My friend Matt and I take a few Facebook discussions to real life—well, podcast life, which is a good bit closer to real life than Facebook! We discuss some of our agreements and disagreements about “Defund the Police,” BLM, Aunt Jemima, the “Progressive Elites,” cancel culture, and more.
There’s enormous pressure on corporations, universities, and public figures to release vague statements aligning themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement or condemning racism, but in such a milieu, these statements become more about proving oneself than about advancing meaningful ideas. As an example, I discuss a recent petition for my Alma Mater, Hillsdale College, to prove itself not-racist by releasing a statement.
A lot of statues across America are coming down right now. I discuss the obvious problem with the “erasing history” argument, but explain why I think removing statues and monuments is nevertheless a bad idea.
I’ve seen a lot of people defending, excusing, or refusing to condemn violence, destruction of property, and theft. Here’s why that’s a bad thing. Part 3 in my miniseries on race, police violence, the BLM movement, and more.
I discuss the killing of George Floyd, the 2016 killing of Daniel Shaver, and the instances of non-lethal police brutality we’ve seen in the last few weeks, arguing that there seem to be systemic problems with how police are trained in America, and the issues are not just racism, even if they disproportionately affect black people. At the same time, police overall do a lot of good, and I’m grateful to have them. This is part 2 in a series of episodes about race, police, protests, riots, and BLM. See the first episode here.
The first in a series of several episodes on a lot of different things going on in our country today. Among other things, I discuss Phil Vischer’s video on systemic racism, which you can find here: https://youtu.be/AGUwcs9qJXY
I ask Andrew Koperski, a Dolphins fan, what he thinks of the success Ryan Tannehill has had since being traded from the Dolphins to the Titans. Is he as good as he looked this year? And what will this mean for the futures of the Titans and Dolphins?
Chris joins me for the second time to discuss why he’s excited about Kanye West’s latest album, which is full of Christian themes and topics. Chris discusses this album along with some of Ye’s older music, and talks about how his recent conversion seems to be the culmination of a long process of spiritual searching.
This podcast is loosely about politics, football, faith, and theology. I started it because I enjoy telling people my opinions on all of the above areas, but also because I enjoy a good discussion. For that reason, this podcast will have episodes where it’s just me talking and spouting my crazy opinions, as well as interviews where I discuss politics, football, or faith and theology with a guest.
If you want to know where I’m coming from, I’m a Christian in the Reformed theological tradition. When I say I’m a Christian, I mean I believe a Jewish man named Jesus who lived and died 2000 years ago is alive today and is king of the universe. When I say I’m in the Reformed tradition, I mainly mean that I believe that while God gives us many excellent sources of wisdom and knowledge, God’s revelation in Scripture is the only absolute authority for Christians.
I am also a conservative and a Colts fan.
I think having good conversations about controversial issues with people we disagree with is in some sense a lost art, and one of my goals is to help restore healthy discourse about politics and theology. For that reason, I approach interviews with people I disagree with as conversations rather than debates. I’m not trying to “score points” with an audience; I’m trying to better understand the person’s position and help him/her to better understand my position, and see if can at least agree on what it is we disagree about and why, all while a microphone happens to be running. I am willing to interview anyone from any political or theological background: Protestant, Roman Catholic, atheist, Muslim, conservative, progressive, alt-right, antifa, libertarian, whatever. Just no Patriots fans. You have to draw the line somewhere!
The music is taken from a song called “Make Me Cry” by Forstory, a band my brother is in. It’s used with permission. They’re pretty amazing, as you can tell just from the clips I use. Here’s their website: https://www.forstorymusic.com/