Halloween and the Supernatural – Paranormal Proclivities – 034

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In one of our more surprisingly combative Irenicast episodes, Jeff, Mona and Allen discuss various things related to Halloween and the supernatural.  Everything from their favorite Halloween memories, scary encounters, angels, demons, fear and of course some history and theology.  This witch’s brew of topics concludes with a new segment:  Pursuit of the Trivial. Read More

Is Humanity Good or Bad ? – God, Something Has Got to be Done About Your Kids – 033

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Is humanity good or bad? What is total depravity and original sin and are they helpful for the life of faith? Emilie, an Irenicast listener, touches off a conversation between Jeff, Mona & Allen over these questions and more when she wonders if “being told every Sunday morning for decades on end that you are dirty, sinful, wicked, and completely worthless” makes theological sense. And in honor of Back to the Future Day’s impending arrival, your hosts offer a few 30-year predictions of their own. Read More

God and Aliens – The Universe Doesn’t Revolve Around You, Probably – 032

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Does life exist on other planets? If we discover an alien civilization, does that mean God won’t love us or hang out anymore? Is Allen’s alien superpower the lamest thing ever or the greatest? Our co-hosts answer these questions and more in this week’s episode on God and aliens. Read More

Oregon Community College – Tragedy and Lament – 031

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On October 1, 2015 a shooter used six guns to murder nine people on the Oregon Community College campus. In light of the tragic event, our hosts pause to lament, reflect, process, and discuss the day itself, as well as the issues it has come to represent.

In Memoriam

Lucero Alcaraz, 19
Treven Taylor Anspach, 20
Rebecka Ann Carnes, 18
Quinn Glen Cooper, 18
Kim Saltmarsh Dietz, 59
Lucas Eibel, 18
Jason Dale Johnson, 34
Lawrence Levine, 67
Sarena Dawn Moore, 44 Read More

Xenophobia – Nothing to Fear but Everyone – 030

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What do immigration, violence and homemade clocks have in common?  Fear.  Fear seems to be a consistent motivator in our culture, especially fear of the other.  This week Jeff, Mona & Allen address many of the issues connected to Xenophobia. Wrapping up the show our hosts bring back a segment called Say What!? Read More

Why People Are Leaving Church – The Dones – 029

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The subject of church can be a joyous one or a difficult one depending on your experience.  This week Jeff, Mona and Allen explore some of the possible reasons why people are leaving church.  Specifically they discuss a group of people known as ‘The Dones’.  People who are done with church, but not done with their faith.  And then for something completely different, the team plays a round of Was it Hitler? Read More

Conversation with Brandy Daniels – Part 2 – 028.5

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The conclusion of our conversation with Brandy Daniels focuses on her current work in the field of theology.  She explains in detail her thoughts on the importance of the connectivity of theology and the way that we live.

You can check out Brandy’s full list of accomplishments and bibliography on her Vanderbilt bio page. Read More

Conversation with Brandy Daniels – Part 1 – 028

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Jeff sits down this week with Brandy Daniels.  Among the many things Brandy is involved in she is an author for the blog, Women in Theology (WIT), and a Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University.  Her work centers on the intersection of queer theory and Christian theology.  In this conversation Brandy shares her journey from youth group kid in an evangelical church to a career in academia and how that journey not only affected her theology, but her spirituality as well.

You can check out Brandy’s full list of accomplishments and bibliography on her Vanderbilt bio page.

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The Ashley Madison Hack and Privacy – Let Those Without Sin Search the First Email – 027

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Bugapolocalypse, seductive scarf dancing and humans with lion tails.  This is all in just the first 5 minutes of this week’s episode.  Our conversation is an in-depth discussion on the Ashley Madison hack and privacy in the digital age, capped off by a round of “Craigslist Hall of Fame.” Read More

Secular vs Sacred – Part 3, Selves – 026

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Total Eclipse of the Heart, Alanis Morrisette, and high school reunions are some of the stops along a stroll through the respective pasts of our hosts this week.  In this episode, Jeff, Mona & Allen conclude their secular vs sacred series with a discussion on the sacred in terms of selves.  What makes a person sacred?  Can one person be more sacred than another?  Do we confuse the sacredness of a person’s status, position or accomplishments with the sacredness of the person?  These are all questions, and more, our hosts attempt to tackle, before finishing off with another round of Name that Sound. Read More

Secular vs Sacred – Part 2, Spaces – 025

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In this second installment of the secular vs sacred, hosts Jeff, Mona and Allen discuss “spaces.”  They explore what makes a certain location more or less sacred than another.  This weeks episode is wrapped up with a segment called Dinner Party.  Each of our hosts share three people they would have over to a dinner party and why.
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Secular vs Sacred – Part 1, Stories – 024

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Jeff, Mona (Umami) and Allen (Smellfungus) start a new series of episodes this week on the secular vs sacred.  Their first stop on this journey is exploring the sacredness, or lack of sacredness, in stories.  Our hosts specifically explore the mediums of art, media and even the Bible.  Our discussion of the sacred leads into a mash up of Apples 2 Apples and Balderdash, called Appledash. Read More

Allen reviews The Openness of God, though review is a strong word

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This was a fascinating read. The authors attempt to make a clear distinction between a biblical portrayal of God’s relationship with the world and the influence of Greek philosophy upon Christian theology, specifically in regard to God’s experience of things like time, change, emotion, and knowledge. Read More

The Importance of Language – Metaphors Worth Getting Meta For – 023

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You might think an episode on the importance of language would be an easy topic to conquer for three people who speak on a weekly podcast.  This, however, is not entirely the case. Jeff, Mona and Allen get meta as they discuss the importance of language and tackle the issues of rhetoric, political correctness, cronuts, the Bible, and new attempts on metaphors for God.  All that, plus the brand new segment Fill in the Blanks: Etiquette Edition. Read More

Families with Special Needs Children – Lily Kate’s Story with Guest Host Casey Comstock – 022


In a special Irenicast episode the team welcomes guest host Casey Comstock.  Casey joins us this week to share a very personal story about raising a child with special needs.  We hear from him the joys and difficulties that he and his wife face on a regular basis as they raise their wonderful daughter, Lily Kate.  He also expresses his desire to help other families with special needs children and how we can help.  We close this week’s show with another round of Jesus or Jay-Z.

To help Casey and his family start a service that would provide quality childcare for families with special needs children go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lkc-sitters.  There you will receive all the information on LKC Sitters and how you can donate. Read More