Barbara Brown Taylor, Learning to Walk in the Dark, July 31-August 6

Author of Leaving Church and An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor takes us on a tour of the dark places in her latest lyrical book, Learning to Walk in the Dark.  She explores real and metaphorical darkness and confronts the fear of that darkness.  She urges us to feel around in the dark whether that darkness be grief, doubt, or the unknown and rather than light it up, be present with it.  Join us on a journey in the dark!

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Thursday, July 31st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, August 2nd at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, August 3rd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, August 3rd at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, August 3rd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, August 4th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, August 6th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning August 7th.

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Carrie Newcomer, A Permeable Life July 24-30

Singer/songwriter/poet Carrie Newcomer has a new album A Permeable Life (Facebook).  Accompanying her cd is a book, A Permeable Life: Poems and Essays. She spoke with me on Religion For Life about the cd, songwriting, what she has learned from her dog, spirituality, building community, and keeping hopeful!  You’ll love it!

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Thursday, July 24th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, July 26th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, July 27th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 27th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, July 27th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 28th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 30th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning July 31st.

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Dennis Smith, Acts and Christian Beginnings, July 17-23

I continue my conversation about the Book of Acts.   This week I speak with Dennis Smith, New Testament Professor at Phillips Theological Seminary, chair of the Acts Seminar and co-editor of Acts and Christian Beginnings:  The Acts Seminar Report.   The Acts Seminar spent ten years analyzing the Book of Acts from an historical perspective.   They made some important conclusions.  Here is a top ten list!   Bottom line:  Acts is a second-century myth of Christian origins.  They are ready to shake up scholarship and they invite critical response.

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Thursday, July 17th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, July 19th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, July 20th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 20th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, July 20th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 21st at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 23rd at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning July 24th.

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Joseph Tyson, Acts and Christian Beginnings

Is the Book of Acts in the New Testament history or myth?  For the next two weeks I speak with the two co-chairs of the Acts Seminar, Joseph Tyson and Dennis Smith. For ten years the Westar Institute has evaluated the historicity of the Book of Acts. They have produced Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report.  They have made some important conclusions. Here is a top ten list. This week I speak with Dr. Tyson of Southern Methodist University about his take on Acts and the Acts Seminar.

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Thursday, July 10th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, July 12th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, July 13th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 13th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, July 13th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 14th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 16th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning July 17th.

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Charles Shingledecker, Freedom to Doubt, July 3-9

Charles “Chuck” Shingledecker cares about religion and about matters of faith.  He cares so much that he is willing to engage in the honest searching tradition of apophatic theology.  The fruit of this search is his book, Freedom to Doubt.   He puts his inquiring mind to work doubting biblical stories and theological doctrines and shows that doubt, not fear, is the beginning of wisdom.

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Thursday, July 3rd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, July 5th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, July 6th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 6th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, July 6th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 7th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 9th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning July 10th.

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Martin Thielen, The Answer to Bad Religion is Not No Religion, June 26-July 2

Fed up with the arrogance, intolerance, and absolutism of religion? Rev. Martin Thielen, pastor of the Cookeville United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee is too.   But he says that is not what religion has to be.  He makes the case for good religion in his latest book, The Answer to Bad Religion is Not No Religion:  A Guide to Good Religion for Seekers, Skeptics, and Believers.  Join us for a candid conversation about religion, good and bad!

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Thursday, June 26th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 28th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, June 29th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 29th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, June 29th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 30th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 2nd at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning July 3rd.

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Thomas Little, The Origins of Southern Evangelicalism, June 19-25

Why is the South so religious?   Why is it the Bible Belt?  To answer that complex question we need to go back to Colonial times before the First Great Awakening.  Dr. Thomas Little is associate professor of history at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia and the author of The Origins of Southern Evangelicalism:  Religious Revivalism in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1760.   He spoke with me about the early history of religious revival in the South.

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Thursday, June 19th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 21st at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, June 22nd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 22nd at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, June 22nd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 23rd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 25th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast beginning June 26th.

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