe Balog our religion and spirituality commentator and I discuss the repercussions of this statement and the issues related to this topic. Alex Jones is a provocateur and conspiracy prognosticator who for years has supported or spearheaded racist, Anti-Semitic, seditious, religiously intolerant and triumphalist claims which have no correlation with reality and/or are based on little evidence or facts. He did not only get sued by the surviving parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, but according to a RollingStone article he has pushed hateful conspiracies such as Birtherism Conspiracy ( Barack Obama citizenship), 911 Truth (terrorist attack being an inside job), Government Weather Manipulation, Sexual Orientation and Identity Reassignment Experiments on Mass Population, Demonic Overtake of Government Officials,  Etc. Two other important recent issues not often discussed is that Jones was a supporter of QAnon and the biggest proponent of the "Stop the Steal Conspiracy" which led to the January 6 attack on the capitol building and attempt to stop the certification of the peaceful transition of power after the 2020 election. Visit PBS Frontline to learn more about Jones's involvement in this conspiracy 
In this week's show yours truly is interviewed by the host of Love and Loss Podcast Joy Van Staalduinen. Our topic Pediatric Chaplaincy and Bereavement Support addresses the needs of those who have experienced death of a child/miscarriage or are in the process of supporting someone who is dying. I am currently spearheading a grief guidance project with his wife Jodie Gonzalez, LCSW to provide support to the bereaved. For more information please visit:
In this week's show we discuss the concept of Jesus being a Necromancer. Our discussion of early Christianity, Greco-Roman culture and Gnosticism with Robert Conner continues. He is the author of Resurrection or Ghost Story? available online. During our program we discuss his research and the different types of ghosts stories in the ancient world. He shares how modern ghost stories are influenced by ancient ones and describes the documented apparitions of Romulus & Apollonius of Tyana which have many parallels to the resurrection stories in the New Testament and other stories.
In this weeks's show we interview Chaplain Tom Saunders about the historical Jesus and discuss alternative views on prophecies considered to be related to him. We also address some of the  halachic (concerning Jewish Law) challenges to the theological concept that Jesus kept the Torah perfectly. Did Jesus partake in the sacrificial system, did he eat the passover lamb, did he obeyed his parents and fulfilled all the obligation of a first century Jew? 
2020 Interview of Rabbi Asher Meza in which he describes historical, halachic (concerning Jewish Law) and messianic trends in Judaism. He also considers the impact of Jesus on the Jewish community and his place in Jewish history.
John Dominic Crossan joins our discussion as we unravel the origins of anti-Semitism in the Christian Church.
Frank Morris and I discuss our new series and some of the theological challenges Christianity creates by its brand of sectarian Judaism as it originally was intended to be.
Mystic-Skeptic Radio Show/Podcast was honored to be part of COMICPALOOZA Houston this year. We interviewed participants/guests and attended celebrity panels. We include our interviews individually for you to enjoy. The 501st Legion is a worldwide Star Wars costuming organization comprised of and operated by Star Wars fans. While it is not sponsored by Lucasfilm Ltd., it is Lucasfilm's preferred Imperial costuming group. Star Wars, its characters, costumes, and all associated items are the intellectual property of Lucasfilm. ©2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™ All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
Mystic-Skeptic Radio Show/Podcast was honored to be part of COMICPALOOZA Houston this year. We interviewed participants/guests and attended celebrity panels. We include our interviews individually for you to enjoy. 
Mystic-Skeptic Radio Show/Podcast was honored to be part of COMICPALOOZA Houston this year. We interviewed participants/guests and attended celebrity panels. We include our interviews individually for you to enjoy. A veteran of the initial Image Comics launch, Matt started his career in comic book publishing in 1993 and has been working with Image as a creator, writer and executive for over 26 years. President/COO of Top Cow since 1998, Matt has created and written over 30 new franchises for Top Cow and Image including Think Tank, The Tithe: Samaritan, Postal, Golgotha, Warframe, Aphrodite IX, Swing as well as handling the company’s business affairs.
Mystic-Skeptic Radio Show/Podcast was honored to be part of COMICPALOOZA Houston this year. We interviewed participants/guests and attended celebrity panels. We include our interviews individually for you to enjoy. 
Mystic-Skeptic Radio Show/Podcast was honored to be part of COMiCPALOOZA Houston this year. We interviewed participants/guests and attended celebrity panels. Enjoy our recording of Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito, Katee Sackhoff and Ming-Na Wen sharing their experience in the set of The Mandalorian.
In this week's show Michael Ben Avraham (a Hasidic Jew who specializes in Meditation and mysteries of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Tradition) and I discuss Jewish views of health, illness and healing.
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