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I write, curate LQVE.org with my oldest son, and am the lead-follower of missionchurchonline.com. I have a beautiful wife, three kids, and as it's turning out, an intense and interesting life.

I'll be starting Season Two of the podcast on Friday, 3/27/20. Throughout this season I'll be talking about and wrestling with some of the more difficult topics I could be talking about and wrestling with: Atheism, Racism, Scapegoating, Sin, Grief and Lament, Love and working through it all in the middle of being human. This season will also be marked by the ongoing corona virus. Sheesh, what a crazy time for everyone.

In case you are wondering, Season Uno was dedicated to helping people know how it is I'm arriving at the kinds of ideas that led to my former denomination uninviting me from their tradition. It's also where I introduced my latest book which was #1 in Kindle Best Seller for a couple of weeks (but now is like 8,000 or something!) It's called, "Questions About Sexuality that got Me Uninvited from My Denomination." I've also authored... "Where Was God on the Worst Day of My Life," and "Death, Hope, & the Laughter of God: How God keeps finding me in the unlikeliest places."

I know, long titles.

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Season 2:5 Keep People Free for God and God Free for People (Cindy wang Brandt) 2020/04/17, 23:35
Season 2:5 Keep People Free for God and God Free for People (Cindy wang Brandt)

I interview Cindy Wang Brandt this week about parenting, shame, and embodiment this week. Please find out more about Cindy and her parenting conference and book at https://www.parentingforwardconference.com

Season 2:4 The Key of Lament 2020/04/11, 18:50
Season 2:4 The Key of Lament

As of this posting, it is Holy Saturday, that strange and awkward day in between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. In some ways, I think we are all "Holy Saturday People." We're all living in the in-between time. <br><br>During this time, it's important to grieve what we've lost. Not to make us feel bad, but to help us see our limits, name pain, and define the reality in our lives. <br><br>To that end, today's episode is a bit different. I read a chapter of "Death, Hope & the Laugher of God" about lament. It's probably some of the more important stuff I have to say, but also some of the least popular. Ha, how's that for advertisement? Grief and lament are just not fun topics. But, in the time and age we are currently in... Covid-19... a lot of people are experiencing loss. And so, this just might be the time for you to enter into rather than run away. <br><br>Thanks, everyone. Blessings. <br><br>Can't wait for the Resurrection of all things.

Season 2:3 No Future without Forgiveness (Peter Rollins, Julia Robinson Moore, James Alison) 2020/04/07, 03:58
Season 2:3 No Future without Forgiveness (Peter Rollins, Julia Robinson Moore, James Alison)

In this episode we talk about racism, scapegoating, reparations, our imitative desires, Rene Girard and more. Yes, it’s a full one. I’m thankful you get to hear Peter Rollins, James Alison, and Julia Robinson Moore weigh in on these subjects. Their input here and in their writings are helping me decide what it is I’m believing. Make sure you find out more about them at their respective websites, and/or searching Amazon for them. (Btw, if you use Amazon you might as well use smile. amazon and plug in LQVE.org as your non-profit to support!) <br><br>Dr. Peter Rollins, https://peterrollins.com/<br>Dr. James Alison, http://jamesalison.co.uk/<br>Dr. Julia Robinson Moore, pages.uncc.edu/julia-marie-robinson<br><br>If you want, make sure to share, like, follow, and leave reviews. You can find me at jonathanfosteronline.com and also on my facebook page by searching for jonathanfosterauthor.

Season 2:2 Pick up the Living Flowers (Peter Rollins) 2020/03/31, 00:14
Season 2:2 Pick up the Living Flowers (Peter Rollins)

The title of this episode borrows yet another line from Karl Marx. We’ll go further into “the texture” that is, the life and anti-life that I imagine is woven into the fabric of everything. We'll also talk about what the serpent might have been and where it came from in Genesis 3 and how defining sin is a very difficult endeavor. <br><br>The highlight, of course, is hearing from Peter Rollins. He’ll talk about, among other things, his idea of sin and the object of desire vs the object cause of desire. I hope you take the time to look him up at peterrollins.com. He’s got a lot of great things to say and I’m thankful he’s agreed to be a part of this season. (As always, he may not agree with everything I say. You’ll have to read him to find out what you think.)<br><br>Thanks everyone. Follow, like, share, thumbs-up, or whatever it is you feel inclined to do.

Season 2:1A The Condition Requiring Illusions continued (Rollins, Alison, Brandt, Moore) 2020/03/27, 16:50
Season 2:1A The Condition Requiring Illusions continued (Rollins, Alison, Brandt, Moore)

1A is a continuation of the episode 1 that begins to lay out ideas about why we feel the need to pretend but why pretending is pointless! It's the greatest news. That's right, grace wrecks the illusion we have to be better than we are. And grace wrecks those who perpetuate the condition that requires illusions. And who might they be? Sigh, mostly, the church. I know, it's wild. <br><br>Thanks to my guests who appear here and on a handful of different episodes this season. They are authors, speakers, professors, podcasters and people who are doing a lot of great work.<br><br>Dr. Peter Rollins, https://peterrollins.com<br>Dr. James Alison, http://jamesalison.co.uk <br>Cindy Wang Brandt, https://cindywangbrandt.com <br>Dr. Julia Robinson Moore, https://pages.uncc.edu/julia-marie-robinson <br><br>I hope you find time to look into each of these people. I’ve been reading James and Peter, if I can call them by their first names, for 3-5 years now. Their writings and talks have helped me shift and re-shift my theology toward something which I consider much healthier. I can’t recommend them enough. <br><br>Cindy and Julia are newer friends of mine. Cindy is an author and podcaster. She has an online conference called https://www.parentingforwardconference.com that I highly recommend. And Julia is an author, professor and speaker that you will find has keen insight. <br><br>As always, like, share, review, follow, or whatever you do on your particular podcasting platform. Feel free to track me down with questions and comments you might have.

Season 2:1 Condition Requiring Illusions (James Alison, Cindy Brandt, Julia Moore, Peter Rollins) 2020/03/27, 16:44
Season 2:1 Condition Requiring Illusions (James Alison, Cindy Brandt, Julia Moore, Peter Rollins)

This is the first of a two part episode (1 and 1A) that begins to lay out ideas about why we feel the need to pretend but why pretending is pointless! It's the greatest news. That's right, grace wrecks the illusion we have to be better than we are. And grace wrecks those who perpetuate the condition that requires illusions. And who might they be? Sigh, mostly, the church. I know, it's wild. <br><br>Thanks to my guests who appear here and on a handful of different episodes this season...<br><br>Dr. Peter Rollins, https://peterrollins.com<br>Dr. James Alison, http://jamesalison.co.uk <br>Cindy Wang Brandt, https://cindywangbrandt.com <br>Dr. Julia Robinson Moore, https://pages.uncc.edu/julia-marie-robinson <br><br>I hope you find time to look into each of these people. I’ve been reading James and Peter, if I can call them by their first names, for 3-5 years now. Their writings and talks have helped me shift and re-shift my theology toward something which I consider much healthier. I can’t recommend them enough. <br><br>Cindy and Julia are newer friends of mine. Cindy is an author and podcaster. She has an online conference called https://www.parentingforwardconference.com that I highly recommend. And Julia is an author, professor and speaker that you will find has keen insight. <br><br>As always, like, share, review, follow, or whatever you do on your particular podcasting platform. Feel free to track me down with questions and comments you might have.

Season 2: Introduction (Peter Rollins) 2020/03/27, 16:35
Season 2: Introduction (Peter Rollins)

Welcome back to another season of the podcast! We’re obviously in a very difficult time in the life of our world right now. I hope that some of the stuff I offer up here will help you shift or re-think your role or God’s role in the middle of all that is going on. These episodes weren’t created with Corona Virus in mind, but I do think there’s thinking here that might help the Christian faith be more sustainable now and in the future. <br><br>In this introduction episode, I lay out some of the thinking going into season 2 and introduce some of my guests. I’m grateful each of these folks has allowed me to take bits and pieces of audio and spread them out over a few episodes. <br><br>Dr. James Alison, http://jamesalison.co.uk <br>Cindy Wang Brandt, https://cindywangbrandt.com <br>Dr. Julia Robinson Moore, https://pages.uncc.edu/julia-marie-robinson <br>Dr. Peter Rollins, https://peterrollins.com<br><br>I hope you find time to look into each of these people. I’ve been reading James and Peter, if I can call them by their first names, for 3-5 years now. Their writings and talks have helped me shift and re-shift my theology toward something which I consider much healthier. I can’t recommend them enough. <br><br>Cindy and Julia are newer friends. Cindy is an author and podcaster. She has an online conference called https://www.parentingforwardconference.com that I highly recommend. And Julia is an author, professor and speaker that you will find has keen insight. <br><br>As always, like, share, review, follow, or whatever you do on your particular podcasting platform. Feel free to track me down with questions and comments you might have.<br><br>And if you’ve read this far you should know about our non-profit organization LQVE. LQVE is a really interesting relationship that has developed with Haitian people, for Haitian people in some of the poorest areas of the Western Hemisphere. Learn more at www.LQVE.org. Obviously, the Corona Virus could potentially be bad anywhere, but I can’t even imagine what would happen if it hits such a densely populated area like Port au Prince. I’m praying for them and for all of us.

Praying and Covid19 (Thomas Jay Oord) 2020/03/18, 01:12
Praying and Covid19 (Thomas Jay Oord)

A timely conversation with best selling author, Dr Thomas Jay Oord about praying, dealing with Covid-19, miracles and partnering with God. Find more about Tom at http://thomasjayoord.com and @thomasjayoord. <br><br>Meanwhile, Season 2 of the podcast is in production. I've got some great interviews, and ideas, and most important... music!

Interlude 2020/03/15, 00:58
Interlude

In between season one and two I give you Interlude. It's an attempt to offer some prayers, some ancient, some brand new to help us all enter into the pain of this world. There is no hope around the pain, there's only hope through the pain. The anxiety we feel over the current virus is debilitating to many. May these prayers help you calm yourself, listen to yourself, and allow love to be embodied within you.

10-The One where I Wrap Up Season Uno with some Q&R 2019/10/31, 16:10
10-The One where I Wrap Up Season Uno with some Q&R

Wow, season uno is concluding. 10 weeks went by fast! Thanks for playing a part. This episode attempts to give some quick responses to some of the more common questions I get about the Bible and the whole topic of homosexuality. But honestly, you need to be reading/listening to Pete Enns, Will Gafney, Barbara Brown Taylor, John Walton, James Alison, Denny Weaver, Walter Brueggemann and lots of others to get better handles on how to approach scripture. <br><br>Thanks to everyone who's been so supportive. I recognize some of you have had to remain anonymous. Here's to the day coming when there are no more reasons to remain anonymous... and I do believe that day is coming!