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Theology in the Raw
Theology in the Raw
Theology in the Raw

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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A Raw Conversation about Sex and Theology with Josh Ryan Butler, Dr. Sandy Richter, and Brenna Blain

Today's episode is a very raw conversation about Sex and Theology with Josh Ryan Butler, Dr. Sandy Richter, and Brenna... more

27 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 40 minutes
A Christian Response to Asylum Seekers: Munatsi Manyande

Munatsi is the Executive Director for the Dash Network--a Christian organiziation that exists to glorify God by providing care to... more

23 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Artemis, Ephesus, and the Background to 1 Timothy 2: Dr. Sandra Glahn

Dr. Glahn is a professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary and holds a Th.M. from DTS... more

20 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Finding Intimacy and Community As a Celibate Gay Christian: Art Pereira

Art is the Director of Community Care for Revoice--an organization whose mission is to support and encourage gay, lesbian, bisexual,... more

16 Mar 2023 · 56 minutes
A Complimentarian Interpretaiton of 1 Tim 2:8-15: Dr. Bill Mounce

Bill is the founder and President of BiblicalTraining.org, serves on the Committee for Bible Translation (which is responsible for the... more

13 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
God's Multiethnic Temple: Dr. Joel Muddamalle

Joel and I discuss the topic of his Ph.D. dissertation, which examines the multiethnic nature of "household" imagery, especially Ephesians... more

09 Mar 2023 · 52 minutes
UFO's, Aliens, and Paranormal Experiences: Dr. Matthew Halsted

Matthew Halsted (PhD, London School of Theology) teaches at Eternity Bible College. He is the author of Paul and the... more

06 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Celebrating Our Creaturly Limitations: Dr. Kelly Kapic

Kelly M. Kapic (PhD, King's College, University of London) is a professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout... more

02 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The Asbury Revival: A View from the Inside with Elijah Drake

Elijah Drake is a third year student at Asbury Theological Seminary and has been part of the Asbury revival from... more

27 Feb 2023 · 58 minutes
Is Christian Journalism Exposing Scandals or Becoming Failure Porn? Patrick Miller

In this episode, Patrick and I discuss the question in the title. Reporting on scandals and abuse and the misuse... more

23 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 22 minutes
S2: Second Bonus Q & A of 2023

Welcome to a sneak peek of the first Bonus Q&A episode, part of the Theology in the Raw premium subscription.... more

22 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
Christianity, Climate Change, and Environmental Care: Dr. Ben Lowe

Ben and I talk about a Christian theology of Creation Care, the nature of the new creation, how to interpret... more

20 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Salvation by Allegiacne Alone: Dr. Matthew Bates

Matthew W. Bates (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) argues that the Greek word pistis often translated as “faith” is better... more

16 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
German Christian Nationalism and the American Church: Dr. Ryan Tafilowski

Dr. Ryan Tafilowski is an expert in the rise of the Nazi party in Germany 100 years ago and the... more

13 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Does the Old Testament Dehumanize Women? Dr. Sandy Richter (Exiles 22 Talk + Q & A)

Dr. Sandy Richter is currently the The Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont college and the author... more

09 Feb 2023 · 55 minutes
Resident Aliens: Dr. Stanley Hauerwas

Stanley Hauerwas is Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law at Duke Divinity School. He has a B.A.... more

06 Feb 2023 · 41 minutes
Eternity Bible College, Christian Education, and Theological Discipleship: Ernesto Duke

Ernesto was a former student of mine when I was a prof at Eternity Bible College. He’s since gone on... more

02 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Last 10 Years of the Church and the LGBTQ Conversation: Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry is a pastor, apologist, author, and speaker. He is the author of a number of books, including Is... more

30 Jan 2023 · 59 minutes
Should Christians Smoke Pot? Dr. Todd Miles

Todd is a professor of theology and the director of the master of theology program at Western Seminary in Portland,... more

26 Jan 2023 · 56 minutes
Abuse, Suicidality, Same-Sex Sexuality, and the Love of Christ: Brenna Blain

When looking at Brenna Blain you might not guess that she works in ministry, with a body adorned in tattoos... more

23 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Neither Complementarian Nor Egalitarian: Dr. Michelle Lee-Barnewell

Michelle has a BA from Harvard, 3 master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. from Notre Dame university. In other words, she’s... more

19 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
S2: First Bonus Q & A of 2023

Welcome to a sneak peek of the first Bonus Q&A episode, part of the Theology in the Raw premium subscription.... more

18 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Sexual and Gender Identities: Andrew Bunt

Andrew is part of King’s Church Hastings and Bexhill. He is Emerging Generations Director at Living Out and a training... more

16 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Women in Leadership, part 2: 1 Timothy 2

In this second installment of my current research on women in leadership, I focus on what I’ve learned from researching... more

12 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 54 minutes
Misreading Scripture and Phoebe the Letter Carrier (and Interpreter?): Dr. E. Randy Richards

Randy is a world renowned expert on several theological and historical subjects related to the New Testament. In this conversation,... more

09 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Are We Being Discipled By Our Phones? Jay Kim

Short answer–absolutely we are. But not in a good way. From addiction to tech, to feeding the outrage machine, to... more

05 Jan 2023 · 56 minutes
Good Sex, Bad Sex, and Marriage: Dr. Juli Slattery

Dr. Juli Slattery is a clinical psychologist, author, speaker and the president/co-founder of Authentic Intimacy. Juli earned her college degree... more

02 Jan 2023 · 1 hour,
S2: Looking Back to 2022 and Forward to 2023!

01 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
S2: Putting Politics Back into Christmas

24 Dec 2022 · 8 minutes
The Gospel and Empire: Dr. Warren Carter

Dr. Warren Carter is the LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament at Phillips Seminary in Tulsa OK. From 2007-2019,... more

22 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
The Gospel is Political: Dr. Patrick Schreiner

The gospel is political, but not partisan. The church is a profoundly political community. When we claim Jesus as Lord,... more

19 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
When Helping Hurts: Dr. Brian Fikkert

Dr. Brian Fikkert is a Professor of Economics and Community Development and the Founder and President of the Chalmers Center... more

15 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
A Christian Response to Immigration: Karen González

Karen González is a writer, speaker, and immigrant advocate who emigrated from Guatemala as a child. She attended Fuller Theological... more

12 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Dispensationalism, LGBTQ, Priscilla and Hebrews, Revoice, Christmas Trees, Head Coverings, and More: Q & A with Preston

My Patreon supports send in a pile of solid questions, some of which I address on this Q & A... more

08 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Racial Reconciliation as Christian Discipleship: Michelle Sanchez

Michelle T. Sanchez has an MDiv and ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and spiritual direction training at Boston College and... more

05 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
You Are Not Your Own: Dr. O. Alan Noble

Dr. O. Alan Noble is Associate Professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, editor-in-chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and... more

01 Dec 2022 · 59 minutes
How Social Media and Screens Have Hijacked Our Hearts and Minds: Doug Smith

Doug Smith is a passionate voice in the epic battle against screen addictions, especially through his award-winning book (and audiobook),... more

28 Nov 2022 · 58 minutes
Women in Church Leadership, pt. 1: An Update from My Journey

If you would like to support Theology in the Raw, please visit patreon.com/theologyintheraw for more information! 

24 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
A Palestinian Christian’s Perspecrtive on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Alex Awad

Alex co-founded Bethlehem Bible College in Bethlehem (yes, that one) and served as a professor and dean of students for... more

21 Nov 2022 · 56 minutes
#1026 - Death to Deconstruction: Reclaiming Faithfulness as an Act of Rebellion: Josh Porter

Josh is the lead pastor of Van City Church in Vancouver, WA. He’s also the lead singer of the punk... more

18 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
#1025 - Q & A Podcast: Penal substitution, emotions and hell, old people having sex, and Mike Winger’s women in ministry series

Preston is back from sabbatical and fields a ton of questions from his Patreon supporters. All the ones listed in... more

14 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
#1024 - Living As an Exile in Babylon: Jon Tyson

Jon Tyson is a Pastor and Church Planter in New York City. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Jon moved to the... more

10 Nov 2022 · 50 minutes
#1023 - Toward an Ecclesiology of Podcasting: Mike Erre

Mike began vocational ministry in 1999 as a student ministries and college pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, Calif and... more

07 Nov 2022 · 59 minutes
#1022 - Rethinking Church through Micro-Churches as Missional Communities: Lucas Pulley

Lucas Pulley is an executive director of the Tampa Underground Network, a network of around 100 micro-churches in the Tampa... more

03 Nov 2022 · 1 hour,
#1021 - My 15 Year Old Daughter Peppers Me with Lots of Hard Questions about the Bible and Christianity: Josie Sprinkle

Okay, so this is a different sort of podcast episode. Here’s the backstory. My third daughter, Josie, is an Enneagram... more

31 Oct 2022 · 42 minutes
#1020 - Marriage, Sexuality, and the Christian Worldview: Lou Phillips

Lou Phillips is the Director of Church Relations for The Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. Before working for The... more

27 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
#1019 - GenZ, Youth Groups, Starters vs. Maintainers, Chris’ Bucket List, and Preston’s Inner Rage Monster: Chris and Preston Sprinkle

Chris joins me in the basement to banter around about all the stuff–and more–listed in the title of this podcast.... more

24 Oct 2022 · 55 minutes
#1018 - An Egalitarian View of Women in Ministry in Light of the Greco-Roman Context: Dr. Lynn Cohick

Lynn is one of my favorite New Testament scholars! She serves as Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs of Northern... more

20 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
#1017 - Deconstruction, Progressive Christianity, and Church Planting among the Disenfranchised: Tony Scarcello

Tony is a pastor, church planter, author of a killer book on deconstruction called Regenerate, but most of all, Tony... more

17 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
#1016 - Rethinking Church-Based Theological Education: Drs. Branson Parler and Jeff Fisher

Branson and Jeff have been involved in theological education for several years and recently launched an innovative church-based organization for... more

13 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
#1015 - Truth Over Tribe: Patrick Miller and Keith Simon

Patrick and Keith just released their book Truth Over Tribe: Pledging Allegiance to a Lamb, not a Donkey or an... more

10 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
#1014 - How Reliable Are Our New Testament Manuscripts? Dr. Daniel Wallace

Dr. Dan Wallace is a world renowned expert of New Testament Greek and the author of the highly acclaimed textbook:... more

06 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
#1013 - Women, the Gender of God, and the Warning Passages in Hebrews: Dr. Amy Peeler

Amy Peeler is a rock star New Testament scholar with a Ph.D from Princeton and who’s been teaching at Wheaton... more

03 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#1012 - Paul, Gender, and the Women in Leadership Debate: Dr. Cynthia Long Westfall

Dr. Cynthia Long Westfall is Associate Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College and is the author of the... more

29 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
#1011 - Sexuality and the Gospel: Jackie Hill Perry

Jackie is an author, speaker, poet, wife, and mother of four children. This podcast episode is a recording of the... more

26 Sep 2022 · 54 minutes
#1010 - How to Deal with How You Feel: Dr. James Merritt

Dr. James Merritt (Ph.D. Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a pastor, writer, and speaker. He’s the founding and lead pastor... more

22 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
#1009 - The Theory of Racelessness: Dr. Sheena Mason

The Theory of Racelessness argues that Race does not exist in nature. Race does not exist as a social construction.... more

19 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
SPECIAL BONUS: The Pour Over Podcast

Hey, friends. Today we're going to do something special. What you're about to hear is an episode from a podcast... more

17 Sep 2022 · 7 minutes
#1008 - A Raw Conversation with America’s Pastor: Max Lucado

A 2004 Christianity Today article dubbed Max Lucado as “America’s Pastor.” Max has been a pastor for over four decades... more

15 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
#1007 - Should Non-Pastors and Teachers Learn Greek and Hebrew? Ryan Martin and Courtney Trotter

Ryan is a teacher, theologian, and the founder of Kairos Classroom. He received his MDiv from Beeson Divinity School and... more

12 Sep 2022 · 56 minutes
#1006 - Micro Churches and the Tampa Underground: Jeremy Stephens

Jeremy Stephens is one of the founding leaders of Tampa Underground, a gospel-centered ecclesiological network that’s home to over 100... more

08 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
#1005 - Transwomen in Sports, Parenting Adult Children, Head Pastors vs. Plurality of Elders, and More: Q & A podcast with Preston Sprinkle

My patreon supporters sent in a ton of questions for me to address on the podcast. I responded to ½... more

05 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
#1004 - The Coddling of the American Mind: Greg Lukianoff

Greg Lukianoff is the co-author (with Dr. Jonathan Haidt) of what I think is one of the top 5 most... more

01 Sep 2022 · 52 minutes
#1003 - Gender Ideologies, Feminism, and the Catholic Church: Dr. Abigail Favale

Abigail has a fascinating story! Conservartive evangelical turned Christian feminist, turned third wave post-modern (practailly agnostic) feminist, turned catholic wife... more

29 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
#1002 - What Actually Is “Identity?” Dr. Ryan Peterson

Ryan has a Ph.D. in Theology from Wheaton College and is Associate Professor of Theology at Talbot School of Theology... more

25 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
#1001 - The Blood and the Bread: Francis Chan

At last year’s “Exiles in Babylon” conference, Francis Chan kicked it off with a bang! He opened up the whole... more

22 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
#1000 - On Going Home: My 1,000th Podcast Episode with Beth Moore

What’s there to say? It’s Beth Moore, folks. The Queen of Evangelicalism. Let’s close in prayer… –––––– PROMOS Save 10% on courses with... more

18 Aug 2022 · 54 minutes
#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 · 45 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, 1 minute
#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, 4 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, 3 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,
#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, 2 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, 1 minute
#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, 13 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, 1 minute
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 · 59 minutes
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, 20 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 · 53 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 · 38 minutes
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#992 - Is Ethnic Reconciliation Part of the Gospel? Preston Sprinkle
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Is ethnic reconciliation an essential part of the gospel, or is it an optional add on? In this solo episode, I argue... more