The world is full of good-hearted heathens, those who love people and those who want to do good in the world. They're not against God--they just have little use for church. Church is boring and hypocritical. Plus, who wants to sit through a sermon every week? But while organized religion doesn't appeal to them, these heathens long for a connection to something bigger than themselves: meaning, community, mission.Read More
If you asked me 3 years ago if Crackers & Grape Juice would allow me to interview people like Rob Bell, NT Wright, Fleming Rutledge, and Diana Butler Bass, I would have said you were out of your mind.Read More
In an effort to provide honest conversations from the 2019 Special General Conference, the Crackers & Grape Juice team invited supporters of all of the plans being considered by the United Methodist Church’s governing body to explain why the plan they support is the correct plan.Read More
In advance of the Special Sex Conference in St. Louis, Jason and I talked with journalist, blogger, and former UMC pastor Christy Thomas. Christy breaks down the various proposals before the UMC regarding sexuality, why the Traditionalist Plan is the Mean Girl Plan, and why there’s no future for me in the UMC.Read More
What does faithful living look like in the shadow of Christmas? Is there a difference between praise and gratitude? Are we allowed to wear hats to the dinner table?Read More
Christian Piatt returns to the podcast to talk about the latest installment in his Surviving the Bible series.Read More
The intersection of faith and doubt is viewed either as a badge of honor for some Christians but for others, doubt has no place.Read More
Is it possible to hear someone blushing on a podcast? What is podophobia? Should we listen to people who wear robes on Sunday? These questions and more on the latest episode of Strangely Warmed featuring your’s truly and the one and only Taylor Mertins.Read More
In a world that is messy and a church that is imperfect, it's easy to let our faith be lost. But that doesn't mean we have to lose God. It means we must consider that perhaps our idealized expectations are wrong.Read More
Everyone has a backstory, and for preachers, that backstory sets the stage for preaching.
The Elephant in the Room according to Taylor MertinsRead More
In this collection of sermons, you’ll find three United Methodist pastors doing what pastors do, sharing the good news. And trying to help us members of the laity get a healthy dose of some blessed catechism.Read More
We talk about offerings each week during worship as metal plates passed through our sanctuaries. Did you know offerings go back to the Hebrew Bible and were a part of how the day-to-day religious life of Israel was organized?Read More
By purchasing this book you are helping to keep the conversations about faith without stained-glass language going. Proceeds from this book will help cover the cost of servers, websites, and future live event.Read More
If God is all things is Dr. Johanna correct in her 3rd-grade question, "is God in my poop?"
Lets talk about steep learning curves, the challenges of regular preaching, pastoral transitions, the intersection of politics and theology, faithful hospitality, proper boundaries, ecclesial whiplash, sleeping in church, and what it's like to work with the Tamed Cynic.Read More
Fred Rodgers invited all of to be his neighbor. Thanks, Fred but what does it mean to be someone's neighbor?Read More
What if I told you 1/123 people were displaced refugees?
What if I told you that means there are 65 million people displaced today?
Would that have an impact and change the way you think of refugees?Read More
The late Robert Jenson, America’s best theologian, wrote of the Eschaton in his 2 Volume Systematic Theology that “the End (of all things) is music.”