Episode 82: Liminal Christianity

Episode 82: Liminal Christianity

In Episode 82, Chris, Charles, and Helena are joined by Russ Jennings, of Love in a Dangerous Time podcast and Wild Goose Festival’s Goosecast Stage, and consider a new term, “Liminal Christianity.”  Cited as part of this discussion is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letter to Ebehard Bethge dated April 30, 1944. In this letter, Bonhoeffer introduces the world to the notion of “Religionless Christianity” Click HERE to download a copy of the letter.

“My God is not waiting inside a church or sitting above the temple’s steps. My God is the refugee’s breath as she’s running…is living in the starving child’s belly…is the heartbeat of the protest. My God does not rest between pages written by holy men. My God lives between the sweaty thighs of women’s bodies sold for money…was last seen washing the homeless man’s feet. My God is not as unreachable as they’d like you to think. My God is beating inside us infinitely”― Rupi Kaur, “The Sun and Her Flowers”

Episode 81: Purity Culture with the Twisted Sisterds

In episode 81, the Jew and the Gentile, plus Rev. Helena, join Becky and Callie of the Twisted Sisterds on their podcast. The quintet discuss Christian purity culture in light of Joshua Harris discontinuing his work “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” Personally, Josh can kiss our collective asses goodbye.

Episode 80: One Breath at a Time

Episode 80: One Breath at a Time

Episode 80 finds the Jew and the Gentile interviewing author, J. Dana Trent. (Yes, we’re as amazed as you are that she still sullies herself with the likes of us.) JDT talks about her latest book “One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation.” JDT reframes meditation for those who are skeptical because (1) they doubt their ability to be still and quiet and (2) they doubt the validity of meditation as a Christian spiritual practice. Using scripture, theology, and examples from the early church, her latest book challenges Christians’ prayer habits that leave little room for enough silence to experience and listen for God. Using five approaches—breath meditation, lectio divina, centering meditation, loving-kindness meditation, and devotional meditation, One Breath at a Time provides a practical, 40-day guide to beginning and sustaining a Christian meditation practice in an often chaotic world. (And again, we’re happy she admits to know us in public.)

Episode 77: The Reformation of Halloween

Episode 77: The Reformation of Halloween

He’s better than Jack Skellington and the Great Pumpkin put together. Episode 77 the Depressive Duo are joined by Phil “Freaking” Wyman! Phil discusses his latest book “The Reformation of Halloween.” Way back in 1999 Phil Wyman moved to Salem, MA. Since then, a wild story of Christian Outreach and working with the city of Salem has unfolded. Phil’s work on the streets of Salem has been covered by the WSJ, PBS, Christianity Today, and movies such as “Furious Love.” If anyone has an insight on the intersections culture, faith, and the holiday known as Halloween it’s Phil.

Episode 76: Christianity's Cultural Appropriation of Judaism

Episode 76: Christianity's Cultural Appropriation of Judaism


In episode 76 of a Jew and a Gentile the Podcast, the depressive duo are joined by Rev. Helena Epstein to discuss Christianity’s cultural appropriation of Judaism. Rev. Epstein brings her keen theological mind and her personal faith journey that includes a conversion from Judaism to Christianity.

Episode 75: The Ghost of Podcasts Past

Episode 75: The Ghost of Podcasts Past

The Jew and the Gentile celebrate a milestone in producing their 75th podcast. A milestone that is millstone to those long-suffering listeners. Episode 75 is our diamond episode because just as a diamond is the hardest material, listening to our schtick is equally as hard. The Jew and the Gentile reflect on their favorite guests and episodes. They also introduce two new party games: Prooftexting and Bibles Against Humanity. The Gentile even censors himself twice in one episode.

Episode 74: #BeThe1To

Episode 74: #BeThe1To

September is suicide prevention awareness month, so the Jew and the Gentile revisit the subject of faith and suicide. For our previous discussion of this subject take a listen to Episode 43. What starts out as the good Dr. interviewing the very right Rev. about his experience with suicide soon becomes an invitation to follow the Rev. and his faith journey many years after, and some 31 episodes later, his attempt.

Episode 73: African-American Resistance and White Cultural Appropriation

Episode 73: African-American Resistance and White Cultural Appropriation

Author and syndicated NPR personality Byron Williams joins The Jew and the Gentile to discuss how, in the current era of resistance, Progressive White Christians can learn from African-American Christianity without it leading to cultural appropriation. This episode is the first of a special series on this topic.

Episode 71: Wild Goose Festival 2018

Episode 71 is from the Goosecast Stage at the Wild Goose Festival 2018. The Jew and the Gentile are joined by J Dana Trent, a Baptist minister and author, with her spouse Fred Eaker, a devout Hindu and a former monk (you have to get Dana’s book Saffron Cross to read about their story). They are joined by 1/3 of the Twisted Sisterds podcast, Becky Seville. We discuss this year’s Wild Goose Festival, a first time for Fred and Becky, and how we might take the spirit of the Goose with us. We also ask, “what is the future of the church?” Did I mention that we are joined by a live studio audience? (Special thanks to Russ Jennings for making the Goosecast Stage happen… You should also check out his podcast Love in a Dangerous Time.)

Episode 70: Wild Goose 2018 Preview

Episode 70: Wild Goose 2018 Preview

e sure hope Episode 70 is repentance after Episode 69–insert Beavis and Butthead chuckle–by welcoming actual talent, decent people, and minor Christian celebrities on to the show. We welcome back 1/3 of the Twisted Sisterds Podcast, Sisterd Becky. She’s a sister, an aunt, an oxford comma apologist “;”. Becky is joined by author, speaker, minister, teacher, friend of the podcast…and likely our last chance at being converted, the prolific, J Dana Trent. Together we preview the upcoming 2018 Wild Goose Festival and try to pregame what we might talk about when we take to the Goosecast Stage during Happy Hour. Hint: Ex-evangelicals.

Episode 69: Helping Jeff Sessions

Episode 69: Helping Jeff Sessions

In episode 69, the depressive duo take time out of their busy schedules to come to the aid of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to offer him our exegetical prowess in defending the Trump Administration’s family separation policy. You know how we just can’t help ourselves when it comes to being pastoral. (Yes, we’ve turned the sarcasm level to 11.)

Episode 68: The Parable of the Gerasene Demoniac

Episode 68: The Parable of the Gerasene Demoniac

Finally, a new episode of a Jew and a Gentile walk into a Bar…Mitzvah, the Podcast. In episode 68, the Rev. argues that the account of the Gerasene Demoniac is a PARABLE and not a healing story. The Rev. and the Doc then talk about the necessity of properly identifying mental illness as a disease and not as a demonic possession.

Episode 65: Grace

Episode 65: Grace

In this episode, the depressive duo talks about grace. Our chief topic is grace. Grace and theodicy. Amongst our topics are grace, theodicy, and cigars. Our three, three topics, are grace, theodicy, cigars, and alcohol. OK…try it again… I wasn’t expecting… Nobody expects… Copyright infringement.

Episode 64: #Interfaith Chat with Dr. Meredith Gould

Episode 64: #Interfaith Chat with Dr. Meredith Gould

“Interfaith conversations are more often parallel monologues. Christians are performing apologetics, while Jews are performing Midrash.” Dr. Meredith Gould joins The Jew and The Gentile to discuss interfaith communication, social media etiquette, and matzo ball recipes. Visit Dr. Gould’s website Meredith Gould.com and her check out her mosaic art.

Episode 63: Top Leaf Cigar Lounge

Episode 63: Top Leaf Cigar Lounge

In this episode the Jew and the Gentile interview our latest sponsors at our new home (i.e., SummerGail Studios) away from home (i.e. Cigarage) away from home, Top Leaf Cigar Lounge in Winston-Salem, NC. JD and Bethany are gracious hosts and top notch tobacconists. Top Leaf is THE premiere cigar lounge in the Triad featuring a member selected humidor, three indoor smoking lounges with filtration, and high-definition televisions. Bethany shares about life in the Triad, cigars, and all things sisterhood of the leaf.