Politics

Why Political Twitter is Scary

Gather 'round for a spooky tale about a recent kerfuffle that Bob got himself into on political Twitter. This caused us to wonder - is there any hope of ever having a thoughtful debate on the social media platform? What causes people to lose any and all civility when using Twitter? In this special Halloween episode, we explore whether or not it's worth it to engage on political Twitter.

Rethinking Church & State

There couldn't possibly be any more from James K.A. Smith's "Awaiting the King" that we could talk about, right? Wrong. The idea of separation of church and state has caused many Christians to wear their christian identity and political identity separately. In this episode, we discuss the provocative question, "What would it look like to be the church FOR the state?"

Should We Keep the Term "Evangelical"?

Originally, "evangelical" was used to describe a distinct set of theological beliefs. However, the framing and connotation of the term has became increasingly political rather than theological.  

On this week's podcast, we discuss whether the term evangelical is still helpful for clarifying theological beliefs or if the now politicized term should be done away with. We also provide a quick update on the future of the Wednesday Conversation.

Articles: 

http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2016/november/what-does-evangelical-mean.html

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/evangelical-history/is-the-term-evangelical-redeemable/

https://www.npr.org/2015/12/19/458058251/are-you-an-evangelical-are-you-sure

http://www.nae.net/what-is-an-evangelical/

https://blog.ayjay.org/reconsidering-evangelical/

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/25/opinion/sunday/trump-evangelical-crisis.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2015/may/pew-evangelicals-stay-strong-us-religious-landscape-study.html

Donald Trump & The Society of the Spectacle

Today we talk about how Christians can engage Donald Trump's administration and policies without becoming a part of "the spectacle."

Alastair Roberts' article: https://alastairadversaria.com/2017/01/30/president-trumps-executive-order-and-the-moral-confusion-of-the-immigration-debate/