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Theology in the Raw
Theology in the Raw
Preston Sprinkle

Helping believers think Christianly about theological and cultural issues by engaging in curious conversations with a diverse range of thoughtful people.

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#999 - Is GenZ Bored with Church? Dr. Kara Powell

Dr. Kara E. Powell is Chief of Leadership Formation, Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute, and Professor of Youth... more

15 Aug 2022 · 46 minutes
#998 - Contemporary Christian Worship: Is it Biblical or just Contemporary? Aaron Keyes

Aaron Keyes is a singer/songwriter, pastor, speaker, and has not only been a worship leader for over 20 years, but... more

11 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#997 - Singleness, the “Gift of Celibacy,” and Healthy Complementarianism: Dr. Dani Treweek

What does it mean to have the gift of celibacy (or singleness)? Does it mean that you don’t desire sex... more

08 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#996 - The Perfect Church, Fate of Judas, Intermediate State, Christian Music, and More: Q & A with Preston Sprinkle

My patreon supporters sent in tons of questions, some which I address on this podcast. Some questions include: What would... more

04 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
#995 - Women Prophets, Teachers, and Preachers, but not Elders: Dr. Gerry Breshears

Gerry holds to a view of women in leaders that’s sometimes considered “soft complementarian.” He believes women can serve in... more

01 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#994 - A Transwoman (Seda) Interviews Preston about His Views on Trans Identities

Writing a book on transgender idendities as a non-trans person is a bit bold, some might say audacious. This is... more

28 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
#993 - Why Romans 7 is NOT Talking about Christians: Dr. Joey Dodson

Dr. Joseph (Joey) Dodson is the Craig L. Blomberg Endowed Chair of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He completed his... more

25 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#992 - Is Ethnic Reconciliation Part of the Gospel? Preston Sprinkle

Is ethnic reconciliation an essential part of the gospel, or is it an optional add on? In this solo episode,... more

21 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Disability, the Church, and the Gospel: Eric Targe

Eric Targe gives leadership and oversight to the College (Crossroads) and Disability (139) Ministries at Moody Church in Chicago. He... more

18 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
When Leaders Fall…and Are Restored: Evan Wickham and Scott Curran

Evan Wickham is the co-founder and lead pastor of Park Hill Church in San Diego. Scott Curran is an administrative... more

15 Jul 2022 · 1 hour,
Rethinking Orphanages: Brandon Stiver

Are orphanages helping orphans? Most Christians would say: obviously yes. But Brandon, who’s been working in orphan care for over... more

11 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Abortion, Roe v. Wade, Raising Girls, Gay Identity, and the LXX: Q & A with Preston

It’s that time again, folks! My Patreon supporters sent in a plethora of scintillating questions this month. I addressed many... more

08 Jul 2022 · 54 minutes
Christian Reflections on the 4th of July: Justin Giboney

Justin joins me on this 4th of July to talk about how Christians should think about the holiday. In particular,... more

04 Jul 2022 · 39 minutes
#986 - Responding to the Roe V. Wade Reversal with Dr. Scott Rae

Dr. Scott Rae (Ph.D. USC) is Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Talbot School... more

01 Jul 2022 · 37 minutes
A Review of Matt Walsh’s “What Is a Woman?”

Matt Walsh from The Daily Wire released a provocative new documentary called “What Is a Woman?” In it, he interviews... more

30 Jun 2022 · 44 minutes
CURE International: A Holistic Medical Ministry in Africa with Peter Kyalo

Peter Kyalo serves as the Chief Program Officer of CURE International, a Christian non-profit organization that operates a global network... more

27 Jun 2022 · 57 minutes
Beautiful People Don’t Just Happen: Scott Sauls

Scott is the Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is married to Patti and has two... more

23 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Beauty of the Greek Orthodox Church: Christian Gonzalez

Christian serves as the Young Adult Ministries Coordinator for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. A graduate of Wheaton College,... more

20 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
What Is Intersex? Julie Zaagman and Dr. Sam Ashton

Intersex is a term used to describre a range of what medical professionals call “disorders (or differences) in sex development”... more

16 Jun 2022 · 58 minutes
Surviving Sexual Abuse in the SBC: Tiffany Thigpen

Tiffany is a survivor and an advocate for other survivors of sexual abuse. She’s been an outspoken and courageous voice... more

13 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Responding to the SBC’s Sexual Abuse Report: Dr. J.D. Greear

J.D. and Preston talk about the recent SBC report on sexual abuse and abuse cover ups in the church. This... more

09 Jun 2022 · 40 minutes
Parenting Teen Girls: Kari Kampakis

Drum-roll please!! This is the very first podcast hosted by my wife Chris Sprinkle. It just seemed better to have... more

06 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Christian Universalism, asexuality, demisexuality, same-sex marriage and women in leadership, & the massive increase in trans teens.

I’ve got a fist-full of questions sent in from my Patreon supporters, some of which I answer here. Questions addressed in... more

02 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Embodying Jesus with the LGBTQ Community: Elizabeth Black

Elizabeth Black has served as an evangelist and minister in New York City for almost 10 years. Most recently, Elizabeth... more

30 May 2022 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
Psychedelics, Marijauna, and Being the Church from the Table: Debra Hirsch

I had no agenda going into this conversation, but it quickly delved into talking about psychedelics, marijauna, and how God... more

26 May 2022 · 58 minutes
What Is Autogynephilia? A Conversation with Danny

The theory of Autogynephilia is one of the more controversial and much neglected aspects of the trans* conversation. Some people... more

23 May 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
Disability, Theology, and the Church: Dr. Devan Stahl

Dr. Devan Stahl is Assistant Professor of Religion at Baylor University. She holds an MDiv from Vanderbilt Divinity School and... more

19 May 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Seeing God’s Common Grace in a Broken World: Dr. Tim Muehlhoff

Dr. Tim Muehlhoff (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is a Professor of Communication at Biola University in... more

16 May 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The State of Christian Education: Dr. Mark Young

We live in a transitional era. Events like the development of the internet, 9/11, ongoing globalization, the rise and proliferation... more

12 May 2022 · 53 minutes
What ACTUALLY is Revoice? Dr. Nate Collins

Nate Collins (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the President and Founder of Revoice. He is the author of... more

09 May 2022 · 1 hour,
Women in Ministry, Christians and Patriotism, the Afterlife, Christian “Failure Porn,” & the “Worst” Sin: Q & A with Preston Sprinkle

My patreon supporters sent me a truckload of questions, some of which I addressed in my Patreon-only podcast and others... more

05 May 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
The Making of Biblical Womanhood: Dr. Beth Allison Barr

Dr. Beth Allison Barr is Professor History and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Baylor University. She received her B.A.... more

02 May 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
A Theological Analysis of Netflix’s Midnight Mass: Daniel Wells

Daniel Wells is a pastor at Church of the Redeemer in Cortland, NY. He holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and... more

28 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Deconstruction, Progressive Culture, Emerging Church, and the Need for Missional Theology: Dr. Dan Kimball

Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He was one of the founders of... more

25 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Q & A with Chris and Preston Sprinkle

Chris and I did a short impromptu Q & A at the “Exiles in Babylon” conference and we got a... more

21 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Is God a Moral Monster? Dr. Paul Copan

Paul Copan (Ph.D., Philosophy, Marquette University) is a Christian theologian, analytic philosopher, apologist, and author. He is currently a professor... more

18 Apr 2022 · 59 minutes
The Liturgy of Politics: Kaitlyn Schiess

Kaitlyn Schiess is a writer, author, and a ThD student at Duke Divinity School studying political theology, ethics, and biblical... more

14 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
A Christian Approach to the News: Jason Woodruff (The Pour Over Podcast)

Jason is the founder and director of the Pour Over Newsletter and Podcast, which reports on the biggest news of... more

11 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Views of Hell, Christian Nationalism, Anglican Church, Enneagram, Sex and Gender: Q & A with Preston Sprinkle

My Patreon supporters sent in a ton of great questions, some of which I address on this podcast. Do I... more

07 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Debriefing the Exiles in Babylon Conference with Ed Uszynski

Preston and Ed debrief about Theology in the Raw’s first “Exile in Babylon” conference. They talk about the highs and... more

04 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
What Is Black Liberation Theology? Dr. Dwight Hopkins

Dr. Dwight Hopkins is Alexander Campbell Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School. He received his B.A. from... more

31 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
A Black Man’s Interaction with the KKK: Daryl Davis

Daryl Davis is a legendary musician and activist. As a musician, Daryl is considered to be one of the greatest... more

28 Mar 2022 · 58 minutes
Exiles in Babylon Conference Attendee Updates

Hey friends, we got a special Theology in the Raw Conference attendee podcast for you. Preston shares some info about... more

25 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Are Orphanages Doing More Harm Than Good? Alycia Pinizzotto

Every Christian believes that orphans should be cared for. But how? Do they belong in orphanages or in families? Are... more

24 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Neither Liberal nor Conservative–Systemic Racism, White Privilege, and the Church: Dr. Carl Ellis

Carl is a brother from another mother and I want him to adopt me as his kid. I love the... more

21 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Christian Anarchism: Dr. Alexandre Christoyannopoulos

Alex is Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Loughborough University (U.K.) and is the author of Christian Anarchism:... more

17 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
Robot Theology, AI, and Sex Robots: Dr. Joshua K. Smith

Joshua K. Smith is a theologian and pastor researching the ethics of AI and robotics. He is the co-chair of... more

14 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Behind the Scenes of Bible Translation: Dr. Brandon Smith

Dr. Brandon Smith is associate professor of theology at Cedarville University. Previously, he spent the previous four years helping lead... more

10 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
A Christian Perspective on Race and Racism: Rasool Berry

Rasool Berry serves as teaching pastor at The Bridge Church in Brooklyn, New York. He also is the Director of... more

07 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Speaking in Tongues, Youth Camps, Ghost Writing, Purpose of Church: Dr. Preston Sprinkle

Going O.G. Theology in the Raw for this one with a Q & A podcast. My patreon supporters sent in... more

03 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
A Christian View of Immigration: Karen Gonzalez

In this episode, I talk to Karen about all things related to immigration. What does the Bible say? How theologically/ethically... more

28 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
The Gospel, New Creation, Re-reading Paul, Heaven, and American Christianity: Dr. N.T. Wright

Tom Wright is Research Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in the University of... more

24 Feb 2022 · 58 minutes
A Complementarian Reading of the New Testament: Dr. Tom Schreiner

Complementarians believe that the Bible affirms the full equality of women and men, but that God only allows men to... more

21 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Being Socially Engaged While Maintaining Allegiance to Christ: Dr. Vincent Bacote

Dr. Vincent Bacote is an Associate Professor of Theology and the Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at... more

17 Feb 2022 · 54 minutes
A Celibate Gay Christian’s Perspective on Valentine’s Day and Belonging: Dr. Greg Coles

Dr. Gregory Coles is senior research fellow at The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender, and is the author of... more

14 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
A Native American Perspective on Christian Nationalism: Mark Charles

In this podcast, Mark gives a different perspective about the “discovery” of America and some of the profound problems when... more

10 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Parenting LGBTQ Kids

Mark is a Born and bred Texan. He came to Jesus at age 22 and will celebrate his 50th anniversary... more

07 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Christian Nonviolence: Drs. Myles Werntz and David Cramer

Myles Werntz (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of theology and director of Baptist studies at Abilene Christian University in... more

03 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Marriage, masculinity, platforming, weed, alcohol, pride flags, & other questions

I received a ton of questions from my Patreon supporters, many of which I answered through Patreon, but some of... more

31 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 29 minutes
The Brothers Karamazov (and Other Things): Tom Velasco

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov has been hailed as one of the greatest novels of all time. I just got... more

27 Jan 2022 · 2 hours, 21 minutes
Being a Christian in Hollywood: Hannah Barefoot

Hannah Barefoot is a theatrically trained actress, singer, and dancer originally from Cody, Wyoming. Her first leading role role in... more

24 Jan 2022 · 59 minutes
Jesus and John Wayne: Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Kristin Kobes Du Mez is a New York Times bestselling author and Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin... more

20 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Evangelicalism, Eroticism, Trinity, Sexuality, Suffering, and Hope: David Bennett

David is from Sydney, Australia where he studied journalism and then international relations. He moved to Oxford to pursue his... more

17 Jan 2022 · 1 hour,
The Great Sex Rescue: Sheila Wray Gregiore and Rebecca Lindenbach

Sheila has written seven books including award-winning book The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex and the forthcoming The Great... more

13 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: Aimee Byrd

Aimee Byrd is a speaker, author, blogger, wife, and mom. She’s the author of several books including Why Can’t We... more

10 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Semiotics, Anti-Leadership, and Doing Church from the Table: Dr. Leonard Sweet

Len is a true Renaissance man. Author of more than seventy books and 1500+ published sermons, Leonard Sweet’s recent publications... more

06 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Self Driving Cars, Elon Musk, SpaceX, and the Future of Tech: Peter McGowan

Peter McGowan is one of the founders of PlainJoe and Storyland Studios. He is a champion of bringing clients’ unique... more

03 Jan 2022 · 57 minutes
Theology in the Raw 2022: Looking Back and Pressing On

Happy new year! In this episode, I talk about the analytics of the podcast, which has grown like crazy over... more

01 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Church, Intellectual Honesty, Nonviolence, and Rene Girard: Jeremy Duncan

Jeremy is the founding pastor of Commons Church in Calgary, BC--a rather unique church that prioritizes intellectual honesty and the... more

30 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Sexual Abuse Scandals and Power in the Church: Dr. Russell Moore

Dr. Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project. Dr. Moore is... more

28 Dec 2021 · 57 minutes
The Scandal of Christmas, Part 4: Joey Dodson

In this fourth and final episode in our “scandal of Christmas” series, New Testament scholar Dr. Joey Dodosn walks us... more

28 Dec 2021 · 48 minutes
The Scandal of Christmas, Part 3: Dr. Lynn Cohick

In this third part of our four part series, New Testament scholar Dr. Lynn Cohick walks us through the significance... more

20 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Scandal of Christmas, Part 2: Dr. Michael Bird

We often think of Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 when we think about the Christmas story. But what about Revelation... more

16 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Scandal of Christmas, Part 1: Dr. Craig Keener

I’ve invited 4 different New Testament scholars on the podcast to talk about the Christmas story. In this opening episode,... more

13 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Christ and Queer Marriage: Aaron and Liz Munson

Aaron is gay and so is Liz. They’ve been married for over 15 years and have had an interesting journey.... more

09 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Power and Privilege in Paul, Mark, and White Evangelicalism: Dr. Tim Gombis

Okay, so if you’re easily offended (and white), then you might want to change the channel. Dr. Tim Gombis is... more

06 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 24 minutes
Sexual Abuse, Sexual Brokenness, and the Gospel: Jay Stringer

Jay Stringer is is a therapist, author, and speaker who guides men and women to outgrow unwanted sexual behaviors. He’s... more

02 Dec 2021 · 47 minutes
Active Listening and Thoughtful Nuance in Race Conversations: Dr. George Yancey

In the midst of polarized conversations about race, Dr. George Yancey is a breath of fresh air. He’s a huge... more

29 Nov 2021 · 43 minutes
The Stability of Scandalous Adoration: Dr. Greg Coles

Greg gave a killer talk at this year’s Revoice conference. If you missed it--here it is! Here’s the blurb: What... more

25 Nov 2021 · 22 minutes
Conversion Therapy to Sex Work to Affirming to Side-B Christianity: Josh Proctor

Strap on your seatbelts, folks. We’re going for a wild ride through Josh Proctor’s beautifully complex and honest journey. He’s... more

22 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 21 minutes
Why the Church Needs LGBTQ People

This podcast is a recording of a talk I gave at this year’s Revoice conference in Plano, TX. In it,... more

18 Nov 2021 · 33 minutes
NT Greek, Verbal Aspect Theory, Evangelical Tribalism, and Interpreting the Bible: Dr. Constantine Campbell

Constantine Campbell's doctorate is in ancient Greek language and linguistics (Macquarie University, 2006). He was a professor of New Testament... more

15 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
When a Trans Couple both Transition Back to their Natal Sex: Cameron and Jess

Cameron reached out to me a few weeks ago thanking me for my ministry and he told me a bit... more

11 Nov 2021 · 52 minutes
Redemptive Kingdom Diversity: Dr. Jarvis J. Williams

Jarvis is a friend and an incredible scholar. He has written and spoken extensively on issues related to race, ethnic... more

08 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Gay Identity, Gentile Christians, and Revoice: Misty Irons

Is it a sin to be gay? Would you attend a church that has a gay pastor? What does it... more

04 Nov 2021 · 59 minutes
Covid, Vaccines, Herd Immunity, and the End of the Pandemic: Dr. Martin Kulldorff

Martin Kulldorff was born in 1962 in Lund, Sweden. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and is a professor... more

01 Nov 2021 · 53 minutes
Biblical Counseling, Jesus and Gender, and the Billy Graham Rule: Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse holds a certificate in biblical counseling from CCEF (San Diego) and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from Trinity Theological... more

28 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Live No Lies: John Mark Comer

John Mark Comer is the founding pastor of Bridgetown Church, right in the center of the city (by Powell's Books... more

25 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Vaccines, Pandemics, and the Future of the World: Mark Sayers

Yup, we go there. Vaccines. I didn’t even intend to go here, but our conversation sort of spilled over into... more

21 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Empire and Race in the Book of Acts: Dr. Willie James Jennings

Dr. Jennings is Associatet Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University and has written several books including... more

18 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
One Christian’s Change in Perspective on Racism: Kimi Katiti

Kimi is an artist, YouTuber, skater, musician, and a has been speaking out about her journey through the topic of... more

14 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
#909 - Pastoring People through Politics, Polarization, and Pandemics: Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler is a pastor, speaker, and writer. He’s been pastoring The Village Church in Texas for 18 years and... more

11 Oct 2021 · 54 minutes
Disability and the Church: Dr. Lamar Hardwick

Lamar has an MDiv from Emory University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty University. Over the years Lamar... more

07 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
How Should Christians Respond to Racism?

Rasool and Samuel are both Chrisian, black, and well-versed in the race conversation. While they agree on several things, they... more

04 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
Getting to Know My New Transwoman Friend: Seda Collier

Seda Collier is a transwoman with an interesting story. She had a radical encounter with God while tripping on acid... more

30 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
The Gospel of Multiethnic Reconciliation: Dr. Bryan Loritts

Bryan Loritts (D.Min., Liberty University) is the Teaching Pastor at The Summit Church. An award-winning author of seven books, Dr.... more

27 Sep 2021 · 50 minutes
Theology, Film, and the Idolatry of Marriage: Dr. Kutter Callaway

In this episode, we talk at length about a theology of film, looking at the deeper meaning of various movies... more

23 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 18 minutes
The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill: Mike Cosper

Mike is the creator and host of the uber popular podcast series: “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill,” which... more

21 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
The Historically Christian View of Marriage: Part 2

Preston continues his discussion of marriage and same-sex sexual relations. In this second part, Preston responds to several of the... more

21 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Historically Christian View of Marriage: Part 1

In this podcast, Preston gives an overview of what the Bible says about marriage and same-sex sexual relationships. He summarizes... more

13 Sep 2021 · 55 minutes
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In this episode, we talk at length about a theology of film, looking at the deeper meaning of various movies and discuss... more