Month: June 2017

Episode 112: Bible Bracket Challenge Intro

Dr. Thomas Whitley and the Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss the upcoming Thinking Religion Bible Bracket Challenge (starts next week!), generational views on gay marriage, and whether the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice. Sponsored By: Sam Harrelson Consulting: Get a free estimate for your church or nonprofit’s website redesign or social media campaign from the experts at Sam Harrelson Consulting this summer. Promo Code: Hermeneutics Support Thinking Religion Links: Thinking Religion Bible Bracket …

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ATM’s are the American Money Changers

Holy cow (literally)! I’ve never thought about this connection (and if your church wants to be like Jesus and throw the money changers / ATM machines out of the Temple and switch to online donations, Harrelson Agency can help with that). “The second dimension for consideration in the appearance of ATMs in the lobbies of evangelical churches is that they signaled something by their very presence: America was in fact becoming a cashless society. The debit card …

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Episode 111: Which Gospel is the Best Gospel?

Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson break down the problem with Paul's authorship of Colossians and Ephesians, head shaving, Gospel forgery, Matthew and the Q Community, the Gospel of Thomas, and infancy gospels. Support Thinking Religion Links: Bryson Smith on Twitter: “Could any of my fellow religion nerds take a stab at what the phrase “all things” in Colossians 1:15-20 is referring to??? #unrelatedness” Epistle to the Colossians – Wikipedia The New Interpreter’s Bible: …

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Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves

The following is my sermon from June 18, 2017 (Father’s Day here in the US) at New Hope Christian Fellowship in West Columbia, SC. In countless American churches this morning, a preacher (mostly white males with white hair such as myself) will give a sermon about the importance of Fathers and how Fathers are their best when they match the example of God The Father with their own family. The sermon writes itself, right? Pluck a passage …

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Episode 110: Be Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves

Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Wonder Woman's mythology, new Twitter, and whether you should "Friend" your Pastor on Facebook… or even pay them. Support Thinking Religion Links: Wonder Woman (2017) – Rotten Tomatoes (SPOILERS) 15 Crazy Little Details In “Wonder Woman” You 100% Missed Ladies, I Know We’re All Wonder Woman, But Don’t Put Swords Down Your Dresses Twitter’s latest redesign makes the iOS app look more like Android – The Verge Your …

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Episode 109: Evangelicals and Covfefe Theology

Dr. Thomas Whitley and Rev. Sam Harrelson discuss Trump's faith statements and relationships with Evangelicals (and the how things change all of sudden). Support Thinking Religion Links: God and the Don – CNN.com — “I did very, very well with evangelicals in the polls,” Trump interjected in the middle of the conversation — previously unreported comments that were described to me by both pastors. They gently reminded Trump that neither of them was an evangelical. …

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