Preparing for our 2018-19 series, Awakening the Body, Chrissy and Ben are publishing a series of conversations on Kate Bowler’s best seller, Everything Happens for a Reason: and Other Lies I’ve Loved. Listen in and join the conversation by sending your comments and questions to Chrissy.
Theology Upstream Podcasts
Theology Upstream podcasts are a series of conversations hosted by two young(-ish) clergy, Rev. Ben and Rev. Chrissy, who are convinced that good theology still has something to say to people living their lives in the real world. With that conviction, Chrissy and Ben seek to read theological books and put their learnings into conversation with lived-experience. Listen to episodes on iTunes (Theology Upstream Podcasts) and join the conversation by emailing Chrissy your thoughts, comments, and questions.
In this first episode on Bowler’s book, Chrissy & Ben talk about the prosperity gospel, theodicy, and hope that God will make a way. Along the way they discover some lies that they have loved . . . What are yours?
In this second episode Chrissy and Ben confess to loving the lie that they can do anything and everything. In that confession, they wrestle with what it means to be Americans living in a pressure cooker of perfectionism and to be honest about their humanity (therefore their limitations and imperfections). What are yours?
Episode 3: Seasons
In this third episode, Chrissy & Ben are talking about seasons of life and the irony (or seeming arbitrary nature) of suffering. Using Bowler’s vulnerable conversation about her fertility journey, this episode focuses on body problems, human limitations, and the reality that “blessings” may never come (or they may not look the way we imagined).
Episode 4: Surrender
In this episode, Chrissy & Ben discuss the tension between surrender and acceptance. Following Kate Bowler’s examination of surrender and giving up in the prosperity tradition, Chrissy & Ben are thinking (out loud) about the fine line between having faith and accepting reality.
Episode 5: Cheer and Suffering
In this episode Chrissy & Ben descend into the depths of theological hope and the dilemma of human finitude. As Bowler’s cancer journey continues and she begins journaling about her experiences, she writes about the horrible things friends and strangers say to her. While they may be trying to help, each quick and overly-cheerful comment weighs heavily on Kate and her family.
Episode 6: Rhythms of Life and Death
In this final episode, Chrissy and Ben talk about everything from menstruation to the liturgical seasons as they discuss the seasons of life and our tendency to rush through suffering to get to healing. In our rush, are we bypassing important lessons and wisdom that emerge from suffering, from illness, from separation, and from death itself?
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