Ep. 6: LGBTQ Intersectionality and the Fruit of the Spirit w/ Rev. Kevin Wright

This episode features a conversation with Rev. Kevin Wright from the Riverside Church in NYC. We talk about his journey, LGBTQ affirmation, and more.

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Show Notes:

Harry Emerson Fosdick:

Martin Luther King, Jr. 
Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation:

Reinhold Niebuhr
Moral Man & Immoral Society:

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The Cost of Discipleship:

Karl Barth:
The Epistle to the Romans:

Saint Augustine of Hippo
The Confessions:

Thomas Merton
Seven Storey Mountain:

Dorothy Day
Selected Writing:

Richard Hays
The Moral Vision of the New Testament:

Allen Verhey
Remembering Jesus: Christian Community, Scripture, and the Moral Life

Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler:

Love Wins by Rob Bell:

God and the Gay Christian by Matthew Vines:

Interlude Music:

Troparion of Kassiani:

“They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love” by Peter Scholtes
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Ep. 4: On Mental Health: A Conversation with Nate Crawford

Today’s episode features a conversation with Nate Crawford, director of Here/Hear, a nonprofit advocacy group focused on mental health. Nate shares his story, including his experience with bipolar disorder.

Trigger warning: this episode contains frank discussions of mental health issues, so if that is triggering, please keep that in mind.

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Show Notes:

Here/Hear blog: 
The Mighty:
National Alliance on Mental Illness: 
Boy Meets Depression: Or Life Sucks and Then You Live:…cks/dp/0553418378

Intro and Outro Music: “The Fleecing” by Pedro the Lion…0959?i=572010962


Ep. 3: Evangelical Politics & More: A Conversation with Greg Coates

This week, we feature a conversation with author, religious scholar and PhD candidate Greg Coates. We discuss his evangelical youth, his time in China, his book, and of course, Donald Trump.

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Show Notes:

Greg’s book, Politics Strangely Warmed: Political Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit…ogy/dp/1498201563

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Follow Greg on Twitter: @GregoryRCoates.

John Howard Yoder’s book, The Politics of Jesus:…der/dp/0802807348

Wikipedia entry on Stanley Hauerwas:

Pew Research Study on white evangelical support of Trump:…es-back-clinton/

Randall Ballmer’s article, “The Real Origins of the Religious Right:”…l-origins-107133

Randall Ballmer’s book, The Making of Evangelicalism:…1470671642&sr=1-5

Intro Music: 
“The Fleecing” by Pedro the Lion…0959?i=572010962

Outro Music: 
“Hard to Be” by David Bazan…5084?i=718735089


Ep. 1: It Begins

This first episode of Exvangelical features a long, free-form with American religious historian Dr. Jonathan Dodrill, who is a longtime friend of mine. We discuss how we met at Christian college, our experiences there, as well as how our viewpoints have changed since then. We also spend a good amount of time talking about modern evangelical politics, the current election cycle, and the baffling case of Donald Trump.

This conversation was originally recorded on 6/28/16 and has been edited. Frank language is occasionally used, so be wary of young ears.