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Quick to Listen
Quick to Listen
Christianity Today
Should Christians Worry Free Speech Is Eroding?
For years, one of the primary ways that people experienced Donald Trump was through his tweets. All of that changed on January 8, when, in the aftermath of the capitol insurrection, Twitter banned @realDonaldTrump. “Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks,” read the statement, which included the text of the tweets. “After assessing the language in these Tweets against our Glorification of Violence policy, we have determined that these Tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.” Twitter was not the only social media service to crack down on Trump. Snapchat banned him permanently. Facebook banned Trump's account through the remainder of his term and suggested it could ban "indefinitely." Last week, YouTube suspended Trump for a week because they said he violated a violence policy. This flurry of tech moves has raised questions about free speech and left some Christians wondering how well their First Amendment rights will be protected in the midst of this. John Inazu is a professor of law and religion at the Washington University Law School. He is the author of Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference and more recently, with Tim Keller, Uncommon Ground: Living Faithfully in a World of Difference. Inazu joined global media manager Morgan Lee and editorial director Ted Olsen to discuss the complexity of defining “free speech,” what people misunderstand about the First Amendment, and the blind spots that Christians can have when advocating for free speech. What is Quick to Listen? Read more Rate Quick to Listen on Apple Podcasts Follow the podcast on Twitter Follow our hosts on Twitter: Morgan Lee and Ted Olsen Follow our guest on Twitter: John Inazu Some of Whitehead and Perry’s Christian nationalism numbers Music by Sweeps Quick to Listen is produced by Morgan Lee and Matt Linder The transcript is edited by Yvonne Su and Bunmi Ishola Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
1 hr 5 min
The NewsWorthy
The NewsWorthy
Erica Mandy
“America’s Day,” First Executive Orders & Hottest Housing Market- Thursday, January 21st, 2021
The news to know for Thursday, January 21st, 2021! We're talking about: * President Biden's first speech to the nation * Biden's first actions from the White House * a possible reason why California is the latest COVID-19 hotspot * how big tech may help the vaccine rollout * the significance of one inauguration fashion trend * which city will likely stand out in the 2021 housing market All that and more in around 10 minutes... Head to to read more about any of the stories mentioned. This episode is brought to you by and (Listen for the discount code) Support the show and get ad-free episodes here: Sources: Inaugural Day Recap: AP, Politico, WSJ, NPR, Biden’s Full Speech Biden Signs Executive Orders: NY Times, Reuters, CNBC, Politico Trump Final Farewell: CBS News, CNN, AP, WaPo Dems Control Congress: NBC News, WaPo, Bloomberg, Axios Avril Haines Confirmed: CBS News, WSJ, AP Proud Boys Leader Charged: ABC News, NY Times, USA Today, Reuters New COVID Strain in CA: LA Times, FOX News, NY Times, Cedars-Sinai Vaccines vs. New Strains: CNN, Stat, Full Study Youngest Inaugural Poet: CBS News, NY Times, People Purple Trending at Inauguration: USA Today, TODAY, WSJ Wall Street Hits New Highs: AP, Reuters, WSJ Nation’s Hottest Housing Markets: Zillow, FOX Business, KVUE Big Companies Join Vaccination Effort: CBS News, ABC News, Fox Business, Starbucks, WA Gov Amazon Offers to Help with Vaccines: The Verge, CNBC, Axios Thing to Know Thursday: Senate Power-Sharing Deal: Politico, WSJ, FOX News, Reuters
13 min
The Deconstructionists
The Deconstructionists
Adam Narloch & John Williamson
Ep. 114 - Stina Kielsmeier-Cook "Blessed Are The Nones: Mixed-Faith Marriage and My Search for Spiritual Community"
Guest Info/Bio: This week we speak with Stina Kielsmeier-Cook about what it’s like being in an interfaith relationship. What does it look like when the other person in your relationship has a different faith or no faith at all? Stina is a writer from the cold north where she raises kids, maxes out her library card, and is usually late for church. A former housing advocate for refugees, Stina loves to talk about public policy, parenting, and her neighborhood in Minneapolis. She works as Director of Communications at the Collegeville Institute, where she is also the managing editor of Bearings Online. Stina has a graduate diploma in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies from the American University in Cairo, and a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaten College. Guest Published Works: Blessed Are the Nones: Mixed-Faith Marriage and My Search for Spiritual Community. Guest Website/Social Media: ( ) Twitter: @stina_kc Facebook: Instagram: @stina.kc Special guest music on this episode provided by: Forrest Clay Twitter: @clay_k Facebook: @ ( ) Instagram: @forrestclaymusic Enjoy the songs? Songs featured on this episode were: the brand new single, “Recover” and the singles “Love a Little More” and “Counting the Stars” Forrest Clay’s music is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, and anywhere good music is found. Stay on top of all the latest at Go there to read our blog, grab a tee shirt, snag a pint glass or mug, follow us on social media, or join our Patreon family. The Deconstructionists Podcast is edited by John Williamson. This episode was mixed and produced by Nicholas Rowe at National Audio Preservation Society: A full service recording studio and creative habitat. located in Heath, Ohio. Find them on facebook and Twitter or go to their website for more information. Twitter: @napsrecording Website by Ryan Battles All Photos by Jared Hevron Logos designed by Joseph Ernst & Stephen Pfluig T-Shirt designs by Joseph Ernst, Chad Flannigan, Colin Rigsby, and Jason Turner Advertising Inquiries: Privacy & Opt-Out:
1 hr 18 min
For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
Miroslav Volf, Matthew Croasmun, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, Drew Collins, Evan Rosa
Patience with Yourself: Resisting the Temptation to Curate Yourself and Finding the Courage to Embrace Imperfection
Thanks for listening to For the Life of the World. To support the show, you can make a tax-deductible gift to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture by clicking here. --- This is that time of year when the little demon of self-criticism and self-denigration wakes up and starts nagging you for letting your new year’s resolutions slip a little. Or maybe you’re not there yet. You’re powering through, waking up early, working out hard, eating right, reading more, living your best life. Hey. Good on you. Go get it. But regardless, whether you find yourself nailing it or failing it, do you have the patience and the necessary courage to accept yourself at every moment you try to improve? This week, Ryan McAnnally-Linz and Miroslav Volf discuss an obscure but incredibly timely passage from an old lecture given by the great Karl Rahner, the German Jesuit priest and one of the most notable Catholic theologians of the 20th century—he was instrumental, for instance, in the theological developments of the Second Vatican Council. Miroslav once heard Rahner give a talk about patience, and has passed along the wisdom of that lecture, and now we’re passing it on to you. Miroslav even translated a passage from the German text, and reads it here (you can also find it in our show notes). In this episode, Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz reflect on Karl Rahner's admonition to be patient with oneself. The discussion begins by recognizing the gap between who you are now and who you aspire to be, and proceeds with the need to keep the tension alive, working and bearing with your limitations, and exploring the freedom of a serene patience with oneself. Serenity is not acquiescence to vice or bad habits. But it represents a courageous long-term peace with your imperfections—an effort to recognize oneself as rooted in divine love and grace and acceptance, even as you pursue a vision of a better self. Show Notes * New Year’s Resolutions and the need to be patient * Karl Rahner’s “Intellectual Patience with Oneself” (translated from German to English by Miroslav Volf) * Minding the gap between who you are and who you aspire to be * Narcissism, complacency, and resignation * Miroslav’s friend’s motto for graduate school: “Courage to Imperfection!" * Patience is not merely a private interior thing—there is a public effect of bearing with oneself that leads to bearing with others. * The courage to _public_ imperfection * Cultivating a secure sense of self grounded in God’s love * We can live with imperfection knowing that we are accepted as we are * Release yourself from the grip of the performed, curated self * How patience with oneself applies to the struggle to improve through New Year’s Resolutions * Reflect on which self you want to nurture and don’t give up on the tension between who you are and who you aspire to be. * Constant pressure to improve quickly, as opposed to acceptance of limitations and imperfections * Keep the tension alive, work with your limitations, and explore the freedom of a serene patience with oneself. * You cannot do whatever you want, and the lie that you can leaves you exposed to the deep pain of failure and limitation. * “You are not at stake.” Limits are there. They are to be worked with rather than hated or abhorred. * "I’m not divine. I’m human." Karl Rahner, “On Intellectual Patience with Oneself” in _Schriften zur Theologie_, 15, 303ff. (Abridged version of the first few paragraphs that deal with patience with oneself in general, of which intellectual patience with oneself is one dimension) Translated by Miroslav Volf That we need … patience with ourselves, seems to me a self-evident thing, in fact one of those self-evident things which in reality turn out to be difficult to achieve. Perhaps there are people who don’t think they need patience with themselves because they are in full agreement with who they are and with what they do. But I hope that we will not envy the “good fortune” of such simple-minded people. If we are honest with ourselves, we are [all] the kind of people who, rightly, are not fully finished with ourselves, and also the kind of people who cannot establish the state of their full agreement with ourselves on command or through some psychological trick. Because a full agreement with ourselves is neither given nor within our power to achieve, we need to have patience with ourselves. The person in us, who we actually are, greets with pain, the person in us who we want to become… We are now on the way, we live between a past and a future, and both, each in its own way, are out of our full control. We never have all things together which we need to live; we are always historically conditioned, socially manipulated, biologically threatened—and we are aware of this. We can try to suppress the knowledge of this state of existence; we can try to let things that we cannot change just be there as surd elements of our lives; or we can misuse joyous experiences of life as analgesics against the uncanny tensions between who we are and who we should be; or we can interpret these dissatisfactions as depression which we either have simply to suffer or which we can medicalize ourselves against. But when we muster the courage to face these tensions [between who we are and who we aspire to become], when we acknowledge them and accept them … then we have come to have patience with ourselves, to accept that we are not in pure agreement with ourselves… Many believe that they have patience with themselves and that this patience is the most ordinary of things. But if we were to look at such people more carefully, we would see that they do not take on patiently the pain of their tensions, that they don’t face them without ether embellishing or hating them, but that they flee from them into the banality of everyday life … that what has triumphed in them [over these tensions] is an unrecognized despair or despairing resignation, that they, in the end, believe that life has no meaning. We would also see that they do not actually have patience as they behold the questionableness of their existence, but are seeking ways to look away and find surrogates for patience, which, they believe, make it possible for them to live. Those who are truly patient endure in reality their existential tensions, take them on, accept the pain they cause… Those who are patient are patient with their impatience; serenely, they let go of the final “agreement” between who they are and what they aspire to become. They do not know where this serenity, in which they let themselves be, comes from… Those who are patient are serene and therefore free. We will not further explore the question about what it is that we ultimately fall upon when practicing such serene patience. Some people will think that the stance rests on “Nothing”; resting on “Nothing,” they can be victorious over tense conflicts of finite realities in their own lives. Others are persuaded, that “Nothing,” when one gives it its proper sense, is of no use, that it can have no power to give peace. Instead, they believe that when we serenely accept our tensions [between who we are and what we aspire to become], then, whether we are aware or not, we have come to rest on what in everyday use of the word we call God.And when we really understand that word [God], the we see that the letting oneself “fall” into the silent incomprehensibility which is God “succeeds” because God receives in grace those who let themselves fall into serene patience with themselves.
37 min
Pastor With No Answers Podcast
Pastor With No Answers Podcast
Joey Svendsen
276 - How Shall We Love? (w/ Jamie Lee Finch & Propaganda)
Love your neighbor, love your enemy.  Jamie Lee Finch (the Liturgists) and Propaganda (Red Couch Podcast)  discuss with Joey  “loving others” in the context of people’s personal journeys, social media “venting,” and the ability or inability to humanize others.  Should we respond to “ignorant hate” differently than how we respond to just straight up, ‘ol hate?  Do some legitimately have a harder time loving because of their place in society and past experiences?  And should we be cautious in using the word “should” when it comes to another person's ability to love well?    Jamie: Propaganda: Support the Podcast: Become a patron: Leave a tip: Join the discussion: Current DonorSee Giving Opportunity: (Text PWNAd to 31010 to receive notifications each time we have new opportunity to “save the day” for team humanity) PWNA Socials: JOEY Socials Correspondence: CALL 507-403-PWNA (7962):  Questions, Comments, Feedback, Pushback, frustration?  Air it out on our voicemail and we may air it on an episode.   E-mail Music courtesy of: One song courtesy of: Executive Producer of PWNApod:  Jared Svendsen
1 hr 17 min
You Have Permission
You Have Permission
Dan Koch
A History of Conspiracy Theories & Evangelicals (#100)
I’m joined by Dr. Sam Perry to discuss the tangled historical web of White Evangelicals in the US and their use of and affiliation for various conspiracy theories, starting in the 1950 around “outside agitators” in the Civil Rights movement. Sam traces through lines all the way up to Donald Trump, hitting the Moral Majority, Pat Robertson, Tim LaHaye/Left Behind, Obama, and birtherism along the way. We also get some historical context for many conspiracy theories that we were taught in Evangelical households growing up: the Satanic panic, New Age denunciations, the “gay agenda,” anti-Catholic sentiment, and more. We talk about parallel institutions within Evangelicalism and their distribution role in disseminating certain conspiracy theories. It was a lot to cover, and more could be said about almost every issue that came up, but I think listeners will find it helpful (and even entertaining) nonetheless. Sam’s article on The Conversation: Why Are Christians Succeptible to Conspiracy Theories?: The American Life "The Problem We All Live With": Rhetorics of Race and Religion on the Christian Right: Edited by Josh Gilbert ( -- he is accepting more work!) Join the Patreon for exclusive episodes (and more) every month: Email about the "sliding scale" for the Patreon: YHP Patron-only FB group: Website: Join Dan's email list: Artwork by
1 hr 38 min
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