Beyond the Box

Two guys thinking out loud about life beyond the box of institutional religion

Reborn On the Fourth of July with Logan Mehl-Laituri (Loose At the Wild Goose Part 4)

In this fourth Loose At the Wild Goose podcast Ray speaks with Logan Mehl-Laituri about his journey from soldier to disciple of Jesus. Logan recounts his crisis of faith after realizing that his walk with Christ was a matter of convenience rather than discipleship. Logan’s new book Reborn On The Fourth Of July is now available in which he shares in more detail both his story and his thoughts about the challenge of faith, patriotism, and conscience. Check out Feral Theology to hear more of Logan’s thoughts, or the Centurions Guild to see how Logan is interacting with others on a similar journey. Thanks Logan for sharing your journey with Christ with us!

Christian Anarchy, Community, and Embracing the “Other” with Dave Andrews (Loose At the Wild Goose Part 3)

In this episode Ray is joined by Dave Andrews for Part 3 of the Loose At the Wild Goose series recorded at the Wild Goose Festival. Dave is a practitioner of Christian Anarchy and someone known for his radical spirituality and incarnational ministry. Listen in as Dave shares with Ray his heart for Christian Anarchy, radical spirituality, and living into Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in the context of community. Make sure to visit Dave’s website and click here to see a list of his books. Thanks so much Dave for taking the time to join us and for inspiring us to live into Jesus’ Kingdom call!

Paul’s Bible and More with Derek Flood (Loose At the Wild Goose Part 2)

In this episode Ray is joined by Derek Flood for Part 2 of the Loose At the Wild Goose series recorded at the Wild Goose Festival. Join in the conversation as Derek and Ray discuss how Paul reinterpreted the Old Testament in the light of Jesus, and how we are to follow the trajectory rather than the letter of the Scriptures. Make sure to check out Derek’s blog and be on the look out for Derek’s new book Healing the Gospel. Thanks Derek for a great conversation! (Thanks also to Brian Hilligoss for sharing his poem Boxing at the beginning of the podcast!)

Ananias and Sapphira – Assumptions and Intuitions (Loose At the Wild Goose Part 1)

In this first Loose At the Wild Goose podcast from the Wild Goose Festival, Ray is joined by Steve Berry, Kevin Miller, Brad Jersak, and Lorri & Michael Hardin for a lively discussion about the story of Ananias and Sapphira found in Acts 5. Did God kill Ananias and Sapphira? What assumptions have we read into the text, and what would the Holy Spirit like to show us? Reminiscent of an Anabaptist Bible Study, here is a great example of what it might look like to read and study the Bible in community. Speaking of community, we welcome your interaction on the podcast website or the Facebook page!

Robin Parry and Christian Universalism Today

Fresh from the release of the second edition of his book, The Evangelical Universalist, Robin Parry pays a visit to Beyond the Box to talk to Steve about the current state of acceptance of Christian Universalism in evangelical circles and the effect this has had on other areas of theology within the body of Christ.

Originally written under the pseudonym “Gregory MacDonald” for reasons Robin has shared publicly elsewhere and also mentions here in this interview, The Evangelical Universalist has been a great resource for many who have allowed themselves to imagine a God who does ultimately reconcile all of mankind to himself in the end.

While this episode does not seek to defend Ultimate Reconciliation (we’ve devoted a number of episodes to that in the past), the discussion revolves more around the controversy (or surprising lack of it!) regarding Christian Universalism, the direction in which evangelicalism might be headed now that there is a wider acceptance of what some view as out-and-out heresy, and even some pressing questions from Steve regarding other possible pseudonyms of Robin Parry. 😉

Apologies for a Skype connection that sometimes made it challenging to catch all of Robin’s thoughts, but the overall content of the episode will certainly encourage many who are on a similar path of understanding Christian Universalism.

Holiness, Mercy, and More!

Prompted by a recent discussion on the Facebook page, Steve and Ray dialog about ideas surrounding how we understand holiness and mercy. Are holiness and mercy opposed or could they be synonymous? Are holiness and mercy competing characteristics within God or manifestations of the same desire? What does the “more” in the title refer to? Take a listen and find out!

Perfect Love Casts Out Fear with Richard Beck (Slavery of Death Part 3)

In this episode Ray is joined once again by Dr. Richard Beck for a discussion of his “Slavery of Death” blog series which you can find at Richard’s blog, Experimental Theology. This is the third of a three part series summarizing the material covered in the “Slavery of Death” series. In this third part, Richard and Ray talk about how we might reconfigure our identities to overcome fear so as to move more fully into the practices of love. Make sure to listen to all three parts of this series and visit Experimental Theology where you will find the “Slavery of Death” series and many more valuable insights into our life in Christ. Thanks so much Richard for sharing your insight and taking the time to join us for this series!

The Denial of Death with Richard Beck (The Slavery of Death Part 2)

In this episode Ray is joined once again by Dr. Richard Beck for a discussion of his “Slavery of Death” blog series which you can find at Richard’s blog, Experimental Theology. This is the second of a three part series surrounding the material covered in the “Slavery of Death” series. In this second part, Richard and Ray talk about the work of Ernest Becker in understanding how our culture tries to insulate itself from the fear of death. Could it be that our entire culture is constructed to distract us from and offer us meaning in the face of death? Make sure to join us for all three parts of this series and visit Experimental Theology where you will find the “Slavery of Death” series, and a lot more theological goodness! Check out Richards book Unclean for some great meditations on purity, hospitality, and mortality. Thanks Richard for taking the time to join us for these conversations!

The Sting of Death is Sin with Dr. Richard Beck (The Slavery of Death Part 1)

In this episode Ray is joined by Dr. Richard Beck for a discussion of his Slavery of Death blog series which you can find at Richard’s blog, Experimental Theology. This is the first of a three part series surrounding the material covered in the Slavery of Death series. In this first part, Richard and Ray talk about Christus Victor and the Orthodox view of Ancestral Sin. Could it be that the Protestant formulation of sin leading to death might actually need to be reversed; that is death leading to sin? Make sure to join us for all three parts of this series and visit Experimental Theology where you will find the Slavery of Death series, and a lot more theological profundity! Thanks Richard for taking the time to join us for these conversations!

Christ at the Checkpoint with Brad Jersak

In this episode Ray is joined once again by Brad Jersak for a discussion about Brad’s recent trip to Israel for the Christ At The Checkpoint conference. The aim of Christ at the Checkpoint is to “provide an opportunity for evangelical Christians who take the Bible seriously to prayerfully seek a proper awareness of issues of peace, justice, and reconciliation.” Brad and Ray discuss the Middle East crisis, otherness, and what it means to follow Jesus. Make sure to visit BradJersak.com for more about Brad’s books, audios, and resources. It’s always fun having Brad join us for a good conversation! Thanks Brad!

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