Keith Giles: Home Churches and Politics

Today in the basement Preston is talking to Keith Giles. Most recently he is the author of Jesus Untangled: Crucifying Our Politics to Pledge Allegiance to the LambThe book dives into the relationship of Christianity and politics and even suggests that "the greatest threat to Christianity is American Christianity".

Keith is also a part of a house church that gives away 100% of all offerings to the poor in their community. 

Keith Giles: Home Churches and Politics

Is the Bible Parody, Inerrant, Corrected, Relevant?

Today Preston is settling in the basement with a warm cup of coffee (soon to be cold)  for today's hour-long podcast and answering your many questions about the Bible. 

Is the book of Jonah satire or a parody? Is it an actual historical book? What did the author intend for it to be? If God breathed stars into existence surely he can make a fish swallow a man. 

Can the Bible really be infallible and inerrant when there is such a human element to it? Preston claims that are errors in the Bible yet it is still inerrant.

Is the Bible Parody, Inerrant, Corrected, Relevant?

Did God Really Forsake Jesus?

Preston is working through all kinds of questions today on this hour-long podcast. 

Did God really forsake Jesus at the Cross? Was the Masoretic text purposely distorted by the Jews? Are Affirming Christians heretics? Why would God create billions of people just for them to go to hell? If God is Sovereign, do I prayers really do anything? 

Did God Really Forsake Jesus?

Biblical Inerrancy, "Progressive Christianity" and Church Diversity

Preston is back from a busy few weeks and he is ready to answer your questions on this extended hour long podcast. 

How does a mom navigate through the very complex issue of her daughter's gender identity? 

What does Preston think of Rob Bell, Pete Enns or The Liturgists Podcast with Michael Gungor? Would you be surprised to hear that "Progressive Christianity" can often sound like Christian Fundamentalism?

Biblical Inerrancy, "Progressive Christianity" and Church Diversity

Back to Some Questions!

Preston has been working to establish an organization that is theologically sound in their teaching and yet provides practical guidance on questions related to sexuality and gender. The Center for Faith and Sexuality website is up. Go ahead and check it out and be sure to sign up for the newsletter. 

Learn more at centerforfaith.com

Preston is also answering your questions. How do you engage with someone you greatly disagree with? Should you attend your Daughter's same sex wedding? Do I need to Tithe %10? What if I am in the ministry? 

Back to Some Questions!
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A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 5

Today Preston is talking with his friend "Tom". Tom is a closeted gay pastor. He is the pastor of a strong church and has been married for forty years and has quite a few grandchildren.

Tom thought that eventually, given enough time, he would change; if he had a girlfriend, he would change; that if he got married, he would change. However, Tom is still gay in his sexual orientation but has learned that his sexuality is not where his identity is found.  

Preston Sprinkle
A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 5

A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 4

Today Preston is talking with Laurie Krieg. Laurie is married to Matt and the two of them together started Hole in my Heart Ministries. In their ministry they counsel in person and online (globally), speak nationally, and write blogs and books. 

Laurie experiences same-sex attraction but is passionate about loving Jesus as well. She works to faithfully submit her broken sexuality to the lordship of Christ, and comes alive talking about how and why she does that.

A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 4

A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 3

Today Preston is talking with Nate Collins. Nate Collins is in Gay in his orientation but is also in a committed, mixed orientation marriage. 

Nate is also the author of a soon to be released book titled All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender, and Sexuality. What does it mean to be gay ... and a Christian? Beginning with how the Bible describes sex and gender in Genesis 1-2, Nate provides a theological framework for conceptualizing gender identity.

A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 3

A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 2

Preston is continuing the conversation with Greg Coles. Greg identifies as a Celibate Gay Christian and on today's podcast Preston and Greg are talking about all the buzzwords that surround the issue: Same-Sex Attraction, Gay Christian, the Gay Agenda, Homosexual, the Gay Lifestyle.

Greg also has a book soon to be released titled Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity . Follow the link pre-order it on Amazon. This book is "Sprinkle Approved". 

A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 2
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A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 1

Preston is in the process of making a film that will highlight experiences had by those a part of the LGBT community inside the Church. 

Today Preston is talking with Lesli her about testimony and experience in and outside of the church.

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A Conversation with My LGBT Friends: Part 1

Can You Endorse Christian Non-Violence and Still Own Guns?

Is right to endorse Christian Non-Violence and still own guns?

Is the Eucharist (Communion) literally Christ's body and blood or a symbol of Christ's blood and body?

John MacArthur or N. T. Wright on the Atonement? 

Preston gets corrected by a member of the United Methodist Church. 

Nathan from New York provokes Preston to get offensive talking about pizza. 

Is 'The Devil' a personification of evil or a real being? 

Can You Endorse Christian Non-Violence and Still Own Guns?

Steven Siwek: Future of the Church

Today in The Basement Preston is talking to Steven Siwek. Steven finished creating a documentary called "Future of the Church".

You can learn more about the documentary at futurechurch.com. 

You can tweet at Steven @StevenSiwek

You can also check out his website stevensiwek.com

Steven Siwek: Future of the Church

Joshua Ryan Butler - The Pursuing God

Preston is in with Joshua Ryan Butler talking about his new book, The Pursuing GodJoshua serves as Pastor of Local and Global Outreach at Imago Dei Community, a church in the heart of Portland, Oregon, where he gets to develop city ministries in areas like foster care, human trafficking and homelessness. Josh also works to craft international partnerships in areas like clean water, HIV-support and church planting.

Learn more about Joshua at joshuaryanbutler.com.

Joshua Ryan Butler - The Pursuing God

Predestination, Election and Chris Speaks About BELONG

Preston is in answering questions about Predestination and Election and the "Augustine Allergy" that can turn many people away from the book "Two Views On Homosexuality, The Bible, And The Church".

Also, Chrissy Sprinkle joins Preston in the basement to talk about her new intentional young womens' group BELONG. 

You can email Chrissy if you have any questions about it at chris@prestonsprinkle.com

Predestination, Election and Chris Speaks About BELONG

You die between your confession and your dunk...still saved!?

What does Preston think of the HCSB and CSB Bible translations?  

Is Baptism essential for salvation? 

What does Paul mean when he says in Philippians 2, "every knee shall bow and every tongue confess"?

What do we do with the books that weren't included in the canon? 

A married couple has no desire to have children. Can we totally separate sex and procreation? 

You die between your confession and your dunk...still saved!?
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What's Going on with Bethel Church?

Preston is back in answering your questions. 

Have you ever wondered about Bethel Church in Redding, Ca. What are the issues surrounding Bethel? Do they have unbiblical practices? Here is a link to the article from Christianity Today that Preston believes closely resembles his own opinion - http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/may/cover-story-inside-popular-controversial-bethel-church.html?start=1

Preston is also answering questions about non-violence and illegal immigrants. 

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What's Going on with Bethel Church?
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"How Open Should I Be?" and Christian Non-Violence

How can Christians read the sermon on the mount and not hold to Jesus' non-violent teaching?

How open should someone who struggles with Same-Sex Attraction be?

Why did Ezra refuse military protection and Nehemiah welcomed it? 

Is the egalitarian and complementarian view of women in the church a Gospel issue?

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"How Open Should I Be?" and Christian Non-Violence

Michael Wear - Lessons Learned in the Obama White House

Today Preston is in with Michael Wear who directed faith outreach for President Obama’s historic 2012 re-election campaign. Michael was also one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history: he served in the White House faith-based initiative during President Obama’s first term, where he led evangelical outreach and helped manage The White House’s engagement on religious and values issues, including adoption and anti-human trafficking efforts.

Michael is also the author of Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America and the founder Public Square Strategies LLC, a firm that helps religious organizations, political organizations, businesses and others effectively navigate the rapidly changing American religious and political landscape.

 

Michael Wear - Lessons Learned in the Obama White House

Should I say the "Pledge of Allegiance"?

No interview today! Preston is taking sometime to answer a fistful of your questions. 

Does Israel have a divine right to the land that its traditionally held? 

Is it okay for a Christian to support the legalization of same-sex marriage? If not, why should I oppose it? A book Preston recommends on the topic is Truth Overruled by Ryan T. Anderson.

Is it okay for Christians to say the Pledge of Allegiance? 

Should I say the "Pledge of Allegiance"?

John Mark Comer - "An Orthodox Rob Bell"

Today Preston is in with John Mark Comer. He's a writer, speaker and a teacher. He's the pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church, right in the center of the city (by Powell's Books if you've ever been to Portland). They're talking about all kinds of topics but also his new book, God Has a Name.

Some other books by John Mark that Preston suggests you check out is Loveology, and Garden City.

Check out his website johnmarkcomer.com or Tweet at him @johnmarkcomer

John Mark Comer - "An Orthodox Rob Bell"

Joey Svendsen - "A Mentally Ill, Obsessive Compulsive, Legalistic Youth Group Kid Turned Pastor"

Today Preston is talking with Joey Svendsen who is one of the voices on The Bad Christian Podcast. They're talking about his new book FundaMENTAList: Stories of a Mentally Ill, Obsessive Compulsive, Legalistic Youth Group Kid Turned Pastor, the Bad Christian podcast and how the podcast has reached many people "the church" would have never reached. 

You can follow Joey on Twitter @JoeySvendsen

Check out his website fundamentalistpastor.com

Joey Svendsen - "A Mentally Ill, Obsessive Compulsive, Legalistic Youth Group Kid Turned Pastor"

Francis Chan - "I Should Have Ran for President!"

Preston is in with Francis Chan talking about what's going on in his life and how he's been doing church. Francis has been creating a group of house churches that has been looking to do things differently. They're talking about the pros and cons of doing church this way and the pros and cons of how church is typically done in America today. 

Francis Chan - "I Should Have Ran for President!"

Beth Moore - "You Got To Stay in the Scriptures!"

Preston is interviewing Beth Moore today! He's asking her all kinds of questions. When did she discover her calling? What has been her most transformative event? How does she handle criticism? And what would possibly compel her to jump off a roof and be put down like a horse!?

Beth Moore - "You Got To Stay in the Scriptures!"