Category Archives: Books

A Suitable Tweet?: 2 Kings 9 in Twible

Jana Riess tweets her way through a chapter of the Bible a day. Very fun interesting way to go about it! Today, she tweeted: “#Twible 2 Kgs 9: Alpo Corp. tests new “Jezebel” flavor; wins canine pre-approval in focus group. Lick it up, dogs. Wait, you missed a spot.”

What do you think? Suitable tweet for said violent chapter? Indeed, even though it’s fun, what do you think is getting lost or gained in Jana’s project?
Just thinking…

Podcasting and Soul-Selling

Here is a link to our most recent podcast. In it, we have a podcast with Evan Drake Howard who talks about his new book The Galilean Secret.

He has an essay on Washington Post On Faith today about the need for a spirituality of hope to undergird a politics of hope, here is the link

Nick also drops a bombshell, he is selling his soul back to Jesus, if you buy him an iPad, check it out. And let’s be honest, this is Nick doing what Nick does. He is being skeptical, and yet hopeful!No really all kidding aside. The more I think about the events that have led Nick to suggest re-entering Christendom through the use of a ipad, the more I think he may be on to something. Only time will tell really what that something is, but, it’s worth exploration.

You can pick up a copy of The Galilean Secret here on Amazon.

[Direct link to – ep 153 – Evan Drake Howard and The Galilean Secret]

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Dr. David Pacini: Through Narcissus’ Glass Darkly, A Podcast

In this podcast, Josh grabs an interview with Dr. David Pacini from the Candler School of Theology.

Dr. Pacini’s current research focuses on problems in Kantian and post-Kantian philosophy and philosophical theology, especially those of aesthetics and psychology as they evolved in late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century texts that explore the boundaries of theological thinking.

This podcast, with Alex as a guest co-interviewer, focuses on Pacini’s most recent work entitled Through Narcissus’ Glass Darkly: The Modern Religion of Conscience.

Nick mentions the Brian McLaren, Bishop Spong, and Phyllis Tickle Podcast, it’s here



[Direct link to ep 150 – David Pacini, Through Narcissus’ Glass Darkly]

New Podcast: Tony Jones and Philip Clayton from Atlanta

This week we have Part 1 of a 3 part conversation. It is Tony Jones and Philip Clayton talking theology in Atlanta at a cohort.

Here is the video:

Thanks to Dan Ra from for recording the conversation.

Also be sure to check out the Sustainable Faith conference April 22-24 and purchase a copy of The Hopeful Skeptic to help out the podcast.

If you use the promo/discount code “podcast” when you purchase your ticket you will receive the student/pastor discount.

[Direct link to – ep 147 – Philip Clayton and Tony Jones in Atlanta]

New HUGE Podcast: Bishop John Shelby Spong, Phyllis Tickle, and Brian McLaren

This week we have Brian McLaren, Bishop John Shelby Spong, and Phyllis Tickle talking about Christianity through their lifetime and into the future. It’s an all star cast at an unbelievable price.

I’d would encourage you all to check where you can buy your copy of my co-host’s book, The Hopeful Skeptic: Revisiting Christianity from the Outside. Your purchases help make this podcast (and many others) possible.

Also check out A Sustainable Faith, for more conference information April 22-24. If you are interested in going, email Nick at nick[at]thehopefulskeptic[dot]com for a discounted ticket. And if your going through Atlanta, let him know, you could carpool.

[Direct link to ep 146 – Bishop John Shelby Spong, Phyllis Tickle, and Brian McLaren.mp3]



New Podcast with Dwight Friesen on Theology After Google and ‘Thy Kingdom Connected’

In this interview I interview Dwight Friesen about his book Thy Kingdom Connected and Theology After Google (Claremont 2010). We met in an airport after the conference and chatted it up.

Dwight is a teacher practical theology at Mars Hill Graduate School, is active with Emergent Village, a social network of missional Christians around the world ( and is also an author, professional speaker and facilitator of learning. Dwight earned a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in Leadership in an Emerging Culture at George Fox University under the mentorship of Leonard Sweet, with Kent Yinger as my dissertation adviser. His dissertation explored a relational hermeneutic toward connective church structures and leadership.

Also, here is a link to my blog post on Health Care Reform.

Stay tuned later in the week for a dramatic reading of Rick Bennett’s Imagined Oscar Roundtable including the voices of Tony Jones, Philip Clayton, Josh Case, Chad Crawford, and others!!!

Enjoy the podcast!

[Direct Link to ep 144 – Dwight Friesen, Thy Kingdom Connected]


Theology After Google: After Thoughts on the Claremont 2010 Gathering

For three days this week, I was with a group of new friend and old friends trying to imagine together how theology in the googley age might emerge.

At the end of the day, one if the most powerful aspects of the event was the experience of the settling in on the face to face banter with the real questions on the last session of the last day. Over the course of about 45 minutes to an hour, the whole group of thinkers, practitioners, and participants shared from the Soul where they saw theology after google intersecting with major themes in contemporary life.

I’m not sure if others had the same experience, but about half way through the e-commissioning, something happened. Maybe it was the coffee I drank wearing off, or the adrenaline from opening the session up, or maybe it was something of the divine and holy Spirit moving in our midst; whatever it was, something settled in and I can’t help but think quite a few of us experienced It.

And do you know when it settled in? When we did not know the answers to the questions that we did not know were coming. You could feel it. A question would be asked, “theology after google says what to a young single pregnant latino girl who enters your congregation?” Pause…The funny thing is, in every time where there was a pause, it almost seemed like those were the moments when real theology was being done. Not in the answers that eventually came, but in the process of coming to that attempt at a simple or noble articulation. And while the articulation itself wasn’t some final answer to the what is the/a theology after google, it did reflect precisely the kind of work that unforeseen questions do in the shaping of diverse theological reflection.

And maybe that is something that many of us have taken away from Theology After Google (Claremont 2010); namely, that theology is what happens in the spaces before there is anything certain to articulate. That ultimately, theologies after google need the relational exchange of ideas, emotions, and experiences that come with life, context, and conflict to rekindle the collective imaginations of all the faithful such that we hold loosely to what we know until we must engage in the communal testing of those harmonies.

And maybe, because we know that theology after google will be so relational, and inventive, and incarnational, and embodied, we know that theology after google cannot and will not be done simply in the isolated places of academy, denomination, or mind; rather, TAG will be done in the intersection of those places with the embodied and avatar alike. For although theology has long been seen as simply that which is done in the flesh, the above notion that theology is what happens in the pause, also makes space for the new exploration of a what a digital theology might be like. Or to put it another, “how is the good news story that theology after google tells to the impoverished urban community different (or the same) from the that which might be equally good news to a new avatar friend who walks into a bar, or church, or shopping center in Second life?” And what does this mean for how we might be the Church to all in our relational spheres of influence?

If it could ever be said that an event is a comma and not a period, theology after google is that comma.

Joshua Case

In the air towards Salt Lake City Airport (2010)

Check out this Podcast: Philip Clayton

In this episode, I interviews Philip Clayton about his book Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society. We also talk about the upcoming Theology After Google event and Clayton’s then pre-debate with Daniel Dennet. Enjoy!

Philip Clayton & Dan Dennet Conversation link.

Theology After Google link.

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